Weekend Hurling News


Ballyboden Senior B hurlers got their Leinster League campaign off to a great start with a win over Wicklow champions in Glenealy on Saturday 9th March.

Glenealy started smatly and had two points on the board after five minutes. Boden then reached parity and when Naoise Greene goaled after a strong run, Boden gained the upper hand and did not relinquish the lead for the remainder of the game. The soft underfoot conditions worsened with constant rain after the throw-in and made the basics of passing and clean pick-ups difficult. As Glenealy responded, Jamie Desmond stood tall at centre back and cut off most supply to the Wicklow forwards. At the breakdown Conor Robinson swept up most loose ball and delivered good passes to the forwards. Boden’s best spell was in the second quarter where they ran up seven points without reply, the pick of these being a massive point from Dónal Butler from sixty metres. Half time Boden 1-9 Glenealy 0-4.

Both teams regrouped in the dressing rooms at half time and when the match recommenced the conditions had worsened further with the light now very poor. Peter McEvoy and Eoin Small led the defence well. Hard work by Adam Jermyn yielded a fine score and strong running by Eoghan O’Neill ensured that Glenealy could not fight their way back into the contest. Manager Ciarán Maguire used his bench well and the substitutes ensured that Boden kept the pace of the match strong til the final whistle.  Final Score Boden 1 15 Glenealy 0 7.

The Minor B hurlers played their second league game in a bitterly cold and windy Sancta Maria on Sunday morning. Boden started well and led at half time by 2 points with scores from play from Ciaran O’Brien (0.1), Michael Boland (0.2), Conor Dean (1.0), Patrick O Meara (0.1) and a Garrett Crowley free. Ballinteer, with a strong wind at their backs, controlled the second half and were deserving winners with a score line 3 12 to 1 05