Kids gain more skills in Gaelic football

| 21/06/2017
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Action during the under-15 match between the Unicorns and Sharks

(CNS Local Life): The DART Cayman Islands Kids Gaelic Club League continued with more action from the three age groups at the Camana Bay CIS Football Pitch and Arts and Recreation Centre (ARC) on Sunday, 11 June. Children from under-7 to under-15 squads took part in training as well as matches, both indoors and out on the pitch.

The under 15s started their training by working on their attacking movement and how to overcome an opponent. Coach Lisa Kemp noted that all the children’s skills are improving which is on display in the games.

The Cayman Sharks finished with two wins and a draw, with Clara Byrne and Daniel Magennis consistently bringing the ball down the pitch, setting Danny Lyne up to score the majority of points. The Unicorns also had two wins and a draw, showing strong teamwork throughout, notably by Kane Watson, Tom Byrne and Digby Robinson.

The Hippos ended with two losses and draw. With help from the skillful movement and passing of Cullainn Lynch and Breannach Lynch, the best goal of the day went to Barnaby Robinson in the final match. The Leftovers, new to the sessions, had two losses and a draw but improved over each game. Significant players included Lachlan Cowdroy who set up James Rees for his two goals in the final game.

The under 9 games were action packed for the Cheetah and Wasps teams, with coach Karen McGuinness saying that many children were already showing great development in their skills.

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GAA Sharks and Pirates of the Caribbean contest a high ball in their under-7 game

The session focused mainly on the skills of soloing and hand passing. These skills were then put into practice in several small-sided games. Francesca Catalanotto, who is new to the sport, worked hard throughout the session and showed real progress. Sachin Pandohie and Thomas Rees exhibited great teamwork. Max Griffin scored a great point from distance and Lindsay Hydes scored a goal in the bottom left corner.

This under 7 players arrived in their matching kits, eager to play. The children demonstrated enthusiasm for learning skills and making new friends. They worked on their carrying, passing and catching skills. Coach Jayme Farrell helped the children put their new skills into action as they played each other in a match to end the session.

The Pirates of the Caribbean faced the GAA Sharks in a rematch; the squad captains, James Hogan and Ben Lyne, formed a team huddle to talk game tactics and lead a cheer. The GAA Sharks were quick to score, with Ben using his speed to take some quick shots on goal, whilst Oliver Ratchford and Stephanie Richards shone on defence. The Pirates worked well together to defend the Sharks, as Dualtach Lynch, Logan Cudlipp Cholette and Isabella Partridge looked to put tackles in and use their hand-passing skills to get the ball out of their end, but the lead proved too great to overcome.

The last training session for the month will be Saturday, 24 June from 8:30am to 10am.

For more information go to the Kids Gaelic Football Club website or email the club


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