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2010 Reflection

posted 14 Jan 2011, 05:50 by Derek Bowen   [ updated 31 Jan 2011, 09:53 ]

When the 100 year history of Caulry is being put together in 2028, 2010 will come across as an exciting, memorable and successful year for the Caulry club.

First off, the Intermediate team reached the Semi Finals for the first time since 1997 after a last minute Peter Smyth penalty against Tang in the Quarter Final. Another highlight of the Intermediate team, was on the 30th April, when a last minute point by Eoin Grennan, recorded Caulry's first ever win against Moate All-Whites in a Championship game.

The outstanding Juvenal team of the year were the Under 16s who reached the Division 1 Championship Final, only to go down to a powerful Athlone side. While all the players and management were bitterly disappointed to have come so close to glory, they can walk away with their heads held up high. Getting to the Final in itself was a great achievement when you consider that throughout they Championship campaign, they played 12 games, winning 9, and 1 draw, with wins coming over St. Michaels (twice), Tubberclair (twice), St Marys Rochfortbridge, Garrycastle, Mullingar Shamrocks, Athlone, St Malachys-Ballinagore, a draw with St Lomans Mullingar, and only two defeats, Coralstown Kinnegad and Athlone in the final.

On the Intercounty scene, it was also a memorable year for Caulry, with both Gary Flanagan and Kevin Maguire playing for Westemath in the Leinster Championship, with Flanagan playing for Westmeath in the epic one point win over Wicklow in the Quarter Final.  While, Maguire started at corner back in the Leinster Semi-Final against Louth, and it was great to see the Caurly  club mentioned during the RTE pre-match analysis on the Sunday Game.

Kevin Maguire featured again, this time with Ben Moran and Alan Fitzpatrick, as they were part of the Westmeath Under 21 panel who were beaten by Dublin in the Leinster Final, after recording great wins against Kildare, Meath, and Laois. 

Another Maguire, this time John was on the Westmeath Minor panel which failed to get over Longford in the Quarter Final, after a first round win against Carlow.

More Caulry lads featured strongly on the county Under 16 team, which won the Gerry Reilly tournament for the first time since 2001 with a win over Louth in final, and were unlucky to be beaten by Sligo in the Fr Manning Cup Final. In total there were five Caulry lads on the Westmeath Under 16 Final, Andrew O Sullivan, Evan Roarke, Michael McMahon, Stephen Woods and David Brookes, with " Brooksy" winning the Man of the match award in both Gerry Reilly Semi-Final and Finals.

Finally, the future looks bright for Caulry, and with more hard work, help and support from all in the Caulry area, we can envisage more successes coming the Baylin/Mount Temple way in the future. See you all soon when the 2011 GAA year starts. Hopefully, we will see the same, and more in 2011