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My Favourite G.A.A Moment By Bryan O Mara Holycross NS

posted 24 Feb 2012, 15:07 by Unknown user

It was a day that only came around once a year [that was if you were lucky]. On my journey in it was if my legs were about to fall off I was so nervous. I could feel the sun blazing down with great intensity. It was a county final between two of the biggest rivals in Co. Tipperary - Scoil Micheal Naofa and Scoil Ailbhe. This match was going to be one of the biggest challenges of my life, but I approached it as enthusiastically as I possibly could. In the dressing room it was tense and nobody dared to speak. Eventually the jerseys were on, the water was drank, and the helmets ready. We were ready. The long journey down the tunnel felt like we were running for a hundred years seemed to pass before finally a glimpse of light was visible. An opening from the tunnel to the field of legends was in sight. We dashed for the field. We could hear the roar of the crowd and we could see the blazing sun. An epic encounter was about to commence. Scoil Ailbhe were out and their warm up was nearly done, although ours had just began. I tried to stay focused but it was no small feat considering how loud the crowd was. Soon after the referee blew his whistle and the captains were called. In the first half we would play from left to right. The ball was thrown in and the game was on. It was Scoil Ailbhe who were first on the score board with a brilliant goal. But we responded brilliantly and scored three points without reply. Up until half time it was from one side to another. Mr. McGrath spoke words of wisdom at half time to try and get us going again. We dashed out at half time with only one priority on our minds , beat Scoil Ailbhe. The second half was tougher than the first and the umpires were getting sick of picking up the flag and dropping it again! It was a top class match. Fantastic scores from both sides .As the match drew to a close it was very intense. Everyone‘s eyes were riveted on the ball. Before finally what seemed to be an hour of a second half the referee blew the whistle. I let out a deep sigh relief. Yes! We were county champions 2010

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