History made as Rathlin hosts Blitz

September 4th, 2012 | Blog

History was made on Saturday 11th August when 3 North Antrim U12 teams took part in a hurling blitz on Rathlin Island.

The venture, supported by Ulster Council GAA, North Antrim Divisional Board and Rathlin Development & Community Association (RDCA) took place in glorious sunshine with Glenshesk, Oisins and Ruairi Og U12 teams competing in a seven-a-side tournament for the Sciath na Nog Shield.

The teams travelled from Ballycastle on board the MV Canna and paraded from Rathlin harbour to the pitch.

Kieran Megraw, Regional Hurling Development Officer, Sambo Mc Naughton, Antrim Minor Manager and North Antrim Board Committee members welcomed the teams, mentors, families and friends who travelled to the event.

In a hard fought competition, with some great hurling played,  Oisins came out the inaugural winners of the Scaith na Nog Shield.

The Sciath na Nog Shield was designed and cast by Rathlin residents Paddy Burns and Brian Ross.

Following the medals presentation, players and mentors enjoyed a meal sponsored by Donaghmore Construction Company before boarding the ferry back to Ballycastle.

It is hoped that this tournament will become an annual fixture in the North Antrim calendar.

North Antrim Board would like to thank Gerry Mc Glynn for coordinating the competition, Michael Cecil from RDCA for his help in preparing the pitch and the people of Rathlin for the warm reception we received.

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