Successful Tournament for James’ Boy’s in the Kingdom

September 25th, 2017 | by stjamesgaa
Successful Tournament for James’ Boy’s in the Kingdom
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The St. James’ U-13 team and management enjoyed a very successful football tournament in Kerry last weekend. The St. James’ club made the journey south to Killarney on Saturday morning to take part in the annual Colm Copper football tournament. Dr. Crokes was the venue for the day and it must be noted that the organisation and set up of the competition was second to none. The Jimmies were tied in group 1 with Skerrie Harps(Dublin), Wolf Tones (Clare) and Bantry Blues (Cork). In group 2 was Dr. Crokes (Kerry), St. Finbarrs (Cork), Kilmurray/Brickane (Clare) and St. Colmcilles (Meath). James’ faced Skerrie Harps in their opening game and found it very difficult to get to grips with this particular match. The Dublin side were the better team and in this game and prevailed winners. Up next for the Jimmies was Bantry Blues of Cork and James’ played very well in this game. Unfortunately the Jimmies were narrowly defeated and despite losing this game it did not knock their spirits. Having played back to back games, the boy’s from Galway city had a break before thier final group game. The players then got to meet Colm Copper, one of the all time greats. Colm spoke to the players and they got their photographs taken with the Kerry legend. Up next were Wolf Tones from Clare and James’ finally got off the mark win a win. The Jimmies convincingly dispatched of their opponents in this tie. Furthermore,it was Bantry Blues who topped the group and James’, Skerrie Harps and Wolf Tones were all level on points. When the score difference was calculated up the group became a lot clearer. Blues and Tones qualified for the cup semi-finals and the Jimmies and Harps advanced to the shield semi-finals of the competition. Keith Murphys side faced host club Dr. Crokes in the semi-finals and this game was an exciting affair. Nonetheless, James’ took their scores well and emerged winners from this tie. Skerrie Harps awaited James’ in the final and this was to be no repeat from the opening group game. In addition, this match had it all from kick passing to running off the shoulder etc. The excitement and entertainment in the first half was exceptional to say the least. The sides were level at the interval 3-2 a piece. James’ had rocky start and found themselves 9 points behind in the opening 5 minutes. Nevertheless, the jimmies clawed their way back into the game and leveled the game at halftime. The second half would see Harps only score 2 points and James’ added a tally of scores which aided them to victory. The final score James’ 7-5 Skerrie Harps 3-4. James’ received the sliverware from none other than Colm Copper during the presentations. It must be noted that this tournament was extremely beneficial for the development of all players that participated on the day. Colm spoke about the importance of player development and that all players and coaches should be concentrating on developing the basic skills and practicing these on a regular basis. furthermore, he added ‘it is great to see so many young players playing football today and I hope that ye will always remember this tournament in years to come’. After the awards ceremony it was off to the Clare Inn Hotel for the victory Banquet. A super day was had by all and an official club statement from club chairperson David Henry was issued to Dr. Crokes for their great hospitality.

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