Terrible weather conditions couldn’t dampen the spirits of the teachers and children from 10 local primary schools in the Balbriggan area, that descended on O’Dwyer’s GAA club recently for the annual 9 -a -side football blitz.
The blitz was the brain child of teacher, Paul Kelleher from Bracken ETNS and Denise Corcoran in 2015 and it is growing in popularity ever since. As the group stages got underway, spectators were treated to a refreshing brand of attacking football sprinkled with fantastic individual performances, most notably Padraig Keogh from Gaelscoil Bhaile Brigín and Jessy Arogundade from Bracken ETNS.
The competition exploded into life at the semi final stages as Balscadden NS and Lusk NS played out a thrilling match with both schools looking to book a place in the final. In the dying minutes, Balscadden laid siege to the Lusk goal, but the young boys from Lusk were resilient and had the courage to see the game through. The final was between Lusk NS and Gaelscoil Bhaile Brigín to decide the destination of the cup for 2017.
As the final whistle sounded it was the boys from Gaelscoil Bhaile Brigín that celebrated as they had won back to back titles. Lusk NS showed great sportsmanship after the final and congratulated the Gaelscoil. The player of the tournament (which was selected by referees Michael and Ciara) was goalkeeper Jessy Argundade from Bracken ETNS. Well done to all the schools who participated in the blitz, the future is looking bright for Dublin football.