Blustery conditions welcomed two Galway, two Roscommon, two Mayo, one Sligo and finally one Leitrim team to Carnmore Galway for the Connacht Hurling Feile on Saturday last, with Leitrim in action in Group 2.
Close to 200 U-14 hurlers from the province of Connacht were in action as counties use this blitz as a precursor to the various underage intercounty championships which take place in August.
The draws for the annual Tony Forrestal A, B and C competitions take place within the next week as expectation is considerable that Connacht underage sides will be contenders in all three grades.
A high standard of fare resulted over the four hours with each team present playing three games within their group as thankfully the inclement weather experienced early morning subsided as the day matured allowing comfort for hurlers and spectators.
Following the games all players attending the event were hosted a meal by Connacht GAA as this event is going from strength to strength and is a key event in the underage hurling programme undertaken each season by Connacht GAA games development committee.
Connacht GAA director of hurling Damien Coleman was on hand alongwith members of Connacht GAA council staff to help run the event. Connacht GAA provincial games manager John Tobin thanked Carnmore GAA club for once more providing their excellent facilities and was “delighted with the excellent skills on hand by players from all counties and wished the team mentors and players ever success this August and the seasons ahead”.