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Boardsmill’s Annual Meath Road Hurling Championships fantastic success, yet again!!

posted 27 Mar 2011, 11:51 by Suzann McLoughlin   [ updated 29 Mar 2011, 04:09 ]

Now in its 9th year this novel event attracted a huge crowd of 45 teams on Sunday 9th January. For those who have not witnessed this event to date, the Road Hurling course is situated on the Ballyconnell Road and is approximately 1.5 miles in distance. There are 26 sections on the course, each of which is 90 yards long. There are markers within each section at 30 yards, 45, 60 and 75 yards. Each player is allowed one puck per section and points are awarded based on the distance of each puck i.e. where the sliotar first bounces. Sliotars must bounce on the road for points to be scored. Teams consist of 3 players and prizes are awarded to highest aggregate team score as well as highest individual scorer.


It was 10.30am on Sunday morning when the first participants were stepping up on to the ‘1st tee’ and the weather gods were good to the organizers with dry and bright conditions prevailing. Numerous clubs from Meath had players in attendance and along with a strong representation from the host club; Dunboyne and Kildalkey hurlers were also out in force. Also taking part were teams from Trim and Drumree and from the camogie clubs of Boardsmill, Trim and Dunboyne.


The now infamous ‘Half Way House’ again proved popular with all participants and onlookers. The house host Peter Dixon was generously serving his homemade brew- known to all as Peter’s Punch. Also serving refreshments along the route was Veronica Bird and family and with hot soup and rolls being served up by Bridgie Guy at Boardsmill Hall at the end of the day- nobody went home hungry or thirsty!


The good weather was resulting in some good scores coming in at the finish and the team event was claimed by a combination of Dunboyne representatives; Neil Hackett, Paul Fagan and Jimmy Boyle. The Individual Prize was claimed by host club player Joe Cotter. Winner of the Ladies Prize for the highest individual ladies score was Edel Guy from Trim Camogie Club and the winning ladies title was claimed by Boardsmill Camogie Club’s Avril Gorman, Michela Stellini and Haidee Kelly. These prizes were presented by Vincent’s son, Seamus and the presentations took place in Kiely’s Bar where prizes were presented on behalf of main sponsor, Ivan Pratt. Local TD Noel Dempsey could not attend this year but he once again donated beautiful crystal trophies for the winning team along with a perpetual trophy.


An enjoyable day was had by all and if you haven’t yet sampled the atmosphere at this unique event, then come along next year and see for yourself!