The week-end commenced with the Kevin’s Heroes and Donore Credit Union ABC Nursery on Saturday morning. It was another enjoyable session, with the nursery players buoyed on by the musical hits provided by Eoghan Redmond.
As Naomh Fionbarra were unable to travel to Dolphin Park for the under 14 hurling league tie, there were no home games down for Saturday. However, the under 13’s travelled north side and had a good win against Parnell’s, nudging them up the table into joint third position.
Despite the Intermediate Camogie Shield final against St Olaf’s being rescheduled, Sunday remained a busy day commencing with the minor championship against St Jude’s. It was a good overall performance with the minors coming out on top 3-10 to 1-11, which qualifies them for the quarter-final stages. It seemed like a long time coming, with all the stopping and starting, but the under 15’s played their last group game of the Feile and beat St Mark’s. Unfortunately, it was not enough to qualify, but it was good to end on a positive note. With the beautiful weather, the squad decided to dine out to mark the end of the Feile and celebrated with some grub from the local Apache pizza shop. Many thanks to Deirdre Kedney, Des Cox and young Ciaran Halton for all their work with this squad. We look forward to seeing this team progress, as there are a number of players capable of making it all the way onto the top adult team in a few years.
With the Friday nights getting darker at an earlier time, the regular Adult and Under 12 Social Rounders gatherings have ceased for the winter. However, a group of clubs have formed an inaugural Dublin Social Rounders Mixed League and Kevin’s have signed up.
Our opening game was against the newly formed Dublin Metropolitans club. we had already arranged a Ladies friendly so agreed a format of playing two games of three innings each. The Ladies game remained a friendly and the Mixed game was for league points. Kevin’s played one ladies game previously in 2020, but with a new group of parents and recent joiners, this was a first Ladies game for most of the players. The Mets won the toss and chose to field first, which meant Kevin’s were first up to bat. The Mets bowling and fielding was of a high standard, putting our big hitting batters under pressure straight from the start, but we managed to get three home. It was Maireád O’Dowd’s first game as a bowler and she found her form very early and Kevin’s held the Mets to 1 run. Kevin’s added another 5 in the second innings, but the Mets hit form scoring 9 runs and with one inning left Kevin’s were 8-10 down. Kevin’s needed 2 runs to stay in the game, but the batters stepped up and scored 11 runs putting serious pressure on the Mets. The visitors now needed 9 runs to get a draw and 10 to win, but some good fielding from Katie Glynn and Merilin Neiland the Kevin’s ladies managed to get the opposition out for zero runs. The now experienced Serena Scott (who has been keeping her Dublin Softball All-Star quiet) and Noeleen Moriarty batted very well throughout and Rosemary Hugh’s ability to run faster than the opposition can think, got her around the bases on 4 occasions. However, the statistic of the day goes to Liz McMahon who started in both games and had also played against Limekiln earlier in the year and now holds the club record of having never lost a game representing the club. With a few strong players unavailable on the day, this squad has lots of potential. The Ladies are now preparing for a blitz in St Maur’s of Rush on Friday the 15th October.
Runs Per Innings: 3:1, 5:9, 11:0. Final Score: 19:10. Runs Scored By: Rosemary McHugh (4), Serena Scott (4), Merilin Neiland (3), Noeleen Moriarty (3), Mairead O’Dowd (2), Fern Daly (2), Katie Glynn (1)
In the Mixed game Kevin’s offered the Mets the option of batting or fielding and the visitors decided to bat first. It was a quick innings as Adrian Scott (second base) and Aidan Lynskey (short stop) caught the visiting batters out. However, the Mets returned the favour and also fielded well with Dáithí Ó hAoláin getting the sole run, making it 1-0 going into the second innings. Unfortunately for the Mets, Kevin’s pitching and fielding remained on form and while the Mets did get in for 1 run, Kevin’s pulled away in the bottom of the second innings with 10 runs. Serena Scott and newcomer Tomás Keys took advantage of some rookie decision making errors by the Mets and got in for 2 runs each. Another newcomer Andrew Huber also got on the scoreboard, as a result of his good batting. The Mets needed 10 runs to stay in the game and their bating improved. Unfortunately one monster bat was caught by another Kevin’s newcomer, Connor Cahill in centre outfield. The Mets got 2 more home, but the game ended 11-3 in favour of Kevin’s. Next up for the Mixed team is a home game against Skyrne of Meath.
Runs Per Innings:1:0, 10:2, -:1. Final Score: 19:10. Runs Scored By: Dáithí Ó hAoláin (2), Merilin Neiland (2), Serena Scott (2), Tomás Keys (2), Adrian Scott (1) Fern Daly (1), Andy Huber (1)
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