Cabra regroup to upset Gabriels

Gaelic football is in full swing and round 2 of the Digicel Gaelic League produced plenty of memorable incidents last week at the rugby club on South Sound.

It was thronged with players and spectators as all eight teams in the men’s and women’s leagues were in action. There were some big scores and some thrilling displays as every team turned up with large squads and showed that the 2011 league will be a real hard-fought battle all the way to finals day in June.

The day’s curtain raiser saw men’s league table toppers Gabriels (red) take on Cabra Gaels (blue). The Gaels were keen to get their season back on track and make amends for their opening day loss whilst Gabriels were eager to build on their great performance on the opening weekend and cement their place at the top of the leader board.

Tom Elliott and Denis Rowe were both available for selection for Cabra after missing the opening day and their presence helped to inspire their teammates into a great display of attacking football. All the opening day errors and wayward shooting were a distant memory as they produced a sensational display of the very highest quality and they made Gabriels pay dearly with some ruthless finishing. Cabra ran out winners 19-8.

It was then on to the ladies as Buffer’s Alley (blue) and Oliver Plunketts (white) took to the field. Buffers Alley claimed a total of 12 points which were scored by Bobeth O’Garro, Emma Ward, Tammy Fu, Sandra Parton and Sinead Wagner, bringing the final score to 12-4.

The second men’s match saw the Wolfe Tones (white) take on the Western Gaels (green). The Gaels were desperate to avoid a repeat of their opening day defeat and it was they that showed the greater desire and hunger throughout. Gaels were somewhat flattered by a final scoreline of 14-4.

The last game saw the ladies teams of Na Piarsaigh (green) take on Sarsfields (red). Na Piarsaigh started the game with a powerhouse of energy, with quick points from Abbey Le Cornu (0-2) and Rosie O’Connor (0-3), but Sarsfields came back in a nail biting second half with each team finishing on six points a piece.

It was a great day of football. The men’s and the women’s leagues are very finely poised with all the teams proving to be extremely competitive and they will all feel that they can prevail when the honours are handed out.

The next training session is at the International School in Camana Bay on Thursday 10 February at 6pm and this is open to everyone and is a great way to fine tune skills.

The next round of the League will be held on Sunday 13 February and all the matches can be viewed on the Backchat channel on For general queries contact: [email protected]

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