by Eoin Lawlor
On Sunday 18 August I got to play at half time in the All Ireland minor hurling final. You may be wondering how I was lucky enough to be able to participate in this game and I will explain that now.
I play hurling for my school St Patricks NS Wicklow. In school I am coached by Peadar de Hora and Billy Cuddihy, sixth class teacher and hurler with Eire Og Greystones and Wicklow. One day we were told we were going to have a skills competition to see who would represent our school in the North East Wicklow skills contest.
In the competition we had three skills we had to do the ground strike, soloing and shooting. We were given a certain number of points based on how well we performed in each drill. I managed to win the competition by a point. Therefore I got to go to Bray Emmets pitch with a boy named John who came second place for the next stage of the contest.
When the day arrived, I was a bit nervous going up to Bray but I was fine once I arrived. You had to perform the same skills as we had done in school at the competition. First and second place got to compete in the All Wicklow skills competition. On the day I managed to come first place. I was very excited I couldn’t believe I was going to compete in the All Wicklow skills competition. The winner of that got to play at half time in the All Ireland semi-final.