On August 24th, 17 teams from Dublin, Sligo, Laois, Galway, Carlow, Longford, Mayo and Limerick, consisting of over 170 youth players, traveled to Limerick UL, Limerick, to compete in our annual Under 15 Boys and Girls national GAA Rounders Feile. After thirtyone games of Rounders, we crowned two first ever All Ireland Champions.
Emo of Laois battled Breaffy, Cuchulainn and Ioma in their preliminary games, and paired against Breaffy, again in the Semi-Finals. Emo would eventually go on to become Under 15 Boys All Ireland Champions, after beating The Heath, 20-11 in the final. This would be Emo's first ever time to take the honours in the Boys.
Emo, Laois, Under 15 Boys All Ireland Champions
Emo Girls managed to go undefeated all day, seeing off tough competition from Cuchulainn, Athenry, Fenagh and Breaffy. This girls earned their spot in the Final, which they would go on to narrowly win 11-10 against local club, The Heath. These girls also made club history as the first set of players to win the John Golden Cup.
Emo, Laois, Under 15 Girls All Ireland Champions
Our Under 14 & 16 Mixed Feile took place the following morning. 280 youth players from Dublin, Meath, Laois, Carlow, Mayo and Limerick, traveled to UL, to compete. After thirty games of Rounders, we crowned our last set of underage All Ireland Champions, which were also both from Laois.
The Heath started their quest for a 15th reign with the Under 14 Mixed. Facing stiff competition from Emo, Ballybrown 2, Cuchulainn, Breaffy 2 and managed to win all these games. They now met Ballybrown 1 in the final, which they went on to win 36-16.
The Heath, Laois, Under 14 Mixed All Ireland Champions
Emo again made club history, winning the Under 16 Mixed for the very first time, after 8 years of trying. They faced Cuchulainn, Breaffy 2 and Limekiln in the early round matches. They would go on to meet Cuchulainn in the final, winning this 34-14.
Emo, Laois, Under 16 Mixed All Ireland Champions