An Caisleain Nua Thiar Bord na nÓg emerged in the 1970s to cater for U16 down, and the juvenile and adult club reaped huge benefits in the 1980s as a result of the foundations laid and the work completed in these early days, with the club enjoying great success on both the hurling and football field at juvenile and adult level.
The juvenile club has had some very successful years since the turn of the century, in both codes, and has contributed hugely to the success of the adult club. NCW GAA juvenile club has a dual-code ethos and we are very proud of the fact that we compete at a high level, and are successful, in both codes. The juvenile club enjoyed a particularly successful year in 2020 winning County titles in U16 Premier Hurling and U14 Hurling Division 3. Our U16 Hurlers, under Roger Hayes, Eoin Cremin and Tom Ryan, defeated Monaleen to win the Premier hurling title for the first time in our club's history - an achievement we are incredibly proud of within the club.
In 2023 NCW GAA juvenile club caters for hurling and football at U7, U9, U11, U13, U15 and U17 age groups and is always open to new members! Here’s a quick overview of how our 2022 season went 😊
U17: With only a handful of players on the age, we viewed this season as building and developing our squad for the future with the squad comprising mostly of U16s, U15s and some talented U14s. We competed in Division 2 Hurling with a very impressive win over Ballybrown (who ended up winning the title) and encouraging performances against Patrickswell and St. Kierans. We competed in Division 3 Football with impressive wins over Mountcollins, Askeaton and Mungret but came up against some very physical teams towards the end of the season and finally bowing out in the Sheild Semi Final v Cappamore. Congratulations to Diarmuid Lyons who represented Limerick in the Minor Hurling Championship and along with Cathal Hayes won the All-Ireland U16 Hurling title for Limerick. Congratulations also to Andrew Lyons who lined out with the Limerick U16 Footballers. Thanks to the U17 management team in 2022 of Patrick Coffey, Darren McCarthy and Roger Hayes.
U15: Our U15s competed in Division 1 Football and Division 2 Hurling. In 2022, Football Divisions 1 and 2 were merged as Division 1 which saw us competing with some very strong sides. Ultimately it proved a tough season for the boys competing in a very hard group. We started Division 2 Hurling with an impressive win v Patrickswell, but then we had no luck at all for the remaining matches leaving points behind us v Belville, Killacolla and Adare (all drawn matches) and a narrow loss v Garryspillane. Congratulations to our Limerick Underage Academy players from this group - Paul Logue and Jack Gallagher (U15 Football), Rory Vaughan and Tristan Kirwan (U14 Football) and Declan O'Grady and Leon O'Flynn (U14 Hurling). Huge credit and gratitude is due to the players and the management team of Darren McCarthy, Patrick Coffey, John Peter Cremin, Declan O'Keeffe and Richie Vaughan for the continual progression in this group.
U13: Our U13s had an incredible season competing in Division 2 in both codes. Our U13 hurlers 🏆 won 🏆 the U13 Division 2 county final with a skilful and determined performance over a strong Granagh/Ballingarry side. This followed an excellent season with 10 wins (including a fine Semi-Final win over Patrickswell) and just 3 defeats. Equally impressive were our U13 Footballers who finished 2nd in the group stages with 5 wins and 2 defeats. A 3-way playoff was needed to decide the Championship and Shield placings with NCW progressing to the Shield. Following an impressive victory over Bruff in the Semi-Final the boys narrowly lost out to Na Piarsiagh in the Final. Well done to the boys on a very successful year. Everyone at the club are immensely proud of your achievements. A massive thank you to Pat Horgan, Mike Collins, Ben Finnegan, Tom Ryan, Seamie O'Keeffe and Tony Kelly for all the work they have done with the boys over the past number of years, the hard work is really paying off!
U11: The club had quite a large group of U11s in 2022. We had 38 players registered and the boys competed well in both codes throughout the year. We finished up the year with a highly enjoyable in-house hurling league. It’s great to see such numbers and augurs well for the future. The boys are looked after by Evan Egan, Pa Sullivan Mike Gray, Aidan McMahon, Mike Dowling, Conor Whelan, Joe Hayes, Donal Lynch and William Brouder.
U9: We have a group of approx. 35 U9s in the club. We commenced early April and have had a really great year of training and county blitzes. The blitzes have been a great success, getting the kids to some great clubs throughout our county. Some other one-off games arranged were also a great success. We also attended the Munster Hurling Blitz in Caherlohan, Co. Clare which was also a great experience for the kids (apart from the challenging weather conditions!). The coaches have really put great time into this group and the group has really improved on the basic skills of our games during the year. A massive Thank You to all coaches and helpers - Pa O'Connor, Jonathan Carey, Michelle Herbert, Donie Gleeson, Brian Fitzgerald, Keith Brouder, Brian Geary, David McAuliffe, Joe Triggs, Valerie Noonan, Mike O'Grady, Trudy Dooley and Susan Gleeson
U7: We had 50 kids in Our beginner and u7 group in 2022. The kids improved week on week where fun was the main focus. They participated in hurling and football blitzes organised by the county board throughout the year. They also played an end of season blitz in UL organised by Declan Brouder where they played teams from Drom Broadford, Monaleen and Doon. This day finished with a great afternoon in Kidstown. Cian Lynch made the kids year when he attended on the final night to present certificates to the boys. The coaches for 2022 were Tony O'Connor, Declan Brouder, Owen Whelan, Patrick Nelligan, Paul Hough, Joe Triggs, Stephen Nix, Richie Kelleher, Dan Cahill, Damien Garrihy, Mike McMahon, Brian Geary, Jamie Riri, Pa O'Sullivan and Evan Egan.
In addition to the coaches and mentors the underage teams get great assistance from parents and friends who undertake various important tasks such as group texting, organisation/cleaning of gear, jerseys etc and organisation for the hosting of visiting clubs to NCW. NCW Bord na nÓg would like to sincerely thank all of those who support our teams, on and off the field, and contribute to the running of our proud club.
If anyone is interested in their child joining one of the underage teams for 2023, or if they would like further information on the structure and setups, please get in contact with any of the club officers or email email@example.com