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GAA 125 - Over 35's Competition
12th August 2009
As part of Dunloy Cuchullains celebrations for the 125th Anniversary of the GAA they hosted an Over35 Masters competition, our neighbours extended an invitation to St.Mary's to participate. Rasharkin veterans couldn't resist the opportunity to roll back the years and blow the cobwebs from the old boots.

With no time to spare, under the stewardship of Noel O'Boyle, Owen "the brown man" Quinn and Big Shaky Decky O'Boyle a complete training timetable was drew up. This was tough and gruelling for the first five minutes before our old pros relaxed into their traditional caught / kick pattern.

The competition worked out favourably for us as Milligan, our 1st round opponents, failed to show and with Kilrea in the next round fielding minors we received passport through to the final with old rivals Dunloy. This was like a repeat of the old Kerry / Dublin clashes of the 70's neither team having the sense to back down.

The game was very entertaining for the large crowd who turned out with some great performances on both sides. Our boys did us proud and can open their shoulders hold their heads high over the Tullaghans.

Sean Hardy was ever reliable between the posts, Mickey Hardy and Darren O'Boyle were the supporting defending as Aiddy Crawford, Damien Mc Ferran and Steven Hardy decided to hold the back and sit tight. Chairman Brian O'Neill donned his boots and proved there's life in the old dog yet!

A fresh John Mc Neill and towering Big O worked like Trojans around the middle of the park, while up front we Tommy "the penalty King" Darragh, Patrick Kennedy, Terry Hasson, Johnny McErlaine and Liam Hardy proved they still have it. Man of the match deservedly went to Paul McFerran who, as always, played the blue and amber shirt off his back.