Phoenix again hosted the annual head to head cricket match for those who protect the State and its Peoples, namely the Defence Forces v Gard
A very competitive game of cricket ensued. The standard of cricket has been improving over the past years and this match offered up a tightly fought contest going down to the wire.
The Defence Forces, led by Brigadier General Paul Fry (retd) took to the field and posted a creditable total of 133 from 25 overs. In reply the Garda team looked in control throughout the game until retirements and loss of wickets brought the game to a nail biting climax where the Defence Forces needed to take just one wicket to win and the Garda required just 3 runs to win, in the last over. On this occasion the Garda team were triumphant.
The après-match presentation was presided over by former Phoenix President, Eugene Ward, who extended a fulsome welcome from Phoenix Cricket Club to our Security Force personnel. The Garda and Defence Force representatives both spoke respectfully of the constructive competition that exists from and within all parts of the Defence Forces and Garda, both on the pitch of play and also in their vital work for the State. On this day, the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the US, a poignant moment of reflection was observed – reinforcing the respect the Irish Defence Forces and Garda have for their colleagues in the US, and the victims whom they serve to defend and protect.
A wonderful day, and one that Phoenix were extremely proud to host. Hopefully the tradition will continue for many years to come.