Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Juvenile Notes - 3rd October

U-14 County Champions
On Saturday week last at Fraher Field our U-14 hurlers contested the Div.4 County Final against a strong and committed St. Molleran’s side. The game was in the balance for much of the fifty minutes but the young Abbeyside boys showed true grit and determination to see off the challenge of the Eastern country club with a margin of six points at the final whistle. Indeed it was the ever evident team spirit which helped our boys to victory with a never say die attitude.
Abbeyside started the game at a high tempo and soon saw themselves five points clear albeit with the aid of a strong breeze. All five forwards linked well together to create space and opportunities for scores and to their credit each of them passed unselfishly to the player in the better position in order to achieve those scores. Meanwhile at the other end our goalkeeper had to be on his toes to prevent St. Molleran’s long range efforts from reaching the net. Three great saves from just under the crossbar kept Abbeyside firmly in control of the game. The fact that the Eastern side were reduced to long range shots was largely due to the tight marking of all five Abbeyside defenders and our midfield partnership duly worked tirelessly to link defence and attack in that first half.
However, as the first half drew to a close both sides exchanged goals and it became obvious that St. Molleran’s were going to fight all the way for the title. Another goal towards the end of the first half brought St. Molleran’s to within two points and so despite having the lion’s share of the position in that half We found ourselves just two points ahead at the interval. Facing a stiff breeze in the second half it was hard to see how the young men from Abbeyside would hold on to their slender lead.
The second half took on a similar pattern to the first with Abbeyside winning the battle in the early exchanges but gradually the boys from the East began to pick off some long range scores with the aid of an ever stiffening breeze. However, the true spirit of this team came to the fore when we fell behind by two points midway through the second half. Where many a team would have fallen into the trap of giving out to one another when things are not going your way, it was fantastic to witness each and every player rally behind one another with shouts of encouragement. The young boys got their just rewards with ten minutes remaining when a move which began with a fine save from our goalkeeper, worked its way from our backline, through midfield and into our forwards and the ball was sweetly despatched to the back of the net.
Having gained the momentum our lads were determined not to relinquish the lead again. With two points between the sides and just minutes remaining we were awarded a free some 25m from the goal. In true ‘Brian Cody style no instruction was given from the side-line – the player’s decision and the correct one as the sliotar was expertly despatched the back of the net. Another point scored on the call of full-time saw the Abbeyside boys run out deserving winners on a score line of 4-11 to 4-5.
Straight after the game the team captain for the day, Tiernan Fagan, accepted the trophy on behalf of the team and in his speech he thanked all involved in this great achievement. He also paid tribute to the referee and his officials and to Bord na n-Óg and all at Fraher Field. The boys enjoyed the celebrations afterwards at McDonalds.
Panel: John Power, Jack Dwane, Paddy Dwane, Cian Power, Meldan Dwyer,  Jamie Walsh, Tommy Walsh, Paul Wade, Michael O’Riordan, James Riordan, Daithi Brunnock, Johnny Treen, Michael Kiely, Dean Beresford, Sean Kent, Jake O’Riordan, Tiernan Fagan, Cian Fagan, Ruairi Cusack, Cian Fagan.

U-13 County Champions
On Saturday last at Fraher Field our U13 hurlers contested the Div.1 County Final against De La Salle, our conquerors in the U14 division. De La Salle, playing with a strong breeze at their backs raced into an early lead with a couple of good goals. Abbeyside then pulled a goal of their own back to bring themselves back into the game. However, De La Salle went up the other end and grabbed a couple of more goals. After a tough 25 minutes, the half time score was 4-6 to 1-4 in favour of De La Salle. Abbeyside not playing as well as they could and De La Salle were finding scores easier to come by. Game over surely? Well if it was, no one told the Abbeyside boys.
Playing with the breeze was always going to be a big help but the lads had an eleven point deficit to overturn. After a couple of substitutions and some positional changes saw Abbeyside begin to play the way they know best. The boys began eating into this lead with a couple of goals from Seán Crotty; who would go on to finish with an incredible 4-3 from play. He certainly wasn’t outscored by his marker today! The longer the game went on, the stronger Abbeyside got. The defence was outstanding, limiting De La Salle to just two points in the entire second half. Further goals from Seán Crotty and James Riordan finished the game for Abbeyside and there were joyous scenes as the final whistle blew. They had turned an eleven deficit at half time into a five point win. Abbeyside 5-10 De La Salle 4-8.
This was a magnificent team performance from 1-15 and all the subs involved. With incredible scoring and some magnificent defending; Abbeyside produced it all in the second half. Well done boys on an outstanding performance overall. Well done also to the management team who have worked tirelessly all year with this team and have got their rewards.
Straight after the game the team captain Bearach Moore, accepted the trophy on behalf of the team and in his speech he thanked all involved in this great achievement.
The panel for the day was: Aaron Beresford, Jack Kiely, Shane Ahearne, Padraig Moore, Bearach Moore, Gearoid Hallinan, Tom Looby, Sean Whelan Barrett, Sean Crotty, David Montgomery, Mark Twomey, Fionn Gibson Kiely, John Power, Meldan Dwyer, Jamie Walsh, Tommy Walsh, James Riordan, Johnny Treen, Shane Kiely Michael Kiely.

U13 County Hurling Champions
There were a number of school matches this past week involving many of our club members. On Wednesday last, Coláistí na nDéise began the defence of their crown with a win over Doon CBS on a scoreline of 3-13 to 1-13. It proved to be tough game for Coláistí na nDéise, who despite having a nine point lead at half time, needed a couple of late goals to ensure victory. Next up for Coláistí na nDéise is St Caimins today at 1.30 in Tipp town.
Then on Friday last, St. Augustine’s College played Carrignavar from Cork in the U16½ championship in Old Parish. The Friary were slow to start and trailed at half time but produced an inspiring second half display to record a two point win on a scoreline of 2-16 1-17.

Croke Park
Sunday morning the 23rd of September was a very memorable day for the People of Mayo and Donegal but it was an even more memorable day for James O Riordan the young Abbeyside boy travelled to Croke Park with his mun and dad to play on the hallowed turf at half time. Representing his school Scoil Mhuire Abbeyside his club and his parish was surely a memory that will live long in the memory of this young man. His mother a proud Kerry woman watched on as her son lined out in the Donegal colours.
Club History
Abbeyside / Ballinacourty GAA Club was formed in 1967 as a result of the amalgamation of Abbeyside Hurling and Football Clubs and Ballinacourty Football Club. It is situated within the Parish of Abbeyside, Ballinroad and Garranbane. Located on the eastern side of the River Colligan, it forms the northern and eastern shorelines of Dungarvan Harbour from Abbeyside Church to Ballinacourty Lighthouse
Development Fund
Abbeyside/Ballinacourty GAA Club has been growing at a dramatic pace over the past 10 years with the population of our parish increasing rapidly. We must ensure that we have the best facilities for all our players. We want to ensure that the next generation have the facilities that they need and deserve. We are asking supporters and friends to support this project over the next five years.
Strategic Plan
Past generations have had their visions for the future of our club. These are our current aims and with these achieved we hope to hand on the club to future generations in the same healthy state it was passed onto us.
Abbeyside/Ballinacourty GAA Club, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, Ireland.
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