Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Juvenile Notes - 31st July

Under 14
Last Monday the 22nd our under 14 team played St Pats in the Western Hurling Final in Fraher Field. Our lads put on a good display of hurling and came away comprehensive winners. This was a positive start to what was a big week for this team.
On Saturday the 27th they played in the County Hurling Championship Final in Walsh Park against De Le Salle. The two teams had met earlier this year in the Feile County Final which was a great game and required two periods of extra time for us to come out on top by a point.  This time our boys played with great intensity from the throw in. In the first half we played against the breeze and went in at half time with a deserved 2-5 to 1-2 lead. The second half started with some excellent skill and determination and despite De Le Salle closing to within 3 pts with 6 minutes to go our boys never lost their composure and pulled away again to record a 3-13 to 3-4 win. This was a great team performance with some excellent scoring from the team considering all the Abbeyside scores came from play.
This is the first time the club has won an under 14 division 1 hurling since 1997. This really topped a memorable season for this panel of players who during the year represented the county in both the Hurling and football Feile finals. Great credit must go to the players and their mentors, for their performance throughout the year, also a word of thanks to all the parents who helped out all year driving and supporting at the games.
Panel: Aaron Beresford, Tommy Walsh, Shane Ahearne, Padraig Moore, Bearach Moore, Gearoid Hallinan, Tom Looby, Sean Crotty, Sean Whelan-Barrett, Shane Kiely, Ben Flynn, James Riordan, Jack Kiely, David Montgomery, Dean Beresford, Jamie Walsh, Mark Twomey, Meldan Dwyer, Daithi Brunnock, Johnny Treen, Michael Kiely, John Power.
Our under 13 squad played their 3rd game in their hurling championship last Thursday night the 25th and had a good win against St. Olivers. Next game in this is against Dungarvan in Abbeyside next Thursday 1st August at 7:00 p.m.

U14 County Hurling Champions & Supporters

Seán Crotty & his Grandfather, Mick Brett celebrate victory
in the County U14 Hurling Championship

Under 12
The Under 12’s travelled to the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick last Tuesday 23rd to play in the Munster hurling blitz. This was a great experience to play other teams from outside the county with all our players getting plenty of game time. After they finished playing Limerick midfielder Paul Browne was on hand to give the lads a tour of the stadium and gave them some insights to playing hurling at inter county level, spoke about training, diet, match days etc. On the way home the group stopped in Thurles to see the minor Munster Final between Waterford and Limerick. Despite the minor result they had an extremely enjoyable day.

Under 9
Our U9s travelled to Lismore on Saturday 20th July last for a hurling blitz. Eleven of the squad were available for selection on the day and each and every one was up for this challenge. From keeper to corner forward, all did their part throughout the day. Our boys reached the final of this event and what a match this turned out to be. Abbeyside v Bride Rovers of Cork stood shoulder to shoulder for the throw-in. The Cork side started the stronger of the two, but it didn't take long for our lads to get to grips with the pace of the game and at the half time whistle they were only trailing by a single point. Come the 2nd half and both sides went score for score at the start but the Cork side looked to be finishing the stronger after going 4pts up with only five minutes remaining. But the villagers dug deep and with their backs to the wall managed to claw their way back into the game and force a draw at the final whistle. No one player could take sole credit for this tenacious come back as it truly was a team effort. And so it was the case that Abbeyside were to take home the silverware on the day because of a higher scoring average throughout the tournament .Thanks to Lismore for the invite and for their hospitality shown to all visitors, during the event. Thanks also once again to the parents that travelled on the day, we all know that we witnessed a cracker.
Players on the day were: Rian Cossie, Oisin Brazil (Capt), Fergie Slevin, Michael Walsh, Jack Kiely, Charlie Treen, Eoin Kiely, Jack McGrath, Sean Callaghan, Rory Tyrell and Charlie Gough. Well done to all involved.

Minor Hurling
Our minor hurling team played their second game in the county minor hurling championship on Wednesday night last. Our opponents on the night were Roanmore and after a titanic battle we ended up losing this game by the slimmest of margins. This game also acted as the match used to play for the Kieran Lennon cup in memory of a man who did so much work for our club down throughout the years.

Outdoor Hurling
Outdoor hurling continues every Saturday morning from 10.30 for boys age five and up. Helmets and hurleys can be purchased through the club at a discounted price.

Lucozade Sports Collection
Lucozade Sport is offering free match and training equipment and clothing. Just drop your caps into the Lucozade sports club collection bag in the club house or, bring to training. The more caps we collect the more gear we can get. For more information contact Carmel on 0872598923. Please get behind this free fundraiser and help our club raise its game.
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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