On Saturday last our Under 16’s travelled to Walsh Park to play in the Division 1 Football County Final against De La Salle. The boys started very well with brilliant defending, passing, tackling, blocking and scoring and led at half time 0-9 to 0-2 playing with a strong breeze. In the second half they upped their intensity even more and played an excellent team game and ended with a well deserved win 0-13 to 1-2. After the game Eoin Flynn received the cup of behalf of the team. After the match the team returned to the Park Hotel for a celebratory lunch.
Panel: Jake O’Riordan, Eoin Ahearne, Seán Kent, Eoin Flynn Cian Fagan, Dáithí Brunnock Meldan O’ Dwyer, Shane Kiely, James Riordan, Jake Moore, Ben Flynn, Dean Beresford, David Hayes, Michael Kiely, Danny Reynolds, Jamie Walsh, Oisin Hallahan, Senan Travers, Eoin Bohane, Cian O’ Riordan, Ruairi Cusack, David Shields, Sean Roche, Patrick Fitzgerald, Rory Ahearne.
Well done to our Under 13 football team who on Sunday morning last produced their best display of the championship so far to win the Western Under 13 Football title. They beat a strong St Pats team in the final by 4-5 to 5 points at the Fraher Field. This team has trained very hard since the start of the championship and after a shaky enough start to the campaign the team improved with every game to be crowned worthy champions at the end. A big thank you must go to all the players, management and parents involved. We now move onto the County Final where we will take on the Eastern champions.
Our minor football team took on Dungarvan on Thursday night last at home. Our team played well throughout to come away with victory in the end against a gallant Dungarvan display.
We played the county football semi final last Tuesday evening at a rain soaked Tramore. Unfortunately we lost out by the narrowest of margins on the night, but we cannot fault the effort of the lads in training or playing matches. We are due to play a Western Football Final this Saturday morning in Fraher Field versus the Nire. Preparations continue for the Féile which is on the 3 weeks.
Our U12s hurlers took on An Ghaeltacht in the fourth round of the Town and Country League. The weather was not the best on the night but the lads played well under the circumstances and won at the final whistle. Our next game is against St Patricks on the 3rd June. The panel was: Charlie Gough, Oisin Brazil, Andrew Norris, Jack Kiely, Michael Walsh, Fergie Slevin, Charlie Treen, Jack McGrath, Rian Cosgrave, Seanie Callaghan, Rory Tyrell, Tomás Nee, Conor Bohane, Aidan Higgins, Eoin Kiely, Mark McCarthy, Edmond Spratt and Eddie Phelan.
Our Under 10 hurling team played a friendly match against An Rinn on Wednesday night last and against Lismore on Monday night last in preparation for the annual Ballyduff Upper blitz which takes place on Friday night next.
Underage Academy - “Mini” All-Ireland Hurling Series
Our “Mini” All-Ireland Hurling Series for U8 & U9 got underway on Saturday morning last at the club grounds. We played a total of six (6) games in the fabulous May sunshine. In Round 1, there was wins for Kilkenny over Dublin, Clare over Tipperary & Galway over Limerick. In Round 2, there was a draw between Dublin & Tipperary, who each scored five goals. Kilkenny recorded their 2nd win, when they beat Galway, whilst Clare & Limerick, played an exciting draw with a score of four (4) goals each. We will feature a number of games each week & this week, we watched Dublin play Kilkenny & Tipperary.
Dublin versus Kilkenny - Kilkenny made a great start, they were first to score, & with strong performances from Tomas Barrett & Jonathan Tutty, and they quickly built up a halt-time lead of two goals to one. Dublin responded well, with James O’Donnell scoring & who it must be said, was extremely unlucky not to have bagged 3 or 4 goals in the game. Darragh Mansfield stretched the lead for Kilkenny with a fine goal; however further Kilkenny scores were hard earned against a Dublin defence led by Conor Byrne & Caolan Barrett.Kilkenny finished stronger & closed out the game with a two goal advantage, with Sean Kiely & Jack Hurney playing well through-out the game for the winners. Kilkenny go into next week’s games as firm favourites & will be looking to Eoin Hackett, Simon Power & Jake Drummey to keep up the high work rates they put in against Dublin.
Tipperary versus Dublin - This was a very even game, ending five goals each. Either team could have taken the honours however a draw was the fairest result. Louis Simms & Jack Fischer were outstanding for Dublin & never stopped working. Kaelen Barry & Archie Mattiuzzi were very influential for Tipperary, who also had Matthew Walsh, Rian Keohan & Diuran Norris playing well. Tipperary led at half time by two goals to one. It could have been a Tipperary win, only for some excellent saves from Andrew Duggan in the Dublin goal. Charlie Burns raised a number of green flags for Tipperary, who also had good performers in Colm Poland & Oisin Navin.
This week’s games will be as follows:-
Dublin (v) Limerick
Clare (v) Galway
Kilkenny (v) Tipperary
Dublin (v) Clare
Galway (v) Tipperary
Kilkenny (v) Limerick
If you are between the ages of 7 & 9 & would like to participate in the Mini All-Ireland League, please come out to the club grounds on Saturday morning & you will get a game.
Kelloggs Cúl Camp
Our camp for the Kelloggs Cúl Camp this year is from the 4th to the 8th July. This is always a great camp and we always have big numbers attending. To book your place on this camp you can do so online on www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie.
The juvenile club are holding their annual bag pack fundraiser on Thursday 2nd, Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th June in Garveys SuperValu. This fundraiser is vital to raise adequate funding for the juvenile club and all parents are asked to help out volunteering their time. We respectfully ask parents to volunteer two hours on any one of these days to achieve a successful outcome. Please contact our juvenile secretary Audrey on 087 (6987388) if you would be willing to help. All help would be very much appreciated. Thank you.