All in the club would like to wish the best of luck to anyone who will be soon be doing state exams and college exams.
Our Under 10 hurling team travelled to Ballyduff on Friday night last to take part in the annual Ballyduff Upper Tournament. We were in Division 1 where on the night we played three games against Clonmel, Sarsfields and Youghal. In the first game we had a fantastic win. In the second we had a narrow defeat and also lost the third game to Youghal. We failed to qualify on the night but played really well in all three matches and it seems like this age group are improving with every match. Well done to all.
Please note that there will not be any underage hurling training for academy players on Saturday morning 18th June due to the Féile taking place.
Congratulations are sent from all in the club to Niall Buckley who recently won the County Féile Hurling Skills competition that was held in the Dungarvan Club Grounds.
Last week the club was well represented in Garranbane National School and Scoil Garbháin for the Féile schools visits of various dignitaries of GAA, Camogie and Handball associations. Benny Shields, Jonathan O’Donovan, Pakie Hurney, Joe Cleary, Niamh Enright, Breda Cleary and Sean Kiely were all present. The club would like to thank the two schools for the invite and thank them both for being so well prepared on the day with a wonderful array of skills of the games, dancing and singing. They were two wonderful days by any standards.
We in the club would also like to congratulate Abbeyside NS who recently won the A section of the West Waterford Primary Schools Hurling competition. They will now compete in the county final. Garranbane also had success lately when they won the county final of the Mini Sevens Hurling competition. Many congratulations to both.
Underage Academy - “Mini” All-Ireland Hurling Series
The 3rd & 4th rounds of our “Mini” All-Ireland Hurling Series for U-8 & U-9 were held on Saturday morning last at the club grounds and we were yet again blessed with glorious sunshine and six (6) exciting games of very competitive hurling.
In Round 3, leaders Kilkenny beat Tipperary, whilst Dublin & Galway had wins over Limerick & Clare by the bare minimum in a pulsating encounter. The talking point of the round was the sporting duel between brothers Nicky & Adam Fitzpatrick.
In Round 4, Clare had a resounding win over Dublin; Galway beat Tipperary by goal, whilst Limerick & Kilkenny were tied on three (3) goals each.
This week’s featured teams are Clare, Galway & Limerick.
Clare (v) Dublin
Clare bounced back following their defeat in Round 3 and made a tremendous start, led by Rian Burke who struck for four (4) goals. The banner men were well served through-out the field by Conor Dalton, Callum Tutty and strong defending from Dan Hayes.
Fionnan Lonergan stretched their lead further with a great goal & the Clare men can be grateful for the powerhouse performances from Joey Riordan & Callum Tutty.
Sean Kiely battled bravely for Dublin through-out and was ably assisted by Eoin Carroll, Callum Donnellan & Conor Byrne.
Charlie Feeney was solid through-out especially when he was in goal. Dublin’s fate was sealed with a hat trick of goals by Aaron Walsh who covered every blade of grass during the game.
This was a great win for Clare, who were under strength due to the unavailability of Prelim Tyrell, who can always be relied upon to give 100percent.
Galway (v) Tipperary
Galway scored a six (6) goals to five (5) win over Tipperary in a very exciting game which hinged on a controversial goal.
The half-time score was two (2) goals a piece with the Galway goals coming from Oisin Power & John Dillon, whilst Diuran Norris & Matthew Walsh raised green flags for Tipp.
The Tribesmen had strong performances from Caleb Egan Walsh, Shane Enright & Daniel O’Connor who is improving in every game. It was a great team performance from Tipperary, with Nathan Norris & Archie Mattiuzzi standing out.
We had seven (7) goals over the course of the 2nd period, as both teams tried their hearts out in a rip roaring encounter.
AJ Hayes & John Dillon stretched Galway’s lead with goals, before Tipp bounced back & after Matthew Walsh scored from a penalty it looked like it would finish all square.
However with only seconds to go, a goal from Oisin Power who gave a man of match display for Galway saw them claim the points. They are a power to be reckoned with and if Sean O’Regan and Owen Morrissey are in as good form next week, they may well knock Kilkenny off the top of the table.
Limerick (v) Kilkenny
A battling display from Limerick, who only had seven (7) players, saw them deprive Kilkenny of their fourth victory. The sides finished level at half time, following goals for Limerick from Cathal McGrath & Donal Rowe, whilst the cats had goals from Jonathan Tutty & Padraig O’ Niadh.
It was nip & tuck through-out the 2nd half, scores were hard earned against resolute defences, with strong displays from Scott Collins & Alex Lubek.
With 30 seconds to go, some good work by Sean Murray, Adam Fitzpatrick & Elliott Henley, put Cathal McGrath through for what looked like the winning goal, however on the stroke of time the battling Jack Hurney equalised for Kilkenny.
Next Week’s Games
Dublin (v) Galway
Clare (v) Kilkenny
Tipperary (v) Limerick
The All-Ireland finals will be played on Sunday 12th June, commencing at 3pm (Players to be at the venue for 230pm). More details next week.
Hurling on the Green - 2016
HOTG is back in 2016 & coming to a green near you very soon. The committee are currently finalising plans for this year’s HOTG, which will run in July & August. More details over the coming weeks.
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 Niamh on 087(9705005) if you would be willing to help. All help would be very much appreciated. Thank you.