The Under 13 Football County Final goes ahead this Saturday morning in Walsh Park at 11:45 where we take on Gaultier. Please get down to the game and show your support for the team.
Sincere thanks are sent to those who volunteered for bag pack at the weekend gone by, to those customers who supported us and to Garveys for allowing us to host the event which was a great success and vital to raise funds for our juvenile section.
Best of Luck
All in the club would like to wish our Under 14 hurler Niall Buckley all the best of luck when he participates in the All Ireland Hurling Skills competition in Dublin representing Waterford on this Saturday coming.
Our Under 14 team became the Western Football Champions on Saturday of last week in the Fraher Field. This was a very hard fought win and certainly a game of two halves with the Nire leading 2-2 to 0-2 at half time with Jack Riordan and Daniel Treen trying hard to contain the Nire forwards. Our second half performance was a truly excellent effort with our replacement corner backs Oisin O Riordan and Sean Lanigan taking control and our brilliant full back Jamie Moylan dominating that section of the field. Our forwards who started slowly, really got on top and when Ben O’Donovan who received an excellent pass from DJ Kiely burst through the defence and netted it was game on. Our goal keeper Kevin Keoghan was really outstanding between the posts and stopped several goal chances. We were winning possession all over the field with William Beresford and Conor Kent playing well and our centre back Colin Foley who had a fine hour providing great ball into the forwards, where Ben O’Donovan netted his second goal. Our forwards Rian Walsh, Eoin Flynn, Darragh Slevin, Niall Buckley and Tadgh Collins and substitutes Tony Dwyer, Joe Flynn all now playing well and winning possession . Just before the final whistle up stepped our midfielder DJ Kiely who had an excellent game to kick a point and level the game which put it into extra time.
We started the extra time with some excellent play with our other midfielder Alec Norris really getting on top in the middle of the field and then substitute Adam Carroll Lawlor drove the ball into the top corner of the net to give us a bit of breathing space. With William Beresford now operating at full forward doing really well, we battled hard for the final few minutes for a very deserving win with a score line of 3-6 to 2-7. Our captain Colin Foley received the trophy after the game. We would also like to wish James Cowler the best of luck as he returns to the UK and has been a very good player since he took up GAA only two years ago. Well done to the entire panel, which also included John Joe Queally, Ronan Foley, Sean Sullivan, Louis Campbell, Kaylem Beresford and Cathal Cosgrove.
The Under 14 Hurling Championship then threw in last Monday night when we played Lismore at home. We were slow starting and were down 2-6 to 0-2 at half time but played well in the second half losing out by 2 points. Our next game is away to Roanmore - result in next week’s notes. Féile is closing in fast with only a couple of weeks left before this big weekend is here.
Under 11 Hurling
Huge thanks to Donnchadh Dunne Electrical who has kindly sponsored a set of jerserys for the U11 team this year. The boys will get to wear them for the first time in their upcoming Town & Country match against Youghal, when the Cork team visit the Burgery on Friday evening (June 10th) with throw in at 6:30pm. Report on the match in next week’s notes.
|U11 Jersey Presentation|
by Donncha Dunne Electrical Contractor
Our Under 8 team will take part in a football blitz on Saturday morning (11th June) next in the Gold Coast. Hopefully a great day out will be had by all.
Please note that there will not be any underage hurling training for academy players on Saturday morning the 18th June due to the Féile taking place.
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.
Underage Academy - “Mini” All-Ireland Hurling Series
For the 3rd week running we had glorious sunshine, with three exciting and competitive games of hurling in round 5 of our “mini” All-Ireland hurling series. There was a lot hinging on the results of each of the three games and consequently, we had six (6) very eager teams battling for supremacy. Well done to Jack Hurney, who for the 2nd wk in a row, had to correct our score keeper, thanks Jack.
Clare (v) Kilkenny
Series leaders Kilkenny clashed with Clare & it was the banner men who took the honours, enabling them to finish level on points with the noresiders. Clare led at half-time by 3 goals to 2, the main talking point of the game being the clash of brothers Callum & Jonathan Tutty, who each battled sportingly for every ball through-out the game. Rian Burke was in fine form for Clare, contributing four goals, and just when it looked like Kilkenny would take the advantage Charlie Feeney denied them a goal with a spectacular save. This was the turning point of the game and Clare went on to take the honours, despite the best efforts of the under strength Kilkenny men.
Galway (v) Dublin
Dublin took the honours in this high scoring game,game Galway losing the services of Oisin Power with a hand injury in the 1st half. The Galway men re-doubled their efforts to make up for his loss, however it was not to be & Dublin took the points. Caleb Egan Walsh & Owen Morrissey have to be singled out for their work rate throughout the game.
Limerick (v) Tipperary
Without a doubt this was the hardest fought game of the three between these keenest of rivals. The bank holiday week-end had a big impact on Limerick and they had to draft in a guest player, Abigail Henley, who went on to have a stormer in goal and without a doubt denied Tipp multiple goals. Tipp led siege on the Shannon-siders goal through the 1st period; however they only managed to raise one green flag from Matthew Walsh, whilst Nathan Norris had a stand out game. The equaliser came from the hard working Cathal McGrath.
Kaelan Barry scored their 2nd goal and this proved the decisive score. Donal Rowe, Sean Murray, Adam Fitzpatrick, Elliot Henley & Seoin Dowling deserve mention, as despite having fewer players than Tipp they battled gamely.
The All-Ireland finals will be played on Sunday 12th June, commencing at 3pm (Players to be at the venue for 2.20pm).
In an amazing turn of events, it will be a repeat of this week’s pairings in the three (3) finals.
Kilkenny & Clare will battle for the Abbeyside Cup; Dublin & Galway will play for the Ballinroad Cup, whilst the Garranbane Cup will go to the winners of Tipperary & Limerick.
If the last three weeks are any indicator, we will certainly be treated to three exceptionally exciting and tight games of hurling – get there early or you miss out.
Colours for the final:
Galway, Clare, & Tipperary will line out in the Abbeyside colours. In Waterford colours for the day, will be Dublin, Kilkenny & Limerick.
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.