Jack The Joker
|No. Drawn - 13|
Our ever popular Jack the Joker fundraiser continues this Sunday night in Crotty’s Bar where the jackpot is €2,200 as on Sunday night Louise and Kevin were drawn out of the drum but didn’t manage to find the Joker so they win €50. Paul Lennon and Kieran O’Connor won €25 each. As well as our group of ticket sellers tickets can be purchased from Convenience Store Ballinroad, Village Flowers, Spar, Mousies Takeaway, Minnies Bar, Abbeyside Post Office and Crottys Corner Bar.
On Sunday night last we took on Ballygunner in the quarter final of the Senior Hurling Championship. Playing our best hurling of the year the team led by a goal with 15 minutes to go, only for the pitch to be plunged into darkness as the floodlights failed. Unfortunately it wasn’t possible to get them up and running again and the game was abandoned by the match referee. Hopefully we can repeat our performance this Sunday evening for the re fixture in Fraher Field at 5pm.
TEAM: S. ENRIGHT, M. POWER, E. COLLLINS, B. LOOBY, J. O’MAHONY, C. PRUNTY, S. O’DONOVAN, D. COLLINS, J. HURNEY, P. HURNEY, N. MONTGOMERY, M. O’HALLORAN, M. FERNCOMBE, G. HURNEY, S. DALY.
Our Junior B hurling team traveled to Fraher Field on Friday night last to take on Kilrossanty in the Western Final of the Championship. Our opponents were warm favourites to win the title but the Abbeyside team played with wonderful spirit and no little skill on the night to stick with Kilrossanty right up to the full time whistle, but at the end it was Kilrossanty who emerged victorious and we wish them the very best of luck in County Final. We would like to thank all of the players and selectors for the commitment they showed throughout the year, and they were a credit to the club and indeed the late Mick Collins, who put so much hard work into the Junior B team over the last number of years.
TEAM: J.P. McGRATH, A. O’RAGHNAIGH, D. BYRNE, S. O’GORMAN, T. COLLINS, D. MORISSEY, P. COLLINS, J. MULLEN, B. HENLEY, N. DEE, J. BERESFORD, E. YOUNG, E. BRACKETT, M. MAHER, S. LANIGAN.
SUBS: J. ORGAN, K. DEE.
The club will be staging a Progressive 45 Card Drive in Minnies Bar on Wednesday October 19th at 9pm. We will have more details on this event in the coming weeks.
Our club bingo will continue this Sunday night, with a return to the CBS Hall where the jackpot is €700.
The September draw took place on Friday night last and the club had 2 winners where Stephen Enright won €1000 and Agnes Kirwan won €200.
On behalf of all in the club we would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the late Johnny Hogan, Ballinacourty, who passed away recently. The Hogan family have been involved with our club for generations and Johnny wore both of our club jerseys and indeed the county jersey with distinction for many years. In 1950 Johnny was on both of the club minor teams who were known as St. Augustine’s Rovers at the time, where they defeated Na Brianaigh (Dunhill) in the football County Final, but unfortunately lost the hurling final to Na Riasigh. The following year Johnny led the team to retaining the minor football county title, and they would most certainly have won the county double, only for an exceptional Dungarvan team with the likes of Willie Barron and Tom Cunningham on board, to deny them in the Western Championship. Johnny was selected by both the County Minor Hurling and Football selectors that year and he played on the first Abbeyside Senior Hurling team in the Senior Hurling Championship, where they were defeated by Dungarvan. In 1953 Johnny was on the Abbeyside Senior Hurling team that recorded the clubs first victory in the Senior Hurling Championship, where they defeated Dungarvan.
The hurlers continued to improve in the Championship and in 1955 following wins over Dungarvan, Ballyduff and Tourin they qualified for the County Final, where Johnny lined out at corner forward, but they suffered defeat to Mt Sion. Johnny’s performances for the club were catching the eye of the Senior Hurling County Selectors and he was a member of the County panel that contested the 1957 All Ireland final, whilst he captained the club to another County Final appearance, but unfortunately they suffered another defeat to a star studded Mt Sion team. After many years of trying, 1962, finally saw the Ballinacourty Footballers win their first piece of silver ware as they defeated Ring in the Western Junior Football league, with Johnny lining out in his usual corner forward position. The county final against Erins Own finished in a draw, with no replay taking place!!
Johnny continued to play for the club for the next number of years, and in 1964 he once again captained the Senior Hurlers to the County Final where again it was Mt Sion who dashed our hopes of claiming a first County Title, though the year ended on a high as the team defeated Erins Own to win the Sargent Cup to claim our first ever Senior Hurling trophy. 1965 was another historic year for the club as Ballinacourty Intermediate Footballers defeated Rathgormack in the County Final on a score of 3:09 to 1:00, to secure Senior Status for the club for the first time. Johnny played for the club for another few years before hanging up his boots in the late 1960s. After he retired Johnny continued to work for the club by serving on the committee for many years and was one of our most loyal supporters lending his support at matches across all grades.
Once again we extend our sympathies to his family especially to his wife Joan, sons Brendan and Kieran, daughter Sharon, brothers Thomas and Patrick and sisters Chrissie, Kathleen and Mary.