Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Club Notes - 9th February

County Champions
The year got off to the best possible start last Friday evening when our U20 footballers defeated Rathgormack 1-05 to 0-05 in the delayed 2021 County Final. It was a very hard-fought victory with the lads showing great composure and battling qualities to overcome excellent opponents. From the outset it was obvious we were in for a tough evening and so it proved as the hour progressed. We had to work hard for each score whilst at the other end the lads put in a fine defensive performance to limit opportunities for Rathgormack. It was clear that a goal would be a decisive score and so when Michael Kiely raised the green flag we were in a great position and thankfully we held out to the great joy of players and supporters alike.
This was a magnificent team performance and each and every player, along with Mark Ferncombe and his management team can be very proud of their efforts. The win caps a fine season for this great bunch of players who also of course won the hurling Western title.
It's a significant win as we won the very first under 20 County title having won the last under 21 title (we also contested the 1st final) and indeed, we won the only under 19 Championship that was played too. It was especially poignant to be the first team to receive the Greg Fives Cup and when DJ Kiely lifted the cup, we're sure the big man was smiling down with pride.
Also well done to man of the match Michael Kiely who’s had a busy few days!

2021 County U20 Football Division 1 Champions

DJ Kiely lifting the Greg Fives Cup

Man of the Match Michael Kiely

Sunday Night Bingo is back from next Sunday February 13th in the CBS Hall at 8pm. We are looking forward to welcoming all our regular players back and hopefully we will see a few new faces.
U12 Poc Fada
Our under 12 hurlers had their second annual Poc Fada last Saturday in very challenging conditions on Abbeyside beach. We had 22 players split into seven teams that took on the course in the heart of the parish. 
The boys started under the ruins of the abbey and pucked their sliotars as far as far as the cove and back again. The team that completed the course in the fewest pucks would be crowed the winners. The tricky two-kilometre course meant that the boys had to consider many factors, from rocks to seaweed and even dog walkers, but the fierce headwind that they faced as they turned at the cove and struck for home, was the biggest challenge.
The practice that the boys have been putting in over the last few weeks stood them in good stead as there was some impressively long striking which led to low scoring from all the teams.
The winners on the day were Rory, Danny and Sean Óg, with Noah, Kieran and Tomas as runners up. Darrach, Fionn and Darragh coming in third place.
Well done to all the boys who took part!

2022 U12 Puc Fada Competitors

Both the Waterford Senior teams were in action over the weekend with Conor Prunty, Michael Kiely Neil Montgomery involved with the hurlers in their draw with Dublin in Parnell Park. Whilst Brian Looby and Aaron Beresford made the long trip to London with footballers, where unfortunately they suffered a 1 point defeat.
This weekend the hurlers are in action again versus Laois and we wish them the best of luck.

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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