Castletown Aug 17

Limerick Development Draw: The Limerick Development Draw is progressing well and can I urge anyone still interested in joining this draw please contact Seanie Gilbert on 087 6666 303 (M) as soon as possible. Next draw is this Friday Night in the Corner house in Dromcollogher. Finally do appreciate all those who continue to support this draw and CTB GAA Club also benefit from some of the revenue generated from this draw.

Limerick Development Draw: The Limerick Development Draw is progressing well and can I urge anyone still interested in joining this draw please contact Seanie Gilbert on 087 6666 303 (M) as soon as possible. Next draw is this Friday Night in the Corner house in Dromcollogher. Finally do appreciate all those who continue to support this draw and CTB GAA Club also benefit from some of the revenue generated from this draw.

Supporting the Lotto: The Weekly lotto amount is now € 5,100 this week, which is rising again, so appreciate can everyone continue to buy lotto tickets, and best of luck to all who buy a ticket(s) and also especially help support our club.

Minor Hurling Championship: Well last Sunday Evening found myself heading to Kilmallock after work, thinking I can stay first half and then head for the hills as frankly after we were hammered ‘out the gate’ last time we met Sean Og Hanleys in Kilfinane during a league encounter, my expectations were not very high to say the least. But boy was I in for a pleasant surprise and what a brilliant exciting smashing encounter and for me one of the best hurling games I have witnessed in many a far flung field, without one dirty stroke through out all of it. Definitely our combined boys from Bruree and our own club were ‘up for it’, and really worked tremendous hard as a solid and very committed unit and full credit must be given to each and every one on this panel for giving it their all. Right from the start, every player hustled and harried their opponent and it was a terrific encounter with just a puck of a ball at half time between them with Sean Og Hanleys leading by 10 points to our 9 points. I thought referee Donnie Brown (Banogue) also had a good game and not over fussy as game continued to flow and ebb in the second half. Would not be fair to single out any one particular person, for as I said starting with the keeper who pulled off a great save in the second half, complimented by a solid defence, midfield battled hard to keep up with very agile opponents, and our forwards hit a high percentage of scores from a modest possession, and tightly marked defence, and in summary this team with great work rate and intensity won the day. Also from good free taking we managed to go up say 5 points at one stage mid second half, but we always knew Sean Og Hanleys would fight to the end and so it proved as they got a goal near the end as we bravely held on and then they notched another point to see us leading by a solidary point with time nearly up. Tension was unbelievable, excitement abounded, as some of us prayed we could get this great scalp, but they were awarded a free from 30 yards in, and after some hustling and bustling amongst the players, the free was unbelievably blocked and with it the final whistle sounded much to everyone’s delight involved with Killacolla Gaels, and final score was Killacolla Gaels 0:21 to Sean Óg Hanleys 1:17. Needless to say I had not left early ! In fairness and as always from my experience with Blackrock / Kilfinane, the players and management team were very gracious in defeat and a credit to their clubs. Very well done then also to all our panel and management team, and also to Kilmallock club for use of their fine facilities. Finally as always thanks to all the travelling supporters who roared their socks off!, none more so than me on this great win, and once again proving how wonderful sport is, and how lucky we are to be able to enjoy it, complete with the underdogs winning once in a blue moon. Great stuff indeed !

Best Of Luck: Best of luck to both the Limerick minor and senior hurling teams this weekend against Galway and Clare in the All - Ireland semi - finals.

Festival: Best of luck to all the team of Castletown Development Association ahead of their upcoming Castletown Pattern Day Festival event.