Limerick Sports Digest, November 29

All the news from around the Limerick Sports clubs over the last week.

All the news from around the Limerick Sports clubs over the last week.


Tom Walsh Memorial: The Caherline/Caherconlish Community Games committee are delighted to announce that the 2nd annual Tom Walsh Memorial 2013 10k race and 5K walk is on Sunday, January 13 at 2pm. We expect a record number of participants to enter from the 400+ that took part in our inaugaral race last year. The 10K route has not changed from last year and it is a fast route on the roads of Caherconlish and Caherline.

All participants of all abilities are welcome. Online entries will be open very soon at and we will be posting further information about the race and online entry details on our facebook page and on


LAST WEEKEND: Last weekend was a bit of a damp squib hockey-wise with the much anticipated Irish Senior Cup clash versus Pegasus called off due to the weather. A frozen pitch last Saturday meant the Belfast team travelled in vain and will have to return instead on the 8th December to play the tie. However the draw for Round 3 was made as some games were played elsewhere, with the winners of the Institute/Pegasus tie drawn away to red-hot favourites UCD in the quarter finals. UCD currently have 11 internationals on their books due to the centralisation program of the senior Irish team in Dublin so a nasty fixture for whoever wins on the 8th.

NEXT UP: This Saturday, the Is have a tough game against UCC at 1.30pm in Rosbrien. The Cork students are one of Institute’s main contenders for Munster Division 1 honours but slipped up recently themselves when losing to Quins so will be geared up to take points off Institute. Meanwhile the IIs will play Waterford at home on Sunday at 2pm where they will hope to re-vitalise their campaign after a disappointing loss in their last game at home to Quins. But the main focus on Sunday will be in Villiers where both Men’s teams take on their counterparts from Limerick Hockey Club. It’s been a few years since the I’s teams have squared off in competitive fare and a good battle is expected. Institute have a 100% record since their demotion from Division 1 but the Limerick team will have been gearing up for this one since the fixtures were announced. The Is tip off at 12pm followed by the IIs game.


CONTRIBUTION TO SPORT: The Contribution to Sport Award 2012 has been announced. This award gives clubs the opportunity to recognise the contribution of time and effort that a member of the club gives to help develop both the club and sport at a local level. The award is in honour of Gerard McDonnell from Kilcornan, who lost his life when climbing K2. In addition to receiving the award, the lucky winner will also receive one night accommodation with dinner and spa treatment for 2 in Woodlands House Hotel, Adare. The LSP would like to thank David Fitzgerald for sponsoring this award. Nomination forms are available on our website or alternatively contact Kathleen Kennedy at 061-496463. Please note closing date for receipt of nomination forms is Friday 7th December.

CHILD PROTECTION: Child Protection in Sport (Code of Ethics) – Children’s Officer Course. County Limerick Local Sports Partnership are running the next Children’s Officer Course is taking place on Saturday 1st December from 10am to 5:30pm in the Radisson Hotel, Ennis Road. The course is free of charge and people must have completed the 3 hour Basic Awareness Course. Please contact Kathleen at 061-496463 or email for more information or to book place.

Places are limited so early booking is essential.

Child Protection in Sport Awareness Training (Code of Ethics)

The course is aimed at Sports Leaders, Children’s Officers, Parents & anyone working with young people in sport. The next course is scheduled for Wednesday 5th December in Woodlands Hotel, Adare from 7pm to 10pm. Cost of course is €15 per person and booking is essential as places are limited to 16 per course.

Closing date for booking is Monday 3rd December 2012.

For more information on the course see or email or contact Kathleen at 061-496463.

Limerick Celtics Basketball

LAST WEEKEND: Our women’s team remain unbeaten in the North Munster league with a good win over Newport last week. Shelly Quigley, Ashling Sargent and Felicity Butler top scored. Our girls team also had great wins over St Colms to go top of the U-12, U-14 and U-16 Division One North Munster leagues. Emma O’Donoghue and Ciara Lane top scored for our U-16 girls while our U-18 girls were very unlucky as they led from the start and for the majority of the game before losing out in the final seconds. Aisling Sargent, Leanne Ahern, Sinead McKenna and Jane Marsden scored some impressive scores in the entertaining clash. Our U-16 boys had a good win over Maree in Galway while our boys U-14 team had great wins over Glanmire and St Brendans before losing out to Sligo All Stars. Emmet Brown, Jordan Hehir and Michael Fenton top scored. Our U-12 girls also had a great 2 point win over Glanmire in the Cork Division one league with Claire Goggin, Jemma Duhig and Eve Nealon top scoring in this clash.

TRAINING: A full training and games schedule for this weekend for all teams is on our website and Facebook pages – and limerick Celtic on Facebook. Limerick Celtics caters for boy and girls basketball players from ages 6 up to Senior. If you would like to play basketball and want to play of an exciting and dynamic club then Limerick Celtics is for you. You are more than welcome to come along to any of our sessions. If you need any further details just email you at or call us at 086 8176937 or 0872341896.


DIVISION 4: Last weekend Limerick played away to Bandon in Cork. The match kicked off with some fast pace passingwith both sides racing to get first touch on the ball. Both teams fought hard to defend their halves. The score was nil all at half time with players needing a quick drink to reboot before starting into what would be a difficult second half. Bandon took a run at goal narrowly missing, leaving Limerick to reorganize their defensive lineout. A quick pass to the Limerick sweeper who took it up the pitch to land it into the goals was a great effort, Leaving the final score as 1-0 to Limerick.


LAST WEEKEND: Lakers hosted teams from Cork and Kerry over the weekend. The U-16s played the Carrig na bhFearr club from Cork in Presentation school on Saturday. The U-16s edged ahead throughout the game, coming up with baskets at some crucial moments. However the Cork team edged ahead in the last minute and took the honours on the day.

The U-18s followed on to court with a determination to secure a win for the club. Their opponents St. Brendan’s Tralee had won the last time the sides met. We led from the start and never lost our lead. This occasion our team had a convincing win on a score line of 69-42. The U-14 team rounded off the weekend with a home game. Every player put in a huge effort, congratulations to all players and coaches.

Limerick Lakers are now welcoming new players to join the club and play this fast and exciting sport. Email for information about the club or visit us on our web page at or our facebook page at


U-15 GIRLS: Our U-15 girls recorded a welcome victory in the Cork league last Saturday at home to St Anthonys. This game took an age to get going with both teams guilty of poor shot selection especially the home side. After a stern talking to at the end of the first quarter, our girls took control in the second quarter. They worked tirelessly in defence and slowly began to find their shooting range to open up an 8 point lead at the interval. The girls extended the lead out to 16 at the end of the third quarter before closing out the game 39-24. Top scorers for Colms were Roisin Gleeson 12, Jane Clohessy 11 and Laura O’Shea 7.

U-18 GIRLS: Our teams recorded a mixed bag of results in the North Munster League away to Celtics. Our U-18 girls survived a bruising encounter to deservedly win out their game on a scoreline of 41-38. The girls trailed this game by a point going into the final minute before two crucial scores by Caoimhe Gleeson and Lynsey Purcell sealed a narrow win. Top scorers for Colms were Lynsey Purcell 14, Caoimhe Gleeson 10 and Ciara O’ Halloran 9.

U-12 GIRLS: Our U-12, U-14 and U-16 girls all lost out comprehensively to the home side in their games. Poor second and fourth quarter performances by our U-12 girls proved their undoing as they turned the ball over too many times gifting the home side easy baskets on route to a 44-18 win. Best for Colms were Megan Haugh on 5 points and Orla Zundel on 4.

U-14 GIRLS: Our U-14 girls were missing some key players and were not helped by Ruth Butler and Laura O’ Shea sitting out large parts of the game, as both complained of feeling unwell. 5 of the U12 squad played up and acquitted themselves well with Ruth Dollard and Emma Cunningham best for Colms in their 41-14 defeat. The girls gained some compensation defeating Celtics B in a low key affair by 21-6 with U12 players Caoimhe Hogan and Megan Haugh top scoring for the girls on 6 points apiece.

U-16 GIRLS: Our U-16 girls were quite competitive in their game with little separating the sides at half time. However a poor third quarter allowed Celtics open up a healthy lead which they never relinquished easing to a 46-19 win. Chloe Dineen 6 and Jane Clohessy 5 top scored for the girls.

U-10 GIRLS: Our U-10 girls continue to garner experience when they played Celtics U12B in a challenge game. These youngsters will have to wait a little longer before a win as they fell short this time on a scoreline of 14-4. Sarah O’ Brien, Lucy Liston and Naoise Fitzpatrick were best for the girls.

SENIORS: Our Senior lost their unbeaten start to the North Munster league with an away defeat to Phoenix Shannon. The ladies have only themselves to blame as they spurned numerous scoring opportunities in a game where most of the players failed to spark. Aoife O’ Connell on 8 and Ashling Stapleton 6 were best for Scholars on a night best forgotten in their 25-36 defeat.

NEXT UP: Next week the Scholars have a quick chance to redeem themselves with an away game against Foynes. Our Saints are also away as they travel to Kingfisher. Our U-15 girls have a double header in the Cork league with a home game against Mallow followed by an away game in Glanmire. Our U-18 girls are also away to Glanmire. Our U-10 girls are in Dromcollogher for an U-10 Blitz.


AGM: St Kevin’s Community Games AGM is on Monday, December 10 at 7.30pm in Day Care Centre, Drombanna. Limerick Community Games provide a wide range of event. If you have an interest, please contact a member of the Committee

Diane O’Brien 0872236856, Veronica Garry 0877699835, Carmel Mitchell 0872712264, Mary Nash 0863257593, Philip Brady 0862430763. We would very much appreciate your involvement in keeping St Kevins Community Games active in this area.

UL Eagles

LAST WEEKEND: UL Eagles secured a great win against UCC Demons in their top of the table clash at the University Arena, UL on Sat 24th Nov 2012. The Eagles were in control of the game for long stretches but Demons kept the scoreboard ticking and stayed in contention all the way into the last 2 minutes.

The UL Eagles started the stronger and with a nice mix of defence and offence they led 39 to 27 at the half time break. Demons brought it back to a 4 point game in the 3rd quarter but Eagles kept their composure and led again by 10 points with a quarter to go. Although they lost Jason Killeen to a 5th foul in the 4th quarter the Eagles stayed in front and came out winners on a final score of 83 to 72.

UCC Demons were led in the scoring stakes by Shane Coughlan with good support from O’Reilly, Duggan and Ciaran O’Sullivan.

UL Eagles were led home by Robert Taylor with 27 points and with great team support from Jason Killeen, Scott Kinevane, Neil Campbell, Stephen King, Matt Hall and Eoin Quigley. Next up for UL Eagles are Moycullen in UL next Sat 1st Dec at 7.30pm.