All the news from around the Limerick GAA clubs. The notes appear first in the weekend edition of the Limerick Leader.
MICK MACKEY: The unveiling of The Mick Mackey Commemorative will take place on Sunday May 19 a 12.30pm in his home village Castleconnell. President of the GAA Liam O Neill will unveil the statue. The preceedings for the day will get under with a parade of under age teams from the club behind the Boherbouy Band. A 50 page souvenir booklet will be on sale for €5 full of memoirs, photo’s and interviews with past and present players a must for all GAA fans young and old. Everyone is invited to come along and make this a day to remember for both the Mackey family and Ahane GAA Club.
SENIOR: On last Saturday night in Caherconlish Ahane started out on their 2013 senior hurling campaign against near neighbours South Liberties. A large crowd attended this match on a miserable evening. A gale force wind was blowing from the village end. Ahane lost the toss and South Liberties elected to play with the wind. Ahane were first on the score board when John Meskell cut a side line over the bar. South Liberties replied with 4 pts on the trot and were having the upper hand. Ahane were finding the going tough against the wind. After 10 mins Ahane moved Paul O Hallorhan to midfield to act as a third man and Ahane started to get on top and scored 4 pts without reply. The surface of Caherconlish was soft due to the rain and this made conditions for both teams tough as players were slipping.
In the 17th min Ahane’s Richie Ryan pounced and latched the sliotor to the South Liberties net. Two mins later Tom Morrissey rounded his man soloed and buried the sliotor in the South Libertied net. Ahane were well on top now. South Liberties repied with 2 pts before half-time. This left the score at half time Ahane 2-4 South Liberties 0-6. The second half started and South Liberties were first on the score sheet with a point. Ahane replied. As the rain fell this made condition even worse and with both teams struggling with the elements scores were hard to come by. Ahane had a goal disallowed for a square ball and then went to score 4 pts without reply from South Liberties. Points were exchanged between both teams and as the match ended the final few minutes Ahane with stood the South Liberties pressure and were glad to hear referee Mike Meade’s final whistle. Ahane lost captain F Ahearn to a leg injury just on full time. Ahane gave championship debuts to Cathal Ryan, Tom Morrissey, Paul O Hallorhan, Robert Kelly who all aquitted themselves well on the night.
Ahane lined out as follows, J Hayes, R Kelly, C O Reilly, C Ryan, M Carr, D Morrissey, P Treacy, N Moran, F Ahearn, D Laing, J Meskell, R Ryan, T Morrissey, S O Connor, P O Hallorhan. Subs used M Foley, S Hartnett.
Ahane take a break for a few weeks now and their next match in the championship is against Garryspillane.
U-16 GIRLS: Ahane were crowned league champions for the first time, followed their victory over Shamrock Gaels, on the score line Ahane 2-6 to Shamrock Gaels 2-3. In a very sporting game, played in ideal conditions and both sides giving it everything, Ahane got the edge in the second half and never looked back. It would be unfair to single out any one of the girls as it was a superb team effort.
Team Lineout: Katie Molloy, Christine O’Grady, Niamh Reynolds, Sine Hartigan, Aoife Quinn, Niamh Martin, Emma Hennessy, Aine O’Curry, Kate Herbert (0-2), Siofra Keane (0-2), Robyn Nugent, Caoimhe Macken, Nicole Byrnes. Subs: Aine Reynolds (2-2) for Nicole, Niamh O’Curry for Christine and Aimee Griffin for Caoimhe. Rest of Panel: Catriona O’Halloran Emma Ridder, Aoife O’Halloran and Aisling Herbert. Team Mentors: Breda Ahern, John Keane, Joe O’Curry and Alice Reynolds. A big thank you to all the Ahane Supporters who travelled to the match.
LOTTO: Results of March lotto draw held at the clubhouse on April 28. Numbers drawn 8, 15, 20, 22. 1st €200 Jim Pidgeon, Coolbawn, 2nd €150 Matt & Emmie Byrnes, Ruan, 3rd €120 Mike & Ann o Brien, Coolbawn, 4th €120 Brian Meskell, Castleconnell, 5th €120 Tom Ryan, C/O John Byrnes, 6th €120 Padraig Power, C/O Ger Mulcahy, 7th €120 John McNamara, Dereen, 8th €120 Emmett & Maura Barry, Castleconnell, 9th €120 Harry Mulcahy, Lisnagry, 10th €120 Ger Lavin, Newgarden.
Results of April lotto draw held at the clubhouse on April 28. Numbers drawn 4, 16, 27, 31. No winner. 1st €200 Eamon Walshe, Lismore, Co.Waterford, 2nd €150 Timmy & Mary Collins, Clonkeen, 3rd €120 Padraig Power, Mountshannon Rd, 4th €120 Janet Harbison, Harp Centre, C/Connell, 5th €120 Meave & Richard Butler, O’Connell Ave, 6th €120 Breda Ahern O’Halloran, Birdhill, 7th €120 Alan Roberts, 14 Castlecourt, 8th €120 Kenneth Carroll, Ballyvarra, 9th €120 Seamus Bridgeman, Clyduff, 10th €120 Ciara Dempsey, C/O John Byrnes.
SCHOOLS: Best of luck to Shannon Parbet as she plays with the City/West primary School team in the Eithne Neville competition on Thursday.
SENIORS: The Seniors finished their League campaign (after a brave performance) to Killeedy in the Semi/Final of the B section. Having played 11 matches in total they have made great progress since their first match back in February. The team will take a well deserved break before they resume training for the Championship which will start later in the summer. The girls wore their new Jerseys for the first time and the team and club would like to sincerely thank Ann Garvey of Aibheil for her very kind sponsorship.
U-14 CAMOGIE: This team had another great win last week against Blackrock and qualify for the U-14 Cup A section Quarter Final against Newcastle West.
Training continues for all underage groups U-8/U-10/U-14/U-16 on Friday evening at 6.30pm while U-10’s train on Saturday morning at 10.
DRAW: Our Club Draw will be taking place shortly and this is a great opportunity for people to support our local club. Money collected from the draw will also benefit the Coiste na nÓg and Ladies football. Our promoters are now out and about selling tickets and all support would be greatly appreciated. The first draw will be held on May 25.
JUNIORS: Athea 2-8, St Marys-Sean Finns 0-10. Our B team had a good win in round two of the league last Thursday evening in The Bog Garden Rathkeale. We played with the strong wind in the first half but were lucky to be only a point behind, thanks to two good saves from Denis Collins and a goal from Brian Murphy against the run of play. St.Marys/Sean Finns had dominated most of the half, playing much better football and led 0-6 to 1-2 at the break. In the second half, we were a transformed team playing much better against the wind. We kept possession with good passing movements which brought us close to their goals where we kicked some good scores into the wind. The turning point came when John Geoghegan scored a super goal after a great build up involving five players and John who had a fabulous game scored a point straight from the kick out to put us four points ahead. Both teams traded points but we maintained our lead to the end. There was good performances from Brian Ahern, Sean Ahern, Eoghan McCarthy and Jason Quille.
Team: Denis Collins, Eoghan McCarthy, Mike Ahern, Dan Mullane, Brian Ahern, Joe Vaughan, Dan McMahon, Tomas Mullane, Jason Quille, Willam Mullane, John Geoghegan, Liam O’Brien, Brian Murphy, Sean Ahern and John Cotter, subs: Jamie O’ Brien, Ryan Carroll, Neilus Hunt and Emmet White.
Our next game is at home to Gerald Griffins where a win would put us into the league semifinal or at least a playoff, depending on other results.
PHOTOS: The Club are still looking for any old photographs or match programmes from anyone that has them in the parish. Contact John Hunt or Lal Browne.
WELL DONE: Well done to Athea United soccer team who were promoted to the premier division of the Desmond league last Sunday.
UNDERAGE: There was great excitement in Athea on Friday evening last when the stars of the future left the village to meet the stars of the present. A bus load of Athea Coiste na nÓg players accompanied by coaches and parents went to meet and greet with members of the Limerick Senior football team in UL Players such as John Galvin, Seanie Buckley, Pa Ranahan, Damian Quaid, Brian Scanlan, John Riordan, and Seamus O’Carroll were out to meet all the boys and girls who had traveled from all over the county to see them. There were loads of photographs taken and there were autographs signed on T-shirts, notebooks and football boots. The children even got to play football with the likes of Stephen Lavin, Tomás Lee, Paudie Brown and Derry O’Connor who found himself at the bottom of about ten of our young players who tackled him to the ground. Many thanks goes to the Limerick Senior Football team and Management for making it a most enjoyable evening for all the kids and adults who had traveled to this great event. It was great to see the delight on the kids faces as they got to talk, play and have fun with their heroes. Jack McCarty was the lucky winner of a signed Limerick Jersey and a trip to McDonald’s on the way home topped of a memorable night for all.
GUM SHIELDS: Following the GAA’s Annual Congress in April 2012 a new rule was enacted that made it mandatory to use a mouth guard in all Football Games and Football Training sessions from January 1 for all age grades up to and including Minor. The club by ordering in bulk can buy them for €5 each. If you wish to order one please contact Jacqueline.
ONLINE: You can now view all our notes ,results, fixtures and pictures of Athea Coiste na nÓg on the Athea GAA website. Just go to www.atheagaa.com and click on the “ Coiste Main Page” for all the latest news and information.
CHURCH: The Club would like to thank all those who gave so generously to our Annual Church gate collection last weekend. As always your support is greatly appreciated.
BAG PACKING: Athea Coiste na nÓg will be bag packing on Friday May 31 and Saturday June 1 in Tesco’s Abbeyfeale. This is a vital fundraiser for the club and if anyone has a spare hour or two to help us out please contact John Hunt on 087-7875378 or Jacqueline on 086-0670091. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
REGISTRATION: For any player who has not registered with the club, you can still do so by contacting John Hunt or Jacqueline. Registration costs €15 for any U-6 player, for U-8’s up to U-16’s it will be €25 for one child and €40 for a family of 2 or more children. Any child registering for the first time please bring a copy of their birth cert. The Club will offer a €10 refund to any parent that helps out the club with fundraising during the year. CAMP: This years Cúl camp will take place in Páirc na nGael from Monday July 8-12 from 10.00am to 2.30pm. You can book on line at www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie and save €5 with the code from promotional packs of kelloggs cornflakes and rice krispies. Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps provide boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 13 with an action packed week full of activities, fun and games. The cost of the camp is €55 for the first child, €45 for the second and €40 for the third and subsequent child. Booking forms will be available at a later date. If you have any queries please contact Jacqueline.
OLD PHOTOS: As part of the parishes celebration of The Gathering 2013, one of the events planned is an exhibition of old photos from the parish or with parish connections. The organisers will be at Bruree School on Thursday, May 16 from 7.00 to 9.00pm to scan photos, take details and return the originals. This process does not damage the original photograph in any way. Contact John Harrold or Brendan Hogan for further details or if you have a lot of photos you would like to have scanned. Anyone away from home may email photos to email@example.com.
SENIORS: There was much shaking of Bruree heads as supporters left Bruff on Friday night after the defeat to Knockainey in the first round of the county senior hurling championship. Shaking heads in disbelief at the defeat but more so at the depth of the defeat. Bruree held sway in very few positions as Knockainey looked sharp and motivated. Bruree had a great early point from play from Dessie Lenihan but this was quickly cancelled out by Knockainey. As both sides tried to settle into the game, a tsuule for a ball twenty metres out from the Bruree goal ended with a ground pull to the back of the Bruree net, a score which Eamon Sexton could do nothing about. This was a crucial score and Knockainey would lead for the rest of the hour. The sides exchanged sores for the remainder of the opening half with Bruree’s coming from Kieran O’Dea (0-2, 1free), Shaun Riordan and Michael Lane. Knockainey got off to a flying start in the second half with three straight points from play without reply. Then followed what was probably Bruree’s best spell but they had problems converting possession to scores. Kieran converted three frees - in fact Bruree would have to rely on frees for all their second half scores. A second Knockainey goal coming up to the final ten minutes of the game effectively put the contest beyond Bruree’s reach. Pointed frees from Shane Mullane (0-2) and Kieran O’Dea completed Bruree’s tally to leave the final score Knockainey 2-13 Bruree 0-11. This leaves Bruree under pressure as they go forward to meet Adare and Murroe-Boher. Bruree will have to produce the kind of hurling and spirit which we know they are capable of if they are to progress. The Bruree panel was Eamon Sexton, Kieran O’Rourke, John O’Brien, John Paul Murphy, Patrick Deady, Gerard O’Brien, Vincent Stanton, Shane Mullane, Dessie Lenihan, Stephen O’Halloran, Shaun Riordan, Gerard O’Dea, Kieran O’Dea, James V. O’Brien, Michael Lane, Paddy Kelly, David Hogan, Brendan Hogan, Declan Sexton, Jack Potter, Donal Deady, Michael Brouder, Ronan O’Halloran.
U-8 HURLING: An U-8 Hurling blitz was held in Bruree Sportsfield. Three clubs were invited but Granagh-Ballingarry sent their apologies for being unable to attend. Because of the large number of players from both Pallasgreen and Bruree was decided to make two teams from each club. Both Bruree teams played brilliantly and won both games, doing the Bruree GAA Club very proud.
Some great talent coming up the ranks and it’s a pleasure to watch our U-8s competing at such high levels and showing some great skills at this early stage of their young careers. Well done to all the U-8 players and management.
LOTTO: Lucky dip winners in last week’s Bruree GAA/Rockhill Rovers lotto draw were €50 Danny Deady €25 Johnny O’Regan, Jack Murphy €20 Francis Fitzgerald, Hospital, Mary Daly, Mossie O’Connor.
INTERMEDIATE: The club’s intermediate hurlers took to the field on Saturday 11th May in the 1st round of the county Intermediate Hurling Championship versus Knockaderry in Ballyagran. The team started the game well and always seemed to be fairly well in control. Blackrock led at half time by two points, seven points five points. In the second half, Blackrock carried on their dominance over Knockaderry, who struggled to score from play and had to get the majority of their scores from frees. As the game entered it final stages, Blackrock led comfortably and held out for a 6 point win in the end, 17 points to 11 points.
The team lined out as follows: Declan Danagher, Tommy Clifford, Richie Murphy, Nigel Hosford, Dave Moloney, Richie McCarthy, Niall Moloney, Simon Hennessy, Ian O Brien, Dave Flaherty, Brendan Hennessy, Kevin Palmer, Dylan Dawson, Ruairi O Shaughnessy and Paudie Leahy. Subs: Tom Casey for Ian O Brien. The 2nd round of the Championship will be played on the weekend of June 16 and we will play Monaleen.
MINORS: Congratulations to the minor hurling team who won the South League on Friday night, May 10. The final score was Sean Og Hanley’s 4-16 Killacolla Gaels 1-12.
DEVELOPMENTS: Work on the Walk track has started and the Stand will be going up in the next few weeks. Text 0876 7710091 if you still want to become a stand Patron and we will follow up with you.
LOTTO: There was no winner of the Lotto on May 8. Lucky Dip winners were: 1) Brid and Marguerite Sheehy. (seller Centra). 2) Noreen Lawlor, Lr Main St. 3) Mary Howard, Tully, Glenroe. 4) Denis Healy, Main St. 5) Breda Walsh, Mountain View.
The next draw is Wednesday May 15 in Pat Shaughnessy’s and the Jackpot is now €3,050.
LOTTO: There was no winner of last weeks lotto €50- Analyn O Carroll €20 each— Biddy Helen, Mike Barron, Leaah Woulfe, Sean Mulqueen, David Browne, Joe O Callaghan, Philip & Michelle, Chloe O Dwyer & Doreen Farrell. Next week’s Jackpot is €13,100. Thank you for your continued support of the club lotto.
INTERMEDIATE: The intermediate hurlers got their championship campaign off to a flying start last Friday night in Ballingarry when they overwhelmed St Kiernans on a 1-17 to 1-6 scoreline. Thankfully the dark rain clouds overhead only deposited their riches for a brief period before half-time but the rain of the previous few days did make underfoot conditions difficult for all players. A tense opening by both teams saw them level at 2 points each after 10 minutes, but once the early match nerves settled Bruff started to dominate. It did take a short period for this dominance to transfer onto the scoreboard but once it did we saw some fine scores from Brian Finn, Paul Browne, Shane Bulfin, a real gem from almost the corner flag by Paddy O Leary and also from championship debutant Sean Finn, who posted two fine scores from top of the left. The half time whistle saw us retire to the shelter of the changing room in the ascendancy by 10 points to 3. As he had done in the opening minute of the first half, the inform Tony Burke supplied our first score of the second period when he split the uprights with a fine point from play. Credit St Kiernans they certainly did not throw in the towel and enjoyed their best period of the game over the next 10 minutes when they posted 1-2 without reply, to give themselves an unlikely lifeline. The Kiernans purple patch needed a response and Jason Hayes replied with a much needed point for the Bruff men. The same player soon followed this up with a cracking goal to finally see off the St Kiernans challenge. Paul Browne, Shane Bulfin and Sean Finn added white flags to complete a fine win for this young team. Next up, in the middle of June, is a mouth-watering clash with local rivals Dromina Athlacca.
Panel last Friday: Seoirse Bulfin; N Brosnan, D Madden, K Browne; J O Riordan, Cian Madden, S Irwin; B Finn (0-1), P Browne (0-3); T Burke (0-2), Colin Madden, J Hayes (1-1); Shane Bulfin (2f, 1p), P O Leary (0-3), S Finn (0-4); E Finn, C Bulfin, R Glynn, A O Sullivan, G Dempsey, B Manton & C Browne.
GAMES: Intermediate hurlers play Glenroe this Friday night in the replay of the south championship quarterfinal. Please see the main fixtures list in this paper or the club facebook page for confirmation of this and all other fixtures.
UNDERAGE: Our U-16 hurlers had a great week with 2 wins in the championship. A dominant display against Cappamoore saw the boys win out 3-14 to 1-10.Goals by Paul Riordan (2) and Kyle Dillon set Bruff on their way. Fine dispalys by Sean Riordan, Pat O’Neill and a couple of great saves early in the game by goalkeeper Cormac Daly ensured a good victory. The game against Kilpeacon was brought forward from the end of June and after a tight battle in atrocious weather conditions the boys ran out 4 point winners 2-12 to 2-8.
The hurlers now have a well deserved break until the end of June. Best of luck to the lads who are doing exams.
U-12 HURLING: The U-12 hurlers took on Monaleen and had a good win. Some excellent performances by Danny O’Leary, Padraig Mulcahy and Eoin Murphy ensured 2 wins from 2. Great to see some of the younger players Mike Meade and Mark Kenny turning out and Jack Gunning hitting the back of the net rounded off a good nights work.
Our U-14 footballers open their campaign with a trip to Abbeyfeale to take on Fr Caseys on Wednesday May 22, throw in 7pm.
INTERMEDIATE: Intermediate hurlers played Mungret in the 1st round of the Intermediate championship on Sunday last in Claughan. Bally got off to the ideal start with a well struck goal by Liam O’Rourke. Both sides exchanged points and Enda Frawley, Denis Stack & Michael Wilkinson converted points for Bally. However Mungret edged ahead as the first half progressed and the half time score was 1-3 to 0-9 in Mungret’s favor. In the second half Mungret continued to build on the lead and converted 4 points. However Bally continued to work hard and their efforts were rewarded with well taken points from Larry Browne, Michael Wilkinson and Denis Stack late into the half. Final score was 1-6 to 0-14 in Mungret’s favor.
Team: PJ Garvey, Sean Browne, John McElliott, Darragh Martin, Mark O’Dea, Eoin Lyons, David O’Neill, Michael Wilkinson, Darragh Lyons, Enda Frawley, John Mitchell, Liam O’Rourke, Larry Browne, Dennis Stack, John Ryan, Pat McElligott, Brian Carroll.
U-16 HURLING: U-16 Hurlers played Kilpeacon in Crecora. Having lost to Cappamore in our 1st game & winning against South Liberties in our second game this was a vital match. We played against the Breeze in the 1st half & were slow to start. Kilpeacon Scored 4 points which was soon followed by a goal putting them into a strong lead. Our backs then came more into the game & two well taken goals from Connel Ryan & Conor Garvey got us back into the game & few points followed which got us in at half time 2 points up. The second half continued at a fast pace with both teams making a big effort. We started to get some points through Conor Mccarthy & then Connell Ryan scored his second goal to give us a strong lead. However Kilpeacon got a good goal & the game remained competitive until we finished with some unanswered points including a notable run by our youngest player James Garvey, to win on the score of 3-9 to 2-6. This was good all round team performance & well done to all.
Team: Shane O’ Neill, Eoin Kloos, Jamie Mccarthy, Jack Owens, Gearoid Mitchell, Christoper Coughlan, Sean Teefy, Fionn Murphy, Adrian Lennon, David Ryan, Connell Ryan, Conor McCarthy, Conor Garvey, Colm Power, Jason Cross & James Garvey.
LOTTO: There was no winner of last week’s lotto draw. The numbers drawn were 1, 2, 7, 20 with a bonus number 24. Tickets are available for €2 at all the usual locations. Next week’s Jackpot stands at €13,400. Remember if you’re not in you can’t win!
BAG PACKING: GAA club will be bag packing in Dunnes Stores ,Childers Road on Friday May 31. Volunteers needed, please forward names to Michael Byrnes 087-6196540.
SENIOR: Ballybrown returned to the senior hurling championship in some style on Sunday May 12 whilst in the first round of this competition they defeated Effin on a score line of Ballybrown 2-14 Effin 3-6.
There is nothing to match the intensity of a Senior hurling championship encounter and a number of the current side had never experienced such an event. All genuine supporters were wondering if these younger guys would be up to the task and they got their answer emphatically on Sunday. Playing with the benefit of a strong wind Alan O’Connor opened the scoring with a well taken point from play. Effin’s first attack was rebuffed with a tremendous block by Roddy Bourke. Effin had two points (1f) before Alan O’Connor restored parity with a well taken free. Patrick McCarthy struck a fine goal which was to see Ballybrown take a grip on proceedings that they were never to relinquish. Effin had another point but once again Alan O’Connor with appointed free and a point from David Hall saw the lead stretched. There was a nervous tension about Ballybrown’s efforts especially in defence and this materialised when Effin struck a goal from County Player Nicky Quaid. Alan O’Connor had the next five points one monstrous effort from his own defensive 45. Effin had a solitary point before Shane Kenny had the final score of the first half to leave the mid-term score Ballybrown 1-10 Effin 1-4.
The second half resumed with a point from Effin and then Ross Griffin was introduced for brother Brian, Mikey Kiely Replaced James Hall. Alan O’Connor had another pointed free before Mikey Kiely got in on the act with a fine point after some great running by the player himself. Effin were guilty of some awful wayward shooting although on all occasions they were put under pressure by the Ballybrown defenders. Effin had another point before Patrick McCarthy got his stick to the Sliothar to get his second goal of the game. Alan O’Connor had two pointed free’s to take his personal tally to eleven points for the afternoon and with Ballybrown now leading by 2-14 to 1-6 the game was as good as over. Stephen Foster replaced the hard working Patrick McCarthy, but Effin though had other ideas as they flashed two quick fire goals that although somewhat fortunate one would wonder had they had come earlier they might just have asked a few more questions of the Ballybrown side. Alan O’Connor once again was a shining beacon for Ballybrown and was well assisted by Patrick McCarthy, Adrian Roberts, Richie Kenny and Mikey Kiely especially in the second half. Realistically Ballybrown were a few gears short of where they might have expected to be but a win is a win and they now go back to the drawing board to plan for Kilmallock in the next round.
This was a well deserved victory and great credit to the management team of Eamonn Kelly, Dave Mahedy & Shane Adams for their efforts in getting Ballybrown over the first hurdle in this years Championship.
Ballybrown: David Lyons, Roddy Burke, James Kennedy, Ian Burke, Richie Kenny, Des Kenny, Adrian Roberts, James Hall, Kyle Loftus, David Byrnes, Patrick McCarthy, Alan O’Connor, David Hall, Brian Griffin, Shane Kenny. Subs used: Ross Griffin For Brian Griffin, Mikey Kiely for James Hall, Stephen Foster For Patrick McCarthy.
CAMOGIE: Ballybrown U-14’s beat Kileedy 2-2 to 1-0, in round 7 of the league. Our Intermediated were beaten in the County 1/4 final by Murroe-Boher.
The U-16’s were beaten in the County plate final by Croagh-Kilfinny.
LOTTO: No Jackpot winner last week. This week’s jackpot is €1450 and the draw will take place on Friday May 17 in Flannerys Bar Caherconlish. Tickets just €1 and are on sale in the local pubs and the post office or from any Committee member. Club thanks all who support the lotto every week.
INTERMEDIATE: Intermediates started their championship campaign last Saturday evening when they travelled to Hospital to take on Dromin-Athlacca.
Windy evening for hurling and the recent rain made for a heavy pitch to play on.
Caherline are drawn in a tough group and the game on saturday evening showed why Dromin-Athlacca is one of the favourites for the Intermediate championship.
First half was evenly matched with early Caherline scores by Brendan Hourigan and Peter Tiernan, Dromin Athlacca early scores coming from frees. Good work then by Seanie Kiely and William Hourigan freed up good ball for wing forward Aaron Power to shoot a low ball to the back of the net.Then Caherline got a second goal scored by Donnacha O’Loughlin to put us up by one pt 2-2 to 0-7 with about 18 minutes gone. Both teams traded scores then until half time. Dromin-Athlacca went in at half time leading by two points 0-11 to 2-3.
Second Half Caherline were wind assisted but could not make use of it and a better second half start saw Dromin-Athlacca build up an early lead. Credit to all the lads they never gave up and tried hard just it was one of those second halves that nothing went right for them. Dromin–Athlacca pushed on in the final ten minutes of the second half and got a win on a full time score 1-22 to 2-6.
Ref for the game this evening was Eamonn Phelan.
Next Game for the Intermediates is against St Kierans weekend of June 16.
Team: Pa Carey, Dean Power, Shane Kennedy, David Balfry, Andrew Brennan, Gary Murphy, David Corbett, James Enright, Seanie Kiely (Captain), William Hourigan, Brendan Hourigan, Peter Tiernan, Aaron Power, Michael Nelligan, Donnacha O’Loughlin. Subs: Eoin Nelligan, Jason Warren, Philip Mulready, Theo Butler, James Kennedy, Dave Casey, Hughie McGuire.
Scores Donnacha O’Loughlin 1-2(2 frees), Aaron Power 1-0, Brendan Hourigan 0-2, Peter Tiernan 0-1, and William Hourigan 0-1.
GAA FIELD: Last weekend our GAA Field hosted two Championship games, On Saturday evening the senior Hurling clash of Ahane and South Liberties took place and Sunday Afternoon the Intermediate clash of Pallasgreen and Monaleen. The club would like to thank all who helped out over the weekend from supervising the parking of cars, to Lining the GAA Field and scoreboard operating. Special thanks to Sean McKenna and John Franklin who looked after the Field during and after Saturday’s match as our committee and club officers were all present in Hospital for our own Intermediate match.
U-12S: Caherline U-12’s were home to Crecora on Thursday evening last. The lads were up against a very stong Crecora outfit who went on to win the game. Well done to all the Caherline players who fought hard and never gave up on the night.
Team: Rory Walsh, Aoran McNamara, Diarmuid Murnane, Niall O’Connor, Josh Moloney, Sean Erasmus, Jake Kennedy, James Halvey, Nicholas Tierney, Matt Hogan, Conor Enright, Jack Carroll, Jack Callaby Maher, Matthew O’Connor
SUMMER CAMP: This Year’s Summer Camp will take place on July 8-12 in the GAA Field. Club Summer Camp Coordinator is John Hickey. Registration forms will be handed out to the schools in the coming weeks or you can register online www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie
UNDERAGE: U-6, U-8, U-10 & U-12s Hurling training every Friday in the GAA field from 6pm to 7pm.
HURLING: Our Junior team, played Mungret in the City League and came away with a well-deserved win 3-11 to 0-9. One of our goals was straight from the training field and it is good to see the coaching paying off on the scoreboard. We also got some great points and overall it was a workman like display.
We limed out as follows: S Keating, J Burke, N Moloney, P Sullivan, G Kelliher, S Moloney, P Walsh, R Hourigan, C Scully, C Skelly, E O’Shea, D Walsh, S McDermott, B Relihan, S Keyes, P Murphy, N Carmody.
Our 2nd game in the City Junior League was against St Pats and on a windy, wet evening we lost this game by 3 points. The game was start stop with many frees and these were pointed with great effect by the St Pat free taker.
We limed out as follows: S Keating, J Burke, N Moloney, P Sullivan, N Carmody, S Moloney, P Walsh, M McCormack, C Scully, C Keyes, E O’Shea, R Hourigan, S McDermott, B Relihan, Damien Walsh, Colin Kelly, P Murphy.
Unfortunately in this game our center back Shane Moloney, received a nasty hand injury and we wish him a speedy recovery and that he will be back in action before the championship.
Our next game is the City league against Na Piarsaigh on Sunday May 19 at 4pm in Caherdavin.
U-16 HURLING: U-16 Hurling Championship Kilpeacon V Bruff in Crecora. Full time Score Kilpeacon 2-7 Bruff 2-12.
Kilpeacon team: Ian De Capitani, Mark Shanahan, Cian Leahy, Paraic O’Neill, Jake Loughran, Tomas Connolly, Karl Moloney, Edwin Wixted, Barry Fitzgibbon, John Blake, Garry O’Connell, Evan Keogh, Shane O’Connell, Damien Kearney, Stephen O’Donovan & Michael and Richard Bateman.
Yet another great game of Hurling where again Kilpeacon needed one or two lucky breaks but that didn’t happen.
After a great start with points from Edwin Wixted a 65 and a great point made by Karl Moloney and scored by Edwin. We then allowed Bruff back into the game with goals but full of determination Kilpeacon went on with 3 super points from Shane O’Connell one could have been a goal. Other points from Barry Fitzgibbon and Evan who also made a well taken goal by Damien Kearney. Bruff stayed in touch with another goal. Then like in our last game Edwin Wixted scored a goal direct from a 65. That left the half time score Kilpeacon 02-07 Bruff 02-05.
The second half was poor from a Kilpeacon point of view who battled very hard and should have had 3 goals but in the end only scored a point by Edwin. Our backs again put up a great display but Bruff added 7 points to win.
U-14 FOOTBALL: The U-14 football championship will commence on May 22 with an away game vs Hospital-Herbertstown and in preparation U-14 football training for our newly amalgamated Kilpeacon team has resumed on Sunday evenings at 6pm at Fedamore pitch for the past several weeks with a good turnout at each of these. Last Sunday we teamed up with the U-12 footballers for an excellent training session with Noel Hartigan the Limerick City Games Development manager which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. With just one week to our first game we need everyone in attendance for next weekend’s training session.
U-12: Last week we played our final game in the first round of the U-12 hurling League against Caherline. In difficult conditions we had a great panel performance and we were able to get every player a minimum of one half of game time. By winning this game we have maintained our 100% record so far this year and have finished top of our group.
What this means is that for the next round of games we will face the top teams from 3 other groups so we expect to have much tougher matches coming up for the second phase of this league.
In the match against Caherline it was great to see so many players get on the score sheet and it would be remiss of me not to mention Sean Kirby and Eoghan O Connor who weighed in with 2 goals each and Fergal Egan who shattered the back of the net also. Well done to all scorers and also all those who played their part from Goals right through to Forwards.
Next up is our final first phase group game against Mungret in Football in a home game next Thursday evening at Crecora Pitch. In preparation for this game we will have a guest coach out from the GDA to help us polish up on some football skills. So Training for football continues on Sunday at 6pm in Crecora. I hope all players can attend this training session.
It would be great to have big support for our final home game of this round so please spread the word and try to attend if you can.
Thanks again for your continued support in getting the players to training and matches. It is much appreciated.
CAMP: Crecora/Manister GAA annual Summer Camp will take place from Monday July 1 to Thursday July 4 this year at the GAA field. This is not just limited to Crecora/Manister players so feel free to pass on the word to friends, cousins, etc. It follows on Friday with the opening round of Feile na Gael where we welcome the Tyrone hurling champions Dungannon. Enquiries on Summer Camp to Pat Quirke 087-2347077.
SCRAP: A scrap metal collection will take place on Saturday 25th May and Saturday 1st June in aid of the Crecora/Manister underage development fund. Look out for further details closer to the time.
U-12: This week’s games started on Thursday with a League match against Charleville. We had a fantastic turnout with over 20 girls travelling to Charleville on a very wet evening. Thanks to the Charleville coaches for arranging two games with everyone getting a game. Charleville were very strong opposition. However, both Crecora and Crecora A teams managed to win their games. Well done to Sophie Carroll who scored two fantastic goals on the night. The girls at Charleville were: Cara Flynn, Eadoin Kearney, Roisin Quirke, Megan Ryan, Aishling Walsh, Lauren Hegarty, Emma Ryan, Kate Bateman, Teagan Nolan, Emily Condon, Sophie Carroll, Natalie Lyons, Isabelle Lyons, Eimear Pepperrell, Rachel Kilcoyne, Eve O’Donnell, Jane O’Brien, Erin McKillican, Ella Maher, Cara Quinlan, Aoibhinn Leahy and Georgia Keane. On Saturday Treaty Gaels hosted the U12 Blitz in Ballinacurra. We played three games, the first against Treaty Gaels which Crecora won, the second against Mungret which Mungret won and the final game was against Tournafulla which Crecora won. Thanks to the Treaty Gaels coaches who looked after the girls all the way through the blitz. Upcoming Games: Saturday May 18 two teams will travel to either Bruff or Galbally for U-12 Blitz, throw in at 11am. U-16: Sadly, our League campaign ended in defeat to Ballyagran in Croagh last Sunday. This game was played in atrocious conditions and it is a credit to both teams that they served up such an entertaining, intense and skilful performance. Boyed by victory over Newcastlewest in a replayed semi-final Ballyagran were really fired up for this game and in truth Crecora were chasing the game from the start. Needless to say, the Crecora girls gave 110% commitment as always, but with a few girls brining injuries into the game and a few more picked up during play, we just didn’t have the reserves to match the strength of Ballyagran, who were worthy winners in the end. This team has brought great honour to themselves and their club during this league campaign. This was just their first defeat and they can be rightly proud of their achievements. We wish Aisling and Aoife Coughlan and Orna Rea a speedy recovery, and very best wishes to all girls sitting their Junior Cert in the coming weeks. Full U16 panel is: Aislinn Condon, Orna Rea, Fiona Hogan, Jane Mangan, Angela Power, Aoife Coughlan, Aisling Coughlan, Michelle Barrett, Roisin Howard, Orla Ryan, Niamh Keyes, Caoimhe Sheehan, Ciara Murphy, Laura McCarthy, Dearbhla Egan, Orla Davern, Ciara McCarthy, Shannon Roche, and Megan Bateman. INTERMEDIATE: Crecora Junior Team played Na Piarsaigh in the Intermediate County League Semi-Final and put it a 100% superb performance. No More could have been asked of the girls, particularly in the second half when Crecora had the better of the Na Piarsaigh’s Intermediate side. The margin was down to 2 pts at one stage and finished on a scoreline of Na Piarsaigh 1-11 Crecora 2-4. We now relish the thought of the Junior Championship in August.
Team: Fiona Godfrey, Ciara Cahill, Bridget Riordan, Ellie Moloney, Leisha Horgan. Lisa Barrett, Shannyn Sheehan, Michelle Barrett, Una O’Connor (Capt. for the match), Maria Power, Anna Kennedy, Mairead O’Connell, Emma Keyes, Marcella Howard, Lorraine Burke. Clodagh Carmody replaced the injured Fiona Godfrey.
INTERMEDIATE: Intermediate Hurling Championship Round 1 Cappamore 1-13 Newcastle West 1-13. After 63 Minutes of play the two side could not be separated in Clarina. In what was a tense and somewhat slow burning affair a draw was just about a fair result. It was not until mid way through the second half when the game truly came to life with both teams having chances to win but it would be fair to say that the NCW camp would be a little happier tonight.
Cappamore began the game with a breath taking move that ended with conor Sheehan rattling the back of the net. Seamus Ryan added a point before NCW found their feet. It took another 5 minutes of play for Newcastle to bring the game level with their Full forward finding room to crash the ball for a goal and in truth the game would be level on numerous occasion throughout the game, and this was a sense of how even the 2 team were. With Cappamore Half backline on top this gave plenty of opportunities for the Cappamore Forwards, Tommy O’Donoghue provides the rest of scores before the break, including a fine Point from play. But NCW were keeping themselves in the game and finished the first half 1 point down.
The second half provided more entertainment than the first with the game opening up. Tommy added a further score before NCW got back into control, going 2points up. The NCW forwards were getting a little on top before Cappamore Began to exert their presence and this proved vital for Conor Sheehan and Colin Doherty to add points, but again NCW got back on top and with a madn playing deep they carve out further chances and could have got a goal but for fine defending by the cappamore Backs. A fine effort by Andy Murphy and 2 frees for Tommy O Donoghue brought the game back level. Inbetween this cappamore were reduced to 14 men with Joe O Donnell getting a second yellow.
The last few minutes saw chance for both teams, but these were not taken and the referee blew the final whistle
A draw in the end while both teams would have been looking for the opening win, a draw keeps both teams very much in the hunt.
Cappamore had fine performance thoughout the field best were Conor Sheehan, Seamus Ryan and John Ryan
Team: T Ryan, J Campbell, S Lane, M Tracey, P Doyle B Coffey, J Ryan, S Ryan (0-2), B Creamer, C Doherty(0-1), J O Donnell, L Cronin, T O Donhuge(0-8 7F), C Sheehan(1-1), A Murphy(0-1). Subs Used: T Bulter, D O Dywer,
SYMPATHY: Cappamore Gaa would like to Offer their sympathies to the Family of William Billy Ryan. A loyal and devoting Cappamore Man. Willie served the GAA in many ways throughout his life. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Christine, son Declan and Daughters Fiona and Cynthia.
U-15 HURLING: Our U-15 hurlers maintained their unbeaten run in the 13 aside championship when they won away to Claughan on Wednesday night. The gale force wind and pelting rain meant that open free flowing hurling was off the menu, but despite that both teams tried hard to battle the elements. The home team opted to play with the wind in the first half and put the visitors under ferocious pressure, however the Croom defence and mid fielders who fell back to help repelled wave after wave of attack and to their credit only conceded four point.
The Croom attack on the other hand, with minimal possession managed a point from a Mark O Kelly free and a lovely point from the stick of Kevin Laffan. On the turnover Croom did not have the advantage they were expecting as the wind played havoc with their efforts at point taking. Two O Kelly pointed frees kept them ticking over and when Eric Cregan poked home a long delivery from the same source, things were looking good. Another point from Kevin Laffan put them four up and still looking good, but then Claughan worked the ball up the field and won a free which they managed to squeeze into Crooms net.
It was now a one point game and up for grabs when out of nothing Croom managed another goal, this came when the goalie fumbled a ball and James second Culhane was at hand to put it away. The final whistle sounded soon after to leave the full time score 2-5 to 1-4.
Croom: Dean Shinnors, Tomas Quigley, Owen Clancy, Aidan O Gorman, Mark O Kelly, David Fitzgerald, Dara O Farrell, Eoghan Cregan, Nigel Cregan, James Culhane, Kevin Laffan, Eric Cregan, Dylan Moloney.
SENIOR: Disappointment was our lot on Friday night as we finished second best to our Southern opponents Garryspillane in the first round of the County Senior Hurling Championship played in Killmallock. Croom were ahead by three points to two after 13 minutes and between that and the break could only add one more point while their opponents added 1-8. No matter what happened later this nine point deficit and Crooms inability to deal with the Bouncers in that first half was the losing of the game.
LOTTO: This weeks number 6, 15, 18, 25. No jackpot winner. Lucky dips - €50 Lucy Keyes c/o Amy Keyes, €30 James Condon c/o Teresa, €20 each to Peter O Rourke Lisgreen, Mary Margret Hickey Adare, Kathleen Byrnes Croom, Kay and co c/o Jed, Sean Lynch c/o A Bourke, John Shanahan Carrigeen. Next weeks draw is on in Hickeys and the jackpot is €11500.
FUND RAISING: We are holding our annual Sponsored Cycle and Fun Run / Walk in association with Croom Cycles Lawnmowers LTD on Sunday May 26 at 1.00pm. Registration at 12noon in Croom Community Centre. Entry on the day €10 per individual and €20 for family. Everyone is welcome. Light refreshments in the Centre after the events.
SENIOR: Doon had a fantastic start to their County Senior Hurling Championship campaign in Bruff last Sunday evening recording a 1 point victory over opponents Patrickswell. Two substitutes were our goal heroes of the match - number 22 Pat Ryan who started in the full forward position hit the back of the net twice - once in either half. Wearing number 27, Dean Coleman replaced Roger Maher early in the second half and after just four minutes on the field, he had his name of the scoresheet with a much-needed goal assisted by Roger Ryan. A good team performance by Doon shone through as we led for the entire first half, with the exception of the opening 3 minutes when Patrickswell scored the first point of the game. At half time, our Pat Ryan goal was the difference as we led 1-7 to 0-7. Corner forward Micheal Ryan scored a point from a free at the start of the second half and we were to score just four more times before the end of the game - those precious two goals and a point each from Pat Ryan and Cathal McNamara. While Patrickswell had 11 points in the second half, they could have had many more as they saw a number of frees go outside the posts. As the final whistle approached, they were creeping up on our lead scoring points at the 26th, 27th and 29th minute, but we had the strength to hold out and had time on our side and at the end the scoreline was in our favour by just one point - Doon 3-10 Patrickswell 0-18.
Team & scorers - Darragh Stapleton, Morgan Crowe, Edward Kiely, Eoin Fitzgibbon, Denis Moloney, Cathal McNamara (0-3), Richie English, Roger Maher, Darragh O’Donovan (0-1), George Allis, Niall Maher (0-1), Roger Ryan, Micheal Ryan (0-3), Pat Ryan (2-2), Gerard McPartland. Subs - Dean Coleman (1-0), Michael Barry, Liam Ryan.
LOTTO: Lotto results from Monday May 6. Jackpot €9,200. Numbers drawn 3, 7, 17, 27. No winner. 7 match 3’s got €30 each – Una Whyte, Bilboa; Nora Collins, Doon East; Maureen Morrissey, Toomaline; Luke McKenna; Sheila Allis, Glenmorgan; John Fahy Anderson, Oola; c/o MF.
10 lucky dips got €20 each – Joe McGrath, c.o Mary Allis; James Fox, Doon; Aoife & Caroline Thompson, Dublin; Emma Harris, Clonlusk; Denise Kennedy, Gurtavalla; Aisling McGrath, Middleton; Lizzie Hennessy, Doon; Ann McKenna, Hillview Grove; Mairead Murphy, Cooga; Margo Morrissey, Bansha.
If you are unable to meet our regular ticket sellers, you can subscribe online to our Lotto for 6 or 12 months. Visit www.doon.limerick.gaa.ie for further details.
TEXT: If you would like to receive match alerts for Doon GAA Club this year, please text your name and mobile number to (087) 9387755 and we will keep you informed on upcoming games and their dates, times & venues. And don’t forget for full details of all the club’s fixtures and match reports visit our website www.doon.limerick.gaa.ie and Facebook page – Doon G.A.A.
LOTTO: Effin GAA Lotto In association with Effin Bórd na nÓg and Effin Camogie Club Results for May 7. Jackpot €2,000, No winner. Bob and Dave. Seller: Barrett’s Bar; Mike O Donnell, Seller: Mike O Donnell; Lillian Barrett, Seller: Barrett’s Bar.
Next week’s Jackpot €2100.
CARDIAC SCREENING: Cardiac Heart screening will take place at the clubhouseon a date to be arranged. When done through the club this will be available at a reduced rate to all parishioners over the age of 12. All those who might be interested should contact Ger Power on 087-6278900 for further details.
HARD LUCK: To the senior hurlers who were defeated last Sunday in the county championship by Ballybrown in Kilmallock. Final score Effin 3-6 Ballybrown 2-14. Next round on June 16 v Hospital herbertstown.
WELL DONE: To the Effin primary school hurling panel who won the 9 a side South Limerick schools final with a great win over Athlacca in the final played recently in Knocklong. Final scoreline Effin 4-2 Athlacca 2-5. Panel included Patrick O Donovan; Brian Clifford; Ruairi O Connor; Evan McFadden; Kevin O Donovan; Alan Byrne; Ciaran O Reagan; Luke Barry; Evan Kelly and Fergal O Connor.
MEDALS: Fr Caseys GAA Club will host a medal presentation night in the GAA Clubhouse this Friday night May 17 for our Minor, Senior and Junior A Football Teams who were victorious in various competitions last season. Our Minors won the clubs 9th County Championship, our Seniors won a record breaking 17th West Championship while our Junior A team won the West League and two County League titles. 2012 was a very successful year for our club and we would welcome a big crowd to celebrate the great achievements of all the players. Admission is free and finger food will be provided on the night. The event starts at 9.00pm.
JUNIOR LEGAUE: Fr Caseys Junior A Footballers travelled to Cappagh last Tuesday evening to take on Cappagh/Kilcornan in round two of the West League. After a very impressive victory over Glin in the opening round, Fr Caseys were looking to continue winning ways. Fr Caseys first point came from the fist of Jamie O’Connor and moments later Cathal Broderick was on target to double the lead. Both sides then exchanged frees with John Lenihan as accurate as ever for Fr Caseys. A perfectly stroke 45 from Cappagh reduced the margin and moments later they were level thanks to their first point from play. Despite controlling possession and looking the more dangerous in attack, Fr Caseys wasteful shooting was causing them issues. A point free from David Collins before the interval put Fr. Caseys back into a deserved lead but improvements were needed in the second half. The half time score was Fr Caseys 0-4, Cappagh-Kilcornan 0-3.
A pointed free from John Lenihan opened the second half scoring and moments later Fr Caseys were three points in front when David Collins guided the ball over the bar after great play from Cormac Roche. A long range point from Cappagh kept them in contention and then midway through the half a long ball from midfield found the Cappagh full forward in space and with just the keeper to beat he made no mistake to hit the net and put Cappagh into a one point lead. A point from David Collins from close range levelled proceedings but Cappagh replied and nearly scored their second goal of the net only for James O’Mara to pull off a magnificent save and deflect the ball over the bar. With ten minutes remaining the game was in the melting pot. Cormac Roche was denied a point by the post but when the ball rebounded Donal Og O’Connor reacted the quickly and rifled the ball into the net from close range to send Fr Caseys into a two point lead. There was no turning back from this point onwards and pointed frees from Jamie O’Connor and John Lenihan in the final five minutes wrapped up a hard fough four point victory for Fr Caseys. The final score was Fr. Caseys 1-9, Cappagh-Kilcornan 1-5.
DRAW: The third Limerick Development Draw of 2013 took place last Friday night in Doon. Congratulations to JD Foley who won €250. We wish all our draw members the best of luck in the upcoming months. A full list of winners can be seen on the Limerick GAA website, www.limerickgaa.ie.
If you would like to join the draw please contact any committee member or our draw co-ordinator Liam O’Connor on 087-9267039.
PRESIDENT: The President of the GAA Liam O’Neill will visit our club grounds next Monday, May 20. This is a great honour for our club to have the President of the GAA come to us. His visit will include over seeing our own U-14s feile skill competition and presenting feile gear to our U-14 team, also he will be meeting our other underage players too. So all are very welcome to what will be a great night and come wearing your club or county colours. Tea and refreshments will also be served on the night.
UNDERAGE: U-6/U-8/U-10 training every Thursday from 6 to 7 all welcome, there are great numbers attending every week so all welcome to come and enjoy playing under guidance of our club coachs. U-8 football blitz on Saturday at 11am in Athlacca. U-16s have now taken a break from competitive matches but training continues every Friday under guidance of Billy Davern, Keith O’Connor, Matty Quirke and Matty Quirke jr. Players are encouraged to attend training every week to maintain progress so far. The club has new underage gear for sale, contact Ann Maire or Paudie if interested.
SENIORS: In round 3 of the ACHL, we take on Garryspillane this Saturday at 7.30 at home.
DRAW: The results of the Limerick Development Draw in May can be found on the Limerick GAA website. Just follow this link: http://limerickgaadrawresults.ie/DrawResults.html
The next draw will take place on Friday June 7 at Sulleys Bar, Hospital.
CLUB GROUNDS: The club would like to thank all the lads who helped out last Saturday as we continued work to upgrade the club facilities. The first phase of the works involves laying a concrete walkway around the field, installing new fencing around the playing area, installing new boundary fencing, upgrading the car park and driveway surface, replacing the nets behind each goals and painting the dressing rooms. We have put in place a 6 week programme to achieve all works and will continue on Saturday morning from 9.30am. Everyone is welcome to help out, many hands make light work!
MOVEMENT BASED WORKSHOP: The club are delighted to have Ollie Coffey and Andy Murphy visiting at 7pm on Monday evening to run a movement based session with all players from U-12 to U-16. The session focuses on players fundamental movement patterns in GAA correcting running techniques, balance, and co-ordination. This will be a very worthwhile evening for all players in the club and coaches to attend.
JUNIOR HURLING: The junior hurlers played their first game of the season at home to Meelick of Clare on Saturday evening in Kilteely. The lads played with the wind in the first half and were able to build a strong lead. Darren Connery was moving well in the inside forward line and helped himself to three points. The half forward line of Darren Murphy, Paudie Ahern, and Christy O’Dea were all on the scoresheet. Denny Ahern chipped in with a few points from midfield while at the back Shane Smalle and Phillip Coffey were motoring well and delivering good ball to the forwards.
In the second half Meelick came into the game after an early goal from a 21 yard free. They added a couple of points before Liam Carroll goaled for Kilteely Dromkeen. Paudie Ahern and Darren Connery were on the scoreboard again in the second half with some good points before Barry O’Donnell added a second goal. Meelick had a late flourish at the end and scored 1-2 in the closing stages to leave a final score line of 2-13 to 2-06. It was a good performance by our lads for the first game of the season and considering a number of players were absent due to injury and exams.
Team: Barry O’Donnell, Diarmuid Murphy, Phillip Coffey, Diarmuid O’Dea, Shane Smalle, Francie Stokes, Gerry Murphy, Denny Ahern, John Ahern, Darren Murphy, Paudie Ahern, Christy O’Dea, John O’Connell, Darren Connery, Liam Carroll. Subs: Declan Murphy for Barry O’Donnell, Barry O’Donnell for Liam Carroll, Liam Carroll for Diarmuid O’Dea.
U-14 HURLING: The U-14 hurlers played Garryspillane yesterday evening in Knocklong in a challenge game. Garryspillane played with a very strong wind in the first half and opened up a lead. Kilteely Dromkeen worked hard throughout and were rewarded for their efforts in the second half with some good scores. It was a good workout for the team in their first game of the season with everyone getting loads of game time. The club hope to host Garryspillane for a return challenge game later in the season.
Team: Eoghan O’Dea, Dylan Holmes, Daniel Gleeson, John Egan, Conor Egan, Shane O’Grady, Josh Sheehan, Rian O’Dea, Sean McCarthy, Andrew Lineham, Declan Kenny, Brian O’Grady, Jack Hayes, Craig Hannon, Jack Franklin. Subs: Darragh Curtin for Craig Hannon (HT), Edward English for John Egan (HT), Craig Hannon for Andrew Lineham (30 mins), John Egan for Josh Sheehan (30 mins).
U-12 HURLING: The U-12 hurlers played Ahane in Ahane yesterday evening in what turned out to be a very exciting game. The scores were level at half time, 2-01 apiece. Jack Franklin got all our scores in the first half, he looked very dangerous each time he was on the ball. The second half was again very even, Ahane led early with two points before Darragh Curtin scored a great goal to put us back in front. Two more Ahane points followed before Jack Franklin scored a long range free to level the scores again. A late point by from Ahane gave them a one point victory on the night on a final scoreline of 2-6 to 3-2.
LOTTO: Lotto Results Monday May 6: Numbers 3 9 23 27, no winner. Lucky Dips: Mike Ryan, Brid Fitzgerald, Mike Gleeson, Denny Ahern (Ballingarry). Sellers prize: Simon Ryan. Mondays jackpot is worth €6700, you can purchase a ticker from local resellers or online at www.kdgaa.ie
INTERMEDIATE: Killeedy 0-15 Kildimo-Pallaskenry 0-11. Our intermediate hurlers lost their first round game Championship against Killeedy on a wet Friday May 10 in Feenagh. This was a good performance against good opposition and a much closer margin than in the equivalent game last season. There are 2 important games for our players left in this group.
U-14 FOOTBALL: Our U-14 footballers, having played very little football so far this season, took to the field in a challenge match against Deel Rangers last Wednesday evening in Kildimo. Deel started well with 2 points from play – Jai Chaudri then found the back of the net to put us into a short-lived lead, Deel scoring 2 more points, 1 from a free. Caolan Rushe levelled the game with a pointed free. Deel followed up with a goal and 2 points while we scored another point from the boot of Caolan Rushe leaving the score 1-6 to 1-2 in favour of Deel Rangers at half time – it may have been a greater margin but for a succession of magnificent saves by goalkeeper Jamie Hickey. In the 2nd half, we encountered problems in winning our own kickouts – Deel were much sharper and quicker to the ball, scoring 5 more points before we managed to score from the boot of Kieran Bourke. We managed to get the ball inside the Deel 45 more often as the 2nd half elapsed with points from Jordan O’Connell and Caolan Rushe, we also hit a number of wides which we really should have pointed, Deel add a goal and 2 points during this period leaving the final score at 2-14 to 1-5 in their favour. This was definitely a worthwhile exercise for our team – we are very rusty at the moment and badly need game time.
Our first Championship game is on Wednesday May 22 against Adare in Pallaskenry at 7pm.
SENIORS: A good start got underway in bruff on sunday to our championship campaign with a win over Hospital-Herbertstown. Kilmallock opened with a blaze of scores and within ten minutes had 2-4 racked up with the two goals comeing from the stick of Graham mulcahy. The outcome of the game seemed to be set in stone from there on with impresive scores being added from Kevin O’Donnell 1-5(2f), Paudie O’Brien 0-4, Eoin Ryan 0-2, Robbie Egan 0-2, Graham Mulcahy 3-4 and Gavin O’Mahoney 0-1.
As usuasl our backs were as solid and kept a very determined h/h at bay with the fulltime score of 4-17 to 1-15.
kilmallock will next take on Ballybrown in june.
Team lined out Barry Hennessy; Liam Hurley, Mark O’Loughlin, John Meade, Aaron Costelloe, Philip O’Loughlin, Liam Walsh; Paudie O’Brien, Robbie Egan; Kevin O’Donnell, Gavin O’Mahoney, Kieran Keneally, Graham Mulcahy, Andrew O’Shaughnessy, Eoin Ryan. Subs that came on Mark Hayes and Donnacha Higgins.
Our annual race night will take place on June 15 in Bulgaden.
LIMERICK SUPPORTERS CLUB DUBLIN
GOLF: The Limerick GAA Supporters Club will hold its Golf Classic on May 30.
The Annual Golf Classic will be held in Edmondstown Golf Classic on Thursday 30 May 2013. Teams of 3 cost €350, which includes a very generous four course lunch at the Yellow House in Rathfarnham. Excellent prizes areo on offer to competitors and the chance to meet and play against many intercounty Players, past and present. Individuals or groups interested should contact Director of Golf Tom Cotter on 086 838 0893. Sponsorship opportunities also available.
WELL DONE: The Club would also like to extend its congratulations this week to ‘Limerick Person of the Year’ Eamon Rea and his colleagues on their recognition next weekend from JP McManus and the Staker Wallace Club. It is nice to see further acknowledgement of this victorious Team and an appreciation of their past achievement.
U-11 FOOTBALL: The U-11s are away to Crecora this Thursday May 16 for the last match in round 1 of the league, meeting at 6.15pm with throw in 6:45pm. Many of the team will have been out on the hurling field the previous evening, so hopefully they will have recovered from their efforts. Speaking of recovery, it is absolutely great to see Mike Joy back.
COACHING DIARY: Well done to the coaching and games committee of the club, who last Thursday launched a very comprehensive coaching diary for the club. This is a terrific innovation and will greatly facilitate the efforts of coaches as they seek to develop and improve our players and teams. As they say, “if you’re not assessing, you’re guessing,” and this diary will allow us to catalog our efforts throughout the year. Many thanks also to former Tipperary manager Liam Sheedy for coming along to the launch event and speaking on the night and taking several questions. Liam is pictured below with members of the Mungret Coaching and Games Committee.
HEROES: On Friday night while a lot was going on in the club with Blitzs, Féile final, training and other matches, the GAA hosted a night to meet your GAA heros in UL. The rain stayed off for a while and young and old got to meet the Limerick Footballers, Hurlers, Ladies footballer, winning Camogie team and Handball players. Everybody got to chat with their favourite player and get photographs, autographs and even take shots on some players in goals. There was even face painting and a free raffle for signed jerseys and football. In the photograph is the Dwane brothers taking time out while everything was running in the background. Well done to the GAA who organised this county wide event.
WALK: Thank you to all who attended the amazing event that is Darkness to light. It was great to see such a range of ages from small babies to retired people. It was great to see so many Mungret St Pauls players, parents and committee members, we hope to see you all this Sunday for the 10K.
INTERMEDIATE: Well done to the Intermediate hurlers who started their championship campaign with a good win over Ballybricken-Bohermore, on a scoreline of 0-14 to 1-06. Team: Dave Bulfin, Eoin McCarthy, John Kenny, Jack O’Callaghan, Tommy Giltenane, Colm Moriarty, Joe Moriarty, Brian Tobin (Capt), Stephen McDonnell, Cian O’Brien, Niall Barron, Denis Giltenane, Richie Burke, Brendan Giltenane, Kenneth Savage. Subs used; Chris Buckley, Ronan Kirby
U-12 HURLING: On a blustery cold Thursday night 16 of our hurlers arrived to the home pitch to meet their oppontants Ahane. We opened the score with a goal, they replied with 2 points, we came back with another point from play only for Ahane to manage to break our barrier of backs to leave a mark at half time with a score of 1-1 to 2-