Limerick Sports Digest, December 8

All the latest news from around the Limerick sports clubs.

All the latest news from around the Limerick sports clubs.

Bruff Hockey Club

LAST WEEKEND: Bruff played their last game of 2012 on Saturday last when they travelled to Clonakilty and suffered a 3-0 defeat. The first 35 minutes saw Bruff hold the league leaders scoreless but unfortunately in the opening 10 minutes of the second half Clonakilty scored their first goal from a short corner. The second was scored moments later with the third goal of the game coming mid way through the half when the ball hit the Bruff post and crossed the line. Bruff never gave up and continued to apply the pressure on the Clonakilty defense but were denied a score due to good goal keeping by the Clonakilty keeper. Currently Bruff lie in 4th place in the Munster ladies division 4 league. Bruff will return to league action the weekend of the 5th/6th January 2013.

Bruff team: Karen Crowley, Nicola Savage, Patricia O’Sullivan, Cathy Wallace, Naomi Panter, Catherine Martin, Aine McNamara, Katherine Ayre, Marie Allis, Deirdre Fitzgerald, Sheila Ryan, Catriona Casey (Captain).


LAST WEEKEND: Institute Ladies’ got a bit of a shock last Saturday in Rosbrien when UCC, one their main challengers for Munster Senior League honours, took away all three points. Institute still lead Div 1 but would have been surprised by the manner of the loss to their Cork rivals. In a whirlwind start, College dominated the early play & scored twice in the first 15 mins. Institute clawed their way back into the game but weren’t able to make their dominance count. In the second half, UCC scored early to go 3-0 up. Again there was no shortage of spirit in Institute’s response following this setback but they were unable to make their opportunities count. Although Institute were hampered by a couple of injuries to Aoife Kenny & Caroline Hutchison, which meant they needed to re-jig their line-up, they still created enough openings to get back into the game but unfortunately didn’t take them with UCC taking all three points in a fine 3-0 away win from their perspective. Institute in particular will rue their lack of sharpness from set-pieces which they will no doubt practice this week ahead of their Irish Senior Cup tie on Saturday vs Pegasus, which is scheduled for 1pm in Rosbrien. Meanwhile the II’s got their campaign back on track with a 2-1 win against Waterford with goals from Holly Redden & Ciara Moloney. Moloney scored the winner 2 mins from time with a rocket off a short corner.

NEXT UP: Next up for them will be Belvedere @ 11.30am in the club this Sunday. On the Men’s side, there were mixed fortunes in their games against local rivals LHC. The I’s continued their 100% start to the season making it 4 away wins in a row in a bright start to life in Div 2. They won 1-0 in a tightly contested game with Simon Brickendon scoring from a stroke just before half-time. Institute were always in control but didn’t take their chances which made Limerick dangerous on the break. Best for Institute were Tristan Murphy, Gary Acheson & Eric Calendar. Afterwards the II’s were well beaten against a strong LHC II’s team. LHC play in a higher division so would have been favourites beforehand but the II’s made it a little easy for them, conceding some sloppy early goals putting the result out of doubt by half time but the youngsters responded well 2nd half, where they created most of the chances. Looking ahead to this weekend, both Men’s teams take on their counterparts from Midleton in Institute on Sunday with the I’s starting at 1.15pm followed by the II’s.


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.

Limerick Handball

INTERCLUB FINALS: The Broadford team of Anthony Donnelly, Sean Murphy, John Noonan and Pat Murphy reached the final of the National Club Championship. After coming out on top in Limerick they fought of stiff competition from Meath, Tyrone and Mayo before being narrowly defeated by a younger and stronger Kilkenny team.

ADULT COUNTY TRIALS: The county trials are now coming to a close. Anthony Donnelly has already secured his place in the semi. Sean Murphy plays in Cappagh on Tuesday 4th. The doubles is starting next week and Sean and Anthony have teamed up here and should go through comfortably enough to represent limerick. Kieran Leahy and Christy Enright are also main contenders for this grade.

Denis McCarthy has already qualified for the silver Masters Doubles and is going very well in the Singles.

All the places should be decided in the next 2 weeks.

ON THE AIR: Jim Hartnet has a regular handball slot on West Limerick Radio every Saturday morning as part of his sports program between10-12. He reports all the goings-on in the handball scene.

LADIES SENIOR TOURNAMENT: A Women’s Open Senior Tournament will take place in Broadford on the weekend of January 12th-13th. This is the only women’s tournament of its kind in the country. It is planned to have the top women in the country taking part. Girl’s handball is very strong in Broadford. There will be more details over the coming weeks.

GIRLS U-14-U-16 TOURNAMENT: On Saturday 5th of January Broadford will host a Girls U14 Singles tournament. Then on Sunday 6th they will have a Girls U16 Singles tournament. The finals of both of these tournaments will be held on the following Sunday as part of the open Ladies finals.

CUMANN NA MBUNSCOL: Trials are currently being held to make up the Cumann na mBunscol (primary school) championship. Broadford currently have 3 players on the team and hopefully should have 5 on the final team of 8 by Friday. The Munster stages of this event will then take place in Clare on Sunday December 9th.

COUNTY AWARDS NIGHT: The county awards night will take place on Sunday 9th in the Woodlands House Hotel in Adare

MEMBERSHIP: Membership for the coming season 2013 is now coming up. Contact your local club for details. New members are welcome at any time


LAST WEEKEND: Each of boys teams lost out in the Cork Cup semi-final rounds with our U-14 boys semi going all the way to the wire with Blue Demons shading it in the end. Well done to each of our boys teams on each on reaching the semi-final rounds in their first year in the Cork Division One leagues. Our girls teams had good wins over Newport in their North Munster Division One league with Emma O’ Donoghue top scoring for our U-16 girls while Niamh Fenton and Amy Rickard, Claire Goggin and Ailbhe Brommell top scorers for our U-14 and U-12 sides. Our U-10 boys and girls both had good performances in their touranments in Springfield.

BARCELONA TRIP: Limerick Celtics are pleased to announce that our U-16/18 boys will travel to Barcelona in February 2013 to play in an International tournament and also attend a training camp. Our under 18 and Senior womens team will also travel to Barcelona at Easter 2013 for a series of games and a Eurobasket Professional game

ONLINE: 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.

NEW MEMBERS: 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.


LAST WEEKEND: Sunday saw the first derby between the men’s firsts teams of Limerick and Catholic Institute in over 10 years. Institute ran out 1-0 winners on the day after a penalty flick and Limerick can count themselves most unlucky not to get at least a draw. In a very even, tight game both teams came close a number of times and the match was fought mostly in each teams 25’s with end to end attacks.Jonny Powell and Jeff Smith went closest for Limerick narrowly missing the target after 2 great runs.

Brian Fitzell and Ian Gibson were best for Limerick. Limerick must now ready themselves for the trip to play Church of Ireland in Cork on Sunday.

Limerick Men’s 2nds also played the Catholic Institute in the first Div

3/4 cup game of the season. In what was the most important game of the season to date, Limerick failed to disappoint, playing our best hockey of the season in the opening 25 minutes to go 6-1 up at half time. Tom Clarke, playing in the forwards, scored 3 goals, Johnny Powell with 2 and Steven Cheatly with 1. Institute played a tougher second half, with the final score being 6-1.


RECENT GAMES: Lakers U-18s showed their class scoring a total of 235 points in three games in the last week. They also saw off the challenge of Limerick Lions and Fr.Matthew’s of Cork to reach the final of the Cork Cup. They completed their winning run with a thrilling encounter against local rivals Lions in St Clements. Lakers were worthy winners on a score of 61 to 50. Sunday saw teams from three of our age groups give a very good account of themselves in their away games to Limerick Lions. Wins at U-14B and U-18s for Lakers with Lions taking the U-14A and U-16 games.

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SENIORS: Limerick Lions seniors, coached by Dave Barry, maintained their perfect winning record this season with a 70 to 50 points win over Litpol in the North Munster league last Sunday in St Clements college. The team of Russian nationals certainly put it up to Lions and led for much of the first half. However, once Lions ace shooters Diarmuid “Dod” O’ Donovan and Rando Kozlov found their range, there was only going to be one winner. O’ Donovan top-scored with 23 points with Kozlov notching 18 and there were fine performances also from Aaron Lynch, Matthew Collins and “Bono” Kavanagh.

UNDERAGE: In other action last weekend Harry Coyne’s U-14 team had two good displays with a narrow loss to Blue Demons in the Cork cup on Friday and bouncing back with a comfortable win over Limerick Lakers on Sunday. Lions U-14 B team which is coached by Bono Kavanagh and Cian McDonnell also put in a good performance against Lakers. Best for Lions U-14’s were Jazz Pendejito, Ben Murphy, Iain Campbell and Nathan Moore. Lions U-16’s had a comfortable win over Lakers with Adam Barry notching up a very impressive 30 points. Lions U-18’s went down by 10 to Lakers in an entertaining game with decent performances from David O’Connell, Darragh O’Connor and Luke Ryan. For more information about Limerick Lions please contact Brendan at 087 6296109 or visit our club web-site at or facebook page at


LEAGUE FINAL: The Orchard Equestrian Interschools Showjumping League Final took place last Sunday at Clare Equestrian Centre, Ennis. The League was a great success with over 250 riders taking part in the Grand Final. Results as follows:

NATIONAL SCHOOL TEAMS EVENT: Overall League Winner: Cratloe National School, Cratloe.

1. Stonehall National School, Mae Nedelec, Thomas Costello, Michael Costello, Moya Hayes; 2. Cratloe National School, Tom Gleeson, Mark Mc Donagh, Kara Gupta, John Gallagher; 3 Kilmaley National School, Andrea O’Brien, Emer Kennedy, Roisin Corbett, Fia Coote; 4. Ballina National School, Laura Wallace, Emily Wallace, Sofie Dooley, Saoibh O’Mahony; 5. Lisvernane/Kilmaley National Schools, Olivia Shanahan, Holly Davern, Leanne O’Halloran; 6. Dooras National School, Alva Mc Gann, Roisin Mahony, Rachel Costello, Saoirse Mc Gann

SECONDARY SCHOOL NOVICE TEAM EVENT: Overall League Winner: Scoil Mhuire Ennistymon. 1 Scoil Mhuire Ennistymon. Kiah Baker, Aoife Hegarty, Alisha Corry, Skye Nauarro; 2. Rice College, Ennis. Alva Hanratty, Orla Hanratty, Fiona Coughlan; 3. Ard Scoil Ris, Limerick, Tom Nedelec, Angus Goodwin-Bores, Darragh Connolley, Frank Hoare; 4. Laurel Hill Blue, Limerick, Orla O’Brien, Megan Stritch, Clodagh Riordan, Kelly Niclot; 5. Laurel Hill Red, Limerick, Emily Wallace, Aoife Goodwin-Bores, Emma Quinn, Clodagh Dunne; 6. Colaiste Mhuire, Ennis, Gillian Cummins, Ester Mc Morrow-Donnelan, Siobhan Mahony, Sharon Cummins.

SECONDARY SCHOOL OPEN TEAM EVENT: Overall League Winner: Colaiste Mhuire, Ennis 1. Ard Scoil Ris, Limerick, Brian Gallagher, Oisin de Barra, Kieran Costello, Mark Doyle; 2 Laurel Hill White, Limerick, Lydia Foley, Sarah Mangan, Aisling Ni Bhroichalain, Emily Clifford; 3. Laurel Hill Black, Limerick, Alice Foley, Kate Gloster, Sorcha Begley, Saoibh de Barra; 4. Villiers, Limerick, Olivia Gurnett, Della Daly, Peter Howard, Ashling Finnucane; 5. Colaiste Mhuire, Ennis

INDIVIDUAL EVENT, 50-60CM: Leading rider: Alva Mc Gann, Dooras National School, Gort 1. Tom Gleeson, Cratloe National School; 2. Cliona Ryan, Kilmurray National School; 3. Ava Cunningham, Cratloe National School; 4. Alva McGann, Dooras National School, Gort; 5. Fionn Mc Giollacearra, Sixmilebridge National School; 6. Saoirse Harrington, Ballytourn National School, Gort

INDIVIDUAL EVENT, 70-80CM: Leading rider: Darragh Burke, St Caimins Secondary School, Shannon 1. Jack Collins, St Caimins, Shannon; 2. Darragh Burke, St Caimins, Shannon; 3. Darragh Ford, Ballytourn National School, Gort; 4. Mark Mc Donagh, Cratloe National School; 5. Megan Stritch, Laurel Hill Secondary School, Limerick; 6. Rhys Williams, Inch National School

INDIVIDUAL EVENT, 90-METER: Leading rider: Robbie Clancy, Comprehensive Secondary School, Shannon 1. Michael Foley, St Josephs Secondary School, Tulla; 2. Robbie Clancy, Comprehensive Secondary School, Shannon; 3. Michael Foley, St Josephs Secondary School, Tulla; 4. Ashling Ni Bhroichalain, Laurel Hill Secondary School, Limerick; 5. Oisin de Barra, Ard Scoil Ris Secondary School, Limerick; 6. Emily Clifford,Laurel Hill Secondary School, Limerick

DERBY EVENT: Leading riders: 50-60CM: Mark Mc Donagh, Cratloe National School; 70-80CM: Rhys Williams, Inch National School; 90-METRE: Michael Foley, St Josephs Secondary School, Tulla


LAST WEEKEND: Both our senior ladies teams were in North Munster League action last week, with both recording comfortable wins. The two games, followed similar patterns with both our teams struggling early on to find scores before asserting in the second half to win their games.

Our Saints travelled to Askeaton for an away game against Foynes Flyers. The Saints were missing both Roisin Dempsey and Simone Bourke due to work and also Caoimhe Gleeson due to illness. After a forgettable first half where the Saints led 12-7, the performance increased markedly in the second half. The Saints began to use their running game to telling effect, especially in the third quarter, and all of a sudden had opened up a 20 point gap. Saints sealed a win on a 45-15 scoreline.

There was a good spread of scoring with Lisa Ann Dempsey hitting 10 points, followed by Emily Kavanagh, Marta Toplielecka and Aoife O’Connell on 8 each.

The Scholars game away to Kingfisher bore a marked resemblance to the Saints game. The Scholars struggled for scores in the first quarter and led only by 7-6. However once they found their shooting range, there was always going to be one winner as the ladies eased to a 57-27 win despite missing Anna Keyes, Joanne De Loughrey, Nuala O’ Flaherty and Eimear O’Malley. Top scorers for Scholars were Ciara Meaney 23 and Deirdre Barton 9. Our U-15 girls had a double header over the weekend in the Cork League. They played Mallow at home followed by an away trip in Cork against Glanmire. Despite losing both games, the team are showing definite signs of now being able to compete at this higher level. The girls inexperience probably cost them victory in both games as they gave away turnovers at crucial stages in both games.

The game against Mallow was a case in point. The girls trailed by 15 points mid way through the second quarter. Once they shed their nerves, they came strongly back into the game to lead by 2 points going into the final few minutes. However their inexperience told against them as they could not close out the game, before losing out 46-38.

It was a similar story in Cork the following day. When the girls were patient in offence, they were able to create good scoring opportunities. However there were too many times, where the girls panicked a little and chose the wrong options. In the end, the difference was that Glanmire took their chances when they were presented, while our girls did not. A final scoreline of 33-20 to Glanmire certainly flattered the hosts, as this game was much tighter than the scoreline suggests.

Jane Clohessy and Roisin Gleeson top scored for Colms in both games.

NEXT UP: Next week is another busy one on the playing front. Our Senior Scholars host UL while our Senior Saints host Shannon in the North Munster league. Our U-12, U-14, U-16 and U-18 girls are also in North Munster league action away to UL.


LAST WEEKEND: UL Huskies Superleague Team won last weekend against Meteors from Dublin. It was a convincing win and UL Huskies managed to hold on to their unbeaten record of 43 games. Top Scorers R. Vanderwal 30, L. Maher 12, S. Mc Gorry 10. Well done girls. Next home game is December 8th Cup Game against Brunell in University Arena @ 5.00.

UL Huskies Division 1 Ladies Cup game V St. Mary’s of Castleisland on Saturday @ 1.30.

UNDERAGE: Head Coach James Weldon held sessions with our U14/16/18’s underage teams last Saturday, he put the girls through their paces and they responded great and learned a lot. It gave them a chance to see and experience how it’s done by the best coach in the country. We are very privileged and lucky to have James in our Club passing on his thoughts and experience, it is very important for the development of players and the future of basketball within our Club.

Our underage teams were in action against Morning Star on Saturday at the University Arena. The U12 and U14 played very good, strong basketball with their defence proving to be stronger on the day to take wins. U16 went down by on 8 points but big improvement all round and Coach Sarah Mc Gorry was happy with their performance. Well done girls keep up the hard work. The U10’s travelled to Dromcollagher on Sunday to take part in the second of the U10 Blitz’s being run through out the season by the North Munster Area Board. The girls were nervous about their first game but settled in nicely for the following games. They were well deserved winners of game 3 and went home happy with our win. Thanks to Ursula for having us.

NEW MEMBERS: If you are interested in playing basketball and would like to join our Club please feel free to email us or contact Sarah 086 8309516 or Sinead 0876235967, . We cater for U-10s through to senior level, there is a team to suit you at UL Huskies Basketball Club.