HOSPITAL HANDBALL CLUB: Jack O’Brien, Eoghan Russell, Thomas Breen, Killian Real, and Eli Whelan won the Division 1 Silver Medal narrowly defeated by Lahorna of Tipperary in the highly prestigious Handball Feile Ngael final. On the way to the final the Hospital Lions defeated Clough of Kilkenny and Cashel of Tipperary to earn the right to play Lahorna in the final. To a packed handball alley the young players gave everything that they could but lost to the smallest of margins of 5 points. Although there was some disappointment, the handballers deserve great credit for a superb effort giving everything that they had. Pride in their effort and willingness to put it all on the line was the outstanding feeling felt from all the parents and supporters of the highly successful club.
From Eoghan Russell’s defensive play exhibition, Thomas Breen, never give up attitude, Jack O’Brien’s sublime skill, Killian Real and Eli Whelan’s consistency of serve all added up to be the ingredients of a great collection effort to win an All Ireland title.
Hospital Handball Club would like to take this opportunity to thank each of them for their dedication to training and Paul Herr for his coaching of the team since January, John Penny for his fitness training and finally the dedication of the parents to bring their children training, Mike O’Brien, Mike Russell, Pat Breen, Mike Real and Pat Whelan.
FEILE NA NGAEL SKILLS SUCCESS FOR JACK O’BRIEN: Last Friday in Broadford Co. Limerick the Handball Feile na nGael All Ireland skills competition was held, representing Hospital and Limerick was Jack O’Brien. The skills competition is a test of all the skills associated with all handball shots using both hands. Jack won the highly sought after silver medal, a tremendous prize for a young lad who is only 12 years of age.
GAA: The club would like to extend sympathy to the Jones family on their recent loss. Brendan Jones was a prominent player and member of the club for many years.
INTERMEDIATE FOOTBALL: ACFL result: HH/ 1-11 Mungret 0-7, team John McAuliffe, Ml Larkin, Matthew Quirk, Neil Quinn, Andrew Breen, (0-1) Kevin O’Donaghue (0-1), Ross O’Donovan, (0-1) Sean Deegan, Conor O’Donaghue, Keith O’Connor, (0-5) Brendan O’Sullivan (0-2) John Fitzgerald (0-1), Stephen Real, Liam Reale(0-1) James Daly.
At the Feile match Easkey (Sligo) 6.24 HH 0-2. Last Friday the club the visiting team from Sligo who were undoubtedly one of the best coached, most talented and skilful underage teams to ever play on the home pitch. Our team unfortunately had no answer to the boys from the north west who progressed to the final.
St. Peters, Warren Point (Down) 3-3 HH 3-2. Saturday morning saw the players take to the field again with renewed enthusiasm, Michael riordan found the net in the first half with Eoin Canty scoring a superb point. When Killian Real rattled in a fine goal towards the end. It looked like victory but some cruel luck saw Down awarded a penalty. A bullet shot flew past the teams excellent goalie Bradley McNabb to give them victory by a point. Shamrock Gaels(Limerick) 3-5 HH 1-5. In the energy sapping heat the boys donned the jerseys once again, an opening goal by new full forward Bradley McNabb, plus some excellent points from Callum Winship saw them move into the lead heading into half-time. Oisin O’Grady popped up again with a nice point in the second half but despite the heroic performances of Killian O’Shea and the never give up attitude of Jack Quinlan, it was the team from Dromin/Athlacca who finished stronger to seal the win.
FEILE PANEL: Michael Bagnell, Niall Breen, Eoghan Canty, Michael Durcan, Ned Fox, Evan Grant, Cormac Hanley, James Hanley, John Leahy, Bradley McNabb, Jack O’Brien, Oisin O’Grady, Adam O’Carroll, Killian O’Shea, John Riordan, Jamie Ryan, Calcum Winship, Darren White, Ely Whelan, Jack Quinlan, Shane O’Brien.
Feile arrived last Friday and Easkey St. Farnans arrived at 2pm to stay for the weekend. after meeting our players it was time for the first match against Easkey and afterwards everyone went to the clubhouse where they were treated to some great food, then it was off to Limerick for the Feile parade from the Gaelic Grounds to O’Connell Street with over 190 teams from camogie, handball and hurling.
They were led by the Artane Boys Band and greeted by the president of the GAA Liam O’Neill at the main stand in O’Connell Street. The parade was a great sight to see and watched over by 5,000 people.
After the parade everyone returned to Hospital where the parents of the U14 players were waiting to take the Easkey players to their homes where they stayed for the weekend. Saturday was an early start with the first match at 10am. Large crowds attended throughout the day with Shamrock Gaels and St. Peters of Down attending. Again sandwiches etc were provided all through the day. After HH matches were over, Easkey had won the group, they then played the semi-final which they won and were cheered on by a large crowd. On Saturday they all met in the community hall where a meal was laid out for everyone and great fun was had by all.
On Sunday both panels attended mass and the Easkey squad said their goodbyes and went to the Gaelic Grounds for the final, followed by a large crowd for support. After a tight match Easkey won Div 4 of the Feile.
The club were delighted to have hosted Easkey, a great club who had a brilliant team and nice people also. Bord na nOg thank all who helped in any way during the weekend, the sponsors and the parents for hosting players and the Bord na nOg committee who had the grounds looking so well and organising everything for the Feile, last but not least all our supporters.
PLAYGROUND: Work on the playground is well advanced and nearing competition, all eagerly awaited for by the children of the area
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