Limerick Sport Digest

Round up of news from Limerick’s sports clubs

Round up of news from Limerick’s sports clubs

CATHOLIC INSTITUTE HOCKEY

LAST WEEKEND: Institute’s Men’s Is enjoyed their first league home game last Sunday with a comfortable 5-0 win over Midleton. Due to a quirk in the fixtures, Institute had travelled away for their first four league games of the season but managed to win all those games on the road. In the game itself, Institute started slowly but dominated possession and chances leading 1-0 at half time due to an own goal off a deflection after Eric Calendar shelled the ball into the circle. In the 2nd half, Calendar continued his good work scoring twice and again forcing another own goal from one of his crosses, with Simon Brickendon completing the scoring. Best for Institute were veteran Ivan Moore at sweeper and Eric Calendar upfront. So currently Institute have maximum points after 5 games with a +18 goal difference. They’re two points behind UCC and level with CofI who have both played an extra game.

NEXT UP: Institute face a tricky away tie to Bandon this Sunday with an eye on a tough schedule in January where they face 2 games against CofI, home game against UCC, a Munster Junior Qtr-final away to CofI and a Qtr final in the Irish Challenge where they drew Ulster side Parkview at home on the 26th. So plenty of optimism on the men’s side but a lot of tough fixtures ahead.

LADIES: On the Ladies’ side, the ISC tie against Pegasus was called off again. Decision was made early on Friday with an eye on a frosty forecast which didn’t materialise. IHA are still to confirm a new date at time of press. However the II’s did play on Sunday, enjoying a comfortable 5-1 victory against Belvedere with goals from Ciara Moloney (2), Edel Higgins, Michelle Barrett and Grace Tutty. Looking ahead to the weekend, the Ladies’ I’s are at home to Ashton at 2pm whilst the II’s travel away to Ashton on Sun.

FOYNES YACHT CLUB

AGM: THE 50th annual general meeting of Foynes Yacht Club was held recently at the Clubhouse.

The attendance, as Commodore Tom Murray described was ‘overwhelming’ for this very special golden jubilee annual meeting of the Club. The Commodore Tom Murray was elected unopposed for another year at the helm, with James McCormack being elected as vice-commodore for the coming season.

Discussed by the Chris Egan under any other business was a sail around Ireland for the Irish Cancer Society. This is the first time that this particular sail will take place around Irish coastal water for this very worthy cause. It is envisaged that it will take place next year, weather permitting. So any member’s who would llike to sponsor or know of potential sponsors are asked to contact Chris on 086 8531311. A sub-committee dealing with this special event will be set-up shortly.

QUIZ: On Friday, December 28 at 8.30pm the annual quiz to aid the National Lifeboat Institution will take place at the Clubhouse. Last year €1,000 was raised for this great cause. The entry fee is €10 per person for a table of four. Member’s and friend’s are asked to bring a spot prize on the evening. So, if you would like a ‘fun night’ out please support this worthy cause.

WINTER PROGRAMME: The winter sailing programme for teenagers has been cancelled until after the Christmas period. Teenagers will be informed when the programme will resume in the new year.

LIMERICK CELTICS BASKETBALL

LAST WEEKEND: Our boys and girls sides played 11 games last weekend and won nine out of eleven. We not only had great team performances from all our sides but also had some great individual scoring and game highlights – one of these came from Aoife Lane when she stepped up to hit a last minute free throw to give our U-16 girls a great one point win over Fr Matthews in the Cork Division 1 league. Our girls followed this up with another great win over Rebels in Cork on Sunday with Emma O’Donoghue and Louise Ryan scoring some great baskets. Our U-16 boys also had two Cork Division 1 league wins over the weekend with a great away win over Rebels on Saturday and a great win over Lakers in a very entertaining home clash on Sunday. Ruairi Brown, Jamie Marshall and Darius Gaurilka top scored for our boys team. Our U-12 boys had a great North Munster league win over Lions and Archem and Vadym Kuzmenko top scoring. Our girls U-14 Tigers remain unbeaten in the North Munster league with a good win over UL Huskies with Niamh Fenton, Grace Kenihan and Niamh O’Sullivan top scoring. Our U-14 boys also wrapped up two impressive wins yesterday with a good win over Lions B and this was followed up with another good win over Lakers. Colm Moran, Adam Galvin and Kevin Dowling had some great scores for Celtics.

UPCOMING EVENTS: Limerick Celtics are pleased to announce that our under 16/18 boys will travel to Barcelona in February 2013 to play in an International tournament and also attend a training camp. Our U-18 and Senior women’s team will also travel to Barcelona at Easter 2013 for a series of games and a Eurobasket Professional game A full training and games schedule for our final weekend before our Christmas break is on our website and Facebook pages – www.limerickceltics.com 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 limerickceltics@gmail.com or call us at 086 8176937 or 0872341896.

LIMERICK HOCKEY

DIVISION 3 MENS: Limerick 2nd’s travelled to Bandon for the 2nd round of the Div 3/4 cup. Bringing down a young side, Limerick showed character and discipline after going down 3-0 at half time, to come back and dominate the second half. In a day of missed opportunities, the final score 3-1 to Bandon. Top games from Glen Morrow in his first game at Centre Mid and up-incomer Andrew Tutty. Limerick can still finish top of the table with a good result this weekend at home VS Middleton B.

DIVISION 6 LADIES: On a second trip to Fermoy after the first match was cancelled,Limerick really wanted a win and they got it,After going down 1-0 to Fermoy in the first 15mins Limerick came back strong and ended the first half 3-1 up with goals from Sydney Eacrett,Kate Passamore and Ellen Carey.Fermoy kept fighting but Limerick held the back and Kate Passamore scored the finally goal making it 4-1 to Limerick.Well done to Lisa Smyth and Isobel McGann who played their frist match for Limerick Hockey Club.

ST COLM’S BASKETBALL

LAST WEEKEND: St Colms had 4 underage teams in action away to UL and came away with 4 victories. Our U-12 Saints were first up in a challenge game against the home team and recorded a deserved win by 2 points after an exciting game that went into overtime.This was a great boost for the team with 8 of the 12 players in action all U-10 years of age. There were fine performances by Amber Gleeson, Lucy Liston and Julia Cunneen.

Our U-14 girls produced a marvellous comeback in their North Munster league game against UL. They seemed to be dead and buried as they trailed by 11 points at the interval. However the girls put in a huge second half performance restricting the home side to only 4 points to win an epic encounter by 2 points. This was a great win for this young side with 4 of the squad playing up from U12 level, which should give them great confidence going forward. Best for Colms on the day were Laura O’ Shea, Muireaan Scanlon and Ruth Butler.

Our U-16 girls were way too strong for a very inexperienced UL side and ran out comfortable winners. Top scorers for Colms were Jane Clohessy (19), Jessica O’Brien (16), Eimear Dollard (14) and Roisin Gleeson (12) in a win which moves them up to second spot in the league.

Our U-18 girls went into their game minus the injured Lynsey Purcell but still had too much firepower to win out their game and consolidate their top of the league position. UL put it up to our girls in the first quarter to trail by only 6-13. However the introduction of Aileen O’ Connor and Aoife O’Connell off the bench in the second quarter had a telling effect on this game as our girls opened up a 32-14 interval lead. The girls were comfortably able to maintain a lead of 18 to 20 points for the rest of the game before easing to a 58-39 win.

Top scorers for Colms were Ciara O’Halloran (18), Aileen O’Connor (14) and Caoimhe Gleeson (12).

SENIOR LADIES: Both our senior ladies teams went into their North Munster league games with depleted squads and paid the price with damaging defeats. Our Scholars went into their game against UL minus Roisin Dempsey, Aoife O’Connell and Lynsey Purcell.

The absence of these 3 guard players meant that the team were very unbalanced leading to both Simone Bourke and Caoimhe Gleeson playing in unfamiliar roles. The team also missed the scoring threat of their 3 absentees as they fell to a 31-48 defeat. Best for Scholars were Emily Kavanagh, Karen Hartigan and Lisa Ann Demsey.

Our Saints were still without the injured Nuala O’ Flaherty, who is now not expected to return to play until the New Year, for their game against Shannon. The team were not helped by the early loss of Deirdre Barton to foul trouble as they failed to spark on the night losing out by 31-48, the same score as the earlier Scholars game.

Best for Saints on the night were Laurie Brosnan and Noreen Cambell.

NEXT UP: Next week the two senior teams play their final games before the Christmas break. The Scholars will host Shannon while the Saints host Foynes. Both teams cannot afford many more slip ups if they are to play in the top division, when the two pools split in January. Our U-15 girls are in Cork league action away to Mallow, while both our U12 squads are away to Morning Star in North Munster action.

UL HUSKIES

LAST WEEKEND: Great activity in the Arena last weekend with a triple header Cup games. There was fun with UL Huskies baking cupcakes, poster competition and hamper tickets all in the night. UL Huskies Superleague Team played a great game of ball last Saturday night in the university Arena in UL. The win has secured them a place in the semi finals for the National Cup in January. Congratulations to James Weldon and the his team, what a true inspiration to the club and to all girls basketball.

WD1 Team played their National Cup match against St Mary’s of Castleisland last Saturday. This ended with Castleisland taking the win but not without a fight. UL Huskies didn’t make it easy for them, down at half time by only 8, the girls had their work cut out for them coming into the second half. Third quarter saw the Kerry team pull away and lead to the finish, to take the win and secure themselves a place in the semi’s.

LOCAL LEAGUE: The local team had a good win over St. Colms last Tuesday, and will take on Kingfisher from ennis on Wednesday of this week. Best of luck girls.

UNDERAGE: more action last weekend UL played host to St. Colms on Sunday. Our U-12 girls had a great game and pulled back in the 3rd quarter to level the game, this continued basket for basket into the 4th quarter and ended in a draw, 3 mins of extra time was played and it proved to be not long enough for our girls to take another basket and went down by a basket in the end. Great game well done girls. U-14 had a similar game and managed to pull ahead in the third quarter but St Colms defense took hold and they ran a few fast breaks which saw our girls down by a basket at full time. U-14 also put up a tough fight in Salesians against Celtics on saturday. It was a close encounter and the final score did not reflect the intensity of the game. Both sides had a good game and showed that solid ground work is the key to winning matches. Well done girls and coaches. U-16 and U-18 both played good games last weekend and training sessions are now beginning to show and the hardwork that’s being put in by both coaches and players. Keep up the hard work girls.

NEXT WEEKEND: Superleague travel to DCU Mercy on Sunday to try hold on to their winning streak and local league team are away on Wednesday to Kingfisher and U-12s are at home to Rockets.

UL EAGLES

NEXT WEEKEND: After the cup action last weekend the UL Eagles head back on the road with an away fixture against DCU Saints in Dublin on Saturday, December 15 with a 7pm tip-off.

Coach of UL Eagles Mark Keenan is delighted with the cup quarter final win but is keen to keep the league form going. “I am delighted with quarter final cup win over Killester and now we must quickly refocus for league action. DCU Saints with Conor Grace now in their ranks will be very tough opposition. We will need another good team performance if we are to maintain our position at the top of the league table.”