Club Notes - 2014-08-26

posted 28 Aug 2014, 01:45 by Cian OLionain   [ updated 11 Jan 2017, 05:43 ]

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Our under 12 footballers beat Horeswood last Tuesday to qualify for the county final. While the win was great, of far more importance was the safe recovery by Luke Kavanagh from a concussion he suffered during the game. Luke was brought to hospital as a precaution but he’s thankfully home now and well with his family. The same under 12 boys have qualified for the county final (the A team) and the county semi-final (B team) after great wins last night against St. James and Glynn-Barntown. In terrible weather conditions, both teams produced gutsy displays (the A team away from home)  to continue their progress in the competitions.


The under 14 hurlers then played the Rapparees last Thursday at home in their championship quarter final and they produced one of the best comebacks seen in a long time. At halftime they were 3-3 to 1-1 down but the lads regrouped to tie up the game at 4-5 each to push the game into extra time. In the added period, young Ben Morris came up with a great goal, cutting in from the right, flicking the ball over his opponent and finishing to the top of the net. The boys held on to win and now meet Oulart in the semi-finals where they will hopefully build on this great result. You can get some idea of the intensity of this game just by looking at the halftime team talk below! Whatever John Stafford, John Codd and Alan Devereux said to them at halftime should be recorded for posterity as it clearly worked very well!


The under 16 footballers meanwhile lost to Shelmaliers on Monday in their championship semi-final on a scoreline of 3-7 to 1-9 in a game that was in the balance right up to the last few minutes. Next up for them is the hurling semi-final, against Naomh Eanna, in early September. The minor hurlers meanwhile beat O’Loughlin Gaels from Kilkenny in a challenge match in New Ross.


Under 21s: County Final, All-Ireland

Tonight sees a huge match for the club as our under 21 hurlers take on Rapparees in the county hurling final at 6.30pm in St. Patrick’s Park, Enniscorthy. After a tough defeat in last year’s final we hope that the lads can go all the way this year. Hopefully you’re reading this on the road to Enniscorthy! We must of course give a hat-tip to Jack O’Connor, Luke White and JJ Doyle on the great win by Wexford’s under 21s on Sunday in Thurles.


In camogie, our intermediate team had a good win over St. Ibar’s in the championship and, with one group game left, it looks like a county semi-final spot has been secured. The senior quarter final that was due to be played tomorrow (Wednesday) has been postponed due to the senior inter-county camogie replay so please keep an eye out for details of this re-fixture.  Our under 12s have continued their steady improvement and, although the second team were beaten in their final by Kilmore last Friday, they gave a very good account of themselves and their mentors were very proud. The first team have yet to play St. Ibar’s in their final game that has had to be re-fixed due to Community Games in Athlone. The under 10s meanwhile have their finals to play this Friday coming. We can’t forget not forgetting the under 8s who are having good challenge games in the last number of weeks showcasing their skills they have learned during the year. Our u16 camogie girls came away with a very good win over Craanford in horrible conditions at home on Sunday evening by 4-8 to 4-3. They had previously been beaten in their away game so well done girls on reversing the result. The girls are certainly having an excellent season having already reached a semi-final spot in intermediate, quarter-final in senior and the semi-final in u16 championship. Added to this are wins in the u14 league and championship, and under 18 championship earlier this year.


The senior quarter final due to be played tomorrow has been postponed due to inter-county camogie replay so please keep an eye out for the re-fixture. Well done to Noeleen, Lisa and Linda on the dramatic draw on Saturday against Cork. Huge congratulations also to our own camogie manager JJ Doyle on his great work with the under 21 hurling team which of course includes our own Jack O’Connor and Luke White.


Community Games

Congrats also to Piercestown-Murrintown on their silver medal in the Community Games All Ireland rounders final in Athlone at the weekend. They beat Silverside from Tipperary on Saturday by 24 runs to 6 to reach the final on Sunday where they lost on the heart-breaking scoreline of 19-18 to a team from Cavan. However the girls put in a brilliant performance and it was one of those games that could have gone either way. They will have great memories of a great weekend and what won't kill them will only make them stronger. The team was: Amy Fitzpatrick, Lauren Divelly, Fiona Esmonde, Amy Boyle, Clare Barrett, Rebecca Breen, Abby Mulligan, April Moran, Camille McGrath, Niamh Cullen, Aoife Dempsey and Aoife O’Connor. Again thanks to Mr. Barrett on his excellent coaching over the year and summer months to prepare them to the highest standards for rounders. The girls are a credit to themselves and their families while representing Piercestown-Murrintown and Wexford. Also a big thanks to Liz McGuinness and the local community games committee for all their help and indeed to Marie Clare Morrissey, Caoimhe Dunne and Aoife O’Keefe who were supervisors for the weekend. Indeed, one of the trio was asked over the weekend whether she should not be in bed (thinking she was one of the participants!) so we will leave you to guess who that was!


Ladies’ football

In football, the under 12 girls team have qualified for the shield final after a great game against Clonard. It really was a game that could have gone either way but our girls came out winners on a scoreline of 3-7 to 3-5. The final takes place on Sunday 7th September with time and venue yet to be confirmed. The under 14 girls met Crossabeg last Thursday at home in their semi-final and won well, 4-11 to 1-04. Next Saturday, August 30th, is a big date for our intermediate ladies as their shield final takes place at 4.30pm in Taghmon. As for our under 8s, they had a great blitz in Killurin on Saturday and had a great time, winning 4 out of 5 match.

The Men

Sunday August 31st in Bree (6.30pm) sees the critically important final senior group hurling match versus Adamstown. If we win or draw the game relegation is not an issue but if we lose it we will be in a relegation playoff against Faythe Harriers. Needless to say, every scrap of support will be much needed on the day. Our junior B footballers beat Kilmore last Monday to reach the district final where they will play Crossabeg. On Sunday evening our junior A hurlers had a great win, in terrible weather, against Ballyhogue. They won by 4-13 to 0-7 and will now play Glynn-Barntown in the county semi-final.


Cycling Sportive

The Club’s 2nd Cycling Sportive is approaching fast so mark Sunday, September 16th, in your diary. The 50km route is up to Enniscorthy and back and the 130km cycle will follow the same as last year. We will also have a 10km for the kids. Another upcoming event is our black bag clothes collection on Saturday 6th September.


Club Lotto

Finally, the Club Lotto numbers for last week’s draw, done on Sunday, were 9, 17, 26 and 28. There was no overall winner so the overall jackpot of €15,000 remains unclaimed. We had 3 “match 3” winners and they get €50 each so well done to Chris and Eilish Thornton, JP and Geraldine Cullen, and Bernie and Sheila Radford.