Club Notes - 2014-09-02

posted 8 Sep 2014, 08:28 by Cian OLionain   [ updated 11 Jan 2017, 05:44 ]

Weekly Newsletter, no.6, 2 September 2014

Under 21 glory

A huge highlight of the week was our first ever premier under 21 hurling title win on Tuesday last. After the bitter disappointment of last year’s final, this win over Rapparees was a credit to all the boys and it’s heartening that so many of them are eligible again next year. There’s full coverage of this great win in the local papers and our own match report is on this website also.


Adult men

Many of the same team played key roles on Sunday night when our senior hurlers beat Adamstown convincingly, in Bree, to retain their status and avoid the trauma of a relegation playoff. A particular highlight of that encounter was the return to competitive action of Mossy Waters; fáilte ar ais a Thomáis! The game itself was played in driving wind and drizzle but a very solid all-round performance yielded us a 2-18 to 2-3 win. There are certainly very strong signs that the Club can be a real force in senior hurling next year as this win, the defeat of Oulart and phases in other matches showed. Maybe we can target a senior double in the coming years? For our junior A hurlers, their semi-final was a step too far as they lost to a very strong Glynn-Barntown team on Saturday. Our lads had done very well in getting this far but their opponents were always in control on the day.


Coiste na nÓg

It has been a very busy week for our underage players and our under 12 footballers took centre stage when they beat Sarsfields, on Friday in Wexford Park, to win the Division 1 football final. The game was incredibly tight most of the way through but our rock-solid defensive display was key to the 1-3 to 0-1 win over a very gallant town team. What made the victory all the more notable was that it was achieved without our regular midfield as both Luke Kavanagh and Shane Kingston were injured. Shane will be a longer term loss to the club as he and his family (including under 10 camogie star, Nessa) are returning to Cork. Go n-éirí an bothar libh! Well done to all the players and to the selectors who are Barry, Colm, Cormac, Luke, Pat and Stock.


Earlier in the week, the boys had made the trip to Ramsgrange where they fought a titanic battle in terrible conditions to beat St. James to qualify for the Division 1 Hurling Final. They will now play Faythe Harriers in the Division 1 under 12 hurling final on Friday in Killurin while the B team will play the same opposition, in their semi-final, in Páirc Charman on Sunday morning.On Saturday the under 12 B Team produced a fantastic performance to fight their way to a 1 point win in their football semi-final over Gusserane. On Sunday the lads competed in the final of the Kilmore football tournament and showed that the exertions of the week hadn't taken a toll as they won the Division A Final against a good Crossabeg side to collect their second silverware in a week. Meanwhile our under 9s and 10s are training hard in the gym in preparation for their Kent Cup football finals tomorrow evening against Sarsfields. On Monday, the lads all gathered for a team photo (see below), some training and then for the dousing of coaches as part of the MND “ice bucket challenge”. Friday will be hurling for the lads as they welcome a very strong Oulart-The Ballagh team to Piercestown.



Hard luck to Noeleen, Lisa and Linda on their All Ireland camogie semi-final loss to Cork on Saturday. Congrats however to our county under 18s who beat Dublin in the Leinster championship, 1-8 to 0-12.  The under 12 camogie team played their mini league final against St. Ibars, losing out by 3-2 to 2-1.  Our seniors take on Glynn-Barntown tonight, in their Killurin pitch, at 6.45pm in their quarter final. On Sunday, our under 10 camógs played their mini league finals with Piercestown selected as the host venue.  Our 'White' team played St James at 10am in a very close encounter. St James got off to a good start but our girls clawed back once they settled with Aoife Cullen scoring a superb goal at the start of the second half. Although not victorious at the final whistle, the girls thanked St James for a very exciting game and moved over to pitch 2 in order to cheer on the 'Maroon' team. The Maroons played Geraldine O’Hanrahans in another epic battle at 11am. Our girls displayed all the skills they have been learning in training and came in at half time a couple of goals up. However Geraldine O’Hanrahans got one back in the second half and so our girls upped their game even more to make sure they were not defeated as the ref called time on the game. The girls were delighted with their win and made sure to shake hands with O’Hanrahans. All 28 girls were superb on the day and 3 others were unfortunately unable to attend but were smashing throughout the league. We also said goodbye and farewll to Nessa Kingston this week who returned with her family to live in Cork. We wish her all the best. The girls were excited with their goodie bags full of sweets after a beautiful morning of camogie and they will be presented with their medals at our presentation night in December.


Ladies’ football

For our ladies footballers it was a week of mixed emotions as two teams reached finals but then lost them. The under 14s lost a tight game to Kilmore in the Division 1 final and it was the same story for our intermediates who were pipped by Saint Fintans. Hard luck girls, your time will come. It was good news however for the under 16 team who eked out a great win, 3-3 to 2-2, over Castletown in awful weather to qualify for the semi-final (due to take place tomorrow).


Dates for the Diary

Two upcoming events to take note of are our black bag clothes collection next Saturday (clothes can be dropped to the centre from 9am to 12 noon) and the St. Martin’s annual cycling sportive on Sunday 14th September. There will be 2 routes, a 50km and a 120km (plus a kids cycle) with the 50km route going from Piercestown to Enniscorthy and back. The 120km route will also head north - up the coast road through Blackwater, Ballygarrett, over to the Harrow, stopping in Monageer GAA club for food and return to Piercestown over Vinegar Hill. The kids 10km cycle will leave the pitch up to the roundabout, left over to Dr. Hooper’s then right up to Hayestown, left over to the Deer park road, left to Murrintown, straight over and down the back road and back to the pitch. With over 170 cyclists taking part last year this will be a good challenge for cyclists of all ability. For more details contact Des Dempsey on 087-2789314 or see our facebook page.



Finally, the numbers in the most recent Lotto draw on August 31st were 13, 17, 20 and 28. There was no winner of the grand jackpot of €15,000 but we had two “match 3” winners who get €50 each. Well done to Joe and Gertrude O’Byrne, and to Billy and Sue Esmonde. With the jackpot currently at such a peak it’s great to see more people signing up to the Lotto which is a critical part of the day to day financing of the Club. If anyone else wishes to sign up please contact any Committee member or reply to this email.