Club Newsletter no. 32 - September 1

posted 3 Sep 2015, 05:03 by Cian OLionain   [ updated 12 Jan 2017, 01:01 ]

Adult mens’ teams

It was a poor week for our senior men, losing to Castletown in football last Tuesday and then to Cloughbawn in the hurling on Sunday, both games in Bellefield. In the football, we made a great start to lead by 1-2 to 0-1 after 10 minutes with the goal coming from Ciaran Redmond. However, the north county side then took over and hit 8 points in a row, despite losing Anthony Masterson to a second red card, to lead 0-10 to 1-2 at halftime. Thoughts of a second half comeback were stifled when we conceded a scrappy goal early in the second half to slump 1-10 to 1-3 behind and, when we gave away a penalty moments later things looked very bad. However Tomás Hayes pulled off a good save and, with minutes to go, Eddie O’Byrne snaffled a goal to leave just two points between us, 1-11 to 2-6. However, despite owning the ball for the last few minutes we couldn’t buy a score and Castletown held on for the win. It was a pleasant surprise afterwards to discover that the 6 points we had already accumulated in the group were enough to finish first and so we will be playing Adamstown in the quarter final.

As for the hurling, Cloughbawn won by 2-14 to 1-14 and so we finished 3rd in the group and will play Shelmaliers in the quarter-final. The key feature of the match was SIX red cards, three for each team, with Stephen Murphy, Daithi Waters and Jake Firman getting the line for us. We wish Joe and Patrick O’Connor a speedy recovery from the injuries sustained in Sunday’s match.

It was better news for our juniors, as the Junior A hurlers continued their 100% record with a 0-19 to 2-10 win over Buffers Alley. Scorers were Conor Coleman (0-6, 0-1 from play), Micheál Lyng (0-4), Richard Devereux (0-3), John Coleman (0-3, frees), Eddy O’Byrne (0-2) and Darren Codd (0-1). They now play local rivals St. Fintans in the quarter final. The Junior B hurlers had  a fantastic 3-16 to 1-18 win over Crossabeg/Ballymurn in the district Semi-final on Sunday to qualify for a final with St. Anne's.

The junior footballers will play Shelmaliers in the district final this Thursday 3 September at 6:30pm in Hollymount, all support welcome.



Ladies’ football

Pride of place this week must go to our intermediate ladies' footballers who played 3 pulsating matches in 6 days, culminating in a highly exciting drawn county final on Sunday versus St. James'.  Last Monday they drew away to Clonard and then, on Wednesday, a huge crowd gathered in Piercestown for the replay which we won by two late points. In the final in Taghmon the girls got off to a terrible start, conceding two early goals but they fought back very well in the second half and could very well have won the match. On balance however they will be pleased with the 0-12 to 2-6 draw and the scorers were Aoife Waters (0-4 frees), Lisa Firman (0-3), Mary Carroll (0-2), Eleanor Kehoe (0-2) and Rachael Bridges (0-1). They now look forward hopefully to the replay which is set for 6pm this Saturday 5 September with the venue yet to be confirmed.

The under 12 team also won a very dramatic knockout game on Wednesday, beating Horeswood by 2-5 to 0-10 after TWO periods of extra-time. Unfortunately however the semi-final just two days later, against Kilmore, proved a bridge too far.

Coiste na nÓg
Last Wednesday our under 12 hurlers played their semi-finals, with the B team playing Rapparees at home and the A team taking on Glynn Barntown in Killurin. It was a case of “so near, yet so far” for the A team who lost by a single point, 0-7 to 0-6 to their hosts, while the B team had a fine 1-2 to 0-1 win that was full of great hooking, blocking and tackling. Last night, Monday, the Under 12 A football team hosted Monageer-Boolavogue in their semi-final and after a tough start to the game they rallied very well to forge a convincing 2-13 to 1-8 win. The B team will travel to Sarsfields on Thursday 3 September for their 6.45pm semi-final. Then, on Saturday, we will field 2 under 11 hurling teams (with the assistance of the under 10s) at the Ballygunner tournament.

The under 16 hurlers take on Naomh Eanna in the premier final tonight, Tuesday 1 September, at 6.45pm in Oylegate and it would be great to see a big crowd of supporters there. Our injuries after a tough semi-final win over Glynn-Barntown seem to have cleared up and the lads are in fine fettle for the match. Well done all the underage hurlers on county squads and it was great to see a good selection of Martin’s lads, captained by Ben Stafford, on the team that won the Michael Foley Shield at the weekend.

Saturday was a great day in the Pitch when our under 10 boys welcomed two teams each from Ballincollig, Ballygunner and Thomastown, with Kilmacud Crokes, St Anne's and our own two teams, making it 10 teams in total, for a terrific hurling blitz. At the end of 4 matches each, and with the goodie bags and refreshments well and truly eaten, the compliments for the quality of the days hurling were all that anyone wanted to talk about. Our lads rose to the challenge and competed very well against some of the best U10 teams around. The invitations for return visits will see the lads busy for the rest of this year and the start of next year. Well done to all who helped out on the day (and in the days beforehand) - from hospitality, referees, stewards, pitches, health & safety etc - it was a great effort, and the compliments reflected the professionalism of all involved. Particular mention to Cormac o Boyle who co-ordinated the whole thing with minimal fuss.



Our under 10s had a super day on Sunday in the mini-league finals. Wexford Park was the venue and hopefully it won't be the last time these girls get to play in such a venue. Our maroon team played St James while the white team played Gorey.

The under 16s play their county final on Friday in Wexford Park versus Glynn Barntown at 6.30pm and they prepared for this by travelling to play Thomastown in a friendly match

The minor camogie team will host Rathnure on Sunday 6 September at 11am.


Club Lotto

Finally, the Club Lotto numbers drawn last Sunday 30 August were 2, 3, 7 and 19. We had 1 “match 3” winners so well done to Ruairi Quigley. However, the giant €15,000 jackpot rolls over for yet another next week. At this stage, somebody is bound to win the big prize soon so sign up as quickly as you can!