Club Newsletter No. 38 - October 14

posted 5 Nov 2015, 01:08 by Cian OLionain   [ updated 12 Jan 2017, 01:02 ]

Adult mens’ teams

It was a fantastic weekend for our mens’ hurling teams with both senior and junior A outfits qualifying for county finals.


Pride of place must go to the senior team who, captained by Ciarán Lyng, took on Glynn Barntown on Sunday in Wexford Park and emerged with a very convincing 5-13 to 0-13 win. From the off, the pace, control and teamwork of the Martin’s lads stood out and the game was won by halftime as we led 3-9 to 0-7. The old cliché of goals winning games was truly proven on Sunday and it was great to see such a spread of major scorers as the goals were claimed by Daithí Waters, Ciarán Lyng, Rory O’Connor, Paudie Kelly and Mark Maloney. It was also good to have no apparent injuries as the lads head into the football final on Saturday.


TEAM: Luke White, Conor Firman, Patrick O’Connor, Daithí Hayes, Willie Devereux, Tomás Waters, Aaron Maddock, Jack O’Connor (0-2, 0-1 free), Joe O’Connor, Mark Maloney (1-1), Paudie Kelly (1-0), Rory O’Connor (1-2), Ciarán Lyng (1-7, 0-4 from frees), Daithí Waters (1-0), Jake Firman (0-1). Subs: Joe Coleman for D.Waters, Harry O’Connor for Firman, Seán Stafford for Lyng, Donal Kelly for Hayes.


The junior A hurling semi-final took place on Saturday in Taghmon with Ballyhogue as the opposition. While we started strongly, we were not overly efficient in terms of score-taking in the first half and the concession of 3 goals in the game gave Ballyhogue lifelines at important times. At halftime, we only led by 0-8 to 1-2 having done most of the hurling. No sooner had the 2nd half resumed then a bullet ground shot gave Ballyhogue another goal and there was only a point in it (0-9 to 2-2) with 25 minutes to go. However a string of points by John Coleman, Chick Redmond and Ed O’Byrne, followed by a goal by Ed, created some space and a lead of 1-12 to 2-2. That really gave us the platform to push on and, despite conceding a 3rd goal from a penalty, a wide spread of scorers made it fairly comfortable for us in the end. In the final we will play a very strong Davidstown-Courtnacuddy team who are backboned by county star Andrew Shore with the details for that final yet to be fixed.


TEAM: Phelim O’Connor, Kevin Price, Ken Furlong, Tony Kelly, Adrian Ryan, John Coleman (0-5, 4 from frees), Johnny Hamilton, Pádraig Morrissey, Ciarán Redmond (0-2), Darren Codd (0-1), Richard Devereux (0-1), Nicky Greene, Conor Coleman (1-4, 0-4 from frees), Ed O’Byrne (1-4), Michael Kearney (0-1). Subs: Evan Dunbar for Ryan, Mikey Coleman (0-2) for Greene, David Higgins for Devereux, Paddy Curran for Codd, Micheál Lyng (0-1) for Kearney.




Football County Final

Our senior footballers will take to the field in Wexford Park this Saturday bidding to win their 2nd ever title after the historic first win in 2013. What makes Saturday’s game so special is that it’s the first of TWO senior county finals so every scrap of support will be needed to push our men on. They will take on St. James (Ramsgrange) at 4pm who are a team that will have much of the neutral support as they find themselves in the position we were in 2 years ago, gunning for a first-ever senior success. St. James will have serious momentum, having won the intermediate title only last year so it’s vital that as big a Martin’s support as possible gets into the Park!


As quite a few of our minors are involved with the senior team we will not have the traditional minor-senior double-header in the Park. Indeed, our current success in reaching finals is causing the match schedulers great headaches so we are not yet able to confirm when the minor football final will take place. As soon as we know we will spread the news via social media.


Flags and headbands!

A range of flags (including car flags) and headbands are available now from the Club Shop. Suzie will be opening up at 7pm this evening, Wednesday 14 October, so get in there now to decorate your house, car, cat, etc! If you don’t already have some of the rather trendy Club gear (gilets, half-zips etc), they are also available for sale at the Shop.


Ladies’ football

We must wish our ladies’ football team the very best of luck in their league final which, months after the league began, will take place on Saturday at 12.30 in Grantstown. The opponents in the final are St. James who, we all recall, pipped the girls in the county final replay.



It was a case of so near, yet so far for our senior camogie team as they lost by a single point to Rathnure on Saturday in the county semi-final. The Bolger sisters turned in virtuoso performances with Linda scoring all but one of our 11 points but in the end Rathnure won on a scoreline of 1-9 to 0-11. However, doing so well with what is mostly such a young team really bodes well for the future and we look forward to seeing this team at the business end of future championships.


TEAM: Deirdre Colfer, Lauren Kavanagh, Máire O’Connor, Lauren Carty, Katie O’Connor, Sarah O’Connor, Aine Ennis, Lisa Bolger, Becky Hamilton, Chloe Foxe, Marie Claire Morrissey (0-1), Mary Barrett, Amy Ryan, Amy Cardiff, Linda Bolger (0-10, 3 from frees, 2 from 45s). Subs: Lisa Firman for Hamilton, Aisling Cronin for Cardiff, Emma Codd for Barrett, Noeleen Lambert for Kavanagh.


The camogie minor final is due to take place on Saturday week, 24 October, versus Rathnure with a time and venue yet to be confirmed.



Murrintown & Piercestown Fittest Family

Due to the welcome scheduling challenge arising from reaching lots of finals, the Fittest Family event was not held last weekend and, as previously indicated, a new date will be communicated ASAP.


Club Lotto

Finally, the Club Lotto numbers drawn on Monday 12 October were  3, 8, 11 and 13 and  . We had no winners so the giant €15,000 jackpot rolls over for yet another next week. However there were FOUR “match 3” winner who each get €50 so well done to David Firman, Moira Fortune, John Bridges and David Dempsey.


We’d like to thank all those who’ve signed up recently to the lotto; it’s an absolutely key part of how the Club funds itself at this stage, somebody is bound to win the big prize soon so sign up as quickly as you can! If you’re interested in buying or selling weekly tickets (which are proving to be a great success) simply contact Club Treasurer, Frank Codd, at 087.6593553.