2016 Weekly Newsletter No. 31, September 1st

posted 12 Sep 2016, 07:04 by Cian OLionain   [ updated 11 Jan 2017, 06:03 ]
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St. Martin’s will indeed be a busy place on Saturday morning, 3 September, as our under 9 and 10 teams will be hosting teams from Mount Sion (Waterford), Dicksboro (Kilkenny), Ballincollig (Cork), Maynooth (Kildare) and near-neighbours Monageer. This is the second year of this "Festival of Hurling" Blitz with each team playing 3 games, the first of which kicks off at 11.30 am. This was an innovative and hugely successful event last year with clubs from other counties delighted to return again this year. This promises to be a great event for the club and particularly for our under 9 and 10 boys who are really looking forward to this event. Your presence and support for our teams would be very much appreciated on the day.


Both A and B teams at under 12 will be playing county football semi-finals next week with the A team in action on Tuesday 6 September at home to Glynn Barntown and the B team away to Shelmaliers. That B fixture is listed for the same night but may be rearranged to allow mentors and teammates to attend both matches. Before then, our A hurlers travel to Rathangan tomorrow, Friday 2 September, for their shield semi-final away to St. Anne’s. Throw-in is at 6.30pm and it would be great to have a lot of support for this local derby.


The under 14 boys B football team took on Sarsfields on Monday 29 August in Piercestown in the semi-final of the football 'Rising Stars' tournament. On the hurling front our A team will face Gusserane/Horeswood in the playoff for the remaining place in the last four on Saturday 3 September, in Rathangan.


The under 16 footballers were in semi-final against Ballinastragh Gaels on Wednesday 31 August in Monageer. Having been soundly beaten in the 2 league matches against the Gaels, by 11 and 10 points respectively, our lads entered the game as real outsiders. However that counted for little once the ball was thrown in as our boys showed no fear of the their physically taller and stronger opponents. After an initial exchange of points, we took the lead with an excellent goal that was worked up from defence but Ballinastragh came back to score two goals in quick succession to leave us 2-4 to 1-4 down at halftime. Shortly after the 2nd half resumed we conceded a third goal but this setback didn’t diminish our players’ commitment who took the game to their opponents for the full 60 minutes. We hit the crossbar twice and their goalie made a great save as we closed to within just one point with two minutes left to play. Unfortunately however, Gaels bagged two late points to run out narrow winners by 3-9 to 1-12. While defeat was tough to take the performance was certainly one that all can be proud of.


The minor hurlers are in county semi-final in Wexford Park, against Faythe Harriers, at 6.30pm tonight, Thursday 1 September. All support would be very welcome notwithstanding the current showers!!


Adult teams

Our junior A hurlers hosted Oulart – The Ballagh on Friday 26 August and had an excellent win on a scoreline of 5-26 to 0-5. Our goals came from Richard Devereux (2), Conor Coleman (2) and Nicky Greene and it was noteworthy to see Martin Storey in at full forward for our opponents. The junior A attention now turns to football as they play Clongeen in the county quarter final on Friday 2 September at 7.30pm in Taghmon.


Then on Saturday 27 August our seniors played Naomh Éanna in Bellefield. While we were qualified for the knockout stages already, Gorey needed a win to get their own knockout spot and this was apparent in the sluggish performance put in by our lads. Nonetheless, the lads battled to a 0-18 to 1-15 draw which sees us top the group and qualify for a quarter-final match against Ferns St. Aidans. First up for the seniors however is a football quarter final on Saturday 3 September against St. James. This repeat of last year’s county final will take place in Wexford Park at 4pm.


The U21 team  contested the county final on Tuesday 30 August in Wexford Park against Glynn Barntown with whom we used to field a combined team in the grade a couple of decades ago. While we won by 1-16 to 1-8 the game was quite close most of the way through and we only led by two points at halftime, 0-9 to 1-4. However, in the final few minutes, our superior fire-power shone through and several of the subs were able to get a run on this great night for the Club.

Scorers: Rory O’Connor 0-7, Seán Stafford 1-1, Jake Firman 0-2, Joe Coleman 0-2 (1 from a 65), Darren Codd 0-1, Harry O’Connor 0-1, Conor Coleman 0-1.



Our under 10s played a very competitive game against St Anne’s on Monday night, winning by 2-2 to 1-1 and a great time was had by all as you can see below. Our minor team will host Rathnure next Thursday 8 Septemberh at 6.45pm.


Ladies’ football

Tonight, Thursday 1 September, our under 12s will play Kilmore in the shield final at 6.30pm in Rathagan. Our under 16s took on the same opponents, Kilmore, in the county semi-final last night 31 August in Piercestown and came away with a great win by 6-9 to 1-6. This was a fantastic display by each and every one of our girls. Their work rate was second to none and they were fully deserved winners. They will now play Shelmaliers in the county final. Our adult intermediates will be in league quarter final action on Friday evening, 2 September, in Piercestown at 7pm against St Fintans. Finally, the ladies’ football club would like to extend its sympathy to Anne Parle and her family on the sad and untimely passing of her brother Austin during the week. May he rest in peace.


 Golf Classic

Tomorrow, Friday September 2, a major Club fundraiser will take place in Rosslare Golf Club when we host the St. Martin’s September Classic, organised by the management of our adult mens’ teams. The cost of entry is €160 per team of 4 and we’d love to see a great crowd of Martin’s members, friends, families and people from further afield taking part and having fun. This fundraiser is a key part of helping the Club to cover the cost of its senior teams and is being strongly supported by the current players and management. It’s one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to support the push for success on the field so dust off those clubs that have lain hidden in the garage and sign up for what’s sure to be a great day. Any last minute enquiries about teams or offers of sponsorship / prizes can be directed to Mick “The Big Easy” Morrissey at 086.6010425.


Club Lotto

The Club Lotto numbers drawn on Tuesday 30 August were 2, 6, 14 and 17 and we had three “match 3” winners who get €50 each so well done to John and Catherine Price, Jenny Bates and Tina Carley. The €15,000 jackpot survives untouched for another week. As always, anyone wishing to sign up to the Club Lotto needs only to contact Club Treasurer Frank Codd at 087.6593553. If you’re not in, you can’t win!!