Kilruane MacDonaghs GAA Club Notes
The senior hurlers lost out to Thurles Sarsfields in the county league final on a 3-13 to 2-15 scoreline. Fielding ten of last year’s successful u-21 side they led by five points at the interval but the greater experience of Sarsfields proved to be the decisive factor in the second half. (See match report) They face Kidangan in the preliminary round of the North championship in Nenagh on Monday May 7th at 6.30 p.m. .
Kilruane N.S. and Ardcroney N.S. played in the second round of the I.N.T.O. hurling sevens which was held in Templederry. Kilruane qualified for the county final with wins against Templetuohy N.S., Mount Bruis N.S. and Ardcroney N.S., losing out to Templederry N.S. who topped the group. Ardcroney acquitted themselves well but just failed to make it through. Kilruane team: Finnian Mannion, Tomás Hogan, Jack Banaghan, Stephen Cleary, Jack Peters, Raymond Kelly, John Healy, James Cleary, Shaun Farrell and Kieran Lillis. Ardcroney team: Conor Doheny, Patrick Ryan, Sean Cleary, Aidan Boyle, Cormac Boyle, Anthony Spillane, Bob Dooley, Conor Cleary, Abhainn Coleman, William Ryan, Ciaran Spillane and Niall Ryan.
Despite trailing by three points at the interval the minor footballers defeated Borris-Ileigh in the third round of the championship. Second half goals from Pat Conway and full back Freddie Williams help carve out a narrow victory on a 2-8 to 0-12 scoreline. Team: David Reddan, Keith Kelly (0-1), Freddie Williams (I-0), Pádraig Kelly, Niall Murphy, Thomas Williams, Timmy Walsh, Declan Barrett, Kevin Ryan, Pat Conway (1-1), Jonathan Cahill (0-1), Cian Williams, William Cleary, Ger Corcoran (0-1) and Brian O Meara (0-4).
In the second round of the championship the u-14 footballers were beaten away to Ballina on a 2-4 to 2-0 scoreline. Team: Jamie Heffernan, Ian McSherry, P.J. Cleary, Jack Banaghan, Tomás Hogan, Jack Peters, Sean Cleary, Kieran Cahill, Raymond Kelly, Dean O Meara, David Williams, (1-0), Anton Banaghan, Aidan Boyle, James Dalton and Andrew Brennan (1-0). Sub: John Healy.
The u-12 football team was beaten in the semi-final by Inane Rovers on a 2-7 to 1-1 scoreline. The final score doesn’t do justice to the team which only trailed by a point at the break and fought bravely against a good Inane side who were worthy winners.Team: Cillian Finn, Conor Austin, Anthony Spillane, Cormac Boyle, James Cleary, Tomás Hogan, Darragh Peters, Finnian Mannion, Aidan Boyle (0-1), Bob Dooley, John Healy (1-0), Shaun Farrell, Conor Doheny, Keelan Troy and Mark Tierney.
The following teams for the parish league were selected last Saturday in MacDonagh Park where we had an attendance of just under seventy for the visit of Eoin Kelly: Tipperary– Jack Peters (Capt.), Sean Cleary, Anthony Spillane, Conor Doheny, Conor Austin, Conor Cleary, Cormac Boyle, Jason Burns, Niall Shinners, Ben Symth, Cillian Finn and John Blagdon; Cork-Andrew Brennan (Capt.), Raymond Kelly, Stephen Cleary, Kieran Brereton, Kieran Lillis, Shane Slevin, Shaun Farrell, Conor McAdams, Ciaran Spillane, Jack Farrell, Brendan McAdams and Cian Darcy; Waterford-Patrick Ryan (Capt.), Jack Banaghan, Keelan Troy, Bob Dooley, John Healy, Darragh Peters, James Cleary, Peter Blessing, Alex Jones, Caolainn Conroy and Ethan Hayes; Limerick-Aidan Boyle (Capt.), Tomás Hogan, Anton Banaghan, Abhainn Coleman, Finnian Mannion, William Ryan, Mark Tierney, Darren Hassett, Thomas Blessing, Paul Guidera and Rory McCarthy.
Any player in third class or higher who is not listed above can come along next Saturday and they will be assigned to a team. In the first round on next Saturday Tipperary play Cork and Waterford face Limerick with Jimmy Cahill as referee for both games. The first game will commence at 11.00 a.m. so all players are asked to be present at 10.45. Coaching for all the u-6, u-8 players not involved in the league continues every Saturday. The club would like to thank Ray McLoughney, Eoin Hogan, Stephen Murphy, Jimmy Cahill, Ned Darcy, Pat Shanahan and Michael O Neill who assisted with the coaching last week.
The annual Cúl hurling and camogie summer camp takes place in Thomas MacDonagh Park from Monday July 9th to Friday July 13th. Application forms gave been distributed through the schools and must be returned by Friday May 11th.
The juvenile club has organised an All-Ireland forecast competition. If you can predict the finalists and eventual winners in the senior hurling and football championships you will win 500 euro. Tickets costing ten euro are available from any juvenile selector or parent.
The 20th annual county draw has just been launched with a three quarters of a million prize fund. Promoter Joe Cahill is currently canvassing for members and he has designed a very attractive brochure which is being distributed to households in the parish. Last year the club had its highest ever membership in the draw and we are confident, with your support, we will achieve a new high again.
A final reminder to those who have neglected to renew their membership to do so immediately. The fee is 40 euro for adult players, 20 euro for non playing adults and five euro for juveniles.