The Junior A team recorded their second successive championship win on Sunday evening in Cloughjordan. Although the scoreline would seem to indicate a dominant Kilruane team this was not always the case, and it was nip and tuck for most of the first half. Newport started well and exerted pressure on the Kilruane defence, however flanked by Lisa Cahill and Emma Cleary on the wings, they stood their ground well. Newport opened the scoring, after a poor first touch in the Kilruane forward line lost Kilruane's possession. Claire Kennedy soon levelled things after good work from Maria Hogan. Orla Williams added her first of the day to put Kilruane in front. Good defending at the other end from full back Mary Walsh forced a 45, which Newport duly converted to restore parity once more. Corner forward Shauna Heffernan raised her first white flag. Orla Williams added another, before Roisin Cahill showed great composure in putting over her first. Newport kept chipping away and adding their points, and although Kiruane had the most possession it took a while for them to really get on top. Maria Hogan and Orla Williams raised two more white flags, before Roisin Cahill was again on hand to snap possession in the air and goal for the MacDonaghs, which finally put some distance between the teams. Fiona Ryan was next to get on the scoreboard with a point, before Shauna Heffernan raised Kilruane's final 2 white flags of the half. The inside forward line led by the experienced Orla Williams in the centre, and her 2 rookies Shauna Heffernan and Roisin Cahill in the corners, were causing all sorts of problems for the Newport defence and had contritubed 1-7 between them by the end of the first half, where the scoreline read 1-10 to 0-7, a 6 point lead for Kilruane.
Kilruane started the scoring in the second half with 2 Marie Ryan points (one from a free) and a point from Fiona Ryan. As Kilruane pulled away management used the opportunity to have a look at their bench. Emer Starr was first called into action, and no better way to make an impression than on Newport's centre back and key player, and impress she did with 2 points of her own, and a hand in other scores also. Marcey Keogh also got a run at full forward and added Kilruane's 2nd goal, while Trisha Hogan was introduced at wing back and could not be faulted. Newport added just one point in the second half to leave the final score at 2-21 to 0-8.
In the next round of the championship we travel to Thurles to take on the home side on Sunday 22nd September at 12 noon.
Our Junior B and minor panels travelled to Ballyskenagh to take on Shinrone in a practice match last Wednesday night. They now focus on the next championship fixture, when they take on Silvermines in Dolla this Saturday 7th September at 4pm.
The minor team are in action this Tuesday 3rd September against Moneygall in Cloughjordan. Results available next week.
Our under 14 team played Shannon Rovers in a practice match in Ardcroney last Tuesday 27th.
The under 12 team played a County Blitz last Friday in Ardcroney. Kildangan and Templemore travelled to take part. Kilruane won both matches. Afterwards tea was served to all that travelled. Many thanks to all the parents who brought food and helped out in the kitchen. Thanks also to our blitz referees.
Our under 10 team travelled to The Ragg on Saturday last to take part in a blitz.
The under 8 team travelled to Shinrone last Wednesday night for a practice match.
Lucozade Sport Club Crusade
The club is taking part in the Lucozade Sport Club Crusade. By taking part, the club can get brand new match and training equipment and clothing from Azzuri by simply collecting the required number of lucozade sport bottle caps. Bottle caps can be givin to your team managers at training or to asssitant Secretary Noreen Maher who is co-ordinating this. Your participation in this promotion would be greatly appreciated so get collecting!
Lahorna Handball Club
Our local handball club in Lahorna are holding a bag packing day in Dunnes Stores on this Friday 6th September and would appreciate some extra help on the day. Any volunteer who can bag pack for an hour or two can contact Eithne Spain on (087) 617 7949.
Date for your Diary
The club's annual Poker Classic will taken place on Sunday October 20th in Nenagh Golf Club.
Sincere Sympathy is extended to the Club's Child Welfare Officier Paula McSherry on the death of her aunt Kathleen Harty.