The U-21 hurlers qualified for the semi-final when they overcame a young Burgess side in Nenagh on 4-15 to 1-9 scoreline. Helped by a goal from Thomas Cleary, MacDonaghs enjoyed a five point cushion at the interval with the score 1-8 to 0-6 in their favour. An early second half goal by Brian O Meara extended the advantage but the team had to battle to the end to get the better of a spirited Burgess outfit. The club extends best wishes to captain Paudie Kelly who sustained a serious shoulder injury in the first half which will rule him out of the early rounds of the senior championship. Team: David Reddan, Freddie Williams, Eanna Hogan, Paudie Kelly, William Cleary, Seamus Hennessy, Pat Conway, Kevin Ryan, Jonathan Cahill (0-1), Declan Barrett (0-2), Niall O Meara (0-2), Thomas Cleary (2-0), James Williams (0-1), Brian O Meara (2-7) and Ger Corcoran (0-1). Subs: Thomas Williams (1-1), Eoin Williams and Scott Hodgins.
The senior hurlers picked up their first win in the county league when they had a five point home win against Loughmore-Castleiney on a 2-16 to 1-14 scoreline. Playing against the breeze in the opening half Loughmore netted in the first minute but the home side soon settled and at the interval the sides were all square at 1-8 each. The second half was delicately balanced all through but a goal from Mikey Costello gave MacDonaghs the initiative and they drove on to victory. Team: David Reddan, Gavin McAvinchey, Stephen Murphy, Diarmuid Cahill, Jonathan Cahill, Ray McLoughney (0-2), Kevin Ryan, Mark O Leary (0-1), Shane Quinlan, Kevin Quinlan (0-2), Niall O Meara (0-1), Darren Killackey (0-1), Brian O Meara (0-7) and Mikey Costello. Subs: Eanna Hogan, Pat Williams and Ger Corcoran.
The senior hurlers play Portroe in the first round of the championship on Sunday in Nenagh at 4.30 p.m.
The junior hurlers opened their league campaign with a one point home victory against Burgess on a 1-10 to 1-9 scoreline. A diagonal wind caused difficulties for both sides and after a low scoring first half the sides were locked together at five points each. Very little separated the sides all through and until a Ger Corcoran goal helped MacDonaghs open a five point gap. Burgess finished strongly reducing the arrears to the minimum at the finish. Team: Thomas Williams, Freddie Williams, Martin Walsh, Cian Williams, Pat Conway, Kevin Ryan (0-1), Scott Hodgins, Jonathan Cahill (0-1), Michael Reddan, James Williams, Denis Cahill (0-2), James Keogh (0-2), Ger Corcoran (1-1), Pat Williams (0-1) and Declan Barrett (0-1). Subs: Eoin Williams (0-1), Cormac Williams, Timmy Walsh, William Cleary and Morgan Conway. In the second round Kildangan will provide the opposition in Puckane on Sunday April 18th.
Despite a spirited display the U-16 footballers lost out to Ballina in MacDonagh Park on a 1-9 to O-4 scoreline. MacDonaghs trailed by a point at the interval and deep into added time only three points separated the sides but the visitors hit 1-2 without reply to deservedly take the points. Team: Anthony Spillane, Conor Austin, PJ Cleary, Tomas Hogan, Jack Farrell, Jack Peters, Sean Cleary, Stephen Cleary, Dean O Meara, Darragh Peters, Conor Cleary, Finnian Mannion, Andrew Brennan (0-1), Kieran Cahill and Aidan Boyle (0-2). Sub: Kieran Brereton. In the next round they will play Lorrha.
Congratulations to Brian O Meara who lined out with the Tipperary U-21 football team which defeated Kerry in the Munster final.
The annual Parish League will commence on Saturday April 17th in MacDonagh Park at 11 o clock. All boys from third class upwards are eligible to participate. Players will receive notification through the schools.
David Reddan will repair all hurleys this year. The club will continue to subsidise juvenile hurleys which will now cost €10.
Club members can now avail of a 10% discount on their purchases in the Sportsman Dream. A current membership card must be produced to avail of this discount.
The annual hurling and camogie Cul Camp is scheduled to begin on Monday July 5th in MacDonagh Park. This professionally run camp will be open to all boys and girls aged seven upwards. Each participant will receive a jersey, socks and gear bag. Application forms will be circulated through the schools next week.
Child Welfare Course
A Child Welfare Course will be held in the clubroom on Tuesday April 22nd. This course is mandatory for all coaches and selectors who are involved with under age teams.