The senior hurlers play Lorrha in Toomevara on Sat May 7th at 5.30 p.m. in the third round of the championship. This may well be the first ever meeting of these teams at senior level at this particular venue.
Junior A Hurling
In the third round the junior A hurlers overcame Ballina in MacDonagh Park on a 5-20 to 1-11 scoreline. Although MacDonaghs played against the breeze in the opening half they seized the initiative early on with a goal from Thomas Cleary. At the interval they had a nine point cushion. They drove on in the second half to record a deserved win which keeps them in the frame for a semi-final spot. Team: Colm Williams, Cian Williams, Freddie Williams, Cormac Williams, William Cleary (0-3), Shane Williams, Pat Conway, Mike Reddan, James Keogh (0-1), Declan Barrett (1-3), Thomas Cleary (1-3), Denis Cahill (0-1), David Williams (2-3), Thomas Williams (1-3) and Eoin Williams (0-1). Subs: Jonathan Cahill, Kevin Ryan, James Williams (0-1), Alan Darcy and Sean Hayes. The final group game is away to Lorrha on this Friday evening at 7 o clock. This is a crucial game with a win or draw guaranteeing a semi-final berth.
Junior B Hurling
The junior B hurlers lost out at home to Silvermines on a 3-14 to 2-11 scoreline. MacDonaghs were ahead by three at the interval and extended the advantage to five midway through the second half. However, Silvermines finished strongly taking both points. Team: Robert Ward, Luke Williams, Alan Darcy, Cian Williams, Robert Austin, Pat Conway, Denis Cahill, Mike Redden (0-10), Morgan Conway (0-1), Ronan Boyle (0-3), Declan Barrett (0-2), Kieran Cahill (0-3), David Williams (1-0), Sean Hayes and Eoin Williams (1-1). Sub: Mark Spain. In the third round they are away to Toomevara on next Sunday May 8th at 12 o clock.
The U-14 hurlers were defeated in the Feile semi-final by Drom Inch on a 0-9 to 0-4 scoreline. Kilruane played with the strong wind in the first half but failed to take advantage with the sides level at the break. They played much better against the wind but Drom prevailed and went on to win the final. Team: Niall Shinners, Arran Conroy, Kieran Brereton, Brendan McAdams, Conor Lillis, Willie Ryan, Cian Darcy, Jerome Cahill, Paul Guidera, Craig Morgan, Darragh Peters (0-2), Declan Elderfield, James Cleary, Rory McCarthy and Sean Quinlan. Subs: Martin Grace and John Blagdon.
Congratulations to Aidan Boyle and Stephen Cleary who were members of the North Tipperary U-16 hurling team which won the Munster Championship last Monday.
The U-12 footballers travelled to Puckane on last Friday and played two games against the host team Kildangan.
The club hosted an U-8 Blitz last Saturday morning.The home side had a narrow victory against Moneygall and were just edged out by Roscrea and Borris-Ileigh.
MacDonagh Park hosts two senior hurling games on this Sunday May 8th. Roscrea take on Borris-Ileigh at 1.30 p.m. and Nenagh play Templederry at 3.00 p.m.. All committee members are expected to be present at 12.30 to act as stewards. It is hoped that the new electronic scoreboard will be fully operational for these matches.
The annual Parish League commences on Saturday May 14th at 11 o clock. Four teams De Wets, Kyle Rovers, Gorry Rangers and Ninety Eights have been selected by the juvenile committee. The sides are called after former parish teams. Selections can be viewed on www.kilruanemacdonaghs.com In conjunction with the Parish League the juvenile club is also organizing a Mini League which will commence on Saturday May 14th and continue for three Saturdays on May 21st, June 4th and June 11th. Boys from first and second classes are eligible to participate in this league. Special rules will apply to the Mini League: there will be no soloing, goals and points will have equal value, a special sliotar will be used, in the first and third quarters of each game only ground hurling is allowed and a different player must play in goals at the end of each quarter. Each participant in the Mini League will be presented with a hurley on the final day. Further information on the Mini League will be circulated through the schools.
The U-6, U-8 and U-10 hurlers train in MacDonagh Park every Monday evening at 7 o clock. As well as the involvement of the respective team managers and mentors the juvenile club is providing extra coaches for each grade to ensure that every player gets individual attention.
The annual Cul hurling and camogie Summer Camp takes place in MacDonagh Park Monday July 4th to Friday July 8th. The cost remains the same as last year: €55 for one child, €100 for two children and €135 for three children. The camp is open to all boys and girls 6 to 14 years old inclusive. Application forms have been distributed through the schools this week and should be returned as soon as possible.
The new county draw with a prize fund of €500,000 commences on Friday May 20th. There are thirty prizes each month with a top prize of a Skoda Octavia or €15,000. In May there is a star prize of a Skoda Superb or €30,000 and in November there is also a star prize of a Skoda Yeti or €20,000. Subscription remains at €100 which can be paid in monthly installments or by direct debit. Promoters are presently canvassing the parish for your support and we anticipate the usual generous response. Accounts for the last draw are currently being finalized so promoters and subscribers are asked to bring all payments up to date.
The juvenile club will be holding its annual Bag Packing fundraiser in Dunnes Stores on Friday evening July 1st and all day Saturday July 2nd. Every family which has a player involved in any grade from U-6 up to U-16 will be expected to help out and should note the dates in the diary. This advance notice will enable all families to commit at least one parent for a two hour stint on either day. All parents will be personally contacted the respective team managers in good time to ensure that all families are represented at this important fundraiser. This was a tremendous success last year and even more parental participation on this occasion should yield even greater dividends.