The U-11 hurlers had a narrow win against Roscrea in the second round of the Community Games on a 1-5 to 1-3 scoreline in MacDonagh Park. The visitors had the first use of the strong wind but it was MacDonaghs who were first on the score sheet. Matthew Moyles was fouled after soloing through from the right wing and he was on target from the resultant free. Roscrea hit 1-3 to go into a five point lead. On three occasions Kilruane were unfortunate to see the sliotar whizz by the Roscrea post. With the elements at their backs, MacDonaghs dominated possession in the second half. However, over anxiety and bunching in front of goals hampered scoring efforts. The influential Matthew Moyles made the breakthrough when he cut through the Roscrea defence and cracked the sliotar to the net, to cut the gap to two. Matthew tacked on a point and only the minimum separated the sides. Roscrea defended stubbornly and MacDonaghs had to work hard to get ahead. The selectors moved Kian O’Kelly to full forward and he proved the ideal target man. Dylan Moran and Aaron Morgan were dominating outfield and delivering quality ball. Kian O’Kelly raised a white flag to bring the sides level. Soon after Kian was fouled as he bore down on goal and Matthew Moyles made no mistake from the free. Dylan Moran slotted a 65 over the bar and the home side was two ahead. In the final tense moments Roscrea had one last chance to snatch victory. Dylan Moran was rather harshly penalised for over carrying and Roscrea were awarded a twenty five metre free. The boys in black and white packed the goalmouth and were relieved to see the sliotar go wide. This was a gritty performance by the entire team with Dylan Moran, Matthew Moyles, Aaron Morgan and Kian O’Kelly very prominent. Páidí Williams was very sound in goals and he was fronted by a defence which fought for every ball. Team: Páidí Williams, Eoin O’Meara, Louis Kennedy, Paul O’Neill, Shane McAteer, Dylan Moran (0-1), Aaron Morgan, David Sullivan, James Loughnane, Matthew Moyles (1-3), Kian O’Kelly (0-1), Cormac Doheny, Ben Cahalan, Nathan Lynch and Rory Grace. Subs: Colm Cleary, Barry Shanahan and Oisín Carroll.
Ardcroney N.S. defeated Ballinree N.S. in their final group game. This was a titanic struggle, with the teams level after ordinary time. After some fantastic hurling from both sides, Ardcroney emerged victorious by the narrowest of margins in extra time. Unfortunately, the victory was achieved at a cost, with Devlin Courtney sustaining a fractured thumb which will rule him out of the final against Carrig N.S. Nenagh. Team: Kevin Oakley, Luke Carroll, Nathan Ryan, Jake O’Kelly, Peter Folan, Tommy Murphy, Eoghan Mulcahy, Patrick Hayes, Devlin Courtney, Sean McAdams, Cian Spillane, Michael Holland, Matthew Spain, Kian O'Kelly, Conor Ryan, Mathew Hodgins, Keelan McGrath, Josh Geoghegan and Ben King.
Martin Grace captained Borrisokane Community College to win the Munster First Years’ title against Causeway Comprehensive. Cian Darcy and Sean Quinlan also lined out in the final, while Aaron Conroy was introduced. John Blagdon, Danny Maguire, Tommy Dooley, Carl Williams and Rob Banaghan were in the squad. Cian Darcy finished top scorer with 1-5 and Martin Grace chipped in with three points.
The U-10 panel travelled to Dr. Morris Park on Saturday May 12th to participate in the County Blitz. MacDonaghs had two teams and each player got three games. The first team defeated Drom-Inch, St. Marys Clonmel and Holycross-Ballycahill. The second team had three very competitive games against Holycross-Ballycahill, St Marys and Ballingarry, but just lost out on each occasion. There was great atmosphere and colour in Dr. Morris Park as children from all over the county enjoyed a great day’s hurling. The following seventeen players represented MacDonaghs: Barry Shanahan, Colm Cleary, Cormac Doheny, David Sullivan, Paul Dwyer, Eoin O’Meara, Fionnán Hurley, Rory Grace, Dara Hannon, James Loughnane, Kevin McDonald, Cillian O’Neill Reidy, Pádraic Coonan, Páidí Williams, Paul O’Neill, Sean Williams and Cian White. On last Sunday the U-10s hosted Naas. Two very enjoyable games were played. Thanks to the parents who did the catering in their customary efficient manner.
Best wishes to Mark O’Neill who lines out on the hurling team, Ben Healy who will take his place on the football side and Amy Quinlisk who plays on the camogie selection in The Primary Games exhibition matches in Semple Stadium on Sunday. Mark, Ben and Amy attend Kilruane National School.
The junior hurlers lost their final group game in the league at home to Knockshegowna on a 0-18 to 1-13 score. Despite this reverse they have qualified for the semi-final, thanks to three successive wins in the earlier rounds. MacDonaghs had the better of matters in the first half and the score was 1-8 to 0-8 in their favour at the break. Declan Barrett had whipped the sliotar to the net in the third minute. The second half was delicately balanced all through, with the sides level on three occasions. MacDonaghs held a one point lead entering the final minutes but the visitors finished strongly to take the points. Once again Pat Conway and Liam Gibson were very impressive in the half back, with Tomás Hogan growing in stature with every game. David Reddan was very sound in goals. Sean Hayes is playing like a veteran at full-back and Freddie Williams showed a welcome return to form. The attack moved reasonably well in the opening half but ran out of ideas as the game wore on. The failure to curb the influence of Knockshe’ centre-back Graham Gohery eventually proved to be MacDonaghs downfall. Hopefully, Willie Darcy, James Williams, Colm Williams and Cian Williams will be available to strengthen the team for the semi-final. Team: David Reddan, Freddie Williams, Sean Hayes, Fergus England, Tomás Hogan, Liam Gibson, Pat Conway, Diarmuid Cahill (0-1), Scott Hodgins (0-1), Conor Cleary (0-2), Michael Reddan, Kieran Cahill (0-5 incl 0 -4 from frees), David Williams (0-2), Paddy Ryan and Declan Barrett (1-2). Subs: Conor Austin, Luke Williams and Morgan Conway.
The U-8 hurlers had a hectic schedule recently. On Thursday May 10th two MacDonaghs teams travelled to Puckane to play Kildangan. Team A: Thomas Coonan, Ross Austin, Tom Larke, Eoin Carroll, Jack Mulcahy, Daniel Cahalan, Jack Ryan, Oisín Williams, Tadhg O'Brien and Ciaran Coffey. Team B: Thomas Brennan, Eamon Coonan, Tom Austin, John Quinlisk, David Keays, Alaister Grant, Eoin O'Neill, Craig Morkan, David Persse and Zack Clarke. Each team played a twenty five minute match. Both teams recorded victories. On Saturday May 19th two teams were involved in the Shannon Rovers blitz in Ballinderry. Team A: Eoin Carroll, Oisín Williams, Daniel Cahalan, Thomas Coonan, Jack Mulcahy, Jack Ryan and Ross Austin. Team B: John Quinlisk, Tom Austin, Jack Gleeson, Eamon Coonan, David Persse and Tadhg O'Brien. The A team had victories against Kildangan, Borrisokane and Shannon Rovers. The B team recorded two wins. Thanks to Rovers for the invitation to participate in a very well organised blitz. Training continues each Monday evening at 7.00pm. Over twenty players are in attendance each night. It is hoped to meet twice weekly, for training and a match.
The Parish League and the Mini League commence in MacDonagh Park on this Saturday at 11.00am. All players should be present at 10.45.
Plans are now well advanced for the Monster Fun Table Quiz and Auction in Bomber’s Bar on Friday June 1st. A table of four costs €20 and can be prepaid. There will also be a raffle on the night for a trailer of timber. Tickets for this are now on sale. Thanks to our loyal supporters who have rallied behind the Féile team, by pledging car trailer loads of timber, bags of turf, fodder and vouchers for the auction. A list of items to be auctioned and the names of our sponsors can be viewed on the website. Anybody who wishes to sponsor the team or donate items for the auction should contact Sean Ward 087-6537799, John O’Meara 087-2749187, Christy Morgan 087-7619593 or Gilbert Williams 087-2176452.
Note: Sponsors are listed in the order in which the donations were pledged:
John Casey Sportsplus Physiotherapy Clinic €100
George O’Leary Goliath Lifts €100
Stephen Carty Wilton and ‘Molly Spillanes’ New York $500 (€393)
Ger O’Meara Birdhill Grass Machinery €100
Jim O’Meara Knockearl €100
Barney Naughnane New Ireland Assurance €100
Kilruane MacDonaghs Camogie Club €300
Barry O’Meara O’Meara Construction’ €100
Lulus Milkshakes ‘Set of Togs’ (Value €180 approx)
Donations For Auction & Raffle
Note: Donors are listed in the order in which they were pledged:
Ian O’Brien Carry Out Roscrea Bottle of Whiskey
John O’Meara Car Trailer of Timber
Mick Cleary Load of Filling (Value €200 approx)
Florence McCarthy 10 Round Bales of Hay
Michael O’Meara 30 Bags of Turf
Michael O’Neill 40 Bags of Turf
Tom Grace Car Trailer of Timber
Len Gaynor Trailer of Timber
Pat Quinlan Car Trailer of Timber
John Conroy ’Proctor & Gamble’ Hamper of Products
Joe McDonald ‘Furniture & Kitchens’ Coffee Table
Ivers & Cullinan Car Service (Value €150)
Steve Blagdon ‘Steve’s Driving School’ 6 Driving Lessons (Value €125)
Carmel Morgan McCarthy ‘Star Hair Creations’ Voucher (€100)
Banaghans Ltd Roly Tractor
Declan Souch ‘Carphone Warehouse’ Mobile Phone (Value €80)
Simon Reale Butcher Voucher (Value €50)
Sean Gaynor Pallet of Eco Bricks (Value €120)
The juvenile club’s annual Bag Packing fundraiser will be held in Dunnes Nenagh on Friday June 15th and Saturday June 16th. This advance notice will enable every family who has a player playing juvenile games with Kilruane MacDonaghs to be represented on one of the days. Each family is expected to provide an adult to do a two hour stint. Managers will be in touch with the parents of players on all panels from U-6 up to U-16. The juvenile committee will endeavour to accommodate parents with their preferred time on the rota. Parents are asked not to leave it to others. They might be leaving it to YOU!
The annual Kellogs Summer Camp takes place in MacDonagh Park, July 2nd to July 6th. The cost is €55 for first child, €45 for second child and €40 for third and subsequent children. Application forms will be distributed through the local primary schools. Last year there was a record attendance of 119 and organisers are hoping to better that figure in 2012.
The twenty fifth anniversary County Draw has been launched. There is a total prize fund of half a million euro, including twenty five cars. Promoters are presently trawling the parish in an effort to enlist all existing subscribers and to recruit new members for the biggest ever County Draw.