The U-21 hurlers qualified for their sixth North final in seven years when they upset the odds with a well deserved 1-15 to 1-8 victory against Nenagh Éire Óg in Toomevara. Meanwhile, Nenagh’s wait for their first U-21 title since 1994 continues. On an exceptionally mild day, with no wind, MacDonaghs faced the favourites in slippery underfoot conditions. Remarkably, only one of the thirty players involved, Nenagh’s Billy Heffernan, is overage for next year. Nenagh started brightly and Éanna Hogan was pressurised into conceding a 65 which was driven wide. MacDonaghs gradually settled to their task and Kieran Cahill opened the scoring with a pointed free. Nenagh equalised with a similar score. The impressive Thomas Cleary hit the first of his five points from play to put MacDonaghs into a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. The Kilruane defence survived what looked like a legitimate claim for a Nenagh penalty after hesitancy in the half-back line gifted them the opening. Thomas Cleary added his second white flag before Nenagh reduced the gap to one with a point from a placed ball.
MacDonaghs received a huge boost in the twelfth minute when corner forward Aidan Boyle latched on to a breaking ball inside the Nenagh defence, headed directly for goal and fired the sliotar neatly to the net. This goal galvanised MacDonaghs and they struck for three points in a row from Kieran Cahill (free), Eoin Williams and Conor Cleary. The Kilruane defence was giving little leeway to the Nenagh forwards. Niall O’Meara was imperious at centre-back, Éanna Hogan was rock solid at full-back and Jack Peters put the shackles on Nenagh danger man Tommy Heffernan. This was a shrewd move to deploy Jack in this man marking role and he is likely to be given a similar task in the North final. Nenagh did eventually raise their third white flag, but the outstanding Justin Cahill cancelled this with a point. Eoin Williams was fouled and Kieran Cahill punished the indiscretion with a point from an acute angle. A Nenagh point cut the gap to seven. However, MacDonaghs finished with a flourish as Kieran Cahill put over his fourth free and Thomas Cleary hit the last point of the half after taking a pass from Eoin Williams to leave the interval score 1-10 to 0-4 in favour of the boys in black and white.
On the resumption, MacDonaghs were forced into a change when Aidan Boyle had to retire injured and he was replaced by Bob Dooley. The scoring rate dropped in the second half and with forty minutes gone Conor Cleary had increased the lead with a point, while Nenagh had yet to score. Thomas Cleary fired over the bar to open an eleven point gap as the Kilruane defence continued to maintain the upper hand. Nenagh began to enjoy more possession and were rewarded with two points to leave nine between the sides with twelve minutes left. A Kieran Cahill point from a free left the scoreboard reading 1-13 to 0-7. A Nenagh point cut the deficit to eight. Justin Cahill struck a fine point from midfield to restore a nine point cushion. Nenagh were now dominating possession, with MacDonaghs retreating in defence and losing their shape. Mark Tuite struck for a Nenagh goal in the fifty sixth minute to leave seven between the teams. This proved to be the final score as the MacDonaghs defence held firm in the final minutes as Nenagh went for goals. Conor Austin limped off towards the end with a leg injury to be replaced by Stephen Cleary. Hopefully, Conor will be fit to take his place in the final.
This was a thoroughly deserved victory from a team that was well prepared and well placed. The defence laid the foundation for victory, with the attackers and midfield working very hard. The high work rate and disciplined tackling of the entire team was a feature of their performance. They will head into the final as underdogs against either Burgess or Toomevara, knowing that the intensity and speed of hurling will have to be raised to an even higher level to achieve victory. They are well capable of doing it. The final is scheduled for the weekend of December 16th and all our supporters are asked to rally behind this team.
Team: David Reddan, David Williams, Eanna Hogan, Conor Austin, Jack Peters, Niall O’Meara, Tomás Hogan, Justin Cahill (0-2), Alan Darcy, Thomas Cleary (0-5), Robert Austin, Conor Cleary (0-2), Kieran Cahill (0-5 incl. 0-4 from frees), Eoin Williams (0-1) and Aidan Boyle (1-0). Subs: Bob Dooley and Stephen Cleary.
Referee: Ger Fitzpatrick (Roscrea)
Nenagh C.B.S. take on Midleton in a crucial Harty Cup clash in Charleville on this Wednesday at 1.30pm. The winner will proceed to the quarter-final while the loser will exit the conmpetition. Best of luck to Jack Peters, Darragh Peters, Stephen Cleary, Niall Shinners and James Cleary.
On next Saturday Paudie Butler will conduct a Hurling Wall session in the Durlas Óg pitch at 9.30am. This is a must for all our coaches and selectors so we ask as many as possible to attend. The new lights on the Hurling Wall in MacDonagh Park are operational and the U-21s had the honour of having the first session under the greatly enhanced illuminations. Both players and management lauded the high quality of the lighting. The Hurling Wall will be in great demand in the New Year so it is extremely important that all coaches and selectors are equipped with the skills to derive maximum benefit from this fantastic facility.
No decision has been made on the structure of the senior championship. The County Board motion was discussed at the recent North Board meeting which was attended by George O’Leary and Len Gaynor. At the County Board meeting there was no debate on the senior championship structure with a decision deferred to the January meeting. Opposition to the proposed knockout system in the divisions prompted the County Board to withdraw their motion. Len Gaynor represented the club at the County Board meeting.
The Annual General Meeting will be held in the clubroom on Friday December 7th at 8.00pm. It will be preceded by Mass for deceased members in Cloughjordan Church at 7.30pm. All players and supporters are invited to attend and are asked to make a special effort to be present on the night. This is an opportunity for the ordinary club member to have a voice in shaping club policy. Your ideas and suggestions are most welcome. Your very presence at the meeting will be a source of encouragement to all involved. Nominations forms are available on the website and must be returned to Kay Cahalan by this Thursday December 6th. Alternatively you contact Kay 087-9059592 or George O’Leary 087-1222816 with your nomination. You must obtain the prior consent of the nominee before submitting your nomination. All club members are asked to actively involve themselves in the nomination process. “Don’t leave it to others to nominate. They might be leaving it to you.” The club is seeking nominations for the following positions:
(To refresh your memories the names of the incumbents are included)
Chairman: George O’Leary (Outgoing)
Vice-Chairman: Michael Hogan (Outgoing)
Secretary: Kay Cahalan (Outgoing)
Assistant Secretary: Mary McLoughney (Outgoing)
Treasurer: Ger Ryan (Outgoing)
Assistant Treasurer: Michael Cahill (Outgoing)
P.R.O.: Gilbert Williams (Outgoing)
North Board Delegates: George O’Leary & Dinny Reddan (Outgoing)
County Board Delegate: Len Gaynor (Outgoing)
Coaching & Schools Liaison Officer: Len Gaynor (Outgoing)
Junior A Hurling: John Cahill (Outgoing) (Not seeking re-election)
Under 21 Hurling: John Hyland (Outgoing)
Minor Hurling & Football: Pat Shanahan (Outgoing)
Junior Football: Liam Tierney (Outgoing)
Note: Senior Hurling: Jim Williams (Manager), Michael Ryan and David Quinlan have already been appointed by club committee.
The AGM agenda generally follows the template set out in the GAA Club Manual and will also probably include a discussion on the forthcoming Sale of Work.
Minutes of 2011 AGM
Election of Officers
Election of Team Managers
Appointment of Committee
Appoint delegates to North & County Conventions
Sale of Work
Fix Date for Adjourned AGM
Votes of Sympathy
Highlights of 2012
Jack Peters wins Munster and All-Ireland minor medals.
Brian O’Meara wins his second Munster senior hurling medal.
Jack Peters, Darragh Peters and Stephen Cleary win All-Ireland Colleges medals with Nenagh C.B.S.
Darragh Peters wins All-Ireland U15 medal with Tipperary.
Darragh Peters captains Nenagh C.B.S. U15 team to win Munster Final, with club colleagues James Cleary and Niall Shinners also on the team.
Kieran Lillis and Oisín O’Meara are members of the Nenagh Vocational School junior hurling team which wins Munster Final.
Martin Grace captains Borrisokane Community College to win First Year Munster title. Cian Darcy, Sean Quinlan, John Blagdon, Tommy Dooley, Aaron Conroy, Danny Maguire and Rob Banaghan are also in the squad.
Thomas Williams wins Christy Ring Cup medal with London.
Dinny Cahill coaches Armagh to win Nicky Rackard Cup.
Eanna Hogan captains Mary Immaculate College to win Higher Education Division 2 League and Championship double.
David Reddan wins Ferghal Maher Cup medal with LIT Thurles.
Diarmuid Cahill wins All-Ireland Inter Firms medal with CJ Sheeran Laois.
U11s win County Community games final and finish runners-up in Munster Final.
U14s win North and County Féile finals and represent Tipperary at All-Ireland Féile in Dublin. U21 hurlers reach North final where they will play either Burgess or Toomevara.
U12 A footballers reach North final.
U12 B hurlers reach North & County finals.
U12 panel travel to Coke Park and play on famous sod.
Ardcroney N.S. win North football final.
Mark O’Neill (Kilruane N.S.), Ben Healy (Kilruane N.S.), Amy Quinlisk (Kilruane N.S.), Laura Tierney (Kilruane N.S.) and Gillian McSherry (Ardcroney N.S.) represent their schools on the Tipperary Primary Game teams.
Justin Cahill and Niall O’Meara line out with Tipperary U21 hurlers.
Niall O’Meara plays centre-back on the Tipperary U21 football team
Cian Darcy and Rory McCarthy on Tipperary U14 panel.
Pat Murphy is a selector on the Tipperary minor football team which retains its Munster title.
Len Gaynor is a selector with North Tipperary U16 team which wins Munster Final and Garda Cup. Caolainn Conroy is on the panel.
Annual Parish League is once again an outstanding success.
86 children attend annual Cúl Camp in July.
Jack Peters is appointed captain of the Nenagh C.B.S. Harty Cup team for the 2012/2013 season.
Aaron Morgan wins U-10 player of tournament award in Ballina.
Juvenile Club run very successful U10 Paddy Quinlan Tournament in October.
Eamon O’Shea is appointed Tipperary senior hurling manager.
Dinny Cahill coaches St. Thomas to win their first ever senior county final in Galway.
Tom McLoughney becomes the sixth MacDonaghs clubman to receive Sean Ghael Award.
Patrick ’Bonner’ Maher is guest of honour at presentation of juvenile medals in the Thomas MacDonagh Complex in January.
Twenty three volunteers complete a defibrillator course in February.
Thirty members from the GAA and Camogie clubs complete the Award 1 coaching course in the Thomas MacDonagh complex in March.
Memorable reunion of 1951 juvenile team in Thomas MacDonagh Complex on March 9th.
‘Clash Without The Ash’ boxing fundraiser on Friday March 16th is an outstanding success.
Juvenile Table Quiz & Auction raises approx €8,000
Juvenile Club Bag Packing raises €2,548.14 in June.
Astro Turf laid at hurling wall.
Fence erected at hurling wall.
Two floodlights installed at hurling wall.
Kilruane N.S. reach county final of Primary Schools GAA Quiz.
North Bord na nÓg Convention
John O’Meara and Gilbert Williams represented the juvenile club at the North Bord na nÓg convention in Nenagh. Congratulations to John who retained his position on the CCC and to Len Gaynor who was once again named as a selector with the North Tipperary U-16 hurling team.
The senior hurlers are participating in a Seven-a-Side hurling tournament in Lorrha on St. Stephen’s Day. This is part of a major fund raising day to assist former Lorrha player Tony Hogan who was seriously injured in a traffic accident in London in July. Tony is son of Milo Hogan, formerly of Clooneen, and was full-back on the Lorrha team which won the intermediate county final in 2007.
Monster Sale of Work & Auction
It’s full steam ahead for the Monster Sale of Work & Auction in the Thomas MacDonagh Complex on Sunday January 27th. There has been a very positive response and we have received pledges of timber, turf, briquettes, farm produce, fodder, vouchers, cakes, buns, beer, spirits, electrical goods, furniture etc. All donations are very much appreciated and will be gratefully acknowledged. Club members, supporters and players are also asked to canvass their friends, neighbours and business acquaintances for any item big or small that can be sold or auctioned. Len Gaynor 086-3110657 is co-ordinating the timber operations so if you can donate a tree or a load of timber you can make contact with Len. On last Saturday Len and his crew knocked a tree which was located in a very awkward position. Happily, the mission went off without a hitch and the timber is destined for the auction.
On the day of the Sale of Work tea will be served, the ever popular Wheel of Fortune will be in operation and there will also be a raffle for a trailer of timber. Club members and supporters are reminded that this is a “Bring and Buy Sale”, so we hope everyone will make some contribution to the Sale or Auction and also buy something. The club will gladly accept all those unwanted Christmas presents e.g. the extra tins of biscuits and boxes of chocolates that you won’t eat, the beer and spirits that you never intend drinking and the vouchers that will be left lying around the house. We can turn them into ready cash. “A lot of people doing a little and doing it well” will ensure that this venture will be an outstanding success.
County Bord na nÓg
The County Bord na nÓg Convention takes place on this Tuesday December 4th. Sean Ward and John O’Meara will represent the MacDonaghs Juvenile Club at this meeting.
The North Convention will be held on Monday December 10th. Delegates will be appointed at the AGM on Friday December 7th.
The County Convention will be held in The Dome Semple Stadium on Monday December 17th. Delegates will be appointed at the AGM on Friday December 7th.
The AGM of the juvenile club will be held in the clubroom on Friday January 11th at 8.00pm.
The presentation of juvenile medals will take place in the Thomas MacDonagh Complex on Friday January 18th. More details later.