The senior hurlers have been drawn against Moneygall in the first round of the championship. In the second round they have a bye. Nenagh will then provide the opposition, followed by Portroe and Kildangan, in that order. The top three teams qualify for the quarter-finals. The championship is expected to commence in early April.
Junior A Hurling
In the league the junior A hurlers are in a group with Burgess, Moneygall, Borris-Ileigh and Lorrha. MacDonaghs have a bye in the first round and face Borris-Ileigh in round two. The top two teams go to the semi-finals. In the championship they take on Nenagh in the first round, with Toomevara, Roscrea and Moneygall completing the group. The top team qualifies for the semi-final, with the second and third placed teams claiming a place in the quarter-finals.
Junior B Hurling
In the junior B league MacDonaghs have a home game against Toomevara in the first round. Portroe, Templederry, Ballina and Ballinahich will also provide opposition in the group. The top two teams book a spot in the semi-finals.
The minor hurlers have been pitted against Nenagh in the opening round. They will also play Roscrea and Kildangan, with the top two teams qualifying for the semi-finals.
The U21 hurlers begin the defence of their title with a stiff opening game against Roscrea. This championship is played on a knockout plus losers group system.
Féile na nGael
The U14 hurlers have been drawn away to Borris-Ileigh in the preliminary round of the Féile. This game will be played within the next fortnight.
Peil na nÓg
The U14 footballers have a home draw against Inane Rovers in the first round of Peil na nÓg.
The minor footballers face Shannon Rovers Gaels in MacDonagh Park in the first round of the championship, which is scheduled to commence in March. Kildangan and Burgess are also in the group.
Juvenile training is now back in full swing. The U12s are in action every Tuesday at 7.00pm, the U14s go through their paces on Thursday nights at 7.00pm, the U16s gather every Wednesday night at 7.30pm and the U10s train on Monday night at 7.30pm. All panels do part of the training in The Complex and complete the session on the Hurling Wall. The parents of the U6 and U8 panels will receive text notification when these two groups reconvene.
Eanna Hogan lined out at corner-back and Niall O’Meara was wing-back on the Mary Immaculate College team which drew with UCC in the Fitzgibbon Cup. This draw keeps them in the hunt for a place in the quarter-final.
The monthly meeting of the club committee is scheduled for Thursday February 21st at 8.00pm. All committee members are requested to attend.
Membership is now overdue and should be paid to the respective managers. Players can only participate in games when their membership fee is paid.
Coiste Chontae Thiobraid Árann is offering a limited number of Gaeltacht Scholarships to 2nd level students in the county. These Scholarships are limited to those students currently in 2nd, 5th and Transition Years. Applicants or their parents must have been registered members of their local GAA Club in 2012. Applicants will be called to interview where they must display an enthusiasm for the Irish language. Closing date for applications is Thurs February 28th 2013. Students who have already booked a place in a Gaeltacht College and paid their deposit cannot avail of this scheme. These scholarships are only available in 3 Colleges as follows: Coláistí Chorca Dhuibhne, Baile an Fheirtéaraigh, Trá Lí, Co. Chiarraí. Coláiste Na Mumhan, Béal Athan Ghaorthaidh, Co. Chorcaí (2 Options) Coláiste na Rinne, Co. Phort Láirge (3 Options). Application forms are available from Gilbert Williams (087) 2176452.
The annual juvenile Bag Packing takes place in Dunnes on Friday August 23rd and Saturday August 24th. It is hoped that all families who have juvenile players lining out with Kilruane MacDonaghs will help out on one of the days.