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A long season came to an end when Kilruane MacDonaghs lost to a better Nenagh Éire Óg team in the county championship. The absence of Niall O’Meara, injuries to a number of players which restricted their mobility and a few costly wides all contributed to our downfall. However, we can have no complaints about the result as Nenagh deserved victory.

There was definite progress made this year. We reached the North semi-final for the first time in twenty years and qualified to play in the top group of the county championship in 2015. It is important to build on the progress made this year. We can feel sorry for ourselves that we haven’t made the breakthrough or we can work even harder and smarter to achieve our goals. The average age of the team that started last Sunday was 23.66 years, one of the youngest in the championship.

Thanks to: the players who displayed improved commitment in 2014; manager David Quinlan; coach Dinny Cahill; selectors Mick Cleary and Brian Gaynor; trainer James Holland; Joe Cahill and Sean O’Shea who did the stats; Pat Shanahan who prepared the recovery drinks; Kay Cahalan who washed the jerseys; hurley carriers Mark Spain, Niall Shinners and Cian Darcy and anybody else who was involved in the setup. There was a very professional approach to team preparation this year and it is vital that it is maintained in 2015. The team management put in a huge effort this year and there is no doubt that the work will reap rewards in the future, hopefully next year.

“I will prepare and some day my chance will come.” (Abraham Lincoln). Players, management and supporters should heed the words of one of the greatest American presidents. Let us prepare to the best of our ability and our chance will come.

Under 21
The U21 team will play Nenagh Éire Óg in the first round of the championship. No date has been finalised for this fixture.

County Draw
Congratulations to the Spain family, Whitehall who won €200 in the weekly County Draw.

Jerome Cahill played in the All-Ireland U16 60x30 handball final in Kilkenny last Friday. After a marathon encounter, lasting one hour and forty five minutes, Jerome lost out 21/15, 16/21 and 11/10. Sean McAdams teamed up with John McGrath in the U14 doubles final, losing out to their Tyrone opponents 15/3, 12/15 and 15/7.

The club extends sympathy to Paddy Mulrooney on the death of his brother.