Weekly GAA News
Peil na nÓg
In the North final of Peil na nÓg, the u-14 footballers drew with Lorrha in Borrisokane. Each side scored 2-5. Lorrha made an explosive start to the game and inside four minutes had scored 1-2 without reply. A good goal from Robert Ward, after six minutes, helped to settle Kilruane MacDonaghs and at the interval they were only a point adrift, with the score 1-3 to 1-2 in favour of Lorrha. The second half followed a similar pattern with MacDonaghs conceding 1-1 in the opening minutes, to fall five points in arrears. With less than four minutes left, the same margin separated the sides, and all seemed lost as MacDonaghs had earlier lost the influential David Williams through injury. However, they rallied with great spirit and points from Dean O Meara and Robert Ward reduced the deficit, before Raymond Kelly lashed home a goal to earn his side a replay. Team: Jamie Heffernan, Ian McSherry, P.J. Cleary, Jack Banaghan, Stephen Cleary, Alan Darcy, Tomás Hogan, Kieran Cahill (0-1), Jack Peters, David Williams, Raymond Kelly (1-0), Anton Banaghan, Aidan Boyle, Dean O Meara ( 0-1) and Robert Ward (1-1). Sub: Andrew Brennan.
Ardcroney N.S. advanced to the next stage of the I.N.T.O. hurling sevens when they topped their group in Roscrea. In the first game they overcame Corville N.S. after a close and exciting encounter on a 6-4 to 5-3 scoreline. In the second game they just pipped Gurtagarry N.S. on a 5-3 to 3-3 scoreline. Panel: Conor Cleary, Patrick Ryan, Abhainn Coleman, Anthony Spillane, Sean Cleary, Aidan Boyle, Bob Dooley, Cormac Boyle, William Ryan, Conor Doheny, Niall Shinners, Niall Ryan, Ciarán Mulroy, Ciaran Spillane and Conor McAdams.
In the camogie sevens Ardcroney N.S. also progressed to the next round by defeating Corville N.S. on a 8-4 to 4-4 scoreline. Panel: Emma Cleary, Becky Hill, Nuala Ryan, Niamh Costello, Roisín Cahill, Rebecca Carroll, Ciara Grace, Shauna Heffernan, Sarah Coonan, Niamh Mulroy, Laura Darcy, Martha Bourke and Rachel Hill.
Despite impressive performances from Alan Darcy, Jack Peters, Tomás Hogan and Stephen Cleary the u-14 hurlers lost out at home to Nenagh in the quarter-final of the Féile. Team: Andrew Brennan, Patrick Ryan, P.J. Cleary, Jack Banaghan, Stephen Cleary, Alan Darcy, Tomás Hogan, Ian McSherry, Jack Peters, David Williams, Sean Cleary, Anton Banaghan, Aidan Boye, Dean O Meara and Robert Ward. Subs: Simon Delahunty, Robbie Oakley, Conor Cleary and Anthony Spillane.
Hurling coaching for all primary school boys commences on this Saturday in Thomas MacDonagh Park at 11.00 a.m. . All star Eoin Kelly will be present to meet the players and assist the club coaches.
The four teams for the parish league will be announced next Saturday at the coaching. All boys from third class up are eligible to participate. Each team will play three games with the top two meeting in the final and the other two teams contesting the plate final.
In the third round of the league the junior hurlers were beaten in MacDonagh Park by Roscrea on a 1-14 to 0-9 scoreline. Team: Ger Corcoran, Pádraig Kelly, Colin England, Paddy Ryan, Liam Gibson, Colm Williams, Ruan Casey, Denis Cahill, Stephen O Leary, Shane Williams, Mick Cleary, Michael Reddan (0-2), Darren Killackey (0-1), Brian O Meara (0-6) and Jason Darcy. Subs: Jonathan Cahill and Kevin Ryan. Kilruane MacDonaghs have been drawn against Nenagh in the first round of the championship. Moneygall, Silvermines and Burgess are also in the group. The top team qualifies for the semi-final with second and third securing a quarter-final spot.
Kilruane MacDonaghs face Toomevara in the first round with Silvermines completing the group. The top two teams qualify for the semi-final.
The u-8 hurlers had an enjoyable game against Shannon Rovers in Ballinderry. Team: Sean Quinlan, Cian Spillane, Karl Williams, Eoin England, Mark O Neill, Jerome Cahill, Patrick Hayes, Alan Spain, Oisín O Meara, John Blagdon, Craig Morgan, Sean McAdams, Seamus O Meara and Mark Stanley.
The u-10 hurlers also travelled to Ballinderry and had a good game against Shannon Rovers. Thanks to Rovers for their hospitality. Team: Kevin Shinners, Jack Farrell, Brendan McAdams, Willie Ryan, Sean Quinlan, James Cleary, Conor Lillis, Cian Darcy, Darragh Peters, Kieran Brereton, Niall Shinners, Darragh Fogarty, Martin Grace, Rory McCarthy and Tom Dooley. Subs: Cormac Mannion, Ethan Hayes, Jerome Cahill, Craig Morgan and Karl Williams.
The senior hurlers play Thurles Sarsfields in the final of the county league in Nenagh on this Saturday at 7.00 p.m.
The juvenile club is organising an All-Ireland forecast competition. The challenge is to predict the finalists and winner in both the All-Ireland hurling and football championships. The entry fee is ten euro and the tickets are in wide circulation.