The County Senior League game against Newport, which fell foul of the weather last weekend, has been rescheduled for this Saturday, 24th March in Newport at 4.30pm. This fixture is subject to approval by the County CCC.
MacDonaghs are away to Nenagh Éire Óg in the league on this Sunday, 25th March at 5.00pm.
MacDonaghs lost out to a very useful Inane Rovers outfit in the North minor ‘A’ final that was played in St. Cronan’s Park, Roscrea. Although Inane were unquestionably the better side, the final scoreline of 4-12 to 0-5 is more than a little harsh on MacDonaghs who enjoyed plenty of possession, were on level terms at the interval and conceded two fortuitous goals in the final minute. On a day borrowed from Siberia only a handful of spectators were present to witness the decider. Inane won the toss and elected to play against the strong wind. MacDonaghs were slow to settle and nine minutes had elapsed before they registered their first score, a point from Devlin Courtney. By this time the home team had raised two white flags. At the interval the sides were level on 0-5 each. The Magpies were unfortunate not to be ahead. Nathan Lynch and Matthew Spain were unlucky not to find the net and Nathan should have had a penalty when he was hauled down as he was bearing down on goal. The referee judged that the offence was outside the large rectangle and the Magpies had to be satisfied with a point by Matthew Spain from the resultant free.
It was always going to be an uphill struggle in the second half and a goal inside the first minute by Inane made the task all the more difficult. To the credit of MacDonaghs the battled away but Inane had the luxury of defending in numbers and striking on the break. The players kept their discipline didn’t resort to fouling as they saw the game slipping away from them. Thanks to the players and management for their efforts. Attention now switches to the hurling with an away game against Borrisokane pencilled in for Thursday, 12th April. We wish Inane Rovers the best of luck as they advance to the county semi-final. Team: Shane Whelan, Sean McAdams, Ben Chadwick, Fionnan Minogue, David O’Sullivan, Mark O’Neill, Owen Usman, Devlin Courtney (0-1), Luke Morkan (Capt), Patrick Hayes, Kian O’Kelly, Nathan Lynch, Aaron Morgan, Páidí Williams and Matthew Spain (0-4). Subs: Matthew Moyles, Jack White and Eoin England.
The footballers begin their campaign with an away game against Nenagh Éire Óg on Monday, 2nd April at 6.30pm.
The U14 hurling game against Burgess was another casualty of the inclement weather. Check the club’s Twitter Account @KilruaneGAA for details of refixture.
The monthly meeting of the club committee will be held in the clubroom on this Thursday, 22nd March at 8.00pm. All committee members are requested to attend.
Congratulations to Sean McAdams and Cormac Doheny, All-Ireland Colleges senior doubles handball champions, who have been selected as the January winner in the Nenagh Guardian Sports Awards.
The 31st March deadline for renewal of membership is looming ever nearer. The fees remain the same as last year: U6, U8 and U10 €10; U12, U14, U16 and U18 €30; players over minor €50 and non-playing adults €30. Subscriptions are now due. Players should pay their respective managers and supporters can join with any committee member. Players can only participate in games when membership fee is paid. There is absolutely no exception to this. All paid-up subscribers will receive a specially designed club-membership card. Non-playing adults, who join the club, will be put on text list. Paid-up members can also apply for match tickets.
Supporters can avail of a very attractive membership package which is now on offer from the club. For just €200 you will have a full year’s Lotto subscription, entry to the County Draw as well as your membership. In effect, supporters who subscribe to this package will have free membership — a saving of €30. Supporters have the option of paying by direct debit.
Munster Schools Rugby
Congratulations to Ben Healy who captained Glenstal Abbey to win their first-ever Munster Senior Rugby Cup title with a victory over CBC at Irish Independent Park. Ben won a North Féile hurling medal with MacDonaghs in 2013.