In the third round of the County League MacDonaghs recorded a 1-19 to 1-14 victory over JK Brackens in Templemore. On a perfect day for hurling it was a game that was played without any great intensity. MacDonaghs opened brightly with Cian Darcy on target from a free and Tomás Hogan firing over a great point from the right wing. After ten minutes the teams were tied on 0-3 each. Coming up to the break the home side had edged two ahead. MacDonaghs finished the half with a flourish. In the 29th minute Seamus Hennessy floated a peach of a lineball into the danger area. Tomás Hogan snapped the sliotar out of the air and buried it. Kieran Cahill added a point and the Magpies led by 1-8 to 0-9 at the break.
On the resumption, the visitors hit the ground running and reeled off five unanswered points from Thomas Cleary, Cormac Mannion, Cian Darcy (0-2, one from a 65) and Kieran Cahill. MacDonaghs threatened to go out of sight at this stage and only a point-blank save by the Brackens keeper denied Tomás Hogan his second goal. However, MacDonaghs took their foot off the pedal and Brackens hit four points in succession to cut the deficit to three. The Magpies went up a gear and responded with three points on the trot to reassert their supremacy. With two minutes left the gap was seven points. Brackens found the net from a close-in free courtesy of a powerful strike from their goalkeeper. Kieran Cahill had the final score of the game to leave MacDonaghs with a deserved five-point victory.
Team: Thomas Williams, Bob Dooley, Stephen Cleary, James Cleary, Caoilainn Conroy, Justin Cahill (0-1), Eoin Hogan, Mark O’Neill (0-1), Seamus Hennessy (0-1), Tomás Hogan (1-1), Thomas Cleary (0-4), Cian Darcy (0-7, 3 frees & a 65), Cormac Mannion (0-1), Kieran Cahill (0-3) and Sean McAdams. Subs: Brian O’Meara and Jack Peters. The next game will be at home to Lorrha in early June.
In the first round of the championship Éire Óg will provide the opposition in Nenagh on Saturday, 26th May at 5.30pm.
Last Thursday evening we travelled to Kilcolman for a Blitz with the home team and Portroe. We had 25 players in attendance. Thanks to Burgess for hosting blitz.
The first draw has been deferred until Friday, 25th May so supporters are still in time to make the deadline. The club is making a major drive to promote the Tipperary Draw. We hope that existing members in the draw will renew their subscription and we are carrying out a forensic canvass of the parish to enlist new clients. With a total prize fund of €500,000 and thirty prizes each month this draw represents great value for an investment of €100.
The annual Kellogg’s Cúl Camp is scheduled for 2nd to 6th July in MacDonagh Park. In 2017 we had a record attendance of 199. We are encouraging all parents to book their children on www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie. Last year 66% of participants were booked online. To secure a place for this year’s Camp parents should book immediately as the committee has decided to limit the capacity to 200. Registration will close on Thursday, 28th June and under no circumstances will bookings be accepted after that date.
Congratulations to Sean Ryan, Dernasling, Ardcroney who scooped the recent €7,000 Jackpot in the Club Lotto. The Jackpot now stands at €2,200. Thanks to all our subscribers and promoters for their continued support.
Thanks to all who organised and supported the Féile fundraising dance in the Thomas MacDonagh Complex on Sunday night. It proved to be a resounding success and was thoroughly enjoyed by the capacity attendance.