Cloyne GAA Club News

16 September, 2012


There was no winner of last week’s lotto jackpot of €20,000,the numbers drawn were 3,12,15,24 bonus 2.No one matched 3 numbers plus the bonus and we had 9 match 3’s who each receive €20.
Martin O Brien c/o D O Shea.
Grainne Molan c/o D O Sullivan
Gerard Ring c/o E O Lomasney.
Adam O Lomasney c/o J O Lomasney
Ann Naughton
Ciara,Luke and Jenny Fogarty Killeagh.
Tom Cullen c/o Auntie Biddies.
Meadhbh Cotter.
Susan Cullen c/o Auntie Biddies.

Next week’s €20,000 draw will take place in the Tower Bar.

Senior Hurling;
Normally finals are occasions to be enjoyed and the victors return home with the silverware as a prize for their efforts. Saturday’s relegation final where we faced Bride Rovers had none of the above, enjoyment or silverware; the stakes were a lot higher than that, it was a game that would shape the history of the club.
Understandably given all that it wasn’t the best game of hurling you will see but it more than made up for it in terms of passion, commitment and tension from first to sixty fourth minute.
Bride Rovers were first to score with a brace of points to which Dillon replied with the first of his excellent pointed frees in the first half, an excellent Conor Cusack goal created by a fine James Nyhan pass put us in the lead for the first time. The lead was short lived however with Bride Rovers taking the lead with a goal from a penalty. The remainder of the half saw us swap pointed scores to leave us only 2 points in arrears at the short whistle having played against the stiff wind on the scoreline of 1.07 to 1.05.
The tempo in the second half increased considerably and with wind advantage we began chipping away at the lead but crucially we couldn’t get ahead, every Cloyne score was matched by a score from Rovers and it looked like it would take something special to win the game. As the game entered the last 5 minutes we still found ourselves 2 points in arrears but a brilliant goal from newly introduced corner forward Colm O Sullivan put us in the lead for the first time since the opening 5 minutes of the game. The ball was being contested for as if fellow’s lives depended on it and with the game entering injury time up stepped inspirational wing back Eoin O Sullivan to send over what we thought was the insurance point. (A point to add to his leveller v Ballinhassig last year and the winner in the football county Final in 2010).
A quickly taken puck out seemed to catch us off guard and with the ball worked in to our full-back line the referee awarded a very contentious free to the left hand side of the posts and then decided to move it to the centre of the goals following objections from the full back line.
Surely they wouldn’t score, surely we deserve a break, surely the heartbreak of 2004, 2005 and 2006 is enough for any club to have to bear.
The goalkeeper took the free which was well saved but in the ensuing scramble the ball broke out 30 yards to the Rovers centre forward who found the corner of the net through a forest of bodies.
Surely on the puck out we will be given one chance to score in a game of such importance, the answer an emphatic NO.
We have seen contentious refereeing decisions shape the outcome of results but never one that will shape the history of a club.
Great credit goes to every player and management who would have died for the club on the field but yet again the sporting Gods were looking elsewhere when we needed them to be looking down on us.
We are down but as the song goes, I get knocked down, I get up again, and you’re never going to keep me down.
Cluain Uamha Abu.

Cloyne GAA Club Statement.

We would like to formally confirm that, unfortunately, the rumours which have been circulating to the effect that the club has benefitted from a substantial bequest are totally untrue. We are aware that a large number of people in the area believe them to be true, and therefore we felt it necessary to publicly correct matters. The Club is extremely grateful for the public support it is receiving in its ongoing fundraising towards its new development in River St which will no doubt be of benefit to the whole community. It would of course welcome any bequests but unfortunately to date none have been forthcoming.
Cloyne GAA Club Executive 12/Sept/2012

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