Glenville GAA Club News

29 October, 2012

Glenville  GAA  News

With the clocks going back and winter truly upon us we still had plenty action over the past weekend. The U16 Footballers had the disappointment of a narrow defeat against Ballinora in the Final while the Junior C Footballers got back on track with a good win over St Catherines. The Lotto is gathering momentum and now up to €7,200.

U16 A Football League Final

After a great campaign and the fact that we only have 5 players on the age this team has done exceptionally well to get to this stage and have greatly improved as the year has gone on. We were defeated by a two margin against a very solid and strong Ballinora side on this occasion but contributed greatly to a fantastic final with standard from both sides of the highest order. Glenville held the early advantage Colm Fenton and Adam Murphy kicking us into an early lead. Several missed chances went a begging as we laid siege on the Ballinora goal but could not make it count.  Ballinora, every time they attacked looked menacing and goaled in their first real attack. Not to be outdone a good delivery from Dilan o Donovan was met first time from Ger Carmody and into the net. With both defences in control nobody was getting an edge and the score stood level at the half time break 1-5 apiece. The game was effectively won in the third quarter as Ballinora upped the tempo and began to prize holes in our over worked defence Kicking 1-4 in succession our only response was a PJ Dennehy point. Finding ourselves now down 6 points the dye looked well and truly cast but a fortuitous goal with ten minutes to go kick started a great revival. A great point from a free from Dilan closed the game to a point and it was game on with 5 minutes to play. Ballinora got a soft goal and the game looked finished but we immediately found the energy to work the ball up field again and Denis Hegarty found the net as the clocked into injury time. We had a chance of an equaliser but the last play was to Ballinora and they kicked the insurance point to give them a very hard earned victory. Well done to everyone involved in this team throughout the year for their dedication and while the U16 grade is completed, playing high quality games at this time of year can only improve the side going forward.

Junior C Football Championship

On a bitterly cold Friday night and before a sizeable crowd the Junior C team got back on track with a deserved if hard earned win over a plucky St Catherines side. Glenville got the worst start one could get as we lost two influential players in the warm up Cathal Whelan and Eamon Counihan. Ger Murphy the physical conditioning coach will have serious questions to answer here !!!! Glenville coped well with the losses and played the better football initially with Aidan Foley and John o Connell kicking two good scores in the opening stages. The Saints began to settle and kicked three scores in response moving themselves into the lead. But Glenville eventhough monopolising possession wise were looking the better side and rounded off the half with three good scores of quality from Aidan and Eoin Lynch in particular a well taken effort from distance. St Catherines came out in determined fashion and trimmed our 0-5 to 0-3 lead with a quick score. Little did we think but this was to be their final score. Glenville huffed and puffed but time and time again a resolute Saints defence halted our progress. We edged two clear late on but St Catherines had a gilt edged chance of a goal in a rare venture up field that would have well gave them victory but it was missed. Brian o Leary with cat like reactions finger tipping it onto the crossbar . Luckily another veteran Paud o Neill was on hand to swiftly take the ball out of defence and set an attack in motion. The wake up call of all wake up calls .With a crisp defence splitting handpass from that prince of footballers Mossie o Keeffe released Joe Colloty  who set Moss Keane away and he was hauled down as he bore down in front of goal. We immediately  finished the game when a Kevin o Neill goal showing what a good forward should do in following in on Aidan Foleys saved penalty. This put us 1-6 to 0-4 ahead and that was the final score of the game  Well done to all 20 players who contributed in this game. Over 55  players have played Premier Intermediate Junior A or Junior C championship so far and with 8 minors playing  it’s a good introduction to adult football for all of these guys. Final Score Glenville 1-6 St Catherines 0-4.
B o Leary, E Lynch, P o Neill, T Murphy, S o Riordan, C Murphy, J Forde, E Counihan, J o Connell, J Colloty, M Keane, B Halbert, J o Leary, A Foley, TJ Forde, C Whelan, N Griffin, B Cosgrove, K o Neill, I o Leary, M o Keeffe, R Kelleher, D Cooke.

Fixtures and games remaining
The U12 Footballers play Erins Own on Tuesday night in the Final. This game is at 7pm. Please show support for these up and coming stars

Junior C Football Championship v St Catherines or Lisgoold.
U15 Premier 2 Football championship v Aghada in Glenville.
U15 Premier 2 FL semi final v Nemo Rangers / Kanturk.

Outdoor juvenile training has finished for the year. Players and coaches alike are glad of the break which had been a very eventful year. With so many young players participating with our club the need for recruiting coaches or anyone willing to give a hand out is constant so over the next few months if anyone is interested in getting involved do not hesitate in coming up and getting involved.
We will be starting up again in  mid January for U16 to U10 and February for the younger players.