Killeagh GAA Notes

24 February, 2013



Race Night

A very successful Race Night was held on Saturday night last in Hickey’s Bar, Mount Uniacke as it proved to be a valuable fundraising event for our club. Enthusiastic race goers galloped out to the venue, overcoming any and every hurdle in their way, to enjoy a very entertaining evening. Recent negative commentary about horses was put on the back boiler as the night turned out to be a great social gathering. There were a total of eight races on the card with prizes available for winning horse owner, trainer and jockey and groom. Compere and starter for the night was Mr. Stephen Collins who conducted proceedings with professionalism throughout. He introduced magician, Mr Ger Kearney who amazed the large audience with tricks and illusions that left people absolutely dumbfounded. Stephen then took over from Ger Kearney to commence the races. He encouraged and cajoled punters, as only he can, to place their bets on their respective charges before declaring the ‘off’ in each race. In between races, he continued to entertain as people placed their bets to ensure a great night was enjoyed by everybody. In concluding the night, Chairman Kieran Scully, who headed the team of organisers, began by thanking everybody for turning up for the event. He paid tribute to all the people who helped him so much in organising and putting on the event both on the night and in the weeks leading up to the race night. He thanked the generous contributions from all the sponsors, donors and well-wishers to Killeagh GAA Club for the race night. He complimented and thanked Noel and his family and staff for providing a fantastic venue for the evening at Hickeys Bar. He also praised all those who dug deep to purchase tickets and placed bets on the night which made the event such a fantastic success for all involved.     


Club Lotto Results
The latest club lotto numbers were drawn on Tuesday February 19th. Numbers were 14, 15, 18 and 26.
There was no jackpot winner this week and the jackpot for next draw will be €2800
The following were lucky dip winners in this weeks draw; Alf Fogarty, Noreen Power, Anne Byrne and John Keniry.
The Club Lotto Draw takes place each Tuesday night and many thanks to all for supporting our club lotto.

Club Shop;
The Club shop is open on most Saturday mornings from 10.30am to 11.30am. Special offers for the Month of March are as follows: Adult shorts and socks €25. Juvenile Shorts and Socks are only €20 while stocks last. Also now stocking Green bodywarmers €30 all sizes.

Our senior hurling team played two practice matches this weekend. Both matches were played in Killeagh on our sand-based pitch against Tallow on Saturday and against Youghal on Sunday.
Saturday’s match against Tallow commenced at 4pm and was a lively affair throughout. Killeagh introduced a couple of newcomers to their first team and they contributed enormously to the team. They blended in very well with the established players as the whole team worked very hard for each other for the duration of the game. Following a closely fought first quarter, Killeagh gradually took control and with intelligent use of the ball by a strong defence and midfield, the industrious forward line picked off some beautiful scores to lead by 0-13 to 0-4 at half-time. Killeagh began the second half as they finished the first by battling hard and winning the ball and making scores. They raced well ahead before Tallow managed to get on the scoreboard in the second half and never relented in their hard work and pressure all over the pitch. The match finished with victory to Killeagh on a score of 0-20 to 0-13. Both sets of mentors pointed to an enjoyable workout for their charges. Killeagh put in a good performance all round, their defence were resolute in not conceding a goal, the midfield worked hard in support of both the backs and forwards and the forward line capitalised on a good service and picked off their points with accuracy.

Sunday’s game was played on a beautiful sunny afternoon with the throw-in at 3pm and our former clubman and inter-county referee, Mr. Maurice Condon, was charged with refereeing the game. Killeagh continued on from their previous match with hard work being the order of the day in every area of the pitch. Both teams traded points early on until Killeagh began to win control and converted good possession into points on the scoreboard and retired at half-time with a lead of 5pts on a score of 0-10 to 0-05. As temperatures cooled into the evening, this was not the case on the pitch. The two teams fought and worked hard for every ball and both scored some fabulous points from the restart. Alertness and concentration led to Killeagh’s goal which came from Paul Keniry who was quickest to react when the keeper in Youghal’s goal prevented a certain Killeagh point. The keeper succeeded in knocking the ball out only to see the advancing Killeagh forward calmly batting the ball to the net. From then on Killeagh never looked back and finished the game as winners by 10 points. Final score was: Killeagh 1-16 Youghal 0-09. Overall it was a very satisfying weekend for the Killeagh players and mentors. Two hard-fought matches with victory in both, blooding new players with established players, no goals conceded by the defence, hard work and intelligent use of the ball in possession, some beautiful scores from play and great individual and team performances over the two challenges.    

Our Junior A hurling team played another worthwhile challenge match on Thursday night last under lights. The opposition on this occasion was Lisgoold and both teams gave a good account despite the very cold, biting wind on the night. The teams traded points during a lively first half as the back lines on either side coped well with the pressure from eager forwards until Killeagh hit the net close to half time. Shane Scully was the scorer that gave Killeagh a lead of 1-7 to 0-5 pts at the break. Scheduled changes for the second half on the Killeagh side brought more urgency from them and, with the help of the strong wind, they took control of the game. They picked off some great points from good teamwork and hit the net for a second time through Eamonn Byrne. Lisgoold never gave up trying and tried hard to stay in the game with some good individual points. Some indiscipline on the Killeagh side led to a fortuitous Lisgoold goal late in the game but it was not enough as Killeagh won the game on a final scoreline of 2-15 to 1-10. Once again Killeagh used a good mix of established players and new, younger players in their team. Welcome back to Eamonn Byrne who returned to the team after a long absence and contributed 1-2 to the Killeagh total.    

Two of our clubmen were involved in Fitzgibbon Cup action last week on opposing teams. Seamus Harnedy lined out for UCC and Andy Walsh lined out for CIT. UCC were the victors in this encounter on a scoreline of 1-13 to 1-11.

Our Junior hurlers are in action again this week playing on Thursday night, February 28th in Killeagh. This game will see Ballinora paying us a visit in another challenge match for our lads.

Our Junior A football team have revised fixtures as follows: They play their next challenge match on Wednesday night, February 27th at 7.30, in Killeagh against Douglas. Their next Imokilly/Avondhu League match will be played in Killeagh on Monday, March 4th where the opposition will be Aghada. The throw-in is scheduled for 7.30pm.

Our U21 footballers are in action also. They play a championship tie against Fr. O’Neill’s on Saturday March 2nd in Youghal with the throw-in timed for 4pm

Please come and support all your teams.

Killeagh GAA Golf Society;
President: Mr. Kieran Scully, Captain: Mr. Ray Rochford, Secretary: Mr. Ger Ahern.

Membership fee for 2013 is €30 in addition to GAA Club membership and is now due.

A very successful charity outing was held in West Waterford Golf Club on Monday February 18th. Fifty Seven players turned up to play golf for the Margaret Rochford and Tom Fitzgibbon Memorial Trophies Open Competition with proceeds going to the charity, Active Cancer Treatment (ACT). Overall winners on the day were Mr. Tommy Butler and Mr. David Condon who collected their prizes from Society Captain, Mr Ray Rochford after a sumptuous dinner in the clubhouse. In presenting the trophies to the winners, Ray congratulated both players on two great scorecards for the day. He thanked everybody for taking part in the outing and gave special mention to those who travelled long distances to play on the day. He praised and thanked Mr. Austin Spratt and all the staff at West Waterford Golf Club in helping with the outing and also for the fantastic course and facilities. Results were as follows:
1st Mr. Tommy Butler (14) 41 points
2nd Mr. David Condon (6) 39 points
3rd Mr. Liam Grace (11) 38 points
Best Gross Mr. Ger Ahern (5) 30 points.