Killeagh GAA Club

04 December, 2017

KILLEAGH GAA WEEKLY REPORT

December 4th 2017

The never-ending season!!

Premier U21 Hurling Championship Semi-Final

Killeagh-Ita’s 1-17 Shandrum 2-8

Championship in December! Killeagh-Ita’s and Shandrum met in glorious winter sunshine in Páirc Ui Rinn on Sunday last December 3rd in the Premier U21 Hurling Championship semi-final. Killeagh-Ita’s put a poor start behind them to eventually overcome their strong and stubborn opponents. A sluggish opening ten minutes saw us concede two goals in quick succession, the second a penalty bullet from the dangerous Tim O’Mahony, which gave Shandrum a 2-2 to 0-1 lead. Shane Smiddy had scored our opening point and he and Dan Landers added further points to reduce the deficit. We were reliant on Eoghan Keniry frees to keep us in touch and after 21 minutes trailed by 2-5 to 0-5. The final third of this half gave us a better return with two more frees followed by an excellent Shane Smiddy goal after David Ogbebor knocked down Kevin Murphy’s long delivery. O’Mahony got the final score of the half, a monster 70 metre point after a Teddy McCarthy-like leap in the centre of the field. The second half thankfully saw a much better performance from our team, with four points in the opening four minutes putting us ahead for the first time. Killian Treacy hit over two of these from distance, and his work throughout the pitch was one of the highlights for the team. Bobby McCarthy hurled very well at wing back, Jack O’Rourke manned the full back station very effectively, and Eoin O’Connor continued his excellent form throughout this campaign. Keane Budds was his usual busy self, and always used the ball well when he won it, while Gary Leahy and David Ogbebor assisted scorer-in-chief Eoghan Keniry with the white flags. Shandrum were restricted to just two points after half time, although it took a brilliant Darragh O’Brien block with five minutes to go to keep Shandrum out. One more game, and what a challenge it is! The mighty Sarsfields, our conquerors at minor grade in 2014 when these two teams needed 2 hours to separate them in a titanic Premier 1 final, are once again our opponents. It’s likely to be played on Friday evening December 8th – will it be an immaculate evening? We also have one more game in 2017 for Killeagh-Ita’s, with our minors due to play Fr. O’Neills in the Premier 2A Hurling League final, probably to be played on Saturday December 16th.

Team: Colin Walsh, Dylan Hogan, Jack O’Rourke, Eoin O’Connor, Bobby McCarthy, Kevin Murphy, Darragh O’Brien, Brendan Delaney, Killian Treacy (0-2), Keane Kelly-Budds, Eoghan Keniry (Captain) (0-10, 0-9f), Shane Smiddy (1-2), Dan Landers (0-1), Gary Leahy (0-1), David Ogbebor (0-1). Subs used: Cathal Deane, Aaron Walsh, Sean Walsh.

LOTTO UPDATE Would you make use of €6000 in the run up to Christmas? For just €2 per stake, you have a chance to take the €6000 home with you if you can match the four numbers in the Killeagh GAA Lotto, which takes place every Tuesday night. If you’re not in you can’t win! Last week’s didn’t have anyone matching the

chosen numbers of 7, 13, 16 and 23, with €30 consolation prizes to Mossie Quirke, Valerie Barry, Pakie Lawton and Anthony Jackson.

GOLF SOCIETY NEWS Our Golf Society had their 26th Annual Christmas Scramble in perfect conditions on Saturday last, and for the 25th consecutive year West Waterford Golf Club was the venue. Ann Rochford, Marian Sweeney and Ray Rochford were the winning triumvirate with a score of 69, with Patsy Collins, Tricia Treacy and Mattie Treacy second. Brendan Galvin, Adrian Galvin and Tim Murphy were in third place, while Tom Butler, Kieran Scully and John Tynan were next in line. Well done to all the ‘hard-core’ golfers and also to the guests who joined us on the day.

KILLEAGH-ITA’S JUVENILE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING REPORT

Killeagh-Ita’s Juvenile GAA Club held their Annual General Meeting, chaired by Ursula Coleman, in Páirc Uí Chinnéide on Monday evening last with a large attendance, including Killeagh GAA and St. Ita’s GAA chairmen Padraig McGrath and Ed Coleman. Rúnaí Olivia ní Scolaí’s comprehensive report was excellently presented and is a fantastic record of the year now closing. The 2017 activities of each age group, from U5 nursery to U18 minors were reported and reflected on, with plenty of discussion and debate. Planning for 2018 begins now, with Sean Crowley taking over the reins.

MEETING TIME FOR CAMOGIE AND LADIES FOOTBALL CLUBS

Our sister club Killeagh Camogie and Inch Rovers Ladies Football Clubs both hold their Annual General Meetings in the coming days. The camogie AGM will be held on Tuesday evening December 5th at 7.15 p.m. in Killeagh Hall. The Inch Rovers AGM will be held on Sunday next December 10th at 4.00 p.m. in Páirc Uí Chinnéide. All are welcome, particularly supporters and parents of juvenile players. If a lot do a little, a lot will be done!

CONGRATULATIONS

Our friends and neighbours in Aghada have had a marvellous 2017 on the pitch, with their Intermediate hurlers winning their first ever adult county title in hurling, and manager Fergal Condon along with key players driving Imokilly to their third county senior title. The men, however, must give way to their ladies in the success stakes as their Junior Footballers are now All-Ireland champions following their 2-6 to 0-3 victory over Corduff of Monaghan on Saturday last in Crettyard, Co. Laois. We in Killeagh can claim a little credit with Christine Moran, Aghada’s goalscorer, being cheered on by her family including grandparents Denis and Patsy Collins from Mount Uniacke. The breeding is good! Killeagh camogie star of the 1980s Vera Terry also featured in the celebrations with her impromptu interview. Vera, you were never stuck for a word!