Ahane GAA Club Notes.
The Ahane U14 Hurlers enjoyed a fantastic day out today in Coolderry, Co. Offaly at the Regional Feile Hurling games. The young Ahane players got to test their hurling skills over the course of 4 competitive games against Rockwell/Rosegreen from Tipperary, Eire Og Chorra Choill from Kildare, O’Callaghans Mills/Bodyke from Clare and Castleknock from Dublin and had a super day out. A huge congratulations to Coolderry GAA club on hosting a magnificent occasion for all the young players and ensuring that they all enjoyed a day that they will never forget. The pitches were in magnificent condition, games ran to schedule with excellent referees and Coolderry provided hot food, teas and coffee and refreshments for all the players, mentors and supporters. The Ahane team can be very proud of their display on the day with the young team made up of 2 U14 players, 11 U13 players and 2 U12 players – well done from all the mentors on your super commitment and teamwork over the 4 games. A big shout out to Adam, Craig, Colm, Kyle, James O’M, Stephen, Sean, Donnacha, David, Jack, Will, Ryan, Harry, Darragh and Cathal on your efforts and a great day out in Offaly. Thank you to the Ahane supporters who made the trip to Coolderry to roar on the young Ahane stars of the future. Ahane abú.
Ahane Junior Hurlers
With their game last week being postponed at half time due to the inclement weather, the lads officially kicked off their championship against Caherline in Cappamore on Saturday evening. On a lovey evening for hurling, scores came think and fast in a fast and competitive opening half, when ended with Caherline leading by 5 points, having bagged a goal 15 minutes in. The second half was just lively, and Ahane threw everything at the men in blue and white, but Caherline managed to keep their nerve and lead, seeing victory on a score of 1-20 to Ahane’s 0-18. Next up is Kilteely / Dromkeen.
Limerick v Waterford
Limerick seniors overcame the challenge of the Deise men in a powerful and comprehensive performance on Sunday last i bPaírc na nGael. The Treaty men flew out of the blocks racking up some great early scores. Combining many attributes of the modern game in great movement, skill, speed and execution, Limerick never let Waterford settle and built up a lead that Waterford never looked like closing. Amongst the great performances on the day were Ahane’s own Tom and Dan Morrissey.
Next up is a trip to Ennis where a packed Cusack Park will no doubt add to what should be a great occasion. Best of luck to Tom, Dan and all the Limerick lads.
Prior to seniors, the minor hurlers also played their Waterford counterparts. In a game where they never seemed to get going, Limerick went in behind having played with whatever breeze was present. The second half appeared to continue in the same vein and Waterford always appeared to have a two or three point lead. To Limericks credit, while underperforming they kept battling away and were indeed level going into injury time. This attitude was epitomised by Ahane’s Padraig Harnett in the Limerick full back line who hurled superbly throughout. Waterford however finished with a scoring flourish, edging a point ahead initially before closing out the game emphatically, hitting two goals within 30 seconds. Next up now for Limerick is Clare at 12 next Sunday before the senior game in Ennis. A result next Sunday for Limerick will see them through to the Munster Final.
Ahane Golf Classic
The clubs annual Golf Classic was held in Castletroy Golf course last week and proved to be one of the highlights of the year again..
Organisers Cormac Hassett, Billy Shanahan and Colm Barry promised a full day of entertainment including the opportunity to win a choice of 4 brand new cars, All Ireland Hurling tickets and an array of golf prizes and spot prizes on the day/night.
Proceeds from this golf classic will help Ahane Gaa’s ongoing facility development improvements. Huge thanks to all those who helped out, took part and sponsored this great event for the club.