Ahane GAA Club Notes
Ahane Camogie team v Inniscarra (Cork) – Munster Semi Final
Sunday October 28th saw Ahane face Inniscarra of Cork in the Munster Club Semi Final in Inniscarra. On what was a crisp bank holiday Sunday the two teams played a game of top quality camogie that was enjoyed by the big crowd.
Things started well for Ahane as Orla Curtin slotted home Ahane’s only goal of the game after 48 seconds. This really got Ahane motoring and we led for the whole of the first half. Inniscarra got their first point in the 4th minute and put two between the sides. Both teams battled hard and no ball was won easily. There was great hooking, blocking, hassling, and pressure from both teams. Inniscarrra got their second point in the ninth minute meaning there was only a point between the teams. Suzy McGovern put two between the teams again when she scored a point from play for Ahane in the tenth minute. At times this game was end to end and you could not take your eyes off it. Niamh Mulcahy got her first point from a free in the 11th minute, putting Ahane back three points up. Niamh then got her second point this time from play putting Ahane four points up. Inniscarra however were quick to move the play back up to their forwards and score their third point of the game to bring the difference back to three. Inniscarra brought the difference back to two in the 17th minute. The Ahane defence held well being lead from the back with Síle Moynihan in goal, who made some vital saves, along with Rose Collins, Niamh Martin, Niamh Power, Sarah Condron, Noreen Flanagan, and Kate Herbert all made life incredibly difficult for the Inniscarra forwards. Ahane scored again in the 22 minute when Niamh put the ball over the bar from a free. To which Inniscarra replied with two points of their own. At half time the teams went in on a scoreline of Ahane 1-04 Inniscarra 0-06.
Inniscarra came out in the second half with the breeze in their favour. They were first to score with a point coming in the 2nd minute from a free. Róisín O’Mara got Ahane’s first score of the second half when she put the ball over the bar after great work from the girls outside her to get the ball to her. Ann Kennedy and Marguerita McCarthy did trojan work around the middle of the field and covered every blade of grass on the field. Inniscarra’s Niamh Dilworth and Ahane’s Niamh Mulcahy traded points from frees and Niamh Mulcahy ended the game with six points, five from free one from play. Midway through the second half Ahane had a goal chance but it was saved by Inniscarra keeper Sheila Walsh, from this save the Inniscarra backs worked the ball up through the lines and managed to stick the ball into the net meaning it was now Ahane 1-07 Inniscarra 1-13 putting a six point cushion between the teams. In the 29th minute Niamh Mulcahy scored Ahanes last point of the game to make it 1-08 to 1-13. Inniscarra tacked on two more points after this to make the final score Ahane 1-08 to Inniscarra 1-15. Inniscarra now go on to the Munster Final against Inagh Kilnamona of Clare. We wish them the very best of luck!
A huge thank you to the girls for their commitment, dedication and hard work this year and every year previous. It has been a fantastic year for Ahane camogie which has seen us do the double by retaining the league title and bridging a 42 year gap to win a county title. Thanks to the management team who have been with the girls and have prepared them for every game. A huge thank you also to Inniscarra Camoige Club who were wonderful hosts on Sunday, your hospitality was so appreciated! Huge thank you to Martin’s Coaches and our driver Ray who got the team to and from Inniscarra safely! Lastly, thank you to each and every single person who has supported the team this year and over the last number of years, it does not go unnoticed and it was wonderful to see so many familiar faces in Cork on Sunday. Thank you to our main sponsors the Herbert family, to Brian Healy, Donal O’Sullivan, Bob Sweeney and Clem Smith who have all sponsored the team throughout the year it is much appreciated.
Our 2018 season has come to an end and the girls are now off for a well deserved break! Here is hoping the 2019 will be as successful if not more successful than 2018!
U10’s Trip to Galway
There was great excitement earlier this morning amongst the U10 group as all roads led to Mackey Park for a gathering of U10 players, mentors, parents and supporters ahead of the eagerly awaited trip to Galway. The group met at 0845 ahead of the 9am bus departure where we understand 32 players, 25 parents, 4 mentors were taking part in a quiz arranged by who else – Declan!!. A fun packed day has been planned for the group with the team taking part in the Sarsfield GAA Hurling Blitz followed by a visit to Turoe Pet Farm and Leisure Park.
Sarsfield GAA Club is a famous GAA Club in Galway which has had many great players over the years and has won numerous Galway, Connacht and All-Ireland Club titles. The Club is located in the parish of Bullaun, New Inn and Woodlawn in East Galway and the Ahane players will get to test their hurling skills at a club which has a long tradition in the fine art of hurling and who show warm hospitality to all teams and visitors.
The visit to Turoe Pet Farm promises to wrap up the fun-filled day with the children and adults getting the opportunity to see adorable farm animals, visit the nature trail , outdoor playgrounds as well as trying out the inflatable city indoor bouncing castles.
And the good news is that the players, mentors, parents and supporters will have an opportunity to chat about the fun en route home on the bus later this evening. ALL THE VERY BEST AND WE KNOW THE U10 GROUP WILL HAVE A SUPER DAY OUT !!
U6 Stars – End of Season Finale
What a year our U6 group of boys and girls have had – enjoying playing camogie and hurling together over the course of the 2018 season, meeting new friends, lots of laughter, thrills & spills and incredible commitment each week at training. Under the ever present lead of the one and only Paul Kennedy and aided by many volunteers (mentors and parents) over the course of the season, the young stars of the future gathered in great numbers at Lisnagry NS (for outdoor training) and at St. Vincent’s (for indoor training).
There was a fantastic turnout this evening where over 30 stars attended the end of season finale and each player was presented with a medal to reflect their super efforts throughout the season. A sincere THANK YOU to Paul and the wonderful group of parents and mentors for coming out each week to support and develop the hurling and camogie skills of this very special group. Well done to one and all.
U13/14 Training with Dan & Evan
Our Senior Hurlers Dan & Evan took charge of the U13 & U14 hurling training on Saturday last. The players thoroughly enjoyed the return to training at Mackey Park after a few weeks break following the 2018 campaign and the group were delighted to see Evan Enright join as mentor / coach to the players for the season ahead. A special welcome was given by the young hurlers to our All-Ireland star Dan Morrissey who will join the group where possible during the year. There was a big emphasis during training on skills, positive play, movement and teamwork. Thanks to Evan and Dan for taking the training and highlighting new drills and methods to develop the players ahead of the 2019 season.
Matt Whelan RIP
Ahane GAA club sadly reports the passing of one of its great stalwarts, Matt Whelan RIP.
Originally from North Kerry, Matt came into the parish in the 60’s and had a hugely positive impact on the community. He became heavily immersed in the Ahane GAA club, playing both hurling and football, before taking on many pivotal roles to help run the club.
Matt served the club as Chairman for 9 years, which culminated in him being one of the main instigators and driving forces behind the development of the fabulous clubhouse which we have today. Having ensured this huge project was completed to his high standards, Matt stepped away from his role as Chair to manage the club bar on a voluntary basis for many years after. Matt rarely missed a game during his tenure at the club, and was delighted when the Daly Cup finally returned to the Clubhouse in 1998. While a huge admirer of the small ball game, Matt, being a Kerry man by birth, always had the scope to pass on some football wisdom attained in his native county when opportunity arose.
The club passes its condolences to Matt’s wife Eileen, son Eamonn, daughters Siobhan, Eileen and Eithne, and his large extended family.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.