Kildimo/Pallaskenry GAA Club Notes

Kildimo/Pallaskenry GAA Club Notes

PREMIER INTERMEDIATE HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP: Kildimo/Pallaskenry 3-15 Feohanagh 1-17. After a disappointing defeat last week, we bounced back in fine fashion with a win and a big performance in the Bog Garden against Feohanagh. The wind was a huge factor in this match, helping us massively in the first half but equally, it was very difficult to play against in the second half. With the aid of the strong breeze, we played some scintillating hurling in the first half. Darren O’Connell was in flying form and he opened the scoring in the early moments. From the start, our opponents found it very hard to build any sort of momentum against the wind and John Chawke’s puckouts were wreaking havoc in their defence. Barry O’Connell landed a lovely score from out the field, and then we had our first goal, and it was a thing of beauty. Peter Nash played a lovely precise ball, cutting out the covering defender; the ball found Darren making his run across the goalmouth, and the Limerick U-21 star made no mistake from close range.

Barry O’Connell added another score from out the field, as well as a beautifully cut sideline; he was also in fine form today. But our other forwards wanted to get in on the scoring act, Ruairí Maher got out in front of his man and scored a lovely point over his shoulder, and Darren continued to give his man the run-around, adding more scores to his tally. We were dominating in all sectors, our half-back line and midfield were not giving Feohanagh any platform on which to build and we were creating space inside for our forwards. Our first goal was beautifully worked, but our second was also very well-crafted. Cían Hayes was out in front of his man, and threw a lovely reverse handpass into the path of the support runner, who just happened to be Darren O’Connell. Darren rampaged through on goal and he was never going to make any mistake, he smartly finished low past the keeper.

Before the break, we did have the opportunity to get a third goal. Kyle Hayes picked up a loose ball, broke past the half-back line and bore down on goal. The Feohanagh man had no option but to haul Kyle to the ground and take a yellow card. John Chawke came up to smash the 21-yard free, but the Feohanagh men on the line did enough to stop it, and that was the half-time whistle. But our first-half lead didn’t just come from some great interplay & scoring; there was also a real work ethic from 1-15. The likes of Keel Moloney in the backs did some great work when Feohanagh did break through and the intensity of the tackling from the likes of Kyle Hayes, Peter Nash and Liam Griffin was just superb; it meant we won plenty of turnovers. Half-time score: Kildimo/Pallaskenry 2-8 Feohanagh 0-3.

We held an 11-point lead, but we knew the match was far from over. The day before in the same division, Bruree had had an 11-point lead at half-time and only drew with Pallasgreen. The week before, Bruff led by 8 against Garryspillane and ended up losing by 6. With the wind now against us, Feohanagh were always going to get a run of scores; we just had to match them as best we could. And we did start the second half well, Conor Staff got the first score, swivelling away from his marker and landing the ball straight over the black spot. Liam Griffin then stood over a free and cleverly picked out the delayed run of Barry O’Connell, our joint captain angling the ball over the bar from the touchline, his 4th point of the afternoon. Darren was still a constant threat inside, and Cían also was regularly beating his man to the ball inside. But with the wind at their backs, Feohanagh were able to score from out the field, particularly from placed balls and slowly, began to reduce the deficit. Liam Griffin converted four frees on the day, and just after he had a scored another point, a long puckout from the Feohanagh goalkeeper came straight into the heart of our defence.

There was a bit of a melee, one of the Feohanagh forwards got a flick to it and John Chawke had to react smartly to divert it out for a ’65.

Feohanagh did score the ’65, and would get a run of scores as they dug in to try and retrieve something from the game. Darren rounded his marker and fired over the bar to relieve some of the pressure, but the men from the West kept the scores coming and soon there was only the two goals between the teams. We were fighting tooth and nail for every ball at this stage, but momentum was with Feohanagh, and they reeled off the next three scores. The next ball was crucial and it was won by Kyle Hayes, the All-Ireland winner was absolutely immense, and his powerful run resulted in a score. Our subs made an impact too, Adam Butler had linked up nicely with Cían Hayes earlier and then Jack O’Keeffe took off on a run as the game entered injury time. His shot was wayward, but as an assist, it worked out. Kyle retrieved it, played the ball across and who was there, only his fellow All-Ireland winning teammate, Barry O’Connell, who diverted it to the back of the net to seal the victory. Although Feohanagh scored a goal with their next attack, there was no more time and it’s another two points in the bag.

It was a real battle in the second half, as you’d expect. This division is so tight, it may be a cliché but there really are no easy games. It was a fine team performance, plenty of hard work, plenty of good scores and plenty of big individual displays. John Chawke stood up and made a couple of big saves when he had to; our full-back line was strong, Kevin O’Connell in particular did a great job in snuffing out threats all over. Similarly, Keel Moloney returned to the starting lineup for this fixture and had a big game, while our midfield worked hard throughout and played a big creative role. In attack, the movement, support play and work rate was excellent from all involved, including the subs. Kyle Hayes put in a massive shift, and really took the game by the scruff of its neck in the second half when we needed him most. Darren O’Connell scored a very impressive 2-4 from play, while Barry O’Connell scored 1-4, 1-3 from play and a wonderful sideline. We must also thank the massive crowd who came out in support of us, and were in great voice to help drive us over the line when it was hanging in the balance.

It’s a very short turnaround now; next match is on Wednesday night against Pallasgreen in Rhebogue. It’s a 7.30pm throw-in, hope to see our supporters there again. The victory means we move up the table once again, but will need to continue our form to make the semi-finals.

Team: John Chawke; Luke O’Keeffe, Tony McCarthy, Kevin O’Connell; Robert McKeogh, Lorcan O’Leary, Keel Moloney; Liam Griffin (0-4, frees), Peter Nash; Kyle Hayes (0-1), Conor Staff (0-1), Barry O’Connell (1-4, 0-1 sideline); Darren O’Connell (2-4), Cían Hayes, Ruairí Maher (0-1)

Subs: Shaun Barry for Cían Hayes (13-16 mins, blood sub); Shaun Barry for Cían Hayes (29-30 mins, blood sub); Adam Butler for Ruairí Maher (55 mins); Jack O’Keeffe for Conor Staff (57 mins); Shaun Barry for Darren O’Connell (60 mins)

CITY/SOUTH MINOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINAL: Kildimo/Pallaskenry 2-19 Monaleen 1-10. This was another fantastic win for our Team Car Flag Ireland-sponsored minor hurlers, who have played some brilliant hurling this year. This was a comprehensive victory, which means they have not only booked their place in the City/South final of the Hurling Championship as well as the Football, but are into the knockout stages of the County Championship also. It’s been a fine year in both codes for the

minors this year, let’s hope they can go all the way and bring some more silverware back to the club!

U-13 FOOTBALLERS: Kildimo/Pallaskenry 2-17 St. Kieran’s 0-2. Another great victory for our U-13 footballers means they have now won three games from three, racking up some massive scores in the process. They still have two more group games to come against Belville Gaels and Cappagh/Rathkeale, but are in fine form. Well done to all players and coaches involved!

U-8 HURLING BLITZ: Well done to our U-8 hurlers who travelled to Mick Neville Park on Saturday morning for the end of year hurling blitz. We had three teams taking part in the competition, all of which got to play three games each against teams from all corners of the county. There is such a buzz amongst the youngsters having seen two club members win an All-Ireland with Limerick, and seeing our club stars in the club championship and it’s great to see our young players turn up in such numbers. The future is bright! Thanks to our team sponsors, the O’Shea Family of Court and O’Carroll Haulage & Crane Hire, your support is much appreciated. Thanks also to all the coaches and parents for all your efforts throughout the year, we cannot thank you enough!

UNDERAGE COACHES: We are still actively looking for more parents to get involved with the underage teams. We have a host of children looking to play, but there is a shortage of mentors, so we are putting the call out for people to get involved with the club! We would be delighted to get more people involved and if you are interested, or know someone who might be, please contact Ger McMahon at 086 8108916.

PITCHSIDE SIGNAGE: Pitchside advertising for the 2018/2019 season is now available; with the chance to sponsor the club in either or both Kildimo and Pallaskenry GAA grounds. Cost includes professional 8x2ft steel sign in full colour; for more details, please contact Niall Kelly (nvekelly@gmail.com) or John Chawke (johnchawke@gmail.com).

CLUB SHOP: Our online club shop has a number of new items including the new team jerseys, as well as a wide range of training gear. Please see the club website, Facebook page or Team App for the link to the online shop.

REGISTRATION: The deadline for registration has passed and anybody who is not registered is not insured and not eligible to play or train with the club. For insurance reasons, any player who wishes to play with the club this season must register as a matter of urgency. Registration forms can be downloaded from the Club Documents section of the Team App; or contact registrar Pat Culloo on 086-2224653.

TEAM APP: For all the up to date club news, fixtures, training schedules, club shop, club documents, log into the Club’s Team App, available to download to your smart phone on iPhone and Android.

CLUB LIMERICK DRAW: Sadly, we had no winners in the August draw after some success in the first few draws. However, there are still four draws yet to go, with a subscription costing €10 per month. The CLUB Limerick Draw is a vital factor in the success of our County teams, it raises much needed funds for all our clubs to the tune of €400,000.

Kildimo/Pallaskenry GAA are very fortunate to have a great number of young and senior players represent our club on the intercounty scene. The CLUB Limerick Draw will also help the development of the Gaelic Grounds and Mick Neville Park, to make it a centre of excellence with four full-size pitches including synthetic pitch, flood lighting & ball alley. Each month there will be 30 Guaranteed Cash Prizes with a top prize of €12,000 & a star car prize in December worth €25,000. You can play online or contact any club member below, or call / e-mail Siobhan in the Limerick GAA Office 061-335516 / info.clublimerick@gaa.ie. If you would like to take part, please contact Trish O’Dowd, Tom O’Connell, Tony O’Brien, Sean Cuddihy, Niall Kelly where you can pay upfront or pay monthly to be in with a chance

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