Kildimo/Pallaskenry GAA Club Notes

Kildimo/Pallaskenry GAA Club Notes

COUNTY MINOR A FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS 2018! Kildimo/Pallaskenry 1-9 St. David’s 1-5. Another week, another county title! Congratulations to all involved!

This is one which we will particularly enjoy: our superb minor team who were disappointed to lose out in a county semi-final in the Hurling Championship have still come away with silverware as they were crowned deserving champions in the Football Championship. It was a cold night in Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale but the performance of our young footballers was superb; fighting for every single ball and working for each other all over the pitch.

We started like a train in the first half and fired over the first four scores of the game. Liam O’Sullivan opened the scoring with a point from play, before a looping Cathal Downes shot came back off the upright. The defence were slightly slow to react and Paudi Hartigan pounced on the loose ball, swivelled and popped the ball over the bar. Our dominance continued throughout the first 15 or so minutes and Adam Butler was very lively inside and he kicked two fine scores in a row, coming in off the left onto his right foot on both occasions. But our good start was also built on superb work rate and good shape all over the pitch, starting with our forwards and working back. The likes of Adam and Mícheál Cuddihy were not giving the full-back line any room to breathe, while Cathal Downes was a totemic figure in the middle of the field, well-supported by a hard-working and mobile half-back line with the likes of Luke O’Keeffe, Shaun Barry and James Pomeroy getting through an amount of work.

But four points to the good, our opponents then began to claw their way back into contention. They would hit the next three scores in a row to reduce the deficit to just a single point, as they began to put a bit more pressure on us in the middle third. Mícheál Cuddihy restored a two-point advantage with a well-taken free from the right-hand side. We were then hit by a blow as the St. David’s forward found himself in space inside in the full-forward line and planted a shot past Jamie Hickey, and our opponents took the lead for the first time. However, our response to that setback was simply class and we moved the ball the length of the field to get one of the scores of the game. It finished with captain James Pomeroy popping the ball inside to a great run off the shoulder from Matthew Lucey and he fired over the bar on the run to the roars of the crowd.

It was an excellent response to conceding the goal, and we finished the half out well. Our full-back line were tested at times as our opposition looked to isolate men inside in the full-forward line but our backs stood tall and won their individual battles, with some very sticky marking from the likes of Tadhg O’Shaughnessy, Mikey Hayes and JJ Mulcair. Jamie Hickey was constantly talking and organising and was a safe pair of hands when called upon. Arguably the biggest score of the game came on the stroke of half-time, as we finished the half as strongly as we started! It was another good move, Paudi Hartigan was able to link up with Garry Sheehan who looked to be fouled as he advanced on goal, but was able to brilliantly execute the finish into the bottom corner as he went to ground. It was a great finish and a great time, right on the stroke of half-time and it meant we held a deserved lead at the break: Kildimo/Pallaskenry 1-6 St. David’s 1-3.

In the second half, we did what we had to do to see out the victory and always looked in control. The team showed impressive composure and maturity despite their youth which is a credit to them and their management. Mícheál Cuddihy was accurate with the free out of his

hands when presented with the opportunity, and he kicked the first score of the second half. The second score of the half was one of those that is just really sweet to get; our forwards hounded the backs as they came out with the ball. Adam Butler kept with his man all the way, got the hand to dislodge the ball. He was helped by his teammates but Adam came away with the ball himself and kicked a stylish point to extend the lead out to five points.

Our backs put their forwards under serious pressure and forced them to kick stupid wides as they chased the game. The likes of Luke O’Keeffe and Mikey Hayes were marshalling the defence and when turnovers were won, the pace and athleticism of Liam O’Sullivan, Cathal Downes, Liam Griffin and Matthew Lucey was a joy to behold and allowed us to quickly turn defence into attack. St. David’s did put on a lot of pressure as they chased the game and kicked two points in a row which meant there was just a goal in it. Maybe a few people in the crowd were nervous with just a one-score gap but the players on the pitch showed nerves of steel, and they saw the game out.

The point to seal the victory was an absolutely ridiculous score from Shaun Barry, an inspirational point that is worthy of winning any game. The ball was moved out of defence, we showed great patience to move the ball around, the likes of Micheal Cuddihy and Paudi Hartigan involved on a number of occasions. Eventually, it was popped to Shaun Barry who was forward from centre-back. He was a long way out but the space was there in front of him and he executed the shot perfectly, cutting across the ball with the outside of his right foot. He knew from the moment the ball left his boot that the ball was flying over the bar and there was a joyous roar from all behind him. It sailed between the uprights, we went onto keep that scoreline for the last few minutes and were crowned county champions!

It was fantastic to see James Pomeroy lift the trophy in front of our great support, and it is just reward for all the efforts they have put in all year. A number of these players are involved with our junior footballers too, so it’s two county titles in the space of a week for them and they have a Munster campaign to look forward to. Credit to the management team of John Barry, Brian Butler, Liam Hayes and Brian Barry who masterminded this victory and deserve an awful of praise! The club is in a great place right now, and this is just a further sgn of that.

Cill Díoma/Pailís Chaonraí abú!

Team: Jamie Hickey; Tadhg O’Shaughnessy, Mikey Hayes, JJ Mulcair; James Pomeroy, Shaun Barry (0-1), Luke O’Keeffe; Cathal Downes, Liam O’Sullivan (0-1); Liam Griffin, Paudi Hartigan (0-1), Matthew Lucey (0-1); Mícheál Cuddihy (0-2, frees), Adam Butler (0-3), Garry Sheehan (1-0)

Subs: Aaron O’Donovan for Matthew Lucey (46 mins); Mark Curran for Garry Sheehan (55 mins)

Panel: Cillian O’Farrell, Ciaran Downes, Ciaran Barry, Luke Guinane, Eoin Sexton, Mark O’Shea, Dean O’Neill, Sean Staff, Oran Behan, Ciaran Galvin, James Mason, Dara Mills, Thomas Kelly Kiely, Daniel Pearse, Jai Chaudri

U-21 FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP: Kildimo/Pallaskenry 6-17 Crecora/Manister 1-8. Our U-21 footballers opened their Championship campaign with a victory over Crecora/Manister on a cold bank holiday Monday in Kildimo. This is a side which has a nice

blend of players from our County-winning minor team and our County-winning junior team, and they combined nicely to deliver a good display of attacking football. We had eight different scorers and 6-14 of our tally from open play, while keeping the scores down at the other end.

Crecora hit the front with an early pointed free, but we then rattled off three scores in a row. Darren O’Connell and Lorcan O’Leary linked up nicely, with Darren popping the ball over the bar before Conor Staff fired over a point from play. Darren then converted a free before our opponents got their second score of the game. However, we would then hit four scores without reply and these scores were very important in the overall context of the game as we opened up a lead and set the tone for the remainder of the match. Lorcan O’Leary won an opposition kickout and then set Darren free, who buried the ball to the back of the net. Shortly after, Darren raised his second green flag: Kyle Hayes carried the ball forward before releasing Darren, who again, made no mistake. Kyle then got two scores of his own; the first after winning a kickout and thundering through on goal, the second a clever fisted effort from the angle.

We led 2-5 to 0-2 but Crecora rallied, and fired over the next three points on the trot to cut the gap to just the two goals. But our midfield dominance through the likes of Kyle, Lorcan and Cathal Downes gave us the platform to feed our dangerous forwards, and the likes of Conor Staff were working well as linkmen. Lorcan O’Leary was next to get on the scoreboard with a point, before a strong run through the middle from Liam O’Sullivan saw him slam the ball past the goalkeeper for our third goal. Adam Butler had been very lively inside with his movement, and he was next to get on the scoresheet with a nice point. Crecora then hit their last point of the half but we finished the first half strongly: a brilliant run by Cathal Downes was matched only by the brilliant finish, across the goalkeeper and right into the bottom corner, an unstoppable shot. Adam Butler then roasted his marker in the corner and swung over a lovely point with his right foot to leave the half-time score at: Kildimo/Pallaskenry 4-8 Crecora/Manister 0-6.

We didn’t begin the second half at quite the same pace and it took a while to really get going again, but Adam was a constant threat in the full-forward line and he picked off our first two scores of the half, either side of a point from Crecora. Cathal Downes was then very alert to intercept a loose pass in the opposition backline and he carried the ball, and popped it over the bar. Crecora then struck another score, but at this point, we wrested back control of the game and would keep our opponents scoreless until the final minutes. In that second half, Cathal Downes thoroughly stamped his authority on the game, dominating the skies and delivering a very impressive performance for such a young player. Darren had hit 2-3 from play in the first half, but it was Adam Butler who did the majority of the scoring in the second half while our backs really got on top also, with Luke O’Keeffe in particular winning a number of turnovers when Crecora did have a foray in our territory. Jamie Hickey was a constant safe pair of hands and an organiser between the sticks, keeping his backline on their toes.

A brilliant catch by Cathal set Liam O’Sullivan away again, and Liam again made no mistake, burying his second goal of the game. Cathal then popped over a close-range free, before a strong run from Conor Staff saw him finish a point with his left foot. Adam then struck a sweet score from play, his fifth of the game and we kicked for home. Paudi Hartigan had replaced Darren O’Connell at half-time and he also raised a green flag, as he was quickest to react after a shot had come back off the upright. Conor Staff rounded off our

scoring with a close-range free before our opponents hit a late goal. Overall, it was a fine performance and a good start to the campaign on what was a very cold afternoon. There are matches against Claughaun and St. Pat’s to come, but hopefully we can book a place in the City Final and see where the Championship takes us after that.

Team: Jamie Hickey; James Pomeroy, Evan Carroll, Jack Mullane; Liam Griffin, Shaun Barry, Luke O’Keeffe; Lorcan O’Leary (0-2), Cathal Downes (1-2, 0-1 free), Kyle Hayes (0-2); Liam O’Sullivan (2-0), Conor Staff (0-3, 0-1 free), Naoise McGarrigle; Darren O’Connell (2-3, 0-1 free), Adam Butler (0-5)

Subs: Paudi Hartigan (1-0) for Darren O’Connell (half-time); Mikey Hayes for Jack Mullane (half-time)

MUNSTER CLUB FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP: Our Munster adventure is set to start on Saturday, November 10 and after the weekend, we now know our opponents: Dromtarriffe of Cork. Dromtarriffe would have been considered outsiders at the start of the year, and produced upsets against more-fancied teams in the semi-final and final. A substitute, Darren O’Connor, came on and hit two second-half goals in the county final as they came from 5 points down at half-time and kicked the winning point heading into injury time.

Dromtarriffe are a small club in North Cork, and one of the oldest clubs in the country, winning a Cork Senior Football Championship in 1893. They are sure to be very tough opponents, but it’s a test that we are really looking forward to! It is set to be an away game, most likely in Mallow, so keep your diaries free!

JASON O’MAHONY: Well done to Jason O’Mahony who did an excellent job refereeing the showpiece event of Limerick club hurling, the senior hurling final between Na Piarsaigh and Doon. It was very well-officiated and lended itself to a very enjoyable game of hurling.

ELECTRO QUIZ: On Saturday November 10, the club will host an Electro Quiz fundraiser in the Seven Sisters, Kildimo. After a hugely successful evening last year, and after a great year to date on the field, we hope to see people come out and support the event. Save the date in your diary!

HURLING ACADEMY: The Cois Sionna Credit Union in association with the Bord na nÓg in both Kildimo/Pallaskenry and Askeaton/Ballysteen/Kilcornan continued their Hurling Academy this week! The academy is open to all boys and girls within the common bond of Cois Sionna Credit Union. There are three age categories: U-14s (those born in 2004, 2005 or 2006); U-12s (those born in 2007 or 2008) and U-10s (those born in 2009 or 2010). U-14 academy will be on from 6pm-7pm weekly; U-10s from 7pm-8pm and U-12s from 8pm-9pm.

Cian Hedderman leads this academy initiative and will be ably assisted by coaches from the clubs within the Cois Sionna Credit Union district. Registration begins 30 minutes before the session starts on Friday night; registration forms can also be found on our social media pages or sourced from Cois Sionna Credit Union.

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 ( or John Chawke (

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.

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 September draw after some success in the first few draws of the year. However, there are still three draws to go for 2018, 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 / 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 to win

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