Monaleen GAA Club Notes
LIMERICK HURLERS: Best of luck to the Monaleen contingent involved in the Limerick senior hurling squad which faces Kilkenny in the All-Ireland senior hurling championship quarter-final at Semple Stadium, Thurles this Sunday, at 2pm. Andrew la Touche Cosgrave and Lorcan Lyons are both members of the Limerick senior hurling squad, while Paul Kinnerk is coach to the Limerick side and Brian Geary is also a member of the backroom team.
ALL-COUNTY HURLING LEAGUE: Congratulations to the Monaleen senior hurlers and coaches who claimed the Division 2 All-County hurling league title with a comprehensive 5-21 to 1-12 victory over Murroe-Boher in Peafield Road on Thursday night last. Monaleen remained unbeaten throughout the league, recording six wins and a draw in their seven league fixtures. Monaleen will compete in the top division of the All-County League in 2019.
JUNIOR ‘A’ FOOTBALL: Monaleen Junior A footballers had a good win in their opening round of championship, beating Fedamore 2-15 to 2-10 in Caherconlish on Saturday night. Well done lads.
LOTTO: There was no winner of last week’s jackpot of €20,000. The draw took place on Thursday, July 5. The numbers drawn were 2, 5, 7, 17. Winners of €50 lucky dips were Mark Crowe, Kylemore; Sinead Costello, Bloomfield; Michael Dwane, Fairways; Sheila O’Brien, Glanntan. Our jackpot remains at its maximum allowed limit of €20,000 and will remain at this level until some lucky winner carries off the Big prize. Tickets can be purchased on a weekly basis from local shops and pubs and the draw is held every Thursday night in the club at 10pm.
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COMMUNITY GAMES HURLING: On Saturday last our Community Games U10.5 Hurling team representing Limerick played in the Munster semi-final against Tipperary champions Nenagh at UL on Saturday last. After a high quality, exciting game, Nenagh emerged victorious to advance to the Munster final which they also won. Although disappointed not to reach the provincial final, Monaleen players and coaches can be very proud of how the side performed throughout the year in retaining the county title and overcoming a strong Ballincollig side in the Munster quarter-final. There’s a bright future ahead for this squad. Big thanks to coaches Liam Scully, Ian Gavin and Marcus Nash for all their hard work with the players throughout the year.
LIMERICK TEAMS: Congratulations to Rian McBreaty and Conor Carew who were members of the Limerick U-16 football squad which won the Plate final at the Munster U-16 football tournament in Rathkeale defeating Clare 0-9 to 1-3 in the final on Saturday last. Rian McBrearty was captain of the Limerick side. Monaleen had four representatives on the Limerick U-14 football squad which played in the Jim Power Tournament in Dungarvan, Waterford on Saturday. The quartet from Monaleen included Oisin O’Connor, Jack Golden, Oisin Williams and Evan Lacey.
CAMOGIE: Congrats to Monaleen’s Caitlin Bonfil who was a member of the Limerick minor camogie side which defeated Clare in the Munster championship at Ballyagran on Wednesday night. Caitlin is also a member of the provisional Limerick premier junior camogie squad which will compete in the All-Ireland Premier Junior Championship. Limerick will face Offaly this weekend.
SENIOR CAMOGIE: Best of luck Megan O’Mara and Caoimhe Lyons are members of the Limerick senior camogie side which will face Waterford in the All-Ireland senior camogie championship in Walsh Park on Saturday evening next.
COMMUNITY GAMES CAMOGIE: Monaleen girls put in an excellent effort in the Munster semi-final and final which took place in UL last weekend. In the semi final we took on a Sarsfield team from Cork that came with a big reputation, but they were not prepared for a Monaleen team that displayed lots of fight and hunger. The Monaleen girls hassled their opponents at every opportunity, giving them no time on the ball. After a gutsy first half we went in only a score behind to the reigning Feile champions. We started the second half with even more vigour and as the game progressed our confidence levels grew and our hurling ability shone through. We powered into a commanding 6 point lead. Sarsfields got a late goal and threw everything at us in the final few minutes, but couldn’t find a way through a brave Monaleen defense. An excellent all round display from the girls saw us get through to the Munster final. In the final we were up against a strong physical Derg side from Clare. We started reasonably well against a bigger and older team & we put in a great display of blocking, hooking and tackling but eventually the Clare side got on top. Down a couple of players through injury, holidays and missing a few because of the clash with the rounders final, we faced an uphill battle to try and get back into the game. Despite our best efforts the exertions of the semi final began to tell and Derg got some well worked scores to emerge victorious. Despite our disappointment it was a superb achievement from the young Limerick champions to get to a Munster final in our first time in Community Games Camogie and we will have learned a lot from the experience. Great credit due to all the squad for their bravery and resilience and special mention to some of the girls who, after the camogie, took gold in the Rounders Munster Final. Panel: Saoirse Fitzgerald, Caitlin Power, Laura Brennan, Abi Houlihan, Kim Ivory, Eimear O’Driscoll, Saoirse Fallon, Ciara Buckley, Ella O’Halloran, Sarah Burke, Rachel Donohoe, Niamh Twomey, Isabella Collins, Caoimhe McInerney, Aoife O’Brien, Ellie Madden, Grace Field.
Monaleen’s Rian McBrearty, who captained Limerick U-16 footballers to Munster Plate final success at Rathkeale on Saturday is presented with the Munster U-16 Plate by sponsor Conor Fitzgerald, of the Woodlands House Hotel