Monaleen GAA Club Notes,
LIMERICK HURLERS: Congratulations to the Monaleen contingent involved in the Limerick senior hurling squad which defeated Kilkenny in the All-Ireland senior hurling championship quarter-final at Semple Stadium, Thurles on Sunday, last. 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. Limerick will take on Munster champions Cork in the All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park on Sunday, July 29.
SENIOR FOOTBALL: Best of luck to our senior football team who face Adare in the third round of the county senior football championship in Ballybrown this Thursday, July 19, at 7.30pm. All support welcome.
JUNIOR A HURLING: The Junior A hurlers had a good win over Na Piarsaigh 2-11 to 1-13 in the City Junior A Championships. Well done lads. The Junior A hurlers are due to have their next outing in the championship against Patrickswell in Rathbane on Monday night next.
JUNIOR B HURLING: Monaleen Junior B hurlers are due to take on Kildimo/Pallaskenry in the City Junior B Championship in Kildimo on Sunday next, July 22 at 12noon.
LOTTO: There was no winner of last week’s jackpot of €20,000. The draw took place on Thursday, July 12. The numbers drawn were 2, 10, 33 and 36. Winners of €50 lucky dips were Eamon McGrath, Riverbank; Joe and Mary Murphy, Killonan; PJ Linnane, Ashleigh Wood; Billy Martin, c/o Leo’s. 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.
Bord na nOg
U16 FOOTBALL: U-16 Football Championship, Division 1. The U16 boys played their fourth football match in this year’s championship at home to Kilpeacon [an amalgamation of Crecora, Manister & Fedamore], on Monday evening. We had lost our opening match to Mungret but followed that up with excellent wins against Askeaton-Ballysteen at home and St. Patricks away. We started brightly and despite the warm conditions, the work rate was excellent. We were 6 points up at half time 4-4 to 1-7 after goals from Sean O’ Shea and Max Ivory and points from Donnacha O’Dalaigh, Nicky O’Dwyer, and Rian McBrearty but we expected a reaction from Kilpeacon in the second half and we got it! Our defence was resolute with fine performances across the back line and Kilpeacon got to within a point of us at the final whistle. We are fourth in the table behind NCW, Fr. Casey’s and Mungret but only on points difference as all teams have 6 points! Well done to all players and special thanks to those parents who brought players back from holidays to play. Much appreciated. Team: Paul O’Shea, Harry Doyle, Paul Brennan, Thomas McCarthy, Cian Mulkearn, Rian McBrearty, Mark Collins, James Lemond, Nicky O’Dwyer, Eoghan O’Driscoll, Donnacha O’Dalaigh, Gavin Hayes, Rory Collins, Max Ivory, Sean O’Shea, Oisín O’Shea, Lee Bennett, Robert O’Sullivan. Players unavailable for selection: Conor Carew, Ryan Power, Lachlann McHale, Colm Mohalley, Ronan Lyons.
The Monaleen U-12 hurling squad
U-12 HURLING: Bord na nOg Finals Day. For the finish of the U12 hurling league Monaleen competed in the Group 1A Finals Day on Saturday, July 14. Due to the current holiday period half of our players were unavailable. Luckily six members of the U11 group were able to attend and ensure we fulfilled our final league fixtures.
Monaleen, Adare and Bruff were hosted by Garryspillane in Knocklong. When we arrived a fixtures draw was held, with Monaleen v Garryspilane and Bruff v Adare. The winners of these matches were to play in the winners final, with the losers to play in the other final.
In the first match against Garryspillane, who were coached by TJ Ryan, Monaleen had to battle all through the match against a strong side and were glad to hear the final whistle. Monaleen won though the winners final on a score line of 2-7 to 0-7.
In the final Monaleen played against the winners of the other semi-final, Adare. Monaleen started strong and went into a 6 point lead in the first half. However, a strong Adare team battled back in the second half and reduced the deficit to one score. At this stage Monaleen competed vigorously for every possession and won a vital free with a few minutes to go. A point from the free gave the team a four point cushion. Adare laid siege to the Monaleen goal for the final few minutes but our lads repelled attack after attack. Monaleen won, 2-6 to 1-5.
The victory was celebrated with an ice cream at the shop in Knocklong! In both matches the boys played with great skill, determination and demonstrated some good interplay and teamwork. Monaleen were represented by Alex Lautsou, Cathal Gardnier, Chulainn Williams, Cian Scully, Dara Ferland, Eoghan Maher, Evan Meehan, Fionnan Hessian, Harry McDermott, Jack Lavelle, Patrick O’Halloran, Robert Golden O’Mahoney, Robbie Widger, Ronan Collopy, Shae Guinan, Tom McCarthy.
U14 CAMOGIE: Commiserations to Limerick U14 camogie side who lost to Cork in Munster final in Waterford over the weekend, after defeating Clare to get to the final. Well done to Amy Burke, Abi Houlihan and Emily O’Halloran who represented Monaleen Camogie in the Limerick squad.
U-13 CAMOGIE: Well done to the Monaleen U13 team on great win in county semi final on Tuesday evening when overcoming Newcastle West on a 4-3 to 3-3 scoreline after a highly exciting game.