Rathkeale GAA Club Notes
Rathkeale Intermediates narrowly defeated in County Football Final
Rathkeale Intermediates were out in action last Tuesday evening in the eagerly anticipated County Football Final. Galbally provided the opposition, having already beaten Rathkeale in the Group Stages of the same competition. Weather conditions were perfect on this crisp night in Pairc nan Gael. Playing with a slight breeze, it was the men from Rathkeale that made the early running however it was Galbally that pointed the opening score of the half. Rathkeale responded with a pointed free from Cian Shorten on the 6th minute, and Shorten went on to add two more efforts from placed balls on the 8th and 12th minutes to send Rathkeale into an early lead. Galbally responded well, when Donovan bulldozed his way through the Rathkeale’s defense and found the net from a quickly taken free quick. Rathkeale responded well themselves with Andrew White pointing on the 17th minute. Eoin O’Donnell kicked a fine brace of points on the 20th and 23rd minutes, while Shorten delivered once again, with a very well executed point on the stroke of half time. The scoreline at the interval read Rathkeale 0-07, Galbally 1-01. The men from East Limerick opened the second half the brighter, when their goalkeeper Ger Ryan stepped up and pulled back a point from a placed ball on the 35th minute. Shorten replied with a pointed free on the 37th minute and unfortunately this would be Rathkeale’s last point of the night. Ryan kicked another long range pointed free for Galbally and they went on to add another point on the 44th minute. The highly influential James Ryan, kicked another point on the 49th minute and Galbally went on to kick the winning score on the 54th minute. Rathkeale battled to the end to find that elusive equalizing point but it wasn’t to be in the end. Galbally were crowned Champions winning on a scoreline of 1-05 to 0-07. Commiserations to the team and management, who gave it a gallant effort. Disappointing of course, but there are fantastic positives to be taken from 2018. The foundations are there to drive on in the journey, which will bring brighter and better days. Heartiest congratulations to Galbally, best of luck in the Munster Championship and enjoy the Senior ranks next year, they are well deserved.
Croagh\Kilfinny\Rathkeale lose out in Minor A Hurling County Final
Not the greatest of weeks for our Rathkeale lads, commiserations to the Croagh\Kilfinny\Rathkeale Hurelers who narrowly lost out to Ballybrown in the Minor A County Hurling Final Replay by 1 point. Full credit to everyone involved after winning the West and County in 2017 which was followed by the West in 2018 which is a fantastaic acheivement, well done to all.
Liam McCarthy & Ladies Football All Ireland Cups
We are delighted to announce that the Liam McCarthy & Ladies Football All Ireland Cups will visit Rathkeale on Sunday 11th of October from 3pm! Full details to follow on Social Media and on next week’s Weekly Observer. Watch this space!
Club Limerick Draw – October
Unfortunately, we had no winner in the October Draw, hopefully we will have better luck in November!
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