SOUTH LIBERTIES GAA CLUB NOTES
South Liberties U16 Gaelic Football team, have played two championship matches. Our first outing was on Easter Monday, with a long away trip to Galtee Gaels.
On a very heavy and wet pitch, there was very little between the sides at half time, with a goal form Dean O’Grady direct from at 45, and points from Ben Garry, and some fine saves from Luke Buckley in goals, even gaining praise from Galtee Gaels supporters
Galtee Gaels better Football skills showed in the second half, and despite valiant efforts of Patrick O’Donnell on the edge of the square, and scoring a goal, and unlucky not to get more, Galtee Gaels ran out eventual winners, on a score line of 1:18 to 2:3.
Best on the night for South Liberties were Like Buckley, Ben Garry, Luke Ryan, Dean O’Grady and Patrick O’Donnell.
Our second U16 Football match, as at home to Mungret/St Pauls, and this was a much closer affair, with South Liberties much improved in both attack and defense.
This was a much more open game of football, and it was great to see an open and attacking game from both teams.
For 2018 at U16’s we have a very small panel of players, and started this match with 14 players, before our 15th man turned up. This was our second match with just 15 players, and no substitutes. There was just the minimum 1 point between the teams at half time.
With a late injury to Darragh Godfrey, and no subs, the team struggled on with Darragh moving to full forward. Mungret started to edge the match and were 2 points up, when they struck for a goal. Liberties were starting to struggle, and with Darragh Godfreys injury too bad to keep playing, a young 13 year old Sean FitzPatrick took too the field at corner forward. After some great work out the field by Ben Garry, Patrick O’Donnell went on a great run towards the Mungret goal, Liberties needed a big score to have any chance, Patrick laid off the ball to none other than the young sub, who calmly slotted a ball low to the back of the Mungret net, Liberties were back in with a shout, with 5 minutes remaining. Mungret however held out to win 1:9 to 3:2.
This concludes the U16 Gaelic Football matches until after the Junior Cert exams, the U16’s now have 3 hurling championship matches, starting this Monday April 16th at home to St Kierans, with matches to follow versus Caherline (away) and Askeaton/Balltsteen (home), all on Monday nights.
Our U14 Hurling team have played 2 very competitive challenge matches, with our most recent against Division 2 side, Kildimo/Pallaskenry, where they were pipped on a very narrow score line by just 2 points. This was a very even match through out, and with Liberties twice hitting the crossbar, were very unlucky not come come away with a victory. There were many good performances on the day, with Arthur O’Donnell & Luke Pinder putting in great work, and with Luke Ryan, Ryan Godfrey and Joe Hegarty also to the fore in both attack and defense, and the young full back line of Bill Hannon, Oisin Quinlivan and ably led by Sean FitzPatrick, all three are underage again in 2019.
The clubs U12 team are back training on Tuesday nights, 6pm to 7:15pm for both Hurling & Football on the same night, with our 1st U12 hurling match of the season kicking off this Thursday at 6:45pm home to Caherline. The U12’s are well coached by john Enright, Tim Hurley & Gearoid Holland. New players are always welcome, U12 for 2018 are children born in 2006 & 2007
Our U10’s are also back training on the grass pitches Tuesday nights 6:30 to 7:30 in both Hurling & Football, Declan Keogh and Des Ryan are the parents helping out this year, we need more volunteers
and helpers, especially for this seasons U10’s team, so any parents, please put your hand up and give an hour each week, your children will really appreciate it, as will the club. New players are always welcome, U8 for 2018 are children born in 2008 & 2009
The clubs U8’s have Gaelic Football training on Tuesday nights from with Conor Kilroy and Aiden Walsh, and Hurling training on Thursdays 7pm to 8pm on the astro with Brian Foley, Paul Butler & Ger Lane as coaches. New players are always welcome, U8 for 2018 are children born in 2010 & 2011.
Finally the clubs U6’s train on the Astro on Tuesdays, 6:30 to 7:30 with Ger O’Riordan & Ger McKenna as coaches, and Cathal O’Neill also helping. New players are always welcome, U6 for 2018 are children born in 2012 & 2013
For any sporting club to survive, it requires players, coaches and funding. To this end, we would encourage parents to please help out where and when you can, either with coaching, organising team photos, match reports, First Aid. Any area that a parent feels they have something to contribute is greatly appreciated.
Any membership forms please return those to the coaches of your teams, €35 per child or a family membership cost of €100, this is great value for a season of hurling and football.
Our Junior hurlers began their East League campaign last week with a game against neighbours Ballybricken. With a mixture of youth and experience in our side we started the game well and took a lead of 0-5 to 0-2 midway through the first half with scores from Mike Keane 0-2, Barry Walsh 0-2 & Rory 0 Neill. Ballybricken hit back with 3 points to level the game as we headed towards the break. A good finish by Mike Keane saw us register our first goal which was followed by a point from Rory O Neill to give us a lead of 1-06 to 0-5 at the short whistle.
Ballybricken started the second half well and reduced our lead to a single point with a well taken goal with their first attack of the second half. Barry Walsh got our first point of the second half but again Ballybricken hit back with a goal and a point to put them ahead 2-07 to 1-07 ten minutes into the second half. We introduced some fresh legs from the bench and began to take control of the game once more. A Shane O Neill goal levelled the tie again and Mike Keane’s third point of the game gave us the lead which we held to the end of the game. Further points from Jack Fitzpatrick, John Hickey and Derek Grimes extended our lead before Cathal O Neill scored our last goal to see us win out on a scoreline of 3-11 to 2-07.
We lined out as follows R Butler, D Lynch, E Meaney, K O Brien, J Hogan, David Grimes, J Hickey(0-1), Derek Grimes(0-1), R O Neill(0-2), B Walsh(0-3), S O Neill(1-0), M Moynihan, M Gaule, M Keane(1-3), J Fitzpatrick(0-1), C O Neill(1-0), G Burke O Dwyer, M Meaney, M Walsh, S Kilcoyne, A O Driscoll, S Keane.
South Liberties Senior Hurlers take on fellow Easterners Murroe Boher in the 1st round of the 2018 Limerick Senior Hurling Championship next Sunday evening in Cappamore. The throw in time for this eagerly awaited clash is 6pm and we hope to see a huge South Liberties support cheering on our lads.