Staker Wallace GAA Club Notes
So near and yet so far….. Karen Hall drew the 3 of Hearts this week in our Lotto Draw instead of the elusive Ace…. so the Jackpot survives at least another week…. Lucky dips were then drawn in favour of Con Connery, Libby Maguire, Cal O’Connell and Helen Crawford…
Next week’s Jackpot prize will be €3,2000…and will be drawn as usual on Monday evening at Bulgaden Castle at 9pm
SOUTH JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
After defeat last time out to Kilmallock, last Saturday saw us face Bruff in Knocklong in the latest round of the Championship. Bruff might have considered us easy opponents to face, and yet the opposite proved to be true, with the Stakers, back at their best, and giving Bruff a tough challenge throughout, which eventually brought its own rewards with a good solid win for us. Well done lads on a great effort!
Bruff 3-6 Staker Wallace 1-18 (FT)
Congratulations to Our Bord na nOg who held a very successful Cul Camp at home in Kilbreedy last week. Over 90 children took part, almost 50% of them, were girls which was very encouraging too. We were of course lucky with the weather which continued to be warm and dry throughout the week, eventually and conveniently breaking about an hour after camp ended on Friday. Our camp was organised by our Secretary Winnie Crowley who did a great job, ably assisted by a number of parents, and committee members. James Ryan was our camp coOrdinator and he and his team of GAA coaches proved very popular with the kids.
On Thursday a real treat for our budding young Hurlers saw Limerick hero Cian Lynch came to Cul Camp and take part in a fun question and answers session with the children…Who in their turn asked some pretty sensible and relevant questions about the whole Limerick set up… some questions were a little bit more on the quirky side, for example ‘who is the best dancer on the team? With his tongue firmly in cheek, Cian of course declared it was himself! With good advice also thrown in from James Ryan it was an insightful glimpse into the Limerick Hurling set up, and what you have to do if you want to take it all the way in your playing career…. Cian then signed what seemed like every hurley, helmet and shirt in the place, and many photos were taken too. We would like to thank Cian for his time in what must have been a busy week.
LIMERICK REACH ALL IRELAND FINAL
Limerick supporters travelled in their tens of thousands, including a strong contingent from our own Parish to Croke Park last Sunday. An All Ireland Semi Final is always a special day, this one seemed extra special as it was our neighbours from Cork who shared the long journey.. Streaming eastwards throughout the morning and early afternoon, cars full of green or red clad passengers with flags flying eventually arrived in the capital and made their way to the stadium. The atmosphere was electric, and with an attendance of over 71,000 it was a proud showcase for our great national sport. Limerick of course as we now all know, played an absolutely riveting game of hurling, as did Cork, and the two teams were level over a dozen times… there was a scary few minutes towards the end of the match, when Cork pulled 6 points away and Limerick seemed finished..But the inner strength of these fine young men showed through as they slowly, point by point clawed their way back into, first contention and then the lead. The Limerick crowd almost went berserk with joy, but seconds later Cork equalised to make a draw at full time. Extra time started and from the off Limerick looked the fresher, and calmer with a top notch bench to utilise…as the clock ticked away Limerick pulled away, and by the time Cork struck a very late goal, it was too little too late, and a four point victory for Limerick.. Commiserations to Cork on a game well played… but hats off to our brave Limerick Hurlers, who gave us a game of hurling that will never be forgotten..Final Score after extra time 3.32 to 2.31. Now for the first time in 11 years a place in the All Ireland Final on the 19th August…. We would just like to say from all at Staker Wallace…. Well done Lads!!