Mungret St Pauls G.A.A. Club Notes:

Thank You:
It has to be noted that a much over due, big Thank you should go to John Furey for his commitment to managing the club bar. John has been an integral part of the bar and the clubhouse having come on board 21 years ago, he became manager 15 years ago and he now is taking on a well deserved retirement. It is not often we get as dedicated a volunteer as John Furey who took on this caretaker of the bar role with only the benefit of the club in mind. There are not many in the club who have entered the club house have not dealt with John. There are no words big enough to express the clubs Thanks to John for taking care of the club house which is the hub of the club. We wish John all the best in his future and are delighted to not lose him altogether as he will still be involved with his various committees.
In order to take over the various duties John managed on his own in the club house a committee has been assembled headed by Ger Synnott and we wish them well in their new journey.
Ladies Football:

Sympathies:
Our deepest sympathies to all in Old Mill Ladies football due to the untimely death of Aggie Kennelly. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Ar dheis De go raibh a hanam.
Senior & Junior Teams:
Last Sunday our senior ladies team had their first outing of the season in the Div. 1 league away to St. Brigid’s. Our new team members integrated well in to a balance side that put in a great team performance. Mungret took the lead from the throw-in and managed to keep the scoreboard ticking over to keep their distance from St. Brigid’s. Mungret won comprehensively and were never troubled by a young St. Brigid’s side. On Monday evening, our junior ladies side participated in Div 3 match away to Adare. Some of our players were making the transition from underage and really impressed on the evening. This game was a real ding dong battle, real end to end stuff, with every inch of grass being used. Scores were traded frequently and those on the sideline needed calculators to keep track due to the ferocity of the scoring. At half time Adare led by 4-07 to 2-06.  The second half resumed with no drop in the pace. Both teams giving their all, and with just 4 minutes to go Mungret trailed by 4 points. Unfortunately the clock went against us and ran out of time to claw our way back in a very entertaining and competitive game with the full time score of Adare 7-10 to Mungret’s 7-09.
Under-age Ladies:
Also on Monday evening our U16’s ladies hosted Knockainey in the league. With only thirteen players available our girls showed great determination, battling and fighting hard throughout the match. However, Knockainey proved to be the stronger team and ran out winners in the end. The burning question on the night “Was that a goal??”
Last Wednesday evening, our U14 ladies continued their winning ways with a comfortable win against a spirited St. Senan’s side. We had the opportunity to rest some of our ladies making their confirmation eager for their meeting the Bishop the following day. However, we had sufficient cover on the evening with our strong squad of 28 players. Our next game is away to Monagea on Wednesday evening.
Gaelic4Teens:

Final preparations are underway for our Gaelic4Teens coaches and players. Next Tuesday they will be in Dublin (rumoured to be Croke Park) to take part in a series of activities ending up with a blitz on the day.
Academy Players:
Our U12 continue with their league games and our U10s, U8s and U6s are taking part in the Academy on Saturday mornings.
U16 Hurling:

Mungret St. Pauls 3-13 Ballyhoura Gaels 2-10
It was the perfect weather for a match when the U-16 hurlers welcomed Ballyhoura Gaels to Mungret on Monday 10 April. This was the first championship match for this team, at the start they were playing cautiously, it took a while to settle into the game. The second half saw Mungret St. Pauls come to the fore and take charge, each player played their part and put the first game down as a win. They are not due out again until after the exams.
U21 Hurling:
Mungret St. Pauls 3-11 Bruff 2-16
Having won the city title this was the next rung for them to climb to getting the County title. Mungret St. Pauls played Bruff in Mick Neville Park on Monday night 10 April. The best performance was the first half where they climbed 11 points in the lead what looked like was unstoppable but the half time brought a big change and there did not seem to be the same amount of commitment and Bruff took control and the win.
Premier Intermediate Hurling:

Effin 3-10 Mungret 1-24
On Tuesday 11 April the premier intermediate team were out again, this time with a home advantage having being defeated on Friday they were still raw from the loss and not wanting that feeling again they put everything they had into this game and it paid off for them.
U12 Hurling:

12 players from Mungret St Pauls were selected to attend the two day Limerick U12 hurling coaching sessions in Old Christians. Players were Diarmaid Hynes, Brian Hassett, Cian Moloney, Tom Lloyd, Fintan Fitzgerald, Marcus Lyons, Sean O’Halloran, John Wright, Conor Collins, Mark O’Brien, Conor Morgan and Muiris Ahern. This coaching session will be followed by a Blitz day next week. Best of luck to the players.
U15 Football:

Mungret St. Pauls 0-1 Fr. Caseys 1-5
Having traveled to Abbeyfeale on Wednesday 12 April our U-15s had a hard game ahead of them as they played against Fr. Caseys. They managed to hold off a the Fr. Caseys forwards but unfortunatly they were unable to put enough ball into the Mungret St. Pauls forwards to build up the score.
Junior Football:

Mungret St. Pauls 3-14 St. Patricks 2-12
Our Junior footballers had a great game in Rebhogue on Thursday 13 April when they played St. Patricks, although 2 goals scraped passed the backs Mungret St Pauls replied with 3 balls into the back of the St. Patricks net. This was a great game with the ball in constant flow up and down the pitch with Mungret St. Pauls making the most of their chances.
Minor Football:

Mungret St. Pauls 1-11 Newcastle West 0-7
Newcastle West traveled to Mungret for the first match in the premier championship on Friday 14th April. This was a great start for our Minor team where there was a lot of play up and down the field but it was Mungret St. Pauls that was more on target with their scores. With some attempts on both goals Mungret St Pauls were the only ones to succeed with one goal getting past the Newcastle West goalies grasps. While some difficult shots were pointed it was sometimes the easier ones that disappointed. Overall a great result in the starting game.
Intermediate Football:
Mungret St. Pauls 2-11 Pallasgreen 1-7
On what was a busy night for the club and club pitch they Intermediate footballers opened the night of games against Pallasgreen on Saturday 15 April. Mungret St. Pauls were in top form as they produced some fantastic moves on the pitch. It was unfortunate when a substitution was required with 10 minutes left but Mungret St. Pauls had the game won. We wish Noel Kelly the best of luck in his new role of sideline supporter for the next few weeks.
U14 Hurling Feile Semi Final:

Mungret St. Pauls 0-10 Bruff 0-6
It was great to see the supporters out in Claughaun on Saturday 15 April 2017 to get behind two great teams our own Féile hurlers and Bruff as they prepared to battle it out to see which team go forward for the Final. Mungret St. Pauls have been in the final for hurling for the last 2 years and with this team of skilled and dedicated players there was hope to achieve the final again. This game was well fought with both sides giving everything they had from the off to the final whistle. Mungret St. Pauls took charge of the score board keeping a steady lead for most of the match with Bruff catching up only for Mungret St. Pauls to pull ahead again. There was some shots on both goals with excellent saves which helped keep the score to points. The final will be played against Monaleen, who took the title from us last year. Photos on our website.
Junior Hurling:

Kileedy were welcomed to Mungret for the Hurling League match which also doubled as the Joseph Curtin Sheild match on Sunday 15 April 2017. Joe was affiliated with both clubs and the match was played in his memory.
Mungret St. Pauls did not have a great start but picked up the game in the second half where they got majority of their scores including a well fought for goal. The shield was present to Kileedy captain at the end of the game.
Scor:

Congratulations to our quiz team who were presented with the Junior Scor Munster cup and medals on Sat night as they were the best of the munster teams in the All Ireland quiz in Belfast. Congratulations to St Nessan’s School Mungret who took part in Scor Na Paisti on Fri 31st March.  Mungret school came 2nd in solo singing, figure dancing and instrumental music in a very high standard of competition.  Well done to all the children who took part in the competition.  A great achievement for the school. Thank you to Ms Marguerite Quinn Principal for organising the children for the event.
Sympathies:

Condolences to U12 Football coach Maggie O’Neill on the passing of her father, John O’Neill, Galbally. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
Membership:

Thank you to all who have paid their membership to date there are a few who are now overdue. The coaches will receive an updated registration list and will be contacting players who have not paid up. If you have not paid your membership you will not permitted to play. We would encourage those still due to please get in contact with your registrar. Camogie Isobel Madden 087-9394048 Ladies football Eamonn Byrne 086-1972003, Boys senior and juvenille Colette O’Grady 086–8476 299.