South Liberties G.A.A. Club Notes:

Senior Hurling:

South Liberties 2-19 Murroe Boher 2-17

South Liberties senior hurlers kicked off their competitive season at LIT last Sunday in the 1st round of the Pierse Motors, Tipperary sponsored East senior hurling championship. On a crisp cool day before a good crowd, South Liberties, playing with the advantage of a stiff breeze, were slow to settle and found early scores difficult to come by. However, mid-way through the half, David O Neill crashed home a great goal after good work by Shane Garry to put daylight between the sides. Just before halftime Murroe Boher found the net with a well worked goal to leave the half-time score 1:10 to 1:05 in Liberties favour.

Liberties started the 2nd half in great style as they faced the strong wind and with 20 minutes left on the clock had increased their lead to 2:12 to 1:08, the goal, a spectacular effort, from the stick of Shane Garry. However, Murroe Boher knuckled down and aided by that stiff breeze began to chip away at the Liberties lead. A great goal from Murroe’s Seanie Tobin with 15 minutes to go would mean that the game was destined for an exciting climax and the sides continued to swap points deep into injury time. Liberties, however, held out for a very satisfactory opening win of the season for Cronan Garry’s men. This was a good all round team effort and if some unnecessary indiscipline can be ironed out it bodes well for the year ahead. Paul Butler made some excellent saves between the posts behind an uncompromising full back line. Our halfback line hurled well, ably assisted by a hard-working midfield pairing. Shane O Neill led the attack in his customary swashbuckling style and his colleagues in a hard-working forward line responded with all six forwards getting on the scoresheet.

South Liberties: Paul Butler, Brendan McSweeney, Patrick Carroll, Eoin Quilty, David Garry, Mike O Brien, Tom Ryan, Mike Keane, Bill Hickey, Barry Nash, Shane O Neill, Brian Ryan, Shane Garry, David O Neill and Barry Walsh. Subs John Noonan for Tom Ryan and Tom Ryan for John Noonan.

Bord na nOg:
Upcoming U12 Trip to Croke Park:

The club has been lucky enough to be 1 of 5 clubs draws from all the County Limerick GAA clubs to get invited to Croke Park for Wednesday April 19th, where we can bring a team of 22 players and 3 coaches, play a hurling match, get a tour of the stadium, players’ names appear on the big screen during the match, free entry to the GAA museum. We are having a parents’ information night on Thursday March 16th at 6:40pm, before the end of training. We plan to take a bus up, and stop for grub on the way down. Parents and grandparents are welcome on the bus. Training continues for the underage, U13 & U12 Hurling Tuesday nights 6 to 7pm on the Astro.

Training continues for the underage, U12 Hurling Thursday nights 6 to 7pmon the Astro. Once the clocks change the U12 & U13 Hurling & Football will be moving to grass (weather permitting)

No U6/U8/U10 training this Friday night, as it is St Patricks day.

There will be an upcoming U12 Long Puck competition, where Oisin Quinlivan will be defending his title from 2016, the winner will represent the club at the county final, which will be held on a Saturday night at the Limerick Grey Hound Dog track, date TBC.

South Liberties will be sponsoring a GAA Themed Colouring Competition coming up to Easter for the 3 primary schools in the parish, with a winner for each class in each of the 3 schools. First prize will be an Easter Egg. All entrant’s pictures will be displayed at the South Liberties GAA club house.

Membership:

Membership is now due for all players and members. We will be holding a membership/registration night on Friday March 24th during the U6/8/10 training sessions. A new membership card will be launched towards the end of March for all members.

Wedding Bells:

All at South Liberties would like to congratulate Andrew Grimes and Maria O Connor on their recent wedding and wish the happy couple all the best for the future.