Staker Walace G.A.A. Club Notes:

Fixtures:

Stakers Junior team play Kildimo/Pallaskenry in the Co. league div 4 on Friday night, (21st) at home in Kilbreedy at 8pm. (As always check first before turning out).

Back out again in quick succession This time the Stakers are playing Bruree away in Bruree at 6.30pm in the Souths County League on Sunday 23rd.

Meanwhile the Ballyhoura Gaels Minors have the Semi Final of the South Minor League on Friday 21st at home in Kilbreedy to Bruff at 6.45pm.

Lotto Results:

No lotto winner last night Pat Barrett drew out the 10 of Hearts, followed by lucky dip wins for Mike Maguire, John Callaghan, Ian Carroll and Ken Duce.. next week’s draw will again be at Bulgaden Castle at 9pm on Monday night, and will have a Jackpot prize of €3,100 with 25 cards left in the pack, thanks as always for supporting our fundraising lotto game.

TLC3:

Well a great turn out as always for TLC3 on Good Friday. Very good to see so many people out, and the rain held off too, always a bonus. A fine pile of rubbish everything from toasters and TV’s to nappies and fast food debris, built up as the morning went along. Also nice to see lots of you back at the Hall for hot cross bun and tea. (thank you very much to all the Ladies who looked after us) Bulgaden/Martinstown are also priviliged to have the instigator of the whole idea Mr. J.P McManus with us too. J.P said a few kind words thanking us for our collective efforts during the morning and cut the TLC cake with the help of some of the kids involved. Thank you to everyone to helped out in any way.  Heres to next year!

Matches:

The Stakers Junior team took part in two matches last week, as the season kicks into full speed. A good solid run out for the Stakers on Saturday night last, in the All County League against a very strong Knockaderry side, playing away from home. Although we we lost the match in the end, with a final score of 0.18 to 2.16 at the end of play, we take alot of positives from the game. Down two or three of our stalwarts and with another couple with niggling injuries, never the less we lead from the outset, starting the match very strongly. Knockaderry caught us up with a smartly placed goal, and took the over the lead. However we matched them all the way, Dermot McCarthy was on top form with some great shots over the bar. Mike Keane reliably cleared balls hitting them long up the field. Gary was solid as always in goal.  Our two newest and youngest members Eoghan and Adam, looked like being valuable new additions. Corner forwards Colin Greene and Ken Heelan were determined to thwart the defence on every occasion.  Henry Leahy strong and dependable… infact all the team could be singled out for a mention in one way or another. We finished strongly too, right to the wire. Knockaderry also benefited from a contentious goal that looked like a square ball from our sideline, other than that there was only a point between the two teams.

This match was our first real outing of the season, and gave us great confidence going into the match on Easter Monday. Saturday’s panel was 1 Gary O’Connell, 2 Adam Treacey, 3 Ger Fogerty, 4 Gearoid McCarthy, 5 Kevin Cronin, 6 Mike Keane, 7 Henry Leahy, 8 Niall Hanley, 9 Donnacha Leahy, 10 Eoghan Sheedy, 11 Dermot McCarthy, 12 Michael Fitzgerald, 13 Ken Heelan, 14 Shane Lyons, 15 Colin Greene and 16 Shane Carroll. This quickly led on to another outing and a great win on Monday night at home in the South County League. Played down in Kilbreedy we met Camogue Rovers and the end result was an impressive 6.20 to 1.09. With one or two exceptions we had our full team out and we really got off to a flying start, scoring a goal in the first moments of play. It was the shape of things to come and the whole team worked together in a tight knit unit, to play a really intelligent passing game of hurling. One that started to really rattle up the scores, giving our midfield and forwards a good share of the spoils. Camogue Rovers just couldn’t get back into the match, but played the game very sportingly nonetheless. A very skilllfully played match, that surely gives the Staker faithful great confidence in this year’s panel.

Membership:

Another reminder to all members still not paid up, especially players. It is vital your €50 membership is now paid in order to ensure coverage with Club insurance etc… End of this month at the latest please.

Mike Keane:

We all wish current club secretary and long time committee member Mike Keane a speedy recovery after his recent hospital stay. And look forward to see him back in action soon.

Underage:

Training and indeed matches are now in full swing, as the evenings start to really lengthen.

One for the diaries Monday 24th April sees Ballyhoura Gaels U16’s play Murroe Boher away at 6.15pm in the Div 2A championship.