The jackpot survives again, in this week’s lotto draw in Staker Wallace’s Ace of Hearts game. Regular player Johnny Carroll got the chance to draw the lucky card, but instead out came the lowly 3 of diamonds. Lucky dips were then drawn in favour of Billy O’Connor, Knockainey Ladies football, Marian Flynn and Norah O’Reagan. Next week’s Jackpot will be €1,500 and will be drawn at 9pm in Bulgaden Castle next Monday evening. Thanks to all our lotto players especially those who are contributing weekly to this important fundraiser for the club keeping our junior team on the road, and on the way to Championship success next Saturday!
Great Win for the Junior Team:
One thing is for sure, it is never boring being a Staker’s supporter. Friday night’s semi final match in Kilmallock against one of our regular rivals Castletown/Ballyagran turned out to be a real classic. The first half saw us slow to get scores on the board, whilst Castletown started to rattle them away, 3 or 4 on the bounce in an almost flippant style, heading towards half time the score was 2.13 to 0.05 and the Stakers looked beaten. However a goal just before half time gave a glimmer of hope but that’s all it was, and we went into the break down 2.13 to 1.05. The score however I don’t think reflected our standard or even our share of the play, as we were denied by a clinical Castletown keeper several times. A penalty neatly struck by Dermot McCarthy was deflected over for a point, and several other tries notably one by Ken Heelan brought off good saves too. Points wise though they were well in front. Back in the dressing room the team talk must have been mighty, the shade of Staker Wallace himself must have been invoked, for the Stakers ran back onto that field in Kilmallock in the form of their lives. For the Staker’s were starting to piling up score after score, and goal after goal, Castletown/Ballyagran mustn’t have known what hit them, certain they had already booked a place in the Final. This half showed them, never to count your chickens, as our forwards ran endlessly at their defences, our midfield worked tirelessly and effectively, whilst our defence kept out virtually every threat. The final score in what must have been one of the biggest and most impressive comebacks in the club’s history ended up as 5.17 to 2.16. Well done to all concerned, Players, Selectors and management team, a job well done and what a great boost for our challenge on the final next week in Kilfinane. Panel who played Castletown/Ballyagran were Colin Greene, Adam Treacey, Dinny McCarthy, Ger Fogerty, Johnny Lyons, Mike Keane, Shane Lyons, Kevin Cronin, Gearoid McCarthy, Jerry McCarthy, Ken Heelan, Donnacha Leahy, Mark Lyons, Dave O’Connor, Dermot McCarthy
Anthony Hennessy, Henry Leahy and Niall Hanley.
Junior’s in South Final:
Our Juniors will play Kilmallock in the South junior A hurling final, in Kilfinane at 4pm next Saturday (16th) Sept. Keep the afternoon free and come along and support the Stakers in their bid to win the South’s championship!
Another win for our Cois Laoi Gaels U14’s hurling team this time over Patrickswell, with a score of 3.14 to 4.05 which qualifies us for the County semi final. Well done again Lads!
Our Ballyhoura Gaels team, contest the South minor A hurling championship this Friday evening (8th Sept) at 6.30pm in Kilmallock where they will take on Bruff, this is a repeat match of last year’s final, last time Bruff narrowly got the upper hand and took the spoils, this year we will be hoping to turn that result around. This should be a really good match, and the lads would welcome your support.
Good Luck to the U21s:
The Limerick U21’s hurling team take on Kilkenny in Thurles at 3pm this Saturday (9th Sept) in the All Ireland final, should be a great occasion, safe journey to all the fans travelling down, and best of luck to our talented and inspirational U21’s team from All at Staker Wallace GAA.