GRANAGH/BALLINGARRY GAA CLUB NOTES
GRANAGH BALLINGARRY GAA
6th B SEMI FINAL IN A ROW!
WEST JUNIOR B HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTER FINAL
Granagh/Ballingarry recorded a hard fought seven-point victory over gallant neighbours Croagh/Kilfinny in ideal conditions at Seán Finn Park, Rathkeale on Sunday to qualify for their South West Junior B Hurling Championship Semi Final in a row against Feenagh/Kilmeedy.
The game was played in front of 100 as per Government guidelines on a top-class pitch with Seán Hartnett of Dromcollogher/Broadford in charge. Croagh/Kilfinny got off to a dream start with a well taken point on the run by Patrick Lenihan followed by a cracking Brian Meade goal in a two-minute spell before a pair of white flags from open play for Granagh/Ballingarry through Edward Sheehy and Seán Murphy left two between the sides, Croagh/Kilfinny 1-1, Granagh/Ballingarry 0-2 on four minutes. Then Granagh/Ballingarry’s No. 14 John O’Grady finished past Luke Quaid in the Croagh/Kilfinny goal on seven minutes following good work by Richie O’Keeffe and Jimmy Shiels before white flags were traded by Christopher Casey from a placed ball on ten minutes and Richie O’Keeffe from open play two minutes later to leave the Granagh/Ballingarry one ahead, 1-3 to 1-2 on 12 minutes. A couple of wides were exchanged before Christopher Casey split the uprights for the second time from a placed ball on 15 minutes to leave the sides level at 1-3 each at the first water break at the end of the first quarter.
When play resumed points were traded from open play by Michael O’Connell on 17 minutes and Brian Noonan on 19 minutes, Patrick Lenihan on 21 minutes and Jim O’Keeffe two minutes later to leave the sides level for the fourth time at 1-5 each on 23 minutes. Then Richie O’Keeffe of Granagh/Ballingarry split the uprights from a placed ball on 25 minutes before Conor Mulqueen in the Granagh/Ballingarry goal brought off a top class save from Brian Meade on 27 minutes to leave the boys in black and green still one ahead. Padraig O’Gorman and Eamon Hanley had wides for Croagh/Kilfinny before Granagh/Ballingarry’s No. 6 Colm Noonan split the uprights from a long range placed ball on 30 minutes to send the black and greens in at the interval leading by two, 1-7 to 1-5. Granagh/Ballingarry made a dream start to the second half with a Richie O’Keeffe white flag from a placed ball and a Jimmy Shiels green flag in a two-minute spell before a pair of white flags by Colm Noonan from a placed ball on 34 minutes and Richie O’Keeffe from open play a minute later to leave the boys from Knockfierna seven ahead, 2-10 to 1-5 on 35 minutes. Then white flags were traded by Christopher Casey from open play on 36 minutes and Colm Noonan from a placed ball on 37 minutes, Brian Noonan from open play on 38 minutes and Christopher Casey from a placed ball on 39 minutes, Patrick Lenehan from open play on 41 minutes and Richie O’Keeffe from a placed ball on 44 minutes to leave the Granagh/Ballingarry boys eight ahead, 2-13 to 1-8, at the end of the third quarter at the second water-break. When play got under way again points were traded from placed balls by Jimmy Shiels on 47 minutes and Christopher Casey on 48 minutes before Croagh/Kilfinny’s No. 13 Brian Meade split the uprights following a good solo run a minute later to reduce the deficit to seven, 2-14 to 1-10 on 49 minutes.
Then the Croagh/Kilfinny boys got a great chance to close the gap to four when they were awarded a penalty which Conor Mulqueen saved from Christopher Casey to the delight of the Granagh/Ballingarry supporters.
On 51 minutes a couple of wides were exchanged Then points were traded by Brian Meade from a placed ball on 53 minutes and Jimmy Shiels from a placed ball on 56 minutes, sub Mark Mullane from open play on 59 minutes and Jimmy Shiels from open play three minutes into added time and at the final whistle Granagh/Ballingarry were worthy 7-point winners of a hard fought contest. They now qualify for their sixth West Junior B Hurling Championship Semi Final in a row against Feenagh/Kilmeedy in a couple of weeks time. They also stay on course for a West Junior B Hurling and Fooball Championship Double. Granagh/Ballin-garry scored 2-7 from play and 0-9 from frees. Croagh/Kilfinny scored 1-7 from play and 0-5 from frees.
Granagh/Ballingarry: Conor Mulqueen, Mark Tierney, Donagh McCarthy, Michael Carroll, Brendan Lynch, Colm Noonan 0-3 (frees), Marcus Moore, Edward Sheehy 0-1, Seán Murphy 0-1, Mark Snow, Jim O’Keeffe 0-1, Richie O’Keeffe 0-5 (3 frees), John O’Grady 1-0, Brian Noonan 0-2, Jimmy Shiels 1-3 (0-3 frees). Subs used: Mickie O’Keeffe, Brian Mulqueen, Jack Hartnett.
Croagh/Kilfinny: Luke Quaid, Jack Shiels, Liam Lenihan, Eoin Barry, Richard Lenihan, Kenneth Lenihan, Mark Mullane 0-1, Michael White, Jeffrey Foley, Patrick Lenihan 0-3, Michael O’Connell 0-1, Padraig O’Gorman, Brian Meade 1-2 (0-1 free), Christopher Casey 0-5 (4 frees), Eamon Hanley. Subs used: Colin Barry, Cian Tagney, N. Leahy.
Referee: Seán Hartnett (Drom/Broadford).
Granagh/Ballingarry finish level with Adare and Feenagh/Kilmeedy
West Junior B Football Championship Group 2 Round 3
In the last game of Group 2 in the West Junior B Football Championship in difficult wet conditions in Páirc Caoimh Uí Luing, Feenagh, on Tuesday 22nd September Granagh/Ballingarry recorded a two-point victory over table-toppers Feenagh/Kilmeedy to finish level with Adare and Feenagh/Kilmeedy on four points, to qualify for the quarter finals along with Adare, while Feenagh/Kilmeedy go straight to the semi final on the greater scoring difference rule.
A small crowd turned out to watch this last Group 2 stage game played on an excellent pitch with Sean Hartnett of Dromcollogher/Broadford in charge. Granagh/Ballingarry dominated the opening 13 minutes shooting 1-3 through Denis O’Connor 0-1, Cathal O’Keeffe 0-2 followed by Aaron Smith penalty goal following a foul on Cathal O’Keeffe to leave it 1-3 to 0-0 in favour of the Granagh/Ballingarry boys.
Then Patrick Kenrick in the Granagh/Ballingarry goal brought off a top-class save from Luke Ryan on 17 minutes before a pair of white flags for the visitors through Cathal O’Keeffe on 18 minutes and Aaron Smith three minutes later, left the Granagh/Ballingarry boys seven ahead, 1-5 to 0-0 on 22 minutes. Then after seven minutes of scoreless play Billy O’Sullivan finally opened the Feenagh/Kilmeedy boys’ account when he split the uprights from a placed ball on 30 minutes to reduce the deficit to seven, Granagh/Ballingarry 1-5, Feenagh/Kilmeedy 0-1 at the interval.
The opening nine minutes after the interval were evenly contested with white flags traded by Aaron Smith (free) and Billy O’Sullivan (free), Damien O’Donovan (play) and John Nix (play), to leave seven still between the sides, Granagh/Balingarry 1-7, Feenagh/Kilmeedy 0-3 on 39 minutes. A couple of wides were exchanged, Granagh/Ballingarry’s No. 9 Jack Cagney split the uprights following a good solo run to extend his side’s advantage to six, 1-7 to 0-4 on 43 minutes. Then referee, Seán Hartnett, awarded the game’s second penalty, this time to Feenagh/Kilmeedy following a foul on Neilus Irwin which Luke Ryan sent past the Granagh Ballingarry sub keeper, Denis Sheehy, on 45 minutes at the end of the third quarter at the second water break, to leave the score at 1-8 to 1-4 in favour of Granagh/Ballingarry.
When play resumed the Feenagh/Kilmeedy keeper made a top class save from David Condron before a couple of wides were exchanged. Then a trio of white flags from placed balls by Feenagh/Kilmeedy’s No. 11 Luke Ryan on 20, 25 and 37 minutes reduced the deficit to two and that was as close as the Knockaderry boys were to get as the final whistle sounded shortly after to leave Granagh/Ballingarry two point, 1-8 to 1-6, winners to take the two league championship points on offer to finish level with Adare and Feenagh/Kilmeedy on 4 points in Group 2 of the West B Football Champ-ionship. They now qualify for a Quarter Final meeting with St. Senan’s on Saturday 3rd October in Seán Finn’s Park, Rathkeale, at 3pm, while Adare play Ballysteen in the second Quarter Final also on Saturday 3rd September in Ballingarry at 3pm. Feenagh/Kilmeedy qualify straight for the semi final because they had a greater scoring difference than Adare and Granagh/Ballingarry.
Granagh/Ballingarry 0-7 from play 0-1 from frees and a penalty goal.
Feenagh/Kilmeedy cored 0-1 from play, 0-5 from frees and a penalty goal.
Granagh/Ballingarry: Patrick Kenrick, Gearóid O’Leary, Niall Cahill, Eoin Casey, Damien O’Donovan 0-1, Luke Flynn, Darragh Casey, Edward Sheehy, Jack Cagney 0-1, Josh Quill Mulcaire, Denis O’Connor 0-1, Cathal O’Keeffe 0-3, Aaron Smith 1-2 (0-1 free and a penalty goal), David Condron, Adam Long. Subs used: Denis Sheehy, Kieran O’Donovan, Keith O’Kelly and Gearóid Lynch.
Feenagh/Kilmeedy: Daniel Gayer, Denis O’Sullivan, John Lynch, Sean Murray, Maurice Fitzgibbon, William Irwin, Gerard O’Gorman, Liam O’ Gorman, John Nix 0-1, Diarmuid Coleman, Luke Ryan 1-3 (0-3 frees and a penalty goal), Jimmy O’Sullivan, Neilus Irwin, Billy O’Sullivan 0-2 frees, Darragh/Kiely, Charles McCarthy, Jack Sullivan.
Referee: Seán Hartnett, Dromcollogher/Broadford.
Cheque and Memorial Cup Presentation
The Granagh/Ballingarry GAA club made a cheque presentation of €1,600, the proceeds of the Jim (Twin) Lynch Memorial Cup Hurling Tournament Final played on Sunday 5th July in Ballingarry between Feenagh/Kilmeedy and Granagh/Ballingarry, to Gerard Enright and Tommy Togher of Pieta House on Thursday night at the Rock Bar, Granagh. The presentation of the Jim (Twin) Lynch Memorial Football Cup (now County Junior B Football Championship trophy) was made to vice chairman of the County Board, Seamus McNamara, also on the night. The MC, Jimmy Chawk,e welcomed everyone especially the representatives from Pieta House Gerard Enright and Tommy Togher, Seamus McNamara, vice chairman of the Limerick County GAA Board and Gerry McNamara, secretary of Limerick GAA Health and Wellbeing committee along with the representatives from Feenagh/Kilmeedy, Feohanagh/Castlemahon and Granagh/Ballingarry GAA Club. Adrian Farragher, joint treasurer of Granagh/Ballingarry GAA Club made the presentation of the €1,600 cheque to Gerard Enright and Tommy Togher of Pieta House. Gerard and Tommy thanked the club for the kind donation from the Memorial Cup game and spoke of the work carried out by Pieta House. John Lynch thanked Pieta House especially Gerard Enright for the help and support given to him over the past 16 months. Gerry McNamara informed us of the work the Limerick Health and Wellbeing committee do for the GAA club in the county. The presentation of the Jim (Twin) Lynch Perpetual Memorial Football Cup (now County Junior B Football Championship) was made by Jim’s twin brother John to Limerick County GAA Board vice chairman Seamus McNamara and children’s officer Gerry McNamara. Seamus in a wide-ranging address thanked the Lynch family for the cup on behalf of the Board and spoke of Jim’s lifelong association with the Granagh/Ballingarry GAA club as player, team captain, junior football selector and assistant, and secretary of the West Limerick GAA Board. Thank you to all who supported the night, Jimmy Chawke who did an excellent job as MC and Seamus and Janet Twomey of the Rock provided the food.
West Junior B Football Championship Quarter Final
Saturday 3rd October at 3pm in Seán Finn’s Park, Rathkeale, sees the meeting of Granagh/Ballingarry and St. Senan’s in the West Junior B Football Championship Quarter Final. Both sides are in Saturday’s Quarter Final on merit. St. Senan’s were third in Group 1 and Granagh/Ballingarry second in Group 2 on scoring difference behind Feenagh/Kilmeedy.
Results are as follows:
West Junior B Football Championship Group 1
Round 1: St. Senan’s 7-17, Athea 1-7.
Round 2: Ballysteen 3-9, St. Senan’s 2-5.
Round 3: Knockaderry 0-18, St. Senan’s 1-8.
West Junior B Football Championship Group 2
Round 1: Granagh/Ballingarry 4-8, St. Kierans’s 1-8.
Round 2: Adare 1-13, Granagh/Ballingarry 1-12.
Round 3: Granagh/Ballingarry 1-8, Feenagh/Kilmeedy 1-6.
The best of luck to the Granagh/Ballingarry boys and the management team in their bid to reach their 5th successive West Junior B Football Championship Semi Final on Saturday.
September Limerick County Club Draw Winners
The following were winners in the Limerick County GAA Club draw held on Saturday 26th September on Limerick Live 98FM.
1st prize: €1,000 Fr. Willie Russell (Rathkeale). 2nd €3,000 Susan Horgan (Bruree), 3rd €2,000 Andrew Walsh (Garry-spillane). 4th €1,000 Ted Danaher, Blackrock Bord na nÓg. 5th Exclusive star prize of afternoon tea for five people at Adare Manor plus evening meal for five people in The Carriage House, Seamus Heffernan, Cappagh. 6th to 9th €500 Tom Ambrose (Knockaderry), Jerome and Shirley Wrenne (Knockaderry), Susan and Liam Magner (Effin), Suzanne Cobb (St. Patricks), 10th to 12th prize John and Mary English (Ballylanders), Mary Quaid (Croagh/Kilfinny), William Barrett (St. Patrick’s), Nick Green, Ballinacurra Gaels. 14th to 30th prize: €100 Brian Flynn (Club Limerick Dublin), Mairéad Cregan (Dromcollogher/Broadford), Willie Kelleher (Feenagh/Kilmeedy), Martin Farrell (Castletown/Ballyagran), Michael and Julianne McCormack (Ballybrown), Raymond and Sheila Jordan (Na Piarsaigh), Alan Hughes (Club Limerick Chicago), Ger Dillon (Crecora), Tom O’Connor (Monagea), Noel Frewen (Ballylanders), Terry Waters (Claughaun), Rachel and Laura Morrissey (Galbally), Donacha Ó Nuailán (Gerald Griffins), Jimmy Hartigan (Ballybrown), Martin O’Doherty (Rathkeale), Donal Egan Feenagh/Kilmeedy) Yvonne Bourke (Kilteely/Dromkeen).
The next draw is on Saturday 31st October at the Limerick Live 95FM Sports studio and the exclusive star prize is a two night’s luxury stay in a deluxe room at Lough Ryann Castle Estate and Gardens. Thank you to all the members who have already joined the Limerick County GAA Club draw through the Granagh/Ballingarry GAA Club.
€9,900 Jackpot on Saturday
There was no winner of the €9,800 jackpot in the Granagh/Ballingarry GAA Club lottery on Sunday 26th September in Denny A’s Bar, Ballingarry. The numbers drawn were 12, 16 and 20. The lucky dips of €20 each went to Jim Long (Feenagh) c/o The Rock Bar, Micheal Clancy c/o Michael Clancy, Lorraine Irwin c/o Donagh McCarthy, Aidan Mulqueen c/o Conor O’Keeffe. The next draw is on Saturday 3rd October in Buckley’s Bar, Ballingarry for a jackpot of €9,900. We thank all our punters for their continued support.
Harty congratulations to the Granagh/Ballingarry U14 hurling team and their coaches Shane Mulqueen, Shane Twomey and Mikey O’Keeffe on capturing the 13-a-side championship title defeating gallant Kildimo/Pallaskenry on Saturday at Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale.
Club and Other GAA Diary
Saturday 3rd October West Junior B Football Championship Quarter Finals
Granagh/Ballingarry v St Senan’s in Seán Finn’s Park, Rathkeale at 3pm.
Adare v Ballysteen in Ballingarry at 3pm.
County Senior Football Championship Relegation Final
Galtee Gaels v Dromcollogher/Broaddford in Fitzgerald Park, Kilmallock at 1pm.
County Minor B Football Championship Final
Ahane v Rathkeale in Clarina at 3pm
Sunday 4th October
West Junior B Hurling Championship Semi Final
Feohanagh/Castlemahon v Killeedy in Dromcollogher at 12 noon.
County Senior Football Championship Final
Adare v Ballylanders in Pairc na nGael at 2pm.
County Intermediate Football Championship Final
Gerald Griffins v St. Senan’s or Claughaun in Newcastlewest at 4pm.
County Junior A Hurling Championship Relegation Semi Final
Rathkeale v Staker Wallace in Clarina at 3pm.