ADARE GAA CLUB NOTES
Lotto & Fundraiser:
The Friday 10th September Lotto draw numbers were: 2, 5, 19, 23. There was no winner which raises the Jackpot to €9000. Remember you can now complete our weekly lotto online, Google ’Adare GAA Smart lotto’. The next draw takes place Friday 17th September at 9:30pm. Thank you for your con-tinued support and we wish you the very best of luck.
We would like to wish our Senior Hurlers & Management the very best as they play round 2 of the County Championship this Sunday against Kildimo/Pallaskenry in the LIT Gaelic Grounds at 6pm. Tickets will be available to purchase online during the coming week.
Hard luck to our Junior Football team who lost to Camogue Rovers in round 2 of the County Champi-onship last week on a scoreline of 1-12 to 1-8.
Our Junior Hurlers began their West Championship campaign last Sunday at midday in Ballingarry against Askeaton. The first score of the game came from Adare’s left half back David O’Connor run-ning through mid field as a support runner. Full forward Luke Mackassey controlled a low ball just outside the 21 moments later and made it 2 points for Adare as he struck it over his right shoulder. Askeaton then went 2 up as a high ball into the square was deflected into the net and then a point from play by their number 13. Adare’s left corner back, Eoin Connolly showed slick defensive skills, more than likely gained in the back garden over the years as he is the youngest of the 5 legendary Connolly brothers. By the end of the first quarter, Adare’s corner forward Rory “Rockers” O’Connor slotted four points from frees with midfielder Rob Lewis getting a point from play to make it 7 points to 1-1.
The second quarter Askeaton received 8 frees and their number 13 converted half of them with an-other score from play for the same man, their centre back and their midfielder. Adare received just 2 frees in this quarter with David O’Connor fouled and his brother, corner forward Rory, converting the free. Rory finished off a lovely passage of play which started from a turn-over by corner back Cian Kirwan, Adare’s centre back Seanie Hogan was helped out by right half back Sean O’Mahony to get the ball into the full forward line. Full forward Lukie Mack, added to his tally with a clever goal. A high ball onto the edge of the Askeaton square had both the keeper and the full back with raised hurler’s coming closer by the second. Mack slipped in between tapping the ball down infront and as he was brought down he turned to his left flicking the ball to the side net 1 handedly. Moments later Lukie Mack had the crowd applauding again. Adage’s half forward Shane Heffernan hard work al-lowed Mackessey place the ball for a sideline 35 yards out on the terrace side. With silence from the crowd he struck it over the crossbar, 1-10 to 1-8 in favour of Adare at the break.
Donnacha Sheehan and Sean Fitzpatrick were substituted in the second half. Sheehan showed he hasn’t lost it with effective flicks, lovely touches and that burst of pace which all added to Adare’s performance. Askeaton’s number 13 managed two points from play in the third quarter and another from a free, Adare’s 13, Rory O’Connor converted one from a free and one from play. Dara Lane in the centre of the field for Adare held his ground to turn over an Askeaton attach where Brian Flynn, who was brought on for the injured centre forward Jack English, showed his class as he added a well fought point for his team. Jack Keating was putting in a great shift for Adare at right half forward and Brian McMamara who had come on for left corner forward Tim Murphy at half time got on the end of a well worked out ball from the Adare backs and Keating, McNamara rattled the onion bag. Askeaton’s centre forward had the last score of the third quarter leaving it 2-13 to 1-12.
In the final quarter Rory O’Connor began the scoring with a super point, 45 yards out on the far side. Askeaton replied well with a score from their number 7 but substituted corner back Stephen O’Con-nell, full back Jack Canty and goal keeper Joey Shire made it Askeaton’s last score of the day with su-perb defending on several occasions. Adare’s Brian Flynn gave Adare the breather with smart play around the D, making his way towards the Askeaton goal the keeper had no chance. The final score of the day was from Adare’s corner forward Rory O’Connor as he made it his tenth point of the day, striking a 65 between the Knockfierna side posts. At Seanie Hartnett’s final whistle Adare were victo-rious 3-15 to 1-13. We wish them the very best as they now prepare for round 2 of the West Cham-pionship against Granagh/Ballingarry this Saturday the 18th at 3pm in Croagh.
Team: Joey Shire, Cian Kirwan, Jack Canty, Eoin Connolly, Sean O’Mahony, Sean Hogan, David O’Con-nor, Rob Lewis, Dara Lane, Jack Keating, Jack English, Shane Heffernan, Rory O’Connor, Luke Mackessey, Tim Murphy. Subs: Donnacha Sheehan, Eoghan Collins, Donagh Morrissey, Brian McNamara, Shaun Donnelly, Brian Flynn, Sean Fitzpatrick, Stephen O’Connell, PJ Hall. Management: Shane Bourke, Andrew Griffin, Willie Griffin, Andy O’Connell.