AHANE GAA CLUB NOTES
U19 Hurling County Championship
The LIT Gaelic Grounds hosted our U19 Quarter Final against Newcastle West on Tuesday evening. With the game throwing in at 8pm our lads were rearing for road as the struck the first two scores in the game, and were looking like they were going to be the dominate side throughout. Newcastle West however had different plans as they settled into the game and got some good points themselves. We did have shots on goal in the opening quarter but they were saved. We had a lot of possession in the opening half but struggled to turn that possession into scores. The scores at the first water break were Ahane 0-03 Newcastle West 0-03. William O’Leary saved us on more than one occasion over the sixty plus minutes of action as he put in another solid performance in between the posts. Along with William his six defenders, Evan, Aidan, Colm, Jack, Mark and Shane all dealt with the Newcastle West pressure well and again on more than one occasion did enough to stop the Newcastle West charge. Towards the end of the first half Newcastle West went ahead as they popped over two unanswered points, before centre back Mark Hickey hit a hail Mary ball into the square, where the Newcastle West goalkeeper went up to catch it but lost it in the light and the ball dropped to the back of the net. A lucky goal if ever you saw one! Mark’s goal mean Ahane went in a point ahead at half time. Ahane 1-03 Newcastle West 0-05.
Second half started and it was once again Ahane that got the first score coming from a Mark Donnellan free. The joy of being two points ahead was short lived for the Ahane lads as Newcastle West scored a stunning goal in the second minute and then tide began to change from there. Newcastle West added on five points after getting their goal and their confidence was high. Ahane’s next score came in the 12th minutes as Jack Barry sent in a high ball that Will McCormack caught and fired over the bar. Kevin Morrissey got the next score and the gap was back down to four. With a point each after that the teams went in at the second water break on a score line of Ahane 1-07 Newcastle West 1-11. With everything still to play for the final fifteen minutes Ahane had to throw everything they had at the game to try and secure a win. Kevin again got another lovely point but for every score Ahane got Newcastle West got at least one in reply. Within five minutes Newcastle West had pushed the gap to ten and the Ahane were running out of time to try and pull it back. But as the clock ticked into injury time substitute Adam Murrihy managed to get a flick on a high ball in from Kevin Morrissey and get Ahane’s second goal to bring the gap to 7. Newcastle West went straight back up the field and scored a point of their own in response. The game wasn’t over yet though as Ahane were awarded a penalty late into injury time and Adam took it beautifully and buried it. Unfortunately, through it came to late as the referee blew the full time whistle on the puc out. Full time score Ahane 3-08 Newcastle West 1-19.
Heartbreaking for our lads who have given it their all, all year. We are very proud of them and how they have represented the club so well. Huge thank you to their sponsors Cunninghams Supervalu Castleconnell for their support! Thanks to the lads, and to their management for their hard work and dedication throughout the year.
Team: W. O’Leary, E. O’Leary, A. Carroll, C. Slattery Wright, J. Barry, M. Hickey, S. O’Grady; K. Morrissey, L. O’Mara; W. McCormack, M. Donnellan, P. Donohoe, D. Carr, G. Rowsome, J. Donohoe.
Substitutions: A. Murrihy (for D. Carr 2nd ½), C. O’Connell (for W. McCormack 2nd ½), S. Hassett (for G. Rowsome 2nd ½), E. Hartigan (for S. O’Grady 2nd ½)
East Junior B Hurling Championship Round 3
Ahane welcomed Ballybricken Bohermore to Mackey Park on Thursday evening to play the third round of the East Junior B Hurling Championship. Ahane having won, one game and lost their second game needed to win this one to have any chance of progressing. The lads went hell for leather over the sixty minutes of hurling and it was a highly entertaining game. Ahane got scores from Sean Madden, David Kennedy, Evan Power and Paul O’Connor to see them scoring eight points in the opening quarter and have a four-point lead on Ballybricken Bohermore. Water break score Ahane 0-08 Ballybricken Bohermore 0-04. The second quarter was all Ballybricken Bohermore as they started to get on top and got some good scores. The half time score was Ahane 0-08 Ballybricken Bohermore 0-09. The second half started, and Pat Minehan levelled up proceedings, and then Podge O’Connor scored to put Ahane ahead once again. Paul O’Connor put Ahane two ahead before Ballybricken were award a penalty which was struck up and over the bar, much to the relief of the Ahane supporters in attendance. Ballybricken levelled the game, before Brian Collins put Ahane up by one, but like a game of tennis the ball was over and back between both sets of posts so neither team held their lead for very long. Ballybricken did manage to open the gap to two, but Paul O’Connor hit two beautiful points to bring the game back level. He then scored a 65’ to put Ahane up one before Ballybricken levelled it once more. Second half water break Ahane 0-15 Ballybricken 0-15. The final quarter was a tense affair as both teams tried to get the winning score. Ballybricken went two up before Evan Power scored and closed the gap to one. However, Ballybricken got a free in injury time and slotted it over to put them two ahead and they managed to maintain this lead until the final whistle was blown. Full time Ahane 0-16 Ballybricken Bohermore 0-18.
Team: O. Moran, B. Collins, K. Carroll, J. O’Keeffe, T. O’Sullivan, S. Richardson, J. Doheny; P. O’Connor, P. O’Connor; P. Minehan, S. O’Connor, E. Power, D. Kennedy, S. Madden, G. Hayes.
Substitutions: T. Dawson (for S. Madden injury 1st ½), D. Troy (for T. Dawson injury 2nd ½), C. Haugh (for 2nd ½ P. Minehan)
Lotto Draw #2
Numbers drawn: 1,6,8 & 20
No jackpot winner
€200 Ann Hayes
€150 Pat McNamara
€120 Kiera and Aaron Dempsey
€120 Richard and Kathleen Conran
€120 Pat and Sheila Collins
€120 James and Aileen O’Keeffe
€120 Kevin O’Sullivan
€120 Rose Meskell
€120 Michael McNamara
€120 Dave Frawley
Sean and Claire Cronin
Health and Well Being Update
Following on from our most recent Ahane Senior Committee meeting, the club has decided to be more pro active regarding the health and wellness of its members and the wider community. The club is also in the process of carrying out various initiatives to assist us in becoming a “Healthy Club” which is an initiative set up by the GAA to encourage clubs to be pro active concerning health & wellness. These include ,establishing no smoking zones around the grounds of the club, buddie benches, appropriate health and wellness signage, healthy club statements, liaising with external health organisations, running CPR /first aid courses etc. There are many benefits to the club once we have attained this status, including benefits and grants for various projects of a health/wellness nature. It is important to emphasise we will be promoting and fostering the physical and mental well being of our members/community as well as collaborating with outside agencies to assist us in this field.
We are in the process of forming a Health & Wellness sub committee who will be responsible and will work with our senior committee for the organisation and implementation of these initiatives and we hope to have this finalised by the end of September..
As a club we believe it is a win win situation for all whereby everyone can benefit in some manner and actually enjoy the initiatives a long the way.
We aim to communicate various health & wellness information/bulletins on a quarterly basis or more depending on the requirement/needs of our members/community.
For this quarter we are focusing on mental health , and providing specific information and fostering awareness on suicide prevention/intervention.
Sean Carey/Health & Wellness Officer Ahane GAA Club
U9 Hurling Blitz
Our u9 hurlers were away to Na Piarsaigh on Thursday 23rd September. In bright sunshine Ahane fielded three teams who played three matches each. The work this group have done over the summer was evident with some great tackling and teamwork on show. Well done to all the players and many thanks to the mentors. More photos on Facebook and Twitter.
Cash for Clobber
We are holding another Cash for Clobber fundraiser over the coming weeks! We accept unwanted/unused clothes, belts, handbags, and shoes (in pairs). You can drop your bags to the dressing room at any of the training sessions!
Craic agus Gaeilge for our U6’s
CLG Átháin is organising a 4/5 week fundamental movement course as Gaeilge for our u6 groups. Would you like your child to be involved? If so please contact Denis on (tel:0879346102)! The emphasis is on fun.…craic agus Gaeilge! All levels of Irish welcome. Bígí linn
Bons Secours SHC Relegation Play Off: Ahane v Ballybrown Saturday 2nd October in Caherdavin at 4pm.
Woodlands House Hotel County JAHC Round 4: Ahane v Kilteely Dromkeen Sunday 3rd October 5pm in Caherconlish
Mr Binman U17 Football Division 2 Shield Semi Final: Ahane v Knockaderry Friday 1st October 7:30pm in Kilbreedy.