AHANE GAA CLUB NOTES
Senior Hurling Club Championship
All roads will lead to the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday next as Ahane face Kilmallock in the county senior hurling quarter final at 2pm..
Having topped Group B and gained promotion already to Group A for next season, the lad will be hoping to continue the successful run of form they are in, having won the last4 games on the bounce when the take on the men from the Balbec. The winners will face the relishing prospect of meeting Na Piarsaigh in the semi-final. Best of luck to the players and management.
Ahane Minor Hurlers
There was disappointment for the minor hurlers as they lost out by a solitary score against Ballybrown, 2-12 to 2-11 in their final group game. A draw would have secured qualification but it was not to be on the night where the lads showed great desire and battling trademarks throughout the game against the eventual table toppers from Clarina. The lads indeed showed they can mix it with the best throughout their campaign having beaten two of the semi-finalists in the group stages, but will look back on dropped points in the earlier rounds which would eventually catch up on them.
While little consolation now, there are massive positives to take from the year in terms of the development of this group of players which will stand to them in the future. Obviously well coached, three of the panel have seen regular senior hurling championship action, with other members amongst the senior panel and also having played Junior A championship over the course of the year to date. Two of the players were regulars on the Munster Championship winning Limerick U17 team along with a number of others who represented Limerick honourably in the Celtic Challenge U17 competition – with a similar trend in 2018. The future looks bright for these lads and we expect those overage next season to move seamlessly to the adults ranks within the club.
Well done to the players and management throughout 2019.
Ahane panel was: William O Leary, Shane O Grady, Andy Rowsome, Evan O Leary, Jack Barry, Peter O Grady, Mark Donnellan, Kevin Morrissey, Adam Murrihy, Cian Casey, Ronan Fox, Peter Donohoe, Andrew Shanahan, Mark Hickey, Ron Magill, Denis Hayes, David Brennan, Aiden Carroll, Glen Jones, Conor O Brien, Liam O Mara, Eddie Hartigan, Gavin Cole, Alex Holmes, Gavin Rowsome, Craig O Connell, Ciaran Coulter, Colm Slattery.
The U14 hurlers travelled to Adare on Friday night last to take on the home team in a mini- series of arranged end of season games. The players turned in an excellent first half performance and playing their best hurling of the season with super commitment, teamwork and skill leading to exceptional scores ensuring the team went in well ahead at half time.
Adare came back into the game in the second half but the Ahane players were not to be outdone and came away with a fine win.
After a very good run in the regular U12 Football 13-a-side league, the team travelled to Cappamore on Thursday night last to take part in the Group 2 Football 13-a-side Playoff Semi-final.
The 21 players on the night put in a fantastic display where there was great defending, teamwork and excellent scores to get a fine win. Thank you to the large group of parents and supporters who came to see and encourage the team in Cappamore.
Ahane GAA Bord na nOg were delighted to welcome current Limerick Senior Hurling Goalkeeping coach Timmy Houlihan to Mackey Park last Monday evening to do a coaching session with our up and coming net minders from U9 to U17 in both hurling and camogie.
Timmy took 2 separate groups and went through some of the key elements required to be a good goalkeeper including footwork, handling, positioning and puck outs.
The session was extremely well received by all players and mentors alike. We would like to thank Timmy for his time and enthusiasm and hope that this session will inspire the future Nicky Quaid’s of Limerick hurling!
Over 35’s Hurling
“Are you a washed up hurler but just can’t let go?”
“Is that belly getting a little rounder and you need the exercise?”
“Do you miss the clash of the ash and the dressing room banter?
“Or do you just need to get out of the house for an hour?
Ahane are launching an over 35’s Hurling game on Saturday next in Ahane from 4-5pm. See the clubs social media feeds for more details via Twitter, Facebook, Website or on the free app “ClubZap” which covers all the latest club news, fixtures and results.
OsKaR’s Fundraiser Coffee Morning
“A Night at the OsKaR’s” Bridesmaids cast are holding a fundraising coffee morning in the Clubhouse on Sat 14th Sept.
Everyone is welcome to attend for a great morning of fun.
OsKaR’s Fundraising Road Hurling
Ahane are going to the OsKaRs this November and the cast of LOVE/HATE want you to join them on the roads of the parish to raise some extra funds for their Road Hurling competition which takes place on Saturday 5th October from2-5pm starting at Daly’s Cross.
Hurling, hurling and more hurling – what’s not to love! Contact us now to secure your spot – teams of 3, just €10 per person. All ages are welcome and family tickets are just €20 – a perfect Saturday afternoon.
A fun event awaits…followed by prize presentation, food (maybe some drinks) & a raffle in Herberts Bar.
See the clubs Facebook page for more details.
Jiving Classes in the clubhouse
Learn to Jive in step-by-step jiving lessons each and every Monday night in the clubhouse from 8-9pm with John O Halloran.
€10 per person and a great way to have fun and keep fit!
PHOTOGRAPH ; Ahane Under 12 Football team who played Cappamore on Thursday evening last