AHANE GAA CLUB NOTES
Senior Hurling Club Championship
Hard luck to the seniors who, despite a gallant performance, eventually went down to Kilmallock by 0-22 to 1-14 on Sunday in the Gaelic Grounds and unfortunately exited the 2019 championship. With promotion already secured for next year having topped Group B, Ahane were really in bonus territory as they faced the men from the Balbec. The first half saw both sides having periods of dominance with some fine scores in the greasy conditions. The Ahane scores came via the sticks of Tom Morrissey, Niall Moran and a well worked short-side-line which saw Ronan Fox score a fine point from the open stand side-line. Kilmallock finished the half the stronger with 4 points on the trot to leave Ahane trailing by 0-11 to 0-10 at the break.
The resumption of the game saw both teams continue to trade scores as both sides wrestled gain the upper hand. Ahane were boosted by the dismissal of one of the Kilmallock forwards early in the second half but Kilmallocks clever use of the ball ensured they did not appear to be adversely affected by being down to 14 men. Indeed seven Kilmallock scores in row during the second period, which was only interrupted by a Tom Morrissey free on 47 minutes, left the scores 0-20 to 0-13 to Kilmallock. We were then given an apparent lifeline when Niall Moran buried a 21m free to leave 4 points between the sides. Niall followed this up with his fifth from play to leave only three between the sides with 3 minutes to play and momentum on our side. While the lads played out the last phase with the hunger you’d expect from any side chasing a game, Kilmallock perhaps showed a little more experience and composure to see out the game, notching the final two scores of the hour meaning Ahane lost out 1-13 to 0-22 meaning Kilmallock move on to face Na Piarsaigh in the semi-final.
Well done to the lads on a courageous performance which will leave them with plenty to look forward to in 2020 as they step up to Group A for the championship. Maith thú to the players and management for their time and effort over the course of the year. Roll on 2020.
Over 35’s Hurling
Ahane launched the over 35’s Hurling on Saturday last and this proved a great success with 22 players togging in the gorgeous sunshine in Newgarden. What followed was a highly enjoyable game of hurling for all that both took part and watched on from the side-lines. There was a great mix of players on show, ranging in age and experience which added to the occasion which there will be no doubt plenty more of.. Keep an eye on the Ahane social media platforms (ClubZap App, Facebook, Twitter, Website) for further information and updates.
OsKaR’s Fundraiser “hen party with a difference”
A wonderful morning full of chat, laughter, food, and friends in the clubhouse on Saturday morning for the cast of Bridesmaids Oskar fundraiser! Massive thanks to everyone who came out this morning to support the ladies it was much appreciated. Huge well done to the cast for organising such a wonderful event which was enjoyed by all in attendance. We are looking forward to seeing you all on the big screen on November 2nd! Remember tickets are on sale now!
Tickets can be got from; Cast Members, Ahane Camogie Mentors, Ahane Ladies Football Mentors, Senior Committee, Adult players (Senior hurlers and footballers)
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.
PHOTOGRAPH : Ahane Over 35’s Hurling