AHANE GAA CLUB NOTES
Ahane OsKaRs Update
This past week saw our seven casts have their third Tuesday rehearsals and all seven movies are really coming together! With just over five weeks to go Oskar fever is in full swing. Sunday saw the cast of The Full Monty hold their car wash fundraiser which was a great success, a massive thank you to all who came down to support the cast, it is greatly appreciated! – This coming weekend sees the cast of Love/Hate host their Road Hurling fundraiser on Saturday 5th October starting at 2pm at Daly’s Cross.
– On Friday 11th October the casts of The Snapper and Sister Act will hold their Fun Table Quiz in the Clubhouse at 8:30pm. Tables of four, €10 per person. There will be great prizes and guaranteed great fun on the night!
All information regarding their fundraisers and all the fundraisers can be found on the Ahane GAA social media pages!
Over 35’s Hurling
We had our third outing on Saturday last in Newgarden and even despite the damp conditions, we again had another highly enjoyable afternoons hurling! With some great exchanges of play and scores throughout, the game fittingly went down to the wire with only a score separating the sides when the referee called time on proceedings. Well done and thanks to all involved.
There will be no game this coming weekend as the Ahane Road Hurling competition takes place. Keep an eye on the Ahane social media platforms (ClubZap App, Facebook, Twitter, Website) for further information and updates.
Ahane senior Camogie through to county Semi-Finals
Ahane and Granagh/Ballingarry traveled to Old Christians GAA to play the O’Sullivan Fabrications Senior Camogie County Semi Final on Sunday afternoon. After two days of rain the pitch was heavy and both teams battled hard throughout the sixty minutes with Ahane coming out on top at the full time whistle.
The first half saw Ahane’s Niamh Mulcahy and Granagh/Ballingarry’s Rebecca Noonan trade points from frees to get their sides off the mark. Shauna D’Arcy popped over her first score of the game in the fifth minute after receiving the ball from her team mates in midfield. Ahane played some fantastic interlinking play and running off the ball that saw them create space around the field. Both teams hooked, hassled, and chased every ball and on many an occasion referree Philip Dee had to throw the ball in to get the game moving again. Ahane’s points in the first half came from Niamh Mulcahy, and Shauna D’Arcy who in injury time of the first half got on the end of a move to slot the ball into the back of Lisa Kelly’s net. At the other end of the field the Ahane full back line of Sarah Crotty, Rose Collins and Niamh Power kept the Granagh/Ballingarry full forward line out with great blocks and constant pressure. Granagh/Ballingarry’s scores came from Rebecca Noonan and Kristy Carroll. The teams went in on a scoreline of Ahane 1-08 Granagh/Ballingarry 0-04.
Ahane had the wind in the second half but Granagh/Ballingarry were the first ones to score with a free coming from Rebecca Noonan. Again Ahane’s defensive play was top notch with Aisling Herbert, Norreen Flanagan, and Kate Herbert putting in huge effort and work rate throughout the sixty minutes in the half back line. Niamh popped over two more points to widen the gap once more. Susie McGovern got a stunning point in the sixth minute of the second half which saw the teams stand at Ahane 1-11 Granagh/Ballingarry 0-06. Rebecca Noonan kept the Granagh/Ballingarry scores ticking over but in the twelfth minute of the second half Niamh Mulcahy took a free from out the field and it dipped under the Granagh/Ballingarry crossbar and into the net to put it at Ahane 2-11 Granagh/Ballingarry 0-08. Shauna D’Arcy added to her tally of the day with another point in the thirteenth minute of the half. Ahane started to really get on top with points from Áine Reynolds and Niamh Mulcahy. The game was not without its drama though as with thirty one minutes gone in the second half Granagh/Ballingarry got a free close to goal and Rebecca Noonan slotted it into Aoife Quinns net, this brought the gap back to nine points. Not a minute later and Granagh/Ballingarry got another free close to goal and Rebecca held her nerve and popped it into the back of the Ahane net, bringing the gap to six points. Unfortunately for Granagh/Ballingarry it was too little too late as Phil Dee blew the final whistle from the puckout.
Ahane are now in the County Final on October 13th in Bruff against Newcastle West. The County Final will be live streamed on Sporting Limerick.
Thank you to all from the club who came out to support the girls today it is so appreciated! We look forward to seeing you all at the County Final on October 13th.
Ahane: A. Quinn; S. Crotty, R. Collins (Capt), N. Power, K. Herbert, N. Flanagan (Vice Capt), A. Herbert; J. Mulcahy, A. Kennedy; N. Moloney, N. Mulcahy, S. McGovern, R, O’Mara, Á. Reynolds (Vice Capt), S. D’Arcy.
Subs: S. Cosgrave (for S. McGovern 22mins 2nd 1/2), L. Nash (for A. Kennedy 28 mins 1st 1/2), Caoimhe Macken, C. Hackett, M. Meskell, A. Reynolds, C. Macken, C. Twomey, F. Herbert (for N. Moloney 30 mins 2nd 1/2), Á. Herbert, A. Nagle, S. O’Curry, C. Greaney, S. Callinan.
U14 Hurling Tournament Winners
Ahane ran out worthy wiinners of our U14 hurling tournament final today in Mackey Park on a 1-11 to 2-3 final scoreline over Adare.
Ahane started brightly and had the ball in the Adare net after 3 minutes . Ahane continued to dominate and led 1-1 to 0-0 after 10mins. Adare took a foothold in the game and tacked onto 2 points to Ahanes 1 to leave Ahane leading by 3 points at the halftime break. Adare started the second half strongly and scored 1-1 inside 5 minutes to lead by a point . Ahane responded well and took a foothold around the middle third scoring the next 5 points to lead by four again. Adare then struck for another goal with 9 mins remaining to reduce the deficit to the bare minimum. But Ahane rallied again and showed great spirit and determination to score 4 points in succession to lead by 5 points. Adare were awarded a penalty with 1 min remaining but a superb save from goalkeeper Tony Lee Coffey and clearance from our backs ensured it was Ahanes day. All that was left to do was the presentation, which Dan Morrissey presented the cup to Ahanes Captain Sean O Neill. Special thank you to all the players, mentors, parents and supporters , and to Adare and to Dan for making the presentation. Ahane Abu!!
The U11 Hurlers hosted a friendly game against South Liberties on Tuesday night in Mackey Park and all the players put in a credible performance to take a 2 point win after a thoroughly entertaining game of hurling.
The 13-a- side game was full of thrills and spills coupled with some quality hurling, resolute defending and excellent scores and both teams must be complimented on their commitment with tough but fair hurling over the course of the 20 minutes a side game.
Thanks to mentors Liam, Brendan and Martin for looking after the team on the night with Brendan also doubling up to also take up the referee duties!!!!!. The mentors complimented all the U11 players on their improvement over recent weeks which was evident on Tuesday evening and thanked all parents and supporters for encouraging the players during the game.
Ahane Camogie U16B County Champions
Ahane traveled to Crecora on Thursday evening to play Ballyagran/Newtownshandrum in the U16 B Cup Final. Ballyagran/Newtownshandrum were the quickest off the mark and got a point within the opening thirty seconds. However Ahane soon got going and in the fourth minute of the first half they got their first goal coming from centre forward Fiona Herbert. The goal added to Ahane’s confidence and they won the next puck out which led to a series of passes that ended with Sarah Cosgrave slotting the ball into the back of the Ballyagran/Newtownshandrum net. Ahane’s first point of the game came from Niamh Brennan in the fifth minute. Fiona then added to her previous goal by getting a beautiful point in the eight minute. Ahane played some fantastic interlinking play but Ballyagran/Newtown Shandrum put them under serious pressure and no ball was won easy. Ella Ryan got her name on the score sheet in the second half as she scored Ahane’s third point of the half in the eight minute. Never giving up Ballyagran/Newtownshandrum scored a great point coming from the stick of their centre forward Nadine White. Ballyagran/ Newtownshandrum goalkeeper, Maeve Kennedy, made a super save that denied Sarah Cosgrave a sure goal and her defence cleared the ball. Ahane popped over three more points two from Sarah and one from Niamh. Niamh then added to her tally by scoring a stunning goal in the nineteenth minute. While Ahane’s forwards worked hard and converted the ball going into them, Ahane’s defence worked like trojans for the sixty plus minutes. Abby Murrihy, Aoife Whelan, Rachael Donnellan, Aine Conway, Lucy Cusack, Aine Herbert, and goalkeeper Ava Corrigan has super games making life very difficult for the Ballyagran/Newtownshandrum forwards.
Ballyagran/Newtownshandrum hit a purple patch in the closing minutes of the first half and they scored two goals and two points without reply. The teams went in at half time on a scoreline of Ahane 3-06 Ballyagran/Newtownshandrum 2-04.
The second half started and with it came the torrential rain that poured for the whole thirty plus minutes of the second half. Both teams are to be commended for their level of camogie they played in the shocking conditions, and it shows just how talented all these girls are. Ahane started the half with points coming from Éle Madigan and Niamh Brennan. Ciara Oliver got on the end of a passage of play, that started in the middle of the field, which saw her smash the ball into the back of the net. Ballyagran/Newtownshandrum responded wonderfully to the quick Ahane start and they got their third goal of the game in the ninth minute of the second half. The last score of the game would come from Fiona Herbert who got a point in the twelfth minute of the second half. Both teams battled hard for the remainder of the half but the gap was just too wide for Ballyagran/Newtownshandrum to close. The game ended on a scoreline of Ahane 4-09 Ballyagran/Newtownshandrum 3-04.
Huge well done to both teams on a great match in awful conditions! Congratulations to Ahane on a great team win! Massive thank you on behalf of the club to their fantastic management team of Anne Madigan, Vera Mulcahy, Kevin Donnellan, and Eugene Ryan who have coached the girls all year. Thanks to Mairéad Hussey and Mary Cusack for first aid throughout the year. Thanks to all who braved the weather to come support the girls this evening it was fantastic to see so many from the club out to support the girls!
Ahane: A. Corrigan; A. Conway, R. Donnellan, L. Cusack, A. Murrihy, Á. Herbert, A. Whelan; É. Madigan (Capt), E. Ryan; S. Cosgrave, F. Herbert, C. Keaveney, C. Oliver, N. Brennan, M. Hussey
Substitutions: S. Hogan (2nd 1/2 for L. Cusack), A. O’Hanlon (2nd 1/2 for C. Oliver), H. Coulter (2nd 1/2 for A. Conway), T. Madigan, S. Casey.
U12 Camogie – Regina Long Memorial Tournament
Congratulations to our U12s who had a brilliant day at the Regina Long Memorial tournament in Mungret today!
They topped their group after playing Treaty Gaels, Causeway, and Mungret/St Pauls to qualify for the Cup semi final. After a very close and exciting semi final v Patrickswell Ahane were very unlucky to lose by 1 point. Thank you to our hosts Mungret for an excellently organised blitz. Also thanks to all the supporters and well done to all the teams that took part
PHOTOGRAPH : Ahane and Adare Under 14 Hurling teams that played in th Ahane Tournament last week.