Athea GAA Club Notes;

Split the Bucket:
Congratulations to Gerard Ahern who was this week’s Split the Bucket winner, going home with €385.The next draw will take place on Monday October 9th. Envelopes can be purchased at Brown Joes, Dick Whites, Collins Shop, O’ Riordan’s Pharmacy, Batts , Athea Credit Union, Bingo at Con Colbert Hall on Friday nights, Chinese Takeaway, and during events at Pairc na nGael. Thanks to everyone for your continued support.

Notice to Track Users:
A reminder to all dog owners that dogs must be kept on a lead at all times whilst using our facilities. It has come to our attention that some dogs have been allowed to roam freely at the pitch which has resulted in damage to our facilities. If the problem persists we may have to take the unpopular decision to ban dogs completely. Your support with this matter is appreciated.

U12 Girls:
Our U12 team played their final game of the year last Friday night. Well done to the girls who showed such skill and determination in every game they played all year. Thanks to Glin for a great sporting game. Special word of thanks to their coaches Liz O’ Sullivan, Mary Ita Casey and all the parents who helped out this year David Murphy, Stephen o’ Rourke, Thomas Collins and Loretta Brouder.

U14 Girls:
Best of luck to our U14 girls and management team of Mary Hunt, Stephen O’ Rourke and David Murphy in the county final this Saturday at 11am in Raheenagh where they face Drom / Broadford. The girls have given us some great days out this year and we couldn’t be prouder.

Go n-éirí leat.
U17 Mens:
GriffinsGlinAthea 1-14 Adare 2-07
We had a great win on Wednesday last in Adare in our final group game. This secured a second place finish and a playoff with Newcastle West on Tuesday next Oct 3rd in Newcastle West .This will decide which team goes into the Div 2 championship quarter final or into the shield semi-final. Team v Adare; Tomás Ahern, Jamie Collins, Harry Fitzgerald, Luke Buckley, Rory Cleary, James Hunt, Conor Fitzgerald, Evan Curry, Tadhg Ahern, Dara Mullane, Jack Sexton, Sean McKenry, Jim Ahern, Donagh Daly, Jack Adams, subs Jim Culhane and Fergal Leahy.

Sponsorship Opportunity:
If any businesses would like to aid with sponsorship of our Adult Ladies Team as they prepare for their county semi-final V St. Ailbes Oct 8th please speak to a member of the committee ASAP

Áth an tSléibhe – Coiste na nÓg –27ú Meán Fómhair 2023
Torthaí Results
U11 Billy Kirwan Football Tournament St Senans:
We travelled to Foynes on Sunday morning to play in the Billy Kirwan tournament. We played
Askeaton Ballysteen Kilcornan in our first game and we played very well, kicking some great scores to win. We then played St. Senans in the cup final after they had beaten Shannon Gaels in their first match. We started well and kicked the first score of the match however as the match went on a much stronger St. Senans team started to dominate and won out well in the end. Thanks to St. Senans for organising a great tournament and thanks to the parents and players for travelling. Edward Kelly, Nathan Ambrose, Colton Brouder, James Kelly, Noah Nash, Tiarnan Fitzgerald, Fionn Hunt, Jontie Wielding, Josiah Wielding, Shane Ahern, Oisin McCarthy, Oran Hayes, Conor Hayes, Rory Carmody, Paudie Ahern.

U13 Division 3 County Football Final:
Athea 1:07 Monagea 2:03
We travelled to Mick Neville Park Rathkeale on Saturday morning last to take on Monagea in the
County Final. We had already played Monagea twice in the leagues and a play-off with only a kick of a ball separating the teams so we knew this was going to be another tight game and it didn’t disappoint. We started the game well with Aaron Broderick kicking the first 2 points of the game. We were on top for the majority of the first half however we kicked a lot of wides during this period. Monagea scored a point in their first attack and scored a goal with their second attack around the mid-way stage of the first half. Athea responded immediately with a point on the run from the electric Shane Ahern and a long distance goal from the hard working Mark Collins leaving the score at half time 1:02 to 1:03 in Athea’s Favour having played with the wind. We started the second half brightly again with a point from Aaron Hunt, however Monagea were now starting to find their

rhythm and scored a goal from their full forward to leave us trailing by one point mid-way through

the second half. Daniel Hunt and Mark Collins kicked two scores to put us back in the lead however Monagea to their credit never gave up and hit the crossbar and post in the last 8 minutes. Monagea drew level with about 4 minutes remaining and were unlucky not to score another goal with minutes remaining only for a fine save from Eoin Ahern in goals and some heroic defending from our full back line. In the final minute we managed to work the ball to our corner forward Shane Ahern who turned his man and raced towards goals only to be fouled on the 21 yard line, up stepped our captain Daniel Hunt to slot the free over the bar with the final whistling sounding seconds later to the relief of the large crowd of Athea supports. This was an epic final between two great teams with Athea delighted to be in the lead when the final whistle was blown. Great credit is due to the Monagea Team, Management and supporters for a sporting game of football and excellent atmosphere with never more than 2 points separating the teams at any stage. Congratulations to the Athea panel of 23 players who have trained hard all year, improved with every game and always try their best in every match until the final whistle. We wish this same group of players the very best in the Hurling County Final next Saturday as they aim for a historic double for the Athea club.
Panel: Eoin Ahern, Jamie Brosnan, Daniel Broderick, Tony Ambrose, Cathal Fitzgerald, Jack Leahy, Paddy O’Connor, Daniel Hunt, Mark Collins, Tom Mullane, Aaron Broderick, Tadhg Hunt, Aaron Hunt, Kane Brouder, Shane Ahern, Conor Leach, Joe Scanlon, John Ahern, Se Ahern, Liam og Reidy, Nathan Ambrose, Oisin McCarthy, Eoin Kenrick

Parish Football League:
The Nursery and U7 Friday evening training will finish up this Friday September 27th with an end of year Parish League followed by medal presentation and party. The U9 and U11 training will finish the following Friday evening October 06th also with an end of year Parish League (Teams to be announced shortly) followed by medal presentation and party.

U13 Boys Hurling Division 4 Shield County Final:
What an achievement for these boys reaching a hurling county final which will be on Saturday 30th September 2023 in Mick Neville Park @ 10 am. They are playing Knockainey in the final. Regardless of the result on Saturday It has been a fantastic year for our U13’s in both football and hurling. All
support would be greatly appreciated on the day as they try and achieve the double!!!

Cluichí Coiste na seachtaine seo:
This week’s Coiste fixtures:
Monday 25th September
U11 Boys & Girls Hurling – Athea V Croagh @ 6.30pm

Saturday 30th September
U13 Boys Hurling – Athea V Knockainey @ 10am in Mick Neville Park (Division 4 Shield County Final)