ATHEA GAA CLUB NOTES
It is fair to say that there is not a night that goes by when the Maroon and White is represented in some corner of the county. We are delighted with the progress the club has made over the last few years, with the development of the hurling club, U5 nursery and the further merging of the Ladies Club, Bord na Nóg and Junior Club. The newest committee to be established within the Club is the ‘Healthy Club Team’ who will work towards implementing initiatives to promote a healthy mind and body.
Our U14 boys team returned to Athea on Saturday morning in celebratory fashion winning the title of the 2020 County Champions. Another piece of silverware to add to the cabinet. Well done to all the team and their coaches Colm Hassett, John Hunt and Mike Buckley.
Our Club would like to express our thanks to Ann Marie Horgan who has stepped down as Children’s Officer after 3 years of service. Ann Marie has worked tirelessly behind the scenes organising Garda Vetting, Child Safeguarding, Training etc. Linda Hunt has gladly agreed to take over the role from Ann Marie. Wishing Linda a happy and enjoyable placement with the Club.
Athea 5-5 Kildimo/Pallaskenery 2-7
Our brilliant team won the delayed 2020 U14, 13 aside County Championship on Saturday morning last in Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale. We had a small panel of 16 players, but what we have are good. A great crowd of parents and grandparents turned up to cheer on the boys and they weren’t disappointed. We were under a lot of pressure in the first half against the breeze and were probably lucky to be only 4 points down, (2-4 to 1-3) at the break. Coach Colm Hassett gave them plenty of encouragement at half time and they went out all guns blazing. Straight from the throw in a magnificent catch by Evan Curry, followed by a strong solo run before passing to Rory Cleary who buried a bullet of a shot to the back of the net. We got on top for most of the second half with brilliant displays from Evan Curry, Calum Buckley, Timmy O Keeffe and Sean Twomey. We stretched our lead out to six points, they brought it back to a 3 point game before we surged again to win by six. There was great scenes of Jubilation as Captain Calum Buckley was presented with the cup after the match. A cavalcade of cars made their way to Athea where they made plenty of noise up and down the street, before being treated to refreshments from Collins Shop outside the club house.
Team ; Tomás Ahern, Sean Twomey, Tadhg Ahern, Ciarán Hunt, Calum Buckley, Jamie Collins, Evan Curry, Rory Cleary, Louis O Sullivan, Timmy O Keeffe, Jack Sexton, Alex Quinn, James Hunt, Tomás Ahern, Jim Ahern and Jamie Quinn. Unavailable on the day was Fionn Histon.
This team have a bye in the first round of the 2021 league, so their next game is at home to Knockaderry on Monday July 12th at 7pm.
Well done to our U8’s who played Gerald Griffins and St Senans in Foynes on Thursday night. Thanks to St Senans for hosting the blitz
Athea 2-8 Cappagh 5-6
Great performance from our U14 girls in another high scoring game against Cappagh.
U11 Boys v Monagea in Athea 22/06 @6.45pm
Junior B Men v Ballysteen in Ballysteen 23/06 @ 7.30pm
U12 Girls v St Senans in Shanagolden 24/06 @ 6.30pm
U13 Hurling v Banogue in Banogue 24/06 @ 7pm
U9 Boys v Ask/Ball/Kil 25/06 at 6.45pm
Junior A Men vs Glin in Glin 25/06 @8pm
Junior Ladies v Adare in Athea 27/06/21 @ 7pm
U11 Hurling v Granagh/Ballingarry in Athea 29/06 @ 6.45pm
U17 Football v Mountcollins in Athea 30/06 @ 7pm
U13 Football v Shannon Gaels in Athea 01/07 @ 7pm
Club Development Draw
Tickets for our annual Club Development Draw are now on sale through ClubForce or by contacting any seller. The draw will take the same format as last year, with tickets priced at €50 covering 5 draws August – December 2021. Your continued support is greatly appreciated.