ATHEA GAA CLUB NOTES
Junior A Ladies
After a myriad of challenge matches, our Junior Ladies team now play Ahane in Athea on this Sunday (August 30th) at 11am. Unfortunately, no supporters will be permitted to attend the match, but please follow Athea GAA’s twitter account (@AtheaGAA) for live updates throughout the match. The walking track will also be closed for the duration of the match. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
U12s play Fr Caseys on Friday evening August 28th in Abbeyfeale & U14 Ladies play Murroe/Boher on Wednesday evening in Murroe. Best of luck to both teams
Junior A Mens
Junior A Championship Round 2
Athea 9-23 Hospital Herbertstown 0-05
We will go into the final round with an excellent chance to top the group and theoretically get a more favourable draw for the knockout stages. Newcastle West also won this weekend so the top two teams will play each other for that reward.
Just like last weekend this quickly became a one-sided affair. Early dominance gave us the confidence to pull away before the first water break. Mark Reidy, Darren Murphy, James Ryan, Kevin Murphy, Mark O’ Connor and Gerard Ahern did most of the early scoring. This was made possible by the dominance of Mark Reidy and Jonathan Fitzgerald in midfield who were ably supported by the halfback line. Dylan Griffin and Jack O Connor in particular, handled a lot of ball and set up continuous attacks. From here the half forward line of Gerard Ahern in centre forward and Brian O Connor and Darren Murphy on either side were composed in possession. Their job was made easy by the excellent running of James Ryan, Mark O’ Connor and Kevin Murphy. James Ryan and Darren Murphy ended up with three goals each, all well taken, especially Darren’s second. Mark O Connor was proving impossible to mark so our midfield could mix it up and kick ball straight into him when needed.
As the game wore on, we had the opportunity to make changes with many players getting in on the act. What was most impressive was the intensity the team kept up throughout (both teams in fact). Eamon had clear instructions given for all passages of play and despite the score line this never changed. This is the first game played since the new restrictions on supporters. It is a pity that so few will have witnessed one of our best days in terms of scoring.
Kieran Hartnett, Padraig Reidy (0-01), Martin Chawke, Tommy Quaid (C),Dylan Griffin, Michael Reidy, Jack O’ Connor (1-00), Mark Reidy (0-04), Jonathan Fitzgerald (0-01), Brian O’ Connor (1-02), Gerard Ahern (0-04), Darren Murphy (3-00), Kevin Murphy (1-04), Mark O’ Connor (0-04), James Ryan (3-02)
Subs used: Jason Kelly, Sean Ryan (0-01), Andy Ahern, David O Connor, Micheal Dalton.
Athea will play Newcastle West in Ballyhahill on Sunday next at 6pm with the top spot in Group 4 up for grabs. Be sure to follow @AtheaGAA on twitter for live updates from the match.
We lost to Granagh/Ballingarry on Monday night despite scoring an impressive 1-15. Team – Tomas Ahern, Maurice Fitzgerald, Conor Mullane, James Hunt, Calum Buckley, James Lee, Daragh Reidy, Michael Walsh, Evan Curry, Daire O’Shea, James Broderick, Rory O’Mahony, Cillian O’Connor, Donnacha Barrett, Rory Cleary & Tadhg Ahern.
Will play Knockaderry on Wednesday evening at 7pm at the High Field.
Well done to U14 hurlers; Ciaran Hunt, Jack Sexton, Louis O’Sullivan, Rory Cleary and James Hunt who played for Templeglantine U14 Hurlers last Wednesday V NCW.
The Athea U8s played their first match together again Newcastle West on Saturday morning last at the High Field. Each player played brilliantly and enjoyed the match. The future is bright!
Tickets continue to be on sale for our Club Development Draw 2020. Tickets are priced at just €50 which covers entry into all 5 draws. Tickets can be purchased online through clubforce by following the link – https://clubforce.com/clubs/gaa-athea-gaa-club-limerick/. Tickets can also be purchased by contacting any of the following sellers; Kevin O’Keeffe, Roger Ryan, Paul Curry, Matthew Tierney, Neddie Hunt, Pat O’Sullivan, Mossie Ahern, Gerard Ahern, John Hunt, Ger Collins, Liz O’Sullivan, Dan McMahon, Martin Chawke, Podge Reidy, Mark Reidy, Oliver McGrath, Ned Mahony, Magella Dalton, Declan Dalton, Pa Ahern, Kathleen Mullane or Timmy Enright. Tickets also available to purchase at Athea & District Credit Union. Many thanks to everyone for your continued support, allowing us to continue to invest in our facilities at Pairc na nGael and continuing to support all of the above teams and activities.
Photograph – Athea U8s footballers who played Newcastle West in Athea on Saturday morning. Each player played brilliantly – the future is bright!