A huge week to report for Athea GAA, with some proud wins for our parish.
Junior A Ladies
Well done to the Junior Ladies team who, after a determined performance V Ahane on Sunday morning last, made it straight into the county semi-final on 26th September. A word of thanks to all at Athea GAA for having the field in such excellent condition and for the live updates on twitter.
U12/U14 Girls
A courageous second half display from Athea U14s girls saw them narrowly defeated by Murroe Boher on Wednesday night last in Murroe. Best for Athea were Emma Scanlon and Clodagh Ahern and a display of defending by Emma Vaughan. Well done to all on the night.
U12s V Old Mill TBC. U8s and U10s V Gerald Griffins in Ballyhahill Sunday September 6th @ 6pm. U14 V Gerald Griffins September 2nd in Athea at 6pm.
Junior A Mens
Junior A Championship Round 3
Venue: Ballyhahill
Athea 1-16 Newcastle West 0-12
We met the team we shared top spot with going into the last round of games, Newcastle West to decide who went through as group winners. This was always going to be a tougher test and a chance for our team to see where we were really going.
We started the same team as last week but quickly found ourselves 3 points down. Jack O Connor and Kevin Murphy points kept us in touch. We trailed by two points by the water break. Podge Reidy and Dylan Griffin were both playing well at this stage. We traded points then until half time when the score was 0-08 to 0-06 in Newcastle West’s favour. We needed a big second half.
James Ryan got us off to a great start with a goal as the first score of the half. We never gave up our lead after that. Eamon McElligott and his selectors Mike Ahern and Roger Ryan were not afraid to use the panel. The subs introduced all had big parts to play. Alan Kelly, Sean Ryan, Jason Kelly were all on early in the half. Michéal Dalton was also brought in. Sean got a few vital points. Kevin Murphy kept ticking off the points and Mark Reidy had a huge influence on the game. Brian O Connor seemed to be involved in everything as the game wore on.
We won by 7 points in the end, but it was extremely hard fought against a tough team. It was also great to see so many players, younger and older showing great character. We have three weeks of preparation for the quarter final, no doubt a time that will be well used. Athea will play either Drom Broadford or Crecora Manister who meet at a later date.
Kieran Hartnett, Padraig Reidy, Martin Chawke, Tommy Quaid, Dylan Griffin (0-01), Michael Reidy, Jack O’ Connor (0-03), Mark Reidy (0-03, 1 fr), Jonathan Fitzgerald, Brian O’ Connor (0-01), Gerard Ahern, Darren Murphy, Kevin Murphy (0-05, 4 fr), Mark O’Connor, James Ryan (1-01).
Subs used: Sean Ryan (0-02), Alan Kelly, Jason Kelly and Michéal Dalton.
Mens Minor
Our minors played away to Caherconlish on Friday night last. The boys came away with an outstanding win on a score line of 4-13 to 1-02. Scores coming from all over the pitch, most notably from TJ Hunt from his place kicking, which was superb. They now face Knockaderry this Friday night in Athea at 6.30pm in the 2nd round.
Team: Colin Brouder, Eoin Sheahan, Tom McEnery, Luke Gleeson, Gavin Ambrose, Eoin O’Shea, Dermot Pierce, Michael Tierney, Evan Wallace, TJ Hunt, Aidan Curry, Jack Hunt, Darragh O’Shea, Andrew Riordan, Cillian O’Connor
U14 Boys
Athea 5-11 Knockaderry 2-3
Our boys gave a great all round performance against a very hard hitting Knockaderry team in Athea on Wednesday evening last. They showed great skill and much improved passing on their way to amassing an impressive 5 goals and 11 points. Despite the score line the game was hard fought throughout, without boys taking a lot of punishment especially in the second half. Tomás Ahern was as ever excellent in goals, always finding his man with the kickouts. Tadhg Ahern is getting better with every game at full back. Calum Buckley was imperious at centre back while the high fielding Evan Curry and athletic James Hunt dominated midfield, Rory Cleary as always covered every blade of grass while at full forward Timmy O Keeffe was our scorer in chief, getting the better of a variety of markers. The other players who all performed admirably were Fionn Histon, Ciarán Hunt, Jamie Collins, Louis O Sullivan, Jack Sexton, Jim Ahern and Michael Murphy .
This team have now qualified for the county semi-final, with the opposition still to be decided.
Club Draw
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 steps below;
1. Follow the link Alternatively, visit, find my club, search for Athea GAA and click ‘pay membership’
2. The Club Development Draw option will be the third option from the bottom under ‘Registration Plans’
3. Select ‘1’ under the quantity of tickets and then click ‘add to cart’. You will then be directed to a registration page.
4. If it is your first time using clubforce, you will need to register as a user. This registration can be completed by using your facebook/google account. If you are a previous user of Clubforce, you will need to log in before continuing to the next step.
5. Once you have successfully completed registration, you will be brought to the payment page.
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 U14 GIrls Team who were narrowly defeated by Murroe Boher on Wednesday Last.
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