ATHEA GAA CLUB NOTES
Kilathmoy Wind Farm Fund
We were delighted to receive correspondence from the Kilathmoy Wind Farm Fund this week to inform us that we had been successful in receiving a grant of €3000 from their community fund. This funding will be used to further progress our development plan.
Junior A Ladies
After a great season of football, our ladies team will play Galtee Gaels in the Junior A semi-final at 4pm on Saturday in Croagh. The Athea GAA twitter feed (@AtheaGAA) will feature live updates from the match. Best of luck to the team and management.
Well done to the Athea Girls U12 team who played Fr Caseys in Abbeyfeale on Friday evening last. We would like to wish a speedy recovery to Leah Wall who sustained an injury in the match.
Junior A Mens
Junior A Quarter Final Saturday September 29th
Athea 2-07 Crecora Manister 3-07
Our year came to an end in Knockaderry on Saturday. We entered the game having won our group comprehensively, and started as such. By the first half water break we lead 2-04 to 1-01. By that stage we had wasted a good number of scoring chances but lead through a Jason Kelly goal, Kevin Murphy penalty and a number of frees from Kevin. A penalty conceded for a leg block just before the water break gave Crecora the glimmer of hope they needed. We failed to really get going after that. Crecora scored three points then before half time. We scored the first point of the second half, well taken by Mark O Connor but then failed to score again until nearly injury time. A Crecora goal and two quick points meant we trailed at the water break. When they got another goal after the break we had a mountain to climb. A brilliant save from the Crecora keeper to deny Brian O Connor a goal secured their victory.
It was a disappointing end to what has been a great year, especially given these strange times we find ourselves in. A huge thank you must go to Eamon McElligott, who along with Mike Ahern and Roger Ryan created a brilliant atmosphere and team spirit. The performances have been outstanding with many mainstays of the team now seeing younger players join the ranks to give great hope for the years ahead. There is a lot to look forward to under Eamon’s stewardship next year.
Kieran Hartnett, Padraig Reidy, Martin Chawke, Tommy Reidy, Jack O’ Connor, Micheal Reidy, Dylan Griffin, Mark Reidy, Jonathan Fitzgerald, Darren Murphy, Jason Kelly(1-00), Brian O Connor, Kevin Murphy (1-06), Mark O Connor (0-01) and James Ryan.
Subs used – Sean Ryan, David O’ Connor, Gerard Ahern.
Our minors were out on Sunday afternoon in the quarter final against Belleville Gaels in Templeglantine. This game was always going to be a tough one against a strong amalgamated team.
Our boys got off to a flying start with some excellent scores and some early goals to put us in a good position going up 7 points going into half time. As the second half got underway Belleville started to play a lot better and within a bad 10 minutes for Athea we conceded some soft goals and found it hard to claw back. With our boys dominating so much of the game with tireless work rate the small purple patch was just a bit too much to claw back and finished on a score line of Athea 1-11 Belleville 4-05. The boys should be extremely proud of coming so close to getting to a semi-final up against such a strong team and with the majority still underage next year the future is looking in good shape. Huge thanks to all the support from everyone who turned up in Templeglantine. And a huge credit to those young players who put in a massive effort throughout the year.
Athea 3-13 Blackrock 3-03
Our boys gave an exhibition of point scoring, to claim a well-deserved win at home to the team from Kilfinane/Ardpatrick. Physically the teams were evenly matched, but the opposition had no answer to passing and movement as the scores flowed from Gearoid O Sullivan, Cillian O Connor, Daire O’Shea and the excellent Evan Curry. The bedrock for our win was laid at the back, where Tomás Ahern in goals, the excellent Conor Mullane and Maurice Fitzgerald controlled everything that came their way.
We make the long Journey to football stronghold Ballylanders on Saturday morning for our final group game, with a semi-final place secured.
Team; Tomás Ahern, Maurice Fitzgerald, Conor Mullane, James Lee, Calum Buckley, James Hunt, Gearoid O Sullivan, Daragh Reidy, James Broderick, Daire O’Shea, Evan Curry, Rory O Mahony, Cillian O Connor. Subs; Michael Walsh, Fergal Pierse, Tadhg Ahern and Donnacha Barrett.
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 https://member.clubforce.com/memberships_cart_m.asp…. Alternatively, visit Clubforce.com, 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 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 Minor Football Team