County Junior A Football Final ends in defeat:Last Saturday we played Monaleen in the county final in Kilmallock. With all the weekends rain, the game was switched to Kilmallock after an early pitch inspection. On winning the toss, we elected to play against the breeze. We started off well in the first 5mins building the ball up the field and creating a few scoring chances but unfortunately missed a few and only had a point to our name after 15mins. Monaleen took their chances and were aided by turnovers and mistakes in our defence. We came back up the field and won a couple of frees which we didn’t convert and ended up behind at half time 5 points to 2. We started the second half ok, but Monaleen kept the ball well. Frustration was building as we were finding it difficult to get a flow into our game and scoring was difficult. A freak penalty scored after a foul on Monaleen’s full forward after he tried to dispossess our goalkeeper led to us going 6 points behind. We rung the changes over the next 10mins bringing in fresh legs and we had a period of sustained pressure getting it back to 1.05 to 0.06. We had a chance in front of the goals to take a handy point but tried to get a goa, the move broke down and Monaleen broke forward and made it 1.06 to 0.06 This was a crucial point in the game. Croom pushed forward and squeezed up the field but then the defining moment of the game occurred. Monaleen turned us over in our left half forward position, broke down field and with 4 attacking 3 with runners coming through, the ball was worked across towards our goals and they finished a low drive to the bottom corner of the net leaving us 2 goals behind with less than 10mins left to play. We pushed for a goal but it was all in vain. It finished 2.06 to 0.06. Congratulations to Monaleen but unfortunately we didn’t play well enough on the day. The year is not over however, as we play Ballyduff Lower of Waterford in the Munster championship on November 16th.

County Minor A Football Final:On Tuesday November 5th we play Adare in Mick Neville Park. The result is unknown at time of going to print. See club Facebook and Limerick leader for result/match

Strictly Croom Dancing #2:Croom GAA are holding a Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday 23rd November at the South Court Hotel Raheen. The purpose of this fundraiser is to complete Phase 3 of the Club’s Development Plan. Having completed Phase 1 which was the hurling wall, and Phase 2 which was the clubhouse and 4G floodlit training area, Phase 3 will see the upgrading of the field of play & the surrounding grounds of the pitch , pitch fencing, gates ,goalposts etc.Croom GAA want to ensure that we are always keeping our community at the heart of everything we do and will be donating a portion of the proceeds on the night to Croom National School for their own development requirements. 11 couples will perform a variety of dances on the night and the couples participating can be viewed in various media points. The night itself will see new dancers, new judges, and new stage & lighting visuals . Tickets are on sale for €20 each and are available from any participating dancers or club committee member.

Lotto- Numbers drawn 1,9,16,28 . No jackpot winners. Lucky dips- John B Kiely c/o Tom Kiely, Mary O Farrell Carrigeen, Nora Ryan Manister, Ita Leahy Skagh, Leonie Hickey Cois Sruthain . Next draw is in Tangneys with a jackpot of €3900. Thanks to all those who support our draw and other fundraising efforts