CROOM GAA CLUB NOTES
Croom GAA Golf Classic:
We are holding our annual Croom GAA Golf Classic in Adare Manor Golf Club on Saturday October 31st from 9am-12.30. Teams of 3 are €200. Tee box sponsorship €100. Format is 3 ball champagne scramble. Please contact Mickey Cahill 0851349959, Stephen Lucey 0879858726, or Johnny Fitzgerald 0868078703 for details and time sheet.
Junior A Football:
Last week we played Crecora in the county semifinal in a wet and windy St. Patrick’s under lights. We started the game against the breeze and it was a cagey affair with scores difficult to come by. The half time score was 4 points to 2 for Crecora. We missed a couple of chances at the start of the second half and Crecora kicked a couple of points and added scores from some soft frees but Brian Cregan struck for a goal which looped into the far corner over the keeper and this brought us back into the game. As the second half went on, we began to get some dominance and went ahead as we entered the last 5 minutes. As we entered injury time, we were 2 points ahead. The tension and pressure was mounting as we tried to see the game out but we lost the ball in contact in Crecora’s half and they broke forward. Their player ran through the middle and should have been fouled or stopped but unfortunately the ball shifted back to the left corner of the large rectangle and a low shot to the opposite corner found its way into the net. We had 2 minutes to try and get an equaliser but unfortunately it wasn’t to be. The final whistle went and we were bitterly disappointed to lose by 1.09 : 1.08. Thank you to all the players and management for their effort this year.
Our U21 footballers commence their campaign on the weekend of Oct 24/25th. They are in Group 2 of the ‘A’ championship. First up is a home match v Cappamore, then away v Killacolla Gaels, home v Shannon Gaels and the last group game is away v Ballyateen. The U21 coaching team is Shane Burke, Aaron Burke, and Alan Carey and we wish the team all the best.
Last week we played Monaleen away and had a fantastic win on a scoreline of 10.10 : 3.09. This was 5 wins in a row in the 11 a side U12 competition, and we have qualified for the ‘A’ Final due to take place on Oct 17th. On Sunday last in wet, windy and cold conditions, we welcomed Limerick Senior Hurler Aaron Gillane to partake in a hurling session and answer any questions the players and coaches had. The young players were in awe of their hurling hero as he presented each player with a gift of a hurley grip from his new range of hurling equipment. As a club we were delighted to welcome Aaron to Croom GAA and to be able to support his new business venture, AG Sports. All in Croom wish Aaron well for the future on and off the pitch….Thank you Aaron for visiting Croom! Additional thanks to club man and hurling coach Aidan Mangan who made time to take the U12 session again. The players relished Aidan’s hurling sessions and gave their full attention and effort for the full 90mins. Thank you Aidan! The afternoon was nicely topped off with one last treat for the players, the delivery of pizzas and drinks from the local Tasty Hut restaurant! Our U12 footballers are away v Caherconlish on Tues Oct 6th and at home v Claughaun on Thurs Oct 8th both at 6.15pm.
Our U11 hurlers are away v Garryspillane this Sun Oct 11th, time TBC. Coaches will be in touch with parents.
Our U10 hurlers played Adare away last Friday. We had 17 players and it was a great game with plenty of effort and great skills shown. All players got their chance and were rotated in and out and tried in different positions. A lot of positives can be taken from the match and we look forward to further developing the skills over the next few weeks. Our U10 footballers are away v Ballybricken/Bohermore this Fri Oct 9th at 6.15pm.
Our U8 footballers played Bruff away last saturday. We split the teams into U7s and U8sand the games went very well. We had 16 players, 8 each in each age group. We are hoping to arrange some games against St. Patricks over the next couple of weeks. Coaches will be in touch with parents with details of training and matches.
Last Saturday, on a beautiful dry sunny morning in Fedamore today our U6s put on the Croom jersey for the first time. South Liberties, Knockainey & Fedamore also had teams participating. Croom put two teams out as we had 14 children available, and both teams played 3 ten minute matches. A big thank you to head coach Patsy Cahill for organising and to those who helped including Marcus Cregan, and Jennifer Cregan who looked after the first aid. Thank you to all the parents (and grandparents) who supported the kids today. It was a very enjoyable day and we look forward to the next day out.
Numbers drawn: 4, 9, 22, 31. No jackpot winner.
Lucky dips of 20e:
Pa Reidy, Carrigeen.
John Shanahan, Carrigeen,
Olivia Nestor, Banogue.
Callum Quirke, Garranror.
Padraig Deady, Donaman.
Next draw is on in Halpins Pub with a jackpot of 7,000e. Thanks to all those that support our lotto and our other fundraising efforts.