Granagh Ballingarry Ease into Second Successive Intermediate Semi Final
Limerick County Intermediate Hurling Championship Quarter Final
Granagh Ballingarry 3-22 Croom 2-13
In difficult wet and windy conditions at Croagh on Saturday evening Granagh Ballingarry with a strong all round team performance recorded a comfortable 12-point victory over gallant neighbours Croom to qualify for their second successive Limerick County Intermediate Hurling Championship semi-final against favourites Na Piarsaigh.
A big crowd turned out to watch this quarter final clash of neighbours despite the wet and wintery conditions played on an excellent pitch with Mike Moloney of Caherline in charge. Granagh Ballingarry despite playing against the wind in the opening half made all the yearly running with a pair of white flags from open play courtesy of Cathal O’Keeffe and Luke Flynn in the opening 5 minutes before points were traded from played balls by James Malone and Damien O’Donovan to leave it 0-3 to 0-1 in favour of Granagh Ballingarry on 7 minutes. Both sides were guilty of inaccurate shooting in the next four minutes before the Croom boys up their game with 1-2 in a four-minute spell through with a pointed 65 keeper Mark O’Kelly with a penalty goal following a foul on Damien Sexton, followed by a pointed free by James Malone to leave the Croom boys thre ahead 1-3 to 0-3 at the end of the first quarter. Then white flags were traded by Darragh Casey from open play on 16 minutes and James Malone on 17 minutes before a pair of white flags from open play for Granagh Ballingarry courtesy of Cathal O’Keeffe on 18 minutes and Paudie Murphy a minute later to reduce the deficit to one.
Room 1-4 to Granagh Ballingarry 0-6 on 19 minutes. Then points were traded from open play by Stephen Lucey on 20 minutes and Luke Flynn on 22 minutes before Croom’s no. 19 Jack McNamara split the uprights two minutes later to leave two between the sides. Croom 1-6 Granagh Ballingarry 0-7 on 25 minutes. A couple of ides were exchanged before the boys from Knockfierna finished the opening half strong despite play into the wind with a pointed free by Damien O’Donovan on 28 minutes and a well taken goal by Cathal O’Keeffe following good work by Paudie Murphy on 30 minutes to send the Granagh Ballingarry boys in at the interval leading by two 1-8 to 1-6.
Josh Quelle Mulcare and Conor Laffan traded white flags from open play in the opening two minutes after the interval then Croom no.14 Damien Sexton split the uprights following a good solo run to reduce the deficit to the minimum, Granagh Ballingarry 1-9 Croom 1-8 on 33 minutes. Granagh Ballingarry now began to up their game with 1-5 from open play in an eight-minute spell through Niall Kennedy with a smashing goal on 34 minutes followed with points by Jack Cagney on 35 minutes, Colm Noonan on 36 minutes, Cathal O’Keeffe on 38 minutes, Luke Flynn on 40 minutes and Cathal O’Keeffe two minutes later to leave it 2-14 to 1-8 in favour of Granagh Ballingarry on 42 minutes. The Croom boys far from being overowed with a pair of white flags by Conor Allis from a placed ball on 42 minutes and open play on 45 minutes before Ger Flynn finished past Granagh Ballingarry keeper John O’Grady on 47 minutes cancelled out by Paudie Murphy a minute later to leave it Granagh Ballingarry 3-14 Croom 2-10 on 48 minutes. Then Granagh Ballingarry added a trio of unanswered white flag through Niall Kennedy (play) on 49 minutes, Damien O’Donovan (free) on 51 minutes and Luke Flynn (play) on 53 minutes before points were traded from open play by James Malone on 54 minutes and substitute Sean O’Connor on 55 minutes James Malone on 56 minutes and Daniel O’Grady a minute later to leave it Granagh Ballingarry 3-19 Croom 2-12 on 57 minutes. A couple of wides were exchanged before a trio of white flags from open play for Granagh Ballingarry through Luke Flynn on 59 minutes and substitute Michael Russell on 60 and 62 minutes before Damian Sexton hit a late point for Croom on 63 minutes. At the final whistle Granagh Ballingarry were worthy 12 12 point 3-22 to 2-13 winners to qualify for their second successive Limerick County Intermediate Hurling Championship Semi-Final against favourites Na Piarsaigh on Saturday 22nd or Sunday 23rd October time and venue to be confirmed. The Croom boys were gutted to have lost by 12 points but were very sporting in defeat and wished the Granagh Ballingarry boys the best of luck in the semi-final against Na Piarsaigh. Granagh Ballingarry scored 1-19 from play and 0-3 from frees. Croom scored 1-9 from play and 0-3 from frees, a 65 and a penalty goal.
Granagh Ballingarry: John O’Grady, Eoin Casey, John Keady, Niall Cahill, David Condron (captain), Jack Cagney 0-1, Colm Noonan 0-1, Josh Quelle Mulcare 0-1, Darragh Casey 0-1, Luke Flynn 0-5, Cathal O’Keeffe 1-4, Damien O’Donovan 0-3 (frees), Paudie Murphy 1-1. Subs used: Sean O’Connor 0-1, Michael Russell 0-2, John Carroll and Pat Carroll.
Croom: Mark O’Kelly, Kevin McNamara, Eoin Cregan, mark Ruddle, Aiden Morrissey, Conor Allis (captain) 0-4 (1 65 1 free), Keiran Larkin, Ryan O’Shea, Ger Flynn 1-0, Jack McNamara 0-1, Damien Sexton 0-2, Jack Murray, James Malone 0-4 (2 frees), Stephen Lucey 0-1, Conor Laffan. Subs used: Sean Vaughan, Michael Cummins, James Mangan.
Referee: Mike Moloney (Caherline).
West Junior B Hurling Championship Semi-Final
Knockaderry 2-13 Adare 0-18 (AET)
County Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final
Na Piarsaigh 1-23 South Liberties 0-9
County Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship Semi-Final
Bruff 3-17 Newcastle West 1-22 (AET)
County Intermediate Hurling Semi Final
Granagh Ballingarry 3-22 Croom 2-13
County Premier Junior A Football Championship Semi-Final
Feohanagh Castlemahon 0-17 Cappamore 0-8
Granagh Ballingarry Bid for Fifth West B Title on Saturday
Sean Finn’s Park, Rathkeale is the venue on Saturday 22nd October at 4pm for the eagerlt awaited clash of four time winners (2003, 2015, 2016, 2020) Granagh Ballingarry and 2011 champions Knockaderry in the West Limerick Junior B Hurling Championship Final.
This is the climax of the 2022, West Limerick Junior B Hurling Championship and the 39th final since Kilcornan beat Ardagh by one point 1-6 to 1-5 in the first one in 1985. The trophy they are playing for is the Mary Sexton Memorial perpetual Cup. It will be the first ever meeting of the sides in the B finalalthough they have clashed in a number of West Junior A Hurling Championship finals down through the years. Both sides are in Saturday’s final on merit after playing a lot of good hurling on the way. Granagh Ballingarry finished second in group 1 on 8 points, two behind holders Adare to qualify for the quarter final where they defeated Tournafulla by 3 points 1-15 to 1-12 and neighbours Croagh Kilfinny 3-21 to 2-8 in the semi-final. Knockaderry finished level on top of Group 2 on 4 points with Croagh-Kilfinny to qualify 1-16 to 2-9 and holders Adare 2-13 to 0-18 (AET) to qualify for Saturday’s West Junior B Hurling Championship final with great rivals and neighbours Knockderry.
Path to Final
West Junior B Hurling Championship Group 1 (Results)
Round 1 Granagh Ballingarry 0-10 St. Kieran’s 0-9
Round 2 Granagh Ballingarry W-O Killeedy Scr
Round 3 Adare 0-12 Granagh Ballingarry 1-7
Round 4 Granagh Ballingarry 2-11 Newcastle West 1-3
Quarter-Final Granagh Ballingarry 1-15 Tournafulla 1-12
Semi-Final Granagh Ballingarry 3-21 Croagh Kilfinny 2-8
West Junior B Hurling Championship Group 2 (Results)
Round 1 Croagh Kilfinny 0-21 Knockaderry 0-14
Round 2 Knockaderry 2-11 Monagea 0-8
Round 3 Knockaderry 0-17 Feohonagh Castlemahon 1-10
Quarter-Final Knockaderry 1-16 Feenagh Castlemahon 1-10
Semi-Final Knockaderry 2-13 Adare 0-18 (AET)
Granagh Ballingarry West Junior B Hurling Championship Winning Teams
2003 Granagh Ballingarry 3-9 Newcastle West 2-8 at Croagh on Friday 3rd September 2003.
Granagh Ballingarry: Jimmy Shiels, Liam Carroll, Ollie O’Brien, aidan Barrett, Brian Fitzgerald (captain), Shane Clifford, Neil Dunworth, John Carroll 0-1, Kieran Mulqueen, Conor Mulqueen, John O’Sullivan 0-1, Brian Kennedy 0-1, Jim O’Keeffe 0-1, Billy O’Connor 2-1, John Paul Morrison 1-4. Subs: Edmund Cullane, Neville O’Donnell, Kevin Carroll, Mick Houlihan, Mark Tierney, Andrew Holmes and Paul McCarthy. The Newcastle West boys avenged this eight weeks later with a one point 0-8 to 0-7 win to capture County Championship Honours on Sunday 28th October at Dromcollogher courtesy of a late Vincent Sheehan point.
2015 Granagh Ballingarry 0-12 Feohanagh Castlemahon at Dromcollogher on Saturday 19th September 2015. Granagh Ballingarry: Conor Mulqueen, Michael O’Keeffe, Eoin Cahill, Stephen Hickey, Mark Tierney (captain), Michael Walsh, Edward Sheehy, Eoin Casey 0-1, Brian Fitzgerald, Mark Snow 0-1, Kieran Condron, Michael O’Rourke, Padraig Lynch 0-1, John O’Grady 0-7, Jack O’Donoghue 0-1. Subs Kevin O’Kelly 0-1, Richie O’Keeffe, other panel members used in the course of the 2015 championship: Neil Dunworth, Alan Chawke, Niall Carroll, Patrick Potter, Kevin Forde, Patrick Shelton, Aaron Smith, Brian Healy, Kevin Mulcahy, Gordon Cagney, James Hayes, Marcus Moore, Dean Clancy, Aaron O’Kelly, Brian Noonan, Niall Cahill, and Brendan Lynch.
2016 Granagh Ballingarry 3-13 Newcastle West 1-14 at Dromcollogher on Saturday 17th September 2016. Granagh Ballingarry: Jimmy Sheils, Mickie O’Keeffe, Eoin Cahill, Michael O’Rourke (captain), Patrick Shelton, Thomas O’Donovan 0-2, Stephen Hickey, Edward Sheehy 0-1, Mark Snow 0-1, Marcus Moore 0-1, Brian Fitzgerald, Kevin O’Kelly 0-2, Eoin Casey 0-1, Damien O’Donovan 3-6, Darragh O’Grady. Subs used: Keiran Condron, other panel members used in the course of the 2016 championship: Conor Mulqueen, Michael Walsh, Richie O’Keeffe, Kieran O’Donovan, Brian Noonan, Aaron Smith, Patrick Potter, Nial Dunworth, Kevin Mulcahy, Niall Carrol, Brendan Lynch, John O’Grady, Cathal O’Keeffe and Eoin Kennedy.
2020 Granagh Ballingarry 0-11 Feohanagh Castlemahon 0-10 at Dromcollogher on Friday 25th June 2021. Granagh Ballingarry: Jimmy Shiels 0-1 free, Mickey O’Keeffe, Donagh McCarthy, Mike Carroll, Brendan Lynch, Mark Tierney, Eoin Enright, Edward Sheehy, Mike Rourke, Sean Murphy, Hohn O’Grady 0-2 frees, Brian Noonan, Jack Hartnett 0-1, Jim O’Keeffe (captain) 0-1, Gearoid Lynch 0-5 2 frees. Subs used: Kevin Forde 0-1, Brian Mulqueen, Marcus Moore, Niall Carroll. Other panel members Conor Mulqueen, Richie O’Keeffe, Robert Noonan, Nial Fitzgerald, Kevin Mulcahy.
Hopefully all the lads in both Granagh and Ballingarry will travel to Rathkeale on this Saturday 22nd October for the 4pm throw in to support the boys in black and green and their management team of Conor Mulqueen, Shane Mulqueen, Andrew Holmes, David Clancy, Willie Power and first aid official Threasa Noonan in their bid to bring the West Limerick Junior B Hurling Championshiptitle and the Mary Sexton Memorial Cup back to the parish and club for the fifth time and a fist since 2016.
October County Club Draw
The next Limerick County GAA Club Draw is on Saturday 29th October with a top prize of €10,000.
There are a host of other prizes to be won 2nd €3,000, 3rd €2,000, 4th €1,000, 5th exclusive prize of a €500 voucher for Tully Travel Agents, 6th to 9th €500 10th to 13th €250, 14th to 30th €100. Entry to the draw is just €10 per month with the option to join our own ten-monthly draw and three winners to date Teresa McCarthy €3,000 in August, Joan and John O’Grady in May, dan and Norina Sheehan in June winning 4100. If you would like to still renew your membership please follow the link limerickgaa.ie/clublimerickdrawsignup/select Granagh Ballingarry GAA Club and the number of draws you wish to sign up for, you can also contact the Granagh Ballingarry club draw co-ordinator Stephen Stapleton on 086-1060301 to be included in the October 29th draw.
Note: All new names to be included in the October 29th draw must be in by 12 noon on Wednesday 26th October.
Check out our club website at www.granaghballingarry.ie for all the latest club news. Our website is updated regularly and is well worth a visit, you can also follow us on facebook or twitter.
Granagh Ballingarry GAA Club tops, hoodies, tracksuits, shorts and socks can now be ordered online at laochrasports.ie/product/category/clubs/granagh-ballingarryclub.
Granagh Ballingarry GAA Club
€6,900 JACKPOT ON SATURDAY
There was no winner of the €6,800 jackpot in the Granagh/Ballingarry GAA club lottery on Saturday 15th October. The numbers drawn were 4, 17, 27 and 30. The lucky dips of €20 each went to Tadhg Og Keating, promoter online, Liam and Josephine, promoter Dinny A, William Walsh, promoter Dinny A, Frances O’Keeffe, promoter Donal O’Grady. The next draw is for a jackpot of €6.900 on Saturday 22nd October. Tickets €2 each or 3 for €5 and are on sale in local shops, bars and from promoters. You can now play online and the link is available on the club Facebook/Twitter and finishes at 6pm on Saturdays. Thank you for your continued support.
COUNTY JUNIOR A FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL
Croom is the venue on Saturday 29th October for the eagerly awaited meeting of 2021 West and County Junior B Football Champions and defeated Munster finalists Granagh/Ballingarry and Mungret/ St. Pauls in the Limerick County Junior A football Championship final. Your support would be appreciated for the Boys in black and green to bring the A title back to the parish and club for the first time in the history of the competition.
Thursday 20th October County Senior Hurling Cup Final Ballybrown v Mungret/St Pauls in Rhebogue at 8pm
Saturday 22nd October County Junior A Hurling Championship Semi Finals Dromcollogher/Broadford v Patrickswell in Croagh at 3pm Saint Kieran’s v Killeedy in Newcastlewest at 3pm
Sunday 23rd October County Senior Hurling Championship Division B Final Kildimo/Pallaskenry v South Liberties in Mungret at 1pm
County Senior Football Champions Championship Semi Finals Newcastlewest v Monaleen in Askeaton at 1pm Askeaton at 1pm Adare v Fr Casey’s in Newcastlewest at 4pm
County Intermediate Hurling Championship Semi Finals Granagh/Ballingarry v Na Piarsaigh in Clarina at 1pm Crogagh/Kilfinny v Pallsgreen in Claughan at 3.30pm
County Junior A Hurling Championship Relegation Final Ballybrown v Ahane in Fedamore at 12 noon
Saturday 29th October County Junior A Football Championship Final Granagh/Ballingarry v Mungret/St Pauls in Croom at 3pm
County Premier Intermediate Hurling Final Bruff v Monaleen in Fitzgerald Park Kilmallock at 3pm
County Intermediate Football Championship Final Na Piarsaigh v Dromcollogher/Broadford in Askeaton at 3.30pm
Sunday 30th October County Senior Hurling Championship Final Na Piarsaigh v Kilmallock in Pairc na Gael at 4.30pm