WILLIE GRIFFIN INSPIRES ADARE TO SECOND LEAGUE WIN
West Senior Hurling League/Championship Round 5
There was much to admire about the performance of Willie Griffin wearing the No. 14 jersey for Adare who stylishly and systematically dismantled the resistance of Granagh/Ballingarry by scoring 1-11 of which 1-5 came from open playing Adare’s eight-point victory over gallant Granagh/Ballingarry to record their second win in the West Senior Hurling League/Championship in difficult wet conditions in Ballingarry on Tuesday 17th May.
A good crowd turned out to watch this fifth-round league tie despite the wet conditions played on an excellent pitch with David Deady of Bruree in charge. Holders Adare made all the early running with a pair of white flags from open play through John Fitzgibbon, Sam Hickey in the opening two minutes before white flags were traded from open play through Cathal O’Keeffe on three minutes and David O’Mahoney on four minutes, John Fitzgibbon (play) on five minutes and Cathal O’Keeffe (free) a minute later to leave it 0-4 to 0-2 in favour of Adare on six minutes.
The next six minutes was all Adare with a trio of white flags through John Fitzgibbon, two (play and lineball) and Willie Griffin (free) to leave it Adare 0-7, Granagh/Ballingarry 0-2 on 11 minutes.
Cathal O’Keeffe won a point back for the home side from a placed ball on 13 minutes before Adare’s No. 14 Willie Griffin showed his class when he finished past Granagh/Ballingarry keeper Keith O’Kelly on 14 minutes and then white flags were traded by Cathal O’Keeffe (play) on 15 minutes and Willie Griffin (free) two minutes later Adare 12-8, Granagh/Ballingarry 0-4 on 17 minutes.
A couple of wides were exchanged before white flags were traded by Cathal O’Keeffe from a placed ball on 22 minutes and John Fitzgibbon from open play on 24 minutes before a pair of white flags for the visitors from open play through John Fitzgibbon on 26 minutes and two minutes later to leave Adare nine ahead 1-11 to 0-5 on 28 minutes. Granagh/Ballingarry, far from being overawed, had a point from a placed ball by Cathal O’Keeffe on 30 minutes to reduce the deficit to eight, Adare 1-11, Granagh/Ballingarry 0-5 at the interval.
Willie Griffin had a pair of white flags (free and play) for the Adare boys in the opening three minutes after the interval cancelled out by Darragh Casey from open play on 34 minutes and Cathal O’Keeffe from a placed ball on 35 minutes before white flags were traded by Willie Griffin from a 65 on 36 minutes and Luke Flynn from open play a minute later to leave it 1-14 to 0-9 in favour of the Adare boys on 37 minutes. Then Cathal O’Keeffe of Granagh/Ballingarry with a trio of white flags from placed ball in a six-minute spell reduced the deficit to five on 43 minutes before white flags were traded by Willie Griffin from a placed ball on 44 minutes and Luke Flynn from open play a minute later to leave five again between the sides, Adare 1-15, Granagh/Ballingarry 0-13 at the end of the third quarter.
After three minutes of scoreless play white flags were traded by Willie Griffin from open play on 49 minutes, Cathal O’Keeffe from a placed ball on 51 minutes, Cathal O’Keeffe from a placed ball on 51 minutes and Willie Griffin from a placed ball on 53 minutes before a trio of white flags (1 play 2 frees) courtesy of Man of the Match, Willie Griffin, brought his tally for the game to 1-11, to leave Adare worthy winners of their second brace of points in the West Senior Hurling League/Championship by eight points, 1-12 to 0-15 to stay in contention for a semi final spot and Granagh/Ballingarry last year’s defeated finalists have made their exit from the competition.
Adare scored 1-11 from play, 0-7 from frees, 0-1 from a 65 and 0-1 from a lineball. Granagh/Ballingarry scored 0-6 from play and 0-9 from frees.
Granagh/Ballingarry: Keith O’Kelly, Kieran O’Donovan, John Kealey, Brendan Lynch, Eoin Casey, David Condron, Niall Cahill, Darragh Casey 0-2, Seán Murphy, Damien O’Donovan, Cathal O’Keeffe 0-11 (9 frees), Jack Cagney, Paudie Murphy, Luke Flynn 0-2, Pat Carroll. Sub used Jack Hartnett.
Referee: David Deady (Bruree)
Adare scorers: Willie Griffin 1-11 (0-7 frees 0-1 65), John Fitzgibbon 0-6 (0-1 lineball), Sam Hickey 0-1, Robert Lucas 0-1, David O’Mahoney 0-1.
Referee: David Deady (Bruree)
Askeaton Ease to Second League Win
West Junior A Hurling League/Championship Round 4
Askeaton recorded their second win in the West Junior A Football League/Championship with an impressive 15 point 2-23 to 0-14 victory over a gallant Granagh/Ballingarry at Ballingarry on Thursday May 19th to go top of the table on five points, two ahead of Rathkeale and Granagh/Ballingarry were pointless at the bottom with Kildimon/Pallaskenry.
A small crowd turned out to watch this fourth round league tie played on a top class pitch with John Sexton of Bruree in charge. The visitors Askeaton were sharper, more direct and showed better touches up front and were too strong for their second string opponents.
The visitors led by nine, 2-11 to 0-8 at the interval courtesy of green flags from the stick of their No. 11 Willie O’Meara on 20 and 23 minutes. The Askeaton boys continued to dominate the second half and out-scored the homeside by 0-12 to 0-6 to run out comfortable 15 point 2-23 to 0-14 winners at the final whistle to go top of the West Junior A Hurling League/Championship table on seven points, two ahead of Rathkeale to qualify for the semi final.
Granagh/Ballingarry, pointless at the bottom of the table with Kildimo/Pallaskenry must regroup ahead of their game against Newcastlewest on this Wednesday 24th May at 7.30pm in Newcastlewest where they will aim for a first league win to stay in contention for the fourth semi final spot. Askeaton scored 2-21 from play and 0-2 from frees, Granagh/Ballingarry scored 0-7 from play and 0-7 from frees.
Granagh/Ballingarry: Brendan Lynch, Mickie O’Keeffe, Mark Tierney, Patrick Shelton, Marcus Moore, Colm Noonan 0-1 (free), Jack Hartnett, Eoin Lynch 0-1, Kieran O’Donovan 0-1, Keith O’Kelly 0-1, John O’Grady 0-7 frees), Brian Noonan, Jack O’Donoghue, Eoin Enright, Brian Mulqueen 0-1. Subs used: Jim O’Keeffe 0-1, Jim O’Keeffe 0-1.
Askeaton scorers: Willie O’Meara 2-6 (0-2 frees), Seán Whelan 0-5, Óisín O’Farrell 0-4, Jack Ward 0-4, Kevin Barry 0-2, Jamie O’Sullivan 0-1, Thomas Lynch 0-1.
Referee: John Paul Kiely (Croom).
Jim Twin Lynch Memorial Cup in Aid of Red Cross
Three teams Feohanagh/Castlemahon, Granagh/Ballingarry (holders) and Feenagh/Kilmeedy are entered in the third annual Jim Twin Lynch Memorial Cup with all proceeds of a bucket collection at the semi final and final going to the Irish Red Cross UK Appeal.
Granagh/Ballingarry v Feohanagh/Castlemahon fixed for Saturday 4th June in Ballingarry at 7.30pm and the final Feenagh/Kilmeedy v Granagh/Ballingarry or Feohanagh/Castlemahon to be confirmed.
May County Club Draw
The next Limerick County GAA Club Draw is on this Saturday 28th May with a top prize of €10,000. There are a host of other prizes to be won 2nd €3,000, 3rd 2,000, 4th €1000, 5th exclusive prize of a Capri 4-seater round rattan garden furniture set for your garden, 6th to 9th €100, 10th to 13th €250, 14th to 30th €100. Entry to the draw is just 10 per month with the option to join our own club draw which starts at the end of June and the County Club draw from €150. Granagh/Ballingarry had 117 members in the second draw in April. If you would like to still renew your membership please follow the link limerickgaa.ieclublimerick-draw-signup/ and select Granagh/Ballingarry GAA Club and the number of draws you wish to sign up for. You may also contact the Granagh/Ballingarry GAA Club Draw co-ordinator Stephen Stapleton on 086 1960361.
Note: all new members must be in by today Wednesday 25th May at 12 noon.
Kilkenny Crowned U20 Champions by A Point
All Ireland U20 Hurling Championship Final
Hard luck to the Limerick U20 hurlers whose brave bid for a sixth All Ireland title, a first since 2017, failed when going under to Kilkenny by a point, 0-19 to 0-18 to claim their 12th title, a first since 2008 after a thrilling contest in front of a big crowd at Semple Stadium, Thurles on Sunday.
Limerick Bid for first Munster title since 1896 on Saturday
The best of luck to manager Billy Lee, Newcastlewest, and all involved with the Limerick senior footballers who bid for a first Munster Senior Football Championship title since 1896, defeating Waterford by three points, 0-14 to 0-1 at Mallow Town Park when they play 82-time winners Kerry in Fitzgerald Park, Killarney this Saturday 28th May at 3pm. Please support.
West Junior A Hurling League/Championship Round 5
Newcastlewest is the venue today Wednesday 25th May at 7.30pm for the clash of the home side and Granagh/Ballingarry in Round 5 of the West Junior A Hurling League/Championship Newcastlewest are third on the table on four points after going under to Askeaton and wins over Rathkeale and Kildimo-Pallaskenry to qualify for the semi final. Granagh/Ballingarry pointless at the bottom of the table, with Kildimo/Pallaskenry will need a win over the Newcastlewest boys or the Kildimo/Pallaskenry boys in their final group stage game t.b.c. Your support for the boys in black and green would be welcome today Wednesday 25th May in Ballingarry at 7.30pm to cheer them on in their bid to stay in contention for the fourth semi-final spot.
West Junior A Football League/Championship Round 7
Ballingarry is the venue on Monday 30th May at 7.30p.m. for the top of the table (on 12 points) meeting of St. Kieran’s and Granagh/Ballingarry in the final group stage game of the West Junior A Football League/Championship. The prize for the winners is a semi-final meeting with the fourth placed team Glin or St. Senan’s with the losers to play third placed team Ballysteen. An exciting game is in prospect in Ballingarry on Monday, so come and support the boys in black and green and their management team in their bid to finish top of the West Junior A Football League Championship table.
Munster Minor Football Championship Semi-final: Cork 3-20, Tipperary 0-13.
All Ireland U20 Hurling Championship Final: Kilkenny 0-19, Limerick 0-18.
Munster Senior Hurling Championship Round 5: Cork 3-30, Tipperary 1-24. Clare 3-31, Waterford 2-22. Dublin 2-10, Kildare 0-8.
Name: Ian Sheehy, Charleville CVS U-16.5 hurling panel member.
School: CBS Charleville.
What year are you in: TY
How long have you being playing hurling: 10 years
What are your sporting achievements: County titles at U-14 and U-16.
What position do you play: Half back.
Who is your favourite GAA player: William O’Donoghue.
Who is the toughest player to mark at training: DJ Collins.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years time: Playing adult hurling and football with Granagh/Ballingarry club.
Granagh/Ballingarry GAA Club tops, hoodies, tracksuits, shorts and socks can now be ordered online at http://222.laochrasport.ie/…/clubs/granaghballingarryclub
Club Website Check out our club website at www.granaghballingarrygaa.ie for all the latest club news. Our website is updated regularly and well worth a visit. You can also follow us on Facebook at wwww.facebook.com/granaghballingarrygaa and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/granaghballingarry gaa
There was no winner of the €18,400 jackpot in the Granagh/Ballingarry GAA club lottery draw held on Saturday 21st May in Condrons Bar, Ballingarry. The numbers drawn were 10, 12, 24 and 27. The lucky dips of €20 each went to Marian Sheehy, promoter online, Vera Sheehan, promoter Condrons Bar, Ballingarry, Mike Condron, promoter Donal Mulcahy, Peter Healy, promoter Mike Healy. The next draw for a jackpot of 18,500 will be held on Saturday 28th May in the Rock Bar, Branagh. Tickets are €2 or three 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, which finishes at 6pm on Saturday. Thank you for your continued support.
Wednesday 25th May:
West Junior A Hurling League/Championship Round 4: Granagh/Ballingarry v Newcastle West in Newcastle West at 7.30pm
Saturday 28th May:
Munster Senior Football Championship Final: Limerick v Kerry in Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney at 3pm
Leinster Senior Football Championship Final: Dublin v Kildare in Croke Park at 5pm
Sunday 29th May:
Connacht Senior Football Championship Final: Galway v Roscommon in Pearse Stadium at 1.45pm
Ulster Minor Football Championship Final: Derry v ????? in Clones at 1.30pm.
Ulster Senior Football Championship Final: Derry v Donegal in Clones at 4pm
Monday 30th May: West Junior A Football League/Championship Round 7: Granagh/Ballingarry v St. Kieran’s in Ballingarry at 7.30pm.
Wednesday 1st June: Munster Minor Football Championship Final: Kerry v Cork in Pairc Ui Rinn at 7.30p,
Saturday 4th June:
Jim (Twin) Lynch Perpetual Memorial Cup Hurling Semi-final: Granagh/Ballingarry (holders) v Feohanagh/Castlemahon in Ballingarry at 5pm.
Sunday 5th June:
Munster Senior Hurling Championship Final: Limerick v Clare in Semple Stadium, Thurles at 4pm.