GRANAGH/BALLINGARRY GAA CLUB NOTES
FIFTH B FINAL IN SIX SEASONS!
2020 West Junior B Hurling Championship Semi Final
2019 defeated finalists Granagh/Ballingarry recorded a deserved 13 point victory over a gallant Feenagh/Kilmeedy in the much delayed 2020 West Junior B Hurling Championship Semi Final at Knockaderry on Friday evening to qualify for their fifty final in six seasons and their second in succession against great rivals Feohanagh/Castlemahon on Friday June 25th at 7.30pm. Venue to be confirmed.
This much delayed semi final which was the first hurling game played in the west division in 2020 was played in front of 45 spectators in ideal conditions on a top-class pitch with Donnacha O’Callaghan of Feohanagh/Castlemahon in charge. Both sides were forced to line out minus key players due to work commitment and in injury.
The opening five minutes at Knockaderry were close and exciting with white flags traded by Feenagh/Kilmeedy’s No. 10 Ronan O’Connor from open play and Granagh/Ballingarry’s No 14 John O’Grady from a placed ball before a trio of points for the boys in black and green through Jack Hartnett play on six minutes, John O’Grady 65 on eight minutes and Brendan Lynch play two minutes later to leave it 0-4 to 0-1 in favour of Granagh/Ballingarry on ten minutes.
Then Feenagh/Kilmeedy keeper Peter Irwin split the uprights from a 65 twelve minutes before points were traded from play by Michael O’Rourke on 16 minutes and John Nix two minutes later to leave two between the sides Granagh/Ballingarry 0-5, Feenagh/Kilmeedy 0-3 on 18 minutes. Then a pair of white flags by Brian Noonan from open play on 20 minutes and John O’Grady from a placed ball on 22 minutes to extend the Granagh/Ballingarry boys’ advantage to four before points were traded by James Ryan from open play on 25 minutes and John O’Grady from a placed ball two minutes later to leave Granagh/Ballingarry still four ahead 0-8 to 0-4 on 27 minutes. A couple of wides were exchanged before John Nix of Feenagh/Kilmeedy split the uprights from a placed ball on 30 minutes to reduce the deficit to three, Granagh/Ballingarry 0-8, Feenagh/Kilmeedy 0-5 at the interval.
A couple of wides were exchanged in the opening minutes after the interval before the first green flag of the game arrived through Granagh/Ballingarry’s No. 10 Seán Murphy on 35 minutes to extend the black and green’s advantage to six, 1-8 to 0-5 on 35 minutes. Then Ronan O’Connor from open play on 37 minutes and keeper Peter Irwin from a long range placed ball two minutes had white flags for Feenagh/Kilmeedy to reduce the deficit to four 1-8 to 0-7 on 39 minutes. Then after six minutes of scoreless play John Nix finally found the range for the Feenagh/Kilmeedy boys when he split the uprights following a solo run to reduce the deficit to three 1-8 to 0-8 at the end of the third quarter. Granagh/Ballingarry now began to up their game with a cracking goal by substitute Brian Mulqueen on 47 minutes following good work by John O’Grady followed up with points by keeper Jimmy Shields from a long range placed ball on 49 minutes, substitute Gearóid Lynch (play) on 50 minutes and John O’Grady (play) two minutes later to extend the Knockfierna boys’ advantage to nine, 2-11 to 0-8 on 52 minutes. John Nix went a point back for the Feenagh/Kilmeedy boys on 24 minutes to reduce the deficit to eight. The final six minutes was all Granagh/Ballingarry with 1-1 by Gearóid Lynch and 0-1 by Seán Murphy and at the final whistle Granagh/Ballingarry were worthy 13 point 3-13 to 0-9 winners.
They now qualify for their fifth West Junior B Hurling Championship Final in six seasons and their second in succession after going under to Tournafulla in the 2019 decider against great rivals Feohanagh/Castlemahon on Friday 25th June at 7.30pm. Venue to be confirmed.
Granagh/Ballingarry scored 3-8 from play, 0-4 from frees and 0-1 from a 65, Feenagh/Kilmeedy scored 0-6 from play 0-2 from frees and 0-1 from a 65.
Granagh/Ballingarry: Jimmy Shiels 0-1 (free), Mickie O’Keeffe, Donagh McCarthy, Michael Carroll, Brendan Lynch 0-1, Mark Tierney, Patrick Shelton, Edward Sheehy, Michael O’Rourke 0-1, Seán Murphy 1-1, Jim O’Keeffe, Brian Noonan 0-1, Niall Carroll, John O’Grady 0-5 (3 from frees), Jack Hartnet 0-1. Subs used: Eoin Enright, Brian Mulqueen 1-0, Gearóid Lynch 1-2, Kevin Mulcahy.
Feenagh/Kilmeedy: Peter Irwin 0-2 (1 free 1 65), Brian O’Regan, Eoin O’Sullivan, Patrick O’Connor, Eoin Galvin, Timothy McCarthy, Thomas O’Sullivan, William Irwin, Denis O’Sullivan, Ronan O’Connor 0-2, Dylan Murray O’Connor, John Nix 0-4 (1 free), Billy O’Sullivan, Shane Ryan 0-1, Charles McCarthy. Subs used: Liam Lynch and John Coleman.
Referee: Donnacha O’Callaghan, Feohanagh/Castlemahon.
NATIONAL FOOTBALL/HURLING LEAGUE
Limerick’s brave bid to reach the National Football League Division 3 Final just failed when going under to a strong Derry 15 by four points, 0-17 to 0-13 at Pairc Seán MacDiarmada, Carrick on Shannon on Saturday. Limerick played well throughout the entire campaign and all involved with the team can look forward with confidence to their Munster Senior Football Championship meeting with Waterford on Saturday 25th June in Pairc na nGael at 3pm. All Ireland hurling champions Limerick recorded their second win in Diviaion 1 Group a of the National Hurling League with a comfortable 3-26 to 0-18 victory over gallant Westmeath on Sunday in Cusack Park, Mullingar to finish fifth on the league table on five points behind Cork on a 15 point scoring difference. Limerick made the first defence of their Munster All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship titles when they clash with neighbours Cork in the Munster Championship semi final on Saturday 3rd July in Semple Stadium, Thurles at 7pm.
WEST SENIOR HURLING LEAGUE/CHAMPIONSHIP
2020 County intermediate hurling champions Newcastlewest travel to Ballingarry on Saturday 19th June to play the home side Granagh/Ballingarry in the second round of the West Senior Hurling League Championship at 7.30pm.
In the opening round on Saturday Newcastlewest were most unlucky to go under to Adare at home by three points 0-22 to 3-10 and the Granagh/Ballingarry v Tournafulla game was put back to Tuesday evening in Ballingarry. No result at time of going to print.
Your support would be welcome for the boys in black and green and their new management team at Ballingarry on Saturday 19th June at 7.30pm to cheer them on their bid to topple last season’s intermediate champions.
WEST JUNIOR A HURLING LEAGUE/CHAMPIONSHIP
2020 West Junior B Hurling Championship
Granagh/Ballingarry travel to Newcastlewest to play the home side Newcastlewest in Round 2 of the West Junior A Hurling League/Championship at 12 noon. Looking forward to seeing a good Granagh/Ballingarry contingent on the 100-attendance allowed.
Granagh/Ballingarry GAA Club membership fees for 2021 are now due and are €40 for adult players €120 with club draw, €20 for students and non players €15 for Bord na nÓg, €120 per family. Non players who pay €100 club draw fee in full will automatically became members for 2021 fees should be paid on or before July 1st to club registrar John Carroll.
Note: All adult players’ membership fees must be paid through the clubforce app with direct debit options available before the return to play on June 7th.
To train or play for the club you have to be insured. If you have not yet registered we ask that you do so. It is generally felt by club officers that any member or player should feel obliged to get their membership paid asap and we must reiterate that people who have not paid will not be covered by insurance or entitled to any privileges whatsoever from the club.
Re-instatment of Loss of Wages Cover
Croke Park and the County Board has confirmed that a GAA players loss of wages cover will be re-instated in the GAA Player Injury Fund with effect from 1st June. It will form part of the GAA Players Injury Fund inline with previous years and will see the associated cover benefits restored in full.
A 25% levy will not be applied to our clubs’ adult and U20 team registration costs with all claims fully administered from within the existing GAA Player Injury Fund and not via a separate insurance policy. This will see our adult team registration cost increase from, €1,000 to €1,250 and U20 team registration increase from €200 to €250. There will be no increases applied to juvenile team rates.
Note: the 2021/22 Player Injury Fund term will run from 1st June to 31st May 2022. Injury cover will commence once a player is registered on the Foireann System payment of our clubs’ 2021/22 injury fund premium will be due by 20th August.
Challenge Games Not Permitted
Given the volume of the county leagues in both hurling and football and the increase rates of Covid within the County Limerick County GAA Board have decided not to permit challenge games within or outside the county until the completion of all rounds of the County Hurling and Football League. This includes Coise na nÓg and coaching and games also.
Granagh/Ballingarry GAA club officials would like to wish the best of luck to all our players and members of the parish who are sitting their Leaving Certificate exams in the coming weeks.
The Granagh/Ballingarry Cúl Camp will be held in the club grounds in Ballingarry from Monday July 5th to Friday 9th. Booking is now accepted online on www.kellogs.gaa.ie/booking
Granagh/Ballingarry GAA Club officials would like to wish the best of luck to all our players and members of the parish who are sitting exams in the coming weeks.
HISTORIC COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP
2020County Junior A Hurling Championship Final
Croagh/Kilfinny 2-22, Patrickswell 0-8
Heartiest congratulations to our neighbours Croagh/Kilfinny on their big win over Patrickswell to claim their first ever County Junio A Hurling Championship title at Pairc na nGael on Sunday evening which was the first ever adult county championship title won by the club in their 180 year history. Many officials and mentors have worked hard over the years to keep the show on the road in Croagh/Kilfinny without much success but on Sunday evening at Pairc na nGael their hour of glory finally arrived and will not be included in the draw for the County Intermediate Hurling Championship for the first time in the history of the competition.
We wish Croagh/Kilfinny the best of luck in the intermediate grade this season and it would be a great sporting occasion if Granagh/Ballingarry and Croagh/Kilfinny were to clash at some stage in this year’s County Intermediate Hurling Championship.
JIM (TWIN) LYNCH MEMORIAL CUP FINAL
The second annual Jim (twin) Lynch Perpetual Memorial Cup hurling final will be contested by holders Granagh/Ballingarry and Feohanagh/Castlemahon on Saturday 10th July in Ballingarry at 7.30pm with all proceeds of a bucket collection to Milford Care Centre.
€13,600 JACKPOT ON SATURDAY
There was no winner of the €13,500 jackpot in the Granagh/Ballingarry GAA Club lottery on Saturday 12th June. The numbers drawn were 3, 15, 19 and 30. Lucky dips of €20 each went to Donie and Ruth O’Grady promoter O’Grady’s Spar, Ballingarry, Seamus Burke promoter Mossie and Pat Snow and Diarmuid Holmes promoter Snow’s Shop, Niall Condron promoter Stephen Stapleton.
The next draw will be held this Saturday 19th June for a jackpot of €13,600. Tickets are €2 each or three for €5 and are on sale in local shops and bars and from promoters.
Thank you for your support.
Saturday 19th June
West Senior Hurling League/Championship Round 2
Granagh/Ballingarry v Newcastlewest in Ballingarry at 7.30pm.
Sunday 20th June
West Junior A Hurling League/Championship
Granagh/Ballingarry v Newcastlewest in Newcastlewest at 12 noon.
Friday 25th June
2020 West Junior B Hurling Championship Final
Granagh/Ballingarry v Feohanagh/Castlemahon at 7.30pm, venue to be confirmed.
Saturday 26th June
West Senior Hurling League/Championship
Round 3: Granagh/Ballingarry v Knockaderry in Knockaderry at 7.30pm.
Munster Senior Football Championship Quarter Final
Limerick v Waterford in Pairc na nGael at 3pm.
Sunday 27th June
West Junior A Hurling League/Championship
Round 3 Granagh/Ballingarry v Rathkeale in Ballingarry at 12 noon