Group 1 Round 2
Granag/Ballingarry got their County U19B Hurling Championship campaign off to a winning start with an impressive victory over a gallant Dromcollogher/Broadford at Ballingarry on Friday evening.
A good crowd watched this U19 tie played on an excellent pitch with Kieran Flaherty of Monaleen in charge. Darragh Casey raised a green flag and Michael Russell and when the play got underway again the home side Granagh/Ballingarry in the opening three minutes before points were traded by Cillian Cahill from a placed ball on four minutes and Seán Murphy from open play on six minutes, Cillian Cahill from a placed ball on seven minutes and Eoin Lynch from open play two minutes later to leave it 1-3 to 0-2 in favour of the home side Granagh/Ballingarry on 9 minutes. A couple of wides were exchanged before a pair of white flags for the home side through Michael Russell from a placed ball on 13 minutes and Eoin Lynch from open play two minutes to leave the Granagh/Ballingarry boys six ahead, 1-5 to 0-2 at the end of the first quarter at the water break. When play resumed Michel Russell had white flags for Granagh/Ballingarry from open play on 16 and 18 minutes cancelled out from placed balls by Cillian Cahill on 19 and 20 minutes to leave six again between the sides Granagh/Ballingarry 1-7, Dromcollogher/Broadford 0-4. Both sides were guilty of inaccurate shooting in the next five minutes before Granagh/Ballingarry’s No. 11 Michael Russell finally found the range with a pair of white flags from a placed ball on 26 minutes and opening play three minutes later to send the home side in at the interval leading by eight, 1-9 to 0-4.
The Dromcollogher/Broadford boys made a good start to the second half with a pair of white flags through Cillian Cahill from a placed ball on 32 minutes and Adam Cotter from open play on 35 minutes before points were traded from open play by Seán Murphy on 37 minutes and Ed Brennan a minute to leave it Granagh/Ballingarry 1-10, Dromcollogher/Broadford 0-7 on 38 minutes. Granagh/Ballingarry dominated the next seven minutes shooting 2-5 through Michael Russell 0-4 (3 frees), Eoin Horgan 0-1 and Paudie Murphy 2-0 without reply from the visitors to leave it 3-15 to 0-7 in favour of the home side at the end of the third quarter at the second water break. When play got underway again Michael Russell extended the Granagh/Ballingarry boys’ advantage with a white flag from a placed ball on 47 minutes before white flags were traded by Cillian Cahill from a placed on 50 minutes, T.J. Tierney from open play on 51 minutes, Seán Murphy from open play on 52 minutes and Cillian Cahill from a placed ball a minute later to leave it Granagh/Ballingarry 3-18, Dromcollogher/Broadford 0-9 on 52 minutes.
The final eight minutes was all Granagh/Ballingarry with points from open play by Eoin Lynch on 54 minutes, Darragh Casey at 56 minutes, Michael Russell on 56 minutes, Darragh Casey on 58 minutes, followed up a cracking Michael Russell goal on 29 minutes leaving the home side Granagh/Ballingarry worthy winners by 4-22 to 0-9 at Kieran Flaherty’s final whistle to take the two league/championship points on offer and can look forward to their next game against St. Kieran’s in a couple of weeks time in Coolcappa. Granagh/Ballingarry scored 4-15 from play and 0-7 from frees, Dromcollogher/Broadford scored 0-2 from play and 0-7 from frees.
Granagh/Ballingarry: Philip Byrnes, Padraig McKenna, Eoin Enright, Mark O’Shea, Eoin Lynch, Eoin Herlihy, Brian Sheehy, Darragh Casey 1-2, Seán Murphy 0-3, Paudie Murphy 2-0, Michael Russell 1-12 0-7 frees, T. J. Tierney 0-1, Eoin Horgan 0-1, Eoin Lynch 0-3, Cian McGoey. Sub used Tim O’Donoghue.
Dromcollogher/Broadford scorers: Cillian Cahill 0-7 frees, Adam Cotter 0-1, Ed Brennan 0-1.
Referee: Kieran Flaherty (Monaleen).
Munster Minor Football Championship Final
Limerick’s brave bid to capture a second Munster Minor Football Championship title, a first since 1956, failed when going under to Cork by seven points at Semple Stadium, Thurles on Wednesday evening after they led by a point with ten minutes remaining on the clock. This victory gives Cork their 30th title, a first since 2010 and also a clean sweep of Munster Minor and U20 Football and Hurling Championship titles in 2021.
Junior B Footballers in Championship Action Today
Granagh/Ballingarry open their West Junior B Football Championship campaign today Wednesday 18th August against neighbours Knockaderry in Newcastlewest at 7.15pm sharp. The 20231 West Junior A Football Championship is played on a league system in two groups, Mountcollins, St. Senan’s, Ballysteen, Athea and St. Kieran’s in Group 1, Knockaderry, Granagh/Ballingarry/Glin and Newcastlewest are in Group 2. Each team plays the other once with the top two teams in each qualifying for the semi finals.
A tight match is expected in Newcastlewest this Wednesday evening at 7.15pm sharp with hopefully a full Granagh/Ballingarry side. Your support would be appreciated for the boys in black and green and their manager Shane O’Grady and his selectors to cheer them on in their bid to make a winning start to their West Junior B Football Championship campaign.
All Ireland Hurling Final Tickets
Granagh/Ballingarry received an allocation of 109 tickets for next Sunday’s All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final, Limerick v Cork in Croke Park at 3.30pm. 81 tickets went to the following club officers of the senior and Bord na nÓg clubs: adult and Bord na nÓg team managers and selectors, club and county draw promoters, lottery finance field and clubhouse development and the games and coaching committee also the first aid officers. The remaining 28 tickets were drawn between paid-up club members of the club draw on Monday evening in the clubhouse and resulted as follows: Tom
O’shea, Declan Hartnet, James Boyce, Pat Shelton, Louise Enright, Paul McCarthy, Jim Kennedy, Colm Kiely, Phil Mulqueen, Kevin Mulcahy, Johanna O’Shea, Aoife Kennedy, David McCarthy, Mike Clancy, Noel Lynch, Jim Moore, Siobhán McCarthy, Eoin O’Kelly, Pascal Moynihan, Mike Roche, Gerard McCarthy, Enda McCarthy, Helena Cronin, Francis O’Kelly, Eoin Casey, Tanya O’Neill, Paul O’Brien and Anna Marie Byrnes.
All winners of tickets will be contacted regarding collection and payment in the coming days. Thanks to all club members for their patience, understanding and co-operation to implement the sale of tickets satisfactorily.
Limerick Bid for 10th All Ireland Hurling title on Sunday
The best of luck to manager John Kiely, captain Declan Hannon, our own Donal O’Grady, a member of the management team, and the Limerick senior hurlers who are playing neighbours Cork in the All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final on Sunday 22nd August in Croke Park at 3.30pm in this the first ever Limerick v Cork All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final. The boys in green and white will be aiming for their tenth title and first ever back-to-back titles and Cork their 31st and a first since 2005.
We urge people all over Granagh/Ballingarry and beyond to put out their green and white flags in support of Limerick for this Sunday 22nd August for the All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final against neighbours Cork in Croke Part at 3.30pm.
August County Club Draw
The next Limerick County GAA Club draw is this Saturday 28th August with a top prize of €10,000. There are a host of other prizes to be won, second €3,000, 3rd €2,000, 4th €1000, 5th exclusive prize of a 2-nights bed and breakfast in a Corrib room at Ashford Castle, table d’hote in the George V dining room on one night, Corrib Cruise for two aboard the Isle of Innisfree based on two people sharing, 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 which commences in early September and County Club Draw for €150. Granagh/Ballingarry had 117 members in the July draw and two winners to date: Nora Farragher €100 in March and Paul McCarthy €100 in May. If you would like to still renew your membership, please follow the link select Granagh/Ballingarry GAA Club and the number of draws you wish to sign up for.
You may also contact the Granagh/Ballingarry Club draw co-ordinator Stephen Stapleton on 086 1960301.
Note: all new names to be included in the August 28th draw must be in by Wednesday 25th August at 12 noon.
€14,500 Jackpot on Saturday
There was no winner of the €14,400 jackpot in the Granagh/Ballingarry GAA Club lottery on Saturday 14th August. The numbers drawn were 7, 14, 15 and 23. Lucky dips of €20 each went to Trish Houlihan promoter (online), Donie Barron promoter O’Gorman’s shop, Chawke’s Cross, Granagh, Teresa Hannon promoter D. O’Grady, Seán Cagney promoter Mike Chawke.
The next draw for a jackpot of €14,500 will be held on Saturday 21st August. Tickets are €2 each or three for €5 and are on sale in local shops and bars and from promoters.
Club Diary
Wednesday 18th August
West Junior B Football Championship, Group 2 Round 1
Granagh/Ballingarry v Knockaderry in Newcastlewest at 7.15pm
All Ireland U20 Hurling Championship Final
Galway v Cork in Semple Stadium, Thurles at 7.30pm.
Saturday 21st August
All Ireland Minor Hurling Championship Final
Cork v Galway in Semple Stadium, Thurles at 7.15pm.
County Junior A Football Championship Group 3 Round 2
Feenagh/Kilmeedy v St. Patrick’s in Ballingarry at 1.30pm.
Sunday 22nd August
All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final
Limerick (holders) v Cork in Croke Park at 3.30pm.
Saturday 28th August
West Junior B Football Championship
Group 2 Round 2
Granagh/Ballingarry v Newcastlewest in Knockaderry at 3pm.