GRANAGH/BALLINGARRY GAA CLUB NOTES
PATRICK O’DONOVAN SECURES A INTERMEDIATE FINAL SPOT FOR EFFIN
Limerick County Intermediate Hurling Championship Quarter Final
The brilliance of Limerick 2020 Munster Minor Hurling Championship medal winner Patrick O’Donovan wearing the No. 13 shirt scoring 2-9 of which 2-6 was from open play, helped enormously towards a hard fought two point victory for Effin over gallant Granagh/Ballingarry at Nerwcastlewest on Saturday evening, to qualify for their first Limerick County Intermediate Hurling Championship Final since they defeated Ballybrown 1-9 to 1-8 in the 2011 decider at Pairc na nGael against 2020 County Junior A champions Croagh/Kilfinny on Saturday 23rd October in Newcastlewest at 2pm.
A big crowd watched this quarter final between two fine sporting sides played on an excellent pitch with Donnacha O’Callaghan of Feohanagh/Castlemahon in charge. It was a close hard fought contest all through with the brilliance of 18 year old Patrick O’Donovan with 2-9 the difference between the sides at the final whistle. Effin playing into the town goals dominated the opening five minutes with a trio of white flags through Patrick O’Donovan, Tommy Quaid and Patrick O’Donovan again before a pair of white flags for Granagh/Ballingarry through Denis O’Connor from a placed ball seven minutes and Jack Cagney from open play two minutes later to leave one between the sides, Effin 0-3, Granagh/Ballingarry 0-2 on 9 minutes, Cathal O’Keeffe from open play on 11 minutes and Patrick O’Donovan from a placed ball on 12 minutes traded white flags before Granagh/Ballingarry’s No 11 Cathal O’Keeffe split the uprights following a good solo run a minute later to leave the sides level for the second time at 0-4 all on 13 minutes. Then Effin’s No. 11 Jack Quaid split the uprights from open play on 14 and 15 minutes to leave two between the sides, Effin 0-6, Granagh/Ballingarry 0-5, at the end of the first quarter at the water break.
On the resumption of play Granagh/Ballingarry’s No. 13 Seán O’Connor closed the gap to one with a fine point from open play on 17 minutes before the first green flag of the game arrived a minute later courtesy of Effin’s No. 13 Patrick O’Donovan to leave the South Limerick boys four ahead 1-6 to 0-6 on 18 minutes. The next eight minutes were close and exciting with white flags traded by Luke Flynn (play) on 19 minutes and Patrick O’Donovan (play) on 20 minutes, Denis O’Connor (free) on 21 minutes, Tommy Quaid (play) on 22 minutes, Cathal O’Keeffe (play) on 23 minutes and Patrick O’Donovan (free) three minutes later to leave the Effin boys still four ahead, 1-9 to 0-8, on 26 minutes. Then Denis O’Connor of Granagh/Ballingarry split the uprights from a placed ball on 27 minutes before white flags were traded from open play by Niall Kennedy on 28 minutes and Jack Quaid on 29 minutes to send the Effin boys in at the interval leading by three, 1-10 to 0-10. On the resumption play was close and exciting with white flags traded by Patrick O’Donovan (free) on 33 minutes and Denis O’Connor (free) on 35 minutes, Patrick O’Donovan (play) on 38 minutes and Denis O’Connor (free) on 39 minutes, Nickie Quaid (play) 42 minutes and Cathal O’Keeffe (play) on 45 minutes to leave the boys from Effin still three ahead, 1-13 to 0-13 at the end of the third quarter at the second water brea. When play got underway again white flags were traded by Denis O’Connor from a placed ball on 46 minutes and Jack Quaid from open play on 47 minutes before 1-1 in a three minute spell by Patrick O’Donovan extended the Effin boys’ advantage to seven, 2-15 to 1-14 on 50 minutes. A couple of wides were exchanged before white flags were traded from open play by Patrick O’Donovan on 53 minutes and substitute Michael Russell who had just came on the field of play on 55 minutes to level. Effin were still seven ahead, 2-16 to 0-15, with five minutes of normal time remaining on the clock. The Granagh/Ballingarry boys far from being over awed won a free in front of the Effin goal on 56 minutes but unfortunately Denis O’Connor’s shot for goal went wide before Denis split the uprights from a placed ball on 57 minutes followed by an opportunist goal from a long range placed ball by substitute Damien O’Donovan on 59 minutes and a well taken point from out near the sideline by Seán O’Connor two minutes into added time to reduce the deficit to two. That was as close as the Granagh/Ballingarry boys were to get as the final whistle sounded shortly afterwards to leave the Effin boys two points ahead but only just, 2-16 to 1-17, after a most enjoyable hard fought contest to qualify for their first Limerick County Intermediate Hurling Championship title since 2018 against the 2020 County Junior A Hurling Championship at Croagh/Kilfinny on Saturday October ???
The Granagh/Ballingarry boys were gutted to have lost out on a county final spot for the first time since 2005 by two points but were very sporting in defeat and wished the Effin boys the best of luck in the final. Effin scored 2-13 from play and 0-3 from frees. Granagh/Ballingarry scored 0-10 from play and 0-7 from frees.
Effin: James O’Leary, Seán Canning, Alan Byrne, Patrick Carrol, Michael Rea, Nickie Quaid 0-1, Conor Kearney, Paul Treacy, Fergal O’Connor, Clive O’Doherty, Jack Quaid (captain) 0-4, P.J. Herr, Patrick O’Donovan 2-9 (0-3 frees), Pierse O’Kelly, Tommy Quaid 0-2.
Granagh/Ballingarry: John O’Grady, Eoin Herlihy, John Kealy, Niall Cahill, David Clancy, Daniel O’Grady, Thomas O’Donovan, Pat Carroll, Darragh Casey, Luke Flynn 0-1, Cathal O’Keeffe 0-4, Jack Cagney 0-1, Seán O’Connor 0-2, Niall Kennedy 0-1, Denis O’Connor (0-7 frees). Subs David Condron, Damian O’Donovan (1-0 free), Edward Sheehy, Michael Russell 0-1.
Referee: Donnacha O’Callaghan, Feohanagh/Castlemahon.
Since the start of the year Granagh/Ballingarry intermediate hurlers and management team have put in a lot of effort to win seven of their 12 games. They finished top of the West Senior Hurling League on eight points ahead of Adare on scoring average and were most unlucky to go under to the Adare boys in the final by four points, 4-21 to 5-14, in a thrilling 44 score contest. Newcastlewest won the Jim (Twin) Lynch Memorial Cup for the second success in a row defeating Feohanagh/Castlemahon in the final and the Hennessy Cup defeating Ballyhooly, Cork in the final at Ballyhooly. Defeated Tournafulla and lost to Bruree to finish second in Group 1 of the County Intermediate Championship to qualify for a quarter final meeting with Croom who they defeated to qualify for Saturday’s semi final clash with Effin at Newcastlewest where they were most unlucky to go under by two points, 1-17 to 1-16. On behalf of the club and the people of Granagh/Ballingarry we congratulate the players on the many great displays they have given and well done to the management team of Eoin Kennedy, Michael Clancy, Bobby Houlihan, Pat O’Connor (Newtown) and the backroom team too. If they all stay together this team looks like being a match for the best next season.
Croagh/Kilfinny make it to first Intermediate Final
Limerick County Intermediate Hurling Championship Semi Final
Hearty congratulations to our neighbours 2020 County Junior A Hurling champions Croagh/Kilfinny on their thrilling five point win over gallant Bruree at Newcastlewest on Saturday to qualify for their first ever County Intermediate Hurling Championship Final against Effin on Saturday 23rd October in Newcastlewest at 2pm.
West Junior B Football Championship Semi Final
Tournafulla is the venue on this Sunday 17th October at 3.30pm for the meeting of Athea and Granagh/Ballingarry in the semi final of the West Junior B Football Championship, Athea finished second to Ballysteen in Group 1 and Granagh/Ballingarry at the top of Group 2 ahead of Knockaderry to set up Sunday’s semi final meeting.
A close hard fought contest is expected and your support would be appreciated for the boys in black and green and their management team this Sunday at 3.30pm to cheer them on in their bid to reach their first West Junior B Football Championship Final since 2018.
Limerick County Senior Hurling Championship Final
Sunday 24th October
Kilmallock v Patrickswell in Pairc na nGael at 3.45pm.
Limerick County Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship Final
Sunday 24th October
Mungret/St. Paul’s v Cappamore in Pairc na nGael at 1.30pm.
Limerick County Intermediate Hurling Championship Final
Saturday 23rd October
Croagh/Kilfinny v Effin in Newcastlewest at 2pm.
Limerick County Senior Football Championship Final
Friday 29th October
Adare v Newcastlewest in Pairc na nGael at 7.30pm.
October County Club Draw
The next Limerick County GAA Club Draw is on Saturday 30th 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 €1,000m 5th Exclusive prize of two night hotel break with dinner, 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 County Club draw for €150. Granagh/Ballingarry has three winners to date, Nora Faragher who won €100 in March and Paul McCarthy who won €100 in May and Teresa McCarthy won the exclusive star prize in August. If you would like to renew your membership please follow the link Limerick Draw, sign up and 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 October 30th draw must be in by Wednesday 27th October.
October Club Draw Winners
The following were winners in the October Granagh/Ballingarry GAA club draw held on Saturday 2nd October: €400 Joe Condon promoter Mossie and Pat, €100 each to Paddy Dunworth promoter Mossie and Pat, Tom O’Toole promoter Mike Healy, Evan Fox promoter Darian Farragher.
We thank all our punters for their continued support.
€15,300 Jackpot on Saturday
There was no winner of the €15,200 jackpot in the Granagh/Ballingarry GAA Club lottery on Saturday 9th October. The numbers drawn were 9, 16, 23 and 31. Lucky dips of €20 each went to Louise Noonan promoter (online), Tadhg Conway promoter The Rock Bar Granagh, Donagh McCarthy promoter Donagh McCarthy, Mary Chawke promoter Jimmy Chawke. The next draw for a jackpot of 15,300 will be held on Saturday in Dinny As Bar, Ballingarry. Tickets are 2 each or three for 5 and are on sale in local shops and bars and from promoter.
Note: You can now play the weekly draw online and the link to play is available on the club Facebook or Twitter pages which ceases at 6pm every Saturday. Thank you for your generous support.
Saturday October 16th
County Senior Football Championship Relegation Final
Na Piarsaigh v Galbally in Caherconlish at 3pm.
County Senior Hurling Championship Section A Promotion Final
South Liberties v Adare in Fitzgerald Park, Kilmallock at 4pm.
County Intermediate Football Championship Semi Finals
Kildimo/Pallaskenry v St. Senan’s in Askeaton at 4pm, Rathkeale v Gerald Griffins in Newcastlewest at 4pm.
County Intermediate Football Championship/Relegation Semi Final
Monaleen v Crecora in Claughaun at 4.30pm.
County Junior A Hurling Championship Quarter Final
Mungret/St. Paul’s v St. Patrick’s in Clarina at 3.30pm, Ballybricken/Bohermore v Killeedy in Kilfinane at 3.30pm.
County Junior A Hurling Championship Relegation Semi Final
Ahane v Monaleen in Claughaun at 3.30pm.
County Premier Junior Football Championship Semi Final
Croom v Fr. Casey’s in Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale at 4pm.
Sunday 17th October
County Junior A Hurling Championship Quarter Finals
Doon v St. Kieran’s in Fitzgerald Park, Kilmallock at 12 noon, Caherline v Ballybrown in Kilbreedy at 12 noon.
County Premier Junior Football Championship Semi Final
Newcastlewest v Mountcollins in Dromcollogher at 12 noon.
County Junior A Football Championship Semi Final
Banogue v Feenagh/Kilmeedy in Ballingarry at 3pm.
West Junior B Football Championship Semi Finals
Granagh/Ballingarry v Athea in Tournafulla at 3.30pm, Knockaderry v Ballysteen in Seán Finn Park, Rathkeale at 3.30pm.
Tuesday 19th October
County U19 A Football Championship Final
St. Kieran’s v Croom in Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale at 8.30pm.
County Premier U21 Hurling Championship Group 1 Round 1
Adare v Kilmallock in Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale at 7.30pm, Ballybrown v Doon in Knocklong at 7.30pm.
County U21 Premier Hurling Championship
Group 2 Round 1
Garryspillane v Patrickswell in Caherdavin at 7.30pm, Croagh/Kilfinny/Rathkeale v Ahane in Kilbreedy at 7.30pm.