GRANAGH/BALLINGARRY GAA CLUB NOTES
Hospital/Herbertstown Book Quarter Final Spot with late
Murphy Penalty Goal
County Intermediate Hurling Championship Group 2 Round 3
In ideal conditions at Michael Fox Memorial Park in Kilfinane on Saturday evening a penalty goal by Aaron Murphy, two minutes into added time, paved the way for a thrilling three point victory for Hospital/Herbertstown for the second year in a row over unlucky Granagh/Ballingarry, after playing the final quarter with fourteen players due to their no. 11 Michael Whelan being sent off on a second yellow card to finish second on two points, one behind Croom in Group 2 of the County Intermediate Hurling Championship, to qualify for aquarter final meeting with Na Piarsaigh and Granagh/Ballingarry who finished bottom on one play Effin in the relegation semi final. This lack lustre error ridden contest was played on an excellent pitch in front of a reduced number of spectators, as per current Government guidelines, with Johnny Murphy of Ballylanders in charge.
Prior to the start of the game a minute’s silence was observed in memory of James Clancy, Ballingarrry FC Secretary and former Granagh/Ballingarry GAA Club player.
Hospital/Herbertstown’s no 6 Conor O’Grady and Granagh/Ballingarry’s no 12 Denis O’Connor traded white flags from placed balls in the opening three minutes. A couple of wides were exchanged before white flags were traded from open play by Mickey-Bob-Ryan on six minutes and Darragh Casey on eight minutes, Michael Whelan on 10 minutes and David Condron four minutes later, to leave the sides level at 0-3 each at the end of the first quarter at the water break. When play got underway again, Granagh/Ballingarry had white flags through Denis O’Connor from a placed ball on 17 minutes and Cathal O’Keeffe from open play on 18 minutes before Hospital/Herbertstown’s no 6 Conor O’Grady split the uprights from a long range placed ball a minute later, to leave one between the sides,
Granagh/Ballinarry 0-5, Hospital/Herbertstown 0-4 on 19 minutes. The first green flag of thegame arrived on 20 minutes when a long delivery by Jack Cagney was finished past Hospital/Herbertstown’s keeper Diarmuid Quirke by Granagh/Ballingarry’s no 14 David Condron and Denis O’Connor followed this up with a well taken white flag from open play, two minutes later to push the Granagh/Balingarry boys five ahead 1-6 to 0-4 on 22 minutes.
Hospital/Herbertstown finished the opening half strong with a trio of white flags from open play through Mickey-Bob-Ryan on 25 minutes, Oisin O’Grady on 27 minutes and John Fitzgerald on 29 minutes to reduce the deficit to two, Granagh/Ballingarry 1-6, Hospital/Herbertstown 0-7 at the interval.
Mickey-Bob-Ryan and Jack Cagney traded white flags in the opening three minutes after the interval, before Granagh/Ballingarry’s no 10 Denis O’Connor split the uprights from a placed ball to extend the Knockfierna boys’ advantage to three, 1-8 to 0-8 in 37 minutes. The white were traded by Conor O’Grady from a 65 on 40 minutes and Denis O’Connor from a placed ball on 41 minutes to leave three still between the sides, 1-9 to 0-9. Then DamienO’Donovan extended the Granagh/Ballingarry boys’ advantage to four when he split the uprights from a long range placed ball on 43 minutes, before the Hospital/Herbertstown boys were hit with a crucial blow when they had their no 11 Michael Whelan sent off on a second yellow card on 44 minutes and at the end of the third quarter, at the second water break, the score read 1-10 to 0-9 in favour of Granagh/Ballingarry. Mickey-Bob-Ryan won points back for the Hospital/Herbertstown boys from placed balls on 46 to 48 minutes before Eoin Chawke of Granagh/Ballingarry split the uprights a minute later to leave three between the sides, Granagh/Ballingarry 1-11, Hospital/Herbertstown 0-11 on 49 minutes. The Hospital/Herbertstown boys, far from being over awed, scored three points in the next tenminutes, courtesy of Conor O’Grady and Oisin O’Grady from open play and Conor O’Grady, from a placed ball, to leave the sides level for the fifth time at 1-11 each on 59 minutes. This lack lustre error ridden contest ended in a wealth of excitement, when referee Johnny Murphy awarded Hospital/Herbertstown a penalty which Aaron Murphy sent past Keith O’Kelly in the Granagh/Ballingarry goal two minutes into added time to seal a thrilling three point 1-14to 1-11 victory for the Hospital/Herbertstown boys for the second year in a row over unlucky Granagh/Ballingarry, one behind Croom in Group 2 of the County Intermediate HurlingChampionship to qualify for a quarter final meeting. Na Piarsaigh and Granagh/Ballingarry who finished second on one point play Effin in the relegation semi final. Granagh/Ballingarry who were hit with a major blow when they lost County U21 player Sean O’Connor in theopening five minutes due to injury were gutted to have lost in added time for the second year in a row but were very sporting in defeat, wishing the Hospital/Herbertstown boys the best of luck in the quarter final. Hospital/Herbertstown scored 0-8 from play, 0-5 from frees, 0-1 from a 65 and a penalty goal. Granagh/Ballingarry scored 1-6 from play and 0-5 from frees.
Hospital/Herbertstown: Diarmuid Quirke, Michael O’Riordan, Aaron Murphy 1-0 (penalty), Simon Divilly, Sean Deegan, Conor O’Grady 0-5 (3 frees, 1 65), Killian O’Shea, Mark Deegan, Killian Real, Tadhg Leddin, Michael Whelan 0-1, Mickey-Bob-Ryan 0-5 (2 frees), John Fitzgerald 0-1, Keith O’Connor, Oisin O’Grady 0-2.
Granagh/Ballingarry: Keith O’Kelly, John Carroll, Eoin Cahill, Eoin Casey, DamienO’Donovan 0-1 (free), Donal O’Grady, Thomas O’Donovan, Darragh Casey 0-1, Pat Carroll,Jack Cagney 0-1, Sean O’Connor, Denis O’Connor 0-5 (4 frees), Cathal O’Keeffe 0-1, David Condron 1-1, Luke Flynn. Subs used: Eoin Chawke 0-1 and Kieran O’Donovan.
Referee: Johnny Murphy.
County Intermediate Hurling Championship Quarter Final
Croom v Kilmallock, Na Piarsaigh v Hospital/Herbertstown, Newcastle West v Pallasgreen,
Feohanagh/Castlemahon v Knockaderry.
County Intermediate Hurling Championshiup Relegation semi finals:
Granagh/Ballingarry v Effin and Tournafulla v St. Patrick’s
Second Win for Junior B’s
West Junior B Hurling Championship Group 2 Round 2
At wet and windy Adare on Tuesday 4th August, Granagh/Ballingarry made it back to back wins in Group 2 of the West Junior B Hurling Championship with an impressive eight point victory after gallant Adare who forced Granagh/Ballingarry keeper Conor Mulqueen to bringoff a number of top classsaves, two in the first and three in the second half. A good crowd turned out to watch this lively contest played on an excellent pitch with Michael Browne Dromcollogher/Broadford in charge.
The home side Adare with the wind at their backs, dominated the opening eleven minutes with four unanswered white flags from open play, two by Shane O’Connor and one each by Jack English, Sean Fitzpatrick before Colm Noonan finally opened the Granagh/Ballingarry boys account when he split the uprights from a long range placed ball to reduce the deficit to three, 0-4 to 0-1 on 12 minutes. A couple of wides were exchanged before Shane Heffernan of Adare split the uprights from a placed ball to extend the home side’s advantage to four 0-5to 0-1 at the end of the first quarter. Granagh/Ballingarry dominated the second half with white flags from play courtesy of Jack Hartnett on 17 minutes and Jim O’Keeffe on 20minutes followed by a Jimmy Shiels green flag of 24 minutes and a pair of white flags by Richie O’Keeffe from open play on 27 minutes and John O’Grady from a placed ball threeminutes to send the visitors in at the interval leading by three 1-5 to 0-5. Granagh/Ballingarry dominated the opening five minutes after the interval with a well taken point by their no 11 Jim O’Keeffe, followed by a cracking Jack Hartnett green flag and a white flag from a long range placed ball by Colm Noonan to leave the visitors eight ahead, 2-7 to 0-5 on 35 minutes. Then Shane Heffernan from a placed ball on 38 minutes and Adam O’Brien from open play on 41 minutes won points back for Adare before a long delivery by Jim O’Keeffe went all the way past three times All Ireland U21 medal winner Timmy Houlihan in the Adare goal to leave Granagh/Ballingarry nine ahead 3-7 to 0-7 at the end of the third quarter and the second water break. When play got under way again Granagh/Ballingarry’s no 13 Jack Hartnett hit1-1 in a three minute spell, before white flags were traded from placed ball by Shane Heffernan on 50 minutes and Richie O’Keeffe two minutes later to leave it 4-9 to 0-8 in favour of the boys in black and green on 52 minutes. A couple of wides were exchanged before white flags were traded by Granagh/Ballingarry’s no 14 Richie O’Keeffe from a placed ball on 55 minutes and Adare’s no 20 Donagh Morrissey from play two minutes later to leave the visitors still thirteen ahead on 57. Adare, far from being over awed, scored a goal through the no 1 Adam O’Brien on 59 minutes before Granagh/Ballingarry substitute Brian Noonan split the uprights on 30 minutes to leave eleven between the sides,
Granagh/Ballingarry 4-11, Adare 1-9. Then Adare were awarded a penalty two minutes into added time when Adam O’Brien sent past Conor Mulqueen in the Granagh/Ballingarry goalmouth but it was too little too late for the Adare boys as referee Michael Browne sounded the final whistle straight from the puck out to leave Granagh/Ballingarry worthy winners oftheir successive brace of points in Group 2 of the West Junior B Hurling Championship byeight points, 4-11 to 2-9.
Granagh/Ballingarry scored 4-6 from play, 3 points from frees and a penalty goal.
Granagh/Ballingarry: Conor Mulqueen, Mark Tierney, Donagh McCarthy, Mike Carroll,Brendan Lynch, Colm Noonan (0-2 frees), Marcus Moore, Edward Sheehy, Mike O’Rourke, Mark Snow, Jim O’Keeffe 1-1, John O’Grady (0-1 free), Jimmy Shiels 1-0, Richie O’Keeffe0-3 (2 frees), Jack Hartnett 2-2. Subs used: Kevin O’Kelly, Mickie O’Keeffe, Brian Noonan0-1, Niall Carroll, Kevin Mulcahy.
Adare scorers were Adam O’Brien 2-1 (1-0 penalty), Shane Heffernan 0-3 (frees), ShaneO’Connor 0-2, Jack English 0-1, Sean Fitzpatrick 0-1, Donagh Morrissey 0-1.
Referee: Michael Browne (Dromcollogher/Broadford).
Granagh/Ballingarry Stroll to Quarter Final
West Junior B Hurling Championship Group 2, Round 3
A far more complete and better balanced Granagh/Ballingarry recorded their third successivevictory in Group 2 of the West Junior B Hurling Championship, with an impressive victorover gallant Dromcollogher/Broadford in ideal conditions at Ballingarry on Sunday evening
to go top of the group on six points and qualify for the quarter finals and can make it straight to the semi final if they defeat Feohanagh/Castlemahon in their remaining group stage game on Tuesday 8th September in Quaid Park, Coolyroe. The Ballingarry pitch was in top condition for this game with John McGrath of Monagea in charge. Granagh/Ballingarry wersharper, more direct, showed better touches up front and were too strong for their opponents.
They laid a firm foundation for victory in the first half, going in at the break leading 1-12 to 0-5, with Granagh/Ballingarry goals coming from the stick of Jack Hartnett. Granagh/Ballingarry’s no 6 Colm Noonan from a placed ball and Drom/Broadford’s no 10 Cillian Shine from open play traded white flags in the opening three minutes after the
interval, before Granagh/Ballingarry’s Jack Hartnett finished to the back of the Drom/Broadford net for the second time on 36 minutes to put the game out of the reach of the visitors, 2-13 to 0-6 At the final whistle Granagh/Ballingarry were comfortable winners by 4-20 to 0-9 to top of Group 2 in the West Junior B Hurling Championship on six points, to qualify for the quarter finals with one remaining group stage game to play against Feohanagh/Castlemahon on Tuesday 8th Sepember in Quaid Park, Coolyroe where a victory will see them qualify straight to the semi final.
Granagh/Ballingarry scored 4-12 from play and 0-8 from frees.
Dromcollogher/Broadford scored 0-4 from play and 0-5 from frees.
Granagh/Ballingarry: Conor Mulqueen, Michael Carroll, Donagh McCarthy, Mark Tierney,Marcus Moore, Colm Noonan 0-2 (frees), Brendan Lynch 0-2, Edward Sheehy 0-2, MichaelO’Rourke 0-2, Mark Snow, Jim O’Keeffe 0-2, John O’Grady 0-1 (free), Jack Hartnett 3-1Jimmy Shiels 1-0, Richie O’Keeffe 0-5 (4 frees). Subs used Brian Noonan 0-1, MickieO’Keeffe, Kevin Mulcahy, Kevin O’Kelly 0-1, Niall Carroll and Brian Mulqueen (blood sub).
Dromcollogher/Broadford scorers were Thomas Fitzgerald 0-3 (2 frees), Killian Cahill 0-3(frees), Killian Shine 0-1, Timmy Brosnan 0-1 and Jack Pierce 0-1.
Referee: John McGrath (Monagea).
County Minor B Hurling Championship
Group 2 Round 2
Granagh/Ballingarry travel to Dromcollogher on Sunday 16
th August to play the home side
Dromcollogher/Broadford in Round 2 of Group 2 in the new look Limerick County Minor BHurling Championship at 7pm. The championship is being run on an all county basis this year from the divisions and 13 teams have intimated they will take part. There are one group of four and three groups of three. With the top two teams in each group to qualify for the quarter finals.
Group 1: Askeaton, Knockaderry, Ballybricken/Bohermore and Caherline.
Group 2: Croagh/Kilfinny/Rathkeale, Drom/Broadford and Granagh/Ballingarry.
Group 3: Pallasgreen, Belville Gaels, St. Kieran’s.
Group 4: Dromin/Athlacca, Mungret/St. Paul’s and Croom.
In the opening round on Friday 7th August, Croagh/Kilfinny/Rathkeale defeated the Dromcollogher/Broadford boys 8-15 to 1-4 and Granagh/Ballingarry had a bye. As a result of that heavy defeat to Drom/Broadford in the opening round a draw or a win forGranagh/Ballingarry on Sunday evening in Dromcollogher will see them through to th quarter finals. You support would be welcome for the boys in black and green and their management team to cheer them on to make a winning start to their County Minor B Hurling
Junior B Footballers in Championship
Granagh/Ballingarry open their West Junior B Football Championship campaign on Tuesday 18th August they play St. Kieran’s in Ballingarry at 7pm. The 2020 West Junior B FootballChampionship is played on a league system in two groups. Granagh/Ballingarry, St. Kieran’s,Feenagh/Kilmeedy and Adare are in Group 1. Ballysteen, St. Senans, Athea and Knockaderryare in Group 2. Each team plays all the others once with the top team in each groupqualifying for the semi finals and the third placed team in each group to play a quarter finalagainst the Second Plate team in the other group.
A tight match is expected in Ballingarry on Tuesday evening with hopefully a fullGranagh/Ballingarry side. Your support would be appreciated for the boys in black and green
and their new manager Shane O’Grady and his selectors to cheer them on in their bid to makea winning start to their West Junior B Football Championship campaign.
Cheque Presentation to Pieta House
Granagh/Ballingarry GAA Club will make a cheque presentation of €1,600, the proceeds of
the Jim (Twin) Lynch Memorial Cup hurling tournament final played on Sunday 5th July in Ballingarry between Granagh/Ballingarry and Feenagh/Kilmeedy to representatives of Pieta House on Thursday 27th August in Ballingarry Hall at 8pm. Your support for thispresentation night would be appreciated and light refreshments will be served.
James Clancy RIP
Granagh/Ballingarry GAA officials, players and members would like to express their sinceresympathies to the Clancy family, Ballingarry on the untimel passing of James Clancy. As founding member of Ballingarry AFC and secretary for over 30 years, James worketirelessly for the benefit of the community to provide a sporting outlet for boys and girls from underage to adult in their fantastic neighbouring facilities. While soccer was James’ first love, James also lined out for Granagh/Ballingarry GAA club, winning an U16 West Limerick Hurling Championship medal in 1976, defeating Ardagh in the final at Sean Finn’s
Park, captained by Liam English (RIP).
To his wife Maria, children Megan, Nathan and Abbie, his mother and father, brothers, sisterand extended family. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis.