CITY JUNIOR B HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL: Kildimo/Pallaskenry 0-10 Na Piarsaigh 2-6. Our Seven Sisters-sponsored junior B hurlers had a disappointing defeat in the City Championship final in Crecora as they fell narrowly to Na Piarsaigh, after a hard-fought battle. This is not the end of the road for our junior hurlers as a County quarter-final awaits in a couple of weeks’ time.
This was a low-scoring contest for long parts, the work rate from both sides all over the pitch was impressive but defences were generally on top although the game did explode into life in the final quarter with more scores in the final fifteen minutes than there had been in the opening 45 minutes. Na Piarsaigh hit the front with an early free but we would respond shortly after when Mikey Dillon linked up with Danny O’Sullivan who popped the ball out to Brian Howard who lashed a point just over the crossbar. Na Piarsaigh would then win an early penalty following good fielding from their full-forward but James Mason pulled off a spectacular save to keep the sides level. However, Na Piarsaigh would end the first quarter with a goal following an interception and went into the water break a goal ahead.
However, from that point on, we would keep our opponents scoreless for the next half an hour. Perhaps our dominance wasn’t properly on the scoreboard but credit must go to our backline who were totally on top; James Pomeroy was extremely dogged in his man marking duties while the likes of Darragh O’Brien and Keel Moloney forced wides due to good pressure but our backs were well on top. Brian Howard and Adrian Garvey were both stand out players in the middle of the field while our forwards also persevered gamely, with Brendan O’Shea picking up a lot of ball. We lost Martin Nunan to injury in the early stages but his replacement, Luke Guinane, was hugely impressive and he would set up Brian Howard for our second score of the game shortly after the water break. Danny O’Sullivan was then on target with a free after team captain, Kieran O’Brien, was fouled. We were on top in most areas of the field at this point and would finish the half off with a lovely team score. A great run from Keel Moloney saw him link up with Brendan Meskell, who then found Luke Guinane who struck over the bar for the levelling score, leaving the half-time score: Kildimo/Pallaskenry 0-4 Na Piarsaigh 1-1.
We felt perhaps we deserved to be ahead but continued our good play into the second half and continued to keep Na Piarsaigh scoreless until the next water break, a highly-impressive feat in any game. Yet Na Piarsaigh’s own defence limited us to just two scores in the third quarter ourselves. When Brendan O’Shea broke onto a ball on the right wing, he was fouled and Danny O’Sullivan again struck the ball over the bar from the free to put us a point to the good. Scores from play were hard to come by and we would extend our advantage when Ryan Kelly was fouled, with Evan Considine firing over the free from distance, meaning we went into the water break two to the good.
It had not been a high-scoring opening 45 minutes; we had limited our opponents to just two scores, they had kept us to six but there would be a further ten scores between the two sides in the final fifteen minutes. Na Piarsaigh came roaring out of the blocks straight after the water break and got a point to narrow the gap to just a point, before levelling the game with a free. The game’s intensity went up several notches as both sides desperately looked for scores and Adrian Garvey brilliantly linked up with Luke Guinane in the left corner who sent a great score over the bar to restore our lead! But Na Piarsaigh came back immediately to level the game once again with a point from play.
The next score was probably the critical score of the game; a dangerous ball in around the house was sent to the back of the net which gave them a three-point lead with just five minutes left on the clock. We did respond admirably to this set-back as Luke Guinane again got on the scoresheet with a point from a tight angle. Keel Moloney then found Brian Howard in space, and the energetic midfielder fired over his third point from play. Although we had the sniff of chances to equalise, it was Na Piarsaigh who would get the score to extend that lead out to two points again before James Mason sent over a free to narrow the gap again! But Na Piarsaigh were clinical with their next opportunity to open up a two-point lead and we needed a goal to rescue the game. It almost came, it really did as both Evan Considine and James Mason sent dangerous frees in around the square but the Na Piarsaigh goalkeeper performed a miraculous reaction save to deny us from close range and to seal victory for the Caherdavin side!
It was certainly a disappointing defeat but it is not the end of the journey; and preparations for the knockout stages of Championship will now intensify as we aim to go one better than last year’s county semi-final defeat to eventual Munster finalists, Garryspillane.
Team: James Mason (0-1); Darragh O’Brien, Evan Considine (0-1, free), Jai Chaudri; Kieran O’Brien, Keel Moloney, James Pomeroy; Brian Howard (0-3), Adrian Garvey; Brendan O’Shea, Mikey Dillon, Darren Whelan; Danny O’Sullivan (0-2, frees), Brendan Meskell, Martin Nunan
Subs: Luke Guinane (0-3) for Martin Nunan (15 mins); Ryan Kelly for Mikey Dillon (34 mins); Jack Mullane for Danny O’Sullivan (45 mins); Jack Ryan for Brendan Meskell (53 mins); Matthew Lucey for Darren Whelan (58 mins)
Panel: Naoise McGarrigle, Martin Neville, Chris McMahon, Cathal O’Shaughnessy, Joey O’Keeffe
U-14 HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL: Kildimo/Pallaskenry 0-3 Granagh/Ballingarry 0-9. A disappointing end to the season for our U-14s who were defeated in the County Final by Granagh/Ballingarry but this was still a superb effort by an extremely talented team who have shone all year long. Sometimes things just don’t go for you on the day but this is a team with loads of potential, who will come back better from this defeat! Well done to all players and management for reaching the county final and for all their efforts throughout the season!
U-16 HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP: Kildimo/Pallaskenry 3-15 Cappamore 3-11. Our U-16 hurlers had a fantastic victory during the week to secure their place in a county semi-final. Competing at the top grade of hurling, this was their second victory and enough to secure second spot in the group. They now join extremely illustrious company in the semi-finals, and are now set to play Newcastlewest next Saturday, with Monaleen and Doon in the other side of the draw. This has already been a hugely successful year for these hurlers, going to toe-to-toe with the best players of their age group in the county, which has already brought them on hugely but they are hungry for more. Well done to all players and management and best of luck to all involved next weekend!
U-10 FOOTBALL: Well done to our U-10 footballers who hosted Monaleen in Kildimo in two very sporting matches during the week. There was some great skill on display; from
saves to handpasses and some super scores by so many of the players. Many thanks to Monaleen for travelling and for two great games.
U-6 HURLING: Well done to our future stars who travelled to Ballinacurra for three games during the week and to Patrickswell at the weekend. To these, our youngest club members; days and nights like this are what hurling and football is all about. Well done to all the boys and girls and their coaches.
HURLING & CAMOGIE ACADEMY: We are delighted to announce details of our NEW Hurling & Camogie Academy which will commence on Friday October 2 in the astro in Kilcornan. The academy will run for eight weeks over October & November on Friday nights at a cost of €20 per child for the duration. This cost is to cover the hire of the astro for the three sessions planned each week along with additional requirement of equipment for all weather purposes. We also hope at the end of the academy to give each child a personalised gift that they can use for training in the future. Sessions are planned out as follows:
6pm to 7pm: Camogie
6pm to 7pm: U-9 Boys (born in 2011) & U-10 Boys (born in 2012)
7pm to 8pm: U-11 Boys (born in 2010) & U-12 Boys (born in 2009)
8pm to 9pm: U-14 Boys (born in 2007 & 2008) & U-16 Boys (born in 2005 & 2006)
All groups will be set up on the team schedules in the next couple of days to all you to reply. You can now pay for the academy through CLUB PAYMENTS tab on the TeamApp, select academy and the number of children and pay by card. From time to time we will also have some guest coaches to help out and share some tips with the kids on their hurling and camogie skills. We look forward to continuing the season on with our academy, and we hope to see as many kids there as we can.
CLUB LOTTO: The winning numbers in this week’s lotto draw were 9, 24, 29 and 32. There was no winner of the overall draw. The lucky dip winners were 1. Breda Clarke; 2. Brian Butler; 3. Agnes O’Dowd; 4. Willie Curtin. The jackpot rises to €6,400 for next week’s draw.
Tickets on sales now in Mace Kildimo, Seven Sisters, Dromore Inn / Beer Garden, De Bucket, Clancy’s Bar, Corner House, Gala Pallaskenry, Ruby Pallaskenry and from our weekly lotto sellers. Please support if you can. Monies from our lotto go into the day to day running of our club. Annual, monthly and quarterly payment options available; please get in touch with any club committee member or on social media. Best of luck to all our local pubs on their reopening, please support them and when you do, don’t forget to buy a lotto ticket