MONALEEN GAA CLUB NOTES
SENIOR HURLING: Our senior hurlers lost out to Ballybrown in their crucial final group game in the Bons Secours Hospital County Senior Hurling Championship on Sunday at Claughaun. It was a disappointing end to a campaign in which the side had been unbeaten through their opening four group games. Still, plenty to build on next year for this talented young squad.
WELL DONE: Congratulations to Monaleen’s Ronan Lyons who has been included in the Electric Ireland Minor Star Awards Hurling Team of the Year. Ronan enjoyed a terrific year with Limerick, playing a starring role in defence during the county’s march to the Munster title. Ronan’s achievement in being one of three Limerick players selected on the Minor Star Awards Hurling Team is all the more notable as he is underage for minor grade again next year. The honour is just reward for his hard work and dedication. Well done, Ronan.
LIMERICK HURLING SIDES: Well done to all the Monaleen players who represented Limerick in the recent end of year inter county tournaments. Darragh Langan, Ben Murnane, Mark Field played in the U14 Tony Forristal tournament in Waterford. Joseph Fitzgerald, Shane Cross, Ben Hayes, Tony Power and Jack Ryan all played with the Limerick U15s in Tipperary with Joseph Fitzgerald having the honour of lifting the Arrabawn Shield as Captain. Ronan Lyons, Lochlainn McHale and Max Ivory were part of the Limerick U16 squad who played over the past two weeks in the U16 conpetitions. Well done to all and keep up the good work.
LIMERICK U14 FOOTBALLERS: Well done to Monaleen’s Jack Dolan, Tom Darcy and Muiris O’Dalaigh who are members of the Limerick U14 football squad which played Westmeath in Moate on Saturday.
U16 GAELIC FOOTBALL: Best of luck to the Monaleen U16 footballers who take on Galbally in the Gerry Molymeaux Memorial Cup Under 16 Football Division 1 Shield final in Rathbane this Sunday at 11am. All support greatly appreciated.
U16 HURLING: Well done to our U16 hurlers who defeated Bruff by a point, 1-14 to 2-10, in their final Division 1 group game in the championship at the clubhouse field on Monday night. The team has now qualified for the county semi-finals.
MINOR FOOTBALL: Congratulations to the Monaleen minor football side which defeated Ballylanders 2-6 to 0-8 in Group 2 of the Q3 Security County Premier Minor Football Championship Group 2 in Ballylanders on Tuesday night last.
U14 HURLING: Best of luck to the Monaleen U14 hurlers and their coaches who take on Mungret St Paul’s in the Jack Lyons Memorial Cup Under 14 Hurling Division 1 semi-final at Claughaun this Saturday, 1.30pm. All support greatly appreciated.
GOLF CLASSIC: Tee off in the Monaleen GAA Club fundraising Golf Classic which takes place at Castletroy Golf Club on Friday, September 27. Teams of three for the champagne scramble format competition cost €180. A limited number of tee times are available. As well as playing in the scramble you can also support the event by sponsoring a tee box. For further details, email firstname.lastname@example.org
BAG PACK: The next all-club fundraiser is a one day Bag Pack at Dunnes Stores, Childers Road on this Friday, September 6 from 10am until 9pm. We are looking for volunteers (players and parents) from senior club, camogie, juvenile and ladies football to help out. So if you can spare an hour or two on the day, please contact Audrey Ruschitzko with your preferred time slot.
LOTTO RESULTS: The latest Lotto draw took place on August 29, with the jackpot standing at €15,100. The numbers drawn were 7, 16, 19 and 22 . Winners of the €50 lucky dips were P. McCarthy, Shanbally; D. Cox, Castlemara; S. Gunning, @Leos; B/R Grant, Fairways . Tickets can be purchased on a weekly basis from local shops and pubs and the draw is held every Thursday night in the club at 10pm.
U16 CHAMPIONSHIP: On Thursday evening our U16s played Na Piarsaigh at home. On the night the Monaleen girls proved to be too strong for our opponents. The final score of 3-15 to 1-8 reflected the fantastic score taking on the night. The performance of Emily O Brien from frees and general play was one of many impressive performances. Panel: Ellie Madden; Laura Brennan; Abi Houlihan; Juliette Pinson; Amy Kavanagh; Mia O’Halloran; Niamh Moloney; Clodagh Power; Caitlin Power; Charley Drury; Saoirse Fitzgerald; Amy Burke; Ella Hession; Aoife Doyle; Emily O’Brien; Grace Malone; Aisling O’Driscoll; Emily O’Halloran; Aoife Sheehan; Ella McCarthy; Grace Clohessy.
FIXTURE: U16 Championship, Thursday 5th September, Monaleen V Blackrock Effin. Throw in 6:30pm at Monaleen Clubhouse.
JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP: Our Junior Championship campaign began this week with 2 home matches. On Tuesday the girls put in a great performance to beat a strong Galbally side 3-8 to 1-8 while on Saturday Tournafulla were the visitors and again Monaleen came out on top 5-11 to 3-9. Panel: Aisling Kennedy; Saorise Lane; Niamh Doyle; Emma Donohoe; Grainne Fullen; Caitlin Bonfil; Shalini Kutur; Ellen Regan Magner; Shannon Power; Shalini Kutur; Lucy D’Arcy; Aoife Doyle; Aine Doyle; Ruth Heavy; Caoimhe Lyons; Cathy O’Toole; Ella Hession; Niamh Moloney & Clodagh Power.
12-A-SIDE: On Friday our Junior 12-a-side team played Ahane away. After a tough competitive match our young team faded in the final quarter to lose with a final score of Ahane 4-9 to Monaleen 1-3. Panel: Sarah Sheehan, Mia O’Halloran; Shalini Kutur; Juliette Pinson; Amy Kavanagh; Laura Hession; Aoife D’Arcy; Lucy D’Arcy; Emily O’Brien; Eimear Morgan; Charley Drury; Grace Malone.
U-14 CHAMPIONSHIP: Our U14 played away to Newcastle West last Tuesday evening, a tight first half saw Newcastle West go in ahead on a score line of 2-03 to 1-01. Newcastle West played a stronger second half winning on a score line of 5-11 to 2-07. Team: Ellie Madden, Eimear O’Driscoll, Kim Ivory, Ella O’Halloran, Emma McGrath, Saoirse Fallon, Bella Collins, Abi Houlihan, Ciara Buckley, Katie Sheehan, Amie O’Brien, Laura Southern, Sarah Burke, Grace Field, Faye Coffey.
UPCOMING FIXTURE: U14 County Semi-Final: Monaleen V Adare, throw in 6:30pm on 3 September.
PHOTOGRAPH : Monaleen’s Joseph Fitzgerald receives the cup after captaining Limerick U15s to their Arrabawn Shield final win on Saturday last.