MUNGRET ST PAUL’S GAA CLUB NOTES
U10 LADIES FOOTBALL
Our U10 girls played their much anticipated first football blitz of the year last Wednesday evening when St. Ailbe’s were the visitors to Mungret.
The weather was kind and the girls gave a great account of themselves in what was a very enjoyable evening of football. A big thank you to Emma for helping out with refereeing on the night.
Training for U10s continues every Saturday at 11am at the village pitch – new recruits always welcome!
Mungret St. Pauls 6-16 South Liberties/ Crecora 0-2
In Crecora on a perfect evening, Monday 21 June 2021, our young U-15 hurlers played the combined team of South Liberties and Crecora in their opening round game. This team have played many tough games in the past but this was delight for them to play as they got a chance to stretch their legs and play their best game. While it was a one sided game this Mungret St. Pauls team knew what it is like to be on the lower score with South Liberties/ Crecora out of their depth having just joined together this year for the first time. Well done to our U-15 team.
Mungret St. Pauls 0-11 Claughaun 2-8
Our Limerick Motor Centre sponsored Intermediate Football team lined out in the rain in Mungret for their third game against Claughaun on Tuesday 22 June 2021. This was a game of cat and mouse as each side chased each other, it was not until near the end that Claughaun struck 2 in the net to lead by the goal that eluded Mungret St. Pauls.
This was a slow starting game with only one point a piece by the first water break the second quarter Mungret St. Pauls were chasing Claughaun as they finished the half a point behind with 4 on the board.
The second quarter Mungret St. Pauls upped their game taking the lead when they put 6 balls between the uprights to Claughauns 2. Both sides shared the next 2 points before the opportunity for Claughaun to take back control as they planted 2 goals in quick succession. Mungret St. Pauls tried hard but were unable to get a ball past the Claughan goal line.
All of Mungret St. Pauls points came from play while Claughaun scored half their points from frees.
Team; Ronan McElligot, Adrian Naughton, Michael Fitzgibbon, David Bridgeman, Conor Galvin (0-1), Frank Corcoran, Cian O’Doherty, Brian Barry (0-3), John Hutton (0-4), Jack Walsh, Shane Barry (0-2), Oisin Moss, Ciaran Uwatse, Darragh O’Hagan (0-1), Jack Coyne, Darragh Bridgeman, James Garvey, Brian Treacy, David Burke, Sean Moran
Mungret St. Pauls 2-6 Banogue 3-5
While our Intermediates were playing at home our Junior footballers travelled out to Banogue on Tuesday 22 June 2021 where they met with a slightly tougher opposition. The rain did not help matters as the players put in a great effort but ended up 2 points shy of a draw.
COVID COMMUNITY GROUP
We were delighted to be able to welcome Mayor Michael Collins to Mungret St. Pauls on Thursday 24 June 2021 as he presented the club with a beautifully framed scroll to acknowledge the club’s contribution and assistance to our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mungret St. Pauls are very grateful to all our volunteers who took the time to look after the members of our wider community over the past year. On Thursday we had two of our volunteers Dave Foley and Marie Lyons available to accept the honour from Mayor Michael Collins along with club president Pa O’Brien, chairman Brian O’Halloran, juvenile Chairman Breandán O’hAnnaidh, secretary Maurice Walsh, groundsman John Moriarty, player Cian O’Brien.
Mungret St. Pauls 4-11 Croom 1-5
On Wednesday 23 June, in Croom our Junior footballers played a great game as they played the hosts. Mungret St. Pauls took the lead and wrote the game as they took on some brave shots from all over the pitch. Our Junior A team are out again on Tuesday against Croom in the Intermediate league game.
Mungret St. Pauls V Na Piarsaigh and Kildimo Pallaskenry
It was a very wet and miserable day on Thursday 24 June when we fielded two young hurling teams. Our 13 year olds played in Division 1 when they hosted Na Piarsaigh at home. This was a great game for our players as they were evenly matched. The weather was a bit of an obstacle, both sides were level on the break but Mungret St. Pauls unfortunately lost by 2 points by the final whistle.
Our Division 2 team travelled to Kildimo to play a strong Kildimo Pallaskenry team. This was the first competitive game for most of the players and it was their first match since last year. Kildimo Pallaskenry had an early lead but once Mungret St. Pauls settled into the game they put in some fantastic work rate, not shying away from a tackle.
BORD NA NOG GAMES
Well done to all our U-11 players on Tuesday 22 June 2021 in their first outing for 2021 as they took over Mungret St. Pauls pitches when they played two Monaleen teams and one Ahane team on Tuesday 22 June 2021. Our two teams played very well against a tough Monaleen side. The team that played Ahane were all U-10 with the two teams against Monaleen were a mix of both ages. After a slow start we got into our stride and finished very strong. As it was the first night out there were signs of plenty to work on over the summer but lots of encouraging signs that we are going in the right direction. One thing we didn’t lack is spirit and enthusiasm. Well done to all the players who were not put off by the rain and played some great football.
On Friday night 25 June 2021 our army of U-9 players welcomed Monaleen to Mungret St. Pauls in a football blitz that was full of very active and energetic players. There were five teams fielded for Mungret St. Pauls with every child getting game time.
Saturday 26 June 2021 was not a usual day for our U-7s as they played in their first hurling blitz of the year. We fielded 5 teams at this age group out in Na Piarsaigh.
PREMIER INTERMEDIATE HURLING
Mungret St. Pauls 1-17 Na Piarsaigh 1-20
On a breezy but sunny evening on Saturday 26 June in Mungret our Limerick Motor Centre sponsored Premier Intermediate hurlers played Na Piarsaigh. This was a great game of hurling when Mungret St. Pauls held the lead for most of the way only for Na Piarsaigh to snatch it away in the final quarter.
Mungret St. Pauls settled into the game very quickly as Na Piarsaigh tried to catch up on our score. By the first water break Mungret St. Pauls had a 2 point lead which they extended by the half time when the score was Mungret St. Pauls 0-12, Na Piarsaigh 0-9.
Back into the second half and Mungret St. Pauls kept the pressure on as they kept the scores coming in taking the lead on to 5 points, ten minutes into the second half. This lead was quickly lessened as Na Piarsaigh pulled themselves back into the running when they scored 4 points in the next five minutes. They were level shortly after the water break and then Na Piarsaigh struck a goal to take the lead for the first time in the game. Try as they might and even with their own goal, Mungret St. Pauls were unable to catch up with Na Piarsaigh who took the game with a 3 point lead.
JUNIOR A HURLNG
Mungret St. Pauls 1-21 Kildimo Pallaskenry 0-8
There was a delay to the start of this game as both sides had plenty of time to warm up while a referee was being assigned to the game in Mungret on Sunday 27 June. The weather was ideal as the sun was not as strong as the game began. Mungret St. Pauls had the edge at the beginning of the match but completed it in style as Kildimo Pallaskenry relied mainly on frees for their score.
Mungret St. Pauls had 2 frees pointed before Kildimo Pallaskenry came back after ten minutes to equal the score. Mungret St. Pauls shot off again on the score board leading by 2 points before the opportunity for a sharp shot to the back of the net set the Mungret St. Pauls team in motion as they became unstoppable going ahead 1-9 to 0-4 by the half time whistle.
The second half began with Kildimo Pallaskenry scoring twice with Mungret St. Pauls replying with 8 points from five different players. Kildimo Pallaskenry only managed to tack on another 2 points but Mungret St. Pauls took the game home with four more additional points.