MUNGRET ST. PAUL’S GAA CLUB NOTES
Mungret St. Pauls 2-18 Monaleen 2-15.
This was a showcase of skill from both sides in Monaleen on Monday 15 July. It was a real cat and mouse game with both sides taking a lead at different stages.
It was close all the way with Mungret St. Pauls taking over the lead with a superb goal after Monaleen led through a few early frees. Mungret St. Pauls retained the lead at half time, after their second goal to go in at the break leading by 2 points.
The lead was swapped a few times in the second half with Monaleen scoring their own 2 goals. Mungret edged ahead in the last 10 minutes and despite some late pressure from Monaleen, they managed to see it out.
These sides look set to meet each other again later in the championship.
U12 LADIES FOOTBALL
The first Saturday in July saw 29 of our U12 Ladies footballers depart bright and early for a day of football and team bonding in Tralee. After a relatively uneventful bus journey the girls arrived at Na Gaeil GAA Club for the start of an eventful day!
First into action were the Regional Community Games team. The team, made-up entirely of 15 Mungret St. Pauls girls, were representing Limerick in a Munster semi-final against Moycarkey Borris representing Tipperary. After a fierce, end-to-end battle over four quarters the girls were really unfortunate to narrowly lose to what were a better team on the day. It was great to see our girls represent their county with such pride and distinction.
From there the bus departed for the marginally less serious part of the day – a trip to the Aqua Dome followed by a team meal in the Imperial Hotel. Let’s just say that the group threw themselves into these few hours with their customary enthusiasm!
Later in the afternoon 14 girls, who had not played earlier in the community games, played a challenge match against the local club, Na Gaeil. Despite flagging energy after a long, action-packed day the girls ran out as a winners after a tight game. And from there a very tired but happy bunch of girls (not to mention coaches & parents) departed for Mungret.
Overall, the day was a great way to wind up the first half of our season and enhance team spirit in advance of our two U12 teams facing into County quarter-finals in August. The interaction, team work and sheer sense of fun on display all day was a joy to behold. We are very lucky to be involved with such a fantastic group of young women.
Thanks are due to all the parents who traveled to support us with such enthusiasm on the day. A special word of thanks to Liz Morgan for putting a huge amount of effort into organising the whole day for the girls.
Mungret St. Pauls 4-10 Belville Gaels 4-3
On Tuesday 16 July in Quaid Park our second minor football team took on Belville Gaels in a very competitive game where Mungret St. Pauls players pulled together and had a great seven point win.
JUNIOR B FOOTBALL
Mungret St. Pauls 7-16 Ballinacurra Gaels 3-9
On Wednesday 17 July 2019 in Ballinacurra, our Junior B Footballers played a great game where a lot of hard work paid off and resulted in a very unbalanced result with Mungret St. Pauls smiling with their 19 point win. This was only the first round for Mungret St. Pauls in the Championship which was a great way to begin.
WEST MINOR B FOOTBALL
Mungret St. Pauls 1-7 Knockaderry Monagea 2-6
Friday 19 July had our second minor team travel to Monagea where they played a very competitive match with both sides presenting a great game of football. Mungret St. Pauls were just unlucky to lose by 2 points.
Well done to our U-12 hurlers who were delighted to be able to play on the same pitch as their Limerick heros. This was a very well run event where there were teams from many different counties. Mungret St. Pauls were first matched up against Holycross Ballycahill from Tipperary. In this game Mungret St. Pauls proved slightly too strong for their competitors. The second match was against Braodford in Clare, this was a very tight game with only one strike of the ball separating the two sides. The last match was against EireOg, Ennis in Clare, Mungret St. Pauls started slow in this match but made up for it by the final whistle drawing the match. Well done to the players for a great display of hurling, to the coaches for their encouragement and dedication. Thank you to Noel Hartigan and his band of young referees.
This group of players also got the exciting news that they get to play in Semple Stadium in Thurles on Tuesday. We hope you enjoy it, not everyone gets to play in 2 great venues in one week.
JUNIOR A HURLING
Mungret St. Pauls 2-19 Old Christians 0-17
On Saturday 20 July in fine weather, Mungret St. Pauls and Old Christians out everything they had into the game in Crecora. This was a physical game with both sides giving everything they had with Mungret St. Pauls getting the better on the score board.
Both sides kept in touch with each other for the first 20 minutes going 7 points each. Finishing off the half Mungret St. Pauls pointed 2 more from frees and the last puck of the half was a point from play, Mungret St. Pauls 3 points in the lead.
The second half was a bit more give and take with Mungret St. Pauls holding the lead through out. The first 3 points of the restart came from frees with Old Christians narrowing the gap to 2 points. A ball passed up the field was quickly passed to a waiting Mungret St. Pauls forward who neatly tucked the ball into the back of the net. It went point for point for the next 8 scores, then Mungret St. Pauls edged ahead with an extra 2 points but Old Christians put more pressure on and pointed 3 on the trot, another point a piece and with both sides searching for a goal, it was Mungret St. Pauls that succeeded in getting past the Old Christians defense and they topped it off with another point from play.
This was a great result for our Junior A hurlers.
While a lot of events are winding down our U-10 players are still taking part in blitzes. Their latest one was in Ballybrown against Ballybrown and Doon. There were 3 competitive matches played by our players who got to play in very tough matches. Well done to the players and mentors.
Mungret St Paul’s Under 12 Hurling team at LIT Gaelic Grounds on Saturday last