MUNGRET ST PAUL’S GAA CLUB NOTES
U13 AUSTIN STACKS TOURNAMENT
We traveled to Tralee last Saturday to compete in the Austin Stacks U13 Football Tournament. Over 15 teams taking part and it was highly competitive with teams from Cork, Kerry, Galway & Kildare. We played games against Nemo Rangers, An Gaeltacht and Kerins O’ Rahillys. Even though we lost these games, we played our best football in the last game against Kerins O’ Rahillys. The boys learnt a lot from the experience especially the work rate and skill levels by the teams on display. A big thanks to Dave Foley (Wild Geese Restaurant), he was manager on the Day with Sean Ahern and he sponsored McDonalds for the players afterwards which was a nice treat.
Congratulations to Niamh Browne, one of three Limerick players, who played the interprovisional camogie U-17 team to a fantastic win at the weekend.
Well done to Amy O’Halloran and Emma Fitzgerald who lined out for Limerick Camogie on Saturday in the All Ireland Camgie blitz in Dublin. Amy had the honor of captaining Limerick V. Dublin. Both girls did Mungret St. Pauls Camogie proud.
JUNIOR B FOOTBALL
Mungret St. Pauls 1-9 St. Patricks 3-9
On Tuesday 11 September 2019 in Rhebogue there was a heavy breeze which Mungret St. Pauls began the match playing into the wind with a very slow start it took a lot from Mungret St. Pauls to target the uprights. There was a much improved second half game from Mungret St. Pauls but just not good enough to overcome St. Patricks.
It took 8 minutes for the first ball to get over the bar for St. Patricks who matched it with another 2 points. Mungret St. Pauls held off until the twelfth minute before they scored, the next score was for Mungret St. Pauls as well. St. Patricks went on to hit hard with a goal and a point. There were only 9 minutes left on the clock when Mungret St. Pauls produced their third point of the game. St. Patricks separated themselves from us more with an additional 3 points before the half time whistle.
The second half was more eventful, St. Patricks yet again opened the score but this time it was a goal they scored. Mungret St. Pauls pointed from a free, then St. Paticks took charge again and scored their third goal and another 2 points. There were many wides for Mungret St. Pauls as they were going for goals, in the last quarter of the match Mungret St. Pauls started to hit their stride and were the only ones to score to the end of the game but just not enough to win the game. The finished with a 2 goals difference left the group with a 3 way tie at the top between Mungret St. Pauls , St. Patricks and Na Piarsaigh. We await confirmation on the next match.
Mungret St. Pauls 2-10 Ahane 3-11
On a lovely sunny evening in Mungret on Wednesday 11 September our U-13 hurlers took on Ahane in the first of their group matches. Both sides worked hard to win possession but Ahane won on the score board.
MINOR HURLING SEMI FINAL
Mungret St. Pauls 0-17 Doon 1-22
Not a good day for our Minor Hurlers as they took on a strong Doon team in the Gaelic Grounds under lights on Wednesday 11 September. A game where Mungret St. Pauls left it too late to look for goals.
The game started out with both sides equaling scores, 3 points each. Doon took off and doubled their score before Mungret St. Pauls pointed again. Mungret St. Pauls were not winning their own puck outs which is where Doon took over and punished Mungret St. Pauls on the score board, they took what chances they could and this time they struck a goal. Doon kept working on their score until the difference was 8 points, Mungret St. Pauls had a lot of work ahead of them but they did not give up as they pointed another 2 sliotars only for Doon to equal them. Into the last 10 minutes of the game Mungret St. Pauls started to fight back and with 3 unanswered points they had narrowed the gap to 5 points. There were 7 very quick scores in the final minuted of the first half with Mungret St. Pauls only getting 3 of these.
Mungret St. Pauls had a better start to the last 30 minutes as they scored 2 points. It took Doon only 7 minutes to get back into the game and they pointed their own 2 points. 3 points each brought the game into the final 10 minutes, this was where Mungret St. Pauls started to work on getting a goal but each attempt was denied and cleared out. Mungret St. Pauls only pointed one last time from a free and it was Doon who closed out the game with their last point.
Well done to the Minor hurlers and their mentors for getting themselves into the Semi Final, the stronger team on the night won.
U-12 LADIES FOOTBALL SEMI FINAL
Mungret St. Pauls 2-10 Galtee Gaels 2-1
This was a great game to watch with both sides putting their skill and determination into action on Friday 13 September in Mungret. It was a strong Mungret St. Pauls team that won the game but Galtee Gaels put it up to them.
Mungret St. Pauls wrote the score board for the first half as they had 5 points up before Galtee Gaels pointed from a well taken free. Mungret St. Pauls pointed the next ball but it was Galtee Gaels that eventually broke through the strong Mungret St. Pauls backs and hit the top left corner of the net to leave the pitch at half time 0-6 to 1-1, only 2 points in it to Mungret St. Pauls.
After the short break Mungret St. Pauls were working with the slight slope on the pitch as they came back to prove they were deserving winners as they netted the first ball which they followed up with 3 points before the second goal was scored for Mungret St. Pauls. Nearing the end of the game Mungret St. Pauls had shown how strong they were even when they put on subs another point was scored, Galtee Gaels in the last few minutes got awarded a penalty, an unstoppable shot but it did not change the outcome. Mungret St. Pauls go through to the Final.
PA O’BRIEN U-10 HURLING TOURNAMENT
On a lovely sunny Saturday, 14 September Mungret St. Pauls hosted an U-10 hurling tournament, it is in its sixth year to honor our president, Pa O’Brien. We were delighted to welcome 118 U-10 players to our pitches from Ballybrown, Kilmallock, JK Brackens and Newtown Shandrum and Mungret St. Pauls. We were delighted to have 41 boys in our red and white colours. Our Mungret St. Pauls Red team found themselves in a highly skilled grouping where they played JK Bracken Blue, Kilmallock and Newtown Shandrum Green where they were unfortunate to lose which saw them in the D final against Newtown Shandrum Yellow. The Mungret St. Pauls White team were in a competitive group also which matched them up against JK Bracken Black, Ballybrown and Newtown Shandrum Yellow, this team had wins against each of these teams which matched them up against Newtown Shandrum Green in the A final. Our Red team proved too strong for the Newtown Shandrum Yellow team and they won the D final. The A final was a tight game with both sides getting in great scores, unfortunately for Mungret St. Pauls White it was the visitors that won the Pa O’Brien trophy.
Congratulations to all our players who put in a super effort into their game, well done to our players who received the most improved player – Charlie Tobin and Shane Duggan. A very special word of Thanks to Vinnie Gleeson and all our coaches, the refs, parents who helped fed and water the visitors, Helen McKeogh for her continuous help and Kieran Bolger who helped take photos on the day.
PREMIER INTERMEDIATE HURLING
Mungret St. Pauls 0-17 Pallasgreen 0-17
It was a very sunny evening in Claughaun for the last round of the Premier Intermediate hurling on Saturday 14 September. This game was more a formality it, Mungret St. Pauls had secured their place in the Semi Final while Pallasgreen were facing relegation.
Mungret St. Pauls had 4 points scored before Pallasgreen pointed on the eight minute. Mungret St. Pauls and Pallasgreen pointed again, Mungret St. Pauls then doubled their points to Pallasgreens one. Both sides alternated their scores until the half time whistle with Pallasgreen squeezing in an extra point leaving half time score Mungret St. Pauls 0-11 to Pallasgreen 0-8.
The second half was similar to the first with both sides matching each others points. There were a few attempts on goal but the swift movement of the backs and goalie cleared all from danger. Pallasgreen hit their stride in the last ten minutes of the game and went 3 points unanswered to level the game.
Our Premier Intermediates now prepare to play Blackrock in Kilmallock on Saturday 21 September.
JUNIOR A HURLING SEMI FINAL
Mungret St. Pauls 0-14 Patrickswell 0-14
Both sides get another day out and the supporters got great value for money when these two sides met in Claughaun on Sunday 15 September. The last time these two sides met Patrickswell were the victors with both sides loosing players to a higher team it was going to be a different game.
The game started with Patrickswell wideing 2 ball before they pin pointed their next shot, Mungret St. Pauls pointed themselves on the first go three minutes later. Another point each and then Mungret St. Pauls hit 2 extra, Patrickswell leveled the game again by the 18th minute and again three minutes later. Another 2 points each saw the two sides even scoring again, a chance came with the ball being dropped infront of the goal into a Mungret St. Pauls forward, he was quickly surrounded by the Patrickswell back line when he dropped the ball and kicked it into the net to bring Mungret St. Pauls into a small lead as Patrickwell went to point just before the whistle.
It went point for point again 3 more times, Patrickswell upped their game and leveled the game again just going into the final quarter of the game. It took ten minutes for both sides to point 2 more ball each, with time ticking away both teams were hitting hail Mary shots as they hoped for a small lead to bring them through to the Final. Patricks well pointed from a free, Mungret St. Pauls took the goalie out to strike a free from his own 30 yard line, the distance was there but unfortunately the ball went to the left of the posts. Another up and back on the pitch and Mungret St. Pauls were awarded the final free and puck of the game, no pressure on our free taker as he stood on the 45 line and calmly hit the ball which seemed to move in slow motion as it soared over the crossbar. A draw again when the final whistle was blown, we meet again to play it all again. Our players ran their supporters through many emotions on the day and they received a rousing round of applause as they came off the pitch.
Mungret St Paul’s Junior Hurling team