NA PIARSAIGH GAA CLUB NOTES
Our minor hurlers were doubly engaged this past week as the championship kicked off in earnest.
First up were Championship favourites Ballybrown in Na Piarsaigh on Tuesday evening.
We got off to a rather slow start and looked to be in trouble early on with Ballybrown picking off scores with ease.
We conceded 2 early goals one of which was dubious with the square ball rule being ignored.
In fact we trailed by ten points after a quarter hour and looked to be in serious trouble.
However with Keith Dempsey keeping the scoring rolling we slowly pegged back the lead.
Pa O Neill raised our first green flag and this was swiftly followed by a goal from full forward John O Connor.
Our backs began to find the measure of their opponents and with Emmet McEvoy, John Fitzgerald and Kieran Richardson in the half back we began to get to grips in that sector.
Up front Pa O Neill was a constant thorn for Ballybrown as were Keith Dempsey and Vince Harrington.
Dylan Lynch had a mighty game once switched out around midfield where he hurled a lot of ball.
We trailed at the break 2-7 to 2-3 a much improved second part of the half.
We continued our fight back in the second half and got some excellent scores with the stand out score coming from wing back John Fitzgerald from inside his own half.
We were level 10 minutes into the second half and surged in front with little over 10 minutes to play.Greta stuff.
However we succumbed to a rather fortuous goal that took a deflection to just creep over the line.
We did however keep up the fight but it Ballybrown who held on to win by a goal 3-15 to 2-15
It was impressive to witness this groups character, fighting back from such a deficit to take the lead and narrowly lose out in the end.
The team for the record was Ryan Robin Blake , Ian Leonard, Mark O Connor, Sean Hartney, Kieran Richardson, Emmet McEvoy, John Fitzgerald, Matthew DeCourcey, Jack Barry, Dylan Cronin, Keith Dempsey, Vince Harrington, Justin Norden, John O Connor, Pa O Neill, Subs Used: Wayne Kearns, Evan Sheehan, Colm Downey.
Scorers: Keith Dempsey(0-7), Emmet McEvoy(0-2), Pa O Neill(1-2), John O Connor(1-0), Dylan Lynch(0-2), John Fitzgerald(0-2)
The team were back in action again 3 days later when they travelled to Doon on Friday night.
We started well and Emmet McEvoy had us a point to the good inside 10 seconds.
The half ebbed and flowed but slowly Doon began to get the upper hand and by half time they built up a handsome lead 1-10 to 0-5.
The second half was an improvement with John Fitzgerald , Dylan Lynch and Emmet McEvoy providing good ball to inside forwards where Keith Dempsey in particular took advantage.
Try as we might we could not close the gap sufficiently to make a difference and in the end it was Doon who had 6 points to spare.
Final score Na Piarsaigh 1-10 Doon 1-16
Best on the night were Ian Leonard, Sean Hartney, Emmet McEvoy, John Fitzgerald, Keith Dempsey and Dylan Lynch
Our senior hurlers were in All County League action on Saturday night when they took on Ahane in Na Piarsaigh.
With a mix of young and not so young in the starting 15 we took the game to our opponents early doors.
With the free taking being shared by Pat Gleeson and Will Henn they kept the scoreboards ticking over.
The young brigade of Sean Long, Adam McNamara, Will Henn and the Daly brothers up front showed lots of endeavour and no mean skill levels to give the opposing defence lots to think about.
Our goal in the first half coming from the stick of Will Henn.
At the other end Podge kennedy pulled off a fine reflex save to keep Ahane at bay.
We led at the break 1-9 to 0-6
The second half we continued to pick off the scores to slowly stretch away.
We also got the opportunity to give several younger players some valuable senior hurling exposure with Paul Considine, Emmet McEvoy, Keith Dempsey, Conor Richardson and Dean McLoughlin all seeing second half action.
Incidentally it was Dean who raised our second green flag showing great strength to ride the tackle before delivering a bullet into the corner of the net.
We ran out comfortable winners in the end 2-18 to 0-14
Team: Podge Kennedy, Evan Gilvarry, James O Brien, Padraic Heaney, Gearoid Synnott, Cathall King, Tommy Grimes, Alan Dempsey, Gordon Brown, Adam McNamara,Pat Gleeson, Sean Long, James Daly, Will Henn, Kieran Daly.
Subs used: Paul Considine, Emmet McEvoy, Keith Dempsey, Conor Richardson, Dean McLoughlin.
The jackpot is now at €8500 following Mondays draw.
The numbers drawn were 01, 02, 13, 28.
Lucky dip winners were Adrian Daly, Neil Lynch, Cian Kelly.
Sellers prize went to Lynn Kelly and the house draw went to Margaret McNamara.
We wish Dylan Cronin a speedy recovery from a recent injury.
We wish both Limerick minor and senior hurling teams the very best wishes as they prepare for the All Ireland semi final on Saturday week.
CLUB LIMERICK DRAW
The club Limerick draw is on going with the July draw due in 2 weeks
This is a great way to support your club and county teams and also a way of winning some great prizes.
If you wish to subscribe to this draw you may do so by logging on to www.napiarsaighgaa.com and click pay membership online or alternatively ask any member of the committee.
KELLOGGS CUL CAMP
Registration is now available online at https://www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie/booking/…
Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps provide boys and girls – between the ages of 6 and 13 – with an action-packed and fun-filled week of activity during the summer holidays which revolves around maximising enjoyment and sustaining participant involvement in Gaelic Games
Activities are player-centered with a Games Based approach with a strong emphasis being placed on personal development and well-being. Activitiesare also organised in an age-appropriate manner with a view to:
Improve physical & psychological Well-being
Promote school and club link
OTHER KEY FEATURES ATTACHING TO THE KELLOGG’S GAA CÚL CAMPS
The camps are structured so that a different aspect of the game is worked on each day.
The programme involves coaching specific skills of the game and provide the opportunity for children to put into practice what they have learned through small sided games.
During the camp week, a “blitz” is organised to provide each child with an introduction to competitive games.
Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps – are organised throughout the summer from Monday to Friday, 10.00am to 2.30pm, in all 32 Counties and overseas. (see Camp venues for dates).
Attendance is open to primary school children aged 6 years to 13 years. Contact Grainne at 086 3069154 for details