It was great to finally see action in this years championship over the weekend where our Senior hurlers took on Kilmallock in the live televised TG4 game on Friday night.
This game brought to the fore a new management team of Kieran Bermingham, Declan Fanning, Conor Shiels , Paul Condon and Diarmuid Madigan.
The team had a familiar ring to it minus the services of stalwarts Cathal King, Alan Dempsey and Shane Dowling but the extended squad filled with lots of youing and up coming players for the years ahead.
We began the game quite welll and following an opening point for Kilmallock we hit six unanswered points through Peter Casey, Adrian Breen(2), Tommy Grimes and 2 Will Henn frees. It was score for score after that and Kilmallock eating into our lead to a soliatary point before Adrian Breen crashed the ball to the net following some great teamwork.Will Henn added a point to make it 4 points but Kilmallock had the last say of the half witha goal from Oisin O Reilly.Half time score Na Piarsaigh 1-11 Kilmallock 1-10
The second half was not so good for us and by the mid point water break we found ourselves in a spot of bother trailing 2-15 to 1-13.
Things were just not happening for the lads and try as they might they just couldnt get the vital scores with Kilmallock registering a single point in the last quarter.
Overall it was definately not the start we had hoped for but nonetheless we have a chance to rectify the situation fairly rapidly with a Saturday evening clash against Ahane in a must win game.
I have no doubt we will see a different Na Piarsaigh next weekend and here is hoping for a more favourable result
Final Score Na Piarsaigh 1-17 Kilmallock 2-16
Team : Padraic Kennedy, Jerome Boylan, Mike Casey, Niall Buckley, Mike Foley, Ronan Lynch(0-3f), Conor Houlihan, Tommy Grimes(0-1), Will O Donoghue, David Dempsey, Kevin Downes, Conor Boylan, Adrian (1-2), Peter Casey(0-6), Will Henn(0-5). sub used Adam McNamara for Will Henn


Our Intermediate hurlers were also opening their championship campaign and they too faced Kilmallock this time in Bruff on Sunday evening.
Following Friday nights defeat to the same opposition it was important that the attitude and commitment were right and that was definately evident from early on.
By the water break mid way through the half we lead by 4 points to 3 courtesy of 3 James Daly points andf one from Kevin Daly.
On the resumption of play it was all Na Piarsaigh and by the half time whistle we had 1-10 on the board to Kilmallocks 0-4 with our goal coming from the stick of James Daly.
With our backs on top especially James O Brien at center back who was outstanding all night ably assisted by Kieran Kennedy, Conor Richardson and Gearoid Synnott. The second water break had our lead at 1-12 to 0-8 but from here to the finish we reeled off some excellent scores and a second goal for man of the match James Daly who finished with a personal tally of 2-11 with some excellent shooting.Further points from Emmet McEvoy(2), Pat Gleeson, Kevin Ryan and James Daly sealed a fine victory on a scorleine of Na Piarsaigh 2-17 Kilmallock 0-8
Team: Evan Condon, Conor Richardson, Gearoid Synnott, Pauric Heaney, Kieran Kennedy, James O Brien, Donal O Connall, Pat Gleeson(0-1), Dean McLoughlin, Sean Long, Emmet McEvoy(0-2), Keith Dempsey, Kevin Ryan(0-2), Kevin Daly(0-1), James Daly(2-11). Subs used: Evan O Brien for Donal O Connall, Calvin Moran for Kevin Daly, Dylan Cronin for Pat Gleeson


The latest club Limerick draw took place last Saturday on the radio but unfortunately we had no winners.
The draw is still open for subscribers so if you are interested please contact any commitee member or the draw coordinator Kenny Leonard at 087 7956436 for further details


Upcoming fixtures include
SHC v Ahane in Gaelic Grounds Saturday 1 Aug 7.30pm
Friday 7th Aug MHC v Adare in Adare at 7pm
Sun 9th Aug IHC v Effin in Bruff at 7pm


Rd 1 Crecora 0-13, Na Piarsaigh 1-1
Rd 2 Na Piarsaigh 4-13, Templeglantine-Ballyagran 2-8
The Minor team have completed the round robin phase of the championships with a win and a loss and will meet Bruff in the Plate quarter-finals this Wednesday with details of venue and time to be confirmed.
Match Report

Na Piarsaigh 4-13, Ballyagran-Templglantine 2-8

Our minor camogie team had their first outing in topflight of the minor championship lastTuesday evening with a full panel to chose from. They wasted no time putting a stamp on this game with early points from Aine Ní Tiernaigh & Enya Harrington before Lizzie Boylan goaled following a long solo from midfield. At the break, they led 2-6 to 1-5 with Eva Long adding a major. The second half was one-way traffic with further goals from Lizzie Boylan and Robyn Conlon sealing a deserved victory. In the final minutes, Ciara Grant pulled off a stunning save to make sure there was no way back for the visitors.
Panel: Ciara Grant, Laura Ahern, Lizanna Boylan (2-1), Robyn Conlon (1-2), Enya Harrington (0-6, 0-4 from frees), Fiona Henn, Moya Henn, Orla Hickey, Katie Keane Hannah Kehoe, Eva Long (1-1), Aishling Morrissey, Sarah Murray, Ciara O’Brien, Sarah Stanley (0-1), Orna O’Neill, Elle O’Regan, Grace Palmer, Rebecca Slater, Aine Tierney (0-2), Sarah O’Keeffe