Last Saturday was indeed a very proud day for all of us involved with Newcastle West GAA Club. We have had lots of historic and memorable days of which, last Saturday ranked right up there with the best of them. We are so proud of our boys/men and their efforts, which rightly saw them win the Munster Senior club Football quarter final earning them a place in the semi final versus Austin Stacks Tralee.
The inclement weather especially the hail shower just before 10 am, didn’t help the underfoot conditions. A minutes silence was observed before the game as a mark of respect for the late Mons Liam Boyle former PP of Newcastle West, the late Tom McGarry Claughaun (who was a regular at our gate for many a match) and the late Pat Ranahan Ballysteen, may they rest in peace. However despite the weather and conditions, the game itself was tough, it took our lads the 1st quarter to get up to the pace (as we hadn’t played in 5 weeks) the score at that point was Newcastle West 0-1 NireFourmilewater 0-3, after the 1st half water break with the lads now at the pace of the game it was even-steven at 4 points a piece. The players took to the field for the 2nd half, by the 2nd half water break we were ahead by a point (7 points to 6 points), about 5 mins into the last quarter we lost Seamus Hurley to a serious injury, the players from both sides went into huddles whilst Seamus was attended to. There was 9 minutes of injury which saw us run out winners 8 points to 6 points at the final whistle. We would like to congratulate all involved, the players, management team and the medics.
A huge thank you to all who helped the day run so smoothly, all the stewards, those who ran the shop, making teas coffees etc. Great credit must go to Neilus Sheehy, Sean Roche and Liam Sexton who had the pitch in great shape so we could host the game in our own home patch.
Wishing Seamus Hurley a speedy recovery following his injury, hopefully he will be back on the playing pitch sooner rather than later.
All in all a great historic day for Newcastle West GAA.
We play the Munster Semi Final v Austin Stacks (Kerry) in Austin Stack Park, Tralee, at 1.30 p.m. on Sunday 19th December. We would encourage all from Newcastle West to come out, head to Tralee and support your own. This is your chance to show your colours and greet the lads when they take to the pitch on the day with noise, fanfare and a cheer heard in Newcastle West. We will post the link to purchase tickets on our social media platforms. Any of you who don’t use social media, please contact a member of the committee who will organise tickets for you.
The refurbishment of the Club house finally got underway this past Monday. We are running a Monster Christmas Draw with 1st prize being an overnight stay at The Croke Park Hotel with 2 tickets for All Ireland Hurling Final next July. Entry for the draw is €5 per line. Cards are available at different locations around the town or from committee members and all support will be much
appreciated. We would like to thank Denis Buicke, DB Printers for his kind sponsorship of our draw cards.