PATRICKSWELL GAA CLUB NOTES
SENIOR HURLERS: The Senior hurlers had a busy week as they faced Kildimo-Pallaskenry and Ballybrown across three days. In the match against Kildimo-Pallaskenry at home, the visitors scored the opening point. Patrickswell responded with a quartet of points from Jack Kelleher (0-2), Jason Gillane and Kevin O’Brien to establish a 0-4 to 0-1 lead after ten minutes. Kildimo-Pallaskenry increased their tempo and produced 1-2 without reply in a short three-minute burst. Josh Considine stemmed the tide with a point, but it was cancelled out within a minute. By the 20th minute, the ‘Well were 1-4 to 0-5 behind. There was no panic and the hosts took the lead with three consecutive points from Darragh Ahern, Jason Gillane amd Jack Kelleher. Kildimo-Pallaskenry mustered the next point to draw level at 0-8 to 1-5. However, Patrickswell’s attacking style was rewarded with a further flurry of three points from Cian Fitzgerald and Jack Kelleher (0-2). During injury time in the first half, the visitors pulled a point back, but Jack Kelleher’s free built a 0-12 to 1-6 interval advantage.
The second half was barely one minute old when Kevin O’Brien rattled the net with a goal. Jack Kelleher tacked on two more frees to cement an eight-point lead of 1-14 to 1-6. Kildimo-Pallaskenry’s first point of the second half was submerged by a four-point salvo in two minutes from Jason Gillane (0-2), Jack Kelleher and Jamie Dillon. By the 40th minute, the home team were cruising at 1-18 to 1-7 ahead. Our opponents secured two points, but they were forced back by five unanswered points for Jack Kelleher (0-2), Jason Gillane, Kevin O’Brien and Darragh Ahern. There were ten minutes left in the match and the ‘Well were leading by 1-23 to 1-9. Over the next ten minutes, the visitors were in charge and scored 1-3 to Jack Kelleher’s point. As the fixture entered stoppage time, Patrickswell were 1-24 to 2-12 ahead. There was still time for Darragh Ahern to score a superb goal into the top corner and Jack Kelleher to score two points, thus bringing his personal tally to 0-14 for the evening. The final result was a resounding 2-26 to 1-13 victory.
On a gloomy evening in Clarina, Patrickswell visited neighbours Ballybrown. Jack Kelleher put the ‘Well on the scoreboard with a point in the first minute. While Ballybrown responded with two points, Jason Gillane equalised in the 10th minutes. The hosts experienced a purple patch that yielded 1-4 without reply in just four short minutes. Jack Kelleher’s free halted the onslaught, but Ballybrown’s next point opened up a 1-7 to 0-3 gap in the 20th minute. The next surge was from Patrickswell as Jack Kelleher (0-2), Calvin Carroll and Jason Gillane trimmed the arrears to a single goal. The closing stages of the first half witnessed an exchange of two points apiece from Patrickswell (Jack Kelleher and Thomas O’Brien) and Ballybrown. The half-time score was 1-9 to 0-9 for the Clarina men.
In the first minute of the second half, a slick passing movement from Patrickswell was rewarded with an equalising goal from Jack Kelleher. Ballybrown nudged ahead by a point, but two rapid points from Jack Kelleher and Cian Fitzgerald put the ‘Well ahead by 1-11 to 1-10. In the space of the next six minutes, both sides swapped four points as Patrickswell kept its slim 1-15 to 1-14 lead. Afterwards the home team pressed forward and scored 1-3 in a significant seven-minute spell in which Patrickswell failed to register. By the 52nd minute, Patrickswell trailed by 2-17 to 1-15. Jack Kelleher’s two frees were cancelled out by Ballybrown as Patrickswell were kept at arms’ length. There was five minutes left on the clock and the ‘Well remained 2-19 to 1-17 behind. Jack Kelleher produced another two frees to slash the deficit to a single goal. There was a grandstand finale in store, but Ballybrown absorbed the pressure and secured two insurance points, despite a Josh Considine point. The final score was a 2-21 to 1-20 defeat.
The Senior hurlers are scheduled to meet Monaleen on Friday 9 July at 8pm in Patrickswell.
INTERMEDIATE HURLERS: The Intermediate hurlers are pencilled in to meet St. Patricks on Saturday 10 July at 7.30pm in Patrickswell.
JUNIOR B HURLERS: The Junior B hurlers are scheduled to meet Croagh-Kilfinny on Wednesday July 7 at 7.30pm at home. On Sunday July 11, they will travel to Askeaton at 7.30pm
LIMERICK HURLERS: Congratulations to the Limerick hurlers and their Patrickswell contingent for their victory over Cork in the Munster Championship.
CLUB LIMERICK DRAW: July’s Club Limerick Draw will take place on Saturday July 31 during the Live 95FM Sports Programme between 10am and 11am. If you would like to renew or update your membership, please follow the link www.clublimerick.ie/draw and select “Patrickswell” as the club you wish to support and the number of draws that you wish to sign up for (there are six draws remaining). If you wish to renew through the club, please contact Seamus O’Riordan at 087-2869175.
July’s exclusive Star Prize is a Dilusso Vanity Unit, Dilusso tap, Dilusso toilet and an Image shower in assocition with Ger Malone Plumbing & Heating. As always, there is the monthly cash top prize of €10,000 and 28 more cash prizes.