Our hugely successful Legends Golf Classic took place last Friday 13th. Unlucky for some, but not for us, as the weather Gods were looking down on Ballyneety Golf Club once again. Firstly, we would like to thank the South Court Hotel who were our main sponsor yet again. Many thanks to Ballyneety Golf Club and Vines Grill and Wine bar for their perfect conditions and hospitality on the day. The discussion on the All Ireland Hurling Final between Limerick and Cork after dinner that evening was presented by Darragh Moloney who interviewed Johnny Looby, Michael Duignan, Eddie Brennan, TJ Ryan and Shane Dowling on our outside stage, much to the delight of our golfers. We had another abundance of other Legends attend this yearly momentous occasion where old and new friends now hold this event very high on their planned calendar.
The top 4 winning teams on the day are as follows:
1st Team Grant Thornton, 2nd Team Gerry Reynolds, 3rd Team Vines and 4th Team D-Tops.
Congratulations also as follows:
Ladies Longest Drive: Olivia Hayes
Men’s Longest Drive: Niall O Meara
Nearest the Pin on the 2nd: Mike O Brien
Nearest the Pin on the 8th: Mick Moynihan
Nearest the Pin on the 13th: Eamon Dooley
Nearest the Pin on the 15th: Tom Ryan
As always, John Leamy and his committee must be commended on the meticulous work in the background put into organising this event again for 2021.
Have a look on our website for some photos of this amazing day.
We are sure Michael Duignan had a great weekend finished off when Offaly won the U20 All Ireland Football Final. This was their first win since 1988 by beating Roscommon on a score line of 1-14 to 1-11.
Our Round 1 game was played V St Patricks in Mungret GAA grounds last Sunday evening.
South Liberties got the first 2 points of this opening game. Over the next 10 minutes St. Patricks put 6 points over with no reply from Liberties. Our boys could only get 2 more over the bar before the half time break. St. Patrick led 10 points to 4 before the start of the second half.
At the end of the second half water break St Pats had a 5 point lead 0-12 to 0-07. They went on to get 2 more point but Liberties, through Daniel Hurley, scored 2 goals within 6 minutes and the game ended a draw. Super result and well done lads and mentors. We now await to see who our next opponents will be.
Our U13 boys struggled to get a full team last week for their football game V Cappamore due to families on holiday, but 2 great boys from U11 stood up to the mark. Both teams started with 13 but Cappamore ended the game with 15 on the pitch and it ended in a draw 1-01 apiece. Well done boys and mentors.
Our sights are now set on Croke Park for this coming Sunday, which will be the 134th staging of the All Ireland Hurling Championship. We have beaten Cork twice this year, once in the League and once in the championship, and on both occasions by a margin of 8 points. We are delighted that Peter Casey has had his red card rescinded and is now able to play on Sunday. The best news for us is that Barry Nash is fine after his ankle injury at the end of the semi-final, and so for now we wish Barry, John and all the panel and management the very best of luck. For those lucky enough to be able to attend, enjoy every minute of it. Wherever you all get to see the game, don the green and white with pride. All Ireland Finals are special.
Hard luck to the Limerick Minor Footballers in their Munster Final defeat to Cork last week. Final score Cork 1-17 to Limerick 0-13.
A huge shout out to all the Mayo fans in Ireland after their amazing come back last Saturday to knock the All Ireland Champions Dublin off the chance of winning their 7th All Ireland final in a row. The Offaly footballers made a remarkable comeback to bring the game to extra time. They drove on then and were successful on a score line of 0-17 to 0-14 and will now face either Kerry or Tyrone in the final. This semi final has now been rescheduled to August 28th with the actual final due to take place on Saturday September 11th.