South Liberties GAA Club Notes:
Junior B Hurling:
Our junior hurlers faced Bruree in the county junior B 1/4 final on Sunday in Kilbreedy and after a titanic battle we prevailed by two points.
Getting off to the worst possible start Bruree scored a goal after 60 seconds following a goal mouth scramble. Bruree added a point from play before we opened our scoring with a point from David O Neill. Bruree were well on top at this stage and added a couple of points to lead by five points midway through the first half.
A couple of positional changes afterwards and we settled. Points from Shane Garry, David O Neill and a terrific point from Sean Enright brought us back into contention. Bruree got their second goal, a superb finish to the corner of the net and as half time approached, we found ourselves five points down. A ball played deep into the Bruree area found Shane Garry who squared the ball back to the in-rushing Sean Fitzpatrick who flashed the ball to the back of the net to bring us back into contention. A free from David O Neill saw us go in at the break a point down 1-08 to 2-06.
We started the second half on the front foot but some wayward shooting saw us rack up a couple of wides. Bruree punished our misses with a couple of points to increase their lead to three points. We rallied once more with a couple of David O Neill points and again a one-point game. A point for Bruree increased their lead before Sean Keane won possession and raced in on goal, Sean fired an unstoppable shot to the roof of the net and put us a point ahead midway through the second half. It was tit for tat after that with both sides trading points.
With ten minutes remaining Bruree got in for a goal to give them a two-point lead once again. However, we responded and another point from David O Neill reduced the lead to a single point. As the clock approached the final few minutes a great move out of defense saw the sliotar reach Sean Keane. A pinpoint pass to Joe Hegarty put Joe in on goal and Joe duly shot to the net to put us two points up again.
As we entered injury time Bruree were awarded a free just outside our 21-yard line, they went for a goal which would have won the game for them, but we smothered the ball and cleared. Final whistle blew and after a terrific battle we came out on top.
We now look forward to a county semifinal details to follow.
Club Limerick Draw:
We had a fantastic “3” lucky winners in last Saturday’s Club Limerick October Draw.
A. O’Dubhghall won the 2nd prize of €3000, Fintan Coleman got the 12th prize of €300 while Elaine Hickey got the 25th prize of €200. Congratulations to ye all. Remember you can still join the draw by logging onto our website or visiting www.clublimerick.ie.
Senior Hurling County Final:
The 1998 Intermediate All Ireland Hurling Champions (Limerick), were honoured last Saturday at half time, during the Senior County final between Na Piarsaigh and Patrickswell, in the TUS Gaelic Grounds. Our Club’s Honorary Life President, Mr. Paddy Shanahan, was part of the management that year and also Gerard Nash was part of the panel. Congratulations to ye both on this the 25th anniversary of that win and we hope ye enjoyed the celebrations.
Congratulations to “CLG Na Fianna” Dublin, who won the Senior County Hurling Final last Sunday October 29th for the first time in the club’s history. Our own Brian Ryan lined out at no 8 for the club so we wish to send Brian our heartiest good wishes.
Family Fun Day Committee members celebration
Our Volunteers, from our Family Fun Day last September, enjoyed some refreshments in The Four Elms last Friday Night, October 27th. Anne Marie O Neill organised this get-together, to thank all those who helped out on that hugely successful day, and as always had everything sorted to perfection. As said by many club members, this is always a lovely night for all volunteers to get together and have some laughs. Thank you, Anne Marie.
Launch of the “Keeping The Dream Alive” Book
The launch of this much anticipated book, by authors James Lundon, Liam O’Brien and Niall Deegan, marking the 50th anniversary of our infamous 1973 All Ireland Final win, takes place this coming Sunday November 5th ,in The Fitzgerald’s Woodlands House Hotel at 6.30pm. Anyone interested can attend and copies of the book will be on sale at this event. The Limerick team of 1973 will be in attendance, including our very own Eamon Grimes, Pat Hartigan and Joe Mc Kenna. Copies of the book will also be on sale in Elm Court Ballyneety from Monday November 6th.