ST KIERAN’S GAA CLUB NOTES
County Junior ‘A’ Hurling Championship Round 5:
St. Kieran’s 5.15 Ahane 0.8
The junior hurlers put in another strong performance on Sunday afternoon and in doing so have topped their group to advance directly to the County Quarter Final. Following the opening round defeat to Kilteely/Dromkeen the lads have rebounded in excellent fashion with four successive victories over St. Patrick’s, Garryspillane, Monagea and Ahane playing an excellent brand of hurling with a team filled with youthful exuberance and invaluable experience. Sunday’s performance against a very experienced Ahane side that contained x-Limerick Senior Hurlers Ollie Moran and John Meskell among their ranks was very encouraging considering the hectic schedule many of the players are undergoing at present added to the fact we were without the services of four influential first team players. Despite this the team put in a clinical and professional performance against a depleted Ahane side that were already facing the prospect of the relegation play-off and deserve great credit for fulfilling the fixture despite a difficult campaign to date. There was some very strong performance throughout the field with Cathal McEnery, Ian Mackessy and the McCarthy trio all contributing handsomely to the victory. As a result of Sunday’s win, we have topped the group along with St. Patrick’s who will no doubt have their sights set on the quickest possible return to the intermediate ranks following their relegation in 2020. This Sunday we travel to Kilmallock where east Limerick kingpins Doon will be our opponents. Doon will no doubt be disappointed following their exit at the semi final stage of the senior hurling championship last Sunday and with the depth of underage talent they have at their disposal will want to get the clubs season back on track and advance to the county semi-final. Of course, this is the second season the two sides have met in the championship. In 2020 both sides met in round 1 in Clarina, on that occasion it was the east Limerick side boosted by the presence of a number of senior players who came away with the victory on a seven-point margin, 1.11 to 0.7. hopefully on Sunday we will have a number of our injured players available for selection once again and the lads can put in another strong performance which will no doubt be needed if we are to advance to the county semi-final. Sunday’s game throws in at 12 noon in Kilmallock. The link to purchase tickets will be distributed in the coming days.
Path to the Quarter Final:
St. Kieran’s Doon
Round 1: St. Kieran’s 1.14 Kilteely/Dromkeen 4.18 Round 1: Doon 0.14 Feenagh/Kilmeedy 0.14
Round 2: St. Kieran’s 2.12 St. Patricks 0.15 Round 2: Doon 0.12 Mungret 1.18
Round 3: St. Kieran’s 2.16 Garryspillane 2.10 Round 3: Doon 0.19 Patrickswell 0.14
Round 4: St. Kieran’s 3.9 Monagea 1.9 Round 4: Doon 4.13 Askeaton 0.18
Round 5: St. Kieran’s 5.15 Ahane 0.8 Round 5: Doon 8.26 Monaleen 0.8
County Junior ‘A’ Hurling Championship Quarter Final Draw:
St. Kieran’s vs Doon
Mungret/St. Pauls vs St. Patrick’s
Ballybricken/Bohermore vs Kileedy
Caherline vs Ballybrown
County Minor ‘A’ Football Championship Final:
This coming Tuesday October 19 the minor footballers make the short journey to Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale for the 2021 County Minor ‘A’ Final where southern club Croom will be our opponents. Both sides had excellent yet contrasting semi-final victories to secure their berths in the final. We overcame the challenge of Kilacolla Gaels 2.12 to 0.5 while Croom saw off the challenge of Ballysteen by the tightest of margins in the second semi final showing great character to do so. Both teams go into Tuesdays final full of confidence following a string of strong results throughout their championship campaign. We have amassed victories over Ballysteen, Ballylanders and Kilacolla Gaels, en route to the final while Croom have been impressive to date with victories over Cappamore and Ballysteen. The only blemish on their record to date came against Kilacolla Gaels during the group stages of the championship. For many of the players it has been a hectic few weeks with a backlog of fixtures from u17 to senior level, despite this it is clearly evident that the players are extremely match fit. Last weeks semi final victory over Kilacolla Gaels was an excellent performance with the youthful Kieran’s side putting together some excellent passages of defensive and offensive play to keep the physically superior south Limerick combination at bay. The club has been riding the crest of a wave for the past number of weeks with our u13 and u15 hurlers both securing the clubs underage County Title in over 20 years and hopefully on Tuesday evening our u19 footballers can add another county title to the trophy cabinet. Our last County final appearance at minor level was in 2017 when we overcame Na Piarsaigh in the closing moments to secure the U18 ‘A’ title. Many of that team have gone on to represent the club at senior level since then and hopefully the lads can put in another strong performance to bring home the trophy. Tuesday’s game throws in at 7.30 in Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale. The game is an all-ticket affair, and we will be distributing the link to purchase match tickets over the weekend. For those of you unable to attend Tuesday’s game we will have live WhatsApp and twitter updates. The game will also be videoed, and the video will be distributed following the game.
Paths to the Final:
St. Kieran’s Croom
St. Kieran’s 4.13 Ballysteen 1.6 Kilacolla Gaels 4.9 Croom 0.11
St. Kieran’s 1.10 Ballylanders 0.6 Croom 2.7 Cappamore 0.6
St. Kieran’s 2.12 Kilacolla Gaels 0.5 Croom 1.10 Ballysteen 2.6
Ardagh Development Association & St Kierans GAA Club Lottery Draw
Results for Monday 11th October 2021 as follows.
Numbers Drawn 3, 14, 27, 28
€40 Tom Kiely c/o Dinny Greaney
€40 Mikey O Mahony Ballyvoughan (Online)
€40 Tom Noonan The Commons
€40 Saoirse Woulfe The Commons (Online)
€40 May Gallagher Liskilleen (Online)
Next Draw Monday 18th October with a jackpot of €4900.00
Thank you for playing and for supporting our lotto. Go raibh maith agaibh go léir.