Club Notes: 18th June 2019

Shamrocks GAA Club Notes ( Kindly sponsored by Allen Engineering & Agri Sales Ltd.)

Club Lotto.
Last Saturday’s winning numbers were 11-15-16-20, and there was no winner. €20 winners were Brian Harnedy, Ray Walsh c/o Mary Tobin, Kitty Farrell c/o Mary Tobin, Eamonn Forbes, Mary Herlihy. Next week’s jackpot will be €3,300.

IHC, Shamrocks 0-17, Stradbally 1-9.
Shamrocks made it two wins from two in the Intermediate Hurling Championship with a five point win over Stradbally last Saturday night in Fraher Field. We started very well with five points on the trot from Edward Lonergan, Joe Leahy, Shane Roche, Stevie Lucey and Colm Roche all from play before Stradbally registered their first score from a free. Even at this early stage it was evident that Stradbally’s only tactics were to foul repeatedly with some of the tackles bordering on the dangerous. With Edward Lonergan having a good day from placed balls, we ended the half leading by 12 points to 4, with points from Edward Hynes and another from Colm from play added to Edward’s frees giving us a strong lead. Indeed it should have been more if we had taken our goal chances, but of more significance was the dismissal of two Stradbally players for some dangerous play in the first half, meaning we started the second half 8 points and two men up. It has been well noted that sometimes having a man (or 2) sent off can have a galvanising effect on the rest of the team, added to the fact that sometimes the team with the extra players don’t know how to utilise them properly. Both those thing did happen to some degree in the second half, as Stradbally, with the aid of a penalty, began to cut into our lead, and suddenly our players became less sure and were guilty of some very loose play which was not in evidence in the first half. That we managed to hang onto our lead owed a lot to Edward Lonergan’s accuracy from frees, plus two fine points from Stevie Lucey and Joe Leahy with the final point of the match. Padraig Ahearne was immense for the Shamrocks in the second half, doing a lot of covering and tidying up, and Edward Hynes was also causing a lot of problems for the Stradbally defence with his strong running. and I thought he was very effective. However the win came at a cost with Shane Roche going off with a serious looking knee injury that could well rule him out of next Saturday’s crunch game against Clashmore /Kinsalebeg. Added to the fact that Padraig Roche and John Paul Lucey are away in the U.S., it makes this game a very tough prospect indeed. Panel; Thomas Goulding, Padraig Ahearne, Thomas O’ Donovan, Jason Ahearne, Cathal Herlihy, Shane Roche (0-1), Adam Crawford, Billy Hynes, Colm Roche (0-2), Edward Lonergan (0-9), Stevie Lucey (0-2), Chris Murphy, Edward Hynes (0-1), Joe Leahy (0-2), Kieran Crawford, Shane Harnedy, Ciaran O’ Keeffe, Ivan O’ Neill, Liam Motherway, Tom Roche, Michael Lucey, Martin Delaney. We play Clashmore this coming Saturday in Ardmore at 3pm. Please come along and give them some support.

Intermediate Hurling, Shamrocks v Clashmore in Ardmore next Saturday at 3pm. Junior Hurling, Shamrocks v Brickeys in Bushy Park Saturday 29th at 6pm. Junior Hurling v Abbeyside Friday 5th July at 6pm

Eileen Geary RIP.  
Shamrocks would like to sympathise with the family and friends of Eileen Geary (Allen), Lacken, Tallow who passed away last Saturday. Eileen’s family the Allens were steeped in the Shamrocks since it’s foundation. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam.

Presentation to Eleanor Ronayne N.T.
This Thursday there will be a special mass in Knockanore at 7.30pm with a reception in the Hall afterwards to mark the retirement of Eleanore Ronayne Principal of Knockanore National School. Eleanor will be remembered with great affection by all pupils and former pupils of the school, and from a purely GAA viewpoint she always gave great support to the training and pursuit of our games. You will be missed Eleanor. May you have many years of Happy Retirement.

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