Club Notes: 28th January 2019

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

Club Lotto. 
Last week’s winning lotto numbers were 7-17-19-25, and there was no winner. €20 winners were Oliver Flanagan, Meadhbh Ormonde, Kitty Farrell, Ann O’ Keeffe, Imperial Hotel. Next week’s jackpot will be €10,300.

Night at the Races. 
Shamrocks are pleased to announce that we are having a Race Night on the 2nd of March in the Shamrock Inn, Knockanore, commencing at 8pm. Proceeds are in aid of funds for the club, and there will also be a contribution to the Mercy Hospital Cancer Unit from the proceeds as well. To take part in what is usually a great night out all you have to do is buy a horse for €10, and select the name of the horse and your jockey. It is our intention to award the Junior Football Western Final medals to the players on the night, as well as the county U-21 football medals to the victorious Cois Bhride team (subject to confirmation). This will be a fun night, and we ask all interested in sponsoring a horse to get involved by contacting any committee members.

Championship Dates.
The draws for this year’s championships took place recently and we have been drawn against Stradbally, An Rinn, Clashmore, and Ballinameela in the Intermediate Hurling, with the first match against Stradbally taking place on Sunday 31st March. We have a new coach/trainer, Brendan Coleman from Youghal, and we wish him and his selectors well. The Junior Football Championship draw has also been made, and we will be playing Geraldines and Tallow in the championship in April. Training has already begun under the watchful eye of football manager Noel Crowley, so we are back with a bang!

It’s absolutely vital that all players pay their membership dues as early as possible. Last year despite all attempts to get everyone on board, quite a few managed to escape the net, but this will not be allowed to happen this year, and any player who isn’t paid up will not be allowed to play a match, practice or other. Insurance is a major issue nowadays, and the club cannot be expected to to bankroll these dodgers anymore. We have one of the smallest membership fees in the county at a mere €30 for players, €15 non players, so Thomas Baldwin membership officer will be on the case.

Deise rout Offaly in Semple.
With no promotion or relegation in the hurling leagues this year (could anyone explain the logic of that one?), Waterford weren’t remotely stretched by a very limp Offaly side last Sunday in Thurles winning by 27 points even without the Ballygunner players and Aussie and Conor Gleeson. Bigger challenges lie ahead, and Pauric Fanning and co will be aiming for a quarter final spot in the league to set them up for the bear pit of the Munster Championship. But what of poor Offaly? Dark days lie ahead for a once powerhouse of hurling who produced so many class players once upon a time and played a very skilful brand of hurling. Let us hope they will rise again.

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