Club Notes: 29th July 2019

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

IHC, Shamrocks 2-8, Ballinameela 1-15.
Shamrocks lost their second successive Intermediate Hurling championship match when a poor second half performance saw them squander a half time lead to lose by four points in the end. Once again we had to line out without five of our first choice players due to injury and travel, and as the game wore on that lack of firepower told in the end. The early part of the game was the Joe Leahy show as he scored 1-3 from play in a devastating spell to give us a lead of 1-3 to 3 points. Edward Lonergan, who had a fine game, then scored two from placed balls, but Ballinameela finished the stronger to leave us just a point ahead at half time, 1-5 to 0-7 when we probably should have been further ahead, especially with Stevie Lucey’s goal attempt whizzing narrowly wide. Ballinameela started the second half with a flourish scoring the first four points before Edward Hynes finished a fine move to equalise the game with a fine goal. Ivan O’ Neill then belied his relative youth to slot over another point, but unfortunately that was as good as it got for us as Ballinameela finished much the stronger to run out four point winners. I must give credit to our lads for their effort against the odds, but we were just lacking a bit of scoring power. One would hope that we when we get all our players back, we’ll have a right go at the quarter final which should be in about three weeks time. Certainly no fault can be given to Tommy O’ Donovan, Joe Leahy, Edward Lonergan, Paidi Ahearne, and veteran goalie Liam Murphy who pulled off some great saves during the game. Panel; Liam Murphy, Michael Lucey, Tommy O’ Donovan, Jason Ahearne, Paidi Ahearne, Adam Crawford, Brian Harnedy, Billy Hynes, Ivan O’ Neill (0-1), Stevie Lucey, Edward Lonergan (0-3), Chris Murphy, Kieran Crawford, Joe Leahy (1-3), Edward Hynes (1-1),, Liam Motherway, Shane Harnedy, Thomas Goulding, Martin Delaney, Ciaran O’ Keeffe.
Get well soon!
As I mentioned, we have a few players on the injured list at the moment, Cathal Herlihy with a knee injury, Bernie Kelleher with a serious hamstring injury and operation from which he is only still recovering, Colm Roche, knee injury, and Thomas Goulding who had a serious kidney infection. Quite a list, so get well soon lads!
Deise Draw.
Congratulations to club stalwart Tom Hickey, Kilcockan, who won €500 in this month’s draw. Well done Tom!
Shamrock Inn closes.
Well it’s another sign of the erosion of rural living, but the Shamrock Inn in Knockanore has closed it’s doors for the last time. Tom and Eileen Coady and their family have been a huge part of life in the parish for nearly 30 years now, and they have been very affable and gracious hosts for a multitude of events in the parish for all that time. Way before we had the KGK Hall, this was the only venue we had for Lotto draws, fund raisers, quiz nights, meetings, and a multitude of events. We owe them a debt of gratitude for all their cooperation and help over those years, and they will be sadly missed. We wish you both a long and happy retirement.
New night and venue for Lotto draw.
Well it has been decided to move our lotto draw from Saturday nights to Monday nights with immediate effect, so all ticket sellers are asked to have tickets and money in the KGK Hall for 9pm sharp on Monday nights for the future. 

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