Club Notes: 4th November 2018

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

Club Lotto.
Last week’s winning lotto numbers were 1-2-16-19, and there was no winner. €20 winners were the Crawford family, Tony O’ Brien, Sean Twomey, Sean Hayes, Michael Neville. Next week’s jackpot will be €8,650, and will be held on Monday 12th November, on account of the County Junior Football final which takes place next Saturday.

Junior Football County Final.
Well our long-awaited County Final of the Junior Football championship is finally upon us, as last Sunday Mount Sion beat Ferrybank to win the Eastern final, so the final has been set for next Saturday 10th November at 2pm. Though not traditionally known as a football side, the famous monastery club’s status in Waterford will ensure that nobody will take their threat anything other than very seriously. Our long wait since winning the Western title certainly is not in our favour, as challenge matches at this time of year are very hard to find, but the lads have trained well under the watchful eye of Noel Crowley, and they know it’s an opportunity to win a county title, and they don’t come around too often. Flags and banners are appearing around the parishes as excitement builds ahead of the game in Walsh Park, so please come along to Waterford next Saturday and give the lads your support.

County Final Meal.
Win, lose or draw, the team and any supporters that would like to join them will be having a meal at Lawlor’s Hotel in Dungarvan after the match next Saturday. If you would like to go to this meal, please contact Ann O’ Keeffe by next Thursday to book a place.

Flags for sale.
If anyone wishes to get flags ahead of the county final on Saturday, they will be for sale at the GAA field between 7-8pm on Thursday, and between 8-9pm on Friday. Well done to the Ladies Football Club for this initiative.

Sponsors for Co. Final.
The club is extremely grateful to James Clancy of Clancy’s Bar in Tallow, and also to Baldwin’s Ice Cream, Knockanore who have sponsored Togs, Socks, and added to their sponsor of Jersies ahead of the county final. Baldwin’s are a long time sponsor, and we’re delighted to welcome Clancy’s as a new sponsor. Once again thanks to all involved for your support. (Photo shows James Clancy and Johnny Baldwin presenting the gear to joint captains of the Football team John Paul Lucey and Padraig Ahearne, along with club Chairman Liam Ahearne.)

Congratulations to club player, selector, assistant secretary, and all round good egg Padraig Tobin and his wife Mary Kate who have welcomed a baby girl into the world. Just a short time ago Padraig faced a serious battle for his health, so I’m sure little Ellen is a great source of joy to both of them. Congratulations to you both, from everyone in the club.

Deise Draw
Congrats to Nora and Mairead Crean, proud Shamrock supporters who won €1,000 in October’s Deise Draw. Mary Tobin was the seller.

U21 Western Final, Cois Bhride 0-21, Abbeyside 2-23.
The scoreline doesn’t do justice to the superb display of our U21 team who only lost out after extra time in this pulsating Western Hurling final played in Fraher Field last Sunday. Even after the first ten minutes were played in extra time, there was still only two points in it, but Abbeyside found another gear to fire home two goals which finally broke our resistance. We can’t have any complaints, Abbeyside were the better team on the day, and deserved their win. I felt we were a little fortunate to only be down two points at half time, as some of our players seemed a bit sluggish, which could be attributed to a bout of flu which affected a few of our players leading up to the game. If it wasn’t for some excellent goalkeeping from Dean Beecher, who had a very solid game, and some brilliant freetaking by Ryan Grey, we could have been further back. However we started the second half much stronger, and when J.P. Lucey landed two brilliant points from difficult angles, we held a one point lead. From then to the end it was score for score up until the end of normal time, and though Jordan Henley thundered into the game, the second half of extra time was our undoing. I must give special mention to one of the younger players on the team, Ian Beecher, who had a terrific game, and was my man of the match. Panel; D. Beecher, P. Roche, J. Beecher, I. O’ Neill, R. Geary, J. Henley, B Hynes, I. Beecher, D. Mulcahy, J. Neville, R. Grey, L. Motherway, D. Buckley, J.P. Lucey, E. Hynes, K. Crawford, K. O’ Farrell, E. McGrath, T. Roche, M. Stewart, A. Buckley, S. Henley, B. Ahearne.

Nire and Ballygunner advance.
Congratulations to our Munster senior club representatives Ballygunner and the Nire who beat Ballyea and Adare respectively. The Gunners are into the final where they face a severe test against Na Piarsaigh from Limerick who have amazingly never lost a Munster tie. Congrats also to Clonea who beat Feakle.

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