Club Notes: 7th October 2019
Shamrocks GAA Club Notes ( Kindly sponsored by Allen Engineering & Agri Sales Ltd.)
This week’s winning lotto numbers were 8-9-10-21, and there was no winner. €20 winners were Michael Leahy, Bernie Irwin, Hanna Sexton, Edmond Murphy Conner Goulding. Next week’s jackpot will be €2,250.
JFC Shamrocks 1-16, Ballyduff 0-5.
Shamrocks qualified for their second Junior Football Western Final in a row when they had 14 points to spare over Ballyduff in Cappoquin last Saturday. It was a controlled and powerful display from the Shamrocks right from the start, and in truth the game was over as a contest well before the end. It was the Billy and Edward Hynes show from the throw in with the brothers contributing 1-4 and Adam Crawford adding the other point to take a 1-5 to 0-1 lead before Ballyduff rallied before half time with three scores. The goal came from some great interplay resulting in Edward rattling the net from close range. Stevie Lucey kicked our final point of the half to leave the score 1-6 to 0-4 at the break. We started the second half with 2 points from Chris Murphy, Edward Lonergan, Stevie and Billy (2). The expected fightback from the villagers never materialised, and we continued to add the scores with further points from Billy, Shane Roche and the final score from Tom Roche to give us an emphatic win in the end. In fact the last score of the match was Ballyduff’s only score of the half in what was a very disappointing display from their perspective. Considering the conditions at the start with rain making the pitch and the ball very slippery, 1-16 was a fine effort with 8 different scorers also a very pleasing stat. We now face Geraldines in the Western Final next Sunday in the Fraher Field at 5.30pm. However we have to plan without one of our best players, Stevie Lucey who leaves for Australia on Wednesday for 12 months, and all in the club wish Stevie well in his travels. Having to cope without 3 players already, Stevie’s departure makes our task a little harder, but if they can play to the level of last Saturday, we should be in with a shout next Sunday. Panel; Richie Murphy, Jason Ahearne, Tommy O’ Donovan, Padraig Roche, Brian Harnedy, Padraig Ahearne, Adam Crawford (0-1), Shane Roche (0-1), Edward Lonergan (0-1), John Paul Lucey, Chris Murphy (0-2), Billy Hynes (0-6), Stevie Lucey (0-2), Joe Leahy, Edward Hynes (1-2), Kieran Crawford, Tom Roche (0-1), Alan Kelly, Ivan O’ Neill, Liam Motherway, Tim Lenehan, Shane Harnedy, Michael Lucey, Ciaran O’ Keeffe, Tommy Goulding, Sean Murphy.
Congratulations to current squad player and First Aid Officer Tim Lenehan who has been appointed Waterford Minor Football manager for 2020. Well done and best of luck Tim from all at the club.
Presentation to Billy Tobin.
In 1969 Shamrocks star player Billy Tobin won the All Ireland Poc Fada in the Cooley mountains, becoming the first Waterford man to win the title outright. But he wasn’t the first Waterford man to win it, in fact he wasn’t even the first Shamrocks man to win it, that honour fell to Shamrock’s Tommy Geary who won it in a three way tie with the great Ollie Walsh of Kilkenny, and Dinny Donnelly of Meath in 1963. Billy has been awarded with the Waterford Hall Of Fame award, celebrating the 50th anniversary of this win. Therefore Shamrocks are having a presentation to Billy this Friday evening in the KGK Hall in Knockanore at 8.30pm. We will also be giving a little momento to Tom and Eileen Cody for all their help in accomodating the Shamrocks in the Shamrock Inn over the years. So we get under way at 8.30pm, and it would be great if we had as many club members and players to be there as possible to honour a true club legend.
Next Sunday at 5.30pm we take on Geraldines in the Western Junior Football Final in Fraher Field. Please come along and give the lads some support, it would be much appreciated.
Congratulations to neighbours Ballysaggart who won their first ever Western Intermediate hurling title last Sunday when they beat Ardmore in the final. They knocked us out in the quarter final earlier, and we wish them all the best in the county final.
Well done to all our junior cert students who received their results last week.