GO GAMES-Congratulations to the O’Loughlin Gaels under 10 teams, who travelled the short distance across the road to Nowlan Park last Saturday, to play the final games of their Go Games series of matches. First up for the 31 brave boys from the continent were John Lockes of Callan . Two brilliant matches of ten a side were played in front of lots of proud parents and supporters. The city boys were successful in both contests and then had to play Bennettsbridge in the final game. Again two games of ten a side were played and all the O’Loughlins boys got equal game time. Fantastic skill was on show for all to see and both clubs can be very proud of their underage talent. The games were brilliant and very close with O’Loughlin Gaels again coming out on top. Kilkenny Bord na nOg officer, Joe Pyke, then asked each boy to climb the steps of the old stand in Nowlan Park and presented every boy with a hurling grip and more importantly shook each child’s hand and complimented them on their brilliant performances. The 31 boys who represented O’Loughlins excellently were Ben Kinsella, Ronan Lavelle, John McNamara, Alex Lawlor, Daniel Walsh, Mikey Wallace, Joe Brennan, Stuart Nolan, Aidan Kenny, John Comerford, Damien Dowling, Sean Lawlor, Eric Walsh, Declan Murphy, Vincent O Grady, Joe Leydon, Harry Bland, Jake Hickey, Alex Molloy, James Phelan, Jack Clifford, Sam O’Connell, Stephen Power, Jack Murphy, Ciaran Rogers, David Rogers, Robert Gleeson, Tom Byrne, Jackson Oyo, Matthew Hogan, Harry O’Grady. Training for this age group takes place in St. John’s Park (O’Loughlin Gaels) every Wednesday evening at 7pm and every Sunday morning at 11am. New players are always welcome in O’Loughlins where the emphasis is always on fun, making friends and participation while learning the skills of the game.
The teams also played Thomastown in two matches the previous Wednesday and were successful in both encounters. Great performances from Nick Mullins,John Comerford and Jack Murphy as well as a brilliant goal from Morgan Leefarr were highlights in one game, while solid defending, from the brilliant Harry Bland, and excellent attacking from Jake Hickey, Declan Murphy and Daniel Walsh as well as a debut goal from Aidan Kenny secured victory in the other game.
Next up for this group of players will be a street league which will be played throughout the Summer in the housing estates of St. John’s Parish. More details next week.
UNDER 11S A-The O’Loughlin Gaels under 11 team represented the Parish with distinction on Saturday 16 June in the Benny Stone Memorial Cup tournament hosted wonderfully by St Patrick’s GAA, Ballyragget. The St John’s boys recovered from a poor start to share the honours with St Martin’s in the opening match. Their next opponents were Athenry who overcame a strong Freshford side in their opening game. However, the O’Loughlin’s lads upped their performance level significantly to beat the Galway visitors narrowly. In the final match of the tournament Freshford and O’Loughlin Gaels could not be separated after a high scoring and thrilling match, played like the others in a very competitive but sporting spirit. The evening finished with beautiful barbecued food for the panel and mentors, followed by a presentation to O’Loughlin’s team captain John Fitzpatrick. Team: Ian O’Keeffe, Niall Flanagan, David Fogarty, Ciarán Murphy, Niall Higgins, Dónal Ó Laoghaire, Peter McNamara, Conor Kelly, John Fitzpatrick (Capt.), Declan Coffey, Joey Byrne, Jack Sheridan, Mark Gormley, William Slattery, Ethan Kerwick, Patrick Folan. Training takes place for this group also on Wednesday evenings at 7p.m. and Sunday mornings at 11a.m. New players are always more than welcome.
O’LOUGHLIN GAELS SUMMER CAMP -The best GAA summer camp available is run every year in O’Loughlin Gaels GAA club by Niall Bergin and his team of qualified GAA coaches. The camp begins at 10a.m. every day and finishes at 2.30p.m. The camp is open to all O’Loughlin Gaels club members and those children interested in joining the club between the ages of 5 and 13 years. The camp includes hurling, camogie and gaelic football. The emphasis is always on fun and participation. There will be appearances from a host of top inter-county hurling and football stars. As always each child will receive an O’Loughlin Gaels sports kit which is included in the price.
The cost of the camp is a recession busting €55 for one week and €85 for two weeks. Week 1 will take place from Tuesday August 7th till Saturday August 11th. Week 2 is from Monday August 13th to Friday August 17th. Booking forms are available from any of the juvenile team managers or you can contact Niall direct on 086 3581771. Registration is now due.
FUN TABLE QUIZ-A fun table quiz will take place in O’Loughlin Gaels to raise money for Paddy Deegan and Shane Parsons who will head to Medjugorje. There will be great prizes on the night. A table of four costs just €20 and it will start at 8.30p.m. on June 21st.
LOTTO STILL NOT WON-It’s nearly 15 months now since we had a jackpot winner in the O’Loughlin Gaels Club Lotto. Tickets cost €2 and are available all over Kilkenny or from any officially appointed O’Loughlin Gaels agents. Numbers drawn on June 12th were 9, 11, 18, 26, bonus number was 12. Ten consolation prizes of €40 were won by Nicky Lawlor c/o Paul Cleere, Pat O Donovan c/o The Nore Bar, Mary Delaney c/o Jim Delaney, Pat Heffernan c/o D Brett, May Cummins c/o Bretts Hardware, Pearl Egan c/o Andy O Driscoll, Louise Ryan c/o Gerry Buckley, Francis Walsh c/o Benny Walsh, Rose McGuire c/o Neil Loy, Esther Lawlor c/o Peter Dowling. Check out the new LOTTO sign at the entrance to O’Loughlins.
A NIGHT AT THE DOGS-The annual O’Loughlin Gaels fundraiser in Kilkenny Greyhound Track will this year take place on Friday Nigh July 6th. The evening ,which is family orientated , is generously sponsored by the McCarthy family of EUROSPAR in Newpark Shopping Centre. Admission is just €10 and will also gain free entry in to the fabulous raffle which has a first prize of a sun holiday on the Costa Del Sol for 4 people for two weeks. Officials from O’Loughlins will endeavour to call to every single house in St. John’s Parish to sell these tickets which are the club’s main source of income for the year. Please try and support this innitiative if you can. Thank You.
BENNETTSBRIDGE FIELD DAY-Bennettsbridge’s annual field day is to have a unique first as its main attraction – a hurling simulator. The event takes place on Sunday June 24th at the local GAA field and is sponsored by the local Centra supermarket.
The day will also include hurling, camogie, basketball, athletics, golf, tug of war, wheel of fortune, soak the Senator, dog show and much more.
There will be competitions in hurling from U-8s right up to the legends of the game – the over 40’s section.
REPRESENT O’LOUGHLIN GAELS-Join the Battle for Kilkenny’s Cleverest Club. A Fundraising Table Quiz in aid of the Kilkenny Camogie Team will take place in the Springhill Hotel on Thursday 28th of June at 8p.m.. Why not get three friends and yourself to form a team and try and win €500 of O’Neill’s Sports Gear for O’Loughlin Gaels. €30.00 per team of 4 Contact Pearl at 087 6923811.
SENIOR TEAM SUFFERS MAJOR INJURY BLOW-Star O’Loughlin Gaels senior team attacker,Danny Loughnane, will be out for up to four months after damaging the AC joint in his shoulder. This will rule him out of the Kilkenny senior championship for 2012. O’Loughlin Gaels senior management will now enter the knockout stages of this years championship without the services of five from last years team, Loughnane, Maurice Nolan (hip), Brian Kelly, Niall McEvoy (hand) and Peter Dowling who has transferred to Midleton of Cork.
INTER COUNTY REPRESENTATIVES-Best of luck to Paddy Butler who is on the Kilkenny Under 21 panel playing Wexford in the Leinster Semi Final this week and also to Brian Hogan, Mark Bergin and Mark Kelly who are on the Kilkenny Senior panel for the Leinster senior semi final against Dublin. David Burke and Paddy Deegan are battling hard for places on the Kilkenny minor panel also on Saturday and we wish them all the best also from all in O’Loughlins and St. John’s Parish in general.