Southend United - The Southend United fundraising Golf Classic was held recently. Over 40 teams took part in the event helping to raise funds to run the club. Full results next week. In the meantime the club are trying to re-group and organise to enter more teams. There are opportunities for both adult and juvenile players. Contact the club committee for details.
HURLERS - Every Club Secretary’s worst nightmare came true on Sunday when the All-Ireland Final ended level. It is hard enough to do the tickets once without doing it a second time in the one year. Again people should do their best to source tickets elsewhere. Ballyhale is lucky to have four current players and many past All-Ireland winners to ease demand slightly but all cousins, in-laws, suppliers and customers should be asked for tickets too! The good news is the GAA have reduced the price of tickets for the replay.The match itself was very tense. Kilkenny started with their backs in the wrong positions, committed to man-marking jobs. Galway got a dream start making it difficult for Kilkenny to get a foothold. Henry Shefflin turned out to be the man to gain that foothold for Kilkenny, working like a slightly younger Henry Shefflin to do so. At 68 minutes he had a chance to put Kilkenny in front by a single point and didn’t flinch. It might have only been the second time in the game Kilkenny got in front. Unfortunately for Kilkenny the final whistle could not come soon enough and in the three minutes injury time a few decisions went against Kilkenny resulting in two free chances for the young pretender Joe Canning. He missed the first but was offered a second by referee Barry Kelly to level the game – and duly did so. Relief and then deflation were felt in equal amounts by both camps. We have it all to do again. With three weeks to go Kilkenny will have to re-commit both physically and emotionally to securing this All-Ireland title. The management will have time to watch the videos over and over again and glean lessons from them. In the mean time Club players should be working twice as hard as when the Club campaign starts these Inter-County players will be very tired. The Club championship winners will come from the club who can step up!
Camogie- There was both joy and deflation for the underage Camogie players last week. The Under 14’s won the Under 14 C Shield Final against O’Loughlin Gaels, winning in Ballyhale. The captain was Marita Butler who played at centre-back and was one of many Ballyhale girls who played well. So well done to them. At Under 16 there was a different story when a young U16 team met Rower Inistioge in the Under 16 C Shield Final. It was hard luck to Ballyhale captain Eimear Fitzpatrick who is one of only a handful of Ballyhale girls actually up to the age. Despite the result the Ballyhale girls did perform heroics time and time again, especially in the backs to keep the Rower girls at bay. The Intermediate team have qualified to play in the All-County Intermediate Final at the end of the month.
Congratulations - Happy Birthday to Ava O’Keeffe who celebrated her 3rd Birthday last week with a family party. Deborah Walshe also celebrated her birthday last week! Welcome home to Jenny Walshe and Greg McCusker who came home from Australia for a few weeks. Also home for the All-Ireland Final were Jason Nolan, partner Lisa and nine month old baby Max.
DEBS - Richie Reid was one of a number of local St. Kieran’s College students who attended the Kieran’s ‘Debs’. He brought Kelly Ireland O’Sullivan as his guest. A number of other students also attended various debs’ recently.