LOOKING GOOD - The O’Loughlin Gaels senior team played out a draw with Carrickshock last Sunday to remain unbeaten in the League section of the championship after the group stages have been completed. However the 0.16 a piece result did not give O’Loughlin Gaels automatic qualification to the to the quarter finals of the championship . Losing out by the fact that James Stephens, who ended up on the same points and scoring difference but, had scored more in the campaign were awarded the second place league spot, thus leaving O’Loughlins in third place and the prospect of a first round championship clash with Tommy Walsh’s Tullaroan. This game is due to be played next weekend. The very best of luck to the team and mentors from everyone in St. John’s Parish. O’Loughlins 0.16 Carrickshock 0.16 - This fifth round tie started in blistering pace in Bennettsbridge, with six points scored after just three minutes. One each from Mark Kelly, Maurice Nolan(f) and Martin Comerford for the city team and a trio from the Powers John, Ritchie(f) and Shane for the ‘Shock. The next five points came from frees with Ritchie Power scoring two either side of a Maurice Nolan hatrick. Martin Comerford showed his class with a lovely effort from the road sideline into the country end. Pat Tennyson and Conor Bergin swapped minor scores on the 20th minute as Ritchie Power drew the sides level with two points before half time, one, a pass straight from the goalies puckout, catch and over the bar. The classy Mark Kelly ,who surprisingly.for long stages of the game was playing corner forward, popped over the second of his three points from play to leave O’Loughlin Gaels 0.9 to 0.8 ahead at the break. The second half did not start with anything like the intensity of the first. Mark Bergin got the best score of the game on the 36th minute grabbing Stephen Murphy’s puckout and driving it over the bar. With the third quarter completed Carrickshock had edged ahead 13 points to 12 thanks to three Ritchie Power frees and points from his brother Jamie and Michael Rohan. Mark Bergin scored two more points to draw the city boys level and good scores from Conor Bergin and Maurice Nolan edged the John’s boys two ahead with five minutes left. John Power and Jamie Power closed the gap only for Mark Kelly to put O’Loughlins ahead on 28 minutes. With time running out Carrickshock were awarded a free which was only target practice for Ritchie Power. The sides finished level and both remain unbeaten in the championship so far. It will be knockout from here on though. For O’Loughlins it will depend, one feels, on how their management wish to set out their stall for battle. O’Loughlin Gaels ; Stephen Murphy, Brian Kelly, Andy Kearns,Eddie Kearns, Alan O Brien, Brian Hogan, Niall Bergin, Mark Bergin, Maurice Nolan, Alan Geoghegan, Niall McEvoy, Mark Kelly, Jack Nolan, Martin Comerford, Conor Bergin. Sub used Seamus Cummins.
UNDER 14s IN HARD LUCK - Hard luck to the O’Loughlin Gaels Under 14 hurlers who had to succumb to a far bigger Dicksboro team in the county final . The John’s boys are lovely stickmen and some of their scores over both the drawn game in Nowlan Park and the replay in Thomastown were a joy to watch. If their undoubted talent can be nurtured they will become fantastic adult hurlers . All in O’Loughlins can look forward to seeing this group of hurlers developing over the coming years. Well done to Maurice Nolan and his management team for their hard work during the year. They left no stone unturned in their effort to retain The Tom Ryall Cup but can be consoled by the fact that a very large number of their panel are underage next year and that they have another great bunch of chaps to work with again next season.
JOHN’S PARISH MAN WRITES TIPP GAA BOOK - Congratulations and best wishes to Jim Fogarty of Meadow Way who will have his newly published book launched by the great Micheal O Muircheartaigh in the Horse and Jockey Hotel on October 19th at 8p.m. The book entitled The Dan Breen Cup - Tipperary County Senior Hurling Finals 1931 to 2011. St. Johns Parish has among its numbers quite a lot of writers who have published books recently. Enda McEvoy from Michael Street has had great success with his book on the life of Fr. Tommy Maher - The Godfather of Modern Hurling, Paula Leyden from the Johnswell Road is enjoying worldwide success with her novel aimed at the teenage market - The Butterfly Heart and Tom O Neill’s novel Old Friends- The Lost Tales of Fionn Mac Chuaill has also been selling well and has a great appeal to the Irish diaspora.
UNDER 10s PLAYED SARSFIELDS OF GALWAY - In what was dubbed by some of the players “another All Ireland replay” took place on Sunday morning last with the O’Loughlin Gaels Under 10s taking on Sarsfield of Galway (home of the great Joe Cooney). Two matches were played out in brilliant sunshine on the magnificent surface that is St. Johns Park. Lashings of buns and cakes were eaten up by the visitors as well sandwiches ,crisps and minerals for all the kids. A return trip will be organised soon. The Under 10s have been playing lots of matches and tournaments recently and their managers are really delighted by their skill and application . They have come on leaps and bounds and will no doubt represent O’Loughlin Gaels very proudly in the future.Under 10 panel ; Declan Murphy, Harry Bland, Chase Leeffarr, Mathew Hogan, Daniel Walsh, John Macnamara, Ronan Lavelle, Mickey Wallace, Jake Hickey, Vincent O Grady, Joseph Leydon, Alex Molloy, Sean Lawlor, James Phelan,Conor Wilson, Sam O Connell, Jack Murphy, Damien Dowling, Aiden Kenny, DJ Delaney, Clinton Morris, Luke Hennessy, Diarmuid Henderson and Stuart Nolan, Eric Walsh, John McKinley and James McKinley and Matheuz Zych and injured Robert Gleeson. Players from the Under 9 team that have played at Under 10 level during the year include Alex Lawlor, Ben Kinchella, John Comerford, Joe Brennan, Nick Mullins, Josh Nolan, Nick Mullins and Robbie Kenny. Lots of help is needed to manage such a big bunch and the club is always thankful to people like Pat Walsh, Noel Kenny, John Lawlor, Kieran Lavelle, Sean Mcnamara, Pat O Grady, Gerry Buckley jnr., P.J. Hickey and Eoin Lawlor who help out during the training sessions and matches during the year. €20,000 O’LOUGHLIN GAELS LOTTO STILL UP FOR GRABS - There was no winner of the biggest local lotto jackpot around this week. That means that the €20,000 top prize is still up for grabs so make sure to get your €2 ticket very early for the weekly Tuesday night draw. All are very welcome to come along on the Tuesday night when the draw takes place in the O’Loughlin Gaels clubhouse. Consolation prizes of €40 each were won on September 25th by Joe Nolan, O. McKenna c/o Sheamie Cummins, Breda and John Butler, Michael Dreeling, Nicola and Ali Brett , Emily Parsons c/o Eileen Kinchella, Frank O Meara c/o Eugene Buckley, Amy Dowling c/o Peter Dowling,Kay O Halloran, Eugene Phelan c/o Andy O Driscoll. On October 2nd the consolation prize winners included Michael Dinan c/o Tom Gregg, Liam O Mahony, Niall Cody c/o Mary Cody, Nicky Ivory c/o Leydon’s Bar, Bridget Grogan c/o John Joe Cullen, Brian Murphy Senior, Maurio Merguitu c/o JJ Cullen, Martina and Noel c/o Noel Tyrrell, Kevin Moore c/o Tom Gregg, Mary O Brien c/o Leydon’s Bar.
BRIAN HOGAN SET FOR AN OTHER ALL STAR - Six time All Ireland medal winner Brian Hogan looks set to add to his first all star he collected last year, having been nominated for the top award last week. According to pundit Cyril Farrell Hogan is a shoe in, with the Galway man stating he was the stand out centre back all season long.