LEINSTER FINAL-The West of Ireland is well noted for the ferocious storms coming in from the mighty Atlantic Ocean on a regular basis. However, Sunday’s hurricane travelled all the way to Croke Park, on the back of which the Galway hurlers brushed aside the Leinster title holders and hot favourites, Kilkenny to claim an historic victory on a 2-21 to 2-10 scoreline. The Tribesmen made their intentions known from the very start and had 1-2 on the scoreboard after only three minutes. They continued their onslaught on the beleagured Kilkenny defence with the result that they had 1-6 recorded before Kilkenny secured their first point, from a free, by Henry Shefflin, after nineteen minutes. The Galway men were in total control and led by 2-12 to 0-4 at the half time break. For the Kilkenny men victory was now out of reach, nevertheless, showing true grit they defiantly fought back and outscored the tribesmen by 2-6 to 0-9 in the second half but it was not nearly enough to wipe out the fourteen point half time lead the Galwegians had in reserve. Without doubt, this result will be written into G.A.A. folklore, being the first time the O’Keeffe Cup has crossed the Shannon to it’s temporary residents in the City of the Tribes. The result, while a great disappointment for clubmen, Brian Cody, team captain Eoin Larkin, Jackie Tyrrell and Matt Ruth, it will also serve to drive their determination to return to their place at the top of the standings when the quarter-finals pairings are drawn..
KELLS ROAD DEVELOPMENT-Despite the strong growth of grass on the new fields, the process of ensuring that the root development continues, all five playing surfaces will have to be verti drained in the next few weeks. This is a process involves spreading tons of sand, piercing the surface to a depth of 6” every few inches,and brushing in the sand to aid drainage and help roots grow deeper into the soil. The contract has been approved by the committee and awarded to the Co.Wicklow specialist firm, DAR Golf Construction Ltd..It is likely that the expensive procedure will also have to be undertaken in 2013 in the long term interest of ensuring a quality surface on all five playing fields. Also, with a view to 2013, when the grounds will be open for full use, enquiries are being made with regard to the cost of installing goalposts and barrier netting for the playing fields.
MEDJUGORJE QUIZ-On Wednesday night 11th July (tonight) a fundraising quiz night for the Medjugorje Youth Group, will be held in the clubrooms starting at 9.30p.m.. Entry for a team of four Eu 20.00. There will also be a raffle and spot prizes on the night. The Medjugorje group includes youth from all corners of the city ansd the three city clubs. Support would be appreciated.
FOOTBALL FAIRYTALE- Congratulations to former All-Ireland Feile winner (2003) and under-age club hurler, Gary Breen, who fulfilled another sporting ambition when he lined out for his Armagh based club, Portadown F.C., in the Europa League, last week. The Northern Ireland club fought out a 0-0 draw in the away leg in Macedonia against F.C.Skendija which gives they a live chance of progressing to the second round of the competition should they secure a win in the home leg on Tuesday night.
BIRTHDAY GIRL-Congratulations to popular, social club staff member, Louise Crowe, Archer’s Court, who celebrated her 22nd birthday on Monday. Hope you enjoyed the day, Louise, but remember they come around much faster from here on !!!!.
LOTTO-The weekly Lotto has not been won for a record fifteen weeks bringing Tuesday night’s jackpot to Eu 4,000. The numbers drawn were 1 : 14 : 19. The consolation winners were: John Leahy, Wayne Kelly, Ray Murphy, Mary & Kit and Elaine Lynch.