BRIAN HOGAN -Well done to Brian Hogan who really was back to his brilliant best last Sunday in the All Ireland Semi Final against Tipperary.The O’Loughlin Gaels man is a colossus at centre back and it is no one he can boast a record of never having lost a championship game once he was started ! Congratulations also to panel members Mark Bergin and Mark Kelly who also represent O’Loughlin Gaels on Brian Cody’s squad. Roll on September 9th and another tussle with Galway.
BAD WEEK FOR THE JUNIOR TEAMS-Last week proved to be quite unsuccessful for both the O’Loughlin Gaels Junior and Junior B teams.The Junior team were beaten by Bennettsbridge in the semi final of the Northern Junior Championship by just three points on a score line of 3.12 to 3.15 while the usually high flying Junior B team exited the North Championship also at the semi final stage against Barrow Rangers on a scoreline of 3.11 to 2.10. All the more disappointing for this team as they had high hopes of adding championship crowns to their Northern League and County League titles already won this year.
For the Bs their year has ended but the Junior team are still very much there in the Junior Championship proper. Last year they were beaten in the semi final by eventual All Ireland Junior Champions ,St. Patrick’s of Ballyraggett.
MINORS EXIT THE CHAMPIONSHIP-A spirited performance for a very young O’Loughlin Gaels minor team was not enough to overcome a fine Thomastown team in round one of the local championship. Fielding four 15 year olds and five 16 year olds meant that at vital stages the physically stronger and sometimes more astute Thomastown won out. However if ever one could be positive it would be the fact that so many of the younger guys played so good . These lads are going to be awesome hurlers over the next few years at minor level but also as they move forward in their careers and hurl senior with O’Loughlin Gaels. To manager Michael Holohan and his selectors Brian Murphy and Paul Cleere we say hard luck but also appreciate that as much time and effort goes into a team that is knocked out of a championship as the one that wins it.
ROINN C UNDER 14S IN SHIELD FINAL-The very best of luck to the O’Loughlin Gaels Under 14 hurlers who play in Roinn C when they play Dicksboro in the League Shield Final this Saturday in St. John’s Park at 2pm. The Under 14 hurlers who represent the club in Roinn A will also play Dicksboro in the League final at a date and time to be arranged. Incedently the Roinn A Hurling Championship will now be a round robin tournament of four teams O’Loughlin Gaels, James Stephens, Dicksboro and Conahy as all the other teams have opted to play in Roinn B.
SUMMER CAMP WAS FANTASTIC-Well done to the 200 children who completed the O’Loughlin Gaels GAA Summer Camp over the last two weeks.A big thank you from all the parents in O’Loughlins to Niall and Eilish Bergin and their team of coaches who put all the kids through their drills and played lots of games with the children. Each day the children came home exhausted only waiting to go back the next day. The children met Inter county stars such as Eoin Kelly from Tipperary, Michael “Brick” Walsh from Waterford and Tommy Walsh, Michael Rice and Brian Hogan from Kilkenny. Well done to all concerned.
O’LOUGHLIN GAELS LOOKED WELL ON SIX ONE-RTE cameras were in O’Loughlin Gaels once again last week as they sought out six time All Ireland medal winner Martin Comerford’s opinion on the Sunday’s big match. Martin proudly showed the RTE South East Correspondent, Damien Tiernan, around the club including the newly completed pitch development as well as giving Mr. Tiernan a history of the club and a guide through the many photographs throughout the clubhouse. The TV crew also took shots of the very successful Summer Camp which was taking place during their vist.
The following day a German TV crew arrived with Jim Croke of “The Kilkenny Way Hurling Tours” and were fascinated at the level of skill already attained by the youngsters in the camp. Shots from both programmes will be available on the O’Loughlin Gaels website as soon as they are available www.oloughlingaels.gaa.ie
CONGRATULATIONS TO PAT O GRADY-Big congratulations are offered to Pat O Grady manager of the Kilkenny Intermediate Team who beat Galway last Saturday in the All Ireland Semi Final. Pat, from the Blacks and Whites, club lives in The Weir View and coaches in O’Loughlin Gaels at Under 9 and Under 10 level. Pat’s two boys Vincent and Harry hurl at Under 10 and Under 8 in O’Loughlins while Eva has started playing Camogie this year. Pat works for BTW (Tiles and Bathrooms) in Waterford and Clonmel.
CAMOGIE NEWS-The U-16 camogie team played St Brigid’s in the county semi final and won 5-8 to 1-9. St Brigid’s where first off the mark with a point in the 2nd minute Megan O’Keeffe pointed a 45 in the 7th minute; O’Loughlins added three points in the 8th, 10th and 12th minutes with points from Caomihe Treacy, Megan O’Keeffe and Kelly Dowd. St Brigid’s added two points in the 19th and 20th minutes, Bronagh Cleere pointed in the 22nd minute and St Brigid’s replied with three points in the 23rd, 25th and 27th minutes. Megan O’Keeffe added two points in the 28th and 29th minute and St Brigid’s pointed in the 30th minute to leave O’Loughlin’s 2-7 to 1-7 up at half time. Laura Greene added a point in the 6th minute and St Brigid’s replied with two points in the 8th and 17th minute to leave two points between the teams, the O’Loughlin’s backs were excellent and did some excellent defending, Bronagh Cleere scored three goals in the last ten minutes to secure a great win 5-8 to 1-9. Chloe Tyrell and Niamh Phelan were excellent in defence, Laura Murphy put in a massive second half performance, Megan O’Keeffe and Bronagh Cleere got the vital goals. Team Sinead Ryan, Chloe Tyrell, Katlyn Leahy, Alice Nolan, Eimear Daly, Niamh Phelan, Grainne Walsh, Laura Greene(0-1), Laura Murphy, Saorise Claffey, Megan O’Keeffe(2–3), Aoife Whelan, Caomihe Treacy(0-2), Bronagh Cleere(3-1), Kelly Dowd(0-1), Sub Aoife McKiernan. Well done to the girls and management.
THE Under 16 team will now play the county final next Friday night at 7pm at a venue to be decided advises Paul Cleere. Paulstown or Ballyragget/Lisdowney will provide the opposition. The squad will appreciate all support possible.The Junior Camogie team will play Conahy in the Qtr-Final of the ACL on Sunday at 6.30 in Jenksinstown
ROAD HURLING IN JOHNSWELL-A Road Hurling Competition will take place in Johnswell Village on Saturday 25th of August at 6.30p.m. There will be some special guest inter county hurlers taking part as well as a few Special Junior hurlers no doubt ! All in a good cause of course and it sounds like great craic. Teams of 3 ( adults €10 Kids €5 ) will get a free JK Hurleys sliothar. Bring your own hurl. Now thats a good deal. Brennans Bar in Johnswell will have a table quiz after the race which will be followed by music and craic. So make it a date in Johnswell on August 25th, it promises to be a great day out for all the family.
RELAY FOR LIFE-Relay For Life is coming to Kilkenny. What is Relay For Life? At Relay For Life hundreds of people gather to embark on a very special 24-hour journey.Relay For Life is an overnight , community celebration and a unique , empowering and fun event. At the heart of Relay is the oppurtunity to CELEBRATE Cancer Survivors and to REMEMBER those who have left us. We are currently asking people who may have been touched in any way by cancer to come and join in the CELEBRATION . Our Relay For Life will be held on Saturday and Sunday the 20th and 21st of July , 2013 at Scanlon Park , Kilkenny. We are recruiting teams of volunteers who will walk around the track in relay , for 24 hours , because cancer never sleeps!!. Otherwise team members are free to socialise , have fun and enjoy the fun packed day and entertainment. If you think that you would like to be part of this event in any way , Contact the following Relayforlifekilkenny@gmail.com or call 087 2925805 ,