BUSY DAY IN O’LOUGHLIN GAELS - Last Saturday, September 29th, was a very busy day for O’Loughlin Gaels GAA club members. The club was set to host their annual under 10 hurling tournament, play an under 14 Roinn A County Final, a minor Camogie County Final and a quarter final of the Junior Championship. The day would start very early for some ! O’LOIDEAIN CUP AND OLLIE BERGIN CUP HURLING TOURNAMENTS - To endeavour to host a twelve team U10 hurling tournament with a promise that all teams will be hurling at all times takes a lot of planning and preparation. First of all six pitches had to be laid out, goal posts erected and nets hung all before the start time of 10.00 am. Seventeen men arrived in St. John’s Park at 7.30am to lay the said pitches and prepare the grounds for the close to 200 players that were expected. By 8.30 there were eighteen, well deserved, breakfast rolls being devoured by volunteers Sean Hogan, Pat O Grady,PJ Hickey,Sean MacNamara,John Lawlor,Nicky Murphy,Pat Walsh,Kieran and Ronan Lavelle,Joe Malone,Bryan Skehan,Ben Fogarty,Brendan O Leary,John Sheridan,Damien O Connell,Eoin Lawlor and Ben Leydon. Michael Kinchella,Jim Delaney,Kevin Cleere,John Collins and Damien Dowling all helped out with stewarding and refereeing. The whole operation ran smoothly under the guidance of Donal Higgins whose logistical planning and foresight leaves nothing to be unexpected. The teams began to arrive at 8.45 am with O’Donavon Rossa of Antrim making the three hour motorway journey down in record speed. They were joined by St. Mary’s of Clonmel, St. Martin’s of Wexford (2 teams), Chraobh Chiarain and Kilmacud Crokes of Dublin as well as James Stephens (2 teams), Conahy Shamrocks, St. Martin’s and O’Loughlin Gaels of Kilkenny(2 teams). Eight teams contested the O’Loideain Cup and four teams played for the Ollie Bergin Cup. Tournaments like these are often described as being laden with stars of the future - well make no mistake this was no different. All counties involved can look forward to a bundle of superstars coming through the ranks. The clubs involved are also very lucky to have such hard working mentors and such supportive parents as the massive attendance at the games will testify. For the record O’Loughlin Gaels won all three group games in the O’Loideain Cup and were just beaten by four point in the final by Kilmacud Crokes of Dublin. This is Crokes third year in a row to win the tournament so well done to them. In the Ollie Bergin Cup, Conahy Shamrocks beat James Stephens in the final to record a memorable victory and it was fitting that their captain Ciaran Rice collected the cup, as his grandfather, the late Jim Rice, was the very first chairman of O’Loughlin Gaels Gaa Club. Indeed his dad Joe was quite proud as well no doubt. Padraic Leydon was on hand to present the O’Loideain Cup while Anne Bergin presented the Ollie Bergin trophy. All the O’Loughlin Gaels parents brought buns and cakes to the “pop up” Long puck Cafe. Catering was provided by Breda Hogan, Liz Fogarty, Antoinette Leydon,Linda Lawlor and Linda Dowling,Mary Deegan and Ann Loy. John Skehan, Paddy Greene and Sammy Geoghegan were of great assistance to the organisers. Odhran Lawlor,Peter Macnamara, David Fogarty, Joe Murphy and Jamie Malone were brilliant stewards. Luke Leydon took over two hundred photos. Each of the 200 boys received a goodie bag which was sponsored by Peter and Catherine Wilson of Eddie Rockets in MacDonagh Junction. Each child also got a €5 voucher for Eddie Rockets so there will be plenty of families dining out with Eddie over the next week. O’Loughlin Gaels are indebted to Eddie Rockets for their continued support of the juvenile section. “There ain’t no finer diner”.
UNDER 14 ROINN A COUNTY FINAL - As the finals of the under 10 hurling tournaments were coming to an end in St. John’s Park the Roinn A County Final was starting next door in Nowlan Park. O’Loughlin Gaels and city neighbours Dicksboro played out a thrilling draw O.L 1.12 Boro 2.9. The replay will be played next week. O’Loughlin Gaels would like to thank councillor Joe Malone for sponsoring togs and socks for the O’Loughlin Gaels boys.
JUNIOR TEAM REACH THE COUNTY SEMI FINAL - Congratulations to the O’Loughlin Gaels Junior hurling team and management on eaching the county semi final for the second year in succession. They have qualified for the penultimate stage by virtue of victories over Tullaroan and Mooncoin in earlier rounds and over Clara last Saturday in the Quarter Final. It took extra time to separate these teams on the scoreboard. They were level at half time 1.5 to 0.8 and at full time 1.10 to 0.13, the goal coming from a beautiful side footed effort from Seamus Cummins that could only have been learned during his time playing another code. The match itself was a tough, tense affair with an outstanding display from Paddy Butler of Dunmore the highlight. Austin Murphy of Clara gave an exhibition of long range point taking ,scoring three in the first half and one in the second. However his influence petered out once Butler took up a role in the half back line which also accommodated the lively Kevin Morrissey in midfield. The O’Loughlins full back line of Mark Croghan, Brian Murphy and Shane Parsons were always in control with Murphy marshaling the two “young lads” brilliantly. Padraig Meaney is a top class half back and Paddy Deegan and Davy Burke will score plenty of points if given a regular supply. One worrying fact for the O’Loughlin’s managers Donie Dwyer, Kevin Cleere and Joe Daly is an injury sustained by former county player Brian Dowling who had to retire early in injury time. He had notched up six points by the time he had to retire and his general play was top class. Extra time was called by referee Pat Dunphy. The city side seemed that bit more fresher and outscored the Clara men four points to one over the twenty minutes. Good work in the added time by Rick Leydon Paddy Cantwell and Davy Broderick made sure the city boys would advance to the county semi final for the second year in a row.
MINOR CAMOGIE COUNTY CHAMPIONS - O’LOUGHLIN GAELS 2-5 MOONCOIN 1-7. Sunny Hugginstown played host to the Roinn D Minor Camogie County Final involving O’Loughlin Gaels and Mooncoin last Saturday. It was very close hard fought game with the city girls winning through a late injury time goal from Caomihe Treacy. Amy Bryan pointed a free in the 8th minute, Mooncoin’s Roisin Crowley pointed two frees in the 9th and 16th minutes and Deirdre Walsh added a 45. Amy Bryan pointed to leave only a point between the teams heading in to half time. Some hard work from the O’Loughlins forwards resulted in Bronagh Cleere kicking the ball to the Mooncoin net, Katie Delahunty replied with a goal for Mooncoin in the 28th minute to leave the girls down by a point at half time 1-3 to 1-2. Moocoin started the better with two frees from Roisin Crowley in the 3rd and 7th minute. Amy Bryan replied for O’Loughlins with two frees in the 9th and 12th minutes. Katie Delahunty and Roisin Crowley both added points to leave Mooncoin ahead
1-7 to 1-4 going in to the final ten minutes. Amy Bryan added another point from a free to leave two points between the teams. This led to a nail biting finish. Some excellent fighting spirit and pure determination shown by the O’Loughlins forwards around the Mooncoin goalmouth resulted in Caomihe Treacy finishing the ball to the Mooncoin net in injury time to secure a two point win for the city girls. This was a very exciting game of camogie with some great camogie players on display by both teams. O’Loughlins had great performers in Tara Conry, Kate Walsh, Laura Greene, Laura Murphy and Amy Bryan. Well done to the girls and management of Paul Cleere, John Claffey and Kieran Maher. Team Sinead Ryan, Tara Conry, Katlyn Leahy, Grainne Walsh, Eimear Daly, Kate Walsh, Niamh Phelan, Laura Greene, Laura Murphy, Saorise Claffey, Amy Bryan(0-5, 4f)Aoife Whelan, Megan O’ Keeffe, Bronagh Cleere(1-0), Aoife McKiernan. Sub Caomihe Treacy(1-0).
UNDER 10 CAMOGIE NEWS - Well done to the O’Loughlin U10 camogie girls who had a great year this year. They had very good numbers at all training sessions showing great commitment and motivation. The girls really developed their skills this year. This was clear when they played in the many blitzes and matches they took part in. Thank you to all the parents for their support throughout the year. Finally thanks to their coaches: Colin Furlong, Phil Holohan, Eugene Doheny and Olivia Collins. They look forward to seeing all the girls next year!
BRIAN HOGAN DELIVERS YET AGAIN - Congratulations to Brian Hogan,Mark Bergin and Mark Kelly who were all part of the All Ireland winning Kilkenny team last Sunday. Brian Hogan was absolutely fantastic at centre back while the two Marks did not get a chance to play this year, they will, no doubt, be ready to feature on Brian Cody’s first fifteen in future seasons.
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