Club Notes

Club Notes 17/05/2017

posted 17 May 2017, 02:34 by Gearóid Ó Duibhir

Féile Preparations Underway

Our U14 squad and management continue with their preparations for Féile which takes place on 16-17 June. This is the first time since 2003 that the club will be represented at this national competition, when they will be hosted by the Clara club in Kilkenny. Their first two games are in Borris, Carlow where they will play Mount Leinster Rangers (Carlow) and Tooren (Mayo) on Friday 16 June. On Saturday 17 June they will play the host club in Clara before travelling to New Ross in Wexford for their next game, with opponents to be confirmed yet.

To offset against the significant cost of Feile, the management are looking for sponsors for a Féile souvenir programme that is being published to mark the club's appearance in Féile. The programme will be a fine publication carrying profiles of all players, photographs, articles and club/Féile information. If any individual or business would like to take an advert in the programme please contact Martin (087-2253350), Tommy (087-6523333) or Cormac (087-2353089).

The next league game for the U14s is V Clann na nGael in Castlepollard this Friday 19 May.

Southern Gaels 3-9 v 1-4 Ferbane/Belmont, May 8

Our U14’s played out a very entertaining hurling contest on the immaculate main Pairc Chiarain pitch. It was perfect for hurling and our boys played well all over the pitch. They are really gelling well as a team now with only a few weeks countdown to Féile. With large numbers we were able to trial and test lads in different positions and ensure everyone got sufficient match practice against a good Ferbane/Belmont team, which just didn’t get enough space from our defenders to score enough, but gave our lads a very good challenge match. Feile preparations are continuing well and lads playing hard to get a position in Féile were: Luke Whelan, Oisín Flynn, Cian O’Suilleabhain, Evan Farrell (Captain), Johnny Martin (1-1), Cian McCarthy (0-2), Michael Dolan, Seán Murphy, Cian Geary, Bobby Nugent (0-1), Rory Kilgarriff (0-3), Eoin Hardiman, Oisín O’Flaherty, Paidí O Leochain (1-1), Chulainn Dowd (1-1), Conn O Hara, Darragh Elliott, Ryan Fallon, Aaron Lynch, Cillian Geary.


Promotion in Town Centre

Southern Gaels go on tour next week when the club will take a stand on Saturday in the Athlone Town Centre to promote the great progress that has being made over the past few years. From 11am to 5pm club members will be available upstairs across from Harvest Café to talk about all that has been happening in the club and to promote our membership and support for our activities such as the upcoming trip to Féile. Representatives – members, mentors and parents – will be available to talk about what makes the club one of the fastest growing clubs in town with success on the playing fields of Westmeath and environs to match! It is expected to have posters, pictures, flyers, club gear, raffles, membership forms and sponsorship forms available for all visitors. Members please make yourselves available to call in fully kitted out for a chat and maybe a coffee – tell your mentor when you might be able to join us. If you’ve ever considered joining up now is your chance to “Rise Up and Hurl!”

U12s Vs Oliver Plunketts scheduled for Wednesday

Southern Gaels U12s welcome Oliver Plunketts to Páirc Chiaráin this Wednesday in the fourth round of the county league. The U12s sit top of Division 2 after successes against Fr. Daltons, Clonkill and Raharney in recent weeks. Plans are afoot to embark on a series of challenge matches against new combination club Na Piarsaigh(Turin and Lough Lene Gaels) and Ballinalsoe U12s. It is planned also to get a challenge match on the way to the Tipp/Cork clash this weekend when the club hits the road to Thurles for the start of the championship season.

Congrats to Kieran Duncan and Westmeath Senior Hurlers

It was with great pride that Southern Gaels celebrated the news that Westmeath are through to the Senior Leinster Hurling Championship with clubman Kieran Duncan on the panel. Fourteen man Westmeath ended the clash against Meath victorious in Cusack Park last Sunday setting up a clash against Offaly in the first round of the championship. This is a significant achievement and the team will be optimistic of beating a struggling Faithful County. It is great for the club to have Kieran playing at this level and he is paving the way for many more Gaels who have their sights set on a county jersey or two in the near future. Maith thú Kieran.

Upcoming Fixtures

As mentioned, U12s in action against Oliver Plunketts, Wednesday 17th 7pm Páirc Chiaráin.

U14s travel to Castlepollard to face combination team Clann na Gael on Friday, at 7.15pm in a Division 1 league match.

U8s host a blitz with teams from Wolfe Tones, Castletown Geoghan and Fr. Daltons on Saturday 20th at 11am.

A busload of Southern Gaels players and supports will hit the road next Sunday for the opening clash of the Munster Hurling Championship between Tipperary and Cork. It is hoped to get a challenge match for the U12s on the way.

Intermediates play their last game of the league against Fr. Daltons also on Saturday 20th at 7pm in Páirc Chiaráin.

All support is welcome – Gaels Abú!!

Club Notes 21/02/2017

posted 26 Feb 2017, 05:49 by Gearóid Ó Duibhir

Southern Gaels Club Notes 21/02/2017

All County Hurling League Div 3

Clonkill 3-16   Southern Gaels  0-10


New Intermediate manager John Benton took charge of the team for the first time in this League encounter played in the AIT grounds last Saturday. The game was played under ideal conditions on an excellent surface but brought little joy to the home side.

There was little to separate the sides in the opening quarter with Clonkill scoring four points through Enda Loughlin and Alan Dowdall with Geals responding with points from Fionn Dowd and Darragh Kelly. Indeed Gaels had most of the play but failed to convert all their chances. However, in the second quarter Clonkill proved clinical and picked off a string of points and finished the half with a Paul Kellaghan goal. Gaels added points from MJ Kelly and Dowd to leave Clonkill ahead 1-10 to 0-4. The home side started the second half well with the lively Dowd hitting three points but two goals from the visitors ten minutes in put them in complete control. Clonkill went on to score an additional six points with Gaels responding with two from Tony O'Keeffe and Fionn Dowd closing their account with a well taken point. 

Kevin Dolan played well for Gaels on his debut for the side and has a great future in the game, Breen Elliott excelled between the posts while Tony O'Keeffe rolled back the years with a top class performance.

Southern Gaels: Breen Elliott, Eoin Meaney, Austin Murphy, Cathal Mc Givern, Jonathan Keogh, Kieran Duncan, Kevin Dolan, Sean Kilgarriff, Sean Carey, Darragh Kelly (0-1), Fionn Dowd (0-6), Ronan Farrell, Paddy Grace, Tony O'Keeffe (0-2, Capt) and MJ Kelly (0-1).

Subs: Killian Coyle (Mc Givern), Shane Galvin (MJ Kelly), Peter Muldoon (Meaney) and Fergus Gronenendijk (Grace).


Next Intermediate Match on Sunday

The next round of the Intermediate ACHL takes place next weekend where Southern Gaels are scheduled to play St. Brigid’s in Rochefortsbridge at 11.30 Sunday morning. Please come and support the team.

Training Sessions for this week

The Academy (U6s) and the U8s return to the Marist Hall this week and will be there for the next few weeks. The session is on from 6.30-7.30 every Tuesday night. Helmets and hurleys are provided and all newcomers are welcome.

The U10s, U12s and U14s continue their “Stay Healthy, Stay Hurling” sessions every Sunday morning from 11.30-12.30am in the Regional Sports Centre. Numbers have been increasing here over the past few weeks and the standard of hurling has greatly improved as players shake off the winter blues. Thanks to the parents who bring the kids and to those who help.

The Intermediate squad will continue to train on Wednesday evening at 6.45 and Saturday morning at 8.45am. This is subject to change this week as preparation for Sunday’s match takes place.

Rise Up and Hurl continues every Tuesday night from 9-10pm in the RSC for the older hurlers who still like to puck around for fun. All welcome.

New Members Welcome

If you, or your children, are interested in joining our club please contact or ring 0872253350. Hurling is a great Irish sport that gives you the opportunity, not only to get healthy, but also to participate in a team sport allowing you to get to know new people. 

Club Notes 8/6/2015

posted 8 Jun 2015, 06:17 by Martin Geary

Intermediate Challenge: June 7: Ferbane/Belmount  3-13  Southern Gaels 1-11

This was an excellent preparation for our upcoming championship match with Castletown. minus out Leaving Cert players the team gave an excellent performance. There was some fine passages of play and excellent score taking. Team; Paddy Grace, Jonathan Keogh, Donal Hurley, Killian Coyle, Fergus Gronenendijk, Patrick Flynn, Sean Carey, Ciaran Mac Eochaidh (0-2) Louis Page, Joe Finnucane, Tony O'Keeffe (0-7), Ciaran Connolly (1-0), Colin Larkin, M.J. Kelly (0-2) and James Larkin. Subs: Eoin Fahy (Gronenendijk), Eion Meaney (Finnucane) and Martin Geary (C. Larkin)

News of Planned Intermediate Hurling Championship dates: June 28th Castletown, July 4th Cullion, July 11th Raharney, July 25th Daltons, August 8th Clonkill, August 29th Turin, September 12th Brownstown.

Ball Wall
The club has just completed the building of a top class Ball Wall in Pairc Chiaráin. This is an excellent facility for both hurling and football training. A number of fundraising ventures have been organised to help defray the cost of €25,000. Anyone interested in supporting the venture by “buying a brick in the Wall” at €50 - please contact a committee member.


Under 8: May 30: Farther Daltons v Southern Gaels

Southern Gaels travelled to Ballymore to play Father Daltons in an Under 8 match, as both teams had large numbers two matches were played.

Our older Under 8s played an entertaining game with lots of scores for both teams. In the end Southern Gaels were victorious but not after a tough battle and we were well represented by Ethan Buckley, Ryan O Suilleabhain, Seán O Neill, Kyle Mahon, Liam O Flaherty, Daithí O Leochain, Eoin McCormack and Alex Bolger.

In the second game Southern Gaels played a very young Father Daltons. We dominated the first half and demonstrated fine ground hurling skills and goal taking abilities. In the second half Father Daltons came into the game but the Gaels again asserted their superior strength and finished the half with a late rally of goals. Team: Oisín O’Donoghue, Donnacha Lee, Sam Heaton, Sean Johnson, Ruairí Dolan, Eoin McCormack. Thanks to Father Daltons for hosting the event.


Under 10: May 30: Castletown Geoghan Blitz

Our Under 10s played in the Westmeath organised Blitz. We had enough for two teams on the day. Each team got to play 2 matches. In the first we played Castletown Geoghan who also had enough for two teams. In our second we played Crookedwood and Fr Daltons. In a repeat of our recent league match in Ballymore we managed to reverse the result. Our U10s skills are developing nicely and great display from both teams

meant we left Castletown undefeated. Thanks to all parents for making the trip. Ice Creams were had afterwards to celebrate in the fine weather. Picture Attached.


Under 9: June 4: Four Roads v Southern Gaels

The Southern Gaels Under 9 squad played Four Roads in an away challenge match last Thursday evening and both teams benefited greatly from the encounter. The teams were evenly matched and while Four Roads put more on the score board there was little between the teams and the game allowed for some experimenting in terms of positions and players. Ruairí Ó Duibhir started in goal but finished in the forwards, Shane Wheatley, started full back but ended as a forward putting two goals to his name in the process, Cathal Hardiman started full back, moved to mid-field and returned to full back at the end of the game. Zack from the under 10s helped make up the numbers on the night and played all over the pitch. Some good work was put in by Leon and Harry in the forward lines they look good for the future. Sean O'Donoghue has been polishing his skills and played well in both the backs and forwards. The two Cillian’s - Geary and McGowan - were instrumental in this solid performance at this level and provided back-bone support throughout. A return match is planned for the near future.


Under 10: June 4: Four Roads v Southern Gaels

The U10s get another good run out against Four Roads.  This U10 group are a strong group when all are available on a night, we were too good for this opposition.

Oisin Dolan started in Goal. Calum Devaney, Luke O’Connell and Jack Mulvihill made up the back line. Luke Whelan, Dano McMonagle and Oisin Flynn started in Midfield. Diarmuid Murtagh, Luke Farrell, Kian Mitchell started up forward. Johnny Martin lined out in goal for the opposition to even up numbers.  There was some great displays of all the basic skills of hurling; lifting, tackling, soloing and striking on display throughout the team. It was great to see our players using both sides and not being afraid to strike on either. Our back line prevented Four Roads getting on the scoreboard a number of times with some great interceptions and clearances. Luke, Calum and Jack made some fine tackles and cleared the ball regularly.  Midfield were on top throughout and were strengthened in 2nd half when Johnny re-joined. Our forwards had lots of shooting practice.  The scores were widely spread throughout the team as we tried to give everyone a chance in the various positions. Dano and Johnny had a number of fine long range scores from midfield. Diarmuid Murtagh on his move from backs to forwards chipped in with 3 scores. Oisin Flynn gets better with each game and also contributed a number of scores. Johnny, Kian and Luke Farrell also added to the scoreboard. Luke Whelan had one of his best games to date with a 1-6 return from midfield. Thanks to all the parents for making the trip to Four Roads.


Under 12: May 26: Southern Gaels 4-5 v Crookedwood 1-4

We had a very impressive panel of 18 who made the trip to North Westmeath for this game. They were all up for the game and got stuck in immediately. The practice on the training ground and especially in the new ball wall seemed to pay off instantaneously with some of the passing moves on display. One of particular note, came down the left wing from Chulainn to Cian Mc, to Eoin and then across the face of the goal to the waiting Rory to direct to the back of the nett. Similarly a move down the right wing from Chulainn to Bobby to Cian G and again into Rory to finish off the move to the nett. We were flying it. All players were trying to feed the wingers, especially our Half backs of Seán and Michael. In Defence Cian O’S and Evan came into their own and commanded the full backline, protecting Ryan and Michael who had great stints in goal. Up front. Paidí and Oisín were getting on a lot of ball and distributing well. It was great to see Ollie Hayes make his hurling Debut for the Gaels in such an eager fashion chasing and tackling so well and giving great support options – one to watch for the future for sure.

Players on the Night: Ryan Fallon, Cian O Suilleabhain, Evan Farrell, Chulainn Dowd, , Peter Mulvihill, Michael Dolan, Cian McCarthy, Cian Geary, Bobby Nugent, Rory Kilgarriff, Paidí O’Leocháin, Oisín O’Flaherty, Ollie Hayes, Eoin Hardiman, Callum McKnight, Odhran Dolan, Seán Murphy & Aaron Lynch(injured)


Under 12: June 2: Southern Gaels 2-5 v Ringtown 1-3

12 players made the long trip to the other end of the county to play Ringtown.

For June 2nd, there was a surprising cold downpour for the start of the game and the Ringtown onslaught surprised a few of our players, conceding an early point. However we really settled into the game, especially Aaron Lynch in the half back line reading the game well and clearing down the lines to the ever ready Bobby Nugent, who was certainly getting the better of his opponent. Chulainn Dowd commanded the centre back and drove the team on, with some darting runs and clever passing. Move of the first half came when Seán Murphy won a great ball and ran down the line, passing to the free Bobby Nugent who struck perfectly low to bottom corner beating the keeper. Cian McCarthy was making some brilliant supporting runs and one paid off, from which he made a super burst forward finishing with an excellent point. However, we were still down a point at half time: 1-2 to 1-1. It’s rare you get the complete performance, but when you do, you need to celebrate it, and this team delivered in the second half. They tackled and blocked and marked and cleared, none as good as Cian O’Suilleabhain and Evan Farrell in the backline who didn’t let a sniff it, except for 1 pointed free. We kept them scoreless from play, led by the bravery of Michael Dolan in goal, saving the ball on the line, and bravely holding his own to keep the ball out and winning a great free out. The forwards were in super passing form, with Ryan Fallon positioned well, to take and send on some great passing moves. It was Rory Kilgarriff’s marvellous perseverance up front which won him a fabulous goal,  striking superbly to the corner. Peter Mulvihill’s battling and tackling ensured he got on many’s a ball, pointing one great Sliotar from far out. Cian Geary’s never say die battling was unfortunate not to pay off, causing a few goal line saves, but will surely bag a few in the next game. Top points scorer was Chulainn Dowd, who’s accuracy from frees and 65’s was very impressive, topped off with a late drive through the middle to send the ball over in style. It was a Truly Great Team performance. Players on the Night: Ryan Fallon, Evan Farrell, Chulainn Dowd, Aaron Lynch, Peter Mulvihill, Michael Dolan, Cian O Suilleabhain, Cian McCarthy, Cian Geary, Bobby Nugent, Rory Kilgarriff, Seán Murphy.


Juvenile Training: U14 down to U6

Training continues every week in Páirc Chiaráin on Tuesdays 6.30-7.30 and Fridays 6.00-7.00. New Members always welcome.


Bank Holiday: Southern Gaels have been exceptionally busy with games over the past few weeks and in particular it was great to see all the activity on the June Bank Holiday Saturday in Páirc Chiaráin, where the Junior and Intermediate teams were training from 8.30, the U10’s met at 9.00 for a match, while the U8’s met at 10.00 for a match. Gaels Abú.

Southern Gaels Hurling club notes 01/09/2014

posted 1 Sep 2014, 03:55 by Kieran McCarthy

Intermediate Championship
Hard luck to our Intermediate team, who despite a good performance came away with a defeat on a scoreline of Cullion 3-12 Southern Gaels 0-18. We were leading with 10 minutes to go but 2 late goals swung the game in Cullions favour. We have one remaining game in this competition against CastletownGeoghan.

Under 8 Blitz, Killucan

It was the night we welcomed the O’Donoghue brothers back from their summer in Romania and their performances did not disappoint. Oisín was ferocious in his tackling and got some great strikes to keep the ball moving. Seán was everywhere the opposition didn’t want him to be and he made sure they got little supply into their forward line. Cathal Hardiman played super in defence alongside the brave Nathan Corcoran, and together, they left little pass, keeping the opposition to minimal scoring chances. Kyle Mahon was dependable as ever in goal. He tormented the opposition with his long puck outs, being so unlucky not to score with one – it hit the post and skimmed wide. Brothers Diarmuid and Ciaran Morgan got stuck into the matches and are improving with every game. Cormac Bradley was as energetic as ever, covering the pitch and bagging hatrick of goals. Also on the score sheet were Stephen O’Connor and Seán O’Neill ensuring their new hurls were christened on the night with super goals. Striker of the day went to Cormac Murphy, who’s puling on the ball has improved no end. Cillian Geary put away a hatrick too, with one effort going in from a well taken side-line cut. Player of the evening went to Shane Wheatley scoring in all 3 games to finish with 4 goals. His striking and support play was magnificent. We won all 3 games playing Clonkills 2 teams and Delvin on the night. Míle Buíochas to all the parents who made the trek across Westmeath to Killucan grounds – a first for most. Next up is the Darren O’Donnell Shield Tournament on Friday September 5th at 6.30

Raffle tickets and Club draw
The club are raffling a number of tickets for the All-Ireland football championship. With Kerry and Donegal confirmed for the final this promises to be an intriguing encounter. Anyone wishing to support the club and purchase tickets are encouraged to contact any of the mentors or committee.
The Club 200 Draw is now up for subscription. There is €650 in prizes each month. Tickets are €120 a year by cash or direct debit. Tickets can be purchased from any club member and there is a limit of 200 members.

Minor hurling championship
The minor hurling championship is due to start up again on Sunday the 14th. With a lot of minor team getting experience in the junior and intermediate championships this year we are looking forward to this team giving a good account of themselves in the minor championships. All players are encouraged to make every effort to attend training.

Sunday 14/09/2014 The Downs Slevins Coaches IHC Castletown Geo v Southern Gaels 13:00
   Minor Hurling League Championship Division 2 (13 a side) Round 2 Wednesday 3rd September 2014 Pairc Ciarán, Athlone: Southern Gaels v St.Oliver Plunketts
Fé 14 Hurling League Championships Thursday 4th September  2014 Pairc Ciarán, Athlone: Southern Gaels v Turin
Fe 12 Hurling Leagues. Phase 2.  Round 4 Wednesday 10th September  2014 Ballymore: Fr.Daltons v Southern Gaels

Best of Luck
The club would like to wish all our younger players the best as they start back to School again this week.

Southern Gaels Hurling club notes 25/08/2014

posted 28 Aug 2014, 13:00 by Kieran McCarthy

Saturday 30/08/2014: Ballymore: Slevins Coaches IHC Cullion v Southern Gaels 18:30
Thursday 4th September  2014:  Pairc Ciarán, Athlone:  U14 Hurling league Southern Gaels v Turin 19:00
Wednesday 3rd September 2014: Pairc Ciarán, Athlone: Southern Gaels v St.Oliver Plunketts 19:00

Under 12 Report v Ringtown

Southern Gaels Under 12s played their second game in Phase 2 against Ringtown on Wednesday last. This was an extremely close and entertaining game in which our lads played excellently but were denied a victory by a very good Ringtown goalkeeper, who performed heroics in the goals.

Newcomer Brian Walsh opened the scoring with a great point, followed shortly after by another from Chulainn Dowd. The Ringtown goalie made a couple of wonderful saves before they struck for 1.2 before half-time but Chulainn got another long range point to leave it 1.2 to 0.3 at the break. A few positional switches in the second half meant we dominated early in the second half with Eamon Martin moving to mid-field and scoring 1.2. However Ringtown played some fine passing hurling and closed the game stronger and scored 2.1 in the closing stages to leave it 3.3 to 1.5. All our players played their part and contributed to a great game and some wonderful hurling.

The team and subs used were: Sean Murphy, Cian O Suilleabhain, Eamon Martin, Aaron Lynch, Chulainn Dowd, Brian Walsh, Cian McCarthy, Eoin McCarthy, Niall Scully and Callum McKnight. Subs used were Johnny Martin, Dano McMonagle, Luke Whelan, and Darragh Elliot

U10 versus Fr. Daltons
 Ours U10s played Fr Daltons in Ballymore on Saturday 23rd. We had 15 players on the day which was another great turnout.
As Fr Daltons had 11 we loaned a couple of players to the opposition to ensure everyone got to play and no substitutions were required.
Eoin /Hardiman was outstanding in defence, lifting quickly and breaking out of a group of players battling for the ball regularly.
On one occasion Eoin also took a fine point after making a great run further up the pitch.
Ryan Fallon scored two fine points. He also made the catch of the day from a puckout and was unlucky to have his shot blocked down.
Paidi O'Leochain had another fine game scoring numerous times for us before swapping teams.
Michael Dolan was excellent again and always makes life difficult for the opposition and even popped over a score If memory serves correctly.
It was great to see our lads in their first year of Under 10 also getting  onto the scoreboard and playing so well.
Kian Mitchell scored a fine goal after lifting in a crowded area and getting his shot off before hitting the back of the net.
Luke OConnell scored an excellent point from a free after taking a late pull to the leg. Luke Farrell drove a shot high over the bar and
was unlucky not to have another few. Dano McMonagle got one of the scores of the game from the sideline after good work to beat a number of Fr Daltons players to add to his fine
tally of scores while under huge pressure. Dillon Lally was unlucky not to score when hos shot was inches wide when he took a free after being pushed over.
Diarmaid Murtagh also got a fine score and showed his skills hitting left and right when needed without hesitation. Diarmaid gets better and better every match.
Luke Whelan narrowly missed the goal after a fine overhead pull on a dropping ball going narrowly wide.
Oisin Flynn hit some fine puckouts far up the pitch for lads to chase. Oisin Dolan battled and blocked in the defence to keep attackers at bay and brother Odhran was unlucky not to
score on a few occasions. Johnny Martin had a fine game making many interceptions and clearances and was unlucky not to get a score from a few long shots from the side of the pitch.
On the day we were too strong for Fr Daltons but thanks to Fr Daltons for the challenge and we’ll be seeing plenty of each other again next year.
Thank you to the parents who made the trip to Ballymore for another enjoyable game and great display from the U10 players and thanks to players who swapped sides
to even up the game and make sure no substitutions required.

Summer Coaching Sessions
Our second session of Summer coaching are running from August 25th to august the 27th. Thanks to all mentors who helped out.

Club Draw
The Club 200 Draw is now up for subscription. There is €650 in prizes each month. Tickets are €120 a year by cash or direct debit. Tickets can be purchased from any club member and there is a limit of 200 members.

Southern Gaels Hurling club notes 18/08/2014

posted 28 Aug 2014, 12:58 by Kieran McCarthy

Southern Gaels v Lucan Sarsfields U8 

Southern Gaels faced a physically stronger and older Lucan team in an entertaining ground hurling U8 fixture. Lucan put sustained pressure on the Gael’s back line for most of the first half resulting in a few conceded scores. Kyle battled hard in goals to keep Lucan at bay ably assisted by strong performances at the back from Gearoid, Daithi, Cillian and Shane to mention just a few. Well directed puck outs resulted in several close goal attempts for Southern Gaels. Midfield and the forwards fought hard to gain a foothold taking some heavy tackles in particular Cian and Cillian but they fought on bravely to the end of the match. It was very encouraging to see 2 new players at this level, with Donnacha and Darragh coming on, showing no fear against stronger opposition. Thanks to Lucan for hosting us and providing much appreciated refreshments after the game.


The squad for this game were: Gearoid McCarthy, Cillian Geary, Kyle Mahon, Cormac Bradley, Darragh Bradley, Shane Wheatley, Sean O’Neil, Ruairi Dolan, Daithi O’Leochain, Conor Hughes, Donnacha Lee, Cian Stack, Stephen O’Connor, Eoin McCormack

Southern Gaels v Lucan Sarsfields U10

Southern Gaels travelled to the capital to take on Lucan sarsfield in an intercounty challenge match on Sunday last. We were treated to an exhibition of hurling from both teams. Johnny Martin was excellent for Southern Gaels at centre back. Ryan Fallon did well with his puck outs. Dano McGonagle battled hard in defence. Oisin Flynn and Paidi O'Leochain were always dangerous in the forwards. On the day the men from the capital won the game.

Trip to Croke Park

 The club organised a bus to Croke Park for All Ireland Semi Final between Cork and Tipperary on August 17. Our under 8s and under 10s played Lucan Sarsfield on route. A great day was had by all, including very enjoyable challenge matches, generous hospitality by the host club in their clubhouse in Lucan, a good vantage point of the pitch and an enjoyable time in a playground near Croke park. Unfortunately Cork were unable to reproduce their munster championship winning performances. However a sign of the enjoyment of the day was the calls from the players for an impromptu training session after a long days travelling.


Intermediate Championship

St. Brigids 5-12 Southern Gaels 2-6

Our intermediates went down to St. Brigids in Shandonagh on Sunday last. Once again it was our younger players who led the way with 4 minors starting and 2 more coming on. All the lads playing worked really hard but Cullions greater strength told out in the end. We have one more match against Brigids to conclude our involvement in this year's championship. Therefore all players are encouraged to attend training so we can finish the campaign on a positive note. Training is on in Pairc Chiaran this Tuesday and Thursday at 7:45.


Wednesday 20th August 7:00 : U12 league Pairc Ciarán, Athlone: Southern Gaels v Ringtown

Thursday 21st August 7:00 : U14 League, Pairc Ciarán, Athlone: Southern Gaels v Ringtown        

Sunday 31st August : Intermediate championship Cullion v Southern Gaels.

Summer Coaching Sessions

Our second session of Summer coaching are due to kick off on August 25th to august the 27th. The first week went very well from the 11th to the 13th of August with the camp well attended and enjoyed by all the children. This next sessions will also be in Páirc Chiaráin. All sessions will be run by qualified coaches/club mentors.  Times 9.30 to 13.00   (snack break at 11.00)    Cost   15 euro per week (per family) We are also asking for a non-refundable deposit of 5 euro for each week being attended and the balance to be paid on the first day each week. If interested please contact Dermot Whelan 0876813243 or Martin Geary 0872253350 or text your interest to relevant team mentor.

Club Draw

The Club 200 Draw is now up for subscription. There is €650 in prizes each month. Tickets are €120 a year by cash or direct debit. Tickets can be purchased from any club member and there is a limit of 200 members.

Southern Gaels Hurling club notes 28/07/2014

posted 28 Aug 2014, 12:57 by Kieran McCarthy

Under 8 Blitz
 On July 19 our under 8s travelled to Ballymore for the latest county blitz. We had 20 young hurlers in attendance and we got to play 4 matches, v Lough Lene Gaels, Fr. Daltons 1, Fr. Daltons 2 & Castletowngeoghan.
We got to build on our successful trip to Croke Park and everyone got to play in all games on a warm summers morning, scoring loads of goals with great hurling. Next up we play Oliver Plunketts and Birr.

Tuesday 29th July 7:30 : Intermediate Championship Venue Moate Southern Gaels v Fr.Daltons
Tuesday 29th July : U10 and U8 League, Venue Robinstown Oliver Plunketts v southern Gaels
Wednesday 30th.July : U12 League , Venue Edgeworthstown:  Wolfe Tones  v Southern Gaels.

Summer Coaching Sessions
Over the last number of summers, we held very successful summer hurling coaching/games sessions for Under 8s, 10s and 12s. This year Summer Hurling sessions will be organised in Páirc Chiaráin during August for 7 to 12 year olds if there’s sufficient interest. Sessions will be held on Tuesday to Thursday each week during August.
   To determine if it is feasible to run the coaching sessions we need to know the level of interest and are asking parents to indicate if they are interested in sending children before confirming if the sessions will go ahead. The sessions will run from August 11th to August 13th and from August 25th to August 27th. This year we are asking for a small donation towards cost of running the sessions/securing coaches. All sessions will be run by qualified coaches/club mentors.  Times 9.30 to 13.00   (snack break at 11.00)    
Cost   15 euro per week (per family)

We are also asking for a non-refundable deposit of 5 euro for each week being attended and the balance to be paid on the first day each week. Please contact Dermot Whelan 0876813243 or Martin Geary 0872253350 or text your interest to relevant team mentor before August 1 so we can plan and confirm sessions.

Trip to Croke Park
 The club are planning a trip to Croke Park for All Ireland Semi Final between Cork and Tipperary on August 17. Our under 8s and under 10s will play Lucan Sarsfield on route. If interested (TEXT back: CORK with Adult, Child Numbers for Tickets/Bus) to your mentors.

Club Draw
The Club 200 Draw is now up for subscription. There is €650 in prizes each month. Tickets are €120 a year by cash or direct debit. Tickets can be purchased from any club member and there is a limit of 200 members.

club notes 30/06/2014

posted 30 Jun 2014, 03:33 by Martin Geary

Long Puck:

Congratulations to Seán Dowd on winning the Westmeath Long Puck competition. Special Best of luck to Seán next Thursday, where he will represent the county in the Leinster competition.

Under 10 Blitz, St. Oliver Plunketts, June 28 With Bainisteoir Danny McMonagle at the helm, there was always going to be a different game plan and players responded well with a day of tough, physical, supportive, high quality hurling.

First up were Lough Lene Gaels whom this team had never met in 2014. Both teams got a shock with how little space and time you got on the ball, having to battle extremely hard to gain any possession. One player who rose above the rest was Oisín O’Flaherty who’s fielding on the day was far superior than anyone on the pitch and it paid off allowing him to gain space to take manys a fine score. Preventing the scores, was the inform Michael Dolan who controlled the backline, catching and clearing anything that came near him, class. It was great to welcome back Cian Geary so early from his serious operation 4 weeks ago and he responded by playing superbly in goals for the day. He came out great to anything dropping short, while shot-stopping any tough strikes and unleashing his own long range puck-outs to set us up on attack. One great attack of note was Oisín Flynn to courageously raise a ball from a melee, break out and strike a ferocious shot to give the goalie no chance. We marched on victorious to next take on Castlepollard who had some fine big good hurlers. First to step up to the challenge was Bobby Nugent who took the game by the scruff of the neck and got stuck in with some superb catches all over the field. Then with his accuracy and support play it allowed him the space pick off a few scores. Also magnificent, especially in central defence, was Dano McMonagle. His deft pickups from the middle of a crowd were definitely the quickest on the pitch and his ball distribution was a telling factor in the Gaels controlling the game. If bravery was ever needed in Hurling, there was none so brave as Diarmuid Murtagh. One of the biggest CastlePollard forwards was thundering through on goal, but Diarmuid bravely ran out to tackle him and prevent a sure goal, taking no consideration for his own safety and being blown aside in preventing the sure goal. Then he dusted himself off and battled on. Similar bravery was also on display by Luke Farrell. One of the smallest in the forward line, he was battling tirelessly without scoring until he courageously took them all, on by bursting into a crowd to scoop the ball up, breaking out through them all, taking a touch to clear into space and then let off a fantastic strike to give the keeper no chance. Next up were Cullion, who unfortunately had not as many players as us, but Dano McMonagle and Luke Farell very sportingly played with the opposition to torment our own squad. Ryan Fallon literally gave them nothing in this game and showcased his superior hurling to keep Cullion out. Up front Ellis Hynes, having battled and supported all day got his due reward by breaking past a few defenders and placing the sliotar past the keeper. Great to see on the score sheet here too was Diarmuid Murtagh and Cian Geary who got a chance in the forward line and took the opportunity to sign-off on a great Hurling Blitz by all involved, unbeaten for the day. Many thanks to the travelling supportive parents.

Panel for the Day: Dano McMonagle, Luke Farrell, Oisín O’Flaherty, Cian Geary, Oisín Flynn, Bobby Nugent, Ryan Fallon, Michael Dolan, Diarmuid Murtagh, Ellis Hynes. Bainisteoir Danny McMonagle.


Minor League: Southern Gaels 1-13 St. Brigids, Rochfortbridge 1-8 A cracking game of hurling. Great to see Diarmuid Martin and Kevin Dolan making their Debut at this level.


Junior League: Southern Gaels 0-18 Brownstown 1-8 It was fine free-flowing game of hurling on a fabulous evening. Team for the night was:

Paddy Kelly, Cillian Coyle, Donal Hurley, Pat Flynn, Shane Galvin, Alan Kennedy, Kieran Keogh, Jason Ryan, Sean Kilgarrif, Tony O’Keefe, Frank Kelly, Fionn Dowd, Colin Larkin, Martin Geary & Adrian Garvey.

Subs: Louis Page for M. Geary, Darragh Kelly for F. Kelly, Ciaran Connolly for C. Larkin


Upcoming Games: Minor League v Turin, July 2, 19:00, Pairc Chiarain. Junior Championship v Brownstown, July 4, 19:30, Pairc Chiarain. Intermediate Championship v  Raharney, July 08, 19:30, Ballymore.


Congratulations to Athlone on doing so well in Feile 2014.

club notes 23/06/2014

posted 30 Jun 2014, 03:32 by Martin Geary

Under 8s Blitz, Cusack Park, Mullingar, June 19


It was a fabulous showcase evening for the future hurling stars in Westmeath's headquarters. On the night we played: Castletown Geoghegan, Wolfe Tones, and Brownstown twice, during which we managed to come out victorious in all games. The tackling and first time hurling was great to see.

The strong Panel for the evening in which we had enough for 2 teams  were: Sean Cosgrove, Leon Macken, TJ Turley, Lee Turley, Sean O Donoghue, Kyle Mahon, Sean O Neill, Stephen O Connor, Cathal Hardiman, Cormac Murphy, Eoin McCormack, Cillian Geary, Ruairí O Duibhir, Ruairí Dolan, Liam O Flaherty, Shane Wheatley, Cormac Bradley, Nathan Corcoran.

After the games, we had a photo shoot and got to march up the steps where each player had a chance to lift the county senior hurling bus. Our next game will be in Croke Park versus a Kilkenny team, for which there will be great interest and we're looking forward to the day trip on July 14.


Under 12 Report v Crookedwood


Crookedwood were the visitors on Wednesday last to a very warm Pairc Ciaran for our Under 12s fourth game in this years league. Despite missing five of our key players, the team performed excellently in what was their toughest game to date.


Southern Gaels played against the wind in the first half and took a while to settle before Chulainn Dowd registered their first and only score of the half; a goal. Crookedwood hit back with a goal of their own just before half time, leaving the game nicely balanced.


The wind was crucial in the second half and Gaels took advantage. In particular Seán Fox, Eamonn Martin and Seán Murphy were able to take advantage with good long clearances and the scores followed. Chulainn scored 1.2 whilst Crookedwood did score 0.2 from frees. A great goal from Rory Kilgariff was followed by two more points from Chulainn leaving the final score 3.4 to 1.2.Everyone on the team battled really hard and we were fortunate that three of our Under 10s – Eoin Hardiman, Johnny Martin and Michael Dolan - came along to fill the gap of our missing players. Four wins from four is a great start but there are some hard games to come.


The team and subs were Seán Fox, Cian O Súilleabháin, Eamonn Martin, Seán Murphy, Michael Dolan, Peter Mulvihill, Chulainn Dowd, Eoin Hardiman, Darragh Elliot, Rory Kilgariff, Niall Scully. Subs used Johnny Martin, Rory Kane and Joe Sweeney.


Best of luck to the Adult Intermediate team who will be playing Turin in the next round of the championship very soon. 

Southern Gaels hurling club notes 9/6/2014

posted 9 Jun 2014, 02:46 by Kieran McCarthy

Intermediate Championship
Clonkill 2-18   Southern Gaels  2-12
Played in Cusack Park last Sunday this was very much a game of two halves with the wind influencing proceedings throughout. Clonkill raced into the lead with an impressive 1-6  without reply. Fionn Dowd's accuracy from frees kept Gaels in the game as he slotted over four in the opening half. Jamie Anders added a point from play but with Clonkill hitting 1-13 it seemed all over at half-time. Luke Folan tormented the Athlone side's defence as he accounted for 1-4. Philip Dowdell and Ian Farrell also turned in impressive performances.
However, Southern Gaels were a transformed outfit in the second half with wind advantage. Two pointed frees from Fionn Dowd and goals from play from Dermot Carey and the superb Sean Kilgarriff had them right back in the game within ten minutes. The sides swapped a few scores but with five minutes Gaels had cut the deficit to two points. Duncan, Hurley, Keogh and Cronin were excellent in defence and the forwards would score a total of 2-7 for the half. Certainly they had Clonkill worried and only a last minute goal from Enda Morrison made them secure. The Athlone side if they can kick on from this display, on their return to Intermediate hurling after five years, will have a big say in the championship. 
Southern Gaels: Paddy Grace, Jonathan Keogh, Kieran Duncan (Capt), Donal Hurley, Patrick Flynn, Eoghan Cronin, Sean Carey, Jason Ryan, Sean Kilgarriff (1-1), Dermot Carey (1-1), Tony O'Keeffe, Fionn Dowd (0-8, 7f, 1'65), Ronan Farrell, MJ Kelly (0-1) and Jamie Anders (0-1).
Subs: AlanKennedy (Ryan), Trevor Farrell (S Carey) and Colin Larkin (Anders)

Under 12 v Longford Slashers
Southern Gaels Under 12s travelled to play Longford Slashers on Wednesday the 4th of June and recorded their third win on trot having previously overcome Wolfe Tones and St.Brigid’s Rochfortbridge.
The Gaels played with the wind in the first half and after a couple of early wides, Niall Scully opened the scoring with a good goal. As the half progressed, the lads got more into their stride with Niall Scully and Cian McCarthy causing havoc in front of the Slasher’s goals. They were helped greatly in the forwards by Rory Kane, Joe Sweeney and Eoin McCarthy. At half time Southern Gaels led by 7.1 to 2.0.
The second half was a more evenly contested affair with Gaels outscoring Slashers by 3.4 to 2.1. The Gaels defence was under more pressure against the breeze but Sean Murphy, Cian O’Suilleabhain, Peter Mulvihill and Evan Farrell all played great stuff. They were helped greatly by Sean Fox in goals and Eamon Martin, Chulainn Dowd and Rory Kilgarrif who dominated the midfield area. In the second half there was a much better spread of scores with Rory Kilgarrif, Eamon Martin, Niall Scully, Peter Mulvihill and Chulainn Dowd all picking off some nice scores with the final score 10.5 to 4.1.
Many thanks to all the parents who travelled and referee Pat Flynn.

Under 8 Blitz, Robinstown.
With the thunder roaring in the background, Southern Gael Under 8’s roared onto the pitch and flung into action against Clonkill.
Cormac Bradley eagerly commanded the backline, ably assisted by TJ Turley who fronted up well to anyone challenging the goal.
Up front Liam O’Flaherty was attacking the ball well, while Eoghan West was getting involved and chasing down the ball which ensured we won the game.
Next up was Fr. Daltons, which was a sterner test. Gearoid McCarthy did some great ground hurling while Stephen O’Connor had his best spell of tackling.
Daithí O Leochain showed how to play in the full back line, marking up well and coming out to attack and clear the ball.
Lee Turley really got involved in this game and cleared some great ball around the middle of the field.
Up front, it was Sean O’Neill’s day for sure and he bagged a fabulous hatrick, against a tough defence, to see us take the victory.
For the final game, we squared up to Raherney, who were the toughest team of the day. Nathan Corcoran was outstanding in midfield and tirelessly put himself everywhere possible to keep Southern Gaels in the match.
Cillian Geary displayed his experience and composure at this grade to clean-up anything that came near our goal to ensure we kept a clean sheet. Unfortunately we were not able to break them down up front and it ended all square.
We had 11 great Hurlers on the Day, who got soaked on occasion, but the Ice-Creams after made it all worthwhile.
The hurlers were: Liam O’Flaherty, Eoghan West, Cormac Bradley, Lee and TJ Turley, Gearóid McCarthy, Nathan Corcoran, Cillian Geary, Daithí O’Leochain, Stephen O’Connor and Seán O’Neill

Under 12, Wednesday  18th June 2014, 7:00 PM Pairc Ciarán, Athlone: Southern Gaels v Crookedwood
Under 12 Wednesday 02nd July 2014 18:30 Brownstown vs Southern Gaels Fr O' Reilly Memorial Park
JHC B Tuesday 10/06/2014 19:30 Delvin vs Southern Gaels Delvin
ACHL Division 4, Delvin vs Southern Gaels Delvin
ACHL Division 5,  Southern Gaels vs Brownstown Pairc Ciarain

Best wishes
The club would like to wish a speedy recovery to coach Enda dowd.

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