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  secretary.southerngaels.westmeath@gaa.ie 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. 

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