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.