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.