Southern Gaels Hurling Club Notes 10/02/2014

posted 10 Feb 2014, 07:01 by Kieran McCarthy

Committee Meeting 

First Committee Meeting took place end of January and the Club began planning for the new season.

The club entered two Adult teams for 2014. One Intermediate and also a Junior B team.


Adult Hurling

Training restarted Wednesday January 29th in preparation for an Intermediate Cup fixture on February 8th.

A good opening session with a mix of Hurling Drills and running the late dinner out of the players on very soft ground.

The first week of February is not normally associated with hurling season, but it was in 2014.

An Intermediate Cup match versus St Brigids was fixed for Saturday 8th February in Rochfortsbridge.
However, given the weather over the previous number of weeks , most pitches in Westmeath were unplayable.
As a result of that, Southern Gaels played there first competitive Adult fixture on astro turf in St Lomans, Mullingar.
There was no pitches available to train on in the week leading up to the Season opener so the AIT running track was the location for second  training session of the year.

Having won junior B championship in 2013, Management team were keen that the fitness levels of team would be improved drastically so the players were forewarned to expect a tough one. Some decided to have tea anyway and will for sure not do that again in a hurry! The drop-out rate was high, with a solid hour of stop start sprint running, to wear down the fittest of players to barely crawl over the finishing line. The double dose of 10 minute torture trek, saw the biggest casualties.


Under Age Hurling:

Unfortunately, Underage indoor Training which was due to start back on February 4th for U6 to U12s was postponed due to Mock exams in Marist School. Restarts now February 18th

Training restarts February 18th indoor in Marist College Sports Hall, Retreat Road. Under 5, 6, &  10 to 13: Wednesdays 6.00 - 7.00.  Under 7 to 10: Tuesdays 6.30 - 7.30 & Fridays 6.00 - 7.00.  New members are welcome. Helmets and hurls will be supplied to beginners.

See Club website for more details:


Intermediate Cup

Southern Gaels  1-14   St Brigid's  0-7

Newly promoted Southern Gaels got the year off to the perfect start with a win in the Intermediate Cup quarter final last Saturday.

The game was played on a wet and windy St Loman's astro-turf pitch in Mullingar.

The Athlone side started brightly and were four points to the good before a pointed free saw St Brigids register their first score. Gaels continued to dominate but missed a number of scorable chances.

A goal from Jamie Anders and two additional points had them well ahead but a lapse in concentration saw St. Brigid's get the last three points of the half to trail 0-4  to 1-5 at half time.

The second half saw Gaels back in control with Sean Carey, Kieran Duncan and M.J. Kelly controlling things around the middle of the field. They were rewarded with nine second half points to ease to victory.

With seven scorers from play it was a good display from Gaels who now play Ringtown in the semi final.( Time and date to be confirmed).


Patrick Flynn, Cathal Mc Givern, Eoghan Cronin, Killian Coyle, Shane Galvin, Kieran Duncan, Trevor Farrell, Sean Carey (0-2), M.J. Kelly (0-2), Jamie Anders (1-0), Tony O'Keeffe (0-6, 5f), Ronan Farrell, Sean Kilgarriff, Declan Finn and Fionn Dowd (0-2)

Subs C. Foley (0-1) for Galvin, Darragh Kelly (0-1) for Foley, Paul Kehoe for Trevor Farrell.