Southern Gaels Hurling club notes 10/9/2012

posted 10 Sep 2012, 05:51 by Kieran McCarthy
All-Ireland Hurling Final Day Festivities
Sunday September 9th saw our inaugural All-Ireland Hurling Final Day Festivities, with the Poc Fada kicking off at 2.30pm.
The Enthusiasm was evident especially with the kids practicing all around the pitch.
There was some hotly contested categories, but none more so than the "Mammies" group.
It was great to see so many partaking but a fantastic strike by Sharon Cox was not to be beaten.
A sincere Míle Buíochas to all who entered, from the Young to the Old. So for 2012, the Southern Gaels Poc Fada Champions were:
Age Group : Winner
      3  Dara Geary
      4         Sophie Slevin
      5         Daithí O Leochain
      6         Cillian Geary
      7         Dano McMonagle
      8         Cian Geary
      9         Chulainn Dowd
     11:        Eoin Slevin
     12:        Joe Reidy
     13         Seán Dowd
     14:        Eoin Fahey
     15         Fionn Dowd
     16         Adrian Garvey
Mothers         Sharon Cox
We then watched the Hurling Final in Athlone GAA Club House, Many thanks to Michael for opening the bar. All present were treated to a thrilling game, before the Presentation of Poc Fada certs to the winners after the match. We didn't get time to contest the Fathers or Players section, but luckily the Match was a Draw, so we'll have another go at finishing it off on September 30th.
Club BBQ
On Friday 21st September 2012 we are holding our Club BBQ in The Olive bar at 9pm.
Draw for All Ireland Football Tickets and Club Draw will take place at BBQ 
Coaching course
Westmeath GAA are holding a GAA Coaching, Foundation Level course in hurling. Any parent interested in helping out are encouraged to sign up for this by contacting Kieran McCarthy:
This will be held in Athlone: Thursday September 20: 7 – 10 & Saturday September 22  9.30 – 1.30
Many thanks to Derek Nugent from TriAthlone who recently sponsored water bottles for all of our teams.
The club would like to send it's condolences to the McHugh family of ArdnaGrath, Athlone on the untimely passing of Jim McHugh. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
Our Junior team had a good workout in a challenge match versus Tremane on the 6th of September in Pairc Chiaran. We were missing a few of our regular players but this gave some of those in contention for starting places a chance to stake their claim. In particular John Stapelton, James Larkin and Kieran Carey played well on the night. The final score was Southern Gaels 1-18 to Tremane 2-20. This sets us up nicely for our final group game against Turin on Tuesday night in Pairc Chiaran. All support is welcome as the lads look to qualify for the semi-finals.
Under 10
Our under 10 team had a challenge v St Dominics Knockcroghery on Wednesday 5th September. We had 14 players line out on the night and ended up drawing. Eoin Slevin and Peter Mulvihill were goalscorers on the night while Cian McCarthy was our main point scorer. Our next match is the finals of the Westmeath U-10 leagues which are down for the 11th of September in Cusack park. We will have a match report here next week.
Under 8's:  Challenge v St Dominics Knockcroghery Wednesday 5th September. More Info Ref:
We had a fantastic turnout of 27 players, with nearly every player wearing their full kit of matching Shorts, Socks, Jersey and Helmet. It was an impressive spectacle.
This outing was the first official match for a number of Academy players, notably Andrew O'Connor, Ruairí O Duibhir, Toby Heavey, Gearoid McCarthy, Daithí O Leochain, Nathan Corcoran and Kyle Mahon who all played very very well.
We split the players into two groups based on ability. This ensures children are playing against others at their own level and get more action and chance to be involved.
On this occasion our older team  were too strong for St Dominics. There was some great displays of ground hurling on right and left sides. Callum Devaney had a great game on his return.
Dano McMonagle hit a super shot to hit the crossbar and over for a point. In the best move of the game, with great first time hurling involving Cian Geary clearing
the ball up the wing before Paidi O'Leochain sent the ball into the middle , where it was met by Ryan Fallon who pulled first time on his left side, only for the ball to go inches wide
and send the umpire scarpering off to get the ball it was hit so well. Luke Farrell and Kian Mitchell and Oisin OFlaherty were keeping the St Dominics back line busy with their constant attacks while Sinead McCullough, Luke Whelan, Donagh McCormack did some great work in defence.
In Match 2, Martin was letting the game flow and in particular Oisin Flynn, who must of covered every blade of grass and scored numerous goals, even one from the middle of the pitch.
This game saw Alex Devaney make many great saves, allowing Edward Cleary and Ellis Hynes to keep the ball flowing up field, for the likes of Liam Ward and Lorcan McCormack to get on the Ball with Cillian Geary, a regular goal scorer, nipping in for one. Luke O'Connell was solid in defence as was Conor Devins who nearly scored a fantastic goal from a puck out. A great game of hurling by all.
Next Blitz is in Longford this Saturday 15th September at 11.00 leaving GAA at 10.00 sharp. Usual Training Tuesday at 6.30 Páirc Chiarán
5 & 6 year old Fun Hurling: Tuesday 6.30-7.30, Saturday 3-4, Páirc Chiarán. New Players: contact Martin 0872253350 More Info: