Southern Gaels Hurling club notes 1/10/2012

posted 1 Oct 2012, 05:46 by Unknown user
All-Ireland Final
We continued with the Hurling All-Ireland Final Festivities for the Replay. with some of the most coveted Long Puck Titles up for grabs. With the wind at his heels, Dermot Whelan, our Club Goalie, hit a belter to surpass the rest and take the Long Puck title for the players section. For the Dads section it was Martin Geary who was able to out-puck the rest. With Crisps and drinks for all the kids supporting, it was into the Clubhouse for the highly anticipated final. However, with most supporting Galway, it never really took off and the half-time grub was a welcome boost. So Congratulations to Kilkenny and keep up the Long Puck practice to take next years titles.
 
Junior challenge versus Wolfe Tones
Last Saturday the 29th we entertained Wolfe Tones in Pairc Chiaran in a hurling challenge match. Wolfe Tones have their Longford final coming up and we have our Junior B semi final to look forward to. So this was excellent warm up for these matches. It was tit for tat during the opening half with Gavin Daly firing over some excellent points for the gaels. A Wolfe Tone goal opened up a gapbut quick thinking at the other end of the field found Frank Kelly loitering on the edge of the box from a quick free and he finished with aplomb. In the second half Ciaran Duncan, Trevor Farrell and Sean Carey gave Gaels an early platform in the half back line. Sean Carey even found time to surge forward and grab a point. Wolfe Tones came back strongly in the third quarter.
 
Under 10
There's no training this tuesday and training moves indoor Tuesdays 6-7 & Saturdays 3-4, St. Aloysius Hall from October 9th.
 
 Under 8
Training Moves INDOOR October 9th, Tuesdays 6-7 & Saturdays 3-4, St. Aloysius Hall. Must wear White Sole Runners   New Players: contact Dermot 0876813243 Ref: www.tinyurl.com/sg-under8
      On Friday 28th Our Under 8s travelled to Castletown Geoghan for the last county blitz of the year. We had a great turnout of 20 players despite the gloomy conditions. Luck was on our side and the rain showers passed before the start of the blitz. Southern Gaels were the only team to travel so ourselves and Castletown Geoghan split our groups into two teams based on ability. In the younger group, we gave some of our players to Castletown so all could play and remove need for subs to be used. Lorcan McCormack and Liam Ward caused us some worry while playing for Castletown Lorcan hit a super shot that just went wide and ended 25 yards the other side of the goal. Liam even put one in the net for the home side. Well done Liam. Its great to see everyone trying their best even when playing against their own team. We'll need to be more careful who we lend out next time!! Cathal Hardiman and Kian Mitchell got some early goals to give us a good start. Cillian Geary was covering most of the pitch and kept their attack well away from our goal. Conor Devins and Edward Cleary were standing out with some great tackling whenever Castletown had the ball. Luke Farrell was pulling first time to hit great shots to put the Castletown defence under pressure when in attack and then helped out in defence with some great clearances
      In the older group it was the last chance for these dedicated set of Under 8 Players to showcase their talents at this Age Level in County Westmeath for 2012. They didn't disappoint either. Our goal was well marshaled by Eoin Hardiman with a great defensive pairing of Sinead McCullough and Callum Devaney who marked well and pounced on any incoming threat. With a strong trio in midfield of Donagh McCormack, Paidi O'Leocháin and Cian Geary we were always going to command this game, and that they did to great effect, allowing very little ball past them. In the forward line was the formidable pairing of Oisin O'Flaithearta and Dano McMonagle, who after some initial misses, got their partnership into gear to set each other up to score a few goals. Then on came our super subs. Luke Whelan took a firm grip on Defence and read the play great, to intercept and clear many balls, stopping any attack they could muster. Oisin O'Flynn took the midfield slot and covered great ground to set up many an attack while Alex Devaney went up front to torment the opposition. In the second half, we loaned out Cian and Paidi to test our own players, and Alex knew all about it with Cian laying him out with a firm shoulder. But that didn't deter Alex as he was up again into the thick of it. Oisin O'Flaithearta had one fantastic individual goal. He received the sliotar in his own half cleared from Donagh. He turned and dribbled it into the forward line before playing a one-two with Dano, and on receiving the return pass, buried it on the run, into the bottom corner. So it's an Under 8 farewell to Westmeath for allot of these players, but they've remained unbeaten in County Blitzes throughout the year. We wish them all well as they move up to under 10, but it'll be a chance for allot of the younger players to step up and fill their boots.
 
Academy
5 & 6 year old Fun Hurling Moves INDOOR October 10th, Wednesday 6-7 & Saturdays 3-4, St. Aloysius Hall. Must wear White Sole Runners . New Players: contact Diarmuid 0877751152 Ref: www.tinyurl.com/sg-academy
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