Southern Gaels Hurling club notes 18/08/2014

posted 28 Aug 2014, 12:58 by Kieran McCarthy

Southern Gaels v Lucan Sarsfields U8 

Southern Gaels faced a physically stronger and older Lucan team in an entertaining ground hurling U8 fixture. Lucan put sustained pressure on the Gael’s back line for most of the first half resulting in a few conceded scores. Kyle battled hard in goals to keep Lucan at bay ably assisted by strong performances at the back from Gearoid, Daithi, Cillian and Shane to mention just a few. Well directed puck outs resulted in several close goal attempts for Southern Gaels. Midfield and the forwards fought hard to gain a foothold taking some heavy tackles in particular Cian and Cillian but they fought on bravely to the end of the match. It was very encouraging to see 2 new players at this level, with Donnacha and Darragh coming on, showing no fear against stronger opposition. Thanks to Lucan for hosting us and providing much appreciated refreshments after the game.


The squad for this game were: Gearoid McCarthy, Cillian Geary, Kyle Mahon, Cormac Bradley, Darragh Bradley, Shane Wheatley, Sean O’Neil, Ruairi Dolan, Daithi O’Leochain, Conor Hughes, Donnacha Lee, Cian Stack, Stephen O’Connor, Eoin McCormack

Southern Gaels v Lucan Sarsfields U10

Southern Gaels travelled to the capital to take on Lucan sarsfield in an intercounty challenge match on Sunday last. We were treated to an exhibition of hurling from both teams. Johnny Martin was excellent for Southern Gaels at centre back. Ryan Fallon did well with his puck outs. Dano McGonagle battled hard in defence. Oisin Flynn and Paidi O'Leochain were always dangerous in the forwards. On the day the men from the capital won the game.

Trip to Croke Park

 The club organised a bus to Croke Park for All Ireland Semi Final between Cork and Tipperary on August 17. Our under 8s and under 10s played Lucan Sarsfield on route. A great day was had by all, including very enjoyable challenge matches, generous hospitality by the host club in their clubhouse in Lucan, a good vantage point of the pitch and an enjoyable time in a playground near Croke park. Unfortunately Cork were unable to reproduce their munster championship winning performances. However a sign of the enjoyment of the day was the calls from the players for an impromptu training session after a long days travelling.


Intermediate Championship

St. Brigids 5-12 Southern Gaels 2-6

Our intermediates went down to St. Brigids in Shandonagh on Sunday last. Once again it was our younger players who led the way with 4 minors starting and 2 more coming on. All the lads playing worked really hard but Cullions greater strength told out in the end. We have one more match against Brigids to conclude our involvement in this year's championship. Therefore all players are encouraged to attend training so we can finish the campaign on a positive note. Training is on in Pairc Chiaran this Tuesday and Thursday at 7:45.


Wednesday 20th August 7:00 : U12 league Pairc Ciarán, Athlone: Southern Gaels v Ringtown

Thursday 21st August 7:00 : U14 League, Pairc Ciarán, Athlone: Southern Gaels v Ringtown        

Sunday 31st August : Intermediate championship Cullion v Southern Gaels.

Summer Coaching Sessions

Our second session of Summer coaching are due to kick off on August 25th to august the 27th. The first week went very well from the 11th to the 13th of August with the camp well attended and enjoyed by all the children. This next sessions will also be in Páirc Chiaráin. All sessions will be run by qualified coaches/club mentors.  Times 9.30 to 13.00   (snack break at 11.00)    Cost   15 euro per week (per family) We are also asking for a non-refundable deposit of 5 euro for each week being attended and the balance to be paid on the first day each week. If interested please contact Dermot Whelan 0876813243 or Martin Geary 0872253350 or text your interest to relevant team mentor.

Club Draw

The Club 200 Draw is now up for subscription. There is €650 in prizes each month. Tickets are €120 a year by cash or direct debit. Tickets can be purchased from any club member and there is a limit of 200 members.