Southern Gaels Hurling Club Notes 18/11/2013

posted 24 Nov 2013, 14:48 by Kieran McCarthy
Leinster Junior Hurling Championship

Mountmellick  0-10  Southern Gaels  0-8
Southern Gaels were somewhat unlucky to lose this Leinster Championship game played in Mountmellick last week.
Then home side enjoyed the benefit of a strong wind in the first half and made good use of it in the early stages with two points from Jimmy Hillard and a pointed free from Aidan Challoner. Gaels then tightened things in defense with Declan Finn and Kieran Duncan to the fore. Tony O'Keeffe pointed two frees and the Athlone side were back in the game. A superb pointed sideline cut from Michael Birmingham had Mountmellick back in front and they added a point from a free and from play again from Hillard. However, Gaels a similar score from Ronan Farrell to leave them 0-3 to 0-6 adrift at half time.
While the home side opened the second half with a pointed Challoner free Gaels had the next four to tie up the game midway through the half. A long range pointed free from goalkeeper Dermot Whelan was the leveling score. When Gaels won a penalty with ten minutes remaining O'Keeffe went for a goal but though well taken it was saved much to the relief of the home side. The sides swapped pointed frees and with a few minutes remaining extra time looked on the cards. However, a brace of late points from Hillard and Darren Young saw the Laois side victorious.
Best for Southern Gaels were Duncan, O'Keeffe, Eoghan Cronin and Alan Kennedy. The Laois side were well served by Bernard Rochford, Jimmy Hillard and Aidan Challoner.
Team: Dermot Whelan (0-1), Declan Finn, Kieran Duncan, Patrick Flynn, Jamie Anders, Eoghan Cronin, Sean Carey, Alan Kennedy (0-1), Jason Ryan, Adrian Garvey, Tony O'Keeffe (0-5), John Stapleton, Sean Kilgarriff, M. J. Kelly, and Ronan Farrell (0-1) Subs:Trevor Farrell (Anders), Conor Foley (Kilgarriff), Frank Kelly (R Farrell) and Colin Larkin (Foley)

Minor 'B' Championship
Brownstown   5-12   Southern Gaels  0-15
The concession of two first half goals and three in the second half proved the difference as Brownstown eased to victory in this championship match played in Archerstown last Sunday. Gaels proved excellent at points scoring throughout but never threatened the Brownstown goal. With home games to come against Lough Lene Gaels and Cullion two wins could still see them secure a semi final spot.

Club 200 Draw
Anyone interested in joining the club draw please contact Kevin Jordan 087 7989941 or any committee member. The draw costs €120 a year (€10 a month) and there are €620 in prizes each month, including a first prize of €250.

Minor 'B' Championship Fri 22 nd Nov Southern Gaels v Lough Lene Gaels Pairc Chiaráin at 7.30 and Sunday 24th Nov Southern Gaels v Cullion Pairc Chiaráin at 11.00

Votes of Sympathy were passed at the last meeting with the Ryan family Garrycastle and the Connellan family Coosan on their recent bereavements.