Southern Gaels hurling club notes 26/05/2014

posted 26 May 2014, 04:00 by Kieran McCarthy
Club Golf Classic
The club's annual Golf Classic takes place in Moate Golf Club on the June Bank Holiday Monday June 2nd. Teams of four cost €100 and you can ring Vera at 087 2957479 The time sheet runs from 10.30 to 2.00. Anyone wishing to sponsor a tee box for €50 can ring Kevin at 087 7989941

Intermediate Challenge
Southern Gaels  2-17  Padraig Pearses, Galway  4-13

This game played in Ballymacward last Saturday and proved to be very entertaining and high scoring. There was little between the sides all through and the quality of hurling was top class. Fionn Dowd was accurate from frees and there were fine performances from Dermot Carey, Donal Hurley, Eoghan Cronin and Shane Galvin. With championship matches in both Junior and Intermediate coming up soon it proved a valuable workout for the panel.
Team: Breen Elliott, Jonathan Keogh, Donal Hurley, Fergus Gronendijk, Shane Galvin, Eoghan Cronin, Patrick Flynn, Dermot Carey (0-3), M J Kelly (0-1), Colin Larkin, Tony O'Keeffe (0-1), Fionn Dowd (1-11 ), Marin Geary, Louis Page (1-1) and Adrian Garvey. Subs: Sean Dowd (Garvey) and Killian Coyle (Gronendijk).

The trip to Tipp
A group of Southern Gaels juveniles and their parents got to witness the Munster Senior Hurling Championship first hand on Sunday.
The club organised a bus and our U8s, U10s and parents made the trip south to Thurles for the Munster Quarter Final meeting.
In a contest where Waterford dominated the first half, Cork made an exciting comeback to have everyone on edge of their seats.
On the way to Thurles we stopped in Banagher for some action of our own, where we took on St Rynaghs of Offaly.

U10 v St.Rynaghs
Dano McMonagle started the scoring with a well taken point. Calum Devaney and Diarmuid Murtagh played full back and very little got past them.
Calum dominated that line and made some terrific breaks and clearances up the pitch striking on his left and right. Diarmuid made some great interceptions to put the attackers off their shots.
Cian Geary (Captain and free taker for the day) was unlucky with some narrow wides. Cian was roaming the middle and putting some good ball into our forwards.
Eoin Hardiman in the half back line showed some fine skill getting the ball up quickly in crowded area and striking long clearances up the pitch while on the run.
Johnny Martin accompanied Eoin at half back and Johnny made numerous clearances after breaking free of attackers while under pressure.
In the second half Dano hit the post with a sideline cut from one side of the pitch while Luke Whelan drove a sideline cut narrowly wide from the other side
and was unlucky later when a skilful overhead flick went narrowly wide.
Paidi OLeochain and Bobby Nugent player Centre field and were tenacious and skilful when required. Both showed their tackling and striking under pressure
taking fine scores from various angles all over the pitch. At start of second half the St Rynaghs lads piled on the pressure with some tough pulling.
Oisin OFlaherty played centre forward and made some good scoring opportunities but the highlight was his tackling and blocking.
Whenever one of the opposition got the ball into their hand, Oisin with perfect timing closed them down and made some fabulous blocks.
In the 2nd half Oisin pounced a a poor clearance and made space for himself and drove a powerful shot to the net.
Luke Farrell got the ball up a number of times and was unlucky not to score after some terrific efforts.
Ryan Fallon was denied a goal when he hit a powerful strike but somehow the goal keeper managed to deflect it in a spectacular save.
In the 2nd Half Eoin scored two fine points when switched into midfield, Dano added a number of scores near the end to finish the match in fine style.
A number of players took turns in goal and we swapped positions so most players got to try out a few different positions during the game.
On this particular day we had more players at U10 than Rynaghs and they had more Under 8s so we took a few of our U10s
and they joined up with our Under8s so there were no substitutions needed and everyone got to play the full match.
Thanks to Alex,Oisin,Odhran, Dara and Roisin for strengthening our U8 team.

U8 v St. Rynaghs
Many thanks to St. Rynaghs who hosted our under 8s on their way to see the Munster championship opening match. We had enough players for 2 games of 12 aside.
We started very strong and owned the ball for the first 10 minutes. We were camped in the opposition’s half. However with some great striking, we were not able to break them down and score, with Róisín and Odhran coming closest.
St Rynaghs then settled and upped their intensity and tackling. Our players were not used to such heavy tackling which unfortunately let St Rynaghs in for a number of scores, despite Ruairí and Kyle’s outstanding performances in defence.
We battled back well, in particular Shane in the middle of the field, but if we are to take this team on again, our tackling will have to improve - it was eye opener for all, and something that will have to be worked on in training and in the upcoming matches.
We got one great score from end to end, where Kyle drilled a puck out to Cillian, who collect well and drove the ball into the onrushing Liam who nicely slotted the ball past the keeper.
Oisín made some great puck-outs during his stint in goal with Cathal and Gearoid battling well as they were moved all over the field.
The Squad for this Game were: Liam O’ Flaherty, Shane Wheatley, Cillian Geary, Ruairí Ó Duibhir, Róisín Ó Duibhir , Kyle Mahon, Gearoid McCarthy, Cathal Hardiman, Oisín Egan, Odhran Dolan.
In the final game, it was a terrific composed, assured performance with us overpowering the St Rynaghs opposition in a very entertaining match.
The first half was exclusively ground hurling where we applied pressure on the oppositions goals for most of the half demonstrating great striking of the ball skills learned in training, especially, Alex, Seán and Daithí.
All this pressure yielded some spectacular goals from Cormac, TJ, Oisín, and Alex to mention just a few. Everyone got stuck into the task and show cased their improving skills, while performing well as a team, in particular Cormac, Lee and Dara.
In the second half, when we switched to high hurling, TJ and Oisín excelled and showed all that practice is paying off. It was very encouraging to see 2 new Debutants at this level, with Donncha and Ruairí coming on, showing no fear and getting involved in the game.
Later on, St. Rynaghs came more into the game and were unfortunate not to get a score. Southern Gaels held their own and pulled away towards the end for a well-earned victory.
Our defence was excellent and we didn’t concede a score. The Squad for this Game were: Cormac Murphy, Seán O’Neill, Oisín Dolan, Ruairí Dolan, Sean Cosgrove, Daithí Ó Leochain, Donncha Lee, Lee Turley, TJ Turley, Dara Morris, Alex Devaney.

Wednesday 4th of June  U12 League Longford Slashers v Southern Gaels
Friday 30th of May, 19:00 Junior Hurling Championship Fr. Daltons v Southern Gaels

Good luck to all club members doing state and college exams over the next few weeks.
Also congratulations to Kieran Duncan and the rest of the Westmeath intercounty team on their win last weekend against London in the Leinster Senior hurling championship.