O'Loughlin Gaels GAA 1-16 to 3-19 Cuala GAA
What a great occasion for GAA Clubs and their communities the AIB Club Championship is, and last Sunday saw a huge crowd from St. John’s Parish travel to O’Moore Park to support the club. For that everyone at O’Loughlin Gaels is very grateful. The result was disappointing as Cuala were without a shadow of a doubt the better team and from what we witnessed in Portlaoise last Sunday they will be very difficult to beat in this competition. Fair play to the O’Loughlins lads though, they kept in close contact for much of the came but with the kitchen sink been thrown in towards the end of the game the flood gates opened up and Cuala finished out impressive winners. But for the heroics of goal keeper Stephen Murphy though, the final deficit could have been far greater. Stephen put in a very impressive performance and pulled off point blank, reflex and rebound saves on numerous occasions and managed to score a long range pointed free also that earned him a shortlisting for the man of the match accolade. Martin Comerford emptied the tank as usual and Eddie Kearns can’t be faulted for his efforts to stem the tide. A poor day on the field of play but the occasion brought the best out in the community. The preparations , the words of support from the local schools and the gathering in the club for support demonstrates that O’Loughlin Gaels club and it’s supporters is one of the best in the GAA. All at O’loughlin Gaels GAA would like to thank everybody involved in preparing the teams, in administering the club, sponsors and all the clubs members and friends for their continued support. O’Loughlin Gaels are Kilkenny Senior Hurling County Champions and we’re very proud.
Team: S. Murphy, A. Forristal, A. Kearns, E. Kearns, A. O’Brien, B. Hogan, H. Lawlor (0-1), P. Deegan (0-2), P. Butler, A. Geoghegan , M. Kelly ( 1-1), D.Loughnane (0-1), S. Johnston (1-0) , M. Bergin (1-8, 4f), M. Comerford, (0-4). S. Bolger , D. Burke, S. Mahony, E. Grant
B. Leydon, G. Bryan, P. Cantwell, C. Loy, N. Bergin, T. Gleeson, D. Lenihan, F. Brennan, M. Gibbons, S. Parsons, D. O’Connor, G. Kelly, J. Nolan, P. Byrne
Manager: A. Fogarty
Selectors: N. Skehan, D. Shelly, M Holohan
Fitness Trainer: M.Comerford