After Dicksboro’s disposal of Danesfort last week we now know that it’s a city derby at the weekend a big crowd will be expected at this one. The prize is a place in this year’s senior Championship semi-finals. The lads will be familiar with their neighbours but after having a couple of wins behind them Dicksboro are going to be a serious challenge. Every advantage will be sought by the team so let’s start with what we as supporters can do and go in large numbers. Let’s give our boys the support they deserve and drive them on in the hunt for championship glory.
The junior team have their championship match fixed for the weekend also with an encounter currently fixed against Ballyhale Shamrocks. Keep a close eye on the O’Loughlin Gaels Facebook and Twitter pages for updates on both these fixtures and also www.kilkennygaa.ie Best of luck to all our teams.
MINORS INTO CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINAL
A very bright evening in Danesfort was the setting for this game. The evening sun was a factor as both defences took their turns dealing with lowering sun. Ballyhale as expected came out strong hitting hard and not giving O’Loughlins any time to settle on the ball. The first ten minutes saw Ballyhale take a 1-2 to no score advantage as the ferocity of their play told. It wasn’t sustainable however and once the St. Johns side found their pace they always looked the better side. Not the comfortable side howeever as they could never get a complete stranglehold on the game. It wasn’t until the 14th minute that the first O’loughlin Gaels minor score came from a Shane Maher free. 6 wides throughout the first half was a poor return for the opportunities that presented themselves and the lads went into the half time break two points down 1-5 to 0-6. The second half saw the lads settle into the came in a more purposeful way. Sean Bolger who was arguably the best player on the field caused the Ballyhale midfield some headaches. Jack Lawlor was solidly consistent in the backs. Both players keeping the momentum up when others were finding it difficult. The flow was patchy but during periods of good play the O’loughlins lads had the capacity to make it count on the score board. Cian Loy got on the end of some good play finding the net on 44 minutes and the O’Loughlins support seemed to breath a collective sigh of relief. At that stage O’Loughlins had added 1-6 to Ballyhale’s 0-2 (f) since the restart. Ballyhale’s struggle was telling now and a lot of needless frees were awarded to the town side. It was a good nights work for the lads that sees them through to the Championship semi-final. Exactly where you’d want to be at the end of September. Keep up the good work lads.
U14s ROINN A COUNTY FINAL
The O’Loughlin Gaels u14s booked themselves a place in this year’s County Hurling Final by overcoming Bennettsbridge in a surprisingly one-sided affair on Saturday morning. Pitch and weather conditions were perfect and our young lads hit the ground running from the throw-in and didn’t stop. It will be a different story next weekend though when the boys face Erin’s Own in the final. Castlecomer are current league champions and already were the victors over O’Loughlins earlier in the year with a two point advantage at St. Johns Park. That was a good game and we expect no different on Saturday morning. It’s a mouth watering prospect with League Champions v our County Feile Champions. The match is currently fixed for 11am on Saturday morning at Ballyragget but keep an eye on the club pages for any changes. Good luck boys.
The work continues at juvenile level with the u6, u8s, u10s and u12s all reaching the final weeks of their respective seasons. The next two weeks sees the lads wind down with u8s and u10s playing out a home league where the boys will be divided into teams and pitted against each other in a series of games. Expect some ferocious play as cousin takes on cousin and neighbour challenges neighbour for the ultimate prize – bragging rights!!. Well done to all the youngsters and their mentors for all the work put into their hurling development.
U10s PLAY BALLYCALLAN BLITZ
The u10s took part in the Ballycallan end of year blitz last Saturday morning . The sun was shining, the sandwiches were flowing and most importantly the action was relentless. Two teams played matches each against Dicksboro, Gowran and Ballycallan in some epic matches. The high standard on display by all teams will be music to the ears of Kilkenny Hurling fans everywhere. After two tough games against Gowran and Dickboro it was the hosts who put up the final challenge to our teams. These were super games, hard fought, high skilled and high scoring. Nothing more could be asked of all the players and with both clubs sharing the spoils it was just rewards for two great sides. Well done to all our young Gaels and well done and thanks to Ballycallan GAA for a thoroughly enjoyable morning.
Hard luck to the O’Loughlin Gaels Junior Camogie team who gallantly went down to Gowran in the County Semi-Final at the weekend. Young Irelands had a very strong side and our girls struggled at times to keep up with the pace but their workrate kept them in the game and early in the second half just a single point separated the sides. However the Gowran girls pulled away towards the end and the scoreline finished 1-12 to 1-6. Well done to all the girls and their mentors for another good competitive year. Keep up the good work
JUVENILE PARTY BASH
As the juvenile camogie year came to an end on Saturday in St. John's Park, great fun was had by all O' Loughlin Gaels Camogie girls and their families. On a beautiful sunny morning, the under 6, 8, 10 and 12 groups celebrated an enjoyable sporting year with their team and mentors. The morning got off to a quick start with some camogie drills, and then the real fun of the day got underway. Teams and mentors gave their full attention to the serious business of the tug of war, where the competitive spirit of the adults involved was very evident. Co-ordination and teamwork were put to the test in the wooden ski race and camogie skills were on display as players skilfully weaved their way around the posts. Children and adults all enjoyed the feast provided by local businesses and the committee. It has been a great year, made possible by an incredible team of volunteers. A huge heartfelt thank you to children for turning up so regularly in such numbers, parents for bringing them and being so encouraging and helpful, transition year students for their big contribution, and finally, to the coaches and mentors who give so much of their time and energy to the teams in O' Loughlin Gaels. A big thanks too to all those who helped with the Camogie Shop during the year. It has been a great addition to the social fabric of the club and we look forward to it continuing on into the future. Well done to all. Enjoy the break and keep practicing.
There was no winner of last weeks Lotto. The numbers drawn were 8,16, 17 ,27 and the bonus number was: 14. Tickets can be bought from the usual selling agents or by asking at the clubhouse bar. Remember – if you’re not in; you can’t win the jackpot prize of €20,000.
JUVENILE BAG PACK –THANKYOU
Thanks to all those wo contributed to the Juvenile Section annual bag pack last weekend. Your contribution is very much appreciated as is the time offered by dozens of parents and volunteers over the two day bag pack. Thanks to Eurospar Newpark who are always on hand to offer their help towards the local community and O’Loughlin Gaels GAA is very grateful. Proceeds for the bag pack will go towards the upkeep of facilities and equipment used by our growing and vibrant juvenile section. Thank you.
The club boasts the best facilities for any sports club in the town. A full sized gym is available to hire for sports activities or indeed for your own clubs big fundraising event. With newly refurbished kitchen the facilities also include a function room for your family gathering, club gathering or conference. Paddy Green is on hand to take any bookings and facilitate your needs. Contact Paddy on 0861298329 or 056 7765036
Eucharistic Adoration takes place in Dunmore Church every Tuesday from 3-4pm. All are welcome.
10.30am choir will be resume on Sunday 4th October. New members are welcome.
St Joseph’s Young Priest Society
A meeting will take place in St John’s Presbytery on Monday 28th September at 11.00am (immediately after the 10.30am Mass) with a view to forming a Branch of the St Joseph’s Young Priests Society in St John’s Parish. All who are interested are asked and encouraged to attend.
Pilates( Body Control Pilates trained ) starting at the Dunmore hall for the older adult on a Wednesday at 10 am as well as a Wednesday evening class at 6.30 pm for all age groups .To sign up for this low impact exercise that will keep you fit and toned contact Emma on 0874313925 , classes are limited to no more than 12 people so early booking is advised .