O'Loughlins 2-15 Lisdowney 0-09
A bright and calm, but cold, Jenkinstown was the venue for O'Loughlin Gaels u21A championship quarter final against Lisdowney on Sunday afternoon. The O'Loughlins boys, bouyed up no doubt by the Minors success a week earlier, came through this encounter successfully after a very stiff first half challenge from Lisdowney. In truth however O'Loughlins dominated much of the game and were worthy of their final scoring advantage.
Lisdowney started well going 2 points up after 4mins through their centre-forward and free taker Michael Kenny, who was probably Lisdowneys best player on the day. However good work from Daniel O'Connor and Ross Butler up front assisted Danny Lenihan in getting O'Loughlins first score on the 5th minute. This was quickly followed up by three quick scores from Daniel O'Connor whose workrate was telling and was proving to be a handful for the lisdowney defence. A goal and two points from Doc was quickly followed up by a well struck Shane Maher free earned by the industrious Davey Bourke. Lisdowney did get a point back when a shot on goal was superbly deflected over the bar by the very alert goalkeeping of Billy Leydon. O'Loughlins had by now got a firm grip on the game but Lisdowney freetaker Michael Kenny was keeping his team in with three more post splitting frees and a further point from play. However O'Loughlins dominance in midfield was proving to be the key factor of this first half. Fearghal Browne got himself on the score sheet and immediately from the puck out O'Loughlins intent was signalled by a superb catch from Davey Bourke who was hauled down by his marker for an O'Loughlins free. Quick thinking saw a short diagonal free aimed at Robbie Buckley who had cleverly ghosted to the wing and hit a superb point off his left to see O'Loughlins finish the half 1-08 to 0-07 in front.
The second half got underway with a blistering start from O'Loughlins with Ross Butler pointing and Daniel O'Conner reaping the maximum rewards by taking on the defence and hitting the net yet again. The writing was now on the wall after just two minutes of this second half. The dominance of O'Loughlins at midfield was further enhanced by 3 points from play by James Lenihan and 1 from Davey Bourke. Doc finished his total tally of 2-3 with a point before before the game was out. This was a good performance overall by O'Loughlins who move now to the semi-final stages of this competition with a good awareness of what they need to do to advance to the final.
O'Loughlins: Billy Leydon, Gary Bryan, Huw Lawlor, Shane Parsons, Vinny Wallace, Paddy Deegan, Robbie Buckley 0-1, James Lenihan 0-3, Davey Bourke 0-1, Ross Butler 0-1, Danny Lenihan 0-1, Fearghal Brennan 0-1, Shane Maher 0-4(fs), Daniel O'Connor 2-3, Danny Bolger. Sub's: D. O'Driscoll, Jack Lalor, Cian Loy, Paul Denieffe, Sheamie McGrath.
Management Team: Joe Nolan,Jimmy Comerford, Andy Comerford, Maurice Nolan, Paul Cleere.
There was no jackpot winner of this week’s club lotto. The numbers drawn were 7, 10, 21, 24 and the bonus number was: 3. 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. Best of luck!
Short Mat Bowls
Short Mat Bowling and Go For Life games are resuming in the Watershed on Tuesday the 4th November from 8 until 9pm. No experience is necessary. First night is free to all! Come along and try it out!
New Pilates Session
Commencing Wed 5th November, 2014 in the Dunmore Hall from 8.00 - 9.00 p.m. (7 weeks €55). All abilities catered for. Fully qualified Pilates Instructor. Places are limited so booking is essential. For further information please call Margaret at 086 8547710.
U11’s & U12’s Year End Bash
Our OLG boys at U11 & U12 grade had their end of season bash on Saturday last. The boys piled into our newly refurbished Gymnasium to play indoor soccer (bring back the ban!) ably ref’d by Pat O’Grady (Coach) and Sean MacNamara. Then followed a feast fit for kings, courtesy of Caesar’s Take Away. No less than multiple All-Ireland winner Andy Comerford was on hand to serve up Burgers, Chicken Nuggets, Snack Boxes and of course....buckets of chips to the ravenous mob!
Nigel Leydon (Manager) thanked the boys for their hard work and dedication over the years and wished them well on their graduation to the U14 ranks. Niall Bergin (Juvenile Chairman OLG) also thanked the players and their parents. The boys were then each presented with a gift back, courtesy of John O’Connell’s Haven Pharmacy.
The biggest treat of all though, was that three very special guests were on hand to do the presentations. Members of the victorious OLG Minor Championship winning team – Huw Lawlor (Captain), Ross Butler and Daniel (DOC) O’Connor took turns to shake the boys’ hands and wish them well. OLG would also like to take this opportunity to wish our U11’s & U12’s well for the future. We thank their parents for their dedication and look forward to seeing them grow from boys to men in the years to come.
November is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month during which the biggest fundraising activity for the Irish Cancer Society's Action Prostate Cancer programme happens – and it’s called MOVEMBER.
Movember is a global, not-for-profit, charitable event, in which those involved (with the required neck and the upper lip)grow a moustache only to have it shaved off at the end of the month. Truly incredible!!
Anyway, if you’d like to support the Irish Cancer Society's Action Prostate Cancer Programme, you can sponsor our own “Fr Movember” himself by throwing him a few bob. And who knows, with a bit of luck, he might do us all a favour and get rid of it before the end of the month!
Johnswell Sale of Work
Johnswell Development Committee will hold their annual Sale of Work on Sunday November 30th in Johnswell hall at 2pm. The usual sideshows include wheel of fortune, cake sale, bottle stall, raffle, books and vegetables, followed by an auction for sticks, farm produce etc.