The Continent made their debut in Group A of the senior hurling league against St Martin’s of Muckalee last Sunday. The match was played on a pristine pitch in Castlecomer’s Canon Kearns Park. The objectives were simple – to get two points on the board and to ensure a safe passage for several of our players who were making their senior league debuts. Padraig Meany, Martin Gibbons, Paddy Deegan and Sammy Johnston all got a first time feel for the white heat of Kilkenny club hurling on Sunday and each one acquitted himself well.
It was St Martin’s who opened their account first with a pointed free from John Maher in the second minute. Mark Bergin responded two minutes later with a trademark special from the main road side of the pitch. Davy Burke then chased and won a ball that didn’t have his name on it. The subsequent lay off was neat and precise & that man Mark Bergin supplied the finish to send OLG into a one point lead. There were early signs the team was gelling throughout the field. Brian Hogan (who would go on to have a great game) took one from the sky and fed Jack Nolan with a forty yard pass to set up another attack.
One of the defining scores of the game would come midway through the first half. Stephen Murphy left his goalkeeping duties to take a long range free a la Stephen Cluxton. The high lobbing ball was not dealt with effectively by the Muckalee defence. Davy Burke pounced and flicked the ball to the St Martin’s net – Cul - to give OLG a two point lead. Mark Bergin would add two more from play either side of a move that would see Martin Comerford link up with Jack Malone, who in turn fed Mark Kelly for a superb point from the county man. H/T: O’Loughlin Gaels 1-06, St Martin’s 0-04
Paddy Butler signalled his intentions early in the second half by taking a skyscraper from the clouds and feeding Mark Bergin for a long range special. Bergin would add two more frees but not before St Martin’s struck a brace of their own to stay in touch. With ten minutes to go – Sammy Johnston struck one of the scores of the game over his left shoulder – high and handsome, to maintain a six point cushion. John Doyle (an emerging U21 from last year) was sprung to freshen things up and it was this inspired move that would prove crucial to the match’s outcome. Davy Burke did the spade work by winning possession and then neatly slipped Doyle through for a one on one. Doyle didn’t have to be asked twice. He flashed a low hard driller off his left to rattle the net and effectively finish the contest. Doyle even raised his hand in celebration in what seemed a glimpse of things to come in this new era of Gaelic Games / Sky Sports razzmatazz! Muckalee would also find the net late in the game but more decisive scores by Conor Bergin, Mark Kelly and Mark Bergin would bring matters to a close in Castlecomer. F/T: O’Loughlin Gaels 2-13, St Martin’s 1-11. Stephen Murphy, Padraig Meany, Eoghan Grant, Eddie Kearns, Martin Gibbons, Brian Hogan, Paddy Deegan, Paddy Butler, Mark Bergin 0-9 (3 f’s), Conor Bergin 0-1, Martin Comerford, Sammy Johnston 0-1, Davy Burke 1-0, Mark Kelly 0-2 Jack Nolan. Subs used: John Doyle 1-0.
If you think your child would love to get the chance to meet and chat with a sporting hero; stay tuned for information about what promises to be a unique event being held in OLG clubhouse on Sunday May 18th next at 12:00 noon. Champions Sunday will also serve as a fundraiser to raise much needed money for Kilkenny Special Olympics athletes. These athletes will be competing in the Special Olympics All-Ireland finals in University of Limerick in June. It’ll be a great day – more details to follow.
There was no jackpot winner of the club lotto. The numbers drawn were: 17, 20, 21 & 22. The bonus number was 11. Tickets can be purchased from authorised club officials or from the clubhouse bar. To be in with a chance to win €20,000 – buy your ticket now!
Calling all members: Membership is now overdue. Please pay your annual fee ASAP if you have not done so already. There is an attractive suite of membership rates ranging from single to full family membership. Please ask at the clubhouse bar and pay the fee that suits your needs best. The fees go towards the day to day running of your club. Please take prompt action. Thank you.
The juvenile section of O’Loughlin Gaels is delighted to announce that MacDonagh Junction S.C. has resumed its sponsorship of our juvenile teams. As a club, we are conscious of the massive part MacDonagh plays in the everyday lives of the wider St John’s community and indeed Kilkenny as a whole. MacDonagh Junction opened its doors in 2007 and now employs over 500 people. We are delighted to be associated with what has been a KK success story. We thank you for your generosity and hope to repay you on the field of pay.
The Trip to the Kells Road
Congrats to all associated with last Sunday’s U12’s trip to the Kells road where our boys took on James Stephens. We had thirty three players in total, who each represented our club with distinction. OLG would also like to congratulate James Stephens on their magnificent new complex of pitches and wish them well on their grand opening in May.
Please raise funds for local services for people with Alzheimer's or dementia by taking a sponsorship card for the Stoneyford 10K Challenge, 11th. For cards, entry form and T-Shirt contact The Village Day Centre on 0567771230.
The Junior Camogie team had a very good win over Tullogher in the first round of the League last Sunday morning winning 1-15 to 1-5. The girls are away to Mooncoin in the ACL next Saturday at 7pm. The U-14 team were away to the Emeralds last Friday in the first round of the league and lost 4-5 to 2-3.