The u16 hurlers had a great victory in Cork on Saturday in the Na Piarsaigh Gaa tournament. There were four teams involved - Na Piarsaigh, De La Salle, KIlmacud Crokes and O Loughlins. The lads won the first two games easily enough, which set them up for a final against the hosts Na Piarsaigh. The 3rd group game was cancelled and they played the final 30 minutes aside instead. The game was brilliant, great scores, hooking,blocking, intensity all the way through. The first half was very tough, Na Piarsaigh were on top and raced into an early lead. Sean Bolger was the best forward on view all day and scored a fantastic goal to keep O Loughlin's in touch. The final score of the half came from the stick of Robbie O Driscoll from the sideline. Half time score was 3-3 to 1-4.
Nobody could have predicted what was about to unfold in the second half. Jordan Molloy was moved to full back where he completely stopped the Na Piarsaigh's main player. Shane Mahony took over at centre back, scoring one superb inspirational point. The big turning point was a goal from the energetic and hard working Tervine Wallace. Ronan Buckley now at full forward was causing hovoc inside and setting up chances for team mates. John Delaney was moved from corner back to centre forward and was very effective.
More goals followed from super sub Eoin Neary, and Adam Power. The lads held on for a deserved 3 point victory on a scoreline of 4-12 to 3-12. It was a superb second half performance, one which will be hopefully repeated later on in the year. Man of the match was Charlie Deegan who gave a superb display at corner back and playing the sweeper role. The Micky Coade Memorial cup was presented to team captain Shane Mahony afterwards. Team for the final was as follows: Steven Scallon, Eoin Kelly, John Delaney, Charlie Deegan, Peter Collins, Shane Mahony, Jordan Molloy, Ryan Poyntz, Ronan Buckley, Adam Power, Tervine Wallace, Robbie O Driscoll, Eoin O Shea, Sean Bolger, Kevin Murphy. Subs: Eoin Neary, Joe Banville, Padraig Nolan, Luke Freyne.
Well done to our U14’s who battled bravely in Littleton (near Thurles) last Saturday. Maurice Nolan’s men won two of their three games, before going down eventually to a strong Kilmacud Crokes outfit. It’ll stand to you in the long run boys. Keep playing, practicing and good things will happen.
The Trip to Tullamore
Who says kids aren’t looked after in this modern age of Playstations and X-Boxes? Twenty six eleven and twelve year old boys from St John’s Parish were given the VIP treatment last Sunday when brought to Tullamore for the big match. A Garda pass (courtesy of Nigel Leydon – he’s well in there!) sped us through Offaly’s capital, where we were greeted by officials from Tullamore CLCG who were on hand to make sure we wanted for nothing. It wasn’t long thereafter that our boys were on the pitch giving every bit as good as they were got. Two concurrent matches were held side by side. The Tullamore boys were big and strong (is there an Offaly revival in the air?) but that never stopped the continent before! Onwards we marched (having been sated with sandwiches from Heaven) across the road to the stadium to be treated to one of the games of a season that is only just beginning! Mark Kelly’s second half take (under extreme pressure) and release to Colin Fennelly, set up what looked to be the pivotal goal of the game. Who could have guessed what was about to happen? These are great days of Summer boys – remember them, because before you know it – Summer will be over. The U12’s squad in Tullamore was as follows: Jason Delaney, James Phelan, Damien Dowling, Jack Clifford, Daniel Walsh, Chase Leefar, Morgan Leefar, Mikey Ibrahim, Josh Nolan, Matthew Hogan, Joe Brennan, Alex Molloy, Sean Lawlor, Ben Kinchella, Mikey Wallace, John MacNamara, Aidan Kenny, James McKinley, John McKinley, Ronan Lavelle, Jake Hickey, Eric Walsh, Vincent O’Grady, Harry O’Grady, Nicholas Mullins, Sam O’Connell & Joseph Leydon. Special mention should also go to Joey Byrne, who lined out for Kilkenny as part of the half-time interval game. Joey is a member of our U14’s squad.
Senior Citizens Outing
The Annual Senior Citizens outing will take place on Wednesday week, 25th June. It includes a visit to beautiful Emo House and its fabulous Gardens followed by lunch. We then go to Newbridge for shopping in the afternoon. Bus will leave O’Loughlin Gaels GAA grounds at 10.00am and return at approx 6:00pm. Cost per person is €25. Names please to Kay Gray 086 0762336 and Martin O Neill 086 3944224 before next Friday.
Summer Camp Deadline 27th June
Please note the deadline for applications to Summer Camp has been extended to Friday 27th June. Applications received after this date may not be eligible and could result in your child being very disappointed! Remember also that Summer camp comes with a very attractive gear offer that children wait all year to get their hands on. We advise all to book now to avoid disappointment. For more info – check out our website: www.oloughlingaels.gaa.ie
There was no winner of this week’s club lotto. The numbers drawn were: 4, 9, 21, 28 and te bonus number was 17. To be in with a chance to win €20,000 – please buy a ticket form any of our registered sellers or call to the clubhouse bar