Kilkenny GAA in association with KCLR FM "Drive for Liam" Radio Quiz, Thursday 28th August at 8:30 p.m. at O'Loughlin Gaels. Entry: €20 per table of four. Loads of prizes - All Ireland tickets plus a chance to win a cruise!
A League of Their Own
The U14 hurlers of O’Loughlin Gaels and Erin’s Own contested the Roinn A League final in Jenkinstown on Thursday evening last. Two false starts in as many weeks meant an eager crowd arrived in numbers in the hope that they would finally get to see these two fine teams go head to head.
Maurice Nolan’s boys were out of the blocks early and often. A defence splitting move saw half back Joe Murphy combine with the menacing Dacel Fwamba (Captain) who in turn fed full forward Conor Kelly. Kelly blasted to the net, the green was raised and the Continent was off and running. Wing man Sean Kenny was lively all evening and put his name on the sheet within the first four minutes with a brilliant individual point. Erin’s Own appeared rattled but to their credit – they kept battling. But there was more pain to come.
The importance of chasing and harrying could never be overstated and it was this relentless work rate that was to yield the next two crucial scores of the game. Captain Fwamba led by example and closed down the Comer goalie, as he tried to emerge from his parallelogram. He finished the spilled ball to the net and the roar of approval went high into the evening air. Jamie Ryan seemed inspired and did likewise minutes later. Space was at a premium, so Jamie soccered to the net to put ten points between the teams with five minutes on the clock. Luke Hogan followed up with a fabulous individual point – his Tipp roots plain for all to see. A Conor Heary free rounded off what was a devastating opening ten minutes by the boys in white and green.
Castlecomer deserve great credit for the manner of their comeback. Three points on the spin helped settle their nerves but they were to suffer another setback with the concession of yet another goal. Dacel Fwamba made an incisive run and pulled first time on the sliotar to shake the net again. Both teams then shared six points evenly (OLG: Kenny, Kelly and Heary) to bring the first half to a close.
H/T: O’Loughlin Gaels 4-06, Erin’s Own 0-07
The second half saw the introduction of David Fogarty, Jack Sheridan, Matt Russell, Declan Coffey and Odhran Lawlor. All were lively and played their part for the team. Conor Heary took up where he left off by pointing a dead ball to increase the St John’s Parish Boys lead to twelve. Comer’s star players then began to shine. Players such as Jack Buggy, Kevin Brennan and Lee Holden in particular caught the eye. But Conor Heary was prominent at this stage scoring from both the ground and out of the hand. Erin’s Own were fighting for their lives and mustered up a gallant final fling to reduce the ever widening deficit. They added 1-05 (1-04 from play) in the last quarter but were undone by a Barry Lawlor goal that settled matters once and for all.
F/T: O’Loughlin Gaels 5-12, Erin’s Own 1-14
Jamie Malone, John Collins, Mikey Butler, Jack Kearns, Luke Hogan 0-1, Jamie Young, Joe Murphy, Oisin Murphy, Sean Baird 0-1, Conor Heary 0-5 (4f’s), Barry Lawlor 1-0, Sean Kenny 0-2, Dacel Fwamba 2-01, Conor Kelly 1-02, Jamie Ryan 1-0, Subs used: David Fogarty, Jack Sheridan, Matt Russell, Declan Coffey, Odhran Lawlor. Panellists: Jay Meagher, Fiachra O’Callaghan, Jake Fahy
O’Loughlin Gaels would like to congratulate the U14 team on their prestigious win and wish them well for the Championship. We would also like to sincerely thank Maurice Nolan (manager) and his team of Michael Nolan, Sheamie Cummins, Bryan Skehan and Brian Kelly for all their hard work.
A Word About Our Sponsors
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 play.
Junior B North Winners
Congrats to our Juniors who won the Junior B North Championship on Saturday last. They defeated Danesfort by a score line of 1-15 to 2-08. The match took place in Danesfort.
There was no jackpot winner of the Club Lotto this week. The numbers chosen were: 4,7, 8, 19 and the bonus number was: 3. If you want to be in with a chance to win €20,000 – you can buy a ticket from the usual promoters or from behind the bar in the Clubhouse.
Foróige – Adult Volunteers Required
Foróige is looking for adult volunteers to get involved with our clubs countywide. If you have a skill to share or are passionate about working with young people, apply to join our team today. We have over 600 clubs throughout Ireland that cater for young people aged 10 – 18. Foróige Clubs and Junior Groups support thousands of young people to be the best they can be; make things happen, learn new skills and have fun too. For more information please contact Rosie O’Brien Foróige Regional Youth Officer on 086 2997677 firstname.lastname@example.org . For more information on Foróige check out www.foroige.ie or like us on Facebookwww.facebook.com/foroige. Please note that all volunteers must comply with Foróige’s volunteer recruitment process which includes an informal interview, garda vetting, reference checks and training.