Graignamanagh GAA: W/E 21st October 2011
Minor Hurling Roinn B League Final: St. Fiachra’s Minor Hurlers took on old rivals Mooncoin in the Roinn B League final in Ballyhale on Saturday. A wet and windy day in Ballyhale was always going to make hurling conditions tricky to say the least. Both halves told a story as the scores for St. Fiachra’s were notched up in the first half and the hard graft of holding on for a much deserved League title was the order of the 2nd half.
Bernard Hennessy got Fiachra’s off the mark with a free in the 1st minute, followed by a well taken point from play from Edward Murphy in the 4th. Mooncoin replied with a minor score in the 8th min. Fiachra’s showed their dominance over the next 20 min with two sweetly taken points each from the right wing by Jamie Byrne and Thomas O’ Donnell. Team Captain lee kinsella struck a brilliant patch when he soloed through and stiched the ball in the Mooncoin net on the 25th min and then converted a close in free, with Mooncoin just tacking on two more points before the break. The Barrowsiders led by 1-07 to 0-3 points at half time and were always going to face stiff opposition in the 2nd half from the side that knocked our lads out of the Championship as Mooncoin got the wind in their backs. However, what ever challenge was proffered by Mooncoin, was swallowed up by a valiant back six (Peter Kavanagh, Joe Kelly, Ciaran O’Brien, Bernard Hennessy, James Meaney & Thomas Joyce) Plus Sheamus Kavanagh between the posts. In a low scoring affair, every point was going to be an important one and St. Fiachra’s always maintained that lead by notching on a score or two to keep the Suirsiders at bay. Peter Kavanagh and James McCabe made way for Jim Ryan and Ryan O Halloran after the break. The only second half scores came from pointed frees from Lee kinsella and Bernard Hennessy as Mooncoin kept the pressure on with four scores of their own. Seamus Kavanagh pulled off two magnificent saves that definitely ensured Fiachra’s kept a comfortable lead. Lee kinsella had to retire late in the half with a hand injury and Emmet Foley entered the fray. James Doyle and Adam Kennedy worked tirelessly at mid field and Brian Barcoe proved a handful at centre forward.
The match finished 1-09 to 0-07 with a lot of other scoring chances going astray from both sides. The final whistle brought to an end a hard years work from the team and their Mentors and a League title for the Parish. Thanks to the Players and Mentors for their commitment during the year. Thanks to Liam O’Shea, O’Sheas Bar who presented the team with a new set of jerseys recently.
Scores: Lee Kinsella 1-02, Thomas O’Donnell0-02, Jamie Byrne 0-02, Bernard Hennessy 0-02 Edward Murphy 0-01.
Team: Seamus Kavanagh, Ciaran O’Brien, Joe Kelly, Peter Kavanagh, Thomas Joyce, James Meaney, Bernard Hennessy, James Doyle, Adam Kennedy, Thomas O’Donnell, Brian Barcoe, Edward Murphy, Jamie Byrne, Lee Kinsella, James McCabe, Ryan O’Halloran, Jim Ryan, Emmet Foley, Eoin Bolger, Stephen Browne, Patrick Dowling, Sean Doyle, Martin Kelly, Liam Hearne, Patrick Nolan, Gary Maher. Mentors: Pat Nolan, James Phelan, John Doyle, Michael Doyle
Super win for U8’s in the Luke Roche Memorial Tournament:
Congratulations to the under 8 hurling team who emerged victorious and brought the Luke Roche Memorial Cup to Graignamanagh for the first time. Inistioge was the venue Saturday last and the lads found themselves in a very competitive group. The first game was against local rivals St. Mullins and the lads overcame the Carlow outfit on a scoreline of 4-1 to 1-0.They then faced a strong Dublin side in Whitehall Colmcilles beating them by a goal. The final game in the group saw a win against Bannow Ballymitty of Wexford. The scene was set then for the final against the Rower-Inistioge. This was a great 20 minutes of hurling with both teams giving their all. However Graignamanagh proved too strong in the end over a resilient Rower-Inistioge side. Kilkenny captain, Brian Hogan was on hand after the final whistle to present the Luke Roche Memorial Cup to the Graignamanagh joint captains Cian Murphy and Tom O’Shea. Congratulations to all the players and coaches on a well deserved victory. Team: Oisin Kelly, Ultan Irwin, Sean O'Neill, Tom O’Shea, Stephen Foley, Michael Sheehy, Cian Murphy, Mikey Fogarty, Fintan Gahan, Conor Byrne, Keelan Byrne, Dylan Drea, Patrick O'Neill, Phillip Byrne. Trainers: Darragh Kelly, Peter Murphy, Ger O' Reilly.
The St. Fiachra’s minors battled their way to a League final showdown with Mooncoin last night through blustery conditions in Bennettsbridge. Playing against a stiff breeze in the first half and having to cope with adverse conditions underfoot, Fiachra’s found themselves 07-03 down at the break, only recording a set of Emmet Foley frees to add to the scoreboard in the first 30 minutes.
Spirits were still high at half time with the majority of supporters at the game agreeing that the deficit could easily be reversed in the second half with a helping wind in their back and with the team not having reached their top gear yet. The team seemed to switch into reverse coming out from the dressing room however and that 4 point gap turned into 7 with an early, well-taken Conahy goal.
Ten minutes passed with no real improvement from Fiachra’s, when the turning point seemed to be more by luck than judgement as the Conahy keeper gifted us a lifeline by dropping a high ball into his own goal. A quick point from Emmet Foley soon followed and the lead was cut down to a manageable two points.
Another well worked move from our brave opponents finished up with another ball in the back of the net and panic started to set in. While James Doyle in midfield, took the game by the scruff of the neck, fielding some great balls out of the sky and delivering them to the forwards, scores were proving hard to come by, the gap remained 5 points with just over 6 minutes to go. Ryan O Halloran switched to resident free-taker and slotted over three in a row to steady the ship. Then it was the run of O Halloran who created what looked like a game winning goal from the opportunistic Lee Kinsella who put Fiachra’s a point ahead. Conahy then converted a difficult free into the wind to tie it up and game headed for extra time, no less than they deserved.
Fiachra’s then finally found that extra gear, and really stepped things up in the extra time period, they finished the first period one point up. Jamie Byrne found the net early in the second half to give the lads a good 4 point cushion moving towards the end of this encounter. A couple of great saves from Kavanagh in the goal ensured that this lead was kept intact. Both teams traded points near the end of the game and Fiachra’s ran out 4 point winners 3-12 to 2-11, and onwards into a league final, by the skin of their teeth.
Scorers: E. Foley 0-5, L. Kinsella 1-1, R. O Halloran 0-3, B. Barcoe 1-0, J. Byrne 1-0, ,J. Doyle 0-2, B. Hennessy
Team: Seamus Kavanagh, Ciaran O'Brien, James Meaney, Thomas Joyce, Thomas O'Donnell, Bermard Hennessy, Joe Kelly, Adam Kennedy, Brian Barcoe, Lee kinsella, Jim Ryan, Edward Murphy, Ryan O Halloran, Emmet Foley,James Doyle Subs: Jamie Murphy, Eoin Bolger, Peter Kavanagh, Patrick Dowling, Stephen Browne, James McCabe, Martin Kelly.
Joe Walsh Cup Final. Congratulations to the Junior B Hurlers who showed great determination and skill to overcome a battling St. Lachtain’s side to win the Joe Walsh Cup in splendid Thomastown on Friday last. The Graignamanagh men outscored their opponents by 3.14 to 1.12 in a highly competitive game of hurling. The Barrow Boys held a comfortable lead going in at half time 2.08 to 0.04 with scores coming from Seamus Kavanagh 1.02, Cathal Roche 0.01, Ryan O’Halloran 0.03(2F) Nicky Moylan 1.00, Jim Ryan 0.01 Nigel Flynn 0.01. Freshford threw everything they had at us in the second half but our young back six stood firm to the test, Ciaran O’Brien, James Meaney, Thomas O Donnell, Nicholas O’Donnell, Jim O'Donnell & Sean O’Brien and Ian Kavanagh pulled off a few vital saves between the posts. The Graig lads never looked in any real danger of conceding their lead and picked off some lovely scores to keep their opponents at bay. Nicky Moylan & Cathal Roche tacked on 2 points each, Dane Mangan sent over a lovely point to ensure all six forwards got on the score sheet and not to be outdone John Carroll came on and drilled home a sideline cut to the net and added a point from a free. There was great jubilation from the large crowd of Graig supporters when Paul Hamilton was presented with the Joe Walsh Cup. Great praise must go to Syl Cushen and Alan Foley selectors for all their dedication during the year. Thanks to Pat Doyle for the refreshments after the game.
Team: I Kavanagh, C O’Brien, J Meaney, T O’Donnell, N O’Donnell, J O’Donnell, S O’Brien, P Hamilton, N Flynn, C Roche, J Ryan, D Mangan, S Kavanagh, N Moylan R O’Halloran, J Carroll, S Kavanagh, K Morgan, P Dowling, J Doyle inj, J McCabe, Eoin Bolger, P Kavanagh, D Redmond, D Lyng, M Dunne, S Browne, A Morrissey.
2010 Minor Football Roinn C County Final.
Ogra Graignamanagh/Blacks&Whites 3-07 Ballyhale Shamrocks 0-02
The Minor Footballers of Ogra Graignamanagh/Blacks&Whites completed the double on Sunday 6th Feb when they added the Roinn C Minor Football title to the Roinn C Hurling title won last October. After a very delayed start in a wet and murky Ballyhale the Ogra Boys were always in control in this game, and ran out comfortable winners on a scoreline of 3-07 to 0-02.
Scores: Ogra -Thomas Drennan 2-0, Seamus Kavanagh 1-01, Jim Ryan 0-02, Adam Kennedy 0-02, Thomas Joyce 0-01, James Coakley 0-01
Scores Ballyhale - J Deasey 0-01, J Doyle 0-01
Team: Ogra: Joe Kelly, Trevor Murphy, Lee Kinsella(Capt), Emmet Foley, Thomas Joyce, James Meaney, Thomas O'Donnell, James Doyle, Adam Kennedy, Dylan Conran, Michael Doyle, Jim Ryan, James Coakley, Thomas Drennan, Seamus Kavanagh, Alan Murphy, Liam Hearne, Stephen Browne, Peter Kavanagh, Patrick Dowling,Martin Kelly, Patrick Cushen. Mentors James Phelan and Pat Nolan.
A presentation night for The Minor and U12 Teams has been organised for Friday 11th Feb @ 8pm in Tom Walsh Park Club House.
2009 Minor Football Final.
Hard luck to the 2009 Minor Footballers who were defeated by Glenmore on Sunday last in the Co. Final on a scoreline of 1-06 to 0-04. Trailing by only 1 point with five min left Ogra pressed forward in search of that vital score but were unlucky when Glenmore broke away and netted a goal to put the game out of reach. Well done to the lads who turned up and played their hearts out. Get well wishes to Eoin Bolger who sustained a broken finger on the day.
Team: Joe Kelly, Thomas O’Donnell, Lee Kinsella, Trevor Murphy, Nicholas O’Donnell, Aidan O’Dowd, Thomas Joyce, Eoin Bolger Jim Ryan, James Meaney, Michael Bolger, Brian Barcoe, Emmet Foley, Thomas Drennan, Alan Murphy, Dylan Conran and Liam Hearne.