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Sunday 17 December 2017

Harriers' heartbreak

SARSFIELDS

The 19th annual Brendan Redmond Memorial Under-10 tournament continued in fine weather conditions in Páirc Charman on Sunday morning last, with wins recorded by Horeswood, St. John's Volunteers, Glynn-Barntown, Bannow-Ballymitty, Crossabeg-Ballymurn and Adamstown over St. Anne's, Our Lady's Island/St. Fintan's, Starlights, Kilmore, Sarsfields ' B' and St. Mary's (Maudlintown) respectively. In addition, Taghmon-Camross received a walkover from Clonard.

The first two finals will be held on Sunday next, starting at 10.15 a.m. when Taghmon-Camross take on Adamstown for the Top Part Shield at 10.15 a.m. The Martin Bergin Shield final between Glynn-Barntown and St. John's Volunteers will go ahead at 11.45 a.m., with both of those games on the Sarsfields pitch. The third game on Sunday is on the Volunteers pitch at 11 a.m., with Sarsfields 'A' playing St. Martin's in the second Brendan Redmond Cup semifinal.

Hard luck to our second team, most of whom are under-age again for 2013, on their defeat to a strong Crossabeg-Ballymurn side. The squad featured Jack Connolly, Josh Walsh, Callum Doyle, Jason Gordon, Darragh Grant, Liam Cassin, Robert Molloy, Emmet Gahan, Oliver McMahon, Luke Murphy, Patrick Duignan, Billy Hillis, Killian Kehoe, Morgan Fanning, Kyle Clancy and Adam Walker, while Alex Boggan and Cillian Twomey played in earlier rounds.

The Minor county final against GlynnBarntown is provisionally fixed for the night of Friday, October 26, but we will have definite confirmation of the details in next week's notes.

Conall Clancy will appear on the RTE2 'Elev8' programme on Friday next, October 19, at 4 p.m. with his Danescastle music group called 'Rockin Ceol'.

We are asking all Sarsfields players and members to please vote for Conall and his colleagues on www.rte.ie/trte/elev8/showoff.html.

Well done to club members Shane Bergin, Cian Foley, James Crean and Ryan Furlong who played on the Kennedy Park school team which won the Rackard League District final last week, and to Amie Doyle who was on the dance team which won the world championships in Paris recently.

Hard luck to our club members who were involved in Sunday's Pettitt's Senior hurling final with Faythe Harriers.

ST. IBAR'S/SHELMALIER

The Seniors couldn't defend their Leinster sevens title in Clane, Co. Kildare, on Saturday last as the dual players were involved in provincial club championship action in Ringsend that night (and well done to them on beating Killoe of Longford by 3-7 to 0-8).

However, a group of eight Juniors stepped into the breach and did extremely well to reach the Shield final after four wins on the trot. Unfortunately, the sole defeat of the day came in that decider, losing to Eire Og-Corra Choill of Kildare on a 1-4 to 1-1 scoreline.

This was a frustrating outcome for the squad and mentors Alan Aherne, John Furlong, Fionnuala Hearne and John Kelly as earlier in the day we had beaten the same team twice (by 2-1 to 0-1 and 5-4 to 1-5). Kilmacow of Kilkenny were also defeated on the double (1-2 to 0-1 and 4-3 to 1-0), with the three teams playing each other twice because Ratoath of Meath and Cullion of Westmeath pulled out at the last minute.

It was still a good day's camogie and the eight players who travelled didn't come home empty-handed as they received runners-up trophies. Great credit is due to them for representing the club so well.

The panel (with combined scoring totals) was: Katie Lacey, Sinéad Kelly, Maeve Doyle, Anne-Marie Kelly (3-3), Eadaoin Fitzgerald (3-0), Sarah Lacey (4-2), Therese Sheil (capt., 3-6), Kirsty Hynds.

The book committee are in the process of finalising all the details for our book, which will be going to print at the end of the month. We are asking all present and past members to have one last look for photographs or anything of interest from the St. Ibar's/Shelmalier club over the years. Please forward all items by Friday, October 26, to any committee member or e-mail alan.aherne@peoplenews.ie.

Details of the book launch will be advised at a later date, so watch this space.

SHELMALIERS

After the fabulous success of our Strictly Club Dancing night recently, tickets are now available for the grand final on Sunday, October 28, in Whites Hotel, where we will take on contestants from Glynn-Barntown and Volunteers. Tickets will be available in Hollymount on Wednesday from 7.30 to 8.30 p.m. and early booking is advisable. You can also contact Paul Tobin (086-1919685) to purchase same. Come and support our three pairs of finalists.

Our Junior 'B' football team captained by Darren Shiggins had a fantastic win, overcoming Ballyhogue by 5-11 to 2-5. It was a great team performance with Dessie Kehoe, Donal Power and Gary Murphy shining in defence. The midfield area was always in control with the Nolan father and son combination ably assisted by Brian O'Connor, Bobby Delaney and Darren Shiggins.

The full-forward line of Graham Staples, James Shiggins and Barry Redmond caused major problems for the Ballyhogue backs all day. Shels now meet Horeswood in the final.

There is a DVD available of the Co. Minor final which Shels won, overcoming Starlights. The cost is €5. Contact Seamus O'Leary.

The Under-21 football Co. semi-final v. St. Anne's is in Hollymount on Saturday next at 2 p.m. with extra-time if necessary. A place in the final versus GlynnBarntown awaits the victors. Good luck to Colm Tynan and the team.

There was no winner of the lotto jackpot draw on October 8. Numbers drawn were 2, 13, 15 and 22. Two match three winners were Nuala Hearne and Edmund Wheeler. Each wins €100. The next jackpot is €10,200.

CLONARD

The Minor football team was in county final action against Horeswood in Grantstown on Saturday morning last. Unfortunately, things did not go Clonard's way, despite some good early play and points from Dean Kehoe and Adam Roche, as Horeswood were a much stronger outfit and won on a 2-5 to 0-3 scoreline.

Best for Clonard were Tony Hennessy, Ian McDonald and Carthaigh Geoghegan. Hard luck to the team and mentors, Pádraig, Eleanor, Seán and Brendan, who put so much effort in this year and deserved some silverware.

Team: Steven Cullen, Daniel White, Richard Cleary, Tony Hennessy, Eoin McDonald, David Tormey, Shane McDonald, Carthaigh Geoghegan, Ian McDonald, Dylan Hynes (0-1), Adam Roche (0-1), Alan Larkin, Dean Kehoe (0-1). Subs. - Dean Connolly for Kehoe, Kevin Malone for Roche, Michael McGuire, Ciarán Kavanagh, Tommy Walsh, Tyrone Kirwan, Dylan Goodison, Andrew McGuckian.

Many of that Minor team such as David Tormey, Adam Roche and Richard Cleary are also in the Under-16 football final tonight (Tuesday) in St. Patrick's Park, Enniscorthy, against MonageerBoolavogue at 7 p.m. Please make the effort to support our under-age team in this county final.

Congratulations to Clonard footballer and physical trainer Ross Dunphy and wife Brenda on the recent birth of baby Emma Dunphy.

ST. JOHN'S VOLUNTEERS

Our grand final of the 'Strictly Club Dancing' takes place on Sunday, October 28, in Whites Hotel when our three finalists will come up against the finalists from the Shelmaliers and Glynn-Barntown in a dance-off for the title. Tickets for the final will be limited due to the fact of three G.A.A. clubs competing on the one night, so don't be left out - make sure to get your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

Our weekly club lotto results are as follows: 16, 19, 23, 28. There was no jackpot winner and no match three winner. The jackpot is now €1,300.

The club would like to send out its deepest sympathy to the Kehoe family from John Street on the death of Jenny Kehoe.

All training times and other information can be found on our website at www.volunteersgaa.com or volunteersgaa@gmail.com.

GLYNN-BARNTOWN

Our Senior camogie team gave their best performance of the year on Friday night last when they overcame Bunclody to retain their Senior status. We got off to a flying start with Aoife Sheil raising a green flag after four minutes. Further goals from Annette, Susie (two), Emma (two) and Aoife again saw us home comfortably enough in the end. Big thanks to Pascal and his management team.

Last week's numbers drawn in the lotto were 5, 22, 25 and 29. There was no overall winner and three winners matched three numbers. The next lotto jackpot is €2,250 and the draw will take place on October 24.

A disco for fourth, fifth and sixth classes is taking place on Tuesday, October 30, in the clubhouse from 8 to 10 p.m. Admission is €3 at the door. Also, a disco for first years upwards is on Thursday, November 1, from 8.30 to 11 p.m. Admission is €5 at the door.

A massive crowd attended 'Strictly Club Dancing' in Whites Hotel on Saturday night last. Good luck to the three couples who are going forward to the grand final on October 27. A big thank you to all those who participated.

CROSSABEG-BALLYMURN

There was no winner of last week's lotto jackpot and two match three winners, Alan O'Leary and Daithí Redmond. The numbers were 1, 12, 16 and 28. This week's jackpot is €8,200.

Best of luck to the Under-21 footballers who play Kilmore in the District final on Sunday, October 21, at 2 p.m. in Tagoat.

The Under-15 hurlers had a blitz in Crossabeg and Ballymurn last week, with four teams in total taking part. Craanford beat Kilmacow in the 'B' final, while our lads narrowly lost to Tullogher-Rosbercon in the 'A' final. An enjoyable day was had by all. Well done to Murt for organising everything and for the parents who helped out with teas etc.

The Rackard League footballers beat Castletown last week. They play in the District final this week. Well done to the Under-10 footballers who have qualified for the final of the Sarsfields tournament.

BANNOW-BALLYMITTY

Bingo will take place in Carrig Hall on Saturday at 8.30 p.m.

The Intermediate footballers lost their league final by five points on Saturday last to Starlights in Oylegate.

The club would like to thank all the teams who turned out for the golf classic recently. A special word of thanks to anyone who sponsored the greens, tees and raffle. Winners were Micheál Dreelan and his team-mates who were presented with the Pat Neville Cup by his son, Anthony.

Second place went to John 'Toe' Sinnott's team followed by Sammy's team in third. Rory McCarthy and his team came fourth. The raffle winners were Flora Daly, Chris Cummins, Christy Sheridan and Angela Walshe. Many thanks to all the teams who were involved.

TAGHMON-CAMROSS

The Under-8s completed their games last weekend in the finals of the Horeswood football tournament. The older team went down narrowly to Clongeen. Taghmon dominated the firsthalf and looked to be heading to a comfortable victory, only to be caught by three late goals in the second-half, eventually losing by one point.

The younger crew had a great victory over Fethard by 5-1 to 1-0 and played really well throughout. Huge improvements have been made by all over the year.

A big thank you to all who helped out during the year. A special word of thanks to parents for their support and bringing children to matches and training. Looking forward to seeing everyone back training again soon.

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