GAA club notes
The Seniors took on Ballyhogue in a challenge game in Bree on Sunday and hope to play Clongeen over the weekend. Their next league game against Starlights is down for decision on Saturday, March 28, but attempts are being made to move it to the Friday night.
Happy birthday wishes to Paul Gannon who was celebrating yesterday (Monday).
All players are invited to march with the club in today's parade, meeting in Maudlintown at 10.15 a.m.
Please wear a navy tracksuit bottoms and the club hoodie if you have one, while jerseys will be given out.
Bring a hurl and no helmet, and make sure to wear lots of layers of clothing!
Parents may collect their daughters in Sam McCauley's car park immediately after the parade.
Congratulations to Kate Kelly and Chris Gordon who were married on Friday.
Happy birthday today to Keeva Campbell, and to Fionnuala Hearne who was celebrating on Saturday.
Aine Lacey (1-0), Ciara Donohoe, Bridget Curran and Deirdre McMahon were on the Wexford Senior team which lost to Limerick by 0-19 to 1-4 in the National League in Bruff on Sunday.
Our Minor hurlers open their Roinn 1A campaign against Ferns St. Aidan's on Sunday at 11 a.m. in Blackwater.
Our Intermediate hurlers play the second round of the ACL Division 2 against Duffry Rovers on Saturday in Blackwater at 3 p.m.
Our Junior hurlers play the second round ACL Division 6 game against Askamore on Sunday in Blackwater at 4.30 p.m.
Our Under-12 hurlers play in the semi-finals of the Rathnure indoor tournament on Sunday in Rathnure.
Any players that haven't paid membership for 2015, please do so at training during the week. Our walking track continues to be a great success with great crowds getting use of this facility each night. A reminder that a donation box is on the wall at the entrance and all donations are appreciated which contribute to paying for the lights.
For up to date news, views or pictures please like the club Facebook page 'St Brigids Blackwater GAA Club', follow the club on Twitter @Blackwatergaa or visit our website: www.blackwater.gaa.ie
Anyone looking for club shorts, socks, jerseys, hoodies or training tops, please contact Joe Cullen (087-2660938).
Our camogie team plays in the Under-18 championship today (Tuesday) at 11 a.m. in Coolree against Duffry Rovers.
An adult club committee meeting will take place in the clubhouse Thursday, March 19. All members are urgently asked to attend.
Under-14 Division 1 - Taghmon 2-9, Shels 2-2: Shelmaliers showed a great display of football for their first game of the season against a strong Taghmon side. The half-time score was 0-2 to nil in favour of Taghmon.
Taghmon began the second-half in real attacking form and widened the lead quickly. Shels fought hard and some fabulous saves from Hannah Hearne in goal, and great defending from full-back Abbie Devereux (captain), Aoife and Alison Doyle kept them in the game.
Up front Ciara Banville and Ailis Neville fought hard for every ball and finally after working the ball up through Aine Fitzgerald at half-back and the midfield pairing of Caitlin Carroll and Catríona Kinsella, the scores started coming late in the second-half to see the Shels girls narrow the 13-point gap to only seven at the final whistle.
The Senior hurlers had their first outing in the first round of the league when they travelled to Rathangan to take on the local St. Anne's side on Sunday. In an entertaining game the Shelmalier won by the narrowest of margins (0-9 to 1-5). The match was a very even affair with little between the sides throughout.
The Junior hurlers were at home to Ferns on Sunday and had a convincing 2-14 to 0-11 win. Playing with the assistance of the wind in the first-half, the Shelmaliers built up a commanding lead, with Ferns coming more into the game in the second-half but they couldn't catch the more dominant Shelmalier side.
The Minor footballers were also in action on Sunday when they travelled to Taghmon in the third round of the championship and, after a great struggle, the sides were level (1-7 to 0-10) at the final whistle. Playing against the wind in the first-half, the Shelmalier boys trailed by five points at half-time (0-6 to 0-1).
However, the Shelmaliers were much more dominant in the second-half and traded point for point in the third quarter. With time ticking down on the clock, Liam Rockett fired to the Taghmon net to draw the match. Next week it's the turn of the Minor hurling championship when Rathnure are the opponents.
Congratulations to Shelmalier players Jody Donohoe, Conor Hearne and Glen Malone who played an enormous part in St. Peter's College's outstanding victory over St. Brigid's (Loughrea) by 0-17 to 0-10 in Saturday's All-Ireland Senior 'A' hurling quarter-final. The team now go forward to the All-Ireland semi-final against Thurles C.B.S. in the near future.
There was no winner of the Shelmalier lotto draw of March 9 when the numbers drawn were 10, 15, 24 and 28. There was one match three winner and that was Marie Howlin who received €200.
Our Minor footballers have two wins from two games in the Roinn 2 championship after a narrow victory over St. Mary's of Maudlintown. Some poor discipline almost cost Clonard dearly as a red card and a black card made this a more difficult assignment than it should have been.
Some of the stand-out performances came from John Tormey, Adam Roche, Daniel Byrne and Craig Kelly. The final score was 4-7 to 3-7.
Team: Cian O'Connor; Isaac Doyle, Mark Kavanagh, Adam Roche; Stefan Evans, John Tormey (1-0), T.J. Doyle; Stephen Walsh, Cillian Deane; Daniel Byrne (1-2, 0-1 free), Adam Baziz (0-1), Jason Brennan (0-1 free); David Murphy (0-1), Noel Beaver (1-0), Tomme Smilie (1-1). Subs. - Craig Kelly (0-1) for Deane (black card), Luke Roche for I. Doyle, Justin Butler for Murphy, Brandon O'Brien for Beaver, Lee Moran.
Our Minor hurlers will play Cloughbawn on Sunday, and they will play Crossabeg on the following Sunday.
Clonard and the Volunteers Under-12 and Under-14 hurlers headed off to Portlaoise on Sunday to support the Wexford hurlers in O'Moore Park. Before the Wexford game they headed to Park-Ratheniska to play their own hurling game. Well done to all who travelled, with great performances from everyone.
We would also like to say a huge thank you to The Holy Grail in Selskar who put up a huge spread for all the children and coaches on the bus. It all went down a treat after they played their game, so thanks again.
Under-age indoor training: Mondays 6-7 p.m., Under-14 hurling; 7-8 p.m., Under-16 and Minor hurling; Thursday, 7-8 p.m., Under-10 and Under-12 hurling training, all taking place in the alleys in St. Peter's.
And every Tuesday the Under-6s and Under-8s train from 6-7 p.m. for hurling or football as sent out by group text, with Under-10 and Under-12 football training from 7-8 p.m., and Under-14 and Under-16 football training from 8-9 p.m.
New members are all welcome to come along and join in. If you need more information please call Mary on 087-9967925.
All players, coaches and members are reminded to please pay their membership ASAP.
Under-12 camogie training for the moment will be on Fridays at the hurling wall from 6-7 p.m. Contact Georgina on 087-6826453 for details.
Under-14 camogie training is back up and running on Thursday from 6-7 p.m. and Saturday mornings (shared session with football). Contact Sinéad Dempsey on 087-2357584 for details.
Our annual Easter raffle will take place on Thursday, April 2, in Declan's at 9 p.m. with the usual great prizes including the top prize of a luxury hamper. Tickets are on sale with all club members.
The Under-8s won their first two matches in the Bannow tournament on Saturday morning which was excellently run by the host club. We look forward to our next outing next Saturday at 10 a.m.
Training for Under-7/8 continues Sunday at the hurling wall from 10-11 a.m., while the Under-9/10s train Sunday also at 11.45 a.m.
Well done to the Minor footballers who beat St. Martin's by two points on Sunday in the championship.
Congratulations to Rowan, David, Matthew, Jack, Fionn, Quinn, Adam and James who were all part of the St. Peter's Senior Hurling team which booked its place in an All-Ireland 'A' semi-final with a seven-point win over Loughrea on Saturday in Ashbourne. Rowan and Jack contributed two points apiece to the final tally.
We would like to wish our friends in the Slaughtneil G.A.A. club, Co. Derry, the very best in their All-Ireland Club football final on St. Patrick's Day in Croke Park. In 2013 Slaughtneil were our host club when we qualified for the national Féile football finals and showed our panel, mentors, parents and supporters exceptional hospitality while we were there.
Our Junior hurlers had a comfortable league win over the Shamrocks on Sunday in Killurin.
Our Under-14 girls defeated Bannow-Ballymitty last week - well done!
Well done also to our Junior ladies' football team which took to the field for the first time in the newly re-formed club's history on Saturday and recorded a draw with Crossabeg-Ballymurn 'B' on a scoreline of 5-9 to 6-6.
Training times: Junior, Under-18 and Under-16, Wednesday, 7.30-8.30 p.m. in O'Connor's, Barntown, and Saturday, 11.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. at the hurling wall; Under-14, Tuesday, 6.30-7.30 p.m., Saturday, 10.30-11.30 a.m. (combined with camogie from 11.15 a.m.); Under-12, 9.30-10.30 a.m. Saturday at the hurling wall; Under-10 camogie and ladies' football starts back on March 30 from 6-7 p.m.
Club registration for all of the above sections for 2015 is now due - thanks to all who have registered, and a gentle reminder to those who haven't that forms are available from trainers and it's important to get this sorted as soon as possible.
We had no lotto winners last Tuesday so the jackpot is €5,000 for the next draw.
The hurling league started last Friday evening with the Junior team losing out to the Rapps. This weekend will them take on the Harriers in a home game on Saturday while the second team travel down to St. Anne's on Sunday and the Minor hurlers take on Ballyhogue in Clongeen in the morning.
The Junior ladies took on Naomh Eanna in their first round of the league and lost by 0-7 to 0-2.
Have a good St. Patrick's Day.
Deepest condolences to the Keane family on their recent bereavement.
Please check our Facebook page and Twitter account for times and venues on matches as they change.
Our Senior team lost the opening game of the ACL when they went under to Cloughbawn in Castleboro last Friday on a scoreline of 2-14 to 0-10. We were a little bit rusty and will be seeking a significant improvement in our next fixture.
Our Junior 'A' team had a good win at home to Rosslare on Saturday on a scoreline of 3-13 to 2-11 with the goals coming from Shane Wilde, Ian Mitchell and Podge Farrell. Our Junior 'B' team was also successful in Division 7 when they beat Cushinstown in Páirc Charman on Sunday by 2-11 to 0-13, with the goals coming from Stephen Kearney and Ciarán Byrne.
Fixtures: Saturday, March 21, ACHL Division 1 v. Glynn-Barntown in Páirc Charman at 2 p.m.; Saturday, March 21, ACHL Division 4 v. Bannow-Ballymitty in Grantstown at 4.30 p.m.; Sunday, March 22, ACHL Division 7 v. Adamstown in Páirc Charman at 4.30 p.m.
Our Minor team commence their championship campaign on Sunday, March 22, when we host Naomh Eanna in Páirc Charman at 11 a.m.
For all updated news, under-age games, fixtures, results, lotto, photos etc. with the club, check out our website at www.faytheharriers.com or follow us on Twitter @faytheharriers or on our Facebook account for regular updates of club activity.
Club membership is now due and should be paid as quickly as possible to club officials or to club mentors. Players are not insured until their membership is paid, so they should do so as quickly as possible.
Under-age training times for the coming week are as follows: Under-18, every Wednesday on the all-weather arena in Páirc Charman at 8 p.m. - contact Tony Walsh (085-7645353); Under-16, every Wednesday on the all-weather arena in Páirc Charman at 8 p.m. - contact Pat Henebery (087-2609958); Under-14, every Tuesday on the all-weather arena in Páirc Charman from 6.30 p.m. to 8 p.m. - contact Peter Cassin (087-9872010); Under-12, every Monday on the all-weather arena in Páirc Charman from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. - contact Alan Corcoran (087-2529746); Under-10, Mondays from 6-7 p.m. in St. Peter's College - contact Justin Browne (087-2190343); Under-8, Sundays in St. Joseph's club at 11 a.m. - contact Nicky Keeling (086-0832120).
New members are always welcome to the club at any stage. Come along, meet new people, make new friends and learn the skills of our national fame in a fun environment.
Our Junior hurling game versus Davidstown was called off due to a bereavement and unplayable pitch. This game will be re-fixed at a future date. Our next hurling league game is on Saturday away to Gusserane.
Our Under-21 hurlers who are playing in the Premier grade have drawn Rathnure. The game will be on Good Friday at 6 p.m. in Rathnure.
The lotto jackpot wasn't won last week. Four match threes won prizes, and the numbers were 11, 15, 26 and 29. The next lotto draw is on Tuesday, March 25, in the centre, and the jackpot will be €5,000.
The final of the Tops will take place this Friday at 8 p.m., so get your tickets early for a great night's entertainment.
The Taghmon-Camross club would like to extend deepest sympathy to the Doyle family of Kilgarvan, Taghmon, on the death of Rich. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
St. James' G.A.A. club began life in Division 3 of the All-County Hurling League with a fruitful draw against Buffers Alley in Mersheen on Sunday (0-11 to 1-8). Next Saturday the team travel to St. Patrick's in Camolin for the second game of their first league campaign at this level.
Also on Sunday next at 4.30 p.m., our Junior hurling team travel to Clongeen for their first outing of the league campaign.