Congratulations to the Intermediate camogie girls who had a hard fought victory in the Intermediate Plate final over a gallant Ballybrown team on Sunday.
Great to see the girls back in the winning enclosure after an absence of a few years.
A very good display from the girls who ran out narrow winners 2-5 to 1-5 in the end.
Team: Laura O Neill, Keeva Palmer, Claire Casey, Roisin McNamara(capt), Lorna Flanagan, Sinead McNamara, Sinead Madden, Aoife Wilson(0-3,2f), Rachel Considine(0-2), Ciara Hogan, Aoife Henn, Jackie McGrew, (1-0), Eve Meaney(1-0), Niamh Tuite, Alma O Brien.
Subs: Rachel Murray, Shona Lynch, Laura Grimes, Emma O Rahilly
Best wishes to all the girls involved in up coming exams
The senior hurlers made it two out of two on Saturday night when they overcame a dogged Patrickswell team on a 3-18 to 1-15 scoreline.
Trailing 1-08 to 1-6 at the break and looking sluggish, the lads put in a much improved second 30 minutes to run out nine point winners in the end.
Goals from Kevin Ryan and Adrian Breen along with David Dempseys first half strike proving the difference.
Team: Padraic Kennedy, Mike Casey, Cathall King(capt), Kieran Kennedy, James O Brien, Ronan Lynch(0-1f), Niall Buckley, Kevin Ryan(1-0), Mike Foley(0-1), Shane Dowling(09,8f), Adrian Breen(1-2), Gordon Brown(0-1)Peter Casey(0-4)), David Dempsey(1-0), Tommy Grimes. Subs Used: Kieran Daly, Kevin Downes
Action now focuses on Limerick and their Munster semi final clash with Clare in three weeks time.
The Intermediate Hurlers made their bow in the Intermediate Championship on Sunday when they took on Hospital Herbertstown in Caherconlish.
A beautiful day for hurling and in spite of being down a number of lads who were called up for senior duty.
We nevertheless fielded a good team and hurled very well throughout the game.
We began well with points from David Sheppard from play and frees gave us a 3 point lead.
A rather fortuous goal from a long ball in brought it back level despite most of the hurling being done by us.
We found ourselves further behind mid way through the half when a ball wasn’t cleared quickly enough and Hospital H took full advantage. This was swiftly followed by a third goal to put us under pressure.
David Sheppards accuracy from placed balls kept the scoreboard moving nicely.
Shortly before the break we scored a goal of our own when Reuben McCarthy caught a great ball before crashing the sliothar to the net..Game on.
2 further Sheppie frees put us 1 point in front at the break 1-9 to 3-2.
Our defence was well marshalled by the evergreen Brian Hartnett who also captains the team this year and in front of him Aidan Hennessy hurled well.
Mark Ryan and Neil O Gorman at midfield worked tirelessly.
The second half care was much improved with good scores from both sides especially from the free takers who did very well.
With the game entering the closing stages opportunities were created but not taken and with time almost up Hospital Herbertstown got their noses in front for the first time.
However we fought valiantly and created an opening for ace free taker Dave Sheppard to convert and end the game all square.
Some of younger lads getting a first taste of Intermediate hurling and did well namely Pauric Heaney, Evan Gilvarry, Reuben McCarthy , Ger Kearns and Gearoid Synnott.
Final Score. N.a. Piarsaigh 1-16 Hospital Herbertstown 3-10.
Team: Evan Condon, Pa Guinane, Brian Hartnett, Pauric Heaney, Evan O Brien, Aidan Hennessy, Dean McLoughlin, Neil O Gorman, Mark Ryan(0-1), Pat McCarthy, John Madden, Eoghan Keogh, Reuben McCarthy (1-0), David Sheppard(0-14,9f), Evan Gilvarry.
Subs. Gearoid Synnott(0-1), Ger Kearns
Next round is on next weekend when we take on Dromcollogher Broadford in Croagh on Sunday evening.
Our senior hurlers opened their Championship account for 2017 with a good victory over Senior new boys Cappamore in Kilmallock on Saturday night.
We lined out minus the services of various starting players but as is the system the Intermediate team members filled the gaps and filled them well.
We also saw the reappearance of Kevin Downes after his lengthy layoff with cruciate ligament damage and he saw crucial game time and contributed with an excellent point from the touch line.
With hurled very well in patches and took some great scores with all 6 forwards and both midfielders on the scoresheet.
James O Brien also chipped in with 3 points of his own from the half back line whilst alongside him Niall Buckley and Ronan Lynch were to the fore.
Both our goals coming in the first half, the first from David Dempsey following a stop by the keeper.
The second goal was a thing of beauty with a glorious pin point pass from Kevin Ryan to the hand of Adrian Breen who shot first time to the back of the net.
We led 2-12 to 0-5 At the break.
Shane Dowling’s accuracy from placed balls was excellent again as he kept the scoreboard ticking over.
That Breen goal and the introduction of Kevin Downes were no doubt the highlights of a good workmanlike performance from the lads.
Final Score Na Piarsaigh 2-23 Cappamore 0-12.
Next up for the lads are county champions Patrickswell on Saturday evening in the Gaelic Grpunds
Team: Podge Kennedy, Mike Casey, Catchall King, Kieran Kennedy, James O Brien(0-3), Ronan Lynch, Hi all Buckley, Mike Foley(0-1), Tommy Grimes(0-1), Shane Dowling(0-8,6f), Adrian Breen(1-2), Gordon Brown(0-1), Kevin Ryan(0-2), David Dempsey(1-2)Kieran Daly(0-2).Subs..Kevin Downes(0-1)
Our Under 15 hurlers continued their good form with a second win from two starts with victory over Bruff in Pairc Dromguil on Wednesday.
Having overcome Glenroe in Round 1 on a scoreline of 3-8 to 3-6 it was hoped the teams form would continue.
We began very well and got some excellent points from the stick of Marcus Hogan who flashed over 3 excellent first half points before succumbing to injury.
We had further points from Dylan Skehan and Patrick O Neill to register 6 points in the first half but the concession of two soft goals left us trail at the break 2-1 to 0-6.
A very good second half display gave the team fresh imputus and when Dylan Skehan goaled we were in the driving seat. Two further points from frees one each from Dylan Lynch and Dylan Skehan sealed a very good victory on the night.
It was great to have Steven Mitchell back after a long layoff and having played in a number of defensive positions he ended up between the posts in the second half.
We had good displays from Mark O Connor, Kieran Richardson, Niall Barrett, Dylan Lynch and Marcus Hogan whilst overall a big improvement in the team performance.
Team:John Fitzgerald, Fionn O Tiarnaigh, Kieran Richardson, Adam Long, Steven Mitchell, Mark O Connor, Frankie Naughton, Niall Barrett, Sean Patrick O Halloran, Dylan Lynch(0-1), Colm Downey, Dylan Skehan(1-3), Patrick O Neill(0-1), Eoin Coughlan, Marcus Hogan(0-3). Subs used: JJ Carey, Cian Brosnan, Frankie Glynn
Final Score Na Piarsaigh 1-8 Bruff 2-1