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Swan shock fancied Mullinahone to reach final

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Swan shock fancied Mullinahone to reach final

Glanbia South SHC semi-final
Carrick Swan 0-17
Mullinahone 0-12
When these two sides met earlier in the league section of the Glanbia championship, Swan emerged as victors courtesy of a last minute goal. In that game there was really nothing at stake and both teams played under strength sides. It was a fine open game with lots of goals and plenty of good hurling from the young players on each side.

On Friday night last in Kilsheelan both sides again clashed in the semi-final. The game was again close but this time while Swan's younger contingent stepped up to the mark, many of Mullinahone's younger brigade were marked absent in spirit if not in body. This was no exhibition game but a somewhat tense affair in which grit and determination went a long way. The game suffered as a spectacle because of the absence of goals but the closeness of the scoring throughout made up for this.

Outsiders coming into the game, in the eyes of many, Swan fought for every ball from No. 15 all the way back to No. 1.

None exemplified these sterling qualities more that Gerry Walsh at corner back whose spirited challenges for the ball were an inspiration to his team mates. At the other end of the field full forward Stephen Hahessy, more renowned as a footballer, also put himself about to great effect.

Perhaps it is significant that both these players played well in areas of the field where Mullinahone's big two Paul Curran and Eoin Kelly operated. While both played well, they were not in a position to dominate the game. Kelly scored 0-10 of Mullinahone's total with the other two points coming from a line ball and from one of their midfielders. None of the other Mullinahone forwards scored from play.

At the other end Paul Curran defended well but was too close to his own goal to set Kelly free at the other end with long clearances. The Swan half forward line of O'Hanlon, Reade and Diffly were also adept at picking off points from long distance and didn't bother Curran or his goalkeeper Sean Foxe too much. In the tactical battle it was Swans who came out on top as basically they controlled the middle sections of the field.

Mullinahone began with an Eoin Kelly point from a free in the first minute. Keith Delahunty was also in early action booking both the Mullinahone corner back and the Swan corner forward after a scuffle. On six minutes Eoin Kelly had a point from the centre forward position but a minute later Stephen Hahessy pointed when he received from Paul Diffly. Two minutes later Eddie Carey pointed for Mullinahone but a wandering Hahessy pointed for Swan after 12 minutes.

Sub used - Keith Walsh

Mullinahone: Seanie Foxe, Martin Costello, Paul Curran, Niall Cronin, Philip O’Shea, Niall Curran, Shane O’Brien, Eddie Carey, Kevin Bolger, Sean Curran, Ned Tobin, Donal Cody, Eoin Kelly, A J Cronin, Kevin Walzer. Sub used - Edwin O’Meara

On 13 minutes Eoin Kelly pointed from half way. Kieran Reade saw yellow and Eoin Kelly put Mullinahone three points ahead. Reade himself hit back with a point and after 17 minutes Danny O'Hanlon a Swan free. Another O'Hanlon free had the sides level after 19 minutes. Two minutes later he pointed again and M.J. Walsh pointed as Swan gained in confidence.

On 27 minutes another O'Hanlon free put them three points up having been three points down. Eoin Kelly pointed a long free but within a minute Stephen Hahessy replied.

In added time, Eoin Kelly pointed another long distance free but in the next two minutes Paul Diffly scored two very important points for Swan.

Half time: Carrick Swan 0-11, Mullinahone 0-7.

Swan began the second half well with an O’Hanlon point from a free. Sean Curran suffered an injury after four minutes but remained on the field. Two minutes later Ned Tobin pointed from a line ball and two minutes later again Kelly pointed a free to cut the gap to a goal.

At this stage, Gerry Walsh was defending really well for Swan. After ten minutes Danny O’Hanlon pointed a free to put Swan four points up. A minute later we got a hint that it might not be Mullinahone’s night. One of the Mullinahone forwards appeared to be fouled but the free went to Swan and resulted in a point for Danny O’Hanlon. The gap was now five points when another Kelly point at this stage would have cut it to three.

Edwin O’Meara came on for Mullinahone and when Eoin Kelly pointed a free for a foul on himself after 14 minutes, Mullinahone were up to 0-10. Kevin Lanigan was yellow carded for Swan. We had then 10 scoreless minutes with Danny O’Hanlon missing a 65. On 24 minutes the gap was down to three points when Kelly pointed yet another free. O’Hanlon (free) and Kelly (65) exchanged points in the next three minutes while it was Kieran Reade who was sent up to point another Swan 65 on the stroke of full time.

Again in added time Paul Diffly pointed to leave the final score Carrick Swan 0-17, Mullinahone 0-12.

It was a deserved win for Swan’s spirit. Perhaps, their good minors of a few years ago are now coming of age. They looked a well balanced team and the win over Mullinahone will give them confidence. This may have been Swan’s first win over Mullinahone in the knockout stages of the senior hurling championship since the late 1990s or possibly ever.

Swan began with Brian Grace replacing Darren Fahy in the published lineout. They also introduced Keith Walsh during the second half. The presence of Dinny Cahill in the background was also noted. Swan will be a handful for anyone in the “Glanbia” final whenever it takes place.

Mullinahone’s supporters will be disappointed. Too many of their players seemed to expect victory to come to them rather than going out to win it for themselves. Their mentors didn’t react to obvious deficiencies in areas of the field. Perhaps, they will respond with an improved showing in the county championship. Early in the season the odds on an all Carrick final would have been high. Now they are certainly considerably lower.

Carrick Swan: Tom Kennedy, John Walsh, Alan O’Sullivan, Gerry Walsh, Martin Russell, Kevin Lanigan, Brian Grace, M J Walsh Johnny Grace, Danny O’Hanlon, Kieran Reade, Paul Diffly, A P Ryan, Stephen Hahessy, Dwayne Fogarty.

 

It was a black weekend for local hurling

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It was a black weekend for local hurling. However, this time the hurt was not compounded by a weekend break in our domestic water supply.

For the second weekend out of the last six, the village has managed to avoid a cut in water supply over the weekend. On the debit side, the on again off again under 16 semi-final finally took place on Friday evening in grand conditions in Marlfield. The change to the Clonmel venue came very late in the day. Supporters travelled in hope. Early in the season there was a lot of local confidence that these hurlers would do well. When we failed to field in minor, it became even more important that our under 16's would do well. We hadn't played Kilsheelan in our run to the semi-final, though we had lost an early game to St. Mary's.

We started well in the semi-final playing into the sun which disappeared in the second half. However, Kilsheelan hung in and gradually fought their way into the game. They finally headed us and in a hectic finish, we were unable to come back and lost by two points. As a result, we are out and will not play in the final.

Our fifteen who lined out was Richard Walsh, Niall Kennedy, George Browning, Killian Skirka, Luke Mullally, Gary Cronin, David Walzer, Diarmuid O'Halloran, Jack Shelly, Denis Connolly, Cathal Horan, William Croke, Conor Vaughan, Sean Walzer and Stephen Quirke. Subs used Michael Dunne and Eoin Fennelly.

Hopefully our conquerors will go a long ways in the championship.

On Saturday afternoon, we travelled to Semple Stadium in Thurles to see our seniors in action against Upperchurch in the county quarter-final. We certainly lost this game in terms of vocal support as the newcomers to this level of senior hurling certainly "outshouted" us.

The game itself was a very mixed affair with some great scores. In the end, we were lucky to get a chance in extra time to draw the game with a late Eoin Kelly free. However, in that extra-time, the efforts of playing with 14 for most of the original 60 minutes told and Upperchurch were clearly better than us. The pessimists will tell us that the golden era has ended as we now rely too much on too few and that others are not stepping up to the mark. Certainly it is time to re-organise.

Now our remaining hurling hopes remain with our Junior B hurlers who have done really well this year to be South Champions like our seniors. Luckily, they lost no players in last Saturday's senior game.

U16 hurlers: Last week proved a tough week for our U16 hurlers. With seven of the panel recovering from illness we played Kilsheelan/Kilcash in the South semi-final with the final being fixed on the following Sunday. We fielded without our talented midfielder Eoin Fennelly and Jack Shelly played with a chest infection. However none of this was used as an excuse as our boys brought the game to Kilsheelan in the early stages taking a nine point lead. However credit to Kilsheelan for not giving up and with some fine hurlers of their own clawed their way back into the game.
The second half proved to be a very close affair with Kilsheelan holding on for a narrow win.

Our players gave everything they had on the pitch and this was evident in the dressingroom afterwards with the disappointed faces. But these boys can hold their heads high as they have given us a wonderful couple of years and can look forward with confidence to next year's minor championship. Well done to all involved.
We also wish a very sporting Kilsheelan team everyluck in the final.
After all the rush to get this game played the final didn't go ahead on Sunday.

Senior hurling: Following our U16 loss we looked to our seniors for success on Saturday in Semple Stadium. We faced Upperchurch/Drombane, a team we have beaten in the past. The game was very close throughout and after going down to 14 men we looked like we might hold out for a win. However 'The Church' brought us to extra time. Tired limbs started to tell at this stage and Upperchurch pulled away to earn a place in the semi-final against Thurles Sarsfields.

Since last March the lads have trained long and hard and given a huge commitment . Players and mentors alike shared the dissapoinment in the dressingroom afterwards. We thank everyone involved and especially Michael Ryan who was a joy to work with all year and who now has many friends in Mullinahone.

It wasn't all bad news though as the sight of Sean O'Meara flying down the tunnel in Semple was an indication that some good news was on the way. At around 12-30 that night Sean's wife Claudia gave birth to their second son Tom. To Sean,Claudia and big brother Ned we offer hearty congratulations.

 

Junior B Hurling champions

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Junior B Hurling champions:
All roads were leading to Davin Park in Carrick last Saturday for the South final between ourselves and St. Mary's.

There was a slow start to this game with both teams trying to find their feet and touch on a very heavy pitch which wasn't prepared with hurling in mind. Adrian Doheny, Richie Neary and team captain Bill Tobin were doing well in the early exchanges.
The first half was touch and go with the sides going in at half time with Mullinahone leading 0-7 to 0-5. The second half was all Mullinahone with former Tipp. Star Brian O'Meara showing all his experience to score 1-3 from play. With Ml. Luttrell and Danny Luttrell also in good scoring form Mullinahone were holding all the aces. The experience of Noel O'Shea and Martin Costelloe anchored the back line well. This win wasn't won on individuals alone but with the full panel of players giving great commitment all year.

At the end a very happy Bill Tobin who led by example all through accepted the cup from Dick Egan.
The last man to accept this cup for the club in 2002 was John McCormack.

It was great to see so many players involved then still there. Well done to all the players involved for giving us such great enjoyment. Credit also to Michael Scott and his selectors Harry Knox and the Kerryman for the big effort they put into the panel all year.

The team was as follows: John Murphy, J. O'Meara, M. Costelloe, R. Cahill, C. O'Shea, N. O'Shea, R. Neary, A. Doheny, K. O'Meara, B. Tobin, B. O'Meara, D. Luttrell, D. McNamara, M. Luttrell, R.Morrissey, A. Walsh, E. Phelan, N. Mullally, D. Croke, Jim Maher, S. Ahearn, E. Egan, L. Needham, C. Foxe.

Juvenile Club
Our U16 hurlers await the challenge of Kilsheelin in the Sth. Semi-final. This is their first time in the 'A' grade and have been improving steadily all through the championship. Best of luck lads. Its that time of the year when things start to wind down slowly with many of our teams now involved in local tournaments. Great credit is due to all the trainers of our juvenile teams for the time and dedication they give to these kids and who provide so much entertainment all year.

Sports Hall
The hall is now available to book for soccer for the coming winter. Please contact Jackie Bolger on 086-8341843 for times. Anybody or groups who use the hall or gym facilities are asked to leave them in a clean and tidy condition when leaving. Circuit training under gym instructor Andy Cashman takes place every Tuesday and Thursday nights for ladies only. New members always welcome

 

Club news

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Our senior hurlers started their season with a game against Killenaule last Sunday. Due to number of injuries many young players got a chance to play senior for the first time. Against a strong Killenaule team they certainly tried hard and never threw in the towel. The experience will benefit them in the future. Hopefully our injured players will now have some time to work their way back to full fitness.

Congratulations to Alan Curran on being part of the panel for Tipperary's great football league win.
Indeed well done to everybody in the Tipperary football set up.

Best of luck also to Sean Curran in Wednesdays minor hurling championship game against Limerick in Thurles.

Juvenile GAA
Coaching times for our underage hurling and football players are as follows:

Under 6On Saturday at 10am
Under 8On Saturday 6 - 7pm and St. 10am to 11am
Under 10On Saturday 9.45 to 10.45am and Tuesday 6 - 7pm
Under 12On Tuesday 6 - 7pm and Saturday 9.45 - 10.45am
Under 14On Mondays and Thursdays 6.30 - 7.30pm
Under 16Thursdays 7 - 8pm and Saturdays 11am to 12 noon.
 


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