Granagh Ballingarry in first senior final since 2012
West Senior Hurling Championship semi final
Granagh Ballingarry made it through to their first West Limerick Senior Hurling Championship Final against holders Adare or Feenagh Kilmeedy since 2012 when they lost to Killeedy 2-16 to 0-11 in the replay, with a deserved 9 point victory over gallant Newcastle West, in wet conditions in front of a good attendance at Seán Finn’s Park, Rathkeale, on Saturday evening.
The Rathkeale officials had their pitch in top class condition for this game and Donie Neville of the Croagh Kilfinny club was an excellent referee.
The first half saw Granagh Ballingarry play into the dressing room goal and they got off to a dream start when they were awarded a free straight from the throw-in and the placed ball awarded from the centre of the field hit in by Brendan Lynch went all the way to the Newcastle West net.
The Newcastle West boys failed to be overawed with white flags by Miko Martin and Eoin Hurley in the second and fourth minute to close the gap to one. The hurling in the next five minutes was mediocre till Niall Kennedy cut through the Newcastle West defence and laid off to Cathal O’Keeffe, who finished past keeper Conor O’Sullivan to leave Granagh Ballingarry 4 ahead, 2-0 to 0-2 on ten minutes. A couple of wides were exchanged before white flags were traded by Niall Enright on 13 minutes and Niall Kennedy on 14 minutes. Michael Clancy on 15 minutes and Mike McMahon from a placed ball two minutes later to leave Granagh Ballingarry still 4 ahead, 2-2 to 0-4 on 17 minutes.
Then Jamie Lee on 18 minutes and Mike Martin on 19 minutes had points for Newcastle West before they were awarded a penalty on 20 minutes, which Granagh Ballingarry keeper Denis Noonan saved from Miko McMahon at the expense of a 65 which McMahon sent between the uprights to close the gap to 1, Granagh Ballingarry 2-2, Newcastle West 0-7 on 21 minutes. Then after five minutes of scoreless play, Niall Kennedy finally ended eleven minutes without a Granagh Ballingarry score with his second white flag on 27 minutes and Brendan Lynch followed this up a minute later with a 30 metre pointed free to increase the black and green’s advantage to 3 on 28 minutes. The final four minutes of this hard fought opening half produced no more scores to leave Granagh Ballingarry still 3 ahead 2-4 to 0-7 at the interval.
Newcastle West dominated for five minutes after the interval with white flags by Mike McMahon from a placed ball and Jamie Lee from open play which were cancelled out by Cathal O’Keeffe from a placed ball on 36 minutes and Michael Clancy from open play a minute later to leave Granagh Ballingarry still 3 ahead, 2-6 to 0-9 on 37 minutes. Niall Kennedy and Kevin O’Connor had wides for Granagh Ballingarry before points were traded by Niall Kennedy from play on 40 minutes and Mike McMahon from a placed ball two minutes later to leave still 3 between the sides on 42 minutes. The Granagh Ballingarry boys dominated play in the next 23 minutes, striking 1-4 through Micheál Clancy 1-1 and Cathal O’Keeffe 0-3 (free, 65, and play) to lead by 10, 3-11 to 0-10 on 55 minutes. Then Newcastle West were awarded a 30 metre free in front of the Granagh Ballingarry goal which county senior footballer Cian Sheehan sent to the back of the net on 56 minutes and James Kelly followed this up a minute later with a well taken point from play to close the gap to 6, GranaghBallingarr 3-11, Newcastle West 1-11 on 57 minutes.
The boys in black and green finished strongly with a troi of unanswered white flags, courtesy of Niall Kennedy on 58 minutes, sub Padraig Lynch on 59 minutes and Cathal O’Keeffe from a placed ball on 30 minutes. At the final whistle Granagh Ballingarry were deserving 3-14 to 1-11 winners to qualify for their first West Senior Hurling Championship Final against holders Adare or Feenagh Kilmeedy since 2012, when they lost to Killeedy 2-16 to 0-11 in the replay at Askeaton. Granagh Ballingarry scored 3-9 from play, 0-4 from frees and 0-1 from a 65. Newcastle West scored 2-7 from play, 0-3 from frees and 0-1 from a 65.
Granagh Ballingarry: Colm Noonan, Edward Sheehy, Niall Cahill, Michael Carroll, John Carroll, Bart Hanley, Bobby Houlihan, Niall McCarthy, Eoin Kennedy, Seán Lenihan, Niall Kennedy 0-4, Brendan Lynch 1-1, Michael Clancy 1-3, Kevin O’Connor, Cathal O’Keeffe 1-5. Subs used: Pat Carroll, David Clancy, Donagh McCarthy, Padraig Lynch 0-1.
Newcastle West: Conor O’Sullivan, Darragh McMahon, Maurice Murphy, Tom Kelliher, William Hurley, Paul Hannon, Steven Brosnan, Mark Lenihan, Cian Sheehan 1-0, Jamie Lee 0-2, Mike Martin 0-2, Eoin Hurley 0-1, James Kelly 0-1, Mike McMahon 0-4, Niall Enright 0-1.
Referee: Donie Neville (Croagh Kilfinny).
Galway book semi-final spot
All Ireland Minor Hurling Championship quarter-final
A cracking goal by Jack Grealish six minutes into the second half was crucial to Galway’s 4 point victory over Limerick in the All Ireland Minor Hurling Championship semi final in difficult wet conditions at Semple Stadium, Thurles, on Sunday to set up a semi final meeting with All Ireland champions, Kilkenny, on Sunday 9th August at Croke Park. Galway led at the interval by 1, 0-9 to 0-8, but the Shannonsiders would have been reasonably happy after playing into the breeze.
Galway: D. Gilligan, S. Bannon, J. Fitzpatrick, K. O’Connor, C. Mulry, I. O’Brien, A. Greaney, J. Grealish 1-0, J. Coyne, B.Concannon 0-1, T. Monaghan 0-1, F. Burke 0-11, M. Lynch 0-1, E. Niland 0-9, S. Loftus. Subs used: C. Fahy, L. Forde and P Forde.
Limerick: E. McNamara 0-2, O. O’Reilly 0-1, C. McSweeney, J. O’Grady, C. Byrnes, C. Houlihan, S. Flanagan, T. Grimes, D. O’Carroll, M. Mackey 0-1, B. Murphy 0-1, P. Casey 0-5, K. Hayes 0-1, P. O’Loughlin, C. Magner-Flynn 0-1. Subs used: C. O’Connor, B. McPartland, C. Carroll, C. Boylan, W. O’Meara.
Referee: T. Carroll (Offaly).
We are top!
West Minor B Football Championship round 3
In the final group game of the West Minor B Football Championship at sunny Ballingarry on Tuesday 21st July holders Granagh-Ballingarry/Banogue were emphatic 23 point winners over gallant St Kieran's to finish top of the group on 6 points to qualify for a semi-final meeting with fourth-placed Dáithi Broudairs. Donal Mulcahy had the pitch in top class condition for this game which was played in front of a small crowd with John McGrath of Monagea in charge.
The first half was the more competitive with Granagh-Ballingarry./Banogue making all the early running with points in the first five minutes by captain Jack O'Donoghue and Aaron Smith two (free and play) before Bradley Daly finished past St Kieran's keeper Robert Bradley on 7 minutes to leave it 1-3 to 0-0 in favour of the home side, far from being overawed, St Kieran's scored two goals courtesy of Daniel Power on 8 minutes abnd Brian McCarthy on 1- to level the score at Granagh-Ballingarry/Banogue 1-3 St Kieran's 2-0 on 10 minutes., then points for Granagh-Ballingarry/Banogue by Aaron Smith from a placed ball on 12 minutes and Jack O'Donoghue on 14 were cancelled out by Darragh O'Connor from ap laced ball on 15 minutes and Daniel Power from play two minutes later to leave it still level, Granagh-Ballingarry/Banogue 1-5 St Kieran's 2-2 on 17 minutes.
St Kieran's keeper Robert Bradley brought off a top class save from Bradley Daly on 18 minutes, before points for the Saints from Darragh O'Connor from play on 19 minutes and a placed ball on 21 minutes were followed by a smashing Noel callanan point following a good solo run to leave St Kieran's three ahead 2-5 to 1-5 on 23 minutes. the Granagh-Ballingarry/Banogue combination team now began to raise their game with a well taken point by Edward Sheehy after a good solo run on 25 minutes followed by a second goal by Bradley dalyt on 27 minutes and a second point for Edward Sheehy on 30 minutes to send the home side, Granagh-Ballingarry/Banogue, in at the interval leading by 2-7 to 2-5 after an exciting first half.
Granagh-Ballingarry/Banogue were majestic for 15 ins after the interval shooting 4-6 from play courtesy of Aaron Smith -0, Owen Carroll 1-3, Seán O'Leary, Bradley Daly and Aidan Meade 0-1 each to go 20 ahead 6-13 to 2-5 at the end of the third quarter, then Daniel power finally opened the Saints’ second-half account with his second point from play on 46 minutes followed three minutes later by a smashing Noel O'Callaghan goal to close the gap to 16, Granagh-Ballingarry/Banogue 6-13 St Kieran's 3-6 on 49 minutes. The last 11 minutes were again all Granagh-Ballingarry/Banogue with points by Seán O'Connor and Edward Sheehy on 50 and 53 minutes followed by Bradley Daly’s third goal on 55 minutes before Aidan Meade on 57 and full back Cathal O'Keeffe on 60 minutes added yet more points to the Granagh-Ballingarry/Banogue total. At the final whistle Granagh-Ballingarry/Banogue were emphatic 7-17 to 3-6 winners and went top of the group on 6 points to qualify for a semi-final meeting with Dáithi Broudairs, while St Kieran's play St. Senan's. Granagh-Ballingarry/Banogue scored 7-15 from play and 0-2 from frees; St Kieran's scored 3-4 from play and 0-2 from frees.
Granagh-Ballingarry/Banogue: Darragh Brady, Mickie Moloney, Cathal O'Keeffe 0-1, Conor O'Donoghue, ruan Brady, Jack O'Donoghue 0-2, James Dore, Brendan Lynch, Edward Sheehy 0-3, Seán O'Connor 0-1, Aaron Smith 3-3, Seán O'Leary 0-1, Owen Carroll 1-3, Bradley Daly 3-1, Aidan Meade 0-2. Sub used: Richard O'Keeffe.
St Kieran's: Robert Bradley, Michael Ambrose, Diarmuid Mulcahy, Anthony Mullins, John Byrnes, Denis Fitzgerald, Daniel Barrett, Kealan O'Connor, Daniel Power 1-2, Darragh O'Connor 0-3, Noel callanan 1-1, Liam Upton, Brian McCarthy 1-0, Darragh Breen, Colm Copse. Subs: Denis Cronin, Josh Enright, Cillian Ambrose, Patrick O'Connor.
Referee John McGrath, Monagea.
West Minor A and B Hurling Championship round 1
Granagh-Ballingarry/Rathkeale made a winning start to their West Minor Hurling Championship with a comfortable victory over gallant Dáithi Broudairs (representing Dromcollogher-Broadford and Kilmallock) at Dromcollogher on Friday evening. This first Minor game of the season was played on an excellent pitch with county assistant secretary Seamus McNamara in charge.
Granagh-Ballingarry started brightly with two points by Cathal O'Keeffe within two minutes which were cancelled out by Jack O'Sullivan for 0-2 each on 5 minutes. Then Cathal O'Keeffe gave Granagh-Ballingarry/Rathkeale a two point advantage again with points on 6 and 8 minutes before Dan Curtin put Dáithi Broudairs one up with a cracking goal on 10 minutes to leave it Dáithi Broudairs 1-2 Granagh-Ballingarry/Rathkeale 0-4. Granagh-Ballingarry/Rathkeale were majestic for the next 13 minutes striking 1-7 from play courtesy of Richie O'Keeffe 1-1, Seán O'Connor and Cathal O'Keeffe 0-2 each and Andrew White and Mickie Morrissey 0-1 each to go nine up 1-11 to 1-2 on 23 minutes.
The hurling in the next five minutes was poor with wides by both sites until Damien Burke of Dáithi Broudairs pointed after a good solo run to close the gap to eight. The last five minutes of the half produced no more scores to leave Granagh-Ballingarry /Rathkeale leading by 1-11 to 1-3.
The opening five minutes after the interval were the most competitive with points traded by Cathal O'Keeffe from play and Jack O'Sullivan from a 65, Seán O'Connor form play and Jack O'Sullivan from a free to leave Granagh-Ballingarry/Rathkeale still eight ahead 1-13 to 1-5 on 35 minutes. Then Jack O'Sullivan reduced the gap to six with points from placed balls on 37 and 29 minutes to leave it Granagh-Ballingarry/Rathkeale 1-13 Dáithi Broudairs 1-7. Granagh-Ballingarry/Rathkeale now began to raise their game with points by Mickie Morrissey on 40 minutes, Cathal O'Keeffe (65) on 42, Seán O'Connor on 43 and Mickie Morrissey on 44 followed a minute later with a cracking Cathal O'Keeffe goal to leave 14 between the sides, Granagh-Ballingarry/Rathkeale 2-10 Dáithi Broudairs 1-7 at the end of the third quarter. Then after nine scoreless minutes Jack O'Sullivan pointed from a placed ball on 48 minutes before points by Cathal O'Keeffe on 50, Barry Coleman on 51, Jack O'Donoghue on 52 and Andrew White on 55 minutes increased Granagh-Ballingarry/Rathkeale’s lead to 17, 2-22 to 1-8 with five minutes to go. Dáithi Broudairs refused to be overawed, scoring 1-1 by their no. 6 Alex Culhane before Granagh-Ballingarry/Rathkeale rounded off a fine all round display with points by their no. 8 Mickie Morrissey on 59 and 60 minutes to leave Granagh-Ballingarry/Rathkeale emphatic 15 point 2-24 to 2-9 winners. They can look forward with confidence to their next game, against St Kieran's.
Granagh-Ballingarry/Rathkeale scored 2-22 from play, 0-1 from a free and 0-1 from a 65. Dáithi Broudairs scored 2-4 from play, 0-4 from frees and 0-1 from a 65.
Granagh-Ballingarry/Rathkeale: Conor O'Donoghue, David O'Donnell, Gearóid Mulcaire, Paudie Power, Aaron Smith, Brendan Lynch, Barry Coleman 0-1, Mickie Morrissey 0-5, Jack O'Donoghue 0-1, Seán O'Connor 0-4, Cathal O'Keeffe 1-10, Andrew White 0-2, Brian Keating, Richie O'Keeffe 1-1, Enda Walsh.
Dáithi Broudairs: Conor Begley, Conor McCarthy, Glen McNamara, Michael Ryan, Seán Brosnan, Alex Culhane 1-1, James Curtin, Donal Molyneaux, ck Ryan, Damien Burke 0-1, Jack O'Sullivan 0-7, Nigel O'Callaghan, Jerry O'Brien, Daniel Curtin 1-0. Gearóid Lehane. Sub used: Conor Roche.
Referee Seamus McNamara, Fr. Casey's.
Limerick Club Draw
The following were winners in the fifth draw held on Saturday 25th July on Limerick Live FM:
€13,000 Liam Arrigan, Rathkeale; €3,000 Jimmy and Sheila O'Connor, Cappamore; €2,000 Pat O'Malley, Croagh-Kilfinny; 41,000 Mike Hogan, Banogue; €500 each Paul O'Riordan, South Liberties; Dave Sheerin, Blackrock Bord na nOg; Gemma O'Grady, Mungret; Patrick Windle, St Kieran's; Willie Fitzmaurice, Kilmallock. €250 each: Seán Sparling, Adare; Christy Brosnan, Tournafulla; Marion Coughlan, Croagh-Kilfinny; Power Solicitors, Hospital-Herbertstown; Brigid Byrnes, St. Senan's; Claire Lillis, Camogue Rovers; Aidan Judge, Adare; Tom Thornhill, Ballylanders/Glenroe; and Mike McGrath, Galbally.
The numbers drawn were 2, 16, 23 and 27. The jackpot was not won. the next draw is on Saturday 29th August at Limerick Live 95FM studio.
Today’s junior B hurling
Pairc Caoimh O Luing Feenagh is the venue today Wednesday 29th July at 7.30pm for the clash of Granagh-Ballingarry and Tournafulla in round 3 of group w in the West Junior B Hurling Championship which is a rematch of the West League final, won by one point 1-17 to 2-13 by the boys in black and green on Tuesday 16th June in Coolcappa. Granagh-Ballingarry enter Sunday’s game top of the table on four points with wins over Feohanagh-Castlemahon and Feenagh-Kilmeedy, while Tournafulla are on two points after losing to Feohanagh-Castlemahon but beating Newcastle West. Your support for the boys in black and green would be appreciated as they try to continue their unbeaten run and qualify for the quarter-final.
Munster U21 final
We wish the best of luck to our own David Condron who is part of the Limerick squad to play holders Clare tomorroe Thursday 30th July at Cusack Park Ennis at 7pm. they are hoping for their first Munster Championship title since they beat Cork in 2011.
All-Ireland Senior Football Championship round 4A, Fermanagh 1-13 Westmeath 0-7, Kildare 1-21 Cork 1-13.
All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship quarter-finals, Waterford 2-21 Dublin 1-18, Galway 2-28 Cork 0-22.
All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship, Dublin 0-22 Antrim 2-11; Galway 1-14 Limerick 0-13.
€8,800 Jackpot on Bank Holiday Monday
There was no winner of the €8,700 jackpot in the Granagh/Ballingarry GAA club lottery on Monday July 27th at Trainor’s Bar, Ballingarry. The numbers drawn were 18, 21, 27, 31. Lucky dips of €20 each to Denny Aherne, Mairéad O’Keeffe, Ray O’Shea, Mike and Helen Clancy and Tom Burke. The next draw is on Monday August 3rd in Condron’s Bar Ballingarry for a jackpot of €8,800 We thank all our punters for their continued support.
County Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship Round 5
The mouth-watering clash of Granagh/Ballingarry and Blackrock in Round 5 of the County Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship now goes ahead on Saturday August 8th in Fitzgerald Park, Kilmallock at 7p.m. Please support.
County Senior Football Championship Round 4
Friday August 7th: Na Piarsaigh v St. Kieran’s in Clarina at 7p.m. Fr. Casey’s v Ballysteen in Newcastle West at 7p.m.
Saturday August 8th: Pallasgreen v Drom-Broadford in Bruff at 7p.m. St. Patrick’s v Monaleen in Claughaun at 7p.m.
Sunday August 9th: Adare v Newcastle West in Sean Finns Park, Rathkeale at 7p.m. Ballylanders v Rathkeale in Fitzgerald Park Kilmallock at 7p.m.
County Intermediate Football Championship Round 4:
Friday August 7th: Galbally v Oola Hospital at 7p.m.
Saturday August 8th: Mountcollins v Bruff in Dromcollogher at 7p.m. St. Senan’s v Claughaun in Clarina at 7p.m. Cappamore v Glin in Croagh at 7p.m.
Sunday August 9th: Feohanagh-Castlemahon v Hospital-Herbertstown in Pairc Chaoimh O Luing Feenagh at 7p.m. Mungret/St. Paul’s v Athea in Askeaton at 2p.m.
Wednesday July 29th: West Junior B Hurling Championship Group 2 round 3, Tournafulla v Granagh/Ballingarry in Páirc Chaoimh O Luing Feenagh at 7.30p.m. Feohanagh/Castlemahon v Newcastle West in Balingarry at 7.30p.m.
County Intermediate Hurling Championship Round 4: Feenagh/Kilmeedy v St. Kieran’s in Knockaderry at 7p.m.
County Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship round 5: Bruree v Garry spillane in Fitzgerald Park Kilmallock at 7p.m.
Thursday July 30th: U16 Hurling Challenge, Limerick v Clare in Cusack Park Ennis at 5p.m.
Munster U21 Hurling Championship Final: Clare holders v Limerick in Cusack Park Ennis at 7p.m.
Friday July 31st: West Junior A Hurling Championship round 4, Askeaton v Tournafulla in Ballingarry at 7.30p.m. Killeedy v Monagea in Páirc Caoimh O Luing Feenagh at 7.30p.m.
Drom/Broadford v Croagh/Kilfinny in Pairc Chaoimh O Luing Feenagh at 7.30p.m
County Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship Round 5: Monaleen v Pallasgreen in Caherconlish at 7p.m.
County Intermediate Hurling Championship Round 4: Mungret/St. Paul’s v Caherline in Claughaun at 7p.m.
County Senior Hurling Championship Round 4: Croom v Ballybrown in Croagh at 7p.m.
Saturday August 1st: All Ireland Senior Football Championship round 4B: Sligo v Tyrone in Croke Park at 4p.m. Donegal v Galway in Croke Park at 6p.m.
All Ireland Minor Football Championship quarter Finals: Derry v Longford in Brewster Park at 2p.m. Kildare v Cavan in Páirc Tailteann at 6.30p.m.
County Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship Round 5: Dromin/Athlacca v Knockainey in Bruff at 7p.m.
Sunday August 2nd: All Ireland Senior Football Championship Quarter finals: Kerry v Kildare in Croke Park at 2p.m.
Dublin v Fermanagh in Croke Park at 4p.m.
County Senior Hurling Championship Round 4: South Limerick v Patrickswell in Pairc na nGael in Caherconlish at 2p.m. Kilmallock v Effin in Kilfinane at 7p.m. Na Piarsaigh v Bruff in Claughaun at 7p.m.
County Intermediate Hurling championship round 4: Kildimo/Pallaskenry v Newcastle West in Páirc Chaoimh O Luing in Feenagh at 12 noon. Knockaderry v Cappamore in Mungret at 2p.m. Glenroe v Claughaun in Bruff at 2p.m. Hospital/Herbertstown v Feohanagh/Castlemahon in O’Connell Park, Kilmallock at 3.30p.m.
Monday August 3rd: All Ireland Minor Football Championship quarter Final: Kerry v Sligo in O’Connor Park in Tullamore at 2p.m. Galway v Tipperary in O’Connor Park in Tullamore at 4p.m.
West Junior A Hurling Championship round 4: Killeedy v Adare in Páirc Chaoimh O Luing in Feenagh at 7p.m.