GRANAGH BALLINGARRY G.A.A.
FIRST B FINAL SINCE 2012
West Junior B Hurling Championship semi-final
League winners Granagh-Ballingarry recorded a hard fought five point victory over gallant Tournafulla in the West Junior B Hurling Championship semi-final to qualify for the final against Feohanagh-Castlemahon at Dromcollogher on Saturday 19th September at 3pm, which is a repeat of the 2012 final won 1-13 to 0-3 by Feohanagh-Castlemahon. A good crowd watched this rematch of the league final between two fine sporting sides played ion a good pitch with Donnacha O'Callaghan of the host club in charge.
The first 12 minutes were close and exciting with points exchanged by Eoin Lenihan from a placed ball in the opening minute and Brian Fitzgerald on 2 minutes, Brian again on 3 minutes and Eoin Lenihan from a placed ball on 4 minutes, Mike O'Mahony on 5 minutes and Padraig Lynch on 8 minutes, Jack O'Donoghue on 10 minutes and Donnacha McCarthy on 12 minutes. Granagh-Ballingarry were majestic for the next ten minutes playing textbook hurling with points by John O'Grady on 13 minutes and a placed ball on 15 minutes, Jack O'Donoghue on 16 minutes, Kevin O'Kelly on 17 minutes, John O'Grady from a placed ball on 18 minutes, Padraig Lynch on 20 minutes and John O'Grady from a placed ball on 22 minutes to go 0-11 to 0-4 ahead.
Then after four scoreless Eoin Lenihan ended 14 minutes without a Tournafulla score with a point from a 30 metre placed ball to reduce the gap to six, 0-11 to 0-5, on 27 minutes. the last three minutes of the half belonged to John O'Grady of Granagh-Ballingarry with points from a placed ball on 29, 30 and 32 minutes to leave his side leading by nine, 0-14 to 0-5, at the interval.
John O'Grady and Eoin Lenihan from placed balls, and Brian Fitzgerald from play and Denis Dillane from a placed ball, exchanged points in the first six minutes to leave Granagh-Ballingarry still nine ahead 0-16 to 0-7 on 36 minutes. Tournafulla with the wind at their backs dominated the next ten minutes but failed to add to their total due to inaccurate striking from both play and placed balls. Then Brian Fitzgerald of Granagh-Ballingarry ended 11 scoreless minutes with a point after a good solo run on 48 minutes, and John O'Grady pointed from a placed ball on 49. These were cancelled out by Eoin Lenihan from a placed ball on 50 minutes and Eoin McMahon a minute later to leave Granagh-Ballingarry still nine ahead, 0-18 to 0-9 on 51 minutes,.
then supersub Stephen Cahill of Tournafulla following a good solo sun finished past Granagh-Ballingarry keeper Conor Mulqueen on 53 minutes before points were traded by John O'Grady from a placed ball on 55 minutes and Eoin McMahon on 58 before a second Tournafulla sub, Matthew Brouder, finished past the Granagh-Ballingarry keeper on 60 minutes to close the gap to three, 0-19 to 2-10. Granagh-Ballingarry finished strongly with points by 18 year old Jack O'Donoghue on 61 minutes and John O'Grady from a 40 metre placed ball on 63 to seal a deserved hard fought five point 0-21 to 2-10 win for Granagh-Ballingarry and a place in the Wets Junior B Hurling Championship final for the first time since 2012 against Feohanagh-Castlemahon on Saturday 19th September in Dromcollogher.
Granagh-Ballingarry scored 0-12 from play and 0-9 from frees; Tournafulla scored 2-4 from play and 0-6 from frees.
Granagh-Ballingarry: Conor Mulqueen, Mickie O'Keeffe, Eoin Cahill, Stephen Hickey, Mark Tierney, Michael Walsh, Edward Sheehy, Brian Fitzgerald 0-4, Eoin Casey, Mark Snow, Kieran Condron, John O'Grady 0-10, Padraig Lynch 0-2, Kevin O'Kelly 0-1, Jack O'Donoghue 0-4. Subs used: Niall Dunworth, Richie O'Keeffe, Alan Chawke.
Tournafulla: Liam Keogh, Conor O'Sullivan, Jodi Collins, Eoin McMahon 0-2, Mike Finnegan, Michal O'Sullivan, Cian O'Sullivan, Mike O'Mahony 0-1, Donnacha McCarthy 0-1, Michael Dillane, Eoin Lenihan 0-5, John Horgan, Liam Brouder. Subs used: Stephen Cahill 1-0, Mr. Broderick, Tom Smith, Matthew Brouder 1-0, Tom O'Connor.
KNOCKAINEY TAKE DIV. 2 TITLE
County Division 2 Hurling League round 2
Knockainey were crowned County did 2 League champions with a deserved seven-point victory at sunny Knockainey on Saturday evening. Both sides had to line out minus a number of key players for this rescheduled match played on a well laid out pitch with Mike Sexton of Bruree, in charge. Granagh-Ballingarry entered the game top of the table on 10 points, one ahead of Knockainey, who had 9 but now finish top on 11 points.
The home side made all the early running with points by Liam O'Shea from play on 2 minutes and a placed ball on 4, cancelled out by Cathal O'Keeffe on 5 minutes and Kevin O'Connor on 7. Then points were exchanged by Liam O'Shea from a placed ballon 10 minutes and David Condron on 13 to level for the second time, 0-3 each. In the next six minutes both sides failed to add to the total due to inaccurate striking from both play and placed balls. Then Padraig Barron of Knockainey found the range with a long range point from play on 20 minutes cancelled out from a placed ball by Cathal O'Keeffe three minutes later, before points were traded by Liam O'Shea from a placed ball on 26 minutes and Michael Clancy from play two minutes later to level for the fifth time at 0-5 each on 28 minutes. Kevin O'Connor and Brendan Lynch had wides for Granagh-Ballingarry before Jason Lonergan of Knockainey after a good sol run pointed on 30 minutes to send the home side in for the interval leading 0-6 to 0-5.
Liam O'Shea hit wide for Knockainey in the first minute after the interval before a foul on Kevin O'Connor resulted in a penalty for Granagh-Ballingarry on 32 minutes which Kieran madden saved from Denis O'Connor to the joy of the home supporters. A couple of wides were exchanged before points for Knockainey by Jason Lonergan on 37 minutes and Padraig Barron on 39 were followed three minutes later by a cracking Mark Cleary goal to leave Knockainey six ahead 1-8 to 0-5 on 42 minutes. Then Cathal O'Keeffe opened the visitors’ second half account with a point from placed ball on 44 minutes, cancelled out on 45 by Mark Cleary to leave Knockainey six ahead, 0-9 to 0-6 at the end of the third quarter. Then after five scoreless minutes Bert Hanley on 51 minutes and sub Pat Carroll on 53 won points back for Granagh-Ballingarry to close the gap to four, 1-9 to 0-8. The last seven minutes were all Knockainey with points by Donal Madden on 55 minutes, Liam O'Shea from a placed hall on 57 and from play on 60. At the final whistle Knockainey were worthy seven point 1-12 to 0-8 winners to finish top of the table on 11 points, one ahead of Granagh-Ballingarry, to be crowned Division 2 County Hurling League champions./ after the game the county development officers, Granagh native Seamus Twomey, presented the Division 2 League Cup to Knockainey captain Dermot Walsh.
Knockainey scored 1-8 from play and 0-4 from frees; Granagh-Ballingarry scored 0-6 from play and 0-2 from frees.
Knockainey: Kieran Madden, Gearóid O'Shea, Nigel Foinse, Fiachra Leahy, David O'Grady, Dermot Walsh, Shane Walsh, Kieran Cleary, Padraig Barron 0-2, Liam O'Shea 1-6, Brian O'Shea, Donal Madden 0-1, Eddie Winter, Mark Cleary 1-1, Jason Lonergan 0-2. Subs used: Jack O'Grady, Seán Lonergan.
Granagh-Ballingarry: Colm Noonan, Niall Cahill, Donagh McCarthy, Michael Carroll, Niall McCarthy, David Clancy, Bert Hanley 0-1, Seán Lenihan, Eoin Kennedy, Brendan Lynch, Kevin O'Connor 0-1, Denis O'Connor, Cathal O'Keeffe 0-3, David Condron 0-1, Micheál Clancy 0-1. Subs used: Jack O'Donoghue, Pat Carroll 0-1.
Referee: Mick Sexton, Bruree.
PREVIEW OF WEST MINOR B FOOTBALL FINAL
This Friday, 11th September at Seán Finns Park Rathkeale at 6.15pm, sees the eagerly awaited meeting of Granagh-Ballingarry/Banogue and St Kieran's in the West Minor B Football Championship final. A mouth-watering clash awaits us with neither side fearing the other and both confident of victory. Four teams, Granagh-Ballingarry/Banogue, St Kieran's, St. Senan's and Dáithi Broudairs, entered this year’s championship; holders Granagh-Ballingarry/Banogue finished top of the group on 6 points by beating Dáithi Broudairs 4-17 to 1-5 in the semi-final, and second were St Kieran's who beat third-placed St. Senan's by two points. That sets up this Friday’s decider between Granagh-Ballingarry/Banogue and St Kieran's at Seán Finns Park, Rathkeale at 6.15pm. When these sides met in round 3 of the group stage on 21st July, Granagh-Ballingarry/Banogue were emphatic winners over a very under-strength St Kieran's; that winning side was Darragh Brady, Ron Brady, Jack O'Donoghue 0-2, James Dore, Brendan Lynch, Edward Sheehy 0-3, Seán O'Connor 0-1, Aaron Smith 2-2, Seán O'Leary 0-1, Owen Carroll 1-3, Bradley Daly 3-1, Aidan Meade 0-2, sub Richie O'Keeffe, and other panel members James Dore, Jerry Quaid,
Adam Costelloe, Brian Thomson and Cormac Snow.
The St Kieran's team was 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 and Patrick O'Connor.
Paths to the final
Round 1 St Kieran's 4-9 Dáithi Broudairs 0-16
Round 2 St Kieran's 3-9 St. Senan's 0-9
Round 3 Granagh-Ballingarry/Banogue 7-17 St Kieran's 3-6
Semi-final St Kieran's 2-13 St. Senan's 0-6
Round 1 Granagh-Ballingarry/Banogue w/o St. Senan's scr.
Round 2 Granagh-Ballingarry/Banogue 7-8 Dáithi Broudairs 1-8
Round 3 Granagh-Ballingarry/Banogue 7-17 St Kieran's 3-16
Semi-final bra/Banogue 4-17 Dáithi Broudairs 1-5.
Manager Liam Lynch, selectors Richie O'Keeffe, Mike Meadeandjim Dore.
Hopefully all Gaels in both Granagh-Ballingarry and Banogue will travel to give support to the boys in black and green and their management team in Rathkeale on Friday at 6.15pm in their bid to win their second West Minor b fioo Championship in a row and qualify for the county semi-final.
U21 HURLING ALL IRELAND
We wish the best of luck to our own David Condron who is part of the Limerick squad to play Wexford this Saturday, 12th September, in Semple Stadium Thurles at 7pm. they are hoping for their fourth All-Ireland U21 hurling title and first since they beat Galway 3-17 to 0-8 in 2002 for three in a row.
Tickets for this match will be distributed only to the Granagh-Ballingarry G.A.A. Club members who have ordered them tomorrow Thursday 10th September in the clubhouse in Ballingarry at 8.30pm, or contact the secretary to arrange collection.
HURLING FINAL TICKETS
62 members entered the draw on Thursday night in the Ballingarry clubhouse for the Granagh-Ballingarry allocation of All-Ireland Hurling Final tickets. The following were the lucky winners: Brian Kennedy, Cathal O'Keeffe, Donie O'Grady, Niall Carroll and Darragh O'Grady.
FOOTBALL FINAL TICKETS
The draw for the Granagh-Ballingarry allocation of All-Ireland Football Final tickets will take place in the G.A.A. clubhouse in Ballingarry on Thursday 17th September at 8.30pm. All (club members only) who are going to the final and want to be in the draw should contact secretary John Lynch on 087-2912356 on or before Wednesday 16th September at 6pm.
The numbers drawn in the Granagh-Ballingarry G.A.A. club lottery on Monday 7th September in Lyndsey’s bar, Ballingarry, were 7, 22, 23 and 32. The jackpot was not won. Lucky dips of €20 each: James and Bríd O'Gorman, Seamus O'Sullivan, Denis McCarthy, Johann Meehan and Tom Burke. The next draw is on Monday 14th September in Trainor’s bar for a jackpot of €9,400. We thank all our punters for their continued support.
Thursday 10th September All-Ireland U21 hurling final tickets distributed to Granagh-Ballingarry club members who have ordered them in the clubhouse in Ballingarry at 8.30pm
Friday 11th September West Minor B Football Championship final, Granagh-Ballingarry/Banogue v St Kieran's, Seán Finns Park, Rathkeale, 6.15pm
West Minor A Football Championship semi-final, Gael Na Sionna v Mountcollins/Athea Rangers in Abbeyfeale, 6.15pm