Donie inspires Garryspillane
County Hurling League Division 2 Round 1
The brilIiance of former inter county player Donie Ryan wearing the no 11 jersey, both from play and placed balls who finished with a personal tally of 11 points inspired Garryspllane to a hard fought 5 point victory over a gallant Granagh-Ballingarry XV in the opening game of Division 2 of the County Hurling League played under lights in Knocklong on Tuesday 29th March.
A small crowd turned out to watch this opening round league tie, played in difficult underfoot conditions, with Paddy Lyons of Staker Wallace in charge.
Granagh-Ballingarry made all the early running with a pair of white flags, courtesy of David Condron and Pat Carroll, in the first four minutes. A couple of wides were exchanged before Donie Ryan opened the home side's account with a fine point from a placed ball on six minutes and he followed this two minutes later with a fine point from out near the sideline for 0-2 each on eight minutes. Granagh-Ballingarry dominated for the next five minutes with points by Pat Carroll from play on nine minutes, Denis O'Connor from a placed ball on ten minutes, Pat Carroll play on 12 minutes and Denis O'Connor play a minute later, to leave it 0-6 to 0-2 in favour of the visitors on 13 minutes. A couple of wides were exchanged before the Garryspillane boys upped their game with four white flags courtesy of Kieran Hickey from play on 15 minutes, Donie Ryan from placed balls on 17 and 18 minutes and Jamie Morrissey play a minute later, for 0-6 each on 19 minutes.
Then David Clancy put Granagh Ballingarry ahead once more with a fine point from play on 21 minutes, cancelled out two minutes later from a placed ball by Donie Ryan, to leave the sides level for the second time at 0-7 each on 23 minutes.
Granagh-Ballingarry upped their game for the remaining seven minutes of this opening half, superior in every position, with points from open play by David Clancy on 24 minutes, David Clancy on 27 minutes and Denis O'Connor on 30 minutes, to leave Granagh Ballingarry 3 ahead, 0-10 to 0-7, at the interval.
Colin Ryan and Michael Richardson had white flags from play for Garryspillane in the opening three minutes after the interval to reduce the deficit to the minimum, then white flags were exchanged from play by David Condron on 34 and Michael Richardson a minute later to leave I still between the sides, Granagh-Ballingarry 0-11, Garryspillane 0-10 on 35 minutes. The next 20 minutes belonged to Garryspillane and they played great hurling with four unanswered white flags, courtesy of Donie Ryan 3 (play 2 frees), and John Kerins play, to leave the Bouncers 3 ahead, 0-14 to 0-11, on 35 minutes.
Then Denis O'Connor finally ended 23 minutes without a Granagh-Ballingarry score when be split the uprights from a 40 metre placed ball, to leave just 1 between the sides, Garryspillane 0-14, Granagh-Ballingarry 0-12, with four minutes of normal
time remaining on the clock. The final minutes of this hard fought contest belonged to man of the match Donie Ryan of Garryspillane with a trio of white flags, 2 play and 1 free, to bring his tally for the game to 0-11, while Granagh-Ballingarry failed to add to their total. At Paddy Lyons final whistle, Garryspillane were deserving 5 point winners of the two league points on offer by 0- I7 to 0-12. GarryspIllane scored 0-10 from play and 0-7 from frees. Granagh Ballingarry scored 0-10 from play and 0-2 from frees.
Jimmy Shiels, Edward Sheehy, Donagh McCarthy, Niall Cahill, Mark Tierney, John Carroll (captain), Pat Carroll 0-3, Niall McCarthy, Denis O'Connor 0-4, Jim O'Keeffe, David Condron 0-2, Eoin Casey, David Clancy 0-2, Michael Clancy 0-1. Subs used:
Padralg Lynch, Stephen Hickey and Kieran O'Donovan.
Scorers for Garryspillane Donie Ryan 0-11, Michael Richardson 0-2, John Kerins, Kieran Hickey and Jamie Morrissey 0-1 each.
Referee: Paddy Lyons, Staker Wallace.
County Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship Preview
There should be a feast of hurling at three South Limenck venues this weekend for the four first round games listed in the 2016 County Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship. The meeting of Garryspillane and Blackrock in Kilbreedy will signal the opening game of this year's championship on Friday 8th April at 7pm. The three remaining' round one games take place on Saturday 9th April, with the clash of Cappamore and Feohanagh-Castlemahon in a repeat of last year's second tier Intermediate Final in Bruff at 6pm; a double-header in Fitzgerald Park, Kilmallock, with Croom and Monaleen opening proceeding at 4.15pm, followed by the clash of Granagh-Ballingarry and Effin at 6pm.
Garryspillane, Blackrock, Croom, Monaleen, Granagh-Ballingarry, Effin, Cappamore and Feohanagh-Castlemahon are entered in this year's County Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship, which is played- on a league system III one group, wIth the top four teams to qualify for the county semi-final. Winners of both semi finals will be promoted to senior for 2017, County Final winners to represent Limerick in the Club Intermediate Hurling Championship. The bottom two teams in the group will be relegated to the second tier intermediate for 2017. The mouth-watering clash of Granagh-Ballingarry, who lost their senior status in 2014, and Effin last year in the final group game of the weekend goes ahead at Fitzgerald ParK Kilmallock on Saturday 9th April at 6pm.
This game has generated a buzz of excitement in both clubs since the draws were made at a convention in December and is the first ever meeting of these sides in the intermediate Championship but they have met in both the County Senior Championship and the All County League in the last five years. Saturday's clash will be the sixth between them since Effin gained promotion to senior in 2011 . When they met in round 4 of the County League on 17th July 2012 at Effin, Granagh-Ballingarry were impressive 1-14 to 0-6 winners in difficult wet and windy conditions. (That Granagh-Ballingarry team was John O'Grady, Michael Carroll, Niall McCarthy, Niall Cahill,. Kieran O'Donovan, Bobby Houlihan, John Carroll, Pat Carroll, Darren Clifford 0-3, Eoin Kennedy 0-1, Denis O'Connor 0-8, Kevin Trainor, Kieran O'Keeffe, Brian Fitzgerald 1-0 and Gordon Cagney, the subs used were, Pa Healy, Padraig Lynch 0-1, Eoin Kelly and Damien O'Donovan, and the scorers for Effin were Hugh O'Neill 0-5 and Conor Kearney 0-1.) the sides clashed again six weeks later in the relegation championship semi-final at O'Carroll Park, Ballyagran, on 26th August where a late goal by Nickie Quaid earned Effin a 2-11 to 1-12 victory after a thrilling contest. (That Granagh-Ballingarry team was John O'Grady 0-1, Niall McCarthy, David Clancy, Michael Carroll, Niall Cahill, Bobby Houlihan, John Carroll, Bert Hanley, Eoin Kennedy 0-1, Kevin O'Connor, Eoin Chawke, Niall Kennedy, David Condron 0-1, Denis O'Connor 0-5 and Cian Cagney, the subs used were Pat Carroll 1-0, Conor Hogan, Darren Clifford and Kieran O'Donovan, and the Effin scorers were Thomas Quaid 1-8, Nickie Quaid 1-2 and Damien Moloney 0-1.) The next meeting of the sides was in round 5 of the County League at Ballingarry on 31st May when both sides were missing key players with the black and greens taking the points comfortably, 4-10 to 2-6. (And that Granagh-Ballingarry team was Jimmy Shiels, Michael Carroll, John Carroll, Kevin Forde, Kieran O'Donovan, Kieran Condron, Niall McCarthy, Donagh McCarthy, Bobby Houlihan, Pat Carroll 0-2, Niall Kennedy 1-3, Eoin Kennedy 0-1, Ciaran o 'Keeffe, Eoin Chawke 3-4, Eoin Chawke 3-4, Damien O'Donovan O-I. Subs used: Eoin Casey, Brian Noonan, Kevin Mulcahy, subs used Eoin Casey, Brian Noonan, Kevin Mulcahy; the Effin team was James O'Leary, Adrian Barrett, John Dillon, John Dillon, Kieran Dillon, Michael Rea, John Paul O'Donnell, Patrick Carroll, Tommy Rea 0-1, Hugh O'Neill, Pierse O'Kelly, Damien Moloney 2-1, Darren Sheehy and Jack Quaid. They clashed for second time in little over 12 months on 14th September 2013 in the County Senior Cup semi-final at Fitzgerald Park Kilmallock where a strong all-round team performance coupled with tile brilliance of Eoin Chawke who finished with a personal tally of 3-1, Michael Clancy 1-1, Donal O'Grady 0-4 and 17 year old Damien O'Donovan 0-3, helped enormously in acquiring a hard fought 6 point win for Granagh:Ballingarry over a gallant Effin to qualify for a meeting with Patrickswell in the final where they lost 2-12 to 1-9 at Pairc na nGael on 6th October. When the sides met again 12 months later, on 13th September in ideal conditions at O'Carroll Park Ballyagran where goals at vital stages courtesy of Hugh O'Neill on 28 minutes and keeper James O'Leary from an 80 metre placed ball on 56 minutes were crucial in Effm's two point win over Granagh-Ballingarry in the last game of group 2 in the Limerick County Senior Hurling Championship to qualify for a meeting with Murroe-Boher in the County Senior Cup semi-final and gallant Granagh-Ballingarry who were chasing a County Championship quarter-final spot relegated to Premier Intermediate for 2015. That Effin team was James O'Leary' 1-1, Robert Cagney, John Paul O'Donnell, Kieran Dillon, Michael Rea 0-1,Damien Moloney, Jack Quaid, Pierse O'Kelly, Nickie Quaid 0-2, John Dillon, Tommy Quaid 0-1, Darren Sheehy 0.0, Adrian Barrett, Timmy Rea 0-1, Hugh O'Neill 1-1, sub used Enda Kelly, and the Granagh-Ballingarry team was Colm Noonan, Cian Cagney, Donagh McCarthy, Michael Carroll, John Carroll, David Clancy, Bobby Houlihan, Donal O'Grady 0-1, Eoin Kennedy 0-2, Denis O'Connor 0-3, Niall Kennedy 0-1, Thomas O'Donovan 0-1, Cathal O'Keeffe 0-1, David Condron 0-1, Jim O'Keeffe, subs used Eoin Chawke 0-2, Niall McCarthy, Pat Carroll and Damien O'Donovan. The sixth meeting in five years was in round seven of Division 2 of the county Hurling League at Ballingarry on 8th July where Granagh-Ballingarry came from five points down to beat Effin 2-15 to 2-12 with a polished second half, shooting 1-11 and holding their south Limerick opponents to 1-3 to go top of the table on ten points with a match to play against Knockainey to decide the Division 2 league title for 2015 won by Knockainey. The Granagh-Ballingarry team was Jimmy Shiels, Donagh McCarthy, Niall Cahill, Michael Carroll, Bobby Houlihan, David Clancy, John Carroll, Eoin Kennedy, Bert Hanley 0-2, David Condron 0-1, Donal O'Grady 1-8, Pat Carroll 1-1, Brendan Lynch 0-3, Kevin O'Connor, Cathal O'Keeffe, subs used Padraig Lynch, and the Effin side was James Leary, Andrew Dillon, John Paul O'Donnell, Patrick Carroll, Paul Treacy 0-1, Damien Molone, Kieran Dillon, Nickie Quaid 0-2, Enda Kelly 0-1, Darren Sheehy 0-2, Pierse O'Kelly, Thomas Quaid 2-4, Robert Cagney 0-1, Shane O'Neill 0-1, Hugh O'Neill, subs used Clive Doherty and Jack Quaid. Effin finished bottom of their group and were relegated.
County Intermediate--Hurling Championship
Roll of honour Dromin-Athlacca 4: 1977, 2004,2007,2013
Pallasgreen 3: 1995, 2002, 2014
Garryspillane 2: 1990, 1996 South Liberties 2: 1911, 2009
Bruff 2: 1989,2008. Hospital-Herbertstown 2: 2002,2010.
Once each: Ballybrown 2012, Effin 2011, Claughaun 2006, Granagh-Ballingarry 2005, Tournafulla 2011, MurroeBoher 1999, Croom 1998, Monaleen 1997, Na Piarsaigh 1994, Blackrock 1993, Killeedy 1992, Old Christians 1991, Feohanagh-Castlemahon 1988, Fedamore 1994, Mungret 1995, Hospital 1929, Kilmeedy 1928, Murroe 1914, Ballybricken 1912, Ballingarry 1910, Cappamore 2015.
County Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship
2014 Bruff, 2015 Bruree. West Minor A and B Hurling Championship round I
St Kieran's travel to Sean Finns Park, Rathkeale, on Friday 8th April to play holders GranaghBallingarry and Rathkeale in the fIrst game in the West Minor A and B Hurling Championship. Seven teams are in it: Granagh-Ballingarry/Rathkeale, Southside Gaels, Feohanagh/Knockaderry, Newcastle West, Kildimo/Pallaskenry and Ballybrown. It is played on a league system in one group with the top four· teams to qualify for the next stage.
Fiffh placed team qualifIes for the B Final and the bottom two teams to play in the B semi final, your support would be appreciated for the Granagh-Ballingarry and Rathkea1e boys and their management team of Richie O'Keeffe, James O'Connor, Noel Lynch and Tom Keating, as they bid to make a winning start to the defence of their West title.
West Junior B Football League
Group 2 of the West Junior B Football League swings into action this Sunday 10th April when Granagh-Ballingarry travel to Ballysteen to play holders Ballysteen at 7pm. Granagh-Ballmgarry, Rathkeale and Knockaderry are in Group 2, with the top two teams to qualify for tfie semi fInals. Your support would be appreciated for the boys in black and green and their management team of Mike Condron, Donal O'Grady, Seamus McDonnell and Teresa Mulcair.
The closing date for membership of Granagh Ballingarry GAA club for 2016 expired last Thursday 31st March. A special word of thanks to all who have paid. Those non-players who have paid their fees in full or by two halves when joining the club draw lottery are automatically club members for 2016.
The next special general meeting of Granagh Ballingarry GAA club Will be held on Thursday 7th April in the clubhouse Ballingarry at 8.15pm sharp. All club members, partlcularly players, are asked to attend. This is an important meeting as a lot of business will be dealt with to help with the running of the club for 2016.
Agenda: 1. Minutes, 2. Correspondence, Ratification of Junior B Hurling selectors. 4. Bord Na Nog Report. 5. Munster Council delegate. 6. Text messages, 7. Club Draw and County Club Draw. 8. Book. 9. Munster Fixture list. 10. Book. 11. Facebook. 12. Insurance payments. 13. Field Development. 14. Lawn
Limerick Club Draw winners
The following were the winners in the first Limerick County GAA Club Draw held on Saturdy 2nd April on Limerick Live 95FM: 1st €lO,OOO Roddy Gallagher, Bruree; 2nd €3,OOO Sean McSweeney, St. Kieran's; 3rd €2,OOO Pat Gleeson, Na Piarsaigh; 4th Jonathon Roche, Casfletown Ballagran; 5th €500 John Byron, Caherline; 6th €500 John Corrigan, Askeaton Ballysteen Bord na nag; 7th €500 Sean Ryan, St. Patrick's; 8th €500 Eileen Noonan, Castletown Ballyagran; 9th €500 Mary Mullins, St. Patrick's; lOth €250 Dan Dillane, Fr. Casey's; .11th €250 Stephen O'Donovan, Newcastle West; 12th €250 Galbally GAA club; 13th €250 Mary Rogan, Na Piarsaigh; 14th €250 Margaret Horgan, Tournafulla; 15th £250 Michael Trent, Templeglantine; 16th €250 Jeremiah Cahill, Croom, 17th €250 Marcella O'Callaghan, Bruff; 18th €250 Tom Keating, Rathkeale; 19th €250 Harry Ryan, Na Piarsaigh; 20th €250 Paul Kelliher, St. Senan's. Star Prize: car or €25,OOO cash - Frank Costello, Crecora.
There was no winner of the €IO,OOO jackpot in the Limerick County GAA - Club lottery. The next draw is on Saturday April 30th at the Limerick Live 95FM Sports Studio. Thank you to an the members who have already joined Limerick County GAA Draw through the Granagh-Ballingarry GAAClub.
MUNSTER MINOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP
Good luck to the Limerick minor hurlers who play neighbours in the opening round of the Munster championship tonight Wednesday 7th Aprir in Pairc na nGael at 7p.m. with a June 29th provincial semi final the prize on offer.
LIMERICK BOOK-SEMI FINAL SPOT
National Hurling League Division 1A guarter-final
Congratulations to the Limerick senior hurlers on their impressive two point victory over Dublin on Saturday evening at Parnell Park to qualify for a meeting with holders Waterford in the National Hurling League Division 1A Semi Final on Sunday April 17th in Thurles at 2pm.
Wednesday April 6th .
Munster Minor Hurling Championship Round 1 Waterford v Cork at Walsh Park, Waterford 6.30pm Clare v Limerick at Pairc nanGael7pm
Thursday April 7th Munster U21 Football Championship Final
Kerry v Cork at Austin Stack Park, Tralee 7.30pm West Junior B Football League Group I Round 3 St. Senan's v Athea in Foynes 7pm
SI. Kieran's v Glin at Coolcappa 7.30pm Gerald Gflffins v Mountcollins at Ballyhahill 7.30pm
Special general meeting of Granagh-Ballingarry GAA Club in the clubhouse,
Ballingarry at 8.15pm Friday April 8th
County Premier Intermediate Hurling _ Championship Round 1
Garryspillane v Blackrock at Kilbreedy 7pm
West Minor A and B Minor Hurling Championship Round 1
Ballybrown v Southside Gaels at Clarina 6.30pm
Granagh/Ballingarry Rathkeale v St. Kieran's at Sean Finn's Park, Rathkeale 6.30pm
Newcastlewest v Knockaderry/Monagea at Monagea 6.30pm
Saturday AprIl 9th County Premier Intermediate Hurling ChampionShip Round 1
Croom v Monaleen at Fitzgerald Park, Kilmallock 4pm
Granagh/Ballingarry v Effin at Fitzgerald Park, Kilmallock 6pm
Cappamore v Feohanagh-Castlemahon at Bruff 6pm
West Intermediate Hurling Championship Quarter Finals
St. Kieran's v Newcastlewest at Knockaderry 4pm
Dromcollogher/Broadford v Killeedy in Tournafulla 6.45pm
Knockaderry v Monagea at Dromcollogher 6.45pm Sunday April 10th
West Junior B Hurling League Group 1 round 1 Askeaton v CroaghlKilfmny at Askeaton 11.30am
West Junior B Hurling League Group 2
Newcastlewest v Tournafulla at Newcastlewest 11.30am
National Football League Division 1 Semi Finals
Kerry v Roscommon at Croke Park 2pm
Dublin v Donegal at Croke Park 4pm .
West Junior B Football League Round 2 Round 1
Ballysteen v Granagh-Ballingarry at Ballysteen 6.45pm .
Wednesday April 13th County Hurling League Division 2 Round 2
Granagh/Ballingarry v Ballybrown at Ballingarry 7pm
Thursday April 14th West Junior B Football League Group 2 Round 2
Granagh/Ballingarry v Rathkeale at Ballingarry 1pm
Friday April 15th
West Minor A and B Minor Hurling Championship Round 2
Southside Gaels v Granagh-Ballingarry/Rathkeale at Claughaun 6.30pm