Minors crowned South champions

St. Mary’s Hurling Club

St. Mary’s Hurling Club

On Sunday last we played the South Minor Final against Moyle Rovers in Kilsheelin. Moyle Rovers were the only team to beat us in the league section of this championship but in the final St Mary’s were determined to turn the tables.

Although Moyle Rovers opened the match with a point in the first minute, it was to be the last time they were to have a lead in this final. St Mary’s played with skill, determination and passion and very quickly established control of the game. By half time we were 7 points ahead. In the second half Rovers got to within 4 points but from the 12th minute of the second half St Mary’s put the foot on the accelerator and didn’t take it off until the final whistle, with the final score of 4-17 to 1-11 confirming St. Mary’s as South Champions for 2012. Congratulations to the management and back room team and well done to the whole panel who gave everything to this match and we now look forward to them as they begin the final stage of their quest to win a county minor championship.

Under 21s

The U/21 team will play Ballingarry in Round 2 of the South U/21 A Championship next Monday, October 29 at 2.30 pm in Fethard. Please come and support the lads.


A club jersey would make an ideal gift, whether for birthday, communion, confirmation, even Halloween. Contact John Carew. (See how I didn’t mention Chtistmas) Oops!

Paudie O’Neill

Congratulations to Paudie O’Neill on his appointment as coach to the Tipperary Senior Hurling Team.
Perhaps congratulations is not the right word as this is a job needing grit and determination. But then, Paudie has shown these traits all during his lifetime. He played minor, U21 and senior with St. Mary’s, county minor and U21 with Tipperary, minor, U21 and senior football for Commercials and Tipperary. He coached the minor team of his current club Ballyboden St. Enda’s and played senior hurling with Dublin. He was selected by Croke Park to manage shinty games against Scotland.
Leadership Paudie has in spades, even as a minor, when organising juvenile teams in the club’s street-leagues. But then the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. His father John played for St. Mary’s and held a number of positions in the club down through the years and is a current Vice-President. Paudie’s brothers Seamus and Terry also played at all levels with St. Mary’s with Seamus playing in goal for the Tipperary Minor Team. Hopefully Paudie’s pedigree will be further enhanced with success with the Tipperary Senior Hurling Team.


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Good Luck

Best of luck to Commercials seniors and minors in their county semi finals next weekend.