The great run our U/14 hurlers were on came to an unfortunate end when were defeated by a very strong Carrick Davins side in the South Final. This was a great effort by this side which contains 9 of our U/12s and who were playing their fourth match in seven days. We stayed with Davins in the first half and were only four points down at the break but the older and more physical Carrick team took command and we were not helped when Ciarán Barrett had to retire injured. On a positive note this team had to beat Clerihan in a play-off and the Newcastle/Fr Sheehy’s combination in the semi-final after a replay and extra-time. We had lost to both these sides in the league stages so everybody can take hart from the improvement shown in the recent performances.
On a wet and windy Sunday morning last we faced Moyle Rovers in the South Premier Games Final, After a titanic County Final against the same opposition we were expecting nothing less from this clash. The first half was tight but a Cian O’Sullivan goal gave us a seven point advantage at the break. We seemed to take great heart from this and played really well in the second period to claim the title. Congrats to Moyle Rovers who proved to be the most sporting of opponents again and their kind words were very much appreciated after the game. The squad are a credit to the club and to their families and at this stage we would like to thank the parents and family members who have supported us right throughout the year. A huge debt of gratitude to Sean Quirke and Johnny Downey for the huge amount of work they put in and we now look forward to 2013 and beyond. Thanks also to The South Board, to referee Frankie O’Brien and to Fr Sheehy’s club who staged the final .
SQUAD- Adam Murphy, Darren Slattery, Patrick Laureno, Jamie Doyle, Kevin Hawkins, Dean Pyke, Kieran Crotty, Shane O’Connor, T.J Quigley, Cathal McGuigan, Shane Curran, Derry Phelan, Cian O’ Sullivan, Jake Guinan and Jack Downey who captained the side.
U/10 hurling training will take place on Monday evenings at 6-30pm and on Saturday morning at 11am. With the South Board Blitz taking place on Saturday October 6 it is important that all players attend these sessions. This is the big tournament of the year and we want as many players as possible to be present and enjoy this great day’s hurling.
As with the U10s, U/8 hurling training will take place on Monday from 6-30pm and on Saturday morning at 11 am. We had great numbers at the recent blitz held in The Western Rd and a big thank you to all players and their families who made the effort to be there, the kids will not forget that.
U/6 Football and Hurling.
We are delighted and encouraged by the brilliant response that we have received at this age group. We must compliment the parents and grandparents who diligently bring the boys to coaching every Wednesday and Saturday and it is an honour and a privilege for us to be coaching them in the skills of our National Games. We are always open to new arrivals and they will receive a big welcome so see you on Wednesday at 6-30pm and Saturday at 12 noon.
The club would like to wish the very best of luck and Bon Voyage to Michelle Hassett and fiance Paul Ryan who left for Australia this week. Michelle is a fantastic young woman who has given years of loyal service to Clonmel Óg as a tenacious and skillful footballer, coach and administrator. We will all miss you Michelle but life is all about taking opportunities and this is yours so best of luck.
It was with deep sadness that we learned of the death of Maurice Heafey. Maurice made a huge contribution to Clonmel Óg over a considerable amount of time. He was heavily involved in the coaching and mentoring of many club sides who took to the field of play and then applied his skills to the role of Treasurer of Clonmel Óg, a role that he performed with dignity and skill. He will not be forgotten for the huge role he played in the progress of Clonmel Óg and to his wife Josephine and son David we offer our sincere sympathies and prayers at this difficult and sad time. May he rest in peace.