Unfortunately there was no luck for any of the four teams from South Tipperary who contested the Community Games GAA County Finals in Semple Stadium, Thurles on Monday, June 4. But the Cashel-Rosegreen under 11 boys hurling team went heartbreakingly close to taking the title, losing by only one point to Cloughjordan. This was the best match of the day. The talent and skill displayed by young boys in this age group on both teams was amazing.
Cashel got off to a good start with a goal from both Dylan Foley and Tommy Delaney followed by a point from Daniel Moloney in the first half but the Cloughjordan lads also scored a goal and started picking off points to level the game with the half time score Cashel 2-1 Cloughjordan 1-4.
Just into the second half Cloughjordan poached a 2 point lead but Tommy Delaney was having none of it and smashed another goal into the net to regain the lead for Cashel, this was quickly followed by a goal and a point from Cloughjordan who edged ahead by one goal. Jack McGrath then scored a super goal to level the sides once again. There was great defending by the back line and some spectacular saves by Ross Whelan in the Cashel goal, spectators were on their feet with excitement but again Cloughjordan scored a further goal and a point while T.J. Barron answered with a great goal to bring Cashel’s score to 5-1 but time ran out and the final whistle blew with 3-8 on Cloughjordan’s score board.
The Cashel mentors can be proud of their team who brought silver medals home for the second year in succession. Let’s hope it will be third time lucky next year. Some of the lads had the consolation of meeting their hero, hurling star, Lar Corbett much to their delight. Lar dropped in with the BBC film crew and the Tipperary GAA PRO Ger Ryan. Well known jockey, Ken Whelan was also among the supporters. Referee was Ger Fitzpatrick, Roscrea who is one of the most senior referees in the county officiating at many senior county finals. The medals were presented by another Tipperary Hurling Star, Brian O’Meara to:- Dan Moloney, Dylan Foley, Evan Moloney, Donal Ryan, Aaron Breen, Jaymes O’Sullivan, Conor O’Dwyer, TJ Barron, Cian Moloney Ross Whelan, Thomas Delaney, Jack McGrath, Aaron Moloney, Kevin Gayson-Molloy, Jake Cotter, Ross Minogue, Eoghan Murphy, Mickey Delaney, Ethan Gayson-Molloy.
Under 11 Girls GAA
The Clerihan girls played Thurles in the football final. A large group of supporters travelled to Semple Stadium to cheer them on. This was Clerihan’s first ever girls team to enter this competition, they had beaten Fethard and Mullinahone (who had defeated Ardfinnan) on their way to the final. Enthusiastic and committed they were determined to give it their best shot and they did.
Clerihan got off to a great start with Hannah Phelan scoring a point. Thurles replied with a goal, a high ball dipping just barely under the crossbar. A closely fought first half left the half time score Clerihan 1-1 Thurles 2-3 with Abby Conran getting the Clerihan goal. However, Clerihan lost three players due to injury in the first half, Hannah Phelan, Michelle Cronin and Romy McCarthy which was a big loss.
An equally competitive second half followed, with both teams trading scores. Two goals from Leah Clancy and a point from Kayleigh Flannery kept Clerihan in the match. However, four late unanswered Thurles points against a tiring Clerihan team left the final score Clerihan 3-2 Thurles 3-10. Clerihan may not have been the winning team this year but will return to the competition next year with the gold medal firmly in their sights.
Referee for this match was Jean O’Connor from Powerstown Lisronagh area, who is a level 2 referee and did an excellent job. Thanks to Jean and to Evelyn McGrath for her help with media work during the campaign, to Edmond Rice for the tremendous work he does with this team along with making sure the facilities are always in perfect condition. Thanks also to Paul O’Meara and Nigel Foran for their input into the proceedings.
Silver medals were presented to: Chloe Lawrence (Capt), Kate Corcoran, Orla O’Donnell, Aislinn Gillman, Hannah Phelan, Abbie Conran, Mia Cooney, Zoe Power, Niamh Laste, Makayla O’Donnell, Fiona McGrath, Leah Clancy, Catriona Rice, Emma Hennessey, Kayleigh Flannery, Megan O’Donnell, Katie McCarthy, Michelle Cronin, Romy McCarthy, One of the players, Kayleigh Flannery will represent Tipperary for the fourth successive year at the HSE Community Games national finals in August where we hope she will add to her impressive haul of gold medals in Gymnastics. Well done to Clerihan and their mentors.
The Cashel team played their hearts out in the final v Nenagh with each girl doing their job to the best of their ability but they could not match the strength and stamina of the girls from Nenagh who won the championship for the second successive year with an almost identical panel of players. Experience is a big advantage and the Cashel players will have benefited from game and can be proud of their achievement to win silver medals in a county final. The following sentiments from a wise Cashel gentleman says it all - A legendary defeat! Second best team in the county! We hate Mondays! We can only improve! That is the spirit, Well done girls and managers especially Michael and Sharon Perdue and John Quinlan who were so helpful with all our queries. Many thanks. Silver medal winners were:
Ciara Moloney, Jessica Furlong, Kate O’Donnell, Aine O’Dwyer, Jane Grogan, Caoimhe Perdue, Laura Connolly, Emma McLoughlin, Kelly Corbett, Megan White, Janeanne Fitzgerald, Eimear Allison, Lorna McGeer, Celine Walsh.
The under 10 mixed football team from Ballingarry faced up to a very confidant and talented team from Roscrea who were going for a hat trick in this event and succeeded in doing so. The Ballingarry boys also played well and gave some fine displays of football skills but they are a young team who had some great games against Powerstown in the south semi final and Fethard –Killusty in the south final
It is a great honour for them to be runners-up in the county final especially against such strong competition. John Lee was spotted among the spectators supporting his nephew, Kenny Lee who was the Roscrea goal keeper. John is the bronze medallist in the World Police and Fire Games Handball competition. Tipperary hurler James Logue was also present supporting Ballingarry.
Silver medallists: Mikey McGrath (Captain), Michael Ryan, Sean Ryan, Robert Pollard, Michael Long, Billy McGrath, Aaron Phelan, Kieran Lyons, Gerard Ryan, Daniel Quinn. Mikey Corcoran, Martin Fitzgerald, Niall Fitzgerald, Shane Burns, Geraldine Ryan, Patrick Walton,
Both of these games were refereed by excellent referee Fabian Jones from Moneygall.
Thank you to the management and staff at Semple Stadium, especially the caretaker who is always so wonderful to us, to all referees, umpires, linesmen, officials and everybody who contributed to the success of the day.