Bill Walsh the hat-trick hero as Swan prove too good for Davins in Carrick-on-Suir derby

South SHC

South SHC

Carrick Swan 4-13

Carrick Davins 1-10

The South Tipp senior hurling championship advanced a stage further with two derby games over the weekend. On Saturday evening it was early season pacemakers Ballingarry and neighbours Killenaule making their seasonal debut. In the early afternoon on Sunday it was the oldest of the South Tipp derbies between Davins and Swan for bragging rights in Carrick-on-Suir. Saturday night saw Killenaule make a winning seasonal debut and Sunday afternoon saw Swan take the bragging rights in Carrick if the two sides don’t meet again in this year’s championship.

Among the Swan lads the hero of the hour was Bill Walsh. His three goals made a huge difference against the Davins. The two winning teams had also something else in common. Over the weekend they saw the difference when their best centre back played in that position. In Fethard it was Declan Fanning of Killenaule while in Carrick it was Kevin Lanigan of the Swan who returned to the No.6 spot from forward duties. The game in Carrick was played in front of a good sized crowd and the early start seemed to be popular.

The Davin Park was in fine condition for hurling with a strong diagonal wind blowing towards the road goal. If the wind was strong it was Davins who were playing against it who started like the proverbial hurricane. After six minutes they led by 1-3 to no score courtesy of the Butlers JJ and Noel but we were still a long way from the finish.

While we were busy sorting out the changes on the published programme Davins were busy on the field. Referee Paddy Ivors threw in the ball and within a minute JJ Butler had flashed over a Davins point. In the early exchanges Davins were winning possession and their running game was causing problems for Swan and winning frees. JJ Butler made them pay twice in two and four minutes. Two minutes later Noel Butler gained possession and raced through. Perhaps the Swan backs were conscious of the two previous frees and they stood off. Butler took advantage and the green flag waved in the Carrick air.

Early as it was we began to wonder if the Swan were up for the game at all, but we were sadly mistaken. In eight minutes Danny O’Hanlon opened their account with a point from a free. Two minutes later he repeated the dose. In the 12th minute the game was stood on its head as Swan full forward Bill Walsh took advantage of slackness in the fullback line to score his first goal. Three minutes later Walsh against exposed defensive weakness and he bulged the net for a second time. Incredibly Swan were in front.

Another Swan attack was halted at the expense of a 65 which Danny O’Hanlon pointed. In 18 minutes another 65 was conceded with the same result. By now it was obvious that Swan were taking a firm grip in the middle third of the field. Anthony O’Donnell pointed in 21 minutes and O’Hanlon pointed another free two minutes later. Almost from the puck-out Dwayne Fogarty pointed. Moving Michael Coady to full back was providing dividends for Davins, but he was sadly missed in midfield. In 28 minutes Davins were awarded a 20m free, but the effort for a goal was parried and the resultant 65 drifted wide from Lee Mackey. To make matters even worse for Davins Danny O’Hanlon pointed yet another free for Swan on the blow of half time. Score Carrick Swan 2-8, Carrick Davins 1-3.

Davins hadn’t scored for 24 minutes and one felt they needed the first score of the second half. This score, however, went to Danny O’Hanlon when a long distance free followed by two 65s eventually went over. In the next minute a free to Swan out on the side-line was beautifully played by O’Hanlon to an inrunning forward, but the chance was missed. In the next minute Stephen Moroney pointed for Davins their first score in 28 minutes. Two minutes later indiscipline cost the Davins when a Swan free at the limit of O’Hanlon’s range was moved forward for dissent and he duly obliged. JJ Butler and Dwayne Fogarty exchanged points. Shane Butler pointed in nine minutes but within a minute the roof fell in for Davins when man of the match Bill Walsh goaled for the third time.

From the puck-out Swan attacked again and Walsh added a point. Shortly after Paddy Ivors who was very sharp was called into action and yellow carded two of the Davins one of whom was a late booking, but the referee had wisely waited for a break in play before acting. In fact, the referee had kept the game moving and it was generally played in a sporting manner.

Lee Mackey pointed a 65 with the aid of the wind and then Gerry Robinson brought the Davins total to 1-9 after 18 minutes. In the next minute, the roof really fell in on the Davins when Anthony O’Donnell who had been left unmarked goaled. The game now petered out and Swan in particular emptied their subs bench. Noel Butler and Gerry Robinson pointed for Davins as they kept hurling to the end. In the 26th minute many thought that Swan sub Alan P. Ryan had goaled, but the referee had blown for a free out. The game had become somewhat scrappy and with two minutes to go an incident saw Swan corner back Darren Murphy receive the first and only red card of the game.

The end result was slightly flattering to the Swan. They will be pleased with the way they didn’t panic when hit with Davins whirlwind start. They had some fine performers who improved as the game went on. Goalie Tom Kennedy was steady and Alan O’Sullivan was strong at full back. Kevin Lanigan played well in what most consider his best position of centre back. Martin Russell was busy in midfield. Up front the returning Stephen Hahessy was impressive, but overall the honours of the day went to 3 goal Bill Walsh.

The story is not so good for Davins. They started very well, but faded rapidly when Swan studied the ship. Their fullback line was exploited by Bill Walsh. Richie McGrath and Lee Mackey probably emerged with most credit, but Michael Coady was a loss at midfield and too much was left to the Butler brothers upfront. Pointless after two games and heavy defeats Davins now face a battle to qualify for a semi-final place.

Carrick Swan: Tom Kennedy, Darren Murphy, Alan O’Sullivan, Darren Fahey, Aaron Walsh, Kevin Lanigan, Johnny Grace, Gerry Walsh, Martin Russell, Danny O’Hanlon, Jack Walsh, Stephen Hahessy, Dwayne Fogarty, Bill Walsh, Anthony O’Donnell.

Carrick Davins: Adam Foran, Keith Condon, Stephen Cronin, Jim Walsh, Michael Ryan, Lee Mackey, Richie McGrath, Michael Coady, Pa Harris, William O’Dwyer, Noel Butler, Gerry Robinson, Stephen Moroney, Shane Butler, J.J. Butler.

Referee: Paddy Ivors, Ballingarry.

South Tipp Bord na nOg

April 19th/20th saw the South Bord na nOg teams compete in the Final of a Knock-Out Competition to find South Division Clubs to go forward as South Representatives at this year’s Premier 12 County End Games for Football. As agreed at the 2012 AGM, South Division decided to split the U/12 competition for 2013, taking time out from the South End Games to play, separately the knock out competition for County Qualifiers. By all accounts this has not only worked well but has also produced more fixtures for our U/12’s. We say thanks to all South Bord na nOg Clubs facilitating and meeting fixtures on time.

Those representing South Division at the County End Games are: Group 1: Moyle Rovers, Group 2: Clonmel Og, Group 3: Ballyporeen and Group 4: Fr. Sheehy’s.

A huge congratulations to all the players who took part, not only were you seen to be winning but taking defeat in a sporting way as well.

We thank our Referees, Martin Cody, and Miceal O’Donnell and those who helped as umpires on the day.

We wish all those going forward to County in May the very best of luck and also all our Clubs who now continue to compete for the South End Games Title.

Well done to Clonmel Commercials, this year’s South U/14 Peil Fé winners who travelled to Holy Cross last Saturday and won the County Peil Na nOg Final on a scoreline of Clonmel Commercials 3-10 Arravale Rovers 0-2. They will now travel to Derry for the All Ireland Feíle Peil on 28th/30th June. This is a great victory for South Division and Clonmel Commercials.

Our Feíle na nGael winners this year are Carrick Swans who will be going onto the County Semi-Finals on Saturday May 4th. 

Representing the South Division in the County Feíle na nGael Skills and Poc Fada next Saturday are Eoghan Brett from Mullinahone in the U/14 Feíle na nGael and in the U/14 Poc Fada is Ballyneale’s Denis Hanrahan while in the U/16 Poc Fada, Conor Hahessy of Ballyneale is our representative..  

South Bord na nOg are grateful to John Cummins (South Tipperary GDA) who oversaw the Poc Fada and Feíle na nGael Skills this year.

The All Ireland Senior Scor took place last Saturday in Derry. Following a great evening’s entertainment Tipperary came away with three All Ireland awards. The winners were J K Brackens in Rince Seit and also Noel Joyce of the same Club in Recitation and finally our very own Sinead Grant from Newcastle who won Solo singing. The South Juvenile Board want to congratulate all three on their achievements, especially Sinead who has represented the South in both Scor Na Paisti and Scor Na Nog in the past.