Galtee Rovers St Pecaun’s
There is plenty of activity for our juveniles at the moment with fixtures in under 12, under 14 and under 16 hurling. Last week our under 14 hurlers disposed of Arravale Rovers in the West under 14 league semi-final while our under 16 team had a good win over Rockwell Rovers in Round 1 of the championship. This week our under 12 A team travel to Cashel with another game to come against Cappawhite, while our under 12 B team have games against Cappa and Treacy’s.
A reminder to all juveniles that our annual Cúl Camp kicks off on Monday morning, July 23rd. Remember that it is still possible to participate by registering online over the next few days at kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie
Well done to Andrew Morrissey, Conor O’Sullivan and everybody associated with the Tipp football squad who put in a stirring performance when defeating Wexford in Semple Stadium on Saturday evening. Well done also to our junior footballers who had a good win over Golden in the West championship on Friday night.
O’Donoghue Cup 2012
The O’Donoghue Cup was revived in 2012 following a lapse of several years when no competition was played. A new format was devised, similar to the Crosco Cup, of a 7-a-side tournament. Unfortunately, the competition was poorly supported, with only 3 teams turning up on the night.
This left Galtee Rovers, Arravale Rovers & Lattin/Cullen to play off last Tuesday night in Sean Treacy Park. With the odd number, Galtee’s played Arravale in a semi with the winner then due to face Lattin. The games consisted of 7-a-side teams (3 subs can interchange at any time), playing full size pitch with 2 halves of 15 minutes each.
None of the players on view would have been very familiar with the 7-a-side game, but all credit to all 3 sides, they gave it 100% and the games were quite entertaining.
Galtee’s settled early against Arravale & kicked 3 points with the aid of a strong breeze. However they spurned several good goal-scoring opportunities. Arravale made them pay when they scored a breakaway goal to level things up midway through the half.
This seemed to shake up Galtee’s as they proceeded to score 2-01 to no reply, Tony Egan registering both goals, the 2nd goal in particular was a great individual score.
Half Time; Galtee Rovers 2-05 Arravale 1-02
Following the half time break, it was clear that the players had gotten their heads around how to play 7-a-side, which is very much different in style from normal 15-a-side. Galtee’s came into their own, using the ball well, holding possession & generally looking the better team. They started to stretch their lead & in the end won well.
Following a short break, Galtee’s & Lattin lined out for the final. Lattin had the advantage of no previous game & were fresher. However, based on the respective grading one would have expected Galtee’s to be too strong, & this was how things panned out.
A benefit of the semi was that Galtee’s were more in tune with how to exploit the additional space, compared to a normal game, & they proceeded to score 1-01 within a few minutes of the start. At half time we had a commanding lead & we extended this out to the finish for a comfortable win. Credit to Lattin who fought to the end but were ultimately beaten by a better team. West Board Vice-Chairman Tom English presented the cup to Galtee’s captain Colin Morrissey.
The Galtee’s squad was generally selected from the non-hurling segment of our players, with a few exceptions. In the main, it was a good Galtee’s display & should help to bring the team on for the next encounter in the west championship.
Team; Patrick Ryan; Robert Doyle, Damien Bourke, Adrian Grace; Colin Morrissey, Denis Peters; Christopher Doyle, Shane Egan; Tony Egan, Michael O’Connell.
Club Ceoil continues in the Glen this Thursday night July 19th from 8.30pm to 10.30pm at the Glen of Aherlow Caravan & Camping Park. All welcome to attend for entertainment or to participate.
The annual Clonbeg Pattern is this week, it includes Aherlow Gospel choir in Clonbeg Church on Friday night following a Prayer Service at the Holy Well. G Day in Lisvarrinane on Saturday from 11am in the morning. Sunday in Clonbeg Church will feature performances by Angelsboro Pipe Band, Tenor Derek Ryan, Tipperary Folk Group and Lattin CCE. Refreshments outside church from 2pm on Sunday, brochures in local shops. Tel: 062 56331 for more details.