Galtee Walking Club
The number of people attending the Wednesday evening walks continues to increase and last week saw 40 walkers arrive at Rock an Thorabh car park for a round of the Slievenamuck Ridge. Leader Danny took the anti-clockwise direction, which meant tackling the steep climb at the far end. The weather continued to favour us making the 2-hour loop all the more enjoyable. Many thanks to Danny.
Easter Sunday was also a wonderful day to be out on the hills and two club walks took place. William O’Grady led his first official walk with the club in the Comeraghs, meeting the group of 19 at Ballymacarbery. The 24km, 7-hour route took in most of the southern part of the range from the Nire Valley to Mahon Falls. The views of the coast were spectacular with Ballycotton to the west and Hook Head to the east visible. A most enjoyable day for all who attended and an opportunity afterwards to celebrate William’s victory in the previous Sunday’s Slievenamuck Marathon. Thanks and well done William.
The B walk was the ever-popular trip from the Vee to Mellary led by Mossy and Anthony. 26 walkers started from Bay Lough car park in perfect conditions with some choosing to climb the Sugarloaf before rejoining the rest. All then continued on to Knockmealdown before descending to follow the watercourse all the way to the monastery, passing the lily ponds on the final approach. The prospect of the coffee and cakes from the Mellary restaurant at the end was, no doubt, a great incentive to keep moving along the way. All who took part, regulars and first-timers, were greatly impressed with this walk and hopefully we will see it on the calendar again soon. Thanks to Mossy and Anthony and all who helped on the day.
There are no club walks next Sunday because the Ballyhoura Walking Festival is taking place over the May Bank Holiday weekend. This festival includes a wide variety of walks including some on the Galtees and in the Glen so hopefully our members will be out in numbers to support the neighboring club. The Wednesday evening walk on May 4, will be led by Mary Ryan starting from Galbally Village at 7pm.
Congratulations to the Rovers Under 21 Footballers who were crowned county champions last week after a thrilling 1-12 to 2-6 deserved win over Loughmore. Well done also to the Under 16 footballers who beat Cashel, 1-9 t0 1-3 in the West league and the Under 14 hurlers on their Feile Hurling semi-final victory over Cappawhite in Cappa.
Last week was a very busy one at Sean Treacy Park as the County Board Easter Camp welcomed 220 plus young hurlers and footballers to three fun-filled days in the sun. A huge well done to Christine and her team of helpers for having all systems go and to the County Board coaching staff, who assist the children to learn the skills of gaelic games, with the emphasis on fun and healthy exercise. The Camp continues this Tuesday April 26 and Wednesday 27.
Fixtures this week: Monday April 25, Under 12. ‘A’ footballers play Lattin, at Sean Treacy Park, at 2pm. Also at the Park our Under 12 Cs play Kickhams C, at 2pm on the same Monday. The Under 16 footballers take on Golden at Sean Treacy Park, at 7.30pm. on that Monday to round off a busy day at the venue. This game should decide the pairings for the League semis on May 2 for the 16s, so it’s a big one for the lads.
On Saturday we welcome the Cashel Under 14s to Sean Treacy Park for a league game at 5pm. What a great week’s activity for our dual Under 14 players! It’s ideal preparation for our preliminary round game in the West Championship, against Galtee/Aherlow, on Saturday, May 7, at Lattin, timed for 4pm.
Monday May 2, our Under 12A footballers travel to Kilcommon, to face Sean Treacys for a game timed for 2pm. Accompanying the As will be the C team who also play the Treacys at 2pm. The Under 12Bs will travel to Emly, also on May 2, to play the locals at 2pm. A big day for the 12s!
After the enjoyment of the Easter Camp the weekend hurling and football training will resume this Saturday and Sunday, April 30 and May 1. Beginners are welcome so club members who want to bring a friend should do so!
There’s big interest in the Rovers Race Night on May 6, so contact any club member to join in the fun and assist our Juveniles at the same time.
St Michael’s Schoolboys
Under 15s played Cahir Park last Saturday in our final league game of the season. We needed a win to have an outside chance of the league. This was a game that was made easy for Cahir by some bad defending and our failure to take at least three very good chances of scoring in the first half. Ciaran Lowry scored our goal from a penalty in a 5-1 defeat. Our next game is a Tipperary Cup semi final against Peake Villa.
Under 16s were beaten 3-0 by Clonmel Town last Friday night in Clonmel. We still have a chance of the league but it is made harder by this defeat.
Well done to the first team on reaching the FAI cup final.
St Michael’s AFC
The premier team continues to prosper reaching both Munster and national finals.
We thank our great support in Wexford last Saturday night. Next Saturday evening we travel to Ozier Park in Waterford to play Carrick United in the Munster final.
We congratulate Tipp Town F. C. on their promotion to Division Three and to Arravale Rovers on winning the under 21 county football.
We extend best wishes to Alan Quinlan on his retirement from competitive rugby.
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