SENIOR HURLING LEAGUE Rd. 5
O’Loughlin Gaels 2-13 to 1-18 Ballyhale Shamrocks
Saturday Sept 17th 2016 – Thomastown 5pm – referee Owen kenny
O’Loughlin Gaels met Ballyhale Shamrocks in the final round of the Senior hurling league on Saturday with both teams knowing they were advancing to the quarter final stages of this year’s championship…the prize at stake a league final spot next weekend. Both defences got a handle on the game making it difficult for forwards to get clear shots at goal. O’Loughlins had the better of the early exchanges with Mark Kelly showing early signs of his form when he hit the post in the 3rd minute..an opportunity that would have put a different perspective on the game had it being converted. Mark went on to score 2-4 from play showing his ability to take scores in tight situations. Ballyhale worked hard off the ball making it difficult to track players and opened up spaces to take their scores and hedaded to the break 0-10 to 0-7 up.
Ballyhale pressed on in the second half with points from Henry Sheflin and Eoin Reid who was a handful at centre forward before Mark Kelly returned a point. And although Mark Bergin pointed a free on the 13th minute Eoin Reid broke in for a Ballyhale goal that put them seven points clear with only a quarter of the game remaining. Immediately O’Loughlin Gaels returned two points through a Mark Bergin free and a fine Danny Lenihan strike before Kelly struck for the first of his two goals on the 18th minute. The lead reduced to two but the Shamrocks didn’t flinch and added five points to O’Loughlins one over the next ten minutes requiring O’Loughlins to get goals. Danny Loughnane pointed a free in the dying moments and a good play by Danny Lenihan in the corner sent a low ball to the front of the opposition goal that Mark Kelly was at hand to net in the last play of the game finishing two points adrift when the whistle sounded.
An entertaining finish to the game and the lads will now face Dicksboro in the League Shield Final next weekend before the real business of Championship begins in two weeks time. We’re looking forward to it!
Team: S. Murphy, A Forristal, A. Kearns, E. Kearns, S. Mahony, B. Hogan, P. Deegan, E. Grant, H. Lawlor, D. Burke, M. Kelly (2-4), D. Loughnane (0-2, 1f), S. Johnston, M. Bergin(0-5, f) , S. Bolger (0-1). D. Lenihan (0-1), P. Cantwell
JUNIORS TO DO IT AGAIN
Junior hurling championship
O’Loughlin Gaels -0-11 to 1-8 James Stephens
Sunday Sept. 18th 2016 - Palmerstown, 6pm – Referee Maurice Flynn
O’Loughlins/ Village games are always entertaining and this one was certainly no different. The scoring may have been low but that was down to the intensity of the game and some wayward shots by both teams. James Stephens got off to the better start when they went 1-2 to no score up after 6 mins thanks to a Jamie Byrne goal plus a pointed free. Brian Dowling did return a pointed free next before James Stephens added another…the last of their scoring for nearly 20 minutes. O’Loughlins added their points thanks to good midfield work with Paddy Butler enjoying his time there converting two points from play before the break leaving O’Loughlin’s one point adrift at 0-6 to 1-4. The score count was even more rare in the second half but a good entertaining game none the less. Alan Geoghegan , Danny Lenihan and Paddy Butler played well to take hold of their areas and it looked with 10mins to go, after the aforementioned Lenihan scored his second point, that O’Loughlins were in the driving seat two points to the good. But they failed to capitalise on their dominance and James Stephens took a well taken point through Richie Hayes before adding a final pointed free to level the game ensuring both sets of supporters left Palmerstown in good form and ready to go at it again. Well done all ..good hurling.
Team: Billy Leydon, B. Murphy, G. Bryan, T. Gleeson, R. Butler, A. O’Brien, N. Bergin, P. Butler (0-2), S. Bolger, A. Geoghegan (0-1), B. Dowling (4pts, 1f), C. Loy (0-1), F. Brennan, D. Lenihan (0-2), J. Doyle (0-1) , P. Cantwell, E. Walshe
There was no winner of last week’s Club Lotto..The numbers drawn were 2, 6, 11, 26 and the bonus number was: . Tickets can be bought from the usual selling agents or by asking at the clubhouse bar. The Jackpot is now at a healthy €16,800..so get yourself a ticket and don't miss out on your chance to win
U0s ON A GOOD RUN
The u10 boys continued their run of successes with another fine tournament outing this time at St. Martin’s GAA last Saturday. The boy showed true grit and determination to come through the day with fine hurling performances in some very tight games. These are the games you’d want your young players to be involved with ..good strong fair hurling with only a puck of a ball between all the teams ensuring that all the young boys come away with a positive experience. Well done and thanks to St. Martins for a fine days hurling and a well run operation.
SCHOOL YARD SUMMER HURLING FINALS
Throughout the Summer on Tuesday evenings St. Johns Park hosted a campaign of School Yard Hurling where the club facilitated young boys to come together from u10s to u12s to play some honest to god hurling! Teams would be made on the night, a mentor would referee and the sliotar thrown in for an hours top class hurling each week. On Sunday the campaign came to an end with a Finals blitz where teams were divided into four..Teams Dumore, The Continent, St. John’s and Johnswell went at it for almost two hours with a round robin league that divided them into two separated finals. The hurling was brilliant..u10s relishing at the prospect of challenging their older counterparts and scores registering from all angles. The players took control..organised positions, argued over decisions and directed each other to do better or ‘mark yer man’ in a healthy old fashioned school yard way. There were disagreements, there new partnerships discovered maybe even the mentors found out a little more about what some of our players are capable of doing. By what we all saw on Sunday you can safely assume that this lot can develop nicely. For the record Team St. Johns’ were the Cup Winners after a rip roaring affair with Team Johnswell narrowly winning by two points. The shield final between The Continent and Dunmore went to extra time and saw Dumore just edge it by a single point. Well done all…lovely hurling.
GIVE UP YER AULD HURLS
O’Loughlin Gaels Camogie Club are looking for hour help. Their recycled hurls innovation has earned them local prize in the KBC ‘Bright Ideas’ project and now puts them forward to a final 14 nationally and an opportunity to add a further €5000 to the clubs much needed funds. All you have to do is log on to the KBC Bright Ideas page to vote and share in order for the girls to benefit. Log on and listen to our young O’Loughlin Gaels lady as she outlines what the project was all about. http://kbcbrightideas.com/ideas-hub/kilkenny/joan-galwey/?list=1
First Holy Communion &
Confirmation Dates 2017
First Holy Communions –
St John’s: Sat. 13th May, 10.30am.
(for St John’s Junior & Model Schools):
Johnswell: Sunday 14th May at 10.00am.
Confirmations in St John’s –
Saturday 11th March at 11.00am.
THE SAMARITANS FAMILY WALK
The Samaritans are hosting the Kilkenny All-Stars Family Walk, on Saturday 1st October 2016. Come and join Brian Cody and over a dozen Kilkenny All-Stars for this fun event in order to raise funds for the extension of the Samaritan’s premises in Kilkenny. Registration from 11.00a.m – at the St Canice’s Complex, Lacken, Carlow Road, Kilkenny – the walk will commence at 11.30a.m. The route will follow the Nore Linear Walk for 4k.m. and is suitable for all the family. Entry fee- €10 per family.