The O'Loughlins U8s Camogie hosted their summer blitz in St. Johns Park on Saturday morning. On two pitches, four teams played a series of three matches each with a large contingent of supporters cheering on the girls. It would normally be difficult to play Camogie under such balmy conditions but not these girls. Every ball was contested and gingerly moved up the field into attack.
First up was city neighbours Dicksboro. This was an excellent encounter with some powerful performances by both teams. Orlaith Duncan, Siofra O'Leary and Sheena O'Keefe steadied the ship from midfield with some excellent play, Hazel Slattery kept her cool while net minding in the first half while her replacement Rachel Waldron pulled off what was arguably the save of the day in the second half. Forwards Marie Culleton, Ena Lawlor and Amy Lawless all worked well with some excellent interlink play. Emma Power and Emma Dillon were very busy in defence and their excellent work rate was the platform for an overall great team performance
Next up for the challenge was St. Martins. The O'Loughlins girls got stuck in straight away with some excellent blocking and tackling by the aforementioned Orlaith Duncan. Siofra O'Leary moved into defence and was kept very busy by a strong St.Martin's attack but ably assisted by Lauren Conway and Nicole Galvin the managed to keep the ball away from Rachael Waldrons net very effectively. Good delivery through midfielders Caoimhe Ryan and Sarah Fitzgerald meant that the forwards could do damage to the St. Martins defence up front. Rosa Phelan got herself on the score sheet as too did Ena Lawlor to cap a fine days work by these girls. Aoife Ryan, Amy Lawless and Marie Culleton were relentless and the eagerness to play for the team was epitomised by Marie Culletons willingness to continue even after getting a bad knock on the hand. The game ended in a draw which was a fair result as both teams gave 100%. Well done to both teams
The final match for the O'Loughlins girls was against Clara. Again the girls carried the momentum from their earlier games and powered into an early lead with well taken goals by Ena Lawlor after some excellent collaboration by the O'Loughlins forwards, Amy Lawless, Marie Culleton and Lauren Conway. Caoimhe Ryan, Orlaith Duncan and the two Emma's, Power and Dillon, were excellent throughout the day. Rachael Waldron continued between the sticks with an efficient display while Siofra O'Leary was again very solid. Hazel Slattery, Rosa Phelan and Sheena O'Keefe were super and Sarah Fitzgerald gave a powerful performance from midfield. Nicole Galvin Aoife Ryan and Amy Lawless all made their mark on the day. This was a fine team performance resulting in the best result possible for these girls. Their progress through the summer is very evident by their improved performances. A big thanks to coaches Monica Kearns and Helen Phelan and their team for their work with the girls.
The blitz was a resounding success which didn't go unnoticed by the words of gratitude expressed by the visiting teams and mentors from Clara and Dicksboro Camogie clubs. A big word of thanks to St. Martins too for their contribution to the days events. The girls continue training on Monday evenings at 6.30pm. Well done to all the girls today and keep up the good work.
U12’s Go Games
O’Loughlin Gaels Under 12’s played host to three talented outfits on Saturday last. Carrickshock and Mullinavat arrived to St John’s Park early on Saturday morning and both gave very good accounts of themselves against our boys. This reporter “threw in the ball” in the ‘Vat game and was impressed with the way the southerners moved the ball quickly from defence to attack. OLG also had star performers in both games and learned a lot from the experience. Mullinavat manager (All-Ireland winning captain – Willie O’Connor) was delighted with the game. This reporter went to give Willie an update of the score at half time but he was more concerned with the players from both teams enjoying themselves and getting as much game time as possible. City rivals Dicksboro then arrived to take on the St John’s Parish boys. A classic encounter of ebb and flow hurling ensued with both teams trading punch and counter punch. The ‘Boro won the first half but OLG came back at them in the second twenty, to claim a narrow victory. In truth though, it was Hurling that was the real winner.
OLG U12’s Panel: Killian Larkin, Harry Bland, Daniel Walsh, Alex Molloy, Jake Hickey, Matthew Hogan, Declan Murphy, Greg Edogun, Mikey Wallace, Clinton Morris, Vincent O’Grady, Joseph Leydon, Chase Leefar, Luke Hennessy, Aidan Kenny, Sean Lawlor, Morgan Leefar, Sam O’Connell, Eric Walsh, Josh Nolan, Jack Clifford, James Phelan, Joe Brennan, Nick Mullins, Damien Dowling.
There was no winner of this week’s club lotto. The numbers drawn were: 3, 10, 11, 13 and the bonus number was 12. To be in with a chance to win €20,000 – please buy a ticket form any of our registered sellers or call to the clubhouse bar.
World War One – Kilkenny’s Fallen
We take this opportunity to remind you of the Centenary Memorial Mass commemorating the thousands of people from Kilkenny City and County who left home and family to participate in the ‘Great War’, 1914 – 1918, and to pray for the hundreds who never returned home alive.
Mr Paddy Neary, Wolfe Tone Street, will present a paper on “Kilkenny’s Involvement” during this memorial. A wreath in honour of those who perished will be jointly laid by Bishop Seamus Freeman SAC, Bishop of Ossory, and Mr Andrew McGuinness, Mayor of Kilkenny. Thukolo Gospel Choir will provide music and song for the liturgy. We invite people from all across the City and County: lay religious and clergy, to join in this Centenary Memorial Mass on Wednesday at 7.30 pm. You are invited to refreshments in the Parish Centre afterwards.
Dog Night Prize Winners
O’Loughlin Gaels GAA Club is delighted to announce the following were the winners of the raffle held at our annual dog night: 1st Prize: Holiday for two + spending money – M Crotty, Kieran Street. 2nd Prize: Weekend away + spending money – Fintan Gleeson, 10 Pinewood Avenue, Ardnore. 3rd Prize: €300 – Derek Farrell. 4th Prize: €200 – Gerard Murphy, Radestown, Kilkenny. 5th Prize: €100 - Rodger McClure, 55 Richview, Kilkenny