After a slow start when OLG were quickly down a goal and a point to no score, the team gradually got a grip on the game. In a man of the match performance by Alan Geoghegan, which saw the veteran personally bridge a twenty year gap to again win the Northern Junior Hurling Championship.
OLG had a number of goal scoring chances with Danny Bolger going closest on two occasions. It was only when the Blacks & Whites goalkeeper made a positional error, over committing himself in no man’s land, that John Doyle seized the chance to finish to an open net. All through the match the OLG backs played well, ably led by their Captain - Brian Murphy. The half back line of Paddy Deegan, Rick Leydon and Padraig Meaney raised their game at a time early in the second half when OLG suddenly found themselves down by 2 points. The Blacks & Whites centre forward Niall Kennedy gave a really fine display and finished the game having scored 6 points, 3 of which came from frees.
Half time score OLG 1-08 Blacks & Whites 1-07
All evening, the OLG midfield partnership of Brian Dowling and Martin Gibbons worked extremely hard. Dowling showed his quality scoring skills and finishing the game with 2 points. Martin Gibbons further embellished his reputation as one of the Club's hardest working players - a role greatly valued by his fellow team members.
As the game entered the dying minutes, OLG gradually gained a 3 point lead. However Blacks & Whites fired a rasping last minute goal bound shot which was deflected over the bar by the ever safe Sammy Johnston in goal. All spectators agreed that this was an exciting and sporting game played by two very honest teams. A special thanks to team Manager Philly Holohan and two selectors Paul Phelan and Philly Twomey, who have been doing super work with the team. Best wishes to Sheamie Cummins who picked up a bad ankle injury on the night.
Full time score: O’Loughlin Gaels 1-15, Blacks & Whites 1-13
Sammy Johnston, Alan O’Brien, Brian Murphy (Captain), Kevin O’Brien, Paddy Deegan, Rick Leydon, Padraig Meany, Brian Dowling 0-2, Martin Gibbons, Alan Geoghegan 0-7 (5f’s), James Lenehan, Paddy Cantwell 0-3, John Doyle 1-01, Danny Bolger 0-1, Sheamie Cummins 0-1. Panellists: Mark Croghan, Eoin Croghan, Andy Cantwell, Huw Lawlor, Steven Tyrrell, Vinny Wallace, Michael Henebry, Fergal Brennan, Billy Leydon, Ben Leydon, Shane Parsons, Nigel Skehan, Andy Kearns, Gary Bryan, Daniel O’Connor, Ross Butler
The Under 10's took part in their last away blitz of the summer last Saturday (23rd of August) in Conahy. The fact that the group hasn't trained as a group, due to holidays etc, was reflected in the matches. Individual skills, however, have improved and this is probably down to attendance at the O'Loughlins summer camp. The results didn't go our way in any of three matches so we're hoping for a turnaround of form in our home blitz on the 6th of September. The players in attendance were Maebh Richardson, Tara O'Keeffe, Emma Fyson White, Ava O'Grady, Sinéad Dowling, Grace Buckley, Faye Fennelly, Leah Hanrahan, Ríona Crowley, Abby Ware and Sheenagh O'Keeffe
O´Loughlin Gaels Camogie Club League Last Man Standing Competition, Starting Sat 13 Sept Entry 10 euros. To Enter : Contact a member of O`Loughlin Gaels Camogie Club or call Sarah Buckley on 087 7479265 for information, Closing date for entries is Thurs 11 Sept at 8pm.Prize money to be determined once all entries have been received More players = More Money
Our Juveniles Do Us Proud
Congratulations to all the O'Loughlin Gaels players from U14 to U17 who represented Kilkenny in various venues around the country. We are very proud of them all. A special mention for Conor Heary, Michael Butler and Dacel Fwamba on winning the prestigious Tony Forristal U14 hurling tournament in Waterford. Kilkenny beat Galway in the final on a scoreline of 2-16 to 2-5. Our very own Conor Heary was the captain of the side, becoming the third O'Loughlins man to captain a winning Tony Forristal team. A proud day for the club!
Under 6 Tourney
Last Sunday morning, the cream of Kilkenny’s under 6 hurling talent , (and some of Wexford’s) descended upon the fine facilities of St. John’s Park at O’Loughlin Gaels club grounds in their full club colours to take part in a highly anticipated Blitz to showcase all that is good about getting youngsters involved in Juvenile hurling from an early age.
We welcomed teams from Dicksboro, Clara, and St. Patrick’s(Ballyragget), John Lockes (Callan), Young Irelands (Gowran), Cushinstown(New Ross), O’Loughlin Gaels and Erin’s Own Castlecomer.Each team played four thrilling mini-matches, with every player receiving a medal for their efforts on the day from O’ Loughlin Gael’s senior club players, Brian Hogan and Mark Kelly, taking time out from their preparation for the upcoming All Ireland SHC. The sportsmanship, camaraderie, spirit and determination of these fine young teams on an unseasonably chilly morning was a fine spectacle for parents, friends and supporters to enjoy.
Huge credit must go to all of the team mentors, managers, assistant coaches and in particular, one Stephen McCormack, without who’s organisational skills and constant enthusiasm for managing the under 6 end of things for O’ Loughlin Gaels, the Blitz could not have been so successfully coordinated. Thanks also is extended to all those who made and served refreshments and handed out warm cups of tea to those die-hard supporters who were on the side-lines for all of the morning’s action.