GAA Report 1997


1997 was a very busy year for Doon G.A.A. Club. The U.12 team comfortably retained their eastern title. They defeated South  Liberties in final. We also entered an U.12 B team who performed quite well and were only defeated in East Final by Ahane A team. In a quite outstanding achievement the team also won the Supermac's sponsored towns tournament which had entries from all over Ireland.
The U.14's had quite a successful season winning the Eastern Feile competition before being narrowly defeated by Na Piarsaigh in the semi final. In the U.14 championship Doon qualified for the County final for the second successive year before being defeated by an excellent Kilmallock team. Success finally came our way when Doon defeated Na Piarsaig in the final of the All-County league. This was our first success at County level in this grade since 1977. Panel: Ml. Fitzgerald, Aiden O'Brien, Stephen Byrnes, Cian Fahey, Diarmuid Ryan, Seamus Barry, Niall Lysaght, Marcus Ryan, Tomas McLoughlin, Jamie Hynes, Con O'Connell, Darren Landers, Roger Ryan, Shane Slattery, Jason Ryan, Ml. Bradshaw, James Bradshaw, Eddie Kiely, George Allis, Mark Bourke, Con O'Connell, John Nolan, Damien Murphy and Kenneth Murphy.
Our U.16 team found it difficult to make an impact in the county championship. We were defeated in our opening two games and we were eliminated from the competition after we failed to get a postponement from Newcastlewest when several of our players were involved in Community Games on same day. In the Minor Championship we qualified for knockout stages by defeating Patrickswell, Kilmallock, Knockainey, Mungret, Croom and drawing with Cappamore. We were defeated in semi-final by Adare. In U.21 we retained our East title by defeating Cappamore but lost to Patrickswell in the County semi-final. Our adult teams had a busy time but were not particularly successful. Our senior selectors opted for a relatively young and inexperienced team and while our year was not too successful in terms of trophies won the performance of the younger players gave considerable hope for the future. In the senior championship we defeated Southern Gaels, Dromard and Kileedy and drew with St. Davids to emerge as winners of our group. In the County quarter final we were defeated by Kilmallock by two points. We were badly hampered during the year by the unavailability of Tadgh Hayes for a number of games.

In the Junior A championship Doon were beaten by Ahane. We later retained the Brian Butler Cup by defeating Fedamore.
In the Junior B championship Doon defeated Pallasgreen before going out to Cappamore in the semi-final.

During the year quite a few players were honoured by selection for county teams.

Primary School team: Ml. Fitzgerald, Roger Ryan, Niall Lysaght.

U.14: Marcus Ryan, Seamus Barry.
U.15 Ml. McKenna, T.J. Ryan
U.I6: Ml. McKenna
U.I7: Denis Ryan
U.18: David Stapleton
U.21: Patrick Coleman, Derek Ryan.
Junior: Tadgh Hayes,
Senior: Pat Coleman, Tadgh Hayes.

Congratulations to all. We would take this opportunity to thank all our loyal supporters for their continued support both at games and in our off the field ventures. We appreciate it most sincerely.

Liam Kennedy

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