1998 G.A.A. SCENE
At the A.G.M. the following officers were elected: Chairman: John Joe Fahy Vice-Chairman: Ml. O'Connell and Pat O'Donovan Secretary: Martin Crowe Treasurer: Eddie Stapleton Our Senior selectors John Walsh, Declan Ryan and Niall Maher made an early start to training in January. They acquired the services of Gerry O'Donoghue as trainer and Bro. Danny Fitzgerald as coach. There was an excellent response from the players and in the All County league we had a very successful run. We won all our games until the crucial game with Adare which we lost by 2 points. We thus finished in 2nd place which was encouraging. In the East Senior Championship we lost to Ahane - the eventual county champions. In the County Senior Championship we drew with Garryspillane; beat Bruree and Pallasgreen. This meant we emerged from our group and qualified for the County quarter-final. In this game we defeated Claughaun rather easily. We fell to Patrickswell in the County semifinal in a game in which we did not perform to our potential. While no trophies came our way in League or Championship there was a tremendous effort made by team and management during the year and for this we are most grateful. In Junior A our team started slowly and suffered defeat in League and Brian Butler Cup.
The championship was always
no. 1 target and in the East we defeated
three number 1 teams Caherline,
Kilteely and Fedamore to become
champions for the fifth time. In the
county quarter final we defeated Croom and now await Granagh-Ballingarry in the county semi-final. The management of this team are to be congratulated on getting the team to peak at the right time.
Our third team which play in the Junior "B" competition had an enjoyable year without much success, but it is a valuable introduction for young players to adult competition. In the East championship we defeated Pallasgreen but lost to Murroe-
Our U21 team defeated Cappamore in the championship and we now await the East Final. Our Minor team was graded in the Premier division and the standard there was quite high. We defeated Newcastle West; Patrickswell and Kilmallock but failed to qualify for the knockout stages. We were slightly short of the standard necessary to make a real impression.
A number of our players had the distinction of playing with county teams during the year:
Senior: Tadhg Hayes and PaddyColeman
U21: Pearse Kennedy, Bernard Crowe and James O'Brien
Senior Football: Eamonn Stapleton
Off the playing field our mentor, Pat Fitzgerald is tremendously active in his role as Development Officer ofthe County Board.
Our main fund raising activities arethe County Development draw and our weekly lotto. Both are quite successful and are needed as the cost of running a hurling club is
very high.. Thanks also to the ladies whoalways make themselves available when needed. A special word of thanks to Michael Fitzgerald and his student workers who keep the field and its surrounds in such immaculate condition.
Finally a sincere thanks to you - the people of the parish who always support us in our ventures. Bestwishes to all for 1999.
JUVENILE G.A.A. AFFAIRS
Our underage teams had a very busy year at club level. We participated in competitions involving U8, U10, U12, U13, U14, U15 and U16.
Our U8 team played in the Ahane tournament in September against teams from Clare, Tipperary and Limerick. It was these boys first taste of competitive action and they
Our Under ten team played in the Nessan tournament and also in the county ground hurlingcompetition.
12's retained the EastU/12 "A" for the fifth successive
year. They defeated St. Liberties in
the final. This competition ends at
divisional final stage.
Our U-13's had a very successful year. They retained the East title again, defeating South Liberties in the final. They also won the Garda Cup defeating Bansha comprehensively in the final. This competition is organised by West Tipp Bord na nOg and involves clubs in West Tipperary, East and South Limerick which are from
areas under the jurisdiction of Tipperary Garda.
The U-14's started training in late February. They won the East Feile na nGael title but were defeated by Kilmallock in the County semi-final. In the All-County league Doon have qualified for the county semi-final. We drew with Monaleen and are awaiting the replay. In the championship we retained our East title and turned the tables on Kilmallock by defeating them in the County semi-final. We were unfortunately defeated by Feile champions Askeaton in the County final, our third successive defeat at this stage of the championship. Perhaps next year will be our year. We are awaiting the East semi-final of the U-15 competition. The highlight of the year was surely our U-16 team who won our first county title in this grade since 1977. The competition was played on a league basis initially with the top 4 teams to qualify for the county semi-final. We qualified for the knockout stages and in an exciting semi-final we defeated Adare by one goal. In the county final we were pitted against neighbours Pallasgreen who had defeated us in an earlier round. In a hard fought game played in wet and windy conditions we won by 2 points. The team was led by inspirational captain Michael McKenna and the panel deserves to be recorded. It was: Ml Fitzgerald; Aidan O'Brien; T.G. Ryan; Cian Fahey; Stephen Byrne; Seamus Barry; Niall Lysaght; Ml McKenna; Shane Slattery; Alan Shanahan; Con O Connell; Darren Landers; Tomas McLoughlin; Paul Carr; Marcus Ryan; Roger Ryan; David Ryan; Diarmuid Ryan; Ciaran Ryan; Jamie Hynes; John Nolan; Damien Murphy; Brian Stapleton and Mark Bourke.
A number of our players represented the club on East Limerick teams and County teams. On the Limerick U-14 team which took part in the Tony Forristal tournament we were represented by Cian Fahey and Niall Lysaght; both also travelled to Scotland in mid-August to play Shinty. On the
Limerick U-15 team we had Seamus Barry; Marcus Ryan and Shane Slattery. At U-16 level we had Michael McKenna and T.G. Ryan. We also had indoor hurling in the Community Centre during winter months.
As all those teams require time and energy to get to the required standard more help is needed and anybody wishing to help would be most welcome.
Finally a sincere thanks to the schools and parents for their support and co-operation which is greatly appreciated. We look forward to 1999 with confidence.