DOON GAA CLUB 2014 ROUND-UP
A round-up of all Doon GAA Club’s adult teams games this year…..
EAST SENIOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP
Our Senior team played their first competitive game of 2014 back on the 9th of March – the East Championship semi-final against Ahane. A comprehensive victory of 2-20 to 2-8 in Doon that afternoon set out our intentions for what would turn out to be a good year for the team.
A month later Murroe-Boher were our opponents in the final of the competition, having beaten South Liberties in the other semi-final. With a David Stapleton goal & some great points from Mike Fitzgerald and Micheal Ryan another large victory was on the cards and it ended 1-21 to 0-11 in our favour. A great start to get settled into the year ahead and some silverware to show for it!
ALL COUNTY SENIOR HURLING LEAGUE
There were 4 groups in this year’s All County Senior Hurling League. We were drawn in Group 3 alongside Effin, Murroe Boher, Dromin Athlacca and Hospital Herbertstown. The group stages were played between the beginning of May and the end of June. We didn’t make it past this stage of the competition.
COUNTY SENIOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP
Having reached the semi-final of the County Senior Hurling Championship in 2013, our sights were set on the big prize this year. In the new set-up there were 2 groups of 6 teams in the Championship. Our competitors in Group 1 were Ahane, Adare, Patrickswell, Murroe Boher and Knockainey. Group 2 comprised Na Piarsaigh, Kilmallock, South Liberties, Effin, Ballybrown and Granagh Ballingarry.
Our first game was against Adare on Saturday 3rd May in Kilmallock. While the final scoreline (a victory of 1-15 to 0-10 to Doon) sounds slightly flattering, it took us until the 50th minute of the game to start properly pulling away. At that time a great Micheal Ryan goal meant we led 1-11 to 0-9. It had been a close contest to this with no more than 2 points in it at any stage. We had heavily relied on frees in the first half with Cathal McNamara and Micheal Ryan stepping up but some second half substitutions in the introduction of Barry Murphy & Michael Barry and tactical changes made a huge difference to our game. The last ten minutes of the game saw fantastic Doon performances throughout the field including a few heart stopping saves on the goalmouth by our backs and goalie Eoghan McNamara.
A week later – Sunday 11th May – we played Ahane in Caherconlish in very windy conditions. It was in our favour in the first half & Micheal Ryan did well to strike for a goal and a few points. Captain Michael Fitzgerald did well on the close-range frees with Ahane relying on Niall Moran frees. At half time the score was Doon 1-7 to Ahane 0-5. In the second half, our defence were under pressure but did well, in particular Morgan Crowe, Eoin Fitzgibbon and Dinny Moloney. Even against the gale, we kept the scoreboard ticking over. The subs introduced made a good impact with Michael Barry setting up Micheal Ryan for his second goal. Ahane did get a late goal but at that stage they were too late to catch up. Final score Doon 2-13 Ahane 1-10
With a month’s break from the competition, our third round tie was against Patrickswell on Friday 13th June in the Gaelic Grounds. We almost left it behind us that night, even though we were a much superior team. The concession of two goals in additional time played at the end of the game meant there was a mere point between the sides at the final whistle (Doon 0-21 Patrickswell 3-11). In the first half, we outscored the Well 0-11 to 1-3, as they recorded a huge number of wides. Only 4 of our 11 points were from frees with Niall Maher, Ger McPartland, George Allis, Dean Coleman and Richie English all scoring from play. We held strong for a good nine minutes into the second half and were still leading 0-16 to 1-4 thanks to two Micheal Ryan frees, a Cathal McNamara free and a point each courtesy of Ger McPartland and George Allis. Patrickswell at this stage were getting more accurate with their shots as they had an amount of needless wides in the first half. This accuracy and increased possession saw them clocking up points (almost two for our every one) in the latter 20 minutes of the game. At the 60th minute, Dean Coleman pointed for Doon leaving the score 0-21 to 1-11. But with the referee playing a huge amount of injury time, Patrickswell had the opportunity to score two goals (63 mins & 65 mins), meaning a skin-of-our-teeth win in the end.
An emphatic victory over Knockainey was to be our fate in the fourth round on Tuesday 19th August in Caherconlish. With a final score of Doon 4-18 Knockainey 1-12, we kept our unbeaten record in this year’s County Championship intact. Star of the first half Darragh O’Donovan recorded a personal tally of 2-5 out of our entire 2-12 scored in that 30 minutes. Half time score Doon 2-12 Knockainey 1-4. Early in the second half Micheal Ryan & George Allis added a goal each, with a point each from Dinny Moloney and Ger McPartland. We were without a score for 12 minutes in the middle of the half and let Knockainey crawl back with a number of accurately pointed frees, and we weren’t on such scoring form as we had been in the earlier part of the game. Final score Doon 4-18 Knockainey 1-12.
The last game of the group stage was against our near neighbours Murroe Boher on Friday 12th September in Cappamore. This was an unusual game in that we had already qualified for the County semi-final and Murroe Boher could not progress any further. We started well with a goal from Ger McPartland. We quickly added points from play from both Micheal Ryan and Dean Coleman. However Murroe Boher dominated the rest of the half with Seamus Hickey causing problems for our half back line and the Tobin brothers scoring from frees and from play. We kept in touch with frees from Mike Fitz but Murroe Boher struck for two goals just before half time to leave us trailing 2-10 to 1-9. We started the second half well with a point from Richie English and another from Micheal Ryan. Micheal soon won a penalty and when Cathal McNamara’s shot was saved Micheal followed up the rebound to the net. But we were conceding a lot of frees that Sean Tobin converted and this meant Murroe Boher were able to stay in touch. Barry Murphy did well in the second half at full forward and won frees that Mike Fitz pointed. Barry also gave a good pass to substitute Michael Barry who took his point and this was to prove the winning score. Final Score Doon 2-18 Murroe Boher 2-17.
Our Senior team’s final game of the year was to be the county semi-final against eventual winners Kilmallock. On Sunday 5th October, we played the first semi-final of a double header in the Gaelic Grounds, with Na Piarsaigh and Ahane playing the second game. No doubt Kilmallock were strong competition. At the end of the first half they led 0-10 to 0-9. The first 30 minutes had been a very close affair, with no more than 2 points difference at any time. Mid-way through the half, goalie Eoghan McNamara was called upon to make 2 great saves in succession. Our first half points came from Barry Murphy, Darragh O’Donovan, Niall Maher, Ger McPartland, Pat Ryan & Dean Coleman. In a more entertaining second half we were awarded a penalty for the blatant pulling down of Darragh O’Donovan inside the square as he charged on goal. Cathal McNamara stepped up to take it (40 minutes), but was denied a goal by the keeper. We were up 0-12 to 0-11 so a goal at this stage would have boosted our confidence no end. As the second half went in the blink of an eye, the drama was left to the very end of the game. It was 0-14 a piece with 6 minutes to go – Doon got a point, Kilmallock got a point, Doon got another. We were 1 up with 3 minutes to go…..Kilmallock were awarded a penalty which they struck over the bar to be almost guaranteed a draw at least. As the referee played 3 minutes injury time, Kilmallock made certain of possession and added on 2 more points. Final score Kilmallock 0-18 Doon 0-16.
This has been an incredible year for our Junior B team. A dedicated panel of at least 30 players, led by manager Mike Ryan and selectors Jason Ryan & John Murphy end the hurling year with at least 4 titles – East League, County League, East Championship and County Championship. At time of writing this, they are heading to represent Limerick in the Munster Championship. Mention also to Con Barry for first aid, Physio Tony Burns and Kitman Shane Whelan. Here’s how this bunch of lads reached this fantastic achievement……
JUNIOR B HURLING LEAGUE
There were seven teams in the East Junior B Hurling League – Doon, Pallasgreen, South Liberties, Cappamore, Murroe Boher, Ballybricken and Caherline. Those group games early on in the year fare out as follows….
Doon v Cappamore on Monday 7th April Doon 1-6 Cappamore 0-9
Doon v Murroe Boher on Monday 21st April Murroe Boher 4-8 Doon 2-9
Walkover from Fedamore as they withdrew from the League
Doon v South Liberties on Sunday 11th May Doon 4-14 South Liberties 0-10
Doon v Caherline on Sunday 18th May Doon 2-13 Caherline 0-9
Doon v Pallasgreen on Saturday 24th May Doon 2-15 Pallasgreen 2-10
Doon v Ballybricken on Friday 30th May Doon 3-15 Ballybricken 1-4
As the top two teams in the league after all above matches, old rivals Doon and Pallasgreen were down for the East League final decider on Friday 20th June. The game was played in Cappamore and we were delighted with our 4 point win – final score Doon 0-14 Pallasgreen 1-7.
Representing the East as we pressed on into the County Semi Final where our opponents were Feohanagh. They proved tough competition on the night in Clarina, where their sprightly corner forward scored 1-2 very early on in the game and we found ourselves trailing 1-4 to 0-2 soon after. However, some Tomas McLoughlin frees narrowed the gap ahead of half-time; at which time the score read Feohanagh 1-7 Doon 1-6. Our goal came from wing forward Kevin Lenihan. The second half was slow to pick up some pace but we were on fire with goals when we did get going. The first came again from the stick of Kevin Lenihan, the second was a Shane McKenna shot, which the goalkeeper deflected into the net and the third was from Seamie Ryan in the 28th minute. Seamie also had 2 points in the half & 1 from top-scorer Kevin Lenihan. Final score Doon 4-9 Feohanagh 1-9.
With just 2 rest days after our County League semi-final victory, we played the County Final on Friday evening 27th June against Blackrock in Kilmallock. A Ger Beary free ensured a point with less than a minute on the clock. Beary was denied a goal just 8 minutes later when he took his chance with a close-range free. Kevin Lenihan was quick off the re-bound to hit the back of the net though and we were up 1-1 to 0-2. The rest of the half was very evenly matched and ended 1-6 to 0-7 in our favour. Having been denied a goal on the stroke of half time, corner forward Shane McKenna wasted no time as the second half started and secured a point just a few seconds into it. We stayed 3 to 4 points ahead for most of the half, but the threat of a Blackrock goal always loomed. On the 29th minute, a Seamie Ryan point put us 1-14 to 0-12 in the lead and just a few seconds into injury time Ryan got a cracking goal to end the game. With 8 Doon players getting their names of the scoresheet, it was a great team performance on the night. Final score Doon 2-15 Blackrock 0-12. Doon – County League Champions!
JUNIOR B HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP
Two groups of 4 teams made up the East Junior B Hurling Championship. Group 1 consisted Doon, South Liberties, Cappamore, Ballybricken and Group 2 consisted Pallasgreen, Caherline, Murroe Boher and Knockane. Our first round game was against Cappamore on 19th July – which we won 2–11 to 1-6. Next up was South Liberties. Another win for us here – 1-29 to 0-9. We had a walkover from Ballybricken, and as such topped our group with 6 points.
The East semi-final was played on 14th September in Cappamore and we had a more-than-comprehensive victory over Caherline. Final score Doon 8–17 Caherline 1-8.
For the second time this year, we met Pallasgreen in an East Final and, as was the case in the League, we again were victorious in the Championship Final. It was a low-scoring game with a four-point margin - Doon 1-8 Pallasgreen 0-7. 2 Ger Beary points in the first half along with 1 from Cathal Maher & 1 from Tadhg Hayes was our entire scoring tally in the first 30 minutes, against Pallasgreen's 3 points. 7 minutes into the second half Ger Beary hit the net for what was to be the only goal of the game, but we waited more than 10 minutes for another score to come our way-that was in the form of a point from Rob McLoughlin on 47 minutes. At that time our lead was just 2 points and we found scores hard to come by, but we saw out the game with another 3 points and won by 4.
On Saturday 4th October, we beat Feohanagh in the County quarter final in Kilmallock. A great win, but Feohanagh had a goal in their sights for the whole 60 minutes, putting our back-line and goalie under pressure for long spells throughout. Thanks to 7 first half points from Derek Ryan (0-5 frees), 2 points from Shane McKenna and 1 from James O’Brien, we had a total of 0-10 in the first half, against Feohanagh’s 0-2. Had they got their much-sought after goal, it would have made for a very different game, especially as we failed to score in the second half until the 56th minute. That was the first of our 3 last points (0-2 more from Derek Ryan and 0-1 from Bernard Crowe). Feohanagh also only scored 0-3 in that half, leaving a full time score of 0-13 to 0-5.
Kileedy were our county semi-final opponents a week later (Sun 12th Oct) in Bruff. The teams were evenly matched, and although it started off quite slow in that only 5 points were scored in the entire first half – Doon 0-3 Kileedy 0-2, our side erupted in the second half with a hat-trick of goals. Manager Mike Ryan instructed some positional switches and introduced sub Tomas McLoughlin – all of which contributed greatly to a flying last 30 minutes. Final score Doon 3-9 to Kileedy’s 0-6.Top of Form
It took 2 days out for us to see off Monaleen as our opponents in the County Championship final. Initially, the final was set for Sunday 19th October in Caherconlish as 12midday. Windy conditions on the day made this a poor game. There was nothing separating the sides at halftime (0-5 each). We were 1 point ahead nearing the end of the game, but one last gasp free by Monaleen secured them the draw as the referee blew the final whistle and we were set to fight another day. Final score Doon 0-9 Monaleen 0-9.
The replay fixture came through - a week later we would head to the same venue at the same time for another crack at it; and we made certain of it this time. Straight from the throw-in, Bernard Crowe scored the first point of the game and even from the first few minutes, this replay had great promise of entertainment. The next 5 points were Monaleen's even though Doon were playing with a strong breeze. At 13 minutes, we were 0-4 to 0-2 down and then we were struck with the blow of a Monaleen goal which was hopped over the head of keeper Paddy Coleman. Monaleen's discipline let them down and in doing so, the frees awarded against them let us back into the game and thanks to 2 Derek Ryan frees and 1 from Tadhg Hayes the score at half time was Monaleen 1-4 Doon 0-6. The Doon half-time talk must have been epic because they started the second half with an immense sense of determination not seen all year. Tadhg Hayes started the half with a pointed free, then Ger Beary was on hand for 2 fantastic points. Derek Ryan would score 2 more points (0-1 f), 1 from sub Seamie Ryan, 1 from Bernard Crowe and a final 1 from Ger Beary at 60 minutes. We held Monaleen to just 0-3 in the second half thanks to trojan work by our backs. At 60 minutes, it was 0-14 to 1-7 in favour of Doon, and far from taking the foot off the pedal, Doon pushed and pushed and got a goal in the dying seconds from the stick of Cathal Maher. The subs used in the game were Seamie Ryan, Tomas McLoughlin, Denis Ryan and James Nolan. We wish this panel continued success in the Munster campaign.
U21 HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP
Ten teams contested this year’s U21 Premier Hurling Championship, divided into two groups - Group 1 was Ballybrown, Ahane, Adare, Doon, St Kevins and Group 2 was Patrickswell, Na Piarsaigh, Deel Rangers, Kilmallock, Bruff. On Sunday 2nd March, our first game was against Ballybrown and was played in Rathkeale. The pitch was in good condition but the weather wasn’t. Luckily for us we played with the gale in the first half and Darragh O Donovan hit over two long range points, one from a free the other from play. Barry Murphy then latched onto a breaking ball and buried it and he also hit over two more points, a close in free and one from play. Tony Joe Berkery and Shane O Connell also scored a point each from play and our scoring was completed with another free from Darragh O Donovan. Ballybrown struggled with the wind in the first half and it looked like they may not score. However not long before half time a long range free dropped short and when it broke the Ballybrown corner forward pulled and it hit the net. They added a further point from play and this left the half time score at 1-7 to 1-1. The second half was a different story and Ballybrown piled on the pressure. Eoghan Mac and the backs played well as a unit with Tommy Hayes making some excellent blocks. Ballybrown scored six points in the second half with three frees and three from play. We found it difficult to get out of our half of the field and did not score. The final score was Doon 1-7 Ballybrown 1-7. Overall a draw seemed a fair result in the circumstances.
The second round (Doon v Adare) was played two days later in the Gaelic Grounds. This was a strong Adare team, and we did well to come away with a 5 point victory – final score Doon 1-15 Adare 1-10. Almost immediately from the thrown-in, Barry Murphy scored a point which was soon followed by another from mid-field’s Darragh O’Donovan. Three minutes later with a penalty awarded to Doon, O’Donovan again stepped up; hitting the back of the net this time. Another 2 points from O’Donovan along with 1 from Darragh Stapleton, 2 from Dean Coleman and 3 from Pat Ryan saw out the remainder of the 30 minutes, and we had a strong lead of 1-10 to 0-6 heading to the dressing room. Adare took some great opportunities in the first 15 minutes of the second half scoring a goal and 3 points, and we found ourselves much slower in comparison. Nevertheless, we held our lead the whole way through, albeit marginally at times, and emerged with the 5 point win.
It was our turn for a bye in the third round. The fourth round was due to be played on 24th March, but St Kevin’s offered us a walkover. At that point, we had one group game left – against Ahane – and this was played on Thursday 27th March under lights in Kilbreedy. Almost from the throw-in we got a twenty one yard free. Everyone thought this was going over the bar but Darragh O’Donovan went for a goal which Ahane couldn’t keep out. Our full forward line benefited from a great supply of ball from their teammates and in the process racked up the scores. Pat Ryan got 1-1, Dean Coleman 0-3 and Barry Murphy 0-3. Darragh O’Donovan also added a pointed free. As the half wore on our concentration seemed to slip and Ahane battled their way back into the game. At half time the score was 2-8 to 0-9. Ahane also started the second half brightly and Eoghan McNamara had to make a great save. Soon after though they did get a goal and it looked like they had the momentum. However the decisive score came when Dean Coleman caught a high ball, rounded his man and placed it in the top corner. Colm O’Cummin and Raymond Ryan came in to the team and both played well. Final score Doon 3-14 Ahane 1-13.
Our County Semi-Final opponents were Na Piarsaigh and unfortunately we exited the competition at their hands on Sunday 13th April in Bruff. For the first 20 minutes of the game, we were doing very well with 4 points from Barry Murphy and 1 from Darragh O’Donovan. We had a 0-5 to 0-2 lead at that stage, but for the next 14 minutes, scores eluded us and we took a hammering at the other end, conceding a goal from a Na Piarsaigh free, followed by 5 points in quick succession. Darragh O’Donovan put a point over just before the half-time whistle and the score at the break was 1-7 to 0-6 in Na Piarsaigh’s favour. Our bad form continued into the second half when we went 15 minutes without a score and conceded 7 points in that time. But a huge Doon effort was yet to come and 3 accurately-pointed frees from Barry Murphy on the 15th 17th and 18th minutes followed fast by points from Shane O’Connell and Darragh Stapleton meant just 6 points between the sides with 10 minutes on the clock (1-14 to 0-11). Yet again with his accuracy, Barry Murphy reduced the gap to just 4 points but there wasn’t enough time for Doon to claw back anymore and 1 more point was all we were to get – that from Dean Coleman with just a couple of minutes remaining. Final score was Na Piarsaigh 1-17 Doon 0-14.
JUNIOR A HURLING LEAGUE
Back in early May, we started our Junior A league campaign with first game against Ahane. This game was a win for us - 2-15 to 0-10. With a walkover next from Ballybricken, we faced Fedamore in the third round. Our 4 goals made for a good scoreline and our victory was 4-15 to 0-03.
The East Final was played on Saturday 14th June in Caherconlish and this great game against Ahane even went to extra-time. We led from the outset thanks to a point from a David Stapleton free and continued with great momentum until halftime with a 0-11 to 1-4 lead. The second half belonged to Ahane who clawed their way back and the gap narrowed and narrowed particularly in the last 10 minutes. An Ahane free, well into injury time, allowed them to draw the game. With twenty minutes of extra time to be played the entire team rallied; we depended heavily on centre forward David Stapleton for scores and he delivered. We were 1 point ahead after the first ten minutes of extra time, but in the second ten minutes we outscored Ahane 4 points to 2, meaning an eventual 3 point victory for us. Final score Doon 0-25 Ahane 1-19.
Straight into a county semi-final where our opponents were Croagh Kilfinny on 19th June. Our two second half goals proved the difference. One was from the youthful Dylan Dwyer, the other from the experienced Bernard Crowe. Final score Doon 2-11 Croagh Kilfinny 1-09.
Caherconlish was the venue for our county final meeting with Ma Piarsaigh on 3rd July. It was the David Stapleton show from start to finish with the centre forward getting all of Doon’s scores in the first half (3 points from frees and 1 point from play). At half time we trailed 0-7 to 0-4 and Na Piarsaigh had been the superior side. In the second half, it was Stapleton again who opened the scoring with a point from play just a minute in. Na Piarsaigh replied with 2 which were quickly followed by a superb point by Jack Cummins from a sideline cut. With just 7 minutes remaining in the game, we were behind by 4 – 0-10 to 0-6. Looking like all was lost, we played on, but hit countless wides in our efforts. Having just had a goal disallowed, on the 59th minute, we were awarded penalty. David Stapleton stepped up to take it and made sure it hit the back of the net with force. The puck-out landed in our favour and yet again Stapleton got his hands on it and blasted it home for another goal. A winning margin of just a single point (Doon 2-6 Na Piarsaigh 0-11), with Stapleton even acknowledging in his acceptance speech the last-second stealing of victory from the city champions.
JUNIOR A HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP
The group games of the East Junior A Hurling Championship fared out as follows…..
Doon v Kilteely Dromkeen on Sunday 6th July Doon 1–15 Kilteely Dromkeen 1-8
Doon v Fedamore on Sunday 20th July Doon 3–17 Fedamore 0–11
Doon v Ahane on Friday 25th July Doon 2-18 Ahane 0–10
Doon v Ballybricken on Friday 15th August Doon 1–13 Ballybricken 2–10
The East Semi-Final was played in Caherconlish on 24th August and we beat Ballybricken on a score line of 0-12 to 1-7.
We were beaten by a better Kilteely Dromkeen side in the East Championship final on Saturday 13th September. From the throw-in, Kilteely laid claim and scored their first point within 60 seconds. With 2 early shots on goal (which were denied) they had our backs under pressure for a lot of the half. But with just 2 points of a deficit at half time (Kilteely Dromkeen 0-8 Doon 0-6) it was all to play for as the teams lined out for the second half. There was to be a double blow for Doon within the first minute of the second half though as Kilteely sneaked 2 goals past goalkeeper Denis Barry. Losing 2-8 to 0-6, we scored the next 6 points of the game leaving just 2 between the sides again. On the 20th minute of the half, our opponents capitalised on their lead with 2 more points and we were running out of time to catch up especially as they hit the back of the net for the third time at the very end. Final score Kilteely Dromkeen 3-12 Doon 1-13.
Kilmallock was the venue for our county quarter final meeting with Monagea on 4th October. We were dealt a blow early on with the red-carding of full-forward David Stapleton after just 16 minutes; at that time we had a lead of 1-3 to 0-2 so it was still all to play for. Thanks to great accuracy from Darragh Stapleton in his free-taking duties, and a superb Dylan O’Dwyer goal early in the half, we were holding strong onto our lead. At half time, there was 6 points between the teams (1-7 to 0-4), and even with only 14 players, we kept a firm grip on the game. 12 minutes into the second half, Monagea had a player sent off which evened up the numbers again, and not long after that, mid-fielder Patrick Cummins hit the net for our second goal. We capitalised on this with more points before the end, and Monagea just weren’t strong enough to fight back. Final score Doon 2-12 Monagea 0-5.
The county semi-final was to be our Junior A team’s last day out of 2014, when we were beaten by Na Piarsaigh. We depended on wing forward Darragh Stapleton for 1-14 out of our total scoring tally of 1-16. Darragh’s goal came just before half time and left us trailing by only 0-3 at that stage (1-10 to 1-7). An early second half goal by Na Piarsaigh was a blow we didn’t need, and for the rest of the game we were on the back foot, trailing throughout. Final score Na Piarsaigh 2-17 Doon 1-16.
PREMIER MINOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP
Our minor team’s dream of three-in-a-row was not to come to fruition in 2014. Having won the county title the previous 2 years, of course we had high hopes. In the first round, we played Mungret on 29th June and won 0-15 to 2-03. The second round against Ballybrown on 29th July was another victory - Doon 3-14 Ballybrown 1-12. We had to be satisfied with a draw in the third round - 0-13 to Adare’s 1-10. Our toughest game to date came thanks to Na Piarsaigh when the beat us 0-21 to 2-10. Our last group game was against our near neighbours Pallasgreen and a 2-point victory secured us a semi-final place - 1–14 to 0–15. The latter stage of the competition was on us in early October and on the evening of Wednesday 8th, we played Ahane in the Gaelic Grounds. In the end it was just a 1-point loss that saw us the exit the competition – final score Ahane 1-13 Doon 1-12.
Congratulations and well done to all our teams and to every individual player proudly representing Doon GAA Club this year. Thanks to all our managers, trainers, selectors, first aiders and physios, and all who give their time and volunteer their services in any way to the Club. We thank you all and wish you a very Happy Christmas, a prosperous New Year and we look forward to a successful 2015.
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Doon Juvenile G.A.A.
Club Review 2014
After a successful 2013 Doon GAA Club were eagerly awaiting the 2014 season. Unfortunately silverware was not meant to be for our juvenile teams but contributed greatly to their divisions. Our u16s reached the Division 2 County Final where they were runners up to Pallasgreen. Our u14s did very well to reach the Division 1 Semi-Final before losing out to eventual champions Na Piarsaigh. Under the guidance of Limerick Coaching and Games, the u12s and u11s had some great performances throughout the year with a finals day held in The University of Limerick with our u12s having a 100% win in the competition. The u10s, u8s & u6s are continuing their development with training every weekend and blitzs held throughout the county and beyond.
Our u16s outing began in Division 2 on April 23rd with an away trip to Caherelly where Ballybricken/Bohermore were the opposition. After dominating the match for long periods, hitting the post on a few occasions we lost out by a point, Doon 0.09 Ballybricken/Bohermore 1.07. Next up was Ballybrown at home on May 5th where we ran out comfortable winners Doon 2.10 Ballybrown 0.06. This was to be our last match before the break for the Junior Certificate so a win over Ballybrown was important to get us back on track. June 23rd was our next outing with St. Patricks the opposition where we ran out comfortable winners 7.17 to 4.04. We followed this up with victories over Kildimo/Pallaskenry (4.06 to 1.06), Caherline (5.18 to 0.06) and Cappamore (4.08 to 2.06). With our first group match our only loss it meant we topped the table in our group and were drawn to play Dromcollogher/Broadford at home on August 18th in a game we were on top throughout winning 2.11 to 2.03. This set up a semi-final tie against Kildimo/Pallaskenry whom we had already accounted for in the group stages on September 13th in Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale. We raced into an early lead with some great goals and were looking like comfortable winners. However, Kildimo/Pallaskenry never gave up and with some well taken goals were back in the match with time almost up. Delighted to hear the final whistle we were through to the County Final with 2 points to spare, 4.14 to 5.09. Pallasgreen were to be opponents for the final in what promised to be a great match between two rival teams. We started brightly and were well on top in 1st half with Pallasgreen relying on frees to keep in touch. Leading by two points at half time (0.09 to 0.07) we were hoping the boys could push on for the final 30 minutes. Pallasgreen came more and more into the match and once they pounced for two goals in quick succession we were always chasing the game from there. After numerous opportunities we finally landed a goal but it was not meant to be with Pallas running out two point victors, 3.09 to 1.13.
Many thanks to all the players, manager Seán Lysaght and his team of selectors Michael Barry, Paddy Coleman & James McPartland for all their help and effort throughout the year. Also thanks to Con Barry who helped out with First Aid.
At the beginning of the year it was decided that our u14s would compete in Division 1 of the Championship for the coming year. Even though we had an extremely young team with the majority of the team still playing u12 it was hoped that they would be able to compete in the top division. We bagan our year in Knocklong on March 30th for the 1st Round of the Féile Competition that we have had great success in in the last few years. Garryspillane proved too strong for us and ran out easy winners 3.11 to 0.01. Training continued and challenge matches were played as we awaited for 28th May and the 1st Round of the Championship. We had a home tie against Bruff where the boys played great throughout and ran out winners 3.07 to 1.03. We then had 3 very tough games against the top 3 teams in the County in this division Na Piarsaigh, Mungret and Patrickswell where we competed well in the 1st half but lost out heavily in the 2nd 25 minutes. We finished off the group stages with two victories over Kilmallock at home, 3.08 to 1.04 and away to Ahane 3.08 to 2.09. This then meant that we had qualified for the County Semi-Finals in what was a great achievement for such a young team. Na Piarsaigh were to be the opposition for us on September 19th in the Gaelic Grounds. Our lads put up a great fight but just could not break down Na Piarsaighs strong physical team. Final Score Na Piarsaigh 9.16 Doon 1.03.
This was to end our participation for the year. Many thanks to all the players who gave a great effort throughout the year. Also to manager Mark Doyle and his team of selectors Dan Holmes and Kevin Lenihan for their guidance and coaching during the year.
This year we also entered an u13 team in Division 1 of the competition. With many of the players already playing for the u14 team we felt it would be beneficial to them to get as many games as possible for them in the top division. We had a great victory over Bruff in Round 1, 3.13 to 2.09. With Ahane giving us a walkover it came down to ourselves and Murroe/Boher in our final match as to who would top the group and compete in the final. Murroe travelled to Doon on October 2nd in what turned out to be a very competitive match with some great scores. Murroe proved to be that small bit better than us taking their scores at important times to run out winners 3.09 to 2.06.
Many thanks to Mark Doyle and Declan Ryan for their efforts during the year with this team.
Our u12s had a very good year in this years fixtures. Our u11s also competed in the u12 Leagues which proved to be a great experience for them. We played some great hurling and both panels worked really hard to develop their skills. The fixtures pitted the u12s against Na Piarsaigh, Mungret/St.Pauls, Adare, Murroe/Boher, Monaleen, Ahane & Crecora. While our u11s competed against Ballybrown, Glenroe, Monaleen, Pallasgreen, Cappamore, Ahane & Murroe/Boher. Our u12s had victories throughout their campaign and went on to beat Ballybrown & Garryspillane in UL on the finals day. The u11s had some great victories and really played well against some other clubs first teams which will stand to them for the coming years. They had a great victory over Adare on finals days and narrowly lost out to Croom in their other match.
Both these group of youngsters have really worked diligently and effectively in gaining the essentials required for the game of hurling and it is great to see them competing at a high level at their own age group. 2014 was also a year in which these teams competed in several tournaments.
On Saturday Sepember 6th, our u12 team travelled to Rathdowney, Co. Laois for the Darren Hickey memorial tournament. It was an honour for the club to be asked up once again to this tournament. This was the day after our Final Day in UL but the lads were delighted to be heading off to the Rathdowney/Errill GAA Club where they were hoping to go one better than their final defeat last year. This didn’t work out however but players really enjoyed their day out.
This led to our own tournament being held for the late PJ Richardson on September 28th. Both our u12s and u11s got to play against Corofin, Co. Clare in which were two games of real high quality. Our u12s held out for victory in which some great scores were taken on both sides with Corofin then beating our u11s. It was a wonderful occasion for both the club and Richardson family and great to see a good crowd on the day supporting the event.
Our u12s also got the opportunity to play in Semple Stadium, Thurles in a blitz on August 6th. This proved to be a great day out for the lads who were delighted to get the chance to play in such a high-profile stadium with 3 wins out of 3 over Mullinahone, Thurles Gaels and Charleville. The day was then finished off with a guided tour around Semple Stadium with Tipperary hurler, Denis Maher (Thurles)
A special word of thanks to both Rathdowney/Errill, Thurles & Corofin GAA Clubs for hosting and supporting the tournaments. It is always nice to get the chance to play clubs from other counties and see the standard in other parts of the country.
Thanks to all who helped out with both our u12s and u11s during the year especially Declan Ryan & John Stokes.
Our u10s, u8s & u6s are continuing to make great strides week in week out under the guidance of several parents and coaches. It is great to see so many people involved with the nursery and will continue for many years to come. Well done and many thanks to all involved.
Our Cúl Camp ran from Monday July 28th to Friday August 1st in what was a great success with over 100 children in attendance. Under the guidance of Ollie Coffey the coaches put the children through their paces and were well impressed with the high skill level of our players. It was also great to have our own local hurlers Darragh Stapleton, Shane O’Connell & Stephen Ryan as coaches for the week. The week was finished on a high as Limerick full-back Richie McCarthy visited the children, answered questions and signed jerseys for all.
Our Cash for Clobber fundraiser once again proved successful during the year. Many thanks to all who contributed clothes, shoes etc to us.
2014 also proved to be a great year for Doon with great representation on our County Teams. It is great to see players making the step up to the county setup and hopefully will provide them with the motivation to keep improving at all times. The following players represented Limerick at county level:
U17: Barry Murphy, Tadhg Whelan, Brian McPartland, Thomas Hayes
U16: Mark Coleman, Josh Ryan
U15: Mikey O’Brien, Padraic Ryan
U14: Jack Ryan, Chris Berkery
In conclusion, 2014 may not have produced any silverware for our Juvenile Club but I am in no doubt that significant progress is being made in all age groups from u6 upto u16. It is great to see such enthusiasm and pride in the club jersey to improve all the time which gives us plenty to look forward to for the coming years ahead.
Wishing you all a happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year for 2015
Yours in Sport,
Secretary, Doon Bord na nÓg