DOON GAA CLUB 2016 ROUND-UP
A round-up of all Doon GAA Club’s games this year.
East Senior Championship:
In the East Senior Championship the division was split into 2 groups. Murroe/Boher defeated us on Junly 21st (0.29 to 1.19). Due to the fact that Murroe/Boher also defeated Cappamore they qualified for the East Final.
The Senior League was not as a successful campaign as other year. On April 19th we began with a match away to Knockainey which ended in a draw (1.13 each). The rest of the campaign ended without a victory with losses to Patrickswell, Murroe/Boher, Ahane, Na Piarsaigh & Kilmallock.
County Senior Championship:
May 7th in Hospital was the beginning of the Championship for our Seniors against Bruree which was won comprehensively, 2.20 to 0.08. This was followed up with a great win over Na Piarsaigh a week later, Doon 2.18 Na Piarsaigh 1.19. South Liberties were next up on May 27th which we won 1.27 to 1.12. Due to the Inter-County season the club championship took a break for the summer. We were now qualified for a County ¼ Final at this stage. August 21st saw the resumption of the Championship against Ballybrown in Kilmallock which we defeated 1.18 to 0.09. Our last group match against Kilmallock was to determine our place in the group. A loss (4.17 to 1.12) meant we finished third in the group. This meant we would face Patrickswell on September 25th in the Gaelic Grounds which we unfortunately lost 1.25 to 3.15. This was to end our Championship campaign for 2016.
Junior A League:
The Junior A League for the East was combined with the South Division for the group stage. Wins over Bruff, Caherline & Ballybricken meant we qualified for the East Final against Ahane. This took place June 2nd and ended with a victory on a scoreline of 1.18 to 0.10. This meant we qualified for the County Semi-Final on June 17th. Kilmallock were the opposition in Caherconlish which ended in a 7 point victory, 1,16 to 1.09. Na Piarsaigh were now the opposition in the County League Final which ended in a one point defeat, 1.21 to 3.16.
Junior A Championship:
Onto the Championship then saw us off to a good start with wins over Ballybricken & Ahane in the group stages. Caherline defeated us by 3 points before we finished the group stage with a one point win over Kilteely/Dromkeen. This resulted in us qualifying for the Semi-FInal on August 14th against Ballybricken which ended in a 5 point defeat, 2.14 to 0.15. This unfortunately ended our season for 2016.
Junior B League:
The Junior B East League started with a nice win over Cappamore. Walkovers received from South Liberties & Fedamore, along with a win over Ballybricken meant that even though we were defeated by Murroe/Boher, we still qualified for an East Final. Cappamore were the opposition on May 29th in Caherconlish which resulted in a 3 point win, 1.13 to 0.13. Blackrock defeated us by 2 points then in the County League Semi-Final, 1.14 to 1.12
Junior B Championship:
The Championship campaign wasn’t the most successful with many walkovers given/received. This resulted in us only playing two matches which both resulted in a loss to Fedamore & Murroe/Boher. This was not enough for us to qualify for an East Semi-Final.
Our 21s campaign was the first competition of 2016 in February. We began the Championship with wins over Patrickswell (4.21 to 0.08), Ahane (0.17 to 0.12) & Kilmallock (4.15 to 2.12). This meant we topped our side of the group and qualified for a County Semi-Final with Adare the opposition. A comprehensive win was had on March 22nd, 3.21 to 2.07. The long awaited final was finally played on September 17th against Na Piarsaigh in Bruff. Even though we battled to the end it was not to be our day, Na Piarsaigh 1.17 Doon 0.15.
Having qualified for the Divison 2 Final 2 years ago, the minors were hoping to impress as they entered the Premier Division for the first time. We got the campaign off to a great start with an away win over Patrickswell & received a walkover from Adare before the Leaving Cert break. Upon resumption we restarted the campaign with a defeat to Monaleen followed by 2 draws at home to Murroe/Boher & Garryspillane. Kilmallock defeated us in early September
April 24th saw the U16 Championship off to a start. Mungret were the opposition in the 1st Round which saw a late goal for Mungret grab a one point victory for them. This was the only match before the Junior Cert exams break. July 4th saw a resumption against Garryspillane which resulted in a defeat. The rest of the campaign saw mixed results with wins over Pádraig Pearses & Kildimo/Pallaskenry and defeats to Patrickswell & Bruff. They then qualified for a Shield ½ Final against Bruff which resulted in a 1 point defeat, 3.12 to 2.14.
Our u14s began their year with Féile na nGael. We were beaten by Ballybrown in the 1st Round who went on to win out the competition. In the Championship, we had wins over Murroe/Boher, Garryspillane & Ahane, draws with Ballyhoura Gaels & Southside Gaels and a loss to Monaleen. With 2 team to qualify from our side of the group, it was not enough to qualify for a County ½ Final. They beat Kilpeacon in the Shield ½ Final but unfortunately lost out to Monaleen in the Shield Final.
With one team to qualify from the group, there wasn’t much space for error on our side of the group. The team had some great wins over Bruff, Kilmallock, Garryspillane & Ahane. However, a defeat to Mungret & a draw with Murroe/Boher was not enough to see us top the table.
Our u12s had a very good year in this year’s fixtures. Our u11s also competed in the u12 Leagues which proved great experience for them in what is to come for them in the future. These well run Leagues all came to a Finals evening in UL which the players all enjoyed immensely. They also competed in several challenge games and tournaments throughout the year with great days out at the Darren Hickey Memorial tournament in which was well ran by the Rathdowney/Errill club in Laois. We also had great individual displays at our own club tournaments, with the Jack McDonnell Memorial tournament & Jo Maher tournament to name a few.
Our u10s, u8s and 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 and parents involved with the nursery and hopefully this will continue for many years to come.
Our Cúl Camp again this year was a great success with over 100 children attending. Under the guidance of great coaches, many of which were our own clubmen the children enjoyed their week greatly and were well impressed by the level of coaching. It was also great to see both boys and girls representing the club for the INTO/GAA Give Respect Get Respect in Munster and All-Ireland series.
2016 also proved to be a great year for Doon with great representation on our County Teams. It is great to see so many players involved with the County setup: The following players represented Limerick in 2016.
Senior: RIchie English, Darragh O’Donovan, Pat Ryan (S)
Intermediate: Eoghan McNamara, Pat Ryan, Dean Coleman, Barry Murphy, Denis Barry (selector) & Seffie O’Donnell (stats)
U21: Richie English, Darragh O’Donovan, Pat Ryan (S), Eoghan McNamara, Dean Coleman, Barry Murphy
U16: Jack Ryan & Chris Berkery
U15: Cormac Ryan & Bobby Purcell
U14: Eddie Stokes & Chris Thomas
In conclusion, 2016 was not as successful as many would have hoped for. Looking forward to 2017, we would be hoping for significant progress to be made in our teams and hoping that this progression will continue to develop and produce more silverware. We would like to thank all team managers and selectors who have taken charge of teams this year. Also to our first aiders and physios who have helped with several teams this year. Finally to anyone who has volunteered for the club, sold or bought lotto tickets during the year we are very grateful to you for your generosity and support.
Wishing you all a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year for 2017
Yours in Sport
Doon GAA PRO
DOON CAMOGIE CLUB
The club has enjoyed another successful year at all age groups with the U16’s winning out the league earlier in the year beating our neighbours Cappamore. The u14’s were narrowly beaten in the league Semi-Final but made up for this defeat by winning the B championship against Blackrock/Effin in September. And finally the Minors had a great win against Ahane in the Championship 1-9 to 0-4.
We would like to congratulate all the girls who played on County teams during 2016 at U12’s,U13’s,U14’s,U15’s, U16’s. They represented their club very well at all times.
We wish to thank the following Declan Conway, Francis Kennedy, Paddy Coleman for their hard work training all the teams throughout the Year, to all the people who gave their time helping out during the year at first aid, training, transporting and supporting our girls, to Doon Senior Club for their ongoing support, in particular Pat Crowe, Orla O’Donovan and Patricia Murphy.
In conclusion 2016 has been successful year for all involved in Doon Camogie and may it continue in 2017 marking the fifth year of Doon Camogie. Finally, congratulations to all the players at all levels and well done.