Kildorrery Under 16B2 hurlers are Co. champions after a deserved 2-10 to 1-7 win over Doneraile, at Kilavullen, last Sunday afternoon. On a well prepared venue, where understandably, underfoot conditions were heavy after Saturday’s persistent rain, the game provided some entertaining passages of hurling. A disappointing aspect of this fixture was the fact that the referee arrived for the game, a Co. final, regardless of the grade, without umpires or linesmen. In fairness to him he did his job well.
Kildorrery were slow to settle from the throw-in and went twenty minutes without raising a flag, by which time Doneraile had three to their credit. Three points in quick succession, expertly struck by Sean Cunningham had them level at the end of twenty-five minutes and with only a minute of normal time remaining in this first half, they led 0-4 to 0-3. In injury time the sides exchanged a point to see Kildorrery ahead at the break 0-5 to 0-4.
Two minutes into the second half Sean Watson extended the lead with a great point from play. Sean Cunningham put three between the sides from a placed ball. Doneraile pulled back a point in the 35th minute. The winners pushed two ahead again from placed balls by David Hunter and Mattie O’Grady. But then a shock, before the end of the third quarter, when a Doneraile free ended up in the Kildorrery net with the hapless Fionnan O’Grady and defenders obviously dazzled by the sun. They were now level 0-9 to 1-6. Doneraile then snatched the lead with a pointed free with ten minutes of normal time remaining, but it proved to be their last score of the game. Kildorrery, on the other hand, finished the game on a high with a great goal by David Hunter and another from Pierce Pigott. While Kildorrery were not dominant in all sectors, nevertheless no player could be faulted for lack of effort and in the end it was their resilience and will-to-win which got them through. Apart from those mentioned, others to impress were Declan Mullins and Conor Noonan in defence. Timmy O’Sullivan and Kieran Hurley were also prominent outfield. Heartiest congratulations to all and a special word to their mentors Johnny McCarthy, John Hunter, Peter Watson and team Physio Elaine O’Connor.
Team and scorers: Fionnan O’Grady, Declan Mullins, Conor Kent, Richie Hurley, Mattie O’Grady 0-1f, Conor Noonan, Timmy O’Sullivan, David Hunter 1-1(0-1f), Sean Cunningham 0-7(0-6fs), Pierce Pigott 1-0, Kieran Hurley, Sean Watson 0-1, Daniel O’Flynn. Subs. Oisin Fenton, Padraig O’Flynn, Padraig Harrington, Cathal O’Sullivan.
Before last Monday’s Club meeting one of our prominent minor hurlers James Keating was the recipient of a commemorative plaque to celebrate his being chosen on the Electric Ireland Star Minor Hurling Team of the Year Of the Year 2017.
During Cork’s Minor hurling championship campaign he played at centre back putting in some memorable performances.
Once again, we congratulate him on attaining this honour.
The presentation was made by Club Cathaoirleach Dave Roche in the presence of his parents Sean and Rita.
There was no winner of the €1,400 jackpot when the fortnightly Club lotto draw was held at Walsh’s Corner House, last Saturday night.
The numbers drawn were: 2,11,17 & 18.
Three lucky dip winners of €50 each were :
1. Betty Coughlan, Newtownshandrum
2. Margaret Jackson, Quitrent
3. Barrett & O’Donoghue Family, Funcheon Bar
The next draw will be held at Sheahan’s Hilltop Lounge on Saturday November 25th when the jackpot will be €1,600.
The quarterly Club members’ draw was held at last Monday’s meeting and resulted as follows:
1. € 200 Tom Monaghan, Cork
2. €80. Mick O’Keeffe, Ballyanihan
3. €80. Pat Fenton, Farahy
At last Monday’s meeting votes of sympathy were passed to the following; Mick Walsh and family, Glenahulla; the family and relatives of the late Mrs Norris/Maunsell; the family and relatives of the late Mrs Bridget Stritch, Milford and the Caplice family, Cullenagh on the death of Ann’s brother.
The Avondhu, 16th November 2017