It was disappointment all round after our Under 21B hurlers’ defeat at the hands of Sarsfields, in the Co. Championship final,  at Pairc Ui Rinn, last Sunday afternoon. At the end of a most competitive and entertaining hour’s hurling only three points separated the sides. The final score-line read Kildorrery 0-20   Sarsfields 3-14. While the large Kildorrery following might have been disappointed with the defeat, they had no need to be disappointed with the team effort which was certainly whole-hearted.

From the throw-in, Cathal Harrington had the ball over the bar within thirty seconds, but Sarsfields answered with two points in as many minutes. Cathal levelled from a free at the end of five minutes of play. The winners had three points from play before James Keating added two from placed balls. In the twelfth minute Sars had their first from a free to which Shane O’Neill replied from play.  By the end of the first quarter, our boys trailed by two, 0-5 to 0-7. From there to the twenty seventh minute, Kildorrery did all the scoring, pushing themselves into a 0-10 to 0-7 lead. Suddenly, the first of the winners’ goals had them level. Again Kildorrery came back, replying immediately with a Kevin Noonan point. Dylan Kent had a great goal attempt diverted over the bar before Sars finished the half with a point.  Kildorrery went in at the break leading by the minimum 0-12 to 1-8.

It was the winners who got off the better after the restart and had gone into a two point lead before James Keating reduced the deficit to a single point in the thirty-fifth minute. Sarsfields’ second goal came two minutes later, followed by a point, but far from ‘throwing in the  towel’ Kildorrery continued to attack and at the end of the third quarter trailed by four, 0-15 to 2-13. The sides exchanged a point before the winners’ third goal eight minutes from the end of normal time, which proved to be their last score of the game. Kildorrery on the other hand, continued to maintain pressure on their opponents, with James sending over no less than four successive points inside the final nine minutes, bringing his total for the game to thirteen, but in the end, sadly, it wasn’t enough and so our dreams of a Co. championship evaporated.

This gallant panel of players, having become Avondhu champions, did themselves, their families and the Club proud with their dedication and commitment through the year and can take some solace from their achievement in reaching the Co. final. Full marks also to their mentors Dave, Willie and Peter and of course, Physios. Elaine and Caroline.

Team and scorers:  Cathal Walsh-O’Grady, Tony Watson, Ian Butler, Mattie Walsh-O’Grady, Anthony Crowley, James Keating 0-13(0-7fs), John Hunter, Darren McNamara, P.J.Keating, Dylan Kent 0-1, Shane O’Neill 0-1, Kevin Noonan 0-1, Cathal Harrington 0-3(0-2fs), Paddy Pigott 0-1, Kieran Hurley.  Sub. Sean Cunningham for K.Hurley 39 mins.



Wednesday November 14th. Shreelawn Oil Co. Junior C Hurling Championship Final.

Fermoy V Liscarroll/Churchtown Gaels at Kildorrery 8 p.m.



The next fortnightly Club lotto draw will be held this Friday night, at Ollies, when the jackpot will be €6,600.



Members and intending members are reminded that the Club’s annual general meeting will be held on Friday November 30th at 8 p.m.  The next 100 Members draw will also be held on that night.



At last Monday’s weekly Club meeting, a votes of sympathy were passed to the wife, family and relatives of the late Jerome (Jerry) Scully, Ballyanihan, and to the Dooling family, Castlequarter on their recent bereavements. Ar dheis De go raibh  anamacha na marbh.


The Avondhu, 8th November 2018