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18th July 2016 Club Notes

posted 25 Jul 2016, 03:40 by abbeyknockmoy gaa   [ updated 25 Jul 2016, 03:40 ]

Lotto: There was no jackpot winner but two players matched 3 in the Crumlin Park House & Resource Centre Sponsored lotto draw held on the 18th July in McGann’s Bar. Numbers drawn were 6, 12, 23 & 27. Seller’s prize went to Aoife Delaney. Congrats to Frank Gannon and Christy Daly on matching three numbers winning€40 each. Next week’s draw (25th July) will be held in O’Donohoe’s with the jackpot now at €12,100.  All results are available on line at www.abbeyknockmoy.gaa.ie Facebook, Twitter and Clubify.

Monthly Draw: We thank all members who continue to contribute to this fundraising draw. If you wish to enter the Monthly draw which entitles you to free family membership please contact please contact Brian on 086 156 6592 to arrange payment or via www.abbeyknockmoy.gaa.ie

Senior Hurling: Abbey seniors did everything they could to win this preliminary quarter final against Kileenadeema Leitrim last Tuesday but alas it was not to be as they went down by 5-21 to 1-23.

Abbey led 1-19 to 2-12 into injury time with an unbelievable second half performance. They had held KL to 1-1 in the second half with their goal incredibly allowed to stand even though there was a definite square ball. However, the referee played almost 6 minutes injury time to allow KL to score a last minute goal and point to bring the game to extra time. KL were unquestionably the better and fresher team in extra time and in the end won comfortably. Their two goals in that period killed off the Abbey challenge.

Things started well for Abbey even though they were 11-8 down at half time. Paul Flaherty with four points and scores from Damian Rooney, Danny Mullins, Craig Kennedy and Eoin Blade had Abbey well prepared for the second half.

It is fair to say Abbey played some super hurling in the second half. KL got an early goal which was amazingly given when there was little doubt of a square ball. Paul Flaherty was on fire with frees and converted eight in the second half altogether. KL got a good second goal but Abbey responded instantly with Brian Flaherty’s goal. There were points too from Craig and Damian to put Abbey in control. However KL had the final say of normal time when they made use of the huge amount of injury time with a goal from a floated free to leave the scores 1-19 to 3-13.

Extra time was always going to be tough to take and the introduction of some good subs for KL from their U21 winning team of last year made all the difference as Abbey finally succumbed to the challenge. Frustrations boiled over too at the end when Ronan Cooley was dismissed after the final whistle.

There was a lot about this game that has to be put into the public sphere that encapsulates the frustration of not just Abbeyknokmoy GAA but other teams that have been dealt with unfairly in Galway over the years.

•        Both teams were asked to play their second game in five days after a four week layoff which is hardly fair to player welfare. Beagh and Tynagh Abbey Duniry were also in the same boat. Is it always going to be about the Galway Inter county panel who make up a small fraction of the player population in Galway? Or is there genuine care for the ordinary club hurler who gives up all his time to train over the spring and summer and have their fate decided over the course of five days?

•        The lack of a 4th official and the lack of a board to tell the crowd of the amount of injury time was very disappointing too. Would this happen in the A division?

•        The refereeing decisions that went KL’s way as regards a possible disallowed goal for square ball and the inexplicable amount of injury time will leave a bitter taste over the next few weeks. Surely if a referee says there are three minutes injury time then this has to be adhered to? There were no stoppages in injury time of note so this is incredibly frustrating.

There was a lot to be proud of in this performance from Abbey and a lot of players stood up for the future of this club. It has been a wonderful couple of years with more ups than downs and next year is critical to the future of this club. There will be plenty who will think that we could end up in relegation trouble but this is just a default setting for those critics. We are now better than that with players who have become highly experienced and used to winning. When you can call on the players of the calibre of all who played last Tuesday the future looks bright and combined with the junior team have some players nearly ready to make the step up too. Well done to all concerned players and management alike. Abbey will be back and prove as hard to beat next year as we have the last few years.

We should be looking forward to Abbey in the next round of the championship but instead it is KL who go through and good luck to them.

Ronan Cooley, Coleman Maher, John Culkin, Tommy Farragher, Brian Flaherty (1-1), Brian Costello, Trevor Mullins (0-1), Damian Rooney (0-2) Caelom Mulry, Danny Mullins (0-1), Paul Flaherty (0-14, 10fs, 65), Eoin Blade (0-2), Craig Kennedy (0-2) Padraig O'Donnell Brian O'Donnell. Sub: Kenny Garvey and Liam McCarthy. (ToCo)

Camogie Notes: The U14 girls had a great win in their semi-final on Friday evening and now go on to play Killimor in the final.

U10 girls also had a good win over neighbours Skehana in Abbey on Tuesday evening.

U12’s play Tuam in Abbey on Friday.

U13’s play Tuam at home Tuesday.

U16’s are playing at home Monday and away to Castlegar on Wednesday.

There will be a 2 week break from training starting the week of the races although there are some games scheduled for this time.

Congrats to Emma Kinnane on her handball victory over the weekend. Abbeyknockmoy Handball Club are holding a presentation/fund raiser night in Morans of Monivea on Friday the 22nd, starting time 9 pm. The President of the Handball Association, Willie Roche, will be in attendance. Presentations are being made to some of the founding members or their families. There is also to be a presentation to the President as this is his last year in office. A draw is being held on the night with numerous prizes.

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