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23rd November 2015 Club Notes

posted 26 Nov 2015, 01:03 by abbeyknockmoy gaa   [ updated 4 Jan 2016, 04:23 ]

There was no jackpot winner but one player matched 3 in the Crumlin Park House & Resource Centre Sponsored lotto draw held on the 23rd November in O’Donohoe’s. Numbers drawn were  7, 18, 20 and 23. Congrats to Stephen Ruane on matching three numbers winning €40. The seller’s prize went to Noel Boyle, Abbey Road. Next week’s draw on the 30th November will be held in Kelly’s Bar with the jackpot now at €8,700. All results are available on line at ; Facebook and Twitter.

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 Catherine on 087 6900352 or via

Intermediate Hurling:  The intermediate hurlers are through to the All-Ireland Semi Final in January 2016 after coming through the challenge of Robert Emmet’s in Ruislip this weekend. The final score of 0-10 to 0-5 was indicative of the type of game that is normally played in November. Abbey were by far the stronger team and Emmet’s couldn’t rise to the pitch of the game. A cross field breeze allied to the cold and a blinding sun didn’t help in the game either but this won’t bother this team as they continue to hold off all teams in their quest for an All-Ireland title.

Abbey’s win was all the more impressive considering the injuries to Paul Flaherty and Danny Mullins before half time along with Padraig O’Donnell afterwards. However the replacements, Liam McCarthy, Stephen Ruane and Craig Kennedy ably stepped up to the mark and with Fionnán Garvey taking over the frees and scoring well, Abbey rode out any particular storm in this regard.

Abbey were 0-4 to 0-1 up at half time against the breeze. Two Paul Flaherty frees before he went off were added to by good points from Brian O’Donnell and Fionnán Garvey. Abbey were deservedly ahead at half time but Emmet’s still looked dangerous on the break with both teams having some regrettable wides.

Coleman Maher started off the second half well with a well taken point on the turn before Emmet’s got back to 5-3 with two quick points. Abbey restored the four point advantage with a free from Fionnán and a nice point from out the field from Brian Flaherty. A red card for Emmet’s Tadgh Healy after a stamp on Ronan Cooley made things a bit easier for Abbey in the last fifteen minutes. Garvey and Emmet’s traded two frees apiece before Brian O’Donnell got his second of the match to make it 10-5.

Emmet’s had a penalty at the end well saved by Declan Molloy and there were a few more dangerous moments in the box as the ball was loose in there waiting to be flicked to the net. However, Abbey survived and closed out the game in the end.

We now play Creggan Kickhams of Antrim in the semi-final next January. Abbey are building a head of steam in the last six weeks since the win over Rahoon Newcastle. Two goals have been conceded since then and both of those were consolation scores. A tight defence, solid midfield and a creative attack along with solid free taking and a strong work ethic has pushed Abbey to the brink of an All-Ireland final appearance. Roll on January!

On a separate note the management and committee would like to thank each and every one of our supporters who travelled to the game to cheer on the lads. We appreciate your continued support in this most memorable hurling season for the club. Also massive thanks to Ambrose Gordon and the Man of Aran staff for their hospitality on Saturday night, a great celebration night was held there that capped a great weekend for Abbeyknockmoy HC.

And finally, many thanks to John Williams of Ballyglunin Photos who travelled to London to take photos of the game. Much appreciated John.

 Note for the diary: AGM on 6th Dec @4 pm.

 Camogie: Congratulations to Intermediate hurlers on a tough win in London. The Camogie club AGM is on this Sunday at 6.00 in the club. All parents and adult players are asked and encouraged to attend.