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26th October 2015 Club Notes

posted 27 Oct 2015, 03:16 by abbeyknockmoy gaa   [ updated 4 Jan 2016, 04:23 ]

There was no jackpot winner or match 3 in the Crumlin Park House & Resource Centre Sponsored lotto draw held on the 26th October at Moran’s Bar. Numbers drawn were 2, 7, 15 and 30. The sellers prise went to Niall Forde. Next week’s draw on the 26th October will be held in Ryan’s Bar with the jackpot now at €8,300. All results are available on line at ; Facebook and Twitter.

Our monthly draw was held on Monday 26th October. Congrats to Joe Skehill who scooped the €700 1st prize. €100 went to Cathal Duffy, Joyce Laffey, and Frank Fahy. Well done to all winners. 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 Could any creditors please submit any bills due immediately to the Club Treasurer.

Intermediate Hurling: Well done to the intermediates on a massive win at the weekend against Kinvara. It was an emotional, outstanding performance from start to finish, energised by the seismic roar from the Abbey supporters especially when Coleman Maher turned and 50 yards out left the Kinvara defence for dust smashing the goal into county goalkeepers Colm Callanan's net to cement the winning result for Abbey 1-13 to 1-10. 

From the throw in Abbey meant business, the loss of Brian Costello before the game through injury would have affected other teams but not this team, this year. Some positional switches and a starting place for Danny Mullins at wing forward, Abbey set the tone for the game with some great inter play and scores from Paul Flaherty, Damien Rooney and Fionnan Garvey. The score of the half coming from young Garvey who fielded high, turned and pointed from a difficult angle. Abbey were never to go behind in this game. Kinvara fought hard and Conor Whelan was their main scorer and target-man. At half time Abbey led 0-7 to 0-6. 

It was Abbey's defence throughout the game that set-up the platform for this win. All defenders especially the forever young fullback line of Tommy Farragher, Captain John Culkin and Ronan Cooley. Brian Flaherty commanded centre-back and was backed up by Trevor Mullins and rising star Caelom Mulry who were getting the better in their personal duals. Goalkeeper Declan Molloy was commanding throughout and the work-rate of both midfielders Paul Flaherty and GBFM Man of the Match Damien Rooney (Craughwell's loss is Abbey's gain) was a joy to watch. Goals win games and it was Maher's goal arguably the score of the championship, even though the point after this goal was a thing of beauty. Maher was ably assisted by Danny and Eoin Blade in his half forward line. The full-forward line worked tirelessly with Padraig O'Donnell, enjoying his tussle at full-forward and displaying some classy pick-ups. Fionnan Garvey, in only his 2nd start, and Brian O'Donnell did his job to frustrate the clearing back lines. Abbey moved into to a five point lead after the goal and a late penalty by Colm Callanan wasn't enough for the sea-siders on the day to defy Abbey senior status. This win hasn't happened overnight and it’s the work of under-age structures set-up some 10+ years ago that are bearing fruit. We thank the players, management, physio, families, friends and supporters for their continued support. We now look forward to Senior hurling in 2016 but this weekend there is a small matter of a county title to play for where we meet Moycullen at 2:45pm at Kenny Park, Athenry. 

Up For The Match - Friday 30th October, O'Donohues Bar at 9pm: County final fever is surely sweeping through the parish this week and to add to the excitement, the hurling club have organised a fun night of anticipation and nostalgia.  MC on the night will be Galway Bay FM Sports reporter and fellow parish man, Tommy Devane. What promises to be a hugely entertaining night, there will be interviews from past players and management from the glory years gone by as well as looking forward to the County Intermediate Final on Saturday 31st October and the return to senior hurling in 2016. All are welcome.