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2nd November 2015 Club Notes

posted 3 Nov 2015, 08:50 by abbeyknockmoy gaa   [ updated 4 Jan 2016, 04:24 ]

There was no jackpot winner but four players matched 3 in the Crumlin Park House & Resource Centre Sponsored lotto draw held on the 2nd November in Ryan’s of Laragh. Numbers drawn were 6, 7, 9 and 17. Congrats to Scott Quinn, Pat Cooley, Keith Ruane and Sean O’Donnell on matching three numbers, winning €40 each. The sellers prise went to Megan Cooley. Next week’s draw on the 9th November will be held in Mannion’s Bar with the jackpot now at €8,400. All results are available on line at www.abbeyknockmoy.gaa.ie ; 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 www.abbeyknockmoy.gaa.ie Could any creditors please submit any bills due immediately to the Club Treasurer.

Intermediate Hurling:
Abbeyknockmoy are the Intermediate Hurling Champions of 2015! The history books were rewritten last Saturday afternoon shortly after 3:30pm when our Intermediate hurlers claimed the club’s third ever Intermediate championship victory after a thoroughly deserved victory over Moycullen on Saturday. After ending their long spell away from the senior ranks last week against Kinvara this was always going to be a tough one to get past considering that Moycullen had recently been a senior team themselves and had beaten Abbey by a big margin in the group just over a month ago. But Abbey were so much on top in this game it was hard to compare the two matches played and were well worth the 1-16 to 0-13 win. Abbey had to make do without Brian Costello again who was out with injury with Danny Mullins coming in as like last week.

The first half was tense with both team dropping balls short and hitting some wides but Abbey had  the better spread of scorers from Paul Flaherty with three frees and a ’65 along with strikes from Colman Maher, Eoin Blade and Brian Flaherty. Moycullen kept in it through five points from frees and could have had a goal only for a great reflex save from Declan Molloy. Their half back line finished the half strongly too but Abbey managed to get two late points to make it 0-7 to 0-5 at the break.

Abbey however took over in the second half and the crucial score coming from a Padraig O’Donnell goal after great link up play from Fionnán Garvey and Damian Rooney to put Abbey into a 1-8 to 0-6 lead. Abbey never let up after this and Moycullen couldn’t get any chance at a goal as our defence was very solid with John Culkin marshalling the Moycullen danger man Niall Mannion very well. Paul Flaherty tagged over 0-6 from placed balls and one from play after a superb catch from Trevor Mullins. Brian Flaherty hit another one over from out the field and Coleman Maher with one of his own.  Moycullen had a few moments of danger in the Abbey defence too but overall Abbey came out on top.

There were joyous scenes at the final whistle as Abbey realised they were going into senior hurling next year as champions. If they had lost this game it would have taken some of the gloss over last week’s win over Kinvara. But Abbey were not to be outdone by Moycullen this time. Great performances from the full back line of Tommy Farragher, John Culkin and Ronan Cooley provided the bedrock for out the field with Brian Flaherty, Coleman Maher, Trevor Mullins and Padraig O’Donnell standing out. One feature of the game that stood out was the great link up play of all the forwards and Abbey always had great support when in trouble with the ball. A lot of so called “dirty ball” was won by the likes of Brian O’Donnell, Eoin Blade, Danny Mullins and Caelom Mulry that didn’t go unnoticed by anyone watching.

Next Saturday at 2pm in Athleague against Four Roads will focus the minds for this young team. There is a bit of history with this fixture as we all know after Four Roads’ win in 1988 but this team are well able to take anything that comes their way after all the games they have won this year. We don’t win too many County finals and we definitely don’t win too many Connacht finals so this would be a nice one to win.

Abbeyknockmoy go into senior next year backboned by six players that have played senior hurling before. But it’s now up to the younger players on the team to show what they can do and based on the evidence of this year they’re well able to make the step up

Abbeyknockmoy: Declan Molloy, Tommy Farragher, John Culkin, Ronan Cooley, Trevor Mullins, Brian Flaherty (0-2), Caelom Mulry, Paul Flaherty (0-11, 9f’s, 65, 1), Damian Rooney, Eoin Blade (0-1), Coleman Maher (0-2), Danny Mullins, Brian O’Donnell, Padraig O’Donnell (1-0), Fionnán Garvey. Subs used: Craig Kennedy for Brian O’Donnell and Liam McCarthy for Fionnan Garvey. Man of the Match was Paul Flaherty.


Thank you to all who supported our ‘Up for the Match’ night held on the eve of the County Intermediate Final. Thank you to O Donohue’s for their hospitality, our MC Tommy Devane, to the Keane brothers for the music, to Jim Carney for taking the time to attend, to our panellists and to all who helped out on the night. Thank you also to those who sponsored our door prizes: Stewarts Oil, Raheen Woods Hotel, courtesy of Aideen Maher, A1 Auto Parts Tuam, Better Bedding, Peter Fanning, Secret Garden Beauty, Turloughmore and Denise's Hair Studio, Turloughmore. A great night was had by all whilst the team and Management were at home getting their rest for the main event on Saturday.

 

Camogie news: Well done to the u14’s who had a hard fought draw against Mountbellew on Saturday in the North Board final. Replay date TBC. Also well done to the Intermediate hurlers on winning the county title and also to the u12 ladies footballers who also won their final. 2 wins and 1 draw from 3 finals is a great result for the parish, well done to all the players and everyone involved with all the teams. 

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