Laois GAA Digest

This week’s comprehensive Laois GAA Digest with news from clubs across the county. Read it first every Wednesday in the Leinster Express.

This week’s comprehensive Laois GAA Digest with news from clubs across the county. Read it first every Wednesday in the Leinster Express.

Abbeyleix

Cúl Camp 2012

Parents are reminded that the GAA Cúl camp takes place in Abbeyleix from the 13th to the 18th of August. For more information contact Ciaran Muldowney on 086-8293008.

Club Gear

Like last year, all club gear including t-shirts, togs, jerseys and socks are available from Fyffes Abbeyleix.

Club Lotto

We had one e30 winners in last weeks lotto, Catherine Lynch. Next week’s jackpot heads for e5,100 so get your tickets early from usual outlets.

Annanough

Juniors

Well done to the Annanough juniors who recorded a thrilling win over Park-Ratheniska in the first round of the Laois JFC ‘C’ last Wednesday night in Vicarstown. Trailing 0-4 to 0-2 at the break, it was no surprise that a team packed with experience refused to panic and a brilliantly struck late penalty from Colin Miller ensured a 1-6 to 0-6 win. Annanough now play Castletown-Slieve Bloom in the quarter-final tonight (again in Vicarstown at 7.30pm) and your support for this team is greatly appreciated.

The Annanough U-12s are also in action on Wednesday night at 6.30pm in Vicarstown so your support for that team is also encouraged.

Annanough V Park-Ratheniska: Brad Turner; Michael Booth, Kevin Miller, John Brophy; Seamus Stapleton, Darren Hennessy, Sean Murphy; Colin Miller, Gerry Nerney; Paul Foley, John Deegan, Cyril Darcy; David Booth, Tom Fenlon, Noel Kearney. Subs: Bryan Carroll, James Maloney, John Ryan, Michael Kelly, Jack Stapleton

Auction

The club are holding a fundraising auction on Sunday, September 16, in the Community Hall in Vicarstown and we are looking for your help to make this a success. We need you to donate everything and anything from bags of turf to cuddly toys. We are also collecting bags of clothes and books at present. Items can be dropped into Bobby Miller, Martin Ryan or Willie Coleman. We are also gathering up scrap metal on the day - everything except TVs and fridges will be accepted. If you have a large amount of stuff, we can arrange collection for you. We are also collecting fertilizer pallets but they must be in excellent condition.

For further information, contact club chairman Bobby Miller on 086 3898823.

Ballyfin

Monthly Draw Results

e500 Colin Brennan, Sellers prize e50 Aiden Heffernan, e100 Pauric Gilligan, e50 Gussy Lanham, e50 Joe Brophy, e50 Owen Farrell, House prize, bottle of brandy - Ronan Culleton. Thanks to everyone who supported the monthly draw.

Golf Classic

The Annual Ballyfin GAA Golf Classic took place on Friday last in Mountrath GC. The day proved yet again to be a great success and all involved enjoyed their days golf with some going on to play the 19th hole in the Deadmans twice later on. Congratulations to all involved.

Junior C Football Championship

Borris In Ossory 1-12 Ballyfin 1-10: Our Junior C footballers travelled to Borris-In-Ossory on Wednesday last for the first round of their championship. In the first half our lads were very much the dominant team and put in a steady effort with some nice points kicked in particular by James Moore, crowned by a great move started and finished by wing back Peter Lowry which saw him box the ball to the back of the net and leave us with a half time score of 1-6 to 5 points. The second half was a different ball game altogether as our lads were playing up hill in every sense of the word. Borris started to make a comeback and benefited from quite a number of close in frees had themselves to within a point with five minutes to go. Then disaster struck as Borris found the back of the net to put them two in front. Ballyfin pushed forward as best they could but couldn’t get the game back, and so ends the Junior C football for the year. All players are urged to continue going to the field and push for a place on the intermediate team.

Field Day

Many Thanks to Mountrath, Camross and Rosenallis Clubs for taking part in Jason Gilligan Cup, Juvenile Clubs for taking part in U-8 Football blitz and U-10 Hurling Blitz and also thanks to all for supporting the field day. Well done to all the winners: Jason Gilligan Cup - Mountrath, U8 Football - Ballyfin, U-10 Hurling Rosenallis, Scarecrow Competition - 1st Tessa Rafferty, 2nd Emma Rouget, 3rd Ciaran and Padraig Culleton and Sean O’Rourke, Kick Fada Winners - U-16 Darragh Connolly, U-14 Max Connolly; Poc Fada Winners - U-16 Daniel Grehan, U-14 Ciaran Rowney; Tug O War Winners - Clonaslee/Rosenallis; Crazy Golf - 1st Cian Culleton, 2nd James Phelan, 3rd Paddy Coss Jnr; Mini Golf - 1st Scott Coss, 2nd Aine Dooley, 3rd Paddy Coss Snr

Juvenile News

Football 

The U-12 Boys had a blitz in The Rock on Saturday 28th July and played Arles Killeen, The Rock & Kilcavan. Ballyfin won their three matches and well done to all 12 boys that attended. (James Phelan, Paddy Coss, Darragh Lyons, Cillian Birney Willie Reilly, Cormac Goode, Adam Connolly, Niall Fitzpatrick, Killian Fitzpatrick, Matthew Motts, Jack Priestley, Allan Connolly). The next match for this team is the first round of the Championship against St Paul’s on Wednesday 1st August at 6.30pm. Please can all players be in Ballyfin at 6pm.

Hurling

Our U-8, U-10 and U-14 hurlers went to Abbeyleix on Friday 27th July. The U-8s and U-10s did very well in their matches with some great individual performances. The U-14s were playing Abbeyleix in the third round of the Championship. Having suffered a defeat to Castletown in the second round they will disappointed to lose to Abbeyleix but will take heart from a better second half performance against a very strong opposition. Final score was 1-12 to 0-6.  

Ladies Football 

Our U-10 Footballers were out in their second blitz on Saturday 28th July hosted by Ballyfin. The participating teams were Sarsfields, St Paul’s, St Conleth’s and Ballyfin. Our girls are gaining great experience and confidence and put in great performances in their three matches. The day was enjoyed by all and well supported. Thank you to Emma McEvoy and for co-ordinating the event and to all who took part and helped out on the day. Ballyfin Panel was Katie Conroy, Emily Fitzpatrick, Sophie Connolly, Mary Grehan, Ellen Timmons, Emma Fingleton, Aoife Parnell, Caitriona Phelan, Chloe Bergin, Kim Fitzpatrick Sarah Bergin, Kerrie Delaney, Ciara Phelan, Fial Dalton, Kate Fitzpatrick. (Keep up the good work!)

Disco 

The next 1st, 2nd & 3rd Year Disco is on this Friday 3rd August in the separate Function Room of the Deadmans Inn, Ballyfin at 9pm till 12 Midnight (sharp). This a fully supervised event with strictly no alcohol.  Admission is e8 to include Cloakroom.  

Ballyroan Abbey

Division 2 League Final

Well done to the team on their victory over Killeshin on Sunday evening. The team were Trevor Phelan, Eoin Kearns, Eoin O’Brien, Phillip Shortall, Niall Wallace, James Keegan, Daragh Phelan, Alan Burnell, Ciaran Keegan, Sott Conroy, John Murphy, Michael Brennan, Martin Scully and Jamie Whelan. Subs were Padraig McMahon for Murphy and Jamie Bartley for James Keegan. First half was a fairly messy affair with us having the majority of possession but unfortunately not capitalising. Plenty of wides were shot by both teams but with Killeshin having more success notching up three points in quick succession. It wasn’t until Martin Scully’s cracker of a goal near half time that we finally had some success. Points followed from Scott Conroy, Niall Wallace and Jamie Whelan and we went in half time leading by 1-3 to 0-5. Second half we again dominated possesion and another spectacular goal this time from John Murphy and we started to pull away. Killeshin though didn’t give up and kept plugging away. Scott Conroy however got another two points with one each from Martin Scully who had a great game, Padraig McMahon and Ciaran Keegan. The final score finished 2-8 to Killeshin’s 0-11. Well done to all involved and the first game of the championship is against Courtwood in Stradbally on the 8th August.

Minors

The minors are on top form this year with a thrilling encounter with Graiguecullen recently to see them advance to the league final. Well done to the lads and all the mentors. This should be fixed for this weekend check fixtures for times etc.

Club’s 125th Anniversary

This year we celebrate this major anniversary. Preparations are well underway and the Club would appreciate any input or ideas from Club members and friends to help celebrate this auspicious occasion. Any old photographs of Club times gone by would be greatly appreciated and will be returned once copied. Please contact a member of the Committee if you have any ideas or photographs.

All-Ireland Community Games Finals

The U-10 mixed team continued their run of success in Bagnellstown with a defeat of Bagnellstown in the Leinster semi-final and Dunshaughlin of Meath in the final. The team displayed great talent and teamwork to defeat both teams by large margins. They all travel to Athlone the weekend of 18th and 19th of August for the All-Ireland semi-final and hopefully the All-Ireland final. Best of luck to all involved and a large contingent of supporters will be travelling to Athlone to cheer the team on.

Barrowhouse

Club News

Barrowhouse and Roseanallis played out an exciting draw match in first round of Junior A championship last Sunday. The match was played in Barrowhouse in front of a good attendance.The teams were level 0-5 to 0-5 at half time. Rosenallis pulled away to lead by five points with ten minutes to go but the lads dug deep to score 1-2 in last few minutes to draw the match.They still have to play Portlaoise and Portarlington in the group stage.

The U-14s defeated Ballyroan/Abbey in the championship on scoreline of 2-8 to 1-1. They progress to the semi-final on 25th August. The Juvenile Committe are holding a cake sale in the hall on Sunday next the 5th August after 10 o’clock mass to raise much needed funds.All donations welcome

Borris-in-Ossory

U-12 Championship

The girls played Mountrath in their final game and came away with a victory, which leaves them in a good position in the championship table.Team;Andrea Kirwan, Shona Jones, Ciara Heffernan, Clodagh Tynan, Zoe Daly, Keira Corcoran, Aishling Higgins, Amy Quinlan, Nisieah Dalton (0-3), Ava Phelan, Jessica Quinlan (2-0), Emma Dunphy, Emma Kealy (1-0), Abby Vaughan, Meave Meade.

U-10 Blitz

The girls took part in the U-10 blitz in Ballyroan on Saturday. They won their two matches against Ballyroan and Shanahoe. Team; Sophie Pearson, Grainne Poole, Jane Wright, Aoife Keeshan, Eilis Ryan, Nicole Ryan, Shakira Dalton, Casey O’Brien, Aishling Grehan, Orla Heffernan, Erica Fox, Eadaoine Foyle, Caitlin Morris, Chloe Doran, Corri Doheny, Katie Groake.

Camross

Fixtures

Tonight (Wednesday) the minor hurlers play Abbeyleix-Ballypickas in the first round of the MHC. On Thursday August 2, the footballers host Kilcotton in the JFC ‘C’ quarter-final.

Castletown-Slieve Bloom

Race Nite

This Saturday, August 4 is Race night for Castletown & Slieve Bloom GAA Clubs. The white flag will be raised circa 9.30 pm in the Castletown Inn. Horses at e20 from any player or Committee Member or local businesses Phelans Shop & Castletown Inn. Patrick Delaney will be over from London to oversee the event.

PJ Delaney Auctioneer will conduct the Auction Race.

Junior ‘B’

The Junior B team put up a great show v Colt at Raheen on Thursday evening and after a win in extra time was rewarded with a place in the Championship semi-final to be played on Aug 9th. Well done to Viv, Fran, Martin & the players.

Junior ‘A’

The Junior A team was narrowly defeated by Clough/Ballacolla in a great game in Ballacolla on Friday evening. Next game is v Portlaoise on Aug 15th

Senior

Our SHC game V Portlaoise has been effected by the success of Laois Sen Footballers. The game will now be played on Aug 8th.

Medal Presentation

The 2011 ACHL Division 3 winners will be presented with their medals at the Race Nite in Castletown Inn on Saturday night next August 4th. Captain Enda Conroy led the team to victory against Portlaoise last year.

Clough-Ballacolla

Summer BBQ

Reminder that our Summer BBQ takes place this Sunday in the Hawthorn, Ballacolla. Tickets are available locally and there will be some on the door on a first-come-first-served basis. This is our biggest fundraiser of the Summer so all support would be greatly appreciated.

All players are reminded to get their tickets sold and get the money back in this week at training.

Practice Games

This Sunday, in conjunction with the Summer BBQ, we are hosting a couple of brilliant practice games. Our Senior team will play Newtownshandrum from Cork. There will also be a game for the Junior A team but things aren’t confirmed just yet. We will confirm times through the Club text-service.

Junior B

Hard luck to the Junior B team who were knocked out at the quarter-final stages by Mountmellick on Wednesday last. Everyone fought brilliantly and battled to the end but it just wasn’t to be and Mountmellick could well be the team to beat from here on.

All members of the Junior B panel, particularly those U-21, are encouraged to keep getting to the field to compete for places on the Junior A team.

Junior A

Our Junior As produced their best performance of the year to see off Castletown/Slieve Bloom on Friday last. Well Done lads; next game is away to Kyle on 15th August.

Colt

Results

On Thursday night our Junior hurlers played a very experienced Castletown Slieve Bloom team in the quarter final of the championship in Raheen. This game remarkably went to extra time, after an amazing six minutes of additional time was played in the second half, with Colt leading by two points two minutes into additional time. Our team can by very proud of both of their performances in this year’s championship, in which quite a few of our players made their debuts at adult championship level.

Result (After Extra Time) - Castletown Slieve Bloom 1-16 Colt 1-14

Colt Team; David Dalton, Craig Moore, John Stackpool, Eamon Delaney, Michael Farrell, Ivan Ryan, Henry Keyes, Eddie Dunne, David Parkinson, Kevin Farrell, Carl Grant, Joe Stackpool, Ciaran Sinnott, Bosco Grant, Mikey Dalton Subs Used: Michael Holland, Owen Joyce, Sean Murphy, Alan Phelan

Scorers: Joe Stackpool 1-9, Carl Grant 0-2, Mikey Dalton, Kevin Farrell and Owen Joyce 0-1 each

The following night, our Junior footballers commenced their 2012 championship campaign against a very strong Timahoe team in Timahoe. This proved to be one of the best performances by a Colt football team in the past few years with every player playing their part in a comprehensive victory.

Result: Colt 2-10 Timahoe 0-7

Colt Team; Ray Phelan, Michael Grant, Brian McDermott, Shane Mullins, Gearoid Parkinson, Ger Doolan, Michael Holland, Dan Dalton, Niall Brennan, Colm Kavanagh, Anthony Dunne, Craig Moore, Mikey Dalton, Eddie Dunne, John Shiel. Subs Used: Brendan O’Connor, Chris Murray

Scorers: Mikey Dalton 0-5, Eddie Dunne 1-2, Brendan O’Connor 1-0, Dan Dalton, Colm Kavanagh and John Shiel 0-1 each

Fixtures

On Wednesday night (tonight), our Junior footballers play Rathdowney in the quarter final of the competition in Rathdowney. The throw-in 7:30pm, please support the lads!

Courtwood

Junior Football

Good win for the juniors on Wednesday against Rosenallis in the JFC first round with a scoreline of 0-8 to 1-4, losing by a point after a goal from Rosenallis time was running out until Anton Ryan levelled the game with a fine point, then Eamonn O’Connell scored the winning score with his trusty left boot. They now progress to a quarter final clash against Spink at home on August 2 Thursday @ 19.30. All support welcome so lets get behind the lads.

Team was - Pauric Dunne, Robert Wilson, Liam Duffy, David Duffy (0-1) , Robbie Flynn, Kevin Flynn, Eamonn O’ Connell (0-2), Conor Hogan (0-2), Brian Hogan, Anton Ryan (0-2), Darren Fowler, Shane Donoher, Robert Boland (0-1), John Greene Subs; Tommy Dunne

Portarlington

Junior

The Juniors had a narrow defeat on Sunday morning last against Portlaoise in the first round of the Junior A championship, losing on a scoreline 0-12 to 0-11. After trailing 0-6 to 0-4 at half time and not taking advantage of the wind, the lads upped there performance in the second half and probably deserved at least a draw for there effort and could have even snatched a win with abit of luck. The lads will be definitely disappointed as the will feel the left this game behind. There was some great performances from Gary Lanigan in the goals who made a magnificient save in the first half when Portlaoise had gone a few points ahead. In the backs Hayden Weldon, Kenneth Hoey and Diarmuid Kennedy when switched to full back had fine games. At midfield Ronan Mannion tried hard and up in the forwards Eoghan Gleeson kicked some great long range points especially in the second half, Daryl Foy and Eddie Weldon also were impressive. Despite the defeat there are still in the championship with two more games left which are at home to Barrowhouse and Rosenallis on the 16th and 23rd of August.Team; G Lanigan, A Bracken, H Weldon, J Leavy, P Lawlor, K Hoey, N Lawlor, D Kennedy, R Mannion, A Kiernan, E Gleeson, C Twomey, D Foy, M Lawlor, E Weldon. Subs;C Booth, C Coleman, D Geoghegan, B McAuley, W McGoughlin, I Boland Lawlor.

U-16s

The U-16s got their championship campaign off to a winning start on Sunday evening last when the overcame the challenge of Naomh Eamon winning out on a scoreline of 0-11 to 0-4. This was a great team performance with every player giving it there all and the will give them great confidence when the take on league winners Graiguecullen in the semi final.

U-14s

The U-14s exited the championship on Wednesday night last when the went down badly to Killeshin/Crettyard away on a scoreline of 5-14 to 3-9. It was just one of those nights when nothing went right for the lads and despite giving it there all were just second best to everything the tried. The club would like to thank every player who committed to training and matches during the year and also the trainers and selectors who gave so much of there time for this team. The highlight of the season for this bunch of lads has to be participating in the Feile and playing teams from Derry and Galway and testing themselves against the best teams from these counties and the gave a great account of themselves during it. It has been an hit and miss season and the low point is obviously not winning a championship game and not progressing further in that competiton, but they also just missed out on a league final when the came third in the league and with just a bit of luck could easily be looking forward to that league final this weekend. Again thanks to all the players and to Evin Bennett, Alan Bracken, Eamon Lawlor, Brian Whelan and Patrick Donegan for putting all their time and effort into this team during the year. The future definitely looks bright.

U-12s

The U-12s had a very successful blitz on Saturday morning last with teams from Park Ratheniska, Ballyroan, The Heath and ourselves taking part. In the first game it was a game of two halves with Ballyroan having a huge lead of 4-3 to no score at half time, but the Port boys showed some great heart and made a remarkable comeback to draw the game. In the second it was a landslide win against The Heath running out convincing winners 6-9 to 1-2 with a great team performance. In their final game against Park the tiredness began to show in the first half after playing with a strong win they didn’t translate their possession into scores and led 2-2 to 1-2, but whatever was said at half time had the desired effect as they blitzed Park in the second half and ran out winners 6-6 to 2-2. With results going there way in the other games, Port were crowned the winners of the blitz and this was ideal preparation for there championship match against Portlaoise on Wednesday night up in McCann Park. Well done to all participating teams and especially the Port lads for an outstanding display of attacking football.

U-10s, U-8s, U-6s

The U-10s had another good run out on Saturday morning last when the played St Pauls in a very entertaining game of open football.This group of players are improving with every match and are giving the club a bright future.

The U-6s and 8s had matches against O’Dempseys on Thursday night last with with huge numbers lining out for both grades.All the games finised level and everyone really enjoy there match and were very tired after giving it there all.Training continues next Thursday at 6.15pm in McCann Park.

Club Developement Fundraiser

We are holding a kick back themed night in the GAA Center on the 11th of August with Live Music from the very popular band The Valves who will be supported by local band Custodian. On the night there will be a burger bar and can bar. Tickets e10 and can be purchased from any committee member or by calling Darren Bracken on 087-7883318. The night kicks off from 9pm and finishes at 2am. All support would be greatly appreciated.

Rosenallis

Race Night

Rosenallis GAA Club is holding a race night in the Ramblers Rest on Friday night August 1th. This promises to be an enjoyable evening and race cards are on sale at present from all committee members.

Games Update

The intermediate hurling team got off to a fantastic start in the championship defeating Trumera in the first game of the group stages. It was a terrific team performance winning 2-11 to 1-12, with Joe Dooley bagging both goals. Our Junior A footballers play the first round of the championship this Sunday @ July 29th in Barrowhouse, the best of luck to the team. The junior C footballers bowed out of the championship Thursday night losing by one point to Courtwood. At minor level the hurlers are playing Borris/Kilcotten in the league semi-final tonight Saturday July 26th.

Cúl Camp

Kelloggs GAA hurling camp is being held in Rosenallis from August 20th to 24th. This is camp is for boys and girls from 7 to 13 years of age and has been a tremendous success the previous two years. Parents can register on line or book with team mentors.

Sarsfields

Senior

Sarsfields Seniors eventually got their 2012 campaign off the ground with a big win over Park-Ratheniska on Saturday evening in Ratheniska. With many players unavailable through injury or holidays some of the Junior players, including Ciara Burke, Meaghan Dunne and Sinead Walsh, had to step up to fill the gaps in the first fifteen. All three contributed handsomely to a 7-16 to 0-6 victory which certainly launched, in no uncertain manner, the Club’s ambition to regain the Lulu Carroll Cup for the third time. Sarsfields Senior panel: Laura Marie Maher, Clodagh Dunn, Jenny McEvoy, Amy Grehan, Ais Dunphy, Emma McEvoy, Sinead Walsh, Treacy Lawlor (2-5), Alison McEvoy (0-1), Hazel O’Connor, Ciara Burke (1-0), Louise Bergin (0-4), Meaghan Dunne (2-3), Ciara O’Loughlin (2-3), Rachel Williams. Subs: Lisa O’Reilly, Amy Loughman, Niamh Conroy, S. Fitzpatrick.

The Club awaits the re fixing of the first round game Sarsfields v Shanahoe which failed due to the non appearance of a referee on July 21.

Junior

The Club’s second string is scheduled to play their 2nd Round Championship game against Park-Ratheniska on Tuesday August 6 in Ratheniska at 7.30pm. This game is a crucial one as a win would put the team through to the Championship decider later in the month. Junior panel: Trisha Murray, Daphne Behan, Becky Dowling, Amy Loughman, Amy Clinton, Amy Coss, Niamh Conroy, Orla McDonald, Nicole Mulhall, Sarah Williams, Ann Hyland, Emer O’Loughlin, Lisa O’Reilly, Ruth Williams, Becky Williams, Niamh Williams, Lorna O’Sullivan, Alison Russell, Avril Westman, Mairead McEvoy, Aoife Wisely, Hannah Russell, Niamh Coss, Roisin Dunne, Chloe Dunne.

U-10s Blitz

The series of U-10 Blitzes organised by Laois Ladies Football Board continued at the weekend when Ballyfin LFC hosted Round 2 on Saturday morning at 11 o’clock. Sarsfields U-10 panel: Muireann Baker, Ellen Comerford, Alanna Conroy, Ita Conroy, Lisa Coss, Aoife Daly, Hannah Delaney, Orlaith Fitzgerald, Emma Griffin, Jenna Griffin, Cliona Mahon, Siobhan McEvoy, Jennifer Olinici, Ellie O’ Connell, Ciara Powders, Nicole Wall, Orlaith Whelan.

St Conleth’s

Senior Championship

St Conleth’s suffered a defeat at the hands of Portlaoise in the second round of the Senior Championship last Friday but on a night when a large number of senior players were out injured it was heartening to see many of the younger players putting in a hugely committed performance which bodes well for the future of the team. St Conleth’s will now compete in the B Championship competition but our next match will probably not be for another few weeks depending on the results of the Laois county team.

U-10 Blitzes

Congratulations to our U-10 girls who continue to play some great football in the series of Summer Blitz competitions.

St Fintan’s Mountrath

Upcoming Events

Mountrath GAA Family Fun Day will be taking place on Sunday the 2nd of September 1pm-5pm not to be missed with something there for all the family.

Results

In the final of the ACHL Division 2 on Sunday evening last we came up against a very good Borris/Kilcotton side that had previously beaten us in the league by a couple of points. It was good to see the score reversed and Mountrath coming out on the right side of this game on a scoreline of 1-10 to 1-08 in a very entertaining game where there was never any more than a couple of scores between the sides Mountrath deserved their victory and lets hope that they can repeat the same form going forward in to the championship .

We started out on our campaign in the Junior A Hurling championship on Friday last where we came up against Portlaoise in a game that seemed to be slipping away from Mountrath where we trailed by eight points at one stage the team rallied and started to play for one another and in a thrilling game both teams had to settle for the draw on a scoreline of 1-13 to 0-16. Our Junior C team also began their championship campaign where Trumera conceded that game. Well done to all involved with any of the teams.

Fixtures

Fixtures this coming week see our minors take on Castletown/Sliabh Bloom in the Championship this Thursday the 2nd, and our Junior C’s take on Clonaslee in a quarter final match on Friday the 3rd, both of these games are due to start at 7.30pm. As always please check your local papers and check in with the trainers etc. as times and venues may change, we wish all of our teams the very best of luck, and all support is greatly appreciated.

Juvenile News

On Wednesday last in the U-14 football championship qualifying game against Clonaslee, Mountrath had a very good win on a scoreline of 3-11 to 3-5. In the U-12 hurling we came up against Borris/Kilcotton and lossed out by a few points on a scoreline of 2-6 to 1-4. Well done to all concerned with any of the juvenile teams keep up the good work.

St Fintan’s Raheen

Fixtures

U-12 St. Fintan’s v Portlaoise Monday in Portlaoise at 6pm; U-14 St. Fintan’s v Portlaoise Saturday in Raheen at 11am

U-8 team

Well done to our U-8 girls who travelled to Camross in their first ever camogie match against Camross. Our team Lucy Donaghue, Grainne Kane, Lucy Brennan, Grainne Carroll, Caithlin O’ Connor, Sarah O’ Connor, Caoimhe Moynihans. They were just brilliant. Trainer Sinead Kelleher.

Well Done

Well done to Nancy Dennehy who was caption of the Laois county U-14 camogie team that travelled to Carlow on Saturday to play a blitz and won the B final. The club is very proud of Nancy making the U14 County team and wish her the best with the county team. And well done to the U14 county team.

Training

U-16 training on Thursdayss at 6pm in Raheen, trainer Chris Murray and Noel Brennan; U-14 training on Thursdays at 6pm in Raheen, trainer Sarah O’Carroll and Miriam Dalton; U-12 training on Mondays at 6.30pm in Raheen trainer Orla Tynan and Sheila Brennan; U-8/U-10 training on Mondays in Raheen trainer Sinead Kelleher.

St Fintan’s camogie club was just formed this year, and it’s a credit to all the girls who come out and play that the club are participating in all the county fixtures this year. If anyone would like to get involved in our club or play in any of our underage teams we would be delighted. You can contact Cathy Lynn-Secretary on 085 8100020 or Adrian Fox - Chairperson on 087 1365051

Get Well Soon

St. Fintan’s camogie club would like to wish Jimmy Farrell a speedy recovery.

St Joseph’s

Results

Congratulations to the seniors on their win in Division 1 last Thursday night. The U-16s had a great win in the championship on Sunday night and the U-14s also won in the first round of the championship on Thursday night in Kellyville.

St Joseph’s Summer Draw

This draw takes place on the 12th of August. All tickets are e5 and everyone is asked to buy to help support the club. Any sellers requiring extra tickets can contact Ann Smith (087 2116477). Prizes are as follows; 1st Prize – 2 night stay in a 5* cottage in Carlingford which sleeps 8 people. There is also a voucher for Wind Sailing, Zorbing etc; 2nd Prize – Overnight stay in a 4* Dublin hotel for 2 people; · Various other prizes on the night.

St Paul’s

U-14 Football

The U14s exited the championship on Wednesday night in Emo against Sarsfields Gaels on a scoreline of 4-14 to 3-13 aet. The boys were very disappointed on the night and could have stole it in normal time, alas it was not to be and Sarsfields were the stronger team in extra-time and went on to win. Hard luck to all, as this is the second time to lose out in extra-time in the championship following our defeat to St Joseph’s. The whole team gave their all and special mention to Rory Doyle, Denis Donoher, David Whelan and Cian Langford on their excellent performances. Team: David Whelan, Liam Crowley, Jack Balfe, Sean O’Flynn, Liam Kitchen, Seamie Mcevoy, Aaron Meredith, Jack Ryan, Denis Donoher, Cian Langford, Finbarr Crowley, Rory Doyle, Alan Kinsella, Dylan Strong, Jack Owens. Subs: Pauric Kirwan, Elliot Scully, and Michael Gilnagh. We play in league final on Monday 30th July, report next week.

U-16 Football

The Rock/St Paul’s combination were out in the championship on Sunday evening against Park-Ratheniska at their home grounds in a rerun of the opening round and again played some lovely football to come out on top by a seven point margin.

We dominated the opening half with the aid of the wind and went in well ahead with our goals coming from Aaron Dowling and Keith Quirke. The second half saw the home side come more into the game and put it up to our boys but a third goal from Ger O’Neill was crucial to The Rock-St Paul’s winning on a scoreline of 3-13 to 2-9.

All played well especially the goal scorers along with Colm Strong in goal Chris Gleeson and Anavil Storey in defence, Brendan Murphy in midfield, Cian Dunne and Danny Luttrell in attack. Team: Colm Strong, Sean Mcloughlin, Conor Flynn, Sean Fowler, Rorie Meredith, Anavil Storey, Chris Gleeson, Ian Corcoran, Brendan Murphy, Keith Quirke, Danny Luttrell, Ger O’Neill, Cian Dunne, Liam Hogan, Aaron Dowling. Subs used Matt Malone, Cian Brogan, Wesley Bergin, Mikey Hogan and David Fennelly.

The U12s are out in the championship tonight, Wednesday, against Ballyfin in Ballyfin at 6.30. This group is doing well in the league so the best of luck tonight lads.

All age group mentors contact club Secretary or Chairman to put news items in paper by Sunday night.

The Rock

Family Fun Day

The Rock GAA Club will hold its annual Family Fun Day on Sunday 5th August from 2-6pm. Come along and join us for some fun by taking part in our Juvenile Olympic races and football tournament along with our Novelty races. Try your hand at our Novelty stalls while the kids enjoy the pets in the Animal Corner and take a go on the Bouncing Castles. The Highlight of this years proceedings will be the Inaugural ‘Duck Derby’. Buy your duck for e5, name it and enter into the race in the Triogue river where the first three ducks past the finish line will win prizes including two nights B+B plus evening meal for two people in The Lakeside Hotel and Leisure Centre in Killaloe, Co.Clare. All Are Welcome to join us on the day and Admission is Free.

Timahoe

Well Done

Well done to the Laois Footballers last Saturday in Tullamore, the Timahoe men does us proud. Laois now play Dublin in Croke Park next Saturday in the All Ireland Quarter final.

Trumera

Club News

Trumera played their fist football championship match since 2003 last Wednesday against Spink and after a slow start were trailing at half time on a score line of Trumera 0-6 Spink 2-7 they played a lot better in the second half but Spink scored a couple of goals at the right time and were winners on a score line of Spink 3-14 Trumera 2-11. The Trumera scorers were Padraig Hearns (0-2) Cathal Brophy (1-5, 0-1f) John O Connor (1-3, 0-1f) Damien Lalor (0-1).

Lotto numbers for last week were 11, 15, 20 and 21 jackpot of e5,100 not won, Trumera winner of e30 Cliodhna O Neill next week’s jackpot is e5,200.