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The GAA Digest - March 31

All the news from around the clubs of Laois.

ABBEYLEIX

Dinner Dance

Abbeyleix GAA Club Dinner Dance, Saturday, April 10, 2010 in the Manor Hotel, Abbeyleix. 8.00pm Sharp. Music by The Real Deal. If you haven't got your tickets please contact any committee member.

Juvenile Hurling Training

U-8, U-10 and U-12 training every Sunday morning in the Fr Breen park at 12.15pm. Additional session for the U-12s only, on a Tuesday evening from 6pm – 7.00pm. Check out our website for a list of all underage fixtures. If you haven't already got your child registered please do so ASAP.

Web presence

Remember in addition to our website www.abbeyleix.laois.gaa.ie, check us out on facebook and become a fan.

ANNANOUGH

La na gClub meeting

A meeting in relation to this year's La na gClub will take place in Turley's Pub in Vicarstown next Wednesday (April 7) at 9pm. This year's La na gClub has been fixed nationally by the GAA for Sunday, May 9, and Annanough will again be holding events in the club on that day.

Anyone with an interest in helping out or with ideas on how to make the day a success are asked to come along as it is hoped that a social committee will be formed with the view to arranging more events as the year goes on.

Laois County Board Draw

Congratulations to Andy Shortall who won €500 in last week's Laois County Board draw. Andy was the 15th name out of the hat and is Annanough's first winner this year

Upcoming fixtures

Both the intermediate and junior footballers make their first appearance of the year this coming weekend. The intermediates travel to Ballyfin for the first round of the ACFL Division 2 while the juniors host Ballylinan in ACFL Division 5. Check fixtures for details. All support would be appreciated as a good start to both campaigns is hugely important

ARLES KILCRUISE

Seniors

Our Seniors got the first round of the ACFL Division 2 off to a good start on Sunday last with a win over Ballyroan-Abbey, the county players were available and Kevin Meaney continued his good form of Saturday evening and Ross Munnelly played his first full game of the year after coming on as a sub on the Laois match on Saturday evening.

David Conway also kicked some very good scores with the final score being 3-19 to 1-11. The team are making a good start on their campaign to return to Division 1 this season, their next match is on Saturday the 10th April against O'Dempseys.

Teams and scorers as follows - Arles Kilcruise: Jimmy McDonald; Mick O'Shea, Paudge Conway, Fergal O'Conner; JP Conway, Rory Stynes, Sean Meaney; Kevin Meaney, James Conway; Ross Munnelly, Chris Conway, Stephen Miller; Karl McDonald, David Conway, Kevin Sheridan. Subs: Alan McLoughlin for Sheridan (half-time), Darren Byrne for Chris Conway, Brendan Conway for Stephen(45 mins), Mark Miller for O'Shea, Dermot Nolan for Karl McDonald. Scorers: Karl McDonald 0-3, Kevin Meaney 0-2, Kevin Sheridan 0-3, David Conway 1-6 (0-1 free), Ross Munnelly 1-3 (0-1 free), Sean Meaney 0-1, Chris Conway 1-0, Rory Stynes 0-1.

Ballyroan Abbey: Der Mullhall; Gerdy Mulhall, James Keegan, Mick Walsh; Eoin O'Brien, John Madigan, Tomas Murphy; Philip Shortall, Padraig McMahon; John Murphy, Danny Donoghue, Ciaran Keegan; Noel Delaney, Colm Lalor, James Whelan. Scorers - Colm Lalor 0-2, Ciaran Keegan 0-1, Padraig McMahon 1-4, James Whelan 0-2, John Madigan 0-2.

Laois GAA Monster Draw

Our congratulations to Mary Kehoe of Ballickmoyler who won first prize of €10,000 in the second draw which took place on the 26th March, the ticket was sold by JJ Conway. Thanks to all who supported the club by buying a ticket for the Laois GAA draw and we wish them luck in the draws to come. The club have had winners in both draws this year, however, this is the first time ever that the club sold a first prize winner in this draw.

Juniors

The second round of the ACFL Division 4 takes place on Easter Sunday morning at 11am against Park-Ratheniska in Ratheniska

Juveniles

Training continues each Friday at 5.45pm in the field. Juvenile training for the parish team continues on Monday evenings for the U-12s and U-14s and starting Monday the 29th for the U-10s, all players interested in playing for the parish team are encouraged to attend training in both places. Our U-10s have their first outing of the year on the 10th April at 9.30am. The U-12 parish team is out on the 3rd April against St Paul's at 11am in Ballylinan

Table Quiz

The club is holding a table quiz in Behans of Tolerton on Thursday the 8th of April at 9pm sharp. Table of 4 costs n40.00, so please come along with your friends and support the club for what will be an enjoyable evening.

BALLYFIN

Hurling

Our Intermediate hurlers played away to Carrig-Riverstown in the Leinster league on Saturday. We led by 0-6 to 0-5 at half-time with excellent points from Tommy O'Mahoney, Sean Lowry and Matt Duff but Carrig scored an early second half goal and stayed ahead all through and despite an excellent goal from Matt Duff and a great Paul Dunphy point we lost by 1-15 to 1-11.This was a good display for the first game of the season with the next game on Easter Monday.

Our Junior Hurlers had a good win in their first league match of the year against Clonad on Sunday. Very good displays from Conor Dowling, Alan Strong and Eddie Fitzpatrick helped the team to a 2-14 to 0-11 point win. Next game for this team is fixed for Saturday away to The Harps.

Football

This weekend will also see our Junior A footballers start their league campaign at home to Annanough. Our 2nd football team are also in action against Camross.

Juveniles

Our U-14 hurlers begin their Feile qualifying tournament with a knockout game against Clough-Ballacolla on Thursday, if they win they will play Rathdowney/Errill on Easter Monday in the quarter-final.

Our U-16 footballers are at home to O Dempsey's on Friday while our U-16 hurlers entertain Clough/Ballacolla on Sunday. Our U-12 footballers travel to play Ballyroan-Abbeyleix on Saturday.

Condolences

The GAA club would like to offer sincere condolences to Maria Bennett and her family, Coolnamona, on the death of Maria's father in Kildare last week

BALLYPICKAS

Adult Hurling

Training this week is on Tuesday at 7pm. Upcoming fixtures are Division 3 against Mountrath on Saturday at 6pm, and Division 5 on Tuesday 6th April against Shanahoe.

Sunday evening's fixture against the Mountmellick intermediate team was the second fixture in this year's ACHL Division 3. Despite holding the opposition level on the scoring board for most of match, Ballypickas lost by three points in a hard fought game. On the panel were: S O'Dea, L Whelan, A McDonald, J Lennon, P Gorman, B Lalor, M McEvoy, L Lalor, R Nolan, U Burtenshaw, S McEvoy, P O'Brien, R Carter, D McWey, MJ Lalor, E Hennessey, J Miller, G Whelan, R Orr, S Foyle, W McDonald, J McEvoy

Juvenile Hurling

This week's U-6/U-8/U-10 training is in Wednesday at 6.30pm in the Ballypickas grounds. The U-8s will be taking part in an U-8 Go Games blitz in Heywood on Easter Monday at 1.30pm and will be sporting the new jerseys purchased by the club for the U-10s and U-8s. Best of luck to the U-8s and we hope you have an enjoyable day

Flag Day

The club would like to thank all players and parents who helped make the recent Flag Day a success. We haven't got the final figure yet, and will let you know how much was raised for the juvenile club.

Easter Egg Hunt

The annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held in Ballypickas GAA Grounds on Sunday, April 11, at 2pm sharp. All kids up to 12 years are welcome

Spin The Wheel

No jackpot winner. n15 winners - Anthony Carter, Aiden Barry, Joe Cahill, Paddy Whelan, Celia McDonald. Next week's jackpot is n720. Thanks for your support.

BALLYROAN ABBEY

Texas Holdem

Texas Holdem is on Good Friday night in Ballyroan Community Hall. Calling all poker players and those with an interest your luck could be in!

In aid of the Ballyroan Abbey Players Injury Fund. Cash Prizes; n50 Freeze Out, Starting Stack 9,000 chips with an additional 1,000 early birds chips before 8:00.

Jerseys

Jerseys are now for sale in all sizes from any member of the comittee. Order forms for juvenile sizes are available from Juvenile Comittee members

Juvenile News

Benefit night this Sat night in Whelans lounge. A 70s and 80s disco with a Ballroom dance competition which promises to be good fun.

Couples taking part include, Pauline McWey and Liam Kinsella, Mary Little and Seanie Quinn, Dom McWey and Geraldine Scully, Breda Tierney and Ray Ryan, Anna Byrne and Pat Whelan, Olive Doyle and John Mulhall, Ann Churchouse and John Hennessey and Clare Scully with Ollie Dowling. Tickets are n5 available from comittee members or on the door. Food is available and there will be spot prizes galore. U-16 match on Good Friday in Mountrath at 12.30.

Registration forms are now available from the committee members and jackets are available.

CAMROSS

League Action

It was a busy weekend for the club at home, with three teams in league action. On Saturday, Rathdowney-Errill were the visitors and came away with a 3-10 to 1-7 victory in the ACHL Division 3 tie.This team are away to Kyle in the next round.

On Sunday, Shinrone were the visitors in the Leinster Senior League, and the home side ran out winners by 1-14 to 1-9, and will make the journey down to Wexford,where they will play Buffers Alley on Easter Monday in the next round.

Team and scorers: T Doran; J Doran, P Cuddy, P Guilfoyle; T Burke (0-1), D Keenan (0-2, 0-1 '65), S Higgins (0-2); M Burke, J Phelan (0-1); K Cuddy, N Holmes (0-3, two frees), D Culleton (1-0); F Hogan (0-1), J Palmer (0-4). Subs: D Lalor for N Holmes, P Bergin for D Lalor, P Kavanagh for D Culleton

On Sunday evening, Colt came away with a 2-9 to 1-5 victory in the ACHL Division 4 tie. Camross are away to Timahoe in the next round. Camross minor hurlers re-enter the Kilkenny MHL on Monday evening with a game vs Fenians (Johnstown).

All County Draw

The 2nd All County Club Draw was held in Portlaoise on Friday night,but the club had no winners on this occasion. List of winners are available on request.

Charity Weekend

The charity weekend for Haiti was well supported and the organisers would like to thank everyone who helped out in any way to make it a success.

CASTLETOWN

Table Quiz

Castletown Parish Juvenile GAA Club, Naomh Eamonn will hold a Table Quiz on Good Friday night April 2 in Castletown Community Hall at 8pm. All are welcome. Tables for juveniles n10 and for adults n20.

CLONAD

Camogie

Well done to the Clonad players , Laura McWey, Roisin Dunne, Sophie Meredith, Sarah Fitzpatrick, Jane Kennedy and Orla McWey who represented the club so well when they joined the Laois team against Limerick recently. Keep up the good work

CLONASLEE ST MANMAN'S

Our senior footballers got their league campaign off to a good start when on Saturday evening they travelled to Graiguecullen to play the home side. Two goals from Tomas Tynan and a well struck effort from Cathal Bourke put them on their way. Others to play well were Edward Conroy, Shane Conroy in the backs and James Young in the forwards.

CLOUGH-BALLACOLLA

U-8 Hurling Blitz

Clough-Ballacolla Juvenile Club will host an U-8 Hurling Blitz on Easter Monday. It will be held in the Sports Hall in Ballacolla. Taking part will be teams from Rathdowney/Errill, Kilcotton/Borris, Camross, Castletown, Mountrath and our own U8. The event is due to start at 10 a.m. and is to run through the day. Best of luck to all the teams taking part.

U14 Hurling League

Our U14 Hurlers played their first game on Sunday morning against Rathdowney/Errill. After an exciting game Rathdowney/Errill won on a score of 1-7 to 1-5. Best of luck to our U14 Hurlers in their upcoming Feile game against Ballyfin/Mountmellick this Thursday 1st April at 5:45 in Castletown.

Best of Luck

Best of luck to our U 16 Football Team who will play Camross in Camross on Friday 2nd of April at 6 p.m. Also to our U12 Football Team who will play the Harps on Saturday 3rd of April at 11 o'clock in Ballacolla. And finally to our U16 Hurling Team who are playing away to Ballyfin/Mountmellick on Sunday 4th of April at 11 o'clock.

COURTWOOD

Junior League

Please note change of date/time for junior league game this weekend. It will now be played in Portlaoise at 6.30 pm on Good Friday.

Intermediate League

A strong second half display from our neighbours O'Dempsey's saw them claim the league points in last Saturday's opening league game on a 1-13 to 0-7 scoreline.

Played in perfect conditions in the Old Pound, the first half was a tight affair with a great Fergal Byron save from Stephen O'Leary keeping his side in contention. Missed chances would eventually cost Courtwood however as they went in at half time trailing 0-5 to 0-4 having played with a strong wind.

Home forwards Stephen O'Leary and Micheal Finlay punished the Courtwood defence in the second half with just three Luke Doyle points at the other end to maintain a respectable margin.

Team: Fergal Byron, Robert Wilson, Mark O'Halloran, Mick Hogan, John Fenlon, Robbie Flynn, Kevin Flynn, Andrew Mulhare, Aidan Ryan, Colm Wilson, Michael O'Connell, Ross Doyle, Luke Doyle, Paddy Wilson, Brendan Wilson. Subs used; Pauric Wilson, Barry Donnelly, Pauric Duffy.

Membership

2010 club membership closes today Wednesday 31st March and no memberships will be accepted after today. 20 euro adult and 5 euro youth/student payable now to Niall Murphy, treasurer. To pay contact Niall on (087) 6171899

Club Leisurewear

Various items of club leisurewear are available to order including polo shirts, hooded tops, t-shirts (kids sizes only) and rain jackets. All items are top quality O'Neill's brand with embroidered club crest. Children's sizes available. Contact Niall on (087) 6171899 for details

On the web

Don't forget to check out all the latest club news on our website at www.courtwood.laois.gaa.ie or now on Facebook (just search for Courtwood). Anyone with any items for inclusion, pictures, underage match reports etc is more than welcome to submit them for inclusion.

Fixtures

ACFL Division 4: Friday, April 2 - Portlaoise v Courtwood in Portlaoise at 6.30 pm; ACFL Division 2 - Saturday, April 10 - Courtwood v Timahoe in Courtwood

EMO

Emo played Ballylinan in the first round of the Division 1 league in Emo on Sunday. Emo started very well with some great points from Ciaran Finane, Paul Lawlor, Billy Sheehan, Darren Strong and Evan Costello and a good goal from Conor Lawlor which left the score at 1-7 to 0-4 to Emo at half time.

Emo piled on the pressure in the second half and added on another 1-5 to run out 2-12 to 1-10 winners. It was a good performance from all the players in their first game in the league.

The team was: Michael Kirwan; Shane Murphy, Darren Brophy, Colm Brophy; Michael Dowling, Shane Carney, David Gorman; Darren Strong, Mark Carney; Evan Costello, Ciaran Finane, Billy Sheehan; Robert Wilkinson, Paul Lawlor, Brian Gorman. Subs: Conor Lawlor for Sheehan, Ian Murphy for C Brophy, Brian Dooley for C Lawlor and Damien Flynn for M Kirwan

LAOIS GAA

Club Members Draw

The March Draw of the Laois County Board club members draw was held last Friday with Mary Kehoe from Arles-Kilcruise the big winner on the night as she claimed the first prize of €10,000. The results in full are as follows: 1st Prize €10,000 - Mary Kehoe (Arles-Kilcruise); 2nd Prize €5,000 - Roberto Cashcera (Mountmellick); 3rd Prize €3,000 - John McMahon (O'Dempsey's); 4th Prize €1,500 - Johnny Brennan and Michael Doyle (St Joseph's) 5th Prize €1,500 - Kathleen and Maureen Grehan (Rosenallis); 6th Prize €1,000 - Andrew Ross (O'Dempsey's); 7th Prize €500 - Joe and Kathleen Hyland (Rosenallis); 8th Prize €500 - Ger Hellen (Rosenallis); 9th Prize €500 - Ciaran Reilly (Ballyfin); 10th Prize €500 - Brendan Dalton (The Rock); 11th Prize €500 - Liam Clancy (The Harps); 12th Prize €500 - Rita Phelan (Kilcotton); 13th Prize €500 - Andy Shortall (Annanough); 14th Prize €500 - David and Mary Cowan (Graiguecullen); 15th Prize €500 - John Parkinson (Trumera); 16th Prize €500 - John Booth (The Heath); 17th Prize €500 - Declan Leonard (Stradbally); 18th Prize €500 - Mary Ring (Abbeyleix); 19th Prize €500 - Donal O Sullivan (Graiguecullen); 20th Prize €500 - Tony Molloy (O'Dempsey's) The next draw is on Friday, 23rd April

Young Referees Programme

For anyone between the ages of 15-18 years interested in refereeing GO Games for the Summer, the Laois County Board are running a training course in their offices on Wednesday, April 7, from 7.30pm-8.30pm. For any further queries contact Pat Crithcley at 057 8660674 or Maurice Deegan at 086 8033823.

MOUNTMELLICK

County Board Draw

Congratulations to Roberto Cashcera who won n5,000 in the County Board draw. This was the second winner in a row for the club. Thanks to everybody who bought tickets for this draw as this is an important source of funding for the club.

Senior Football

The Seniors Footballers opened their league campaign against Portlaoise on Sunday. The team conceded two first half goals which proved the difference in what was otherwise a very encouraging performance.

Hurling

On the same evening the hurlers got off to a great start in the ACHL Division 3. They beat Ballypickas 0 17 to 2 8. The team fell 5 points behind in the 2nd half but reeled Ballypickas in over the last quarter. Sean Gorman and Laurence Kenny put in very good performances while Michael Bermingham and Diarmuid Flaherty got some critical scores at crucial times.

Juvenile GAA

Mountmellick Juvenile GAA draw will take place in The Hollow bar on Sunday evening 9 30 PM. Tickets are still available and cost €5. There are some very good prizes on offer in this very important fundraiser for the Juvenile club. All support welcome. U-8 Football will commence after the Easter Holidays. Under 10 Football continues on Friday evenings at 6 30 PM. For full details regarding training and matches please check the club's website at http://mountmellick.laois.gaa.ie/

O'DEMPSEY'S

Division 2

O'Dempsey's opened their league campaign on Saturday evening with a good, if sometimes scrappy win, over Courtwood at the Old Pound.

O'Dempseys started against the wind and by half time led 0-5 to 0-4 thanks to two points each from Barry Kelly, Micheal Finlay and one from Paddy Hyland. The 2nd half was a more lob-sided affair as the home side took control of midfield through Rory Bracken and Darren Finlay, while the forwards took full advantage with a goal and four points from Stephen O'Leary which left the final score 1-13 to 0-7.

Juniors

The Juniors had a good winning run out against Gracefield on Sunday morning in preparation for the start of their League next week.

Lotto

Lotto this week stands at €12,600. The match 3 share/winners of €250 last week were Francis Young, Gabriel Nicholson, John Tynan and Phil Donoher. Tom Coleman was the winner of the promoters prize of €50.

PARK RATHENISKA

ACFL Division 2

Park-Ratheniska 1-8 The Heath 0-8 - Park-Ratheniska's Intermediate Footballers got their league campaign off to a winning start last weekend against near neighbours The Heath.

With both sides showing visible signs of rustiness following the winter break it took a goal from Mark Delaney to spark the contest into life midway through the first half. Delaney latched onto a wonderful through ball from James Langton that broke from Sean Tynan into his path and he finished expertly to the back of The Heath net.

Points from John Kelly and Seamie Flanagan saw the visitors who played with the aid of a strong wind enter the half time break 1-5 to 0-1 in front.

Early second half points from Paddy Kelly and Eoin Davey gave the Park-Ratheniska men the perfect start as they faced into the driving wind for the second period and were it not for a great save from a Davey pile-driver the contest would surely have been decided there and then.

However The Heath rallied on the introduction of the evergreen Denis Lalor and with points from the McNamee brothers Barry and Jimmy they began to claw back the Ratheniska mens advantage.

Time was not on their side in the end and it was the Park-Ratheniska side who departed The Heath with a three point win and both match points.

PARK-RATHENISKA: Brian Ramsbottom; Tommy White, Denis Brennan (C), Martin Kelly, Brendan Greene, Ger Ramsbottom, James Langton; Mark Delaney (1-1), Eamon Cooke; Paddy Kelly (0-1), Seamie Flanagan (0-1), Eoin Davey (0-1); Mark Delany, Sean Tynan, John Kelly (0-4). Subs:Ned Flanagan for S Flanagan

ACHL Division 3

Park/Ratheniska 2-9 Borris in Ossory 1-7 - Sunday morning saw a sun soaked Ratheniska play host to this entertaining Division 3 Hurling contest. With both sides having lost their first games in the competition the points were hotly contested by both teams.

It was the home side that struck first with a long range point from Eamon Cooke, one of three he would accumulate over the hour. A switch between Sean Tynan and Martin McEvoy saw McEvoy take up position on the edge of the square and this paid immediate dividends when great harrying from Mark Carroll saw the ball arrive to McEvoy on the edge of the square where he duly despatched it to the back of the Borris net.

He followed this up quickly with a point to put 3 between the sides.

Borris responded quickly however with a pointed free of their own and when another long range free dropped into the Park/Ratheniska goalmouth Brendan Dowling was unable to prevent the Borris groundshot find the back of his net. Another point from the visitors saw them enter the break leading 1-4 to 1-2.

It was the home side who emerged the more determined following the half time break, and points from John Kelly and Sean Tynan after great runs were dissected by a goal from Park/Ratheniska substitute Paul Kelly.

The goal followed a wonderful sprint down the sideline by John Kelly whose angled centre was caught first time by McEvoy on the 21. He turned his man expertly only to see his goalbound shot batted out by the Borris keeper.

The ball landed at Kelly's feet and he made no mistake in finishing to the visitors net.

From this point on the Park/Ratheniska men never looked back and points from Eamon Cooke, James Langton, another from Tynan and one from Mark Delaney wrapped up the points for the home side.

Park/Ratheniska: Brendan Dowling; Pat McEvoy, Denis Brennan, Paddy Kelly;Keith McCormack, Ger Ramsbottom, Seamie Flanagan; Mark Delaney (0-1), James Langton (0-1); John Kelly (0-1), Martin McEvoy (1-1), Eamon Cooke (0-3), Mark Carroll, Sean Tynan (0-2), Tommy White. SUBS: Jamie Cahill for T White, Paul Kelly (1-0) for M Carroll, Brendan Conroy for P McEvoy, Brendan Greene for E Cooke (inj).

Upcoming Fixtures

This coming Easter weekend sees our Division 3 Junior Hurlers into action for the 3rd successive weekend when they travel to Castletown at 6.00pm on Saturday evening to take on the home side. Sunday morning sees our Division 4 Junior Footballers welcome Arles Kilcruise to Ratheniska at 11.30am.

Juveniles

Football coaching for U-8s and U-10s resumed last Sunday morning. Coaching continues every Sunday morning at 11.15am. In Ratheniska and new members are always welcome.

Hurling coaching for U-8s and U-10s resumes on Friday 2nd April at 6.30pm in Ratheniska. Again, new members are always welcome. For further information contact Pat Brennan 087 2553449 or John Buggy 086 8436070

On the web

For further information on the GAA Club visit our website, www.parkratheniskagaa.com, or search for Park/Ratheniska GAA Club on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Bebo.

PORTARLINGTON

Senior Football

Congratulations to the senior squad in their victory in first round of Division 1 league against Graiguecullen on Sunday last.

Easter Draw

Easter Monster draw tickets are available from committee members at €5. The annual fashion show will be held in the Heritage in Killenard on April 8 next. Tickets are €10

Juvenile Easter Camp

Portarlington Juvenile GAA are holding a easter football camp for all its member between the ages of seven and 14 (child has to be seven in 2010). This will take place in the GAA centre starting on Tuesday, April 6, to Thursday, April 8 ,between the times 10am to 1 pm.The cost is €5 per child or €10 per family which covers the three days. Just in case the weather is bad please bring runners as we can go indoor

RATHDOWNEY-ERRILL

Table Quiz

Rathdowney-Errill Juvenile Club would like to thank everyone for their support at the table quiz in Corcoran's Bar, Rathdowney last Friday night. Congratulations to the winning team - Mick and Mary Bourke and Pat and Siobhan Kelly. We would also like to thank Joe and Eilish for the refreshments that they provided, Maureen Guilfoyle, the quiz master and Justin Kavanagh for providing the sound system.

U-12

Our U-12 team played away in a friendly match against Moyne/Templetouhy last Tuesday evening. They had a great game of hurling but unfortunately lost by 1 point.

U-14

Well done to our U-14 team who won their league match against Clough-Ballacolla last Sunday morning. The final score was 1-7 to 1-5

THE ROCK

ACFL Division 1

A goal for Stradbally in the last minute of the game secured the points for the visitors in the first round of division 1 of all-county football league.

It took the Rock some time to settle, with the team kicking a couple of bad wides, but when they found their range they accumulated a score of 1-8 to Stradballys 1-1 at half time with the aid of a very strong breeze in their backs. Stradbally raised the pace of their game in the second half and kicked some quality scores to draw level in the 58th minute, followed by the decisive goal in the last attack of the game.

SCORERS: The Rock: David Murphy 0-5 (4 f's), Stephen Conlon 1-0, Ciaran Carroll 0-1, Shane O'Connell 0-1, Thomas McDonald 0-1, Stephen McDonald 0-1.

THE ROCK: Mick Buggy, Paul Harding, James McDonald, Terence Conlon, Diarmuid Dooley, Thomas McDonald, Paddy Dunne, Mark Dunne, Philip Peake, Ciaran Carroll, Shane O'Connell, Fergus Dunne, Stephen Conlon, Stephen McDonald, David Murphy. Subs: Donal Mooney for Terence Conlon, John McDonald for Fergus Dunne.

Juvenile

Coaching of Gaelic Football for U-8s ,U-10s, U-12s and U-14s on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm. The club would welcome new players from the parish to the club.For more details on the juvenile section of the club contact John Allen at 086-3264102. The Rock-St Paul's U-16s play The Heath Gaels in the league at the Rock on this Friday 2nd April at 6pm

TIMAHOE

Our Junior A hurlers had a successful start to the league defeating Slieve Bloom by 6-21 to 0-1. Timahoe hurled well from start to finish and set there stall for the league. Our Intermediate footballers also had a succesful start, when Portlaoise gave us a walkover, training continues this week for both teams. Hard luck to Ruari O'Connor and Donncha Culleton and the Laois U-21 team whom were beating in the Leinster championship lately

 
 
 

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