Crookedwood GAA Notes
Intermediate Championship semi-final
Crookedwood 1-22 Ringtown 0-16. We advanced to the 2018 IHC final courtesy of a nine-point victory over Ringtown on Saturday last in Cusack Park. Ringtown won the toss and elected to play with the aid of the stiff breeze into the apartment end in the first half. However, Barry O Mara opened the scoring in the 1st minute with a pointed free and doubled our advantage two minutes later. But for the next ten minutes our opponents took control and scored six unanswered points, half from play and half from frees. Brian McLoughlin stemmed the flow with a good point in the 13th minute but Ringtown replied in kind. Conor Savage scored an excellent point in the 16th minute to keep us in touch. A minute later Ringtown pointed to maintain the four-point cushion before a purple patch yielded three points from Barry O Mara, two frees and a good point from play. However, a point from play and two frees after some Crookedwood indiscipline handed a four-point lead to Ringtown at half time, 0-11 to 0-7. Noel Yourell pulled a point back immediately after half time and Barry added a point from a free a minute later to leave two separating the sides. Two good points from Emmet Corrigan restored the four-point advantage for Ringtown with five minutes gone in the 2nd half. A scoring lull ensued for the next five minutes but a Barry free broke that spell. A major turning point came in the 13th minute as we were awarded a penalty by match referee James McGrath after sub Richie Crowley was taken out in the air as he attempted to bat the ball to the net after being set up by Barry. The penalty was despatched to the next with power and precision by Barry and the game was all square. Sub Brendan McCarthy added a point straight from the puck-out to put us in the lead for the first time since the 6th minute. John Macken replied with a free for Ringtown in the 15th minute to tie the game again but an immediate response in the form of two points from play, one from Barry and one from Seamus Savage put us into a lead that we would not relinquish for the remainder of the game. Barry added three points from frees in the 20th, 21st and 24th minutes to push us five clear, Brendan added his second and put us firmly in control. Another Macken free kept Ringtown in the game, but two more points from Barry, one from play and a free put us seven clear in the 28th minute. Ringtown went in search of a goal to try and save the game but were met by a stubborn ‘Wood’ defence. A pointed free was their only reward, this was cancelled out by a second point from Seamus Savage. Barry grabbed his fourth from play shortly after and he finished off match scoring with a pointed free to underline his excellent accuracy throughout the game. The win sets up a final meeting with fellow parishioners Clonkill, on Saturday the 20th October, with the Adrian Murray cup being the prize on offer. Well done to the panel and management team and best of luck with the preparations for the next few weeks. Team: Alan O’Mara, Mossy Brennan, Kevin Orme, Damien Grifferty, John Kiernan, Shane McGovern, Seamus Savage (0-2), Andy Boyhan, Eddie Nally, Brian McLoughlin (0-1), Noel Yourell (0-1), Johnny Nally, Conor.Savage (0-1), Ger Brennan, Barry O’Mara (1-15, 0-11f, 1-0 pen). Subs; Ian McGovern for J.Nally, Richie Crowley for C.Savage, Brendan McCarthy (0-2) for A.Boyhan, Enda Murray for G.Brennan, D.Hyland for N.Yourell.
The only downside to reaching a county final is the financial burden that will be placed on the club over the next few weeks. To that end we will be running a few fundraisers over the next few weeks to generate funds to cover bills for training in floodlit facilities and medical bills. We would ask all club members to support us generously, as they always do, and the club is eternally grateful. The simplest way for members to support the club would be to purchase a yearly Lotto ticket for €100, which gives you two sets of numbers for every draw, two free draws plus entry into our Christmas bumper draw, or a six-month ticket for €50. If any of our overseas followers or people not living locally anymore would like to buy a lotto ticket they can contact myself at the details below or make contact with any committee member.
Draw result for €4100, on 22/9/18. Numbers drawn, 12, 17, 22, 23. No winner, €20 winners, David Murray, Joseph Gannon, Kevin Orme snr. Thank you for your continued support.
We held a sponsorship drive recently to raise some much-needed funds for the club. The drive was well supported, and we would like to thank all who donated to the cause. Your support as always is appreciated. Floods Quarry, (Crookedwood) were pulled out of the hat and the win the right to have their name on our players new training tops, which look great, a photo will follow soon. The rest of the sponsors who were in the raffle were as follows; Kenneth Dunleavy Engineering, EWORC Specialist Vehicle Conversions, Ballinagall Consruction (Tommy Kelly), C&F Automotive, Lir Bus & Coach Sales, Paddy Corcoran Tree Surgery, Andrew Mitchell Plumbing & Heating, Simon McGovern Motors, Tile n Style, Tobyco, Mergon, O’Reillys Commercials, Donnelly Antiques, John Kiernan, Brennan Tarmac, Central Health Clinic (Rory Murphy Chiropractor), Murray’s The Wood, Kevin & Mary Bardon, Councillor Brian Crum.
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