Intermediate Hurling Championship
Southern Gaels 3-13 Turin 1-19
This was an entertaining high scoring game played in Rochfortbridge last week with a draw a fair result. An exhibition from captain Sean Dowd ensured Gaels got their first point of the campaign as he accounted for 1-10 of their total. Both sides worked hard throughout and the side were level nine times during the game. Gaels started the stronger with a brace of M J Kelly points but Turin kept in the game with pointed frees from Ray Aughty. Two excellent goals from Seamus Hoctor mid-way through the half gave the Athlone side the upper hand but they couldn't press home the advantage and a goal and four points soon had Turin in the lead. Gaels responded well and points from Dowd and Kelly saw then go to the break level.
The side swapped four points in the third quarter before a well taken Dowd goal put Gaels in the ascendancy. However, the Turin response was swift with four unanswered white flags. Dowd again rescued the Athlone outfit with three pointed frees to lead by two as time ran out. However, the north Westmeath side rallied to draw the game with two late points from play.
For Gaels it was a much improved performance and gives much for their two remaining games. Darragh Lennon, Kieran Duncan and Jonathan Keogh provided a solid defense with M J Kelly and Seamus Hoctor getting some fine scores. But it was the consistent scoring of Sean Dowd that had him as the star of the match.
Team: Patrick Flynn, Darragh Lennon, Kevin Dolan, Jonathan Keogh, Shane Galvin, Kieran Duncan, Ciaran Connolly, Trevor Farrell, Dermot Treacy, Seamus Hoctor (2-0), Jamie Anders, M J Kelly (0-3), Sean Dowd, Capt., (1-10), Austin Murphy and Diarmuid Martin. Subs: Killian Coyle, Ronan Farrell, Brian Dolan and Frank Kelly.
Under 16s: 1-06 v Delvin 4-14
Our U16's had a disappointing night away at Delvin Monday last. Having put a solid performance in the first half with a good work ethic and a great appetite for winning the ball and were unlucky to be a few points adrift. But the Gaels tired in the second half and got run over by a very physical and skillful Delvin team. There were still positives to take from this performance which the team will hopefully take forward in their coming matches and trainings. The team has a lot of potential to compete well at this level so here's hoping that the lads can perform well for the rest of the championship.
Under 14s: Challenge match v St. Dominic’s
On Sunday evening August 11th, the 14s travelled to Knockcrochery, to take on their Roscommon close rivals. It served up a tight encounter with both teams able to rotate on as many subs as possible, to give game time to the summer hurlers available. While a few were on holidays, the rest got a great opportunity to lay a claim to a starting championship position. Dominic’s were preparing for a county semifinal and won on the night. Best of luck to them in their semi. Southern Gaels panel on the night: Diarmaid Murtagh, Dara Shortall, Conn O’Hara, Thomas Collins, Tom Bourke, Calum Devaney (0-1), Gearóid McCarthy, Luke O’Connell (C), Zach Meegan (0-1), Dean Burns, Aaron Murphy, Josh Kenny (1-2), Cillian Geary, Dano McMonagle (2-5), Luke Farrell, Kristers Jonas, Leon Macken,
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Annabels Allstars is a fundraising initiative in memory of Annabel Loughlin from Clonkill who tragically passed before her time last year, with all funds going to Temple Street Children’s Hospital and Mullingar Pediatric Unit. There is a family fun day and Adult 7 a side hurling tournament in Clonkill GAA on Saturday August 17th (Our Adult team will be participating - first match @ 11.30). They want all those attending to wear their Club Colours: SO Showcase Southern Gaels with pride please.
All-Ireland Football Ticket Draw: Annual Sale of Draw Tickets for 2 Seats at Football All-Ireland. €2 for one entry, €5 for 3 entries. Tickets will be distributed to all players, so please support us and you could be going to Croker for a cracker. Draw to be held at our Bowling night.
Bowling Fundraiser: We will host fundraiser on Friday August 30th 18.30-22.00, in the Planet, Athlone. €5 for kids for Bowling, Food, Play Area and Entry to Draw for All-Ireland Tickets and Joe Canning Hurl and Sliotar open to kids. (€12.50 per Adult) Bookings to: 0872253350.