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Club Notes - 11th July 2011

posted Jul 10, 2011, 4:49 PM by Unknown user

Senior Football

We completed our league campaign last Tuesday night at home to Gaultier. We knew going in to this match that we not only needed to win, but also needed to pick up a bonus point by scoring 3 goals or more, in order to qualify for the semi-finals of the league. We had the first 2 points of the match in the opening minutes, but by the 6th minute Gaultier were on level terms, & it was 3 points a piece by the 8th minute. We then got totally on top & played some nice attacking football to register 8 points without reply by the 26th minute, & one more point was added each before the interval to leave the half time score, Rathgormack 0-12, Gaultier 0-4. The only negative on the good first half display, is that we had not raised a green flag. We appeared to get complacent for the second half, as despite a Paudie Whelan free in the 33rd minute cancelling out the first point of the half from Gaultier, they took over & added 1-3 before the 45th minute, to make it a 2-point match. We began to take control again after that & another pointed free from Paudie Whelan was followed by our first goal from Paul Power in the 50th minute. 2 minutes later we had our 2nd goal courtesy of Ronan Crotty, & now with the result secured we went in search of the 3rd goal we needed. Unfortunately, despite a great effort from the team & a couple of close calls, we were unable to get another goal as Gaultier packed their defence making it all the more difficult. The final score was Rathgormack 2-14, Gaultier 1-8.

Team: Eamonn Cahill, Gerard Kirwan, Nigel Skehan, Kieran Fogarty, Michael Crotty (0-2), Paul Shankey, Johnny Quinlan, Paul Power (1-2), Jamie Kirwan, Paul Drohan (0-1), Ronan Cahill (0-1), Liam Walsh (0-1), Darragh Kelly (0-1), Paudie Whelan (0-6), Ronan Crotty (1-0). Subs: John Kirwan (Cool) for Darragh Kelly, Mervyn Cummins for Paul Shankey, Billy Power for Johnny Quinlan, Donal Larkin for Liam Walsh, John Kirwan (Bally) for Nigel Skehan.

We now await the resumption of the championship for our next competitive match.

Junior Football

Our juniors complete their league section of the championship with a comfortable 1-15 to 0-4 victory away to De La Salle last Monday week, 4th July. They have now qualified for the Eastern semi-final & we await further details of this.

Waterford Footballers

The Waterford senior footballers had a convincing victory in London last weekend & now look forward to playing Limerick this coming weekend. Waterford have normally been too good for the Londoners in league matches down through the years, but after their disastrous defeat to them in the league in 2009, & London’s impressive display against Mayo & their comprehensive recent defeat of Fermanagh, London went in as favourites in this match. But, from the off Waterford were well in control, despite missing a few of their regular players. All in the club would like to congratulate them on their win, & especially our own Kenny Hassett who is a selector with the team. There is no reason why they can’t defeat Limerick in the next game, & qualify to take on Wexford in a last 16 match. Here’s hoping a big crowd will travel to cheer them on next weekend. One man who was absent from the Waterford squad last weekend in London was our own Kevin (Yank) Power, who has returned to his hometown of San Francisco in the last fortnight. All in the club would like to wish him the best of luck, & hopefully he will return to the red & green jersey sometime in the future.

Waterford Hurlers

It was a disastrous day for both the minor & senior teams in Cork last Sunday, when neither team really turned up on the day. Both Clare & Tipperary looked much sharper; as both Waterford teams failed to work hard enough to turn things around when the matches were going against them. Both teams are obviously much better than last weeks performances would indicate, but it will take a major turn around for either to advance in the championship. Here’s hoping that for both the players & supporters sake’s that they can. Perhaps if they dispense with the excessive tactics, & remember what they are on the pitch to do, it will serve them better.

School Coaching

The club would like to say a big thank you to all the coaches from within the club who visited the both Clonea & Rathgormack National Schools during the Easter/Summer term. We are very grateful to all those who gave up their time, sometimes at short notice, to coach the girls & boys from four years of age upwards in the basic skills of gaelic football. Our U21 football championship win last week was a testament to the success of the school coaching over the last 10 years, as all bar 2 of the players on the panel would have had contact with the school coaching scheme through their primary education. Hopefully further success can come over the next few years with the help of all our school & club coaches.