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Club Notes - 26th September 2011

posted Sep 25, 2011, 3:36 PM by Unknown user

Junior Football

Our junior footballers retained the Eastern title against Gaultier last Saturday in Dunhill with a narrow 1- point victory.  In a close first half, with a strong wind blowing across the field which didn’t adversely affect the game, we went 2 points down in the first 10 minutes, before we got into our stride and added a few points to go 3 points to 2 up. A couple of more points were traded between the teams as the half advanced, before Gaultier knocked over a few more points before half time to lead by 0-7 to 0-5 at the break. The foundation for our victory was laid in the first 10 minutes of the second half, when after a few early wides, Steven Kirwan finished to the net after a good move and with our forwards moving well & finding a lot of space we added a couple of more points before we had our second goal, when Paddy Crotty rounded the keeper to finish another good move. This put us 6 points up with about 15 minutes left to play but Gaultier scored a goal shortly after to stay in contention & entering the last minute with us leading by 4 points, a high ball into our square was fisted to the net to leave only the minimum between the sides, but we won the next kick-out & worked the ball up the field before the referee blew the final whistle, to win on a score-line of Rathgormack 2-11, Gaultier 2-10. Team: Eamonn Cahill, John Crotty, Vinny Murray, Billy Power, Conor Walsh, Anthony Power, Johnny Quinlan, John Kirwan (Bally), Sean Cullen, Daniel Drohan, Paddy Crotty, Steven Kirwan, Kenny Hassett, Franny Halpin, John, Kirwan (Cool). Subs: Tony Bolger for Vinny Murray, Steven Power for Franny Halpin, Muiris Quinlan for Billy Power, Brian Fogarty for Daniel Drohan. We now await the winners of the Stradbally versus Clashmore Western final to see who we will play in the county final in the coming weeks. Since this championship was started 5 or 6 years ago, the county champions have come from the stronger Western division in every year, with Rathgormack having suffered a few final defeats in the past, so we know we are up against it in order to secure the county title. Hopefully we will prepared well & give it our best shot.

Senior Football

Our senior football relegation playoff against St. Saviours goes ahead next Saturday 1st October under lights in Kilmac at 7:30 PM. Please come along & support the lads as we try to secure senior football status in the club for 2012, in what is sure to be a tight affair.

U16 Football Championship

Our U16’s received a walkover from Naomh Brid in their final group game & therefore top their group & have qualified to meet St. Oliver’s in the county semi-final. This is due to be played next Sunday, but as it has been fixed for the same day as Clonea minor hurlers county semi final, it is unlikely to go ahead. Please keep an eye out for a fixture in the local press or on the Waterford GAA website.