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Club Notes 16th May 2011

posted May 16, 2011, 1:47 AM by Unknown user

Senior Football

Last Sunday we started our championship campaign against The Nire in Fraher Field. Following a spirited if uneven display we lost out by a goal on a score line of 2-8 to 1-8. On a dry but very breezy day, we played with the wind in the first half but unfortunately didn’t take advantage, as it was The Nire who opened the scoring in the 4th minute. We responded with a pointed free from Paul Drohan in the 6th minute, before The Nire went 2-1 up in the 12th minute. Jamie Kirwan had to retire from play shortly after that after picking up a heavy knock to the ankle in the first minute & he was unable to continue & was replaced by Gavin Nugent. A point by Richie Power on 17 minutes followed by an Edmund Hogan point on 19 minutes put us ahead. Disaster struck in the 22nd minute when The Nire centre back made ground up the far wing & soloed past two Rathgormack players before going to ground in the large parallelogram, with a very soft penalty being awarded. We responded with a Ronan Crotty point shortly after before a long ball in to our full back line in the 27th minute was not dealt with and it was touched on by The Nire full forward past Brendan Crotty in goal & finished to the net. We added a point from play by Gavin Nugent in the 33rd minute preceded by another point from The Nire, & the half time score was Rathgormack 0-5 The Nire 2-3, with room for improvement from both teams. All credit to our boys, they started the second half facing in to the wind like a different team. An early point by Edmund Hogan followed by a Gavin Nugent point in the 36th minute, brought us back to within 2 points. An attacking movement in the 39th movement saw us awarded a rather soft penalty, & Paudie Whelan dispatched it to the net to put us in front & we had serious momentum at this stage. The Nire were reduced to 14 men shortly after when there corner forward struck Mikey Crotty to the face, & few bad wides & missed goal chances came our way in the next few minutes but we didn’t take them & when The Nire came back level in the 47th minute, they took control around the middle before adding 4 more points before the end to our single pointed free in the 61st minute from Edmund Hogan. We were reduced to 14 men when Jack Nugent was given a second yellow card just at the end of normal time. We will feel that this was one that definitely got away from us but there was enough positive aspects with good senior debuts from Ger Kirwan, Nigel Skehan & Ronan Crotty, which means we can look forward to the Stradbally match towards the end of June.

Team: Brendan Crotty, Gerard Kirwan, Ronan Cahill, Mikey Crotty, Martin Whelan, Nigel Skehan, Jack Nugent, Jamie Kirwan, Richie Power (0-1), Paul Drohan (0-1), Paul Power, Paudie Whelan (1-0), Edmund Hogan (0-3), Kevin Power, Ronan Crotty (0-1).

Subs: Gavin Nugent (0-2) for Jamie Kirwan. Paul Shankey for Paudie Whelan, Liam Walsh for Ronan Crotty.

Junior Football

We opened our championship campaign at home to Tramore on Tuesday 17th May at 7:30 PM.

U8 Football Blitz

We took part in a blitz in Carriganore last Saturday & played 3 matches against Tramore, Dungarvan & An Gaeltacht. Well done to the following players who attended & represented the club with distinction. Rathgormack U 8’s: Padraig Fahey, Peter Walsh, James Cotter, Barry Power, Tommy Power, Scott Mackey, Gerard Hahessy.

Pairc Eamonn de Paor, Tallow

Next Sunday May 22nd will see the official opening of Pairc Eamonn de Paor in Tallow and the official unveiling of the All-Ireland winning goalkeeper Ned Power statue at Tallow Bridge, both performed by Uachtaran CLG Christy Cooney proceeded by a senior hurling challenge match between Waterford and Kilkenny marking the opening Tallow GAA Club’s new field. The statue at Tallow Bridge, depicts a scene from the famous GAA photograph, the 'Save of the Century or 'Power over Ring' from the 1962 Waterford/Cork Munster semi-final. The unveiling of the statue goes ahead at 5PM with the mach starting at 7 PM.

Ned Power was involved as a coach with our championship winning 1984 intermediate football team & their exploits were remembered in our up to date history book which we published last year, so he is fondly remembered in Rathgormack for not only his performances as a Waterford hurler. All in Rathgormack GAA Club wish Tallow GAA all the best with the official opening.