Abbeyknockmoy 2-10 Pearses 0-7: Despite a slow start in this Minor Championship game last Saturday in Ballymacward, Abbey made the most of the advantage of a strong first half wind to build a six point half-time lead. Even with the wind in the second half Pearses just couldn’t get going and a physically bigger Abbeyknockmoy side built on their advantage to finish nine point winners.
Against the wind, Pearses lead 0-2 to 0-0 after five minutes. The opening score from a Brian Sweeney free and the second a well worked point down the right wing, sent over by Eoghan Burke. Abbeyknockmoy didn’t score until the eleventh minute, clocking up five wides, but then they came good and hit the next seven scores. Sweeney responded for Pearses just before the break, to leave it 1-6 to 0-3 at half-time.
Sweeney again opened the scoring in the second half and it was hoped Pearses would eat into the Abbey lead, with the wind at their backs. The teams shared a point apiece before a torrential downpour made conditions very difficult for both. When it cleared Abbeyknockmoy scrambled a goal, which would be the killer blow. Pearses just couldn’t find a way through for a much needed goal and Abbeyknockmoy ran out comfortable winners.
Pearses had a bye in Round 1, so this was Round 2. Next up is Michael Cusacks (Beagh-Kilbeacanty), then Cois Fharraige and Cappataggle. The Top two teams in the group qualify for knockout stages.
Pearses: K Connell; T Carr, S Murray, R Flannery; D Byrnes, R O’Neill, R Carr; L Murphy, C O’Neill; D Grady, B Sweeney (0-6), E Burke (0-1); D Healy, M Ruane, D Masterson. Sub: D Geraghty.
By James Healy. Unfortunately, March 31st 2015 marked the passing of Pat Dillon (Woodlawn); he was laid to rest in Kilmurry cemetery in Castletroy, Limerick on Thursday 2nd April.
I grew up 3 fields away from Pat Dillon, albeit in a different parish with our path’s first crossing when we entered St Cuan’s College, Castleblakeney, in September 1974. We shared many experiences together over the next five years, both in the classroom and on the field of play. Pat’s perfectly formed print writing and his mastery of Maths and Irish came in handy on many a day where “homework” was delayed until the following morning.
Pat was the best footballer in my time in St Cuan’s and our success in Juvenile in 1976 and Junior in 1978, was largely down to his leadership and unerring free taking. Seeing that Pat was such a natural footballer, we persuaded him to take hurling seriously and we also had some success in St Cuan’s at Juvenile, Junior and Senior level.
This led him to teaming up with us in Pearse’s where we had a few great years. It culminated in winning the Minor hurling championship versus Gort in 1977 where Pat was a rampaging wing forward and still eligible to play U16.
Pat went to college in UCG and graduated with a Degree in Industrial Engineering in 1983. He was a leading member of the St Gabriel’s team that won the Intermediate Football Championship in 1979 and later represented Galway in the 1981 U21 Football Championship which ended in a replay loss to Cork, winning a Connacht medal in the process. He later went on to play Senior Football with St Michael’s in Galway City.
As well as going through many experiences on the field, we also went through our first paid job together, painting in St Cuan’s for 50p an hour before he graduated to pulling out timber, from the woods, with a horse assisted by his brothers. I’m not sure, but that hardly spawned his big interest in Horse Racing. All of these tasks were undertaken with the same planning and diligence that he applied to study and indeed to sport.
When Pat and family moved to Limerick in the 1999 to set up a new business OMC Scientific, we reconnected. During the set-up phase of OMC we had many a discussion and I always came away feeling better about life. Pat was a proud Galway man and we enjoyed a lovely celebration together with his brother Liam in Limerick after the long drive home from the 2001 Football All Ireland. In May 2013 we went to see Galway beat Cork in the U21 All Ireland Final at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick.
I think the best tribute I can give to Pat is to reiterate the words of Aidan Bellew (Chicago) on hearing of Pat’s passing, he text me “Pat Dillon was a good man”. Sadly this is the fourth member of our Minor panel from 1977 who has passed away. We also remember Mike Ryan, Tommy Carrig and JJ Queeney at this time.
I know there will be tough times ahead for Dymphna, James and Lucy as well as Christy, Liam, Tom, Ciaran and Helen. No words can act as a consolation at this time for the loss of a generous and committed family man. However the courage and dignity that Pat displayed in coping with a severe illness over the past nine months should provide some inspiration. I will always remember Pat as a good friend and teammate but above all as a really intelligent, honest, hardworking and decent man. May he rest in peace.
The draw was made last night in Cheever's, Craughwell for the 2015 Féile (U14) Hurling Competitions. Pearses will compete for the Justin Cheevers Cup (B). The lads will play three group games, one at home and two in Ballyloughane (Liam Mellows' home ground). The top team in the group advances to the knockout stages.
The fixtures are as follows:
Thursday, 16th April at 6:30pm, Pearses v Gort in Ballymacward.
Saturday 18th April at 11.20am, Pearses v Kiltormer in Ballyloughane
Saturday 18th April at 12.10pm, Pearses v Liam Mellows in Ballyloughane.
Pearses 0-19 Portumna 2-13: This League, Round 3 game played in Ballymacward on Sunday last looked to be heading in Pearses' favour, when the home side stretched their lead to 10 points with twelve minutes gone in the second half. Portumna some how managed to reel in the deficit in the closing stages and an injury time goal stole a draw for last year’s County Finalists.
Both teams were without several of their regular starters, but Ronan Bellew, Emmett Ward and Damien Wynne led Pearses into a 0-6 to 0-0 lead after thirteen minutes. It could have been more, but Portumna kept out a Bellew goal chance. The second quarter was more competitive, with Pearses edging it. Bellew led the scorers from frees and play, while Emmet Ward, Niall Skehill, Jimmy Gelston, Damien Wynne and Colm Raftery also got on the scoresheet. Pearses led 0-12 to 0-5 at the break.
In the opening twelve minutes of the second half Pearses outscored Portumna 0-5 to 0-2, to stretch the gap to ten points, 0-17 to 0-7. Portumna’s revival started with a quickfire 1-1 and with Owen Treacy, Ronan O’Meara and Damien Hayes moving well in attack they controlled the final quarter. It looked like Pearses had survived the Portumna fightback to hold out for a win, but the late late goal levelled the game.
Pearses: P O’Brien; B Egan, T McDonagh, R Lally; K Donnellan, D Wynne (0-1), E Cunniffe; R O’Neill, J Gelston (0-1); R Bellew (0-9), E Ward (0-3), N Skehill (0-3); G Lally, C Raftery (0-1), C O’Grady (0-1). Subs used: F Flannery, A Kilkenny, J Lally, L Murphy, R Skehill.
Pearses 2-11 Killimordaly 0-9: Pearses had a good win over neighbours Killimordaly in Round 2 of the Senior Hurling League yesterday in Ballymacward. Pearses took full advantage of the strong wind into the road end of the recently realigned pitch to lead 1-9 to 0-4 at the break. Killimordaly didn’t make the same use of it in the second half and a second Pearses goal on 40 minutes gave the home side the breathing space to see out the game.
Tomás Flannery opened the scoring with a point from play in the first minute. Pearses dominated the first quarter and led 0-6 to 0-0 after 17 minutes, Flannery and Ronan Bellew (4) the scorers. Darragh Cooney got Killimordaly off the mark from a free on 18 minutes. Two minutes later a good Pearses move seen Emmet Ward centre to Flannery and he buried it low to the net, for the first goal into the new goalposts, 1-6 to 0-1.
Pearses’ dominance continued and Seán Hardiman and Bellew (free) points extended the lead to 10 points. Cooney hit back for Killimordaly, before Hardiman broke through at the other end and his low shot was just over. Tommy Madden and Cooney landed the final two points of the half for Killimordaly to leave it 1-9 to 0-4 at half-time.
Ronan Bellew and Darragh Cooney (2) shared the first three points of the second half from frees. Then half-time sub, Colm Raftery, found the net to make it 2-10 to 0-6. Sean Hardiman was forced to retire injured on 45 minutes following a late challenge and we wish him a speedy recovery. Ronan Bellew pointed the resulting free. Cyril Donnellan and Tomás Kenny were introduced to the action at this point and both looked sharp following injuries. Killimordaly had the final three points of the game, all from frees as the game came to a conclusion.
Pearses: P O’Brien; R Lally, T McDonagh, A Bellew; R O’Neill, D Wynne, K Hardiman; E Cunniffe, J Gelston; R Bellew (0-7), S Hardiman (0-2), T Flannery (1-2); G Lally, E Ward, L Murphy. Subs used: C Raftery, C Donnellan, T Kenny, K Beckett, K Donnellan. Ref: S Moran.
The draw for the 2015 Junior B and Junior C Hurling Championships were also made last night. In Junior B, Pearses have been drawn in with neighbours Mountbellew-Moylough, Killimor, Kinvara, Cappataggle, Tynagh-Abbey-Duniry and Kilconieron.
The top four teams in each Junior B group qualifies for the knockout stages. Group winners and one second placed team (drawn by lot) qualify for quarter finals. Remaining second placed teams, and third and fourth placed teams play preliminary quarter-finals, 4v4. Preliminary quarter-final draw to be open draw. 4 winners to quarter-finals to join existing 4 qualifiers.
Other Junior B groups are as follows, Group A: Ballinasloe, Beagh, Kilbeacanty, Moycullen, Ahascragh-Fohenagh, Craughwell and Rahoon-Newcastle. Group B: Menlo Emmets, Ballinderreen, Killimordaly, Meelick-Eyrecourt, Oranmore-Maree, Abbeyknockmoy and Castlegar.
For the 2015 Junior C Hurling Championship Pearses have been drawn with Tynagh-Abbey-Duniry, Mullagh, Spiddal, Loughrea, Oranmore-Maree, Athenry, Craughwell and Tommy Larkins. The top four teams in each group qualifies for the Quarter-Finals. The twelve teams not qualifying for championship Quarter-Finals can choose to compete in the knockout Shield competition.
Teams in the other Junior C group are Carnmore, Ahascragh/Fohenagh, Ballindereen, Liam Mellows, Clarinbridge, Kinvara, Kilnadeema/Leitrim, Sarsfields, Annaghdown, Ardrahan.
The Club's senior hurlers have been drawn in Senior Championship Group B with current county champions Gort, Ardrahan, Clarinbridge, Athenry and Kiltormer. The top two teams in the group proceed to Quarter-Finals. The four teams that do not qualify will then enter another qualifier Group, to decide Senior 'A' or Senior 'B' status for 2016.
The other Senior Hurling Championship groups for 2015 are: Group A: Craughwell, Tommy Larkins, Carnmore, Castlegar, Kilnadeema-Leitrim, Liam Mellows. Group C: Portumna, Turloughmore, St Thomas', Killimordaly, Mullagh. Group D: Beagh, Sarsfields, Cappataggle, Tynagh-Abbey-Duniry, Loughrea. Round 1 of the Championship is to take place in the last week of April.
Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry 0-20 Pearses 1-15. The Club’s Senior hurlers got their 2015 season under way in against Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry yesterday afternoon in Tynagh. There were some good patches of hurling on display, despite February underfoot conditions. The game’s only goal after half-time, put Pearses in three up, but Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry, led by Shane Maloney took back the lead. The teams were on level three times in the second half, before a strong finish by the home side decided it.
The game started with a flurry of scores and after just six minutes, it was 0-3 apiece. Pearses scorers were Ronan Bellew (free), Jimmy Gelston and Emmet Ward. Tomás Flannery also coming close with a goal attempt. Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry opened a two point lead, before a Bellew 65. Two Shane Maloney points either side of a Tomás Flannery point for Pearses made it 0-7 to 0-5 after 21 minutes.
Bellew made it 0-7 to 0-6 from a placed ball before his goal bound shot from a 21, won by Emmet Ward, was stopped. Bellew levelled the game on 27 minutes with a point from play. Pearses then took back the lead for the first time since the third minute, when Jimmy Gelston struck his second point of the game. A Maloney free for Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry left it 0-8 each at half-time.
Pearses had a great start to the second half, when Ronan Bellew cut in from the right hand side to finish to the net from a tight angle, 1-8 to 0-8. Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry hit the next four points to go back in front, the pick of them a sideline cut from Shane Maloney. Pearses had three (Bellew (2) and Ward) of the next five points of the game to leave it level, 0-14 to 1-11 after 48 minutes.
The teams were level again on the 54th minute, but Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry then pulled two clear, 0-17 to 1-12. The game finished like it started with the teams hitting three points each in the closing stages to leave the final score 0-20 to 1-15. Next up for Pearses is Killimordaly in round 2, at home. Details of the fixture to be confirmed.
Pearses: P O’Brien; R Lally, T McDonagh, A Bellew; R O’Neill, D Wynne, K Hardiman; J Gelston (0-3), B Sweeney; R Bellew (1-9), S Hardiman, N Skehill; L Murphy, E Ward (0-2), T Flannery (0-1). Subs used: G Lally, E Cunniffe, K Donnellan, K Beckett, C O’Grady.
Below are details of the format for the 2015 Senior Hurling Championship and additional games to divide the Senior Championship into Senior 'A' and Senior 'B' for the 2016 Championship.
2015 Senior Hurling Championship
Senior 'A' (2016) Qualifiers
2015 Senior Shield Competition
Pearses U14 footballers, Championship winners and League finalists last year, will hope to continue their fine progress again this year. Draws for League and Championship were made last week. Pearses will compete in League Division 3. Killererin, Menlough, Milltown, Cortoon Shamrocks, Kilconly and Clonbur have been drawn in our group. For the U14 Championship Pearses have been drawn to play Cortoon Shamrocks. The winner of this game advances to play winners of Menlough v Kilconly in the Semi-Final. Draws for U15 championships will be made later in the year.
The draws for the U21 and Minor Hurling Championships were made last week. U21 and Minor Championships will commence February 21/22 and April 4 nor 18/19 respectively.
In U21 Pearses have been drawn in the same group as Killimordaly and Cois Fharraige. There are six groups of 3 in U21 ‘B’, with the top team in each Group progressing to the knockout stages. Seán Hardiman will manage the U21s this year and they are training with the Senior panel. Senior Manager Martin Tierney’s Selectors are Tom Kenny and Martin Campbell, with Kevin Molloy (Kilnadeema-Leitrim) taking over as Trainer.
In the Minor Championship draw Pearses have been pitted in the same group as Cappataggle, Abbeyknockmoy, Michael Cusacks and Cois Fharraige. In Minor ‘B’ there are four groups (two with 6 teams, two with 5). The top two teams in each group advance to the Quarter-finals. Anthony Kenny continues as Minor manager this year.
Please support our Fundraising Table Quiz in Ruane's, Glentane on Saturday, 7th February. Tables of four, €10 per person. All welcome. This weeks Lotto draw is in Ruane's Glentane on Monday, January 2nd, jackpot €3,200. January 250 Club winners: €100 Shauna Ward, €75 Padraic Hynes, €50 Martin Tierney.
Pearses will field juvenile hurling teams at U8, U10, U12, U14, U15 and U16 levels in 2015. Draws for Juvenile Hurling competitions were made last week, with Juvenile Football draws to follow next week. The full set of fixtures for 2015 will be added to the site in coming weeks.
At U12 level Pearses have been drawn in Group 6 with Annaghdown, Ballygar, Mountbellew-Moylough, Skehana, Sylane and Tuam. There is no knockout stages as such in this level, as emphasis is on enjoyment of the games. Round 1 will be at home on 16th May, against Sylane.
At U14 level Pearses will compete in the B1 grade. Other teams in the grade are: Ahascragh-Fohenagh, Killimor, Kilnadeema-Leitrim, Kiltormer, Michael Cusacks, Mullagh and Sylane. Each team plays each other once, with the top 4 teams qualifying for the B1 Semi-Finals. Round 1 will be at home on 7th March, against Michael Cusacks.
At U15 level Pearses will compete in the B1 grade. There are two groups. Pearses are in Group B, with Mullagh, Sarsfields and Ballinasloe. The top two teams in each group advance to the Semi-Finals. Round 1 is away on September 3rd, against Mullagh.
At U16 level Pearses will compete in the C grade, which is 13-a-side. Two groups of 5, Pearses are in Group A with Ballinasloe, Ballinderreen, Sarsfields and Skehana. The to two teams in each group advance to the Semi-Finals. Round 1 is on March 14th against Skehana.
The Galway Senior Hurling Championship will be run off in a Group format this year. There will be four groups, two with five teams and two with six teams. The top two teams in each group advance to the quarter finals. The draws for 2015 Senior and Intermediate Championships will be made on February 18. Suggested dates for Senior Championship fixtures are: April 25, May 10, June 7, July 12, August 16, September 20 and October 3.
U21 and Minor Hurling Championships will commence February 21/22 and April 4 nor 18/19 respectively. The draws for U21 and Minor Championships take place on Tuesday, 27 January.
Senior Hurling League will begin on the weekend of February 13/14. Pearses have been drawn in Group C. Round by Round opposition are as follows:
Round 1, Away: Pearses v Tynagh-Abbey-Duniry
Round 2, Home: Pearses v Killimordaly
Round 3, Home: Pearses v Portumna
Round 4, Away: Pearses v Ardrahan
Round 5, Home: Pearses v Kilnadeema-Leitrim.
The club's long standing Lotto jackpot of €19,800 was won on January 5th by Club member and player, Thomas Broderick, Cloonkeenkerrill, Colemanstown. Winning numbers were: 1, 5, 9, 18. At the presentation of the winning cheque Thomas informed us that the winning numbers are his date of birth. Congratulations Thomas and we hope you enjoy your winnings!
Because of how long the jackpot had run for, our Lotto committee were prepared for an eventual winner and so a new jackpot of €10,600 began on Monday night, January 12th in Kennys, Castleblakeney. Amazingly the jackpot was won for a second week in-a-row! The winner was David Gordon, Ballinamore Bridge. The numbers this time around were 2, 6, 12 and 20. Again, our congratulations to David. The jackpot returns to €3,000 next week in Egan's, Ballymacward.
The National G.A.A Club Draw tickets are currently available from management committee and players. This draw is a fundraising opportunity for all G.A.A. clubs, with all monies raised retained by the club. There are 15 great prizes, including a trip with the All-Stars, a trip to New York and All-Ireland Final tickets.
The G.A.A. are currently running a competition for all Clubs. It is an opportunity for every G.A.A. Club in the country to raise up to €20,000. All funds raised will be retained by each Club. The draw takes place on Friday, 27th February 2015. Tickets are available from all Pádraig Pearses Club Officers and Management Committee members. Details of the prizes below. For further details, terms and conditions see www.gaa.ie/nationalclubdraw.
For our Senior hurlers 2014 was a tough year. An injury epidemic dented hopes of returning to a third successive Quarter-Final. Players like Cyril Donnellan, Fearghal Flannery and 2013 Player of the Year, Cormac Ward were missed and Pearses slipped into the relegation dogfight. The team ground out a crucial win over Kinvara on the last day to secure Senior status. Credit to the players and management for showing such resolve.
The highlight of the Senior year was a one point win over 2012-13 All-Ireland Club Champions St. Thomas'. It was a last minute Robbie Donnellan point that clinched the win. One of the upsets of the Championship and one that will live long in the memory of all in attendance. A result that proved that on any day this team is capable of beating the best.
Thanks to the 2013 Senior Management of John Raftery, Martin Tierney and Gerry Kearney. Martin Tierney takes over the reins of the Seniors for 2015 and we wish him and his management team all the best for the coming year.
The extended run of our Junior 'B' hurlers in the Championship helped in no small way with the Senior relegation fight. Several of our Junior B's were crucial to the afore mentioned Senior survival mission. Kinvara ended Pearses' involvement in the Junior 'B' Semi-Final Replay, a late goal the killer blow. Our Junior 'C' team ended up in a Shield Final again this year, going down by three points also to Kinvara.
Our U21 hurlers, lost out narrowly to Kinvara and Liam Mellows, meaning an early exit from the Championship. Many of the starting team have at least another year left at the grade, with some of them also important members of the Senior panel. Thanks to team manager Tomás Kenny and Selectors Emmet Ward, Adrian Bellew and Tommy McDonagh.
Our Minor hurlers qualified for the knockout stages. A Quarter-Final win over Abbeyknockmoy set up a rematch with Michael Cusacks who they defeated in the group. Unfortunately the result wasn’t replicated as we succumbed to defeat. Thanks to Manager Anthony Kenny along with Martin Scarry, William Dilleen, Kevin Lally and Pádraig Murray.
Our U16’s won three, lost three and drew with Kiltormer meaning we entered the Shield competition. Against Kiltormer again in the Sheild semi-final, we unfortunately lost out in a high-scoring game. Credit to Paul O’Brien, Kevin Connell, Martin Campbell, Gabriel Flannery and Enda Cunniffe.
Our U14’s lost out narrowly to Michael Cusacks in their semi-final despite defeating them in the group. In the Féile competition hosted in Ballymacward we lost out to Carnmore and a strong Gort outfit before defeating Michael Cusacks. Thanks to Mick Carr, Des McCabe, EoghanBarrett, Gabriel Flannery and Declan Moran.
One of the highlights of our year was our U13C County title win, a second in succession in this grade. The team won 6 games in the group before overcoming Annaghdown and Sylane in the semi-final and final respectively. Once again it showed the dominance and power of a very talented group of players. Again a big thank you to Mick Carr, Des McCabe, Eoghan Barrett, Gabriel Flannery and Declan Moran.
Our U12’s while challenged with numbers won some games and performed excellently. Given the small numbers at this age group the team were dependent and grateful for the contribution of four girls to strengthen the squad. This is a big challenge going forward for this group and one was brilliantly handled this year by Eddie Mitchell as Manager.
Our U10’s once again competed in the East Galway League. The U10’s and U8’s trained at 12pm every Sunday and this year incorporated football training along with hurling sessions. Our U8’s played their first ever football match in Mountbellew. A great deal of thanks is owed to Manager Martin Scarry as well as selectors Adrian Queeney, Sean O’Neill and Micheál Kelly for their work and also to all parents for their support.
Congratulations to Ronan Bellew who represented the Galway Minors again this year, Brian Sweeney at U17 and to Ronan O’Neill with the Galway U16s. Conor O’Neill who was a member of the U15’s and Ronan Flannery with the Galway U14’s.
Our Junior Footballers did well in 2014, reaching the North Board 'C' Championship Final. Progress was helped by the availability of more of the Senior hurlers, who were on a break before Relegation games. Meelick-Eyrecourt were Final opponents in Caltra. After a tight game we were two points short at the final whistle and rued the loss of key players, Tomas Flannery and Damien Wynne. Thanks to Manager James Clancy as well as Adrian Queeney and to Noel Burke for their contribution all year.
The role of Leo Morrissey in organising and co-ordinating the football games and admin cannot go unnoticed so a big thanks for his efforts and success in a very challenging role.
The Under-14 footballers were a big success story in 2014 contesting finals in League and Championship. After winning four games in the Championship the team defeated Milltown in the County semi-final and setup a local derby in the final against Caltra which they eased passed with flying colours. The League form was just as impressive with wins against Caltra, Milltown, Williamstown, Kilkerrin-Clonberne and Menlough before just losing out to Headford in the final.Once more we pay tribute to the work of Des McCabe, Mick Carr, Eoghan Barrett, Gabriel Flannery and Declan Moran.
A new format for the Senior Hurling Championship for 2016 was passed at the Galway Hurling Committee AGM in Loughgeorge last week. Please note, the changes do not come into effect until the 2016 Championships.
The Ballinderreen motion for a new Senior Hurling Championship format in 2016 is below:Proposed format for Senior and Intermediate Championship: Senior “A” – 12 Teams; Senior “B” – 12 Teams; Intermediate – 12 Teams.
The top three teams in group of 2015 Championship play in “Senior A” for 2016. Bottom team in each group join the six teams in relegation plus the finalist of the Intermediate to make up the twelve teams for “Senior B”. Twelve teams left for Intermediate.
“Senior A” play in two groups of six. Top two teams in each group go forward with the top team going to the semi final and the second team to a quarter final to play the top two teams in “Senior B”. “Senior B” two groups of six also with the top team in each group to play the No.2 team off “Senior A” for a quarter final place.
Top two teams in “Senior B” to play in “Senior A” for 2017. Bottom two teams in “Senior A” to be relegated to “Senior B”. Bottom two teams in “Senior B” to play off for relegation with one team going down to Intermediate. Winner of Intermediate to be promoted to “Senior B” with bottom two teams to play for relegation to Junior A.”
The Club A.G.M. took place last Sunday, 30th December in Ballymacward Hall. Club Secretary, Paul Bellew, opened the meeting and thanked all players, team managements (especially outgoing Senior Manager John Raftery), officers, pitch caretakers, sponsors and all who had helped in any way in the past year. He emphasised the success of the Club Lotto and '250 Club’ and commended the improvement work currently being carried out on the Club's pitches.
The Treasurer Shane Ruane’s report came next and led to some debate. Regarding the injury crisis which hit our Senior hurlers this year, club stalwart Tim Byrnes concluded that men just weren't men anymore. In Chairman Tom O’Grady's address he thanked outgoing Secretary Paul Bellew and wished him well on his travels. He reiterated Paul’s thanks to the various people involved in and supporting the Club and also congratulated the U13 hurling champions, U14 football champions and the players who had represented Galway in 2014.
Tim Byrnes was elected as Patron of the Club, before the following officers were then appointed for 2015: Tom O'Grady (Chairman), Tom Kenny (Vice-Chairman), Martin Bellew (Secretary), Leo Morrissey (Asst. Secretary), Shane Ruane (Treasurer), Oliver Laheen (Asst. Treasurer), Anthony Kenny (Juvenile Chairman), Dorothy Scarry (Juvenile Secretary), John O’Grady (Hurling Board Delegate), Noel Burke (Football Board Delegate) and David Cunniffe (PRO).
Martin Tierney was appointed Senior Hurling Manager for 2015, with responsibility also for the Junior 'B' hurlers. Noel Burke will be Junior 'C' hurling manager and Adrian Queeney will take charge of the Junior 'C' footballers. A full list of all officers and team managers are listed on the Officers page.
The 2015 Galway Club+ Season Ticket @ €190 can be ordered today from the Club Secretary (Paul Bellew, 087-1224273 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or on www.seasontickets.ie. The 2015 Galway GAA Club+ Season Ticket includes all of the following:
For more information or to purchases, visit www.seasontickets.ie or call the Club Secretary.
Kinvara 2-13 Pearses 0-16: Kinvara made it two out of three in the trilogy, in this Junior B Hurling Semi-Final Replay played in Loughrea on Saturday. Pearses looked like they might edge it after recovering from a Kinvara goal before half-time, but another late goal snatched the win for Kinvara.
The teams shared four points evenly in a lively opening five minutes, taking up where they left off in the drawn game. A Robbie Donnellan goal attempt was kept out, before he pointed from a tight angle. Pearses took three of the next five points. Niall Skehill (2) and Aidan Kilkenny with a great score from the left wing, after dispossessing the Kinvara defender, 0-6 to 0-4.
Mark Kavanagh brought the gap down to one again, before a solo run point from Robbie Donnellan made it 0-7 to 0-5 after 23 minutes. Another Kavanagh free and three minutes later David Huban, who had earlier left the field for treatment to an injury, whipped the ball to the back of the Pearses net and Kinvara led for the first time. Two Pearses points to Kinvara’s one, left it 1-7 to 0-9 at half-time.
Pearses had a great start to the second half, with the first four points (Skehill, Murphy, Donnellan and Moore) to lead by three after eight minutes. Huban and Kavanagh frees kept Kinvara in touch, before Robbie Donnellan made it 0-14 to 1-9 at the three quarter stage.
Kinvara would outscore Pearses 1-4 to 0-2 in the final quarter. First David Huban pointed a free from over 80 yards. Aidan Kilkenny responded for Pearses. Two Kinvara points and a Kealan Beckett point meant Pearses led 0-16 to 1-12 after 21 minutes.
Mark Kavanagh levelled the game in the 26th minute. Three minutes later it looked like we were poised for extra-time. The goal was a killer blow and Pearses couldn’t pull one back in the dying minutes and Kinvara advance to play Clarinbridge in the Final.
For Pearses Paul Lally was outstanding throughout, despite some special treatment. Niall Skehiill, Robbie Donnellan and Aidan Kilkenny with 0-11 from play between them were other standout players.
Pearses: P Hillary; A Naughton, P Raftery, J Jenkins; B Egan, D Wynne, P Lally; P Moore (0-1), N Skehill (0-5); K Beckett (0-1), R Donnellan (0-4), L Morrissey; L Murphy (0-3), A Kilkenny (0-2), C O’Grady. Subs used: R Skehill, D Kelly.
Kinvara 0-16 Pearses 1-10: Kinvara gained some revenge for their Relegation to Intermediate by our Seniors in this Junior C Hurling Shield Final, played on Sunday in Carnmore. Kinvara led from the start, but a good final quarter by Pearses brought the gap down to three points. It could have been less, but for some missed chances and a penalty which was deflected over early in the second half.
Kinvara scored the first four points of the game, before David Cunniffe opened the Pearses account from a placed ball. Kinvara were unaffected and added two more points to go five ahead. The second quarter was more evenly contested, but Kinvara still held the upper hand, adding four more points, to Pearses two (Cunniffe). Half-time: Kinvara 0-10 Pearses 0-3.
Kinvara resumed with two points, before Colm Queeney was fouled for a penalty in the fifth minute of the second half. David Cunniffe struck it, but it was deflected over. The sides shared the next four points evenly, Kinvara maintaining their eight point lead, 0-14 to 0-6. Helped by fresh legs from the bench, the final quarter seen an improvement in Pearses. Good work by Sean Walsh and Declan Lawless led to three converted frees in-a-row from Cunniffe.
Kinvara kept Pearses at arms length with two points in response, 0-16 to 0-9. Substitute Niall Murray had earlier come close to finding the net, but when a second chance arose he took it well and suddenly the gap was down to four. Cunniffe added another point to reduce it to three and despite Pearses best efforts, they couldn’t manufacture another score as Kinvara hung on for the win.
Thanks to our Management team of Paul Scarry, Willie Dilleen and Noel Burke for their efforts this year. Thanks also to our sponsor Ruanes Glentane. To lose out was disappointing, but we will all be back next year for the hurling, the craic and hopefully some silverware!
Pearses: R Treacy; A Queeney, S Kelly, B Raftery; J Kenny, E Barrett, T Carr; P Bellew, D Burke; D Cunniffe (0-10, frees), N Barrett, S Walsh; D Lawless, P Scarry, C Queeney. Subs used: K Clancy, N Murray (1-0), D Lydon, D Mannion, P Mahon.
Pearses 0-10 Kinvara 2-4: This Junior B Semi-Final, switched from Loughrea to Carnmore yesterday morning, was played in persistent rain throughout. Pearses looked to have the edge until the 42nd minute, when a second Kinvara goal gave them the lead for the first time. Pearses recovered to retake the lead, but Kinvara earned a second day out with the last puck of the game.
Two Lee Murphy pointed frees gave Pearses 0-2 to 0-0 lead after three minutes. Kinvara responded with points from Mark Kavanagh and David Huban. Some scoring chances went astray on both sides and as the rain worsened, it took another 10 minutes for the next point, Lee Murphy again. Four further points for Pearses (Morrissey, Murphy, O’Grady, Donnellan) in a seven minute burst, opened a five point lead, 0-7 to 0-2. Then a Kinvara lifeline in the 30th minute, a goal to get them back in the game. Half-time: Pearses 0-7 Kinvara 1-2.
The rain showed no sign of easing off for the second half and as result another ten minute scoreless spell just after half time. David Huban for Kinvara and Conor O’Grady swapped points, before Kinvara goaled again to go in front. Pearses responded well and hit the next two scores (Murphy frees) to lead 0-10 to 2-3, with six minutes left. Pearses missed some chances to extend the lead, before Kinvara earned a scoreable free on the left side in the 30th minute. The free dropped short and a Pearses looked to have cleared the danger. However, another free in was awarded, on the right, with Mark Kavanagh slotting it over to send the game to a replay. Details of the replay to be confirmed.
Pearses: P Hillary; J Jenkins, P Raftery, A Naughton; B Egan, D Wynne, P Lally; N Skehill, P Moore; L Murphy (0-6), L Morrissey (0-1), K Beckett; C O’Grady (0-2), R Donnellan (0-1), D Kelly, Subs used: Robbie Lally, R Skehill, G Hennelly, A Burke.
Our Junior ‘B’ hurlers take on Kinvara tomorrow (Saturday), in the Championship Semi-Final in Loughrea at 2.30pm. Clarinbridge await the winners of this game in the Championship Final, having defeated Tynagh-Abbey-Duniry, after a replay in the other Semi-Final.
Several players involved in last week’s battle between the clubs at Senior level will be in action again, as the usual grading rules don’t apply to Senior Relegation. Pearses therefore can call on Padraic Raftery and Damien Wynne as well as others, who featured in previous Relegation games. Pearses had two wins and three draws, finishing second in the Group. Kinvara finished third in their Group. Below are all Pearses’ results to date and Kinvara’s knockout results.
Pearses 2-15 Oranmore-Maree 1-13
Kinvara 2-7 Craughwell 0-6
Pearses 1-12 Killimor 0-13
Kinvara 1-16 Castlegar 0-11
Pearses 3-9 Oranmore-Maree 3-9
Pearses 2-15 Ballinasloe 3-12
Pearses 1-11 Ahascragh-Fohenagh 2-8
Pearses 1-18 Mountbellew-Moylough 0-6
Pearses 2-15 Moycullen 0-7
Senior Team Manager John Raftery has stepped down after three years at the helm. Pearses reached Senior Quarter-Finals both of JR's first two years. Gort were the opponents in 2012, as Pearses lost out by 3, after a late fightback. In 2013 Loughrea were lucky to prevail by one point.
Injuries hit the panel hard in 2014, but Pearses survived a relegation battle with Kinvara, having previously recorded a super win over recent All-Ireland Champions, St Thomas'. On behalf of the all involved with the Club, a sincere thanks to JR for the work he has put in over the past three years.
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Our Junior B hurlers are set to take on Kinvara, in the Championship Semi-Final, this Saturday (November 1st) in Loughrea at 2.30pm. Please support the lads! The Junior C hurlers are set to complete part three of the trilogy, with Kinvara on November 8th, in the 'C' Shield Final.
Pearses 0-14 Kinvara 1-9: Pearses secured their senior status yesterday with a two point victory over Kinvara in the Final Relegation Playoff in wet and windy Kenny Park, Athenry. Pearses led by six at half-time, but a good third quarter by Kinvara brought them level. Points from Cyril Donnellan and Tomás Flannery insured Senior Hurling for 2015.
Jimmy Gelston setup Flannery in the first minute for the game’s first point, before adding a point of his own a minute later. Pearses were guilty of three wides, before another Flannery point (free) in the 6th minute, 0-3 to 0-0. Galway Minor, Conor Whelan, opened Kinvara’s account with a point in the 7th minute, but Pearses’ response was instant, an Adrian Bellew point. Cyril Donnellan had been involved in the build-up to earlier scores, but now landed a super point from the stand sideline to make it 0-5 to 0-1.
Whelan got two back for Kinvara, one a 65’. The second quarter was all Pearses with five points in succession, four from play. The pick of them, an inspirational long range effort by Jimmy Gelston. Kinvara's only response, a free from long-serving David Huban in injury time. Half-time 0-10 to 0-4. Kinvara, with the wind, stormed back into the game and outscored Pearses 1-4 to 0-1 in the third quarter. Whelan and David Huban (2) with the first three points, before Donnellan tapped over a Pearses penalty. Then the game’s only goal, a shot from the right wing by Ronan Kilkelly, deceiving keeper Aidan Kilkenny, 1-8 to 0-11.
Flannery (free) and Whelan swapped points to leave the game deadlocked again. Then a goal chance for Donnellan going just over to put Pearses back in front. A minute later and another Flannery free gave Pearses a two point lead. Kinvara pushed for a goal in the remaining two minutes of injury time, but long range frees from Colm Callanan and Shane Kavanagh both dropped wide. Pearses have survived this year’s injury crisis and can look forward to a better year next year at Senior level. Well done to all involved!
Pearses: A Kilkenny; A Kenny, T Kenny, P Raftery; R Lally, D Wynne, K Hardiman; J Gelston (0-2), A Bellew (0-1); R Bellew, C Ward, S Hardiman; T Flannery (0-6), E Ward (0-1), C Donnellan (0-4). Subs used: G Lally, C Raftery.
Kiltormer 1-17 Pearses 2-10: This Senior Relegation game played in Loughrea on Saturday afternoon was tight until the final minutes. Kiltormer came from two down, with the last six points of the game, to secure their Senior status.
Kiltormer had a best possible start when good work by David Hayes created space for Darren Hopkins to find the net in the first minute. A Derek Dervan free extended Kiltormer’s lead. Two Tomas Flannery frees got Pearses on the board, but Kiltormer had soon restored that four point lead, 1-3 to 0-2 after 13 minutes. Pearses landed the next three (Flannery and Ronan Bellew) to reduce the gap to one after 20 minutes.
Dervan (3) and Flannery shared four frees to leave the score 1-5 to 0-6 in the 27th minute. Then another injury blow to Pearses, keeper Aidan Kilkenny leaving the field. Páraic Hillary took his place. In the 29th minute a long range Ronan Bellew free deflected off the Kiltormer full-back’s hurl to the net and Pearses led for the first time, 1-6 to 1-5. Kiltormer absorbed the blow with the next two points, to go in 1-7 to 1-6 up at the break.
With Cyril Donnellan taking his place at full-forward for the second half, three points in succession (Flannery, Bellew and Ward) put Pearses two up. Two Kiltormer points levelled it, before Donnellan pointed from a tight angle to nudge Pearses back in front. Another brace of Kiltormer points swung the advantage again. Yet another injury seen Richie Lally retire. Then in the 48th minute, a Pearses penalty. Donnellan dispatched it to the net, 2-10 to 1-11.
Two minutes later a Kiltormer penalty was saved. Momentum it seemed was now with Pearses. However, Kiltormer hit six unanswered points in the final ten minutes. They led by one, when Kerrill Hardiman was dismissed on a second yellow card on 58 minutes. Patrick Cormican put Kiltormer two ahead before a Donnellan 21 was saved. Two more points for the men in blue settled it. Pearses next take on Kinvara in the dreaded Final Relegation playoff.
Pearses (starting positions): A Kilkenny; A Kenny, T Kenny, P Raftery; R Lally, D Wynne, K Hardiman; J Gelston, S Hardiman; R Bellew (1-2), T Flannery (0-6), E Cunniffe; G Lally, E Ward (0-1), N Skehill. Subs used: P Hillary, C Donnellan (1-1), T McDonagh, L Murphy, C Raftery.
Meelick-Eyrecourt 0-7 Pearses 0-4: Though having more possession in the second half Pearses couldn’t get ahead at any point, in this Junior C North Board Football Final played at Caltra on Saturday evening. Meelick-Eyrecourt made the most of their opportunities to take home the cup.
Meelick-Eyrecourt led by two points, one a free, after eight minutes. A goal bound effort by Pearses’ Richie Lally seen the ball break to Paul Lally, who fisted over for Pearses’ first score after ten. Eyrecourt reopened their two point lead before a Richie Lally free cut it to one again, 0-3 to 0-2. There was little between the teams in the second quarter, Eyrecourt edging it, adding two points, to Pearses’ one (Richie Lally). Half-time 0-5 to 0-3.
The second-half was low key, with just three points shared between the teams. Pearses had most of the possession but a a packed Eyrecourt defence meant the Pearses players never got the chance to settle on the ball and time and again the final shot was wide of the mark. It took 22 minutes of play before the second-half’s first score arrived, a Meelick-Eyrecourt point from play. Richie Lally pointed for Pearses five minutes later, 0-6 to 0-4. However, when a sweetly struck 45’ dropped over Edmund Flannery’s crossbar in injury time, Eyrecourt secured their win.
Pearses: E Flannery; T McDonagh, S Hardiman, L Murphy; J Lally, A Murray, G Lally; L Morrissey, E Cunniffe; N Skehill, E Ward, R Lally (0-3); R Skehill, K Hardiman, P Lally (0-1). Subs used: J Gelston, R Bellew, A Bellew, S Walsh.
The Club’s Minor hurlers lost out (1-20 to 2-7) to Michael Cusacks (Beagh-Kilbeacanty) in the Championship Semi-Final on Sunday morning played in Craughwell. The result is somewhat of a surprise, given the fact that Pearses narrowly defeated Cusacks in the Group stages. Michael Cusacks take on Killimor in the Final. Pearses: D Masterson; R O’Neill; K Clancy, R Carr; C Kelly, L Murphy, D Byrnes; R Bellew (2-1), B Sweeney (0-3f); P Lally, G Hennelly (0-3), T Carr; E Burke, D Naughton, C O'Neill. Subs used: K Connell, S Skehill, M Ruane.
All Senior Hurling Relegation group games have now been played, with St Thomas' and Castlegar safe from the drop. Pearses will play the bottom team from the other Group, Kiltormer, in a Relegation Semi-Final. Kinvara play Liam Mellows in the other Semi-Final. The losers of these games will then meet in a Relegation Final Playoff, with the loser of that being relegated to Intermediate for 2015.
The Junior C North Football Final against Meelick-Eyrecourt will most likely be this coming weekend, details of the fixture TBC. The draw for the Junior B Championship Semi-Finals have been made and Pearses will play the winners of Kinvara or Craughwell. Tynagh-Abbey-Duniry and Clarinbridge meet in the other Semi-Final. Details for that game TBC.
Pearses 2-15 Oranmore-Maree 1-13: This Junior B Quarter-Final, played under lights in Duggan Park yesterday evening, was in the balance until six minutes from the end. A late scoring burst, inspired by Kealan Beckett, seen Pearses through to the Semi-Finals.
Despite as slow start, Pearses led 0-2 (Robbie Donnellan and Lee Murphy) to 0-1 after eight minutes. The score was level six times in the first-half, neither team giving an inch. Further points from Aidan Kilkenny and Niall Skehill were swapped with three from Oranmore-Maree. At the end of the first quarter, it was 0-4 each. The teams continued score for score until half-time. Two well worked scores from Conor O'Grady and another from Robbie Donnellan seen Pearses back in the lead. Two-in-row from Oranmore-Maree put their noses ahead at the halfway mark, 0-8 to 0-7.
Oranmore-Maree opened a two point gap for the first time just after the break, but it lasted only a minute as Aidan Kilkenny hit his second point. Then substitute Kealan Beckett made his first contribution. He burst through from the right wing to create a goal chance, which Niall Skehill sent to the back of the net. Lee Murphy and Robbie Donnellan added two points as Pearses went four clear, 1-10 to 0-9. A significant lead in a game so tight.
Oranmore-Maree fought their way back, nicking 1-2 of their own. The goal deflected to the net, wrong-footing keeper Páraic Hillary. The sides were now level again after 45 minutes. Pearses were leading 1-13 to 1-12, when the late turning point arrived nine minutes later. Kealan Beckett goaled himself this time after a similar break from wing-forward. Pearses were four to the good again. An Oranmore-Maree 21-yard-free blazed over the bar, as they went in search of goals. Red cards were issued to Aidan Kilkenny and the Oranmore-Maree full-back after an altercation. Points from Niall Skehill and a long range Robbie Donnellan special sealed the win.
Pearses: P Hillary; A Naughton, P Raftery, J Jenkins; B Egan, D Wynne, P Lally; P Moore, N Skehill (1-3); L Murphy (0-3), A Kilkenny (0-2), L Morrissey; C O'Grady (0-2), R Donnellan (0-4), R Skehill. Subs used: K Beckett (1-1), G Hennelly, D Kelly.
Liam Mellows 2-16 Pearses 2-14: Mellows led for most of this Relegation clash played at Duggan Park last Saturday. When the city men struck for a second goal 19 minutes into the second half they opened a nine-point lead. Like the St Thomas' game, Pearses finished strongly and two late goals cut the margin to just two and Mellows were no doubt relieved to hear the final whistle.
The city team hit three early wides, before Kerrill Hardiman opened Pearses' account, with a long range point. Mellows’ stormed back, hitting 1-3 in a seven minute spell. The goal from County player, Aonghus Callanan, cutting in the from the left corner to blast home. Another Hardiman point got Pearses going again. Mellows landed the next two points, before two Tomas Flannery points and a Jimmy Gelston sideline cut, made it 1-5 to 0-5 after 18 minutes. The next four points were shared evenly, Flannery (free) and Shane Raftery the Pearses scorers.
Mellows tagged on three more points to Pearses' one (Flannery) in the 12 minutes before half-time. Referee Christy Browne played six minutes injury time, as Pearses centre-back Shane Raftery sustained an injury leading to him being replaced. Half-time: Liam Mellows 1-10 Pearses 0-8.
Mellows extended their lead to seven not long after the restart. The teams then swapped two points each (Flannery and Ronan Bellew for Pearses), 1-14 to 0-12. Mellows were looking good for a win, with John Lee and Tadgh Haran leading the way. Two more Flannery frees cut the gap, but Mellows struck what looked like a killer blow, 1-1 in two minutes. Adrian Morrissey with the goal, 2-15 to 0-12.
Pearses didn’t give up and outscored Liam Mellows 2-2 to 0-1 in the final 13 minutes (including injury time). Two Jimmy Gelston points (one a 65) were followed by Mellows last score. Then in the 29th minute Gary Lally was fouled for a penalty. Emmett Ward's initial effort was blocked, but the Referee ordered a retake. The keeper was off his line. Ward buried the second attempt. Another attack and the ball broke to Ronan Bellew who made no mistake from 21 yards, 2-16 to 2-14. However it was too late for another assault on the Mellows goal, as the final whistle went less than a minute later.
With a -1 scoring difference, Pearses‘ can’t top the Group, so will enter a Relegation Semi-Final, against either Kinvara or Kiltormer. Liam Mellows or St Thomas will fill the fourth semi-final spot.
Pearses: A Kilkenny; A Kenny, T Kenny, P Raftery; B Egan, S Raftery (0-1), K Hardiman (0-2); J Gelston (0-3), A Bellew; R Bellew (1-1), T Flannery (0-7), S Hardiman; G Lally, E Ward (1-0), E Cunniffe. Subs used: D Wynne, R Lally, R Donnellan, N Skehill.
Pearses 4-11 Milltown 2-8: Our Junior footballers booked their place in the North Board Final with a nine point win on Sunday morning in Corofin. Pearses had a great start, when Tomas Flannery had the ball in the net after just 15 seconds. When Kerrill Hardiman netted a second in the 17th minute Pearses led until the end.
Milltown responded to the early goal, with two points. Enda Cunniffe and Niall Skehill kicked Pearses' first two points. Milltown broke through the Pearses defence for a Penalty. The spot kick was dispatched to net, despite the best efforts of keeper Edmund Flannery. The teams were now level, 1-2 apiece after 16 minutes.
Pearses slotted a quick fire 1-1 a minute later to retake the lead. Kerrill Hardiman the goalscorer and Emmett Ward with the point. Milltown pointed a free, but another goal from Enda Cunniffe and points from Skehill and Cunniffe, gave Pearses a commanding 3-5 to 1-4 half-time lead.
Milltown opened the second half scoring with a point. Tomas Flannery kicked two-in-a-row, one a free, before Kerrill Hardiman and Niall Skehill points followed. Pearses now led by ten, 13 minutes into the second half. Milltown broke the dominance with a goal, but Niall Skehill had the ball was in the net at the other end a minute later.
Milltown outscored Pearses 0-3 to 0-2 in the final 14 minutes, as they went on all out attack. Leo Morrissey went close with a goal chance for Pearses, while Milltown's best efforts for goal were denied at the other end. A Niall Skehill point brought his personal total to 1-4. Damien Wynne kicked the last point with the outside of the boot, one of the scores of the game.
Pearses now advance to play Meelick-Eyrecourt in the North Board Final, to be played on the weekend of September 27th-28th, TBC.
Pearses: E Flannery; P Lally, S Hardiman, L Murphy; J Lally, D Wynne (0-1), G Lally; L Morrissey, A Murray; N Skehill (1-4), T Flannery (1-2), E Ward (0-1); R Skehill, E Cunniffe (1-2), K Hardiman (1-1). Subs used: F Healy, K Clancy, A Carrig.
Pearses 2-13 St Thomas' 0-18: The 2013 All-Ireland Club Champions were sent packing yesterday evening in Loughrea by a last minute Robbie Donnellan point. Without Cyril Donnellan, Cormac Ward, Fearghal Flannery and his understudy Paul O’Brien, Pearses faced a huge task. After losing an early lead and seeing St Thomas’ go four clear after half-time, chances of a win looked bleak!
St Thomas led by two when a Tomás Flannery free got Pearses off the mark. Then came the first goal of the game. Ronan Bellew won possession and found Flannery with a neat pass. He sent the ball to the St Thomas’ net to give Pearses the lead. On the 7th minute St Thomas’ corner-back Cathal Burke, was red carded by Referee Leonard Faye, after he first fouled and then struck out at Gary Lally on the ground. Flannery pointed the free, 1-2 to 0-2.
Conor Cooney landed a free for St Thomas. Ronan Bellew, who was doing well under Pearses puckouts, caught and pointed, for Pearses’ first from play. Conor Cooney added to St Thomas’ increasing wides tally, before finding the range with a pointed free. A good move down the left touchline, seen Kerrill Hardiman point from a difficult angle, 1-4 to 0-4.
For the final ten minutes of the second half St Thomas outscored Pearses, 0-6 to 0-1. Conor Cooney, James Regan, Richie Murray and Shane Cooney the scorers for Thomas’. The Pearses point, another Flannery free from the right sideline. Half-time St Thomas’ 0-10 Pearses 1-5.
St Thomas’ outscored Pearses by 0-4 to 0-2 in the opening seven minutes of the second half. Jimmy Gelston and Ronan Bellew with the Pearses points. Again St Thomas’ were guilty of some wayward shooting. Substitute Damien Wynne was making a difference at centre-forward and got his name on the scoresheet, to cut the gap to three, 0-14 to 1-8 after 42 minutes.
The excellent Ronan Bellew, now at midfield, took his third point of the day. St Thomas quickly restored their three point lead. Another Tomás Flannery free came before two Thomas’ points, 0-17 to 1-10 on 49 minutes. A long ball into the square by substitute Robbie Donnellan was scrambled to the net by Flannery, but was adjudged to have been a square ball and disallowed.
In the final ten minutes, Pearses would outscore St Thomas 1-3 to 0-1. First the spark the ignited the Pearses rally, a long range Shane Raftery free went all the way to the net and the gap was down to just one point. Conor Cooney put two between them again, before Flannery cut it back to one. Thomas’ missed an opportunity to go two ahead. A Pearses attack yielded a 21-yard free. Flannery opted to tap it over and level the game.
The momentum was now with Pearses and the ball was quickly returned to Thomas’ territory from the puckout. A Brian Sweeney snapshot was well blocked, Lee Murphy retained possession and when the ball ended up in Robbie’s hand, he drove it low over the bar to win it.
Pearses now go on to play Liam Mellows in the next game (on Saturday, venue and time TBC) and a win would secure Senior status for 2015.
Pearses: A Kilkenny; A Kenny, T Kenny, P Raftery; B Egan, S Raftery (1-0), K Hardiman (0-1); J Gelston (0-1), A Bellew; R Bellew (0-3), T Flannery (1-6), S Hardiman; E Cunniffe, E Ward, G Lally. Subs used: D Wynne (0-1), R Lally, L Murphy, R Donnellan (0-1), B Sweeney.
Pearses 4-11 Abbeyknockmoy 3-6: Our Minor hurlers secured a place in the Semi-Finals after a good win over Abbeyknockmoy in Kenny Park, Athenry yesterday morning. The teams were level early on, but Pearses took control and led until the finish, despite an strong second half from Abbey.
Brian Sweeney opened the scoring for Pearses, followed by a Gary Hennelly point. Abbey levelled with two points in succession, but Sweeney pushed Pearses ahead again with two more. The game's first goal arrived on the 20th minute, from Eoghan Burke. Abbey put their third point on the board, but Pearses finished the half strongly. Keith Connell struck 1-1, to leave the half-time score 2-5 to 0-3.
Abbey were much improved in the second half and had 1-1 on the board after five minutes of play. Lee Murphy, now at full-forward got Pearses' going again. Eoghan Burke struck for his second goal and Gary Hennelly added another to put Pearses 4-7 to 1-4 ahead twelve clear. Abbey however were not finished and grabbed two more goals to stay in the hunt. However, further points from Brian Sweeney and Gary Hennelly closed out the game, as Pearses finished 4-11 to 3-6 winners.
Pearses advance to the Minor 'B' Championship Semi-Finals, where they play either Sarsfields, Michael Cusacks (Beagh-Kilbeacanty) or Killimor.
Pearses: Daniel Masterson; Ronan Carr, Ronan O'Neill, Kevin Clancy; Dermot Byrnes Ronan Bellew, Conor Kelly; Lee Murphy (0-2), Paul Lally; Darren Naughton, Gary Hennelly (1-2), Tom Carr; Eoghan Burke (2-0), Keith Connell (1-1), Brian Sweeney (0-6). Subs used: Shane Skehill, Sean Murray (Scorers open to correction).
Pearses 1-12 Killimor 0-13: Our Junior B hurlers are in the Championship Quarter-Finals following a hard earned win over Killimor in Duggan Park, Ballinasloe yesterday evening. Killimor were led for most of the first half, before the only goal of the game from Robbie Donnellan brought Pearses into it.
The teams were level after five minutes, 0-2 each. Lee Murphy with both Pearses scores from frees. Killimor took six of the next eight points, to lead 0-8 to 0-4. Donnellan and Lee Murphy (free) the Pearses scorers. Killimor freetaker Michéal Dervan was converting any free from within 70 yards. A Darragh Kelly point on 24 minutes, reduced the margin to three. Two minutes later the goal from Robbie Donnellan levelled the game. Dervan and Lee Murphy swapped frees, before Killimor got the last point of the half. HT: Pearses 1-6 Killimor 0-10.
The third quarter was close, with Pearses points from Robbie Donnellan, Aidan Kilkenny and Niall Skehill, but two Killimor frees had the game level again. Dervan put Killimor in front with a difficult long range free on 47 minutes, Killimor’s last score. Pearses were on top in the rest of the game and should possibly have finished further ahead. Three frees from Lee Murphy seeing them through.
Pearses: P O'Brien; K Connell, P Raftery, J Jenkins; B Egan, D Wynne, P Lally; N Skehill (0-1), P Moore; L Murphy (0-7f), A Kilkenny (0-1), L Morrissey; D Kelly (0-1), R Donnellan (1-2), C O'Grady. Subs used: A Burke, P Hillary, G Hennelly, A Naughton.
Pearses 2-9 Sylane 0-2: The Club’s U13 hurlers added a second U13 title in-a-row when they defeated Sylane yesterday evening in a rain-soaked Kenny Park, Athenry. Sylane took an early lead, but once Pearses hit the front, they were in control until the finish. Indeed, so dominant were the boys in black and white, Sylane scored just once again in the remainder of the game!
Óisin Flannery hit Pearses first point, from a difficult free on the right wing, to cancel out Sylane’s lead. Flannery had three more placed ball attempts in the next five minutes, scoring two. Dean Reilly’s pace was causing the Sylane defence some real problems and he rattled the net in the ninth minute. He followed it with a point from play. The action was now mainly in the Sylane half of the field and some Pearses scoring chances went astray, due in no small measure to the terrible conditions. Half-time: Pearses 1-4 Sylane 0-1.
Cian Murphy had a fifth Pearses point on the board just after half-time, before Sylane had a spell of attacks. However, they just couldn’t find a way through the Pearses defence, marshalled by Man of the Match Eoghan McCabe at full-back. Sylane's best opportunity, a goal chance, flashing just wide of Darragh McCabe’s post at the town end.
A point from Cathal Kitt got Pearses going again and on the thirteenth minute, Cian Murphy pulled first time to the net, after his initial shot was stopped. Óisín Flannery tagged on two frees, before Kealan Creaven struck Sylane's second point. The last score of the game was possibly the best, when a 40 yard Dean Reilly solo run, ended in him whipping the ball across the square, for Cathal Kitt to double it first time over the bar.
Captain Dean Reilly accepted the cup from County Juvenile Hurling Chairman, Michael O’Hehir (Tuam). He thanked the management and parents for the transport, noting that Petrol/Diesel doesn’t come cheap! Well done to the lads and to their dedicated Management team! It was a fantastic win, we are all so proud and I’m sure this bunch are not finished yet!
Pearses: Darragh McCabe; Brian Kelly, Eoghan McCabe, Niall Moran; Jack Barrett, Shane Hynes, Robert Hynes; Cathal Kitt (0-2), Geordan Kenny; Marc Hennelly, Óisín Flannery (0-5f), Luke Mitchell; Ethan Lally, Dean Reilly (1-1), Cian Murphy (1-1). Subs: James Mitchell, Ethan Barry.
Pearses 6-19 Corofin 0-6: On Saturday evening last with conditions perfect for a football championship game Pearses came out as comprehensive winners over Corofin in Monivea. Pearses' led from the start and never looked back in this Championship Quarter Final game.
Pearses' started strongly, and led 0-4 to 0-0 after 5 minutes with two points from Tomas Flannery and one each for Aiden Murray and Enda Cunniffe. Pearses scored their first of 6 goals soon after when Flannery won the ball from a kick out to give a lovely pass to Kerrill Hardiman who finished well into the top corner. Hardiman quickly followed with another point to leave the score at 1-5 to 0-0 after 10 minutes. Pearses' then lost Ronan Skehill to a knee injury who was then replaced by Ronan Bellew. Corofin finally began working the ball into the forwards but the Pearses backs were dominant Sean Hardiman won the ball and quickly laid off to Leo Morrissey who in turn kicked the ball to Kerrill Hardiman, who hand passed to Ronan Bellew which assisted Enda Cunniffe to throw it over the bar in a Dublinesque run of play.
On fifteen minutes Tomas Flannery kicked Pearses' one and only free in the game over the bar. Corofin won a free in the next play and kicked well to finally get their first score on the board. They then followed with a point from play and looked to be finally getting into the game, but that was to be they’re last score of the first half. Great defensive work from the Pearses' backs was to keep them out Corofin had two chances following but great pressure from Garry Lally and young Lee Murphy forced Corofin to kick wide. Pearses' then replied to the resurgence of Corofin with two well worked points from Emmet Ward.
On the stroke of half time Pearses' then lost centre back Damien Wynne to a black card who was replaced by Fearghal Flannery, Corofin missed the resulting free. In the following play Adrian Bellew turned over the ball well and with a searing run through the middle laid the ball off to Ward who calmly slotted over for his third point of the evening, to leave the score at 1-10 to 0-2.
Corofin got the first point of the second half from a free but Pearses quickly replied with the ball well won by Ronan Bellew who passed to brother Adrian who set up Aiden Murray for a goal from the resulting kick out Adrian Bellew won the ball and laid off to Tomas Flannery who slotted over to leave the score at 2-11 to 0-3. Corofin followed with they’re fourth point of the game from a free on 40 minutes. Pearses replied with another point from Kerrill Hardiman. Ronan Bellew rose highest to catch the following kick out who passed the ball to Aiden Murray who volleyed the ball to the back of the net 3-12 to 0-4. James Gelston and Aidan Carrig replaced Niall Skehill and Lee Murphy. Great work from Leo Morrissey assisted Kerrill Hardiman for another point. James Gelston scored two points one each side of Corofin’s fifth point of the day from a free. Aiden Murray then followed with his second point of the evening.
On 45 minutes Garry Lally was replaced by Sean Walsh. Leo Morrissey struck his first point of the evening from a Ronan Bellew pass. Tomas Flannery won the resulting kick out and after a nice one-two with his brother Fearghal he laid off the ball to Gelston who assisted Ronan Bellew for a goal to finally get on the score sheet after some frustrating wide's earlier. Kerrill Hardiman was replaced by Paul Lally in the corner forward position after he impressed when introduced again Mountbellew/Moylough in the previous game.
Corofin were then to score they’re final point of the game in what was probably they’re best play of the game leaving the score at 4-17 to 0-6. With five minutes left Fearghal Flannery made a great run up the field with the ball and passed in to Leo Morrissey who blasted the ball home. The goalie fluffed the resultant kick out which was caught by Gelston and he pounced with Pearses sixth and final goal of the game. In the last two minutes Pearses' followed with 2 more points from Ward and Walsh to give the final score of 6-19 to 0-6. Pearses' now await Milltown in the North Board Semi Final provisionally scheduled for three weeks’ time.
Pearses: Edmund Flannery; Tommy McDonagh, Sean Hardiman, Lee Murphy; Adrian Bellew, Damien Wynne, Gary Lally, Leo Morrissey (C) (1-1), Aidan Murray (2-2); Niall Skehill, Tom Flannery (0-4 1f), Emmett Ward (0-4); Ronan Skehill, Enda Cunniffe (0-2), Kerrill Hardiman (1-3). Subs used: Ronan Bellew (1-0), Fearghal Flannery, Jimmy Gelston (1-2), Aidan Carrig, Sean Walsh (0-1).
Report: David Gilligan.
The draws for the Preliminary Quarter-finals have been made in this years Junior B Hurling Championship. Pearses have been drawn against Killimor. The four winners of the preliminaries will go into an open draw with the other four teams who have got a bye into the Quarters. Dates for preliminaries TBC and could be next weekend (August 30-31).
Kinvara v Castlegar
KILLIMOR v PADRAIG PEARSES
Ahascragh-Fohenagh v Mountbellew-Moylough
Cappataggle v Craughwell
Teams with a bye to the Quarter-Finals:
Tynagh-Abbey-Duniry, Ballindereen, Clarinbridge, Oranmore-Maree.
Senior Hurling League: Killimordaly 0-20 Pearses 0-17 – Played yesterday in Killimordaly, this was Pearses' last Group game in this year's Senior Hurling League. The home team led 0-12 to 0-10 at the break, with Darragh Cooney their star performer. Killimordaly edged the second half 0-8 to 0-7 to win by three. Tomas Flannery again led the way for Pearses, finishing with 0-10, five from play. From six League games Pearses won two (Liam Mellows and Carnmore), drew one (Athenry) and lost out to Portumna, Castlegar and Killimordaly. Next up is the Relegation playoffs.
Senior v Killimordaly: Paul O'Brien; Anthony Kenny, Tomas Kenny, Kerrill Hardiman; Brendan Egan, Shane Raftery, Colm Raftery (0-1); Jimmy Gelston (0-3), Ronan Bellew (0-1); Sean Hardiman (0-1), Tomas Flannery (0-10, 5f), Enda Cunniffe; Brian Sweeney, Emmett Ward, Gary Lally (0-1). Subs used: Robbie Donnellan, Niall Skehill, Conor O'Grady, Paul Moore, Aidan Kilkenny.
Junior C Hurling Championship: Meelick-Eyrecourt 2-17 Pearses 0-12 – Meelick-Eyrecourt had already qualified for the knockout stages and Pearses are no longer in the running for the Cup competition. The game played at Ballymacward on yesterday evening was evenly contested up until the final quarter, when Meelick-Eyrecourt's superior fitness helped them pull away. Pearses now enter the Shield competition, having contested the Shield Final last year.
Pearses: Eanna Daly; Brendan Raftery, Sean Kelly, Colm Queeney; Joe Kenny, Eoghan Barrett, Sean Walsh; Darren Burke, Paul Bellew (0-2); David Cunniffe (0-7, 4f), Niall Barrett (0-1), Damien Mannion; Declan Lawless, Paul Scarry (0-2), Pat Mahon. Subs used: Tom Carr, Dermot Lydon, Larry Hillary, Michael Kelly.
Pearses 3-9 Oranmore-Maree 3-9: In a classic game of two halves, Pearses were lucky to hang on for a draw in this Junior B Hurling Championship game, played at wet and windy Castledaly yesterday evening. After playing with the strong wind Pearses lead 2-6 to 0-4 at half time and looked good for the win when Leo Morrissey added a third goal just after half-time.
Pearses had registered 1-3 before Oranmore-Maree got off the mark on the 11th minute. The first score was a goal from Niall Skehill, well finished from 20 yards out. Darragh Kelly, Damien Wynne and Robbie Donnellan added points from play. Oranmore-Maree opened their account with two points, before Lee Murphy found Robbie Donnellan who cut through the middle for a second Pearses goal in the 22nd minute, 2-3 to 0-2. In the remaining eight minutes of the half the teams shared five points. Donnellan, Murphy (free) and Paul Moore the Pearses scorers.
The first twelve minutes of the second half seen four goals. Leo Morrissey, now at corner-forward, cut in from the left to finish to the net and extend Pearses' lead to eleven, 3-6 to 0-4. Oranmore-Maree sprung to life and in four minutes nicked three goals, to cut the gap to two. Niall Skehill and a Robbie Donnellan (free) extended the lead again, but Oranmore-Maree fought back with four in-a-row to level the game. Lee Murphy pointed a 26th minute free to put Pearses one up, but once again Oranmore-Maree responded to leave the final score 3-9 each.
Pearses have now played five games in the Group, winning two and drawing three. One game remains against Kilconieron, which is a must win game to qualify for the knockout stages.
Pearses: Paul O'Brien; Paul Lally, Páraic Raftery, John Jenkins; Leo Morrissey (1-0), Damien Wynne (0-1), Brendan Egan, Niall Skehill (1-2), Paul Moore (0-1); Lee Murphy (0-2), Aidan Kilkenny, Conor O'Grady; Ronan Skehill, Robbie Donnellan (1-2), Darragh Kelly (0-1). Subs used: Keith Connell, Paidi Hillary, John Lally.
Pearses 1-18 Athenry 1-18: Pearses recovered well from a slow start to take the lead midway through the second half in this Senior League game played at Ballymacward yesterday evening. An entertaining final quarter seen the teams deadlocked on three occasions before eventually finishing on level terms, with darkness closing in.
Athenry opened the scoring with two points (one free) from corner-forward Mickey Mullins, before Niall Skehill and a Shane Raftery (free) points levelled the game. By the 15th minute Athenry had added 1-4 (1-3 from Mullins), with Pearses' only reply from Seán Hardiman (1-6 to 0-3).
The switch of Tomás Flannery from full to centre-forward helped bring him and Pearses into the game. Kerrill Hardiman moving to corner-back put the shackles on Mullins. Flannery hit four points in-a-row (two frees) before Athenry replied with two frees. There were four more points before the break, shared equally, one Pearses point from play by Enda Cunniffe. Half-time: 1-10 to 0-9.
Flannery went off injured shortly before half-time, but returned for the second half and led Pearses in a much better third quarter. Pearses outscored Athenry in this spell, 1-4 to 0-2, to take the lead for the first time, 1-13 to 1-12. The goal a 60 yard Flannery free, going all the way to the net.
Athenry regained their lead with Mullins (who finished with 1-9) on target from placed balls. In the final twelve minutes Pearses responded each time Athenry tried to pull away, with points from Gelston, Kilkenny, Flannery and Robbie Donnellan. Indeed one of Flannery's points was a shot for goal, blazing just over the bar, after good work by Robbie Donnellan and Conor O'Grady.
Pearses have now played five League games to date, with two wins (Liam Mellows and Carnmore), two loses and a draw. The remaining game is against Killimordaly, away.
Pearses: Paul O'Brien; Anthony Kenny; Tomás Kenny, Brendan Egan; Kerrill Hardiman, Shane Raftery (0-1f), Paul Moore; Jimmy Gelston (0-1), Adrian Bellew; Enda Cunniffe (0-1), Sean Hardiman (0-1), Niall Skehill (0-1); Gary Lally, Tomás Flannery (1-11, 1-7f), Brian Sweeney. Subs Used: Aidan Kilkenny (0-1), Damien Wynne, Robbie Donnellan (0-1), Conor O'Grady, Lee Murphy.
Pearses 2-13 Mountbellew-Moylough 0-10: Pearses led from the start in this Championship Round 1 game played in Menlough on Saturday evening. It took a scoring bust in the third quarter for Pearses to pull away and see off the Mountbellew-Moylough challenge.
Pearses opened the scoring with two points from Niall Skehill and Kerrill Hardiman, but Mountbellew-Moylough levelled with two points of their own. Between the 10th and 17th minutes Pearses struck for 1-3. Enda Cunniffe, Aidan Murray and Gary Lally landed the points, before Tomás Flannery buried a goal, on the run from 21 yards, 1-5 to 0-2.
Mountbellew-Moylough responded well and in the remainder of the half hit four points to Pearses' one, from Niall Skehill. Half-time: Pearses 1-6 Mountbellew-Moylough 0-6.
Enda Cunniffe opened the second half scoring with a point, followed quickly by two Niall Skehill points. Mountbellew-Moylough interrupted the Pearses scoring, with a well worked point. Niall Skehill hit his third point in-a-row to leave the score 1-10 to 0-7.
Not to be outdone by his older brother Ronan Skehill got in on the scoring act, with a goal and a point either side of two Mountbellew-Moylough white flags. Mountbellew-Moylough pointed added a free, before Enda Cunniffe and Tomás Flannery completed the scoring with two more points. Pearses now advance to a Quarter-Final scheduled for August 23rd-24th, TBC.
Pearses: E Flannery; T McDonagh, S Hardiman, A Queeney; J Lally, D Wynne, G Lally (0-1); L Morrissey, A Murray (0-1); N Skehill (0-5), T Flannery (1-1), K Hardiman (0-1); R Skehill (1-1), E Cunniffe (0-3), P Mahon. Subs used: P Lally, F Healy.
Pearses 2-15 Ballinasloe 3-12: The first half of this Junior B Championship game was evenly contested and Ballinasloe led 1-9 to 1-8 at half time. Pearses were in control for most of the second half and looked good for the win when they led by six heading into the final minutes. However, Ballinasloe goaled two close range frees to rescue the draw. Pearses have won two and drawn two games to date. There are two games left in the Group, Kilconieron and Oranmore-Maree.
Pearses: Paul O'Brien; Paul Lally, Páraic Raftery, John Jenkins; Leo Morrissey, Damien Wynne, Brendan Egan (0-2); Niall Gelston, Paul Moore; Lee Murphy (0-4), Aidan Kilkenny (0-2), Conor O'Grady (0-3), Robbie Donnellan (1-3), Ronan Skehill, Darragh Kelly. Subs used: Gary Hennelly, Keith Connell (1-1), John Lally. (Scorers open to correction).
Kiltormer 7-9 Pearses 3-14: Our U16 hurlers finished their season against Kiltormer yesterday evening, when they exited the Shield at the Semi-Final stage. Pearses were on top for most of the first half, Óisin Flannery (1-1), Ronan O'Neill and Daniel Masterson (0-3) to the fore. However, Kiltormer struck for two goals in the final minutes, to leave the score: Pearses 1-8 Kiltormer 2-3 at the break. Kiltormer nicked another goal on the restart to take the lead. Despite Pearses' best efforts a physically stronger Kiltormer had bagged another 3-3 by the three quarter mark, 1-11 to 5-6. Pearses fought back, with Ronan O'Neill, now at midfield, scoring two goals to cut the gap to one. However another Kiltormer scoring bust, outscoring Pearses by 2-3 to 0-3 in the final minutes and settled the result.
Pearses: Daniel Geraghty; Matthew Ruane, Ronan Flannery, Emmett Costello; Matt Walsh, Ronan O'Neill (2-4), Stephen Doran; Daniel Masterson (0-3), Conor O'Neill (0-2); Eoghan Burke (0-1), Aidan Roche, Darren Lally; Geordan Kenny (0-1), Óisín Flannery (1-3), James Friel.
Pearses 1-11 Ahascragh-Fohanagh 2-8: Our Junior B hurlers drew with neighbours Ahascragh-Fohenagh last Thursday evening in Fohenagh. The lads were unlucky not to hold out for a win, as they conceded two late goals, which leveled the game. From three Group games played, the team remains unbeaten, with two wins and this draw. Three more games remain, against Oranmore-Maree, Kilconieron and Ballinasloe.
Pearses: Paul O'Brien; John Jenkins, Páraic Raftery, Keith Connell (0-2); Leo Morrissey, Damien Wynne, Brendan Egan; Paul Moore (1-0), Niall Skehill; Conor O'Grady (0-1), Aidan Kilkenny, Robbie Donnellan (0-3); Niall Gelston, Ronan Skehill, Darragh Kelly (0-5). Subs used: John Lally, Gerry Dywer, Darren Naughton, Éanna Daly, Gary Hennelly.
Well done to our U14 footballers who won the County U14 (Division 3) football final in Duggan Park, Ballinasloe last Friday evening, defeating Caltra on a scoreline of 5-3 to 0-0. Eoghan McCabe was Man of the Match and Dylan Grady, with a hat-trick and Cathal Kitt were the goalscorers. Captain Stephen Doran received the trophy from Juvenile Football Chairman, Larry Lohan (St Gabriels).
This success is all the more notable as on route to the title the lads overcame football strongholds Menlough, Headford, Milltown and Caltra (twice). Great credit must also go also to the Management team of Mick Carr, Dessie McCabe, Eoghan Barrett and Gabriel Flannery.
Pearses U14 (13-a-side): Tomás Carr, Eoghan McCabe, Ronan Flannery, Jack Barrett, Stephen Doran, Darragh Healy, Shane Hynes, Dean Reilly (0-1), Geordan Kenny, Cathal Kitt (2-1), Óisín Flannery, Marc Hennelly (0-1), Dylan Grady (3-0). Subs: Darragh McCabe, Conor Burke, Niall Moran, Cian Murphy, Robert Hynes, Luke Mitchell.
Our U12 hurlers got last week off to a good start, with a comprehensive win over Tuam. In the U14 Football League, we were awarded the points when Williamstown did not field. The U14 Football Championship Semi-Final v Milltown is this Friday evening (July 7th). Neutral venue TBC.
Our Junior B hurlers defeated Moycullen in the Championship, 2-15 to 0-7, a second win from two games. Pearses (v Moycullen): P O'Brien; T Broderick, P Raftery, J Jenkins; L Morrissey, D Wynne, B Egan; P Moore, N Skehill (0-1): N Gelston (0-1), C O'Grady (0-3), J Lally (0-1); L Murphy (0-4), R Donnellan (2-4), G Hennelly (0-1). Subs used: P Lally, D Naughton, G Dywer.
The Minors hurlers were defeated, away to Killimordaly, in the last Championship Group game. However, a place in the knockout stages has already been secured.
Our Annual Cúl Camp will take place next week, 7th to 11th July. The camp runs from 10am to 2.30pm each day. A Discount is available by registering your child on the official Cúl Camp website before Friday 4th. Otherwise please contact Anthony, 087 779 7011.
Lotto numbers this week were 5, 7, 25 and 30, no winner. Next week's draw for our €19,800 Jackpot will be in McGanns, Attymon. Our June '250 Club' Draw was also made, the winners were as follows: 1st Jimmy Kelly, 2nd Derek Barrett and 3rd Siobhan Daly.
Pearses 1-18 Mountbellew-Moylough 0-6: This local derby was unique as it seen brothers John and Martin Raftery in opposition, as the Managers of both teams! Pearses controlled proceedings from the beginning and never looked like losing. A first half blitz of points opened a half-time lead of 0-14 to 0-4. The second half was played at as slow pace, as the game came to its inevitable conclusion.
After 15 minutes Pearses lead Mountbellew-Moylough by 0-8 to 0-2, with Lee Murphy accurate from frees and Aidan Kilkenny and Robbie Donnellan chipping in from play. Noel McDonagh was Mountbellew-Moylough's best player scoring both their points. The second quarter went much the same way as the first with Donnellan and Murphy scores from frees and play. Darragh Kelly and Conor O'Grady (2) also added their names to the scoresheet.
Mountbellew-Moylough started the second half well and were first off the mark with another McDonagh point, but Pearses took control again outscoring Mountbellew-Moylough 1-4 to 0-1 in the remaining 23 minutes. Ronan Skehill was the pick of the forwards in the second-half, with 1-1, Donnellan, Kilkenny and Conor O'Grady the other point scorers.
Captain Páiric Raftery, Damien Wynne, Lee Murphy (until retiring at half-time), Robbie Donnellan and Conor O'Grady were best for Pearses. This was the Junior B's first Championship game of the year. Group games remaining to be played are against Moycullen, Oranmore-Maree, Ballinasloe, Ahascragh-Fohenagh and Kilconieron, all to be ployed at neutral venues.
Pearses: Paul O'Brien; Paul Lally, Pairic Raftery (C), John Jenkins; Leo Morrissey, Damien Wynne (0-1), Brendan Egan; Niall Skehill, Paul Moore; Lee Murphy (0-6), Aidan Kilkenny (0-2), Robbie Donnellan (0-4); Darragh Kelly (0-1), Ronan Skehill (1-1), Conor O'Grady (0-3). Subs used: Niall Gelston, Thomas Broderick, John Lally, Gerry Dywer, Gary Hennelly.
Pearses 4-7 Headford 4-5. Our U14 footballers survived a great second-half fight-back from Headford to emerge two point winners in this Championship Quarter-FInal played at Gurteen yesterday evening. In the brilliant sunshine, Dylan Grady was the star of the show for Pearses, scoring four goals and saving a penalty at the other end!
Pearses were in complete control for the first half, going in at half-time 3-5 to 1-1 in front. A 1-4 to 0-1 had been amassed after 16 minutes. The goal from Dylan Grady, the points Cathal Kitt (2), Dean Reilly and Marc Hennelly. Then in the space of five minutes there were three goals, the Headford one sandwiched between two more Grady goals. The pick of them a "soccer style" effort, as he dribbled the ball past the defender before slotting home.
Pearses started the second half well and extended the lead with an two points (Kitt and Oisin Flannery) and another Dylan Grady goal, from a tight angle 4-7 to 1-1. From then on it was all Headford, as almost pulled off a remarkable comeback. A 15th minute penalty save from Dylan Grady turned out to be crucial in the end, as Pearses hung on for a two point win.
In the past two weeks the lads have beaten football strongholds: Menlough, Caltra and now Headford and look forward to the Championship Semi-FInal (details TBC).
Pearses (13-a-side): Mossy Carr; Eoghan McCabe, Ronan Flannery; Jack Barrett, Stephen Doran, Darragh Healy; Shane Hynes, Dean Reilly (0-1); Geordan Kenny, Dylan Grady (4-0), Oisin Flannery (0-2); Cathal Kitt (0-3), Marc Hennelly (0-1).
Pearses 5-16 Tommy Larkins 5-9. Our Junior C hurlers recorded a good win over home team Tommy Larkins in Ballinakill on Friday evening. In a high-scoring game the teams shared 10 goals on a good day for both sets of forwards.
Pearses started well and Keith Connell, Paul Bellew and Darren Naughton had points on the board before Larkins got off the mark. Pearses led 2-5 to 1-3 after fifteen minutes. Keith Connell with the first goal for Pearses, before Paul Bellew added the second. The Points from Bellew, Connell and David Cunniffe. Larkins came more into the game in the second quarter, hitting 1-2, but Pearses kept the lead with four more points Lee Murphy (2), Pairic Hillary and Niall Barrett. Half-time: Pearses 2-9 Larkins 2-5.
After 10 minutes of the second half Larkins had cut margin to one. A goal apiece seen the score at 3-9 to 3-8, the Pearses goal from Keith Connell. Points from Lee Murphy, Paraic Hillary, Connell and David Cunniffe opened the five point lead, but Larkins struck for another goal, 3-13 to 4-8. Fresh legs in the Pearses attack (Joe Kenny and Damien Mannion) helped Pearses pull clear again, with a goal from David Cunniffe and points from Hillary and Cunniffe. The teams shared 2-2 equally in the final minutes, the Pearses goal from Páiric Hillary to close out the seven point win. Next up is Meelick-Eyrecourt, at home, date TBC.
Pearses: Eanna Daly: Tom Carr, Sean Kelly, Adrian Queeney; Darren Burke, Eoghan Barrett, Paul Lally; Pairic Hillary (1-3), Niall Barrett (0-1); Paul Bellew (1-2), Darren Naughton (0-1), Lee Murphy (0-3); Colm Queeney, Keith Connell (2-3), David Cunniffe (1-3). Subs used: Sean Walsh, Joe Kenny, Damien Mannion, Larry Hillary, Niall Murray.
Clarinbridge 1-12 Pearses 1-11. Pearses were unlucky to lose out to Clarinbridge in this Round 2 game played in Ballymacward on Saturday. Despite playing with 14 men for most of the second half, it looked like Pearses had secured a first win of the year over last year's Champions.
Clarinbridge led 0-4 to 0-2 (Paraic Hillary, Lee Murphy) after 15 minutes. Pearses however outscored Clarinbridge 1-5 to 0-1 in the second quarter. The points from Paraic Hillary (3), Lee Murphy and David Cunniffe. The Pearses goal from a Paul Scarry sideline cut. The ball was over the line before being pulled back out by the keeper. HT: Pearses 1-7 Clarinbridge 0-5.
Pearses started the second half with another Páraic Hillary free. Clarinbridge hit back with two points, before Lee Murphy pointed a sideline cut, 1-9 to 0-7. A second yellow card for Darren Burke seen Pearses reduced to fourteen men. Clarinbridge's extra man dropped into the half-back line and they had the next two points. Colm Queeney pointed from play for Pearses, 1-10 to 0-9.
Declan Lawless came close to finding the net before Páraic Hillary added another long range free. Clarinbridge responded with two points, 1-11 to 0-11. Clarinbridge were pushing hard for a goal and a 21 yard free with three minutes left, flew over the bar. Two points was a dangerous lead and disaster struck in the final minute when the sliotar crept over Rory Treacy's line for Clarinbridge to snatch the win. Next up for Pearses are Tommy Larkins, away. Date TBC.
Pearses: Rory Treacy; Brendan Raftery, Eoghan Barrett, Padraig Quinn; Darren Burke, Paul Bellew, Paul Lally; Paraic Hillary (0-6), Niall Barrett; Lee Murphy (0-3), Keith Murphy, Damien Mannion; Colm Queeney (0-1), David Cunniffe (0-1), Paul Scarry (1-0). Subs used: Declan Lawless, Sean Walsh, Niall Gelston, Dermot Lydon.
With many of the Senior hurlers making a return to 'Big Ball' action, our Junior Footballers recorded their first win of the season yesterday in Gurteen, where they defeated Ballinasloe in a high scoring game, 6-14 to 4-9. Goals came from Enda Cunniffe (2), Tom Flannery, Richie Lally (2) and Ronan Skehill. Our U13 footballers were also in action yesterday evening, making the trip to Headford for League Round 2. However they were unlucky to lose out narrowly 3-8 to 2-8 in an evenly contested game.
Pearses Junior: J Flannery; L Murphy, K Donnellan, P Carrig; N Skehill (0-2), S Hardiman, Anthony Carrig; L Morrissey, D Wynne; T McDonagh, T Flannery (1-4), G Lally (0-1); Richie Lally (2-2), E Cunniffe (2-2), R Skehill (1-3). Subs used: T Broderick, F Flannery, E Ward, A Murray, Aidan Carrig.
Loughrea 2-14 Pearses 1-10. Pearses started well in this game played in Loughrea, with two points from Paul Bellew and Niall Barrett in the opening three minutes. Loughrea, lead by Nigel Shaughnessy, Stephen Morgan and Gordon Glynn, hit three points in-a-row to take the lead, 0-3 to 0-2. The next six points were shared equally, Pearses scores from Páraic Hillary and two David Cunniffe frees, 0-6 to 0-5. Loughrea finished well to leave the half-time score 0-9 to 0-6.
Loughrea pulled five clear on the restart. Niall Barrett and a solo effort from Páraic Hillary cut the gap, 0-11 to 0-8. But again Loughrea pushed the lead to five. The loss of injured Sean Kelly at full-back was a blow to Pearses and Loughrea took advantage forcing a penalty and raising the green flag. Pearses added points from Seán Walsh and Páraic Hillary, with Walsh also going close with a goal chance, 1-11 to 0-10. In an eventful few minutes Loughrea struck 1-1 and Damien Mannion goaled for Pearses to leave it 2-12 to 1-10. Loughrea however killed off the game with two more points.
Pearses: E Daly; B Raftery, S Kelly, T Carr; D Burke, E Barrett, A Burke; P Hillary (0-3), N Barrett (0-2); S Walsh (0-1), P Bellew (0-1), D Naughton; D Mannion, D Cunniffe (0-3), A Queeney. Subs used: C Queeney, K Murphy (1-2).
Our Annual Cúl Camp will take place from 7th to 11th July again this year. You can avail of a Discount by registering your child on the official Kelloggs CUL CAMP WEBSITE. There will also be a Registration day at the Clubhouse on Sunday, June 8th at 12pm. Please contact Dorothy for more details, 086 890 2077.
Our Senior hurlers take on Ardrahan in the Preliminary Quarter-Final of the Kilbeacanty 7s Tournament this Monday, June 2nd. St Thomas' await the winners in the Quarter-Final. Our Junior C hurlers play Loughrea in Round 1 of the Championship this Friday at 7pm in Loughrea.
Our U12 hurlers recorded a second win from two last week, when they defeated Rahoon-Newcastle at home by two points (6-4 to 4-8). The teams were level at half-time 2-1 apiece, but Rahoon-Newcastle pulled ahead in the second half to lead by eight points going into the closing stages. Pearses, amazingly, struck for four goals in the final minutes to snatch the win. A great performance and a second win from two games to date for the lads and ladies!! Well done to all involved.
Pearses U12: Conor Moran, Niall Moran, David Hillary, Brian Kelly, Marc Hennelly, Ethan Lally, Darragh McCabe; Robert Hynes, Eoin Lally, Cian Murphy, Sadbh Geraghty, Luke Mitchell, Ethan Barry. Subs: Leanne Kenny, Gráinne O'Neill, Rebecca Taylor. Our U10s were unlucky to lose out narrowly (by two points) to Mountbellew-Moylough.
A major upgrade of the Duggan G.A.A. Park in Ballinasloe has commenced last week. The Project, which has been sanctioned for both Planning Permission and Grant Aid by Ballinasloe Town Council, consists of the erection of floodlights, the construction of new entrances and exits, including gates and turnstiles; along with the construction of boundary walls, fencing and netting; new toilets and scoreboard and pitch re-alignment and improvements. Phase one of the Project will cost circa E250,000.00 and this is being grant aided by Ballinasloe Town Council, with the G.A.A. providing matching funds.
County Chairman, Noel Treacy, who this week turned the sod for the new Development, thanked the Members and Management of Ballinasloe Town Council for their vision and commitment in supporting the upgrade of this vital and strategic sporting infrastructure. He also thanked the Officers and Members of the Duggan Park G.A.A. Development Committee for their dedication and leadership in spear-heading such a large Project. He also paid tribute to the Officers and Members of Galway County G.A.A. Board for their sanction and funding of the Project, which he said will be a major benefit to Gaelic Games, for Players and Supporters alike, along with having a major spin off to Ballinasloe Town.
After a public tendering competition, two Contractors were selected for the Project – Mullins Construction Ltd., for the ground works and Construction and Skyline Ltd. For the lighting Project. Both Contractors have moved onto the grounds this week and they will be supervised by the former All-Ireland Captain, Mr. Conor Hayes, C. Eng., who is the Consulting Engineer on the Project. The County Chairman also paid tribute to the Officers of Ballinasloe G.A.A. Club, led by its Chairman, Mr. Pat O’Sullivan, along with Mr. Seamus Duffy, (Football Chairman), Mr. Brendan Kelly, (Hurling Chairman), their fellow Officers, Members and Players for their contribution to Gaelic Games in Ballinasloe and he congratulated the Club on their proposed new Development and wished them every success with it.
Senior Relegation Groups for 2014 are as follows, Group A: Kiltormer, Castlegar, Kinvara. Group B: PEARSES, Liam Mellows and the losers of Craughwell v St. Thomas. One team will be relegated to Intermediate for 2015. In each group, each side plays each other once. Two matches for each team. The top team in each Group is safe (score difference to separate teams on the same points). The second placed team in each Group plays the third placed team in the other group and vice versa in Relegation Semi-Finals. Winners of those Relegation semi-finals are then safe and then the two losers play each other in the Relegation Final. Games commence on the weekend of 25-26 May.
Carnmore 0-16 Pearses 2-9: Pearses exited the race for this year's County Cup in a rain soaked Kenny Park, Athenry on Sunday evening, as Carnmore prevailed by the minimum. Sharpshooter Kevin Killilea was deadly from placed balls, particularly in the second half and accounted for 0-9 (all frees) of Carnmore's 0-16 total.
George Hanley opened the scoring for Carnmore with a line cut into the scoreboard end. Emmett Ward and Killilea swapped three pointed frees, 0-3 to 0-1. Ronan Bellew, started at corner-forward but assumed a roving role and it was his low delivery to the edge of the Carnmore square that found Tom Flannery who flashed the sliotar to the net, to give Pearses the lead on fifteen minutes.
This was every inch the Championship battle and Cormac Ward seen yellow when he reacted to being held back on the stand-side sideline. In the second Quarter Carnmore outscored Pearses 0-4 to 0-2. Two of the Carnmore scores long range from backs, Ciarán Murray and Eoin Grealish. Pearses' scores came from Emmett Ward frees, to leave the sides level, 1-4 to 0-7 at half time.
Carnmore had their best period of the game just after half-time, adding four points by the seventh minute, from George Hanley and two Kevin Killilea frees. Indeed they might have been further ahead, but for the intervention of Tomás Kenny to prevent a Carnmore goal at the town end. Cormac Ward broke the Carnmore dominance when he tapped over, following a Tom Flannery pass.
Then against the run of play Pearses netted a second goal. Good work by Gary Lally created the chance for Flannery and he first timed it to the net, level again. Ward and Killilea shared the next four points from frees. Carnmore pulled ahead again, Tom Flannery equalised on 25 minutes. Carnmore were awarded two frees, one questionable. Both opportunities were taken by Killilea to open a two-point lead.
Pearses were now throwing everything at Carnmore to try and rescue the game. A 21 yard Fearghal Flannery free was deflected over the bar, to reduce it to the minimum. Unfortunately that's how it remained. Final Score: 0-16 to 2-9.
Pearses now enter a Shield Qualifier / Relegation Group with Castlegar, Kiltormer, Kinvara, Liam Mellows and the loser of St Thomas v Craughwell. Carnmore enter the Group stages.
Pearses: F Flannery (0-1); A Kenny, T Kenny, R Lally; T McDonagh, S Raftery, K Hardiman; J Gelston, A Bellew; S Hardiman, C Ward (0-1), T Flannery (2-1); G Lally, E Ward (0-6f), R Bellew. Subs used: C Raftery, K Donnellan and B Sweeney.
This was by and large an evenly contested game, but a ten minute spell in the second half in which Pearses outscored Oranmore-Maree 1-6 to 0-1, put the lads in the driving seat for this win.
Oranmore had 1-1 on the board before Pearses got off the mark in the eight minute, with Brian Sweeney free. Pearses added two more points (Paul Lally and Sweeney), to cut the margin to one. Oranmore-Maree had restored the four point gap by the 23rd minute, 1-4 to 0-3. The teams swapped points, to leave the score 1-6 to 0-5, before Eoghan Burke goaled from close range for Pearses on the 29th Minute. Half-time score: Oranmore-Maree 1-6 Pearses 1-5.
Oranmore-Maree hit the ground running in the second half, adding 0-3 in the first two minutes, 1-9 to 1-5. Shane Skehill then bagged 1-1 in the space of a minute for Pearses, to level the game. Oranmore-Maree nudged ahead again, but Gary Hennelly was now becoming more influential and landed two great points from the right wing to put Pearses in the lead for the first time. Ronan Bellew came forward from centre-back to put Pearses two up and Brian Sweeney added two points to make it four, 2-11 to 1-10.
Oranmore didn't give up and added three frees to bring the margin back to one. A Brian Sweeney free gave Pearses some breathing space but an Oranmore-Maree response made it the minimum again, on 29 minutes. It was too late though and Pearses hung on for the narrow win. Two wins from two to date, with three teams left to play in the Group: Michael Cusacks, Carnmore and Killimordaly.
Pearses: Daniel Masterson; Keith Clancy, Tom Carr, Ronan Carr, Dermot Byrnes, Ronan Bellew (0-1), Conor Kelly, Ronan O'Neill, Brian Sweeney (0-7), Darren Naughton, Shane Skehill (1-1), Paul Lally (0-1), Eoghan Burke (1-0), Lee Murphy (0-1), Gary Hennelly (0-2). Sub used: Conor O'Neill.
Ardrahan 2-10 Pearses 0-9. Despite a closely contested opening half in Kenny Park, Athenry yesterday, Ardrahan dominated the second period. They overturned a two point deficit at the break to come out on top 2-10 to 0-9. Jonathan Glynn caused problems for Pearses throughout and he was involved in the build up to both Ardrahan goals, both finished by Jason Kennedy.
Kennedy had the first point of the game after 4 minutes, but Emmett Ward and Jimmy Gelston hit back to put Pearses in front. Two Johnny Glynn points from play for Ardrahan were exchanged with a super Tomás Flannery effort from the touchline and a free, pointed by Ward after Flannery had been fouled. The game was finely balanced at 0-4 to 0-3, when Ardrahan netted their first goal, Glynn this time the creator, Kennedy finding the net, 1-3 to 0-4.
Pearses responded well, Emmett Ward pointed a free, won by Enda Cunniffe. Some good work by Pearses in closing down Iarla Tannian lead a 21 yard free, when Fearghal Flannery blazed over the bar to level the game, 1-3 to 0-6. Another Emmett Ward free followed, after Flannery was fouled again. Ronan Bellew extended the Pearses lead to two, following good work by Enda Cunniffe. Half-time: Pearses 0-8 Ardrahan 1-3.
Ardrahan had the first two points of the second half to level the game, while there were two chances for Emmet Ward, albeit from difficult angles. On the eleventh minute Jason Kennedy was on hand to first time the ball to the net following a rampaging run by Glynn. Soon after Cormac Ward was sprung from the bench in an effort to jolt Pearses back to life. Ardrahan tacked on three points opening the gap to six, with 22 minutes gone.
Emmett Ward landed Pearses first point of the second half on the 25th minute, from a free on the right touchline. Fearghal Flannery came forward for a 21 yard free in the frantic final minutes, hitting the crossbar. Ardrahan however closed out the game with two points. Final score 2-10 to 0-9.
Standout players for Ardrahan were Glynn and Jason Kennedy (2-2), with Iarla Tannian, solid at the heart of their defence. Emmett Ward and Tomás Flannery were best for Pearses. Pearses now enter Round 2, with the draw to be made next weekend. Round 2 is scheduled to take place on May 11th. Cyril Donnellan and Cormac Ward should hopefully be back to full health by then.
Pearses: F Flannery (0-1); A Kenny, T Kenny, R Lally; T McDonagh, S Raftery, K Hardiman; J Gelston (0-1), R Bellew (0-1); C Raftery, S Hardiman, T Flannery (0-1); G Lally, E Ward (0-5), E Cunniffe. Subs used: C Ward, B Sweeney, A Bellew, K Donnellan.
This time last year we hosted the Toddie Byrne Shield competition in Ballymacward. The sun was a constant presence all day and a great day was had by all. This year, rain was the order of the day, but it didn't dampen the fine display of hurling put on by the four teams competing in the Justin Cheevers Cup. There had been two games on Friday evening. Pearses travelled to Gort, where they were beaten by a stronger Gort combination 4-8 to 2-2. Carnmore travelled to Beagh, where they took on the Beagh-Kilbeacanty Juvenile Club, Michael Cusacks. Cusacks won out 0-9 to 1-2.
Then on to Ballymacward on Saturday morning, where Pearses and Carnmore got the ball rolling at 10.30am. The first half was evenly matched and the sides went in at half-time deadlocked on 0-3 each. Cian Murphy and Oisin Flannery the scorers for Pearses. Carnmore upped the tempo in the second half and added 1-4 to Pearses' 0-1 to emerge 1-7 to 0-4 winners. Next was the meeting of neighbours Gort and Michael Cusacks. Gort came out on top 3-4 to 0-7.
Then at 12.45pm Pearses and Michael Cusacks took to the field. Cusacks, with a strong breeze raced into a 1-2 to 0-0 lead after 10 minutes. Pearses turned the game around well and had taken the lead by half-time (1-5 to 1-3). The goal from Cian Murphy. The second half was all Pearses, as they added 1-5, without response. Cian Murphy again finding the net, to finish the game with 2-2. Others to shine were: Óisín Flannery, Dean Really, Geordan Kenny and Dylan Grady. Final score: 2-10 to 1-3.
The final game was between Gort and Carnmore. The winner of this game would top the group and advance to the Semi-Finals later that evening in Craughwell. This was a great battle and the teams shared six goals, three of them were top class! Gort were comfortable winners, 5-6 to 1-6 and finished the day on top of the Group. They were subsequently beaten by Killimordaly in the Semi-Final, played in Craughwell.
Pearses take on Ardrahan in the first round of the Senior Hurling Championship at 6.30pm this Saturday evening in Kenny Park, Athenry. The last time the sides met was in a Relegation Playoff in November 2011. Ardrahan emerged on top that evening, 1-13 to 1-10, but Pearses went on secure Senior status by defeating Kinvara.
Both sides report injuries to influential players. Pearses are without Cyril Donnellan, who underwent surgery recently, last year's Pearses Senior Hurler of the Year, Cormac Ward and Adrian Bellew. Ardrahan are without John Greene and Joe O'Leary and there are doubts over the fitness of Iarla Tannian, who missed Galway's recent League Semi-Final with Kilkenny with a hamstring injury.
Pearses will look to Emmett Ward, Jimmy Gelston, Tomás Kenny and the Hardiman and Flannery brothers to lead them in the absence of Cyril and Cormac. The likes of Enda Cunniffe, Brian Sweeney and Keith Donnellan are also in the reckoning for starting places. Ardrahan will depend on big Jonathan Glynn, Maurice Callanan and Ger Hennelly for leadership.
Both teams were Quarter-Finalists last year and both ran the eventual County finalists (Portumna and Loughrea) close, so this is likely to be a tight game. It should make for an entertaining tie, so please come along and support the team. The game is preceded by another first Round game, Sarsfields v Carnmore at 5pm.
2011 Pearses v Ardrahan: F Flannery; A Kenny, T Kenny, P Raftery; T McDonagh, S Raftery, K Hardiman; A Kilkenny (0-1), S Hardiman; D Wynne (0-1), C Donnellan (0-1f), J Gelston (0-1); T Flannery (0-5f), C Ward (1-0), R Lally (0-1). Sub used: K. Hillary.
Following the success of last year's Toddie Byrne Feile Shield, Ballymacward will this Saturday (26th) play host to four of the six Group C games in the Justin Cheevers Feile na nGael (U14) competition. The Winners of the Group will advance to the Semi-Finals later that evening in Craughwell, with the Final taking place in Pearse Stadium on Sunday. Pearses are in action in the first game of the Group, this Friday evening, away to Gort. The first game on Saturday morning will be at approximately 10.30am.
The Pearses panel is as follows: Darragh McCabe, Eoghan McCabe, Ronan Flannery, Niall Moran, Darragh Healy, Stephen Doran, Jack Barrett, Geordan Kenny, Dean Reilly, Cathal Kitt, Dylan Grady, Tomás Carr, Marc Hennelly, Oisin Flannery, James Friel, Robert Hynes, Shane Hynes, Eoin Lally, Conor Burke, Cian Murphy, Luke Mitchell, Ethan Lally. Please call to the pitch and offer your support if you can! It promises to be a fun day for all.
Friday (25th April) Fixtures
18.30 PEARSES v Gort in Gort, Referee: G O’Connor
18.30 Michael Cusacks v Carnmore in Beagh, Referee: P Sheehan
Saturday (26th April) Fixtures
10.30 Carnmore v PEARSES, Referee: T Lally
11.20 Gort v Michael Cusacks, Referee: J Hoade
12.10 PEARSES v Michael Cusacks, Referee: T Lally?
13.00 Carnmore v Gort, Referee: J Hoade
Pearses 5-14 Moycullen 3-11: Pearses Minor hurlers got their Championship campaign off to a winning start by defeating the home team in Moycullen yesterday evening. Brian Sweeney, Lee Murphy and Paul Lally were to the fore in helping Pearses to a 4-6 to 0-7 half-time lead and it looked like we might cruise to an easy win in the second half.
However, a determined Moycullen effort in the second half, made Pearses work hard to ensure they came out on top in the end. Following the sending off of Pearses No. 6 Ronan O'Neill, the home side got the margin back to 5 points. Scores from Sweeney, Murphy and Gary Hennelly, along with the relocation of Ronan Bellew to centre-back, settled the ship and Pearses ran out 9 point winners.
Pearses: Daniel Masterson; Kevin Clancy, Tom Carr, Ronan Carr; Dermot Byrnes, Ronan O'Neill, Conor Kelly; Ronan Bellew, Paul Lally (1-0); Shane Skehill, Lee Murphy (2-3), Conor O'Neill; Eoghan Burke, Brian Sweeney (2-8), Darren Naughton. Subs used: Gary Hennelly (0-3), Matthew Ruane.
Our U14 hurlers have been on a unbeaten run of late and following a draw with Mullagh last Monday evening in Round 5, they have now secured a place in the U14B1 Semi-Finals. They still have two games to play in the Group, against Killimordaly and Michael Cusacks. These games will decide where we finish in the top four and hence who our opposition will be in the Semi-Finals. The team that tops the group will play fourth placed in one Semi-Final and the second and third will play in the other. Well done to all the lads and their management team! Keep up the good work.
Our U14 hurlers will compete in the separate Justin Cheevers (Féile na nGael) annual competition. Their first game will be played at 6.30pm on 25th April, away to Gort. Like last year, we will host the remainder of the games the following day (Saturday 26th) in Ballymacward. The lads will play Michael Cusacks and Carnmore. The Semi-finals, should we qualify, will be played that evening. The Final will be played the next day in Pearse Stadium, Salthill. The winner of Justin Cheevers Cup represents Galway in Feile up North this year. Hopefully we will need our Sterling later in the Summer!
Our U21 hurlers played Liam Mellows last weekend, in Round 2 of the 'B' Championship. Both teams had been defeated in Round 1, so were pitted against each other in this winner-takes-all knockout matchup. Mellows were the better team on the day winning out, 1-17 to 2-11. Pearses are now eliminated from the title race. Pearses lost both games by just two points, so were not far off the mark. Many of this bunch are U21 again next year and hopefully the experience at this level will stand to them!
Pearses U21 v Liam Mellows: Finbar Healy; Tom Broderick, Ronan Bellew (1-0), Paul Lally; Ronan Skehill, Paul Moore, Alan Naughton; Brian Sweeney (0-8f), John Lally; Robbie Lally (0-1), Darragh Skehill, Darragh Kelly; Gary Hennelly, Keith Connell, Gary Lally (0-2). Sub: Lee Murphy (1-0).
Our Senior hurlers took on recently crowned All-Ireland Club Champions, Portumna, last Wednesday (April 2nd) evening in Round 4 of the League. Pearses were without key men Cyril Donnellan, Cormac Ward and Tomás Kenny. Portumna, with Joe Canning on board, were convincing winners on a 4-20 to 0-17 scoreline.
Senior League Round 5 against Killimordaly was fixed for this morning (Sunday, April 6th), but was postponed due to a bereavement of a Killimordaly Club Member. Details of the refixture to be confirmed. Pearses have played four League games to date, winning two and losing two. The other remaining game, along with the Killimordaly one, will be against Athenry.
Our U14 hurlers remain unbeaten in their U14B1 Group after defeating Cappataggle (7-9 to 1-3) in Round 4 last Monday evening. Next up is Mullagh, also in Ballymacward, this Monday evening (7th April) at 6.30pm. On the football field, they overcame Kilconly in Round 2 of the U14 Football League, defeating the North Galway boys 4-5 to 1-2 in Kilconly. They also have a 100% record in this competition. Well done lads and keep it up!
The U16 hurlers defeated Moycullen (1-12 to 2-4) in Ballymacward in Round 1 of the U16C Championship. Pearses U16 v Moycullen: Daniel Geraghty; Emmet Costello, Ronan Flannery, Matthew Ruane; Conor O'Neill, Ronan O'Neill, Matthew Walsh; Stephen Doran, Dylan Grady; Darren Lally, Daniel Masterson, Eoghan Burke; Mossy Carr, Oisin Flannery, Geordan Kenny.
In U16 Round 2, played last Thursday evening in Kiltormer they drew with the home team (3-10 to 5-4). Round 3 is scheduled for this Thursday evening (10th April) against Carnmore at 6.30pm in Ballymacward
Our U10 hurlers lost out in their first game of the year, to a physically bigger Ahascragh-Fohenagh last Wednesday evening in Fohenagh. Training for U8, U10 and U12s continues every Sunday at 12pm in Ballymacward. All are welcome!
Kinvara 1-11 Pearses 0-12: Like the recent Senior League game also played at Carnmore, the wind played a big part in the result of this game on Saturday last. Pearses dominated the opening half with the strong wind at their backs, Kinvara controlled the second.
Pearses lead by 0-3 to 0-0 after eight minutes, with Paul Moore leading the attack from centre-forward. He hit two of the scores and County Minor panelist, Brian Sweeney, the other. Kinvara's Conor Whelan got the seasiders off the mark with a point from play. Pearses landed the next four points (Sweeney 3 and Gary Lally) to lead by 0-7 to 0-1.
Kinvara broke the Pearses purple patch with a point. Lee Murphy and Sweeney took Pearses' total to 0-9. Whelan then intervened, with a quick-fire 1-1, the goal assist from busy midfielder Ronan Kilkelly. Brian Sweeney won a 21-yard free for Pearses. He was rattled in the process and centre-back Ronan Bellew filled in on free-taking duties. Half-time: Pearses 0-10 Kinvara 1-3.
Pearses lost injured full-back Brendan Egan for the second half. A reshuffle robbed the attack of Paul Moore who had been influential in the first half. He was redeployed to centre-back, with Ronan Bellew dropping back to the edge of the square to marshal Kinvara's Whelan. Darragh Skehill made a return after a long injury layoff.
Kinvara hit the first two points of the second half, before Brian Sweeney retired with an injury picked up just before half-time. Substitute Keith Connell took the Pearses tally to 0-11 after eight minutes. Kinvara had the next four points, to go in front for the first time on the three-quarter mark.
Connell levelled the game, with another free, but Kinvara went back in front from a free. Paul Moore and Gary Lally lead the charge to try and retake control. Connell and Darragh Skehill had scoring chances, but Conor Whelan put Kinvara two up.
Pearses tried hard to create a goal chance in the frantic final minutes. Ronan Bellew ventured forward to aid the cause and was fouled, resulting in a second yellow for the Kinvara man. Connell lofted the resulting free towards the square, but it drifted wide and Ref Miley Holland blew the final whistlle.
Best for Pearses were Ronan Bellew, Paul Moore, Gary Lally and Brian Sweeney before going off. Conor Whelan was the match-winner for Kinvara with 1-3. Kinvara now advance to Round 2, while Pearses take on Liam Mellows in a knockout qualifier.
Pearses: F Healy; P Lally, B Egan, T Broderick; R Skehill, R Bellew (0-1f), A Naughton; J Lally, B Sweeney (0-5, 3f); R Lally, P Moore (0-2), D Kelly; L Murphy (0-1), G Hennelly, G Lally (0-1). Subs used: D Skehill, J Jenkins, K Connell (0-2f), S Skehill.
The death occurred last week of Frank O'Neill in London and formally of Garafine, Ballymacward. Frank (82) was throughout his life a fanatical GAA follower and since 1951 he had attended every All-Ireland in hurling and Football, including the replays until 2012 and attended 128 finals in that time. Even a move to London in 1954 didn't stop him from travelling home twice a year for those clashes.
Last years football final was extra special for Frank as he had attended his first football All-Ireland in 1951 the last time Mayo lifted the Sam. Indeed tickets were so hard to come by last year Franks record was nearly broken.
In an article in the Irish Independent last year he recalled "I remember the match well. Back then you didn't need a ticket, you just paid your two shillings at the turnstile. There was no trouble getting into Croke Park," he recalled. Frank revealed this was the first year in 61 that he had struggled to get a ticket. However at the last moment with the help of a local GAA man and a Croke Park steward Frank gained entry but history did not repeat itself as Mayo did not pick up Sam.
Frank was a Sunday regular at GAA games in Ruislip, London. His love of the hurling and football stemmed from his Garafine childhood, when the games were discussed with passion each Sunday.
Frank reposes at Franciscan College Oratory, Mountbellew today, Thursday 13th March, from 5pm with Removal at 7pm to St. Peter and Paul’s Church, Ballymacward. Funeral Mass on Friday at 12 noon with burial afterwards in Killaghaun Cemetery.
The Senior, Junior and Minor Hurling Championship Draws were made yesterday evening in the Salthill Hotel. In the Senior (Round 1) draw Pearses have been drawn against Ardrahan, who like Pearses were also defeated Championship Quarter-Finalists last year. The game will be played on Sunday, April 27th, with further details TBC. The two teams last met in a relegation playoff in 2011. Ardrahan came out on top on that occasion in Ballinasloe, by three points. Pearses subsequently defeated Kinvara in the final playoff.
2014 Senior Championship Round 1 draw: Clarinbridge v Mullagh; Loughrea v Gort; Liam Mellows v Athenry; Kiltormer v Killimordaly; Ardrahan v Pádraig Pearses; Portumna v Castlegar; Turloughmore v Tynagh-Abbey-Duniry; Kinvara v Preliminary Winners (Beagh or Craughwell); Carnmore v Sarsfields; St Thomas v Tommie Larkins.
In the Junior 'B' Hurling Championship Pearses have been drawn in Group 2 of 3, with the following teams: Moycullen, Oranmore-Maree, Ballinasloe, Ahascragh-Fohenagh, Mountbellew-Moylough and Kilconieron. All of these are also the 'B' teams of their respective clubs, apart from Ballinasloe.
In the Junior 'C' Hurling Championship Pearses are pitted in Group 1 of 2, with Tommie Larkins, Mullagh, Meelick-Eyrecourt, Clarinbridge, Cappataggle, Ballinderreen, Ardrahan, Carnmore and Loughrea.
In the Minor 'B' hurling Championship Pearses have been drawn in Group 3 of 3, with Carnmore, Moycullen, Oranmore-Maree, Michael Cusack's (Beagh-Kilbeacanty) and Killimordaly.
Pearses 1-17 Carnmore 0-11: Pearses recorded a second League win in-a-row yesterday against Carnmore, on their home patch. Pearses made better use of a strong wind blowing into the road end and had a wider spread of scorers than Carnmore, who relied heavily on the Hanley brothers, Barry and George for leadership.
Pearses lined up without Tomás Flannery and Enda Cunniffe, who picked up injuries in last week's Mellows game. Ronan Bellew was also unavailable on the day. Cyril Donnellan, Cormac Ward and Darragh Skehill are of course out with long term injuries. However Keith Donnellan made a return to the black and white after his spell in Australia. Kerrill Hardiman resumed at wing-back after missing last week's game.
Carnmore started well with the wind at their backs and Barry Hanley had a two points on the board (one from play) in the first two minutes. Pearses' first score arrived on the seventh minute, from a Jimmy Gelston free. Hanley and Gelston shared the next three scores, all from placed balls, before Gary Lally and Emmett Ward pointed from play for Pearses, 0-4 each after twenty minutes.
Pearses were playing a smarter game against the wind, keeping the puckouts short when possible and Carnmore could not make their advantage count. Hanley tacked on three more frees and Gary Lally added his second score from play. Carnmore's hit back, but Pearses finished the half well, when an on form Emmett Ward hit two points from play. Half-time: Carnmore 0-8 Pearses 0-7.
Pearses had wind advantage in the second half and Jimmy Gelston levelled the game from a placed ball after a minute of play. Then possibly the turning point of the game came when good work from Gary Lally drew a foul and a 21-yard-free. Keeper Fearghal Flannery came forward and despatched it to the Carnmore net. Pearses now lead for the first time, 1-8 to 0-8.
Pearses made the wind advantage count and outscored Carnmore 0-9 to 0-3 in the remaining 25 minutes. Carnmore found it hard to make much headway against the wind, but George Hanley worked tirelessly to try and engineer a goal. They had chances but the Pearses' defence were solid.
Emmett Ward continued where he had left off in the first half, adding two more points to finish the day with 0-5 from play. Jimmy Gelston was accurate from frees and pitched in with a good score from play. Jim's brother Niall and Colm Raftery were the other scorers.
Best for Pearses were Emmett Ward, Gary Lally, Gelston and Bellew in midfield and a defence that conceded just 0-3 from play in the course of the game. Carnmore's best players on the day were Barry and George Hanley. Pearses now top League Group B, with games to come against Killimordaly, Athenry and Portumna.
Pearses: F Flannery (1-0f); A Kenny, T Kenny, R Lally; K Hardiman, S Raftery, K Donnellan; J Gelston (0-8, 7f), A Bellew; C Raftery (0-1), S Hardiman, N Gelston (0-1); G Lally (0-2), E Ward (0-5), B Sweeney. Subs used: P Moore, L Murphy, P O'Brien.
Pearses 2-17 Liam Mellows 1-11: Despite a slow start Pearses were comfortable winners v Liam Mellows yesterday in Ballymacward. Following a wet morning the pitch was in good shape and the rain, thankfully, stayed away.Mellows were without David Collins, Tadgh Haran and Aonghus Callanan. Pearses too were without the services of three influential players: Cormac Ward, Cyril Donnellan and Kerrill Hardiman.
Mellows lead by 0-3 to 0-0 after nine minutes, when Enda Cunniffe got Pearses on the board from a free. Two Seán Hardiman points sandwiched an Adrian Morrissey pointed free for the city men, 0-4 to 0-3. Then came the turning point of the game, in the 19th minute, when an excellent Emmett Ward pass from the right wing found Tomás Flannery on the 21 and he buried it to the net. Ward added a point of his own soon after to open a three point lead for Pearses.
In the remaining ten minutes of the half Pearses hit 1-4 to Mellows 0-1. The points from Enda Cunniffe (free), Jimmy Gelston (2) and Tomás Flannery. The second goal arrived in the 29th minute, finished to the net from a tight angle by Paul Moore. Half time score: 2-8 to 0-6.
The second half was a shootout between Tomás Flannery and Mellows' young corner-forward, Adrian Morrissey. They shared the first eight points of the second half, Flannery with five. On the three quarter mark Tommy McDonagh and Mellows' Shane Minton were red carded by Referee Christy Browne.
Emmett Ward pointed from play on 48 minutes, following a good Pearses build-up — 2-13 to 0-9. Pearses then seemed to take the foot off the pedal as Mellows hit 1-2 in a ten minute spell, to cut the gap to six. The goal was their last score of the game and seemed to jolt Pearses to life as they hit the last three points of the game – Emmett Ward and Flannery (2f).
Best for Pearses were Flannery (1-8), Emmett Ward and Jimmy Gelston. Mellows' top performers were Adrian Morrissey (1-7) and Niall McInerney. Pearses have further League games to come against Killimordaly, Carnmore, Athenry and Portumna.
Pearses: F Flannery; A Kenny, T Kenny, R Lally; T McDonagh, R Bellew, S Raftery; J Gelston (0-2, 1f), A Bellew; S Hardiman (0-2), T Flannery (1-8, 4f), E Cunniffe (0-2f); P Moore (1-0), E Ward (0-3), C Raftery. Subs used: B Sweeney, G Lally, N Gelston, E Daly, P O'Brien.
Our Senior hurlers had their first competitive game of the season this morning in Castlegar, when they took the home team Round 1 of the League. In windy conditions Pearses led 1-6 to 0-5 at half-time, the goal coming from Emmett Ward and Enda Cunniffe accurate from placed balls. Brian Sweeney marked his competitive debut at this level with a goal, when introduced in the second half. Midfield partners Jimmy Gelston and Adrian Bellew had points from play. Castlegar however made better use of the elements in this period and led by Enda Concannon and Ger Farragher, they ran out winners by three points.
Pearses: Fearghal Flannery; Anthony Kenny, Tomás Kenny, Richie Lally; Kerrill Hardiman, Ronan Bellew, Shane Raftery; Jimmy Gelston (0-1), Adrian Bellew (0-1); Seán Hardiman, Emmett Ward (1-0), Enda Cunniffe (0-9, 8f); Gary Lally, Tomás Flannery, Paul Moore. Subs: Brian Sweeney (1-0), Niall Gelston and Ronan Skehill.
For those of you who may be interested in getting involved in GAA Refereeing, there is a new three-night Referee course for both football and hurling coming up. It takes place on Friday 14th, Tuesday 18th and Friday 21st, February at 7.30pm each night in Ionad CLG na Gaillimhe in Loughgeorge, Claregalway. Any person who wishes to train as a new Referee is asked to text his/her name, Club and mobile number to Michael Nee at 087 170 7918 by this Thursday, 13th February.
Galway venues will host five games this year in the 2014 Allianz Hurling and Football Leagues, three football and two hurling. The footballers will host northern trio Donegal, Down and Armagh, while the hurlers host the Dubs and Tipperary.
Details of the five games are as follows:
Galway v Donegal (Football), Sunday 9th February @ 2pm, Pearse Stadium.
Galway v Dublin (Hurling), Sunday 16th February @ 2pm, Pearse Stadium.
Galway v Down (Football), Sunday 9th March @ 2pm, Tuam Stadium.
Galway v Tipperary (Hurling), Sunday 16th March @ 2pm, Pearse Stadium.
Galway v Armagh (Football), Sunday 30th March @ 2pm, Pearse Stadium.
Obviously, this will result in increased traffic in the Salthill and Tuam areas on Match Days and Galway GAA request all Supporters attending these games to arrive early and to be conscious, mindful and respectful to the needs of Local Residents. Marshalls will be posted on duty outside the Stadium on Match Days to guide Supporters to the designated Car Parks and to advise Patrons not to park illegally or irresponsibly.
Entry to these games in Pearse Stadium and Tuam Stadium will be by Ticket only and that there is a very significant benefit for Supporters who purchase Tickets before Match Day, from participating Centra and SuperValu Shops throughout the County. Tickets purchased in advance (before Match Day) will cost €10, whereas Tickets purchased on Match Day, outside the Stadium, will cost €15. The concession price for Students and Senior Citizens is €10 and there is no charge for Juveniles (U16).
Tickets for the Allianz Football and Hurling League are on sale now! It is important to note that there is a very significant benefit for Supporters and patrons who purchase Tickets before the Match Day. All Tickets purchased in advance (before Match Day) will cost €10, whereas tickets purchased on Match Day will cost €15. Students and Senior Citizen Tickets will cost €10, with current and valid ID. There is no charge for Children under-16 years of age.
Tickets can be purchased from the following outlets:
Tickets can be purchased also from the GAA Offices, Pearse Stadium, Salthill any day from 10am to 3pm Monday to Friday. Entry to Pearse Stadium on Sunday next will be by ticket only, and three new Ticket Sales Offices will be located at the Stadium to facilitate supporters purchasing tickets on the day. However, You should buy your ticket in advance and save 33%!
The GAA's National Financial Management Committee has agreed to run a draw for all GAA Clubs. It is an opportunity for Central Council to assist Clubs in their fundraising. Each GAA club can potentially raise up to €20,000 and retain the proceeds of the tickets sold. Tickets are €10 each and are now available from Club Officers and Players. Draw takes place on Monday, 17th March 2014 at Croke Park. For further details, terms and conditions see www.gaa.ie/nationalclubdraw
The Prizes are as follows:
The Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) and the GAA recently announced details of a partnership to raise awareness of blood donation and access to the service for GAA clubs and their members throughout the country.
To date, 20 GAA clubs around Ireland host blood donation clinics on the grounds of their club. The IBTS is hoping by the end of 2014 to create an additional 20 GAA hosted clinics. In addition they are seeking 400 clubs to sign up to promote and support existing community clinics, with the overall aim that this will lead to 15,000 donations annually through the ‘It’s In Your Blood’ partnership.
The partnership was formally agreed in June 2012 with presentations to provincial councils and county boards across the country. The partnership was formally launched by GAA President Liam O’Neill and the Chief Executive of the IBTS, Andy Kelly at the IBTS National Blood Centre. A key aim of the campaign is to make it convenient for GAA members to give blood through interaction and promotion at local GAA club level, including hosting blood donation clinics at GAA clubhouses.
For more information, please visit: www.giveblood.ie/About_Us/GAA
The draws for the 2014 U21 hurling championships, which are due to get underway early next month, have been made. Pearses have been drawn to play Kinvara in Round 1, with this game due to take place either on the 2nd or 9th February. In Round 2 the winners play winners and losers play losers (A v B) (C v D) (E v F) and (G v H). This of course means that the winners of the Pearses v Kinvara game will play the winners of Liam Mellows v Cois Fharraige in Round 2.
County Under 21 'B' Hurling Championship
(a) Sarsfields v Michael Cusack's
(b) Killimor v Moycullen
(c) Liam Mellows v Cois Fhairrige
(d) Kinvara v Padraig Pearses
(e) Mullagh v Kilconieron
(f) Meelick-Eyrecourt v Abbeyknockmoy
(g) Killimordaly v Ballindereen
(h) Carnmore v Oranmore-Maree
Our 2013 Club Christmas Party was held in Ruane's of Glentane on Monday night last (23rd). The 2013 "Player of the Year" awards were presented. The recipients were as follows: Senior Hurling, Cormac Ward; U21 Hurling, Gary Lally; Minor Hurling, Alan Naughton; U16 Hurling, Brian Sweeney; U14 Hurling, Conor O'Neill; Junior Football, Ronan Skehill; Juvenile Football, Lee Murphy.
Our "250 Club" December and Christmas draws also took place on the night. Winners in the December draw were: 1st Frank Burke, 2nd Julia Murphy and 3rd Eamon Burke. In the €1000 "250 Club" Christmas draw, Senior Player of the Year, Cormac Ward, was the lucky winner.
This was the first time in many years that our club has fielded Gaelic Football teams, following the dissolving of St Kerrills GFC. We fielded teams at U12, U13, U16, Minor, U21 and Junior C levels.
As in the Hurling the U13 team had one of the highlights of the club's football year, reaching the League Football final. Managed by Mick Carr and Dessie McCabe they won four out of five of the League games, defeating the football strongholds of Williamstown, Killererin, Cortoon and Headford. Their one loss was to Milltown, who they also took on in the Final, played at Menlough. They were defeated by just three points, 2-8 to 3-2. In the Championship we received walkovers against Menlough, Cortoon and Headford while suffering defeats against Milltown, St. Brendan’s and Kilconly, missing out on qualification for the knock out stages.
The Pearses U12 footballers played five League games this year, with good wins against Caltra and Athenry. The lads received walkovers from St. Gabriels, Kinvara, Craughwell and Monivea-Abbey, while we were defeated by Loughrea, Ballinasloe and Mountbellew-Moylough. Special mention must go to the boys of Ballymacward NS, who captured a Cumann na mBunscoil 9-a-side title, with most of the players also members of our Pearses football teams.
The U16 footballers were this year managed by Bobby Masterson and Joe Murray. They played eight League games, with notable victories over Killererin (6-12 to 1-4) and over Cortoon (8-8 to 1-13), a draw against Milltown and defeats against Clonbur, Headford, Menlough and St. Brendan’s and Kilkerrin-Clonberne. Pearses contested the League Shield Final, losing out to Williamstown in a game played under lights in Loughgeorge. In the Championship Pearses faced Headford and were unfortunate to lose out 4-6 to 2-8. Headford subsequently went on to capture the title.
As the year draws to a close the time has come to review the year gone by. The club fielded Juvenile teams at U8, U10, U12, U13, U14 and U16 levels this year, competing at the Semi-Final stage in each – apart from U8, which doesn't have Knockout stages.
The highlight of the Juvenile year was the progresssion of the U13 panel to the County U13C Final. Under the management of Mick Carr, they were beaten just once in eight games in the Championship (by Ballinasloe). However, they gained revenge in the Final beating the same opposition to secure a first U13 title for the Club. These are a promising bunch of players and if they continue to improve they can hopefully add more titles to this one in years to come.
Many of those U13s were also key members of the U12 panel, again managed by Mick Carr. Like the U13s they won all but one of their games in the Championship. They lost out in the last game, to Sylane. This was effectively a Final, but like U8/U10 GoGames model the emphasis is on fun, so there was no trophy on offer. The U12s also qualified for the International Hurling Festival in Salthill, one of four qualifying teams to join the four host teams and four visiting teams. New kit was sponsored by Aer Lingus and the lads played Salthill-Knocknacarra, Oranmore-Maree, Ballycastle (Antrim) and Castlegar. They took part in the parade and got to meet a certain Liam McCarthy on a great day out for all involved.
Our U16s, managed by Paul O'Brien, qualified for the U16B Final, defeating St Thomas, Liam Mellows, Tommie Larkins, Meelick-Eyrecourt and Cappataggle in the Group stages. They took on Portumna in the Semi-Final, overturning an earlier defeat in the Group to book a Final date with St Thomas'. Given that Pearses had won the earlier Group game, they were favourites. Unfortunately, Thomas' were the better team on the day. These too are a promising bunch of players with several of them also important members of the Minor panel and great prospects for the future.
The U14s, managed by Pat Healy had a busy schedule, starting with the Suck Valley League in February. They competed well in the Group, but didn't make the knockout stages. The Féile Shield competition took place in Ballymacward on one of the hottest days of the summer. In this blitz style competition Pearses lost out to eventual Champions Ballinasloe in the Semi-Final. Pearses played seven Championship Group games, winning two. They went on to contest the Shield Semi-Final, losing out away to Ballinderreen.
The U10 hurlers had a fantastic run in the East Galway U10 League, winning 7 games from 8 to book a place in the Semi-Finals. Opponents in the Semi-Finals were our neighbours Mountbellew-Moylough and the lads were unlucky to lose out by just 3 points. They also competed in GoGames and in the Garda Tournament in Mountbellew. Special mention must go to Cian Murphy, who scored a whopping 27-47 (128 points) in the nine East Galway League games. The U8s, managed by Martin Scarry, played a series of GoGames and all players played their part. The focus of GoGames is of course the fun element and their are no Knockout stages.
We will hold a Juvenile party for all our Juvenile players on Saturday, December 7th at 5pm in Ballymacward Hall. Our U13 hurling panel will be also presented their County Championship medals and the U16 hurlers and footballers will receive their Runners-up medals, by a current All-Star hurler. All juvenile members, their parents and younger brothers and sisters are invited to come along. Everyone will have an opportunity to have their photo taken with the visiting All-Star. There will be Music and Refreshments will also be served.
The Pádraig Pearses AGM took place last Sunday evening in Ballymacward Hall. Over 70 people attended and Chairman Thomas O'Grady began by welcoming them. Secretary Paul Bellew went on to note the fielding of football teams for the first time this year; the foundation of the '250 Club'; investment in pitch improvements; coaching work done with Juvenile panels and the efforts put in on a Communications level in all areas. The Chairman acknowledged all who had supported the Club in any capacity throughout the year.
Following Motions the Club Officers for 2014 were elected. As Fr Seán Slattery has left the Parish the position of Club President was vacant. Johnny Murphy was elected. Thomas O'Grady and Paul Bellew will continue as Chairman and Secretary respectively and Shane Ruane took over as Club Treasurer. John Raftery remains in his role as Senior Hurling Manager. A full list of Club Officers and Team Managers are available on this page.
Carnmore 2-13 Pearses 3-5: This game in Kenny Park, Athenry was in the melting pot right up to the final minutes. The turning point came with ten minutes remaining, when a goalkeeping error seen Carnmore have a second goal to take the lead and from there to the finish they never looked back. However, with 15 wides over the hour, Pearses should have been further ahead at that point.
The early exchanges were evenly matched and Carnmore were more economical with their scoring chances, they led 0-2 to 0-0 after 10 minutes. When they added a goal two minutes later to extend that lead, it looked as though Carnmore could pull away. To Pearses credit they responded well and had their best spell of the game from then until half-time, outscoring Carnmore 2-4 to 0-2.
Páiric Hillary was on target from a free, as well as points from Niall Barrett and Paul Bellew. Carnmore added two pointed frees, to restore a four point lead. Pearses then hit a quick fire 2-1 to take the lead for the first time. The first goal coming from a David Cunniffe free, to cut the gap to one point. Keith Murphy hit the second goal and Declan Lawless added a point from play, so the teams went in at the break with Pearses three points up, 2-4 to 1-4. It should have been more given the wides tally and the wind advantage.
Carnmore started the second half well and hit three points in-a-row to level the game. A Niall Barrett goal put Pearses back in the lead, 3-4 to 1-7. Carnmore were picking off their chances and pulled the margin back to one, before they struck for a second goal, to hit the front. From there until the finish they outscored Pearses 0-4 to 0-1 (Alan Naughton), to run out 5 point winners.
Pearses: Rory Treacy; Brendan Raftery, Seán Kelly, Tom Carr; Darren Burke, Eoghan Barrett, Paul Scarry; Páiric Hillary (0-1), Niall Barrett (1-1); David Cunniffe (1-0), Ollie Laheen, Paul Bellew; Declan Lawless (0-1), Keith Murphy (1-0), Colm Queeney. Subs used: Alan Naughton (0-1), Damien Mannion, Micheal Kelly, Adrian Queeney, Martin Campbell.
The following is a list of the motions for discussion at the 2013 Pádraig Pearses GAA AGM, next Sunday (17th November) in Ballymacward Hall.
Below is a list of the nominations for the various Pádraig Pearses GAA Club Officer Positions for 2014.
Chairman: Tom O’Grady, Anthony Kenny.
Vice Chairman: Tomas Kenny, Tom O’Grady, Martin Scarry, Eoghan Barrett, Adrian Queeney.
Secretary: Paul Bellew, Leo Morrissey.
Asst. Secretary: Anthony Kenny, Dorothy Scarry, Leo Morrissey, Tomas Kenny, Eoghan Barrett.
Treasurer: Oliver Laheen, Shane Ruane.
Assistant Treasurer: Shane Ruane, Oliver Laheen, Tomas Kenny.
Juvenile Chairman: Martin Scarry, Eoghan Barrett, Anthony Kenny, Adrian Queeney.
Juvenile Secretary: Dorothy Scarry.
PRO: David Cunniffe
History Officer: Sean Broderick, Martin Bellew, Tom Kenny.
Irish Officer: Noel Treacy, Dorothy Scarry, Sinead Kilkenny, Michael John Kilgannon.
ASAP Officer: Noel Burke, Cyril Donnellan, Michael Carr, Tomás O’Neill, Anthony Kenny, Shane Ruane, Martin Tierney.
Hurling Board Delegate: Thomas O’Grady, John O’Grady.
Football Board Delegate: Noel Burke, Tomas Kenny, James Clancy, Leo Morrissey, Eoghan Barrett, Des McCabe.
Co. Committee Delegate: Michael Bodkin, Paul Bellew, Tom O’Grady, Martin Bellew, The Secretary/Chairman.
Child Protection Officer: Eoghan Barrett, Aiden Kilkenny.
Insurance Officer: Paul Bellew.
Registrar: Paul Bellew, Dorothy Scarry.
For those who wish to attend the Funeral of Niall Donoghue in Kilbeacanty, the following are the funeral arrangements. Niall Donoghue, Ballyturn, Kilbeacanty, Co. Galway. Family request privacy today (Friday)! Reposing at his Family home on Saturday from 3pm to 7pm. Private removal Sunday, arriving at St. Columba's Church Kilbeacanty at 1pm. Requiem Mass at 1pm. Burial afterwards in Rakerin Cemetery. Solas Síoraí ar a Anam Uasal Dílís
Please Note: The family of Niall Donohue request that all in the GAA Community respect their privacy today (Friday) and on Monday. As a one way system will be in operation for funeral traffic, please enter via Kilbeacanty and exit via Lough Cutra.
On account of the tragic death of Galway and Kilbeacanty hurler Niall Donoghue, the Galway Senior and Minor Hurling Finals take now place this coming Monday in Pearse Stadium, Salthill. Throw-in for the Minor Final between Liam Mellows and Turloughmore is at 1pm. Throw-in for the Senior Final between Portumna and Loughrea is scheduled for 2.45pm.
We request that all GAA Patrons attending the Finals on Sunday to arrive early and to park responsibly! Parking in the vicinity of the Stadium will be restricted and Traffic Marshalls will be on duty to direct patrons to the allocated Car Parks.
In addition to the public car parking areas in Salthill, there will be allocated Car Parks, for patrons attending the games, in the following venues:
All patrons are requested to obey the directions of the Marshalls, to park responsibly and to respect the local amenities and residents!
After a long wait for a first win, on the field, our Junior C hurlers have now put wins back to back. This 3-17 to 1-7 Shield Quarter-Final victory over Kinvara today in Carnmore means they have scored a total of 6-31 in their two most recent games. Following the heavy rain, there were doubts whether this game would go ahead, but the Carnmore pitch was in great shape.
Pearses had 0-5 on the board by the time Kinvara hit their first point of the day after 12 minutes. Kinvara had withdrawn one of their corner-forwards by this stage, to try and halt Pearses domination around the middle. Despite this, Pearses' continued to control the game and had added another 1-6 by the 28th minute. Keith Murphy with the goal and Páiric Hillary, Declan Lawless, David Cunniffe and Tom Carr with points. Kinvara hit two points in the final 5 minutes of the first half as Pearses took the foot off the pedal. Half-time score: 1-10 to 0-3.
Kinvara were better after the restart and hit the first point of the second half, but Pearses soon rediscovered their form. Declan Lawless and Keith Murphy were continuing to cause problems in the inside line and Lawless found the net, after two previous chances had been kept out. Kinvara hit back at the other end, but Pearses wiped out their progress again, when a long range Pairic Hillary free made it all the way to the net.
Niall Barrett and the newly introduced Alan Naughton added points to stretch the lead to 3-14 to 0-6. Kinvara, for once, broke through the tight Pearses backline for a goal, but again the response at the other end was good, with points from Naughton, Lawless and Hillary to close out the game and wrap up a convincing win.
This was probably the best display of the year to date, with good displays all over the field. On to the Semi-Final, with details of that game to be confirmed.
Pearses: Rory Treacy; Brendan Raftery, Sean Kelly, Tom Carr (0-2); Darren Burke, Eoghan Barrett, Paul Scarry; Páiric Hillary (1-3), Niall Barrett (0-1); David Cunniffe (0-4), Ollie Laheen, Paul Bellew; Declan Lawless (1-4), Keith Murphy (1-1), Colm Queeney. Subs used: Alan Naughton (0-2), Damian Mannion, Michéal Kelly, Martin Campbell, Shane Ruane.
Our Minor hurlers exited the Championship, when they lost out to an impressive Killimor side in Loughrea earlier today. Pearses were playing catch-up from the start and when Killimor opened a seven point lead after twelve minutes of the second half it looked like they would cruise to victory.
The opening quarter was close and Killimor were more economical with their chances. Pearses were guilty of some wayward shooting and so Killimor lead 0-5 to 0-3 at the 15 minute mark. Lee Murphy, Brian Sweeney and Shane Skehill were the Pearses scorers, all from play. Killimor tagged on two more points, to open a four-point lead before Brian Sweeney, now at full-forward was fouled for a 21-yard free. Ronan Bellew went low, but his shot was stopped on the line. Killimor's lead went to six points, before Brian Sweeney broke Pearses' scoreless spell, with a pointed free. Half-time: Killimor 0-9 Pearses 0-4.
Pearses had the opening two points of the second half, both from Brian Sweeney and a revival was on the cards. Killimor however, responded well and hit 1-1 in reply. They now led by seven and Pearses were struggling. The next six points of the game were evenly shared, one a super score from the left wing by Ronan Bellew. Killimor were keeping Pearses at arms length and any hopes of a turnaround were fast disappearing.
In the three quarter juncture the score stood at 1-13 to 0-9, but Killimor would add just one more point to this in the final quarter as Pearses had their most productive spell of the game. Ronan Bellew now playing a more advanced role for Pearses was becoming more influential and a point apiece from himself and Brian Sweeney cut the gap to five. Bellew then breached the previously watertight Killimor defence to somehow scramble the ball over the line under pressure.
Killimor hit back at the other end, with a pointed free, 1-14 to 1-11. Bellew hit another excellent score from the left wing and suddenly Pearses looked at though they could steal this game. However the final minutes of the game were marred by two stoppages, which stifled the Pearses momentum and resulted in sendings off for both sides.
Overall Killimor were the better team on the day and deserved the win. Best for Pearses were Keith Connell and Alan Naughton in defence, the Ronans (O'Neill and Bellew) in midfield and Brian Sweeney in attack. Thanks to the Management team of Paul O'Brien, John Jenkins, Kevin Connell and Martin Campbell for the work with the lads throughout the year.
Pearses: John Lally; Ronan Carr, Keith Connell, Paul Lally; Alan Naughton, John Jenkins, Darragh Kelly; Ronan Bellew (1-3), Ronan O'Neill; Shane Skehill (0-1), Gary Hennelly, Brian Sweeney (0-7); Lee Murphy (1-0), Tom Carr, Finbar Healy. Subs used: Thomas Broderick, Darren Naughton, Daniel Masterson.
After a quiet couple of weeks on the playing fields our U10, U12 and Minor hurlers make a return to action this weekend. Our U12s have been unbeaten to date in the Championship and they play Sylane, in Sylane, in the last game of the season. In effect this is a Final (as both teams are haven't lost a game) but no trophy will be awarded to the winners, as emphasis at U12 level and indeed at U10 level is on enjoyment of the game. This group of players have had a busy year, representing the club so well at the International Hurling Festival, as part of the Championship winning U13 side and also as members of the U14 panel.
The U10s will take part in the Garda Hurling Tournament, organised by Ollie King, in Mountbellew. It's an early start with the games starting at 10am. Meanwhile in Loughrea our Minor hurlers will make a return to action after a long break, in the Minor B Quarter-Final against Killimor at 12pm. The other Minor B Quarter-Finals are as follows: Ahascragh-Fohenagh v Oranmore-Maree; Kilconieron v Moycullen; Clarinbridge v Rahoon-Salthill.
Galway Coaching and Games Development Committee/Tutor Committee are running a series of Coach Education courses for our Autumn programme 2013 in Hurling. We encourage anyone interested to apply, in particular Parents of current or future juvenile players who may be interested in becoming involved in the coaching in the Club. For more information contact the Club Secretary.
Foundation Award/AWARD 1 Child, Award 1 Youth/Adult….
Child Protection is for all participants on Foundation courses from Saturday, October 19th. All Club bookings are strictly through the office in Pearse Stadium 091 862 500 Ext 201. Payments to strictly accompany below registration form, in advance of course’s with no exceptions! Fees: Foundation and Code of Best Practice €30pp, Award 1 Youth and Adult combined €80pp (€20 Discount here for completing both together, normal fee is €50 per level); Award 1, Child €50. Places limited, application does not guarantee course admittance. Maximum course size is 30 participants.
SHC Quarter-Final, Loughrea 0-14 Pearses 1-10: Going down by just one point, to a last minute free was a cruel way for Pearses to lose this Senior Hurling Quarter-Final. Loughrea surely would have been relieved to have a draw, when target man Johnny Maher seen red for a second booking with minutes remaining, but when the chance arose for the winner, Neil Keary was unerring.
The opening half of this game was a closely contested affair, with the sides’ level on no less than five occasions. Paul Huban had Loughrea off the mark early, with a first minute point from play. Then Fearghal Flannery came forward for an early goal attempt, from a twenty-one-yard free, blazing it just over the crossbar to level the game. Loughrea then opened a two-point lead, before Tomás Flannery had his first point of the game, from a free, on the ninth minute, 0-3 to 0-2.
Cormac Ward, again leading by example, notched two points in-a-row to put Pearses in the lead for the first time. It was short-lived, as young Jamie Ryan levelled from play at the other end, 0-4 each. Johnny Maher put Loughrea back in front. Tomás Flannery levelled at the other end, on the 22nd minute. Fearghal Flannery and Johnny Maher would trade points, before the teams retired for half-time, at 0-6 each.
Loughrea outscored Pearses 0-4 to 0-1 in the opening 20 minutes of the second-half to lead 0-10 to 0-7. Pearses first score of the second half arriving after 14 minutes, again from a Tomás Flannery free. Pearses were guilty of wayward shooting in this period, that could've kept the game closer. Loughrea now looked to have shook off the Pearses challenge and the neutrals in the crowd were no doubt expecting them to push on and run out easy winners. How wrong they were!
Cormac Ward, now operating at full-forward, ran on to a breaking ball in the scoreboard side goal-mouth of Kenny Park, choosing to strike first time, but not connecting fully. He regained possession and some how from a tight angle stuck the ball in the roof of Nigel Murray's net. Back to a one point game and suddenly the Pearses following in the stand were in full voice. County Minor Ronan Bellew pointed from 45 yards to put Pearses in front. Momentum was now with Pearses, with just eight minutes remaining.
Freetakers Tomás Flannery and Neil Keary would share the final five points of the game, in an epic finish. Johnny Maher seen red, to reduce Loughrea to fourteen men and the question now was how best for Pearses to utilise the spare man in the remaining moments. As the clock ticked over the allotted 60 minutes, into injury time Pearses lead by one, 1-10 to 0-12.
Neil Keary then slotted over a Loughrea free to level the game and it seemed a draw would be the outcome. No one would have complained! However, in the third minute of injury time Referee Leonard Fay awarded a free to Loughrea on half-way line. It was by no means a tap over, but Neil Keary made it look easy and soon after Fay sounded the final whistle.
Loughrea had escaped, but only just. John Raftery and his men will be bitterly disappointed and there is little consolation for them in moral victories, Loughrea were on the ropes. Pearses have much to be proud of having transformed themselves from Relegation candidates three years ago to genuine contenders. Next year probably seems like a decade away at this point, but this Group of players have the wherewithal to make amends for the pain of this defeat. They will be back!
Pearses: Fearghal Flannery (0-2); Anthony Kenny, Tomás Kenny, Pádraic Raftery; Shane Raftery, Cyril Donnellan, Kerrill Hardiman; Ronan Bellew (0-1), Jimmy Gelston; Seán Hardiman, Cormac Ward (1-2), Colm Raftery; Gary Lally, Emmet Ward, Tomás Flannery (0-5). Subs used: Richie Lally, Aidan Kilkenny.
Loughrea: Nigel Murray, Tom Regan, Damien McClearn, Eoin Mahony, Vincent Maher, Brian Mahony, Sean Sweeney (0-1), Gavin Keary, Emmet Mahony, Neil Keary (0-6), Johnny Coen (0-2), Paul Hoban (0-1), Johnny O’Loughlin (0-1), Johnny Maher (0-3), Jamie Ryan. Subs used: Thomas Hoban.
Referee: Leonard Fay.
Our U12 hurlers were one of twelve underage teams in action at the International Hurling Festival over the weekend, in the Prairie in Salthill (just behind Pearse Stadium). There were four host teams (Ballinasloe, Loughrea, Salthill-Knocknacarra and Gort), four visiting teams (Crusheen, Cuala, Ballycastle McQuillans and St Colmans of Cork) and four qualifying teams (Pearses, Athenry, Castlegar and Oranmore-Maree). Our lads did well in Ballinasloe two weeks ago to qualify for this tournament and it was an honour to be part of the great occasion. The Liam McCarthy Cup was also on display at the Prairie and the team and management availed of the opportunity to have their photo taken with the game's top trophy.
As reward for qualifying, all teams had been supplied new kits by Aer Lingus, carrying the airlines crest on the front and on the sleeves. Pádraic Hynes of Bobby Hynes & Sons Agri Contractors also generously sponsored track-tops for our U12s for the big day, as he had done for the U13s last week. The club are very grateful for his support.
To the U12 action and Pearses were out first against a strong Salthill-Knocknacarra team at 11am. Trailing at half-time by 0-3 to 0-1 the lads produced a much improved second half and the game finished level, 0-3 each. There was a break until 1pm before Pearses took on one of the visiting teams, Ballycastle McQuillans (Antrim). In the misty, slippy conditions, a physically bigger Ballycastle side lead from the start, but Pearses were by no means outclassed and never allowed the northerners get too far ahead. Final score 0-6 to 0-3.
There was a short break for the lads before they took to the field at 1.30pm against Oranmore-Maree. Similar to Ballycastle, Oranmore-Maree were a big physical side. They built up an early lead and looked like they might win easily, but Pearses fought back well and an Oisin Flannery goal in the second half narrowed the gap to two points, before Oranmore-Maree responded with two points to run out winners, 1-5 to 1-1.
That was the end of the scheduled games for Pearses, but management agreed with Castlegar mentors, who were also finished their schedule, to play a challenge game on one of the spare pitches. This was by far Pearses best performance of the day and they ran out winners on a scoreline of 2-7 to 1-4.
The final part of the schedule for the U12s was the Parade into Pearse Stadium, along with all other juvenile teams. It was a great day out for all involved and thanks to the players and their mentors for representing the Club so well.
International Hurling Festival, Pearses U12 Panel: Luke Mitchell, Eoghan McCabe, Shane Hynes, Jack Barrett, Niall Moran, Dean Reilly, Geordan Kenny, Oisin Flannery, Marc Hennelly, Cian Murphy, Cathal Kitt, Darragh McCabe, Robert Hynes, Ethan Lally, Eoin Lally, Jack Bellew.
Pearses take on 2006 County Champions Loughrea, in the second of the Senior Hurling Quarter-Finals, tomorrow at 12pm in Kenny Park, Athenry. This is the first meeting of the two clubs in the Championship since 1994, when Loughrea came out on top. This time around however, the tables seem to be more evenly balanced. Pearses, of course, have won all five Championship games to date, while Loughrea are also unbeaten, defeating Liam Mellows, Craughwell (twice) and Kinvara, while drawing with Castlegar.
Loughrea have been in the Knockout stages of the Senior Championship for the last 10 years running. Will their experience count for or against them? Pearses come into this game full of confidence, with their 100% record and knowing how close they came to toppling Gort at the same stage last year. Beagh upset the odds last weekend, with their ferocious intensity, stunning Turloughmore. Loughrea will be on their guard to such an ambush from our men, but Pearses defeated Beagh earlier in the Championship and are capable producing a similar giant-killing.
Manager John Raftery's only casualty is Tommy McDonagh, who recently picked up a knee injury ruling him out for the rest of the year. Kerrill Hardiman and Emmet Ward are back to fitness, after their hand injuries and County Minor, Ronan Bellew, is likely to start. It also remains to be seen where Cyril Donnellan will be deployed, as he is crucial to Pearses' chances. Best of luck to the lads and here's hoping they can reach our club's first ever County Senior Hurling Semi-Final.
Here's the 1994 team that took on Loughrea in Kiltormer, for the nostalgic among you: P Burns, T O'Grady, S O'Neill, N Carr, J Carr, S Lawless, J Jenkins, Tony O'Brien, M Carr, K Ryan, D Hillary, J Fahy, K Hillary, Tom O'Brien, M O'Brien.
Despite two quickfire attacks at the start, where Pearses were unlucky not to have had at least one goal, it was plain sailing all the way for Williamstown, yesterday evening in Loughgeorge. The early Pearses pressure served only to stir the North Galway boys to life and they set about their mission in ruthless fashion.
By the 14th minute they had opened a 2-5 to 0-1 lead. Pearses' only score, a Brian Sweeney point from play. Seán Smyth at midfield was Williamstown's main man, flying through the heart of the Pearses defence to net the first goal. A Lee Murphy free would be Pearses only other score of the first half, as Williamstown tagged on three more to leave the half-time score, 2-8 to 0-2.
Pearses contested better in the third quarter, but by the end of that quarter Pearses had added just two further points, from Lee Murphy frees. Williamstown had added four, without reaching the heights of the first half. Williamstown then struck for two goals in quick succession, on the twenty minute mark, to effectively finish the game. The remaining ten minutes were played at a pedestrian pace, before Referee Charlie Ward brought an end to a tough evening for the boys in black and white. Final Score: Williamstown 4-13 Pearses 0-5.
It was a disappointing result for the lads, along with their management team of Bobby Masterson and Joe Murray. Results in previous games have proven that they are much better than this scoreline suggested. Best for Pearses were the midfield pairing of Keith Connell and Lee Murphy.
Pearses U16: Ronan Flannery, Matthew Walsh, Ronan Carr, Dermot Byrnes, Paul Lally, Matthew Ruane, Keith Connell, Lee Murphy (0-4f), Eoghan Burke, Brian Sweeney (0-1), Anton O'Reilly, Daniel Masterson, Sean Murray. Subs: Mossy Carr, Oisin Flannery, Keith Lally, Aidan Roche.
The Aer Lingus/Etihad U12 Hurling Festival Blitz in Salthill, takes place on Saturday next, 21st September 2013. Twelve Clubs will participate in this four hour Festival of U12 Hurling. Eight Galway Teams will participate together with four teams from outside Galway: Crusheen (Clare), Cuala (Dublin), Cloyne (Cork) and Ballycastle (Antrim). Of the eight Galway teams, four represent the Host towns (Loughrea, Ballinasloe, Salthill and Gort). The host teams qualified automatically, but the other four teams came through the Qualifiers (Pearses, Athenry, Castlegar, Oranmore-Maree).
The games start at 10.30am in “The Prairie”, adjacent to Pearse Stadium and all Teams, Mentors and Supporters should enter the Prairie via the main Pearse Stadium entrance (front gate). Participating Teams are requested to register in the Prairie at least 30 minutes prior to your first game. This is very important, as all games will start and finish on a “hooter” system and if your Team misses a game, it misses a game!
There is a very tight schedule to meet, so it is important that all Teams are registered and in place, 30 minutes prior to its first game. Below is download link for the schedule of games along with start times, together with an outline of the Blitz and the game / Team specifications. Two games will be played concurrently and a “Hooter” will determine the start and finish of all games.
In between games there will be time for Club’s to organise and play other games on the “third pitch” and there will be ample time also for Players to view the adult games and entertainment, taking place in Pearse Stadium. All games will finish by 3pm to allow time to prepare for the Parade into Pearse Stadium at 3.30pm! Further details will be given to each participating Team on registration!
Pearses 1-6 Ballinasloe 1-3: Our U13 hurlers claimed the County U13C title, defeating Ballinasloe, yesterday evening in Duggan Park. Half way through the second half it, when 1-1 from Ballinasloe had overturned Pearses' half-time lead, it looked ominous. However, Pearses responded brilliantly, scoring 1-3 in the final quarter to emerge as deserving Champions.
Pearses started well and were 0-2 to 0-0 up after seven minutes, thanks to points from Marc Hennelly and an excellent solo run effort by Cathal Kitt, from a tight angle in the scoreboard corner. Ballinasloe then began to fight their way back into the game and their first score arrived in the 12th minute from a Ronan Parker free, his second placed ball.
Ballinasloe had the better of the exchanges from there until half-time, but just could not work scoring chances against a tight Pearses defence. Oisin Flannery added Pearses' third point, against the run of play, to put Pearses two up again, 0-3 to 0-1. Goal chances had been few and far between, but Ballinasloe worked a goal chance just before half-time and were unlucky to see it go just wide.
Ballinasloe continued their ascendancy into the second half and by the tenth minute had taken the lead, following 1-1 from star performer Ronan Parker. Pearses to their credit did not wilt. Dylan Grady ended Pearses' barren scoring spell with a well taken point from play, followed quickly by an Oisin Flannery free.
Good work by Man of the Match Geordan Kenny then created space for a Mossy Carr point from play in the 16th minute, to put Pearses back in the lead. Ballinasloe's Ronan Parker levelled the game again, with a pointed free a minute later. With just three minutes remaining it was set up for a grand stand finish.
Most of the play in the closing stages was in the Ballinasloe half of the field and they were holding out well. Spectators had started to discuss if Extra-Time would be played in the event of a draw. However in the 19th minute, Oisin Flannery struck for the killer goal into the town end to break Ballinasloe hearts.
It was a cruel way for Ballinasloe to lose, but overall they were probably over reliant on excellent centre-forward Parker. Pearses' leadership burden was more evenly shared. Ronan Flannery and Eoghan McCabe were best in a solid defence. Dylan Grady never tired in midfield and Geordan Kenny and Oisin Flannery were in best in attack. There was great excitement afterwards as County Juvenile Chairman, Michael Hehir presented the Pearses Captain, Dylan Grady, with the Cup.
Pearses: Darragh McCabe; Eoghan McCabe, Ronan Flannery, Niall Moran; Shane Hynes, Stephen Doran, Jack Barrett; Dylan Grady (0-1), Dean Reilly; Geordan Kenny, Cathal Kitt (0-1), Mossy Carr (0-1); Marc Hennelly (0-1), Oisin Flannery (1-2), Cian Murphy. Subs: Luke Mitchell, Conor Burke, Darragh Healy, James Friel, Robert Hynes, Eoin Lally, Ethan Lally, Jack Bellew.
Man of the Match: Geordan Kenny
Referee: Trevor Barrett (Ahascragh-Fohenagh)
Our U12 hurlers retained their remarkable unbeaten record for the year in Ballinasloe last weekend, to book a place in the Aer Lingus Hurling Festival U12 Finals. They have played five of their seven Championship matches this year, winning them all and Saturday they played four more games, also winning all of them – nine wins in-a-row!
In Ballinasloe GAA Grounds on Saturday there were four groups of three, with the winner of each Group advancing to the Semi-Finals. The games were 10 minutes a side, 11-a-side with no soloing permitted or 65s allowed.
First up for Pearses was Kiltormer and the lads ran out winners on a scoreline of 1-3 to 1-0. Kiltormer then defeated Meelick-Eyrecourt in the next game of the Group. In the Final game of the Group, between Pearses and Meelick-Eyrecourt. Oisin Flannery and Cian Murphy were goalscorers as Pearses came out on top, 3-1 to 0-2.
On to the Qualifier Semi-Finals and Sylane were the opponents. This was an evenly contested, tight, game and heading into the final minutes Pearses had come from behind to draw level. The ball broke down the left wing and Cathal Kitt gained posession, before slotting over the bar to send Pearses into the lead. The Pearses backs had to withstand some late pressure, but the lads held on to qualify for the Final.
Tommie Larkins were the opposition in the Final Qualifier and again there was little in it throughout. Cian Murphy and Kitt continued their impressive double act up front, linking up for the Pearses goal after five minutes. Larkins were matching Pearses, but were not converting their scoring chances. The teams switched sides at half-time, with Pearses 1-1 to 0-0 in front.
The second half again was close, but Oisin Flannery tagged on two more points for Pearses and they were looking good for the win. Then Larkins hit back with the goal to leave just three in it and also missed a couple of other scoreable chances. Pearses, however, held on to advance to the Salthill Finals. Each player played their part in all the games, but special mention must go to Eoghan McCabe in defence, Oisin Flannery in midfield and Cian Murphy in attack.
The Aer Lingus Hurling Festival U12 Finals will be held in The Prairie, Salthill on Saturday 21st September (10.30am-3.30pm). There are eight Galway teams competing – Oranmore-Maree, Loughrea, Pearses, Salthill-Knocknacarra, Gort, Castlegar, Athenry, Ballinasloe and the visiting underage teams: Cuala (Dublin), Crusheen (Clare), McQuillans (Antrim) and Cloyne (Cork).
Pearses U12 Panel: Luke Mitchell, Eoghan McCabe, Shane Hynes, Jack Barrett, Niall Moran, Dean Reilly, Geordan Kenny, Oisin Flannery, Marc Hennelly, Cian Murphy, Cathal Kitt, Darragh McCabe, Robert Hynes, Ethan Lally, Eoin Lally.
From the 18th to 21st September 2013 Aer Lingus in partnership with Etihad Airways will host the first ever International Hurling Festival. A Hurling Tournament and other events, including family fun days, kids games, traditional music and dance, will be staged in Galway City and County throughout the four day festival.
16 overseas teams from all over the world are travelling to Galway to participate in this event, which include teams from Australia, North America, Canada, Argentina, the Middle East, Europe and the UK, along with the 44 Galway Juvenile hurling teams (including Pearses) participating in the Aer Lingus U12 Juvenile tournament
The teams will be based in the host towns of Ballinasloe, Loughrea, Gort and Galway West, for the duration of the festival. Over fifty Galway players are returning home, to participate in the Festival. For further information you can visit the festival website at www.hurlingfestival.com. You can also download a Festival itinerary here.
Our U12 Qualifying Group includes Kiltormer and Meelick-Eyrecourt and these two games will take place this coming Saturday (7th September at 11.30am and 12.30am) in Ballinasloe GAA Grounds (Brackernagh) with the top team in each of the four Groups going through to the Semi-Finals.
The Groups are as follows:
Group A — Ahascragh-Fohenagh, Tuam, Killimor
Group B — Tommie Larkins, Ballinasloe, Mountbellew-Moylough
Group C — Cappataggle, Sylane, Ballygar
Group D — Pearses, Meelick-Eyrecourt, Kiltormer.
Pearses 1-5 Annaghdown 1-2: Our U13 hurlers booked their place in the U13C Final this evening at the home of Galway Football – Tuam Stadium. On dull and damp evening in the famed North Galway venue Pearses started well and went on to dominate the first half in a low-scoring affair. The score at half-time: Pearses 0-5 Annaghdown 0-1. Oisin Flannery, as in the Quarter-Final, was the main threat up front, scoring four of the five points, Dylan Grady with the other.
The second-half got under way as darkness began to descend and with eight minutes gone Oisin Flannery had the ball in the Annaghdown net, to extend the Pearses lead. Considering Annaghdown's 0-1 to that point Pearses seemed to be home and dry. This, however would be the last Pearses score as they held off an Annaghdown revival in the final Quarter. They hit 1-1 to cut the margin to just three points. Indeed they could well have levelled the game, when a last minute penalty was stopped on the Pearses line.
Pearses now advance to play Ballinasloe (who defeated Sylane in the other Semi-Final this evening) in the Final. The teams have already met this year, with Ballinasloe running out narrow winners (2-4 to 1-4), Pearses' only defeat in the Group stages. Date and time for the Final TBC.
Pearses: Darragh McCabe; Eoghan McCabe, Ronan Flannery, Niall Moran; Shane Hynes, Stephen Doran, Jack Barrett; Dylan Grady (0-1), Dean Reilly; Geordan Kenny, Cathal Kitt, Tomás Carr; Mark Hennelly, Oisin Flannery (1-4), Conor Burke.
Pearses 3-14 Carnmore 2-9: Our Junior C hurlers had a good win in this Challenge game, played in Carnmore last Friday evening. Both teams will compete in the upcoming (Knockout) Shield competition and they may well meet again.
Carnmore had a better start and led by 2-7 to 0-4 after 20 minutes. The rest of the half belonged to Pearses, with Paraic Hillary (from a 21) and Keith Murphy goals helping to cut back the margin. Half-time score: Carnmore 2-9 Pearses 2-6. The second-half was all Pearses, with an unanswered 1-8. Declan Lawless with goal, flicking to the net from a long delivery. It was a good team performance, with seven different scorers and all except 1-1 of the Pearses total coming from play.
Pearses: Rory Treacy; Micheál Kelly, Eoghan Barrett, Tom Carr; Darren Burke, Paul Bellew, Paul Scarry; Páiric Hillary (1-1), Niall Barrett (0-1); David Cunniffe (0-4), Oliver Laheen (0-2), Damien Mannion; Colm Queeney (0-1), Keith Murphy (1-3), Declan Lawless (1-2). Subs used: Shane Ruane, Martin Campbell, Adrian Queeney.
St Thomas 2-11 Pearses 1-6: Earlier today in Kenny Park, St Thomas' overturned the result when these two teams met in Round one of the Championship back in April, to become U16B Hurling Champions for 2013. St Thomas' were fully deserving of their win and their two first half goals were a double blow from which Pearses never recovered.
Pearses started well and Keith Connell got the scoreboard moving with a long-range free. St Thomas' equalised and then Lee Murphy pointed from play to get Pearses back into the lead. St Thomas' had the next two points, from lively centre-forward Damian Finnerty and full-forward Billy Riordan. Brian Sweeney pointed from a placed ball to leave the game finely balanced at 0-3 each.
There was a scoring lull of seven minutes before the arrival of the game's first goal. A high ball into the Pearses square, by Fintan Burke, broke loose and despite two good blocks by Keith Connell and Sean Murray, the ball was finished to the net by Billy Riordan. Keith Connell converted again from long range, to narrow the margin, now 1-3 to 0-4. Then disaster struck, when Riordan found the net again for Thomas' in the 23rd minute. Lee Murphy and Brian Sweeney points were sandwiched between another St Thomas' point in the following minutes, leaving the half-time score 2-4 to 0-6.
Thomas' two first half goals may have put them in the driving seat, but it was their third quarter display that put them out of sight. They had hit their remaining seven points without reply by the 24th minute of the second half. Fintan Burke at midfield was immense, hitting four of these (three from play). Riordan and Finnerty continued to impress and Oisin Gloster at centre-back was putting in a solid display.
Pearses did apply some pressure in the final minutes and Daniel Masterson hit a good goal, for our only score of the second half. It was however too little too late and Thomas' ran out 2-11 to 1-6 winners. Best for Pearses were Sean Murray in goals, Keith Connell – solid at full-back, Paul Lally, Conor O'Neill and Lee Murphy. Brian Sweeney tried hard but was well shackled by the St Thomas' defence having hit 0-14 in the team's April meeting.
It was a disappointing day for all involved, but the lads can be proud of their run in this year's Championship. From nine Championship games they were defeated just twice (by Oranmore-Maree and today). Despite having a small panel, there are plenty talented players in this bunch. They will be back.
Thanks to the management team of Paul O'Brien, John Jenkins, Martin Campbell, Kevin Connell and Gabriel Flannery. Thanks to Martin Bellew for being on stand by with Medical. Also, a special thanks to Beckett Agri Contractors for their sponsorship of Hoodies for the panel and mentors.
Pearses: Seán Murray; Ronan Carr, Keith Connell (0-2), Ronan Flannery; Matthew Walsh, Ronan O'Neill, Dermot Byrnes; Brian Sweeney (0-2), Paul Lally; Daniel Masterson (1-0), Matthew Ruane, Eoghan Burke; Conor O'Neill, Lee Murphy (0-2), Emmet Costello. Subs: Sean Flaherty, Darren Lally, Tomas Carr.
St Thomas: Sean Fallon; David Massey, Jack Haverty, Gary Finn; Ciaran Slattery, Oisin Gloster, Cian Mahony; Fintan Burke (0-7), Mark Caulfield; Malachy McCormack, Damian Finnerty (0-1), Conor Ruane; Kevin Niland, Billy Riordan (2-2), Gearoid Brady (0-1). Subs: Conor Haverty, Shane Murray, Cathal Haverty, Dara Fitzgerald, Colin Devine, Gary Connolly, Jason Niland, Jack Skehill, Kenneth Murray.
Referee: Shane Hynes (Liam Mellows)
A brilliant display from Brian Sweeney powered our U16 hurlers to the U16B Championship Final yesterday evening in Kenny Park. Sweeney was outstanding from start to finish, with three first-half goals, all from 21-yard-frees setting the tone. He also had the ball in the net early in the second half, but for Referee Leonard Fay and his umpire to disallow it for an adjudged square ball.
The first Pearses goal arrived after just four minutes, when Lee Murphy finished to the net to open a four point lead. Before Portumna registered their first score in the 13th minute, Sweeney had added another 1-1 to the Pearses tally. Portumna added a second point, but did not score again for the remainder of the half. Sweeney's hat-trick was complete by the 28th minute, before Keith Connell landed two long range frees in succession to leave the half-time score, Pearses 4-4 Portumna 0-2.
Portumna were much improved in the second half and dominated the third quarter, adding 3-3 (to Pearses 0-2) to their half-time score by the 44th minute. It was in this period also that Sweeney had a possible fourth goal disallowed. The margin was now down to just four points (4-6 to 3-5) and the Shannonsiders looked like they were about to pull off the most unlikely of comebacks.
Yet again Sweeney took up the mantle. His direct running, as it had been doing all evening, tormented the Portumna defence in the closing stages. As darkness fell in the final quarter, Pearses subdued any possibility of a comeback, outscoring Portumna 0-5 to 0-1. Four of these points coming from Sweeney and the fifth another long range free from Keith Connell.
It was a great win, gaining revenge for the loss in an earlier Group game, to the same opposition, but most importantly securing a place in the Final. Pearses were best served by Ronan Carr and Ronan O'Neill in defence and Paul Lally who worked tirelessly alongside Sweeney in the middle of the park and Lee Murphy in attack, despite suffering the effects of a late challenge early in the game.
St Thomas' overcame Oranmore-Maree in the first Semi-Final played before this one also in Athenry. It was a surprise, considering Oranmore-Maree had topped the Group. St Thomas' will now play Pearses in the Final, which was initially set to be played on Monday evening, but will more likely be at the end of next week. Fixture will be confirmed during the week. Pearses have played Thomas' earlier this year, in the opening Group game, defeating them 0-16 to 1-4. Hopefully the outcome can be the same in the Final!
Pearses: Sean Murray; Ronan Carr, Keith Connell (0-3), Ronan Flannery; Matthew Walsh, Ronan O'Neill, Dermot Byrnes; Brian Sweeney (3-8), Paul Lally; Daniel Masterson, Matthew Ruane, Eoghan Burke; Conor O'Neill, Lee Murphy (1-0), Emmett Costello. Sub used: Seán Flaherty.
Claregalway 1-15 Pádraig Pearses 1-12: It was a disappointing Championship outing for our Junior footballers, going down to Claregalway in the North Board Quarter-Final played in Menlough last Friday evening. Pearses, fielding without a number of their League players, including Niall and Darragh Skehill (injury). The lads failed to capitalise on their second half dominance, as Claregalway progressed to play Sarsfiled's in the Semi-Final.
Leo Morrissey won the toss for Pearses and opted to play with the slight breeze. Claregalway started the stronger firing over three quick points from play. Pearses' then found their way back into the game with a Aidan Murray goal, levelling the sides. However, that goal was quickly countered by a Claregalway three pointer. The sides exchanged scores, with Ronan Skehill and Enda Cunniffe causing the Claregalway defence problems. Half-time: Claregalway 1-9 Padraig Pearses' 1-5.
The introduction of Richie Lally in attack at the break was geared towards a Pearses' revival, but within minutes Clareglaway had fired over two points from play to extend their lead. The Pearses' management of James Clancy and Michael Kelly had also introduced Robert Finn at full-back, where he was fully commanding of any situation he faced. Pearses' then began to gain some momentum, with Aidan Murray, Sean Hardiman and Tommy McDonagh pushing up field and helping to reduce the margin to three points.
A close in free taken by Richie Lally was deflected over the bar to bring Pearses' within two points but it was in this period that Pearses' lost their chance of reward, looking for goals, when points would have allowed them back in the game with time on the clock. With time almost up Claregalway launched another attack and although being well marshalled out toward the sideline by the Pearses' defence they struck for the last point of the game to prevail by three.
Overall after the years Football outings there are different perspectives. Padraig Pearses' fielded for all their games which is the first time this was done by a football team in the parish since 2009, but yet only achieved one win. Two of the league games were lost by only having fifteen men togged meaning that injury forced the team to see out the remainder of the both games with just fourteen men.Management would like to thank all those who gave positive inputs to the cause in 2013 and in particular those who made themselves available on a regular basis.
Management would also like to thank Noel Burke and Paul Bellew for their help throughout the year along with Ruane's of Glentane for sponsorship.
Pearses: Edmund Flannery; Adrian Queeney, Rory Treacy, Colm Queeney; Aiden Murray(1-0), Tommy McDonagh, Sean Hardiman (0-1); Leo Morrissey (Captain), Damien Wynne (0-1); Tom Ryan, Enda Cunniffe (0-4), Kevin Lally (0-2); Ronan Skehill (0-3), Cathal Hogan, Paddy Mahon. Subs used: Richie Lally(0-1), Robert Finn.
Thanks to Leo Morrissey for the Match Report.
Our Minor hurlers confirmed their place in the B Championship Quarter-Finals with a 32 point win (5-22 to 1-2) over Mullagh last Monday evening. Mullagh were reduced to 14 men players early in the game, after a wild pull was punished by the Referee. But even with a full quota of players Mullagh would not have matched a superb Pearses performance. Goal scorers for Pearses were Gary Hennelly (2), Ronan Bellew, Brian Sweeney and Lee Murphy. The Quarter-Final draw will be made at a later date and when it will be played depends on the progress of the Galway Minors in the All-Ireland Championship, of which Ronan Bellew is a member.
Pearses Minor v Mullagh: Séan Murray; Thomas Broderick, Keith Connell, Paul Lally; Alan Naughton, Ronan Bellew, John Lally; Ronan O'Neill, John Jenkins; Finbar Healy, Gary Hennelly, Brian Sweeney; Thomas Carr, Lee Murphy, Daniel Masterson. Sub used: Dermot Byrnes.
The Junior C footballers will play the refixed North Board Round 1 Championship game this Friday evening. They take on Claregalway in Menlough at 7.30pm. Our U16 hurler's Semi-Final date has also been set and they will play the winners of Portumna v St Thomas' in the U16B Championship Semi-Final on Thursday, August 15th at 7.45pm in Athenry (subject to change).
Our U13 hurlers are also due to play in their Semi-Final next week, details to be confirmed. Also, Well done to young Conor O'Neill who was selected on the Galway U14 Hurling Development panel who played Clare last weekend.
Our Senior hurlers have been drawn against one of the remaining big guns, Loughrea, in one of this year's Senior Championship Quarter-Finals. Loughrea have been at the business end of the Championship for the past decade, contesting 6 of the last 10 finals, including last year's against St Thomas'. Both Pearses and Loughrea have been unbeaten so far in this year's Championship. John Raftery's men have been installed as underdogs, but will no doubt relish the chance to take down a team of Loughrea's calibre.
This of course will be Pearses' second successive Quarter-Final. Last year they took on Gort, when they also had the underdog tag. Gort were lucky to come through, when a late Fearghal Flannery penalty could well have earned a draw. Pearses will be keen to go at least one better this year.
The other Quarter-Finals are as follows: Turloughmore v Beagh; Portumna v Ardrahan; St Thomas' v Castlegar. Portumna and St Thomas' have been installed as joint favourites for the County Cup, with Loughrea as second favourites. Then Turloughmore, Ardrahan are next in line, with Pearses priced at 16/1 (Paddy Power) to go all the way, but I'm sure none of these odds will not bother any of the teams when taking the field for the Quarter-Finals.
Liam Mellows 5-14 Pearses 4-11: It's not often that a team scores 4-11 and comes out on the wrong side of the result. Our Junior C hurlers and Liam Mellows played out a goalfest in picturesque Ballyloughane yesterday evening, where on the hard surface the bounce deceived on more than one occasion.
The early exchanges were evenly matched, with Eoghan Barrett's direct running causing problems for Mellows. After 20 minutes Mellows had pulled four clear, 1-6 to 1-2. The Pearses goal from a Páiric Hillary 21-yard-free. Mellows, however then pushed on before half-time to open a comfortable lead, 3-8 to 1-3, both goals were probably avoidable.
Maybe it was down to Timeen's stirring intervention at half-time, but Pearses summoned a much better second half performace to outscore Mellows in that period. Keith Murphy introduced not long before half-time was proving a real handful at full-forward. Despite an injury he still scored a remarkable 2-4 in the course of the second half. Páiric Hillary found the net again from another 21-yard-free. But it was the additional Mellows goals kept Pearses from ever getting a chance of taking the lead.
Though Pearses have yet to record a win in the Group, it has not been for the lack of honest effort. Many are back hurling after a while away from the game and it is great to have an outlet for these lads. Only now are the cobwebs, or 'Dirty Diesel' as Bill says, being completely shaken off and with the two remaining Group games at home (Ballinderreen and St Thomas'), hopefully the elusive win can be secured. Please come along an support!
Pearses: Rory Treacy; Michéal Kelly, Seán Kelly, Brendan Raftery; Darren Burke, Paul Bellew, Paul Scarry; Pairic Hillary (2-3f), Niall Barrett (0-1); David Cunniffe (0-2), Eoghan Barrett (0-1), Alan Naughton; Damien Mannion, Shane Ruane, Martin Campbell. Subs: Keith Murphy (2-4) and Colm Queeney.
The U16 hurlers booked their place in the Knockout stages with a convincing win over Cappataggle 3-15 to 0-4. Daniel Masterson was the star, with a hat trick of goals (3-1) and he could have had two more, having hit the woodwork twice. Sean Murray in goals and Keith Connell at full-back, along with Ronan O'Neill and Paul Lally in the half-back line were superb in keeping the Cappy forward line at bay.
Recently Brian Sweeney and Paul Lally were selected on the Galway U16 panel for the Leinster tournament played over the weekend and Sweeney was in at his usual sharpshooting best, scoring 0-9. Lally, Conor O'Neill and Lee Murphy dominated the middle third and created the platform for a great win for Paul O'Brien's team. With all 7 Group games now completed, Pearses finish in second place behind Oranmore-Maree. Details of Knockout stage fixture TBC.
Pearses U16: Sean Murray; Matthew Walsh, Keith Connell, Ronan Flannery; Paul Lally (0-1), Ronan O'Neill, Dermot Byrnes; Brian Sweeney (0-9), Conor O'Neill (0-1); Daniel Masterson (3-1), Matthew Ruane, Eoin Burke, Emmet Costello, Lee Murphy (0-3), Darren Lally. Subs used: Jarlath Healy.
Our U12 hurlers continued their winning ways when they had a great victory over our near neighbours Skehana (6-9 to 0-0) during the week. This U12 team is made up mainly of the same players as the U13 team which has qualified for the U13 Semi-Final and this was their second win from two games, with the Cappataggle game being postponed. Well done lads!
Pearses U12: Luke Mitchell; Robert Hynes, Jack Barrett; Mark Hennelly, Shane Hynes, Dean Reilly; Geordan Kenny, Cian Murphy; Oisin Flannery, Darragh McCabe, Eoin Lally; Ethan Lally, Cathal Kitt.
Pearses 2-8 Kinvara 2-8: Our Junior Cs earned their first point in the Group yesterday evening, when they held off a second half onslaught by Kinvara. It was a good contest in ideal conditions and Pearses were unlucky not to hold on for the win in the end.
Pearses had most of the first half play and the forwards were going well despite losing Captain Keith Murphy to injury. Eoghan Barrett was causing problems for the Kinvara backline and he was pulled down for a penalty, which Páiric Hillary netted. Declan Lawless was also moving well at corner-forward and added 0-2. Shane Ruane and David Cunniffe put two more points on the board, in response to a Kinvara goal. Pairic Hillary tagged on 0-2 from frees. Pearses led by four at half-time (1-6 to 1-2) and it could have been more, given the amount of chances created.
Kinvara had the better of the second-half and clawed their way back into the game, mainly from placed balls and a goal midway through the half. Damian Mannion flicked a dropping ball to the net (Joe Canning style!!) to keep Pearses in front. Eoghan Barrett and Páiric Hillary scored the points. Pearses were off target with some other chances, so in the end had to settle for the draw.
Liam Mellows are next up, possibly at the weekend (details TBC), in the next Round and Pearses are still in the hunt for a Quarter-Final place with three games remaining (Mellows, St Thomas' and Ballinderreen).
Pearses: Rory Treacy; Michéal Kelly, Seán Kelly, Brendan Raftery; Darren Burke, Paul Bellew, Paul Scarry; Páiric Hillary (1-3, pen, 3f), Niall Barrett; Shane Ruane (0-1), Keith Murphy, David Cunniffe (0-1); Tom Carr, Eoghan Barrett (0-1), Declan Lawless (0-2). Subs used: Damian Mannion (1-0), Shane Skehill, Adrian Queeney.
Pearses' unbeaten record in this year's Championship remained intact yesterday evening, when they pulled clear in the final quarter to see off the challenge of Tommie Larkins. The game was of little consequence to both sides, as their fate had already been decided – Pearses through to the Quarter-Finals and Larkins out of the running for the County Cup. Pearses fielded without Cyril Donnellan, carrying a knock from last week's Leinster Final,
The first score didn't arrive until the ninth minute, from a Tomás Flannery pointed free. Jason Flynn replied for Larkins before that sequence was repeated to leave the score 0-2 each. Robbie Donnellan fired over a point from play before the Flynn v Flannery shootout resumed, the two sharing the next five points (three from Flannery) to leave the score at 0-6 to 0-4 in Pearses' favour. Robbie Donnellan then rolled out 'The Shuffle' to work a goal chance for himself, but it was well saved by Cathal Touhy in the Larkins goal. Colm Raftery and Seán Hardiman tagged on points for Pearses to leave the half-time score Pearses 0-8 Larkins 0-4.
Larkins had their best period after half-time, landing four points on the trot to level the game. All bar one of these from Flynn. Then not for the first time this year, Cormac Ward pointed from play to stem the tide and push Pearses back into the lead. Flynn (2) and Flannery exhanged scores again to leave the game level 0-10 each in the 49th minute. However Larkins did not score again for the remainder of the game, while Pearses reeled off 1-5.
Tomás Flannery now at wing-forward hit the next four points, including two excellent efforts from play to open a four point lead, while Emmett Ward making his return from injury whipped the ball to the net following a goalmouth scramble. It was appropriate that Flannery had the final say as he split the posts with a long range free to seal the result. Pearses 1-15 Tommie Larkins 0-10.
The final margin was encouraging, as Pearses were without Donnellan, Emmett Ward (for most of the game), Kerrill Hardiman and Darragh Skehill. Tomás Flannery was excellent in stepping into the leadership role in Donnellan's absence. Jimmy Gelston was full of running in midfield. Cormac Ward worked hard and Richie Lally was probably the standout player in a solid defensive unit. Enda Cunniffe, Brendan Egan and Niall Skehill all seen their first Senior Championship action of the year.
The Quarter-Final draw will now also include Beagh who yesterday qualified from our Group after defeating Kiltormer. Other teams in the last eight include Portumna, St Thomas, Ardrahan, Turloughmore, Castlegar and Loughrea.
Pearses: Fearghal Flannery; Anthony Kenny, Tomás Kenny, Padraic Raftery; Richie Lally, Shane Raftery, Tommy McDonagh; Enda Cunniffe, Jimmy Gelston; Colm Raftery (0-1), Cormac Ward (0-1), Seán Hardiman (0-1); Gary Lally, Robbie Donnellan (0-1), Tomás Flannery (0-11, 8f). Subs used: Ronan Bellew, Aidan Kilkenny, Niall Skehill, Emmet Ward (1-0), Brendan Egan.
Well done to our U13 hurlers who qualified for the U13C Semi-Final, defeating Tuam on a scoreline of 6-11 to 1-0 in Ballymacward on Saturday. The result was never in doubt, with Pearses going ahead with a first minute Cathal Kitt goal. Pearses dominated the rest of the half, with Oisin Flannery leading the way, hitting 1-5. The other goals came from Dylan Grady, Conor Burke and Kitt again to leave the half-time score, 5-7 to 0-0.
Pearses took the foot off the pedal in the second-half, but kept the scoreboard ticking. Tuam broke the Pearses dominance with the goal, but Cathal Kitt hit back for Pearses, completing his hat-trick. There were further points from the excellent Oisin Flannery, Geordan Kenny and Kitt to leave the final result in no doubt.
Pearses: Darragh Healy; James Friel, Ronan Flannery, Niall Moran; Shane Hynes, Stephen Doran, Jack Barrett; Dylan Grady (1-1), Dean Reilly; Geordan Kenny (0-2), Cathal Kitt (3-1), Mark Hennelly; Darragh McCabe, Oisin Flannery (1-7), Conor Burke (1-0). Sub used: Robert Hynes.
Our Senior hurlers complete their Group D Championship games this Sunday evening against Tommie Larkins, in Loughrea (5pm). This will be the third year in-a-row that the sides have met in the Championship, with one win each to date. Larkin's were favourites in this Fixture last year, but a powerful performance by Cyril Donnellan (scoring 2-2) helped Pearses to a 4-13 to 2-11 win in Athenry. The previous year, in Killimor, Larkins were two point winners in a goal-less game, in which the Pearses wide count was testament to the absence of freetaker Tomás Flannery.
This game is of little importance as regards Group standings. Pearses have already qualified for the Quarter-Finals and Tommie Larkin's can't, having lost to both Kiltormer and Beagh in previous Group games. The Woodford-Ballinakill team will however be keen not to finish their Group schedule without a win. Pearses are unbeaten in this year's Championship and can approach the Quarter-Final with greater confidence if that record is extended on Sunday. Beagh play Kiltormer, also on Sunday evening, with the winner of that game qualifying, with Pearses, for the Quarter-Finals.
Tommie Larkins have lost some key players from last year, but they retain the likes of young Jason Flynn and Peter English, who will be looking to prove that they are no pushovers. Pearses will be again without Emmett Ward and Kerrill Hardiman, both with hand injuries sustained in the Kiltormer game. Darragh Skehill has now also been added to the injury list, so there will be a wing-forward spot up for grabs.
The Pearses game will be refereed by John Keane and is followed by the SHC meeting of Killimordaly and Portumna at 6.30pm. The weather promises to remain dry so please come along and support the lads!
In most of the juvenile hurling competitions we are approaching the final stages of the Group games. The U12, U13, U16 and Minor Championships are all in progress. The U10s of course contested the East Galway League Semi-Final and are currently on a break until their Go-Games begin. U14 competitions have been completed and the U15 will be played a later stage in the year.
Our U13s recently completed their Group schedule, with a narrow loss to Ballinasloe. This was their only defeat in 5 games. They had previously defeated Athenry, Ballinderreen, Barna-Furbo and Mountbellew-Moylough. They have now qualified for the Quarter-Finals, details of that TBC.
The U16s returned to action after the 'Exam Break' losing out to table toppers Oranmore-Maree, before a great win against Meelick-Eyrecourt (7-11 to 4-4), Brian Sweeney and Lee Murphy playing starring roles. They have won 4 games from 6, with just Cappataggle left to play, they are well in the hunt for the knockout stages.
Our Minor hurlers have won 3 games (Killimordaly, Oranmore-Maree and Mountbellew-Moylough) from 6, with one draw against Sarsfeilds. They have played two games since the return after the exams (defeating Mountbellew-Moylough, but losing out to Clarinbridge). Their qualification for the knockout stages will be decided by the final Group game against Mullagh.
The U12s have got their campaign under way with a comfortable win over our neighbours Ahascragh-Fohenagh last week. They will play Round 2 this coming Thursday (11th July) v Cappataggle at 6.30pm in Cappataggle.
Our Junior C hurlers took on Meelick-Eyrecourt this evening in Ballymacward in a warm-up Challenge game before next week's return to Championship action. Pearses led 0-6 to 0-2 after 15 minutes, thanks mainly to the long range point-taking of Paul Bellew, with 0-4. Then Meelick-Eyrecourt had their own purple patch hitting 0-4 to level the game. The sides then exchanged points before Keith Murphy hit Pearses' first goal, which was the difference between the sides at the break. The second-half was pretty much all one way traffic, as Pearses' legs tired. Meelick-Eyrecourt ran out winners on a scoreline of 2-18 to 2-11. The Pearses goal finished to the net by Martin Campbell. Championship Round 3 is next weekend, against Kilbeacanty in Kilbeacanty, details TBC. Pearses Scorers: Keith Murphy 1-4, Paul Bellew 0-4, Páiric Hillary 0-3, Martin Campbell 1-0.
In three Senior Championship games Pearses have scored a total of 4-45, which is an average of 19 points scored per game. They have conceded 1-42, which is an average of 15 points conceded per game. Hopefully these averages are a trend that can continue into the Autumn! Sharpshooter Tomás Flannery leads the Pearses Senior hurling scoring chart with 0-20 in these three games. The full list of Championship scorers are as follows: Tomás Flannery 0-20, Cyril Donnellan 1-8, Cormac Ward 1-5, Shane Raftery 0-4, Gary Lally 1-0, Fearghal Flannery 1-0, Darragh Skehill 0-2, Emmett Ward 0-2, Colm Raftery 0-2, Ronan Bellew 0-2.
Top Scorer for the Junior A hurlers is Enda Cunniffe, who has scored 0-27 in 4 games, while Páiric Hillary leads the scoring charts for the Junior C hurlers, hitting 0-9 in two games to date. However, all of the above scoring feats pale in numerical comparison to the club's leading hurling scorer at all levels, Cian Murphy. Cian has scored 25-45 (120) in nine East Galway League games, with U10 Go-Games yet to come. Cian is the Top Scorer for the past 4 years of the East Galway U10 League! It is an unbelievable total for a young player and in Cian we definitely have a future star in the making! Well done Ciano!
Annaghdown 4-11 Pearses 0-9: Our Junior A hurlers played in Round 4 of the Championship on Sunday last, against Annaghdown in Abbeyknockmoy. The team was comprosed predominantly of younger players, eleven of them Under 23, so Manager Tomás Kenny is looking to the future. This was Annaghdown's first team and they are Group B table toppers, unbeaten so far and they proved their pedigree with two goals in the first-half to lead at half-time on a scoreline of 2-4 to 0-5. They improved on their first-half showing in the second period, registering 2-7 to run out easy winners. Pearses have now played four Junior A Championship games, winning one, drawing one and losing two. There are 5 more games to play in the Group stages and next up is Sarsfields on July 7th (TBC).
Pearses (starting 15): Paul O'Brien; Ronan Skehill, Brendan Egan, John Jenkins; Leo Morrissey, Damian Wynne, Aidan Murray; Enda Cunniffe (0-8f), Niall Skehill (0-1); Darragh Kelly, Kealan Beckett, Robbie Lally; Finbar Healy, Adrian Burke, Gerard Dywer.
Pearses Senior hurlers qualified for a second successive Senior Championship Quarter-Final, with a game to spare in the Group, yesterday evening in Athenry, defeating a gallant Beagh side. This was a third win from three games in this year's Championship for John Raftery's side and they always looked like winning this one after taking the lead for the first time in the sixth minute.
It was Tomás Flannery who got Pearses off the mark to level the score at 0-1 each. Then Cyril Donnellan had his first intervention in this game, hitting two points from play before his involvement in the build up to the game's first goal on the 13th minute, along with Tomás Flannery. It was whipped to the net first time by the industrious Gary Lally. Flannery tagged on another free six minutes later and Pearses, aided by the breeze, led 1-4 to 0-2.
Colm Raftery and Flannery again exchanged points with Beagh's Padraig Landers, Adrian Touhy and Kevin Keehan, before Donnellan split the posts from the stand side sideline. Joe Gantley escaped for once from Tommy McDonagh's shackles to record the final point of the first-half. Half-time: Pearses 1-7 Beagh 0-6.
The second half begun at a breakneck speed and five minutes in Donnellan was pulled down in the Beagh square for a penalty. Keeper Fearghal Flannery came forward and buried it to extend the Pearses lead to five and leave Beagh with an uphill battle. To their credit they never wilted and hit the next two points, before Tomás Flannery was on target from another free, 2-8 to 0-8. Beagh's Adrian Diviney and Kevin Keehan (free) tallied two more points, before Donnellan fielded a Kevin O'Grady puckout, bursted forward and sent it straight back over the Beagh crossbar – an inspirational score.
Again Beagh fought back, with 3 points on the trot, one a stylish score from the dugout sideline by wing-forward Adrian Touhy. Young Ronan Bellew, introduced for Sean Hardiman, stemmed the Beagh onslaught – after some good work by Gelston and Cormac Ward – with a point from play. Kevin Keehan struck a Beagh free on the 26th minute, for what would be the South Galway team's last score of the game. Cormac Ward pointed under pressure three minutes later to leave Pearses 3 in front. Beagh's Keehan missed two very scoreable frees in injury time and so Pearses held on for a deserved victory.
Cyril Donnellan was excellent thoughout, popping up always when needed most. Jimmy Gelston and Cormac Ward got through an abundance of hard work and graft around the middle. Tommy McDonagh had a stormer deputising at wing-back in a solid defence and Tomas Flannery was as reliable as ever from placed balls. This was a great win, despite the absence of the injured pair, Kerrill Hardiman and Emmett Ward, and after the Tommie Larkin's game the lads can look forward to another Quarter-FInal in the Autumn. Well done to all involved!
Pearses: Fearghal Flannery (1-0); Anthony Kenny, Tomás Kenny, Padraic Raftery; Richie Lally, Shane Raftery, Tommy McDonagh; Sean Hardiman, Jimmy Gelston; Darragh Skehill, Cormac Ward (0-1), Cyril Donnellan (0-4); Gary Lally (1-0), Colm Raftery (0-1), Tomás Flannery (0-4f). Subs: Ronan Bellew (0-1), Aidan Kilkenny, Robbie Donnellan.
Our Senior hurlers lock horns with Beagh this Saturday in Athenry (6pm), in Group D, Round 2 of the Senior Championship. Pearses seen off the challenge of Kiltormer in Round 1, while Beagh defeated Tommie Larkins. A win for either side would all but guarantee a Quarter-Final place before the Summer Break, with one Group game still to play.
Including the Tommie Larkins game, Beagh now have 4 games under their belt, having lost out to Clarinbridge in Knockout Round 1 and going to a replay with Liam Mellows in Round 2. The South Galway team will be looking to the Gantleys, Kevin Keehan and Pádraic Landers to continue the good form they have been showing to date.
Pearses will be without key men Kerrill Hardiman and Emmett Ward, who both picked up hand injuries against Kiltormer. Cyril Donnellan also picked up an ankle injury in Galway's defeat of Laois last Sunday, so John Raftery and Co will hope he will be fully recovered for this game.
Tommy McDonagh will most likely replace Hardiman in defence while Ward's position may be taken by either Colm Raftery or Ronan Bellew, who both had good showings the last day when introduced. Others who may see some game time are Robbie Donnellan, Enda Cunniffe, Niall Skehill and Aidan Kilkenny.
The side's last meeting was in the Group stages of the 2008 Senior Championship, Beagh emerging 5-point winners that day. Pearses were new to the Senior scene at that point, so hopefully the additional Senior experience as well as the infusion of new blood in recent years will level the playing field this weekend. Do not rule out a draw, which some bookmakers have priced at 8/1. Come along and support the team! Best of luck to all!
Our U10 hurlers were unlucky to lose out in this East Galway League Semi-Final in Fohenagh yesterday evening. A late scoring burst, yielding 1-1, by Mountbellew-Moylough seen them through to the Final. The lads have had a great run in the League, winning 7 out of their 8 games previous to this and indeed had beaten our 'Black and Amber' neighbours in a previous meeting.
Mountbellew-Moylough took an early lead with two points, but Pearses then took over and a goal and a point from Paddy Kenny put them in front. Cian Murphy hit another goal and but for some fine goalkeeping could have had another two. Mountbellew-Moylough then hit back with a goal of their own and two points. Cian Murphy hitting the last score of the half to leave Pearses one point in front (2-2 to 1-4) at half-time.
Cian Murphy opened the Pearses second-half scoring with a point, but Mountbellew-Moylough were keen not to allow a repeat of the first half and very soon after this had levelled the game. However, just like the first half, Cian Murphy struck for another goal and could have had another, but for a save from the keeper.
Mountbellew-Moylough levelled with a goal of their own, before Conor Moran landed a long-range point to push Pearses ahead. However 1-1 in the closing minutes from Mountbellew-Moylough seen them prevail as 3 point winners, 3-7 to 3-4.
This was an entertaining game and the standard of the hurling throughout was of a very high level. The Pearses players and management will be disappointed, but can be proud of a great season. There are some very talented players in this group and many of them are U10 again next year, so the future still looks bright!
Pearses: Jonah Donnellan; Brian Kelly, Conor Moran (0-1); Robert Hynes, Peter O'Neill; Cian Murphy (2-2), Ethan Lally; Robert Fahy, David Hillary; Paddy Kenny (1-1), Oisin Donoghue. Subs used: Luke Mitchell and Harry Mitchell.
The Junior C hurlers went down to Clarinbridge yesterday evening in Ballymacward, despite a spirited second half performance. Ultimately though, the half-time deficit (0-13 to 0-3) was too big a lead to pull back.
The Bridge started well and opened a three point lead, aided by a strong breeze. Keith Murphy hit Pearses' first score, but it would be 10 minutes before another as the Bridge profited from Pearses' fouling to go 6 clear. Pearses were creating scoring chances, but were not putting scores on the board. Pairic Hillary uncharacteristically off target from placed balls.
Niall Barrett then pointed after a good Pearses move, involving Shane Ruane and Hillary to end that scoreless spell. However, the Bridge tacked on 3-in-row before Páiric Hillary hit back from play. The Bridge again hit back with three more to leave the half-time score 0-13 to 0-3 and at this stage it looked like the outcome could be bleak.
However Pearses stormed into it in the second half and now with the wind advantage held Clarinbridge scoreless for the first 23 minutes, scoring 1-3. Substitute Declan Lawless was causing problems for the Bridge defence and it was his hard work that created the goal for David Cunniffe, as well as adding a point from play himself not long after. Pairic Hillary was back on target from placed balls and hit the other two points. The gap was down to 4.
Substitute Colm Queeney and Paul Bellew went close with goal efforts, before Clarinbridge finally got their tally moving again from a free, to push their lead to 5. Hillary pointed another long range free, but it was the Bridge who finished with the final two points of the game to run out 6 point winners.
This was an entertaining game despite the bad conditions and a marked improvement from Pearses on last week's outing against Tynagh-Abbey-Duniry. The lads showing great character to make a game of it in the second half. The next Championship game is scheduled for July 6th against Kilbeacanty. There will be challenge games between now and then and new players are always welcome.
Pearses: Rory Treacy; Tom Ryan, Seán Kelly, Tom Carr; Brendan Raftery, Paul Bellew, Paul Scarry; Pairic Hillary (0-4, 3f), Ollie Laheen; Shane Ruane, Niall Barrett (0-1), Damian Mannion; David Cunniffe (1-0), Keith Murphy (0-1), Adrian Queeney. Subs: Colm Queeney, Declan Lawless (0-1), Darren Burke, Joe Flannery.
Padraig Pearses Junior footballers got their first league win in bad conditions against Williamstown in the newly vested St. Kerrill's Park on Friday evening. This was the first game played in the Grounds since the recent improvements and the management committee of the club are confident that it will be the first of many victories to come.
Throw in at 8pm, after a large amount of rain during the day, did not make for ideal conditions. Williamstown started well, going three points ahead before Enda Cunniffe pointed from play. Pearses had a huge amount of possession in the opening half but failed to make the most of their chances with poor shooting leaving the wide count in double figures at the break. Half-time: Williamstown 0-3 Padraig Pearses 0-1.
Aided by the slight breeze in the second half Pearses began to take control of the game with Aidan Murray and Robert Lally particularly dominating in the half-back line. Damien Wynne opened the scoring and Pearses then become stronger under the Williamstown kickouts and so began to push on, with Enda Cunniffe causing real problems for the Williamstown defence. Leo Morrissey added two points to the scoreboard from midfield, with the astute Edmund Flannery between the posts pinpointing his kickouts, as well as fisting a Williamstown effort over the bar. Indeed that was their only score of the half, not long before Referee Pat Hansberry blew the final whistle.
The lads have yet to play St Gabriels and Sarsfields in the last two league games before the Championship opener against Claregalway on the weekend of July 27th. The management of James Clancy and Adrian Queeney were delighted with the win and also welcomed the additions of Rory Treacy and Enda Cunniffe to the expanding panel. Well done to all!
Pearses: Edmund Flannery; Robert Finn, Rory Treacy, Adrian Queeney; Robert Lally, Aidan Murray, Thomas Broderick; Leo Morrissey 0-2, Damien Wynne 0-1; Niall Skehill, Kevin Lally, Ronan Skehill 0-2; Tomas Ryan, Cathal Hogan, Patrick Mahon. Subs: Enda Cunniffe 0-2, Colm Queeney, Aidan Carrig.
Thanks to Leo Morrissey for the Report
Our U10 hurlers topped their Group in the East Galway League (winning 7 of their 8 games), so they have a bye straight to the Semi-Final, where they await the winners of Meelick-Eyrecourt v Mountbellew-Moylough, who play in the one of the two Quarter-Finals (this Saturday). The Semi-Final is due to be played next Wednesday or Thursday. On the other side of the draw Abbeyknockmoy take on Ballinasloe in the Quarter-Final, Ballygar play the winners. Win or lose there will be a Finals day, for all teams, in Ballinasloe on Sunday, June 23rd. Well done to all involved and best of luck!!
Our Junior A and Junior C hurlers had Championship games over the weekend. The Junior A's were first up, with a Round 3 game in Ballinasloe on Saturday evening against Kiltormer. Manager Tomás Kenny was working from a depleted squad, as most of his absentees were unavailable due to exams. Kiltormer proved much too strong on the day and the lads lost out on a scoreline of 4-10 to 0-6.
Pearses (Junior A): Paul O'Brien; Ronan Skehill, Brendan Egan, Thomas Broderick; Leo Morrissey, Paul Moore, Aidan Murray; Enda Cunniffe (0-5), Damian Wynne; Niall Skehill (0-1), Aidan Kilkenny, Robbie Lally; John Lally, Kealan Beckett, Ger Dywer. Sub used: Johnny Mullins.
The Junior Cs travelled to Tynagh to take on Tynagh-Abbey-Duniry in the first Round of the Championship. It was a sweltering hot evening and the first half was evenly contested, with many of the scores coming from frees. Both forward lines were finding it hard to make inroads against two tight defences. The game continued in this way into the third quarter, before TAD opened a 3 point lead, which they had extended to 5 by the full-time whistle. The lads are due to play again this coming weekend in Ballymacward, in Championship Round 2. Final Score: Tynagh-Abbey-Duniry 0-10 Pearses 0-5.
Pearses (Junior C): Rory Treacy; Brendan Raftery, Eoghan Barrett, Pádraig Quinn; Seán Kelly, Paul Bellew, Paul Scarry; Padraig Hillary (0-5f), Ollie Laheen; Niall Barrett, Shane Ruane, David Cunniffe; Declan Lawless, Keith Murphy, Damian Mannion, Subs used: Tomás Ryan, Adrian Queeney, Martin Scarry, Shane Skehill and Tom Carr.
Well done to the boys of Ballymacward National School. They won the Rionn F (9-a-side) Cumann na mBunscoil Football final on Wednesday, in Loughgeorge. They defeated Claran (Headford) on a scoreline of 3-9 to 2-7. Team captain Ronan Flannery received the cup from County Board Chairman and a Vice-President of the club, Noel Treacy. The panel was as follows: Denis Ward, Dean Reilly, Tomás Carr, Oisin Flannery, Stephen Doran, Geordan Kenny, Jack Barrett, Brendan Roche, Darragh McCabe, Kieran Carr, Eoghan McCabe, Ronan Flannery, Darragh Healy, Eoin Lally, Cian Murphy, James Mitchell. There was further success yesterday evening for the lads as they qualified for the 11-a-side Hurling Final to be played next Wednesday (details to follow). Best of luck to the lads and hopefully they can make it a double!!
Pearses and Kiltormer got the ball rolling in Senior Hurling Championship Group D yesterday in Loughrea. It was a ding-dong battle from start to finish, Kiltormer had their periods of dominance, but on each occasion Pearses rode out the storm and wrestled back control to emerge deserving three point winners.
Kiltormer had the upper hand in the early exchanges and by the 11th minute led Pearses 0-4 to 0-1 and could have been further ahead but for some bad wides. The Pearses score came from a Tomás Flannery free. Pearses had also suffered a setback when Kerrill Hardiman had to retire with a hand injury, replaced by Tommy McDonagh.
Kiltormer's deep-lying midfielders was working to good effect in starving the Pearses forwards of possession. However, the switch of Gary Lally to a third midfield role counteracted this and by the 17th minute Pearses were level, thanks to frees from Flannery and Shane Raftery, as as well as a point from play by Darragh Skehill. Five minutes later Pearses took the lead for the first time in the game, with Flannery again on target from a placed ball. Shane Raftery added another, before Kiltormer responded. Pearses had the last say of the first half with another Flannery free, leaving the half-time Score: Pearses 0-7 Kiltormer 0-5.
Pearses had tagged on three more points by the 6th minute of the second half (Emmett Ward, Tom Flannery and Cyril Donnellan), to Kiltormer's one. Pearses would not score again until the 17th minute, as Kiltormer rattled off four-in-a-row. Midfielder David Hayes leading the Kiltormer charge. The hard working Cormac Ward hit a brilliant point from near the sideline to stem the Kiltormer tide, Hayes hit a Kiltormer score, to level again, 0-11 each.
In the 25th minute the teams were deadlocked again 0-13 apiece, Pearses' scores from substitute Colm Raftery and Tom Flannery. Then Cormac Ward led by example when hitting another important score to put Pearses back in front. Flannery again pointed to create a two point lead. Minor Ronan Bellew capped off the scoring with his a point from play and soon after the final Whistle sounded, for a 0-16 to 0-13 win.
It was a hard fought win and was great to see Pearses' never say die attitude. Cormac Ward, Flannery's accuracy and the introduction of youngsters Colm Raftery and Ronan Bellew were important in regaining control after Kiltormer's purple patch. Beagh play Tommie Larkins next Saturday in the other first Round Group D game, with Pearses yet to play both of these teams.
Pearses: Fearghal Flannery; Anthony Kenny, Tomás Kenny, Páuric Raftery; Richie Lally, Shane Raftery (0-2), Kerrill Hardiman; Seán Hardiman, Jimmy Gelston; Darragh Skehill (0-1), Cormac Ward (0-2), Cyril Donnellan (0-1); Gary Lally, Emmett Ward (0-1), Tomás Flannery (0-7). Subs used: Tommy McDonagh, Colm Raftery (0-1), Ronan Bellew (0-1) and Robbie Donnellan.
Our Senior hurlers were scheduled to play Turloughmore in the Preliminary Quarter-Final of Kilbeacanty's 50th Anniversary 7s Tournament. However, Turloughmore had withdrew earlier this week, so Pearses were straight through to the Quarter-Final where they were pitted against Clarinbridge. John Raftery had selected a panel of 10, mainly younger players, interchanging throughout. In a goalfest, Pearses emerged 7-1 to 5-1 winners of this game. Next up was the Semi-Final against Gort, who also had a bye to their Quarter-Final, where they had defeated Ardrahan on a scoreline of 7-3 to 2-5. The Semi-Final came too soon after the Clarinbridge game for Pearses and Gort's greater freshness was to the fore as they defeated Pearses on a scoreline of 4-11 to 1-5. Gort then went on to contest the Final, losing out to County Champions St. Thomas'.
Pearses: Paul O'Brien, Anthony Kenny, Tomás Kenny, Damian Wynne, Seán Hardiman, Enda Cunniffe, Colm Raftery, Ronan Bellew, Gary Lally, Robbie Lally.
Pádraig Pearses Senior hurlers play Kiltormer tomorrow (12pm in Loughrea) in their first group game of the Championship. Both teams have qualified via Round 1 of the knockout qualifiers. Kiltormer defeated Tynagh-Abbey-Duniry in Round 1 and are this year under the guidance of former Offaly and Birr legend Brian Whelehan. If he has managed to instill any of his own qualities as a player in this Kiltormer side they will be a tough nut to crack. They will be looking to the likes of Keith Kilkenny, David Hayes and Conor Ryan to lead them. It promises to be an entertaining clash and hopefully Pearses can reverse the result of the side's last meeting back in 1993.
Here is a Connacht Tribune excerpt from the 1993 clash.
Kiltormer 2-11 Pearses 1-9: A rousing display by Pearses in their final group match at Ballinasloe on Sunday proved just not enough to bring off a shock against a Kiltormer side for whom victory secures their place in the Championship Quarter-Final. The Gurteen-Ballymacward contingent who made up the bulk of the crowd, at least in volume, were in full voice as they cheered their heroes off the pitch after a first half which provided good value for money – and ended with Pearses within a point of last year's All-Ireland Club Champions. They had good reason to be hopeful, for a spirited Pearses had spent the previous quarter practically camped in the Kiltormer half and would have been in front at half time, but for a glorious chance of a late goal being wasted. Dreams of forcing a three-way playoff in the group faded as Kiltormer closed them down more in the second half and a Martin Staunton goal 10 minutes into the second half proved to be the point of no return.
Pádraig Pearses: Pádraig Burns; Emmett Lydon, Gerry McDonagh, Frank McDonagh; Dermot Lydon, Seamus Lawless (0-1), John Jenkins; Francis O'Brien (0-1), Joe Carr; Joe Fahy (0-1), Dermot Hillary (0-2), Kieran Hillary (0-2); Tony O'Brien, Mick Carr, Tom Brien (1-4). Sub used: Seamus O'Neill for Dermot Lydon.
Our U10 hurlers played Mountbellew-Moylough yesterday evening in Mountbellew – making amends for their only loss of the season to date last weekend - by winning on a scoreline of 3-5 to 3-2. It was an evenly contested game, with Pearses getting the vital scores at the right times to emerge as winners. Best for Pearses on the day were Brian Kelly, Ethan Lally, Cian Murphy and Robert Fahy. There was also an U8 game in which all players got to participate in an enjoyable game, which ended in a draw. Well done to all involved. The lads have now played 7 games, winning 6. The lads have Abbeyknockmoy and Ballinasloe still left to play. Details of those fixtures TBC.
The Junior C hurling Championship is due to begin on 7th/8th/9th of this month (the weekend after next), so below is a list of scheduled fixtures, all TBC of course. There are two groups of 8, so guaranteed 7 games. The top four teams in each group qualify for Quarter-Finals. The bottom 4 teams in each group, not qualifying for Quarter-Finals, compete in open draw knockout Shield competition. Training has commenced and has been well attended. We welcome newcomers, or indeed those who have been away from the game for a while. Please contact Paul Scarry on 087-7793426 for details of training.
Junior C Hurling, Group A Fixtures
June 7/8/9: Pádraig Pearses v Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry. Venue: Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry
June 16: Pádraig Pearses v Clarinbridge. Venue: Ballymacward
July 6: Pádraig Pearses v Kilbeacanty. Venue: Kilbeacanty
July 13: Pádraig Pearses v Kinvara. Venue: Ballymacward
July 21: Pádraig Pearses v Liam Mellows. Venue: Ballyloughnane
July 27: Pádraig Pearses v Ballinderreen. Venue: Ballymacward
August 10: Pádraig Pearses v St. Thomas'. Venue: Ballymacward
Pádraig Pearses 2-11 Portumna 1-14: Pearses Junior A hurlers overcame a 5 point half-time deficit to lead in injury time in this Round 2 Championship game played yesterday evening in Ballinasloe. I took a late Portumna free to level the game. Portumna's Ivan Canning impressed and the Shannonsiders' half-time lead was mainly down to his sharpshooting. The Pearses goal coming from young Finbar Healy.
Some half-time switches by Pearses paid dividends and they fought their way back into the game. Aidan Kilkenny now operating at centre-forward hit Pearses second goal and added a point. Enda Cunniffe was on target from placed balls and Niall Skehill from play. Pearses were unlucky not to hold on to their late lead, but considering Portumna's first half lead it was probably a fair result. Next up for Pearses are Kiltormer (details TBC) and the lads will be hoping to go a third Championship game unbeaten.
Pearses: Paul O'Brien; Ronan Skehill, Brendan Egan, Adrian Burke; Leo Morrissey, Aidan Kilkenny (1-1), John Lally; Enda Cunniffe (0-6), Adrian Bellew; Niall Skehill (0-3), Damian Wynne (0-1), Paul Moore; Gary Hennelly, Martin Barry, Finbar Healy (1-0).
The draw for this year's Senior Hurling Championship took place last week in the Salthill Hotel. Pearses have been drawn in Group D along with Kiltormer, Beagh and Tommie Larkins. Beagh only booking their place proper in the Group over the weekend, with their Replay win over Liam Mellows.
Pearses will of course be renewing rivalry with Tommie Larkins for the third successive year, having defeated them in the teams' last meeting in the Group stages last year. Pearses' last SHC meeting with Beagh was in 2008, losing out to them in the Group. There have always been very little between Pearses, Beagh and Tommie Larkins in previous encounters and it promise to be similar this time around.
Pearses last played Kiltormer in Senior Championship back in 1992, when they were All-Ireland Club Champions. Like Pearses, Kiltormer qualified from Round 1, when they looked impressive in defeating Tynagh-Abbey-Duniry. Pearses and Kiltormer have been installed as favourites by bookmakers, as they both qualified from Round 1. In truth all teams in this group will fancy their chances of qualification.
The full group draw is as follows:
Group A: Portumna, St Thomas', Clarinbridge, Killimordaly.
Group B: Gort, Turloughmore, Mullagh, Ardrahan.
Group C: Castlegar, Craughwell, Kinvara, Loughrea.
Group D: Tommie Larkins, Beagh, Pádraig Pearses, Kiltormer.
Pádraig Pearses 2-17 Menlo Emmetts 3-9: Our Junior A hurlers had their first Championship game of this season, against Menlo Emmetts in Carnmore on Friday evening. Seven of this year's U21 team (two of them Minors) lined out and gave good accounts of themselves. Pearses trailed by three points at half-time, but a good second half performance seen them overturn the deficit and prevail by five points. Enda Cunniffe and Niall Skehill both hit 0-4 from play and there were also good performances from veterans Paul O'Brien and Aidan Kilkenny, both of whom registered scores. Paul O'Brien's goal coming from a first half 21-yard-free.
Pádraig Pearses: Paul O'Brien (1-1); Ronan Skehill, Brendan Egan, John Lally; Dermot Skehill, Aidan Kilkenny (0-2), Adrian Burke; Enda Cunniffe (0-8, 0-4f), Damien Wynne (0-1); Niall Skehill (0-4), Adrian Bellew, Paul Moore; Finbar Healy, Leo Morrissey, Gary Hennelly (1-0). Subs: Thomas Broderick (0-1), Gerry Dwyer, Martin Barry.
Our Junior A hurlers play their first game of the Championship this Friday evening against Menlo Emmetts, in Carnmore (7pm). The top four teams in each of the two groups qualify to Quarter-Finals. Quarter-Final pair ups will be open draw, with teams from same groups kept apart. Pearses have been drawn in Group B, with the following clubs: Ballygar, Tommie Larkins, Portumna, Menlo Emmetts, Barna-Furbo, Sarsfields, Annaghdown, Mullagh, Kiltormer and Turloughmore. Group A is as follows: Liam Mellows, Meelick-Eyrecourt, Míchéal Breathnach, Castlegar, Athenry, Carnmore, Skehana, Ardrahan, Craughwell and Sylane.
Pearses Junior A Fixtures (Subject to change)
Round 1: Friday 17th May 7pm in Carnmore Pádraig Pearses V Menlo Emmetts
Round 2: Weekend 25th May Pádraig Pearses v Portumna
Round 3: Weekend 1rd June Pádraig Pearses v Kiltomer
Round 4: Weekend 8th June Pádraig Pearses v Sarsfields
Round 5: Weekend 16th June Pádraig Pearses v Annaghdown
Round 6: Weekends 22nd June and 6th July Pádraig Pearses Bye
Round 7: Weekend 13th July Pádraig Pearses v Mullagh
Round 8: Weekend 21st July Pádraig Pearses v Tommy Larkins
Round 9: Weekend 27th July Pádraig Pearses v Ballygar
Round 10: Weekend 10th August Pádraig Pearses v Turloughmore
Round 11: Weekend 25th August Pádraig Pearses v Barna Furbo
Quarter-Finals: Weekends 1st or 7th September.
Semi-Finals: Weekends 15th September or 21st September.
Final: Weekend 5th October.
Our Junior C Footballers had their first day out last weekend, playing Ballinasloe. The previous game against St. Gabriel's had been postponed, so will be refixed at a later date. Here is a full list of the prospective dates for the remaining games in the League and Championship (subject to change).
Junior C Football (North) Championship
Quarter-Final, Weekend 27th July
Pádraig Pearses v Claregalway
Semi-Finals, Sunday 11th August
Milltown or Sarsfield’s v Pearses or Claregalway
Williamstown or St Gabriel's or Mountbellew/Moylough v Dunmore or St. Brendan's
Division 4B Football League
Round 1, To be refixed: Pádraig Pearses v St. Gabriel’s
Round 2, Sunday 5th May: Ballinasloe 3-13 Pearses 1-10 in Ballinasloe
Round 3, Sunday 26th May: Pádraig Pearses v Milltown in Pearses GAA
Round 4, Sunday 2nd June: Pádraig Pearses v St. Brendan’s in St. Brendan’s
Round 5, Sunday 16th June: Pádraig Pearses v Williamstown in Pearses GAA
Round 6, Sunday 30th June: Pádraig Pearses v Sarsfield’s in Sarsfield’s.
Our Junior C hurlers started their season earlier this evening with a challenge game in Mullagh against Mullagh. It was a good first evening out, with some of the lads making a return to hurling after a while away from the game and it was capped off with a one point win (1-8 to 1-7). Well done to all. New players are welcome, so if you are interested in getting back playing hurling, call Paul Scarry on 087 779 3426. The first Junior C Hurling Championship game is on the weekend of June 8-9. There will be possibly be another challenge game or two played before then.
This Friday, 10th May, Galway GAA will hold an Open Night in Pearse Stadium, Salthill starting at 7.30pm. The Senior Hurling and Senior Football panels will be in attendance along with their respective Management teams. The first half-hour, 7.30–8pm will be an opportunity for the media to meet the players and management, do some interviews and get some snapshots. Thereafter it will open to the general public. This will be a great opportunity for everybody to meet and greet your sporting Heroes, take some pictures and get some autographs and for the Children, you never know you might get an opportunity to play alongside them as well. So be sure to bring your gear and wear your county colours. We invite everybody to come along and meet the Players before they start the Championship!
Pádraig Pearses 4-15 Oranmore-Maree 0-15: Our minor hurlers recorded their second win from four in their Championship campaign yesterday evening in Ballymacward. The win was vital to keep them in contention for the knockout stages, having suffered a setback in their plans when pipped at the post the last day out by Kilconieron.
Yesterday Gary Hennelly and Lee Murphy formed a lethal double act at the heart of the Pearses attack, tormenting the Oranmore-Maree defence throughout. Between them they hit 4-10 of Pearses' final tally, all but 0-2 of that from play! There is now a break for Pádraig Pearses in the Minor Championship until June 29th (TBC), when they are scheduled to take on Mountbellew-Moylough. There are then two more Group games after that against Mullagh and Clarinbridge.
Pearses (starting 15): Matthew Walsh; Darren Naughton, Sean Murray, Tom Broderick; Alan Naughton (0-1), Ronan Bellew (0-1), Ronan O'Neill; John Jenkins, John Lally; Brian Sweeney (0-1), Gary Hennelly (1-7, 0-2f), Finbar Healy; Keith Connell (0-2), Lee Murphy (3-3), Tom Carr.
Ballinasloe 3-13 Pádraig Pearses 1-10. Pádraig Pearses Junior footballers got their League campaign off the ground last Sunday in Ballinasloe GAA grounds. Ballinasloe – spearheaded by a number of recent All-Ireland medalists and a proportion of minors who put twelve goals past Tuam Stars the previous day in the Minor A Championship – utilised their extra man well after Pearses' Robert Finn had to go off with an ankle injury.
Pearses started off the stronger side with Seán Hardiman and Ronan Skehill pointing from play in the opening minutes. Ballinasloe registered their opening score in the ninth minute. Shortly afterwards Pat Mahon was quick to respond to a breaking ball in the Ballinasloe square, finishing to the net to put Pearses four clear, 1-2 to 0-1. Further Pearses points followed from Hardiman and Darragh Skehill, before a lapse in concentration in defence led to a Ballinasloe goal. However, Pearses still went in at half-time a point in front.
Leo Morrissey, operating at midfield with Tommy McDonagh, won the second half throw in and proceeded up the field to win a close-in free which Hardiman converted along with another score by Ronan Skehill from play putting Pearses three clear. Ballinasloe then made a change to their game plan, bringing out of their goalkeeper to operate as a extra man in the half-forward line. As a result Ballinasloe dominated the final-quarter, apart from Cathal Hogan and Tomás Kenny points from play.
Overall the management of James Clancy and Adrian Queeney were happy as they were looking for a performance from this historic first day out for the newly formed Football branch of Pádraig Pearses. They felt that we had dominated for long periods of the game, even when a man down. Anybody interested in playing Junior football this year is asked to contact James Clancy as there will be a large number of games in both League and Championship throughout the summer.
Pearses: Edmund Flannery, Tom Ryan, Tomás Kenny, Robert Finn; Niall Skehill, Dermot Skehill, Ronan Skehill; Leo Morrissey, Tommy McDonagh; Darragh Skehill, Sean Hardiman, Adrian Queeney; Shane Hanlon, Cathal Hogan, Pat Mahon.
Thanks to Leo Morrissey for Match Report
Pearses continued on their good run in U16B Hurling Championship with a workman like win over a strong Tommie Larkins team. Pearses trailed at half time, 0-7 to 0-4 after playing into strong breeze in the first half. However, Larkin's were reduced to 14 men, before the break and Pearses used that and the wind advantage, to grind out a good win in the second half.
Brian Sweeney again led the way for Pearses and indeed he was the one who levelled the game midway through the second-half, with a pointed free. Lee Murphy and Keith Connell also chipped in with scores before Sweeney struck for the game's only goal, with 5 minutes remaining, to wrap up the result. Others who did well for Pearses were Matthew Walsh, reliable in goals, Ronan O'Neill, Ronan Carr, Seán Murray and Ronan Flannery did well in a tight defence.
This was the third win from three games in the Championship, with four games still remaining to play. The next Championship game is fixed for next Thursday evening, against Portumna in Ballymacward, subject to change.
Pearses: Matthew Walsh; Ronan Carr, Sean Murray, Ronan Flannery; Dermot Byrnes, Ronan O'Neill, Sean Flaherty; Brian Sweeney, Conor O'Neill; Lee Murphy, Matthew Ruane, Daniel Masterson; Eoin Burke, Keith Connell, Emmet Costello. Sub used: Darragh Healy for Daniel Masterson.
Pearses got off to a winning start in the First Round of the Senior Hurling Championship yesterday evening in Kenny Park, Athenry. They entered the game as favourites and justified this tag with the 6 point winning margin. Pearses led from the start, but never pulled away from Moycullen like they threatened to do several times.
Pearses played into the town end in the first-half and after 7 minutes lead by 0-4 to 0-2, through points from Tom Flannery (2), Cyril Donnellan and Emmet Ward. Then in the 8th minute Pearses captain Cormac Ward struck for the game's first goal. Flannery tacked on two more points to stretch the lead to 1-6 to 0-2 by the 13th minute. Moycullen responded with a good point from play and then somehow scrambled ball to the net, after working it along the endline. After Pearses' good start the margin was suddenly down to 3 points, 1-6 to 1-3.
Flannery again from a free and Cormac Ward added two Pearses points. The score now 1-8 to 1-3 in the 22nd minute. However, from here until the half-time whistle Moycullen outscored Pearses 0-4 to 0-2. Flannery and Donnellan, the Pearses scorers. Midfielder Eanna Noone leading the Moycullen charge with 3 of the 4 points. Half-time: Pearses 1-10 Moycullen 1-7.
Pearses hit the first 0-3 of the second half (Cormac Ward and Shane Raftery 0-2) before Moycullen hit back with 0-2. Then in a decisive six minute spell Pearses struck 1-3 to stunt the Moycullen fightback, 2-16 to 1-9 in the 15th minute. Cyril Donnellan hitting the killer goal after an assist by hardworking Championship debutant, Darragh Skehill. Then much like the first half Moycullen won the final 15 minutes 0-6 to 0-2, but it could be argued that Pearses had taken the foot off the pedal at this stage.
Best for Pearses were captain Cormac Ward and Tom Flannery. Cyril Donnellan was watched closely by the Moycullen defence, but still plundered 1-3, his goal at an important time when Moycullen were threatening. Richie Lally, Shane Raftery and Darragh Skehill also put in solid displays. Pearses now advance to the Group stages, with the four-team groups to be drawn after Round 2. Moycullen enter Round 2, for a second chance at qualifying.
Pearses: Fearghal Flannery; Anthony Kenny, Tomás Kenny, Paraic Raftery; Richie Lally, Shane Raftery (0-2), Kerrill Hardiman; Seán Hardiman, Jimmy Gelston; Darragh Skehill (0-1), Cormac Ward (1-2), Cyril Donnellan (1-3), Gary Lally, Emmett Ward (0-1), Tomás Flannery (0-9). Subs used: Ronan Bellew, Colm Raftery, Robbie Donnellan and Tommy McDonagh.
The Senior Hurling Championship swings back into action this weekend, with 8 games taking place over the two days. Pearses have a chance to amend for last year's defeat, to the same opposition, when they take on Moycullen today at 6pm in Kenny Park, Athenry. This year, like last year Pearses are hot favourites, but this will not unduly bother the Gaeltacht men. The winner qualifies for the Group stages, while the loser has a second opportunity to make the Group stages in Round 2. Last year Moycullen, as Intermediate Champions, were exempt from this stage of the competition.
Both managers have a full quota of players to pick from. Moycullen will look to players like Eanna Noone, the Lydon brothers and Conor Bohan to lead the fight. John Raftery has used a big selection of players in the Senior League to date, in his quest to unearth his best 15. It remains to be seen whether Cyril Donnellan will assume the No 6 spot as of last year, or rejoin the attack. Management will also be hopeful that Emmet Ward can resume his impressive form from last year's Championship and the new players who've been trailed on the League can hit the ground running. Best of luck to Management, Panel and all involved.
Pearses 5-12 Liam Mellows 1-11: Our U16 hurlers made it two Championship wins from two games earlier this evening in Ballymacward. The victory was made all the more impressive to the fact that Pearses were missing two regular starters, Paul Lally and Sean Murray (both injured). Brian Sweeney continued his good form, having scored 0-14 in the previous game against St Thomas'. This evening he hit 2-6, from midfield! Lee Murphy was also impressive at full-forward, hitting 1-5 in a deadly double-act. Pearses are due to play Cappataggle in the next round, on May 2nd. Details TBC.
Pearses: Matthew Walsh; Ronan Carr, Keith Connell, Ronan Flannery; Dermot Byrnes, Ronan O'Neill, Seán Flaherty; Brian Sweeney (2-6), Conor O'Neill (0-1); Daniel Masterson (1-0), Matthew Ruane, Eoin Burke; Darragh Healy, Lee Murphy (1-5), Emmet Costello (1-0). Sub used: Keith Lally for Flaherty.
Kilconieron 4-7 Pearses 2-12: Our Minor hurlers' unbeaten record in the Championship to date came to an end, when a great second half comeback by Kilconieron seen them lose out by just 1 point in Kilconieron on Saturday evening. This was their third match of the campaign having defeated Killimordaly and finished on level terms with Sarsfields last weekend.
This is a game they could have won, as they led by 5 points at the interval, 2-7 to 2-2. The goals coming from Alan Naughton and Gary Hennelly. Kilconieron had the better of the exchanges in the second half outscoring Pearses 2-5 to 0-5. Following this result Pearses are now in 4th place on the Group B table, with 4 games still to play Clarinbridge, Oranmore-Maree, Mullagh and Mountbellew-Moylough.
Pearses: Finbar Healy; Sean Murray, Thomas Broderick, Darren Naughton; Paul Lally, Ronan Bellew, Ronan O'Neill; John Jenkins, Alan Naughton; Brian Sweeney, Gary Hennelly, John Lally; Tom Carr, Keith Connell, Lee Murphy.
Our U10 hurlers had a great start to their campaign, in their first game of the season in the East Galway U10 League. They had a resounding victory over Portumna, in Portumna yesterday. It was a great performance and each and every member of the panel played their part. Well done to Martin Scarry and all the lads. Keep up the good work.
Pearses: Patrick Kenny, Robert Hynes, Brian Kelly, Peter O'Neill, Conor Moran, Cian Murphy, Luke Mitchell, Oisin Donoghue, David Hillary, Darragh Roche, Harry Mitchell. Subs: Ronan Hynes, Eanna Cunniffe, Dara Scarry, Cormac Hillary, Anthony Feeney and Conor Kelly.
This was a lively Championship Round 2 encounter played in terrible conditions in Ballymacward earlier. The wind had its part to play throughout. Pearses were first to score (Gary Hennelly), but Sarsfields responded and moved ahead. Ronan Bellew then pointed a Pearses free before Sarsfields pulled two points clear. Brian Sweeney landed two points for Pearses, to level the game.
Sarsfields then had their most dominant period of the game, hitting 4 points on the trot. Pearses replied with a Hennelly point, but Sarsfields added 2 more to lead 0-11 to 0-6. Pearses then struck for a tonic Keith Connell goal before the break and so after the Sarsfields' dominance there was just 2 points between the sides at the interval.
The first score of the second half was a Tom Carr goal in the 8th minute, after the keeper had saved the initial effort, to put Pearses in the lead. However Sarsfields went straight down the field and found the net themselves to restore their lead and looked to have killed off the Pearses challenge with another goal shortly afterwards, 2-11 to 2-6.
However, Sarsfields would not score for the remaining 13 minutes as Pearses, point-by-point, narrowed the gap, before a last minute point by Gary Hennelly levelled the scores. It was appropriate that Hennelly should hit the equaliser as he had been excellent throughout. Pearses are scheduled to play Kilconieron next weekend. Details to be confirmed.
Pearses (starting): Finbar Healy; Darren Naughton, Thomas Broderick, Seán Murray; Alan Naughton, Ronan Bellew (0-3), Paul Lally; John Lally, Ronan O'Neill; Darragh Kelly, Gary Hennelly (0-5), Brian Sweeney (0-3); Tom Carr (1-0), Keith Connell (1-0), Lee Murphy.
Pearses accounted for an understrength Athenry side (short of 5 regulars) in this League clash yesterday evening. Pearses had 3 points on the board after 5 minutes, before the lively Gary Lally struck for the game's first goal. Athenry then stirred to life, with their first two points of the game, before Shane Raftery responded with a long-range free.
Pearses then struck for another goal, when Tomás Flannery collected the ball 21 yards from goal, before unleashing an unstoppable shot past the Athenry keeper. The sides then went point for point until the break, Cyril Donnellan picking off 0-4, one of which could have crept under the crossbar for a third goal. The half-time scoreline read Pearses 2-12 Athenry 0-8.
An improved Athenry returned for the second half. The opening 8 minutes were a stalemate, with neither team giving the umpires any work. Athenry then struck 1-2 without reply during their most productive period of the game. Pearses then hit back to kill that momentum, when the Gary Lally pressurised the newly introduced keeper into making a mistake, before finishing to the net.
The final quarter, passed without much incident the sides trading points as the game come to it's conclusion. Both sides were guilty of some bad wides. It was a useful workout for both sides, but their sights were surely set on a bigger date in 2 weeks time (in the Championship).
Pearses: P O'Brien; A Kenny, T Kenny, P Raftery; R Lally, S Raftery (0-2), A Bellew; S Hardiman (0-2), J Gelston (0-1); C Ward, M Barry, C Donnellan (0-4), T Flannery (1-1), E Ward (0-2), G Lally (2-2). Subs used: F Flannery, D Skehill, R Donnellan (0-1), T McDonagh, E Cunniffe.
Pearses 0-16 to St.Thomas' 1-4: Our U16 hurlers got their Championship off to a great start against St Thomas' this evening in a very wet Castledaly. Pearses started with intent and weer first off the mark, with 2 quick points on the board (Lee Murphy and Brian Sweeney). St Thomas replied with 1-1, all inside the opening 10 minutes.
However, the Pearses backs, led by Sean Murray, tightened their grip on the opposing forwards. Two brilliant saves by Matthew Walsh also helped in limiting St Thomas' scoreless for the rest of the half. Pearses pushed on with Brian Sweeney, Ronan O'Neill, Paul Lally and Lee Murphy dominating the middle third of the field. Sweeney finished the first-half with 0-10, from both play and frees, to leave the half-time score, Pearses 0-11 to 1-1.
The second half was a hard fought affair with scores hard to come by as under-foot conditions deteriorated even further. St. Thomas' hit 0-2 to reduce the deficit to 5, before Brian Sweeney (0-4) and Lee Murphy (0-1) settled the contest, despite a disallowed goal from hard working Keith Connell. A late point from St.Thomas left the final score Pearses 0-16 to St.Thomas 1-4.
Brian Sweeney was the standout player throughout. He had also, 6 hours previously, scored 2-10 in a Schools game (Thanks Ronan). 2-24 in one day, outstanding. Pearses are scheduled to play in Round 2 of the Championship on 18th April, in Ballymacward against Tommie Larkins.
Pearses: Matthew Walsh; Ronan Carr, Sean Murray, Ronan Flannery; Dermot Byrnes, Ronan O'Neill, Paul Lally; Lee Murphy (0-2), Brian Sweeney (0-14); Conor O'Neill, Matthew Ruane, Eoin Burke; Emmet Costello, Keith Connell, Daniel Masterson. Sub used: Darragh Healy for Emmet Costello.
Thanks to Martin Scarry (Juvenile Chairman) for Report.
Gort 1-16 Pearses 1-13: Pearses and Gort renewed their recent rivalry this morning in Gort in the Fourth Round of the Senior Hurling League. The last meeting of the two clubs was of course in last year's Senior Championship Quarter-Final, which seen Gort prevail despite a late Pearses rally. Today's Game seen a return to Club action for Galway panelists Cyril Donnellan and Emmet Ward.
Pearses had a good start in the breezy conditions. Some accurate freetaking and a goal from the stick of Tomas Flannery, seen Pearses led by 4 at the break, 1-5 to 0-4. Gort however had a much improved second-half with Captain Andy Coen and freetaker Gerry Quinn on top form. A goal from substitute Kieth Killilea helped Gort turn around the half-time deficit to emerge 3 point winners.
Kerrill Hardiman went off with an injury, but the injury should not keep him out any upcoming hurling. Best for Pearses on the day were Darragh Skehill, Emmet Ward, and Tomas Flannery. John Raftery used all 5 subs, so everyone is seeing plenty of action in the lead up to the Senior Championship which starts (for Pearses) on Sunday, 28th April against Moycullen.
Pearses: Fearghal Flannery; Anthony Kenny, Tomás Kenny, Padraic Raftery; Richie Lally, Shane Raftery (0-1), Kerrill Hardiman; Jimmy Gelston (0-1), Cyril Donnellan (0-2); Darragh Skehill (0-1), Seán Hardiman, Cormac Ward; Gary Lally, Emmet Ward (0-4), Tomas Flannery (1-4). Subs used: Robbie Donnellan, Ronan Bellew, Tommy McDonagh, Enda Cunniffe and Colm Raftery.
It was a great day of hurling in Ballymacward on Saturday as the club hosted 4 other teams for the Toddie Byrne Shield (Feile) competition. Referees for the day were Sean Moran (Abbeyknockmoy) and Trevor Barrett (Ahascragh-Fohenagh) with the activity being co-ordinated by Michael Hehir (Tuam HC). There were 8 games played, in the brilliant and unexpected sunshine, with Pearses contesting 4 of the games. Two games had been played the previous evening, with wins for Ballinasloe and Micheal Breathnach.
Pearses played Tuam in their first Group game, Tuam's second game. Conor O'Neill and Geordan Kenny top scored as Pearses won easily, 2-6 to 0-1. Micheal Breathnach were next up and Conor O'Neill was in top form again, hitting 3-2 as Pearses emerged 5-3 to 0-2 winners. Directly afterwards Pearses played Sarsfields, who we lost to previously this year, in the Championship. Pearses were flying it and led 1-2 to 0-2 at the break, but Pearses legs began to tire and Sarsfields stormed back in the second half, led by the excellent Darren Morrissey at midfield to win 2-7 to 1-3.
There was break then for the lads, as two other games were played. Ballinasloe defeating Micheal Breathnach and Sarsfields accounting for Tuam HC, to set up the last game, between Pearses and Ballinasloe, as a playoff decider. A win for Pearses would have forced a 3 way playoff between Pearses, Ballinasloe and Sarsfields. Our lads went behind to an early flurry of Ballinasloe scores, yielding 1-2. Pearses contested well in the second quarter, but Pearses dangerman Conor O'Neill was watched closely by Ballinasloe's backline and we couldn't get any scores on the board. Half-time score was 1-2 to 0-0.
Ballinasloe added another 1-2 in the second half despite the great efforts of Pearses' Eoghan McCabe and Ronan Flannery in the backline, Pearses points coming again from Conor O'Neill. Final score was 2-4 to 0-2. Ballinasloe centre-back Darragh Kenny is one to watch out for in the future. Ballinasloe played Annaghdown in the Shield Final, in Pearse Stadium on Sunday, but lost by 3 points.
Pearses Squad: Jarlath Healy, Eoghan McCabe, Ronan Flannery, Darragh Healy, Jack Barrett, Stephen Doran, Geordan Kenny, Dylan Grady, Dean Reilly, Darren Lally, Conor O'Neill, Shane Hynes, Tomás Carr, Oisin Flannery, Cathal Kitt, Conor Burke, James Friel, Marc Hennelly, Daniel Geraghty, Jacob Geraghty. Manager: Pat Healy.
There were two games played in Pearses' Toddie Byrne Shield group earlier this evening. Ballinasloe defeated Sarsfields 2-5 to 2-1 and Michéal Breathnach defeated Tuam 3-3 to 1-4. The rest of the games will be played tomorrow, in Ballymacward. There have been some alterations to the match times posted earlier in the week.
The full schedule of games and times is as follows:
10.30am Pádraig Pearses v Tuam HC – Referee: S Moran
11.10am Michael Breathnach v Sarsfields – Referee: T Barrett
11.50am Ballinasloe v Tuam HC – Referee: S Moran
12.30pm Pádraig Pearses v Micheal Breathnach – Referee: T Barrett
01.10pm Pádraig Pearses v Sarsfields – Referee: S Moran
01.50pm Micheal Breathnach v Ballinasloe – Referee: T Barrett
02.30pm Sarsfields v Tuam HC – Referee: S Moran
03.10pm Pádraig Pearses v Ballinasloe – Referee: S Moran
The Toddie Byrne U14 Shield Competition takes place this coming weekend (Friday 5th, Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th April). There are 2 groups in the Shield compeition, with 5 teams in each. Our lads have been drawn in Group B along with Tuam HC, Ballinasloe, Michéal Breathnach and our neighbours Sarsfields.
Pearses have a bye for first round of games on Friday, April 5th. All our Group B games on Saturday 6th will be played in Ballymacward. They are as follows: Pearses v Tuam HC at 10am, Pearses v Michéal Breathnach at 12pm, Pearses v Sarsfields at 12.40pm and Pearses v Ballinasloe 2.40 pm.
The Final will be played in Pearse Stadium on the Sunday, hopefully we will be contesting it. Please come along to Ballymacward on Saturday, for what should be a great day of hurling action. Best of luck to Manager Pat Healy and the lads.
Pearses 3-14 Killimordaly 3-5. Pearses got their Minor Championship off to a flying start on Monday evening when they defeated our near neighbours and great rivals Killimordaly by 9 points, in Killimordaly. So impressive was Pearses' first half performance that the home side had failed to register a score by the half-time whistle. The score at the interval was 1-8 to 0-0, thanks mainly to the accuracy of Brian Sweeney from placed balls and the goal from corner-forward Tom Carr.
Killimordaly needed something special in the second half to claw themselves back into the game. To their credit they made a gallant attempt at overturning the big deficit, led again (as they had been in the U21 clash of the clubs 2 weeks ago) by Brian Burke. The big youngster accounting for all but 2 points of Killimordaly's second-half tally.
Indeed Killimordaly shaded the high-scoring second half (3-5 to 2-6). However, the cushion Pearses has built in the first-half meant they just had to keep the scoreboard ticking over, to run out easy winners in the end. Best for Pearses were Gary Hennelly, Ronan Bellew, Tom Carr and Brian Sweeney. Round 2 of the Championship is scheduled for April 14th, stay tuned for more details nearer the date.
Pearses: Dermot Byrnes; Darren Naughton, Thomas Broderick, Seán Murray; Paul Lally, Ronan Bellew (0-2), Alan Naughton; John Lally (0-1), Ronan O'Neill; Brian Sweeney (0-5), Gary Hennelly (1-2), Darragh Kelly; Keith Connell (0-2), Lee Murphy (1-0), Tom Carr (1-2). Sub used: Ronan Carr for Connell.
It's a cliché, but goals win matches and this was very much the case in Ballinasloe last Saturday. Pearses as they did last weekend against Oranmore-Maree had the better start of the two teams and were 0-6 to 0-3 in front by the 21st minute, with all the Pearses scores coming from frees by Colm Raftery. Killimordaly's scores also from placed balls, from the equally accurate Brian Burke.
However Killimordaly struck for a goal from play on the 22nd minute to undo Pearses' early momentum and tagged on two points to turn the game on it's head. Raftery hit a Pearses' point to reduce Killimordaly's lead to 1, but disaster struck when Killimordaly raided down the right wing again and despite a brilliant initial save by Finbarr Healy in the Pearses goal, they finished the rebound to the net, leaving the half-time score at 2-6 to 0-7.
The start of the second half was evenly contested, it was 2-8 to 0-8 by the 10th minute again Raftery again for Pearses. Killimordaly struck the next two points to move 8 in front before Pearses' only scorer at that stage Colm Raftery was red carded for a second yellow card. Any chance of a Pearses revival was further eliminated by another Killimordaly goal, stretching the gap to 10 points.
To their credit Pearses' battled hard to restore respectability to the Scoreboard. Enda Cunniffe was unlucky not to find the net from a 21 yard free, firing over the bar. Another 21 yard free, this time struck by Ronan Bellew, now operating at centre-forward, found the net. Then Killimordaly rattled off 4 points in quick succession. Bellew and Hennelly hit back with 2 more points, before Killimordaly responded with 2 of their own to leave the final score 3-15 to 1-11.
Pearses never recovered from the concession of the two goals in the second quarter and once Killimordaly got their noses in front it was always going to be hard to wrestle back control. Only a handful of this team are over-age for the U21 grade next year, so this years experience will stand to them. Killimordaly advance to the semi-finals, where they now look like they could be strong favourites to win the competition.
Pearses: F Healy; R Skehill, D Skehill, T Broderick; J Lally, R Bellew (1-1), B Egan; E Cunniffe (0-1), C Raftery (0-8); D Kelly, K Beckett, R Lally; G Hennelly (0-1), P Moore, G Lally.
Our Under 13 footballers were narrowly defeated in the League Final last Bank Holiday Monday in Menlough. They had played 5 games, winning 4-in-a-row, defeating Williamstown, Killererin, Cortoon Shamrocks and Headford, to qualify for the Final. They had lost to Milltown in the first game of the season and were hopeful gaining revenge. They competed well but ultimately came up short against an very good Milltown team. Great credit must go to Management of Des McCabe and Mike Carr for the work they have done with this group. Well done to all.
Pearses: Darragh Healy; Eoghan McCabe, Ronan Flannery (Captain), Jack Barrett; Dylan Grady, Dean Reilly, Shane Hynes; Óisin Flannery, Geordan Kenny; Cathal Kitt, Tomás Carr, Darragh McCabe; Mark Hennelly, Stephen Doran, Conor Burke. Subs: Eoin Lally, Niall Moran and James Friel.
Our U21 hurlers put right the wrongs of last weekend, with a Preliminary Quarter-Final victory today, over Oranmore-Maree in Turloughmore. Pearses flew out of the blocks with the first two attacks yielding two Colm Raftery pointed frees. Oranmore responded, but Raftery went low and buried a 21-yard free to stretch the Pearses lead. Three further points (Raftery, Hennelly and Robbie Lally) put Pearses seven clear. Enda Cunniffe then delivered a low ball to Gary Lally, at corner-forward and Lally showed a clean pair of heels to the corner-back, to net Pearses' second goal.
It looked at this stage as if it might be a one-sided affair. The second goal conceded however seemed to stir Oranmore-Maree to life and they began to fight back, mainly through frees. Pearses' did tack on 2 more points before half-time, one by Paul Moore from a near impossible angle. The score at the break was Pearses 2-7 Oranmore-Maree 0-6.
By the 10th minute of the second half Oranmore-Maree had reduced the Pearses lead to 4, with a goal of their own. Pearses added 3 points to open the gap again by the 15th minute. But, from here until the finish it was all Oranmore-Maree. They hit 6 unanswered points to leave the margin at the minimum, in injury time. One last assault on the Pearses back line at the death was thwarted and the referee's sounded the final whistle, for a narrow Pearses win.
Pearses can look back on an excellent first Quarter, but they will need to maintain that level until the end of the game to win a Quarter-Final. They allowed Oranmore-Maree back into the game and could well have been pipped at the finish, like last week. It's good to win with improvements still to be made and also to be looking ahead to a Quarter-Final. Quarter-Final opponents to be decided in an open draw. Watch out for updates on Facebook.
Pearses: F Healy; R Skehill, D Skehill, T Broderick; J Lally, R Bellew, B Egan; E Cunniffe, P Moore (0-1); C Raftery (1-7), K Beckett, R Lally (0-1); D Kelly, G Hennelly (0-1), G Lally (1-1).
Our U13 footballers continued their good run of form last Friday evening, defeating Cortoon Shamrocks in Gurteen, making it 3 league wins in-a-row. The U14 hurlers travelled to Moycullen for their first Championship game of the season. They took on Moycullen B and ran out easy winners on a scoreline of 4-9 to 0-1. Tomás Carr (3-0) and Óisin O'Neill (0-7) were the star performers. Hopefully this result is a good omen for our Senior's future fixture with Moycullen.
Annual Lotto holders are reminded to return their completed 250 Club entries to any Club Officer by this Monday (18th March). You are not officially signed up for the 250 Club until the completed flyer has been returned. The deadline for other potential 250 Club Members is March 31st. Places are filling quickly. Finally, Training for all U10 hurlers began last weekend and will continue at 10am each Sunday morning until after Easter.
Despite a second half fightback against Cois Fharraige yesterday Pearses lost out by the minimum to a last minute goal in Turloughmore. There was a strong wind and it was always going to be a matter of which team utilised it best. It was a competitive first half and Pearses had a fair share of attacking into the strong wind. We were unlucky in that most of the frees awarded were further out the field and were not really scorable in the conditions. The backs coped well limiting Cois Fharraige to 0-5. Colm Raftery was on target from 2 placed balls, leaving the score at half-time at 0-5 to 0-2.
Cois Fharraige played an extra man at the back for the second half and started well against the wind. Colm Raftery responded from a free for Pearses, leaving the score 0-6 to 0-3. Then a pass from Daragh Kelly to the inrushing Paul Moore unlocked the Cois Fharraige defence and Moore finished to the net, levelling the game. Cois Fharraige pulled ahead again from a placed ball. Raftery hit back from play. Pearses were having a purple patch and following a goalmouth scramble Gary Hennelly finished to the net to put Pearses back in front. Immediately after play was held up, resulting in a Cois Fharraige man receiving his marching orders for a second yellow card.
The break in play seemed to break the Pearses momentum and even with the numerical disadvantage Cois Fharraige were refusing to die. Colm Raftery was having a rare off-day from placed balls while Cois Fhairraige were battling hard and succeeded in reducing the margin to the minimum. Ronan Bellew pointed for Pearses to extend the margin to 2. It looked like it might be enough. I was a dangerous lead and disaster struck, when a speculative shot at goal by Cois Fharraige dipped under Finbar Healy's crossbar.
It was the worst possible way to lose the game, but Pearses were outbattled and too many of the team's leaders were not at the races. Best for Pearses on the day were Ronan Bellew, Dara Skehill, Paul Moore and Gary Lally. Cois Fharraige advance to a Quarter-Final, while Pearses now enter a Preliminary Quarter-Final. Our opponents are not yet known.
Pearses: F Healy; R Skehill, B Egan, T Broderick; R Bellew (0-1), D Skehill, G Lally; E Cunniffe, P Moore (1-0); R Lally, K Beckett, J Lally; G Dwyer, C Raftery (0-4, 3f), G Hennelly (1-0). Sub used: D Kelly for Dywer (HT).
The club's U13 footballers made it two wins on the trot in the League last weekend, defeating Killererin in Barnaderg. In the Suck Valley Hurling Leagues our U14s had their first win of the season, against Sylane in Ballymacward. The minors were also in action, again against Sylane in Ballymacward, losing by 3 points.The Senior hurlers had their second League outing, in Fohenagh, against Portumna (report below).
The U21 hurlers will return to action this weekend against Cois Fharraige in Round 2 of the U21B Championship. Cois Fharraige had a good win over Killimor in Round 1, clocking up a big score. Pearses will be hoping to build on their good wn over Kilconieron in Round 1. A win would see us qualify for the Quarter-Final, a loss would mean we have to play in a Preliminary Quarter-Final. The U14s also make their first Championship appearance (having played 3 Suck Valley games), in Moycullen against the home side, at 3pm on Saturday. There is a bus travelling to the game. For more information contact Club Secretary.
Our 250 CLUB, has been a great success, so far. Places are filling up quickly, so please get your cards back to any Club Officer, or player ASAP. Annual Lotto members have until 18th March to get their cards back. Whether you are an Annual Lotto member or not, you are not officially part of the 250 CLUB until the brochure has been physically returned, with your name filled in on the back.
Also, congratulations to Brendan Egan, who was wing-back on the LIT Thurles team who won the Ryan Cup Final, defeating IT Tralee, in Pearse Stadium last weekend. For a chance to win a Club Jersey please 'Like' our Club Facebook page or if you are already a follower, just 'Share' the jersey ad. The first Score Prediction League table will be posted on the club website in coming weeks.
The senior hurlers had their second outing of the Senior Hurling League yesterday, against former All-Ireland Club Champions Portumna, in Fohenagh. Both teams were without their county representatives, some of which (Cyril Donnellan, Andy Smith, Joe Canning and Damien Hayes) were on duty in Ennis in the Inter-Provincial Final in Ennis for Connacht. Portumna were quickest out of the traps and led by 0-7 to Pearses' 0-1 after 15 minutes. Their domination continued for the remainder of the half, leaving the half-time score at 0-13 to 0-4 (Flannery 0-2, Shane Raftery and Darragh Skehill 0-1 each).
The Second half belonged to Pearses. Though Ivan Canning was on target from placed balls for Portumna, Pearses were creating more chances. It was a big improvement on the first half and led by Shane Raftery and Tomás Flannery, Pearses slowly pulled back the Portumna lead. Portumna did threaten to take back full control at times, but had some bad wides and Chunky Hayes rattled the crossbar midway through the half. Flannery was reliable from placed balls and Shane Raftery, Robbie Donnellan, Kerrill Hardiman and Enda Cunniffe chipped in scores from play. However, time ran out in the end.
Pearses: P O'Brien; T McDonagh, T Kenny, P Raftery; S Hardiman, S Raftery (0-4), C Ward; J Gelston, E Cunniffe (0-1); D Skehill (0-1), K Hardiman (0-1), N Skehill; R Donnellan, T Flannery (0-9), R Skehill. Sub used: G Lally, C Raftery.Portumna: J Keane; P Smith, O Canning, S Touhy; O Treacy, M Dolphin, C O'Hare; G Heagney, E Lynch; Ivan Canning, L Smith, C Burke; R Hayes, K Hayes, N Hayes. Subs used: J Flanagan, R Royston, J Coughlan. Referee: S Moran (Meelick-Eyrecourt)
There were good results last weekend for the club's U21 hurlers (report below) and U13 footballers. The U13s (managed by Des McCabe) were impressive in a resounding 5-10 to 1-3 win over Williamstown, in Gurteen. The Senior hurlers had their first League outing of the year, in Kinvara, against the home side. Without the county players Cyril Donnellan, Feaghal Flannery and Emmett Ward, they were defeated on a scoreline of 2-15 to 0-13. Kinvara, it must be said, were also without their County players Shane Kavanagh and Colm Callanan. There were two fixtures in the Suck Valley Hurling League, the minor hurlers were awarded the points when Tuam could not field a team. The U14s were defeated by Mountbellew-Moylough.
Pearses 1-10 Kilconieron 1-7. Pearses got their U21 Championship off to a good start with a spirited display against Kilconieron in Killimordaly earlier today. From the outset the hunger of this Pearses side for victory was apparent. When not in possession they chased down the opposition in packs, often forcing tunovers. Yet for all this hard work they trailed at half-time 0-5 to 0-3, primarily due to a series of wides, when in control, earlier in the half.
Despite a slow start to the second half Pearses began to assume control again and this time were more economical with their opportunities, drawing level at 0-6 to 0-6. Then when presented with a 21-yard-free for the lead, Colm Raftery went low and stuck it in the top corner. Gary Hennelly was now beginning to shine after a switch from corner to full-forward and tagged on a point.
Raftery added another brace of frees before a disputed 65' was converted by Kilconieron. Again Raftery replied with a placed ball. Then a probing high ball into the heart of the defence found a Kilconieron man inside the cover and he finished to the net. Pearses to their credit hit back instantly, with possibly the best score of the game. Darragh Skehill finishing a well worked move. Pearses now progress to Round 2, where they take on Cois Fharraige, possibly next week. Stay tuned for a fixture!
Pearses: F Healy; R Skehill, B Egan, T Broderick; R Bellew, D Skehill (0-1), G Lally; E Cunniffe, C Raftery (1-6, all frees); R Lally (0-1), K Beckett, J Lally; G Dwyer, P Moore (0-1), G Hennelly (0-1). Sub used: D Kelly for G Dywer. Kilconieron: O Uniacke; E Donoghue, P Uniacke, R Fahy; S Maloney, S Caulfield, N Maher; S Hickey, L Uniacke; P Burke, C Dillon, G McGrath; J Egan, L Cannon, D Ó Mangáin. Referee: M Conway (Craughwell).
Each year the sports writers of Connacht join up to announce monthly and overall awards for the sports stars of the province and the 2012 awards were presented at a gala ceremony in the Travellers Friend Hotel, Castlebar recently. Cyril Donnellan won the award for July (for his brilliant display in the Leinster Final) an in Camogie Niamh Kilkenny of Pearses Camogie Club was named as Senior Camogie Player of the Year.
Galway's Iarla Tannian won the September award and John Joe Holleran, former Chairman Galway Football Board took the December award. Moycullen Handballer Martin Mulkerrins who took the overall Connacht GAA Writers Personality of the Year. Mullagh took the Galway and Connacht GAA Club Grounds of the Year. For a full list of all the award winners, visit this page.
The previously cancelled U21B Hurling Championship fixture against Kilconieron will go ahead this Saturday at 3pm in Killimordaly. Come along and offer your support if you can.
The club's Senior hurlers are back in competitive action this weekend, in Kinvara, against the home side, on Sunday morning at 11am. It allows plenty of time for you to get to Pearse Stadium to see Galway take on Kilkenny in the first round of the NHL (at 2pm) if you wish. Pearses will be without County players Cyril, Fearghal and Emmet for this fixture, as will Kinvara (Shane Kavanagh and Colm Callanan). Cyril's suspension rules him out of Galway's first two NHL games.
The draw for the Senior Hurling Championship was made on Tuesday night last in the Salthill Hotel. Pearses have been pitted against Moycullen in the first round, renewing rivalries with the West Galway side after last year's Group game in Athenry, which Moycullen won, which hopefully will provide plenty of motivation to reverse the result this time around. Like last year, winners advance to the Group, while losers have a 'Second Chance' to make it to the group stage.
Draws were made also, on the night, for the Minor B Championship, in which Pearses are involved. In the Minor B, There are two groups of 8. Pearses are in Group B with Sarsfields, Clarinbridge, Mullagh, Oranmore-Maree, Killimordaly, Mountbellew-Moylough and Kilconieron. The top 4 teams on either side qualify, with the Quarter-Finals cross played.
In the Junior C competition there are also two Groups, with Pearses' group consisting of Tynagh-Abbey-Duniry, Liam Mellows, Kilbeacanty, St. Thomas', Ballindereen, Kinvara, Clarinbridge. Again there are 4 qualifiers from the each group, with the botoom four in each group entering an open draw shield competition.
Cyril Donnellan made his first start of the season for Galway/Connacht, in the Inter-Provincial Semi-Final against Leinster and was also captain as they impressively advanced to the final. They will take on Munster. Emmet Ward missed out through injury, Fearghal Flannery was listed among the subs.
Over the weekend, results didn't go the way of the club's U21 footballers (v Dunmore) in the North U21B Championship, the U13 footballers (v Milltown) or the U14 hurlers who lost out to Skehana in the Suck Valley League. It's early days yet in all three competitions, so there is plenty of time to recover lost ground.
Management roles that were awaiting confirmation following the AGM were recently confirmed. Pat Healy takes charge of the U14 hurlers and Mike Carr will manage the U12 hurlers this season. The U21 hurlers are likely to play the previously postponed Championship opener against Kilconieron next weekend. A possible refixture will be available on Tuesday from the County Board. Also the draw for the opening rounds of the Senior Hurling Championship will be made on Tuesday night. It will be live on Galway Bay FM after the 9pm news.
Our '250 Club' membership drive continues. There is a lot of interest and membership is growing steadily, so please sign up quickly, to avoid disappointment. Please note that if you have been a member of the Annual Lotto before this, you are not automatically added to the '250 Club', so please contact the Club Secretary to make the switch. Of course the Annual Lotto also continues as a separate entity to the '250 Club'. Anyone who has already paid their €20 membership, will be exempt from the first two months of the standing order.
At a recent meeting of the club's Management Committee, it was decided to merge with St Kerrill's GFC (originally founded in 1990). St Kerrill's GFC now ceases to exist and will now operate as part of Padraig Pearses GAA. Previously, the two clubs had operated with the same base of players, so all that changes for St Kerrill's is the name.
A football sub-committee has been formed, with Noel Burke as Chairman, Tomás Kenny as Finance Officer, Administrator is Leo Morrissey and Football Board Delegate Noel Burke. Other sub-committee members are all the football team managers, along with Peter Skehill, Noel Treacy and James Clancy. The rest of the team Managers are as follows: U10 and U12 Des McCabe; U14 To be confirmed; U16 Bobby Masterson; Minor Adrian Queeney and U21 Rory Treacy. The Junior C football team will be ran by the management committee.
Following this merger, St. Kerrill's Park, Gurteen is still vested in the GAA, with the same trustees in place. Padraig Pearses GAA are looking forward to using it in a greater capacity in the coming year. Funds have been put aside for the improvement of St. Kerrill's Park and Padraig Pearses GAA and the trustees of the pitch are hoping to have nets up in preparation for the years sporting activities along with some other improvement work.
Our U21 Hurlers are in action this weekend in the first round of the Championship against Kilconieron. The game is fixed for Loughrea at 12pm on Sunday. Please come along and support the team. The U21B Championship is knockout, with a 'Back Door' system in place. The management team, led by Tomás Kenny, will be looking to the likes of Robbie Lally, Colm Raftery, Enda Cunniffe, Gary Lally, Brendan Egan, Darragh Skehill and Ronan Bellew to lead by example. Please come along and support the team.
Also, we have afiliated a third adult hurling team this year, at Junior C. All are welcome, so if you're interested in joining up, contact Kevin Lally on 087 798 2748. Championship games don't start until June 1st, so there's plenty of time to get ready for action.
Emmet Ward made his competitive debut today for Galway seniors, against Carlow in the Walsh Cup Quarter-Final. He started at No. 10 and had a point on the board before making way for Damien Hayes, with Galway well in control. Fearghal Flannery also played, in goals. Galway now advance to the play the winners of the Dublin v UCD game in the Semi-Final.
A selection of the club's senior and junior players travelled to Dungannon, Co Tyrone on Friday evening, paying a return visit to the Eoghan Ruadh club, who we of course hosted during the 2011 Féile na nGael. The lads received a great reception from the hosts, playing a challenge game against the Eoghan Ruadh seniors on Saturday. A great weekend was had by all.
Well done to former club player Tommy Lally, who was part of the St Gabriel's (London) setup that defeated Galway Champions Killimordaly today in Birr, in the All-Ireland Intermediate Club Semi-Final. They now advance to take on Clara (Kilkenny) in the final.
The Draws for the Under 21 Hurling Championships took place at last night’s meeting of the Galway Hurling Committee. Pearses will play Kilconieron in Round 1 of the U21B Championship. This championship is run on a knockout basis, with a back door system in place. The first Round is scheduled to be played on Saturday, February 9th.The full U21 B Draw is as follows: Carnmore v Mullagh, Killimordaly v Ballindereen, Kinvara v Portumna, Abbeyknockmoy v Moycullen, Michael Cusacks v Eyrecourt, Rahoon/Salthill v Oranmore, Cois Farraighe v Killimor and Kilconieron v Padraig Pearses.
The club extends their condolences to the family of Mickey Lally, a native of Liscune, Ballymacward and former player, who passed away during the week. Ar dhéis dé go raibh a h-ánam.
Training for the Under 21 team is in progress, with the first round of the Championship scheduled for February 9th. The Under 21 competition is run on a knockout basis, with a back door system in place. The draw for that first round is this Tuesday, January 22nd. U21 Team Manager is Tomás Kenny and Selectors are Shane Raftery, Cormac Ward, Paul Bellew and David Cunniffe. Best of luck also to Ronan Bellew who has been selected on Mattie Murphy's Galway Minor Development panel.
The club are running a 'Score Prediction' competition. The quiz consists of 25 prediction questions for sporting events throughout the year, with points given to each of the 5 answers provided for each question. The person with most points at the end of the year wins as cash prize of €250. Entry is €10 and prediction sheets are available from Club Officers and Players. Sheets need to be returned to club officers no later than February 8th.
By signing up for the 'Allianz Prediction League' you could win up to €5,000 for the Club and up to €4,100 for yourself! There are the many ways you and your club could win: You could win weekly prizes of €100 in both the Football and/or Hurling prediction competitions for the highest score in the game week.
There are monthly prizes of €200 for the highest scorers in the Football and/or Hurling prediction competitions and if you win the overall competition in Hurling and/or Football you could win €500 for each competition as well as the €2500 prize for your club. See Full Prize details. For Terms and Conditions and Competition Rules visit the site: www.allianzleaguepredictions.com
Competitions close after all Allianz Leagues 2013 trophies have been presented to the winning counties. The Allianz Leagues throw in on Saturday the 2nd of February! Set up your account on www.allianzleaguespredictions.ie now to start setting your predictions for week 1 fixtures.
The club AGM took place on Friday, 4th January in the Clubhouse at Ballymacward. Club Vice-President and County Board Chairman, Noel Treacy, addressed the members and reflected on a good year for club, the highlight of which was the Senior team reaching the Senior Quarter-Final, for the first time in 30 years.
Cyril Donnellan and Fearghal Flannery were congratulated on their Leinster success with the Galway Senior panel in 2012, as well as the other players (Sean Murray, Ronan Bellew and Jimmy Gelston) who represented the club on county teams during the year. The club's sponsors were acknowledged, as well as the hard work done by the players, managers, trainers, coaches, fundraisers, officers, local schools, local publicans, the pitch caretakers and all who helped in any way during the year.
The following officers were appointed: Tom O'Grady (Chairman), Tomás Kenny (Vice-Chairman), Paul Bellew (Secretary), Anthony Kenny (Asst. Secretary), Oliver Laheen (Treasurer), Shane Ruane (Asst. Treasurer) and David Cunniffe (PRO). Full list on the Officers page.
John Raftery continues in his role as Senior Manager for 2013. Tomás Kenny manages both the Junior and U21 teams. Paul O'Brien takes charge of the Minors and Under-16s and Martin Scarry will coach the Under-10s. Managers for the Under-14 and Under-12 teams will be appointed at a later date.
To become a member for the coming season you can get in touch with any of the officers. Their details are available on the site. You can now also keep up to date with news from the club and hurling in general by following us on Twitter @pearseshcgalway.
Nothing beats being there. The GAA Season Ticket can be purchased at a base price of €85 for adults and juvenile tickets are €10. Note: Galway Hurling and Galway Football are two seperate tickets.
The Benefits of a Season Ticket are:
Your Loyalty is rewarded: You qualify for All-Ireland Final tickets, if your attendance is 60% or over. The tickets are great value: Great price plus more discounts throughout the Championship. Bring a Friend options and special purchase options for other matches
All Galway's Allianz League round matches, plus all League semi-finals, play-offs and finals in that code. Note: Galway Hurling and Galway Football are two seperate tickets. Your County's opening Championship fixture. ie. The Leinster Semi-Final. All Allianz Hurling League round matches. So, if you have your Galway Hurling Season Ticket you can go to an Allianz League Hurling match not involving Galway. AIB GAA Club All-Ireland Finals in Croke Park on St. Patrick's Day.
For more information including terms and conditions visit: www.gaa.ie/seasonticket.
With the club action completed for the year, we can look back at a good year for the club. Our Seniors reached the County Quarter-Final for the first time in 30 years, losing narrowly to hot favorites, Gort. Here's hoping they can go one better next year.
Cyril Donnellan and Fearghal Flannery were part of Galway's historic first ever Leinster Final win. The lads did us proud, Cyril shooting 0-5 from play in the final. The two lads were then unlucky not to add another medal to their Leinster one, when they reached the All-Ireland final, again against the cats, going to a replay before losing out. Cyril was then the first player from the club to be nominated in the All-Star shortlist. He was also selected on the Connacht Tribune 'Club Team of The Year' with Fearghal and Emmet Ward also included in the extended 30-man shortlist.
The Junior A's competed well in the Championship, but exited in the Group stages. On the underage front Ronan Bellew captained the Galway U16 'A' team in the All-Ireland U16 final. He was also part of the club's U16 team, who reached the final of the U16B Championship against Cappataggle. Sean Murray was selected on the Galway U14 team and played a big part in the club's U14 team's campaign where they exited in the U14C semi-final. The minors reached the B1 quarter-final, losing to Ballinasloe. The club's U21s reached the Preliminary quarter-final of the B Championship, after having taken eventual champions Ahascragh-Fohenagh to extra-time.
The club's AGM will take place on Friday, January 7th in the Clubhouse at 7pm. Please come along if you would like to become a member for the forthcoming 2013 season.
Cappataggle 4-10 Pearses 1-11: Cappataggle dominated the first half and survived a stirring second-half Pearses comeback to capture the 2012 Ocean Hygiene Supplies and Packaging U16B Final in Ballinasloe on Saturday.
Cappataggle’s Daniel Nevin opened the scoring after a minute with a pointed free and Gary Hennelly responded soon after with a Pearses point. Cappataggle's Jarlath Mannion then hit 1-1 after two super solo runs. Brian Sweeney pointed two frees for Pearses in response. Cappataggle were well on top now with goals from Donal Mannion and Sean Collins and points from Daniel Reddan and Nevin (2 frees). Pearse’s only replies were points from Ronan O’Neill and Sweeney (free) leaving the score 3-5 to 0-5 at the interval.
Pearses then outscored their opponents 2-6 to 1-5 and reduced the deficit to just a single score in the second half. The lively Cappataggle attack were still causing Pearses problems. Nevin and Ronan Bellew swapped points on the resumption and and Bellew and Sweeney with two more points for Pearses reduced the deficit further. Pearses had further points form Sweeney, Hennelly and Bellew with goals coming from Conor O’Neill and Hennelly. Cappataggle’s scores came from a Reddan point, three Nevin points (2 frees) and a blistering Jarlath Mannion goal to put halt the Pearses revival.
Cappataggle's Declan Cronin was awarded the Man of the Match by Ocean Hygiene Supplies & Packaging’s Tom Monaghan. Other contenders were Jarlath Mannion, Daniel Nevin and Sean Collins for Cappataggle and Ronan Bellew, Brian Sweeney and Gary Hennelly for Pearses.
Cappataggle: L O’Connor, C Riddle, G Daly, S Delaney, J Kenny, D Cronin, D Dunne , S Collins (1-0), Daniel Reddan (0-2), S Regan, D Nevin (0-7, 6f), J Mannion (2-1), D Mannion, P Garvey, Donal Mannion (1-0). Subs: I Goode,C McHugh, L Brogan, C Delaney, D Malone, N Martin, A Dunne, D Collins, M Larkin, A Lohan, D Kenny.
Padraig Pearses: J Healy, S Murray, T Carr, K Clancy, R Carr, R Bellew (0-3), P Lally, B Sweeney (0-4, 3f), R O’Neill (0-1), K Connell, D Naughton, S Skehill, C O’Neill (1-0), G Hennelly, (1-3) L Murphy. Subs: C Kelly, D Byrnes, D Masterson.
Tomorrow, for the first time in 30 years, Pearses line out in Quarter-Final of the Senior Hurling Championship. In 1982 they were pitted against a great Castlegar team, led by the legendary Connolly brothers. Cashel were narrow winners (0-10 to 0-8) that day in Loughrea. This time around, Pearses are again up against a one of the Kingpins, in the reigning County Champions, Gort (in Duggan Park, Ballinasloe at 4.30pm).
The odds are stacked against Pearses despite giving Gort a fright in an earlier Group game. Pearses can take confidence from that clash, although they lost out in the end, for long periods in the game they dominated the South Galway men. The form of Cyril Donnellan in Galway's run to the All-Ireland Final is another plus. Hopefully he can carry the form into tomorrow's clash. The game is preceeded by another Quarter-Final clash, between Mullagh and Loughrea. Come along and support the team!
Pearses U16s defeated Sarsfields in a high-scoring encounter in Athenry yesterday evening, on a scoreline of 6-7 to 5-6, to book their place in this year's County U16B Hurling Final. It was Sarsfields however who got off to the better start when full-forward Rory Lawless had the ball in the net inside the first minute. Lee Murphy responded immediately with a goal and centre-back Ronan Bellew tagged on a point from play for Pearses before Ian Kelly responded for the Bullaun/New Inn side to level the game. Pearses however took the iniative and went on to dominate the remainder of the first half, one of the highlights of which was a brilliant solo goal from Bellew, with Keith Connell also finding the net. Brian Sweeney bagged a first half tally of four points, three from frees. Sarsfields had the last score of the half, a point from a free by Ian Kelly to leave Pearses well in control at the break, 3-5 to 1-2.
Sarsfields started the second half, like in the first half, very well, with a goal from Kelly. Pearses again responded quickly, with green flags from Murphy and Connell. Sarsfields reduced the deficit with an Eric Kenny goal and points from Cathal Keane and Kelly. Then the suberb Ronan Bellew edged his side further ahead with a mighty long range point. Sarsfields full-back Daniel Donoghue was switched to the forward-line to try and pull back the Pearses lead and did manage a well taken point. Substitute Sean Poland pointed and Kevin Cooney found the net to keep Sarsfields hopes alive, but yet again Pearses hit back within minutes, with a goal and a point from Gary Hennelly. Kelly got a consolation goal just before the final whistle to leave Pearses ahead by four points.
Sarsfields fought in vain in the second half to try and cut back the 9 point half-time lead, but Pearses always looked in control. Pearses now advance to the Final where they will play Cappataggle, who had a resounding 20 point win over Kilnadeema-Leitrim in the other semi-final, which followed this game.
Padraig Pearses: J. Healy; S. Murray, T. Carr, K. Clancy; R. Carr, R. Bellew (1-2, 1f), P. Lally; B. Sweeney (0-4, 3f), R. O'Neill; D. Naughton, S. Skehill, K. Connell (2-0); D. Byrnes, G. Hennelly, (1-1) L. Murphy (2-0).
Sarsfields: M. Wade; J. Morrissey, D. Donoghue (0-1), N. Kenny; D. Maher, I. Fox, E. Kenny (1-0); K. Cooney, L. Donoghue; C. Moore, I. Kelly (2-3, 1f), J. Lawless; C. Keane, R. Lawless (1-0), K. Cooney. Subs: D. Cannon for C. Moore (21 mins)
Pearses U16s play in the County U16B Semi-Final this Sunday against neighbours Sarsfields at 2pm in Kenny Park, Athenry, Referee is Eoin Shaughnessy. Pearses topped their group with resounding wins over Oranmore-Maree (7-19 to 0-8) and Ahascragh/Fohenagh (4-7 to 0-5). Pearses will be looking to County U16 players Ronan Bellew and Sean Murray to lead them against the Bullaun/New Inn lads. Cappataggle take on Kilnadeema-Leitrim in the other Semi-Final directly afterwards at 3.30pm. Come along and support the team.
In other news Cyril Donnellan was one of 14 Galway players on the shortlist for the 2012 Hurling All-Stars. He has had possibly his best year in the Galway shirt, despite missing out on starting the Semi-Final against Cork. Both Cyril and Fearghal Flannery were unlucky in the All-Ireland Final Replay against the cats, losing out after some questionable decisions by Referee James McGrath swung the momentum in Kilkenny's favour, leaving them to run out 11 point winners. All involved with the club are incredibly proud of the two lads. They have put our little club on the map by representing us on the biggest stage. I'm sure they will be back in the Final next year to have another tilt at capturing Liam. Finally the Senior domestic action swings back into action next weekend when Pearses take on Gort in the County Senior Quarter-Final next Saturday in Ballinasloe.
The County Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Finals have been fixed for Saturday and Sunday, October 13th and 14th. Pearses take on county champions Gort in Duggan Park, Ballinasloe at 3pm on the Saturday, followed by Loughrea v Mullagh at 4.30pm. On Sunday 14th Portumna will play Turloughmore (3pm) and St. Thomas will play Castlegar (4.30pm) in Kenny Park, Athenry.
All Clubs are expected to have received their tickets for the All-Ireland Hurling Final Replay by tomorrow evening (Thursday). The Hurling Board are in the process of organising the Club allocations and the clubs will pick them up by tomorrow evening. Each hurling Club is expected to receive 32 family tickets. The demand for tickets for the replay is expected to reach unprecedented levels, given that the fact that the cost of the tickets has been reduced.
Well done to Ronan Bellew and Sean Murray, who have been selected on the Galway U16 and U14 Development panels. Indeed Ronan is captain of the U16 A Development squad, who are heading to the Premier County to take part in this years Tipperary Supporters Club All-Ireland U16 Hurling Tournament. Sean is part of the U14 squad that will travel to Waterford to compete in this years Tony Forristal (Division 1) and Sonny Walsh (Division 2) Cups. There are 28 clubs in total represented amongst the U14 squads, which is a real sign of the strength of underage hurling in Galway. Son of former Pearses great Seamus Lawless, Ethan Lawless (Ahascragh-Fohenagh), is part of the U16 B panel. We wish all the lads the very best of luck over the weekend. For a full listing of players selected on the 4 squads, visit: www.galwayhurling.com
We are all eagerly awaiting the clash of Galway and Kilkenny in this year's Senior All-Ireland Hurling final. It's made all the more interesting because of the involvement of Pearses pair Cyril Donnellan and Fergal Flannery. Cyril was unlucky to miss out on a starting place for the Semi-Final against Cork, with an arm injury picked up in training. We hope to see him regain his starting berth for the Final. Fergal was between the sticks for the Galway U21s who were defeated by Kilkenny in yesterday's All-Ireland U21 Semi-Final. We wish both lads and the rest of the Galway panel the very best of luck for the Final.
The club will receive an allocation of All-Ireland Final tickets in the coming days and there will be a draw for club members. We are also currently running a competition (for both members and non-members) for a chance to win All-Ireland Final tickets. First prize is a stay in a Dublin Hotel on the weekend of the Final and two All-Ireland Final tickets. Second Prize is €250 and Third prize is a Galway jersey signed by all the team. Tickets are €10 and are available from all club members. The draw will take place in Mitchells Bar, Gurteen on Friday September 7th. If you're not in, you can't win.
In underage news, one of our promising underage players, Ronan Bellew, was recently selected for the Connacht U16 Hurling Development Academy Squad which took part in an interprovincial blitz in Ballyhaunis. The annual Cúl Camp in July was a great success, with a great turnout of youngsters in Ballymacward for the week. The kids were delighted to meet Cyril Donnellan who called with the Bob O'Keeffe Trophy after Galway's victory over Kilkenny in the Leinster Final.
The Quarter-Final Draw for the Salthill Hotel Senior Hurling Championship was made last night, in the hotel. Pearses have been drawn to play County Champions Gort, in what will be a repeat of their earlier Group A game. That game was tighter than most neutrals expected, a high wide count was Pearses downfall in Athenry that evening. They will be looking to go one better this time around. The game will not be played until mid-September, due to the County teams involvement in the All-Ireland Championship. Again Pearses will probably be installed as underdogs, but they have nothing to loose. The other Quarter-Finals will see Loughrea take on Mullagh, Portumna clash with Turloughmore and St. Thomas play Castlegar.
Pearses were unlucky not to pip a dogged Moycullen at the post yesterday evening in Athenry. The Gaeltacht team had suffered big defeats to both Tommy Larkins and Gort in earlier group games, so their was bound to be a reaction from them to salvage something from this years championship. Pearses were off the mark first with an Emmett Ward free, but Moycullen's battling qualities were to the fore, they were not giving and inch. Emmet Ward added two more frees for Pearses, before Niall Skehill picked off a neat effort from play. Soon after both Richie Lally and the Moycullen's Faherty seen red for an off the ball incident. Pearses still had the upper hand, but Moycullen never allowed the margin to get to more than two points. Importantly, they were keeping a tight rein on Cyril Donnellan, swarming him whenever he gained possession. The teams retired at half-time with Pearses leading by 0-6 to 0-5.
Moycullen made the better start to the second half and veteran Morgan Darcy was on target from placed balls, Ward was on target again fro Pearses. Moycullen were packing the middle third of the pitch leaving just one player in the inside forward line. This payed dividends when they created an overlap and hit the net with 15 minutes to go. There was plenty of time for Pearses to respond and it was Jimmy Gelston who hit back, when he sent over two points from play, in quick succession. Moycullen did not panic and Darcy was on target again from a placed ball. Donnellan had now been redeployed to centre-forward to try and reel back Moycullen's advantage. His direct running was causing them problems and Emmet Ward converted another free to reduce the margin to 4 with just two minutes to go. Pearses were now laying seige on the Moycullen goal and when the ball broke loose to Ward he buried it through a forest of bodies to reduce the margin to just 1. In injury time Pearses won a free on their own 65 meter line on the stand side sideline. Donnellan stepped up to hit it and gave it everything, but it dropped short into the square. Moycullen emerged with possession and the ref sounded the final whistle.
News had filtered through from Loughrea on the other game in the Group between Larkins and Gort. Larkins lead at half time and a win for them coupled with a loss for Pearses would have meant Larkins would have qualified for the Quarter-Finals with Gort. However, Gort had stormed back in the second half to end up winners by 8 points. This now meant Larkins, Pearses and Moycullen all finished on the same amout of points having all won 1 and lost 2. Pearses had the better scoring average of the three teams, putting them into second place and through the Quarter-Finals, despite the disappointing result. Pearses will now contest a Senior Quarter-Final for the first time since 1981, when they took on a star studded Castlegar side. Could the opponents be Castlegar again? Time will tell.
Despite a second half recovery by Tommy Larkins, Pearses held out for an 8 point win over the fancied Woodford/Ballinakill side in this Senior Hurling Championship tie in Athenry on Saturday evening. Pearses played with the wind in the first half and hit three goals that Larkin's never fully recovered from. Cyril Donnellan again led from the front. He started at centre-back, but a spell at centre-forward yielded 2-2. Goalkeeper Fergal Flannery came forward to find the net from a 21 for the third goal not long before half-time. Pearses led at the interval on a scoreline of 3-6 to 0-4.
Larkins having the second half wind advantage, needed to start eating into that 11 point deficit as quickly as possible. But a deft piece of skill from Tomás Flannery had a fourth goal on the board with 5 minutes gone in the second half and Pearses now led by 4-6 to 0-6. However, Tommy Larkins gradually begun to crawl back into this game. They struck for their first goal when danger man Jason Flynn was quickest to react to a ball that came back off the post, finishing to the net. They hit a second goal later in the half, but Pearses had kept the scoreboard ticking over with some economical shooting, to finish 8 point winners. This game, like the Carnmore game, was a game of two halves. The wind playing a major part. Pearses made better use of the elements and this time protected their lead to better effect.
This result now leaves Group A wide open. The remaining group matches will see Gort play Larkins and Pearses play Moycullen, who will be keen to make amends for their previous two losses. With Gort practically qualified (due to scoring difference) it really leaves the final quarter-final spot between Tommy Larkins and Pearses. Both sides bascially have to win and have a better scoring difference than the other to make the Quarter-Finals.
Pearses renew rivalries with Tommy Larkins this Saturday evening (in Ballinasloe, 5.30pm) in the Salthill Hotel Senior Hurling Championship. The sides most recent Championship meeting was last year in Killimor, where Larkin's came out on top on a scoreline of 0-13 to 0-11. As usual it was a tight contest, with Larkins more clinical with their chances. This year's game has been billed from the outset as the decider of the second place spot in this group, so it carries huge importance. However, with the Moycullen game still to come for Pearses, nothing is certain. Larkins accounted easily for Moycullen in their opening group game, with Jason Flynn to the fore for the Woodford/Ballinakill side. Of course Pearses came close to toppling County Champions Gort in their opening Group tie and with the form of Cyril Donnellan (Man of the Match in Galway's win over Offaly last Sunday), Emmet Ward, Tomás Flannery, Kerrill Hardiman and Tomás Kenny, will not be lacking confidence. A draw is probably not out of the question! Referee is Christy Brown and the game will be followed by the clash of Cappataggle and Meelick-Eyrecourt in the Intermediate Championship.
For many this game was supposed to be a walk in the park for the reigning County Champions Gort. Pearses will probably look back at this as an opportunity lost. Both teams had some bad wides, with Pearses hitting 13 over the hour, as well as a penalty saved. As in the Carnmore game, Pearses hit the ground running and Tomás Flannery had the ball in the net after just 3 minutes.
Indeed Pearses went on to control the opening quarter. Emmett Ward, at centre-forward, was back to his best after the long injury layoff and was causing the Gort defence problems. However, Pearses had some bad misses in this period in contrast to Gort, who were more economical with their chances. Richie Cummins, freetaker Gerry Quinn and Lally keeping the scoreboard ticking over. Gort were sending high ball in the direction of full-forward Mullins, but he was getting little change off a tight marking Tomás Kenny at full-back. In the 25th minute Flannery was pulled down in the Gort square, for a penalty. Donnellan hit it, but it was saved well on the line by Gort keeper Peter Cummins. The teams retired at half-time, with Pearses trailing by 2 points: 0-8 to 1-3. The game was finely balanced.
The second half was a tight struggle, with Gort now also racking up their wides tally. Freetaker Quinn missing 3 very scoreable frees in the course of the half. Jimmy Gelston, having a fine game in the middle of the park, hit a sweet sideline cut between the posts midway through the half. The Pearses back line were on top form, but they just couldn't translate their hard work into scores at the other end. Emmett Ward hit a fine point and as the game entered the final minutes, the margin between the sides was still just 3 points.
Greg Lally, Ger O'Donoghue and Richie Cummins added to Gort's wide tally. Pearses were awarded a 21 yard free. Donnellan, now operating at centre-forward, struck it. Again he was denied by the Gort defence. Gort were awarded 21 yard free at the other end, for what was judged to have been a foul on Cummins. Referee, Moran, brought it forward when the decision was disputed. Aidan Harte, now on free taking duties, sent it over the bar to stretch the Gort lead to 4 and when, in injury time, the lead was stretched to 5, the result was in no doubt.
Pearses can take positives from the game. The performances of the back line, Gelston at midfield and Emmett Ward up front. A Quarter-Final spot is still up for grabs and with the biggest test of Group A behind them Pearses can look ahead to what look like two very interesting encounters with Tommy Larkins and Moycullen.
Pearses take on reigning County Champions Gort in the Salthill Hotel Senior Hurling Championship this coming Sunday evening in Athenry at 6.30pm. Referee will be Sean Moran. Gort will be raging hot favorites to win this one, but as the new championship format has proven so far, no one is safe. Pearses were not expected to topple Carnmore in the last game, but a big half-time lead left Carnmore with too much to do in the second half. Gort qualified for the group stages at the first time of asking in Round 1, with a narrow win over neighbours St. Thomas'. They will look to the likes of captain Andy Coen, Aidan Harte, Richie Cummins, Jason Grealish and Ger O'Donoghue to lead the way. Pearses will hope that Tomás Flannery, Cyril Donnellan and Jimmy Gelston can continue the good form they showed in the last game. There is also good news for Pearses with Shane Raftery returning from his exile in Oz. Tommy Larkins played last years Intermediate Champions Moycullen also in Athenry, last weekend, in the first game of Group A. Larkins were the better team throughout, with the West Galway men too reliant on full-forward Eanna Noone. Larkins missed three goal chances in the first half, but took the goal chances they had in the second half to run out winners by 9 points. Jason Flynn impressed for the Woodford/Ballinakill men. The Gort game will be proceeded by Group D game between neighbours Loughrea and Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry, which won't be found wanting for Championship bite.
After their victory over Carnmore in Athenry today Pearses qualified for the Last 16 of the Galway SHC. The draw was made directly after the Mullagh v Clarinbridge game, which took place after the Pearses v Carnmore game. Pearses have been drawn in Group A (like last year), with County Champions Gort, Tommy Larkins and last years Intermediate Champions, Moycullen. The first Group game will take place either next weekend (19th-20th), or the following weekend (26th-27th), against County Champions Gort.
The Group stages draw was as follows:
Group A - Gort, Pearses, Moycullen, Tommy Larkins.
Group B - Craughwell, Kinvara, Portumna or Ardrahan, Castlegar.
Group C - Beagh, Mullagh, Sarsfields, Turloughmore.
Group D - Athenry, St Thomas', Loughrea, Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry.
Pearses have qualified for the Group stages of the Senior Hurling Championship after this hard earned Round 2 win over Carnmore in Athenry earlier this afternoon. Despite building up a big half-time lead, Pearses were hanging on at the end to subdue a late Carnmore onslaught. Pearses were first out of the blocks and aided by the strong breeze hit some excellent scores. Cyril Donnellan was rampant in his new centre-back role, also chipping in with three long range points in the opening 20 minutes. Tomas Flannery was on song in attack from both frees and from play. Carnmore were having to work harder for their scores, Barry Hanley the main contributor from placed balls. Flannery hit the net after 20 minutes and at this stage it looked like rout was on the cards. At half time the score stood at 1-9 to 0-4, Donnellan finishing the half with 4 points from play, Flannery with 1-4.
In the second half, as in the first, the wind proved an advantage for the team in possession. The extra pressure on the Pearses defence yielded frees, which were being converted by Hanley. The introduction of Emmet Ward at half-time gave Pearses a target man in attack and it was his goal midway through the second half that seemed to eliminate any doubt of a Pearses victory at that stage. Flannery added a great point into the gale. Carnmore never gave up though and George Hanley scrambled a goal as the game entered the final 10 minutes. The lead was being reduced bit by bit and in stoppage time John Paul O'Connell hit the net from 30 yards, to reduce the margin to just 1. Thankfully time had run out for Carnmore and referee Alan Kelly sounded the final whistle as the resulting puckout landed. Pearses now advance to the Group stages and Carnmore must slug it out in the Relegation dogfight.
Pearses have drawn Carnmore in Round 2 of the SHC. The game will take place on the weekend of the 12th/13th of May. With some shock results in Round 1 of the Championship, other teams in the bowl for the draw included former All-Ireland Champions Portumna and Clarinbridge as well as other big hitters Mullagh and St. Thomas'. Carnmore were the surprise packets of last year's Championship, reaching the Quarter-Finals before going out to Craughwell, having been tipped for relegation at the outset of the Championship. It should be an interesting clash, as both teams will fancy their chances. The prize for the winner is a place in the final 16 of the SHC, the losers enter the 5 team relegation group.
Here are all Round 2 Fixtures:
Carnmore v Padraig Pearses
Clarinbridge v Mullagh
Ardrahan v Portumna
St. Thomas v Liam Mellows
Losers of Kiltormer or Castlegar v Athenry
This game was very much in the balance at half-time, with Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry leading by the narrowest of margins, 0-7 to 0-6. The freetaking of Tomás Flannery (3) as well as scores from Cyril Donnellan, Aidan Kilkenny and Emmet Ward keeping Pearses well in the hunt, with Shane Moloney and Padraig Robinson the leaders for Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry. However, a burst of scoring in the third quarter by TAD gave them a cushion they would not relinquish for the rest of the game. Scores came from Robinson, Moloney (one, a sideline cut), Colm Larkin and veteran Kevin Broderick.
With Cyril Donnellan withdrawn from attack, to centre-back, Pearses were finding it harder to put scores on the board. TAD outscored the Ballymacward/Gurteen men by 0-9 to 0-4 in the second period. Another disappointment for Pearses was a total of 11 wides, which on another day could easily have been halved. Goal chances were also in short supply and the only threat came from a long range attempt by Aidan Kilkenny as full-time approached. TAD held on comfortably in the end to advance to the group stages, while Pearses now advance to Round 2, where they will have one more chance to make the last 16.
Pearses: F. Flannery, A. Kenny, T. Kenny, P. Raftery, A. Bellew, C. Donnellan (0-2, 1f), K. Hardiman, A. Kilkenny (0-1), J. Gelston, C. Ward, D. Wynne, C. Raftery, R. Donnellan, E. Ward (0-2), T. Flannery (0-4, all frees). Subs: S. Hardiman (0-1) for Wynne, R. Lally for C. Raftery, M. Barry for C. Ward, T. McDonagh for R. Donnellan.
Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry: K. Devine, P. McHugo, P. Killeen, P. Shiel, P. Gordon, L. Hodgins, J. Breheny, K. Moloney, P. Robinson (0-3), J. Shiel (0-1), C. Larkin (0-1), P. Breheny, B. Cunningham (0-2), S. Moloney (0-8, 4f, 2sl), K. Broderick (0-1).
The County Senior Championship begins this weekend, with Pearses taking on Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry in the First Round, Saturday evening at 6.45pm in Ballinasloe. Referee is Alan Kelly. The game is preceeded by the clash of former All-Ireland kingpins Castlegar and Kiltormer at 5pm. Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry gained Senior status in 2009, after a victory over Meelick-Eyrecourt in the Intermediate Final Replay. Pearses of course were promoted the following year, after the Intermediate Final victory over Killimor. Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry were the surprise packets of the Senior Championship that year, making it all the way to the Semi-Final, before crashing out to eventual Champions Clarinbridge. Last year however they made less headway, losing their opening Group game to Carnmore, before exiting in a Preliminary Quarter-Final. The prize for the winners of this game is a place in the Group stages proper. Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry will be bolstered by members of last year's Minor winning team, Shane Moloney, Paul Killeen and Padraic Brehony. Pearses' will be led by County players Cyril Donnellan and Fergal Flannery, who both put in impressive displays for Galway in their recent Relegation win over Dublin. This promises to be an entertaining battle, so please come along and support the team.
It was a busy weekend for the club's teams on the playing fields, with the Senior, Junior A and Minor teams in action. The Seniors had two challenge games, the second game seen them travelling to Mullingar, to play Dublin side Lucan Sarsfields. They won both games. These games will no doubt help the management fine tune their plans for the upcoming first round of the Senior Championship, against Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry, in two weeks time. The Junior A team had a tough start to their season in Woodford, when they came out on the wrong side of the scoreline, against a very good Tommy Larkins side. The Minors got off to a flying start in the Minor B1 Championship, accounting for Sylane, in Ballymacward, on a scoreline of 4-12 to 0-4. They now go on to play Shekana in the second group game, this coming Saturday (14th) at 5pm in Skehana.
The draw for the Senior Hurling Championships were made last Tuesday night in the Salthill Hotel, the new sponsors for this year's competition. The draw has thrown up some interesting pair ups. Pearses have been drawn against Tynagh-Abbey-Duniry, winners of lasy years Minor A Championship. They will be tough opposition, with several of that successful minor team, Paraic Brehony, Shane Maloney and Paul Killeen, also key members of their Senior lineup. The winners of these fixtures qualify for the last 16 Round Robin.
St. Thomas v Gort
Portumna v Sarsfields
Padraig Pearses v Tynagh-Abbey-Duniry
Mullagh v Craughwell
Beagh v Clarinbridge
Turloughmore v Liam Mellows
Kiltormer v Castlegar
Athenry v Loughrea
Carnmore v Tommie Larkins
Kinvara v Ardrahan
Padraig Pearses U21s exited the 2012 Championship after having almost pulled off an unlikely comeback against Ballinderreen in Ardrahan on Saturday last. They trailed by 13 points at half time, but managed to pull back the margin to just 5 in the closing stages and were unlucky not to have gotten even closer or maybe even nicked it, when a Ferghal Flannery free was stopped on the line and substitute Daragh Kelly hit the post. It would have been interesting if there had been 5 more minutes on the clock. Ballinderreen were completely on top in the opening period putting 1-15 on the board, to Pearses 0-5. Most of the Ballinderreen total were excellent scores from play. They could have had more, but for the efforts of the under pressure Pearses backline.
It was almost like a different Pearses team took to the field for a second half and they began chipping away at their opponents lead, mainly from frees, with Ronan Skehill and Colm Raftery on target from play. Indeed Pearses outscored their opponents 2-8 to 0-7 in the second half. The switch of Raftery from centre-back to centre-forward boosted the Ballymacward/Gurteen attack and when they ran at the Ballinderreen defense, they looked vulnerable. They fouled and the resulting frees were converted. Then keeper Ferghal Flannery came forward to find the net from a 21 yard free and soon after Raftery buried a 25 yard shot from play. There was a real chance of a dramatic turnaround at this stage, but time ran out for Pearses and Ballinderreen had kept the scoreboard ticking over, adding to their big first half total, to make it through to the Quarter-Final.
The draw has been made for the Preliminary Quarter-Finals of the U21B Championship. Having lost out narrowly to Ahascragh-Fohenagh in Round 2 the last day after extra time in Clonfert, Pearses have been drawn against South Galway side Ballinderreen. The following is the Preliminary Quarter-final line-up for this years U21B Hurling Championship:
Padraig Pearses v Ballindereen
Meelick-Eyrecourt v Salthill/Rahoon
Oranmore-Maree v Kilconieron
Carnmore v Killimordaly or Cois Fharraige
These games to be played this weekend. The Padraig Pearses v Ballinderreen game will be played in Turloughmore this Saturday (the 10th) at 4pm. Referee will be JA Lundon. The winners of the above games will join the following clubs in the Quarter-Finals proper: Mullagh, Ahascragh-Fohenagh, Kilnadeema-Leitrim and Liam Mellows.
It has been a good start to the year for the club, with the Seniors finishing on level terms with Craughwell – Pearses 0-13 Craughwell 1-10 – in the opening round of the League last Sunday, making amends for the same fixture last year. Also last Sunday Thomas Broderick was corner-back on the Galway Senior Vocational School team that defeated Kilkenny in the All-Ireland Vocational Schools Final in Thomastown. Jimmy Gelston was to the fore on the GMIT team that defeated St. Pats, Drumcondra to win the Kehoe Cup Final, also last Sunday afternoon, scoring 1-10. Well done to both Jimmy and Thomas. The good start continued earlier this afternoon, when the Club's U21s defeated old rivals Meelick-Eyrecourt in the first round of the U21B Championship. They now proceed to meet either Ahascragh-Fohenagh or Michael Cusack's (Beagh-Kilbeacanty) in the next round. Hopefully the good results will continue.