Waterford Senior Hurling Final – Ballygunner 2-16 Mount Sion 0-9

Ballygunner defeated Mount Sion by 2-16 to 0-9 in the Waterford Senior Hurling Final on Sunday October 5th at Walsh Park Waterford.

Redemption for gallant Gunners

By Michael Moynihan, Walsh Park for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Ballygunner 2-16 Mount Sion 0-9

Ballygunner were far too strong for Mount Sion in a disappointing Waterford SHC final yesterday, outscoring their opponents 11 points to two after half-time. In wintry conditions the men in red and black were far more clinical, with free-taker Padraic Mahony’s accuracy and the industry of Shane O’Sullivan crucial to their victory.

Mount Sion will be disappointed with their display, losing Austin Gleeson late on to a second yellow as their frustration became all too evident and their discipline frayed. They were within touching distance at half-time but fell away badly in the second half.

The winners were exultant, understandably – all the more so after their heartbreaking defeat last year, when they were caught on the line by underdogs Passage, who surged past with two late late goals for a sensational win. It was a defeat that made yesterday all the sweeter. “It’s the club, my club since I was seven years of age,” said manager Fergal Hartley afterwards. “I’m involved with this (senior) team since 1989, so yeah, it’s emotional. It means an awful lot, of course it does.”

Hartley acknowledged that last year’s late collapse had been a factor in driving the team on for this title: “The win was born in January, February, but the motivation to do all the work goes back to last year. “We didn’t mention it all year, we certainly didn’t mention it today — and in fairness to Passage, they deserved that win on the day and I wouldn’t take from them, but we would have felt we got in a winning position that day. That drove us on, absolutely.”

Ballygunner started with the breeze, playing into the scoreboard end, and had 1-2 on the board within six minutes, their goal thanks to Brian O’Sullivan’s quick hands when a Padraic Mahony free dropped short. Driven on by Austin Gleeson’s energy at centre-back, however, Mount Sion had the better of the ensuing exchanges even if they couldn’t make it count on the scoreboard. However, on 14 minutes Brian O’Sullivan collected a Harley Barnes delivery, rounded his man and goaled neatly from close range: 2-3 to 0-2.

Mount Sion responded with three Martin O’Neill frees and were only four points behind at half-time. ‘Gunners manager Hartley admitted afterwards that he felt his team would have needed a healthier lead facing into the wind, but the game turned in the ten minutes following the break.

Not only did Ballygunner hit four points to Sion’s one, but the Monastery side missed two goal chances, Ian Galgey batting wide with the goal gaping, and Tony Browne’s instinctive flick on a loose ball flying just past the post. Unfortunately for neutrals in the 3,206 attendance, the game ran out of steam long before the end, Ballygunner hitting the last seven points on the trot. Mount Sion needed goals to have any chance, but their opponents’ defence was disciplined, organised and resilient.

“We’ve a good defence,” said Hartley. “We’ve a good team overall, a big physical team. “We take the plaudits today but the team is the result of years and years of amazing work by people like Mick Mahony, Stephen Frampton, Billy O’Sullivan, all the people who train our juvenile teams. “They don’t just arrive, they’re trained well and now they’re serious hurlers.”

The manager said that last year’s late collapse hadn’t played on his players’ minds. “No, I’d hope it wouldn’t, I think if you keep thinking about something like that it’s more likely to happen again. “That’s history now. You’re always worried in the sense that you’re not sure until the very last minute, but last year is history for us.”

Scorers for Mt Sion: M. O’Neill 0-7 (fs); R. Roche, I. Galgey 0-1 each.

Scorers for Ballygunner: Padraic Mahony 0-10 (0-7 fs, 0-1 65); Brian O’Sullivan 2-2; JJ Hutchinson 0-2; Barry O’Sullivan and H. Barnes 0-1 each.

MOUNT SION: I. O’Regan, M. Hogan, C. Ryan, S. O’Neill, M. Gaffney (c), A. Gleeson, O. Whelan, Martin O’Neill, S. Roche, T. Browne, E. McGrath, Martin F. O’Neill, R. Roche, S. Ryan, I.Galgey.
Subs: P. Penkert for C. Ryan HT; K. Stafford for S. Ryan, 47; M. Daykin for R. Roche, 50; G. Carroll for M. F. O’Neill, 51.

BALLYGUNNER: S. O’Keeffe, A. Kirwan, B. Coughlin, Stephen O’Keeffe, Philip Mahony (joint captain), W. Hutchinson, S. Walshe, H. Barnes (joint captain), Barry O’Sullivan, D. O’Sullivan, Brian O’Sullivan, JJ Hutchinson, C. Power.
Subs: P. Hogan for C. Power, 38; C. Sheahan for Barry O’Sullivan (blood 48-53); C. Sheahan for David O’Sullivan, 53; S. Power for Barry O’Sullivan, 56; R. Cunningham for A. Kirwan, 58; G. Molloy for H. Barnes, 59.

Referee: M. Curran (Sean-Phobal)

Clare Senior Hurling Final – Cratloe 0-14 Crusheen 0-6

Cratloe defeated Crusheen by 0-14 to 0-6 in the Clare Senior Hurling Final on Sunday October 5th at Cusack Park Ennis.

Golden generation add extra lustre for Cratloe

Cratloe 0-14 Crusheen 0-6

By Christy O’Connor for the Irish Independent newspaper

At the final whistle there was no mass explosion of joy from Cratloe, just a deep inhalation of the sweetness of their success. It was only their second senior hurling title. They had lost two county finals in the last four seasons. They were entitled to cut loose but yesterday’s success was an endorsement of their wealth of talent, a confirmation of the standards expected of them.

This is a golden time for the south-east Clare club hemmed right up against the Limerick border but another county final defeat here would have been a betrayal of the gifts of the club’s golden generation. Eight of their players have accumulated a total of 16 All-Ireland medals with Clare at senior and U-21.

Three of those eight were All-Stars last season. Reigning senior football champions, next weekend the majority of this squad are seeking to become the first club since Ennis Dalcassians in 1929 to win senior hurling and football county titles in the same year. They only won their first hurling title in 2009, their first football title last year. Cratloe aren’t bothered by continuing to fly in the face of tradition; they’re too busy creating it.


This crew of players have become a machine but they chugged their way to this title, only really hitting their groove when pressing their foot on the accelerator on two occasions at the end of each half. Eight of their 14 scores were bagged in a timeframe of just ten minutes. Cratloe only created one decent goalscoring chance but those two short scoring bursts showed a devastating scoring potential, which they never reached, partly because they never had to.

Crusheen don’t have anything like the same scoring threat but they didn’t perform and their attack effectively malfunctioned. They were chasing the game from the first minute which meant they were never able to set up with the same rigid defensive formation which had restricted another highly vaunted attack – Clonlara – to just 0-8 in the semi-final. They didn’t register their first score from play until the 49th minute. They only had two scorers over the 60 minutes.

Before an attendance of 6,369, this was a poor game, pockmarked with wayward finishing and no real fluent hurling. There were nine wides in the first nine minutes. Crusheen had as many scoring chances as Cratloe in the first half but they shot nine wides, one of which was a glorious goal chance, and dropped five shots short. The third quarter became a complete slugfest, with just one point, a free, recorded in 18 minutes.

That never really bothered Cratloe because the job was effectively done by half-time when they led by 0-9 to 0-2. With Crusheen averaging 0-8 less per game than their opponents coming into the match, they were never going to be able to hunt Cratloe down, especially given the type of game Crusheen needed to make it. Cratloe were just happy to roll up their sleeves again after the break and not be too bothered about the scoreboard.

Crusheen did lift their performance in the second half but Conor Ryan had locked down Cratloe’s central defensive corridor. Although Crusheen won the puckout stat 24-16, Cratloe worked extremely hard in the middle third and never allowed Crusheen time on the ball.

Most of the ball going into the Crusheen attack was coming back out just as quick. Cratloe’s three best attackers, Conor McGrath, Podge Collins and Cathal McInerney, made a combined 41 plays and were effective without ever having to be spectacular, chipping in with five points from play. McInerney had a fine game when making 16 plays. He scored two points and won two converted frees but his five wides also told the story of a game that never caught fire.

“It wasn’t as fluid a game as you would have expected from us but we grafted it out like hell,” said Cratloe manager Joe McGrath afterwards. “Crusheen are renowned for winning matches on graft, but I think we matched them in that department. “Everyone know that Cratloe have a fluid forward line and we play with a bit of panache, but some times we lack in the grafting end of things. We promised ourselves that Crusheen weren’t going to beat us regards grafting and winning that dirty ball. That was the difference in the end.

“We had a six-point lead at half-time and at this time of year, a lead like that was always going to be difficult to claw back. We promised ourselves that we weren’t going to let that gap disappear in the second half. That was the difference in the end as well.”

Crusheen were fighting fires all day. The blaze got out of control in the second quarter and it was only a matter of time before the roof eventually caved in. “In fairness, Cratloe didn’t let it happen for us,” said their manager John Carmody. “They brought huge intensity to the game. We usually match that but we just couldn’t match it today. They were fresher, hungrier and we played second fiddle to be honest. “We were composed all year in front of goals but took some very bad options today at times. It just wasn’t our day. Everything we hit went either wide or short.”

Cratloe will only bask in the warmth and afterglow of this success for a short period because the football decider against Eire Og is already looming into view. That is how it has been for Cratloe all season; next challenge, next game, next target, next goal. Bring it on. And on it goes, the sheen becoming brighter with each game, each challenge. Cratloe’s golden generation is really beginning to glisten.

Scorers – Cratloe: C McGrath 0-6 (4fs), C McInerney, S Collins 0-2 each, L Markham (f), P Collins, G Considine, D Collins 0-1 each.

Crusheen: P Vaughan 0-5 (3fs), C Vaughan 0-1.

CratloE – G Ryan; S O’Leary, M Hawes, D Ryan; S Chaplin, C Ryan, E Boyce; M Ogie Murphy, L Markham; S Gleeson, P Collins, S Collins; C McInerney, G Considine, C McGrath
Subs: D Collins for Gleeson (37), B Duggan for O’Leary (57), D Browne for Considine (61), J O’Gorman for D Ryan (62), P Gleeson for Chaplin (62)

Crusheen – D Tuohy; J Greene, C Dillon, A Brigdale; C O’Doherty, Cathal Dillon, S Dillon; P Vaughan, F Kennedy; G O’Donnell, J Meaney, A Tuohy; C O’Donnell, G O’Grady, C Vaughan
Subs: D O’Doherty for A Tuohy (42min), J Fitzgibbon for Meaney (47), Cronan Dillon for G O’Donnell (55), C O’Loughlin for Brigdale (62).

Referee: S McMahon (Newmarket-on-Fergus)

Munster Under 17 Football Competition – Tipperary 1-4 Clare 0-6

Tipperary defeated Clare by 1-4 to 0-6 in Round 1 of the Munster Under 17 Football Competition on Monday October 6th at St Joseph’s Doora Barefield Gurteen.

Munster Under 17 Football Competition – Limerick 1-15 Waterford 0-11

Limerick defeated Waterford by 1-15 to 0-11 in Round 1 of the Munster Under 17 Football Competition on Monday October 6th at St. Molleran’s GAA Club.

Dr. Harty Cup Round 1 Summary

Ardscoil Ris 1-20 Blackwater CS 0-9

Ardscoil Ris got their 2014/2015 Dr. Harty Cup campaign off to a good start with a 1-20 to 0-9 victory over Blackwater Community School at Cahir on Wednesday. The defending champions got off to the perfect start with a Ronan Lynch goal after 5 minutes to race in to a 1-3 to 0-0 lead. By the end of the first quarter, Ardscoil Ris had extended their lead to 1-8 to 0-1 before going in at half-time leading by a commanding 13 points, 1-13 to 0-3. The second half was a more even affair with the result never really in doubt as Ardscoil Ris ran out winners by 1-20 to 0-9. Ardscoil Ris captain Ronan Lynch was the man of the match scoring 1-9, 1-2 from play.

Thurles CBS 5-26 St. Flannans 0-6

In the other game in Group 1, Thurles CBS proved far too strong for St. Flannans Ennis when they recorded a 5-26 to 0-6 victory at MacDonagh Park Nenagh. St. Flannans started the better team in the opening exchanges as they led by the odd point in seven after 10 minutes, 0-4 to 0-3 while playing with the wind. Thurles CBS responded with a Robbie Long goal soon afterwards and went on to dominate the second quarter to race in to a 1-13 to 0-5 lead at the interval. The second half proved to be no contest as Thurles added four more goals and another 13 points to record a 35 point victory as Flannans scored just 2 points in the last 50 minutes of the game. Thurles CBS had fine displays all over the park, none more so than Hat-trick hero Robbie Long at corner forward. Other to impress for Thurles CBS were Paul Kennedy, Ronan Teehan, Billy McCarthy & Enda Heffernan. Thurles CBS have laid down a marker in group 1 and an appetising fixture awaits on the 10th of November, when they face the defending champions Ardscoil Ris.

Irish Examiner Match Report

St Colmans College Fermoy 0-18 Scoil Na Trionoide Naofa Doon 0-14

In Group 2, St. Colmans Fermoy came from behind to defeat last years finalists Scoil Na Trionoide Naofa Doon by 0-18 to 0-14 at Leahy Park Cashel. In a lively contest, both schools recorded points in the opening minute before the Doon side took control. Despite playing against the breeze, Doon played the more direct hurling in this period and led by 0-8 to 0-4 after 16 minutes. St. Colmans had a goal disallowed for a square infringement after 20 minutes but it did not affect the young Cork side as they rattled off 5 of the next 6 points to reach the interval all square – 0-9 to 0-9. The first ten minutes of the second half was high on intensity but low on scores as both schools added just a single point to their tally. Despite facing in to the breeze now, St. Colmans were now beginning to dominate at half-back and midfield and they took the lead for the first time on 40 minutes. Doon equalised but Colmans were now the dominant team as they rattled off four unanswered points in a a 5 minute purple patch to take a 0-15 to 0-11 lead with ten minutes remaining. Doon reduced the gap with two further points but despite some late pressure from Doon, St. Colmans added three further points in the closing stages to run out winners by four points.

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Gaelcolaiste Mhuire 1-14 De La Salle College 1-10

In the other Group 2 game, Gaelcolaiste Mhuire defeated De La Salle College by four points in a thriller played at Ardmore. An early Evan Ó Síocháin goal put Gaelcholáiste Mhuire in the driving seat before DLS got back in to the game to trail by just two at the break. DLS pushed forward after the break but met stern resistance from a solid Gaelcholáiste defense, who picked off three in a row to maintain their lead. The game was nip and tuck until the end with Gaelcholáiste holding on for a 1-14 to 1-10 victory.

St Francis Col Rochestown 2-14 Charleville CBS 0-13

In Group 3, two goals by Shane Kingston helped St Francis Col Rochestown to a seven point victory over Charleville CBS at Mallow. The first half began well for Rochestown as they led by 0-5 to 0-2 after the first quarter. Charleville then scored four unanswered points to take the lead after 25 minutes but Rochestown scored 3 of the next 4 points to lead at half-time by 0-8 to 0-7. This game was decided in the 10 minutes after half-time as Shane Kingston netted in the 33rd and 38th minutes to put Rochestown in front by 2-9 to 0-8. Charleville tried valiantly to get back in to the game but Rochestown held firm and ran out 2-14 to 0-13 winners. Ciaran Cormack scored 9 points for the winners while Shane Kingston scored 2-4. Others to do well for Rochestown were Donnchadh Murphy, John Cashman, John O’Sullivan and Cormack Kingston. Charleville’s best players were Paddy O’Loughlin, Jack Doyle, Darragh Fitzgibbon and David Jones.

Irish Examiner Match Report

PS Youghal 2-15 Our Ladys Templemore 2-13

In the other group 3 encounter, Pobalscoil na Tríonóide Youghal edged out Our Lady’s Templemore by two points in Clonmel. The Youghal side led by 0-11 to 1-7 at the interval before second half goals by Declan Dalton (scorer of 1-14) and Conor Hennessy helped them to victory. Lyndon Fairbrother and Jamie Bergin scored the Templemore goals.

Hamilton High School Bandon 4-10 Nenagh CBS 2-13

In Group 4, goals by Eoin O’Reilly, Cathal Maguire, Colin Dinneen and Jonathan Mulcahy helped Hamilton High School Bandon defeat Nenagh CBS by three points at Buttevant. The best players for the Bandon school were William Hurley, Chris O’Leary at centre back, Eoin O’Brien, Luke Meade, Jonathan Mulcahy, Darragh Curran and Billy Crowley.

Dungarvan CBS 2-11 HS Clonmel 0-7

In the other Group 4 game, Dungarvan CBS dominated the second half to secure an 11 point victory over High School Clonmel at Cappoquin. In a low scoring first half, Dungarvan opened the scoring with a point after 5 minutes and led by 0-4 to 0-1 after the first quarter. Clonmel came more in to the game in the second quarter and reduced the deficit to a solitary point at the interval, 0-6 to 0-5. The teams shared the first four points of the second half as the game looked set to go down to the wire. However, two goals in three minutes at the end of the third quarter by corner-forward Glen Waters and wing-forward Mikey Phelan midway through the second half helped Dungarvan CBS to take control and Clonmel failed to score in the final quarter as Dungarvan added three further points to win by 2-11 to 0-7.

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The Munster GAA Post Primary Schools Senior A competitions will get underway this week with 8 fixtures in the Dr. Harty Cup Under 18 1/2 A Hurling competition.

Check out the full set of Munster GAA Post Primary Schools Fixtures this week

During the group stages of the Dr. Harty Cup Hurling (beginning October 1st) and Corn Uí Mhuirí Football (beginning October 22nd), we will select a “Game of the Week” to focus on, providing a press pack, details of the team panels, match preview, live score updates and photos of the game via social media and a match report afterwards.

As the Dr. Harty Cup begins, our “Game of the Week” this Wednesday will focus on the first game of the defending champions Ardscoil Ris playing Blackwater Community School at 1:30pm in Cahir, County Tipperary.

See below the match preview and press pack for the first “Game of the Week”

Match Preview – Free Copy issued by Munster GAA

The eagerly awaited 2014/2015 Dr. Harty Cup competition gets underway this week with a cracking game down for decision as defending champions Ardscoil Ris take on Blackwater Community School from Waterford.

Limerick & Waterford have dominated the Munster Inter-County Minor Hurling landscape during the last two summers with Limerick capturing back to back Minor titles (both after replays in Thurles) with Waterford providing the opposition. While Waterford were able to go on and win All-Ireland honours in 2013, Limerick fell just short a few short weeks ago, losing out to a strong Kilkenny outfit in the 2014 All-Ireland decider.

Wednesday’s game will see a number of the Limerick & Waterford Minor panels of 2014 in action for their respective schools. Ardscoil Ris can call upon the services of Ronan Lynch (Na Piarsaigh) as he enters his fourth Dr. Harty Cup campaign while other 2014 Limerick Minors available to Ardscoil Ris include Patrickswell’s Aaron Gillane and Na Piarsaigh duo Peter Casey and Thomas Grimes. Add in Clare minors Paraic O Loughlin (Clonlara) and Nathan Fox (Parteen) and the strength of this Ardscoil Ris panel is formidable as they look to win the Harty Cup for the fourth time in five years. The Ardscoil Ris selection team includes Limerick hurler Niall Moran and 2013 Clare Under 21 Hurling captain Paul Flanagan in addition to Fergal Lyons & Barry Hennessy.

Blackwater Community School on the other hand may go in to this game as underdogs but can call upon the services of All-Ireland Minor Hurling medalists Shane Bennett (Ballysaggart) and Colm Roche (Shamrocks) to lead their challenge. Add in 2014 Waterford Minor Hurling panelists such as David Prendergast (Lismore), Jordan Henley (Tallow) and Aaron O’Sullivan (Cappoquin) and it’s safe to say that Ardscoil Ris will not have this game all their own way. The Blackwater selectors include Alan Lawlor, Colin Perrott & Kieran Walsh.

Victory in this Group 1 opening game could be very important as there are no easy games with St Flannans, Thurles CBS and West Limerick Colleges also involved in what is arguably the toughest of the groups with only two teams qualifying for the Quarter-Finals. Noel Cosgrove of Tipperary is the referee for this game beginning at 1:30pm in Cahir this Wednesday October 1st and a good crowd is expected.

In the other Group 1 game on Wednesday, St. Flannans will play Thurles CBS in Nenagh at 1:30pm. Other Dr. Harty Cup fixtures on Wednesday include Scoil Na Trionoide Naofa Doon V St Colmans College in Cashel at 1:30pm, Gaelscoil Mhuire AG v DLS Waterford  in Ardmore  at 1:30pm, St Francis College Rochestown v Charleville CBS in Mallow at 2:00pm, Our Ladys Templemore v PS Youghal in Clonmel at 1:30pm, Hamilton HS Bandon v Nenagh CBS in Buttevant at 1:30pm and Dungarvan CBS v High School Clonmel in Cappoquin at 1:30pm.

2014 Munster GAA Post Primary Schools Game of the Week

Dr. Harty Cup Senior A Hurling Group 1

Ardscoil Ris v Blackwater CS

When – Wednesday October 1st at 1:30pm

Where – Cahir GAA Grounds

Referee – Noel Cosgrove

Next Round – Ardscoil Ris have a bye in Round 2 and their next scheduled game in the competition will be a Round 3 fixture versus Thurles CBS on November 10th. Blackwater CS will play St. Flannans in Round 2 on October 15th.

Admission Prices

Adults – €5
Students / OAP’s – €3

All Media and Munster Council passes accepted.

For the Record

Ardscoil Ris Blackwater CS
2014 / 2015 Team Management Niall Moran, Paul Flanagan, Fergal Lyons & Barry Hennessy. Alan Lawlor, Colin Perrott & Kieran Walsh.
2013 / 2014 Dr. Harty Cup  Performance Won the Dr. Harty Cup, defeating Scoil Na Troinoide Naofa Doon by 2-13 to 0-4 in the final. Did not qualify from their group – defeated Nenagh CBS but lost to Rochestown, Midleton and Dungarvan.
2013 / 2014 Dean Ryan Cup Under 16 ½ A Hurling Performance Qualified for the Final where they lost to Midleton by 1-14 to 2-10. Qualified for the Semi-Final where they lost to Midleton by 1-14 to 2-10.
Number of Dr. Harty Cup titles 3 0
Last Dr. Harty Cup Title 2013 / 2014 N/A
Most recent meeting Blackwater CS defeated Ardscoil Ris by 1-19 (22) to 3-11 (20) in the 2012 / 2013 Dean Ryan Cup with a number of players on both sides now available for selection on this year’s Harty Cup panels.

Dr. Harty Cup Group 1 Fixtures

Teams – Ard Scoil Ris, Blackwater CS, St Flannans, Thurles CBS, West Limerick Colleges

Teora Aoise: 1/6/96

Round 1 – October 1stArd Scoil Ris V Blackwater CS

St Flannans V Thurles CBS

Round 2 – October 15th

Blackwater CS V St. Flannans

Thurles CBS V West Limerick Colleges

Round 3 – November 5th

St Flannans V West Limerick Colleges

Round 3 – November 10th
Ardscoil Ris V Thurles CBSRound 4 – November 19thArdscoil Ris V West Limerick CollegesBlackwater CS V Thurles CBSRound 5 – December 3rd

Ardscoil Ris V St Flannans

Blackwater CS V West Limerick Colleges

Team Panels

Ardscoil Ris

Name Club   Name Club
Conor Houlihan Na Piarsaigh Ronan Lynch Na Piarsaigh
Jeff Ryan Parteen Michael Mackey Adare
Oisin Bernard Adare Eoghan Mulcahy Mungret
Sean Hogan Adare Michael Andrews Na Piarsaigh
Sean Mullane Mungret Eoin Ryan Adare
Kevin Daly Na Piarsaigh Peadar Collins Na Piarsaigh
Michael Fitzgibbon Mungret Darragh Cunningham Cratloe
David Broderick Na Piarsaigh Fionn Larkin Clonlara
Aaron Gillane Patrickswell Luke Buckley Adare
Sean Phelan Broadford Jerome Boylan Na Piarsaigh
Eoghan Foley Na Piarsaigh David Fitzgerald Clonlara
Michael Danagher Cratloe Gerard Kearns Claughaun
Conor Fitzgerald Claughaun Jack Mcinerney Cratloe
Kevin Howard Old Christians Rory Duff Mungret
John Flynn Patrickswell Joe Glesson Na Piarsaigh
Eamonn Organ Cratloe Evan Gilvarry Na Piarsaigh
Cian Moriarty Clonlara Cillian O Reilly Ballybrown
Peter Casey Na Piarsaigh Nathan Fox Parteen
Paraic O Loughlin Clonlara Paul Moloney Broadford
Conor Boylan Na Piarsaigh Mark Connolly Adare
Sean Moran Mungret David Connolly Adare
Thomas Grimes Na Piarsaigh Killian Ryan Mungret

Blackwater CS

Name Club
Cian O’Byrne Modeligo
Rory Galvin St. Catherines
Cathal Geary Ballyduff Upper
Aaron Whelan Lismore
David Prendergast Lismore
Jack Tobin Tallow
Colm Roche Shamrocks
Adam Flynn Lismore
Jordan Henley Tallow
Jack Roche Ballysaggart
Andy Molumby Cappoquin
Stephen Mangan Ballysaggart
Dylan Mangan Tallow
Shane Bennett Ballysaggart
Jake Beecher Tallow
Denis McDonagh Ballyduff Upper
Michael Ryan Ballysaggart
Tom Barron Fourmilewater
Eoin O’Brien Ballyduff Upper
Andrew Casey Ballyduff Upper
Jack Prendergast Lismore
Aaron O’Sullivan Cappoquin
Tommy McCarthy Cappoquin
Eoghan Murray Cappoquin
Sam Ryan Ballysaggart
Ryan Grey Tallow
Jake Neville Tallow

Dr. Harty Cup Roll Of Honour

St. Flannan’s, Ennis (21) – 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1952, 1954, 1957, 1958, 1976, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2005
North Monastery, Cork (19) – 1919, 1929, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1955, 1960, 1961, 1970, 1980, 1981, 1985, 1986, 1994
Limerick CBS (10) – 1920, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1932, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1993
St Colman’s College, Fermoy (9) – 1948, 1949, 1977, 1992, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003
Thurles CBS (7) – 1933, 1938, 1939, 1950, 1951, 1956, 2009
St. Finbarr’s, Cork (7) – 1963, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1984
Rockwell College (5) – 1918, 1923, 1924, 1930, 1931
Ardscoil Rís, Limerick (3) – 2010, 2011, 2013
Midleton CBS  (3) – 1988, 1995, 2006
De La Salle College Waterford (2) – 2007, 2008
St. Munchin’s  (1) – 1922
Mount Sion (1) – 1953
Abbey CBS, Tipperary Town (1) – 1959
Rice College, Ennis (1) – 1962
Coláiste Chríost Rí (1) – 1968
Colaiste Iognaid Ris, Cork (1) – 1975
Templemore CBS (1) – 1978
Colaiste na nDeise (1) – 2012



Kerry Senior Hurling Final Replay – Lixnaw 1-12 Kilmoyley 0-12

Lixnaw defeated Kilmoyley by 1-12 to 0-12 in the Kerry Senior Hurling Final Replay on Saturday October 11th at Austin Stack Park Tralee.

Clare Senior Football Final – Cratloe 2-12 Eire Og Ennis 0-11

Cratloe defeated Eire Og Ennis by 2-12 to 0-11 in the Clare Senior Football Final on Sunday October 12th at Cusack Park Ennis.

Limerick Senior Football Final – Ballylanders 2-8 St Patrick’s 1-7

Ballylanders defeated St Patrick’s by 2-8 to 1-7 in the Limerick Senior Football Final on Sunday October 12th at Newcastlewest.

Ballylanders crowned Limerick club football champions

by Jerome O’Connell for the Limerick Leader newspaper

BALLYLANDERS are the Limerick club football champions for 2014 after a 2-8 to 1-7 win over St Patricks. It is a first Limerick SFC success for the south Limerick men since 2007 and their fourth crown in total. This novel final pairing was the first time since 1999 that no west Limerick club had reached the final and what a final these two clubs served up. Watched by 2,565 in splendid October sunshine in Newcastle West the football was end-to-end and remarkably all 18 scores came from play. Ultimately a goal in either half ensured the Fr Casey Cup returned to Ballylanders and not to Limerick city.

St Patricks weren’t helped by the loss of key forwards John Mullane and Niall Phelan before the start. But the Rhebogue club will have no complaints with Ballylanders bringing a perfect gameplan to the final and were deserving winners on the day. The bookies had listed both sides at evens and they were very much right with little to separate the teams for long periods.

Both would have wanted a positive start and it turned out to be very much neck-and-neck for the opening quarter. How it could have been different for St Patricks with Gearoid Hegarty goalbound shot crashing back into play off the upright in just the third minute. At the end of the opening quarter it was the eventual winners that were 0-3 to 0-2 ahead with captain Jimmy Barry Murphy kicking two early points.

St Patricks positioned inter-county man Eoin Hanrahan in the full forward line and he had their first point. Pa Mullins surged forward from centre back to kick their second but soon the Ballylanders sweeper system was working and deny space to the Saints attackers. Balllanders were 0-4 to 0-3 ahead when they scored the first goal. It came in the 22nd minute when James Kirby found space up the right wing and he held his nerve to blast past Gary Neville.

Hanrahan did reply instantly with a fine point but it was to be the last score of the half for St Patricks. Ballylanders went to the interval dressing room in high spirits with Danny Frewen’s point ensuring a 1-6 to 0-4 half time lead.

On a day when there was no advantage in the gentle wind, St Patricks needed to start the second half on top. They introduced John Mullane at the break and his arrival in their attack appeared to create a buzz. Hegarty got on top in the middle of the field and for the first 10-minutes of the second half it was all St Patricks. But Ballylanders stood firm and were unnerved by falling into defensive mode.

St Patricks had points from Hegarty and Mullane but James Kirby’s Ballylanders point left it 1-7 to 0-6 as the game entered the final quarter. But Ballylanders will know that all could have been different with goalkeeper Ricky Slattery saving from Shane Halpin and Mark Phelan. On top of this St Patricks kicked a number of wides when they were on top. But Ballylanders didn’t panic and hit on the counter attack for their second goal in the 43rd minute of the game. This time it was Danny Frewen who found the net.

Ballylanders were in defensive mode but when possession came his way he showed great skill to kick back across the goal to the net for a 2-7 to 0-6 lead with 17-minutes to play. While the contest was entertaining, remarkably there was just to be another three scores. St Patricks needed a goal but when it came it was too late. Gearoid Phelan hit back after the goal but Murphy cancelled that out for Ballylanders. The St Patricks consolation goal came in injury time when Hanrahan blasted to the net after Hegarty, who was now full forward, passed his way.

SCORERS – Ballylanders: James Kirby 1-2, Danny Frewen 1-1, Jimmy Barry Murphy 0-3, Eoin Walsh, Brian O’Connell 0-1 each.

St Patricks: Eoin Hanrahan 1-2, Pa Mullins, Shane Halpin, Gearoid Hegarty, John Mullane, Gearoid Phelan 0-1 each.

BALLYLANDERS: Ricky Slattery; Maurice Kelly, Shane Fox, Ger Casey; Brian O’Connell, Donal Kelly, Stephen Walsh; Johnny Murphy, Tom Lee; Kieran O’Callaghan, Jimmy Barry Murphy, James Kirby; Steven Fox, Eoin Walsh, Danny Frewen
Subs: Mark O’Connell for Kieran O’Callaghan (26mins), Tom O’Dwyer for Danny Frewen (54mins).

ST PATRICKS: Gary Neville; Ryan Meagher, Wayne Cronin, Mark Phelan; Keelin Stephenson, Pa Mullins, Jamie Cross; Eoin Hanrahan, Gearoid Hegarty; Jeffrey McNamara, Liam Quinn, Mike Geary; Shane Halpin, Gearoid Phelan, Jason Mullins
Subs: John Mullane for Liam Quinn (h-t), Kieran Ryan for Ryan Meagher (54mins).

REFEREE: Denis Richardson (Murroe-Boher)

Cork Senior Hurling Final – Sarsfields 2-18 Glen Rovers 0-8

Sarsfields defeated Glen Rovers by 2-18 to 0-8 in the Cork Senior Hurling Final on Sunday October 12th at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Fixture Details
Sunday October 12th
@ Pairc Ui Chaoímh, Final S.H.C. Sarsfields v Glen Rovers 3.30pm (Nathan Wall)
@ Pairc Ui Chaoímh, P.I.H.C. Final Ballyhea v Newcestown, 1.45pm (Mark Maher)

Dean Ryan Cup Hurling Quarter-Finals Summary

The Munster GAA Post Primary Schools Dean Ryan Cup Under 16½ A Hurling Quarter-Finals took place on Wednesday October 8th.

Thurles CBS 1-20 St Colmans Fermoy 2-15 (AET)
Our Ladys Templemore 5-26 Rice College Ennis 1-9
Midleton CBS 4-8 St Flannans 3-8 – Match Report

Semi-Final Line-up (scheduled for Wednesday October 22nd)

Thurles CBS v Our Ladys Templemore
Charleville CBS v Midleton CBS

Dean Ryan Cup Final fixed for Friday November 7th


Thurles CBS 1-20 St Colmans Fermoy 2-15 (AET)

Thurles CBS came out on top in an enthralling encounter in Cahir. Both teams started well with St Colmans opening the scoring but the Thurles CBS response was immediate when straight from the puck out the ball, they worked the ball down the field and scored a goal in the 5th minute. By the end of the first quarter, Thurles had extended their lead to 1-5 to 0-4 and though the rate of scoring reduced in the run-up to half-time, Thurles were in a dominant position at the interval leading by 1-9 to 0-5.

St. Colmans got back in to contention nine minutes in to the second half when the scored a goal and after good pressure all through the second half, the Cork school drew level with a 56th minute goal. In an exciting finish, Thurles responded with an injury time point only for Colmans to equalise moments later to force the sides to play extra time.

The extra time period was nip and tuck with St. Colmans taking a one point lead on three occasions only to see Thurles draw level each time. When St. Colmans took the lead with three minutes of extra time remaining, it looked as if they may be heading to the semi-finals. However, Thurles left their best until last, scoring 3 unanswered points in the last 3 minutes of extra time to run out two point winners.

Our Ladys Templemore 5-26 Rice College Ennis 1-9

Our Ladys Templemore qualified for the Dean Ryan Cup semi-finals by virtue of a facile 29 point victory over Rice College Ennis at Boher on Wednesday. Despite the teams sharing the first four points of the game, Templemore looked more threatening up front from the beginning and two goals in a three minute spell put the Tipperary school in to a 2-5 to 0-3 lead at the end of the first quarter. A highlight of these early exchanges was a point from play by Our Ladys Templemore from all of 90 metres by their outstanding centre-back Brian McGrath, brother of Senior inter-county star Noel. With wind assistance in the first half, Our Ladys were intent on putting the game out of reach and when their third goal arrived in the 21st minute, the game looked over as a contest. By the interval, Our Ladys led by 3-11 to 0-5.

Rice College needed to make a good start to the second half but instead it was Our Ladys who raised their game, scoring their fourth goal within two minutes of the restart. The majority of the second half thereafter was played in heavy rain as the heavens opened but the Templemore side continued to score at will. Rice College to their credit didn’t give up and scored a consolation goal two minutes from the end to leave the final score Our Ladys Templemore 5-26 Rice College Ennis 1-9.

Midleton CBS 4-8 St Flannans 3-8

Defending champions Midleton CBS have qualified for the Dean Ryan Cup semi-finals after a hard earned victory over St. Flannans at Charleville on Wednesday. After a low scoring opening quarter, St. Flannans took the lead with a goal in the 22nd minute. Midleton responded by raising their first green flag two minutes later and the Cork school led by 1-5 to 1-4 at half-time. The second half was just three minutes old when St. Flannans again took the lead with their second goal. Once again, the reply from Midleton was almost immediate as they scored a goal in reply to re-take the lead – 2-5 to 2-4 after 35 minutes. After a low scoring third quarter, Midleton added two more goals in the 49th and 52nd minutes to take a commanding seven point lead. To St. Flannan’s credit, the scored a goal and a point to leave just three points between the teams as the game entered injury time. However, Midleton held out for a three point victory and a semi-final place against Charleville CBS.

Scorers –
Midleton CBS : A Leahy 2-1, L Gosnell 1-3, C Keegan 1-0, B Twomey 0-2, L O’Shea, P O’Brien 0-1 each.
St Flannan’s: M Corry 1-5 (five frees), C Lynch, D Duggan 1-0 each, C Donnelly, A Kennedy, S Kennedy 0-1 each.

Irish Examiner Match Report

Match Previews

In Boher, Rice College Ennis will take on Our Lady’s Templemore. Both schools racked up big scores in their opening round games with the Templemore side arguably the more impressive with their 2-19 to 1-8 victory over Colaiste Iosaief Kilmallock. Rice College Ennis on the other hand played a high scoring game with Blackwater CS, eventually winning by 4-16 to 4-9. A close and perhaps high scoring game is in store with Patsy Coffey as referee.

The winners will play either Thurles CBS or St. Colmans Fermoy in the semi-final. The Thurles v Colmans Quarter-Final is fixed for Cahir and is another eagerly awaited encounter. Thurles CBS caused an upset in the first round with a hard earned 3-15 to 1-15 victory over last year’s Dean Ryan Cup finalists Ard Scoil Ris in a highly entertaining first round game played at Nenagh. St. Colmans on the other hand had a bye in the first round and while they will be lacking match practice as a group, a number of their players helped Colmans to an impressive win over the 2014 finalists Scoil Na Trionoide Naofa Doon in the first round of the Harty Cup last week. Noel Cosgrove will take charge of this game with St. Colmans going in as favourites having reached the semi-final of the equivalent Under 15 competition last year.

In the second half of the draw, Charleville were too strong for High School Clonmel in the first round and last year’s Under 15 A Hurling champions have received a bye to the semi-final following the withdrawal of Rochestown from the competition. Charleville will await with interest the outcome of the remaining Quarter-Final as defending Dean Ryan Cup champions Midleton CBS take on St. Flannans in Charleville. Midleton recorded a good win over Nenagh CBS in the first round, winning by 2-23 to 3-13. Meanwhile, St. Flannans were made to fight all the way before getting the better of De La Salle Waterford in their first round game, winning out by 0-18 to 1-9. St. Flannan’s lost out to Charleville in last years Under 15 A Hurling Final and perhaps will be slight favourites to progress but won’t have it all their own way against a Midleton side looking to win back to back titles in this grade. Richard Moloney is entrusted with the whistle for this game.

Throw-in times for all three games is at 1:30pm and supporters who are available tomorrow afternoon (Wednesday) are reminded that there is FREE admission for all patrons wishing to attend one of the three Dean Ryan Cup Quarter-Finals. What are you waiting for?

Fixture Details

Wednesday October 8th
Dean Ryan Cup Under 16½ A Hurling Quarter-Finals at 1:30pm
Rice College Ennis V Our Lady’s Templemore in Boher – Referee: Patsy Coffey
Thurles CBS V St Colmans Fermoy in Cahir – Referee: Noel Cosgrove
Midleton CBS V St Flannans in Charleville – Referee: Richard Moloney
Charleville w/o Rochestown scr.

Round 1 results

Rice College Ennis 4-16 Blackwater CS 4-9
Our Lady’s Templemore 2-19 Col Iosaief Kilmallock 1-8
Thurles CBS 3-15 Ard Scoil Ris 1-15
Charleville CBS 3-12 HS Clonmel 1-8
Midleton CBS 2-23 Nenagh CBS 3-13
St Flannans 0-18 DLS Waterford 1-9