Dr. Harty Cup Hurling Semi-Final – Our Lady’s Templemore 1-15 Nenagh CBS 0-14

Our Lady’s Templemore defeated Nenagh CBS by 1-15 to 0-14 in the Dr. Harty Cup Hurling Semi-Final on Saturday January 28th at Toomevara.

Templemore’s eyes firmly set on first Dr Harty Cup since 1978 as they progress to the final

Our Lady’s Secondary School Templemore 1-15 Nenagh CBS 0-14

Report by Shane Brophy for the42.ie

OUR LADY’S SECONDARY School Templemore progressed to the Harty Cup final for the second consecutive year after getting the better of local rivals Nenagh CBS in a well contested semi-final played in a packed Toomevara this afternoon.

Andrew Ormonde’s 16th minute goal proved to the difference for the majority of a tight game where free-flowing hurling was at a premium as both sides brought huge intensity and workrate with no player having much time on the ball.

Nenagh played with the breeze in the opening half and after a slow start in which they trailed 0-5 to 0-2, fought back to level by the quarter hour when Ormonde forced the ball over the line from close range after Nenagh keeper Barry Hogan had saved from Brian McGrath.

At the other end Templemore goalkeeper Eoin Collins pulled off a superb save to deny Bryan McLoughney on the stroke of half time as Templemore led 1-7 to 0-8 at the break.

Templemore managed to keep their noses in front throughout the second half, relying on the free-taking of Brian McGrath as. Nenagh’s defence stepped up and with sub Ruairi Maher and Ciaran Kelly finding the target, they wouldn’t go away.

However late scores from man of the match Stevie Nolan, Lyndon Fairbrother and Jerry Kelly saw Templemore to victory.

Scorers for Our Ladys Secondary School, Templemore: Neil Quinlan (0-1), Stevie Nolan (0-3), Brian McGrath (0-6, 5f), Jerry Kelly (0-2), Andrew Ormonde (1-2), Lydon Fairbrother (0-1)

Scorers for Nenagh CBS: Barry Hogan (0-1, 1f), Jake Morris (0-2, 1f), Jerome Cahill (0-2), Mark Daniels (0-4, 3f), Billy Seymour (0-1), Ciaran Kelly (0-1), Kevin McCarthy (0-1), Ruairi Maher (0-2)

Our Ladys Secondary School, Templemore:

1. Eoin Collins (Drom & Inch)
2. Sean Ryan (Templederry Kenyons)
3. Paraic Campion (Drom & Inch)
4. Eoghan Ryan (Loughmore/Castleiney)
5. Neil Quinlan (JK Brackens)
6. Paddy Cadell (JK Brackens, Capt)
7. Aidan O’Meara (Drom & Inch)
8. Diarmuid Ryan (Clonakenny)
9. Stevie Nolan (Drom & Inch)
10. David O’Shea (JK Brackens)
11. Brian McGrath (Loughmore/Castleiney)
12. Jerry Kelly (Borris-Ileigh)
13. Andrew Ormonde (JK Brackens)
14. Ray McCormack (Borris-Ileigh)
15. Lyndon Fairbrother (JK Brackens)
Shane Doyle (JK Brackens) for O’Shea (27-29 blood)
Jack Ryan (Toomevara) for D Ryan (45 inj)
Shane Doyle for Ormonde (56)
Jason Gilmartin (Roscrea) for O’Shea (59)

Nenagh CBS:
1. Barry Hogan (Kiladangan)
2. Jack Maloney (Portroe)
3. Conor O’Brien (Portroe)
4. Darragh Molloy (Kiladangan)
5. Mark O’Neill (Kilruane MacDonaghs)
6. Jake Morris (Nenagh Eire Og, Capt)
7. Craig Morgan (Kilruane MacDonaghs)
8. Jerome Cahill (Kilruane MacDonaghs)
9. Stephen Kirwan (Burgess)
10. Conor McCarthy (Nenagh Eire Og)
11. Mark Daniels (Silvermines)
12. Bryan McLoughney (Kiladangan)
13. Billy Seymour (Kiladangan)
14. Ciaran Kelly (Kiladangan)
15. Kevin McCarthy (Toomevara)
Ruairi Maher (Silvermines) for K McCarthy (45)
Robbie Quirke (Cappawhite) for Kirwan (45);
Conor Bonar (Nenagh Eire Og) for O’Neill (53);
Daniel Ryan (Silvermines) for O’Brien (56 inj);
Mark O’Neill for Molloy (59 inj).

Referee: John McCormack (Tipperary)

When – Saturday January 28th at 1:30pm
Where – Toomevara
Referee – John McCormack (Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams, Tipperary)
Next Round – The winners will play the winners of St. Colmans Fermoy and Midleton CBS in the Final on Saturday February 18th.

Admission Prices
Adults – €5
Students / OAP’s – €3

Results to Date
Our Lady’s Templemore
Quarter-Final – Our Lady’s Templemore 3-14 Thurles CBS 1-10
Last 16 – Our Lady’s Templemore 6-27 Árdscoil Uí Urmaltaigh Bandon 0-3
Group F – Our Lady’s Templemore 1-23 St Flannans 1-12

Nenagh CBS
Quarter-Final – Nenagh C.B.S 0-20 De La Salle College Waterford 2-13 (AET)
Last 16 – Nenagh C.B.S 1-20 Castletroy CC 1-13
Group H – Nenagh CBS 1-22 Abbey CBS 2-16 (AET)

Match Preview

Toomevara will host the all Tipperary clash of Our Lady’s Templemore and Nenagh CBS on Saturday next. Both schools have been very competitive in this competition in recent years but have only 1 Harty Cup title between then, the 1978 victory for the then named Templemore CBS side. Since 1978, both Nenagh and Templemore have reached 4 Harty Cup Finals apiece only to finish runners-up on each occasion. Templemore lost last year’s final to Ardscoil Ris as well as finals in 2000, 2002 and 2013. For Nenagh, their Harty Cup Final appearances came in 1990, 1996, 1997 and 2012 although in 2012 they did go on to captured the All-Ireland Croke Cup title.

The clear favourite to win this game is Our Lady’s Templemore who have been impressive to date, racking up 10 goals and 64 points while conceding just 2 goals and 25 points. While not being tested in their opening two matches against St Flannans and Árdscoil Uí Urmaltaigh Bandon, their Quarter-Final meeting with Thurles CBS was in the balance for long periods and while Our Lady’s Templemore eventually ran out flattering 10 point winners, they will have learned a lot about their side which will be to their benefit heading in to the semi-final meeting with Nenagh CBS.

Players such as Brian McGrath, Lyndon Fairbrother and team captain Paddy Cadell are well known leaders of this team but others such as Diarmuid Ryan, Jerry Kelly, David O’Shea and Ray McCormack have been integral to their dominant form to date in this competition.

For Nenagh CBS, they have had a tougher route to the semi-final. While favourites to advance from their group, their game with Abbey CBS (last year’s B champions) went to extra time before Nenagh came out on top by three points. Nenagh were again favoured to win their last 16 meeting with Castletroy College and despite a lull midway through the game, ran out seven point winners. Nenagh’s Quarter-Final meeting with De La Salle was a repeat pairing from the same stage of last year’s competition, a game won by De La Salle. On this occasion, it took extra time before Nenagh eventually qualified for the semi-final by a solitary point.

For Nenagh, the 2016 Munster Minor Hurler of the year Jake Morris has been their best player to date and his late scores in the Quarter-Final helped them to defeat De La Salle. Jerome Cahill is another All-Ireland Minor medal winner from last year’s Tipperary side and has been very influential to date in this competition. Others such as Mark Daniels, goalkeeper Barry Hogan and Bryan Moloughney have played important roles in Nenagh’s journey to the semi-final and they will look to these players and others to play to top form in the hope of causing an upset.

John McCormack is in charge of this game with a 1:30pm throw-in.

Dr. Harty Cup Hurling Semi-Final – Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy 1-8 CBS Midleton 0-7

Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy defeated CBS Midleton by 1-8 to 0-7 in the Dr. Harty Cup Hurling Semi-Final on Saturday January 28th at Mallow.

St Colman’s can dream of double after tight derby duel

Report by Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

St Colman’s Fermoy 1-8 Midleton CBS 0-7: When the most coveted piece of silverware in Munster Colleges hurling last resided at St Colman’s, it sat in a display cabinet next to the Dean Ryan Cup.

The latter trophy returned to the Fermoy College in November for the first time since 2003 and the prospect of yet another provincial double nears reality following Saturday’s all-Cork Dr Harty Cup semi-final win – St Colman’s have not been present in the decider since winning the last of their nine Harty Cup titles 14 years ago.

There they’ll meet Our Lady’s, Templemore and there is no question the gritty performance which saw them squeeze past their East Cork rivals won’t be sufficient to trouble, in the words of St Colman’s manager Flannan Cleary, the “red hot favourites”. That this semi-final didn’t live up to its billing, though, will matter little to the Fermoy students as they set about preparing for February 18. A crowd of 2,691 flocked to Mallow for the third meeting of the pair this season; an unanswered 1-6 in the closing 10 minutes of their first round Harty Cup clash back in October swung the verdict in St Colmans’ favour, with Midleton CBS exacting revenge in the Cork colleges final a week before Christmas.

Between then and here, St Colman’s put 3-12 past CBC to further signal their intent, while Midleton ended the reign of 2016 champions Ardscoil Rís after two epic quarter-final battles.

This particular contest, however, failed to come anywhere near the dizzy heights either reached in previous rounds. The first- half, in particular, was awash with errors. Scores, on the other hand, were desperately hard come by. Six white flags was all they could muster, only two of which arrived from open play.

The winners, having faced a strong breeze in the opening period, were much the happier with the 0-3 apiece interval scoreline. “To keep them to three points whilst we were playing against that breeze was terrific,” said Cleary. “We came out then and we got the start we wanted.”

By that, he means the 1-2 which they bagged within eight minutes of the restart. Diarmuid Lenihan threw over a ’65 following Adam Daly’s goal-line heroics in preventing Brian Roche’s ground stroke from crossing the white paint. David Lardner doubled their advantage and while Liam O’Shea got his and Midleton’s fourth point in response, Fermoy full- forward Roche capitalised on a defensive error in the 38th minute to register the only major.

They’d hit just three points in the remaining 22 minutes, but with Midleton’s radar, from both open play and the dead ball, out of whack – the losers hit 14 wides in total, their 1-8 tally proved more than enough to get the job done.

There were a couple of nervy moments late on as centre-back Niall O’Leary, excellent throughout, had to throw his body in front of Ger Millerick’s goal-bound effort. Liam Gosnell sent the rebound wide and their challenge ended when Liam O’Shea’s close-range free was repelled – the latter pair accounted for Midleton’s 0-7 total.

“After we got the goal, we went into a bit of a lull. When we were in that lull, Midleton didn’t capitalise. They threw the kitchen sink at us and it was really tough going there at the end, but our defence stood up to it. The leaders we have inside in our dressing-room is absolutely fantastic. It’s a fantastic win.”

An added bonus was having atoned for their one-point defeat to Ardscoil Rís at this very juncture 12 months ago.

“As I told the Midleton lads, we were in their position last year. We lost in heartbreaking circumstances. Nine of the lads playing here were there last year. That hurt drove us.”

Scorers for St Colman’s: D Lenihan (0-3, 0-2 frees, 0-1 ’65); B Roche (1-0); B Murphy (0-2); S O’Connor, D Lardner, R Galvin (0-1 each).

Scorers for Midleton CBS: L O’Shea (0-5, 0-2 frees); L Gosnell (0-2 frees).

ST COLMAN’S: E Davis (St Catherine’s); E Wallace (St Catherine’s), J O’Leary (Castlelyons), K Neville (St Catherine’s); S McCarthy (Fermoy), N O’Leary (Castlelyons), E Roche (Bride Rovers); S O’Connor (Bride Rovers), D Lenihan (Ballyhooly); J Sheehan (Kilworth), B Murphy (Castlelyons), D Lardner (Fermoy); C Ryan (Bride Rovers), B Roche (Bride Rovers), A Creed (Fermoy).
Subs: F Hickey (Ballyduff Upper) for Ryan (44 mins); R Galvin (St Catherine’s) for Sheehan (53); J Meighan (Ballyhooly) for Creed (58), G Lardner (Fermoy) for McCarthy (58)

MIDLETON CBS: R Walsh (St Colman’s); A Daly (Midleton), S O’Leary-Hayes (Midleton), E O’Sullivan (St Colman’s); R McConville (Midleton), J McDonnell (Aghada), A Walsh Barry (Carrigtwohill); S O’Meara (Midleton), C Coughlan (Killeagh); B Twomey (Carrigtwohill), G Millerick (Fr O’Neill’s), C Terry (Aghada); L O’Shea (Lisgoold), J Stack (Kiltha Óg), L Gosnell (Carrigtwohill).
Subs: M Kelly (Kiltha Óg) for Twomey (41); P O’Brien (Midleton) for Stack (50).

Referee: D Kirwan (Cork).

When – Saturday January 28th at 1:30pm
Where – Mallow
Referee – Diarmuid Kirwan (Cork)
Next Round – The winners will play the winners Our Lady’s Templemore and Nenagh CBS in the Final on Saturday February 18th.

Admission Prices
Adults – €5
Students / OAP’s – €3

Results to Date
Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy
Quarter-Final – Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy 3-12 Christian Brothers College, Cork 1-12
Last 16 – Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy 4-22 St Flannans 2-19 (AET)
Group E – Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy 2-15 CBS Midleton 1-14

CBS Midleton
Quarter-Final Replay – CBS Midleton 2-11 Árdscoil Rís Limerick 0-15
Quarter-Final – CBS Midleton 2-12 Árdscoil Rís Limerick 1-15 (AET)
Last 16 – CBS Midleton 1-15 Scoil Na Trioniode Doon 1-12
Group E – Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy 2-15 CBS Midleton 1-14

Match Preview

Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy and CBS Midleton will meet on Saturday in Mallow vying for a place in the 2017 Harty Cup Final on February 18th. These Cork schools are no strangers to each other having met in Group E in their opening game of the competition. On that occasion, CBS Midleton led by five points heading in the final stages only to see the Fermoy side scored an unanswered 1 goal and six points to win by 2-15 to 1-14.

Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy moved on to a meeting with St. Flannans in the last 16 and though heavily favoured, found themselves three points down deep in to injury time only for a last gasp Diarmuid Lenihan free to find its way through a number of players in to the back of the net to force extra time. Fermoy made no mistake in the additional period and won by nine points in the end. There was no such drama in the Quarter-Final as a dominating first half versus Christian Brothers College, Cork put Fermoy in to an unassailable position. Despite a comeback from CBC, Fermoy qualified for the semi-final with six points to spare. The Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy forward unit has improved from game to game and players like Barry Murphy, Brian Roche, Conleth Ryan and Diarmuid Lenihan will prove a handful for any side as the school aims to qualify for their first Harty Cup Final since 2003.

CBS Midleton have had a tougher route to the semi-finals, firstly overcoming a battling Scoil Na Trioniode Doon in the last 16 by three points before being drawn against the 2016 champions Árdscoil Rís Limerick in the Quarter-Final. This tie proved to be one of the better Harty Cup battles of recent times as it took 140 minutes to decide the winner after a draw and replay. In the drawn game, the sides were level no less than 11 times through the game and though Midleton led heading in to the end of normal time, Árdscoil Rís rallied to force extra time where no winner could be declared. The schools returned to the fray a week later for another cracking game. Midleton appeared set for victory but having been reduced to 14 men, the Cork side conceded a six point lead in the closing stages and found themselves a point down in injury time. There would be one further twist as Midleton earned a penalty and with the option of taking a point to force another period of extra time, Liam O’Shea went for goal and duly converted which turned out to be the winning score as Midleton progressed by a two point winning margin.

For CBS Midleton, these two tough Quarter-Final games will surely stand to them in their quest to qualify for their first Harty Cup Final since 2006. Liam Gosnell and Liam O’Shea up front have been responsible for the majority of Midleton’s scores in this campaign and aided by goalkeeper Ross Walsh, Sean O’Leary Hayes, Aaron Walsh Barry and Christy Coughlan they will hope to overturn their opening game defeat at the hands of Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy back in October.

Diarmuid Kirwan is the referee for this game in Mallow on Saturday with a 1:30pm throw-in.

Co-Op Superstores.ie Munster Hurling League – Waterford 4-21 Kerry 0-15

Waterford defeated Kerry by 4-21 to 0-15 in the Co-Op Superstores.ie Munster Hurling League on Saturday January 28th at Fraher Field Dungarvan.

Full-strength Déise punish Kingdom

Waterford 4-21 Kerry 0-16

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Waterford’s big hitters returned to demolish Kerry by 17 points on Saturday. Pauric Mahony, Austin Gleeson and Michael Walsh opened up in the January sunshine at Fraher Field.

“We followed the same path as last year, relatively experimental up until today,” Waterford manager Derek McGrath explained. “It wasn’t out of disrespect to Kerry or otherwise, it was just part of our plan that today we would give more of the regulars some game-time.”

On 11 minutes, Stephen Bennett punished a Kerry error with a three-pointer. Two more followed through Walsh and Gleeson and 3-3 without reply created an 11-point gap at half-time.

Subs Thomas Ryan and Brian O’Halloran drove it on during the second period. A trademark Walsh handpass allowed Ryan to hit the net again after 62 minutes.

McGrath revealed that goalkeeper Stephen O’Keeffe may miss the start of the NHL due to a nasty cut to his arm. “He probably won’t feature in the first couple of rounds but we were going with a split decision anyway this year with the ‘keepers.”

Kerry manager Fintan O’Connor rued those sloppy first-half goals. The Kingdom host Laois in the opening round of the NHL next month.

“1B is so competitive, you’re just fighting for points every week. We’ll be scrapping to get whatever we can,” he said.

Scorers –
Waterford: P Mahony 0-14 (8fs, 65′), A Gleeson 1-2, T Ryan 1-1, S Bennett, M Walsh 1-0 each, B O’Halloran 0-3, C Gleeson 0-1
Kerry: S Nolan 0-7 (6fs, 65’), M Boyle, D Collins, P Boyle 0-2 each, J Egan, J Goulding, C Harty 0-1 each.

Waterford – I O’Regan; S Fives, B Coughlan, N Connors; C Gleeson, T de Búrca, S Daniels; K Moran, M Kearney; M Walsh, A Gleeson, P Mahony; J Dillon, S Bennett, P Curran
Subs: B O’Halloran for Curran (h-t), T Ryan for Bennett (h-t), J Barron for Kearney (48), D Fives for De Búrca (51), DJ Foran for A Gleeson (59).

Kerry – A McCabe; B Murphy, P Costello, S Weir; J Griffin, D Dineen, K Carmody; J Goulding, P O’Connor; D Collins, M Boyle, J Conway; J Egan, P Boyle, S Nolan
Subs: C Harty for Egan (h-t), J O’Connor for Griffin (47), S Murphy for Conway (51), J Godley for P O’Connor (61), P Lucid for Nolan (64).

Ref – N Wall (Cork)

Team News

The Kerry Senior Hurling Team to play Waterford in the CoOpsuperstores.ie Munster Senior Hurling League in Dungarvan on Saturday next (12:30pm) shows 6 changes from the side that played Limerick in Round 3 on Sunday last as the Kerry management rotate the players in the squad.

Into the side come Martin Stackpoole, Bryan Murphy, Darren Dineen, Paudie O’Connor, Jordan Conway, and John Egan.

The team captained by Daniel Collins of Kilmoyley is as follows:

1 Martin Stackpoole Lixnaw
2 Bryan Murphy Causeway
3 Paud Costello Ballyduff
4 Sean Weir Crotta O’Neills
5 Keith Carmody Causeway
6 Darren Dineen St Brendans
7 John Griffin Lixnaw
8 Jack Goulding Ballyduff
9 Paudie O’Connor Kilmoyley
10 Jordan Conway Crotta O’Neills
11 Mikey Boyle Ballyduff
12 Daniel Collins (C) Kilmoyley
13 John Egan St Brendans
14 Padraig Boyle Ballyduff
15 Shane Nolan Crotta O’Neills

Fir Ionaid:

16 Aiden McCabe Kilmoyley
17 John Buckley Lixnaw
18 James Godley Kilmoyley
19 James O’Connor Abbeydorney
20 Colum Harty Causeway
21 Billy Lyons Causeway
22 Tomás O’Connor Crotta O’Neills
23 Stephen Murphy Causeway
24 Michael O’Leary Abbeydorney
25 Fionán Horgan St Brendans
26 Philp Lucid Ballyheigue

2017 Munster GAA Convention

The Munster GAA annual Provincial Convention took place at the Anner Hotel, Thurles, County Tipperary, on Saturday, 28th January 2017.

Click to view photos from Convention

Address to Munster Convention by Munster GAA Chairman Jerry O’Sullivan

Outgoing Munster GAA Treasurer Anthony Walsh (Waterford) and Munster GAA PRO Ger Ryan (Tipperary) both stepped down following the completion of their three year terms.

Anthony Walsh was duly elected unopposed to the role of Munster GAA PRO.

Anthony Walsh

Meanwhile, Pearse Murphy (Cork) was elected as Munster GAA Treasurer following a contest with three others – details as follows –

  • 1st count in Munster Treasurer election – Pearse Murphy (Cork) 17, John O’Sullivan (Clare) 16, Donal Morrissey (Limerick) 9, Eamon Buckley (Tipperary) 9 (Buckley eliminated)
  • 2nd count in Munster Treasurer election – Pearse Murphy (Cork) 26, John O’Sullivan (Clare) 16, Donal Morrissey (Limerick) 9. Pearse Murphy elected

    Pearse Murphy

    Attached please find the Convention Booklet which includes:
    1. Agenda for Convention
    2. Annual Report on Activities 2016
    3. Audited Accounts for Year Ended 31/10/2016
    4. Nominations and Motion

    2017 Munster GAA Convention Booklet – PDF Format

    Munster GAA Chairmen – 1901 to 2016