Under 21 Hurling
Greater consistency over the hour, allied to superior economy with their shooting, were telling factors as Ardrahan put enough scores in the bank to withstand a frantic late rally from Athenry in the delayed County Under 21 A Hurling Championship semi-final. On a difficult day for hurling, Athenry created more than enough scoring opportunities but were unable to capitalise. Niall Sunderland’s side had first use of the strong wind and turned around with a 0-6 to 0-4 advantage. Their wastefulness in front of the posts, however, was summed up by nine first half wides before the break and that statistic finished up at a very costly 14 by the final whistle. Final score Ardrahan 0-12 Athenry 1-7.
Athenry: D.J. Somers; R. Keane. J. McCullagh. C. Tully; S. Quirke. I. O'Shea, N. Keogh (0-1); S. Parr (0-1), M. Cullen: C.
Lawless (0-2. 0-1 free). R. Hardiman (0-3), P. Rabbitte (1-0); E. Caulfield. M. Treacy, B. Lee. Subs: A-Haverty. for Keane. 39 mins, R. Shaughnessy. for Treacy, 45 mins: D. Parr. for S. Parr. 50 mins: L. Egan. for Lawless. 54 mins: D. Collins. for Lee. 61 mins.
Galway win first Under 17 Minor Hurling All-Ireland Final
The more things change, the more they stay the same. The All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship underwent major alterations in 2018 but Galway's modem-day dominance showed no signs of abating. In retaining the Irish Press Cup, achieved just once before by the county in 1999-2000 managed by John Hardiman, the latest crop of young hurlers played their part in a significant milestone and carved out a little piece of history in winning the first-ever championship at the reduced age grade at Under-17.
Naturally, none of this side were involved in 2017, the last played as an Under-18 competition, but the class of 2018 showed maturity and composure beyond their tender years in facing down Kilkenny and emerging impressive winners. Galway found themselves 0-4 to 0-0 down inside five minutes, but held their nerve and trailed at the break by the minimum, 0-10 to 0-9, before turning in a performance fit for the occasion, streaking clear to a 0-21 to 0-14 victory after a dominant second half. Athenry's Paddy Rabbitte was unbeaten between the posts making a few rousing defient saves in the closing stages with Shane Quirke rock solid at wing back.
Galway: P. Rabbitte (Athenry): M. Flynn (Ballygar), S. Jennings (Ballinasloe). O. Salmon (Clarinbridge): S. Quirke (Athenry), S. Neary (captain, Castlegar). E. Duggan (0-1, St Thomas'): J. O'Donoghue (Gort), O. Flannery (0-1, St Thomas’: D. Kilcommins (0-2, Annaghdown). 0. Flannery (0-1, Padraig Pearses). A. Brett (Killimordaly: D. Reilly (0-3, Padraig Pearses). D. O'Shea (0-10, 0-6 frees, 0-1 65. 0-1 penalty), N. Collins (Cappataggle) Subs: C. Cunningham (0-1. Moycullen), for O'Donoghue, 33 mins: C. Keane (Beagh), for Brett 34 mins, S. McDonagh (0·2, Mountbellew-Moylough), for Flannery (Padraig Pearses). 41 mins: I. McGlynn (Kilconieron), for Flannery (St Thomas') 45 mins: K. Creaven (Sylane). for Collins, 49 mins.
Juvenile Club General Meeting
Juvenile Chairman Robert Ruane opened the meeting welcomed everybody and asked for a minute silence for all those who passed away in 2018. In his address he thanked all the parents and the coaches for their support in what was a difficult year. He said that going forward we would be a stronger club. He stressed the need to have all the players registered and thanked Tom Carr and John Cloonan for their work in registering all members of the club.
He thanked all the team managers and coaches for all their work throughout the year and for completing all the necessary coaching courses. He thanked Brendan Keogh of Practical Finance for sponsoring the Féile gear for the u14 hurlers and said it was a pity they did not get to play in the National Féile. He thanked Brian Sweeney for his generous sponsorship of a trip to Croke Park and also thanked club sponsor Pat Joyce. He thanked the weekly lotto sellers who keep the club going and the businesses who sell the lotto and asked everyone to support them.
He congratulated all the juvenile teams who won Cups and Shields in football and hurling. He said the Under16 hurlers were unlucky and just came up short in the county final after winning all their other matches. He congratulated all the lads who represented Athenry on the various county football and hurling teams. He congratulated Eddie Brady and Brian Hanley on their involvement with Galway county teams who kept a high profile for the club.
He sympathised with Brian on the recent loss of his mother Noreen, a great club person. He congratulated the Presentation College Athenry on their recent All-Ireland Junior Hurling victory. He praised Oisin Fox who represented the club on this year’s county minor football team and Matthew Treacy who represented the club on the county Under 20 football team. He also congratulated Eoin Lawless, Patrick Rabbitte and Shane Quirke who won an All-Ireland Minor Hurling medals with Galway.
He thanked the senior club officers Sean Keane and Caroline McLoughlin for all their work and dedication and also the current club executive and officers. He also thanked all the primary schools in the parish for promoting our games and James Langan for his very professional service as a medic to various teams. He thanked our club delegates Brendan Burke and Peter Kelly and thanked Peter for also his continued involvement in Coiste Iomana na nÓg, Jackie Haverty for her professional work as club treasurer and John Cloonan for his 9 years as club secretary and over 12 years of involvement with the juvenile club. He thanked all the club executive for all their work and the parents of the juvenile members for their assistance throughout the year.
The officers for 2019 are Chairman Brendan Madden, Treasurer: Jackie Haverty; Secretary: Kevin Coyne; Vice Chairman: Frank Flannery;
Club chairman Billy Caulfield thanked all involved with the juvenile club; the coaches, managers and parents. He encouraged everyone to get involved and to ask themselves ‘where can I help out?’. He said we needed to be all of the same mindset and buy into the same ethos and standard set by the coaches and leaders. He thanked everyone in the past for their work and going forward would like to see children developing and playing our games.
Outgoing juvenile secretary John Cloonan thanked the current and previous club chairmen, treasurers and the coaches he worked with over the years. He said it was an honour to be involved with the club and enjoyed many a great day. He wished the club every success in the future. There was a presentation from the club to John in recognition of his contribution the Juvenile Club over the past decade.
Senior Club Treasurer Gearoid Harty gave an exciting presentation showing plans for the future development and expansion of the club at Carnaun. He encouraged people to get involved and said there was a role for everyone. Chairman Robert thanked him for the presentation and said the future was bright for the club with plans like this and with so many promising lads coming through the juvenile club in both codes.
He welcomed any new people to the parish and encouraged them to get involved and get in touch with any club officer, as we are a welcoming and open club. He then closed the meeting by thanking all for their attendance and encouraged everyone to attend the Club's AGM.
County Under 13 A Hurling Shield Winners
Back Row: Dara McGillicuddy, Kevin Briggs, Senan Treacy, Daniel Langan, Dylan Quirke, Ethan O Brien, Ruairí Keogh (captain), Stephen Kelly, Cathal Lally, Conor Lawless, Jack Freeney, James Diveney Front Row: Cian MacCullagh, Stephen Feeney, Jack Dillon, Matthew Fitzgerald, Regan Keaveney, Shane Costello, Aidan Hickey, Darragh Redmond, Aaron Daly.
Galway All-Ireland Minor Hurling Champions 2018
Front Row: (left to right) Alex Connaire, Oisín Flannery, Oisín Flannery, Evan Duggan, Keelan Creaven, Jason O’Donoghue, Dean Reilly, Ian McGlynn, Colm Cunningham, Seán McDonagh, Shane Jennings, Oisín Salmon, Mike Egan, Enda Collins, Cillian Callaghan, Niall Fleming. Back Row: (left to right) Thomas Hynes, Christy Brennan, Liam O’Reilly, Sean Neary (captain), Conor Flaherty, Donal O’Shea, Diarmuid Kilcommins, Patrick Rabbitte, Eoghan Geraghty, Eoin Lawless, Shane Morgan, Shane Quirke, Michael Flynn, Connell Keane, Adam Brett, Niall Collins, Sean Gardiner, Jack Barrett, John Cooney and Darren Duggan.
Galway Leinster Under 21 Hurling Champions 2018
Front Row: (left to right) Mark Hughes Liam Mellows, Sean Loftus Turloughmore, Ciaran Connor Kilnadeema/Leitrim, Ian O'Shea Athenry, Fintan Burke St. Thomas', Captain, Eanna Murphy Tommy Larkins, Ronan Murphy Tommy Larkins, Thomas Monaghan Craughwell, Evan Niland Clarinbridge. Back Row: (left to right) Mark Fahy Turloughmore, Brian Concannon Killimordaly, Kevin Cooney Sarsfields, Michael Lynch Kllnadeerna/Leitrim, Darragh Gilligan Craughwell, Cian Salmon Clarinbridge, Sean Bleahene Ahascragh/Fohenagh, Ciaran Fahy Ardrahan, Patrtck Foley Clarlnbridge, Jack Grealish Liam Mellows, Conor Caulfield Kilconieron, Shane Bannon Clarinbridge and Andrew Greaney Craughwell. (On right Athenry's Ian O'Shea in action)