Ahane GAA : Weekly Notes 02nd October 2017
Senior Hurling : our Senior Hurlers finished the season in fine fashion at the Gaelic Grounds on Saturday when they won a thrilling Senior Hurling County Cup Final over South Liberties on a scoreline of 1-24 to 1-17. It wasn’t as easy as the final scoreline suggests as South Liberties were fastest out of the blocks and raced into a 1-05 to 0-4 lead as they found space in behind Ahane’s half back line. Ahane battled back into the game and it was level on 3 occasions with 7 pointed frees from Tom Morrissey, 3 points from young William Brennan and 1 point from Niall Moran in the 1st half but South Liberties went in at half time leading 1-09 to 0-11. The 2nd half was a different story as Ahane upped their game and after 40 mins Tom Morrissey got a vital goal to level it again at 1-13 each, Ollie Moran added a point to put Ahane into the lead for the 1st time with 15mins left as Ahane finished the game, outscoring South Liberties 9 pts to 1 to win out handsomely on a scoreline of 1-24 to 1-17. Tom Morrissey finished with a grand total of 1-11(1-02 from play), William Brennan with 5pts on his 1st Senior Hurling start, Ollie Moran with 5pts, his brother Niall with 2pts and David Laing with the last point of the match. It was a great finish to our Senior Hurling year and great credit due to our young Senior Hurling squad and Management team of Colm and Eoghan Hanley, Sean O Connor, Ger Mulcahy, Colm Barry, 1st aid Larry O Connor, physio Paul Murray, S&C Dave Crowley and Team Doctor Blaithnead McCurtain for their huge effort and commitment over the year and to our Main Sponsor - Martin Haugh of Munster Tree Surgeons and all our supporters who followed the team throughout the year. County Cup Final squad : Adam O Brien, Jeffrey Enright (Captain), Seamus Harnett, Ciarán Barry, Paul O Halloran, Dan Morrissey, Daniel Minehan, John Meskell, Paddy Morrissey, Ciarán O Mara, Niall Moran, Colum Carroll, Tom Morrissey, Evan Enright, William Brennan, Mark Foley, Killian Enright, Cathal Ryan, Pat Minehan, Mark O Halloran, Tommy Clifford, Aaron Hackett, Mike Hayes, Ollie Moran, Shane Hackett, Mike Fox, Stephen Power, William Shanahan, David Laing (Vice Captain), John Fox.
Junior Football : The Junior Football team came up against a strong Fr. Caseys on Friday evening last in the County Junior A Football Championship Quarter Finals in Mick Neville Park. Well done to Jimmy and all the football squad on a sterling effort against Fr. Casey’s on the night and over the course of the season.
U10 : The U10 hurlers took part in a blitz on Saturday last 30th September in Clarecastle. We had 2 teams and 17 players taking part and the 2 Ahane teams were very competitive on the day and had a really enjoyable afternoon of hurling across the border in Clare. A big thank you to all at Clarecastle for a very well run blitz and for providing a huge range of refreshments and food to the players, mentors and parents.
U13 : The U13 Hurlers put in a solid performance on Monday evening away to Southside Gaels. Despite a particularly slow start in the first half, the players improved throughout the game but could not claw back the score in the end and went down by 3 points. The U13 hurling league was an opportunity to give some of the younger U11 and U12 players competitive hurling and the mentors were very pleased with the performances of the full squad over the league. The U13 Football league will commence on Monday next09th October and will continue throughout October with the final game scheduled for Monday 30th October.
Condolences : We would like to extend our condolences to Trish, Odran and Kyle and all the Furlong family on the very sad news and passing this past week of our friend Neville. Neville will be fondly remembered as a true gentleman on and off the field and for giving of his time to coach and mentor our senior football and hurling teams and encouraging his two sons Odran and Kyle on the underage teams in Ahane. The U12 and U14 squads and many other players from Ahane GAA, Ladies Football team and friends led a guard of honour on Wednesday evening last at Castleconnell Church. A minute’s silence was also held in his honour before the Ahane Senior Hurling Game on Sunday last. Ar dheis de go raibh a anam dilis.