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(Updated 20th June 2006)

 

 

The following items are included in Latest News Section: All Ireland Feile na nGael finals, County Under 14 ‘C’ Football Final,  Club Gear.

ALL IRELAND FEILE NA nGAEL FINALS

Durlas Óg travelled to Cork last weekend to participate in the All Ireland Feile na nGael finals.  The team departed from Thurles Railway Station on Friday morning and were wished well by a large crowd that included Lucy McLoughlin, Mayor of Thurles Town Council, Andy O’Gorman, Vice Chairman of Mid Board, Cllr. John Kennedy and Tommy Barrett, former Tipperary County Secretary and one of the founders of Feile na nGael in 1970.  On arrival in Cork our hosts and great friends from the famed Blackrock club greeted us.

Our group consisted of our hosts, Blackrock, St. Finbarrs (Cork) and Adare (Limerick).  We played our hosts in the opening match on Friday evening. We took a long time to settle in this match and trailed by 1-2 to 0-1 at the break.  We performed much better in the second half and despite an Aidan McCormack goal we ran out of time (each match was 15 minutes a side) and had to give best to our hosts on a scoreline of 2-2 to 1-2.  Adare defeated St. Finbarrs by a large margin in the other group match.  This result was to prove crucial in the end.  We took part in the Feile parade on Friday evening and afterwards the players returned to the host families.

Saturday was a busy day and our first match was against St. Finbarrs.  We dominated the first half with Aidan McCormack opening the scoring with a first minute goal and points from Aidan McCormack (2), Mark Lanigan, Michael O’Dwyer and a superb long range free from David Corbett gave us a 1-5 to nil interval lead.  St. Finbarrs came back at us in the second half and picked off some good points but despite not scoring in the second period we held on for a 1-5 to 0-6 win.  Our final match against Adare proved to be the match of the weekend.  This match had everything, great goalkeeping, excellent defending and some brilliant scores.  Like the St. Finbarrs match we were quickly into our stride and Aidan McCormack kept up his goal a game record when he netted in the opening minutes.  Points from McCormack (2) and Mark Lanigan had us leading by 1-3 to 0-2 with five minutes of the half remaining.  Our goalie, Kevin Smith brought off two magnificent saves in the opening period to deny Adare but he was finally beaten when our opponents goaled just before the break.  We responded with a Mark Lanigan point to give us a 1-4 to 1-2 lead at the interval.  In the opening half our attack combined very well with Darragh Ronayne, Mark Shannon, Greg Cully, Michael O’Dwyer and full forward, Kyle Loughman all having their moments. We got the second half off to an ideal start when midfielder, Philip Purcell blasted to the net to increase our lead.  Aidan McCormack added a point before Adare had their second goal to narrow the gap to three points.  Excellent defending by captain, Patrick Dunne at centre back and wingbacks, David Corbett and Sean Moroney together with the full back line of Colin Shorley, Paraic Crone and Mark Beresford held the Adare attack.  Aidan McCormack again showed his class when he scored his second goal to seal victory.  Final score Durlas Óg 3-5 Adare 2-4.  Three teams, Durlas Óg, Adare and Blackrock all finished level on points at the end of the group matches and as Adare had the highest total score after the three games they went forward to the quarter finals.

We are all very proud of the team and their magnificent performances in the three matches.  They were worthy representatives from Tipperary and their sportsmanship, discipline and behaviour were exemplary.  Thanks to their mentors, Sean Corbett, Andy Ryan, John Moroney and John Smith for their great work with this talented group.  Special mention to the parents and supporters who travelled and made themselves heard at the matches.  Finally above all thanks to our hosts, Blackrock who gave us all a memorable three days.

The following was the panel of players:  Patrick Dunne (Captain), Sean Moroney, Philip Purcell, Kyle Loughman, Mark Lanigan, Darragh Ronayne, James Lyons, Kevin Smith, Paraic Crone, Ciaran Dowd, Greg Cully, Aidan McCormack, Tomas Hewitt, Colin Shorley, Paul Morrissey, Christy Burke, Mark Shannon, John Stakelum, David Corbett, Mossie McCormack, Jamie Stapleton, Michael O’Dwyer, Darragh Mulcaire, Mark Beresford, Denis Moore, Allan Butler, Shane Butler, Paul Maher, Eoghan Leahy, Alex Dorney, Stephen Kennedy, Brian O’Connor, Niall McGovern, Stephen Hackett.

On Saturday evening our esteemed President, Pat Stakelum was the recipient of a surprise presentation by our hosts, Blackrock.  The President of Cumann Luthchleas Gael, Nicky Brennan, made the presentation and many leading G.A.A. personalities were in attendance.  Pat was in attendance at all our matches and his words of encouragement and advise to the players were very much appreciated. 

COUNTY UNDER 14 ‘C’ FOOTBALL FINAL

The County Under 14 ‘C’ Football between Durlas Óg ‘B’ and Newcastle scheduled for this evening (Tuesday) has been postponed and will now be played tomorrow Wednesday in New Inn at 8.00 p.m.  We extend best wishes to the team and mentors.

MUNSTER FINAL CARPARK

We will be providing a carpark in Pairc na nÓg next Sunday for patrons attending the Munster Senior Hurling Final.  Help is required and anybody in position to assist is asked to contact Tom Meehan.

CLUB GEAR

Replica jerseys, togs and socks are available from Tom Meehan. Also available are a limited number of the new Mycro helmets at reduced prices.  Please contact Andy Ryan at 087-9090985.

 

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TEAM NEWS

UNDER 8

Training in Pairc na nÓg on Saturday mornings at 10.00 a.m.

UNDER 10

Training in Pairc na nÓg on Saturday mornings at 10.00 a.m.

UNDER 12

Training at the usual times.  

UNDER 14

Best wishes to the ‘B’ team in county football final on Wednesday evening.

UNDER 16

Best wishes to those sitting the Junior Certificate Examinations.  Training continues at the usual times. 

 

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2006 DURLAS ÓG NEWS ARCHIVE

U/14’S DEFEATED IN COUNTY FOOTBALL SEMI FINAL

The Under 14’s suffered an agonising one point defeat to Arravale Rovers in the county football semi final last Saturday.  Our team gave a very committed performance but had to give best to a good Arravle Rovers side.  Final score Durlas Óg 3-2 Arravale Rovers 1-9.

MID UNDER 14 FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS

Mid Bord na nÓg match report

LATE GOAL CLINCHES TITLE FOR DURLAS ÓG

Durlas Óg…………………. …5-2

Gortnahoe-Glengoole……….  4-3

Durlas Óg came out on top in a thrilling nine goal Clodagh Construction Mid Under 14 ‘A’ Football final at The Ragg on Bank Holiday Monday. 

It was Gortnahoe who got off to the better start with Michael Rafter kicking an early point.  The same player was on hand in the 5th minute to finish to the net after the Durlas Óg defence failed to clear its lines. Durlas Óg replied immediately with David Corbett setting up full forward, Gary Lanigan for a goal.  Philip Purcell kicked a point to level the match.  Gortnahoe got back on top with Michael Rafter causing all sorts of problems for the Thurles defence.  This exceptional player kicked a point and he then expertly converted a penalty to increase his team’s lead.  Full forward, Jackie Moriarty had another Gortnahoe goal and Rafter added a point from a free to give his side a 3-3 to 1-1 with seven minutes of the half remaining.  Durlas Óg had a storming finish to the half with David Corbett adding a goal and Christy Burke kicking a point to leave four points (3-3 to 2-2) between the sides at the interval.

There were no scores in the opening ten minutes of the second half with both teams missing chances and kicking some bad wides.  After a period of dominance by the Thurles side they were awarded a penalty but Gary Lanigan’s kick was excellently saved by Michael Rafter who stepped into goals for the kick. However Lanigan was not to be denied two minutes later when he got on the end of a high ball to hit a powerful shot to the net to leave the minimum between the teams with ten minutes remaining.  More goals were to follow.  First David Corbett goaled for the Thurles boys following good approach play by Philip Purcell and Gary Lanigan.  Almost immediately that man again, Michael Rafter, broke through the Thurles defence and rifled a powerful kick to the net to restore his team’s one point lead (4-3 to 4-2).  Durlas Óg came in search of an equaliser and squandered some good opportunities before full forward, Gary Lanigan scored his third goal to put his side in front for only the second time in the match.  Gortnahoe attacked but Durlas Óg withstood the challenge and held on for victory.

This was a remarkable match with plenty of goals and many other missed opportunities.  One had to feel for Michael Rafter who scored 3-3 and yet finished on the losing team.  Durlas Óg will play Arravale Rovers in the county semi final on Saturday.

Teams and scorers:

Durlas Óg: Brian O’Connor; Jamie Stapleton, James Ryan, Mark Beresford; Sean Moroney, Aidan McCormack, Michael O’Dwyer; Patrick Dunne, Paraic Crone; Mark Shannon, Philip Purcell (0-1), Christy Burke (0-1); David Corbett (2-0), Gary Lanigan (3-0), Mark Lanigan.  Substitutes: Kevin Smith, James Lyons, Tomas Hewitt, Denis Moore.

Gortnahoe-Glengoole: Timmy Dunne; Kyle Spellacy, Aidan Guilfoyle, Martin Barnaville; Mark Butler, Richie Power, David Slattery; Michael Rafter (3-3), David Dunne; Ciaran Purcell, Liam Lanigan, Kevin Slattery; Edwin Barnaville, Jackie Moriarty (1-0), Peter Cleary.  Substitutes: Robbie Dooley, Joseph Campion, Michael Maher, T.J. Mockler, Conor Fogarty, Colm Scott, Shane Harding, Killian Duggan, Thomas Lanigan, Paschal Norton, Michael Kilcourse, Liam Treacy.

Referee: Michael Jordan

MID AND COUNTY FEILE NA nGAEL CHAMPIONS

Belated congratulations to the Under 14’s on retaining their Mid and County Feile na nGael titles following victories over Loughmore-Castleiney in the Mid final and Clonmel Óg in the County final.  They will now go forward to represent Tipperary in the All Ireland finals in Cork on 16th, 17th and 18th June 2006.  The Feile panel is: -

Patrick Dunne (Captain), Sean Moroney, Philip Purcell, Kyle Loughman, Mark Lanigan, Darragh Ronayne, James Lyons, Kevin Smith, Paraic Crone, Ciaran Dowd, Greg Cully, Aidan McCormack, Tomas Hewitt, Colin Shorley, Paul Morrissey, Christy Burke, Mark Shannon, John Stakelum, David Corbett, Mossie McCormack, Jamie Stapleton, Michael O’Dwyer, Darragh Mulcaire, Mark Beresford, James Ryan, Denis Moore, Allan Butler, Shane Butler, Paul Maher, Eoghan Leahy, Alex Dorney, Stephen Kennedy, Brian O’Connor, Niall McGovern, Stephen Hackett.

See Mid and County Bord na nÓg match reports hereunder:

DURLAS ÓG TOPS IN MID FEILE FINAL

Durlas Óg retained their Mid Feile na nGael title following a convincing win over Loughmore-Castleiney at The Ragg on Thursday evening.  The Thurles boys dominated the early exchanges and raced into a 1-5 to nil lead inside twelve minutes.  Loughmore came back into the game and scored 1-2 to reduce the deficit.  However Durlas Óg finished the half the stronger scoring a further 1-2 to leave the half time score Durlas Óg 2-7 Loughmore-Castleiney 1-2.

The Thurles side scored three goals in the opening seven minutes of the second half and there was no way back for the Loughmore boys.  To their credit Loughmore-Castleiney never gave up and they tried their hardest up to the final whistle.  It was Durlas Og’s night and they recorded their fifth Mid Feile na nGael title in a row.

After the match Rody Lowry, Chairman of Mid Bord na nÓg presented the trophy to the Durlas Óg captain, Patrick Dunne.  Thanks to Jimmy Coppinger who once again sponsored this competition

The teams lined out as follows:

Durlas Óg: Kevin Smith, John Stakelum, Padraic Crone, Colin Shorley, David Corbett, Patrick Dunne, Ciaran Dowd, Sean Moroney, Darragh Ronayne, James Ryan, Aidan McCormack, Greg Cully, Mark Shannon, Philip Purcell, Mark Lanigan.

Loughmore-Castleiney: Patrick Nolan, Tommy Maher, Aaron Sweeney, Darragh Butler, Lorcan Egan, Tomas McGrath, Joseph Hennessy, John Maher, Liam Treacy, Padraic Egan, John McGrath, Padraic Hennessy, Kevin O’Connell, Liam McGarth, Eamonn McGrath.

Referee: Michael Jordan.

DURLAS ÓG RETAINS FEILE TITLE

Durlas Óg …………… 4-7

Clonmel Óg……………0-1

Durlas Óg proved too strong for Clonmel Óg in the Feile na nGael county final at Dr. Morris Park, Thurles on Saturday.  Two goals in less than a minute in the closing stages of the first half laid the foundation for the Thurles side to go on to retain their title.

The early exchanges were keenly contested with excellent hurling being played by both sides.  Durlas Óg had wind advantage in this half but it took them a long time to get into their stride and break through a resolute Clonmel Óg defence.  Michael O’Dwyer opened the scoring for the Thurles side in the 4th minute but Clonmel struck back immediately when following a good move Shane Hogan found himself with only the goalie to beat but his shot went inches over the bar for a point. Midway through the half Durlas Óg held a 1-1 to 0-1 lead.  Their goal came in the 8th minute when corner forward, Mark Lanigan finished to the back of the net following a Darragh Ronayne free from the half way line.  Impressive centre forward, Aidan McCormack added three points from play to increase Durlas Óg’s lead.  Clonmel Óg were still well in the match with Dean Horton, Shane Taylor, Ross Mullane and Michael O’Brien causing many problems but they squandered some good scoring opportunities.  However disaster struck a minute before the interval when first Christy Burke and then Mark Lanigan had goals for the Thurles side to leave the half time score Durlas Óg 3-4 Clonmel Óg 0-1.

Clonmel Óg needed a good start to the second half but the Thurles boys remained in control with Darragh Ronayne and Sean Moroney dominating at midfield and their defence ably lead by Patrick Dunne and James Ryan dealing capable with any Clonmel Óg attack.  Durlas Óg added a further 1-3 in this half with Philip Purcell who had a very influential game at full forward scoring 1-2, his goal coming with two minutes remaining.

It was a great achievement for Durlas Óg to retain their title and they will now represent Tipperary in the All Ireland Feile na nGael finals in Cork on 16th, 17th and 18th June.  Durlas Óg had to go to extra time to defeat Clonoulty-Rossmore in the semi final.  This was a great match with the Thurles side scoring two late points to bring the match to extra time (2-8 to 3-5).  They held Clonoulty scoreless in extra time and added three points to win by 2-11 to 3-5.

Clonmel Óg were disappointed at the final whistle as they are a much better team than the scoreline suggests.  They were very impressive in their semi final victory over North champions, Kilruane MacDonaghs where they scored some excellent points to win on a scoreline of 1-11 to 2-3. 

Teams and scorers were:

Durlas Óg: K. Smith; J. Stakelum, P. Crone, C. Shorley; D. Corbett, P. Dunne, J. Ryan; S. Moroney, D. Ronayne; M. Shannon, A. McCormack (0-4), M. O’Dwyer (0-1); C. Burke (1-0), P. Purcell (1-2), M. Lanigan (2-0).  Subs: G. Cully for C. Burke; M. Beresford for M. O’Dwyer; C. Dowd for J. Stakelum; K. Loughman for M. Shannon.

Clonmel Óg: S. Barrett; M. Ahearn, E. Power, D. Kearney; J. Hennessy, D. Horton, D. Bennett; S. Taylor, R. Mullane; G. Slater, S. Fagan, A. Barry; S. O’Connell, M. O’Brien, S. Hogan (0-1).

Referee: John Quinlan

DOUBLE DEFEAT FOR UNDER 12’S IN MID FOOTBALL FINALS

Both our Under 12 ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams suffered defeat in their Mid Football finals recently.  Our ‘A’ team lost to Loughmore-Castleiney in the ‘A’ final while the ‘B’ team had to give best to Clonakenny in the ‘C’ final.  Well done to the players and mentors on reaching the finals and they will now turn their attention to the hurling championship.

Mid Bord na nÓg match reports -

MAGNIFICENT FIVE IN A ROW FOR LOUGHMORE-CASTLEINEY

Loughmore-Castleiney…….  3-4

Durlas Óg ………………….  1-2

Loughmore-Castleiney completed a magnificent five in a row of titles when they proved too strong for Durlas Óg in the Clodagh Construction Under 12 ‘A’ football final at The Ragg on Monday.  Despite playing against the strong breeze in the first half Loughmore led by one point at the break.  They held their opponents scoreless in the second half as they marched on to yet another title.

Durlas Óg started brightly and with wind advantage they dominated the early exchanges.  They opened the scoring with an Aidan Ryan point in the 3rd minute and they then wasted some good scoring opportunities kicking three wides inside the first ten minutes. Loughmore struck with two killer blows midway through the half when first John McGrath and then Brian McGrath hit the back of the Thurles net. Durlas Óg finished the half strongly with Peter Coman coming up from his centre back position to kick a point and a minute before the half time whistle Aidan Ryan got on the end of a high ball to punch to the back of the net to leave his side trailing by one point at the interval (2-0 to 1-2).  The Thurles boys were unlucky not to be leading at the break as corner forward, Shane McCormack saw his goal bound shot come back off the foot of the post with the goalie beaten.

Loughmore upped the tempo in the second half and inside three minutes full forward, Paul Morris scored a delightful goal.  Points followed from John McGrath who had an outstanding match, Paul Morris and Denis Brereton to give the title holders a 3-3 to 1-2 lead with ten minutes remaining.  Durlas Óg had a great chance to reduce the deficit when they were awarded a penalty following a foul on Shane McCormack.  Conor Lanigan’s penalty kick was excellently saved by Joseph Nyland who took over the goalkeeping duties for the kick.  Loughmore completed the scoring with a John McGrath pointed free in the closing minutes to run out worthy winners for the fifth year in a row.

Teams and scorers:

Loughmore-Castleiney: Gillian Gleeson; John Connolly, Tommy Maher, Evan Egan; Martin Meagher, Jospeh Hennessy, Noel O’Connell; Joseph Nyland, Lorcan Egan; Denis Brereton (0-1), John McGrath (1-2), Joseph Hayden; Aoife McGrath, Paul Morris (1-1), Brian McGrath (1-0).  Substitutes: Keith Manton, Mark Butler, Robert O’Connell, Kevin Maher, Sam Allen, Brendan Leahy, Ann Eviston, Kieran Maher, Peter Nyland, Edel Nyland, Liam Gleeson, Diarmuid Meagher, Arlene McGrath, Niamh Treacy, Caoimhe Egan, David Ryan, Fionn O Riain Broin, Cian O Riann Broin.

Durlas Óg: Stephen Ryan; Brian Ryan, Cathal Ryan, Padraig Phelan; Caley Maher, Peter Coman (0-1), Nicky Irwin; Aidan Doyle, Rory Dwan; Tom Meehan, Aidan Ryan (1-1), Stephen Cahill; Tom Tierney, Conor Lanigan, Shane McCormack.  Substitutes: Jack Lineen, Ronan Maher, Kevin Dunne.

Referee: Patsy Ralph

CLONAKENNY FINISH STRONGLY TO CAPTURE TITLE

Clonakenny…………………. …3-4

Durlas Óg ‘B’………………….  1-4

A storming finish that yielded 1-2 in the final three minutes helped Clonakenny to capture the Hayes Hotel Under 12 ‘C’ football title against Durlas Óg ‘B’ at Castleiney on Saturday.  This was a most entertaining and very competitive match with the result in doubt up until the final minutes.

Durlas Óg who had the advantage of the strong breeze in the first half got off to the worst possible start when straight from the throw in Clonakenny won possession and worked the ball into John Joe Ryan who finished to the net.  The Thurles side took a long time to settle and in the 10th minute Ryan at centre forward for Clonakenny who was causing many problems got his second goal when his high shot from 30 metres found the back of the net.  At this stage William Costigan was dominating at centre back for Clonakenny and they were also on top at midfield where Paul Bergin was winning much possession.  Durlas Óg made some positional switches and they gradually got into the match. They finished the half impressively with wing forward, Brendan O’Loughlin kicking two delightful points and further points from Graham Maher and substitute, Dylan Bourke left two points between the sides at the break (2-0 to 0-4).  The Thurles boys were unfortunate not to be leading at the interval as Clonakenny’s goalie, Craig Tracey made a great save to deny corner forward, Graham Maher.

Clonakenny opened the scoring in the second half with Diarmuid Ryan kicking a point and this was followed by a brilliant save from the Durlas Óg goalie, Patrick Brennan to deny Liam Quigley a certain goal.  This save inspired the Thurles boys and with Brian Hanrahan and Billy McCarthy dominating in defence they took the game to Clonakenny. Dylan Bourke was most unlucky to see his shot go inches wide of the post following a good attacking move.  However the same player was rewarded minutes later when following sustained Durlas Óg pressure he found the net to leave the sides level at 2-1 to 1-4 with ten minutes remaining.  The stage was set for a grandstand finish as both teams went in search of the winning scores to secure the title.  John Joe Ryan pointed a free for Clonakenny to edge them in front.   Durlas Óg fought back but their effort went narrowly wide.  There was still only one point between the sides when with three minutes remaining Clonakenny’s full forward, John O’Meara deflected John Joe Ryan’s pass to the net for what proved to be the winning score.  This was followed by a point from John Joe Ryan who had an outstanding match and a further point from Diarmuid Ryan with the last kick of the game gave Clonakenny a flattering six point winning margin. 

Teams and scorers:

Clonakenny: Craig Treacy; Brendan Russell, Padraig Nesbitt; Brian Shanahan, William Costigan, Rody Quigley; Paul Bergin, Paul Crampton; Kevin Carr, John Joe Ryan (2-2), Diarmuid Ryan (0-2); John O’Meara (1-0), Liam Quigley.  Substitutes: Eoin Nesbitt, Conor Shanahan, De Lacy Byrne, Caroline King, Cathal Stapleton, Bridget Greed, Niall Maher, Eoin Bourke, Jack Smyth.

Durlas Óg ‘B’: Patrick Brennan; Brian Hanrahan, Eric Yeung; Tony O’Brien, Billy McCarthy, Jack O’Connell; Kevin Fanning, Sean Butler; Patrick Carroll, Shane Slattery, Brendan O’Loughlin (0-2); Adam Garrett, Graham Maher (0-1).  Substitutes: Dylan Bourke (1-1), Dara Coffey, Sean Wade, Eoin Barrett, Matthew Fogarty, Tommy Barrett.

Referee: Tim Leahy

CODE OF BEST PRACTICE FOR YOUTH SPORT

There was a very large attendance for the presentation on the Code of Best Practice for Youth Sport that was held in the Clubhouse on Tuesday night.  Thanks to Aoife Maher, Mid Youth Officer and John Smith for their excellent presentation that was very well received.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

Our Under 10’s represented the Club in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  Thanks to the players and mentors for their participation.

TIPPERARY G.A.A. DRAW

Congratulations to John McDonnell and Joe Fewer who were recent winners in the Tipperary G.A.A. Draw.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The Annual General Meeting was held in the Clubhouse last Friday (13th January) before a very large attendance.  Mass was celebrated by our Chaplain, Fr. Joe Walsh prior to the meeting.

Chairman, John Smith, in his address welcomed everybody to the meeting and he had a special welcome for those in attendance for the first time.  He said it was another great year for the club and he congratulated all the victorious teams.  He thanked all those behind the scenes who worked extremely hard to ensure the smooth running of the club. As he was stepping down as Chairman he extended his thanks to everybody for their co-operation and support and he wished the incoming officers and committee the very best in the years ahead.  John was thanked for his major contribution to the club as Chairman over the last six years.

Andy Ryan in his well documented Secretary’s Report outlined the progress of all teams during the year and gave details of all events in the Club during 2005.  He was complimented on his detailed report and the great work he done as Secretary during the year.

Treasurer, Ger Donnelly, once again produced a very comprehensive Financial Report.  Ger who was not seeking re-election as Treasurer was thanked for his excellent management of the Club’s financial affairs.

Tom Meehan was elected as Chairman and Liam McCarthy as Treasurer. 

The adjourned A.G.M. will be held on Friday 27th January at 8.00 p.m.

The following Officers were elected:

President:                        Pat Stakelum

Vice-Presidents:              Michael Carroll; Michael Murphy; Larry O’Connor; Jimmy Coppinger, Gerry Spain.

Life Vice Presidents:        Br. Keane; Br. Higgins; Fr. O’Rourke; Dick Callanan; Michael Kennedy, Jim Dwyer.

Chairman:                       Tom Meehan

Vice Chairman:                Sean Costelloe; Martin Doyle, Ger Sammon and John Smith

Secretary:                        Andy Ryan

Treasurer:                       Liam McCarthy

Assistant Treasurer:         Ger Donnelly

Co. Board Draw Co-Ordinator: Ger Donnelly

Registrar:                        Ger Sammon

P.R.O.:                           Jim Ryan

Schools Liaison Officer:  Paddy Moore

Caretaker:                       Pat Callaghan

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2005 DURLAS ÓG NEWS ARCHIVE

MEDAL PRESENTATION NIGHT

There was a very large attendance at our medal presentation on Sunday night in Scoil Ailbhe.  The attendance included, Sean Fogarty, Munster Council Chairman, John Kennedy, Mayor of Thurles Town Council, Rody Lowry, Mid Bord na nÓg Chairman, Neil Ryan, Mid Bord na nÓg Secretary and Diarmuid Moran, representing our sponsors Morans.  Eoin Kelly, Ger “Redser” O’Grady, Patrick McCormack, Eoin Costello and Patrick Bourke presented the medals.  There was a fine array of cups and trophies on display including Eoin Kelly’s All Star award and the Dan Breen Cup.

The recipients on the night were Under 16’s (Mid and County  ‘A’ hurling and Mid ‘A’ Football), Under 14’s (Mid and County ‘A’ Hurling and Mid and County Feile na nGael), Under 13’s (Douglas Tournament), Under 10’s (Ballyboden and Cashel Tournaments).  The Under 11 All Ireland Community Games Hurling champions also received trophies to mark their achievement in bring the All Ireland title back to Thurles for the first time.

Thanks to Mr. Quigney, Principal of Scoil Ailbhe, for the use of their facilities. 

It was a very enjoyable night and it was most encouraging to see so many parents and former players in attendance.

COUNTY UNDER 16 CHAMPIONS

Congratulations and well done to our under 16’s who retained their county hurling title by defeating Moyle Rovers in Cashel on Saturday.  The team gave a very solid performance to record a convincing victory and win the county title for the 10th time. Final score Durlas Óg 1-17 Moyle Rovers 1-6. 

The victorious panel was: Bill McCormack, Kevin O’Gorman, Stephen Dorney, Laurence Burke, Brian Callanan, Michael Cahill, Damien Grimes, Padraic Maher, Ciaran O’Shea, Eoghan Dwyer, Patrick Leahy, Michael Keane, Michael McGrath, John Joe Bourke, Rodney Mason, Shane Maher, Jamie Lennon, Denis Maher, John Shortt, Sean Smith, Conor Ryan, Michael Russell, Aidan McCormack, Bobby Stakelum, Robert Murphy, Liam Cullen, Darragh Stakelum, Darren O’Neill, Brian Stakelum, John Paul Dwan, Philip Cullen, Keith Clancy.

Thanks to selectors, Paddy Moore, John Cahill, Phil O’Halloran and Jim Dwyer for their excellent work throughout the year.

County Bord na nÓg match report.

Durlas Óg …………… 1-17           Moyle Rovers……. ….  1-6

Durlas Óg retained their Campion Insurance Group County Under 16 ‘A’ hurling title following victory over Moyle Rovers at Cashel on Saturday.  Durlas Óg led from the first minute and they were always in control against a gallant Moyle Rovers side.  The Thurles side got some delightful scores hitting 1-12 of their total from play.

Durlas Óg were quickly into their stride and midfielder Padraic Maher hit two good long range points in the opening two minutes.  Further points from Michael Cahill, Eoghan Dwyer and Maher again had Durlas Óg leading by 0-5 to nil at the end of the first quarter.  With Michael Cahill dominating at centre back and Padraic Maher outstanding at midfield for the Thurles side Moyle Rovers found it very hard to get a supply of ball to their forwards.  The South champions got their first score in the 17th minute when full forward Brian Smith hit a point to narrow the gap.  Durlas Óg finished the half the stronger with wing forward Michael Keane scoring two points and Patrick Leahy on target from a free while Moyle Rovers Sean Carey expertly cut a sideline over the bar from 45 metres to leave the half time score Durlas Óg 0-8 Moyle Rovers 0-2.

Durlas Óg started the second half as they finished the first scoring seven unanswered points through Padraic Maher (3), Michael McGrath (2) and Patrick Leahy (2 frees) in the opening twelve minutes to give them a commanding 0-15 to 0-2 lead.  Moyle Rovers had their best period of the match during the next ten minutes winning much more possession and putting the Thurles defence under pressure.  Durlas Og’s goalie Bill McCormack brought off a great save from Brian Smith to deny Moyle Rovers a certain goal.  Three Moyle Rovers pointed frees from Sean Carey (2) and Ciaran Lorigan reduced the lead but they needed a goal to get back into the match.  However it was Durlas Óg who hit the decisive goal in the 25th minute when Patrick Leahy who was now operating at full forward finished to the back of the net after the Moyle Rovers defence failed to clear after sustained Durlas Óg pressure.  Substitute Denis Maher added a point to complete the Durlas Óg scoring.  Moyle Rovers Sean Carey pointed a free before Peter Acheson completed the scoring with a great goal in the 29th minute.  It was too little too late as referee John Ryan’s full time whistle sounded moments later and a superior Durlas Óg team had deservingly retained their county title.

This was Durlas Og’s 10th  under 16 title and they gave a very competent display with many excellent players throughout the field.  Bill McCormack was a confident goalie.  The full back line of Kevin O’Gorman, Stephen Dorney and Laurence Burke were very solid with Michael Cahill outstanding at centre back.  Padraic Maher was very impressive at midfield and he contributed six points.  Ciaran O’Shea had a very good second half while Patrick Leahy, Eoghan Dwyer and Michael Keane were prominent in attack.

Moyle Rovers who won the county under 14 title last year are making great progress in underage hurling.  Many of their team are young enough for next year and no fault could be found with the displays on Saturday of Paddy Burke, David Foley, Peter Acheson, Ciaran Lorigan, Sean Carey and Brian Smith.

Durlas Óg: Bill McCormack; Kevin O’Gorman, Stephen Dorney, Laurence Burke; Brian Callanan, Michael Cahill (0-1), Damien Grimes; Padraic Maher (0-6), Ciaran O’Shea; Eoghan Dwyer (0-1), Patrick Leahy (1-4), Michael Keane (0-2); Michael McGrath (0-2), John Joe Bourke, Rodney Mason.  Substitutes: Shane Maher, Jamie Lennon, Denis Maher (0-1), John Shortt, Sean Smith, Conor Ryan, Michael Russell, Aidan McCormack, Bobby Stakelum, Robert Murphy, Liam Cullen, Darragh Stakelum, Darren O’Neill, Brian Stakelum, John Paul Dwan, Philip Cullen, Keith Clancy.

Moyle Rovers: Paddy Burke; David Burke, David Foley, Ciaran Kenrick; Edmond Burke, Peter Acheson (1-0), David McGrath; Barry Whelan, Ciaran Lorigan (0-1); Ewan Moir, Sean Carey (0-4), Denis McGrath; Thomas Hill, Brian Smith (0-1), Charlie Purcell.  Substitutes: Shane McCormack, John Paul O’Donovan, Liam Carey, Eugene Phelan, Conor Lonergan, Shane Heffernan, Darragh Dwyer.

Referee: John Ryan (Cashel King Cormacs).

DAN BREEN CUP VISITS DURLAS ÓG

Ger “Redser” O’Grady and members of the victorious Sarsfields team visited Durlas Óg this morning with the Dan Breen Cup.  They received a very enthusiastic welcome from our young players.  It was a historic day for Durlas Óg as it was the first time since our foundation in 1979 that a Thurles winning captain brought the Dan Breen Cup to our club.  

COUNTY UNDER 14 CHAMPIONS

Congratulations to the under 14’s who won the County ‘A’ hurling title in Semple Stadium on Sunday.  They gave a magnificent display to score a convincing win over Clonmel Óg. 

The victorious panel was: J.P. Dempsey; Patrick Dunne, Rory O’Shea; Padraic Crone; Shane Dempsey, Denis Maher, David Maher; Stephen Maher, Michael Russell; Darragh Ronayne, Robert Murphy, Donal O’Gorman; Tommy Doyle, Aidan McCormack, Cian Treacy, Philip Purcell, Aidan Loughnane, Aidan Barrett, Brian Keane, James Morrissey, Kevin Smith, Niall Bohan, Ross Kealy, Mark Shannon, Sean Moroney, Mark Lanigan, Ciaran Stapleton, Colin Shorley, James Lyons, Kyle Loughman, Paul Morrissey.

Well done to the team mentors Martin Doyle, Michael Maher and Michael Russell.

County Bord na nÓg Match Report

Durlas Óg……………………4-12

Clonmel Óg…………………. 0-4

Durlas Óg scored a convincing win over Clonmel Óg in the Campion Insurance Group Under 14 ‘A’ hurling final in Semple Stadium on Sunday.  Durlas Óg were the stronger team and they displayed an excellent first touch and an abundance of skill to bring the county title back to Thurles for the first time since 1998.

Clonmel Óg had wind advantage in the first half but it was the Thurles side that started the stronger and they were leading by 0-3 to 0-1 after ten minutes.  Full forward, Aidan McCormack had the opening point and Tommy Doyle pointed two frees before Michael O’Brien had a point from a free for Clonmel Óg.  Durlas Óg were dominating at half back and midfield and their forwards were getting plenty of the ball.  Two Thurles goals in a three minute spell midway through the half were to prove decisive.  In the 11th minute following a good save by the Clonmel goalie, Darren Green Durlas Óg’s wing forward, Darragh Ronayne was on hand to finish to the net and three minutes later a long range free from Denis Maher deceived the goalie and ended up in the back of the Clonmel Óg net to give Durlas Óg a 2-3 to 0-1 lead.  The Clonmel side fought back and full forward, Martin O’Brien hit two good points to reduce the deficit.  Durlas Óg finished the half with Denis Maher scoring a great point from a ‘65’ into the wind and Aidan McCormack adding two points from play to give the Thurles team a 2-6 to 0-3 interval lead.

Clonmel Óg needed a good start to the second half but it was Durlas Óg that started impressively with a Robert Murphy goal after two minutes followed by a Tommy Doyle point from a free.  The Clonmel side would have been further behind were it not for a brilliant save by goalie, Darren Green from a rasping shot from Aidan McCormack.  Clonmel Óg began to come more into the game but they couldn’t find a way through a well drilled Thurles defence.  Durlas Óg further extended their lead with points from Denis Maher, substitute Aidan Loughnane and Aidan McCormack to give them a commanding 3-10 to 0-3 lead with five minutes remaining.  Victory was well and truly sealed when Robert Murphy scored a great individual goal hitting an unstoppable shot to the net from 20 metres.  The scoring was completed by Durlas Óg’s impressive full forward, Aidan McCormack adding two further points to give his team a well deserved victory.

This was an excellent display by Durlas Óg who added the under 14 ‘A’ title to the Feile na nGael title won earlier in the year.  Rory O’Shea and Denis Maher were commanding in the centre of the defence and were ably assisted by Shane Dempsey and David Maher.  Michael Russell was prominent at midfield while Robert Murphy was a great leader in attack and he was well supported by Aidan McCormack who score six points from play and Tommy Doyle.

Clonmel Óg are a much better team than the scoreline suggests.  They played some great hurling to get to the county final but the occasion appears to have got to some of their players and they didn’t perform to the best of their ability.  They were well served by goalie, Darren Green, Ross Mullane, Graham Quinn, Cian Hogan, Shane Fagan and their top performer, Martin O’Brien who always looked dangerous when in possession and was very accurate from placed balls.

Durlas Óg: J.P. Dempsey; Patrick Dunne, Rory O’Shea; Padraic Crone; Shane Dempsey, Denis Maher (1-2), David Maher; Stephen Maher, Michael Russell; Darragh Ronayne (1-0), Robert Murphy (2-0), Donal O’Gorman; Tommy Doyle (0-3), Aidan McCormack (0-6), Cian Treacy.  Substitutes: Philip Purcell, Aidan Loughnane (0-1), Aidan Barrett, Brian Keane, James Morrissey, Kevin Smith, Niall Bohan, Ross Kealy, Mark Shannon, Sean Moroney, Mark Lanigan, Ciaran Stapleton, Colin Shorley, James Lyons, Kyle Loughman, Paul Morrissey.

Clonmel Óg: Darren Green; Tony Cantwell, Ross Mullane, Dean Horton; John O’Brien, Graham Quinn, Adrian Shannon; Cian Hogan, Declan Ryan; Eric Smith, Shane Fagan, Jason Hahessey; Stevie O’Connell, Michael O’Brien (0-4), Stephen O’Reilly  Substitutes: Brian Smith, Mark Aherne, Thomas Power, Darragh Kearney, Shane Hogan, Seanie Barrett, Simon Ahern, Mark Burns, Adam O’Leary, Dylan Cahill, Glen Slator, Colom O’Connell, Declan O’Brien.

Referee: John Cleary (Knockshegowna)

UNDER 16’S RETAIN MID TITLE

Mid Bord na nÓg Match Report

Durlas Óg ………………… 3-18

J.K. Brackens …………… . 0-5

Durlas Óg retained their Thurles Credit Union Under 16 ‘A’ hurling title following a convincing win over J.K. Brackens at Templetuohy on Sunday evening.

The early exchanges were keenly contested with Durlas Óg leading by 0-2 to 0-1 after ten minutes.  Patrick Leahy was on target for Durlas Óg with Cathal Scully being the Brackens scorer. The Thurles side can thank goalie Bill McCormack who pulled off a great save from corner forward Toby Morgan in the 2nd minute to deny Brackens a dream start.  Durlas Óg added further points by Leahy, John Joe Bourke and Michael Keane with Scully replying for the Brackens.  A great save by the J.K. Brackens goalie, Denis Cody from a point blank shot from John Joe Bourke in the 18th minute resulted in a ‘65’ which Padraic Maher converted.  Patrick Leahy hit two Durlas Óg points before Eoin Dwyer cut through the Brackens defence to goal for the Thurles side.  Points by Dwyer and a Padraic Maher free left the half time score Durlas Óg 1-10 J.K. Brackens 0-2.

Brackens had the first score of the second half with a Cathal Scully point from a free in the 33rd minute.  When Rodney Mason hit Durlas Og’s second goal of the match in the 37th minute there was no way back for the Templemore side.  Points from John Joe Bourke (2) and Patrick Leahy had Durlas Óg leading by 2-14 to 0-4 as the game entered the final quarter.  Durlas Óg added a further 1-4 to their tally to run out convincing winners and complete four in a row of Mid Under 16 ‘A’ titles.

Durlas Óg are a very evenly balanced team with strength in all the central positions.  They had good displays from Stephen Dorney, Brian Callanan, Michael Cahill in defence.  Padraic Maher was commanding at centre field and Patrick Leahy, Michael Keane and John Joe Bourke were prominent in attack.

J.K. Brackens who tried very hard against a physically stronger Durlas Óg side were well served by Adrian Bourke, Daragh Bourke, Stefan Leahy, Cathal Scully, Aidan Fogarty and Declan Lynagh.

Durlas Óg: Bill McCormack; Kevin O’Gorman, Stephen Dorney, Laurence Bourke; Brian Callanan, Michael Cahill, Damien Grimes; Padraic Maher (0-5), Ciaran O’Shea; Eoghan Dwyer (1-1), Patrick Leahy (0-7), Michael Keane (1-1); Michael McGrath (0-1), John Joe Bourke (0-3), Rodney Mason (1-0).  Substitutes: Sean Smith, Conor Ryan, Philip Cullen, Bobby Stakelum, Denis Maher, Michael Russell, Liam Cullen, Brian Stakelum, Darren O’Neill, John Shortt, Shane Maher, Keith Clancy, John Paul Dwan, Darragh Stakelum.

J.K. Brackens: Denis Cody; Dean Fairbrother, Adrian Bourke, Micheal Carroll; Eoin Fitzpatrick, Daragh Bourke, Daniel Guidera; Stefan Leahy, Cathal Scully (0-4); Aidan Fogarty, Kevin O’Riordan, David Farrelly (0-1); Toby Morgan, Declan Lynagh, Daniel Bergin.  Substitutes: Caitriona Maher, Daniel Bergin, Austin Purcell, Paddy Stapleton, Thmoas Clohosey, Gavin Stakelum, Nicky Madden.

Referee: Patsy Ralph (Upperchurch-Drombane)

DURLAS ÓG CAPTURES UNDER 14 MID TITLE

Durlas Óg ……………………..  1-6

Loughmore-Castleiney ……….. 1-5

Durlas Óg captured the Under 14 ‘A’ hurling title following an exciting victory over Loughmore-Castleiney at The Ragg on Thursday.  The wet conditions were not conducive to fast open hurling but both teams were fully committed and served up a cracking contest with the result in doubt up to the final whistle.

Aidan McGrath pointed two Loughmore frees in the opening twelve minutes.  The next five minutes was all Durlas Óg.  First Denis Maher pointed a free, then Tommy Doyle goaled following good work by full forward, Aidan McCormack and McCormack himself added a point to leave the score Durlas Óg 1-2 Loughmore-Castleiney 0-2.  Loughmore reduced the lead with two Aidan McGrath points and almost on the stroke of half time Aidan McCormack hit a Durlas Óg point to give his team a 1-3 to 0-4 interval lead.

Durlas Óg increased their lead inside two minutes of the restart with a Tommy Doyle pointed free.   Liam McGrath replied with a Loughmore point.  Loughmore were awarded a 50 metres free in the 35th minute and Aidan McGrath’s high shot deceived the Durlas Óg defence and ended up in the back of the net.  This gave Loughmore a one point lead and the tempo of the game increased considerably.  Patrick Nolan in the Loughmore goals brought off two good saves and Durlas Óg hit the post in a period of sustained pressure.  Michael Russell pointed a 30 metre free from a difficult angle near the sideline to level the match with nine minutes remaining.  Both sides had chances to take the lead before Durlas Óg’s Denis Maher pointed a 20 metre free in the 45th minute.  Loughmore came in search of an equaliser and in a nail biting finish Durlas Óg were saved by the woodwork when full forward Liam McGrath’s goal bound shot with the goalie beaten came back off the foot of the post and was cleared to safety by the Thurles backs. This was to be Loughmore’s last chance and Durlas Óg held on to add the under 14 title to the Feile na nGael title won earlier in the year.

Durlas Óg had notable performances from J.P. Dempsey, Denis Maher, David Maher, Michael Russell, Tommy Doyle, Aidan McCormack and Cian Treacy.  They will meet Nenagh Eire Óg in the county semi final.

Loughmore-Castleiney can consider themselves unfortunate not to have snatched a win in the dying moments.  Many of their team are young enough for next year and they were well served by Patrick Nolan, Kevin Johnston, Willie Eviston, Aidan McGrath, Eamon Connolly and Liam McGrath.

Rody Lowry, Mid Bord na nÓg Chairman, complimented both teams on an excellent match and thanked the Spain family, Thurles for their continued sponsorship of this competition. The cup was presented to the victorious captain, Denis Maher by Gerry and Sean Spain.

Durlas Óg: J.P. Dempsey; Patrick Dunne, Rory O’Shea, Padraic Crone; Shane Dempsey, Denis Maher (0-2), David Maher; Stephen Maher, Michael Russell (0-1); Darragh Ronayne, Robert Murphy, Philip Purcell; Tommy Doyle (1-1), Aidan McCormack (0-2), Cian Treacy.  Substitutes: Aidan Loughnane, Donal O’Gorman, Kevin Smith, Brian Keane, Mark Lanigan, James Morrissey, Aidan Barrett, Mark Shannon, Niall Bohan, Sean Moroney, Ross Kealy, Colin Shorley, Paul Morrissey, James Lyons, Kyle Loughman, Ciaran Stapleton.

Loughmore-Castleiney: Patrick Nolan; Michael Ryan, Kevin Johnston, Aaron Sweeney; Liam Treacy, Willie Eviston, John Meagher; Aidan McGrath (1-4), Henry Maher; John McGrath, Eamon Connolly, Tomas McGrath; Padraic Hennessy, Liam McGrath (0-1), Lorcan Egan.  Substitutes: Padraic Egan, Eamon McGrath, Marty Ryan, Joseph Hennessy, Paul Morris, Kevin O’Connell, Daragh Butler.

Referee: Martin Treacy.

UNDER 10’S VICTORIOUS IN BALLYBODEN TOURNAMENT

Well done to our under 10’s on winning the Ballyboden tournament on Saturday.  The team gave great performances throughout the day and they defeated Ballyboden in the final. Every player played his part in the team effort and a great day was had by all.

ALL IRELAND CHAMPIONS

Congratulations and well done to the under 11’s on winning the All Ireland final of the Community Games hurling in Mosney.  

Thurles (Tipperary)…………7-5

Carrabane (Galway)……….. 1-1

The All Ireland final of Community Games hurling was played in very breezy conditions before a sizeable and vocal Thurles crowd in Mosney this morning.  The Galway side had the advantage of the strong wind in the first half.  The early exchanges were keenly contested with Conor Lanigan opening the Thurles scoring in the 5th minute with a delightful point from 40 metres near the sideline.  Carrabane equalised in the 10th minute.  The Thurles defence were excellent during this period.  Two Thurles goals in the space of two minutes changed the course of the match.  In the 17th minute Conor Lanigan goaled when his high ball from out the field deceived the Galway goalie and this was followed by a Tom Tierney goal after great play by Jack Lineen on the left wing.  Tom Meehan added a good point from the sideline to increase the Thurles lead (2-2 to 0-1) with five minutes of the half remaining.  The Galway champions fought back and scored a goal after the Thurles backs failed to clear their lines.  Almost immediately Tom Meehan gained possession on the right wing and he found Tom Tierney who put the ball in the back of the net to leave the half time score Thurles 3-2 Carrabane 1-1.

Inside two minutes of the restart Thurles increased their lead when Caley Maher came up from his wing back position to hit over a delightful point.  A Ronan Maher point and a Stephen Ryan goal further increased the Thurles lead (4-4 to 1-1) and at this stage it looked as if there was no way back for the Galway boys.  Thurles were now dominating in all sectors of the field.  Aidan Ryan pointed a “65” and Thurles added three further goals through Tom Tierney, Tom Meehan and Stephen Ryan to complete the scoring and record a most convincing victory to bring the All Ireland title home to Thurles for the first time.

This was an excellent team display with Shane McCormack a very competent goalie.  Jack O’Connell, Brian Ryan and Cathal Ryan formed a solid full back line.  Wing backs Caley Maher and Rory Dwan were always prominent while captain, Aidan Ryan led by example at centre back.  Kevin Fanning and Ronan Maher worked very hard at midfield.  The half forward line of Tom Meehan, Conor Lanigan and Stephen Cahill caused many problems for the Galway backs.  Corner forward, Tom Tierney who has a great eye for goal was top scorer with three goals.  Stephen Ryan at full forward contributed two goals while Jack Lineen in the other corner set up many scores.  Substitutes, Nicky Irwin, Brendan O’Loughlin, Patrick Carroll, Tony O’Brien and Brian Hanrahan all came on during the game and played their part in a historic victory.

Well done to the mentors Tony Lanigan, Jim Ryan, Larry Ryan, John O’Connell and Patrick Kenny for their efforts and congratulations to them on a job well done.

The team arrived back in Thurles at 10.00 p.m. and the team bus received a Garda escort from the outskirts of the town to Pairc na nÓg where a large crowd was on hand to welcome home the All Ireland champions.  It was a fitting end to a great day.

Panel: Shane McCormack, Jack O’Connell, Brian Ryan, Cathal Ryan, Caley Maher, Aidan Ryan (Captain), Rory Dwan, Ronan Maher, Kevin Fanning, Tom Meehan, Conor Lanigan, Stephen Cahill, Tom Tierney, Stephen Ryan, Jack Lineen, Nicky Irwin, Brendan O’Loughlin, Patrick Carroll, Tony O’Brien,  Brian Hanrahan. 

Mentors: Larry Ryan, Tony Lanigan, John O’Connell, Jim Ryan and Paddy Kenny.

WELL DONE

Well done to our players who played on Tipperary teams last weekend.  Denis Maher and Michael Russell were members of the Tony Forristal panel.  Bill McCormack was a member of the Tipperary Under 15 team while Padraic Maher, Michael Cahill and Stephen Dorney were our representatives on the Arrabawn Co-Op Under 16 panel.

SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE

We had a most successful Thurles Hurling & Camogie School of Excellence last week.    Thanks to the organisers, coaches and all who assisted to make it a most enjoyable week for everybody.  Special thanks to our sponsors, Thurles Credit Union for their continued support.  Guests who attended during the week included Brendan Cummins, Lar Corbett, Eddie Enright, Ger O’Grady, Martin Maher, Eoin Kelly, Thomas Mulcahy and Richie Power.  St. Johns (Belfast) under 12’s joined us last Wednesday and participated in the last three days of the School of Excellence.  They enjoyed their stay in Thurles and made many friends. Thanks to the families who hosted the St. Johns players and made them feel most welcome.

PHIL O’MARA SHIELD

The Under 16 Phil O’Mara Shield was played last Friday evening (29th July) between Durlas Óg and James Stephens (Kilkenny) in Pairc na nÓg.    After a keenly contested match that produced some great scores we came out on top.  Our captain, Michael Cahill received the Phil O’Mara Shield from Tony O’Mara and Sean O’Mara presented the winning team with their prizes.  Thanks to everybody who helped to make the evening a great success with special thanks to James Stephens for taking the fixture.

MUNSTER CHAMPIONS

Congratulations to the Under 11’s on winning the Munster final of Community Games hurling on Saturday in Cork.  They had a convincing win over Enniskean & District from Cork in the semi final.  Their final opponents were Lismore (Waterford) and this was a thrilling match between two evenly balanced teams.  A great Tom Tierney goal midway through the first half gave us the initiative and we led by 1-4 to 0-2 at the interval. Lismore came back at us in the second half and our goalie, Shane McCormack was called on to make at least four brilliant saves.  Lismore got the goal they were looking for with five minutes remaining to leave three points (1-7 to 1-4) between the sides.  Our team displayed great character in the closing stages and when Conor Lanigan hit a sideline cut from 40 metres all the way to the Lismore net the Munster trophy was on its way to Thurles.  The final score was 2-7 to 1-4.

This was a great victory for a very skilful and committed team.  Shane McCormack was outstanding in goal and as already stated he made some brilliant saves.  The full back line of Jack O’Connell, Brian Ryan and Cathal Ryan were very solid and gave their opponents no time to settle on the ball.  Captain, Aidan Ryan led by example and was commanding at centre back.  He was ably assisted by wing backs, Nicky Irwin and Caley Maher who made many great clearances.  Midfielders, Rory Dwan and Ronan Maher worked tirelessly and gave good ball to the forwards.  The half forward line of Tom Meehan, Conor Lanigan and Stephen Cahill were always dangerous and they all got their names on the scoresheet.  Stephen Ryan caused many problems at full forward while corner forwards, Tom Tierney and Jack Lineen were always on the lookout for a score.  The other players on the panel who made their contributions in the early rounds were Kevin Fanning, Brendan O’Loughlin, Tony O’Brien,  Patrick Carroll and Brian Hanrahan.

The team mentors were Larry Ryan, Tony Lanigan, John O’Connell, Jim Ryan and Paddy Kenny.

After the final whistle Aidan Ryan was presented with the Munster trophy by the Chairman of Munster Community Games.

Thanks to our supporters who travelled in large numbers to Cork on Saturday and made themselves heard at all our matches.

MID WINS PEADAR CUMMINS TOURNAMENT

We were represented on the Mid team that won the Peadar Cummins Inter Divisional Under 14 hurling final last Saturday by Denis Maher, Michael Russell, Stephen Maher and Robert Murphy.  Congratulation and well done to our four players of their success.

COUNTY FOOTBALL SEMI FINAL DEFEAT

Our Under 16’s were defeated by Nenagh Eire Óg in the county ‘A’ football semi final last week.  We failed to score in the first half but a determined display in the second half saw us go down by two points. 

The team lined out as follows: Sean Moloney; Shane Maher, Michael McGrath, Jamie Lennon; Patrick Leahy, Stephen Dorney, Laurence Bourke; Michael Cahill, John Joe Bourke; Ciaran O’Shea, Padraic Maher, Brian Callanan; Rodney Mason, Eoin Dwyer, Michael Keane.  Subs used: Bill McCormack and Damien Grimes.

Thanks to the mentors, John Dorney, Eoin Costelloe and Aidan Dundon for their efforts throughout the season.

ALL IRELAND FEILE NA nGAEL

Our Under 14 hurlers travelled to Cork last weekend (17th, 18th and 19th June) to represent Tipperary in the All Ireland Feile na nGael finals.  We were in a tough group and the standard was very high.  We lost our opening match to Glen Rovers on Friday evening by two points.  The next day we had mixed fortunes in our matches losing to Na Piarsaigh (Cork) and defeating Limerick champions, Na Piarsaigh.  Na Piarsaigh (Cork) won our group and they lost the semi final to the eventual winners Kilmacud Crokes (Dublin).

Thanks to our hosts, Glen Rovers, for their kindness and hospitality to us over the weekend.  It was a most enjoyable and memorable weekend for all who travelled to Cork.  Thanks to our players and mentors for their efforts and also thanks to our many supporters who made themselves heard at all the matches.

The following was our panel of players:  Michael Russell (Captain), Denis Maher, Rory O’Shea, Robert Murphy, Stephen Maher, Shane Dempsey, David Maher, J.P. Dempsey, Tommy Doyle, Donal O’Gorman, Cian Treacy, Patrick Dunne, Aidan McCormack, Darragh Ronayne, Paraic Crone, James Morrissey, Aidan Barrett, Niall Bohan, Aidan Loughnane, Ciaran Stapleton, Brian Keane, Ross Kealy, Kevin Smith,  Philip Purcell, Denis Moore, Sean Moroney, Paul Morrissey, James Lyons, Mark Lanigan, Kyle Loughman.

The mentors were Martin Doyle, Michael Maher, Michael Russell and Stephen Mason.

ANNE WINS CAR IN COUNTY BOARD DRAW

Congratulations to Anne Kealy, Mitchel Street who won a car in the June Draw.  The Promoter was John Smith.

COMMUNITY GAMES COUNTY CHAMPIONS

Congratulations and well done to our Under 11 hurlers who scored a convincing win over Carrick-on-Suir in the Community Games County Final at Semple Stadium on Bank Holiday Monday.  Our young team displayed a vast array of skills and played brilliant hurling to qualify for the Munster semi final on 9th July.

The team lined out as follows: Shane McCormack, Rory Dwan, Brian Ryan, Cathal Ryan, Caley Maher, Aidan Ryan (Captain), Jack O’Connell, Ronan Maher, Kevin Fanning, Tom Meehan, Conor Lanigan, Stephen Cahill, Tom Tierney, Stephen Ryan, Jack Lineen.  Substitutes: Brendan O’Loughlin, Tony O’Brien, Nicky Irwin, Patrick Carroll, Brian Hanrahan. 

All the substitutes came on during the course of the game and played their part in the victory.

The team mentors are Larry Ryan, Tony Lanigan, John O’Connell, Jim Ryan and Paddy Kenny.

FEILE COUNTY CHAMPIONS

Congratulations and well done to our Under 14 hurlers who defeated Clonoulty-Rossmore to win the Feile na nGael county final last week.  The team gave a great display and they will now represent Tipperary in the All Ireland finals in Cork on 17th, 18th and 19th June.  Glen Rovers will be our hosts for the weekend.

The panel of players was:  J.P. Dempsey, Patrick Dunne, Rory O’Shea, Padraic Crone, Shane Dempsey, Denis Maher, David Maher, Stephen Maher, Michael Russell, Darragh Ronayne, Robert Murphy, Donal O’Gorman; Tommy Doyle, Aidan McCormack, Cian Treacy, Damien Ryan, Brian Keane, Ross Kealy, Aidan Loughnane, James Morrissey, Philip Purcell, Kevin Smith, Aidan Barrett, Niall Bohan, Sean Moroney, Greg Cully, Ciaran Stapleton, Mark Lanigan, James Lyons, Denis Moore, Paul Morrissey, Kyle Loughman.

Team mentors were Martin Doyle, Michael Maher, Michael Russell and Stephen Mason. 

County Bord na nÓg Match Report:

DURLAS ÓG TOPS IN FEILE FINAL

Durlas Óg……………….. . 3-5

Clonoulty-Rossmore…….. 0-4

Durlas Óg scored an impressive victory over Clonoulty-Rossmore in the County Feile na nGael final played before a sizeable attendance at Boherlahan last Thursday.  Durlas Óg set the foundation for this win with two crucial first half goals to lead by eight points at the interval.  Despite the best efforts of Clonoulty-Rossmore in the second half the Thurles defence were outstanding and they went on to record a deserving victory.  They will now go forward to represent Tipperary in the All-Ireland finals in Cork on 17th, 18th and 19th June.

The early exchanges were close and the sides were level at two points each after ten minutes.  Michael Russell and Aidan McCormack were on target for Durlas Óg and Aidan Ryan and Padraig Heffernan were the Clonoulty-Rossmore scorers.  A Tommy Doyle pointed free in the 15th minute gave the Thurles side the lead and the same player goaled a minute later following  a great run by Cian Treacy down the left wing .  With a minute of the first half remaining Denis Maher had a goal from a 20 metre free following a foul on full forward, Aidan McCormack and Maher also had the last score of the half when he pointed a ‘65’ in injury time to leave his side leading by 2-4 to 0-2 at the interval.

The second half was very tight with both defences on top.  Thomas Butler had two pointed frees for Clonoulty-Rossmore to reduce the Durlas Óg lead to six points with eight minutes remaining.  At this stage Clonoulty need a goal but the Thurles side defended magnificently with their goalie, J.P. Dempsey called upon to make some good saves.  Durlas Óg’s first score of the second half didn’t come until the 37th minute when Aidan McCormack scored a good point from 30 metres.  The Durlas Óg victory was sealed two minutes later when Robert Murphy goaled with an unstoppable shot from close range.

Durlas Óg were delighted with this victory and their very evenly balanced team can now look forward to representing Tipperary in the All-Ireland finals next month.  Clonoulty-Rossmore contributed to an excellent match and despite losing on this occasion they will still have a big say in the destination of this year’s Under 14 championship.

 Teams and scorers:

Durlas Óg: J.P. Dempsey; Patrick Dunne, Rory O’Shea, Padraic Crone; Shane Dempsey, Denis Maher (1-1), David Maher; Stephen Maher, Michael Russell (0-1); Darragh Ronayne, Robert Murphy (1-0), Donal O’Gorman; Tommy Doyle (1-1), Aidan McCormack (0-2), Cian Treacy. 

Clonoulty-Rossmore: Kieran Carroll; Michael Quinn, Kieran Ryan, Philip Kearney; Niall Shanahan, Thomas Butler (0-2), Cait Devane; Philip Ryan, Martin Sadlier; Seamus Carew, Padraig Heffernan (0-1), Aaron Ryan; Aidan White, Aidan Ryan (0-1), Conor Hammersley. Substitutes: Kevin Maher for Kearney; Joseph Slattery for Carew; Philip Quirke for Hammersley.

Referee: F. O’Brien (Fr. Sheehys).

COUNTY BOARD DRAW

Congratulations to Dave Connor, Willowmere Drive and Patrick Moore, Monadreen who were winners in the May Draw. 

UNDER 16 RETAIN MID FOOTBALL TITLE

Congratulations also to the Under 16 footballers who retained their Mid football title following a one point victory over J.K. Brackens last Monday.  See Mid Bord na nÓg match report hereunder:

Durlas Óg ………………… 3-3

J.K. Brackens ……………. 0-11

A physically stronger Durlas Óg side scored two goals in the last five minutes to snatch victory from J.K. Brackens in an entertaining Lisheen Mines Under 16 football final at Holycross last Monday.

J.K. Brackens, playing an exciting brand of football, held a 0-8 to 0-2 half time lead.  Centre forward, Cathal Scully was very prominent in this half scoring five of his side’s points.

Durlas Óg dominated the early stages of the second half but they wasted possession on numerous occasions and hit some very bad wides.  A Brian Callanan goal from a Durlas Óg penalty in the 45th minute left two points (0-8 to 1-3) between the sides.  Brackens replied with points from Aiden Fogarty and Cathal Scully to stretch their lead to four points with ten minutes remaining.  It looked at this stage that the title was on its way to Templemore.

The Thurles side to their credit never gave up and Eoghan Dwyer scored a great goal in the 55th minute to leave one point between the sides.  Two minutes later centre forward, John Joe Bourke soloed through to score another goal and now Durlas Óg were leading by two points.  J.K. Brackens responded and were very unlucky when as a result of a great passing movement David Farrelly’s shot for goal went inches over the bar to leave the minimum between the sides.  This was to be their last opportunity as the final whistle sounded moments later.

Durlas Óg will be first to admit that they were most fortunate to win as the Brackens kicked eleven scores to their six over the course of the game.  However in the end the goals were the different between the sides.

After the match Mid Bord na nÓg Chairman, Rody Lowry presented the cup to the Durlas Óg captain, Brian Callanan. 

Teams and scorers were:

Durlas Óg: S. Moloney, K. O’Gorman, M. McGrath, L. Bourke, P. Leahy, S. Dorney, J. Lennon, M. Cahill, E. Dwyer (1-0), C. O’Shea, J.J. Bourke (1-0), M. Keane, R. Mason (0-1), P. Maher (0-1), B. Callanan (1-1).  Subs: J. Shortt for J. Lennon.

J.K. Brackens:  D. Guidera, A. Bourke, D. Lynagh, D. Comerford, J. Morrissey, D. Bourke, E. Fitzpatrick, D. Bergin, K. O’Riordan, S. Leahy (0-1), C. Scully (0-6), M. Carroll, T. McInerney (0-1), D. Farrelly (0-1), A. Fogarty (0-2). 

Referee: P. Ralph (Upperchurch-Drombane)

PRIMARY GAME TEAM

Aidan McCormack (Gaelscoil) has been selected on the Tipperary Primary Game team to play Limerick this Sunday. Aidan is a member of our Under 14 team.  Former Durlas Óg player, Tomas Nolan (Scoil Ailbhe) has also been selected.  Tomas now plays with Killenaule.  Congratulations and best wishes to both players.

MID FEILE NA nGAEL CHAMPIONS

Durlas Óg ………………..   4-6

Loughmore-Castleiney…….1-2

Durlas Óg retained their Mid Feile na nGael title following victory over Loughmore-Castleiney at the Garda College Pitch on Monday evening (25th April).  The Thurles side had wind advantage in the first half and led by 1-3 to no score after fifteen minutes.  Cian Treacy was the goal scorer following a goalmouth melee.  Both teams added two points each in the last five minutes of the half to leave Durlas Óg leading by 1-5 to 0-2 at the interval.

Loughmore-Castleiney got the ideal start to the second half when an Aidan McGrath free from 40 metres went all the way to the net in the first minute to leave three points between the sides.  Any chance of a Loughmore comeback was short lived when Tommy Doyle responded almost immediately with a Durlas Óg goal.  Loughmore to their credit never gave up but they couldn’t find a way through a resolute Durlas Óg defence.  The Thurles boys added two further goals through Tommy Doyle and Denis Maher in the closing stages to record a convincing win.

After the match Jimmy Coppinger, sponsor of Mid Feile na nGael presented the trophy to the Durlas Óg winning captain, Michael Russell.

Durlas Óg: J.P. Dempsey, P. Crone, R. O’Shea, P. Dunne, S. Dempsey, Denis Maher, David Maher, M. Russell, S. Maher, D. Ronayne, R. Murphy, D. O’Gorman, T. Doyle, A. McCormack, C. Treacy.

Loughmore-Castleiney: J. Meagher, A. Sweeney, T. McGrath, Ml. Ryan, C. O’Brien, W. Eviston, H. Maher, K. Johnston, E. Connolly, J. McGrath, A. McGrath, L. McGrath, P. Nolan, L. Treacy, M. Ryan.

Referee: P. Ralph (Upperchurch-Drombane)

MORANS’ SPONSORS DURLAS ÓG

Morans who have been Durlas Óg sponsors since 1999 continued their sponsorship of our Club by presenting new jerseys for this year’s championships.  We thank Morans for their generous sponsorship and for their excellent support to Durlas Óg over the years.

CLUB NEWSLETTER

The first Club Newsletter of 2005 was recently distributed.  It contains much information on current news as well as remembering a team that brought glory to our club.  Congratulations and well done to our P.R.O. Jim Ryan on an excellent publication.

MUNSTER UNDER 16 HURLING

We were well represented on the Mid Tipperary side that were defeated by North Tipperary in the Munster Under 16 Inter Divisional Hurling Quarter Final last Monday in Borrisoleigh.  Stephen Dorney, Michael Cahill, Padraic Maher (Captain) and Patrick Leahy were on the starting fifteen while Michael McGrath and Kevin O’Gorman were substitutes.

MID PEIL NA nÓG

We defeated Moyne-Templetuohy after extra time in a thrilling Peil na nÓg semi final in Templemore last Saturday.  The final against J.K. Brackens was a very one sided affair with the Templemore boys proving too strong for us and winning very comprehensively.  Best wishes to Brackens in the county semi final.

BELFAST TRIP

Our under 14’s had a memorable weekend (19th – 21st March) in Belfast with the St. John’s Club.  We played four matches against opponents from Antrim, Down and Armagh.  We attended the Tipperary and Antrim National league match in Casement Park on Sunday.  It was a most enjoyable weekend and our thanks to St. John’s for their kindness and hospitality shown to us.  We are all looking forward to St. John’s visiting us during the summer.

COUNTY BOARD DRAW

Congratulations to Pat and Dee Hayes who won €600 and Noeleen Curtis, winner of €200, in recent draws.  Our thanks to all our members who have supported the Draw.  Special thanks to Tom Meehan, Draw Co-Ordinator, and the promoters for their efforts.  The new draw will commence in May.

VANDALISM AT CLUBHOUSE

An incident of vandalism took place recently at our Clubhouse. The new extension to the Clubhouse was the source of the vandals wrath as they ripped downpipes from the walls, smashed tiles on the roof and ripped an outside tap from the wall also. 

UNDER 14 LEAGUE FINALS

The finals of the Under 14 hurling and football leagues were played last Friday in the Ursuline Sports Complex.  Team C captained by Michael Russell defeated Robert Murphy’s Team B in the hurling decider and Team D led by Denis Maher were victorious over Team A captained by Stephen Maher in the football final.  County player, Lar Corbett was on hand to present medals to all players that participated in the league over the last seven weeks.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

Our under 10’s represented Durlas Óg in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade last Sunday and won an award.  Congratulations and well done to all concerned both players and mentors.

POKER CLASSIC

Our annual Poker Classic last Saturday night (5th March) in the Anner Hotel was very successful.  We had a large attendance and our thanks to all those who supported the night.  Special thanks to Larry Ryan, main organiser for all his efforts.  Thanks also to the ladies committee who looked after the catering.

UNDER 14 LEAGUE

The following are the teams for the Under 14 hurling and football league that will be played each Friday evening in the Ursuline Sports Complex on their new Astroturf pitches.

 

TEAM A: Stephen Maher, Aidan Loughnane, Donal O’Gorman, J.P. Dempsey, Darra Ronayne, Philip Purcell, Christy Cleary, Ciaran O’Dowd, James Ryan (Windsor Grove), Mossie McCormack, Peter Coman, Brian Ryan, Brian O’Connor, Cathal Cronin, Philip Loughnane.

TEAM B: Robert Murphy, Aidan Barrett, Shane Dempsey, David Maher, Damien Ryan, Ciaran Stapleton, Paul Morrissey, Mark Lanigan, David Corbett, Shane Butler, Aidan Ryan, Eoin Leahy, Stephen Ryan, Jonathan Loughnane, Cathal Maher.

TEAM C: Michael Russell, Cian Treacy, Rory O’Shea, James Morrissey, Aidan McCormack, Kevin Smith, Padraic Crone, Greg Cully, Mark Shannon, John Stakelum, Eoin Barrett, Cathal Stakelum, Padraig Phelan, Paul Maher, Cathal Ryan.

TEAM D: Denis Maher, Brian Keane, Tommy Doyle, Ross Kealy, Rory Jackson, Denis Moore, Patrick Dunne, Sean Moroney, Michael O’Dwyer, Allan Butler, Stephen Kennedy, James Ryan (Seskin), Aidan Doyle, Sean Wade.

 

Matches commence at 5.45 p.m. each Friday evening.  Players are asked to note that runners and tracksuit pants must be worn.  Special hurleys will be provided.  All players must wear helmets with facial protection.  There will be a charge of €2 per player to cover the cost of lights and use of the pitches.

ADJOURNED ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The Adjourned Annual General Meeting was held on Friday 21st January in the Clubhouse before a sizeable attendance. The following selectors were appointed for this year:

Under 8:  Ger Sammon, Ger Donnelly, Tom Meehan, Darra Purcell, Conor Stakelum, John Hickey, Martin Doyle, Pat Stakelum.

Under 10:  Paddy Kenny, Andy Ryan, John O’Connell, Liam McCarthy.

Under 12:  Sean Corbett, Tony Lanigan, Tom Meehan, Larry Ryan, Jim Ryan.

Under 14:  Martin Doyle, Michael Russell, Stephen Mason, Michael Maher, Jim Woodlock.

Under 16 (Hurling):  Paddy Moore, Jim Dwyer, Phil O’Halloran, John Cahill

Under 16 (Football):  Eoin Costelloe, Aidan Dundon, John O’Gorman, John Dorney.

Registration Fees are €25.00 per player.

It was decided to affiliate two teams in both hurling and football in each age group for the current year.

Monthly committee meetings will be held on the first Thursday of each month. 

PROGRESSIVE “25” DRIVE

Our Annual Progressive “25” Drive last Wednesday night (19th January) in Sarsfields Clubhouse was once again a great success.  Thanks to main organiser, Phil Brennan and his team of helpers for their tremendous efforts.  Special thanks to the Ladies Committee for looking after the catering needs.  A total of 156 players took part on the night.  Many thanks to Sarsfields for the use of their facilities.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The Annual General Meeting was held in the Clubhouse on Friday 7th January before a large attendance.  Mass was celebrated by our Chaplain, Fr. Joe Walsh prior to the meeting.

Chairman, John Smith, in his address welcomed everybody to the meeting and thanked all those who helped in anyway during the year.  He paid a special tribute to the County Board Draw Co-Ordinator, Tom Meehan and all the promoters and members for their efforts.  The draw is our main source of income and the Chairman felt that the Draw Co-Ordinator and promoters didn’t get the credit they deserved for their work.  He congratulated our championship winning teams and thanked all the players and mentors for their commitment during the year.    He referred to our Clubhouse Development and said he was delighted that the development is now completed.  The Chairman thanked those who helped us secure the various grants and gave details of the grants received.

Jimmy Coppinger who stepped down as Secretary after 18 years service produced a very detailed report outlining the progress of all teams during the year and also included in the report was details of all events in the Club during 2004.  He was complimented on his excellent report and many tributes were paid to Jimmy for his dedicated service to the Club over many years.  He was unanimously elected as Vice President of Durlas Óg. 

Treasurer, Ger Donnelly, produced a very detailed and comprehensive Financial Report that showed us to be in a sound financial position.  Ger was complimented for his professional report and his excellent management of the Club’s financial affairs.

Andy Ryan was elected as Secretary and Jim Ryan as P.R.O.  Our Chairman, John Smith who stated prior to the meeting that he was not seeking re-election after five years in the position was asked to continue for another year as there was nobody nominated for Chairman.  He stated that he would serve for one more year but would definitely be stepping down next year.

The adjourned A.G.M. will be held on Friday 21st January at 8.00 p.m.

The following Officers were elected:

President:                        Pat Stakelum

Vice-Presidents:              Michael Carroll; Michael Murphy; Larry O’Connor; Jimmy Coppinger

Life Vice Presidents:        Br. Keane; Br. Higgins; Fr. O’Rourke; Dick Callanan; Michael Kennedy.

Chairman:                       John Smith

Vice Chairman:                Sean Costelloe; Martin Doyle

Secretary:                        Andy Ryan

Treasurer:                       Ger Donnelly

Assistant Treasurer:         Tom Meehan

Co. Board Draw Co-Ordinator: Tom Meehan

Registrar:                        Ger Sammon

P.R.O.:                           Jim Ryan

Schools Liaison Officer:  Paddy Moore

Caretaker:                        Pat Callaghan

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2004 DURLAS ÓG NEWS ARCHIVE

UNDER 16’S DEFEATED IN COUNTY FINAL REPLAY

Durlas Óg. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-7

Arravale Rovers……………….3-8

Commiserations to our under 16’s who were defeated by Arravale Rovers in the County Under 16 ‘A’ Football Final Replay in Cashel (Sunday 21st November).  Like the drawn match there were very little between the sides and with three minutes remaining we trailed by two points.  Arravale scored a goal and two points in the closing minutes to record a flattering seven point winning margin and so add the Under 16 title to the Under 12, 14 and minor titles already won this year – a unique achievement.

We played with the breeze in the first half and dominated the first quarter scoring three unanswered points through Scott Grey (2) and John Joe Bourke.  Another Scott Grey point in the 20th minute was followed two minutes later by a great passing movement by our forwards which saw Anthony O’Gorman being fouled in the square and from the resultant penalty Scott Grey made no mistake to leave the score Durlas Óg 1-4 Arravale Rovers 0-0.  This goal seemed to inspire the Tipperary Town side and they finished the half the stronger scoring 1-2 to our solitary point to leave us with a three point interval lead (1-5 to 1-2).

Arravale started the second half in much more determined fashion and had 1-1 on the scoreboard inside five minutes to take the lead for the first time.  We fought back and thanks to two points from our star player, Scott Grey we regained the lead (1-7 to 2-3) with ten minutes remaining.  Three unanswered points by the Tipperary Town lads gave them a two point lead as we entered the dying moments of the match.  Despite our best efforts we were unable to get any more scores on the board and Arravale finished the stronger scoring a further 1-2 before the full time whistle was sounded and the cup was on it’s way back to Tipperary Town.

Well done to all our players on their magnificent effort.  They can all be very proud of their achievements this year and it is most unfair to play your first match in the competition in early March and the county final eight months later in mid November.  Special thanks to the mentors, Eoin Costelloe, Aidan Dundon, John Dorney, Andy Ryan, John O’Gorman and John Cahill for all their work with the players.

Scorers:  Scott Grey 1-6, John Joe Bourke 0-1.

We lined out as follows: Sean Moloney, Paul Connors (Captain), Stephen Dorney, Liam Phelan, Patrick Leahy, Conor Moloney, Paddy Bourke, David Morris, Michael Cahill, John Joe Bourke, Scott Grey, Shane Dorney, Eoin Dwyer, Padraic Maher, Anthony O’Gorman.  Subs: Michael Gleeson for Anthony O’Gorman, David Mahony for Shane Dorney, Shane Maher, Michael McGrath, Ciaran O’Shea, Rodney Mason,  Peter Donnelly, Shane Meagher, John Callanan, David Collins, Brian Callanan, Laurence Bourke, Michael Keane, Sean Smith, Bobby Stakelum, Conor Ryan, Darragh Stakelum.

 

UNDER 16’S DRAW COUNTY FOOTBALL FINAL

Durlas Óg. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-8

Arravale Rovers……………….1-8

We played a thrilling draw with Arravale Rovers in County Under 16 ‘A’ football final on Saturday (13th November) in Dundrum.  Very little separated the sides throughout the match and the teams were level on four occasions during the 60 minutes.  The day was near perfect for football with very little breeze and the pitch was in great condition for the time of the year.

Arravale Rovers opened the scoring after two minutes with a Timmy Dalton free and centre forward Scott Grey got our first score in the 10th minute to level the match.  Both sides scored two further points each to have the scoreboard reading 0-3 to 0-3 after twenty minutes.  The crucial score of the first half came in the 23rd minute when a good attacking move split the Durlas Óg defence and the ball finished in the net for an Arravale goal.  The Tipperary Town side added two more points before the interval but Scott Grey kept us in the match scoring three points to leave the half time score Durlas Óg 0-6 Arravale Rovers 1-5. 

We played our best football in the opening ten minutes of the second half and points from Padraic Maher and Scott Grey, his seventh of the match, left the minimum between the sides.  A great cross field pass by Padraic Maher found midfielder Michael Cahill in space and he soloed from the 45 metre line to hit an unstoppable shot to the net to give us a two point lead.  Arravale fought back and scored two points in a five minute spell to have the sides level with 15 minutes remaining.  The final quarter of the match was very tense with both sides missing scoring opportunities.  Our defence held firm and goalie, Sean Moloney was called upon to bring off two magnificent saves to deny the Tipperary Town team certain goals.  When the full time whistle sounded the sides were level at 1-8 each and the Under 16 ‘A’ football championship having commenced in early March is still undecided.

This was a great team performance and all players can be proud of their displays.  Our team showed great character and played some delightful football. 

Scorers:  Scott Grey 0-7, Michael Cahill 1-0, Padraic Maher 0-1.

We lined out as follows: Sean Moloney, Paul Connors (Captain), Stephen Dorney, Liam Phelan, Patrick Leahy, Conor Moloney, Paddy Bourke, David Morris, Michael Cahill, Eoghan Dwyer, Scott Grey, Shane Dorney, John Joe Bourke, Padraic Maher, Anthony O’Gorman.  Subs: Shane Maher for Anthony O’Gorman, Ciaran O’Shea for Shane Dorney, Michael McGrath, David Mahony, Rodney Mason, Michael Gleeson, Peter Donnelly, Shane Meagher, John Callanan, David Collins, Brian Callanan, Laurence Bourke, Michael Keane, Sean Smith, Bobby Stakelum, Conor Ryan, Darragh Stakelum.

Our thanks to our supporters for attending in good numbers at the final.

 

COUNTY UNDER 16 HURLING CHAMPIONS

Durlas Óg…………. 4-16     Kilruane McDonaghs ………..1-5

Congratulations and well done to our under 16’s who gave a magnificent display against Kilruane McDonaghs in The Ragg on Saturday (6th November) to win the Under 16 ‘A’ title for the ninth time.  The team played with great skill and determination throughout the match and went on to record a convincing victory.

Kilruane played with wind advantage in the first half but we started the stronger and points from Michael McGrath, Shane Meagher and Paddy Bourke had us 0-3 to 0-1 in front after seven minutes.  In our next attack wing forward, Patrick Leahy, ran through the Kilruane defence and passed to Michael Gleeson who rattled the back of the net with an unstoppable shot.  Kilruane replied with a goal in the 20th minute to leave two points between the sides. We finished the half the stronger and scored a further 1-3 to leave the half time score Durlas Óg 2-7 Kilruane McDonaghs 1-2, Conor Molony being our goal scorer.

Paddy Bourke had the ball in the Kilruane net inside 30 seconds of the restart and when the same player scored another goal in the 12th minute with a delightful flick the cup was on its way to Thurles for a record ninth time.  Some excellent points in the closing stages from Michael Cahill, Padraic Maher (2) and Paddy Bourke (2) had the scoreboard reading Durlas Óg 4-16 Kilruane McDonaghs 1-5 when Paddy Russell sounded the full time whistle.

This was a truly remarkable victory for a physical strong and skilful Durlas Óg side.  Scott Grey was a most confident goalkeeper all through and made one great save in the second half.  The full back line of Paul Connors, Stephen Dorney and Liam Phelan were very solid and never gave their opponents time to settle on the ball.  Wings backs Michael Cahill and Shane Maher showed some lovely touches with Michael Cahill scoring a brilliant point from 70 metres in the second half.  Centre back and captain, David Morris led by example and got in some great clearances.  The midfield pairing of John Joe Bourke and Padraic Maher were superb and they gave quality ball to the forwards.  The half forward line of Michael McGrath, Conor Moloney and Patrick Leahy played with purpose and determination and they never allowed the Kilruane half- backs to dominate.  The full forward line scored 3-10. Paddy Bourke gave the Kilruane defence a torrid time and finished as top scorer with a tally of 2-7.  Full forward, Shane Meagher distribution of the ball was excellent and he scored two delightful points.  Michael Gleeson who received a serious injury in the Mid final gave the side a tremendous boast when he was passed fit to play.  He gave a remarkable display, contributing a goal and a point and he well deserved the great ovation he received when he left the field midway through the second half.  Substitutes, Eoghan Dwyer, Michael Keane, Shane Dorney and Kevin O’Gorman all played their part when they came on.  We must not forget the other panel members Bill McCormack, Ciaran O’Shea, Jamie Lennon, John Callanan, Peter Donnelly, David Collins, Brian Callanan, Rodney Mason, Sean Smith, Laurence Bourke, Bobby Stakelum, Conor Ryan and Darragh Stakelum.

David Morris received the cup from County Bord na nÓg Chairman, J.C. Ryan after the final whistle.

Our scorers were: Paddy Bourke 2-7, Michael Gleeson 1-1, Conor Moloney 1-0, Padraic Maher 0-3, Shane Meagher 0-2, Michael McGrath, Patrick Leahy, Michael Cahill 0-1 each.

Thanks to team mentors, Paddy Moore, John Dorney, Phil O’Halloran, John Cahill and Jim Dwyer for their great work throughout a long season.

Thanks also to all our supporters who turned out in large numbers and gave the team every encouragement.

 

TIPPERARY G.A.A. DRAW

Congratulations to Frances Lambe who recently won €600 in the Tipperary G.A.A. Draw.

CLUB DRAW

Congratulations to the following winners in our Christmas Draw for County Board Draw members – Stephen Ryan, Bill Dwyer, Phyllis Kennedy, Jack Gooney, Thomas O’Brien, Catriona Keane, Billy O’Dwyer, Esther Cornally, Denis Collins, Claire Foran.  Each receives €50.

COUNTY BORD NA nÓG P.R.O.

Congratulations to our Chairman, John Smith who was elected as County Bord na nÓg P.R.O. at it’s recent Convention.  We wish him the very best in his new position

MEDAL PRESENTATION NIGHT

There was a very large attendance at our medal presentation night last Friday (3rd December) in Scoil Ailbhe.  Guests included, Archbishop Clifford, Neil Ryan, Mid Bord na nÓg secretary, Denis Maher, Games Promotions Officer, Diarmuid Moran, representing our sponsors Morans, and Tipperary Under 21 players Patrick McCormack and Richie Ruth.

The highlight of the night was the presentation of the County Under 16 ‘A’ hurling medals.  The Under 16’s also received their Mid hurling and football medals as well as trophies for the Carlow and O’Loughlin Gaels tournaments.  The other recipients on the night were Under 14’s (Mid Feile na nGael), Under 13’s (All-Ireland Kilmacud Crokes 11’s), Under 12’s (Mid ‘C’ hurling and football, James Stephens Tournament) and Under 10’s (Ballyboden St. Endas Tournament). 

Thanks to Mr. Quigney, Principal of Scoil Ailbhe, for the use of their facilities.  Thanks also to those who assisted in setting up the hall and the ladies committee for looking after the catering.

It was a very enjoyable night and it was most encouraging to see so many parents and former players in attendance.

UNDER 16’S QUALIFY FOR COUNTY HURLING FINAL

We defeated Moyle Rovers in the county semi final in New Inn last Saturday.  Our team gave a very committed performance to overcome a strong Moyle Rovers side and qualify for the county final for the third year in a row.  The final score was Durlas Óg 1-11 Moyle Rovers 1-7.  Our final opponents will be Kilruane McDonaghs and the final will be played on the weekend of  6th/7th November.

We lined out as follows: Scott Grey, Paul Connors, Stephen Dorney, Liam Phelan, Michael Cahill, David Morris, Shane Maher, Padraic Maher, John Joe Bourke, Michael McGrath, Conor Moloney, Patrick Leahy, Eoghan Dwyer, Shane Meagher, Paddy Bourke.  Sub: Kevin O’Gorman for Eoghan Dwyer.

MID UNDER 16 CHAMPIONS

Congratulations to our under 16’s on retaining their Mid Under 16 ‘A’ hurling title last Saturday.  See Mid Bord na nÓg match report hereunder.

Durlas Óg …………………0-20

Moycarkey-Borris…………0-3

Durlas Óg retained their Thurles Credit Union Under 16 ‘A’ hurling title following a convincing win over Moycarkey-Borris in The Ragg on Saturday.  The Thurles side had the advantage of the wind in the first half but they found it hard to breakdown a tight marking Moycarkey defence.  They led by 0-5 to nil after 20 minutes.  Durlas Óg turned on the style for the remainder of the half and scored a further seven points to give them a commanding 0-12 to nil lead at the interval.

Moycarkey-Borris to their credit battled very hard in the second half but found it difficult to score against a well organised Thurles defence.  Durlas Óg scored eight points to Moycarkey’s three in this half to record an impressive victory.

After the match Mid Bord na nOg Chairman, Joe Moran, presented the cup to the Durlas Óg captain, David Morris.  Durlas Óg will play the South champions, Moyle Rovers in the county semi final.

Durlas Óg: S. Grey, P. Connors, S. Dorney, L. Phelan, M. Cahill, D. Morris, S. Maher, J.J. Bourke, P. Maher, P. Leahy, C. Moloney, M. Gleeson, E. Dwyer, S. Meagher, P. Bourke, M. McGrath, C. O’Shea, B. McCormack, S. Dorney, J. Lennon, K. O’Gorman, M. Keane.

Moycarkey-Borris: J. Doran, E. O’Dwyer, N. Kinane, E. Flanagan, P. Kennedy, K. Moran, R. Ryan, P. Shortall, W. Foley, C. Clohessy, A. Ryan, T. Flanagan, J. Fanning, S. Mockley, L. Power, M. Kavanagh, C. Healy, T. O’Gorman, J. Barry, M. Roche, J. Bergin, S. O’Dwyer.

Referee: P. Cullen (Loughmore-Castleiney)

TIPPERARY GA.A. DRAW

Congratulations to Bridget Carew, Jim Dwyer, Michael & Barry McGrath who were recent winners in the Tipperary G.A.A. Draw. 

UNDER 13’S VICTORIOUS IN KILMACUD CROKES TOURNAMENT

Well done to our under 13’s who won the Kilmacud Crokes Under 13 Tournament last Saturday.  This tournament was run in conjunction with the All Ireland 7-a-side.  The team won all their matches defeating Four Road (Roscommon) in the final.  Four Roads caused a major upset in the semi final when they defeated a fancied Kilmacud Crokes side.

The panel was Damien Ryan, Rory O’Shea, Stephen Maher, Shane Dempsey, Denis Maher, Michael Russell, David Maher, Tommy Doyle, Brian Keane, Cian Treacy, Robert Murphy (Captain), Aidan Barrett, Donal O’Gorman, James Morrissey, Aidan Loughnane, Ross Kealy, Kevin Smith, Patrick Dunne.

COUNTY FINAL DEFEAT FOR UNDER 12’S

Our ‘B’ team were defeated by Nenagh Eire Og ‘B’ in the county ‘C’ hurling final on Monday evening.  The team gave a great display but had to give best to a physically stronger Nenagh side on a scoreline of 2-4 to 1-2.  We got off to a great start with a Conor Lanigan goal from a free after six minutes.  The Nenagh boys replied with two well taken goals midway through the half.  Denis Moore scored a great point near the end of the first half to leave us trailing by 2-0 to 1-1 at the interval.  We tried very hard in the second half to break through the Nenagh defence but despite our best efforts we couldn’t get the vital scores.  Our only score was an Aidan Ryan point.  At the final whistle the Nenagh side were victorious by a five point margin (2-4 to 1-2).  The team can be very proud of their achievement in contesting a county final  and the majority of the team are young enough for under 12’s for the next two years.  Thanks to our supporters who were present in large numbers.

The panel was Allan Butler, Peter Coman, Eoghan Leahy, Cathal Ryan, Aidan Ryan, Stephen Ryan, Ronan Maher, Paul Morrissey, Paul Maher, Conor Lanigan, Stephen Kennedy, Stephen Cahill, Denis Moore, Cathal Stakelum, Shane Butler, Shane McCormack, Aidan Doyle, Brian Ryan, Tom Meehan, Brian O’Connor, James Ryan.

UNDER 10’S VICTORIOUS IN BALLYBODEN TOURNAMENT

Well done to our under 10’s on winning the Ballyboden tournament on Saturday.  The team gave great performances winning all their matches.  They beat Ballyboden in final by 3-3 to 0-1.  The panel was:  Shane McCormack, Brian Ryan, Peter Coman, Caley Maher, Jack O’Connell, Aiden Ryan (Capt.), Cathal Ryan, Ronan Maher, Padraig Phelan, Kevin Dunne, Conor Lanigan, Stephen Cahill, Aiden Doyle, Stephen Ryan, Jack Lineen, Brendan O’Loughlin, Jonathan Loughnane, Tom Tierney, Rory Dwan, Sean Wade

Every player played his part in the team effort and a great day was had by all.

GREAT DISPLAY BY UNDER 8’S IN COUNTY BLITZ

The under 8’s had two teams in the county Under 8 Blitz last Saturday.  Both teams gave great displays and their skill level was of the highest level.  Each player received a sliothar. Well done to the team and their mentors.

COUNTY UNDER 12 ‘C’ SEMI FINAL

Well done to our  under 12 ‘B’ team that scored a thrilling victory over Skeheenarinky in the County ‘C’ hurling semi final last week.  Our very young side gave a brilliant display to win on a scoreline of 2-1 to 0-2.  We lined out as follows: Allan Butler, Peter Coman, Eoghan Leahy, Cathal Ryan, Aidan Ryan, Stephen Ryan, Ronan Maher, Conor Lanigan, Stephen Kennedy, Shane Butler, Paul Maher, Denis Moore (Capt.), Cathal Stakelum.  Subs: Shane McCormack, Stephen Cahill, Aidan Doyle, Brian Ryan, Tom Meehan.

DURLAS ÓG WELL REPRESENTED ON COUNTY TEAMS

We were well represented on county teams at the weekend.  Bill McCormack and Kevin O’Gorman were members of the Tipperary under 14 panel that won the Tony Forristal Tournament in Waterford.  Michael Cahill, Padraic Maher and John Joe Bourke were members of the under 15 county team that travelled to Cork while Michael Gleeson, Paddy Bourke and David Morris played for the county team in the All Ireland Under 16 Arrabawn Co-Op championship.  Congratulations and well done to all.

MID FINAL DEFEAT FOR UNDER 12’S

Hard luck to our gallant under 12 hurlers who were defeated by Loughmore-Castleiney in the Mid final replay.  The drawn match last Tuesday was one of the best juvenile matches played for many years with Loughmore-Castleiney scoring an equalising point in the last minute.  The replay on Friday evening was once again very close but despite a tremendous effort by our team we had to give best to Loughmore-Castleiney.  Thanks to the players and mentors for the great effort they put in throughout the year and for the enjoyment they gave our supporters who we thank for turning out in such large numbers at both matches last week.  Congratulations to Loughmore-Castleiney on winning their third u-12 title in a row.  See Mid Bord na nÓg match reports hereunder:

Centenary Co-Op Under 12 ‘A’ Final

Loughmore-Castleiney …… 2-8

Durlas Óg …………………  3-5

The holders, Loughmore-Castleiney came from behind to secure a draw with Durlas Óg in a thrilling Centenary Co-Op Under 12 ‘A’ final played before a large attendance at The Ragg last Tuesday evening.   The first half was very evenly balanced with Loughmore-Castleiney leading by a goal (2-4 to 1-4) at the interval.  Durlas Óg scored two goals mid way through the second half to take a one point lead.  Loughmore-Castleiney fought back and equalised with five minutes remaining but the Thurles side replied almost immediately with a delightful point that looked like been the match winner.  Loughmore-Castleiney had other ideas and came in search of the equaliser.  With time almost up they were rewarded for their efforts with a great point from 40 metres to level the match. Referee Eamon Buckley’s final whistle sounded almost immediately and both sides would have to meet again.

Centenary Co-Op Under 12 ‘A’ Final Replay

Loughmore-Castleiney …… 2-1

Durlas Óg …………………  1-1

The replay last Friday in Littleton was again a very close affair with Loughmore-Castleiney holding on to retain their title and also completing three in a row of under 12 titles.  The opening half was very tense with both defences on top.  The only score of the half was a brilliant Liam McGrath goal for Loughmore-Castleiney.  Durlas Óg upped their game in the second half but were unable to break through a tight marking Loughmore defence.  Despite a further Loughmore-Castleiney goal the Thurles boys never gave up and responded with 1-1 to leave a goal between the sides at the full time whistle.  Both teams are to be commended on serving up two excellent matches that were a great advertisement for underage hurling. 

Loughmore-Castleiney defeated St Mary’s (Clonmel) on Monday   in the county semi final.  Best wishes to them in the county final next Monday in Semple Stadium.

Loughmore-Castleiney: P. Nolan, D. Butler, A. Sweeney, J. Hennessy, L. Egan, T. McGrath, T. Maher, J. Meagher, J. McGrath, P. Hennessy, L. McGrath, J. Nyland, K. O’Connell, L. Treacy, P. Morris, R. Maher, D. Brereton, C. Cleary, P. Egan, C. O’Brien, E. McGrath, D. O’Brien, M. Meagher, B. McGrath, N. O’Connell, K. Manton, P. Nolan, A. Cummins, D. Tormey, D. Fogarty, P. McGrath, O. Hennessy, N. Ryan.

Durlas Óg: K. Smith, G. Culley, S. Moroney, J. Ryan, P. Purcell, P. Crone, M. O’Dwyer, M. Shannon, D. Ronayne, D. Corbett, A. McCormack, J. Stakelum, P. Dunne, K. Dowd, M. Lanigan., A. Butler, J. Lyons, M. McCormack, E. Leahy, D. Moore, P.Morrissey, P. Maher, C. Stakelum, S. Kennedy, S. McCormack.

Referee: Willie Clohessy.

THURLES HURLING & CAMOGIE SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE

This year’s Thurles Hurling & Camogie School of Excellence kindly sponsored by Thurles Credit Union concluded last Friday.  It was once again a most successful week with large numbers participating.  Thanks to the organisers, coaches and all who assisted to make it a most enjoyable week for everybody.  Special thanks to Eoin Kelly and John Carroll for their attendance.

 PRESENTATION TO PAT STAKELUM

Our President Pat Stakelum who had his collection of medals stolen some months ago was presented with replica medals at a function in Ballycahill Community Centre last Friday.  Thanks to the Holycross-Ballycahill club for their excellent organisation of the function.

CLUBHOUSE EXTENSION OFFICIALLY OPENED

Saturday 14th August 2004 was another red letter day in the history of Durlas Óg when our clubhouse extension was officially opened by Munster Council Chairman, Sean Fogarty and blessed by the Patron of the G.A.A. Archbishop Clifford before a very large attendance.  The extension consists of an extra dressingroom and a store/equipment room.  We have also modernised our kitchen and converted one of our existing dressingrooms into a meeting room.   The development received grant aid from the National Lottery as well as Tipperary North County Council and Thurles Town Council.  Our Chairman, John Smith in his address thanked everybody associated with development including the building contractor, Michael Scanlan, those who helped to secure the various grants and the people of Thurles and further a field who supported our fundraising ventures.  Both Archbishop Clifford and Sean Fogarty commended Durlas Óg for the work they are doing for the youth of Thurles and congratulated them and wished them well on the opening of the extension.  Club Registrar, Ger Sammon was a very capable Master of Ceremonies.

Our thanks to those who assisted in anyway to make the day a memorable occasion.  Special thanks to the Ladies Committee who did an excellent job to cater for the large numbers.

LAUNCH OF THURLES HURLING & CAMOGIE SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE

The annual Thurles Hurling and Camogie School of Excellence sponsored by Thurles Credit Union was launched at Pairc na nÓg last Thursday evening.

The School of Excellence which in now in its fifth year is jointly organised by Durlas Óg and Thurles Camogie Club.  This years event will take place from Monday 16th August to Friday 20th August between 2.00 p.m. and 5.00 p.m. daily.  The venue will be Dr. Morris Park and the organisers are very grateful to the Tipperary County Board for the use of this excellent facility.

The under 8 players from Durlas Óg and Thurles Camogie Club were in attendance at the launch and they were put through their paces by their coaches and demonstrated their skills to the delight of those in attendance.

John Mullen, C.E.O. Thurles Credit Union, speaking at the launch said that Thurles Credit Union was once again delighted to be associated with the School of Excellence and he praised the work of the organisers in promoting hurling and camogie in Thurles.  He wished everybody an enjoyable and successful week.

Both Bernie O’Dowd, Chairperson Thurles Camogie Club and John Smith, Chairman Durlas Óg thanked Thurles Credit Union for their generous sponsorship and looked forward to the week of fun and enjoyment where the boys and girls from six to fourteen years will learn the skills of our native games.

There is great interest in this years School of Excellence and it is anticipated that in excess of 200 boys and girls will be attending.  Registration Forms are available from Durlas Óg and Thurles Camogie Club.  The closing date for receipt of Registration Forms is this Saturday.

Qualified coaches will be present throughout the week and Tipperary players will be in attendance as guest coaches.  There will also be many volunteers from both Durlas Óg and Thurles Camogie Club present to assist the coaches and ensure the smooth running of the week’s activities.

Denis Maher, Games Promotions Officer, who was responsible for the commencement of the School of Excellence in 2000 and who has played a leading role each year in the event will again be the overall Co-Ordinator.

UNDER 16’S QUALIFY FOR COUNTY FOOTBALL FINAL

Well done to our under 16’s who defeated Moyle Rovers in the County ‘A’ Football semi final.  Final score Durlas Óg 0-12 Moyle Rovers 0-9.  The team gave a very committed display and played excellent football.  We will play Arravale Rovers in the final. 

UNDER 10 HURLING LEAGUE FINALS

The under 10 hurling league finals were played last week in Pairc na nÓg before a large attendance.  The first match of the evening was the third and fourth place playoff and here Conor Lanigan’s Wexford side had three points to spare at the final whistle over a gallant Cork team captained by Stephen Ryan.  In the Shield final the result was in doubt up to the final whistle but Tipperary captained by Aidan Ryan held out for a two point victory over Kilkenny ably led by their captain Peter Coman.  The prizes were presented by two of our former players and current members of the Tipperary Under 21 side, Patrick McCormack and Richie Ruth.  Our thanks to them and also to referee, Jimmy Sweeney.  Thanks to the under 10 mentors for their excellent organisation of the league and all who assisted to make the league a great success.

The teams were:

Wexford:  Conor Lanigan (Captain), Caley Maher, Brian Ryan, Eoin Barrett, Jonathan Loughnane, Brendan O’Loughlin, Padraig Phelan.

Cork:  Stephen Ryan (Captain), Shane McCormack, Rory Dwan, Jack O’Connell, Paddy Carroll, Jamie Buckley, James Bracken.

Tipperary:  Aidan Ryan (Captain), Ronan Maher, Cathal Ryan, Jack Lineen, Tony O’Brien, Patrick Brennan, Philip Loughnane.

Kilkenny:  Peter Coman (Captain), Aidan Doyle, Sean Wade, Tom   Meehan, Tom Tierney, Brian O’Connor, Tommy Barrett.

UNDER 16’S DEFEATED IN CARLOW TOURNAMENT FINAL

Well done to our Under 16’s who were narrowly defeated by Glen Rovers in the All Ireland Under 16 Club final hosted by Carlow Hurling Club.  In the group matches we defeated Lucan Sarsfields (Dublin), Clarinbridge (Galway) and Bishopstwon (Cork).  We beat Kilmallock (Limerick) in the semi final but had to give best to Glen Rovers in the final.  This Glen Rovers side were All Ireland Feile na nGael champions in 2002.

COUNTY SCHOOLS FINAL

Hard luck to Scoil Ailbhe who were defeated in the Under 11 county final in Semple Stadium.  The team gave a great display and well done to all concerned especially Mr. O’Reilly and Mr. McCullagh for their excellent preparation of the team.

MID FINAL DEFEAT FOR UNDER 12’S

Commiserations to our gallant footballers who suffered defeat to Loughmore-Castleiney in the Mid final on Monday evening in Holycross.  Despite a great second half comeback we were four points behind at the full time whistle having being in arrears by twelve points at the interval. All the players are to be commended on their efforts especially their second half display.  The final score was Loughmore-Castleiney 3-7 Durlas Óg 4-0. We wish Loughmore-Castleiney the very best of luck in the county semi final.  Our team and scorers were:  John Stakelum, Allan Butler, James Ryan, Sean Moroney (Captain), Michael O’Dwyer, Padraic Crone (1-0), Peter Coman, Patrick Dunne, Aidan McCormack (2-0), Kevin Smith, Philip Purcell, Darragh Mulcaire, Mark Shannon, James Lyons, David Corbett (1-0).  Subs: Denis Moore, Mossy McCormack, Eoghan Leahy. 

See Mid Bord na nÓg match report hereunder.

Loughmore-Castleiney …………. 3-7

Durlas Óg …………………………4-0

The holders, Loughmore-Castleiney, had to withstand a great Durlas Óg comeback in the second half to score a four points victory in a highly entertaining and thrilling Morans under 12 ‘A’ football final at Holycross on Monday evening. 

Loughmore-Castleiney dominated the first half and their skilful play and teamwork had them leading by 3-6 to 1-0 at the interval.  During this half the Loughmore side got some delightful scores and played an attractive brand of football. It was hard to see any way back for the Thurles boys in the second half but having made some positional switches at the interval they raised their game.  The town side scored three second half goals and held Loughmore to one point and despite an epic last five minutes Loughmore-Castleiney held on to retain their title and also complete three-in-a-row of under 12 ‘A’ football titles.

Both teams are to commended for serving up a thrilling match played in a most sporting manner.  After the match Mid Bord na nÓg Chairman, Joe Moran, presented the cup to the Loughmore-Castleiney captain, Thomas McGrath.

Loughmore-Castleiney: C. Cleary, T. Maher, A. Sweeney, D. Butler, L. Egan, J. Maher, J. Hennessy, J. McGrath, J. Nyland, P. Hennessy, L. McGrath, P. Egan, K. O’Connell, L. Treacy, P. Nolan.  Subs: T. McGrath, R. Maher, B. McGrath, E. McGrath, P. Morris, A. Cummins, D. Brereton, P. McGrath, N. O’Connell, D. O’Brien, M. Maher, C. O’Brien, P. Nolan, D. Fogarty, K. Manton.

Durlas Óg: J. Stakelum, A. Butler, J. Ryan, S. Moroney, M. O’Dwyer, P. Crone, P. Coman, P. Dunne, A. McCormack, K. Smith, P. Purcell, D. Mulcaire, M. Shannon, J. Lyons, D. Corbett.  Subs: D. Moore, M. McCormack, E. Leahy.

Referee: Kevin Butler (Drom-Inch)

CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to Leugh N.S. on their brilliant achievement in winning the All Ireland soccer final last week.  It was a magnificent success for the school and well done to all concerned.

THANKS

Thanks to Pat Donnelly, a recent winner in the Tipperary G.A.A. Draw, who presented two sets of training bibs to the Club last week.  It was a very thoughtful gesture by Pat and many thanks for his generosity.

TIPPERARY G.A.A. DRAW

Congratulations to Mae and Lily Callanan who won €200 in the Tipperary G.A.A. Weekly Draw.

FEILE NA NGAEL COUNTY SEMI FINAL DEFEAT

We were defeated by Moyle Rovers in the county semi final played in New Inn last Friday.  The final score was Moyle Rovers 2-9 Durlas Óg 1-7.  Our scorers were Bill McCormack 1-2, Kieran Morris 0-3, Barry McCormack 0-1, Denis Maher 0-1.

UNDER 12’S QUALIFY FOR MID FOOTBALL FINAL

Well done to our under 12’s who defeated J.K. Brackens in the Mid Under 12 ‘A’ football semi final last Monday.  The team lined out as follows:  John Stakelum, Allan Butler, James Ryan, Sean Moroney, Michael O’Dwyer, Padraic Crone, Peter Coman, Patrick Dunne, Aidan McCormack, Kevin Smith, Philip Purcell, Darragh Mulcaire, Mark Shannon, James Lyons, David Corbett.  Subs: Denis Moore, Mossy McCormack, Eoghan Leahy.  They now play Loughmore-Castleiney in the final next Monday.

FOUNDATION LEVEL COACHING COURSE

Congratulations to those who successfully completed the recent Foundation Level Coaching Course.  Thanks to Games Promotion Officer, Dinny Maher, for conducting the course.

UNDER 16’S WIN MID FOOTBALL TITLE

Congratulations to our under 16 footballers on defeating Moycarkey-Borris to win the Mid title for the first time since 1992.  It was a great display and well done to all the players and mentors on their achievement.  See Mid Bord na nÓg match report hereunder.

Durlas Óg …………………… 2-14

Moycarkey-Borris ……………0-7

Durlas Óg scored a convincing victory over the holders, Moycarkey-Borris in the A.I.B. Under 16 ‘A’ football final last Monday (17th May) at the Outside Field, Thurles. 

The Thurles side, playing some excellent football, dominated the first half and were leading by 2-7 to 0-1 at the end of the first quarter.  Their goals came from Anthony O’Gorman and Scott Grey.  They added four further points to Moycarkey-Borris two to leave the half time score Durlas Óg 2-11 Moycarkey-Borris 0-3.  A feature of the first half was that eight Durlas Óg players got their names on the scoresheet.  Moycarkey-Borris improved after the interval and the second half was more evenly contested.  Both defences were on top and scores were hard earned.  Moycarkey kicked four points with corner forward Willie Foley contributing two while the Durlas Óg attackers were limited to three points in the second half to leave the town team convincing winners at the full time whistle.

Durlas Óg laid the foundation for their victory with their first half display but their mentors will be worried by their indifferent form in the second half.  Great credit is due to Moycarkey-Borris who tried their very best and never gave up.  Mid Bord na nÓg Chairman, Joe Moran presented the cup to the Durlas Óg captain, Paul Connors after the match.

Durlas Óg: S. Moloney, P. Connors, Stephen Dorney, L. Phelan, P. Leahy, C. Moloney (0-1), M. Gleeson, D. Morris (0-2), M. Cahill (0-1), D. O’Mahony (0-1), S. Grey (1-4), Shane Dorney (0-1), J.J. Bourke (0-1), P. Maher (0-3), A. O’Gorman (1-0).  Subs: S. Maher, C. O’Shea, L. Bourke, J. Callanan, D. Collins, M. McGrath, S. Meagher, P. Donnelly, M. Keane, R. Mason, S. Smith, B. Stakelum, D. Stakelum, C. Ryan, J. Shannon, B. Callanan, D. Keady, E. Dwyer.

Moycarkey-Borris: C. Healy, E. O’Dwyer, N. Kinane, E. Flanagan, P. Kennedy, A. Ryan, L. Power, D. Ronayne, K. Moran, J. Fanning, C. Clohessy (0-3), P. Shortall (0-1), T. Flanagan (0-1), S. Mockler, R. Kearney.  Subs: W. Foley (0-2), A. Healy, R. Ryan, M. Roche, P. Molloy, T. O’Gorman, M. Bracken.

Referee: Kevin Butler (Drom-Inch)

 

FEILE NA nGAEL MID CHAMPIONS

Our under 14 hurlers retained the Mid Feile na nGael title last Saturday (17th April) defeating Moycarkey-Borris in the semi final and Loughmore-Castleiney in the final.  Both matches were played in the Sarsfields Pitch and heavy rain during both matches made conditions very difficult for all teams.  We got off to a great start in the semi final and went on to lead by 1-4 to Moycarkey-Borris 0-1 at the interval.  The Moycarkey boys tried their very best in the second half but they couldn’t find a way through a tight marking Durlas Óg defence.  Our forwards added 1-3 to leave the final score Durlas Óg 2-7 Moycarkey-Borris 0-1.

The conditions deteriorated for the final and great credit is due to both teams for serving up a thrilling match.  Loughmore-Castleiney who were county under 12 champions in 2002 were favourites for the title but the Durlas Óg side played with great determination and no little skill to record a deserving victory.  We played with the strong win in the first half and thanks to goals from Bill McCormack and Barry McCormack we held a 2-1 to 0-1 half time lead.  Kieran Morris pointed a free early in the second half and this was to be our last score of the match.  Loughmore-Castleiney had the better of exchanges for the remainder of the half but tenacious defending by our backs held the Loughmore boys to three points and at the full time whistle we had retained our Mid title on a scoreline of Durlas Óg 2-2 Loughmore-Castleiney 0-4.  This was a great team performance and credit is due to all our players for their tremendous effort in most difficult conditions.

After the match Mid Bord na nÓg Chairman, Joe Moran, complimented both teams on an excellent match and presented the trophy to the Durlas Óg captain, John Shortt.

The county semi final against the South champions will be played in mid-May.

We lined out as follows:

John Paul Dwan, Stephen Maher, Brian Stakelum, John Shortt, Michael Russell, Denis Maher, Darren O’Neill, Liam Cullen, Kevin O’Gorman, Damien Grimes, Robert Murphy, Barry McCormack (1-0), Bill McCormack (1-0), Kieran Morris (0-2), Tommy Doyle.  Subs: Brian Keane for Damien Grimes, Cian Treacy, Rory O’Shea, David Maher, Damien Ryan, James Morrissey, Aidan Barrett, Donal O’Gorman, Ross Kealy, Gary Butler, Niall Bohan, Philip Cullen, Shane Dempsey, Aidan Loughnane..

WELL DONE

Well done to Michael Gleeson (Captain), David Morris, Padraic Maher, Michael Cahill, Paddy Bourke and John Joe Bourke who were members of the Mid under 16 hurling team that won the Garda Cup final.

COUNTY BOARD DRAW

Congratulations to Gerry Spain, Pat Donnelly and Ger Donnelly who were recent winners in the County Board Draw. 

UNDER 14 LEAGUE FINAL

The final was played last Saturday between Kevin O’Gorman’s Team A and Bill McCormack’s Team C.  The match was very keenly contested and in the early stages of the first half it looked like that Team A was going to record a convincing victory.  Team C had other ideas and three goals midway through the half had them leading at the interval on a scoreline of 3-0 to 1-5.  The second half was very competitive with Team A getting some vital scores in the closing stages to secure the league title.  Final score Team A 5-9 Team C 4-5.  After the match our Chaplain, Fr. Joe Walsh commended all the players who took part in the league and presented the Declan Long Memorial Shield to a delighted captain, Kevin O’Gorman.  Our thanks to Conor and Stakelum Office Supplies for sponsoring the prizes for the winners.

The following were the teams that played in this year’s league:

TEAM A:  Kevin O’Gorman (Capt.), Damien Grimes, Denis Maher, Robert Murphy, Brian Keane, Aidan Loughnane, Aidan Barrett, Philip Purcell, Greg Cully, Kyle Loughman, James Ryan, Simon Purcell, Allan Butler, James Ryan (S), Paul Maher, John Paul Dwan.

TEAM B:  John Shortt (Capt.), Barry McCormack, Stephen Maher, James Collins, Damien Ryan, J.P. Dempsey, Ciaran Stapleton, James Morrissey, Padraic Crone, Sean Moroney, Ryan Murtagh, James Lyons, John Stakelum, Denis Moore, Mossy McCormack, Stephen Kennedy, Darragh Mulcaire.

TEAM C:  Bill McCormack (Capt.), Liam Cullen, Michael Russell, Tommy Doyle, Cian Treacy, Niall Bohan, Garry Butler, Shane Dempsey, Aidan McCormack, Mark Shannon, Sam Martin, Christy Burke, Mark Lanigan, Shane Butler, Ross Kerrigan, Eoghan Leahy, Darren Martin.

TEAM D:  Kieran Morris (Capt.), Darren O’Neill, Brian Stakelum, David Maher, Ross Kealy, Rory O’Shea, Philip Cullen, Donal O’Gorman, Patrick Dunne, Kevin Smith, Paul Morrissey, David Corbett, Michael O’Dwyer, David Farrah, Colm Cooke, Kieran Dowd, Thomas Maxfield.

UNDER 12 FOOTBALL BLITZ

We took part in the Under 12 Blitz in Castleiney last Saturday morning.  Despite having to field an understrength team our boys acquitted themselves well but had to give best to our opponents Clonakenny and Drom-Inch. 

POKER CLASSIC

Our Annual Poker Classic last Sunday night was very successful. Thanks to everybody who supported the event and well done to organiser, Larry Ryan and those who assisted in anyway.  The proceeds from the night go towards our Clubhouse Development Fund.

SCOIL AILBHE YARD LEAGUE

The Scoil Ailbhe Yard League final was played last week and resulted in victory for Cian Treacy’s team over Thomas Maxfield’s team in a very exciting and most competitive match.  Durlas Óg sponsored the league and we thank all the boys who played and teachers, Mr. Ryan, Mr. O’Reilly and Mr. McCullagh for their organisation and encouragement to the participants.

 

DURLAS ÓG NEWSLETTERS

June 2004

MID FOOTBALL TITLE FOR UNDER 16’S

Congratulations to our under 16 footballers on winning the Mid title for the first time since 1992.  They defeated Moycarkey-Borris in the final by 2-14 to 0-7.  It was a great display and well done to all the players and mentors on their achievement.  The county semi final against Moyle Rovers will be played in July.

The team was as follows:

Sean Moloney, Paul Connors (Capt.) Stephen Dorney, Liam Phelan, Patrick Leahy, Conor Moloney , Michael Gleeson, David Morris ,Michael Cahill , David Mahony ,Scott Grey, Shane Dorney , John Joe Bourke , Padraic Maher , Anthony O’Gorman .  Subs: Shane Maher, Ciaran O’Shea, Laurence Bourke, John Callanan, David Collins, Michael McGrath, Shane Meagher, Peter Donnelly, Michael Keane, Rodney Mason, Sean Smith, Bobby Stakelum, Darragh Stakelum, Conor Ryan, Jonathan Shannon, Brian Callanan, David Keady, Eoin Dwyer.

FEILE NA nGAEL MID CHAMPIONS

Well done to our under 14 hurlers who retained the Mid Feile na nGael title by defeating Moycarkey-Borris in the semi final and Loughmore-Castleiney in the final.  Unfortunately we had to give best to South champions, Moyle Rovers in the county semi final.

We lined out as follows in the Mid final:

John Paul Dwan, Stephen Maher, Brian Stakelum, John Shortt, Michael Russell, Denis Maher, Darren O’Neill, Liam Cullen, Kevin O’Gorman, Damien Grimes, Robert Murphy, Barry McCormack, Bill McCormack, Kieran Morris ,Tommy Doyle.  Subs: Brian Keane, Cian Treacy, Rory O’Shea, David Maher, Damien Ryan, James Morrissey, Aidan Barrett, Donal O’Gorman, Ross Kealy, Gary Butler, Niall Bohan, Philip Cullen, Shane Dempsey, Aidan Loughnane.

TIPPERARY G.A.A. MEMBERS’ DRAW

Thanks to those who have joined the new Tipperary G.A.A. Members’ Draw. The Draw is our major source of income and your support is very much appreciated.  Congratulations to Mae and Lily Callanan who recently won €200.


CLUBHOUSE DEVELOPMENT

The extension to the clubhouse is now completed.  Our thanks to builder, Mike Scanlan and his team for their excellent work.  The extension consists of an extra dressingroom and a store/equipment room.  The development has received grant aid from the National Lottery as well as Tipperary North County Council and Thurles Town Council.  Thanks to everybody for their co-operation and support during the building works.  The official opening of the extension has been provisionally fixed for Saturday 14th August.  More details later.

DEFEAT FOR U/12’S IN MID FINAL

Commiserations to our gallant footballers who recently suffered defeat to Loughmore-Castleiney in the Mid final. Despite a great second half comeback we were four points behind at the full time whistle having being in arrears by twelve points at the interval. Our team was:  John Stakelum, Allan Butler, James Ryan, Sean Moroney (Captain), Michael O’Dwyer, Padraic Crone, Peter Coman, Patrick Dunne, Aidan McCormack, Kevin Smith, Philip Purcell, Darragh Mulcaire, Mark Shannon, James Lyons, David Corbett.  Subs: Denis Moore, Mossy McCormack, Eoghan Leahy. 

CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to the following who successfully completed a Foundation Level Coaching Course recently: Liam McCarthy, Ger Sammon, John Hickey, Pat Stakelum, Darra Purcell , Paddy Kenny Sean Corbett, John Moroney.

Thanks to Dinny Maher, Games Promotions Officer, for conducting the course.

THANKS

Many thanks to Pat Donnelly who sponsored two set of training bibs.  His generosity is very much appreciated.

UNDER 10’S

The under 10 hurling league continues on Thursday evenings.  Challenge matches have been played against Kilkenny sides James Stephens and Castlecomer as well as Thurles Camogie under 12 team.  Football training is on Wednesdays at 6.30 p.m.

COUNTY SEMI FINAL DEFEAT FOR U/12 ‘B’ TEAM

Our under 12 ‘B’ football side were defeated by Ballylooby in the county ‘C’ semi final.  Our very young team, many of them underage for the next two years, gave a great display against a very strong Ballylooby side that went on to win the county final.  This was our first match in the championship as we had no opposition in the Mid championship.   Well done to players and mentors.

UNDER 8’S

The numbers attending at under 8 training continue to increase.  We welcome all the new players. Training continues each Saturday at 10.00 a.m.

SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE

The annual Thurles Hurling & Camogie School of Excellence will be held from Monday 16th to Friday 20th August.  Our thanks to Thurles Credit Union for their continued sponsorship.  More details in the coming weeks.

WEBSITE

The Durlas Og website address is http://tipperary.gaa.ie/clubs/durlasog.  It contains information in respect of all club activity and is updated weekly.

 

April 2004

MEMBERSHIP/REGISTRATION FEES

Thanks to those who have paid their Membership/Registration Fees.  Some players have yet to pay their fees and we ask them to attend to this matter by Saturday 1st May at the latest.  On that date both Ger Sammon, Registrar, and Ger Donnelly, Treasurer, will be available in the Clubhouse from 10.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. to accept outstanding  registration fees.  The fee for this year is €20 per individual with the second and subsequent members in each family €10 each. 

LARGE INCREASE IN NUMBERS ATTENDING UNDER 8 TRAINING

There has been a large increase in the numbers attending under 8 training.  Over 50 young boys have been attending in recent weeks.  These numbers are most encouraging and we extend a warm welcome to all the new players and mentors.  It is hoped to organise a Foundation Level Coaching Course for new coaches in the near future.  Training for under 8’s is at 10.00 a.m. on Saturday mornings.

CLUBHOUSE DEVELOPMENT

The extension to the Clubhouse is nearing completion.  The extension consists of an extra dressingroom and a store/equipment room.  Our kitchen has also been recently upgraded and in this regard thanks to Larry Ryan for all his work.  The development has received grant aid from the National Lottery as well as Tipperary North County Council and Thurles Town Council. 

FUNDRAISING

Thanks to all who supported our Annual Poker Classic on 29th February.  It was once again very successful and special thanks to organiser, Larry Ryan and his team for their efforts.  Congrats to former Durlas Óg player, Tony O’Mara who was the winner.  Our Caretaker, Pat Callaghan was also in the prizes.


IMPRESSIVE START BY UNDER 16 FOOTBALLERS

The Under 16’s have had an impressive start to the Mid football championship with victories over Moycarkey-Borris and J.K. Brackens.  They play Boherlahan-Dualla on Easter Monday at 7.00 p.m. in Pairc na nÓg.  Eoin Costelloe and Aidan Dundon are assisting the selectors with the coaching of this team.

The Under 16 hurlers have played challenges against Kilkenny sides Dicksboro and O’Loughlin Gaels in recent weeks. We will have two teams participating in this year’s championship.  Our ‘A’ team has been grouped with Moycarkey-Borris; Moyne-Templetuohy; Holycross-Ballycahill and Drom-Inch in the ‘A’ championship.  The ‘B’ team will have Gortnahoe-Glengoole and Upperchurch-Drombane as their opponents in the league rounds of the ‘B’ Championship.

BRIGHT FUTURE FOR THE UNDER 10’S

The Under 10’s competed in the recent Mid Indoor Hurling Blitz in the Ursuline Sports Complex.  They gave great displays over the two days and a bright future is forecast for this very talented group.  Training continues on Saturday mornings at 10.00 a.m.  Our thanks to Sarsfields for the use of their facilities for indoor hurling during February and March.

GLEESON CAPTAINS MID UNDER 16’S TO VICTORY

Durlas Óg were well represented on the Mid Under 16 hurling team that recently won the Inter Divisional Garda Cup defeating North Tipperary in the final.  Michael Gleeson captained the side from wing back, David Morris and Padraic Maher were the corner backs, Michael Cahill played at midfield while the Bourke brothers, John Joe and Paddy were wing forward and full forward respectively.  Well done to all concerned.

UNDER 12’S PREPARE FOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

Our Under 12’s continue their preparations for the football and hurling championships.  Football training is on Wednesdays at 6.30 p.m. and hurling training on Saturdays at 11.00 a.m.  We played Blackrock (Cork) and Moyle Rovers in recent hurling and football challenges.  The Mid football championship commences on Wednesday 21st April with a home match against J.K. Brackens.  The other teams in our group are Holycross-Ballycahill and Loughmore-Castleiney.  Our opponents in the Mid Under 12 ‘A’ Hurling Championship are Loughmore-Castleiney, J.K. Brackens, Holycross-Ballycahill and Moycarkey-Borris.  Our ‘B’ team in both football and hurling will have no opposition in the Mid ‘C’ championships and qualify for the county semi finals in both competitions.

DEFEAT FOR UNDER 14’S IN PEIL NA nÓG

We suffered a heavy defeat to Loughmore-Castleiney in the Mid semi final of Peil na nOg.  The Mid Feile na nGael quarter final against Boherlahan-Dualla will be played on Easter Saturday in Boherlahan.  Our hurlers have played Nenagh Eire Óg, Lismore and Blackrock in recent hurling challenge matches. The Mid football championship will be commencing the last week in April and our opponents in the league rounds will be Loughmore-Castleiney, Upperchurch-Drombane and J.K. Brackens.  The opposition in the hurling championship includes Loughmore-Castleiney, Boherlahan-Dualla, Moycarkey-Borris, Upperchurch-Drombane and Drom-Inch.

UNDER 14 HURLING LEAGUE

Our annual Under 14 hurling league concluded recently with Kevin O’Gorman’s team defeating Bill McCormack’s team in the final.  Fr. Joe Walsh presented the Declan Long Memorial Shield to captain, Kevin O’Gorman and congratulated all the players (60 plus) who took part over a number of weeks.  Thanks to Conor and Stakelum Office Supplies who sponsored the prizes.

CLUB COLOURS

With the championship season commencing we remind all players to be properly togged out for their matches – White togs/ red & white socks.

LADIES COMMITTEE

There was an excellent response to our proposal to form a Durlas Óg Ladies Committee.  Our thanks to those who responded – Nora Ryan, Mary Moroney, Phyllis Kennedy, Frances Butler, Catriona Keane, Anne Marie Cullen, Louise Lanigan, Joey Gleeson, Margaret Doyle, Joan Bourke, Frida Dunne, Patricia McElgunn.  An informal meeting has taken place at which the responsibilities of the committee were discussed.  It was decided to nominate contact persons from the committee to liaise with team mentors in regard to catering for visiting teams etc.  It was also agreed that the committee would look at fundraising ideas such as bag packing in Dunnes and a table quiz.  You will be kept informed of progress.

CLUB MERCHANDISE

Orders are now been taken for new club leisurewear.  Please contact Tom Meehan.  There are also a small number of Durlas Óg Club tops and kitbags available.

WEBSITE

The Durlas Óg website contains information in respect of all club activities and is updated weekly.  The website address is http://tipperary.gaa.ie/clubs/durlasog/ or it can be accessed through the Tipperary GAA Website. 

CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to Pat Donnelly, Gerry Spain and Ger Donnelly who were recent winners in the Tipperary G.A.A. Draw.


TIPPERARY G.A.A. MEMBERS’ DRAW 2004-2005

The Tipperary G.A.A. Members’ Draw 2004-2005 was launched recently at a function in the Park Avenue, Thurles.  The draw consists of 12 monthly draws and 36 weekly Lotto draws.  The first draw is on Friday 14th May.  Subscription is €100 or €10 per month.  There will be free draws in January 2005 (for December 2004 members with minimum 6 months membership) and April 2005 (for March 2005 members with minimum 9 months membership).  50% of the subscription fee is returned to the Club.  A copy of the Draw Brochure is enclosed.

The G.A.A. Members’ Draw is our major source of income.  Last year it cost in excess of €25,000 to run our Club.  Our sincere thanks to those who have supported the Draw in the past.  Your support is greatly appreciated.

The following Durlas Óg members were winners in the 2003-2004 Draw:

June 2003                   €200                Michael & Barry McGrath

July 2003                     €500                Spain, Fewer & Quinlan

July 2003                     €1,000             Michael & Barry McGrath

Sept. 2003                   €200                Tina Loughman

Jan. 2004                     €200                Margaret O’Donovan

March 2004                 €200                Gerry Spain

March 2004                 €1,666             Pat Donnelly

March 2004                 €200                Ger Donnelly

Our Draw Co-Ordinator is Tom Meehan and promoters are Dick Callanan, Michael Kennedy, Gerry Spain, Pat Stakelum, Jim Dwyer, Jimmy Coppinger, Michael Russell, Michael Carroll, Sean Costelloe, Frank Mockler, John Smith, Ger Donnelly and Tom Meehan.  Many thanks to all of them for their efforts and commitment to the draw.

We look forward to the continued support of our members for the 2004-2005 Draw.  For those who are not already a member of the Draw with Durlas Óg we ask you to consider joining the new Draw.  Further details can be obtained from Draw Co-Ordinator, Tom Meehan or any of the promoters.

 

February 2004

REVIEW OF 2003

2003 was a most successful year for the Club.  We contested five county and nine Mid finals winning two county titles (U/14 ‘A’ Football and U/14 Feile na nGael hurling) and six Mid titles (U/14 ‘A’ hurling, U/14 ‘A’ football, U/14 ‘C’ hurling, U/14 Feile na nGael, U/14 Peil na nÓg, U/16 ‘A’ hurling).  We were also runners up in the All Ireland Feile na nGael final.

CLUB OF THE YEAR

Our Chairman, John Smith was presented with the Mid Club of the Year trophy at the recent Mid Bord na nÓg convention.  It is a great honour for our club to win this award after a very successful year.  It is also an acknowledgement of the great work that is being done by so many in the club and our thanks to everyone who worked so hard throughout 2003.

TRAINING

Training has resumed for the new season.  The Under 10’s continue with indoor hurling in the Sarsfields Clubhouse (by kind permission) at 10.00 a.m. on Saturday mornings.  The Under 14 hurling league has commenced with over 60 boys participating.  Under 16 training on Saturdays at 1.00 p.m. The U/8’s will resume training on Saturday 6th March at 10.00 a.m.

Best wishes to all teams and their mentors in this years championships.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The Annual General Meeting was held in the Clubhouse on Friday night 16th January.  Our Chaplain, Fr. Joe Walsh celebrated Mass prior to the meeting and he paid tribute to the great work that is ongoing in Durlas Óg and he looked forward to the year ahead.   The meeting was one of the best ever attended in the history of the Club.

The following Officers were elected:

President:         Pat Stakelum

Vice-Presidents: Michael Carroll; Michael Murphy; Larry O’Connor.

Life Vice Presidents:     Br. Keane; Br. Higgins; Fr. O’Rourke; Dick Callanan; Michael Kennedy.

Chairman:         John Smith

Vice Chairman (2): Sean Costelloe; Martin Doyle

Secretary:         Jimmy Coppinger,

Treasurer:         Ger Donnelly

Co. Board Draw Co-Ordinator:            Tom Meehan

Registrar:          Ger Sammon

P.R.O.:             Noel Dundon

Schools Liaison Officer:Paddy Moore

Caretaker:        Pat Callaghan

Durlas Óg celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.        

CLUB COLOURS

Our Club colours are red and white.  With the championship season just around the corner we remind all players to be properly togged out for their matches – White togs and red & white socks.

CLUBHOUSE DEVELOPMENT

Improvements have taken place to our grounds in recent months.  Netting has been erected at the rear of both goals.  It is anticipated that the clubhouse extension will be completed in the coming months.  These works have received National Lottery funding and also grant aid from Thurles Town Council and Tipperary North County Council.

FUNDRAISING

Our annual Progressive “25” Drive was held on Wednesday 21st January in the Sarsfields Clubhouse.  It was a tremendous success and our thanks to all who supported the night and special thanks to the main organiser, Phil Brennan and his team for their efforts.

The annual Poker Classic will be held on Sunday 29th February in the Anner Hotel.  Larry Ryan is the organiser and tickets are available from committee members.  Support for this event would be much appreciated.

WEBSITE

The Dúrlas Óg website contains information in respect of all club activities and is updated weekly.  The website address is http://tipperary.gaa.ie/clubs/durlasog/ or it can be accessed through the Tipperary GAA Website. 

LADIES COMMITTEE

It is proposed to form a Durlas Óg Ladies Committee.  This committee’s main responsibilities would include catering for social events, visiting teams etc., assisting at fundraising activities and organising social events. No formal ladies committee has existed in the Club even though the ladies have played a significant role in the successes of Durlas Óg over the years and have always been a great support to the Club.

Ladies interested in serving on this committee are asked to give their names to John Smith, Jimmy Coppinger or Ger Donnelly. 

MEMBERSHIP/REGISTRATION FEES

Club Membership/Registration Fees are now due.  The fee for this year is €20 per individual with second and subsequent members in each family €10 each.  Registration Forms will be given to players in the coming weeks and we ask parents to complete and return the forms to team mentors with the appropriate fee.

We welcome our new Registrar, Ger Sammon, and wish him well.  Our thanks to Jim Dwyer who served as Registrar for many years and did an excellent job.  Many thanks Jim.

CLUB MERCHANDISE

An order will be placed in the near future for Durlas Óg Club tops and leisurewear.  More details will be given to the players at training in the coming weeks.

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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The Annual General Meeting was held in the Clubhouse on last Friday night (16th January).  Our Chaplain, Fr. Joe Walsh celebrated Mass prior to the meeting and he paid tribute to the great work that is ongoing in Durlas Óg and he looked forward to the year ahead.   The meeting was one of the best ever attended in the history of the Club.

Chairman, John Smith, in his address congratulated all our championship winning teams and commended their mentors for their dedication and commitment.  He thanked the club officers for the very efficient way they looked after the affairs of the club and he thanked all those who helped in anyway during the year.  He gave an update on the present position of our Clubhouse Development and was very hopeful that the work on the extension would be commencing in the near future.  The Chairman said that 2004 is a very important year for Durlas Óg as we will be celebrating our 25th anniversary.

Jimmy Coppinger in his usual very detailed Secretary’s Report outlined the achievements of all our teams and gave details of all events in the club during the year.  He stated that the highlights were the Feile na nGael All Ireland and the winning of two county and six Mid titles.  The secretary was complimented for his excellent report.

Treasurer, Ger Donnelly, produced a comprehensive Financial Report, which despite our very successful year showed a surplus.  Ger was the subject of many compliments for his most professional report and his management of the financial affairs of the club.

Jim Dwyer did not seek re-election as Registrar, a position he held for many years.  The Chairman thanked Jim for his work as Registrar and for his commitment to the Club.

 

The following Officers were elected:

 

President:                        Pat Stakelum

Vice-Presidents:              Michael Carroll; Michael Murphy; Larry O’Connor

Life Vice Presidents:        Br. Keane; Br. Higgins; Fr. O’Rourke; Dick Callanan; Michael Kennedy.

Chairman:                       John Smith

Vice Chairman:                Sean Costelloe; Martin Doyle

Secretary:                        Jimmy Coppinger,

Treasurer:                       Ger Donnelly

Co. Board Draw Co-Ordinator: Tom Meehan

Registrar:                        Ger Sammon

P.R.O.:                           Noel Dundon

Schools Liaison Officer:  Paddy Moore

Caretaker:                       Pat Callaghan

 

The team selectors for our championship teams in 2004 are:

Under 12:     John Smith, Tom Meehan, Sean Corbett, Tony Lanigan,Ger Donnelly, John Moroney.

Under 14:     Michael Gleeson, Fr. Joe Walsh, Martin Doyle,Michael Russell.

Under 16:     Paddy Moore, Jim Dwyer, John Dorney, Phil O’Halloran, John Cahill.

 

PROGRESSIVE “25” DRIVE

Our annual Progressive “25” Drive was held last Wednesday night (21st January) in the Sarsfields Clubhouse (by kind permission).  There was a large attendance and we thank all those who supported the night.  Many thanks to the organiser, Phil Brennan, and everybody who assisted to make the night a very successful fundraiser for our Club.  The winners were as follows:

12 games:  Michael Hackett & Billy O’Grady. 11 games: John Cosgrave & Johnny Cosgrave; Michael Power & Nonie Ryan.  10 games: Paddy McLoughlin & Billy McLoughin; Monica Butler & Margaret Butler; Paddy Keogh & Gerard Keogh; Larry Ryan & Seamus Cooke; Liam Hanrahan & Benny Maher.  18th game: Thomas Callanan & Pat Mockler; 19th game: Michael Egan & Andy O’Gorman; 20th game: Marie Shortt & Statia Ryan.

 

 

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2003 DURLAS ÓG NEWS ARCHIVE

 

REVIEW OF THE YEAR

2003 was a most successful year for the Club.  We contested five county and nine Mid finals winning two county titles (U/14 ‘A’ Football and U/14 Feile na nGael hurling) and six Mid titles (U/14 ‘A’ hurling, U/14 ‘A’ football, U/14 ‘C’ hurling, U/14 Feile na nGael, U/14 Peil na nÓg, U/16 ‘A’ hurling).  See match reports hereunder.

 

CLUB OF THE YEAR

Our Chairman, John Smith was presented with the Mid Club of the Year trophy at the recent Mid Bord na nÓg convention.  It is a great honour for our club to win this award after a very successful year.  It is also an acknowledgement of the great work that is being done by so many in the club and our thanks to everyone who worked so hard throughout the year.

 

CLUB DRAW

Congratulations to the following winners in our Christmas Draw for County Board Draw members – Michael Donnelly, Pat Stakelum, James Morrissey, Luke Aherne, Pat Donnelly, John Lillis, James Kearns, Pat Fitzgerald, Matt Long, Padraic Stakelum and Dick Callanan.  Each receives €50.

 

MID CONVENTION

Congratulations to our Secretary, Jimmy Coppinger and Chairman, John Smith who were re-elected as President and P.R.O of Mid Tipperary Bord na nÓg at its recent convention.

 

COUNTY UNDER 16 ‘A’ HURLING FINAL

 

DURLAS ÓG…………………………….. . 1-6

CARRICK SWANS……………………….  1-8

 

The County Under 16 ‘A’ Hurling final between Durlas Óg and Carrick Swans was played in Leahy Park, Cashel last Sunday (26/10/2003) in perfect conditions before a good attendance.

Defending champions, Durlas Óg got the perfect start with a Patrick Bourke point inside 30 seconds and the same player added another point five minutes later.  During the opening 15 minutes Carrick Swans had most of the possession but a combination of inaccurate shooting and excellent defending by Durlas Óg restricted the Carrick boys to a solidary point from wing forward Wayne Cullen to leave them trailing by 0-2 to 0-1.  In the 17th minute Durlas Óg wing forward, Michael Gleeson, gained possession some 45 metres from the Carrick goal and soloed through the defence and his shot deceived goalkeeper, Colin O’Sullivan and ended up in the net.  This was followed by a Patrick Bourke pointed free to give the Thurles boys a 1-3 to 0-1 lead with five minutes of the half remaining. Carrick Swans added two points (Danny O’Hanlon and Kieran Reade) to Durlas Óg’s one (Michael Gleeson) before the interval to leave the half time score 1-4 to 0-3 in favour of the Thurles side.

Carrick Swans started the second half in more determined fashion and by the 40th minute the sides were level.  From the throw in Carrick gained possession and Danny O’Hanlon struck a good point to leave a goal between the sides.  In the 40th minute Swans were awarded a free near the sideline 50 metres from the Thurles goals.  Up stepped Wayne Cullen and his low shot went all the way to the Durlas Óg net.  The tempo of the game now increased and Durlas Óg responded with a point from a Patrick Bourke free.  In the next five minutes Swans star forward, Kieran Reade, added three unanswered points to leave the score Carrick Swans 1-7 Durlas Óg 1-5 with six minutes remaining.  The Thurles boys replied with a Patrick Bourke point to leave the minimum between the sides.  Durlas Óg went in search of the equaliser but couldn’t find a way through the Carrick rearguard and the last score of the match was another Kieran Reade point for Swans.  When Paddy Russell sounded the final whistle Swans were champions on a scoreline of 1-8 to 1-6.

Both sides are to be commended on serving up a splendid match and despite the intensity of the exchanges the match was played in a very sporting manner.  Carrick Swans had top class displays from full back, Stephen Hahessy, centre back, Kevin Lanigan who was dominant throughout the 60 minutes, midfielder, Danny O’Hanlon and forwards Kieran Ruane and Wayne Cullen.  Durlas Óg were best served by defenders, Brian White, Garret Foxton and Stephen Fewer, Kevin O’Halloran at midfield and in attack Michael Gleeson and the dangerous, Patrick Bourke.

Durlas Óg: Scott Grey, David Morris, Brian White, Garret Foxton, Adrian O’Mahoney, Ronan Walsh, Stephen Fewer, Kevin O’Halloran, David Shannon, Conor Murphy, Ian Maher, Michael Gleeson (1-1), John Maher, Patrick Skehan, Patrick Bourke (0-5).

Subs: Jody O’Grady, Shane Dorney, Conor Moloney, Joseph O’Mahoney, John Joe Bourke, Stephen Dorney, Michael Cahill, Padraic Maher, Liam Phelan, Shane Meagher, David Collins, Peter Donnelly, John Callanan, David Keady, Paul Connors, Keith Stapleton, Bob O’Dwyer.

 

Carrick Swans:  Colin O’Sullivan, William Lonergan, Stephen Hahessy, Paul Regan, Daryl Whitty, Kevin Lanigan, David Walsh, Danny O’Hanlon (0-2), Shane Hogan, Dwayne Fogarty, Martin Russell, Wayne Cullen (1-1), Damien Roche, Barry Walsh, Kieran Reade (0-5).

Subs: Stephen Kearns, Michael Ryan, Dean Cleary, Keith O’Dwyer, John Flynn, Jimmy Dignam, Andrew Diffily, Darren Murphy, Sean Barrett, Mark Fogarty, Darren Watters.

Referee:  Paddy Russell.

 

 

UNDER 16’S QUALIFY FOR COUNTY FINAL

Congratulations and well done to our under 16’s who defeated Clonoulty-Rossmore in the County ‘A’ semi final in Cashel today (Saturday 11th October).  Final score Durlas Óg 0-18 Clonoulty-Rossmore 0-7.

The team and scorers were:  Scott Grey, David Morris, Brian White, Garret Foxton, Adrian O’Mahoney, Ronan Walsh, Stephen Fewer, David Shannon, Kevin O’Halloran (0-2), Jody O’Grady, Ian Maher (0-1), Michael Gleeson (0-4), John Maher (0-2), Patrick Skehan (0-1), Patrick Bourke (0-8).  Subs: John Joe Bourke for Jody O’Grady; Conor Murphy for Adrian O’Mahoney.

 

UNDER 16’S ARE MID CHAMPIONS

We defeated Moycarkey-Borris in the Mid Under-16 ‘A’ Hurling final last Saturday (4th October).    See Mid Bord na nÓg match report hereunder.

 

Durlas Óg ………………………….. 1-11

Moycarkey-Borris………………….. 1-8

 

Durlas Óg retained the Thurles Credit Union Under 16 ‘A’ hurling title following a three victory over Moycarkey-Borris in an entertaining final at Semple Stadium last Saturday. 

Moycarkey-Borris had the advantage of the strong wind in the first half but it was the Thurles side that made the better start and points from Michael Gleeson (0-2), John Maher and Kevin O’Halloran 0-1 each had them leading by 0-4 to 0-1 after 20 minutes.  The Moycarkey point was from a Brian Moran free in the 4th minute. The Durlas Óg backs were very solid and Moycarkey’s next score was not until the 22nd minute when once again Brian Moran was on target from a free and the same player scored two further points before the interval to leave them trailing at the break by 0-6 to 0-4.

Moycarkey got the perfect start to the second half when Ciaran Clohessy, availing of a poor clearance by the Thurles defence, was on hand to finish to the net in the 32nd minute.  Durlas Óg replied with a Patrick Bourke free to level the scores.  Two minutes later, a long delivery from Jody O’Grady from the 65 metre line went all the way to the Moycarkey net. This was to be a crucial score and it was followed by three further Patrick Bourke points to leave the Thurles side leading by six points (1-10 to 1-4) as the match entered the last ten minutes.  Moycarkey responded and three unanswered points by Phil Kelly, Brian Moran and Anthony Healy set the stage for a grandstand finish.  The next Durlas Óg attack produced a penalty for a foul on Patrick Bourke and the same player was happy to take a point from the resulting free to leave four points between the sides with two minutes of normal time remaining.  Moycarkey to their credit never gave up and they subjected the Durlas Óg defence to severe pressure in the dying minutes and came close to netting a goal.  The Thurles side held out with some tenacious defending and conceded a point from a Brian Moran free to leave the full time score Durlas Óg 1-11 Moycarkey-Borris 1-8.

Durlas Óg will be very pleased to have retained their title and all the team did well with Brian White, David Morris, Adrian O’Mahony and Stephen Fewer in defence, Kevin O’Halloran in midfield and forwards Michael Gleeson and Patrick Bourke most impressive.  Moycarkey-Borris will be disappointed with the result and their best players were Kevin Moran, Eddie Power, Phil Kelly, Brian Moran and Ciaran Clohessy.

Durlas Óg:  S. Grey, G. Foxton, B. White, D. Morris, A. O’Mahony, R. Walsh, S. Fewer, D. Shannon, K. O’Halloran (0-1), J. O’Grady (1-0), I. Maher (0-1), M. Gleeson (0-2), P. Bourke (0-6), P. Skehan, J. Maher (0-1).  Subs: J.J. Bourke for J. O’Grady.

Moycarkey-Borris: T. Flanagan, E. Cantwell, S. Barry, P. O’Brien, T. Quinn, K. Moran, E. Power, C. Burke, P. Kelly (0-1), A. Healy (0-1), B. Moran (0-6), A. Ryan, J. Fanning, N. Kinane, C. Clohessy (1-0).  Subs: G. McGuire for J. Fanning, P. Kennedy for N. Kinane.

Referee: Martin Goldsboro (Gortnahoe-Glengoole).

 

UNDER 14 COUNTY FINALS MATCH REPORTS

 

County Under 14 ‘C’ Hurling Final

Durlas Óg ‘B’……………1-3   Newport………………….7-10

Following thrilling victories over Clonakenny in the Mid final and Sean Treacys in the County semi final we qualified to take on Newport in the County U/14 ‘C’ final.  This match was played in Holycross on Saturday 20th September.  Newport started strongly and scored three points without reply in the first ten minutes.  Durlas Óg responded with three Barry McCormack points to level the match with five minutes of the first half remaining.  Newport finished the half as they started and scored 1-1 in the closing stages to leave the interval score Newport 1-4 Durlas Óg 0-3.  The physically stronger Newport side totally dominated the second half and even though we tried very hard we were unable to put scores on the board and at the full time whistle Newport were convincing winners on a score of 7-10 to 1-3.  Our goalscorer was Kieran Morris.  Well done to all our players who can be very proud of their achievement in reaching the county final and retaining their Mid title.

Durlas Óg:  Tommy Doyle; Cillian McNally; Brian Stakelum; Liam Cullen; Denis Maher; Sean Smith; Brian Callanan; Barry McCormack (0-3); Darragh Stakelum; Sean Molony; Bobby Stakelum; Kieran Morris (1-0); Darren O’Neill.  Subs: Stephen Maher; James Collins; Conor Ryan; Philip Cullen; Michael Russell; Robert Murphy; Rory O’Shea.

 

County Under 14 ‘A’ Hurling Final

Durlas Óg ……………3-6   Nenagh Eire Óg ………………….2-9

The County U/14 ‘A’ final played in Dolla on Sunday 21st September was a repeat of this years Feile na nGael and u/14 ‘A’ football finals.  Both sides were very familiar with each other and another epic match was anticipated.  The Nenagh lads got off to a dream start with a goal inside the first minute.  Padraic Maher replied with three well taken points to have the scores level after six minutes. A further three points by Nenagh to our solitary point by Michael McGrath left the score Nenagh Eire Óg 1-3 Durlas Óg 0-4 with five minutes of the first half remaining.  As the interval approached we took the lead for the first time with a great goal by our captain, John Joe Bourke.  The lead was short lived as almost immediately Nenagh went in front again when a long range free went all the way to the net.  Michael Cahill scored a point in injury time to leave us trailing by a goal at half time (2-5 to 1-5).  Nenagh opened the scoring in the second half with a point in the 5th minute.  Padraic Maher replied with a pointed free and then Rodney Mason rattled the net to level the match (2-6 each) with ten minutes remaining.  The Nenagh lads once again responded with three unanswered points and they looked like winners.  However we never gave up and with time almost up following a good movement Michael Cahill hit an unstoppable shot to the Nenagh net to level the match.  The full time whistle soon followed and it would take another match to decide the destination of the John Flanagan Cup for 2003.

Durlas Óg:  Bill McCormack; John Shortt; Kevin O’Gorman; Shane Maher; Patrick Leahy; Stephen Dorney; Jonathan Shannon; Michael Cahill (1-1); Laurence Burke; Michael Keane; John Joe Bourke (1-0); Michael McGrath (0-1); Rodney Mason (1-0); Padraic Maher (0-4); Damien Grimes.  Subs:  Denis Maher; Ciaran O’Shea; Brian Callanan; Kieran Morris; Liam Cullen; Barry McCormack.

 

County Under 14 ‘A’ Hurling Final Replay

Durlas Óg ……………1-6   Nenagh Eire Óg ………………….3-7

The eagerly awaited replay took centre stage in Holycross on last Sunday evening (28th September) before a very large attendance.  Both sides took time to settle and we opened the scoring with a Michael McGrath point in the 7th minute and this was followed by a Padraic Maher free three minutes later.  Nenagh scored a vital goal in the 12th minute and this was quickly followed by a point to give them the lead (1-1 to 0-2).  Padraic Maher added two points and then John Joe Bourke scored a brilliant goal to give us a 1-4 to 1-1 lead.  Almost on the half time whistle Nenagh replied with a goal to level the match (1-4 to 2-1).   Nenagh started the second half in impressive fashion scoring 1-2 without reply inside the first five minutes.  We tried very hard to get back into the match and points by Padraic Maher and Michael Cahill closed the gap.  However it was Nenagh who finished the half the stronger scoring four further points without reply to leave the final score Nenagh Eire Óg 3-7 Durlas Óg 1-6.  Our boys were most disappointed at the final whistle but they were the first to congratulate Nenagh on a great victory.  The under 14’s have had a great year winning five Mid titles, county Feile na nGael and county under 14 football titles as well as finishing runners up in the All Ireland Feile na Gael final.  We congratulate them on their excellent year and thank the players and their mentors, Michael Gleeson, John Dorney, Michael Kennedy, Fr. Joe Walsh and John Cahill for their efforts throughout a long season.  Many thanks to all our supporters who were in attendance at the replay and special thanks to all those responsible for the reception in the Clubhouse on our return from Holycross on Sunday night. 

Durlas Óg:  Bill McCormack; John Shortt; Kevin O’Gorman; Shane Maher; Patrick Leahy; Stephen Dorney; Jonathan Shannon; Michael Cahill (0-1); Laurence Burke; Michael Keane; John Joe Bourke (1-0); Michael McGrath (0-1); Rodney Mason; Padraic Maher (0-4); Kieran Morris.  Subs:  Denis Maher; Ciaran O’Shea; Brian Callanan; Damien Grimes; Liam Cullen; Barry McCormack.

 

 

MID HURLING DOUBLE FOR UNDER 14’S

 

Congratulations to our under 14’s who retained their Mid ‘A’ and ‘C’ titles following victories over Drom-Inch and Clonakenny respectively.

Mid U/14 ‘A’ Hurling Final

Durlas Óg………….. 4-13     Drom-Inch ………….1-4

We retained our Mid ‘A’ title following a convincing victory over Drom-Inch in the final played in Drombane on Tuesday evening (2nd September).  We got off to a dream start with a Rodney Mason goal in the first minute and a further goal by Damien Grimes midway through the half left us leading by 2-8 to 1-1 at the interval.  We scored a further 2-5 in the second half (goal scorers were Michael Cahill and Michael McGrath) to leave the final score Durlas Óg 4-13 to Drom-Inch 1-4.  After the match our captain, John Joe Bourke was presented with the cup by Niall Spain representing the Spain family who were sponsors of this competition.

Durlas Óg:  Bill McCormack; John Shortt; Kevin O’Gorman; Shane Maher; Patrick Leahy; Stephen Dorney; Jonathan Shannon; Michael Cahill; Laurence Burke; Michael Keane; John Joe Bourke; Michael McGrath; Rodney Mason; Padraic Maher; Damien Grimes.

 

Mid U/14 ‘C’ Hurling Final

Durlas Óg ‘B’………….. 2-5     Clonakenny ………….1-7

The Mid Under 14 ‘C’ final played on last Wednesday (3rd September) in Drom was a thrilling encounter between two very evenly balanced teams.  We had a poor start and trailed by 1-3 to no score after 15 minutes of the first half.  In the 18th minute a brilliant first time pull by full forward, Conor Ryan gave the Clonakenny goalie no chance and rattled the back of the net.  This score inspired the team and two further points had us two points in arrears at half time (1-5 to 1-3).  The second half was most exciting with very little separating the sides throughout.  The decisive score was a Kieran Morris goal with seven minutes remaining and this score gave us the lead for the first time.  We defended brilliantly up to the final whistle and held on for a one point victory.  There was great excitement as our captain, Bobby Stakelum received the trophy from Derek O’Connell (Park Avenue, sponsors).

Durlas Óg:  Denis Maher; Brian Stakelum; Sean Smith; Cillian McNally; Brian Callanan; Philip Cullen; Barry McCormack; Liam Cullen; Darragh Stakelum; Sean Molony; Bobby Stakelum; Kieran Morris; Conor Ryan.  Subs: James Collins; Stephen Maher; Tommy Doyle; Michael Russell; Robert Murphy; Rory O’Shea.

 

UNDER 12’S DEFEATED IN MID FINALS

The Under 12’s suffered double disappointment in their Mid finals last week.  We lost the ‘A’ final to Loughmore-Castleiney and the ‘C’ decider to Moycarkey-Borris.

Mid U/12 ‘A’ Hurling Final

Durlas Óg………….. 0-4         Loughmore-Castleiney ………….3-6

We had to give best to the reigning county champions, Loughmore-Castleiney in the final played before a large attendance in Templemore on Thursday last (21st August).  The scoreline didn’t do justice to the way we played as the scores were level at 0-2 each at the interval.  The Loughmore-Castleiney forwards gave our defence a torrid time in the second half and got the vital scores to secure victory.  The team can be proud of their achievement in reaching the Mid final and this match was only their second defeat of the championship.  We lined out as follows:

Aidan McCormack, Niall Bohan, Stephen Maher, Padraic Crone, Rory O’Shea, Denis Maher (captain), Philip Purcell, Michael Russell, Tommy Doyle, Brian Keane, Robert Murphy, Cian Treacy, Tomas Nolan, Patrick Dunne, Ross Kealy.  Subs: J.P. Dempsey, James Morrissey, Aidan Loughnane.

 

Mid U/12 ‘C’ Hurling Final

Durlas Óg ‘B’………….. 0-2         Moycarkey-Borris ‘B’ ………….1-3

The Under 12 ‘C’ final was played on Monday (25th August) in Pairc na nÓg with Moycarkey-Borris ‘B’ providing the opposition. This was a very exciting match with great skill been displayed by both sides.  The scores were level (0-2 each) at half time with both sides missing opportunities of goals in the first half.  The second half was again very close with both defences on top.  We suffered a severe blow midway through the half when our star player, Mark Shannon, had to leave the field with a hand injury.  Despite our best efforts Moycarkey scored the vital goal five minutes from time and held on for victory.  Well done to all the players.  The team was:

Mark Cummins; Donal O’Gorman; James Lyons; Kevin Smith; Sean Moroney; Aidan Barrett; Greg Cully; Ciaran Stapleton; Mark Shannon; Shane Dempsey; Darragh Ronayne; Denis Moore; Garry Butler.  Subs: Dylan Queen; Kevin Callanan; Sam Martin; Kyle Loughman; Ryan Murtagh; Paul Morrissey; Liam Bourke; Tomas Maxfield.

 

THURLES HURLING AND CAMOGIE SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE

Our annual Hurling and Camogie School of Excellence kindly sponsored by Thurles Credit Union concluded last Friday after a great week of hurling and camogie.   Our thanks to all the boys and girls who participated and also to all their coaches and helpers.  The committee of Durlas Óg wishes to thank all those responsible for making the week an outstanding success.  We are all eagerly looking forward to 2004.

 

THURLES HURLING AND CAMOGIE SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE LAUNCHED

 

The annual Thurles Hurling and Camogie School of Excellence was launched at a function in Park Avenue, Thurles on last Tuesday evening (5th August).

The School of Excellence which in now in its fourth year is jointly organised by Durlas Óg and Thurles Camogie Club.  This years event will take place from Monday 18th August to Friday 22nd August between 2.00 p.m. and 5.00 p.m. daily.  The venue will be Dr. Morris Park and the organisers are very grateful to the Tipperary County Board for the use of this excellent facility.

The attendance at the launch included representatives from Durlas Óg and Thurles Camogie Club, Tipperary players, Eddie Enright, Lar Corbett and Ger “Redser” O’Grady who all started their careers with Durlas Óg, Tipperary camogie star, Joanne Ryan, Fr. Joe Walsh, C.C. and John Mullen, C.E.O. Thurles Credit Union.

John Mullen, speaking at the launch said that Thurles Credit Union was delighted to be associated with the School of Excellence and he praised the work of the organisers in promoting hurling and camogie.  He wished everybody an enjoyable and successful week.

Both Bernie O’Dowd, Chairperson Thurles Camogie Club and John Smith, Chairman Durlas Óg thanked Thurles Credit Union for their generous sponsorship and looked forward to the week of fun and enjoyment where the boys and girls from seven to fourteen years will learn the skills of our native games.

There has been considerable interest in this years School of Excellence and it is anticipated that in excess of 230 boys and girls will be attending.

Qualified coaches will be present throughout the week and Tipperary players will be in attendance as guest coaches.  There will also be many volunteers from both Durlas Óg and Thurles Camogie Club present to assist the coaches and ensure the smooth running of the week’s activities.

Denis Maher, Games Promotions Officer, who was responsible for the commencement of the School of Excellence in 2000 and who has played a major role each year in the organising of the event will be this years Co-Ordinator.

 

National Lottery Grant

We received great news recently when it was announced that we were to be allocated a Sports Capital Grant of €30,000 from National Lottery funding towards our Clubhouse Development.  With this good news it is anticipated that building works will commence in last September/ early October.  We extend special thanks to Ms. Maire Hoctor, T.D. who paid a visit to Pairc na nÓg last Saturday for her help and guidance with our application.

 

 

 

COUNTY UNDER 14 FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS

 

Congratulations and well done to our gallant under 14’s who defeated Eire Óg (Nenagh) in Semple Stadium on Monday evening (7th July) to win the Under 14 ‘A’ county football title for the first time since 1991.

 

Durlas Óg …………… .1-4        

Eire Óg (Nenagh)……. 0-5     

 

The Under 14 ‘A’ county football final was played in Semple Stadium on Monday evening  (7th July) between two very evenly matched teams.  It could be classed as a game of two halves.  Eire Óg played with the wind in the first half and they dominated in the middle of the field but found scoring difficult against a very solid Durlas Óg defence.  However in the course of the first half the Nenagh side scored five unanswered points to give them a good interval lead.  Some positional changes and some harsh words by our mentors at the break had the desired effect in the second half.  Stephen Dorney and John Joe Bourke were the new midfield pairing with Padraic Maher at centre forward and Kevin O’Gorman at full back.  We began to gain more possession in the middle of field and give good ball to our forwards.  Inside the first ten minutes of the half Padraic Maher had scored three points (2 from frees) to leave just two points between the teams.     Eire Óg responded but were unable to find a way through our tight marking defence.  With five minutes remaining Stephen Dorney gained possession some twenty metres from the Nenagh goal and soloed through and hit an unstoppable shot to the roof of the net to give us the lead for the first time.   We defended magnificently for the remaining minutes and a great passing movement set up Damien Grimes for a great point to seal victory on the score Durlas Óg 1-4 Eire Óg 0-5.  

The was a very sweet victory by a team that never gave up and their second half display will be remembered for a very long time.  A proud Durlas Óg captain, Stephen Dorney was presented with the cup by County Bord na nÓg Vice Chairman, Michael Lonergan.

All our players were heroes on the night.  Sean Moloney never put a foot wrong in goals.  Brian Callanan was outstanding at corner back and got better as the match went on.  Kevin O’Gorman was a tower of strength on the edge of the square while Shane Maher had no problem switching from attack to defence for the final and played his normal steady game.  Laurence Bourke was solid at centre back and Patrick Leahy and Jonathan Shannon on the wings were strong and dependable especially in the second half.  The mid field pairing of John Joe Bourke and Stephen Dorney in the second half dominated their area and deprived the Nenagh side of good possession.  John Joe Bourke used his physical strength to good effect and set up many attacks while Stephen Dorney’s goal and his all round performance and leadership inspired the team.  Padraic Maher had a great second half at centre forward and got some vital scores.  Michael McGrath was always dangerous on the edge of the square.  Kieran Morris and Damien Grimes combined well on the right flank of the attack and showed some lovely skills.  Rodney Mason battled hard all through and Kieran O’Shea despite an injury gave it his very best and his replacement, Liam Cullen, who came on late in the game won some vital frees.  All the other panel members are to be commended for their efforts throughout the season. 

Scorers:  Padraic Maher 0-3 (2 from frees), Stephen Dorney 1-0, Damien Grimes 0-1.

Durlas Óg: Sean Moloney, Brian Callanan, Stephen Dorney, Kevin O’Gorman, Patrick Leahy, Laurence Bourke, Shane Maher, Jonathan Shannon, Padraic Maher, Kieran Morris, John Joe Bourke, Ciaran O’Shea, Damien Grimes, Michael McGrath, Rodney Mason.  Subs: Liam Cullen for Ciaran O’Shea, Brian Stakelum, Darragh Stakelum, Sean Smith, Darren O’Neill, John Shortt, Philip Cullen, Bobby Stakelum, Conor Ryan, James Collins.  Michael Cahill and Bill McCormack were unavailable for the final.

The team mentors were John Dorney, Fr. Joe Walsh, Michael Kennedy, Michael Gleeson and John Cahill.

 

 

UNDER 14’S QUALIFY FOR COUNTY FOOTBALL FINAL

 

The Under 14 ‘A’ football county semi final against the West champions, Arravale Rovers was played on Tuesday evening (2nd July) in Cashel.  We played with the breeze in the first half and got off to a great start with a Damien Grimes goal in the third minute.  A further goal by Rodney Mason midway through the half gave us an interval lead of 2-2 to 0-1.  Arravale Rovers came more into the game in the early stages of the second half and excellent defending by the Durlas Óg backs restricted the Tipperary Town boys to one point.  Arravale Rovers were awarded a penalty with fifteen minutes remaining but the effort was off target.  From the kick out Durlas Óg moved the ball down the field and Michael Cahill was on hand to find the net for the deciding score.  Final score   Durlas Óg 3-4 Arravale Rovers 0-2.

 

Scorers:  R. Mason 1-1, D. Grimes, 1-1, M. Cahill 1-0, J. Shannon and K. Morris 0-1 each.

 

Durlas Óg: Sean Moloney, Brian Callanan, Stephen Dorney, Kevin O’Gorman, Patrick Leahy, Padraic Maher, Jonathan Shannon, Michael Cahill, Laurence Burke, Ciaran O’Shea, John Joe Bourke, Shane Maher, Damien Grimes, Rodney Mason, Kieran Morris.  Subs: Michael McGrath for Ciaran O’Shea, Liam Cullen for Damien Grimes, Brian Stakelum for Rodney Mason, Darragh Stakelum, Sean Smith, Darren O’Neill, Philip Cullen, Bobby Stakelum, Conor Ryan, James Collins.

 

The county final against Eire Óg (Nenagh) will be played on next Monday evening in Semple Stadium at 7.45 p.m.  We wish the team and mentors the very best of luck.

 

 

UNDER 14 MID FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS

 

Congratulations to our under 14’s who defeated Gortnahoe-Glengoole by 1-5 to 0-3 to retain the Mid ‘A’ Football title on Wednesday night last (25th June) in Templetuohy.  We had much possession in the early stages of the match but erratic shooting by our forwards and good defending by the Gortnahoe-Glengoole backs kept the match very close and the half time scoreline read Durlas Óg 0-4 Gortnahoe-Glengoole 0-1.  The second half was much the same as the first and despite constant pressure by our forwards we found it very hard to score.  The decisive score came with three minutes remaining when John Joe Bourke raced through the Gortnahoe-Glengoole defence and kicked an unstoppable shot to the net.  With limited possession throughout the match Gortnahoe-Glengoole were always dangerous on the break but our defence held firm especially in the closing stages.  We were relieved to hear the full time whistle.  Full time score Durlas Óg 1-5 Gortnahoe-Glengoole 0-3. 

Team: Sean Moloney, Brian Callanan, Stephen Dorney (Captain), Kevin O’Gorman, Patrick Leahy, Padraic Maher, Jonathan Shannon, Michael Cahill, Laurence Burke, Shane Maher, John Joe Bourke, Ciaran O’Shea, Kieran Morris, Michael McGrath, Damien Grimes.  Subs: Rodney Mason for Michael McGrath, Liam Cullen for Damien Grimes, Brian Stakelum, Sean Smith, Darragh Stakelum, Bobby Stakelum, Conor Ryan, Killian McNally, Philip Cullen, Darren O’Neill, James Collins.

Scorers: John Joe Bourke 1-0, Michael Cahill and Kieran Morris 0-2 each, Damien Grimes 0-1.

The county semi-final against Arravale Rovers will be played in Cashel on next Wednesday evening with a 6.30 p.m. throw-in.

 

 

 

FEILE NA nGAEL RUNNERS-UP

 

Last Thursday, Friday and Saturday were memorable days for our club when our under 14’s competed with distinction in the Feile na nGael finals.  We were in a very strong group in Division 1 that included Glen Rovers (Cork), James Stephens (Kilkenny) and Clonlara (Clare).

Our first match was on Thursday evening against the Cork champions, Glen Rovers.  An excellent first half display that featured two brilliantly taken goals by John Joe Bourke and Kieran Morris set us up for victory on a scoreline of 3-5 to 1-5.  The opening match on Friday morning was against the favourites, James Stephens.  The first half was very evenly contested and we trailed by a goal at the interval.  An injury to midfielder, Michael Cahill, didn’t help our cause and James Stephens dominated the second half and went on to win by 1-10 to 0-3.  Our final group match was against Clonlara and the prize on offer for the winners was a place in the All Ireland semi final.  We were well motivated for this match and played top class hurling to win convincingly by 3-15 to 1-4.

Our semi final opponents were St. Vincents (Dublin) who were winners of their group and we had to make the long journey to Mullingar on Friday evening for this match.  This was a very close match and the sides were level at three points each at the interval.  Second half goals from John Joe Bourke and Damien Grimes and a brilliant display by our defence secured victory on a scoreline of Durlas Óg 2-6 St. Vincents 2-4.

The final was on Saturday in Cusack Park, Mullingar and our opponents were James Stephens who had defeated us the previous day.  Durlas Óg was playing in an All Ireland Feile na nGael final for only the second time in our history.  Our only other final appearance was in 1990 when we were crowned Division 1 champions.  The final was a great advertisement for juvenile hurling and the standard was very high.  Both teams took time to settle and we missed some scores.  At the interval we were two points in arrears (0-3 to 0-1).  We dominated the first ten minutes of the second half and a brilliant point from Rodney Mason and an unstoppable ground shot from John Joe Bourke which rattled the James Stephens net gave us the lead.  Our supporters were now in full voice and got behind the team.  James Stephens made some positional changes and in a two minute spell their star player and captain, Shane Brennan, scored two well executed goals and a further goal in injury time gave James Stephens the Christy Ring Trophy on a score of 3-7 to 1-3.  James Stephens were flattered with the winning margin and the scoreline didn’t do our side justice.  Our players were dejected at the final whistle as they came so close to an All Ireland title.  Captain, Padraic Maher, led his team up to receive their runners-up medals from G.A.A. President, Sean Kelly.

We are all very proud of the team and their magnificent performances over the three days.  They were worthy representatives from Tipperary and their sportsmanship, discipline and behaviour were exemplary.  Thanks to their mentors, Michael Gleeson, John Dorney, Michael Kennedy, John Cahill and Fr. Joe Walsh for their great work with this talented group.  Thanks to our Treasurer, Ger Donnelly who was our bus driver for the weekend and had us at each venue in plenty of time for our matches.  Special mention to the parents and supporters who travelled and made themselves heard at the matches.  Finally above all thanks to our hosts, Celbridge and especially Thurlesman, Jimmy Doyle, who gave us all a memorable three days and played a major role in the success of our team.

The following was the panel of players who brought All Ireland Feile na nGael runners-up medals to Thurles for the first time:  Bill McCormack, John Shortt, Kevin O’Gorman, Patrick Leahy, Jonathan Shannon, Stephen Dorney, Shane Maher, John Joe Bourke, Laurence Burke, Michael Keane, Michael Cahill, Rodney Mason, Kieran Morris, Padraic Maher, Damien Grimes, Liam Cullen, Barry McCormack, Darren O’Neill, Sean Smith, Brian Stakelum, Sean Moloney, Darragh Stakelum, Conor Ryan, Philip Cullen, Bobby Stakelum, Cillian McNally.

 

Feile na nGael County Champions

Pride of place this week goes to our under-14 hurlers who won the County Feile na nGael final on last Tuesday evening (27th May).  We defeated Knockavilla Kickhams in the semi-final on last Saturday on a scoreline of 4-11 to 1-1.  It took us a long time to settle in this match and having played with the breeze in the first half we led by 1-5 to 1-0 at half time.  A much improved performance in the second half saw us score 3-6 to Knockavilla Kickhams 0-1 and so advance to the final against Eire Óg (Nenagh).

The final was played in Templemore on Tuesday evening.  The sides had met in the 2001 County Under 12 final and the Nenagh boys were victorious on that occasion by a one point margin.  The Feile na nGael final was expected to be a close match between two evenly balanced teams.  We got off to a dream start and had 2-2 on the scoreboard to Eire Óg’s no score after six minutes.  We never looked back and went on to win by 2-7 to 1-4.  See Match Report.

Under 10 Leagues

The following are the teams for the u/10 league:

Team A:  M. Shannon, J. Stakelum, D. Mulcaire, P. Maher, M. Donnelly, K. Bartley, B. Walsh, B. Power, R. Kerrigan.  Team B: J. Ryan, D. Farrah, M. O’Dwyer, E. Queen, S. McCormack, S. Ryan, R. Dwan, G. Healy, D. O’Shea.  Team C: D. Corbett, A. Ryan, B. Ryan, J. O’Connell, L. Gleeson, S. Butler, C. Cooke, A. Butler.  Team D: J. Stapleton, S. Purcell, E. Leahy, C. Maher, J. Ryan (A), P. Phelan, M. McCormack, C. Lanigan.

 

The finals of the league were played last Saturday and there was great entertainment for the large attendance.  The ‘B’ final saw Mark Shannon’s team defeat a depleted Jamie Stapleton’s team who had to line out without their captain and in the ‘A’ final James Ryan’s team scored a narrow victory over David Corbett’s team in a thrilling match.  Tipperary players Ger “Redser” O’Grady and Conor Gleeson were in attendance and they presented the medals after the finals.  Thanks to the mentors who organised the league and all the players who participated.  Thanks also to Redser and Conor who made the occasion very special for all the boys.

Under 16’s defeated in Mid Final

We were defeated by Moycarkey-Borris in the Mid Under-16 ‘A’ Football final on last Monday (19th May).  Our thanks to the team and their mentors for their efforts during the football season.  See Mid Bord na nÓg match report.

 

Moycarkey-Borris     2-13

Durlas Óg                   1-5

 

Moycarkey-Borris and Durlas Óg played a most entertaining Under 16 ‘A’ football final in Holycross last Monday evening.  Despite the convincing scoreline this match was very keenly contested and hard fought.  The favourites, Moycarkey-Borris who played with the strong wind in the first half found it very hard to gain the advantage in the early stages and after fifteen minutes the sides were level at 0-3 each and an upset looked on the cards.  The next fifteen minutes decided the match with Moycarkey-Borris gaining the advantage in midfield with Kevin Moran particularly impressive and their forwards finding the range scoring 1-9 (David Maher 1-5, Phil Kelly 0-2, Aidan Ryan and Kevin Moran 0-1 each) to Durlas Óg’s solidary point by midfielder, Scott Grey to leave the half time score Moycarkey-Borris 1-12 Durlas Óg 0-4.

 

Durlas Óg gained the initiative at the start of the second half but inaccurate shooting by their forwards didn’t help their cause.  The first score of the half was an Eddie Power point for Moycarkey-Borris after eight minutes.  Durlas Óg needed a goal at this stage to have any chance of a comeback and persistent pressure paid off when after 20 minutes the most impressive Scott Grey fielded a high ball on the edge of the square and turned a kicked an unstoppable shot to the net to leave the score Moycarkey-Borris 1-13 Durlas Óg 1-4.  Almost immediately Moycarkey-Borris responded with corner forward and captain, Phil Kelly crashing the ball the Durlas Óg net after a very good forward movement.  This score sealed the victory and the only other score of the half was a Scott Grey point for Durlas Óg.

 

Moycarkey-Borris are a very evenly balanced side and they were well served on the night by central defenders, Shane Barry and Brian Moran, Kevin Moran at midfield and forwards Eddie Power, Phil Kelly and substitute, Aidan Ryan.  Their most impressive player was talented full forward, David Maher, who gave the Durlas Óg defence a torrid time particularly in the first half and had a personal tally of 1-7.  Durlas Óg tried their very best and never gave up.  They had top class displays from goalie, Gordon Carey who made some excellent saves, full back, Ian Maher, centre back, Brian White, midfielder and top scorer, Scott Grey and forwards Ronan Walsh and Joseph Mahony.

 

After the match Don Cunningham representing the sponsors, Lisheen Mines, presented the cup to the Moycarkey-Borris captain, Phil Kelly.

 

Scorers:  Moycarkey-Borris:  D. Maher 1-7; P. Kelly 1-2; A. Healy, A. Ryan, E. Power, K. Moran 0-1 each.

Durlas Óg: S. Grey 1-4; R. Walsh 0-1.

 

Moycarkey-Borris: D. Kinane, W. Foley, S. Barry, P. O’Brien, E. Cantwell, B. Moran, C. Burke, T. Quinn, K. Moran. C. Clohessy, E. Power, A. Healy, J. McGuire, D. Maher, P. Kelly.  Subs: A. Ryan for J. McGuire, J. McGuire for C. Clohessy, N. Kinane for W. Foley.

Durlas Óg: G. Carey, A. O’Mahony, I. Maher, L. Phelan, G. Foxton, B. White, C. Molony, C. Carroll, S. Grey, J. Mahony, R. Walsh, D. Shannon, J. Maher, P. Skehan, P. Bourke.  Subs: S. Fewer for C. Molony, D. Morris for J. Maher.

 

Under 14’s win Feile na nGael Mid title

Our under 14’s won the Mid Feile na nGael title last Saturday (10th May) to complete the Mid Peil na nÓg/Feile na nGael double.  Our semi final opponents were Drom-Inch and we had a convincing 3-10 to 0-5 victory.

The final against J.K. Brackens was a repeat of the Peil na n Óg final of the previous Saturday. We played with the breeze in the first half and got off to a great start leading by 1-3 to nil after seven minutes with Michael McGrath scoring the goal.  We scored a further six points to lead at the interval by 1-9 to nil.  J.K. Brackens had the better of the exchanges in the early stages of the second half and they were rewarded with a third minute goal.  However we responded with 1-4, the goal coming from corner forward Kieran Morris, in the last ten minutes to run out convincing winners by 2-15 to 1-0.   Mid Bord na nÓg President and Durlas Óg Secretary, Jimmy Coppinger presented the trophy to the Durlas Óg captain, Padraic Maher after the match.

The county semi final against Knockavilla Kickhams will be played on this Saturday (17th May) in Drombane at 4.00 p.m.

The teams lined out as follows:

Bill McCormack, John Shortt, Kevin O’Gorman, Shane Maher, Laurence Bourke, Stephen Dorney, Jonathan Shannon, Padraic Maher (Captain), Michael Cahill, Ciaran O’Shea, John Joe Bourke, Michael Keane, Rodney Mason, Michael McGrath, Kieran Morris.  Subs:  Liam Cullen, Bobby Stakelum, Sean Smith, Barry McCormack, Patrick Leahy, Brian Callanan, Damien Grimes, Brian Stakelum, Conor Ryan, Sean Molony, Darragh Stakelum, Philip Cullen, Anthony O’Gorman, Seamus Brennan, Darren O’Neill, Cillian McNally.

Scorers: Michael McGrath 1-2; Padraic Maher 0-5; Kieran Morris 1-1; Michael Cahill, John Joe Bourke 0-2 each; Michael Keane, Liam Cullen, Ciaran O’Shea 0-1 each.

 Mid Peil na nÓg Champions

The under-14 footballers retained their Mid Peil na nÓg title last Saturday (3rd May).  We recorded a comprehensive 2-8 to 0-0 semi-final victory over an understrength Boherlahan-Dualla side.

The final was against J.K. Brackens who defeated this team in the Mid under-12 final two year ago and a close match was anticipated.  We played with the strong wind in the first half and despite having a Michael Cahill penalty saved by the J.K. Brackens goalie in the third minute we led at the interval by 2-6 to 0-0.  We defended excellently in the second half and despite J.K. Brackens best efforts they were unable to break down a resolute defence and at the full time whistle the final score was Durlas Óg 2-7 J.K. Brackens 0-0.  After the match the President of Mid Bord na n Óg and Durlas Óg secretary, Jimmy Coppinger presented the trophy to the victorious captain, Jonathan Shannon.  The county semi final against the West champions will be played on the last week in May. 

Team:  Sean Molony, Brian Callanan, Stephen Dorney, Kevin O’Gorman, Laurence Bourke, Padraic Maher, Jonathan Shannon (Captain), Michael Cahill, Ciaran O’Shea, Liam Cullen, John Joe Bourke, Rodney Mason, Shane Maher, Michael McGrath, Kieran Morris. Subs: John Shortt, Damien Grimes, Conor Ryan, Darragh Stakelum, Sean Smith, Bill McCormack, Bobby Stakelum, Brian Stakelum, Cillian McNally, Darren O’Neill, Philip Cullen.

Scorers: Michael Cahill 2-3; John Joe Bourke 0-2; Rodney Mason, Kieran Morris 0-1 each.

 

Under 10 Indoor Hurling League

An under-10 indoor hurling blitz was held on Wednesday evening (19th March) in the Sarsfields Clubhouse (by kind permission).  After some very exciting and keenly contested matches in the league stages Team A and team D qualified for the final.  The final was the match of the evening with great skill been displayed and the ball moving quickly from end to end.  At the final whistle Team A were ahead by the narrowest of margins.  Our Chairman, John Smith, presented medals to the victorious team and he thanked all the boys for their participation over the last number of weeks.  The winning team was as follows:  James Ryan, Caley Maher, Padraic Fitzpatrick, Kevin Bartley, Stephen Ryan and Conor Lanigan.  The other teams were – Team D: David Farrah, John Stakelum, Jamie Stapleton, Ben Walsh, Brian Ryan, Ruairi Dwan; Team B: Mark Shannon, Aidan Ryan, Mossy McCormack, Jamie Fitzpatrick, Ross Kerrigan; Team C: Michael O’Dwyer, Alan Butler, Shane McCormack, Jack O’Connell, Tom Meehan, Gregory Healy.