Monday, September 17, 2018

ABP sponsored Ferrybank GAA Weekly Notes

Pride of place this week goes to the Under 13 hurlers who were crowned Eastern Champions in Division 3 last Saturday morning after a nail biting extra-time win over a gallant Sacred Heart team in Walsh Park. Final score 0-04 to 0-02.
Despite, this low scoring game, both sides served up a classic, and it wasn’t a game for the faint hearted. The opening half was evenly contested, and that was reflected with Caolan MacCathmhaoil scoring the only point of the half. Sacred Heart came more into this game in the second-half, and generated two points to edge them ahead, only for a fine point from Izaak Richards to level it up and force the game into extra-time.
Five minutes each way was played, and in the opening period, Adam Aspel delivered a fine ball to Conor Haley who calmly slotted the ball over the bar to put Ferrybank ahead. This put a right pep in the lads step, from Kyle in the goal, Paddy and Sean holding firm in the full-back line, Conor, Caolan, Adam in the half-back line, holding the Sacred Heart forward to limited scoring chances. Izaak & Jay began to get the upper hand in midfield, while up front Idir, Fionn, Luigi, Jacob, Aaron, Shane and Conor created numerous chances, and this was reflected when Izaak converted a crucial free in the closing minutes to put Ferrybank two ahead, and this was the final score of the match.
Captain Izaak Richards collected the Trophy on behalf of the team amid joyous scenes. The team now go on to the county final next Saturday September 22nd in Walsh Park, where they will play An Gaeltacht. Winning back to back matches has given the side confidence, and no doubt, they will give it their all in the final. Thanks to all who came along and supported the team on the day, and look forward to more support next Saturday.

Its semi-final action tonight (Monday September 17th) at 6:15pm, when the U14s play Ardmore in Bonmahon. Prior to this big game, the lads travelled to Clashmore/Kinsalebeg last Monday evening and recorded a fantastic 5-06 to 1-06 win over the home side, playing some fine hurling throughout the game, resulting in some great scores.
Another stiff test awaits the team, so please come along and support the lads, and let’s hope they can reach the final. UPDATE - RESULT - FERRYBANK 3-08 ARDMORE 3-06.

It was another excellent result for the U16 hurlers who travelled to play Ballygunner B in the quarter-final last Tuesday night, and came away with a thrilling 3-15 to 3-12 win. Things didn’t look good for the team, trailing by nine points with 15 minutes remaining, but Ferrybank blitzed the home side with a couple of quick goals, and from there on, the confidence soared, and the lads drove on for a great win.
Next up for the Under 16's is a semi-final clash with St. Saviours, with the match scheduled to take place at the end of the month.

Our U11 Footballers recorded a great win over a spirited Roanmore side last Sunday morning winning on a scoreline of 5-04 to 4-04. It didn’t look good for the side at half-time, down by four goals, but following  a half-time pep talk, the players knuckled down, and got down to business scoring five goals of their own, to secure a great win.

Our U10 hurlers made the trip to De La Salle last Saturday morning to take part in a local blitz tournament, and turned in a great performance winning all four games they contested. Well done to all concerned, all the training is now beginning to pay dividends.

The Intermediate hurlers’ relegation play-off match against Fenor looks like it will go ahead next Saturday September 22nd. No time and venue has been confirmed, so keep an eye on the social media page for the updates.

If you have any Old Playing Boots that you don’t need, and are lying around, you can donate them to a worthy cause for kids in Africa. Boots can be dropped down into the GAA grounds until the end of September.

Monday, September 10, 2018

ABP sponsored Ferrybank GAA Weekly Notes


Our Under 13 hurlers qualified for the Eastern final last Saturday afternoon with a fantastic victory over a spirited Clan Na Gael side in Portlaw, winning on a scoreline of 4-04 to 0-6 in wet and windy conditions. Goals at key stages of the game was the winning of the match.

Ferrybank started brightly, and were rewarded with an early Izaak Richards goal, and this lead grew further with points from Adam Aspel, Shane Purcell and Izaak. Clan Na Gael came a lot more into the game, and got three points to reduce the gap. Crucially however, just before half-time, a second Ferrybank goal ensured a 2-03 to 0-04 lead at the break.

In the opening exchanges, of the second-half, one of Conor Daly's fine sideline cuts found Mick McLawrence, who passed it skilfully onto the corner forward maestro Conor Haley who dispatched the sliothar to the back of the net. Clan Na Gael began to throw everything at the Ferrybank defence, but with Kyle in goal, followed by an unbreakable defence of Paddy and Sean, and also Adam and Conor Daly holding firm in the half-back line, supplying excellent ball to midfielders Jay and Izaak, who set up Shane that delivered another fine ball to Conor to hit an unstoppable missile to the back of the Clan Na Gael net with goal number four.

With Luigi, Finn, Aaron and Jacob battling hard up in the forward line, ensuring a difficult afternoon for the big Clan Na Gael defenders, Ferrybank held out for a fully deserved win, and they will now go forward to play Sacred Heart in next Saturday's final September 15th at 11am in Walsh Park.

The last time the sides met, Sacred Heart edged a tight game by three points, so another close game is on the cards, and your support will be appreciated on the day, and let’s hope the lads can come home with the cup.


The Junior hurlers exited the Junior C hurling championship at the semi-final stage last Saturday night in Walsh Park, where they were beaten by favourites Dunhill. To be fair, no fault can be attributed to the players on the night, as they gave it their all, and being short a number of players didn’t help their cause.

The team were on the back foot in the opening half, as Dunhill took complete control of the game, and two goals in a matter of minutes, finished the game as a contest, despite points from Ciaran Doyle and Paul Martin. Ferrybank worked hard in the second-half, and began to create a few goal chances, in which Ciaran Doyle scored from close range, and despite further points from Alex Kinsella and Paul Martin, Dunhill ran out easy winners on the night. We wish Dunhill well in the final.

A huge thanks to Pat and Nicky for overseeing the Juniors during the campaign, and while losing a number of key players throughout the Championship didn’t help, they can’t be faulted for their effort and commitment.


Its knockout time for the Under 14 hurlers tonight, Monday September 10th, when the lads make the long journey to play Clashmore/Kinsalebeg at 6:30pm. Only a point separated the teams in the group stages, so there won’t be a lot in this game. Your support will be appreciated on the night.


Its quarter-final action for the Under 16 hurlers this coming Tuesday September 11th, with the team travelling to play Ballygunner at 6:30pm. Please come along and show your support on the night.

Monday, September 3, 2018

ABP sponsored Ferrybank GAA Weekly Notes

Ferrybank’s Intermediate hurlers will play Fenor in the relegation play-off. Keep an eye on social media for news on the date/time of the fixture.

Ferrybank’s Junior Hurlers are in semi-final action this coming Saturday September 8th when they play Dunhill in Walsh Park at 4pm. This will be a tough test for the team, and no doubt, they will give it their all, and your support will be appreciated on the day.

Our Minor hurlers scored an impressive victory over Stradbally last Wednesday night winning on a scoreline of 2-21 to 1-05. An imposing opening half, in which the team scored 2-14, laid the foundation for this win.
Early scores from Eimhin Burns and Charlie McLoughlin got the lads of to a good start, and moments later, Eimhin scored a goal from close range. Further points from Charlie Atkins and Ben Fitzpatrick extended the lead. Midway through the half, Ryan Tierney got goal number two, blasting the sliothar to the net. The first-half dominance kept up with more scores from Stephen O' Kane, Cody Griffin, Charlie and Eimhin ensuring a 2-14 to 0-0 lead at the break.
To their credit, Stradbally never gave up, and kept battling away and were rewarded with a goal of their own, and recorded some good points. However, points from Nathon, Charlie and Ryan saw Ferrybank run out easy winners.
With the group stages now completed, with Ferrybank winning four out of their five games, the team have now qualified for the knockout stages, with their opponents yet to be confirmed.

The Under 14 hurlers will play away to Clashmore/Kinsalebeg in the quarter-finals on Monday September 10th at 6:30pm, with the winners to play Ardmore in the semi-final.

Our U11 Footballers will play Roanmore in Ferrybank on Friday September 7th at 6:30pm.

Our Under 8 and 9 teams made the short trip to Roanmore this morning to take part in their annual charity blitz. Both teams played Taghmon-Camross of Wexford, Sacred Heart of Waterford and Rower/Inistioge of Kilkenny in their age groups.
Super effort by everyone; a special mention to those playing in their first blitz, well done!
The morning was topped off with goodie bags and medals, presented by none other than John Mullane!
Huge thanks and well done to Roanmore and all their organisers, with 112 teams and almost 1,350 young hurlers, it was a credit to them.

We had no joy last Wednesday night in the fourth Déise Draw of the year, which took place in Ballysaggart. A huge thanks to all who have purchased tickets for these draw. Next draw takes place on Wednesday September 26th in Gaultier.