Monday, September 12, 2016

Ferrybank GAA - Weekly Notes

Congratulations to Mark O' Brien and the Waterford Under 21 hurling team on their All-Ireland final success over Galway in Semple Stadium last Saturday evening. Lining out at midfield, Mark gave another excellent performance for the Déise and his hard work and dedication has been rewarded with his second All-Ireland hurling medal at underage level in the last three years.
Well done to Mark and the team, and hopefully it’s onwards and upwards from here. Also lining out at Thurles last Saturday, was the Under 12 Ferrybank hurlers who played an exhibition game at half time against Clarinbridge. This was a great experience for the lads.
The team on the day was Shane Egan, Joe Carter, Shane Purcell, Izaak Richards, Daniel Griffin, Sean Heffernan, Ruaidhri McGarrity, Odhran Power, Jamie Sutton, Sean Fagan, Matti Tomczuk.

Well done to the Under 15 hurlers on the excellent win over a gallant Ballygunner side last Monday night in Walsh Park in the Division 3 Eastern Final on a scoreline of 4-13 to 3-08.

Congratulations to the Ferrybank/Butlerstown Under 16 Camogie team on a great win over Portlaw in Walsh Park in the final last Wednesday night in Walsh Park.

Hard luck to the Under 13 hurlers who were defeated by Roanmore by four points in the Division three Eastern final in Walsh Park last Saturday morning.

Our Intermediate hurlers are scheduled to play Ballygunner in their final Championship round-robin game this coming weekend in the Gerry Kennedy Crash Repairs sponsored competition. The game takes place on Sunday 18th at 1:30pm in Walsh Park.

Our Junior Footballers made the trip to Bunmhaon last Friday night in their final league game of the John J Murphy sponsored competition, and a hard fought game, the lads came away with the points on a scoreline of 1-08 to 1-03. With the heavy rain after stopping, ground conditions were very slippery, and we had to wait for our opening score, a point from Philly Blake midway through the opening half.
Ferrybank were on top for most of the half, and further points from Oisín MacCathmhaoil extended the lead, but a rare brake from Bunmahon yielded a goal from a penalty, to bring the sides level, but just on the stroke of half-time, Marty Freeman scored a goal from close range, following good work from Jeff Lawless and Alex Power.
In the second-half, Ferrybank had most of the play, and missed some great chances to extend the lead, but good points from Damien Ahern, Philly, Oisín and Marty saw the team home. A good win for the team, and they now go onto the quarter-finals in a few week time.
Team: Sam Lawless, Oran MacCathmhaoil, Pat O' Neill, Aidan Synnott, Seamus Burtchaell, Damien Ahern (0-01), John Ahern, Luke Flynn, Oisín MacCathmhaoil (0-04), Daryl Griffin, Philly Blake (0-02), Cormac O' Driscoll, Alex Power, Marty Freeman (1-01), Jeff Lawless.

Our Under 14 hurlers are in action this coming Monday night September 12th with a home game against Clashmore/Kinsalebeg at 6:45pm.

Our under 16 hurlers are in knockout action this coming Thursday night Sept 15th away to Sacred Heart at 6:30pm.

Our Under 12s had a great day in Thurles last Saturday. The lads played an exhibition game at half-time of the Under 21 All-Ireland Final. This was a great experience for our lads specially on the same day that our own Mark O' Brien picked up his second All-Ireland medal. It’s a busy week for the Under 12's as the hurlers make the trip to Ballyduff Lower this coming Tuesday night September 13th in the Autumn League, while the Under 12 Footballers play at home to St. Saviours this coming Friday September 16th at 7pm.

Parents who have any young children, who would like to get involved in learning hurling and football, well why not bring them along every Saturday morning from 10am to 11am in the Ferrybank GAA grounds, where the club nursery programme, teaches them the basic movements and skills required to play Gaelic games. The club nursery targets 5/6/ years old, and it’s a great way to introduce new children and Parents to the club and be involved. Helmets and hurleys are provided on the day.

With Autumn upon us, and if the wardrobe needs a good clear out, well any unwanted Clothes, Soft Toys, Curtains, Belts, Handbags, Towels, etc., you can drop them down to the Ferrybank GAA grounds anytime during the evening, or on a Saturday morning from 10am to 12pm.

How far can you hit a Sliothar, well here is your chance. In aid of Pieta House and the South East Waterford Marine Search & Rescue, the mighty River Suir Poc Fada will take place this weekend Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September from 10am to 6pm on Merchants Quay car park Waterford. It costs €2 per sliothar or 3 for €5.