Sunday, September 25, 2016

Ferrybank GAA - Weekly Notes

On a good weekend for the club, our Junior camogie team qualified for their third county final in a row, following a hard fought win over a gallant Clonea side in Butlerstown last Saturday evening on a score line of 3-05 to 1-06.
Clonea got off to an ideal start with a goal, but this was quickly cancelled out when Niamh Ahearne goaled for Ferrybank. Claire Smith-Baldwin scored a second goal just before half-time and the Village girls held a narrow 2-03 to 1-04 lead at the break.
An early Iona Heffernan point settled the team in the second-half and the lead was extended to six points when Niamh got her second and Ferrybank’s third goal.
Clonea refused to go away however and piled on the pressure in the closing stages, but the defence held firm, and the girls held out for a great win and secured a place in the final against Tramore. This game is scheduled to take place next Saturday in Carraiganore; time yet to be confirmed.
PANEL: Amy Boden, Aisling Heffernan, Aisling Oates, Aoife Byrne, Deirdre Heffernan, Iona Heffernan, Bronagh Power, Lydia Grant, Grainne Heffernan, Lisa Feicks, Niamh Ahearne, Helen McEvoy, Debbie Boden, Jane Myers, Julie Sinnott, Claire Smith Baldwin, Sarah Connors, Siobhan Heffernan, Claire Burtchaell, Clodagh Whelan.

Our Intermediate hurlers qualified for the semi-finals of the Gerry Kennedy Crash Repairs sponsored competition with a hard fought win over a determined St. Molleran’s side at a wet and windy afternoon in Walsh Park on a score line of 0-10 to 0-07 last Saturday afternoon.
With a testing pitch for both teams, Ferrybank had to dig deep to chisel out the win in the closing stages. Ferrybank made a bright start to the game with points from Cormac O' Driscoll and Sam Lawless. For long periods in the opening half, the team created some good chances, but failed to take them, and allowed St. Molleran’s to slowly get back into the game.
By half-time, Molleran’s had reduced the gap to two points. Early points from Robbie Carew and Cormac O' Driscoll extended the lead, but Molleran’s refused to go away and reduce the gap to a minimum with some pointed frees. Ferrybank missed a couple of goal chances to extend the lead as the game entered its closing stages, and with the game in the melting pot, Mark O' Brien popped up with two fine scores from play and Jo Jo sealed the win with another point.
A deserved win for the team, as they created plenty of scoring chances, and held St. Molleran’s scoreless from play during the game, credit to the defence, particularly the half-back line who were immense on the day.
The lads now go on and play Clonea in the semi-finals next Saturday, with the venue and time yet to be confirmed. This will be another tight game and we would ask you for your support on the day and let’s hope the lads can reach the Eastern final.
Panel: Johno Brown, Nicky Ryan, Damien Ahern, Seamus Burtchaell, Andrew Heffernan, MJ Sutton, Graham Coady, Luke Flynn, Davy Atkins, Sam Lawless (0-01), Mark O' Brien (0-03), Oisín MacCathmhaoil, Robbie Carew(0-01), John Ahern, Cormac O' Driscoll (0-06), Tiernan Morrissey, Pat O' Neill, Paul Martin, Jeff Lawless, Conor Hogan.

Our Junior hurlers are in semi-final action next Sunday where they play Butlerstown. When the sides met in the group stages the game ended in a draw, so another close game is expected. Once again, venue and time has yet to be confirmed, so keep an eye on social media for an update. Your support will be welcomed on the day.

Best of luck to all who have purchased tickets for the September Déise Draw, which takes place this coming Friday night in the Mount Sion GAA centre. Let’s hope we can continue our winning trend. A huge thanks to all who have supported this draw. Congratulations to Luke Myers who was the confined winner for August.

The club nursery continues every Saturday morning from 10am to 11am in the Ferrybank GAA grounds. We would encourage any parents to bring your 5 to 6 year old children to the field so they can learn our national game. This is a great way for kids to make new friends. All equipment, hurleys and helmets are supplied on the day.

The club’s annual night at the dogs will take place on Saturday November 19th at Kilcohan Greyhound stadium. This is the clubs main fundraiser of the year, and we would encourage all players, supporters, members and families to support this great night. So put this date in you diary, and spread the word.

Hard luck to the Under 14 hurlers who were defeated by St. Molleran’s last Tuesday night. This is a very young side, with the majority of the team underage for next season.

Our Under 12 Footballers make the trip to play John Mitchell’s this coming Tuesday September 27th at 6:30pm, the lads went down in their previous game to a good St. Mary’s side last Friday night