Monday, July 24, 2017

ABP sponsored Ferrybank GAA Weekly Notes

Our Junior Hurlers made the trip to Clonea last Thursday night to play the home side in their latest game in John J Murphy sponsored competition. Following a good game of hurling, Ferrybank came away with the two points on a score-line of 4-14 to 1-15.
Ferrybank made an excellent start to the game with Tony Heffernan scoring two quick goals to open up an eight point lead, but Clonea soon recovered and started to eat into the Ferrybank lead scoring five unanswered points. Philly Blake with two points and Tony Heffernan with another point kept Ferrybank ahead. However, entering the closing minutes of the opening half, Clonea struck for a goal to reduce the gap to a point at the break.
The second-half was keenly fought with both sides trading scores, with James Murphy leading the way by scoring four excellent points from all areas of the field. With the game level, and in the balance, Ferrybank had a chance to extend the lead, when they were awarded a penalty, but Philly’s shot was well saved by the Clonea goalie.
Ferrybank’s defence dug deep when it mattered by not giving the Clonea forwards any chance of a goal, and entering the closing minutes, and leading by a point, an Alex Kinsella '65 went into the net, to open a four point lead. Marty Freeman pointed from close range, and Marty sealed the win with a fourth goal with a close range shot.
This was a great win for the team, as they were short several players, and the team played for one another, especially when Clonea threw everything at them in the second-half, the lads held firm, and took the scores when it mattered. PANEL: Keith Power, Pat O' Neill, Hughie O' Neill, Stephen Quinn, Alex Kinsella, Cian MacCathmhaoil, Conor Hogan, Tommy Carew, Philly Blake, James Murphy, Greg Murphy, Alex Power, Marty Freeman, Tony Heffernan, Jack Wicks, Paul Martin, Tommy Burtchaell, William Tyler.

Our Junior Footballers play Mount Sion in their last league game of the John J Murphy sponsored competition on Friday 28th July at 7:30pm in Ferrybank. This is a game the team needs to win in order to make it through to the knockout stages, and your support will be welcomed on the night.

Our Under 16's hurlers suffered their first defeat in this year’s championship last Friday night in Ferrybank going down to a very good An Ghaeltacht side on a scoreline of 3-16 to 2-13.
Things didn’t look good for Ferrybank early on, as An Ghaeltacht dominated the early exchanges and opened up a 1-05 to no score lead early on. However, credit to the team, as they refused to throw in the towel, and led by the impressive Ryan Tierney, who scored a fine individual goal, trailed by 1-10 to 1-04 at the break.
An Ghealtacht scored an early second goal to extend the lead, but points from Shane Oates and Cody Griffin kept Ferrybank scoreboard ticking over. Ferrybank began to get more of the play, and driven on by Jake Brophy, Nathon Lawlor, Charlie Atkins and Jack Haley saw them get within six points of An Ghaeltacht at the finish.
Despite missing a number of key players, no doubt the selectors will be happy with way the lads kept battling away throughout the game and never gave up. Special word of praise to Ryan Tierney who put in a fantastic shift in midfield and scored 1-10 for the team. Next up is this coming Wednesday night July 26th with an away match against Sacred Heart in Poleberry at 7pm.

Ferrybank / Erin’s Own played their opening game in this year’s Minor hurling championship last Wednesday night against Tramore in Poleberry, and the combined side ran out emphatic winners, winning on a scoreline of 3-11 to 1-03.

Congratulations to Grainne Heffernan who was part of the Waterford Junior Camogie team that defeated Wicklow in the Liberty Insurance All Ireland Junior Championship in Walsh Park last Saturday afternoon. Also well done to the Waterford Senior Hurlers who defeated Wexford in the All-Ireland hurling quarter-final at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

The 26th Annual Peadar’s Summer Camp took place in the Ferrybank GAA grounds last week, and with Wednesday being a wash out, the other 4 days proved a brilliant success.
With glorious weather for those days, 306 Children descended to the field to learn the skills of our national game and all had a wonderful time. Throughout the week numerous players called down to the Summer camp, and offered great tips and advice to the kids. I it was great to see former Kilkenny hurling legends Michael Rice and Tommy Walsh coming down, signing numerous autographs, & Shirts . Also, current Waterford Senior Hurling players Austin Gleeson & Colin Dunford, along with Captain of the Waterford Senior Camogie team Fiona Morrissey, came down and this proved a huge hit for the kids and parents, posing for plenty of pictures.
Also the President of the F.A.I. Tommy Fitzgerald, Chief Executive, John Delaney, and former Soccer Internationals Stephen Hunt and Keith Andrews popped into the GAA grounds, after opening the new facilities in the Soccer grounds giving the Kids some helpful advice; very much appreciated lads.
As we all know Peadar’s Summer camp would be very hard to operate, and a huge thanks to the 50 volunteers who gave up the week, and came down to help out including Tony Power for the First Aid. Also many thanks to Ray Breen and Kel-Tech Engineering for his kind sponsorship of the camp, also thanks to Oxigen Bins, Brian Hickey for suppling the Blaas, Pat Lawless for the Sausages, John Cummins for the Orange Juice, Brian Flynn for the Water, Walsh's Lotto Shop for the Ice-Cream, Luke Myers for the Photos, and also to numerous other sponsors who contribute money towards the running of the camp.
Final words of thanks to the Ahearne family, who have kept the Summer camp going that was set up by their late Father, Peadar, which has gone from strength to strength year after year. Roll on 2018, and a date for the diary for Summer camp is Monday July 16th July 2018.

The Kellogg’s Cúl Camp 2017 will take place in the Ferrybank GAA grounds from Monday 14th to Friday 18th August form 10am-2:30pm. This is open to primary school children aged between 6 and 13 years of age.
Activities during the week will include hurling, camogie, football and rounders. Bookings can be made online at or contact 087-7982990.

The Clothing collection is still continuing, right up to the 12th August. So, if you have any of the following lying around at home that you want to get rid of, please drop them down to the club....
- Clothes
- Paired Shoes
- Belts
- Handbags
- Curtains
- Soft Toys
- Mobile Phones *
- Laptops *
* Mobile phones and laptops to be kept in a separate bag please.

Congratulations, and best wishes for the future, to popular hurler and footballer, Nicky Ryan who married Laura Power in Ferrybank last Friday afternoon.


Is it time to renew your house insurance? If so, take a look at this offer from AIB. AIB will donate €50 to us for every purchase of a new House Insurance policy.
If we receive 20 nominations before the end of this September, the club will receive an additional bonus of a €1,000 O' Neills voucher.