Ferrybank’s Intermediate hurlers were defeated by Ballygunner in their latest game in the Gerry Kennedy Crash Repairs sponsored competition last Thursday night in Walsh Park on a score-line of 1-18 to 0-17.
No doubt, the team will rue this defeat, as too many frees conceded throughout the game, gave Ballygunner the victory. Ballygunner made the early running, and quickly opened up a five point lead in the opening ten minutes with an early goal. However, Ferrybank came back and replied with points from Sam Lawless, Robbie Carew and Cormac O' Driscoll to reduce the gap. Ferrybank kept the scoreboard ticking over, with the impressive Sam Lawless registering three excellent points from play, but some poor frees conceded kept Ballygunner in the hunt with pointed scores.
Jono Brown, in the goal, had to be at his sharpest pulling off a superb save from close range, where the Ballygunner forward drilled the ball to the corner of the goal, only for Jono to pull of an incredible save. Cormac O' Driscoll completed the scoring with two fine points from play, ensuring Ferrybank leading 0-11 to 1-07 at the break.
At the start of the second-half, points from Shane O’ Sullivan, Robbie Carew and Cormac O’ Driscoll had Ferrybank in the driving seat and it was only from placed balls that Ballygunner kept themselves in the hunt. With Ferrybank holding a three-point lead entering the final quarter of the game, it seemed like they might kick on for the win but, slowly but surely, Ballygunner clawed their way back into it, with three quick points to draw level.
Another superb save from Jono in the goal prevented a second green flag for Ballygunner. However, Ballygunner began to get on top in their own half back line, setting up more play for their forwards, and took their opportunities when it mattered, closing the game out with two points in injury time.
A disappointing result for the team, that looked for long periods as if they would kick on and win the game, but as mentioned earlier, too many conceded frees was the difference, which was undoing their fine work with some excellent Ferrybank scores from play. There final game in the group stages is against St. Saviour’s, with no date yet confirmed.
PANEL: Jono Brown, Nicky Ryan, Damien Ahern, Davy Atkins, Seamus Burtchaell, Cormac Heffernan, Naoise MacCathmhaoil, Shane O’ Sullivan (0-01), Luke Flynn, Jeff Lawless, Oisin MacCathmhaoil, Sam Lawless (0-05), Robbie Carew (0-03), John Ahern, Cormac O'Driscoll (0-08), Neil O’ Sullivan, Tiernan Morrissey, Tommy Carew, Ciaran Doyle, Alex Power, Daryl Griffin.
Our Minor hurlers were defeated in their second game in this year’s Championship by Erin’s Own in Williamstown last Wednesday night on a score-line of 2-10 to 0-08. There was very little between the sides throughout the sixty minutes, but crucially two early second-half goals from Erin’s Own was the difference.
The opening half was keenly fought with the teams level at 0-04 each, with Eimhin Burns, Ryan Tierney and Charlie Atkins scoring good points. With both defences well on top, goal chances were at a premium.
However, at the start of the second-half, Ferrybank’s defence got caught out and Erin’s Own scored a goal, to open a three point lead. Ferrybank replied with points from Neil O’ Sullivan and Eimhin Burns, but a second Erin’s Own goal put them in the driving seat. Despite the team rallying with points from Neil and Eimhin, a goal was needed, with Aiden Humphries going close, however his close-range shot was saved by the Erin’s Own goalie.
Five unanswered points from the home side sealed the win. Next up for the Minors is scheduled for August 1st away to St. Molleran’s.
PANEL: Cian Martin, Ben Fitzpatrick, Luke Butler, Jake Brophy, Naoise MacCathmhaoil, Stephen O' Kane, Charlie Atkins (0-01), Ryan Tierney (0-01), Cody Griffin, Maciez Tomczuk, Nathon Carton, Eimhin Burns (0-04), Neil O’ Sullivan (0-02), Aiden Humphries, Jack Haley.
UNDER 14 HURLING:
Our U14 hurlers were defeated by league leaders St. Saviour’s last Monday night on a score-line of 3-12 to 2-08. This was a great effort by the team, up against a physical stronger St. Saviour’s, and the lads fought all the way to the finish.
Despite conceding an early goal, Ferrybank kept in touch with scores from Rhuadhri McGarrity and Jay Bagge, and coming up to half-time, trailing by three points, the lads were dealt a blow with a second St. Saviour’s goal.
Three quick points extended the lead, but the lads refused to give up and points from Daniel Griffin and Isaac Richards, was then followed up by a Ruadhri McGarrity goal that gave the team hope. However, Saviours killed off their comeback with a third goal. Nevertheless, entering the closing stages, a fine point from Shane Purcell, and the team were rewarded for their effort as Caolan MacCathmhaoil scored from close range.
Despite this defeat, this was a good performance from a very young team, with the majority of the players on the field on the Under 12 team.
PANEL: Kyle Daly, Oran Power, Adam Aspel, Sean Heffernan, Jay Bagge, Ruadhri McGarrity (1-04), Conor Daly, Isaac Richards (0-01), Mickey McLawrence, Shane Purcell (0-01), Caolan MacCathmhaoil (1-00), Daniel Griffin (0-01), Finn McGarrity, Conor Haley, Jake Butler.
UNDER 16 HURLING:
Our U16 hurlers are in action this coming Monday night July 23rd with a home game against St. Mary’s at 7pm. Having lost their opening two games, victory is essential for the team, if they want to keep their hopes alive. Your support will be appreciated on the night.
Our Junior Hurlers are back in action this coming Friday night July 27th with a trip to play Ballyduff Lower at 7:30pm. This is a crucial game for the team, where a win will keep them in the hunt for a play-off place.
UNDER 11 FOOTBALL:
Our U11 Footballers are in action this coming Friday July 27th with a home game against Rathgormack at 6:30pm.
Well done to Iona Heffernan, Niamh Ahearne and the Waterford Senior Camogie side on their fantastic win over Clare in Ennis on Sunday. The team have now qualified for the quarter-finals of the All-Ireland Camogie Championship, where they will take on Tipperary in Pairc Ui Caoimh on Saturday August 4th, and the game will be broadcast live on television.
The third Déise Draw of 2018 takes place this coming Wednesday night June 25th in Kilmacthomas, and we wish everyone the best of luck. Hopefully we will have a couple of winners. The confined club winner for June was Viviene Whelan.
PEADAR’S SUMMER CAMP:
The 27th annual running of the Peadar’s Summer Camp, in association with Kel-Tech Engineering, took place last week in the Ferrybank GAA grounds. Up to 300 children descended on the grounds to practise and learn the skills of our national game. It was a great week weather wise, and all the children had a wonderful time.
During the week, Inter-County star hurlers Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh, Noel Connors, and former Kilkenny great Richie Power popped in, and gave the kids a few tips on the game. Also, Ray Breen and his Staff from Kel-Tech were also on hand.
Once again, a huge thanks to approximately 50 volunteers who gave up their week, and came along to help out, ensuring everything ran smoothly and efficiently. Also, many thanks to all the sponsors, and to people who donated towards the summer camp. It was greatly appreciated. Roll on 2019.
The Clothing Collection is continuing. If you have any of the following items lying around, you can drop them down to the GAA grounds during the evening time…paired shoes, clothes, belts, curtains, soft toys. Also, Mobile Phones and Laptops are accepted, but these must be kept separately from any clothes items. All bags must be tied. No duvets or pillows please.
MOTHERS & OTHERS:
The Mothers & Others Football team made the trip to Mallow last Saturday morning to play in a blitz, under the management team of Margaret Oates, John Haley, Conor McGarrity and Andrew O’ Brien.
This was the group’s first outing and they played against Passage West, Mallow, Askeaton, and Milltown. On the field the ladies acquitted them brilliantly, winning two out of the four games, playing some excellent football, and were rewarded with some great scores.
The main idea of the ‘Mothers & Others’ initiative, is that it get ladies out together playing Football and that it is non-competitive, fun and enjoyable, and certainly they are embracing that.
If you are interested in coming along and joining up, please do so, Training is on a Monday night at 8pm in the GAA field. Big thanks to John from Waterford Greenway Bike Hire for the kind sponsorship and to the supporters, and mini-supporters, who came along and supported the team. TEAM: Hilary, Martina, Marguerite, Sinead, Aisling, Jessie, Imelda, Sandra, Alannah, Siobhan, Valerie, Claire, Aine, Margaret.
LOCAL COMMUNITY CLUBS:
Mulligans Pharmacy have teamed up with Fleming Medical to give one lucky sports or community driven club a free First-Aid Kit. All you have to do is when purchasing any items from Mulligans Pharmacy write ‘Ferrybank GAA club’ on the back of your receipt, and pop it into the box provided. Don’t forget, you can vote as many times as you like.