Weekly Notes for 29th July 2018

29th July 2018

Senior hurlers victory to reach League Final
Our Senior hurlers sponsored by Relate Care reached a Senior hurling final for the first time in many years when they overcame Abbeyside in the semi-final of the Senior League last Friday evening in Kill. After many weeks of dry weather, it was unusually to play this match during heavy rain throughout. Despite falling behind midway through the first half, the team went in at halftime leading by one and a dominant second half display saw them progress on a score of 1-19 to 1-10.
The opening score of the match was courtesy of Emmet O’Toole after Frank McGrath was fouled in the second minute. Abbeyside equalised shortly after before Brian Nolan restored the lead after some excellent work by Conor Ryan on the wing. The sides were level again shortly after when Abbeyside fired over their second free. Emmet O’Toole was then unlucky when his powerful shot at goal was saved but he was rewarded shortly after when he converted his second free of the match. Eoin Madigan then converted close in but a mix up in defence saw Abbeyside’s forward one on one with Billy Nolan in the goal which was converted to give Abbeyside the lead and it was extended to two when they fired over another point. Our midfield of Gavin O’Brien and Frank McGrath were covering a lot of ground and it was Gavin’s pass into Cein Chester that reduced the deficit to one when Cein slotted over. The sides were level again with ten minutes remaining in the half when Billy Nolan fired over a long range free from his own half in difficult conditions. As the half drew to a close Emmet O’Toole fired over another free followed by well deserved point from Conor Ryan and we ended the half when Daniel Murphy’s shot on goal was diverted over the bar to leave us leading 0-10 to 1-06.
The second half saw us totally dominate possession and players such as Stephen Grant, Eamonn Power, Eoin Madigan and Ray Connolly to name a few were excellent in play. The opening two points of the half were converted from placed ball by Emmet O’Toole from a free and a 65 from Billy Nolan. The whole team were working hard and were rewarded when Abbeyside were forced into additional frees which Emmet O’Toole converted. Cein Chester fired over his second point of the match midway through the half and the game was all but over with twelve minutes remaining when Charlie Chester was well advanced to receive a pass from Gavin O’Brien and he coolly slotted the ball past the on rushing Abbeyside goalie. A further free was converted by Emmet O’Toole to lead by ten points before Abbeyside scored their first point of the second half. Conor Ryan then converted for his second point of the match and the final point of the match was from an Emmet O’Toole point out on the wing to seal a major victory for the team and progress into their first Senior final in many years.
Wedding Bells
Roanmore GAA club would like to wish Conor O’Byrne best wishes when himself and Susan Goodison get married this week. Best wishes on the day and for the future.
The play-off fixture for this year’s Senior Championship has been set for 12th August at 15:30 in Fraher field against Fourmilewater.
Our Minor hurlers travel to Lismore to face Naomh Carthraigh on Wednesday August 1st at 7:30pm.
U11 Football
Our U11 Football team began the City League in fine style with a win over Sacred Heart in a rain soaked Cleaboy last Friday night. The boys put in a good performance taking some nice scores and defending well. We ran out winners on a scoreline of 4-3 to 3pts. Panel on the night. Aaron McCabe, Cathal Marks, Matthew Walsh, Kayden Kavanagh Drennan, Èanna McHugh 1-0,Caoilinn Reville, Alex Furlong1-0, Eoin Burke 0-1,Adam Dobbyn 1-1 Tom Kavanagh1-0, Darragh Hearne, Ryan Butler, Daniel Ryan 0-1.
U10 Hurling: Noel Connors Visit:
Our U10 Hurling panel had the pleasure of a hurling training session last Tuesday with All Star Waterford County Hurler Noel Connors in Cleaboy. Noel stayed for over an hour with the lads and was a big hit. He gave the lads plenty of tips and encouraged them all to practice the skills of the game. At the end of the session Noel signed autographs and stood in for some souvenir pictures. He also had a signed sliotar for everyone that took part in the session sponsored by McConnnells Toyota.
After the training with Noel, the U10 hurlers were well prepared when St. Molleran’s came to play us in Cleaboy on Saturday morning and we had a good turn out for this one despite some away on holidays. We still had 13 players togged out and eager for action. In a good game of hurling our lads came out on top with a fine team display. Panel on the day, Adam Dobbyn, Dylan McNamara, Matthew Walsh, Caoilinn Reville, Tom Halligan, Jay Halligan, Conor McNamara, Daniel Ryan Eoin Burke, Oscar Devlin,Ollie Delahunty,Darragh Hearne, Èanna McHugh.
Academy Hurling
Our Saturday morning Academy will take a two week summer break and will return on Saturday the 18th of August hope to see you then and remember to practice your hurling at home.
Annual Charity Blitz
Invitation for the 2018 Roanmore Charity Hurling Blitz have been sent out. This year's Blitz will be on 1st of September. This event is hugely popular among the GAA fraternity and in recent years has seen in excess of 100 clubs participate each year.
Sunday Night Entertainment in Roanmore Social Centre
Why not join us in the Roanmore Centre on Bank Holiday Sunday for some live music, first up is Bim Connors in the bar from 8:30 followed by Gerry Walsh in the lounge from 10pm.
Function Room
Why not come and view our newly refurbished private function rooms or call the Roanmore Sports and Social Centre on 051-358599 after 6pm or email roanmoreclg@gmail.com . You won’t be disappointed. Did you know that we have two function rooms available and that smaller parties can also be accommodated. Why not call and see if the venue is suitable for your needs.
July/August Party Promotion
Planning a party during July or August? Roanmore Social Centre is offering a special promotion for these two months. Any party booked for July and August will receive a €100 bar tab.