Weekly Notes for 13th August 2018

13th August 2018

Senior Hurlers through to Quarter Finals after Extra Time

Our Senior hurlers progressed to the Quarter Finals of this year’s championship after a thrilling and physical encounter with Fourmilewater in Fraher field last Sunday. The team showed some great heart and composure after they found themselves trailing by seven points after eight minutes but recovered from the poor start and went on to win the encounter 1-22 to 3-15 after extra time.

The opening two minutes saw us concede two uncharacteristic goals when Fourmilewater breached the defence to capitalise on some hesitancy at the back. A long range Billy Nolan free reduced the deficit before Fourmilewater converted two further scores to see them lead by seven points in the eight minute. Over the next four minutes we reduced the difference to a solitary goal when first Frank McGrath pointed followed by our goal when Cein Chester passed the ball to Emmet O’Toole and he fired the ball to the back of the net. Two pointed frees from Fourmilewater could only be responded by a Brian Nolan point to see the difference extend to four.

In the 20th minute we lost Billy Nolan to what appeared to be a late tackle but was not spotted. Substitute keeper Jack Chester on his introduction showed his capability when some fine saves throughout the match. In the remaining time of the first half we went onto outscore Fourmilewater five points to two to leave a solitary point between the teams at halftime. Our scores came from Emmet O’Toole (0-04) and Gavin O’Brien (1pt).

The start of the second half saw us concede our third goal but the team responded well with another Emmet O’Toole free followed by an Eoin Madigan score. By the 48th minute the difference was three points when Fourmilewater converted a point but that was their final score of the match in normal time while Gavin O’Brien converted three frees to level the match and force extra time.

Extra time saw us take the lead for the first time with three unanswered points before we conceded two late scores in the first period of extra time. As tired bodies could be seen through the team it was a credit to the entire team that this slim margin was retained through the second period of extra time when both teams converted three points apiece.

The reward for this hard fought victory is a meeting with the 2017 Senior Championship winners. This meeting against Ballygunner is scheduled to be played in two weeks time.

Stephen O Keeffe Tournment

On Friday last 24 of our U12 hurlers left Roanmore for Armagh for the annual Stephen O Keefe Hurling Tournament which was hosted this year by Cucullain GAA Club.

We arrived at 5pm and a reception for all players and mentors from Cucullainn, Clarecastle and Roanmore in the local GAA Club. After this, it was down to the pitch for the skills competition with two players from each club taking part. After a tight competition it was Roanmore's Callum Carroll that prevailed to win the skills and the John Hanley Trophy.

The children then went to their host families for the night before an early start on Saturday with the panels divided into A and B squads. After a great days hurling, it was Clarecastle who qualified straight to the A final and Roanmore straight into the B final. Onto a local leisure centre then for a swim and great fun before the lads settled down for the night. On Sunday morning all the squads attend mass before returning to the field for the semi-finals.

Roanmore's A squad put in a great display in this semi-final to defeat Cucullain and qualify to play Clarecastle. Before that the B final took place between the same two teams and after an outstanding performance Roanmore took the title.

It was then onto the A final where Roanmore put in a great performance but just came up short to a strong Clarecastle team who took the cup back to Clare.

The presentation of the B trophy was made to Roanmore B captain Benjamin Meistas with Daniel Ryan being presented with Roanmore's player of the Tournament and all players received a medal as a memory of their weekend.

A wonderful weekend had by all a big thank you to our hosts Cucullain and already the arrangements are being made for Roanmore in 2019.

U16s win against An Ghaeltacht

Our U16s had the long trip to face An Ghaeltacht last week but the trip was worth it when they won the match 3-08 to 0-07. With one match remaining the team sit second in the table. The final match is against Mount Sion on 5th September.

Upcoming Fixtures

Minor hurlers play Mount Sion on Tuesday 14th August. Throw-in 7pm in Mount Sion.

Sunday Night Entertainment in Roanmore Social Centre

Why not join us in the Roanmore Centre on Sunday for some live music with Dick Hayes 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.