Weekly Notes for 12th August 2019

12th August 2019

Stephen O'Keeffe U12 Tournament

This past weekend Roanmore GAA club hosted the annual Stephen O'Keeffe U12 tournament between Clarecastle (Clare), Cuchulainn (Armagh) and Roanmore GAA. This is the 25th anniversary of the inter club competition in memory of Stephen O'Keeffe who had a connection with all three clubs. The competition started on Friday evening with the John Hanley skills competition and although the weather wasn't kind, the skills on show for the representatives of each club was high.

The competition started in earnest on Saturday morning with a high standard of hurling on show to the many supporters at the pitch in Cleaboy. The three clubs had two teams participating (one each in the A and B section). By the end of the days matches, Clarecastle were straight through to the A Final with Roanmore and Cuchulainn to play a semi-final on the Sunday morning. In the B section, Roanmore went straight to the final with Clarecastle and Cuchulainn to play the semi-final.

First up on the Sunday morning was mass in St. Paul's followed by the matches in Cleaboy. Clarecastle and Cuchulainn played the B semi-final with Cuchulainn winning the encounter to advance to the final. In the A semi-final, Roanmore were winners and advanced to the final.

The B final commenced at 11:30 am and the Roanmore team took an early lead which they never surrendered to win the match after some excellent skills from both teams. The A final commenced at 12:30 pm and Roanmore once again took an early lead and were leading 1-05 to 0-04 at halftime. In the tense fiercely contested second half both teams scored some excellent points but it was two goals in the half that ultimately sealed a one point win for Clarecastle.

The preparations will commence shortly for the trip to Clare for next years event.

A big thank you to the organising committee for all their work throughout the year, also to all the officials over the weekend and those who helped out with the shop and food.

Junior Footballers

The Junior footballers were knocked out off this years championship by John Mitchell's last Friday evening in Fenor. In poor conditions, it was Roanmore that led the match until five minutes from the end but two late goals saw the team lose by six points.

The first half saw us lead 0-05 to 0-02 at the break with points from Daragh Swayby, Billy Nolan, Cein Chester, Paul O'Sullivan and Emmet O'Toole. The lead was extended to six points midway through the second half with points from Cein Chester, Billy Nolan and Dean Reidy. With ten minutes remaining John Mitchell's scored a goal followed by three quick points to draw level and with this new found confidence were launching ball into the goal area and were rewarded with two scrambled goals to see them win 3-05 to 0-08. Best of luck to John Mitchell's in the next round.

U15 Hurling
Our U15 hurlers continue their winning steak with a comprehensive 8-11 to 2-10 win over Naomh Brid last Monday at our pitch in Cleaboy with Adam Crowley standing out scoring 4-02.

Right from the start we controlled the match with Sam Pender controlling the match and he converted our first point followed by Adam Crowley's first goal and was followed by a Sam Pender goal. Naomh Brid then scored by finding the back of the net only for Adam Crowley to score his second goal shortly after. Naomh Brid were restricted to two further points for the remainder of the first half while Calum Carroll scored a goal and Adam Crowley ended the half with his third goal. We converted five additional points in the half (Eoin Morrissey (2pts), Conor Fanning, Jeff Wickham and Sam Pender) to leave the halftime score 5-06 to 1-02.

Naomh Brid came into the game in the second half converting 1-08 but their defence conceded three further goals (Evan O'Connor, Sam Pender and Adam Crowley) and points from Eoin Morrissey (2pts) and Jeff Wickham (1pt). The last two points of the match came from Adam Crowley to seal an emphatic win and sees the team sit top of the table unbeaten after four matches. Keep up the good work.

Smoke Free Zone

At the 2018 AGM, Roanmore GAA club voted to make Pairc Ui Mhurchu a smoke free zone. We would request that any player, family member, supporter that attends the pitch in any capacity from Friday 19th July to respect the members wishes and refrain from smoking (or using vaping devices).

Function Room

Are you looking for a venue for that special occasion, birthday, anniversary, confirmation, etc? The Roanmore Centre has function rooms that are available for hire and for further details call the Roanmore Centre on 051-358599 after 6pm or email roanmoreclg@gmail.com. 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