2003 News

2003 DURLAS ÓG NEWS ARCHIVE

REVIEW OF THE YEAR

2003 was a most successful year for the Club. We contested five county and nine Mid finals winning two county titles (U/14 ‘A’ Football and U/14 Feile na nGael hurling) and six Mid titles (U/14 ‘A’ hurling, U/14 ‘A’ football, U/14 ‘C’ hurling, U/14 Feile na nGael, U/14 Peil na nÓg, U/16 ‘A’ hurling). See match reports hereunder.

CLUB OF THE YEAR

Our Chairman, John Smith was presented with the Mid Club of the Year trophy at the recent Mid Bord na nÓg convention. It is a great honour for our club to win this award after a very successful year. It is also an acknowledgement of the great work that is being done by so many in the club and our thanks to everyone who worked so hard throughout the year.

CLUB DRAW

Congratulations to the following winners in our Christmas Draw for County Board Draw members – Michael Donnelly, Pat Stakelum, James Morrissey, Luke Aherne, Pat Donnelly, John Lillis, James Kearns, Pat Fitzgerald, Matt Long, Padraic Stakelum and Dick Callanan. Each receives €50.

MID CONVENTION

Congratulations to our Secretary, Jimmy Coppinger and Chairman, John Smith who were re-elected as President and P.R.O of Mid Tipperary Bord na nÓg at its recent convention.

COUNTY UNDER 16 ‘A’ HURLING FINAL

DURLAS ÓG…………………………….. . 1-6

CARRICK SWANS………………………. 1-8

The County Under 16 ‘A’ Hurling final between Durlas Óg and Carrick Swans was played in Leahy Park, Cashel last Sunday (26/10/2003) in perfect conditions before a good attendance.

Defending champions, Durlas Óg got the perfect start with a Patrick Bourke point inside 30 seconds and the same player added another point five minutes later. During the opening 15 minutes Carrick Swans had most of the possession but a combination of inaccurate shooting and excellent defending by Durlas Óg restricted the Carrick boys to a solidary point from wing forward Wayne Cullen to leave them trailing by 0-2 to 0-1. In the 17th minute Durlas Óg wing forward, Michael Gleeson, gained possession some 45 metres from the Carrick goal and soloed through the defence and his shot deceived goalkeeper, Colin O’Sullivan and ended up in the net. This was followed by a Patrick Bourke pointed free to give the Thurles boys a 1-3 to 0-1 lead with five minutes of the half remaining. Carrick Swans added two points (Danny O’Hanlon and Kieran Reade) to Durlas Óg’s one (Michael Gleeson) before the interval to leave the half time score 1-4 to 0-3 in favour of the Thurles side.

Carrick Swans started the second half in more determined fashion and by the 40th minute the sides were level. From the throw in Carrick gained possession and Danny O’Hanlon struck a good point to leave a goal between the sides. In the 40th minute Swans were awarded a free near the sideline 50 metres from the Thurles goals. Up stepped Wayne Cullen and his low shot went all the way to the Durlas Óg net. The tempo of the game now increased and Durlas Óg responded with a point from a Patrick Bourke free. In the next five minutes Swans star forward, Kieran Reade, added three unanswered points to leave the score Carrick Swans 1-7 Durlas Óg 1-5 with six minutes remaining. The Thurles boys replied with a Patrick Bourke point to leave the minimum between the sides. Durlas Óg went in search of the equaliser but couldn’t find a way through the Carrick rearguard and the last score of the match was another Kieran Reade point for Swans. When Paddy Russell sounded the final whistle Swans were champions on a scoreline of 1-8 to 1-6.

Both sides are to be commended on serving up a splendid match and despite the intensity of the exchanges the match was played in a very sporting manner. Carrick Swans had top class displays from full back, Stephen Hahessy, centre back, Kevin Lanigan who was dominant throughout the 60 minutes, midfielder, Danny O’Hanlon and forwards Kieran Ruane and Wayne Cullen. Durlas Óg were best served by defenders, Brian White, Garret Foxton and Stephen Fewer, Kevin O’Halloran at midfield and in attack Michael Gleeson and the dangerous, Patrick Bourke.

Durlas Óg : Scott Grey, David Morris, Brian White, Garret Foxton, Adrian O’Mahoney, Ronan Walsh, Stephen Fewer, Kevin O’Halloran, David Shannon, Conor Murphy, Ian Maher, Michael Gleeson (1-1), John Maher, Patrick Skehan, Patrick Bourke (0-5).

Subs: Jody O’Grady, Shane Dorney, Conor Moloney, Joseph O’Mahoney, John Joe Bourke, Stephen Dorney, Michael Cahill, Padraic Maher, Liam Phelan, Shane Meagher, David Collins, Peter Donnelly, John Callanan, David Keady, Paul Connors, Keith Stapleton, Bob O’Dwyer.

Carrick Swans : Colin O’Sullivan, William Lonergan, Stephen Hahessy, Paul Regan, Daryl Whitty, Kevin Lanigan, David Walsh, Danny O’Hanlon (0-2), Shane Hogan, Dwayne Fogarty, Martin Russell, Wayne Cullen (1-1), Damien Roche, Barry Walsh, Kieran Reade (0-5).

Subs: Stephen Kearns, Michael Ryan, Dean Cleary, Keith O’Dwyer, John Flynn, Jimmy Dignam, Andrew Diffily, Darren Murphy, Sean Barrett, Mark Fogarty, Darren Watters.

Referee: Paddy Russell.

UNDER 16’S QUALIFY FOR COUNTY FINAL

Congratulations and well done to our under 16’s who defeated Clonoulty-Rossmore in the County ‘A’ semi final in Cashel today (Saturday 11th October). Final score Durlas Óg 0-18 Clonoulty-Rossmore 0-7.

The team and scorers were: Scott Grey, David Morris, Brian White, Garret Foxton, Adrian O’Mahoney, Ronan Walsh, Stephen Fewer, David Shannon, Kevin O’Halloran (0-2), Jody O’Grady, Ian Maher (0-1), Michael Gleeson (0-4), John Maher (0-2), Patrick Skehan (0-1), Patrick Bourke (0-8). Subs: John Joe Bourke for Jody O’Grady; Conor Murphy for Adrian O’Mahoney.

UNDER 16’S ARE MID CHAMPIONS

We defeated Moycarkey-Borris in the Mid Under-16 ‘A’ Hurling final last Saturday (4th October). See Mid Bord na nÓg match report hereunder.

Durlas Óg ………………………….. 1-11

Moycarkey-Borris………………….. 1-8

Durlas Óg retained the Thurles Credit Union Under 16 ‘A’ hurling title following a three victory over Moycarkey-Borris in an entertaining final at Semple Stadium last Saturday.

Moycarkey-Borris had the advantage of the strong wind in the first half but it was the Thurles side that made the better start and points from Michael Gleeson (0-2), John Maher and Kevin O’Halloran 0-1 each had them leading by 0-4 to 0-1 after 20 minutes. The Moycarkey point was from a Brian Moran free in the 4th minute. The Durlas Óg backs were very solid and Moycarkey’s next score was not until the 22nd minute when once again Brian Moran was on target from a free and the same player scored two further points before the interval to leave them trailing at the break by 0-6 to 0-4.

Moycarkey got the perfect start to the second half when Ciaran Clohessy, availing of a poor clearance by the Thurles defence, was on hand to finish to the net in the 32nd minute. Durlas Óg replied with a Patrick Bourke free to level the scores. Two minutes later, a long delivery from Jody O’Grady from the 65 metre line went all the way to the Moycarkey net. This was to be a crucial score and it was followed by three further Patrick Bourke points to leave the Thurles side leading by six points (1-10 to 1-4) as the match entered the last ten minutes. Moycarkey responded and three unanswered points by Phil Kelly, Brian Moran and Anthony Healy set the stage for a grandstand finish. The next Durlas Óg attack produced a penalty for a foul on Patrick Bourke and the same player was happy to take a point from the resulting free to leave four points between the sides with two minutes of normal time remaining. Moycarkey to their credit never gave up and they subjected the Durlas Óg defence to severe pressure in the dying minutes and came close to netting a goal. The Thurles side held out with some tenacious defending and conceded a point from a Brian Moran free to leave the full time score Durlas Óg 1-11 Moycarkey-Borris 1-8.

Durlas Óg will be very pleased to have retained their title and all the team did well with Brian White, David Morris, Adrian O’Mahony and Stephen Fewer in defence, Kevin O’Halloran in midfield and forwards Michael Gleeson and Patrick Bourke most impressive. Moycarkey-Borris will be disappointed with the result and their best players were Kevin Moran, Eddie Power, Phil Kelly, Brian Moran and Ciaran Clohessy.

Durlas Óg: S. Grey, G. Foxton, B. White, D. Morris, A. O’Mahony, R. Walsh, S. Fewer, D. Shannon, K. O’Halloran (0-1), J. O’Grady (1-0), I. Maher (0-1), M. Gleeson (0-2), P. Bourke (0-6), P. Skehan, J. Maher (0-1). Subs: J.J. Bourke for J. O’Grady.

Moycarkey-Borris: T. Flanagan, E. Cantwell, S. Barry, P. O’Brien, T. Quinn, K. Moran, E. Power, C. Burke, P. Kelly (0-1), A. Healy (0-1), B. Moran (0-6), A. Ryan, J. Fanning, N. Kinane, C. Clohessy (1-0). Subs: G. McGuire for J. Fanning, P. Kennedy for N. Kinane.

Referee: Martin Goldsboro (Gortnahoe-Glengoole).

UNDER 14 COUNTY FINALS MATCH REPORTS

County Under 14 ‘C’ Hurling Final

Durlas Óg ‘B’……………1-3 Newport………………….7-10

Following thrilling victories over Clonakenny in the Mid final and Sean Treacys in the County semi final we qualified to take on Newport in the County U/14 ‘C’ final. This match was played in Holycross on Saturday 20th September. Newport started strongly and scored three points without reply in the first ten minutes. Durlas Óg responded with three Barry McCormack points to level the match with five minutes of the first half remaining. Newport finished the half as they started and scored 1-1 in the closing stages to leave the interval score Newport 1-4 Durlas Óg 0-3. The physically stronger Newport side totally dominated the second half and even though we tried very hard we were unable to put scores on the board and at the full time whistle Newport were convincing winners on a score of 7-10 to 1-3. Our goalscorer was Kieran Morris. Well done to all our players who can be very proud of their achievement in reaching the county final and retaining their Mid title.

Durlas Óg: Tommy Doyle; Cillian McNally; Brian Stakelum; Liam Cullen; Denis Maher; Sean Smith; Brian Callanan; Barry McCormack (0-3); Darragh Stakelum; Sean Molony; Bobby Stakelum; Kieran Morris (1-0); Darren O’Neill. Subs: Stephen Maher; James Collins; Conor Ryan; Philip Cullen; Michael Russell; Robert Murphy; Rory O’Shea.

County Under 14 ‘A’ Hurling Final

Durlas Óg ……………3-6 Nenagh Eire Óg ………………….2-9

The County U/14 ‘A’ final played in Dolla on Sunday 21st September was a repeat of this years Feile na nGael and u/14 ‘A’ football finals. Both sides were very familiar with each other and another epic match was anticipated. The Nenagh lads got off to a dream start with a goal inside the first minute. Padraic Maher replied with three well taken points to have the scores level after six minutes. A further three points by Nenagh to our solitary point by Michael McGrath left the score Nenagh Eire Óg 1-3 Durlas Óg 0-4 with five minutes of the first half remaining. As the interval approached we took the lead for the first time with a great goal by our captain, John Joe Bourke. The lead was short lived as almost immediately Nenagh went in front again when a long range free went all the way to the net. Michael Cahill scored a point in injury time to leave us trailing by a goal at half time (2-5 to 1-5). Nenagh opened the scoring in the second half with a point in the 5th minute. Padraic Maher replied with a pointed free and then Rodney Mason rattled the net to level the match (2-6 each) with ten minutes remaining. The Nenagh lads once again responded with three unanswered points and they looked like winners. However we never gave up and with time almost up following a good movement Michael Cahill hit an unstoppable shot to the Nenagh net to level the match. The full time whistle soon followed and it would take another match to decide the destination of the John Flanagan Cup for 2003.

Durlas Óg: Bill McCormack; John Shortt; Kevin O’Gorman; Shane Maher; Patrick Leahy; Stephen Dorney; Jonathan Shannon; Michael Cahill (1-1); Laurence Burke; Michael Keane; John Joe Bourke (1-0); Michael McGrath (0-1); Rodney Mason (1-0); Padraic Maher (0-4); Damien Grimes. Subs: Denis Maher; Ciaran O’Shea; Brian Callanan; Kieran Morris; Liam Cullen; Barry McCormack.

County Under 14 ‘A’ Hurling Final Replay

Durlas Óg ……………1-6 Nenagh Eire Óg ………………….3-7

The eagerly awaited replay took centre stage in Holycross on last Sunday evening (28thSeptember) before a very large attendance. Both sides took time to settle and we opened the scoring with a Michael McGrath point in the 7th minute and this was followed by a Padraic Maher free three minutes later. Nenagh scored a vital goal in the 12th minute and this was quickly followed by a point to give them the lead (1-1 to 0-2). Padraic Maher added two points and then John Joe Bourke scored a brilliant goal to give us a 1-4 to 1-1 lead. Almost on the half time whistle Nenagh replied with a goal to level the match (1-4 to 2-1). Nenagh started the second half in impressive fashion scoring 1-2 without reply inside the first five minutes. We tried very hard to get back into the match and points by Padraic Maher and Michael Cahill closed the gap. However it was Nenagh who finished the half the stronger scoring four further points without reply to leave the final score Nenagh Eire Óg 3-7 Durlas Óg 1-6. Our boys were most disappointed at the final whistle but they were the first to congratulate Nenagh on a great victory. The under 14’s have had a great year winning five Mid titles, county Feile na nGael and county under 14 football titles as well as finishing runners up in the All Ireland Feile na Gael final. We congratulate them on their excellent year and thank the players and their mentors, Michael Gleeson, John Dorney, Michael Kennedy, Fr. Joe Walsh and John Cahill for their efforts throughout a long season. Many thanks to all our supporters who were in attendance at the replay and special thanks to all those responsible for the reception in the Clubhouse on our return from Holycross on Sunday night.

Durlas Óg: Bill McCormack; John Shortt; Kevin O’Gorman; Shane Maher; Patrick Leahy; Stephen Dorney; Jonathan Shannon; Michael Cahill (0-1); Laurence Burke; Michael Keane; John Joe Bourke (1-0); Michael McGrath (0-1); Rodney Mason; Padraic Maher (0-4); Kieran Morris. Subs: Denis Maher; Ciaran O’Shea; Brian Callanan; Damien Grimes; Liam Cullen; Barry McCormack.

MID HURLING DOUBLE FOR UNDER 14’S

Congratulations to our under 14’s who retained their Mid ‘A’ and ‘C’ titles following victories over Drom-Inch and Clonakenny respectively.

Mid U/14 ‘A’ Hurling Final

Durlas Óg………….. 4-13 Drom-Inch ………….1-4

We retained our Mid ‘A’ title following a convincing victory over Drom-Inch in the final played in Drombane on Tuesday evening (2nd September). We got off to a dream start with a Rodney Mason goal in the first minute and a further goal by Damien Grimes midway through the half left us leading by 2-8 to 1-1 at the interval. We scored a further 2-5 in the second half (goal scorers were Michael Cahill and Michael McGrath) to leave the final score Durlas Óg 4-13 to Drom-Inch 1-4. After the match our captain, John Joe Bourke was presented with the cup by Niall Spain representing the Spain family who were sponsors of this competition.

Durlas Óg: Bill McCormack; John Shortt; Kevin O’Gorman; Shane Maher; Patrick Leahy; Stephen Dorney; Jonathan Shannon; Michael Cahill; Laurence Burke; Michael Keane; John Joe Bourke; Michael McGrath; Rodney Mason; Padraic Maher; Damien Grimes.

Mid U/14 ‘C’ Hurling Final

Durlas Óg ‘B’………….. 2-5 Clonakenny ………….1-7

The Mid Under 14 ‘C’ final played on last Wednesday (3rd September) in Drom was a thrilling encounter between two very evenly balanced teams. We had a poor start and trailed by 1-3 to no score after 15 minutes of the first half. In the 18th minute a brilliant first time pull by full forward, Conor Ryan gave the Clonakenny goalie no chance and rattled the back of the net. This score inspired the team and two further points had us two points in arrears at half time (1-5 to 1-3). The second half was most exciting with very little separating the sides throughout. The decisive score was a Kieran Morris goal with seven minutes remaining and this score gave us the lead for the first time. We defended brilliantly up to the final whistle and held on for a one point victory. There was great excitement as our captain, Bobby Stakelum received the trophy from Derek O’Connell (Park Avenue, sponsors).

Durlas Óg: Denis Maher; Brian Stakelum; Sean Smith; Cillian McNally; Brian Callanan; Philip Cullen; Barry McCormack; Liam Cullen; Darragh Stakelum; Sean Molony; Bobby Stakelum; Kieran Morris; Conor Ryan. Subs: James Collins; Stephen Maher; Tommy Doyle; Michael Russell; Robert Murphy; Rory O’Shea.

UNDER 12’S DEFEATED IN MID FINALS

The Under 12’s suffered double disappointment in their Mid finals last week. We lost the ‘A’ final to Loughmore-Castleiney and the ‘C’ decider to Moycarkey-Borris.

Mid U/12 ‘A’ Hurling Final

Durlas Óg………….. 0-4 Loughmore-Castleiney ………….3-6

We had to give best to the reigning county champions, Loughmore-Castleiney in the final played before a large attendance in Templemore on Thursday last (21st August). The scoreline didn’t do justice to the way we played as the scores were level at 0-2 each at the interval. The Loughmore-Castleiney forwards gave our defence a torrid time in the second half and got the vital scores to secure victory. The team can be proud of their achievement in reaching the Mid final and this match was only their second defeat of the championship. We lined out as follows:

Aidan McCormack, Niall Bohan, Stephen Maher, Padraic Crone, Rory O’Shea, Denis Maher (captain), Philip Purcell, Michael Russell, Tommy Doyle, Brian Keane, Robert Murphy, Cian Treacy, Tomas Nolan, Patrick Dunne, Ross Kealy. Subs: J.P. Dempsey, James Morrissey, Aidan Loughnane.

Mid U/12 ‘C’ Hurling Final

Durlas Óg ‘B’………….. 0-2 Moycarkey-Borris ‘B’ ………….1-3

The Under 12 ‘C’ final was played on Monday (25th August) in Pairc na nÓg with Moycarkey-Borris ‘B’ providing the opposition. This was a very exciting match with great skill been displayed by both sides. The scores were level (0-2 each) at half time with both sides missing opportunities of goals in the first half. The second half was again very close with both defences on top. We suffered a severe blow midway through the half when our star player, Mark Shannon, had to leave the field with a hand injury. Despite our best efforts Moycarkey scored the vital goal five minutes from time and held on for victory. Well done to all the players. The team was:

Mark Cummins; Donal O’Gorman; James Lyons; Kevin Smith; Sean Moroney; Aidan Barrett; Greg Cully; Ciaran Stapleton; Mark Shannon; Shane Dempsey; Darragh Ronayne; Denis Moore; Garry Butler. Subs: Dylan Queen; Kevin Callanan; Sam Martin; Kyle Loughman; Ryan Murtagh; Paul Morrissey; Liam Bourke; Tomas Maxfield.

THURLES HURLING AND CAMOGIE SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE

Our annual Hurling and Camogie School of Excellence kindly sponsored by Thurles Credit Union concluded last Friday after a great week of hurling and camogie. Our thanks to all the boys and girls who participated and also to all their coaches and helpers. The committee of Durlas Óg wishes to thank all those responsible for making the week an outstanding success. We are all eagerly looking forward to 2004.

THURLES HURLING AND CAMOGIE SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE LAUNCHED

The annual Thurles Hurling and Camogie School of Excellence was launched at a function in Park Avenue, Thurles on last Tuesday evening (5th August).

The School of Excellence which in now in its fourth year is jointly organised by Durlas Óg and Thurles Camogie Club. This years event will take place from Monday 18th August to Friday 22ndAugust between 2.00 p.m. and 5.00 p.m. daily. The venue will be Dr. Morris Park and the organisers are very grateful to the Tipperary County Board for the use of this excellent facility.

The attendance at the launch included representatives from Durlas Óg and Thurles Camogie Club, Tipperary players, Eddie Enright, Lar Corbett and Ger “Redser” O’Grady who all started their careers with Durlas Óg, Tipperary camogie star, Joanne Ryan, Fr. Joe Walsh, C.C. and John Mullen, C.E.O. Thurles Credit Union.

John Mullen, speaking at the launch said that Thurles Credit Union was delighted to be associated with the School of Excellence and he praised the work of the organisers in promoting hurling and camogie. He wished everybody an enjoyable and successful week.

Both Bernie O’Dowd, Chairperson Thurles Camogie Club and John Smith, Chairman Durlas Óg thanked Thurles Credit Union for their generous sponsorship and looked forward to the week of fun and enjoyment where the boys and girls from seven to fourteen years will learn the skills of our native games.

There has been considerable interest in this years School of Excellence and it is anticipated that in excess of 230 boys and girls will be attending.

Qualified coaches will be present throughout the week and Tipperary players will be in attendance as guest coaches. There will also be many volunteers from both Durlas Óg and Thurles Camogie Club present to assist the coaches and ensure the smooth running of the week’s activities.

Denis Maher, Games Promotions Officer, who was responsible for the commencement of the School of Excellence in 2000 and who has played a major role each year in the organising of the event will be this years Co-Ordinator.

National Lottery Grant

We received great news recently when it was announced that we were to be allocated a Sports Capital Grant of €30,000 from National Lottery funding towards our Clubhouse Development. With this good news it is anticipated that building works will commence in last September/ early October. We extend special thanks to Ms. Maire Hoctor, T.D. who paid a visit to Pairc na nÓg last Saturday for her help and guidance with our application.

COUNTY UNDER 14 FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS

Congratulations and well done to our gallant under 14’s who defeated Eire Óg (Nenagh) in Semple Stadium on Monday evening (7th July) to win the Under 14 ‘A’ county football title for the first time since 1991.

Durlas Óg …………… .1-4

Eire Óg (Nenagh)……. 0-5

The Under 14 ‘A’ county football final was played in Semple Stadium on Monday evening (7thJuly) between two very evenly matched teams. It could be classed as a game of two halves. Eire Óg played with the wind in the first half and they dominated in the middle of the field but found scoring difficult against a very solid Durlas Óg defence. However in the course of the first half the Nenagh side scored five unanswered points to give them a good interval lead. Some positional changes and some harsh words by our mentors at the break had the desired effect in the second half. Stephen Dorney and John Joe Bourke were the new midfield pairing with Padraic Maher at centre forward and Kevin O’Gorman at full back. We began to gain more possession in the middle of field and give good ball to our forwards. Inside the first ten minutes of the half Padraic Maher had scored three points (2 from frees) to leave just two points between the teams. Eire Óg responded but were unable to find a way through our tight marking defence. With five minutes remaining Stephen Dorney gained possession some twenty metres from the Nenagh goal and soloed through and hit an unstoppable shot to the roof of the net to give us the lead for the first time. We defended magnificently for the remaining minutes and a great passing movement set up Damien Grimes for a great point to seal victory on the score Durlas Óg 1-4 Eire Óg 0-5.

The was a very sweet victory by a team that never gave up and their second half display will be remembered for a very long time. A proud Durlas Óg captain, Stephen Dorney was presented with the cup by County Bord na nÓg Vice Chairman, Michael Lonergan.

All our players were heroes on the night. Sean Moloney never put a foot wrong in goals. Brian Callanan was outstanding at corner back and got better as the match went on. Kevin O’Gorman was a tower of strength on the edge of the square while Shane Maher had no problem switching from attack to defence for the final and played his normal steady game. Laurence Bourke was solid at centre back and Patrick Leahy and Jonathan Shannon on the wings were strong and dependable especially in the second half. The mid field pairing of John Joe Bourke and Stephen Dorney in the second half dominated their area and deprived the Nenagh side of good possession. John Joe Bourke used his physical strength to good effect and set up many attacks while Stephen Dorney’s goal and his all round performance and leadership inspired the team. Padraic Maher had a great second half at centre forward and got some vital scores. Michael McGrath was always dangerous on the edge of the square. Kieran Morris and Damien Grimes combined well on the right flank of the attack and showed some lovely skills. Rodney Mason battled hard all through and Kieran O’Shea despite an injury gave it his very best and his replacement, Liam Cullen, who came on late in the game won some vital frees. All the other panel members are to be commended for their efforts throughout the season.

Scorers: Padraic Maher 0-3 (2 from frees), Stephen Dorney 1-0, Damien Grimes 0-1.

Durlas Óg: Sean Moloney, Brian Callanan, Stephen Dorney, Kevin O’Gorman, Patrick Leahy, Laurence Bourke, Shane Maher, Jonathan Shannon, Padraic Maher, Kieran Morris, John Joe Bourke, Ciaran O’Shea, Damien Grimes, Michael McGrath, Rodney Mason. Subs: Liam Cullen for Ciaran O’Shea, Brian Stakelum, Darragh Stakelum, Sean Smith, Darren O’Neill, John Shortt, Philip Cullen, Bobby Stakelum, Conor Ryan, James Collins. Michael Cahill and Bill McCormack were unavailable for the final.

The team mentors were John Dorney, Fr. Joe Walsh, Michael Kennedy, Michael Gleeson and John Cahill.

UNDER 14’S QUALIFY FOR COUNTY FOOTBALL FINAL

The Under 14 ‘A’ football county semi final against the West champions, Arravale Rovers was played on Tuesday evening (2nd July) in Cashel. We played with the breeze in the first half and got off to a great start with a Damien Grimes goal in the third minute. A further goal by Rodney Mason midway through the half gave us an interval lead of 2-2 to 0-1. Arravale Rovers came more into the game in the early stages of the second half and excellent defending by the Durlas Óg backs restricted the Tipperary Town boys to one point. Arravale Rovers were awarded a penalty with fifteen minutes remaining but the effort was off target. From the kick out Durlas Óg moved the ball down the field and Michael Cahill was on hand to find the net for the deciding score. Final score Durlas Óg 3-4 Arravale Rovers 0-2.

Scorers: R. Mason 1-1, D. Grimes, 1-1, M. Cahill 1-0, J. Shannon and K. Morris 0-1 each.

Durlas Óg: Sean Moloney, Brian Callanan, Stephen Dorney, Kevin O’Gorman, Patrick Leahy, Padraic Maher, Jonathan Shannon, Michael Cahill, Laurence Burke, Ciaran O’Shea, John Joe Bourke, Shane Maher, Damien Grimes, Rodney Mason, Kieran Morris. Subs: Michael McGrath for Ciaran O’Shea, Liam Cullen for Damien Grimes, Brian Stakelum for Rodney Mason, Darragh Stakelum, Sean Smith, Darren O’Neill, Philip Cullen, Bobby Stakelum, Conor Ryan, James Collins.

The county final against Eire Óg (Nenagh) will be played on next Monday evening in Semple Stadium at 7.45 p.m. We wish the team and mentors the very best of luck.

UNDER 14 MID FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS

Congratulations to our under 14’s who defeated Gortnahoe-Glengoole by 1-5 to 0-3 to retain the Mid ‘A’ Football title on Wednesday night last (25th June) in Templetuohy. We had much possession in the early stages of the match but erratic shooting by our forwards and good defending by the Gortnahoe-Glengoole backs kept the match very close and the half time scoreline read Durlas Óg 0-4 Gortnahoe-Glengoole 0-1. The second half was much the same as the first and despite constant pressure by our forwards we found it very hard to score. The decisive score came with three minutes remaining when John Joe Bourke raced through the Gortnahoe-Glengoole defence and kicked an unstoppable shot to the net. With limited possession throughout the match Gortnahoe-Glengoole were always dangerous on the break but our defence held firm especially in the closing stages. We were relieved to hear the full time whistle. Full time score Durlas Óg 1-5 Gortnahoe-Glengoole 0-3.

Team: Sean Moloney, Brian Callanan, Stephen Dorney (Captain), Kevin O’Gorman, Patrick Leahy, Padraic Maher, Jonathan Shannon, Michael Cahill, Laurence Burke, Shane Maher, John Joe Bourke, Ciaran O’Shea, Kieran Morris, Michael McGrath, Damien Grimes. Subs: Rodney Mason for Michael McGrath, Liam Cullen for Damien Grimes, Brian Stakelum, Sean Smith, Darragh Stakelum, Bobby Stakelum, Conor Ryan, Killian McNally, Philip Cullen, Darren O’Neill, James Collins.

Scorers: John Joe Bourke 1-0, Michael Cahill and Kieran Morris 0-2 each, Damien Grimes 0-1.

The county semi-final against Arravale Rovers will be played in Cashel on next Wednesday evening with a 6.30 p.m. throw-in.

FEILE NA nGAEL RUNNERS-UP

Last Thursday, Friday and Saturday were memorable days for our club when our under 14’s competed with distinction in the Feile na nGael finals. We were in a very strong group in Division 1 that included Glen Rovers (Cork), James Stephens (Kilkenny) and Clonlara (Clare).

Our first match was on Thursday evening against the Cork champions, Glen Rovers. An excellent first half display that featured two brilliantly taken goals by John Joe Bourke and Kieran Morris set us up for victory on a scoreline of 3-5 to 1-5. The opening match on Friday morning was against the favourites, James Stephens. The first half was very evenly contested and we trailed by a goal at the interval. An injury to midfielder, Michael Cahill, didn’t help our cause and James Stephens dominated the second half and went on to win by 1-10 to 0-3. Our final group match was against Clonlara and the prize on offer for the winners was a place in the All Ireland semi final. We were well motivated for this match and played top class hurling to win convincingly by 3-15 to 1-4.

Our semi final opponents were St. Vincents (Dublin) who were winners of their group and we had to make the long journey to Mullingar on Friday evening for this match. This was a very close match and the sides were level at three points each at the interval. Second half goals from John Joe Bourke and Damien Grimes and a brilliant display by our defence secured victory on a scoreline of Durlas Óg 2-6 St. Vincents 2-4.

The final was on Saturday in Cusack Park, Mullingar and our opponents were James Stephens who had defeated us the previous day. Durlas Óg was playing in an All Ireland Feile na nGael final for only the second time in our history. Our only other final appearance was in 1990 when we were crowned Division 1 champions. The final was a great advertisement for juvenile hurling and the standard was very high. Both teams took time to settle and we missed some scores. At the interval we were two points in arrears (0-3 to 0-1). We dominated the first ten minutes of the second half and a brilliant point from Rodney Mason and an unstoppable ground shot from John Joe Bourke which rattled the James Stephens net gave us the lead. Our supporters were now in full voice and got behind the team. James Stephens made some positional changes and in a two minute spell their star player and captain, Shane Brennan, scored two well executed goals and a further goal in injury time gave James Stephens the Christy Ring Trophy on a score of 3-7 to 1-3. James Stephens were flattered with the winning margin and the scoreline didn’t do our side justice. Our players were dejected at the final whistle as they came so close to an All Ireland title. Captain, Padraic Maher, led his team up to receive their runners-up medals from G.A.A. President, Sean Kelly.

We are all very proud of the team and their magnificent performances over the three days. They were worthy representatives from Tipperary and their sportsmanship, discipline and behaviour were exemplary. Thanks to their mentors, Michael Gleeson, John Dorney, Michael Kennedy, John Cahill and Fr. Joe Walsh for their great work with this talented group. Thanks to our Treasurer, Ger Donnelly who was our bus driver for the weekend and had us at each venue in plenty of time for our matches. Special mention to the parents and supporters who travelled and made themselves heard at the matches. Finally above all thanks to our hosts, Celbridge and especially Thurlesman, Jimmy Doyle, who gave us all a memorable three days and played a major role in the success of our team.

The following was the panel of players who brought All Ireland Feile na nGael runners-up medals to Thurles for the first time: Bill McCormack, John Shortt, Kevin O’Gorman, Patrick Leahy, Jonathan Shannon, Stephen Dorney, Shane Maher, John Joe Bourke, Laurence Burke, Michael Keane, Michael Cahill, Rodney Mason, Kieran Morris, Padraic Maher, Damien Grimes, Liam Cullen, Barry McCormack, Darren O’Neill, Sean Smith, Brian Stakelum, Sean Moloney, Darragh Stakelum, Conor Ryan, Philip Cullen, Bobby Stakelum, Cillian McNally.

Feile na nGael County Champions

Pride of place this week goes to our under-14 hurlers who won the County Feile na nGael final on last Tuesday evening (27th May). We defeated Knockavilla Kickhams in the semi-final on last Saturday on a scoreline of 4-11 to 1-1. It took us a long time to settle in this match and having played with the breeze in the first half we led by 1-5 to 1-0 at half time. A much improved performance in the second half saw us score 3-6 to Knockavilla Kickhams 0-1 and so advance to the final against Eire Óg (Nenagh).

The final was played in Templemore on Tuesday evening. The sides had met in the 2001 County Under 12 final and the Nenagh boys were victorious on that occasion by a one point margin. The Feile na nGael final was expected to be a close match between two evenly balanced teams. We got off to a dream start and had 2-2 on the scoreboard to Eire Óg’s no score after six minutes. We never looked back and went on to win by 2-7 to 1-4. See Match Report.

Under 10 Leagues

The following are the teams for the u/10 league:

Team A: M. Shannon, J. Stakelum, D. Mulcaire, P. Maher, M. Donnelly, K. Bartley, B. Walsh, B. Power, R. Kerrigan. Team B: J. Ryan, D. Farrah, M. O’Dwyer, E. Queen, S. McCormack, S. Ryan, R. Dwan, G. Healy, D. O’Shea. Team C: D. Corbett, A. Ryan, B. Ryan, J. O’Connell, L. Gleeson, S. Butler, C. Cooke, A. Butler. Team D: J. Stapleton, S. Purcell, E. Leahy, C. Maher, J. Ryan (A), P. Phelan, M. McCormack, C. Lanigan.

The finals of the league were played last Saturday and there was great entertainment for the large attendance. The ‘B’ final saw Mark Shannon’s team defeat a depleted Jamie Stapleton’s team who had to line out without their captain and in the ‘A’ final James Ryan’s team scored a narrow victory over David Corbett’s team in a thrilling match. Tipperary players Ger “Redser” O’Grady and Conor Gleeson were in attendance and they presented the medals after the finals. Thanks to the mentors who organised the league and all the players who participated. Thanks also to Redser and Conor who made the occasion very special for all the boys.

Under 16’s defeated in Mid Final

We were defeated by Moycarkey-Borris in the Mid Under-16 ‘A’ Football final on last Monday (19thMay). Our thanks to the team and their mentors for their efforts during the football season. See Mid Bord na nÓg match report.

Moycarkey-Borris 2-13

Durlas Óg 1-5

Moycarkey-Borris and Durlas Óg played a most entertaining Under 16 ‘A’ football final in Holycross last Monday evening. Despite the convincing scoreline this match was very keenly contested and hard fought. The favourites, Moycarkey-Borris who played with the strong wind in the first half found it very hard to gain the advantage in the early stages and after fifteen minutes the sides were level at 0-3 each and an upset looked on the cards. The next fifteen minutes decided the match with Moycarkey-Borris gaining the advantage in midfield with Kevin Moran particularly impressive and their forwards finding the range scoring 1-9 (David Maher 1-5, Phil Kelly 0-2, Aidan Ryan and Kevin Moran 0-1 each) to Durlas Óg’s solidary point by midfielder, Scott Grey to leave the half time score Moycarkey-Borris 1-12 Durlas Óg 0-4.

Durlas Óg gained the initiative at the start of the second half but inaccurate shooting by their forwards didn’t help their cause. The first score of the half was an Eddie Power point for Moycarkey-Borris after eight minutes. Durlas Óg needed a goal at this stage to have any chance of a comeback and persistent pressure paid off when after 20 minutes the most impressive Scott Grey fielded a high ball on the edge of the square and turned a kicked an unstoppable shot to the net to leave the score Moycarkey-Borris 1-13 Durlas Óg 1-4. Almost immediately Moycarkey-Borris responded with corner forward and captain, Phil Kelly crashing the ball the Durlas Óg net after a very good forward movement. This score sealed the victory and the only other score of the half was a Scott Grey point for Durlas Óg.

Moycarkey-Borris are a very evenly balanced side and they were well served on the night by central defenders, Shane Barry and Brian Moran, Kevin Moran at midfield and forwards Eddie Power, Phil Kelly and substitute, Aidan Ryan. Their most impressive player was talented full forward, David Maher, who gave the Durlas Óg defence a torrid time particularly in the first half and had a personal tally of 1-7. Durlas Óg tried their very best and never gave up. They had top class displays from goalie, Gordon Carey who made some excellent saves, full back, Ian Maher, centre back, Brian White, midfielder and top scorer, Scott Grey and forwards Ronan Walsh and Joseph Mahony.

After the match Don Cunningham representing the sponsors, Lisheen Mines, presented the cup to the Moycarkey-Borris captain, Phil Kelly.

Scorers: Moycarkey-Borris: D. Maher 1-7; P. Kelly 1-2; A. Healy, A. Ryan, E. Power, K. Moran 0-1 each.

Durlas Óg: S. Grey 1-4; R. Walsh 0-1.

Moycarkey-Borris: D. Kinane, W. Foley, S. Barry, P. O’Brien, E. Cantwell, B. Moran, C. Burke, T. Quinn, K. Moran. C. Clohessy, E. Power, A. Healy, J. McGuire, D. Maher, P. Kelly. Subs: A. Ryan for J. McGuire, J. McGuire for C. Clohessy, N. Kinane for W. Foley.

Durlas Óg: G. Carey, A. O’Mahony, I. Maher, L. Phelan, G. Foxton, B. White, C. Molony, C. Carroll, S. Grey, J. Mahony, R. Walsh, D. Shannon, J. Maher, P. Skehan, P. Bourke. Subs: S. Fewer for C. Molony, D. Morris for J. Maher.

Under 14’s win Feile na nGael Mid title

Our under 14’s won the Mid Feile na nGael title last Saturday (10th May) to complete the Mid Peil na nÓg/Feile na nGael double. Our semi final opponents were Drom-Inch and we had a convincing 3-10 to 0-5 victory.

The final against J.K. Brackens was a repeat of the Peil na n Óg final of the previous Saturday. We played with the breeze in the first half and got off to a great start leading by 1-3 to nil after seven minutes with Michael McGrath scoring the goal. We scored a further six points to lead at the interval by 1-9 to nil. J.K. Brackens had the better of the exchanges in the early stages of the second half and they were rewarded with a third minute goal. However we responded with 1-4, the goal coming from corner forward Kieran Morris, in the last ten minutes to run out convincing winners by 2-15 to 1-0. Mid Bord na nÓg President and Durlas Óg Secretary, Jimmy Coppinger presented the trophy to the Durlas Óg captain, Padraic Maher after the match.

The county semi final against Knockavilla Kickhams will be played on this Saturday (17th May) in Drombane at 4.00 p.m.

The teams lined out as follows:

Bill McCormack, John Shortt, Kevin O’Gorman, Shane Maher, Laurence Bourke, Stephen Dorney, Jonathan Shannon, Padraic Maher (Captain), Michael Cahill, Ciaran O’Shea, John Joe Bourke, Michael Keane, Rodney Mason, Michael McGrath, Kieran Morris. Subs: Liam Cullen, Bobby Stakelum, Sean Smith, Barry McCormack, Patrick Leahy, Brian Callanan, Damien Grimes, Brian Stakelum, Conor Ryan, Sean Molony, Darragh Stakelum, Philip Cullen, Anthony O’Gorman, Seamus Brennan, Darren O’Neill, Cillian McNally.

Scorers: Michael McGrath 1-2; Padraic Maher 0-5; Kieran Morris 1-1; Michael Cahill, John Joe Bourke 0-2 each; Michael Keane, Liam Cullen, Ciaran O’Shea 0-1 each.

Mid Peil na nÓg Champions

The under-14 footballers retained their Mid Peil na nÓg title last Saturday (3rd May). We recorded a comprehensive 2-8 to 0-0 semi-final victory over an understrength Boherlahan-Dualla side.

The final was against J.K. Brackens who defeated this team in the Mid under-12 final two year ago and a close match was anticipated. We played with the strong wind in the first half and despite having a Michael Cahill penalty saved by the J.K. Brackens goalie in the third minute we led at the interval by 2-6 to 0-0. We defended excellently in the second half and despite J.K. Brackens best efforts they were unable to break down a resolute defence and at the full time whistle the final score was Durlas Óg 2-7 J.K. Brackens 0-0. After the match the President of Mid Bord na n Óg and Durlas Óg secretary, Jimmy Coppinger presented the trophy to the victorious captain, Jonathan Shannon. The county semi final against the West champions will be played on the last week in May.

Team: Sean Molony, Brian Callanan, Stephen Dorney, Kevin O’Gorman, Laurence Bourke, Padraic Maher, Jonathan Shannon (Captain), Michael Cahill, Ciaran O’Shea, Liam Cullen, John Joe Bourke, Rodney Mason, Shane Maher, Michael McGrath, Kieran Morris. Subs: John Shortt, Damien Grimes, Conor Ryan, Darragh Stakelum, Sean Smith, Bill McCormack, Bobby Stakelum, Brian Stakelum, Cillian McNally, Darren O’Neill, Philip Cullen.

Scorers: Michael Cahill 2-3; John Joe Bourke 0-2; Rodney Mason, Kieran Morris 0-1 each.

Under 10 Indoor Hurling League

An under-10 indoor hurling blitz was held on Wednesday evening (19th March) in the Sarsfields Clubhouse (by kind permission). After some very exciting and keenly contested matches in the league stages Team A and team D qualified for the final. The final was the match of the evening with great skill been displayed and the ball moving quickly from end to end. At the final whistle Team A were ahead by the narrowest of margins. Our Chairman, John Smith, presented medals to the victorious team and he thanked all the boys for their participation over the last number of weeks. The winning team was as follows: James Ryan, Caley Maher, Padraic Fitzpatrick, Kevin Bartley, Stephen Ryan and Conor Lanigan. The other teams were – Team D: David Farrah, John Stakelum, Jamie Stapleton, Ben Walsh, Brian Ryan, Ruairi Dwan; Team B: Mark Shannon, Aidan Ryan, Mossy McCormack, Jamie Fitzpatrick, Ross Kerrigan; Team C: Michael O’Dwyer, Alan Butler, Shane McCormack, Jack O’Connell, Tom Meehan, Gregory Healy.