2005 News

2005 DURLAS ÓG NEWS ARCHIVE

MEDAL PRESENTATION NIGHT

There was a very large attendance at our medal presentation on Sunday night in Scoil Ailbhe. The attendance included, Sean Fogarty, Munster Council Chairman, John Kennedy, Mayor of Thurles Town Council, Rody Lowry, Mid Bord na nÓg Chairman, Neil Ryan, Mid Bord na nÓg Secretary and Diarmuid Moran, representing our sponsors Morans. Eoin Kelly, Ger “Redser” O’Grady, Patrick McCormack, Eoin Costello and Patrick Bourke presented the medals. There was a fine array of cups and trophies on display including Eoin Kelly’s All Star award and the Dan Breen Cup.

The recipients on the night were Under 16’s (Mid and County ‘A’ hurling and Mid ‘A’ Football), Under 14’s (Mid and County ‘A’ Hurling and Mid and County Feile na nGael), Under 13’s (Douglas Tournament), Under 10’s (Ballyboden and Cashel Tournaments). The Under 11 All Ireland Community Games Hurling champions also received trophies to mark their achievement in bring the All Ireland title back to Thurles for the first time.

Thanks to Mr. Quigney, Principal of Scoil Ailbhe, for the use of their facilities.

It was a very enjoyable night and it was most encouraging to see so many parents and former players in attendance.

COUNTY UNDER 16 CHAMPIONS

Congratulations and well done to our under 16’s who retained their county hurling title by defeating Moyle Rovers in Cashel on Saturday. The team gave a very solid performance to record a convincing victory and win the county title for the 10th time. Final score Durlas Óg 1-17 Moyle Rovers 1-6.

The victorious panel was: Bill McCormack, Kevin O’Gorman, Stephen Dorney, Laurence Burke, Brian Callanan, Michael Cahill, Damien Grimes, Padraic Maher, Ciaran O’Shea, Eoghan Dwyer, Patrick Leahy, Michael Keane, Michael McGrath, John Joe Bourke, Rodney Mason, Shane Maher, Jamie Lennon, Denis Maher, John Shortt, Sean Smith, Conor Ryan, Michael Russell, Aidan McCormack, Bobby Stakelum, Robert Murphy, Liam Cullen, Darragh Stakelum, Darren O’Neill, Brian Stakelum, John Paul Dwan, Philip Cullen, Keith Clancy.

Thanks to selectors, Paddy Moore, John Cahill, Phil O’Halloran and Jim Dwyer for their excellent work throughout the year.

County Bord na nÓg match report.

Durlas Óg …………… 1-17 Moyle Rovers……. …. 1-6

Durlas Óg retained their Campion Insurance Group County Under 16 ‘A’ hurling title following victory over Moyle Rovers at Cashel on Saturday. Durlas Óg led from the first minute and they were always in control against a gallant Moyle Rovers side. The Thurles side got some delightful scores hitting 1-12 of their total from play.

Durlas Óg were quickly into their stride and midfielder Padraic Maher hit two good long range points in the opening two minutes. Further points from Michael Cahill, Eoghan Dwyer and Maher again had Durlas Óg leading by 0-5 to nil at the end of the first quarter. With Michael Cahill dominating at centre back and Padraic Maher outstanding at midfield for the Thurles side Moyle Rovers found it very hard to get a supply of ball to their forwards. The South champions got their first score in the 17th minute when full forward Brian Smith hit a point to narrow the gap. Durlas Óg finished the half the stronger with wing forward Michael Keane scoring two points and Patrick Leahy on target from a free while Moyle Rovers Sean Carey expertly cut a sideline over the bar from 45 metres to leave the half time score Durlas Óg 0-8 Moyle Rovers 0-2.

Durlas Óg started the second half as they finished the first scoring seven unanswered points through Padraic Maher (3), Michael McGrath (2) and Patrick Leahy (2 frees) in the opening twelve minutes to give them a commanding 0-15 to 0-2 lead. Moyle Rovers had their best period of the match during the next ten minutes winning much more possession and putting the Thurles defence under pressure. Durlas Og’s goalie Bill McCormack brought off a great save from Brian Smith to deny Moyle Rovers a certain goal. Three Moyle Rovers pointed frees from Sean Carey (2) and Ciaran Lorigan reduced the lead but they needed a goal to get back into the match. However it was Durlas Óg who hit the decisive goal in the 25th minute when Patrick Leahy who was now operating at full forward finished to the back of the net after the Moyle Rovers defence failed to clear after sustained Durlas Óg pressure. Substitute Denis Maher added a point to complete the Durlas Óg scoring. Moyle Rovers Sean Carey pointed a free before Peter Acheson completed the scoring with a great goal in the 29th minute. It was too little too late as referee John Ryan’s full time whistle sounded moments later and a superior Durlas Óg team had deservingly retained their county title.

This was Durlas Og’s 10th under 16 title and they gave a very competent display with many excellent players throughout the field. Bill McCormack was a confident goalie. The full back line of Kevin O’Gorman, Stephen Dorney and Laurence Burke were very solid with Michael Cahill outstanding at centre back. Padraic Maher was very impressive at midfield and he contributed six points. Ciaran O’Shea had a very good second half while Patrick Leahy, Eoghan Dwyer and Michael Keane were prominent in attack.

Moyle Rovers who won the county under 14 title last year are making great progress in underage hurling. Many of their team are young enough for next year and no fault could be found with the displays on Saturday of Paddy Burke, David Foley, Peter Acheson, Ciaran Lorigan, Sean Carey and Brian Smith.

Durlas Óg: Bill McCormack; Kevin O’Gorman, Stephen Dorney, Laurence Burke; Brian Callanan, Michael Cahill (0-1), Damien Grimes; Padraic Maher (0-6), Ciaran O’Shea; Eoghan Dwyer (0-1), Patrick Leahy (1-4), Michael Keane (0-2); Michael McGrath (0-2), John Joe Bourke, Rodney Mason. Substitutes: Shane Maher, Jamie Lennon, Denis Maher (0-1), John Shortt, Sean Smith, Conor Ryan, Michael Russell, Aidan McCormack, Bobby Stakelum, Robert Murphy, Liam Cullen, Darragh Stakelum, Darren O’Neill, Brian Stakelum, John Paul Dwan, Philip Cullen, Keith Clancy.

Moyle Rovers: Paddy Burke; David Burke, David Foley, Ciaran Kenrick; Edmond Burke, Peter Acheson (1-0), David McGrath; Barry Whelan, Ciaran Lorigan (0-1); Ewan Moir, Sean Carey (0-4), Denis McGrath; Thomas Hill, Brian Smith (0-1), Charlie Purcell. Substitutes: Shane McCormack, John Paul O’Donovan, Liam Carey, Eugene Phelan, Conor Lonergan, Shane Heffernan, Darragh Dwyer.

Referee: John Ryan (Cashel King Cormacs).

DAN BREEN CUP VISITS DURLAS ÓG

Ger “Redser” O’Grady and members of the victorious Sarsfields team visited Durlas Óg this morning with the Dan Breen Cup. They received a very enthusiastic welcome from our young players. It was a historic day for Durlas Óg as it was the first time since our foundation in 1979 that a Thurles winning captain brought the Dan Breen Cup to our club.

COUNTY UNDER 14 CHAMPIONS

Congratulations to the under 14’s who won the County ‘A’ hurling title in Semple Stadium on Sunday. They gave a magnificent display to score a convincing win over Clonmel Óg.

The victorious panel was: J.P. Dempsey; Patrick Dunne, Rory O’Shea; Padraic Crone; Shane Dempsey, Denis Maher, David Maher; Stephen Maher, Michael Russell; Darragh Ronayne, Robert Murphy, Donal O’Gorman; Tommy Doyle, Aidan McCormack, Cian Treacy, Philip Purcell, Aidan Loughnane, Aidan Barrett, Brian Keane, James Morrissey, Kevin Smith, Niall Bohan, Ross Kealy, Mark Shannon, Sean Moroney, Mark Lanigan, Ciaran Stapleton, Colin Shorley, James Lyons, Kyle Loughman, Paul Morrissey.

Well done to the team mentors Martin Doyle, Michael Maher and Michael Russell.

County Bord na nÓg Match Report

Durlas Óg……………………4-12

Clonmel Óg…………………. 0-4

Durlas Óg scored a convincing win over Clonmel Óg in the Campion Insurance Group Under 14 ‘A’ hurling final in Semple Stadium on Sunday. Durlas Óg were the stronger team and they displayed an excellent first touch and an abundance of skill to bring the county title back to Thurles for the first time since 1998.

Clonmel Óg had wind advantage in the first half but it was the Thurles side that started the stronger and they were leading by 0-3 to 0-1 after ten minutes. Full forward, Aidan McCormack had the opening point and Tommy Doyle pointed two frees before Michael O’Brien had a point from a free for Clonmel Óg. Durlas Óg were dominating at half back and midfield and their forwards were getting plenty of the ball. Two Thurles goals in a three minute spell midway through the half were to prove decisive. In the 11th minute following a good save by the Clonmel goalie, Darren Green Durlas Óg’s wing forward, Darragh Ronayne was on hand to finish to the net and three minutes later a long range free from Denis Maher deceived the goalie and ended up in the back of the Clonmel Óg net to give Durlas Óg a 2-3 to 0-1 lead. The Clonmel side fought back and full forward, Martin O’Brien hit two good points to reduce the deficit. Durlas Óg finished the half with Denis Maher scoring a great point from a ‘65’ into the wind and Aidan McCormack adding two points from play to give the Thurles team a 2-6 to 0-3 interval lead.

Clonmel Óg needed a good start to the second half but it was Durlas Óg that started impressively with a Robert Murphy goal after two minutes followed by a Tommy Doyle point from a free. The Clonmel side would have been further behind were it not for a brilliant save by goalie, Darren Green from a rasping shot from Aidan McCormack. Clonmel Óg began to come more into the game but they couldn’t find a way through a well drilled Thurles defence. Durlas Óg further extended their lead with points from Denis Maher, substitute Aidan Loughnane and Aidan McCormack to give them a commanding 3-10 to 0-3 lead with five minutes remaining. Victory was well and truly sealed when Robert Murphy scored a great individual goal hitting an unstoppable shot to the net from 20 metres. The scoring was completed by Durlas Óg’s impressive full forward, Aidan McCormack adding two further points to give his team a well deserved victory.

This was an excellent display by Durlas Óg who added the under 14 ‘A’ title to the Feile na nGael title won earlier in the year. Rory O’Shea and Denis Maher were commanding in the centre of the defence and were ably assisted by Shane Dempsey and David Maher. Michael Russell was prominent at midfield while Robert Murphy was a great leader in attack and he was well supported by Aidan McCormack who score six points from play and Tommy Doyle.

Clonmel Óg are a much better team than the scoreline suggests. They played some great hurling to get to the county final but the occasion appears to have got to some of their players and they didn’t perform to the best of their ability. They were well served by goalie, Darren Green, Ross Mullane, Graham Quinn, Cian Hogan, Shane Fagan and their top performer, Martin O’Brien who always looked dangerous when in possession and was very accurate from placed balls.

Durlas Óg : J.P. Dempsey; Patrick Dunne, Rory O’Shea; Padraic Crone; Shane Dempsey, Denis Maher (1-2), David Maher; Stephen Maher, Michael Russell; Darragh Ronayne (1-0), Robert Murphy (2-0), Donal O’Gorman; Tommy Doyle (0-3), Aidan McCormack (0-6), Cian Treacy. Substitutes: Philip Purcell, Aidan Loughnane (0-1), Aidan Barrett, Brian Keane, James Morrissey, Kevin Smith, Niall Bohan, Ross Kealy, Mark Shannon, Sean Moroney, Mark Lanigan, Ciaran Stapleton, Colin Shorley, James Lyons, Kyle Loughman, Paul Morrissey.

Clonmel Óg: Darren Green; Tony Cantwell, Ross Mullane, Dean Horton; John O’Brien, Graham Quinn, Adrian Shannon; Cian Hogan, Declan Ryan; Eric Smith, Shane Fagan, Jason Hahessey; Stevie O’Connell, Michael O’Brien (0-4), Stephen O’Reilly Substitutes: Brian Smith, Mark Aherne, Thomas Power, Darragh Kearney, Shane Hogan, Seanie Barrett, Simon Ahern, Mark Burns, Adam O’Leary, Dylan Cahill, Glen Slator, Colom O’Connell, Declan O’Brien.

Referee: John Cleary (Knockshegowna)

UNDER 16’S RETAIN MID TITLE

Mid Bord na nÓg Match Report

Durlas Óg ………………… 3-18

J.K. Brackens …………… . 0-5

Durlas Óg retained their Thurles Credit Union Under 16 ‘A’ hurling title following a convincing win over J.K. Brackens at Templetuohy on Sunday evening.

The early exchanges were keenly contested with Durlas Óg leading by 0-2 to 0-1 after ten minutes. Patrick Leahy was on target for Durlas Óg with Cathal Scully being the Brackens scorer. The Thurles side can thank goalie Bill McCormack who pulled off a great save from corner forward Toby Morgan in the 2nd minute to deny Brackens a dream start. Durlas Óg added further points by Leahy, John Joe Bourke and Michael Keane with Scully replying for the Brackens. A great save by the J.K. Brackens goalie, Denis Cody from a point blank shot from John Joe Bourke in the 18th minute resulted in a ‘65’ which Padraic Maher converted. Patrick Leahy hit two Durlas Óg points before Eoin Dwyer cut through the Brackens defence to goal for the Thurles side. Points by Dwyer and a Padraic Maher free left the half time score Durlas Óg 1-10 J.K. Brackens 0-2.

Brackens had the first score of the second half with a Cathal Scully point from a free in the 33rdminute. When Rodney Mason hit Durlas Og’s second goal of the match in the 37th minute there was no way back for the Templemore side. Points from John Joe Bourke (2) and Patrick Leahy had Durlas Óg leading by 2-14 to 0-4 as the game entered the final quarter. Durlas Óg added a further 1-4 to their tally to run out convincing winners and complete four in a row of Mid Under 16 ‘A’ titles.

Durlas Óg are a very evenly balanced team with strength in all the central positions. They had good displays from Stephen Dorney, Brian Callanan, Michael Cahill in defence. Padraic Maher was commanding at centre field and Patrick Leahy, Michael Keane and John Joe Bourke were prominent in attack.

J.K. Brackens who tried very hard against a physically stronger Durlas Óg side were well served by Adrian Bourke, Daragh Bourke, Stefan Leahy, Cathal Scully, Aidan Fogarty and Declan Lynagh.

Durlas Óg : Bill McCormack; Kevin O’Gorman, Stephen Dorney, Laurence Bourke; Brian Callanan, Michael Cahill, Damien Grimes; Padraic Maher (0-5), Ciaran O’Shea; Eoghan Dwyer (1-1), Patrick Leahy (0-7), Michael Keane (1-1); Michael McGrath (0-1), John Joe Bourke (0-3), Rodney Mason (1-0). Substitutes: Sean Smith, Conor Ryan, Philip Cullen, Bobby Stakelum, Denis Maher, Michael Russell, Liam Cullen, Brian Stakelum, Darren O’Neill, John Shortt, Shane Maher, Keith Clancy, John Paul Dwan, Darragh Stakelum.

J.K. Brackens : Denis Cody; Dean Fairbrother, Adrian Bourke, Micheal Carroll; Eoin Fitzpatrick, Daragh Bourke, Daniel Guidera; Stefan Leahy, Cathal Scully (0-4); Aidan Fogarty, Kevin O’Riordan, David Farrelly (0-1); Toby Morgan, Declan Lynagh, Daniel Bergin. Substitutes: Caitriona Maher, Daniel Bergin, Austin Purcell, Paddy Stapleton, Thmoas Clohosey, Gavin Stakelum, Nicky Madden.

Referee: Patsy Ralph (Upperchurch-Drombane)

DURLAS ÓG CAPTURES UNDER 14 MID TITLE

Durlas Óg …………………….. 1-6

Loughmore-Castleiney ……….. 1-5

Durlas Óg captured the Under 14 ‘A’ hurling title following an exciting victory over Loughmore-Castleiney at The Ragg on Thursday. The wet conditions were not conducive to fast open hurling but both teams were fully committed and served up a cracking contest with the result in doubt up to the final whistle.

Aidan McGrath pointed two Loughmore frees in the opening twelve minutes. The next five minutes was all Durlas Óg. First Denis Maher pointed a free, then Tommy Doyle goaled following good work by full forward, Aidan McCormack and McCormack himself added a point to leave the score Durlas Óg 1-2 Loughmore-Castleiney 0-2. Loughmore reduced the lead with two Aidan McGrath points and almost on the stroke of half time Aidan McCormack hit a Durlas Óg point to give his team a 1-3 to 0-4 interval lead.

Durlas Óg increased their lead inside two minutes of the restart with a Tommy Doyle pointed free. Liam McGrath replied with a Loughmore point. Loughmore were awarded a 50 metres free in the 35th minute and Aidan McGrath’s high shot deceived the Durlas Óg defence and ended up in the back of the net. This gave Loughmore a one point lead and the tempo of the game increased considerably. Patrick Nolan in the Loughmore goals brought off two good saves and Durlas Óg hit the post in a period of sustained pressure. Michael Russell pointed a 30 metre free from a difficult angle near the sideline to level the match with nine minutes remaining. Both sides had chances to take the lead before Durlas Óg’s Denis Maher pointed a 20 metre free in the 45thminute. Loughmore came in search of an equaliser and in a nail biting finish Durlas Óg were saved by the woodwork when full forward Liam McGrath’s goal bound shot with the goalie beaten came back off the foot of the post and was cleared to safety by the Thurles backs. This was to be Loughmore’s last chance and Durlas Óg held on to add the under 14 title to the Feile na nGael title won earlier in the year.

Durlas Óg had notable performances from J.P. Dempsey, Denis Maher, David Maher, Michael Russell, Tommy Doyle, Aidan McCormack and Cian Treacy. They will meet Nenagh Eire Óg in the county semi final.

Loughmore-Castleiney can consider themselves unfortunate not to have snatched a win in the dying moments. Many of their team are young enough for next year and they were well served by Patrick Nolan, Kevin Johnston, Willie Eviston, Aidan McGrath, Eamon Connolly and Liam McGrath.

Rody Lowry, Mid Bord na nÓg Chairman, complimented both teams on an excellent match and thanked the Spain family, Thurles for their continued sponsorship of this competition. The cup was presented to the victorious captain, Denis Maher by Gerry and Sean Spain.

Durlas Óg : J.P. Dempsey; Patrick Dunne, Rory O’Shea, Padraic Crone; Shane Dempsey, Denis Maher (0-2), David Maher; Stephen Maher, Michael Russell (0-1); Darragh Ronayne, Robert Murphy, Philip Purcell; Tommy Doyle (1-1), Aidan McCormack (0-2), Cian Treacy. Substitutes: Aidan Loughnane, Donal O’Gorman, Kevin Smith, Brian Keane, Mark Lanigan, James Morrissey, Aidan Barrett, Mark Shannon, Niall Bohan, Sean Moroney, Ross Kealy, Colin Shorley, Paul Morrissey, James Lyons, Kyle Loughman, Ciaran Stapleton.

Loughmore-Castleiney : Patrick Nolan; Michael Ryan, Kevin Johnston, Aaron Sweeney; Liam Treacy, Willie Eviston, John Meagher; Aidan McGrath (1-4), Henry Maher; John McGrath, Eamon Connolly, Tomas McGrath; Padraic Hennessy, Liam McGrath (0-1), Lorcan Egan. Substitutes: Padraic Egan, Eamon McGrath, Marty Ryan, Joseph Hennessy, Paul Morris, Kevin O’Connell, Daragh Butler.

Referee : Martin Treacy.

UNDER 10’S VICTORIOUS IN BALLYBODEN TOURNAMENT

Well done to our under 10’s on winning the Ballyboden tournament on Saturday. The team gave great performances throughout the day and they defeated Ballyboden in the final. Every player played his part in the team effort and a great day was had by all.

ALL IRELAND CHAMPIONS

Congratulations and well done to the under 11’s on winning the All Ireland final of the Community Games hurling in Mosney.

Thurles (Tipperary)…………7-5

Carrabane (Galway)……….. 1-1

The All Ireland final of Community Games hurling was played in very breezy conditions before a sizeable and vocal Thurles crowd in Mosney this morning. The Galway side had the advantage of the strong wind in the first half. The early exchanges were keenly contested with Conor Lanigan opening the Thurles scoring in the 5th minute with a delightful point from 40 metres near the sideline. Carrabane equalised in the 10th minute. The Thurles defence were excellent during this period. Two Thurles goals in the space of two minutes changed the course of the match. In the 17th minute Conor Lanigan goaled when his high ball from out the field deceived the Galway goalie and this was followed by a Tom Tierney goal after great play by Jack Lineen on the left wing. Tom Meehan added a good point from the sideline to increase the Thurles lead (2-2 to 0-1) with five minutes of the half remaining. The Galway champions fought back and scored a goal after the Thurles backs failed to clear their lines. Almost immediately Tom Meehan gained possession on the right wing and he found Tom Tierney who put the ball in the back of the net to leave the half time score Thurles 3-2 Carrabane 1-1.

Inside two minutes of the restart Thurles increased their lead when Caley Maher came up from his wing back position to hit over a delightful point. A Ronan Maher point and a Stephen Ryan goal further increased the Thurles lead (4-4 to 1-1) and at this stage it looked as if there was no way back for the Galway boys. Thurles were now dominating in all sectors of the field. Aidan Ryan pointed a “65” and Thurles added three further goals through Tom Tierney, Tom Meehan and Stephen Ryan to complete the scoring and record a most convincing victory to bring the All Ireland title home to Thurles for the first time.

This was an excellent team display with Shane McCormack a very competent goalie. Jack O’Connell, Brian Ryan and Cathal Ryan formed a solid full back line. Wing backs Caley Maher and Rory Dwan were always prominent while captain, Aidan Ryan led by example at centre back. Kevin Fanning and Ronan Maher worked very hard at midfield. The half forward line of Tom Meehan, Conor Lanigan and Stephen Cahill caused many problems for the Galway backs. Corner forward, Tom Tierney who has a great eye for goal was top scorer with three goals. Stephen Ryan at full forward contributed two goals while Jack Lineen in the other corner set up many scores. Substitutes, Nicky Irwin, Brendan O’Loughlin, Patrick Carroll, Tony O’Brien and Brian Hanrahan all came on during the game and played their part in a historic victory.

Well done to the mentors Tony Lanigan, Jim Ryan, Larry Ryan, John O’Connell and Patrick Kenny for their efforts and congratulations to them on a job well done.

The team arrived back in Thurles at 10.00 p.m. and the team bus received a Garda escort from the outskirts of the town to Pairc na nÓg where a large crowd was on hand to welcome home the All Ireland champions. It was a fitting end to a great day.

Panel: Shane McCormack, Jack O’Connell, Brian Ryan, Cathal Ryan, Caley Maher, Aidan Ryan (Captain), Rory Dwan, Ronan Maher, Kevin Fanning, Tom Meehan, Conor Lanigan, Stephen Cahill, Tom Tierney, Stephen Ryan, Jack Lineen, Nicky Irwin, Brendan O’Loughlin, Patrick Carroll, Tony O’Brien, Brian Hanrahan.

Mentors: Larry Ryan, Tony Lanigan, John O’Connell, Jim Ryan and Paddy Kenny.

WELL DONE

Well done to our players who played on Tipperary teams last weekend. Denis Maher and Michael Russell were members of the Tony Forristal panel. Bill McCormack was a member of the Tipperary Under 15 team while Padraic Maher, Michael Cahill and Stephen Dorney were our representatives on the Arrabawn Co-Op Under 16 panel.

SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE

We had a most successful Thurles Hurling & Camogie School of Excellence last week. Thanks to the organisers, coaches and all who assisted to make it a most enjoyable week for everybody. Special thanks to our sponsors, Thurles Credit Union for their continued support. Guests who attended during the week included Brendan Cummins, Lar Corbett, Eddie Enright, Ger O’Grady, Martin Maher, Eoin Kelly, Thomas Mulcahy and Richie Power. St. Johns (Belfast) under 12’s joined us last Wednesday and participated in the last three days of the School of Excellence. They enjoyed their stay in Thurles and made many friends. Thanks to the families who hosted the St. Johns players and made them feel most welcome.

PHIL O’MARA SHIELD

The Under 16 Phil O’Mara Shield was played last Friday evening (29th July) between Durlas Óg and James Stephens (Kilkenny) in Pairc na nÓg. After a keenly contested match that produced some great scores we came out on top. Our captain, Michael Cahill received the Phil O’Mara Shield from Tony O’Mara and Sean O’Mara presented the winning team with their prizes. Thanks to everybody who helped to make the evening a great success with special thanks to James Stephens for taking the fixture.

MUNSTER CHAMPIONS

Congratulations to the Under 11’s on winning the Munster final of Community Games hurling on Saturday in Cork. They had a convincing win over Enniskean & District from Cork in the semi final. Their final opponents were Lismore (Waterford) and this was a thrilling match between two evenly balanced teams. A great Tom Tierney goal midway through the first half gave us the initiative and we led by 1-4 to 0-2 at the interval. Lismore came back at us in the second half and our goalie, Shane McCormack was called on to make at least four brilliant saves. Lismore got the goal they were looking for with five minutes remaining to leave three points (1-7 to 1-4) between the sides. Our team displayed great character in the closing stages and when Conor Lanigan hit a sideline cut from 40 metres all the way to the Lismore net the Munster trophy was on its way to Thurles. The final score was 2-7 to 1-4.

This was a great victory for a very skilful and committed team. Shane McCormack was outstanding in goal and as already stated he made some brilliant saves. The full back line of Jack O’Connell, Brian Ryan and Cathal Ryan were very solid and gave their opponents no time to settle on the ball. Captain, Aidan Ryan led by example and was commanding at centre back. He was ably assisted by wing backs, Nicky Irwin and Caley Maher who made many great clearances. Midfielders, Rory Dwan and Ronan Maher worked tirelessly and gave good ball to the forwards. The half forward line of Tom Meehan, Conor Lanigan and Stephen Cahill were always dangerous and they all got their names on the scoresheet. Stephen Ryan caused many problems at full forward while corner forwards, Tom Tierney and Jack Lineen were always on the lookout for a score. The other players on the panel who made their contributions in the early rounds were Kevin Fanning, Brendan O’Loughlin, Tony O’Brien, Patrick Carroll and Brian Hanrahan.

The team mentors were Larry Ryan, Tony Lanigan, John O’Connell, Jim Ryan and Paddy Kenny.

After the final whistle Aidan Ryan was presented with the Munster trophy by the Chairman of Munster Community Games.

Thanks to our supporters who travelled in large numbers to Cork on Saturday and made themselves heard at all our matches.

MID WINS PEADAR CUMMINS TOURNAMENT

We were represented on the Mid team that won the Peadar Cummins Inter Divisional Under 14 hurling final last Saturday by Denis Maher, Michael Russell, Stephen Maher and Robert Murphy. Congratulation and well done to our four players of their success.

COUNTY FOOTBALL SEMI FINAL DEFEAT

Our Under 16’s were defeated by Nenagh Eire Óg in the county ‘A’ football semi final last week. We failed to score in the first half but a determined display in the second half saw us go down by two points.

The team lined out as follows: Sean Moloney; Shane Maher, Michael McGrath, Jamie Lennon; Patrick Leahy, Stephen Dorney, Laurence Bourke; Michael Cahill, John Joe Bourke; Ciaran O’Shea, Padraic Maher, Brian Callanan; Rodney Mason, Eoin Dwyer, Michael Keane. Subs used: Bill McCormack and Damien Grimes.

Thanks to the mentors, John Dorney, Eoin Costelloe and Aidan Dundon for their efforts throughout the season.

ALL IRELAND FEILE NA nGAEL

Our Under 14 hurlers travelled to Cork last weekend (17th, 18th and 19th June) to represent Tipperary in the All Ireland Feile na nGael finals. We were in a tough group and the standard was very high. We lost our opening match to Glen Rovers on Friday evening by two points. The next day we had mixed fortunes in our matches losing to Na Piarsaigh (Cork) and defeating Limerick champions, Na Piarsaigh. Na Piarsaigh (Cork) won our group and they lost the semi final to the eventual winners Kilmacud Crokes (Dublin).

Thanks to our hosts, Glen Rovers, for their kindness and hospitality to us over the weekend. It was a most enjoyable and memorable weekend for all who travelled to Cork. Thanks to our players and mentors for their efforts and also thanks to our many supporters who made themselves heard at all the matches.

The following was our panel of players: Michael Russell (Captain), Denis Maher, Rory O’Shea, Robert Murphy, Stephen Maher, Shane Dempsey, David Maher, J.P. Dempsey, Tommy Doyle, Donal O’Gorman, Cian Treacy, Patrick Dunne, Aidan McCormack, Darragh Ronayne, Paraic Crone, James Morrissey, Aidan Barrett, Niall Bohan, Aidan Loughnane, Ciaran Stapleton, Brian Keane, Ross Kealy, Kevin Smith, Philip Purcell, Denis Moore, Sean Moroney, Paul Morrissey, James Lyons, Mark Lanigan, Kyle Loughman.

The mentors were Martin Doyle, Michael Maher, Michael Russell and Stephen Mason.

ANNE WINS CAR IN COUNTY BOARD DRAW

Congratulations to Anne Kealy, Mitchel Street who won a car in the June Draw. The Promoter was John Smith.

COMMUNITY GAMES COUNTY CHAMPIONS

Congratulations and well done to our Under 11 hurlers who scored a convincing win over Carrick-on-Suir in the Community Games County Final at Semple Stadium on Bank Holiday Monday. Our young team displayed a vast array of skills and played brilliant hurling to qualify for the Munster semi final on 9th July.

The team lined out as follows: Shane McCormack, Rory Dwan, Brian Ryan, Cathal Ryan, Caley Maher, Aidan Ryan (Captain), Jack O’Connell, Ronan Maher, Kevin Fanning, Tom Meehan, Conor Lanigan, Stephen Cahill, Tom Tierney, Stephen Ryan, Jack Lineen. Substitutes: Brendan O’Loughlin, Tony O’Brien, Nicky Irwin, Patrick Carroll, Brian Hanrahan.

All the substitutes came on during the course of the game and played their part in the victory.

The team mentors are Larry Ryan, Tony Lanigan, John O’Connell, Jim Ryan and Paddy Kenny.

FEILE COUNTY CHAMPIONS

Congratulations and well done to our Under 14 hurlers who defeated Clonoulty-Rossmore to win the Feile na nGael county final last week. The team gave a great display and they will now represent Tipperary in the All Ireland finals in Cork on 17th, 18th and 19th June. Glen Rovers will be our hosts for the weekend.

The panel of players was: J.P. Dempsey, Patrick Dunne, Rory O’Shea, Padraic Crone, Shane Dempsey, Denis Maher, David Maher, Stephen Maher, Michael Russell, Darragh Ronayne, Robert Murphy, Donal O’Gorman; Tommy Doyle, Aidan McCormack, Cian Treacy, Damien Ryan, Brian Keane, Ross Kealy, Aidan Loughnane, James Morrissey, Philip Purcell, Kevin Smith, Aidan Barrett, Niall Bohan, Sean Moroney, Greg Cully, Ciaran Stapleton, Mark Lanigan, James Lyons, Denis Moore, Paul Morrissey, Kyle Loughman.

Team mentors were Martin Doyle, Michael Maher, Michael Russell and Stephen Mason.

County Bord na nÓg Match Report:

DURLAS ÓG TOPS IN FEILE FINAL

Durlas Óg……………….. . 3-5

Clonoulty-Rossmore…….. 0-4

Durlas Óg scored an impressive victory over Clonoulty-Rossmore in the County Feile na nGael final played before a sizeable attendance at Boherlahan last Thursday. Durlas Óg set the foundation for this win with two crucial first half goals to lead by eight points at the interval. Despite the best efforts of Clonoulty-Rossmore in the second half the Thurles defence were outstanding and they went on to record a deserving victory. They will now go forward to represent Tipperary in the All-Ireland finals in Cork on 17th, 18th and 19th June.

The early exchanges were close and the sides were level at two points each after ten minutes. Michael Russell and Aidan McCormack were on target for Durlas Óg and Aidan Ryan and Padraig Heffernan were the Clonoulty-Rossmore scorers. A Tommy Doyle pointed free in the 15th minute gave the Thurles side the lead and the same player goaled a minute later following a great run by Cian Treacy down the left wing . With a minute of the first half remaining Denis Maher had a goal from a 20 metre free following a foul on full forward, Aidan McCormack and Maher also had the last score of the half when he pointed a ‘65’ in injury time to leave his side leading by 2-4 to 0-2 at the interval.

The second half was very tight with both defences on top. Thomas Butler had two pointed frees for Clonoulty-Rossmore to reduce the Durlas Óg lead to six points with eight minutes remaining. At this stage Clonoulty need a goal but the Thurles side defended magnificently with their goalie, J.P. Dempsey called upon to make some good saves. Durlas Óg’s first score of the second half didn’t come until the 37th minute when Aidan McCormack scored a good point from 30 metres. The Durlas Óg victory was sealed two minutes later when Robert Murphy goaled with an unstoppable shot from close range.

Durlas Óg were delighted with this victory and their very evenly balanced team can now look forward to representing Tipperary in the All-Ireland finals next month. Clonoulty-Rossmore contributed to an excellent match and despite losing on this occasion they will still have a big say in the destination of this year’s Under 14 championship.

Teams and scorers:

Durlas Óg : J.P. Dempsey; Patrick Dunne, Rory O’Shea, Padraic Crone; Shane Dempsey, Denis Maher (1-1), David Maher; Stephen Maher, Michael Russell (0-1); Darragh Ronayne, Robert Murphy (1-0), Donal O’Gorman; Tommy Doyle (1-1), Aidan McCormack (0-2), Cian Treacy.

Clonoulty-Rossmore : Kieran Carroll; Michael Quinn, Kieran Ryan, Philip Kearney; Niall Shanahan, Thomas Butler (0-2), Cait Devane; Philip Ryan, Martin Sadlier; Seamus Carew, Padraig Heffernan (0-1), Aaron Ryan; Aidan White, Aidan Ryan (0-1), Conor Hammersley. Substitutes: Kevin Maher for Kearney; Joseph Slattery for Carew; Philip Quirke for Hammersley.

Referee: F. O’Brien (Fr. Sheehys).

COUNTY BOARD DRAW

Congratulations to Dave Connor, Willowmere Drive and Patrick Moore, Monadreen who were winners in the May Draw.

UNDER 16 RETAIN MID FOOTBALL TITLE

Congratulations also to the Under 16 footballers who retained their Mid football title following a one point victory over J.K. Brackens last Monday. See Mid Bord na nÓg match report hereunder:

Durlas Óg ………………… 3-3

J.K. Brackens ……………. 0-11

A physically stronger Durlas Óg side scored two goals in the last five minutes to snatch victory from J.K. Brackens in an entertaining Lisheen Mines Under 16 football final at Holycross last Monday.

J.K. Brackens, playing an exciting brand of football, held a 0-8 to 0-2 half time lead. Centre forward, Cathal Scully was very prominent in this half scoring five of his side’s points.

Durlas Óg dominated the early stages of the second half but they wasted possession on numerous occasions and hit some very bad wides. A Brian Callanan goal from a Durlas Óg penalty in the 45th minute left two points (0-8 to 1-3) between the sides. Brackens replied with points from Aiden Fogarty and Cathal Scully to stretch their lead to four points with ten minutes remaining. It looked at this stage that the title was on its way to Templemore.

The Thurles side to their credit never gave up and Eoghan Dwyer scored a great goal in the 55thminute to leave one point between the sides. Two minutes later centre forward, John Joe Bourke soloed through to score another goal and now Durlas Óg were leading by two points. J.K. Brackens responded and were very unlucky when as a result of a great passing movement David Farrelly’s shot for goal went inches over the bar to leave the minimum between the sides. This was to be their last opportunity as the final whistle sounded moments later.

Durlas Óg will be first to admit that they were most fortunate to win as the Brackens kicked eleven scores to their six over the course of the game. However in the end the goals were the different between the sides.

After the match Mid Bord na nÓg Chairman, Rody Lowry presented the cup to the Durlas Óg captain, Brian Callanan.

Teams and scorers were:

Durlas Óg : S. Moloney, K. O’Gorman, M. McGrath, L. Bourke, P. Leahy, S. Dorney, J. Lennon, M. Cahill, E. Dwyer (1-0), C. O’Shea, J.J. Bourke (1-0), M. Keane, R. Mason (0-1), P. Maher (0-1), B. Callanan (1-1). Subs: J. Shortt for J. Lennon.

J.K. Brackens : D. Guidera, A. Bourke, D. Lynagh, D. Comerford, J. Morrissey, D. Bourke, E. Fitzpatrick, D. Bergin, K. O’Riordan, S. Leahy (0-1), C. Scully (0-6), M. Carroll, T. McInerney (0-1), D. Farrelly (0-1), A. Fogarty (0-2).

Referee: P. Ralph (Upperchurch-Drombane)

PRIMARY GAME TEAM

Aidan McCormack (Gaelscoil) has been selected on the Tipperary Primary Game team to play Limerick this Sunday. Aidan is a member of our Under 14 team. Former Durlas Óg player, Tomas Nolan (Scoil Ailbhe) has also been selected. Tomas now plays with Killenaule. Congratulations and best wishes to both players.

MID FEILE NA nGAEL CHAMPIONS

Durlas Óg ……………….. 4-6

Loughmore-Castleiney…….1-2

Durlas Óg retained their Mid Feile na nGael title following victory over Loughmore-Castleiney at the Garda College Pitch on Monday evening (25th April). The Thurles side had wind advantage in the first half and led by 1-3 to no score after fifteen minutes. Cian Treacy was the goal scorer following a goalmouth melee. Both teams added two points each in the last five minutes of the half to leave Durlas Óg leading by 1-5 to 0-2 at the interval.

Loughmore-Castleiney got the ideal start to the second half when an Aidan McGrath free from 40 metres went all the way to the net in the first minute to leave three points between the sides. Any chance of a Loughmore comeback was short lived when Tommy Doyle responded almost immediately with a Durlas Óg goal. Loughmore to their credit never gave up but they couldn’t find a way through a resolute Durlas Óg defence. The Thurles boys added two further goals through Tommy Doyle and Denis Maher in the closing stages to record a convincing win.

After the match Jimmy Coppinger, sponsor of Mid Feile na nGael presented the trophy to the Durlas Óg winning captain, Michael Russell.

Durlas Óg: J.P. Dempsey, P. Crone, R. O’Shea, P. Dunne, S. Dempsey, Denis Maher, David Maher, M. Russell, S. Maher, D. Ronayne, R. Murphy, D. O’Gorman, T. Doyle, A. McCormack, C. Treacy.

Loughmore-Castleiney: J. Meagher, A. Sweeney, T. McGrath, Ml. Ryan, C. O’Brien, W. Eviston, H. Maher, K. Johnston, E. Connolly, J. McGrath, A. McGrath, L. McGrath, P. Nolan, L. Treacy, M. Ryan.

Referee: P. Ralph (Upperchurch-Drombane)

MORANS’ SPONSORS DURLAS ÓG

Morans who have been Durlas Óg sponsors since 1999 continued their sponsorship of our Club by presenting new jerseys for this year’s championships. We thank Morans for their generous sponsorship and for their excellent support to Durlas Óg over the years.

CLUB NEWSLETTER

The first Club Newsletter of 2005 was recently distributed. It contains much information on current news as well as remembering a team that brought glory to our club. Congratulations and well done to our P.R.O. Jim Ryan on an excellent publication.

MUNSTER UNDER 16 HURLING

We were well represented on the Mid Tipperary side that were defeated by North Tipperary in the Munster Under 16 Inter Divisional Hurling Quarter Final last Monday in Borrisoleigh. Stephen Dorney, Michael Cahill, Padraic Maher (Captain) and Patrick Leahy were on the starting fifteen while Michael McGrath and Kevin O’Gorman were substitutes.

MID PEIL NA nÓG

We defeated Moyne-Templetuohy after extra time in a thrilling Peil na nÓg semi final in Templemore last Saturday. The final against J.K. Brackens was a very one sided affair with the Templemore boys proving too strong for us and winning very comprehensively. Best wishes to Brackens in the county semi final.

BELFAST TRIP

Our under 14’s had a memorable weekend (19th – 21st March) in Belfast with the St. John’s Club. We played four matches against opponents from Antrim, Down and Armagh. We attended the Tipperary and Antrim National league match in Casement Park on Sunday. It was a most enjoyable weekend and our thanks to St. John’s for their kindness and hospitality shown to us. We are all looking forward to St. John’s visiting us during the summer.

COUNTY BOARD DRAW

Congratulations to Pat and Dee Hayes who won €600 and Noeleen Curtis, winner of €200, in recent draws. Our thanks to all our members who have supported the Draw. Special thanks to Tom Meehan, Draw Co-Ordinator, and the promoters for their efforts. The new draw will commence in May.

VANDALISM AT CLUBHOUSE

An incident of vandalism took place recently at our Clubhouse. The new extension to the Clubhouse was the source of the vandals wrath as they ripped downpipes from the walls, smashed tiles on the roof and ripped an outside tap from the wall also.

UNDER 14 LEAGUE FINALS

The finals of the Under 14 hurling and football leagues were played last Friday in the Ursuline Sports Complex. Team C captained by Michael Russell defeated Robert Murphy’s Team B in the hurling decider and Team D led by Denis Maher were victorious over Team A captained by Stephen Maher in the football final. County player, Lar Corbett was on hand to present medals to all players that participated in the league over the last seven weeks.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

Our under 10’s represented Durlas Óg in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade last Sunday and won an award. Congratulations and well done to all concerned both players and mentors.

POKER CLASSIC

Our annual Poker Classic last Saturday night (5th March) in the Anner Hotel was very successful. We had a large attendance and our thanks to all those who supported the night. Special thanks to Larry Ryan, main organiser for all his efforts. Thanks also to the ladies committee who looked after the catering.

UNDER 14 LEAGUE

The following are the teams for the Under 14 hurling and football league that will be played each Friday evening in the Ursuline Sports Complex on their new Astroturf pitches.

TEAM A: Stephen Maher, Aidan Loughnane, Donal O’Gorman, J.P. Dempsey, Darra Ronayne, Philip Purcell, Christy Cleary, Ciaran O’Dowd, James Ryan (Windsor Grove), Mossie McCormack, Peter Coman, Brian Ryan, Brian O’Connor, Cathal Cronin, Philip Loughnane.

TEAM B: Robert Murphy, Aidan Barrett, Shane Dempsey, David Maher, Damien Ryan, Ciaran Stapleton, Paul Morrissey, Mark Lanigan, David Corbett, Shane Butler, Aidan Ryan, Eoin Leahy, Stephen Ryan, Jonathan Loughnane, Cathal Maher.

TEAM C: Michael Russell, Cian Treacy, Rory O’Shea, James Morrissey, Aidan McCormack, Kevin Smith, Padraic Crone, Greg Cully, Mark Shannon, John Stakelum, Eoin Barrett, Cathal Stakelum, Padraig Phelan, Paul Maher, Cathal Ryan.

TEAM D: Denis Maher, Brian Keane, Tommy Doyle, Ross Kealy, Rory Jackson, Denis Moore, Patrick Dunne, Sean Moroney, Michael O’Dwyer, Allan Butler, Stephen Kennedy, James Ryan (Seskin), Aidan Doyle, Sean Wade.

Matches commence at 5.45 p.m. each Friday evening. Players are asked to note that runners and tracksuit pants must be worn. Special hurleys will be provided. All players must wear helmets with facial protection. There will be a charge of €2 per player to cover the cost of lights and use of the pitches.

ADJOURNED ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The Adjourned Annual General Meeting was held on Friday 21st January in the Clubhouse before a sizeable attendance. The following selectors were appointed for this year:

Under 8: Ger Sammon, Ger Donnelly, Tom Meehan, Darra Purcell, Conor Stakelum, John Hickey, Martin Doyle, Pat Stakelum.

Under 10: Paddy Kenny, Andy Ryan, John O’Connell, Liam McCarthy.

Under 12: Sean Corbett, Tony Lanigan, Tom Meehan, Larry Ryan, Jim Ryan.

Under 14: Martin Doyle, Michael Russell, Stephen Mason, Michael Maher, Jim Woodlock.

Under 16 (Hurling): Paddy Moore, Jim Dwyer, Phil O’Halloran, John Cahill

Under 16 (Football): Eoin Costelloe, Aidan Dundon, John O’Gorman, John Dorney.

Registration Fees are €25.00 per player.

It was decided to affiliate two teams in both hurling and football in each age group for the current year.

Monthly committee meetings will be held on the first Thursday of each month.

PROGRESSIVE “25” DRIVE

Our Annual Progressive “25” Drive last Wednesday night (19th January) in Sarsfields Clubhouse was once again a great success. Thanks to main organiser, Phil Brennan and his team of helpers for their tremendous efforts. Special thanks to the Ladies Committee for looking after the catering needs. A total of 156 players took part on the night. Many thanks to Sarsfields for the use of their facilities.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The Annual General Meeting was held in the Clubhouse on Friday 7th January before a large attendance. Mass was celebrated by our Chaplain, Fr. Joe Walsh prior to the meeting.

Chairman, John Smith, in his address welcomed everybody to the meeting and thanked all those who helped in anyway during the year. He paid a special tribute to the County Board Draw Co-Ordinator, Tom Meehan and all the promoters and members for their efforts. The draw is our main source of income and the Chairman felt that the Draw Co-Ordinator and promoters didn’t get the credit they deserved for their work. He congratulated our championship winning teams and thanked all the players and mentors for their commitment during the year. He referred to our Clubhouse Development and said he was delighted that the development is now completed. The Chairman thanked those who helped us secure the various grants and gave details of the grants received.

Jimmy Coppinger who stepped down as Secretary after 18 years service produced a very detailed report outlining the progress of all teams during the year and also included in the report was details of all events in the Club during 2004. He was complimented on his excellent report and many tributes were paid to Jimmy for his dedicated service to the Club over many years. He was unanimously elected as Vice President of Durlas Óg.

Treasurer, Ger Donnelly, produced a very detailed and comprehensive Financial Report that showed us to be in a sound financial position. Ger was complimented for his professional report and his excellent management of the Club’s financial affairs.

Andy Ryan was elected as Secretary and Jim Ryan as P.R.O. Our Chairman, John Smith who stated prior to the meeting that he was not seeking re-election after five years in the position was asked to continue for another year as there was nobody nominated for Chairman. He stated that he would serve for one more year but would definitely be stepping down next year.

The adjourned A.G.M. will be held on Friday 21st January at 8.00 p.m.

The following Officers were elected:

President :Pat Stakelum
 Vice-Presidents: Michael Carroll; Michael Murphy; Larry O’Connor; Jimmy Coppinger
 Life Vice Presidents:Br. Keane; Br. Higgins; Fr. O’Rourke; Dick Callanan; Michael Kennedy
 Chairman:John Smith
 Vice Chairman:Sean Costelloe; Martin Doyle
 Secretary:Andy Ryan
 Treasurer: Ger Donnelly
 Assistant Treasurer: Tom Meehan
 Co. Board Draw Co-Ordinator:Tom Meehan
 Registrar:  Ger Sammon
 P.R.O.:  Jim Ryan
 Schools Liaison Officer:Paddy Moore
 Caretaker:  Pat Callaghan