The following notes were published in this weeks Tipperary Star:
Medal Presentation Night.
The event was a meeting of the past and present , we were delighted to welcome back former players; All Star: Michael Cahill, along with his county colleagues: Pa Bourke and Stephen Lillis to present the medal to the current players. Medals were presented to Under 12 ‘s for their wins in the Mid Group 1 Hurling Shield, and the Mungret Tournament. The Under 14s received medals for their win in the Mid ‘C’ Hurling , and the Under 16 ‘s for their Mid & County ‘A’ Hurling Competition wins, and the James Stephens Tournament.
One of the highlights of the night was the interviews conducted by the MC. John Smith with Michael, Pa and Stephen, who looked back at their time in Durlas Og, and gave the young players an insight into the training regime at county level.
Many thanks to the lads, Stephen, Pa and Micheal, for contributing so much on the night, and a big thank you to our other special guests: Joe Kennedy (Chairman County Bord na nOg), Joe O'Sullivan (Chairman Mid Bord na nOg) and John Kennedy (Mayor of Thurles Town Council) for their attendance. Thank you to Tipperary Institute for the use of their facilities and Margaret and Frida for providing the refreshments afterwards. For a more detailed report and photographs of the occasion( kindly provided by John O’ Loughlin) checkout the website..
Review of the year..
This year Doon won the Phil O’Meara Tournament, on a score line of 0-13 – 1-9, against Durlas Óg in a hard fought match. Tony O’ Meara, son of Phil O’ Meara, presented the medals to the winning team.
July also saw Durlas Og teams having mixed fortunes in the Premier Under 12 Hurling semi finals. The 'C' team scored a thrilling two point win over Boherlahan/Dualla 'C' in Group 4 semi final. Our 'A' and 'B' teams were defeated by Holycross/Ballycahill and Moyne/Templetuohy respectively in the Group 1 and Group 2 semi finals. Both teams lost by three points after two very close matches.
The VHI Cul Camp was held and concluded on Friday August 19th. It was a very successful week, with large numbers participating in all age groups.
In August we were represented on the Tipperary underage hurling teams by the following: Under 14 - Rory Purcell: Under 15 - Faolan Linnane, Billy McCarthy, Paul Sammon and Thomas Skehan : Under 16 - Kevin Dunne, Conor Lanigan, Jack Lineen, Caley Maher, Graham Maher, Ronan Maher and David Russell. Tony Lanigan was a selector with the Under 16 team.
The Under 8s and Under 10s travelled to Mount Sion, Waterford, to take part in a blitz.
Moycarkey/Borris visted Pairc na nOg for Under 6 and Under 8 blitzes. In total we had about 120 players hurling with at least six matches being played at any time. The games were very competitive with tremendous skill and enthusiasm being shown by both sets of players.
The under 10’s were in action in Edenderry, they travelled to take part in their annual under 10 tournament. Durlas Og did very well on the day, defeating Naomh Eanna (Wexford), Sarsfields (Cork), Clough Ballacolla (Laois) and Thomastown,(Kilkenny). They also travelled to Doon to take part in a blitz. We fielded two teams on the day and each team played against Na Fianna, Kilmaley and Doon. Of the six games played we won five.
The finals of the U12 shield hurling competitions were played. Our first team defeated JK Brackens by a point in the semi-final to set up a final meeting with Drom/Inch. In a thrilling game Durlas Òg came out on top. All players played their part in both games.. Our second team played Upperchurch in the semi-final but couldn`t break down a strong defence in a low scoring game. Durlas Og 'C' were defeated by Toomevara by 2-1 to 1-1 in the Premier Under 12 hurling county quarter final at Semple Stadium
The Under 14’s had convincing win over Moycarkey-Borris in the Mid Under 14 ‘C’ hurling final, but were defeated in the final at Dundrum. The U 14 A went out to Drom/Inch in the Mid Under 14 'A' hurling final.
Our Under 16's defeated Holycross/Ballycahill by 0-11 to 1-6 in a thrilling Mid 'A' hurling final at The Ragg.Durlas Og 'B' were defeated by Upperchurch/Drombane in the Mid Under 16 'B' hurling final on a scoreline of 3-11 to 3-2.
We had local winners in the Tipperary GAA Draw: Delia Cornally and Mick & Rosemary Carroll won €200 each.
Our Under 8s travelled to the Kilmacud Crokes Tournament. With teams participating from Dublin, Tipperary, Cork, Wexford, Waterford and Galway this could be classed as an inter county competition. All our boys hurled with great skill and determination in difficult conditions and each and every one of them can be proud of their performance. We had great help from our parents and mentors which all helped to make it a special day for all the boys.
Our former players, Michael Cahill, Padraic Maher and Lar Corbett won hurling All Star awards for 2011. Michael was selected at left full back, Padraic at left half back and Lar at full forward. The awards were well deserved and all in Durlas Og are very proud of their achievements.
We scored a thrilling two points win (1-16 to 1-14) over Nenagh Eire Og in the County Under 16 'A' hurling semi final. Conor Lanigan scored 14 points in a top class display of marksmanship.
November & December
Another local winner in the Tipperary GAA Draw: Tom Noone won €10,000, Ger Donnelly who was the promoter won €400.
The Under 12 astro league was held over a number of weeks. Ronan Maher, Under 16 captain presented the prizes to the winners.
Looking forward to 2012.
Annual General Meeting
Thanks to all who supported the 25 card drive in the Sarsfield Centre, on Wednesday, January 18th.
Scór na bPáistí
Solo Singing : Aine Purcell, Recitation: Jenny Irwin.
Quiz: Rory Fogarty, David Mawe and Kieran Costello.
Ballad : Sadhbh Leahy, Niamh Purcell, Jenny Irwin, Bridann Tierney and Aine Purcell.
Instrumental Music: Sean Madden, Bridann Tierney, Niamh Purcell, Jenny Irwin and Sadhbh Leahy.
Set Dancing: Barry McGrath, Peter Wall, Sean Collins, Katelyn Ruddy, Sadhbh Leahy, Jenny Irwin
Niamh Purcell, Aine O`Connell and Bridann Tierney.
Novelty Act: Ben Murphy, Kevin Bracken, Kieran Costello, Conor Stapleton, Sean Costello and Robbie Stapleton.
Go neirí an t-adh libh !
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