We take a look back at the highs and lows for Durlas Og in 2011.
The Annual General Meeting was held in Pairc na nOg on Friday 14th January with Fr. Tomas O'Connell celebrating Mass prior to the meeting. There was a good sized attendance at the meeting and Chairman, Tom Meehan welcomed everybody and he had a particular welcome for those attending for the first time.
Sean Coffey produced a very detailed Secretary's Report in which he outlined details of the achievements of each team during the year. The report also gave the results of all matches involving our championship teams and it gave an overview of all events in the club during 2010.
Treasurer, Liam McCarthy circulated the Financial Report and it outlined our income and expenditure for the year. The report showed a surplus for the year with our main source of income being the County Board Draw. The report created some discussion and all were in agreement that we will have to look at other means of raising additional funding.
Chairman, Tom Meehan gave a wide ranging address in which he thanked his fellow officers and committee members and all the mentors of the various age groups. He said it was another very successful year for Durlas Og on the playing fields culminating with Durlas Og being awarded Mid Club of the Year. He gave an update on developing works and the Chairman stated that it is expected that works will commence on developing an additonal pitch during the coming year. Tom was thanked for his great work for Durlas Og.
All outgoing officers were re-elected with the exception of Chairman, Vice Chairman and Treasurer and these positions will be filled at the Adjourned Annual Meeting.
Our annual Progressive '25' Drive was held in the Thurles Sarsfields Clubhouse. Once again it was a tremendous success with a large attendance present for what was a very enjoyable night. Phil Brennan was the main organiser.
The Adjourned Annual General Meeting was held in Pairc na nOg with a very large attendance present. The election of a number of officer positions that were unfilled at the Annual General Meeting was the first item on the agenda. Tom Meehan was re-elected as Chairman and he stated that this will be his last year in the position. Ger Sammon, P.J. Bowden and Sean Costelloe were elected as Vice Chairman. Liam McCarthy continues as Treasurer with Ger Donnelly and Thomas Mawe as Assistant Treasurers. Sean Costelloe and Tom Meehan were elected as County Senior Board Representative and Trustee respectively.
Our Vice-President Michael Murphy, former All Ireland winning captain in 1964 received the Mid Tipperary Senior Board Hall of Fame Award. Michael was a founding member of Durlas Og.
The Under 8’s and Under 10’s returned to training on Saturday 26th February.
We held a Registration Day on Saturday 5th March.
Durlas Og were defeated by J.K. Brackens in the Mid Peil na nOg semi final on a scoreline of Durlas Og 2-3 J.K. Brackens 3-5.
We competed in the Mid Scor na bPaisti finals held in Clonmore. Our Instrumental Group of Conor Stapleton, Kieran Costello, Ben Murphy and Kevin Bracken, and our Quiz Team of Jason Jordan, Patrick Bowden and Cillian O'Meara put in a great effort but came up short on this occasion.
It was great to see so many of the Academy, Under 8’s and Under 10’s in the St. Patrick’s Parade.
Our Under 14’s were defeated by Drom/Inch in the Mid Feile na nGael semi final.
The Under 8's completed in a county football blitz in Littleton.
The first week of April was a busy week for the Under 12's with all three teams in action in the Premier Mini Football Leagues. Our 'A' team had a one point win over Holycross/Ballycahill. The 'B' team also played Holycross/Ballycahill and after building up a good lead in the first half they went out to record a convincing win. Our 'C' team completed a Durlas Og triple when they defeated Upperchurch/Drombane.
Our Under 10's were in action in a blitz in Pairc na nOg. We enjoyed some great hurling with Holycross/Ballycahill, Loughmore/Castleiney and Ballingarry.
Durlas Og were well represented on the victorious Mid Under 14 and Under 15 football teams in the inter divisional competitions. Rory Purcell and Jamie Curtis were members of the Under 14 panel while Luke Kelly, Paul Sammon, Billy McCarthy and Faoilain Linnane were on the Under 15 panel. Luke Kelly was captain of the victorious team.
Twenty four of our Under 12's visited Croke Park and played in the Munster Activity Day. This was a great day for everyone and will be long remembered by the players.
Durlas Og were well represented on the Mid Under 16 team that was defeated by North Tipperary in the Munster final. Jack Lineen, Caley Maher, Ronan Maher, Kevin Dunne, Conor Lanigan and Graham Maher were on the starting fifteen in the final and David Fogarty, David Russell, Tom Meehan and Tom Tierney were substitutes. Tony Lanigan was a selector.
Durlas Og took part in an Under 10 interdivisional hurling blitz along with Nenagh Eire Og, Ballingarry and Roscrea.
Our Under 8s had a challenge match against Nenagh Eire Og in Pairc na nOg.
Durlas Óg ‘B’ and ‘C’ teams recorded victories in the Premier Under 12 Mini Football League Mid finals. The ‘B’ team defeated Moycarkey/Borris ‘B’ by 4-4 to 3-2 in the Group 3 final and the ‘C’ team were victorious by
2-4 to 1-3 over Boherlahan/Dualla ‘B’ in the Group 4 final.
Durlas Og ‘C’ team and scorers: Eoin Kerrane, Jack Bambrick, Cillian Donaghy, Dylan O’Shaughnessy (0-1), Aidan Butler (Capt), Aaron Martin, Patrick Scully, David Shorley (1-0), Ciaran Murphy (0-1), Michael Mulcaire (1-2), Jamie Donovan, Callum Hall, Stephen Dorney.
Durlas Og ‘B’ team and scorers: Rory Fogarty, Sean Butler, Fred Crowley, Barry McGrath, Shane Fitzpatrick, Darren Fahy (0-2), Conor Murphy (Capt), Frank McKevitt (0-2), Edward Cullen (1-0), Kevin Bracken, Kieran Moloney (2-0), Ben Murphy, Dylan Costello (1-0), Shaun Kennedy, Evan Moore, Bill Shanahan.
The mentors were P.J. Bowden, Martin Doyle, Michael McGrath, Peter Creedon, Gerry O’Hagan, Martin Fitzpatrick and Tom O’Sullivan.
We played a thrilling draw with Holycross/Ballycahill in the Mid Under 16 ‘A’ football semi final. The replay a week later was another exciting game but we had to give best to Holycross on a final score of Holycross/Ballycahill 4-6 Durlas Og 3-4.
Our Under 16 'B' team were defeated by Drom/Inch in the Mid Under 16 'B' football final. The team gave it their very best against a physical stronger Drom/Inch side who went on to win by 4-17 to 3-4.
Panel: Brian Bourke, Matthew Fogarty, Brian Hanrahan, John Fogarty, Shane Lanigan Ryan, Seamie Hanafin, Mark Conway, William Tierney, Paddy Carroll, Billy McCarthy, Brendan O'Loughlin, Aaron McCormack, Jack McDonnell, Sean Butler, Sean Murphy, Jack O'Dwyer, Sean Fitzgibbon, Conor Cassidy, Jack Carroll, Colin Doyle, Daniel Taylor, Michael Wade, James Symons, Robbie Mulcaire, Tommy Barrett, Jamie Curtis.
The mentors were Sean Corbett, Tony Lanigan, Conor Stakelum, Tommy Maher and John O'Connell.
Durlas Og had two teams in action in the County Premier Under 12 Mini Football leagues finals in Semple Stadium. Our 'C' team were defeated by Nenagh Eire Og 'B' by 4-3 to 2-3 in the Group 4 Quarter Final. The 'B' team scored a 5-5 to 5-3 win over Burgess in the Group 3 Quarter Final. They lost by four points to Grangemockler in the semi final.
Our Under 16's travelled to Kilkenny for the James Stephens Tournament. After a great days hurling they were defeated by our hosts, James Stephens in the final by 1-9 to 0-5.
We held a “Guess the Score” competition for the Tipperary v Cork Munster Hurling Championship quarter final in Semple Stadium.
The Under 12’s had a challenge match against Ballyboden St. Enda's in Pairc na nOg. We had three great games
Michael Purcell played on the Tipperary Primary Game team in Semple Stadium.
The Under 8 had a great day in Toomevara in the inter divisional blitz.
We suffered a comprehensive defeat to Drom/Inch in the Mid Under 14 'A' football.
We played in an Under 10 blitz hosted by Clonoulty/Rossmore. We had two teams involved on the day and they played matches against teams from Holycross/Ballycahill, Clonoulty/Rossmore and Cappawhite.
The Premier Under 12 hurling leagues commenced.
Our All Ireland Feile na nGael winning team of 1990 came together to celebrate the 21st anniversary of their win. The players and their mentors along with the Durlas Óg officers in 1990 were honoured at Pairc na nÓg. Durlas Óg Chairman, Tom Meehan welcomed them back to the club and congratulated them on their All Ireland victory and also on winning the county Under 14 hurling and football double in 1990. Each member was presented with a framed photograph of the victorious teams. Jimmy Darcy spoke on behalf of the players and Jimmy Coppinger replied on behalf of the team management. The players viewed the Pairc na nÓg facilities and the many photos on display in the clubhouse. They had a golf outing at Thurles Golf Club and the day concluded with a social evening in Coppingers Bar.
Our annual Under 16 Phil O’Mara tournament final between Durlas Óg and Doon was held. We scored a 0-13 to 1-9 win in a very keenly contested match. Tony O’Mara, son of the late Phil, presented the shield and medals to the winners and runners up.
We held our annual Church Gate collection on the weekend of 9th/10th July.
John Smith won €250 in the weekly Tipperary GAA Draw.
Durlas Og provided a carpark at Pairc na nOg for patrons attending the All Ireland hurling quarter finals at Semple Stadium.
Durlas Og teams had mixed fortunes in the Premier Under 12 Hurling semi finals. The 'C' team scored a thrilling two points 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.
Our Under 12 'C' team were defeated by Moycarkey/Borris 'C' in the Premier Mid Hurling Mini League Group 4 final. Our boys gave it their very best but in the end they lost out on a scoreline of Durlas Og 2-3 Moycarkey/Borris 4-1.
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. Thanks to the coaches for their expert tuition and also to the county players that attended.
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. There were six teams taking part in the tournament, Mount Sion (Waterford). Abbeyside (Waterford), Durlas Óg (Tipperary), Kilmacud Crokes (Dublin), Naomh Eanna (Wexford) and Ballygunner (Waterford). Durlas Óg played against Mount Sion, and Naomh Eanna, winning both matches to get through to the final, where they emerged outright winners.
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 players that lined out were Rory Fogarty, Dylan O'Shaughnessy, Cillian Donaghy, Aaron Martin, Ben Murphy, Patrick Scully (Capt), Fred Crowley, Bill Shanahan, Stephen Dorney, Shaun Kennedy, Jack Bambrick, Jamie Donovan, Eoin Gleeson, Arthur Geronimo. Their mentors were P.J. Bowden, Martin Doyle, Michael McGrath, Gerry O'Hagan and Tom O'Sullivan.
Delia Cornally and Mick & Rosemary Carroll won €200 each in the September Tipperary GAA Draw.
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.
We travelled to Edenderry to take part in their annual under 10 tournament. We defeated Naomh Eanna (Wexford), Sarsfields (Cork), Clough Ballacolla (Laois) and Thomastown,(Kilkenny).
Our Under 14 ‘B’ team scored a convincing 3-17 to nil win over Moycarkey-Borris in the Mid Under 14 ‘C’ hurling final. Despite the large winning margin it was only in the second half that Durlas Óg pulled away from their opponents. We lined out as follows: Kevin Donnelly; Kieran Keane, Colin Lee; Seosamh Ryan, Harry Fitzgibbon, Gavin Wright; Brian Fallon, Paddy Dunican; Jason Jordan, Ciaran Shanahan, Michael Murphy; Matt O’Brien, Conor Murphy. Subs: Kevin McLoughlin, Ryan McDonnell, James Symons, Eoin Hickey.
Durlas Og were defeated by Drom/Inch in the Mid Under 14 'A' hurling final by 4-14 to 1-5. Our team and subs were Sean Dwan, Conor Cassidy, Jack Carroll, Robbie Hanrahan, Jeff O’Reilly, Jamie Curtis, Jack Derby, Matthew Kelly, Cathal Moloney (Capt), Loran O’Toole, Thomas Fogarty, Bill Darcy, Conor Stakelum, Rory Purcell, Michael Wade. Subs: Glenn Kerrigan, Mark Purcell, Keith O’Dwyer, Daniel Taylor, Harry Fitzgibbon, Brian Fallon.
Our Under 16's defeated Holycross/Ballycahill by 0-11 to 1-6 in a thrilling Mid 'A' hurling final at The Ragg. Team and scorers: Willie Tierney, David Russell, Jack Lineen, Caley Maher, Paul Sammon, Ronan Maher, Thomas Skehan, Luke Kelly, Kevin Dunne 0-1, Conor Lanigan 0-7, Graham Maher 0-1, David Fogarty 0-2, Tom Meehan, Brian Hanrahan, Faolan Linnane, Paddy Carroll, Seamie Hanafin, Sean Butler, Billy McCarthy, Jack O'Connell, Tom Tierney, Tony O'Brien, Brendan O'Loughlin, Mark Conway, Jack O'Dwyer, Darragh Coffey, Adam Garrett, Matthew Fogarty, Aaron McCormack, Sean Murphy, Jack McDonnell, Colin Doyle.
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. Our panel was Rory Purcell, Matthew Fogerty, Tony O'Brien, Mark Conway, Aaron McCormack, Jack O'Connell, Jack O'Dwyer, Tom Tierney, Darragh Coffey, Brendan O'Loughlin, Cathal Moloney, Robbie Hanrahan, Thomas Fogarty, Jamies Curtis, Adam Garrett, Daniel Taylor, Conor Cassidy, Colin Doyle, Sean Fitzgibbon, Sean Murphy, Jack McDonnell, Shane Lanigan Ryan, Jack Carroll, Michael Wade.
Our Under 14 'B' team were defeated by a physically stronger Ballyneale team in the County Under 14 'C' hurling final at Dundrum. The heavy rain throughout the first half made the conditions very difficult for both teams and it was the stronger Ballyneale team that got the scores to go in at half time leading by 3-5 to 0-1. Our score came from a Jason Jordan free. We played much better in the second half with our defence excellent and our attack tried very hard with limited possession. It was to be Ballyneale's day and at the full time whistle the scoreboard read Ballyneale 3-9 Durlas Og 0-1. Our panel was Kevin Donnelly, Kieran Keane (Capt), Colin Lee, Seosamh Ryan, Harry Fitzgibbon, Gavin Wright, Brian Fallon, Paddy Dunican, Jason Jordan, Ciaran Shanahan, Michael Murphy, Matt O'Brien, Conor Murphy, Kevin McLaughlin, Ryan McDonnell, James Symons, Eoin Hickey.
The under 10’s 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 trilling game Durlas Òg came out on top. All players played their part in both games. But special mention for our goalkeeper Christopher Carew who made some superb saves in the final. Our second team played Upperchurch in the semi-final but couldn`t break down a strong defence in a low scoring game.
The Under 10’s travelled to St. Finbarrs’ in Cork, on October 15th for the John ‘Bawnie’ Mehegan Perpetual Tournament. We were delighted to win out this tournament having played matches against St. Finbarrs, Blackrock and Abbeyside.
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. We entered two teams and each played three group matches and both teams contested their respective finals with the two matches ending in thrilling draws. 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.
We retained the County Under 16 ‘A’ hurling title following a convincing 4-24 to 0-4 win over Carrick Swan at Clonmel. This was Durlas Óg’s 14th title in this grade and their seventh in the last ten years. Nobody in the large attendance would have predicted this result after fifteen minutes of play when we held a two points to one lead. The second quarter saw us score 2-8 to our opponents 0-2 and the second half was much the same as we got some excellent scores to keep the Under 16 cup in Thurles for another year. This was an exceptional display by a very talented group of players and we thank their mentors Sean Corbett, John O'Connell, Tommy Maher, Conor Stakelum and Tony Lanigan for all the time and efforts they put into this group of players during a long season. The team lined out as follows: Willie Tierney; David Russell, Jack Lineen, Caley Maher; Paul Sammon, Ronan Maher, Thomas Skehan; Kevin Dunne, Faolan Linnane; Conor Lanigan, Graham Maher, David Fogarty; Tom Meehan, Luke Kelly, Paddy Carroll . Subs used: Tom Tierney, Brian Hanrahan, Jack O’Connell, Brendan O’Loughlin, Tony O’Brien. The other panel members were Billy McCarthy, Seamie Hanafin, Sean Butler, Adam Garrett, Mark Conway, Jack O'Dwyer, Matthew Fogarty, Aaron McCormack and Jack Carroll.
Tom Noone won €10,000 in the November Tipperary GAA Draw. 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.
The following important dates were confirmed:
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