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Review of the Year

posted Dec 20, 2012, 2:29 PM by Unknown user

As the year is coming to an end we take a look back at the highs and lows in Durlas Og during 2012.



Our annual Medal Presentation Night took place in the Tipperary Institute. Medals were presented to our victorious teams - Under 12 (Mid Group 1 Hurling Shield and Mungret Tournament), Under 14 (Mid 'C' hurling) and Under 16 (Mid and County 'A' Hurling and James Stephens Tournament). All Star corner back, Michael Cahill along with Pa Bourke and Stephen Lillis were our special guests and they presented the medals to the victorious players. John Smith who was MC on the night conducted interviews with Michael, Pa and Stephen. This was one of the highlights of the night as the lads looked back at their days in Durlas Og and also gave us an insight into the training involved with the Tipperary team.


Our annual '25' Card Drive fundraiser 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. Thanks to the main organiser, Phil Brennan for all his efforts.

Durlas Og had a large number of participants in the Scor na bPaisti, Mid Tipperary Semi-Finals. The following qualified for the Mid finals - Jenny Irwin in the Recitation Category, Rory Fogarty. David Mawe and Kieran Costello in Trath na gCeisteanna and our Rince Set team of Jenny Irwin, Sean Collins, Niamh Purcell, Sadhbh Leahy, Katelyn Ruddy, Amy Nolan, Aine O`Connell and Peter Wall.


The Annual General Meeting was held in Pairc na nOg with Fr. Lanigan Ryan celebrating Mass prior to the meeting. There was a very good 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 most 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 2011. Sean having completed three years as Secretary stated that he was stepping down from the position. He thanked everyone that helped and supported him in the last three years and he wished the club ever continued success.

Treasurer, Liam McCarthy circulated the Financial Report and it outlined our income and expenditure for the year. The report created discussion and all were in agreement that we will have to look at means of raising additional funding.

Chairman, Tom Meehan in his address thanked his fellow officers and committee members and all the mentors of the various age groups. He congratulated our Under 16's on winning the Mid and County titles. Tom who was not seeking re-election as Chairman extended thanks to all those that assisted him over the last six years and wished his successor the very best.

Both Tom and Sean were thanked for their great work and all their efforts as Chairman and Secretary respectively.


The elections of officers resulted in Ger Sammon being elected as Chairman and P.J. Bowden was elected as Secretary. All the other outgoing officers were returned.



Training resumed for all age groups.



Our Under 14’s were defeated by J.K. Brackens in the Mid Peil na nOg quarter final.


We had a great response to our fundraiser “Fantasy Cheltenham”. Larry Ryan was the main organiser.


The Mid Under 14 and Under 16 football championships commenced.


The under 10’s travelled to Whitehall to play a challenge match. We enjoyed a great afternoons hurling before going on to Croke Park to watch Tipperary take on Dublin.



We defeated Holycross/Ballycahill in the Mid Feile na nGael final.  Holycross were on top in the first half and led by 1-4 to 1-0 at half time. We staged a great second half comeback with a excellent performance to run out winners on a final scoreline of 2-7 to 1-5.

Durlas Og were well represented on the Mid Tipperary Under 15 and Under 16 teams that played in their divisional tournaments. Jamie Curtis, Jack Derby, Cathal Moloney and Rory Purcell all played starring roles in the Mid Divisions victory in the Rodger Ryan Under 15 tournament. Conor Stakelum was a selector. The Under 16 Mid team reached the final of the Garda Cup but were beaten by the North. We were represented on the team by Sean Butler, Luke Kelly, Faoilán Linnane, Billy McCarthy, Paul Sammon and Thomas Skehan.

Our Under 8’s took part in the Go Games Blitz in Dr. Morris Park.

Our Under 10’s travelled to Patrickswell, Limerick to take part in a blitz. Durlas Óg fielded two teams on the day, and we played against Ballybrown, Kilmihil and Patrickswell.


We were defeated by the narrowest of margins by Kilruane MacDonaghs in a thrilling County Feile na nGael final. Kilruane led by 2-2 to 1-2 at the interval. We got on top in the early stages of the second half and took the lead. The closing stages of the match produced a goals blitz and when the full time whistle sounded we trailed by one point. Final score Kilruane MacDonaghs 6-3 Durlas Og 4-8.



Our Under 16 'B' team defeated Upperchurch/Drombane by 3-6 to 2-3 in the Mid Under 16 'C' football final at Drombane. We led by 2-4 to 0-2 at the interval and despite Upperchurch scoring two second half goals we ran out deserving winners in the end. We lined out as follows: Jack Fitzgibbons, Colin Doyle, Jack Derby, Glenn Kerrigan (Captain), Robbie Hanrahan, Conor Cassidy, Cathal Moloney, Daniel Taylor, Rory Purcell, Jamie Curtis, Thomas Fogarty, Michael Wade, Brian Fallon. Subs; Kieran Keane, Sean Fitzgibbons, Jack Carroll, Colin Lee, Sean Dwan, Ciarán Shanahan, Jack McDonnell.


Our Under 16’s won the Shield final at the prestigious James Stephens tournament.


We were defeated by J.K. Brackens in the Mid Under 14 ‘A’ football semi final.


The under 10’s travelled to Ballygunner, Waterford to take part in a blitz. We played teams from Birr, O’ Loughlin Gaels as well as the hosts Ballygunner.


Our Under 8’s played in a blitz in Littleton organised by the Moycarkey/Borris club.


We were defeated by Thurles Gaels by one point in the Mid Under 14 ‘C’ football final.



We were represented by Bill Darcy, Mark Purcell, Mathew Kelly and Conor Stakelum on the Mid Under 14 hurling team that won the  Peadar Cummins inter divisional tournament in Borrisoleigh.


The Under 10’s played in a Go Games Blitz.


We provided a car park in Pairc na nOg for patrons attending the Waterford v Clare Munster Senior Hurling Championship semi final in Semple Stadium.


We took part in an Under 13 hurling tournament in Naas where we played De Le Salle, Na Piarsaigh and Naas.


Our Under 16 'B' footballers defeated Rosegreen in the Mid/West league final. Final score Durlas Og 3-4 Rosegreen 2-5.



Congratulations to Esther Cornally and Rita Bourke who both won €500 in the Tipperary GAA Draw. The promoters were Michael Kennedy and Ger Donnelly.


We welcomed Roscrea, Carrick Swan, St. Marys and Clonakenny to Pairc na nOg for an Under 8 blitz. Each team played three matches and our boys gave a very good account of themselves.


Our Under 16 'B' team were defeated by Carrick Davins in the County  'C' football final at Cashel. We tried very hard throughout the game but the physically stronger Carrick side dominated from the start and won convincingly in the end. Special mention of our goalie, Jack McDonnell who brought off a number of top class saves. The Durlas Og panel was: Jack McDonnell, Conor Cassidy, Jack Derby, Kieran Keane, Jack Fitzgibbon, Cathal Moloney, Daniel Taylor, Rory Purcell, Jamie Curtis, Michael Wade, Colin Lee, Robbie Hanrahan, Brian Fallon, Colin Doyle, William Creedon, Sean Fitzgibbon, Jack Carroll, Sean Dwan, Thomas Fogarty, Ciaran Shanahan, Glenn Kerrigan. The mentors were Sean Corbett, Tony Lanigan, Conor Stakelum and John O'Connell.


We held our annual Church Gate Collection.


Our Under 8’s played Moycarkey-Borris in football challenge matches. There were great performances from Emmet Ralph, Conor Wall and Jock Fogarty.



We provided a carpark in Pairc na nOg for patrons attending the All Ireland hurling quarter finals in Semple Stadium.


We played in an Under 13 tournament in Tulla, Co. Clare where after a great days hurling we were defeated by Toomevara in the final.


The Under 14’s had mixed fortunes in Mid hurling finals. Our ‘B’ team were defeated by Clonakenny in the ‘C’ final. Our ‘A’ team defeated J.K. Brackens by 4-10 to 3-8 in the ‘A’ final. The victorious team was: Matt O’Brien, Aaron Cullen, Keith O’Dwyer, Jason Jordan, Harry Fitzgibbon, Bill Darcy (Captain) , Michael Purcell, Matthew Kelly, Mark Purcell, Conor Murphy, Conor Stakelum , Evan McCormack, Anthony Cooney, Gavin Wright, Kevin Donnelly. Subs; Loran O’Toole, Paddy Dunican, Jason Cullen, Shane O’Sullivan, Daniel Moloney, Eoin Hickey, Adam Hickey.


Our Under 12 ‘C’ team won the Mid Premier Hurling league.  They defeated Moyne/Templetuohy in the final.  There was great delight as captain Shane Stapleton lifted the cup. Durlas Og panel was as follows: Dara Stakelum, Conor Stapelton, Paddy Creedon, Liam Kenny, Shane Stapleton, Cormac Flynn,  David Mawe,  Niall Dwan,  Donnacha Byrne,  Eoghan Ryan, James Armstrong and Jordan Fahy.  Our ‘B’ team were defeated by Thurles Gaels in the Group 3 final.


This years Cúl Camp was another great success with large numbers participating.


Our Under 12 ‘B’ and ‘C’ teams competed in the County Premier 12s Hurling End Games. Our ‘B’ team won their quarter final against Cashel King Cormacs after extra time but were defeated by St. Marys in the semi final. Our ‘C’ team also played Cashel King Cormacs in their quarter final and emerged victorious after a hard fought game. In the semi final we lost to a strong Roscrea outfit.



Martin Hughes and Michael Walsh were Durlas Óg winners in the Tipperary County Board Draw.

Our Under 8’s participated in a blitz in Portlaoise.


Our Under 14 hurlers suffered a one point defeat to Clonoulty/Rossmore in the County Semi Final at Golden. Despite playing against the wind in the first half we led by a point (2-2 to 1-4) at the interval. The second half was similar to the first with little separating the teams. A Durlas Og goal with ten minutes remaining gave us a four points lead. Clonoulty finished strongly scoring five points without reply to record a narrow victory on a final score of Durlas Og 3-4 Clonoulty/Rossmore 1-11.


We were defeated by Clonoulty Rossmore in the County Under 14 ‘A’ Hurling semi final. We played very well in the first half and went in at half time leading by a point after playing against the wind. Near the end of normal time we were leading by two points but a run of three points from Clonoulty saw the West team winning by a point.


We hosted an Under 10 blitz with teams from Fethard, Clonakenny, and Upperchurch/Drombane participating.


We were defeated by Drom/Inch in the Mid Under 16 'A' hurling final at Holycross on a scoreline of Durlas Og 1-9 Drom/Inch 1-16.


Our Under 14 ‘B’ team defeated Upperchurch/Drombane by 1-9 to 1-5 in the Mid Shield hurling shield final.  Our captain Christopher Carew accepted the shield on behalf of the team.


Our Under 12 ‘B’ team were defeated by Loughmore/Castleiney by one point in the Mid Shield hurling semi final.


Tipperary won the All Ireland Minor Hurling final replay and our former players, Stephen Cahill, Ronan Maher and Conor Lanigan were members of the victorious team.



We took part in the Under 13 county league. We played three games drawing two and losing one.


The under 10s travelled to St. Finbarr’s in Cork to participate in the John ‘Bawnie’ Mehegan Perpetual Tournament. After a great days hurling we finished runners up.

Durlas Og were delighted to have our former players Stephen Cahilll, Ronan Maher, and Conor Lanighan visit Pairc na nOg with the Munster and All Ireland minor hurling cups.

The Phil O’Mara tournament was played in an Under 13 and Under 14 format .Teams competing included Sixmilebridge, Clarinbridge, Naas, Ballingarry and Durlas Og. Durlas Og defeated Sixmilebridge after extra time in the Under 13 final.  Clarinbridge defeated Ballingarry in the Under 14 final. Tony O’ Mara presented the trophies and medals.

The Under 12 season came to an end with the finals of the astro league Two exciting semi finals were followed by a dramatic final which was eventually settled by the golden goal rule, the decisive score coming from Fred Crowley.

We travelled to Kilmacud-Crokes to take part in their annual tournament. There were teams from all over the country participating. We fielded two teams on the day and played Kilmacud Crokes, Naomh Eanna and Dicksboro.



Durlas Og were awarded Mid Club of the Year at the Mid Bord na nOg annual medal presentation night. Our Chairman Ger Sammon accepted the award from Mid Bord na nOg President Andy O'Gorman.


Thurles Sarsfields won the Munster Senior Club hurling championship for the first time when they defeated De La Salle (Waterford) in the final at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.


Our Vice President Michael Murphy received a Sean Gael award.


Our annual medal presentation was held in LIT Thurles. Our former players, Ronan Maher, Stephen Cahill and Conor Lanigan who were members of the victorious Tipperary All Ireland minor hurling team, Padraic Maher, captain of Thurles Sarsfields Munster Senior club champions and Peter Creedon, Tipperary Senior Football Manager were our special guests and they presented the medals.



John Smith was elected County Coaching Officer at the Tipperary Senior Board Convention.  John had been the County Youth Officer for the last three years.