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Review of the Year

posted Dec 30, 2013, 1:08 PM by J Smith
As 2013 comes to a close we take a look back at the highs and lows of Durlas Og's year.


We held our Annual General Meeting in the clubhouse.  Mass was celebrated by our Club Chaplin, Fr.Thomas O’ Connell prior to the meeting.  The AGM followed and it was very well attended.  Our Chairman, Ger Sammon delivered the opening address, which was followed by a detailed report from Club Secretary, P.J.Bowden.  P.J. delivered an extensive and detailed account of the activities and competitions at all the age levels. The Treasurer, Liam Mc Carthy, delivered the Treasurers Report before Ger Sammon, Club Chairman addressed the meeting. Ger commended the officers and the mentors for the sterling work being done in the club and he extended his thanks to the parents, and the members, before stating that he was looking forward to another good year for Dúrlas Og.All the outgoing officers were re-elected.

Our annual 25 card drive took place in the Sarsfields Centre. The event was well supported and special thanks to Phil Brennan who organised the event.



The finals of the Mid Scor na bPaisti were held in Littleton and Durlas Og picked up three runner up prizes. Our Rince Foirne team of Roisin Bambrick, Robyn Fanning, Kayleigh Fogarty, Ciara Gleeson, Chloe Hall, Lorna Hayes, Amie Nolan and Katelyn Ruddy performed brilliantly but were squeezed into second place by JK Brackens.  Katelyn Ruddy in the Sean Nos dancing competition finished second while our boys in the Novelty Act Kevin Bracken, Kieran Costello, Sean Costello, Kieran Moloney, Ben Murphy, Conor Stapleton and Robbie Stapleton also had to settle for second place.

All age groups resumed training.



We were defeated by Moycarkey/Borris in the Mid Peil na nOg final.

Emmet Ralph was presented with his U Can Skills award at half time of the Allianz  Hurling League match between Tipperary and Kilkenny at Semple Stadium.


We participated in the St. Patricks Day parade in Thurles.


Durlas Og hosted an Easter Camp in Pairc na nOg.



Our Under 14’s were defeated by Holycross/Ballycahill in the Mid Feile na nGael quarter final.


The Under 10’s played Ballacolla in a hurling challenge match in Pairc na nOg.


There were mixed fortunes for our Under 12's in the Premier Mini Leagues football finals.  First into action were our 'B' team against Clonakenny in the Group 3 final. Despite our best efforts we had to give best and were defeated on a scoreline of Clonakenny 3-5 Durlas Og 2-3.


The Group 1 final between Durlas Og and Moycarkey/Borris was a thriller and at the end of an epic match we emerged victorious by the narrowest of margins 1-8 to 3-1 to claim the Mid title.



Both of our Under 16 teams were defeated in Mid football semi finals. 


We defeated Moycarkey/Borris by five points in the Mid Under 14 ‘A’ football final Final score Durlas Og 2-9 Moycarkey/Borris 2-4.


The Under 12's gave a gallant performance in the County End Games football final against Knockavilla Kickhams.  We played against the wind in the first half and despite some excellent defending by our tenacious backs we trailed by 2-3 to 0-1. The second half was a different story and we took the game to the West champions who were forced to defend in numbers. A great Joe Dwan goal midway through the half gave us inspiration and we attacked at every opportunity. However Knockavilla held on for victory on a final score of Durlas Og 1-3 Knockavilla Kickhams 2-6.


Our Under 14 'B' football team defeated Clonakenny in a high scoring Mid 'C' football final. Final score Durlas Og  8-10 Clonakenny 6-1. 



Both our Under 14 teams played in county football semi finals. First up the ‘B’ team played Kilsheelan in Clonoulty. After a poor first half our players turned in an excellent second half performance but lost out to the South team who went on to win the county final .The following night the ‘A’ team played Clonmel Commercials in Cashel .  After a fast start by Clonmel our lads got back into the game and with a little more luck in front of goal we could have been closer at the finish. Again Clonmel went on to win the final.


Our Under 8’s took part in a hurling blitz in Littleton.


The Under 12’s made the long trip west to participate in a tournament at the invitation of Craughwell, Co Galway. Here we came up against the cream of Galway clubs such as Loughrea, Clarinbridge, Sarsfields and Ballygar to name but a few. In a fantastic day our ‘A’ team won their three group games, defeated Loughrea in the semi final before going on to overcome Ardrahan in the final. Not to be outdone our ‘B’ team turned in excellent performances also and went on to win their competition also defeating Ardrahan in the final.


We played in an Under 10 blitz organised by Moycarkey/Borris. We fielded three teams, each of whom played one game of hurling and one game of football against Raheny and Moycarkey. 



The league rounds of the Mid Under 14 and Under 16 hurling commenced.


Both our Under 12 hurling teams qualified for Mid semi finals.


We held our Annual Church Gate Collection.


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



Our Under 12 ‘A’ team were defeated in the Mid hurling final replay when they went under to Moycarkey/Borris. The drawn match had been a thriller and the replay kept the large crowd enthralled to the final whistle. Though playing with the wind it was Moycarkey who started stronger, but we gradually got into it and points from Eoin Purcell, Cian Stakelum, Jack Lanigan and Joe Dwan saw us lead by two at the break. Aided by the wind Moycarkey exerted strong pressure but our defence of Kieran Costello, Conor Stapelton, Paddy Creedon, Patrick Stakelum and goalie Jack O Dwyer turned in strong performances. At the other end despite having chances we just could not get the breaks we needed and Moycarkey ran out winners by 1 07 to 0 06. As well as those already mentioned there were also great efforts from Dara Stakelum, Sean Collins, Jordan Fahy and James Armstrong.

Our Under 14 'B' team defeated Clonakenny in the Mid 'C' Hurling final at The Ragg. The final produced sixteen goals in a highly entertaining and thrilling match.  At the final whistle Durlas Og were worthy winners on a final score of Durlas Og 'B' 9-7 Clonakenny 7-4.

The following night Durlas Og defeated Moycarkey/Borris by four points in a thrilling Mid Under 14 'A' hurling final at Templemore. Durlas Og started brightly and were 3 points to nil in front after 10 minutes.  Moycarkey came more into the game for the reminder of the half and they led by 0-4 to 0-3 at the interval.  Two Durlas Og goals in the second half were to prove crucial and our defence were outstanding especially in the closing stages to hold on to retain the title.  Final score Durlas Og 2-7 Moycarkey/Borris 0-8.

Over 100 boys took part in the Durlas Og Kellogs Cúl Camp. The boys thoroughly enjoyed the week, developing their skills and playing in blitzes in both hurling and football.   

Durlas Og were well represented on Tipperary hurling teams at the various tournaments on the last weekend in August. On the Under 16’s we had Jack Derby, Cathal Moloney and Rory Purcell. Bill Darcy and Mathew Kelly played for the victorious Under 15’s while Christopher Carew and Michael Purcell played for the Under 14’s.



We hosted Under 8 and Under 10 blitzes.  Michael Cusacks (Galway) and Holycross/Ballycahill took part.


We were defeated by J.K. Brackens in the Mid Under 16 ‘A’ hurling semi final.


We had mixed fortunes in the County Under 14 hurling semi finals in Cashel. We scored a convincing 3-5 to 0-4 win over Carrick Swan in the 'A' semi final.  However our 'B' team lost by two points to Fethard in a thrilling 'C' semi final.  Final score Durlas Og 'B' 5-4 Fethard 6-3. 


Durlas Og suffered a five points defeat to Arravale Rovers in the County Under 14 'A' hurling final.  This was a very entertaining match with Durlas Og starting in impressive fashion and they led by 0-5 to 0-2 after fifteen minutes. Arravale hit back and they scored 2-4 without reply to go into a seven points lead as half time approached. Durlas Og finished the half strongly scoring 1-1 to leave a goal (2-06 to 1-6) between the teams at the break.  Durlas Og were back on level terms after ten minutes of the second half and despite our best efforts it was Arravale that edged in front by two points with time almost up.  We attacked at every opportunity but we couldn't break through the Arravale defence. An injury time goal sealed victory for the West champions on a final score of Durlas Og 1-10 Arravale Rovers 3-9.


We participated in the  Bob Stakelum Memorial Under 10 Hurling Tournament hosted by the Holycross/Ballycahill club.   We fielded one team and they played games against Newcastle West, Ballyduff and Mungret.   We won two of our three games, and were unlucky not to get to the final, being beaten by Clough – Ballacolla in the semi-final.


Our Under 6’s participated in a blitz in Dr. Morris Park. They enjoyed a great mornings hurling. The fabulous weather was matched by standard of hurling from all the teams.  The skill, determination and ability shown by the Under 6’s was a joy to see and shows that the future of hurling in Tipperary is in safe hands.


Our U12 hurlers defeated J.K. Brackens to win the Mid Shield final. The first half turned out to be the Joe Show as Joe Dwan struck the net four times in the first twenty minutes. We lead at the break by 4 07 to 0 04. Credit to Brackens who rallied well after the break but further goals by Jordan Fahy and Cian Stakelum wrapped up our victory on a final score of 6 08 to 3 05. Team: Dara Stakelum, Paddy Creedon, Patrick Stakelum, Sean Collins, Kieran Costello, Eoin Purcell, Cian Stakelum, Jack Lanigan,James Armstrong,Joe Dwan, Jack O Dwyer, Conor Stapelton and Jordan Fahy.



The Under 8’s hosted a blitz in Pairc na nOg with Moycarkey/Borris, Loughmore/Castleiney and Upperchurch/Drombane participating.


The older boys Under 10 travelled to Kilmacud Crokes to take part in their Hurling Festival.  They played teams from Naas, St. Finbarr’s (Cork) and the hosts Kilmacud Crokes.   It was the turn of the younger under 10 to travel up to Kilmacud a week later and we fielded two teams on this visit. The teams played against Kilmacud Crokes, Monaleen(Limerick),  Cappataaggle(Galway), and Sarsfields (Cork). 



Durlas Og were awarded the  Club of the Year at the Mid Bord na nOg Presentation night.  Ger Sammon (Chairman) and P.J. Bowden (Secretary) accepted the award on behalf of our club.


Our President, Mick Carroll, received a Laochra  Sean Gael, award. These awards are reserved for those who have given an outstanding contribution to the GAA over the course of their live-time.

John Smith was re-elected County Coaching Officer at the County Convention.

Sean Corbett was appointed a Tipperary Minor hurling selector for 2014.