Our u14 Girls braved the snowy elements this evening for training and afterwards they surprised young Walter Long with a birthday cake to celebrate his arrival at the ripe old age of 40. Happy birthday Walter.
16 fallers out of 134 entries in round one. There will be no games this week as there is not a full round of fixtures. Next round will be the following week.
1st Prize – Jimmy Grant
2nd Prize – Jacqueline Norris
3rd Prize – Andrew ”Chucky” Norris
Sellers Prize – Michael Comerford
Well done to our winners and as always thank you to everyone for their continued support.
A derby in the mud of Ashgrove was always going to be a sticky affair with high flying Kilmacow red hot favourites coming in to this one. Heavy underfoot conditions didn’t make for pretty football and it was Kilmacow who took a deserved lead with a neat header. A couple of good saves by Derek Tebay kept the lads in it and they went in 1 down at half time. The second half saw a little improvement but Kilmacow scored a super second to put daylight between themselves and us. Silly mistakes cost us with the 3rd and 4th goal and we can have little complaint about the result. JP Purcell got our goal on the day with a neat finish.
The girls finally got the result that their hard work and talent deserves. An early morning pitch inspection saw that the match went ahead in muddy but dry conditions. Noel Lavery did an excellent job, as usual, refereeing the game. He encouraged and helped the girls on both teams throughout.
The story of the first half was dominated by the Dobbyns; Hannah in goal and Ella up front. Hannah blocked everything that came her way and Ella scored an outstanding solo goal to give Mooncoin a deserved lead. Lucy Cuddihy was also outstanding up front and was unlucky not to get on the score sheet. The Cappoquin goalkeeper was very tall and almost had to duck to avoid hitting her head off the crossbar.
Our defense was resolute with Kayla showing why she is on the Waterford development squad, and Sadhbh and Grace clearing ball after ball. Grace managed to repeatedly win balls that weren’t even close to 50-50. Stephanie replaced Sadhbh after 20 minutes and Saoirse Drennan came on at half time; it is hard to belive that Stephanie and Saoirse played a camogie blitz before this game. Where do they get their energy?
Cappoquin pulled one back in the second half, but this seemed to spur Mooncoin on to even greater efforts. Saoirse Corcoran covered every blade of grass and Aoibhe Rees finally got the goal that she so richly deserved. On another day Aoibhe could have had 2 or 3 more. Aoibhinn O’Donnell replaced Hannah in goal and pulled off a number of great saves. Eventually though, Cappoquin pulled back a second goal and the worry was that we would not get the three points that we deserved.
In the end it was Saoirse Corcoran who popped up to put away an excellent pass from Aoibhe to give us the lead which we would not relinquish. Cappoquin had an excellent player in the middle of the field who, it turns out, plays inter-county camogie for the Waterford u14 team. Sophie Scahill tracked her from one end of the pitch. It really was a thing of beauty to see Sophie, Sadhbh, Saoirse Corcoran, Saoirse Drennan and others tackle this girl who was physically so much taller than them.
This was a great win for a great group of girls. Dee and Padraig.
Best performance of the season do far by this young squad. The lads flew out of the blocks and could have been a few up with plenty chances missed. Ian Synnott scored after 15 mins and chance after chance came along after that but still no second goal. Chucky Norris had a goal disallowed direct from a corner much to everyone’s dismay and Neville Synnott rattled the bar. Johnville scored with 10 mins left to make it 1-1, a Johnny McGrath foul resulted in a late penalty for Johnville to make it 2-1. A sickening finish after a great performance.
Best players on the day were chucky, blackie, Johnathan Power and the youthful Mick Dwyer.
With 32 players at the u12 level this year, the coaches have brought all the players together in teams of 8 and will play off a mini Spring league in Mooncoin.
The players get to pick their team name and there are lovely trophies up for grabs. Big thanks to the kind sponsorship of H.R. Delahunty Solicitors, without this support we simply couldn’t put the tournament together.
On Thursday night we got off to a flyer with a great turnout and the Clogga Cluchies narrowly defeating Les Blues 6-4.
Next week will see the Hillbillies take on K.F.C
The final Last Man Standing competition of the season starts next Saturday. €500 up for grabs again and we urge all our members, players, parents and supporters to enter. Please share this post and link to enter.
A little update for our 300 Club members, we won €350 last month in Lotto, we also won 3 Daily Millions draws but unfortunately didn’t win anything there. Our next Monthly Draw will take place Sunday 23rd February in The Royal Oak.
U’11 Green home vs Park Rangers KO 10:30
U’11 Blue away vs Waterford Crystal KO 12:30
U’13 home vs Bohs KO 12:30
U’15 away vs Park Rangers KO 12:30
3rd Div away vs Johnvill KO 14:00
U’10 Pink Girls away vs Ballyduff KO 11:00
U’10 Purple Girls home vs Dungarvan KO 12:30
U’14 Girls home vs Lismore KO 11:00
2nd Div away vs Portlaw KO 11:00
The best of luck to all teams this weekend. Support as always, greatly appreciated.