Club Notes 19th March 202319 Mar 2023
Our senior hurlers got their County League Division 2 campaign off to a perfect start with a 0-21 to 0-19 point win over Carrick Swans in Castleiney on St Patrick’s Day. The panel is rather depleted at the moment due to the number of players with intercounty commitments in both codes. This, however, provides a great opportunity for some of our younger players to make a name for themselves with the senior management. A number of these lads made a good contribution to the win showing their work in training and the gym is paying off. This will no doubt leave our senior panel in a better position later in the year.
The game was played in the typical wet and windy conditions we’ve come to expect from our National holiday. A first half with the wind saw the sides level at half time but down two starters as both Joseph Hennessy and Niall Moloney had to be replaced through injury. The second half saw both teams trade scores with neither able to get away from the other. Ciaran McGrath’s experience told as the game wore on with him notching 4 second half points with Conor McGrath being reliable on the frees despite the conditions. It was also great to see Ed Connolly back in the red and green after so long on the sidelines with a serious injury.
A big thank you to our three mascots Sinéad Treacy (Castleiney NS), Aaron Bannon (Leugh NS), and Ned Connolly (Loughmore NS) who won competitions in their schools to lead out the team on Friday morning.
Our Junior Hurlers had been due to start their Division Six campaign at home to Knock but this was again postponed. It is now due to be played on Saturday the 25th of March in Castleiney at 5pm.
A reminder to all players that Membership for 2023 is now due through foireann.ie.
The Tipp senior hurlers rounded out thee group stages of the League in style with a 4-28 to 2-16 win over Antrim in Corrgian Park, Belfast. Manager Liam Cahill made a number of changes to the side but the team was still strong enough to ensure Tipp maintained their 100% league record.
John McGrath contributed 7 points to the Premier’s tally with 6 of those coming from play. Tipp will now face Limerick next weekend in the League Final. Fixture details have not yet been confirmed but a previous league semi final between the two sides in 2018 was played in Thurles so Limerick seems the likely destination. The other semi-final sees Cork take on Kilkenny.
The Tipp senior footballers succumbed to relegation in an emotionally charged game against Offaly in Semple Stadium in Thurles on Saturday. Following on just a few days from the untimely death of Offaly Senior Football manager Liam Kearns both teams needed a win to avoid relegation to Division 4. Liam Kearns previously managed Tipperary and brought them to an All-Ireland semi-final in Croke Park in 2016. He managed a number of Loughmore men when the county lifted a Division 3 League Title in 2017. Unfortunately for Liam, Willie, and Tommy Saturday didn’t go our way and this ends Tipp’s league campaign for another year. A Munster Championship and Tailtean Cup run now await the team.
The Tipperary senior Camogie team defeated Clare in some style on Saturday afternoon to keep their hopes of a League Final appearance very much in their own hands. A win next weekend against Kilkenny would see them through to a League Final which would most likely be against Cork. Tipp were always the better said as they went in for half time 0-14 to no score. Niamh Treacy and Eimear McGrath scored 4 points each while Mairead Eviston was solid in defence. Aoife McGrath came on for an injured Clodagh Quirke late in the first half and scored a second half point in her first action of the year following injury. The game finished 1-20 to 0-7. Best of luck to the girls next weekend.
Post Primary Action
Well done to Mikey Ryan, Joey Quinn and Richie Morris who were on the under 16.5 football team from our Lady’s Templemore who have reached the Munster Final after a tough game against St Michael’s Listowel this week. The final score was 2-4 to 2-3 with the goals coming from Joey and Richie respectively. The final will be another match against Kerry opposition but fingers crossed for the boys and the rest of the team.
Daniel McDonnell Cathal Ryan and Lee Danaher were on the Rice Cup team from Our Lady’s who topped their group in UL during the week so it’s been another great week for the younger members of the club.
Ronan Murray and Cathal Breen were in action with the Thurles CBS Rice Cup team during the week Well done boys.
Our U15 footballers played Clonakenny in a very worthwhile challenge on Saturday morning ahead of the start of the championship in 2 weeks time.
Loughmore Castleiney GAA Nursery Group
Our nursery starts up on Saturday the 6th of May. This group is for kids born in 2018 and 2019. Contact David (087) 936 0096 or Gary (087) 273 1137 to get your kids registered.
The week finished with tremendous success for our former underage player Brian Gleeson who played no 8 for Ireland in their Grand Slam win over England to clinch the championship and for good measure Brian crossed the try line twice on the night to win his second Man of the match award during this campaign. There was a fine attendance of Loughmore people in Cork to toast Brian’s success and we congratulate all the Gleeson family on his amazing achievement.
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