Our U11 Hurlers have been very active over the past week.
On Tuesday evening 30th May we entertained 3 Sarsfields Teams in the U11 Hurling League. What a great sight it was to see 31 Aghada hurlers play 3 individual games. All of them played their hearts out with great results and got great support and encouragement from the sidelines. Well done to the players and mentors involved. Encouraging signs for the future but even better things were to come a few days later for this group….
Saturday 3rd June U11 Hurling – John Meehan Memorial Tournament win in Dungarvan.
Our U11 hurlers represented Cork today in the John Meehan Memorial tournament hosted by Dungarvan. The event saw Moyne-Templetuohy representing Tipperary and Carrigeen representing Kilkenny, as well as ourselves and the hosts. This is an important tournament for the hosts, their equivalent of the Willie Ryan in Aghada. Previous winners include such prestigious names as Kilmacud Crokes.
First up for Aghada was Moyne-Templetuohy. Out to teach the Cork lads a lesson following Corks win over Tipp a few weeks back, their ferocious attack came to nothing as Aghada set the tournament alight with probably the best display this (or any other) Aghada team has put together this year. From Goalkeeper right through to the industrious forwards, Aghada contested every ball. Outstanding fielding was a hallmark of the game, with quick decisive passing and superb finishing. Aghada emerged victorious and glowing from the performance each of the lads know they put in.
Next up were the hosts. Eyes blazing with intent, they tore into a complacent Aghada. Aghada were sluggish and overconfident, and all the teamwork from the first game was a distant memory. Aghada were sloppy and nervy, and when the referee blew the whistle for half time they sheepishly made their way to the line where PJ waited. Standing sternly with arms folded, disappointment oozed from every pore. Pointing out all the areas for improvement, the team were left with a plea to show him what they were made of as he strode off to the sideline. The talking to worked and Aghada gained cohesion and edged ahead. When the whistle finally blew, an approving nod from PJ told the lads all they needed to know. Pride restored, Aghada knew they had earned their victory. Dungarvan were devastated, feeling the competition slip away.
Next up were Carrigeen. The newest juvenile club in Kilkenny, Carrigeen have been slowly building up a juvenile set up, starting with the younger age groups, over the last few years. What they lacked for in experience they made up for with passion. PJ could only listen enviously as the Carrigeen coach spoke to his team. In a speech any world leader would have been proud of, he tried to fashion his charges into giant killers. Aghada edged the encounter, but players mentors and supporters from both side took this growing side to their hearts. PJ was seen frantically taking notes as the Carrigeen manager gave a concession speech that showed everyone how to be gracious in defeat. With inspiration like this behind them, they will be a side to watch in a few years.
With victory secured the Aghada lads headed over to the presentation. Captain on the day James Motherway gave the first (and almost certainly not his last) victory speech. Obviously leadership runs in the family (thanks Andrea!)
Thanks to our hosts Dungarvan for providing refreshments on the day and to the travelling support. Special mention for Manager PJ, Coach Jim Motherway and Waterboy Kevin Corkery.
U9 Hurling League played at Cloyne.
Our U9’s made the short trip to Cloyne on Wednesday the 24th to play St. Coleman’s in the next round of the league. Played on the old pitch in the shadow of Christy Ring’s statue, all players on both sides put in a huge effort and played some great hurling. In the end Aghada came away with a deserved victory. Aghada team – Thomas Hannon, Cillian Scanlon, John Dorney, Jack Dorney, Tom Walsh, Sam Douglas, Ruadhán Lyne, Eoghan Walsh, Cian Moore, Richard Kelly, Adam Lewis, Cillian Byrne
Minor Hurling – Our Minor Hurling Team have played 2 recent challenge Games v Bride Rovers & Killeagh Itas.
Bride Rovers 3-17.
Alan Hogan hat – trick in Rathcormac on Thursday evening May 25th gave us a well-deserved draw in Minor Hurling Challenge game against Bride Rovers. This was a great entertaining game of hurling from both sides. I don’t know where our lads got their inspiration maybe after watching Cork last Sunday. They gave an unbelievable performance 1 to 15. We had two goals in first half. Mark McCarthy our free taker blasted the ball to Rovers net from placed ball to give us our opening score. Superb corner forward Jamie O Hanlon got the second goal. with six points from Mark McCarthy and one from Kyle O Shea this gave a half time score of Aghada 2-7 Bride Rovers 1-8. The second half started with Alan getting the first of his goals. He was well supported by Oisin Counihan who won a lot of ball and laid it off well. Conor O Keeffe then got on the score line with a wonderful point on the run. Bride Rovers then got 1-1 before Alan got his second followed with point from Mark McCarthy. All the time our backline holding tough with Darragh Murphy, Marcus Leahy. Conor Maloney Rory Slye Luke Foley and the man from Finure Jack Norris don’t know what they are feeding him but gave unreal performance. Ciaran Galligan improving with every session made room for Alan to complete his hat trick. Vince Rohan will need new studs after all the ground he covered. Bride Rovers went two points ahead but lads never gave up Alan Hogan brought it back to one before Mark McCarthy got the equaliser. Sean Morrissey in goals for first half distributed the ball well. Kyle O Shea went it for second half. Sean gave a good account of himself in midfield giving management options. It is great to see this group improving as I have said before they are an honest bunch. Back training Sunday morning.
Man Of The Match: Alan Hogan.
Team: Sean Morrissey. Luke Foley, Darragh Murphy, Jack Norris, Rory Slye ,Marcus Leahy. Conor Maloney, Kyle O Shea , (0-1) Conor O Keeffe (0-1). Vincent Rohan , Mark Mccarthy (1-8). Oisin Counihan , Ciaran Galligan Alan Hogan (3-1) ,Jamie O Hanlon (1-0)
Killeagh Itas 3-11.
Minor Hurling Challenge Wed 31st May.
Donies troops travelled to Killeagh to play a challenge game where we saw Mark McCarthy put 17 points on the board. Mark a very unassuming player is a pleasure to watch. The backline contested as if their lives depended on it. Ben Stafford returned to corner back Luke Foley at fullback and Jack Norris the other corner. Our centre back Marcus Leahy covered every blade of grass. The two wing backs Conor Maloney and Rory Slye seem to be cementing their positions. In midfield, we had the return of Cal Bawden after hand injury his first outing of the season getting on the scoreboard with a point great addition. He was accompanied by the very reliable Kyle O Shea. The forwards the stars of the show scored 5-20 between them. The work rate and finish is improving with every outing. Mark at centre forward dominated from the start. Wing forwards Ciaran Galligan and Sean Morrissey put in a good hour. What can I say about our full forward line if there was all stars given out on the night they would have one each. Oisin Counihan getting his first goal of the season with a powerful shot off his left must be practicing in the quiet. Jamie o Hanlon doing what he does best running at the opposition ended up with 2-3. Alan Hogan gives it his all as usual tormented Killeagh defence all evening one for the future.
Man Of The Match : Mark McCarthy.
The management team of Donie Morrissey ,Alan Morrissey ,Martin Looney will be joined by Anthony Connolly great to have Anthony on board. Best of Luck to all doing exams next week.
Team : Craig Hogan, Ben Stafford, Luke Foley , Jack Norris. Rory Slye. Marcus Leahy, Conor Maloney, Kyle O Shea, Cal Bawden (0-1) .Sean Morrissey . Mark McCarthy (0-17). Ciaran Galligan. Oisin Counihan (0-1) Alan Hogan (1-0), Jamie O Hanlon.(2-3)
Under 12 Football League played Sunday 28th May Aghada 3-7 Ballinora 1-2 No report
Under 13 Football League played Sat 27th May Aghada 2-4 St Catherines 1-4 No report
Under 13 Football League played Sat 3rd June Aghada 4-3 Erins Own 2-5 No report.
U14 Football League versus Glenville at home Monday 12th June at 19.30
U12 Football League versus Whitechurch at home Thursday 15th June at 19:00
Cúl Camp 2017.
The date has been set for this year’s Cúl camp with the event taking place on the week beginning Monday 17th July 2017. Entry for the camp can either be done online or there are also entry forms available from Eurospar Whitegate.
Club Shop Opening – Well done to all
The official opening of the new Shop took place on Saturday morning June 3rd. Great work has gone into this venture and well done to all involved. Some sample pictures of Items available for purchase and order are available on the various Facebook pages and also on the website under recent pictures and club news. Keep an eye on Facebook/Twitter also for shop opening hours from week to week.
Best of Luck.
The very best of luck to all our young hurlers, footballers, camogie and ladies footballers that are sitting the state exams over the coming weeks.