They will winter well back Ballyporeen side this year with the County Intermediate Football silverware firmly in their grasp and the prospect of senior grade football once again come next spring.
At the final whistle on Sunday morning last at Holycross, an emotional mixture of of great joy and relief erupted. This win was a long time coming and after many heartbreaking near misses over the years Bally’ were county intermeidate champions once again for the first time since 1992.
Sunday’s final served up a great battle and last year’s county junior champions Borrisokane put it up to the favourites right throughout. In both halves the lead swung either way twice, and with nine minutes to go Borrisokane were two points to the good and looking likely winners. But when their backs were to the wall Ballyporeen rallied to answer all the questions.
Driven on with spirit and experience and the pain of hurt felt too often the South Tipp side rattled off the game’s last five points for a fully deserved four points triumph.
At half-time Bally’ playing against a stiff breeze led 1-5 to 1-4. Borrisokane had grabbed the initiative very early with a second minute penalty from their county star Philip Austin. On 14 minutes Darragh Lyons scored a well-taken goal for the South champions following an accurate long pass from defence from Shane Molan. Lyons with an overall contribution of 1-2 was Ballyporeen’s most prominent player in the first period.
Borrisokane regained the lead in the 47th minute when full-forward Colm Larkin finished off a great move with the ball crashing down off the crossbar over the line (sub Shane Stapleton making doubly sure, just in case). When Austin doubled that lead to two Bally’ looked threatened. But cometh the hour cometh the man, and the men in red and black duly responded.
They finished with six unanswered points in eight minutes, two from Conor and three from Tommy Sweeney and a well-deserved white flag for hard-working sub Danny Barrett with the last score on a great day for Ballyporeen.
Besides those already mentioned Bally’ had good showings from Eoin Morrissey, John Martin, the O’Callaghans and Eoin Kearney.
For Borrisokane Philip Austin was magnificent, assisted by Brian Davis, Seosamh Cleary, a lively Gordon Harding and Colm Larkin. They can take some consolation in that they added to what was an excellent county final.
Ballyporeen: M. Sweeney, S. O’Callaghan, D. Russell, R. O’Callaghan, S. Molan, W. English, E. Morrissey (0-1), J. O’Callaghan, J. Martin (0-2), P. Fitzgerald, C. Sweeney (Capt), (0-3, ‘45’, 0-1F),D. Lyons (1-2), F. O’Sullivan, T. Sweeney (0-5, 0-4F), S. Lynch.
Subs: E. Kearney (0-1) for P. Fitzgerald; A. Crotty for F. O’Sullivan; D. Barrett (0-1) for S. Lynch; B. Breedy for S. O’Callaghan.
Borrisokane: E. Brennan, C. Dooley, C. Forde, B. Davis, S. Nevin, P. McSherry, S. Cleary, E. Forde, A. Austin, B. Donnelly, P. Austin(1-6, 0-4F), G. Harding (Capt), G. Power, C. Larkin (1-2, 0-1F), S. Dooley.
Subs: S. Stapleton for B. Donnelly; E. Dooley for G. Power.
Referee: Tom McGrath (Loughmore/Castleiney).
Killenaule Juvenile GAA
Managers:The following are the managers selected at our recent agm. U16 Tomas Shelly, U14 Joe O Dwyer and U12 Declan Ryan. The full list of mentors are not finalised yet.
Season Over: With activity on the field over for the year, it dosen’t mean your hurley should be put away for a couple of months. We encourage parents to get their children outside for a few pucks whenever the opportunity arises.
U 21 Hurling: Lorrha will play Toomevara in the U-21 ‘A’ Hurling Championship in Borrisokane on Monday next at 3.00pm.
Halloween GAA Camp: There will be a Lorrha GAA Camp running for three days in Moatfield from Tuesday, 29th Thursday 31st October from 10am- 1pm Daily. Cost €20 per child. Age’s 5-12 year old. Contact James Dunne 0876255148 or Katie Kennedy 0851798015 to book.
Juvenile AGM: A successful Juvenile AGM took place in the GAA Centre last Wednesday night. Sean Mannion stepped down as Chairman after three years and was replaced by Dessie Clancy. Louise Mannion was re-elected as Secretary. Selectors were appointed to all teams from Under 6, 8 & 10; 12 & 14. Under 16 selectors to be confirmed at a later date. A high rate of compliance for Garda Vetting was reported but a number of people who are involved with teams remain to be vetted and it was urged that they do so as soon as possible.
Camogie: Hard luck to the Junior camogie team on their defeat in the County final against Kilruane.