Congratulations to Upperchurch-Drombane with their victory in the first of the U16 finals over Thurles Gaels last Sunday and they now go forward to the county stages in good shape following this win.
hey also line up against Rosegreen in the final of the Mid-West League final on Saturday.
The other finals in the grade are also due to be played this coming week. Saturday next is also the proposed date for the U16B final between Boherlahan Dualla and the winners of Clonakenny-Moneygall v Loughmore-Castleiney semi-final, while next Monday, September 17th, the U16A final takes place where Drom-Inch await either Durlas Óg or Moycarkey-Borris. Commiserations to our U14 county semi-finalists Durlas Óg, Gortnahoe-Glengoole and Clonakenny who were defeated at the penultimate stage last Saturday, despite good performances where both Durlas Óg and Clonakenny had narrow defeats in their respective semi-finals.
Well done to the Tipperary Minor hurling panel and management in the drawn All Ireland final and best wishes to them in the replay on September 30th.
Fixtures; Kevin Darmody U16A Hurling Final; 17/09/2012 Drom-Inch v Durlas Óg / Moycarkey-Borris time & venue tbc.
Stakelum’s Hardware U16B Hurling Final; 15/09/2012 Boherlahan-Dualla v Clonakenny-Moneygall / Loughmore-Castleiney time & venue tbc. Mid-West League U16C Final; 15/09/2012 Upperchurch-Drombane v Rosegreen time & venue tbc.
U14A Hurling Shield; 13/09/2012 Moycarkey-Borris v Gortnahoe-Glengoole in Littleton at 6.30pm, Holycross-Ballycahill v Drom-Inch in Holycross at 6.30pm.
U14B Hurling Shield; 13/09/2012 Moyne-Templetuohy v Loughmore-Castleiney in Castleiney at 6.30pm, Boherlahan-Dualla v Clonakenny in Boherlahan at 6.30pm. U14C Hurling Shield; 13/09/2012 Moycarkey-Borris (b) v Upperchurch-Drombane in Littleton at 6.30pm, Durlas Óg v Thurles Gaels in Pairc na nÓg at 6.30pm.
Results; Kevin Darmody U16A Hurling; 08/09/2012 Semi-final Drom-Inch 3-23 Holycross-Ballycahill 4-09.
Stakelum’s Hardware U16B Hurling; 08/09/2012 Semi-final Boherlahan-Dualla 2-13 Moyne-Templetuohy 2-11
John Ryan Bus Hire U16C Hurling Final; 08/09/2012 Upperchurch-Drombane 4-26 Thurles Gaels 3-01.
Mid-West League U16C Hurling; 05/09/2012 Semi-final Rosegreen (b) 7-11 Thurles Gaels 2-05.
U14A Hurling Shield; 06/09/2012 Drom-Inch 1-12 Moycarkey-Borris 2-08.
U14B Hurling Shield; 06/09/2012 Loughmore-Castleiney 0-07 Boherlahan-Dualla 0-09. U14C Hurling Shield; 06/09/2012 Upperchurch-Drombane 1-11 Durlas Óg (b) 3-08, Thurles Gaels defeated Moycarkey-Borris (b).
Premier U12 Mini Hurling League Shields – Pat Cullen Group 1; 03/09/2012 JK Brackens defeated Drom-Inch. 04/09/2012 Holycross-Ballycahill 6-05 Durlas Óg 2-05. 06/09/2012 Moyne-Templetuohy defeated JK Brackens.
Group 2; 04/09/2012 Thurles Gaels 3-02 Durlas Óg (b) 3-06
Group 3; 04/09/2012Gortnahoe-Glengoole 2-05 Upperchurch-Drombane 4-04, Boherlahan-Dualla (b) 2-03 JK Brackens (b) 4-00
Group 4; 04/09/2012Thurles Gaels (b) defeated Loughmore-Castleiney (b). 05/09/2012 Boherlahan-Dualla (c) 2-05 Moycarkey-Borris (c) 4-03
John Ryan Bus Hire U16C Hurling Final
Upperchurch-Drombane 4-26 Thurles Gaels 3-01
An extremely well drilled Upperchurch-Drombane unit captured their first title of the year when they overcame a game Thurles Gaels side in Kickham Park last Sunday. Though Gaels had the first attack at goal from Darragh Ryan, the ‘Church boys got immediately into their stride and made their intentions quite clear as they combined good movement with slick passing as they rattled off six points in five minutes to lay the foundations of this victory, a brace a piece from Jack Butler, TJ Butler and Niall Grant.
The pick of these being Jack’s second, a smashing point from a tight angle just in from the right touchline. The industrious Darragh Ryan opened Thurles Gaels account with a point on ten minutes before Loughlin Ryan pointed two frees to stretch the Upperchurch lead.
Gaels came right back into it then when Gary Dunne netted for the first time with a beautiful strike in full flow coming in from the right giving his side the boost they needed.
Not so thought Upperchurch where Jack Butler in particular was having an excellent game hitting over three more points out of five as his side went on the rampage. Their movement up front was causing severe problems for the Gaels defence where Joe Hennessy stood out in quelling the attacks.
Following pressure in the Gaels goalmouth Brian Harty was sharpest as his ground strike found the Gaels net with seven minutes of the half remaining. As Upperchurch tacked on the points Thurles Gaels keeper Ronan Kennedy made a great save from Niall Grant before the final score of the half saw Michael Lavery score a second goal for Upperchurch-Drombane when his lobbing ball found its way to the net, half time score 2-17 to 1-01.
Upperchurch-Drombane opened the second half with another two points before Gary Dunne got his second goal for Thurles Gaels as he expertly let fly on an incoming ball which bounced up beautifully for him giving Gavin Ryan no chance in the ‘Church goal.
Two more points followed for the ‘Church before Dunne who this time showed his strength, prevailed as he shouldered Ryan, who had advanced from his goal, out of possession and finished to the net for his hat-trick.
While Joe Hennessy had a storming second half at centre back for Thurles Gaels, Upperchurch-Drombane continued to add on the scores with Ronan Gleeson getting his sides third goal with thirteen minutes of the half remaining.
The last score of the game was similar to the first half when a long ball in from Niall Grant bounced oddly and deceived Kennedy to score Upperchurch’s fourth goal. Referee PJ Nolan soon after called time to the delight of the Upperchurch-Drombane side, where they had many stars on show, with Niall Grant, the Butler brothers Jack and TJ, Loughlin Ryan and Conor Ryan among others to shine.
Thurles Gaels tried hard and with stars like Joe Hennessy, Gary Dunne, Darragh Ryan, Peter McNamara and Ronan Kennedy they have a bright future ahead of them. Mid Bórd na nÓg PRO Joe Bracken presented the cup to winning captain Gavin Ryan with Mid Bórd Secretary, Sally Young representing sponsor John Ryan also on hand.
Upperchurch-Drombane; Gavin Ryan (C), Ronan Gleeson 1-00, Conor Ryan 04, Patrick Lavery, Toby Clancy 01, Patrick Bourke, Dean Carey, Niall Grant 1-08, Michael Lavery 1-00, Loughlin Ryan 04 (03f), TJ Butler 03, Jack Butler 05, Brian Harty 1-00, Subs (all used) Darragh Brennan 01, Cathal Purcell, Callum Murray, Patrick Buckley, Eanna Ryan, Denis Ryan.
Thurles Gaels; Ronan Kennedy, John Brett, Brendan Callanan, Darren McGuire (C), Joe Hennessy, Peter McNamara, Jake Moore, Darragh Ryan 01, Daniel O’Shaughnessy, Sean O’Gorman, Gavin Gleeson, Jack Hickey, Gary Dunne 3-00, Subs (Used) Sean Connors, Colin Shaughnessy, Adam Troy.