Thursday, 24th August 2017
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Senior football places up for grabs

With the success of the Waterford Senior Hurling team many dual clubs have been unable to play club senior football championship and this has led to a limited number of games in the competition in recent weeks.

This, I would contend, is a small price to pay and no doubt we would all wish Derek McGrath and his players the very best of luck as they face Cork in Croke Park in the All-Ireland semi-final on Sunday 13th August.

However there were a number of games over last weekend in the JJ Kavanagh Senior Football Championship and they will have a bearing on the lineup of the semi-finals in a quest for the Conway Cup. Indeed they will also have a bearing on the dreaded relegation battle further down the line.

On Thursday last Ardmore had a 0-15 to 0-9 win over Portlaw in the losers section. Ardmore went down in their opening contest 1-19 to 1-9 to Stradbally while the Tannerytown were on the wrong end of the scoreboard as they were beaten 2-6 to 0-7 by Ballinameela.

On Saturday evening, also in the losers section, Brickies had a hugely important 1-13 to 0-13 win over Gaultier which sees the Bushy Park outfit keep their Senior Status for 2018. Leading 0-8 to 0-3 at the break thanks to three pointed efforts from Cathrach Shalloe in that opening half. Gaultier really upped their performance in the second half and were ahead 0-13 to 0-12 late into the second period. However a late late goal from Ryan O'Neill saw the team from West Waterford take the tie on a 1-13 to 0-13 score and with it their senior status for next year.

On Sunday evening it was the turn of Kilrossanty and Ballinameela to face each other in the winners section. The Leamybrien outfit have been quietly progressing over the past couple of years after a barren spell while Ballinameela have also found the going tough in the Senior competition. A win was a must for both teams. Kilrossanty were buoyed by a Joey Veale goal after twenty seconds and this saw them push clear for a 1-8 to 0-1 lead at the break. Kilrossanty were laying down a marker and continued to dominate throughout the second half. A second goal from corner forward Willie Brazil near the end further emphasized the gulf between the sides and saw Kilrossanty through on a 2-17 to 0-4 final scoreline and with county players of the calibre of Tommy Prendergast, Paul Whyte and the afforementioned Veale they will be a tough nut to crack as the competition progresses.

The final game of this football weekend saw Ballinacourty, the fancy of many for ultimate honours, up against An Rinn. The team from the Gaeltacht have been "hitting the bar" in recent years without making that all important breakthrough and having blended youth and experience into a formidable outfit they could well be an outside bet for ultimate honours. However there was this little matter of facing Ballinacourty on Sunday evening with both teams having a win "under their belt".

An Rinn made the early running and led 0-4 to 0-2 after the opening quarter. However a penalty for a foul on Gary Hurney gave Mark Ferncombe the opportunity which he converted 1-2 to

0-4. Two points from Liam O'Lionnain saw the teams level again 1-3 to 0-6 after twenty minutes. Ballinacourty were back in front just before the break when Mark Ferncombe again had the ball in the back of Odran O'hUallachain's net and this saw them ahead 2-3 to 0-7 at the break. With Liam O'Lionnain, Fearghal O'Cuirrin and Donie Breathnach at the heart of the attacks An Rinn edged clear to record a very impressive 0-16 to 2-4 win. Indeed Ballinacourty goalkeeper Stephen Enright was called upon a number of times in that second half to keep a clean sheet as the Gaeltacht team created goal chances. An Rinn now march on to the semi-final and their recent upsurge continues.

DEISE SUPER DRAW

It was another hugely successful evening in Stradbally GAA Centre for the third in the series of Waterford CLG Clubs Deise Super Draw. Before a packed attendance the lucky winner of €12500 was Tom Walsh from Priestown in Ballinamult who purchased his ticket from Nire Football Club. Other big winners on the night included Mickey Doocey in Hillview, Kilmacthomas who got his ticket from John Mitchels Football club, with €1000 going to Rev Fr Jerry Chestnutt from Sacred Heart, De La Salle GAA Club and Anne Moore, Hillview Drive, Dungarvan who got her ticket through the local Old Boro Club. Among the many other cash prizes, five hundred euro went to Pat Vaughan, Dawn Meats Dunhill Gaa Club, John/Treasa Dillon, Abbeyside through the local Abbeyside/Ballinacourty shared five hundred euro club. Another five hundred euro was shared by Ryan/Jordan/Jamie and Lee Walsh from Ardmore and Jane/John Murphy Ardmore also shared five hundred euro.

The Deise Draw has been a financial mainstay of many clubs within the county. The finance generated by the clubs is helping put in place facilities that our kids deserve and will be there for generations to come. Be part of that. If you are not already in the draw please contact your local GAA club for further information. The cost is €15.00 per month with 70% retained by your local GAA club. The next draw will take place on August 9th and will be hosted by Abbeyside/Ballinacourty GAA Club. There is that old saying "if you're not in you can't win". Don't let the opportunity pass. Needless to say you could be the next big winner. Now what would you, yes you, do with €12500.00?

KELLOGG'S CUL CAMPS

It is certainly a busy time for all involved in Coaching and Games with the Kellogg's Cul Camps in full swing. Catering for thousands of kids, the workload of all concerned administration, coaches, GDA's is endless. However all reports tell us that the kids are having a terrific time. Last week saw the camps completed in Mount Sion, Ballyduff Lower, Butlerstown, St Oliver's and Dungarvan with the weather really playing it's part in making them hugely enjoyable. Next week the camps move on to Sacred Heart, St Saviours, St Mary's 1, Fourmilewater/Nire, Naomh Carthaigh. I'm pretty sure the kids in all camps are really looking forward to the week.

The following week (7th-11th August) the Kellogg's Cul Camps will move on to Tramore1, Rathgormack, St Mary's 2, St Patrick's and Cois Brid. All in all a huge endeavour by all concerned and one which makes the Summer that little more enjoyable for all the kids.

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