Thursday, 20th September 2018
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Plenty of Competition

Although the intercounty embargo for April as directed by Headquarters has now finished there is an abundance of domestic club games taking place within the county at present. The Senior Football and Hurling League are up and running as well as the Divisional Board Championships. In the Senior Football League there are six games scheduled for Saturday next 12th May. In Group A Brickies will face Nire while Gaultier play An Rinn and Portlaw are set to face county champions Stradbally. The situation in the table at present sees An Rinn, Nire and Gaultier with two points each having played just the single game.

In Group B there are also three games down for decision with Ballinacourty facing Clashmore/Kinsalebeg, while Ardmore will play Dungarvan and Kilrossanty will face Rathgormack, once again all scheduled for Saturday next. The table in Group B sees Ballinacourty, Clashmore and Rathgormack all on two points after a single game.

In the hurling league there are two games down for this weekend with Ballygunner set to face Tallow and Lismore facing Roanmore. Following a win for Abbeyside over Fourmilewater (2-16 to 1-17) the former sit atop the table (group A) with six points from four games. They are closely followed by both De La Salle and Passage with four points each from two games. The meeting of De La Salle and Passage was scheduled for Monday (result not to hand going to print) so the gap will most definitely be closed on the leaders.

In Group B it is Lismore who set the pace with six points from three games. The Cathedral Town recorded a 2-22 to 1-17 win over Dungarvan at the weekend but are closely followed in the group by both Roanmore and Ballygunner with four points each. There are a number of games on the cards for next weekend with Ballygunner to face Tallow and Lismore set to play Roanmore so things can change rather quickly. Still a lot to play for with the next full round pencilled in for weekend 9th June.

REMINDER

The first in the series of Deise Draw 2018 will take place on the last Wednesday (30th) May. The cost is 90 euro for six months (E15 per month) with 70% return to your local GAA club. To be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes, top prize E12500, please contact a member of your local club. Remember your support will help secure the future of our National games for both the present and future generations while also giving our clubs the financial help to further develop their facilities. Remember it only takes a call.

CHAMPIONSHIP FOOTBALL

Tickets for the Munster Senior Football Championship quarter final featuring Waterford and Tipperary in Semple Stadium on Saturday 19 at 7pm are now on sale. It would be great to see a huge crowd at the famed Thurles venue to support the lads.

CHARITY GAME

There is always something very unique about games between Kilkenny and Waterford. On Sunday evening in the well appointed Kilmacow GAA Grounds, another mark was ticked as the neighbouring counties played a "Legends" fundraiser in aid of Pieta House and Teac Tom. A huge crowd turned out to show their support for the event and great credit must go to chairman Damien O'Sullivan, his committee, the volunteers, the participants, the Kilmacow club under the stewardship of Shane Gaule who made the access and egress so easy. Although in his foreword the chairman said he enjoyed every minute of the planning, I'm pretty sure there were times when it all looked to be unravelling but the drive to succeed remained and the result was there on Sunday.

What can one say about the "men on the mike", Kieran O'Connor and the inimitable Miceal O'Muircheartaigh. I hope Kieran will forgive me but what a legend Miceal O'Muircheartaigh. His wit, his comments, his knowledge of each player kept us enthralled. As for the game itself, with so many players who have graced the National stage it was a pleasure to have been able to attend. The final score for those who were interested, well, Micheal O'Muircheartaigh said it was a draw and I'm certainly not going to argue. Thanks to all involved and all those who supported the effort.

In conclusion I would advise reading the thought provoking foreword in the programme by chairman Damien O'Sullivan.

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