League heartbreak for our senior camógs, the greatest hurler in Nenagh is revealed while our footballers lose out to Portroe in the John Kissane Cup. All of this and more in this week’s news on the Blues
Our senior hurlers have entered this year’s Hogan Cup and have been drawn in Group 2 alongside Ballina, Kiladangan and Roscrea. Please keep an eye on the fixtures section of the website for details of these upcoming games.
Our junior-A hurlers were made work all the way by a superb Kilruane MacDonaghs side in Puckane on Saturday evening in the North semi-final. Trailing for long periods of the game it took a great second-half goal from captain Bob O’Brien to give the Blues the edge before winning out. The lads now look forward to the North final where they will face Toomevara.
Our junior-C hurlers completed the round-robin section of the championship with a 3-9 to 3-3 win over Ballinahinch in MacDonagh Park on Sunday morning with Shane Flynn (2) and Seán McTiernan grabbing the all-important goals. Nenagh have now finished on top of the group and look forward to the semi-final.
John Kissane Cup
Due to Covid-19, it was impossible for the committee of the John Kissane football sevens to organise a competition this year so on Friday morning it was decided that the winners of Sunday evening’s junior football challenge between Nenagh Éire Óg and Portroe, clubs that he coached, would be presented with the John Kissane Cup.
On the night Portroe prevailed and captain Kevin O’Halloran gave a lovely speech afterwards where he praised the work John Kissane put into both clubs over the years.
In the North junior-B championship, we have been drawn to play the losers of Moneygall and Burgess in the quarter-final.
Tipperary GAA Clubs’ Draw
Congratulations to David Hackett who won either a car or €15,000 in the first Tipperary GAA Clubs’ Draw on Friday evening. The promoter was Seamus Cleary. We also wish to congratulate Gerry Robinson who won €200 in the same draw. A great start to the draw for the club.
John O Dwyer @tdkenyonsgaa wins a new car in the @TippDraw …David Hackett @nenagheireog with another car!!
Tipp hurler Paidi Maher picks the winner!! @TipperaryGAA #Draw #GAA pic.twitter.com/ERbIxvD2tJ
— Stephen Gleeson (@StephenGleeson_) September 18, 2020
Congratulations Willie and Martin.
Congratulations to Willie Bolger who scored two goals for Sarsfields Hurling Club in the county final against Shamrocks and secure an amazing five in a row set of titles for the Australian side last weekend. That was Willie’s fourth Australian county title to add to his two league medals and 7-a-side title with Sarsfields. Keep up the great work down under Willie
We also send our congratulations to another former player, Martin Slattery who won the Dublin junior-E championship on Sunday afternoon as Round Towers Lusk overcame the challenge of Commercials 2-13 to 2-10 in O’Toole Park. Colm and Damien O’Brien from Burgess also played for Round Towers Lusk. Well done to all involved.
Under six training continues every Saturday morning from ten o’clock to eleven. New faces are always welcome to join, please contact one of the management group in advance via the clubs social media sites if you would like to join so that we can direct you to the relevant Covid protocols and registration process to ensure safe training for your child.
Our Under eight boys played Newport on Saturday morning in MacDonagh Park. The boys all hurled excellently and we can really see them developing their skills and confidence on the ball. Keep up the practicing boys, you all were excellent in your games against Newport. Hurling training will continue each Tuesday evening from six to seven and Saturday mornings from ten o’clock to eleven unless we have a game. New members (boys born in 2012 or 2013) are always welcome. The Wednesday football training is now finished, there will be football included in the two remaining training sessions from time to time and details will issue on the group text in advance so that children can have the correct equipment with them at training.
Under ten boys, new players are always welcome (boys born in 2010 or 2011), it’s not too late to come along and try out hurling or football for the year. Please note our new training structure for the coming weeks, Tuesday evenings from 5.45 to 7pm, this will be a combined hurling and football training with football first followed by hurling training, remember to bring hurl, helmet, gum shields and drink, If boys just want to play either code that will be fine. No training on Wednesday. Hurling training on Saturday mornings from ten o’clock to eleven unless we have a game. Keep up the practicing at home boys between matches and training.
So close and yet so far for our Under 14A boys in their Plate Final V Kilruane last Thursday evening. It was a heartbreaking defeat in MacDonagh park for this brilliant group of boys from Éire Óg as they were pipped at the post by a last minute goal from Kilruane. The Éire Óg side fought every inch of the way in what was a whole hearted effort from the boys. Nenagh got off to a good start and clocked up some fantastic scores, however, goals from Kilruane kept their side in touch. The game was level in the final minutes and momentum seemed to be with Nenagh but as the clock entered the final minute of the game another goal came for Kilruane. Nenagh battled to pull the score back but after registering a point in reply that was to be the final score for the match. Congratulations to Kilruane who never gave up. Commiserations to this fabulous group of Éire Óg boys, they are a joy to watch and give everything each time they take to the field. There is a very bright future ahead for this group, their time will come, we have no doubt.
Continued good luck to all Nenagh Éire Óg groups in this week’s matches.
This week’s Juvenile fixtures are:-
U12D Football Fixtures Tuesday 22nd September
Nenagh Éire Óg V Ballina in Nenagh @ 6.30pm
U14A Football Fixtures scheduled for Saturday 26th September.
Kilruane MacDonaghs V Nenagh Éire Óg in Cloughjordan @ 4pm.
Please keep an eye on club social media and text groups as fixtures are subject to change at short notice.
Thank you to all the parents who encourage practicing of both codes at home between training sessions, this is central to the children developing their skills and confidence on the ball and ultimately their enjoyment of the game.
Please continue to follow all of the GAA and HSE Covid safety guidelines.
Thank you to all those who have already signed up online to the new Nenagh Éire Óg club lotto. Please visit www.nenagheireog.com for anyone else who wishes to join.
The Presidents’ Cup
Under 14 President’s Cup 2020
Congratulations to our fabulous Under 14 hurlers who won the 2020 Presidents cup in a convincing manner with a win over Burges this evening in a sun drenched MacDonagh Park.
The Éire Óg boys started well, grew into the game and dominated in most positions which gave the platform to build numerous attacks and rattle the Burges net on many occasions.
It was wonderful to have Éire Óg Club president Jimmy Morris on hand to make the presentation of the President’s Cup to the Nenagh joint Captains.
Jimmy was accompanied by fellow club presidents Ger Gavin, Paudie O’Kennedy and Mick Burns.
Thank you to all involved in making this evenings game a great success.
Thank you to Burges for the game.
Thank you to the management group of this great bunch of hurlers who have provided so much joy and entertainment all season. It was a delight to close this years hurling on a positive note for this team.
Under-8 & Under-6
Nenagh’s Greatest Hurler
Step aside Mick Darcy, Jack Darcy, Johnny McGrath, Mick Burns, Conor O’Donovan, John Heffernan, Michael Cleary, Hugh Maloney, Michael Heffernan, Barry Heffernan and Jake Morris. The debate on who is Nenagh’s greatest ever hurler has been decided. See the video below produced for Nenagh 800 to discover the real answer.