The North Final 2012

I previously wrote about the conundrum I foresaw for myself regarding attending the North senior hurling final and I have to admit the extraordinary manner of Portroes victory won me over on the day. Congratulations to them on a wonderful victory.

The following is a brief match report.

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Portroe in Dreamland

This counts as Sheedy’s greatest achievement in my opinion.Portroe is an extraordinary little parish.They punch above their weight and give quarter to no one.
There were delirious scenes in McDonagh Park today after the final whistle When Portroe won their first ever North Senior Hurling title.

Toomevara must be scratching there heads and wondering what the hell happened tonight. They went in a point up against the wind at half time 0:11 to 1:07 with their backs well on top. Benny Dunne especially so at centre back. He hoovered up oceans of ball and hurled it intelligently into the Toome forwards who themselves were showing well for it.
There are stories emerging here and there of what went on in the Portroe dressingroom at half time. What ever happened Portroe came out on fire for the second half.Benny Dunnes influence was curtailed and Portroe started wining possession, be it clean or broken in their half forward line and ran at the Toomevara defence.They drew fouls, which they converted through the person of John Sheedy (yes he is related to you know who) and took some sublime scores from play into the teeth of a strong crossing wind.Two cracking second half goals from Mike Sheedy (yes he is also related to you know who)and Mark Gennery broke Toomevara’s back and Portroe were in dreamland.

Toomevara will rue their massive wide count which included the most incredible missed goal chance I have ever seen. Willie Ryan who failed to convert from inside the small parallelogram, unmarked and with an open goal at his mercy will not want to look back at the match video. John O’Brien did get a late goal however which set up a grand stand finish with Portroe holding out for an Historic and richly deserved 3:16 to 1:19 victory.
Riotous, unrestrained and infectious scenes of raw emotion ensued as every man woman and child form the tiny parish and village of Portroe rushed the field to share in the victory with their heroes.
An Historic day that it was my pleasure and honour to bear witness to. A marvelous day to follow the G.A.A.
This is why our games are so great.

North Final Conundrum….

With our senior hurling clash with Nenagh postponed this weekend we can concentrate a little more on this weekends North Senior Hurling final. It promises to be a great game for the neutral with our close neighbours Portroe and the old reliable’s Toomevara making up a novel pairing. Both of whom marked high points and low points in our North senior Hurling campaign this year.



We seemed to be coping well against Toome until we leaked those two soft goals and once they went in the wind was lost from our sails. Portroe on the other hand probably should have beaten Toome in a tempestuous and thrilling group game draw in McDonagh park Nenagh. A pair of results made more bizzare by our own loss to Borrisokane and our final group game 13 man victory against Portroe.

So what will all this mean to the Burgess patron in the stand at the North final? Neutrality is all fine and well until the ball is thrown in and a lot of Port cars will have to drive through Newtown.

I found myself while watching Port and Toome battle it out in their group game edging towards supporting Portroe as the game wore on. Will the same phenomenon occur this Sunday? If they win will we ever be able to shut them up? We can only only console ourselves with the fact that, in this doomsday scenario of a Portroe North final victory, we will remain the only team to have beaten Portroe in the North Senior Hurling championship. And no matter how much they deny it this fact sticks in their craw.

Congratulations to our two senior county men Shane and Donagh Maher on victory with the Tipp senior Hurlers in the Munster final this weekend past and the best of luck to Damien O’Brien with the Tipperary intermediates.

Great days for the club… Now bring on those townies..


Speaking of those townies. It seems they have friends in high places. They have managed to engineer the postponement of the senior match this weekend to their advantage and unfortunately to our distinct disadvantage.
Nothing is won easy in senior hurling and it seems you can’t even count on fair play.
There will be a raffle and sale of work after the north final this weekend for the purpose of supplying the county board with phones that will answer.
remember the u21’s ;D

state of play


This week Burgess fell under the sword of a tenacious Knockshe team in round three of the junior A north championship.

The final score of 1:17 to 0:13 told a lopsided tale of the game. Yes Knockshe deserved their win yet the score board flattered them, and they knew it.We were a little flat and knockshe exploited it. Scoring oppertunities were missed our touch was poor and our decision making left a little to be desired.

However… Knockshe played really well and for them that has to be worring. We have huge scope to improve, they don’t. We have more natural ability than them, more youth and I hope more heart.

Tonight I noticed they were more cute in how they read the game and this was especially apparent with regard to breaks and dsitribution. All of which are minor “learnings with a young team” such as we have (for the most part)

These Knockshe boys are the big fish in junior A. A first team amongst second teams, we are well capable of reeling in this marlin.

Seven points is nothing in hurling and based on what i saw tonight, if we want to , we can beat these lads. We’ve done it before, we’ll do it again.

Burgess v Portroe…. A history of violence

A selection of images from the recent fractious senior hurling match against Portroe tell the story of an intense full blooded encounter which will probably stand both sides in good stead for the remainder of the championship.

Immediate post match reaction from Portroe quarters was that our behaviour on the field of battle “had driven a wedge through the relationship between the two parishes that wouldn’t soon be mended” was soon exposed for the hyperbole that it was the following Sunday morning at Portroe Mass. When Fr. Sheary, a Nenagh native and hurling fanatic, while filling in for Fr. Gardiner left this parting shot from the Alter. “It’ll be a long time before ye live this down” to peals off laughter from both sides of the “wedge” who were present.

Since this game Portroe came from behind to defeat Eire Og Nenagh in a thrilling North Semi final and we’ve advanced through the potential banana skin of Moycarkey Borris to meet the very same Eire Og in the county championship.

It seems the “Battle of Nenagh” did neither side any harm

These images are taken from the video footage of the game. A big thank you to our camera team.

See the flickr slideshow here


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Breaking news… Nenagh Eire Og in the next round of the CSHC

The draw was made tonight for the next round of the senior hurling championship and we have a mouthwatering tie against our near and dear neighbours.
I suppose all we can do is try and keep it pucked out to them.

The rest of the draw went like this:

Burgess v Nenagh
Kildangan v Kilenaule
Tderry v brackens
Roscrea v Cashel/ANNACARTHY
Borrisokane v Cappawhite/Clonoulty
Lorrha v Ballingarry
Moneygall v Drom/LMORE
Kilruane/knockavilla v Borrisoleigh

Our match up is the pick of the bunch in my humble opinion with 12 months of bragging rights at stake we can’t afford a slip up.

Burgess junior A’s put Lorrha to the sword

We had a good win tonight against a determined Lorrha side on a final scoreline of 2:17 to 0:10. The final score itself doesn’t tell the full story as Lorrha make us work hard for the victory. This is best exemplified by half time score where only a Kevin Nealon goal separated the teams 1:05 to 0:05. In fact it was only late in the second half that we managed to forge ahead and get the scores as Lorrha tired.
Well done to all and I’m certain tougher assignments lie ahead.

1. Brian Sherlock

2. James Coady
3. Paddy Hogan
4. Seanie Flynn

5. Tom Walsh
6. John Hogan
7. Padraig McDonnell

8. Jack O’Flaherty
9. Kieran Ryan

10. Colm O’Brien
11. Fergal McDonnell
12. Tony Hogan

13. Garrett Howard
14. Kevin Nealon
15. Cian McDonnell

Subs Used: Conor Quigley and Tadhg O’Halloran.

Ps the video is uploading and will be a available in the usual place tomorrow evening. Mean while here are some pictures from the game

some images from the Senior game v Moycarkey