Burgess Gaa notes 1 September 2013

U12 County hurling Final Burgess v  Ballyneale

Burgess u12 couny champions

Burgess u12 county champions

Our u12’s got the weekend to great start with a fantastic 2-5 to 3-0 win in the county final on Friday night. Our u12’s have brought get honour to the club this year after doing the double in Football and hurling in the North along with Friday nights county hurling title.

Congratulations to all the players and mentors for their efforts and the enjoyment they have provided during the year. We look forward to great things in the future from this talented bunch.

U12 Match report

All roads out of Burgess on Friday evening lead to the Durlas Og pitch in Thurles for the meeting of north champions Burgess and the south champions Ballyneale in the 2013 U12 county hurling final. A tight tough encounter was anticipated by all and it lived up to its billing.

Burgess played with the aid of a strong breeze in the first half and were quick out of the blocks when Aaron Sharkey rattled the Ballyneale net for his first goal of the game. Burgess were now on the ascendency, with great teamwork and attitude took the game to Ballyneale. This was also due to a Brendan Cummins like save by Oisin Hynes after 9 minutes. Between the 10 and 15 minute Cathal Conneally struck two great points and Jack O’Keefe one to leave Burgess leading by 1-03 to no score.  Burgess were rocked by a Ballyneale goal just before halftime where a hard shot from the wing forward deceived the burgess keeper and end in the net leaving the ht score Burgess 1-03 Ballyneale 1-00.

Burgess regrouped at halftime as they knew Ballyneale would put it up to them for the remaining 20 minutes. Another superb point from Cathal Conneally kept the scoreboard ticking over. Again Ballyneale came at Burgess and were rewarded with their second goal 8 minutes into the second half leaving Burgess only 1 point ahead playing into the wind. Like all great teams as soon as they conceded, Burgess with some fine passing found Aaron Sharkey free in front of the Ballyneale and the net shook for a second time and the umpire raised the beautiful green flag for Burgess. Legs on both sides were now tiring and all subs had been used so both sides dug deep looking for the next score. Ballyneale were rewarded when Burgess defence failed to clear a ball and it ended in the Burgess net leaving Burgess now only 1 points up and five minutes left to go. Again Burgess went on the attack and as the ball broke to Sean Dunne whom made space and struck a fine point from his right side. The large contingent from Burgess were now vocal and roared on the team.  Ballyneale threw the kitchen sink at Burgess but the defence was now water tight and when the referee Kevin Jordan blew the final whistle there were great scenes of joy and celebration from the Burgess players, mentors and supporters.

Burgess had won their first county U12 hurling final as well as adding the north hurling and football titles to their cabinet.  Ironically they won the hurling final by the same amount as they lost the football county final earlier this year the only game they lost all year. What an achievement by these young lads and lassies. When the going got tough in the second half these players dug deep and believed in themselves. Like the line in the song “success to burgess hurlers, may their courage never fail” which was true for all to see this evening.

Sean Dunne accepted the Cup from the juvenile county chairman on behalf of the team and thanked Ballyneale for a wonderful sporting game. A large procession of cars headed back to Newtown passing through Nenagh blowing horns and waving jerseys. A great night was had in Reidy’s afterwards.

Dr. Fogarty Cup senior league final replay

Burgess 1-19 Nenagh Eire Og 1-14

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The winning run continued on Sunday when our senior hurlers enjoyed a fine win in an entertaining game against Eire Og. This was a fitting way for our senior hurlers to round off the year and we thank players and management for their efforts throughout the year.

The team and scorers

Niall McGrath, John O’Dwyer, Johnny Mulqueen, Paddy Hogan, Michael O’Flaherty, Shane Maher, Peter Gill, Noel Gleeson (0-1), Jack O’Flaherty (0-1), Damien O’Brien (0-4), Eoin ‘Tossy’ Hogan (0-1), Brian Hogan (0-1), Daniel Ryan, Eoin Hogan (0-7, 0-4 frees, 0-2 ‘65s), Stephen Murray (1-3). Subs: (HT) Donagh Maher (0-1) for Daniel Ryan, (56th) Conor Quigley for Eoin ‘Tossy’ Hogan, (60th) Brian Tucker for Brian Hogan.

Club Lotto

There was no winner of Monday 26th Augusts  lotto draw. The numbers drawn were 8,13,26 & 27. Next weeks draw, Monday 9th of September, will take place in Reidys pub Newtown.

Gym Membership

A quick reminder to all existing members whose membership fall s due around now.  Please renew as soon as possible. For anyone wishing to join, please contact any club officer for further details.  The gym is fantastic value at €50 for 6 months membership.

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