2015 County Senior Championship Group:
Our group for the 2015 county senior hurling championship has familiar feel to it as we are once again drawn with Drom&Inch and Borris Illeigh with Kilurane replacing Silvermines in this year iteration.
Our record from last year against these teams was a mixed bag. A draw and a one point win over Borris Illeigh, a team we’ve often struggled against, a disappointing five point loss to Drom in Dolla and a stirring two point win over Kilruane in the north semi-final in Nenagh.
Perhaps a look back at last year’s games against these teams is in order.
Borris Illeigh Game #1
Burgess grab dramatic draw
APRIL 30, 2014
Burgess 2-13 Borris-Ileigh 1-16
27th April 2014 McDonagh Park Nenagh,
Against a strong Breeze in the first half Burgess were first on the attack with a fine point from play by Eoin Leahy Hogan straight from the throw in. Borris were back level however within a minute with a point of their own from a free by David O’Connor. After seven minutes of hurling the teams were level at four points each, the remaining Burgess scores coming from Stephan Murray 0-2 (1 f) and a whopper against the wind by Noel Gleeson. Borris benefitted from the ref whistle with David O’Connor firing over another two frees before Dan McCormack had Borris’s first point from play.
Two minutes later David O’Connor caught a high ball and raced inside the Burgess defence to put Borris a goal ahead. Borris then had two more scores, a long range pointed free from Brendan Maher and fine point from play by Dan McCormack which put them five points ahead, 1-6 to 0-4. Stephan Murray broke the Borris scoring sequence with a sublime point from a line ball into the wind. Conor Kenny and Noel Gleeson exchanged points from play before David O’Connor pointed a free, Borris’s fifth such score of the half, to send the sides in with Borris leading 1-8 to 0-6.
Burgess had done well to be only five points behind at half time and were unlucky not to have a blatant penalty awarded to them when Damien O’Brien was hauled down attacking the Borris goal.2
Burgess again had an early score after the throw in when Stephan Murray pointed a rare scoreable free to leave Burgess 4 points adrift, 1-8 to 0-7. Borris responded quickly with a free by Brendan Maher and an excellent point by Matthew Stapleton immediately upon his introduction. A point by Burgess captain Damien O’Brien and free by Murray had the deficit by to four points with ten minutes gone in the half. Another pointed free by Brendan Maher and two excellent points from the wing by the impressive substitute Matthew Stapleton stretched out Borris’s lead to seven points.
A bullet of a 21 metre free from Stephen Murray gave the Burgess faithful a glimmer of hope on the 45th minute but Borris once again responded quickly with yet another pointed free by Brendan Maher and a point from play by Tipperary senior star Conor Kenny to make the score 1-9 to 1-15.
Burgess then embarked on a stirring 8 minute rampage scoring 1-3 without reply, the goal by Brian Hogan who made up for an earlier shot which he blasted over the bar for a wide from close range!. The three points, all from play were scored by Tossy, Murray and O’Brien respectively.
All this excitement made for a Grandstand finish with the teams tied, Burgess 2-12 Borris 1-15 with the clock reading sixty minutes. What followed was frenetic action with both sides fluffing chances of grabbing a winner before the outstanding Dan McCormack shot a monster point to give Borris the lead on 63 minutes. But Burgess weren’t done, cometh the hour and cometh the man. With time almost up Donagh Maher came raiding forward from centre back and pilfered the ball from a ruck of players and from an acute angle levelled the game in the fourth minute of injury time.
The 2-13 to 1-16 draw was the least Burgess deserved for their gutsy display and all of this means that a draw or win from our final game against the already qualified Drom&Inch will see us advance in the competition.
As it Happened:
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Defeat followed in Dolla to Drom&Inch in a game where, if we had converted a fraction of our first half chances, we wouldn’t have had to rely on Drom winning the mid to advance us into the knockout phase of the county championship.
Burgess Goal v Drom
And finally Kilruane…. But for Seamus Hennessy slipping in atrocious conditions coupled with Tossys opportunism, coolness and accuracy we might not have experienced the highs and lows of North final day last year….
Burgess 1-16, Kilruane 0-17
North Senior Hurling Semi-final 24th August 2014
With the aid of a strong breeze Kilruane took the lead with a point inside the opening minute of the first half from the stick of Thomas Cleary. Three minutes later Peter Gill opened Burgess’s account with a well taken point after some sustained Burgess pressure. A little more than a minute later, Kilruanes Brian O’Meara slotted over a fantastic side-line cut to restore his teams lead. A needless foul on Bill O’Flaherty gave Stephen Murray the opportunity to bring Burgess level once again in the 7th minute of the half. Seconds later Burgess took the lead when Tossy Hogan got inside the Kilruane defence and rifled an unstoppable shot passed Thomas Williams in the Kilruane goal. Burgess now led 1-2 to 0-2
The Burgess dominance, built on solid defensive work, was rewarded a minute later when Murray fired over his second free of the day. Kilruanes county star, Niall O’Meara opened his account in the tenth minute with an excellent point from play to make the score 1-3 to 0-3. Justin Cahill was next on the score sheet for Kilruane as they began to come back into the game. Thomas Cleary tagged on his second point of the game a minute later to leave the bare minimum between the sides. Shane Quinlan then finished off a well worked move to bring Kilruane level in the 14th minute leaving the score, Burgess 1-3 Kilruane 0-6. A minute later the impressive Brian O’Meara made himself available to take a great pass from his brother Niall which he duly slotted over for the lead point for Kilruane. Mark O’Leary was next to get his name on the scoresheet with a well taken point thereby extending Kilruanes lead to two points
The rot was stopped for Burgess on the 18th minute when their towering corner forward Bill O’Flaherty broke down an intelligent ball into the path of the onrushing Damien O’Brien who reduced the Kilruane lead to just one point. A minute later Damien was on hand again to win a free which Stephen Murray had no problem converting and the sides were level once again. Great interplay out of the Burgess defence resulted in a fantastic point by Noel Gleeson on the 23rd minute to regain the lead for Burgess. Buggy O’Meara caught the resulting puckout and from way out on the wing, with barely a glance at the goals, fired the ball over his shoulder and straight over the black spot to level the game once again. Not to be outdone Burgess captain Damien O’Brien caught Niall McGraths puckout which was laid off to centre forward Brian Hogan and Burgess had the lead once more.
The full blooded commitment of both sides was perhaps best exemplified by Liam Gibson’s kamikaze tackle on the on-rushing Donagh Maher. The resulting collision, which shook McDonagh Park, lead to a five minute delay as Liam was carried injured on a stretcher from the field to a round of applause from all present. Stephen Murray pointed the resulting free to edge Burgess further in front, 1-8 to 0-9. Five minutes of frenetic, thrilling, end to end hurling and two Buggy O’Meara pointed frees later and the sides were level going in at half time 1-8 to 0-11.
The second half saw Kilruane first on the score board with Brian O’Meara converting a close in free in the second minute. Burgess responded immediately from the puckout with a wonderful catch and point from the side-line by centre forward Brian Hogan. Moments later Burgess regained the lead through a Stephen Murray free after Peter Gill was fouled in the middle of the park. Almost immediately Burgess stretched their lead again by way of an absolute monster of a pointed free by corner back John O’Dwyer. Two points in under a minute from Kilruanes Justin Cahill and Shane Quinlan had the team’s level yet again in this thrilling encounter with the score locked at 1-11 to 0-14 and 18 minutes remaining.
Brian Buggy O’Meara and Stephen Murray exchanged points in rapid succession until Burgess regained the lead by way of second half sub Eoin Leahy Hogan’s first touch of the ball. Four minutes later a Stephen Murray free had Burgess holding onto a slender 2 point lead with the Kilruane onslaught sure to come. Brian O’Meara and Danny Ryan exchanges points as both sides fought fiercely over every ball. A cynical trip on the rampaging Donagh Maher by Kilruane centre back Kieran Cahill resulted in another pointed free for Stephen Murray and Burgess led by that most dangerous of margins, a goal, with less than one minute of normal time remaining.
In a nail biting final two and a half minutes of injury time Kilruane hunted for that elusive goal but the Burgess defence, as they had been all day, were defiant and unyielding and all Kilruane could muster was another pointed side-line by the impressive Brian O’Meara.
When the final whistle blew Burgess were deserved two point victors with the final score reading Burgess 1-16, Kilruane 0-17.
We now face Nenagh in the North senior Hurling final on Sunday 14th of September, in McDonagh Park Nenagh.
The Burgess Team: Niall McGrath, Jack O’Flaherty, Jonathon Mulqueen, John O’Dwyer, Shane Maher, Donagh Maher, Michael OFlaherty, Daniel Ryan, Peter Gill, Damien O’Brien (capt), Brian Hogan, Noel Gleeson, Bill O’Flaherty, Eoin Tossy Hogan, Stephen Murray. Subs used: Eoin Leahy Hogan.
Our North final heartbreak was quickly mended as our lads did us proud in Toomevara against Borris
County Senior Hurling Preliminary Quarter Final
Burgess 0-21 Borris-ileigh 2-14
Any lingering doubts over the character of this Burgess team after the North final replay disappointment were emphatically put rest in Toomevara on Sunday last when our lads our lads fought hard and dug deep to earn a well-deserved win in this last 16 tie.
Borris were first away with a pointed free in the second minute of the game. Burgess though, responded well with the next three scores from play, two Eoin Leahy Hogan points and a long range peach from Brian Chopper Hogan to give us a 3 points to 1 lead with five minutes gone. Borris cut into the Burgess lead thanks to the referees whistle once again and reduced the Burgess advantage to the minimum on the 7th minute.
Stephen Murray displayed his trademark electric pace as he burned his marker down the wing before firing over a point from 50 metres that was worth the entrance fee alone on the 11th minute. Borris had their first two scores from play around the 15th minute mark as Burgess had re-access their shape after Daniel Ryan’s retirement due to injury.
Two Murray frees, the second an absolute monster, had the scoreboard looking more indicative of Burgess’s dominance to this point, Burgess 0-8 Borris 0-5. Murray had another point from play on the 20th minute after a Borris short puckout went awry. Another long rang Murray free and Burgess seemed to be cruising but straight from the resulting puckout Conor Kenny found himself unmarked and crashed the ball passed Niall McGrath in the Burgess goals. Peter Gill edged Burgess further in front on the 27th minute with a well taken point after a patient attacking build up but for the nest 6 minutes Borris were in the ascendancy hitting five points without reply. It has to be said though that the open two of their salvo were got from two very, very debateable frees. All was not lost however and Murray free on the 35th minute had Burgess trailing by only a point at half time, Burgess 0-12 Borris 1-10. A half it has to be said that Burgess, for the most part dominated but bizarrely found themselves trailing in.
Borris were first on the score board after half time with a well taken point. The Burgess Response came by way of two Stephen Murray points, one from play the other a free. Borris had two frees themselves the first a close range free moved in for dissent and crashed to the net by Brendan Maher the second gained them a point leaving the scoreboard reading Burgess 0-14 Borris 2-12.
The character of this Burgess team was now put to the test and they responded in fine fashion bagging the next five scores without reply. Two frees for Stephen Murray, an Eoin Hogan point from play that could easily have found the net and then within a minute two amazing long range scores from Mike O’Flaherty and Peter Gill which pushed Burgess into a one point lead. Burgess 0-19 Borris 2-12.
Borris responded with a point in 52nd minute to level the game but two frees from the ever accurate Murray and point for Borris in the final minute of normal time was enough to see Burgess through as the victors by a single point and into the County quarter finals.
We now face yet another Northern team in the shape of Templederry on Sunday next at 2:30pm in Semple Stadium. Onwards and upwards as they say.
Team: Niall Mcgrath, Jack O’Flaherty, Johnny Mulqueen, John O’Dwyer, Shane Maher, Donagh Maher, Michael O’Flaherty, Daniel Ryan, Peter Gill, Damien O’Brien, Brian Hogan, Noel Gleeson, Eoin Hogan, Eoin Tossy Hogan, Stephen Murray. Subs used: Paddy Hogan, Bill O’Flaherty.
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