September saw the end to our hurling season for 1997 Three teams competed in County Hurling Quarter-Finals, being defeated in all three.
The U12 team were defeated by the narrowest of margins in their match against Adrahan. The scoreline was 3 goals and 1 point to Adrahan’s 3 goals and 2 points. The team played very well with fine performances from Jeffrey French, Barry Hanley, Paul Doolan, Declan Leonard and Gerry Giles (Jnr) in goals.
The Junior A team lost their quarter-final match against Turloughmore on a score-line of 1 goal and 7 points to 2 goals and 10 points. This game could have been won but for Carnmore conceding two easy goals and missing a number of point scoring chances. Teams were evenly matched during the first half. Padraic O’Connell opened the scoring for Carnmore with a well taken point. Turloughmore responded with 2 points before Noel Walsh scored a fine goal for Carnmore. Turloughmore scored a simple goal while everybody waited for referee Pat Flaherty (Castlegar) to give a free out to Carnmore. The half-time score was Turloughmore 1–5 points to Carnmore 1–3 points.
Turloughmore got off to a great start to the second half with well taken points by their fine free-taker Denis Burke, and a second goal from play. Noel Walsh, Michael Grealish, Ryan Quigley and Jimmy Cummins had second-half points for Carnmore.
On a day when few Carnmore players played to their ability, only John Abbott at wing-back had a great game all through.
The Senior team are out of the championship after losing by 6 points to Athenry on a score-line of 2–11 to 11 points. This was another game Carnmore could have won, allowing Athenry to score 2 goals in the first 10 minutes. Carnmore were unlucky not to score 3 goals during the game and also missed a number of good point scoring chances. This was a good competitive game and was only spoiled by an off the ball injury to John Keogh, the Carnmore centre forward. John was unable to continue and was replaced by Tomás Grealish. Carnmore settled down after this shaky start and played some good hurling. Michael Killilea scored 4 points from frees, Liam Fahy 1 from play and Declan Walsh two from play in the first-half. The half-time score was Athenry 2–6 to 7 points for Carnmore.
Most of the players improved their performance in the second-half but this improvement was dogged by poor finishing. The game finished on a score-line of 2–11 to 0–11. Carnmore had fine performances from Kenneth Walsh, Enda Flaherty, Ronnie Walsh, Declan Walsh and Liam Fahy. With some luck this team can yet achieve their goal.
The Hurling and Football Club Lotto is going well and the last three Lotto winners have been from the Parish. We thank you for your continued support.
The Galway County Board Draw will take place at Grealish’s Lounge, Carnmore, on Friday, 31st October.
Bertie Linnane, Carnmore