June was a relatively quiet month on the hurling field. The Senior team and the Junior A teams have both qualified for the County Championship quarter-finals. The Junior C team is also doing well with one win and one draw in their group championship games. The Senior team played their final group game against Killimordaly at Loughrea knowing that a win would put them through to the County Quarter final. This they did with confidence and ran out easy winners on a scoreline of Carnmore 1–22 Killimordaly 0–13.
Having played against a gale force wind in the first half Carnmore backs absorbed a lot of pressure from the Killimordaly attack and did very well to go in a half-time trailing by only 1 point 0–9 to 0–10. The forwards did well in the first half with points from Michael Killilea, Liam Fahy, Tomas Grealish and Damian Fahy.
The second half was very much one way traffic with Carnmore scoring 1–13 to Killimordaly’s 0–3. Scorers for Carnmore: Michael Killilea 1–7, Tomas Grealish 0–5, Liam Fahy 0–3, Damien Fahy 0–3, Declan Walsh, Shane Walsh, Ronan Walsh and Ronnie Walsh scoring one point each.
The Quarter-Final draw is a tough one—Carnmore play Athenry and the winners play the winners of Sarsfields and Portumna in the County Semi-Final.
Senior Team Win City Final
The senior team had a good win over near neighbours Castlegar in the final of the ACC City League played at Castlegar on July 6th. It was a tame affair with both teams showing the effects of the two week break. Michael Killilea opened the scoring with a couple of points from frees and a well taken goal from play. Castlegar replied with four points. Patrick Killilea and Damian Fahy scored a point apiece and Liam Fahy scored a good goal. Michael Killilea finished the scoring of the first half leaving the half-time score—Carnmore 2–5, Castlegar 0–4.
Carnmore continued to dominate but some wayward shooting allowed Castlegar back into the game. Castlegar scored seven points to Carnmore’s three during the next twenty five minutes leaving only three points between the sides with five minutes left. Good points from Michael Grealish, Richard Donovan and Damian Fahy secured the game with a final scoreline Carnmore 2–11 to Castlegar 0–11.
Good to win a final and the first piece of silverware this year!
Carnmore team: K. Walsh, P. Connell, M. Killilea, E. Flaherty, A. Thompson, Ronan Walsh, Ronnie Walsh, T.J. Hynes, P. Killilea, D. Fahy, D. Walsh, R. Donovan, M. Grealish, L. Fahy, M. Killilea.
The Junior A Team have qualified for the County Quarter final. They played two championship games during June. They had an easy win over Ballinderreen on a scoreline of 4–20 to 1–1. The next game was against Fohenagh at Loughrea preceeding the senior game against Killimordaly.
The game against Fohenagh was a tough game. The team showed great courage and determination in the second half playing against a gale force wind and only a two point half time lead. The defence played exceptionally well, midfield working very hard and the forwards playing very well. Noel Grealish scored a vital goal and Paul Higgin’s high work rate and great point being a feature of the game. Kevin Moran scored two great points from play and two from frees, his last point from a free against the wind to level the match. The final score Carnmore 1–9 and Fohenagh 1–9.
The Junior A team are also competing in the Sacre Coeur Competition for Intermediate teams. They had their first game in this knock-out competition against Rahoon Newcastle Intermediate team last week. Carnmore winning on a scoreline of 3–9 to 1–12. The Junior A team will probably be playing the final of the ACC City League competition against Turloughmore during the next few weeks.
The Junior C Team played Ballindereen in their group game. The Balindereen team had some stars of the past on their team, most notably Joe McDonagh (GAA President) and Noel Lane, former All-Stars. This was a very entertaining game with good scores taken by both teams. Tomas Fox played well at fullback. John Abbott had a fine game at centreback curtailing Noel Lane very well.
John O’Hagan scored a fine goal and a point. Brendan Cummins scoring 1–2, Gerry Fox 2 points, Gerry Madden 1 point and Michael Fox 1 goal.
Local sponsors have been tremendously generous to the Hurling Club. It is a great benefit to the Club and very encouraging. We thank you most sincerely. Thanks to Jackie Kenny (J & C Spirit Distributors) who sponsored gear bags for the Under 14 team who reached the County Final last month; to Liam Glynn of Airport Stores who sponsored Socks and to Seán Dunleavy of Dunleavy’s Bar who sponsored the togs for the same team.
We had a very successful and enjoyable Hurling Club Golf Am-Am, held at the Bearna Golf Club. Again, thanks to our Sponsors. Our main Sponsors were Finnone Co. Ltd. (Mattie and Willie Greaney) who sponsored the first prize of four televisions, The Glass Centre (Noel Grealish) who sponsored second prize of four bicycles.
Other sponsors were: Grealish’s Bar, Clada Fruit & Minerals, Val Hanley, Ulster Bank, Connolly Sport, Jordans Bar (Clarinbridge), Sacre Coeur Hotel, Oran Concrete, John Murray, Standuin’s.
Bertie Linnane, P.R.O.