Carnmore Senior Hurlers bowed out of the Senior Championship race at a wet and windy Athenry pitch on Sunday afternoon, 1st October having won all their group matches, they went on to beat Castlegar in the quarter final and faced All Ireland Club champions, Athenry, in the semi-final. Athenry’s strength and ability proved too dominant for a below par Carnmore team and beat them convincingly on a score line of Athenry 0–18 Carnmore 1–07.
Michael (bomber) Killilea scored the only goal in the match and also put over 5 points from frees. Declan Walsh scored the other 2 points from play. Eugene Cloonan’s ability to score 4 points from play and 10 points from frees proved the difference between both teams. Great credit must go to the team management and players alike who prepared very thoroughly and trained very diligently for this year’s championship.
Team: Kenneth Walsh, Patrick Killilea (capt.) Murty Killilea, Enda Flaherty, Ronan Walsh, T. J. Hynes, Ronnie Walsh, Patrick Walsh, Declan O’Brien, Declan Walsh, Raymond Grealish, Damien Fany, Alan Kenny, Michael Killilea, Thomas Grealish.
Subs: Shane Hynes, Mairtin O’Connell, Rory Kenny, John Paul O’Connell, Declan Collins, Noel Walsh, Anthony Davoran, Michael Walsh, Gary Dillon, Mickey Grealish, Danny Grealish, Gerry Giles, Darragh Leonard.
- Team Manager Johnny Duggan
- Selectors Sean Newell and Johnny Greaney
- Trainer Joe Reilly
- Masseur Paul Hehir
- Doctor Brendan Day
Congraulations to John Paul O’Connell on winning his second All Ireland Minor Medal with Galway. This year’s win was an extra special one for John Paul, when introduced he scored two excellent points and gave a very good pass which resulted in a point thus ensuring a three-point victory for Galway. Carnmore Cross was alive with bonfires when the Galway Team arrived after mid-night on their return journey to Galway and John Paul proudly displayed the Irish Press Cup to the enthusiastic crowd of supporters.
The Club sends best wishes for a speedy recovery to Liam Fahy and Mickey Grealish who picked up injuries during the championship.
Don’t forget the Hurling Club’s Race night fund raiser which will take place at Grealish’s Bar and Lounge, Carnmore on Friday 10th November 2000.
M. Hanley PRO