The St. Declan’s 1st year Ladies Football panel showing off their new jerseys and matching shorts, kindly sponsored by Phelan’s Centra, Kilmacthoms.
The first year Ladies football team competed in a Co. Waterford blitz last week in the Dungarvan GAA grounds. It was a fantastic outing for the young girls and a great team building experience before next year’s very competitive Ladies Munster Junior Football Championship. The team played three games on the day and enjoyed tea and sandwiches afterwards.
Panel: Keely Cuningham, Louise Casey, Zara Stratford, Lauren Power, Molly Walsh, Aislinn Breslin, Sophie Lye, Bell Walsh, Erica Kiely, Amy Kirwan, Zara O’ Donnell, Aoife Power, Zoe Kett, Jenifer Barry, Aoife Sullivan, Amy Power, Bonnie O’ Rielly, Caoimhe Hassett, Lauren Dalton.
St Declan’s Under 14 Hurlers win Inaugural Donal O’Faoláin Tournament
Played in Dunhill hurling grounds, the blitz hurling tournament this year consisted of St Declan’s Community College, Mount Sion CBS and Tramore. Onlookers were treated to a feast of good hurling played in a very sporting fashion.
The first game began with St Declan’s against Mount Sion. St. Declan’s got off to a great start with a well taken goal from Gavan Nolan at full forward and minutes later it was Nolan again finding the net after sum sublime vision from corner forward Jack Hally. This put Mount Sion on the back foot and essentially allowed the boys from St. Declan’s to express themselves and play some fine hurling and finish the game strongly to secure their place in the final.
The next game was between Tramore and Mount Sion. While Tramore would have been fancied to win well, huge credit must be given to Mount Sion in putting together a great performance to ensure the game was a truly epic encounter. Essentially the difference between the two teams was that Tramore took their chances while Mount Sion may not have been quite as clinical in attack.
And so it was left to last year’s champions, St. Declan’s and the champions of the previous year, Tramore to contest the final. The first half was evenly contested with Tramore taking the lead with a goal and a point. However, bit by bit the St. Declan’s boys played their way back into the game via some great work from James Power at midfield as well as some genius attacking play from Dylan Dee to leave Tramore ahead by just 2 points at half time. The second half saw St. Declan’s take up where they left off and again started to play some superb attacking hurling while being ever tight in defence. This lead to the getting of some great scores from Dylan Dee, James Power, Gavan Nolan and Jack Hally to ensure the cup would be coming to its original home in Kilmacthomas.
Finally, it was left to cup and tournament sponsor Pat Phelan of Centra, Kilmacthomas to present the cup to Tom Walsh to the delight of his team mates.
As a team St. Declan’s were outstanding. However one will forgive me for mentioning the solid Kyle Walsh Gahan at full back, the ever dependable Tom Walsh at centre back, the hardworking James Power and Tommy Carbery at midfield and the hugely talented Dylan Dee, lethal Gavin Nolan and the poacher supreme Jack Hally in attack.