Erin’s Own Girls U16 Fooltballers have reached the semi finals of the Carlow Championship playing Ballinkillen tonight at 7pm in Baganelstown.This is a terrific effort in there first year to enter the competition.Good luck to all the panel and mentors.
Erin’s Own Went down to a stronger and more determined Fenians team in the final of the Byrne cup in a well appointed Ballyragget. The Comermen started short of a number of regulars and came up against a full strength Johnstown side. Final score The Fenians 1 – 18 Erin’s Own 0 – 11. The next outing for the senior team is Sunday 8th September. See calendar for updates.
On Saturday last Erins Own Under 14s took on Bennettsbridge in the first round of the under14 championship in well appointed Jenkinstown. The Comer boys went about their business from the first attack and were a goal to the good when Dan Coogan finished off a good move to the net which involved a number of excellent passes leading to the score. Bennettsbridge replied with a couple of minor scores to keep them in touch early on. However the Comer forwards who were getting a good supply of ball from out the field were punishing the Bennettsbridge defence at every occasion. Further major scores from James Brennan, John Dowd and Thomas Dwyer with points from John Dowd Jack Buggy and frees from James Brennan gave the locals a half time lead of 4-6 to 1-4. Early in the second half the Erins Own lads put the game beyond doubt when Dan Coogan found the net again followed by two more big scores from James Brennan and the aforementioned Dan Coogan. However the Bennettsbridge boys kept going to the end and were rewarded with a couple of good goals. When the Comer boys added a couple more good scores the opened up the gap between the teams midway through the second half. From here till the end the locals kept the score board tipping over with some lovely points. The final scoreline was Erins Own 7-13 to Bennettsbridge 4-6. This was a great overall team performance from the boys in blue and now go forward to the quarter finals in two weeks time. PANEL. Declan Buggy, Christopher Kroff, Sean Coogan, Liam Holland, Connor McMahon, Cathal Holland, Jack Buggy, John Dowd, Adam Brennan, Ross Connolly, Owen O Rourke, Kevin Brennan, Dan Coogan, James Brennan, Thomas Dwyer. Subs. Conor Clark, James Buggy, David Ferris, Joe Hickson, Conor Normoyle, Richard Brennan, Kealan Ring, Alan Mullally, Peter Carroll, Jordan Fanning, Nicky Connolly, Billy O Neill,
Last Saturday Erin’s Own celebrated the Gathering Festival with a full days activities in Ballycomey. The day began with the playing of The Annual Gerry Holden Memorial under 12 hurling blitz. Teams from Dublin, Offaly, Kilkenny city/ county and Erin’s Own took to the playing field for a feast of hurling. With over 100 young hurlers participating throughout the day the large crowd were treated to some fantastic games played in a great spirit.
The locals entertained Edenderry in what was their first visit to Castlecomer and after a shaky start they boys in blue ran out comfortable winners on a scoreline of 3-9 to 1-4. To the fore in this game were Kealan Ring, Dan Coogan, John and James Kenny, Ciaran Meagher, Cathal O Reilly and Nicky Connolly. Next up for the Comer boys were city team Dicksboro. The Comer boys started really strong and converted some great points from play and frees to lead at half time by 7 points. They kept the pressure on in the second half and finished the game with 9 points to spare. This was due in no small part to the hurling of Kevin Holland who would go on to play a great tournament throughout, Connor Clarke, Killian Hogan, Luca Downey, Kevin Smith, Ashley Kerr, Lee Holden, Shane Coogan, Dara O Rourke when out around midfield and Billy O Neill. This win set the local boys up to play the winners of group 2 in the Cup Final. After a titanic struggle Kilmacud CroKes from Dublin emerged as group winners. The final was played in front of a large crowd encouraging on the two teams from the off. With the Comer boys giving away a big difference in size to their Dublin opponents it looked like the could be overrun early on as they went down by an early goal and a point. However the young boys from Comer dug in and chased down every ball and were rewarded when Jack Buggy shot two goals to the net from dead ball’s and added two points from frees. This was end to end hurling from both teams with the skill levels on show quite remarkable for players so young. As the game went into the second half the locals could sense victory and on a number of occasions the shaved the post after some lovely direct hurling. At this stage Connor Clarke, Kevin Holland, Dan Coogan, Jack Buggy, Lee Holden, Kealan Ring and Billy O Neill were doing all they could to drive Comer over the line. When the referee blew the final whistle it was all square and both teams finished on 3-5 each and we headed for extra time. In the first half of extra time Erin s Own added 1-1 to their total and consolidated this in the second half with two more further points. On the final whistle the comer boys had just about done enough to win their own tournament. This was a great panel victory and all the boys showed the skills that they practice every week at training. It was also a great days hurling played in a great spirit. Afterwards all players were treated to a barbecue and goodies compliments of Erins Own Bord Na Nog. All players also received medals and Lee Holden collected the Gerry Holden trophy from his Grandfather Michael Holden.
PANEL. N.Connolly, James Kenny, Kevin Holland, Billy O Neill, Jack Buggy. Conor Clarke.Shane Coogan, Lee Holden, Kealan Ring, Dan Coogan, John Kenny, Ciaran Meagher, Cathal O Reilly, Luca Downey, Kevin Smith, Dara O Rourke.
When all the excitement of the hurling blitz and the downpours of rain had receded it was the highlight of the days activities when two mixed teams of men and ladies took to the field to exhibit their silken skills with the big ball. With the ladies having been in training for this match for a number of weeks leading into the game it was evident from early on that the benefit of the training would tell on the scoreline. Players took to the field who hadn’t togged off for many years. All the pictures from the day can be seen on Willie Hetherington’s facebook page. So after great entertainment the white team came out on top.
Well done to all who helped to make the day a great success.
Conahy blitz Saturday 24th August at 2pm. Please text Liz on 0872141467 or Linda on 0863217438 if available to play on or before 14th August as Conahy need to know if we are playing in order to make out matches.
Contact Marina on 0866062065 if interested in going to the evening race meeting in Gowran Park on Wednesday 14th August.
Ultimate Ladies Day out RDS Sunday 1st September we will travel by bus and stop in Naas on way home for meal. Contact Marina on 0866062065 or Paula on 0867324841 before Friday 16th August if interested. This is a great day out and a real treat for the ladies.
We will be having a clothes recycling fundraiser in early September if you want an excuse to do a clean out. (date to be decided)
G4M National blitz Saturday 19th October – a team will be entered names will be taken at a later date.
We will be organising day or night away depending on what people want in November.
Looking into long weekend city break next year, possibly May or June bank holiday will be discussed at a meeting later in the year where we will have more information on prices etc.