Churchill GAA Club News

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Senior: Churchill 3-09; Kerins O’Rahillys B 1-07. Churchill survived a scare in this Division 5 back game on Saturday evening in Strand Road.

Missing a number of players from last weekend’s Championship game we got off to the worst possible start conceding 1-01 in the opening minutes. The remainder of the first half was fairly nip and tuck and we went in at half time behind by 2 points, 1-04 to 0-05.

Kerins O Rahillys extended the lead to 3 points early in the second half before Killian Fitzgerald was pulled down in the box and Ger McCarthy buried the penalty. This was quickly followed by a Liam O’Donnell goal to give us the lead for the first time in the match.

A couple of Kerins O’Rahillys points brought them back into the game, but a second goal for Ger McCarthy when he intercepted a kickout and lobbed the keeper from 45m put the game beyond the hosts.  We are scheduled to play away to Knocknagoshel this Saturday 12th May at 7pm. Keep an eye on the Facebook page as this may be subject to change.

Minor: Our minors host Listowel Emmets on Friday night, 11 May, at 7pm in Churchill in the League Semi-Final. Churchill have been very impressive in their games to date and it would be well worth going up to have a look Friday night. In the other Semi-Final, Desmonds take on An Gaeltacht.

U12 Div 2A Churchill 5-20 Ballyduff 1-08. Congratulations boys, in the final round of the county league phase 1, this victory assures us at least joint winners if not outright winners depending on other results. This was another outstanding display of quick moving football with man of the match performances from all 12 players on duty. We’ve two weeks to recharge the batteries and test ourselves in Division 1 phase 2.

U12 Division 2B: Churchill 5-3 Ballyduff 5-10.  Our B team finished their Division 2, phase 1 campaign last Sunday in Churchill with a hard fought match against Ballyduff, and just came out the wrong side of a close affair. Ballyduff were faster off the mark and got a few quick goals but the Churchill boys battled back and with a few minutes to go there were only a few points between the teams. However, Ballyduff finished stronger and kicked over a few great points to seal the victory. Well done to all the boys and we look forward to the next phase of the competition.

Academy: Our U8’s travelled to Blennerville on Sunday morning for their first games of the new season. Churchill fielded 3 teams and played a series of matches against Ardfert and St Pats. In a highly entertaining morning of football each of our teams performed superbly and displayed all their skills and determination. It was great to see so many parents come along to support the youngsters. Training continues this Sunday morning from 11am for U6 – U10 in the Spa. Don’t forget gumshield, water and €2. Please also return any outstanding registration forms and fee.

Lip Sing Battle: We had a hugely successful night in Ballyroe on Sunday for the inaugural Churchill Lip Sing Battle.  11 acts gave their all under the watchful eyes of the judges and MC Sinead Cotter.

The contestants, judges and organising committee of Churchill GAA Lip Sing Battle. Photo by Dermot Crean

In the end it was John Murray who won the Judges Choice and the Spice Boys (Cillian O’Shea, Barry Carmody, Padraig Ryan and Stephen Bulman) won the popular vote. A big thank you to all who took part and to our generous sponsors. Congratulations to the organising committee for pulling off another outstanding event.

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