Milltown/Castlemaine GAA Club News

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Good Luck:

We wish two former club players, Shane Hayes and Ronan Casey all the best in their new clubs. Shane and Ronan have transferred to clubs in Bandon and Fermoy where they are stationed with An Garda Síochána. We hope you have many happy footballing days there!

Meitheal: Sincere thanks to all those who turned up at the GAA Grounds on Sunday morning to help prepare the field for the Club Senior Championship game. A lot of work goes into preparing the field –particularly during this wet spell of weather. It was also very encouraging to see so many supporters on the day at the game also. Hosting a club championship game brings its own financial expenses- with an initial outlay of €500 to be paid to the County Board. Such support helps allay some of those expenses- not to mention the encouragement to the teams.

Ní neart go cur le chéile!

Croke Park Trip:

Our Under 12’s had a wonderful day out at the Go Games Blitz in Croke Park during Easter. Like all events, there are a number of people that deserve great credit. We are indebted to our Coiste na nÓg Sponsors, Burke’s Butchers and Norman Foley- Spar, Milltown for their ongoing support.

We are also very grateful to Derek Twiss-senior player of Bond Street Investments and Garry Murphy-underage trainer of for sponsoring a new set of jerseys that had their first run out in Croke Park at the Go Games Blitz.

As well as training the team for the start of the County League, the U-12 mentors organised all aspects of their trip. Thanks to Turlough O’Brien, Liam Doherty, Tom Dowd, James Daly, Bart O’Sullivan and James Dempsey for their time and effort in organising the day.

Many thanks also to the Club’s Committee, Coiste na nÓg Secretary Eileen Lovett and all the parents for the support that was received.

Thanks to Donal Daly, Kerry Games Manager and all in Coaching and Games for allowing dreams to come true! Our club was priviledged to have one of its members and minor footballer-Adam Scanlon who refereed some of the games at the blitz. Well done Adam- I’m sure it was a very memorable day for you, your proud parents Mary Rose and Henry and your sister Laura.

Good times continued for both the White and the Green Teams when they had two wins over Kerins O’ Rahillys on Sunday evening last. Well done to you all!

Under 8/10 Blitz:

Both our Under 8’s and Under 10’s enjoyed a blitz at John Mitchels on Wednesday and Thursday of last week. Despite the wind and rain, some great fun was had by all. Sincere appreciation to all those involved in co-ordinating these blitzes. We also thank John Mitchels club for the use of their facilities.

Child Safeguarding/Protection Training:

Our club has now completed its second workshop in the above. Míle buíochas to our Children’s Officer-Emir Bevan who organised this training.

Seniors: Castleisland Mart Intermediate Club Football Championship –sponsored by Larkins Bar /Restaurant/B&B

Round 2 of the Castleisland Co-op Mart Intermediate Club Championship saw Milltown Castlemaine (MC) at home to Kilcummin on Sunday afternoon.

In front of a fine crowd with pleasant weather conditions, M/C started without a number of players. Shane Murphy was in for Nigel Wrenn, Jeremiah Hayes was in for Jerome Flynn, Dónal Kelliher lined out for Cathal Moriarty and Derek Twiss started corner forward in place of Jamie O’ Shea.

Kilcummin began with 2 points from their 1st round game versus Glenbeigh Glencar-sharing top of Group 1 with Brosna. Kilcummin started out full of enthusiasm and only for the quick reaction of M/C’S keeper Cormac Leane -were unlucky not to have the ball in the back of the net in the 2nd minute.

It was the 4th minute before the 1st point was registered, courtesy of Philip Casey for Kilcummin. Another point quickly followed, this time aided over by an M/C hand. M/C had a chance to register a point from a Jack McCarthy free in the 9th minute, but it dropped short in to Brendan Kealy’s hands. Kilcummin added a 3rd point from a free by Noel Duggan to give them a 3 point lead by the 10th minute.

Both sides were guilty of errors in the next period. Killian Kerins capitalised on one of these for M/C -with a tremendous burst up the field, aided by Derek Twiss, Donal Dennehy and Pa Wrenn who finished off the move with a fine point. Kilcummin responded with a goal almost immediately- a long range goal from William Maher-son of former MC and Kerry senior Willie.

MC responded with three unanswered points- two from Derek Twiss and one from Jack McCarthy. Despite the attentions of the MC backs, Kilcummin’s Kevin McCarthy popped over a point from play in the 21st minute.

In the 23rd minute, Kilcummin added another point, this time from centre forward Gary O’ Leary. Gavin Horan adjusted to his role in centre field in great style- pushing forward ably supported by hid mid field partner Brendan Delaney.

In spite of this, Kilcummin were picking up a lot of the kick outs and so had had plenty of possession.  In the 26th minute, Kilcummin’s Noel Duggan pointed for the visitors. A free by M/C’s Jack McCarthy in the 27th minute, reduced the lead to 4 points.

An error by the Kilcummin keeper on a kick- out was intercepted by Derek Twiss. In the resultant play, Donal Dennehy was denied by the post and the rebound to Brendan Delaney was brilliantly saved by Brendan Kealy.

It was Kilcummin who scored on the turnover with a fisted point by Gary O’ Leary.

Half Time- Kilcummin 1/07, MC: 0/05

Kilcummin came out all guns blazing in the second half and were unfortunate to lose their full back, Daniel Moynihan to injury -he was replaced by Chris O’ Leary. Kevin McCarthy registered another fine point for the visitors in the 3rd minute- showing his skill and experience from the Kerry senior panel.

Derek Twiss cancelled that out very quickly with an excellent point- with Cathal Moriarty and co-captain Dónal Kelliher setting him up. Gary O’ Leary popped over his third point of the afternoon thus giving Kilcummin a six point lead.

MC had a chance to claw one back, but a Derek Twiss free dropped short and it was Kilcummin’s Philip Casey who would raise the next white flag. MC introduced Nigel Wrenn for Jack McCarthy in the 10th minute.

Both sides traded wides in the next runs of play. Derek Twiss converted another free for the home-side, quickly followed by a fine point from play for Cathal Moriarty-reducing the visitors lead to five points after fifteen minutes of the second half.

Gavin McKenna, who served well in the full back line with Stephen Roche and Pa Wrenn, was unfortunate to have to leave the field of play with an injury and so Jerome Flynn came on.

Pa Wrenn received a black card in the 16th minute- to add further to MC’ S woes. Damien Murphy was called on to be his replacement. Kilcummin added another point by way of a free from Gary O’ Leary who was in super scoring form for the visitors.

Brendan Kealy stepped up to take a free- from a difficult angle 40 yards, the white flag was raised and so gave his team an eight point cushion.

As the clock ticked down, Kilcummin was reduced to 14 players following a second yellow to John McCarthy. The home side introduced Mike Burke for Dónal Kelliher. Kilcummin added another point, by their No.6 Philip Casey.

MC were awarded a penalty and Derek Twiss stepped up to face the former Kerry Senior and All Star keeper Brendan Kealy. Kealy saved and MC had to be happy with a point from Jerome Flynn some minutes later – which was to be their final score of the day.

Jamie O’ Shea replaced Derek Twiss in the late stages of the game. In the final minute, the visitors ended with a point from their no. 4, Seán O’ Leary to give a final score of Kilcummin: 1/14, MC: 0/09.

Well done to both teams on a spirited performance. Round 3 is up next weekend- with MC away to Glenbeigh Glencar.

Lotto Jackpot Draw:

We had no winner or Match 3 in our Lotto Draw last week- The drawn numbers were 14, 15, 18 and the bonus was 9. Congratulations to our six consolation prize winners.

€50 each to: Caroline Grimes, Mount Collins, Co Limerick and Margaret & Robyn Evans, Ballyarkane, Castlemaine

€25 each to :Fiona Flynn, Tulligmore, Killorglin, Kay Clapp, Gurtadrislig, Lixnaw, Bertie & Aileen Griffin, Croughmore, Ballyfinane and Mike Sheehy, Derryvrin, Abbeydorney

Our next draw on Friday April 20th 2018, takes place in Knightly’s Bar, Castlemaine. So why not try your luck and play our Lotto Jackpot this week. Just a €2 ticket could win you €19,200 or a share in it. Match 3 numbers for a win or share of €300. There are also 6 consolation prizes up for grabs. So head out and purchase your tickets. It could be you!

Special thanks to Mike O’ Shea and sons-Builders, Farran, Milltown for their continued sponsorship of the Lotto.

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