Irish International Rules panel confirmed

Irish International Rules team manager Paul Earley has named his 25 man panel for the upcoming series test against Australia and confirmed that 2013 team captain Michael Murphy will once again lead the Irish challenge.

In total 15 counties are represented across the 25 man panel with Mayo leading the way with four home based players included aswell as Brisbane Lions’ Pearse Hanley – the only AFL based player included in the travelling panel.

The team management has also confirmed that Cork’s Aidan Walsh will fill the role of vice-captain.

Ireland face Australia at Patterson’s Stadium in Perth on November 22 and depart for Australia on November 12. Their itinerary also includes a warm up game in Melbourne against a VFL selection on Sunday, November 16.

Munster Under 17 Football Competition 2014

The following are the fixtures for the 2014 Munster Under 17 Football Competition.

October 6th
Tipperary 1-4 Clare 0-6
Limerick 1-15 Waterford 0-11 `

October 13th
Tipperary 3-15 Waterford 0-6
Clare 2-17 Limerick 0-6

October 20th
Clare 4-15 Waterford 3-2
Tipperary 5-10 Limerick 4-8 – Match Report

October 27th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick
Limerick 3-8 Waterford 0-12 (Shield Final) – Match Report
Tipperary 0-12 Clare 0-10 (Darrel Darcy Cup Final) – Match Report

Competition Rules

All Games will be played Under Floodlights on Monday Nights
Postponements will not be allowed. Games must go ahead as scheduled.
This is a development League where the development of the players and the teams is the number one priority.
Numbers on Panels may be open but a maximum of 24 players will be allowed to tog off for all games.
Unlimited Substitutions will be allowed for all games
Games to throw in at 7:30pm
Please have grounds open at least 1 hour prior to the throw in

Munster Under 17 Football (Darrel Darcy Cup) Final – Tipperary 0-12 Clare 0-10

Tipperary defeated Clare by 0-12 to 0-10 in the Munster Under 17 Football (Darrel Darcy Cup) Final on Monday October 27th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Clare opened the scoring in the first minute with a point from the impressive Keelan Sexton, their captain. Tipperary took until the 5th minute to equalise when Jack Delahunty converted a free before Jamie Bergin got Tipp’s first score from play in the 8th minute. Further points from Padraic Feehan, Delahunty (free) and Daire Egan saw Tipperary stretch their lead to 0-5 to 0-1 after 20 minutes of action. The teams shared the next four scores and by the interval, Tipperary led by 0-7 to 0-3.

Daire Egan scored a point from play immediately upon the resumption and though Clare responded with two points, 3 points in a 3 minute spell from the 40th minute by Delahunty (free), substitute Ross Peters and a long range effort from Stephen Quirke saw Tipperary lead by 0-11 to 0-5. Both sides were guilty of missing chances over the next few minutes and when Jack Delahuty scored his fourth free of the game in the 51st minute, Tipperary led by 0-12 to 0-6 and looked certain winners.

However, Clare made a number of changes in the second half and these seemed to improve matters as they took over at half-back and midfield in the closing stages and laid seige to the Tipperary goal. Points from Sexton (2) and Conor Tevlyn left just three points between the sides as the game entered injury time. There was still time for one last moment of drama as a long ball in to the square by Clare full-back Pierce Lillis evaded all the inrushing forwards only to bounce and hit the top of the crossbar and over for a point. This left the scoreline at 0-12 to 0-10 and though Clare had further possession, they ran out of time and Tipperary won by two points.

Afterwards, members of the Darcy family from the Shannon Rovers club in Tipperary along with Munster GAA Vice-Chairman Jerry O’Sullivan presented the Darrel Darcy Cup to Tipperary captain Emmett Moloney.

Tipperary: Liam Powell; Tommy Lowry, Jack Skehan, Kyle Peters; Cathal O’Mahony, Danny Owens, Padraic Feehan (0-1); Jack Kennedy, Stephen Quirke (0-1); Emmett Moloney (Captain), Liam Fahy, Conor Clancy; Jamie Bergin (0-2), Daire Egan (0-2), Jack Delahunty (0-5, 0-4 frees)
Subs: Shane Power for Kyle Peters, Ross Peters (0-1) for Clancy, Jordan Moloney for Egan, Cian Flanagan for Feehan, Gary Ryan for Moloney, Aidan Buckley for Fahy, Ger Mockler, Michael Gohery, Darragh Phelan, Jamie Moriarty, Lyndon Fairbrother, Jack Cleary, Mike Hogan, Robert Byrne, Sean Moloney, Caolan Hennessy, Ceathlach Hennessy, Corrie Mooney, Kevin Connolly

Clare: Cillian Roche; Cillian Burke, Pierce Lillis (0-1), Cillian Glynn; Cathal Downes, Colm Pyne, Damien O’Loughlin; Jamie Howard, Cillian Brennan; Niall McCarthy, Keelan Sexton (Captain, 0-6, 0-2 frees), Conor Magnor; Michael Curry, Alan Sweeney, Sean Malone (0-1)
Subs: Darren Torpey, Conor Downes, Conor Tevlyn (0-1), Darragh Bohannon, Jack Morrissey, Nigel Murray, Aaron Rudd (0-1), Rory McMahon, Jack Callinan

Referee: John Ryan (Cork)

Munster Under 17 Football Competition Shield Final – Limerick 3-8 Waterford 0-12

Limerick defeated Waterford by 3-8 to 0-12 in the Munster Under 17 Football Competition Shield Final on Monday October 27th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Three second-half goals lift Limerick

By Cormac Liddy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Limerick 3-8 Waterford 0-12

Three second-half goals, two from Richard Hayes, who also scored two points, earned Limerick the U17 Shield after the sides were level three times inside the opening 21 minutes.

Waterford had the opening three points and they led 0-6 to 0-5 at the interval. But Hayes struck the first goal after 37 minutes and it was 1-8 to 0-9 when Limerick had further goals by Hayes and substitute Luke Cardy to wrap up the win. David Looby scored seven of Waterford’s points, with Shane O’Meara getting three.

Scorers for Limerick: R Hayes 2-2, L Cardy 1-0, D Corrigan, P Sheehy, A Storan 0-2 each.

Waterford: D Looby 0-7, S O’Meara 0-3, E Kiely, M Sweeney 0-1 each.

LIMERICK: L Moylan; S Murphy, A Ryan, F Murphy; J Wallace, S Irish, N Sheehy; D Donegan, A Kearns; A White, R Hayes, D Kelly; D Corrigan, P Sheehy, A Storan. Sub L Cardy for Hayes.

WATERFORD: K Dwane; D O’Grady, D McGuckian, C O’Dwyer; N O’Mahoney, S O’Reilly, L Cooney; C Prunty, J Elstead; S O’Mara, D looby, D Sheehan; D Kiely, M Phelan, M Sweeney.

Referee: D Marnane, Cork

GAA National Club Draw Launch 2015

The GAA is pleased to announce the staging of the second national club draw which was launched in Croke Park. The draw, which was embraced by clubs earlier this year, will take place on February 27th, 2015 at Congress and has been organised with the intention of assisting clubs in their fundraising activities.

2014 GAA/GPA All-Stars Awards in Association with Opel talks to some of the award winners at the GAA/GPA All-Stars, sponsored by Opel Ireland, in the Convention Centre – including Hurler of the Year Richie Hogan (Kilkenny), Footballer of the Year James O’Donoghue (Kerry), Young Hurler of the Year Cathal Barrett (Tipperary), and Young Footballer of the Year Ryan McHugh (Donegal).

GAA President Liam O’Neill and GPA CEO Dessie Farrell also reflect on 2014 inter-county season and praise all players for their skill and dedication to their counties and to Gaelic Games.

Kerry Senior Football Final – Austin Stacks 1-13 Mid Kerry 2-10

Austin Stacks drew with Mid Kerry on a scoreline of 1-13 to 2-10 in the Kerry Senior Football Final on Sunday October 26th at Austin Stack Park Tralee.

AIB Munster Club SHC Q-Final – Cratloe 3-7 Ballygunner 1-10

Cratloe (Clare) defeated Ballygunner (Waterford) by 3-7 to 1-10 in the AIB Munster GAA Club Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday October 26th at Walsh Park Waterford.

Cratloe make extra man count

By Michael Moynihan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Ballygunner 1-10 Cratloe 3-7

Cratloe’s football prowess was a bonus rather than a burden yesterday in Walsh Park, helping them past Waterford champions Ballygunner in a Munster Club hurling championship game spoiled by a howling wind. The Clare side, football as well as hurling champions in the Banner County, were hanging on to a two-point lead with eight minutes left when Podge Collins’ effort held up in that strong breeze: Cathal McInerney fielded cleanly and made ground before booting home the decisive goal, Cratloe’s third.

Observers discussing the specific challenges of the club championship might have had yesterday in Walsh Park in mind. Strong winds and yielding turf ask specific questions, and as the visitors Cratloe probably had more answers to provide. They passed the first test well, electing to play with the wind and goaling twice in the first quarter.

Neither was a result of route-one use of the elements, however. On eight minutes Podge and Sean Collins combined to place Conor McGrath for a cool finish, and five minutes later David Collins soloed down the middle before passing to McGrath on his own inside the 14-metre line: goal.

It was then 2-2 to 0-1, and Cratloe were making light of their punishing dual schedule – they were first to the ball all over the field, and though some of that apparent sharpness had to be down to the considerable wind advantage, the electric running of Podge Collins was causing Ballygunner trouble. The Waterford side struggled to impose themselves physically and their cause wasn’t aided by Padraic Mahony’s loss of form on the frees.

At the break, though it was 2-4 to 0-2, Cratloe had six wides, and manager Joe McGrath knew their lead could have been more comfortable. “We’ve been doing that all year (starting with wind) so we said we wouldn’t break with the pattern. We had three or four chances in the first-half we didn’t convert, and a nine or ten point lead would have been huge. “We said at half-time we’d knuckle down and we might have rode our luck when it came down to two points, but when push came to shove we worked savagely hard. ”

They did. They needed to. Within 10 minutes of the resumption Ballygunner were just two behind – Mahony pointed two placed balls, Conor Power flicked home a goal, and when David and Brian O’Sullivan added more points, the red and black support was roaring.

However, the game changed significantly when Brian O’Sullivan picked up a second yellow and departed. For his manager, Fergal Hartley, that was the turning point: “I think it was, what it meant was they had an extra man at the back, sweeping up lots of ball and we didn’t have the same at the far end. That made it a bit more open at our end and they were able to get a few scores they mightn’t have got if we had had a man there. It was the difference. I didn’t see much in the foul, maybe someone will tell me different or maybe I’ll watch it later on and say, ‘yeah, there was something in it’. I didn’t see his first yellow either, but that’s not to take away from Cratloe. “They’re a superb team and their character, in terms of what they’ve won this year and then to come out and play like that, that determination, it’s absolutely amazing and tells you a huge amount about their club.”

Having the extra man certainly helped Cratloe, but it didn’t win the game for them. Conor McGrath was an excellent outlet up front, winning the ball and carrying it well, while Sean Collins got through huge work in his own half-back line. The Claremen were well worth their win, though their manager was honest about their performance after the game, saying it could have been “curtains” had Ballygunner nosed ahead in the second-half.

Still, McGrath was entitled to celebrate: “We came down here in 2009 and didn’t win, so we had a bit of an agenda. To come down to Walsh Park and beat a team like Ballygunner – we had our backs to the wall in the last 15 minutes and we finished the stronger team. “We held the ball great and found the man outside. Obviously when they lost a man it made it that bit easier, but it takes composure and experience to play that game. Whether it’s the football I don’t know, but they know they can hold onto the ball.” See? A bonus, not a burden.

Scorers for Ballygunner: P. Mahony 0-5 (0-4 fs, 0-1 65); C. Power 1-0; D. O’Sullivan and JJ Hutchinson 0-2 each; B. O’Sullivan 0-1.

Scorers for Cratloe: C. McGrath 2-4 (0-3 fs); C. McInerney 1-0; E. Boyce, G. Considine, D. Collins 0-1 each.

BALLYGUNNER: S. O’Keeffe, B. Coughlan, Philip Mahony (jc), A. Kirwan, D. O’Sullivan, W. Hutchinson, S. Walsh, H. Barnes (jc), S. O’Sullivan, JJ Hutchinson, Padraic Mahony, B. O’Sullivan, C. Power, Brian O’Sullivan, P. Hogan.
Subs: S. Power for Hogan, 29; I. Kenny for Coughlan, HT; B. Coughlan for W. Hutchinson, D. Walsh for C. Power, both 52 .

CRATLOE: G. Ryan, S. O’Leary, M. Hawes, D. Ryan, E. Boyce, C. Ryhan, S. Chaplin, D. Collins, L. Markham (c), S. Gleeson, P. Collins, S. Collins, G. Considine, C. McInerney, C. McGrath.
Subs: D. Browne for Gleeson, 44; A. McNamara for Considine, 61.

Ref. D. Kirwan (Cork).


AIB Munster GAA Club Intermediate Football Championship Quarter-Final – Ardfert (Kerry) 1-8 Wolfe Tones (Clare) 1-6

Ardfert (Kerry) defeated Wolfe Tones (Clare) by 1-8 to 1-6 in the AIB Munster GAA Club Intermediate Football Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday October 26th at Kilmoyley.


AIB Munster GAA Club Intermediate Hurling Championship Quarter-Final – Lixnaw (Kerry) 3-11 Ballyhea (Cork) 1-14

Lixnaw (Kerry) defeated Ballyhea (Cork) by 3-11 to 1-14 in the AIB Munster GAA Club Intermediate Hurling Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday October 26th at Mallow.

Lixnaw’s massive shock for Ballyhea

By Diarmuid Sheehan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Lixnaw (Kerry) 3-11 Ballyhea (Cork) 1-14

Lixnaw recorded a famous and unexpected victory yesterday as they saw off a highly fancied Ballyhea side in the Munster Club IHC in tough, blustery conditions in Mallow. After starting the quarter-final at a snail’s pace, the Kerrymen battled back after the break to shock the Cork champions and book a spot in the last four against Bruff.

Lixnaw were underdogs with big names like John Griffin and Paul Galvin missing due to injury, but they still gave a terrific battling display as they powered past a shell-shocked Ballyhea. Key men for the victors were the full forward pairing of Mike Conway and James Flaherty with the former slotting over four quick points in the second half cut the gap to three points while Flaherty tormented the Cork side’s defence with a host of darting runs that culminated with him scoring 2-2.

Flaherty’s first goal came on the stroke of half-time just as it looked like the Kerrymen were going in with a sizable deficit (1-10 to 1-3 at the break) while his second goal swung the game the way of the Kerry champions. Despite all of Flaherty’s heroics, it was a mistake that gave Lixnaw the belief that this could be their day when a long ball from centre back Darragh Shanahan found its way past Ballyhea net minder Mikey Browne to give Lixnaw the lead for the first time – a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

Lixnaw pushed on from that goal as Ballyhea wilted under the pressure. It was clear early on Ballyhea could be facing trouble when after dominating the game with the wind to their backs but just couldn’t put Lixnaw away.

Midfielder Maurice O’Sullivan was the talisman for Ballyhea, deputising for the suspended Neil Ronan, bagging a very credible 1-7 (five frees), and while O Sullivan’s goal may have had more than a slice of luck attached — as it found its way past a disappointed David Silles in the Lixnaw goal on 27 minutes, it was just reward for a brilliant first half display. Lixnaw now move into unchartered territory as they face up to a Bruff side that will need to be at their best to stop this highly motivated side.

Scorers for Lixnaw: J Flaherty 2-2; M Conway 0-7 (four frees); D Shanahan 1-0; J Buckley, R Heffernan 0-1 each.

Ballyhea: M O’Sullivan 1-7 (five frees), J Morrissey, K Morrissey 0-2 each; D Copps, E O’Leary E Morrissey 0-1 each.

LIXNAW: D Silles; M Corridan, T McKenna, P Corridan; J Silles, D Shanahan, S Power; B Brosnan, M Quilter; J Buckley, R Heffernan, E Galvin; J McKenna, M Conway, J Flaherty
Subs: G Stackpoole for M Quilter (28), R Galvin for R Heffernan (28), J Wallace for J McKenna (37), R Heffernan for E Galvin (47), G Hogan for J Silles (52).

BALLYHEA: M Browne; O O’Sullivan, M Morrissey, A O’Connor; J Hennessy, B Coleman, T Shanahan; M O’Sullivan, D Copps; E Rea, G Morrissey, K Morrissey; J Morrissey, J O’Sullivan, E O’Leary.
Subs: E Morrissey for J O’Sullivan (half time), J McCarthy for O O’Sullivan (58).

Referee: D Fox (Clare)