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Club Notes - 18th May 2015

posted May 18, 2015, 6:48 PM by Mark Baldwin   [ updated May 22, 2015, 10:52 AM ]
Notaí CLG Tulach an Iarainn sponsored by McGrath's Chemist Tallow.

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Senior Hurling
Tallow knew going into this game that “the village” would throw the kitchen sink at them and they would have to be at their very best to come out of this one on top. As previous years have shown, these local derbies rarely have any more than the puck of a ball between them. From the throw in, Ballyduff began the brighter and appeared to be a lot more energetic. This was evident from their numbers in and around the breaking ball. The first score of the game came from the stick of Michael Kearney from a placed ball. Frees seemed to be the order of the day, something which hampered any chance of a free flowing game. A long range effort by William Henley landed in the back of the Ballyduff net and things were looking positive for Tallow. This, however, was short lived when Ballyduff were awarded a penalty which was subsequently scored by Michael Kearney. Tallow were dealt a huge blow after 14 minutes when Paul Kearney went down with a nasty ankle injury. He was replaced by Jake Beecher. The sides were level 5 times in the first half which showed just how close this encounter was. Points by Thomas Ryan, William Henley and Rob O’ Sullivan and superb defending at the back ensured there was nothing between the sides when the half-time whistle was blown. The switch of Jordan Henley to midfield at half time worked a treat as he worked tirelessly with Paul O Brien. This young lad has shown just how well he has made the transition into the senior setup. His hard work and application to the game has transferred onto the pitch. His high catching, skill and ability to run at teams is worth the entrance fee alone. It’s also fantastic to see Jake Beecher and  Ryan Grey (who were both introduced) add strength and depth to this senior squad. The 35th minute saw Evan Sheehan quickest to react on a save from a Bob McCarthy effort. In the final quarter Tallow upped the ante and outscored Ballyduff by 5 points to 0. Tallow ran out victorious on a scoreline of 2.15 to 1.13. Ter and the lads now enjoy a well deserved break from championship action after picking up a valuable 3 points in the first two games. Tallow will look to improve on their first half performance but showed some great character and belief to finish this game strongly.
Scorers for Tallow: Thomas Ryan 0-10 (8f) William Henley (1-1) Evan Sheehan (1-0) Paul O Brien (0-2) Rob O Sullivan (0-1) (65) Jordan Henley (0-1)

Tallow Team: S O Sullivan, K Kearney, D O Brien, M O Brien, A Kearney, K Geary, J Henley, P O Brien, R O Sullivan, B McCarthy, P Kearney, S Feeney, W Henley, T Ryan, E Sheehan
Subs: J Beecher, R Grey, R Beecher, J Murray, B McCarthy

Junior Hurling Championship (Premier)
Tallow 1-13  Geraldines 1-16
I cant recall when if ever these teams met in the junior hurling championship but they new refreshing format in the championship pitted them in competition in Lismore last Sunday. It was a good standard of hurling, competitive from start to finish and played in a manly spirit. Tallow probably had the edge in hurling finesse but the Geraldines lacked nothing in this department either They were well prepared, fitter and finished strongly to deservedly clinch victory by 3 points. They had a championship game under their belt following their comprehensive win over Kilgobnet the previous week end and it stood to them. Tallow on the other hand were a little ring rusty entering the fray and they definitely have room for improvement.
Tallow hurled well in the first half and weren’t flattered by a 2 point lead at half time. Geraldines held their composure throughout the opening half against the light wind and stayed in touch. Will Curley converted 5 points from frees/65s .  Donnchadh Mulcahy had a single effort while Jake Neville had 3 points from play, all good but one in particular was special, crafted from a tight angle, under pressure close to the line.  A good prospect this young fellah. He’s a work in progress and has all the right attributes.
As they say ‘twas touch and go for the opening quarter of round 2– Tallow kept the lead intact but Geraldines were piling on the pressure. A Geraldines goal 16 minutes into the 2nd half turned the game. My man of the match Jake Neville got the final touch for a Tallow goal shortly after but the tide had turned. Tallow backs came under increasing pressure as Na Gearaltaigh sustained their assault. To my memory they closed out the game with four or five points in succession as Tallow faded.
Lessons to be learned here which this promising young Tallow team need to take on board! The selectors laid it on the line in the dressing room after. Get down to the field!
Tallow: JP Grey, S Pratt, J Tobin, W Hogan, E Hickey, T McGrath, P O Mahoney, W Curley (0-8,7f,1 65), S Tobin, J Neville (1-4), D Mulcahy (0-1), Dylan Mangan, J Power, M Curley, B Buckley, D Tobin, N Condon, K Fraser, M Tobin, A Buckley..

Sargent Cup: Senior hurlers play De La Salle at Gracedieuon Sunday 24th of May at 2pm
Junior football: Tallow play Colligan/Emmets in Bushy Park at 7.30pm on Thursday 28th of May.

Best of luck
We would like to wish luck to the minor footballers who will play Brickey Rangers on Wednesday the 20th of May in Fraher Field at 7pm. Im sure they would love your support on the night!!

We would also like to wish the very best of luck to the U16 footballers who take on St Saviours in the county final on Saturday May 23rd at 10.30am in Fraher Field. Go néirí an t-ádh libh!! 

CLG Tulach an Iarainn extend sincere sympathy to the O Hara family, New Street, on the sad passing of Liam. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Photo:Club legend Tom McSweeney and Sean Kelly on a casual night out.
The former GAA president attended our game v Ballyduff on Friday night. He told me he was hoping to catch up with his old friend "Sween".
Must be the Kerry connection!

Photo: Tallow senior hurlers who defeated Ballyduff last Friday evening with team mascot Olivia Mason.