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Club Notes: 31st August 2015

posted Sep 2, 2015, 6:53 PM by Mark Baldwin
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Senior Hurling                  
Tallow 0-15 Fourmilewater 1-13
Management and players will be extremely frustrated to lose a game which they could have won, playing so poorly. Tallow never got out of first gear and one may be forgiven for saying they were actually in reverse. They are all aware that this level of performance cannot be repeated as we are now entering the business end of the championship. As other results have shown, this year’s championship is quite open and up for grabs for a number of clubs, including ourselves. On a more positive note, our level of performance up to this blip has been impressive and we need to return to this for the game in 2 weeks time. Our aim for the next day will be to improve the speed of our hurling, up the work rate 10 fold and reduce the amount of simple errors made. The game itself, what can I say? Well 2 points from play speaks volumes and depicts just how lacklustre the performance was. We should have taken advantage of the FMW red card in the second half but didn’t and ended up losing this game 1.13 to 0.15.  Onwards and upwards from here when we play Ballygunner on September 12th at 5pm in Bushy Park.
Tallow: S O’ Sullivan, M O’ Brien, D O’ Brien, K Kearney, A Kearney, J Murray, R Beecher, P O’ Brien, J Henley, W Henley, B McCarthy, R Grey, B McCarthy, P Kearney, T Ryan
Subs: J Neville, K Geary
Scorers: R Grey 0-7 (6f) P O’ Brien 0-5 (4f 65) T Ryan 0-2 (2f) B McCarthy 0-1

Junior Hurling Championship:
Tallow 1-12   Colligan Emmets 0-21
This was competitive tough championship hurling, at times fast and furious with the odd shemozzle thrown in for seasoning.  It was a good standard of hurling with some outstanding individual performances. In the end Colligan just had a bit more in the tank to finish strongly and deservedly close out this junior hurling quarter final played under lights at Fraher Field on Friday night.
It began at pace with no quarter ceded either way. Points were exchanged almost on rotation and after 10 minutes the teams were locked at four points each with three of Tallow’s scores coming from the unerring Mikey Curley and the fourth from Kevin Henley. Colligan were getting into their stride however and picked off 8 points over the remainder of the half. Tallow, who were considered complete outsiders for this encounter, showed character and determination to stay in touch with the aforementioned Mikey registering 3 further points (1,65). A Joey Power goal just before the break left the game finely balanced.( Tallow 1-7 Colligan 0-12).
Tallow powered into the game in the second half and were level within 10 minutes. Our backs were holding the line and Jack Tobin made some vital clearances. The impressive Stefan Tobin was causing all sorts of problems for Emmets as Tallow went three ahead. With just 10 minutes (+4 added on) remaining Colligan had yet to register a score but within minutes the game turned. With 56 minutes showing on the clock they had levelled the game. Injuries to centre back Kieran Fraser , talented wing back Jake Neville and Dylan Mangan  didn’t help our cause but you could only admire the manner in which Colligan clinically closed out the game to record a comfortable win with 6 unanswered points. Their fitness level was definitely a contributing factor.  Tallow’s heroic efforts over the first fifty minutes were stamina sapping which took its toll in the closing stages. They played some quality hurling and battled for every ball. Our lads can be proud of their display. It was interesting to hear many of them say after “it was a great game to play in”. They had been in a battle but revelled in it.  Our congratulations to Colligan and we wish them well.
We have a relatively young squad with plenty of potential and hurling craft. They hurled well over the season and had a good campaign. They will probably feel themselves that they are capable of more. We thank all the squad who represented the club proudly. Our sincere thanks go also to the team management: Colin Cunningham, Paul O Brien, Jimmy Cronin and Rob O Sullivan – a good blend of youth and experience - and also to adult teams’ coach Brendan Coleman.  We wouldn’t do without our medical officer Georgina Cunningham on the line – thanks George.
Tallow: JP Grey, Stephen Pratt, Jack Tobin, William Hogan, Paul O Mahoney, Kieran Fraser, Jake Neville, Mikey Curley (0-9, 4f,1 65), Stefan Tobin, Kevin Henley, Donnchadh Mulcahy, Mikey Tobin, Aaron Pratt(0-1), Brian Henley (0-1), Joey Power (1-0), Noel Condon, Stuart Barry, Alan Curley, Shane “Finn” McCarthy, Dylan Mangan, Luke McCarthy.
If this game was anything to go by then the new championship format, based on a meritocracy, introduced this year is worth persisting with. I think it may well improve standards. The old system where so called second string senior teams met year after year had become stale and predictable as generally all teams were at the same level of fitness and preparation and too familiar with each other.. Its a different ball game now as we are meeting teams who are the first team in their club  As standard bearers for their club they have a different mentality and their preparation and fitness levels are almost on a par with any Intermediate or senior team. The bar has been raised for the “second strings attached”. If we are to be successful we must raise our own standards.

A number of spaces in the club car par are designated disabled parking areas. We would ask all who use the car park to respect this.

Note to all managers/selectors of adult and juvenile clubs.
Please ensure you lock up and turn off all lights in the field/clubhouse as they have been left on several times and the bills are extremely high.

Deise Draw
Any money due can be given to any of the Deise draw promoters. 

Cois Bhríde
Upcoming Fixtures: Wed 2nd Sept.: Minor hurling Div 1 Home v Passage @
6.45pm, Under 10 hurling Div 2 Away v Ballyduff @ 7pm Friday 4th Sept,
Under 13 Hurling Div 2 Western Semi-Final: Away v Kilrossanty @ 6.30
pm,Mon 7th Sept, Minor Hurling Div 1: Home v De La Salle @ 6.30 pm,
Under 14 Hurling Playoff : Venue and Team @ 6.30 pm To Be Announced
later,Under 11 Football Div 2:Home v Kilrossanty @ 6.30pm.