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GAA Notes 23 April 2012

posted Apr 23, 2012, 2:16 PM by Mark Baldwin   [ updated Apr 27, 2012, 2:33 PM ]
Tallow GAA Lotto- supported by Kearney's Restaurant
 
23/4/12 Numbers Drawn 3,12,15,18 No Winner
Consolation Prizes Colette O Flynn Aisling Mc Donnell Josh Geary Michael Leahy Promoter The Latch Restaurant
Next Draw 30/4/12 Clancy's Bar Jackpot €3600
 
Deise Draw
The second Deise Draw of the year takes place very soon so please get any monies to co-ordinators David O Brien or Kate Ryan

Junior Football
Under the stewardship of Stephen Curley, our junior footballers got off to a winning start on Sunday with a hard-fought win over Modeligo.
     We played with the elements in the first half and established a clear lead. Points from Kevin Curley, David O Brien, Will Curley and two from Kieran Geary left us five points to no score up at the interval.
     The second half was a much more evenly contested affair with Modeligo making good use of the wind to come right back into the match. Tallow, however kept the scoreboard ticking over with points from Evan Sheehan and Rob O Sullivan and a well taken goal from William Curley after a great crossfield ball from Rob O Sullivan. At the final whistle, there was just a point between the teams, Tallow winning 1-7 to 1-6.
Team: JP Grey, D Martin, B Henley, E Hickey, K Curley, D O Se, M O Se, K Geary, S Pratt, A Pratt, M Curley, W Curley, K Henley, E Sheehan, R O Sullivan. Sub K Fraser for E Sheehan.
 
Committee Meeting
There is no committee meeting this Thursday due to a clash with the Credit Union AGM. The meeting will be held on Wednesday 2nd May.

Comhbhron

On behalf of Tallow GAA Club we extend our sincere sympathies to the Flynn family of Chapel St Tallow on the sad passing of Pat Flynn. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam.

Five Things We Learned At The Weekend

Stepping Back
On a weekend that saw the worst defence of a title by a Tallow publican since Big Bang Casey, Dublin's relegation to Division 1B marks a sharp contrast from last year and will create problems for them next year. Very little separated them from their having to battle it out with Galway and gaining five points or even more. They've had a half dozen high quality games to prepare for this year's championship but it's next year that the softer pace of 1B hurling could catch them out.

A big step up
Those who reckoned that a seven point handicap was generous to Clare were put in their place on Sunday as, despite battling well for forty-odd minutes they succumbed to the inevitable Kilkenny increase in tempo and pressure. Physically they are a very imposing side and they have a bit of quality in the forward line but the pace of their hurling was maybe ten per cent off what is required to match Kilkenny and a year in division 1A should bring them on a lot.

A good Big Man
On the evidence of the weekend it's possible Brian O Meara has made the transition from big man who can maybe hurl if he stops starting rows to big man who can hurl and really impose himself on a full back. Maybe it's time to reassess Stephen Mc Donnell as an out-and-out full back as well. And O Meara squaring up to Cadogan in championship again would be worth the admission.

Forward Power
The old cliche about Cork being like mushrooms and coming up overnight was never so apt as last Sunday as their forwards seem to go from strength to strength. They created space at will and seemed to have a clear understanding of the type of ball that was on the way. The speed of thought and foot of O Farrell and Horgan and even the less graceful Niall Mc Carthy and Patrick Cronin was seriously impressive. Add in Conor Lehane and you have a team that should be favourites for Munster.

Escalating costs
The story of Kildare's having to get an emergency advance on their money from Croke Park to meet day to day costs was particularly bad optics on a week that their senior football team flew to Portugal for a training camp. It must be said that the cost of the training camp was raised by the players themselves but it's clear that county boards are struggling to fund training sessions and backroom teams. One solution would be for each provincial council to centrally fund a roster of physical therapists, dieticians and statisticians that teams would have access to. If teams want to get extra expertise out of their own pocket then they would be free to do so.
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