Junior Hurling Feis quarter-finals this Tuesday

Junior Hurling championship ¼ finals

The quarter-finals of the Feis Junior Hurling Championship are fixed for Tuesday 18th June.

The Draws are:

                St Brigids              v              St Marys Rasharkin/ Ruairi ogs

                Shamrocks          v              Shane O’Neills

                Con Magees Glenravel  v              Carey

                                         

Casement Social Club Junior Hurling Championship

Quarter-Finals

St Paul’s vs St Teresa’s                   QF1

Glenravel vs Gort na Mona          QF2

Junior B winner vs Rasharkin       QF3

Glenarm vs Lámh Dhearg             QF4

Semi-Finals

QF1 vs QF4

QF3 vs QF2

Junior B Hurling Championship

Preliminary Round

Davitts vs St Agnes’         Prelim 1

All Saints vs Ardoyne      Prelim 2

Semi-Finals

Prelim 1 vs Prelim 2

Loch Mor Dal gCais vs Latharna Óg

Cushendun Emmet’s Award night

Cushendun Emmet’s celebrated their Junior Hurling Championship winning season on Friday night at a dinner in Cushendall Golf Club. Saffron Gael went along to capture the action.

LEFT – North Antrim chairman Owen Elliott presents the Junior Hurling Championship trophy to Emmet’s captain Mark Scally at the Cushenun GAC dinner in Cushendall Golf Club. RIGHT – Committee member Debbie McQuillan presents the Wilsons of Rathkenny Merit Award to Seamus McQuillan

LEFT – Denis O’Hara presents the Hugh O’Hara Shield to Clubman of the Year Liam Mulholland. RIGHT – Gerry Scally presents the Minor Hurler of Year award to Tomas Scally

LEFT – Senior team captain Mark Scally makes a special presentation to RJ McQuillan for his long years of service to the Emmet’s on the playing fields. RIGHT – Junior Hurler of the Year Conor Bannon receives his trophy from John O’Hara.

LEFT –  Owen Elliott presents the North Antrim Junior Hurler of the Year award to Conor McHugh. RIGHT – Aidan McHugh accepts the a referee’s award on behalf of Paul McSparran.

LEFT – Senior team manager Chris Dornan presents the Senior Hurler of the Year award to Conor McHugh. RIGHT – Pearl McQuillan presents the Senior Players’ Player of the Year award to Jack McKay.

LEFT – Chris Dornan present the Most Dedicated Hurler award to joint winners James Morgan (left) and Eoin Magee (right). RIGHT- Chris Dornan presents the All Ireland Junior Sevens Shield to team captain Mark Scally. Emmet's 12The Cushendun team who won this season’s Antrim Junior Hurling Championship with the team management at the club awards dinner in Cushendall Golf Club Emmet's 16Emmet’s GAC committee and guests at the club’s award dinner. Emmet's 14The Emmet’s team who won the All Ireland Junior Sevens Shield Emmet's 17Club chairperson Helen Magee (left) who made special presentations to Anna Dornan and Sarah Hamilton (right) who were married during the past season and Catriona O’Hara for washing the team kit during the season.

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Guests who attended the Cushenun Emmet’s dinner in Cushendall Golf Club.

Dream is over for All Saints but the memories will last a lifetime

Photographs: Jim Brady

Leinster Junior B Hurling Championship

All Saints 2-15 (Antrim)  Balinderreen (Galway) 3-18

And so the dream is over for All Saints Ballymena but hopefully the experience and the benefits for future hurling in Ballymena will last a life time. For the second time in a fortnight they left Ballymena at 5-15am for the long trip to Limerick having made the journey two weeks ago to face Coolderry of Offaly in the quarter final of the Leinster B Hurling championship and came away victorious.

There’s been a buzz around the Slemish Park club since that victory and it was decided to run a spectators bus to Saturday’s semi-final and hopes were high that All Saints could record another victory even though they were playing a Balinderreen side who were previous winners of the tournament.

Those hopes looked well founded when the Antrim Junior champions turned around 2-10 to 0-9 ahead but the introduction of Sean Corcoran to the Ballinderreen side in the second half turned the game on its head. Corcoran scored 3-2 and certainly raised a few eyebrows and questions amongst the travelling support as to why he didn’t start.

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Ballinderreen made a bright start and looked the better team early on as they raced into a three point lead before All Saints responded with a couple of points from Ciaran Neeson and one from Padhraig Magill to draw level.

The Antrim champions matched their Galway counterparts score for score thereafter with Ciaran Neeson hitting five and Padraig Magill 0-3, Liam Cassley and Damian Gillan on target for the Slemish Park side and as they began to get on top two opportunist goals from Niall Magill put All Saints in pole position at the break when they led 2-10 to 0-9.

MATCH CHANGING SUBSTITUTION

Ballinderreen introduced Sean Corcoran for the second half and the bustling forward was to turn matters very much on their head. Corcoran hit 3 goals and 2 points in the last 15 minutes and proved unmarkable with the All Saints men unable to contain him.

All Saints fought hard in the second half but could only add five points to their first half total. Ciaran Neeson brought his total to eight as he converted three frees with defenders Damian Gillan and Colum Neeson their other scorers but they were never able to produce the fluency of the opening half.

Disappointment for the Ballymena side and their loyal band of supporters who made the long journey but when the disappointment subsides they will realise just what a great first season back in the Antrim leagues they have had.

This season should put hurling in the club back on a healthy footing and encourage more young lads to take up the game as the dedication shown by Paddy Neeson, Hector Cassley, Joe Casey and the rest of the team begin to provide the dividends their efforts deserve.

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All Saints: Daire Hasson, Darren McGinty, Chris McAfee, Ryan McGarry, Anthony Mitchell, Colum Neeson (0-1), Brendan McDonnell,  Liam Cassley (0-1),  Damian Gillan (0-2),  Ciaran Neeson (0-8 0-5 frees), Luke O’Rawe,  Paghraig Magill (0-3) ,Terence Diamond, Gary Miskella,  Niall McGarry (2-0)

Subs Ciaran McGarry for Anthony Mitchell, Eoin McGuigan for Terence Diamond, Vinny Esler, Barry Dorrity, Tony Connolly, James McDonnell, Enda Casey, Francis Casey, Sean O’Rawe.

2S

Ballinderreen: Colin Kelly, Niall Gill, Patrick Lane, Jack Tully, Conor Crotty 0-1, Patrick Carr 0-1, Gavin Duffy 0-2, Aidan Linnane 0-1, Alan Organ, Colm Gill 0-4, Gary Forde 0-2, Aidan Duffy 0-2, Padraig Lafferty 0-1, Kevin Coen 0-1, Hugh Moylan 0-1, Subs: Sean Corcoran 3-2, Gary Molloy, Allen Martyn

Referee: Bill Carr

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Saints back on the bus to Limerick

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All Ireland Junior B Hurling Series

Leinster Semi Final

Saturday 24th November

All Saints, Antrim v Ballinderreen, Galway

2:15 @ Killeedy GAA, Limerick.

When All Saints GAC Ballymena re-entered the Antrim hurling leagues this year there would have been few who could have envisaged that they would still have been playing competitive hurling at this stage of the season. Prior to their withdrawal from All County action a couple of seasons back it would be safe to say hurling in the club had stagnated and All Saints were struggling to field sides.

A number of players including Liam Cassley and Damian Gillan transferred to Cloughmills where they enjoyed a couple of very successful seasons and others played their hurling elsewhere but when the call to arms was issued these players were quick to return to the Slemish Park club.

In the meantime a number of young players had emerged and in hindsight that withdrawal, while painful at the time may have been the best thing for the club and certainly there has been an unprecedented interest since the new season began.

A league season that mixed good results with bad gave little indication early on as to just where All Saints were going but come championship time it was becoming obvious that the hard work being put in by Paddy Neeson, Hector Cassley, Joe Casey and Cushendall man, Skinner McAllister was paying dividends.

All Saints were drawn against Michael Davitt’s in the opening game of the Junior B Championship, a repeat of last year’s final which Davitt’s won, and it was the Ballymena side who ran out convincing winners. They went on to defeat St. Agnes in a one sided final and this qualified them for a place in the Junior A championship.

All Saints were drawn against Emmet’s Cushendun in their opening game and performed well before losing to a very good Emmet’s side who would go on to win Antrim before being beaten narrowly in the Ulster club final.

The Slemish Park side’s season wasn’t over however with an invitation from Killeedy GAC in Limerick to take part in their Leinster Junior B championship gratefully excepted and two weeks ago they travelled to Limerick.

A journey into the unknown and a meeting with Coolderry of Offaly in their opening game but All Saints embraced the opportunity and it was a happy squad who travelled back North with a victory over the Offaly men secured.

Despite the long journey to Limerick All Saints showed little signs of fatigue during the opening half of a game where they outclassed their opponents setting the foundations for their win. With Liam Cassley the outstanding performer on the field he led the team as a captain should and fired five points from play over the hour with his last giving his side a four point cushion and sealing the win.

This Saturday All Saints return to Killeedy where they meet Galway champions Balinderreen  and the attitude is likely to be the same. They will know little about Saturday’s opponents but it will be a case of ‘give it our best shot and see where it takes us’.

At the time of writing it wasn’t known just who was available for Saturday’s semi-final. County minor star, Ryan McGarry and his namesake, Ciaran McGarry missed the quarter-final and their availability would certainly enhance the Ballymena side’s chances.

There has been a lot of interest in the game and the club are running a bus to Limerick if there is sufficient interest and All Saints posted this notice on their website earlier in the week:

We have had enquiries about putting on a supporter’s bus.

Bus will leave Ballymena @ 5:15am. Breakfast stop and comfort break en route.

If you are interested in going on the bus, please contact Hector on 07525899006, or Gloria on 07732787278,

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Hector Cassley and Joe Casey get their hands on the Antrim Junior B cup and will be hoping their side can take another step towards the Leinster B title when they tavel to Kileeddy on Saturday.