Sunday 25 August 2019

Around the districts: Killavullen, Lismire

Junior and Senior Infants with Coaches Annie Doody, Gráinne O’ Connell and Caitriona Buckley at the Ballydesmond Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camp
Junior and Senior Infants with Coaches Annie Doody, Gráinne O’ Connell and Caitriona Buckley at the Ballydesmond Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camp

Killavullen: GAA news - Drawn Game V Ballyclough. Killavullen spurned numerous goal scorer chances and Ballyclough grimly hung in there, and equalised with a wonder point from Damien Buckley to force a draw, in a very entertaining Junior A Football championship Quarter Final, last night in Mourne Abbey.

Killavullen opened the scoring with a Billy Norris point in the first minute and Charlie Lillis added another point from a free in the third. Ballyclough got on the score sheet in the fifth minute and drew level in the ninth with a Tom O'Neill free. We went ahead again with a lovely Pádraig Looney point, when his pace was a decisive factor in getting away from his man, only for Ballyclough to equalise again, with another free. Liam Cronin put us back in front with a fine point, and Gary Lane cut in from his wing, and shot over a refined point to push out our advantage to two points. Ballyclough manufactured another scoring free that was converted in the 22nd minute. Pádraig then sent a booming free of his own over the bar, from an awkward angle to put us two points ahead again. Charlie Lillis was fouled heavily, the free was awarded and taken quickly by Jack O'Connor, who found Billy Norris is front of goal, and his pile driver clipped the top of the cross bar and registered a white flag, when a green one was possible. Ballyclough took advantage of the reprieve and scored two points of their own, in the 25th and 26th minutes. Eoin Buckley scored an individual score when he ran through the middle of the defence and shot over the bar.

We worked two great goal scoring chances before the interval, but sadly failed to take either, but you must also credit the Ballyclough goal keeper who stayed big, upright and menacing, and hurried the kicker. We did get a delightful score from Jack in the 31st minute to leave us leading the interval by 0-09 to 0-06.

Ballyclough got a free on the resumption in the first minute but Kevin Fox sent a nice point over the bar in the third to keep out lead intact. Ballyclough got another point in the fourth minute but Pádraig scored another for us, in the sixth. Another converted free for Ballyclough kept them in touch, but Charlie Lillis scored a mesmerising point after a great team exchange of hands in the ninth minute. Damien Buckley was instrumental in a lot of good Ballyclough play, and he scored a good point for them, in the same minute.

Pádraig had to leave the field when the lines man should have picked up an off the ball incident and Fionn Magner came into the affray. Jack scored another point for us in the 14th minute, but again Ballyclough, as they had been doing all night, got a point back from their very effective half back, Shane Buckley. We got another point from a free, from Liam Cronin after Charlie was scythed down but only a yellow card ensued. Charlie had to leave the field shortly afterwards, and Mike Fresh introduced.

We had three more glorious chances of goals when we were one on one with their keeper, but our shots were either straight at him or fizzled narrowly wide. Ballyclough got a point from Damien Buckley in the 30th minute and the same player despite being pressed very hard made it a one point lead with another point in the third minute of injury time. The referee played on, and in the fifth minute of injury time, that man Buckley scored a phenomenon point with his left boot, his normally kicks with the right, that was worthy of drawing this very entertaining, though uncompromising game.

The replay will be played on August 9, again in Mourne Abbey at 7.00 PM Extra time will ensue, in the event of a draw after 60 minutes.

KILARA KEEPER SAVES HIS TEAM - Killavullen rotated their considerable squad and came up just short in the third game in this round robin minor football championship against Kilara Óg, last night in Kilworth.

We got off to a dreadful start and conceded two goals within the first five minutes, the second coming from a penalty that was expertly tucked away. The Kilara team then scored a free to be leading by 2-01 to 0-0 before we opened our account with a fine Darragh O'Grady point. The same player then scored a penalty of our own after Jamie Magner was upended in the square. Kilara scored another point but Darragh kept us within striking distance with a converted free. We were denied an obvious claim for a second penalty after Colin Carey was thwarted with a foot block when he was through on goals, but it was not given by the referee. Before the interval, Kilara scored two more frees to leave the score at the break, 2-04 to 1-02 in their favour.

Killavullen introduced regular starters, Liam Fox and Mark off the bench, and over the next 30 minutes gradually brought more of their big guns into the game. Mark scored a delightful point with his left boot almost immediately, but Kilara raced down the field and scored another goal to be leading now by 3-04 to 1-04. That was the pointer for Fionn Magner and Colm Looney to enter the affray. Kilara were very dangerous on the breaks, and got another point, and threatened for a goal but was denied by a super brave save from Patrick O'Grady, standing between the posts. We got a good converted free from distance from Eoin Birchill. Kilara stretched out their lead further with another point before the Killavullen fight back began. Noah Butler took off on a determined run and finished with a nice point, then Mark Nagle, who was very dangerous on the ball, got another. Darragh O'Grady was next to score, followed by Colm Looney and Darragh again to bring out tally to 1-09. Kilara got a point from a free, and were next to score with another conversion from a dead ball situation.

Killavullen pressed forward relentlessly but often our final pass was overcooked or a wrong shot selected. We got two points back from frees from Mark but right that death, we worked the overlap and released Colm Looney, in on goals. He pulled the trigger but the Kilara goal keeper was bravely down at his laces, and pulled off a great save for his team.

The game concluded with Killavullen pressing, but Kilara held out for a win. Killavullen were already through to the knock out stages, after wins over St Peter's and Mitchelstown. After last night, Kilara proved that they could yet have a say in the destination of the silverware.

FORTHCOMING FIXTURES - Avondhu Junior A Football Championship - Replay - Killavullen V Ballyclough in Mourne Abbey on Friday, August 9, at 7 p.m.

Rebel Óg North under-16 Football League Final - Division 1 - Killavullen V Mallow in Castletownroche on Sunday, August 11, at 7.30 p.m. Rebel Óg North under-18 Hurling Championship - Phase two - Killavullen V Ballyhea in Killavullen on Monday, August 12, at 7.30 p.m.

Rebel Óg North under-12 Hurling Championship - Phase two - Killavullen V Buttevant in Buttevant on Monday, August 12, at 19.30.

Rebel Óg North under-14 Hurling Championship - Division 2 - Killavullen V Grenagh in Killavullen on Wednesday, August 14, at 7.30 p.m.

Rebel Óg North under-16 Hurling Championship - Division 2 - Killavullen V Ballycastle Gaels in Ballyhooley on Thursday, August 15, at 7.30 p.m.

All adult and juvenile fixtures are now on the new Killavullen GAA website and are updated centrally, rather than by club members, so when Avondhu GAA or Rebel Óg update their own website, Killavullen's website picks up the revised fixture details automatically.

Lotto - Numbers drawn were 19, 25 and 23. No Winner. The lucky-dip winners were as follows: €50 Tom Luddy - Seller Lar Luddy. €30 Ann Howard and Catherine Thornhill - Seller Redmond Lane. €20 Angela Murphy - Seller Denise Cronin. The next draw will be in Magners and will be for €2,500.

UPDATE FROM IAN O'DRISCOLL IN SWITZERLAND - In the latest newsletter that is published on the Killavullen GAA website, our great centre back from our county winning junior football team of 2000 gives an update on his life and that of his family from his new base, in Basle, in Switzerland.

Ian tells us that he is 'easily able to keep connected with Ireland and I am keeping up with all that is happening in the GAA club. I'm looking forward to see all the up and coming talent come together to bring further success to the club... remember, it doesn't come without sacrifice and hard work. 'He should know - it was his mantra on the field.

CONGRATULATIONS TO CORK U20 - Well done to Cian Lankford from Killavullen GAA on being part of the Cork under-20 football team that blitzed Dublin last Saturday, in the all-Ireland Final. Cian is part of the 38 man squad that Keith Ricken has at training every night, and it is that strength in depth, is driving this inspirational team onwards.

Earlier in the year, Cian won a Fresher's Football championship with UCG, so an awful lot to be proud of, for Cian in 2019.

Golf classic - Killavullen GAA Club intend to host their second golf classic, following on from the considerable success of last year, by going back to Doneraile golf club again, on Saturday, September 14.

The beneficiary this time round will be the adult and juvenile teams where a huge emphasis is placed on coaching now, and that is starting to reap rewards. All of that cost money to provide. Three players are required for a team, and the cost is €120. We seek to get a few players, both adult and juvenile, aunts/uncles/mother-in-laws and any relative of players, playing golf for us, or use their contacts to get some sponsorship for us, where opportunities are available for Tee's and Green slots also.

Contact in the club organising the classic are: Joe Howard, Dave Brosnan, Eamonn Coakley, John O'Donovan or any committee member.


County Board Draw Winner

Congratulations to Con Hannigan winner of a €150 voucher for the Co-op Superstores in the July County Board Draw. This is the 26th year of the Draw where the proceeds go to grants, games development/coaching and ground improvement as well as helping the local club which gets 45% of membership. Club officers are very grateful for the very generous response to the Draw promotion in the area. This is the main source of income for the day to day costs in running the club as well as financing the club's various development projects.

Tickets are €100 per year or €10 per month with two free monthly draws. There are some fantastic prizes throughout the year like €20,000 cash, 10 year Premium Pairc Ui Chaoimh tickets, hotel breaks, vouchers and many cash prizes. There are over €450,000 prizes in total in the draw. The monthly draw takes place on the last Thursday of each month with results published in the Irish Examiner on Saturday. Full details of draw results and all prizes available each month are available on


Lismire have been drawn to play Tullylease in the semi-final of the Junior B Football Championship at a date and venue to be announced.