Monday, October 16, 2017

ABP sponsored Ferrybank GAA Weekly Notes

Pride of place this week goes to the Under 15 hurlers who were crowned Eastern Division 3 City League champions last Saturday afternoon. The lads defeated a gallant Ballygunner side in Kill on a scoreline of 6-05 to 4-07.
With the breeze in the opening half, Ferrybank made a good start with goals from John Collins and Ruaidhri McGarrity; these two lads were causing havoc in the Ballygunner defence all afternoon. With the Ferrybank defence holding firm, and setting up attacks resulting in points, Ferrybank held a 2-05 to 0-4 lead at the break.
Against the breeze in the second-half, Ferrybank scored crucial goals to open a big lead with Shane Oates netting a brace, and also Ruaidhri and John adding one each. Slowly, Ballygunner got back into the game with a couple of goals, but Ferrybank lead by the outstanding Glen Power at full back, Ola Akjwende in midfield and James O' Meara at wing back, steadied the ship. Ferrybank held on to record a fully deserved win.
This was a superb team performance from the team, with everyone playing their part in this win and it was a fitting tribute to see Ola giving the man of the match award giving his huge work rate on the field.
Captain John Collins collected the trophy on behalf of the team, amid joyous scenes. Well done lads, and also special word of thanks to Marty Freeman who coached this team during the season, ably assisted by John Heffernan, and their hard work has paid dividends.
PANEL: Jordan McEvoy, Reece Phelan, Glen Power, Lee Clarke, James O' Meara, Eddie Daly, Charlie McLoughlin, Aiden Humphries, Jack Keogh-Moran, Ola Akjwende,  Shane Oates, Ruaidhri McGarrity, John Collins, Oran Power, Shane Purcell, Pawel Tomczuk, Izaak Richards, Jake Butler, Sean Heffernan, David Currans, Daniel Griffin.

We had no winners on the final Déise Draw of 2017 which took place last Wednesday night in Ardmore. Ferrybank GAA club would like to thank everyone who supported the draw over the last six months, and for their continued support each and every year with the draw. The confined winner last month was John Counihan.

It was another busy weekend for the Under 7 hurlers as they made the trip to De La Salle to play three games, two against the homeside, and one against Sacred Heart. With everyone playing great, Ferrybank came away with three wins. Special mention to Fionn, Matteo, Finn, Philip and Amalie who joined us from the nursery panel, and they were fantastic.

The annual night at the dogs in aid of the Ferrybank GAA club takes place on Saturday November 18th at the Kilcohan park Greyhound stadium. Tickets will be on sale shortly, and we would yet again ask all players, supporters, members, players to support this great night out. So keep this date in your diary.

Monday, October 9, 2017

ABP sponsored Ferrybank GAA Weekly Notes

No luck for the U16 hurlers last Monday night in Carrickbeg as they exited at the quarter-final stage to Clonea on a scoreline of 2-19 to 2-08. There wasn’t a lot to choose between the sides in the opening half, with Clonea leading by 2 points.
However, an early Clonea goal in the second-half put them five points clear, and from there on, Clonea took control of the game to run out worthy winners on the night. Thanks to Davy, Doxer and Paddy for looking after the team for the year, and no doubt the lads will have learned a lot playing in Division 2 during the campaign.

Ferrybank GAA club hosted the U8 blitz last Saturday morning, welcoming Ballygunner and Glenmore. On a lovely morning for the game, Ballygunner fielded three teams, with Ferrybank fielding two teams.
There were great games on view, with Ferrybank winning all three games. All kids put in a superb effort for their teams, and it was great to see the parents encouraging their teams during the matches. Thanks to Ballygunner and Glenmore for participating in the blitz.
PANEL: Luke, Conor, Janis, Zach M, Luke, Rory, Michael, Gavin, Aiden, Emily, Zach S, Harry, Morgan, Sam, Max, Cliodhna, Ciara, Mikolij.

Our Junior hurlers have qualified for the semi-finals of the John J Murphy sponsored competition, and we are currently awaiting confirmation of our opponents.

The final Déise Draw takes place this coming Wednesday night October 11th in the Ardmore GAA grounds. . Here’s hoping we can sign off with a couple of winners on the night.

The annual night at the dogs takes place on Saturday November 18th at Kilcohan Park. Like every year, this night has been fantastically supported by everyone associated with the club, and once again we would encourage all players, members, supporters, parents etc. to keep this date in their diary, and enjoy a great night out at the dogs.

Monday, October 2, 2017

ABP sponsored Ferrybank GAA Weekly Notes

It was a case of hard luck last Saturday afternoon in Carriganore, when An Rinn captured the Intermediate County title over a gallant Ferrybank team on a scoreline of 1-13 to 3-05. Two points in the final few minutes swung the game for An Rinn.
With underfoot conditions very slippery, and the heavy drizzle falling, both sides served up a very entertaining game. An Rinn opened the scoring with a point, but quick points from Valerie O' Brien and Niamh Ahearne edged Ferrybank ahead. The opening goal arrived midway through the opening half, when Niamh Ahearne shot was saved by the An Rinn goalie, but Niamh was first to the loose ball and slotted it to the net to give Ferrybank the lead.
With both sides attacking and creating scoring chances, An Rinn got back into the game with a goal of their own, when a long range free sailed all the way into the Ferrybank net. However, the girls didn’t let this setback get to them; points from Valerie O' Brien and Niamh Ahearne had them back in front. With Lydia Grant and Iona Heffernan playing well, Ferrybank got a second goal when Niamh Ahearne’s low shot evaded the An Rinn defence and went into the corner of the net. Valerie O' Brien’s point just before half-time had Ferrybank leading 2-04 to 1-05 at the break.
An Rinn started the second-half stronger and quickly drew level with two points. Ferrybank found it hard to get out of their own half, as An Rinn scored four unanswered points to open up a lead. However, Ferrybank refused to throw in the towel, and credit to the team, as another Valerie O' Brien point reduced the gap. Minutes later, Niamh Ahearne completed her hat-trick with a fine goal to draw level.
With Aisling Oates in defence playing a blinder, ably supported by Iona Heffernan, Bronagh Power and Valerie O' Brien, the game was there for the taking. With minutes remaining, two frees for An Rinn put them ahead, and despite late pressure from Ferrybank, An Rinn held out to claim the trophy.
This was a great effort from the girls, who left no stone unturned out on the field, gave it their all, and when it looked like An Rinn would pull away in the second-half, they refused to give up, and fought to the end. No doubt they will come back even stronger next year.
Thanks to Shiner and Paul for the training the girls throughout the season and the supporters who came out to support them last Saturday.
PANEL: Amy Boden, Aisling Heffernan, Aisling Oates, Clodagh Whelan, Deirdre Heffernan, Bronagh Power, Iona Heffernan, Lydia Grant, Grainne Heffernan, Valerie O' Brien, Niamh Ahearne, Helen McEvoy,  Siobhan Heffernan, Eimear Larkin, Jane Myers, Aoife Byrne, Julie Sinnott, Clare Burtchaell, Orla O' Neill, Clare Molloy, Ciara Vereker, Roisin Oates, Olivia Ryan.

Its crunch time for the U16 hurlers tonight (Monday October 2nd)  at 7:30pm in St. Molleran’s GAA grounds, Carrickbeg as they take on Clonea in the quarter-finals of the Division 2 Championship.
When the sides met in the league stages, nothing could separate them, so another close game is on the cards. The lads have put in a huge effort over the last couple of weeks in training, and let’s hope they can deliver tomorrow night. So, come along to Carrickbeg and show your support. Best of luck lads.

Ferrybank/Erin’s Own were edged out in the quarter-finals of the Division 2 Minor Hurling Championship last Saturday afternoon in Dunhill by Brickey Rangers on a scoreline of 1-14 to 1-11. There was little to separate the sides throughout the game, but the men form the West scored a crucial goal to put them in the lead and they never looked back. Despite missing a penalty, the combined side could never get the goal to force extra-time.

Our U11 Footballers were defeated by a stronger St. Saviour’s side last Friday night on a scoreline of 3-08 to 1-02.

Ferrybank GAA club would like to wish clubman Pat Lawless a speedy recovery from his recent operation. Let’s hope it’s not too long before we see him back down in the field with the Junior hurlers.

Ferrybank GAA club would like to extend their sympathy to the family of the late David (Nannycock) Roche who sadly passed away last Saturday morning. Ar Dheis de go raibh  a h-anam dilis.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

ABP sponsored Ferrybank GAA Weekly Notes

This coming Saturday September 30th at 3pm, will see the Ferrybank Intermediate Camogie team compete in the County final against An Rinn. This will be the girls’ biggest game in their careers, as they are one step away from the senior ranks.
So far this year, An Rinn have had the upper hand in previous matches, winning by a couple of points, so no doubt, another close game will be on the cards. The girls have put in a huge effort throughout the season, and let’s hope their hard work and dedication will pay off.
Please come along on the day and support the team, as it will be appreciated. Best of luck to Shiner, Paul and the squad. At the time of going to print, no confirmed venue has been decided, so please keep an eye out on the social media etc.

Thanks to everyone who attended and contributed to the Camogie Club Benefit Night & BBQ last Friday, 22nd September which was held in Flynn's Bar, Ferrybank. It was a great night with music and craic.
The door prize, which was a Waterford Crystal Vase, was won by Áine Crotty Prendergast. There was also a raffle on the night with numerous winners. Some of the main winners included Laura Boylan, who won a Hamper sponsored by Jody Condon in Excellence. Donnacha Larkin won an Aphrodite Voucher sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care. Michael Cunningham won a voucher sponsored by The Jolly Barber. Mandy Ryan won a Yankee Candle and a bottle of wine. Áine Morrissey won a bottle of Prosecco and ornament. Vera Flynn won a Beauty Set.
Thanks to everyone who donated spot prizes.
Thanks to everyone who organised and helped out on the night. Special thanks to Helen McEvoy and Podger O' Neill who looked after the BBQ on the night.
The night was a great success.

Ferrybank/Erin’s Own combined Minor team are in quarter final action this coming Saturday September 30th at 12:30pm in Kill against Brickey Rangers. This will be a tough test for the team, and your support will be welcomed on the day.

Ferrybank U11 Footballers are back in action this coming Friday night 29th September with a home game against St Saviours at 6pm.

Well done to the U10 hurlers who recorded a great win over Ballygunner last week.

Hard luck to the U14 hurlers who were defeated by Kilrossanty last Monday night in the County semi-final. The lads put in a huge effort, but soft goals conceded was ultimately their downfall. Despite clawing their way back into the game, Kilrossanty got the crucial scores when it mattered.

It’s hard to believe it folks, but it’s nearly that time of the year again, the annual dog night fundraiser will take place in Kilcohan Park on Saturday November 18th. Keep a note of it in your diary.

The third Waterford GAA and Sanofi Health and Wellbeing Conference will take place on Friday September 29th in Sanofi from 2pm-7pm.
Throughout the conference, the speakers will focus on positive mental health, substance misuse, suicide awareness, diet & nutrition, depression, and much more. Speakers on the day include Niall Breslin, John Leahy, Colin Regan, Enda O' Doherty, Caroline McGuigan, Robert Carley and the Waterford Senior hurlers.
If you would like to book a seat, please contact Jennifer Murphy (, Sean O' Regan ( 083-1019884) or someone in Ferrybank GAA club.
Note, admission is free, but you have to be over 18 years of age to attend the conference.