On Saturday St Mary’s Hurling Club, Clonmel hosted its third annual U10 Tournament. Earlier this year a cornerstone of the club passed away. Frank Maher gave most of his life trying to promote the game of hurling in Clonmel, especially among the youth of the town, so this year we decided to honour his name by calling the event the Frank Maher Tournament. Throw in commenced at 11 am starting a sequence of 36 games. The quality of hurling achieved by all teams involved was extremely high with current Tipp senior hurling coach Paudie O’Neill commenting as such. The ability of some young boys striking on the move and high fielding of the sliothar were a joy to witness. The clubs who took part were St. Mary’s(3 teams), Sixmilebridge, Erin’s Own, Graigue Ballycallan, O’Loughlin Gaels, Mt. Sion, St. Ryanagh’s, Clarinbridge, Sarsfields, Na Piarsaigh, Ballyboden, Kilmacud Crokes, Buffers Alley, Drom and Inch, Cahir (2 teams), Fr. Sheehy’s and Ballyneale. The trophies, which were presented to the winning clubs, have all been named after former members of St. Mary’s who gave tremendous service to the club and we were honoured to have relatives of those members on hand to present their respective trophies to the winning teams. They were Sixmilebridge, Sarsfields, Erin’s Own, Na Piarsaigh and our own lads, St. Mary’s. Often town clubs are accused of lacking the community element where everyone pulls together. Saturday proved that we too can rally around and make a success of things. The day’s events could not have taken place without the help of the many parents and club volunteers who helped set up the pitches, keep track of scores and kept the masses fed and watered throughout. We cannot say thank you enough to all who helped out on the day.
The Under 16s took on Carrick Swans last Thursday evening in the South Championship and in a very evenly contested match won out by a single point. They now progress to the semi-final against Grange/Ballybacon which will have been played by the time you read this.
The boys beat Ballingarry in the South Championship last week, and they now take on Carrick Swans in the semi-final next Thursday evening at Monroe. It should be an intriguing match as there is nothing between the teams. Throw-in is at 7 pm and all support would be greatly appreciated.
Our club golf classic took place last Friday at Clonmel GC. The weather was kind, the numbers positive and a great day was had by all. Our thanks to our hosts for the day, to all those club members who ensured the success of the event and especially to all sponsors, whether of terams or tee boxes!
We extend our best wishes to both Ross Peters and Matt Barlow, who will be involved with the Tipperary Under 16 panel.
We have some club hoodies, in a variety of juvenile sizes, available for sale at a knock-down price of €20. Contact John Carew at (086) 8317591.