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Arravale Rovers Ladies

Arravale Rovers Ladies

U16’s replayed Brian Boru’s in the County Semi-Final championship in Clogheen. It was a hard fought match against two great sides and although our Rover ladies battled to the end, Brian Boru’s took the title. Congratulations to Brian Boru’s and well done to our girls for a great season of U16 football. Arravale Rovers team included Michelle McLaughlin, Kelly Tuohy, Cliona O’Brien, Louise Dalton, Claire O’Dwyer, Aimee Forgarty, Aoife Byrnes, Grace Duffy, Ruth Butler, Laura Corby, Marion McNamera, Aine O’Carroll, Caoimhe Comerford, Sarah Corby, Sarah Duggan, Niamh Fitzpatrick, Lauren Heuston, Aine Kavanagh, Amber Kenny, Katie Lonergan and Niamh Richardson.  

On Saturday our U14’s played the second round of the championship against St. Pat’s in Cloneen.  Both sides traded scores in the first half and at half time the Rovers were ahead by a few points. St. Pats put the first scores on the board in the second half and it was game on. The Rovers battled hard to break down St. Pat’ s tough defence and had a few unlucky attempts at goal. The game changer came when we were awarded a penalty and they went on the win the game at full time. Thanks to St. Pat’s for a great game. Training every Friday night in STP at 6:30pm for all ages. Registrations are now due so please submit to Carmel or Sadie as soon as possible. Thanks.

St. Michael’s FC

We have come to the end of a season, which didn’t hit the heights of previous ones but we still have James Walsh, Paul Breen, Chris Higgins and Jimmy Carr on the Irish amateur panel and staged an International game with Scotland in October. These players also went to San Marino for a triangular tournament. New players came in like John O’Brien, Michael Buckley, Darren Stokes and Pakie Farrell. Our chairman Eddie ‘Farmer’ Jones retired from the sidelines and goalkeeper Derek Breen decided to step down from between the posts. John Cremins stepped down as Manager having overseen one of the most successful periods in the clubs history. We wish them all well.

Bad luck and injuries are part of the game and we have had our fair share in this and over the last few seasons. We host the Munster junior cup final in Cooke Park on Sunday, May 12 at 3pm. between Clonmel Celtic and Pike Rovers. We thank our sponsors, officials, players and supporters and look forward with anticipation to the new season. We congratulate our neighbours Tipp Town FC on winning the 2nd division and wish Clonmel Celtic the best of luck in Sunday’s big game and the TSDL in the Oscar Traynor trophy.

Come on the Saints.

Arravale Rovers

On Saturday last our Intermediate hurlers got their championship underway in Dundrum against the hurling stronghold of Thurles Sarsfields. Despite being competitive in the early stages, Thurles showed their hurling pedigree and emerged convincing victors. Although not the ideal start, we look forward to bouncing back in the coming rounds.

On Wednesday last our Minor footballers played an extremely exciting encounter in Sean Treacy Park against Bansha/Eire Og. With 7 goals scored between the teams, neither could take a firm grip and a draw was a fair result. We wish them the best of luck in the knockout stages.

Finally, this coming weekend our Senior Footballers play Moyne Templetouhy in the first round of the County Senior Football Championship. No definite fixture has been announced, so keep an eye to local fixtures for a definite time and venue.

Tipperary Wheelers and Triathlon

A huge congratulations to Dermot Radford of the Tipp wheelers club who won the James O’Rourke 120km road race in Wexford Sunday May 5. Over 50 A1 and A2 riders raced the tough course but it was Dermot local Tipperary man who originally from Wexford brought the cup home to Tipp. Dermot who is one of the clubs top riders has risen from the lower A4 category in the last couple years, to now race with the big A1 riders. Well done to Dermot and this not the last we are going to hear from him in the future.

Sunday, May 5 also was a great day where the six club members travelled to participate in the 10k great Limerick run. Well done to both Nora and James Cunningham, Jimmy Beston, Maurice Crowe, Denis Cremmins, and Kevin Mc Grath. The lads were also joined by Rosanne Kelly, Sandra O Brien, Bridget Coughlan, and Mary Pyke. The lads reported a great day was had by all and all were pleased with their times.

Thursday May 2 took five riders to the Bunratty Go tri 15km time trials. The night proved very tough due to windy conditions and no time trial bikes were allowed on the Eddie Merx night. In first place on the night for the elite category was Dermot Radford with the fastest time of 21.51 that keeps Dermot top of his category table. Next up was Richie Bresnan in the men’s senior category in a time of 24.48, who just got in front of Tommy Byrnes with a time of 24.49. It was a close shave indeed. Keith Coyle who was misfortunate to pick up a 30 second penalty finished in a time of 25.12. Martina Byrnes is still showing good form with a time of 26.42 and shares top of the table with Shiela Clavin. Richie English who is showing fantastic improvements every week came in with a very good time of 27.04.

The Club Swim hour continues every Wednesday morning at 7am. Men’s meet and train will hold a 3k-time trial in the complex track on Wednesday night at 8 pm. All are welcome and a good nights training is guaranteed for all levels and ability.

The ladies meet and train continues with large numbers every Tuesday Night at 7pm and all are welcome to join in.

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Arravale Rovers Juveniles

Our U14 Feile Hurlers played Kickhams in the West U14 Feile Final on Wednesday, May 1 on a score line of Arravale Rovers 0.4 Kickhams 0.3.

The match was expected to be the hardest match so far for the team after beating Clonoulty, Cashel and Emly/Treacyy’s by more the 10 points each in the earlier rounds. The team went into the game in confident and good spirits and knew that they had every chance of winning. Arravale were slow to get going as the team looked a bit nervous. Kickhams raced into a 2-point lead but were eventually pegged back as Arravale levelled matters with scores coming from Cormac Maher and Darren O Dwyer. Just before half time Kickhams scored another point to go 3 points to 2 points ahead.

After the half time break Arravale upped their work rate immensely and consequently held Kickhams score less. Cormac Maher scored a great point to draw us level and Darren O Dwyer struck the winning point with only minutes remaining. When the final whistle went there was great scenes of celebrations as the boys had completed the double in football and hurling.

It was a great team display with massive displays from our half back line of Conor Leahy, Conal Donovan and Matthew Moroney these boys have been playing very well in all the matches their catching, striking and fierce work rate is a joy to watch. In mid-field Cormac Maher and captain Nathan Murphy Crowe never stopped running and tackling with both playing a massive part in winning. In the forward line Fergus Halligan, Jack Lowry and Darren O Dwyer won ball after ball and set up play throughout the match. It was a superb performance by the whole team but stand out players were both Cormac Maher and Darren O Dwyer getting 2 points each.

Great credit goes to the coaches, parents and the boys themselves for all the hard work and great effort throughout.

Also, Arravale would like to say a big thanks to Eoin Kennedy and Tom O Donnell West U14 coaches as we have had 9 players training with the west team at times during the winter. We had to change our jersey in accordance with the rules and we used the Abbey CBS jerseys and we would like to thank the Abbey CBS. It was very appreciated by the club.

Arravale played Kilruane Macdonough’s (County champions) in the county semi-final. The Arravale team were missing some key players due to injury so it was always going to be a difficult for all the players. Final score read Arravale Rovers 0.2 Kilruane MacDonaghs 2.8.

Hard luck boys but every player in the panel can keep his head up as they all have done the club proud in getting this far.

Our U12 D Footballers played Kickhams in the West semi final in Golden. The final score was Kickhams 8-3 Arravale Rovers 3-0. The whole team tried hard but were beaten by the better team. Adam O Donnell and Jack English in the backs and Eoghan Lonergan and Eamon Ryan at midfield played well. Patrick O Donnell also had a good game. Our scores came from Diarmuid Cummins, Eoghan Lonergan and Eammon Ryan. The club and team would like to thank everyone for all the support on the night.

Our U16 Footballers played Cashel in Cashel on Monday April 29. The final score was Arravale Rovers 4.9 Cashel 2.6. The match was a close affair with the result in doubt up to the final minutes. There were numerous changes to the Arravale team from the last game and the players took their chance and played very well.

On Saturday last, our under 10’s travelled to Thurles for an U10 Hurling Blitz. The boys had a very enjoyable morning of hurling and got to meet Tipperary Senior Hurler Brendan Maher who launched the Cul Camps 2013. 14 boys turned out on Saturday and we split the players into 2 teams. Each team got to play in a group of 4, guaranteeing 3 matches. Both teams played very well on the day; the conditions were good, dry but a strong wind gusting across the field. All Richie’s hard work is paying off with some very skilful performances throughout.

Thanks to our coaches Billy, Will, Aaron and Owen and to all of the parents for driving to Thurles.

There is no training next Saturday as the Holy Communion is on in Tipperary Town. The club would like to wish the boys and their families a great day and hopefully the weather will oblige. Training continues as usual on Saturday, May 18.