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A truly historic day is in store this Sunday, the 21st of March, from 2pm in the clubhouse as the official launch takes places of "Smith O'Brien GAA Club, Development Plan 2010 - 2015". The plan has being constructed by the clubs development sub committee, chaired by Michael Culhane, over the last 14 months.
Uachtrain Cumann Lúthchleas Gael, Christy O Cooney will be present to launch this progressive, innovative and community based plan.
Music and entertainment will be provided by the young Scór na Paisti, Shannon Folk and the All Ireland Setting Dancing Champions from Bridgetown. There is an open invite to every member in the Killaloe - Bridgetown - O'Brien's Bridge parish to attend this information based event.
Refreshments and food will be provided. The development plan will be available for download from www.smithobriens.com on Monday next.
The Under-21 hurlers will take on Ballyea in the 1/4 final of the B championship this Sunday the 21st of March at noon in Meelick.The team has being training exceptionally hard over the last two months and has won 6 from 6 challenge matches, with victories over Newmarket, Clonlara, Cratloe & more. Your attendance and support is appreciated.
Training will resume for U’6, U’8, U10 and U’12 hurlers in Smith O’Brien’s hurling field on Tuesday 23rd March next at 5.30 pm. New players welcome.
The results for the Scór na Paisti held in the club house recently were as follows:
Figure Dancing 1st Place. Luke Morris Mills, Aoife Daly, Eirin Flaherth, Weronicia Czekalska, Finton Cahill
Solo Singing 1st Aoife Daly 2nd Angela Seymour 3rd Finton Cahill
Recitation 1st Aoife Daly 2nd Laura O’Donoghue
Ballad Group 1st place Michelle Rodgers,Laura Donoghue,Lydia Hayes and Katie Donoghue
1st Place Rachel Daly, Weronika Czekalska, Aoife Daly
2nd Place Emma Geraghty, Rachel Daly, Susan Daly.
3rd Place Jennifer Rodgers, Nicole Foley, Ciana Brett.
1st Place ::Michelle Rodgers,Laura Donoghue,Lydia Hayes and Katie Donoghue
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Please remember to join us in the clubhouse from 8-9:30pm on this Friday the 26th of Feb and sign up on our official membership night. The membership subscription for the year is €30 for single person, €50 for a couple and €10 for an underage member. Players and mentors involved with any team must join on this night as part of the new Croke Park membership data base.
The Junior B footballers represented Clare in the munster championship last weekend in Knockaderry.
The team battled bravely but suffered a 0-7 to 0-5 defeat to Dromcollagher-Broadford of Limerick
The U21 hurlers have played four recent challenge matches and are undefeated to date.
They are due to play the winners of Tubber and Ballyea in the championship.
Our u 14 ‘s have resumed training on Monday nights at 8 pm in the all weather pitch at Sean Choill near Parteen . They face a busy year ahead with the under 14 championship starting in April and the Feile competition which will take place in June.
The local scor competition is to be held in the clubhouse on Sunday 7th March next at 2pm. It involves music, Irish dancing, set dancing , recitation, quiz and Novelty act. All primary school children who are members of the club may compete. Any enquiries should be made to Mary O’Donoghue at 087 0560240.
Under 12 Hurling Championship
We took part in a very competitive Under 12B Championship this year. We progressed through to a semi-final against Feakle Killenana. We battled to the end but the opposition proved too strong on the day Among those who took part were the following : Seamus Monaghan, Declan Power, Declan McCarthy, Keely Power, Cathal Stritch, Mike O’Shea, Marcus Hession, Eddie Bourke, Oisin Moloney, Paddy Goff, David O’Shea, Gearoid Reddy, Stephen Howard, Evan McNamara, Colin Balfe, Niall Moloney, Donal Watson and Shane Reddy.
While it was disappointing to exit at the Semi-Final stage we can nevertheless feel proud of the effort that was made and the great wins we had along the way. 2009 finished on a high for the Under 12’s when we met Parteen in a memorial hurling tournament for the late Ian Higgins. It was a great final with thanks due to our hosts for their excellent organisation – the cup was presented to Smith O’Briens captain on the day Shane Reddy.
Under 13 Hurling Tournament October 2009
This competition has us teamed with Clonlara, Wolfe Tones and Sixmilebridge. We qualified for the semi-final when we lost to eventual winners St Josephs Doora Barefield following successes against Shannon and Sixmilebridge.
Smith O'Brien’s Claim Junior B Football Crown
After many years of trying, Smith O'Brien’s finally captured the County JBFC title with a victory over St. Breckans, at a sunny Eire Óg venue, on October 31st. While predominantly a hurling club, Smith O'Brien’s have entered a football team at Junior 'B' grade for several years, and have been making steady progress in recent times. The team was beaten by Ennistymon in a replay in last years final, so a determined effort was evident from the start of this year to take the title.
The year got off to a winning start in mid July, when we accounted for Shannon Gaels in the first group game, on a scoreline of 2-09 to 0-09. The second game against Moy was most noted for the comeback in
Smith O'Brien’s colours, of Munster and Ireland rugby star Anthony Foley. 'Axel' made an immediate impact, scoring two goals in our 2-11 to 0-04 victory. Having received a walkover against Clonbony, our final group game was against St. Senans of Kilkee, who we dispatched by 2-15 to 0-04.
This brought us to a quarter final date against Kilmurry-Ibrickane which proved to be a nail-biting affair. After being several points down late in the game, a last minute Paul McEvoy goal gave us a 2-07 to 0-11 win. Our semi-final against Kildysart was a dogged affair, which we eventually won by 1-10 to 1-05.
The final against St. Breckans was played in ideal conditions, if not in an ideally prepared pitch. Despite dominating possession, we were not converting enough chances, and led at half time by just 1-03 to 0-04. St. Breckans came back strongly early in the second half but we stepped up a gear and eventually pulled away to win by 3-07 to 0-06. On the day, the team was best served by Brian Scanlan, Trevor Howard and John Culhane in defence, Paul McKeogh at center field, and Kevin McCarthy and Shane Byrnes in attack.
After the game, Co. Board chairman Michael O'Neill presented the cup to team captain, John Cusack. The Club now looks forward to competing at Junior 'A' level, next year
Minor B Hurling
The minor hurlers had a good run in the minor ‘B’ hurling championship, only losing twice all year, including a semi final defeat to Balleya. The year started with a defeat to Tulla/Bodyke in Killaloe by a seven point margin. They then got their first victory in a toughly fought game against Wolfe Tones in Shannon, eventually pulling away to win by six points thanks to two goals by Keith Stritch.
A home game against Clooney was next and some vital scores from Kevin Walsh and Mark O’ Halloran helped Smith O’Brien’s to a 5 point victory. Neighbours Clonlara were next in an anticipated contest which finished with Smith O’Brien’s coming out on top in a very tight game. Winning by three points, scores came from Keith Stritch, Kevin Walsh and Cian Moloney on a night where Michael Ryan was brilliant throughout.
A comfortable win over Whitegate followed with Christopher Monaghan getting a couple of goals and Keith Stritch grabbing 1-15 in a very good team performance. Much of the same followed the next day against the Scariff/Ogonelloe/Feakle amalgamation. Keith Stritch maintained his scoring prowess with another 15 points while Mark O’ Halloran hit a couple of points. Mark McInerney and Mark Stritch also put in good performances.
An epic battle against Tubber/Killenena came next in the quarter finals. Smith O ‘Brien’s got off to a flying start against the strong amalgamation. Mark Stritch hit the opening point as Killaloe raced into a five point lead. Tubber/Killenna crawled back into the game with a lot of frees. A point separated the teams at half time. The second half was tit for tat with a great battle between Clare Under 21 All Ireland winner Pat O’Connor and Keith Stritch. A goal for Tubber seemed to end Killaloes’ championship but deep into injury time a Keith Stritch free sent the game to extra time.
In extra time 14 year olds Noel McInereny and David Gough proved the difference McInereny pointing near the sideline and Gough with a close range effort. Keith Stritch chipped in with two others to seal a four point win. Best on the day were Michael Ryan, Christopher Balfe, Mark McInerney, Keith and Mark Stritch and Noel McInerney.
The semi final was a disappointing end to a good year. Keith Stritch was a big loss due to a broken finger and a five point defeat to eventual championship winners Balleya followed. The game was always been chased by Smith O ‘Brien’s when they went four points to no score down. A second half comeback looked on when Noel McInerney goaled but time ran out and Smith O ‘Brien’s were out on a score line of 1-15 to 1-10. Kevin Walsh was brilliant throughout aided by Alan Lyons, Luke Hessian and Noel McInereny
The Senior hurling team had a mixed campaign through out the year. The two main objectives at the start of the year, to gain promotion in the league and qualify from their group to reach the county quarter final, were not successfully met.
The Clare Cup league campaign finished with a total of six wins and three losses. The losses came at the hands of Killanena, Broadford and Scarriff. The last game of the group stages was at home to Scarriff and the loss resulted in failure to remain in contention for promotion.
In the championship group stages defeats were suffered at the hands of Clooney-Quin, Crusheen & Kilmaley. A one point win over Corofin in Tulla, proved to be the highlight, a last minute Pat Vaughan goal sealed the win. A playoff loss against Corofin meant a dreaded relegation semi final versus Scariff. The team battled hard and John Cusack sent over a last minute 65’ to seal another tight one point win, and retain the clubs senior status for the coming year.
Senior Hurling Championship
15/5/09 Milich Mac Gabh.Ui Bhriain 1-11 3-18 Cluain Aodha-Cuinche
30/5/09 Tulach Mac Gabh.Ui Bhriain 3-8 2-10 Cora Finne
14/8/09 Dr.Abh.Ui gCearnaigh Mac Gabh.Ui Bhriain 2-13 3-17 Croisín
19/9/09 Dr.Abh.Ui gCearnaigh Mac Gabh.Ui Bhriain 1-09 1-16 Cill Mhaile
3/10/09 Dr.Abh.Ui gCearnaigh Mac Gabh.Ui Bhriain 0.09 3.07 Cora Finne (Playoff)
18/10/09 Tulach Mac Gabh.Ui Bhriain 2-12 1-14 An Scairbh*
*(Relegation Semi Final)
Senior Hurling League (Divison 2B)
22/3/09 Cill Da Lua Mac Gabh.Ui Bhriain 1-17 0-11 Inis Diomain
11/4/09 Cill Da Lua Mac Gabh.Ui Bhriain 2-20 0-14 Dr.Abh.Ui gCearnaigh
18/4/09 Tuath O'gConaile Mac Gabh.Ui Bhriain 3-12 2-10 Tuath O'gConaile
4/5/09 Cill An Aonaigh Mac Gabh.Ui Bhriain 2-6 1-13 Cill An Aonaigh
6/6/09 Fiachoill Mac Gabh.Ui Bhriain 1-25 1-13 An Fiachoill
13/6/09 Luban Duige Mac Gabh.Ui Bhriain 2-22 0-11 Luban Duige
28/6/09 Cill Da Lua Mac Gabh.Ui Bhriain 2-18 0-7 Clar Atha Da Corradh
4/7/09 Ath Leathan Mac Gabh.Ui Bhriain 1-12 0-18 Ath Leathan
14/7/09 Cill Da Lua Mac Gabh.Ui Bhriain 2-9 1-19 An Scairbh
U-21 A Hurling
17/3/09 Ath Leathan:
Mac Gabh.Ui Bhriain/Fiachoill-Cill An Aonaigh 2-9 0-14 Cluain Lara
29/3/09 Sionna :
Mac Gabh.Ui Bhriain/Fiachoill/Cill An Aonaigh 2-9 3-10 Croisín (Quarter Final)
U-21 C Hurling
14/3/09 Scairbh Mac Gabh.Ui Bhriain 1-14 4-10 M.Ui Cheallachain
Minor B Hurling Championship
26/6/09 Killaloe Smith O’Briens 2-07 4-06 Tulla/Bodyke
3/7/09 Wolfe Tones Smith O’Briens 3-12 1-12 Wolfe Tones
10/7/09 Killaloe Smith O’Briens 0-14 0-09 Clooney/Quin
24/7/09 Clonlara Smith O’Briens 0-11 0-09 Clonlara
30/7/09 Whitegate Smith O’Briens 2-27 1-07 Whitegate
4/9/09 Ogonnelloe Smith O’Briens 0-27 1-08 Scariff/Ogonnelloe/Feakle
JB Hurling Championship
25/7/09 Tulach Mac Gabh.Ui Bhriain 1-10 1-12 An Tobar
15/8/09 Scairbh Mac Gabh.Ui Bhriain 2-8 1-11 Cill An Aonaigh
23/8/09 Scairbh Mac Gabh.Ui Bhriain 1-12 2-6 Cill An Aonaigh (Replay)
29/8/09 Ballyline Mac Gabh.Ui Bhriain 1-11 3-8 Cluain Boine
JB Football Championship
20/7/09 Cill Da Lua Mac Gabh.Ui Bhriain 2-9 0-9 Gael na Sionna
2/8/09 Gurteen Mac Gabh.Ui Bhriain 2-11 0-4 Maigh
20/9/09 Ballyline Mac Gabh.Ui Bhriain 2-15 2-04 Naomh Seannain
26/9/09 Coillte Mac Gabh.Ui Bhriain 2.07 0.11 Cill M.Ui Bhreacain (Quarter Final)
10/10/09 Tulach Mac Gabh.Ui Bhriain 1-10 1-5 Cill An Disirt (Semi Final)
31/10/09 Eire Og Mac Gabh.Ui Bhriain 3-7 0-6 Naomh Breacain (County Final)
The Senior hurlers face Crusheen this Friday 14th August in the third round of the hurling championship. To date they have recorded one win and suffered on loss to Corofin & Clooney-Quin respectively. All support much appreciated
The Junior B footballers have started the championship campaign well with two wins from two played. Moy were beaten in Gurteen by 2-11 to 0-4, with former Munster Captain, Anthony Foley bagging the goals. In the first round Shannon Gaels were beaten in Killaloe 2-9 to 0-9.
The Junior hurlers lost the county Junior A league semi final to St Josephs Doora Barefiled They were also defeated in the first round of the Junior B championship by Tubber. The Under 16 hurlers have qualified for the A division county semi final. They defeated Eire Óg in Killaloe 3-14 to 0-14. Well done to their management of Arthur Stritch, Charlie O Connor & Robert McNamara. The team is assisted by five Broadford players.
The minors are hoping to qualify for a county B semi final in the coming weeks. They have some group games left and have recorded a recent win over Whitegate.
Corofin rue missed frees as Killaloe snatch dramatic lifeline win.
County senior hurling championship rd 2
SMITH O BRIENS............3-8
By Michael O Connor.
A gem of a game. This outing in Tulla will be chronicled in depth by few when the 2009 hurling year is researched in November yet it had all the positives required for a championship game with the loser out of contention facing relegation and for the winner hopes of better days to come in August. Passion was on display from the opening exchanges. Two goals after five minutes from Kevin Heagney and Liam Walsh allied to an opening minute Neil Killeen points plus a 6th minute Walsh point had the sides level. The ball flowed from end to end and whilst mistakes were made the game was all the more entertaining even though hurling purists may disagree. Patrick Aherne struck for the second Killaloe goal with Corofin corner forward Donnacha Kelleher responding with a point to leave the East Clare side three clear at the end of the first 15 minutes action. Liam Walsh, Kevin Heagney and Gerry Quinn tagged on points as Quinn missed four first half frees to leave Corofin two behind, (2-3) to (1-4) after 18 minutes. A minute later a well finished goal by Heagney swung the game Corofin’s way 23rd and 26th minute scores from Heagney and Pat Vaughan allowed Corofin a one point advantage, (2-5) to (2-4) at the break but the predict the winner at this stage would have been foolhardy in the extreme. Four quickly snapped scores seven minutes into the second half with both sides grabbing a brace of scores. Shane O Brien, John Cusack and Heagney (2 frees) were the target men. Liam Walsh levelled proceedings after 41 minutes but two scores from Quinn and Heagney restored a two point lead with 13 minutes to go. Killaloe emptied their bench as John Cusack cut the deficit to the minimum in the 55th minute. When Eamonn Dunne became only the fourth Corofin scorer after 58 minutes it appeared as if the North Clare side would hold out yet a fatal twist in the story was coming for one side. Three minutes of sustained pressure by Killaloe on the Corofin goal appeared ended as Gerry Quinn raced out but lost out possession. The ball was sent in one last time broke in the square and Pat Vaughan was on hand to billow the net to seal a late late one point win for Killaloe as Corofin were effectively removed from this years championship. Best for the winners were John Culhane, Mark McInerney, Seamus Gleeson, Pat Vaughan, John Cusack and Liam Walsh. Corofin could ironically have won two games in the championship with preparation and good fortune and now they are on the sidelines. Kevin Heagney scored the biggest personal tally of the weekend but it was not enough.
SMITH O BRIENS: Mark McInerney, Michael Flynn, Shane Touhy, John Culhane, Paul McKeogh, Seamus Gleeson, Trevor Howard, Pat Vaughan (1-1), Liam Walsh (1-4), Sean Conway, John Cusack (0-2), Kevin Stritch, Shane O Brien (0-1), Kevin McCarthy, Patrick Aherne (1-0). Subs: Kevin Walsh for McCarthy, Willie Neary for Conway,
COROFIN: John Williams, Shane Neylon, Luke O Loughlin, Paudie Barry, Martin Tierney, Gerry Quinn (0-2), Darragh Shannon, Ollie O Loughlin, Michael Shannon, John Shannon, Declan Lee, Neil Killeen (0-1), Donnacha Kelleher (0-1), Kevin Heagney (2-5), Eamonn Dunne (0-1),
U-21A Amalgamation Knock Out Champs
The Under 21 amalgamation of Smith O’Briens/Feakle/Killanena had a great win in the first round of
the knock out championship in Broadford on St. Patricks day. Clonlara were odds on favorites to retain
their title with only one player overage from last year’s victorious team. However a very determined effort
with no little skill put pay to that idea. Playing into a fresh breeze in the first half SOB/F/K trailed by 0-8
to 0-3 when a 21 yard free was awarded just before half time. No one in the crowd thought about going
for goal except the man standing over the ball, which Liam Walsh blasted to the roof of the Clonlara net.
This was to give the team great hope for the second half.
In a very tight affair SOB/F/K got off to a great start in the second half with the first score to narrow the
gap to one point. The game remained close throughout with Liam Walsh and Anthony O Sullivan
landing monster points from long range to put SOB/F/K in front. Pat Vaughan was causing more trouble
at the edge of the square for John Moloney, while the corner forward looked dangerous in this two
man full forward line. Nicky O Connell added a free to draw the game with time almost up, however
the team fought hard and got the winning score on the board for an historic win.
Membership Renewals Now Due
All members are called to renew their membership if this has not already being done. The cost is €30
or just €50 for a couple. All players must be paid up members before attending training or playing
John Meskell is the new man in charge of the senior hurling team. A very successful member of the
Ahane club in Limerick, everyone in the club wishes John the best for the year. Brendan Foley
is a selector. Training has resumed back several weeks ago, with the first match versus Ennistymon
in the Clare Cup round 1 in Killaloe this Sunday (22nd March).
The clubhouse development has reached the home straight after all the work done in the last year or so.
The doors have being re enforced and a kitchen installed in the main room. Storage for training equipment
has also being added,
U-21 C Teams Bow out to the Mills
The under 21 C team was knocked out of the championship by the mills recently. Losing by five points two late goals saw off the Smith O Briens challenge.
Smith O’Briens Minor Club
Fashion Show Success
The Killaloe Fashion Extravaganza in aid of Smith O’Briens Minor Club held in the Lakeside Hotel on Friday 14th November was an extremely successful event, raising €8,500 for the club. But the real success of the evening was the very evident sense of community spirit, the community involvement and support.
A very sincere thank you to all, for your sponsorship, participation, assistance and support.
Minor Club A.G.M.
The annual general meeting of Smith O Briens minor club was held recently.
The following officers were elected for the coming year:
President: Pat McNamara;
Chairman: Arthur Stritch; Vice Chairman: Brendan Foley;
Secretary: Antoinette Ryan; Assistant Secretary: Majella O’Brien;
Treasurer: Deirdre Lyons; Assistant Treasurer: Ann Balfe;
PRO: Sinéad McNamara;
Child Protection Officer: Ber McInerney;
Equipment Officer: Pa Vaughan;
Development Officer: Arthur Stritch;
County Board Delegate; Pa Vaughan.
The mentors of the various age groups for 2009 are as follows:
U6’s and U8’s: Pa Sheedy and Mary O’Donoghue;
U10’s and 12’s: Moss O Shea, Mick Gough, Paul Power and Derry O’Leary;
U14’s: Pat Reddan;
U16 and Minor: Arthur Stritch, Charlie Power and Robert McNamara.
Junior B Football Final Replay
The Junior B footballers were beaten by Ennistymon in the county final replay. A great start saw Smith O'Briens go into a four point lead after ten minutes, with Anthony O Sullivan & Brian MCKeogh prominent in attack. A speculative shot for a point dropped into the top corner to give Ennsitymon an ill deserved goal. They rallied and fired sucessive points within a minute to take a shock lead. The West Clare men packed the defence in the second half and tried to score on the break. With little or no room Smith O Briens struggled to score in the second half. In the end Ennistymon emerged deserving winners by 5 points, 2-5 to 0-6. Commiserations to all involved after a gallant effort all year and a final loss to last years beaten finalists.
Congratulations to the minor club who staged an extremely successful fashion show in the Lakeside hotel, Ballina last Friday night. Tony O Brien acted as MC for the night. Over four hundred tickets were sold prior to the event. A wine and cheese reception was held before the show. While a make over was also performed during the show with great results. Thank you to all the glamourous models and local shops for supporting the event so whole heartedly. Well done to all involved.
Junior B Football Final
The Junior B footballers drew in their county final clash with Ennistymon last week. Goalkeeper Eugene Cusack made a great penalty save in the first half, while Stephen McCarthy was the top scorer with three points. The replay is due to take place this Saturday in Tulla at 2pm.
Team: Eugene Cusack, Eoin Ryan, Willie Neary, Brian Scanlan, Liam Walsh, John Cusack, Trevor Howard, Paul McKeogh, Shane Burns, Brian McKeogh, Kevin McCarthy, Anthony O Sullivan, Keith Stritch, Pat Minouge & Stephen MCarthy. The team is managed by Paul McCarthy & Eddie Rosney.
Thank you to all who supported our recent grey hound race night in Limerick greyhound stadium. The night was a great sucess socially while also raising vital funds for the clubs development account.
Greyhound Race Night
The club will be holding its biggest social and fundraising night of the year in Limerick greyhound stadium on October 16th. All players, members and local people are urged to attend what promises to be a great event and the highlight of the club year. Tickets are available locally and can be obtained from any committee member. The purpose of this event is to help boost the field development account, which will enable us to apply for further lotto support. The club has many key projects planned for the coming years. The importance & value of this work can be observed with the upgrade of the club house in the last year at a cost of E30k. All support appreciated!
Senior B Quarter Final
Played on a dry September 28th evening in Meelick, Smith O'Briens took on 2006 county champions Wolfe Tones of Shannon. As has being the story all year, an injury depleted panel lined out on the day and gave their all. Daithi O Connell was causing trouble for the Smith O Briens full back line and had scored a goal and set up another in the opening thirty. Despite this Smith O Briens were very much in the game, with Trevor Howard outstanding at centre back, Shane Toughy keeping Frank Lohan scoreless, Brian McInerney breaking even with county captain BOC in the middle and Ian O Halloran containing Declan O'Rourke. Trailing at the break 2-6 to 0-6, Smith O Briens made the tactial switch of playing a two man full forward line in the second half. It seemed to make a big difference to general play. Liam Walsh swept up plenty of ball around the middle, with Brian McKeogh and Pa Vaughan also prominent. Kevin McCarthy & Pat Minouge played in the full forward line with John Cusack switching to centre forward. A late surge of two goals saw the gap narrowed, but a killer third goal for the Tones at the very start of the second half, possibly made the gap to big to recover. Time was against an on top Smith O Briens, who finished the season on the up after 3 crushing early loses, losing to the Tones 3-8 to 2-9.
Championship Hurling Round 4
Despite trailing by two points at the halfway stage, the Senior hurlers rallied in the second half to condemn Ogonelloe to a bitter relagation play off. Both teams felt their Senior status was very much on the line in this game and this was witnessed in the tense affair on a dry Whitegate sod. Flan Reilly dominated proceedings with his whistle happy approach in the first half, an 0-8 to 0-6 half time scoreline (6 of Ogonelloes points coming from placed balls). Although Smith O Briens went on to get one or two dubious frees in the second half. Pat Minouge was dangerous at the edge of square with his strength under the high ball causing many problems. Indeed he won the vital penalty from which John Cusack scored the winning goal, in this manner. The sides were close when this vital scored was atained half way through the second half.
With Trevor Howard, Brian & Paul McKeogh and Shane Tuoghy doing well in defence, Pat Vaughan tagged four vital points from play throughout. Vaughan also just missed the net after first timing following two hand passes by Minouge and Patrick Aherne. Ogonelloe as always battled to the end and ensured some tense final moments, but when Liam "Goose" Walsh blocked down a late shot on goal, it was set to be Smith O'Briens day. Final Score 1-14 to 0-13.
Championship Hurling Round 3
After a close 3 point lose to Scarriff last weekend in Whitegate, Smith O Briens face their most important match of the year to date verus neighbours Ogonelloe. The prize at stake for the winners is retention of Senior status, while the loser faces a relagation semi final.
A very important day in the clubs history occurred last week, as a new club constitution was brought into effect. A special general meeting took place in the club house and the constitution was passed by vote after a brief presentation. Club Constitution download
Congratulations to Phil Healy who scooped the lotto jackpot of E5,400 recently. The winning numbers were drawn in Walshs bar. His wife Breda collected the cheque on his behalf at last weeks draw in Reddans bar. The club would like to thank all those who buy and sell tickets weekly.
The senior hurlers lost to near neighbours Clonlara in round two of the group stages. An early Donal Madden goal put the Clonlara men ahead but Smith O' Briens narrowed the gap to trail by one point at half time, 1-5 to 0-7. The wet conditions in Meelick suited neither team and Clonlara got the fast start to the second half which Smith O'Briens required. A scrappy Tommy Lynch goal killed the game off before a late Kevin McCarthy consolation goal. Final score: Clonlara 2-14 Smith O Briens 1-11.
Junior B Hurling Championship
The Junior hurlers are out of the Junior B hurling championship after losing to Tulla in Scarriff in the first round. Report coming soon.
Clare Cup: Senior Hurling League
With three games remaining in the league and several teams still in contention, three victories would have sealed promotion to division 2A. The league campaign drew to a close with wins over Broadford and Kilmaley, and a loss to promotion rivals Corofin. In Killaloe on the 8th of July near neighbours Broadford were defeated on a scoreline of 1-14 to 0-11. A poor first half performance in Kilmaley a week later on the 15th July saw Smith O Briens trail by four points at the switch of ends. Without several players due to injury, the team rallied after conceeding an early goal in the second half to secure a late one point victory: 1-16 to 2-12.
This set up an all to play for clash with Corofin in the ninth and final round, a win meaning promotion for Smith O Briens. Played in Corofin on the 23rd July both teams were under strength for this clash. Daragh Clancy & Gerry Quinn both not lining out for their club due to County committments. In an even first half the teams traded points all through. Smith O'Briens squandered one or two good goal chances in this half. Corofin managed to grab a late first half goal to give them a lead of 1-8 to 0-8. In a sluggish and low scoring second half both teams struggled, again some poor shooting by the forwards proved costly. Corofin hung on to win by 1-12 to 0-11 and condemn Smith O 'Briens to another year in division 2B.
Féile Brian Ború
The Smith O' Brien's senior hurlers contested the annual feile Brian Boru cup in Ballina on a sun splashed Saturday evening. Watched by a large crowd a lively encounter was served up by both sides. Despite
trailing at the break by three points, Ballina emerged victorious 3-9 to 1-17. Dragon Boat Success
The annual dragon boat festival races saw a large crowd of entrants and spectators despite the awful conditions. The Smith O' Brien's team completed an unprecedented three in a row. On the path to the final,
"A shower of wasters" and "The Anchor" team led by Stephen McCarthy were put to the sword in convincing fashion. In a fiercely contested final they just saw off previous winners Liam O'Riains, who finished strongly. Team: Eoin Ryan, Aidan McKeogh, Dwayne Sheedy, Patrick Aherne, Martin Haugh, Shane Toughy, Brian Hogan, Jason Monaghan (Capt).
Senior Hurling Championship
Smith O Brien's poor start was the major factor in them losing to Crusheen in the first round of the hurling championship in Cusack park Ennis. Trailing 2-1 to 0-0 after six minutes Smith O Brien's faced a mountainous task to come back. Both sides were not at full strength for this tie, with Smith Brien's particularly hit with injuries. Determined play saw an eight point deficit cut to three points on two occasions, but each time Crusheen replied to re open the gap. Anthony Sullivan managing to scramble the ball to the Crusheen net for Smith O Brien's sole goal. The final score: Crusheen 2-14 Smith Brien's 1-11.
The senior hurlers take on Crusheen in the championship first round this Friday the 7th June in Cusack Park Ennis. All support is welcomed. See the Clare champion for throw in time. (Probable 7 :30pm)
The recently formed field committee has commenced work on the club grounds and surrounding areas. The club premises are very well kept as a result. Much work is planned over the coming month. Work commences every Wednesday from 7pm for approx. 2 hours, all are welcome to help out. Contact Tony O'Brien for more details.
The Clubhouse Development is in its final stage with new showers being installed in the home dressing room. Great credit is due to all the volunteers especially Michael Crotty & Joseph Furlong.
The club is currently seeking input from club members and supporters regarding future developments of the grounds. Examples of possible development work are: erecting a stand / playing wall, floodlighting the pitch etc. Please send your comments and suggestions to club secretary, Martin Furlong, 2 Main Street,O' Brien's Bridge Co. Clare by June 20th.
The U-14 hurlers narrowly lost out in the 'C' county final during the week. More details to follow soon.
Senior Hurling Championship Draw 08'
Tulla, Wolfe Tones, Ballyea,Newmarket-On-Fergus, Inagh/Kilnamona
Sixmilebridge, Tubber, St. Joesphs D/B, Cratloe, Corofin
Clarecastle, Eire Og,O. C. Mills, Clooney-Quin, Kilmaley
Crusheen, Clonlara, Scariff, Ogonelloe, Smith O Briens
The club is holding it annual race night in Walsh's Bar this coming Friday, the 7th of March at 9pm. Horses can be bought off any senior player, club officer or committee member, for a price of €20. Members, supporters and locals are encouraged to come along, enjoy the night and have a flutter on the tote.
U-21 Hurling Championship
The first round of the hurling championship is due to take place on St. Patrick day. The team is in the "B" division and have being drawn to face Corofin.
Minor Hurling League
The minor hurlers turned in two good performances in the league recently. They were however just pipped in both games, going down to Parteen/Meelick and losing to Sixmilebridge by 2 points.
The club wishes to thank all those who attended its annual registration night in the club house recently. Membership is still open, with single membership costing €30 while a couple rate of €50 is available. All players must be paid members in order to train or play with the club! Contact any committee member or officer of the club to join
The development of the club facilities is winding down after a hectic few months.
The car park within the club grounds is finished. Work is coming to a finish on the newly refurbished dressing rooms. The meeting room has being painted with heaters installed. Many local community groups are set to avail of this superb facility
Club members, players and supporters are encouraged to check out the clubs website and its online lotto at: www.smithobriens.com This weeks jackpot is €3,000 with five €30 lucky dips also drawn every week. Tickets cost only €2 and are available in shops and bars in Killaloe, Bridgetown, O’Brien’s Bridge & Ballina
The club will be holding its annual registration night in the club house on Tuesday the 12th February
from 6:30pm until 8:30pm. All players must be full members before they can play for the club
and must join on the night. Single membership is €30 while a couple rate of €50 is available.
All of last year’s members are encouraged to come all on the night and renew their membership
for the coming year.
The exciting development of the club facilities continues at a fast pace. The car park within
the club grounds is nearing completion. Work is coming to a finish on the newly refurbished
dressing rooms. While the meeting room floor is almost complete and will serve as a superb facility
for the GAA club and the wider Killaloe Parish as a whole. Great credit is due to all the local
volunteers for their great efforts over the last year or so.
The Senior and Junior hurling panels have resumed training under the watchful eye of manager
Anthony Rodgers. The selectors for the coming year are: John Howard, Johnny Healy, Eddie
Rosney, John Sheedy and Eddie Rosney Jnr. For any interested players who wish to return
they are encouraged to come along. Training is on Tuesday and Friday (7:30pm) and Sunday
(9am). For more details contact one of the management team.
The club suffered a tragic loss of the Christmas period of well known local women, Mary Howard.
The club once again extends its sympathies to the Howard family. Mary was a much loved friend
and member of the club, serving on the senior club committee last year.
The Smith O Brien’s GAA club AGM was held in the Kincora Hall hotel on Tuesday the 27th of November 2007. A very large crowd of players and members were in attendance. A review of the up and down year was presented in the chairman and secretaries reports. Treasure John Culhane presented a detailed financial report. It is clear from the ever increasing costs of running the club that a more serious approach to fundraising is required from everyone in the club. The under 14 and under 16 teams were congratulated on winning their respective county titles in hurling and football.
The out going executive of Naoise Lawlor (Chairman), Martin Furlong (Secretary) and John Culhane (Treasurer) was retained. Club President is Father Grace while Séan Kierse is the Honorary Life President. Michael Culhane was retained as club Vice Chairman, Lucy Flynn continues to be the club registrar likewise Patrick Aherne as PRO. Pat Reddan was elected as assistant treasure. The previous year’s committee were retained while some new faces include, Kevin McCarthy, Seamus Gleeson, Derry O’Leary and Anthony Rodgers.
Out going senior hurling manager Michael Culhane stepped down and Anthony Rodgers was elected to the post unopposed. The U-21 hurling manager’s position was temporarily left vacant as the club awaits a possible restructuring of this competition. Paul McCarthy and Eddie Rosney were appointed as the Junior Football management team. While Paul also handles the Junior Hurlers along with Conor Hayes.
After defeats to both Ogonelloe and Ballyea, the senior hurlers faced the grim task of trying to retain their senior status. The seasoned campaigners that are Kilnamona, put up a good effort but on the day Smith O'Briens ran out comfortable winnners.
After going down by three points, (1-15 to 2-9) to Ogonelloe in last weeks encounter in Scariff, both sides meet again this Saturday (22nd) at the same venue to decide their Championship faith. Finishing level on points after the end of the group stage, the winners will go through to face the Mills in a Senior B 1/4 final, while the loser will face Ballyea in a relagation semi final. Throw in is at 3:30, and all support is welcome!
Its being a hectic few weeks for Smith O ' Briens GAA club. With plenty of action both on and off the field. The Seniors recorded their first championship win of the year against Tulla in a hard fought match in Scarriff. Trailing by a point (0-6 to 0-5) at half time, having played into the wind, Smith O'Briens were in a good position to mount a strong challenge in the second half. That they did and were ahead by two points with time running out.Tulla launched a late siege on the Smith O ' Briens goal but we held out for a valuable two point win.
They now face Ogonelloe this Saturday at 2:30pm in Scarriff. In a do or die game, both sides are battling to secure a spot in the Senior B quarter final, rather than face the daunting prospect of a relagation play off. Michael Culhane is out with a broken finger suffered in the Tulla game, while Shane O'Brien and Pat Vaughan return to the team, from holidays and illness respectively. All Support is appreciated!!!
The recent drive to upgrade the dressing rooms, resulted in the opening of marvellous new showers in the club house in Killaloe this week. Great credit must go to all involved, especially chairman Naoise Lawlor and all the tradesmen who helped out. Further work is planned and is underway at the moment.
The minor B hurlers lost out in the county quarter final to Corofin last week. Missing star forward Liam Walsh was a big blow, but the team have had a good year. Full match report on website next week.
The Senior Hurlers take on Tulla in a must win game this Saturday afternoon in Scariff. All Support is appreciated. Preparations had being going well, but recent injuries to Paul McKeogh (broken thumb) and Seamus Gleeson (dislocated shoulder) have reduced the team’s options somewhat.
The Junior B footballers have played two games in recent weeks. Taking on Kilmurry Ibrickane in Ballyline they took an early lead which was never in danger of being hauled in. A late goal for Kilmurry Ibrickane gave them some hope but time and the scoreboard were against them. Final Score Smith O’ Brien’s 0-8 Kilmurry Ibrickane 1-2. Team: Martin Haugh, Sean Conway, Seamus Gleeson, Brian Scanlan, Patrick Aherne, John Cusack, Shane Burns, Adrian Duhig, John Culhane, Shane McCarthy, Brian McKeogh, Paul McKeogh, Stephen McCarthy, Damien McCarthy & Dermot McCarthy
In the second group stage game they played East Clare rivals Meelick. In a poor affair the team never gelled as well as the Kilmurry game. The sharper Meelick team led by 5 points at the break with Smith O’ Brien’s waiting until the end of the half to get on the score board. An improvement was seen in the second half as a late surge capped off by an Anthony O Sullivan goal had the Meelick men rattled. However a serious injury to Seamus Gleeson overshadowed the final result, with the centre back now likely to miss the rest of the hurling campaign. Meelick held on for a deserved win by 3 points with Smith O’ Brien’s knowing an improvement is needed for their next game no matter the opposition.
Congratulations to the Junior B hurlers who won the league title in Broadford recently. They defeated Newmarket on Fergus in the semi final on a score line of 1-10 to 0-3, to set up the final show down against a highly rated Sixmilebridge team. With a nice blend of youth and experience the hurlers led throughout and won the final on a score line of: 2-12 to 1-8. A night of celebrations took place in Horans Bar in Bridgetown. With wins over Parteen and Ruan already secured their attention now returns to the Championship race.
The Minor Hurlers continue to impress in this years B Hurling Championship and look set to reach the knock out stages. Stay tuned for more updates.
The Senior Hurlers took on Scariff in Whitegate on the 6th August in a bid to retain their Clare Cup division 2A league status. After a mixed league campaign both sides were very determined to stay up. Smith O Brien’s held a slim lead throughout and led by the narrowest of margins at the break. A long range Willie Neary free went all the way to the net to regain the lead after Scariff had started the second half brightly. With two minutes of injury time played Smith O’ Brien’s led by two points. Heart break was to follow however as Scariff snatched a last gasp winning goal.
We are proud to announce that the clubs lotto is available to play online now!! Buy your ticket online today and you can enter multiple tickets in one draw, or play the same numbers for the full year, with special online reductions! So tell your family, friends and relatives living away from the parish, in Ireland or over sea's that its never been easier to support your club!
The Senior Hurlers take on local rivals Scarriff in the championship second round this thursday evening in Cusack Park Ennis at 7pm. A large crowd is encouraged to travel and offer their support
Brian McKeogh is set to make a return from injury for the Scariff game, while Trevor Howard has been ruled out with a fractured thumb. John Cusack has resumed training following a lengthy injury, while Paul McKeogh has rejoined the Senior Panel after returning from Australia.
Under 14 Hurlers Win 'B' Title
Fans were treated to a breath taking, whirlwind and heart stopping game of skill and determination by Smith O’Brien’s and Clonlara Under 14’s in the “B” championship final in Scariff. On a dreary Friday evening with a fresh wind at their backs and led by the inspirational captain Micheal Ryan, Smith O’Brien’s lead by 0-2 to 2-3 at half time. Luke Howard reacted quickest to pull on a breaking ball in the square after a long delivery to give Smith O’Brien’s a dream start. Clonlara struck back with a point to narrow the gap. Mark Stritch pointed a 45 yard free, before seeing a 30 yard ground stroke brilliantly saved by the Clonlara keeper. Piling on the pressure and showing great commitment Smith O’Brien’s struck for another goal when the dangerous Mark O’Halloran rifled an unstoppable shot into the top corner to send the crowd delirious.
At this stage Clonlara switched Oisin O’Brien onto Micheal Ryan in an effort to curb his growing influence and raking clearances. Stritch and Ryan added two frees before the end of the first half to extend their lead. The second half resumed with Clonlara danger man, Cathal O’Connell pointing on several occasions to chip away at the Smith O’Brien’s lead. A goal for Clonlara saw the lead cut to two points with ten hectic minutes still remaining. Clonlara refused to die and fought back excellently to bring the sides level for the first time two minutes into injury time. Most neutrals would agree that on balance a draw would have being a fair result, but this group of young men had other ideas. Cometh the hour cometh the man, and with time up Micheal Ryan launched over a 60 yard free from the sideline, cue wild celebrations. It was a tremendous game and both sets of mentors and players deserve great credit. All the Smith O’Brien’s players played their part but the outstanding Micheal Ryan, Mark Stritch, Chris Balfe and Mark O’Halloran deserve special mention.
Congrats to Smith O Briens Young Hurlers on Winning the Noel Sheedy Cup recently. Seeing off stiff competition from 15 other team from several counties.
Best of Luck to all Leaving Cert and Junior Cert students from the club.
Senior Hurling Championship: Smith O Briens 1-7 Crusheen 1-16
Senior Hurling League: Smith O Briens 0-18 Ballyea 1-12
ClareCastle 3-25 Smith O Briens 0-9
O Callaghans Mills 3-9 Smith O Briens 1-11
Smith O Briens 2-15 Ogonelloe 2-14
Junior B league. Venue: Scariff, 15th April 2007. 5:30pm
HT: Smith O'Briens 0-6, Scariff 1-02 FT: Smith O'Briens 2-15, Scariff 1-4
Senior Hurling League: Smith O Briens 2-15 Ogonelloe 2-14
Senior Hurling Challenge: CastleLyons (cork) 1-9 Smith O Briens 2-18
A forty year anniversary celebration for the Junior A Championship winning team of 1967 will take place in the lakeside hotel Ballina onthe 27th of May. Tickets are available on the night and cost only €10.Music City are performing, with the festivities beginning at 9:30. Light refreshments will be provided and all are welcome to attend.
The Senior hurlers recorded a hard fought away win against Ballyea on Sunday last. Playing with the aid of a strong breeze in the first half, they led by seven points at half time. A determined second half performance saw Smith O Briens emerge winners by four points, 1-12 to 0-18. The next competitive game is the eagerly anticipated championship opener against Crusheen.
Best of luck to senior hurler Trevor Howard who is a key member of Bridge Celtic Soccer team. They can secure the premier league crown this weekend with a win over Bridge united in Sixmilebridge. All
support is encouraged.
The clubs fundraising drive kicked off in style with a race night in Reddans bar on the third of
March. A total of 19 races were ran on the night, along with two special auction races. Many thanks to all
the local businesses who sponsored a race or advertised in the race night booklet. The generous support of
all the people on the night is greatly appreciated by the club.
Well done to John Cusack who is part of the Clare Seniors panel. The side had a comfortable victory over down last weekend in the league.
Congratulations to our recent lotto winner Anthony Broe who scooped the top prize jackpot of € 6,000!
The senior team has resumed training recently for the upcoming Clare Cup campaign. Michael Culhane is
manager, along with selectors Derry O' Leary and coach Martin McKeogh. Rosie Foley is over seeing the
team’s physical training. All players are reminded training is at 7:00pm Tuesday and Thursday.
The U-21 championship draw was made recently and Smith O’Brien’s have again drawn last years
Champions Newmarket on Fergus. This knock out match will take place on St. Patrick’s Day.
The under 21 hurlers enjoyed a Saturday in Dublin recently where they played a competitive challenge game
before going to GAA HQ to witness Tyrone Vs Dublin in the first round of the football league under lights in
front of a capacity crowd.
The Club is holding a membership registration night on the 1st of February at the club house. All
members past and present are invited down between 7 – 9:30pm. Membership is only €20 per
person or €30 per couple. Players are reminded that club membership is compulsory! Special
discounts are available in many local shops with membership card. If unable to attend any club
officer can register you on the night, or at any other time.
The Smith O'Brien's A.G.M took place on thursday 28th December at the Kincora Hall Hotel and was well
attended.The following officers were elected for 2006, President: Fr.Grace, Honorary Life President: Sean
Kierse, Chairman: Naoise Lawlor, Vice Chairman: Michael Culhane, Secretary: Martin Furlong, Asst
Secretary/Registart Lucy Flynn, Treasurer: John Culhane, Asst Treasurer: Ollie Ryan, P.R.O: Patrick
Aherne, Equipment Officer Joseph Furlong and not forgetting our Flagman, John Collins.
The committee members appointed last year were returned to their positions, with one or two new additions.
The managers for the upcoming season were also voted in.
Senior Hurling Manager: Michael Culhane. Junior B Hurling Manager: Conor Hayes.
U-21 Hurling Manager: Tony O' Brien.
Football Managers: Kevin McCarthy, Eddie Rosney & Paul McCarthy
The club would like to express their sincere thanks to all outgoing club officers, committee members and
managers for their hard work over the last twelve months. With a special word of thanks to Ollie Ryan (8yr's
as Treasurer), Tony O'Brien and Pat Sheedy.
The club recently held a 16km sponsored walk along the riverbank walks in O'Briens Bridge & Clonlara. An eager group including players, supporters and officals helped to raise some much needed funds for the club.
Congratulations to Naosie Lawlor on his production of the Smith O'Briens GAA newsletter. To date there have being two issues. These information sheets are available in local churches, bars and shops in the parish.
After a disappointing end to the season in a number of grades, the end of the year is once again upon us. Club activities are all but finished until spring. At least in reaching so many finals and semi's credit must go to the players and management for there work throughout the year.
Thanks to all the fans for all there support during the year, and to you the visitors to the site. With over three thousand hits before our 1yr birthday last September. Stay Safe and have a peaceful Christmas.
Junior Hurlers pipped by Killenana in County Final.
Junior Footballers lose out in semi final replay to the Tones
Cratloe Beat Smith O'Briens well to claim first Senior Crown in Shannon
Hurling Semi Final finishes in a draw 1-13 a piece replay set for Sunday
Junior Footballers also Draw' with the Tones 1-9 each in Co. Semi
Senior Hurling Championship Quarter Final 06' September 30th Ennis 1:30
SOB 1-12 Nemarket OF 3-9
Smith O Brien's unbeaten run was brought to an end this Saturday in Cusack Park thanks to a Newmarekt purple patch early in the second half.
Junior B Footballers Down Ennistymon to reach Semi
All Roads lead to Cusack Park.
This Saturday all roads will lead to Cusack park in Ennis as we take on Newmarket on Fergus in the Senior Hurling Championship Quarter final with a spot against Crusheen awaiting the winners. The throw in is at 1:30 and all suppourt is much appreciated.
Tulla County Semi Final Postponed.
The match was called off at the eleventh hour due to the untimely death of Killaloe man Michael "block" Reddan who died suddenly in Limerick aged 42. May he rest in peace.
An Taosieach, Bertie Aherne visits the club!
An Taosieach, Bertie Aherne visited the club on Thursday 21st Sept! Organised by local F.F councillor (and our Chairman) Tony O'Brien, many locals braved the elements to meet the man. He congratulated the club on its recent sucess at adult level and thanked those volunteers who manage and help our young children stay fit and active. He posed for pictures and shook many hands. Tony presented An Taoiseach with a framed picture of the riverside and Killaloe. The Taoiseach finished with a best of luck wish to the hurlers on Saturday Vs Tulla.
KRFM provided live commentary on the Tubber Senior B game and are most likely to do so when the hurlers face Tulla in the Semi final in Scarriff on the 23rd at 5:30.If done, the commentary will be streamed live on the internet via www.killaloeradio.com
Junior C hurlers blitz Banner to reach semi final (Johnny Healy & Chippie Star!). *NEW*
Junior B Footballers defeat the Banner's Best in Bodyke to reach 1/4 final.
Congratulations to John Cusack on his winning his second U-21A Football medal with Kilmurry Ibrickane on Saturday. They defeated Doonbeg 1-13 to 1-6 in Cooraclare.
Senior hurlers qualify for County 1/4 final and Senior 'B' semi with impressive win over Tubber.
Congratulations to Mark McInerney who was part of the Clare U-15 hurling team which won the Munster championship in Carrigaline county Cork.
Senior B Hurling Championship Rd2. Smith O'Briens defeat Whitegate 1-14 to 2-9. Report.
Former Clare and Tipp manager Len Gaynor trained the Senior team this week before Saturdays long awaited clash with Whitegate. After bad losses to Granagh Ballingary and Scarriff recently a big improvement is needed, but confidence is high and a win would secure a semi final spot.
Minors beat Bodkye. Junior B's draw with Whitegate.
Junior B championship starts this weekend (July 9th) Vs Whitegate in Scariff.
Club Dragon Boat team wins Feile Brian Boru race for Patrick Hein Cup. (2nd July)
Minors lose to Parteen in 1st round of Championship by 3 points. (29th June) Report Wanted!!!
U-16's beat Scariff in Challenge match. (27th June)Final Round defeat to Newmarket ends our interest in this years Clare Cup. (24th June)
Senior Hurlers lose to Killenana in Clare Cup. (17th June)
Junior B championship starts this weekend (July 9th) Vs Whitegate in Scariff. For full match details check the Clare Champion or contact Conor Hayes.
Club Dragon Boat Team wins Brian Boru Feile race for Patrick Hein Cup. (2nd July)
In glorious weather a large crowd attened the Feile Brian Boru dragon boat races outside Mollys bar by the Ballina jetty. Smith O' Briens entered a team comprising of: Trevor Howard, Shane O' Brien, Ian O'Halloran, John Cusack, Mike Flynn, Patrick Aherne, Brian Scanlan, Stephen McCarthy, Rory Cahill, Patrick Kennedy & Conor Hynes. Ten members rowed while one beated the drum and called the shots from the front of the boats, (supplied by UL activity centre). 14 teams entered the race and it was run over 7 heats (2 boats racing each time) with the top 8 times going through to the knock out stage. Smith O' Briens qualified in joint second with a time of 33 seconds in their time trial. The course was approx a 70 metre sprint downstream to the bridge with the finish line at the jetty.
The team won through to the semi final with a win over the canoe polo team. They then faced the reigning champions and favourites Larkins. In a fierce race (with the boats level with 15 metres to go and only feet apart) Smith O' Briens just pulled through to win by a metre. Taras bar provided the opposition in the final but with Smith O' Briens finding their rythm early in the race after a powerful start the youth shone through for a fast time and a half boat length win. Cue joyous scences of celebrations. Patrick Aherne accepted the cup and thanked all those responsible for the day, which was a record success raising over €1400 for childrens charity.
Minors lose to Parteen in 1st round of Championship by 3 points. (29th June) Report Wanted!!!
U-16's beat Scariff in Challenge match. (27th June) Report Wanted!!!
Final Round defeat to Newmarket ends our interest in this years Clare Cup. (24th June)
Senior Hurlers lose to Killenana in Clare Cup. (17th June)
Seniors Draw with the mills in Clare Cup (20th March) See Clare Cup Page for full report
Under 21’s Suffer from the Blues but go down Fighting. (18th March)
A gallant, courageous and passionate performance from the Under 21 hurlers saw them narrowly fall at the first hurdle of the championship to Newmarket on Fergus in Meelick on St. Patrick day.
Short senior team members, John Cusack (twisted knee,came on with a few minutes to go), Ian O Halloran (recently had surgery on his knee), Stephen McCarthy (Shoulder) and Patrick Aherne (studying abroad) the side faced an up hill battle, but the young hurlers filled there spots admirably.
With Trevor Howard proving to be the heart beat of the team once more from centre back, he turned in another simply awe inspiring game, with endless heart, energy and spirit. Newmarket were pre game favourties due to the depleted Smith O’Brien’s team but were stung by the hard hitting passionate play from the men in saffron and red.
Bernard Gaffney’s bustling frame proved to be the difference between the two teams on the day, scoring 3 killer goals in the first half. Still stinging from the defeat at the hands of Smith O’Brien’s in the Minor A championship semi final in Scariff three years earlier, they planned their revenge.
Managed by Brendan Foley with Selectors Kevin McCarthy and Brian Lenihan the team line out was: Eric Monaghan, Niall Toomey, Mike Flynn, Edward Moloney, Patrick Kennedy, Trevor Howard, Willie Neary, Michael Sullivan, Shane O Brien, Liam “Goose” Walsh, Shane Burns, Pa Vaughan, Eoin “Lar” Ryan, Rory Cahill and Dwayne Sheedy.
After playing with the aid of a slight wind in the first half Smith O’Brien’s went into the break trailing 3-4 0-5 in a low scoring affair. Every player gave 100% in the second half to out score Newmarket 0-4 to 1-5, but the first half goals proved to be the difference and Smith O’Brien’s went down by 4 points losing 3-8 to 1-10. Liam Walsh and Shane O Brien scoring frees and Lar Ryan kicking in the goal from close range (also unlucky with another second half chance).
Most of these players will concentrate on the Clare Cup for now, but many of the young talented up coming players will hopefully be leading the minor team to success later this year. Credit due to all for a proud performance.
Clare Cup Campaign off to good start with win over Broadford (11th March)
See the Clare Cup Page for full coverage.
Olive Stritch Weekend Events 10th Feb 06'
On Friday night the book launch of "Hurling in the Shadows", was held in the lakeside hotel. Edited by Joss Lowry the proceeds raised are going to the North Tipperary Hospice, also in memory of Olive Stritch. Contributions from several different writers including Sean Kierse, Sarah Devane.
The night was very successful with a full house in the Lakeside. Anthony Foley donated his Munster jersey from the heineken cup match versus Sale jersey which was auctioned for 1,500 euro. Speakers included Sean Hehir, John Leahy, Sparrow and Arthur Stritch.
Munster Star Anthony Foley Donates his Sale Jersey for auction.
Not men but Giants!? Joss Lowrys record
breaking hurley seem to prove it!
On Sunday Smith O Briens played Broadford U-12's before the big match. The closely fought game ended in a draw. With Clare star Ollie Baker presenting the medlas after the game. The grounds were pristine for the big day, with an estimated crowd of 3,000 attending, including ex-Clare hurlers such as Tommy Guilfoyle from Feakle, Jim McInerney from Tulla and Liam Doyle from Bodyke. Munster rugby player Anthony Foley was also there to support this local cause. In particluar a large crowd from Olive's home village of Broadford.
The teams parade around the grounds, led by the pipe band in front of a large crowd.
A lively match was played with a good atmosphere. The pitch kept in excellent condition by the grounds staff led by Jimmy Healy. Paul McCarthy painted a colourful picture of events, commentating live on Killaloe radio (streaming live on the web www.killaloeradio.com). A mixture of youth and experience on both sides, saw a tough game with Clare coming out on top on a scoreline of 3-9 to 1-16. Arthur Stritch presented cup to Clare captain Sean McMahon. Credit due to all for the great events and organising. Including Joesph & Martin Furlong for equipping the changing rooms with new seats and Naoise and Chippy for the painting jobs.
U 21's Beat Burgess 3rd Feb 06'
The under 21's hurlers recorded a 3 point win over Burgess in a challenge match recently, while they prepare for the St Patricks day championship game.
Big Scoop for Ian 'Nutz' O Halloran
A big congratulations to Ian O Halloran won recently claimed a E3,000 first prize in the club lotto.
U 21's back in training. Jan 06'
After the relaxing christmas break the season is already gearing back up with Brendan Foley taking charge of the under 21 A Hurlers. Training is underway, with the St Patricks Day Championship date already pencilled into the calendar. This talented team is the group of players who reached the Minor A final three years ago, losing by two late points to Clarecastle. Hopes are high and the team wants to make ammends for last years early exit to Wolfe Tones in the first round in Meelick.
AGM Dec 05'
The Smith O'Brien's A.G.M took place on Sunday last at the Kincora Hall Hotel and was well attended.The following officers were elected for 2006, President: Fr.Grace, Honorary Life President: Sean Kierse, Chairman: Tony O'Brien, Vice Chairman: Michael Culhane, Secretary: Pat Sheedy, Asst Secretary: Naoise Lawlor, Treasurer: Ollie Ryan, Asst Treasurer: Martin Furlong, P.R.O: Peter Murphy,Registrar: Lucy Flynn and not forgetting our Flagman: John Collins.
The new committee members appointed were Pat Reddan, Pat Aherne, Pat McNamara, Brendan Foley, Pat Vaughan, Tom Gleeson, Seamus Gleeson, Charlie Power, Kevin McCarthy, John Ryan, Robert McNamara, John Howard, John Sheedy and Jack Hogan.
The managers for the upcoming season were also voted in, Senior Hurling Manager: Arthur Stritch, Junior B Hurling Manager: Conor Hayes, U-21 Hurling Manager: Brendan Foley, Football Manager: Kevin McCarthy and Kit Manager: Joseph Furlong.
The club would like to express their sincere thanks to all outgoing club officers, committee members and managers for their hard work over the last twelve months. Merry Christmas from Smith O'Brien's GAA club, we look forward to an exciting and successful 2006 on and off the pitch. (4th December)
Junior B Shield
On Halloween afternoon, the club went in search of County honors, exactly a year on from last years intermediate championship win, in Clareabbey in the Junior B Hurling Shield. The West Clare men form Clonboney proved worthy opposition with the minimum between the sides after an intense sixty minutes of action. Young Pat Vaughan sealed a great win for the club, a sensational score with time running out and the sides deadlocked proved to be the difference.
Read more on the Junior B page...(click on the link on the left) ( 3rd November)
Under 12 side win East Clare B championship in Meelick. Managed by Brendan Foley, Arthur Stritch and Miriam Flynn. Final score 3-4 to 2-3. More coming soon.. ( 3rd November)
Healy Ref's County Final
A big congrats to Johnny Healy of Killaloe who recently took charge of the Senior County final of Clarecastle Vs Wolfe Tones in Cusack Park Ennis. Johnny also refereed the County Minor A final this year. Johnny has put alot of effort into his role as one of the top referee's in the county in recent years and played admirably in goals all year for the Senior team.
Seniors Crash & Burn in Semi
Smith O’Briens crashed out of the Senior B championship with a disappointing display against a determined Ogonelloe outfit at Scariff on Saturday (8th of October) last. Three goals in the first five minutes for the black and amber men proved fatal to Smith O’Briens hopes of progressing to another County final. Read more on the senior hurling page... (click on link on the left)
The future of Smith O’Brien’s Senior hurlers in this years Senior B championship was secured thanks to a hard fought victory against neighbours and rivals Clonlara in Broadford on Saturday. read more (10th September)
The Senior Hurlers are taking on Clonlara in Broadford on Staurday next. A win means Clonlara would be in relagation fight, while Smith O' Briens would face a 3 way play off at worst for the two semi finals spots with Kilnamona & Tulla.
A strong second half performance saw the men of Tulla snatch a deserved victory, after trailing by six points at half time. On an overcast day in Scarriff, a strong wind blew towards the club house end of the grounds making this very much agame of two halfves.read more (28th August)
Pa Vaughan & Liam Walsh represent Clare in Neagh Co Op.Mark McInerney goes to Forristal in Waterford. .read more (27th August).
Junior Ladies lose final to Shannon Gaels (27th August).
Championship back in Action...With the gallant Clare senior team out of the race for All- Ireland glory, the hurling championship is finally getting into full swing, with several games up for decision next weekend.read more (21st August)
Minors out of championship race after losing playoff to Bodkye. (9th August)
Played in Feakle on the 6th of August the Junior B team took on the locals in the East Clare championship. Having already lost to Cratloe in the championship losing would bring the teams interest in this season to a close. Short a few regulars they were forced to line out with the experienced duo of Pat & John Sheedy at corner forward and corner back respectively.read more (6th August)
The minor hurlers are one step closer to a quarter final spot with a victory over Broadford, in this playoff match. It was a game that saw Broadford finish with ten men.read more (6th August)
The Junior B hurling team travelled with high expectations to Meelick for this 1st round championship against Cratloe, after a bright league campaign. Played in bright conditions & on a perfect surface the game was a lively free flowing affair.read more (30th July)
An amazing comeback by the men of Smith O'Brien's saw them snatch and unlikely victory from the jaws of defeat, in their first senior championship match in over forty years. This friday evening match was played at Wofles Tones of Shannon grounds in front of a large attendance.read more (29th July)
U-21 Hurling Cork 1-17 Clare 1-11
Junior B football team lose to Clonboney
Brendan Foley ruled out for year with cartilidge damage
This years Brian Boru festival match took place at 7:30 in Killaloe on Friday 8th July between these near neighbors and rivals. Smith O’Brien’s teams were short many regulars including the four U-21 hurlers and captain Brian Lenihan who was away on holidays. Ballina have already had a championship round underneath their belt, while Smith O’Brien’s were looking to use this as a good warm up game before the 1st round of the championship versus Kilnamona.read more (8th July)
The experience of Ollie Baker played a big part in St Joseph’s victory over Smith O’Briens. It was a result that didn’t seem likely for much of this entertaining tie which saw both teams pick up worrying injuries a few weeks before the various championships get underway.
Four points was also the margin in this game with St Joseph’s scoring their two goals in as many minutes at the turn of the final quarter.read more (25th June)
Junior B team continue great run
Seniors finish group stages unbeaten.read more (19th June)
County U-21's make final preparations for Cork game.
Noel Sheedy tournament hugely successful.