Mount Sion Gaa Club Notes
Senior Hurling Championship
It was down to the business end of the year, with the knockout stage of the championship seeing Mount Sion travelling to Fraher Field to face Tallow in the Quarter-Finals. The weather conditions were not perfect by any means and Sion played against the elements in the opening half and cruised into a 1-2 to 0-0 lead after five minutes with the goal coming from Sean Ryan, after an inch perfect pass from Martin F. O’Neill. Another blast of Sion scores came from Austin Gleeson, O’Neill and Stephen Roche giving Sion a comfortable cushion as the game hit the 15th minute. Tallow’s ace forward Thomas Ryan laid a ball across the Sion goal and into the oncoming William Henley who gave Ian O’Regan no chance in the Sion goal. Tallow followed this up with a pointed free. Richard Roche pointed for Sion with younger brother Stephen firing over another free. Tallow responded and again Roche was equal to the challenge with another well taken free. Austin Gleeson finished the half time scoring with a point. Sion led by seven points at the break.
Like I mentioned a few weeks back, scoring goal-keepers is a new phenomenon sweeping across the GAA and Mount Sion’s Ian O’Regan is one of these, with a beautiful strike from his own forty-five meter line. Another free this time from Roche was then cancelled out by Tallow’s freetaker on the eight minute. Michael Gaffney got in on the scoring with a great long range strike. Tallow pulled a point back, but again our newest All Ireland medal winner, Austin Gleeson proved he’s a class act with another long range free. Ian O’Regan was called upon to make an excellent diving save in the fifteenth minute. Tallow followed up with the rebound over the bar. Gleeson pointed, with Robert Bresnan shooting for goal which was saved and Martin F. O’Neill was first to the rebound and finished to the net. Sion didn’t look back and Gleeson and Roche both pointed several scores each with Owen Whelan providing the last score of the game with a point. Well done lads, a great win. We now look forward to the Semi-Finals when we face Passage on Sunday 29th September at 2pm in Walsh Park.
JuvenilesLast weekend was another busy one for our Juveniles with our Under 8s travelling to Gorey, to take part in their annual tournament. We beat Liam Mellow, Buffers Alley and Cranford to top the group and meet Kilrush Askmore in the Semi-Finals. We played some great hurling and qualified for the final against Oulart De Ballagh from Wexford. We were just a little unlucky in the end and lost out by a few points. The panel for the day included: Davin Marshall, Lee Flanagan, Conor Walsh, Jack Cowman, Cormac Dunphy, Dillion Ryan, Jake Marks, Killian Dundon, James Lambert, Jared O’Keeffe, Harry Colbert, Ross Byrne, Alex Walsh, Jack Barrett, Adam Regan and Billy Gater. Out Under 9s stayed locally on Saturday and competed in the Annual Roanmore Charity Blitz. Our boys won all three of their games and met All Ireland Minor Captain, Kevin Daly, Austin Gleeson and Sean Power and got to hold the All Ireland Cup! Well done to both teams, the future of Mount Sion hurling is bright with some great talent coming through.
Under 15The Under 15s recorded a good victory over Ballyduff Lower in the championship last Monday evening. Sion led at the break thanks to a late Michael Flynn strike to the goal just before half time. The saying, goals win games is very true, as Sion scored two goals a point in the second half period, with Ben Sinnott and Louie Halligan scoring the goals for the young Monastery outfit, to give Sion a two point win. Well done lads.
Minor HurlingOur Minors were in Championship action again after the break due to the County hurlers in the All Ireland Final. Sion put it up to last year’s county finalist Ballygunner in the opening half as the sides went in level with eight points each at the break.
Sion fell behind just after the restart with three points on the trot. Gleeson sent over two points. Ballygunner hit a good patch with five points in a row. Sion puled the margin back to three points with a Ferdia goal just with five minutes left. But it was the home side who found themselves two more goals and two points in the closing stages to finish the game out the stronger. Final score Cnoc Síon 1-14 to Ballygunner 3-19. Hard luck lads.
We would like to wish a speedy recovery to Tommy McGrath who suffered a broken ankle in last weeks Under 15 win over Ballyduff Lower. Tommy underwent an operation the next morning. We hope to see you back up again soon to support the boys in the rest of their games!
The club would like to offer our sincere condolences to Paddy Murphy on the death of his brother Johnny, over the weekend. Also the club would like to extend our condolences to Chrissie Roche, who lost her sister Helen Bolger during the week. Ar dheis Dé go raibh Siad
Keep an eye on the video section, last Wednesday we put up the 1988 County Hurling Final, where the game ended in a draw. Some notable players to be involved on that particular day were Pat Ryan, Pat McGrath, Jim Greene, and Michael Flanagan along with many more! If anyone has anymore video’s in either VHS or Digital form, please contact Owen Sauvage. We would be delighted to have it for the website. http://mountsiongaa.ie/about/videos
Last Man Standing
We have the table up on the website! Keep track of who is doing well and who is left! Another load gone this week!!!
Deise DrawNext draw is 27th September in Tramore. Tickets will be available from Josie Evans or from the bar. Anyone who is paying monthly, can you please ensure that your monies are paid by Wednesday 25th September. Please contact Josie Evans (087-0686700) to join and more importantly to make sure you are in with a chance to scoop the top prize of €10,000!!! Each month there are many other cash and special prizes. Tickets are €10 per month for nine months. You can either pay up front or per month by leaving the money behind the bar. 70% of the money raised will go directly back to Mount Sion. Best of luck to all our ticketholders!
Minor Hurling Championship v Abbeyside in Mount Sion at 6pm on Tuesday 18th September.
Under 13 County Final v Abbeyside in Walsh Park on Saturday 21st September at 11:30pm.
Junior Football Championship Semi-Final v Ferrybank in Walsh Park at 3:30pm on Saturday 21st September.
Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final v Passage on Sunday 29th September at 2pm in Walsh Park.
All fixtures are available on the club website calendar.