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Clerihan N.S. GAA Season Recap by Aodan Wrenn

posted 8 Jun 2011, 14:25 by Unknown user
Wednesday June 8th was the day that Clerihan National School's exciting GAA adventure ended for another season. After putting in so many wonderful displays and having so many memorable days throughout 2010/2011 in both hurling and football, the season came to an end today in Kilsheelan. It was the the County Divisional Final, technically the County Roinn D Hurling semi final. It was Clerihan against Mullinahone. Despite putting in a very brave performance Clerihan were defeated by a strong, skillful, disciplined, well drilled and very focussed Mullinahone team. There is no question but that Mullinahone were the better team on the day and fully deserved to beat Clerihan. They performed excellently throughout and now move on to the Cathedral of Hurling, Semple Stadium, next Tuesday, to take on Dunkerrin in the Cumann na mBunscol Roinn D Hurling County Final. We want to sincerely congratulate Mullinahone on their achievement of reaching the County Final. We wish them well in the Final. I'd like to wish both teams the very very best of luck in the Decider. It promises to be an excellent match. Go n-eiri an t-adh libh sa chraobh. 
It was a marvellous GAA season for Clerihan. It was a long season that began early last September. These young lads have been training, be it for hurling or football, every week since then. They have worked hard, trained hard, and listened attentively to their coaches. They have always behaved immaculately at training and at matches. They are a wonderful group of lads who have brought glory and honour to Clerihan. We won the Under 13 County Football Final Roinn D and reached the Roinn A Football County Semi Final this season. We reached the Under 11 C County Hurling semi final and came within 5 minutes of reaching Semple Stadium in that. In particular I'd like to thank the boys from 6th class who are leaving us in a few weeks. They have done it all on the GAA pitches, and the one thing missing was winning a Hurling title in Semple Stadium. Well they went down fighting today in Kilsheelan, and fought to the very bitter end. They are a credit to themselves and their families, and to the school. They have won Under 11 C County Football Final, Under 11 B County Football Final and Under 13 D County Final Final. Thats a hat-trick of County titles in 3 successive years. They have reached the Under 11 D Hurling Semi Final, Under 11 D Hurling County Final and Under 13 D Hurling County Semi Final, in successive years. That's excellent consisitency. I want to wish them well as they move on to secondary school. These lads will be missed by us, but I know they will take great memories of their days on the GAA fields playing with pride for Clerihan N.S.
But its onwards and upwards for Clerihan. We will continue to work hard, and strive to win that elusive County Hurling Title. As long as Sliabh na mBan still stands, and the River Suir still flows, we will work and work until we win in Semple Stadium, on County Final day!  We're very disappointed at the moment, but we'll be back! Ar aghaidh le Chleireachain!
Best players on the day today for Clerihan were Jack Burke, Aaron Condon, Luke Hahessy, Shane Hickey and Riain Quigley. They played superbly, as did all the others.
The panel of players who all worked so hard throughout the campaign were: Dean O'Dwyer, Sean Maher, Conor Horan, Alan O'Donnell, Shane Hickey, Aaron Condon (sincere congratulations to him for being selected to play for Tipperary in the Primary Game against Clare in Limerick on June 19th, a great honour), Jack Burke, Aiden Phelan, Luke Hahessy, Riain Quigley, Eoin Power, Aidan Lyons, Evan Corcoran, Cian Mullane, Callum Meagher, Liam McGrath, Daniel Fitzpatrick, Billy Norris, Shane Buckley, Jason McCully, Ben Keating Hogan, Seamus McMahon, Daniel Browne.
Thanks to Kilsheelan GAA Club for allowing us use their pitch, and to Willie Barrett for refereeing the match.
It was an excellent season all round for Clerihan N.S GAA. The Under 13 Football team won the Under 13 Roinn D County Championship. The Under 11 Football team reached the Under 11 A County Semi Final, playing against bigger schools in the tough environment of Roinn A.
The Under 11 Girls Football team reached the County Final before losing to Boherlahan. The Under 13 girls team won 2 out of their 4 matches. The girls played fantastic football at under 11 and under 13.
The Under 13 Camogie team reached the County Roinn E semi final. They beat Ballyneale in the Quarter Final before losing to Thomastown in the semi final. They played great camogie throughout the season.
The Under 11 hurlers won their first round blitz in Roinn C. That sent them through to the County Semi Final of Roinn C. Again it was a blitz. They beat Corville and Moyglass to reach the blitz final. The winners of that final would play in Semple Stadium in the County Under 11 Roinn C Hurling Final. Clerihan led Powerstown by 7 points at half time They still led by 2 with 4 minutes to go. But Powerstown scored two late goals to win the day and go to Semple. The young under 11s were 4 minutes from Semple Stadium, but it wasn't to be.
The Under 11 B team also had a great year coming second in their first round blitz, and qualifying for the County Semi Final Blitz. This very young team was made up mainly of 3rd class boys. In the County Semi Final Blitz they beat Moyglass but lost out to Corville, and Corville went through to Semple Stadium.
Well done to all the girls and boys who played so well throughout the year. Well done to all the teachers who worked so hard helping to look after teams, and prepare them for the games. Especial thanks to Ann-Marie Murphy, Deirdre O'Connell, Shane Hennessy and of course the Principal Mr. John Walsh. Finally sincere thanks to all the parents who supported the young players throughout the season, and always were very positive in the encouragement they gave to the players, and to the mentors.
By Aodan Wrenn, Clerihan N.S.