U21 semi-final replay today

posted 6 Apr 2015, 01:49 by Garret Byrne

Kinvara and Killimordaly lock horns again today in the semi-final replay of this years U21 B Hurling Championship (in Loughrea at 5pm).
Both sides scored 1-13 the last time out, in a testing day for hurling with pelting rain and wind. Today's weather is very different and this should give for a different game from these two very good hurling sides.
Last time out nearly all the scores came from Conor Whelan  0-13 (Kinvara) and Brian Burke 0-11 (Killimordaly), so whatever team is going to win may need a better spread of scorers today. Kinvara are still without the talents of Ollie Nilan (Oz), while both Ronan Kilkelly and Gary Kilkelly are doubtful starters due to injuries.
Kinvara panel:
Daragh Kilkelly, Stephen Bermingham, Tadhg Reynolds, Shane Byrne, James Cronin-Rodger, Eanna Linnane, Jason O'Connor, Nessan O'Hanrahan, Mark Bermingham, Sean Linnane, James O'Hara, Alan Keane, Tommie Kavanagh, Conor Whelan, Rory Cullinane, Ronan Kilkelly, Liam Byrne, Dylan O'Hanrahan, John Donoghue, Gary Kilkelly, Conor O'Shea, Patrick Gallagher and Keelan O'Rourke.
David Huban, Pat Conole, Anthony Byrne, Martin Sullivan and John Linnane.

Killimordaly 1-13 drew Kinvara 1-13, REPLAY Mon 6th April in Loughrea 5pm
Kilconieron 0-13 beat Killimor 0-6
Kinvara 3-20 beat Abbeyknockmoy 1-6
Killimor 1-15 beat Portumna 1-11
Killimordaly 4-15 beat Cois Fharraige 1-16
Padraig Pearses w/o Cois Fharraige conceded
Killimordaly 8-12 beat Padraig Pearses 0-15
Kilconieron 2-20 beat Kiltormer 1-10
Sarsfields w/o Kiltormer conceded
Kilconieron 1-14 beat Sarsfields 0-12
Abbeyknockmoy 0-12 beat Carnmore 0-9
Meelick-Eyrecourt 5-28 beat Carnmore 0-7
Abbeyknockmoy 3-9 beat Meelick-Eyrecourt 0-15
Michael Cusacks 1-13 beat Ballindereen 1-10
Ballindereen 1-13 beat Portumna 3-6
Portumna 6-11 beat Michael Cusacks 4-9
Kinvara 0-15 beat Mountbellew-Moylough 1-7
Mullagh 2-9 beat Mountbellew-Moylough 1-10
Kinvara 2-22 beat Mullagh 2-6

Rahoon-Newcastle 2-7 beat Moycullen 1-9
Killimor 1-18 beat Moycullen 1-4
Killimor 2-21 v Rahoon-Newcastle 0-9

- 18 teams divided into 6 groups of 3.
- Round robin, with top team only to qualify.
- 6 teams to qualify - 2 get byes to semi-final, 4 play quarter-finals.

Miko Waites RIP

posted 4 Apr 2015, 02:52 by Garret Byrne

Kinvara GAA would like to express our condolences to the family of Miko Waites, who passed away yesterday.
Miko was an influential hurler for our club in a glory period in the 1950's.
He first played minor hurling in 1945, and continued with our first team right up to 1962. He won South Hurling Junior Hurling medals in 1952, 1953, 1959, 1961 and 1962, awell as a County Junior Hurling medal in 1959.
He must have been a joy to watch in full flow on the pitch, as expressed in these snippets of match reports from the era:
"Waites was a hard working player who helped establish supremacy in the midfield area",
"The Kinvara side who had the winning foundation at midfield where Waites was supreme.",
"...Waites was outstanding in the first half.",
"That fine player Waites was in great fettle",
"...Miko Waites and his wonderful hurling artistry".
MIKO WAITES RIP. Ar dheis DE go raibh a h-anam.

Oranmore U16s get the better of Kinvara

posted 2 Apr 2015, 13:22 by Garret Byrne

U16 B1 Hurling result:
Oranmore-Maree 3-11, Kinvara 1-7.
Played this evening in Kinvara, it was a wet and windy evening, but credit to both sides who played well in the conditions. 
Oranmore-Maree raised the first flag, and then Kinvara's Cathal Murray rattled the net. After that the visitors settled into a stride that saw them lead 1-8 to 1-2 at the interval. 
Kinvara rallied back in the second half, and had the margin back to 4 points, but two goals put an end to our comeback. 
Still we had many fine performances throughout, and the overall effort was honest and committed, with our full back line to the fore in all that was good.
Kinvara team:
Ciaran Donohue, Tom Forde, Neil Huban, Donal Mulligan, Conaill Larrissey, Brendan Connolly, David Whelan, Peter Mulleady, Luke Connors, Jake Comyn, Colm Keady-Taabal, Thomas Connolly, Ger Linnane, Cathal Murray, Cathal O'Dwyer.
Subs came on: Aidan O'Sullivan, Simon Whelan, Louis Fossatti, and Donal Keely.

Stalemate in U21 semi-final

posted 31 Mar 2015, 14:41 by Garret Byrne

Saturday 28th March, in Craughwell
U21 B Hurling Championship semi-final


Both sides deserved another crack at this, hopefully in better conditions, as Kinvara and Killimordaly both gave it their all and matched each other.

Played in horrible weather in Craughwell, it rained throughout, there was a strong wind blowing, it was cold - it was not made for hurling! But full credit to both sides who gave an entertaining and exciting match, that both sides will be relieved to get a second chance at.

Kinvara playing against the strong win in the opening half, started impressively with 1-2 to 0-1 lead after 10 minutes. The goal coming rather fortuitious from a deflected James O'Hara effort.
Killimordaly then began to settle more in the game, and actually led at the interval by 0-9 to 1-5.

On the resumption Kinvara were aided by the driving wind, but it was Killimordaly who held their own and a goal with 20 mins left left them 3 points in the lead.
Kinvara rallied back thank mainly to the point taking of Conor Whelan, and drew level. We then took the lead with 5 mins left, but Killimordaly won a free and converted to level it.

The referee blew up and deemed the pitch and conditions and light unplayable for extra time.

Kinvara team:
Darragh Kilkelly, Steve Bermingham, Tadhg Reynolds, Shane Byrne, James Cronin-Rodger, Eanna Linnane, Jason O'Connor, Nessan O'Hanrahan, Mark Bermingham, Sean Linnane, James O'Hara (1-0), Alan Keane, Tommie Kavanagh, Conor Whelan 0-13 (0-7 frees), Rory Cullinane.
Subs: Dylan O'Hanrahan for T. Kavanagh, Gary Kilkelly for S. Linnane, Conor O'Shea for A. Keane, Liam Byrne, John Donoghue, Patrick Gallagher. 

Toddie Byrne Hurling Feile draws made

posted 31 Mar 2015, 13:58 by Garret Byrne

This year Kinvara will play for the Toddie Byrne Cup Feile Hurling ( for grade A and A1 teams only).
The format sees 4 groups of 4 teams with the top side going to the semi-finals.

Kinvara Group is as follows:
Kinvara, Moycullen, Loughrea and Craughwell.

What is interesting is that our group has avoided any of the so called "big guns" from U14 A, and all four sides in our group will fancy their chances that they can be the ones to top the group and advance to a county feile semi-final.

The fixtures see Kinvara play host to Craughwell on Friday 17th April at 6:30pm, while on the Saturday 18th April all teams in the group travel to Craughwell to finish it out. 

Further details closer to the event.

U16 B1 Hurling - Round 4 preview

posted 31 Mar 2015, 13:51 by Garret Byrne

Its a crucial round of matches this Thursday 2nd April with all teams seeking vital wins to help towards a top 4 finish.
Kinvara are still seeking a win after two matches played, and will have it all to do with the visit of Oranmore-Maree. They started with a poor defeat to Sylane, but have been impressive since with very good wins over Kiltormer and Annaghdown.
Kinvara's performance in their second match against Cappataggle was an improvement on their opening tie, and manager Brian Connolly will be hoping for another improvement this Thursday in order to take the spoils.

Round 4 on Thursday 2nd April:
Ardrahan v Sylane
Kinvara v 
Kiltormer v 
Ahascragh-Fohenagh v Cappataggle

Team P W L D Pts
Cappataggle 3 3 0 0 6
Annaghdown 3 2 1 0 4
Oranmore-Maree 3 2 1 0 4
Sylane  2 1 1 0 2
Kiltormer 3 1 2 0 2
Ardrahan 3 1 2 0 2
Ahas-Fohenagh 3 1 2 0 2
Kinvara 2 0 2 0 0

Round 3:
Oranmore-Maree 1-10 beat Kiltormer 2-3
Cappataggle 1-13 beat Ardrahan 2-8
Annaghdown w/o Ahascragh-Fohenagh conceded
Sylane v Kinvara (postponed)

Round 2:
Cappataggle 2-17 beat Kinvara 1-6
Ardrahan 2-13 beat Ahascragh-Fohenagh 2-4
Kiltormer 2-9 beat Sylane 1-7
Oranmore-Maree 2-11 beat Annaghdown 4-4

Round 1:
Cappataggle 2-10 beat Kiltormer 2-5
Ahascragh-Fohenagh 1-7 beat Kinvara 1-6
Annaghdown 5-6 beat Ardrahan 1-3
Sylane 5-7 beat Oranmore-Maree 0-1

U14 A1 hurling update heading into Round 3

posted 30 Mar 2015, 06:57 by Garret Byrne

We are heading towards round 3 in this years U14 A1 Hurling Championship (matches this evening), it is still all to play for and we can expect the battle for the top 4 places for semi-finals spots will go right down to the wire.
Kinvara head west of the corrib to Moycullen where the local lads have been impressive in their two good wins to date. Kinvara will unfortunately be short several starters with the Seamount First Years tour to France, and although this will affect our team, it does however give others a chance to come in and impress.

Round 3 on Monday 30th March:
TAD v Turloughmore
Moycullen v Kinvara
Craughwell v Meelick-Eyrecourt
Loughrea v Killimordaly

P W L D Pts
Killimordaly 2 2 0 0 4
Moycullen 2 2 0 0 4
Kinvara 2 2 0 0 4
Meelick-Eyrecourt 2 1 1 0 2
Turloughmore 2 1 1 0 2
Loughrea 2 0 2 0 0
TAD 2 0 2 0 0
Craughwell 2 0 2 0 0

Round 2:
Kinvara 1-5 beat Craughwell 0-1
Moycullen 2-6 beat Loughrea 2-5
Meelick-Eyrecourt 5-4 beat TAD 3-2
Killimordaly 4-8 beat Turloughmore 2-6

Round 1:
Kinvara 0-6 beat TAD 0-4
Turloughmore 0-6 beat Loughrea 0-3
Moycullen 3-3 beat Craughwell 0-6
Killimordaly 3-8 beat Moycullen 0-7

Feile U14 draws to be made on Monday

posted 28 Mar 2015, 03:42 by Garret Byrne

Email notification came in this week of the Galway Feile U14 hurling draws to be held this Monday.
Kinvara will compete for the Toddie Byrne Cup - wouldnt it be great to bring it to Kinvara!

"A Chara

The draw for the U 14 Hurling Feile for 2015  will take place 

Monday 30th of March

Venue  Cheevers, Craughwell

Registration  9.15pm

The Draw will Commence at 9.30pm sharp.

Toddie Byrne Cup for the U 14 A and U 14 A1 groups

Justin C heevers Cup for U 14 B and U 14B1 groups

Toddie Byrne Shield for the U 14 C and U 14 C1 groups

All games will be played on the weekend of Friday 17th, Saturday 18th

and Sunday 19th of April adhering to the old National Feile format.


le Gach Beannacht

Antaine Ó Donnabháin

Coiste Iomána na n-Óg
Conthae na Gaillimhé

Weekend fixtures update:

posted 28 Mar 2015, 03:32 by Garret Byrne

Note the following:

U16 B1 Hurling Championship called off.
Kinvara v Sylane today is not going ahead.

Junior Hurling League time changed.
New time of 11am throw-in, still in Kinvara (v Kilbeacanty).

All support needed for U21 semi-final!

posted 28 Mar 2015, 03:28 by Garret Byrne

Don't forget the big match today as Kinvara U21 hurlers bid to reach the County U21 B Hurling Final for the second year in a row (second time in 4 months in fact).
Standing in the way are a talented Killimordaly, who have their own designs on how this years championship will transpire. They have come through their own group with a hard fought win over Cois Fharraige, followed by a hammering of Padraig Pearses. 
Our lads will have to be at their best for this one, with signs of their best evident in each of their 3 matches so far. Key here tomorrow will be a reduction or errors and frees conceded, and this is always harder against a good opposition.
Kinvara will be missing the absent Ollie Nilan and Ronan Kilkelly, while a couple more are carrying injuries.
It wont be easy, but then again, semi-finals aren't meant to be, 
We urge all Kinvara Gaels to come out in force to Craughwell today (Saturday 28th) for 4pm, and urge our lads over the line.

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