The Dungarvan and Abbeyside clubs raised £1,000 for St. Johns School and Heart Bypass Rehab at the final of the John A Murphy senior hurling tournament at the Dungarvan club grounds last Friday evening. Despite the threatening rain, a good sized attendance gathered to see this latest local derby contest which also doubled as a County senior hurling league game.
Because of their win, the Blues will join Tallow in the semi finals of this competition along with Ballygunner and either De La Salle or Passage, the latter two teams yet to play each other. The scoreline suggests that Abbeyside were short some players for this game and such was the case with Stphen Enright, Brian Looby, James Beresford, Neil Montgomery, John Elstead, Darragh McGrath and Richie Foley unavailable while Dungarvan fielded as near to full strength as possible with just Patrick Curran an absentee due to injury.
Abbeyside’s Shane O Donovan solos clear of Dungarvan’s Conor Sheridan.
The home side led from the off and indiscipline in the Abbeyside team cost them dearly in a first half that the Blues won by 1-8 to 0-5. The Villagers also shot six wides, which if converted, would have kept this derby game in the melting pot. Top scorer Ryan Donnelly, he finished the hour with 0-12(8f), opened the scoring with a brace from play and from a placed ball while wing forward Mark Twomey replied for Abbeyside. Donnolly fired over another two points from frees followed by a contender for score of the match by Conor Prunty off his left side near the far wing, Prunty the County player starting at mid field here.
Dermot O Callaghan on left and Mac Dara Mac Donnacha enjoying this local derby.
However Ryan Donnolly was to Dungarvan in attack as was Kieran Power in defence and his knowledge of the positioning of the home posts yielded him three more scores in the far off goal to leave the winners 0-7 to 0-2 in front come the 20th minute. As expected, Abbeyside came back at their opponents during the next five minutes and fine scores by Sean Whelan Barrett and and Tiernan Murray left just one puck of the ball the difference after all of Dungarvan’s out field dominance on a score board reading 0-7 to 0-4.
Yet, the match swung back the Blues way in the latter minutes of the half, Gavin Crotty pointed from play replied to by Mark Fwrncombe and when Joe Duggan and Sean Ryan combined to send Crotty in for the only goal of the match in the 28th minute, Dungarvan had one hand on the Johnny Murphy Cup at the break on a score of 1-8 to 0-5.
Two wise students of the game, studying the form ahead of the next round of the senior hurling championship
Though it was in mid June, the lights had to be switched on at half time due to the overcast weather for a second moiety that Dungarvan won by 0-9 to 0-2. As in the first half, Ryan Donnolly opened the scoring before Mark Ferncombe scored what was to be Abbeyside’s only point for twenty minutes. The locals hit seven unanswered scores via Ryan Donnolly 0-5(4f), Kevin Daly and Cathal Curran. Abbeyside added four wides to their first half tally of eight as both goalies were also called into action. Laurence Power made a great save from Cathal Curran at the end of the third quarter while at the other end of the field Gavin Power denied Mark Twomey.
Abbeyside’s Tiernan Murray holds possession ahead of Dungarvan’s Jamie Nagle.
With the score standing at 1-14 to 0-6, Mark Ferncombe went low with a close in free but Kieran Power was up to the task on the line. Abbeyside’s only other second half point was attributed to a Michael O Halloran pointed free while Dungarvan sub Joe Allen finished off the scoring as the town team ran out deserving winners.
A selection of the large attendance at the club grounds last Friday.
Eileen Murphy presented joint captains Ryan Donnolly and John Curran with the winning trophy and the referee and his umpires chose Dungarvan number 6 Kieran Power as the Johnny Murphy Man of the Match. Dungarvan club chairman David Kiely presided over the presentations.
Dungarvan : Ryan Donnolly 0-12(8f), Gavin Crotty 1-1, Cathal Curran 0-2, Kevin Daly and Joe Allen 0-1 each.
Abbeyside : Mark Ferncombe 0-2(1f), Mark Twomey, Conor Prunty, Sean Whelan Barrett and Tiernan Murray 0-1 each, Michael O Halloran 0-1f.
Eileen Murphy presents the cup to winning captains, Ryan Donnolly on left and John Curran.
Dungarvan : Gavin Power; Aaron Donnolly, John Curran, Sean Ryan; Jamie Nagle, Kieran Power, Darragh Lyons; Joe Duggan, Mike Kiely; Luke O Callaghan, Kevin Daly, Conor Sheridan; Cathal Curran, Gavin Crotty, Ryan Donnolly. Subs : Luke Egan, Kealan Daly, Cormac Curran, Joe Allen, Conor Duggan, Seanie McGrath, Kenny Moore and James Kiely.
Abbeyside : Laurence Power; Tom Looby, Evan Collins, David Collins; Shane O Donovan, John Hurney, Patrick Hurney; Conor Prunty, Maurice Power; Sean Whelan Barrett, Tiernan Murray, Mark Twomey; Michael O Halloran, Mark Ferncombe, Shane Ahearne. Subs : Stephen Cliffe, Eoin Kiely, Stephen O Connor, Oisin Hallahan.
Referee : Alan Kissane (Dunhill).
ABBEYSIDE AND DUNGARVAN RENEW HURLING RIVALRY
JOHN A MURPHY SENIOR HURLING TOURNAMENT FINAL ABBEYSIDE V DUNGARVAN IN Dungarvan Club Grounds Friday June 14th at 7.30pm. Abbeyside and Dungarvan Renew Hurling Rivalry All roads lead to the Dungarvan club grounds this Friday evening for the John A Murphy senior hurling tournament final between local rivals Dungarvan and Abbeyside.
With a skeleton fixture list on the club scene in the direct aftermath of our exit from both the inter County hurling and football championships, local gaels are being given the opportunity to taste some club action once again in advance of the commencement of the senior championship the following week.
This game doubles up as an important league game for both clubs. A win or a draw will see Abbeyside qualify for the league semi finals along with Tallow while the home side will have to win if they are to progress. This is an ideal game for both teams and the game will benefit two local organisations, St. John’s School and Heart By-Pass Rehab. Entry fee to the match, with the co operation and good will of both clubs is a modest £5.
There will be two entrances in operation at the venue. The usual entrance at the main gates will be open with parking available in the field and the new pedestrian entrance at the other end of the grounds will also facilitate patrons who can park in the old Century Homes car park.
Johnny Murphy was the life and the soul of Dungarvan GAA in years gone by and this will be the third staging of his memorial game, the previous two seeing Midleton and Wexford side Shelmaliers participating. Johnny was chairman of both the Western and County Boards in his day . A native of Cashel in Tipperary, he gave great service to the GAA in the Deise County as an administrator and a highly respected journalist since he arrived in the town in the late 1950’s.
The organisers are delighted that his cup will be presented by his wife Eileen and that other family members will be present. With club hurling forced to take a back seat to the inter County championships, the local scene requires games such as this and this should be a hour’s hurling worth seeing which, as a local derby, should tell us the current standing of both teams. Previously both clubs organised similar games which benefitted Dungarvan Hospital and the Sesame School in Whitestrand in the Village. As with the inter County games in Walsh Park, the stand will be unreserved. Refreshments will be served after the match.
There is no direct form between both teams recently ahead of this eagerly awaited game. The fact that Abbeyside contested the County final last year has them in a good place in the pecking order in the County while Dungarvan will be hoping to erase the memory of their disappointing exit to Passage in the 2018 quarter final sooner rather than later.
DUNGARVAN GAA JUNIOR FOOTBALL VICTORY SOCIAL IN 1973. Back Row : left to right : Noel Sheehan, Eddie Shehan, David Dwyer, John Meehan, Paul Lannon, John Fennell, Liam Simms, Liam Sandford, Jim Mullins, Bro. Cleary. Front Row : Left to right : Brighdin Ni Chriostoir, Michael Curran, John A.. Murphy, Mickey Tobin, Pat McGrath, Collette Simms.
DEATH OF ANTHONY ‘DINNY’ DALTON
WATERFORD COUNTY JUNIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS 1973.
The club has learned with deep regret the death of former player Anthony ‘Dinny’ Dalton this week.
From Caseyville, Dinny was a larger than life character in the town and in the club in years gone by and he played for many years with us in the 1970’s as well as being a staunch clubman.
Some years back, Dinny went to live in Donegal and that is where his death took place this week. Sincere sympathy is extended to Dinny’s family on their sad loss.
WATERFORD MINOR HURLERS DRAW WITH LIMERICK……..
CLUB PLAYERS JOHNNY BURKE AND TRISTAN LOFTUS IMPRESS.
In Walsh Park last Sunday in Round 3 of the Munster Minor Hurling Championship, It finished Limerick 0-11, Waterford 0-11.
This was Waterford’s first championship point earned after previous narrow defeats to both Clare and Tipperary.
Club players Johnny Burke and Tristam loftus lined out for the Deise and both impressed with excellent match long performances.
Johnny scored 0-3 from play while Tristan justified his return to the starting fifteen with an impressive workmanlike display throughout.
Waterford Scorers :: Reuban Halloran 0-4 (2frees), Johnny Burke 0-3, Sean Burke, Jake Foley, Mark Fitzgerald and Michael Cummins 0-1 each.
WATERFORD Team : : Rian Hogan (Kilrossanty); Caoimhín Walsh (Kilrossanty), Sean O’Neill (Ballygunner), Jack Ó Floinn (An Rinn); Cathrach Daly (Lismore), Rory Furlong (Roanmore), Triston Loftus (Ballysaggart); Sean Burke (Roanmore), Joe Booth (Colligan); Mark Fitzgerald (Passage), Aaron Ryan (Fourmilewater), Johnny Burke (Dungarvan); Reuben Halloran (De La Salle), Caolan MacCraith (An Rinn), Jake Foley (Ballygunner). Subs: Cian Rellis (Tramore) for Jake Foley (46mins), Jamie Gleeson (Mount Sion) for Triston Loftus (51mins), Michael Cummins (Passage) for Joe Booth (53mins).
ATTRACTIVE SENIOR HURLING GAME
Abbeyside v Dungarvan SH Tournament Final
The Dungarvan club stages the John A. Murphy senior hurling tournament final on Friday June 14th at 7.30pm in a game that will also double up as an important league game for both clubs. Johnny Murphy was the life and the soul of Dungarvan GAA in years gone by and this will be the third staging of his memorial game, the previous two seeing Midleton and Wexford side Shelmaliers participating.
A win or a draw will see Abbeyside qualify for the league semi finals along with Tallow while the home side will have to win if they are to progress. This is an ideal game for both teams ahead of the anticipated return of the senior hurling championship ten days later and the game will benefit two local organisations, St. John’s School and Heart By-Pass Rehab. Entry fee to the match, with the co operation and good will of both clubs is a modest £5.
With club hurling forced to take a back seat to the inter County championships, the local scene requires games such as this and this should be a hour’s hurling worth seeing which, as a local derby, should tell us the current standing of both teams. Previously both clubs organised similar games which benefitted Dungarvan Hospital and the Sesame School in Whitestrand in the Village. As with the inter County games in Walsh Park, the stand will be unreserved.
Dungarvan GAA Club was affiliated to the Gaelic Athletic Association on June the 1st 1885 - the first club in Waterford to do so. Through thick and thin, good times and bad, we have stayed the pace, and to-day we are the oldest - and I dare say the best - club in the county. We stand uniquely alone as the only club in the Decies to have won county championships in every grade from Under 12 up to senior in both codes.