Congratulations to Sean McAdams, Páidí Williams, Eoin England, Kevin McDonald, David O’Sullivan, Cian Darcy and all involved with Borrisokane CC on their victory in the All-Ireland final.
In a high-scoring first round of the League MacDonaghs (4-13) played out a draw with Borris-Ileigh (3-16) in MacDonagh Park. In was a game in which both defences looked vulnerable and the forwards on either side took full advantage. At half-time the Magpies trailed by three points with the scoreboard reading 3-8 to 2-8 in favour of the visitors. For the second half the selectors reshuffled the defence and, while never looking entirely comfortable at the back, the haemorrhage of goals was staunched. In the end the result could have gone either way and both sides were happy with a share of the points. Team: Niall Shinners, Conor Austin, Mark O’Meara, Cormac Williams, Cormac Mannion (0-1), Martin Grace (0-1), Alan Darcy, Robert Austin (0-1), Caoilainn Conroy, Mark O’Neill (1-4), Paddy Ryan (1-1), Conor Lillis (0-1), Luke Dervan (1-0), Declan Barrett and Conor Doheny (1-4 from frees). Subs: James Cleary, Kevin Ryan, Kevin Shinners, Pat Conway and Kevin Oakley. The next game will be away to Templederry on the weekend of 7th April.
MacDonaghs travelled to Ballina on Sunday morning and lost out to the home side on a 2-10 to 1-2 scoreline in the second round of the football championship. Although Ballina were the better side and were deserving winners MacDonaghs enjoyed plenty of possession but couldn’t make it count on the scoreboard. Puckane will be the venue for the next round against Kiladangan on this Wednesday, 27th March at 6.30pm.
In the opening round of the football championship we have a home tie against Moneygall/Clonakenny on Monday, 1st April in Ardcroney at 6.30pm.
In preparation for the hurling championship MacDonaghs travelled to Carrig for a very useful challenge against CRC Gaels.
In order to maximise player participation in this grade the Juvenile Committee has decided to field three teams in both the hurling and football championships this year. The teams will be known as De Wets, Kilruane and MacDonaghs. On this Saturday, March 30th Kilruane travel to Ballina to take on the home side at 3.00pm while De Wets also face Ballina in the same venue at 3.00pm.
Mighty Macs Academy
The Mighty Macs Academy for 4, 5 and 6-year old boys and girls commences on the Astro Turf in MacDonagh Park on this Saturday, 23rd March at 10.30am. No hurls or helmets are required. The children will be introduced to a Fundamental Movement Skills programme.
A meeting of the Club Committee will be held in the Clubroom on this Thursday, 28th March at 8.00pm. All committee members are asked to attend.
Thanks to all our players and supporters who have paid their membership fees. The 31st March deadline is looming ever nearer so those haven’t renewed should do so immediately. Supporters can avail of a very attractive membership package which is now on offer from the club. For just €200 you will have a full year’s Lotto subscription, entry to the Tipperary Draw as well as your membership. In effect, supporters who subscribe to this package will have free membership — a saving of €30. Supporters have the option of paying by direct debit.
Thanks to everybody who supported the outgoing Draw which proved to be a valuable source of income for the club. Subscribers and promoters asked to bring all payments up to date so that we can close the book on the 2018/2019 Draw.