Tuesday, 17th October 2017
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Brave Fenor effort falls short

When the seeds of defeat have long dispersed from Fenor the club can look back on this year and it will be catalogued as one of great success. Yes, defeat to Dungourney in the Munster Club Junior Hurling Final recently in Mallow will carry a huge amount of disappointment but when the lads from East Waterford set out on the campaign earlier in the year they were shouldering an unenviable record of six straight County Final defeats since the turn of the century. Not having contested a final in seven years one wonders how many of those players expected, not just to claim the domestic championship but, to be part of Munster Hurling Final day in December.

Fenor won their place in the final when defeating Ennistymon in the semi-final and on Sunday faced a formidable outfit in Dungourney. The team from East Cork had been hailed as one of the best junior sides in the rebel county in recent years and had already completed the League/Championship double on Leeside. Notwithstanding Fenor went into the game with everything to gain and reports were that training had been really good. Weather conditions all over the South and West of the country had forced postponments throughout but thankfully the pitch passed the inspection at the really well appointed Mallow grounds.

The opening minutes saw two very well matched sides with Ben Gallagher and Sean Cheasty keeping Fenor level 0-3 apiece after fifteen minutes. The Cork side would not have been happy as they spurned a number of chances by driving wide. Before the break two further points from Gallagher and Ciaran Kirwan saw the sides level 0-5 apiece. Dungourney midfielder Ryan Denny was the inspiration behind much of their scoring.

The opening ten minutes of the second half proved match defining. A goal for the rebels from corner forward Jack Griffen on 39 minutes gave Dungourney a huge impetus and a 1-8 to 0-7 lead. This knocked the Fenor lads who were fighting with huge determination but it was not to be as Dungourney drove on for vicotry. A personal tally of eleven points from Ryan Denny contributing to a winning margin of 1-17 to 0-8. And so the treble for Waterford clubs was not to be following wins for Ballysaggart and Modeligo in 2013/2014. However Fenor will certainly welcome the opportunity of competing in the Waterford Intermediate Championship in 2016 and we wish them well in it.

EASTERN CONVENTION

The recent Waterford Eastern Board GAA Convention took place recently in the beautifully redeveloped St Saviours clubhouse in the city. Having seen their premises gutted by fire less than twelve months ago the club has made huge progress in their rebuilding efforts. The meeting chaired by Roanmore clubman Michael Wadding saw the officers returned with the exception of Passage man Pat Flynn who has stepped down to take over as County Secretary. On that note the column would wish Pat all the very best as he steps into this onerous position. Also I would like to thank outgoing County Secretary Timmy O'Keeffe for all his invaluable help during his sojourn in the "hot seat". Both Michael Wadding and the County Chairman Paddy Joe Ryan, who was in attendance, thanked the board, the clubs and the officers for all their help over the past year.

Secretary Seamus Cleere gave a very comprehensive report on the affairs of the Board with all aspects covered including games/,competitions and referees, while also thanking the sponosrs and the press for help throughout the last twelve months. The genial Mount Sion clubman also thanked his fellow officers and offered deepest and heartfelt sympathy to all who lost loved ones including the tragic passing of referee Paul Foley who had been of huge assistance to the board.

Incidentally the Waterford GAA Pass Cards for 2016 are becoming available over the next week and are surely a "snip" at E100.00 and E65.00 for OAP. Contact the County Board office for details.

DESMOND SPOILS FIXTURES

The inclement weather played a big part in the cancellation of a number of fixtures in the county not least the eagerly awaited Eastern Under 21 'A' final between city rivals De La Salle and Mount Sion. On a number of occasions the storm has shown scant respect for those charged with the task of completing championships and their efforts have been twarted by wind and rain. However perseverance is the key word. No news yet as to the rescheduling but no doubt it will draw a huge crowd whenever it is staged.

COACHING AND GAMES

In recent weeks we have completed 4 Foundation Courses along with an Award 1 Child Course. There will be additional Award 1 Youth and Adult strands in Feb/Match 2016.

Foundation Courses can be arranged by an individual club or indeed a cluster of clubs. A minimum of 12 persons required for a course to run. To be certified participants must also complete the Child Protection Awareness Workshop at the end of the Foundation Course.

Reminder that the City league AGM takes place in Mount Sion on Wednesday 16th at 8pm.

Until our next copy Nollaig shona agus ath-blian faoi mhaise dhaoibh go leir.

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