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TOPIC • 9 November, 2017 SPORT 49 LEINSTER JUNIOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINAL Fr. Dalton’s no match for Kilkenny’s John Locke’s JOHN LOCKE’S 2-17 FR. DALTON’S 0-7 The yawning gap between Kilkenny and Westmeath hurling was further underlined at Lakepoint Park GAA grounds last Saturday, where John Lockes outclassed Fr Dalton’s to advance to the Leinster Junior Hurling Championship final. BY DAMIEN MAHER The Kilkenny side, playing with 14 men for the entire second half, were emphatic winners, their impressive first half display laying the foundations for victory. The Callan club led by 1-12 to 0-3 at the break and simply powered on to a 15-point win in the second half. Their second goal was controversial and Fr Dalton’s certainly had solid claims for a free out, but the score stood to rub salt into the Ballymore side’s wounds. It has been a very good season, overall, for Fr Dalton’s, but Saturday’s encounter was simply a bridge too far and they were never a match for the Kilkenny men, whose first touch, slickness on the ball, strength in the air and physical strength were all superior. COMPLETE CONTROL John Lockes produced what they felt afterwards was their finest first half display of the season to put real daylight between the two sides, and in truth, there was no way back for Fr Dalton’s. Playing with the breeze, they took the lead early on, and despite a massive point from Padraig Nestor, Fr Dalton’s couldn’t get into their stride, their failure to control the ball proving their undoing on several occasions. It was just 0-2 to 0-1 after 10 minutes, but after that, the Kilkenny outfit exerted complete control, a welltaken goal by full forward Dan McCormack in the 15th minute a significant score. Fr Dalton’s had just notched their second point through John Gilligan, who shot over from 60 metres, before McCormack pounced for the game’s first major. The real damage was done in the final ten minutes of the half when John Lockes added John Gilligan of Fr Dalton’s moves in to collect the loose ball ahead of John Locke’S Jack McDowell. Robert English of Fr Dalton’s clears the sliotar out of defence under pressure from James Power of John Lockes. eight unanswered points to lead by 12 at the break. Some of the scores were excellent, the likes of Paddy Kennedy, James Power (frees), Sean Power and wing back Tony Delaney pucking over some fine scores. John Lockes were reduced to 14 men in added time when substitute Eoghan Scriven was shown a straight red card by Offaly referee Richie Fitzsimons, but it had no impact in the second half. SCRAMBLE Fr Dalton’s needed a big opening 10 minutes after half-time, but the very opposite materialised as John Lockes notched a further 1-3 without reply. Robert Kerwick blasted over with a goal, while free taker James Power continued in unerring fashion, one of his scores a superb effort from 80 metres. In the 45th minute, substitute Conor Murphy sent a dangerous ball across the face of goal and Shane Bergin appeared to foul the Fr Dalton’s defender when he swung on the dropping ball; a goal mouth scramble ensued and Bergin ended up finishing the ball to the net. There was no green flag initially, but after a brief consultation, the umpire signalled the goal would stand and it left 18 points separating the teams. Fr Dalton’s showed character and notched the next four scores per Colum Mackey (free), Ronan McLaughlin (free), Kieran Martin and McLoughlin, the latter striking over an excellent point from 60 metres. Moments earlier, he went for goal from a close-range free (after Brian Finerty was fouled) but the John Lockes ‘keeper Ian Bourke was equal to the challenge. The game was well over by the time centre back Owen McGrath shot over the visitors’ final score, confirming their place in the final, when they will be hotly fancied to add another Leinster title to the long list of Kilkenny success. SCORERS - John Lockes: J Power 0-9 (7f; 1 65’), S Bergin 1- 1, D McCormack 1-0, P Kennedy 0-3, S Power, O McGrath, T Delaney and R Kerwick 0-1 each. Fr Dalton’s: R McLoughlin 0-2 (1f), P Nestor, B Finerty, K Martin, J Gilligan and C Mackey (free) 0-1 each. Ronan McLoughlin of Fr Dalton’s in possession with Shane Bergin of John Lockes in close attendance during last Saturday’s game in Lakepoint Park. JOHN LOCKE’S - Ian Bourke; Brian Kirwan, Bill McDowell, Cathal McGrath; Tony Delaney, Owen McGrath, Jason Corcoran; Jack McDowell, Sean Power; Paddy Kennedy, James Power, Ryan Bergin; Shane Bergin, Dan McCormack, Robert Kerwick. Subs: Eoghan Scriven for R Bergin (inj., 2 mins), Conor Murphy for Kerwick (42), John O’Neill for J Power (46), Robert Wall for Corcoran (50), Matthew Houlihan (58). Topic’s take on the match MAN OF THE MATCH Paddy Kennedy (John Lockes): While James Power was excellent from placed balls, wing forward Paddy Kennedy had a fine game for John Lockes and his touches were excellent. SCORE OF THE MATCH While they played second fiddle, a superb point by Padraig FR DALTON’S - Sean Weeson; Eoin Ryan, Kenneth Kincaid, Jack Kearney; Sean Keena, Robert English, Sean McCabe; Brian Finerty, Jack O’Kelly-Lynch; Kieran Martin, John Gilligan, Padraig Nestor; Ronan McLoughlin, Sean Egan, Colum Mackey. Subs: Liam O’Neill for McCabe (13), Pete Murray for Keena (45), Liam O’Roarke for Mackey (49), Barry McKnight for O’Kelly-Lynch (53). REFEREE - Richie Fitzsimons (Offaly). Nestor, from 65 metres out near the sideline (after Sean McCabe’s pass), was one of the game’s highlights. NEXT UP John Lockes take on St Mogues (Fethard-on-Sea) of Wexford in the Leinster Junior Hurling Championship final next Saturday in Wexford Park, while Fr Dalton’s can reflect on a very successful year for the club in Westmeath, where they won the Intermediate Championship for the first time. Clonkill Camogie Notes Kieran Martin of Fr Dalton’s battles his way past the John Lockes duo of Jason Corcoran and Sean Power. INFORMATION/ WELCOME NIGHT We held our information/welcome night on Friday, 3rd of November last. This night proved to be very effective in many ways. We received many suggestions on the night and are delighted that we now have many more people willing to come on board on our committee and also to train teams. Thank you to everyone that attended on the night. AGM We are holding our AGM on Friday, 17th of November 2017. This will commence at 7.30pm. Again we would encourage all members to attend. Your voice matters. CHRISTMAS MARKET There will be a Christmas Market held in Clonkill GAA Clubhouse on Sunday, 26th of November, starting at 11am. There a numerous stalls booked in already, and this is sure to get you into the early Christmas spirit. Come along and have a look. We guarantee you won’t be disappointed. Who knows, maybe the man himself might show up! Anybody wishing to book a stall is asked to contact Vivienne at 087-794-5117. CHRISTMAS MOVIE NIGHT We are having a Christmas Movie Night on Sunday, 10th December from 4pm to 6pm. Admission is €5 per person. More details to follow. CLONKILL JUNIOR HURL- ING TEAM Congratulations and well done to the Clonkill junior hurling team who recently won the junior final, this being the seventh junior title in a row, which is a fantastic achievement. Well done, lads. BOOK LAUNCH Well done to the book committee in Clonkill on the production of the history of Clonkill GAA. SOARING STAR Well done to Caoimhe McCrossan and Laura Doherty, Westmeath Camogie team, who won Soaring Star Awards this week. PADDY DOWDALL Clonkill Camogie Club would like to congratulate Paddy Dowdall on his achievement recently in winning his tenth senior championship medal. Well done Paddy. We at Clonkill know the sacrifices you make, and it is lovely to see you getting your just reward – Don’t stop at 10! CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE Get Fit for Christmas - we have seven weeks of classes starting on November 6th in Clonkill Clubhouse. Circuits Monday and Tuesday at 6.30am. Spinning on Wednesday from 9.30am. For all enquiries please contact Muireann 085-707-5962. MINOR FOOTBALL FINAL Well done to our very own Rebecca Croash on winning the minor football final with Killucan. Commiserations to The Downs girls. CLUB NOTES If you have any messages of congratulations or votes of sympathy, which you wish to have included in the club notes, please contact any committee member and we will include them if at all possible. CLUB EMAIL ADDRESS clonkillcamogieclub@gmail.co m is an email address set up for our members, parents and players. The objective of the email address is to give people an opportunity to have their say. All feedback is welcome. All emails will be dealt with by the Committee as a unit.

50 TOPIC • 9 November, 2017 SPORT WESTMEATH SENIOR ‘B’ FOOTBALL FINAL 2017 The Downs team which defeated Maryland in Sunday’s Senior B Football Final. The Maryland team which lost to the Downs in Sunday’s Senior B Football Final. Carroll cousins on fire as The Downs cruise to Senior ‘B’ success THE DOWNS 5-23 MARYLAND 1-7 Cousins Dylan and Shane Carroll scored 4-5 between them as The Downs romped to a 28- point victory over Maryland in last Sunday’s Senior ‘B’ Football final at The Downs GAA grounds. BY RANDAL SCALLY With the U21 and U16 titles already in the bag, the victory completes a hattrick of successes for the black and ambers in 2017. Several of their back-toback U21 champions were on view here as they put the hapless visitors to the sword in the first half with a barrage of scores. In Maryland’s defence, it was their first game since their SFC relegation playoff win over Caulry over two months ago and their lack of match practice and sharpness was clear for all to see in a game, which was played in beautiful November sunshine. In presenting The Downs’ captain Shane Egerton with the Senior ‘B’ shield afterwards, Sean Sheridan, whose term as Westmeath County Board Chairman is drawing to a close, expressed his disappointment at the lack of interest shown by clubs in the competition. Only three clubs – The Downs, Castledaly and Maryland – took part, with the latter having qualified for the final without kicking a ball. DOWNS FLYING START Maryland travelled with only 17 players and the writing was on the wall when they trailed by 2-5 to 0-0 at the end of the first quarter. Things got a lot worse for them in the second quarter when the hosts added a further 3-8 to take an unassailable 5-13 to 1-2 lead into the interval. The Drumraney-based outfit were more competitive in the second half, but by then the game had long ended as a contest. The Downs were favoured by the breeze in the first half and raced into a 0-5 to 0-0 lead inside nine minutes thanks to two points each from Luke Loughlin (one free) and Dylan Carroll, and another from Shane Carroll. 1995 All-Ireland minor winner David Martin missed a glorious goal chance which would have got Maryland back into the game before they conceded two goals in as many minutes. Brendan Murtagh centred for Dylan Carroll to palm home the opening goal in the 13th minute before the former county hurler raised a green flag himself, when his point attempt dipped at the last second and into the roof of Lee Moran’s net. Maryland finally opened Thomas Browne of Maryland retains possession despite being taken down by Sean Egerton of The Downs. Keith Malynn of Maryland gets his shot away as Joseph Moran of The Downs moves in to tackle. their account in the 16th minute when Peter T Cunningham got his fist to David Martin’s free and helped it over the bar. But it continued to be one-way traffic as Murtagh and Dean Egerton registered points either side of another palmed goal by Dylan Carroll after Murtagh had burst through the middle. Shane Carroll emulated his cousin in the other corner by scoring two goals in the 22nd and 25th minutes, the second coming after Philip Doherty had stormed forward from wing back. In between, Dylan Carroll and Luke Loughlin had points and there was no respite for Maryland as further scores from Conor Murray, Loughlin and full back Trevor McCormack had extended the winners’ lead to 5-13 to 0-2 before Maryland’s best player, centre back Ciaran Kelly, pulled a goal back on the stroke of half-time. The Downs had the luxury of bringing on three pairs of fresh legs for the second half as Loughlin (free) and Steve Martin traded points. There was a further exchange of scores between Conor Murray and David Martin (free) before Loughlin (two, one free), Murtagh and Dylan Carroll increased The Downs’ advantage to 5-19 to 1-6, with Martin replying with a brace of frees. Keith Malynn kicked one of the points of the game from long range, but Steven Cleary’s charges were still full of running and four late points from Niall Gavin, Philip Doherty, Dean Egerton and sub Conor Gavin completed the rout. Scorers – The Downs: Dylan Carroll 2-4, Shane Carroll 2-1, Luke Loughlin 0-7 (0-3 frees), Brendan Murtagh 1-2, Dean Egerton 0-3, Conor Murray 0-2, Trevor McCormack, Niall Gavin, Philip Doherty and Conor Gavin 0-1 each. Maryland: David Martin 0-4 (0- 4 frees), Ciaran Kelly 1-0, Steve Martin, Keith Malynn and Peter T Cunningham 0-1 each. The Downs: Adam Loughlin- Stones; Cian Carty, Trevor McCormack, Kevin Bell; Conor Coughlan, Shane Egerton, Philip Doherty; Joe Moran, Conor Murray; Dean Egerton, Luke Loughlin, Niall Gavin; Shane Carroll, Brendan Murtagh, Dylan Carroll. Subs: Niall Murray for Coughlan (half-time), Harry Caulfield for Moran (half-time), James Conroy for D Egerton (half-time), Conor Gavin for D Carroll (43 min), Dean Egerton for C Murray (52 min). Maryland: Lee Moran; Brian Moran, Christy Hermbusche, Donovan Hermbusche; Ronan Farrell, Ciaran Kelly, James Reynolds; Kenny Kincaid, Steve Martin; Peter T Cunningham, Tom Browne, Kenny Egan; Gary Connaughton, Keith Malynn, David Martin. Subs: Shane Seery for Egan (42 min), Paul O’Donoghue for Connaughton (42 min), Egan for Kelly (58 min, injured), Connaughton for Kincaid (58 min). Referee – Rob Cornally (Mullingar Shamrocks). LOUGH LENE GAELS HURLING CLUB NOTES U21 HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP Lough Lene Gaels played Eire Og (Crookedwood/St Oliver Plunkett’s/St.Brigid’s) in a replay of a quarter final fixture of the 2017 U21 Hurling Championship at Robinstown, Mullingar on October, Bank Holiday Monday, October 30th. The teams had previously played out a draw at Collinstown on Tuesday evening, August 15th on a final scoreline of : Lough Lene Gaels 2-17- Eire Og 3-14 (AET). In this quarter final replay, the general trend of play was very keenly contested, right up to the midway point of the second half, a point in this fixture at which Lough Lene Gaels led Eire Og by just a one point margin: Lough Lene Gaels 0-08 - Eire Og 0-07. In the closing quarter of play, Lough Lene Gaels obtained the scores that enabled them to win this fixture, defeating Eire Og by a very flattering margin of 16 points. Result: Lough Lene Gaels 3-14 - Eire Og 0-07. JUNIOR ‘A’ HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP On Saturday, October 28th, Lough Lene Gaels played Clonkill in the final of the 2017 Junior ‘A’ Hurling Championship on the 3G pitch at the St. Lomans GFC, Mullingar (Lakepoint Park) grounds. A very powerful and very good Clonkill team controlled much of the general play of the first half of this fixture. As a consequence, Lough Lene Gaels trailed Clonkill by a margin of 10 points at halftime, with the score at: Lough Lene Gaels 0-07 - Clonkill 2-11. Lough Lene Gaels at least did save face in the second half with an improved overall team performance. A very good Clonkill team though was the merited winner of this fixture. Result: Lough Lene Gaels 2-12- Clonkill 3-17. Lough Lene Gaels Hurling Club warmly and very sincerely congratulates its 2017 Junior panel of players and team management on dedication in terms of the fulfilling of the playing of fixtures in this competition, not forgetting a very good Clonkill team on the winning of this competition. Lough Lene Gaels Hurling Club also sincerely thank those persons who attended this fixture at the St. Lomans GFC, Mullingar (Lakepoint Park) grounds, supporting Lough Lene Gaels in the course of playing this fixture. LOTTO NEWS A lotto draw took place at Bartley’s, Drumcree on Sunday night, November 5th. Jackpot €3200. The result of this lotto draw, will be stated in the next Lough Lene Gaels Hurling Club article that is published in this newspaper. WEEKLY BINGO Weekly Bingo takes place at Collinstown Hall on Tuesday nights, starting at 8.30p.m. Good prizes to be won. The jackpot at the Weekly Bingo on Tuesday night, November 7th, is €3000.