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Quarter, Semis, Finals 2018

Quarter-Finals

Our first ever Senior Quarter Finals took place in Slashers GAA, Longford on July 15th.
 
The first game scheduled was Mixed, Cuchulainn, Carlow versus Erne Eagles, Cavan. The Ulster squad hit hard in the first innings, scoring 20 and conceding 4. However every innings after was much closer, 2-1, 2-2, 0-0, 6-1. Leinsters Ann Marie Brennan & Billy Connors were never put out, along with Eagles Barry Mcardle & Michael Cullen. Game finished 30-8.
 

Glynn/Barntown, Wexford faced Sporting Limerick in Mixed next. The Wexford side took control of the game from the start, due to some fine hits from Kenny O Reilly, who hit two home runs along with team mate Jason Malone. Limericks Nigel Mann put on a marvelous display in COF, making some fine catches, doubling up with excellent throwing. game ended 33-2.

 
Ladies competition took center stage for the next four games. Bagenalstown, Carlow and Clonaslee, Laois was the next pairing. This was a Pitchers game, both Nicola (Bagenalstown) & Aine (Clonaslee) contributed to most out's for their team's, with a combined 17 out's between them. Carlows Sharon O Rourke was the only player never put out. Match result 13-6.
 
The Heath, Laois and Adamstown, Wexford contested the following game. Adamstown had a shaky start, allowing 12 players to make the 100 meter sprint in the first innings. The Wexford side went on to win the second and third innings. Laois' Aoife Daly, again was impressively never put out for her team, along with Wexford's Aine Shannon & Stephanie Sinnott. The Heaths Danielle Keane, recorded 10 of the required 15 outs her team needed, finishing the game 25-15.
 
Breaffy, Mayo battled Cuhulainn after this, a replay of last years Semi Finals, except Breaffy came out victorious. Connaughts Catcher Olivia Tolster, had a superb 4th innings, taking all three outs herself. Carlows Sinead Abby, was never put out, along with Breaffys Collete McTigue. Final result 20-4 in a game that went under an hour.
 
Glynn/Barntown were pitted against Erne Eagles, for our last Ladies Quarter Final. This game was neck and neck until the bottom of the fourth, when Leinsters Kiera Waters, hit a monster home run, Kiera was also never put out, along with team mate Emma Reddy. Cavans Andrea Barber took most outs as Pitcher for her team, while Wexford's Linda Dempsey & Kiera, shared twelve outs between them on 1st & 2nd base. Final result 23-12 to Glynn/Barntown, who's hopes of three in a row continue.
 
It was back to Mixed competition for our last two games of the day. Bagenalstown faced our reigning champions The Heath. Carlow's Ellen Condon & Elaine Clarke, were never put out, while the champs Danielle Keane, had an impressive RBI along with James Kavanagh, who hit a bases loaded home run, both helping to secure their club a victory, 24-7.
 
Limekiln, Dublin encountered Breaffy in our last game. This was the lowest scoring game of the day, also going under the hour mark. The innings played out 2-1, 3-0, 1-0, 0-1, 0-. Breaffys Paula Leneghan, was the only player never put out. The Dubs Adam Riordan was top scorer, while Chris Hughes secured most outs for his club, helping them advance to the Semi Finals.
 
Sunday July 29th, Portlaoise GAA, Laois
our Senior Men, Ladies & Mixed will take place
 
Ladies Semi Finals
Bagenalstown, Carlow V The Heath, Laois
Glynn/Barntown, Wexford V Breaffy, Mayo
 
Mens Semi Finals 
Erne Eagles, Cavan V Breaffy, Mayo
Limekiln, Dublin V The Heath, Laois
 
Mixed Semi Finals
Glynn/Barntown, Wexford V Erne Eagles, Cavan
Limekiln, Dublin V The Heath, Laois.

 

Semi-Finals

This years Senior Semi-Finals took place in Portlaoise GAA, Laois on July 29th. Our Mixed competition kicked us off with Glynn/Barntown ,Wexford facing Erne Eagles, Cavan. The Leinster side hit hard in the first innings, with all nine players called to bat, 6 of those making the 100 meter sprint. Eagles only managed to get one player to first base, due to some fine fielding from Jason O Reilly. Role's were reversed for the second innings, with Eagles taking it 4-1, score after the second was 7-4 in favour of Barntown. Ulsters Darryl Dolan hit a Home Run in the third also securing two catches, while Wexfords Jason Malone got all three outs for his team on 1st base, resulting in a draw 2-2. Top of the 7th, 15-10 to Wexford, Eagles went on to score three runs, until Jason O Reilly caught the wining ball closing off home base, leaving Erne Eagles drawing runers stranded, game ended Glynn/Barntown 15 v Erne Eagles 13. Special mention goes to Leinsters Dylan Whitty who was the only player never put out, and Cavans Catcher Damien McArdle who put most players out. 

Next up was our current Mixed Champions The Heath, Laois who took on Limekiln, Dublin. 10-8 to the Dub's after the first, set the tone for the rest of the game, hard hitting resulted in no separating either side for the 7 innings, that played out 17-16, 19-22, 24-24, 28-27, 30-30, 31-31, which resulted in our first game of the day going to two extra innings. Bottom of the 9th, still a draw game, The Heaths Damien Keane hit the winning ball with Rory Treacy securing the winning run, game finished 36-35. Limekiln's Edward Healy & James Dillon were never put out, while Laois' James Kavanagh hit the second Home Run of the day.
 
Ladies competition was next, our two time Champions Glynn/Barntown faced Breaffy Mayo. The Leinster side had a good start scoring 5 and conceding 1, Breaffy retaliated in the second scoring 5 & relinquishing 0, and again scoring three to 0. Barntown didn't give up, scoring five for their next at bat, stopping Breaffy scoring a single run. The Mayo side hit hard in the 5th, scoring an impressive 10 runs, while Barntown could only answer with 4. After the 6th you guessed it Glynn Barntown had crawled back and closed the gap, with it now standing Breaffy 20 Glynn 19, surprisingly after the 7th innings it was 25-25, resulting in our second game of the day going to extra innings. Superb Pitching from Emma Reddy held the Connaught side to 1 run, while the Hanley sisters placed some fine hits, helping their team take the lead 29-26, Breaffy could only score two runs for their last at bat. Final result 29-28 with Glynn/Barntown continuing their quest for three in a row. Special mention to Mayos, Margaret Fitzgibbons who was top scorer for this game.
 
Bagenalstown, Carlow versus The Heath Ladies was next. 0-0 after the first, all was to play for. Well placed hits from Laois' Aoife Boyle & Shauna Redmond helped The Heath take the lead 6-0, which they never relinquished. Powerful Pitching from Nicola Clarke, resulted in Bagenasltown winning the 6th innings, but the come back was to late. The Heath advanced to the Final on a scoreline of 16 runs-7. Carlows, Claire O Shea was never put out, along with The Heaths, Maria Keane. 
 
Men's competition took center stage for our last two games of the day. First up was The Heath V Limekiln, our current Men's champions put in a dominant performance, keeping the Dublin side scoreless for the first 4 innings, while scoring an impressive 16 runs in the fourth innings alone. The 5th innings was a 5 all draw while Limekiln won the 7th 6-4, this was to little to late, The Heath had a comfortable win 47-11, due to the fact all 10 players had a magnificent day batting, securing their club all three teams in the final. Michael O Connell was top scorer for his team, also never getting out, while Donnagh Treacy had an impressive RBI, touching home base all 9 times he was called to bat.
 
Our last game of the day saw Erne Eagles v Breaffy, this was a very close match for the first 3 innings. 16 all going into the fourth, the Ulster side came to life, conceding 6 but scoring an impressive 14 runs, going on to score a following 16 in the 5th.  Eagles James Anderson & Sean Brady scored Home Runs, while Connaughts Seamus Lunn scored one also. Eagles Pitcher Gary Reilly was the only player never put out & had an impressive RBI over his 8 at bats. Final result Erne Eagles 46 Breaffy 26.
 
 
Saturday August 18th, Abbottstown NSC, Dublin
 
Ladies All Irealnd Final
Glynn/Barntown Wexford V The Heath Laois
 
Mixed All Ireland Final
Glynn/Barntown Wexford V The Heath Laois
 
Men's All Ireland Final
Erne Eagles Cavan V The Heath Laois.
 

 

All Ireland Finals

This years All Ireland Finals took place in Abbottstown NSC, Dublin, on the 18th of August our first final saw our current Mixed Champions The Heath, Laois take on Glynn/Barntown, Wexford. Both teams went all season without losing a game until today. The Laois side hit hard at the start, scoring 17 runs in the first two innings & conceded 5, which Glynn/Barntown never really recovered from. The Heaths James Kavanagh, hit a Home Run in the 5th innings, which ended up being the only one of the day. Wexfords Emma Reddy was the only player never put out, while team mate Dylan Whitty was top scorer for the game, also making five catches in LOF, one was mentioned as catch on the day. The Champs Tom Moore was named man of the match for his outstanding performance in COF, cacthing everything his way and drew as top scorer. The Heath made it two in a row, wining on a scoreline of 32-18

The same two clubs faced off in Ladies competition next. Glynn/Banrtown had revenge on their mind, with roles reversing. Our current CJ Haughey champs held The Heath scoreless for three of the seven innings, allowing no higher than two runs in the other four, due to some fine fielding from Ann Haley in Short Stop & Kiera Waters on second base, Ann was also top scorer for the game making the 100 meter sprint 4 times. The innings played out as follows, 6-0, 0-1, 1-2, 1-2, 3-0, 1-0, 3-1. Glynn/Barntown were crowned three in a row Senior Ladies All Ireland Champions.

Our last final paired two of the most dominant Men's teams in history, The Heath v Erne Eagles, Cavan. When these two teams met in preliminary round, Eagles won 15-14, so all was to play for. The first innings set the tone for the whole game, with both teams scoring four a piece and both winning 3 innings after. Bottom of the 7th, The Heath had two out, Eagles had the drawing run on third and wining run on second, Ulsters Hugh Briody stepped up to the plate, hitting a ball sky high, bringing Ollie Fitzimons home to win the game 16-15, bringing the Corn Aod Rua back to Mullahoran for an impressive 12th time. Cavans Michael Cullen had an impressive game on third base, catching some game changing hits. Tom Moore had another amazing game in COF, Tom was also the only player never put out.

 
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