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