The following Officers were elected at the AGM Dec 2019
Chairperson John Rochford
Vice Chairperson To be advised
Secretary Vince Bolger
Treasurer Brendan Ryan
Registrar Wanda Dwane
PRO Wanda Dwane
U-16 Division 1 Football
Mungret St. Pauls 6-14 Kildimo Pallaskenry 1-5
Monday 21 September was a great day for our U-16 footballers who played their shield final against Kildimo Pallaskenry in Rathbane. It was a lovely evening made all the better for the game of football that unfolded. Our players gave the game 100 % and were presented the cup at the end of the match for their hard work. Well done to all the players and mentors.
U-16 Division 3 Football
Mungret St. Pauls 1-7 Ballybricken Bohermore Fedamore 1-5
This was a very tightly contested game on Monday 21 September 2020 in Fedamore when they played Ballybricken Bohermore Fedamore in the second last of their championship games. This is a young team who are learning from each game they play and they deserved their win. They are next out to neighbours Ballybrown on Saturday.
Minor B Football
Mungret St. Pauls 1-15 Knockaderry 2-5
Sunday 20 September 2020 in Mick Neville Park was the setting for a very skilful game from Mungret St. Pauls as they played Knockaderry in the Quarter Final. This is a team with great spirit and determination which has stood to them in their matches they now play Rathkeale on Sunday 27 of September in Croagh. We wish them the best of Luck in their Semi Final.
U14 Division 1 Football
Mungret St. Pauls 2-8 Drom Broadford 2-7
Mungret/St Pauls contested the Division 1 shield final against Dromcollogher/Broadford. The game was played in Knockaderry Sunday 20 September 2020. We started well and had a chances to open the scoring but it was Drom/Broadford who opened the scoring with a point. We quickly responded and notched over a point from a free. We followed this up with a goal from Darragh Hogan after a great movement outfield to work the ball in. We had a chance to extend the lead after been awarded a penalty only to be denied by the keeper after a shot from Adam Dore. We kicked points from play from Ross O’Carroll and Mark Barrett. Drom/Broadford responded with a goal. Both sides exchanged points before the break and we led the half by 1.04 to 1.03.
Drom/Broadford started the better in the second half and shot for their second goal to take the lead. Points were exchanged on both sides with Mark Barrett on target from play and a free from Darragh Hogan. Drom/Broadford were getting the upper hand and they shot for another goal but it was dis-allowed for two hops. We went down to 14 players before the water break for a sin-binning foul but our boys weathered the storm well. Drom/Broadford had another chance of goal only to be denied by a fantastic save from our goalie on the day Conor Crowley. It went over for a point. Drom/Broadford held a 4 point lead heading into the last 10 mins. We were now back to our full complement of 15 players and our boys never dropped the heads. We rallied well and hit for goal but we were denied by the cross-bar. We challenged again and were awarded a free which Darragh Hogan converted. We pressed again and the goal finally came from an opportunist shot from Stevie Barry. The game was now level going into injury time. Our defence held strong and showed great skill. Special mention to Conor O Longaigh who made some vital interceptions in the backs which allowed us get the ball quickly back up into the forwards. We were awarded a free in the dying minutes. Darragh Hogan duly converted and we took a one point lead which was enough to see the game out. The referee blew the final whistle and we won on a score 2-08 to 2-07.
This was a great team effort by the panel of players on the day. We are delighted for this team especially the 2006 players as they have struggled with numbers down through the years and this win was a just reward for all their hard work to keep trying and be as competitive as they can be.
Team; Conor Crowley, Barry Donnellan, Sean Condon, Conor O’ Longaigh, Mark Galvin, Billy Dervan, Conor Mangan, Kevin Morrow, Rory Mullins, Ross O’ Carroll, Mark Barrett, Evan Cusack, Adam Dore, Darragh Hogan, Liam Ahern, Aaron Morrow, Stevie Barry, Daniel O’ Connell, Evan O’ Keeffe, Eoghan Collins, Eoin Murphy, Kian Meagher, Oisin Patterson, James Fleming, Rory Fox.
U-16 Division 1 Football
Mungret St. Pauls 3-7 Monaleen 1-13
This game came down to the final minute to see the final result in Mungret on Monday 7 September 2020. Mungret St. Pauls put it up to Monaleen, after a slow scoring start with Monaleen taking a 4 point lead by the first water break, Mungret St. Pauls pulled together and at half time were only one point behind.
The second half was an impressive game for Mungret St. Pauls as they leveled the game with Monaleen by the second water break. Monaleen drew ahead again by 3 points and down to the last minute of the game, a free for Mungret St. Pauls was called and Mungret St. Pauls free taker stood up to the ball while the Monaleens goals were lined the unbelievable happened as in slow motion the ball was kicked and dropped toward the goal mouth with all hands heading toward the ball none got there as the ball hit the net and drew the game on the final whistle.
U-16 Division 3 Football
Mungret St. Pauls 1-12 St. Patricks 3-9
On our home pitch on Sunday 6 September 2020 our U-16 Division 3 Footballers were unlucky to lose by a goal when they played St. Patricks. They gave it everything they had but just fell short in the end. This was only the second game for this team and have another two matches to go over the next two weeks.
Mungret St. Pauls 2-4 Murroe Boher 9-14
This game was played in Murroe on Wednesday 2 September 2020 with the rain not letting up thoughout. This team are a relatively young team and always have to up their game for every match with this being the last of the group stages. They are a team with a great attitude to playing the game. We would like to thank the players and management for all the hard work they put into each game this year.
Mungret St. Pauls 2-11 Kildimo Pallaskenry 1-16
On Monday 31 August 2020 in Mungret our U-16 hurlers took on Kildimo Pallaskenry in the last of their group matches. Both sides were level pegging for the first half but Kildimo Pallaskenry upped the game in the third quarter with Mungret St. Pauls hammering back in the final minutes to be unlucky not to win.
Kildimo Pallaskenry got their goal in early in the match but Mungret St. Pauls caught up quickly, Kildimo Pallaskenry had the edge by the first water break with a 2 point lead. Back from the break Mungret St. Pauls powered back and scored 5 points to Kildimo Pallaskenry 2 points leaving the score 0-9 to 1-5, Mungret St. Pauls with a one point lead.
The next quarter Kildimo Pallaskenry kept Mungret St. Pauls quite as they played a strong fifteen minutes. Kildimo Pallaskenry went 8 points up to Mungret St. Pauls 2, Kildimo Pallaskenry leading by 5 points. It was the last 15 minutes of the game that drew the attention of the camogie training in the next pitch as Mungret St. Pauls blocked down attempts on goals and scored their own 2 goals in quick succession but unfortunately for Mungret St. Pauls were a goal shy of a draw.
Well done to the players and management on their Championship performances this year.
U-16 Division 3 Hurling
Mungret St. Pauls 2-14 Patrickswell 4-11
In Patrickswell on Monday 31 August 2020 our second U-16 hurling team had a narrow defeat in what was a game of determination in the last of the group stages. Well done to these players and management in stepping up and playing in the U-16 group, you did your club proud.
Cul Camp 2020
Well done to everyone who attended the Kellogs Cul Camp this year and of course all the organisers who helped make it happen. The weather threw a bit of a spanner in the works at times and made for an exciting finish to Thursday. It is always great to see a strong camogie and ladies football presence there at our camps each year. We were the only Limerick Cul Camp last week which meant we were spoilt with the amount of Cul Camp coaches who put our 200 players through their paces. We could not have run the camp with out the help of our club volunteers who were put to work straight away getting all the children signed in, Covid checked and into their groups on the pitch. It has taken 24 coaches and about 6 Cul Camp supervisors to make this camp run smoothly, we are delighted to have two of our own players involved as coaches- Eoin Ryan (Bosco) and Patrick Dwane.
We had a surprise visitor on Friday as Aaron Gillane came along and had a chat with each group of children. There were some very interesting questions asked of Aaron but none too hard that he could not answer.
Mungret St. Pauls 2-8 Oola 2-12
On Wednesday 26 August 2020 in Oola our U-14 footballers played a convincing game but just struck lower on the points than Oola who’s strong finish left Mungret St. Pauls 4 points behind.
Mungret St. Pauls 2-7 Galbally 1-12
On Monday 24 August in Galbally our U-16 footballers faced into a game they knew would be a challenge. They gave it everything they had in them and with 2 great goals were unlucky to just miss out on a draw.
Mungret St. Pauls 2-8 Monaleen 5-9
With Storm Ellen threatening this game was moved to an earlier slot and to the Mungret Village pitch on Wednesday 19 August 2020. This team always put in 110% into their games and in both their matches this year have put up a generous score to their name. Mungret St. Pauls managed to keep Monaleen from taking over the game. While Mungret St. Pauls did not win this game they gave a fantastic account of themselves. They have one more game to play in the group against Muroe Boher in September.
We had both our teams out on Monday 17 August 2020. Our Division 1 team traveled to Doon where they came up against a slightly stronger side with Doon seeing them off with a 2 goal win. Mungret St. Pauls had a good start going in at half time with a one point lead but it was Doon that broke through a tight Mungret St. Pauls defence to win.
Mungret St. Pauls 0-16 Doon 2-16
Our U-16 Division 3 team traveled to the Bog garden to play Croagh, Kilfinny, Rathkeale. This is Mungret St. Pauls second team in this age group so know they would be up against bigger oposition, not letting this bother them they pulled together and worked at their score while holding back Croagh, Kilfinny, Rathkeale from scoring more.
Mungret St. Pauls 1-4 Croagh, Kilfinny, Rathkeale 4-14
Our young U-14 hurlers traveled to Ahane 9 August 2020 where they put in a great game against a stronger team. There was some great skill shown as they scored a goal and 14 points.
Mungret St. Pauls 2-11 Cappamore 2-12
On Monday 3 August 2020 in our Senior pitch the Division 1 team took on Cappamore after a dramatic Camogie match this match was not too far off the same excitement as both sides put in a great battle to find their scores. Mungret St. Pauls opening score came from a penalty which gave them a lead but Cappamore were quick to respond. The half time came just as Cappamore scored their first goal giving them a slight lead at the break 1-4 to 1-6.
Mungret St. Pauls put in a stronger game in the second half coming straight out and regaining the lead. It was half way through the second half when Cappamore struck with their second goal leaving Mungret St. Pauls a goal behind. With 3 minutes left on the clock Mungret St. Pauls found their second goal which leveled the game again. Time was ticking away but it seemed to go slowly as both sides vied for the next score, it was Cappamore with a free in injury time. The ball was sent to the far end of the pitch and with no hawk eye for definite confirmation if the sliotar was batted down by the Cappamore goalie after passing the crossbar, Mungret St. Pauls had to take a loss.
While this match was taking place our U-16 division 3 hurlers were doing their own battle in the village pitch with a smaller gathering it was none the less a game of skill against Askeaton, Ballysteen, Kilcornan. Mungret St. Pauls players put in a fantastic effort and were rewarded with their score of 1-10 but unfortunately Askeaton, Ballysteen, Kilcornan masked their efforts with their score of 4-19.
Not many clubs in Limerick are able to field two competitive U-16 teams which is a great way to bring on our players as they get in game time and for the younger players get a taste of what Championship for U-16 is like.
On Monday 27 July 2020 in Mungret our U-14 hurlers took on a strong Doon team, our players put up a great fight getting their tackles in and making great use of their team mates. Unfortunately this game was not Mungret St. Pauls but it is only the first of the Championship for them.
Juvenile Medal Presentation
The juvenile club hosted their medal presentation on Friday 3 January in the club house. Club Chairman, Brian O’Halloran started the proceedings as he welcomed everyone and wished all the players the best of luck in the season ahead.
Liam O’Gorman gave Liam O’Donoghue a great introduction as he took over the mike to say his few words on his thoughts of how the teams played during the year, that they were an impressive group to watch play. Liam O’Donodghue also gave a few words of encouragement to the players for the season ahead and indeed for their future in playing as senior players with the club. Paul Walsh was called up to help Liam O’Donoghue present the U-14 Footballers their medals.
When the players had received their medals, Liam O’Gorman explained how the U-16 footballers and hurlers have won for many consecutive years and not by luck but by sheer hard work. Each player was then called up individually to accept their medals from Liam O’Donoghue.
Liam O’Gorman then reminded each player it is their club as well as it is the coaches and supporters club and they need to look out for each other and help each other along.
The Juvenile Chairman, John Rochford had a few words to say to close the night out as he congratulated the players for all their hard work which payed off for them and he reminded players to talk to each other and mind each other through the years ahead.
Thank you to everyone who attended on the night.
Congratulations to the Primary Schools Football team who overcame their opponents to become proud winners of the Sarsfield team. Well done to all our players from the various schools they also represented.
The 2019 Juvenile AGM will take place on Wednesday December 4th at the Clubhouse Bar at 8.30pm
All nominations and motions to be sent to the Bord na nÓg secretary, Vince Bolger, by Thur November 28th
Positions to be filled : Chairman and Secretary.
Well done to all our players who played with their schools in the recent Cumann na mBunscol Football competition.
Congratulations to the Gaelscoil Raheen U-13 C Girls who beat Kildimo in their final
Well done to Molly Tobin who was on the Girls U-13 A winning team with her school Corpus Christi
St. Nessans played Monaleen in the Boys U-13 A final with St. Nessans coming out second best and in the Boys U-13 B Final Ballybrown overcame Gaelscoil Raheen.
Congratulations to Jack Sommers and Jake Foley who received their Dermot Early Cup medals for Limerick U15s at the Woodlands House Hotel.
Division 1 U-15 Football
Both our U-15 football teams were out on Saturday 12 October in what should be a tournament style, our division 1 team only had Monaleen in their group and they played this game in Mungret. This was a great game where our players got to showcase their skill, Monaleen gave them a tough time with nothing earned too easily. The final result was Mungret St. Pauls 1-10 Monaleen 3-2.
In division 3 our players played 2 games in Mick Neville Park, they began their day with a match against Rathkeale Cappagh where they seemed to be evenly matched but managed to get a second goal which secured their win, final score Mungret St. Pauls 2-4 Rathkeale Cappagh 1-5. The second match was straight after against Askeaton, Ballysteen, Kilcornan, this too was a close match but it was Askeaton, Ballysteen, Kilcornan who secured the second goal to win, final score Mungret St. Pauls 1-8 Askeaton, Ballysteen, Kilcornan 2-6
As the Limerick minors were so successful this year our U-15 players saw their matches all brought to the same day. We had two teams out at the weekend with our Division 3 team playing in Croagh on Saturday 5 October they had an early start when they played Pallasgreen then Coagh Kilfinny Rathkeale and finally played Claughaun. Mungret St. Pauls were very close in their scores to their first two oponents but they excelled in their last match even with tired bodies in the third match, one after the other. The Division 3 team should be really proud of their performance on the day as they kept working on their scoring and defense through each match.
The Division 1 team were in Monaleen on Sunday 6 October again with an early start they had only 2 matches. Mungret St. Pauls were the only team to hit the net, but unfortunately goals were not enough to bring them through and they came away second best from each match.
Our U-13 Footballers were out twice last week they were first out against Na Piarsaigh in Na Piarsaigh on Wednesday 2 October where they played a very strong game and got in the extra goal to win the match the second match was at home against a very good Monaleen team on Monday 7 October, our players worked well together and got in some great blocks and hand passes, Monaleen hit hard on our goals but Mungret St. Pauls never gave up and secured their own goals.
Stephen Cahill Tournament
In it’s sixth year the Stephen Cahill tournament took place on Saturday 5 October where we welcomed 2 teams from Doorabarefield, Clooney Quin and Lissycasey in what was a very well run day. We would like to thank the sponsors Goggin Insurance Brokers who sponsored the trophies and medals. The first games got started at 10am with all 8 teams playing, each match was ran off well with a bit of rain falling to make the games a little bit more challenging. The players did not seem to complain as they waded in the muck. The two Mungret St. Pauls teams played some great football but were not strong enough for the visitors as the final was between Doorabarefield and Lissycasey with Lissycasey winning the Stephen Cahill trophy which was presented to the captain by Stephens son, Eoin who we were delighted could attend on the day. There were trophies for each team for the most improved player, David Buckley and Jamie Byrnes were the players awarded for Mungret St. Pauls. Thank you so much to our refs, coaches, umpires and a big Thank you to all the parents who provided sandwiches and treats for the players and parents and to our ladies who helped out in the kitchen serving the tea.
Mungret St. Pauls 1-2 Fr. Casey’s 2-16
In Mungret on Sunday 29 September 2019 our U-13 footballers played their first U-13 football match in the championship, they put in a valiant effort with a lot of skill on display. Fr. Casey’s were the stronger team on the day while Mungret St. Pauls did not win they showed great potential.
Mungret St. Pauls 1-18 Monaleen 1-11
After a wet day on Saturday the U-16 hurlers were delighted to see sunshine for their final and the pitch in the LIT Gaelic Grounds was in great condition when they came toe to toe to familiar faces in Monaleen on Sunday 29 September 2019.
These two sides have met often and have never failed in giving a very good game. Mungret St. Pauls got their footing right first and lead the majority of the match with Monaleen leading only once Mungret St. Pauls regained the lead and were duly rewarded when they got presented the Shane Hourigan cup.
Mungret St. Pauls started scoring straight away with 2 frees, Monaleen tried to get themselves on the board but misjudged their shots. There was one more point from play for Mungret St. Pauls before Monaleen got started and pointed 3 balls in 3 minutes, The next two minutes had Monaleen in the lead with one point and Mungret St. Pauls knocking them back in the second minute. Mungret St. Pauls continued on their scoring streak as they pointed 3 more times in as many minutes, this was followed by a run at the Monaleen goals and a strong strike to hit the net. Mungret St. Pauls had an eight point lead but they knew not to let their guard down. Both sides scored a point before Monaleen got a lucky break and in a close shot hit the ball past our goalie. Coming into the break Mungret St. Pauls pointed twice more while Monaleen only scored the once.
In the second half the breeze had had changed direction and begun to go against Monaleen. The next eight shots were all from frees with Mungret St. Pauls pointing their first and widing their second . Monaleen also sent 2 frees to the wrong side of the uprights but they pointed their next one. Mungret St. Pauls finishing off the frees with two out of three on target. There was another point a piece to bring the game into the final quarter. Monaleen pointed their next two scores from frees with Mungret St. Pauls replying with two from play. Monaeen pointed one last time with Mungret St. Pauls signing the game off with two final points. Billy Molyneaux accepted the cup from Shane Hourigans Mother and son. The team would like thank the Molyneaux family, Maths Academy and Spar, Racefield for their generous sponsorship of togs. Well done to our U-16 players with a lot of them having won the football the weekend before they deserve their celebrations and a break from training.
Team; Rian Murphy, Darragh O’Connor, Conor White, Fintan Fitzgerald, Barry Duff, Billy Molyneaux, Daragh Bridgeman, Conor O’Halloran, Jack McCarthy, JJ Harrington (1-1), Liam Lynch (0-11 frees), David Geary (0-1), Mark Moroney (0-1), Colin Rochford, Cillian O’Gorman (0-3), Oisin Moss, David Guilfoyle, Jason Hassett, John Wright (0-1), Mark Buckley, Robert Galligan, Fionn O’Dwyer.
Managment: Liam O’Gorman, Mike Fitzgerald, Brian Tobin, Mike Lynch, Tom Bridgeman, Joe Harrington, John Rochford.
Our U8 Hurlers played in a blitz in Clonlara Saturday 28 September 2019. Where they were joined by Tipperary teams Kilruane McDonaghs and Ballina, Clare teams Bodyke Broadford and Clonlara and ourselves representing Limerick. They represented the club very well showing how far they have come in the year. Well done to our young players and their coaches.
U-16 Football Final
Mungret St. Pauls 0-12 Fr. Caseys 1-7
This was a battle to the final whistle for both sides as the leader had changed through the match and the game was on level score for a long time near the end but it was Mungret St. Pauls that got awarded the Gerry Molyneaux trophy in Mick Neville Park on Sunday 22 September 2019.
The game started with both sides scoring a point. Fr. Caseys then took an early lead as they netted a close range free, Mungret St. Pauls suddenly found themselves as they went 7 points unanswered. In the closing stages of the first half Fr. Casey’s pointed from another free to leave themselves 3 points behind.
The restart was slow as Fr. Casey’s attacked the goals but the ball was returned to play and pointed. It took Mungret St .Pauls another while to get back into the game as they pointed from the field. It only took Fr. Casey’s two minutes to close the lead to level the game, there was a lot of play on the field while both sides missed the targets for a quarter of the match. Mungret St. Pauls eventually broke out and pointed, another wide from Fr. Casey’s while Mungret St. Pauls hit a safety point through the uprights. In injury time both sides pointed one more time in the last few chances to take the win.
This team have a lot of medals already to their name as they have won over the last few years all the titles. The management and team would like to thank our Molyneaux family for their very kind sponsorship of their togs from the Maths Academy.
Team; Kieran Bolger, Conor White, Darragh O’Connor, Oisin Moss, Jack McCarthy, Frank Corcoran, Ciarán Uwatse (0-1), Colin Rochford (0-1), Billy Molyneaux (0-2), Daragh Bridgeman, James Killian (0-5, 0-3 from free), David Geary (0-1), Cillian O’Gorman (0-1), Mark Moroney, Conor O’Halloran, Liam Lynch (0-1), Andrew Donnellan, David Guilfoyle, JJ Harrington, Ronan Greaney, Liam Moran, Jason Hassett, Jack Sommers, Mark Buckley, Jack Horgan, Briain Malone, Eoin O’Hagan, Rian Murphy, Cathan Roche.
Management; John Rochford, Ken O’Connor, Liam O’Connell, Liam O’Gorman and Joe Harrington.
U12 Football Final
Liam O’Donoghue U-12 Hurling Tournament
U-16 Hurling SEMI FINAL
Pa O’Brien U-10 Hurling Tournament
U13 Austin Stacks Tournament
We travelled to Tralee last Saturday to compete in the Austin Stacks U13 Football Tournament. Over 15 teams taking part and it was highly competitive with teams from Cork, Kerry, Galway & Kildare. We played games against Nemo Rangers, An Gaeltacht and Kerins O’ Rahillys. Even though we lost these games, we played our best football in the last game against Kerins O’ Rahillys. The boys learnt a lot from the experience especially the work rate and skill levels by the teams on display. A big thanks to Dave Foley (Wild Geese Restaurant), he was manager on the Day with Sean Ahern and he sponsored McDonalds for the players afterwards which was a nice treat.
Team; Ross O’ Carroll, Rory Mullins, Barry Donnellan, James Fleming, Mark Barrett, Liam Ahern, Billy Dervan, Adam Dore, Eoin Collins, Stevie Barry, Daniel O’ Connell, Aarron Morrow, Mark Galvin, Conor Mangan, Evan Cusack, Kevin Morrow, Thomas O’ Donaill
U-14 hurling SEMI FINAL
Mungret St. Pauls 2-6 Monaleen 2-10
On a sunny Saturday, 7 September in the LIT Gaelic Grounds the first of the U-14 hurling Semi Finals took place with Mungret St. Pauls and Monaleen. These 2 teams have met many times over the years and they have always had a strong game, this was no exception. Mungret St. Pauls were first to point but Monaleen did not wait long to match the score and take a 3 point lead in the first 10 minutes. A pointed free got Mungret St. Pauls back into the game but silly fouls gave Monaleen their next 3 points. In the sixteenth minute there was a run from the middle of the field dropped into the Monaleens square after a scramble on the goal line the ball was helped over the goal line, bringing Mungret St. Pauls back into the game they followed it up with another 2 points to level the game. Another chance for Mungret St. Pauls resulted in their second goal and first lead in the game. There was some great team work from Mungret St. Pauls but no results came from it. Just before half time Monaleen put pressure on our backs as they went for their own goal which was brilliantly denied only for the rebound to be knocked into the net to level the game as they teams split for half time.
The second half had a slow start as both sides had most of their scores in the first 25 minutes, there was a lot of play on the field with the ball going both ends with no scores. Both sides eventually pointed a ball each before Monaleen struck again and hit the net. The pressure was kept on our backs but nothing resulted as our goalie rescued the ball again. With 3 minutes left on the clock Monaleen edged ahead again with a pointed free, Monaleen were trying to hammer in goals but each had the hurley of our goalie there to stop it. The game ended with both sides pointing one last ball each, Monaleen took the place in the Final. This was a testing game for our players as they were attacked on every move they made, they will learn from this and bring it with them to next year when they are U-15.
U-16 Football SEMI FINAL
Mungret St. Pauls 5-16 St. Kierans 0-6
On a sunny, dry Friday 6 September in Mick Neville Park the Mungret St. Pauls U-16 Footballers who topped their group took on St. Kierans who were placed in forth in the Semi final while the other semi final between Newcastle West and Fr. Casey’s took place on a separate. pitch. The last time these two sides met in the group stages, Mungret St. Pauls had a comfortable win and today was no exception as Mungret St. Pauls led the whole way.
Mungret St. Pauls and St. Kierans scored their first points in the first 4 minutes of the game but Mungret St. Pauls proved to be the stronger team as they were to go on and score another ten points and four goals while St .Kierans scored only 2 points in the first half with both coming from frees. Mungret St. Pauls had 7 of their forwards score in the first half with some very good scores, there were great runs which went onto score. It was not all scores for Mungret St. Pauls as at one stage one of our players nearly took out an umpire with a misdirected shot, there were also shots where the ball hit the uprights and off the goal posts.
On a sunny, dry Friday 6 September in Mick Neville Park the Mungret St. Pauls U-16 Footballers who topped their group took on St. Kierans who were placed in forth in the Semi final while the other semi final between Newcastle West and Fr. Casey’s took place on a separate pitch. The last time these two sides met in the group stages, Mungret St. Pauls had a comfortable win and today was no exception as Mungret St. Pauls led the whole way. Casey’s.
Mungret St. Pauls 1-15 Cappamore 2-14
This was the last game in the group for the U-16 hurlers on Monday 2 September in Mungret and it was their first loss in the group. It was a great chance to try out different positions on players while they were put under pressure. They now go forward to the Semin Finals which should take place in Claughuan on Sunday 15 September.
Well done to all our players who got to represent Limerick in the recent tournaments, we are delighted to be one of the clubs with the most players over the different age groups. U16 hurlers were Billy Molyneux, Liam Lynch and Barry Duff. U14 hurlers were John Wright, Robert O’Brien, Fintan Fitzgerald, Marcus Lyons with manager Kevin O’Hagan and U15 hurlers JJ Harrington
Mungret St. Pauls 7-19 Knockainey 6-9
On Monday 26 August in Knockainey our U-16 hurlers got stuck into their second last game of the group. They played a stormer as did Knockainey with very high scores on both sides Mungret St. Pauls had the upper hand and with this win they stay on top of the table and are into a semi final having won all their matches they only have Cappamore left to play on Monday 2 September at home.
U-12s in Stemple Stadium
Well done to our U-12 hurlers who were delighted to take part in a munster tournament in Thurles’ Semple Stadium on Tuesday 13 August 2019. Thank you to our coaches who looked after the team on the day.
Kelloggs Cúl Camp
The cul camp this year for Mungret St. Pauls was ran very well with only a few hours of rain in the second day they were blessed with dry weather. We were lucky we had our newly purchased land behind the hurling wall where we could safely host the youngest groups while construction began for the music festival. Looking after our 300 children were 21 cul camp coaches our own Shane Barry and Patrick Dwane were accompanied by Micheal, Siobhán, Aishling, Alan, Maeve, Colin, Brian, Dylan, Aaron, Darragh, Neamh, Sive, Ava, Meadbh, Kevin, Emma Kate, Jade, Sophie and Aoife. Over seeing the coaches were Ollie Coffey, James Ryan and Liam Bourke. We would like to also thank our own helpers and volunteers during the week who looked after the loan of equipment and child welfare. The children had a fantastic week and we look forward to them returning back to the pitches in the next few weeks.
Mungret St. Pauls 2-11 Galbally 3-13
The U-16 footballers traveled to Galbally on Monday 5 August in the last of their group matches, they were already comfortably at the top of the table going into this match so the result was not going to make a big difference to their standing on the table. They put in a valiant effort but came off second best, their first loss this year, they now wait to hear when the finals will be played.
On Friday 26 July our U-8 hurlers traveled out to LIT to play in a blitz. There were 3 teams and each player put in a super performance against some strong teams. There is a lot of skill in our young players who are always reminded to keep practicing at home which can been seen when they play in their games how they improve by putting in the extra work.
With a few days to get over Limerick loosing out on the All Ireland final it has to be said it seems all messages are of thanks to the Senior hurlers for giving all Limerick GAA supporters some of the best months where they have celebrated with the players and management. All the supporters are proud of the players and management in their journey since last year. They are still the Munster champions along with the minor hurlers. We look forward to supporting them for their 2020 journey.
Away from the hype of Croke Park there was a win for Limerick U-15 Footballers who defeated Roscommon in the semi-final of the Dermot Early Cup 3-9 to 1-9 in Abbotstown, Dublin. They now play the final on August 17. Well done to the players especially our own Jack Somers and Jake Foley.
On Monday 22 July we had two U-16 matches
Mungret St. Pauls 1-14 Fr. Casey’s 0-4
The Division 1 team was played in Abbeyfeale where Mungret St. Pauls put Fr. Casey’s to the test and came out on top. This was a great performance where Mungret St. Pauls showcased their skill. They have one match left to play against Galbally but are currently topping the group having won all their matches so will still be in the top 2 places regardless of the result.
Mungret St. Pauls 2-14 Claughaun 3-3
The Division 3 team traveled up the road to Claughaun. These two teams were evenly matched in age, both being made of mainly 15 and 14 year old players. Mungret St. Pauls took their points when they got the chance which is where they won the game. This was a great way for the team to finish off their group stages they are sitting in second place on the table having won 4 matches and lossing only 1. They now await the last game to be played in August to see where they are left on the table as Bruff is under them with one game loss also but with a better scoring average if they win their next match they knock Mungret St. Pauls into third place. This team are prepared and ready for their own league which is not yet fixed due to the Minor hurling teams success.
While a lot of events are winding down our U-10 players are still taking part in blitzes. Their latest one was in Ballybrown against Ballybrown and Doon on Sunday 21 July 2019. There were 3 competitive matches played by our players who got to play in very tough matches. Well done to the players and mentors.
Well done to our U-12 hurlers who were delighted to be able to play on the same pitch as their Limerick heros. This was a very well run event where there were teams from many different counties. Mungret St. Pauls were first matched up against Holycross Ballycahill from Tipperary. In this game Mungret St. Pauls proved slightly too strong for their competitors. The second match was against Braodford in Clare, this was a very tight game with only one strike of the ball separating the two sides. The last match was against EireOg, Ennis in Clare, Mungret St. Pauls started slow in this match but made up for it by the final whistle drawing the match. Well done to the players for a great display of hurling, to the coaches for their encouragement and dedication. Thank you to Noel Hartigan and his band of young referees.
This group of players also got the exciting news that they get to play in Semple Stadium in Thurles on Tuesday. We hope you enjoy it, not everyone gets to play in 2 great venues in one week.
Mungret St. Pauls 2-18 Monaleen 2-15.
This was a showcase of skill from both sides in Monaleen on Monday 15 July. It was a real cat and mouse game with both sides taking a lead at different stages.
It was close all the way with Mungret St. Pauls taking over the lead with a superb goal after Monaleen led through a few early frees. Mungret St. Pauls retained the lead at half time, after their second goal to go in at the break leading by 2 points.
The lead was swapped a few times in the second half with Monaleen scoring their own 2 goals. Mungret edged ahead in the last 10 minutes and despite some late pressure from Monaleen, they managed to see it out.
These sides look set to meet each other again later in the championship.
Well done to all the players on the Limerick Football panels, Mungret St. Pauls are delighted to have a great stock of players throughout the teams.
Well done to;
U16 Panel; Cillian O Gorman, Colin Rochford, Darragh Bridgeman, Darragh O Connor, Frank Corcoran, James Killian, Oisin Moss
U15 Panel; Jack Somers
U14 Panel; Jake Foley, Tom Lloyd, Ben Gallagher, Muiris Ahern, Mark O’Brien, Luke Walsh
Mungret St. Pauls 2-3 Shannon Gaels 4-10
On Sunday 7 July 2019 in the morning our U-14 Division 3 team traveled to Glin to play in the Shield Semi Final against Shannon Gaels. Our team is compiled of mainly U-13 players who put everything they had into this game and kept the pressure on throughout. They were unlucky to be beaten but have had some great games to prepare them for their own U-13 Championship.
Well done to our U6 players who played neighbours Ballybrown in a very sporting game on Friday 28 June 2019.
Our 3 day summer camp began on Monday 1 July and ran until Wednesday 3 July. We were delighted to have just under 100 children attending the camp with our own coaches leading the children in the fun filled days.Thank you to our supervisors who without them the camp would not be able to be run so easily- to Kevin, Wanda and Teresa. Well done to our coaches for keeping the children all entertained for the 3 days Ailbhe, Aoife, Brian, Ciara, David, Darragh, Eamonn, Kieran, Niamh, Odhran and Shauna. Each child who attended the camp received a pair of COBI socks and were delighted with the extra treat of icecream along with fruit and water supplied by Centra, Raheen who we thank for their support. It is great to see the children delighted to eat the fruit on offer.
Photos available on our website
Mungret St. Pauls 3-10 St. Kierans 0-6
On Monday 24 June in Mungret our U-16 footballers were very dominant in their game against St. Kierans. Mungret St. Pauls are currently on top of their table with the next team they have to play, Fr. Casey’s, second on scoring difference. This match is due to be played on July 22 in Abbeyfeale which should be a great game.
Mungret St. Pauls 4-13 Oola 3-3
In Mick Neville Park in wintery miserable weather where the rain just got worse as the game progressed on Sunday 23 June our U-14 footballers played Oola in the Shield Final, it was a great game of skill and determination.
Mungret St. Pauls were playing into the strng wind in the first half and started very strong with a striking goal, Oola replied with a point. Mungret St. Pauls split the uprights 3 more times before Oola attacked our backs and after a scrable at the goal mouth the ball was seen going into the back of the net. Mungret St. Pauls went straight up the the other end but failed to convert a score, they did keep the ball in that end of the pitch for a good while and eventually from a free the ball was kicked to a Mungret St. Pauls player standing in the right place and the ball was sent to the back of the net. This is where the first half ended, Mungret St. Pauls 2-3 Oola 1-1.
The second half Mungret St. Pauls pulled out all the stops and from the restart were putting the Oola backs under pressure scoring a point and then with another kick of the ball secured their third goal, this was followed up with another 2 points. Oola did not let the score beat them, they pointed from a free, Mungret St. Pauls pointed another 3 points and finished it off with their last goal. Oola went straight back up to the Mungret St. Pauls goals and struck 2 balls into the back of our net with in minutes, this refreshed the Oola team but also brought Mungret St. Pauls back to finish off their score with another 4 points. In the last minutes of the game there was a penalty awarded to Mungret St. Pauls just as Oola had replaced their goalie, all eyes were on the goals, the ball was struck toward the left corner but the quick movement of the goalie sent the ball out to be cleared, there was a great cheer from the Oola subs bench and from all the supporters at the match for this fantastic way to end the game for Mungret St. Pauls who did not need the goal and to Oola who could talk about their players great action in goals.
The shield was awarded to the Mungret St. Pauls Captain, Cian Maloney.
Team on the day; Jake Foley, Brian Hassett, Ben Gallagher, James Corcoran, Darragh Johnston, Cian Maloney, Tom Lloyd, John Wright, Mark O’Brien, Fintan Fitzgerald, Diarmuid Hynes, Muiris Ahern, Luke Walsh, Marcus Lyons, Evan McInerney, Conor Morgan, Christy Carroll, Cian Kinnevane, Cian Baggot, Darragh Hogan, Conor Johnston, Christopher McSweeney, Cian O’Sullivan.
Management; David Foley, Paul Walsh, Denis Maloney, Maggie O’Neill, Liam O’Connell.
Mungret St. Pauls 1-9 Monaleen 0-5
On Wednesday 19 June in Mungret our U-14 hurlers had a strong game against Monaleen. They were excellent in their scoring and pulled in tight in their defense. This was the last match for the U-14 hurlers in the group. Monaleen topped the group while Mungret St. Pauls placed forth on scoring difference, we wait to see who Mungret St. Pauls play next.
U-14 Division 3 Football
Mungret St. Pauls 6-8 Galtee Gaels 3-2
On a nice evening in Mungret on Monday 17 June our U-13 players took to the pitch to play Galtee Gaels in their last game of the . This was a great game boost for our players as they prepare themselves for their own championship. They presented a lovely performance of skill and determination which was reflected in the score by the end of the game. They finished off in third place in their division 3 group in the U-14 championship. We look forward to seeing most of this team out again for their own U-13 championship.
Congratulations to the Minor and Senior hurling teams who have managed to cause our secretaries phone to go into melt down. We are delighted to have players Liam Lynch, Odhran O’Dwyer and Brian O’Meara on the minor panel, they are lead by our own Diarmuid Mullins, who managed our Premier Intermediates and also played with the club. In his backroom team Diarmuid also has 3 other former players of Mungret St. Pauls Kevin Hartigan, Daragh Droog and Neil Clifford. We wish them well on Sunday 30 June in the LIT Gaelic Grounds.
On Saturday in Mungret St. Pauls we were delighted to be able to host the Quarter final of the U-17 Celtic Challenge . Well done to the Limerick Sarsfields team who won against Carlow and now play the Semi final next Saturday 22 June. Thank you to all involved in helping out. Mungret St. Pauls players who played in the quarter final were Darragh O Hagan , Eamonn Flahive and David Hassett. Well done lads.
Well done to the Mungret club girls who made up the Regional team that won the County Community Games final. The team are now through to Munster semi-final in a few weeks time.
Our boys football came second in their group stage where they proceeded onto the County Limerick Semi Final where they put in a great game but unfortunately came off second best.
The Regional Community Games will take place in Mungret St. Pauls this weekend, we would like to wish all the competitors the Best of Luck.
U-14 Division 3 Football
Mungret St. Pauls 6-2 Caherconlish 7-6
This was a great scoring game in Caherconlish on Monday 10 June as our young players were really tested, they picked up points where they could and closed in tight on their defenses to keep Caherconlishs scores down. Our players gave a great account of themselves in this game.
U-14 Division 1 Football
Mungret St. Pauls 0-16 Fr. Casey’s 1-3
On Monday 10 June during the break in the rain, Fr. Casey’s traveled to Mungret with a few of their key players missing Mungret St. Pauls had a great chance to get a win over Fr. Casey’s.
The game started out even enough with a lot of wides from Fr. Casey’s it was not looking great for them, Mungret St. Pauls had 3 points up before Fr. Casey’s half way through the first half had their first point from a free. Fr. Casey’s came back to attack the goal but the Mungret St. Pauls goalie was swift on his feet and sent the ball wide. The 2 sides scored another point each before the half time whistle.
The second half was Mungret St. Pauls game, Fr. Casey’s showed they were still on the pitch when they scored a cracker of a goal. Mungret St. Pauls tried to reply with their own goal but they were denied by the Fr. Casey’s goalie. Mungret St. Pauls scored their fifth point before Fr. Casey’s scored what was their last point of the match. Mungret St. Pauls played a great game and Fr. Casey’s made them work for every point, they were very tight in their defense blocking down every attempt Mungret St. Pauls played to scoring a goal.
Well done to our 4 players who are on the Celtic Challenge Limerick Sarsfield hurling team. Eamonn Flahive, David Hassett, Darragh O’Hagan and Brian O’Meara. A special congratulations to Eamonn Flahive who was awarded the Fairest and Best player by the referee in tonight’s match against Clare Blues.
Mungret St. Pauls 2-10 Kildimo Pallaskenry 3-10
Wednesday 22 May in Mungret our U-14 Footballers took on a slightly stronger Kildimo Pallaskenry side. Both sides played a great game both evenly matched, Mungret St. Pauls were just pipped by just a goal.
Mungret St. Pauls 1-10 Na Piarsaigh 1-14
The U-14 hurlers traveled to Caherdavin to play Na Piarsaigh in the Jack Lyons Memorial Cup on Wednesday 15 May. Mungret St. Pauls put in a lot of ground work and played the ball well as they faced a slightly stronger Na Piarsaigh side.
U-16 Division 1 Football
Mungret St. Pauls 4-17 Askeaton, Ballysteen, Kilcornan 0-5
In Askeaton on Monday 13 May our U-16 footballers had a powerful game. It started out even enough until Mungret St. Pauls settled into the game and began to dominate the rest of play and take home a win.
Our U-8 group were delighted to put on their new jerseys and play a blitz against Newport and them selves. This was a great way for them to see how the money they raised for their coach Breandán O’hAannaidh who ran 10K in 10 days. There was around 40 children on both sides each, which were split up into 5 teams. They had two hurling games and two football games for each team against the opposition.
U-14 Division 1 Football
Mungret St. Pauls 2-10 Oola 3-7
On Wednesday 8 May in Oola our U-14 footballers played a tough game they were leading by half time by two points. Oola came back stronger in the second half and brought Mungret St. Pauls back to 5 points behind with only 5 minutes left on the clock the Mungret St. Pauls players put in the best 5 minutes they had and pulled off a draw by the full time whistle.
U-14 Division 3 Football
Mungret St. Pauls 2-4 Cois Laoi Gaels 4-12
Wednesday 8 May in Kilbreedy our division 3 footballers faced a strong opposition, they performed their best and never let their guard down as they played a great game.
Thank you all for your great efforts in fundraising, over €1400 was raised and 6 sets of juvenile Blitz jerseys have been delivered. Modelled by our juvenile participants Ruadhán, Íseult, and Senán.
We will already be having a blitz this week to get the most out of them! Keep an eye on dates..
Well done to all the players who get the honor to play in the green and white jersey in Hurling, Football, Ladies Football and Camogie. We are delighted to have 4 players play on the U-14 Limerick hurling team. They were out on Saturday 4 May in Thurles against Tipperary and Waterford, they were Fintan Fitzgerald, Marcus Lyons, Robert O’Brien and John Wright.
Juvenile Medal Presentation
In Mungret St. Pauls clubhouse on Thursday 2 May we welcomed the U-13 and U-15 Football, U-14, U-15 and U-16 hurling teams to the clubhouse along with special guest for the night, 9 time all Ireland winner and Kilkenny hurler Tommy Walsh, representing Bord na nOg was Mary Hassett. The night ran very well, in Tommy’s speech he mentioned the upcoming exams and how a GAA player should approach them, he said that most parents would tell you to cut back on the sport and do more study “ I say NO”, balance them out, stay doing both, use your sport to take a break from studying. The top quote on the night- GAA is like a wardrobe, whatever you put into it you get back out of it.
Tommy also advised the players to practice what your good at, don’t admire the guy who is able to take frees and try be like him, you may not be a free taker but a great player who can catch the high ball, practice catching the high ball and you can lay if off to another player, the game is a team sport and is best when made of different skills. The club presented Tommy with various gifts; he was presented with Cobi club clothing items, a gift suggested by Pa O’Brien, a bag of sliotars for the team Tommy coaches in Kilkenny and as Tommy enjoys a cup of tea a hand crafted tea cosy. The medals were presented and the night finished off with a question and answers before the tea and coffee was served.
We would like to thank everyone on the committee for organizing this event and for everyone who attended on the night.
Mungret St. Pauls 6-16 Kilmallock 2-3
In Kilmallock on Wednesday 1 May the U-14 hurlers played a skillful game as they kept the pressure on the Kilmallock players all over the field. They took their score at each chance they could while leading the whole game they were confident winners by the final whistle. They next play Na Piarasigh who they lost to at the Feile Semi final.
Mungret St. Pauls 2-23 Newcastle West 1-10
The U-16 Hurlers traveled to Newcastle West on Monday 29 April where Mungret St. Pauls played a very strong game and had a convincing win. They take a break until their next match against Doon on Monday 1 July.
Mungret St. Pauls 2-17 Kilpeacon 1-14
This was a great start to the Minor Championship for our players in Mungret on Saturday 27 April 2019, they played a great game as a team, Kilpeacon had some fantastic scores from play but got most from frees.
The game started out even enough with both sides hitting shots off target, Mungret St. Pauls had 2 points while Kilpeacon had the extra point before a change in the game as our player toured around Kilpeacon backs and shot the ball into the back of the net to give Mungret St. Pauls a lead of 2 points, we were to hold onto the lead for the rest of the match when our second goal came from a penalty. Kilpeacon replied with a great point. Mungret St. Pauls hit the boundaries of the post a few times with both uprights being hit with the sliotar and going over the cross bar. Kilpeacon were taking their frees with a few great scores from play, keeping their score going while Mungret St. Pauls were shooting from all angles and all forwards had a point by the end of the first half. Half time score was Mungret St. Pauls 2-10 Kilpeacon 0-9
Mungret St. Pauls reopened the game with a point, another chance was hit off the cross bar but went back out field. Each team scored a free and then Mungret St. Pauls had a chance of a third goal but reactions were too slow and the ball went onto a Kilpeacon hand. Mungret St. Pauls scored another 3 points, 2 from frees, the rest of the games scores came from frees for both sides Kilpeacon added another 4, Mungret St. Pauls added another 2. In the last 4 minutes of the game there was a lot of pressure put on our backs as Kilpeacon came down hard on them to try get another goal but they were denied and Mungret St. Pauls had the last puck of the game as the ball went the far side of the uprights. They are out next Friday in Caherdavin against Na Piarsaigh.
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U-14 Division 3 Football
Mungret St. Pauls 2-8 Ballinacurra Gaels 2-3
Mungret St. Pauls were out on Wednesday 24 April 2019 against Ballinacurra Gaels at home in Mungret. This team consisted of mainly U13 players with five u14 players togging out. This game was very competitive from the start with our younger players adjusting to physical challenges of playing older players. There was some great play during the game with our players coming out on top 2-8 to 2-3. Well done to all players who showed great commitment to their team. The next game for these players is away to Cois Laoi Gaels on May 8th
U-16 Division 1 Football
Mungret St. Pauls 9-17 Monaleen 1-4
On Monday 22 April 2019 our U-16 players traveled to Monaleen where they played a great game and were deserving of the result.
U-16 Division 3 Football
Mungret St. Pauls 2-7 Kilteely Dromkeen 4-15
In Mungret on Monday 22 April 2019 our second U-16 football team lined out against a slightly taller team of Kilteely Dromkeen. They did not get off to the best start but never gave up. They gave a great display of football throughout.
Kilteely Dromkeen lead the way throughout the game and had 1-9 scored before Mungret St. Pauls saw their first point in the last few minutes of the first half which they followed up with a second point. It was not all plain sailing for Kilteely Dromkeen in the first half as the Mungret St. Pauls goalie pulled off two saves for what should have been definate goals for Kilteely Dromkeen, the backs were working hard on moving the Kilteely Dromkeen players out and forcing them to send the ball to the wrong side of the uprights.
The second half was a better game for Mungret St. Pauls as they started out with a free pointed while they won the next kick out they sent the ball off coarse. Kilteely Dromkeen hammered back and added on a goal and 5 points but Mungret St. Pauls powered a reply with their own goal, Kilteely Dromkeen tried their luck on scoring but Mungret St. Pauls were the next to add to their score with another goal. It was a point a piece and then Kilteely Dromkeen scored their third goal followed up by their forth they then played another point and it was Mungret St. Pauls to close out the game. Mungret St. Pauls did this in style as they ball was hit off the cross bar on the rebound it was caught by a Mungret St. Pauls player kicked but hit off the back of a tall defender who sent it to another Mungret St. Pauls player who third time lucky sent the ball over the bar. Another 2 points from play and the game was finished.
This was a great game to watch from the young team, some of these players are out again on Wednesday night for the U-14 Championship.
Well done to Mungret St. Pauls U-14 players in camogie we had Emma Fitzgerald and Amy O’Halloran as they played over the weekend. With Football we had Muiris Ahern, Jake Foley, Tom Lloyd, Mark O’Brien and Luke Walsh who played against Clare at the weekend. Well done to all.
U-14 Féile Hurling
Mungret St. Pauls 1-10 Bruff 0-8
On Monday 1 April our U-16 hurlers traveled to Bruff to play the home team. They were put up against a strong team but with a lot of team work they came out on top with a win in their first match out they need to keep the effort going in their training.
Mungret St. Pauls 7-16 Bruff 0-1
This match was a great start and exactly what the players needed in their opening match to the Feile.
Mungret 2-5 Fr Casey’s 1-8
This proved a tougher match while Fr. Caseys had a chance to relax after their first match Mungret St. Pauls had to dig deep to get over the finish line and top their group which is where they wanted.
The team overall put in a great team effort and were rewarded. They now play Monaleen in the Semi final on Sunday 7 April in Mick Neville Park at 10am. We wish them the best of Luck.
Mungret St. Pauls are delighted to be hosting our 3 day Easter Camp from Tuesday 23 to Thursday 25 of April from 10am to 2pm this year. New for 2019, you can register on line (similar to club registration) On our website www.mungretstpauls.com in the DOWNLOADS section you can click on the link, or you can download the forms and hand in with the appropriate payment to the club shop on a Saturday from 11.30am to 12.30pm or on the first day of camp.
Congratulations to Tom Lloyd, Mark O’Brien, Muiris Ahern, Luke Walsh
and Jake Foley who came through the U14 Limerick Football Trials to be
chosen to attend Limerick U14 Football Academy.
That’s it. 100Km done, 10km a day in 10 days straight as a fundraiser run for U-6 jerseys. Ran through rain, wind, hail and snow showers, through puddles, over ice, got a cold, got over a cold. All done now, so we hope Breandáns efforts are not in vain and that the children have been selling their lines and everyone is supporting them.
Breandán got back into his tough training as he resumed football training in the stormy weather. Well done Breandán.
Message/report for Under 6s:
Saturday we gambled with the weather and lost. Our Under6 footballers went out for their usual 11am Saturday session but got caught in the worst hour of the day for bad weather (it was fine afterwards!). Fair play to them though, they stuck it out and finished the session, doing their drills and their games. Fundraising for Jerseys continues as we collect the sponsorship lines this week. We will also hold a CAKE SALE on Saturday March 2nd – last weekend before Lent!
We’d like to thank the Juvenile section and Mungret St. Pauls Club for their continued support with new sliotars and footballs for these budding young Players. Football Saturdays 11am, hurling Mondays 6pm.
The Under 6 Hurlers battled the elements on Monday night with a great turnout for their weekly coaching session despite the cold. Fortunately the rain died off but the efforts shown by this young group should be commended. Hurling is every Monday at 6pm at the Crescent Comp under lights for now.
Similarly, U6 Football is every Saturday morning at 11am on the Club pitch (Sandbased).
All newcomers more than welcome.
U-6’s returned with a vengeance to their Saturday morning football sessions when over 40 kids arrived to kick the new year off. U6 football is on every Saturday at 11 am at the club pitches.
U-6 Hurling also returns this Monday 14th @ 6pm at Crescent Comp under lights (€2 to cover costs until we return to the pitches when daylight returns). All new comers (4,5,6 yr olds) are welcome to join up too so please come down Mondays and Saturdays and sign up!
The U-10 players were delighted to be accepting a set of sponsored jerseys from Tom Ryan, Joe Greensmith and staff in Ryan’s Raheen Centra. We look forward to seeing them on the pitches during the year and would like to Thank the Ryan family for their continued support of our club.
As we prepare ourselves for the new year of training and matches we need to remind ALL our coaches who will be involved with children up to the age of 18 years old that they MUST be Garda Vetted.
It is a very easy process to go through. If you or any of your coaches are not Garda vetted they will not be allowed coach until they have processed their details.
GAA vetting services are available to any person over 16 years of age fulfilling a role of responsibility with children. Consent from a parent / Guardian shall be required for applicants between 16 & 18 years of age.
If you have received an email to confirm your clearance, please forward a copy of this email to Trish Barry on email@example.com as soon as possible so records are up to date.
If you have any problems you can contact Mungret St. Pauls Child Welfare Officer, Trish Barry on firstname.lastname@example.org or 087-2033474
Child Safe Guarding Course
The club is hosting a Child Safe Guarding Course on Thursday 17 January in Mungret clubhouse. All coaches must take part in this course. If you are able to take part in the course please send your name to Trish Barry email@example.com or 087-2033474
The Juvenile section of the club will hold their AGM on Wednesday 28 November at 8pm. We look forward to seeing you on the night.
Great praise is due to all our U-10 footballers who represented Limerick and their club at the annual Austin Stacks Tournament Saturday 27 October. Some great skills and teamwork shown. Eventual winners Naas showed us the way in our first match with fierce tackling and blocking that we had not seen before. They proved their skill in the 2 following games against 2 kerry teams to leave them second place in the group. After a break they played in the 2nd place final which resulted in a draw, a toss of a coin meant Mungret St. Pauls got to take home the trophy. U10 Hurling continues on Friday 6-7pm in the Crescent Comprehensive Astro pitches. After Christmas our 2008 born players will be moving to U11/12 .
U-14 Football Shield FINAL
Mungret St Pauls 1-6 Fr. Casey’s 5-10
On Sunday 27 October in Mick Neville Park our U-14’s played in the Shield Semi Final. The last time these 2 sides met was in the Feile Final in April where a draw was forced into a replay when Fr. Casey’s won.
This was a another great battle for our U-14 players but Fr. Casey’s shots on goal were too strong for us to block down and this is where they took the lead and won the game.
The team are; Eoin O’Hagan, Jack Horgan, Jason Hassett, Cian Moloney, Tony Barry, Ronan Greaney, Fintan Fitzgerald, Kelvin O’Carroll, Jack Somers, JJ Harrington, David Guilfoyle, Tom Lloyd, Michael Cleary, Max Duggan, Liam Moran, Conor Collins, Ronan Smith, Cathal Reid, Briain Malone, Rian Murphy, Sam Hogan, Mark Buckley, Cathal Roche.
Mentors; Kevin O’Hagan, Gary Smith, John Horgan, John Hassett, Jim Moran.
Photos available on our webiste ( with thanks from Kieran Bolger)
U-16 Football FINAL
Mungret St. Pauls 0-7 Fr. Casey’s 2-6
On a cold night under lights in Mick Neville Park on Wednesday 24 October when the U-16 footballers stepped onto the pitch to play Fr. Casey’s where there was more scores earned in the dying minutes of the first half to the earlier 25 minutes played. The second half was a better game but the U-16 hurling final started to show in the tired feet of the Mungret St. Pauls players.
The one thing Mungret St. Pauls won in the game was the cross bar challenge which is the way they started the match followed by a wided free. There was a lot of missed opportunities and bouncing the ball off the posts, this could have been a different game for Mungret St. Pauls. It took 5 minutes to get the first score and another 10 minutes before Mungret St. Pauls was to mark up another point. There was a lot of pressure on both backs but Mungret St. Pauls made more attacks, one of the shots came back off the cross bar with another close encounter straight into the hands of a Father Casey’s perfectly positioned back, it was after this ball was sent out the field that it was returned for Mungret St. Pauls second point. The ball then spent a few minutes around the Mungret St. Pauls backs with Fr. Casey’s being stopped by a great save by our goalie. The ball was sent 4 times into the field behind the goals with Fr. Casey’s wides. What looked like a great slow start for Mungret St. Pauls when on the 27th minute they pointed a free to give them 3 points to nothing. Fr. Casey’s suddenly started to play a stronger game and came back into the game in the last 2 minutes scoring 2 points, they also then hit the cross bar during the injury time. Fr. Casey’s kept hammering our backs but they were on point with their blocking and denying any more score in the first half.
The second half was a more on target half, Mungret St. Pauls pointing their first free of the half. There was danger when a Fr. Casey’s player headed straight for the goals but a bad tackle in the square gave them a penalty, our goalie got his had to the ball but the rebound was kicked in by the Fr. Casey’s goalie who took the penalty, Mungret St. Pauls were left on the back foot. A point for Mungret St. Pauls boosted the boys a bit before Fr. Casey’s replied with a pointed free. The Mungret St. Pauls feet were getting tired and mistakes were being made. Fr. Casey’s were winning most of the kickouts with Mungret St. Pauls left contesting the ball. Fr. Casey’s put up another 3 points before Mungret St. Pauls struck back again with what was their final point of the game. Fr. Casey’s were awarded 4 frees in the final minutes of normal time but only secured one point. With our goalie down Fr. Casey’s took their opportunity to go for goal, Mungret St. Pauls backs stopped the first attempt but a second shot confirmed Fr. Casey’s win. This team just were unable to keep the momentum going as they ran out of energy, a lot to ask from them but they gave it what they could.
Team on the day; Casey Tanyi, Darragh O’Connor, Ciarán Uwatse, David Hassett, James Killian, Frank Corcoran, Colin Rochford, Fintan O’Sullivan, Billy Molyneaux, Brian O’Meara, Odhran O’Dwyer, Daragh Bridgeman, Liam Lynch (0-4, 0-1 from free), Darragh O’Hagan (0-1, 0-1 from free), Conor Galvin (0-2), Dermot Moloney, Conor O’Halloran, Ciarán Kenny, Mark Moroney, Oisin Moss, Tom Morrison, Dylan Scanlon, Conor O’Malley, Harry Page, Cathal Joy, Jack McCarthy, Kieran Bolger.
Management; Frank O’Sullivan, Maurice Walsh, Liam O’Connell, Ken O’Connor, John Rochford.
U-14 Division 3 Football Shield Final
Mungret St. Pauls 3-4 Pallasgreen 3-9
This was a physical game with our U-13 players up against 14 year olds, they did not let their height get to them and played a great game right up to the final whistle.
Pallasgreen got off to a good start scoring 2 points before Mungret St. Pauls denied their first attempt on a goal.A second chance on a goal was saved again by Mungret St. Pauls but the rebound was delivered to the back of the goal to put a 5 score difference between the two teams. On the seventh minute of the game Mungret St. Pauls got a free that they pointed. Mungret St. Pauls went for a chance for goal but it was saved, a second attempt was struck off the upright and landed at the feet of a Mungret St. Pauls player that kicked the ball into the back of the net to bring them back into the game. A point a piece before Mungret St. Pauls attacked the goal again on a rebound from a goal save the ball was seen to the Pallasgreen goal, this was the first lead Mungret St. Pauls had in the game but was not to last long as a point for Mungret St. Pauls and a goal for Pallasgreen leveled the playing field. 2 wides for Pallasgreen was followed up with a free pointed for them but just before they separated for half time, Mungret St. Pauls slotted another point over the bar.
Pallasgreen directed the game in the second half with Mungret St. Pauls filling in the gaps. Pallasgreen scored a goal to restart the second half. Mungret St. Pauls foiled a second attempt for a goal for Pallasgreen. Pallasgreen scored 3 points to widen the gap. A free for Mungret St. Pauls developed into their third goal and final score of the game. Pallasgreen scored 2 final points from frees to end the game. This game showed great skill and determination for our players, having recently won the U-13 Division 1 cup they don’t finish the year empty handed.
Team on the day; Jake Foley, Brian Hassett, Ben Gallagher, James Corcoran, Fintan O’Kelly, Cian Moloney, Conor Collins, Tom Lloyd, John Wright (0-1, 0-1 from frees), Mark O’Brien (1-1, 0-1 from free), Fintan Fitzgerald, Diarmuid Hynes, Muiris Ahern (0-1), Luke Walsh (2-1), Marcus Lyons, Darragh Johnston, Conor Morgan, Christy Carroll, Cian Kinnevane, Evan McInerney, Conor Johnston, Christopher McSweeney, Cian O’Sullivan, Ciaran O’Connor, Darragh Hogan, Adam Dore, Cian Baggott.
Management; David Foley, Paul Walsh, Denis Moloney, Maggie O’Neill.
U-16 Hurling FINAL REPLAY
Mungret St. Pauls 2-10 Ballybrown 0-12
Mungret St. Pauls took a firm hold on this game in Claughaun on Sunday 21 October when they played Ballybrown for the second time for the Shane Hourigan U-16 Hurling Cup. Mungret St. Pauls had one slip in concentration but regained their composure to secure the title they deserve.
A free for both teams opened the score for both sides. 2 more points a piece had the teams equaled again. Mungret St. Pauls pointed a free to take the lead, this was joined with a point from play but Ballybrown came back and went 4 points unanswered to bring them into the lead. With time ticking down, a sideline cut was neatly placed toward the goal and was gently urged into the back of the net to bring Mungret St. Pauls a point ahead. The sliotar saw both ends of the pitch, both going wide. A direct shot to a waiting Mungret St. Pauls forward put the ball to great use and saw it shot into the Ballybrown goal. One more point for Ballybrown ended the first half.
Ballybrown came out strong and a great sideline scored the first point for Ballybrown, they kept the pressure on our backs but their next shot was forced wide. Mungret St. Pauls took control, they drew the goalie out of position, passed the ball infront of the goals but a Ballybrown back got their hurley to the ball as it was directed to the goal. Mungret St. Pauls stayed strong on their pressure but Ballybrown blocked their attempts on scoring. Ballybrown were on the back foot and needed goals to get back into the game. A Ballybrown free dropped infront of the goal but Mungret St. Pauls backs worked together to clear the danger ball. 10 minutes had passed since the restart and it was Ballybrown who got the next point. Mungret St. Pauls still had the want to win this game and a point from play kept a 2 point difference between the teams. Both sides scored another 2 points each which brought them into the final quarter. Ballybrown were not to know but that was their last point of the game eventhough they tried to put the ball into the net, all our backs were in top form stopping everything that came their way. 2 pointed frees for Mungret St. Pauls left them with a comfortable 4 point lead with minutes left on the clock. It was a battle to the end but there was rejoicing when the final whistle was blown as Mungret St. Pauls were declared the Shane Hourigan U-16 Hurling County Champions. The first time this cup was won in 2015 was by Mungret St. Pauls and there are 6 families that have players on both of these teams. A lovely touch by the captain of the team, Conor O’Malley as he accepted the trophy from Shane Hourigans mother was handing the trophy to Eamonn Flahive who picked up an injury in the last Ballybrown match that ruled him out of the replay. Well done to this team who put in a lot of work and effort through the year and it has all paid off.
Players on the day; Darragh O’Hagan, Ciarán Kenny, Conor O’Malley, David Hassett, Billy Molyneaux, Dermot Moloney, Eamonn Flahive, Cillian Archer, Brian O’Meara, Conor O’Halloran, Odhran O’Dwyer (0-1), Conor Galvin (1-0), Mark Moroney (1-1), Liam Lynch (0-5, 0-5 from frees), Barry Duff, Tom Morrisson, Harry Page, David Geary (0-3), Jack McCarthy, Conor White, Cillian O’Gorman, Darragh O’Connor, Oisin Moss, Darragh Bridgeman, Colin Rochford, Fionn O’Dwyer.
Management; Justin O’Meara, Brian Lynch, Brian O’Halloran, Cian O’Brien, Colin Kenny, Declan Browne.
U-16 Football Semi Final
U-13 Football FINAL
Mungret St. Pauls 3-3 Fr. Casey’s 2-5
A hard fought battle in Mick Neville Park on Saturday 13 October in the early morning saw 2 great teams give everything they had to get across the finish line, Mungret St. Pauls were the victors by the final whistle.
It was a cold morning with the threat of rain throughout the game in Rathkeale. Fr. Casey’s were quick off the mark and putting pressure on our backs with our goalie pulling off a great save. Mungret St. Pauls played their way up the pitch to open the score with a great striking goal. There followed an unlucky strike as Fr. Casey’s hit the uprights twice and Mungret St. Pauls hit the goal post. Fr. Casey’s first score on the 8th minute of the game from a free was followed up with another 2 points. A forced substitution for Mungret St. Pauls led up to a second goal. Mungret St. Pauls kept the pressure on but Fr. Casey’s goalie got the ball out of danger for them just before half time.
The second half was as good as the first half with Mungret St. Pauls slotting over their first point as an opener. Fr. Casey’s were fighting back and scored goal and point to level the game before Mungret St. Pauls replied with their third goal along with 2 more points to bring them further in the lead. With 10 minutes left in the game the pressure was on both teams, Mungret St. Pauls to keep the lead and Fr. Casey’s to make a come back. It was the latter that finished the game as Fr. Casey’s put every effort into getting the ball to their forwards, they converted 2 of their 5 chances, widing 3 frees they scored their second goal and an additional point which left them a point shy by the full time whistle which came just in time.
These 2 sides will meet again over the coming years but Mungret St. Pauls take the victory for 2018 as they traveled home with the U-13 County Football cup and title. Well done to the players, mentors and parents. Thank you also to the supporters on the day.
Team on the day; Jake Foley, Brian Hassett, Ben Gallagher, James Corcoran, Fintan O’Kelly, Cian Moloney, Conor Collins, Tom Lloyd, John Wright, Mark O’Brien (0-2, 0-1 from free), Fintan Fitzgerald, Diarmuid Hynes, Muiris Ahern (0-1), Luke Walsh (3-0), Marcus Lyons, Darragh Johnston, Conor Morgan, Christy Carroll, Cian Kinnevane, Evan McInerney, Conor Johnston, Christopher McSweeney, Cian O’Sullivan, Ciaran O’Connor, Darragh Hogan, Adam Dore, Cian Baggott.
Management; David Foley, Paul Walsh, Denis Moloney, Maggie O’Neill.
U-14 Division 3 Football
Mungret St. Pauls 6-6 Blackrock 2-3
This was a great game for Mungret St. Pauls players who showcased a great display of football and teamwork in Mungret pitch on Sunday 7 October in a windy but dry day in the Semi final of the shield.
The game started well for Mungret St. Pauls who had a lot of possession and were creating a lot of chances but not taking these early on. Once the shooting boots were adjusted they got going and were the main scorers in the first half with 4-4, Blackrock only scored 2 points.
In the second half, as expected, Blackrock contested the game a bit more but Mungret St. Pauls played some competitive football to overcome an older and more physical team. Blackrock scored the first 3 scores, a point and 2 goals. Mungret St. Pauls closed the game out with another 2 goals and 2 points. This result means Mungret St. Pauls now go through to the final of the shield. Before they manage that they face into the U-13 football Final on Saturday in Mick Neville Park at 10.15am.
U-16 Hurling Final
Mungret St. Pauls 0-16 Ballybrown 0-16
These sides have met before many times so are no strangers to each other. A draw was the best result for this close game of chasing points in Claughaun on Saturday 6 October.
Mungret St. Pauls started both halves with the opening score but Ballybrown matched the score in minutes from a free. Mungret St. Pauls wided their next 2 chances and gave away a free which Ballybrown sent to the wrong side of the upright, they kept the pressure up on the backs but there was a great save pulled off by the goalie. Ballybrown got into their stride as they scored the next 3 points, Mungret St. Pauls paused their scoring streak with a pointed free but Ballybrown were back scoring again getting in the next two. A point a piece before Mungret St. Pauls came back into the game securing the next 3 points, leaving a point difference, a poor finish from both sides followed Ballybrowns last point of the opening half as it closed with 2 wides from Ballybown and one from Mungret St. Pauls.
Mungret St. Pauls got in early with their next score but Ballybrown were not being quietened too easy and took on the next 2 scores. Mungret St .Pauls were fighting to stay in the game going back to a point behind. Another 2 points each until a well worked ball was sent soaring over the Ballybrown crossbar to level the sides. This saw a change in the Mungret St. Pauls side as they upped their game a bit more for the last quarter of the game. A free given to Mungret St. Pauls produced the second time in the game for them to take a lead but this was short lived and Ballybrown leveled then went one up. Another free evened the game for Mungret St. Pauls. Another point a piece before Mungret St. Pauls missed the target. Ballybrown tried three times to go ahead but each failed. As the clock was ticking down Mungret St. Pauls took on their last point of the game but they gave away a free, preventing a goal for Ballybrown to see the game into a replay.
The replay should be another great match for the supporters and we would encourage all our members to please come out and support the players in trying to take home the U-16 cup
Players on the day; Darragh O’Hagan, Ciarán Kenny, Conor O’Malley, David Hassett, Billy Molyneaux, Dermot Moloney, Eamonn Flahive, Cillian Archer, Brian O’Meara, Conor O’Halloran, Odhran O’Dwyer, Conor Galvin, Mark Moroney, Liam Lynch, Barry Duff, Tom Morrisson, Harry Page, David Geary, Jack McCarthy, Conor White, Cillian O’Gorman, Darragh O’Connor, Oisin Moss, Darragh Bridgeman, Colin Rochford.
Management; Justin O’Meara, Brian Lynch, Brian O’Halloran, Cian O’Brien, Colin Kenny, Declan Browne.
Stephen Cahill Tournament
On Saturday 6 October on a lovely dry morning the club hosted the annual U-10 Football tournament. We welcomed Portlaoise, DooraBarefield and Na Gaeil (Kerry) each bringing 2 teams. This tournament is in it’s 5th year and honours our former president and principal of St. Nessan’s school, Stephen Cahill. We were delighted to have Stephens wife, Kathleen and son, Donal with us to present the cup to the winners, Doorabarefield Maroon who beat Mungret St. Pauls white in the final, well done to the most improved players of the tournament- Amhlaoibh Bohane for the red team and Eoghan Hogan for the white team Each team that played gave a great game and there was a lot of skill on display which is great to see. Thank you to all the players for attending, the coaches for encouraging the players, parents for supporting, our own coaches for organising, the referees for doing a great job, our parents for their help in the kitchen, our photographers for capturing the day.
U-13 Hurling FINAL
Mungret St. Pauls 1-4 Na Piarsaigh 2-5
The second match Mungret St. Pauls had in Cappamore was a steady game but opportune goals by Na Piarsaigh gave them an edge while Mungret St. Pauls stayed on the attack until the final whistle.
Two frees a piece marked the first quarter of the game but it was followed with Na Piarsaigh striking in a goal to take a lead closing off the first half.
The second half Na Piarsaigh came out stronger as they pointed 2 balls and sent another ball from a free to the corner of the goal. Mungret St. Pauls were awarded a penalty which was well taken and narrowed the lead to 5 points. With Na Piarsaigh wideing their frees Mungret St. Pauls finished with their only point from play. Na Piarsaigh were presented the cup.
Team on the day; Diarmuid Hynes, Brian Hassett, Cian Moloney, Evan McInerney, Fintan Fitzgerald, Marcus Lyons, Conor Collins, John Wright, Mark O’Brien, Sean Duff, Tom Lloyd, Sean O’Halloran, Muiris Ahern, Conor Morgan, Luke Walsh, Darragh Johnston, Christopher McSweeney, Conor Galligan, Jake Foley, Adam Dore, Darragh Hogan, Robert O’Brien, Jay Moroney, Cian Baggott.
Coaches; Fintan Hynes, Mike Galligan, Denis Moloney, Paul Walsh, Kieran O’Brien.
U-16 Hurling SEMI FINAL
Mungret St. Pauls 2-15 Doon 3-9
The curtain opener in Cappamore on Saturday 22 September saw Mungret St. Pauls start off slow but picked up the pace near the end of the first half to dominate in the second half.
Doon lead the way while Mungret St. Pauls struggled at the start to get going until the last 10 minutes of the opening half when Mungret St. Pauls stepped it up and scored their first goal which helped to narrow the gap at half time to 1-7 to 2-5 Mungret St. Pauls going in one point behind.
The second half saw a different game, Mungret St. Pauls came out and straight away started to attack the Doon backs, we managed to go a goal and 5 points up in 18 minutes before Doon were awarded a free that opened their score in this half. Mungret St. Pauls replied with another 2 points. A point a piece before Doon reminded us they were still in the game with their third goal which they followed up with another 2 points. They needed another goal but were expertly denied by the Mungret St. Pauls goalie and his backs. Mungret St. Pauls took the 3 point win to go into the final where they will meet Ballybrown. Well done to this team who looked lost in the first half but fought back well.
Team on the day; Darragh O’Hagan, David Hassett, Conor O’Malley, Ciarán Kenny, Billy Molyneaux, Dermot Moloney, Eamonn Flahive, Cillian Archer, Brian O’Meara, Conor O’Halloran, Odhran O’Dwyer, Conor Galvin, Mark Moroney, Liam Lynch, Barry Duff, Tom Morrison, Harry Page, David Geary, Jack McCarthy, Conor White, Cillian O’Gorman, Darragh O’Connor, Oisin Moss, Daragh Bridgeman, Colin Rochford.
Coaches; Justin O’Meara, Brian Lynch, Brian O’Halloran, Cian O’Brien, Colin Kenny, Declan Browne
On Saturday last Mungret U13 footballers traveled to Tralee to participate in the Austin Stacks Lee Strand tournament. Mungret started with a tough game with Clontarf. Mungret came away with a one point win. Up next was Legion of Killarney who Mungret beat 8-9 to 1-2. Our final group game was a ten point win over John Mitchels Tralee. We then went on to play a much fancied Salthill of Galway in a the A semi final. Salthill were a very physical strong team but again Mungret playing some inspired football ran out 3-7 to 1-5 winners. This meant we were to travel back to Tralee on Sunday for an 11am throw in. Our opponents were Ballyboden St Enda’s of Dublin were a strong physical side who put it up to our boys and after a highly competitive first half the score was 5-3 in Ballybodens favour. Unfortunately our exertions of the previous day started to take its toll and we struggled a bit in second half going down 3-7 to 5 points. Special mention to Tom Lloyd who was named man of the match. Overall it was a great achievement for this group to be runners up in the A final something that has not been done by Mungret in the past. A big thank you to all who supported the team over the two days and we can look forward to more success from this outstanding group of players.
Liam O’Donoghue U-12 Hurling Tournament
Our annual Liam O’Donoghue Tournament took place on Sunday 16 September with an early start at 9.45am, Mungret St. Pauls welcomed Murroe Boher, Ballybrown, Kilmallock, Newtown Shandrum and Doon. With 3 of our senior players taking charge of the games the tournament ran very smoothly. There was a lot of skillful play on both pitches from all teams. The finals took place at 12pm and this ran into a great standard of play from the teams involved. Well done to the winners of the Liam O’Donoghue Tournament trophy, Murroe Boher with Liam himself presenting it. A special word of Thanks to the organisers- the U-12 Hurling coaches headed off by Kevin Dore, to O’Malley Griffin Insurance Brokers for sponsoring the event, the helpers in the kitchen who kept everyone hydrated and fed and the parents for their supporting the event.