Congratulations to the O'Sullivan family of Ballyluck, Ardfield, for striking it lucky in the St James' GAA lotto. The O'Sullivans scooped the fabulous jackpot of €4,100 when their numbers came up in last Saturday's draw (winning numbers: 10, 24, 31). Lotto-ticket sellers are hitting the highways and byways of the parish in the coming weeks, and – as always – if you're not in you can't win.
Junior A Football League (Kealkill)
St James' 3-14 St Colms 2-4
St James' junior A footballers made the long trek to Kealkill last Sunday in the opening round of the junior league, and came away very happy with two valuable league points secured. St James' were quickly off the mark with a point and a Tony Hayes goal in the opening minutes, only to be rocked with a rather easy goal for the opposition. However, amends were made with a great Kieran O'Donovan goal straight from the kick-out. St James' added further points and went in at the break 2-7 to 2-2 ahead. On resumption, another two quick points were added, and this left St James' in complete control to the finish.
Highlight of this fine sporting contest was the long-range point-scoring and well-taken goals. It was also great to see goalkeeper Diarmuid O'Donovan back on the field of play after a long lay-off.
Team: Diarmuid O'Donovan, David Hayes, Mark O'Brien, Eoin Deasy, Kevin O'Leary, Micheál McCarthy (Brittas, 0-1), Seamus McCarthy, Kieran O'Donovan (1-2), Mark Evans, James O'Sullivan, Paul O'Sullivan (1-4), Donnacha McCarthy (0-2), Frank Hayes, Kevin O'Brien (0-1), Tony Hayes (1-3). Subs: James O'Driscoll (0-1), Brian O'Donovan, Garreth Lombard, Patrick Keohane.
Minor Football League (Rossmore)
Kilmeen 5-8 St James' 5-4
The first run-out this year for the minor footballers sounds like a thriller when judged by the match statistics: five penalties, ten goals, countless bookings and the sending-off of a Kilmeen player. But the County Board needn’t launch an enquiry: truth is, this was a very clean match played in a competitive but fair spirit, and nobody got hurt. It was also a game of two halves, with a strong northerly wind having a lot to do with proceedings. St James’ played against the wind in the first half, and managed only two scores (a point from Aaron Hayes and a Shaun Goggin goal) against Kilmeen’s 2-7.
The second half was much better, with James Hayes pointing three times and putting away three penalties. Thomas Nyhan also found the back of the net with a well-placed goal during a spell of play when St James’ looked as though they might overcome a very strong Kilmeen side. But three second-half goals for the Rossmore lads ensured they maintained their advantage to the final whistle. Still, this was a very encouraging performance from the point of view of mentors Eoin Deasy and Micheál McCarthy (Dunnycove), and though scorers are always assured of a mention in dispatches, credit must go to each and every player for a great effort and – on occasions – some class football.
Team: Patrick Keohane, Danny O’Connor, Harry Creagh, Brian O’Donovan, Thomas Nyhan (1-0), Ruairc Courtney, Niall Evans, Shaun Goggin (1-0), Cian Kavanagh, Tadhg Casey, James Hayes (3-3), Aaron Hayes (0-1). Sub: Seán O’Connor.
Sports Hall Official Opening: Friday 1st April
Preparations are well underway for the official opening of the sports hall on Friday 1st April. Former GAA president Seán Kelly MEP will do the honours, and a great night is assured. More details to follow closer to the date.