SENIOR HURLERS: The Senior Hurlers began their Championship campaign with a defeat against Kilmallock at rain-soaked Newcastle West. Patrickswell made a lightning start when Thomas O’Brien scored a goal within thirty seconds and Jordan Higgins rifled a clinical second goal in the fifth minute. Kilmallock began to edge into the match and the ‘Well led by 2-2 to 0-2 in the 10th minute. The next ten minutes were barren for Patrickswell as the Balbec notched four points in succession to slash the deficit to 2-2 to 0-6. Aaron Gillane’s point in the 20th minute led to another lean spell and Kilmallock capitalised with six unanswered points to lead by 0-12 to 2-3 at the interval.
The second half started on a positive note with a Patrick Kirby point; however Patrickswell failed to score for another thirteen minutes and Kilmallock added a goal and five points. There were fifteen minutes left and Patrickswell were behind by ten points at 1-17 to 2-4. Diarmaid Byrnes’ free was replied by three points, while Aaron Gillane’s point was met with Kilmallock’s second goal. Patrick Kirby’s point prompted another three points from our opponents. There were five minutes left and the deficit was 2-23 to 2-7. Diarmaid Byrnes and Patrick Kirby scored two consolation points to round off a 2-23 to 2-9 defeat. The next match is on Saturday August 6 at 7pm against Ahane in Caherconlish.
JUNIOR A HURLERS: Patrickswell defeated Old Christians in the first match of the championship. After fifteen minutes, the teams were inseparable at four points apiece (Cian Enright 0-3 and Jonathan McMahon). The ‘Well took the lead with three consecutive points. Following that, there was a period where both teams exchanged three points each. By the 25th minute, Patrickswell were 0-10 to 0-7 ahead. Old Christians scored two points to trim the deficit to a single point before Adam Carrig scored the last point of the first half to make it 0-11 to 0-9.
While Old Christians scored the first point of the second half, they were rattled by Gavin Carey’s goal and three points from Eoin Harmon 0-2 and Darragh Ahern. With 15 minutes left to play, Patrickswell led by 1-14 to 0-10. Old Christians had the better of the next fifteen minutes, but they only managed to narrow the gap to five points by the 60th minute at 1-16 to 0-14. Patrickswell closed the match with four points in injury time from Eoin Harmon, Gavin Carey, Darragh Ahern and Cian Enright. The final score was 1-20 to 0-14. The next match is on Sunday 7th August at 2pm in Fedamore against Kilteely Dromkeen.
CLUB LOTTO: The Club Lotto draw on Monday July 25 was not won. The numbers drawn were 2, 14, 20 and 27. The bonus number was 25. The €100 Lucky Dip was won by Margaret Hannon and the €20 prizes were claimed by Ger Teahon, Betty Cronin, Leah O’Connell, Lucy Rae & Sadie Normoyle and Emily Moloney. This week’s jackpot is €17,000.
CLUB LIMERICK DRAW: Congratulations to Ciaran Crowe, who scooped the exclusive Ashford Castle prize in July’s Draw.