The Clonmel High School Under 15 hurlers were crowned Munster ‘B’ Champions for the very first time on Wednesday 21st April 2010, following a good win over their County Clare opponents, St Joseph’s from Tulla. The Corn an Phiarsaigh Final was played in ideal conditions, dry pitch, light breeze and lots of sunshine in Templemore.
Despite a ten point winning margin, the Clonmel lads were made to work hard to the final whistle. St Josephs remained very much in contention for most of the game. The inspired performances of goalkeeper Tadgh Lonergan, centre-back Eoin Kehoe and midfielder cum defender Tom Kirwan blotted out most of the Tulla attacks, ensuring that they came to nothing. Lonergan dealt very compentently with everything that came his way, staying totally composed in all situations. His puck outs always deliberate and pin point accurate. Both Kehoe and Kirwan fielded an incredible amount of ball. Tomas Cooney had a very productive afternoon at full forward, scoring an impressive total of three goals and two points. Centre forward Ross Mulcahy is maturing into a very consistent free taker, converting from long distances and from out near the sideline, in addition to scoring from play in both halves. The High School managed to get a firm grip on proceedings in the final quarter, during which time they got the last five scores (1-4) without reply. Up to this point only one score separated the sides.
St Josephs snatched an early goal in the opening minutes, catching the Clonmel backs by surprise. Tomas Cooney, then won a close range free, which Ross Mulcahy easily slotted over. During these early stages, Cooney was receiving and winning a generous supply of ball. He scored two points from play, one of which was skilfully taken off his right side. He then got the first of his goals. Ross Mulcahy took a well taken point from play. Tulla then registered a point. Cooney scored his second goal followed by a Tulla goal and a point. Ross Mulcahy converted two more frees. At half time the High School lead by four points, 2-6 to 2-2.
It took a little time before Ross Mulcahy recorded the first score of the second half, from a free. Tulla converted two frees, to leave three points between the sides. Ross Mulcaly then converted his fifth free of the afternoon. He almost immediately tagged on an inspirational point. The High School were on a roll at this stage and could do no wrong. David Collins then landed a fine point. Newly introduced substitute Danny O’Mahoney added another from close range. The High School finished with a somewhat fortunate goal, which will be credited to the in-form Tomas Cooney. The Tulla challenge had faded at this stage and Clonmel were dominant.
The players in the central positions provided the big performances on the day: Lonergan, Kehoe, Kirwan, Mulchay and Cooney. Eoin Kehoe was arguably ‘Man of the Match’. He looked fresh, alert and confident throughout the game and he needed to be, given the amount of ball he dealt with. The final score was 3-11 to 2-04 in favour of the High School.
Last February, the High School beat Colaiste Chriost Ri,Cork in their opening match of the competition in Ballygiblin. They then beat Rochestown College, Cork in the semi-final at the same venue in mid-March, in a keenly contested game. It took two second half goals, both scored by Conor Gleeson, to ensure the win.
Clonmel High School Team: Tadgh Lonergan, Robert Lyons, Jason Ryan, Patrick Morrissey, Michael Meagher, Eoin Kehoe, Kevin Guiry, Tom Kirwan, Dermot Ryan, Michael Connolly, Ross Mulcahy, David Collins, Conor Gleeson, Tomas Cooney, Luke Boland.
Subs Used: Paul Maher, Michael Boland, Danny O’Mahoney. Conor Arrigan, Sean Nagle.
Panel Members: Sean Ryan, Padraig Looram, Richie Gunne, Eric Walsh, Liam Ryan, Shane Lonergan, Ross Peters
Scorers: Tomas Cooney(3-2), Ross Mulcahy(0-7),5 frees, David Collins, Danny O’Mahoney(0-1, each)
The High School hurling teams have competed in three competitions since September: two county ‘A’competitions, Corn Ui Cathain , First Year Hurling and Croke Cup, Under15 hurling and a Munster ‘B’ competition, Corn an Chuinneanaigh, Under16½. We fared reasonably well in all three competitons. Yet, all involved would agree that the potential is there to progress further in all these competitions.
Corn Ui Cathain First Year County ‘A’ Hurling
We won two of our group games and lost one, thus progressing to the semi-finals .We beat Cashel C.S. and Thurles CBS ‘A1, while we were beaten by Roscrea Community School. We then faced Nenagh CBS in the semi-final. It was a ding dong battle from the throw-in to the final whistle. Nenagh CBS booked their place in the final with just one point to spare. It was a disappointing result for our lads. We can take some consolation from the fact that Nenagh subsequently went on to win the final, quite easily.
Overall, we had a very good campaign, attendance at training was excellent and players have been very eager to impress and do their best.
Team that played in Semi-Final: Ross Peters, Conor Lynch, Richie Gunne, Gavin Sheehan, Andrew O’Regan, Eric Walsh, Gearoid Hearn, Paul Maher, Liam Ryan, Brendan Martin, Shane Lonergan, Conor Gleeson, Mark O’Reilly, Danny Owens, Anthony Gilman.
Subs: Jamie Landy, Dale Adams
Panel Members: Kevin Humphries, Gavin Murphy, Ronan Brady, Rory Maher, Rhys McMurrow, Joseph Ryan, Nathan Croke, Michael Tobin, Colm Galvin, Gavin O’Dwyer, Eoin O’Brien, Brian Twohig and Cormac Kelly
Brian Healy – unavailable due to illness
Croke Cup Under 15 County ‘A’ Hurling
Borrisokane granted us a walkover in the quarter final, thus depriving us of a valuable preparation match. We met Thurles CBS in the semi-final. Thurles CBS led by 11 points at half time. They had the advantage of a strong wind. The High School stormed into the match after the interval, scoring three goals in the second half. In the end, Thurles hung on to win by a two point margin. A strong sense of self belief and a real desire to win characterised our second half performance. It proved to be a really entertaining second half. Tom Kirwan provided the leadership by inspiring his team mates with some wonderful fielding.
Team that played in Semi-Final: Tadgh Lonergan, Sean Ryan, Danny O’Mahoney, Robert Lyons, Michael Meagher, Eoin Kehoe, Sean Gunne, Tom Kirwan, Dermot Ryan, Michael Connolly, Ross Mulcahy, Luke Boland, Padraig Looram, David Collins, Patrick Morrissey.
Subs Used: Conor Gleeson, Paul Maher
Panel Members: Jason Ryan, Conor Arrigan, Sean Nagle, Michael Boland, Kevin Guiry, Sean Hahessy,
Tomas Cooney – unavailable due to illness
Corn an Chuinneanaigh Under 16½ Munster ‘B’ Hurling
In late September, we played Colaiste Chriost Ri in Mitchelstown. At the end of normal time, the score was 1-13 a piece. The Cork side performed strongly in extra time and won comfortably in the end. The High School started very brightly. Bill Maher scored three long range frees early in the first half. His general play was excellent. In the second half Jason Lonergan, Donal Mcgrath and Brian Walsh all contributed well to the High School cause.
High School Team: Tadgh Lonergan, Rian Clancy, Dean Kelleher, Eoin Kehoe, Sam Ryan, Bill Maher, Tom Kirwan, Eamon Gleeson, Jason Lonergan, Donal McGrath, Brian Walsh, Adrian McGuire, Michael Lynch, Diarmuid Devaney, Alex Harte.
Subs: Cian Mackey, Brendan Lawlor, Thomas Keaveney, Jason Mullins, Lar Whelan, Colin Gleeson.
In the New Year, the High School will be participating in three more competitions: Corn an Phiarsaigh, Under 15 ‘B’ Munster Hurling, Canon Fitzgeranld Cup, Under 17 County ‘A’ Hurling and Rice Cup Under 14 Hurling.
A special thanks to High School staff members: Mr J Broderick, Mr P O’ Mahoney, Mr PJ Mulcahy and Mr L Rice for all the work they have put into the teams. We also thank hurling coach, Mr Noel Russell for his very valuable contribution to our cause. This year a support group has been formed to promote hurling in Clonmel and the surrounding area. It is working with the school. The three town clubs: Clonmel Og, St Marys and Moyle Rovers as well as the country clubs: Kilsheelan, Ballybacon Grange, Clerihan and Four Mile Water are all involved in the scheme.