Congrratulations to Jim and Margaret Murray who won €165 in the latest 50 / 50 Draw. Well done Jim and Margaret
Munster Championship Hurling
Waterford played the final game of the 2018 Championship last Sunday in Semple stadium. With nothing but pride to play for Waterford did not disappoint, the hurled like the team we are used to seeing. The commitment and fight shown by this group of players who fill any person with pride. At the heart of the Waterford effort was our own Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh who played in his 74th championship game thus breaking the overall record set by Tipperary Brendan Cummins. Michael has been at the heart of Waterford Hurling for the past 15 years and has represented his county and club with the upmost distinction. Stradbally GAA club in very proud of the achievements of Michael Walsh and especially proud of the fact that Stradbally GAA club is now on the record books of the GAA! Congratulations Michael.
Déise Draw- Congratulations to Johnny Troy who was presented with his winning Déise Draw Cheque of €12,500 euro Johnny won the first of this year’s Déise Draws. Tickets are still on sale and can be purchased from any of the Club committee or can be purchased on our website www.stradballygaa.com.
Our field development is gathering pace with drainage being laid and over 2000 tons of sand going into the field this week. It is only a matter of weeks before we are seeding the field. Your support is needed now more than ever, please support our 50;50 draw and all other club fundraising initiatives.
Our minor footballers were crowned division 3 county champions when they recorded a 2-point win over the Nire on a score line of 3-10 to 2-11 last Thursday evening in what was a fast and hugely exciting game. Stradbally started well and a great goal by Pa Skeen with a point each from Alan Shaw Hamilton and Sean Navin saw us go into a 5-point lead after 10 mins. However, the rest of the half was dominated mainly by the Nire and some good defensive play by Stradbally only saw us trailing by 1 point at the break 1-4 to 8 points.
Stradbally piled on the pressure in the start of the second half where we took some fine scores including goals from Daniel Fenlon and Dylan Whlean. However an 8 point lead with 6 mins to go was reduced in the blink of an eye when the Nire struck 2 quick goals and 2 points to draw level with 3 mins remaining. Stradbally showed great character and broke momentum again as we went up the field go get the last 2 points. A great free from Pa Skeen from hand and an insurance point from Liam Fennell secured the win for Stradbally. This was a memorable win and a typical hard working Stradbally team performance. Well done to all players and team mentors involved and to our supporters who gave great support on the night.
County Champions 2018
Secretary’s New Phone Number 087-1165549
Last Sunday Stradbally GAA Club celebrated Gaelic Sunday with a Lá na Glubanna. Six teams mixed with current and past players both men and women took to the field for celebrity Bainisteoir and what ensued was some of the best craic had in years. All teams got stuck in and made the games very enjoyable for the large crowd in attendance. At the end of the day led by local Celebs Michelle Mullaney and Noel Costelloe led their team ‘The Táin’ to victory. The day was much more than football games on the field, there was lots of kid’s activities and games for everyone to enjoy. Stradbally GAA Club would like to thank all those who contributed to the organising of one of the most memorable days in years. Please check out the clubs Facebook page for all photos associated with the day.
Sunday the 16th of September saw the conclusion of our tree day, 400km round trip of Munster in association with Mental Health Awareness. The aim of the cycle was to raise awareness of Mental Health within our club and beyond, and also to raise much needed funds for our new pitch development. Trevor Curran, Eamonn Clancy, Mike Navin, Brendan Tobin, Roger Ronayne, Richie Jones, Dermot Gough, Nicky Connors and Darragh Kelly set off from Stradbally GAA Club on Friday 14th September at 8am and were joined by friends of Stradbally GAA Club along the way. At the end of the first day they stopped in Croagh Co. Limerick and were well received by the locals who contributed to the fund. Stradbally supporter Sean Dee who now resides in Croagh gave the lads a tour of the Club facilities. The lads were treated to some fin hospitality in the Croagh Park Bar by owner Deidre O’Connor who held a bucket collection for them. Stradbally GAA Club would like to extend its gratitude to the people of Croagh for their support. The Cyclists were joined by Claire Halpin as they moved onto Kerry, Clare and back into Limerick where the lads stayed in Ballyneety. They were joined by a further 6 cyclists on the Sunday as they returned to a fantastic homecoming with all the underage kids who joined in the cycle as it neared the village.