. We played Kilrossanty in the Phelan Cup Final on Friday night in Fraher Field, where we regained the cup following a 1-11 to 0-08points victory. Our Captain Tommy Connors accepted the Cup from County Board Chairman Paddy Joe Ryan and thanked Kilrossanty for a good game and wished the best for the remainder of the Championship.
The build up to the All Ireland reached fever pitch in Stradbally GAA social center when we hosted Marty Morrissey and his crew as they presented Country Wide live from the club. The program covered Agricultural and Rural issues, there was plenty of craic on the morning and the sizable crowd was treated to a song from the All Ireland Bucket singing champion Liam Clancy. Special Guest John Mullane entertained all present with his big match predictions, representatives of our local market spoke about the produce which is on sale in the Market each Saturday. Our club secretary Edel Casey spoke very well about Waterford and the Greenway. There were other speakers who all gave a great account of local area and what it has to offer.
The year 1987 was a significant year in the History of Stradbally GAA when we won both the Senior Football and Junior Hurling Championships, some of our club’s finest players graced both of these teams and their influence can still be felt today. The Club intends to honour both these teams 30 years after their great achievements by hosting a reunion of all the team members on Friday the 17th of November in the Social center. An organising committee has been established and further details of this event will be published in next week’s notes. Everyone in the community is welcome to attend this celebration and we ask all our supporters to spread the word about this night
Congratulations to Michael Walsh who received his 4th All Star Award last Friday at the annual GAA All Stars Awards. This was award was richly deserved by one of the most consistent and honest hurlers to ever grace the game, he is widely respected throughout the country for his consistent performances in many positions. It is a true mark of his ability that he has now joined a select few of great hurlers to win All Stars in the Backs, Midfield and now in the forwards. Michael has represented Waterford in both Hurling and football for the past 14 years and is the joint holder of Championship appearances with another Waterford legend Tony Brown both have made 65 appearances. Michael is also a fantastic club man who is idolized by all the children in the club, he gives so much time and commitment to our club which is greatly appreciated by everyone involved and this award was a great source of pride to the local community. Michael will present medals to all our U6,7,8,9, &10’s this Friday evening in the club house following our Blitz against St Mary’s.
Our Hurling All Star
Our final Underage games of the season were played at home on Friday night against St. Marys, we played three really competitive games and the kids showed all in attendance how much they have developed over the year. Afterwards all the parents and players retired to the GAA Center where all players who participated throughout the year were presented with a medal for their efforts by Michael Walsh. The kids were delighted to meet their hero and Michael was so generous with his time, he posed for a photo with all 71 children. The club is really growing and the numbers we have at the club are growing every year. Stradbally GAA would like to thank all the parents for continuing to support our club by bringing their children every week, we especially like to thank all our mentors who give up their time week after week coaching these wonderful kids. Without volunteers we won’t have a club and judging by the willingness of parents to get involved the future of our club is in good hands. We will be taking a break for a few months and we will be returning at start of March with a new program of events for 2018. Next year we aim to bigger and better than before and we hope that parents continue to support the clubs fundraising activity such as the 50:50 draw, so that we can deliver a new field for the kids in 2018.