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Saturday 6th Decemeber 1997

County under-21 HC 'B semi-final
Easy win for Fethard
Fethard 1-14; Sean Treacys 1-6
Fethard qualified for the county under-21 'B' hurling final as easily as their eight-pint win over Sean Treacys indicates in their semi-final played at Golden on Sunday.
The South champions looked the more skilful side throughout, but were a little slow in making their superiority count on the scoreboard.
They eventually hit top gear in the second-half and had their place in the final guaranteed when Sean Treacys best forward, Kieran O'Brien shot to the net on the one occasion that Paul Fitzgerald didn't look assured in the Fethard goal.
Fethard had excellent forwards in Conor O'Connell until he retired injured at half-time; Ciaran Treacy and David Flanagan, while Aidan Fitzgerald and Damian Byrne were in top form at midfield. But it was the centre-back maestro, Tomás Keane who orchestrated this win.He as the outstanding hurler on the field, sensing danger before it arrived and always being in the right position when it did, making tremendous clearances to frustrate Treacys attacks, and joining in the scoring charts with four points from frees.
There was a fright for the South side when Keane took a heavy blow to the head midway through the first-half, and lay prone on the ground for several minutes, with genuine concern among colleagues and mentors for his wellbeing.
Thankfully he was quickly restored to full health and although he was now waring a helmet in the second-half his contribution never slackened, and he remained a colossus in the heart of the 'Blues' defence.
The entire Fethard halfbackline was the most impressive on the field, with wings Michael Carroll and Michael Costello also in dominant form, and playing with great enthusiasm to the final whistle.
However this was a game where enthusiasm became a little over-heated on occasions, and some of the pulling tackling bordered on the dangerous. Referee, Vincent McKenna erred on the side of leniency, and confined his disciplinary sanctions to just a few bookings.
Sean Treacys battled bravely throughout, but could never match their opponents' fluency. Their scoring chances were harder earned than Fethard's and not always taken, with only cornerforward Kieran O'Brien looking likely to trouble the Fethard defence with some incisive hurling.
Fethard dominated the opening exchanges, but had only a Declan Maher point to show for their efforts after eleven minutes. Finally their pressure told, and Ciaran Treacy capitalised on poor defence to shoot a goal past Paddy Quigley. A great point from Damian Byrne made it 1-2 to no score at the end of the first quarter.
Play was held up for nearly five minutes to treat Keane's head injury, and in the 21st minute the AllIreland minor medal winner made his first and only mistake of the game with a loose clearance which was punished by Ollie Carr to score the West side's first point.
Ciaran Treacy and Kieran O'Brien exchanged points, before Damian Flanagan took a great pass from Treacy to put Fethard 1-4 to 0-2 ahead at the interval.
The impressive Conor O'Donnell failed to reappear for Fethard for the second-half after picking up an elbow injury, and it was Treacys who started the half the stronger with two points in the first three minutes from O'Brien and a Robert Ilammersley free, to reduce the arrears to a goal, 1-4 to 0-4.
But almost immediately Fethard had cancelled the scores out with an immediate response from Aidan Fitzgerald, and another quick point from Thomas Burke. Keane from a free made it 1-7 to 0-4 after six minutes, following a heavy foul on Michael Carroll by Sean Kennedy.
Hammersley from a free and Eamonn Ryan for Treacys, and Keane from a free and a super point from sub. John Paul Looby y were exchanged before Fethard finally dominated the game, as they had threatened to do for so long.
Between the 20th and 27th minutes they knocked over five points without reply from two Keane frees, Aidan Fitzgerald, Looby again and aColm Allen free to put them 1-14 to 0-6 ahead.
The final score came on the stroke of full-time from a shot from Kieran O'Brien that Fitzgerald should have had covered in the Fethard goal, but the ball slipped under his body for a consolation score that didn't affect the outcome.
The Fethard win resulted from a workmanlike display throughout the field, with everyone giving one hundred per cent effort. It was the correct approach on a heavy pitch, and with Tomás Keane's outstanding performance thrown in, it was the perfect ingredient for a deserved victory.
Treacys can have little regrets after coming up against a superior team on the day but they battled to the end, and have the satisfaction of a fine West campaign to look back on at year's end.
Fethard: Paul Fitzgerald, Alan O'Meara, Michael Burke, John Kelly, Michael Carroll, Tomás Keane 0-4, Michael Costello, Aidan Fitzgerald 0-2, Damian Byrne 0-1, Stephen O'Donnell, Thomas Burke 0-1, Ciaran Treacy 1-1, Conor O'Donnell, Declan Maher 0-1, David Flanagan 01.
Subs: John Paul Looby 02 for Conor O'Donnell, CoIm Allen 0-1 for Treacy.
Sean Treacys: Paddy Quigley, Martin O'Dwyer, Seamus Costello, Thomas
Keane, John Butler, Sean Kennedy, Paul Quigley, Francis Carr, Liam Nolan, Paul Shanahan, Ollie Cart 0-1, Robert James Hammersley 0-2, Eamonn Ryan 0-I, Kevin Ryan, Kieran O'Brien 1-2.
Sub: Padraig Carr for Paul Quigley.
Referee: Vincent McKenna, B orrisokane.

Patrician / Presentation news
The boys' volleyball team were beaten by Kiltimagh in the all-Ireland schools volleyball final, played at Naas on November 28th.
While the record of the girls' volleyball teams over the past twenty years, since the game was introduced to the school by Sister Fidelis is well-known, it is only quiet recently the boys have taken up the game.
Their display, therefore, in reaching the all-Ireland final deserves great credit.
The Kiltimagh team which beat them in the final has four players on the allIreland schools volleyball panel. That gives some indication of the standard of competition.
A great achievement and one which can surely be repeated more successfully with a little more experience.
Booking is now open for the transition year's production of "Godspell."
The show runs Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday December 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th.The show is always a sellout, so early booking at he school office is advis.tble.
The matinee has been rescheduled from Sunday to 'hursday 11th to avoid clashing with the Munster club senior football final.
Credit Union: The annual general meeting of Fethard Credit Union will be held on Monday 8th December, at 8pm, in the Tirry Centre. All members welcome.

Late Mr Tom O'Riordan
Sincere sympathy is extended to Tim O'Riordan on the unexpected death of his brother Tom, which occurred recently in New York.
Known to many Fethard people through his visits to his brother Tim and the late Mick O'Riordan, he was one of New York's most prominent GAA officials and will be greatly missed ri the Big Apple GAA and Irish music circles, especially for the great work he did in organising the games and promotional work at minor level.
He will be especially remembered in Fethard for the brilliant New York minor team he brought to lay Fethard some years ago.
The proficiency of some of the players, Americanborn, many with no Irish connections at Gaelic football, under Tom O'Riordan's coaching, had to e seen to be believed.Interment took place in New York.
Tom was primarily associated with the Rockland Club.

Fethard under-21 hurlers beat Sean Treacy's in the semi-final of the Co. Tipperary under21 B hurling championship, played at Golden on Sunday last. Final score was 1-14 to 1-6.
December 14th is the date [venue to be fixed] depending on the opposition, for the Munster AIB senior football championship.
Fethard play the winners of the Castlehaven/Laune Rangers semi-final game, to be played in Cork this Sunday.

Fethard Dramatic Society concluded a very successful sixnight run of "The Loves of Cass Maguire" at the Abymill on Saturday night,The opinion of one long time supporter of dramatics was that the acting of the players was the best ever. What more needs to be said.Well done to cast, producers and all associated with the production.
Special mention was given to Carmel Rice who has completed 21 years with Fethard Players and has appeared in thirty-six productions.

Fethard Bridge Club
Monday 24th November 1st gross Thelma Griffin and Frances Burke; 2nd Annie O'Brien and Nell Broderick; 1st nett Mick Burke and Mary Quirke, 2nd Jovita Delaney and Antoinette O'Donnell.
Wednesday 26th November -1st gross Mrs Betty Walsh and Mrs
Bridget Gorey, 2nd Mrs Margaret Hackett and Ms Bernie Myles; 1st nett Mrs Nell Redican and Mrs Moira Mclnerney, 2nd Mr Tony Hanrahan and Mrs Mary Quirke.
Wednesday 10th
December - Christmas prizes competition.
Club contact (looking for a partner, etc.) Annie O'Brien 052 31862.
Fethard Macra: It has been a busy week for the Fethard club.
Saturday night last the club went to Dungarvan to support Brendan Morrissey in the regional final of the impromptu public speaking competition. Although not the eventual winner, he put on an excellent display.
The club is busy practicing for the Macra Capers, which will take place on Saturday night in Cahir. It promises to be a good night of fun and entertainment and members, you were warned, miss it at your peril!
The club will also be raising money over the weekend for the Aislinn rehabilitation centre for young people with addiction problems, by Carol singing in Clonmel on this Sunday afternoon.
So, get your voices in order and come and support a worthy cause. We hope to finish the day at the fireworks display on the Quays.

- Bazaar
A bazaar in aid of the Augustian Abbey Restoration will take place in Fethard ballroom on Sunday between 2-6pm. Donations are welcome at the Abbey.
Fethard await Munster final opponents
Fethard should know their opponents in the Munster club senior football final by Sunday evening.Kerry's Laune Rangers, and Castlehaven of Cork meet in the other semifinal at Castlehaven at 230 on Sunday afternoon.
The final will be played on Sunday week, December 14th. If it's a Fethard I Laune Rangers decider, the venue will be Páirc UI Rinn in Cork.
A Fethard / Castlehaven final would be played at Fermoy's Fitzgerald Park.

South JFC 'A final
Fethard will start favourites
The Martin Tiles South Tipp junior football 'A' final between Clonmel Og and Fethard should attract a fine attendance to Clonmel Sportsfield on Sunday at 12 noon.
Clonmel Og, the 1995 champions, will be seeking their second title in the grade, whilst Fethard go in search of a seventh crown, their last having been won back in 1990.
Clonmel Og easily defeated the holders Ballingarry to qualify for the semi-final, in which they scored a good win over Moyle Rovers.
Fethard, who defeated Clonmel Og in one of the best games of the league stages, went on to defeat Cahir convincingly in the semi-final and they will now start marginal favourites to take the title.
Very little should separate the teams in the final, however, and if the fare on offer is anything near as good as that seen in the last clash between the sides, a tremendous final is in the offing.


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