The club’s fortunes in 2011 at senior ranks were disappointing.We have not advanced
from last season. The Trainer and Selectors, Ollie Baker, Aidan Shanahan, Conor
Egan and Michéal Scully, along with their backroom team Kevin O’Donoghue and
Lee Cashin, our Doctor Paul Booth, our physio and team support members, gave all
that they had for the cause. The club are grateful for their total commitment. The Club would like to offer it’s sincere best wishes to Ollie Baker in his new appointment and thank him for his time and his efforts with Roscrea.
Year In The Red:
The launch of the A Year in the Red magazine before Christmas every year is a wonderful family night out and always a great night for the Roscrea Gaels. This year the club honoured past county final winning captains through their “For The Love Of the Game Awards”.
The club hosted it’s first Dinner Dance for a number of years early in the year. The event was a great success with a number of presentations taking place.
Lions Club Charity Walk:
The club took part in the Local Lions Club Charity Walk. Unfortunately, this event clashed with championship preparations and attendance at the walk was limited. However, our thanks to the Lions Club for their kind invitation to take part and for their contribution to the club from funds raised for this event.
Congratulations to all involved in making the Halloween fireworks display such a great success. Roscrea Hurling Club was delighted to be involved and it was wonderful to see so many families enjoying the occasion.
Hundreds Flock To Fight Night:
Not Madison Square Gardens in New York, Not the MGM Grand Las Vegas and not the Royal Albert Hall in London could have matched the electric atmosphere of the Damer Court Hotel last August for one of the most memorable events in Roscrea’s sporting history. Fight Night presented by Roscrea Hurling Club in association with Roscrea Boxing Club was a tremendous success. Ringside in the heat of the battle to record all the action was Hurling
Club PRO, Brian King. His extensive report which covers every fight has received some great reviews and is still available on www.roscreaonline.com, as is an extensive photo gallery of the occasion. Fight Night was a marvelous success and helped show once again what can happen when local organisations come together in Roscrea to arrange great events that can be enjoyed by all.
As we had qualified for the North Final we automatically qualified for the Premier County Games in Semple Stadium. Roscrea U12B’s beat every team put in front of them to face Toomevara in the County Final. On this occasion Roscrea ran out the eventual winners of the County Title by 1 – 1, the exact reversal of the North Final.
For the first time in 28 years Roscrea qualified for the County Community Games Hurling Final in Semple Stadium on the June Bank Holiday Monday. Cashel were the opponents and Roscrea ran out emphatic winners on a scoreline of 5-4 to 0-0.We then qualified as the County Tipperary HSE Community Games champions to represent the County in the Munster semi-final against Douglas of Cork. On a gorgeously sunny day in UL, we were eventually beaten 3 – 4 to 2 – 5 by Douglas.
This year saw us drawn with Nenagh, Toomevara, Lorrha and Kilruane in the Round Robin Series. Our first game saw us record a good victory against Kilruane in Moneygall. A loss to Nenagh and further wins against Lorrha and Toomevara saw us progress to the North semi-final. Toomevara were the opposition in Moneygall. Hopes were high of a victory, but what can only bedescribed as a very poor and disappointing performance saw us suffer a heavy
U-10’s, 8s, 6’s.
What a great year was had by all of our Under 10’s 8s and 6’s! We had many Challenge Games and many thanks to all our neigbouring clubs for their support. We hosted our Jack Ryan Cup, with Nenagh, Birr and JKBrackens standing in the way of Roscrea regaining the trophy. With Roscrea drawn against JKBrackens and Nenagh against Birr, who would come out on top? A great display by Roscrea against JKBrackens and also by Nenagh against Birr, led to Roscrea v Nenagh. These two teams had met during the year so it was going to be a great battle. Our team was just super with all the skills, from blocking, hooking, striking and scoring on display from each hurler. Just brilliant! Thanks to Nenagh for great final. Our fine U8’s Captain Conor Phelan received the Trophy from Roddy Ryan. A great turn out was there to see our team win and receive medals and certs.
Five teams, Nenagh, Kilruane, Toomevara, Moneygall and Roscrea contested the North Tipperary U14 A Championship. As it was played on a home and away basis each team had eight games. After a good campaign Roscrea eventually bailed out of the competition in the semi-final after a defeat against Nenagh.
Martin Cunningham Tournament:
Roscrea, Kilcotton-Borris, Faughs (Dublin) and Borris-Ileigh took part in the Martin Cunningham Tournament. Roscrea lost to a strong Faughs team in one semi-final while
Borris-Ileigh proved too good for Kilcotton-Borris in the other. In a well contested final Faughs brought the trophy to Dublin with victory over a gallant Borris-Ileigh side. Roscrea proved too strong for Kilcotton-Borris in the Plate final.
TONY FORRISTAL TOURNAMENT:
Congratulations to Alan Tynan, who was on the Tipperary team which won the Tony Forristal Tournamentfor the second time in three years and also to Séamus Doran who was
a member of the successful management team.
This years campaign saw us drawn with Nenagh, Toomevara, Kilruane, Borris-Ileigh, Ballina, Moneygall / Clonakenny and Newport / Ballinahinch. After four wins and three losses we ended up in a play off with Kilruane to see who would play Toomevara in the North semi-final. In what was our best display of the year we beat Kilruane. In a tight game against Toomevara, costly mistakes, which resulted in three soft goals, and a lack of scoring power saw us end with a disappointing year.