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March/ April round up.

posted 12 Apr 2015, 12:42 by Fiona Sampson

The month of March was relatively quiet with just a few challenge games being played at adult and under-age levels. However, the opening weekend in April brought about a significant change with a full schedule of games down for decision.

Senior Team:

The senior team had played various challenge games in the run up to the opening fixture of the Clare Cup against neighbours Scariff. This was played in Scariff on Saturday 4th April in glorious weather. The team got off to a flying start and dominated throughout the game. They were victorious on a score-line of 0-24 to 0-9. Eoin Quirke scored a total of 12 points with the remaining scores coming from a variety of players. The starting team was; Andrew Fahy, John Minogue, John Bugler, Conor Mc Dermott, Stephen Malone, Brendan Bugler, George Waterstone, Eoin Quirke, Paul O Rourke, Patrick Minogue, Colin Burke, Shane O Rourke, Paddy Burke, Ian Fahy and Michael O Brien.

Their next fixture was against St. Josephs Doora Barefield, played on Saturday 11th in Gurteen. The conditions were very different from the opening weekend with a stiff breeze across the field which we played with in the first half. We went into the break with four point lead and a lot to do in the second half. The opposition levelled the game before a super goal line save from Eoin Patterson was the impetus required for the lads to drive ahead and capture another valuable two points. The final score was 0-17 to 0-11. The team was;  Andrew Fahy, Eoin Patterson, John Bugler, John Minogue, Stephen Malone, Brendan Bugler, George Waterstone, Eoin Quirke, Paul O Rourke, Patrick Minogue, Colin Burke, Shane O Rourke, Paddy Burke, Ian Fahy and Michael O Brien.

They are down to play Broadford next weekend with Tulla and Kilmaley to follow.

Junior Team:

The Junior team opened their campaign in the “A” league with a game against Ballyea in Whitegate on Sunday 12th April. This was a rematch of last year’s championship final. The opposition were always the better side and won the game on a score line of 1-16 to 1-8. The highpoint of this game was the performance of the players making their debut at this level. There are a number of players yet to join this panel which will leave a bright season for this group under the new management team of Brian Durack, Pat Chapman and Johnny O Brien.

Under 8 and Under 10:

The first under 10 blitz of the season was held in Whitegate on Saturday 4th. There were teams from Sixmilebridge, Clooney / Quin, Tulla, Feakle/ Killanena and Whitegate in attendance.  A total of 87 children participated in the games.

The opening blitz for the under 8’s took place on Saturday 11th in Kilmaley, where there were games against the Banner and two sides from the home club.

Anyone that may be interested in assisting with any of these teams will need to be garda vetted as per regulations. Forms for this are available from Tony O Rourke.

Under 14:

This team were due to open their campaign with a home fixture against Ennistymon on Friday 3rd, here they received a walkover. Their second round fixture was away to Ogonelloe on Sunday April 12th.  This game ended in a defeat on a score line of  1-9 to 6-8.

Their next game is at home to Parteen followed by an away fixture against Tulla.

Fixtures for these and the other underage groups are available to view on the Clare GAA website.

Club Lotto:

Congratulations to all those that have won prizes in the lotto over the past few weeks. The jackpot is now €3000.  Results are posted weekly on the face book page “Whitegate GAA club”. Thanks to all for your continued support.

Child Welfare:

The underage coaches and officers of the club had a talk from Fergal Grey Children’s officer for the County Bord in the last few weeks. This was to update all present on changes arising out of the new “Code of Behaviour” that came into effect at the end of last year. This is available for interested parties to download on . The Child liaison officer in the club is Trevor Kelly.

Date for the Diary:

Whitegate will be the venue for a challenge between the Clare Under 21 team and the Offaly Senior’s managed by Brian Whelahan. Two of our club players Eoin Quirke and Colin Burke are part of the under 21 panel which are preparing to defend their Munster and All Ireland crowns. The game is to take place on Wednesday May 6th @ 7.30pm (provisional). Please come out and support the local players and manager Donal Moloney.


The Senior/ Junior players are currently selling tickets as a fundraiser. These tickets are based on the time that the first goal is scored in the Munster Championship game against Limerick on Sunday 24th May. The tickets cost €2 and are available from any player. They will also be for sale at home games over the coming weeks.