HURLING: Ballyheigue 4-10; Austin Stacks 0-6.
Played under lights in Caherslee on this Friday evening (26th Oct) this first Intermediate Plate Final was won by Ballyheigue after a very good first half by the North Kerry boys at the end of which they led by 3-7 to 0-2. Daniel Teahan with our first point in the 3rd minute and one from Colm Ó Giollagáin after 20 minutes were our first half scorers.
We had a better second half, adding four more points to 1-3 for the opposition but it wasn’t to be our night on this occasion. Our second half scorers were Colm again with two more and one each from Peter O’Regan and Gearóid McCann.
While Ballyheigue put up a very good performance it didn’t help our cause that we were missing some players from our brilliant victory the previous week, most noteably our two chief scorers Paul Daly and Ronan Gilsenan who were sidelined through injury.
Team: Danny McGuire, Tadhg Meehan (Capt), David Walsh, Kevin O’Leary, Jonathan Downey, Eoghan McKivergan, Rory Forbes, Kieran McCaughley, Andrew Morrissey, Gearóid McCann (0-1), Colm Ó Giollagáin (0-3 – one free), Daniel Teahan (0-1), Thomas Meehan, Peter O’Regan (0-1), Terry Desmond.
Sub used: Daniel McCarthy (42m).
So a reasonably good season came to an end with the winning of the South Kerry JH Championship (just over a week ago) being the highlight of the year.
The night in Caherslee ended however with some nostalgia as one of the great servants of Stacks Hurling in any era announced his retirement after 23 brilliant seasons at the helm. He was just 16 years old when he made his Senior debut. It was in the Dr. Crokes old pitch in Deerpark on Saturday, 26th November 1996 in the South Kerry SH Championship Final in which we defeated Kilgarvan by 2-9 to 0-11. Peter lined out at right wing back and played the full hour. For the record the following was our line-out that day: Tadhg O’Halloran, John Paddy O’Sullivan, Pat Dowling, Mike Tangney, PETER O’REGAN, Brendan Long, Joseph O’Connor (0-1), Pádraig Teahan (0-1), John Lyons, Darren Crotty, Joe Rogers (0-3), Michael Callinan, Seán Holden, Kevin McNamara, Brian Neenan (1-4).
Sub used: Jonathan O’Regan (28m) (1-0).
A few others were also mentioned as having retirement thoughts but a plea by team Manager, Michael O’Leary, supported by his two colleagues Ger Scollard and John Connolly, to come back better and stronger next season was greeted with enthusiasm.