Shelmalier players star in Croke Park.

Shelmalier players were very much in evidence in Croke Park on Sunday last as county footballing star Brian Malone was joined on the hollow turf by fellow clubmen Graham Staples and Eoin O Leary.

Shelmalier players were very much in evidence in Croke Park on Sunday last as county footballing star Brian Malone was joined on the hallowed turf by fellow clubmen Graham Staples and Eoin O Leary. Brian was instrumental in the senior footballer’s win over Louth, wearing the number four jersey; he had a great game throughout. When Brian departed centre stage, his much younger team mates at the Shels, Eoin and Graham took up the mantle, showing the same skill and determination in the exhibition match between Wexford and Dublin at half time in the Meath/Dublin match. We congratulate Brian on his great effort and achievement on the day and by all accounts both Eoin and Graham had a very memorable day. They both look forward to perhaps following in Brian’s footsteps in the future.

The Shelmalier under 14 footballers travelled to Bellefield on Wednesday evening last to take on the Starlights in the second round of the championship and, after a great encounter, victory went to the Enniscorthy boys. The first 15 minutes was an even affair with Glen Murphy firing over two great points for the visitors. As the game wore on, the under strength Shels side came under increased pressure and if it wasn’t for the magnificent goal keeping by Sean Byrne, full back Paraic O Leary and fellow defenders Mark Mythen and Neil Rossiter and the forward play of Niall Tobin, Glen Murphy, Simon Murphy and Shane Bierney, the scores would have been greater. Some positional changes in the second half saw a much improved performance all-round and they matched their opponents on the scoreboard in this half.
The club would like to congratulate the handballers from the Castlebridge Handball Club on their magnificent win in the Feile Handball Finals in Kilkenny over the weekend. We salute the National 60×30 Feile champions for a fourth time, the team of  Kevin
Byrne, Dean Corrigan, Walter Lawlor and Cory Murphy with sub. Luke Whitty.

Prominent Ladies footballer Mag Doherty was the lucky winner of a €2,500 shopping voucher from Pettitts Super Value Supermarkets in the recent Model County Development Draw. Mag was joined by two other local winners when John Kelly, Ballyruane, Screen and Anne Marie Carter ,4 Ardcolm Drive, Rectory Hall, Castlebridge both won €250. We congratulate these winners, we thank again all our supporters in this draw and remind them that another draw in will take place in July with again a magnificent motor car as the top prize.
The under 12 footballers continued their winning ways when defeating St. Martins by  6-14 to 1-10 in Hollymount on Friday evening last . This was an outstanding first half performance from all the team. They passed the ball from the backs to the forwards to create the scores. The hand passing and the footwork was magnificent throughout and this was also displayed by the all the substitutes who took to the field during the match.

There were no winners of the club lotto draw last week with prize money of €7000. However, these were the winners of the match 3 numbers and each received €14. Breda O Reilly, John Kelly, Kathleen Carr, Shane Canning, Helen Redmond, Aidan Howlin, Aimee and Deirdre, Margaret Sheery, Mrs. E O Gorman, John Sheil, Liz Walsh, James Howlin, John and Liz Hall, Brian Galvin and Margaret Cullen.

The Shelmalier Senior hurlers played out a highly competitive League match against Buffers Alley in Hollymount on Thursday evening last. The Shelmaliers started very well and got off to a great start with a fine goal from Stephen Banville after a pass from Chris McGrath. The Shels added to this score with another goal when Buffers Allley goalkeeper failed to deal with a long delivery by Fergie Parker. However the team faded for the rest of first half and conceded a lot of frees which Keith Burke pointed. The home team went in at half time trailing by 1-11 to 2-2. First half scorers were Fergie Parker 1-1, Chris McGrath 0-1 and S.Banville 1-0. The Shelmaliers played with much more determination and drive in the second half and had Buffers Alley under tremendous pressure and were unlucky not to take the game. Buffers Alley scored their last goal in injury time against the run of play. The home team had restricted the Alley to 2 points from frees for second half. Full time score: Shelmaliers 2-8 Buffers Alley 2-13, with F.Parker 0-4, I. Murphy 0-1 and S.Harding 0-1 the second half scorers. Overall good performances on the night came from Fergie Parker, Stephen Banville, David Cloney and David Walsh