Final preparations are taking place for one of the ‘Big’ nights in the Shelmaliers calendar when all roads lead to Enniscorthy greyhound track on August Bank Holiday Monday, for the clubs ‘Night at the Dogs’ All the GAA clubs have come together for this enjoyable night in order to raise funds for the development at Hollymount, which is ongoing at present. So if you are an expert on spotting the form dogs or haven’t a clue on how to pick a winner why not come along for a great night of fun for the whole family.
The Shelmalier juvenile hurlers had a comfortable 3-14 to 2-12 victory over St. Annes played in Hollymount last week. Benny Barron got the Shels off to a good start when he converted 2 65’s and 2 frees inside the first 15 mins with Brian Doyle getting a point from play. St. Annes were close at this stage having converted 2 points from free’s and scoring one from play. Feargal Hynes found the back of the net with a well taken goal and Benny Barron on form converting 3 more free’s. Additional points from Ronan Kavanagh and John Campbell left us on a half time score of 1-10 to 1-4. On the re start Brian Doyle got Shels on scoreboard with a lovely goal and added a point before Benny Barron got a goal after some good team work from the Shels. St. Annes answered with 4 points in quick succession before Brian Doyle and Craig McCabe added points from play. St. Anne trying hard to get back into the game responded with 2 points before Benny got his 6th free of the day which proved to be Shels last score of the match. In a rapid onslaught St. Annes came back with a goal and 2 further points but they had left too much to be done and the match finished on a scoreline of 3-14 to 2-12
The Shelmalier under 21 footballers took on Bannow Ballymitty in the first round of the under 21 championship last Monday night 16th July at Hollymount. As this is a knockout competition the pressure was on both sides to emerge victorious thus ensuring another game at this level. The Shelmaliers fielding a relatively young team and missing towering midfielder Ibar Murphy started the stronger of the two teams. They scored two points from play, before the opposition got a point back. Then after an accurate pass from Clive Lawlor, Joe Kelly made no mistake as his shot found the back of the net. Bannow Ballymitty responded with 3 points before Brendan Larkin converted a free, leaving us in a comfortable position on the cusp of half time, Then a dubious decision by the referee awarded a penalty for Bannow which was well converted leaving the half time score 1-3 to 1-4 in favour of the visitors. On the resumption and playing with the wind Shels started to gain momentum and Conor Walsh who had been introduced for the injured Tommy Barron was the first to point, followed by another from Clive Lawlor (f) and a second by the impressive Conor Walsh. Bannow got a point at this time also leaving the sides level. Then a sweet pass from Joe Kelly found the boot of Brian O’Connor who rattled the back of the net. Further points from Alan Griffith, Brian O’Connor and Conor Walsh sealed the game and Bannow Ballymitty had no answer for the Shels who were improving by the minute.
Shelmalier minor hurlers had a convincing 7-23 to 3-7 victory over Gorey played in Hollymount on Thursday last. The home team started very strongly with two goals from Brian Doyle in the opening few minutes. Gorey faught back with a fine point before the Shelmaliers took off with a spree of scores with goals from Andre O’Brien, Ciaran O’Shaughnessy & Brian Doyle and points from Conor Walsh, Chris Wall, Joe Kelly, Shane Murphy and Conor Byrne, to lead by 5-14 to 1-4 at half time. The Shels started the stronger on the resumption, however Gorey came back with two goals but this wasn’t enough to cause any problems for the home side, with scores from Chris Wall, Conor Byrne, Brendan Barron, Ciaran O’Shaughnessy, Joe Kelly. The total Shelmaliers scorers in the game were Conor Walsh 0-04, Brian Doyle 3 – 0 , Andre O’Brien 1-0, Chris Wall 1-6, Conor Byrne 0-03 (2pts Free), Shane Murphy 0-01, Brendan Barron 1-0, Ciaran O’Shaughnessy 1-4 and Joe Kelly 0-05