2009 Issue 1

With the excesses of Christmas now well and truly behind us, and after reflecting on a great 2008, Lisgoold GAA Club will look forward to 2009 with great enthusiasm and vigour. On this note we would like to wish all our readers a happy new year. All players have returned to the field with an abundance of energy borne of now playing A grade Hurling and Football, and of rejuvenated hunger for the season ahead. Pre-season attendances at training are strong, and, although at early stages, seems to be going well so far. The draws for the East Cork Championships will take place soon and we wait anxiously as to who will our opponents be in A and B grade Football and Hurling for the coming year. But before we divulge into Season 2009, we still a small matter of competing for Munster honours. As we will try to attempt to follow our fellow cork clubs, Blarney and Dripsey by bringing a Munster Title back to leeside and more importantly to the barony of Imokilly. Lisgoold will engage in another Cork/Kerry Battle, (Not football now, but Hurling, which may disappoint some of the football supporters within the parish) as the men from the little village will go on head to head with St.Brendans of Kerry in the Munster Junior B Hurling Quarter-Final in Raheenagh (Limerick) Sunday 11th January 2:30pm. Aidan Foley, who will be taking on Coaching Duties for the year coming, has got the squad to focus on trying to win this competition. Gerry Ryan and his management team of Pete, Jim and Ned will ensure our lads will be well-prepared for what we expect to be a tough, hard encounter from the men of the kingdom. Our Club Chairman John Joe Regan, (who has been recently elected for a third term) has stated that 'As Chairman of this club, I urge that every man, woman and child from our village will go and support our lads next Sunday in Limerick, as we begin a journey to bring a third Munster Hurling Club Title this season back to the Rebel County.' So its time to bring out your sat nav that Santa had dropped into the Christmas stocking, as all roads now lead to Raheenagh in county Limerick next Sunday at 2:30pm, for this (and what we hope to be) Epic Cork/Kerry battle. Poc Fada
With many people stuffed with the turkey and ham, (or in some households, goose and duck) and after watching the festive show of King Kong from the night before, a great turnout was at present at Leamlara Cross as Lisgoold GAA Club held the annual Long Puck on St. Stephens’ Day. This event took place on a cold, brisk, but fresh morning, in which a great day out was had by all. The Long Puck, which is used as a fundraiser for the juvenile club, was deemed by many to be a great success as over 50 teams participated along the traditional route of Leamlara Cross to the Club Gates. Refreshments were made available at the end of the course for our competitors who competed with great spirit and festive cheer. In the end, the winning team consisted of Paul Whelan, Sean Whelan and Tom Howard. Well done lads on winning this year’s Poc Fada. Congratulations also to everyone for turning out and, more importantly raising money for the extremely active juvenile club. Juvenile Club AGM
Lisgoold Juvenile Club AGM on Thursday 15th January at 8:30pm in the Community Centre. All are welcome. Ladies Football Club AGM
Lisgoold/Leamlara Ladies Football Club AGM on Tuesday 13th January at 8pm in the Community Centre. All are welcome.
This weeks fixtures
Junior B Munster Quarter-Final V St. Brendans, Sunday 11th January in Raheenagh, Limerick at 2:30pm