Committee Members: Aoife Coyle, Kathleen Abbey, Sarah Butler, Fintan Kelly, Stephen Kirwan, Peadar Waters
CHRISTMAS DRAW RESULTS
On Friday, 18th November, Cuchulainn Rounders Club held the first Annual Awards night at Ballykealey Hotel. With a great turnout, we had a lot to celebrate from 2022 at both the Juvenile and Senior levels.
Billy Connors, the Chairperson, welcomed everyone to the event giving a full run down on both the Juvenile and Senior activities for the year. In his address, Billy congratulated both Juvenile and Senior Teams on their great achievements during the year and how proud the Committee were of them for bringing silverware back to the Club again this year. He mentioned and thanked all businesses for their support during the year, with a special mention to our main sponsors, Waters Fencing and Michael McAssey. Billy finished up his address by thanking the hotel management and staff of Ballykealy Hotel for their hospitality and inviting everyone present to have an enjoyable evening.
The Club awards then followed.
Presentations commenced to both our boy and girl juvenile players, with each player receiving a Certificate of Participation and Goodie Bag from their Coaches. Medals were presented to our U12 Boys, who were runners up in the U12 Boys All Ireland Competition, and a framed team photo was given to each player as a memoir by their Coaches Annmarie Brennan, Aoife Coyle & Vanessa Dowling.
Team: Glen Cantwell, Ryan Abbey, JJ Bolger, Ciaran Redmond (Captain), Ethan Rooney, Cathal Bailey, Daire Nolan, Shane Raleigh, Liam Dowling, Scott Darcy, Jack Nolan, Cian McGrath, Tadgh Abbey – missing from photo Eoghan Farrell.
Dwayne Keane, the Manager, then presented All Ireland medals to all Senior Mixed Players who were crowned 2022 All Ireland Champions. Female Player of the Year was presented to Aoife Coyle & Male Player of the Year was presented to Peadar Waters, both very deserving Awards. All-Star Awards were presented to Billy Connors, Pierce Ryan & John Michael Nolan, who received their Awards from National Rounders President Michael Dowling on Saturday, 1st October, in Green Isle Hotel, Dublin.
The Club Committee presented a framed picture of all Senior Teams signed by all team players to Dwayne Keane, Manager, as a thank you for all his hard work and commitment he put into all teams this year. The success of this was seen with our Senior Men reaching an All Ireland Semi-Final and our Senior Mixed team being crowned All Ireland Senior Mixed Champions of 2022.
Food was served & excellent music was provided on the night by Syl Ivers, and the celebrations continued until late.
Our Senior Mixed Team were crowned All Ireland Champions on Sunday, 18th September, when they played Glynbarntown, Wexford, in the finals in Abbottstown, Dublin, captained by Billy Connors and managed by Dwayne Keane. They reached the final by defeating Adamstown Wexford, 3:12, in the All Ireland Semi Finals in Kinnegad, Westmeath, on 30th August.
The finals were played in Abbottstown, National Games Development Centre, Dublin, on Sunday, 18th September. Cuchulainn facing Glynbarntown, Wexford. Having met Glynbarntown in the preliminary rounds and losing on a narrow feat, this always promised to be a good game and that it was. A good start for Cuchulainn, ahead in the first innings by 4:2 with excellent play by Billy Connors on 2nd base getting an out to finish up the first innings. Cuchulainn held Glynbarntown in the next two innings with no runs scored with super catches by Joshua Fernandez & JohnMike Nolan outfield and out on base by Aoife Coyle. The next three innings saw both teams get three runs each, bringing it to the final 7th inning on a scoreline of 9:5 to Cuchulainn. Cuchulainn scored two runs in their final batting, now bringing the scoreline to 11:5; Glynbarntown now needed seven runs to win. Cuchulainn left everything on the field, with a super catch outfield by John Michael Nolan, a pitch out by Peadar Waters and the final play of the day, a superb throw by Shane Brennan to Carmel Moloney on first base for the final out, All Ireland Senior Mixed Champions for 2022
Interestingly the two teams we met in the Semi-Final and Final, Adamstown & Glynbarntown were the two teams we lost to in the preliminary rounds of the championship – having beaten them both in the Semi Final & Final now also gives us the title of a win against all teams in the 2022 Senior Mixed Championship.
This is the fourth All Ireland Title for the Senior Mixed, having previously won in 2007, 2009 & 2010.