Listowel Emmets celebrated Lá na gClub in glourious sunshine at Frank Sheehy Park on Sunday 10th May 2009. The days activitivies commenced at 12 Noon with the Senior 7 a-side competition.
The 7 a-side competition began with the play off stages as Danny Donovan's Tyrone met with Tommy Dalton's Waterford. This was pretty much a one sided affair as Waterford ran out easy winners and qualified for the quarter finals. In the other play off Billy Keane's Wexford took on Seamus Canavan's Limerick, this was a sticky encounter in the opening stages as the rules that only Girls could score in the opening five minutes meant that Joann Fitzgerald and Kate Sayers of Wexford were up against a formidible combination of Heather O'Rourke and Rachel Stapleton. However, in the closing stages of the round wexford pulled away from Limerick with Brian McGuire's side progressing to the Quarter Finals.
The Quarter Finals saw Tadhg Moriarty's Tipperary but up a brave battle against Sean Costello's Dublin, with Conor Moriarty controlling the midfield area Tipperary got good ball into Breda Lane who found the back of the Dublin net on 2 occassions. In the second quarter final it was the turn of Catherine Galvin's Galway to take on Gemma Hannon's Derry both evenly match teams took some time to find their feet but Galway edged out Derry by a point. The third quarter final saw Edith McGuire's Kerry take on Mary O'Connor's Cork. This was a ferocious battle that saw Noel Kennelly and Paudie Buckley battle it out on the field. As the game progressed Kerry's lead advanced and they ran out easy winners. The last quarter final was between both play off teams and once again Wexford were dominant with Kate Sayers and Ger McCarthy impressing.
It was then to the semi finals with Tipperary up against Galway and Kerry meeting with Wexford. In the first semi final it was tit for tat stuff as Brendan Guiney and Conor Moriarty battled it out at midfield, the scoring power of Breda Lane was also upscuttled as Rakel Mardones took a fine point from play for the Galway side. As the intensity grew the whistle finally went and Galway progressed to the final.
The second semi final was the pairing of the two red hot favourites Kerry and Wexford. Billy Keane manager of the Wexford side tried his up most to physic out the opposition with his unorthodox warm up with entailed a round of ring a ring a rossie!! It seemed work in the opening minutes as Wexford took some good pints from play from Joann Fitzgerald and Kate Sayers. However, Mike Dalton took command on the goal line with Noel Kennelly digging deep saw his side push through to the final.
The eagerly anticipated Final took place between Galway and Kerry. In the run up to the final both managers were highly confident of winning the precious town league trophy. As the ball was thrown in Brendan Guiney and Noel Kennelly contested the ball, Edward McCarthy picked up the break resulting in a free, with Una McMahon's shot trailing wide. Scores were few and far between as Leah Dore hit the crossbar twice for the Kerry team, in the closing five minutes however, Galway found the strength to battle on as Liam Coach Canty playing a superb game in goal for the tribesmen. Galway found two further points from Rachel Keane and Edward McCarthy.
Mikey Kennelly presented Brendan Guiney Captain and Catherine Galvin Manager of the Galway team with the Town League Trophy and congratulated both teams on a superb game and thanked everyone for participating and for their support throughout the day.
The Galway team were as follows: Brendan Guiney (Capt), Rachel Keane, Una McMahon, Edward McCarthy, Liam Coach Canty, Breda McVeigh, Rakel Mardones.
The Kerry team : Noel Kennelly (Capt), Mike Dalton, Kieran O'Connor, Leah Dore, Sarah Keane, Katie Wall, Paddy Walsh, David Enright Mike O'Connor and Edith McGuire.
We also had a number of Juvenille Club leagues running throughout the day with the opening rounds of the John B Keane League, Tim Kennelly and Paddy Healys being played. The results of the John B Keane league see Chris O'Gorman's Kilkenny on top with 4points, Darren Loughnane's Kerry on three points Dan Sheehan's Antrim and Cian McCarthy's Galway on a point each with Cavan yet to get on the board. In the Paddy Healy Shield The Country defeated the The Gleann and the Boro were victorious over the Ashes.
Listowel Emmets would like to sincerly thank everybody that helped out in any way to make this a very special day in Frank Sheehy Park. From those that maned the gates to those that maned the Kitchen and grounds throughout the day, everybody that helped out putting leagues together, organising raffles and making sandwiches a very very big thank you. As Mike Kennelly pointed out Listowel Emmets has gone from strength to strength since those that had the foresight to realise the importance of establishing an organisation that is the life and soul of our community. We hope that Listowel Emmets will continue to develop and prosper in the community and continue to be as a big a part of our lives as it is today.