Listowel Emmets News
Listowel Emmets G.A.A was saddened to hear of the passing of Sean Wight this morning in Melbourne after a short battle with cancer. Sean Wight, along with Jim Stynes, was part of the infamous 'Irish Experiment', although Wight was actually Scottish by birth. Before playing Australian rules he played Gaelic football with the Kerry minor team who made it to the 1982 All Ireland Final and with the Listowel Emmets GAA club. He is not only the first player to be associated with the Irish experiment, but also considered to be one of its most successful products. Wight was the pioneer of the scheme, brought back to Australia by Barry Richardson and Ron Barassi. Wight arrived in the country on Grand Final Day 1982, having heard the advertisement about the scheme passed on to him just two months before by an aunt who thought he might be interested. Before this, his only encounter with the game had been through watching it on television.
Having played in an Under 19s premiership in 1983, Wight made his senior debut in round eight, 1985. It was the first of his 150 senior games to 1995, and the springboard for a career that saw him play in the 1987 and 1989 night flags, be named All Australian in 1987, and represent Victoria in 1988, as well as playing in the grand final in the same season. There would have been many more games, had it not been for serious injuries, including two knee reconstructions, the first before he even played a league game.
Blessed with great athleticism and a phenomenal spring, Wight made an immediate mark on the competition. We extend our deepest sympathies to Sean's family and friends, ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal.
Emmets Ladies:Emmets U12 ladies booked their place in the final of the County League on Thursday night last after a powerful display against John Mitchels on a scoreline of Emmets 1-06 John Mitchels 0-6. Emmets now meet Kenmare in the final. Best of luck to all involved.
Fixtures & Results:
The John B Keane League: The finals of the John B Keane League took place in Frank Sheehy Park on Monday evening last under glorious sunshine as members of the Listowel Primary Convent School band played out all 6 teams contesting the finals. The C Final was the first game to be played where Robert O'Brien's Boro took on Aaron Shine's An Ghleann team, this was a great game of football with both teams showing their skills and taking good points from play. Aaron Shine accepted the C Final Shield from Sean Keane a member of last year's winning side, Rebecca Mason picked up the player of game award where she had a great game taking some fine scores from play, well done to managers Marion Keane, Graham Shine and Helen Mason.
The B final was a hotly contested game where Killian Fealy's Listowel Independents met with Tim Scanlon's Blackcock Feather's, another exceptionally high skill game with nothing between both teams right to the final whistle. The game looked like it would end in a draw but a point for the Independent's saw them sneak a good win final score Blackcock Feathers 0-14 Listowel Independent's 0-15. Killian Fealy accepted the Shield on behalf of the Listowel Independents with Stephen McCarthy receiving the man of the match award, well done to all players and to team mentors Noranne Fealy and Breda Grimes. The A final saw Jamie McVeigh's Rural Rangers take on Devan McKenna's Ashes, this eagerly awaited final lived up to all expectations as both teams got stuck in from the start taking great points from play. The Ashes began to get an upper hand midway through the second half thanks to the brilliance of Devan McKenna who powered past a gallant Rural Rangers defence, final score Rural Rangers 0-5 The Ashes 0-10. Devan McKenna accepted the A Final Shield from Sean Keane on behalf of the Ashes and also picked up the man of the match award, well done to Devan and to managers Kieran Lynch, John McElligott and Geraldine O'Donovan. A huge thank you to the Keane Family for their sponsorship of the league and to every parent and mentor that helped out in anyway to ensure the league was a great success. Finally a thank you must also go to Sean Moriarty, PJ Kelliher and Patsy McCarthy who referee the games over the last six weeks.
A huge thank you to all that supported our fundraising night for end of season trip to Nemo Rangers on Friday night last in John B Keane's Bar.
Emmets U16s:Emmets had a good opening start to their 2011 County League with a win over Desmonds on Wednesday night last, they are next in action on Wednesday 6th July where they meet with Laune Rangers at home at 7.30pm.
Frank Sheehy Park will play host to a double bill of County Championship action on Sunday next 10th July, where Shannon Rangers will meet with West Kerry at 2pm, while Feale Rangers will take on Mid Kerry at 3.30pm. Best of luck to all Emmets players involved with Feale Rangers.
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