1st March 15 – Hurling Semi-Final – Harps 6:08 v St Pats 5:04
On a scorched Seddon fields for the 1st day of Autumn Harps men avenged their old foes from the League St pats with a hard fought win in this years Championship Semi Final. Things were not looking good for the cause in the early exchanges when St Pats got off to a flying start with a goal within the 1st minute of the throw in. The pace of the game was immense and was a credit to both teams especially considering it was been played in 28 degrees soaring heat. Harps settled the ship when sharp shooter Aidan Tracey collected the ball on the 70 yard line to head for goal and lash the ball to the back of the net. Further scores from Niall Daly, Tracey again, Neil O’Loughlin and new boy Tony Dunne in the first half was enough to keep Harps in control of the game. To St Pats credit they were still well in this game with a couple of well worked scores, as Harps went in at the break 3 points the better.
The game ebbed and flowed and was end to end stuff in the 2nd half. The Harps rear guard was well marshalled with the number one CLUB MAN Mark ‘the gooch’ Carew leading the charges out of defence. Young Tracey was a constant threat to the Pats defence picking off score after score before driving a further nail in their coffin with a thunder bolt goal.
The old Harps stalwart Noel Quinlivan playing in full forward on he’s 786th Cap had an opportunity to put Harps further ahead, but the ball narrowly trickled over the end line. After a menacing 50 yard run Tony Dunne had a double effort superbly saved by the Pats keeper Liam Mccann and the defibrillator was brought on to the pitch to resuscitate Tony.
All in all this was a great win however the job is only half done with the Final next week. A passionate plea after the game was issued for all club members to come out in support of the lads and lassies for the finals next Sunday. Harps Abu.
8th Feb 15 – Final – Harps Ladies 0:05 v St Pats 7:07
After winning every game in the league and making it through to the Championship Final, It is disappointing to say that our winning streak has come to an end.
St Pats came out fighting in the first half and kept scoring goal after goal. Harps came back into the game in the 2nd half but were unable to make up the difference. The less that is said about this game the better, it really was not our day.
The Harps ladies were in flying form in the Clare Inn later on in the evening celebrating the end of the Football Season. Delighted to announce that no toilets or light fittings were harmed this year. Fair play to the ladies that made it to work the next day.
Highlight of the night is a certain owner of the Clare Inn trying a bit of break dancing.
To the girls that won’t be around next year, delighted to have ye on the team and best of luck with your next adventures.
1st February 15 – Semi-Final – Harps Men 1:10 v Marist 0:10
This is Thomas Shanagher reporting for Shannonside Northern Sound.
The old foes went toe to toe last Sunday in a hot and humid Meola Road. For maybe only the second time this year Harps got out of the starting blocks early, with Niall Daly collecting the ball on his knees at the sideline, moving like a gazelle, beating 3 men and rattling the back of the net. Marist slowly got into gear, kicking 2 or 3 points from play; followed by a few soft frees which they converted. Things could have been a lot worse for Harps if it was not for their old stalwart between the sticks, Liam O’Keeffe AKA The Cat, making 3 one on one saves! Harps needed to steady the ship at this stage, and some expertly taken frees by their full forward on the day, mentioning no names, meant that the half time whistle saw harps down by one.
Half time score Harps 1-02 Marist 0-06
Harps started well in the second half, with a well worked move up the field which ended with another free conversion. For the next 15 minutes of this second half it was tit for tat between the teams. Marist had a lot of possession but were very wasteful with their chances. In the final 10 minutes Harps drove for home, with some super points taken from Stephen McCarron, Niall Daly and the ever young Mark Lewis, wrapping up a fine 3 point win for the boys in blue.
Final score Harps 1-10 Marist 0-10
Some great displays all over the park from Liam, big Mick Crowley and Aaron ‘Daddy Cool’ Geoghegan in defence, with Niall and Stephen the best in attack. Wishing Stephen a speedy recovery from his injury and hopefully he’ll be flying fit for Thursday night’s final.
Ps. El capitano GC was playing, but unfortunately after going through the highlights of the game, I could not bring myself to commend him in this match report.
Scorers: T. Shanagher 0-05, N. Daly 1-02, S. McCarron 0-02, M. Lewis 0-01
Over and out for now. See you all Thursday 12th February at 7.30pm for the Final v’s Celtic, with post-game analysis in the Clare Inn. Free bar 9pm until late.
1st February 15 – Semi-Final – Harps Ladies 5:16 v Marist 0:00
Don’t be fooled, casual reader – the game was much harder and closer than the blow-out scoreline would have you believe. Marist had already given our ladies a nasty fright in the final league game, and the question was how to prevent an even bigger shock this time? How to shut down the fast-running Marist forwards who had made goal-kicking an art form in previous encounters?
With Harps at full strength, the first ten minutes proved decisive. A burst from the Marist forwards nearly produced the first goal, and it was a few minutes before Harps broke the deadlock by putting one over the bar. As usual, Krystal and Sinead E.’s ball interception in the midfield proved decisive, smoothly taking Marist’s kickouts more often than not. Claire, Hammy and Mids did a delightful job shutting down Marist’s running game, and Lisa Kemp and Nuala coolly slotted points and goals – despite a fine effort by the Marist keeper, who seemed to have to save a shot a minute – giving Harps a 4-6 to 0 advantage at half-time.
But if anyone thought the second half was going to be smooth sailing for the ladies in sky blue, they had another think coming. Simply put, Marist’s forward lines never gave up. Sadly for them, while they continued making excellent runs through the midfield and on the wings, and putting high balls up into the goal area, their conversion was lacking. Too many times they turned to pass when they should have shot. Yvo’s intervention in defence in the second half was also crucial, as was the refusal of Harps ladies to back down in the face of some exceptionally strong tackling. For a definition of strong, see Krystal’s shoulder, or the truly epic shiner that Eilís was sporting after the game.
While the result was not really in doubt in the second half, it was a relief for Harps when the final whistle blew, setting up a fixture with St Pats Emerald City to determine the 2015 Championship. All credit to a relatively new referee for a fairly-handled game. Apparently the Harps goalkeeper had a pretty good game too.
13th December 15 – Camogie – Harps Ladies 0:02 v St Pats Emerald City 1:02
“After a great run in the league harps winning run came to end. Narrowly missing out in the final to st pats 1-2 to 2 points.
Despite the nerves harps started well. Each player gave it their all throughout this fiercely tight contest, with mighty defending from Hammy, Nuala and Ruth. Harps were chasing an equalizing goal throughout the second half. Despite some great chances created by the forwards/midfield Grainne, Mary, Ca and Orla, the crucial goal would not come with chances going narrowly wide. Unfortunately st pats were the better team on the day and well deserved winners.
A big thank you to all supporters who came and shouted on the girls in the final and a big congrats to the girls on a brilliant league outing which saw all players improve in each game, an own goal, a few cuts, some hockey moves, a point from full back and the ball hitting the opposite post from a puck out (next time hammy)!
Hopefully with this experience gained and the great spirit shown in defeat this camogie panel can bring home the championship in 2015.”
18 January 15 – Quarter-Final – Harps Ladies 5:17 v Gaels 0:01
Good start to the Championship with a win first up to the Harps ladies on a scorcher of a day! There were a few nerves before kick-off but you wouldn’t have noticed it the way we all came out. Everyone came out strong and we got some early scores on the board. There was some great play from the backs right up to the forwards showing how quick we can transition from being on defence to being on attack.
There was some great defending and attacking to only let one point in and to get the scores that we did. It was a good game by all involved and to all the subs that came on and kept the intensity up for the remainder of the match.
Still some areas to work on and especially coming up against Marist who will be out for us after our last encounter! But great start to the Championship – we will only get better.
4th December 14 – Harps Ladies 5:06 v Marist 4:03
After winning the league last week against Celtic, this week saw us play our first Thursday night game against Marist. Marist started off strong and took the harps girls by surprise and ended up getting the first score of the game. Harps were up from that first point onwards but Marist showed determination and were always one step behind.
After a half time rant by Jason, harps picked up in the second half and we pulled it through to the full time whistle, to win the game 5:06 to 4:03. Which means that Harps Ladies have won all 8 of their games this season, brilliant achievement girls.
This game shows that we have more to work on and Marist are definitely ones to watch for the Championship.
Players: Jules, Ruth, Mids, Gayle, Hammy, Mary, Frances, Sinead, Claire, Kendyl, Laura, Grainne, Kempy, Ca, Lorraine, Nuala, Bex, Eilish & Breda.
29th November 14 – Camogie – Harps Ladies 2:04 v Marist 0:01
And so Saturday brought the league semi-final fixture against Marist for our camogie team. Excitement was high in the camp, with a few nervous faces also given the absence of Catherine ‘Ca’ Twoomey, Elaine ‘Hammy’ Clarke, and of course the loss of our star midfielder Yvonne ‘2vo’ Bushell (we will miss you 2vo but I’m sure you’re having fun sunning it up in Thailand as we speak!!)!! As anticipated, Nuala decided to make an appearance for the ‘business end’ of the competition and Yvonne ‘Yvo’ Gill made her debut as ‘Manager’, again unable to play due to a minor hand injury (mini cast for a mini person)!!
The conditions on Saturday were far from ideal with a very strong crosswind. Harps started strong with some excellent defensive work from the back line right through to the forwards. A point in the first half by Orla and ‘Magic Mary’ resulted in a Harps lead at half time 0-2 to 0-0 – a close game by all accounts.
In the second half, Harps ‘upped the intensity’ as requested by our Captain Fantastic. Grainne Meaney had a stellar performance in midfield, and there was some great work upfront by Orla, Sinead O’Connor and Kendyl. Eilish had a strong game in goals supported by Ruth and Nuala in defense. Nuala scored a lovely point from the back line to mark her first appearance in 2014. Marist kept the pressure on right until the final whistle, but 2 goals from Mary in the second half was enough to seal the win for Harps. A great team performance all round which should make for a great contest in the final against St. Pat’s Emerald City.
Final Score: 2-4 to 0-1.
Player of the Day: Grainne Meaney
27th November 14 – Harps Men 0:10 v Celtic 0:17
Loss but not out!
On Thursday 27th, Harps men took on Celtic in the latest round of the league in Seddon fields. As it happened it just wasn’t to be for the men, as they were defeated 17 points to 10.
Frist half started well for our boys, as the new look forward pack took the first 5 minutes to get settled into the game. From there, Harps started to defend in packs and turned over much ball. This came from great pressure form the defence and with help from the two wing forwards of Ger O Connor and Emmett McNamara. From the back of this fantastic pressure Harps were able to capitalize with fast moving football. Good scores from Ger, Emmett, Peter and Tommy saw harps take a good lead.
As the half wore on Harps began to take their foot off Celtics throat and allowed them back in to the game. This could have been down to some composure creeping into Harps game or maybe all the hard work and aggressive tackling was taking its toll. Taking this in to consideration Harps found themselves in a great position of 7 points to 5 up at half time.
Celtic started the second half with a hiss and a roar and came back at Harps with their running game, scoring a handful of unanswered points. After this Harps had 5 minutes of a purple patch witch saw the return of their fast moving football, from the first half, that couldn’t be touched.
With 20 minutes to go thinks turned for the worse. A lack of composure in the attack meant too many wide’s and short shots that dropped in to the keepers hands. The lack of ability to maintain possession on the attack, too muck over carrying and not moving the ball with enough hast, saw Celtic take their opportunity. Unfortunately Harps didn’t maintain that fantastic, aggressive tackling from the first half and the Celtic running game took over.
It is fair to say the better team won on the day and congrats go to Celtic but I believe when the Harps team defend like dogs, move with pace and play fast expansive football no team will beat them!
It isn’t all doom and gloom in the men’s camp as special mention has to go out to out hardy fullback Mick Crowley on the birth of his daughter. Congratulations from all the boys to Mick, Jo and baby Aoibheann.
Darren O Shea
- Liam O Keeffe,
- Maurice Deevy, 3. Mick Crowley, 4. Mark Carew
- Marty McDonald, 6. Neil McAlinden, 7. Barry Dorgan
- Anto Rogan 9. Peter Shorten
- Ger O Connor (C), 11. Tommy Shan, 12. Emmet McNamara
- Niall Daly, 14. Darren O Shea, 15. Aidan Treacy
James Pring, Jason Lynch, Neil O Loughlin, Seamus Brennan, Doire Read, Barry Brady
22nd November 14 – Camogie – Harp Ladies 1:04 v St Pats Emerald City 1:02
A place in the Camogie league semi final was at stake when Harps ladies took on St Pats at Seddon Fields.
We were missing some key players on the day (Nuala and Hammy) but by working as a team we over came the strong attack from St Pats.
It was a physical game with Sinead picking up a nasty blood injury to the shin in the first half. The Tipp woman had to be dragged off the field on her debut – “sure it’s grand”! Luckily enough we had Yvo ready to take over up front!
The fitness levels of 2vo knackered the Pats midfield and the Donegal woman set up some great balls for her midfield partner Mary to convert.
Magic Mary was in flying form as usual racking up a tally of 1.3!
Captain FANTASTIC Orla had plenty of wise words at half time and lead the attack with a tasty point to keep us ahead.
The back line of Ca, Gráinne, Ruth and Eilish stemmed the flow of St Pats attack with a lot of “pulling hard” and composure on the ball.
Yvonne “2vo” Bushell saved her best game until last earning her the well deserved Player of the Match title. She will be hugely missed for the rest of the season!
All in all it was a great win for Harps who remain unbeaten this year!
30th October 14 – Harps Ladies 9:15 v Marist 0:01
We won, we won da league, training sessions paid off, apart from yvos thumb. Well done ladies, next job.
Sinealla player of the day.
23rd November 2014 – Harps Men 2:13 v St Pat’s 1:09
Following the Marist v Celtic drawn game it was crucial that Harps got off to a good start against the bare 15 of St Pat’s. Harps though had to field without the injured N Daly, P. Shorten, D. Clarke, N. O’Loughlin and the elusive D. Reid.
It was St Pat’s that made the early running and would be disappointed with a return of only 0:06 – 0:00 after the first quarter. The score board could have been doubled if St Pat’s had converted a number of clear cut chances.
Midway through the first half Harps defence and midfield finally got to grips with the St Pat’s attack which laid the platform to close the gap to 0:07 – 0:04 at the break. The revival was kick started by a marauding run by M Crowley from deep into the opposition half. This was followed by quality points from J. Lynch, T. Shanagher, and G. O’Connor. L. O’Keefe’s kick-outs were starting to find a blue geansai, N. McAlinden was winning his fair share of dirty-ball, A. Rogan was giving a master class in fielding at midfield and G. O’Connor’s torpedo like deliveries were beginning to stick in the full forward line. Meanwhile E. McNamara and A. Geogheon’s rampaging runs from half-back ended with punts to the shuck.
With the wind at their backs Harp’s started the second half where they left off with T Shanagher and A. Treacy reeling off points of the highest calibre. With the game all square at 0:07 – 0:07, bainisteoir Conlon emptied the bench on the 40 minute with the introduction of M. Lewis, B. Dorgan, N Daly and the first half umpire (S. Brennan).
M Lewis had an immediate impact. Firstly winning a penalty, which was expertly dispatched by M McDonald, and then intercepting a St Pat’s kick-out before lobbying the goalkeeper for a second major. In between times L. O’Keefe “let in a howler”. A number of points were traded late on to leave a score line of 2:13 – 1:09.
A hard worked win. Harps can take comfort with the comeback but will be well aware that a more ruthless opposition would have put the game beyond reach in that opening quarter.
There were solid performances all over the park with special mentions to M. Crowley, M. Deevy, N. McAlinden, G. O’Connor, A. Rogan, A. Treacy, T. Shanagher and the effervescent M. Lewis.
Man of the Match: Ger O’Connor
22nd November 2014 – Hurling – Harps Men 0:08 v St Pats 5:07
Harps lost out to St Pats 5-7 to 0-8 in the final group hurling league game in perfect playing conditions at Seddon Park. St Pat’s ability to convert their goal scoring chances at crucial stages in the match ensured harps were left chasing the game throughout.
Harps went into the game carrying quite a number of injuries, however they went close to hitting the onion bag early on when new recruit Darren “Bomber Liston” O’Shea showing his Kerry football skills and ‘kicked’ the sliothar agonisingly wide of the post. Scorers on the days for harps included Neil O’Loughlin, Niall Daly & Aidan Treacy and a magnificent long range point from Dave O’Neill from well inside his own half which brought back memories of Diarmuid O’Sullivans famous point v Limerick a few years back.
Harps end the group stages of the league with a win, a draw & a loss and advance to a league semi final v Marist this coming Saturday 29/11/14 in a do or die contest. Best for harps on the day was Mark “The Gooch” Carew.
16th November 2014- Harps Ladies 3:9 v Gaels 1:1
Despite a rainy and windy Saturday night, the sun came out at Seddons field in time for our match with Gaels. The game did not start well for Harps with Gaels scoring an early goal. The first half was full of mistakes and lacked motivation, it was fair to say we were not playing up to our usual high standard. Harps managed to get a couple of goals and a few points over the bar to go into half time with the lead.
After a much needed speech from Coach Jason, Harps ladies got their head back into the game and started the second half with an early well taken goal from Sinead Ennis. Harps were back playing their usual style of game with stand out performances from Mids, Lorraine and Hammy. Hammy was unstoppable on the field providing great defence along with quick transition play to lead the attack from the back. This performance was reward with Hammy getting player of the day. to the delight to Y-vo and Two-vo who enjoyed the free drinks!
Harps finished the game strongly keeping Gaels scoreless in the second half. Next week Harps takes on Emerald City with a must win game, to not only stay on track to win the league but also to ensure Two-vo leaves with a win. Two-vo has been an instrumental member of the Harps team and much loved by the team so no doubt the game will be filled with passsion from every member of the team!
9th November 2014 – Harps Ladies 2:10 v Celtic 1:04
On the first truly hot summers day in Seddon fields, Harps Ladies took to the pitch to take on our old rivals Celtic. We knew this would be our biggest test this season to date and that Celtic would be gunning for us after our last meeting in the infamous extra extra time battle of last seasons championship final. So we had a big task ahead!
We started with a bang winning possession in midfield thanks to the dream team of Krystal and 2vo and worked the ball up the pitch resulting in a cracking goal from Krystal (totally not a cross ;)) which really helped settle the nerves. We continued to dominate for the 1st half with great performances all round and some great points coming from Ca, Kempy, Shinella and Caoimhe to name but a few. Muscles tried to take my point off me but played the advantage, good man Muscles coz it meant I got my first score of the season in my last game for Harps! Celtic got a couple of scores towards the end of the first half but we went into halftime sitting pretty.
Start of the second half and Celtic came out in true Celtic style, all guns blazing. They scored a goal and a few points to no reply and we certainly had a match on our hands! But credit to each and everyone of the girls, we kept the head and dug deep and managed to pop a few points over to stop Celtic going ahead. After a much needed water break courtesy of Muscles with 6 mins to go and 4 points in it, it was obvious we wanted to seal the deal and put the game beyond Celtic’s reach. A brilliantly worked piece of play resulted in a great goal from captain Ca, followed up by the point of the season so far from Krystal – there was no stopping her when she took a run up to the ball on the ground and sent it sailing over the bar. Final score harps 2.10 Celtic 1.4.
Krystal was the deserved player of the day (thanks for the ciders!), but I was so proud of each player yesterday from the starting 15 to the super subs who came on. Everyone stepped it up a level yesterday and played out of their skins. That’s the attitude we need to continue with to be in with a chance of a back to back double win
On a personal note, it was my last game for Harps and I couldn’t have wished for a better way to go out! Thanks to Jason for his (many!!) words of wisdom and encouragement and to each of the girls for the laughs, memories and friendship! I wish you every success for the rest of the season. Harps Abu!
8th November 2014 – Camogie: Harps 2:4 v Celtic 0:3
Still riding on the high of our first camogie victory on Thursday night we were feeling confident going into our 2nd game against Celtic. The footballers in our ranks were even getting excited about the ball and stick game. Ruth and Kendyl were missing and Nuala was still nowhere to be seen (rumour has it she might just turn up at the business end of the competition!) Thankfully Grainne and Breda joined the ranks.
Then a bit of panic before the game when new recruit Magic Mary overestimated the reliability of the Auckland public transport system and was still in Remuera 45 mins before kick off. Yvonne ‘Yvo’ Gill made Mr President do a quick u turn and went back to pick her up. Luckily for us the hurling game before was running late so they made it with time to spare.
Hammy produced another stellar performance in goals, pulling off some great saves and excellent puck outs. She very nearly scored from a puck out. Grainne, Ca and 2vo were busy around the middle of the field and Mary was causing havoc despite her hangover. Mary Joe from Celtic was causing trouble for us and got some nice scores, which Magic Mary replied to (You must need to be called Mary to be good at this game, note to self better start using my middle name!)
Captain ‘Fantasssssssssstic’ Orla and Yvo worked well together up front. Yvo showed great determination going in for the ball but ‘just couldn’t get the bloody thing up off the ground!’
It was pretty close at half time and then we drew away in the 2nd half with the highlight being when Mary blasted a free into the back of the net. Another great win with Mary getting all the scores.
8th November 2014 – Hurling – Harps Men 1:09 v Celtic 2:06
Following last weeks opening victory in the hurling league against Marist, Harps men followed this up with a hard fought draw against Celtic in a sun drenched Seddon Fields on Saturday afternoon. Unlike last week Harps were slow off the mark with Celtic coming firing out of the blocks with a goal in the first few minutes. Harps steadied the ship and got a grip on the game with scores coming from Aidan Tracey, Niall Daly and Neil O’Loughlin. Debutant John (Kildare) bagged a goal before halftime to put Harps in the lead by 6 points at the interval.
Celtic started the second half much the brighter with a few good scores. Some wayward shooting and missed scoring chances from Harps kept Celtic well and truly in this game. Once again the Harps stalwart defence stood firm when the backs were to the wall. Keeper Liam O’Keeffe made some outstanding saves and when the game was in the melting pot bravely turned his back on the ball to take a bullet of a shot to the back of the head (don’t think he knew much about that one). Celtic’s hard work paid off in the second half as they managed to sneak a goal in the last minute to level the game.
This one will probably go down as a missed opportunity to get our second win, however onwards and upwards for the next game in two weeks time Saturday 22nd November against St Pats.
Player of the day: Liam O’ Keefe for he’s gutsy ar$e to the ball diving save.
6th November 2014 – Camogie – Harps Ladies 1:02 v Marist 1:01
First game of the season for a new look Harps Camogie team. The scoreline ended with Harps 1-02 to Marist 1-01. Coming into the game the Harps girls knew this game was going to be a mighty challenge, up against last year’s champions. With rock steady defence from Catherine Twomey and Ruth Madigan and with the excellent Elaine “Hammy” Clarke leading them from the goals, Marist were constantly under pressure when shooting. With Mary Coleman and Yvonne “2vo” Bushell linking up well in midfield and the forward line of Kendyl Cherry and Orla Nic Aogain getting the better of their individual battles, Harps ladies were out to win! New addition Mary made a huge impact on her debut scoring all of Harps scores, and with her experience and determination lead Harps to victory with a smashing goal from a free. At half time Harps made a few changes with Yvonne “Yvo” Gill coming into the forward line and Laura Kenny making her debut in the back line. Overall a great performance all round, with the experience of Marist this was always a close game but the work rate of Harps pushed them to victory. Well done girls, great start to the season!
Harps Ladies Camogie: Elaine Clarke, Catherine Twomey, Ruth Madigan, Mary Coleman, Yvonne Bushell, Kendyl Cherry, Orla Nic Aogain, Yvonne Gill, Laura Kenny.
2nd November 2014 – Hurling – Harps Men 5:10 v Marist 3:10
Harps played Marist on Sunday in the hurling. As with our football game against them, it was a tight contest at times, before harps pulled well away. Niall Daly and Marty McDonald did a power of work in midfield, Aidan Treacy hit some fantastic scores, and Dave Clarke put the fear of God into their keeper in the second half! When Marist did come back at us late on, the defence stood firm, and in the end we ran out winners 5-10 to 3-10. Aidan Treacy was named player of the day.
30th October 2014 – Harps Mens 2:11 v Marist 0:09
In our first Thursday night game of the season we faced an in form Marist side. Both teams came into this game having won their two previous fixtures.
In the opening exchanges Marist were first to every ball with Harps very slow to start. Ger “the pheasant” Connor, Darren O Shea, Niall Daly, Anto Rogan and Neil McAlinden began to get a grasp of the game winning the breaking ball in the middle third. Both sides worked the ball well, however, the end result wasn’t there. The low scoring first half was a true reflection of the less than average finishing in front of goal and at 3 points apiece half time couldn’t arrive fast enough for both teams.
The second half was a different story with Harps playing the better football and eventually finding their shooting boots led by Tommy Shanagher. Niall Daly and Neil O Loughlin drove on and scored two well worked goals, hon the banner! The timely introduction of Steve “5 year plan” Burke inspired a few more scores kicking one of the scores of the night himself from distance. Harps continued to dominate possession, taking well worked points, up until the final 10 minutes where Marist threw everything at us and included a few goal mouth scrambles but nothing the Cat couldn’t handle. Credit to Marist who never conceded defeat. Harps managed to hold on and see the game out. It was a good team performance and continued our winning start to the season.
Special thanks to Steve Burke for making the trip to play this fixture in what was his final game for Harps. All the best in your future endeavours.
The final score Harps 2-11 Marist 0-09.
Player of the day – Ger Connor
5th October 2014 – Harps Ladies 0:05 v Emerald City 0:02
Harps vs Emerald City Match Report
Location: Gloucester Park
Date: 5 October 2014
Weather: Blowing a gale!
1. Julie Houghton
2. Mira Allman
3. Frances Marron
4. Ruth Madigan
5. Kendyl Cherry
6. Claire Owens
7. Elaine Clarke
8. Kyrstal Forgensson
9. Yvonne Bushell
10. Grainne Meaney
11. Sinead Ennis
12. Caoimhe Church
13. Nuala Grace
14. Ca Twomey
15. Lorraine Kilroy
16. Breda Ruane
17. Gayle Flanagan
18. Laura Kenny
Inj. Yvonne Gill
Sinead O Connor
Eilish O Brien
On a cold windy day that reminded everyone of home, we played our 2nd league game of the season in a repeat of last years championship semi final. The meadow had been cut, we had our nervous pee in the port-a-loo and we were rearing for road. We played with the wind in the first half and were slow to start. Emerald City started a bit sharper and were 1 point up within the first 5 minutes. The old reliable problem of shooting for Harps followed on from the first game of the league and following three great moves, all went wide. Harps then got on the score sheet by Ca Twomey; who had found her kicking boot in a new position at full forward.
We settled from Ca’s score and started winning the midfield battle with strong running and great tackling from Yvonne Bushell (2vo) and Krystal. Following some great linking-up play, 2vo knocked over another great point. With harps now leading 2 points to 1 and playing with the wind, we really needed to keep the pressure on and in the 24th minute we got our 3rd point from a free. Emerald City were finding it hard to play against the gale force wind and we were defending well from the full forward line out. Despite this, our back line was caught on the hop a few times towards the end of the first half and we allowed Emearld City to get forward and have three wides. Emerald City fought back to win a Harps kick out and they had some good play to make it 3 points to 2 at half time.
In the second half, we displayed some tenacious defending and really broke down Emerald City’s play with the result that they did not score in the second half. A great interception from Francis Marron and a sharp pass led to Harps counter attacking and Sinead Ennis putting over a great point making it 4-2. From the resulting kick out we again fought to claim possession from Emerald City and we knocked over a score. Emerald City pushed hard for a score for the remaining ten minutes but some great discipline and tough tackling from our midfields and backs didn’t allow them to get on the score board again. Our lack of fitness showed towards the end of the second half as the pace died down and players could be heard up and down the pitch gasping for breath. The game finished Harps 5 points and Emerald City 2 points. We made it two wins from two.
Plenty to work on for us but a great start to the season.
Best for Harps: Laura Kenny, Francis Marron, Ca Twomey
5th October 2014 – Harps Men 2:3 v St Pats Emerald City 0:8
In Harps second match of the league we faced an uphill battle even before the throw in, with injuries, absentees, early retirees & christenings we only had 16 players available. In true Harps fashion we rallied together and set out to take the game to St. Pats regardless. In what were trying conditions with high swirling winds and an energy sapping pitch we started the game with a vengeance. After 10 minutes it was 2-0 to 0-0 in our favour with a screamer coming off the left boot of GC (doing his best Sam Burgess impression) and a great move finished by current Harps top scorer James (pronounced Hames). Conditions then started to take their toll and our finishing, discipline and decision making suffered. We let St. Pats back into the game through a number of needless fouls and let the referee move frees closer to goal due to our unnecessary remonstrations. This led to the score at half time being 2-0 to 0-06pts. The second half then became a war of attrition and a very unattractive spectacle. The ascendency swayed from team to team throughout the following 30 minutes with neither side able to stamp their authority on the game, with some wayward shooting from placed balls not helping. Going into the last 10 minutes of the game we found ourselves trailing by a point on a score line of 2-01 – 0-08. As per usual with this team, cometh the hour – cometh the backs* and Emmet ‘Ebola’ McNamara duly obliged by kicking over the equaliser and following it up with a worthy winner shortly afterwards. This game should serve us well for the rest of the season as we were tested to the limit and were not found wanting.
Best for Harps (All hurlers!!);
28th September 2014 – Harps Men 2:16 v Gaels 1:9
After a few false starts due to the weather, the Harps Men finally got Their season up and running against Gaels, with a 2-16 to 1-9 win. Harps started well with no less than 6 players making their debuts. Some early scores from Tommy Shanagher, Neil O’Loughlin, and Niall Daly put us in the driving seat, before Gaels got a grip on the game late in the first half. We came out with a much better attitude in the second half, pulling away. Niall Daly and James Pring both bulged the oul onion bag for Harps, before Liam O’Keeffe saved a penalty.
It was also good to see Ger Connor put his hand up for an early nomination for the JT award, with a boxing injury on the morning of the match.
In all it was a great team performance, and hopefully it bodes well for the season!
28th September 2014 – Harps Ladies 4:13 v Gaels 1:0
Harps Ladies had their first day out in the league on Sunday against Gaels. The girls have lost a few players this season, but have also gained a few new faces, who proved their worth on the day. Only 13 Gaels players turned up, so it was agreed at the start of the match to play 13 a-side, which turned out to be a difficult ask considering the width of the pitch in Gloucester Park! Harps started strong putting a few points over and dominating in the mid field. The notorious wides also happened, which proved we needed more shooting practice at training…shocker! Gaels came back at the start of the second half getting a goal in, but the ladies saw the game out to the end gaining more accuracy in front of the posts. Game finished 4:13 to 1:0 to Harps. Not a bad result for the first day out, but still more work to do in sharpening the passes and the shooting. Harps play Emerald City next Sunday in Gloucester Park at 1:30.