Our minor hurlers turned in another great and gutsy performance tonight, to earn a well-deserved 4-12 to 2-13 win over Oylegate/Glenbrien in the Minor Championship quarter-final.
Our lads were in charge all through the first half after Chris Turner struck from an early goal from a free, and he added a second play some ten minutes later, to make it 2-3 to 0-3. The sides swapped points before Chris completed his hat-trick just before the break, leaving it 3-7 to 0-7 for Ferns at half time.
It seemed that Ferns would cruise to victory when a Jeff Tobin goal early in the second half made it 4-9 to 0-9. But back came Oylegate/Glenbrien with two goals of their own and a succession of points, that narrowed the gap to just three points with six minutes to go.
The Ferns lads got back on top of things then though, and saw out the game as the stronger side, with the sort of determination that was also the hallmark of their win over Rapparees in the last of the group games.
Great credit is due to all players and mentors for tonight's victory, and we hope for another stirring performance when the semi-final comes round.
Our under-16 hurlers saw their season come to an end last night, as they lost to Our Lady’s Island/St. Fintan’s in their Shield quarter final on a scoreline of 4-15 to 2-8.
It’s been a difficult year hurling-wise for this group, but they still have a number of talented player among the ranks, some of whom have been making a good contribution the Minors at Premier level.
Things are going better in football for the Juveniles, and they’ve a championship quarter-final against St. Joseph’s to look forward to next Monday evening (September 4). We wish them the best of luck.
Calling all poker players! We want to see you in The Thatch on Friday night, for a Texas Hold 'Em poker tournament that's being organised by James Tonks as his team's Ferns' Fittest Family fundraiser.
It will cost just €10 to register, and as you might expect at that price, plenty of action is anticipated and you'll be able to buy back in as many times as you like until the break.
Play is due to begin at 8.30 p.m., but latecomers will be able to join in too - just as well, since many could be at the football match in St. Patrick's Park first!
Give James a shout at 086 1761892 if you want to register in advance, or else just turn up on the night. Now...shuffle up and deal!
Our minor hurlers have their biggest match of the year coming up on Wednesday evening (August 30) as they travel to Oylegate to take on Oylegate/Glenbrien in the Premier Division quarter-final.
The sides played out a draw of 0-15 each when they met in Ferns back in the middle of July, and it's bound to be a tough and close battle this time again.
Our lads showed great spirit and form in their last group match to earn a memorable win over Rapparees, and hopefully we'll see that continue on Wednesday. Throw-in time will be 6.30 p.m., and all support will be very welcome.
Our senior hurlers earned a valuable championship point against Faythe Harriers today, as the sides played out a 1-15 to 0-18 draw in Bellefield.
It moves us up to three points in the table, and with both Rapparees and Naomh Eanna both still stuck on two, it means we'll escape a relegation play-off if either of those lose their last match (Rapps will play St. Martin's, and Naomh Eanna will play the Harriers). Today's point would even be enough to put us through to the quarter-finals if both Rapps and Naomh Eanna lose.
It was a see-saw game today, as we looked to be in for another hiding when we trailed by 0-7 to 0-1 after just ten minutes, but we recovered well to trail by just points (0-9 to 0-7) at the break.
We drew level in the second half, and then went ahead by as much as four points at one stage, largely thanks to a Chris Turner goal. Back came the Harriers though, and there was actually a six-point turnaround as they again led by two coming to the end of 60 minutes, only for Ferns to dig it out again and earn a draw.
It wasn't good for the heart, but at least the performance was a step up on the last day, and hopefully the team will continue to improve.
Our Junior hurlers had a good win by 2-15 to 1-13 over Tara Rocks in Bree last night, to make sure of their place in the championship quarter-finals.
Bizarrely, four teams finish on six points in the group - ourselves, Horeswood, Bannow/Ballymitty, and Buffers Alley. But with all the others having a positive points difference, and ours being zero, it means that Ferns finish fourth.
That in turn means we play the top team in the other group in the quarter-finals, and that means we'll be playing Gusserane. Games are likely to be fixed for two weeks time.
Our minor footballers had a big win over Kilross Gaels in their championship quarter-final tonight, as they beat the Kilmore/Rosslare combination by 6-17 to 0-4.
Ferns were already a comfortable 4-11 to 0-4 ahead at the break, and while the scoring rate slowed down a bit in the second half as team mentors 'emptied the bench', the result was never in any doubt.
The next assignment for the minors will be in hurling next Wednesday night (August 30), as they take on Oylegate/Glenbrien in the Premier Division quarter-final. We expect that match to be just a bit tougher!
Numbers drawn in last night's lotto were 5, 24, 26, and 32....and this time, there was no jackpot winner!
Lucky Dip winners were Claire Roche, Pat & Martina Kinsella, Shirley Sinnott (Rathnure), and Niamh & Aoife Murphy.
The jackpot now rises to €3,300 for the next draw, to be held in Codd's of Kilrush on Tuesday September 5.
Our big lotto winners got their prize last night, as a cheque for a tasty €19,300 was handed over to Helen and John Tonks.
The presentation took place following this week's lotto draw in Dunbars, with club chairman Johnny Sinnott, secretary Nick Stafford, and the one and only Dominic Murphy doing the honours. Kilrush/Askamore were represented there by Frank Doyle and Margaret Power.
Congratulations go once again to our winners, and we hope they enjoy it!
Our Junior 'B' football team had a walkover win over Clonee in the Gorey District championship last night, after our neighbours couldn't muster a team together.
This leaves our lads third in the table of seven teams, but to be honest, we don't know if that puts them through or not - i.e. whether there are to be semi-finals for the top four teams, or just a final between the top two. If anybody happens to know, please let us know too!