Big congratulations go to our under-14 hurlers, who beat Crossabeg/Ballymurn by 4-7 to 1-10 in sunny Blackwater yesterday to win the Roinn 2 Shield Final.
Ferns tralied by two points at half time (0-8 to 1-3) but scored three goals in the first three minutes of the second half, to really turn the game around. A talented Crossabeg/Ballymurn side came back strongly but the Ferns boys stood firm, and thoroughly deserved their win in the end.
The victorious Ferns panel yesterday was: Evan Murphy, Bob Byrne, Patrick O'Toole, Conor O'Toole, Seb Rynhart, Rob Murphy, Barry Murphy, Rory Scallan, Shane Breen, Padraig Kinsella, Kieran Murphy, Tom Browne, Brian Stafford, Barry O'Toole, Corey Dunbar, Adam Quinn, James Kinsella, Ned Cash, Jerry Cash, Jerry Connors, Byron Jordan, Adrian Breen, Alex Rothwell, Ryan McDonald.
Our Junior Hurlers came safely through the 'last chance saloon' by beating Monageer/Boolavogue by 3-9 to 1-12 in the Relegation Final in Farmleigh yesterday. This means that is our neighbours who make the drop to Junior 'A' status for next year rather than ourselves.
It's good to end the year on a winning note and by retaining status for next year, but overall, this was a disappointing year at Junior level as well as Senior, and we all hope for better next year.
Our Under-14 hurlers take on Crossabeg/Ballymurn in the Roinn 2 Shield Final this coming Saturday (September 26), and we've just got word today that the throw-in has been brought forward to an earlier time.
This means that the match will now start at 11 a.m., instead of the 12.30 p.m. starting time that you may have read about earlier. Please note the change, and don't be late!
Our Under-16 hurlers have won through to the Roinn 1 County Final thanks to a well-deserved 1-17 to 1-5 win over Liam Mellows in the semi-final in St Patrick's Park on Saturday.
Ferns were in control all the way through this game, opening up an early lead with the first three points of the game and then never looking like being caught, especially after Jeff Tobin bagged a goal on eleven minutes. We led by 1-9 to 1-2 at half-time and remained in the driving seat throughout the second half, and indeed, the winning margin should have been even greater, but for a number of poor wides and a missed goal chance or too as well.
There are more than 40 photos from the match in our 2015 Photo Gallery - click here to see them.
In the other semi-final on Saturday, Mogue O'Rahillys (a combination of Fethard St Mogue's and Gusserane O'Rahillys) beat Shelmaliers by 4-14 to 3-16 in a real thriller, and so they will provide the opposition in the final.
No date or venue has yet been announced, but we'll publish the details here as soon as we get them.
The numbers drawn in this week's Club Lotto were 5, 9, 15 and 22.
There was no jackpot winner, meaning that the top prize now climbs to €17,400 for the next draw, to be held in O'Loughlin's on Tuesday September 29.
Lucky Dip winners this week were:
Tracey Donohoe (Milltown); Pat Carroll (Ballingale); John Lancaster (Ballyboy); and Brian Owens (Ferns).
Remember, it's now easier than ever to play Lotto online - just click here to get started.
A committee meeting will be held in the clubhouse on Wednesday night (September 9), starting at 9 p.m.
All committee members are asked to please attend. If anybody cannot make it, please let one of the club officers know.
There's been lots to smile about at underage level this week, as Ferns teams in all age groups from Under-12 right up to minor have scored good wins in both hurling and football.
First, on Monday evening, the U-16 hurlers took on Dunbrody Gaels in the Roinn 1 Championship quarter-final. This was a real cracker of a match that was nip and tuck all the way through until Ferns scored 1-1 right at the death to earn victory by 3-15 to 1-17.
On Tuesday, our U-12 team completed the Shield Double, as they beat Marshalstown/Castledockrell in their football final to follow up their win in the hurling final last Friday night. It was fairly comfortable for Ferns here, as they won by 5-7 to 1-8.
There was another big win in football on Wednesday, as our minors took on Clonard in the Roinn 2 Championship quarter-final and won by 6-10 to 2-2.
Then it was back to hurling on Thursday, with our Under-14 side beating Monageer/Boolavogue by 4-12 to 1-5 in the Roinn 2 Shield quarter-final.
Well done to them all!
The numbers drawn in the club lotto last night were 4, 22, 23 and 30.
Once again, there was no jackpot winner, and so the top prize now climbs to €17,100 for the next draw. It will take place in O'Loughlin's Bar in Ferns on Tuesday September 15.
Lucky Dip winners last night were:
James & Pádraig Kinsella, Kilbora
Paul Kickham, c/o Donohoe's
Our All-Ireland Hurling Final weekend draw was held tonight.
Lucky winner of the first prize of two Hogan Stand tickets for the All-Ireland Hurling Final, plus B&B accommodation for two at the Stillorgan Park Hotel on Saturday night, was Ivan Binions, of Rathduff, Rathnure.
Second prize, of €400, goes to Bill Joyce, Tonegurrane, Corradulla, Co. Galway.
Third prize, €200, goes to Siobhán Burke, of Clonattin Village, Gorey.
Fourth prize, €100, goes to Peggy Hill, c/o Dunbar's, Ferns.
Sincere thanks go to all who supported the draw.