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!
It was a horrible day out there today, and unfortunately, results for the two Ferns teams in action were as bad as the weather. Both sides fought hard in difficult conditions, but ultimately, both fell to narrow defeats.
First, our intermediate footballers went down by 0-8 to 0-7 against St. Mary's (Rosslare) in Bellefield, as the seaside crew maintained their 100% record in the championship. Then this evening, our under-21 hurlers lost to Craanford by 1-10 to 1-8 in the semi-final of the Gorey District Championship.
Let's hope things pick up in the coming week - both results-wise and weather-wise!
After two good wins in the Leinster Hurling League in recent weeks - against St Vincent's of Dublin, and Mount Leinster Rangers of Carlow - our senior hurlers start their ACHL Division 1 campaign next Saturday (March 11) with a challenging tie against Oulart/The Ballagh.
It will be a home game for us, and throw-in time is down as 2 p.m. All support will be much appreciated.
The lotto jackpot proved elusive again last night, when nobody matched the numbers drawn of 1, 6, 10 and 27.
Lucky Dip winners were -
The next draw, for a jackpot of €16,300, will take place in Jordan's Village Inn, Clohamon, on Tuesday March 21. You can buy tickets online here.