Mar 232016
 

The Harps junior hurlers lost out to a strong Rathdowney/Errill side in their opening league game last Sunday.  Played in the Durrow pitch in ideal hurling conditions, The Harps were the better team in the first 30 minutes of hurling.  Scores were evenly traded throughout the opening half, with some great points from play by Ross Young, Shane Fitzpatrick and Conor Deegan edging The Harps in front.  The Harps backs were defending tenaciously and with Conor Deegan accurate on free-taking duty The Harps began to boss the game.  When a long range free from Dan Delahunty landed on the edge of the small square, Niall Brophy managed to bustle the ball over the line for a goal to leave the half time score as The Harps 1-09 to R-E 0-09.

The opening ten minutes of the second half was where this match was ultimately lost for The Harps, as some bad luck saw them conceding three goals.  An excellent score from a tight angle from Niall Brophy and further converted frees from Deegan ensured The Harps were still in the hunt, but they were always going to need goals to get back into this game and unfortunately they never materialised.  The Harps did manage to cut the deficit to six points, but with time almost up R/E goaled again to but the result beyond doubt. This was still a good effort from a young team where the score line was a harsh reflection on the game.  The end score line was The Harps 1-16 R/E 4-16.

The Harps junior hurlers play away to Park-Rathineska at 6.30pm on Sunday, April 3rd in the second round.

The Harps: 1.Peter Walsh, 2.Cathal Phelan, 3.Sean Cahill, 4.Shane Brophy, 5.Ciaran Costigan, 6.Dan Delahunty, 7.David Doheny, 8.Rory Moore, 9.Darren Maher, 10.Conor Brophy, 11.Ross Young, 12.Shane Fitzpatrick, 13.Niall Brophy, 14.John Dunne, 15.Conor Deegan.
Subs used: Liam Dunphy, Donncha Quinn.

Mar 232016
 

The Harps senior hurlers continued their recent run of form when beating Camross in the Palmer Cup on Thursday.  Played in Durrow, The Harps were up against a much weakened Camross side but with our own team missing quite a few players a performance was still needed to get a win.  Early scores from play by John Brophy and Eoin Clancy settled The Harps but Camross showed their renowned battling qualities to stay in the game with some good scores of there own.  On ten minutes The Harps were dealt a blow when John Brophy was forced off with a hamstring injury.  Unfazed by this, The Harps reeled off a string of scores courtesy of Pat Walsh, Shane Donoghue and Conor Deegan to extend the lead to five points at half time, 0-08 to 0-03.

Camross got off to the dream start just after half time when confusion in The Harps goal mouth resulted in a soft goal conceded.  The response from The Harps was emphatic however, as seven points on the trot ended the game as a contest as the home side moved up a gear.  Conor Deegan, Conor Dunne, John Prior, Conor Brophy and Eoin Clancy all posted good scores in this period of dominance, with the only answer at the other end a late consolation goal for Camross. Full Time: The Harps 0-16 v 2-03 Camross.

Tougher tests lie ahead for this team and all support will be needed for the first round of the league v Ballinakill this Saturday, March 26th at 5pm in Durrow. The Harps will play Abbeyleix in the Palmer Cup Final with the date and time yet to be decided – likely to be at the end of April or early May.

The Harps: 1.Kevin Galvin; 2.Tommy Moore; 3.Barry Dunne; 4.Aaron Dunne; 5.John Prior; 6.Richie Saunders; 7.Ciaran Costigan; 8.Conor Dunne; 9.Kieran Freeman; 10.Shane Donoghue; 11.Pat Walsh; 12.Conor Brophy; 13.Eoin Clancy; 14.John Brophy; 15.Greg Aylward.

Mar 082016
 

The Harps senior hurlers recorded their second win on the trot in the Leinster league with a hard fought win over Crumlin last Monday.  Played under lights on the Heywood astro turf pitch, The Harps were pushed all the way by the skilful, determined Dublin outfit.  In a very even opening half there was very little between the sides.  Good points from play by John Brophy, Pat Walsh and Shane Donoghue were answered each time by Crumlin.  With half time approaching a good goal from play by Mick Lanigan gave The Harps parity to leave the score at the break 1-07 apiece.

The Harps opened the second half at a blistering pace as they sent over points from all angles with Mick Lanigan in particular to the fore.  Eoin Clancy and Conor Brophy added points to open up a 7 point lead with 40 minutes played.  Indiscipline crept into The Harps game however and Crumlin began to claw their way back into the game with a number of converted frees.  When Crumlin scored their second goal the pressure mounted for The Harps, but late scores by Lanigan, Clancy and Pat Walsh sealed the win for The Harps on a full time score line of The Harps 1-18 Crumlin 2-12.

The Harps play Bray Emmets in Co. Wicklow on Saturday 19th of March at 3pm in the final round of the Leinster League. The Harps: 1.Kevin Galvin, 2.Barry Dunne, 3.Pakie Flynn, 4.Tommy Moore, 5.John Prior, 6.Gavin Dunne, 7.Richie Saunders, 8.Kieran Freeman, 9.Conor Dunne, 10.Shane Donoghue, 11.Pat Walsh, 12.Conor Brophy, 13.John Brophy, 14.Mick Lanigan, 15.Eoin Clancy.

Mar 032016
 

The Harps senior hurlers opened their Leinster League campaign with a hard fought win over Ballinamere last Saturday.  Played in Durrow in windy conditions the sides were evenly matched for the first half and the standard of hurling was encouraging for the time of the year.  Both teams opened their accounts with converted frees.  Conor Brophy and Eoin Clancy both pointed from play but just as The Harps opened up a slender lead, a long ball in to The Harps goal mouth was finished to the net even though it looked like a square ball.  The response to this set back was excellent however, as The Harps upped their efforts and were rewarded by a series of converted frees via the stick of Michael Lanigan to leave the sides level at half time on a scoreline of The Harps 0-09 Ballinamere 1-06.

The second half saw The Harps defence really get on top as they limited Ballinamere to just 4 points.  At the other end Conor Brophy, Richie Saunders and Greg Aylward all added good points from play to edge The Harps in front.  Ballinamere were using their physicality to gain possession around midfield, but each delivery was repelled by The Harps defensive unit who were in a mean mood.  Credit must go to the whole team however as the forwards and midfielders tracked back to good affect whenever the pressure  mounted.  Michael Lanigan finished out the scoring with a series of frees, and while it was disappointing not to score a goal in this game, 0-19 is a good score to put up in such conditions. Full Time: The Harps 0-19 v 1-10 Ballinamere.

The Harps: 1.Kevin Galvin; 2.Ciaran Costigan; 3.Pakie Flynn; 4.Aaron Dunne; 5.John Prior; 6.Gavin Dunne; 7.Barry Dunne; 8.Conor Dunne; 9.Richie Saunders; 10.Shane Donoghue; 11.Pat Walsh; 12.Conor Brophy; 13.Eoin Clancy; 14.Mick Lanigan; 15.Greg Aylward.

Subs used: Darren Maher.

The Harps play Crumlin next in the Leinster league in Heywood on Monday 7th March, please travel over to support the lads for the 8pm throw-in.

Feb 242016
 

The Harps senior hurlers proved too strong for Abbeyleix in this Palmer Cup tie played in Durrow last Saturday evening. Played on a heavy February sod not conducive to fast, open hurling The Harps nevertheless played some good hurling to run out worthy winners. Perhaps the most impressive aspect to the game was limiting Abbeyleix to just five points in over sixty minutes of hurling, all of these scores coming from placed balls.

The game started evenly with the sides trading early scores but The Harps moved up the gears after the opening 10 minutes to open up a lead with Pat Walsh, Michael Lanigan and Eoin Clancy posting good points from play. The Harps defence were hunting in packs and closed down the Abbeyleix attack very quickly, but were guilty of some indiscipline at times as a string of frees kept Abbeyleix in the hunt. An excellent long range point from wing back John Prior was the last score of the first half and left The Harps ahead on a 0-09 to 0-05 score line.

In the second half The Harps defensive dominance continued as Abbeyleix could find no way to penetrate a mean home defence. With Michael Lanigan accurate as usual on frees and John Brophy and Shane Donoghue chipping in with good points from play The Harps began to pull away.  With 10 minutes to go, a great run by Pat Walsh through the heart of the Abbeyleix defence paid off when his pass to Greg Aylward was finished to the net.  With the game over as a contest a couple of Lanigan frees finished out the scoring to leave The Harps ahead at the final whistle on a deserved 1-11 to 0-05 scoreline.

The Harps: 1.Kevin Galvin; 2.Shane Phelan; 3.Pakie Flynn; 4.Tommy Moore; 5.John Prior; 6.Conor Dunne; 7.Barry Dunne; 8.Richie Saunders; 9.Kieran Freeman; 10.Shane Donoghue; 11.John Brophy; 12.Pat Walsh; 13.Conor Brophy; 14.Michael Lanigan; 15.Eoin Clancy.

Subs used: Greg Aylward, Conor Deegan, Aaron Dunne.

JD

Feb 132016
 

The Harps senior hurlers, playing for the first time under new manager David Cuddy, got off to a winning start in the opening round of the Palmer Cup.  Played in Durrow on a heavy sod, our opponents Trumera/Kyle were a game side but the gap between Senior A and Senior B teams eventually told as The Harps ran out nine point winners; 2-14 to 0-11.

The opening half saw numerous frees from both sides converted as the playing conditions resulted in a lot of rucks and scraps for the ball. Michael Lanigan was flawless on free-taking duty, while Greg Aylward shot a fine point from play. Trumera/Kyle were struggling in open play, but they too were hitting the frees well to keep them in contention. The gap began to widen however, and when Shane Donoghue ghosted in behind the Trumera/Kyle defence and rifled the sliotar to the net The Harps finally had breathing space. Pat Walsh tagged on a good point from play before Donoghue again found space in attack to score goal number two. The sides traded points just before the break to leave the half time score at The Harps 2-09 Trumera/Kyle 0-04.

12022016vTrumeraThe second half continued in a similar fashion with both teams main source of scores coming from placed balls.  Both sides introduced new players into the fray as the match went on and the effort from both sets of players was commendable for a match in February.
A positive start then for The Harps, but the players and management alike will be well aware that a lot of the hard work still has to be done.

Next weekend sees The Harps up against Abbeyleix in the second round of the Palmer Cup.

The Harps: 1.Peter Walsh; 2.Tommy Moore; 3.Pakie Flynn; 4.Aaron Dunne; 5.John Prior; 6.Conor Dunne; 7.Barry Dunne; 8.Conor Brophy; 9.Kieran Freeman; 10.Shane Donoghue; 11.Richie Saunders; 12.Pat Walsh; 13.Greg Aylward; 14.Mick Lanigan; 15.Conor Deegan.

Subs used: Shane Fitzpatrick, Ciaran Costigan, John Dunne, Cathal Phelan.

JD

Feb 032016
 

The next few Saturdays see The Harps Senior Hurlers commence their 2016 season with games fixed as follows:

  • Saturday, February 13th – 3.30pm – The Harps V Castletown in CASTLETOWN
  • Saturday, February 20th – 3.30pm – The Harps V Abbeyleix in DURROW
  • Saturday, March 12th – 4pm – The Harps v Camross in DURROW

Please do come out and support the team under new management of David Cuddy.

Sep 102015
 

The Harps footballers proved far too strong for The Rock in this Junior football championship relegation play off.  Played in The Heath GAA grounds, The Harps started against a strong wind but still began to build a steady lead.  First half goals from Ger Alley and Mark White, and some steady defending at the other end had The Harps in total control.  With Pat Walsh dominant at midfield and Sean Burke marshalling the defence at centre-back, The Harps played some excellent football.  Points from Pat Walsh, Jim Campion and Niall Brophy pushed the lead out to 7 points at half time, 2-6 to 0-5.

The second half was all one way traffic as The Harps dominance was only added to by the strong wind.  Points flew over from all angles as Darren Maher, John Finnegan and Pat Walsh all helped to stretch the lead.  Darren Maher finished to the net from close range to kill any hope The Rock may have had, and when Jim Campion converted from the penalty spot the game was really over as a contest.  The Harps were enjoying themselves now, and some excellent points from Ger Alley, Pat Walsh and Cormac McCann finished out the scoring to leave the score board reading The Harps 4-14 The Rock 0-8.

Great credit must go to Gabby Irwin and Dave Finnegan for the effort they have put in this year.  The players will realise an improved effort in training is required next year to push on and win this championship.

The Harps.
1.Kevin Donoghue; 2.Stephen Thomas; 3.James Shortall; 4.John Dunne; 5.Shane Brophy; 6.Sean Burke; 7.Diarmuid Irwin; 8.John Finnegan; 9.Pat Walshe; 10.Darren Maher; 11.Niall Donoghue; 12.Cormac McCann; 13.Jim Campion; 14.Ger Alley; 15.Mark White.

Subs: Robert Freeman for Shane Brophy; Donnacha Quinn for Niall Brophy.

Sep 102015
 

The Harps senior hurling team remain in the senior hurling championship for another year after they produced their best performance of the year to see off Castletown in the relegation decider.  With both teams understandably a bit nervous at the start, the first ten minutes was littered with mistakes by both sides as they traded scores.  The Harps had that bit more experience in their ranks however, and 15 minutes into the half John Brophy and Brian Dunne combined to set up Eoin Clancy for a goal which transformed The Harps.  The shackles seemed to come off and scores flew over from all angles as John Brophy, Barry Dunne, Richie Saunders and Brian Dunne all added points.  The half time whistle couldn’t come soon enough for Castletown, as they just about hung on when trailing by 8 points.

Harps players and supporters alike were expecting a big backlash from a proud Castletown team, but The Harps team were matching their opposition for work rate and determination.  The game reached a pivotal moment inside the opening ten minutes of the second half when Castletown were awarded a penalty.  Paddy Mullaney was brought up to take it but his rasping shot flew just over the bar, to the relief of The Harps contingent.  The Harps extended their lead with good points from Richie Saunders and Gavin Dunne, and when Mick Lanigan fielded brilliantly inside the square, he had only one thing on his mind as he blasted to the net to end the game as a contest.  Credit is due to Castletown who never gave up, but The Harps were not for easing up either as wing back John Prior got in on the scoring act, sending over a massive point from distance.  The final whistle sounded shortly after to leave a full time scoreline of The Harps 2-17 Casltetown 0-10.

Great credit must go to players, management and supporters alike as the club never lost focus after the disappointment of exiting the championship proper.  We showed in this game that our flagship team are well capable of hurling to a high standard, and maybe with a bit more luck next year we can make inroads in the championship.

The Harps: 1.Kevin Galvin; 2.Shane Phelan; 3.Pakie Flynn; 4.Aaron Dunne; 5.John Prior; 6.Conor Dunne; 7.Gavin Dunne; 8.Kieran Freeman; 9.Barry Dunne; 10.Mick Lanigan; 11.Brian Dunne; 12.John Brophy; 13.Eoin Clancy; 14.Pat Walsh; 15.Richie Saunders.

Subs introduced: Tommy Moore for Barry Dunne; Ross Young for Gavin Dunne; Ronan Delahunty for Pat Walsh; Conor Brophy for Richie Saunders.

Aug 232015
 
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The Harps senior hurlers were knocked out of the race for championship honours last Saturday in Portlaoise as their efforts came up short against Clough/Ballacolla. This was a much improved performance from the first day out, but in the end C/B were able to spring Stephen Maher and Stephen Bergin from the bench when the game was in the mix to guide them home. The Harps opened the scoring with an excellent point from play by Eoin Clancy to get them going. Further efforts from out the field tailed agonisingly wide and C/B hit 3 points on the trot to take the lead. Michael Lanigan hit back with a converted free for The Harps before wing back John Prior sent over a huge point from distance. C/B were wasting chances of their own but still managed a six point lead heading into half time but John Brophy had the last say of the first half as his efforts were rewarded with a wonderful point from out near the sideline.

C/B pushed the lead out to six points moments after the restart and The Harps had a mountain to climb. To their credit, the lads fought like dogs to get back into this game and pointed free’s from Lanigan and Eoin Clancy’s second from play had the arrears reduced to three. The game was in the melting pot at this stage but unfortunately for The Harps chances were missed and some very harsh referee decisions went against us. The introduction of Picky Maher and Stephen Dunphy for the opposition tipped things in their balance as both players hit 0-3 each. A good point from play by Gavin Dunne and two more converted free’s by Lanigan finished out The Harps scoring to leave the final tally at The Harps 0-11 Clough/Ballacolla 0-19.

While it is always disappointing to be knocked out of the championship, our senior hurlers have arguably their most important game of the year ahead of them as they face Castletown in the relegation decider. The club would urge as many people as possible to come along and support the lads in this vital fixture in O’Moore Park, Portlaoise on Saturday, August 29th at 7.15pm.

The Harps:  1.Kevin Galvin;  2.Shane Phelan;  3.Pakie Flynn;  4.Aaron Dunne;  5.John Prior;  6.Conor Dunne;  7.Gavin Dunne;  8.Barry Dunne;  9.Ronan Delahunty;  10.Shane Donoghue; 11.Brian Dunne; 12.Mick Lanigan;  13.Kieran Freeman;  14.John Brophy;  15.Eoin Clancy.

Subs:  Pat Walsh for Shane Donoghue (half time);  Richie Saunders for Barry Dunne (half time).