Jun 132014
 

Crowd-at-Rathdowney-Errill-v-Harps-GameThe Harps travelled the short distance to Rathdowney to face Rathdowney-Errill in this sixth round game of the Division 1A Hurling League. After a warm sunny day, some cloud rolled over to take the glare of a setting sun out of the players eyes and make for perfect hurling conditions on the fine pitch surface. The match began with both sides getting stuck in and both sets of backs on top of their game. The Harps John Prior was yellow-carded after 8 minutes when he was deemed to have fouled the advancing RE attack. Rathdowney-Errill failed to convert the resulting free though and from the puck-out the Harps managed to open their account with a point by Tadgh Sullivan from play.

The Harps added two further points by Eoin Clancy scoring from play. Rathdowney-Errill, encouraged on by the vocal home supporters got a foothold in the game when they were awarded a free in the 13th minute which they duly converted to open their night’s account. Rathdowney-Errill began to play the better hurling, putting strings of good passes together, but everytime they got within scoring range the diligent Harps backs got in hooks and blocks to frustrate the home side into driving several wides. RE stuck with it though and were finally rewarded with a second point in the 18th minute – from play.

Brian Dunne, who had moments later missed a point made amends by striking over his first of the night on the 19th minute to break the RE momentum, but credit to the home side, they replied with two more from play to level the scores with ten minutes of the first half remaining. The Harps then hit a purple patch of their own and drove hard at the RE defence and were rewarded with five unanswered points; Brian Dunne grabbed two from play before Shane Donoghue fired over a free (see video below) followed by James Lappin and Shane Donoghue both from play.

Rathdowney-Errill-v-The-Harps-June-12th-2014-BThe final two scores of the first half were shared between the teams – a Rathdowney-Errill point from play and another Shane Donoghue free to leave the sides at 0-10 to 0-05 on the half hour mark. Photo: Half Time Pep-Talk.

The start of the second half saw the Harps burst out of the blocks and Eoin Clancy who looked set to run at goal was fouled. Marksman Shane Donoghue made no doubt about it and raised a white flag. Brian Dunne followed up with two points from play and Shane Donoghue also pointed from play to extend the Harps lead. A facial injury to Shane Phelan saw him called ashore to be replaced by Aaron Dunne in the 40th minute as Shane Donoghue converted the free. Moments later, Rathdowney-Errill at the opposite end converted a free of their own.

Sean Bourke picked up a breaking ball from Aaron Dunne and struck a superb point splitting the posts from the half-way line. Rathdowney-Errill though fought to keep themselves in the game and pointed two points from play to leave the scoreline at 0-16 to 0-08 midway through the second half. The Harps came back and added two more points from play, one massive hit from Shane Donoghue and another from Tadgh Sullivan. True to the tit-for-tat scoring flow during the middle part of the second half, the home side replied, yet again, with two points from play only to be replied to by Eoin Clancy and Ronan Delahunty for the visitors once more!

The final ten minutes saw the Harps finish the stronger, buoyed on by Kevin Galvins penalty save on the 22nd minute (see video above). Shane Donoghue then fired over another free moments later (see video below) to kill any hopes of a RE comeback. A few minutes later the homeside clocked up their last score of the night when they scored a good point from play, but with tired legs the RE defence could not stop Sean Bourke bringing his tally to 1-01 for the night when he smashed a piledriver to the home side’s net on the full time whistle. Final score: The Harps 1-21 V 0-11 Rathdowney Errill.

The victory ensures The Harps remain at the top of Division 1A having won all six games so far. The League table as it stands can be viewed here: http://laoisgaa.ie/league/76563/2014_a_c_h_l1_a

Rathdowney-Errill-v-The-Harps-June-12th-2014-CUp Next: The Harps will face Borris-Kilcotton in the final round of the league at Borris-in-Ossory GAA grounds on Thursday, 19th June at 7.45pm. Photo: Full-Time Warm-Down.

Managements Thoughts: The management team were pleased to get the win, but stressed that the next game still had to be won to make it to the league final. “We need to continue the winning habit and treat the next game as if it were our first – there is a league final spot up for grabs and we want to be there having won all seven of our games.”

The Harps: 1 – Kevin Galvin; 2 – Shane Phelan; 3 – Brian Galvin; 4 – Packie Flynn; 5 – Ronan Delahunty; 6 – John Prior; 7 – Conor Brophy; 8 – Barry Dunne; 9 – Shane Donaghue; 10 – James Lappin; 11 – Pat Walshe; 12 – Sean Bourke; 13 – Tadgh Sullivan; 14 – Brian Dunne; 15 – Eoin Clancy.

Substitutions: 39mins off: Shane Phelan  on: Aaron Dunne; 48mins off: Tadgh Sullivan  on: Brian Clancy; 54mins 2nd off: Brian Dunne  on: Greg Aylward; 55mins off: Eoin Clancy  on: Eoin O Sullivan.

Jun 062014
 

Harps-RosenallisRosenallis travelled to Durrow GAA grounds on Friday night (June 6th) to play The Harps in this fifth round game of the Division 1A Hurling League. Before the two teams had emerged from the dressing-rooms a heavy rain began to descend over the south Laois venue. Despite the rain, the two teams went on to serve up an entertaining evening’s hurling in front of a good home crowd who came out to see the new scoreboard at the Durrow grounds. Rosenallis were first to register a point with a well taken free against the wind in the third minute.

The Harps began to tighten up taking control of the game and over the following twelve minutes scored a reel of eight unanswered points. Sean Bourke with two points, Brian Dunne with a further two and Shane Donohue with another – all from play accounted for the first five of the eight. Shane Donoghue then pointed two frees before Brian Dunne added another from play with fifteen minutes on the clock. Rosenallis were then given a slice of luck when a deflection saw their effort bobble past Kevin Galvin into the Harps net. 1-01 to 0-08 with the first quarter over.

In fairness to the Harps team, they did not allow that goal to faze them and continued to score points at will with Ronan Delahunty, Shane Donoghue, Tadgh Sullivan and Pat Walsh all firing over points from play split by a Shane Donoghue 65. Rosenallis were determined to remain in the game and pointed another free against the strong breeze. From the resulting puck-out The Harps worked some clever quick passing up the field and found Tadgh Sullivan in space some 30 metres out from goal. The Rosenallis defence had no option but to stop his run and concede a penalty which Shane Donohue pointed.  Rosenallis grabbed a hard-earned point before Sean Bourke and Brian Dunne replied before the short whistle to leave the scoreline at 1-15 to 1-03 on half time.

The opening ten minutes of the second half saw Rosenallis storm back into the game and within seconds of the start had pointed a free. Rosenallis upped their game and were awarded a close-range free on the 35th minute which they blasted to the net for their second major of the night. Shane Donoghue tried to stem the tide with his converted free moments later but Rosenallis were coming in waves and their pressure paid off in the 39th minute when they scored a well taken goal to bring the score back to 1-16 to 3-04… not much between two sides in a game of hurling.  The Harps management made three changes with Brian Dunne, Brian Clancy and Sean Bourke all called ashore to be replaced by Greg Aylward, James Lappin and John Brophy.

James Lappin impressed straight away by floating over a long range point against the wind. Rosenallis though were still battling hard and scored two more points, one from play. James Lappin though responded and grabbed another well taken point against the wind with ten minutes remaining. The final ten minutes saw the pace of the game drop somewhat and with the wind picking up both teams drove several wides.

Shane Donoghue nailed a free against the wind on the 29th minute after a long quite period on the scoring front for both sides. Rosenallis though got the last score of the game when they grabbed a goal on the stroke of full time – too little to late as the Harps held on for a four point win: The Harps 1-19 v 4-06 Rosenallis. The victory ensures The Harps remain at the top of Division 1A having won all five games so far. The League table as it stands can be viewed here: http://laoisgaa.ie/league/76563/2014_a_c_h_l1_a

Up Next: The Harps will face Rathdowney-Errill in the sixth round of the league at Errill GAA grounds on Thursday, 12th June at 7.45pm.

Managements Thoughts: The management team were happy enough with the win. “The Harps put up a good high score tonight in those awful weather conditions for which they should be commended – while the players are disappointed with a few of the goals they let in – they must focus on the next game as the final two games in this league still have to be played.”

The Harps: 1 – Kevin Galvin; 2 – Shane Phelan; 3 – Brian Galvin; 4 – John Prior; 5 – Ronan Delahunty; 6 – Packie Flynn; 7 – Conor Brophy; 8 – Barry Dunne; 9 – Shane Donohue; 10 – Sean Bourke; 11 – Pat Walshe; 12 – Eoin Clancy; 13 – Tadgh Sullivan; 14 – Brian Dunne; 15 – Brian Clancy.

May 292014
 

Harps-Warm-UpBallyfin travelled to Durrow GAA grounds on Thursday night (May 29th) to play The Harps in this fourth round game of the Division 1A Hurling League. An overcast but calm evening presented perfect conditions for hurling on the dry sod. The Harps, who had a six week break, were slow to get into the game as Ballyfin took the initiative to score first with a point after four minutes. Ballyfin extended their lead two minutes later with another fine point from play. The Harps then began to settle and Eoin Clancy fired over a point from play to open the home-side’s account. Shane Donoghue levelled the game with a free moments later. The Harps then went in front with a point by Brian Dunne but Ballyfin brought the sides level once more with a pointed free.

Ref-UmpireThe next ten minutes saw The Harps take complete control of the game as Shane Donoghue pointed a free which was followed by a goal for Brian Dunne from the resulting puckout. A few near wides followed for the Harps over the coming minutes before Sean Bourke pointed from play on the 20th minute when Ross Young was most unfortunate to pick up an injury and was replaced by Greg Aylward. The following five minutes both sides traded points, Eoin Clancy from play and Shane Donoghues free either side of Ballyfin points from play brought the score to 1-07 to 0-05 with five minutes of the half remaining. Shane Donoghue (see video below) scored three further points before half time, one from play and two frees (one of which was a disputed goal – pictured above) to leave the scoreline reading 1-10 to 0-05 at the short whistle.

In the opening five minutes of the second half both teams traded points with Brian Clancy from play for the home-side and Ballyfin firing over a free. The Harps then upped a gear and dominated the following ten minutes with Brian Clancy firing over a point from play, Brian Dunne grabbing a goal and Sean Bourke landing a huge point from play. Ballyfin refused to throw in the towel to their credit and over the following five minutes landed three unanswered points of which one was a free. Shane Donoghue and Brian replied with two quick fire scores from play – one point and one goal. With ten minutes remaining the management made two substitutions to rest some tired legs. Brian Dunne was replaced by Eoin O’Sullivan while Conor Brophy was replaced by Niall Donoghue.

Harps-V-BallyfinThe following ten minutes were totally dominated by The Harps who reeled over a haul of five points and a goal. Shane Donoghue fired over a free followed by four points from play which were scored by Pat Walsh, Greg Aylward, Brian Clancy and Brian Galvin as Ballyfin seemed to run out of steam. In the dying minutes of the game Tadgh Sullivan pulled mid-air on a ball to plant it to the back of the net to leave the full time score reading: The Harps 4-19 V 0-09 Ballyfin. The victory ensures The Harps remain at the top of Division 1A having won all four games so far. The League table as it stands can be viewed here: http://laoisgaa.ie/league/76563/2014_a_c_h_l1_a

Up Next: The Harps will face Rosenalis in the fifth round of the league at Durrow GAA grounds on Friday, 6th June at 7.45pm.

Managements Thoughts: The management team were happy with the victory and the teams work-rate on the night. “The Harps had a long lay-off since the last competitive game and there was a fear they could struggle to find their form from earlier rounds in the league – but in fairness, after five minutes out there they discovered form and hurled well which is good to see.”

The Harps: 1 – Kevin Galvin; 2 – Shane Phelan; 3 – Brian Galvin; 4 – John Prior; 5 – Ronan Delahunty; 6 – Ross Young; 7 – Conor Brophy; 8 – Barry Dunne; 9 – Shane Donaghue; 10 – Sean Bourke; 11 – Pat Walshe; 12 – Eoin Clancy; 13 – Tadgh Sullivan; 14 – Brian Dunne; 15 – Brian Clancy.

Substitutions: 20 minutes – off: Ross Young  on: Greg Aylward;  50 minutes – off: Brian Dunne  on: Eoin O Sullivan; 51 minutes – off: Conor Brophy  on: Niall Donoghue.

Apr 122014
 

fixturesThe third round of the league saw The Harps travel to Fr Breen Park in Abbeyleix, the first game of the campaign away from home. A cool and sunny day allowed for a good game of hurling with the light but persistent breeze being the only hindrance. The Harps were first to score with the opening point from play by Michael Lannigan just seconds after the game got under-way.

Michael Lannigan added another point from a free before Abbeyleix opened their account with a point from play. 0-02 to 0-01 after just four minutes. A temporary blood sub saw Ronan Delahunty replace Pat Walsh for a moment while he got attention during which time Abbeyleix pointed two frees. Michael Lannigan brought his A game today when he sliced over a beautiful sideline cut to bring the sides level once more 0-03 to 0-03.

With the breeze behind him, the Abbeyleix goalkeeper came a little outfield and landed over a massive point from a placed ball, but the Harps replied with Michael Lannigan slotting over a neat point of his own. Shane Donoghue used his pace to give himself plenty of room and fire over a point to put the Harps in the lead once more. A close range free was then awarded to the Harps and Michael Lannigan rifled a shot but it just went inches over to raise a white flag.

From the resulting puckout the Harps sent the ball back into the full forward line where Pat Walsh was on hand to flick the sliothar past Enda Rowland to rattle the net – much to the delight of the Harps fans. 1-06 to 0-04.  The Harps put on further pressure on Abbeyleix and won a free which was converted by Michael Lannigan. Abbeyleix then found a bit of form to close out the half with three pointed frees during which Michael Lannigan put over a second sideline cut. Half Time: Harps 1-08 v 0-07 Abbeyleix.

Abbeyleix started the second half with a point from play and another from a free inside two minutes. The Harps were slow to settle but when Michael Lannigan cut in a sideline ball, Gavin Dunne was in the right place at the right time to pounce and bury the ball in the Abbeyleix net. 2-08 to 0-09. The Harps then made a substitution with Tommy Moore being replaced by John Prior. Michael Lannigan added to the Harps lead with a pointed free, six between the sides.

Abbeyleix refused to roll over and hit a purple patch with three points from frees and one from play to cut the deficit to just two points after 47 minutes. Sean Bourke replied with a point from play, but Abbeyleix were still coming strong. On the 50th minute they scored a goal from a 21 yard free to draw the game and followed up with a pointed free to take the narrowest of leads.

Michael Lannigan fired over a point from a free to level the sides again but Eoin Reilly of Abbeyleix responded straight away to score a long range point from play to push the home side ahead for the second time with just 5 minutes remaining 2-11 to 1-15. That was as good as it got for the home side though as The Harps worked hard to close out the game and were rewarded with points Shane Donoghue, Michael Lannigan and Gavin Dunne.

Pat Walsh was then called ashore and replaced by Ronan Delahunty but time was almost up. Michael Lannigan had time for one more score and duly obliged by pointing a free deep into injury time. The referee sounded the full time whistle after the resulting puckout and the Harps won the game on a score line of 2-15 to 1-15. The Harps have quite a few weeks off before their next game against Ballyfin in Durrow GAA Grounds on May 29th at 7.45pm.

Managements Thoughts: Speaking to theharpsgaa.com after the match a member of the management team said that the team has room for improvement with plenty to work on during the six week layoff but were delighted overall to get the win – the third in the campaign, a job well done.

The Harps: Peter Walsh, Conor Brophy, Packie Flynn, Shane Phelan, Tommy Moore, Brian Galvin, Ross Young, Conor Dunne, Barry Dunne, Gavin Dunne, Pat Walsh, Shane Donoghue, Eoin Clancy, Michael Lannigan, Sean Bourke. Subs Used: John Prior for Tommy Moore (35), Ronan Delahunty for Pat Walshe (59).

Apr 062014
 

hurling1Clonad were the opponents in this second league game last night in Durrow GAA Grounds. A breezy, and at times wet evening looked certain to take it’s toll on the game, however the Harps were determined to express their hurling and lived up to their own expectations. John Brophy opened the account for the Harps but this was quickly followed by a Clonad point. Pat Walsh extended the Harps lead, but it was short-lived as a temporary lapse in the concentration of the Harps defence  allowed Clonad to pounce and grab a goal after 8 minutes to leave the score at 0-02 to 1-01.

Michael Lannigan and John Brophy added two points before Lannigan blasted home a 21 yard free to the net. The Harps were back on top after 14 minutes of play with the scoreline reading 1-04 to 1-01. Clonad won a free and pointed it, but  The Harps went on another scoring spree with three further points in just three minutes – these coming from the sticks of Pat Walsh, Eoin Clancy (free) and John Brophy. The rain arrived and the wind began to increase causing a handful of wides for both sides.

Clonad won another free and duly obliged to grab their third point of the game. John Brophy replied straight away with a master point of his own from play. Micheal Lannigan and Sean Bourke both from play raised white flags before half time to leave the score The Harps 1-10 v 1-03 Clonad. With the rain spitting, the referee was in no mood standing around getting cold and quickly ordered the teams back out for play.

Conor Dunne opened the Harps second half with a nice point from out near the wing and Sean Bourke  quickly followed up with another despite the wind being against the home side in this half. Over the course of the next five minutes Clonad hit a bit of a purple patch grabbing a pointed free and two more from play, but this would be as good as it got for the visitors as they would not score again in the match despite having wind advantage.

John Prior was called from the bench to replace Tommy Moore as John Brophy floated over a point from a placed ball. The Harps regained control the game and with some occasional clever play plucked off a reel of points. Sean Bourke pointed followed by a free from Eoin Clancy. John Brophy, Barry Dunne and Eoin Clancy added further points from play before Shane Donoguhue’s 53rd minute free put the Harps 1-19 to 1-06 up. Further points from Eoin Clancy – one from a placed ball and the other from play that easily could have rattled the net – sealed an emphatic 15 point win for the Harps.

FULL TIME: The Harps 1-21 v 1-06 Clonad.

Managements Thoughts: Speaking to theharpsgaa.com after the match a member of the management team felt that the team played very well for long periods in the game and it was satisfying to get two wins from the opening two games and concentration was urged ahead of next week’s game against Abbeyleix which will be a tough encounter.

The Harps: Kevin Galvin, Conor Brophy, Packie Flynn, Shane Phelan, Tommy Moore, Brian Galvin, Ross Young, Conor Dunne, Barry Dunne, Sean Bourke, Pat Walsh, Shane Donoghue, Eoin Clancy, Michael Lannigan, John Brophy. Subs Used: John Prior for Tommy Moore (39), Ronan Delahunty for Pat Walshe (46), John Dunne for Michael Lannigan (46), Conor Deegan for Sean Bourke (52).

Mar 292014
 

HurlingThe Harps welcomed Mountrath to Durrow GAA Grounds this evening and despite the rain and heavy underfoot conditions took a valuable two league points from the match. Mountrath were quick off the pace registering the opening score from a placed ball. The visitors lead was short lived though as the Harps’ Michael Lannigan opened the home side’s account from a converted free – the first of an impressive haul of scores from the centre forward.

Soon after, Sean Bourke raced on to a breaking ball and carved through the Mountrath defence and took a blazing shot at goal – but the ball flew just inches over the crossbar to raise a white flag. Mountrath were next to register a point before Lannigan pointed from play to restore the home side’s lead. Mountrath would then go on and hit a purple patch that yielded 1-01 from play. The Harps responded excellently though and Michael Lannigan pointed from play to bring the score to 1-03 to 0-04 after the first quarter.

The Harps continued to pile the pressure on Mountrath with Lannigan pointing two more frees either side of a fine Shane Donoghue point from play to put themselves in the driving seat once again. Mountrath were awarded a free and converted it following up with another point from play to regain the lead. The Harps refused to lie down – battling hard their efforts were rewarded when Michael Lannigan blazed the sliothar into the Mountrath net. Mountrath responded with a point from play but Lannigan struck over a free to bring the game to half time. 1-08 to 1-06, the Harps the happier despite driving a fair few wides in the opening 30.

With the rain spitting down, the half time break was a quick affair and the second half was soon underway. Mountrath started the second half using the slight wind advantage to claim four points in quick succession – the second of the quartet a pointed free. Lannigan floated over another free to reduce the margin to the minimum. Some clever play amongst the forwards gifted Eoin Clancy an opportunity to pounce on goal which he executed brilliantly to raise a much needed green flag for the Harps: 1-10 to 2-09.

In fairness to Mountrath, they did not allow the goal to weigh too heavily on them and responded with a free and a point from play to level up the match. Lannigan popped over another point from play but Mountrath responded with two more of their own from play to lead 1-14 to 2-10 which would mark the end of the Mountrath scorecard for the night. Ronan Delahunty from a very tight angle right out on the sideline scored what seemed to be an impossible – but brilliant point which rallied the home side on.

Michael Lannigan, scorer in chief would wrap up the win for the Harps with a point from play to take the lead with only a few minutes left on the clock followed by a pointed free to bring his haul to an impressive 1-10 for the night. The Harps were alot more economical in the second half with few wides. The final score was 2-13 to 1-14 – job done. Next up in the league is Clonad who will be welcomed to Durrow GAA grounds next Saturday, 5th April for a 6.30pm throw-in – hopefully the weather will be better!

Managements Thoughts: Speaking to theharpsgaa.com after the match a member of the management team said that they were delighted with the positive attitude shown and the battling qualities of the team. Acknowledging that the weather conditions were poor and the sod was heavy, they were delighted with the way the team dealt with it and ground out the valuable win.

The Harps: Kevin Galvin, Aaron Dunne, Packie Flynn, Shane Phelan, Tommy Moore, Brian Galvin, Conor Brophy, Barry Dunne, Gavin Dunne, Shane Donoghue, Sean Bourke, John Brophy, Eoin Clancy, Michael Lannigan, Greg Aylward. Subs Used: James Lappin for John Brophy, Ronan Delahunty for Barry Dunne and Conor Deegan for Greg Delahunty.

Mar 152014
 

Harps-Ballacolla-PalmerCup14A beautiful sunny day greeted The Harps to Ballacolla on Saturday March 15th for a 2.30pm throw in against local rivals Clough-Ballacolla. Despite the glorious sunshine, a stiff west wind persisted throughout the match which tested the point shooting ability of both teams. Credit must go to the grounds staff at Ballacolla for having the pitch in good condition following the very wet winter just gone.

Damien Bergin opened Clough-Ballacolla’s account with a point after just a minute of play but Michael Lannigan quickly replied for The Harps with a free, 0-01 to 0-01 after three minutes of play. Clough-Ballacolla settled quickly and used the wind to their advantage peeling over four further points without reply – Stephen Bergin, Ciaran Finane and Damien Bergin amongst the scorers for CB.

Trailing 0-05 to 0-01 The Harps woes took a turn for the worse when Stephen Bergin capitalised on open space to run through and blasted the ball past Kevin Galvin to the net, 1-05 to 0-01. Clough-Ballacolla buoyed on by their goal added a further two points to their scoreline to bring it to 1-07 to 0-01 before Michael Lannigan floated over a pointed free against the breeze for the Harps, 1-07 to 0-02.

Ciaran Finane quickly responded for Clough-Ballacolla before Michael Lannigan pucked over his third free of the first half to leave it 1-08 to 0-03 with only a few minutes remaining in the half. Clough-Ballacolla grinded out two further points taking full advantage of the 15mph wind in their backs before half time. Half Time: The Harps 0-03 V 1-10 Clough-Ballacolla.

It was a case of role-reversal for the second half as The Harps, now with the wind to their advantage worked hard to claw back a ten point deficet. A half time substitution saw Shane Donoghue replace Conor Deegan before the throw-in where The Harps were quick to make a statement when Shane Phelan took a brilliant point from play. Hot on the heels of that fine score was Michael Lannigan who also took his chance from play excellently. Lannigan’s effort was followed by another of his own from a free.

The Harps tails were up with the scoreline reading The Harps 0-06 V 1-10 Clough-Ballacolla at that stage. Eoin Clancy grabbed another from play before Michael Lannigan then pointed another free. Shane Donoghue, introduced at half time, saw his good work effort rewarded, as his fine shot from play split the posts. Eoin Clancy stepped up for another point from play to leave it 0-10 to 1-10 with just seven minutes left to play.

Damien Bergin responded for Clough-Ballacolla to grab his side’s first score of the second half to put four points betwen the teams once more. The Harps then went searching for a goal and Shane Donoghue was most unfortunate to see his pile-driver rattle the side-netting, most unlucky. After the resultant puck-out some confusion over a side-line cut ultimately lead to Clough-Ballacolla getting another point to widen the gap to 5.

With just minues left to go, Ronan Delahunty popped a fine point over the bar to claw back the margin to four once more. With time almost up Clough-Ballacolla managed one more point before the full-time whistle to win the game on a scoreline of The Harps 0-11 V 1-13 Clough-Ballacolla.

Managements Thoughts: Speaking to theharpsgaa.com after the match a member of the management team said that the Harps showed in the second half that they could compete at the level required to be competitive, but stressed that the work rate applied needs to happen over the whole 60 minutes. A few very scorable chances went a begging and in tight games like this, these misses will cost us. Overall though, they were happy with how the team responded to being 10 points down at half time by coming back strong in the second half.

The Harps: Kevin Galvin, Aaron Dunne, Packie Flynn, Shane Phelan, Tommy Moore, Barry Dunne, Conor Brophy, Brian Galvin, Ronan Delahunty, Michael Lannigan, Sean Bourke, Eoin Clancy, Conor Deegan, Pat Walshe, Greg Aylward. Subs Used: Shane Donoghue for Conor Deegan (35); Richie Saunders for Aaron Dunne (43).

Mar 112014
 

palmer-cupThe Senior Hurlers will travel to Ballacolla GAA Grounds this Saturday, March 15th for their opening game of 2014. The throw-in is at 2.30pm (was previously advertised for 4pm) and the club hopes that a big local support will travel to be present for the hurler’s first match of The Palmer Cup.

Mar 042014
 

LaoisGAA-LaoisShoppingCentreThe draw for the 2014 Hurling Championships were made tonight (Tuesday March 4th) in Portlaoise and the following fixtures are sure to whet the appetite of both players and fans alike come high summer…

Laois Shopping Centre Senior Hurling Championship (Games to be played weekend of 19-26 July)

The Harps v Clough Ballacolla

Laois Shopping Centre Intermediate Hurling Championship (Games to be played weekend of 18-25 July)

Clonad v The Harps

Laois Shopping Centre Junior B Hurling Championship

Portlaoise v Clough Ballacolla (winner v The Harps)

Laois Shopping Centre Under-21 Hurling Championship

Clough Ballacolla v Castletown Slieve Bloom (winner v The Harps Gaels)

Laois Shopping Centre Minor Hurling Championship

The Harps Gaels v Castletown Slieve Bloom

Sep 172013
 

HurlingThe Harps Senior team maintained their senior status for 2014 when they got the better of local rivals Ballinakill in Saturday’s relegation final.  Our lads showed a huge work rate and pride in the jersey right from the start.  Despite conceding two first half goals against the run of play, The Harps managed to stretch into a 0-13 to 2-2 half time lead.  Even with renewed effort from Ballinakill, The Harps dictated matters in the second half and never looked in trouble.  With Michael Lanigan deadly accurate from free’s and good scores from John Brophy, Sean Burke and Ronan Delahunty, The Harps survived on a score line of 0-19 to 2-7.  With our minors competing in the minor county final for the second year in a row the future looks bright.