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 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.

Jul 192013

The Senior hurlers kick off their campaign this Saturday July 20th in the first round of the championship where they take on Kilcotton/Borris in O Moore Park, Portlaoise at 6pm. Best of luck to all involved. We appeal to all supporters to come along and be the sixteenth man in the stand on the evening – with the weather promising to be good, there is no excuse!

For those who are unable to attend, CLG Laois on Twitter can be followed here… where live updates throughout the game will be posted. It is hoped to have some score updates on The Harps GAA Facebook page here… as the game progresses.

Jun 282013

Laois SHC Castletown vs The HarpsOur Senior Hurlers took on Castletown/Slieve Bloom recently in the club grounds at Durrow and were unlucky to loose on a scoreline of 2-15 to 0-16 after conceding two goals in quick succession over the last five minutes of the game. The Senior hurlers will welcome Rathdowney-Errill to Durrow on Thursday Night, July 4th at 7.30pm in a do-or-die contest. We appeal to all supporters to come out on the night and support the team, be the sixteenth man!

Jun 072013

hurling1The Harps Senior Hurlers disappointing league run so far has just earned the club one single point in the Division 1 campaign. With just three remaining games The Harps vitally need to gather points if they are to avoid relegation. This Saturday, June 8th The Harps will play Portlaoise in Durrow at 2pm – please note the change of time as it had originally been an evening fixture. We appeal to everyone to get behind the team and be the 16th man.

Remaining League Fixtures:
June 20th: The Harps V Castletown Slieve Bloom (Durrow at 7.45pm)
July 4th: The Harps V Rathdowney-Errill (Durrow at 7.45pm)

Jun 042013

hurling1Our Senior Hurlers took on Ballinakill on recently in the club grounds at Durrow. With good exchanges in the first half our home side went in three points up at half time, but Ballinakill battled hard in the second half and earned themselves a well deserved draw. This was a good performance by the Harps considering that our 5 inter county players were sidelined and not allowed play, John Prior, Shane Phelan, Rory Moore and Aiden Galvin are injured and David Freeman, Tommy Moore and Paul Dunne have emigrated.