Clough­duv and Drom­tar­iffe give fans plenty to cheer about in Mallow dou­ble bill

The Corkman - - NEWS - JOHN TARRANT

MALLOW buzzed with ex­cite­ment last Sun­day for the Mun­ster Ju­nior Foot­ball and Hurl­ing Club Fi­nals with a mixed out­come for Cork rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

Glory for Clough­duv to sam­ple a long awaited hurl­ing ti­tle on de­feat­ing Water­ford side Bal­li­nameela.

How­ever de­spair en­coun­tered by Drom­tar­iffe sup­port­ers, see­ing their he­roes give it ev­ery­thing only to come up short to Beau­fort by the min­i­mum of mar­gins.

Fol­low­ing dis­ap­point­ment over re­cent years, there is just no stop­ping Clough­duv, again em­pha­sis­ing their dom­i­nance to add pro­vin­cial hon­ours to a county ti­tle won a few weeks ago.

Sup­port­ers from the club’s catch­ment area of Aherla, Crook­stown, Kil­murry and Canovee made it to Mallow. Cap­tained by Mark Ver­ling, a tal­ented side com­pleted County and Mun­ster hon­ours, now turn­ing their at­ten­tion to the All Ire­land se­ries and a semi fi­nal date with Kilkenny’s Du­na­m­ag­gin next month.

Mean­while, Drom­tar­iffe lost no caste in de­feat on com­ing up short to hot favourites Beau­fort in the foot­ball de­cider. Both sides contributed hand­somely to a won­der­ful game with the out­come dan­gling in front of both pro­tag­o­nists.

Fiercely con­tested, Drom­tar­iffe were dev­as­tated to lose but true to tra­di­tion, they plugged on with de­fi­ance only to come up short by the min­i­mum of mar­gins af­ter ex­tra time. Club Chair­man Ger­ard Tan­cred ap­plauded all in­volved with the team.

“It’s been a won­der­ful jour­ney, ever so close to win­ning a Mun­ster ti­tle as the team and man­age­ment gave it their all. They per­formed in the rich tra­di­tions of Drom­tar­iffe GAA, de­spite be­ing pipped, its been some sea­son af­ter land­ing a first time Duhal­low Ju­nior A Hurl­ing Cham­pi­onship fol­lowed by the county foot­ball tri­umph”, he said.

Clough­duv player Kevin Barry Mur­phy con­grat­u­lated by sis­ter Aoife af­ter win in the the Mun­ster JAHC Fi­nal in Mallow. Photos: John Tarrant

Above: Clough­duv medic Anne Marie Ver­ling con­grat­u­lated by Richard Hin­chion at the Mun­ster JHFC Fi­nal in Mallow.

Above: Clough­duv fans en­joyed the Mun­ster Ju­nior Hurl­ing Fi­nal in Mallow.

Right: Eileen Casey O’Con­nor from Bo­her­bue in the com­pany of Gerdie Buck­ley and John Twomey, St. Johns at the Mun­ster JAFC Fi­nal in Mallow.Seán Kelly from Bal­ly­desmond at­tended the Mun­ster JAFC Fi­nal in Mallow.

Drom­tar­iffe fans Michael Byrnes, Billy Mur­phy and Jim Noo­nan at­tended the Mun­ster JAFC Fi­nal in Mallow.

Damien and Dolores Byrnes cheered on Drom­tar­iffe in the Mun­ster JAFC Fi­nal in Mallow

Drom­tar­iffe sup­port­ers cheered on their team in the Mun­sterJAFC Fi­nal.

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