WELCOME TO DAVITTS GAC WEBSITE
Michael Davitt CLG would like to welcome you to our club website. Our aim is to keep this site regularly updated with information about all our activities.We hope you will find this site informative about our club, its past and what events will be taking place throughout the season. Being online allows our supporters and others, wherever they are, to follow our various activities.
- Pitch Development
Work on our new pitch and sporting complex has made major progress. Check out all the photos from start of the project to the current position by clicking here. We are sure you will agree that this will be a complex second to none and we are all looking forward to the completion.
- AIJB Hurling Series – Davitts 1-2 John Lockes 6-20
The senior hurlers came up against a quality Kilkenny side in the Leinster semi-final at Heywood College. John Lockes proved to be a step up in class from our previous opponents Corra Choill and we suffered a heavy defeat. We started well and in the first ten minutes we matched our illustrious opponents all over the park. We created many scoring opportunities but failed to hit the target and it was John Lockes who struck over 4 points to take an early advantage. At this stage we hit back with Gary Nelson blasting to the net but from there on we were always on the back foot. The Kilkenny boys took over and despite our best endeavors we couldn’t control their waves of attacks, they were clinical in front of the posts as they went on a scoring spree. The match as a contest was over at half time but we battled hard in the second half and on the day we were beaten by a quality side, so we can have no complaints. Our points came from Chris Gallagher and Thomas Maguire.
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- Junior B All-Ireland Hurling Series
Following our 4-9 to 0-9 win over Eire Og (Corra Choill) the senior hurlers will make the trek back to Heywood College this Sunday for a 3pm throw in. Our opponents in the Leinster semi-final will be the Kilkenny champions John Lockes who had two points to spare in their quarter final win over Mountmellick (Laois). This will be a stern test for us and we need to continue our preparation – training as usual on Wednesday night at Sally Gardens at 7pm.
- AIJB Hurling Series – Davitts 4-9 Eire Og (Corra Choill) 0-9
The senior hurlers had their first win in the All-Ireland Junior B hurling series with a quarter final Leinster win over the Kildare champions Eire Og (Corra Choill) at Heywood college on Sunday.
We started well and created a few early scoring opportunities but failure to convert them into scores saw us punished by Eire Og as they established a three point lead. However, a Chris Gallagher free got us on the scoreboard and when Alan Rainey launched a pass from defense, Stephen Toner controlled the sliotar, side stepped his man and struck it between the posts. Both teams then traded point for point with Chris Gallagher adding 3 pointed frees to see us trail 0-5 to 0-6. The defining moment of the first half came in the 28th minute, the sliotar was played out of the back line, Rory McEvoy picked up possession and swiftly hand-passed the sliotar to Stephen McGivern who raced on goal and smashed it to the back of the net. Another Chris Gallagher free saw us lead at the break 1-6 to 0-6.
We got the perfect start to the second half when Chris Gallagher played a high ball into the Eire Og square, it somehow deceived their goalkeeper and it ended up in the net to increase our lead to six. Eire Og responded with a pointed free. We followed up with another well executed goal, good work from Rory McEvoy and Canice Mooney saw the sliotar reach Gary Nelson who dispatched an unstoppable shot to the net. We tagged on further points from Chris Gallagher (0-2) and Stephen McGivern to ease into a comfortable lead. Another Eire Og pointed free was followed by our fourth goal of the game. Thomas Toland played a pass to Stephen McGivern who fed the sliotar to Martin Tully who had stormed forward from the half back line to the edge of the square and he struck a fierce shot past the keeper. Eire Og registered the final point of the game and at the whistle we had recorded a 4-9 to 0-9 win to progress to the semi-final stages.
Our opponents in the semi-final are the Kilkenny champions John Lockes, who had a two point win in their quarter final match.
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- Junior B Hurling All-Ireland Series
The senior hurlers make the journey to Heywood College, Ballinakill, Co. Laois, this Sunday for their Leinster quarter final encounter with the Kildare champions Eire Og (Corra Choill) – throw in is at 1pm. This is the third year that we have qualified for the competition and we will be looking to progress to the next round for the first time, however we will face stiff opposition in Eire Og who had a 1-17 to 0-10 win over Broadford in the Kildare final.
- Annual Dinner
Tickets are now available for this year’s Annual Dinner on Saturday 25th November.
With a host of juvenile trophies won, along with the Junior B hurling title, there’s definitely plenty to celebrate.
And with hopefully many of the ‘87 Minor Football squad in attendance, it’s sure to be a great night.
Get your tickets ASAP, available from the bar staff or Gavin Shaw.
Any of the ‘87 squad can contact Tommy Toland or Eugene Gallagher.
- JBHC Final – Davitts 2-17 Ballymena 3-8
The senior hurlers collected the junior B hurling championship title for the third year in a row when defeating Ballymena in a keenly contested final at Hightown yesterday.
Playing against the breeze in the first half, early points from Rory McEvoy followed by a Stephen McGivern pointed free got us off to the ideal start but Ballymena struck back to level the game. Colm McKee then split the posts to restore our lead, but another brace of Ballymena points put them in front before a Stephen McGivern pointed free levelled the match again. Ballymena then roared into a six point advantage as they struck two goals in a short space of time. The half ended with two Canice Mooney points and a Ballymena pointed response to leave us trailing 0-6 to 2-5 at the break.
We got off to the perfect start in the second half when Stephen McGivern, after his initial effort was saved, pulled on the sliotar and it hit the back of the net, 2 between the sides. Canice Mooney then pointed two frees and in the blink of an eye we were back in the game with the scores tied. Ballymena replied with a long range pointed free. A great clearance from Gary Nelson was picked up on the left wing by Rory McEvoy, he went on a mazy run and popped a pass inside to Thomas Toland. Thomas was unable to get his stroke in as the Ballymena defense crowded him out and he duly kicked the sliotar to the back of the Ballymena net. Ballymena pointed from a free before losing a man for a second yellow and Canice Mooney converted the resultant free, he added a further point following a pass out of defense to Chris Gallagher who hand-passed the sliotar off for him to strike it over the bar. Ballymena then launched a long, high ball into the square and it ended up in the net and when they added another point, from being in control we were a point in arrears.
We then upped our performance and went through our best spell of the game, striking seven unanswered points, Canice Mooney (0-5) and Stephen McGivern (0-2). The highlights of the these scores was a point following a great solo run from Gearoid Cosgrove who fired a low ball into Sean McIlhatton who passed to Canice Mooney who finished the attack, he also struck a free straight between the sticks from his own half. This spell of scoring was enough to secure the win and the title. Ballymena put in an outstanding performance and pushed us all the way right to the last ten minutes of the game when we pulled away for the victory.
Next up in the Junior A championship is Glenravel on 6 August at Randelstown with a 3pm throw in .
Check out photos of the game by clicking here.