Monday, September 15, 2008
Sizzling Saturday weather in Old Conna was matched only by a
spectacular kick of 70 metres by Armagh goalkeeper Paul Hearty.
With this he earned the MBNA Kick Fada title for 2008 in a
nailbiting contest. A large contingent was attracted to the Old
Conna venue by the promise of county stars vying for the
prestigious prize. RTÉ's Mícheal O Muircheartaigh, who oversaw the
day, was awarded with honorary membership of Bray Emmets GAA club
in a presentation after the MBNA Kick Fada had finished.
Paul Hearty's effort was just two metres short of the record set
by four-time winner Mark Herbert of Kildare in the 2001
The ninth staging of the event saw the Crossmaglen native Hearty
beat off stiff opposition which included 2007 winner John Brennan
of Carlow, Fermanagh All-Star Marty McGrath, Dublin star Mark
Vaughan and Offaly goalkeeper Padraig Kelly, who took the title in
2004 and 2005.
With a top-class field, Hearty was pushed all the way in search
of the crown. Kelly finished in second spot, while 2006 winner
Fintan Ruddy of Mayo claimed third.
Also amongst the competitors were Monaghan team-mates Dick
Clerkin and JP Mone, Kildare goalkeeper Enda Murphy and his
Westmeath counterpart Gary Connaughton. Bray representative Paul O
Keeffe kept the local flags flying as he narrowly missed out on the
The Ladies Kick Fada event was won by Meath forward Mary
Sheridan. A sister of Meath senior footballer Joe Sheridan, she
registered a winning kick of 43 metres.
The Seneschalstown native was just ahead of Naomh Mearnog duo
Cliodhna O'Connor and Emma Dunne, who secured second and third spot
Bray Emmets wish to thank all the hardworking club members who
put their shoulders to the wheel in preparation for the 9th MBNA
Kick Fada on Saturday last. It was a huge success. An enormous
amount of work went into having the grounds and pitches looking so
well, organising the event on the day and in particular Anne
Longemore and her team who fed the masses right throughout the
MBNA Kick Fada Hurling Skills Competition:
One of the attractions at the Kick Fada was the Hurling
Skills Competition. This event was designed by Kilkenny
legend John Henderson. It pitted the hurlers head to head on
the skill board and then free taking. How ironic that it came
down a Kilkenny Waterford final as Michael Donnelly from
Thomastown in Kilkenny took on Mark Flannagan from Mount Sion in
Waterford. History repeated itself as Kilkenny won
through, with an impressive Michael Donnelly pointing all ten frees
in the final. Michael received his medal from RTE Legend
Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh.
Academy MBNA Kick Fada
This event was a very exciting one for the children.
The Under 7's coming down to a three way kick off. Well
done to the finalists Rory Lambe, David Maloney and Gavin O'Shea.
There will be a lot of practicing for next year. In the
Under 8's we had a clear winner with Darragh Rochford retaining his
title from last year.