Monday, July 05, 2010
On the day when Croke Park hosted the Christy Ring, Nicky
Rackard & Lorry Meagher Cups, Old Conna held the inaugural
Larry Walsh Cup as part of the club's 125 celebrations. Larry, as
big a name and character in Emmets as any of the afore mentioned
national heroes, was remembered through an internal club tournament
which involved players from all our adult and minor teams
representing their local district in the town.
Much of the pre tournament speculation and banter revolved
around Charnwood - 'The Home of football' - and whether they could
live up to the self proclaimed title. All the games were to be
played on the club's new all weather facility. They faced the
Herbert Road district team powered by the O hAnnaidh family and
featuring several senior panellists as well as some of the older,
more mature faces from the past. Any advantage the Vevay
(Charnwood) team held was neutralised by the introduction of the
3:1 score for any girl who scored. The rule 'amendment' made life a
little more difficult for referee Vincent Duffy, but he coped
admirably with the complication. Aisling O hAnnaidh was unstoppable
in the second half and led her team to victory with a sparkling
The second game saw a Seafront (B4) face a Little Bray team.
Again it was the team adjusting to the Ladies score rule that took
the honours. B4 were in trouble for most of the first half, but
just before half time Lisa Brady ignited the team by starting and
finishing a fantastic move which changed the momentum of the game.
Despite Tom Kearney's best efforts, Lisa and Eileen Henley led the
B4s into the final, leaving Little Bray to face the might of the
Vevay in the playoff.
The playoff was lit up by two scores, both involving Paul O
Keeffe. The first was a goal scored by Danny Alves
Eglington, where he chipped Keego from 30 yards for a glorious
goal, and the second saw Keego solo from his own goal line, give a
couple of 1 - 2s and score a point from practically the same spot
Danny scored the goal from. Amazingly, Little Bray won the play off
leaving The Vevay with out a win on the day.
The Final between B4 and the Herbert District was a shootout
between Aisling O hAnnaidh and Lisa Brady. Aisling had the stronger
support, and Luke Benson worked hard to successfully cut off any
supply to Lisa or Eileen. Despite the best efforts of minors Mikey
Lee and Nicholas Sweeney Herbert ran our comfortable winners to end
a memorable start to an annual day. Appropriately John Walsh,
Larry's goalkeeping footballer son, was on the winning Herbert
team. Mark also represented the family on the B4 team, but had to
leave the field injured only to be replaced by the evergreen Pat
Lee who showed his prowess with the big ball.
The Walsh family presented the Club with a magnificent trophy -
The Larry Walsh Cup, which Mrs Ronnie Walsh, presented to the
winning captain, Tony Denver. A successful club day was completed
with light refreshments and a BBQ in the club
The club wishes to thank the Walsh family, Ronnie, Brian, Mark
and John for their generosity in presenting the Cup to the club. We
would also like to thank all those who contributed to the day,
particularly Vincent Duffy for refereeing all the games so
independently, and to the Thompson family and Harry for all their
work in the club house afterwards.
Saturday July 3rd was the inaugural Larry Walsh Cup,
and we look forward to many more in the clubs 150th
See photos of the tournament here