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posted 16 Aug 2013, 01:56 by Jonathan Tavey
By Peter Cassidy 

Lotto Results: 
There was no Jackpot winner this week; the draw took place on Monday 12/08/2013. 
The numbers drawn where: 12, 16, 17, 19  Next week's Jackpot is €6000. 
€20 Lucky dip winners were: 
Mary McHugh, Carricklane, Inniskeen (B. Murphy)
Gerry McHugh, Carricklane, Inniskeen (B. Murphy)
Paul Ashfield, Ednamo, Inniskeen. (R. Ashfield)
Michael Mullen, Castletown Cross, Dundalk. (J.Boyle)
The McKenna Girls, Drumboat Inniskeen. (T.McKenna)
Next draw will take place on Monday 19th Aug @ 7.30pm
Thank you for the support

County Champions 2013: 
It has a great ring to it. 
Inniskeen took on Blayney last Saturday night in what was a re-run of 2012’s County hurling championship final.
Blaney went in to the game confident on the back of last year’s win along with the defeat they inflicted on Inniskeen early on in the Championship group stage.
The first half was a cagey affair with both teams feeling each other out and afraid to go after it. Inniskeen won the toss and decided to play towards the dressing room in Clontibret.
The half see sawed between the 2 teams as they went into the break with Blayney leading by a point with a score line of 0-05 to 0-04.
All of the above 1st half points for Inniskeen came from the Captain Ronan Meegan and Martin Murphy.
The second half got off to the worst possible start as Blaney scored the only goal of the game courtesy of Gerry Brady. 
The Goal was slightly fortuitous as Gerry Ruddy on another day would have dealt with it comfortably, but championship finals will do that to anyone.
However the lads kept their heads and composure and responded with 2 points in quick succession from Ronan and Kevin Crawley to bring it to a one point game after 48 mins.
Blayney though just seemed to tag on a point here and there to keep the lads out of reach, Tony Forde’s one brought it back to 2 in it straight away.
Inniskeen kept coming and Coming and by the 55th Minute they were all square again at 1-07 to 0-10, both Points coming from Captain fantastic Ronan Meegan, the latter was a huge free from the sideline underneath the stand. 
Blaney showed why they are champions and responded with 2 scores in quick response to Meegans points. The game looked dead and buried at this point with 3 minutes to go and 2 points in it. 
But Ronan tagged on another point to bring it to within 1 point with one minute to go and then slotted the equalizer on the verge of full time to set up a grand stand finish and a grand stand finish it was. 
The vocal crowd was at the edge of their seats in time added on as both teams scrambled frantically to secure possession at midfield. 
It was Trevor Hillard who came out on top, the 2012 all star managed to get the ball through to Seamus Shevlin who showed brilliant initiative, instead of pulling on the ball and running the risk of been Hooked Shevlin kicked it though to Doni Meegan. 
Doni got chopped down under the eyes of Referee Jason McAndrew and McAndrew had no hesitation of awarding the free to Inniskeen. 
Up stepped the captain yet again and with nerves of steel drilled the ball home to give Inniskeen a one point lead which was surely the last action of the game. 
Mc Andrew waved for one more play as Blayney pucked out, won possession and launched a huge ball down towards the Inniskeen goal. 
However our goal keeper, county star Gerry Ruddy came fearlessly from his line and fielded the ball and drove it back down the field with an 80 yard puck and with that the final whistle sounded as the lads fell to the ground with exhaustion. 
For only the second time Inniskeen and captain Ronan Meegan brought the Mick Quigley cup back to the fane side.
The game ended Inniskeen 0-13 Castleblaney 1-09, and special mention has to go to man of the Match Ronan Meegan who contributed 11 of the 13 points. 
On behalf of all the committee and members I would like to congratulate manager Brian Brady, his back room team of Martin Murphy, Oisin Loftus along with capt Ronan Meegan and the rest of the lads who done us proud. 
I’m sure after they get this out of their systems they will push on and target the double and an Ulster Title. 
Well done lads. 
Team and Scores: G Ruddy; Colm Meegan, P Dowdall, P Garland; P Meegan, P Brooks, S Loftus; T Hilliard, K Crawley (0-1); PJ Boyle, R Meegan (Capt., 0-11, 10f), M Murphy (0-1); J Dooley, D McGahon, D Meegan.
Subs: N Butler for Dooley (38 mins), S Shevlin for McGahon (43). 

Well Done Padraig McGahon: 
Who represented Inniskeen at half time in the Monaghan Vrs Tyrone match recently held in Croke Park. To Round it off Padraig scored a cracker of a long range goal in the game. Well done, there’s not many can say they ran out and played in Croke park.

Intermediate Championship: 
The Grattan’s Kick off this year’s campaign on Friday night in Drumhowan.
Our first round opponents are Clones who will no doubt provide a physical opposition to us.
Throw in 7.30, so please come out in force to support Alan and the lads.

Fixtures: 
(First named at home) 
SHL: Inniskeen Vrs Monaghan HC, Tues 13th @ 7.15pm 
IFC: Inniskeen Vrs Clones, Fri 16th @ 7.30pm in Drumhowan 
IFL: Corduff Vrs Inniskeen, Wed 21st @ 7.15pm 

Results: 
IFL: Donaghmoyne 1-14 Inniskeen 1-14, Wed 7th 
Minor Championship: Doohamlet W/O Inniskeen, Thurs 8th 
SHC Final: Inniskeen 0-13 Blaney 1-09, Sat 10th in Clontibret 
JFC replay: Killanny 2-12 Toome 2-13, Sun 11th in Pairc Grattan 

Grattan’s Oige 

Fixtures:  
(First named at home) 
U16 HL: Inniskeen Vrs Carrick, Mon 12th @ 7.45pm 
U14 FL: Magheracloone Vrs Inniskeen, Tues 13th @7pm 
U12D1B FL: Emyvale Vrs Inniskeen, Sat 17th @1.15pm 
U16 FL: Aughnamullen Vrs Inniskeen, Thurs 15th @ 7pm 
U12 HL: Blaney Vrs Inniskeen, Mon 19th @6.30 pm 

U8 and U10 training continues on Saturdays in Pairc Grattan for both hurling and football starting at 10 am. 
The U10 hurlers have a blitz on Wednesday night and the footballers at U8s have a blitz on Friday night. 

The U12s resume their matches with an away match against Emyvale on Saturday next. Training continues for this 11 aside team on Thursday nights at 7.30pm. 
The other U12 team have reached the final which is to be played on Saturday 31st of August and they are training for this on Tuesday nights at 7.30 pm. 
The U14s resume their matches away to Magheracloone on Tuesday night and hopefully they will continue as they left off at the top of division 1. 

The U16s play Aughnamullen away on Thursday night and a good result here would set us up well for the final stages of the league. 

Congratulations to the Senior Hurlers on their Championship success and hopefully this will encourage the next generation of hurlers as the team members take it in turns to coach the juveniles on Saturday mornings. 
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