The Todd Nolan Minor Hurling Tournament 2009

Five Minor Hurling Teams from Munster, (Kerry, Cork, Waterford, Limerick and Tipperary plus Westmeath ) will contest the Todd Nolan Tournament that takes place on Saturday next the 4th April at as follows in  Lerrig and Abbeydorney GAA Pitches:
  •  11.30 Cork V Tipperary
  • 12.45 Cork V Westmeath
  • 2.00pm Westmeath V Tipperary


Todd Nolan Minor Hurling Tournament

The Todd Nolan Minor Tournament took place in both Abbeydorney and Kilmoyley GAA pitches on Saturday last with 4 teams from Munster (Kerry, Cork, Tipperary and Limerick) plus Westmeath taking part.
The games got underway at 11.30 in Abbeydorney where Cork played Tipperary and secured the win on a scorline of 3-14 to 0-07 and in Kilmoyley at the same time Kerry opened their campaign against Limerick and were defeated by a single point.

Kerry 1-07 Limerick 1-08.
Kerry opened the scoring in the 4th minute with a point from Edmund Griffin and a second one in the 7 minute from Shane Nolan, Limerick opened their account in the 10th off of the Hurley of Gary O'Connor from a free. Richie Burke put 2 unanswered points over the bar for the Treaty county in the 14th minute and Jason Bowler pointed to level the sides. Both of Limericks forwards Michael Drayne and Sean Kelly pointed from play just before the half time whistle. Limerick 0-05 Kerry 0-03.
Kerry started the 2nd half with a goal from Jason Bowler and a point from Brendan Brosnan (A long range free); Kerry went ahead by 2 and increased it to 3 points as Brendan Brosnan pointed from another awarded free. Kerry leads by 1-05 to 0-05 after 9 minutes of play in this half.
Kerry out scoring Limerick in the past 6 minutes with 1-03 without reply. But disaster struck in the closing minutes as Kerry failed to clear a dropping ball and Limerick's Ian Mackessy pulled low and hard and found the Kerry net. Teams are level with minutes remaining and Limerick's Gary O'Connor and Paudge Bond both point for Limerick as Kerry push hard for the equalizer and Sean Weir of Crotta pointed for Kerry but time ran out and Limerick claimed victory by 1 point.
Kerry 1-07 Limerick 1-08.

In the 2nd round held in Abbeydorney, Westmeath came up against Cork and Cork secured their 2 points to advance to the A Final on a 12 point winning margin on score of 3-10 to 0-07 with Limerick playing Tipperary in Kilmoyley and Tipperary came through with 7 points to spare. (Limerick advanced to the A Final due to scoring difference).

Kerry 4-05 Westmeath 2-10
Kerry were next to play and had to beat Westmeath to advance to the B Final, but had to fight to the last puck of the sliotar to do so. Kerry 4-05 Westmeath 2-10.  
Keefer Roche (Lixnaw) opened the scoring for Kerry, but was cancelled by points from Anthony Price the Westmeath corner forward who was of the main scorer for Westmeath and he proved to be a thorn in the Kerry side in the 2nd half. A Kerry free sailed over from the stick of Teddy Doyle (Kenmare) and W/Meath cancelled Kerry's 1 point advantage in the 10th min from a cleared ball to the waiting hands of Donal Glynn.
Kerry aided by a stiff breeze kept supplying high ball into the half forward line and it paid off in the 15th minute when Tim O'Brien (Kilmoyley) found the net. Kerry leading by 1-02 to 2points. Kerry then laid siege inside Westmeath's 45 and another goal from Jason Bowler (Ballyduff) and a point from Shane Nolan (Crotta) was putting the visitors under pressure, but they reacted well to score 3 points unanswered before the short whistle. half time Kerry 2-03 Westmeath 0-05
Westmeath were first to score at the restart with a point their corner forward Price who contributed 1-06 for the visitors. Keefer Roche kept Kerry ahead with a well taken point, Kerry 2-04 W/Meath 0-06, but again the strong breeze was well used by the visitors as the home side did the same in the 1st half and had 11 men inside Kerry's 65 and had 2 goals and 3 points in the next 8 minutes from play as they took their scores with ease. Westmeath ahead 2-09 to Kerry's 2-04. But the last remaining minutes in this contest is what hurling with heart is all about as the visitors went ahead by a further point, Kerry dug deep and by 2 goals in succession from the sticks of Nolan and Edmund Griffin levelled the match and in the last movement of play Kerry were awarded a free when Jordy Cassidy of Westmeath over carried just inside his own 45 meter line and Brendan Brosnan pointed from the free for Kerry and they advanced to the B Final with the narrowest of margins. Kerry 4-05 Westmeath 2-10.

The Todd Nolan Minor A Final:
Cork 2-19 Limerick 1-00.

Corked collect the A Final Cup after a comprehensive victory in the A final as Limerick could not stay with this team, as Cork were on fire with a display of shooting and finishing that had a large portion of the attendance in awe of the skills of this team. Stephen Moore (Middleton) who also was awarded the Player of the Tournament contributed 1-07 in this game and 3-19 overall in the competition. James Goggins (St Finbarrs) accepted the cup from Kieran Nolan on behalf of the Nolan family and Tom O'Connor. Chairman of Kerry Hurling Steering Committee in his address thanked both Kilmoyley and Abbeydorney for the use of their excellent facilities, a special thank you to each team who contributed by entering this competition and to Westmeath for travelling such a long distance, shows how much the respect this Tournament holds. To the referees, Diarmuid O'Carroll and John Hennessy of Ballyduff, Tom Godley (Kilmoyley) at short notice and the Officers of Kerry County Board and Munster Council for the vision to run with this competition.

The Todd Minor B Shield Final:

Kerry 2-08 Tipperary 0-08.

Kerry opened the scoring in the 4th minute with a point from Edmund Griffin and a second one in the 7th minute from Shane Nolan. Tipperary opened their account in the 10th off of the Hurley of Kevin O'Leary from a free. Ross Mullane put 2 unanswered points over the bar to put Tipp ahead in the 14th minute Tipp 0-03 to 0-02 and Jason Bowler (Ballyduff) pointed to level the sides. Both of Tipperary's forwards Liam Treasey and Pat Lupton pointed from play and Kerry's last score came from a long range free from Mark O'Regan (Ballyheigue) from Kerry's own 45 metre line to leave 1 between the sides at the half. Tipperary 0-05 Kerry 0-04. Tipp open the 2nd half proceedings with a score from Peter Gill and a second from Phillip Purcell 2 minutes later. Kerry opened their account of this half after 6th minute a well taken point from Sean Weir (Crotta) and  the second of Edmund Griffin ( Kilmoyley)  points in this game, his tally in this game was to contribute 1-04, Griffin again pointed from a difficult angle to take away Tipp's advantage. Kerry 0-07 Tipperary 0-07.
Tipp's last score of this game from Martin Sadler and then the move of the game started in the Kerry back line a ball cleared by Sean Dowling (Kilmoyley) passed out to Padraig O'Leary (Crotta) onto Conor Fitzell who in turn hand passed to his club mate Edmund Griffin who put in low and into the back of the Tipp net. Young Griffin pointed in the last minutes of the game and Shane Nolan (Crotta), a nephew of Todd kept the best till last as he put his mane on the score sheet for the last time in this contest.
Kerry 2-08 Tipperary 0-08. 
Shane Nolan, Kerry's captain and nephew of Todd Nolan accepted the cup from Tom O'Connor, Chairman of Kerry Hurling Steering Committee who again paid tribute to all those involved in organising this competition and for the way it was ran. He said what was most pleasing is that all that the visitors were so impressed with the facilities which enable Kerry to promote hurling and that Todd Nolan's tournament was a step forward in promoting it.  

  • 11.30 Kerry V Limerick
  • 12.45 Kerry V Waterford
  • 2.00pm Waterford V Limerick 
  • The winner from both venues will contest the A final at 4.00pm in Abbeydorney
  • The runners up will contest the Shield Final in Lerrig at 4.00pm.