GAA: “A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats” – Mattie Larkin 

Mattie Larkin

Junior B Hurling Final Replay – Saturday, 20th October 2018

Ballinderreen 0-13 Killimor 0-9

Darren Kelly in Loughrea

You only have to walk around the supporters after the final whistle to get the sense of community spirit that Ballinderreen share.

A few weeks ago, when they beat Oranmore/Maree in the Junior B semi-final, they were back at the GAA pitch to celebrate 50 years of camogie in the parish.

And before heading to tackle Killimor again in this replay, they stopped off in Gort to show support again for the camogie team who played their Junior A Final against Clarinbridge.

It didn’t happen for the women but they wouldn’t let their disappointment stop their support for their male counterparts and Ballinderreen finished the day with something to celebrate.

Ballinderreen Junior B Hurling
The Ballindeereen Junior B team which defeated Killimor in the Junior B final. Back row left to right: Billy Carr ( manger) Pat Sheeehan, Luke Tully, Padraig Lafferty, Aidan Linnane, Colin Kelly, Alan Organ, Gary Forde, Gavin Duffy, Gary Molloy, Jamie Molloy, Pakie Carr, Barry Duffy, Shane Lyons, Noel Linnane , Martina Linnane. Front row left to right
Michael Kelly, Mark Ganly, Sean Corcoran, Hugh Moylan, Allen Martyn, Colm Gill (capt) Niall Gill, Aidan Duffy, Kevin Coen, Christy Mc Tigue, Keith Carr, Conor Crotty, Sean Meehan, Missing from Pic.. Pakie Lane. (Photo – Joe Keane)

“I think a rising tide lifts all boats,” said club chairman Mattie Larkin when asked how much their 2017 intermediate win had boosted the game in Ballinderreen.  “The intermediate win last year has made us drive on.  And this win will make us drive on even further.

“They all came (camogie team).  We all went up to that game first and they came back and backed us.  It’s a community.  It’s not just GAA or camogie.  It’s the whole community.

“We’ve had to use fellas in their 40s and there’s fellas of 16 or 17.  Seventeen is the youngest, I think.  I don’t know what the oldest is, 42 or 43.  But that’s what hurling is all about.

“And a small parish, you have to use all your resources and we do.  I think it was a team game with the management.  To pay tribute to Billy and his selectors, they have a super track record and we can’t say a word to them.”

Manager Billy Carr and selectors Joe Connolly and Noel Linnane are known by many as the three wise men of Ballinderreen.  Carr had previously led them to a senior quarter-final in the past and was a selector on Connolly’s team that won the 2011 All-Ireland Junior B championship.

“There mightn’t be any gold or frankincence or myrrh but there’ll be other stuff I’d say,” concluded Larkin when asked about the celebrations.  But they’ll hope they’ve started another collection of silverware.

Ballinderreen face Longford’s Wolfe Tones in the 2018 Leinster Junior B Hurling Semi-Final on Saturday, 10th November.  Throw-in at Pairc Ide Naofa, Raheenagh, Co. Limerick is 1pm.