Moorefield GAA

Moorefield is a Gaelic Athletic Association club in the parish of Newbridge County Kildare, Ireland, winner of two Leinster Club Senior Football Championships, ten Senior County Football Championships and three Senior County Hurling Championships.

Moorefield
Achadh Mhórdha
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Founded:1884
County:Kildare
Nickname:The Moores
Colours:Green and White
Grounds:Pollardstown
Coordinates:53°10′21″N 6°50′58″W / 53.172431°N 6.849471°W / 53.172431; -6.849471Coordinates: 53°10′21″N 6°50′58″W / 53.172431°N 6.849471°W / 53.172431; -6.849471
Playing kits
Standard colours
Senior Club Championships
All Ireland Leinster
champions
Kildare
champions
Football: 0 2 8
Hurling: 0 0 3

HistoryEdit

Folklore records that, in 1882, two brothers, John O'Kelly of Moorefield Road and James O'Kelly of Ballymany were instrumental in forming the first football team in Newbridge. Calling themselves the JJ O'Kellys they played matches against Mountrice, Eyrefield, Monasterevin, Kildare town and Milltown. In 1884, when the GAA was formed, the club changed its name from JJ O'Kelly's to Moorefield, the name of a townland in southern Newbridge.

Gaelic footballEdit

Moorefield beat Kilcullen in a one-sided county final in 1962, 2–11 to 0–2 to claim their first Kildare Senior Football Championship title. Carbury defeated Moorefield in the 1965 final.

Moorefield re-emerged in the 1990s. A run of success that started with the minor championship of 1989(Under the name Pollardstown) and two more Leinster Leader Cups in 1994 and 1996 culminated in three successive finals 2000–2002, two of which were won. In 2000 Moorefield beat Kilcock by 2–13 to 2–7 after goals from Cian O'Neill and gave them a 2–10 to 0–1 lead at half-time. Sarsfields overhauled Moorefield towards the end of the 2001 final in a closely contested decider to win 0–10 to 0–8. In 2002 Moorefield won their third title, beating near neighbours Sarsfields 1–8 to 0–6 thanks to a Ronan Sweeney penalty seconds into the second half. Moorefield were defeated in two Leinster club semi-final, by O'Hanrahan's 0–12 to 0–11 in 2000 and by Mattock Rangers by 3–13 to 2–10 in 2002.

The glory days of Moorefield, and indeed Newbridge football rose to a higher plane in 2006, when The Moors beat Allenwood in the Kildare Senior Football Championship final, which lead on to a first Leinster Senior Club Football Championship victory for the town, beating Rhode of Offaly on a wind-swept Sunday in December in the aptly named O'Moore Park, County Laois. They were decisive victors, on a day that all present hoped would lead to a clear-cut rather than a marginal victory. It proved to be so, with a final score of 3 goals and 6 points (15 points) to 8 points for Rhode.

HurlingEdit

Moorefield's 1–10 to 0–3 victory over Broadford in the 1963 county final bridged a twenty-year gap for Moorefield. Davey Dennis captained the team, Mick Leahy scored 0–7 of the total, Billy Quinn came on as substitute to score the goal, and Ned Goff, Jim Barker, Harry Fay, Colm Ruffley, Paddy Moore, Tom O'Connell and Stephen Schwer all collected medals as a result of the victory over a much-changed Broadford team.

Moorefield won their third senior title in 1991 beating Coil Dubh in a replay, with the McMullen and Murray families making up six of the starting fifteen. Moorefield went on to represent Kildare in the Leinster Hurling Championship. They played Longford Slashers in the first round, which also went to a replay, then took on the mighty Birr in the next round.

Moorefield won the replayed 2010 Intermediate Hurling Championship against Naas, 1–13 to 0–11 in Celbridge. The replay was an entertaining and hard-fought game between both sides at St. Conleths park ending on a score of 1–11 a piece, leaving the title to be decided for a later date. On the day Moorefield dominated the majority of the game, Moorefield led 0–10 0–07 at the interval. A goal from a 21-yard free in front of the goal by Gavin Sunderland put the Moores 6 points in front midway through the 2nd half. Moorefield defended like their life depended on it in the last few moments to keep a tremendous fight back from Naas from scoring any inspirational goals. Moorefield will now contest in the Senior ranks for 2011.

Titles wonEdit

BibliographyEdit

  • Curragh Moorefield GAA Club (1984).
  • Kildare GAA: A Centenary History, by Eoghan Crory, CLG Chill Dara, 1984, ISBN 0-9509370-0-2 hb ISBN 0-9509370-1-0 pb
  • Kildare GAA yearbook, 1972, 1974, 1978, 1979, 1980 and 2000– in sequence especially the Millennium yearbook of 2000
  • Soaring Sliothars: Centenary of Kildare Camogie 1904–2004 by Joan O'Flynn Kildare County Camogie Board
  • Our Club history book Moorefield GAA Club – Our Club, Our Town 1884- 2014

Current PanelEdit

TBC

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Leinster club SFC final: Sweeney inspires remarkable Moorefield comeback". Hogan Stand. 17 December 2017. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Tyrrell rescues Moores". Irish Examiner. 20 October 2014. Retrieved 20 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Mighty Moorefield again kingpins". The Irish Examiner. 27 October 2014. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  4. ^ "Kildare SFC final: 13-man Moorefield dig deep to claim title number nine". Hogan Stand. 15 October 2017. Retrieved 17 October 2017.

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