Week ended – 23rd May 2010
Junior A Hurling Championship – 22/5
Shamrocks 0-7, Valley Rovers 1-15
A very humbling experience for Shamrocks and a realithy check for the club as to where we stand in the pecking order in the Carrigdhoun division. Valley Rovers second fifteen simply tore Shamrocks to shreds on a very hot night in Ballygarvan on Saturday. The contrast in hurling styles was clear – the Valley Rovers club possess far greater hurling resources and tradition than our small club and their style was obvious – play proper low ball into their nippy corner forwards who had skill and pace and let them do the rest. Result – 1-8 from play.
Week ended – 30th May 2010
Under 12 County Football Championship – 29/5
It was a case of a game too far for Shamrocks under 12’s in the football side of things as the long trip to Aghinagh to take on the Muskerry winners ended in na 6-10 to 3-4 defeat. As thye scoreline suggested, Aghinagh were much the better team but only in the second half as they proved too good for Shamrocks. Shamrocks actually did very well against the wind and hill in the first half and did really well to be only 3 points down just up to halftime, but then Aghinagh struck for a quick fire 1-2 just coming up to the short whistle to lead 2-5 to 1-1. Shamrocks tried their hardest to make the difference up in the second half but the Aghinagh forwards were way more threathening than the Shamrocks ones and they scored 3 goals in the first 15 minutes of the second half to put the game beyond issue. Shamrocks were not helped by certain players and parents missing, through holidays or otherwise. Team: A. O’Donovan, C. Corkery, D. Barry, E. Horgan, C. Horgan, C. Hayes, M. Hitchmough, A. O’Grady, J. Lynam, D. Andrews, R. Meighan, D. O’Sullivan, Subs used – Liam O’Brien, Killian Murphy, Shane Flavin.
Under 10 Football – 26/5
Shamrocks under 10’s had their first outing of the year in MinaneBridgeon Wed 26th of May.For many of these young players it was their first piece of competitive action in the green of Shamrocks. On a beautiful summers evening twelve Shamrocks players took to the field to play twenty five minutes of hurling followed by twenty five minutes of football. Unfortunately on the night our lads came up against a very strong Tracton side and were beaten comprehensively in the hurling. The lads were given strong words of encouragement at the interval and took to the field again to play twenty five minutes of football. They went behind to an early Tracton goal but to their credit rallied and took the game to Tracton getting some lovely scores on their way to a winning margin of a goal and a point.It was great to see some of the parents getting involved on the night and to see the delight on these young faces after the final whistle. Thanks to Myles Cogan and Tracton for supplying goodie bags for the children after the game. In summary, a lot of work to be done with the hurling but on the evidence of what was seen in the football, our lads will be a match for anyone. Players on duty on the night were: Evan Seymour, Cathal Murphy, Daniel O’Mahony, Sam Geary, Luke O’Driscoll, Jody Sisk, David Murphy, Sean Browne, Dylan O’Flaherty, Sean Andrews, Cillian Hayes and Shane Downey.
Junior A Carrigdhoun Cup, Hurling – 27/5
Shamrocks 0-10, Courcey Rovers 2-5
Shamrocks lost out by a point to Courcey Rovers in Shanbally on Thursday night. Shamrocks conceded 2 early goals and they just could not garner a responce. Just like the Junior championship, we cant score a goal to save our life.
Junior B Football League – 25/5
Shamrocks 3-9, Valley Rovers 1-7
Shamrocks Junior B’s rebounded from defeat to mTracton the last time to register third win from four games with this 8 point victory over Valley Rovers on the bottom pitch in Shanbally, which incidently held its first adult game since the new goals went in a couple months back. Both teams were slow to settle and a couple of early Darragh O’Sullivan points were cancelled out by Valleys at the other end. However, some nice Shamrocks scores from Joey Brady and Patrick Andrews opened up a 3 point gap which was immedialty cancelled out by a Valley Rovers goal at the other end. But Shamrocks, through the dominance of their halfback line and Barry Mulqueen at midfield who was outstanding throughout, set up Darragh O’Sullivan for the first of his 2 goals. Shamrocks led 1-5 to 1-3 at halftime. The first 10 minutes of the second half saw Shamrocks kick some terrible wides before Valleys went down the other end and levelled up the game at 1-5 each, and with 20 minuters left at was all to play for. However, Darragh O’Sullivan got a vital goal for Shamrock and this was followed by scores from Stephen O’Reilly (who did evry well when introduced) and Patrick Andrews to open a 5 point gap. Tomas Barrett finished off a flowing move to really wrap up proceedings and the game was played out to its inevitable conclusion. The 6 backs for Shamrocks were very solid all through the game and really set the platform for this victory. Again, the younger members of the team like Joey Brady, Cathal Kidney and O’Sullivan played their part while it was great to see Jason Browne and Cathal Fitzpatrick back in the Shamrocks colours again. The B’s next game is against our near neighbours Rochestown on Tuesday June 8th, venue yet to be confirmed. Team: R. O’Sullivan, D. Bourke, D. Sheehan, K. Hegarty, J. Browne, D. Roche, C. Kidney, B. Mulqueen, J. Brady, T. Barrett, D. O’Sullivan, B. Cusack, P. Andrews,S. Downey, C. Fitzpatrick. Subs used – S. O’Reilly, S. Horgan.
Week ended – 6th June 2010
Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship in Shanbally last Saturday night
Just a quick note to thank everyone for helping out on Saturday night at the above match. We had plenty of people on duty to cover entrance, programs, shop, dressing rooms and scoreboard. The visiting patrons couldnt have been more pampered and pleased, even the media mentioned it. We had a nice spread of players, underage players, mentors, Executive members and a sprinkling of others besides, including parents. Thanks to all again, its was a great night for the club. Ive put up some photos in the photos section.
Junior A Hurling Championship – 31/5
Crosshaven 1-9, Shamrocks 0-11
Things on the adult hurling front are nosediving fast and this was the latest comfirmation. Shamrocks got of to a bad start and were 1-2 to nothing down before coming back into the game. They did try manfully to make up the difference over the next 50 minutes but fell just short. Mickey Prout tried very hard at midfield and scored a few points as did Fergus O’Neill and Colin O’Sullivan was unearring from long range frees on a night where conditions were tough but neither team will be winning a championship match after this display, not to mind a South East. It was truly shocking. Best of luck to Brian Sweeney who left for the hospital with a broken shoulder and will be out for a while. He was a big loss at the time. The adult hurling side of the club is in serious trouble after this disaster. Team: D. O’Neill, D. Bourke, S. Andrews, S. Bourke, D. Roche, S. Collins, C. Kidney, M. Prout, B. Mulqueen, J. Shanahan, B. Sweeney, A. McCarthy, C. O’Sullivan, F. O’Neill, J. Tuohy. Subs used – C. Brady, S. O’Neill
Week ended – 13th June 2010
John Kerins Memorial Tournamnent – 12/6
Shamrock’s Under 11’s played Mayfield in the semi final of the John Kerins tournament on Sat the 12th of June at a sun drenched Pairc Ui Rinn. Shamrocks started well and were a point to the good through David O Sullivan after five minutes.Mayfield replied with two points to leave the score two points to one at half time.The second fifteen minutes began and Shamrocks had another two points on the board,one from Joseph O Keefe and another from David O Sullivan.Two more points from Mayfield left the score at four points for Mayfield to 3 for Shamrocks.Midway through the second half Dylan O Flaherty hit the back of the net after his initial attempt came back off the post to leave Shamrocks leading by two points.Two more points from Mayfield and the sides were level with three minutes remaining.Unfortunately for the Shamrocks lads it wasn’t to be as Mayfield showed their class scoring two fine points to win by two.This was a fantastic performance from a very young Shamrocks side who gave the large crowd in attendance plenty to shout about. Adam Jones and Cillian Hayes were outstanding on the day.
Players on duty were Adam Jones, Evan Seymour, Cathal Murphy, James Lynam capt, Shane Downey, Cillian Hayes, David O’Sullivan, Ruari Mehigan, Dylan O ‘Flaherty, Joseph O’ Keefe, Sean Browne, Shane Flavin, David Murphy and Sam Geary.
Under 14 Hurling League – 8/6
We played Nemo in the U14 hurling league in Shanbally last night. Shamrocks proved to be too strong for a very young Nemo team. The game was over at half time with Shamrocks well in control in all areas of the pitch. Rory Horgan and Darragh Scriven were in total control in midfield and with Aonghus Boland and Alex O’Sullivan a handful in the forward line, Nemo found it very difficult to cope. Shamrocks made a lot of changes at half time to enable the younger players get some playing time and also to move around players to different positions on the field. The return of three players who were missing earlier on in the league helped us to field our normal team. Next up is a home game against Kinsale next Friday evening followed by the Championship quarter final at home to Ballygarvan next Wednesday June 16th. Both these games will start at 6.45pm. Team: Ronan Corkery, Tom Murphy, Coby O’Grady, Sean Kidney, Brian Coffan, Joe O’Brien, David Raleigh, Rory Horgan, Darragh Scriven, Christopher Hayes, Aonghus Boland, Andrew O’Grady, Killian Murphy, Alex O’Sullivan, Brendan Crowley. Subs used – Mark Hitchmough, David Andrews & Cormac Scriven.
Junior B Football League – 8/6
Shamrocks 0-6, Rochestown 2-8
An understrength Shamrocks B team went down to their second defeat of the league. Its a bit of a shame that we couldnt muster 15 players in a competition in which we were lying 2nd up until this game. Indeed, due to injury to one of the players, Shamrocks played the second half with 12 men. However, the players who did make themselves available tried their heart out and there can be no complaints in that departement. Rochestown started the brighter and looked to be heading for a landslide win with an early goal and a couple of points, despite Stephen Jordan (who was everywhere) scoring a Shamrocks point. However, Shamrocks came back more into it through points from young Shane Horgan and Darren Roche (who scored two beauties from centre back) and a pointed free from Patrick Andrews. Despite Ronan O’Sullivan in the Shamrocks goal making one unbelievable stop in that first half, Rochestown went in leading by 2-7 to 0-4 in the incessant rain. The second half effort was more of a containement job than anything else for Shamrocks, with the game being very open and loose with 13 V 12. Roco werent helped by their shooting at times while Shamrocks managed to outscore them in that half 2 points to 1. Well done to the players on duty in tough conditions, they made Rochestown work for this win while up against it from the first whistle. Next game will probably be in 2 weeks time. Team: R. O’Sullivan, K. Hegarty, D. O’Neill, S. Bourke, D. Roche, D. Bourke, S. Jordan, R. Murphy,S. Downey, B. Cusack, J. Cronin, P. Andrews, S. Horgan
Week ended – 20th June 2010
Under 10 Football
This starts this week with an away game against Tracton on tue 22nd June at 6.30. We will be playing every week for the next few weeks in this league. The selectors will be on to you regarding same.
Under 14 Hurling – 18/6
Our U14 hurlers qualified for the final of this year’s championship after a hard fought win over Kinsale last Friday evening. This game was played before the Cobhv Ballygarvan IHC match in Shanbally. Both teams started slowly and then registered some points after a while. We lead on a score line of 2-05 to 1-05 at the half time whistle. Some words of advice were spoken at half time to the team and these words paid dividends for the second period as we held Kinsale scoreless as we notched up another 2-02. It’s now on to the final where we play Tracton next Friday night at avenue yet to be confirmed. This team have proved what can be achieved by honest hard work and a right attitude. Great credit must go to the commitment of the players but especially to the management team of John Herlihy, Paddy Clifford, Lorcan Aherne and Dermot Corkery. The training sessions are very well attended. This team has now regrouped after losing five prominent players at the start of the season. Team: Ronan Corkery, Sean Kidney, Coby O’Grady, Nathan Hayes, Tom Murphy, Joe O’Brien, David Raleigh, Rory Horgan, Aonghus Boland, Christopher Hayes, Brian Coffin, Darragh Scriven, Andrew O’Grady, Alex O’Sullivan, Brendan Crowley, Subs used – David Andrews, Cormac Scriven, Killian Murphy, Shane Kelleher, Mark Hitchmough.
Carrigdhoun Football League – 19/6
Shamrocks drew with Carrigaline in the league on Saturday night. No report.
Under 14 Hurling – 16/6
This was the second meeting of these two teams in the last fortnight. This time it was in the championship where the business really matters. Both teams got into the action early on in the game and it was a very close contest throughout the first half. Rory Horgan and Darragh Scriven were playing very well in midfield along with Aonghus Boland and Brian Coffan in the half forward line. Alex O’Sullivan was a hand full inside at full forward. A great solo effort of a goal by Aonghus Boland just before half time had us leading by two points at the interval. Ballygarvan started the second half well on top and we just couldn’t get out of our own half. Ronan Corkery in goal made some vital saves and Coby O’Grady was leading the full back line that consisted of Nathan Hayes and Sean Kidney in fine fashion. Joe O’ Brien was now playing well at centre back and alongside of him was the two wing backs of David Raleigh and Tom Murphy. Ballygarvan had now turned their half time deficit of two points into a three point advantage. Our midfield again started to get into it and when Rory Horgan scored a goal from a twenty meter free, the sides were level. Darragh Scriven then scored a fine point and then goaled for us to leave us leading by four points. Ballygarvan heads dropped and super sub David Andrews put the icing on the cake with two late goals to leave us winners at the end of a great team performance. The u12 players of Andrew O’Grady and Christopher Hayes played their hearts out in the forward line along with Brendan Crowley in the other corner. Team. Ronan Corkery, Nathan Hayes, Coby O’Grady, Sean Kidney, David Raleigh, Joe O’Brien, Tom Murphy, Rory Horgan, Darragh Scriven, Christopher Hayes, Aonghus Boland, Brian Coffan, Andrew O Grady, Alex O’Sullivan & Brendan Crowley. Subs used, Shane Kelleher, Killian Murphy, Cormac Scriven, Mark Hitchmough and David Andrews.
Junior A Hurling Championship – 15/6
Shamrocks 0-7, Courcey Rovers 1-13
Disappointing display again by all accounts, waiting on a report. Back, back, back door now verses Kinsale, on July 7th, Wednesday in Belgooly. This really is last chance saloon.
Under 12 Hurling – 14/6
Shamrocks 3-8, Courcey Rovers 6-6
The under 12s made to journey to Balinspittle on Monday night and unfortunately came away with zero points despite a courageous display against the home team.
Week ended – 27th June 2010
Under 14 Hurling – 25/6
This game was played in Ballygarvan last Friday evening in ideal conditions for hurling. Tracton started the stronger and had four points on the board before we responded with two points of our own. We were finding it difficult in midfield to get control and this lead our backs to be under constant pressure. Tracton found the back of our net just before the break to leave them leading on a score line of 1-06 to 0-03. Our players found the second half a total different prospect as Tracton took over completely in every position on the pitch. The game was over ten minutes into the second half as we had conceded another 2-5 without reply. In fairness to our team, they hurled away to the bitter end and didn’t throw in the towel. The team can take great credit it getting to the final of this competition. We have lost five prominent players from this team at the start of the season for one reason or another. Its now back to the football where we will be playing Crosshaven in the championship on the 23rd July. Team: Ronan Corkery, Sean Kidney, Coby O’Grady, Nathan Hayes, Tom Murphy, Joe O’Brien, David Raleigh, Brian Coffan, Rory Horgan, Christopher Hayes, Aonghus Boland, Darragh Scriven, Andrew O’Grady, Alex O’Sullivan, Brendan Crowley. Subs used: David Andrews, Shane Kelleher, Killian Murphy, Cormac Scriven & Mark Hitchmough.
Our academy finished last Saturday morning for the Summer Holidays. We will resume again late September we the schools are back from the Summer Holidays. Special thanks must go to Brian Sweeney who presented all the children with their academy awards. Brian is a great help to us in relation to the training of the kids. He was helped out throughout the year by some more of our junior players. Thanks also to Patrick Andrews who without question kept the academy running by getting the junior players involved in the training. Patrick was ever present throughout the year. Our thanks also must go to the U12 selectors who between them ensured that the U12s were kept going during the winter months. Als well done to Socket, Geraldine and Jed O’Flaherty who kept the administration side of things going.
Under 12 Hurling – 21/6
The U12 hurlers got their season back on track with a five point win over Kinsale in Shanbally last Monday evening. This was a hard fought win and the training that’s been carried out and very well attended is now showing it’s reward. Well done to all concerned but to the parents especially who are present at all the matches and training. The selection committee of Dick Andrews, Kevin O’Grady, Peter Crowley and Kieran Lynam are now getting the best out of these lads. With the school holidays now upon us, we will find it difficult to maintain numbers. Therefore it’s very important to let the selectors know when you’ll be going on vacation.
Under 10 Football
The under 10 footballers were in action on Tuesday 22nd June against Tracton inMinaneBridge. Ten players took to the field on the night and they didn’t disappoint their parents and followers with a fantastic display of fast flowing football scoring an impressive 2-13 to Tractons 5-3. What a game of football, the entertainment value was 10/10. To score thirteen points at that level is incredible. It would be unfair to single out any player, as all on duty did more than enough to earn their place again next week. Players on duty were David Murphy, Evan Seymour, Sam Geary, Sean Browne, Shane Downey capt, Dylan O’Flaherty, Jody Sisk, Luke O ‘Driscoll and the Andrews brothers Sean and Harry. Well done lads. Next up is a home game against Crosshaven. The lads will be on to you over the next few days regarding same. Special thanks to Jed O’Flaherty, Tadgh Forde, Anto Mehigan & Sammy Driscoll for looking after these lads.
Week ended – 4th July 2010
Junior A Football – 29/6
Shamrocks 1-10, Valley Rovers 1-8
Due to recent circumstances, this game became a massive one for everyone in the club and the Shamrocks players and mentors delivered on this occasion. This was a high class game, well over the previous meeting between the sides 2 months ago. The standard of football, plus the speed of the game was great to watch. After Valleys had opened the scoring, Joe Shanahan kicked a quick fire 1-1, the goal a beauty and coming after good work by Michael Prout and Barry Mulqueen. It was end to end stuff and Valley Rovers got themselves right back into the game when they scored a wonderful goal that gave Shamrocks keeper Fergus O’Neill no chance. It was nip and tuck to the half time whistle with Darragh O’Sullivan and Cannice Caffrey keeping the umpire busy with 3 points between them, while Valleys responded at the other end with some late points, to leave Shamrocks a point up entering the break. Again, the second half was close all the way through and Shamrocks were finding it difficult to shake off the resilient Rovers. They edged 3 points up, back came Valleys. Substitute Philip Brady kicked a great score on his introduction but back came Valleys and they scored the equalising point just before the end. It looked like a draw was on the cards but Shamrocks had one more burst in them and two long range points from Seanan Collins and Darragh O’Sullivan gave them the edge on the scoreboard at the final whistle. It was satisfying to win playing good football but Shamrocks will have to improve again for the annual challenge of Ballygarvan in the Semi Final later on. When this game takes place will depend on how Cork Senior Footballers get on. Team: F.O’Neill, D. Bourke, S. Andrews, M. Prout, C. Brady, C. Kidney, A. McCarthy, P. Lordan, G. Ronayne, S. Collins, C. Caffrey, J. Shanahan, B. Mulqueen, D. O’Sullivan. Subs used: P. Brady, S. O’Neill.
There is a team photo from this match in the Junior Football Photos 2010 section.
Under 10 Football – 22/6
The under 10’s played Crosshaven on Sat 26th of June in Shanbally. The match started at 11.30 and Crosshaven started well scoring three points without reply. Shamrocks had a point from Dylan O’Flaherty but alas this was to be their only score of the first half as Crosshaven dominated in all areas of the field. Shamrocks were bombarded in the second half and conceded a number of goals to a superior Crosshaven side. To be fair to the lads they battled on but missed a number of goal opportunities which would have made the score more respectable.
They were back on the field again on Tuesday evening to play Ballgarvan in Shanbally. The lads were back on form again and were in a commanding lead at half time. Ballgarvan came in to the game in the second half but Shamrocks ran out winners in the end. Great to see some young players make their debuts over these two matches, well done Robert Van Pelt and Shane Donnegana.
Under 12 Hurling – 28/6
Just mention that the U12 hurlers had a good win against Crosshaven last Monday evening inCamden. The match against Nemo next Monday is off and we will now take a small break for the Summer and return again at the start of August.
Week ended – 29th August 2010
Junior A Football Championship – 24/8
Shamrocks 0-12, Ballygarvan 1-7
Shamrocks are through to the South East Junior A Football Final (against Tracton on Wednesday night) for the first time since 2003 after this fantastic performance against raging hot favourites Ballygarvan at Belgooly. The attitude and preperation both on and off the field was spot on and threw Ballygarvan right off their usually dominant self. Shamrocks started very well and were in control completely in the first 20 minutes with the backs tenacious in defence, the midfield competing well at midfield against big men and the forwards putting together some superb moves. Shamrocks had opened up a 0-7 to 0-2 lead, mainly through points from Joe Shanahan, Philip Brady and Alan McCarthy who broke forward from midfield. Ballygarvan were rattled and switched things around at this point and it did work for them; they started to get multiple possessions in midfield and put the Shamrocks backs under tremendous pressure. It soon told when they scored a lucky goal coming up to halftime to leave the score at 0-7 to 1-2; a flattering scoreline for Garvans as they had been completely outplayed for long spells. The second half continued as the first finished; Ballygarvan in the ascendency and really it seemed only a matter of time before they went ahead. And this they did with 20 minutes left, 1-5 to 0-7. Shamrocks badly needed a score as they were almost completely starved of possession at this stage. However, Joe Shanahans free after 13 minutes of the second half seemed to lift Shamrocks a bit and they gradually came more into it around the middle again. It was to spark a remarkable 4 minutes of football between the 21st and 25th minutes which effectively won the game. Shamrocks scored 4 wonderful points in those 4 minutes, each and everyone of them better than the previous. Colin Brady with a brilliant 45, Shanahan again from a free, the outstanding Mickey Prout up from the full back line and Stephen O’Neill from out by the river! and Shamrocks were leading by 3 points with 5 minutes to go. Ballygarvan needed a goal and they threw everything at Shamrocks in those final few minutes; they managed the one point but the goal they needed never materialised due to some heroic defending and the referee blew it up and Shamrocks were in the final (on a date yet to be confirmed). It would be unfair to single out any one player after this great team display, including the 3 subs used. Everyone played their part. Team – F. O’Neill, C. Kidney, S. Hurley, S. Andrews, G. Ronayne, C. Brady, M. Prout, P. Lordan, A. McCarthy, C. Cafferey, S. Collins, P. Brady, J. Shanahan, R. Evans, B. Mulqueen. Subs used – S. O’Neill, B. Sweeney, D. O’Sullivan. Subs not used – S. Downey, D. Bourke, K. Hegarty, J. Tuohy. (Training on this Saturday 4.30pm).
U16 Hurling Championship – 25/8
Ballygarvan 5-17, Shamrocks 3-14
Shamrocks under 16 hurlers turned in a very committed performance in Ballygarvan in the Semi Final of the C grade Championship on Wednesday evening. It was obvious from an early stage that Ballygarvan were physically bigger, older and overall, had way too much hurling for the Shamrocks team. They seemed to be able to find scores much easier at their own end, ableit playing down the hill with the aid of the stiff breeze. However, Shamrocks were just about hanging in there thanks to some great gaolkeeping from 13 year old Ronan Corkery (who brought off one fantastic diving save) and some resolute defending. Up front Tony O’Mahony scored a beauty of a goal and a nice point. But just as Shamrocks found themselves within striking distance of Ballygarvan at 1-10 to 1-4 down approaching halftime, the Ballygarvan centre forward cut loose and scored 1-3 in 2 minutes to leave the halftime score 2-14 to 1-4 for the home side. Fair play to the selectors who changed the team right around at HT and also to the players who absolutely lifted their game and threw themselves into every ball and challenge. Tony O’Mahony did very well on the excellent garvans centre forward and Alex O’Sullivan and Rory Horgan scored a goal each along with Conor Cusack who scored a neat point. However, the main man was Roy Twomey. He was outstanding all through and he must have scored 0-11 from all angles. He striking is awesome and it was unfortunate that Shamrocks didnt have another forward or two with the same level of skill. However, in time further coaching will improve the striking and first touch of this young team – the committment and will to challenge for every ball seems to be there. Shamrocks actually had the gap down to 5 points with 5 minutes remaining but Ballygarvan pressed the fast forward button to score 1-1 at the other end and run out 9 point winners in this very entertaining and high scoring game. Team (13 a side) Ronan Corkery, Conor Walter, David Raleigh, Joe O’Brien, Rory Horgan, Peter Barry, Sean O’Brien, Tony O’Mahony, Luke Garvan, Roy Twomey, Daniel O’Reilly, Cal O’Mahony, Paudie O’Brien. Sub used – Alex O’Sullivan.
Junior B Football Championship – 27/8
Crosshaven 4-19, Shamrocks0-4
Crosshaven had their expected easy victory over Shamrocks second string in Crosshaven on Friday night. Having used 24 players so far in the A campaign, this was always a tough ask for the next 15 and so it proved. Crosshaven did all the damage playing down the hill in the first half, scoring 1-14 to no score. They led 1-5 to 0-0 after 7 minutes and the Shamrocks lads seemed to drop the heads a bit. They found it hard to make any headway against a strong backline and midfield, hence the backs were under severe pressure. The second half was all about playing for pride and to be fair to all concerned, including the 4 subs, that was accomplished. The lads played a lot better in that period and the exchanges were a lot more competitive, with no one throwing in the towel and losing the discipline. The returning Cian Ronayne and celebrity bainisteoir Patrick Andrews were among the Shamrocks scorers. Maybe with a bit more training and committment on the training pitch and less of a gap between the last game and Shamrocks may have been more competitive here. The returning Eoin Healy, Ronan O’Sullivan (who made one great save in goal), Darren Roche, Joey Brady in the 2nd half, Peter Prout who was back to his old dominant self, Steve Jordan, John Cronin and Brian Q were amoung Shamrocks better players on a tough night. With the lads used tonight it means that 43 players played Championship football with Shamrocks this year. For a small club thats not bad indeed. Team: R. O’Sullivan, D. Murphy, P. Prout, E. Healy, J. Browne, D. Roche, S. Bourke, S. Jordan, J. Brady, C. Ronayne, Brian Cusack, J. Cronin, S. Horgan,S. Downey, R. O’Donoghue. Subs used – P. Andrews, D. Sheehan, J. Wilson, A. Sweeney.
Week ended – 5th September 2010
SE Junior A Football Final – 1/9
Tracton 1-11, Shamrocks 2-2
Shamrocks and Tracton played out a very intense and physical final under sunshine, then lights in Riverstick on Wednesday with Tracton deservedly being crowned South East champions at the end.
On the field, they seemed to possess an extra bit of bite up front and dominated possession for long spells. They started much the brighter and went 3 points up early on and Shamrocks were in trouble. The Tracton boys were winning lots of ball around the middle and the Shamrocks backs were under severe pressure. They gradually played their way back into contention but found the going tough against a strong Tracton backline. The play was tough for the next 20 minutes or so as the forwards found it hard to penetrate the defences and no scores were registerd; while Shamrocks shot a fair few wides, which would prove costly. However, they were thrown a lifeline when they were awarded a penalty and Philip Brady slotted it away and the sides were level with five minutes left before the break. But Tracton showed why they were the champions by winning the remaining kickouts and driving forward and scoring a vital 3 points on the trot to open up a 0-6 to 1-0 lead at halftime. It needed a huge effort from Shamrocks in the second half playing up the hill and the exchanges were even more intense after the break. Tracton dominated possession again early on and stretched their lead to 0-9 to 1-0 with 20 minutes left. But soon after Darragh O’Sullivan got in behind the Tracton cover to blast home a great Shamrocks goal and the South East final eventually came to life. The game upped in tempo as Shamrocks sensed a comeback. Players were getting tired at this stage so the game opened up a bit and was way more exciting. Captain Gary Ronayne responded to a Tracton point with Shamrocks first point from play with 10 minutes left. The play was swinging from one end to another at this stage and then arrived the turning point in the match. A fantastic Shamrocks move was nearly put to the net by Philip Brady as his point blank shot was first saved and the rebound hit the side netting. If that had gone in the game would have been a draw at that stage and Shamrocks would have had the momentum behind them. Instead, Tracton scored a point from the kickout and were 4 points up. They scored a lucky goal with 5 minutes left after the ball had been scrambled around the Shamrocks goalmouth. That was effectively game over at that stage eventhough Darragh O’Sullivan pointed a late free. And so the junior championship year came to an end but this is only the start for teh Shamrocks team. This is a young team with upwards of 6 newcomers on the team. The team has been restructured by the outstanding Pat McCarthy, who came in when no one else wanted it earlier on in the year. Declan Bray was brought into do the physical and they were one of the fittest Shamrocks teams in the last few years. The players can look back with pride on what they have achieved this year and stick together next year and beyond. The curve is definetly going upward and the gradient is increasing. Still, training will continue (details to follow) as we can still win some silverware through the leagues. So at the end, Shamrocks stayed out on the field and watched as the Tracton captain accepted the trophy and wished them well in the county after by visiting the winning dressing room.
Team and Panel: Fergus O’Neill, Senan Andrews, Stephen Hurley, Michael Prout, Cathal Kidney, Colin Brady, Gary Ronayne, Alan McCarthy, Paul Lordan, Cannice Caffrey, Seanan Collins, Philip Brady, Darragh O’Sullivan, Ross Evans, Barry Mulqueen. Subs used – Brian Sweeney, Stephen O’Neill, David Bourke. Unused – Joseph Shanahan, Kieran Hegarty, Stephen Downey, Pa Andrews.
Under 12 Hurling B Final – 30/8
Valley Rovers 4-7, Shamrocks 1-4
Valley Rovers will represent the Carrigdhoun division in the B County section after this fully merited win over a game Shamrocks team on Monday evening in Belgooly. Its was always going to be a big ask of Shamrocks to overcome Valleys in this one and Valleys stamped their authouity on the game with 2 goals inside the first five minutes before Shamrocks even woke up. Shamrocks eventually started to play their way into the game without ever threathening a goal while at the other end Rovers were more threathening but did shoot a lot of wides. Andrew O’Grady and David Andrews scored the Shamrocks points in the first half to leave the score at the break 2-4 to 0-3 for Valley Rovers. Again, Valley Rovers scored some early goals to really finish off the game and went 4 goals up. However, Shamrocks hurled with more committment in thsi half and players like Cormac Scriven, David Andrews, Nathan Hayes in particular and sub Adam Jones did very well; Hayes in particular at centre back was Shamrocks best player. He pointed and also scored the goal when his long range free evaded everyone aand ended up in the net. The Valley Rovers captain accepted the trophy after the game. The under 13 mentors want to see all the hurlers involved here involved in the under 13 campaign, starting this Thursday evening with a training session at 6.30pm at the Track. Panel: Ruairi Meighan, Criostoir Corkery, Cormac Scriven, David Barry, Killian Murphy, Nathan Hayes, Joseph O’Keeffe, Andrew O’Grady, Mark Hitchmough, Chris Hayes, David Andrews, Daniel Carroll, David O’Sullivan, Adam O’Donovan, James Lynam, Shane Horgan, Shane Flavin, Adam Jones.
Week ended – 12th September 2010
Minor B Football Championship Final – 12/9
Shamrocks 5-8, Courcey Rovers 3-6
Shamrocks are champions again of this particular grade after a fully deserved win over a gallant Courceys side in Belgooly on Sunday afternoon. Courcies had gone into the game as favourites having beaten Shamrocks earlier on in the league. However, on this occasion Shamrocks seemed really up for this game on a pitch that overall, apart from the opening round Junior A defeat to Kinsale, has been a happy hunting ground for Shamrocks footballers over the last few months. Shamrocks played against the strong breeze in the first half and were boosted by a Shane Horgan goal after 15 minutes to leave Shamrocks ahead 1-3 to 0-3 at that stage. Courcies took over the next few kickouts and scored a fast 0-2 to leave the scoreline at halftime 1-4 to 0-6. The team turned to play the second half with the stiff breeze; after a good teamtalk from the mentors which seemed to settle the players down. Both teams went at it hammer and thongs in the second half and the play swung back and forth between both ends throughout. Credit to all players on the field where the game of Gaelic Football was played in a great and sporting way. It was scores all the way in the second half. Roy Twomey scored an early Shamrocks point, quickly followed by a captains cameo, Darragh O’Sullivan with a double goal within a 4 minute period. This left it 3-5 to 0-6. Courcey Rovers broke upfield and scored a goal of their own but a Roy Twomey goal, after a fantastic lenght of the pitch Shamrocks move, got a Shamrocks goal at the other end and Cannice Caffrey and Tony O’Mahony added on a quick two points. At this stage Shamrocks were playing with a football swagger that suggested that it was only a matter of closing out the game. It was 4-7 to 1-6 at this stage. However, Courcey Rovers are a great team and they refused to lie down. They took over the next 10 minutes and scored a brace themselve to leave Shamrocks sweat out the last 5 minutes. Shamrocks came close to being pegged back but again managed to brake forward and scored a celebration goal from Captain Darragh O’Sullivan, his hatrick after good work from out the pitch again. Cannice Cafferey put the sweet tasting icing on the Shamrocks cake with a last minute point. Darragh O’Sullivan accepted the Paddy Sisk Memorial Trophy from South East Board Chairman John Twomey. The chairperson himself in his excellent speech remarked that it was fitting that Darragh was accepting the Trophy called after Darragh’s grandfather Paddy. Also, another of Paddy’s grandsons Cathal Kidney was part of the team. Darragh thanked Mark Hickey who took this team under his wing earlier on this year and has trained them to success. Others to has a massive input included John Twomey (Ringaskiddy) who has seen each and every one of this team pass through his hands over the last few years. The work this man puts in on a weekly basis is only known by a small few of us. Well done John! Also, Diarmuid Murphy (he was meeting the Pope in Rome so couldnt make it; rumour has it that 11am Mass in St Peters Basilica was offered up for the Shamrocks team on Diarmuids instruction). This Minor team hs been together since under 12 so its a testament to all the aforementioned Gaels. Our thanks also to the Executive Committe and in particular Liam Shanahan who coaches the Minor Hurlers, Pat McCarthy who coached the juniors this year (featuring 4 of this team today), Tony O’Sullivan who did all the communications and MR Declan Bray who did the physical with and lot of these promising young lads. And most importantly the players. This is the panel that brought the trophy to Shanbally, Ringaskiddy and Monkstown today. Panel today – Jack Wilson, Jonathan Tuohy, Alan Dunne, James Raleigh, Cathal Kidney, Sean O’Brien, Cannice Caffrey, Joey Brady, Shane Horgan, Tony O’Mahony, Roy Twomey, Darragh O’Sullivn, Jamie O’Driscoll, Damien Kelleher, Peter Barry, David Murphy, Jonathan Lynch, Rory Horgan, Joe O’Brien. Shamrocks are now into the County where the play another divisional winner on a date yet to be announced.
U13 Hurling – 11/9
Shamrocks 2-0, Courcey Rovers 3-19
Shamrocks came up against a superb Courcies side in this league game played in Shanbally last Saturday morning. The Courcies players were a joy to watch as they displayed impeccable first touch throughout. Indeed, the Shamrocks players will have to do a lot of work on this aspect of the game as this part of the game was the obvious difference between the two. It was the same kind of game as the game against Ballygarvan during the week with the opposition being far too good on the hurling and touch side of things. Courcies scored a massive 1-17 playing with the wind in the first half while at the other end Shamrocks didnt even have a shot on goal. The selectors made changes at halftime and they seemed to work and the second half was way more competitive. Darragh Scriven and Joseph O’Keeffe scored the Shamrocks goals on the day. A lot of lessons have been learned by the mentors and one of them is that every other club around us are doing way more hurling than Shamrocks. Its something that will be stressed on the players – training continues at home and hanging around with the lads – ALWAYS have a hurley in your hand. However, the team is a work in progress and one positive was that the hooking and blocking was excellent from Shamrocks. It was practised during the week and in fairness the players carried it through today. So that box is ticked off, now on to the other skills!. Next game is at home to Tracton (who beat Courcey Rovers already!) on Wednesday night at 7pm.
U13 Hurling – 8/9
Ballygarvan 4-9, Shamrocks 1-3
Shamrocks started up their under 13 league campaign with a comprehensive defeat to Ballygarvan in Ballygarvan on Wednesday evening. Its clear that a lot of work lies ahead for this promising group of players. They were at a disadvantage in that it was their first game of the league while Ballygarvan had two games under their belt. The lads need to be practising hurling ALL the time, not only a few times a year. Other clubs are doing it and it tends to show out on the pitch. However, no doubt the lads will be disappointed with the performance on Wednesday night and will bounce back in the next two games. Its a long road but the selectors are willing to put in the work. The game, apart from the opening 15 minutes, was one way thereafter and Ballygarvan, after hitting many early wides, scored a burst of 1-4 coming up to half time and basically controlled everything thereafter. Some of the Shamrocks subs who came on (it was great to see 22 players togged out) put in some good displays and there is no doubt that some players have improved from the last weeks training. However, with a more concerted and committed approach to hurling, they will get even better. Cormac Scriven had the early Shamrocks goal, with Andrew O’Grady whacking over a long range point as well. Darragh Scriven got the only Shamrocks scores in the second half. Players who did well were Ronan Corkery in goal, Coby O’Grady at full back, Shane Kelleher in the second half, Tom Murphy and David Andrews who tried hard all through along with Shane Horgan when introduced. They play Courcey Robvers this Saturday morning at 11.30am at home. Panel: R. Corkery, S. Kidney, C. O’Grady, K. Murphy, T. Murphy, N. Hayes, S. Kelleher, D. Scriven. A. O’Grady, M. Hitchmough, D. Andrews, B. Crowley, C. Corkery, C. Hayes, C. Scriven, E. Horgan, J. Lynam, J. O’Keeffe, S. Flavin, D. Carroll, D. O’Sullivan, R. Meighan.
Week ended – 19th September 2010
U11 Hurling – 17/9
Our under 11 hurlers were in action again away to Valley Rovers on Friday 17th in Brinny. A strong defensive display on the night wasn’t good enough as Valleys easily came out on top in the end. Credit to our lads for putting up a battling performance especially in the second half and with a bit more luck could half scored a few goals, [great individual skill from David O Sullivan] on two occasions. The majority of this team went home nursing knocks and can be proud of their efforts on the night. Next game at home on Tuesday evening to Kinsale at 6.15pm. Players on duty were Ruairi Mehigan, James Lynam, Cathal Murphy, Evan Seymour , Cillian Hayes, Daniel O Mahony, Joseph O Keefe, David O Sullivan, Shane Flavin, Shane Downey, Sean Browne and Dylan O Flaherty. I was also good to see Shamrocks field this team as well an under 13 team in hurling at the same time. Its a long time since this happened and can only be good for the club in hurling for the future. Well done all the mentors and players.
U13 Hurling – 15/9
Shamrocks 1-2, Tracton 4-9
Forget the scoreline here, this was a much better performance from Shamrocks over the previous two. Obviously having two games under the belt coming in here helped the lads as there was a bit of bite to their preceedings and the touch was better. Also, the mentors seemed to have a better understanding of the players best positions and a lot of them played better in new positions, including Coby O’Grady who’s hurling has come on in leaps and bounds in the last 2 weeks, Nathan Hayes at wing back, Ronan Corkery in goal, Sean Kidney who was tidy at corner back, Darragh Scriven at midfield and forwards like David Andrews. Shamrocks scored a classic early goal. Long ball in from the midfield, caught first time by Andrew O’Grady and he buried it to the net. The boys had been doing this in training but this was the first time it had come off in a match. Tracton reasserted themselves and led 1-5 to 1-1 at halftime, Scriven within the Shamrocks point. Tracton played better with the wind in the second half but interestingly, so did Shamrocks against it. Obviously, Tracton found scores easier to find as they added a few goals and some neat points. But Shamrocks fought hard throughout and the selectors were well pleased after two indifferent performances coming in. Also, the turnout was much better this time with all 21 players getting no less than 15 minutes game time.
The lads played Crosshaven on Friday night in Crosshaven and turned in the opposite display of above. They really are finding it hard to find consistency from one performance to the next. Crosshaven won on a scoreline of 3-4 to 3-7 after scoring 1-1 in the last minute. Crosshaven seemed to have the players who could score while Shamrocks struggled yet again up front. The first half display was woeful altogether with no bite or aggression shown and the first touch was terrible. However, after some strong words at halftime from the selectors, they went out and played better in the second half and led for all of it until the last minute. So the work goes on, more training and the lads WILL improve. The mentors are learning about player positions all the time and there are a lot of nice hurlers there going forward. Next game will be against Knsale in Kinsale, probably next weekend.
Minor B Hurling Championship – 6/9
Tracton 0-18, Shamrocks 2-11 AET
This was a cracking game of hurling played in Minane Bridge on Tuesday evening, with the game finishing in near darkness after both teams had played themselves to almost a standstill. The game ended up going to extra time after the sides had finished 2-8 to 0-14 a piece after an unbelievable 60 minutes of hurling. Tracton were expected to easily account for a Shamrocks team who had played a final on Sunday afternoon. It was the best game of hurling this writer has seen in Cork all year and each and everyone of the players, on both teams, can be extremely proud of their part they played. When hurling is played like this there is simply no other sport to match, especially at local level where the crowd certainly got involved in the excitement. I was also the best display of hurling from any Shamrocks team over the last few years and we were all speechless at the end to lose to the last puc of the entire 80 minutes. The hooking, blocking, heart, courage, bravery, striking and hurling was of an A standard and many Shamrocks supporters afterwards were wondering where some of these players had come from, such was the skill on display. Tracton started the game much brighter and with the aid of the strong breeze opened up a 0-8 to 0-3 half time lead. One of Shamrocks more prominent forwards, Roy Twomey, had to go into goal early on as his groin injury stopped him from running properly (where he actually did very well). The second half was Shamrocks best period of the game. They dominated for long spells and were leading by 2-8 to 0-13 with time almost up. The game finished in a whelter of excitement as first Tracton got an equaliser while at the other end, Shamrocks wasted a 2 on 1 opportunity to win the game even with a point. The ball was kicked wide. So onto extra time and the Shamrocks opened up a 3 point half time advantage, then they wasted a few more opportunities when scores at this stage were vital and Tracton scored 2 points in injury time of extra time to rob Shamrocks and go forward to the final.
Shamrocks had some brilliant performances on the night and these players will go on and form the nucleaus of the Junior teams in the years ahead. Indeed, most of the team are Minor next year and if they keep together and brush up on some of the skills, they will be even better next year. But they need to be doing more hurling, like all teams in the club
It must be pointed out that Shamrocks were dead on their feet at the end and some players could barely walk in the second half of extra time. No Tracton player went down with cramp yet several Shamrocks players did. Indeed, Tony O’Mahony, who was the best player on the field in the first 60 minutes on no less a player than a Cork Minor, disappeared in extra time as again, he suffered cramp and couldnt walk not to mind run. Shamrocks had played that Minor Football Final 54 hours previously. The question has to be asked – who fixed this game so soon after the football? These players are only young fellas, not machines. The final will be played next Monday so why not have played this game on the Wednesday or Thursday even? It appears playing off the competition as fast as possible in as short a space of time, as opposed to player welfare, was the big factor here. But whats new anyhow?
Team: Roy Twomey, Jonathon Tuohy, Jack Wilson, James Raleigh, Cathal Kidney, Jamie O’Driscoll, Cannice Caffrey, Joey Brady, Conor Walter, Tony O’Mahony, Sean O’Brien, Shane Horgan, Darragh O’Sullivan. Subs – Damien Kelleher, Jonathan Lynch, Rory Horgan, Joe O’Brien.
U11 Hurling – 13/9
Shamrocks under 11 hurlers played Ballgarvan in Shanbally on Monday evening at 6.30. It was a busy day for the lads as most of them played Sciath na Scoil for their respective schools earlier that day.Playing against a stiff breeze in the first half our lads were put under immense pressure and conceded a couple of early goals to a very strong Ballgarvan side; however our lads battled on and improved considerably in the second half. A lot of work needs to be done on the training pitch for these lads to progress. Players on duty were Shane Flavin, James Lynam, Cathal Murphy, Daniel O Mahony, Ruari Mehigan, David O’ Sullivan, Cillian Hayes, Shane Downey, Sean Browne, Dylan O’ Flaherty, Evan Seymour and Joseph O’Keeffe. Next game is this Thursday evening.
Week ended – 26th September 2010
Under 12 Football Blitz
The under 12 footballers played in Crosshaven GAA’s Mary Burke Memorial Blitz in Camdenthis Saturday in perfect weather conditions. The lads got 2 games in, against Carrigaline and Crosshaven. They missed out on another game due to another club pulling out at the last minute. Carrigaline beat Shamrocks by 1-2 to 0-1 in the first game and Shamrocks then played Crosshaven after about an hour and won well scoring 3 goals in the process. The lads certainly played better football in teh second game (10 minutes a side). The under 13 football league starts next weekend (training Wednesday night at 6pm) so this was perfect preperation for that. Carrigaline with 2 teams, Crosshaven and St Finbarrs were the other teams who took part. Our thanks to Crosshaven GAA for the invite and hospitality shown on the day.
U13 Hurling – 24/9
Shamrocks had a win in their final league game of the year in Kinsale on Friday night. Its been a tough slog so far with Shamrocks coming up against strong opposition in all games. But there has been some progress made throughout the lkast month or so and the message from the selectors after the game was this – just because it was the last league game doesnt mean the players stop hurling until next April. They must continue to practice their skill EVERY day over the Winter and improvement will come. Shamrocks led 2-5 to 0-3 at halftime and controlled the second half, and gave all the subs a decent run as well. That has been a feature this year; the mentors tried to give everyone as much game time as possible. Shamrocks ended up winning on a scoreline of 3-10 to 1-3 with David Andrews, Andrew O’Grady, Mark Hitchmough, Christopher Hayes and Killian Murphy among the scorers along with second half subs Ruairi Meighan, James Lynam and Nathan Hayes. The under 13 footballers will be atarting up soon but the message is – CONTINUE HURLING.
U11 Hurling – 21/9
This Shamrocks team is improving with every outing and were unlucky to lose to Kinsale by 2 points in Shanbally on Tuesday night. Kinsale raced into an early lead and led by 2-3 to 2 points from Joseph O’ Keeffe at half time. On a dreary evening, Shamrocks grew stronger as the 2nd half progressed and two goals from Ruairi Mehigan had us right back in the game. Two more points from Kinsale left it at 2-5 to 2-2 with five minutes to play. A point from James Lynam and another from Joseph O’ Keeffe wasn’t enough though as Kinsale scored another to win by 2-6 to 2-4. Adam Jones and Ruari Mehigan were outstanding for Shamrocks on the night. The players on duty were Adam Jones, Shane Flavin, Cathal Murphy, Evan Seymour, Daniel O’ Mahony, Cillian Hayes, James Lynam, Joseph O Keefe, Dylan O Flaherty, Shane Downey, Ruairi Mehigan and Sam Geary. Thanks to Jed O’Flaherty, Kieran Lynam and John Jordan who are keeping this group going.
Week ended – 10th October 2010
U11 Football – 9/10 and 10/10
Our under 11’s played two football matches at the weekend, at home to Tracton on Saturday and at home to Ballgarvan on Sunday morning. We were short a couple of regulars against Tracton and had to take a few of the younger lads from the Academy to fill a team. Tracton started the better and with the aid of the strong breeze scored a few early goals and were firmly in command at half time. Credit to our lads, they stuck with it and dominated the second half but Tracton ran out comfortable winners in the end. Shane Downey and Cathal Murphy stood out for Shamrocks. No rest for these players as they took to the field again on Sunday morning against Ballygarvan. This game was very evenly contested. Shamrocks went in 3 points down at half time after playing their hearts out and went out with all guns blazing for the second half after strong words of encouragement from their mentors. The game eventually finished a draw, Shamrocks 4-6 Ballgarvan 3-9. This was a fantastic game of football with some great scores from both sides. Another fantastic individual goal from David O Sullivan was the main talking point after the game. Cillian Hayes, Daniel O’Mahony and Sean Andrews were outstanding for Shamrocks. Players on duty over the weekend were Shane Flavin, James Lynam, Ruairi Mehigan, David O’ Sullivan, Joseph O Keeffe, Cillian Hayes, Daniel O’ Mahony, Evan Seymour, Cathal Murphy, Dylan O’ Flaherty, David Murphy, Sean Browne, Shane Downey, Michael Hammett, Sean Andrews, Harry Andrews, Sam Geary and Luke O Driscoll.
U13 Football – 8/10
Shamrocks played Ballygarvan under lights in Ballygarvan on Friday night and what a game of football it was, with plenty of scores and complete periods of dominance by both teams. In short, Ballygarvan controlled the first 10 minutes and the last 10 minutes while in between Shamrocks controlled matters. In actual fact, after 7 minutes it was Ballygarvan who looked like they were going to score 20 goals as they scored 3 in a minute and led 3-3 to not even an attack. But Shamrocks settled down and played their way back into it, so much so that they actually led by 2 points with 10 minutes left, due to some improved play around the middle and the introduction of David O’Sullivan who was outstanding. However, Ballygaravn finished the stronger and won in the end by 6-9 to 5-7. This was a very useful outing for Shamrocks as they try to build a panel for next year under 14 and give everyone present plenty of game time. panel who were there – Joseph O’ Keeffe, Shane Kelleher, Sean Kidney, Nathan Hayes, Cormac Scriven, Tom Murphy, Brendan Crowley, Coby O’Grady, Ronan Corkery, David Andrews, Darragh Scriven, Mark Hitchmough, Andrew O’Grady, Christopher Hayes, Killian Murphy, David O’Sullivan, Patrick Murphy, Ruairi Meighan. Training on Wednesday evening next at 5pm.
U16 C Football Final
Tracton 2-3, Shamrocks 1-4
This game was played in heavy conditions last Monday evening in Shanbally. Tracton started the stronger and were soon 1-1 up after an early penalty. We found it very difficult to get scores. The constant fouling by our backs was a major cause of concern. We wasted so great scoring opportunities and were punished when Tracton added a second goal on the stroke of half time. We were trailing 2-02 to 0-01. The second period was dominated by Shamrocks and when Rory Horgan found the back of the Tracton net, we were back in the game. More wasteful shooting in front of goal would cost us in the end. Try as we might, it was Tracton who prevailed at the end by two points on a score line of 2-03 to 1-04. It was a pity the we produced our worst performance all year in the final. This was some of the lads last game at underage level. We would like to thank them for their effort, time and commitment over the last few years and wish them all the best in their career with the Junior section of the club.
Week ended – 17th October 2010
Under 8 and 11 football
Shamrocks and Crosshaven played a double header in Shanbally on Sunday afternoon last. The under 11’s played on the top pitch and turned in a great display of attacking football, winning comfortably in the end. It was great to see a big turnout for this game and also for our under 8’s who played Crosshaven on the bottom pitch.Shamrocks started the better and led at half time by 3-2 to 1-3. Two quick goals by Cillian Hayes and Dylan O Flaherty ended this game as a contest and our lads ran out comfortable winners in the end. Thanks to Crosshaven for travelling with two teams on the day. Also thanks to John and Geraldine Twomey for supplying all these young players with drinks and crisps after the game. Shane Downey and David O Sullivan stood out for the winners. Players on duty were Shane Flavin, Evan Seymour, Cathal Murphy, Sam Geary, James Lynam, Daniel O Mahony, Cillian Hay, Shane Downey, Ruari Mehigan, Dylan O Flaherty, Joseph O Keefe, Christopher Sisk, Michael Hammett, Sean Browne, Luke O Driscoll, Jody Sisk and David O Sullivan.
Meanwhile, the under 8 footballers took to the field for their first ever competitive game of Gaelic Football on the bottom pitch and what an occasion it was to witness the future players of both clubs. Everyone played from start to finish and there was not a foul stroke throughout, it was great to see so many players participating. For the record Crosshaven won by a goal but that was not the real purpose here. The real idea was to get all the players who have been part of the Adcademy over the last year or two onto the picth and wearing the Shamrocks jersey. It is hoped to get these guys all another game soon. Meanwhile, it was great to see over 35 Shamrocks players, all under 11 years of age playing at the same time on Sunday afternoon. Panel on duty – Adam Maye, Fionn Meighan, Jack Hickey, Derry Howard, Declan Carroll, Dylan Carragh, Nathan O’Sullivan, Devin Murphy, Reobert Van Pelt, Shane Dongana, Adam McSweeney, Adam McGinty, Sean Andrews, Harry Andrews, Cian O’Flaherty, Mark Sisk and Fionn Herlihy. Our thanks to mentors Anthony Meighan assisted by Patrick Andrews and John Twomey and the various parents who helped out on the day. Remember, the the Academy continues next Saturday morning at 11.15am for these players.
Minor Football Championship Quarters – 16/10
Glanworth 1-10, Shamrocks 1-7
Shamrocks lost out to Glanworth in the quarter final of the county championship and will be kicking themselves as they threw this game away. Both teams seemed to be evenly matched throughout but Glanworth scored the vital and decisive scores coming up to full time to enable them finish 3 points to the good at the end. However, this was a game that Shamrocks will wonder how they lost. Darragh O’Sullivan scored an early Shamrocks goal but then Glanworth seemed to take over but kicked a lot of wides. They pulled level while Shamrocks struck at the other end courtesy of Cannice Caffrey. The sides went in level at halftime and a close game seemed on the cards. Shamrocks were playing down the hill in the second half and after 15 minutes they had moved into a 4 point lead and it really looked like Glanworth needed a miracle. But, unfortunately from a Shamrocks point of view, this is exactly wht they got. A loose ball in the Shamrocks goalmouth wasnt belted into the nearest field and suddenly Glanworth were back in it. It was a complete freak of a goal and cost Shamrocks the match as the heads hit the floor and Glanworth sensed victory. They took over completely and finished much the stronger to reach the semi final of the county B and end Shamrocks’ successful season. Some great performances were turned in and the team was immacutely prepared by Mark Hickey, assisted by Diarmuid Murphy and John Twomey, Ringaskiddy. We will see these players representing the club at junior level no doubt over the next few years. Team: J. Wilson, A. Dunne, J. Tuohy, J. O’Driscoll, C, Kidney, J. Raleigh, J. Brady, C. Caffrey, R. Twomey, T. O’Mahony, S. Horgan, D. O’Sullivan, D. Kelleher.
Under 13 Football – 16/10
Shamrocks played Crosshaven in Crosshaven on Saturday night and we’ll put this one down to a bad day at the office as the team are better than the 7-11 to 1-6 scoreline. The lads problem this year at under 13 seems to be a bit of consistency but no doubt have the ability to do so. They let in 6 goals in quick succession (they have no goalkeeper left) which obviously ended the game as a contest in the first half but did improve in the second half.
Just to remind the underage players – the Academy continues each and every Saturday at 11.15am until 12.30pm. We had 15 under 8’s on Saturday morning. We need more. Reminder to parents – BRING HURLEYS AND HELMETS. Enrolment forms are available from the underage chairperson John Twomey (Ringaskiddy) or on the day itself. Its 50 Euro per child with €80 for two and €100 for three (boys and girls). This fee covers family membership of the club (and GAA) and insurance, plus gear which includes a personalised training top (with name) and socks and shorts etc.
Week ended – 24th October 2010
Under 13 Football
The under 13’s brought their season to a close on Saturday afternoon last with a good victory over Kinsale in Shanbally. This was a high scoring game with lots of action from end to end. Shamrocks got off to a poor start playing against the wind and found themselves five points down after only a few minutes but they battled on and took their scores well. Kinsale were playing the better football but the lads never gave in and at half time Kinsale were ahead 3-03 to 4-06. Shamrocks started the second half much the stronger and scored 2-03 before Kinsale got on the scoreboard. The lads kept driving forward however and ran out winners on a scoreline of 6-10 to 5-08. It was great to see our defence limit Kinsale to only three scoring opertunities in the second half. The team on the day was A. O’Grady, N. Hayes, S. Kelleher, S. Kidney, B. Crowley, C. O’Grady, C. Corkery, D. Scriven, C. Scriven, D. Andrews, R. Corkery, M. Hitchmough, J. O’Keeffe, K. Murphy, E. Horgan Subs – D. Barry, R. Mehigan, J. Lynam and D. O’Sullivan.
Week ended – 14th November 2010
Well done to ShanballyNSwho won their division of the Sciath na Scol finals on Wednesday afternoon in Pairc Ui Rinn. Most of these players have come through our underage Academy and it was great to see over 45 under 12’s down in action in the NMCI in Ringaskiddy on Friday night last.
The under 12 hurlers will took part in the annual Cecil Gash hurling blitz inMinaneBridgeon Saturday afternoon last. The host club Tracton won the trophy with a convincing win over Shamrocks who left themselves too much to do after a lackluster 1st half display. They played a lot better in the second and registered goals from Andrew O’Grady, Killian Murphy, Joseph O’Keeffe and Shane Flavin. The lads all got medals afterwards and went home happy with crisps and drinks. Our thanks to Tracton for their hospitality on the day.
Week ended – 28th November 2010
The club held a Dinner Dance on Saturday night last and it proved to be a great occasion. The 1980 teams who won their respective championships were honoured. Well done to the organising committee and to John Twomey and Pat O’Neill who both got awards from the club on the night for their excellent contribution to the South East Board and refereeing in the division over the years, two outstanding Gales who gave so much to our club and our division. And they aint finished yet!
Junior A Football – 21/11
Ballygarvan 0-7, Shamrocks 0-5
Shamrocks and Ballygarvan finally met in the semi final of the league on Sunday last in Ballygarvan. The Shamrocks players had been waiting around for 3 weeks to play the semi of the second most important competition in their calender and despite being the better team for long spells, had to give way to a superbly fit Ballygarvan team in the second half. Shamrocks were the better team in the first period and indeed, deserved more than the 0-4 to 0-0 lead at halftime, some of their play was fantastic to watch at times. However, the shooting let them down at times, in particular in the second half when scores were of the essence. Ballygarvan finally got a their first score of the second half after 30 seconds and then they really turned the screw after that and Shamrocks, despite Stevie O’Neills superb second point, were under pressure to hold on even at 0-5 to 0-5. However, the Shamrocks half back line, in particular Senan Andrews and Michael Prout got right and top but unfortunately 6 out of the 7 Ballygarvan points came directly from Shamrocks players losing the ball out the field when in possession. Result – defeat by two points; thats what you get when you play a good team like Ballygarvan. Overall, this was a fantastic Shamrocks performance going in as complete underdogs with half a team and it bodes well for next year. We wish Ballygarvan well in the final V Tracton. Well done to all the players all year and in particular Pat McCarthy and Tony O’Sullivan, John Collins and Finbarr O’Flaherty and Declan Bray (trainer) who did a fantastic job with the fitness. Its hoped to see all involved next year as its as simple as this – Shamrocks have come on in leaps and bounds since April because of them.
Week Ended – 29th December, 2011
We held our annual Christmas draw last week. Our thanks to all our dedicated sellers and buyers, and of course our sponsors. Results as follows:-
1st Prize – Lady Beth
2nd Prize – Monica Hegarty, Cobh
3rd Prize – Joe Mac
4th – Maggie Boyle, Belgooly
5th – Ruairi Meighan
6th – Chris O’Neill
7th – Mary O’Mahony
8th – Kay O’Mahony
9th – Jamie Greasley c/o Donie O’Leary
10th – Mary Murphy
11th – Monica Carroll c/o Michael Brennan
12th – Nellie O’Leary, Raffeen Hill
13th – M. Kenneally c/o Lorcan Aherne
14th – Emmett OBrien c/o Oin O’Neill
15th – Ann Dunlea – John Hanley
16th – Adrian Walsh c/o Jim Ronayne
17th – Catherine Ronayne
18th – Mary O’Neill
19th – Kieran O’Donovan c/o John Collins
20th – Hazel Murphy c/o Pat Murphy
21st – Eilish O’Mahony, Shanbally NS
22nd – Anne Marie O’Flaherty c/o Dave
23rd – Sean O Coileain
24th – Gabrielle MAcken c/o Pat Murphy
25th – Paddy Clifford, Shanbally NS
26th – Finny Cummins c/o Pat Cusack
27th – Una Cunningham, Shanbally NS
28th – Sinead O’Mahony c/o Liz O’Grady
29th – Sharon O’Connor c/o Oin O’Neill
30th – Catherine Carroll c/o Michael Brennan
Thanks to all who contributed in any way.