Monthly Archives: April 2011

Under 10 Football Blitz – 30/4

Shamrocks under 10 footballers were in action in Carrigaline GAA club last Sunday morning (May 15th).They played three games against Carrigaline opposition; each game lasting twelve mins. A big thank you to Hughie Kelleher and Carrigaline for inviting us which was a very useful run out for these young lads.

U12 Football V Tracton– 27/4

Shamrocks travelled to play Tracton on Wednesday night are were beaten by Tracton. The Shamrocks team on the night were without a bunch of the more experienced players. However, seven u10′s played on the night. They battled hard and showed a true fighting spirit, they never gave up and they battled to the end. Three of the under 10 players were outstanding on the night, David Fox, Michael Hammet and Dylan O Flaherty. Team on duty were Evan Seymour, Cathal Murphy, Michael Hammet,  Shane Flavin, Daniel O Mahony, Ruairi Mehigan, Shane Downey, David Fox, Dylan O Flaherty, Sean Browne, Luke O Driscoll,  Jody Sisk and Sam Geary.

Junior A Hurling League V Ballinhassig – 26/4


Ballinhassig 1-17, Shamrocks 0-9.


Shamrocks had to get themselves over the football preperation and make the trip to Ballinhassig on Tuesday night last for hurling league game. Shamrocks were short a number of regulars for this encounter through various reasons and eventually had to give way to a very strong Ballinhassig XV. The players on duty gave their all for the jersey and the management were been very happy with the comittment shown. Some of our more promising younger players made their first competitive start at Junior level and aqquitted themselves well. There is way more to come out of them.


Team: D. O’ Neill, D. Roche, S. Collins, J. Browne, T. O’ Mahony, B. Mulqueen,  F. O’ Neill, M. Prout, A. McCarthy, B. Cusack, J. Shanahan, R. Twomey, J. Sweeney, S. Keane, S. O’ Neill. Subs used – J. Wilson, S. Downey.

Junior A Football Championship V Kinsale– 23/4


Shamrocks 1-11, Kinsale 1-6.


Shamrocks, as expected, are through to the quarter finals of the football championship after yet another mixed performance in Riverstick on Saturday evening last. The game followed the predictable pattern of recent Shamrocks performances – mixing the good with the bad, not knowing what was going to happen next. But when it mattered most, when things weren’t going their way at halftime, Shamrocks dominated the last half an hour to book their place in the quarters.


Both teams found it hard to settle and the first half was low scoring. Shamrocks old failings of continued unforced turnovers surfaced again, and they gave Kinsale ample opportunities to set up attacks. Cannice Caffrey opened the scoring and Seanán Collins knocked over a free but then Kinsale punished some slack defending to bury the ball in the back of Fergus O’Neills goal. Amazingly Kinsale were ahead and Shamrocks looked rattled. The halftime whistle couldnt come quick enough as Kinsale led 1-4 to 0-5, Darragh O’Sullivan and Caffrey adding to the Shamrocks total.


Again, some strong words were exchanged at halftime and along with a few positional switches, Shamrocks re entered the field knowing that unless they put in 30 minutes of good football, the championship season for 2011 would be over already. They got the perfect start when from the very first attack, Seanán Collins slotted home a Shamrocks goal and this was the fillip the greens needed. Kinsale responded with 2 quick points from their centre forward to lead 1-6 to 1-5. But, as it turned out, theses were their last scores of the game. Starting with the backs, who tightened up considerably and the midfield who won lots more possession, they turned the screw, without running away with the game. Brian Sweeney’s point seemed to give Shamrocks the extra push and further points from Caffrey, Gary Ronayne and Collins again from a long range free and another from play finished out the scoring.


As said above, Shamrocks now go into the draw for the Quarters which I believe is an open draw, and the games are down for the weekend of July 2nd. In the meantime, attention switches to hurling. Team: F. O’ Neill, S. Andrews, C. Brady, K. Hegarty, M. Prout, C. Kidney, G. Ronayne, A. McCarthy, B. Mulqueen, S. McGarry, J. Shanahan, B. Sweeney, S. Collins, D. O’ Sullivan, C. Caffrey. Subs used – C. Ronayne, S. Keane. It was great to see 27 players togged out on the night.


Also, the club wishes Colin Brady a speedy recovery from injury he suffered during the game. We all hope he makes a quick and full recovery.



U15 Hurling V Grenagh – 22/4


Shamrocks 5-10, Grenagh 5-15


Grenagh under 15 hurlers were the visitors to Shanbally on a lovely Thursday evening for hurling and they left with the points after a thoroughly entertaining hours hurling. Both teams are to be commended for serving up 35 scores between them and some of the Shamrocks players simply ran themselves to a standstill throughout. Unfortunately, Grenagh had only the 12 players so it was 12 a side. This certainly leads to plenty of scores and tired bodies at the end.


Its a bit hard to map out a report for the pattern of this game as so much was happening. Shamrocks started bright and Mark Hitchmough and Rory Horgan from midfield scored early goals. However, it wasnt long before Grenagh showed that they were a cut above the Dripsey team that Shamrocks beat the previous week. They had 2 excellent half forwards and one in particular, who is on the Cork under 15 team, gave Shamrocks all sorts of problems for the whole hour. The game plan revolved around stopping this player; Joe O’Brien did as good a job as anyone could expect and in fact was on top of him for long spells of the second half. It was a great tussle. So as the goals and points were flying in at either end, the scoreboard was kept busy. After a great first half, Grenagh led 2-10 to 2-5 at half time.


The second half was tight all through and again, the scores kept coming. Shamrocks played their best hurling in this period with each player contributing throughout the hour. This bunch of players have been putting it in on the training pitch and one can see an improvement from game to game. Cormac Scriven in goals had a great outing and dealt with the numerous high balls that came in. Rory Horgan and Andrew O’Grady added second half goals along with points from O’ Brien (65), Aonghus Boland (who ran himself to a standstill) and Darragh Scriven who got 3 points from play from wing forward. It was also good to see Daniel O’Reilly making a comeback and playing well at centre back.


So overall, eventhough they became one of the few Shamrocks teams to score 5-10 in a hurling match but still lose, things look bright for this bunch of players and it is hoped to keep them together for a while yet as they can do some damage over the next few years. They improve with every game. Next game is supposed to be against Clondrohid next Wednesday but that game looks unlikely as the Minors are playing the same night. We’ll let you know whats happening.


Team: C. Scriven, B. Crowley, C. O’ Grady, S. Kelleher, J. O’Brien, S. Kidney, R. Horgan, B. Coffin, A. Boland, D. Scriven, A. O’Grady, M. Hitchmough. Subs used – D. O’Reilly, D. Andrews, T. Murphy.

Junior A Football League V Tadhg MacCárthaighs– 19/4


Tadgh MacCárthaighs 0-15, Shamrocks 0-12.


After the disappointment of the previous Saturday night (below), Shamrocks had to pick themselves up and make the long trip to Aughaville to play the home side in the latest round of the league. With 4 teams from Carbery in our section, this was the last long journey west but it could turn out to be a useful exercise with the game against Kinsale coming up on Saturday night in the championship. Shamrocks needed to get the bad display from Saturday night out of the system and on this occasion, they largely did; but as usual they mixed the good with the bad.


However, with an eye on the upcoming championship game, Shamrocks finished very well and indeed can count themselves a bit unlucky that they didnt come away with at least a point for their efforts. The first half was all different. On a huge pitch, Shamrocks started brightly and Joe Shanahan and Brian Sweeney had Shamrocks 2 points up early. However, once again, turnovers were to prove costly as from there to the break, Tadhg MacCárthaighs punished every loose Shamrocks pass and kick. They stormed into an 0-8 to 0-2 lead and a drubbing looked likely. However, Shamrocks steadied the ship coming up to halftime and went in losing 0-10 to 0-5 at the break – it could have been much worse.


After a few words were spoken at halftime, Shamrocks were a transformed team in the second half and completely dominated exchanges. More so possession, less so the scoreboard. They got as close as 0-13 to 0-11 behind with 10 minutes to go but MacCárthaigh were way more ecomomical with their limited possession and they just about kept Shamrocks at bay. But, it was an encouraging second half responce to a mini crisis. Throughout the game, Shanahan did the bulk of the scoring along with contributions from Sweeney, Alan McCarthy and sub Stephen Keane.

Junior A Football Championship V Carrigaline – 16/4


Carrigaline 2-8, Shamrocks 0-10


This was a most disappointing result for Shamrocks in Round 1 of the championship last Suturday night in Camden. Its difficult to put the finger on where this flat performance came from – the training had gone well the last few months, the challenge and league games had gone well, the spirit was good, confidence was high and players seemed to be coming into form at the right time. And to go out and not perform on the championship stage is hard to take.


Shamrocks were very slow to settle – the Shamrocks full back line was under constant pressure from the word go due to Carrigalines dominance around the middle third of the pitch. When Carrigaline didnt score, they were fouled and they made most of the frees. Joe Shanahan had earlier replied to Carrigalines two early points but Carrigaline turned the screw a bit thereafter and before Shamrocks knew it, Carrigaline were 1-5 to 0-2 ahead. Shamrocks sorted out their difficulties with numerous switches and only trailed by 1-6 to 0-5 at halftime; I say only because they were outplayed for long spells of that half.


The second half promised a comeback from Shamrocks as they got more into the game and started feeding the inside forwards much needed possession. They reduced the gap to 2 points midway through the second half, through Simon McGarry who tried hard throughout. However, a defensive slip let in Carriglaine and they utilised the overlap to finish to the net. This was effectively game over as they led 2-7 to 0-7 and the Shamrocks heads dropped a little. The rest of the game was basically Shamrocks trying desperately to try and get at least 1 goal but Carrigaline threw loads of players inside the 21 yard line to protect the goal. And it worked as they held on comfortably for the 4 point win. Mickey Prout drove over a free with the last kick of the game but it was way too late at that stage.


Shamrocks reward is a back door game against Kinsales second team next Saturday night, at a venue yet to be decided. They must first pick themselves up and make the long journey West to Aughaville to play Tadhg MacCárthaighs on this Tuesday night at 8pm.


Team: Fergus O’Neill, Jonathan Tuohy, Stephen Hurley, Senan Andrews, Michael Prout, Cathal Kidney, Gary Ronayne, Alan McCarthy, Barry Mulqueen, Simon McGarry, Joseph Shanahan, Paul Lordan, Darragh O’Sullivan, Seanán Collins, Cannice Cafferey. Subs used – Cian Ronayne, Jamie Sweeney.

U15 Hurling V Dripsey – 15/4


Dripsey 2-5, Shamrocks 5-11


Shamrocks made the long journey to Dripsey on Friday night and came away with the two points in their first league game to go ahead. A few decisions regarding player placement had to be made prior to throw in but all seemed to work out in the end. Shamrocks started the brighter and led 1-2 to no score after Mark Hitchmough and Andrew O’Grady with a beautiful flicked goal from a long delivery showed what they are capable of with proper deliveries into them. The home side got to grips with the Shamrocks fast start and came way more into it and indeed drew level coming up to haltime and a tight game looked on the cards. They even went ahead just on haltime and the Shamrocks lads heads were down. It was 2-4 to 1-4 for Dripsey at halftime.


However, they had played well in that half and the skills that they had been covering in training were evident at times, improvement was noticable. This was stressed to them at halftime and along with the switching of Joe O’Brien onto the best Dripsey forward and Cormac Scriven into goal, it transformed the game. The second half was one of the most complete performances from a Shamrocks hurling team in a good while. They outscored Dripsey 4-8 to 0-2 in that time and indeed could have had more. The entire team upped their game, used the spaces a lot better and the selectors at the end were more than happy with what they had seen. It is unfair to single out individual players but two of our under 13 players, Mark Hitchmough with 0-7 from play (left and right) and Andrew O’Grady with 4-1 from play have to get a mention. They have improved their striking along with many others on the panel but need to do more; this is only one game. Parents will get a text regarding next training session but its provisionally fixed for Tuesday evening. The next hurling game is at home to Grenagh next Thursday evening at 7pm.


Team: J. O’Brien, B. Crowley, S. Kidney, S. Kelleher, C. O’Grady, C. Scriven, R. Horgan, B. Coffan, D. Scriven, A. Boland, T. Murphy, A. O’Grady, M. Hitchmough

U13 Hurling V Whitechurch – 11/4


Shamrocks 1-3, Whitechurch 3-5


Shamrocks played Whitechurch in their first hurling league game at under 13. The score  at half time was 2 points each. The Shamrocks players on the night showed fantastic commitment and attitude and really played their hearts out – everyone from goalie to corner forward. Second half Shamrocks got first goal and looked good. But 2 goals in two minutes from the visitors put a stop to that. Only 12 players available to Shamrocks was the only disappointment on the night. Training next Saturday @ 4pm.

Minor Hurling V Western Gaels – 11/4


Shamrocks 0-6, Western Gaels 2-10


Shamrocks had 14 players togged out for this game against the visitors from Inchageelagh and Kilmichael; all gave a good spirited performance and put in a much better effort than last week. Unfortunately we gave away 2  goals in the first half which put the scoreline beyond our reach. Much more to do but the mentors were encouraged by the renewed efforts. Roy Twomey and Tony O’Mahony were the Shamrocks players to make an impression on the scoreboard.