Our under 11 hurlers took part in a blitz in Cobh on Friday night last.The lads played four 15 minute games against Passage, Crosshaven and two teams from Cobh. This was a very worthwhile experience for our lads and the improvement was there to be seen as the games went on. Players on duty were Evan Seymour, Cathal Murphy, Daniel O Mahony, Michael Hammet, Cillian Hayes, Shane Downey, Harry Andrews, Dylan O Flaherty, Sam Geary and Luke O Driscoll
Shamrocks 0-8, Bandon 4-16
Shamrocks were extremely short for this particular game and paid the ultimate price against a Bandon team who knew how to hurl. Some of the players who havent featured this year much got the full hour and the players on duty cannot be faulted for effort. The strong breeze blowing right down the pitch and the slippery conditions in the second half made it difficult at time. Shamrocks played with the elements in the first half but Bandon, playing up the hill, were sharper in that period and led 2-10 to 0-5 at halftime. They were always going to win but Shamrocks rejigged the team a bit and we saw a better performance from the home side against the elements despite the scoreline, some of the new younger players showing up well. Training this Friday evening at 7.30pm. Team: R. Twomey, J. Browne, S. Collins, D. O’ Neill, B. Cusack, A. McCarthy, C. Kidney, J. Shanahan, C. Ronayne, S. O’ Neill, T. O’Mahony, P. Brady, J. Wilson, P. Andrews, S. Downey.
Shamrocks 10-5, Kilmichael 7-11
Our under 12 footballers played Kilmichael in Shanbally last Tuesday evening. It was the first time this year that we had a full panel to choose from so expectations were high before throw in. Our lads raced into an early lead with goals from David O Sullivan, Joseph O Keeffe and Shane Flavin and could of had a few more but for some great saves from the visiting goalkeeper. The scoreboard read Shamrocks 4-4 Kilmichael 1-7 at half time.
Kilmichael started brightly in the second half and scored a few goals in the opening minutes but our lads got a couple back to ensure that our supporters went home happy having witnessed a highly entertaining contest. Team on duty were Adam Jones, Cathal Murphy, Evan Seymour, Michael Hammet, James Lynam, Daniel O Mahony, Cillian Hayes, Steven Fox, Ruairi Mehigan, Joseph O Keeffe, David O Sullivan, Dylan O Flaherty, David Fox, Shane Flavin, Shane Downey and Keith O Donoghue Howe.
Valley Rovers 2-9, Shamrocks 0-8
Shamrocks lost their first round game in the hurling championship in Ballinhassig on Thursday night last. The Rovers had a strong second 15 out and it was always going to be a tough ask for a Shamrocks team who could have done with a few more weeks preparation. However, despite the 7 point defeat, this was an encouraging display from them and the scoreline flattered Rovers somewhat. The game basically came down to the ability of Rovers to score goals at vital times; goals that killed the Shamrocks challenge really; while at the other end the lack of even creating a goal scoring opportunity stymied the Shamrocks challenge.
The early exchanges were tight as a heavy shower made life difficult for all players. Valleys went 2 points up but Shamrocks responded through a couple of frees from Mickey Prout. However, then came the first Rovers goal and it really was a gift for them to push on. They went 4 points up and that gap remained to halftime (1-4 to 0-3) and beyond as both team matched each other, the Shamrocks display a few notches up from the previous one. But yet again, Rovers stole in for a soft goal after hesitation in the defence and that was game over with 10 minutes to go. Joseph Shanahan had taken over free taking duties and did well while Mickey Prout knocked over a beauty from play. However, the Rovers kept Shamrocks at arms length in the second half to progress.
The game will definetly bring Shamrocks on and after the last few weeks, if the hurling can be focused on in training, they will be well set for the Crosshaven back door game around June 12th. They play Bandon next Wednesday in the league at home. Again, it was great to see 26 players togged out with a few more to come onto that as well.
Team: C. O’Sullivan, J. Tuohy, S. Collins, S. Andrews, J. Browne, A. McCarthy, C. Kidney, M. Prout, G. Ronayne, F. O’Neill, B. Mulqueen, J. Shanahan, T. O’Mahony, S. Keane, D. O’Sullivan. Subs used – S. O’Neill, C. Ronayne, S. Bourke
We played Carrig na bhFear on Wednesday evening in the football championship; there was end to end action but it was Carrig na bhFear who settled first and took a four point lead before we got on the scoreboard with two points from David O’ Sullivan.
Carrig na bhFear playing with a strong breeze increased the lead further with a goal and three points to go in at the break on a score line of 0-02 to 1-07.
The second half started briskly and Carrig na bhFear got a goal immediatly from the throw in but the lads battled for everything and scored 2-02 to peg it back to within four points and were on top at this stage but could not keep it going and Carrig na bhFear came back with 2-01, Shamrocks drove on to score 1-03 from play but could not close the gap and Carrig na bhFear got a furthur two points to run out winners on a score line of 3-08 to 4-10.
Team: C . Corkery, D. Barry,N. Hayes, J. O’ Keeffe, C. Scriven, E. Horgan, D. Andrews, M. Hitchmough, A. O’ Grady, D. O’ Sullivan, C. Hayes K. Murphy. Subs - D. Carroll, R. Meighan, S. Flavin, S. Fox, A. Jones and J. Lynam
Shamrocks 3-7, Kanturk 6-11
A high scoring win for our visitors to Shanbally after a long trek South. Shamrocks had missed out on their first game the week before while Kanturk had played their game so they were that bit sharper at the start. So much so that they scored 4 goals inside the first 10 minutes to effectively end the game there and then. Shamrocks tried manfully throughout the remainder of the game but found the gap way too much, but they never gave up nevertheless. Kanturk led 4-5 to 2-2 at halftime and ran out comfortable winners in the second half. Shamrocks goals came from Damien Kelleher with two and Tony O’Mahony. Team: C. O’Mahony, A. Dunne, C. Walter, S. O’Brien, P. Barry, T. O’Mahony, J. Raleigh, R. Horgan, R. Twomey, D. Kelleher, S. Horgan, J. Lynch.
Shamrocks later withdrew from this competition due to lack of numbers. The above game was their only outing.
Newcestown 3-13, Shamrocks 2-6
The long trip to Newcestown on Sunday afternoon last resulted in a 10 point defeat to the home side. A couple of things need to be pointed out here before we move onto a match report.
This was Shamrocks first match since the death of our teammate and friend Kieran Hegarty RIP and a minutes silence was observed impecably before the throw in by both sides, the 26 Shamrocks players togged off linking arms in rememberence of Kieran. As a result of the recent tragic events, Shamrocks preperation in hurling had been seriously curtailed so this was really a trip into the unknown in more ways than one as it had also been many years since we had played Newcestown. Also, we were missing 4 of our more prominent players through work and injury. It really is times like this that we need everyone on board, for the difficult championship game against Valley Rovers on Wednesday night, in Ballinhassig, at 7.30pm. However, as pointed out, after the earlier struggles with getting hurlers out on the field, it was great to see 26 players, young and old, ready for action in a Shamrocks jersey down in West Cork.
Newcestown played with the strong breeze in the first half and led 0-9 to 1-4 at halftime, Dave O’Neill with the Shamrocks goal along with Darragh O’Sullivan and Joseph Shanahan from play and Mickey Prout from a free accounting for the points. It wasnt a bad return for a rusty team in the circumstances and Shamrocks were well in it turning to play with the breeze in the second half.
However, the gap in the pure hurling standard between the two teams was way more evident in the second half and despite Shamrocks somehow drawing back to 4 points down with 3 minutes left, Newcestown got 2 goals in injury time to run out comfortable winners. Stephen Keane with the Shamrocks goal.
For obvious reasons, things are rushed going into Thursday nights championship match but all we can do is drive on to training on Tuesday evening at 7.30pm. Hopefully the game will bring us on.
Team: C. O’Sullivan, J. Browne, D. Roche, S. Andrews, S. Bourke, A. McCarthy, C. Kidney, M. Prout, J. Shanahan, S. O’Neill, F. O’Neill, G. Ronayne, D. O’Neill, S. Keane, D. O’Sullivan. Subs (used) – T. O’Mahony, R. Twomey, J. Tuohy, J. Sweeney, C. Ronayne, (not used) S. Downey, J. Wilson, P. Brady, P. Andrews, D. Bourke, B. Cusack.
Please see below official statement from Shamrocks GAA Club following the untimely and tragic death of one of our members last evening.
May 4th 2011
The President, Chairman, Officers and all members of The Shamrock Hurling & Football Club are deeply shocked and saddened by the untimely death of our esteemed playing member Kieran Hegarty R.I.P.
Deepest and heartfelt sympathy is extended to his dear mother Mary, and his sisters Susan and Sinead.
Kieran Hegarty was a most popular and highly respected playing member of our Club where he excelled in both hurling and football. He recently played on the Junior Football Championship winning side that defeated Kinsale.
Last evening at Pairc Tadgh O’Annlaoi in Shanbally, a routine hurling training session took place and Kieran participated with his friends and team mates. When completed the players retired to the Dressing rooms and shortly after coming in, Kieran took ill.
Immediately the Club emergency plan was invoked by the Chairman. Despite the best efforts of Club members utilising their Defibrillator and the emergency Ambulance services, his death was announced shortly after arriving at C.U.H.
This is a most traumatic and shocking experience for our Club, its players, members and wide circle of supporters here in the lower harbour.
All Club activities have been cancelled up to and including next Sunday, as a mark of respect.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a Anam dilis.
Shamrocks Hurling & Football Club