Ballygarvan 5-8, Shamrocks 2-9
Shamrocks played Ballygarvan in Shanbally on Wednesday evening in very wet conditions. In the first half both teams played some great hurling with Shamrocks first on the score board and were leading by four points to three when Shamrocks got a goal only for Ballygarvan to cancel that out immediatly. Shamrocks then got two more points but a mix up in our defence let Ballygarvan in for a second goal just before halftime to make it 1-06 to 2-03.The second half began with Ballygarvan getting another goal and three points before the lads got on the score board but at this stage Ballygarvan were well on top and we could not get back in to the game and even though the lads played their hearts out and never gave up we could only manage 1-03 and Ballygarvan scored 3-06 from play in the second half to run out 7 point winners on the night.
Ballinhassig 4-12, Shamrocks 2-8
A slicker Ballinhassig second team showed Shamrocks the exit door from the championship at the quarter final stage this morning at Carrrigaline and pushed them through it after a fine hours hurling. Shamrocks started well and played well up to the 6th minute after which Ballinhassig took over. Stephen O’Neill got the early Shamrocks goal and did most of the Shamrocks scoring over the hour, mostly from placed balls. Shamrocks led 1-3 to 0-2 at that stage but then Ballinhassig got completely on top of the Shamrocks half forward line and midfield and started to feed plenty ball to their inside forwards, they just knew what to do with the ball most of the time. Shamrocks couldnt win a puckout for the next 20 minutes and indiscipline crept in, Shamrocks started to give away frees all over the field. Still, coming right up to halftime Shamrocks were only 4 points behind 1-8 to 1-4 despite being completely outplayed by overall better hurlers, certainly a more threathening attack. Then Ballinhassig struck for two quick goals and we all thought it was game over at HT, 3-8 to 1-4. It really was a chastising experience for Shamrocks in that first half.
However, the second half was a diferent story up until the 28th minute when Ballinhassig finished off with 1-2. Shamrocks regigged their team and really tore into Ballinhassig. They scored a few early points and Stevie O’Neill scored a major from a 21 yard free. 3-8 to 2-5. Straight away, the same player had a penalty saved on the line and this really was the closest Shamrocks came to getting really back in the game as that was the last real goalscoring chance they created. The next 11 minutes were played without a score and that suited Ballinhassig as they led then by 3-10 to 2-7 with 10 left. Heart can only get you so far though when your up against a better balanced hurling team and Ballinhassig finished the stronger to win by a slightly flattering 11 points, considering Shamrocks excellent effort in the 3rd quarter.
So, Shamrocks hurling championship season is over for another year. When you contrast the two clubs from a hurling point of view you get scorelines like this, even against their second team. The Ballinhassig parish revolves around their hurling pitch, and their players have all played Premier Minor and U21 A Championship. Shamrocks on the other hand, up until last year, didnt even have a Minor or u21 hurling team for the past number of seasons. In fact, its quite amazing that Shamrocks finished the game with 5 under 21′s. We need to start coaching hurling properly at underage (less focus on football) and to start attracting both mentors and extra players. Until that happens, we will not compete with the Ballinhassigs of this world.
Team: R. Twomey, C. Brady, S. Collins, S. Andrews, A. McCarthy, B. Sweeney, J. Tuohy, M. Prout, C. Ronayne, G. Ronayne, F. O’Neill, C. Kidney, S. Keane, S. O’Neill, J. Shanahan. Subs used – J. Raleigh, J. Browne
We travelled to Cloyne to play our second match in two nights. This was a very hard fought game compared to our game the previous night. Shamrocks scored two points and then got a goal to take a five point lead only to see Cloyne reduce it to two points but the lads kept going and scored three more goals and another point. Cloyne got two more points before the break for Shamrocks to lead on a score line of 0-05 to 4-03. The second half was much tougher and both teams were more evenly matched with Cloyne scoring 1-04 and Shamrocks scoring 1-02 for Shamrocks to eventually run out winners on a scoreline of 1-09 to 5-05. Again it was a very entertaining game to watch.
Shamrocks were very short of players for this game due to some lads being on holidays, so with only eleven players we played Whitescross in a very entertaining game of hurling and even though the lads had not played any hurling matches for three months you could see from the throw in that they were eager; they took an early lead with some great point scoring and two quick goals to settle down and were in control all through the game.
Whitescross did score two goals and five points but Shamrocks were the stronger team on the night and ran out comfortable winners. There was some great individual performances and it was a pleasure to watch both teams play some very entertaining hurling. The team was C. Scriven, N. Hayes, D. O’Sullivan, M. Hitchmough, E. Horgan, A. O’Grady, D. Andrews, C. Hayes, J. O’ Keeffe, S. Flavin and K. Murphy
Our under 8′s were in action in Ballinacurra on Tuesday last. The lads played 20 mins of hurling followed by 20 mins of Football. The two games were highly entertaining and a lot of skill and commitment were shown on the night. Team on duty were Robert Van Pelt, Shane Donnegana, Adam Maginty, Adam Maye, Harry Andrews, Sam Creamer, Cian O Flaherty, Adam McSweeney and Nathan O Sullivan.
Shamrocks 0-18, O’Donovan Rossa 1-8
Shamrocks ran out easy winners in the end. No further report received.
Thanks to all who helped out with the hosting of the very successful U11 football blitz in Shanbally last Thursday
between Passage, Cobh & Shamrocks. The three teams were very evenly matched and some excellent performances were given on all sides.
Special thanks to all the parents who helped out by providing refreshments to all the teams and parents. The kitchen was in full swing and the teams were well fed and looked after. Thanks also to Sid Kidney who refereed all the matches. He received compliments from all sides for his handling of the games even though he brought some rugby rules into play. We had to tell him that the ball was round and the
correct shape. He also was informed that any time the ball was passed forward that is was not a foul. Thanks to Jed and Dick for looking after our own lads.
This team has great potential and are being well trained by these two lads.
Tracton 2-9, Shamrocks 0-14.
Tracton continued to hold the balance of power in the SE Junior A Football Championship following this victory over great rivals Shamrocks at Camden. In a repeat pairing of last years decider, the holders were in command until they had to withstand a late rally by Shamrocks which yielded two unanswered points by Joe Shanahan and Cian Ronayne in the closing stages.
Shamrocks started the brighter and Philip Brady opened the scoring. Tracton soon went in front when they opened their scoring with a goal following a free. Joe Shanahan replied with a point for Shamrocks but Tracton scored the next point. The sides traded points soon after (Ronayne) before Shamrocks scored two unanswered points through Simon McGarry and Cannice Cafferey and the game was level. However, Tracton grabbed that all important second goal straight after and Shamrocks had to start all over again. This they did manfully and despite Tracton scoring two points of their own, Shamrocks played some impressive football coming up to HT and managed to go in level after a high quality half from both teams. Philip Brady x 2, Cathal Kidney, Stephen Keane and Darragh O’Sullivan did the Shamrocks scoring coming up to HT. The second half was very closely fought between two good teams and despite Shamrocks going ahead in the 34th minute through McGarry from a free, Shamrocks just couldnt hold on and Tracton went through to the semi final.
Team: F. O’Neill, J. Tuohy, C. Brady, S. Andrews, G. Ronayne, C. Kidney, M. Prout, B. Sweeney, A. McCarthy, S. McGarry, J. Shanahan, P. Brady, C. Cafferey, S. Keane, D. O’Sullivan. Subs used – S. Collins, P. Lordan.
(Report courtesy of the Evening Echo)
Shamrocks under 8′s played Whites Cross footballers in Shanbally on Wednesday the 6th July. The match eventually went ahead after a
torrential downpour and thankfully stayed dry for the duration. We fielded a team of fifteen players on the night, each player getting plenty of time on the pitch to show their talent to the large following of parents and supporters who were entertained from start to finish. If these lads are to progress we need the parents to get involved and help out.
Players on duty were Harry Andrews, Cian O Flaherty, Fionn Mehigan, Declan Carroll, Robert Van Pelt, Shane Donnegana, Michael Foy, Callum Power, Adam Maye, Nathan O Sullivan, Adam McSweeney, Fionn Herlihy, Sam Creamer, Mark Sisk and Adam Maginty.