Monthly Archives: October 2011

U15 Football Championship Semi Final – 31/10

Western Gaels 6-8, Shamrocks 2-4


A long year finally came to an end on Monday afternoon last in Dripseys field as Shamrocks u15s were knocked out of the East Region C Championship by Western Gaels who go on now to meet Clondrohid in the final. It being a month since Shamrocks beat Grenagh in the Quarter Final was a disadvantage as we’d been waiting around for Western Gaels to be available to play the game.


Western Gaels, a combination of Kilmichael and Úibh Laoire (Inchigeela) were simply able to score goals at regular times, 3 in each half while Shamrocks, despite having as much possession, found it way to hard to burst the net and the game was over as a contest long beore the finish. Shamrocks scored an early point through centre forward Alex O’Sullivan before some sloppy play in the forwards let Western Gaels in for a quick fire 3 goals. 2 of the goals came as a direct result of the Shamrocks forwards messing around in the forwards and the Gaels worked the ball up the pitch at speed to slice through the Shamrocks overstretched defence. Three times they did this and it really was the defining moments of the game as it hepled them open up a 3-4 to 0-3 halftime lead and also knocked the stuffing out of Shamrocks. The Shamrocks lads started to go for goals from a long way out which was inadvisable – they actually tried to walk the ball into the Western Gaels net but found a combination of last gasp defending, some excellent goalkeeping and downright poor finishing and option taking against them.


Shamrocks needed a good start to the second half but after a chance of scoring a goal within 30 seconds was completely wasted, and Western Gaels went down the field to show the Shamrocks lads how its done by sticking the ball into the top corner of the Shamrocks net, it was game set and match. The heads hit the floor for 10 minutes and Western Gaels added another 2 piledrivers to their tally. Shamrocke to be fair were suffering from attack after attack brwaking down at the 21 yard line and despite David Andrews and Alex O’Sullivan scoring 2nd half goals, were a beaten team well before the finish.


The season started way back in February and its been a long road. The break will hopefully do some of the players and mentors good. The mentors Patrick Andrews and John Twomey (Ringaskiddy) would like to thank the players and to the parents for their committment, featuring longer road trips due to the restructuring of the underage sector. We hope to see them all again next year.


Panel on duty – D. Raleigh, S. Kidney, S. Kelleher, B. Crowley, B. Coffin, C. O’Grady, R. Horgan, D. Scriven, A. O’Sullivan, A. Boland, P. Murphy, T. Murphy, C. Scriven, N. Hayes, M. Hitchmough, A. O’Grady, E. Horgan, C. Hayes.

Club Sponsored 10km Run/5km Walk – 29/10

The club held a 10km/ 5km walk last Saturday to raise funds for floodlights which the club hope to put in place in 2012. The run started at 12.30pm and there were 25 runners who took part. Our thanks to all of them who braved the journey.


Paddy Clifford, formely of Laune Rangers in Killorglin and now a popular National School teacher in Shanbally NS was the first to cross the line up by the pitch, in a impressive time of 40 minutes. All the others passed the finishing points in respectable times. The walkers were out at 12.45pm. The main talking point afterwards was the fact that Sid Kidney from the Girls Football club beat current player Todds Sweeney. They had a bet on together and whoever lost would have to wear the clothes of choice of the victor. So Todds had to wear a bra and skirt down the Shamrock Bar afterwards! A special word of congratulation to the 5 women who took part and they more than held their own, led home by Elaine Twomey, daughter of our Treasurer John.


However, the main object of the day was to raise funds for our project and the club would like to thank everyone who contributed, whether it was by sponsoring, taking a sponsorship card, running, walking or just being present on the day. As compere John Twomey (Ringaskiddy) said afterwards in his speech, the community spirit is alive and well in the community. It was a great day for the entire club and hopefully it will go a long way towards the floodlights on the bottom pitch.


The following helped out and were stewards on the day and again, our thanks to them – Tony O’Sullivan, Pat McCarthy, Joe McCarthy, John Jordan, Kieran Kramer, Terence O’Keeffe, Noel Murphy, Sammy O’ Driscoll, Christy Wade, Diarmuid Murphy and Peter Crowley (Brittany Ferries Duty!), Ann Hitchmough, Rosarie Hayes, Kevin O’Grady and Kieran Lynam. Our thanks also to our Secretary John Twomey (Shanbally) who was on duty collecting money all morning and a special thanks to the members of the Garda Síochána from Carrigaline, led by Damien Craven, a former player and also to the Order of Malta, led by Fr Pat O’ Donovan, Monkstown, who were on safety/welfare duty.


Click here for photos of the Fundraiser

Lotto 18/10/11


Congratulations to Mikey & Mikayla Foran c/o John Twomey (Ringaskiddy) who won €2200 in the weekly Lotto held in The FBI on Monday night. The winning numbers they picked were 6, 8, 30. This result means that next weekends jackpot levels off at €200.

U13 Hurling League Semi Final – 16/10

Ballincollig 4-14, Shamrocks 2-7


Shamrocks and Ballincollig squared off in the Semi Final of the hurling league on Sunday afternoon last in Ballincollig and the home side won by double scores. Shamrocks cause wasnt helped by the sending off of one of their players inside 10 minutes of the first half.


No further report received.

U15 HC V Clondrohid – 9/10

Clondrohid 5-12, Shamrocks 1-3


Shamrocks made the long trip to Clondrohid for the second Sunday in a row and it was a case of deja vu all over again as Clondrohid dished out a heavy defeat to the visitors. Clondrohid had this game wrappd up inside 15 minutes as once again, their speed and pace was too much for the Shamrocks lads. These past 2 games down there have shown the gap that exists between us and some of the other clubs around but at least now, the selectors and mentors know the problems and they will be addressing them as the lads move forward into under 16 next year.


As usual, Shamrocks faced a mountain to climb before the game as they had very little done hurlingwise before the game due to football committments. Also, within that word Clondrohid was in fact three clubs as players from Cill na Martra and Naomh Abán (who dont field hurling teams) were on duty for Clondrohid and indeed were some of their better players. They opened up a 2-5 to 0-0 lead within 15 minutes and despite Shamrocks having a fair amount of possession, they just could not find the posts, a problem that needs to be addressed as well. Ball was lost, ball was mishit and ball was too slow. At halftime it was 4-9 to 0-1, flattering to Clondrohid as the Shamrocks lads had tried very hard without much reward.


The selectors brought on all the subs within 5 minutes of the restart and they made a handsome contribution to the spirit Shamrocks showed in the second half. It was way more competitive and featured fine displays from Cormac Scriven in goal, David Raleigh, Coby O’Grady, sub Nathan Hayes, Rory Horgan who scored a fine goal and Aonghus Boland who put over few scores. Brian Coffan had a great battle with the flying Clondrohid wind forward who was instrumental to most of their scores.


And so the season ends on a disappointing note somewhat. We played 4 games throughout and that will have to addressed for one thing – the players will not progress unless they are exposed to way more hurling. We’d like to thank the players and the parents who made the trip once again and it’s encouraging to see the panel get better, despite the efforts of some other players to drop off it.


Panel – C. Scriven, D. Raleigh, S. Kelleher, S. Kidney, C. O’Grady, B. Crowley, R. Horgan, A. Boland, B. Coffan, D. Scriven, A. O’Grady, T. Murphy, J. O’Keeffe, M. Hitchmough, N. Hayes, C. Hayes, E. Horgan.

Players Meeting – 6/10

The players and some members of the Executive held a meeting in the Grace McCarthy rooms on Thursday night last. Firstly, Liam Shanahan, John Towmey (Ringaskiddy and Underage Club) and Michael Kidney (Ladies Club) spoke about the upcoming Fundraiser for Floodlights, taking place on Saturday October 29th. The sponsorship cards were given out to the players.


There was a review of the year in both Hurling and Football, with both management and players expressing their views in an open forum. Some of the main points raised were the fact that the players overall need more committment to the club and the timing of fixtures etc. It was stressed  that current players would be the preferred choice to run the under 21 teams in 2012.


Declan Bray said that indoor training will start in the NMCI Ringaskiddy at the start of November, probably on Tuesday nights, the club are in the process of booking the venue once a week.

U8 Football Blitz – 2/10

Shamrocks U8’s held another football blitz in Shanbally on Sunday 2nd October. Passage and Whitescross were the opponents on a wet and muggy morning.


Shamrocks had eighteen players available and Passage had the same while Whitescross had twelve. It was decided to make up a fourth team ,six from Shamrocks and six from Passage so all players had equal game time. Everything ran smoothly on the day to make this Blitz a success.


A big thank you to all the players and to their parents again for making sandwiches and helping out in the kitchen.


Players on duty for Shamrocks were Derry Howard, Mark Sisk, Sean Andrews, Cian O Flaherty, Harry Andrews, Robert Van Pelt, Adam McSweeney, Fionn Mehigan, John Coleman, Adam Maye, Michael Foy, Craig O Flaherty, Calum Power, Fionn Herlihy, Adam Maginty, Steven Maginty, Declan Carroll and Shane Donnegana.


Click here to view Photo’s from the Blitz

U15 Football League Semi V Clondrohid – 2/10

Clondrohid 5-14, Shamrocks 3-6


Shamrocks were tought a harsh lesson in football out in Clondrohid on Sunday afternoon last, in the Semi Final of the league. Having played in two seperate sections of the league, neither team knew much about the other coming into this game and indeed after 20 minutes, Shamocks led 0-6 to 0-4 and seemed well in this game. However, on such small things can games change and the next 10 minutes were a complete disaster for Shamrocks and in effect it finished the game as a contest.


Shamrocks started brightly and had good scores from play from Patrick Murphy, Alex O’Sullivan, Darragh Scriven and Aonghus Boland. The Clon keeper made a wonderful save from Alex O’Sullivan from the throw in while at the other end, David Raleigh made some vital interceptions at times to deny Clondrohid. However, with Shamrocks leading 0-6 to 0-4 after 20 minutes, they gave away the ball stupidly in the half forward line with a goal and a point for Clondrohid  in quick succession being the result. Whatever seemed to happen, the Shamrocks heads hit the floor; another 2 goals and a further 2 points followed up till halftime and that was it – game over in a matter of minutes because of mistakes made.


The Shamrocks mentors brought on all the subs with 25 minutes left as a kind of thank you the 18 players for making the journey all the way down on a dreary Sunday afternoon. Clondrohid’s speed and movement were way too much for Shamrocks from the 20th minute on; as the Shamrocks mentors said to the players afterwards – this is the level that they want the players to aspire to – quick ball into the forwards and less slow, holding up the play type stuff.


The patched up team played with more spirit in the second half and indeed finished strong with goals from Coby O’Grady and Rory Horgan. Some of the players looked dead on their feet during the course of the game and too many of the big name, older players didnt perform on the day.


Next up is another trip to the same place next Sunday for a Hurling Championship (and League) game against the same opposition at 12noon this time next week.


Panel on duty – D. Raleigh, S. Kelleher, S. Kidney, C. O’Grady, B. Coffan, B. Crowley, R. Horgan, A. Boland, A. O’Sullivan, D. Scriven, T. Murphy, P. Murphy, D. Andrews, M. Hitchmough, C. Scriven, A. O’Grady, C. Hayes, N. Hayes.

U15 Football 2/10/11

U15 Football 2/10/11