Yearly Archives: 2011

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.


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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

Junior Hurling V Clonakilty – 30/9

Clonakilty 4-17, Shamrocks 2-10


Shamrocks travelled to Clonakilty to play their second last league game of the year on Friday night and suffered a 13 point defeat at the hands of the hosts, who went top of the table as a result of the win. Shamrocks hadnt played any game since being eliminated from the Junior A Championship in mid August while Clonakilty were pushing for top spot and had played 2 league games the previous week. As a result, Clon had the advantage over Shamrocks coming in and looking at the way the game panned out, it followed the expected pattern. This was also Shamrocks first ever game of hurling under floodlights and their first ever game in Clonakiltys fantastic new complex, in Anahilla, on the far side of the town.


The first 3 scores of the game were goals, 2 to Clonakilty and one, a beauty from Stephen Keane, to Shamrocks. After that opening 10 minutes when Shamrocks matched their opponents, Clonakilty opened up a bit and started to knock over the points, along with another goal. They opened up a 3-6 to 1-4 lead at halftime. It was a respectable effort from Shamrocks but their shooting wasnt as accurate as Clon’s.


After Clonakilty got an early goal and a few points to stretch further ahead, Shamrocks suddenly upped their game from nowhere and the whole game livened up considerably. They got right on top all over the field and indeed had the deficit down to 4 points after Gary Ronayne rifled home a great effort from 30 yards out, after great points from Mickey Prout and Stephen O’Neill. However, the next 3 scores went to Clonakilty straight away and they kept ahead until the end. Shamrocks used up all their subs as Clonaklity finished with the last 5 points, mainly from frees.


The Club ran a bus to this game for players and supporters and it proved to be an enjoyable experience. Thanks also to Clonakilty who provided us with food afterwards in their impressive clubrooms/bar.


Shamrocks have one league game to go against St Colums at home, on a date yet to be fixed. Shamrocks are in 3rd last position in the leage table with the bottom 2 to go down to Section 3. A win against Colums would almost guarantee staying up in section 2.


Team: R. Twomey, J. Tuohy, S. Collins, D. O’Neill, A. McCarthy, B. Sweeney, F. O’Neill, G. Ronayne, M. Prout, B. Mulqueen, T. O’Mahony, C. Kidney, J. Raleigh, S. Keane, S. O’Neill. Subs used – C. O’Sullivan, B. Cusack, P. Andrews, J. Wilson, S. Downey.



U8 Football Blitz – 24/9

Shamrocks hosted an U8 football blitz last Saturday. The teams that competed were Gleann Na Laoi, Ballinacurra, Brian Dillons & Shamrocks. All four teams were evenly matched and some great games were had. Shamrocks opened up with a very had earned win over Gleann Na Laoi on a score line of 1-03 to 0-04. They then had to rely on a last minute goal by Sean Andrews in our game against Ballinacurra to draw the match. We then defeated Brian Dillons in our last game to leave our lads on a high.


Some fantastic performances were given by all the players. These players have all started with our Academy and now are getting their rewards on the playing pitch. Much credit must go to the coaches of Jed O’Flaherty, Dick Andrews, Kieran Kramer & John Jordan for looking after these lads. Thanks also to all the parents who made refreshments and especially to Roisin & Catherine who looked after the kitchen duties for the day. Thanks must also go to Frank Van Pelt who was again on hand with his camera.


It was great to see a large gathering of supporters for all four teams as parents, Grandparents, brothers and sisters turned out to see the stars of tomorrow. All the teams were treated to refreshments and the large following were well looked after by the girls in the kitchen. Panel of players involved – Fionn Herlihy, Declan Carroll, Fionn Mehigan, Derry Howard, Michael Foy, Jack O’ Leary, Nathan O’Sullivan, Adam Maye, Adam McSweeney, Mark Sisk, Sam Creamer, John Coleman, Sean Andrews, Harry Andrews, Cian O’Flaherty, Craig O’ Flaherty, Robert Van Pelt.


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U15 Football Championship V Grenagh – 24/9

Shamrocks 6-15, Grenagh 5-8


This was the third time that Shamrocks and Grenagh have met this year at this age group (between hurling and football) and each and every game has been thrilling ,end to end stuff with high scores being registered on both sides. The 12 a side certainly lends itself to open attacking football and this was evident again in Shanbally on Saturday afternoon last. It was the quarter final of the East Region and the sides had been well matched earlier on in the season.


Grenagh played with the wind in the first half but Shamrocks opened the brighter with scores from Alex O’Sullivan and goals from Tom Murphy and an absolute beauty from Rory Horgan, who got on the end of a team move with a well timed burst through the centre and he buried the ball low to the net. Shamrocks were ahead 2-2 to 0-1 at this stage and looked good. Grenagh however gradually came back into the game and their nippy forwards proved a handful for the Shamrocks backs as the half wore on. They put together some fine moves themselves to go ahead at the break 2-5 to 2-4. Shamrocks had a lot of work to do in the second half as despite being only a point down having played with the wind, the lads knew that this wasnt exactly their best football of the year – a lot of ball was given away needlessly in the first half.


Shamrocks scored a point fom play from Alex O’Sullivan straight from the throw in but Grenagh broke forward and scored a goal up the hill to go a goal up. But the Shamrocks players never panicked at this stage – they gradually wore down Grenagh around the middle and the switch of Aonghus Boland from left to right wing forward certainly helped matters. He kicked 3 points from play in the last 20 minutes and was involved in all that was good from a Shamrocks point of view. Alex O’Sullivan scored the equalising goal from a great move again and allied to his excellent free taking Shamrocks were 5 points up. Again, Rory Horgan burst through the middle and rattled the net, before Grenagh struck for another goal at the other end. It was score a minute stuff at this stage with Shamrocks holding the determined Grenagh at bay. Sub David Andrews finished off another move to put Shamrocks ahead by 8 before Grenagh threw everything at the Shamrocks back and notched up another 1-2 to close the gap to 4. However, Shamrocks closed out the game with further scores from O’Sullivan and Boland put the icing on the cake.


It was a great team effort from all the lads, including the 5 subs who came on. Shamrocks now play Western Gaels on a date, time and venue yet to be announced, probably next weekend. Training this Monday evening at 6.30pm.


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