Monthly Archives: September 2012

U15 FC V Dripsey – 29/9

Dripsey 4-8, Shamrocks 4-3


Shamrocks travelled to Dripsey for the replay of the football championship semi final on Saturday.


The game was played at a brisk pace with some end to end football and Dripsey took a four point lead before the lads settled down and came into the game more to score three points. At this stage Shamrocks had most of the play and with a few minutes to go to half time Coby O ‘Grady gathered the ball in midfield and ran through the Dripsey defence to score a great goal; but we could not capitalize on this and missed two glorious chances to go further ahead. Then against the run of play Dripsey came down field to score a goal on the stroke of halftime to lead 1-04 to 1-03.


The second half started at a fast pace and Dripsey took a five point lead before the lads brought it back to two points only for Dripsey to increase their lead again. Even though Shamrocks had strong periods of play we failed to take a lot of scoring chances and Dripsey ran out winners on a scoreline of 4-08 to 4-03.


On a positive note the team are now looking ahead to Wednesdays hurling league final against Grenagh in Shanbally.

U9 Football V Crosshaven – 23/9

Shamrocks travelled to Crosshaven on Sunday morning to play the home side in an under 9 match and both teams came away happy after a very competitive hours play.


Once again the aim of the game at this age group was to provide as much exposure to the live game of Gaelic Football and some of our lads proved themselves to be well up to the mark. All the training in the world will not compensate for games.


Our thanks to Crosshaven for inviting us down and we hope they will return the favour sometime soon, possibly next season.



U15 HL Playoff V Crosshaven – 21/9

Shamrocks 6-13, Crosshaven 3-5


Shamrocks travelled to Crosshaven on Friday evening to play this u/15 hurling league semifinal.


The lads settled very quickly and took a five point lead only for Crosshaven to bring it back to one point but Shamrocks playing some great hurling took their scores well to lead at half time on a score line of 2-03 to 4-05.


Immediatly after the break Crosshaven scored 1-01 to cut our lead to four points but Shamrocks dug deep and scored 1-05 from play before Crosshaven got on the scoreboard with a point.


At this stage it was all Shamrocks and they scored another 1-03 to run out easy winners on a final score of  3-05 to 6-13, a great game of hurling by both teams and well done to all players.


U12 Football V Crosshaven – 21/9

Shamrocks under 12s played Crosshaven on Friday evening in Shanbally in a challenge game. While we didnt actually enter an under 12 team this year due to lack of numbers at this age group, Crosshaven offered a game and the club obliged. However, the turnout of 12 players on a beautiful Friday evening justified the decision not to enter any league or championships.


And one could see from the 1st half performance that the lads hadnt kicked a Gaelic Football since April, when some of them played with the 13’s. They were completely off the pace and some of the players acted like they were on a soccer pitch and had no interest. You dont want to know the halftime score it was that bad.


Acting manager on the night Patrick Andrews gave the lads a right dressing down at halftime and it seemed to work. Crosshaven gave us a few players and the second half was much more enjoyable and competitive for everyone involved. Some words of encouragment saw some of the lesser lights of the team like Jody Sick, Luke O’Driscoll and Seán Browne come right into proceedings, Browne fininshing with 2-2. The confidence grew and the lads went off the pitch in a positive mood.


We’ve been offered a chance to travel to Crosshaven next Friday night to play them in hurling at the same age group. It remains to be seen if we can add to the 11 lads on duty tonight (all of whom said they are available). With fading light, this game would want to be played at 6.15pm and would probably be the last midweek game. The mentors will be in touch.


Also well done to John Jordan who was outstanding on the whistle and stood for no lip whatsoever. He missed a blatant double hop for the 7th Crosshaven goal though!


Shamrocks players on duty were Cathal Murphy, Luke O’Driscoll, Evan Seymour, Shane Downey, Seán Andrews, Cillian Hayes, Jody Sisk, Dylan O’Flaherty, Daniel O’Mahony, Sam Geary, Seán Browne.

Munster Club Development Program – 20/9

A grand total of 3 coaches turned up for Martin Coleman, who came all the way down. Incredibly disappointing, in fact it was quite embarrassing for Martin to turn up and see the numbers. There should be 20+ coaches there. On the flip side the turnout form our under 10 hurlers was excellent.


We’re going again at 11am on Saturday October 13th, the morning of the Academy. If we dont get a responce there we can forget about going anywhere with our underage!

U15 FC V Dripsey – 19/9

Shamrocks 5-4, Dripsey 4-7


Shamrocks and Dripsey will have to do it all over again after this championship clash finished all square in Shanbally on Wednesday evening last.


The game was played in an excellent spirit by 2 evenly matched teams and the game ebbed and flowed and it wasnt until referee Andy Larkin blew the final whistle that everyone present knew whet the final outcome was going to be.


Dripsey played down the hill with the breeze in the first half and made the advantage count as they led 1-4 to 0-3 coming up to half time and they looked slightly the better team, after David Andrews had opened the Shamrocks scoring early doors. However, Shamrocks David O’Sullivan tucked away a penalty right on the stroke of half time to leave the HT score 1-4 to 1-3 in favour of the visitors.


The 2nd half was very exciting with the lead being exchanged between the 2 teams on many occasions. Shamrocks went as much as 5 points up with 20 or so minutes to go but Dripsey rejigged their team and started to win all the kickouts. A guickfire 2-1 had them in front and they stretched it to their own 5 point lead with 7 minutes to go.


Yet again, Shamrocks dug deep and scored a pair of goals to go a point up with 3 minutes to go. The game ended in a whelter of excitement as firstly Dripsey egualised and then a Shamrocks player drove the last kick of the game wide from 30 yards in front of the posts unopposed.


That would have nullified Shamrocks having to go to Dripsey for the replay, probably this coming weekend.


Team: K. Murphy, S. Kidney, S. Kelleher, N. Hayes, C. O’Grady, D. Barry, D. Scriven. M. Hitchmough, T. Murphy, D. Andrews, A. O’Grady, B. Crowley. Subs – D. O’Sullivan, J. O’Keeffe, C. Hayes.

U10 Hurling – 18/9

The u10 hurlers played Carrigaline in a hurling challenge on Tuesday evening in Shanbally.


While the lads were beaten by what was esentially Carrigalines 1st team, all 10 year olds, the idea was to provide the Shamrocks lads with more competitive action against different opposition. Also, the turnout on the night was good – 18 players.


The lads are learning all the time; we would encourage the parents to get the lads to practice hurling at home – this is where the real stickwork will be learned.


Our thanks to Carrigaline for coming down; Some of the Shamrocks players on duty included Robert Van Pelt, Mark Sick, Fionn Herlihy, Michael Foy, Declan Carroll, Cian O’Flaherty, Fionn Meighan, Seán Andrews, Harry Andrews, Adam McGinty, Eoin O’Flynn, Adam Maye, Adam McSweeney, Nathan O’Sullivan and Shane Donegana.


It is hoped to play Carrigaline next Wednesday in an u9 football challenge where we have more players on the age. Unfortunately, we only have three 10 year olds.

Shamrocks Hurling & Football Multi-Sports Camp – 16/9

Shamrocks Underage & Ladies Football Club held their second successive Multisports Camp on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th of September.


It was a very successful weekend which saw over a 100 children; both boys and girls participate. The children had a very enjoyable weekend experiencing a range of sports such as Hurling, Gaelic Football, Rounders, Orienteering  and Olympic Handball. The highlight of the camp was the visit of Seán Óg O hAilpín on Sunday who had a cúpla focail of advice for all the young and upcoming Shamrock players.


The running of the camp would not have been possible without the fantastic help and commitment of all the coaches involved over the weekend. We must not forget the Ladies who helped in the kitchen and with the registration over the two days. We would also like to thank those who helped out with the BBQ and food. It was greatly appreciated.


Finally, I hope that all the children who attended the Camp over the weekend come join our club when it starts the Academy on Saturday 30th of September. We will welcome all boys & girls to our club and all parents who would like to get involved in coaching and the continuous development of Shamrocks Hurling & Football Club.


My thanks to Susan O’Mahony who sent in the report and who also managed to leave her own name out of the proceedings. Without her drive and determination this fantastic weekend for the club would not have taken place!




Sean Óg advises some of the participants

Sean Óg advises some of the participants


U8 Hurling

Shamrocks were scheduled to play Passage on Friday night in Shanbally but unfortunately, due to circumstances outside our control,  the game didnt take place.


It was disappointing for all the players, parents and mentors who turned up. However, with 24 Shamrocks players ready and willing, the mentors Seamus O’Flynn, Anthony Meighan and Tim Hayes put the lads through a training session and they had a very good 12 verses 12 game amongst themselves. Lets hope that this kind of turnout keeps going as it certainly the biggest we’ve had in a long time at that level.


Our thanks to all the players, all the parents who are supporting us and to the 3 lads for their effort on the night.

U8 Hurling – 8/9

The under 8 hurlers went up to Douglas on last Saturday morning and on what was a beautiful morning, played an excellent hour of hurling against the home side. On this particular occasion, Shamrocks only had 11 players (the only negative) and with Douglas having big numbers, it was decided to split Douglas into 3 teams of 11 as well. Therefore Shamrocks played 3 different 20 minutes games and it was great benefit to the lads.


One could see the enjoyment the players got out of it and it was noticable that some of the players grew in confidence as the games went on. Our thanks to the parents who supported the lads and to Douglas who were invited us up and provided our lads with valuable playing time.They play Passage this coming Friday night at home at 6.30pm.


Players on duty on the morning were Seán Andrews (goalkeeper), Colin Murphy, Ferdia Hayes, Mark Sisk, Fionn Meighan, Harry Andrews, Cian O’Flaherty, Adam Maye, Eoin O’Flynn, Cian James, Sam Kramer, Shane Donegana.


Back Row l to r: – Cian James, Mark Sisk, Harry Andrews. Sean Andrews, Cian O’Flaherty, Fionn Meighan, Ferdia Hayes.
Front l to r: Adam Maye, Colin Murphy, Eoin O’Flynn, Sam Kramer.