Monthly Archives: October 2012

U15 Hurling League Final V Grenagh – 20/10

Grenagh 5-7, Shamrocks 1-6


We travelled to Grenagh on Saturday for our u/15 hurling league final and got off to a bad start where we found ourselves 1-01 to no score after only two minutes.


Grenagh then got a second goal before we got on the scoreboard with two points from play having missed a handful of chances. Even though we were playing some great hurling at this stage we conceded a third goal but the lads kept going and scored 1-02 coming up to half time; only for Grenagh to tag on another three points to go in at half time leading on a score of 3-04 to 1-04.


The second half started with Grenagh scoring two goals in quick succession and even though there was great hurling from end to end Shamrocks could not reduce the deficit and they only managed two points in the second half where as thye home side scored another four points to run out winners on a scoreline of 5-08 to 1-06.


The score line does not reflect how well the team played and to see some great individual performances, maybe if we had more games during the year it could have been a different story but even so well done to all the lads for their efforts during the year and we hope to see them ALL back in a Shamrocks jersey in 2013. Thanks also to the mentors Peter Crowley, Dick Andrews, Kevin O’Grady and John Herlihy.


U9 Hurling Blitz – 20/10

Shamrocks under 9 hurlers travelled to Mayfield to play in the  Monster Hurling Blitz on Saturday morning and it proved a great success.


Saturday morning is quite a popular morning for the youth of our parish with many sports competiting for the minds of the kids; on this occasion Shamrocks were missing up to 8 players, mostly to other sports but neverthless, the fact that 11 were present and correct in Mayfield at 9.40am for an 11 a side blitz meant that each and every one of the players played the full allocation of games.


Each team played a total of 3 games and Shamrocks played against Castlelyons, Blarney and the host club Mayfield in their group. The lads played just short of one and a half hours of hurling against different teams and the mentors on the day Jed O’Flaherty, Patrick Andrews, Seamus O’Flynn and Tim Hayes were delighted with the event. The players certainly enjoyed themselves on a morning when scores were not important. Passage GAA will be hosting anothe Monster Hurling Blitz within the next month so we’ll be entering that. Our thanks to Mayfield GAA and John Neville (Urban Development Officer) for the chance to compete and my thanks to Frank Van Pelf who was on hand with his camera and will be sending on photos for this website asap.


The Shamrocks players who took part on Saturday morning were Sean and Harry Andrews, Cian O’Flaherty, Eoin O’Flynn, Ferdia Hayes, Adam Maye, Shane Donegana, Robert Van Pelt, Colin Murphy, Declan Carroll and Mark Sisk.




Mayfield Monster Hurling Blitz, the lads defend




Munster Club Development Program – 13/10

Thanks to the coaches who turned up on Saturday morning for the final leg of the Munster Club Development Program with Martin Coleman GDA. Some of the lads put in the extra effort as they then had to play two hurling matches in the afternoon as well.


Pa Andrews will be in contact with the coaches in due course.


Coaches Alan McCarthy, Steven Downey and Jonathan Tuohy put the players through their paces – 13/10/12

Dripsey Hurling Tournament – 13/10

The Dripsey Invitation Hurling Tournament took place on Saturday 13th and after two splendid games of hurlng Shamrocks came home with a handful of trophies.


Shamrocks played their first game against Ballinora at their venue and afer a well contested game the home side edged in front at the final whistle on the scoreline 1-15 to 1- 12. Full marks to all our players, who hadn’t held a caman for several weeks. Michael O’Neill, in goal was in sparkling form stopping and hitting over long range frees. Conor Walters showed up very well at wing back and his pace and tenacity caused problems for the opposition. Roy Twomey, another young player showed some fine touches and got on the scoresheet too. We also saw some fine touches and scores from Alan McCarthy. At full fitness, he would be a difficult opponent for any player.


Shamrocks then went on to contest the Plate Final against host Club Dripsey. Two games of hurling in one afternoon, late in the season was a big call.  Our lads were up for it and in the late stages it was determination and a never-say-die attitude that kept them moving and deserved victors on the score 3-6 to 2-8. This was another very close game with little between ther sides.  At half time Dripsey led 2-5 to 2-3.


When Paul Lordan got out of bed on Saturday morning little did he think he would be playing hurling in the afternoon. With only fifteen players at our disposal, an SOS was sent to Paul at 1.30pm. He arrived on the scene about 2.20pm and was ready for action. He was on the starting team for the second game and lined out at corner forward. He made it a memorable afternoon by scoring two great goals. His first was a beauty, having been at the end of a splendid sideline cut from Roy Twomey. His second goal was a breaking ball being ushered over the goal line. We saw some great individual displays from Senan Andrews, Cathal Kidney, Jonathan Tuohy and Stephen O’Reilly. Goalkeeper Michael O’Neill finished the game outfield with Dave falling between the posts and keeping a clean sheet. With time running out and both teams desperate to get the final score which would surely be a winning one, Michael O’Neill obliged for Shamrocks with a magnificent point.  The final whistle was a welcome shrill. With heavy legs and much perspiration the boys in green relished a very fine victory and gave us all a very positive message of Shamrock Hurling.


Popular Skipper Stephen Downey accepted the winners trophy and Stephen O’Reilly was awarded the trophy for ‘most consistency over the two games’. Well done to all concerned, the Selectors, our players, the providers of food and beverages and a little bit of water!



JBFC V Ballinhassig – 7/10

Ballinhassig 2-6, Shamrocks 0-4.


This was a good game of football played in Ballygarvans pitch last Saturday evening with Ballinhassig wining through to the B championship final. While the scorline suggests that Ballinhassig were the much better outfit, they only pushed on in the middle section of second half as the Shamrocks lads legs began to tire.


Ballinhassig led 1-4 to 0-2 at halftime but Shamrocks can count themselves very unlucky to be behind by that margin at the break. They were the better team in the first half and had more possession than Ballinhassig; but some sloppy wides and a lack of a goalscoring threat and some dropped balls when bursting through the middle caught them. Meanwhile Ballinhassig were way more clinical with their possession at the other end and scored nearly every time they attacked. Jamie Sweeney and Cian Ronayne were the first half Shamrocks scorers while the likes of Ronan Murphy, Stephen Hurley, Darren Roche, Stephen Jordan, Jason Browne and Tony O’Mahony turned in fine half hours of ball.


Shamrocks scored the first point of the second half to bring the game back to 4 points. However, the big Ballinhassig men started to get on top around the middle from the kickouts and they enjoyed more possession. The killer blow arrived 10 minutes into the second half when Ballinhassig scored the decisive goal to open up a 7 point gap, 2-4 to 0-3. Shamrocks badly needed a goal but never threathened it and try as they might for teh rest of teh game, Ballinhassig had that 7/8 point cushion to play with and run out the clock.


The appointed referee for the game pulled out at the last minute and John Twomey (Shanbally) refereed the game and did it in a fair manner and the scoreline was certainly not affected by his competent performance.


Overall the Junior B team had a reasonably successful and enjoyable year, considering we had no team last year. Our thanks to teh 3 mentors Peter Prout, Stephen Jordan and Patrick Andrews for keeping the show on the road and providing 10 much needed games for the players. The later teh B championship is played in the year, the worse it is for Shamrocks with our limited numbers compared to other clubs. Also, well done and thanks to all the players who contributed throughout the year – without them there would be no team. We hope to see them all back playing (and training!!!) next year with the club.


Team: J. Wilson, D. Roche, P. Prout, K. O’Mahony, J. Browne, S. Hurley, R. Murphy, P. Lordan, S. Jordan, C. Ronayne, T. O’Mahony, R. Twomey, S. Downey, J. Brady, J. Sweeney. Subs used – A. Hickey, P. Andrews


Back Row, l to r: Jack Wilson, Ronan Murphy, Peter Prout, Stephen Jordan, Steven Downey, Joey Brady, Jamie Sweeney, Darren Roche, Paul Lordan, Kevin O’Mahony.
Front, l to r: Pa Andrews, Cian Ronayne, Jason Browne, Stephen Hurley, Tony O’Mahony, Roy Twomey.







Dripsey Hurling Development Tournament successfully Launched

Dripsey GAA are hosting a Hurling Development Tournament on Saturday October 13th. The tournament is aimed at players under the age of 25. The four teams taking part are Dripsey, Shamrocks, Kilmichael and Ballinora.


The tournament was successfully launched last weekend in Dripsey National School, with all four clubs well represented on the night.


The Semi Final Draw sees Dripsey Play Kilmichael @ 1.30pm in O Briens field, Dripsey and Ballinora play Shamrocks also @ 1.30pm in Ballinora.


The winners of both semi finals go into the tournament final @ 3.30pm that evening in O Briens field, while the losers of each semi final play each other in the Shield final also @ 3.30pm in Ballinora.


The Presentation of tournament prizes will take place @ 5pm in the Weigh Inn, Dripsey. 



Aidan Murray Dripsey, Tony O Mahony Ballinora, Donal O Brien, Kilmichael & Steven Downey Shamrocks at the Dripsey GAA U25 Hurling Development Tournament launch night.


U15 CFL Final V Grenagh – 3/10

Grenagh 2-10, Shamrocks 1-8


Grenagh won the C grade league in Shanbally on Wednesday evening last after a 5 point win over Shamrocks. It hasnt been a good few days for the Shamrocks lads as they lost out in the championship by the same margin the previous Saturday.


Shamrocks started the brighter, playing against the breeze and hill and were 2 points up thanks to Darragh Scriven and David Andrews. However, Grenagh went down the field and scored 3 quick points to forge ahead.


Shamrocks got on top somewhat after that and scored a few points from Scriven and Tom Murphy before Brendan Crowleys speculative effort looped over the Grenagh goalkeeper to give Shamrocks a vital goal before halftime. Shamrocks led 1-4 to 0-5 at the break and hopes were high of victory, especially turning to play down the hill with the (ever fading) breeze.


However, Grenagh stuck the ball in the back of the Shamrocks net from the throw in to give themselves a boost. This had the effect of reenergising them while at the same time knocking the Shamrocks lads back. The next 15 minutes were spent largely in the Shamrocks half; Shamrocks couldnt win a kickout and Grenagh piled on the scores, a further 3 quick points to open up a 7 point lead before Shamrocks knew what hit them.


They finally started to work the ball up the field but when the ball did go inside, Shamrocks didnt have the ability, guile or cuteness to score that all important goal. They brought the score back to 5 points through 2 Darragh Scriven frees and Marck Hitchmoughs late point but it was Grenaghs night.


Martin McMullan of the East Board presented the League Trophy to the winning Grenagh captain in the fading Páirc Thaidhg Ui hAinle light. The teams will meet again, this time in Grenagh in the Hurling LEague final, on a date yet to confirmed.


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



Shamrocks u15 team V Grenagh, FL Final, 3/10/12
Back row, l to r: Killian Murphy, Nathan Hayes, Darragh Scriven, Andrew O’Grady, David Barry, Brendan Crowley, Shane Kelleher, Mark Hitchmough.
Front, l to r: Cormac Scriven, Christopher Hayes, Tom Murphy, Sean Kidney, David Andrews, Coby O’Grady, Joseph O’Keeffe