Monthly Archives: February 2013

U16 FL V Dripsey – 24/2

Dripsey 4-6, Shamrocks 4-11


We played our first football match of 2013 on Sunday morning away to Dripsey.


The lads settled very fast and played some fine passing football to take a comfortable lead during the first half. It was great to watch the lads play with a very positive attitude and go in at the break on a score line of 3-09 to1-01.


The second half began with Dripsey scoring 1-03 before Shamrocks got on the scoreboard with two points from play, Dripsey were coming on stronger at this stage (as some of the lads were beginning to tire as they had played a very hard minor football match against Cobh the previous day) to score another 1-02 but Shamrocks launched a final attack to score a goal and in the dying minutes. Dripsey got two more goals. However, Shamrocks had done enough to run out winners on a scoreline of 4-11 to 4-06.


Team was Cormac Scriven, Sean Kidney, Shane Kelleher, Nathan Hayes, Coby O’ Grady, Tom Murphy, Daragh Scriven, David Andrews, Killian Murphy,  Mark Hitchmough, Andrew O’ Grady and Brendan Crowley. Subs were Christopher Hayes, Joseph O’Keeffe and Eric Desmond.



MBFL V Cobh – 23/2

Shamrocks 1-12, Cobh 3-6.


Last Saturday afternoon Shamrocks young panel and mentors set off for Cobh, travelling across the harbour estuary on a cold dry afternoon. A lot of effort was put in by all concerned to ensure we would fulfil the fixture, and thus we travelled more in hope than with conviction. One obvious plus was the number of mentors and parents who were there to support these lads on this important fixture…. You may say it was only a league game but in fact it was a statement of intent from the Club to ensure some future prospect for the Club at this difficult time.


Kieran Lynam, Liam Shanahan and Kevin O’ Mahony selected the side and encouraged and exhorted the boys to give of their best. The first 10 mins showed us that these boys were in serious mood and our spirits were lifted by the great attacking play and committed defensive efforts throughout the team. We had 2 points on the board before Cobh caught us with a sucker punch of a goal. Still what we lacked in physical comparison was overcome with tigerish play from our lads. Sean O Brien at midfield did Trojan covering, Brian Coffin gave the Cobh defence an amount of trouble with his searing pace and runs. Dave Raleigh was busy but confident in goal and Sean Kidney (only 15) was outstanding in defence. It was a pleasure to watch this team giving their all!


Half time came with the score Shamrocks 0 -6 and Cobh  3 -3. As you can see the goals didn’t reflect our good play….they had a Cork Minor panellist who was very good… still we were pleased and with 2 substitutions and some positional switches we faced into the second half with more confidence.


Straight away we were awarded a penalty which Brian Coffin expertly tucked on! The switch of Luke Garvin to the half forward line worked wonders and he won some great possession as well as scoring a great point. Coby O Grady, Darragh and Cormac scriven and Tom Murphy were growing into the game. Joe O Brien, just back after a year out through surgery gave his all as did Shane Kelleher. Special mention to Andrew O Grady (not yet 15!) and Mark Hitchmough and Christopher Hayes all very young and talented Club players, playing way above their age group but not afraid to make themselves available. Anyway, the play swung helter skelter up and down the field under the Water tower in Cobh! Brian Coffin was absolutely on fire and banged over some great points. Time was almost up and we were losing by a point. One last attack up the field, and lo and behold, Sean O Brien, fittingly, with great determination, shrugging off tackles left and right, slotted over the equaliser!



All the team were delighted with the effort and result as were we. We were missing some of our experienced players on Saturday some such as Rory Horgan boarding in Rockwell College, are excused. We still would love these other players to make themselves available and continue their allegiance to the Club they have played with since they were little boys. It’s time to show some leadership and courageous qualities and join in with these lads and enjoy your GAA.



PS  8 of that team togged out the following day against Dripsey in u16 and had a handsome win… Well done all the lads… keep up the Training..we are all with ye!!

Team: D.Raleigh, S.Kelleher, S.Kidney, D.Scriven, J.O Brien, T.Murphy, S.O Brien, C.O Grady, B. Coffin, A.O Grady, L. Garvin, C.Hayes, B.Crowley

Subs: C.Scriven for A.O Grady(inj. 24 mins), M. Hitchmough for B. Crowley (H/T)

Tráth na gCeist na gClub 2013

Reachtáladh an comórtas seo i mBaile an Easpaig oiche Cheadoain seo caite agus do sheol na Seamróga foireann ann.


Ghlac Pádraig MacAindriú (ár nOifeagach Gaeilge agus Cultúrtha), a dheartháir Peadar, Donncha Ó Croinín agus iar-chathaoireach an chlub Liam Ó Seannacháin páirt agus cé nár bhuadar, d’éirigh go maith leo ar an oiche.


Ár mbuíochas díobh.

JAFL V Valley Rovers – 17/2

Shamrocks 0-8, Valley Rovers 0-14


Shamrocks went into this game not really knowing what to expect as the 21’s had been withdrawn from the championship due to lack of interest from players, training numbers had been relatively small and a ball had barely been touched. Valleys, who put out a team with a number of under 21’s who were up to recent championship speed, deserved their win at a windy Shanbally on Sunday morning.


The strong wind blew up the pitch, quite unusual for the Track. Valley Rovers had the advantage of playing with it in the first half and they used it well, especially in a devastating 5 minute spell before half time when they scored 5 points in that time. Up until that point, the home side had done enough to lead 4 points to 3 with some excellent moves put together, none more so than the one resulting in Joey Bradys delightful point on 20 minutes,  a flowing move that started with Fergus O’Neill in the goal and ended with the ball hitting the net behind the goal at the other end. This had followed some earlier efforts from Seanán Collins and Stephen Keane, and the game was evenly balanced. Then Shamrocks just went to sleep in that 5 minute period, they couldnt win any kickouts and it was point after point after point. HT 0-8 to 0-4 for the visitors.


The second half started brightly and inside 2 minutes Philip Brady drove a piledriver just over the bar and it looked like game on. Valley Rovers however controlled the next 10 minutes and added a few points to their score before their keeper made an excellent one handed save from Seanán Collins to deny Shamrrocks a much needed goal. There was still 6 points in it with about 15 minutes to go but once again Shamrocks upped their game to score the next 2 points from Darragh O’Sullivan and Brady. However, O’Sullivan had the opportunity to bring it back to a three point game from right in front of the posts but he fluffed his lines and the ball spent the last 10 minutes at the other end of the field, Rovers adding on 2 points to leave 6 points between the teams at the end.


Training continues this week Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Shamrocks were down a massive 8 players from last years championship. Some players seemed to have disappeared off the face of the planet…where are they? Shamrocks had only 16 players togged off today – not a good start to what we hope will be a long year.


Team: F. O’Neill, J. Tuohy, C. Brady, D. O’Neill, R. Harrington, C. Kidney, S. Andrews, A. McCarthy, P. Lordan, S. Keane, E. O’Mahony, P. Brady, J. Brady, S. Collins, D. O’Sullivan. Sub used – S. O’Reilly.

Foundation Course – 16/2/13

12 hardy souls undertook and completed the Foundation Level Hurling & Football Course in the Clubgrounds last Saturday.


John Jordan celebrated his first official day of retirement……by opening the gates at 8.30am! An early start of a Saturday morning saw the original numbers who committed to doing the course whittled down to the aforementioned 12 participants.


They drove on. The essential core modules of the course were thrashed out inside with no little debate and discussion in the Grace McCarthy Room before sampling the delights of Geraldines scones and tea for mid morning breakfast, and hot soup and rolls at lunchtime.


Then it was onto the practical side of things. With the weather just about holding up, each group of coaches had a chance to put the other coaches, who acted as players, through their paces in areas like FMS (Fundamental Movement Skills), Skills Development and Fun/Modified/Full games.


At the end of the day, it was obvious that each of the 12 got maximum value from the course and we wish them well in their budding coaching careers, whether it be with the underage boys or the girls. From a boys point of view, each team in 2013 will have at least 1 coach who is at least trained up to Foundation Level, a first for the club.


Our thanks go to the Coach Education Tutors, Shamrocks man himself Patrick Andrews and Gerry Dineen (Dripsey). They were very impressed with the level of competence and enthusiasm shown by the group. Also thanks to the aforementioned Geraldine for the grub and to the “retired” John Jordan who was on hand all day long to lend any assistance required. Hopefully, there will follow a Level 1 down the line.





Group who did the course - From left - Patrick Andrews (Tutor), Seamus O'Flynn, Kevin O'Grady, Tim Hayes, Peter Crowley, Gerry Dineen (Tutor), Lorcan Aherne, Jed O'Flaherty, Gemma Kavanagh (in front), Vincent Coyne (in front), Stephen Keane, Joe McCarthy, Jason Deasy and Brendan O'Connell.
Group who did the course – From left – Patrick Andrews (Tutor), Seamus O’Flynn, Kevin O’Grady, Tim Hayes, Peter Crowley, Gerry Dineen (Tutor), Lorcan Aherne, Jed O’Flaherty, Gemma Kavanagh (in front), Vincent Coyne (in front), Stephen Keane, Joe McCarthy, Jason Deasy and Brendan O’Connell.