Monthly Archives: May 2013

U12 HL V Whitescross – 29/5

 

Whitescross 6-6, Shamrocks 1-2

 

Shamrocks u12’s made the trip to Whitescross on a beautiful Wednesday evening but a great second half display from the home side meant that the visitors left with nothing.

 

Shamrocks had only 10 players for the trip due to injuries and illness to 5 of our players. The first half was played up the hill against the wind and it proved to be the high point of the game for Shamrocks as they restricted Whitescross to 2 points while registering a Harry Andrews free themselves, half time 2 points to 1. The hooking and blocking in that half was excellent from Shamrocks.

 

Shamrocks felt that they were in with a right chance turning to play with the hill and breeze in the second half. However, they never really came out of the blocks – Whitescross scored 2 early goals and eventhough Shamrocks responded each time with a point, they never came close to creating a goal chance, which they badly needed. The intensity of the first half was gone and mistakes crept in. The heads were down and Whitescross tagged on a few goals and points towards the end.

 

Shamrocks kept fighting and were rewarded when Seán Andrews free from out the field went all the way to the net. There is an ocean of hard work ahead to bring these boys up to speed on a hurling pitch and the coaches are prepared to put it in. In fairness, most of the Shamrocks players are being exposed to proper, competitive, regular hurling games for the first time ever and they are learning all the time.

 

Hurling training each and every Wednesday throughout June, 6pm. Players involved were Robert Van Pelt, Luke O’Driscoll, Evan Seymour, Mark Sisk, Dylan O’Flaherty, Seán Andrews, Harry Andrews, Fionn Herlihy, Jody Sisk, Shane Donegana.

 

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Shamrocks players in the blue bibs, from left - Jody Sisk, Fionn Herlihy, Shane Donegana, Harry Andrews

Shamrocks players in the blue bibs, from left – Jody Sisk, Fionn Herlihy, Shane Donegana, Harry Andrews

Lotto Presentation – 25/5

 

Last Saturday evening, at a function held in the Ferry Boat Inn, Ringaskiddy, Shamrocks made presentations to four the winners of €500 each in last weeks Lotto.

 

The weekly lotto takes place every Monday night at 9pm and rotates between the six pubs in the parish. We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the 4 winners (pictured below) and thank all our buyers, many of whom are regulars and supporters on a weekly basis.

 

Of course the lotto wouldnt be able to function without our dedicated band of sellers. One seller last week, Geraldine Twomey, who puts in trojan work every weekend selling tickets, sold 3 of the 4 winners! We thank her and indeed her accomplice John Twomey (Shanbally) who run the lotto without fail every Monday night.

 

This vital source of club income continues each and every week and we need your support. Its only €2 a ticket and we would love to see more buyers and sellers, in particular more players. Its going well but an extra push over the summer months would do no harm at all.

 

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Lotto Presentation of €500 cheques, 25/5/13. From left - Geraldine Twomey (seller) representing Denis Good and Roy Maye, Debbie O'Grady representing her brother in law Stephen Long and Chris Davis, receiving their cheques from John Twomey, Club Treasurer.

Lotto Presentation of €500 cheques, 25/5/13. From left – Geraldine Twomey (seller) representing Denis Good and Roy Maye, Debbie O’Grady representing her brother in law Stephen Long and Chris Davis, receiving their cheques from John Twomey, Club Treasurer.

 

U8 Monster Hurling Blitz – 25/5

 

Shamrocks took part in a Monster Hurling Blitz in Ballinhassig on a perfect Saturday morning last.

 

 

Despite communion being held in Shanbally National School, managers Seamus O’Flynn and Shane O’Donovan were determined to get a team out hurling, in this a 7 a side competition, with the emphasis on participation and fun.

 

 

18 teams in total took part and Shamrocks played 3 games; against Carrigaline, Ballinhassig and Sliabh Rua. While scores and winning were not the be all and end all, it was pleasing to note that Shamrocks were competitive in all 3 games – winning all 3 in fact.

 

Its important that these lads are exposed to as much hurling as possible, whether it be blitzes, matches, training or indeed at home. Thats the only way they will learn the basics of the game. All players got plenty of game time and did themselves proud.

 

Next u8 blitz is Saturday June 8th, a football one.

 

Players who took part: Aidan Brady, Eoin O’Flynn, Josh Bartlett, Michael Foy, Cathal O’Donovan, Robert Barrett, Ferdia Hayes and Diarmuid Cahill.

 

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U8 Hurling Blitz, 25/5/13. Back Row, l to r: Seamus O'Flynn (mentor), Aidan Brady, Eoin O'Flynn, Josh Bartlett, Michael Foy, Shane O'Donovan (mentor). Front, l to r: Cathal O'Donovan, Robert Barrett, Ferdia Hayes. Diarmuid Cahill also took part.

U8 Hurling Blitz, 25/5/13. Back Row, l to r: Seamus O’Flynn (mentor), Aidan Brady, Eoin O’Flynn, Josh Bartlett, Michael Foy, Shane O’Donovan (mentor).
Front, l to r: Cathal O’Donovan, Robert Barrett, Ferdia Hayes. Diarmuid Cahill also took part.

U12 FL V Grenagh – 22/5

Shamrocks 2-13, Grenagh 2-7

 

A quite incredible second half performance from Shamrocks got them their first win at under 12 this season. After playing so well in many games and improving without much success on the scoreboard, its nice for the lads who are putting in the effort to get a moral boosting win.

 

It was a game of 2 halves, dominated by the strong wind. Grenagh played with it to their backs in the first half and went in at halftime leading 2-6 to 1-1, Evan Seymour with the Shamrocks goal. It was a battling first half from Shamrocks who enjoyed plenty of possession and attacks considering the wind but shooting from 25 yards out was proving difficult. A few switches seemed to keep Grenagh from adding to their total; despite the 8 point gap and some silly mistakes which cost the lads 2-1, there was enough to suggest that maybe a comeback in the second half was on – it all depended on Shamrocks getting some early scores.

 

And did they what. Shamrocks owned the ball from the throw in and scored a cracking 1-7 in the first 7 minutes of the second half. Seán Andrews scored the all important Shamrocks goal that put them ahead for the first time, following a flurry of points from Dylan O’Flaherty, his brother Cian (moved out from goal) and Harry Andrews. Shamrocks were further boosted by some outstanding defending from Evan Seymour, Mark Sisks blockdowns and young but tigerish Fionn Herlihy. Robert Van Pelt showed safe hands in goal, while Jody Sisk was busy throughout, getting stuck in wherever needed.

 

Grenagh, after being stung by that blitz, realised that they were behind and came right back into it but further good work from Luke O’Driscoll, Keith O’Donoghue Howe who won good ball in the corner forward position and Shane Donegana who was always willing kept Grenagh to only a point. Shamrocks broke up the pitch and tagged on a few points, mainly from frees to close out the game. Sam Geary at corner forward also had a great second half.

 

This was the lads first win and hopefully they can kick on from it. They play Whitescross next Wednesday in a hurling league game, away at 7.30pm. Therefore, they will train on Monday at 7pm. With numbers tight, it was great to see practically everyone available ready for action and rearing to go in a Shamrocks jersey. Two players are currently on the injured list with hand injuries, namely Sean Browne and Dylan Gregson and the club wish them a speedy recovery and hope to see them back soon.

 

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Mentors John Jordan, Jed O'Flaherty, Aidan O'Leary and Patrick Andrews. Back row, l to r: Jody Sisk, Evan Seymour, Sam Geary, Cian O'Flaherty, Luke O'Driscoll, Seán Andrews, Keith O'Donoghue Howe. Front, l to r: Dylan O'Flaherty, Harry Andrews, Shane Donegana, Robert Van Pelt, Mark Sisk, Fionn Herlihy.

Mentors John Jordan, Jed O’Flaherty, Aidan O’Leary and Patrick Andrews. Back row, l to r: Jody Sisk, Evan Seymour, Sam Geary, Cian O’Flaherty, Luke O’Driscoll, Seán Andrews, Keith O’Donoghue Howe. Front, l to r: Dylan O’Flaherty, Harry Andrews, Shane Donegana, Robert Van Pelt, Mark Sisk, Fionn Herlihy.

JAHL V Courcey Rovers – 22/5

 

On Wednesday evening Shamrocks make the trip to Ballinaspittle to play Courcey Rovers in the Hurling League. 

 

Shamrocks have been out of hurling competition since Aprll 7th and the long layoff had its effect in the first half of the game. The home side aided by the strong prevailing wind and evening sun got into action from the throw-in and were hitting points from all over the field. On the other hand Shamrocks were struggling to get themselves back on track.

 

Despite this, full back and captain Colin Brady and centre back Barry Mulqueen were competing manfully and bringing life back into the team. Courceys had a twelve point advantage at halftime.

 

Team Coach Declan O’Neill had some sensible advise for the lads at the break and they entered the second half like a new team. Shamrocks were now competing all over the field with some great individual efforts emerging.

 

David Hayes, Dave O’Neill, Alan McCarthy and Jamie Murphy were driving the team forward and Shamrocks scored 2-6 to Courceys 0-4 in that period. Shamrocks hit a lot of wide balls, whereas the home side hit very few. Michael O’Neill’s long striking from the goal proved very effective. Courceys possess some very fine and talented players and competition with these lads was most beneficial to our team on the night.
 
Team: Michaell O’Neill, Michael Prout, Colin Brady (Capt.), David Hayes, Senan Andrews, Barry Mulqueen, Dave O’Neill, Fergus O’Neill, Alan McCarthy, Jamie Murphy, Stephen Keane, Brian Cusack, Stephen O’Neill, Senan Collins, Joey Brady.  Subs – Stephen Downey, Cathal Kidney, Coby O’Grady.
 
 
The next encounter for the Hurlers will be on Monday evening next May 27th at Bishopstown.
Shamrocks will play the ‘Town at 7.30pm. A full turnout is called for and no doubt further progress will be achieved.
 
It was great to see our esteemed Club Chairman Mr. Pat McCarthy at the game. He was recently indisposed and is making a rapid recovery. He was enthusiastically driving on the team and was so pleased with their second half performance.

 

Shamrocks Biennial Golf Classic – 20/5

 

The Club’s biennial Golf Classic took place on the Monkstown course on Monday May 20th.

 

The course was in great shape and the prevailing weather helped in no small way in making it a splendid day for all the participants. Some fine scores were recorded and the programme was completed on schedule, much to the satisfaction of the organising committee.

 

The prizewinning teams were as follows-
1st.     John Joe Shanahan, Ger O’Halloran and Pat O’Sullivan (Ballingeary).
2nd.    Fergus O’Neill, Tom Scannell and Oliver Webb representing Cork Builders Providers Ltd.
3rd.    The three Collins brothers, Fergal, Daragh and Seanán.
Club Vice-Chairman, Mr. Kieran Lynam, spoke on behalf of the Club. He expressed sincere thanks to all the participants for their goodwill and support. Thanks was extended too, to the sponsors and the many people who donated prizes.

 

Special thanks was extended to the Golf organising Group headed up by Alan Geary along with Daragh Collins, Mark Hickey, John Twomey (Shanbally) and that great veteran Shamrock and Club Vice-President Neally O’Mahony. 

Kieran Lynam presents the overall winning team of John Joe Shanahan, Ger O Halloran and Pat O Sullivan with their winning prizes.

Kieran Lynam presents the overall winning team of John Joe Shanahan, Ger O Halloran and Pat O Sullivan with their winning prizes.

U10 Monster Hurling Blitz – 18/5

 

Shamrocks took part in a u10 Hurling Blitz in Ballinhassig on Saturday morning but unfortunately were beaten in their 3 games. However, for some it was their first ever hurling matches and no doubt hurling coaching will bring them on.

 

 

Thanks to Seamus O’Flynn and Richard Murphy who are doing great work with this group.

U12 FL V St Vincents – 17/5

 

St Vincents 5-13, Shamrocks 2-9

 

Shamrocks under 12’s made the trip to Knocknaheeny on Friday night and after a good display from our lads, had to give way to an older home side.

 

 

Shamrocks played some excellent football in the 1st half and deservedly led by 2 points at halftime. The homeside gradually got on top however in the second half – the Shamrocks lads made some slips ups in front of goal and they got tired naturally.

 

However, they are making great progress and the future looks bright for them. Our thanks to Aidan O’Leary and Dick Andrews who looked after the team on the night and to the parents who supported the lads and provided transport.

 

 

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Dylan Gregson attempts a blockdown V St Vincents

Dylan Gregson attempts a blockdown V St Vincents

U14 HL V Donoughmore – 16/5

 

Donoughmore 4-9, Shamrocks 1-3

 

Report to follow

U14 HL V Whitecross – 12/5

 

Whitescross 8-20, Shamrocks 0-3

 

 

Shamrocks lost out to unbeaten Whitescross on Sunday morning. While the scorline doesnt look good, the team are fielding and the players are trying very hard.

 

Full report to follow hopefully.

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