Monthly Archives: July 2013

JAHL V Ballinhassig – 30/7

Ballinhassig 4-10, Shamrocks 1-7



This delayed League encounter saw a very determined and committed Shamrock side put in a fine effort against their more illustrious and accomplished opponents. The Shamrocks players who lined out on the night showed their true colours and they were there for one thing only and that was to give of their best. They had pride in themselves and their Club. 


Every player gave of his best but the youngster Coby O’Mahony put us all on notice that he has a big engine and won’t stand back from anyone.
The magnificent input from twin corner backs O’Reilly and Andrews matched anything Ballinhassig could offer. Up front, Seanán Collins was well up for the occasion and we saw the real Collins leading from the front. Alan McCarthy is making real progress in hurling this season and we saw more of this throughout the game ably assisted for Fergus O’Neill. Barry Mulqueen was safe and sure throughout. 


When we needed a late substitute, Kevin O’Mahony, the father of the youngster, threw himself into the fray as only he could. 
Ballinhassig deserved their victory but they had to work hard for every score. 


With these lads wearing the green jersey, hurling will always be alive and well in our Club.
Team:  Michaell O’Neill, Steven O’Reilly, Senan Andrews, Coby O’Grady, Barry Mulqueen, Colin Brady, Fergus O’Neill, Alan McCarthy, Brian Cusack, Senan Collins, Dave O’Neill, Stephen Keane, Stephen Downey.  Sub uised – Kevin O’Mahony.
Referee:  Mr. Alan O’Connor (Ballygarvan).

U16 HC V Dripsey – 29/7


Dripsey 1-15, Shamrocks 2-10


No report received.

U8 Hurling Blitz – 27/7


Shamrocks entered an under 8 team in another hurling blitz in Riverstick on Saturday morning.


Its always tough at this time of the year for us to enter teams due to the holidays etc but due to the determination of a few individuals involved, we’re now playing more games, in particular hurling, at this level than ever before. It can only benefit the club in the long run. Shamrocks beat Tracton and Ballinhassig and lost to Sliabh Rua on this particular morning but once again, participation is the key.


Our thanks again to the parents and grandparents for their support and transport on the day.

Minor Hurling Challenge V Cobh – 24/7

We played Cobh in a challenge match in Shanbally last night. We had only one minor on show for the first half and two for the second period. The rest of the team consisted of our U16 team. This was a great exercise for the upcoming U16 and minor hurling championship games next week.
Cobh proved to be of equal quality and strength as ourselves. We played some lovely hurling and it’s evident for all involved in the club to see the influence that our U16 coach Mr. David Nolan has had on our players. The were a joy to watch. From a defence point of view the hooking, blocking, man marking and clearances  were excellent. Going forward the inter changes between midfield and the forwards along with the attacking play, shooting and positional movements were excellent. The final scoreline resulted in a five point win for Cobh 3-04 to 0.-08. In fact Cobh scored 1-01 in the last two minutes. We can take many positives out of this performance and hopefully continue it on for the rest of the season.
Team, Cormac Scriven, Shane Kelleher, Sean Kidney, Nathan Hayes, Mark Hitchmough, Brendan Crowley, Sean O Brien, Andrew O Grady, Darragh Scriven, Coby O Grady, Eric Desmond, Christopher Hayes, Brian Coffan.

U8 Football Blitz – 13/7


Shamrocks played in the U8 football Blitz in Ballinhassig on Saturday morning in very hot and trying conditions for the young lads.


Shamrocks were in a group with Carrigaline, Valley Rovers and Courcey Rovers and played and won all games against them. The lads were very impressive. Manager Seamus O’Flynn was delighted with the young Shamrocks lads that included Cian, Diarmuid, Cathal, Michael, Josh, Robert and Eoin.


Once again, our thanks to the parents, grandparents and to all other travelling supporters.

U12 FL V Whitescross – 12/7


Shamrocks 2-12, Whitescross 1-8


The lads put in an outstanding performance in very testing conditions last Friday night. Plenty of water was on hand to keep everyone well hydrated.


We started very well and soon had 2-02 on the board. The movement from our players was a joy to behold. Dylan O Flaherty and Sean Browne were dominating the midfield and with Sean Andrews, Cian O Flaherty and Sam Geary causing all sorts of problems for the Whitescross defence it was looking good for this youthful Shanmrocks outfit. To Whitescross’s credit the never gave up and by the half time whistle we were only leading by 1 point. 2-03 to 1-05.


After the break our backs played great football in clearing their lines at every opportunity. Cian O Flaherty took over the goalkeeping duties from Harry Andrews. The Sisk brothers Jody and Mark were getting the better of their opponents along with the rock solid Evan Seymour and the forever running Fionn Herlihy. Our midfielders and half forwards again took control and put over 13 points in the second half to leave us the winners on a scoreline of 2-12 to 1-08. Credit must go to every player involved and to the parents who gave up their time to provide the transport to Whitescross on a brilliant Summers evening.


Thanks to Kieran Lynam, John Twomey & John Jordan who stood in for the usual U12 management team who were missing due to holidays, work and weddings.

MFL V Ballyphehane – 11/7


Shamrocks V Ballyphehane


Shamrocks received a walkover from Ballyphehane.

U16 FC V Dripsey – 8/7


Dripsey 5-8, Shamrocks 3-6


No report received

U14 FC V Whitescross – 4/7


Whitescross 7-8, Shamrocks 4-6


With a depleted team due to holidays etc. our very committed team of 12 really showed what can be done with determination & effort.


The scoreline doesn’t reflect what the lads put in to tonight’s game. We played uphill in the first half and when we got our chances we took 2 great goals, which left is with a good hope for the second half being only 4 points down.


At midway through the second half we were level but weariness took over & Whitescross were able to regroup & got the scores to win the game.


Thanks to all the players for a great effort in the league & championship and have a great summer, see you all again in September .

Camp Ciarán – 2013


Camp Ciarán was held in Shanbally from 1st July to the 5th July. Ciarán was definitely looking down on us for the week as he made sure that the weather was fantastic for the week. Last year we had 80 boys and girls registered. This year we had 131 boys & girls enrolled. This itself is a major achievement for the club.


On the Monday morning it was all hands on deck to ensure a smooth start to the week. Credit must go to the children and parents who had the patience in the first enrollment, the distribution of jerseys and the allocating of the different groups.


The coaches had everyone on the playing pitch at 10.30 to the delight of all. The coaching staff of John Herlihy, Aidan O’Leary, Gemma Kavanagh, Mary Coveney, Alan McCarthy, Sean O’Brien, Joey Brady and Senan Andrews were assisted by some of our U16 players namely, Darragh & Cormac Scriven, David Barry, Mark Hitchmough and Coby O’Grady.


The kids were split up in to 6 groups with a minimum of 2 coaches per group. The coaching drills were suited to all ages so that everyone was involved at all times. The younger children were introduced to new friends from the schools in the parish. New members were welcomed in to the club. The first refreshment break was welcomed by all to quench the thirst and hunger. Our kitchen was in full operation in supplying everyone with their requirements. The camp Co-ordinator and Executive Treasurer, John Twomey Shanbally ensured that there was plenty of fresh food daily which was supplied by the local Spar Shop in Shanbally. After recharging the batteries it was back to the playing pitches for more enjoyment. 12 noon came too soon for the younger kids who were finished for the day. Some of them insisted in staying on and train with the older lads. They were accommodated and didn’t look out of place at all. The final whistle sounded at 1PM for the completion of Day 1. Time flies when you’re enjoying yourself.


Day two started at 10am on Tuesday morning. The weather was a bit on the damp side but nothing was going to stop 131 kids getting out on to the pitches to show off what they had learned on Monday. It was the same routine as Monday and this carried on for the rest of the week. Matches were played against each other and when the day finished there was a lot of tired bodies heading home for some well earned rest.


On Days Three and Four the weather again picked up to the delight of all involved. Howard Crowdy from the Carrigdhoun Newspaper arrived to take some lovely Photographs of those involved in Camp Ciarán.


Day five arrived and to the disappointment of all, this was the final day of a fantastic week. The different groups were again showing their skills and it was evident to all that what they learned during the week they were putting in to practice. Our P.P. Fr Sean O Sullivan graced us with his presence and he was very impressed in what he saw. Kieran Kraemer in addressing the parents and children thanked everyone for the excellent attendance and behaviour throughout the week. On behalf of the club there is a long list of people to be thanked. The following is a list of those involved in the organising and smooth running of the camp.


  1. The two John Twomeys, Gemma Kavanagh & Kieran Lynam for the Trojan effort they put in in the weeks leading up to the camp and also the week itself.
  2. All our coaches who were on hand for the full week.
  3. Our first aider Evanna O Keeffe
  4. The committee of Geraldine Twomey, Kieran Kraemer, Pat McCarthy, John Jordan and Declan Turner. Without these people it would not have been possible to run the camp so successfully. From Kitchen duties, to setting up pitches, to arranging parking etc they were readily available.
  5. Adrian Ryan and his Staff at Sports Gear Direct who worked tirelessly to ensure all the jerseys were available on time.
  6. To Spar Shop Shanbally who provided the refreshments on a daily basis.
  7. And finally to all the children who participated and to their parents who turned up daily.


If I have forgotten anyone please accept our apologies as it’s impossible to remember all those who helped out.


We will be inviting everyone back again on Saturday 7th Sept at 11.00am for a follow up and refresher training. Our Academy will then start on Saturday 28th Sept in the pitch in Shanbally.


Once again thanks to everyone involved and to enjoy the rest of the school holidays.