Monthly Archives: September 2013

U12 HL V Grenagh – 30/9


Shamrocks 8-7, Grenagh 1-3


Shamrocks finished up their u12 league season with a comprehensive win over a young Grenagh side at a wet Shanbally on Monday evening. Despite the County Senior Hurlers defeat at the weekend, the show goes on at local level and it was great to see the Shamrocks lads play with a confidence that has been soaring since the football run.


The management at the start of the year set out 2 main hurling targets – one was to improve each player and secondly for the team to win a league match. Its safe to say that both were achieved, ableit the first win at the seasons end but it doesnt matter.


The lads can feel very happy with their steep progress this year and can reflect back and say that a trophy was garnished ag deireadh an lae. On this particular occasion, Shamrocks had scorers in Harry and Seán Andrews, Evan Seymour, Dylan O’Flaherty and Luke O’Driscoll. The team was rejigged at halftime to give the corner backs and forwards some time out around the middle where most of the action was and they all got on the ball.


Team: C. O’Flaherty, M. Sisk, F. Herlihy, J. Sisk, S. Browne, E. Seymour, S. Andrews, H. Andrews, D. O’Flaherty, S. Donegana, L. O’Driscoll and R. Van Pelt.

U16 CHL Final V Lisgoold – 21/9


Lisgoold 5-10, Shamrocks 1-12


Having lost the toss, we had to travelled to play Lisgoold in the final of the Rebel Óg U16 C hurling league. Conditions were ideal for hurling and both teams soon found their rhythm and got some early points on the scoreboard. Our first four points came frees converted by the reliable Andrew O’ Grady. Darragh Scriven was finding space in the middle of the pitch and got our first score from play when he pointed after a great clearance from our defence.


We were now three points to the good but that was wiped out when Lisgoold scored two quick goals to leave us trailing by a goal with half time approaching. Another Andrew O’Grady point was followed by a Mark Hitchmough beauty. The half time whistle sounded to leave us trailing on a scoreline of 2-04 to 0-07.


Strong words of encouragement  were spoken by the mentors and when the game restarted we soon were had our best period of the match. We scored five points from play, without reply from Andrew O Grady, Tom Murphy and three from the excellent David Andrews. Alas that was to be our second last score as Lisgoold took over totally. Lisgoold took over at this point and despite a Nathan Hayes goal, Lisgoold scored another two quick fire goals to put them in command. We were hampered further when Mark Hitchmough picked up an ankle injury and soon had a player dismissed for dangerous play. Lisgoold scored another 1-04 without reply to leave them worthy winners on a final scoreline of 5-10 to 0-12. 


Naturally the lads were very disappointed afterwards but will realise when the dust settles how far they have come this year. Their skill, commitment and discipline has vastly improved over the past nine months. The management team of David Nolan, Peter Crowley, Dick Andrews and Kevin O Grady have worked tirelessly with this group of lads and the club are very thankful to them for that. Some of the lads will still be under 16 again for the 2014 season. For the rest of them its now up to the minor grade for them. Indeed most of the U16 team played minor this season. They still have a football semi final to play. When the playing season will finish we will then take a break before regrouping for some winter training. 


Team: Cormac Scriven, Shane Kelleher, David Barry, Nathan Hayes, Coby O Grady, Mark Hitchmough, Darragh Scriven, Brendan Crowley, Tom Murphy, Andrew O Grady, David Andrews, Christopher Hayes and Eric Desmond.



U12 CFL Final V St Vincents – 21/9


Shamrocks 2-12, St Vincents 4-3


Shamrocks captured the u12 C Football League crown with a thrilling 3 point win over a gallant St Vincents team on Saturday afternoon last in Ballinora’s pitch in Waterfall.


A strong second half propelled the Shamrocks lads to the clubs first ever win at Rebel Óg level and sparked great scenes of celebration among the players, mentors and the huge travelling support of parents and supporters.


Shamrocks started the better with a great early Luke O’Driscoll point from a free way out the wing. Shamrocks scored 2 goals in the first half through Seán Browne (who was Shamrocks most consistent performer throughout) and Fionn Herlihy. St Vincents hit back each time though and went in a point adrift at half time of Shamrocks (2-4 to 2-3).


The second half was nip and tuck again and when St Vincents got an early goal to go ahead for the first (and only time) in the game, it looked like they were going to push on for victory. However, the Shamrocks players reacted to this and driven on by Evan Seymour, operating in a more midfied role, Dylan O’Flaherty who was the scorer in chief in the second half and Sean Andrews who really came strong in the last 10 minutes and won virtually every Vincent kick out with superb reading of the play, they drove on to victory, kicking 4 points in that time to close out the game.


This is Shamrocks first underage victory since the Minor footballers in 2010 and before that, the u16 hurlers in 2001. Well done to all the players, the 3 bainisteoirí Jed O’Flaherty, Aidan O’Leary and Pa Andrews who started out with the lads in February. The responce from both players and parents has been getting better each week and it culminated in yesterdays victory!


Panel: Robert Van Pelt, Evan Seymour,  Mark Sisk, Sean Andrews, Jody Sisk, Dylan O’Flaherty, Sean Browne, Fionn Herlihy, Harry Andrews, Luke O’Driscoll, Cian O’Flaherty, Jeff Farquer, Shane Donegana, Sam Geary, Dylan Gregson.



Shamrocks team and supporters in Ballinora, 21/9/13

Shamrocks team and supporters in Ballinora, 21/9/13

JAHL V Tracton – 16/9


Shamrocks V Tracton


Shamrocks had only 9 players ready for action. Walkover given to Tracton. Most disappointing.

Multisports Camp 2013


Shamrocks Ladies Football Club held their third successive Multisports Camp on Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th of September. The Camp provided the children with a great mix of sports which included: Hurling stations, Gaelic Football stations, Olympic Handball, Rounders & an Obstacle Course The camp was attended by almost 100 boys & girls and all the children thoroughly enjoyed the variety of sports offered over the weekend. All the children also enjoyes the party & Disco that followed in the clubhouse.The primary aim of the Multisports camp is that all the children have great fun & that the parents realise that Gaelic Games can have a focal place in all of their lives.


As is the case with all Voluntary Organisations, the running of the Multisports Camp would not of been possible without the fantastic help of all the coaches who helped out on both Saturday & Sunday. Massive thanks also to those who helped out with the Registration & in the kitchen ALL weekend. Your help was really appreciated. Finally, we hope to see all the boys/girls back on Sat 5th of October for the beginning of the Academy.




MF Tournament V Ballyphehane – 15/9


Shamrocks 3-8, Ballyphehane 0-3 


Shamrocks were delighted to be invited to play Ballypheane in the Michael Harrington Memorial Cup held in conjunction with the Ballypheane Festival 2013.

The game was played on Sunday morning in wet and windy conditions. Shamrocks started well and after the first 20 minutes we had a lead of 1-03 to no score.  Nathan Hayes kicked over the three points while Luke Garvan got the goal.


Shamrocks played against the strong wind in the second half but soon had another 1-03 on the board thanks to a Nathan Hayes goal and Darragh Scriven along with Andrew O Grady putting over some fine points. Ballypheane then got some fine points of their own. A Chris Hayes goal along with two more points left us comfortable winners at the end. 


Our captain Sean O Brien accepted the Michael Harrington Cup which was presented by Michael’s daughter. He thanked Ballypheane for their hospitality and their players for the sporting game. He also thanked the Shamrock players and selection committee.

Team. R. Horgan.  Shane kelleher,  David Raleigh, Darragh and Cormac Scriven. Sean O Brien. Andrew O Grady.  Luke Garvan.  Brendan Crowley.  Nathan Hayes.  Christopher Hayes.


Back Row, l to r: K. Lynam (Celebrity Bainisteoir), C. Scriven, D. Raleigh, R. Horgan, L. Garvan, A. O'Grady, S. Kelleher, D. Scriven, J. Twomey (Celebrity Roghneoir). Front, l to r: C. Hayes, S. O'Brien, N. Hayes, B. Crowley.

Back Row, l to r: K. Lynam (Celebrity Bainisteoir), C. Scriven, D. Raleigh, R. Horgan, L. Garvan, A. O’Grady, S. Kelleher, D. Scriven, J. Twomey (Celebrity Roghneoir). Front, l to r: C. Hayes, S. O’Brien, N. Hayes, B. Crowley.

Passage West Ladies Football Blitz 2013



Shamrocks entered 2 teams into the Passage West Ladies Football Blitz 2013 last Saturday 7th September.  Although neither of the two teams had full panels, the girls that played, played their hearts out and gave it their all in all of their games.

The Under 10’s played against Dr. Crokes, Glanmire and Carrigaline and under the guidance of Seamus O’Flynn and Alan Aherne showed the other them how the game was played.

The Under 8’s were down to play 4 games but unfortunately the rain came and their last game against Fermoy Seals was called off but not before they played against Eire Og, Carrigaline and Youghal.  Alan Geary and Bernard Hickey had a difficult job with a panel of 7 for the first 2 games but had the added bonus of 5 year old Lillie Hickey for the Youghal game who was certainly didn’t shy away from the task at hand.

Great day was had by all and the girls gain valuable experience.

U16 FL V Carraig na bhFear – 9/9


Shamrocks 4-7, Carraig na bhFear 3-6


Shamrocks made the trip to Carrig na bhFear on Monday evening a winning one after a great 4 point win over the home side.


The result now means that Shamrocks leapfrog Grenagh and previous table toppers Carraig na bhFear to lead the table and they are now guaranteed top spot in the table, with Carraig na bhFear and Grenagh to play off to see who meets Shamrocks in the final at a yet unconfirmed date.


Full report to follow….

U10 FL V Crosshaven – 6/9


Shamrocks were well beaten by Crosshaven on Friday night in Shanbally. Our thanks once again to the parents, coaches, players and supporters.

U16 FL V Grenagh – 4/9


Shamrocks 5-6, Grenagh 1-9


Shamrocks played Grenagh yesterday evening in ideal conditions for football. After a long summer of mainly hurling the lads got back on the football pitch to try and qualify for the latter stages of the U16 league.  


They started brightly and were 0-3 to no score up after 10 minutes. Grenagh then took over and outscored us by 1-05. Shamrocks played some nice football up to the last third of the pitch but the wrong options were taken sometimes in front of goal and some silly mistakes were being made all over the pitch. They regrouped at half time and some words of encouragement were given to the team. The selectors pointed out their errors and the silly mistakes that happened in the first half.


The Shamrocks lads started the second half with a totally different attitude and it was soon evident that the words that was spoken at half time was paying dividends. They blitzed Grenagh in the first 15 minutes of the second half and scored a total of 5-03 without reply. The goals came from 2 a piece for Darragh Scriven and Christopher Hayes and a wonder solo goal from Coby O Grady. We played out the final few minutes of the game by containing the Grenagh attack. It’s Carrig Na bhFear next on our agenda next Monday night away.


Team. Cormac Scriven, Sean Kidney, Shane Kelleher, Nathan Hayes, Coby O Grady, David Barry, Darragh Scriven, Andrew O Grady, Mark Hitchmough, Brendan Crowley, David Andrews, Christopher Hayes & Eric Desmond.