Monthly Archives: October 2013

U16 FL Final V Carraig na bhFear – 20/10


Carraig na bhFear 4-8, Shamrockws 3-5


Carraig na bhFear won the league final in the Mon Field on Sunday morning. The game was mostly played in the rain, which made conditions difficult for both teams, especially ball handling.


Carraig na bhFear did all the damage in the first half when they scored a quick fire 3 goals to really put themselves in control of the game. They led by those 3 goals at half time. Shamrocks made a great effort in the second half but came up short as time ran out on their efforts. Among the goal scorers was Darragh Scriven while Mark Hitchmough kicked some nice points from play.


The team has had a great season and made great progress across all levels. Thanks to the players, parents, supporters and the mentors Kevin O’Grady, Peter Crowley, David Nolan and Dick Andrews for a great year of progress.


Panel: C. Scriven, S. Kidney, S. Kelleher, N. Hayes, M. Hitchmough, D. Andrews, D. Scriven, T. Murphy, C. O’Grady, A. O’Grady, B. Crowley, C. Hayes, E. Desmond, D. Barry.

Nathan Kirwin Trust – 13/10


Shamrocks provided the staging venue for the 5k race and walk organised by the Nathan Kirwin Trust Committee from Currabinny. Sunday morning October 13th was a perfect day with a very large attendance showing their goodwill and support for this very worthy cause.


The large group of participants started at the entrance to Pairc Tadgh O-Ainnlaoi at 11am on a route that took them through Shanbally, Coolmore, Raheens, Barnahaley and Ringaskiddy. The finishing line was 100 metres inside the entrance to the Club.


Full credit to all the people who took part, fully tuned athletes, ladies and men, teenagers, grandparents and lively parents pushing trollies and go-cars containing another generation. All those people were truly splendid.


It was a great day for the organisers, who put so much preparatory work into this deserving event. The Shamrock Club were only too pleased to play their part and as an added gesture, Club Chairman Mr. Pat McCarthy, on behalf of the Club, presented a donation to the fund.


The whole exercise demonstrated what community effort and spirit can do and the people of Currabinny can take a bow for a job well done. Hopefully there will be other great fund-raising days for them as they strive to meet their target.






The following was received since from Mr. Neil Welch on behalf of the organising Committee.


“I would like to thank the Shamrock Club most sincerely for making all the Club’s fantastic facilities available for the 5K run yesterday.
It was great to be able to have Pat and the other Club members helping out;  it made the event very easy to run.
Last but not least we were thrilled to receive the Club’s most generous donation.
Wishing your Club every success.”
Signed….Neil Welch.

U8 Monster Hurling Blitz – 5/10


Shamrocks took part in the final u8 blitz of the year in Ballinhassig on Saturday morning. They had 12 players togged out on the day and all players aquitted themselves well over the course of the three games, of which Shamrocks won one, lost one and drew one! Managers Shane O’Donovan and Semaus O’Flynn, who have driven this age group all year and provided more game time for the players than we could have wished for, were happy with the attitude shown by everybody.


Our thanks to the two lads above, the players and the parents who have supported the blitzes all year long. Also to Martin Coleman GDA we thanks him for running these important blitzes which have definately benefitted the Shamrocks players throughout the year.


Watch out for further details regarding a Winter hurling training program for these lads!

MFL V Brian Dillons – 3/10


Brian Dillons 5-8, Shamrocks 4-6


In what was the final football game of the minor calendar this year, Shamrocks travelled to Brian Dillons new pitch in Whitescross for a match that had no bearing on the position of either team in the league table. It was played in the worst possible conditions for football. The driving rain made it damn near impossible to see the football, let alone catch it.


However I must say that both teams rose to the challenge. David Raleigh , the only minor available to play, led his team of under sixteen players in a free flowing encounter, where neither team was biting into tackles. (The referee was firm but allowed play to keep going when possible). It was a game where a lot of positional changes were tried from the start. Tom Murphy stepped in to the goalkeeping spot. The two pillars at the back Sean Kidney and Shane Kelleher were at their usual commanding standard. Coby O Grady, Dave Raleigh and Andrew O’ Grady played at half back but given the freedom to move on what was an extremely big pitch. A new roll for Andrew, who normally plays in the forwards, but he rose to the occasion. Midfield was Darragh Scriven who found the ball hard to control at times, but when he did get to grips with it we inevitably scored. The forwards on the night were Dave Andrews who gave his usual deliberate, reliable,  gutsy performance in spite of the atrocious conditions. Christopher Hayes who seemed to enjoy the roll of half forward given the freedom to go look for the ball. His interplay with the forwards and the surging backs was worthy of comment. Man of the match for me was Nathan Hayes.


Even when the ball was at the other end Nathan took his marker on a charity run. He never stopped. However when the ball came his way his turn of pace and sure handling left his weary defender floundering. With goals, points and assists a plenty, to say that enjoyed his trip up to the forward line (he is normally a back) would be an understatement. Food for thought for the under sixteen mentors.


The performance by both teams to produce  such a high standard was invigorating, dare I say enjoyable in the pouring rain. In the end League leaders Brian Dillons won out  5-08 to 4-06.


Not bad for a bunch of young fellas!