Monthly Archives: April 2014

Darts Fundraiser – 26/4


A great night was had by all at the club’s fundraising event last Saturday night in the Shamrock Bar.
Professional darts player, Jamie “Jabba” Caven took on the local pride of the Shamrock Bar darts team on the night. Some of the club’s up and coming stars also turned their hands to the fine art of dart playing.
Up first was young u16 star David Andrews. He was followed by our fundraising expert Geraldine Twomey. Cork’s youth player Cian Forde from the Forde stable in Ringaskiddy then showed his talent. Jamie proved too strong for these lads but this was all to change when the boss Mark Hickey took to the oche. After a bit of bustling and banter it was Mark who took the honours much to the delight of the large attendance. Jamie regrouped and really upped the anti before and after the break. Blow in Mr Barley O’Donovan made a very impressive entrance to the walk on music of Barney is a Dinosaur but that was his moment of glory as he was put back in his box fairly lively by the excellent Jamie.
The next few players all were beaten but enjoyed themselves immensely. The last three players were the BIG Shamrock hitters. John Nyhan, Jason Kavanagh and John Twomey threw unbelievable darts to register three wins in a row to the delight of the crowd. Jamie didn’t know what hit him. In his speech afterwards he thanked all involved and wished us all the best for the future. The club would like to thank Mark Hickey and the staff of the Shamrock Bar along with all the players who brought in sponsor money, all the local businesses who donated spot prizes and especially the local community again for their very generous financial support again. The funds raised will go towards the upcoming first aid and defibrillator training on Saturday 10th May & Saturday 7th June in conjunction with the Irish Red Cross.



The Andrews brothers with club Treasurer John Twomey at the Darts Fundraiser in the Shamrock Bar.

The Andrews brothers with club Treasurer John Twomey at the Darts Fundraiser in the Shamrock Bar.

U16 HL V Whitescross – 25/4


Shamrocks 2-8, Whitescross 2-7


This game was played in atrocious weather conditions. It was pouring rain and there were gale force winds for the whole game. It was practically impossible to play any type of hurling what so ever. Some how we managed some lovely points in the first half namely from Andrew O’Grady and Mark Hitchmough. At half time after playing with the wind we lead on a score line of 0-08 to 1-03. The younger u14 players were accounting for themselves very well. Shane Downey at half back was holding his own while Cillian Hayes and Cathal Murphy up front were causing concerns for the Whitescross defence.


We faced the onslaught in the second half but our defence lead by the excellent David Andrews was coping with everything thrown at them. Suddenly a purple patch by Whitescross saw them score 1-04 without reply. We regrouped and when Christopher Hayes found the net after a great move the momentum was back with us.


We were trailing by a point with time running out when we were awarded a penalty. A fine save from the Whitescross keeper lead us to believe that it was not going to be our night. Cormac Scriven was moved out of goal and from a resulting shot that deceived the whole defence the sliotar found the top corner of the net. We were now leading by two points and in injury time. Whitescross added a point from a free to leave us victorious by a point at the final whistle. Full credit must go to both teams that played out an enjoyable game in such woeful conditions.


Team: C. Scriven, D. Andrews, D. Barry, S. Downey, J. Lynam, Cillian Hayes, Andrew O’Grady, K. Murphy, S. Flavin, Chris Hayes, C. Murphy, M. Hitchmough.

MHL V Cobh – 23/4


Shamrocks 2-10, Cobh 2-4


An excellent game of hurling in the Track on Wednesday night and after a good hours hurling, Shamrocks got the deserved win that keeps their unbeaten season going.


With 2 hurling matches being cancelled through no fault of their own, a rather facile victory over Brian Dillons the previous week and with all the training done with this group of lads since last November, with the emphasis being on hurling, this was just what the doctor ordered as the lads face into the state exams period. Cobh were big, strong, tough and could certainly hurl and the Shamrocks lads will be glad of a proper test of where they stand right now. It was a tough contest all through with Shamrocks only repelling a strong Cobh fightback towards the end of the game.


The first half was tight all through with Cobh testing the Shamrocks back on plenty of occasions. Shamrocks were playing Aonghus Boland in the corner and he scored 2 great points from play, Andrew O’Grady also scored a couple from long range frees and a monster one from centre back. Cobh had struck for an early goal and looked dangerous on the inside line. Both teams were guilty of missed opportunities – David Andrews struck the inside of teh post with a well struck shot. The teams went in at half time with Shamrocks leading by 0-5 to 1-1.


Shamrocks got a great boost at the start of the second half as the hard working David Andrews finished off his own powerful solo to the back of the Cobh net and Shamrocks led 1-5 to 1-1. They tagged on a few scores from frees and when Mark Hitchmough finished off another Andrews solo run to the net, Shamrocks led by 7 points, 2-6 to 1-2. However, Cobh came right back into it and after hitting the crossbar with a 21 yard free, they brought the Shamrocks lead back down to 3 points with 10 minutes left. They were right back in the game now but Shamrocks responded and halftime sub Hitchmough pointed an important score to open up that all important 4 point gap with 5 minutes left. Shamrocks closed it out and finished ahead 2-10 to 2-4 after a tough battle.


Panel: C. Scriven, S. Kelleher, S. Kidney, C. O’Grady, A. O’Sullivan, N. Hayes, D. Scriven, D. Andrews, D. Barry, C. Hayes, B. Crowley, A. Boland, M. Hitchmough, E. Desmond, K. Murphy, S. Flavin.



Minor Panel V Brian Dillons, Tank Field, 19/4/14. Back row, l to r: Shane Kelleher, Andrew O'Grady, Sean Kidney, Eric Desmond, Cormac Scriven, Tom Murphy, David Raleigh, Rory Horgan, Shane Flavin, David Barry. Front, l to r: Christopher Hayes, Brendan Crowley, Darragh Scriven, David Andrews, Aonghus Boland, Coby O'Grady, Mark Hitchmough.

Minor Panel V Brian Dillons, Tank Field, 19/4/14. Back row, l to r: Shane Kelleher, Andrew O’Grady, Sean Kidney, Eric Desmond, Cormac Scriven, Tom Murphy, David Raleigh, Rory Horgan, Shane Flavin, David Barry. Front, l to r: Christopher Hayes, Brendan Crowley, Darragh Scriven, David Andrews, Aonghus Boland, Coby O’Grady, Mark Hitchmough.

U12 FL V Whitescross – 22/4


Shamrocks 2-9, Whitescross 3-6


A very entertaining game of football ended in a deserved draw for both teams in Whitescross last Tuesday evening.


Shamrocks scored 1-2 in the last 7 minutes to salvage a draw that their efforts deserved. Whitescross looked set for the victory but points from Harry and Sean Andrews and the all important goal from Cian O’Flaherty with 2 minutes to go meant the sides finished level.


Shamrocks played up the hill in the first half and were the better team. Sean Andrews and Cian O’Flaherty punished the Whitescross defence with frees and Harry Andrews scored a goal. Whitescross missed a few goal chances at the other end. HT 1-4 to 1-2 to Shamrocks.


Whitescross came storming into the game from the start of the second half and took over and started to run through the Shamrocks defence. They went ahead 3-6 to 1-7 but Shamrocks never gave up and scored those late points to get the draw. Hurling training next Tuesday in Rochestown College ball alley at 6pm.


Team: Daniel O’Brien, M. Sisk, Michael Foy, F. Herlihy, D. Gregson, A. McSweeney, S. Andrews, H. Andrews, C. O’Flaherty, R. Van Pelt, J. Farguer, A. Maye.

MHL V Brian Dillons – 19/4

Shamrocks 0-18, Brian Dillons 1-6
Shamrocks minors travelled to the Tank field on Saturday afternoon last and had an easier than expected win over Brian Dillons.


This was much more comfortable than the scoreline at the end. Shamrocks led 0-11 to 1-0 at halftime. Dillons were short a number of players and werent really able to give Shamrocks a stern test that they expected. The intensity levels naturally dropped off in the second half.

JAHL V Carrigaline – 17/4


Carrigaline 0-13, Shamrocks 0-8


Carrigaline recorded a merited win over Shamrocks at Pairc Thaidhg Ui hAinnlaoi on Thursday evening. Shamrocks were fielding four minor players in the starting fifteen and they all showed much promise. Despite being short a few bodies, the team put up a credible performance against a side that included some excellent exponents of the game of hurling. 


It was nip and tuck all the way until Shamrock’s most accomplished hurler, Senan Andrews was forced out with a hamstring injury. His departure saw the game turn in favour of the visitors who then went on to strike some excellent points. 


Unfortunately for Shamrocks a cracking shot for goal went to the wrong side of the Carrigaline upright and perhaps our best chance of saving the game evaporated. 


It was our first hurling game in three weeks and the players on duty will benefit from it enormously. Well done to all the lads who turned out and gave of their best. 


Team: M. O’Neill, J. Browne, S. O’Reilly, S. Andrews, C. Brady, B. Sweeney, S. Kidney, D. Scriven, B. Mulqueen, C. O’Grady, S. Collins, C. Kidney, R. Twomey, F.O’Neill, A. Boland. Subs – R. Murphy, S.Downey, P. Andrews.





Fergus O'Neill burts through the Carrigaline in JHL, 18/4/14

Fergus O’Neill burts through the Carrigaline in JHL, 18/4/14


U14 HL V Lisgoold – 16/4


Lisgoold 9-9, Shamrocks 5-4


Despite the scoreline, Shamrocks u14 hurlers turned in a fantastic display against a strong Lisgoold team in Lisgoold on Wednesday night. The conditions were perfect for hurling on a lovely sunny evening.


Shamrocks had been well beaten by Kinsale in their previous game the week before and Lisgoold had beaten Kinsale well beforehand. So the fact that Shamrocks pushed Lisgoold all the way until the last 10 minutes showed that they lifted their performance in the meantime. Their hurling was of a much better quality and all the lads got stuck in without once losing their discipline or complaining to anyone. They never gave up and their first touch was much improved which is the main aspect of what the selectors are looking for this year.


Shamrocks played their best hurling in the first half and can count themselves a tad unlucky to be behind at halftime by 1-5 to 2-1. Sam Geary and Shane Downey scored the Shamrocks goals to keep Shamrocks right in the game while at the other end of the field, Evan Seymour was having a blinder clearing ball after ball. Robert Van Pelt in goal showed a massive improvement in his goalkeeping skills and brought off at least 3 great saves.


Lisgoold did get on top in the second half and used their panel accordingly (Shamrocks had only the 12 players). They got through for a few goals and went 12 points up. Shamrocks never gave up and responded with 2 goals from Shane Downey at centre field who gave Lisgoold all sorts of problems with his direct running. He compleded his hat-trick and Harry Andrews also scored a goal from a free (1-3 in total). Eventhough Lisgoold got through for the 9 goals, if the lads can continue hurling away at home and at training, they will soon stop that kind of number going past them.


The managament afterwards were delighted with the attitude and performance and thanked all the players plus the parents who made the trip down to Lisgoold. U14’s have a break now until the Tuesday that the schools go back. Some will be involved with u12 next week, others with the U16’s.


Team: R. Van Pelt, E. Seymour, F. Herlihy, S. Browne, C. Murphy, J. Sisk, S. Downey, S. Andrews, D. O’Mahony, H. Andrews, S. Geary, L. O’Driscoll.




Daniel O'Mahony about to strike the sliotar V Lisgoold, 15/4/14

Daniel O’Mahony about to strike the sliotar V Lisgoold, 15/4/14

U16 HL V Dripsey – 14/4


Shamrocks 6-16, Dripsey 0-2


The improvement that some of the Shamrocke players have made over the last year was very evident to see as a Shamrocks team dismantled the visitors to Shanbally on Monday evening, on a perfect night for hurling.


The Shamrocks team played crisp, direct and stylish hurling to overwhelm Dripsey throughout the contest. Andrew O’ Grady was on top form from frees and blasted home a an early goal from play along with points from Mark Hitchmough and Christopher Hayes, and they were well set at half time, 2-9 to 0-1.


The second half was just one way traffic throughout as Shamrocks kept the scoreboard ticking over and added more scores through the aforementioned players plus James Lynam, David Andrews with a cracking goal, another cracker from Shane Flavin (1-1) and Cristóir Corkery who added a well deserved goal towards the end for his efforts.


Its amazing to see the level of hurling some of these players are playing at – they have done so much work with their mentors and with the minors and with their physical coach Garrett O’Flynn.


The only downside was that amazingly, Shamrocks had to play the entire first half with only 11 players (12 a side) against Dripseys 12 as a whole bunch of players yet again didnt turn up for the match. It is incredibly unfair on the players present who have to run themselves into the ground to cover the extra spaces and its to their credit that they went out and destroyed Dripsey. One Shamrocks player even came up from Wexford for the match and ran himself into the ground while his other team mates didnt bother to show up! Shamrocks had to get a player to stand in at corner forward to commence the second half – otherwise Dripsey would have rightfully claimed the victory under GAA rule, eventhough they were 14 points behind. The talent is there and I would encourage any readers here to go and watch either our Minor or U16 team play hurling as they are playing to a higher level for sure than the current grade they are in.

JAFC V Tracton – 13/4


Shamrocks 2-7, Tracton 1-9


Shamrocks Junior A Footballers are into the quarter finals of the championship at the first time of asking after a deserved 1 point win over old rivals Tracton in Camden on Sunday evening.


Shamrocks opened at a blistering pace and had 1-3 on the board inside the first 10 minutes, without reply from Tracton. The diagonal breeze and hill was in their favour and they supplied quick fast ball to the forwards inside. The ever dangerous Joseph Shanahan emphatically buried his own penalty and Brian Sweeney curled over two huge frees in that time. Things were looking rosy in the Shamrocks garden at this stage of the proceedings.


However, Tracton gradually found their feet and started to make inroads into the Shamrocks attack, forcing numerous fouls which they were punishing with points. They really stretched their dominance 5 minutes before halftime when another run through the middle drew the cover, the ball was released inside to the spare man and he rolled it under Fergus O’Neill. Suddenly, Tracton were 1-5 to 1-3 ahead playing against the elements.

Shamrocks responded with 2 great points from play in the lead up to halftime from Joseph Shanahan and Seanán Collins and in the greater scheme of things, these were massive psychological scores for Shamrocks as they turned to face breeze, hill and of course a formidable Tracton outfit. HT 1-5 apiece.


The second half was a tough, tight affair. Tracton went ahead early on but Shamrocks refused to cave in. They battled hard and the backs in particular were magnificient, constantly putting pressure on the Tracton man in possession, of which they did dominate. Shamrocks clung on with a well worked point from Barry Mulqueen. Tracton went ahead and Shamrocks responed in kind through Joe Shanahan. Tracton then went ahead by the bare minimum again with 8 minutes to go and had the advantage.


However, the Shamrocks tenacity paid off as a “speculative” Sweeney pointed effort fell short at the edge of the square and Michael O’Neill, who had drifted into the space on many occasions before without receiving any ball, was on hand to tip home the dropping ball amongst a pile of bodies.


Shamrocks were now 2 points up and had to withstand the usual Tracton onslaught. They held on for a one point win that sets them up nicely over the coming months as the next round probably wont be played until the summer time at least.


A great team performance where every one of the players used left it all out on the pitch, a just reward for the training and effort thats gone into the team since the start of February. But as manager Mark Hickey said afterwards, nothing is won yet so its all hands on deck in both hurling and football from now on.


There’s a hurling match V Carrigaline in Carrigaline this coming Thursday at 8pm, so there’ll be a puck around this Tuesday at 7pm; the bounce factor this win should give should be evident for all to see in the club. Lets get everyone out playing and training!!!


Panel: F. O’Neill, S. Andrews, S. Hurley, M. Prout, M. O’Neill, R. Harrington, C. Kidney, B. Mulqueen, B. Sweeney, G. Prout, D. Hayes, C. Caffrey, D. O’Sullivan, S. Collins, J. Shanahan. Subs used – S. O’Reilly, D. Scriven, J. Browne. Subs not used – J. Wilson, A. McCarthy, S. Downey, S. Keane, R. Twomey, C. O’Grady, S. Kidney.




U14 HL V Kinsale – 10/4


Shamrocks 1-3, Kinsale 8-10


Shamrocks proved no match for Kinsale on Thursday evening in the hurling league. Again, numbers are extremely tight with very little room for manuvre from the selectors and they have to go with what they have.


Unfortunately, the bare truth of the matter here is that this game was over after 15 minutes as Kinsale were piling forward and scoring goals at will and had 5 at that stage. The Shamrocks lads slowly grew into the game and indeed were a much better outfit in the second half.


The half time score was 7-7 to 0-1 in favour of Kinsale, Killian Hayes, who was Shamrocks best player on the night, with the score. Words of encouragment were offered at halftime and the lads responded in the second half and played much better hurling but they lacked that killer player or 2 to actually score. Shane Downey scored the goal and Seán Andrews had a point from play.


The Shamrocks players need to a lot more hurling to be able to compete at even C level. And that begins at home, its just not enough doing a few hours up at the pitch. Hurling is a game that needs to be constantly practiceed away from the pitch in the players own time. The next few games see us play against the East Cork teams,  a tall order indeed.


They will have a puck around on Tuesday evening at 6pm (bring gumshields as well) with a away game to Lisgoold the following night, starting at 7pm. It is imperative that we field a full team against them so everyone must be available. Meet at Shanbally Church carpark at 5.30pm for the journey.


Team: R. Van Pelt, C. Murphy, F. Herlihy, S. Browne, E. Seymour, J. Sisk, K. Hayes, S. Andrews, S. Downey, D. O’Flaherty, S. Geary, L. O’Driscoll.




Killian Hayes solos away from the covering Kinsale players

Killian Hayes solos away from the covering Kinsale players