Monthly Archives: November 2014

U16 CHL Co Final V Dromtarriffe – 23/11


Dromtarriffe 1-17, Shamrocks 2-10


Shamrocks lost out for the third time in a County Final this year at u16 level after Dromtarriffe deservedly won by 4 points at the excellent Mallow venue on Sunday afternoon. Shamrocks can have no complaints here as Dromtarriffe were far more potent up front and had a nice spread of scorers. Shamrocks, in particular in the second half when they were chasing the game, were almost totally reliant on Andrew O’Grady who was excellent from placed balls.


Dromtarriffe opened up a 0-4 to 0-1 lead after 15 minutes and looked much the better team. Shamrocks responded with a goal that was a mistake from the Dromtarriffe keeper who let a high ball from Andrew O’Grady slip through his legs. This seemed to rouse Shamrocks and they went in front with a few points from O’Grady and David Andrews (well held by the Dromtarriffe defence all through). The teams swopped points up until HT and it was a draw at this point, 1-5 for Shamrockss, 0-8 for Dromtarriffe.


Dromtarriffe got a  dream start to the second half when their left wing forward scored 3 points in as many minutes from play straight after the second half began. Shamrocks responded and actually went ahead with 17 minutes to go but just couldn’t push on at this point, just like in the other finals. At 1-9 to 0-11 ahead, this was the turning point, and even though we had a good 10 minutes of no scores from either side, Dromtarriffe were creating all the scoring opportunities and went ahead with 2 quick points with 10 minutes to go. Then Dromtarriffe were awarded a penalty which they converted and suddenly with time almost up, they led by 6. Shamrocks got a goal back through David Andrews but Dromtarriffe totally controlled the 6 minutes of injury time that the referee played. Game and season over.


Well done to Dromtarriffe – a very good hurling team. Commiserations to a gallant Shamrocks team who fought hard to the bitter end but it wasn’t to be on this occasion. They’ve had a fantastic year by any standards and have resurrected hurling in the club. Well done and thanks to all the players and mentors for a great and wonderful year. Thanks also to all the parents for their support and to the supporters who made the long journey today. See you all next year hopefully.


Team:: C. Scriven, N. Hayes, D. Barry, R. Mehigan, M. Hitchmough, C. Hayes, A. O’Grady, J. Lynam, D. Andrews, S. Flavin, M. Field, C. Hayes. Subs used – D. O’Mahony, A. O’Keeffe.



David Andrews V Dromtarriffe

David Andrews V Dromtarriffe

Underage AGM – 20/11


Shamrocks underage held their AGM before a bigger than normal crowd in the Grace McCarthy rooms last Thursday. They heard comprehensive reports from the outgoing chairman John Twomey (Ringaskiddy) and Secretary Patrick Andrews. It was an extremely successful year, one of our best ever, particularly from the Minor and U16 combinations. Garrett Flynn in his role as Physical Trainer was also thanked. Both men thanked all the players, mentors, coaches, parents and supporters for their work during the year.


The Adult Executive were represented by Vice Chairman Kieran Lynam and Treasurer John Twomey (Shanbally). John spoke on behalf of the Adult Executive. He praised all the great work being done at underage. Paddy Andrews was thanked as Board delegate and also the sponsors. Paddy as Treasurer presented his comprehensive Treasurers report.


The Officers were then elected for 2015. All officers were returned with one change. A Secretary was still being spoken to as to their role. The outgoing Secretary Patrick Andrews was elected as the Clubs first ever Coaching Officer. Other positions filled were those of board delegates, childrens officer and childrens delegate. A list of team manager and mentors were read out. There were still a few positions to be filled but as the season doesn’t start until March next year, the club have time to get that rectified.


After any other business, the meeting concluded.



U16 Co HL Semi Final V Bantry Blues – 15/11


Shamrocks 1-19, Bantry Blues 1-7


Shamrocks U16 hurlers took care of a stubborn challenge from Bantry Blues in Cloughduv on Saturday to qualify for the Co CHL Final. Bantry played well and hung in there until 15 minutes from time when a Cillian Hayes goal signalled a fine finish from Shamrocks and they eventually won by 12 points.


Conditions were heavy in Cloughduv as was expected and the ball was wet throughout. After a slow start by Shamrocks, they capatilised on some wayward Bantry shooting to stretch away to a 0-7 to 0-1 lead after 20 minutes, David Andrews from play and Andrew O’Grady from frees doing the Shamrocks scoring. Bantry scored a few points before HT but Shamrocks responded from Cillian Hayes and an O’Grady bomb from way out the wing and led 0-9 to 0-3 at HT.


Bantry Blues fought hard throughout and even though Shamrocks had more hurling then them, Bantry were dogged, good at hooking and blocking, physical and cute with ball in hand as well. They got the boost of a goal 10 minutes into the second half when a free from out the field somehow went all the way to the Shamrocks net. Suddenly, Shamrocks were only 2 points ahead, 0-10 to 1-5. However, they never panicked and took over thereafter, boosted by that Cillian Hayes goal which really was the nail in the coffin. Shamrocks turned on the style from then on until the end, none more so when Ruairí Mehigan pointed with 8 minutes left. You will not see a better score at this time of the year in any grade – a brilliant team movement with exquisite handling and stickwork finished by Mehigan. Andrews and O’Grady again from placed balls did the bulk of the scoring. Shane Flavin also scored a beauty towards the end.


Team: C. Scriven, D. Barry, N, Hayes, J. Lynam, M. Hitchmough, R. Mehigan, A. O’Grady, C. Hayes, D. Andrews, C. Hayes, M. Field, S. Flavin. Subs – C. Murphy, A. O’Keeffe.

MCHL Co Final V Carbery Rangers – 9/11


Shamrocks 6-12, Carbery Rangers 3-12


Shamrocks Minor hurlers added the Co C league to the championship that they won back in September with a deserved 9 point win over Carbery Rangers in Newcestown on Sunday afternoon last. Shamrocks were fancied to win this going in and did so but Carbery Rangers made them battle all the way for the victory, in conditions which were just about expected for this time of the year – the ground was heavy enough but it was playable.


Shamrocks played with the strong wind in the first half and led 1-3 to 0-0 inside the first 10 minutes after Rory Horgan had scored an early Shamrocks goal. Darragh Scriven and Aonghus Boland also got on the score sheet for Shamrocks early on. Carbery Rangers scored their first point after 8 minutes and Shamrocks led 1-3 to 0-1. It was generally agreed that the strong wind was worth at least a 2 goal advantage at HT and Shamrocks worked hard to reach that target as HT approached. Rangers were tough opponents and battled hard and stayed in touch with a couple of points into the wind. Shamrocks were hitting aimless balls high into the air instead of trying to find the 2 inside forwards. The wides began to pile up. However, after being quiet up until then, Shamrocks got the boost of 3 David Andrews goals before HT which sandwiched a Rangers goal. Andrew O’Grady was on form from frees and 65’s and the last score of the half saw him point free from 105 yards out (yes we measured it!). At HT Shamrocks were happy to lead 4-6 to 1-4.


Carbery Rangers turned to play with the wind in the second half but Shamrocks battled hard to maintain their 10 point lead. The teams swopped some early points and at the three quarter stage Shamrocks still led by 10 points, 4-10 to 1-9. Carbery Rangers staged a mini revival around then to give themselves some hope by scoring 1-1 and Cormac Scriven in the Shamrocks goal was forced to pull off a few smart saves as well. However, his brother Darragh and Tom Murphy scored vital points before Andrew O’Grady struck with a great goal after a great run through the middle of the Carbery Rangers defence. Shamrocks now led by 5-11 to 2-10 with 10 minutes left but things weren’t home and hosed yet as Rangers were hurling with a lot of belief at this point. They scored another goal and closed the gap further but up went Shamrocks and super sub Christopher Hayes buried a 6th Shamrocks goal after another long run in from the wing. He soon followed up with a point from play and that was it, Shamrocks were Co Champions again.


A truly mnagnificent effort from this Minor set up all year. There are so many people to thank but first and foremost its the players. They have been fantastic and have responded to the training and matches in a positive way since last October when they started training, I wouldn’t even begin to guess how many times they have met up as a panel. Well done to the management team of David Nolan, Peter Crowley, Dick Andrews, Kieran Lynam, John “Socket” Twomey and Kevin O’Grady who were ably assisted by John Jordan all year long. They have put in hundreds of hours on the pitch and in the planning room for this year to happen. They also run the U16’s hence the big backroom team. A massive part of the success has been Garrett Flynn as physical trainer who has been at every match and training session all year as well and brings a professionalism to everything he has done. Its easy for players then to respond to that.


It wasn’t easy to rise up for a match in November in the league on a cold afternoon in West Cork but about 40 hardy Shamrocks souls brought their voices and colour to the occasion. They and others have been wonderful all year and have travelled all over the county to support the team. Many thanks to them.


Captain Aonghus Boland accepted his 4th trophy after the match and thanked everyone and wished a sporting Carbery Rangers all the best. For Aonghus and Rory Boland (and David Raleigh who was unavailable today), this was their last ever Minor match and what a way to finish – with a trophy. We wish them well and we fully hope and expect to see them in a Shamrocks jersey at both u21 and Junior level starting next year! The rest of the players are all underage again next year when Shamrocks step up to the B grade. Who would have thought that 18 months ago!


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



U16 C FC Final V Grenagh – 2/11


Grenagh 4-9, Shamrocks 4-8


Shamrocks lost out in the Rebel Óg County C Football Championship Final in CIT on Sunday last after a magnificient and pulsating game of football. Grenagh will feel that they deserved this one on this occasion after suffering defeats to this Shamrocks team on a few occasions this season, in both hurling and football. They were a much improved team in this game.


Grenagh started very well and looking back at it, the first 10 minutes were catastrophic for Shamrocks. Grenagh waltzed through for 3 goals inside those 10 minutes and led by 3-2 to 0-3. Shamrocks had a mountain to climb. They started to go for goals early on as well which mightnt have been the best of options. Still though, they fought back well after those early setbacks and grew into the game. They scored a goal of themselves but Grenagh still led at halftime by 9 points, 4-4 to 1-4 and were looking full value for the win.


Shamrocks needed a massive effort in the second half and not for the first time this season, they turned in a quite brilliant display to overturn the deficit. They got 2 quick goals and added a few points and it was all Shamrocks now. They went ahead with 5 minutes to go with another goal and it looked in the bag. However, some sloppy defending in front of the Shamrocks goal was pounced upon twice for 2 points and Grenagh led amazingly by a point. The referee played 4 minutes of extra time but Shamrocks just couldn’t get their hands on the ball as Grenagh played down the clock. The final whistle meant this Shamrocks team had lost their 2nd county final of the year, one in hurling and one in football. It was a cruel end to a magnificent effort.

Well done to the players and management team for a great year. The supporters were incredibly loud in the CIT stand as well. Well done to them.


Shamrocks panel: C. Corkery, C. Scriven, D. Barry, C. Hayes, N. Hayes, R. Mehigan, M. Hitchmough, M. Field, A. O’Grady, J. Lynam, A. O’Keeffe, D. Andrews, C. Hayes, S. Flavin, K. Murphy, S. Downey, C. Murphy, D. O’Mahony, E. Seymour.


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Nathan Hayes V Grenagh in CIT

Nathan Hayes V Grenagh in CIT