Monthly Archives: September 2015

U8 Hurling Blitz – 26/9


The final local u8 Hurling blitz took place in Ballinhassig this morning. 20 players togged out – easily our best turnout of the year.
Unfortunately, an uneven number of teams turned up and we were only able to field one team.
We split the numbers and played 2 different teams each half of the 3 games.
We played Crosshaven, Carrigaline and Ballinhassig.


Those in attendance will surely agree that the game against Ballinhassig was one or their sporting highlights of the year!
A tremendous game where all players got a game at some stage and the result was a draw.
We have some fine talent coming through and with good coaching we will have strong, competitive teams in the years ahead.
Special mention to Shane O’Donovan, who managed one of the teams, and to Stephen Keane who refereed most of the games.


We had our best support of the year and they did not let the lads down – thank you to all.
U8 and u10 Monster blitzes next week – texts will follow during the week.


Squad – Barry O’Mahony, Seamus O’Mahony, Cathal O’Donovan, Euan Clarke, Harry O’Leary, Cian Lynch, Matthew Nyhan, Cormac Brady, Evan Twomey, Josh Busteed, Liam Walsh, Shane O’Flynn, David Herlihy, Donal Herlihy, James Keane, Luke Jordan, Jason O’Driscoll, Kieran May, Calum O’Neill.
Well done lads on a fine year!

U12 Hurling Challenge – 21/9


Shamrocks played Ballinora on Monday evening in Ballinora in their latest challenge game. Ballinora finished top of B1 in the East division and proved too good for Shamrocks on the night. Shamrocks had a very young team out due to clashes with other codes etc, featuring only two u12 players and six u10 players. Still though, the selectors were happy enough with the lads performance – much work still remains to be done, especially the practising at home part and first touch, but their blocking down for example was excellent on the night.

Team: D. Howard, D. O’Brien, M. Foy, A. McSweeney, F. Herlihy, R. Barrett, M. Sisk, D. McCormick, A. Clarke, J. Coleman, S. Foy, E. O’Flynn.

U14 CFC Co Semi Final V Doneraile – 20/9


Doneraile 4-9, Shamrocks 2-7


Doneraile proved just about too strong for a gallant Shamrocks team in the County C football Championship played at a wet Watergrasshill. Doneraile had the better footballers, especially their bigger players and they played to their strengths, keeping these players in the game all the time. Their handling was better on the greasy surface while Shamrocks spilled a pile of ball and couldn’t win anything in the air. It was a testament to them that they hung in there right to the end and never gave up.


Doneraile started way stronger and their centre forward, an excellent footballer and the best you’ll see at this level anyway, was causing all sorts of problem for the Shamrocks defence early on. They raced into a 1-3 to 0-0 lead after 10 minutes with the aid of the breeze and driving rain. Shamrocks slowly got back into it and registered some points from Dylan O’Flaherty (via the crossbar), Seán Andrews and Andrew Egan. 1-5 to 0-3. Shamrocks dominated the final 15 minutes of the half but only had a single point to show for all their possession. Lots of ball was wasted in this time. The half time score was 1-6 to 0-3 for Doneraile.


The second half was tight for the first 10 minutes until the battling Shamrocks team scored a great Dylan O’Flaherty goal to make it a two point game. Their tails were up and they sensed a comeback. It was now 1-7 to 1-5 with 15 minutes remaining. However, Doneraile scored 2 goals inside a minute from two high sideline balls into the square and this was followed by another Doneraile goal two minutes later and at 4-7 to 1-5, that was it. Shamrocks never gave up and Harry Andrews was rewarded with a goal 2 minutes from time.


Thanks to the players and mentors of Jed and Tim for a long and productive season. They didn’t win any silverware but if they stay together as a team, it wont be long before it happens.


Panel: C. O’Flaherty, M. Sisk, E. Seymour, J. Sisk, S. Browne, D. Gregson, A. Twomey, D. O’Flaherty, B. Hughes, S. Andrews, A. Egan, L. O’Driscoll, H. Andrews, A. Maye, R. Van Pelt.



Jody Sisk in action V Doneraile

Jody Sisk in action V Doneraile

U10 Football Blitz – 19/9


The last local blitz of the season was hosted by the Tracton club on Saturday. The impact of other codes was evident as only 4 teams entered.
We had 9 players on duty and credit is due to them as 6 were u8.


We played Crosshaven, Courcey Rovers and the host club and performed very well. It is important that all players continue to train through the winter (with Academy).


Squad – Eoin O’Flynn, James O’Keeffe, Conor Buckley, Cian Lynch, Harry O’Leary, Barry O’Mahony, David Herlihy, Calum Gregson, Nigel O’Sullivan- Kearney.
Thank you to the parents who came and supported and to Shane O’Donovan who referred some of the games.

U12 Football Challenge V Kinsale – 15/9


Shamrocks travelled to Kinsales second pitch on Tuesday night. The night was dark and murky and the game finished in near darkness. Kinsale were preparing for a B grade semi final and Shamrocks were up against a good, strong, physical team. This was good preparation for our lads going forward. Shamrocks must have night goggles on towards the end of the game as they finished the stronger to force a draw, 4-2 to 2-8, Eoin O’Flynn with the four Shamrocks goals. This was their last football game of the season and the team have definately improved as the year has gone on.


Team: C. O’Flaherty, M. Foy, F. Herlihy, A. Brady, D. McCormick, M. Sisk, A. McSweeney, S. Darcy, R. Barrett, A. Clarke, H. Andrews, F. Hayes, D. O’Brien, E. O’Flynn, A. Maye, J. Bartlett, N. O’Sullivan, S. Foy, J. O’Keeffe.

U12 Hurling Challenge V Crosshaven – 7/9


Shamrocks and Crosshaven played out a challenge game on Monday night in Camden. It was pleasing to see Shamrocks reverse the league from earlier in the season. The team were evenly enough matched but the visitors finished the stronger and scored some great points to open a gap. Shamrocks had 15 players togged and everyone played the whole game and made valuable contributions. On the scoresheet for Shamrocks on this occasion were Harry Andrews, Eoin O’Flynn, Aaron Clarke, Adam Maye and Dara McCormick.


Panel: A. Maye, A. Brady, M. Foy, D. McCormick, F. Herlihy, M. Sisk, R. Barrett, J. Coleman, A. McSweeney, S. Foy, H. Andrews, D. Howard, A. Clarke, E. O’Flynn, D. O’Brien.

U10 Hurling Blitz – 5/9


St. Michael’s hosted Saturday morning’s hurling blitz. Shamrocks had 12 players togged out. Brian Dillons, St, Vincents and local rivals Carrigaline provided the opposition.
Our lads played excellently in all games. All players got plenty of game time.


Thank you to John Jordan for refereeing all games. Thanks also to the parents and siblings for their support once again.


U21 BHC Semi Final V Tracton – 1/9


Tracton 2-16, Shamrocks 2-9


Shamrocks bowed out of the B hurling championship at Carrigaline on Tuesday evening. Tracton just had too much for the young Shamrocks team on the night. They found scores much easier to come by while Shamrocks at the other end relied mostly on placed balls. However, despite all this, they finished strong and never once gave up the ghost and indeed, with a bit more luck and penetration up front, they would have been much closer in the end.


Tracton started much the better and were 1-4 to 0-1 ahead after 10 minutes and they kept attacking. Shamrocks hung in there up until 20 minutes in, mainly through Andrew O’Gradys frees and a nice point from Chris Hayes. However, Tracton got in for a second goal before HT and it left it 2-8 to 0-5 at HT for Tracton.


Once again, Tracton did most of the pressing in the second half and it took Cormac Scriven in goal to deny them on 3 separate occasions with excellent saves. Chris Hayes scored 2 great goals from play to keep Shamrocks in the game but by the 45th minute they were still 8 points down, 2-14 to 2-6. They finished the stronger and had a few goal chances saved and scrambled away. Tracton finished out the game to move onto the final.


While defeat was their lot, their play suggested many better things going forward. 11 minors started the game out of the 13; this was surely one of the youngest u21 teams ever put on a hurling field. But they played with spirit throughout and never shirked the challenge. Thanks to the players for their efforts this year and to the management team of Colin Brady, Johathan Tuohy and Aidan O’Leary.


Team: C. Scriven, S. Kelleher, S. Kidney, A. Boland, M. Hitchmough, D. Barry, T. Murphy, A. O’Grady, C. Hayes, R. Twomey, C.O’Grady, D. Scriven, B. Crowley. Subs – K. Murphy, E. Desmond.




Shane Kelleher races out of Defence V Tracton

Shane Kelleher races out of Defence V Tracton