Monthly Archives: July 2016

MCHC V Lee Gaels – 26/7


Shamrocks 3-15, Lee Gaels 1-18


Shamrocks are into the semi finals of the C championship after a hard fought win over a gallant Lee Gaels on Tuesday evening in Shanbally. The high scoring contest was in doubt right up to the final whistle.


Shamrocks played against the strong breeze in the first half and did well to be only a point down at HT, Lee Gaels 1-11, Shamrocks 2-7. Lee Gaels were proving more than a match for Shamrocks and in their inside full forward, they had a potential match winner. They isolated him inside and nearly every ball that went into him resulted in a score for Gaels. Shamrocks werent able to mark him or cut off his supply. Gaels were 0-6 to 0-2 ahead midway through the first half but Shamrocks came right back into it 0-7 to 0-7 after they knuckled down. However, the ever dangerous Gaels full forward waltzed through for a goal and their cushion was restored. Shamrocks replied through a great goal of their own to tie it up approaching HT but Lee Gaels struck over further points to go three points ahead again. Shamrocks struck for goal number two approcahing Ht but Gaels scored their eleventh point of the half to lead by a point at HT.


Shamrocks turned to play with the wind in the second half but took a long time to wear down the Lee Gaels challenge. In fact, with 15 minutes left, it looked like Gaels might hang on as they went 3 points ahead and Shamrocks were struggling for scores up top. However, one or two positional switches worded and after the teams traded points, Shamrocks got that all important goal to level it up and soon followed up with another couple of pointed frees to lead for the first time since the first few minutes. They hung on until the end and the final whistle was greeted with relief all around. They play Kinsale in the semi final on August 24th.


Team: C. Scriven, C. Murphy, D. Barry, D. O’Mahony, J. O’Keeffe, C. Hayes, A. O’Grady, S. Flavin, D. Andrews, S. Downey, C. Hayes, D. O’Sullivan.


JAHL V Kinsale – 21/7


Shamrocks 1-10, Kinsale 1-7


On a wet and soggy evening in Kinsale, after the fog had cleared and the referee had blown his full time whistle, it emerged that Shamrocks had won this league game by 3 points. They also captured the Jack Barrett Cup which is played for every year between these two clubs.


Shamrocks were full value for this win and actually should have won by more; however, they couldnt convert they’re possession into more scores,. Kinsale just wouldnt go away and stuck to their task gamely to leave the result in doubt until the end.


Shamrocks started brighter in the lashing rain and some nice points from Andrew O’Grady, Brian Sweeney and Alan McCarthy had them leading by 0-4 to 0-1 after 15 minutes. They were playing the better hurling and might have had a few goals as well but the shots were saved by the Kinsale keeper. Kinsale finished the stronger and at HT, the score was 6 points apiece.


Again, Shamrocks took over and went into a 1-8 to 0-6 lead midway through the second half after Brian Sweeney set up Darragh O’Sullivan who scooped the ball home on the run. Shamrocks were in total command here but they couldnt finish off Kinsale who got a goal late on to bring it back to a 2 point game, 1-8 to 1-6. However, despite a late Kinsale point, Shamrocks got 2 vital points themselves, both superb scores from play from Andrew O’Grady and Cathal Kidney

Training continues next week for the championship on the weekend of August 5th.


Team: C. Scriven, S. Andrews, S. Collins, J. Tuohy, D. O’Neill, B. Mulqueen, J. Browne, A. O’Grady, C. O’Neill, A. Boland, D. Andrews, A. McCarthy, D. O’Sullivan, B. Sweeney, M. Hitchmough. Sub used – C. Kidney.


Panel V Kinsale, JAHL, 21/7/16. Back row, l to r: M. Hitchmough, D. O'Sullivan, A. McCarthy, D. O'Neill, B. Sweeney, C. Kidney, S. Collins, C. Scriven, B. Mulqueen, A. O'Grady, S. Kidney. Front, l to r: S. Andrews, F. O'Neill, J. Tuohy, C. O'Neill, J. Browne, A. Boland, D. Andrews

Panel V Kinsale, JAHL, 21/7/16. Back row, l to r: M. Hitchmough, D. O’Sullivan, A. McCarthy, D. O’Neill, B. Sweeney, C. Kidney, S. Collins, C. Scriven, B. Mulqueen, A. O’Grady, S. Kidney. Front, l to r: S. Andrews, F. O’Neill, J. Tuohy, C. O’Neill, J. Browne, A. Boland, D. Andrews

U10 HL V Passage – 19/7


Shamrocks 7-5, Passage 2-1


The u10’s scored a double over Passage on Tuesday evening with a deserved win in Passage in the hurling league, to follow up the football win the week before. Shamrocks had 15 players togged for this 10 a side game and everyone got plenty of game time. Shamrocks led all the way through and stretched away at the end. Well done to all the players, mentors and parents for their support.


U10 HL V Passage, in Passage, 19/7/16. Panel with mentors Andrew O'Grady, Shane O'Donovan and Mark Hitchmough.

U10 HL V Passage, in Passage, 19/7/16. Panel with mentors Andrew O’Grady, Shane O’Donovan and Mark Hitchmough.

JAHL V Ballinhassig – 13/7


Ballinhassig 4-14, Shamrocks 5-9


A high scoring game went Ballinhassigs way in Shanbally on Wednesday evening. The teams were evenly matched for most of the game but Ballinhassig scored 1-4 without reply coming down the stretch and just about deserved the win.


Shamrocks played with a strong breeze in the first half and would have been disappointed to be only drawing 2-6 to 2-6 at half time – they needed a lead considering the wind. Ballinhassig led early on but Shamrocks slowly began to get on the scoreboard, in particular Fergus O’Neill who scored 2 great goals from play and Stephen O’Neill with 2 points from play along with Barry Mulqueen and Andrew O’Grady points.


Shamrocks battled hard throughout the second half after making a few switches and led until 5 minutes from the end when Ballinhasig struck for that quickfire 1-4. O’Gradys long range free went all the way to the Ballinhassig net in the last minute but it wasnt enough and the referee blew up soon after.


Overall, a decent display against an experienced Ballinhassig 3rd team who were well able to hurl and used their big men to their considerable advantage. Shamrocks can take a lot from its and have another few weeks to get things right before championship.


Team: C. Scriven, D. Barry, S. Andrews, C. Kidney, D. O’Neill, S. Collins, M. Hitchmough, J. Tuohy, B. Mulqueen, A. O’Grady, F. O’Neill, T. Langton, S. O’Neill, B. Sweeney, D. O’Sullivan. Sub used – C. Hayes

U10 FL V Passage – 12/7


Shamrocks 4-3, Passage 3-2


No report available

Club Ciarán 2016


The annual Hurling week for boys and girls under the Club Ciaran banner proved to be another unqualified success. The planning and the organisation were excellent and we had eighty seven youngsters between the ages of five and thirteen who were there to learn and to play our greatest national game of hurling.


Good weather is a huge bonus and that we had over the five days. All our young coaches were qualified thanks to forward thinking and training engineered by an Bainisteoir Pádraig MacAindriú.


Deirdre Twomey who attended to the registration of entrants and who ran the kitchen and fed the hungry was truly a corner stone in this year’s event.
Hurling is truly a great game filled with many skills and attributes. It was wonderful to see our Coaches introducing many of the entrants to the various skills and what was most rewarding was the very positive approach and attitude by the would be hurlers. Well done to all.


We were very pleased to have a visit from our esteemed Parish Priest Fr. Sean on Wednesday. Fr. Sean would be a follower of the big ball and was very impressed by the programme. Two other annual visitors were Mary Hegarty and her sister Jennie. Club Ciarán  gets its name from Mary’s late son Ciarán Hegarty. They both sat and watched the action with great admiration and contentment.


Donal Turner and John Jordan carried out all the preparatory work each morning and when all had departed reversed the operation. Of course Howard Crowdy (Photographer) paid a visit. Without Howard the week would not be the same.


A special word of thanks goes to all the participants and their parents. We have no doubt that many of the youngsters who began their hurling in Camp Ciaran will carry the Club colours with distinction in the years ahead.


We must thank our groundsman Pat O’Neill who had the pitches in great shape and all the people who played some part in making Club Ciaran 2016 a great one.

MCHL V Donoughmore – 8/7


Shamrocks 3-17, Donoughmore 0-7


Shamrocks first game back after the exams was a comfortable outing against the visitors to Shanbally on a wet Friday evening. Shamrocks were in total command from the first whistle to the last and eased to victory while putting up a nice score considering the conditions. They led 1-10 to 0-2 at HT and the second half was of a similar vein.


The lads play Lee Gaels on July 20th in the hurling championship.

JAFL V Ballinhassig – 6/7


Ballinhassig 0-10, Shamrocks 0-6


Two rusty teams were trying very hard to get back into a football mode after a prolonged absence.


Shamrocks had the perfect start with two copybook points from Canice Caffrey in the 2nd and 3rd minute. Then the home side moved into gear and were on top for most of the half. At halftime it was 0-3 each after Shamrocks playing with the very strong wind. Ballinhassigj kicked ten wides in the opening half to Shamrocks two.


Ballinhassig resumed and kicked four points from play without reply. Their tenacity and physicality were key factors in their dominance. Shamrock’s three second half scores came in the last ten minutes. The Selectors used the full compliment of subs to give players playing time.


Team; F. O’Neill, J. Tuohy, M. Prout , C. Kidney, S. Andrews, C. O’Neill, J. Browne (0-1), A. McCarthy, A.O’Grady, C. Caffrey (0-2), D. O’Sullivan (0-2F), J. Shanahan, M. Jordan, B. Sweeney(0-1) R.Twomey. Subs used; D. Hayes, P. Brady, S. Collins, D. O’Neill, J. Wilson, S. Hurley.

U16 HC V St Vincents – 4/7


St Vincents 8-18, Shamrocks 7-10


Take no notice of the 11 point winning margin here. St Vincents and Shamrocks could barely be seperated for 72 minutes of this amazing game that went into extra time, but unfortunately for Shamrocks, Vincents finished the stronger in the last 8 minutes to score a flattering 11 point win and move into the next round.


This was an incredible game of championship hurling played in St Vincents on Monday evening and you’ll go a long way to find a more exciting game all year with all players on both sides being 100% committed and displaying all the skill that hurling has to offer. To summarise – Shamrocks played with the very strong wind in the first half but found themsleves 2 goals down to one of the tournament favourites after 1 minute. Oh no we thought, here we go. But Shamrocks settled down and took over and started to run at the Vincents defence. They replied with 1-6 (Sam Geary goal and Cillian Hayes frees and from play) and all of a sudden they were in a game. Shane Downey burst through for the first of his incredible 4-1 from play and Shamrocks went 10 points up with 5 minutes to HT. Vincents brough it back to a 6 point game at HT and Shamrocks knew that they faced a mountain to climb facing the breeze and a fired up Vincents in the second half.


Downey ran through for a goal to put Shamrocks 9 up. Basically, the final 25 minutes was a rearguard action to try and get themselves over the line. With Evan Seymour performing heroics in goal, Shamrocks kept them at bay but could do nothing about their points. Vincents chipped away and had it down to 5 points with 10 left, 4 points with 6 left, 3 points with 3 left, 2 point entering injury time, 1 point 1 minute into injury time and with the final puck of the match, they drew it up, Shamrocks 6-7, Vincents 5-12. Back to square one and into ET; the drama continued.


Shamrocks played with the aid of the strong breeze in the first part of ET and in reality, being level at HT in ET cost them. Going by the wind, they needed to be at least 2 scores ahead at this point. They just couldnt score enough to give them the cushion they needed. With no subs, the legs were hanging at this point. Sure enough, 2 minutes into the second period, Vincents scored 1-2 to move ahead for the first time since the start of normal time. Shamrocks responded, attacked and went up the middle but a goalmouth scramble was cleared, the ball was driven downfield where Shamrocks were short at the back and the killer blow was driven home into Seymours net. That was it, the heads and legs were gone, Vincents added another goal in the final 80th minute to run out totally flattering 11 point winners.  However, the best of luck to them in the next round.


It was rough justice on the Shamrocks lads who played themselves to a standstill and matched Vincents all the way until the very end. They were a credit to the jersey and there is no doubt that that there are fine hurlers on this team – they need attention on teh hurling side of things and also need to practice at home themselves. They can look forward to their few remaining league games with confidence after this display.


Team: E. Seymour, C. Murphy, M. Sisk, J. Sisk, D. O’Mahony, D. O’Flaherty, C. Hayes, S. Browne, S. Downey, D. Allen, S. Andrews, S. Geary, L. O’Driscoll.


Words of encouragament at the end of normal time V St Vincents, 4/7/16

Words of encouragament at the end of normal time V St Vincents, 4/7/16


Club Ciarán 2016


Club Ciarán got off to a great start on Monday morning where, despite the drizzle, everyone was enthusiastic and ready for action . We had 90 boys and girls this year which is an excellent turnout and is very managable. We had 15 coaches and helpers, many from our u21 and minor teams who have been coached up to the required level. We also had Clara O’Grady and Aisling to help out from the Girls side.Club Coaching Officer Pa Andrews was in charge of coordinating all the coaches and overseeing all the action on the field. Everything so far has gone smoothly and the sausages and sandwiches provided at break time for the coaches didnt last too long! Thanks to Deirdre for doing the kitchen all morning.


The two John Twomeys were on duty and they have put in a massive shift along with Deirdre Twomey who really have done all the donkey work behind the scenes over the past 2 weeks getting everyone organised. Kieran Lynam was on helmet and hurley duty and Donal Turner and John Jordan were on equipment duty.


The Club will continue for the week and we hope that the FUN continues.