Monthly Archives: September 2017

JBFC Replay v Tracton 27/9/2017

Tracton 4-10, Shamrocks 2-6


This replay took place in Ballygarvan under lights and on Wednesday night. Tracton fielded a much stronger team for this replay and got to work early in the game and set up a comfortable lead which they never yielded. Shamrocks, despite being short a few regulars battled bravely and cannot be faulted for honest endeavour. At the break Tracton led 2 -7 to 1-3.


Up front David O’Sullivan and Cillian Hayes showed much promise and had they got better service in the opening half, then matters could have been different. Veteran Stephen Keane has to admired for a huge effort. Well done to all the lads, they all gave of their best.


Team. C. Corkery, D. Hayes, J. Wilson, B. Barrett, D. O’Neill, J. Lynam, S. Keane, T. O’Sullivan, A. Hickey, C. Hayes, D. O’Sullivan. J. Sweeney, J. Brady, M. Lane, R. Brown.

Table Quiz : Under Age Fundraiser 29/9/2017.

The “House Full” sign was up at Shanbally’s Shamrock Bar on Friday night for the staging of the Under Age Clubs Fundraising Table Quiz in aid of the Schools’ Coaching Programme.
Teams came from far and near bursting with knowledge and skills and full of endeavour to capture the winners blue ribbon.  Far an Ti Padraig Mac Aindriu, had a wide ranging and interesting book of questions that fully tested our eager teams.   The ‘craic’ was mighty and Club Executive Chairman had a busy night ‘correcting the papers’.   It was said afterwards, having done a great job, his skills might be sought by the Dept. of Education next year to check the ‘Leaving Cert results’.
The ‘ Controller and chief Auditor’ , Vice-Chairman Kieran Lynam, kept the ‘Points Board updated’ and at the end we had one clear winning team and four vying for second place.
There was a bag full of excellent prizes to please all our sporting and gracious winners.
The Club’s Under Age Chairman John Twomey, (Ringaskiddy) put in a Trojan effort into the preparatory work for this event and he was surely pleased with the magnificent night.
The fundraising will aid the Club’s National Schools’ Coaching Programme over the next year.
Ringaskiddy, Monkstown and Shanbally will be serviced on a regular basis with coaching and skills programmes to compliment their existing curriculum.  At the end it is our School Children within our Parish who will be the real beneficiaries.
Sincere thanks to all the teams who entered and supported this Quiz.  Special thanks to the Ladies who ‘put their shoulders to the wheel’ and sold tickets on the night.
Finally we extend a huge thanks to Sarah and Eoin and the Staff at The Shamrock Bar for their generous support and wonderful hospitality.

U14 HC V Castlelyons – 25/9


Castlelyons 6-15, Shamrocks 3-6


Shamrocks were well beaten in the county quarter final of the county in Castlelyons on Monday night. Castlelyons had too much hurling skill on display for the Shamrocks lads who nevertheless battled away until the very end.


Shamrocks led by an early goal from Robert Barrett but things went badly wrong from 2 puckouts not long after – they went straight to the corner forward who buried them. Two gifts and Castlelyons were up and running. Shamrocks settled down somewhat thereafter with Adam McSweeney getting another Shamrocks goal but they were once again undone when Castlelyons scored 4 goals in 6 minutes. The game was effectively over at this point as there was no way Shamrocks were going to come back from 14 points down. At halftime, Castlelyons led 6-5 to 2-3.


Shamrocks played better in the second half and kept Castlelyons out from adding to their goal tally. The Shamrocks mentors had changed the whole team around after the goals went in and Adam McSweeney scored a lovely point to start the second half. Harry Andrews, injured since early in the game and operating at corner forward, scored a 21 yard free. Shamrocks had reduced the deficit to 3 goals but Castlelyons finished out the game with a flurry of points to move forward to the next round.


Overall, its been a good year for the team – the big problem is numbers and availability and at times it was hard, even impossible, to get momentum going through training. Hurling is a game that needs to be practised all year round, not from May to September which is what happened this year with the winter month being dormant – the players MUST practise at home from here until next seasons start. The management would like to thank the players and their parents and grandparents for their time and effort driving all over the county in 2017 in support of our hurlers. While the lads didn’t win any silverware, they have definitely improved from 2 years ago and that’s encouraging going forward.


Panel – S. Foy, A. Brady, F. Herlihy, P. Dorney, H. Andrews, M. Foy, M. Sisk, J. Coleman, D. Howard, T. Sheehan, E. O’Flynn, R. Barrett, A. McSweeney, F. Hayes, R. Bartlett, C. Coleman.

U12 HL Semi Final V Castlelyons – 22/9


A marvelous win for Shamrocks in Castlelyons in the league semi final. Shamrocks had come into this game in poor enough form following their last league game against Whites Cross. However, they produced their best form of the season to overcome a gallant home side.


Friday evening traffic meant that Shamrocks did not have ideal preparation and they started slowly.  However, they picked up the pace midway through the first half and despite floodlight failure, they went into the break 1-2 to 0-3 in front. An extended break followed and allowed the lads to refocus minds and they started the second half much brighter.


Scores were hard to come by but the free taking was unerring. Ferdia scored a vital goal midway through the half and this gave Shamrocks some breathing space coming down the straight. Some fantastic defending, where lads literally put their bodies on the line, kept out a barrage of attacks from the home side. A goal about 10 minutes from time for the home side kept Shamrocks honest to the end. Shamrocks last attack resulted in a third goal and sealed a memorable win.


Compliments to the home side who were magnanimous in defeat and also to the referee who could easily have  called the game off when the lights went out. Mention also to Stephen Keane who hurled every ball with the lads and has now been rewarded with a final versus Ballinora. Shamrocks had a very vocal support and this played a huge part in our victory – thank you all! A bigger than normal panel travelled and unfortunately not everyone got game time. However, all can take credit as if the lads on the line were not pushing the lads on the field, Shamrocks would not be where we are!


Panel; Sam Foy, Kieran May, Aiden Brady, Eoin O’Flynn, Dara McCormack, Michael Foy, Robert Barrett, Aaron Clarke, Ferdia Hayes, Conor Coleman, Josh Bartlett, Zach Coughlan, Cathal O’Donovan, Nigel O’Sullivan-Kearney, Euan Clarke, Cian Lynch, Barry O’Mahony, Harry O’Leary


U12 Hurling Panel V Castlelyons, 22/9/17


U8 Hurling Blitz – 23/9


Tracton GAA hosted this morning’s hurling blitz.We brought 11 hardy lads to a breezy Minane Bridge venue! We welcomed 2 new additions, namely Ronan Crotty and Sean Og Lynch to our ranks and both acquitted themselves very well. Shamrocks played Ballygarvan, Crosshaven and Passage in what were very entertaining contests. If scores had been kept, Shamrocks would have won all their matches.


Thank you to Stephen Keane for refereeing some of the games. We are back to Football again next week – keep an eye out for texts during the week.
Parents and siblings were very vocal in their support and we thank them for that.


Panel – David Herlihy, Donal Herlihy, Shane O’Flynn, Calum O’Neill, James Keane, Patrick Keane, Billy Hanna, Calum Fitzgerald, Ryan Doolan, Sean Og Lynch, Ronan Crotty.

U10 HL V Cloyne – 23/9


Shamrocks V Cloyne


Lost. No report

U10 FL V St Nicks – 16/9


The Shamrock’s under 10’s put in a superb performance to secure a comprehensive victory over the under 10 footballers of St Nicks on Saturday 16/09/2017.


On the famous Glen Rovers pitch on the north side of the city our lads lined out for a 12 o clock throw in. From the start the Shamrock’s were the team on top and moved the ball with speed and purpose and converted some excellent scores. Every player from the goal keeper right through to the lads in the full forward line played outstanding football in this match. Any neutral observer watching from the sideline would have said that the team in green looked like they really loved their football. There was a hunger from our lads to be first to every ball,lay the pass off to a team mate and keep the ball moving, and because of this the scores kept coming.


There are days at under 10 level when everything seems to click and the lads look like they could beat any team, this was one of those days. Well done to all those involved today.


Team sheet – Donal Herlihy, Euan Clarke, Calum O’Neill, Barry O’Mahony, David Herlihy, Shane O’Mahony, Liam Dorney, Luke Jordan, Harry O’Leary, Cathal O’Donovan, Seamus O’Mahony, Calum Gregson, Shane O’Flynn, Cian Lynch

U10 FL Shamrocks V St Nicks in the Glen, 16/9/17. Here both panels are pictured after the game

JBFL V Carrigaline – 14/9

Shamrocks 1-8, Carrigaline 0-9


Throughout, this keenly contested League tie played in Shanbally was very close with Shamrocks defending a narrow  lead for most of the game. Both teams were guilty of wasting many scoring chances. The most important score of the game was a second half goal from an excellently taken penalty shot by David O’Sullivan. It gave Shamrocks some succour when Carrigaline were playing their best football.


Shamrocks were ahead 0-5 to 0-2 at halftime and were never led at any time in the game. Dave O’Neill kicked some smashing points and it was good to see Terence O’Sullivan back in the Club colours too. Coby was unrelenting in his play with our full backs and keeper denying the opposition some certain scores. Well done to all the lads and on duty, they collected two vital league points.


Team: C. Corkery, J. Wilson, J. Lynam, B Barrett, D. Hayes, C. O’Grady, M. Lane, A. McCarthy, S. Downey, D. O’Neill, T. O’Sullivan, A. Hickey, D. O’Sullivan, Subs. D. Brown, D.Andrews. S. Collins.

JBFL V Carrigaline – 14/9


Shamrocks 1-8, Carrigaline 0-9


This was a good win for the home side over league leaders Carrigaline on Thursday evening in Shanbally. Shamrocks led 0-5 to 0-2 at Ht after having played with the aid of the breeze and could have been further ahead but for some wayward shooting and hitting the post twice.


Carrigalien came back into it in the second half but a David O’Sullivan penalty proved decisive and Shamrocks held on for the win which sets them up for the league playoffs. Well done to the management and to all 18 players who played – a very healthy number considering all the A championship games played recently.

U14 HC Final V Tracton – 12/9


Tracton 3-7, Shamrocks 1-6


Shamrocks and Tracton played out a great game in tough conditions in Camden on Tuesday night before Tracton deservedly took the championship honours for the West B2 region. They were the better team and found scores that bit easier to come by while Shamrocks at the other end only scored one point from play in the whole game and relied on Harry Andrews for all their scores bar one. However, Shamrocks never gave up throughout and with one or two breaks in front of goal, especially in the first half, could have been much closer.


In the first half, Shamrocks played with the aid of the breeze and after 20 minutes, it was scoreless. This suited Tracton as Shamrocks really needed a lead. The first score arrived soon after and the teams were level at 0-1 to 0-1 in a real battle. It was in the 5 minutes before halftime that Tracton scored 1-3 without reply and this was the margin that they maintained until the end – Shamrocks just couldn’t bridge the gap despite plenty of first half possession and domination of the play.


Again, the second half was tight and Shamrocks began to eat into the 6 point lead, through Andrews frees. The margin was down to 3 points with 10 minutes left and they sensed at least the opportunity to equalise. However, a defensive mix up scuppered their chance and the ball ended up in the Shamrocks net and that really was it. Tracton and Shamrocks both added a goal towards the end before the trophy was presented to the winning team by the Secretary of the West Board Eddie Moloney.


Despite the defeat, it was great to see all the players in the FBI afterwards enjoying a well earned refreshment and finger food. Our thanks to the club and to Sarah of the FBI for organising that at such short notice. Also thanks to the parents and big support we had at the game.


Panel: S. Foy, A. Brady, F. Herlihy, J. Coleman, H. Andrews, M. Foy, M. Sisk, P. Dorney, E. O’Flynn, T. Sheehan, D. Howard, A. McSweeney, R. Barrett, F. Hayes, J. Bartlett, C. Coleman




West HC Final V Tracton in Crosshaven, 12/9/17. Bsck, l to r: H. Andrews, F. Herlihy, M. Foy, D. Haward, T. Sheehan, P. Dorney, J. Colaman, M. Sisk, A. McSweeney. Front, l to r: C. Coleman, A. Brady, F. Hayes, S. Foy, E. O’Flynn, R. Barrett, J. Bartlett