Week ended – 8th January 2012
Puc Fada 2012 – 1/1/12
Underage AGM – 5/1
Outgoing officers John Twomey (Chairperson), Patrick Andrews (Secretary) and Paddy Andrews (Treasurer) gave their full and comprehensive reports to the meeting. After a brief few words for the Adult Club Chairperson Pat McCarthy, all the Outgoing Officers were re-elected unopposed.
After a discussion on the new format that came into effect in 2011 and verious grades that the club will be playing in, it was decided to enter teams in the following age groups (H & F) with the mentors names following on –
U8’s and U9’s – Kieran and Jonathan Kramer, Paul Lordan, Jonathan Tuohy, Cannice Cafferey.
U11’s – Jed O’Flaherty, Frank Van Pelt, Bobby McGinty.
U13’s – Patrick Andrews, Anto Meighan, Matthew Laffan, Jed O’Flaherty.
U15’s – Peter Crowley, John Herlihy, Kevin O’Grady.
Minor (and U21 Hurling) – Liam Shanahan
Minor Football to follow.
John Twomey finished the meeting by thanking everyone for being present and wishing everyone the best for 2012.
St Nicks U21 Football Tournament Plate Final – 8/1
Shamrocks 1-6, St Nicks 0-3
There was finality to the St. Nicks Under 21 football tournament this Sunday with Shamrocks taking on the host Club in the Plate final.
Back Row, l to r – Pat McCarthy (manager), Conor Walter, Alan McCarthy, Joey Brady, Jack Wilson, Cathal Kidney, Roy Twomey, Philip Brady, Brian Cusack, Stephen Downey, Dave O’Neill (selector). Front Row, l to r: Jonathan Tuohy, James Raleigh, Cannice Caffrey, Stephen Hurley, Tony O’Mahony, Shane Horgan, Seán O’Brien, Aaron Hickey.
Week Ended 22nd January 2012
Players Meeting – 17/1
There was a players meeting last Tuesday night in the Clubhouse after training (in the Marine College).
The various selectors/mentors for the Junior teams were announced to the players by Pat McCarthy and John Twomey (Shanbally). They are as follows – Junior A Football: Pat McCarthy, Tony O’Sullivan, Paddy O’Mahony and Dave O’Flaherty. Junior A Hurling: John Twomey (Shanbally – chairman of selection committee), Pat O’Neill, Declan O’Neill, John Hanley and Dick Andrews. Junior B Football – Patrick Andrews, Peter Prout, Stephen Jordan. Shamrocks will also be entering the Junior B Hurling League later on in the year. As of now, nobody knows what Regional leagues Shamrocks will be playing in, which is a most disappointing situation to be in at this time of year.
Training will continue for all Juniors and U21’s on Tuesday nights in the Maritime College in Ringaskiddy, incorporating a fitness test in early February. Thursday nights will be resuming in the next few week at the Track, more to follow on that.
There will be Junior Hurling and Football Training for the next few weeks from 3pm to 4pm on the Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 1pm STARTING THIS COMING WEEKEND. The idea is to just get everyone back into using a ball and getting the touch going in the hurling. If you train on the Saturday, you dont have to train on the Sunday and vice versa. Of course, players are welcome to train both days if they wish!
John Twomey (Ringaskiddy) spoke briefly about forthcoming changes to the running of the Club Lotto, incorporating the players. He thanked the players on behalf of the Fuindraising Committee for their support in the Floodlighting project last October.
Week ended – February 19th 2012
U13 Football V Grenagh – 11/2
Shamrocks 7-9, Grenagh 3-3
Shamrocks got off to a good start in the league after a fantastic second half performance against Grenagh on Saturday afternoon. Due to ongoing work at Grenagh’s pitch, the match was played on Shanballys bottom pitch which has taken on a lot of water in the last 2 weeks or so; the top half of the pitch near the clubhouse is particularly heavy. However, both teams turned in a whole hearted display in the conditions which is typical of this age group anyway.
Grenagh played down the hill in the first half and settled faster and led 1-3 to 0-1 after 15 minutes. However, from there until the half time break, Shamrocks began to dominate from defence out and the inside forward line, in particular Shane Flavin started to get the ball in the right places. Shane stuck away 2 goals and a point while David O’Sullivan, ever dangerous throughout, slotted over some frees. The halftime score read Shamrocks 3-5, Grenagh 3-3.
Shamrocks turned to play with the hill in the second half and after a close opening 5/6 minutes, really got on top of Grenagh throughout the field. Led by James Lynam in defence who was outstanding, the other backs rose to the occasion and gaps seemed to open up in the Grenagh defence. Again Flavin was on the end of two moves to blast to the net while Seán Andrews really made a difference after bring introduced, scoring 1-2. Dylan O’Flaherty, emergency goalkeeper on the day, did very well and his handling was excellent.
A few positional switches were made in the last 10 minutes to find out more about the players should the need arise later in the season. The one thing this team does is that they play at 100% until the final whistle – a good attribute that every team needs.
Team: Dylan O’Flaherty, Evan Seymour, Cathal Murphy, Daniel O’Mahony, James Lynam, Shane Downey, Stephen Fox, Cillian Hayes, David O’Sullivan, David Fox, Keith O’Donoghue, Shane Flavin, Killian O’Mahony. Sub used – Seán Andrews.
JAFL V Ballygarvan – 19/2
Shamrocks 2-9, Shamrocks 0-5
This was the first league game for both and Ballygarvan opened it up with a comfortable victory over Shamrocks in Ballygarvan on Sunday morning last. From a Shamrocks point of view the managers and selectors expected a bit of rustiness at seasons start but allowing for that, the display was most definately below par and will not suffice for the year ahead. Manager Pat McCarthy was a disappointed man afterwards and let the players know in the dressingroom afterwards – lots of improvement needed and expected, both on and off the field.
Shamrocks actually started much the brighter and put together some lovely moves, none more so than the games opening point from one of Shamrocks best players on the day, Barry Mulqueen, a flowing team move finished off from 40 yards out. Shamrocks were enjoying plenty of possession at this stage but things seemed to break down inside the 40 yard line. In the meantime Ballygarvan had started to inch their way slowly into the game and kicked a few scores. They punished some sloppy play in the Shamrocks defence by blasting home two quick fire goals coming up to half time to give themselves a 5 point cushion at halftime, 2-1 to 0-2.
Shamrocks again started brightly after the throw in and sub Seanán Collins kicked a great score to bring the deficit back to 4 points. It went to 5 and back to 4 after Stephen O’Neills point. Whatever chance Shamrocks had of clawing back the gap disappeared after Ballygarvan got completely on top for the next 15 minutes and basically did as they pleased and kicked over 6 points in a row and the game was all over. Shamrocks plugged on until the end with one goal chance going abegging with time almost up.
One positive from the mornings events was the return of Michael O’Neill and Eoin O’Mahony to the Shamrocks colours and im sure they will be good additions as the year goes on. Also, 23 players togged out bodes well for the Junior B’s who’ll be swinging into action soon enough. Colin Brady, who had to go to hospital as a precaution after receiving a blow to the mouth, is fine after treatment.
Team: F. O’Neill, D. O’Neill, S. Hurley, J. Tuohy, M. Prout, C. Kidney, N. Hayes, B. Sweeney, B. Mulqueen, M. O’Neill, E. O’Mahony, C. Caffrey, S. Keane, A. McCarthy, S. O’Neill. Subs used – C. Brady, S. Collins, J. Browne, S. Jordan.
MFL V Nemo Rangers – 19/2
Shamrocks 2-11, Nemo Rangers (3) 1-2
A very satisfactory performance all round was the verdict of ‘stand-in Manager’ Kieran Lynam, after Shamrocks proved too accomplished for their City visitors in Division 3 of the Minor Football league, played in Shanbally on Sunday last. Team Captain Tony O’Mahony led the charge with a commanding performance at centre back and his colleagues both big and small responded in kind. Shamrocks led at half-time 2-2 to 1-1 having played with the hill. Some words of advice from Kieran and his assistant Alan Geary at half-time saw the team move up a gear in the second half and went on to record a very merited win. Team; Dave Raleigh (goal), Conor Walters, James Raleigh (0-2), Daniel O’Reilly, Sean Kidney, Tony O’Mahony (0-2), Darragh Scriven, Sean O’Brien, Rory Horgan, Angus Boland (0-1), Roy Twomey (0-5), Brian Coffan (1-1), Coby O’Grady (1-0), Luke Garvan and Nathan Hayes (great grandson of the ledgendary Dave Dunne).
Special advisers on the day – Kevin O’Mahony, John Hanley, John Twomey, Liam Shanahan, Black Sid and Hing Pong Lee, Chinese Vice-president visiting with Christy Cooney.
Week Ended – February 26th 2012
U13 Football – 25/2
Shamrocks 4-0, Whitechurch 11-17
Not much to say really. Shamrocks were absolutely annihilated by a vastly superior Whitechurch side in Shanbally on Saturday afternoon last. There was definately a quirk in the grading system with Whitechurch playing in the same grade as Shamrocks here. They are way too good for this grade and indeed, wouldnt look out of place 2 grades above. (Whitechurch eventually won the County afterwards)
The game was effectively over after 5 minutes with Whitechurch launching attack after attack from the throw in and leading 2-3 to no score.
All Shamrocks could do was battle to the end in very tough circumstances and they were rewarded with 4 goals, one in the first half from Shane Flavin and 3 late goals from Flavin again, David Fox and Seán Andrews. It quite hard to make out how this league will pan out as Shamrocks won their first game handy but suffered this 38 point defeat here. What is known is that the next game, an away game against Cill na Martra on Saturday March 10th at 3.30pm will be very tough as well. Training this Wednesday at 4.30pm.
Team: D. O’Flaherty, J. Lynam, E. Seymour, C. Hayes, S. Downey, C. Murphy, D. O’Sullivan, K. O’Mahony, S. Fox, D. Fox, S. Flavin, K. O’Donoghue-howe. Subs used – S. Andrews, D. O’Leary.
U21 Football Championship – 26/2
Shamrocks 3-9, St Bridgets 0-5
Shamrocks played their first round Under 21 Football championship game at Pairc Tadgh O’h-Ainnlaoi on Sunday morning against St. Bridgets (a combination of Crosshaven and Belgooly).
A perfect start saw Shamrocks have the ball in the St. Bridgets net from the throw-in thanks to a great run from centre forward Tony O’Mahony. Shamrocks led throughout and at halftime the score was 3-2 to 0-5 in their favour. St. Bridgets took the initiative at the start of the second period but some fine defending from the backs and safe handling by the ‘keeper kept them at bay and indeed held them scoreless.
The defence was led and marshalled by centre back Cathal Kidney and we had a fine display from Conor Walters too. Sean O’Brien never put a foot wrong and again he was one of our most accomplished performers. Team Captain Canice Caffery put in a huge effort and picked off some excellent points from play and free kicks. Tony O’Mahony made some great runs at centre forward, contributing two goals. Team: Jack Wilson, Conor Walters, Sean O’Brien, James Rahilly, Cathal Kidney, Jonathan Tuohy, Alan McCarthy, Canice Caffery, Roy Twomey, Tony O’Mahony, Damien Kelleher, Joey Brady, David Murphy.
Next round against Ballygarvan who beat Courcey Rovers after extra time. This game is not yet fixed but will be played either next weekend or the week after. Team Selectors; Pat McCarthy, Barry Mulqueen and Dave O’Neill.
Week Ended – March 11th 2012
Junior Football League V Belgooly – 3/3
Belgooly 0-15, Shamrocks 0-7
Shamrocks slow start to the football season continued at heavy Shanbally (bottom pitch) on Saturday afternoon last. The players were kept in the dressing room after the poor show against Ballygarvan last time out; this time it was the turn of them being kept on the pitch to listen to the extreme disappointement of manager Pat McCarthy and fellow selectors.
Just like last time out, Shamrocks actually started very brightly and played some lovely football inside the first 10 minutes and were rewarded with scores from Cannice Caffrey from frees (our main scorer from frees throughout) and a fine point from Sephen Keane, who started on fire. But Belgooly’s strong running and greater fitness on the heavy surface then came into play. They went 4 points to 2 ahead before Shamrocks fought back to level the game at 5 points all at the short whistle.
Shamrocks played up the hill in the second hafl and it was going to take a big effort to hold off Belgooly. But it wasnt to be, nowhere near it in fact. The display was limp. The teams swopped early points before Belgooly took over completely for the rest of the game and were unlucky not to add a goal or three.
Shamrocks meanwhile at the other end were finding it difficult to even creat point scoring opportunities as most moves just broke down around the 45. Result – Belgooly, a team who played Junior B 6 months ago, tagged over multiple points (split by Caffreys free). The game was over a long way out and a most disappointing afternoon for the home team was complete.
Team: F. O’Neill, S. Andrews, C. Kidney, J. Browne, M. O’Neill, M. Prout, J. Tuohy. B. Sweeney, B. Mulqueen, E. O’Mahony, S. Keane, C. Caffrey, S. O’Neill, A. McCarthy, T. O’Mahony. Subs used – D. O’Neill, S. Jordan, J. Raleigh.
There’s a break now for a few weeks for the hurling.
Junior A Hurling League – 11/3
Ballinhassig 3-8, Shamrocks 1-1
Shamrocks opened up their hurling campaign against Ballinhassig on Sunday morning last and suffered a fairly comprehensive defeat to the SE champions. One could argue that the scoreline was somewhat flattering to Ballinhassig as Shamrocks played some good hurling at times, in particular the backs who did very well considering the pressure they were under throughout.
However, as the scoreline suggests, it was the age old Shamrocks problem of not being able to score enough while Ballinhassigs scores came that bit easier. They scored 2 early goals to push 2-4 to 0-1 ahead and basically that was the margin between the teams for the rest of the game. Seanán Collins did pull a goal back for Shamrocks before half time after his long range free went all the way to the Ballinhassig net. Half time 2-4 to 1-1 for Ballinhassig.
Shamrocks, despite playing well enough at times in the 2nd half and trying many positional switches, couldnt manage a single score in the second half and Ballinhassig wrapped things up with a late goal. Shamrocks were down a few players on the day and it is hoped that they will be back soon to strengthen the team. All roads point to the first round of the championship against Tracton, which is not fixed yet; probably around early May. Shamrocks A hurlers next game is at home to Courcey Rovers on Wednesday March 28th. Training continues on Tuesday and Thursday nights for all hurlers
Team: M. O’Neill, J. Tuohy, S. Collins, S. Andrews, J. Browne, C. Brady, S. O’Reilly, M. Prout, F. O’Neill, D. O’Neill, T. O’Mahony, B. Cusack, A. McCarthy, S. Keane, J. Raleigh. Subs used – S. O’Neill, S. Downey.
U15 FL V Lisgoold – 11/3
Shamrocks 2-5, Lisgoold 0-5
This U15 side began their campaign with a good victory on Sunday over Lisgoold in what was a low scoring game where both defences were on top.
Shamrocks began the match rather slowly and found themselves four points behind with the first quarter over. While having had a few opportunities in front of goal the opportunities were spurned.
However persistence does pay off and two well taken goals by Cillian Murphy and Cormac Scriven left the scpre 2-3 to 0-5 at the short whistle.
The second half was very keenly contested by both teams with Shamrocks giving an exhibition of tight marking. Great credit to half back line of Shane Kelleher, David Barry, and Nathan Hayes who defended heroically. They were ably assisted by Darragh Scriven and Koby O’Grady midfield. However with the retirement of Mark Hitchmough at centre forward Shamrocks lacked a physical presence though great credit to subs Joseph O’Keeffe, Daniel Carroll and Christopher Hayes who battled hard. One notable forward who did manage to swing a few crucial points in the second half was David Andrews at right half forward.
All in all a good victory and the boys are looking forward to their next match away to Grenagh on March 19th. Training this Friday March 16th at 5pm.
Panel on Duty: Nathan Hayes, Seán Kidney, Shane Kelleher, Dvid Barry, Brendan Crowley, Koby O’Grady, Darragh Scriven, David Andrews, Mark Hitchmough, Cormac Scriven, Andrew O’Grady, Cillian Murphy, Joseph O’Keeffe, Daniel Carroll, Christopher Hayes, James Lynam.
Week Ended – March 25th 2012
U21 Football Championship V Ballygarvan – 19/3
Ballygarvan 4-7, Shamrocks 1-12
An agonising defeat for Shamrocks in the Semi Final of the B Championship, in a game played in Shanbally on Bank Holiday afternoon last. The players and selectors will be wondering for a long time how they managed to lose this game of football which was played in excellent spirit throughout from both teams. Shamrocks could have won this game 3 times over but a combination of bad luck, terrible misses in front of the goal and 2 brilliant saves by the Ballygarvan keeper saw them through to the final.
This really was a cracking game of championship football which was above the B standard. Both teams are to be complimented on an open display of ball with many twists and turns, especially in the second half. This half, which had Ballygarvan playing down the hill with the strong breeze had everything and could have gone either way, right up until the dying minutes of the game.
Shamrocks, playing with the breeze in the first half were first to settle and scored some nice points through Cannice Caffrey (who scored 0-8 from play and frees and was everywhere on the pitch throughout) and James Raleigh up from wing back. Shamrocks built up a 0-4 to 0-0 lead after 15 minutes but one felt with the strength of the breeze that this wasnt enough. It certainly wasnt when Ballygarvan punished some slack ball handling by one of the Shamrocks forwards by putting together a full pitch length move to bury the ball in the back of the Shamrocks net.
Shamrocks went in leading by 0-7 to 1-1 at halftime and it could and should have been more – Joey Brady and Roy Twomey but hit the Ballygarvan woodwork with goal bound efforts coming up to halftime while Tony O’Mahony was chipping away at the defence, looking dangerous everytime he got the ball along with Twomey.
The second half was excellent fare and was real championship fare. Shamrocks faced a mammoth task to keep a very good Ballygarvan team at bay and it was made all the harder after Jonathon Tuohy had to leave the field just before halftime through injury. This opened up lots of space in the Ballygarvan full back line and with their full forward, Cork Minor player Dan McCarthy deliberately isolated inside, it was obvious what Ballygarvan were going to do – drive it into him and get him to take on his man. And that they did and it contributed hugely to Ballygarvan winning the game.
After conceding 1-2 in one minute just after halftime (the goal an own goal from one of the Shamrocks defenders), Shamrocks regrouped against again the wind and responded with some lovely scores from Joey Brady, Tony O’Mahony and Cannice Caffrey and a cracking goal by Roy Twomey to lead by 6 points. It really should have been over at this stage (for the first time) but Ballygarvan broke downfield again and their afore mentioned corner forward kicked another goal and a point before Shamrocks responded again through Alan McCarthy and Caffrey again and led by 3 with 7 minutes left. The game was really there for the taking again at this stage but the opportunity wasnt taken yet again.
Ballygarvan played direct ball into their full forward line and they garnered a penalty which was dispatched to the net to make the game level. Their tails were up at this stage and they sensed the win – and this they did with a four point final flourish to send the Shamrocks players to their knees at the final whistle. A fabulous effort went to nothing but they played some great football at times but the fact that they didnt put the game to bed earlier on will haunt them for a few days yet. However, it is hoped to see these players play on in the years ahead and form the nucleus of the Junior A (and B) teams over the next few years.
Teams – J. Wilson, J. Tuohy, C. Walter, J. Raleigh, C. Kidney, S. O’Brien, A. McCarthy, C. Caffrey, D. Kelleher, T. O’Mahony, J. O’Driscoll, R. Twomey, J. Brady, A. Hickey.
Ballygarvan – Gearoid Dunton; Fergal Ahern, Jack Naidoo; Matthew Thomas, Emmet Ahern, Jason O’ Callaghan; Jack O’ Halloran; Luke O’ Sullivan, Conor Weir, Philip Seymore; Dan McCarthy, Micheal O Se. Subs: Killian Mannion for Jason O’ Callaghan, Danny Dineen for Philip Seymore. Scorers: Dan McCarthy 1-5, Conor Weir 2-1 (1 pen), Micheal O Se 1-0, Jack O’ Halloran 0-1.
My thanks to Aine O’Callaghan, Ballygarvan PRO for the Ballygarvan team and scorers.
Players Meeting – 23/3
The club held a players meeting in the clubrooms on Thursday night to discuss the poor start to the season both on the field of play and on the training pitch the past 2 weeks. An honest and open debate was had by all and it is hoped that the current malaise will be a distant memory before long.
U13 Football V Ballyphehane – 24/3
Shamrocks 7-14, Ballyphehane 1-1
The home team Shamrocks had an easy win over an under strength Ballyphehane in Shanbally on Saturday afternoon last. This league is proving to be hard to figure out with many teams not having been graded properly. Shamrocks lost to Whitechurch by 38 points by won this one by 30 and indeed it could have been more but for some sloppy play in front of goal, which the coaches will look at in training during the week (Monday at 4.30pm) and Wednesday at 5pm (hurling).
The selectors made various changes throughout the game to try and mix things up. To list the scorers would be unfair as everyone played their part. The only disappointing aspect was that het again, we only had 13 players.
Starting Team: S. Flavin, E. Seymour, C. Murphy, D. O’Mahony, R. Meighan, D. O’Flaherty, J. Lynam, S. Fox, C. Hayes, D. O’Sullivan, D. Fox, S. Andrews, J. O’Keeffe.
Week Ended – April 1st 2012
Minor Football League – 27/3
Crosshaven 3-7, Shamrocks 2-6
Shamrocks suffered their first defeat of the league in Shanbally on Tuesday night after the visitors swept away with the 2 points. We’d like to thank the Shamrocks players who tried their utmost in trying circumstances on the night and indeed played some great football at times. Mention must go to Roy Twomey who was simpley outstanding on the night.
Training (hurling and football) on Sunday afternoon at 12.30pm.
Junior Hurling League – 28/3
Courcey Rovers 0-18, Shamrocks 0-8
The visitors to Shanbally took all 2 league points on offer on a beautiful evening for hurling at Shanbally Wednesday evening. Courcey Rovers had a strong panel on duty and looked sharp in everything they did and looked to be ahead of Shamrocks in terms of hurling done.
Courcey Rovers were first to settle and went into an early 2 points to nil lead before Seanán Collins drove over 2 Shamrocks frees. Courcey Rovers really upped it in the next 10 minutes and scored 5 unanswered points. Goalkeeper Michael O’Neill pulled off one fabulous save in this time as well.
Barry Mulqueen then registered Shamrocks first point from play in 2012 with a neat finish. Shamrocks seemed to take a bit of inspiration from this and finished the half stronger. Half time score Courcey Rovers 0-8, Shamrocks 0-4.
Shamrocks made 3 changes at the break and started the second half like they were going to make a real fight of it. Some lovely scores from Michael Prout, Seanán Collins and Darragh Collins saw them close the gap to 0-11 to 0-8 at its closest point. However, Courcies reasserted themselves and closed out the game with a flurry of points.
Considering where Shamrocks have been coming from already this year and the poor start, this was much better in general from the home side, the obvious problem is the inability to trouble the scoreboard unlike the teams around us. With more hurling training and the right attitude, it is hoped to remedy this problem. Training Sunday morning at 11.30am
Team: M. O’Neill, J. Tuohy, S. O’Reilly, J. Browne, C. Brady, B. Sweeney, D. O’Neill, F. O’Neill, B. Mulqueen, B. Cusack, S. Collins, M. Prout, P. Andrews, S. Keane, D. Collins. Subs used – S. O’Neill, C. Kidney, J. O’Driscoll, R. Murphy.
U15 FL V Grenagh 28/3 V Lisgoold 31/3 and V Grenagh 3/4
Grenagh 6-13, Shamrocks 2-4
Game played on Wednesday March 28th in Grenagh, easy win for the home side.
Shamrocks 4-14, Lisgoold 2-0
Game played on Saturday March 31st in Lisgoold. Easy win for Shamrocks.
Shamrocks 6-11, Grenagh 4-6
Game played on Wednesday April 4th in Shanbally. An amazing result in the return fixture considering the top scoreline above. Shamrocks top the group.
Week Ended – April 8th 2012
JAHL V Crosshaven – 3/4
Shamrocks 2-10, Crosshaven 0-7
A bitterly north wind made conditions difficult for the players on duty, but it did not deter Shamrocks from recording their first win in the League.
After a slow and difficult first half when the scores were even at 0-5 each, the home team moved up a gear in the second period. The main architect of this improvement was centre forward Senan Collins whose overall play made him the best player on the pitch. All boats lift with a rising tide and a more resilient and competitive approach was evident from the other players as well.
In the second half Shamrocks scored 2-5 to Crosshaven’s 0-1. The players who have been regular attendants at the Hurling Coaching sessions showed off the benefits. Hurling games will put on hold now until early May due to preparations for the Junior Football championship. However, arrangements will be made to organise a Hurling coaching session once per week. This will be vital to maintain and improve on the work done to date.
Team. M. O’Neill, J. Tuohy, S. O’Reilly, D. O’Neill, C. Brady (Capt.), B. Sweeney, R. Murphy, F. O’Neill, Michael Prout, B. Mulqueen, S. Collins, J. O’Driscoll, G. Beatty (making his debut in a Shamrocks jersey – well done Gary), S. Keane, B. Cusack. Subs – S. Downey, A. McCarthy, S. O’Neill, D. Collins (all used).
Junior A Football League V Carrigaline – 5/4
Carrigaline 3-10, Shamrocks 0-3
The result is a lot worse than it looked. Carrigaline had a very strong 15 players on the pitch for this game and led 3-5 to no score at the break.
Shamrocks rejigged their team for the second half and did a lot better, losing that half by 5 points to 3.
It is vitally important that ALL players on all teams pay their membership this year.
ALL games are provisional, 2 have been put off so far as we are not getting the response we require. Everything is up in the air (as usual)
The footballers play Donoghamore, Delaneys, Crosshaven and Brian Dillons over the next few weeks.
The hurlers will play Eire Óg, Crosshaven, Whitescross, Brian Dillons and Clondrohid later on.
Footnote – Shamrocks didnt play in this as they didnt have enough players at this age group.
Week Ended – April 15th 2012
Junior B Football League V Tracton – 10/4
Tracton 4-5, Shamrocks 1-5
Tracton beat Shamrocks by 3 clear goals in Shanbally in the Junior B Football League on Tuesday night last, in what was Shamrocks first game back in this grade in 2 years.
Shamrocks played with the strong breeze in the first half in the hope of building up a sufficient lead to withstand the Tracton bombardment in the second half. And in reality the 1-4 to 1-2 lead at half time was nowhere near enough.
Shamrocks started brightly enough and captain for the night Steven Downey whipped over a neat point after 2 minutes, quickly followed by another from Brian Cusack before Tracton responded at the other end. Things became a bit more even around the middle as Tracton came more into the game. However, Shamrocks scored a goal through Jamie O’Driscoll who pounced on a lose ball to drive home. Shamrocks now moved into a 1-3 to 0-1 lead. However, the next 3 minutes proved to be the turning point with a 7 point swing in Tractons favour.
First Shamrocks should have scored an easy 1-1 at one end within the space of a minute with 2 guilt edged chances going abegging. Tracton won the kickout and broke up the field and scored what can only described as a very soft goal from a goalmouth scramble and they were back in it. Brian Cusack scored his second point to leave the half time score as above, 1-4 to 1-2.
Shamrocks knew they faced a big ask and unfortunately 2 goals in the space of a minute knocked the stuffing out of the challenge, the first one after half time even worse than the one in the first half. These goals decided the game and eventhough Shamrocks tried hard to the end, the damage was done from the first half and immediatlely after the break. Darragh Collins did manage to get a late point for Shamrocks.
Training later in the week for ALL players; next league game is away to Carrigaline next Tuesday (April 17th) at 8pm.
Team: J. Wilson, A. Hickey, P. Prout, D. Roche, S. O’Reilly, S. Hurley, R. Murphy, S. Jordan, J. Brady, C. Ronayne, M. O’Neill, B. Cusack, S. Downey, D. O’Neill, J. O’Driscoll. Subs used – D. Collins, S. Collins, K. O’Mahony, C. O’Sullivan, P. Andrews.
Matrin Coleman Coaching Session – 11/4
Martin Coleman, the Cork Senior Hurler and GDA Officer for Carrigdhoun and Muskerry did a very enjoyable training session with the under 15’s on Wednesday morning in Shanbally. The lads trained for an hour and a half and despite the showers around the place, they held off for the session.
Our thanks to Martin and we hope that the session will benefit the lads in the next few weeks. CLICK HERE FOR MORE PHOTOS
Junior A Football League V Ballinhassig – 11/4
Ballinhassig 2-11, Shamrocks 2-8
Its been a slow burning season for Shamrocks so far in A football and it continued at Shanbally on Wednesday afternoon. Things are slowly getting better as we go on but unfortunately on this occasion it was the visitors who took the points after a strong finish.
Ballinhassig played down the hill with the slight breeze in the first half and opened the scoring with a goal after 5 minutes. This was the decisive score between the evenly matched teams in the first half as Ballinhassig led 1-5 to 0-5 at halftime. Philip Brady, making his first start for Shamrocks this year, was a thorn in the Ballinhassig side and scored some great points from play, in particular in that first half; Michael O’Neill and Cannice Caffrey from a free were the other Shamrocks scorers.
Again, the second half was even enough for the first 15 minutes – the difference being that Ballinhassig worked the ball that bit quicker than Shamrocks and were more direct. Eoin O’Mahony brought Shamrocks level after half time with a well taken goal. Ballinhassig responded at the other end to go a goal up but Shamrocks battled hard to stay in touch and a great point from Barry Mulqueen and a rebound slotted home by sub Stephen Keane (on the pitch less than a minute) put Shamrocks a point to the good, 2-7 to 2-6 and it was all to play for.
However, Ballinhassig started to get on top at midfield and their strong running had the Shamrocks backs in trouble for the remaining quarter. They won that by 4 points to 1, Shamrocsk point scorer being Eon O’Mahony when a goal was on.
The management, having witnessed another loss, were reasonably happy with the display after experimenting with a few positions. Championship is approaching fast so its time to put the shoulder to the wheel, for everybody.
Team: J. Wilson (one great save), S. Andrews, S. Collins, C. Brady, R. Murphy, C. Kidney, M. Prout, B. Sweeney, A. McCarthy, P. Brady, E. O’Mahony, C. Caffrey, S. Hurley, B. Mulqueen, M. O’Neill. Sub used – S. Keane.
Junior A Football League – 15/4
Ballymartle 0-10, Shamrocks 0-8
In many ways this game was a repeat of the defeat to Ballinhassig on Wednesday night. In that game Shamrocks conceded some early scores, came back into the game with some excellent football, in particular from their wing forwards and controlled the possession, only to fade towards the end.
This game was played in Riverstick last Sunday afternoon and the weather was not really a factor – the wind, little that was, blew down the hill mostly. Bally were 3 points up inside 10 minutes but Shamrocks came back into it through nice interplay, in particular from a new half back line of Michael Prout, Alan Mac and Michael O’Neill and the two half forwards Cannice Caffrey and Philip Brady. They were easily the most dangerous Shamrocks forwards and their form going into championship is good to see.
Ballymartle led 0-6 to 0-5 at half time after Shamrocks had clawed back a 0-5 to 0-1 lead, just before HT. Shamrocks were pretty confident of recording their first win of the season at this stage.
And they started the second half well with some lovely scores from Philip Brady and Dave O’Neill and they went into a 0-8 to 0-6 lead with 20 minutes to go. But yet again, a Shamrocks team didnt finish the job and they didnt score again, despite way more possession. Ball was spilt, passes went astray, shots were skewed. Bally seemed to be able to go down the pitch and score at almost every opportunity using direct ball – once again like Ballinhassig during the previous week.
So Shamrocks have yet to record a victory on the field of play this year. Championship is 3 weeks away and they need everyone pushing hard, as manager Pat McCarthy said afterwards.
Team: F. O’Neill, S. O’Reilly, S. Collins, S. Andrews, M. O’Neill, A. McCarthy, M. Prout, C. Kidney, B. Mulqueen, C. Caffrey, E. O’Mahony, P. Brady, D. O’Neill, B. Sweeney, S. Keane. Subs used – J. Browne, S. Downey.
Week Ended – April 22nd 2012
JBF V Carrigaline – 17/4
Carrigaline 3-8, Shamriocks 1-5
Shamrocks were beaten by Carrigaline in a game played under lights in Carrigaline on Tuesday night.
The game was played in weather that wouldn’t have seemed out of place on a late November night, howling wind, driving rain and icy cold conditions throughout. Shamrocks playing against the elements started the game on top and except for some wayward shooting, should have been a few points to the fore. Carrigaline came more into the game late in the half but thanks to some stout defending from all the Shamrocks backs they were limited to 6 points in the half and led at the interval 0-06 to 0-00.
After making a few changes at half time Shamrocks started the second half well on top. Darragh Collins slotted over a point which was followed up by a Barry Mulqueen score. Then a long ball was delivered into the full forward line where Joey Brady managed to get a hand on the ball and directed it into the back of the net. Michael O’Neill tagged on another point and the game was level.
Shamrocks then suffered the agony of leaving Carrigaline back into the game via a soft goal. This seemed to knock the wind out of the Shamrocks sails who conceded another goal and a point soon after. Shamrocks still fought bravely and got 2 more points on the board from Stephen O’Neill and Darragh Collins. Carrigaline finished the game stronger and scored a goal and a point late on to win the game on a score line of 3-08 to 1-05.
Special mentions must go to the 2 elder players on the team Kevin O’Mahony and Darragh Collins who rolled back the years and were outstanding throughout. Kevin was immense in the full back line and Darragh showed for every ball delivered his way and was rewarded with two great scores.
A plus point for the night was the turnout, Shamrocks had 21 players togged out and the full allocation of subs was used.
Team: J. Wilson, A. Hickey, P. Prout, K. O’Mahony, M. O’Neill, S. O’Reilly, R. Murphy, B. Mulqueen, N. Hayes, C. Ronayne, S. Collins, B. Cusack, S. Downey, J. Brady D. Collins. Subs used – D. O’Neill, S. O’Neill, J. Browne, E. O’Mahony, P. Lordan. Sub not used – G. Beatty.
U15 Hurling V Grenagh – 21/4
Grenagh 4-12, Shamrocks 4-9
Shamrocks travelled to Grenagh on Saturday with a positive frame of mind after a great few weeks of good hurling coaching and with good attendances.
Talk about a game of two haves and this certainly fits that category, a very strong downpour of rain and with a gale wind facing the Shamrocks defence, they were under pressure from the start.
Killian Murphy in goal had a busy time and made some good saves before Grenagh got there first goal, From a few frees and loose play they build a lead of 1-4 but then Shamrocks took control for 10 minutes but failed to score, Sean Kidney and Nathan Hayes clearing well. Some of the lads were unable to grip there Hurley’s due to the cold wind and rain. A soft goal conceded was added by a few scores by Grenagh put Shamrocks now falling behind until a good attack by Darragh Scriven into David Andrews who in turn played in Andrew Grady who rifled the sliotar home leaving a half time score of Grenagh 3-8 to Shamrocks 1-0.
The second half started with Shamrocks showing more desire and intensity with the forwards led by Mark Hitchmore started to take control and an early goal by Shane Kelleher started the comeback. Andrew with some great frees bringing the score closer all the time. Coby O Grady with his never say die attitude and his just about on the level tackling gave the lads big encouragement, Grenagh got another goal with 10 minutes left, that was to be there last score.
Some long range points by Darragh and Tom Murphy and a well taken goal by David Andrews now left only 6 points the difference, Shamrocks now in full flight had the home team wondering what was happening. THEN David Barry set up Andrew Grady who cheekily lobbed the keeper with a great bit of skill left only one goal in it. It was great to see such heart and to see the lads putting their bodies in front of every tackle. The last two minutes was played at such a high tempo even the mentors from both sides were pucking every ball. The sound of the final whistle left a score of Grenagh 4-12 to Shamrocks 4-09.
A great advert for the game in such bad conditions left us waiting in anticipation for our next match. In the second half every single shamrock player including the subs should take that performance into every game and be very proud of themselves.
Week Ended – April 29th 2012
U13 FC V Crosshaven – 23/4
Crosshaven 10-11, Shamrocks 5-8
Crosshaven went into the quarter final of the Grade C Football championship (doubled up as league game as well) after this comprehensive defeat of a gallant Shamrocks side at a cold Camden on Monday night last. Shamrocks were expecting to be much closer in this game but Crosshaven produced a performance from nowhere to overwhelm the visitors in the second half.
Shamrocks played with the wind and the hill in the first half (the wind more across than out to sea really) and David O’Sullivan scored a point from the throw in. Crosshaven went up the pitch and scored a goal to move ahead. The scores came thick and fast after this with both sets of forwards on top. Shamrocks had goals from Shane Flavin, Davis Fox and Joseph O’Keeffe (who played a great game throughout) with some nice points from O’Keeffe himself, O’Sullivan, Flavin, Shane Downey and Seán Andrews who was lively. HT Shamrocks led 4-7 to 4-1 and it was all to play for considering the hill and wind advantage.
Crosshaven got the start they needed with a couple of quick fire goals, all down the centre of teh pitch. They moved 8 points ahead within 10 minutes of the restart and Shamrocks found it difficult to even get out of their own half. Crosshaven were piling on the goals now as the Shamrocks full back line was under tremendous pressure. The last few minutes saw a goal from David O’Sullivan. The lads tried hard as per usual throughout and cannot be faulted for effort. It was good to see an almost full turnout for the first time this year
There will be training this Thursday at 5.30pm and the next game is home to Carrig na bhFear next Monday at 7pm.
Team: A. Jones, E. Seymour, R. Meighan, C. Murphy, D. O’Mahony, J. Lynam, S. Downey, S. Fox, J. O’Keeffe, C. Hayes, D. O’Sullivan, D. O’Flaherty, S. Andrews, S. Flavin, D. Fox. Subs used – S. Geary.
Presentation of New Adult Jerseys – 23/4
The club was presented with a brand new set of O’Neills adult jerseys at a break in training on Monday evening last.
Pat McCarthy, club chairman and football captain Brian Sweeney accepted the jerseys from Mr Pat Twomey, a former chairman of the club. Pat wished Shamrocks well for the year ahead and beyond and hoped that the new jerseys would help them bring silverware back to the parish.
The club is very grateful to Pat for this wonderful gesture.
Scrap Metal Collection – 27/28 April
Shamrocks GAA Club Scrap Metal Collection Fundraiser was held on the weekend of Friday April 27th to Sunday April 29th.
The clubs car park was turned into the proverbial scrap yard and the response was fantastic and the people involved were very happy with the response of the community. We had cars, trucks and vans of all shapes and sizes depositing everything from 10 gram nails to Fiat Puntos and old 1/4 ton boilers.
We’d like to thanks the two main driving forces behind the event – Finbarr O’Flaherty and Kieran Lynam who brought great drive and energy to the whole thing and sourced scrap where many thought the sun didnt even shine. They were on hand all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday and visited all corners of the parish and beyond! Well done lads.
Not far behind them were both John Twomeys, John Hanley, John Jordan who seemed to be fasting for the weekend he was so busy, Club Chairman Pat McCarthy who was all business in his boiler suit, Dave O’Neill and his brother Stephen who had all the equipment on standby. Terence O’Keeffe also chipped in with a lorry or two. Jason Browne, Patrick Andrews and Declan O’Neill also lent a few hours hand at the pitch. I hope i havent left anyone out here.
We’d like to thank everyone who made the effort to support us and brought metal to the pitch. There are still a few hours to go on Sunday morning before the place is tidied up and we can get ready again for putting on the boots.
Week Ended – May 13th 2012
Shamrocks Schools Blitz – 2/5
Shamrocks Underage ran a Gaelic Football Blitz for the 3 schools in the parish on a glorious Wednesday afternoon last. 2nd and 3rd class from Scoil Barra Naofa Monkstown, Shanbally NS and Ringaskiddy Lower Harbour NS (plus 1st class) took part and all boys and girls got plenty of game time on the top and bottom pitches. In total there were over 140 kids present which was great to see.
The club would like to thank Martin Coleman GDA who was present for the Blitz and took control of affairs from the off. The clubs Schools Liaison Officer Patrick Andrews, who organised the day, was also on duty. John Jordan as ever was around and we’d also like to thank underage chairman John Twomey (Ringaskiddy) and Liam Shanahan who were also present. John Twomey (Shanbally) did a great job in the kitchen with tea, sandwiches and biscuits for the teachers etc.
The club would like to thanks the 3 school principals, Mr Sean McCarthy (Monkstown), Mr David Nolan (Shanbally) and Mr John Herlihy (Ringaskiddy) for their cooperation as well as the teachers of the 7 classes who took part. Also well done to the 6th class pupils from the schools who refereed the games and did a great job. Thanks to all the parents who came up and supported the event.
The club hope to follow up with maybe a hurling version in a few weeks time; however, this will be harder to organise due to the sourcing of helmets and hurelys etc but more news will follow on that.
Kieran Hegarty’s 1st Anniversary Mass
On Thursday evening last a very large crowd gathered at the Clubhouse in Shanbally to remember Kieran Hegarty R.I.P.
On May 3rd 2011 Kieran died suddenly after training, leaving his family and Club colleagues in shock and dismay. To mark the first anniversary of his death a Memorial Mass was celebrated by Rev. Fr. Pat O’Donovan C.C. on the Club’s premises.
The large attendance included his mother Mary, sisters Sinead and Susan, his girlfriend Rose, his Aunt Jennie, his Uncle Jim and extended family.
The Shamrock Club was led by its Chairman, Pat McCarthy, along with his Officers and the huge number of players who had played with and befriended Kieran since he joined the Club as a youngster. The Mass was a very simple and moving cermony.
Liam Shanahan, former Chairman of the Club did the first reading. Prayers of the faithful were read by Dave O’Neill, Bernard Hickey, Finbarr O’Flaherty and Patrick Andrews. Fr. Pat delivered a very timely and moving homily. The final reflection was given by John Collins, a former Club Chairman and the delivery and rendition of his piece was truly very fitting for the occasion.
Immediately after the Mass a memorial plaque to Kieran was unveiled by his mother Mary. This simple tribute will be a lasting memorial to a true and sporting Shamrock.
The Chairman, in his address, welcomed Kierans family and the large gathering. He spoke in glowing terms of Kieran and his great loyalty and dedication to this Club since he first started as a young boy. Kieran loved playing our National games and once he was involved he was happy. He never sought the limelight but rather relished and enjoyed a simple role. He loved the games and he was a faithful follower of the Cork Hurling & Football teams. Kieran did a lot of good work with the under age teams, helping with the training and coaching. Pat added, that the Club will be organising an Under Age Summer camp in July and the camp will be known as ‘CAMP CIARAN’.
The Chairman concluded by thanking everybody who helped with the organisation of the cermonies. Again he thanked Fr. Pat, Patricia Howard and Ina Beale who helped with the preparation of the altar and the Mass cermony.
Afterwards the attendance were treated to refreshments upstairs. When all was said and done, the wash up was left to Pat McCarthy, Pat O’Neill, John Hanley and John Jordan – well done lads!
Junior A Football Championship – 6/5
Shamrocks 1-12, Valley Rovers 1-9
A 1pm throw-in, a new set of jerseys and a huge desire for a championship win all together provided a coctail to record a very merited three point victory over Valley Rovers in the opening round of the 2012 Junior A Football.
A very productive start saw Shamrocks run into a three point lead, but alas, a simple error saw the men from Innishannon respond with a cracking goal to quickly cancel the lead. It was tit for tat with both sides playing entrprising football.
However, Shamrocks went on to score their own goal as a result of some great work by Canice Caffrey and team Captain Brian Sweeney finishing the ball to the Valley Rovers net. Shamrocks had a two point advantage at the break.
On the resmuption, Valley Rovers went up a gear and quickly picked of some fine points from some good direct play. The game was turned around and Rovers led 1-9 to 1-6 with fifteen minutes remaining. The Shamrock mentors made a few crucial positional changes and Shamrocks, now with a new spring in their step and the benefit of Declan Brays training telling, moved in to a winning gear. Six unanswered points brought the final tally to 1-12 for Shamrocks and 1-9 for Valley Rovers.
It was a great win, well merited and fully deserved. Barry Mulqueen gave a ‘Man of the Match’ display in the middle of the field and Philip Brady, when moved to centre forward was one of the main architects of the win. All concerned must be congratulated. Shamrocks will now play Carrigaline in the Quarter Final later on in the summer.
Team: F. O’Neill, S. O’Reilly, S. Collins, J. Tuohy, M. O’Neill, A. McCarthy, M. Prout, B. Mulqueen, C. Kidney, C. Caffrey, E. O’Mahony, P. Brady, S. O’ Neill, B. Sweeney, D. O’Neill. Sub used – C. Brady
Junior B Football League V Crosshaven – 8/5
Shamrocks 3-9, Crosshaven 4-5
Shamrocks B team got their first league win of the season with a lucky one point win over Crosshaven on Tuesday evening at Shanbally.
Shamrocks started brighter and were 2 points to the good ahead after 10 minutes, Stephen Downey and Brian Cusack applying the finishing touches to some nice moves. Crosshaven eventually got into the game and after firing over 0-2 themselves to level it, they scored 2 goals in 5 minutes. And once again, and this has beena feature, the goals that Shamrocks conceded were of the very soft variety and should have never happened. Crosshaven led 2-3 to 0-2 at this stage but in fairness, and unlike the earlier games, Shamrocks didnt allow the concession of those goals to derail them this time.
Cian Ronayne, who was excellent throughout the game put over a lovely point and then Cian Ronayne and Darragh Collins scored quick Shamrocks goals and the game was back on. Half time score was Crosshaven 2-4, Shamrocks 2-3.
Shamrocks came out at the start of the second half and played brilliant football for the first 10-12 minutes. They drove at the Crosshaven defence and opened it up at will. Steve Downey finished off a full pitch length team move with as good a goal as you’d see anywhere all year and soon after Cian Ronayne (x2) and Darragh Collins had Shamrocks fully in the driving seat 3-7 to 2-4.
And once again, after Crosshaven had been reduced to 12 players, Shamrocks seemed to go to sleep and Crosshaven roared back into the game with some much needed scores. Despite Jamie Sweeney and Roy Twomey slotting over two Shamrocks points, Crosshaven brought the 7 point lead down to a point into injury time and can count themselves unlucky not to have snatched at least a draw.
For now though, from a Shamrocks point of view, a win is a win and goes somewhat towards justifying rentering a Junior B team after an absence of years. Also, just 2 dayes after the A team put a reshaped team on the pitch in the championship, it was great to see 20 players togged out for the B’s and shows the interest is there amoung the lads. Next game next Tuesday at home to Ballinhassig, 7.15pm start. Looks like hurling training for the rest of the week.
Panel: J. Wilson, A. Hickey, K. O’Mahony, R. Murphy, P. Prout, J. Browne, S. Andrews, S. Keane, C. Ronayne, J. Brady, B. Cusack, D. Collins, S. Downey; R. Twomey, S. Hurley, J. Sweeney, J. Raleigh, T. O’Mahony, S. Jordan, P. Andrews.
U13 Hurling update – 8/5
Due to a lack of committed hurelers and one or two injuries, Shamrocks have had to withdraw from the u13 hurling league. We are down to about 12 hurlers and with 9 league games on 9 Mondays in a row, it was felt that was not feasible for the team.
What the mentors have decided to do is to try and play the original teams on the same original dates in 10 a side or whatever, in a kind of a blitz format, on as many Mondays as possible. This will enable the 12 or so players who are interested to get plenty of game time in a Shamrocks jersey.
Junior Hurling League – 13/5
Kinsale 2-13, Shamrocks 2-7
Kinsale ran out 6 point winners over Shamrocks in Kinsale on Sunday afternoon last. Both team had been concentrating on the big ball in recent weeks and there was a fair bit of rustiness on both sides, in particular early on. Kinsale played with the strong breeze in the first half and went into an early 0-2 to 0-0 lead before Stephen Keane got the first of his two goals for Shamrocks.
It was tight enough in that half with Kinsale, obviously with the aid of the wind, finding the scores that bit easier to come by. Their free taker was on form throughout and punished any silly Shamrocks fouls – he must have scored 1-8 from frees in total. Meanwhile, Kinsale had moved 0-9 to 2-1 ahead at the break after Stephen Keane had scored his second goal and Seanan Collins had struck over a free into the wind.
Kinsale stretched their lead to 0-10 to 2-1 early on in the second half and both teams traded points over the next 10 minutes, Alan McCarthy really coming into the game at left half back, from where he struck over 4 points from play in the second half alone. However, the inability to get any real scoring return from play from the forwards cost Shamrocks and after a golden opportunity of a goal was completely missed in front of the Kinsale goal when the sides were level with 10 minutes to go, the home side broke upfield and dominated the remainder of the game and scored 1-2 from frees and wrapped up things with a late goal.
Shamrocks played some nice hurling at times and the touch, while still needing lots of work, was vastly improved from earlier in the season. The concession of so many frees to such a good free taker was another noteworthy point. However, with plenty of games and hurling training sessions over the next 3 weeks, theses problems will hopefully be ironed out. Next outing is a home game against Valley Rovers on Wednesday night.
After the game the Kinsale Captain received the Jack Barrett Cup which is played annually between the two clubs.
Team: M. O’Neill, J. Tuohy, S. O’Reilly, J. Browne, A. McCarthy, D. O’Neill, C. Brady, F. O’Neill, M. Prout, N, Hayes, S. Collins, B. Mulqueen, B. Cusack, D. Collins, S. Keane. Sub used – J. Wilson.
Week Ended – May 20th 2012
U13 Hurling V Grenagh – 14/5
With Shamrocks withdrawing from the hurling league due to lack of hurlers, the management have decided to give the interested players as many games as possible.
So Shamrocks travelled to Grenagh on Monday with 9 available players and played the home side in three 20 minute periods. The lads have not been exposed to enough games over the last few years and this was a satisfactory evenings work.
Players who took part were Daniel O’Mahony, Cathal Murphy, James Lynam, Evan Seymour, Joseph O’Keeffe, Cillian Hayes, Dylan O’Flaherty, Shane Flavin, Ruairí Meighan.
Junior B Football League – 15/5
Shamrocks 2-5, Ballinhassig 1-6
Shamrocks recorded their second win in a row to put themselves in contention for the playoff stages of the B Football league with a narrow victory over a tough Ballinhassig side in Shanbally on Tuesday evening last.
The first half was pretty even with Ballinhassig winning way more possession around the midfield sector, however some resolute defending from Shamrocks and bad shooting let them down. Shamrocks played down towards the clubhouse in that half and really should have been more than 1-2 to 0-1 ahead at half time considering the strength of the breeze.
But Shamrocks weren’t direct enough in their play and the one time they did, Joey Brady at full forward tipped home the half’s only goal. Jamie Sweeney, who threathened a goal early on when he rattled the post had earlier opened the scoring followed by a Stephen Keane point.
The second half was going to be a battle and it looked like a battle that Shamrocks were going to lose as Ballinhassig scored a goal from a penalty and then scored 3 points on the trot to open up a 1-4 to 1-2 lead with 15 minutes to go.
However, Shamrocks, now with a man advantage dug deep and showed lots of character throughout the pitch to fight their way back into contention. They got more competitive around the middle and first Tony O’Mahony and then Cian Ronayne got vital points to leave the game level. The key score followed soon after when Jason Browne, up from half back, finished a great team move to the back of the Ballinhassig net.
Shamrocks now led by a goal with 7 minutes to go; Ballinhasig threw everything at the Shamroxcks defence who were outstanding in that period in particular. They got one point but time ran out in the end for them and Shamrocks held on. Next game Tuesday June 12th away to Ballygarvan. We might try and organise a training session next week, depending on the hurling situation.
Team: J. Wilson, K. O’Mahony, P. Prout, A. Hickey, J. Browne, C. Brady, S. Hurley, T. O’Mahony, S. Keane, C. Ronayne, S. Jordan, B. Cusack, S. Downey, J. Brady, J. Sweeney. Subs used – N. Hayes, P. Andrews, P. Lordan.
Junior Hurling League – 16/5
Valley Rovers 0-10, Shamrocks 1-6
Despite the result this was a very encouraging display from the home side as they lost out to Valley Rovers by the odd point in a game played at Shanbally on Wednesday evening. The fact was that Rovers had a very strong team out on the night and indeed, after moving 0-7 to 0-1 ahead after 20 minutes looked like they were going to give Shamrocks a hurling lesson such was their speed, teamwork and dominance.
However, an understrenght Shamrocks kept themselves in touch with 3 unanswered points coming up to half time through Fergus O’Neill and Seanán Collins with 2.
The selectors asked the players for a committed display in the second half and that they got. Despite being down to 14 men for the last 25 minutes, Shamrocks fought tooth and nail for every ball, in particular the backs who were outstanding. The game was nip and tuck up until the very end but Shamrocks found the extra man down too much to contend with and couldnt quite bridge that gap in the last 5 minutes despite second half points from Barry Mulqueen, Michael O’Neill (who was safe throughout in goal and scored a long range free) and a lovely first time pull from Nicky Hayes which sailed over the bar from out on the wing.
So there is definetly something to work on there and training continues this Friday night with 2 games to follow next Sunday and Wednesday, away to Carrigaline and Ballymartle respectively.
Team: M. O’Neill, J. Tuohy, S. O’Reilly, J. Browne, D. O’Neill, B. Sweeney, A. McCarthy, M. Prout, F. O’Neill, B. Mulqueen, S. Collins, N. Hayes, S. Downey, D. Collins, B. Cusack. Subs used – P. Andrews, J. Shanahan
U13 Football – 16/5
Whitescross 6-10, Shamrocks 1-3
Once again Shamrocks suffered a severe beating in the u13 league. Its been a frustrating year for this group with low turnouts at training, having to pull out of the hurling league, all the excuses under the sun for not turning up for matches and severe beatings.
Once again Shamrocks were depleted for this fixture and in reality the game was over after a mere five minutes – Whitescross had scored 4-4 in that time to Shamrocks not even attacking. The halftime score read 5-6 to 1 goal, Shane Flavin having lobbed the visiting keeper.
The second half was much improved and Shamrocks were way more competitive. Next game is home to Carraig na bhFear next Wednesday at home.
Panel on duty: D. O’Mahony, C. Murphy, E. Seymour, S. Andrews, J. Lynam, S. Downey, C. Hayes, J. O’Keeffe, D. O’Flaherty, K. O’Mahony, D. Fox, S. Flavin, S. Geary
Junior Hurling Schedule (19/5)
Wednesday May 23rd at Riverstick, JHL versus Ballymartle at 7.30pm.
Thursday May 24th at Shanbally, Junior Football Kick Around, 7.30pm.
Monday May 28th at Shanbally, Junior Hurling training at 7.30pm.
Wednesday May 30th at Shanbally, Junior Hurling training at 7.30pm.
Friday June 1st at Shanbally Junior Hurling training. at 7.30pm.
In this period no players from the Hurling panel will be released for any scheduled Football sessions.
Junior Hurling League V Carrigaline – 20/5
Carrigaline 1-16, Shamrocks 2-10
Once again Shamrocks turned in a decent display in this league game but once again went away empty handed. The fact that once again Shamrodks had to play the last quarter of the match with 14 players (due to injured players having to go off) certainly didnt help.
Once again Shamrocks were slow to settle and Carrigaline raced into an early 4 points to 1 lead. The rest of the half was even enough but Shamrocks shot 6 wides in that period and they would later regret them misses. Gary Beatty was on free taking duty and he put over a few while he had one goal bound shot expertly saved by the Carrigaline keeper. At the other end the backs were keeping things tight in and around the goal in front of Michael O’Neill, who helped himself to 0-2 throughout the hour from placed balls. Half time Carrigaline led 0-8 to 0-5.
Carrigaline went 4 points up straight from the throw in at the start of the 2nd half but the goal Shamrocks and the game needed arrived shortly afterwards through a first time pull from Gary Beatty. This sparked the game up a notch and it was very competitive from there until the end, neither side getting on top and the scoreboard being kept busy. Carrigaline buried a 21 yard free to move 2 points up with 20 left but Joseph Shanahan (returning from injury) burst through the middle from a breaking ball and scored a great goal and Shamrocks were back in it.
Despite further points from Barry Mulqueen, Michael O’Neill, Joe Shanahan Michael Prout and Fergus O’Neill, the extra man caught up with Shamrocks and Carrigaline scored the last 2 points to run out 3 point winners after a very competitive game. Afterwards, the Shamrocks selectors were reasonably happy with the display, in particular the first touch with is getting slowly better with more training and games. Puck around Tuesday veneing followed by another league game Wednesday away to Ballymartle.
Team: M. O’Neill, J. Tuohy, S. O’Reilly, D. O’Neill, M. Prout, B. Sweeney, A. McCarthy, F. O’Neill, B. Mulqueen, J. Shanahan, S. Keane, B. Cusack, P. Andrews, G. Beatty, J. Sweeney. Sub used – S. Downey.
Week Ended – May 27th 2012
Junior Hurling League V Ballymartle – 23/5
Ballymartle 1-13, Shamrocks 0-11
Shamrocks have developed a habit of playing well in defeat over the last few games and it continued out in Riverstick on Wednesday afternoon last. This was Shamrocks last game before championship on June 3rd against Tracton and it has to be said, despite certain limitations in certain parts of the team, the performances have slowly been getting better with more exposure to the small ball.
Ballymartle were probably the best team Shamrocks have faced all year so far yet they made a very competetive effort to grab the points here but a lack of an all important goal, especially in the second half when they brought the deficit down to 2 points at one stage, didnt help matters.
Shamrocks went ahead early on from Michael O’Neills 65 and things were pretty even for the first 10 minutes as the sides exchanged points.However, over the course of the next 15 minutes, Ballymartle went on a scoring burst and scored 1-4 without reply to move into a 1-6 to 0-4 lead at halftime, Seanán Collins and Barry Mulqueen with the other Shamrocks points.
Shamrocks played some excellent hurling in the second half against the slight breeze and made Bally fight all the way to the end for the win. Seanán Collins and Michael Prout (now at midfield) scored early points and it was 1-6 to 0-6 after 5 minutes of the second half. The teams cancelled themselves out for the remainder of the game with Shamrocks trying without success for that goal while Ballymartle kept that 3 point gap more or less all the way to the final few minutes when they slotted over 2 late frees, despite points from Joe Shanahan and further scores from Prout, Mulqueen and Collins.
Shamrocks displayed plenty of hunger and heart in defeat and all roads lead to the championship match. Shamrocks are in a much better position hurling wise now than they were 2 months ago and lets get all players out training next week and make one big push to beat Tracton.
Team: M. O’Neill, J. Tuohy, S. O’Reilly, C. Brady, M. Prout, B. Sweeney, A. McCarthy, F. O’Neill, B. Mulqueen, J. Browne, S. Collins, B. Cusack, D. O’Neill, D. Collins, J. Shanahan. Subs used – J. Sweeney, J. Wilson.
Breda Coveney RIP
On Tuesday last May 22nd 2012, Breda Coveney, late of Loughbeg, was laid to rest at Barnahalley Cemetery, after Requien Mass at the Church of The Immaculate Heart of Mary in Shanbally.
Breda was wife of Jerh. Coveney, one of the great pioneering Under Age Coaches in the history of The Shamrock Club. He started in the late 1950’s and in the 1960’s he coached the Club’s Under 14 Hurling teams to five successive South-East Cork Titles and two County Titles. Breda was a native of Carrigaline, and when Jerh was training the Teams, she would cycle to Ringaskiddy to meet him. In those days the teams trained in the old Naval Recreational Grounds beyond Hosford’s Avenue. Just about 100 yards from the pitch there was a great old Oak tree and she would wait for him there.
Her Mass was said by Parish Priest Rev. Fr. John Newman. The cermony was a complete celebration of 53 years of marriage to Jerh, her magnificent family, Helen, Theresa, Pauline and Brendan and of course her grandchildren too who meant so much to her. Breda was a wonderful caring wife and mother, she was very much into the outdoors with flowers, vegetables and Country Markets. Travel was another hobby and no destination was too far or too big. She enjoyed the game of Bridge for many years where she build up many lasting friendships. Her Mass was very fittingly opened with a magnificent rendering of that great May Hymn, imortalised by the great Scottish Tenor Canon Sydney McEwan, “Queen of the May”. The huge attendances at both her removal and funeral bore true testimony to the great qualities of this very dear lady.
Ar dheis De go raibh a hAnam dilis.
Week Ended – June 3rd 2012
U13 Football V Carraig na bhFear – 29/5
Carraig na bhFear 7-10, Shamrocks 3-13
Its not often that a team scores 3-13 and still end up getting a 9 point beating but unfortunately for Shamrocks, they were in that position on Tuesday night in their last league game of the year. As had been pointed out in the previous report, the year had featured depleted sides taking to the field. On this occasion, Shamrocks had virtually all their players available and this made a huge difference to the performance. When the lads are all present and the attitude is right, they can compete with most teams.
However, throughout the year, the lack of a proper goalkeeper has cost the team with too many goals shipped, especially at vital times in the games. Some of the outfield players have seflessly stepped into the breach but in reality, the difference was glaring for all to see tonight. While Daniel O’Mahony did as good as he could in the Shamrocks goal, the Carraig na bhFear keeper was simply outstanding and saved about 5 certain goals in the second half alone.
The visitors led 5-2 to 2-7 at half time, with both sets of forwards putting together some nice moves. Shamrocks just about kept in touch with goals from Shane Flavin and David O’Sullivan along with points from Ruairí Meighan, Cillian Hayes, Dylan O’Flaherty, O’Sullivan and James Lynam.
Carraig na bhFear scored a quickfire 1-2 at the start of the second half to further stretch their lead but Shamrocks, despite facing an onslaught from the visitors showed great courage and fighting spirit to keep scoring points away at the other end, despite the best efforts of the Carraig na bhFear goalkeeper. Joseph O’Keeffe got amoung the scores while substitute Cillain O’Mahony managed to squeeze a late goal inside the post of the visiting keeper.
We hope to continue with the hurling games, probably against Cloyne away Monday week.
Panel : D. O’Mahony, E. Seymour, C. Murphy, S. Downey, J. Lynam, C. Hayes, S. Fox, J. O’Keeffe, R. Meighan, D. O’Sullivan, D. O’Flaherty, S. Flavin, D. Fox. Subs used – S. Browne, C. O’Mahony.
Marie Murphy RIP
Last weekend the death of Mrs. Marie Murphy was announced.
Marie was wife of Weeshie Murphy, a great player and good friend of The Shamrock Club. She was married to Weeshie for 33 years and left a family of one daughter and four sons. Weeshie was an outstnding hurler with Passage in the 1970’s and in the early 1980’s he joined Shamrocks. In 1981 he won a South-East Cork Hurling medal. He has been a good friend of the Club and has coached hurling at adult and under age levels. Whenever there was a call to ‘put the shoulder to the wheel’ Weeshie would not be found wanting.
There were large attendances at both her removal and Funeral Mass, which was held in St. John’s Church, Carrigaline and celebrated by Rev. Fr. Charlie Nyhan C.C. Deepest sympathy is extended to Weeshie, his family, her mother, brothers and sisters and large circle of relatives and friends. Ar dheis De go raigh a h-Anam dilis.
JAHC V Tracton – 4/6
Tracton 0-15, Shamrocks 1-9
Shamrocks lost a golden opportunity to qualify for the SE JAHC Semi Final with a 3 point defeat to old rivals Tracton on a perfect Carrigaline sod on Sunday afternoon last.
Shamrocks so far this year have reserved their best hurling for the second half of games but on Sunday it was the opposite. Everything seemed to be going to plan at half time with Shamrocks leading 0-7 to 0-6, having played against a slight breeze. Joseph Shanahan was on fire at corner forward, rifling over 0-3 from play and causing the Tracton defence no end of problems. However, even at this stage it was clear that the rest of the Shamrocks attack was struggling to get involved and this manifested itself bigtime in the second half. Seanán Collins put over a pair of frees while Fergus O’Neill scored a beauty during the Shamrocks purple patch leading up to halftime in what was a very close first half. Shamrocks seemed to be going well at this stage.
The second half was a complete systems failure and its hard to fathom where it came from. The first touch deserted Shamrocks, indecision on the ball, scorable frees wide and what must have been 20 frees plus conceded, most of them put over by the Tracton free takers who were on form. Shamrocks were beaten all over the field and didnt score from play in the second half. Michael O’Neill, a goalkeeper, was Shamrocks top scorer with 1-1 and he rifled home a 21 yard free 2 minutes into injury time. But the game was long gone at that stage. We wish a speedy recovery to Barry Mulqueen who broke a knuckle during the game, but played on!
Shamrocks now enter the back door again and play the losers of the Crosshaven, Carrigaline, Courcey Rovers group, probably in two weeks time. Hurling training this Wednesday at 7.30 with Football training Friday for EVERYONE at 7.30pm
Team: M. O’Neill, J. Tuohy, S. O’Reilly, C. Brady, M. Prout, B. Sweeney, A. McCarthy, N. Hayes, F. O’Neill, B. Mulqueen, S. Collins, B. Cusack, J. Shanahan, D. O’Neill, D. Collins. Subs used – R. Murphy, D. O’Sullivan, J. Sweeney.
Week Ended – June 10th, 2012
Munster Club Development Programme
Shamrocks will be taking part in the Munster Club Development Programme, starting next Wednesday (June 20th) at 7pm.
Basically, whats involved is Martin Coleman GDA coming down to visit our club to look at the current structure of the Underage. He will do this over the course of 4 meetings and he will formulate a plan to help improve coaching standards, structures and planning in the clubs underage.
There will be follow up visits to Mondays start in the clubhouse but right now, the focus is on getting EVERYONE involved from Minor down up to the Clubhouse for 7pm. That entails club team coaches, Camp Ciarán coaches, The Academy Coaches and Girls Football coaches and PARENTS.
This really is a golden opportunity for us here in Shamrocks to get an independent view from outside of where we’re at and where we need to go. The whole thing is free of charge but for Shamrocks to be successful again on the field of play, we the coaches must be willing to take part in these session, otherwise we are wasting our time.
Week Ended – June 24th, 2012
JBFL V Ballygarvan – 12/6
Ballygarvan 2-9, Shamrocks 0-10
This was Shamrocks last league game of the regular season and while they went down to a 5 point defeat to a strong Ballygarvan team who topped the league, Shamrocks couldnt have played any better in defeat.
The only aspect of this display that was wrong from a Shamrocks point of view was the final scoreline. Simply put, this was a game of ball well above B standard and both teams are to be congratulated on a great game. Shamrocks discipline, attitude and battling qualities were top class and the game was as clean as a whistle and was a doddle to referee. Indeed, throughout the season, Shamrocks attitude and discipline at B level has been excellent.
The watching A manager Pat McCarthy must have been pleased with some notable performances with the A championship coming up in a few weeks. Some players certainly caught the eye and it was good to see Simon McGarry and Darragh O’Sullivan make their first full starts of the year.
Ballygarvan opened up with 2 points but Shamrocks were being very competitive around the middle of the pitch and they scored 3 fantastic points from play through Stephen Keane and Darragh O’Sullivan. Indeed, Keane scored 5 great points from play from midfield and was everywhere throughout. Ballygarvan struck for their opening goal midway through the first half and maintained that lead up until halftime, 1-6 to 0-6. The only downside was that Shamrocks wasted some scorable chances at one end (8 wides) while Ballygarvan were way more economical at the other end (1 wide). Simon McGarry was the other Shamrocks scorer in that half which featured some excellent football from both sides. The Ballygarvan keeper also made 2 brilliant saves from Shamrocks goalbound efforts.
Ballygarvan just about did enough to hold off a stiff Shamrocks second half challenge. Shamrocks needed the first score in the second half but 3 chances went wide before Ballygarvan got on top midway through the second half. Shamrocks were getting tired at this stage and Ballygarvan pounced to score a quickfire 1-1 without reply to lead by 7 points, 2-9 to 0-8. However, Shamrocks refused to be knocked by this and never gave up – they finished the stronger with points from play through Roy Twomey and yet another from Stephen Keane.
On the night, the whole team, despite being short 7 regulars, cannot be faulted for their efforts. However mention must go to Jamie Sweeney who was like a new man in his new position of left half back. He was outstanding. The afore mentioned Stephen Keane was the same while Brian Cusack played his best football of the year. In the backs Kevin O’Mahony continues to defy his age while Jason Browne was outstanding as well, in particular in the first half.
So thats it for the league campaign. Shamrocks MAY have qualified for the playoffs of this league (4 points from 10) but that is not clear at this stage.
Meanwhile, all players are encouraged to train away with the Hurlers and the Footballers, training is for EVERYONE. The B Championship is provisionally pencilled in for July 24th.
(There are some action photos from tonights game in the Gallery section of this site)
Team: J. Wilson, K. O’Mahony, C. Brady, A. Hickey, J. Sweeney, R. Murphy, J. Browne, S. McGarry, S. Keane, B. Cusack, D. O’Sullivan, C. Ronayne, R. Twomey, J. Brady, S. Downey. Sub used – D. Roche.
JAFL V Kinsale – 17/6
Shamrocks 0-20, Kinsale 0-7
Even though the numbers were tight at Pairc Tadgh O’h-Ainnlaoi on Sunday afternoon, the players on duty achieved one of the best point scoring feats in years. Played in sunshine, the game was a very sporting one, with Shamrocks having their hand on the control stick throughout. Some excellent scores came from Joe Shanahan, Canice Caffrey, Philp Brady, Stephen Downey, Simon McGarry, Michael Prout and Oin O’Mahony.
At the break Shamrocks led 0-7 to 0-5. Another feature of this game was some of the dead ball kicking by full back Stephen O’Reilly. There is no doubt, but the lads on duty were sending out a very clear message to the absentees that places will be hard to come by with the next round of the championship looming. Team Manager Pat McCarthy had a broad smile on his face, something we haven’t seen for a while.
Team; Fergus O’Neill, Jonathan Tuohy, Stephen O’Reilly, Jamie Sweeney (Capt.), Michael Prout, Cathal Kidney, Michael O’Neill, Simon McGarry, Philip Brady, Cannice Caffrey, Eoin O’Mahony, Joseph Shanahan, Dave O’Neill, Stephen Downey, Stephen Hurley. Sub used Stephen Jordan for Jonathan Tuohy.
U8 Football – 20/6
Shamrocks Under 8’s were in action on Wednesday 20th of June at home to Whitescross.
It was great to see the big numbers on the night – 19 players in total took to the field and they didn’t disappoint the large crowd with some very entertaining football. For some, it was their first ever time representing Shamrocks.
Thanks to Whitescross and we look forward to meeting again soon.
U9 Football – 21/6
Shamrocks travelled to play Delaneys the following night in under 9 football, so it was a busy few days for some of the lads.
Shamrocks were outstanding on the night beating Delaneys comfortably. Some of the players on duty were Derry Howard, Cian O Flaherty, Harry Andrews, Sean Andrews, Adam Maye, Adam McSweeney, Nathan O Sullivan, Eoin O Flynn, Fionn Mehigan, Declan Carroll and Fionn Herlihy.
John Kerins Memorial Tournament – 23/6
Mayfield 3-4, Shamrocks 2-4
Shamrocks made their annual trip to Páirc Ui Rinn for the John Kerins Memorial Football Tourmnament (u11). This year, we were drawn against Mayfield in the semi final of the Plate section. And after a fantastic half an hour of football, Mayfield came out on top by scoring a last minute goal.
The teams were evenly matched and this game could have gone either way in reality. Mayfield started the better and were soon 2 points up but Shamrocks, through the hard running of Cillian Hayes and Dylan O’Flaherty started to come back into it. Cillian scored a point to get Shamrocks off the mark. Mayfield scored a goal at one end but Shamrocks replied with a Cillain Hayes goal at the other end. HT score read Mayfield 1-3, Shamrocks 1-1.
The second half proved great entertainment for the big crowd up in the stand with matters swaying to and fro up and down the pitch. Twice Shamrocks drew level, once with a brace of points from Hayes and O’Flaherty and a second time from a Shane Downey goal, after he had thundered right into the game at half back.
However, Mayfield got that late winner to advance. The lads played brilliant football at times in defeat, and indeed event organiser Tony Davis (a former work colleague of John Kerins) commented that it was the best game of the tournament up to that point, a tournament that also featured some of the bigger City and Carrigdhoun clubs.
Mayfield eventually went on to win the Plate Final; Shamrocks ran them so close and can be proud of their efforts!
Panel: Cian O’Flaherty, Robert Van Pelt, Evan Seymour, Shane Downey, Seán Andrews, Dylan Gregson, Harry Andrews, Cillian Hayes, Cillian O’Mahony, Dylan O’Flaherty, Jake Morris, Darragh O’Leary, Sam Geary, Jody Sisk, Adam McGinty, Luke O’Driscoll.
Week Ended – July 1st 2012
U15 Hurling League V Crosshaven – 25/6
Crosshaven 5-6, Shamrocks 3-5
No report received yet
Junior A Hurling Championship V Crosshaven – 28/6
Shamrocks 4-8, Crosshaven 1-6
Shamrocks as expected are through to the next round of the Junior Hurling Championship after this mertied victory over a battling Crosshaven side in Carrigaline on Thursday night.
There is no doubting that Shamrocks were the better team on a difficult night for hurling. They had the better first touch, striking and goal scoring ability, in particular in the full forward line and this was really the difference between the teams. The weather didnt allow for any kind of fancy hurling and with Shamrocks poor enough record in the last 4/5 years in this competition, a win at this stage is all that matters and despite a poor second half, they can now focus on football championship and then the quarter final of the hurling at a later date while Crosshaven are going home. Thats the reality.
Shamrocks played against the wind in the first half and did well. They controlled possession early on but it was Crosshaven who were on the board first after 10 minutes. However, Shamrocks responded in the best way and indeed, you wont see a better goal all year. Straight from the puckout, Seanán Collins pulled on a ball on the ground first time into Gary Beatty at fullforward who controlled it moving away from goal. Meanwhile Fergus O’Neill had set off through the middle from midfield and Garys pass into his path at full tilt was on a platter and Fergus duly gathered and walloped home the leather from 10 yards. A goal to grace any occasion, especially in the conditions.
This was the catalyst for Shamrocks to really open up and they played some excellent hurling to set up the forwards with plenty possession. Seanán Collins, on free duty until he went off injured in the second half whipped over a pair while goalkeeper Michael O’Neills sweet long rang striking drew 2 swift points from 70 yards out. Shamrocks were now in command and they added another goal when the ever dangerous Stephen Keane kicked home a major 5 minutes before halftime. Shamrocks went into the break in a comfortable position at 2-6 to 0-2 ahead.
The second half naturally saw a deterioration in the Shamrocks performance and might be cause for concern down the line. While the 2 goals were very well worked scores from play, featuring clever play again from Stephen Keane who assisted both (Gary Beatty and Tony O’Mahony), not one point came from play and indeed only 3 or 4 shots were even registered in the whole half. Crosshaven battled away as is their want and the closest they came was within 5 points. But Shamrocks responded with Beattys goal and this really did kill off Crosshaven.
So plenty of food for thought for the Shamrocks management before the quarter final outing (I think its against the loser of Ballymartle and Valley Rovers). Shamrocks will switch over to football now for Saturday week and will then refocus on the hurling. For now, lets get everyone out training, starting this Saturday at 7pm.
Team: M. O’Neill, J. Tuohy, S. O’Reilly, J. Browne, M. Prout, B. Sweeney, S. Andrews, F. O’Neill, A. McCarthy, S. O’Neill, S. Collins, B. Cusack, J. Shanahan, G. Beatty, S. Keane. Subs used – T. O’Mahony, D. Collins, C. Kidney, D. O’Neill.
U9 Football Blitz – 30/6
Shamrocks U9 Footballers hosted Gleann na Laoi (Kerry Pike) and Whitescross in a Blitz on Saturday morning last and everyone went home happy after an hour and a half of football action.
The first game of the morning between Shamrocks and Whitescross was by far the most competitive and featured some great scores from both sides. Some of the younger Shamrocks players made their first ever start in a Shamrocks jersey and lets hope that they go on and have long and successful playing careers with the club.
We hope to get more blitzes for the lads before the season is out; in particular in hurling after the training that has been done. We’re looking at participating in a hurling Blitz around the end of July, start of August. In the meantime, keep practicing lads at home as due to holidays etc, no organised training sessions will take place before then.
Our thanks to Whitescross and Gleann na Laoi for travelling down and participating.
Panel: Michael Foy, Mark Sisk, Declan Carroll, Fionn Herlihy, Seán Andrews, Harry Andrews, Cian O’Flaherty, Fionn Meighan, Nathan O’Sullivan, Adam McSweeney, Adam Maye, Eoin O’Flynn, Mark, Derry Howard.
Week Ended – 8th July 2012
Camp Ciarán – Day 1
Camp Ciaran, The Shamrock Club’s official Under Age Summer Hurling Camp got under way this morning Monday July 2nd at Pairc Tadgh O’Ainlaoi, Shanbally at 10am.
78 children from the National Schools have registered and after signing in and ‘fitting out’ the Camp was officially launched and opened by Cork’s Senior Hurling Captain Donal Og Cusack. Speaking to the group and many of their parents, Donal said how pleased he was to see so many young boys and girls fitted out with polo shirts, helmets and hurleys and rairing to go. In wishing them well he told them that hurling was one of Ireland’s oldest sports and had few equals for skills and entertainment worldwide. He acknowledged the initiative taken by the Shamrock Club and acknowledged the work being put in by the Coaches.
The Coaching group was led by David Nolan Principal at Shanbally N.S. along with John O’Herlihy Principal at Ringaskiddy N.S. and Michael Prout N.T., Alan McCarthy, Conor Walters, Michael O’Neill, Jonathan Tuohy and Gemma Kavanagh.
Each participant in the Camp received an authographed photograph of Donal Og to mark the occasion.
So well done to all concerned, with a great day being had by all. The camp concludes this Friday.
Camp Ciarán – Day 2
Day 2 was hit by the “weather spoilsport” but plan B was brought into action and all the participants were transported to the National Maritime College, Ringaskiddy.
The magnificent gym hall was a secure and ideal alternative location, thanks to the good thinking and planning of our Under Age Chairman John Twomey. Coaches and children adapted immediately to mainfest an excellent session as the rains relentlesly poured down outside. Thanks to Parents and Guardians and friends who helped with transport from Pairc Tadgh O-Ainlaoi to the College.
The only regret was that we missed out on tea, toast and marmalade which our head of catering , the one and only Geraldine, had prepared in the Club’s kitchen. There is a rumour going around that Club Chairman, Pat McCarthy, who was on duty, consumed the lot.
Camp Ciarán – Day 3
There was an unusual sighting, witnessed by many people, of blue skies this morning at Pairc Tadgh O’h-Ainnlaoi. The boys and girls in green were rairing to go and all coaches and groups were on the grass for a truly great session.
It is hard to beat the great outdoors and plenty of space in ‘Summertime’. Observers were commenting on the skills of some of the youngsters and the wonderful coaching routines lined up by head Coach David Nolan and his colleagues.
There was no toast and marmalade today and the Chairman wasn’t to be seen. The fresh doughnuts didn’t last long.
Camp Ciarán – Day 4
Lá breá tirim a bhí againn, and Mrs. Jackie Keane (wife of Stephen our dual purpose full forward) arrived into the Kitchen this morning with a large basket of freshly cooked scones. Paddy Andrews, a man with a delicate palate, said these scones were th finest he ever tasted. They didn’t last long.
The boys and girls went through the paces and drills with enthusiasm and determination. Head Coach David Nolan introduced a number of new initiatives that were well received by all participants.
Rev. Fr. Pat O’Donovan C.C. made a courtesy call and after meeting the various Coaches and their charges, expressed his wide admiration for this very worthwhile undertaking. He acknowledged that he didn’t know a whole lot about Hurling, but he added that in matters of agriculture he would be better versed. He added that our Mower needed to be adjusted and the blades sharpened He was first into the Kitchen and savoured the delicious scones before the troops arrived.
Only one day to go, tempus fugit – time flies.
Camp Ciarán – Day 5
The final day was one of mixed emotions, delight and appreciation of a great week and regret that it should now have come to an end today. Some children and parents queried, why we couldn’t have another week. John and Kathleen Hanley were the good Samaratians this morning when they arrived with a large bag of ‘goodies’ for staff and children. When the 11 o’clock break came there was a party atmosphere.
The youngest visitor of the week was six month old Holly Lyons and she was there with her mum Jill supporting her three brothers Steve, Niky and Glen. Holly was dressed in the camp attire and enjoyed every minute.
Camp Ciaran is a tribute to the late Kieran Hegarty, thus the title, and his mother Mary and Aunt Jennie also paid a visit. They, too, were most impressed to see over seventy boys and girls clad in green, going through their paces and enjoying every minute. Gene Fowley paid his respects and the former Ringaskiddy publican was there to see and collect two of his grandchildren. The pleasant weather also added to the final day’s enjoyment when all the participants received Club baseball caps as a souvenir of the inaugural Camp Ciaran.
A huge thanks to the Coaches and staff who made this camp work and run successfully. Club Chairman Pat McCarthy and Under Age Chairman John Twomey can reflect on this even with great satisfaction and with real hope and optimism for the future.
In Early September, when the schools re-open, the Saturday morning Academy will resume with a new and re-vamped programme. New members will be very welcome and outgoing members and all Ciaran Camp participants will be duly notified beforehand. We wish all boys and girls, Parents, Guardians, Grandparents, Uncles Aunts and friends who who have come to Pairc Tadgh O’h-Ainnlaoi a most enjoyable and fulfilling summer. See you all in September………
MCHC V Kinsale – 7/7
Kinsale 2-13, Shamrocks 1-12
Shamrocks took to the Brinny pitch on a dry sunny Saturday evening to take on Kinsale in the minor hurling championship.
This was our first hurling game of the season as for one reason or another, we were unable to field a team for the league. The team settled down well and opened the scoring when Tony O Mahony pointed after some lovely team work from the full back line up through the field. Kinsale responded and the teams were level again at 2 points a piece after Sean O Brien pointed after a great run from mid field. The hard working Aonghus Boland got his just reward when he found the back of the Kinsale net after a neat move to put us back in the lead. Roy Twomey then pointed two long distant frees in between two Kinsale points. Kinsale then got a break away goal after a mix up in the Shamrock defence to leave the sides level again. Two more Kinsale points was followed by a Roy Twomey point to leave just the bare minimum between the two teams at half time with Kinsale leading on a scoreline of 1-06 to 1-05.
We started the second half in great spirits and got four unanswered points from Cal O Mahony, Roy Twomey, the outstanding Conor Walter and Tony O Mahony to put us back in a three point lead. Kinsale then hit a purple patch and scored a point from a close in free and soon followed what proved to be the turning point of the game when they scored a rather soft goal to put them back into the lead that they never lost again. Four unanswered Kinsale points had us chasing the game and try as we did we couldn’t score the vital goal that we needed. We finished the game with another two points but the final whistle sounded and after a very spirited effort, we exited the championship on a final score line of 2-13 to 1-12.
The injured James Raleigh in goal had a very solid game through out and the very young full back line of Coby O Grady and Sean Kidney gave their usual 110%. The half back line was led by man of the match Conor Walter, Rory Horgan and David Raleigh. Sean O Brien ran himself in to the ground at midfield. The half forward line of Roy Twomey, Tony O Mahony and Cal O Mahony were always dangerous when they found possession.
The inside forward line of Aonghus Boland and Brian Coffan gave their opponents plenty to think about through out the game. Luke Garvan and Tom Murphy contributed to the cause when they were introduced early in the second half. We would like to thank Liam Shanahan and Kieran Lynam for the time and effort they have put into this team.
Next up is the football versus Nemo in the championship in two weeks time.
JAFC Quarter Final V Carrigaline – 7/7
Shamrocks 3-11, Carrigaline 1-9
Shamrocks earned themselves a place in this year’s South-East Football semi-final after a facile win over neighbours Carrigaline in Liam McCarthy Park this evening.
Skipper Sweeney was the key man in this comprehensive victory, by hitting the first goal and setting up a second one early in the game. After fifteen minutes Shamrocks had three majors via Sweeney, Shanahan and McGarry which put them in a commanding position and enabled them to to remain well clear of their opponents on the scoreboard for the rest of the game.
Corner backs Tuohy and Kidney had their best games of the season and Barry Mulqueen, back after injury put in a fine hour. It was Simon McGarry’s first championship game this year and showed up well and has lots more potential going forward. He kicked a magnificent 45 meter free in the opening half. Mikey Prout, as always played a very telling role with Michael O’Neill showing much ability going froward.
Youngsters Brady and Caffrey were very keen too and we will be seeing a lot more from them in the future.
Team – Fergus O’Neill, Jonathan Tuohy, Stephen O’Reilly, Cathal Kidney, Michael Prout, Barry Mulqueen, Michael O’Neill, Simon McGarry, Alan McCarthy, Cannice Caffrey, Oin O’Mahony, Philip Brady, Steve O’Neill, Brian Sweeney (Capt.) Joseph Shanahan. Subs – Stephen Keane and Dara O’Sullivan.
A job well done by all concerned and next week the players will concentrate on Hurling as they are scheduled to play the winners of Ballymartle and Valley Rovers before the end of the month. On Tuesday evening July 10th Shamrocks will pay Carrigaline in a Junior Hurling challenge at 8pm in Carrigaline.
Week Ended July 29th 2012
JAHL V Tracton – 16/7
Tracton 2-19, Shamrocks 0-16
On a splendid sod on Tracton’s new sand based pitch scores were aplenty. Shamrocks had some absentees and it was an opportunity to provide important playing time for players who needed same.
Shamrocks were under pressure early on and Tracton duly punished their shortcomings with a string of points. A few positional moves by the Shamrock mentors brought some equilibrium into the game with Cathal Kidney now at centre back contesting and defending manfully. As always Fullback Stephen O’Reilly was well up for the challange and behind him ‘keeper Michael O’Neill showed much class and bravery and hit some great free pucks to accumulate valuable points.
Unfortunately a few players were well below their normal form which resulted in our opponents making easy capital Joe Shanahan had another fine outing and as always Fergus O’Neill and Brian Cusack battled bravely throughout. Full marks too to a ‘never say die’ Stephen Keane playing at centre forward. Sixteen points was one of our best scores for the season but unfortunately too many easy scores were leaked to the opposition through the concession of needless free pucks.
Team – Michael O’Neill, Jonathan Tuohy, Stepehn O’Reilly (Captain), Jamie Sweeney, Jason Browne, Alan McCarthy, Senan Andrews, Fergus O’Neill, Brian Cusack, Joseph Shanahan, Stephen Keane, Cathal Kidney, Daragh Collins, Dara O’Sullivan, Steven Downey. Subs used Jack Wilson and Barry Mulqueen.
Michael Prout Wedding – 20/7
On Friday afternoon last at St. Joseph’s Church Glanmire, Michael Prout married Jackie Cussen in a very beautiful cermony presided over by Canon Micheal O’Dalaigh.
This recently refurbished Church was packed with families and friends to witness the great occasion when Michael and Jackie exchanged wedding bands after just over eight years of courtship.
Michael had three Dual-Players manfully standing by him. His brother Peter, former S.E. Hurling winning Captain, was Bestman. Groomsmen were cousins Barry Mulqueen and Brian Cusack. Lovely Jackie had a very stong team too with three gorgeous Bridesmaids, Judith Daly, Jennifer White and Orla Daly.
It was a balmy and warm mid summer afternoon blessed with colour, style and high spirits all round. The magnificiently appointed Marlborough House Hotel was the idyllic setting for the reception where Michael, Jackie, their families and nearly three hundred guests relished and enjoyed the great day that it was.
MCFC V Nemo Rangers 3
Shamrocks 5-8, Nemo Rangers (3) 2-8
An important victory for our Minor team in a game played earlier this evening at Pairc Tadgh O’h-Ainnlaoi.
Shamrocks were deserving winners having led 1 – 5 to 1 – 2 at halftime. The game featured some splendid scores from both teams. We saw some excellent goalkeeping from the two ‘keepers in this entertaining contest.
So Shamrocks go forward to round two next week and with a small improvement and more consistency in their play over the hour they can have more ‘scalps under their belt’. Shamrocks now play Carraig na bhFear on Sunday September 2nd.
Week Ended – Aug 5th 2012
Munster Club Development Program – 1/8
Noel Crowley (filling in for Martin Coleman GDA) took the under 10 hurlers through their paces on Wednesday night last.
Our thanks to Noel and to the underage coaches (also from the Ladies Football) who turned up to observe. The next session will be with Martin Coleman and will involve the coaches actually taking the session themselves for a bit with observation by Martin etc.
Again, while the numbers of coaches present was reasonable, we need EVERYBODY available the next day on a date yet to be confirmed. Its the most important night of the three.
Junior A Football League – 3/8
Shamrocks 3-10, Tracton 0-17
Shamrocks had a deserved 2 point win over Tracton on a perfect sod in Minane Bridge on Friday night last.
With the same two teams meeting in the Championship Semi Final on August 21st, it was a chance for both teams to do a little bit of experimenting and from a Shamrocks point of view, they gave a run out to as many B players as they could, after the summer lay off. It could prove vital preperation for their own Semi Final later on in the year (no date yet).
Tracton started way the stronger and were 3 points and loads of possession up after the first few minutes. Shamrocks slowly got themselves back into the game with Joe Shanahan prominent at centre forward. He scored a few points, while Brian Sweeney, David O’Neill and Brian Cusack finished off some fine moves to leave the half time score 0-8 to 0-7 in favour of Tracton.
Shamrocks turned in a battling second half display up the slight hill and into the breeze. Stephen Downey slotted home a goal to put Shamrocks ahead for the first time after a great move when he linked up with impressive substitute Tony O’Mahony and Cian Ronayne out on the right wing. The game really upped in tempo at this stage as scores came thick and fast. Joe Shanahan linked up beautfiully with centre back Senan Andrews who had powered up the middle and he struck home a great goal to move us ahead again by 3. Tracton then kicked a few wides while the full back line of Aaron Hickey, Peter Prout and Kevin O’Mahony made some telling last minute interceptions.
Shamrocks weathered the storm and worked the ball into Shanahan who planted the ball in the far corner of the Tracton next to open up a 5 point lead for Shamrocks with 5 minutes left. Tracton continued to press and kicked over 3 unanswered points but Shamrocks held on as time ran out.
So overall, a very enjoyable game for the hour and again, it was great to see so many B players making themselves available after the summer break and also on a bank holiday Friday night, with everyone getting a run out. Shamrocks scored 3-09 of the 3-10 from play which is always good going.
The A’s train next week on Monday, Wednesday (hurling) and Friday (all 7.30) and again it open to ALL players. When we get a date for the B championship, we’ll train together as a group.
Team: J. Wilson, A. Hickey, P. Prout, K. O’Mahony, D. Roche, S. Andrews, J. Sweeney, B. Sweeney, J. Brady, C. Ronayne, J. Shanahan, B. Cusack, S. Downey, S. Jordan, D. O’Neill. Subs used – T. O’Mahony, A. McCarthy, J. Raleigh, P. Andrews
Week Ended – August 19th 2012
Well done to one of our junior players Colin O’Sullivan, Scotsmans Road, Monkstown who got married on Saturday to Ms Mairéad Hennessy, Carrigaline. It was a truly wonderful occasion to see Shamrocks meet Carrigaline on true social terms and many stories were swoped, with not a dirty stoke exchanged!
Colins Best Man was his fellow Shamrock Pa Andrews who brought Colin down a peg or two in his speech!
Also congratulations ot Mr Paddy Clifford B. Ed. Shanbally NS who got married on Saturday as well! Paddy has been a great supporter of the club over the years through his involvement with the young boys and girls.
Junior A Hurling Championship – 14/8
Ballymartle 4-16, Shamrocks 0-12
Shamrocks were dumped out of the championship by Ballymartle’s second team last Tuesday night.
Apart from Joe Shanahans first half free taking which was excellent (mostly frees created by himself) and a 10 minute burst in the second half that yielded an unanswered 4 points, Shamrocks were destroyed. The lads tried their best in fairness but we all knew this result was coming for a long time.
Indeed, it will come a long time yet before a Shamrocks hurling team beats anybody other than Crosshaven in this championship. Hurling is at a low ebb in the club right now; its practically dead in Monkstown, the biggest population centre in the parish. And in Shanbally and Ringaskiddy, we simply dont have the numbers to compete. The underage is in right trouble as well and only for Camp Ciarán, (which was a great success), we’d have practically no hope whatsoever. Ballymartle hurling exists on a different planet to Shamrocks right now and a lot of hard work exists at underage to recitify this sad situation. Its back to the drawing board for us bigtime.
Ballymartle got an early 2 goal blast and led 2-4 to 0-2 after 10 minutes. Shamrocks were under serious pressure at this stage but did respond, with Shanahan looking lively. He slotted over a few frees and allied to Stephen Keanes goal bound effort that flashed over the bar, brought the deficit back to 4 points. But Bally responded with 2 late points and they led 2-9 to 0-6 at half time.
Shamrocks looked to get a good start to the second half but whatever chance they had, was well and truly extermainated when yet another Shamrocks first touch went astray and the Ballymartle corner forward picked up the loose ball and slammed yet another one beyond the frustrated Michael O’Neill in the Shamrocks goal. That was game over.
Shamrocks did respond with some excellent scores from Shanahan and Keane (his 3rd excellent effort flashing just over the bar) but it was merely a 10 minute respite and the frees conceded soon followed. Ballymartle did as they pleased in the last 10 minutes. Joe Shanahan and Stephen Keane were Shamrocks best players on the night (both just back from holidays with no hurling done) while Stephen O’Reilly, Brian Sweeney and sub Cathal Kidney tried hard.
As so another hurling year goes by with a total of 2 wins this time in the entire hurling club (both against Crosshaven, last year it was 6, with the 21’s it could be a maximum 4).
Our thanks to the hurling mentors John Twomey (Shanbally), Declan O’Neill (who put in a massive effort in hurling and brought a new angle to training), Pat O’Neill, John Hanley and Dick Andrews. Your efforts are very much appreciated by the club.
Team: M. O’Neill, J. Tuohy, S. O’Reilly, S. Andrews, B. Mulqueen, B. Sweeney, J. Browne, F. O’Neill, T. O’Mahony, A. McCarthy, S. Keane, B. Cusack, J. Shanahan, G. Beatty, D. O’Sullivan. Subs used – C. Brady, C. Kidney, D. Collins.
Week Ended – August 26th 2012
Junior A Football Championship Semi Final V Tracton – 21/8
Tracton 1-12, Shamrocks 0-9
Tracton juniors once again got the upper hand on Shamrocks in championship action, this time in the Semi Final of the football championship. This game was played in Brinny (after someone finally came to a decision about the venue) and considering the recent rain that fell, the Valleys pitch was in reasonable nick, if a little heavy.
Tracton led early on courtesy of that goal and just about held off Shamrocks throughout the hour. Both teams found scoring hard to come by in the 1st period with Tracton just about shading it 1-4 to 0-6, after Shamrocks had finished the stronger through points from Alan McCarthy, Simon McGarry and Joe Shanahan. All to play for at halftime as the fairly strong wind blew SW straight across the pitch with two committed teams going at it.
The throw in resulted in the changing of the match. Shamrocks attacked and Joseph Shanahan, at centre forward rattled the crossbar. The ball was cleared and Tracton scored a vital point at the other end straight away. They followed this up with a further 3 points within 5 minutes and allied to their new found total ariel dominance around the middle third, took over. It basically was game over and despite Shamrocks 2 point burst with 8 minutes left, which left the scores 1-10 to 0-9, Tracton closed out proceedings with 2 points of their own after Shamrocks had committed men forward in the persuit of the all illusive goal that they needed, but they didnt come close once.
Team: F. O’Neill, J. Touhy, S. O’Reilly, C. Kidney, M. Prout, B. Mulqueen, M. O’Neill, A. McCarthy, S. McGarry, C. Cafferey, S. Keane, P. Brady, S. O’Neill, B. Sweeney, J. Shanahan. Subs used – D. O’Sullivan, S. Andrews, B. Cusack.
Shamrocks played 2 matches this week, beating Crosshaven on Monday night 2-11 to 4-3 in the league before making the trip to Dripsey on Wednesday to play the home team in the championship and were well beaten on a scoreline of 3-13 to 0-5.
Hopefully reports on both to follow.
MFL V Aghinagh – 23/8
Aghinagh 5-18, Shamrocks 1-6.
A very frustrating and humbling night for underage football in the club. Aghinagh made the trip to Shanbally and absolutely blew away the challenge of the Shamrocks Minors (a young minor team, down a couple of players on the night it must be said). Still though.
The gap between the teams was evident after 5 minutes when Aghinagh led 0-6 to 0-0 and basically, the first 45 minutes of the game was shooting practice for the visitors. Their speed of play and thought was way too much for Shamrocks and its hard to fathom how so many players have gone backwards in so short a time.
The halftime score was 2-12 to 0-2 and at this stage Aghinagh were being told to kick to ball over the bar. This was in part due to a great display of goalkeeping by David Raleigh in the Shamrocks goal. He made stop after stop and only for him, it could easily have been 11 or 12 goals. When the score was 5-16 to 0-2, Aghinagh took off their best players at the midway point in the second half and moved their corner forward, who was doing absolute wreak to the Shamrocks backs throughout and was having a great time, into goal. This along with the Shamrocks mentors regigging the team meant that the last 15 or so minutes was more even and meant that the referee didnt have to blow it up early.
Roy Twomey was the only Shamrocks player who threathened the scoreboard, he scored 1-5 of the 1-6.
Week Ended September 2nd 2012
MCFC V Carraig na bhFear – 1/9
Carraig na bhFear 1-16, Shamrocks 2-6
Yet another Minor Championship game thrown away by Shamrocks by all accounts. Fell apart in the second half.
No report received.
Week Ended September 9th 2012
U11 Hurling V Passage – 7/9
Shamrocks and Passage played a very worthwhile challenge game in Shanbally on Friday evening last. While we wouldnt have the biggest numbers at this age group, we had 15 players togged out on the night so that was a positive. Passage won the game handy in the end; from a Shamrocks point of view, its a learning curve and the lads will learn from playing more games, going training and most importantly of all, practising at home.
Shamrocks played their best hurling in the first half but Passage took over in the second. There were some encouraging displays throughout the field. This was a young Shamrocks team but hurling needs to prioritised more with this bunch. And it will be. There will be a couple of games for most of these lads over the next few weeks. All fixtures are in the fixtures section.
Players on duty were Robert Van Pelt, Luke O’Driscoll, Evan Seymour, Fionn Herlihy, Dylan O’Flaherty, Jody Sisk, Seán Andrews, Sean Browne, Cian O’Flaherty, Mark Sisk, Adam McGinty, Sam Geary, Shane Donegana, Eoin O’Flynn.
U8 Hurling – 8/9
The under 8 hurlers went up to Douglas on last Saturday morning and on what was a beautiful morning, played an excellent hour of hurling against the home side. On this particular occasion, Shamrocks only had 11 players (the only negative) and with Douglas having big numbers, it was decided to split Douglas into 3 teams of 11 as well. Therefore Shamrocks played 3 different 20 minutes games and it was great benefit to the lads.
One could see the enjoyment the players got out of it and it was noticable that some of the players grew in confidence as the games went on. Our thanks to the parents who supported the lads and to Douglas who were invited us up and provided our lads with valuable playing time.They play Passage this coming Friday night at home at 6.30pm.
Players on duty on the morning were Seán Andrews (goalkeeper), Colin Murphy, Ferdia Hayes, Mark Sisk, Fionn Meighan, Harry Andrews, Cian O’Flaherty, Adam Maye, Eoin O’Flynn, Cian James, Sam Kramer, Shane Donegana
Week Ended – September 16th, 2012
Shamrocks Hurling and Football Multi-Sports Camp – 16/9
Shamrocks Underage & Ladies Football Club held their second successive Multisports Camp on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th of September.
It was a very successful weekend which saw over a 100 children; both boys and girls participate. The children had a very enjoyable weekend experiencing a range of sports such as Hurling, Gaelic Football, Rounders, Orienteering and Olympic Handball. The highlight of the camp was the visit of Seán Óg O hAilpín on Sunday who had a cúpla focail of advice for all the young and upcoming Shamrock players.
The running of the camp would not have been possible without the fantastic help and commitment of all the coaches involved over the weekend. We must not forget the Ladies who helped in the kitchen and with the registration over the two days. We would also like to thank those who helped out with the BBQ and food. It was greatly appreciated.
Finally, I hope that all the children who attended the Camp over the weekend come join our club when it starts the Academy on Saturday 30th of September. We will welcome all boys & girls to our club and all parents who would like to get involved in coaching and the continuous development of Shamrocks Hurling & Football Club.
My thanks to Susan O’Mahony who sent in the report and who also managed to leave her own name out of the proceedings. Without her drive and determination this fantastic weekend for the club would not have taken place!
Sean Óg advises some of the participants
Week Ended – September 23rd, 2012
U10 Hurling – 18/9
The u10 hurlers played Carrigaline in a hurling challenge on Tuesday evening in Shanbally.
While the lads were beaten by what was esentially Carrigalines 1st team, all 10 year olds, the idea was to provide the Shamrocks lads with more competitive action against different opposition. Also, the turnout on the night was good – 18 players.
The lads are learning all the time; we would encourage the parents to get the lads to practice hurling at home – this is where the real stickwork will be learned.
Our thanks to Carrigaline for coming down; Some of the Shamrocks players on duty included Robert Van Pelt, Mark Sick, Fionn Herlihy, Michael Foy, Declan Carroll, Cian O’Flaherty, Fionn Meighan, Seán Andrews, Harry Andrews, Adam McGinty, Eoin O’Flynn, Adam Maye, Adam McSweeney, Nathan O’Sullivan and Shane Donegana.
U15 FC V Dripsey – 19/9
Shamrocks 5-4, Dripsey 4-7
Shamrocks and Dripsey will have to do it all over again after this championship clash finished all square in Shanbally on Wednesday evening last.
The game was played in an excellent spirit by 2 evenly matched teams and the game ebbed and flowed and it wasnt until referee Andy Larkin blew the final whistle that everyone present knew whet the final outcome was going to be.
Dripsey played down the hill with the breeze in the first half and made the advantage count as they led 1-4 to 0-3 coming up to half time and they looked slightly the better team, after David Andrews had opened the Shamrocks scoring early doors. However, Shamrocks David O’Sullivan tucked away a penalty right on the stroke of half time to leave the HT score 1-4 to 1-3 in favour of the visitors.
The 2nd half was very exciting with the lead being exchanged between the 2 teams on many occasions. Shamrocks went as much as 5 points up with 20 or so minutes to go but Dripsey rejigged their team and started to win all the kickouts. A guickfire 2-1 had them in front and they stretched it to their own 5 point lead with 7 minutes to go.
Yet again, Shamrocks dug deep and scored a pair of goals to go a point up with 3 minutes to go. The game ended in a whelter of excitement as firstly Dripsey egualised and then a Shamrocks player drove the last kick of the game wide from 30 yards in front of the posts unopposed.
That would have nullified Shamrocks having to go to Dripsey for the replay, probably this coming weekend.
Team: K. Murphy, S. Kidney, S. Kelleher, N. Hayes, C. O’Grady, D. Barry, D. Scriven. M. Hitchmough, T. Murphy, D. Andrews, A. O’Grady, B. Crowley. Subs – D. O’Sullivan, J. O’Keeffe, C. Hayes.
U12 Football V Crosshaven – 21/9
Shamrocks under 12s played Crosshaven on Friday evening in Shanbally in a challenge game. While we didnt actually enter an under 12 team this year due to lack of numbers at this age group, Crosshaven offered a game and the club obliged. However, the turnout of 12 players on a beautiful Friday evening justified the decision not to enter any league or championships.
And one could see from the 1st half performance that the lads hadnt kicked a Gaelic Football since April, when some of them played with the 13′s. They were completely off the pace and some of the players acted like they were on a soccer pitch and had no interest. You dont want to know the halftime score it was that bad.
Acting manager on the night Patrick Andrews gave the lads a right dressing down at halftime and it seemed to work. Crosshaven gave us a few players and the second half was much more enjoyable and competitive for everyone involved. Some words of encouragment saw some of the lesser lights of the team like Jody Sick, Luke O’Driscoll and Seán Browne come right into proceedings, Browne fininshing with 2-2. The confidence grew and the lads went off the pitch in a positive mood.
We’ve been offered a chance to travel to Crosshaven next Friday night to play them in hurling at the same age group. It remains to be seen if we can add to the 11 lads on duty tonight (all of whom said they are available). With fading light, this game would want to be played at 6.15pm and would probably be the last midweek game. The mentors will be in touch.
Also well done to John Jordan who was outstanding on the whistle and stood for no lip whatsoever. He missed a blatant double hop for the 7th Crosshaven goal though!
Shamrocks players on duty were Cathal Murphy, Luke O’Driscoll, Evan Seymour, Shane Downey, Seán Andrews, Cillian Hayes, Jody Sisk, Dylan O’Flaherty, Daniel O’Mahony, Sam Geary, Seán Browne.
U15 Hurling League Playoff V Crosshaven – 21/9
Shamrocks 6-13, Crosshaven 3-5
Shamrocks travelled to Crosshaven on Friday evening to play this u/15 hurling league semifinal.
The lads settled very quickly and took a five point lead only for Crosshaven to bring it back to one point but Shamrocks playing some great hurling took their scores well to lead at half time on a score line of 2-03 to 4-05.
Immediatly after the break Crosshaven scored 1-01 to cut our lead to four points but Shamrocks dug deep and scored 1-05 from play before Crosshaven got on the scoreboard with a point.
At this stage it was all Shamrocks and they scored another 1-03 to run out easy winners on a final score of 3-05 to 6-13, a great game of hurling by both teams and well done to all players.
U9 Football V Crosshaven – 23/9
Shamrocks travelled to Crosshaven on Sunday morning to play the home side in an under 9 match and both teams came away happy after a very competitive hours play.
Once again the aim of the game at this age group was to provide as much exposure to the live game of Gaelic Football and some of our lads proved themselves to be well up to the mark. All the training in the world will not compensate for games.
Our thanks to Crosshaven for inviting us down and we hope they will return the favour sometime soon, possibly next season.
Week Ended – October 8th, 2012
U15 C Football Championship V Dripsey – 23/9
Dripsey 4-8, Shamrocks 4-3
Shamrocks travelled to Dripsey for the replay of the football championship semi final on Saturday.
The game was played at a brisk pace with some end to end football and Dripsey took a four point lead before the lads settled down and came into the game more to score three points. At this stage Shamrocks had most of the play and with a few minutes to go to half time Coby O ‘Grady gathered the ball in midfield and ran through the Dripsey defence to score a great goal; but we could not capitalize on this and missed two glorious chances to go further ahead. Then against the run of play Dripsey came down field to score a goal on the stroke of halftime to lead 1-04 to 1-03.
The second half started at a fast pace and Dripsey took a five point lead before the lads brought it back to two points only for Dripsey to increase their lead again. Even though Shamrocks had strong periods of play we failed to take a lot of scoring chances and Dripsey ran out winners on a scoreline of 4-08 to 4-03.
On a positive note the team are now looking ahead to Wednesdays hurling league final against Grenagh in Shanbally.
U15 CFL Final V Grenagh – 3/10
Grenagh 2-10, Shamrocks 1-8
Grenagh won the C grade league in Shanbally on Wednesday evening last after a 5 point win over Shamrocks. It hasnt been a good few days for the Shamrocks lads as they lost out in the championship by the same margin the previous Saturday.
Shamrocks started the brighter, playing against the breeze and hill and were 2 points up thanks to Darragh Scriven and David Andrews. However, Grenagh went down the field and scored 3 quick points to forge ahead.
Shamrocks got on top somewhat after that and scored a few points from Scriven and Tom Murphy before Brendan Crowleys speculative effort looped over the Grenagh goalkeeper to give Shamrocks a vital goal before halftime. Shamrocks led 1-4 to 0-5 at the break and hopes were high of victory, especially turning to play down the hill with the (ever fading) breeze.
However, Grenagh stuck the ball in the back of the Shamrocks net from the throw in to give themselves a boost. This had the effect of reenergising them while at the same time knocking the Shamrocks lads back. The next 15 minutes were spent largely in the Shamrocks half; Shamrocks couldnt win a kickout and Grenagh piled on the scores, a further 3 quick points to open up a 7 point lead before Shamrocks knew what hit them.
They finally started to work the ball up the field but when the ball did go inside, Shamrocks didnt have the ability, guile or cuteness to score that all important goal. They brought the score back to 5 points through 2 Darragh Scriven frees and Marck Hitchmoughs late point but it was Grenaghs night.
Martin McMullan of the East Board presented the League Trophy to the winning Grenagh captain in the fading Páirc Thaidhg Ui hAinle light. The teams will meet again, this time in Grenagh in the Hurling LEague final, on a date yet to confirmed.
Team: K. Murphy, S. Kidney, S. Kelleher, N. Hayes, C. O’Grady, D. Barry, D. Scriven, C. Scriven, D. Andrews, T. Murphy, B. Crowley, A. O’Grady. Subs – M. Hitchmough, C. Hayes, J. O’Keeffe.
- Shamrocks u15 team V Grenagh, FL Final, 3/10/12 Back row, l to r: Killian Murphy, Nathan Hayes, Darragh Scriven, Andrew O’Grady, David Barry, Brendan Crowley, Shane Kelleher, Mark Hitchmough. Front, l to r: Cormac Scriven, Christopher Hayes, Tom Murphy, Sean Kidney, David Andrews, Coby O’Grady, Joseph O’Keeffe
Dripsey Hurling Development Tournament successfully Launched
Dripsey GAA are hosting a Hurling Development Tournament on Saturday October 13th. The tournament is aimed at players under the age of 25. The four teams taking part are Dripsey, Shamrocks, Kilmichael and Ballinora.
The tournament was successfully launched last weekend in Dripsey National School, with all four clubs well represented on the night.
The Semi Final Draw sees Dripsey Play Kilmichael @ 1.30pm in O Briens field, Dripsey and Ballinora play Shamrocks also @ 1.30pm in Ballinora.
The winners of both semi finals go into the tournament final @ 3.30pm that evening in O Briens field, while the losers of each semi final play each other in the Shield final also @ 3.30pm in Ballinora.
The Presentation of tournament prizes will take place @ 5pm in the Weigh Inn, Dripsey.
JBFC V Ballinhassig – 7/10
Ballinhassig 2-6, Shamrocks 0-4.
This was a good game of football played in Ballygarvans pitch last Saturday evening with Ballinhassig wining through to the B championship final. While the scorline suggests that Ballinhassig were the much better outfit, they only pushed on in the middle section of second half as the Shamrocks lads legs began to tire.
Ballinhassig led 1-4 to 0-2 at halftime but Shamrocks can count themselves very unlucky to be behind by that margin at the break. They were the better team in the first half and had more possession than Ballinhassig; but some sloppy wides and a lack of a goalscoring threat and some dropped balls when bursting through the middle caught them. Meanwhile Ballinhassig were way more clinical with their possession at the other end and scored nearly every time they attacked. Jamie Sweeney and Cian Ronayne were the first half Shamrocks scorers while the likes of Ronan Murphy, Stephen Hurley, Darren Roche, Stephen Jordan, Jason Browne and Tony O’Mahony turned in fine half hours of ball.
Shamrocks scored the first point of the second half to bring the game back to 4 points. However, the big Ballinhassig men started to get on top around the middle from the kickouts and they enjoyed more possession. The killer blow arrived 10 minutes into the second half when Ballinhassig scored the decisive goal to open up a 7 point gap, 2-4 to 0-3. Shamrocks badly needed a goal but never threathened it and try as they might for the rest of the game, Ballinhassig had that 7/8 point cushion to play with and run out the clock.
The appointed referee for the game pulled out at the last minute and John Twomey (Shanbally) refereed the game and did it in a fair manner and the scoreline was certainly not affected by his competent performance.
Overall the Junior B team had a reasonably successful and enjoyable year, considering we had no team last year. Our thanks to teh 3 mentors Peter Prout, Stephen Jordan and Patrick Andrews for keeping the show on the road and providing 10 much needed games for the players. The later teh B championship is played in the year, the worse it is for Shamrocks with our limited numbers compared to other clubs. Also, well done and thanks to all the players who contributed throughout the year – without them there would be no team. We hope to see them all back playing (and training!!!) next year with the club.
Team: J. Wilson, D. Roche, P. Prout, K. O’Mahony, J. Browne, S. Hurley, R. Murphy, P. Lordan, S. Jordan, C. Ronayne, T. O’Mahony, R. Twomey, S. Downey, J. Brady, J. Sweeney. Subs used – A. Hickey, P. Andrews
- Back Row, l to r: Jack Wilson, Ronan Murphy, Peter Prout, Stephen Jordan, Steven Downey, Joey Brady, Jamie Sweeney, Darren Roche, Paul Lordan, Kevin O’Mahony. Front, l to r: Pa Andrews, Cian Ronayne, Jason Browne, Stephen Hurley, Tony O’Mahony, Roy Twomey.
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