Archives 2018

Months Ended – January & February 2018


Underage AGM – 18/1


The underage AGM was held on Thursday January 18th. The outgoing Chairperson John Twomey, Secretary Pa Andrews and Treasurer Peter Crowley (read out by auditor Paddy Andrews) gave their yearly reports. All were discussed on the night.


All outgoing officers were relected fopr 2018. Team managements were discussed and as usual, positions have to be filled before the season starts. The underage will be running a Foundatiojn Course on Saturday February 3rd. Shamrocks will be amalgamating with Crosshaven at u16 hurling, Minor hurling and Minor football in 2018 due to a lack of numbers. Garda vetting, the new Gym and the roadway outside the dressing rooms were also discussed.


Foundation Coaching Course – 3/2


Well done to the 14 coaches who completed the Foundation Coaching Course on Saturday February 3rd. The course ran in the Ringaskiddy Community Centre and the tutor was our own Pa Andrews. Hopefully, the newly qualified coaches will transfer their knowledge onto the young players in our club. The club will be holding a Child Protection Course in the very near future; open to anyone coaching in the juvenile club.



Month Ended – March 2018


Child Protection Awareness Workshop – 7/3

Well done to all our coaches who completed a Child Protection Awareness Workshop in the Club on Wednesday night. The tutor was Mairéad Ní Mhaoileóin from the Sports Council. All the coaches who participated got a cert on the night. 


U14 FL V Tracton – 10/3


Shamrocks 3-8  Tracton 3-1


First Football league fixture of the season was played in Shanbally this afternoon. The game was played in challenging conditions with the morning rain giving way to a stiff breeze down the field. Shamrocks decided to play against the elements in the first half. After a sluggish first quarter, Shamrocks settle to play some fine football and were unlucky not to have built up  a more commanding lead by half-time. Half-time score 3-2 to 1-1 in favour of Shamrocks.


They started the second half brightly and added some very well worked and executed scores. Fatigue and perhaps a little over-confidence crept into their play which allowed our opponents to nibble into our lead. To be fair, Shamrocks were never in trouble as some stout defending held Tracton at bay. The management of Seamus O’Flynn and Joseph O’Keeffe were more than delighted to have begun with a win and look forward to their next fixture on 31/03 v Aghinagh.
Special word of thanks to Sam & Kieran, our 2 subs today who waited patiently to come on in the second half – not a grumble from them despite the cold!!


Thanks to parents, siblings and friends for their support. Thank you to Mairead for her work behind the scenes.


Panel – Josh Bartlett, Fionn Herlihy, Robert Barrett, Aaron Clarke, Declan Carroll (c), Aiden Brady, John Coleman, Dara McCormick, Jack O’Leary, Michael Foy, Derry Howard, Eoin O’Flynn,Ferdia Hayes, Sam Foy, Kieran May.


U16 FL V Tracton – 17/3


Tracton 5-3, Shamrocks 0-5


Shamrocks lost their first game of the season on St Patricks morning in the league. Despite a spirited effort against a good Tracton team, they went down to a 13 point defeat where the goals were the obvious difference. Lack of numbers once again was a key factor as Shamrocks had to play the entire first half with 12 players. In that time, despite a competitive first 20 minutes in which Shamrocks led 0-2 to 0-1, Tracton scored 3 goalsd before HT to lead at the break 3-2 to 0-3.


Try as they might in the second half, Shamrocks just couldn’t penetrate the Tracton rearguard and indeed, Tracton got in for 2 more goals to win comfortably in the end. The Shamrocks players tried very hard on the day but once again the lack of numbers was a killer and by the end, a few players had hobbled off leaving Shamrocks with 12 players once again.


Panel: D. O’Brien, D. Gregson, Fionn Herlihy, P. Dorney, J. Coleman, A. McSweeney, D. Howard, T. Sheehen, M. Sisk, S. Darcy, C. O’Flaherty, S. Andrews, J. O’Leary, H. Andrews, A. Maye,


MFL V St Colmans – 19/3


Shamrocks and Crosshaven played their first game as Diarmuid Ó Murchús in the Minor B1 FL in Cloyne. Unfortunately, it was the home side who took the points. Shamrocks had 5 players on duty with Tim Hayes on sideline duty. Diarmid Ó Murchús led by a couple of points at HT but the home side played much better in the second half and took the league points. Training continues every Wednesday night in Crosshaven, 7.30pm.


U12 FL V St Vincents – 28/3


Shamrocks 4-9, St Vincents 1-5

The U12s played their first game of the season in Shanbally against St. Vincents. A lot of training was had over the winter months in the National Maritime College of Ireland with this age group. The lads started well and soon found the range as some nice points were scored from play. A goal midway through the half was followed by another just before half time leaving us ahead on a scoreline of 2-03 to 0-03 at half time. We started to play the better football in the second half and scored another 2-03 before St. Vincents got the final few scores to leave us victorious on a scoreline of 4-06 to 1-05 at the final whistle. It’s great to see a large turnout of both players and parents on the night. Next up it’s away to Whites Cross next Tuesday 3rd April at 6.45pm.

Team. Josh Bartlett, Barry O’Mahony, Zach Coughlan, Euan Clarke, Kieran May, Shane O Mahony, Luke Jordan, Sam Foy, Calum Gregson, Cian Lynch, David Herlihy, Conor Coleman, Evan Twomey, Donal Herlihy, Zach Johnson, Harry O’Leary, Shane O Flynn.



Month Ended – April 2018


U16 FL V Passage – 3/4


Passage 3-6, Shamrocks 2-5


Passage took the league points on offer on Tuesday evening. Shamrocks were short players on the night due to various events but the players on duty played some great football at times and can be proud of their efforts. Some players made impressive contributions on a pitch that was in good condition considering all the recent rain.


U10 Hurling Blitz – 7/4


The under 10’s faced stiff opposition in Tracton and Granagh on what was a great day for hurling in Minane Bridge on Saturday. Even though they where overshadowed by a slightly stronger Tracton team they went on to score a comprehensive victory over Grenagh. It was a great team performance but we have to mention a certain Raffeen corner forward who scored 4 goals. Well done to all.


Team: Liam Dorney, Luke Jordan, Billy Hanna, Harry O’Leary, Sean Og Lynch, Calum O’Neill, Jason O’Driscoll, Ryan Doolan, Calum Fitzgearld,  James Keane, Shane O’Flynn, Seamus O’Mahony, Ollie O Brien, Donal Herlihy.




U8 Hurling Blitz – 7/4


The U8s played in the outside 4G pitch in Pairc Ui Chaoimh on Saturday last and had 13 players togged. Shamrocks entered 2 teams and all played very well on the day. Well done to all.




U14 HL V St Vincents – 12/4


St Vincents 6-9, Shamrocks 3-10


Shamrocks welcomed St Vincent’s to Shanbally for the first league game of the season. A physically stronger St Vincent’s held the upper hand throughout. Nevertheless, Shamrocks kept going all through the game and made sure that our visitors earned their victory.


A number of younger lads made themselves available and acquitted themselves very well. Once we have all our lads available, we should be more competitive. Thank you to all for coming to support.


Panel – Sam Foy, Fionn Herlihy, Robert Barrett, Kieran May, Aidan Brady, Barry O’Mahony, John Coleman, Michael Foy, Conor Coleman, Derry Howard, Ferdia Hayes, Josh Bartlett, Cathal O’Donovan, Cian Lynch



U12 HL V Kinsale – 12/4


Shamrocks 6-7, Kinsale 2-1

We played our first hurling game of the season at home to Kinsale on a very heavy pitch after all the bad weather that we have encountered. Both teams were evenly matched throughout this contest but Shamrocks ability to get the scores at vital times proved to be the difference in the end. Kinsale started well and got a goal after 10 minutes of play to leave us playing catch up. Some fine performances were on show on both teams. We settled down at last and scored 4 unanswered points before the break to leave us leading by a point at half time. 


Shamrocks were now playing with the breeze at our backs in the second half and the long balls into the Kinsale area was proving to be fruitful as they converted their possession into scores. They also got some lovely long distance points from play. At the end Kinsale try as they may found our keeper inspired and also hit the woodwork on two occasions. It was a great start to the hurling season.


Team. Sam Foy, Nigel O’Sullivan/Kearney, Shane O’Flynn, Calum Gregson, Kieran May, Barry O’Mahony, Harry O’Leary, Cathal O’Donovan, Dara McCormack, Cian Lynch, Luke Jordan, David Herlihy, Zach Johnson, Josh Bartlett, Evan Twomey, Donal Herlihy, Calum O’Neill.



U10 FL V Nemo Rangers – 14/4


Shamrocks u10s took on a talented Nemo Rangers team on Saturday morning in their second football match of the season. A full squad lined out for what turned out to be a great game. A great first half by the Shamrocks backs meant Shamrocks held a slender lead at halftime. Nemo came out strong in the second half and surged into a 4 point lead but a determined and spirited effort by the Shamrocks lads saw them score 4 goals and take a great win. Well done to all.


Team on duty: Liam Dorney, Luke Jordan, Billy Hanna, Harry O’Leary, Seán Óg Lynch, Callum O’Neill, Jason O’Driscoll, Ryan Doolin, Calum Fitzgerald, James Keane, Shane O’Flynn, Seamus O’Mahony, Ollie O’Brien, Donal Herlihy, Ronan Crotty.



U14 FL V Aghinagh – 19/4


Aghinagh 5-9, Shamrocks 2-8


Aghinagh made the long journey to Shanbally this evening for this 2nd league fixture of the season. This game was well contested for up to the third quarter. Shamrocks held a good lead at that stage and looked likely winners. However, they ground to a halt and allowed their opponents to dominate the last quarter to run out easy winners.


This was a game Shamrocks left behind; a real pity as they were in control and playing so well. They’ll dust ourselves down and go again and hope to have learned from this experience. Thank you to the supporters.


Panel – Josh Bartlett, Fionn Herlihy, Barry O’Mahony, Sam Foy, Declan Carroll, Kieran May, John Coleman, Aidan Brady, Robert Barrett, Derry Howard, Aaron Clarke, Conor Coleman, Michael Foy, Cian Lynch, Cathal O’Donovan.


Co JAHL V Kilbree – 20/4


Kilbree 2-18, Shamrocks 3-12


Shamrocks first foray into the county hurling league ended in defeat in Rossmore on Friday night; however the lads put up a great performance on a pitch that was originally deemed unplayable in the morning and could have won it in the end if there was more time. Well done to all the players and management who made the long trip west as the season begins to take shape. 


U10 HL V Crosshaven – 19/4


Shamrocks U10 hurlers played Crosshaven on Thursday night in Camden. The home side came out on top in what really was a game of two halves. Shamrocks were on top in the first half while Crosshaven were on top in the second. 


Shamrocks players on duty: Luke Jordan, Liam Dorney, Harry O’Leary, Jack O’Sullivan Kearney, James Keane, Donal Herlihy, Calum O’Neill, Seamus O’Mahony, Ollie O’Brien, Shane O’Flynn, Billy Hanna, Calum Fitzgerald, Ronan Crotty, Ryan Doolan, Seán Óg Lynch. 


U12 HL V Brian Dillons – 20/4


Brian Dillons 2-4, Shamrocks 0-8


Shamrocks lost a tight game in the Tank Field on Friday night in a game that could have gone either way. Well done to all on a decent performance. 

U8 Football Blitz – 21/4


Shamrocks had 10 players, played 3; lost 3. No other report available. 



U12 HL V Crosshaven – 27/4


A very exciting game on a heavy Shanbally pitch went Shamrocks way on Friday evening. The game was exciting all through and by the end, there was a fair amount of mud on the players jerseys – testament to the commitment shown by everybody. Well done to the players on duty



U8 Football Blitz – 28/4


The u8 footballers played Sliabh Rua, Tracton and Ballygarvan in Minane Bridge. They had 10 players togged and entered the 1 team. The players did much better this time after a frustrating day the week before.



U10 FL V Douglas – 28/4


Shamrocks U10 footballers beat a Douglas selection on a heavy bottom pitch in Shanbally on Saturday morning. The home team started very strong and kept the pressure on the visitors to the end resulting in a big winning margin of 5-6 to 0-1. Well done to all and to manager Andrew O’Neill and referee Adrian Doolan.


Players on duty: Harry O’Leary, Jason O’Driscoll, Luke Jordan, Shane O’Flynn, Calum O’Neill, Donal Herlihy, Seamus O’Mahony, Calum Fitzgerald, James Keane, Ryan Doolan, Billy Hanna, Ollie O’Brien



U16 HL V Courcey Rovers – 30/4


Courcey Rovers 4-10, Diarmuid Ó Murchús 3-7


The U16 hurlers eventually got to play their first hurling game of the season in Ballinspittle on Monday night. Courcey Rovers won by 8 points but the new Shamrocks/Crosshaven hurling combination can be happy with their efforts in their first ever outing. They had 15 players on duty and all got plenty of game time and contributed well.


Seán Andrews got an early DÓM goal and they led 1-0 to 0-2 early on. The lads played well together for a time but for the last 10 minutes before HT, Courcey Rovers went on a scoring spree and scored 2-4 without reply to move 3-6 to 1-3 ahead at HT. Tim Sheehan had another DÓM score in that half.


The second half was much better and after Courcuies scored 2 early points, the DÓM lads got the bit between their teeth. From 10 points down, they took over and scored a couple of goals from Mark Sisk and Adam Power. They were now within a goal of Courcies but that al important equalising score never came despite plenty of chances and Courcey Rovers finished the stronger. Overall, a good first outing.


Players on duty – Joe Glossop, Fionn Herlihy, Cian Herlihy, Mark Sisk, Harry Andrews, Christian Byrne, Seán Andrews, Josh McCarthy, Adam Power, Conor Finn, Owen MErchant, Tim Sheehan, Phipip Dorney, Adam McSweeney, John Coleman


Diarmuid Ó Murchús first hurling game, 30/4/18 in Ballinspittle. Back, l to r: P. Dorney, C. Herlihy, H. Andrews, S. Andrews, A. Power, J. McCarthy, O. Merchant, A. McSweeeney, J. Coleman. Front, l to r: C. Finn, M. Sisk, T. Sheehan, C. Byrne, F. Herlihy, J. Glossop



JAHL V Carrigaline – 30/4


Carrigaline 2-13, Shamrocks 0-17


The scoreline tells its own story in this well contested JHL game played in Carrigaline under lights on Monday.  
Both teams served up some great hurling over the hour and Shamrocks, despite being tight in numbers contested bravely and with conviction right up to final whistle.  It is a pleasure to watch our youthful side excel in the skills and commitment.



Week Ended – Sunday May 13th, 2018


U16 FL V Aghinagh – 3/5


Shamrocks 6-10, Aghinagh 3-4


Shamrocks got their first win of the season after a very competent performance at home on Thursday night. They never let the visitors to Shanbally get any foothold on the game and some fine scoring bursts and team play did the real damage. Shamrocks started much better and even before they registered the first score, a goal from Shane Darcy, they could have had 1-3 but the goal settled them. The added a further 2-3 from Adam Maye, Tim Sheehan and Harry Andrews before Aghinagh began to come into the game more. They scored 1-1 and the HT score was Shamrocks 3-4, Aghinagh 1-1.


Aghinagh started the second half like they meant business and had Shamrocks on the back foot for a 10 minute period, adding 1-1 to their total. It was now 3-4 to 2-2 but from this point on, Shamrocks first responded with 3 quick points from play from Sean Andrews and two from Shane Darcy and the scores flowed after that as they had all the momentum now. Harry Andrews lobbed the keeper for a beautiful goal and that was it. A good team performance from all the players on the night and thanks to the parents and supporters as well.



U12 FL V Cill na Martra – 5/5


Shamrocks 4-6, Cill na Martra 4-5


Shamrocks won a thrilling game against the visitors to Shanbally on Saturday morning. The Shamrocks lads were behind for the entire first half but reduced the gap to a point by the break, having been 1-4 to 0-2 behind. They played up the hill in that half and did well to be within a point after an important goal from Evan Browne.


The second half was an excting affair with each team sharing the lead on two occasions. Shamrocks got the boost they needed after half time scoring 2-1 to move ahead for the first time. However, Cill na Martra went down the other end and scored 3-1 in the space of 10 minutes to move back into a goal lead. Shamrocks never gave up and scored a late 1-1 to take the victory by a single point. Well done to all the players and thanks to the magnificent support from the parents and siblings.


Players on duty: J. Bartlett, B. O’Mahony, N. O’Sullivan-Kearney, K. Maye, E. Twomey, C. Gregson, S. Foy, C. O’Donovan, L. Jordan, C. Coleman, E. Browne, C. Lynch, David Herlihy, Donal Herlihy, C. O’Neill, S. O’Flynn 




U12 FL V Cill na Martra, 5/5/2018 in Shanbally. Back, l to r: Conor Coleman, Nigel O’Sullivan-Kearney, Luke Jordan, Calum Gregson, Cathal O’Donovan, Evan Browne, Kieran MAye, Sam Foy, Evan Twomey. Front, l to r: Barry O’Mahony, Calun O’Neill, Shane O’Flynn, Josh Bartlett, Donal Herlihy, David Herlihy, Cian Lynch



U16 H Challenge V Erins Own – 9/5


Diarmuid Ó Murchús 6-15, Erins Own 6-8


A high scoring challenge game against what was Erins Own U15 team; Diarmuid Ó Murchús played only their second game as a group and played some nice hurling at times, well done to all the players on a useful outing; it was played as a 15 a side game. 



U10 HL V St Vincents – 11/5


Shamrocks u10 team was involved in what could only be described as a an epic battle against a strong and feisty St.Vincent’s team on Friday evening. 
Under serious pressure from all fronts they dug deep and did themselves and the club proud by producing some of the most outstanding and gutsy hurling seen in a green jersey this year. An extremely hard fought victory was just rewards for what turned out to a bruising encounter. Our players can be very proud of the way they played and represented the club as were the managers, parents and supporters who were there on the night. Well done lads.



Week Ended – Sunday May 27th, 2018


U10 FL V Whitescross – 16/5


19 players showed up in beautiful sunshine for our home game against Whitescross on Wednesday evening. It was great to see some new players joining the squad for what was a great night for football. Whitescross were a skilled and determined side but shamrocks proved too strong and came away with yet another fine victory. Great teamwork and a determination to fight for the ball throughout the whole game proved to be the key to their success. Well done to a great bunch of lads



U14 FL V Clondrohid – 17/5


Shamrocks 5-11, Clondrohid 1-5


Shamrocks travelled to Clondrohid last Thursday evening for their third league fixture of the year. We had a near full squad and most importantly had all our on the age players. We gave our best display of the year.

Our hosts were a typically strong, physical team sprinkled with good footballers. However our lads knuckled down early on and never loosened their grip over the hour. We played some marvelous football and took excellent scores.

Thanks to Mark Hitchmough and David Barry for their invaluable help on the night. Thank you to the parents and families for making the long but worthwhile trip. We’re back to Hurling for the next few weeks.


Panel – Josh Bartlett, Fionn Herlihy, Robert Barrett, Kieran May, Declan Carroll, Aiden Brady, Michael Foy, John Coleman, Derry Howard, Eoin O’Flynn, Aaron Clarke, Ferdia Hayes, Evan Browne, Conor Coleman, Cathal O’Donovan.


U12 HL V Mayfield – 21/5


Mayfield 8-5, Shamrocks 1-1


We travelled to play Mayfield in the U12 hurling league on Monday night last.  The pitch was very heavy due to the down pours we had on Monday. We struggled  in every area to contain this excellent Mayfield side. After a poor start we settled down a bit and came more into the game in the second period but found scores hard to come by. Mayfield were very strong right down the centre and were able to take scores from mid field up. Our young team deserve great credit for the way they kept going and were rewarded with some fine scores for their efforts. The game was over as a contest just after half time but we kept going right to the final whistle.


Team, Sam Foy, Nigel O Sullivan Kearney, Calum Gregson, Kieran May, Barry O Mahony, Shane O Mahony, Cathal O Donovan, Luke Jordan, David Herlihy,  Cian Lynch, Harry O Leary. Evan Browne, Josh Bartett, Shane O Flynn, Zach Johnson & Donal Herlihy.


U14 HL V Whitescross – 23/5


Whitescross 3-11, Shamrocks 2-5


Bad first half followed by a much better second half.



Primary Schools Football Blitz – 23/5


Well done to the 1st and 2nd class pupils from the 3 primary schools in the parish who took part in our Annual Schools Football Blitz on Wednesday in Shanbally in glorious sunshine. All the 120 boys and girls on the day showed great enthusiasm and skill. Our thanks to Coaching Officer Pa Andrews who organised the blitz along with our GDA Paudie O’Brien who was present on the day. Also thanks to the staff and teachers of the 3 schools of the parish – Scoil Barra Naofa Monkstown, Ringaskiddy NS and Shanbally NS.


Some of the 120 kids at our schools blitz, 23/5/2018



U12 HL V Passage – 25/6


Passage 6-8, Shamrocks 2-6


Shamrocks and Passage played in the sunshine in Passage on Friday night and Passage were well worth the victory. They were much the better team in the first half and led 5-5 to 0-2 and never really gave Shamrocks a chance to get into the game. The sleectors asked for a more committed second half performance and that’s what they got; despite not being within a chance of winning the game, the lads were much better in the second half and pleased the Shamrocks selectors with their attitude. The lads never gave up and showed what a bit of heart in a team can do. Well done also to John Herlihy who refereed the game.


Panel: C. O’Donovan, C. Gregson, N. Kearney/O’Sullivan, B. O’Mahony, K. Maye, C. Lynch, L. Jordan, D. Herlihy, E. Browne, J. Bartlett, H. O’Leary, D. Herlihy, Z. Johnson, C. O’Neill



U12 HL V Passage, 25/5/18. Back row, l to r: N Kearney/O’Sullivan, L. Jordan, J. Bartlett, K. Maye, C. Gregson, Z. Johnson, E. Browne. Front: D. Herlihy, H. O’Leary, B. O’Mahony, C. O’Donovan, C. O’Neill, C. Lynch, D. Herlihy



U8 Hurling Blitz – 25/6


Shamrocks U8 hurlers played in Belgooly on Saturday morning May 25th in a blitz. They played Sliabh Rua, Tracton and Crosshaven and all players were outstanding on the day. Well done to them, their parents and to the managers Jason Browne and Stephen Keane.


Players on duty: Nicholas O’Driscoll, Michael Dorney, James Dorney, Danny Calnan, Eoin Murphy, Maurice Bermingham, Rylan O’Brien-Browne, Patrick Keane, Sam Jordan. Daniel O’Rahilly, Aonna Boland Yildrim, Shane Foley



John Kerins Qualifying (U11 F) – 25/5


Camden pitch was the venue for this year’s John Kerins Memorial Cup qualifiers. Four U11 teams battled it out for two qualifying spots in the semi finals to be held on the 16th June. First round games pitched Shamrocks against Passage and Ballygarvan against Crosshaven.


Crosshaven won convincingly against Ballygarvan and Shamrocks had a great game against Passage, coming out 4-4 to 1-2 victors. Our next match was against Ballygarvan which had Ballygarvan leading by one point at half time. Shamrocks dug deep and produced a great 2nd half which was rewarded with a winning tally of 4-5 to1-5.


Having now qualified Shamrocks took on a very strong Crosshaven side. Tagged as favourites they were a little too strong for our lads and won 3-5 to 0-5. Three great performances by the Shamrocks side ensured our place in the semi finals, so well done to all the lads and thanks to the parents and grandparents for their support.



John Kerins Memorial Qualifying, 25/5/18. Back row, l to r: Euan Clarke, Evan Browne, Callum Gregson, Barry O Mahony, Jack O Sullivan Kearney, Luke Jordan, Cian Lynch, Harry O Leary, Jason O Driscoll. Front row, l to r: Séan Óg Lynch, Ollie O Brien, Seamus O Mahony, Ronan Crotty, James Keane, Calum O Neill, Ryan Doolan.