Minor C County Hurling Final V Lisgoold – 28/9
Shamrocks 2-16, Lisgoold 1-12
Shamrocks are county champions of the C grade at Minor hurling level after a 7 point win over Lisgoold at Ballincollig on Sunday last. Shamrocks were the better team and deserved their win but were given a mighty battle by the Lisgoold players who lifted their game especially in the second half. But Shamrocks always had at least a 3 point cushion all through and kept Lisgoold at arms length before pushing on in the closing 5 minutes to seal the win, a win that has been 11 months in the making, as captain Aonghus Boland acknowledged afterwards in his victory speech.
Lisgoold had the first point of the game before Andrew O’Grady pointed a free and the dangerous David Andrews pointed from play inside the first 5 minutes. Lisgoold gave themsleves a massive boost when they got through for a goal after 7 minuteto lead but the Shamrocks reply was immediate, from the puck out Andrew O’Grady controlled a slightly wayward pass on the runthrough the middle and billowed the Lisgoold net from 7 yards out. Shamrocks now led 1-2 to 1-1 after 8 minutes. This goal started Shamrocks best period of teh game and they were the dominant team up to halftime. With Darragh Scriven’s running from midfield causing all sorts of problems for Lisgoold, along with a dominant halfback line, Shamrocks started to tag on the points from Scriven, Boland, O’Grady from a free and a 65 and David Andrews who was threathening a goal everytime he got the ball inside. Shamrocks led 1-9 to 1-2 with 7 minutes left before HT. Lisgoold stayed in touch through their reliable free takerwho was benefitting from some dubious free’s given by the referee. At one stage in the second half, the referee awarded Lisgoold NINE frees in a row. Anyway, just before HT, David Andrews got inside his marker and expertly finished to the far corner of the net to push Shamrocks 2-9 to 1-6 ahead; indeed he could have had 2 more goals on two different occasions – when he burst through again only to see his piledriver go just over the bar and in the last play of the half, David was also through on goal but the referee blew up for halftime in the middle of the movement – a full 30 seconds before normal time was up! All David got for it was a nasty slap behind the ear from one of the oppositon players after the whistle. Shamrocks led 2-10 to 1-6 and were in a healthy position.
Lisgoold came out fighting in the second half and punished all these frees given away. They had clawed the deficit down to 3 points and were right back in the game. Shamrocks scored their first point of the second half a full 14 minutes in from an Andrew O’Grady free (he didnt miss one all afternoon) and that was a viatl score.or teh next 10 minutes or s, the teams cancelled each other out on the scoreboard, one of which was a vital point from supersub Rory Horgan who made a difference when he came on. He scooped up the 5th rebound no less from one of the Shamocks attacks and slotted it over for a vital point that put Shamrocks 4 points up again. Mark Hitchmough and Aonghus Boland caught some great high ball and Shamrocks were keeping Lisgoold out at the other end. Cormac Scriven brought off one great save when teh lead was at 6 points while at the other end, O’Grady, Andrews and Horgan capped teh win with some delightful scores. The referee blew the final whistle and Shamrocks had won a county champions, our first sine 2000 when teh u16 hurlers won a C hurling title.
The last few weeks have been full of superlatives for this team and players and it was almost inevitable that they were going to win something at this level sooner rather than later. For the u16 players who were involved in the panel and team, I suppose it makes up for the loss in their county final. To have one team knocking on the County Championship door in Shamrocks is somewhat rare and wonderful – to have two is just brilliant and for the last 6 weeks in particular, these players have given total committment to the cause. This panel started training in October last year with the Winter Training Program and it was days like yesterday that made it all worthwhile. It takes a special group of players to do what they did.
There were some happy men on the sideline yesterday. Bainisteoir David Nolan, ably assisted by Peter Crowley, Kevin O’Grady and Dick Andrews were thrilled by the win. Along with John Jordan who has been present at every training session and match, this was sweet. The work these people have selflessly put in behind the scenes has been incredible. Garrett Flynn has been an inspired choice as physical trainer and his work has been central to this success. Underage Chairman John Twomey and Adult Chairman Pat McCarthy were also happy men yesterday in Ballincollig. Shamrocks captain Aonghus Boland accepted the championship trophy on behalf of the team and in his excellent victory speech, he thanked the team, management, supporters, referee, the Ballincollig club for the use of their excellent pitch and last but not least a sporting Lisgoold team who lost nothing in defeat.
A special word of thanks to the supporters who once again were out in forc to roar on the lads. This writer was on the dugout side of the pitch but when a Shamrocks player took a shot at the posts from the far side, we all knew immediately whether it was going over or not such was the cheer and noise from the Shamrocks supporters. Magnificent.
After the trophy and the players had been paraded once again through Shanbally, Coolmore and Ringaskiddy, this time on Kevin O’Gradys truck, the Ferry Boat Inn laid on food and refresements for the players, mentors and parents. Our thanks to them. And once again, the captain of the victorius Shamrocks team brought the cup the few short steps up to Bernie and Breda Andrews along with the members of he Andrews clan which featured sons, daughetrs, players, grandsons, grand daughters, cousins and many more besides. Again, a wonderful moment.
Panel: Cormac Scriven, Shane Kelleher, Seán Kidney, Nathan Hayes, Mark Hitchmough, Tom Murphy, Darragh Scriven, Andrew O’Grady, Aonghus Boland, Coby O’Grady, David Andrews, David Raleigh, Rory Horgan, Christopher Hayes, Brendan Crowley, Eric Desmond, Killian Murphy, James Lynam, Shane Flavin, Ruairí Meighan, Adam O’Keeffe.
The game was recorded professionally so will be available on DVD soon. More details to follow on that.
The Academy 2014/2015 – next Saturday
The boys Academy for the 2014/2015 season starts at 11am (Registration) next Saturday. Coaching will start at 11.15am and will finish at 12.45pm. We will start with hurling next week. The first 4 weeks of the Academy will be outdoors on Saturday mornings. The ages are from 5 years old up to 12 years old.
Its important that the boys bring their helmets, hurleys and gumshields each week to enable the smooth running of the Academy. We’ll have a rota of coaches up here during the week. All coaching sessions will be planned out beforehand. The current Minor and U16 teams who have been contesting County Hurling Finals this year all came through our Academy system, in fact they were the first bunch to come through after we set it up about 10 years ago.
We look forward to your support once again.
Shamrocks are now on Twitter. It was set up last weekend just in time for the Minor County Final and what as way to get it started. Club PRO Pa Andrews doesnt know much about Twitter (he’d heard of it) so he approached one of the Minor players Darragh Scriven who took time out from preparing for the county final to set it up. Just login to Twitter and follow us (@gaashamrocks). Our thanks to Darragh and we hope it all goes well, just like our Facebook page which is proving to be very popular as well.
Shamrocks Multisports Camp – October 11th/12th
The annual Shamrocks Multisports Camp will be held on Saturday and Sunday October 11th and 12th at Ted Hanley Park between 10am and 2pm. Activities include Gaelic Football, Hurling/Camógie, Orienteering/Treasure Hunt, Rounders, Mini Games, Parachute Activities and Puc and Ccic Fada. Ages 5-12 boys and girls. The cost is €20 per child and €30 per family. The closing date is Wednesday September 16th. Contact Susan O’Mahony or any of the Girls Football committes for further details.
Cork GAA Clubs Draw 2014/2015
The first draw of the new year takes place at the end of October. The Club are looking once again for your support as half the price of the yearly subscription goes to the Shamrock Club. Make sure that if your signing up online or via direct debit that yo join under the Shamrocks GAA Club name. All current members will be receiving notification soon via post.
Shamrocks 5km Walk/Fundraiser
Shamrocks will be holding a major fundraising event on Monday October 27th (Bank Holiday Monday). A 5KM walk/run which will take place from Shanbally to Ringaskiddy and back. We’re looking for as many people as possible to get involved. Sponsorship cards are now out. Its a whole club event featuring the Adult, Juvenile and Girls Football club and promises to be a great off-season event. Further details to follow closer to the time.
County Board Newsletter – June 17th.