Week ended – 10th February 2008
Despite scoring 3-12, Shamrocks lost their first game of the new Minor Football season. As the scoreline sugggests, it was a good open game of football and given the time of year, credit must go to both teams. Shamrocks were the slower out of the blocks and allowed Delaneys to take a lead into the second half. Shamrocks upped their game in that time and some terrific scores were taken, with Cannice Cafferey prominent. Unfortunately, despite a spirited comeback in which Shamrocks drew level with time almost up, they couldnt hold on and the visitors won by the odd goal in 7. The goalscorers were Darragh O’Sullivan (2) and Stephen Downey. Team: D. Browne, J. Tuohy, A. Hickey, S. Walters, A. McCarthy, D. Murphy, J. Brady, E. Healy, A. Dunne, D. O’Sullivan, C. Cafferey, S. Downey, C. Murphy, D. Murphy.
Week ended – 17th February 2008
City/SE Minor B Football League – 17/2
Na Piarsaigh 4-10, Shamrocks 1-5
We travelled to Na Piarsaigh Sun Morning early, minus approx 5 of our first choice players some of whom are giving preference to another code which is disappointing for their teammates.. Still great credit is due to the team members who travelled and gave their best on the day. We played well in patches but overall we were well beaten. Colin Murphy, Aaron Hickey and Donie Murphy played really well. Final score: Na Piarsaigh 4-10 Shamrocks 1-5. Team: D.Brown, S.Walters, A.Hickey, J.Tuohy, D.Murphy, J.Brady, S.Healy, A.McCarthy, S.Downey, J.Lynch, R.Clarke, C.Murphy, A.Dunne, D.Murphy
Training: Wednesday 4.00pm Next match Sunday 24th, 11.30, Shanbally V Carrigaline and Sunday 2nd March, away in Ballinspittle V Courceys at 11.30am.
SE Junior Football League – 17/2
Shamrocks 2-5, Ballygarvan 0-15
Ballygarvan got the better of Shamrocks in the first league game of the year on sunday last. With the emphasis on physical training at the moment it was obvious that lack of football was very much in evidence with many last posessions and wrong options taken at various times. However, from a Shamrocks point of view this was an encouraging start from Shamrocks who also had over 25 players togged out. Ballygarvan finished the game way stronger than Shamrocks and pulled away only in the last 15 minutes when their half back line got on top. Team: B. Mulqueen, K. Hegarty, P. Prout, G. O’Donovan, C. Brady, M. Prout, D. Roche, B. Sweeney, G. Ronayne, C. Ronayne, J. Shanahan, T. O’Sullivan, E. O’Mahony, D. Collins, S. O’Neill. Subs used – S. O’Reilly, D. Tuohy, D. O’Neill.
Week ended – 24th February 2008
City/SE Minor B Football League – 24/2
Shamrocks 0-1, Carrigaline B 6-9
SE Junior Football League – 24/2
Shamrocks 0-6, Tracton 3-15
Week ended – 2nd March 2008
City/SE Minor B Football League – 2/3
Courcey Rovers 3-8, Shamrocks 1-6
Shamrocks made the long journey to the Old Head of Kinsale (where courcies have a pitch) on Sunday morning last and turned in a commemdable performance after last weeks humiliation to Carrigaline. Their first half performance was better than the second as the lads ran out of steam late on. courcey rovers led by 3 points at half time but pulled away a bit in the second. Tomas Pierce at his new position of full forward scored 1-1. Team: D. O’Sullivan, J. Tuohy, A. Hickey, A. McCarthy, S. Hurley, D. Murphy, S. Downey, B. Cusack, C. Murphy, R. Clarke, C. Cafferey, D. Browne, T. Pierce. Subs used – A. Dunne, J. Lynch.
SE Junior Football League – 2/3
Ballinhassig 0-8, Shamrocks 0-10
Shamrocks got their first win of the season after a close fought encounter against Ballinhassig at Ballinhassig Sunday afternoon. Stephen O’Neill had Shamrocks on the board within a minute but Ballinhassig playing with the aid of a breeze, surged into a 0-5 to 0-1 lead by dominating the next 20 minutes or so. But Shamrocks responded and the hard working duo of Eoin O’Mahony and terence O’sullivan in the half forward line scored 2 points before half time before the home side added another one to leave the half time score 0-6 to 0-3 in favour of the Blues. Shamrocks played a lot better in the second half and started to whittle slowly away at the Ballinhassig lead. Brian Sweeney, who was otherwise outstanding at centre field for the greens, scored 3 massive points from far out frees and Stephen O’Neill and sub Joe Shanahan also steered Shamrocks in the right direction. Ballinhassig did have three clear cut goal chances at the other end but each time their shot trickled just wide of Barry mulqueens far post, any one of them would have won them the game. So a first victory of the year and hiopefully things will take off for the footballers after this. Team: B. Mulqueen, K. Hegarty, P. Prout, D. Hayes, C. Brady, S. O’Reilly, D. Sheehan, Todds, G. Ronayne, E. O’Mahony, T. O’Sullivan, J. Browne, S.O’Neill, D. Collins, G. O’Donovan. Sub used – J. Shanahan.
Training continues every Tuesday and Thursday nights. We have a bye next week in the football league.
Week ended – 9th March 2008
Junior Hurling – 9/3
With no football match this weekend, Shamrocks got their hurling season underway by claiming a handy victory over Blarney in a challenge match at the Track on Sunday morning last. It sets them up niceley for the next few weeks starting with a home game against Na Piarsaigh in the first City Junior A hurling league game of the year, followed by a game against douglas on Easter weekend. The fooytballers play Ballymartle in the first round of the championship on Sunday april 6th in Camden. (The minors game this weekend was called off).
Week ended – 23rd March 2008
City/SE Minor B Football League – 23/3
Shamrocks 2-6, Crosshaven 3-12
Shamrocks best display of the year wasnt enough on Sunday morning last
City Junior Hurling League – 23/3
Douglas 2-11, Shamrocks 2-11
Shamrocks managed to scrape a draw deep into injury time in their first league game of the City/SE league.
Week ended – 6th April 2008
Junior Football League – 2/4
Shamrocks 1-10, Carrigaline 0-6
Shamrocks got the better of neighbours Carrigaline on Wednesday night at the Track in a rearranged league game. Both teams were treating this game as preperation for upcoming championship ties so there was a fair degree of experimentation involved. Shamrocks playing up inot the bottom goal in the first half led at halftime 0-5 to 0-2 through points from Gary Ronayne, Joe Shanahan and Brian Sweeney. They decided the game early on in the second half through 1-1 from Seanan Collins and the game petered out thereafter, with Carrigaline actually finishing the stronger with a few points. The championship game is on next Wednesday night in either Riverstick or Shanbally
U12 Football League – 28/3
The under 12’s are playing in the top grade this year in football and got their season off to a winning start with an excellent win over Slaibh Rua at Shanbally last Friday night. On the score sheet for Shamrocks on the night were Gary Hartnett, Alex O’Sullivan and Daniel O’Reilly. They play Carrigaline 1 this coming Monday night.
U16 Football League – 2/4
Shamrocks 3-8, Tracton 3-16
This game was played in Shanbally on the second pitch. Tracton started very well and we were playing catch up for most of the first half. Some fine points from Cannice Caffrey and Tony O?Mahony left 5 points in it at half time. The game was over for us as a contest in the first 5 minutes of the second half when Tracton scored 1-04 with out reply. In fairness to our lads they kept going and scored 2-02 in the final 10 minutes to leave the final score 3-16 to 3-08 in favour of Tracton. We were missing some of the senior players through injury and vacation so the future is bright for this bunch of lads.
Team: J. Wilson, D. Murphy, J. Tuohy, J. Hanlon, J. Raleigh, C. Kidney, J. O’Driscoll, J. Brady, C. Cafferey, R. Twomey, D. Barry, S. Horgan, F. Boland, T. O’Mahony, D. Kelleher. Sub used – S. Healy.
U14 Football League – 3/4
Douglas B 4-8, Shamrocks 2-7
This was our first game of the season. It was played in Douglas in perfect conditions. Douglas started the better and had 1-03 on the board before we opened our account. Some fine points from Roy Twomey and a goal from the same player had us just a point down but another Douglas goal had us trailing by 4 points at half time. The lads started the second half in fine form and a goal from Jack Breen had us leading by a point with just 5 minutes remaining. A disallowed square goal was the turning point as Douglas broke up field from the resulting free out and scored a goal to put them back in front. They added 1-02 in stoppage time to leave the final score 4-08 to 2-08. This was a great display from our lads. We must build on this performance for the rest of the season. Great credit must go to our U-12s. We started with seven U-12 players who played their hearts out.
Team. F. Boland, R. Horgan, G. Hartnett, C. Walter, A. Boland, J. Raleigh, J. Howard, R. Twomey, T. O’ Mahony, M. Garvey, J. Hanlon, D. Raleigh, L. Fidgeon, D. O’ Reilly, J. Breen, D. Hayes, B. Coffan, C. Cusack, J. O’ Brien.
City/SE Minor Football League – 3/4 and 4/7
Shamrocks made the long journey to Whites Cross last Friday night and recorded their first victory of the season. While it was a battle of 2 teams who had lost all their opening matches, a win is a win and this could be the victory that the Minors need to really get their season going because they are better than their results up to this point suggest. Star of the show was Philip Brady who scored a whopping 1-11 and he was ably assisted by Cannice Cafferey with 1-2 and Brian Cusack 0-1 amoung others. Indeed, everyone played their part in a high scoring game which was a credit to both sides. Final score 2-16 to 1-15 for Shamrocks – Team: T. Pierce, S. Walter, A. Hickey, D. Murphy, S. Hurley, A. McCarthy, P. Brady, J. Brady, C. Murphy, C. Kidney, C. Cafferey, A. Dunne, S. Downey, B. Cusack.
then on the following Monday night, Shamrocks played St. Finbarrs second string and came away with an easy victory. Shamrocks played down into the bottom goal in the first half and were assisted marginally by the bitter cold wind. After a great save from Daniel Browne in the Shamrocks goal early on, Shamrocks dominated the rest of the half and some early scores settled them down. The midfield of the Brady bunch Joey and Philip were well on top and Shamrocks were far too good for the Barrs down the middle. Brian Cusack and Cannice Cafferey were doing the bulk of the scoring in the inside line and helped themselves to a few goals and points along with Darragh O’Sullivan, Stephen Downey Philip Brady and Stephen Hurley up from centre back, half time 5-6 to 0-1. While the second period wasnt as free scoring as the first, dominance was almost total throughout and Tomas Pierce goaled after being introduced. This was the first time that Shamrocks had a full compliment out for a game and they played some nice football at times. Team: D. Browne, A. Hickey, S. Walter, A. McCarthy, D. Murphy, S. Hurley, C. Kidney, P & J Brady, C. Murphy, D. O’Sullivan, R. Clarke, S. Downey, B. Cusack, C. Cafferey. Subs used – T. Pierce, J. Wilson, A. Dunne, D. Murphy.
Week ended – 13th April 2008
City Junior Hurling League – 13/4
Shamrocks 2-8, Blarney 1-13
The focus for the A team has now switched to the hurling side of things in preperation for the championship opener V’s Ballinhassig on May 10. This was their second game in the City hurling league and they should have won it, played at Shanbally on Sunday morning last. Shamrocks had most of the possession throughout but just couldnt convert it into enough scores to carry the day; Blarney were way more ecomonical and also they scored 0-10 from frees so that tells its own story. Blarney played with the aid of the breeze in the opening half but it was Shamrocks who went in the happier at half time having a 2-2 to 0-6 lead, Darragh Collins and Colin O’Sullivan from a penalty with the goals, Todds and Stevie O’Neill with the points. However the expected push for victory never really materialised and Blarney were helped by a goal mid way through which was whipped home following a semi penalty save. Shamrocks had their chances thereafter but the wides tally mounted up and Blarney ran out rather fortunate winners. Next up is Carrigaline on Saturday night next in the SE league followed by Bishopstown on the following Monday night in the City. Team: P. Andrews, S. O’Reilly, C. Brady, D. Roche, B. Mulqueen, S. Collins, M. Prout, B. Sweeney, G. Ronayne, S. O’Neill, T. O’Sullivan, F. O’Neill, D. Collins, C. Fitzpatrick, C. O’Sullivan. Subs used – S. Andrews, D. Sheehan.
Junior A Football Championship – 8/4
Shamrocks 1-6, Ballymartle 0-5
Shamrocks are through to the quarter finals of the championship (probably at the end of May) after a dour struggle against Ballymartle on Wednesday night. This was a poor game of football and both teams have a lot to work on before their next game. From a Shamrocks point of view the win was tainted a bit by the level of the display which no doubt will be addressed on the training ground. Too many times wrong options with the ball in hand were taken, running into cul-de-sacs and simple passes going astray. Ballymartle scored 1 point from play in the whole game and Shamrocks scored one point in the entire second half. Howvever, a win is a win for the greens. Shamrocks had more penetration up front in the first half and Joe Shanahan with two beauties off his left foot and Philip Brady, both of who looked dangerous when in posession, scored the 0-5 Shamrocks points, in reply to two Ballymartle frees at the other end. Shamrocks were just about on top and the key score arrived just on half time when a high dropping ball into the Ballymartle square caused havoc for the defence and after a goalmouth scramble the ball ended up in the Ballymartle net – not the most picturesque of goals, indeed this writer cannot claim he knows even if a Shamrocks player got the final touch. Nevertheless, it resulted in a 1-5 to 0-2 Shamrocks lead at halftime. In retrospect this was the winning score as Ballymartle never really threathened a goal in the second half and it was needed if they were to have any chance of getting anything from the game. Shamrocks had most of the posession in the second half but some bad shooting, hand passing around in circles and again wrong options taken in front of goal kept Ballymartle in touch. Shanahan had the Shamrocks point in that period they led 1-6 to 0-4 with 10 minutes left. Ballymartle threw men forward to rescue the game but the Shamrocks backs stymied their goal attempts. And so Shamrocks can put the A footballs away for now, the a hurlers and B Footballers go into action over the next few weeks. By the way, it was great to see 30 Shamrocks players togged out on the night. Team: B. Mulqueen, C. Brady, P. Prout, D. Hayes, D. Sheehan, S. O’Reilly, M. Prout, B. Sweeney, G. Ronayne, C. Ronayne, T. O’Sullivan, J. Shanahan, S. O’Neill, S. Collins, P. Brady. Sub used – D. Bourke.
Week ended – 20th April 2008
Junior B Football League – 15/4
Shamrocks 0-12, Tracton 2-11
For junior B this was a high standard of game produced by both sides over the 60 minutes. In a nutshell, Tracton scored 2 early goals and just about kept Shamrocks at bay for the rest of the match. Tracton started much the brighter and it looked like a run away victory for them as they carved open the Shamrocks defencse at will and were unlucky not to score another goal or two. Darragh Collins was Shamrocks best forward and he scored the first 3 Shamrocks points in that half. Howvere, Shamrocks must have kicked 10 wides in that half with all their possession. Half time 2-4 to 0-4. Shamrocks started the second half much better and points from the boot of Patrick Andrews, Dave O’Neill, Brian McCarthy and Dave Bourke gave them hope, indeed they had the lead pegged back to 3 points at one stage. However, Tracton reasserted themselves and scored the insurance points at the other end, try as Shamrocks did. Overall, a satisfactory outing against last years B champions. By the way it was great to see 22 players togged off for a B match and also to see Alan Aherne and Derek Livingstone back in the Shamrocks colours after a few years absense. Team: F. O’Neill, G. O’Donovan, D. Roche, D. Tuohy, C. Fitzpatrick, S. Andrews, B. McCarthy, T. Conneely, N. Hayes, P. Andrews. D. Stuart, D. Bourke, J. Sweeney, D. Collins, D. O’Neill. Subs – A. McCarthy, B. Cusack, K. Hegarty, A. Aherne, D. Livingstone, A. Sweeney, D. Murphy.
U14 Football League – 9/4
Shamrocks and Tracton played in the 14’s league and last years u13 football final last Thursday night and the game finished in a 1 point win for Tracton. Ill post a report when someone gives me one. The lads train every Wednesday at 3.30 in the Track.
Under 12 Football
The 12’s footballers have played 2 games in the last week. They firstly beat Carrigaline 1 last week by 7-6 to 5-6 after a great hours football, this left them unbeaten against another unbeaten team Valley Rovers. This is a very strong Rovers first fifteen and Shamrocks gave it their all, especially in the second half before going down 5-9 to 2-6. After an even opening 10 minutes, Valley Rovers stretched away coming up to half time and had opened up a 4-7 to 1-1 lead at the break to effectively finish off the game. However, this improving Shamrocks team played their heart out in the second half and outscored their opponents. The half back line got right on top in this time. Brian Coffin scored a Shamrocks goal and they scored a few fres from Aonghus boland and Daniel O’Reilly. However, Valleys ran out deserving winners. Next match this Thursday away to Kinsale at 7pm. Team: Ronan Corkery, Shane Kelleher, David O’Rahilly, Coby O’Grady, Jack Breen, Gary Hartnett, Sean Kidney, Jack Howard, Alex O’Sullivan, Patrick Murphy, Rory Horgan, Aonghus Boland, Darragh Scriven, Daniel O’Reilly, Brian Coffin. Subs used – Joe O’Brien, Killian Murphy, David Andrews.
Week ended – 27th April 2008
Under 12 Football – 21/4 and 24/4
Shamrocks 4-8 Ballinhassig 2-5
Another 2 more games played this week ended in 2 more victories which puts us into the semi-final of the under 12 A football championship. First up was Ballinhassig in Shanbally last Monday. The pitch was in beautiful condition and a light shower of rain just before throw in made playing conditions perfect. Our visitors made the better start with the first point of the game and after 10 mins our lads settled down with points from Aonghus Boland and Alex O Sullivan. Alex also hit the back of the net with a cracker of a goal and strong defensive play from captain Gary Hartnett backed up by Brendan Crowley and Shane Kelleher started swinging the game in Shamrocks way. Ballinhassig got a goal but again we finished the half well with a few more scores from Patrick Murphy and Jack Breen.
Shamrocks started the second half playing some very attracting running football and scores from Aonghus and Brian Coffin put the game now in our favour. Rory Horgan was a menace all night to Ballinhassig fielding great balls. David Raleigh and Daniel O Reilly put in a fine nights work.
Then onto Kinsale on Thursday night for our final league game, and a great welcome from our hosts as usual. Shamrocks got off to a flying start scoring 3-3 without reply. Ronan Corkery, Rory and Jack doing most of the damage. At this stage there was only going to be one winner but to the disbelief to our faithful followers Kinsale hit a purple patch scoring 2-4 themselves in the last 15 minutes of the first half. At half time the lads were told a few home truths and no words were spared. The second half started with Shamrocks dominating play and scores from Brian Coffin and Aonghus was putting daylight between the two teams. Koby O Grady now operating at full back was solid and tough. Two more goals from Rory and Jack finished the contest and now with confidence high Shamrocks scoring at will. Every player put in a very committed and honest nights work. A total of 23 players have now been used in this years league and all should be proud of their commitment and performance. Final score was SHAMROCKS 5-13 KINSALE 2-6
U16 Football League – 23/4
This game was played in Minane Bridge last Wed. We started brightly and scored some fine points from play. It was a fairly even game and we were leading by 0-06 to 0-03 at half time. Tracton scored an early goal and a point to leave the teams level. We responded with a fine goal from Josh Hanlon and some fine points from play left us 1-10 to 1-04 winners. This was a good team effort. Best for us on the night were Darragh O’ Sullivan, Cathal Kidney, Cannice Caffrey & Daniel Breen who made a welcome return after his injury.
SE Junior Hurling League – 25/4
Ballymartle 1-8, Shamrocks 3-11 S
Shamrocks turned in their best performance of the year with a clear cut win over Ballymartle in Riverstick on Friday night last. Shamrocks played well throughout and despite conceding an early soft goal, they built on that to lead at half time and pulled away in the second period. Fergus O’Neill (1-3), Cian Ronayne and Dave Bourke scored the Shamrocks goals.
U14 Hurling League – 25/4
We played this game in Kinsale last Friday evening in wet & cold conditions. We had a very young team out which featured 7 of our U12s. Kinsale started the better and scored 2 goals to put us under pressure for the rest of the game. We responded quiet well with some fine points but couldn’t draw back the early goals that we conceded. The lads never gave up to their credit and we were beaten by 3-08 to 0-06 at the end.
Junior B Football League – 22/4
Carrigaline 3-11, Shamrocks 2-8
A second defeat in a row for the junior B team in the league. This was a step down from last weeks performance and it was coming, as only 14 players bothered to turn up this time, about 10 were on the missing list. However, the players on duty certainly gave it their all and nearly pulled off a victory. Shamrocks were leading with 15 minutes left, but then had a man sent off and didnt score for the rest of the game. Shamrocks started brightly and Alan McCarthy in particular and Nicky Hayes were on fire, scoring 0-5 between them and Eoin O’Mahony added a 6th. Carrigaline scored a break away goal midway through the half and at the break led 1-4 to 0-6. After 5 minutes of the second half Shamrocks cut loose and scored 2-2 in quick succession with goals from Macker and Brian Cusack and points from Kevin O’Mahony and Darragh Collins. Then the sending off and Carrigaline played the man advantage to a tee, swamping the Shamrocks backs and scoring 2-4 in quick succession to close out the game. The next game for Shamrocks is away to Crosshaven next Tuesday evening at 7.30pm. Team (13 a side): F. O’Neill, D. Livingstone, D. Murphy, D. Bourke, D. Roche, B. McCarthy, N. Hayes, E. O’Mahony, K. O’Mahony, D. Collins, A. McCarthy, D. Stuart, B. Cusack. Subs used – B. Hickey.
SE and City Junior Hurling League – 19/4 and 21/4
Shamrocks played 2 matches in the last 3 days, winning one and losing one. They beat Carrigaline 1-16 to 1-9 on saturday night in Shanbally in their first South East league game of the season. Shamrocks were always ahead in the game and were never in any danger of losing. Joseph Shanahan scored the Shamrocks goal early on in the game. Darragh Collins was dangerous at centre forward and fired over 4 points from play in the second half. On Monday night, Shamrocks made the journey to Bishopstown with a somewhat weakened team and suffered their second defeat in the City league. This was a disappointing performance and shows that plenty of work lies ahead. Shamrocks were 1-4 t0 0-1 up after barely 10 minutes, Dave Bourke with the goal and Colin O’Sullivan looking sharp on the inside line. However, Bishopstown took over for rest of the half and only trailed 0-8 to 1-6 at half time as Shamrocks went completely out of the game. The trend continued into the second half, Bishopstown doing just enough as Shamrocks couldnt get out of second gear. Bishopstown scored a late goal to seal a 1-13 to 1-9 win.
Week Ended – 4th May, 2008
SE Junior Hurling League – 1/5
Shamrocks 1-12, Tracton 3-15
After turning in their best performance of the year the previous week, Shamrocks kept to the Jekyll and Hyde script by producing their worst in the very next game. Shamrocks never got going and played like a wet rag for the entire game, you wouldnt think that it was Tracton who were playing their second team. The next chance for redemption is this coming Tuesday night before next Saturdays championship opener V Ballinhassig in Ballygarvan at 6.15pm.
Junior B Football League – 29/4
Crosshaven 3-8, Shamrocks 0-6
A 3rd defeat in a row for Shamrocks at this grade, some sloppy passing contributing to the defeat. It was a windy night (isnt it always in Camden) nad Crosshaven led handily at the break 2-5 to 0-2 having played with the wind. Shamrocks made more of a fist of the second half despite a sloppy third goal just after halt time making the Shamrocks challenge impossible on the scoreboard. They registered scores from Senan Andrews, Nicky Hayes and Alan McCarthy. Ciaran Fitzpartick was Shamrocks best player at centre back.Team: F. O’Neill, G. O;’Donovan, K. O’Mahony, D. Tuohy, D. Bourke, C. Fitzpatrick, D. Livingstone, N. Hayes, S. Andrews, D. O’Neill, Dander, A. McCarthy, J. Sweeney, A. Aherne, B. Cusack. Subs used – D. Murphy, K. Hegarty, B. Hickey.
U16 Football League – 29/4
Shamrocks 2-6, Carrigaline 2-15
Shamrocks lost out to a clearly better Carrigaline second fifteen at Shanbally on Tuesday night in the league .
Week ended – 11th May 2008
Under 10 Football – 7/5
For a lot of the players on view here, on both sides, it was their first time pulling on their club jerseys and playing a competitive match and for that alone we say well done to both teams who produced an exciting 50 minutes football, with victory in the end going to Tracton on a scoreline of 4-6 to 4-5. This is football the way it should be played – no cynicism, fouling, bad mouthing and rough house tactics – just pure effort and skill and will to win. It was a ding dong affair right up to the very end when Tracton scored the winning point. All the Shamrocks players played well on the night and David Andrews (1-1), Andrew O’Grady (2-1) and Joseph O’Keeffe (1-3) did the Shamrocks scoring. No doubt a lot of the newer guys will come on from the experience in their next game, which we hope will be next week. Players used: Cormac Scriven, Killian Murphy, Adam O’Donovan, Nathan Hayes, James Lynam, Chris Hayes, Eoin Horgan, David Barry, Mark Hitchmough, David Howard, David Andrews, Daniel Carroll, Criostóir Corkery, Andrews O’Grady, Shane Flavin, Joseph O’Keeffe, Liam O’ Brien, Ruairi Meighan, Dylan O’ Flaherty, Adam Jones, Cathal Murphy, Conor O’ Brien.
Under 12 Girls Football – 7/7 and 10/7
We played 2 games over the past week. Having prepared very well over the winter in the Maritime College, we played Passage last Wed 7th May in Passage. We started slowly but after a rousing half time talk we started to turn things around in the second half. Aisling Kidney done most of the scoring and at the end we were victorious by 4 points. All the girls played and enjoyed the occassion.
We then played Macroom last Sat 10th in Shanbally. We found the going very hard against a very strong Macroom side. Aoife Horgan had a storming game but we ended up losing to a better Macroom side. We would like to thank all the players for their commitment so far. Our next game is away to Douglas next Wed 14th May.
U12 Football League Semi Final- 5/5
Valley Rovers 4-9, Shamrocks 3-4
Shamrocks started this game in a very positive mood. Valley Rovers the opponents out in their own patch was always going to be a hard task to achieve. We had the measure of Rovers in the opening 20 minutes Daniel O Reilly was sound and solid in goal and Gary Hartnett was as teak as ever. Points from Rory and Jack and an opportunist goal from Darragh Scrivan had us in dreamland. But Valley Rovers were experienced and replied with a lucky goal and then on the stroke of half time they got in front for the first time with another goal. Shamrocks started the second half with the first score but Rovers were always dangerous when they got into our half. The ability to take their scores and their physical strength was now more evident. To Shamrocks credit they never gave up and with more goals from Rory Horgan and Darragh again it showed the character of every player but on the night Valleys were just too good and deserved to get to the final. Shamrocks will have their day soon and it will be down to each and every player because of their commitment all year.
Under 14 Hurling – 8/5
Ballygarvan 2-4, Shamrocks 4-8
This match was played in appalling weather conditions in Ballygarvan. Great credit must go to both teams for putting up a very entertaining match in very heavy rain. We were first to settle and an early goal and some fine points from frees had us leading early on. Ballygarvan battled back and in the lead up to half time we scored another goal to leave us 2-04 to 0-01 up at the short whistle. A Ballygarvan goal and some points had them back in the game just after half time. Our backs tightened up again and our midfield players who were doing great work got us back in control with some fine points. Another goal for us with 10 minutes remaining had us leading by 8 points entering the later stages. Ballygarvan got another goal but this was again cancelled out with a goal for us straight away. Both sets of players were glad to hear the final whistle as they sought the shelter of the dressing rooms to dry off. Great credit must go to the seven U-12 players who played out of their skins. Thanks also to Pat Cusack, John Jordan & Sean Horgan for looking after this team. Team: Jack Breen, Rory Horgan, David Raleigh, Conor Walter, Michael Howard, James Raleigh, Jack Howard, Roy Twomey, Tony O’Mahony, Aonghus Boland, Josh Hanlon (capt), Mathew Garvey, Conor Cusack, Daniel O’Reilly, Joe O’Brien.
SE Junior Hurling Championship – 10/5
Ballinhassig 1-12, Shamrocks 0-8
Shamrocks were well beaten in the opening round game by a strong Ballinhassig second fifteen at wet Minane Bridge on Saturday night last. All the damage was done in the first half; after Stephen O’Neill had put Shamrocks in front from a free, Ballinhassig took over and outhurled Shamrocks completely and were full value for their 1-8 to 0-4 half time lead, O’Neill and Collins the Shamrocks scorers. Ballinhassig’s hurling was sharper and more flued and they tore Shamrocks apart at times. Shamrocks made switches after the break and they helped them to post a respectable second half performance, without ever threathening a goal, which was required if Shamrocks were to have any chance of getting back into this game. O’Neill from frees again, Mickey Prout and Joseph Shanahan with a brace were the lone Shamrocks scorers. Team: M. Hickey, D. Roche, P. Prout, S. Andrews, G. Ronayne, S. Collins, S. O’Reilly, B. Sweeney, M. Prout, S. O’Neill, T. O’Sullivan, J. Shanahan, D. Bourke, C. Fitzpatrick, D. Collins. Sub used – C. O’Sullivan.
Week ended – 18th May 2008
Under 11 John Kerins Football Tournament – 18/5
Shamrocks were the hosts for one of the qualifiers for the John Kerins U-11 football tournament last Sunday morning. Passage and Ballinora and Ballygarvan and Shamrocks were in our section. In our first game we played Passage and both teams were evenly balanced. Each half consists of 12 minutes and it is 13 players aside. Conditions were very slippery but at half time Shamrocks were winning by a single point. Our defense playing very good with Cormac Scrivan in goal. Into the second half and it was still very tight, and with 5 minutes to go Passage got a goal. They had to win because they lost to Ballinora in their first game .With scores hard to come by Shamrocks tried hard but Passage held on to win so with Ballgarvan unable to attend it meant we had to beat Ballinora to go through to the finals in Pairc ui Rinn.
In our second game we were against Ballinora in a must win game. A good start was vital and after good play from Darragh Scrivan and Patrick Murphy we were winning by 2 points until our opponents full forward scored a great goal. Scores were now coming fast with both sides exchanging points. A free for Shamrocks ended with the ball in the back of the net before half time. With only a goal between the sides at half time it was anybody?s game. Second half started at a fast pace. We pilled on the pressure and our forwards were now on top with Ronan Corkery covering a lot of ground. Again every time Ballinora’ s full forward got the ball he was a real threat and this proved to be decisive in the game. Final Score was Shamrocks 2-4 Ballinora 4-1 and in our first game Shamrocks 0-2 Passage 2-0. Players used were C and D Scrivan,D Andrews,S Kidney,K O Grady, K Murphy, B Crowley, M Hitchmore, P Murphy, E Horgan, A O Grady, D Howard, D O Sullivan, J Lynam, J O Keeffe, C Corkery, R Corkery, A O Donovan, N Hayes.
Also a very special thanks to the ladies for having hot tea on the go and all the parents for supporting us again as usual. The lads got medals and refreshments so they were not too disappointed going home.
Under 10 Football League – 15/5
Shamrocks had a comfortable win over Valley Rovers second string (under 9’s) last Thursday night at Shanbally. There is no messin about when 10’s play – they give 110%, get the ball and kick it. Both teams are to be commended for their efforts, including the very young Rovers team, all of whom are under 9. Shamrocks dominated the entire match and had good goals from Adam Jones, Killian Murphy, James Lynam, David Andrews and Dylan O’Flaherty while Ruairi Meighan, Eoin Horgan, David O’Sullivan and Andrew O’Grady amoung others got some nice points. It was great to see 23 players togged out and all got plenty of gametime. Next game away to Carrigaline Tuesday night at 7pm. Players – Cormac Scriven, Adam O’Donovan, Nathan Hayes, James Lynam, Chris Hayes, Eoin Horgan, David Barry, Mark Hitchmough, David Howard, David Andrews, Daniel Carroll, Criostóir Corkery, Andrew O’Grady, Shane Flavin, Joseph O’Keeffe, Killian Murphy, Liam O’Brien, Ruairi Meighan, Dylan O’Flaherty, Adam Jones, Cathal Murphy, Conor O’Brien, David O’Sullivan
Junior B Hurling – 14/5
Valley Rovers 2-12, Shamrocks 1-13
Shamrocks opening game in the B league was a very entertaining hours hurling at Innishannon on a sunny Wednesday evening last; unfortunately for them Valley Rovers had luck on their side and snuck a two point win. Shamrocks started brightly and played some excellent hurling in the first half and scored some superb points, namely from Cian Ronayne, Alan Aherne and Dick Andrews from play and Colin O’Sullivan who was deadly accurate from frees from all over. Jamie Sweeney swept home a goal after a defensive mix up and Shamrocks led 1-8 to 1-6 at HT. Rovers came much more into the game in the second half and upped the tempo; they forced Shamrocks to foul tnem a lot more and Shamrocks found scores a lot harder to come by in this half. It was nip and tuck for most of the second half as both teams traded points; O’Sullivan and Mulqueen in particular with a beauty amongst the greens scorers. However, with a minute left and a draw the likely outcome, a very harsh decision went against the Shamrocks team and Rovers went ahead with the resultant 21 meter free, they added another one soon after and that was it. But, considering this was a lot of players first game together this year, if they can stay together then they can definetly improve – each player had their moments and indeed some of the “rustier” players improved greatly as the game went on. Team: P. Andrews, K. Hegarty, D. Hayes, D. O’Neill, I. Cummins, D. Sheehan, N. Hayes, B. Mulqueen, C. Ronayne, A. Aherne, C. O’Sullivan, A. McCarthy, B. Hickey, D. Andrews and J. Sweeney. Subs used K. O’Mahony.
City Junior Hurling League – 13/5
Shamrocks 1-14, Mayfield 1-13
Shamrocks had to pick themselves up after the championship defeat and there was no waiting around as Mayfield were the visitors to Shanbally on a glorious Tuesday night. Shamrocks played up the pitch in the first half and strangely enough for the Track, had the wind advantage up the field. Shamrocks took over after Mayfield had struck an early point and Brian Sweeney, playing at centre forward for a change was on free taking duty and they were the difference between the teams in the first half, he must have stroked over 6 or 7 from all angles. Gary Ronayne and Mickey Prout were others to score from play and Shamrocks led 0-10 to 0-5 at HT, a lead they needed playing into the wind. As was expected, Shamrocks found it much harder to score in the second half but one or two from Toods, sub Darragh Collins’ vital 1-1 and Dave Bourke’s beauty from out on the wing ensured Shamrocks just about held on as Mayfield ran out of time, eventhough Shamrocks had given all their subs a good run out in the second half. Team: M. Hickey, C. Brady, P. Prout, S. Andrews, G. Ronayne, S. Collins, D. Roche, M. Prout, S. O’Reilly, J. Shanahan, B. Sweeney, T. O’Sullivan, C. O’Sullivan, C. Fitzpatrick, C. Ronayne. Subs used – S. O’Neill, D. Bourke, D. Hayes, D. Collins, D. Sheehan.
Non Exam MF League – 13/5
Shamrocks 2-12, Glenville 1-15
Shamrocks have entered the 12-a-side football league for players not doing state exams in 2008 and entertained Glenville on the bottom pitch at Shanbally last Tuesday night. And I say entertained as this was a cracking game of football which swung in favour of both teams on many an occasion and a draw was a fair result in the end. Shamrocks started the brighter and looked like they would steam roll Glenville completely; however, the visitors eventually found their feet and went in at the break leading 1-7 to 1-5, Darragh O’Sullivan with the Shamrocks goal. Glenville then stayed ahead until near the end when a scoring burst from Shamrocks had them 2 points up entering the last 5 minutes; however, Glenville scored 2 late points to deservedly gain a draw. Team: D. Browne, A. Hickey, S. Walter, J. Tuohy, S. Hurley, A. McCarthy, P. Brady, J. Brady, C. Cafferey, D. O’Sullivan, S. Downey, B. Cusack. Subs used – A. Dunne, S. Horgan, C. Kidney.
Under 12 Girls Football – 7/7 and 10/7
We played 2 games over the past week. Having prepared very well over the winter in the MaritimeCollege, we played Passage last Wed 7th May in Passage. We started slowly but after a rousing half time talk we started to turn things around in the second half. Aisling Kidney done most of the scoring and at the end we were victorious by 4 points. All the girls played and enjoyed the occassion.
We then played Macroom last Sat 10th in Shanbally. We found the going very hard against a very strong Macroom side. Aoife Horgan had a storming game but we ended up losing to a better Macroom side. We would like to thank all the players for their commitment so far. Our next game is away to Douglas next Wed 14th May.
Week ended – 25th May 2008
Under 10 Football League – 22/5
Crosshaven 0-4, Shamrocks 2-4
Shamrocks and Crosshaven played a very enjoyable game of football last night. Crosshaven settled earlier and took a two point lead before Shamrocks replied with a point from Mark Hitchmough and a goal from Andrew O ‘Grady. David O’ Sullivan then stretched the lead with another goal and Daniel Carroll scored a point to make it 2-2 to 0-2 at the interval. The second half was a much harder contest with both sides only scoring two points each, David O’Sullivan and David Andrews the scorers for Shamrocks for a final score line of Shamrocks 2-04, Crosshaven 0-04. It is great to see so many parents giving their support to the team at every game.
The team last night was C Scriven,C Hayes, A. O’Donovan, C. Corkery, E. Horgan, D. O’Sullivan, M. Hitchmough, D. Andrews, D. Carroll, J. O’Keeffe, A. O’Grady, J. Lynam, K. Murphy, S. Og Hurley, D. O’Flaherty, D. Howard, C. Murphy, L. O’Brien, C. O’Brien, A. Jones, S. Flavin and K. Buckley.
Girls Under 12 Football League – 20/5
This game was played in Shanbally last Tuesday night on the 2nd pitch. The girls played really well and are improving with every game they play. The game resulted in a win for Shamrocks and sets us nicely for our remaining matches. Credit must go to the team but also to Joe McCarthy, Michael Kidney & Susan O’ Mahony for looking after the girls.
Junior B Football – 20/5
Shamrocks 1-16, Rochestown 2-5
Shamrocks got their first win of the season in the B grade last Tuesday evening against previously unbeaten Rochestown. Shamrocks were well on top, especially in the second half against the wind when they played their best football. The first half was even enough, Brian Cusacks goal the main difference between the teams at the break as Shamrocks led by 1-3 to 0-2 early on, however Shamrocks stretched their advantage to 1-8 to 0-5 by the half time whistle. The second half was expected to be a harder test but Shamrocks were well on top and the defence were outstanding, providing plenty of ball to the inside line who were well able to take their scores. Rochestown got 2 late goals to add a bit of respectability to the scoreline. On the night Kevin O’Mahony (in 2nd half) and the two wing backs Senan Andrews and Dave Bourke were best of the defenders while Nickey Hayes and Ciaran Fitz worked hard all night at midfield. Up front the returning Markie Sullivan kicked 6 points, 4 from play in an enterprising display from centre forward; while Darragh Collins, Alan McCarthy, Dander (at the third attempt!) along with Andrews and Cusack were on the mark for Shamrocks. We wish Rochestown’s Stephen Walsh a speedy recovery from a suspected dislocated shoulder. Team: R. O’Sullivan, K. Hegarty, D. Livingstone, K. O’Mahony, D. Bourke, D. Roche, S. Andrews, C. Fitzpatrick, N. Hayes, B. Cusack, M. O’Sullivan, A. McCarthy, J. Sweeney, D. Collins, D. Stuart. Subs used – D. Tuohy, P. Andrews, A. Sweeney.
Under 10 Football League – 20/5
Carrigaline 2 0-3, Shamrocks 2-3
Shamrocks continued their winning streak with a hard fough victory over Carrigaline 2 in Carrigaline on Tuesday night last. Carrigaline got off to a great start and were 3 points up after the first ten minutes but Shamrocks battled away and were back on level terms with a great goal from James Lynam just before half time. After the break Shamrocks got another point from James Lynam followed with points from David Andrews and Joseph O’ Keefe. David Andrews then finished off a great move with a goal to put Shamrocks well in control and finish Carrigaline 0-3, Shamrocks 2-03.
Scorers for Shamrocks were David Andrews 1-01, James Lynam 1-01 and Joseph O’ Keeffe 0-01.
Week ended – 1st Jun 2008
Under 12 Hurling – 26/5
We played Ballygarvan in Shanbally on Mon 26th May. The game started slowly but the lads soon found their way. A lot of the team were still on a high after their great win in the Sciath Na Scoil final with ShanballySchooljust a few hours before the throw in. We got into the game and put over some fine points. The goal that was threatening soon came our way and that settled us down nicely. The backs were really on top of their game especially Rory Horgan and Gary Hartnett in goal. Our midfielders and half forwards were doing some great work and when Jack Breen sent a pile driver to the back of the Ballygarvan net it confirmed our superiority. The lads tired understandably after playing two games in such short amount of time. This win will set us up nicely for what hopes to be a successful U-12 hurling campaign.
Under 14 Hurling – 28/5
We played St. Finbarrs second team in Shanbally last Wednesday evening in ideal conditions for hurling. The team that we fielded contained seven of our U-12s that played on Monday. Both teams started slowly with the game played a lot in both half forward lines. St. Finbarrs got two points from frees but these were soon cancelled out by a Michael Howard goal and some fine frees from Roy Twomey. At the half time whistle we led by a score of 1-03 to 0-03. Some words of encouragement we spoken at half time and the lads responded brilliantly in the second period. Our backs were well in control and the two midfielders did what was asked of them at half time. Some fine points from Tony O’ Mahony had us leading by seven points mid way through the half. Suddenly the Barrs got a goal to put some pressure back on us. That was followed quickly by two points by them to leave only a puck of a ball between us. Two goals from Roy Twomey and a David Raleigh special put us back in control for the remaining few minutes. Both sides exchanged points at the end. A great second half performance by us had us winning on a score line of 4-08 to 2-05. Team: Jack Breen, Rory Horgan, Conor Walters, David Raleigh, Michael Howard, James Raleigh, Jack Howard, Roy Twomey, Tony O’Mahony, Aonghus Boland, Josh Hanlon (capt.) Daniel O’Reilly, Conor Cusack, Joe O Brien, Lorcan Fidgeon, Daniel Hayes and Fergal Magnier.
Girls Under 12 Football League – 27/5
We played Douglaslast Tuesday evening in what could only be described as a cracker. Both teams deserve a lot of credit for providing us with great entertainment. The two teams got some early points and then two quick goals in succession were shared by both teams. The second half saw end to end stuff with the large gathering of parents on both sides really getting excited. (Not to mention our own celebrity bainisteoir S.K). Douglaswas leading by 2 points as the full time whistle approached. Some unbelievable pressure was put on the Douglasgoal and sure enough the ball soon ended up in the back of their net to give the Girls a victory by 1 point. This now sets us up nicely for the remaining matches in the league.
Sciath na Scoil
This was played in Pairc Ui Rinn last Monday in ideal settings. This team is long overdue a success in this schools competition. The lads went through the qualifying rounds unbeaten but were taking nothing for granted as they also achieved this earlier on in the football competition only to loose out in the final. They played the first half with the aid of a strong breeze and opened up a lead of 1-03 to 0-01 at half time. The supporters were wondering if this was enough but they needn?t had to worry because some excellent defending and a second Gary Hartnett goal set them on their way to victory. Wild scenes of jubilation were witnessed at the full time whistle. Our congratulations must go to the school, parents and most of all the children for their outstanding win. Special praise must also go to the two coaches Mr. Liam Shanahan and Mr. Paddy Clifford. This team is the backbone of our very successful U-12 team. They started together three years ago under the guidance of Dick Andrews & Ian Breen. They have come up through the ranks from our Academy. They have achieved success at U10 hurling & Football, U-11 hurling & football, The U-11 John Kerins memorial shield winners 2007, U-12 hurling championship winners, U-13 hurling winners and now the Sciath Na Scoil winners. We as a club take pride in this group of children as they are the future of our club. We also take a sense of pride that our Academy is proving to be a great success as the medals are coming in fast and furious.
Non Exam football League – 27/5
Shamrocks had a comfortable win over Ballygarvan at Shanbally on Tuesday night last. No report available.
City Junior A Hurling – 26/5
Courcey Rovers 1-12, Shamrocks 1-11
This was a catch up game for Shamrocks in the city League and they made the journey to Ballinspittle on a bleak Monday night last. The wind seemed to favour Courcey Rovers in the first half and after a slow start from both sides which yielded only a point apiece in the first 15 minutes, things opened up a bit thereafter. Shamrocks had most of the possession in that half but could not convert it to scores while Courceys added on a few before half time to lead 0-6 to 0-5 at the break. Courceys received the tonic of a very soft goal just after half time and Shamrocks were playing catch up on this score right up until the end. Despite some excellent free taking from Brian Sweeney and Dave Bourkes neat finish to the back of the Rovers net, Shamrocks lost out by a point. There was some confusion at the end as to the final score as some of the Shamrocks contingent thought that the game ended in a draw but the one man to disagree was the ref; therefore Shamrocks lost by the odd point. The next hurling is on next Tuesday with a Junior B match. Team: P. Andrews, S. Andrews, P. Prout, D. Roche, G. Ronayne, S. Collins, S. O’Reilly, M. Prout, B. Mulqueen, D. Bourke, B. Sweeney, T. O’Sullivan, J. Shanahan, C. Fitzpatrick, D. Collins. Subs used – C. Ronayne, C. O’Sullivan, D. Sheehan.
Week ended – 8th Jun 2008
Shamrocks had two wins last week in the city league, Ballinora and Na Piarsaigh being the victims. Both opposition teams were short but wins are wins. Ballinora were beaten 3-14 to 1-9.
Congratulations to Bernard Hickey, Stephen Jordan (in a time of 3 hours, 48 minutes) and Kieran Hennerty who completed theCorkmarathon on the June Bank Holiday weekend. They helped raise a few bob for the club in the process. Well done all three.
Under 12 Hurling – 2/6
Tracton 2-4, Shamrocks 4-2
An excellent win out in Minane Bridge on Monday night sets this team up for the hurling season. The game started slowly with scores very hard to come by, despite close calls on both sides. The play was very competitive. Jack Breen, who was dangerous all through, opened the scoring in the 19th minute with a goal which was quickly followed by a Tracton goal at the other end. Tracton tagged on two points to lead 1-2 to 1-0 at the changeover. The second half was a much more exciting affair with play swinging from one end to the other. The big diffenence from a Shamrocks point of view was the introduction of Gary Hartnett at midfield just before half time. Tracton couldnt cope with his strong bustling runs. He scored 2-1 in the second half before Alex O’Sullivan put Shamrocks 7 points up with 10 minutes left with a superb first time strike to the back of the Tracton net. Tracton did mount a comeback with 1-1 late on but ran out of time in the end.
U10 Football – 4/6
U-10 football, we played Ballygarvan last Wed evening in Shanbally. A large turn out was present to witness the boys put in a great performance. From the first whistle then were on top and played some lovely football. Ballygarvan to their credit kept going to the final whistle. All our lads go on the pitch at some stage so everyone went home happy. This brings us to the end of a very successful U-10 football campaign. The lads have now started preparing for the hurling season which will be getting underway this weekend. The mentors of Pa Andrews, Peter Crowley, Kieran Lynam, Noel Murphy & Tadgh Forde deserve special mention for looking after this group of lads U12 Ladies football.
U12 Girls Football – 4/6
This game was played after the U-10 boy’s football match last Wednesday evening against a strong Bishopstown outfit. Both teams started a bit slowly but were soon finding the range. A lot of effort has been put in to this team and their performances so far are showing the results of that effort. There was only a kick of a ball between the two teams at half time. We were on top in the early period of the second half but Bishopstown clawed their way back into the game and at the final whistle there was only two points between the sides. Unfortunately for us it was the Bishopstown Girls that were successful. Still great credit must go to the girls for what is turning out to be a great campaign.
Junior B Hurling League – 3/6
Shamrocks 3-9, Crosshaven 7-7
Crosshaven obvious ability to find goals was obviously the differene at Shanbally on Tuesday evening last. They plundered 3 in the first half to lead 3-5 to 1-5 at the break. They scored a few early sof ones in the second half and the game died as a contest. Shamrocks best players on the night were Deccy Sheehan at wing back, Barry Mulqueen who tried hard all through at midfield, Colin O’Sullivan who scored 3-7 and was deadly accurate (and powerful) from frees, Dick Andrews who looked dangerous at full forward and Bernard Hickey when he went roaming.
Non Exam football – 3/6
Shamrocks were due to play Ballinora on Tuesday evening but could only muster 10 players so they played a practice game against the visitors instead (who gave Shamrocks 2 players to make up the difference)
Week ended – 15th Jun 2008
Junior A Hurling Championship – 12/6
Shamrocks 2-8 Valley Rovers 1-7
Shamrocks proceeded to the quarter final of the Junior A Hurling Championship with a dogged, if unspectacular win over Valleys at Kinsale on Friday night last. Shamrocks came in to the game after a couple of decent showings in the league and with a few positional and personnel changes since the last outing against Ballinhassig. On this occassion nerves seemed to get the better of a number of Shamrock players in the opening exchanges and but for strong play by Mark Hickey in goal and Peter Prout at full back, Shamrocks could have been more than 1-1 down before they scored themselves. Eventually Shamrocks settled to their task, the backs started to win more than the fair share of ball and scores from Colin O’Sullivan, Todds and Ciaran Fitzparrick put them in the driving seat approaching half time. Then came the games crucial score. A high ball dropped into the Valleys square caused confusion, it broke wide of the goal and from a very awkward angle it was lashed high into the net by the impressive Fitzpatrick. The second half continued in a similar fashion to the first, the exchanges were tough and close with scores hard to come by for both sides. A second Shamrock goal midway through the half by Colin O’Sullivan gave Shamrocks a 4 point cushion that they wouldn’t surrender from here in. The final score read Shamrocks 2-8 Valley Rovers 1-7. Team: M.Hickey, S.O’Reilly, P.Prout, G.Ronayne, D.Roche, S.Collins, D.Bourke, M.Prout, B.Mulqueen, S.O’Neill, B.Sweeney, J.Shanahan, D.Collins, C.Fitzpatrick and C.O’Sullivan. Sub: Fergus O’Neill.
U-12 ladies football vs. Inse Geimhleach (Inchigeelagh) – 10/6
We travelled along distance last Tuesday to play our remaining league game in the section. When the game started our backs found themselves under a lot of pressure. We were struggling to cope with the stronger opposition. We soon found ourselves trailing and this trend was to continue through out the evening. We kept playing to our potential and got some fine scores from play. We started to come back into the game but the first half deficit was too great to make up. Still in all this was a very successful league campaign and we done ourselves proud in our very first competitive competition. We are awaiting other results to see if we have qualified for the later stages of the competition.
U-14 Hurling vs. Carrigaline 2 – 11/6
Shamrocks 4-6, Carrigaline 3-6
This game was played in Shanbally last Wed evening in ideal conditions. Carrigaline opened up the better of the two teams and were picking off some long distance points from frees and from play. They soon found the back of our net to leave daylight between the two teams. We slowly got into the game but we found scores very hard to come by. Another Carrigaline goal on the stroke of half time had us trailing by 2-06 to 0-01 at half time. The mentors made some positional switches and let the lads know what was required of them in the second half. We took the game to our opponents from the start of the second period and soon had a goal and three points to our name. Midfield and the half forward line were now playing with some great determination and belief. Another goal for us and it was game on. Carrigaline got their third goal of the night to put them back in control but our never say die attitude in the second half saw us reduce the deficit to 2 points with 5 minutes left to play. Two more frees had us level entering injury time. We pressed forward for one more attack and a great passage of play resulted in the sliothar ending up in the Carrigaline net to leave us victorious by a score line of 4-06 to 3-06. Great credit must go to both teams for a wonderful hour?s entertainment. Team. R. Horgan, C. Walters, D. Raleigh, M. Howard, J. Raleigh, J. Howard, R. Twomey (2-04), T. O?Mahony (1-01), D. O?Reilly, G. Hartnett (1-01), M. Garvey, C. Cusack, J. Breen, F. Magnier, B.Coffin.
U-14 Hurling Semi Final v Ballygarvan – 13/6
Shamrocks 4-9, Ballygarvan 2-6
This match was played last Friday evening in Ballygarvan in ideal conditions for hurling. The pitch was like a carpet and this lead to fine ground hurling being played at times. Ballygarvan opened up the stronger and after 5 minutes were leading by 1-03 to 0-01. Some positional switches were made to cope with the Ballygarvan half back line which was causing us a lot of trouble. We soon found our range and after some fine frees from Roy Twomey and a Tony O?Mahony goal, the early deficit was wiped out at the half time whistle. We lead by 1-05 to 1-03. Another O?Mahony goal had us leading by seven points but to Ballygarvan?s credit they soon pegged us back to just a single point after a period which they dominated. Roy Twomey then got two goals in 2 minutes to break the spirited come back by Ballygarvan. Some more points from frees had us victorious at the final whistle by a score of 4-09 to 2-05. It was a great game played in a wonderful spirit by both teams. It is often said that one of the great thing about the GAA is the friends that you make. This was clearly evident as a lot of players from both teams met up again on Saturday at the Pfizer family day held in Ringaskiddy. They enjoyed themselves immensely.
Cork Primary Schools Match V Limerick- 15/6
This game was played last Sunday in the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick as part of the programme that included the semi final of theMunster senior football championship betweenCork andLimerick. Gary Hartnett who represented Shanbally National School and who is one of our leading underage players played in goal forC ork. This is a great honour for Gary, his family, school, teachers and also the club. If Gary continues playing the way he is and maintains his positive attitude and discipline both in training and in matches then the future will be bright for him.
Week ended – 23rd Jun 200
Underage Report – 23/6
This week was a fairly quiet week on the playing front. Only our U-12 hurlers were out. They played Nemo Rangers in Shanbally last Wednesday evening (18/6). We recorded a comfortable win here. We started the better of the two teams and were soon finding the range. A lot of pressure was applied and the scores started to come our way. Nemo fought back bravely but our lads played with great heart and determination. This is our fourth win out of four games in the league and sets us up nicely for the rest of the tournament.
The U-10s are back in action this week with a home game against Kinsale on Thursday (26/6) in the hurling league. This will be their first outing in the hurling league
The U-16s have resumed hurling training after the break for the exams and have their first game next Wednesday night at home to Kinsale.
Junior Hurling Report – 23/6
Shamrocks played three games in the past week. In the City league, we came up against Whitechurch at home and Barrs away. Shamrocks won both games but in keeping with the year so far the performances were very mixed. Encouragingly though Shamrocks played some of their best hurling of the year so far against the Barrs in Togher on Monday last. The exchanges were fast and hard and in a good open game Shamrocks won on a scoreline of 1-13 to 0-10. Senan Collins, David Bourke and Gary Ronayne were Shamrocks best on the night. The Junior Bs were also in action this week, again the turnout was excellent but Shamrocks cvame up against a very strong Ballygarvan unit on the night and were soundly beaten
Shamrocks team v Barrs: M.Hickey, S.O’Reilly, P.Prout, C.Brady, D.Roche, S.Collins, D.Bourke, G.Ronayne, B.Mulqueen, F.O’Neill, Todds, J.Shanhan, D.Collins, C.Fitzpatrick, C.O’Sullivan. Subs: S.O’Neill, K.Hegarty.
Week ended – 6th July 2008
South East Junior Hurling League – 7/6
Shamrocks 2-10, Courcey Rovers 2-6
Credit to both teams as this game played in Shanbally was absolutely destroyed by torrential rain. There as a serious shower in both half’s that made conditions extremely difficult for everyone – slipping and sliding and pucking 20/30 yards was the norm, especially in the second half. Mickey Prout was on free taking duty for Shamrocks and he scored a few longrange points in teh first half after Courcey Rovers had scored an early goal. Then came the first shower which made life difficult for everyone. Colin O’Sullivan had a semi penalty saved but Ciaran Fitzpatrick poked home the rebound. Courcey Rovers led 1-6 to 1-4 at the break having played with the wind. Shamrocks played much better in the second half, dominating the play throughout. Prout again, Mulqueen, Shanahan and O’Sullivan added more scores before Fitzpatrick again with a cracking strike put the game beyond the visitors though they did score a penalty late on.
Under 10 Football League – 3/7
Shamrocks and Kinsale played their first match of the hurling season in Shanbally on Thursday night. Kinsale arrived with 10 players so there was an ezperimental feel to the game as Shane Downey, Sam Geary and Conor O’Brien played the full match for the visitors and indeed did very well. Shamrocks won the game by 5-2 to no score but that wasnt the important thing. It was about giving all players decent game time; 4 of the Shamrocks team played their first ever hurling match and also learning the basics of the game – which they will continue to do at training (on this coming Thursday at 6.15pm). For the record, David O’Sullivan got 1-1, David Andrews got a hat-trick of goals and Andrew O’Grady scored a point from a 65. Nathan Hayes, Cormac Scriven, James Lynam, Mark Hitchmough and David Barry played well also. Shamrocks players used – Ruairí Meighan, N. Hayes, C. Scriven, Adam O’Donovan, Liam O’Brien, J. Lynam, Criostóir Corkery, A. O’Grady, M. Hitchmough, David Howard, Shane Flavin, D. O’Sullivan, Eoin Horgan, D. Andrews, Daniel Carroll, S. Geary, S. Downey, Joe O’Keeffe, D. Barry, C. O’Brien, Adam Jones.
Junior B Football League – 1/7
Ballyphehane 1-15, Shamrocks 2-8
Ballyphehane staged a second half fightback which knocked Shamrocks sideways in this SE B game played at Coláiste Stiofán Naofa’s grounds last Tuesday evening. Shamrocks played with the advantage of the strong breeze in the first half and in hindsight their half time lead of 2 points, 1-6 to 0-7 just wasn’t enough. They were slow to settle and despite a good 10 minute spell midway through when they scored 1-3 without reply courtesy of Mark O’Sullivan (goal), Darragh Collins, Daniel Stuart and Jason Browne, the home team were well in the hunt at the short whistle. They completely dominated the first 15 minutes after half time when they won virtually every kick out going and scored 1-6 without reply. Darren Roche finally got Shamrocks off the mark in the second half and despite another point from Dander and a goal from Dave O’Neill, Ballyphehane held on. Team: Cathal Fitzpatrick, D. Livingstone, K. O’Mahony, K. Hegarty, B. McCarthy, D. Roche, Ciaran Fitzpatrick, M. O’Sullivan, N. Hayes, A. McCarthy, D. Collins, P. Lordan, J. Browne, D. Stuart, D. O’Neill. Subs used – J. McInerney, A. Sweeney, R. O’Donoghue.
City Junior Hurling League – 30/6
Shamrocks 1-14, Rathpeacon 1-6
This was the A team’s sixth win on the bounce, the fifth in a row in the City league which brings us right up the table. Both teams were short a few but they served up an entertaining hours hurling, especially in the second half when the intensity rose as the game was in the melting pot. Rathpeacon struck first with an early goal but Shamrocks responded with points from Mickey Prout (who was outstanding all through), Bernard Hickey, Barry Mulqueen (who struck 0-3 all through) and a point from Joe Shanahan. Rathpeacon missed a few frees in front of the goal (playing with the strong breeze). The net result was Rathpeacon leading at half time by 1-4 to 0-6 with Shamrocks turning to play with the wind. The play intensified in the second half but some resolute defending and some luck for Shamrocks (Rathpeacon hit the crossbar twice), along with more points from Prout, Mulqueen, Gary Ronayne, sub Alan McCarthy and Fergus O’Neill along with a late Shanahan goal left some daylight between the teams at the final whistle, 1-14 to 1-5. Team: P. Andrews, C. Brady, P. Prout, D. Roche, D. Bourke, S. Collins, D. Sheehan, M. Prout, B. Mulqueen, G. Ronayne, J. Shanahan, F. O’Neill, B. Hickey, C. Fitzpatrick, D. Collins. Subs used A. McCarthy, C. Fitzpatrick.
Week ended – 20th July 2008
Junior A Hurling Championship Quarter Final – 15/7
Shamrocks 2-17, Carrigaline 1-6
With easily their best display of the hurling year, Shamrocks blew Carrigaline’s second team away in the quarter final of the championship in perfectMinaneBridge on Tuesday evening. Gaining momentum and confidence after 7 straight victories, they reached higher again with a powerpacked display of hurling, especially in the second half when they restricted Carrigaline to a total of zero scores. Things were tight enough in the early third of the game as both sides swopped some early points. However, Shamrocks slowly started to get on top with their in your face tactics which totally unsettled the Carriglaine man in possession. Colin O’Sullivan booted home a goal coming up to half time which was immediately followed by Terence O’Sullivan slapping over a beauty and Shamrocks had the momentum. Further super points from Ciaran Fitzpatrick and O’Sullivan pushed the greens into a commanding 1-9 to 0-6 lead. However, Carrigaline punished some unnecessary Shamrocks indiscipline by belting home a semi penalty to leave it 1-9 to 1-6 at the break. Shamrocks responded magnificantly to this score after half time by getting totally on top and scoring an impressive 7 points on the trot within the first 15 minutes of the second half to lead 1-16 to 1-6. O’Sullivan x 3, Mickey Prout who continued his excellent recent performances, the very effective Gary Ronayne (0-3 from play), Barry Mulqueen and Stevie O’Neill drove nails into the Carrig coffin. The play slackeded off after that as both teams made plenty changes and as Carrigaline started to go for goals; they met with stout resistance from the Shamrocks backs, nothing was being given away from a fired up Shamrocks. Terence O’Sullivans long delivery deceived the Carrigaline keeper to wrap up a satisfactory evenings events from a Shamrocks point of view. If they can play like this in the semi final, they will give Ballinhassig a right battle. That game is down for Saturday August 2nd at 6.15 in Minane. Team: M. Hickey, S. O’Reilly, P. Prout, S. Andrews, D. Roche, S. Collins, D. Bourke, B. Mulqueen, M. Prout, S. O’Neill, T. O’Sullivan, G. Ronayne, D. Collins, C. Fitzpatrick, C. O’Sullivan. Subs used – F. O’Neill, B. Sweeney, C. Ronayne, C. Brady.
Week ended – 3rd August 2008
Junior A Hurling Championship Semi Final – 2/8
Ballinhassig 1-14, Shamrocks 2-7
Ballinhassig beat Shamrocks for the second time in this years championship to send themselves through to yet another final, leaving Shamrocks to contemplate on yet another failed attempt to overcome the Blues in championship. Over the past few years, bar the semi final in 2005, Ballinhassig have dominated Shamrocks in championship and unfortunately for the greens, 2008 was no different. Ballinhassig were far the better team on Saturday night despite the close enough looking scoreline and had this game won 10 minutes into the second half when they led by 1-11 to 1-4. Shamrocks, despite scoring 3 early points, found it very difficult to register scores while at the other end cracks were starting to appear in an overworked defence. Ballinhassig got in for an early goal and thereafter dominated up to half time, registering 7 points on the trot. Stevie O’Neill did score a Shamrocks goal just on half time to leave it 1-7 to 1-4 at the break, a not impossible situation considering Ballinhassigs dominance in that first half. Shamrocks needed a good start to the second half but Ballinhassig put the foot down on the throttle and scored the first 5 points of that second half to finish off the game as a contest. Indeed, it appeared as if Shamrocks mightnt even score in that time but Stevie O’Neill pointed 16 minutes in and despite a late Fergus O’Neill goal, it was all over on the scoreboard. We wish Ballinhasig well in the final. All is not lost however for Shamrocks, there are a few league games to play in City, South East and grade B while the footballers prepare for their South East Semi Final, probably at the end of the month. Team: M. Hickey, S. O’Reilly, P. Prout, S. Andrews, D. Roche, S. Collins, D. Bourke, B. Mulqueen, M. Prout, S. O’Neill, B. Sweeney, G. Ronayne, F. O’Neill, C. Fitzpatrick, C. O’Sullivan. Sub used – C. Ronayne.
U-16 Hurling – 28/7
We played Kinsale away last Monday 28th July in what was our first match after the mid season interval for the junior & leaving cert exams. We fielded a team as best we could that was available to us on the night as some people are away on their annual vacation. From the start it proved that we would be up against it as Kinsale were playing some lovely hurling early on. We found it difficult to get going but to the lads credit they clawed their way back into the game. Darragh O’ Sullivan led the fight back with two great goals before the half time whistle. He put over a couple of points from frees to leave us 5 points down at the break. We started the second half well but found life hard as Kinsale upped their game again. We kept going to the end and ended up scoring 2-11 which was well deserved from our second half display. Kinsale emerged victorious but we came out of the game knowing that this team will get better as the league carries on. A lot of the team played well on the night but I have to mention Darragh O’ Sullivan for his scoring, Cannice Caffrey for his never say die attitude and the excellent Jack Wilson who played his heart out when moved to the full back line. Team, Roy Twomey, Johnny Tuohy, David Murphy, James Raleigh, Cathal Kidney, Cannice Caffrey, Joey Brady, Tony O’ Mahony, Darragh O’ Sullivan, Josh Hanlon, Jack Wilson, Shane Horgan.
U-16 Hurling – 20/7
Our second game in the U-16 hurling was on Wed. 30th July in Shanbally against Ballygarvan. This was our second game in three days. This was one of the best underage hurling matches seen in Shanbally for along time. Both teams gave it their all in a game where every forward scored on both teams. The long range points that were scored by both teams were a joy to watch. Ballygarvan settled the quicker and were leading by a score of 1-03 to 0-01 after 10 minutes. We then got on top and scored nine unanswered points both from frees and from play. Ballygarvan got three points just before the break to leave just a point between the teams at half time with Shamrocks holding the slender lead. At the resumption a Darragh O?Sullivan goal gave us great delight. Ballygarvan fought back with some lovely long distance points and when they found the back of our net for the second time, they now were leading by 2 points. To our credit we fought back again to level the game but Ballygarvan got three late points to leave them the winners by a score line of 2-14 to 1-14. The attitude of the teams, their effort, commitment and the manner in which the game was played in was a joy to behold. It was a pity that they had to be a loser but we can hold our heads held high after a great game that we were involved in. It would be nice to see a few more faces at all the underage matches to support their kids and neighbours. Team, Shane Horgan, Johnny Tuohy, Jack Wilson, James Raleigh, Cathal Kidney, Jamie O’ Driscoll, Cannice Caffrey, Joey Brady, Tony O’ Mahony, Darragh O’ Sullivan, Josh Hanlon, Roy Twomey, David Murphy.
U-14 Football – 31/7
We played this postponed league match in Shanbally last week. Courseys were a class above us on the night. They showed us how the game should be played with their attitude, behaviour and their commitment. We were short at least six players but even if we had a full team out we wouldn’ t have won this game. It was our first football match in three months but it was also encouraging that we had seven of our U-12s starting this game. A vast improvement is needed if we are to give the championship a real go at. The football that we played at the start of the league against Douglas & Tracton was no where to be seen. We know that we are better that this and to be fair to the lads they know it as well. They have had very little preparation of late due to the fact that we were playing hurling with this group up to two weeks ago. The holiday season is also playing havoc with this group.
U-14 football Championship semi-final – 1/8
This game was played in Camdenlast Friday evening in perfect conditions for football. We started the game strongly and were leading early on after a few nice points. Crosshaven slowly got back into the game and scored two goals before half time to leave us trailing by 6 points at the interval. We were forced to make changes at half time due to a head injury to Gary Hartnett and this clearly cost us as he was proving to be our best player on the night. The game was over as a contest shortly after half time as Crosshaven scored another two goals. They were stronger in every position on the pitch. The eight U12 players that played for us were a credit to themselves as they never gave up and fought for every ball until the final whistle sounded. It’s a pity that some of the older players on the night didn’t take a leaf out of their book. We are glad to report that Garyis fine a ready again for battle. Team, Daniel O’ Reilly, Conor Walters, Rory Horgan, David Raleigh, Michael Howard, James Raleigh, Jack Howard, Gary Hartnett, Roy Twomey, Alex O’ Sullivan, Tony O’ Mahony, Brian Coffan, Conor Cusack, Josh Hanlon, Joe O’ Brien.
The club would like to congratulate Darragh O’ Sullivan, Johnny Tuohy & Cannice Caffrey in making the recent Carrigdoun U16 football team. Also to Shane Horgan & Cathal Kidney in playing for Carrigdoun U-15 football team and to Roy Twomey & Tony O’ Mahony Carrigdoun U-14 hurling (which they won).
Week ended – 17th August 2008
U-12 hurling. We ended our league campaign last Friday in fine style by beating Kinsale on a wet evening in Kinsale. This resulted in us winning the league as we won all our matches. Well done to all concerned. We changed around the team positions before the match and these changes worked very well for us. Jack Breen was outstanding in goal and his long clearances led to some fine scores for us. Jack Howard was solid at centre back along with Aonghus Boland & Alex O’ Sullivan in midfield. Rory Horgan and Darragh Scriven led the way in the forward line for us. We have now qualified for the semi final of the B grade where we will play Ballinhassig.
Thanks to all our 35 teams who took part in our very successful Golf Classic in Monkstown GC last Monday (11th). Well done to the First Active team who were victorious. Thanks to all our sponsors and a special word of thanks to our hard working organising committee consisting of Alan Geary, Mark Hickey, John Twomey (Shanbally), Neallie O’Mahony, Darragh Collins and Liam Shanahan. your help is very much appreciated.
Last week was a very quiet on the playing field. A lot of training was done by the U-12s and U-16 hurlers.
We have 2 more U-14 football league matches to play and 1 U-14 hurling league match to play. These will be played in the last week of August & the first 2 weeks of September.
The U-12 hurling league is finishing this week and the championship is on next Monday August 18th. (Details to follow).
We have 2 x U-16 hurling league matches to play. We are playing the semi final of the championship on Mon 25th August in Shanbally against Kinsale
The training course that is set up with the Cork County Board is started this week. The managers of the respected teams will be in contact as to when each group is on. Next session Tuesday night at 7pm with the 10’s hurlers
The underage section of the club organised a bus toCrokePark last Sunday for the double header whereCork defeated Kildare in the football but were well beaten by Kilkenny in the hurling. A great day was had by all. It was a long journey home due to the large traffic jams and also the result of the hurling didn’t help. We had 36 kids between the ages of nine and fourteen and they were well looked after by the fifteen adults who travelled. On behalf of the club I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every child for their impeccable behaviour on the day. They were a credit to the club, families and themselves. They were also congratulated by the staff and by other customers of the Abbeyliex Manor Hotel. We also would like to thank the local industries and small businesses would supported us on our day out.
Week ended – 24th August 2008
U12 Hurling B Semi Final – 19/8
Ballinhassig 3-7, Shamrocks 3-8
After a great league campaign, it was down to the championship last Tuesday against Ballinhassig. We were playing them on their own ground but the lads started brightly and we were 1-02 to 0-01 up after 10 minutes. Rory Horgan scored the early goal to settle us down. Some fine frees from both sides were then added to leave us still four points up approaching the short whistle. A smash and grab goal scored again by big Rory Horgan had us leading by seven points at half time 2-04 to 1-03. Aonghus Boland put in a great first 30 minutes and scored some fine points. Ballinhassig came out all guns blazing in the second period and started to eat away at our half time lead. They soon found the back of our net twice in three minutes to leave us struggling to keep up with them. A few positional switches were made and this settled us down again. Aonghus put over another free to leave us 1 point with five minutes remaining. Ballinhassig then score another goal and followed up with a point to leave them leading by a goal approaching full time. We were awarded a twenty metre free and up stepped Jack Breen from goal to rifle the sliotar into the back of the Ballinhassig net. We won the puck out and launched another attack into their goal but a fine save led to us getting a 65. Up again stepped Jack Breen and he followed up his goal this time with the winning point. We survived two further Ballinhassig attacks and when the final whistle was sounded great scenes of delight was shown by the Shamrock players and supporters. We now move on to the final which will be played shortly. The effort that this team has put in not alone this season but since U-10 is evident for all to see. Jack Breen in goal along with Joe O’ Brien commanded the back line. Aonghus Boland & Jack Howard held their own in mid field whilst Rory Horgan, Darragh Scriven & Brian Coffan showed great awareness up front for us. Team Jack Breen, Coby O’ Grady, David Raleigh, Joe O’ Brien, Daniel O’ Reilly, Gary Hartnett, Patrick Murphy, Aonghus Boland, Jack Howard, Darragh Scriven, Rory Horgan, Brian Coffan, David Andrews, Alex O’ Sullivan, Brendan Crowley. Subs – Eoin Horgan, Sean Kidney, Andrew O’ Grady, Shane Kelleher, Killian Murphy, Mark Hitchmough.
U10 Hurling League – 20/8
Shamrocks 6-4, Carrigaline B 1-0
For the past two weeks we have been training with the Cork County Board. This is proving to be a great experience for the lads. They are enjoying themselves immensely judging by the feed back from the trainers, parents and kids. This will continue again next week. The skills that they have learned are already being put into place on the playing field. This group is showing great improvement and every effort to keep this group together must be made by all involved. We would like to thank all the players and parents during the last 2 months when only one game has been played. The lads have responded very well to training session after training session without games, which at the end of the day is what we all want to see. They played Carrigaline 2 last Wednesday evening in Shanbally. The pitch was very heavy but the lads coped better than their opponents. Shamrocks led 1-3 to 1-0 at half time and ran out comfortable winners in the end by a few scores against a very young Carrigaline second fifteen it must be said. It was great to see a large following from both sides attending. A lot of thanks must go to the selectors (Peter Crowley, Patrick Andrews, Noel Murphy & Kieran Lynam) who have shown great interest in this group of lads since the start of the year. We have one more game to play in the league against Ballygarvan and this should be on shortly, it has yet to be organised. We will continue training and hopefully playing matches together up until the u11’s start up in mid to late September. The lads can only keep improving.
Minor B Football Championship
Crosshaven 2-11, Shamrocks 1-12
For many weeks it looked like Shamrocks wouldnt get a team out to fulfill this fixture such was the way the Minor situation was going. But they managed to get a team out against Crosshaven inCamden on Tuesday last and very nearly pulled off an unlikely victory against the home side. Thanks to Joe McCarthy who refused to give up on the players and who took the recent training sessions; he was helped by Pat Mac and Sean Horgan on the night. We hope to see all of these players continuing playing with the juniors from now on.
Week ended – 31st August 2008
U12 Hurling B Final – 25/8
Shamrocks 3-5, Sliabh Rua 1-8
After a great league campaign which we won, we stepped up to a higher grade for the championship. It is with great delight that I can report that we won the B grade last Monday night in Ballygarvan where we defeated a gallant Sliabh Rua team in the final. Both teams started the final a little nervous and found scores hard to come by. We soon settled down and had 3 points on the board before Sliabh Rua opened their account. Our midfielders were holding their own and the half back line was coping well with a strong Sliabh Rua forward line. Jack Breen was playing excellent in goal and his long clearances took a lot of pressure off our backs. Sliabh Rua scored a brilliant goal and put over two more points to leave us trailing coming up to half time. Aonghus Boland scored a point from a free to leave us trailing by two points at the half time whistle. Some strong words of encouragement were spoken by the team mentors during the break. These words proved to be a great advice. No sooner was the sliothar thrown in when we attacked the Sliabh Rua goal and Rory Horgan scored with a low drive to the corner of the net. Sliabh Rua came back again at us and scored some wonderful points from play and long distance frees. With twelve minutes to go we were trailing by five points. Jack Howard was switched to centre back and we moved out Gary Hartnett who stormed into the game with his darting runs into their area. Jack Breen scored two points from frees to leave just a puck of a ball between us. Two subs were introduced and these proved to be inspired. No sooner was David Andrews on the pitch when he flicked the sliothar to the back of the Sliabh Rua net to leave the game all square again. We then found ourselves trailing again by two points as we conceded two frees and were punished by the excellent free taking by Sliabh Rua. As the final whistle was fast approaching Gary Hartnett was fouled on the 20 metre line. Jack Breen came out of goal to take the free and when he found the back of the net we were go a point ahead. From the resulting puck out we again won possession and were awarded a 65. Jack Breen put this over to leave us nearly there. We withstood one final attach. Jack Breen was fouled as he made a great save. When the free out was taken the final whistle was sounded to unbelievable scenes of joy and emotion. Aonghus Boland accepted the cup as captain and gave a great speech. The parade through Shanbally and Ringaskiddy was greeted with well wishers from the community along with families and friends from the team. The effort that the players have put in over the past two years is now very evident for all to see. Our thanks must go to John Jordan, Paddy Clifford and Gerard Murphy for looking after this team but special praise must go to Dick Andrews and Ian Breen for the time effort and commitment that they have put in. Without the two of them this team would not be where they are today. We are out this week in the first round of the county. More details to follow. Team, Jack Breen, Coby O’ Grady, David Raleigh, Joe O’ Brien, Patrick Murphy, Gary Hartnett, Daniel O’ Reilly, Jack Howard, Aonghus Boland (Capt.) Brian Coffan, Rory Horgan, Darragh Scriven, Shane Kelleher, Alex O’ Sullivan, Ronan Corkery, Subs, David Andrews, Andrew O’ Grady, Eoin Horgan, Killian Murphy, Mark Hitchmough, Brendan Crowley, Christopher Hayes.
U16 Hurling Championship – 25/8
We were well beaten by a very strong Kinsale outfit last Monday in Shanbally in the semi final of the championship. We had fielded as strong a team that was available to us. This included a number of our U-14s. The task proved to be too difficult for us. Kinsale were stronger in every position through out the pitch. Team. Shane Horgan, J. Tuohy, D. Murphy, J. Wilson, D. Breen, C. Kidney, J. O’ Driscoll, J. Brady, C. Caffrey, J. Raleigh, D. O’ Sullivan, T. O’ Mahony, R. Twomey, J. Hanlon, D. Kelleher
Week ended – 7th September 2008
Junior A Football Championship – 7/9
Ballygarvan 2-15, Shamrocks 1-6
Ballygarvan proved too strong for Shamrocks in the semi final of the A football championship. This is a very good Ballygarvan team and when Shamrocks came at them twice in the game, they were able to mop up posession, feed the forwards and push Shamrocks back with vital scores. They were physically much bigger and must have won 80% of kick outs, such was their dominance down the middle. Ballygarvan started brightly and had 3 points on the board early doors; Shamrocks settled down and scored 2 points in reply and were very much in the game. But just as they were getting their hopes up Ballygarvan scored a quickfire 1-2 to open up a 1-7 to 0-3 halfime lead. The exchanges were even enough in the second half until Ballygarvan stretched 9 points clear with 17 minutes left. However, Shamrocks upped the tempo and scored 1-2 in the next 5 minutes, the goal an OG after a surging run and shot from Cian Ronayne. The lead was down to 5 (1-11 to 1-5) and Shamrocks sensed a comeback was on. However, Ballygarvan were having none of it and in the blink of an eye had 1-2 on the board to finish off the brave Shamrocks attempt. They tagged on a few points to round off a bit of a flattering scoreline in the end. Team: B. Mulqueen, D. Hayes, P. Prout, K. Hegarty, S. Andrews, C. Brady, D. Roche, M. Prout, T. O’Sullivan, C. Ronayne, S. O’Neill, P. Brady, D. Bourke, S. Collins, G. Ronayne. Subs used – S. O’Reilly, D. Sheehan.
U12 B Hurling B County – 6/9
Aghabullogue 4-6, Shamrocks 4-5
Shamrocks travelled to Coachford on Saturday to play the local team Aghabullogue in the county B hurling championship. A large group of supporters witnessed a great game over the hour. Only a puck of a sliothar separated the two teams at the end. We started on the back foot and soon were four points down after 6 minutes having conceded a goal start from the throw in. We started to get the better of the tussle soon after and when Rory Horgan found the net we settled down to play some lovely hurling. A pointed free from Aonghus Boland had us level. We conceded some close in frees and were punished for these errors by their sharp shooter who only missed two frees all day. Another Aghabullogue goal had us chasing the game again. We scored some more points from frees and then Gary Hartnett found their net to leave us just two points down at the interval. Some words of advice were given to the team at half time by the selectors. Both teams gave it their all in the second half. We soon had another point on the score board but from a purple patch by Aghabullogue, they scored two goals in quick succession. One thing about this team is their attitude and their never say die approach. We rallied back again and a close in free by Jack Breen was blasted to the back of the net. An inspired change by the selectors saw Andrew O’ Grady scoring a vital goal that left only a point between the two teams with five minutes left to play. We threw everything at their defence to try and find the all important score. We conceded a late free to leave two points between the teams entering injury time. We tried everything for the four minutes that the referee allowed. Their keeper made a great save and when the resulting 65 was cleared the final whistle was sounded to leave us devastated. This team will learn a lot from their matches this season. They have given us tremendous enjoyment through out the year both in hurling and football. It is important that they stay together for the remainder of the year and to regroup and come back stronger again next season. Team Jack Breen, Coby O’ Grady, David Raleigh, Joe O’ Brien, Daniel O’ Reilly, Jack Howard, Patrick Murphy, Aonghus Boland, Alex O’ Sullivan, Darragh Scriven, Rory Horgan, Brian Coffan, David Andrews, Gary Hartnett, Ronan Corkery. Subs. Eoin Horgan, Sean Kidney, Shane Kelleher, Killian Murphy, Mark Hitchmough, Andrew O’ Grady and Brendan Crowley who was missing through illness.
U10 Hurling – 4/9
Shamrocks completed their official league program with a 5-4 to 1-0 victory over Ballygarvan on Wednesday night last, in Ballygarvan. Due to 2 teams pulling out of the competition earlier on in the year, there were only 4 teams left in the B grade, meaning only 3 games each. However, Shamrocks could do nothing about that and went out and won their 3 games comfortably, with plenty of training sessions in between. Ballygarvan provided a physical encounter on Wednesday night and Shamrocks will learn a lot from that side of the game. They led 2-3 to 1-0 at half time after dominating largely through good play from Mark Hitchmough, Chris Hayes and Nathan Hayes in defence, Andrew O’Grady and Cormac Scriven at midfield and David Andrews in attack. Ruairi Mehigan and Killian Murphy had great second halves. Andrew O’Grady and Dylan O’ Flaherty scored a goal each while Eoin Horgan at corner forward bagged a hatrick of goals. All the 21 players on duty got a game and played their part for Shamrocks. We hope to play Ballygarvan in a return fixture in a few weeks. We also play in a blitz upcoming and about half the players will play at under 11 starting soon. Panel: R. Mehigan, K. Murphy, A. O’Donovan, C. Hayes, C. Corkery, M. Hitchmough, N. Hayes, A. O’Grady, C. Scriven, J. Lynam, D. Andrews, S. Flavin, D. O’ Sullivan, J. O’Keeffe, E. Horgan, S. Óg Hurley, K. Buckley, D. O’Flaherty, S. Downey, C. Murphy.
Week ended – 14th September 2008
Underage in General
We had a quiet week on the playing field last week. There was no competitive match played. A lot of training was held. Our U-11 & U-13 hurlers are in action this coming weekend (see above). Full details will be available later in the week. The semi-final of the U-16 football championship will now take place in MinaneBridgeon Monday 22nd Sept. at 6.15 pm.
The U-14s have one league match left to play both in hurling and football. The schools in the parish have started their Sciath Na Scoil football campaigns and we would like to wish them well in their respected groups.
Junior B Football Championship – 9/9
Crosshaven 3-12, Shamrocks 2-6
This was an understrength Shamrocks team that took to the field inCamden on Tuesday night to play the home side in the first round of the championship. Considering that the previous year we had given a walkover in this competition and considering that half the team had played no football at any level this year, the performance was reasonable. The first half in particular was competitive as Crosshaven only led 1-5 to 0-2 after a fairly even half hours football. Some chances were missed on both sides and Shamrocks were holding up well against what was Crosshavens first 15. However, as so often in the past at this grade, Shamrocks conceded 2 quick goals straight plus a few points after halftime and the sting was taken out of their challenge. However, to Shamrocks credit, they didnt bow down as would be the normal case here and kept going until the end to register a few goals and points. Crosshaven were comfortable winners in the end though.
Week ended – 21st September 2008
u10 Hurling Blitz
We were invited to take part in a 4 team tournament (The Cecil Gash Tournament) in MinaneBridgelast Saturday. The conditions were ideal. We would like to thank Tracton for inviting us to play in this tournament. The set up and organisation was excellent.
We played Ballinascarthy in our first match. Ballinascarthy took a four point lead before Shamrocks replied with a goal from Joseph O’ Keeffe and a point from Andrew O’ Grady but Ballinascarthy scored a goal immediately to make it 2-01 to 1-01 at half time. After the break Ballinascarthy scored another point and Andrew O’ Grady got a goal to bring it back to 1 point between the teams but Ballinascarthy scored another goal and then tagged on a point to run out winners with a final scoreline of 3-03 to 2-01.
Our second game was against Kilbrittain. We made a great start with a goal from Cormac Scriven and a point from Andrew O’ Grady but Kilbrittain evened up the game with a goal and a point and just before half time they scored another point to make it 1-02 to 1-01. After the break Kilbrittain scored a goal and Cormac Scriven got a second goal for us but kilbrittain scored two more points to win on a scoreline of 2-04 to 2-01.
The team was R.Mehigan, A.O’ Donovan, C.Hayes K.Murphy, N.Hayes, C.Scriven, C.Corkery, A.O’ Grady, M.Hitchmough, D. O’ Sullivan, D.Andrews, S.Flavin, D.Howard, J.O’ Keeffe, D.Carroll, S. Óg Hurley, D.Barry, C.Murphy, S.Downey.
Week ended – 28th September 2008
U16 Football Championship – 22/9
Tracton 3-7, Shamrocks 1-11
Shamrocks bowed out of the championship at the semi final stage after an error strewn performance against Tracton inMinaneBridge on Monday night. This was a strange game. Shamrocks started off completely on top and looked like they would hammer Tracton, they were carving them open at will and were cruising at 6 points to nil after 15 minutes, Darragh O’Sullivan, Cannice Caffrey and Shane Horgan knocking them over. However, Tracton broke down the field and an absolute howler of a defensive mistake handed Tracton an undeserved goal. They then took over completely and attacked non-stop until half time, at which time they led 2-3 to 0-6. Tracton, despite an O’Sullivan goal just after half time for Shamrocks, stayed on top and thanks to a cracking goal, led 3-7 to 1-7 entering the last 10 minutes. Then Shamrocks took over completely and put in a storming finish but ran out of time in the end, eventually going down by 2 points. Team (13 a side): J. Wilson, D. Breen, J. Tuohy, A. Dunne, C. Kidney, J. O’Driscoll, J. Brady, C. Caffrey, D. Barry, D. O’Sullivan, T. O’Mahony, S. Horgan, R. Twomey. Subs used – J. Hanlon
Week ended – 5th October 2008
Junior Hurling League Semi Final – 5/10
Shamrocks 2-6, Ballymartle 0-10
Shamrocks have qualified for the hurling league Final (against Ballinhassig) with a thoroughlly deserved win over championship winners Ballymartle in Shanbally on Sunday morning last. Despite the heavy rain on Saturday, the pitch was in good condition in sunny conditions. The opening exchanges were tight and low scoring with Shamrocks registering early points from Bernard Hickey and Colin O’Sullivan. The teams went in at the break level at 0-4 apiece with little between the teams. Shamrocks managed to get their noses in front with a Colin O’Sullivan bullet to teh back of the net foollowed immediatly by a point from teh same player to open up a 4 point gap. Shamrocks now had teh advantage and Ciaran Fitzpatrick added another major to stretch teh lead. The backs came under increased pressure as Ballymartle searched for that all important goal but Shamrocks held on. Team: P.Andrews, S.O’Reilly, P.Prout, G.Ronayne, D. Bourke, B. Sweeney, D. Roche, M. Prout, B. Mulqueen, J. Shanahan, C. Fitzpatrick, D. Collins, B. Hickey, A.Aherne, C. O’Sullivan. Sub used – S.O’Neill.
U11 Hurling – 4/10
Shamrocks 4-2, Carrigaline 1-0
Shamrocks under 11’s got their first win of the campaign over a gallant Carrigaline in Shanbally on Saturday afternoon last. The teams were evenly matched in the low scoring first half which Shamrocks shaded 0-2 to 0-0. The second half performance was much better from the home team – they raised their game and all round and some positional switches worked. Patrick Murphy, now operating at centre forward scored two quick goals with 15 minutes left to open up a gap on the scoreboard and while Carrigaline came back with a deserved goal, Shamrocks rebounded at the other end with two quick goals to finish out the game, one from Tom Murphy who was making his Shamrocks debut. Training on this Thursday at 4.45 in the Track. Players used – Joseph O’Keeffe, Shane Kelleher, Koby O’Grady, Killian Murphy, Cormac Scriven, Criostóir Corkery, Andrew O’Grady, Patrick Murphy, Mark Hitchmough, Eoin Horgan, Christopher Hayes, Ronan Corkery, Sean Kidney, Shane Flavin, James Lynam, Darragh Scriven, Ruairi Mehigan, Tom Murphy, David O’Sullivan.
u13 Hurling League – 23/9
We played Kinsale in Kinsale last Tuesday evening. The pitch was in great condition. We started brightly but couldn’t convert our possession into scores. Kinsale on the other hand scored three unanswered goals to leave us trailing approaching half time. Rory Horgan scored a great solo goal and we followed up with an Aonghus Boland point to leave us some hope for the second half. Another Boland point was soon followed by a Jack Breen point to leave just a puck of a ball between the two teams. Rory Horgan levelled the match with his second goal with seven minutes to go. We had chances in the end to win it but had two efforts go wide to leave it all square at the final whistle. Conor Walters lead to team by example from his full back position, both Joe O’ Brien and Coby O’ Grady had solid games in the corner back slots. David Raleigh, Gary Hartnett & Patrick Murphy made up the half back line. Mathew Garvey and Michael Howard held their own in midfield. Aonghus Boland, Rory Horgan and Daniel O’ Reilly were causing Kinsale a lot of damage in the half forward line. The full forward line of Darragh Scriven, Jack Howard and Conor Cusack played their part in a team that never give up. The subs were Brendan Crowley, Brian Coffan & Ronan Corkery who all played great when they came on for the second half.
U13 Hurling – 28/9
We played our second game in the U-13 round robin league last Sunday evening in Shanbally against Ballinhassig. Both teams started brightly and were matching one another’s scores early on. It was point for point throughout the first half. Jack Breen scored some lovely points for us and a great Daniel O’ Reilly point before the half time whistle set us up nicely for the second half. Ballinhassig scored a goal at the restart to leave us playing catch up. In a two minute spell Jack Breen had us level when he scored a goal and a point from play. We then started to get on top of our opponents and when a beautiful Ronan Corkery flick found the back of the Ballinhassig net we were leading by three points with ten minutes left. Ballinhassig came back at us and brought the margin down to two points. Our backs lead by Aonghus Boland in goal and Conor Walters the captain were outstanding. Rory Horgan was moved to centre back and held cleared everything that came his way. Jack Breen scored another goal in injury time to leave us victorious on a score line of 3-05 to 1-06. Gary Hartnett and Michael Howard had great games midfield along with Jack Howard, David Raleigh, Mathew Garvey and Daniel O’ Reilly. The U-11 players on the team played their part as this was their second game of the day as they played Ballygarvan earlier on in the day. Team. A. Boland. C.O’ Grady, C. Walters, J.O’ Brien, P. Murphy, J. Howard, D. Raleigh, M. Howard, G. Hartnett, D.O’ Reilly, R. Horagn, M. Garvey, B. Coffan, J. Breen, D. Scriven. Subs, R. Corkery & B. Crowley.
U11 Hurling – 28/9
Shamrocks 1-0, Ballygarvan 5-5
Shamrocks played the first of two games in two days by going down to a much better hurling team in Ballymartle on Sunday morning last. The lads have a lot to learn about playing our national sport and while its not nice to lose, they hopefully will learn the hard lessons the hard way after a tough 50 minutes hurling. Ballygarvan got some early goals on the board na dit was always going to be tough thereafter. They battkles hard but their first touch in particular let them down. They need matches as plenty work has been put in on the training pitch. Matches are where its at. They played better in the second half alright. Players used – Joseph O’Keeffe, Shane Kelleher, Koby O’Grady, Killian Murphy, Brendan Crowley, Cormac Scriven, Criostóir Corkery, Andrew O’Grady, Patrick Maurphy, Mark Hitchmough, Eoin Horgan, Christopher Hayes, Ronan Corkery, Sean Kidney, Nathan Hayes, Shane Flavin, James Lynam, Darragh Scriven.
Girls Football – 28/9
The ladies underage football club were inDublinon Sunday to witnessCorkwin the All-Ireland ladies football final for the fourth year in a row. They all had a great day out inCrokePark. Special praise must go to Michael Kidney, Joe McCarthy and Susan O’ Mahony for organising this trip.
Week ended – 12th October 2008
Junior Hurling League Final – 12/10
Ballhassig 3-9, Shamrocks 0-4
Ballygarvan proved to a greveyard for Shamrocks for the second time in 6 days as Ballinhassig romped to their third league title in a row with a comfortable, first half victory over Shamrocks on Sunday morning last. Ballinhassig scored 3 goals in the first 15 minutes and the game was over as Shamrocks struggled to make any impact on the scoreboard at the other end. The ground was wet with maky players losing their footing throughout. Ballinhassig, as they have so often done in the past, struck for early goals as they got well on top all over the field. The backs were under severe pressure and did well on many occasions. The half time score was 3-5 to 0-1 in favour of the Blues. Shamrocks only had pride to play for in the second half and did actually play good hurling at times, Joe Shanahan with a couple of nice points, but overall the damage was done in the first half. This game brought the curtain on a mixed year for the juniors. Team: P. Andrews, S. Andrews, P. Prout, S. O’Reilly, D. Bourke, B. Sweeney, D. Roche, M. Prout, B. Mulqueen, J. Shanahan, T. O’Sullivan, G. Ronayne, D. Collins, C. Fitzpatrick, S. O’Neill. Subs used – C. Ronayne, S. Collins, B. Hickey.
u11 Hurling League – 12/10
Shamrocks 4-5, Kinsale 1-1
We played Kinsale in Shanbally on Sunday morning in a rearranged match. We started very well and soon found ourselves in control of the match. Some fine early scores settled the team down and we went on to play our best hurling so far this year with these group of lads. The effort and commitment that the selectors and the players have put in to this team is now showing. The score line of 4-05 to 1-01 didn’t do Kinsale justice as they also played lovely hurling for periods of the game. Our goals came from Mark Hitchmough, Joseph O’ Keeffe, Patrick Murphy and Eoin Horgan. All the team played really well and when our three subs were introduced they too done themselves proud and will be pushing for a start next time out. Ronan Corkery started in goal and had a blinder. He came out field for the second half and played just as well. The full back line of Christopher Hayes, Koby O’ Grady and Killian Murphy were outstanding. Tommy Murphy, Sean Kidney & Shane Kelleher were in control throughout. Darragh Scriven and Andrew O’ Grady played in midfield and really enjoyed themselves. The half forward line of Mark Hitchmough, David Andrews and Cormac Scriven were in control and linked up well with the full forward line of Joseph O’ Keefe, Patrick Murphy and Eoin Horgan. The three subs that came on were James Lynam, Rory Mehigan and David Howard. These lads played excellent and now have given the selectors a nice problem in picking the team for next weekend’s game. Thanks to Kieran Lynam, Sean Horgan & Dick Andrews for helping out with the team.
u12 Football League Final- 11/10
Carrigaline1 4-10, Shamrocks 2-11
This game was played in Shanbally last Saturday afternoon. Both teams came through a very difficult league campaign to finish joint top and qualified to play each other again in the final. This was our first time in along number of years playing in the top grade. This team has come up together through our academy and school teams. They had numerous success and both hurling and football. The game started brightly and both teams were matching on another point for point. Jack Breen scored some fine points in the first half and we found ourselves 0-08 to 0-06 up at half time. Carrigaline started the second half well and scored 1-01 to leave us playing catch up. Alex O?Sullivan got us back into the game with a goal and with ten minutes to go we were two points to the good. Carrigaline came back at us and soon got two goals to leave us trailing entering the final hurdle. Gary Hartnett now operating at full forward got a goal from a fast free to leave just a kick of a ball between the two teams with the final whistle approaching. We threw everything at them but when they broke up field and scored a fourth goal in was all over bar the shouting. The final score was 4-10 to 2-11 in Carrigaline’s favour. As I said earlier in this report, this team have showed tremendous spirit, good will and commitment through out the year. They have played excellent hurling and football all year and can only get better if they show the same level of discipline and commitment in the future. Ian Breen and Dick Andrews have worked wonders here and were helped along the way this year by Paddy Clifford, Gerard Murphy and the ever reliable John Jordan. Team, Daniel O’ Reilly, Koby O’ Grady, David Raleigh, Shane Kelleher, Jack Breen, Rory Horgan, Jack Howard, Aonghus Boland, Gary Hartnett, Darragh Scriven, Alex O’ Sullivan, Brian Coffan, Sean Kidney, Patrick Murphy and Ronan Corkery. Subs, Brendan Crowley, David Andrews, Andrew O’ Grady, Mark Hitchmough, Joe O’ Brien, Christopher Hayes and Killian Murphy.
Junior Football League Semi Final – 7/10
Ballygarvan 3-10, Shamrocks 0-2
These are the type of scorelines you get when you have a team getting ready for acountyFinal reaching their peak and a team being asked to play a Semi Final deep in October with zero preperation done. The long and the sort of it – Ballygarvan led by 2-1 to 0-0 after 5 minutes. Shamrocks then got on top for the next 15 minutes but could only add 0-2 from Stevie O’Neill and Joe Shanahan. Then Ballygarvan took over again, led 3-4 to 0-2 at half time and went through the motions in the second half – Shamrocks didnt have a shot on goals in that period. Team: B. Mulqueen, K. Hegarty, P. Prout, D. Bourke, S. O’Reilly, C. Brady, S. Andrews, B. Sweeney, M. Prout, A. McCarthy, C. Moore, C. Ronayne, T. Barrett, S. O’Neill, J. Shanahan
Week ended – 19th October 2008
U14 Hurling League Semi Final – 22/10
Ballygarvan 2-6, Shamrocks 2-8 Shamrocks under 14 hurlers played the semi final of the league under lights in Ballygarvan on Wednesday evening last and came out on the right side of a two point victory. They play the final on Saturday November 1st.
U13 Hurling League – 17/10
We played Ballygarvan last Friday evening under lights in Ballygarvan. We started the game well on top and soon had some fine scores on the board. Gary Hartnett and Rory Horgan got two early goals to settle us down nicely. Jack Breen added some fine points from frees and soon after had the sliothar in the back of the net. In fairness to Ballygarvan they never gave up and got some scores of their own to get back into the game. After half time we scored some lovely points and when Rory Horgan got another goal the game was over as a contest. We would like to thank Ballygarvan for hosting the game under lights and for proving to be very sporting opponents. We are now into the final where we will meet Tracton in the very near future. Team. A. Boland, K. O’ Grady, D. Raleigh, J. O’ Brien, D. O’ Reilly, J. Howard, P. Murphy, G. Hartnett, M. Howard, (Capt.), M. Garvey, R. Horgan, R. Corkery, B. Crowley, J. Breen, A. O’ Sullivan, B. Coffan.
Week ended – 2nd November 2008
U13 Hurling League Final – 2/11
We played this match in Brinny last Sunday morning in ideal conditions for hurling. Both teams started slowly and found scores hard to come by early on. Michael Howard scored a point from a free to open our account. Tracton responded with two well taken goals. A Darragh Scriven goal before half time had us back in the game. We dominated the play for the first fifteen minutes of the second half but failed to take the chances that came our way. Tracton then scored two goals in quick succession to leave us with a mountain to climb. Rory Horgan who was our best player on the day found the back of the net to leave five points in it entering the closing stages. We couldn’t find a way past the Tracton defence and when Tracton scored another goal in injury time it was all over for us. Tracton were the better team on the day and deserved their victory. They were physically stronger all over the pitch. Great credit must go to the five U-11s who played for us. Team, J. Breen, C. O’ Grady, C. Walters, J. O’ Brien, D. O’ Reilly, G. Hartnett, D. Raleigh, A. Boland, J. Howard, P. Murphy, R. Horgan, D. Scriven, B. Coffan, M. Howard, R. Corkery, B. Crowley.
Under 11 Hurling – 1/11
We played Valley Rovers on Saturday in Brinny in a very low scoring game. The game started very lively with both teams playing some very good hurling. There was ten minutes played before Valley Rovers opened the scoring with a well taken point and Shamrocks scored a goal before half time to lead 1-0 to 0-1. After the break Shamrocks started stronger and scored a point but Valley Rovers replied with a point of their own. We then scored another goal to make it 2-01 to 0-2. Both teams tagged on a point each in the last few minutes and Shamrocks ran out winners on a final scoreline of 2-02 to 0-3, the team was R. Corkery, S. Kidney, C. Scriven, K. Murphy, B. Crowley, C. Corkery, R. Mehigan, A. O’Grady, D. Scriven, S. Flavin, D. Andrews, M. Hitchmough, J. O’Keefe, P. Murphy, T. Murphy, D. Howard, D. O’Sullivan and D. Barry. Well done to all the players and to all the parents who turned up to support us on the day. We are now playing Ballygarvan in the final later this week
Week ended – 16th November 2008
U11 Hurling Final – 16/11
This game was played in Riverstick last Sunday morning in ideal conditions. Both teams started well but were finding scores hard to come by due to both defences well on top. Ballygarvan found the back of our net after ten minutes. We responded with an Andrew O’ Grady point. We were now playing with great belief and determination. Another O’ Grady point left us trailing by just a point. After the break we found the back of their net to leave us leading for the first time. It was then score for score leading up to the final whistle. Ballygarvan scored a very fortunate goal with two minutes left to make it all square entering injury time. They then went into the lead with a pointed free to leave us trailing by the bare minimum. Try as we could we just couldn’t get that crucial score to bring the game into extra time. We were left devastated at the final whistle. Our congratulations must go to Ballygarvan who proved to be worthy winners of a great final. Earlier on in the round robin stages they had hammered us by six goals. Special praise must go to the players for the effort that they put in all year. Peter Crowley, Kieran Lynam, Noel Murphy & Patrick Andrews have done a great job with this bunch of lads and deserve great praise for their commitment all year. Team. R. Corkery, C. Hayes, C. O’ Grady, K. Murphy, S. Kidney, T. Murphy, C. Scriven, P. Murphy, D. Scriven, A. O’ Grady, D. Andrews, M. Hitchmough, R. Megihan, S. Flavin, J. O’ Keefe, Subs A. O’ Donavan, N. Hayes, D. O’ Sullivan, E. Horgan, D. Carroll, D. Howard, J. Lynam, B. O’ Callaghan, C. Corkery.
U13 Football – 15/11
We played Valley Rovers 1 in Brinny last Sat evening. The game was no sooner started when we found ourselves playing catch up to a far superior Valley Rovers team. It was over as a contest well before half time. Try as we did we just couldn’t make any impression towards our opponent’s goal. We would like to thank the mentors who at short notice looked after the team. We are totally out of our depth in this competition. We are relying on the U11 players to make up the numbers to full fill the matches.
Week ended – 23rd November 2008
U11 Football – 22/11
Shamrocks 1-09 Sliabh Rua 3-03
Sliabh Rua started brightly and lead the home side by 3-02 to no score inside the first fifteen minutes but Shamrocks battled on and scored 4 points through Patrick Murphy and Ronan Corkery to go in at half time 0-04 to 3-02. After the break Shamrocks started the second half the better team picking off three points from play through Andrew O’Grady and Patrick Murphy before David Andrews scored a great goal to make it 1-07 to 3-02, both teams then added a point each and Mark Hitchmough got a point to make it 1-09 to 3-03 at the final whistle. It was a very enjoyable game to watch and for the lads to restrict Sliabh Rua to score only one point in the second half was great. The scorers for sSamrocks were Patrick Murphy 0-04, Ronan Corkery 0-02, Andrew O’Grady 0-02, Mark Hitchmough 0-01 and David Andrews 1-00. The team was C.Scriven, K.Murphy, C.O’Grady, S.Kelleher, B.Crowley, T.Murphy, C.Hayes, D.Scriven, P.Murphy, A.O’Grady, D.Andrews, C.Corkery, R.Corkery, E.Horgan, J.Lynam, D.O’Sullivan, M.Hitchmough, J.O’ Keefe, D.Carroll, D.Barry, B.O’Callaghan, D.Howard, S.Flaven, N.Hayes, S.Kidney and A. O’ Donovan. A special thank you to the parents who turned out to support the team on the day.
U14 Hurling Final – 23/11
Shamrocks 5-01 Kinsale 3-02
This match was played in Kinsale last Sunday afternoon in real winter conditions. Both teams were only 5 minutes into the game when the referee called a halt to proceedings to allow a shower of sleet to pass over. The game resumed after approx 5 minutes. We settled well and the hurling that was being played was a credit to both teams. Gary Hartnett soon found the back of the Kinsale net with a fine goal. Rory Horgan who was causing Kinsale a lot of problems on the forty added a fine solo point. Kinsale responded with a point of there own. Another Hartnett goal has us leading by 2 goals approaching the half time whistle. In first half stoppage time we lost our shape for a split moment and conceded two soft goals. At half time the players knew that they had the beating of this very talented Kinsale team. They got stuck in again at the start of the second half. A long deliverance by Roy Twomey found its way to Daniel O’ Reilly who at the second time of asking found the back of the net. Kinsale responded again with a goal to leave the sides level with ten minutes to play. They added a point from a free to leave them leading for the first time. We responded with a fine goal from Josh Hanlon our captain after some fine work from Aonghus Boland and two minutes later got the score of the match when Tony O’ Mahony scored a great solo goal. Our backs led by Conor Walters, te Raleigh and Howard brothers, Joe O’ Brien and our goalie Jack Breen held out for the remaining minutes to leave us winners by five points. Great credit is due to the lads who played outstanding in this final. Kinsale had beaten us in the very first league match and again in the final of the championship. To beat them last Sunday meant a lot to this team. Our thanks also to Ian Thomas the referee who handled the game excellent in some terrible weather conditions. Again great credit to both teams for an excellent performance. We also would like to thank the Kinsale mentors who very sportingly withdrew their corner back to even up the numbers when we had to take off Brian Coffan due to injury at half time. We also would like to wish Mathew Garvey who couldn’t play a speedy recovery from injury. Our thanks also to Pat Cusack, John Jordan, John Howard and Ian Breen for helping out on the day. Team. Jack Breen, Joe O’ Brien, Conor Walters, David Raleigh, Michael Howard, James Raleigh, Jack Howard, Roy Twomey, Tony O’ Mahony, Daniel O’ Reilly, Gary Hartnett, Rory Horgan, Aonghus Boland, Josh Hanlon & Brian Coffan.
Sciath na Scol
Ringaskiddy National School just missed out in adding more silverware for the school last Wednesday in Pairc Ui Rinn when they were defeated by Little Island after extra time in a great final. Great credit must go to the lads for putting up such a great performance against much stronger opposition. In fact they led by six points with only 5 minutes remaining. LittleIslandscored two goals to bring the game into extra time. Our legs ran out of steam at the end but they deserve all the praise that they got. They were a credit to their school, club and their parents. This team is very young and I’m in no doubt that their day will come sooner rather than later. Thanks to John Herlihy, principle and to Noel Joy who prepared this team in getting to the final. Thanks also to John Jordan who helped out with the school this year.
Week ended – 30th November 2008
U11 Football – 25/11
Carrigaline 6-8, Shamrocks 2-4
The first game of a double header under lights in Carrigaline (along with our under 13’s) on Tuesday night. An older and physically stronger Carrigaline team proved too strong against Shamrocks who did actually play some great football at times; the mentors were reasonably pleased with the display afterwards from our lads. Cormac Scriven caught a lot of ball in goal, Adam O’Donovan had a great battle throughout with the big Carrigaline full forward; Sean Kidney at corner back was outstanding all through while Brendan Crowley had a great battle at wing back on a very good and skillful Carrigaline half forward. At midfield. Pa Murphy got some great scores and was all over the field as was his partner Darragh Scriven. Ronan Corkery played a lot of ball at half forward as well. The forwards outside of them were very young and small compared to the Carrig boys but tried so hard throughout. Shamrocks were playing catch up after the first 2 minutes as Carrigaline scored 2-1. they did try and close the gap, in fact they were still down by 6 points with 12 minutes left but Carrigaline finished the stronger. After all the hurling played throughout the year, to switch to footall at the end of November is tough on the lads but the main thing is that they are learning and improving all the time. Team: C. Scriven, C. Corkery, A. O’Donovan, S. Kidney, B. Crowley, C. O’ Grady, T. Murphy, D. Scriven, P. Murphy, R. Corkery, D. Andrews, A. O’Grady, D. O’Sullivan, K. Murphy, S. Flavin, R. Mehigan, M. O’Callaghan, J. Lynam
Week ended – 21st December 2008
Underage Presentation night
The curtain came down last Friday night for our season. The underage presentation night was held in Pfizer’s Sports Club. A very large crowd was present. Our chairmen in his speech congratulated all the teams that competed throughout the year. Special praise was given to our victorious U12 hurlers who won the league and championship. This team was lead by Dick Andrews, Ian Breen, Paddy Clifford & Gerard Murphy. The selectors of the U10s were also thanked. They were lead by Peter Crowley, Patrick Andrews, Kieran Lynam & Noel Murphy. Our U14 hurlers were also victorious as they won the league. Pat Cusack, Sean Horgan, & John Twomey looked after these lads. Our real hero who was involved in all teams was John Jordan. John has been present at every training session and match all year. His tireless work in preparing the pitches and dressing rooms is greatly appreciated by all at the club. The medals were presented by Corkcaptain Graham Canty and the big full forward Michael Cussen
The chairman also thanked Michael Kidney, Joe McCarthy & Susan O’ Mahony for looking after our ladies football team who competed in the league last season. Mr. Donal McGuire from Ballinhassig represented the South East Juvenile board.
A disco was held afterwards and was a great success where the children showed us all how the dancing should be done. Special thanks must also go to Denis Fanning and his staff at Pfizer’s for giving us a great night.
The Annual Christmas Draw took place last Thursday night December 18th in the Shamrocks Bar, Shanbally. Well done to Shane Flaherty, Cobhc/o Eoghan O’Neill who won 1st prize (a Classical Christmas Hamper). Second Prize (a Monster Christmas Hamper) went to Kay Cooney and 3rd prize (dinner for 2 and wine in the Bosun) went to Craig Kelly c/o Denis Allen.The full list of results is :
1st Prize – Shane Flaherty (Classical Christmas Hamper)
2nd Prize – Kay Cooney (Monster Christmas Hamper)
3rd Prize – Craig Kelly – Dinner for 2 and wine (Bosun)
4th – Gertie O’Driscoll, Ringaskiddy
5th – Tony O’Hare, c/o Joe Shanahan
6th – Sam McDonnell c/o Liam Shanahan
7th – Saoirse Aherne, c/o Lorcan
8th – John Connolly c/o The Shamrock Bar
9th – Emear Twomey, Shanbally
10th – Ger Fitzgerald, Shanbally
11th – Paula Barry c/o Lorcan
12th – Kathleen Hanley c/o John Hanley
13th – Aidan Harrington c/o Denis Allen
14th – Ken Phaire c/o John Hanley
15th – Damien Foley c/o The Darts Club
16th – Gemma Kavanagh c/o Socket
17th – Pat Murphy c/o Eoghan O’Neill
18th – Kieran O’Donovan c/o Darragh Collins
19th – Niall Coakley c/o Eoghan O’Neill
20th – Patsy Ronayne c/o Anthony 21st – Breda Andrews, Ringaskiddy
22nd – Sinéad ní Loinsigh c/o Shanbally NS
23rd – James McCarthy c/o Eoghan O’Neill
24th – Declan Fogarty c/o Todds
35th – Bernie O’Regan c/o Joe Shanahan
26th – Anne O’Regan c/o Todds
27th – Leah Kelly c/o Denis Allen
28th – Pádraig Murphy c/o Joe Shanahan
A serious thank you to all our sellers and to all who supported the draw in any way, sponsors and buyers. Happy Christmas!
U11 Football – 13/12
Sliabh Rua 4-5, Shamrocks 4-4
Shamrocks just lost out in a place in the final after this thrilling game against Slaibh Rua in Belgooly last Saturday. We have played Slaibh Rua twice now at this age level this year and the games have been very even – a one point win here for Slaibh Rua and a draw the first day. Shamrocks were behind by 3-3 to 2-2 at half time, Andrews O’Grady getting the two Shamrocks goals. A scrambled effort put Shamrocks back in the game in the second half by Sliabh Rua held on in the last 10 minutes when Shamrocks threw everything at them.