Month Ended – January 2015
Underage Social and Medal Presentation – Friday January 23rd
The club held their medal presentation and victory dinner in Monkstown Golf Club on Friday 23rd January. There was a very large attendance present which included our U16 and Minor teams, Club President, Mr. Michael Brennan, Juvenile President, Mr Donal Brady and his wife Helen, Executive Chairman, Mr. Pat McCarthy, Executive Treasurer Mr. John Twomey Shanbally, Juvenile Chairman, Mr. John Twomey Ringaskiddy, Parish Priest, Fr. Sean O’Sullivan and local Curate Fr. Con Cronin.
Both sets of players were dressed to perfection on the night and the hair styles were straight from the X Factor. The juvenile chairman, John Twomey in his speech thanked Debbie and Alan Field and the staff of Monkstown Golf Club for the fantastic meal that was served up to us. The sponsors throughout the year were thanked which included Mark Hickey and his staff from the Shamrock Bar, Sarah and Sharron and the Staff of the Ferryboat Inn, Mr Denis Good of Good Fish Processing. Special mention was given to all the parents and supporters who travelled all over the County following both teams and for their financial assistance throughout the year. The executive committee were thanked for their assistance all season. The coaches and selectors of all our underage teams were also thanked along with all the juvenile committee members. He thanked the three school principals in the parish Mr. David Nolan, Shanbally, Mr. John Herlihy, Ringaskiddy and Ciara Ní Bhuaigh, Monkstown for the cooperation that they are giving our Schools Coaching Officer, Declan O’Neill. Mr. Jim Healy and Mr. Donie Cahill from Rebel Óg were thanked for the great working relationship that we have with both the East Board and County Board. Special praise was give to the players of both teams for their dedication, effort and commitment all season. The coaching staff of both teams were also highly praised.
Our executive Chairman Mr. Pat McCarthy in his speech also thanked these great bunch of players, the backroom team and all the underage committee for the fantastic season that we had. He encouraged people to get involved in the club activities for the coming season.
The main event of the evening was the presentation of the medals which was done by Cork’s hurling star, Alan Cadogen. He told the large attendance that it was a honour to present the medals to Shamrocks GAA club. He offered the players some great advice and posed for endless photographs with all the players, committee, supporters and guests. The first medals to be presented were that for the East Board Minor Hurling Championship and league double. David Nolan, manager when calling out the individual players spoke some fine words about each one. The next up was the U16 East Board Hurling Championship and League along with the East Board U16 Football Championship. Manager Kevin O’Grady spoke about this team and trainer Gareth Flynn called out each player individually to receive his medals. The final medal presentation was for the Minor Hurling County league and Championship double. The players here were called out here by Dick Andrews. Our club President Mr. Michael Brennan then presented the mentors of the two teams a token of appreciation. They were John Jordan, Kevin O’Grady, Kieran Lynam, Dick Andrews, John Twomey, Gareth Flynn, David Nolan and Peter Crowley. Michael also presented Alan Cadogen with a small gift to show him our appreciation.
Alan then met with the large attendance and posed for some lovely photographs. Howard Crowdy photographer was a busy man as a large volume of photographs were taken. These photos are up on our website www.shamrocksgaa.com
The music was supplied by local band ATOM and no sooner had Maurice and Anthony started, it was obvious that everyone had their dancing shoes on. Helen Prout got all the ladies out on the floor with her rendition of “He took her down to Gobby”. This set the tone for the night and it was great to see all young and old out enjoying themselves.
All in all in was a fantastic night that was enjoyed by all. Once again we would like to thank the staff of Monkstown Golf Club, all our teams, mentors, members and supporters who attended. Alan Cadogen for presenting the medals. ATOM who supplied the music. A special mention must go to Ann Hitchmough, Rosarie Hayes, Peter Crowley & John Twomey Ringaskiddy who organised this event and ensured it was a huge success.
Week Ended – Sunday March 1st, 2015
Darts Marathon – 8/2/15
JAFL V Belgooly – 14/2
Belgooly 3-10, Shamrocks 2-10
Belgooly deservedly took the league points in Shanbally on Saturday afternoon after this 3 point win over Shamrocks. It was the first game of the year for both teams and it was typical stuff from both teams as they gear up for the season with some spilled loose ball and sloppy passes all over the place.
A strong second half from Belgooly when playing up against the hill made the difference here. They were never led. The teams were level 1-1 apiece after 10 minutes after Darragh Scriven scored a well worked Shamrocks goal in response to a gift to Belgooly at the other end. He also added another point as Belgooly led 1-3 to 1-2 at half time.
The second half saw a scrappy opening period better Belgooly scored 2 quick goals to effectively end the game. They led by 3-9 to 1-6 before Shamrocks finished with a goal from David Hayes and some nice points from Cannice Caffrey, Brian Sweeney, Barry Mulqueen and Seanán Collins among others. But time ran out in the end on the Shamrocks response. Training continues on Monday and Wednesday at 7.30pm.
Team: F. O’Neill, C. Kidney, R. Harrington, C. O’Grady, S. Andrews, M. Prout, J. Browne, A. McCarthy, B. Mulqueen, A. Boland, D. Scriven, R. Twomey, J. Wilson, S. Collins, D. O’Sullivan. Subs used – D. Hayes, C. Caffrey, B. Sweeney, R. Murphy, S. Kidney.
U16 FL V Whitescross – 21/2
Whitescross 9-5, Shamrocks 2-3
On Saturday last our under 16’s took to the pitch for the first time in the 2015 season. With the majority of last years double county finalists overage, the task this year is to solidify the gains made by them with a relatively new team. Six of last years starters form the backbone of a young team (only three could start last weekend). To this we have added four young lads who have played soccer for Carrigaline and a wealth of young talent from our under fourteen squad. A mixed bunch indeed.
Our first game was against Whitescross, a strong opponent of ours over the last few years at all levels. Last Saturday proved no different. With a team of players at the age limit, the physical difference was immediately evident. Though Shane Flavin played outstanding in goal pulling off many courageous saves, the continuous wave of attack after attack did not leave him with much chance.
While we lost the match 9-5 to 2-3, I was able to take some knowledge from it. Our new full back Nikita Ziguruv played well covering a lot of ground and will do well with a solid partner. Evan Seymour worked very hard but had to be replaced because of a recurring injury. Daniel O’Mahony played well against a physically bigger opponent and gave as good as he got. Jody Sisk settled better in the second half after being moved to the half back position. James Lynam covered a lot of ground in midfield, a roll new to him and was unlucky with some frees early on. Cillian Hayes played a solid match for us picking up most of the scores. His tireless energy covering ground to get the ball was exemplary. Dylan O’Flaherty was punching way above his weight level out there, but his talent was very evident and shone through on many occasions. Thanks to Rory Mehigan who made special effort to get back for the match as early as he could from a pitch and putt contest for the Cork County team. From his inclusion at half time he made a big impact, putting in hard tackles where we had, up to then not contested. Cillian O’Mahony also a late arrival came on in the second half as did Luke O’Driscoll and Robert Van Pelt and Sam Geary, giving all 17 players a game (12 a side). They replaced James O Callaghan, Josh Lenihan and Sean O Farrell, three young men who played a good game for their duration on the pitch.
To quote a famous coach, ”it’s only a butt kicking if you don’t learn from it, if you do it’s just a lesson”. We can take lessons from Saturday, not least of which is that we now know how much work we have to do. We know we need to get a goalkeeper, because Shane, though outstanding, is wasted in there. We need to get all of our players fit and playing and we need to help our young and new players step up to fill the big boots left by last years team.
U21 BFC V Ballymartle – 22/2
Ballymartle 4-12, Shamrocks 3-4
Shamrocks made their first appearance in the u21 grade championship in 3 years against Ballymartle on Sunday morning in Ballygarvan but it was not to be a winning one. Shamrocks were no match for a strong, skilful and crafty Ballymartle team who were in control for almost the entire match. A lot of this team were playing their first ever adult match and it was a wake up call for them in many ways. Eight minors made up the starting thirteen (13 a side) and only one player will be overage next year but there is no getting away from the fact that this was a lesson.
Ballymartle started way stronger and made the Shamrocks keeper, Criostóir Corkery (a great performance overall) the busiest player on the field. They continually exploited the Shamrocks defence in the first 20 minutes, a defence that was all at sea at times. They sauntered up the middle and scored 2 fast goals early on along with 4 points before Shamrocks knew what had hit them. Shamrocks regrouped somewhat but saw some scoring chances go abegging while Bally, after being reduced to 12 men, went up the field again and added on another 1-2 before Andrew O’Grady got Shamrocks one and only score of the first half from play. Half time score read Ballymartle 4-6, Shamrocks 0-1.
Some changes were made at half time to try and exploit the extra man and get back in the game but Ballymartle had other ideas and won the second half throw in, ran straight up the middle and stuck the ball in the back of the Shamrocks net again. 4-6 to 0-1 and the game was good as over.
Aonghus Boland did score a Shamrocks goal to give some hope and shortly afterwards Ballymartle were down to 11 men after one of their players received a second yellow card. There 20 minutes left and Shamrocks had some flicker of light. Coby O’Grady also added a goal from the right wing but unfortunately Ballymartle were far too smart and played clever, controlled football over the last while and were in fact the better team, adding on a good few points. Andrew O’Grady scored a consolation goal for Shamrocks from a late (dubious) penalty.
U14 FL V Lisgoold – 28/2
Shamrocks 4-6, Lisgoold 4-4
A really tight game in Shanbally in the first game of the year and Shamrocks just about hung on for the league points. Conditions were tough out there and the players found handling the wet and muddy ball difficult at time. Lisgoold were a bigger, more physical team and led by 2-4 t0 2-2 at half time having played down the hill with the strong wind mainly at their backs. Billy Hughes was among the Shamrocks goal scorers in that half.
Shamrocks found themselves 4 points down 10 minutes into the second half as Lisgoold put up some great resistance but they eventually got the necessary scores to swing that 4 point deficit to a 4 point lead. Seán Andrews, now operating in the forwards, scored 2 goals and Dylan O’Flaherty kicked some important points. Shamrocks led by 4 points into the last few minutes; however Lisgoold went up the field and scored a goal to bring the lead back to one. Shamrocks didn’t panic and Dylan O’Flaherty kicked the insurance point with time almost up.
Well done to our 2 new players who made their Shamrocks debut today – Andrew Egan at wing back and Ronan Connolly at wing forward. They made handsome contributions to the win and can only get better as they play more. The lads will train with the U16’s on Wednesday afternoon at 4pm.
Team: C. O’Flaherty, D. Gregson, A. Egan, E. Seymour, J. Sisk, C. Hourihan, S. Andrews, H. Andrews, D. O’Flaherty, L. O’Driscoll, S. Geary, R. Connolly, R. Van Pelt, B. Hughes.
U12 Football Challenge V Crosshaven – 28/2
Shamrocks and Crosshaven played out a very worthwhile challenge game in Crosshaven on Saturday afternoon. With both teams staring their leagues next weekend, it was a perfect opportunity for the lads to dust off the cobwebs after the winter playing break.
Both teams were short a number of players due to various reasons; in Shamrocks case, the U14’s were playing the same afternoon so 2 players were called up to that. Despite this, it was fantastic to see 17 enthusiastic players willing and ready to play for Shamrocks on a bitterly windy and wet afternoon in Camden. This bodes well for our players numbers for the season ahead because if you have proper numbers, you can plan properly and do anything from a coaching point of view.
All players, from 9 year olds up to 12 year old played the full match and got in plenty of practice. It was great to see some new faces and returning ones as well. The game as you can imagine in the conditions was low scoring and finished in a 2-2 to 2-0 win for the home side; Ferdia Hayes and Shane Darcy with the Shamrocks goals. The management team of Pa Andrews and Stephen Keane (assisted by Seamus O’Flynn from the U10’s) were very happy with the Shamrocks lads afterwards.
JAFL V Tracton – 28/2
Tracton 2-7, Shamrocks 0-7
Tracton took the league points on offer to inflict Shamrocks second defeat in a row in the league this season. They say that goals win matches and Tracton’s two recorded against the wind in the opening half gave them the foundation to grind out a victory at Minane Bridge where the strong wind and persistent rain made conditions unsuitable for good football.
MFL V Lisgoold – 1/3
Lisgoold 5-6, Shamrocks 2-7
Lisgoold finished with an unanswered 2-2 in the last 3 minutes to claim the league points in their “home” game against Shamrocks in Shanbally on Sunday morning. Lisgoolds pitch is closed at the moment as they develop their dressing rooms so they are playing all their home games away, just like their u14’s yesterday and their u12’s next Saturday.
For such a talented group of Shamrocks players, this display can only be described as extremely disappointing. The amount of errors made was almost off the charts – numerous sloppy kick and hand passes, slipping, falling, loose control of the ball, soloing into cover, black cards, wrong options, sliced free kicks, bad passes and a single minded determination to try to walk the ball into the Lisgoold net, resulting in the Lisgoold defence being able to get back and get their bodies, hands, whatever in the way. It was hard to watch at times from a Shamrocks viewpoint and the management were extremely frustrated by the end.
The underfoot conditions were tough and the very strong wind, as it so often does in Shanbally’s bottom pitch at this time of year, blew right down across the pitch making playing conditions hard for both teams. Lisgoold went ahead early on with a goal and a point but Shamrocks started to get on top and controlled possession totally up to half time but numerous attempts at walking the ball into the Lisgoold net went abegging. David Andrews did score a Shamrocks goal and Andrew O’Grady scored some nice frees into the teeth of the wind but while Shamrocks should have been ahead at the break due to all their possession, they faced the second half full of hope because they were now playing down the hill. HT Lisgoold led 2-2 to 1-4.
One sensed that it was only a matter of time before Shamrocks went in front and pulled away and 8 minutes in, David Andrews put Shamrocks 4 points up with his second goal after good work from Andrew O’Grady. This should have been the catalyst for Shamrocks to kick in but things went badly wrong from this point. Some calamitous Shamrocks passing in defence was punished by Lisgoold and they were right back in it with a gift of a goal. The next 12 minutes were scoreless as more Shamrocks attacked broke down in front of goal. Shamrocks kicked a vital point from Brendan Crowley to settle them down a bit and they led by 2 points again with 10 minutes to go.
But Lisgoold started to get on top and pressed for the last period of the game and were rewarded with 2 monster points to draw level. The Shamrocks challenge had collapsed by this point and it was no surprise to see Lisgoold go ahead with a goal with 2 minutes to. They added another goal and a point as the Shamrocks lads were out on their feet. So, a most disappointing start to the season for Shamrocks.
Team: C. Corkery, S. Kelleher, C. O’Grady, C. Hayes, S. Kidney, C. Scriven, D. Scriven, E. Desmond, D. Andrews, A. O’Grady, B. Crowley, K. Murphy, R. Meighan, M. Fleming, S. Flavin, C. Hayes.
Week Ended – Sunday March 8th, 2015
U12 FL V Lisgoold – 7/3
Shamrocks 3-8, Lisgoold 0-0
Shamrocks u12’s started their season in style on Saturday afternoon with a comfortable win over our visitors to Shanbally on Saturday afternoon. Both teams had more than the required 12 a side so they played 15 a side.
Shamrocks, through good strong play from Harry Andrews and Derry Howard at midfield and Cian O’Flaherty at centre forward, got on top playing up the hill against the wind and drove on to lead by 2-6 to 0-0 at HT. Eoin O’Flynn and Harry Andrews got the goals.
Shamrocks brought on all the subs in the second half and pushed on, despite a brilliant Lisgoold effort. Some great defending from Shamrocks kept them out at times.
A special word for Lisgoold GAA. Their dressing rooms are currently being redeveloped which renders their pitch unplayable for the last and next few weeks. By a strange quirk in the fixtures program, they were down to play Shamrocks in Minor, U14 and U12 in football at home last week and this week. But Lisgoold sportingly elected to travel up for 3 games in a row at the start of the season, going back to last Saturday afternoon – Their U14s, minor and u12 teams travelled to Shanbally without a word of complaint. Well done Lisgoold.
Harry Andrews, Cian O’Flaherty, Aaron Clarke, Eoin O’Flynn and Shane Darcy were among the goalscorers. Overall, a brilliant performance from all the 19 players in action and the management team of Stephen Keane, Pa Andrews assisted by Seamus O’Flynn and Jed O’Flaherty on the day were very happy with the players afterwards. Also, thanks to Catherine Sisk for communicating with the parents and ensuring that there were 19 players togged and ready to go. Football training continues this week on Wednesday at 4pm, as the pitch is currently not suitable for hurling due to the weather and the high volume of games its taking. The next game is a hurling challenge at home to Douglas 2 on Saturday MArch 21st at 4.30pm.
Panel: D. O’Brien, M. Foy, M.Sisk, A. Brady. D. Carroll, F. Herlihy, A. McSweeney, H. Andrews, D. Howard, J. Hickey, C. O’Flaherty, E. O’Flynn, F. Hayes, S. Darcy. A. Maye, A. Clarke, R. Barrett, J. Bartlett, D. McCormick.
JAFL V Courcey Rovers – 7/3
Shamrocks 5-10, Courcey Rovers 0-2
Shamrocks got back on winning ways against Courcey Rovers on Saturday afternoon in the football league, to register their first league victory of the year. Shamrocks were on top from the moment the ball was thrown in.
Courcey Rovers were severly depleted due to hurling commitments but at the same time, some of the Shamrocks scores were a joy to behold, in particular the points scored in the first half while playing up the hill and against the wind. The forwards were able to put some nice moves together, thanks to a solid midfield platform. Barry Mulqueen, the ever lively Joe Shanahan, Darragh Scriven, Brian Sweeney, David Hayes among others were able to capitalise on the possession and added on the scores both sides of the break. Shamrocks led 2-6 to 0-1 at HT.
The second half brought 4 changes for Shamrocks but the pattern of the game emained the same. Courcey Rovers battled on but this game petered out to its inevitable conclusion as Shamrocks totally dominated. Training continues this week.
Team: F. O’Neill, S. Andrews, R. Harrington, R. Murphy, J. Browne, C. O’Neill, S. Kidney, M. Prout, A. McCarthy, D. Hayes, B. Mulqueen, B. Sweeney, A. Boland, J. Shanahan, D. Scriven. Subs used – J. Wilson, C. O’Grady, S. Downey.
U16 FL V Crosshaven – 8/3
Crosshaven 12-8, Shamrocks 4-3
Once again to read the score line would give the wrong impression. Yes Shamrocks went down but went down fighting and all hands played. By the end of the match, though dejected, the Shamrocks players kept going, looking to score right to the end. A great big thank you to all the players for the supreme effort.
I will not go through the players and single out individual enterprise, or point out mistakes this is not the forum for such discussion. Instead let me ask those who have witnessed both of our matches, players included, to reflect on the improvement throughout and be mindful of the fact that these young players will only improve individually and collectively as a team by such experience. There is a long season there and at the end of it, this team will be a team that this club, like this banisteóir, will be proud of. Keep up the hard work.
Team : Shane Flavin, Cathal Murphy, Evan Seymour, Jodi Sisk, Nikita Zigunuv, Daniel O’ Mahony, James Lynam, Cillian Hayes, Ruairí Mehigan, Adam O’ Keeffe, Dave O’ Sullivan and Dylan O’Flaherty. Subs: Luke O’ Driscoll, Sam Geary, Sean Andrews, James O’Callaghan, Sean Brown, Cillian O’Mahony.
Week Ended – Sunday April 11th, 2015
U16 FL V Carraig na bhFear – 22/3
Carraig na bhFear 9-8, Shamrocks 3-5
Team : Shane Flavin, James Lynam, Cathal Murphy, Daniel O Mahony, Nikita Zigunuv, Evan Seymore, Cillian Hayes, James O Callaghan, Shane Downey, Ruarai Mehigan, Dave O Sullivan, Dylan O Flaherty. Used subs: Jodi Sisk, Cillian O Mahony and Seán Andrews.Injured: Adam o Keeffe, Seán O Farrell, Sam Geary, Seán Brown and Luke O Driscoll.
I know I sound like a stuck record but once again the scoreline is misleading. A spirited first half showing by all players,( Most playing in unfamiliar positions) was spoiled in the second half by our lack of stamina and fight in defense. The opposition finally wore down our tireing young players and for the last couple of minutes seemed to waltz through our lines un opposed.
My heart goes out to one young man who volunteered to take the job of Goalkeeper for the football. I will say this, that again, he above all others can hold his head high for putting up a great fight. The best generals in the world would not stand up to the wave after wave of attack the he endured. It takes a mighty man to stand between the posts as he does, knowing unless the players in front of him click he is the only and last line of defence. We will once again take a lesson from this and improve another little bit.. One step at a time.. Thank you all for the effort… Next time we play football we will be better…
MFL V Whitescross – 28/3
Shamrocks 3-9, Whitescross 1-2
Shamrocks minors recorded a good win over Whitescross on Saturday afternoon last in Shanbally in their second league game of the year. To follow…
U16 HL V Lisgoold – 30/3
Lisgoold 6-10, Shamrocks 2-3.
No report available
U12 HL V Valley Rovers – 31/3
Valley Rovers beat Shamrocks tonight in the first league game of the year. Valleys were a strong outfit and were more physical and technically a better hurling team. They certainly gave the Shamrocks mentors something to think about for the coming season. Final score was Valley Rovers 6-6, Shamrocks 0-5.
Valleys won this game in the first half and led by their few goals at halftime. A few changes were made by the Shamrocks mentors at half time and this resulted in a much improved second half display, Shamrocks winning it by 0-4 to 0-0. The Shamrocks players kept going until the very end. So lots to look forward to.
Managers Pa Andrews and Stephen Keane were unavailable due to other commitments so our thanks to Seamus O’Flynn and Tim Hayes who stood in their absence. Also special mention to Catherine Sisk who communicated with all the parents and ensured that we had 15 players togged and ready to go, no mean feat during the Easter break. Well done to all the players, parents, siblings and grandparents who supported the lads on a bitterly cold evening for hurling.
U14 CHL V Whitechurch – 1/4
Whitechurch 4-8, Shamrocks 0-6
Shamrocks were very well beaten by Whitechurch on Wednesday evening in Shanbally. Numbers in hurling at this age group is the single biggest problem this year and its completely stymying the teams development. Shamrocks were short for this game and its not looking good for the year unfortunately.
MBHL V St Vincents – 1/4
Shamrocks 3-17, St Vincents 2-3
Shamrocks played St Vincents at home on Wednesday evening in our first outing in “B” grade.
From the throw in we could see that Vincent’s had some very skillful players but it was Shamrocks who, playing with the wind, opened the scoring and took a two point lead. Vincents scored a goal from long range free not soon after. David Andrews got a lovely point to level the game and a cracking goal from Brendan Crowley plus points from David Andrews, Andrew O’Grady and Darragh Scriven gave us a lead of 1-07 to 1-00. The Shamrocks backline and halfback line fought hard for every ball and though St Vincents did manage to score one more point it was Shamrocks who got the next three scores to go in at halftime ahead on a scoreline of 1-10 to 1-1.
The lads knew the second half would be hard as we were now playing into the strong wind but Shamrocks increased their lead with three more points from play only for St Vincents to score 1-1 to make it 1-13 to 2-02; another point for Shamrocks and two quick goals all but sealed the victory for us but Vincents never gave up and they did manage one more point from play; Shamrocks tagged on another three points to run out victors on a final score line of 3-17 to 2-03.
Team was – Cormac Scriven, Chris Hayes, James Lynam, Shane Kelleher, Coby O’Grady, Seán Kidney, Ruairi Mehigan, Darragh Scriven, Andrew O’Grady, Shane Flavin, Bavid Barry, David Andrews, Brendan Crowley, Killian Murphy and Eric Desmond. Subs used were Cillian Hayes and David O’Sullivan.
JAHL V Courcey Rovers – 4/4
Courcey Rovers 2-15, Shamrocks 0-11
Shamrocks lost to Courcey Rovers in Ballinspitle on Saturday evening in their first league game of the league this season. Courcey Rovers were fully deserving winners overall and their greater speed of hurling and thought at this point of the season gave them the upper hand throughout.
However, the Shamrocks players played with great heart throughout and can point to some instances throughout the game where a goal chance or two could have brought the game much closer. This was a Shamrocks team missing some central players and indeed, fielded a few minors (three debubants), all of which aquitted themselves very well. Some of the older players drove them on and while the touch was out a little bit at times, there is much more to look forward to with increased training, coaching and games.
Courcey Rovers got an early enough goal after a few points, they started well. Andrew O’Grady, Darragh Scriven, Chris O’Neill and Fergus O’Neill with some excellent scores mainly kept Shamrocks in touch throughout that first half. Half time score was Courcey Rovers 1-7, Shamrocks 0-6.
The early stages of the second half were even enough with the first turning point arriving 10 minutes into the half. Shamrocks missed a penalty which was replied by a point first from that play, then a further goal and two points at the other end by Courceys. That was the difference between the teams on the day there and then. Courcey Rovers had stretched their lead to 2-10 to 0-6 at this stage and the rest of the game was played out in an even manner. Shamrocks had a goal chance expertly saved by the Courcey Rovers goalkeepers but it wouldn’t have made the slightest difference. Shamrocks finished with some great scores from play from Darragh Scriven, Barry Mulqueen and David Andrews.
It was an extremely young Shamrocks team, perhaps the youngest in a long time, and hopefully the young lads will learn a lot from today from their first ever Junior hurling match. The next game is on Ballinhassig in football on Tuesday at home at 6.45pm. The next hurlers game is next Sunday against Tracton at home at 3pm.
Team: C. Scriven, J. Browne, S. Andrews, C. Kidney, R. Murphy, B. Mulqueen, S. Kidney, D. Scriven, A. McCarthy, A. Boland, F. O’Neill, J. Tuohy, A. O’Grady, C. O’Neill, D. Andrews. Subs used – R. Twomey, J. Wilson, S. Downey.
U16 HL V Grenagh – 5/4
The u16 hurlers were beaten in the league on Easter Sunday afternoon. They were extremely short on the day due to injuries and travel. Our thanks to the players who showed up and to John Twomey (Shanbally) who took the team for the day. Thanks also to Grenagh for travelling down.
JAFL V Ballinhassig – 7/4
Ballinhassig 0-9, Shamrocks 0-5
MBHL V Lisgoold – 9/4
Lisgoold 2-16, Shamrocks 2-9
Shamrocks travelled to Lisgoold to play our second game of the campaign and having lost the toss, they had to play into a very strong sun which made scores hard to come by. After a couple of close wides it was Lisgoold who took the lead. There was some great hurling played from both sides and after twenty minutes the score was Lisgoold 0-5, Shamrocks 0-2. Andrew O’Grady was then pulled to the ground for a penalty which he struck beautifully to put the ball into the back of the Lisgoold net to even the scoreboard; both teams exchanged a point each and just on the stroke of HT Lisgoold got another point to go in at the break on a score line of 1-8 to 1-0.
The sun had all but disappeared for the second half and Lisgoold increased their lead further only for the Shamrocks lads to score two points and a goal from Darragh Scriven to bring it back to one point, both teams then exchanged point for point and in the last few minutes Lisgoold got two quick goals and a point to run out victors on a score line of 2-16 to 2-09.
Team was – Cormac Scriven, Chris Hayes, David Barry, Shane Kelleher, Coby O’Grady, Seán Kidney, Cillian Hayes, Darargh Scriven, Tom Murphy, Andrew O’ Grady, Shane Flavin, David Andrews, Brendan Crowley, Killian Murphy and Eric Desmond. Subs: Christóir Corkery, Ruairí Mehigan and David O’Sullivan.
U14 FL V Crosshaven – 10/4
Shamrocks were by far the better team on Friday evening when they lined up at home to Crosshaven. They dominated from start to finish clocking up a score of 7-13 to Crosshavens 1-8. Some of the football played by Shamrocks on the night was excellent with some great passages of play, lots of movement, neat passing and always someone supporting the player on the ball. The score at half time was 4-5 to 1-3.
Luke O’ Driscoll scored two of the four goals. Ronan Connolly and Sean Andrews with the other two. The lads played up the hill in the second half and continued to dominate, scoring three more goals through Billy Hughes, Andrew Egan and Robert Van Pelt.
The team on duty was Cian O’ Flaherty, Jody Sisk, Evan Seymour, Seán Browne, Dylan Gregson, Conor Hourihan, Dylan O’ Flaherty, Andrew Egan, Seán Andrews, Ronan Connolly, Luke O’ Driscoll, Billy Hughes, Mark Sisk and Robert V Pelt.
U12 FL V Tracton – 11/4
Shamrocks u12’s made sure of their second victory of the season with an assured second half performance today against a resilient Tracton side.
Shamrocks were made to fight hard for this victory and indeed, the sides were level up until Cian O’Flaherty’s long free from out the field produced a goal with almost the last kick of the first half. Shamrocks led by 1-2 to 0-2 at HT.
With that boost, Shamrocks grew in confidence in the second half and took over and the result was never in doubt. Adam Maye scored the second goal midway through the second half to put matters fully beyond doubt. The lads played some excellent football and improved as the game went on.
The management team of Stephen Keane, Seamus O’Flynn, assisted by John Jordan and Catherine Sisk were very pleased with the outcome and the performance of the players. In particular, they would like to thank all the supporters, parents and siblings for ensuring a great turnout on such short notice.
JAHL V Tracton – 12/4
Tracton 1-17, Shamrocks 1-9
Week Ended – Sunday April 26th, 2015
U16 FL V Clondrohid – 13/4
Shamrocks 7-7, Clondrohid 1-7
Shamrocks made the long trip to Clondrohid count on Monday evening with a fantastic victory over the home side to record their first league win of the year.
Team: Shane Flavin, Cathal Murphy, Evan Seymour, Jody Sisk, James Lynam, Daniel O Mahony, Shane Downey, Cillian Hayes, Rúairí Mehigan, James O Callaghan, Dave O Sullivan, Dylan O Flaherty, Cillian O Mahony, Seán Andrews.
A Big thank you to the parents and players who turned up at the end of a long day to travel to Clondrohid, its not easy, I understand. Which is why my gratitude is as genuine as their efforts.
Now lets start by reading the score again…………………. Yes we won!
Without putting a gloss on it, last night every single player that togged out for Shamrocks can hold their heads up in pride. Not because they won convincingly, but because of the manner in which they played and conducted themselves.
It is absolutely fantastic as a mentor to have your opposite number come to you privately after the match and praise your players. He commended their style and grit and determination. He commented on how they gelled well as a cohesive team that, “have been playing together for years”. These indeed are not my words but his, but I have to say my thoughts would not be far removed. Yes we have more work to do.
But last night I saw on the pitch, during a match the kind of spirit from the team which I have believed was there from the start. On a night where team effort was vital it shone through. Shane Downey did a tremendous job in the first half marking the Clondrohid star player and keeping him at bay, but the players around Shane did their part also by not making his passing options easy and making him make mistakes from which we profited. James Lynam took over at half time to monitor their main man and also kept his at bay giving Shane a well earned breather in half back. All of our backs played well last night making things a little less hectic for our normally beleaguered keeper who made one vital stop early in the second half which may have broken the Clondrohid spirit.
Meanwhile our forwards played as a unit with passing and moving (on and off the ball) looking very good. They did a lot of good work leading to players getting free for good percentage shooting which they took. The cog in the center of this rotating forward line was David O Sullivan who had many assists to add to his impressive 3-2.
U14 HL V Crosshaven – 15/4
Shamrocks 5-12, Crosshaven 2-4
Shamrocks U14’s have had a good week and they got their first hurling win of the season in Crosshaven on Wednesday night after a great display of hurling against the home side.
Shamrocks lead all through and with 15 players togged for the game (after recent struggles), things are on the up for Jed O’Flahertys charges.
All players played very well on the night and it was pleasing to see some players making obvious progress from last year – they must be practising at home. Shamrocks started well and Seán Andrews, who was excellent all through, was causing problems at centre forward. Seán Browne at midfield and Dylan O’Flaherty at centre back were also on form. Shamrocks started to add on the scores, mainly from Andrews from both play and placed balls. The halftime score was 3-5 to 0-2 for Shamrocks with Seán’s brother Harry, Browne and Fionn Herlihy also getting on the scoresheet in that half.
The second half saw Crosshaven battle hard all through but by the time they scored 2 late goals, Shamrocks had built up a nice lead through Seán Andrews again, Dylan O’Flaherty and a fine goal from Luke O’Driscoll who deserved his moment at the end. So overall, a great team performance where the goalie Conor Hourihan, all the backs, the midfielders and the forwards were on top throughout. Special mention to Seán Andrews who finised with 2-8 to his name, to Dylan Gregson who did his bit for the cause by togging out for the hurlers in their hour of need and indeed did very well and the five u12 players who togged out as well. Lets hope to see all the players now for the rest of the hurling season.
Team: C. Hourihan, E. Seymour, D. Gregson, J. Sisk, D. O’Flaherty, A. McSweeney, S. Browne, R. Van Pelt, S. Andrews, H. Andrews, S. Geary, L. O’Driscoll, F. Herlihy, M. Sisk, A. Maye.
U16 HL V Crosshaven – 20/4
Shamrocks 6-9, Crosshaven 2-0
Team: Dave O’Sullivan, Cathal Murphy, James Lynam, Jodi Sisk, Daniel O’Mahony, Evan Seymour, Shane Flavin, Cillian Hayes, Ruairí Mehigan, Luke O’Driscoll, Seán Andrews, Dylan O’Flaherty, Shane Downey, Sam Geary. Everyone played.
Thanks again to everyone who travelled.
A great performance by all. Lovely hurling to watch from front to back. A very well disciplined team performance with all of the forwards on target. Backs very solid only allowing two late scores. Our keeper saved a penalty and the resulting 65 was cleared down field for a score.
If you want more come watch next Monday in Shanbally v Ballinora at 7pm… should be a CRACKER!!!
U12 Hurling Challenge V Nemo – 20/4
Shamrocks and Nemo Rangers played out a very useful challenge game in sunny Shanbally on Monday evening. all players present on both sides got a full game and the Shamrocks management were very happy with the game, especially with a league game coming up. This exercise was worth multiple training sessions – you just cant beat playing games. The final score was Nemo Rangers 7-4 to Shamrocks 3-2.
MBHL V Donoughmore – 23/4
Donoughmore 1-11, Shamrocks 1-10
Shamrocks were beaten by a point in this league game played in Shanbally on Thursday evening. No report available.
JAFL V Carrigaline – 24/4
Carrigaline 2-12, Shamrocks 1-12
Shamrocks junior footballers struggle for wins continued in Carrigalines new (excellent) pitch on Friday evening after this 3 point loss to the home team.
Shamrocks played against the breeze in the first half and started very well and kicked 4 points inside the first 10 minutes and were giving an exhibition of attacking football and movement. All three of the full forward line, Philip Brady (Shamrocks best player), Darragh O’Sullivan and Roy Twomey were on the scoresheet from play at this point. One felt that there was no way they would keep this up and indeed, for the next 35 minutes, they were outscored by 13 points. Carrigaline just totally dominated all of a sudden and came forward in waves. They added a few points and then a goal to leave themselves 1-4 to 0-6 ahead at HT, with David Hayes getting a badly needed Shamrocks score before HT.
Carrigaline, playing against the lessening breeze it must be said, completely dominated the 20 minutes after HT and opened up the Shamrocks backs. They added on another goal after 4 players were queueing up and 5 more points and they led by 2-9 to 0-6 with 13 minutes to go.
Shamrocks decided that this wasn’t good enough and made some positional switches and finished much the stronger, kicking some nice points from Brady, Barry Muqueen and Cannice Caffrey before Darragh O’Sullivan slotted home a penalty. The gap was down to 3 points with another 2 minues to play but unfortunately time ran out on them.
Overall, while the result didn’t go their way, they can take encouragement from their stylish football at times as they look forward to the championship next week. One more league game before then, at home to Ballymartle on Monday night.
Team: F. O’Neill, C. Kidney, R. Harrington, R. Murphy, J. Browne, C. O’Neill, J. Tuohy, B. Mulqueen, A. McCarthy, D. Hayes, B. Sweeney, C. Caffrey, P. Brady, D. O’Sullivan, R. Twomey. Subs – S. Hurley, J. Wilson.
U12 HL V Crosshaven – 25/4
Crosshaven 3-1, Shamrocks 2-1
A wet afternoon in Shanbally and Shamrocks didn’t play well enough to stop Crosshaven getting the 2 league points. The players tried very hard and cant be faulted for their efforts but there is a realisation on managements part that as far as hurling goes, there is a lot of work ahead. It is IMPERATIVE that the players practice at home and get as much encouragement as possible from parents.
Crosshaven were the better team here and enjoyed way more possession throughout and indeed could have won by more. Shamrocks dangerous full forward Eoin O’Flynn was starved of possession and Shamrocks just couldn’t get the ball up to him enough for him to score. Crosshaven scored 2 of the sloppiest goals you will ever see in hurling in the first half when the ball could have been cleared from the defence on multiple occasions but ended up being poked over the goal line instead. Eoin O’Flynn scored a cracking Shamrocks goal and Fionn Herlihy put over a free for Shamrocks in that half. Crosshaven led by 2-1 to 1-1 at HT.
Shamrocks rejigged their team at HT and scored a soft goal themselves through Eoin O’Flynn straight after HT. The next 15 minutes were scoreless and the next score was always going to be vital. Alas, from a Shamrocks point of view, it went to the visitors as a mishit 65 went all the way through to the Shamrocks net.
Shamrocks just didn’t have enough to mount a serious attack to trouble the Crosshaven goal thereafter for the equaliser. Practise at home is the key for this group. They switch over to football now for the next 2 weeks.
Team: A. Brady, D. O’Brien, M. Foy, J. Bartlett, C. O’Flaherty, A. McSweeney, A. Maye, M. Sisk, F. Hayes, F. Herlihy, D. Howard, R. Barrett, E. O’Flynn, J. O’Keeffe.
Bingo Night – 25/4
The club held a Bingo night in the FBI on Saturday night last. A great night was had by all. Thanks to all our loyal supporters, Sarah, Sharon and the staff of the FBI, to Ann and Rosarie for organising the night and to all who donated spot prizes. It was great to see the young and not so young enjoying themselves at bingo.
Week Ended – Sunday May 10th, 2015
U16 HL V Ballinora – 27/4
Ballinora 2-13, Shamrocks 3-8
Again a make shift team played a match and Lost league points but … A great sportsman once said that “the sweetness of victory, only tastes as good when compared to the bitterness of defeat”.
I want to thank everyone who gave a hundred percent on the night. You showed me a character that every team needs, and you have it.
We have work to do, but if you would just believe in yourselves and work to attain your goals, we can achieve what I said we could at the start of the season.
The way the matches are broken up with hurling then football is unavoidable. Every team has the same fixtures, same problems!
A question to the players ….. Can you give more? I want all of the footballers back in the fold.
Hurling or football we are one team, and we will train together
WE have training at Two on Saturday in Shanbally… FIT or UNFIT if your interested turn up …
If your not available let me know early, we can change it if there are too many missing..
JAFL V Ballymartle – 27/4
Shamrocks 2-9, Ballymartle 0-7
Shamrocks got back on winning ways with a good victory over Ballymartle in Shanbally on Monday evening. This win was both timely and worthwhile as Shamrocks go into their final week of preparation for the Football Championship versus Valley Rovers on Saturday evening next at Ballinhassig at 7pm.
U12 FL V Fr O’Neills – 29/4
Shamrocks 1-9, Fr O’Neills 1-3
Shamrocks made their first ever trip to Fr O’Neills beautiful pitches in Balymacoda and made it count with a hard earned win over the home side.
18 players and plenty of parents/drivers mobilised themselves for the long trip and everything went off to a tee. Shamrocks played against the wind in the first half and controlled matters but really didn’t have the return on the scoreboard that they deserved, through some sloppy shooting, fumbled ball and the Fr O’Neills keeper who was very competent inside. Harry Andrews poked home an early goal and Derry Howard finished off a good team move. Shamrocks led 1-1 to 0-1 at HT.
Fr O’Neills were a transformed team after the break and scored a cracking goal with their first attack to draw level. For a 5 minute period there after, they were the better team, mostly through midfield dominance. Shamrocks weathered the storm somewhat and started to get a few points at the other end – Harry Andrews from 2 frees, Cian O’Flaherty, Eoin O’Flynn and the two subs Ferdia Hayes and Josh Bartlett all got on the scoresheet to push Shamrocks over the line.
A special mention to all the parents and grandparents who volunteered to drive. It was great to see a convoy leaving Shanbally to tackle the Tunnel traffic! It was a real team effort and all players got on the pitch at one point or another. Shamrocks are now top of the table and play Carrigtwohill in their next game on Saturday week.
Panel: D. O’Brien, M. Foy, M. Sisk, A. McSweeney, F. Herlihy, D. Carroll, H. Andrews, S. Darcy, E. O’Flynn, C. O’Flaherty, D. Howard, D. McCormick, A. Maye, A. Clarke, J. Bartlett, F. Hayes, J. O’Leary, J. O’Keeffe.
U14 HL V Lee Gaels – 30/4
Lee Gaels 6-5, Shamrocks 3-11
Shamrocks and Lee Gaels (Dripsey & Gleann na Laoi) played out a very enjoyable and entertaining game of hurling in Shanbally on Thursday evening before the visitors took home the league points after a great effort from the Shamrocks lads.
It was an up and down game for the most part. Shamrocks were on fire inside the first 10 minutes and raced into a 0-6 to 0-0 lead mainly through the strong play of Sean Browne and midfield (he has really improved) and Seán Andrews. However, once the Lee Gaels players started to get the ball into their excellent full forward, Lee Gaels began to get on top. He was unstoppable and actually scored all Lee Geals scores, including 4-2 by halftime. Shamrocks had scored a beautiful goal through Harry Andrews and were led at HT by 4-2 to 1-8.
Straight after the restart the same Lee Gaels player had another 2 goals, they led by 8 points playing with the wind and this game was as good as over we all thought. But this Shamrocks team took a giant step forward in the second half by really showing their fighting spirit for the first time on a hurling pitch. They got stuck in and they got to grips with the Gaels player who was eventually forced out the field to look for the ball. The backs in particular were outstanding. In the meantime, all the other players were working hard and Shamrocks managed to score 2 goals at the other end and were unlucky not to grab a draw in the end of a pulsating finish.
This game featured the first ever one-on-one hurling penalties at our pitch and one was sent wide and the other was saved resulting in a point. It was great to see 15 players togged out for hurling once again. The lads are now playing competitive hurling on a more regular basis, its not often a team scores 3-11 at u12 level and still end up losing. Next game is away to Whitescross next Thursday.
Team: C. Hourihan, E. Seymour, J. Sisk, A. McSweeney, D. O’Flaherty, M. Sisk, S. Browne, H. Andrews, S. Andrews, R. Van Pelt, S. Geary, L. O’Driscoll, D. Gregson, F. Herlihy, A. Maye.
MBHL V Grenagh – 30/4
Shamrocks 2-18, Grenagh 4-12
Apparently, Shamrocks came back from 14 points down at HT to salvage a draw in Grenagh, so well done on a great second half.
No report available.
Cork GAA Clubs Draw April 2015
Shamrocks GAA Club were proud and honoured to host the April Draw on Thursday night last (30/4/15) in the Grace McCarthy Rooms in the Clubhouse. There was a crowd down from all parts of the county along with members of the Shamrocks club and Executive, including our own draw coordinator Lorcan Aherne. Members of the Executive of the County Board were also present including the Hon Treasurer Pearse Murphy, the Senior Administrator Diarmuid O’Donovan and the PRO Edmund Forrest.
Shamrocks club Chairman Pat McCarthy welcomed everyone to the draw on behalf of the club. Pearse Murphy then spoke of the importance of the draw in the development of Gaelic Games in the county and said that Shamrocks were punching above their weight as regards their membership and complimented the club on their efforts to date. He also warned Dave O’Flaherty (Club Secretary) and Paddy Andrews (Underage Treasurer) who were facilitating the drums and balls for the draw that the host clubs rarely won on ther own patch.
Well, barely 5 minutes later he was proved wrong as incredibly one of Shamrocks very own, Diarmuid Murphy had scooped the top prize of €12000. We also had another winner at no 35, Roy Maye who won €150. Our incredible record in the draw was reinforced and the only conclusion that can be drawn is that our members are just lucky!
Afterwards, the crowd present were treated to sandwiches and refreshmets organised by the club and our Treasurer John Twomey (Shanbally).
Well done to all and congratulations to Deano and Roy!!!
JAFC V Valley Rovers – 2/5
Shamrocks 2-6, Valley Rovers 0-8
Shamrocks juniors booked their place in the quarter finals of the South East football championship with this fighting display over a resilient Valley Rovers on Saturday night in Ballinhassig.
Conditions were appalling for everybody and the wet surface, allied to a breeze blowing down towards the dressing room end, meant that possession and more importantly every single score was going to be of vital importance in the end.
Shamrocks played with the advantage of the elements in the first half and started brightly with Joe Shanahan kicking two great points either side of a well worked Brian Sweeney goal after good work by Dave Hayes. Shamrocks were motoring nicely after 10 minutes and led 1-2 to 0-1. However, Valley Rovers got to grips with the situation and took over for the rest of the half, largely through their ability to either win clean kickouts or mop up the breaks. They slowly chipped away at the Shamrocks lead with a few points before pointing just on HT to leave the teams all square at the break, Shamrocks 1-2, Valley Rovers 0-5.
The momentum along with the elements appeared to favour Valley Rovers as the second half began. Philip Brady, who did well after being introduced, put Shamrocks ahead just after HT but Valleys responded at the other end. This is the point in the match that Shamrocks really stood up to their opponents and from here to the end, they showed real fight, aggression and spirit which was great to see. The backs started to snuff out the Valleys attacks and the midfield pairing of Alan McCarthy and in particular Barry Mulqueen started to dominate. With enough ball being fed into the forwards, Darragh O’Sullivan blasted home a great goal 15 minutes in to put Shamrocks 3 points up, 2-3 to 0-6.
Rovers brought it back to a 2 point game and went in search of more scores but the game was won in the next 10 minutes as Shamrocks defended very well, kept Rovers out while at the other end, Barry Mulqueen and Darragh O’Sullivan popped over vital scores to open up a 4 point margin with time almost up. Valley Rovers brought in back to a 3 point game but Cannice Caffrey put the seal on the Shamrocks win with another point from play (all scores came from play) and that was it. A most deserving win for the greens and a real fillip going forward, this was easily their best display of the season.
Team: F. O’Neill, S. Andrews, R. Harrington, C. Kidney, M. Prout, C. O’Neill, J. Browne, A. McCarthy, B. Mulqueen, D. Hayes, J. Shanahan, J. Tuohy, D. O’Sullivan, B. Sweeney, R. Twomey. Subs used – C. Caffrey, P. Brady, S. Kidney.
U14 HL V Whitescross – 7/5
Whitescross 5-5, Shamrocks 2-11
Shamrocks made the journey to Whitescross last evening to play the home team in the U14 hurling league. This game was played on the second pitch in Whitescross. Both teams found the pitch condition extremely difficult to play hurling on as the grass had just been cut but it was left all over the pitch. In fact it was impossible to play any ground hurling at all.
The game itself was a close affair with the home team winning by 3 points on a score line of 5-5 to 2-11. An excellent second half was played by our lads and they didn’t deserve to lose this game. The backs were excellent throughout. Seán Browne at midfield was brilliant. He scored some points from all angles and was constantly running at their defence with blistering pace.
Our forwards found the going difficult. These lads tried their heart out. In fact three of them are still under 12. This team is improving all the time and can only get better with more games and training. A special thank you to all the parents who travelled and to Tim Hayes who went straight from work to help out with the managing of this team.
Team : Conor Hourihan, Mark Sisk (U12), Evan Seymour (Capt), Jody Sisk, Dylan O’Flaherty, Adam McSweeney (U12), Seán Browne, Robert Van Pelt, Seán Andrews, Dylan Gregson, Adam Maye (U12), Luke O’Driscoll, Fionn Herlihy (U12)
MFL V Crosshaven – 7/5
Shamrocks 8-13, Crosshaven 3-3
No report available.
MBHL V Nemo Rangers – 9/5
Shamrocks 3-15, Nemo Rangers 1-15
Shamrocks recorded a great win over Nemo Rangers in Trabeg on Saturday afternoon in the B league. They turned in a great performance and played some excellent hurling throughout the hour. Well done to all involved.
That’s the last league game in either code now for the Minors until after the State Exams.
U8 Football blitz – 9/5
Shamrocks hosted the latest Carrigdhoun Football blitz this morning. It was a perfect morning for football and this was borne out by the number of teams who entered.
Shamrocks has a good mix of young and old boys and as it was our first morning together, we weren’t sure what to expect. What we got was tremendous displays in all 3 matches played. We won all our games against Ballygarvan, Passage and Tracton. What was most pleasing was the performance of the younger lads ( we had some aged 5 and 6 years) who were brave and fearless against bigger and older opponents. The older lads lead by example and we got some fantastic scores in all games. Overall, most encouraging.
A special word of mention to the parents, grandparents and siblings who turned up in great numbers.
Also, thanks to Stephen and Brendan (our nominated referee!) for their assiatance this morning.
Shamrocks squad this morning – Cian Lynch, Ewan Clarke, Calum Gregson, Harry O’Leary, Cormac Brady, David Herlihy, Donal Herlihy, Shane O’Flynn, James Keane, Luke Jordan, Josh Busteed, Jason O’Driscoll, Ryan Barrett.
Car Boot Sale – 10/5
Well done to anyone who organised or participated in the underage fundraiser (boys and girls football) at the pitch on Sunday. It was a great success with many compliments flowing in.
Week Ended – Sunday May 24th, 2015
U16 CHL V Carraig na bhFear – 11/5
Carraig na bhFear 5-23, Shamrocks 0-2
It doesn’t look good but Carrig na bhfear will probably go on to contest league final this year in hurling. It was a match we were probably never going to win. But I want to thank the players who gave all the effort they could, in spite of the superior size age and talent of the opposition. R. Mehigan ran his legs of in the second half, leading by example as captains should. Well done Ruairí! Cillian Hayes played out of his normal position due to a last minute reshuffle. He came in to his own in the second half taking on the opposition from half back with long runs and unlucky not to convert on three or four occasions.
Players turned up to play carrying injury and illness and even the footballers who normally do not turn out for hurling turned up to show a united team front for their team mates and club so as to avoid fines and sanctions for non fulfilment of fixtures.
Thank you for that….Good luck to the boys doing Junior cert!!!!
During this period we will have “non contact” skills football training to prepare for the rest of the season for the whole team. The older members are to train hurling with the minors “non contact” skills hurling training.
U12 FL V Carraigtwohill – 13/5
Shamrocks 4-7, Carraigtwohill 3-7
Shamrocks and Carrigtwohill played out a great game of football in Carrigtwohill on Wednesday evening before Shamrocks just about recorded the win after a great fightback in towards the end of the game.
Carrigtwohill played down the hill with the aid of the wind in the first half and the Shamrocks lads found things difficult. They were defending well with Carrigtwohill possessing some good players, especially around the middle and they put the lads under serious pressure. Carrig opened up a 1-6 to 0-2 lead coming up to half time before Shamrocks were awarded 2 penalties. Both penalties were expertly put away by Cian O’Flaherty. After being outplayed for most of the half, the Shamrocks lads went in behind only losing by 1-6 to 2-2 and they could count themselves lucky as they didn’t play up to scratch.
Carrigtwohill started the second half by scoring a quick goal and again, they looked likely winners. But some of the Shamrocks players really stepped up to the plate and the move of Eoin O’Flynn to full forward worked as he was dangerous every time the ball was moved into him. Shane Darcy kicked a few points, sub Aaron Clarke kicked another vital score before O’Flynn scored a quickfire 2-1 from play to turn things around. Shamrocks had to withstand a great Carrigtwohill effort in the closing stages but they just held on to record their forth win in a row at this grade.
Well done to all the players, all 20 of them, who made the trip along with a large travelling support. That was 2 long away trips away for them in a row and the club appreciates their support and enthusiasm.
Shamrocks will switch to hurling next week and their next game is away to Kinsale on Saturday May 23rd at 2pm.
Panel: D. O’Brien, D. McCormick, M. Sisk, M. Foy, A. McSweeney, F. Herlihy, D. Carroll, D. Howard, S. Darcy, C. O’Flaherty. E. O’Flynn, J. Bartlett, F. Hayes, H. Andrews, A. Maye, A. Clarke, A. Brady, R. Barrett, J. O’Keeffe, C. O’Brien.
U14 FL V Tracton – 14/5
Shamrocks 3-10, Tracton 2-9
Shamrocks came from behind to defeat Tracton in the league on Thursday evening in Minane Bridge.
Tracton were the better team in the first half and led 0-8 to 0-5 at Ht. Shamrocks had started with a few points from Dylan O’Flaherty, Seán Andrews and Ronan Connolly before Tractons greater physical strength took over and they started to tag on the points. They moved into a 0-8 to 0-3 lead before Shamrocks recovered coming up to half time with 2 important points.
Shamrocks were in a right battle and things got even tougher straight away after HT when Tracton scored a great goal from their ever dangerous half forward. They now led 1-8 to 0-5. Shamrocks never panicked however and responded almost immediately with a great individual goal from Billy Hughes. This seemed to lift the lads and they took over and started to tag on the points. A Seán Andrews free put them in front with 10 minutes to go and a further two goals from Billy Hughes to complete his hatrick sealed the win, before Tracton scored a late goal themselves.
Overall, a great comeback with lots of team spirit shown. The players believed in themselves when the chips were down and got their reward. All players played their part including the 4 subs when introduced. Their next game is at home to Kiltha Óg (Castlemartyr and Dungourney) next Wednesday night.
Panel: C. O’Flaherty, E. Seymour, J. Sisk, D. Gregson, A. Egan, C. Hourihan, D. O’Flaherty, R. Connolly, S. Andrews, L. O’Driscoll, B. Hughes, S. Geary, H. Andrews, A. Maye, M. Sisk, R. Van Pelt.
JAHL V Ballymartle – 16/5
Ballymartle 3-18, Shamrocks 0-9
An expected lopsided win for Ballymartle in the Track on Saturday evening in the JAHL. Shamrocks were outplayed by a far better hurling side who mainly did their scoring in bursts when they wanted to.
Ballymartle led by 2-10 to 0-6 at HT; the opening 10 minutes had been competitive enough but Bally took over coming up to halftime. Shamrocks had played with the aid of the strong breeze in the first half but Ballymartle were always comfortable.
Again, the opening exchanges of the second half were even enough before Ballymartle decided enough was enough and they stretched away again to win comfortably. Some Shamrocks players were able to compete well with the Ballymartle lads but ultimetly, it was totally one sided for the 5th or 6th year in a row. In fact, Shamrocks didn’t score one single point from play in the entire game – minor player Andrew O’Grady did all the scoring from frees, some of which were excellent.
Team: C. Scriven, S. Kelleher, C. Kidney, S. Kidney, R. Murphy, S. Andrews, J. Browne, B. Mulqueen, J. Tuohy, A. O’Grady, A. McCarthy, F. O’Neill, D. Andrews, D. O’Sullivan, R. Twomey. Subs – C. O’Grady, D. O’Neill, M. Hitchmough.
U14 FL V Kiltha Óg – 20/5
Shamrocks 6-10, Kiltha Óg 1-3
Shamrocks kept their good run going in the football league with this comprehensive win over Kiltha Óg on Wednesday evening at Shanbally, when conditions were perfect for football. Kiltha Óg, a football combination of Castlemartyr and Dungourney, were no match for a Shamrocks team who were on top from the get go. It must be said that this was Kiltha Ógs second team but nevertheless, Shamrocks went about their business in an efficient manner, and many players got on the scorsheet. Shamrocks led at halftime by 3-7 to 1-2, Dylan O’Flaherty with a first half hatrick. The second half was more of the same really and Ronan Connolly, Sam Geary, Seán Andrews, Billy Hughes, Harry Andrews (1-4 from play off the bench) and Seán Browne added more scores, along with Andrew Egan from the first half.
So overall, a job well done as the players get ready for the big test in the championship on Friday of next week – Clondrohid at home at 7.30pm. Clondrohid will be miles better no doubt. It was also great to see 17 players togged out tonight.
Panel: C. O’Flaherty, E. Seymour, J. Sisk, C. Hourihan, S. Browne, D. Gregson, D. O’Flaherty, S. Andrews, A. Egan, B. Hughes, R. Connolly, L. O’Driscoll, S. Geary, R. Van Pelt, H. Andrews, A. Maye, M. Sisk.
U8 Hurling Blitz – 23/5
Shamrocks travelled this morning to Innishannon to take part in the latest u8 Hurling blitz. For the first time in quite a while, we managed to field 2 teams and credit is due to the boys that made themselves available.
It was a fantastic morning for hurling and the conditions suited our lads who proceeded to give an excellent account of themselves. In all we played 6 games (20 mins duration each) and we were well up to the standard.
Unfortunately, one of our players, Luke Jordan, picked up a nasty leg injury in the first game and was unable to continue. The good news is that he is recovering well and is raring to go to the next blitz! Best wishes, Luke and your spirit is admirable!
Again, we were tremendously supported and thank you to grandparents, parents, siblings etc for travelling in big numbers.
I would call on all the players to practise their skills at home as this is where all the hard work is done.
Special thanks to Stephen Keane for his assistance this morning.
Panel of players this morning – Ewan Clarke, Calum Gregson, David Herlihy, Donal Herlihy, Liam Walsh, James Keane, Luke Jordan, Barry O’Mahony, Cathal O’Donovan, Cian Lynch, Harry O’Leary, Josh Busteed, Shane O’Flynn & Calum O’Neill.
John Kerins Qualifying – 24/5
Shamrocks took part in the annual John Kerins u11 Football Tournament on Sunday in Passage West’s GAA grounds. Shamrocks had to enter the qualifiers this year due to the high number of participating teams.
Shamrocks had 12 players available for selection on this occasion, for what was an 11-a-side competition featuring 3 games of 12 minutes a side in each game. Unfortunately, Shamrocks didn’t qualify on this occasion, losing to Crosshaven and Ballygarvan (both srong) before finishing on a winning note by beating the host club Passage.
The lads were outstanding all day, they played over 70 minutes of football and they never gave up. What was most pleasing was that there was scope to experiment a little bit with the players and the mentors learned a lot over the few hours. Our thanks to the players, the parents and supporters and to the three coaches on the day Seamus O’Flynn, John Twomey (Ringaskiddy) and Pa Andrews. Thanks also to the John Kerins Tournament Organising Committee (An Garda Síochána), to Passage GAA and to our opponents and referees.
Panel: F. Hayes, A. Brady, M. Foy, S. O’Flynn, J. Bartlett, J. O’Keeffe, F. Herlihy, E. Clarke. Front: J. O’Leary, A. Clarke, D. Howard, D. McCormick, H. O’Leary.
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Week Ended – Sunday June 14th, 2015
U12 HL V Kinsale – 25/5
Shamrocks 3-5, Kinsale 3-5
Both teams played out great game of hurling in Kinsale on Monday evening and in the end, a draw was the result.
Shamrocks led at HT by 1-3 to 0-3 after Harry Andrews with 2 points from frees, Derry Howard from play and Eoin O’Flynn with a goal had given Shamrocks the advantage.
They were looking good midway through the second half as Shamrocks opened up a 3-4 to 1-3 lead after further goals from Harry Andrews from a powerfully struck free and a Josh Bartlett effort but Shamrocks took their eye off the ball somewhat and Kinsale scored 2 goals direct from a sideline cut and a long range free and it was all square. Neither team was able to get the winner in the remaining 5 minutes and so it finished up level.
Shamrocks are making progress slowly in their hurling at this level; some players more than others but it was pleasing to see that their first touch, that most important of components in hurling, has taken a step forward since the last game. Keep practising at home. They have a busy June between hurling and football so lets keep it together at this age group. Thanks to all the players and supporters who made the trip to Kinsale.
Panel: A. Brady, M. Sisk, D. O’Brien, C. O’Flaherty, F. Herlihy, M. Foy, H. Andrews, A. McSweeney, D. Howard, A. Maye, F. Hayes, R. Barrett, E. O’Flynn, J. Bartlett, J. O’Keeffe.
JAHL V Valley Rovers – 25/5
Valley Rovers 1-17, Shamrocks 0-11
U14 CFC R1 V Clondrohid – 29/5
Shamrocks 6-10, Clondrohid 6-6
Shamrocks entertained Clondrohid in Shanbally on Friday evening in the first round of the Football championship. Both theses teams remained unbeaten and were top of their respective leagues going into this fixture. This was the first championship game for many of these lads, it had all the ingredients for a cracker and it certainly lived up to its expectations.
Shamrocks lost the toss and played down the hill in the first half so to take advantage they felt they needed to clock up a big score. An early goal a point from wing back Sean Browne was the perfect start and the lads scored further goals from Dylan O Flaherty, Sean Andrews and Sam Geary. Clondrohid scored a few themselves and were well in the game at half time, the score reading Shamrocks 4-6 Clondrohid 3-3.
Strong words of encouragement were spoken at half time and the lads responded immediately with a cracker of a goal from Dylan O’Flaherty, however this was cancelled out immediately with a goal at the other end. At this stage Clondrohid were on top and had a few more points on the board before disaster struck. The referee showed a red card to a Shamrocks player for an apparent stamp on a player. He was the only one in the ground who saw this incident. The player himself was distraught as he didn’t know why he was sent off.
Shamrocks were down a man with fifteen to play and looked to be in trouble. Clondrohid were then awarded a penalty and scored and were now only a goal behind. Shamrocks rallied and a goal from Billy Hughes lifted the lads – a few vital saves from Cian O’Flaherty denied Clondrohid and Shamrocks got over the line. The final score read Shamrocks 6-10 Clondrohid 6-6.
Panel – Cian O Flaherty, Evan Seymour, Jody Sisk, Andrew Egan, Seán Browne, Harry Andrews, Dylan O Flaherty, Seán Andrews, Billy Hughes, Ronan Conolly, Luke O Driscoll, Sam Geary, Mark Sisk, Robert Van Pelt and Adam Maye.
U14 CFC Quarter Final V Grenagh – 4/6
Shamrocks 5-14, Grenagh 0-8
No report available except to say that Shamrocks were well on top throughout and are into the semi final of the championship after this win.
Cork GAA Clubs April Winner – Cheque Presentation
Diarmuid Murphy won the top prize in the April draw, hosted by Shamrocks. Below is the official presentation by the Treaurer of the Cork County Board, Pearce Murphy.
U14 FC Semi Final V Tracton – 12/6
Shamrocks 4-18, Tracton 2-8
This game was played in Kinsale the same time our junior hurlers were playing in Ballygarvan in their championship. We started brightly against a much bigger and physical Tracton side. We had 1-02 scored in the first five minutes before Tracton came back at us with some fine points and the scored an important penalty. We replied and scored our second penalty just on the half time whistle to leave us leading on a score line of 3-05 to 1-04. The goals came from two Dylan O Flaherty penalties and a Ronan Connolly special.
Tracton started the second half the more stronger and when they found the back of our net there was only a goal between the teams with twenty minutes left to play. We then took over and scored eight points without reply. The majority coming from the left boot of Sean Andrews. Tracton scored some nice points then in return but a beautiful goal from RVP (Robert Van Pelt) settled the game as a contest.
This was a fantastic team effort and the lads are getting their just rewards for the long hours they are putting in. Team Cian O Flaherty, Jody Sisk, Evan Seymour, Mark Sisk, Sean Browne, Harry Andrews, Dylan O Flaherty, Sean Andrews, Andrew Egan, Ronan Connolly, Luke O Driscoll, Sam Geary, Subs used, Robert Van Velt, Adam McSweeny, Adam Maye.
JAHC V Kinsale – 12/6
Shamrocks 3-10, Kinsale 2-10
U8 Football Blitz – 13/6
Tracton hosted this morning’s U8 Football blitz. Shamrocks fielded 2 teams – 16 players in total. We played Courcey Rovers, Kinsale, Carrigaline, Crosshaven, Sliabh Rua and Passage. All players acquitted themselves excellently.
Our thanks to all the parents and siblings for turning out in big numbers and for their assistance during the morning. Our next u8 blitz is a Hurling blitz in 2 weeks time and a suitable text will be sent in good time.
Squad – Jason O’Driscoll, Cathal O’Donovan, Kieran May, Harry O’Leary, Calum O’Neill, Euan Clarke, David Herlihy, Donal Herlihy, Shane O’Flynn, Diarmuid Cahill, Cian Lynch, Luke Jordan, Barry O’Mahony, Evan Browne, Matthew Nyhan and Shane O’Mahony.
Week Ended – Sunday June 28th, 2015
JAFL V Ballygarvan – 15/6
Ballygarvan 0-12, Shamrocks 1-6
No report available except to say that Ballygarvan finished much the stronger in the second half to take the league points.
U12 FL V Castlelyons – 15/6
Castlelyons 4-7, Shamrocks 4-6
Castlelyons came to Shanbally on Monday night and took the spoils by the smallest of margins. This was a great game played out by fantastic teams and went all the way to the wire.
Castlelyons had the better of the first half but Shamrocks came thundering back in the second after some great words of encouragement from managers Stephen Keane and Seamus O’Flynn. However, time ran out in the end after a great team effort.
This team are having a great season and we are delighted to welcome our newest player John Coleman on board who is proving a real asst. This is a very level league and anybody can beat anyone. Shamrocks are right in the mix and wont be far away by the end. Their only 2 defeats have been by 1 point each.
U14 CFC Final V Crosshaven – 16/6
Crosshaven 4-2, Shamrocks 1-10
The first final of the 2015 season was played in Passage between ourselves and Crosshaven in the U14 football East Board Championship. When both teams met in the league Shamrocks had a comprehensive victory. The final proved to be a different set up altogether. This was a totally different Crosshaven team. They were much bigger and stronger than the earlier one that we met. They started the final well on top and were leading on a scoreline of 3-01 to 1-00 after ten minutes. A few positional switches before the interval settled us down and we scored 4 points without reply to leave us losing by a goal at half time.
Great words of advice was given to the team and after some excellent displays from all our lads we found ourselves in front by 3 points with the full time whistle fast appraoching. The score at this stage was 1-10 to 3-01. Crosshaven threw all their big lads forward for the last few minutes and scored 1-01 in the very last minute to leave them leading by a point. The referee blew the full time whistle without allowing any injury time whatsoever despite the game being stopped on at least four occasions because of injuries. Crosshaven emerged victorious by the smallest of margins.
It was heartbreak for the players, mentors and the large number of Shamrock supporters. The mentors of Jed O’Flaherty, Tim Hayes and John Jordan deserve great credit for their effort, time and commitment with this team. Team – Cian O Flaherty, Jody Sisk, Evan Seymour, Mark Sisk, Seán Browne, Harry Andrews, Dylan O Flaherty, Seán Andrews, Andrew Egan, Ronan Connolly, Luke O’ Driscoll, Sam Geary. Subs: Conor Hourihan, Robert Van Pelt, Dylan Gregson, Adam Maye, Adam McSweeney.
U10 Hurling Blitz – 20/6
This blitz was hosted by Ballinhassig club.We were tight on numbers due to holidays etc.
We played Kinsale, Valley Rivers and Ballycastle Gaels (Ballyhooley). We hurled well in all games.
A number of younger lads stepped up to the mark and were excellent.
The older players – Josh Bartlett, Robert Barrett & Eoin O’Flynn – led by example and a number of hooks and blocks by these lads were outstanding.
Next blitz at this level is Football on 4th July – venue Tracton – texts etc will be sent in good time.
U12 HL V Laochra Óg – 20/6
Laochra Óg 6-9, Shamrocks 1-8
No report available.
U16 HL V Donoughmore – 22/6
Shamrocks 5,12, Donoughmore 2-9
Team; Shane Flavin, Evan Seymore, Cathal Murphy, Jodi Sisk, James Lynam, Daniel O Mahony, Ruairi Mehigan, Seán Andrews, Shane Downey, Luke O’Driscoll, James OCallaghan and last but certainly not least Mark Sisk.
It was a pleasure to watch. Two teams who had a good scattering of strong players and willing to play hurling as it is meant to be. Not a bad pull in the game. We started out with two early points from James Lynam from a 65 and Ruairi mMhigan from a free from about forty. Settled the nerves..
Seán Andrews scored a lovely point on the run. Ruairí added three more from frees six points before they got off the mark with one of their own from a free. Mark Sisk pulled on a bouncing ball in the square and buried it. They replied with one of their own and a point but two more goals from Shane Downey and Luke O’Driscoll left Shamrocks in a commanding lead at half time 3-8 to 1-6.
As you will know though hurling is a game where a lead like that can disappear in a flash.
Not going to happen because while we continued to score during the second half our goalkeeper Shane Flavin ( staking a claim on the position Permanently) stood tall on occasion to block and clear his line like a man with years of experience. The backs Evan, Cathal, Daniel, Jody under the marshalling of James gave nothing up easy and gave the captain Ruairí and the forwards plenty of ball to be working with..
While we had players on holiday i would like to quickly mention two players who were not on holiday but could not play Dave O’Sullivan (injured during minor game) and Sam Geary (Who offered to get out of a sick bed rather than leave us short).. Get well soon to both of you. Thank you to young Mark for filling in a pair of boots at short notice and to James O’Callaghan who got his first experience of hurling last night and happily told me afterwards he enjoyed it..
Until the next one….Slán tamaill
MBHL V Tracton – 25/6
Shamrocks 1-11, Tracton 1-11
No report available
Jimmy Doyle RIP
U12 HL V Grenagh – 26/6
Shamrocks 3-5, Grenagh 3-2
Shamrocks recorded their first win of the season with a merited victory over a strong Grenagh side.
We started well but failed to trouble the scoreboard whilst on top. Harry Andrews scored a “bullet” from a free and this seemed to settle us down. It was nip and tuck up to half-time but a Grenagh goal just before the break left the score level – 1- 2 a piece.
The second half started with us under pressure but our opponents failed to register a score during this period. Again we settled and led by 5 points following another superb Harry Andrews goal from a close in free. Unfortunately, at this stage one of our heroes on the night, John Coleman, suffered a very serious knee injury.
This set us back and Grenagh went on to score 2 goals in less than a minute to leave us trailing by 1 point with 5 miniutes to go. The spirit of this squad was then tested to the full.
Led by Mark Sisk, Fionn Herlihy and Adam McSweeney, who were magnificient all night, Shamrocks attacked in droves. With 2 minutes to go, Eoin O’Flynn latched onto a breaking ball to finish well to the net and followed this up a minute later to give us a goal lead which we held to the end.
This was our best performance of the season and all the lads played their part. The victory was soured by John’s injury and we wish him all the best in his rehab which may take some time.
It was great to hear the huge shout out for John by his fellow players in the dressing room later.
It would be remiss of me not to mention Kieran & Catherine Sisk, Anna Barrett and Niamh O’Brien for their wonderful support and assistance – we surely have special people associated with this age group. Thanks to all the other grand-parents, parents and siblings who travelled and supported us on the night.
Panel – Adam Maye, Fionn Herlihy, Daniel O’Brien, Robert Barrett, Mark Sisk, Adam McSweeney, Harry Andrews, Derry Hurley, John Coleman, Josh Bartlett, Eoin O’Flynn, James O’Keeffe, Marc Galland.
U8 Hurling Blitz – 27/6
Innishannon hosted the latest installment this morning. Again we fielded 2 teams. Both teams performed very well against all their opponents.
We had a very large following and a big thank you to them for their support. These lads are coming along nicely and hopefully we will see the reward in the years ahead.
Squad – Cathal O’Donovan, Diarmuid Cahill, Cian Lynch, Shane O’Flynn, David Herlihy, Donal Herlihy, Barry O’Mahony, James Keane, Evan Twomey, Josh Busted, Luke Jordan, Kieran May, Conor Coleman, Calum Gregson.
U16 HL V Kinsale – 28/6
Kinsale 4-12, Shamrocks 3-6
No full report available.
Shamrocks played very well and were keeping with Kinsale until the home side got 2 late goals to put a gloss on the scoreline. The Shamrocks lads tried very hard all through.
Week Ended – Sunday July 12th, 2015
Club Ciarán 2015 – Day 1 (June 1st)
Pairc Tadgh Ó hAinnlaoi was brimfull of youngsters all aspiring to be at the top of their trade in years to come. Club Ciaran 2015 went into motion.
And the boys and girls from the Parish along with their Coaches were a source of delight for any hurling enthusiast. They all want to play hurling and set the scene for another great week to the start of their Summer holidays.
With a well prepared pitch and all facilities set for the challenge, much praise is due to John Jordan and Donal Turner for their preparatory work.
We had a splendid setting and well matched by the enthusiasm of the Club Ciarán participants.
Sincere thanks to the organisers and all the parents and guardians who have displayed so much goodwill.
Club Ciarán 2015 – Day 2
Club Ciarán 2015 – Day 3
Club Ciarán 2015 – Day 4
The week has flown and day 4 has come to a successful conclusion. The levels of enthusiasm from both the participants and Coaches is truly astonishing. They all like very much, what is going on.
Surprise visitors today was a crew from TG4. They were doing a programme based on the locality and Club Ciarán gave them a very real flavour of what our Club and Community is really like. The Crew were watered and fed by Deirdre in her busy kitchen.
Tá an lá deireanach ag teacht!
Club Ciarán 2015 – Day 5
They say, all good things come to an end and perhaps this is the perfect cliche in describing our Hurling Week for the year 2015.
It was surely a good week and the levels of satisfaction and fulfilment could be easily seen on the faces of the boys and girls who participated. Their parents and guardians shared that phenomenom too and remarks overheard went like this – ‘a pity there isn’t a second week – the coaches were brilliant – I’m a better hurler now – I have made new friends – we can’t wait for next year to come”
All the hard work and preparations carried out by the organisers bore fruit and ensured a pleasant and memorable week for all who took part. A special word of thanks again to Donal Turner and John Jordan who were first on site each morning and last out long after finishing time. Deirdre ably assisted by Charlotte kept the busy kitchen going and all visitors were well fed and watered.
The Shamrock Club can reflect with great pride and satisfaction on a wonderful week of hurling at CLUB CIARÁN.
MBHL V Ballygarvan – 1/7
Ballygarvan 0-16, Shamrocks 1-10
No report available
U10 Football Blitz – 4/7
U12 FL V Cill na Martra – 4/7
JAFC V Tracton – 4/7
U16 HL V Kinsale – 5/7
Kinsale 4-12, Shamrocks 3-6
Team; Shane Flavin, James Lynam, Cathal Murphy, Evan Seymour, Daniel O Mahony, Jody Sisk, Ruairí Mehigan, Cillian Hayes, Shane Downey, Seán Andrews, Luke O’ Driscoll and Mark Sisk.
A big thank you to the parents who travelled on Sunday to the top of Dunderrow for this fixture. Your help getting the team to the matches is vital.
The top of the hill is wide open at Kinsales new ground and the wind was the real deciding factor for this fixture. Both teams scored more or less the same against the wind, with Shamrocks scoring 1-03 in the first half and Kinsale scoring 1-04 in the second. So the advantage went with the team with wind. Kinsale and Shamrocks had a fairly even spread of talent around the pitch but Kinsale took their chances in the first half while Shamrocks were unluky not to score yhree goals extra in the second. Good goal keeping from the Kinsale number 1 and the uprights stopping our forwards.
It was a good flowing game and a pleasure to watch but it hurts me as much as the players when we walk off the pitch thinking of what might have been. You can do better all-round!
James Lynam came to me on the pitch after and apologised for not doing better. My message to him and anyone else who felt the same way….. Learn from this loss. Remember that ache in your gut after and if you don’t want to feel it again. Try Harder!!! I said at the start of the year that ye could be champions.
Champions don’t just happen they work hard and earn their status.
In the words of one great “Dont practice til you get it right… practice til you cant get it wrong “ See you at training…
JAFC Quarter Final Replay V Tracton – 8/7
Shamrocks 2-11, Tracton 1-11
U16 CHC V Lee Gaels – 10/7
Lee Gaels 5-6, Shamrocks 2-3
Unfortunately, Shamrocks bowed out of the championship at the first hurdle in Dripsey on Friday night. Due to holidays mainly, they were very short on the night and couldn’t get any sort of challenge going. Lee Gaels ran out comfortable winners.
Week Ended – Sunday July 28th, 2015
MFL V Lee Gaels – 17/7
Shamrocks 5-4, Lee Gaels 5-10
No report availble
U14 CFL V St Catherines – 22/7
Shamrocks 7-19, St Catherines 3-4
Shamrocks U14 Footballers had their first outing since their championship defeat on Thursday evening at home to St Catherines.
The lads started well and led by 2-11 to 1-2 at half time. This was a real team effort and all sixteen players were used on the night. A special mention for Aaron Twomey who was outstanding all thru and scored 4 points on his return to the team.
This win means that a semi final spot is guaranteed now. Well done all.
Team on duty Cian O Flaherty, Evan Seymour, Dylan Gregson, Dylan O Flaherty, Conor Hourihan, Sean Browne, Aaron Twomey, Billy Hughes, Andrew Egan, Sean Andrews, Sam Geary, Ronan Connolly Harry Andrews, Robert V Pelt, Adam Maye and Adam Mc Sweeney.
JAFC Semi Final V Courcey Rovers – 24/7
Shamrocks 1-8, Courcey Rovers 0-9
Week Ended – Sunday August 9th, 2015
MBHC V Lisgoold – 29/7
Lisgoold 3-12, Shamrocks 0-12
No report available
U14 HL V Kiltha Óg – 29/7
Shamrocks V Kiltha Óg
Shamrocks lost by about 8 point here, scoreline to follow. Shamrocks were actually doing very well here in this game, only a point down at HT to the league leaders. But Kiltha Óg brought on all their strong players at HT and pulled away in the second half. Still, it was a commendable performance from our lads.
JAHL V Ballinhassig – 4/8
Ballinhassig 3-21, Shamrocks 2-12
U10 Football Bitz – 8/8
Shamrocks u10 footballers played in the blitz in Bishopstown on Saturday morning. They had 11 players and played Mayfield, Sliabh Rua and Glanmire and won all 3 games. They impressed their opponents with their play. Well done to the players and thanks to the grandparents, parents and supporters for travelling to Bishopstown on such short notice.
MFL V Cobh – 9/8
Shamrocks 5-18, Cobh 5-5
No report available.
Week Ended – Sunday August 23rd, 2015
U16 FL V Lee Gaels – 11/8
Shamrocks 4-8, Lee Gaels 2-4
No report available.
U8 Football Blitz – 15/8
Tracton hosted this morning’s u8 Football blitz. Shamrocks had 9 players togged out. They played Tracton, Ballinhassig and Kinsale and won all their games convincingly. Shamrocks had a number of younger lads and they were fantastic.
Thanks to all parents and siblings for their support. Special mention for John Jordan who has attended all blitzes and has been our nominated referee as well. Well done to all.
JAHC Semi Final V Ballinhassig – 16/8
Ballinhassig 2-28, Shamrocks 0-12
Shamrocks and Ballinhassig met in the semi final of the hurling championship on Sunday morning with Ballinhassig overwhelming favourites. Shamrocks played well in the first half slippery conditions and made life difficult for Ballinhassig. They really got stuck in and were in Ballinhassigs faces throughout the first half. Andrew O’Grady was unerring from frees and scored 0-6, also adding a beauty from play alongside Mark Hitchmough’s inspirational point from play just before HT. The game had been level at 0-4 to 0-4 after 15 minutes before Ballinhassig stretched it to a 3 point game with 10 minutes to HT. However, Shamrocks refused to give in and battled to a 0-10 to 0-8 Ht deficit. All to play for in the second half.
Five minutes into the second half, Ballinhassig led Shamrocks by 0-11 to 0-9 and Shamrocks were well in the game and giving Ballinhassig plenty to think about. It was hard to believe at this point that Ballinhassig would go on to win the game by a whopping 22 points.
At the 35 minute mark, as all good hurling teams do, in an instant, Ballinhassig went 0-13 to 0-9 up and then the turning point arrived straight after when a long delivery went all the way to the Shamrocks net for a lucky goal. That was the end of the game as far as Shamrocks were concerned. The life was sucked out of the Shamrocks challenge and Ballinhassig used the last 25 minutes purely for shooting practice.
Shamrocks rallied in the middle of this barrage with Brian Sweeney and Alan McCarthy scoring some lovely points from play but Ballinhassig coasted to the end. This was a courageous display from Shamrocks for the 35 minutes but once the goal went in, the difference in class was all too evident to see as Ballinhassig pressed the accelerator button. They will take a lot of stopping.
Thanks and well done to everyone involved. Best wishes to 16 year old David Andrews who ended up with a broken arm for his troubles. On the other side of the coin, it was great to see Brian Sweeney back playing his first game since his serious injury back in June.
Team: C. Scriven, C. Kidney, S. Kidney, J. Tuohy, A. McCarthy, B. Sweeney, J. Browne, B. Mulqueen, A. O’Grady, R. Twomey, D. Scriven, M. Hitchmough, D. Andrews, C. O’Neill, F. O’Neill. Subs used – A. Boland, S. Andrews, T. Murphy.
U16 CFC V Whitescross – 17/8
Whitescross 2-14, Shamrocks 2-4
No report available
Underage Trip to Naval Base – 18/8
The u14’s and u12’s made a trip to the Naval Base on Tuesday morning. They were 24 players in total and 5 adults from those age groups.
Ellis Coveney was their guide for the day and he brought the group on a very detailed and interesting tour of the entire base. The lads got to see the inside of many historic and important buildings and got a boat tour of the Naval Shipyard where 5 of the Navys ships were anchored, including 2 brand news ones. The highlight of course was when they lads got to sit behind real gun turretts and hold bullets and missiles. Thankfully, nobody was injured on this occasion. To round out the day, the party was treated to dinner in the canteen.
Thanks to John Twomey (Ringaskiddy) who has spent the last few weeks organising the event. also, thanks to the Navy themselves and to our guide Ellis for their wonderful reception. Well done to the lads who were very well behaved on the day and thanks to the parents for the transport down.
MCFC V Crosshaven – 19/8
Crosshaven 3-10, Shamrocks 2-10
Crosshaven got the better of Shamrocks in the championship on Wednesday evening in Camden.
Crosshaven were much the better team throughout. This was a vastly different team and performance from earlier in the year when Shamrocks comfortably won the league game. They totally dominated the middle third of the pitch and all the ariel challenges – they won every kickout bar one. This gave them the platform to dominate possession – roughly 70% to 30% throughout the match.
Crosshaven scored an early goal and Shamrocks spent the rest of the first half trying to peg this back. The teams were responding to each others scores – the Shamrocks scores coming from Darragh Scriven, Cillian Hayes, Andrew O’Grady from a free and Shane Downey. And just before HT, Cillian Hayes was on hand to finish a rebound to the Crosshaven net to leave Shamrocks leading by 1-7 to 1-5 at HT, the only time they led in the whole game.
Crosshaven completely dominated the first 12 minutes of the second period, the ball didn’t leave the Shamrocks half at all. They scored 3 points and added on a goal from a penalty to leave themselves in the driving seat. Shamrocks had to start all over again to peg back the 3 point deficit with 15 minutes to go. But they weren’t winning enough ball at all and attackes were sporadic. Andrew O’Grady from a free and Shane Downey kept Shamrocks in touch but Crosshaven scored a vital goal with 5 minutes of ordinary time left and they went 7 points up.
Chris Hayes scored a wonderful goal from 30 yards out from the resultant kick out and the margin was down to 4 points. However, Crosshaven held onto the ball for the remainder of the game and ran out deserving winners. Shamrocks looked a tired team by the end, its been a long season. 5 of these players will end up playing 3 championship matches this week alone.
Thanks to the players and management for a huge effort all year. The footballers can still qualify for the knockout stages of the league.
Team: C. Corkery, S. Kidney, C. O’Grady, T. Murphy, C. Scriven, D. Barry, D. Scriven, S. Downey, M. Hitchmough, C. Hayes, A. O’Grady, C. Murphy. Subs – C. Hayes, B. Crowley, S. Flavin. J. Lynam, D. O’Sullivan, D. O’Mahony.
U14 CHC V Donoughmore – 20/8
Donoughmore 5-12, Shamrocks 3-5
Its been a bad week for our championship teams at all levels and the latest team to exit the championship were the U14 hurlers at home to Donoughmore on Thursday evening in Shanbally.
Donoughmore scored an early goal but Shamrocks replied with a cracking shot from Harry Andrews. The teams traded points throughout the first half, the Shamrocks scores coming from Seán Browne, Seán Andrews and Robert Van Pelt. They also traded goals – when one team scored a goal, the other team went down the field and replied (Luke O’Driscoll and Harry Andrews again for Shamrocks). They teams were fairly evenly matched in that half but the one difference was that Donoughmore had a greater spread of scorers and their full forward line was threathening and more dangerous. A sign of things to come possibly?
Indeed. Donoughmore, with a rejigged team, completely dominated the second half. Their forwards just added on the scores and the young Shamrocks team were unable to replicate their first half display and reply to those scores. They kept trying until the end but all they had to show for the second half was one point. So their championship season is over. Thanks to Tim, Jed and the players for their efforts this year so far.
The Shamrock lads still have 3 hurling and 1 football league game to play and are also (still) awaiting their opponents in the County C Football grade.
Team: C. Hourihan, E. Seymour, A. McSweeney, M. Sisk, D. O’Flaherty, J. Sisk, S. Browne, R. Van Pelt, S. Andrews, H. Andrews, L. O’Driscoll, S. Geary. Subs used – A. Maye, C. O’Flaherty.
Phil O’Sullivan RIP
He was part of that great Junior Hurling team of the 1950’s and 1960’s that were involved in so many great games. In those years Shamrocks and Ballinhassig dominated Junior Hurling in South East Cork.
One game worth recalling was the semi final of the Hilltown Gold Medal tournament played on the feast of St. Peter and Paul, 29th of June 1961. In those days this day was a Church holiday. The game was played on a Thursday night in Carrigaline against Passage who had won the Intermediate County title the previous year. A huge crowd turned up and the were treated to a stirring and hard fought game. Nearing the end Passage were defending a one point lead. Phil Sullivan won a great ball on the fifty yard line and beat the centre back and headed for goal. The Passage full back advanced but Phil spotted Josie Hickey moving inside and put the ball through to him quickly and he hit the back of the net to record a mighty victory. Shamrocks went on the win the final defeating Ballinhassig with Joe O’Driscoll captaining the team.
U10 Hurling Blitz – 22/8
Shamrocks u10s travelled to Trabeg this morning as Nemo Rangers hosted this latest instalment. We travelled with 17 players and entered 2 teams as a result.
This weakened us somewhat but it was an opportunity of exposing the younger lads to a higher standard of hurling that they had not previously encountered.
Results are not important at this level as the emphasis is on basic skills. We have a bit to do but we have the players to do it. We will have to go back to weekly training to improve our skills.
We played St. Finbarr’s, Nemo Rangers, Cloughduv, Whitechurch, Sliabh Rua and Valley Rovers.
Thank you too all the players for an excellent turnout and to the grandparents, parents, siblings and friends for their support.
Message to the players – Keep practicing at home!!
U21 BHC V Valley Rovers – 23/8
Shamrocks 1-13, Valley Rovers 2-9
Week Ended – Sunday September 4th, 2015
U12 Football Challenge V Valley Rovers – 24/8
The u12s played a great challenge against Valley Rovers tonight in Shanbally. Valleys play at a higher grade than Shamrocks and took the win. If Shamrocks had been able to convert a few of their at least 10 goal chances, it would have been much closer. Valleys won 7-2 to 0-8. But the lads competed very well all through but just couldn’t score! Management were happy enough afterwards. Thanks to the players for a big turnout.
U16 FL V Ballinora – 24/8
Shamrocks 6-15, Ballinora 3-5
Shamrocks played a gallant Ballinora side in the U16 East board football league in Shanbally last night. After the disappointment of losing in the championship the week before to Whitescross, it was a great credit to the players that they raised their game to the required level to succeed at this level.
Both sides exchanged some early points and then Stephen Fox took over and scored two quick fire goals to give us a cushion approaching half time. Shane Downey and Cillian Hayes were dominating the half forward line while Josh Linehan along with Dylan O Flaherty were also a thorn in the Ballinora side. Ruairí Mehigan got the better of the midfield battle and he was aided by the excellent Daniel O Mahony who is improving with every game he plays.
The young half back line of Sean Andrews and Jody Sisk contested every ball that came their way and indeed set up many attacking passage of play down both wings. The full back line of Cathal Murphy and Evan Seymour did their job with little fuse. Shane Flavin in goal again proved what a vital asset he is to this team. His saves and distribution were a joy to all that was present. The young subs of Cillian O Mahony, Sam Geary and Luke O Driscoll all got valuable playing time.
We finished up comfortable winners but the pleasing aspect of this was the attitude, desire and most of all the performance after last weeks tamely exit from the championship.
JAFL V Kinsale – 25/8
Shamrocks won handy in the end.
U16 FL V Grenagh – 27/8
Grenagh comfortably won this league game played in Grenagh on Thursday night. Grenagh are still involved in league and championship and were sharper throughout, apart from a couple of scoring rallies form Shamrocks.
What was noteworthy was that Shamrocks never once gave up. Grenagh led by 2-5 to 1-1 at HT, Dylan O’Flaherty with a goal and a point from play midway through the half.
Grenagh played good fast football and tagged on more scores before Ruairí Mehigan with agreat goal and Cillian Hayes from a point reqistered Shamrocks scores in the second half. Fair play to the lads for battling on until the end. Thanks to them and to John Twomey (Ring) and the parents for making the long trip through the tunnel traffic and squally showers to support and encourage the players.
Team: S. Flavin, C. Murphy, E. Seymour, D. O’Mahony, Nikita, J. Sisk, R. Mehigan, C. Hayes, S. Downey, D. O’Flaherty, J. O’Callaghan, S. Fox, C. O’Mahony, S. Geary.
U12 Football Challenge V Crosshaven – 29/8
Crosshaven 5-7, Shamrocks 5-0
Once again, Shamrocks took on a higher graded team, in this case a Crosshaven team top of their table. It proved to be a Jeykll and Hyde display from Shamrocks.
After starting the brighter, Shamrocks went out of the game and Crosshaven’s strong players came to the fore. They scored 5 goals in a row and it was desperation time for Shamrocks. They managed to steady the ship somewhat and Harry Andrews scored a goal just before HT. HT score was Crosshaven 5-4, Shamrocks 1-0.
A bit of a talking to at HT worked the trick and Shamrocks came more into it. They scored a couple of quick goals through Cian O’Flaherty, Derry Howard and Mark Sisk. The rest of the game was played out in an even manner more or less with all the subs getting game time.
This is the end of the football season for the u12’s. They had a good year and can count themselves unlucky that they didn’t qualify for the final of the league. Attendance at training and matches has been excellent with the attitude spot on. Our thanks to the managers/coaches of Stephen Keane, Pa Andrews and Seamus O’Flynn ably assisted by John Jordan and Catherine Sisk on communications. If something was stirring at u12, Catherine made sure the players and parents knew about it! Well done to the players and parents for their support also.
JAFC Final V Ballinhassig – 30/8
Ballinhassig 1-11, Shamrocks 1-9
Shamrocks came agonisingly close to a first South East Football title in 21 years in Riverstick on Sunday but in the end, it was the all conquering Ballinhassig who took home the honours for the 2nd time in 4 years.
Shamrocks had high hopes going into this game that they would end their drought and confidence was high but it was plainly obvious that Shamrocks lost this game in the 14 minutes after half time. Leading 0-7 to 0-5 at the break, Ballinhassig took over completely at midfield and won every ball in the air. They suffocated Shamrocks and scored 4 points from 4 kickouts between the 35th and 39th minutes to move 0-9 to 0-7 ahead. They continued to dominate and Shamrocks couldn’t even get the ball out of their own half. As if things couldn’t get any worse, their burst of dominance was underlined when a high ball into the Shamrocks square was spilled and the Ballinhassig full forward toe pocked home the easiest goal he’ll ever score. Talk about a hammer blow. That made it 1-9 to 0-7 with 15 left.
Earlier on, the first half belonged to Shamrocks and their patient (sometimes slow) hand passing build up play began to pay off coming up to HT. The 2 sides were evenly matched for the first 20 minutes with the teams swopping points at regular intervals. Barry Mulqueen, Darragh O’Sullivan, Philip Brady from a free and Cannice Caffrey with 3 great points from play were the Shamrocks scorers. Shamrocks dominated the last 10 minutes of the half with loads of possession and felt confident going in at HT with the 2 point lead.
However, Ballinhassig came out determined to reverse things and cleaned up at midfield until Shamrocks brought on Brian Sweeney. His introduction stemmed the tide and settled Shamrocks somewhat and after the Ballinhassig goal to put them 5 points up, Joe Shanahan collected the ball out on the 45 yard line and went on a mazy run around and through defenders before crashing home a low shot to the Ballinhassig net from the 21 yard line. Shamrocks were back in the game with 13 minutes left.
Ballinhassig worked the ball upfield and stretched the lead to 3 points again before Shamrocks responded with 2 points, one a magnificent effort from Brian Sweeney from way out the field, them other from Darragh O’Sullivan. The score read Ballinhassig 1-10, Shamrocks 1-9 with 5 minutes to go. This was as close as they got as a few fumbling errors cost Shamrocks when they desperately needed to get the ball into the forwards. Ballinhassig remained calm and broke upfield to kick what would be the insurance point. Shamrocks didn’t get an opportunity to fashion a goal chance in the 2 minutes of injury time. Referee Alan O’Connor blew the final whistle and Shamrocks were left to ponder another final defeat. Such a pain!
The team, players and management deserve great credit for their displays this year. Nobody gave them a chance at all and its hoped that all the players will stay on next year to give it another go. Also, well done to the magnificent supporters who were in tremendous voice today. The roar for the goal was massive! Best of luck to Ballinhassig in the county.
Team/Panel: F. O’Neill, S. Andrews, R. Harrington, C. Kidney, J. Browne, C. O’Neill, J. Tuohy, A. McCarthy, B. Mulqueen, D. Hayes, J. Shanahan, M. Prout, D. O’Sullivan, P. Brady, C. Caffrey. Subs used – S. Kidney, B. Sweeney, D. Scriven, M. Hitchmough, R. Twomey. Others: J. Wilson, S. Collins, A. Boland, R. Murphy, S. Hurley, C. O’Grady, S. Downey.
U8 Hurling – 29/8
Shamrocks brought a panel of 12 players to u8 hurling blitz in Brinny this morning.
We played Sliabh Rua, Courcey Rovers and Ballygarvan. Manager, Shane O’Donovan was thrilled with the performances and made special mention of the younger lads. Thanks to all who travelled and supported.
Inter County Under 15 Hurling Tournament for the Ted Hanley Memorial Cup – 29/8
U21 B Hurling Championship V Tracton
Tracton started much the better and were 1-4 to 0-1 ahead after 10 minutes and they kept attacking. Shamrocks hung in there up until 20 minutes in, mainly through Andrew O’Gradys frees and a nice point from Chris Hayes. However, Tracton got in for a second goal before HT and it left it 2-8 to 0-5 at HT for Tracton.
Once again, Tracton did most of the pressing in the second half and it took Cormac Scriven in goal to deny them on 3 separate occasions with excellent saves. Chris Hayes scored 2 great goals from play to keep Shamrocks in the game but by the 45th minute they were still 8 points down, 2-14 to 2-6. They finished the stronger and had a few goal chances saved and scrambled away. Tracton finished out the game to move onto the final.
While defeat was their lot, their play suggested many better things going forward. 11 minors started the game out of the 13; this was surely one of the youngest u21 teams ever put on a hurling field. But they played with spirit throughout and never shirked the challenge. Thanks to the players for their efforts this year and to the management team of Colin Brady, Johathan Tuohy and Aidan O’Leary.
Team: C. Scriven, S. Kelleher, S. Kidney, A. Boland, M. Hitchmough, D. Barry, T. Murphy, A. O’Grady, C. Hayes, R. Twomey, C.O’Grady, D. Scriven, B. Crowley. Subs – K. Murphy, E. Desmond.
U10 Hurling Blitz – 5/9
Our lads played excellently in all games. All players got plenty of game time.
Week Ended – Sunday September 20th, 2015
U12 Hurling Challenge V Crosshaven – 7/9
Shamrocks and Crosshaven played out a challenge game on Monday night in Camden. It was pleasing to see Shamrocks reverse the league from earlier in the season. The team were evenly enough matched but the visitors finished the stronger and scored some great points to open a gap. Shamrocks had 15 players togged and everyone played the whole game and made valuable contributions. On the scoresheet for Shamrocks on this occasion were Harry Andrews, Eoin O’Flynn, Aaron Clarke, Adam Maye and Dara McCormick.
Panel: A. Maye, A. Brady, M. Foy, D. McCormick, F. Herlihy, M. Sisk, R. Barrett, J. Coleman, A. McSweeney, S. Foy, H. Andrews, D. Howard, A. Clarke, E. O’Flynn, D. O’Brien.
U12 Football Challenge V Kinsale – 15/9
Shamrocks travelled to Kinsales second pitch on Tuesday night. The night was dark and murky and the game finished in near darkness. Kinsale were preparing for a B grade semi final and Shamrocks were up against a good, strong, physical team. This was good preparation for our lads going forward. Shamrocks must have night goggles on towards the end of the game as they finished the stronger to force a draw, 4-2 to 2-8, Eoin O’Flynn with the four Shamrocks goals. This was their last football game of the season and the team have definately improved as the year has gone on.
Team: C. O’Flaherty, M. Foy, F. Herlihy, A. Brady, D. McCormick, M. Sisk, A. McSweeney, S. Darcy, R. Barrett, A. Clarke, H. Andrews, F. Hayes, D. O’Brien, E. O’Flynn, A. Maye, J. Bartlett, N. O’Sullivan, S. Foy, J. O’Keeffe.
U10 Football Blitz – 19/9
U14 CFC Co Semi Final V Doneraile – 20/9
Doneraile 4-9, Shamrocks 2-7
Doneraile proved just about too strong for a gallant Shamrocks team in the County C football Championship played at a wet Watergrasshill. Doneraile had the better footballers, especially their bigger players and they played to their strengths, keeping these players in the game all the time. Their handling was better on the greasy surface while Shamrocks spilled a pile of ball and couldn’t win anything in the air. It was a testament to them that they hung in there right to the end and never gave up.
Doneraile started way stronger and their centre forward, an excellent footballer and the best you’ll see at this level anyway, was causing all sorts of problem for the Shamrocks defence early on. They raced into a 1-3 to 0-0 lead after 10 minutes with the aid of the breeze and driving rain. Shamrocks slowly got back into it and registered some points from Dylan O’Flaherty (via the crossbar), Seán Andrews and Andrew Egan. 1-5 to 0-3. Shamrocks dominated the final 15 minutes of the half but only had a single point to show for all their possession. Lots of ball was wasted in this time. The half time score was 1-6 to 0-3 for Doneraile.
The second half was tight for the first 10 minutes until the battling Shamrocks team scored a great Dylan O’Flaherty goal to make it a two point game. Their tails were up and they sensed a comeback. It was now 1-7 to 1-5 with 15 minutes remaining. However, Doneraile scored 2 goals inside a minute from two high sideline balls into the square and this was followed by another Doneraile goal two minutes later and at 4-7 to 1-5, that was it. Shamrocks never gave up and Harry Andrews was rewarded with a goal 2 minutes from time.
Week Ended – Sunday October 10th, 2015
U12 Hurling Challenge – 21/9
Shamrocks played Ballinora on Monday evening in Ballinora in their latest challenge game. Ballinora finished top of B1 in the East division and proved too good for Shamrocks on the night. Shamrocks had a very young team out due to clashes with other codes etc, featuring only two u12 players and six u10 players. Still though, the selectors were happy enough with the lads performance – much work still remains to be done, especially the practising at home part and first touch, but their blocking down for example was excellent on the night.
Team: D. Howard, D. O’Brien, M. Foy, A. McSweeney, F. Herlihy, R. Barrett, M. Sisk, D. McCormick, A. Clarke, J. Coleman, S. Foy, E. O’Flynn.
U8 Hurling Blitz – 26/9
We played Crosshaven, Carrigaline and Ballinhassig.
A tremendous game where all players got a game at some stage and the result was a draw.
U8 Monster Football Blitz – 3/10
The final u8 Football blitz was held this morning with Nemo Rangers providing the excellent venue.
We had 20 players togged out and entered 2 teams.
Aghada, Crosshaven, Passage, St. Finbarr’s and Douglas were our opponents on the day. We played very well and all players got plenty game time.
We had great support this morning and thank you to everybody for making a big effort this morning.
That completes our u8 Football blitzes for the year. Congratulations to all for making this a very successful year. All the boys were presented with medals at the end of the blitz.
U10 Monster Football Blitz – 3/10
Shamrocks had 13 players togged out – a good mixture of young and old. Shamrocks played Fermoy, Bishopstown and Mayfield.
These were strong physical teams but our lads coped well and won two of their games.
Thank you to the grandparents, parents etc for turning out in big numbers and supporting the lads.
The u10 Football year is now finished and congratulations to all the players for a fantasic effort during the year.
Cork Footballer, Conor Dorman, met all the players and medals were presented to all after the blitz.
U8 Football Blitz – 10/10
Shamrocks travelled in force to Na Piarsaigh GAA grounds this morning.
They had 19 players togged out and entered 2 teams and played Carrigtwohill, Na Piarsaigh & Mayfield. Good strong physical games were played and the lads were well up to the task.
This was the final blitz of the year and medals were presented afterwards.
We should mention the wonderful help Deirdre May provided during the year – texting, handling queries, Academy work etc. In addition, John Jordan hardly missed a blitz – thanks John!
Seamus O’Flynn, Shane O’Donovan & Stephen Keane coached the lads through most blitzes.
Parents, grandparents, siblings, friends – all made for wonderful atmospheres at the different venues during the year – sincere thanks to all!
Finally, to the players – well done on a great year and lets keep it going now with the Academy and the indoor training when it starts in November.
Minor Co CFL Semi Final – 10/10
Shamrocks 5-8, Kildorrery 2-7
Shamrocks are into the County C League Final after this win over the visitors to Shanbally on Saturday evening.
A strong breeze blew straight up the pitch and Shamrocks played with it in the first half. They would want a few points lead such was its strength but they got more than they bargained for. They scored 4 goals in the first half and dominated possession and could have had even more points. David O’Sullivan scored two goals, one from the penalty spot, David Andrews drilled home another and Andrew O’Grady finished off a 45 yard run with another unstoppable shot. Mark Hitchmough and Andrews had scored the Shamrocks points. Kildorrery themselves scored a penalty just before halftime to just about keep themselves in touch. HT score read Shamrocks 4-4, Kildorrery 1-1.
Whatever chance Kildorrery had of staging a comeback evaporated straight after halftime as Darragh Scriven scored another Shamrocks goal. David O’Sullivan and David Andrews slotted over some more points and the game was effectively over. Kildorrery did keep plugging away and mounted a comeback of sorts with a goal and a couple of points but Mark Hitchmough and Shane Downey from a close in free kept Shamrocks ticking over and the game was out of reach of Kildorrery long before the end.
So Shamrocks are through to the Co League Final at this grade, details of which will be announced as soon as we know. They have also to play Lee Gaels in the East Final at a later date. So after a layoff since July, the Minors have some important games to look forward to in the next few weeks – training continues. There was a great turnout of players for this game as well.
Week Ended – Sunday November 24th, 2015
Donal Enright RIP
U14 CFL Semi Final – 18/18
Clondrohid 4-11, Shamrocks 2-8
The Shamrocks season at u14, which promised so much earlier in the year, ended in another semi final defeat, this time to Clondrohid who made the trip to Shanbally on Sunday afternoon. Shamrocks had beaten Clondrohid in the first round of the championship by 4 points and this was a nice bit of revenge for them. They were fired up, they had that bit more football, they were match fit and they carved open Shamrocks especially in the second half, in which they dominated after making some astute switches.
For Shamrocks, its a disappointing end to the year – a lost final and two lost semi finals. They played some great football all year but ended up with nothing to show for their efforts and their lack of football showed today. Still, they have found some new players this year and can look forward with confidence to the next few years.
Shamrocks played their best football in the first half and at one point opened up a 7 point margin, 2-6 to 1-2. Seán Browne and Seán Andrews scored the Shamrocks goals and Dylan O’Flaherty and Andrews did most of the point scoring. At this point things were looking good, but Clondrohid scored the next 1-5 without reply either side of HT and they controlled matters until the end, adding on a few more goals and points. Shamrocks just could not break down the Clondrohid defence for the few goals they needed.
Thanks to the players, the management team of Jed and Tim and to the parents for their efforts this year.
Panel: C. O’Flaherty, E. Seymour, D. Gregson, A. Egan, S. Browne, J. Sisk, D. O’Flaherty, S. Andrews, B. Hughes, A. Twomey, S. Geary, L. O’Driscoll, C. Hourihan, R. Van Pelt, M. Sisk, A. Maye.
Thomas Aherne RIP
He has left us a legacy which will be almost impossible for any person to follow. However, we can acknowledge his work by doing something positive for our Community and Charities that need a helping hand. We say good bye to a local Christian Gentleman, Ní bheidh a leithéad ann arís.
Charlie Maye RIP
East MCFL Final V Lee Gaels – 22/11
Shamrocks 5-10, Lee Gaels 0-9
Shamrocks are the league champions for 2015 after this comfortable win over Lee Gaels in Waterfall on Sunday afternoon. This Lee Gaels team had beaten Shamrocks earlier on in the league stages by six points and had beaten them two years ago in the championship at u16 so the result is pleasing from a Shamrocks point of view. As the scoreline suggests, Shamrocks were able to get goals when it counted most and the game was over as a contest long before the finish.
Shamrocks started brightly and were not to relinquish their early lead for the whole match. They opened up a 1-3 to 0-0 lead inside the first 10 minutes and drove on from there. Gaels were quite unlucky with a couple of chance they had themselves for goals, flashing 2 wides and hitting the post and the crossbar in the first half. Shamrocks capitalised on this and went in ahead 2-8 to 0-3 ahead at HT, a comfortable lead in the conditions.
Shamrocks dominated the next 15 minutes and put the game beyond Lee Gaels, who finished strong but couldn’t break down the Shamrocks rearguard for the all important goals. Shamrocks ran out deserving winners in the end. The players and management have put in a big effort this year between the hurling and the football and it was nice to finally have some silverware to show for it. They still have to play Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh in the Co League Final at a date not yet determined.
Underage AGM – 24/11
The underage held its AGM in the Grace McCarthy rooms on Tuesday night. There was a good crowd there between male, female and some of our minor players which was great to see. The main outgoing officers of Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer gave their annual reports, which were well received.
All outgoing officers of the underage were elected for 2016. The team mentors for 2016 were also addressed.
Week Ended – Sunday December 27th, 2015
Death of Teddy White RIP
Puc Fada 2015