Castlemartyr GAA Club News

15 August, 2011

East Cork Junior 'A' Hurling Championship Quarter Final

Castlemartyr 3-13

St. Ita's 1-11

Castlemartyr booked their place in the East Cork semi-final and a re-match with Dungourney after a confortable victory over St. Itas in Copper Alley last Sunday afternoon.

St. Itas led by 2 points at the break but had a big wind advantage which Castlemartyr took full advantage of in the second half. Evan O'Keeffe opened the scoring for Castlemartyr with a point. Ita's then struck over a 65 after Dave Fleming in the Castlemartyr goal deflected a St. Itas shot out over the end line. Ita's then followed with a further 3 unanswered points to give them a 3 point lead.

Brian Lawton then raised a white flag after some great work from Damien McAulliffe and a Jimmy Smiddy free reduced the deficit to just a single point. Quick thinking Brian Smiddy then found Brian Lawton with a quick free and he split the posts. Ita's the struck for a goal after their danger man Seamus Harnedy weaved his way through the Castlemartyr defence and struck a powerful shot to the Castlemartyr net.

Castlemaryr responded in the best possible way though with a goal of their own when Barry Lawton found Evan O'Keeffe in space and he rattled the Ita's net to level the game at 1-4 apiece. Ita's then went 2 clear again from placed balls before Brian Lawton won a puck out and scored a beauty of a point.

Another Ita's free left the half time score at 1-7 to 1-5 in Ita's favour. Castlemartyr got the perfect start to the second half when Brien O'Tuama got in behind the Ita's defence to our second goal to put us 1 point up. Ita's responded quickly with a point but from this point on Castlemartyr were to dominate the game scoring 7 points without reply.

Barry Lawton was beginning to play a major role in the game after being out to centre forward and he scored a point after gathering a Dave Fleming puckout.

Further points from Brian Smiddy (free), Brian Lawton, Jimmy Smiddy (free) and Evan O'Keeffe gave Castlemartyr a comfortable lead before Ita's pointed a free to try and reduce the deficit.

Jimmy Smiddy then had a point from play before minutes later gathering a long Brian Lawton delivery to turn a shoot past the Ita's goalie for our third goal of the game. Ita's finished the game with two pointed 21 yard frees which to leave the final score 3-13 to 1-11. Castlemartyr will be happy with their performance but will know that it will take even more of an effort if they are to even come close to avenging the defeat to Dungourney in the 1st round of the championship earlier this summer.

Scorers for Castlemartyr: J Smiddy 1-3 (2f), E O'Keeffe 1-2, B O'Tuama 1-0, Barry Lawton 0-4, Brian Lawton 0-3 and B Smiddy 0-1f.

Team: D Fleming; O Smiddy, R O'Donovan, B O'Tuama; D O'Keeffe, B Smiddy, D McAuliffe; A Bowens, B Lawton; J Smiddy, S Hennessy, P Horgan; B O'Tuama, E O'Keeffe, B Lawton.

Sub: M Bowens for D McAuliffe (42)

East Cork Junior 'A' Hurling ChampionshipSemi Final

Castlemartyr now go on to meet Dungourney in the East Cork semi-final next Saturday night, 20th Aug. The venue is Aghavine with a 6.30pm throw in.


2 Monthly Draws @ 20 per month 1st Draw August 2011 2nd Draw September 2011 Monthly Prizes 1st 1000, 2nd 50,0 3rd 400, 4th 300,

Tickets are available from the following committee members as well as all players. Dave Fleming (Chairman) 087 2265560 Cha O'Neill (Vice Chairman) 087 2062930 Donagh McCarthy (Secretary) 087 2115205 Frank Hayes (Treasurer) 086 2461643 Damien Roche (PRO) 087 3365101

We would like to inform you about our annual fundraising draw for 2011 which is taking place over two months with draws to be held in August and September. The monthly subscription is €20 with substantial cash prizes to be won each month.

Our club caters for players from 5 years of age upwards, and fields teams in both hurling and football at all ages from U8 to Adult.

While we always strive to produce good players and successful teams, the main focus of the club is to facilitate and actively encourage as many players as possible, of all ages, to participate in and gain enjoyment from our national games.

We are constantly striving to provide the best possible facilities for all our players, within the limited resources available to us. We have recently received planning permission for construction of a covered ball alley / training area, and we hope to progress with this project within the next few months.

The cost of this new facility will add an extra burden to the normal operating costs associated with the provision and maintenance of our facilities, and the running costs associated with all our teams.

Our main source of income in meeting these costs is our Annual Club Draw. In the past all our members and supporters have been very supportive of this draw and we would be very grateful of your continued support.

Club members will be calling around to houses within the next couple of weeks, to collect subscriptions for our first draw to be held in late August. Alternatively you may contact one of the club officers as per details below.

As always your support would be greatly appreciated.