Glenville GAA Club News

09 December, 2011

Glenville GAA notes

Glenville GAA club held its AGM on Thursday night last in front of a large gathering in the community centre. Over the course of the evening a number of important topics were up for discussion. Chairman John Halbert thanked everyone for the tremendous work that went on over the previous twelve months by so many people in all facids within the club from running teams from Premier Intermediate level to U6, Martin Purcell cutting both pitches, the commitee running the lotto and the many other fundraising events , the delegates  attending the various divisional and County board meetings on a fortnightly basis, field committee,. The list is endless but every job done is much appreciated. With the number of teams and games and of course the knock on financial implications  because of this combined with the on going and increased running costs to run the club ,the challenges facing us to keep the ship afloat as it were is greater than ever and of course is ongoing. Funds need to be generated  to maintain and improve what we have and we continue to value the community support both financially and volunteerally. Dedicating  an hour a week to the club can makes a massive difference. Glenville realising this situation still continue to invest for the future and the new floodlighting system installed at the beginning of the year is testament to this being of enormous benefit in fixing games in the hectic period at the beginning and end of year when games seem to be at their peak,and the juvenile section with the increased number of games also reap the benefits of this.
Before proceedings got underway Diane Kelleher daughter of the late Padraig Kelleher speaking on her late fathers tragic death during the year, eloquently  spoke about the clubs contribution at the funeral time and equally importantly since and this was deeply appreciated by the Kelleher family. The club had lost a great clubman and Dianes words touched everyone present which shows the level of respect that everyone had for him. Also the club lost a former clubman in Ned Fitzgerald who served the club as treasurer and secretary for many years.
Eventhough adult silverware eluded us in 2011 the heartening thing was that every team performed admirably throughout the year and played with great spirit and verve.. The Premier Intermediate after a shaky start to the season improved greatly as the championship went on gave a great display in bettering  Carrigaline by 5 points in Blarney before loosing out to Nemo in  a game that we certainly should really have won. Still this team if they can realise their definite potential can be serious contenders in this competition as it’s a pretty even field with everyone a potential outright winner.
The Junior B team had to pick from a very depleted squad and gave great performances against Midleton, Lisgoold and St Catherines before loosing out to a very strong Castlelyons in the semi final stage.
The U21s again performed very well easily defeating Russell Rovers but failing to Carrigtwohill after a fantastic battle in the semi final stage. 2012 should see a strong surge from this group with only one over age from the current squad.
Minor footballers had an eventful roller coaster campaign defeating St Finbarrs in the opening round after extra time by a single point played in Togher. Carrigtwohill and Canovee were both defeated by a slender margin in the next rounds while we then played Donoghmore in the semi final and after finding ourselves four points down again we resurrected ourselves to force yet another draw after extra time. We won the replay pretty easily. A strong Cobh side defeated us in the final but we still went forward to the County semi final where ilen Rovers easily defeated us.
The underage section continue to grow with every Wednesday upwards on 100 players training in Fouhy Park which is a great sight. Continuing to coordinate this is Dave Cooke and great credit goes to him in organising this and his many band of coaches who give of their time. The fruits of this great work were seen as the U14 Footballers achievements this year winning the County, East region and league titles and playing with great style and panache in the process. Just shows hard work pays off.!!
With all this great work being done the future for Glenville Football is in safe hands but it’s a case of grasping the nettle and putting in the hours. 
A discussion surrounding the participation of the Junior teams ensued. Many felt that the second team would be better employed playing in the A championship due to the timing of the B competition and the gap between both championships is not doing any team ay favours. It was also decided that the Minor team be employed in the Premier grade for 2012.
Officers for 2012
Chairman      John Halbert,           Vice Chairman Paud o Neill,
Secretary     Eimear Maloney        Assistant secretary Noel Cahill
Treasurers      Finola Bracken and John Fenton
PRO    Richie Cahill               Cultural Officer   Enda Maloney
County Board    Liam Cahill                East Cork Board      Colman Driscoll

Executive members.
Oliver Manley, Jimmy Leary, Martin Purcell, Paudie Cahill, Tadhg Fitzgerald, Ger Murphy, Frank Halbert, Diarmuid McCarthy, John Meehen, Diane Kelleher, Dave Cooke, Eamon Fitzgerald. Kieran Coakley.

Football Teams for 2012
Premier Intermediate, Junior A, Junior B, U21 B, Premier Minor.