Castlemartyr GAA Club News

27 August, 2012

Castlemartyr GAA Notes 26/07/12
East Cork Junior A Football Semi Final
Castlemartyr 0-11 Fr. O’Neills 2-12
Castlemartyr were hoping to reach their first East Cork football final in over 20 years against Fr O’Neills in Midleton on Sat but came up short on the night. They say goals win games and this was certainly the case as Fr O’Neills found the net twice and these two goals proved the difference over the hour. The first of these goals came directly from the throw in as Castlemartyr were not switched on and Fr O’Neills cut through the heart of our defence and opened a three point lead with barely twenty seconds on the clock. Another point from play extended their lead. Playing into a strong wind Barry Lawton had 2 points from play to settle Castlemartyr. The second point came after good work by Brian Lawton before he played a pass to Barry. Fr O’Neills then pointed to restore their 3 point lead. Barra O’Tuama then set off on a great run from wing back in a move that saw Brian O’Tuama score a point with a left foot shot to narrow the gap to 2 points. Next came the games big turning point when a long range O’Neills free came back off the post to a waiting forward who finished to the corner of the net to open a 5 point gap between the sides. Castlemartyr responded well to this setback however and had two points. Jamie Stack pointed a free after Adrian Bowens was fouled and Barry Lawton continued his great start to the match with his 3rd point from play. Fr O’Neills finished the half stronger with 2 points to leave the half time score at 2-4 to 0-05.
Castlemartyr would have been reasonable happy to be starting the second half only 5 points down but with a strong wind at their back but they did not get the start to the half they were looking for. Fr O’Neills had 4 unanswered points to give them a cushion of 9 points. Credit must go to Castlemartyr however as they didn’t throw in the towel. Player manager Barra O’Tuama got a trade mark points from wing back and then we were thrown a life line as Maurice Hodnett was fouled inside the square and referee Michael Walsh awarded a penalty to Castlemartyr. Jamie Stack stood up and hit a good low shot to the keepers right but he got down well to make a great save. Jamie made up for this miss minutes later with a great point from play and further points from Maurice Hodnett and Eddie Clifford reduced the deficit to 5 points with 7 minutes remaining.  Our momentum was stopped however by 2 Fr O’Neill points and in the dying minutes 2 Eddie Clifford points were cancelled out by 2 Fr O’Neill points to give the men from Ladysbridge a 7 point margin of victory. They will now go on to play the winners of Glenbower Rovers and Erins Own who meet in the other semi-final and we wish them the best of luck. Credit must go the our team however who played some great football over the year and especially to the management team of Barra O’Tuama, Brian Lawton and Tony Barrett who took on the job and got us so close to the East Cork final.
Team; MJ Cremin, O Smiddy, R O’Donovan, D McAulliffe, Barra O’Tuama (0-01), B Smiddy, J Lawton, A Bowens , Brian Lawton, Brian O’Tuama (0-01), Barry Lawton (0-03), J Stack (0-02, 0-01 f), M Hodnett (0-01 f), J Smiddy, E Clifford (0-03) Sub Used: K O’Leary
Castlemartyr GAA club would like to extend its deepest sympathies to the Lawton family on the recent passing of James Lawton. James was a passionate follower of Castlemartyr GAA and his presence will be missed at club matches in the future. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
Chris Morans VESA trip to Fiji 2012.
Having returned home to Ireland after what was a truly incredible and eye-opening trip to the amazing country of Fiji with ‘Volunteer Eco Students Abroad’ in June, I would once again like to reiterate how extremely grateful I am to the numerous individuals and local businesses who  generously offered their  overwhelming support to my own fundraising endeavours without which I would not have been allowed the opportunity to partake in this unforgettable experience, one which I would unhesitatingly recommend to any young person out there.   
Myself and nearly 50 other students from Ireland, England, Scotland and Canada spent an amazing week in the tiny and isolated village of Dravo (Located roughly one hour from the Capital city, Suva, in the east of Viti Levu, the largest of the many Fiji islands) where we were kindly accepted into the homes and lives of the locals who truly made us feel like part of their families, whilst we carried out both constructional and educational work in the local school. Reflecting on what really was an indescribable experience, all I that I can say is that the remarkably  humble, hospitable and friendly people of Fiji have made a lasting impression on myself regarding the simple values of sincerity, generosity  and gratitude and have broadened my outlooks and perceptions on life itself.
Throughout our stay, I made a conscious effort to take as many pictures as my camera could store in order to give people back home here in Ireland a better impression of the experience. All are welcome to view these photos on my own facebook page. Although they say that ‘a picture paints a thousand words’, I can honestly say that words cannot encapsulate the life lessons learned throughout this incredible trip.
Many thanks again,
Chris Moran.