Midleton GAA Club News

29 October, 2012


Junior C Hurling Final
Midleton 0-08 Dungourney 0-07
Our Junior C hurlers clinched back to back East Cork titles on Friday evening last when they had one point to spare over Dungourney. They game was played under lights in Killeagh in dry but very cold conditions. Midleton made the better start and led by four points to one after 15 minutes. Midleton lost Stephen O’Brien early in the game and this led to the introduction of Coleman Quirke. Dungourney had the better of the second quarter but were finding it hard to put scores on the board. Midleton were also struggling to convert what limited chances came their way. At half time Midleton led by 0-05 to 0-02. Dungourney started the brighter in the second half and hit a purple patch where they scored three unanswered points. At this stage the momentum was with them and it looked like their greater physical size and experience would be the deciding factor. However a couple of frees from Andy Rea settled Midleton nerves. However back came Dungourney again  to level the game as we entered added time. It looked like a draw game which I think most people would have seen as a fair result. However Midleton had one last attack and when the ball broke to Andy Rea his pace made an opening for him self and he duly converted from thirty yards out off his right side. It was the winning score and one that did not look likely as we entered the final quarter. It was a great team performance as to a man the Midleton players left it all on the pitch as they battled away against very worthy opponents. The cold condidions meant it was not the prettiest of games but for honest effort from both teams it was hard to beat.
        Goalkeeper Coran Swayne made a vital save early in the game and was solid throughout. The full back line of Colm Leahy, Joe Collins and Tom Motherway never gave their opponents a moments peace. The half back line of Liam Walsh, Brendan Ferriter and Barry Fitzgerald worked hard for the hour with Barry particularly prominent in the third quarter when we were under a lot of pressure. Youngsters Keelin Kennedy and Alan Stanton had good games in the midfield. Andy Rea worked hard throughout as did Patrice Tschamanga who showed his talents are not just with the big ball. Veteran Coleman Quirke who was introduced early for the injured Stephen O’Brien was prominent throughout and worked tirelessly to the end. The experience of Coleman and his brother Muiris was vital as the game seemed to be drifting away from us in the second half. Dara O’Keefe and captain Gearoid Fitzgerald worked their socks off in what was a great team performance.
   The subs when called upon all played their part. Congratulations to team mentors Gavin Power, Michael Tobin and Ger Lawton on completing two in a row. The game was well controlled by referee Michael Walsh from St. Catherines.

After the game East Cork Board Chairman Michael O’Brien presented the Michael Foley Cup to winning captain Gearoid Fitzgerald.

Midleton team: Coran Swayne, Colm Leahy, Joe Collins, Tom Motherway. Brendan Ferriter, Barry Fitzgerald, Liam Walsh, Keelin Kennedy and Alan Stanton, Stephen O’Brien, Patrice Tschmanga, Andy Rea, Muiris Quirke, Dara O’Keefe, Gearoid Fitzgerald. Subs Coleman Quirke, Brian Fitzgerald, Paul O’Brien, Shane Goulding. Brian Rossiter, John Shanahan, James O’Leary,

Junior B Football Championship
Midleton 1-12 to Glenbower Rovers 0-06
Our Junior B Footballer opened their East Cork campaign with a comfortable win over Glenbower Rovers on Tuesday of last week. We now awaitt the winners of Cloyne and Russell Rovers in the next round.
Team: Dara O’Keefe, Brendan Ferriter, Sean Corcoran, Liam Clohessy, Colm Leahy, Eoin Walsh, Jerome Curtin, Patick O’Mahony, Patrice Tschamanaga, Keith Ryan, Michael Keohane, Paudie Farrell, Davy O’Brien, Pat Fox, Olla Bella.

Junior Football League County Semi Final
Midleton 1-06 Buttevant 1-09
On Wednesday of last week we travelled to Kildorrery to face Buttevant in the County Football League semi final. Afetr an hour of play we came out the wrong side by three points. We were level through a penalty with ten minutes to play but our opponents added three unanswered points to see them through.
Team: Dara O’Keefe, Brian O’Sullivan, Barry Fitzgerald, Brendan Ferriter, Eoin Ferriter, Seamus O’Farrell, Joe Collins, Declan Ryan, Patrice Tschamanga, Kieran Mulcahy, Paul Barry, Pa White, Willie O’Brien, Oisin Cotter, Olla Bella.

Junior B Hurling Championship Final
The final of the East Cork Junior B Hurling Championship takes place this coming Saturday November 3rd in Caherlag with a 3.30pm throw in when Midleton face Sarsfields in what should be a cracking game. Midleton have reached this stage with wins over Killeagh in their opening game, they then defeated St. Catherines in the quarter final and overcame Carrignavar in the semi final. Sarsfields have defeated Youghal in the quarter final and Dungourney in the semi final. The standard of hurling served up to date has been very high by both finalists so heres hoping for the same again on Saturday. Best wishes to the players and mentors Gavin Power, Mick Tobin and Ger Lawton on Saturday.

Midleton GAA Gym Membership
Our Gym is now open for Membership. Priority will be given to applications from existing Club Members and their immediate families, former players with Midleton GAA and Members of Midleton Ladies Football Club. Further details are available on our Club Website and from any Club Officer. Gym Membership for an existing Member of Club is €70, Non GAA Club Member is €100 and for spouse or sibling of Gym Member is €50. Contact Ian O’Brien or John Fenton for further details.

Midleton GAA Lotto
26th October. Jackpot €10,600
No winner. Lucky Dip winners of €40
Nora O’Reilly, c/o The Bingo.
Michael Tobin, St. Mary’s Road, Midleton.
Kathleen Fitzgerald, Shanagarry.
Jo Crowley, Clonmult, Dungourney.
Nora Higgins, c/o The Bingo.

Next weeks Jackpot €10,800
Thank you for your continued support.
If you wish to pay for your Club Lotto by direct debit please contact a member of the Club Executive who can supply you with a mandate form.


Juvenile Notes

Fe 15 County Hurling Championship Win
For the second time this year Midleton’s Fe 15’s took on Erins Own in a hurling final. Last time round the Magpies came out on the wrong side of the result. The lads came into this game smarting from the defeat and even before the match started they looked to have a resolve which was missing from their previous effort.
Midleton got the perfect start to the game with a goal in the opening minutes. The teams traded points for the rest of the first half with Midleton defending stoutly while facing into a good wind and kept the one goal lead going into the break.
The second half saw Erins Own starting the stronger but it didn’t take long for Midleton to up their gear and use the wind to their advantage. The longer the game went on the more Midleton tightened their grip and a second goal in the late stages of the game ensured the Magpie win on a scoreline of 2-12 to 0-09. The whole of the Midleton bench was used in the game which will no doubt make this bank holiday weekend one to remember for the players and their families.
The team and its selectors have waited a good number of years for a county title and their hard work and patience have finally paid off. Well done to all.
Juvenile Registration Day
For those who missed the registration day you can talk to your child’s team mentors who will have registration forms. Their details are on the club website under their individual teams.
With the nights closing in and the main pitch closing for the winter team training venues and times will be changing. Keep an eye on the club website www.midletongaa.com on the juvenile team page for your child’s team training times. Team managers will update teams by text when changes are due. We would ask parents to encourage their children to practice during the week even if the weather is bad, parents can practice catching the ball indoors. For players from junior infants to Fe 9 please remember to bring your €2 to training sessions. This money is vital to keep the juvenile section of the club funded.

Club Gear
With Christmas fast approaching, club playing and leisure wear or vouchers can be purchased for presents. Just contact any of the team selectors or you can enquire through the club website www.midletongaa.com