Castlemartyr GAA Club News

28 February, 2013

JFL Div 2 Castlemartyr 1-12 Ballinacurra 2-6
On Sunday last our Junior Footballers played their first league game against Ballinacurra. It was played in Castlemartyr in perfect conditions. Castlemartyr led from the beginning to end but came under a lot pessure in the last 20 minutes, during which it was a time of holding out. This was possible due to a goal from Jamie Stack midway through the second half and a late point by James Barry to cement the victory. Another highlight was a tremendous penalty save from Michael John Cremin. The game finished on a scoreline of Castlemartyr 1-12 Ballinacurra 2-6. It was good to get the 2 points but it is clear that there is a lot of hard work to come if we are to compete in championship.

MJ Cremin, C Moran, R O Donovan, D McAuliffe, D Ó Tuama, B Smiddy, J Lawton, O Smiddy, A Bowens, L Martin, M Hodnett, Brian Ó Tuama, Barra Ó Tuama, J Stack, E Clifford.   Subs: A Collins, G Swayne, C Beausang, J Barry, A McAuliffe, D Scully

AGM Report
A good crowd turned out at our recent AGM which took place in the national school. Chairman Dave Fleming opened proceedings and then handed over the floor to secretary Donagh McCarthy. As usual Donagh gave a comprehensive report on a busy 2012 which didn’t bring any silverware but at the same time was a reasonably successful year with the Junior A footballers reaching the East Cork semi-final and the Junior A hurlers reaching the league semi-final. The other main highlight in the report was the completion of the ball alley which was in the pipeline for many years and finally opened for use in 2012.

Frank Hayes then presented a summary of the income and expenditure of the club in what was a busy year with the aforementioned ball alley. The figures showed that we are still keeping our head above water which is credit to Frank after such a expensive year just gone.
John White then gave an brief report of the year gone for Kiltha Og which is now 10 years in existence. In was a very successfully year for the juvenile club with 2 county titles returning to the parish, minor football and U15 hurling.

Next up was the Chairman’s address. Dave Fleming, who is stepping down after 4 years in the top job gave a report in which he stated what an honour is was to be chairman. It was a very productive and successful 4 years for Dave with 2 East Cork hurling titles coming to the club and the completion of the ball alley which Dave took on as a project when he took over and was the main driving force behind its completion. Huge thanks must go to Dave for all the time and effort he has put in as chairman.

It was then on to the election of officers for 2013 with a number of jobs at the top table becoming vacant. Carey Joyce took over the baton from Dave Fleming and he will be ably assisted by Bernard Lawton who took over as vice chairman from Christy O’Sullivan. While both roles will have a hard act to follow, there is now doubt that both men have shown great commitment to the club over the years and will be eager to make their own mark at the top table.
All other positions had no change of personnel so the top tables lines out as follows:

Chairman: Carey Joyce
Vice-chairman: Bernard Lawton
Secretary: Donagh McCarthy
Treasurer: Frank Hayes
PRO: Damien Roche

Next on the agenda was the appointment of team managers. One major difference here this year was the addition of an U21 team following an amalgamation at this grade with Lisgoold. This is the first time in a number of years we will have competed at U21 level so it is a major positive for the club . The full list of team managers is as follows:

Junior A Hurling: Cha O’Neill
Junior A Football: Barra O’Tuama & Brian Lawton
Junior C Hurling: Donagh McCarthy
U21: Joe Stack, Bill Moran & M J Cremin

That wrapped us a positive AGM with everyone looking forward to the year ahead.
Membership 2013
Membership for 2013 is now due are a number of different rates apply :
Player in employment: €100
Payer & partner or family €125
Player not in employment, non-playing Adult or 3rd level student: €50
Non playing couple: €70
2nd level student or OAP: €25
Payment can be made through any officer of the club.
Fitzgibbon Cup
This year, Castlemartyr has a significant interest in the Fitzgibbon cup as two Castlemartyr players are part of the UCC team that have reached the semi final which is due to take place on Fri 1st March. The Lawton brothers, Brian and Barry have both featured heavily in UCC games to date in this competition so we would like to wish them the best of luck in the semi final against UCD.