Castlemartyr GAA Notes

17 May, 2009


Looking back, this was a hugely enjoyable and successful event held in the GAA pitch on Sunday the 10th of May last .Everything went off smoothly, and luckily, the sun smiled on all the patrons present.

The hit of the day was the bouncy slide which the kids gained huge enjoyment from. The pirate and princess kept the kids entertained also with face painting and balloon making which added hugely to the festive atmosphere.

Activities on the field of play got underway around 3.30 with John Whyte and his crew organising a game of rounders for the underage kids. Rounders is in fact a recognised GAA field sport and the players involved had great fun learning and playing this ancient game.

The Kiltha Og u-8’s under the tutelage of John Cashman gave a fine exhibition of football and hurling playing one half of each. Also the Kiltha Kids u-6 and u-7 gave a fine display of no-nonsense hurling .Many of the spectators were spellbound by the commitment and honesty of the small ones, and clapped them off the field at the end of their endeavours.

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But the main event..............................

CASTLEMARTYR Over 30’s...............................2-7

CASTLEMARTYR Under 30’s.............................1-6

It was billed as the game of the Masters v the Apprentices and the Masters proved by the end of this hugely entertaining game that they had plenty to teach yet.

The young lads were first out onto the pitch but they must surely have been intimidated, when the oul fellas galloped out to a rousing reception and to the strains of The Sunday Game theme ringing out around the ground. Pa Beausang from Midleton was quick to lay down a marker in the pre match warm up, becoming embroiled in a skirmish with Mark Bowens. Referee Eoin McGovern flashed Pa the yellow card yet again and the tone for the game had been set.

Basher Lawton Sr. operating on the 40 was quick to settle and was showing well for ball and seemed like a player who was on a stimulant of some kind. He covered acres of ground, playing like a man possessed and one would never think that he and Mary recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. Johnny Morgan playing full forward was also into the tempo of the game early and rolled back the years with 3 long range points in the first half that dissected the posts and left the youngsters gaping in astonishment.

Back in the backline Noel Curtin was manning the centre back spot steadily and was getting great assistance from his speedy wing backs Dagger Walsh and Sean Leahy. Pa of course, looked like he had never been away and made life a living hell for any poor opponent that came his way. Fong in goals brought off one spectacular save and must surely come into the running to dislodge the long serving MJ Cremin in the Junior A team. The aforementioned MJ Cremin although well at the wrong side of 30 himself, chose to pitch his lot in with the younger brigade in what was rumoured to be an attempt to harm the current P.R.O. Lining out in the forwards he looked like a fish out of water and though he lacked nothing in effort, one could say that he was certainly no Morgie. His penalty miss at the death missed the target, but unfortunately struck an unwitting spectator in the midriff, thankfully causing no damage.

Brendan Cantwell never put a foot wrong in the full backline and looked like he could still do a job at junior level and Ciaran Collins never a fan of the big ball showed that it’s never too late to teach old dog new tricks. Donal Burke drove his team on from midfield throughout and dominated this area of the field.

Up front the Masters had plenty of firepower to call on. The Seamus McClellan shimmy was resurrected again and big Mossy Duggan showed he was capable of a mean side-step too. John Whyte was full of tireless endeavour and did some clever running off the ball which troubled the youngsters defence. Jason Barrett played his part too, and Joe Stack caused pandemonium every time he got his hands on the ball.

Surprise packet of the day though was The Greengrocer himself Johnny Walsh, who although not having crossed the white line since his u-14 days showed all the cuteness of Seamus Darby, when tucking in a well taken goal. It was the little nudge on poor Dan Barry’s back, which went unseen by the otherwise excellent and unbiased referee Eoin McGovern, but picked up by cameraman Eamon Roche that proved crucial. Jim Deehan Sr. also give an impressive display and will be remembered forever for winning a hard earned free, while becoming entangled with himself soloing the ball.

Hurling keeper David Fleming saw plenty of action also and Marty O Keefe used his supreme fitness to good effect covering lots of ground in the Brian Dooher style.

The games crucial score came courtesy of a mazy run by the player manager Cha O Neill, when he appeared from nowhere to run at the u-30’s defence and blast the ball home from an acute angle. It was a fitting reward for all the effort he had put into the day and was a goal worthy of gracing any occasion.

Following the game an enjoyable evening was had at Clifford’s our main sponsors where the oul fellas poisoned the youngsters with the tales of “in our day” variety. At least, a good night was had by half the players present.





Unfortunately this eagerly anticipatated quarter final against Lisgoold was called off at the eleventh hour last Sunday owing to a waterlogged Dungourney pitch. At the time of writing there is no news of when the game will be refixed for.