Aghada GAA Club News

06 August, 2013


End of an era as Counihan steps aside

Conor stunned the country when his announced his retirement after losing to Dublin last Sat evening. Of course that is in keeping with the man, nipping speculation in the bud and also shifting the spotlight from his bruised panel to himself 

Conor in his six years in charge has changed the face of Cork football.
In 2008 his first year, coming in as he did, his first job was to reunite all the factions in Cork football, which he did even getting the dual players to opt for football rather than the more poplar hurling.

2009 he set his stall out winning the Div 2 league title, first of four league titles and led us to that All Ireland final against the old enemy Kerry  and what disappointment that day.

Who could forget that night in Rostellan a year later as we welcomed our own home with the Sam Maguire. Despite a mix up with the bus it was a mighty night as all of East Cork joined with us in our celebrations

Like any job he ever done he put his heart and soul into it and this was no different. He had no hesitation in taking the job in 08 when the county was in crisis and in need of  strong leadership, despite two years earlier been given the green light for the top job only for it to be taken from him by a very very late intervention (even after he was informed the job was his).

Conor leaves Cork football in a better place that it was when he started. One All Ireland, two Munster’s and four national league titles unheard of in Cork. 

Conor as a player he won U21, Junior and Senior All Ireland medals and also played Intermediate hurling for his county. Wining two senior Counties with his division Imokilly as well as a Junior and Intermediate county with his beloved Aghada.

Conor it’s a sad day for the Club but you have do us proud in every thing that you have ever done
Welcome home and take a rest no doubt that what is Corks loss is Aghada’s gain

While Conor was the only Aghada man to manage a Cork senior side Anthony Cashman was chairman of the selectors following Imokilly winning the county in 1984 and 1986

With Cork gone out of the championship the focus now turns to the county championships. Next Sat night in Ballygarvan our senior footballers play Ilen Rvs in round four of the Championship. The leather will be thrown in at 6-00pm. League points will also be at stake in this game a win would be very welcome as we are in the drop zone following our loss away to Newcestown last Sunday evening  team Ray Savage, Tim Hartnett, Billy Hennessy, Brendan Crowley, Jake O’Donoghue, Ronan Power, Colm Power, Eoin Savage, John Paul O’Connor, Ml Russell, Cian Fleming, John Connelly, Tom O’Neill, Jose O’Shea, Ronan Kennedy; subs used Aidan O’Connell, Conor O’Driscoll, Stephen Cashman, Eoin Healy, Ger Melvin. BE SEEN WERE THE GREEN
 
Other Club results
Sun 6th Aug S F L Div 1 Aghada 0-6 Newcestown 2-10
Fri 2nd Aug Camogie U14 County League Aghada 3-2 Tracton 5-3
Thur Aug 1st Minor Hurling A EAST Championship Aghada 0-9 Eire Óg 0-16
Team; Jack Farmer, Mark Wall, Shane Dorney, Shane Crowley, Michael Leahy, Conor O'Driscoll, Daniel Creedon, Mark Healy, Aaron Stafford, Aaron Butler, Jake O'Donoghue, Stephen Murphy, John Looney, Robbie Steele, Matthew Stafford
Subs used: Cian Savage, Kevin O'Hanlon, Paul Daly, Ciarán O'Shea, Luke O'Connell
Mon 29th July Junior Ladies County Football Championship Aghada 8-20 Passage 3-7
Mon July 29th U16 P2 Hurling championship Aghada 2-18 Inniscarra 2-13
Fri 26th July J H L Div 4 Aghada 3-9 Lisgoold 4-6 team James O’Leary, Shane Dorney, Cian Looney, Shane Crowley, Brian Condon, John O’Brien, Ryan O’Keeffe
Alan Walsh, Tim Hartnett, Ray Savage, Anthony Connolly, Ger O’Brien, Richie Condon, Chris Cashman, Rob Steel; Sub Stephen Cashman for O’Keeffe (inj h/t)

Fixtures
Fri 9th Aug U16 Premier 2 Hurling C'ship Ballinhassig v Aghada
Sat 10th Aug Senior Football Championship Aghada v Ilen Rovers @ Ballygavan 6-00pm
Mon Aug 12th Minor Hurling A league 2 EAST Nemo v Aghada away
Thur Aug 15th Minor Football Championship P2 Central Aghada v Kilmeen at 8-15

Chill Insurance have take over the Cork sponsorship and just to let everyone know that there is a scheme from Chill that if you get your insurance from them, that €10 goes to the club.

Lotto Next week Draw for €5,500 at: AT: ROSIES BAR Thur next: Aug 15th    (tickets sponsored by Rosie’s Bar). Last’s result winner: none; NUMBERS DRAWN: 15, 23, 24, 25 lucky dip 5 winners - €30  Elaine Counihan – Buckstown, Peggy O’Neill – Lahard, Bernie Kearney - c/o Mary O’Donoghue, Des Archer - c/o Calor gas, Rosarie Coakley - Upp Aghada

A BIT OF NOSTALGIA
WHAT HAPPENED THIS TIME 10 YEARS AGO
Wed 7th May Intermediate Hurling Championship Aghada 2-13 Youghal 2-10
Aghada looked the better side right through but could not put Youghal away Youghal playing with a gale force wind got a dream start when Michael Ó Laocha found the net after a mix up in the full backline from the throw in. But how our lads responded points from Vincent Morrissey (Three in all, two from dead balls) Dave Creedon and Trevor O’Keeffe before Youghal scored again. The Half forward line of Davie, Pearse and Trevor had the Youghal boys in all sorts of bother when they ran at them Pearse added a point before he found Davie at the edge of the square with a peach of a pass and Davie made no mistake .a minute later Pearse added another minor and it looked like Aghada would run riot. Then came another mix up and again Michael Ó Laocha was on hand to find the net. This gave Youghal a lifeline and they took it adding five points before Trevor and Vincent levelled matters on the stroke of half time

Now it was Aghada’s turn the second half just opened when Vincent found the net Pearse added a point and then Brian Morrissey came into the game scoring a brace of points within as many minutes the last coming on the 43rd minute. Youghal were yet to score, but back they came hitting four points in a row before Trevor steadied the nerves with a point to finish off the game. Five of the Aghada forwards scored while Stephen O’Keeffe acquitted him well on his championship debut, as did Aidan Cotter who worked hard in the centre of the park. Rohan Dwane faired well at centre back as did Billy Hennessy and his uncle the evergreen Captain Kenneth O’Keeffe

Michael Lewis, Brendan Crowley , Pat Cashman , Colm O'Brien, Billy Hennessy, Rohan Dwane , Kenneth O'Keeffe (capt), Aidan Cotter , Ger Melvin, Trevor O'Keeffe ,(0-3), Davie Creedon (1-1), Pearse O’Neill (0-3), Stephen O'Keeffe, Brian Morrissey (0-2), Vincent Morrissey (1-4) Sub used Declan Devoy for Cotter 54th minute

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