Killeagh GAA Club News

21 September, 2013



NEWSLETTER FOR W/C Sept 9th 2013 .
All-Ireland Hurling Final Score Forecast
Our club ran a ‘forecast the score’ competition for the All-Ireland Hurling Final between Cork and Clare. It proved to be a very popular exercise judging by the number of entries received before the Final. Well done to all those who took cards to sell lines near and far and a big thank you to all who supported the venture by taking part. There was no outright winner and Four Lucky Dip Winners were drawn and the following will receive €50: Mary O’Donoghue, Aoibhe Lee, Louise Millerick and John Joyce.  We will run this again for the All Ireland Replay and would appreciate your support once again.
Club Lotto Results;
The latest club lotto numbers were drawn on Tuesday Sept 10th.
Numbers drawn were 11, 17, 21 and 24.
There was no winner of this week’s €1600 jackpot. €30 each goes to Eileen Ring, Rachel Murray, Eddie Scully and Trish and Mattie Treacy.
The jackpot for next draw on Sept 17th will be €1800.
The Club Lotto Draw takes place each Tuesday night and many thanks to all for supporting our club lotto.
Club Shop;
The Club shop is open on most Saturday mornings from 10.30am to 11.30am. Jerseys, shorts, training clothing, etc. are all available in club colours for all ages. Please support your club by purchasing from the club shop.
Junior ‘A’ Football- Jim Ryan Cup: Glenbower Rovers 0-11 Carrignavar 1-05
Junior ‘B’ Football- Michael Boig Coleman Cup: Glenbower Rovers 1-09 Aghada 1-07
Glenbower Rovers 0-11 Carrignavar 1-05
Our Junior ‘A’ footballers advanced to an East Cork final for the third successive year after a hard fought encounter with Carrignavar at a wind swept Caherlag on Sunday last, September 15th.  Glenbower Rovers, who were playing into the wind, started brightly with scores coming from John O’ Connor and Kieran Lane as conditions were largely dictating proceedings. Rovers also played a tactical game by employing Buggy Barry as a sweeper in front of the full-back line. Glenbower Rovers played very well as a unit from the full-back line up to the forward line and this was reflected somewhat on the scoreboard at half-time where they lead by a single point on a score of Glenbower Rovers 0-04 Carrignavar 0-03. From the re-start Carrignavar came out a different team and really put it up to the Rovers lads and eventually took the lead early in the second half. This brought about some changes from the Glenbower Rovers management. Matthew Murphy made an instant impression when coming on as a substitute by scoring two wonderful points. Further scores from Joe Deane put Glenbower back in front. Carrignavar responded well and when they were awarded a penalty, it was calmly put away to draw the sides level going into the closing stages. However, Glenbower finished the stronger of the two teams with three late points from John O’Connor, Kieran Lane and Joe Deane to put the game beyond Carrignavar and march into a Final showdown with Lisgoold

Glenbower Rovers 1-09 Aghada 1-07
We headed to Rostellan on Thursday last to face Aghada in the Junior B football Championship. Since the draw was made we knew we would have a fierce challenge ahead of us, as Aghada are an outstanding football club with a great tradition and with their team having been regarded from Junior A, plus also losing the toss for venue, we faced a daunting task. However we were quietly confident we could get a result, as we knew we had a good talented squad and if they could play to their ability we would always be in with an equal chance of a win. It was also heartening to see 28 players tog out for the match.

Conditions were perfect for football, with not a puff of wind and the pitch was in excellent condition, there could be no excuses. There were early goals for both sides as both defences were tested early on. But the Glenbower Rovers defence settled well with the full back line of Clifford, McNamara and Cahill eventually getting on top, with young Dara Cahill playing outstanding stuff, coming out with every ball that came into his corner. The half back line of Byrne, O'Brien and Fitzgerald were driving the team on with Eamonn Byrne scoring a fabulous point on the run. Our midfield partnership were working hard through out and had a great dual with their Aghada counterparts, with Jerry Kelleher getting a great score after a great run through the centre. Our half forward line of Walsh, Murphy and Cahill put in a good shift both defensively, covering the runs from the Aghada half back line, and also supplying good ball to our full forward line, where Kevin Lane was an outstanding target man and team captain Tadgh O’Connor and Shane Smiddy worked very hard. The tough entertaining first half ended all square at 1-4 a piece.

We knew that Aghada would come at us early in the second half and that they did, but credit to this Glenbower Rovers team they stood up to the test. Colm Crowley was very secure in goal, with the evergreen Conor McNamara playing outstanding in front of him, ably assisted by young Dara Cahill and the promising Mark Coleman, who entered the game at half time. Our half back line continued to play well with midfield and half forward line working very hard, with Ian Cahill and Mathew Murphy having more influence on the game. David Cahill came on to give fresh legs to the attack and made an important contribution as did Colin Cunningham. Our full forward line continued their efforts and won vital possession throughout the second half. The game continued to be played at a hectic pace and when it was in the melting pot in the middle of the second half, credit to our lads, they showed great character and got the vital scores and were able to hold on to the lead for a great win and a first win in this grade for some time. It is vital that all this panel of 28 players continue to make every effort to make training, so we can build on this win and as we await the draw for the third round of this championship. It was great also to see the three Cahill brothers playing in championship together for the first time.
Scores: K. Lane 1-03, T. O’Connor 0-03, I. Cahill. J. Kelleher, E. Byrne 0-01 each
Team: 1. Colm Crowley 2. Dara Cahill 3. Conor McNamara 4. John Clifford 5. Eamonn Byrne 6. Patrick O'Brien, 7. Mike Fitzgerald, 8. Ger Collins, 9. Jerry Kelleher, 10. Daniel Walsh, 11. Mathew Murphy, 12. Ian Cahill, 13. Shane Smiddy 14. Kevin Lane, 15. Tadgh O'Connor. Subs Used: Mark Coleman, David Cahill, Colin Cunningham. Subs Colin Walsh, Kevin O'Connor, Noel O'Connor, Jim Heffernan, Clint Galvin, Conor Cusack, Jack Farley, Dermot Motherway, Thomas O'Connor, Paul Keniry,
Championship Draws:
Cork Senior Hurling Championship Quarter Final – Killeagh play the winners of Sars v UCC
East Cork Draws:
Junior ‘B’ Hurling- Eamonn Fleming Cup: Killeagh through to Round 4 of competition.
Junior ‘C’ Hurling- Michael Foley Cup: Killeagh play the winners of Castlemartyr/Bride Rovers clash, venue and date to be fixed.
Junior ‘A’ Football- Jim Ryan Cup: Glenbower Rovers play Lisgoold in this years final, venue and date yet to be decided.
Junior ‘B’ Football- Michael Boig Coleman Cup: Glenbower Rovers are through to the next round, awaiting results of losers round for next opponents.
Killeagh GAA Club would like to extend congratulations to Mr. Wayne Power on his recent All-Ireland success with the Waterford Minor hurling team. Wayne has been residing in Killeagh for the past two years and is a selector on the Waterford Minor Hurling Management Team.
Killeagh GAA Golf Society;
President: Mr. Kieran Scully, Captain: Mr. Ray Rochford, Secretary: Mr. Ger Ahern.
The society’s latest outing took place in Cork Golf Club on Saturday September 14th 2013. It was another successful outing for the society with a full time-sheet on the day and their first at this prestigious venue. Playing in glorious weather, over forty golfers turned up to play in the outing which was kindly sponsored by Hickey’s Bar, Mount Uniacke. The presentation of the prizes took place in Hickey’s Bar on Saturday night and there was a large attendance on the night. Society Captain, Ray Rochford, thanked the officers and staff at Cork Golf Club for their hospitality on the day. He also thanked Noel Long and Family for their generous sponsorship of this outing and also for the complimentary refreshments provided on the night. He congratulated Mr. Tomás Treacy on winning the event with a resounding 41 points and praised and thanked the large numbers who played golf on the day and who also attended the presentation night.
Results of the outing were as follows: Tomás Treacy (41), Ray Rochford (40), Conor Cronin (39), and Best Gross: John Walsh
Pat Doocey RIP

How fitting it was that in the week of the All-Ireland Hurling Final, Pat Doocey departed this world for his deserved ‘place in the sun’. Pat, who was a fanatical fan and afficionado of many sports, had a special grá for our national game of hurling, probably unsurprising given his pedigree. Pat’s father Dick is a legend not just in Killeagh, East Cork and his native West Waterford, but far beyond these parts. While Pat lived in Midleton for the last number of years, Pat’s blood was green and white, these colours representing the twin clubs of Killeagh and St. Ita’s. Pat attended primary school in Clonpriest NS while living in Inchiquin (the same townload put on the world map by Seamie Harnedy in 2013) and thus his own hurling career began in the early 1980s under the tutelage of Mossie Lynch and others in “The Bush” Field in Gortroe for a fledgling St. Ita’s juvenile team. Pat’s medical condition (Muscular Dystrophy) restricted his hurling in his early teens, but he continued to have a huge interest throughout his life in all things GAA. With dad Dick being the hurlng guru in charge of Killeagh’s Junior hurlers in this decade also, Pat followed this green and white team with great passion and commitment through thick and thin. His passion was rewarded as he saw Killeagh move up the ranks gradually through the 90’s and the new century from junior to intermediate and ultimately to senior. Pat, along with many others, of course, was extremely proud of these teams, and got huge personal satisfaction when he saw his clubmates Joe Deane, Bernard Rochford and captain Mark Lnaders secure All-Ireland glory in 1999. Around this time, Pat made his own lasting contribution to Killeagh GAA club, when he used his brilliant IT skills to develop the first Killeagh GAA club website. Pat spent many hours at this ‘labour of love’, and when he couldn’t get to matches, he awaited eagerly the match reports so that he could upload them to the website. Pat went to as many matches as he could and loved to meet his heroes like Mark, Joe, Bernard and the other Killeagh and Cork hurlers on the sideline after the game. It was nice to see many of these players and Killeagh / St. Ita’s club members and supporters call to the Doocey home this week to pay tribute to Pat and to sympathise with his devoted parents Dick and Carmel, sister Ann, brothers Ray, Tony and Kevin, and his close and loyal friends. Pat’s health had deteriorated in recent times but he retained a dignity, serenity and courage right up to his leaving. Slán, a Phádraig, ar dheis Dé go raibh d’anam dílís.

Under-12 hurlers have success at Willie Ryan Tournament
An rud is annamh is iontach! The prestigious Willie Ryan tournament was held in picturesque Rostellan on Saturday last, and as usual, the Aghada club organised the event in a highly efficient way to maximise enjoyment for players and supporters. The beautiful sun shining over Cork harbour also helped in no small way to lighten the mood. Our Under 12 hurlers were returning to this tournament after a 2-year absence, and we played 5 games in 5 hours, concluding just before 3.00 p.m. with a victory over Kiltha Óg in the Willie Ryan Plate. Well done to the organisers for introducing this Plate competition into the tournament this year, and also for deciding to share the Willie Ryan Trophy between Aghada and St. Colman’s after their final and extra time could not produce a winner. In our group games we played against Aghada, who gave us a bit of a trimming (3-2 to 1-0), against Ballygarvan, who we beat by 2-1 to 1-3 with a last-minute goal by Dara Motherway, and Fr. O’Neill’s, who got their own last-minute goal to beat us by 3-2 to 2-2. That sent us into the Plate semi-final where we overcame Youghal by 2-1 to 1-0, with Olan Broderick and Robbie Treacy on target. In the Plate Final, we played Kiltha Óg who had defeated our conquerors O’Neill’s in their semi-final. Once again we allowed our opponents to score first but a blistering five-minute spell in the first half saw us score three goals (by Robbie, Darragh O’Connor and David Kelly) to put us in a strong position, and our backs, marshalled by Cian McDonald and captain Robert Sinclair, kept the inevitable attacks at bay throughout the second half, so when reiteoir Michael Mulry blew the final whistle we led by 3-1 to 0-3, and victory was ours. Well done to all the boys, and deserved congratulations to their dedicated coaches Johnny Irwin and Mikey Fitzgerald.
Panel: Aaron O’Connell, Daniel Lucey, Cian McDonald, Patrick Barry, Robbie Treacy, Dara Motherway, Danny Cunningham, Robert Sinclair, Olan Broderick, Cathal Fitzgibbon, George Sinclair, Oisin McCarthy, Ryan McCarthy, Olan Coleman, David Kelly, Jonathan Guerin, Tommy Noonan, Karl O’Toole, Darragh O’Connor and Ciaran Leahy.

Fé 12 Iomáint Sarsfields 1-3, Killeagh-Ita’s 0-2
This Under 12 challenge game played on Thursday evening last in Páirc Uí Chinnéide was low-scoring, but not without its excitement. Sars came out on top after an enthralling 50 minutes where both defences were on top. Our boys could have added more to their tally (Olan Broderick and Ryan McCarthy were the scorers, one in each half), but dropped one or two short, a couple of shots were just wide, while Sars’ full-back line and goalkeeper made a number of goalmouth clearances. For our team, Daniel Lucey and Paul Delaney were outstanding on the right side of defence, while Olan and Robert worked tirelessly in midfield. Dara Motherway also did well at centre back against his former team-mates! Well done team, and in particular to all the Killeagh NS boys who had played five games of football earlier that day in a schools’ blitz in Carrigtwohill, where they lost the final by one point!
Team: Aaron O’Connell, Daniel Lucey, Cian McDonald, Patrick Barry, Paul Delaney, Dara Motherway, Danny Cunningham, Robert Sinclair, Olan Broderick, Cathal Fitzgibbon, Richie Landers, George Sinclair, Oisin McCarthy, Ryan McCarthy, Olan Coleman, David Kelly, Jonathan Guerin, Tommy Noonan, Karl O’Toole. Darragh O’Connor was unable to play, having picked an injury in the schools’ blitz.

Our Under 12s also played Nemo Rangers in a football league game in Killeagh in the past week. We lost this match but played very well in the game.

Fé 14 Iomáint Killeagh Ita’s 5-5, Youghal 4-8
A cracking game was played in Páirc Uí Chinnéide on Friday last, with the second half played under floodlights. Our boys were slow to settle, and after fifteen minutes we trailed by 3-5 to 0-1, and Youghal looked like they would run up a cricket score. A goal by Jamie Clifford stemmed the tide a little, and a second by Jamie, followed by a crucial goal by Kieran Daly on the stroke of half time, left the scoreboard looking decidedly more healthy at 3-5 to 3-1. Youghal took the initiative early in the second half again with two quick points before a Shane Kearney goal and Padraig Leahy point reduced the deficit once again. Youghal scored their fourth goal in the 47th minute but a goal and a point in the next three minutes by Keane Kelly Budds left the teams level at 4-7 to 5-4. A point by Sean Walsh with three minutes to go gave us the lead for the first time, but just like Clare last Sunday, Youghal did not panic and their best player Sean Smiddy scored a fine point with a minute left and when that proved to be the final score of the game, it meant the spoils were deservedly shared. This was a good performance for 45 minutes, but the first quarter did not show us at our best. Along with the aforementioned scorers, Olin Hennessy and Adrian Galvin (when he moved to midfield) hurled very well.

Team: Fionn McDonnell, James Kent, Dylan Hogan, Daragh Geary, Barry Motherway, Daniel Hickey, Padraig Leahy, Shane Kearney, Keane Kelly Budds, Sean Walsh, Richie Long, Olin Hennessy, Adrian Galvin, Jamie Clifford, Kieran Daly, Liam McCarthy.

Fé 15 Iomáint Andy Creagh Memorial Tournament, Blackrock
Our Under 15 hurlers spent Sunday 15th participating in the Andy Creagh Memorial Tournament in the Church Road grounds of Blackrock National Hurling Club. This tournament honours the memory of Andy Creagh, one of the Rockies’ stalwarts of the 1970s and 1980s, who captained Blackrock to the county title in 1985, and who died in 2010. We began with a game against Douglas and with the help of two goals from Jack O’Rourke, the first an effort requiring remarkable bravery and tenacity, we won by 2-5 to 1-2. Next up we played the 2012 Féile champions Clarinbridge of Galway who were too strong for our young team, featuring five Under 14s and three Under 13s on our panel of 17. The deciding match for us then was against Kilmallock of Limerick, and we lost out by 9 points to 6 in this one, to end our interest in the competition.
Panel: Fionn McDonnell, Dylan Hogan, Luke Fogarty, Jamie Clifford, Emmet Barron, Kevin Murphy, Christy Coughlan, Eoin Fitzgibbon, Cathal Deane, Aaron Walsh, Jack O’Rourke, Keane Kelly Budds, Shane Kearney, Killian Treacy, Sean Walsh, Richie Long, Barry Motherway.