Castlemartyr GAA

21 June, 2009

CASTLEMARTYR ENTER CHAMPIONSHIP FRAY

Castlemartyr will be bidding to advance to the third round of the JHC, when they clash with old rivals Cloyne in the opening fixture of the championship on Saturday night next 27th of June 7.30 in Ahavine Ballymacoda.

Although there is the safety net of the “backdoor”, both sides will be keen to avoid this route, and will be going at it hammer and tongs from the off.

The Reds preparation has been hampered somewhat by injuries and exams and foreign weddings, but with the passage of time these obstacles have been overcome. League form has been patchy to say the least, with three defeats to Dungourney, Erin’s Own and a mauling from Carrignavar .A sole victory was achieved in a titanic tussle with Midleton, but hopefully the championship ensure better fortune.

Veteran Dave Fleming will keep guard between the sticks, and is sure to have Rob O Donavan, Ollie Smiddy and James Deehan manning the full back line in front of him. Brian Smiddy and the recently married Adrian Bowens are sure to feature in the half back line but after that it is hard to predict who will fill what position. The scoring burden will as usual be carried by the long serving Jimmy Smiddy who has been amazingly doing this job since he was a raw youth of 16 in 1991. It’s surely time at this stage that he receives some assistance at keeping the scoreboard ticking over and increases the scoring power of the team, which in turn should give the Reds a greater say in this year’s championship.

So get out on Saturday night and support the lads. They have been training long and hard for this tussle since February and hopefully will be raring to go come 7.30 on Saturday night.

WELL DONE

A big “well done” to all concerned who helped out at the recent Midleton v Carrig and Russell Rvs v St. Itas matches. There was a huge crowd at the senior fixture especially and I’m sure that the fine weather and even finer venue all helped in making the match the thriller it turned out to be. It ended in stalemate 3-11 to 2-14 with Carrig making a last ditch rally to save the game.Hopfully the replay will be granted to us as well as it gives the club a lift in sprucing up the place and putting our best foot forward.

The junior game proved to be a fine game as well, with St. Ita's pulling off a shock and defeating the ’06 finalists Russell Rovers by 3-11 to 1-13.