Castlemartyr News

12 July, 2009

CASTLEMARTYR AND MIDLETON SET FOR CRACKER

The junior hurlers of Castlemartyr and Midleton come face to face next Sunday at Killeagh at 3pm in the third round of the East Cork JHC and if the game is only half as good as a recent league encounter between the pair, then the punters present will be in for a treat.

That game was played in early May and was a ferocious encounter, with Castlemartyr just edging the epic battle by 0-18 to 0-16, albeit, with the help of home advantage and a last minute goal-line clearance by Adrian Bowens.

This next bout is championship though and the game may not be as free flowing. There is no “backdoor” available from now on and every ball won, will be hard earned, with the losers banished from the championship for another fruitless summer. The winners however will advance to the quarter final, where a joust with Carrigtwohills second string awaits.

Castlemartyr have had one previous outing in this year’s championship so far, when they overcame Cloyne in a lack lustre affair. The Reds certainly didn’t set the world alight that night, but did just enough to advance to the next round. A repeat of that performance against the Magpies though would prove fatal, as far more urgency and passion will be required to match Midleton’s'.

Midleton gave a fancied Erin’s Own enough of it in their first round , before going under rather unluckily by 5 points in the finish. In their backdoor match however, they dismissed the challenge of Fr O Neills and now they bid to go one further by turning over the Reds.

Castlemartyr will be looking for much improved performances throughout the field, but especially from their forwards. Eighteen wides against Cloyne tell its own story, and it goes without saying that these will have to be vastly reduced. The half- forward line will have to up their work rate from the last day too namely Seanie Hennessy, Jimmy Smiddy and Brian Lawton, and either takes on the responsibility of scoring themselves or else deliver fast ball into Evan O Keeffe, Brian O Tuama and Barry Lawton.

So best of luck to everyone involved. The club badly needs the lift of an extended run in this year’s championship. The players involved have prepared excellently and deserve to be rewarded, but as history has shown us, just because you think you are a deserving cause counts for nothing in the white heat of championship battle. All championships at the end of the day are earned and hard earned at that.

Pic. Tony Barrett, Seamus Lawton and Donal McCarthy who take charge of Castlemartyr Juniors for the 09 season

Pic: Jason and Tony Barrett who both played starring roles for Castlemartyr in their victory over St. Itas in the JBHC 1st round.