Castlemartyr Notes

27 July, 2009

CASTLEMARTYR TO MEET CARRIGTWOHILL IN QUARTER FINAL

Ancient rivals Castlemartyr and Carrigtwohill will meet in the quarter final of the East Cork Hurling Championship on Thursday the 6th of August at a time and venue yet to be announced, as we go to press.

The sides clashed in last year’s championship as well, when the Reds just about did enough to overcome the Carrig boys by a margin of 5 points. Things could have been far different however, if the Carrig boys didn’t have to play the final quarter of the game with only 14 men, so it promises to be another close encounter next Thursday evening.

Castlemartyr have had two previous outings in this year’s championship, and are in the happy position of having reached the quarter finals without yet finding top gear. The first outing against Cloyne was a lack lustre affair, owing perhaps to the safety net of the back door, whereas the Midleton game was a far more intense encounter with the Reds scoring a last gasp Brian Smiddy point to garner the spoils. Three goals were coughed up by the Castlemartyr defence that day, and it is not often that you come out at the right side of a result having conceded that many. This was also an Achilles heel last year, when Killeagh dumped them out chiefly because of breaking through for 3 goals as well. It goes without saying therefore, that the Reds defence will have to get far meaner and clear their lines quicker, even if it means “anywhere will do” type clearances.

One could not fault the commitment of the Reds against Midleton though, as they chased and harried as if their lives depended on it. This must be repeated against the Carrig boys as well, because anything less than full blooded commitment will result in an idle August yet again. Remember this is the same group of lads who played like maniacs in the victory over Aghada in the football championship, and a couple of weeks later bowed out tamely to Lisgoold earlier this year. Hopefully lessons have been learned.

SENIOR HURLING IN CASTLEMARTYR

The eagerly awaited replay of the Midleton v Carrigtwohill SHC Relegation Play Off takes place in Castlemartyr on Friday the 30th of July at 7pm. The first game was a super match, played in front of a large crowd in a great atmosphere. Try and not to miss it.

ANNUAL CLUB FUNDRAISING DRAW 2009

2 MONTHLY DRAWS @ €25 PER MONTH

€7,000 IN PRIZE MONEY

1st Draw – August 2009

2nd Draw – September 2009

Monthly Prizes

1st €1,500 2nd €700

3rd €400 4th €300

5th-10th €100 each,

We would like to inform you about our annual fundraising draw for 2008 which is taking place over two months with draws to be held in early June and early July. The monthly subscription is €25 with substantial cash prizes to be won each month.

As you can appreciate, the provision and maintenance of our facilities, along with the running costs associated with all our teams, place a substantial financial burden on our club. Our main source of income in meeting these costs is our Annual Club Draw. In the past all our members and supporters have been very supportive of this draw and we would be very grateful of your continued support.

Our club caters for players from 5 years of age upwards, and fields teams in both hurling and football at all ages from U8 to Adult. While we always strive to produce good players and successful teams, the main focus of the club is to facilitate and actively encourage as many players as possible, of all ages, to participate in and gain enjoyment from our national games.

Club members will be calling around to houses within the next couple of weeks, to collect subscriptions for our first draw to be held in early June. Alternatively you may contact one of the club officers as per details below.

Christy O’Sullivan (Chairman) – 086 8040183 Dave Fleming (Vice Chairman) – 087 2265560

Michael John Cremin (Secretary) – 087 6499642 Martin O’Brien (Treasurer) – 087 6109309

Carey Joyce (PRO) – 086 3681382

UNBAALIEVABLE
CASTLEMARTYR..............................10-18

ST. ITAS...........................................0-7

A Tony Barrett inspired Castlemartyr, called out, yet again ,of retirement, blasted his team into the second round of the JBHC, when he rattled an amazing 7 goals past a shell-shocked St. Itas at Castlmartyr on Sunday last the 12thof July. The ever modest Tony also added two points as well as setting up other scores for his fellow forwards, before calling himself ashore to a hero’s welcome after only 37 minutes. As ever, Tony, being hard on himself, thought he had scored 7-3, but his many fans left him in no doubt that they thought 7-2 was plenty, when they clapped him off the field at the end of the game.

The game was originally fixed to be played in Killeagh, but when they deemed their pitch unplayable, Castlemartyr won the resultant toss and gratefully accepted home advantage.

The first 10 minutes of the game were competitive, with the scores tied at 3 points apiece following the opening exchanges. But when on the 11th minute Tony bellowed the Itas net with a screamer from all of 35 yards, the floodgates started to open. By the 20th minute Barrett had his first hat trick in the bag and by half time he had increased his goal tally to 5. Young Colin Bowens also got in on the act with a fine ground stroke goal on the 27thminute, and just before half time Tony unselfishly set up his big brother Mark for another net blaster. It was 7-10 to 0-5 at this stage and truly the game was over as a contest.

The second half started with Tony bagging another 2 goals before the 37th minute and at this stage Castlemartyr started to empty the bench. With the Reds shorn of the Barrett scoring machine the scores were not as frequent in coming but the vastly experienced Ciaran Collins used all his craft and guile in getting his teams 10th goal on the 50th minute.

So well done Reds. Kilkenny’s master class in the art of hurling in the 2008 final against Waterford may have been surpassed, and if Kilkenny have King Henry, well Castlemartyr must have a worthy successor to the throne in Prince Baa.

TEAM:B.BARRETT,J O DONAVAN,J BARRETT,C MORAN,S O DONAVAN,D ROCHE,D BERNARD,K O LEARY(0-1),P HORGAN,D.MURPHY0-2)D MCAULLIFFE(0-1),S COLLINS(0-2),C BOWENS(1-7), M BOWENS(1-2),T.BARRETT(7-2)

SUBS USED: C COLLINS (1-0), D BARRY (0-1), G SWAYNE, C CRONIN, MJ CROWLEY,