Midleton Hurling & Football Notes

15 February, 2015

Club Development The first meeting of our Five Focus Groups took place last Wednesday where almost 60 people met to evaluate the information collected at the Open meeting. The Steering Committee chairman Mark Walsh welcomed everybody and thanked them for their input so far. A Power Point presentation detailed the agenda for the night, group Leaders were appointed and it was down to business for an hour or so. The second meeting of the groups will take place this coming Wednesday from 8 to 9.15pm.

Premier Minor Football

In our second outing of the year in the Rebel Og Premier 2 Football League our minor footballers were given a second half lesson in the finer arts of the big ball game by a very good Glenville team. The Magpies were very competitive in the opening half and and but for the concession of two very soft goals put in a satisfactory effort. The half time score had Glenville 3-04 to 1-03 ahead. The opening moments of the second half provided an insight of what was to come with Gleville adding to their account in the very first attack. While we maintained our effort throughout, Glenville had a lot of very good possession of which they used well and Midleton were chasing the ball for all of the half. The final score had Glenville 5-10 Midleton 1-04. Team: Liam Franklin, James O'Brien, Sean O'Meara, Luke Smith, Kevin Mulcahy, Seadhnaidh Smyth, Conor Evans, Jack Enright, Luke Finnerty, Cathal Gunning, Cormac Beausang, Padraig O'Brien, Mark Crotty, Conor O'Neill, Adam Daly. Subs used Ryan McConville, Eoin Mitchell, Shane O'Brien, Tom Scanlon, Kevin Daly.

Fe 21 Football

Recently we travelled to Waterford to play Ballinacourty in an U21 football challenge match. As it was a Monday night the match had to be played under floodlights; this gave it a great atmosphere. As it was our first outing of the year we were slow to start. After 10 minutes we were 4 points behind. But then things started to change. Our backs started to win possession and as a result of some great delivery to the forwards they started to pick off the scores. By half time we were well in the game. We dominated the first 20 minutes of the second half and again because of the fierce work rate by all players we notched some fine scores. Understandably tiredness started to impact in the last 10 minutes but at that stage we have given an excellent account of ourselves. On the night the mentors were delighted with the commitment given by the small band of players that travelled.

Championship versus Glanmire is only a few weeks away. The mentors are trying to set up a couple of more games (it’s not proving to be an easy task) prior to the championship.

Fitzgibbon Hurling

Hard luck to UCC players Killian Burke, Conor Lehane, Tommy Wallace, Brian Hartnett and Cormac Walsh who were knocked out of the competition when they could only draw with UL last Tuesday. Well done to the CIT lads Patrick White and Joe Loftus on their victory over UCD thus qualifying them for a quarter final place v NUIG next Tuesday or Wednesday.

Allianz National Hurling League

The opening Round Allianz Hurling League 2015 competition saw Cork take on All Ireland champions Kilkenny last Saturday night before a crowd of over 8,000 in Pairc Ui Rinn. Unfortunatley the game didn’t live up to expectations with Kilkenny dominant throughout despite only fielding 6 of last years Championship team. Cork will have to improve on this performance before the visit of Clare next Saturday night @ 7pm in Pairc Ui Rinn. Conor Lehane played at left half forward and scored 1-02 and Luke O’Farrell came on with ten miuntes to go and scored a great goal and was very unlucky not to hit the winner with the last effort of the game.

Lotto Lotto Jackpot was €10,600, numbers were 10,11,15 & 20, there was no winner, Lucky Dips were Hollie Mc Crea, Ber Mc Grath, Faye Hickey, Oisin Cotter & Edel Horgan, next week’s Jackpot is €10,800. The Lotto draw takes place each Friday in the Club. Tickets are on sale at the Club Bar, O ‘Neills Bar, Linehans Bar, Maple Leaf Bar, O’ Farrells Butchers, Frank Murphy Butchers, Pat Walsh Paints & Chadwicks.

BINGO for all every Friday night in the GAA Pavilion from 8pm, guaranteed Jackpot of 1,000 euro!!

JUVENILE NOTES

Street League Indoor Hurling Each Saturday training takes place at the Community Centre, coaching for boys continues and new members are always very welcome. The times are as follows: Junior Infants 12 – 1pm, Senior Infants 11-12 & First Class 10-11am.

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Hurling Training continues each Wednesday from 6-7pm in the Hockey Pitch and on Saturdays from 10-11am at St Colmans Community College.

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Training each Wednesday night from 7-8pm in the back field and the Ball alley. Bring hurling and football gear (essential items are drink, gum shield and helmet), put the lot in your kit bag. Saturday training sessions each week in St Colman’s College from 11-12, please bring the same kit you use on Wednesdays. Leagues will begin by the end of February.

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Our footballers had a great win over Douglas last Saturday in St Colmans Community College by 9-10 to 3-04 in the Premier 2 League. We got off to great start in this game with man of the match Conor Fitzgerald scoring an early goal and tormenting the visitors defence regularly throughout the whole game.Add in another couple of scores from corner forward Charlie Walsh and we were well on our way to our first win in this years league.Some great team play was in evidence from our lads,starting from our half back line of Luke Deane, Patrick Kelly and Patrick Kane midfielders Leo Hennessy and Alex Pranger, and forwards Paul Connaughton and Conor Fitzgerald. Hopefully this is the start of a good year to come from this bunch of players.

Team Bradley Savage,Trevor Shine,Nicky Hayes,Gavin Reddy, Luke Deane, Patrick Kelly, Patrick Kane, Leo Hennessy, Alex Pranger,Dan Cagney, Darragh Crowley, Paul Connaughton, Conor Fitzgerald, Ben Cummins,Charlie Walsh, Thomas Mc Grath, Jack Mc Kay, Christopher Leahy, James Coffee,Kevin O Brien Ollie Murray.

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Our footballers played Killeagh in a Challenge game on Saturday at St Colman's Community College.This turned out to be a great morning's workout for both team's with some impressive Football played by both side's.Thank's to Killeagh for the game.FE14 Training will continue every Thursday 6 to 7:15 in the Ball Alley,next Football game is against Mallow away Time and Date to be confirmed.

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Our footballers were defeated by Carrigaline in the Premier 1 Football League last Sunday morning in St Colmans Community College by 4-09 v 2-07.

Club Gear The Club shop is open each Saturday morning from 11am to 12, a full selection of gear is available Price lists are available on the club website www.midletongaa.com