Castlelyons GAA Club Notes

03 May, 2016

Castlelyons GAA Club Weekly Notes – Week Ended 2.5.16

Castlelyons suffer second defeat in Intermediate Hurling League.

Kildorrery 1-17 Castlelyons 0-18  

We hit for Kildorrery on Friday evening confident that all was going really well.  However, our opposition thought the same as they were unlucky in a few games, had a great win in the Intermediate football championship the week before and were at full strength in the hurling for the first time this season.  Their coach, Jimmy Quilty, knows Castlelyons hurling well as he coached Ballyhea back to the senior ranks in 2014 and they had two mighty battles with us along the way.  Now, after All Ireland success with Limerick U21’s he is even more experienced and sure enough had a plan to counteract our free flowing forwards. 

Kildorrery lined up with their midfielder back in front of the full back and one of the forwards out in the middle.  This left Castlelyons with a free man at the back but Kildorrery were counter attacking with short possession or long angle ball into the space.  Peter O Brien was in right form for Kildorrery as they went 0-4 ahead but we began to find our form with Anto Spillane and Ronan Bransfield going well in attack.  Our backs were doing well although conceding some frees which were punished by O Brien as he helped himself to 0-7 of which 0-4 were frees and some wides. We got on top for a while and Anto Spillane had 0-9 (0-3 frees) and points from Ml Spillane and Ronan Bransfield.   But they got on top again Will Foughy was strong and running at our defence from the middle.  He played a good ball to Davy Kelly who slipped inside our defence and gave Shane O Sullivan no chance one on one for a killer goal on half time.  The half time score was 1-10 to 0-11.

The second half was a dour struggle and while Kildorrery double marked Anto Spillane we failed to create space for our other forwards. Towards the end with only a few points between the teams we went for goals when points may have been an option as the referee played over fine minutes’ injury time. In fact, the last score, 0-1, came from Kildorrery’s Davy Kelly who wound up with 1-2.  Overall, our backs played well but we needed a greater spread of scores from our forwards. No doubt, John Meyler the Inniscarra coach who called to see us in action wondered at all he saw.  However, although we may have more in the tank Kildorrery were the better team on the evening.  We have a couple of weeks to the championship and I have no doubt we will regain our form and drive on again.  Goals win games and it is worth noting that in the All Ireland Final of 2010 Lar Corbett made just six plays but destroyed Kilkenny with three goals.  We have room for improvement in this department as we have the firepower and should have a go for them but, of course, the point is the best option most times and our management team will be working on this.

Team: -  Shane O Sullivan, Brian Carroll, Cian O Leary, Tom Carroll, Ciarán McGann, Colm Barry, D Lawlor, Eoin Maye, Robbie Feeney, Ronan Bransfield, Shane Moroney, Michael Spillane, A Fenton, Alan O Sullivan, A Spillane.  Subs: - K O Leary for B Carroll (46 mins); Ronan Fenton for Ml Spillane (48 Mins), J Barry, D Sexton and C O Neill Scores: - A Spillane 0-12 (0-5 frees); R Bransfield 0-2; Ml Spillane 0-1; C McGann 0-1 (0-1 free); A O Sullivan (0-1); A Fenton 0-1.

Victory over Dungourney in East Cork JHL Division 2.

Castlelyons 2-19 Dungourney 3-10

On a breezy but fine evening in Castlelyons we had a good win over Dungourney in the East Cork Division 2 Hurling League.  Both teams were a little depleted with injuries and the end of a long weekend.  We started very well with 0-1 from R Fenton and 0-3 from R O Regan and T McCarthy in good form before Dungourney slammed in 1-2.  Then midway through the first half D Sexton made a massive run through the field and shot for goal which was saved but he was on hand to blast the rebound to the net for a lead we never lost. 

We lead 1-14 to 1-5 at half time with the aid of the breeze.  Good play from S Fenton, L Moroney, C O Neill, and a goal from A Henley ensured victory.  This leaves us second in the table with two points from two games as we lost in our first outing to a very strong Carrig outfit.

Team: - B O Donovan, Liam Moroney, B Carroll, A Henley, S Fenton, D Sexton, M Murphy (Capt), B (Dunny) O Donovan, Colm O Neill, R O Regan, R Fenton, Ml Geary, M J Dorgan, T McCarthy, A O Neill. Scores: - T McCarthy 0-6, R O Regan 0-5, R Fenton 0-4, C O Neill 0-2, L Moroney 0-1, M J Dorgan 0-1, D Sexton 1-0, A Henley 1-0.

St Catherines Minors, at home, take Castlelyons.

St Catherines 3-10 Castlelyons 1-10

Tracton, St Catherines and Castlelyons now lead the Rebel Óg East Cork A Grade Hurling League as we are well positioned in third.  However, after three good wins we did come up short to St Catherines who are now second on greater scoring as we have each played four games and each losing one.  We choose to play with the breeze in the first half and lined out without Jamie O Leary, injured, went in at half time just three points up as Catherines held us well.  We failed a bit against the breeze in the second and lost on a score 3-10 to 1-10.  However, there is room for improvement and we look forward to a good year from this team.

The Advantage Rule.

This rule causes some misunderstanding between managers, mentors, patrons and the referee so it is important to understand the rule and it is as follows: - When a foul is committed the referee may allow the play to continue if he considers it to be to the advantage of the offended team.  He shall signal that advantage by raising his arm upright.  If he deems no advantage to have occurred, he may subsequently award a free for that foul from where it occurred.  The referee shall allow the advantage to run by maintaining his arm in the upright position for up to five seconds after the initial foul or for less time if it becomes clear that no advantage has accrued.  He shall apply any relevant disciplinary action.



Fr Smith Cup in Castlelyons on Sunday 8th May 5.30 pm as Centenary Heroes remembered.

Cumann Lúthchleas Gael Caisleán Uí Liathán are hosting the Father Smith Cup Final on Sunday evening as our Intermediate hurlers play Divisional side Uí Mac Coille.  This will be a good workout for both teams as the Championship is getting near and our Manager Mick Spillane is hoping for a full strength team. The Uí Mac Coille team is drawn from Junior and Intermediate Clubs in East Cork which would be well known historically to the Kent Brothers of Bawnard and the evening will be part of a Comóradh 100 Bliain.  The Cup dates back to 1917 and it will be a lead in to the main celebratory events of the following weekend in Castlelyons.

This Sunday evening’s events commences at 5.30 pm as there will be some formalities in reading the Proclamation, raising the Flag, Castlelyons Pipe Band will participate and lead the parade of the teams. We will have a copy of the best known flag of the Rising and proclaiming a Republic as it was placed at the side of the GPO while Éamon Bulfin rose the Tricolour over the GPO of the Irish Republic and we are making arrangements to have “Liam” and “Sam” present.  Cork star Seamus Harnedy will also be present and some of his Cork colleagues and who knows they could yet bring “Liam” to the Banks of the Lee in 2016.

There was no GAA Club formed in Castlelyons circa 1916 or, indeed, for years later.  However, it is believed that the Kent family, Bawnard had connections with other Clubs in the area.  Richard Kent was a great athlete and weight thrower.  He won many medals and trophies.  Indeed, a photograph shows him with his medals displayed.

Of course, Cumann Lúthchleas Gael at this time as well as staging Gaelic Games was also the principal organising body for nationalist athletes in the country for what we nowadays call “track and field” events (also cycling, greyhound racing and many other sports that have long since come under the auspices of their own governing bodies) – so it would have been at these ‘meets’ that the Kent brothers competed and medals were won. 

A great historian in UCC, namely Gabriel Doherty, tells me that Thomas Kent was very friendly with J J Walsh who was President of the Cork County Board circa 1916 and actually took part in the Rising in Dublin.  Both men were very involved with hurling clubs and promoted the use of hurleys and did use them for training the Volunteers.  Thomas Kent, RIP, and nephew of the Kent brothers won an East Cork hurling medal with Castlelyons in 1955. So we can honour the past and plan for the future with the Comóradh and a good game on Sunday evening.  All welcome.

1916 Limited Addition Special Lapel Badge

CLCG Coiste Chontae Chorcaí have produced a once off limited edition 1916 Commerative Special Lapel Badge.  This collector’s item is a beautiful piece and can be worn throughout the year.  These Badges are available are available from you Board Delegates.

Club Weekly Lotto.

This week’s draw is being held on this Tuesday due to the Bank Holiday and we don’t have results for publicity.  The Jackpot is €8, 600 and we will have all results next week but they will be immediately published on the Website, Facebook and Twitter.  

Castlelyons Main Sponsor:  ZEUS Packaging Group