Castlemartyr Notes

29 November, 2009

The Castlemartyr GAA AGM took place on Friday night last the 27th of November in front of a large good humoured crowd. The chairman David Fleming opened the meeting by expressing how lucky and proud he felt to be presiding over his first AGM with Jamesey Kelleher in attendance.

He then called on Secretary Michael John to give his report.

SECRETARY’S REPORT

Minor Hurling & Football

We are joined with Dungourney at minor level for both Hurling and Football.

The footballers had an impressive season reaching the Minor B Football Championship final defeating Carrignavar on the way by 4-11 to 1-11. They lost the final to Castlelyons on a score of 1-08 to 1-06 in a tight encounter.

In the league they finished joint third on 4 points from 5 games.

The hurlers were beaten in the first round of the Minor B Hurling Championship by a strong Watergrasshill side for the second year running on a score line of 1-11 to 2-11. In the League they finished joint second on 8 points from 6 games and lost out on a final place in a play off with Lisgoold.

I would like to thank Jim O’Rourke and Bernard Lawton and John Kenneally (Selectors) for all their hard work. With this being such an important age we need to keep this going for 2010.

Junior Football

We had a disappointing season in the league mainly due to our great run in the hurling with the knock on affect being that we were not able to fulfil 6 of our football league fixtures. After being promoted from Division 2 the previous season we now go back down to Division 2 for the 2010 season.

However in the championship we had for the second year running a good run to the quarter finals of the East Cork.

We played Carrigtwohill in the first round of the championship in Aghada and lost 4-08 to 0-09 in a day when everything just went wrong for us. We then entered the back door and a great display was given in defeating Castlelyons by 4-08 to 0-13 and this seemed to give the players belief. This was followed up by a stirring display against hotly fancied Aghada in Youghal where we came out on top on a score line of 0-15 to 1-10 and for the first and thankfully not the last time this year the team showed great heart and bottle.

For the second year in a row we were in the quarter final and I think it is fair to say on a night where we had a couple of key injuries and despite in my view controlling the game except for the opening 10 minutes we went down by 0-10 to 1-09 to Lisgoold, in a game where we had numerous chances not just to draw but enough to win the game.

It is fair to say at the start of the year the football outlook was bleak, a lot of credit goes to Joe Stack and his selectors along with the players for turning it around when it could have being just as easy to throw in the towel.

I would like to thank Joe Stack and his selectors Johnny Morgan and Ger Flanagan for their efforts with the footballers this year.

Junior Hurling

In the Junior League we finished 5th on 8 points and nice and safely in mid-table.

So I will do my best to summarise probably the best championship hurling year that a lot of us here tonight have ever witnessed:

It all started in Ballymacoda against a Cloyne second string and a score line of 2-13 to 0-09 which was a good start. However we certainly blew no one away by our display.

Next up was a much tighter game against a strong Midleton team. The lads battled brilliantly to come out on top on a score of 2-14 to 3-10 with Brian Smiddy scoring a superb late winner following a cute short free from his brother Jimmy.

We then took on Carrigtwohill and duly put them to the sword by playing great hurling coming out on top by 0-26 to 2-04.

So we found ourselves in the semi-final of an East Cork yet again and underdogs against Erins Own inside in Midleton. It was in this game that we saw this Castlemartyr team finally come of age as they stood up to a man and gave it everything they had. There was no way that night that Castlemartyr were not going to be in the 2009 East Cork Final as the players seemed to have a drive that we had never witnessed before in this Castlemartyr team. They not only showed the skill that we knew they had but the belief and hunger and we came out on top by 1-08 to 0-09 and indeed we did reach our first East Cork final since 1975.

So the buntings went up and wasn’t it great to see the villages of Mogeely and Castlemartyr filled with Red & White Flags and Banners & the many signs wishing the lads the best, a sight rarely seen in our community. While all this was happening, Seamus and his team kept the players focused on the job in hand and that job was massive, as we had to play the hot favourites Sars in the East Cork Final. In a final that few here will ever forget we started poorly but the lads never let their heads drop. Despite at one stage being 8 points down we defied the critics and went on to win by 0-23 to 2-11. It was a second half that was in reflection probably the best half of hurling I have ever witnessed. Jubilant scenes were seen at the final whistle and grown men were crying, the champagne was flowing (not for long), Jimmy had a man of the match trophy for an East Cork Final tucked under his arm and Ollie had the Jamsie Kelleher Cup aloft, Carlsberg don’t do East Cork Hurling Finals but if they did this is it!!!

What a scene it was in Castlemartyr that night as the tractor & trailer (every health & safety’s officers worst nightmare with a bouncing team and probably the worst tractor driver seen in the history of farming the veteran and near O.A.P. status Carey Joyce) turned the Carmelite corner and the huge crowd lined the street and cheered the victorious team and most importantly our new resident Jamsie Kelleher after his long 45 year exile. A great reception was had in the school hall and the speeches kept everyone entertained and the celebrations went long into the night in Clifford’s Bar and ended mid-week for most.

So once the hangovers were cured the team now had the might of Nemo Rangers to overcome and it took two thrilling matches and extra time to settle this and in both games we looked dead and buried but the players were not going to go down without a fight and emptied the tank yet again. The first game ended 1-10 to 0-13 with Brian Smiddy equalising in the last minute. In the replay after extra time the score was 0-16 to 1-11, which again included a Brian Smiddy match saving point after the initial 60 minutes were up, and a stirring extra time display by the whole team.

The County dream came to an end the following week against Cloughduv on a score line of 1-07 to 0-18 and we were simply blown away in the first half by a fresher and slicker Cloughduv team. The boys battled hard in the second half and never gave up but to no avail and the curtain came down on our most successful hurling year since 1964.

A special mention has to go to Seamus Lawton who brought such a professional approach to everything that he and his coaching team did and it is fair to say brought this team of players to a whole new level of preparing and winning games that few other coaches could have done.

What a year 2009 was, and a year that will never be forgotten in the community of Castlemartyr and Mogeely. I would like to thank Seamus Lawton, Donal McCarthy, Tony Ba, Martin McSweeney, Donal Burke, John Walsh & Marty O’Keeffe for their efforts with the Hurling team this year.

Junior B Hurling

It was a tough year for the Junior B set-up this year but never the less we progressed through the first round beating St. Ita’s by a resounding margin. However we were on the receiving end of a fair old beating from a much stronger Sars outfit in the next round.

I would like to thank manager Donal McCarthy and selectors James Deehan and Pat Cronin for looking after the Junior B Team this year.

Long Puck

Our traditional Long Puck was held on St. Stephens Day a great day and night was had by all both on the road and afterwards back in the village.

I would like to thank John Walsh and all the guys that helped him on the day.

Social Night

Our social night was held in The Sportsman’s Mogeely. The night was very enjoyable and I would like to thank all who helped to organise the event to enable it to run so smoothly.

La Na gClub

Castlemartyr Club day was held on the 10th May and was a great success. A bouncy castle face painters, clowns and a whole lot besides kept all the kids very happy and a huge crowd turned out from all ages. Kiltha Og were playing rounders at all different under age groups and they had numerous matches on the main pitch and this was followed by the Under 30’s taking on the Over 30’s. It was a great sight to see both sidelines of the field filled with families watching a fantastic game where the old warriors out scored the young pretenders by 2-07 to 1-06 with probably there best player being Eoin McGovern.

I would like to thank Charlie O’Neill for his great ideas and hard work and all the committee and people who helped out on this great day where both young and old came together to enjoy such a fantastically organised event.

Club Referee

I would like to thank Eoin McGovern for his time and effort in representing our Club in 2009.

Club Draw

Our annual two monthly draw was once again a huge success.

I would like to thank Dave Fleming for organising and running the draw and also to thank all the ticket collectors for their great effort.

Golf Classic

Our Annual Golf Classic was held in East Cork Golf and a great day was had by all.

I would like to thank the organising Committee for organising this great day out particularly Christy O’Sullivan and Mick Carroll for their great efforts.

Sponsorship

I would like to thank all those who contributed financially to the club during the year. We are very grateful to Cliffords our main sponsors, and also to Bord Gais (Golf Classic sponsors) and Centra (sponsors of East Cork Commemorative Booklet). In the current financial climate, during a thankfully long year, this support is greatly needed and very greatly appreciated.

Kiltha Og

I would like to thank all involved in Kiltha Og for their co-operation, hard work and very efficient running of the under-age set-up. They continue to go from strength to strength and we can certainly say that the younger players are in very good hands. Their main focus is not on silverware but in providing quality coaching and games for the young players in the parish, and rightly so.

Nevertheless the odd trophy is always welcome and we congratulate them in winning the U13 Hurling championship, the U14 hurling league, and most especially the U15 Hurling championship, the first time ever that an underage team from the parish has won an A grade championship.

Congratulations

I would like to congratulate the following people on their personal achievements during the year:

Brian Lawton – Intermediate All Ireland Hurling Winner

Sean Bowens – Junior All Ireland Football Winning Selector yet again

Amy O’Shea – All Ireland Ladies Football Winner

Donal Burke – On his appointment with the Cork Senior Hurling Team.

Well done to all of you.

East Cork Commemorative Booklet

In recognition of the historic achievement of winning the East Cork, a commemorative booklet is currently being compiled so that the events of the year can be preserved for posterity. Special thanks to Carey Joyce who is the driving force this. We hope to have the books on sale in local shops by mid December. Don’t miss it.

Personal Thanks

I would like to thank our East Cork Board delegates Mick Leahy and Paul O Connell for all their hard work and all my fellow officers and members of the Committee for their help and assistance during the year. I would also like to thank the players and mentors for the enjoyment they have given me and the enjoyment they have given the whole community during the year and hope that in 2010 we can retain the East Cork Hurling Championship and continue our progress on the field of play at all levels in both hurling & football.

Is Mise le Meas

Micheal Sean O’Cremin,

Runai,

Baile Na Martra C.L.G.

TREASURERES REPORT

Marty O Brien gave his 8th and final treasurer’s report and he was glad to be able to report on the twin miracle of winning the East Cork and also balancing the books in this challenging year. Marty has given eight great years to the job and every penny was accounted for throughout.

KILTHA OG REPORT

John Whyte was glad to report on another great year for Kiltha Og. Along with the silverware previously mentioned, the main aim is to get as many players as possible, playing at a high standard. Then the hope is when they reach 17 or 18 they should be able to progress to their Adult Clubs without much problems. They also plan to expand the social side away from the playing fields in the coming years.

CHAIRMANS REPORT

David paid tribute to those whom had worked hard throughout the year for the club. Those involved in the many fundraisers including Johnny Walsh for the sponsored cycle, Mick and Christy for the golf classic and special mention to Fong and Jim Costine for their herculean efforts in the 2 month draw.

Cha was given special praise for his role in La nag Club, as were Joe and Seamus in their managerial roles. Marty O Brien also was commended for his loyal service and impeccable record as treasurer, and it was hoped that he would not be lost to the club. Marty in reply said that he can’t change his roots and anyway he doesn’t want to.

ELECTION OF OFFICERS 2010

Christy O Sullivan presided over the election with the following results.

CHAIRMAN..........................David Fleming

VICE CHAIRMAN..................Cha O Neill

SECRETARY...........................MJ Cremin

ASST SECRETARY...................Mick Leahy

TREASURER..........................Charlotte Carroll

P.R.O.....................................Carey Joyce

DELEGATES...........................Mick Leahy & Paul O Connell

HURLING MANAGER...............Seamus Lawton

FOOTBALL MANAGER..............Joe Stack

MEMBERSHIP

Membership for 2010 has been kept at €50 for adults and €20 for OAP’S.

CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to Michael John and Elaine on the birth of their son Ryan. Here’s hoping that he will be a major improvement on his old man on the field of play.