Killeagh GAA Club

01 May, 2018

KILLEAGH GAA NEWS April 29th 2018

By Colman Motherway, Killeagh GAA PRO

FIDDLESTICKS AND F.....!

Weather again!! Fiddlesticks is the mildest of the 'F' words that come to mind when describing our feelings of frustration about this f...ing weather. Fools we were for fancying that a feast of fine weather last weekend could signal the end of winter and beginning of summer. No such luck – pitches closed again on Tuesday last after another deluge, and further difficulty for fixture fixers! Nonetheless, we plod along, faithfully and fearlessly!

LOTTO NEWS – FANCY FOUR GRAND? Our 17th weekly Lotto draw of 2018 was held on Tuesday last, April 24th. The €4000 jackpot was not won this week. Numbers drawn were 1, 8, 20 and 29. Cathal Deane, Kevin Conlon and May Galvin won €30 each, while Nora M. O'Reilly won a €30 voucher for Killeagh Pharmacy. Next week we will have a jackpot of €4200 –who wouldn't' want that?

SENIOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP Douglas 3-19, Killeagh 1-9

No repeat of last summer's highlight (when we deservedly beat Douglas in Cobh) in the re-match in Pairc Uí Rinn on Friday evening last. Douglas impressed in every line of the pitch, with current Cork seniors Eoin Cadogan and Shane Kingston dominant at either end, former inter-county seniors Cian McCarthy (Cork) and Shane Bourke (Tipperary) very dangerous scoring threats up front, another (Stephen Moylan) pulling the strings in midfield, and possible future Cork players Luke McGrath and Nathan Walsh impressing in defence. Brendan Delaney's flicked goal on seven minutes, after brilliant work from Matthew Murphy, was the highlight of the first half for Killeagh, but two Douglas goals, from Cian McCarthy on 13 minutes and Mark O'Connor on 28 minutes meant it was double scores at half-time (2-8 to 1-4). Kieran Lane's superb sideline cut was our final point of this half, but sixteen scoreless minutes after Brendan's goal (Douglas scored 1-4 in this period) was an ominous warning sign. The second half didn't see any improvement as Shane Kingston's excellent catch, solo run and brilliant finish to the net after just two minutes effectively ended the tie. Our sum total in this half was five points, two from frees by Eoghan Keniry whose performance was hampered by injury, one from Daniel Walsh and two from Brian Collins, both of whom worked tirelessly in midfield throughout. Douglas, on this form, and with Alan Cadogan and possibly Brian Turnbull to return from injury, will be a serious threat to any team in this competition, while we must regroup and get ready to face the mighty St. Finbarr's in Round 2, another tall order!

JUVENILE NEWS

This week we have reports from our Under 10s, Under 11s, Under 12s, Under 13s and Under 15s. Busy, busy, busy!

Under 10s develop their skills on and off the pitch – Brinsley McDonnell

Our Under 10 squad had a day out in Kinsale on Saturday last. They started with two 10-a-side football matches in Kinsale, winning both, and followed this with lunch and a round of footgolf, followed by more food! It was a great day for all players and parents, with beautiful sunshine adding to our enjoyment. This footgolf is mighty fun!

Under 11s making great strides – Colin Brennan

Killeagh-Ita's Under 11 boys have got their busy season off to a good start having played three rounds of the football league and one of the hurling league. The boys have made huge strides since last year and are putting in a great effort each week at training and in games. To date we have played Youghal, Carrigaline and Blarney in the football and Nemo Rangers in the hurling. We host Kinsale in hurling next week and are away to Blarney in hurling a week later.

U11 Panel: Thomas Kelly, Liam Manning, Dara McDonald, Aidan McNamee, Fionn Mulcahy, Kieran Murphy, Conor Murphy, John Ogbebor, Cian O'Riordan, Ben O'Sullivan, Eoin Roche, Eoin Spillane, Fionn Brennan, Jack Coleman, Tadhg Considine, Oran Cunningham, Aaron Dignam, Jacob Dignam, Kealan Fitzgerald, Sean Fitzgerald, Joshua Gregory, Michael Griffin, Andrew Hogan, Cian O'Shea Fleming and Callum Harte.

Under 12s touring the Imokilly barony - Conor Murphy

Our U12’s have had a busy week, with a backlog of fixtures to catch up due to the weather-related postponements earlier in the season. We played Carrigtwohill last Saturday 21st of April in Carrigtwohill. We came up against a very good team and lost the game 4-2 to 4-10. We played Aghada in Aghada on Tuesday 24th, where we came out on the right side of a very tough battle with the score 6-8 to 4-11 in favour of Killeagh-Ita's. We played Cobh on Friday 27th in Killeagh and won by 11-5 to 3-5.

Panel: Fionn Murphy (Inch), Fionn Murphy (Killeagh), Conor Burns, Barry Walsh, Ben Walsh, Michael Doherty, Harry Connon, Ethan O’Driscoll, Michael O’Donovan, Michael Cowhig, Jamie

Hyde, Sean Lynch, Cathal Landers, Sean Meade, Max Harty, Liam Og Power, Tadhg Considine, Aidan McNamee.

Under 13s in Lismore – Seamus Considine

The U13s travelled to Lismore on Saturday evening to play a hurling game. With only 14 players avaiiable to travel we were always going to be up under pressure against a strong Lismore side. We were beaten well, but for the first outing of the year the boys showed positive signs in some areas, notably the never give up attitude, pride in the jersey and playing for each other. All the boys played very well & tried hard. Sean O'Riordan was one who stood out for our team but every one of the boys played their part. Thanks to the parents who travelled & to the boys WELL DONE.

Panel: Conor Burns, Liam Considine, Sean Meade, Dylan McCarthy, Pierse Geary, Sean O Riordan, Martin Power, Jason Harte, Ruairi Mackey, Diarmuid Buckley, Michael Doherty, Fionn Murphy (I) Liam Og Power & Fionn Murphy (K).

PS Congrats to two of our Under 13 players Dylan McCarthy and Colm Leahy who have been selected for the Cork Primary Game Hurling Panel for 2018.

CAUGHT ON THE LINE

Rebel Óg U15 Hurling Challenge Cup Semi-Final Carrigtwohill 1-17, Killeagh-Ita's 2-13

In March 2013 I name-checked a brilliant young Aghada footballer in a report of an U12 football match. Five years hence, and Diarmuid Phelan is captain and centre-back of Cork minor footballers. Here's another name-check – young Justin Oke of Carrigtwohill. This game gave supporters huge entertainment, with Justin's freetaking, agility and skill a joy to behold, particularly in the first half. The game-changer here was his injury time goal from a free which broke the hearts of our gallant Under 15 boys, just two minutes after he had saved a penalty at the other end of the pitch. Our team had battled back from an eight-point half-time deficit (Carrig had the benefit of the wind and led by 0-15 to 1-4) to lead by two points with time up. But the fat lady hadn't yet sung, and more importantly, the referee Willie Wallace hadn't blown his final whistle. Such are the cruelties of sport – Carrigtwohill progress to the Challenge Cup Final against Kiltha Óg, while we think of what might have been! Well done to the team who gave their all. Stand out performers on the night were the usual suspects Jamie Fogarty, George Walsh and Paudie Mackey (highlighted by an excellent goal on 20 minutes with a brilliant assist from Eoin Brenner). Most impressive of all was David Buckley, who was outstanding at left-half forward in that second-half comeback, scoring 1-1 (the point on 50 minutes was a brilliant equalising score) and winning several frees, all of which Paudie converted. One that got away!

Team: Ben Budds, Ben Fogarty, Rory Lynch, Cormac Fitzpatrick, Jack Flanagan, Jamie Fogarty, David Buckley, George Walsh, Aaron Fitzgibbon, Colm Treacy, Paudie Mackey, Evan Lane, Colm Landers, Eoin Brenner, Callum Martin White.

FIXTURES

Fé 16 Hurling Championship Killeagh v Valley Rovers in Ballinlough, Monday April 30th at 7.15 p.m.

Minor Hurling Championship: Carrigtwohill v Killeagh-Ita’s in Castlemartyr Thursday May 3rd @ 7.15 p.m.

HEALTHY CLUBS PROJECT KILLEAGH GAA - INCH ROVERS LADIES FOOTBALL - KILLEAGH CAMOGIE - KILLEAGH-ITA'S JUVENILE GAA

Family Fun Day in Páirc Ui Chinnéide on Monday May 7th 3.00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m.

(IN CONJUNCTION WITH CREATIVE KILLEAGH / MAY SUNDAY FESTIVAL)

FOR ALL IN OUR CLUBS, FOR ALL IN OUR COMMUNITY, FOR ALL AGES

Our Family Fun Day (Lá na gClub) this year will feature loads of fun activities including FUN AND RUN - a brand new GAA game for all ages and abilities, and

* Mini-Blitz Hurling, Camogie and Football Games

* Poc Fada & Cic Fada,

* Penalty Shoot Out,

* Crossbar Challenge, Target Games

* Meet your senior club players

* Children’s Art Work and Posters on display: “MY HEALTHY COMMUNITY”

* Healthy Food Samples & Recipes

* Refreshments Served.

Come along for the fun and nice weather– Accuweather is promising a balmy 18o, YR say 20o! (I kid you not!!)

Darkness Into Light Walk for Pieta House is on Saturday May 12th at 4.15 a.m. in Midleton and Youghal. Most of our Healthy Club Walkers are walking in Youghal. Would you like to join us? Register online at dil.pieta.ie

Our Killeagh 4 Mile Road Race has been rescheduled for Thursday May 24th at 8.00 p.m. Save the date and get the walking / running shoes on!

AN FOCAL SCOIR

Many people to congratulate this week, to put a shine on what has been an otherwise forgettable week.

1. To all those who assisted with the hosting of two exciting Premier Intermediate hurling Championship games on Saturday evening last in Páirc Uí Chinnéide, a very big thank you. Under the stewardship of cathaoirleach Padraig McGrath and our 'stadium manager' Sean Treacy, everything was in tip-top shape and events ran as smoothly as could be. The persistent rain through the week and the heavy showers that came just as the first match was starting meant that our third pitch, which was in use for parking, turned into something of a mud-bath at the exit point, but plenty of muscle got those few spinning vehicles motoring safely home.

2. To our clubman and Cork Games Development Administrator Colm Crowley, who made headlines on the Evening Echo and Irish Examiner during the week, we say WELL DONE! Colm has spoken out about the excesses of poor parent and mentor behaviour on the sideline at juvenile matches and blitzes, referencing examples of problems he has had to deal with as a result of disrespectful and outrageous behaviour from adults. We all have a role, as the 'responsible' adults, to show example, leadership and to model appropriate behaviour. This manifests itself in how we speak to and about our own team, our opponents and match officials. It's 2018, let's all make a conscious effort to put this into practice every time we attend a match. If we think this is not possible, maybe it's better then to stay at home. Let's put it simply: treat others with the respect we would like to get for ourselves. Let's start NOW.

3. Finally, let's finish off on a really positive note. Two weeks ago I wrote about 'beirt laoch' inár measc in this corner of the county, namely Davy Russell and Ray Rochford. This week, we salute another 'laoch' of our parish, Seán Murphy. Seán was honoured on Wednesday last when he received the Overall Individual Award at the 6th Annual Cork County Mayor's Community Awards Ceremony, an award he was thrilled to receive (although he might be less happy about being referred to as being from Youghal on the Cork County Council website – please correct!). Seán has been to the forefront of almost every community group in the parish over the past 60 years – Killeagh Point To Point, Community Council, Muintir na Tíre, Killeagh Hall Committee and of course his beloved Cumann Luth Chleas Gael Cilliath. He has served as club chairman on a number of occasions, and has served for over half a century as Killeagh's club delegate to the East Cork Board, soldiering for many years alongside his great friend and colleague Junior Scully. Seán, however, is not

ready to hang up his boots yet, and was back on duty in Páirc Uí Chinnéide on Saturday evening last. Congratulations Seán, on an honour well deserved.

PHOTOS ATTACHED WITH THIS WEEK'S REPORT

1. Sean Murphy receiving his Mayor's Award from Declan Hurley, County Mayor (picture courtesy of www.corkcoco.ie)

2. Junior Scully and Sean Murphy 'on duty' in Páirc Uí Chinnéide on Saturday last at the Premier Intermediate Hurling double header.

3. Under 10 boys at Footgolf in Kinsale on Saturday.

4. Under 11 team v Blarney on Saturday last

Lá na gClub in Páirc Uí Chinnéide

(IN CONJUNCTION WITH CREATIVE KILLEAGH / MAY SUNDAY FESTIVAL)

MONDAY MAY 7th 2018

3.00 – 5.00 p.m.

FOR ALL IN OUR CLUBS,

FOR ALL IN OUR COMMUNITY,

FOR ALL AGES

* BRAND NEW GAME FOR ALL AGES AND ABILITIES: FUN AND RUN

* Mini-Blitz Hurling, Camogie and Football Games

* Poc Fada & Cic Fada,

* Penalty Shoot Out,

* Crossbar Challenge, Target Games

* Meet your senior club players

* Children’s Art Work and Posters on display: “MY HEALTHY COMMUNITY”

* Healthy Food Samples & Recipes

* Refreshments Served