Castlelyons GAA Club

08 October, 2019

Castlelyons GAA Notes week ended 7.10.19

Minor Hurlers defeated in County Semi Final.

Killavullen 2-19 Castlelyons 2-15

Castlelyons hit for Ballyhooly on Sunday for the Rebel Óg Division 2 Cork County Minor grade hurling semi-final after a well merited win in East Cork. Our opponents were Kilavullen who were recently defeated by Kilara Óg in a cracking North Cork final. The day was dry, the Ballyhooly pitch was in great order and we were treated to a very good game. Adrian Hyland was on the whistle and did a good job even if we felt hard done by a penalty award to Kilavullen.

James Kearney put us on the board with a point but Killavullen levelled. We went on to open a 0-5 to 0-1 lead through some fine points from play and frees by Colm McCarthy as our lads had a great ten minutes. Back came Killavullen to score an unanswered 1-5 as Mikey O Connor was handy on the frees which we conceded easily at times and Colm Looney scored a goal for them. In fairness our lads fought hard and James Kearney our top man scored from play and Colm McCarthy with a free to leave it 1-12 to 0-9 at the short whistle.

Earley in the second half Kilavullen had 0-1 from a free but again our lads showed their mettle as Leon Doocey was on hand to score an excellent team worked goal. They won the puckout and again James Kearney dissected the posts for a great point and Colm McCarthy was accurate from frees again to leave it 1-13 apiece well into the second half. Killavullen had a man sent off for an off the ball incident but came at us hard with three points of their own to put them up 0-3. Our backs done very well at times as Kilavullen did look sharp on the break.

Then a moment out of our control. Our goalie made a very good save but as he made his way out to clear he was adjudged to have lid on the ball despite being tackled by two Killavullen lads. The referee blew and what happened next!! A harsh penalty was awarded against us. This was a major talking point by both sets of supporters. Up stepped their marksmen and he duly despatched a bullet to the net. We exchanged points on a few occasions and fought hard to the end. We got another well worked goal finished by James Kearney in injury time to put us back in the game but Kilavullen held out for a 2-19 to 2-15 victory.

Well done to Killavullen as they are a good side. They could meet a high flying Kilworth / Araglen combination in what should be a great final. However, all is certainly not lost for Castlelyons. Our team has thrown up a few stars and a group of honest steady hurlers. There is a great scene in the middle of the Disney animated feature “Meet the Robinsons”. A nice lesson for kids and adults alike with the advice “from failing you learn and success not so much”. We can learn a lot from this year’s hurling. A special thanks to all the panel for

their great effort and the mentors for their work and commitment to the team during the year.

Panel: Gavin O Neill, Declan Morrison, Declan Geary, Michael O Sullivan, Stephen Casey, Shane Cotter, Leon Shanahan, Leon Doocey (1-1), Evan Lenihan, Richard Morrison (0-1), James Kearney, Colm McCarthy (0-10), Oscar Hallihan, Dara Spillane, Jack Kenny (1-3). Ian Ryan Michael Griffin, Ian O Sullivan, Aaron Fenton, Peter Greaney, Cees Kouwenberg. Team Mentors: Will Casey, Pat O Neill, Alan Fenton and Niall O Leary.

Results of Weekly Lotto Draw on Monday 7.10.19.

Our weekly club lotto draw was held in the Peddlers on Monday 7.10.19 and the numbers drawn were 17, 20, 27 and 32. There was no winner. There were eight Lucky Dip winners were as follows: - John Cotter, SS Cronin, Tadgh Mullane, Con Lawlor, John O Connor, Jo McGann, Mary Daly and Jerry O’Donovan.

Next week’s draw will be held on Monday 14th October at 9.30pm in the Peddlers. The Jackpot is still a massive €20,000 so don’t forget your ticket for next week. The results of the Club Lotto are published on both the Avondhu and social media. Thanks to all our Lotto players who support us each week as without you we would not be able to invest in the future of our club.

Cork GAA Clubs Draw.

Well folks we have arrived at renewal time for the Cork GAA Clubs Draw. Tickets cost just €100 each with a prize fund of €450000 for the year. This is an excellent risk-free fundraising promotion for us as a club with a guaranteed minimum 45 per cent coming to our club and rising to 58 per cent on target achievement. It is interesting to note that clubs in cork have purchased and developed pitches through strong sales of these tickets. There is also an investment in coaching and games development within the county from the proceeds of the draw.

It is interesting to note that whether it is Clare, Tipperary, Kilkenny, Laois or Winning with the Tribes in Galway almost all counties have a County Draw along the same lines. We have a fresh new County Board Executive in Cork and they are on the move doing their very best for the county. You can support on the double here, both club and county so now’s your time to join the Draw and it will be a vital help to our own future development and pitch facilities. Thanks again.

East Cork Under 21A Hurling Championship.

We are still involved in this championship having defeated Sarsfields. We now play Aghada in the section to decide who goes forwarded to play winners or runners up in the other section. Youghal and the ’Hill have to play in the other section, and they say that Carrigtwohill are the team to beat and maybe the team to avoid in the semi-final. Our game versus Aghada may take place at the weekend with this Friday being mentioned despite the game being listed for Saturday 12th October. This is poor planning from all involved that games are not arranged for time of going to press rather than last minute announcements. In any event our lads have a strong side and with a bit of work we are in with a chance of success. We will give an update on the date and time of the game on social media.

Imokilly Senior Hurlers in County Final.

As a result of a 2-19 to 1-19 victory over St Finbarrs Imokilly last Sunday are on course for a three in a row of Cork county senior hurling championship titles. Our men Colm Barry and Anthony Spillane both played very well while Tom Carroll and Barry Murphy were also on the panel. The Candy Stripes could become the first side to win a three in a row since the ‘Barrs themselves back in the early ‘80’s. But don’t speak too soon because they meet Glen Rovers in the final on Sunday 20th October in Páirc Uí Rinn who were back to back winners themselves in 2015 and 2016 and looking for their third title in five years. The Glen have twenty-seven titles in the bag, a proud history and savage spirit. Imokilly have a chance of making their own bit of history but this demands real focus. It will be an interesting lead up so more next week.

Congrats to Barry Fitzgerald.

Congratulations to one of our former stars Barry Fitzgerald and all at Fitzgerald Butchers on their massive success at the famous Blas na hÉireann Dingle Food Festival recently. Fitzgerald Butchers were awarded gold, silver and bronze medals for various meats. This is timely recognition of their top-quality meats all sourced locally and, of course, a great service. So, for the best drop into their shop at Pearse Square Fermoy and you can also buy one our lotto tickets and maybe win the Jackpot of €20000. Well done Barry.

Votes of Sympathy.

At our recent club meeting a vote of sympathy was expressed to the Twomey family on their recent bereavement. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a ainm dilís.

Club Main Sponsor: ZEUS Packaging Group

" Congrats to Barry Fitzgerald, seen here with his daughter Bronagh when we won the IHL in 2014, on his recent success in the Blas na hÉireann Food Festival in Dingle recently"