Castlemartyr GAA Notes

07 February, 2010

CASTLEMARTYR VICTORY DINNER DANCE A NIGHT TO REMEMBER

Castlemartyr finally drew a line under their memorable year of 2009, when they celebrated in style in the plush surroundings of the new ballroom in Garryvoe Hotel on Saturday 30th of January last. A huge crowd gathered to relive the glorious year once more and to see their heroes collect their cherished East Cork medals.

The buzz around the lobby and bar beforehand was electric, and the roof of the new ballroom was tested when the gallant squad of 2009 marched in unison to tumultuous cheering. Having finally settled, down a fine meal was enjoyed by all, and at dessert time we were treated to a slide show, showing all the highlights of the year gone by. Much credit must go to Dagger Walsh and Damien Roche for the Trojan work they did in setting all this up.

Then it was time for the speeches, and Chairman Dave Fleming carried out his duties with considerable aplomb. Considering all the presentations that had to be carried out, Dave kept the whole thing breezing along, and with a good dose of humour as well.

Seamus Lawton introduced the players as they went up to receive their medals from club legend Paddy Whyte, and had something interesting to say about them all. The players also received a beautiful framed picture of the squad from club president Christy O Sullivan, which is a marvellous keepsake to have. The backroom staff wasn’t forgotten either and they also received a framed picture. A nice touch throughout all this was the power point presentation, again done by Dagger and Damien, with an action picture of all the players as they went up. It added hugely to the occasion.

Sean Bowens and Brian Lawton were honoured for their involvement with the Cork junior footballers and intermediate hurlers respectively, as was Marty O Brien for his Trojan work as treasurer for the last 8 years.

The Village Greengrocer Hurler of the Year award went to Brian Lawton, who as Dave said in his intro, started running in the Cloyne match and never stopped till October after the Cloughduv game.

The John O Donavan Footballer of the Year award went yet again to Adrian Bowens for his storming displays throughout the spring, driving on his team from wing back.

In the year that was in it there could only be one winner of the Frank McLellan Clubman of the Year award and sure enough, Seamus Barney Lawton who had masterminded the whole East Cork odyssey was a richly deserved winner. In his acceptance speech he paid tribute to the late Frank, and also stressed how proud he was to be getting the award in the year that was in it.

With the most enjoyable formalities over, it was time to boogie, and the West End Boys made sure that happened. It was the wee small hours of the morning before the Boys called it a night, much to the disappointment of the revellers, but all good things must come to an end.

It was a night that was much look forwarded too, and it certainly lived up to and perhaps exceeded expectations. It showed all that was good about Castlemartyr GAA and made one very proud, to be a part of it.

Here’s hoping we will be back there with something next year,

JUNIOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE ROUND 1

CASTLEMARTYR..................1-6

GLANMIRE..........................0-9

The footballers of Castlemartyr started off their 2010 league campaign on Sunday last the 7th of February, with a hard fought draw with Glanmire. With home advantage the Reds would have been hoping for more from this fixture, but midway through the second half when the Glanmire men got their noses in front for the first time in the game, Castlemartyr would happily settled for a share of the spoils.

The first half was a dour affair with both teams showing signs of rustiness and guilty of some basic handling errors. Castlemartyr playing with the aid of a stiffish blus tery breeze were grateful to a cheeky chip from corner forward Mce Hodnett, which put them into a 1-2 to 0-3 lead at the break.

The tempo was upped considerably in the second half and the tide seemed to be turning in favour of the Glanmire men with 10 minutes to go when the edged in front by 0-8 to 1-4. But two fine points from corner back Brian Smiddy and a belter from Brian O Tuama put the Reds into the lead with the finishing line in sight. They failed to close the deal however and with the last kick of the game the Glanmire men equalised from a free to snatch a deserved draw.

TEAM: MJ CREMIN,S O DONAVAN, R O DONAVAN, B SMIDDY(0-1) K O LEARY, BARRA O TUAMA, BRIAN O TUAMA( 0-1),O SMIDDY, A BOWENS, BARRY LAWTON(0-1),D BOWENS(O-1), E CLIFFORD(0-1),J SMIDDY, M BOWENS ,M HODNETT(1-1)

SUBS USED D BERNARD,C MORAN D DEEHAN

UPCOMING FOOTBALL FIXTURES

Dungourney v Castlemartyr in Dungourney Thursday 11th 7.45

St. Catherines v Castlemartyr in Ballynoe Thursday 18th 8.00

2010 FUNDRAISING CYCLE

Following the success of last year’s Killarney jaunt, Johnny Walsh and the boys are off on their travels again, but this time setting off from Limerick. Last year’s team of Johnny, Jimmy,Barra, Kevin, Dagger and Adrian are being joined this year by Kieran Lynch and Marty O Keeffe.

Good Friday will be the day of the task, so please support the boys with a few bob when you see the sponsorship cards. This year’s proceeds will be going towards getting a new set of jerseys.

Johnny Walsh the head honcho in the whole thing will only be back from his honeymoon with Maired a couple of days by then so here’s hoping he will have enough energy for the job.