Watergrasshill GAA

19 October, 2020


With the GAA's decision to suspend all club matches, it's been a quiet week on the playing front clearly. Our Juvenile teams continue with training, non-contact now, but still great outlet for the youngsters to keep up fitness, spend time with friends outdoors and get much needed fresh air. Our U13s and U14s finished their season last Saturday with a skills and penalty competition. This consisted of three 45s (10 points for each score); three sideline cuts (20 points for each score) and crossbar challenge (three shots - 30 points for each hit). Adam Hennessy won the U13 competition and Bobby Kelleher won the U14 competition. In the knockout penalty competition (3 penalties and then knock-out), Jack Counihan won the U13 category and Cathal O’Brien won the U14 category. Thanks to Tracey Loftus and Yvonne O’Brien of the U14 Social Committee for providing treats and refreshments to the lads. As the season comes to an end we thank Martin O’Riordan, Derek Casey and Ger O’Brien for their huge commitment to the two squads. We thank Kevin Barry, Shane McCarthy, Eamonn Counihan, Michael Bowman, Dermot O’Mahony, David Kelleher, Anthony Forde for all their help and support during the season. Finally, thanks to the parents for bringing the lads to all the training sessions and games, their support and understanding during a very difficult season. These are a fine group of young men who have developed their skills immensely during the year.

 

 

Lotto

There was no winner of the Lotto Jackpot this week. Numbers drawn were 4, 12, 13 & 32. €20 lucky dip winners are Margaret O Callaghan, Jerry Cronin, Claire Delacy & Shane Dollar O' Riordan. Congrats to you all. Next week's jackpot is a cool €5,000 and draw will take place Monday 19th October. Tickets are now once again on sale in some of the village businesses,  like Centra & Johnny's Shop. Tickets can also be purchased on-line via our club website (www.watergrasshillgaa.​ie). The Club would like to take this opportunity to thank all our members and supporters of the Watergrasshill GAA Club Lotto. The Club Lotto is a vital source of income for the running of all our teams within the Club and for future development of our facilities, so we ask you to please support it if you are in a position to do so. Remember, if you’re not in you can’t win.

 

 

Pitch Signage & Advertising Opportunity

As we enter a new decade, we do so with great optimism and excitement here at Watergrasshill GAA Club. Later this decade we will celebrate our centenary year, which will be a special milestone. While it's important to celebrate the past and the history of the club, its also important we look forward to the future. With this in mind, the club will shortly be undertaking a development project, to prepare the club for the future and further position ourselves at the centre of our community. Part of this project, will be the development of our existing club grounds. To that end we will endeavour to raise a revenue stream from advertising, while giving businesses the opportunity to advertise their services and reach a wider audience within our community. With the playing numbers on the increase our facility will be a busy spot over the coming years and we would love to have your name and business positioned in the hearts and minds of all those who visit on a weekly basis. We are offering advertising space via pitch signage, 3000mm wide x 750mm high. These are a 5-year gloss laminate, flash mounted to 0.2mm skin diabond sign. If you would be interested in this opportunity to advertise and support our club, please contact Claire O Leary on 087-6239297 or any member of the club who can provide assistance. 

 

 

Club Shop

Our club shop is always open where club crested clothing is available to buy, from shorts to jerseys to training tops and tracksuit bottoms, for adults and juveniles in various sizes. Hurling helmets also available to buy through the club. If you need anything or would like to speak to someone about what is available and sizes, contact Adrienne on 087-7589139. Also keep an eye on our club Facebook page where new club gear can be seen.

 

 

Calling on The Hill Diaspora

Have you family or friends who once upon a time played GAA in the Hill but now live in some far flung corner of the world, like Australia or Leitrim? If you know of someone I’d love to get in touch (you can direct message through the club FaceBook page or drop me an e-mail to pro.watergrasshill.cork@gaa.ie ) to hear their story (if you don't mind sharing) and maybe bring them back closer to family and friends still living here in Watergrasshill. 

 

 

Throwback Thursday

In 1985 Watergrasshill National school entered Sciath na Scol for the first time. The schools first foray into this competition met with some success as the team went through the preliminary stages unbeaten only to be defeated by Cloghroe NS in the final.
Many more finals were contested. The anticipation and excitement leading up to and particularly on the day of a final quickly became a highlight not just for the pupils but also for the teachers, parents and local community who supported the various teams through thick and thin. The daily training sessions behind the school, the travelling away to play other schools and ultimately playing in the big stadium were all part of the magic of Sciath na Scol. Outright success was of course always most welcome and many a joyful and jubilant journey were made home from Cork with red jerseys adorning the windows of the bus while the Cup was displayed inside the front window for all to see. Needless to mention, the celebratory half-day, usually granted so graciously by the Board of Management, was the ultimate icing on the cake for the young players and their loyal supporters.’
Pictured are the Hurling & Football team from 1985-86.
Back l-r: Pat O Neill, John T HcHugh, Pat O Shea, Conor Twomey, Johnny O Regan, Declan Casey, Derek O Reilly, Don Ryan, Pat O Connor, Eamonn Ryan.
Front l-r: Kevin O'Riordan, Denis Cashman, James Roche, Dean Roche, Brian Cussen, Brendan Kearney, Cathal Collins.

Sympathy

On behalf of our club, deepest sympathy is extended to the Barry & McDonagh families, on the passing of Anne in the UK recently. We also extend our sympathies to the Cronin family on the passing of Michael, Bishops Island. May they both rest in peace.