Castlemartyr GAA Notes

31 July, 2010


Reigning East Cork champions Castlemartyr put their crown on the line, when they face Russell Rovers in the quarter final of this year’s hurling championship on Saturday evening next the 7th of August in Killeagh at 7pm.

Following last year’s heroics, it was always going to be an uphill battle to match the ferocious hunger of ’09, but match it they must, if not surpass it if they are to overcome the enormous test that Russell Rovers are sure to present.

Castlemartyrs form so far this year has been patchy to say the least. An impressive league campaign in which they suffered only one defeat to a strong Erin’s Own side, has not been continued into the championship. St. Ita’s were first to test the Reds in Copperalley and were unlucky to not at least earn a draw in an error ridden match. After a 5 week break it was then the turn of Carrigtwohill, and in damp slippery conditions, after a fine hours hurling, Castlemartyr had their noses in front by a mere two points at the end. This was a rematch of the ’09 quarter final, but back then the Reds romped to a 0-26 to 2-4 win, so it’s apparent to see that things have slipped back somewhat since.

The only form line to go on at the moment is that both Russell Rovers and Castlemartyr have met the Carrig men in this year’s championship. The seasiders have had the better of the exchanges, easing to a comprehensive 8 point win, while the Reds as previously stated were put to the pin of their collar to win by 2. Furthermore, a trusted Carrigtwohill analyst can’t see beyond a Russell Rovers victory, having experienced firsthand both teams in action.

To make the task even more difficult, Castlemartyr will be missing their main scoring threat Jimmy Smiddy, who tore ankle ligaments recently, in a practice game. This is a devastating blow to the Reds, especially as their forwards haven’t being setting the world on fire to date. A new free taker will have to be found to replace the ultra reliable Jimmy, and the loss of his aerial prowess from puck outs will be sorely missed also.

So also counting down –under tourists Derek Bowens and James Deehan, Castlemartyr are now missing a fifth of last year’s winning team. The half forward line has been decimated with Seanie Hennessey the only one left, and it is imperative that he finds some of his ’09 form immediately.

Dave Fleming will again tog out between the sticks, and his first job will be to keep his full back line on their toes. Ollie, Rob and Barra should have a busy evening as Russell Rovers are especially strong in this area. Outside them, Darragh, Brian Smiddy and Adrian hold the key to the winning of the game. If this line can dominate it will cut off the supply into the lethal full forward line, and be the launching pad for Castlemartyr attacks.

Peter Horgan will captain the side from midfield and will relish in the tough exchanges, but will have to be careful not to give away too many frees. His partner Brian Lawton is another man struggling for his ’09 form, and what better day to find it than next Saturday. It’s hard to know at this stage what Barney and his fellow mentors plan to do with the forwards following the loss of Jimmy, but whoever is picked they will have to play with far more commitment than they have being displaying all the year. Barry Lawton will be counted on to rise to the occasion, as will his inside partner Evan O Keeffe. Mark Bowens could be handed a starting berth, or maybe Damien McAuliffe could press for a place also. Brian O Tuama will be there or thereabouts as well, and he will have to improve on his last outing.

So best of luck to all involved. It’s going to be a huge task, but if the” tank is emptied”, Castlemartyr shouldn’t be far away at the end.




1st Draw – Early June 2008

2nd Draw – Early July 2008

Monthly Prizes

1st €1,500 2nd €700

3rd €400 4th €300

5th-10th €100 each

A Chara,

We would like to inform you about our annual fundraising draw for 2010 which is taking place over two months with draws to be held in early June and early July. The monthly subscription is €25 with substantial cash prizes to be won each month.

As you can appreciate, the provision and maintenance of our facilities, along with the running costs associated with all our teams, place a substantial financial burden on our club. Our main source of income in meeting these costs is our Annual Club Draw. In the past all our members and supporters have been very supportive of this draw and we would be very grateful of your continued support.

Our club caters for players from 5 years of age upwards, and fields teams in both hurling and football at all ages from U8 to Adult. While we always strive to produce good players and successful teams, the main focus of the club is to facilitate and actively encourage as many players as possible, of all ages, to participate in and gain enjoyment from our national games.

Club members will be calling around to houses within the next couple of weeks, to collect subscriptions for our first draw to be held in early June. Alternatively you may contact one of the club officers as per details below.

Dave Fleming ( Chairman) – 087 2265560

Michael John Cremin (Secretary) – 087 6499642

Carey Joyce (PRO) – 086 3681382