Castlemartyr GAA Notes

09 August, 2010

CASTLEMARTYR MARCH ON TO SEMIS

CASTLEMARTYR ...................................0-18

RUSSELL ROVERS...................................1-11

Castlemartyr used their get out of jail card, when they overcame the challenge of Russell Rovers in the JAHC Quarter final in Killeagh on Saturday evening last the 7th of August. On a glorious evening for hurling, both teams served up a fantastic opening 30 minutes of hurling, but the second half failed to ignite, especially after the dismissal of a Russell Rovers defender on the 37th minute. Nevertheless Castlemartyr won’t care about this, and they now find themselves in yet another East Cork semi final, without having yet set the world on fire this year.
In a blistering opening period, both teams went at it with ferocious intensity. The standard of hurling on display was high, and it was obvious that both sets of forwards seemed to hold the upper hand. Scores were coming freely and by the end of the first quarter it was 5 points apiece, with remarkably all of the Reds scores coming from play. Big Mark Bowens nailed the opening brace, with the impressive Brian O Tuama, Eddie Clifford and Seanie Hennessey also on the score sheet. It was noticeable at this stage that Brian Smiddy was in control of his centre half back berth, but also that the Russell Rovers men were guilty of some wayward shooting.
Castlemartyr then, went into a little bit of a lull period, and were unable to win any possession from their puck outs. The Rovers pounced for a good goal on the 23rd minute that gave them a 4 point advantage, but 3 Evan O’Keeffe frees and a marvellous Brian Lawton point by the 30TH minute, tied up proceedings once more.
However in time added on, the sea-siders, tacked on two further points to give themselves a 1-8 to 0-9 lead at the break.
Barry Lawton opened the scoring following the resumption, and Jimmy Smiddy (who came on for the somewhat unlucky Eddie Clifford after half time) struck over the equaliser soon after from a free. The Rovers edged ahead again on the 35th minute, but then came the games decisive moment when the Russell Rovers wing back was dismissed for a second bookable offence. From this moment on, Castlemartyr reeled off 6 unanswered points to put themselves 17 points to 1-9 ahead with 56 minutes on the clock. The sea siders never gave up however ,and it took some fine defending from Barra O Tuama and the aforementioned Brian Smiddy to keep them at bay .However, when whistle blower Eddie Sheehan ,finally blew his whistle, the Reds were ahead on the scoreboard by 0-18 to 1-11, and safely through to another East Cork semi final.
The next challenge, is the men from Bride Rovers, and this is sure to be a hard hours hurling. The Rathcormac men were ruthless in their recent hammering of Fr. O Neills, and will be a huge stumbling block in Castlemartyrs quest to get into another East Cork final. Mark Bowens will be a huge loss, and there are also injury concerns about Brian O Tuama, which would make the task even more difficult. This fixture is supposed to be played next weekend, on the 15th of August, but at the time of going to press no venue and time has been announced. Please check www.castlemartyrgaa.com for further details.

TEAM: D FLEMING, O SMIDDY, R O DONAVAN, BARRA O TUAMA, A BOWENS, B SMIDDY, D O KEEFFE,

P HORGAN, BRIAN LAWTON(0-1),E CLIFFORD(0-1), S HENNESSEY(0-1), BRIAN O TUAMA(0-2),E O

KEEFFE(0-4frees), M BOWENS(0-2), BARRY LAWTON(0-2).

Sub used J SMIDDY (0-5, (0-3frees))

ANNUAL CLUB FUNDRAISING DRAW 2010

€7,000 IN PRIZE MONEY

€1,500

€400

5th-10th

2 MONTHLY DRAWS @ €25 PER MONTH

1st Draw – August 2010

1st

3rd

2nd Draw – September 2010

Monthly Prizes

2nd

4th

€100 each

€700

€300

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 August and September. 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.

The 2010 season has been a successful one so far for the club on the playing field.
Following victories over Castlelyons and Cobh our Junior A football team have qualified for
the East Cork semi final where they will meet Erins Own. This game is unlikely to take place
until early September as the focus switches to hurling for the summer months.

Our Junior A hurling team are bidding to retain the East Cork championship which they
won in memorable fashion last year. They recently survived a close call against a tough St
Itas team in their opening game of this years championship, and also had narrow escapes
against Carrigtwohill and Russell Rovers in the quarter final. A semi final against Bride
Rovers is now pending, and will be another formidable challenge.

Both our hurling and football teams are also well in contention in their respective league
competitions.

At underage level, (U8 to U16), we are joined with our neighbours in Dungourney, under the
banner of Kiltha Og. A CUL camp is arranged for all players at this level for 3rd - 6th August
with over 100 participants already signed up.

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 late August. Alternatively you may contact one of

Cha O’Neill (Vice Chairman) – 087

Charlotte Carroll (Treasurer) – 086

the club officers as per details below. As always your support would be greatly appreciated.

Dave Fleming (Chairman) – 087 2265560
2062930

Michael John Cremin (Secretary) – 087 6499642
2225342

Carey Joyce (PRO) – 086 3681382