Youghal GAA Notes.

  • Nov 18,2022

Youghal GAA AGM

The Club AGM takes place on Monday 5th December at 8pm at Magner's Hill. All members are invited and encouraged to attend.

Club Lotto

November 7th Draw Results

Lotto No's - 17, 19, 24, 26 - No Jackpot Winner of €11,750

4 X €40 Cash prize winners - Elaine McGrath, Pomphretts, Martina Hogan, Billy O Connell

1 x €40 Voucher For Hennessy's Bar - Winner Sophie Monaghan

Seller's Prize - Tom O Connell Snr

Next Week's Jackpot is €12,000

East Cork GAA Get Together

An informal get-together of former GAA players and Club Officials took place in Youghal GAA Club on Friday November 11th last at 7.30pm.

This event, which is organised by the East Cork GAA Board, was held previously before covid and was a great night of chat and a sing song too where older members of clubs gathered to reminisce of the bygone days.

This year, it was held in memory of the late Noel Hogan RIP of Youghal GAA.

Youghal Darts League

A great night of darts was had in the GAA Hall on Saturday night with first darts thrown at 9pm. Well done to the Darts League and our own Facilities team who had the hall so well prepared with 8 boards, PA system etc.

GAA For All

We recently had the pleasure of catching up with the wonderful Áine Martin in the Club Hall who gave us a great insight in to the GAA For All programme, which is a collaboration project between Youghal GAA, Cork Sports Partnership and Rebel Og Coaching. This initiative aims to give children with additional needs the opportunity to play adapted Gaelic games in their community.

Áine Martin said that “Youghal GAA is the largest sporting organisation in the town and is a huge part of the community. We are only too delighted to be able to offer GAA for All in our club and we aim to give children with additional needs the opportunity to try out our adapted hurling and football in a non-competitive and safe environment.” From what we saw, it is a fantastic learning experience for all involved.

The programme is open to players of all ages and their siblings. Training sessions are held every Sunday morning from 10.30am - 11.30am at the Youghal GAA hall at Club Áras. Áine

said "We are not bound by any hard rules and our message is inclusions, so we extend the welcome to everyone in our community and surrounding areas. This is an integral part of promoting social inclusion and encouraging children of all abilities to engage in physical activity. We adapt games to suit the abilities of participants and will ensure the emphasis will always be on participants having fun. Youghal GAA is building links with neighbouring GAA Clubs to encourage players with additional needs to get involved and we hope to travel to Midleton GAA and to Aghada GAA for some fun days out." The following link takes you to the GAA For All website Thank you Áine for all that you do!

Sunday Lunch

We were delighted that our indoor carvery in the clubhouse got off to a flying start last Sunday week and that its popularity is growing. Many thanks to all our customers for your support and your feedback. We have two sittings of 12.30 - 2.30 or 2.30 - 4.30. Pre-booking is essential. Walk-ins also welcome subject to availability. A take-away service is also being provided. Contact Kieran for bookings or more information on 086-4669823 We look forward to welcoming you!

Junior Camogie County Final

We would like to congratulate our fantastic Junior Camogie squad on their achievements this year and in reaching the County Final. We are all so proud of you!

Thanks once again to Mike O'Brien for his comprehensive report.

On Saturday morning 5th November, 24 brave young Camogie players made the short trip from Youghal to Pilmore to face Aghada in the SE Systems Junior B County final. This game was originally scheduled for the previous Monday in Castle Road but as had happened already in the Championship, poor weather conditions caused the game to be refixed. With availability of playing fields being a huge problem across the Country, credit to St. Ita’s for making their field available for the occasion. A combination of the good weather on Saturday morning, along with the hard work by Snoz all week to get the field in pristine condition, the recipe was there for an excellent game of Camogie. And the occasion didn’t disappoint. A huge crowd was in attendance, largely dominated by Youghal support and they were treated to a final that will live long in the memory. Aghada were the victors on the day by 3 points, but the Youghal players can hold their heads high for the courage that was shown.

The journey for both teams to the final couldn’t have been more different. It started with 15 teams organized into 3 groups of 5 teams. Youghal’s group was termed the “group of death”, made up of Inniscarra (2020 finalists), Rockban (2021 finalists), Castelmartyr (recently promoted), along with a resolute Courcey Rovers team. However, Youghal topped the group with 4 wins out of 4. Aghada’s group appeared more routine and comfortably won all their group games. The final group was topped by Bishopstown who were raging favourites at the outset to win out the competition. With an uneven number of groups, Youghal’s reward for their 100% record was an extra quarter final game versus Kilbree, who were dispatched with clinical efficiency. Next up for Youghal was Bishopstown whose draw meant that they

avoided a quarter final game. With the odds stacked in Bishopstown’s favour, Youghal pulled out a huge win by the narrowest of margins, having been behind by 8 points mid-way through the second half. In contrast, Aghada also enjoyed a bye straight to the semi-final where they dispatched Inniscarra from the Championship with relative ease.

Coming into the game, Youghal were without Chloe Landers who recently travelled on a yearlong tour to Australia. Also missing was Chloe Delaney who had an unfortunate injury in training.

Back to Saturday and a star-studded Aghada team were favourites. However, Youghal had leaders on all corners of the field, many of whom are still in their teens – indeed a few the squad are still awaiting Junior Cert results! Youghal elected to play with the wind in the first half and it became clear from the outset that Youghal had no interest in reputations. Aghada missed an early free but for the next 15 minutes, the play was largely in Aghada’s half with the Youghal forwards applying huge pressure. The game was only 3 minutes in when Youghal won a sideline on the ‘45. Avril struck it sweetly. This was followed up with hard work from Leah who struck the post. Youghal weren’t giving up the move with Amy, Ciara, Jess and Hannah all putting in blocks, hooks and flicks. A ball broke in a nice position and a well-timed run from Avril (who initiated the move) resulted in a goal from Youghal. This was followed up with 2 more good goal chances from Youghal, but the tight margins agonizingly didn’t work in Youghal’s favour. Aghada dusted themselves down and got two very good points from play. Youghal returned to scoring ways in the 10th minute with an excellent point from Alex with her characteristic unorthodox strike. Amy followed up with a ’45, but there was an immediate response from Aghada with a pointed free to leave 2 points between the sides. Amy converted her second ’45 of the game and as the game approached half time, both teams again traded pointed frees to leave the game 1-04 v 0-4 in Youghal’s favour. The scoreline didn’t reflect Youghal’s dominance. The full forward line of Jess, Hannah and Leah were a constant menace to Aghada’s rear-guard. The work ethic half-forward line of Ciara Aoibhe and Amy was commendable. The dynamic at midfield was interesting with two sets of sisters marking each other, but it was the Cashman sisters of Youghal who largely dominated exchanges. The backline were no slouches either. Jenny played a captain’s role at centre-back and was capably flanked by Lesley and Ruby. The Aghada full forward line were getting no change from Rion Louise or Shauna to the point where they had to deploy players out to midfield to gain any sort of meaningful possession. Finally, Kate in goals looked assured in possession and quick off her line.

On the resumption, Aghada hit their purple patch getting two outstanding points from play within a minute to leave the minimum between the sides. Credit to Aghada for sustaining this pressure for 10 minutes, but Youghal weren’t unnerved and only conceded another point from a free before swaying the game back in their own favour. Having said that, Kate made one of her trademark point blank saves and a lapse in concentration resulted in Aghada missing a routine free. The Youghal management felt that fresh legs were needed, but it was no easy task to pick which players were to be withdrawn. Jess and Leah left the field with their heads held high and were replaced with Chloe and Eabha. Both made an immediate impact, hard work from Jenny resulting in a point from play by Chloe within two minutes of her introduction. The intensity of the game rose to a new level with neither side wanting to concede any ground. Raina came on for Hannah in a tactical switch and again, Hannah can be very pleased with her outing. Raina has been Youghal’s super-sub all year and tigerishly dug into proceeding immediately. Avril received a blow to the head with Aghada inexplicably being awarded the free to the dismay of the large Youghal following. Coming into the 50th minute, the records will show that Amy scored yet another ’45, but in truth it was much more than that. Hard work from Rion, Lesley, Jenny and Avril resulted in a ball breaking to Eabha

who won a free. Amy struck the free which was won by the Aghada defence, but Ciara kept up the hard work of her teammates and forced the ’45. Louise was called ashore having tirelessly done her bit for the cause, and it was Edel’s turn to come on in her typical combative style. At this point, Youghal were leading by 2 points and it seemed like they might get over the line, with Kate making yet another excellent save. But credit to Aghada, they were determined, and won a free with only 5 minutes of normal time remaining. This free was ably converted leaving only the minimum was between the sides. However, with only 2 minutes of normal time remaining, disaster struck as Aghada struck a 40-yard free straight to the net to give them a 2-point lead. Youghal weren’t ready to give up the fight and pushed players forward to salvage something from the game. However, it was Aghada who got the next score, another point from play with the game deep in injury time. Youghal sought in vain for the equalizer, but alas it never came. Final score was Aghada 1-9 v Youghal 1-6.

This Youghal team can be very proud of their year and have the look and feel of a group who will finish the job in 2023. If this group of 24 warriors is the future of Youghal Camogie, then the future looks very bright.

Youghal scorers - Amy O’Connell 0-4 (2 x frees, 2 x ‘45s), Avril Cashman 1-0, Alex Cashman 0-1, Chloe O’Connell 0-1

Team: 1.Kate McCarthy 2.Rion Walsh 3.Louise Dempsey 4.Shauna O’Connell 5.Lesley Cashman 6.Jenny Doyle (Capt) 7.Ruby Kennedy 8.Avril Cashman 9.Alex Cashman 10.Ciara Crowley 11.Aoibhe Daly 12.Amy O’Connell 13.Leah Broderick 14.Hannah O’Keeffe 15.Jess Swayne.  Subs. Chloe O’Connell for Jess Swayne, Eabha Walsh for Leah Broderick, Rania Landers for Hannah O’Keeffe, Edel O’Connell for Louise Dempsey

Other panel members who made huge contributions throughout the year were Chloe Landers, Lauren Ryan, Chloe Delaney, Ciara Kennedy, Rachel Murray, Sam Swayne, Laura Buckner, Alice Flavin, Catriona O’Keeffe, Sophie Monaghan.

Youghal Junior Camogie Team.

Fé16 Rebel Óg East Division 1 Football Championship Semi-Final

Match report by Eoin Coyne Eochaill Óg 2-10 Aghada 2-7 A sunny Rostellan, with a light breeze suggested playing conditions more akin to late August than early November, for this East Cork semi-final between Youghal & Aghada. Conditions underfoot were truer to the time of year where a heavy pitch, following a week of rain, made this game a laborious encounter at times. The Youghal team featured a mix of last week’s u15 county football champions along with a strong contingent of minor hurlers who also won county honours a fortnight ago. With no early signs of late season fatigue; it was Youghal who got off to a flyer. Brian Lynch sending a dangerous ball across the square where he found Luke Lenane, who palmed the ball, first time, into the corner of the Aghada net, giving the goalkeeper no chance. Two quick points from James Coyne and Brian Lynch had Youghal 1-2 to 0-0 ahead within the first 5 minutes. Aghada took their time to settle and had a couple of early wide before they registered their

first point from a free. They were then awarded a penalty in the 17th minute of the half which struck the post only to react quicker to the follow-up and score the rebound. Youghal answered that with a Jamie Lenane goal that came from the quick thinking Fionn Hill who punched a lofty pass into his path and Lenane did the rest, rattling the Aghada net. That was to be Youghal’s last score of the half. Aghada finishing the first 30 minutes stronger with 3 unanswered points. Youghal 2-3 Aghada 1-4 at half time. Youghal started the second half in the same blistering fashion that they began the first. Points from Fionn Hill, Jamie Lenane & Luke Lenane helped their side to get a foothold in the contest. Aghada did keep probing the Youghal defence but some great work from the likes of Gearoid Geary, Fionn O’Reardan & Ronan O’Brien kept the Aghada scores to a minimum, while Dylan Hennessy was exemplary between the posts, as usual. Aghada did find the net, following a goalmouth scramble, but the Youghal response to that goal couldn’t have been better. Eoin Kennedy & Dylan Lyons offered great width to the Youghal attack, and they both made a lot of unselfish runs that opened up space for other Youghal attackers to run in to. This space allowed the Youghal captain Brian Lynch to come into his own as he kicked his sides’ final four points of the game. This saw Youghal win out on a score line of 2-10 to 2-7. This Under 16 team will now face Carrigaline in the final next weekend. Scorers: Brian Lynch (0-5, 0-1 free), Luke Lenane (1-2), Jamie Lenane (1-1), James Coyne & Fionn Hill (0-1 each)

Foireann Eochaille: Dylan Hennessy, Fionn O’Riordan, Ronan O’Brien, Gearoid Geary, Fionn Hill, Marty Desmond, Jack Dineen, Liam Durkin, James Coyne, Dylan Lyons, Brian Lynch (capt.), Zack Skehan, Oisin Walsh, Jamie Lenane, Luke Lenane. Fir Ionaid: Eoin Kennedy for Jack Dineen (32 min), Deigo Tresero for Liam Durkin (34 mins), Cian Galvin for Zack Skehan (46 mins), Ralph Cashman for Luke Lenane (58 mins), Tadgh Reilly for Fionn Hill (58 mins), Finn Coleman

Under 16 Premier 2 County Hurling Semi-Final

Match report by Eoin Coyne.

Youghal Under 15 Footballers.

Eochall Óg 0-15 Bishopstown 0-9

A place in the under 16 Premier 2 County final was up for grabs on Sunday last, as the Youghal hurlers made their second trip of the week to the Bishopstown 4G Astro pitch. Having dispatched of Araglen/Kilworth at the venue on Monday night on a score line of 3-17 to 2-10, it was Bishopstown themselves who played hosts for this semi-final contest. It was the home side who registered the first score of the game in the opening minute, before a brace of pointed frees from Dylan Lyons got Youghal up and running. Youghal quickly took control of the game in the early stages, and were it not for the difficult conditions, they could have been further in front. Jack Dineen and Cian Galvin dominating the midfield battle.

The chances continued to present themselves for the seasiders with Luke Lenane, Brian Lynch and Jamie Lenane all coming close. Bishopstown drew level on 10 minutes and that was the closest they got to a Youghal team who, despite the elements, took scores through Jamie Lenane (2), another Lyons free & a long-range placed ball from Oisin Walsh. Fionn Hill at left half back was strong in possession and launched attack after attack, while Ronan & Senan O’Brien snuffed out any opposition threat across the 45-metre line. At the short whistle; it read Youghal 0-6 Bishopstown 0-4.

At the turn, the weather worsened and Youghal had the aid of the wind at their backs for the second half. With the rain now bucketing, possession proved vital and Youghal started the livelier of the two teams. Up front, the pace of James Coyne & Brian Lynch caused problems and Dylan Lyons continued to be accurate with the placed ball. Points from Luke Lenane & Lynch put them in the ascendency and forced the opposition the go in search of goals as the clock ticked towards 60 minutes. As they tried to manoeuvre opportunities, the fullback line proved equal to any chances. Marty Desmond at fullback, ably assisted by Gearoid Geary & Liam Durkin snuffed out the danger at source while Oisin Walsh as always comfortable under the high ball. Youghal had a goal chance of their own in the last 15 minutes but a fantastic save from the Bishoptown goalkeeper denied Zack Skehan who did the right thing by pulling first time on as the ball moved across the large rectangle. Youghal, who always looked in control, finished out the game with a monster score from Cian Galvin, and thus booked their place in the County Final on a scoreline of 0-15 to 0-9. They now await the winners of Mallow and Shandrum with the final set for Saturday 26th of November.

Scorers: Dylan Lyons (0-9, 0-7frees), Jamie Lenane (0-2), Oisin Walsh (0-1 free), Luke Lenane, Brian Lynch, Cian Galvin (0-1 each).

Foireann Eochaille: Oisin Walsh, Liam Durkin, Marty Desmond, Gearoid Geary, Fionn Hill, Ronan O’Brien, Senan O’Brien, Jack Dineen, Cian Galvin, James Coyne, Brian Lynch, Dylan Lyons, Zack Skehan, Luke Lenane (capt.), Jamie Lenane. Fir Ionaid: Ewie McCarthy, Finn Coleman (on for Z Skehan 56), Ralph Cashman, Padraig Kennedy, Jayden Casey, Diego Trossero (on for J Lenane 56), Noah Hegarty, Liam Paddy Nicholson, Dylan Hennessy, Tadgh Reilly, Eoin Kennedy

Results and Fixtures

U14 LGFA Youghal 7-6 Carrigtwohill 5-9

U16 Div1 Football Championship Eochaill Óg 2-10 Aghada 2-7

Fé16 P2 Hurling Championship QF Eochaill: 3-17(26) Kilworth/Araglin: 1-4 (7)

Under 16 Premier 2 County Hurling quarter final Youghal 3-17 Killara 2-10

Under 16 premier 2 County Hurling semi-final Youghal 0-15 Bishopstown 0-9

U14 LGFA Youghal 5-4 Na Piarsaigh 2-9