Our first JFL1 away game of the season took us to the north of the division on Sunday morning for a meeting with Carraig na bhFear. Unfortunately it was a trap to line win for the hosts who hit the ground running with a goal in their first attack. Castlemartyr minus a number of regulars, trailed by 2-5 to 0-2 at the interval and finished the game with 13 players, after a red and black card. It's very much a case of parking this first away game and moving on to game 3, after this set back by 3-16 to 0-3.
Team - Conor Whyte, Odhran Cantwell, Eoin Ronayne, Niall O'Donovan, Cathal Martin, James Lawton, Daire Joyce, Mike Cosgrave, Warren Broderick, Conor Ronayne, Jack McGann (0-1 free), Andrew Kelly, Eoin Cashman, Liam Martin, Eoghan Martin (0-1 free),
Subs used - Oisin Cantwell, David, Lynch, Cormac Lynch and Tom Fleming.
Next up on the fixture list for our footballers is a home game against Aghada on Sunday 26th March - currently the game is listed for an 11.30am throw in at Paddy Walsh Memorial Park.
Confirmation this week also of our JAFC fixtures for the group games.
First up it's a game against Bride Rovers in Ballynoe on Sunday June 18th at 6.30pm. Two weeks later on July 2nd we meet Youghal in Killeagh at 2pm, before then engaging in Midleton in Dungourney at 2pm on July 16th.
A hurling weekend looms with both our intermediates and juniors chasing their first league points of the new campaign.
On St Patrick's Day we welcome near neighbours KIlleagh for the JHL2 clash at 11.30am. Our guys lost their opener against Cloyne and will face a Killeagh side who also suffered a six point loss when they debuted against a strong Midleton team. Killeagh have huge numbers this year, fielding no less than four adult league teams, so there is obviously plenty of depth in their squad. Incidentally, looking further ahead, news this week that our opening junior championship game will be played on August 11th against St Catherine's in Dungourney at 7.30pm.
On this coming Sunday our intermediate side are away in Watergrasshill, for a game that also has an 11.30am start. It is of course a championship rehearsal as the clubs are due to meet again in the round robin stages. Whilst we lost narrowly to Dungourney first day out, the 'Hill were in action against newly crowned All Ireland club champions Ballygiblin. Although six points down at half time, Watergrasshill with Dáire O'Leary back in action, battled back well, before losing out on a 1-16 to 1-13 scoreline.
Our next intermediate game after Sunday is at home to Mayfield on the first weekend of April.
Thanks To All
A huge thanks on behalf of all the club committee to those who supported our recent membership bundles initiative. Thanks to all who bought the various gold, silver and bronze packages, your backing for the project allows the club to further advance its development plans.
For anybody who still wants to contribute to the project, the Rebel Bounty tickets costing €100 is a great way of showing your support and also gives subscribers the opportunity to win some fantastic monthly prizes. The January, February and March draws will be held at the end of this month, so don't delay if you want to be involved.
Brendan Wade Remembered
Brendan Wade was without doubt a Castlemartyr legend - a GAA fanatic, who quite simply loved his club and everything about our native games.
On Saturday, Brendan's memory was again brought to the fore when members of his family gathered at Castlemartyr GAA headquarters Paddy Walsh Memorial Park for a photocall next to the seat, in his honour. See full report and photos on our web site at the following link.
The Castlemartyr/Mogeely lotto has now reached a jackpot of €9,400. The latest €25 winners were Margaret Roche, Ger Cunningham, John Walsh, Chloe Joyce and Maurice Cahill. Next draw is tomorrow Monday.
Happy St Patrick's Day/Mothers Day
Finally, a collective greeting to wish one and all a very Happy St Patrick's Day and of course special greetings to all mothers on their big day on Sunday.