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Midleton Hurling and Football, Ladies Football and Camogie Club News

28 April, 2019

New Development  Park South, Youghal Road

Most members will be aware that Full Planning Permission has been received from An Bord Pleanala for our new development in the Youghal Road. While the planning process was in motion the committee has been working on tenders for the work and a contractor has now been appointed to construct the entrance and car park. This work will commence in the coming weeks. 

There will be a member’s information evening in the Gaa Club on Monday 20th May to bring all members up to date on the development and to inform them of what needs to be done over the coming weeks/months. We will also be informing members on the launch of our fund raising campaign.

We are hopeful that Uachtarain Cumann Luthchleas Gael John Horan will be in Midleton on Saturday 8th June to officially launch the project. There will be Feile games going on in the club on that day and we will be requesting Club members to assist in presenting the Club in its best light in the week prior to these events. We will also require assistance of Club members on the 8th June to ensure the smooth running of all the activities. 

Depending on the progress of the work on the entrance to the new development we plan to have an open day for all Club members to come and view the property prior to the 8th June. We will be better informed on this at the open meeting on the 20th May. Information will also be distributed to Club members in the coming weeks on Saturday mornings at the underage training and through various selection committees. This new development is the future for all our members and the wider community. The fund raising element cannot be left to a small group of already committed volunteers. The fund raising committee would welcome any suggestions or assistance in the drive for funds. To communicate with the committee a new specific email address has been created as follows  midgaadevfund@gmail.com. If you would like to contribute ideas or offer assistance please send an email to this address and a member of the committee will be in contact with you.

Minor Championship

On a very blustery Wednesday evening our Minors headed to Cobh to take on Sarsfield in round 1 of the Minor Championship. Matches between these sides are always close encounters so we knew this one was going to be no different.  Sars settled quickly and had the better first half. Half time score was Midleton 1-06 Sars 2-09. It was to be a game of two halves for the Midleton side. The turning point game when a tremendous goal from Tim O Sullivan hit the back of the Sars net. This was the boost they needed and the Midleton men dug deep. The scores then came one by one. Fantastic effort lads. Well deserved. Final Score Midleton 3-16 Sars 2-12.

Team: Brion Saunderson,  Ciarmhac Smyth,  Dave Scanlon, Dan O’Sullivan , Leo Hennessy , Christian Murphy (Captain) , Charlie Walsh , Patrik Kane, Sam Quirke (0-1), Cian Crowley (0-3), Aaron Mulcahy (0-5,4f), Garry Carroll (0-1),Paul Connaughton(1-2), Tim O’Sullivan (1-2),Conor Fitzgerald( 1-2), subs used , Darragh McCarthy, blood sub Ryan Cahill.

Junior Football League

Our Junior Footballers took on Fr O’Neills. Final Score was  Midleton 3-7, Fr O’Neills 2-13.

Team: Pa White, Cathal Gunning, Padraig o’Farrell, Brendan Ferriter, Niall Walsh (0-1), Adam Daly, Eoin Mitchell, Eoin Maloney, Sean o Meara (-1), Cormac Beausang(1-3,1f), Padraig O’Brien (1-1), Cormac Walsh, Loic Nguefang (1-1), Ronan Lynch, Alan Power, subs Aidan Ryan, Eoin Ferriter.

Fixtures

Tues April 30th Fé16 Championship Round 1 v Douglas 4G Pitch Pairc Uí Chaoimh 8.15pm

Wed May 1st Junior C Football v Fr O’Neills (home) 7.45pm

Sunday May 5th Intermediate Hurling Championship v Meelin in Mourneabbey at 2pm

(Please check the website as fixtures are subject to change)

Lotto

Our Club Lotto was €2,200 and there was No Winner. Lucky Dip Winners were Nicola Lehane, Caroline O’Neill, Emma Domeny, Alan Donegan, Geraldine Walsh.

Next Week’s Jackpot is €2,400.

Tickets are available at the Club Bar, O’Neill’s Bar, Linehans Bar, Maple Leaf Bar, Niall Mac’s Bar, Wallis Bar, An Teach Beag, Frank Murphy Butchers, Pat Walsh Paints, Chadwick’s and O’Farrell’s Butchers. Why not play from the convenience of your home or workplace. Play your Lotto on –line for just €2. Log onto the Club Homepage - www.midletongaa.com to purchase your ticket. Receive a weekly reminder to your phone to play.

Bingo

Huge thank you to all who helped spread the news of last Friday's cancellation, arising from status Orange weather forecast. Everybodies safety is all our concern. Back to business again on Friday at 8 pm. Usual jackpot + game 4* for €500, sheets* Green €860, blue €500 & pink € 370. Everybody welcome.T & C apply

Juvenile Golf Classic

The Juvenile Golf Classic has been confirmed for July 10th and 11th in East Cork Golf Club. More details will be confirmed over the coming weeks.

Juvenile

Fé 9
On Saturday morning last, we took to the field once again, as we hosted near neighbours Carrigtwohill. On what was a difficult morning for football we had 25 enthusiastic young magpies ready for action. It turned out to be a very tough, physical and competitive morning of games and ours lad's showed great commitment and skill throughout. Well done to all involved. Training will continue on Thursdays and we encourage all our players to attend these sessions. 

Fé10

On Saturday afternoon we welcomed Douglas Fe10's to Midleton for a football game as part of the Go Games series. Another strong turnout by the Midleton boys with 37 togged on the day, fielding three teams v Douglas's two teams, each Midleton team playing two games v Douglas. A horrible sleet shower right at the start of proceedings lead to a slow start by both teams. With time the boys soon warmed up and started to show some of the skills they have been practicing hard in training for the last few weeks. Some great scores were taken by the Magpies during both games and really encouraging team play by working the ball from defence to attack. Over the course of the 6 games played there was very little separating the teams in terms of both skill levels and results. A massive thank you to the boys for braving two horribly cold sleet showers during their games and also to the parents who once again turned up in their numbers to shout the boys on. Thanks also to Aisling, Denise and Maura for looking after the teas and coffees in the club lounge, much appreciated by those attending the club on Saturday. A final thank you to our Young Whistlers Charlie, Ryan and Conor for refereeing on the day. Back to training on Thursday evening at 7 in the Tech Field and again on Saturday morning at 11 in the Club. Excitement is also building amongst the group for the start of the Davy Hogan Street Leagues on the 8th May. Magpies Abú.

Fé11

The last few weeks was a busy time for the Fé11 boys that saw them travel to Ballygarvan to take on their Fé11 team as well as a team from Bishopstown. We had 27 boys lining out across 2 teams with some impressive performances in both matches. Thanks to all those who made the trip. Next up was the annual John Kearns football tournament in St Michaels. Midleton were delighted to be invited this year with 16 magpies making the trip last Saturday. On a blustery & chilly morning our first match was against Kinsale with the lads getting off to a great start with a victory on a score of 2-03 to 0-02. Next up was St. Nicks who proved too good on the day, with the lads losing out 1-00 to 2-06, despite a very impressive 2nd half performance. The lads brought this good form into the next match where they defeated St. Michael’s 4-03 to 0-0. With no break due to the 5 team group and the way the draw came out, the lads had to go straight into their fourth match and needed a win for any chance to proceed. They put in a huge performance to finish the morning with a victory of 3-03 to 0-01. With a final round of matches still to be played there was some anxious moments until we were confirmed as one of the top two on the day and therefore qualifying for the quarter finals on June 15th in Páirc Ui Rinn. This was a massive achievement for the lads, each of whom contributed over the 4 matches, with some fantastic football on display. Thanks to those who made the trip and for all the support. The squad on the day was Bradley O’Brien, Cuan Tuomey, Jason Morley, Dara Birdthistle, Jack Walsh, Fionn Bohan, Senan Carroll, Darragh Mullins, Ciaran Kelly, Cian Lawton, Donnacha Horgan, Liam Walsh, Riain McCormack, Josh Quill, Scott Dunlea & Jack Cahill. Hurling & football training continues on Wednesday in Tech field at 6.45-8pm. 

Fé12

Clonmult Memorial Park was the venue on Saturday 20th, for the next round of the Premier 1 hurling league. St Finbarr’s were the opposition for the latest instalment of this famous rivalry between the clubs. From the off we took the game to our city opponents and settled very quickly with some fine points from Peter Barrett. With our half backs and midfielders in particular Sean Crowley playing really well, we never allowed the Barrs to settle. We finished the half strong with goals from Barrett and the busy Mikey Pedley and a fine point from Cian Fitzgerald to leave us 2-7 to 3 pts up at the short whistle. We started the second half with scores from Pedley ( 1-01 ) substitute Cian Stack ( 1-01 ). We were in control for the rest of the half and had some good performances from Lochlann Stewart, Captain Eoin Ahern, Sean Crowley and Conor Finn.

FINAL SCORE : Midleton 4-14 to St Finbarrs  0-07 pts

On Wednesday evening last we took on Sarsfield in the next round of the Premier 1 hurling league. Sars made the better start and after 10 minutes were 1-2 to no score up. This was despite the efforts of  Nicky Coughlan, Eoin Ahern and Captain Peter Barrett. We settled soon after and the lively Barrett picked off some fantastic scores to leave us 1-4 to 0-3 down approaching halftime. After a very good sequence of play which involved several players the ball eventually fell to Mikey Pedley with a good goal chance only for the ball to come off the upright. At the short whistle we were 1-5 to 0-3 pts down. We started the second half very well. With the backs beginning to assert themselves, particularly Lochlann Stewart, Rian O Driscoll and Nicky Coughlan. The lads were battling hard, despite receiving some hefty challenges that went unpunished. We peppered the Sars goals with shot after shot. This eventually yielded a Barrett goal and brought us back into this feisty affair. Sars replyed with a point and with 5 minutes remaining the bare minimum was between the sides. With Sars still leading 1-6 to 1-4. Try as we might and with a lot of uncharacteristic wides. We could not get the scores we deserved, despite the efforts of Cian Fitzgerald and Josh Hogan who both received heavy blows and had to be replaced. It was the home team who finished stronger with a scrambled goal and a point to leave us battered and bruised in the end. Despite the defeat we are very proud of the lads for the effort on the night. I have no doubt this defeat will stand to us as a team for future matches. Well done again lads.

MIDLETON 1-4 to SARSFIELD 2-7

On Saturday we were in Douglas for the next round C3 hurling league. Despite all the rain the previous night the pitch was in good order, but the wind still was very strong. This did not deter both teams as they served up a fantastic and entertaining game of hurling. We started very well with Captain Noah Cahill, centre back Lochlann Stewart, Eoin Hurley to name a few getting on top early. This was despite playing against a gale force wind. After good work from Conor Finn at midfield, the ball eventually came to Cian Stack who hit a fine point for the opening score. This was followed by an excellent Jake Kirby point as we settled the better of the two teams, Kirby again was instrumental in our next score as Conor Finn hit a fine point. Douglas began to put huge pressure on and were looking dangerous each time the came forward. The lads, particularly Shane O Connor, Patrick O Dowd and Daniel Donovan dug dip as the half ended. Despite all the effort Douglas scored a goal on the stroke of halftime to leave us level 0-3 pts to 1-0. We started the second half as the first. The backs were playing well, particularly Lochlann Stewart, Ryhs Quill, midfielders Conor Finn, Daniel Donovan and forwards Jake Kirby who was excellent all day, Cian Stack, David Kelly and Tiago Fleming were giving there all. We took control of the game with some fine free taking from Stack and a long range free from David Kelly,  that went all the way to the Douglas net. This gave us a fine victory on the day and was a great team effort. Thanks also for the parents who give great support the lads every game. MIDLETON 1-6 DOUGLAS 1-1

Fé13

C3 Hurling League: On Tuesday having given up home advantage we travelled to Sars for the C3 hurling league. Sars won the toss and played with a strong breeze for the first half, we had some good chances in the opening minutes but unfortunately we were a bit wasteful. Sars came at us strongly and struck a controversial goal from only their a second attack , this was quickly followed by a point despite some strong play from John Paul Mc Manus, James Mc Sweeney, Callum Mc Sweeney and Adam O Connor. Jack Foley then got us off the mark with a pointed free. Sars put over another point from a free, before our captain Jack White struck over a well taken point from play. Jack Foley then struck another free, James McSweeney pointed from play before Jack struck another pointed free to leave the half time score Sars 1.03 Midleton O. 5. The second half Sars goaled early this put us under pressure our lads responded well with Sean McSharry putting over a lovely point from play, Sars pointed again before some great play between Josh Foley and Jack Foley saw Jack pointing from play. At that this stage we lost a player to a nasty hand injury this seemed to unsettle our lads, a James McSweeney free brought us back into it but Sars responded in kind, as try as we might as the clock ticked down we couldn’t get the all important goal Sars struck late for a goal and we lost out on a score line of Sars 3.05 Midleton 0.08, a valiant effort by our lads but no enough on the night against our old foes.

Premier 1 Hurling league; Sunday morning we travelled to Ballynoe to take on St Catherine’s. This match was a victim of storm Hannah on Friday both clubs agreed to play on the Sunday morning as a result we were short 3 players but nonetheless we had confidence in every Midleton player taking to the pitch we were a bit nervous as St Catherine’s had defeated us last year. On a perfect morning for hurling we started well early pressure forced the Saints keeper into some fine saves after 5 mins a cross field ball from Eoghan Fraser found James McSweeney who rounded his man and headed straight for goal from the 21 he struck for a great goal which gave the Saints keeper no chance, this score gave us great confidence and we pushed on. Fionn Kelly then delivered a long ball to Daniel Garde who took on his man and again finished with aplomb we now had a two goal advantage. The Saints weren’t going away and after some strong play they were rewarded with a point from a free at this stage our keeper Odhran Rabbitte calmed the nerves with some excellent ball handling and clearances. Josh Carey was solid at full back while Cathraigh Cronin at 6 was also delivering a very strong performance. Ben Fitzpatrick and Adam O Connor were doing well on their respective markers. We regained the initiative and Luca Brodkorb struck over a beautiful point from play. The Saints responded with another pointed free. Eoghan Fraser then struck a long delivery which Found Jack Foley in the corner, Jack struck a well delivered pass to Daniel Garde who headed straight for goal giving the Saints keeper no chance at the attempted save. We missed one or two more chances before the half time whistle blew. St Catherine’s 0.02 Midleton 3.01.The second half saw both teams struggle in what was unusually and unexpected warm weather both set of water carriers’ were extremely busy! We found it extremely difficult to break down the Saints defence even though we seemed to be the better team then our keeper Odhran pulled off two spectacular saves within minutes of each other he was calmness personified and managed to get the ball out of the danger area on both occasions. A goal for the Saints at this stage would have rocked us they eventually managed a point from play but once again we surged forward Thomas Dunlea picked up the ball, the point was on but Thomas had only one thing on his mind and struck for goal from 25 yards out, it settled our nerves as we had failed to register goal thus far in the second half. We kept the pressure on with some excellent hurling and were rewarded when Thomas cracked in another goal. The game ebbed and flowed for the next 8 mins without a score from each side despite some fine play. The game ended on a scoreline of St Catherine’s 0.04 Midleton 5.01 and unusual scoreline but a well deserved win. Well done to all who travelled to Ballynoe that is two wins from 2 in the Premier 1 Hurling

Fé14

On Saturday evening the fe14 had a home game against close rivals Aghada. The magpies started brightly with a full fit again Tiernan o Connell getting a fine goal on the first two minutes of the game. Captain Evan Mcgrath had chosen to play with the aid of a strong breeze and the lads used this to their advantage. With an endless supply of ball into Tiernan who was causing havoc for the full back with a first half tally of 4 goals and a point from a 65 Big T could do no wrong.
Halftime score was 4-2 to 1-1 to Midleton. The midfield pairing of James Mc Sweeney and Alex Howard were working very hard. Oscar Brennan Sam Morrisey and Cian Lambe were also giving the Aghada backs a good run for their money. The second half saw Aghada turn on the pressure but the Midleton full back line of Sean Cronin Adam Collins and Thomas O Connor were doing a great job of keeping them at bay. Paddy Walsh and Connor Williams were also working tirelessly to keep Aghada out. Two points from the on form Tiernan o Connell got us up and running this was followed by a sublime goal by him he was having a stormer of a game. This was followed by a great goal from Larry Ward and a point from Cian Lambe saw the final score of Midleton 6-5 to 3-3. This was an excellent performance from our lads with Cormac McAongasa, James Mc Sweeney and Paddy Walsh deserving a special mention. However final word has to go to Tiernan O Connell who was on fire at full forward this man could do no wrong. A great performance from everyone all over the pitch. The mentors would like to thank all parents and siblings for their support on the night.

Easter Camp

On Wednesday last we held a mixed boys and girls Hurling and Football Camp. A great morning was had by everyone. Special Thanks to the Coaches and Helpers on the day.

The Juvenile Club decided to donate a % of the proceeds from the camp to the “Friends of Kieran” Fundraiser so on Saturday evening after the Fé14 Midleton v Aghada match a cheque for €361 was presented to Aghada Gaa on behalf of Kieran O Connor.  

Ladies Football

Fé 12

Midleton Ladies Football Fé 12s were at home v Fermoy A on Saturday the 27th of April. The wind had a huge part in this match. In the first half Midleton played with the wind. We started very strong and a lot of the play was in the Fermoy half. We led at half time with

a score line of 2-2 from play to Fermoy 1-1 all from frees. The second half was a different story and credit to Fermoy, they came out stronger and were playing with the wind. They levelled with us early in the half and we snatched back the lead by a solitary point. A tremendous battle ensued then, with some great football being played. Unfortunately, luck and time was not on our side at the final whistle. The final score was 5-3 to 6-4. Well done girls, we are nothing but proud of you after that performance.

Team: Rebecca Ryan, Amy Keeshan (Capt.),Ciara Murphy, Kate Saunderson,Caoilinn Fraser, Emma Fitzgerald, Oonagh Lang, Chloe Corby, Leah Costigan, Cara Foley,Roisín McManus, Sadhbh Cronin, Lily Kelly, Hannah O’ Brien, Kate Sullivan, Emma Keeshan, Ava McCauliffe.

Junior Ladies

Our Junior girls made the 100Km journey to the heart of West Cork to take on O’Donovan Rossa in the Cork County League. Travelling to the home of Cork Football in the aftermath of storm Hannah, this was going to be a huge challenge. The amount of work and desire displayed in such harsh conditions was something hard to believe considering the mammoth trip to get to the venue. The pitch was wide and open and with the large home support encroaching on the pitch that made running a wide game difficult, great credit must be given to both teams for their attitude and determination in making this a fabulous game of football. Both teams gave it their all and was much closer than the score line suggests. Although the full strength O’Donovan Rossa girls would argue that they had most of the ball in the first half when the Midleton girls were battling the breeze, the effort and commitment shown by every girls in a Midleton jersey simply must be applauded. The back six were defending like Trojans and, when we got our running game going they simply had no answer for us. The girls would’ve counted themselves extremely hard down by to go in at the break 15 points down. Of course as luck would have it the breeze that was blowing in the first half turned into a gale for the second half and playing uphill didn’t help. The girls showed great fight in the second half and definitely had the better of the exchanges. Despite the total dominance though, it wasn’t translated to the scoreboard as the girls left their shooting boots at home. It wasn't to be our day in the end however and the final score flattered O’Donovan Rossa. There were loads of positives to take for this team going forward and, with the return of some key players back into the fold, the girls will surely get back to winning ways in no time. Final score: O’Donovan Rossa 4-18 Midleton 1-4

Training for this week:

U8’s at the Tech pitch 6-7pm

U10/12’s at the Tech pitch 7-8pm

No training for our U14’s as they have a match v Glanmire.

U16/Minor and Junior training this week Thursday only at the side pitch of the Gaa Club.  

Camogie

Our Minor Girls played St Vincent's/Brian Dillons recently in their final league group game. After  a great game our girls came away with a deserved victory.  This means we now qualify for the county quarter final on the weekend of the 3rd May! Many  thanks to @saintscamogie for the game!

Due to Storm Hannah last Friday night all training was cancelled . The U14’s were due to play their 1st league match of the season against Carrigtwohill  but unfortunately it was postponed also down to the orange weather warning this match has been rescheduled to Tuesday 30th April throw in is it at 7pm at Carrigtwohill GAA. Please come and support the girls!

Huge congratulations to Lucy Wallace and the Cork Minor Team who are All Ireland champions beating Clare over the weekend 3-15 to 2-12. Well done to all involved! 

Last Safeguarding workshop of the season will be held in Midleton GAA on Wednesday 1st May from 6.30 to 9.30 for all new coaches and any coaches who would like to brush up on their skills. Places are limited if you would like any further information please contact Ingrid on 087/6374748.

Our U11 girls played a blitz in Ballinacurra over the weekend  with Douglas, Killeagh and Fr O Neills. Excellent performances, skills and commitment from all the girls throughout in what was a fantastic day for the girls. We had very proud coaches standing on the line watching a fantastic bunch of girls play in what started out as very difficult conditions with heavy rain before the sun shine added to a great day. All teams were a credit to their clubs. Thanks also to Rayanna and Caoimhe for refereeing and to all the parents for attending and supporting the girls

Healthy Club

It is that time of year again Darkness Into Light will take place on Saturday 11th of May at 4.15am.  This is the third year that Midleton GAA are asking members from across the clubs to walk together for Pieta House. Registration on-line at www.darknessintolight.ie Adult €25, Student €20, Senior 65+ €20, Child 6-17 €5 and Child 0-5 Free.  We will meet on Saturday 11th at 4am outside Sam McCauley's pharmacy....so please get up early and join us as we walk from darkness into light to support Pieta House who in turn supports members in our community. 

Midleton GAA for All

Midleton GAA Club through our Healthy Club Project in association with Cork Sports Partnership and Rebel Óg Coaching, are starting GAA for All training on Sunday the 19thof May. It is an opportunity for people ages 6-18 years with disabilities to get involved in the GAA for some Gaelic game’s activities and fun! GAA for All underpins our club ethos and vision of inclusion and diversity. We have been anticipating this for a number of months and all involved have undertaken training modules to prepare. There will be an opportunity for players to register on this coming Friday the 3rdof May between 7-8pm at the Gaa Club. Training will commence on Sunday the 19thof May between 12-1pm on the main pitch. 

Gaa Golf Society

Midleton GAA Golf Society Easter Hamper results

1st  Timmy Crotty, 2nd  Jerry O Farrell, 3rd  Donie O Callaghan, 4th  Brian Barnes, 5th Liam Williams, 6th  Don Macfarlane, 7th  Andrew Rea, Front 9  Philip O Brien, Back 9 Anthony Wall, Visitor: Michael John Roche.

The society would like to sincerely thank Philip O Brien for his very kind and generous sponsorship of this event. Our next outing is Mr. Hans Baumans Captain's Prize on Tuesday May 21st in East Cork. Shotgun start at 5.30pm.

Club Shop

The Club shop is closed the weekend May 4th due to the Bank holiday.
 

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