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Midleton GAA notes 11th February 2013

11 February, 2013

Midleton Hurling & Football Notes

Last Man Standing
This year’s competition kindly sponsored by GARDE ENGINEERING based on the Premiership began last weekend, results and further information is available on the club website
As of week 1 there are 109 players gone mostly due to an unexpected win for Southampton and the disaster in Anfield. For a link to the results pages click HERE and open the Last man standing week 1 files. There are two files; on in excel if you have it or the PDF file which should be ok for anyone else.
Many thanks to Declan Ryan, Frank Bransfield, Keith Ryan, Gavin Power and Alan Donegan who put in many hours to get it set up and running, well done lads with the great response.

All Ireland Senior Hurling Club semi final 1988
On February 14th 25 years ago this week a special train carried the Midleton supporters from the station (which had re-opened for the occasion) to Belfast for the Magpies semi final against the Ulster champions Cushendall on their home turf.
Before a large crowd of 5,000 people, Midleton dominated the game and ran out easy winners on a score line of 3.11 v 2.05 having led 2.05 v 0.03 at the interval.
They now had a qualified to play Athenry in the Club final on St Patricks day.
Midleton: Ger Power (capt), Denis Mulcahy, Michael Boylan, Sylvie O’Mahony, Edser Cleary, Sean O’Brien (0.01), Pat Hartnett, Tadhg McCarthy, John Fenton (0.05), Vincent O’Neill (1.00), John Hartnett (0.01), John Boylan, Ger Fitzgerald (1.01), Colm O’Neill (0.01) & Kevin Hennessy (1.02) Subs Ger Glavin, Jerry Smyth, Michael Crotty, Kevin Coakley, Coleman Quirke & David Quirke.
Selectors were Paddy Fitzgerald, Joe Desmond and Fr. Denis Kelleher.

Anniversary and Medal Presentations
On St Patrick’s night the 17th of March a night of celebration will be held in the GAA Club, the 1962 Intermediate County Hurling Champions, 1963 East Cork Minor Hurling Champions and the 1988 All Ireland Club Hurling Champions will be honoured celebrating both 25/50th Anniversary’s.
Also on the night medals will be presented to last years East Cork winning teams, Junior B, Junior C and U21 Hurling along with the players Player of the Year awards.
There will be a hot food buffet and a Disco afterwards in the Hall, tickets for the event are 10 euro each and will be on sale very soon.   

Junior Hurling & Football League’s
The following are our opponents in the Imokilly/Avondhu Junior Hurling league which is due to commence on the weekend of the 10th of March, Sars, Lisgoold, Buttevant, Ballygiblin, Ballyhea, Harbour Rovers, Dungourney, Churchtown and Erins Own.
Our Junior Footballers will participate in the East Cork League Division 2 with Fr O’Neills, Glanmire, Ballinacurra, Castlemartyr & Glenville. The league will commence on next weekend 17th February. The Junior Football championship will commence on the weekend of the 31st of March.

Fitzgibbon Cup
Last Wednesday saw the second round of the Fitzgibbon Colleges Senior hurling take place with many of our club players involved.
In Limerick UCC played Mary Immaculate College which some of our players in direct opposition, a late goal by Luke O Farrell snatched a draw for the Limerick College against a UCC team which included Paul Haughney (0.03), Brian Hartnett (1.05), and Conor Lehane (0.01). Killian Burke, Tommy Wallis and James Nagle (injured) were also part of the panel. At the CIT grounds on Thursday night Paudie O Keeffe was part of the CIT panel that defeated Carlow IT. We wish all the lads the very best in the next round of games which culminates in the Final weekend on the 2/3rd of March.

Premier Minor 2 Football League Midleton v Carrigaline away next Saturday 16th @ 3pm in Carrigaline
Junior Football League game to be confirmed for next weekend

County Board PRO training
Cork County board PRO Tracy Kennedy hosted an information day for club PRO's last weekend. Clubs from all parts of Cork were represented with a strong showing from Midleton.
The information day focused on the need to promote our clubs and Gaelic Games in what is a changing environment. Websites and Social media were to the fore along with the need for club members to contribute news to the PRO.
Special Guest for the day was commentator Ger Canning who gave his perspective on the job requriements of PRO's when dealing with the media.
Other contributors on the day were: Denis Hurley (journalist with the Examiner & Echo), Ciaran O'Reagan (IT officer wtih Ballyhea & Avondhu) Diarmuid Gowen (County Board Development Officer) and Tracy Kennedy (County PRO)

L to R - Ciaran O'Regan, Ger Canning, Tracy Kennedy, Diarmuid Gowan and Ger Lane

Social Media
After a lot of hard work and perseverance by both Alan Donegan and Shane Goulding we now have both a Facebook and a Twitter account set up. Both of these are now up and running and will be displayed on the Club website very soon.
We would ask that both of these social media forms be used only as an information source and NOT as a discussion forum.

Table Quiz
On Friday night the 1st of March our Minor panel are holding a Table Quiz in the GAA Club @ 8.30pm, your support would be greatly appreciated, please contact John Ferriter @ 086 8034442 for more information.

Club Lotto
Our Lotto Jackpot is currently at €2,800, this weeks winners can be found on our website. Tickets can be purchased from any of the following outlets for a little as €2 – O’Neills Bar, Linehans Bar, Club Bar, Maple Leaf Bar, O’Farrell’s Butchers, Frank Murphy Butchers and Chadwick’s.
We also have monthly; yearly and direct debit payment options available, for further information please contact any club officer.

Club Gym
Gym membership for 2013 is now available in conjunction with club membership. The fee for full membership for 2013 is €150 and €100 for students and unwaged. These prices include full club membership.  Once full payment is made you can start using the gym as soon as you complete the induction course run by Paudie O'Keeffe.  Only FULLY paid up members will be issued with fobs to access the gym.
For further information or to apply for club and Gym membership; please contact Terence McCarthy on 086 6013228.

Club Membership
For full details of the 2013 Membership rates please log on to our Club website and check out the Download section for a detailed breakdown of the various packages available. Contact our Membership Officer Terence McCarthy @ 086/6013228 for any further queries.

The Club Executive would like to express its deepest sympathy to the families of the late Pat Fitzgerald, Broomfield and Seamus Coughlan (Nemo Rangers and Cork GAA Draw promoter). Ar dheis De go raibh a anam.  

BINGO for all every Friday night in the GAA Pavilion from 8pm, everyone welcome.

Juvenile Notes

Fe 16
Saturday 9th of February saw Midleton’s Fe 16 footballers take to the Tech field for their first Premier 2 league outing of the year. The opposition was St Vincents with Midleton coming away with a comfortable win on a scoreline of 7-06 to 2-05. The pitch was in fine condition if a bit dead and Midleton used the good conditions to work their way to an early lead which set the tone for the game. At half time Midleton were well in front as the score read Midleton 5-03 –St Vincents  1-02. Midleton’s lads never looked like losing their lead in the second half and eventually took the victory that they deserved.

Alcohol and Substance abuse programme
A series of events organised by Pearse McCarthy (ASAP Officer) is progressing nicely and is proving to be a useful information for our older juvenile players.

Week 4: Life Skills & Health Promotion Programme.
Last Wednesday, February 06, was the last evening of our course. Once again it was well attended by both the ladies and the lads.
On this occasion we welcomed John & Dee Dennigan both of Foroige.
We had the use of both committee rooms where mixed groups were split in two, Dee with one group and John with the other then swapping over. Dee spoke on the subjects of drugs & alcohol. Part of this was about the identification of what is considered to be a drug and what constitutes as being a drug.
John's theme for the evening was on team-building which involved games which involved everyone in groups bringing leaders to the fore. John also spoke to the attendees on leadership and how everyone should be respected equally, be it your teammates, opponents & officials etc.
The evening once again was very interactive which only worked due to enthusiastic involvement of everyone. We thank John & Dee for their excellent participation and expertise. Thanks to Gordon Kinsley also who arrived where certificates were awarded to all our young attendees. Also special thanks to the parents who attended for the awarding of certificates.
This four week course proved to be very interactive with a lot learned over this time.
The aim of this ASAP programme was to educate our players on drugs & alcohol along with life skills. There was never any lecturing involved, just an education on how to make informed choices.
Finally, thanks to everyone overall who attended & participated over the four weeks especially the Fe15/16 Hurlers & Footballers & the Fe16 Ladies Footballers.
Best wishes to all these teams for the coming year.

Important Dates 2013
March 17th - St Patricks Day Parade
April 4th & 5th - Easter Camp
April 27th - Mercy Fun Walk
More information about these events will be published nearer the dates.

Gaeltacht Scholarships 2013
Scholarships to the gaeltacht at Coláiste na Mumhan are available to students between the ages of 12 and 18 years of age, who are active members of their clubs.  The Scholarship reduces the prices of the three-week courses (Cúrsa A & B) and a new two-week course (Cúrsa C). Please be advised that these scholarships are provided on a first come first served basis.
Cúrsa A    -    Three week course 2/6/2013 - 23/6/2013      
Cúrsa B    -    Three week course 30/6/2013 - 21/7/2013                   
Cúrsa C    -    Two week course  2/6/2013 - 15/7/2013
For full details see the club website

Gum Shields
From the 1st of January 2013 it is now compulsory for juvenile players to wear gum shields (mouth Guards). The rule relates to both football training and matches. This ruling has come from GAA Headquarters and anybody not wearing a gum shield and who subsequently gets injured during a match or training session will not be covered by GAA insurance.
GAA recommended gum Shields can be purchased from our juvenile club sponsor Murphy’s Pharmacy in Midleton.
Please ensure that your child has a gum shield for every training session and game.

Most teams are back training now following the Christmas break. Training times can be found on the club website   . On the juvenile team page for your child’s team training times have been posted. We would ask parents to encourage their children to practice during the week even if the weather is bad, parents can practice catching the ball indoors. For players from junior infants to Fe 9 please remember to bring your €2 to training sessions. This money is vital to keep the juvenile section of the club funded.

Midleton Juvenile Golf Classic
The dates for the 2013 juvenile Golf Classic have been confirmed as Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th of July. We hope this years event can live up to the quality of the previous years and that the community support it as well as in the past. Please spread the news to those who you think might sponsor a team or a prize.

Club Gear
The Club shop will be open from 7.30pm to 8.30pm on Thursday evenings and from 11am to 12pm on Saturday mornings. A full selection of gear is available including new club branded base layer tops. Anyone looking for presents can also buy gift vouchers from the club shop. Full price lists are available on the club website

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