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Midleton GAA Club News

10 November, 2013

Midleton Hurling & Football Notes

Senior Hurling Victory
Well what can we write about the County Final victory and the past week that hasn’t already been written!

After a wait of 19 years there was wonderful scenes of emotion on the pitch as the final whistle blew, young and old shed tears of joy as players and supporters gathered to belt out “Up the Magpies”. Eventually Captain Padraig O Shea climbed the steps of the Covered stand to accept the Sean Og Murphy Cup from Chairman Bob Ryan on behalf of his fabulous teammates. After numerous interviews, pictures and songs the players left the dressing rooms to board the bus home to an incredible welcoming party. On the route home the Black & White colours were flying proudly from cars, houses, signposts, etc. the team bus travelled to Waterock Cross and onto Lakeview where a convoy of cars had gathered. They travelled down St Marys rd and stopped the bus at the Coolbawn corner where the players got off the bus and walked up the Main street with the Cup. Despite the inclement weather a great crowd had gathered on the street and followed the team up to the AIB bank, there was a deafening noise in the street from the supporting cars. The team boarded the bus and travelled to the East Cork Golf Club where they were served up a fantastic meal by our loyal supporter Maurice Maloney and his staff, then it was on to the Club Pavilion for the greatest welcome of them all.
As the team entered the packed Club lounge and Hall the roof almost lifted with the crowd who had been entertained whilst waiting by DJ in waiting Kevin Hennessy singing “Up the Magpies”. Captain Padraig O Shea addressed the crowd and thanked everybody for the support on this very special day. The rest of the night for many was a blur, after the players signed autographs and posed for pictures they took to the dance floor to the tunes of DJ Shane Goulding and the whole place rocked until the early hours of the morning.
On Monday at twelve o clock tired and sore bodies arrived back to the Club to board a bus to Reardons Bar in Cork for the Man of the Match award and a post match function attended by both teams. There was a great turnout from both teams, both Chairman Liam Ryan & Tadgh Murphy of Sars spoke as did John Mc Hale of the Evening Echo and Paul Montgomery of Reardons. The game was replayed on very impressive large screens and finger food and drinks were also kindly provided. Eventually the Man of the Match award was presented to probably the most deserving and obvious candidate ever the one and only Conor Lehane. It was then back to Midleton for the victory parade which began at the Distillery Walk, the players and their family’s boarded an open top bus which was led by Tom Kearney in the UDC tractor unit and the local Midleton Concert Band. When the bus turned out on the Main street I don’t think anyone expected to see such a turnout, the footpaths and streets were full of people. The bus travelled as far as the GAA Club where team manager Peter Smyth addressed the crowd, everyone adjourned to the Club for more celebrations which lasted again for a few hours!!          

The executive of the Club would like to thank again all the businesses who assisted in the preparation of the team, East Cork Oil, Hurleys Super Valu, O Briens Garage, Healy Agri Supplies, Mc Carthy Investment Services, Blackwater Motors & Bank of Ireland Midleton, The Boston Chipper and Four Star Pizza. There are a number of other individuals who wish to remain anonymous and we thank them also.
A big thanks also to the many individuals, GAA Clubs and other Sporting organisations who sent us their congratulations through email, Twitter and Facebook and also to those who visited us in the Club over the course of the two memorable nights. Finally to the players, team management and back room staff a huge thank you from us all for delivering the Holy Grail and lifting all our spirits, mighty stuff. 

Munster Senior Club Hurling Championship
Next Sunday we cross camans with the Clare champions Sixmilebridge @ 2pm at Pairc Ui Chaoimh. Unfortunately the Munster Council in their wisdom have declared our venue unsuitable due to Health and Safety concerns! What a pity that this fixture could not take place at home, we all can recall the great games played here in the Mid-eighties, the huge crowds that attended and in tough times what a boost it would have given the local community and businesses. 
However I’m sure that our lads will be looking to forward to creating their own bit of history in this illustrious Championship. 
Its 30 years since these two teams last met in the Championship when on the 5th of November 1983 in Midleton the Magpies won on a scoreline of 2-14 v 0-15. The scoreline somewhat flattered this victory over a hard working Sixmilebridge team superbly led by the former great Clare half back Sean Stack (now manager of Na Piarsaigh Limerick who await the winners in the Munster Final). 
For the records the Midleton team lined out as follows: Ger Power, Denis Mulcahy, Michael Boylan, Dave Crotty, Sylvie O Mahony, Sean O Brien, Pat Hartnett, John Fenton (0-03), Tadgh Mc Carthy (0-01), John Hartnett (0-02), Kevin Hennessy (0-02), Colm O Neill 2-02), David Boylan (0-04), Ger Fitzgerald & John Boylan.     
Fe21 Hurling
After a busy week of celebrating it was back to our Fe21 hurlers to get the games going again. On Saturday night last in Pairc Ui Rinn we had one hell of a battle with a fine Mallow team in the semi final. The teams were level on several occasion early on in the game but a rather fortuitist goal for Mallow gave them an interval led of 1-05 v 0-06. In the second half with fine scores from Conor Lehane, Stephen Moore and Cormac Walsh we regained the initiative in the final quarter. We had to withstand some intense pressure late on in the game and we held out to win by 0-17 v 1-12.
We now play Blackrock in the County Final on a date and time to be decided.
Well done to the players and management on this great victory.

Team: Tommy Wallis, Neil O Regan, Patrick O Mahony, Elliot Mulcahy, Darren Quirke, Finbar O Mahony, Leslie Coughlan, Killian Burke, Sean O Farrell (0-01), Cormac Walsh (0-02),  Conor Lehane (0-09 5 frees), Padraig O Farrell, Brian Hartnett (0-02), Stephen Moore (0-02) & Michael Abernethy (0-01). Subs used Brian O Sullivan & Padraig Nagle.

All Star Awards
Last Friday evening in Croke Park the cream of the crop attended the All Star awards ceremony. Congrats to our current star player Conor Lehane who was a nominee for and to former player Sean Hennessy now domiciled in the UK and representing Warwickshire won the Lory Meagher Player of the Year Award.

Junior C Hurling Championship
Our Junior C hurlers are playing Russell Rovers in the semi final next Saturday in Castlemartyr @ 2.30pm.

The Jackpot was €2,600 on Friday night last, we had no winner, and Next week’s jackpot will be €2,800. Thank you for your continued support.

BINGO for all every Friday night in the GAA Pavilion from 8pm, guaranteed Jackpot of 1,000 euro!!

Juvenile Notes

Tesco Bag Pack
By kind permission of TESCO in Market Green Shopping Centre the Juvenile Club will have a Bag Packing day on Saturday November 23rd from 10am to 5pm.

Juvenile AGM
The annual Juvenile AGM will take in the Midleton GAA Club on the 28th of November at a time to be confirmed later, all members and intending members are invited to attend. 

Street League Indoor Hurling
Last Saturday morning we saw the resumption of the Indoor hurling training for the Magpies of the future when over 120 boys and coaches descended on the Community Centre Hall. The highlight for these boys was the arrival of the Sean Og Murphy Cup when many posed for pictures rather than go training! Coaching will continue right up to Christmas and new members are always very welcome. The times are as follows: Junior Infants 12 – 1pm, Senior Infants 11-12 & First Class 10-11am.

Our hurlers have qualified for the final of the Rebel Og Fe13 Premier 1 Hurling League v Sars as a result of defeating Valley Rovers last Saturday in Midleton by 1-12 v 2-03.

On Saturday afternoon in the final of the Rebel Og Fe 15 Premier 1 Hurling Championship our lads lost out narrowly by 1.06 to 1.08 after a brave effort to Sars in Togher. Hard luck to all the players and the management and well done on your for efforts throughout the year.
Team: Liam Franklin, Adam Daly, Ryan Mc Conville, Conor O Neill, Cathal Gunning, Kevin Mulcahy, Ryan O Regan, Jordan Roche, Sean O Meara, Padraig O Brien, Garan Manley, Sean O Leary, Eoin Maloney, Christopher Power and David Mulcahy. Sub used Christian Daly. 

We have reached the Premier 2 Hurling league final against Shandrum which will be fixed very soon.

Munster Colleges Dean Ryan Hurling Final
Best of Luck to all our Club players in the final next Saturday with Midleton CBS,  against Ard Scoil Ris of Limerick in Cashel.

Club Gear
The Club shop is open each Saturday morning from 11am to 12, a full selection of gear is available and also Midleton club flags & buntings. Anyone looking for presents can also buy gift vouchers from the club shop. Full price lists are available on the club website 

Social Media
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