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Midleton GAA , Camogie & Ladies Football Club News

04 September, 2016

Senior Hurling
Last Saturday evening before a fine crowd our hurlers had a challenge game against Knockanore Shamrocks of Waterford at home in memory of the late Michael “Bonzo” Tobin who was a former Officer, Player and stalwart for both clubs for many years and who sadly passed away last December.
The game was a useful exercise for both clubs who face Championship games over the coming weeks. We included a number of our Junior players who had played under Mick down through the years and in the end we finished winners by 4-18 to 2-09.
We would like to wish the two Knockanore players who received injury’s the best of luck in their recovery.
Team: Peter Dowling (capt.), Cillian Hurley, Alywin Kearney, Padraig O’Farrell, Seamus O’Farrell, Declan Ryan, Finbar O’Mahony, Leslie Coughlan, Padraig O’Keeffe, Seanaidh Smyth, James Nagle, Cormac Walsh, Cormac Beausang, Brian Hartnett & Patrick White.
Subs used Liam Franklin, Eoin Ferriter, Pat Stack, Aidan Ryan, Patrick O’Mahony, Paul Haughney, David O’Brien, Robert Williams, Eoin Collins, Sean O’Meara, Jerome Curtin, Sean O’Farrell, Micheal Keohane, Padraig O’Brien & Adam Daly.

Thanks to Cathal Mc Allister and his officials for officiating at this game.   
Family, club members and many friends gathered on the field after the game where Mick’s sons David and Kevin presented Peter Dowling with the Memorial Cup.
A great evening was had by all, many thanks to all those for helping out with this fixture.

Best of luck to our players and management ahead of next Friday evenings County quarter final against St Finbarrs in Pairc Ui Rinn @ 7.30pm.

Fe 21
Our hurlers went down very disappointingly last Wednesday evening to Duhallow in Round 4 of the County Championship in Mallow by 2-08 to 1-18. After a very poor first half display when we were behind by 1-13 to 0-04 we did battle to the very end but ran out of time.
Well done to the players and the management on their efforts for the year.
Team: Byran Rossiter, Adam Daly, Gavin Bagnell, Seanaidh Smyth, Alan Stanton, Luke Dineen, Sean O’Leary Hayes, Josh Deady, Sean O’Meara, Padraic Nagle, Billy O’Shea, Cormac Beausang, Padraig O’Brien, Kieran moloney and Sean O’Farrell.
Subs used Robert Williams, Conor O’Neill, Luke Finnerty & Ryan Mc Conville.  

All Ireland Anniversary’s
50 years ago in 1966 the Cork Senior hurlers defeated Kilkenny by 3-09 to 1-10.
Team: Paddy Barry, Peter Doolan, Tom O'Donoughue,  Denis Murphy, Tony Connolly, Jerry O'Sullivan, Paddy Fitzgearld, Mick Waters, Justin Mc.Carthy, Seanie Barry, John O'Halloran, Gerald Mc.Carthy, Charlie Mc.Carthy, Colm Sheehan & John Bennett.
Subs Finbarr O'Neill, Eddie O'Brien, Roger Touhy, Denis O’Riordan & Teddy O’Mahony.

30 years ago in 1986 the Cork Senior hurlers defeated Galway 4-13 to 2-15.
Team: Ger Cunningham, Denis Mulcahy, Richard Browne, John Crowley, Pat Hartnett, Tom Cashman, Denis Walsh, John Fenton, Jim Cashman, Teddy Mc Carthy, Tomas Mulcahy, Tony O'Sullivan, Ger Fitzgerald, Jimmy Barry-Murphy & Kevin Hennessy.
Subs Kieran Kingston, Frank O’Sullivan, Don Cronin, Peter Redmond, Paul O’Conner, John Hartnett,  Liam Kelly, Denis Walsh & John Meyler.

The same day Offaly defeated Cork in the Minor Hurling All Ireland final by 3-12 to 3-09.
Tea: Paddy Barry, Niall Hackett, Damien Irwin, Kieran Keane, Rory O’Conner, Pat Kenneally, Tony O’Keeffe, John O’Mahony, John Corcoran, Ronan Sheehan, James Walsh, Michael Mullins, Brian Cunningham, Dan O’Connell & Ger Manley.
Subs Coleman Quirke, Padraig O’Brien, David Walsh, R.Feeney, Greg Cooney & John Dillon.

Monday 5th Fe 16 Premier 1 Football Championship v St Michaels at home @ 6.45pm
Wednesday 7th Fe 14 Premier 1 Hurling League v Blackrock at home @ 6.30pm
Friday 9th Senior Hurling Championship ¼ Final v St Finbarrs in Pairc Ui Rinn @ 7.30pm 

On Tuesday evening last instead of the usual training session our under 11’s and under 12’s took on a strong Valley Rovers team in a challenge match, it was obvious from the start Valley Rovers were operating at a higher level, contending with a strong wind and short a couple of players our girls never gave up and battled to the end, it was a very worthwhile exercise.  Our thanks to Valley Rovers for travelling.

Under 14 Championship,  2nd September ,   Midleton 3-12 Blarney 0-0
We took on a very strong and physical Blarney team in Midleton last Friday night in round 1 of the U14 Camogie Championship. We dominated the opening half of the match with the forwards scoring 1-07 against a strong breeze. Some of the scores taken were as good as we have seen all year. Our backs & midfield were in full control dealing with any and all attacks Blarney made in the first half. Half time score was Midleton 1-7 to 0-0.
The girls started the second half of the exactly the same way they finished the first in total control. The girl’s willingness to fight for every ball and never give up attitude is a credit to them. They completely controlled the second half of the game and showed that all their hard work in training is paying off. Midleton ran out winners on a score line of 3-12 to no score.
All 19 girls that took part in the match were brilliant and a credit to themselves.
We move on to our second round game at home to Tracton on Sep 18th. 
Well done to all involved!!
Team: Ella Murphy, Hannah Wall, Leah Hogan, Abbey Purcell, Kate Horgan, Orla Evans, Ellen Ryan, Jodi  Keegan O'Connell, Ali Smyth, Caoimhe Cronin, Chloe Garde, Caoimhe Murray, Kim Moran, Vivienne Gleeson & Grace Maloney.
Subs: Theresa Geary, Abbey Foley, Rachael McSweeney & Aoife Lomasney.

Ladies Football
Midleton v Lisgoold League Playoff
Lisgoold girls got going quickly from the throw in and worked through some good points from long range points, then we converted a goal from some fast accurate passing move right through the team. We built up a strong lead with a quick succession of unanswered goals and some great point taking. We set the tone for the rest of the match and the girls showed their determination and gave an excellent display of football.
Overall this was a great team performance and most encouraging to see all the key skills of the game being performed to such a high standard in all positions. All the hard work and dedication is the reason for our success this season.
Thanks to all the parents for bringing the girls along to the match your support is invaluable in ensuring that large numbers turn up for training and matches all season. Well done to Lisgoold on their part in this competitive match and best of luck to them in their own semi final. Next up for the girls is the East Cork semi final match v Glanmire at home.
Training as normal at 7pm in the Rugby club on Monday night the 5th September.
Team: Kate Saunderson, Alyx Cahill, Alannah Megan, Kate o Sullivan, Sadhbh Harnett,  Chloe Carr, Lilly Kelly,  Áine Ryan, Grainne Finn, Saoirse Ní Theangana, Katie Smith, Kate Griffin, Rachel Ryan, Kelly Quirke, Isabella Nestor, Mia Hegarty, Roisin Crotty, Anna Dupas, Katie Tarrent, Amy Keeshan. Sheila O’ Leary Hayes, Ellen O’ Neill & Una Murphy.

Minor East Cork League Round up.
We completed the East Cork league campaign by playing four games over six days. As most of the panel were involved with our junior team, we concentrated on the junior competition before kicking off the minor league. Putting all our efforts into the juniors paid off with a great win in the replay of the East Cork Junior final.
First game up was a game against Youghal which was played on Tuesday on a bamy summer night in Copper Alley. We had 16 girls available to us that night in this 13 a side competition. As Youghal had only 12 girls at their disposal, we matched their 12. This was a great game of football, and both sides played some good football. In the first half Midleton were wasteful in front of the goal with some wayward shooting. This was to be expected as it was the teams first outing as a unit. The girls did much better in the second and the longer the game went on the better the girls got. It was a big pitch for 12 aside and our advantage of being able to bring in fresh legs was the difference, and the girls experience playing junior resulted in them finishing stronger. This was a great result and it was very encouraging to see the older more senior girls on the team encouraging the younger members and including them in the game by passing them the ball. Youghal have some fine players and really put it up to our girls, but in the end we came out on top on a score line of 2:11 to 1:4

Next up was away to Cobh on the Thursday night. Due to a number of injuries we had only 12 girls available to us on the night. Cobh had 15 but in a sporting fashion matched our 12. This game started off as a very one sided affair as we stormed into the game from the starting whistle and were three goals to the good inside five minutes. To balance things up Cobh put on their three extra players and they started to play good football. This was a game that we were always in control, but the introduction of the extra girls made them work that bit harder. This was a great fun game and both teams got something out of it. Both teams were wasteful in front of the goal but as the game progressed, improved.  The encouraging thing about this game was the girls off the shoulder running and linked up play resulting in being able to move the ball from the full back line right through up to the forwards. We ended up with 17 points to Cobh’s 7. This is the first time in this teams history to accumulate such a score.

With confidence high we travelled to Glounthaune to take on Erins Own on Sunday Morning 21st Aug, on a wet miserable morning. Due to a number of our key players unavailable due to work commitments and two more due to injuries we had only 12 players available. Erins Own had a strong panel and again like Cobh matched our 12. This was just not going to be our day. Erins Own had a few very strong players in the middle of the pitch full of running that we just could not contain on the day. Try as the girls could we were just outplayed on the day and heavily defeated. The most disappointing aspect of this game was losing the services of our influential captain Lisa due to a dislocated shoulder injury.

Next up and final game was away on Monday 22th August to Fermoy in a double header in Fermoys St Colman’s College. In one pitch our U8’s gave a great account of themselves. In the second pitch we lined out with 13 as due to our mounting injury list we had limited resources. Fermoy on the other hand had 26 players togged of. With unlimited subs allowed this was always going to be a hiding to nothing.  Caoimhe stepped up to take over the role of Captain in place of the injured Lisa and the girls agreed to ‘give it a go’. And by God did they have a right cut off it. From the start they stunned Fermoy with their attacking football and linked up play. After 10 minutes we went 3 points up after a fantastic passage of play that resulted in Abby firing into the back of the Fermoy net. Unfortunately as she struck for goal she was pulled back and from the fall suffered a broken wrist. She was absolutely flying and Fermoy could not match her. Down to 12 players, Fermoy were also forced down to 12 as a result of a yellow card. Even though our legs were tiring we kept the pressure up. After the yellow card 10 minutes timeout elapsed, Fermoy restored their team to 13 players. This we could not match and they came into the game, plus their ease at changing out players and bring in fresh legs things got very difficult. Fermoy got a very fortuitous goal on the stroke of half time to take a 3 point lead. Half time score 2:5 to 2:8 . To say our girls were wrecked at half time was an understatement. They had given it their all and you could not possibly ask them to do more. The second half was just a step too far, and it was nearly dark when the game resumed. Fermoy changed their team around bring on a whole lot of fresh legs and struck some good points and a few goals. In the last 10 minutes we lost Laura through a hand injury and to curtail Fermoy’s dominance we pulled all our team back into the back line. Fermoys numerical advantage was the only difference between the two teams, and of all the four games, this was by far our best performance. They fought and played for each other, and every one of the girls encouraged each other to keep going right to the final whistle. If there ever was a game to build team spirit and comradeship this was it. What a bunch of girls. Midleton Ladies football Club is proud to be associated with them. Unfortunately we just came up short and didn’t qualify for County championship, but the reward for playing all our games is qualification for the East Cork Minor Plate. So still a lot to play for.
Minor Panel: Kate Mary Cullinane, Dionne Carroll, Deirdre Corcoran, Rhea Buckley, Abby Quirke, Molly Beausang, Laura O'Leary, Charley Moore, Caoimhe Morrison, Rayanna Power, Lisa Ahearn (Capt), Ciara Stack, Roisin O’Callaghan,  Aoife Franklin, Lizzie Phiri, Sadhbh Beausang, Lucy Wallace, Ally Smith & Claudia Kearney.            

Congratulations to Orlagh Farmer and the Cork Senior Ladies Football Team who defeated Monaghan on a scoreline of 2-10 to 1-10. They will now play Dublin on September 28th.
Training continues in Midleton Rugby Club for all age groups from 6.30pm. Keep an eye on Facebook and Twitter for all Club Updates.

Strictly Midleton Fundraisers
Over the coming weeks a number of fundraising events will take place in advance of the Strictly event on the October Bank holiday Sunday evening.
Colette Crotty and Dee Dennigan are holding a joint fundraiser with a “Guess the Score” for the Football All Ireland final, they will be at various training sessions and games over the coming weeks, for only €2 please support them.
Susan Fitzgerald is holding a Family Fun Table Quiz on Friday the 30th of September at 7pm in the Club Lounge. Tables of 2 adults and 2/3 kids cost €20, Susan will attend Fe 9, 11 & 14 training sessions and games, please support this event.

Our Lotto Jackpot was €4,600, there was no winner, the numbers were 3,5,10 & 28, the Lucky Dip winners were Pat O’Neill, Jerome Curtin, Braden Dunlea, John Ferriter & Jerry Smyth, next week’s Jackpot will be €4,800.
Tickets are on sale at the Club Bar, O‘Neills Bar, Linehan’s Bar, Maple Leaf Bar, O’ Farrell’s Butchers, Frank Murphy Butchers, Pat Walsh Paints, Chadwicks, Teach Beag & Niall Mac’s Bars.

BINGO takes place each Friday evening at 8pm in the GAA Pavilion with a weekly guaranteed Jackpot of €1,000. 


Fe 13
Our C3 hurling league team grabbed the spotlight over the weekend as they took on Ballincollig in the Carrigaline Court Premier C3 Fe 13 Hurling League Final in Midleton.  The field was in splendid condition on Sunday for the game. Midleton and Ballincollig have two big panels at this level and so the standard at C3 is exceptionally high. The ball was thrown-in at 1pm. Ballincollig were first to take control of the game but because of some herculean efforts from the Midleton defence they were held to only two points in the first 15 minutes. Prominent in that Midleton defence were Roan Spillane, Niall Corcoran and Liam McGrath. Our first two attacks returned points from well struck frees by Evan Kelly. The  industrious half forward line of Kane Rowlands, Tomas Lambe and Ben O’Neill were the platform for a sustained period of Midleton control  just before half time. But numerous efforts on the Ballincollig goal by Craig Collins and John Spellman only just came up short. Half time score Midleton 0-02 Ballincollig 1-04.
The Magpies selectors made a number of positional and personal changes for the second half. On to the team came Adam Fay and Rory Hartnett. Adam had an instant impact when a long range effort of his ended up in the Ballincollig net. Ronan Gies also started to become more prominent in the forward line. Points from Ronan Gies, Evan Kelly and a very influential Rory Hartnett put Midleton in the lead for the first time in the game. Ronan Gies consolidated our  lead with a fine individual goal. The last three scores of the game, all points, came from the hurlies of Cathal Beausang, Ronan Gies and Rory Hartnett.
Final Score: Midleton 2-09, Ballincollig 1-06.
The Fe 13 Rebel Og Cup was presented to a fully deserving Midleton captain Roan Spillane after the game. Finally, recognition must be given to the parents who prepared the ball alley for a post-game party of tea, coffee, sandwiches and cakes. It’s great that the panel of players gets this recognition from the parents. Such a pity that a very hard working panel of players and dedicated parents could not hold this post-game party in the club hall.
Panel: Brion Saunderson, Roan Spillane, Phelim Magan, Neil Fitzgerald, Liam McGrath, Niall Corcoran, Evan Kelly (0-03), Shay Bohan, Kelvin Barry (0-01), Ben O’Neill, Tomas Lambe, Kane Rowlands, John Spellman, Ronan Gies (1-02), Craig Collins, Adam Fay (1-00), Rory Hartnett (0-02), Cathal Beausang (0-01) & Odhran Prenter.

Fe 14
Last Sunday morning we played host to Blackrock in the u14 C3 hurling league. Midleton started very slow with Blackrock taking a half-time lead of 4-0 to 0-9 In the second half we upped our game and ran out winners on a scoreline of 2-18 to 5-00.
Team- Daniel Cagney, Darragh Crowley, ConorFitzgerald, Bradley Savage, Nicky Hayes, Luke Deane, Trevor Shine, Darragh Ryan, Gavin Reddy, Alex Pranger, Kevin O Brien, Ollie Murray, Jack McKay, Thomas McGrath, Chris Leahy, Liam Kelly, Aaron Coughlan, James Coffey, Brion Sanderson, Josh Pennant and Rory Lang.

Fe 15
We welcomed Kiltha Og to Clonmult Memorial Park last Wednesday for a Premier 2 Football League. The lads hadn't had a football game in several months and hopes were moderate going into the game. That said, they came out strongly and were in command from early on in the game. Primary possession proved to be the key on the day and we were by far the stronger under kick outs.
The lads worked hard from start to finish and came out victors on a scoreline of 4-16 to 0-03.
Team: Shane O'Shea, Tim O'Sullivan, Christian Daly, Leo Hennessy, Adam Meade, David Scanlon, Frank O'Brien, Aaron Mulcahy, Gary Carroll, Ethan Daly, Cian Crowley, Paul Connaughton, Rory Donegan, Ryan Cahill, Conor Fitzgerald, Gavin Reddy, Ben Cummins & Alex Pranger.

We had our second game in a week last Saturday and this time it was hurling. Blarney with a few players missing came to Midleton for the Premier 1 Hurling league. From early on we n looked comfortable and were well ahead at the break. Blarney came back into the game early in the second half but never really troubled us. We scored well later in the second half and came out winners on a scoreline of 4-20 to 0-11.
Team: Alex Quirke, Patrick Kane, Christian Murphy, Ethan Daly, Leo Hennessy, David Scanlon, Adam Meade, Aaron Mulcahy, Samuel Quirke, Frank O'Brien, Gary Carroll, Cian Crowley, Paul Connaughton, Tim O'Sullivan, Ryan Cahill, Conor Fitzgerald & Gavin Reddy.

Fe 16
On Monday evening last at Togher our footballers had a commanding and comprehensive win against our city rivals St Finbarrs on a scoreline of 1-18 to 0-6. This now gives us maximum points from three games played. We were in control from the start and our early goal set the tone. Our backs played well and chased down all Barrs attacks with great determination. Our forwards played well but we were sometimes wasteful in front of goal. The half time score was 1-10 to 0-3 and the game was really over at that stage.
Team: Jake Shanahan, Alan Power, Ciaran Evans, Cormac O Brien, Evan Rowlands, Kevin Finn, Mark Daly, Tommy O Connell, Kian Farmer, Loic Nguefang, Cian Murray, Ronan Lynch, Griffin Hurley, Arthur Nganou, Adam O Connell, Fergus Wade, Craig Barry, Coleman Quinn & Ryan O Riordan.

We now play St Michael's on next Monday 5th September at home 6.45pm in the quarter final of the Fe 16 Premier 1 Football Championship and we're hoping for a big crowd to support our team.

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