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Midleton GAA , Camogie & Ladies Football Club News

31 October, 2016

Senior Hurling
Our hurlers lost out to Newtownshandrum in the semi final of the Red FM League last Monday evening in Mallow on a scoreline of 2-15 to 3-19.
It has to be said that all the players that played put in a mighty effort and we just came up short but it was most disappointing that we had only thirteen players available with two selectors having to line out.   
Team: Jerry Wallace, Luke Dineen, Alywin Kearney, Leslie Coughlan, Finbar O’Mahony, Aidan Ryan, Seamus O’Farrell, Paul Haughney, Tommy Wallace, Padraig O’Keeffe, Luke O’Farrell, Brian Hartnett, Cormac Beausang, Peter Dowling & Paul Griffin.

Huge congratulations and thanks to the Strictly dancers and committee who put an enormous amount of time energy and effort in to what was a fantastic event and thoroughly enjoyed by all. Well done to two of our coaches Shirley Garde and Tim Cronin on completing the Dublin City Marathon.
Training this week: Under 6 and Under 8:  Indoor training Friday evening 7pm - 8pm Community Centre, Uner 10 and Under 12: Friday evening 7pm – 8pm,  Ballinacurra  Pitch, Under 14: Tuesday and Friday 6pm – 8pm Midleton GAA Club.

Ladies Football
Midleton exit from East Cork U16 Ladies football Championship after a monumental performance against Fermoy in the Semi-final. Our U16 girls travelled to Fermoy on Wednesday 26th October to take on Fermoy in the Semi-final of the East Cork Championship. On the night Midleton only had 13 players available, of which 4 were from the U14 ranks, and 2 were only just back after long layoffs due to fractures.
Fermoy insisted on playing with 15 players, and we had no option but to play. We try not to do this to teams and always encourage fair play, but Fermoy were well within the rules of the competition to play their full team. This however was going to make an already difficult challenge an almost impossible mission. The game plan was simple. Don’t get hammered. We were going to achieve this by playing a defensive game instructing the girls to stay in zones which meant some of the girls had 2 players to mind. 
As the game started, as we stood on the side of the pitch in front of a boisterous home crowd, we prayed that our faith in our game plan would be rewarded and with ten minutes into the game it looked like no one was listening to our prayers. We were enthralled by our girls approach to this game and they defended as if they lives depended on it. Fermoy spent most of the first ten minutes in our half and were up a goal and 2 or 3 points as we struggled to make ground. Fermoy’s kick outs were killing us. Due to their numerical advantage we just could not defend from their kick outs. Half way through the half we changed tact, and for their kickouts all our players retreated back centerfield and let them run at us. Now with more numbers back, Fermoy started to lose their way and our girls also raised the intensity and began to break up their running and passing game. Then we started running at them, and at times one would think we had the numerical advantage such was the excellence of our passes. Due to some fantastic passages of play and spirited all-round team performance, we had clawed our way back into the game by half time. At the Break the score was Fermoy 1:5 Midleton 0:7. The girls were buzzing and full of energy and encouragement for each other. They needed no pep talk at the break, they did it themselves.

From the resuming play we took a while to get going again, Fermoy had added another goal and point before the girls kicked on. For the next 15 minutes it was all Midleton, Fermoy had no answer and couldn’t handle the intensity of the Midleton girls, they were winning everything. We threw everything at them, we hit the crossbar, the upright, the goalkeeper we hit everything. With 10 minutes left we found ourselves 2 points up and with some luck we could have been up by an extra few goals. An incredible turn around, but as we anticipated tired limbs got in the way, if we had anyone at all to come on it would have made the difference.  Even team selector Carol O’Leary tried to get in on the action. In a show of solidarity Carol took up the position of Corner forward, standing on the 21 yard line, Carol a formidable Rugby player in her day didn’t get a chance to get involved as she was politely requested by the referee and her fellow selectors to Get Off The Pitch.  Running out of steam Fermoy took a grasp on the Game running in for 2 goals, to come out at the end on a scoreline of Fermoy 3:12 Midleton 1:12.
What a performance by a fantastic bunch of girls, over the hour they worked tirelessly for each other. Their positivity and encouragement for each other is their trademark. Every one of them did their bit. With no regular goalkeeper, Rea Buckley took one for the team and the girls must have taken great comfort in knowing they had a reliable pair of hands between the posts. Rea was rock solid in goals, limiting Fermoy to only 3 goals over the hour, and her kickouts were the launch pad for all our attacks, finding a Midleton Player on most occasions. Ellen Ryan from our U14 County Winning team keeping control of the back line from her corner back position worked tirelessly alongside Kari McEvoy and Laura O’Leary and put in a tremendous defensive display. Kari getting in on the scoring action with a sublime effort in the second half. Leading from the centre Rosin O’Callaghan utilised all her experience and strength that undoubtedly inspired those around her, and on the wings, Lucy Wallace gave a tenacious display. Nothing got by her. Strong in the tackle and leading from the off, Lucy was a pillar in defence. Clodagh Finn lined out on the other wing, normally a forward player she rocked into this game and had the game of her life. Fermoy could do nothing with her. Another member of our U14 squad, she finished the game with a tally of 0:6.

Our Centre field pairing of Ali Smith and Abby Quirke were magnificent as they she swept up a lot of ball and instigated attacks to the Fermoy Defence. Ali another member of the U14 squad showed unbelievable maturity for her years finding space by her daunting up field runs. It was Abby’s second half goal that took us into the lead for that brief period. With only one thing in her mind she twisted and weaved around the backed goalmouth to send a screamer to the back of the Fermoy Net. Not a whisper from the Fermoy Supporters.

Our forwards Sadhbh Beausang, Molly Beausang, Lucy Kenneally, Rayanna Power were full of running, they had no choice. Molly our Captain was Hard-working throughout, her experience was vital, and her pin pointed kick passes from distance were second to none. She had a hand in most of the scores. Sadhbh, had to get up from the sick bed to come to the match. Another member of the U14 squad.  Instigated attack after attack and scoring a great individual point in the first half. Rayanna was all over the place started corner forward and ended up corner back to relief an injured Laura. Her sheer passion for the game showed as she was determined to keep ball to hand and worked tirelessly for the hour. And Finally Lucy another U14 squad member, Instigated attack after attack by winning ball that she had no right to win, finishing with an impressive 3 points. Special mention to Deirdre Corcoran who took up the role of Maor Uisce for the night, and was inspirational from the side.

We lost on the night, and after the game it really felt like we had won.  This team have won East Cork Championships before and most were part of the team that won this year’s Junior B East Cork Final. But this is by far their best performance. You could not signal out any player of the match as we had 13 of them on the night. What a night, What a game….
Team: Rhea Buckely, Ellen Ryan, Kari McEvoy, Laura O'Leary, Lucy Wallace, Roisin O'Callaghan, Clodagh Finn, Abby Quirke, Ali Smith, Sadhbh Beausang, Molly Beausang, Lucy Kenneally & Rayanna Power.
Scorer's Abby 1-1, Lucy K 0-3, Clodagh 0-6, Sadhbh 0-1, Kari 0-1

Annual General Meetings
Over the coming weeks the following AGM’s will take place in the Gaa Club;
December 1st - Juvenile AGM time to be confirmed
December 6th – Hurling & Football AGM @ 7.30pm

50 Years Ago
The Cork Fe21 hurling team played in the first of a three game final against Wexford on the 2nd October in 1966 at Nowlan Park and drew 3-12 to 5-06. The first replay was played on the 23rd of October in Limerick and finished 3-09 a piece and then on the 13th of November Cork and our own Paddy O’ Sullivan finally prevailed in Croke Park by 9-09 to 5-09.
The late Michael O Neill also from Midleton was a selector on this team.

Health & Wellbeing
Cork GAA will hold a Health & Wellbeing Forum on Saturday November 12th in St Finbarr’s Hurling & Football Club (Togher) from 10.30am to 1.30pm. Uachtarán Cuman Luthchleas Gael Aogán Ó Fearghaíl will open the Forum.  Guest speakers on the day will include Tracey Kennedy and Conor Cusack. Cork Healthy Clubs - St Finbarr’s, Killeagh, Castlehaven and Midleton will give a brief insight into how their clubs approached the “Healthy Club Project” the projects undertaken by the clubs  and what the response has been from their members. This event is open to members of the GAA and to the wider community also. If you would like to attend please email

Strictly Midleton
Oh what a night. It was certainly a night that the whole Midleton Community will never forget. Strictly Midleton took place in the Radisson Blu Hotel. This Event was sold out weeks ago and the tickets were like gold dust. The sell out crowd got behind the dancers right from the start when they performed their group dance. The audience were entertained by a video clip of the couples who then took to the stage to perform their individual dances. From the first couple to the last each of the dancers put all their hard work and dedication into their performance. Great credit is due to each and every one of you. The crowd were also amazing on the night and gave all the dancers tremendous support.

As with all competitions there can only be one winner and our winners on the night were Orlagh Farmer and Darren Quirke who performed the Charleston. We would like to Thank our Lead Sponsor Oaklodge Nursing Home and our Main sponsors Tecomet and John Cleary Developments.  You can still purchase a programme from the night. They will be on sale in the Gaa Club.

Our Lotto Jackpot was €6,200, there was no winner, the numbers were 8,20, 21 & 26, the Lucky Dip winners were Denis Fitzgerald, Margaret Phelan, Catherine O’Mahony, Maura Deady & Shane Ryan  , next week’s Jackpot will be €6,400.
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
Midleton v Nemo Rangers
The second round of the Fe13 Autumn Football League v Nemo Rangers was played on Saturday 29th at Trabeg. We had been a little disappointed in our Round 1 performance against Na Piarsaigh, so having put down a couple of good training sessions since, the expectation was for a much better game from the Young Magpies.
We were first to score when a long range shot from Darragh McCarthy ‘split the posts’. This was the tonic the boys needed and it started a period where the Magpies played some great football. From Brion Saunderson in goals to Ronan Gies in the full forward position the boys dominated the game. Ten minutes into the game Niall Corcoran gathered the ball in front of his own goal’s and with great coolness he started a move that went the full length of the pitch where the ball ended up in Rory Hartnett’s hands, who duly dispatched it to the back of the Nemo net. The next score was a point from the boot of Evan McCarthy. Niall Corcoran, Roan Spillane and Adam Fay were keeping the Nemo forward line to very limited possession. Liam McGrath was the platform for many of our attacks in the first half. Cian Murray was a constant threat to the Nemo defence. The last score of the first half was a great opportunist goal from James Condon which came about as a result of a superb block down on a Nemo player by Rory Hartnett. The half time score was Midleton 2-02 v Nemo Rangers 0-04.

The second half started with Nemo laying siege to our goal. But the resolution and focus of this Midleton defence is not easily bypassed. Time and again Niall Corcoran, Neil Fitzgerald, and Fintan Greenwood withstood the Nemo pressure. Ciarmhac Smyth was a colossus at center back and Shay Bohan worked his socks off to help out his teammates. Nemo had brought the game level going into the last fifteen minutes of the match. Then the real character of this team kicked in… two points, one from Evan McCarthy and a second from the ever industrious Cian Murray was followed by a Magpies goal; Ben O’Neill pounced on a ball bouncing around the square and neat as you like he struck the ball low and hard to the net. Shortly afterwards Cian fisted a ball across the Nemo goal mouth that Ben O’Neill again got to and flicked it to score his second goal in five minutes. 
The game finished on a score line of Midleton 4-04 v Nemo Rangers 2-07.
Fe 13’s will be back training on Wednesday and the next round of the football league is V Eire Og in Ovens next weekend. Please keep an eye on texts for any further updates.       

Midleton Panel: B Saunderson, N. Corcoran, F Greenwood, N Fitzgerald, E Kelly, C Smyth, A Fay, L McGrath, S Bohan, E. McCarthy (0-02), D McCarthy (0-01), C Murray (0-01), B O’Neill (2-00), R Gies, R Hartnett (1-00), R Spillane & J Condon (1-00).

Juvenile Registrations
If there are any players who missed the Fe6 Juvenile Registrations they can still register at the club shop on Saturday mornings.  Indoor training for this group of players will commence in the Community Centre (Former GaelScoil) on November 12th at 12noon.  Indoor hurleys will be provided.  Players will require a helmet for training.  These can be purchased at the Club shop which is open from 10am to 12noon every Saturday morning.

6 Week - Youth Physical Development Progamme in conjunction with Orlagh Farmer
A reminder to all coaches that week 4 of the Clubs Youth Development Programme continues in the Ball Alley on Monday 24th of October.  This weeks session will run from 7.30pm to 8.30 pm. All coaches across the club are invited to attend this.

Due to the bank holiday weekend, week 5 of the Clubs Youth Development Programme will not take place on Bank Holiday Monday.  Week 5 will take place in the Ball Alley on Monday November 7h at 7.30pm to 8.30 pm. Details of the programme and all the exercise videos have been uploaded to the coaching corner on the club website.  All coaches across the club are invited to attend this. 

Foundation Training Course
Training course details have been released for Foundation courses taking place at the following Clubs in November. Mitchelstown GAA Club Course Code 16115MB
5th Nov Brian Dillons GAA Club Course Code 161179BD 7th & 9th Nov St Catherines GAA Club Course Code 161111STC 11th & 12th Nov
Please follow the link below to book your place.

Award 1 Course Training Course
An Award 1 Course is arranged to take place in Midleton CBS Secondary School on December 3rd, 10th & 17th from 10am to 5pm. Only coaches who have received their Foundation certificates are eligible to progress to Award 1 training.

Child Protection & Welfare Training
There  is a Child Protection & Welfare Training course taking place at St. Finbarr’s GAA Club, Togher on Thursday the 17th of November @ 7pm. Should you wish to book a place on this course kindly contact Ingrid Connaughton our Child Welfare Officer to book your place.

Up and Coming Events

Indoor Training Schedule
Indoor Training will commence on Saturday November 12th at the Community Centre Midleton. Fe 8’s from 10-11, Fe 7’s from 11-12 and Fe 6’s from 12-1.

Juvenile Christmas Underage Social Dates
Fe6 – Fe9 Players December 3rd in Midleton GAA Club at 4pm  & Fe10 – Fe16 Players December 10th in Midleton GAA Club at 7pm

Club Shop
The Club Shop re open on Saturday next from 10 to 12 selling flags and Club gear. 

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