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Midleton Hurling & Football, Ladies Football & Camogie Club NEWS

24 June, 2018

Senior Hurling
A very youthful side had a fine win over hosts Bandon in the League last Thursday evening.
At the break we led by 0-13 to 2-03 with some fine points scored from distance, in the second half we were made to work harder and held on for the victory by 0-22 to 3-11.
Team: Tommy Wallace, Padraig O’Farrell, Alywin Kearney, Elliot Mulcahy, Padraig O’Keeffe, Cormac Walsh (0-01), Seamus O’Farrell (0-02), Eoin Moloney, Seanaidh Smyth (0-01), Cormac Beausang (0-09, 0-05 frees), Sean O’Meara (0-03), Shane Ryan, Cathal Gunning, Patrick White (0-04) & Kian Farmer (0-02).
Subs used Alan Power & Finbar & O’Mahony.

U21 Football
Our County semi final against Charleville is currently fixed for Saturday the 21st of July in Mourneabbey but this is subject to change depending on the progress of the Cork Fe21 & Senior hurlers.

We defeated Blarney in the Premier 1 Hurling League last Wednesday away by 2-14 to 0-12. Team: Alan Power, Dan O’Sullivan, Christian Murphy, David Scanlon, Cian Murray, Cormac O’Brien, Leo Hennessy, Sean O’ Sullivan (0-03), Sam Quirke (0-02), Garry Carroll, Aaron Mulcahy (0-04, 3frees), Jake Shanahan (1-00), Fergus Wade (0-01), Kevin Finn (0-02) & Tim O’Sullivan (1-01).
Subs Patrik Kane, Charlie Walsh, Conor Fitzgerald & Darragh, Crowley .

Field Fixture
Many thanks to all those who helped out last Saturday when we hosted Erins Own and Killeagh in the first round of the East Cork Junior A Hurling Championship which Erins Own won very easily by 6-18 to 1-08.
he game was refereed by Pa Beausang. 

Ladies Football (Peil na mBan)
Congratulations to Midletons Orlagh Farmer and the Cork Ladies Football Team who defeated Kerry in the Munster Final Yesterday in CIT.
U12 v Glanmire League Semi final - Hard luck to our U12 girls who were defeated by a very strong Glanmire side today in Buck Learys field in Glanmire. In very hot conditions the girls fought hard but unfortunately it was not enough. They have now qualified for the B League Final. Training for all age groups continues tomorrow evening from 6-8pm. Please ensure the girls have plenty of water with the warm weather.  

Camogie (Camógaíochta)
U9:  We hosted Castlemartyr in Ballinacurra on Wednesday night last.  It was great evening’s camogie with fantastic skills on display from both teams.  Well done to all the girls and thanks to Castlemartyr for travelling to us.

U12: We played Inniscarra last weekend.  It was a great match played in very warm conditions. Well done to both teams who put in fine performances. Thanks to our parents for travelling. Thanks to Inniscarra for hosting. 

U13: We played the first round of the U13 Imokilly League v Watergrasshill on a sunny evening in Ballinacurra last Thursday. The girls started off strong creating plenty of scoring chances for the forwards. Their defence worked hard to deny us scores but we took our chances and were ahead 2-1 to 0-3 at the half time break.  The girls kept up the high work rate in the second half with our defence letting nothing through and giving Watergrasshill no goal scoring opportunities. Our midfielders covered great ground sending the ball into the forwards who took every chance at scores.  It was a great team effort resulting in a win for Midleton on a score line of Midleton 3-6 v Watergrasshill 1-5. Next round of the U13 Imokilly league will be against Killeagh.

Training:  U6/ U7/U8 Friday 6.30pm back pitch Midleton GAA club.   U9/U10/U11/U12 Tuesday Ballinacurra Pitch 7pm, Friday St Coleman’s 6.40pm.   U13/U14/U15/U16/U17 Tuesday St Coleman’s 7.15pm -8.15pm, Friday St Coleman’s 7.30pm -8.30pm.   Any changes to training schedule will be communicated to parents.   New players welcome for enquiries contact 087 6822716. Follow us on facebook: Midleton Camogie Club and twitter@midletoncamogie.       

The Club executive would like to wish our condolences to the family’s of David Lawton, late of Ballyrichard and Aidan O’Brien late of Knockgriffin who both passed away recently.

Gaa Golf Classic
Our annual Juvenile Gaa Golf Classic is now less than 3 weeks away on Wednesday & Thursday 11th & 12th of July at East Cork Club, contact Coleman Quirke 087/2523759 or Anthony Wall 086/3154016 to reserve your tee time or sponsor a Tee box.

Lotto (An Lató)
Our Lotto Jackpot was €1,800 and there was no winner, the Lucky dip winners were Louise Dunlea, Maureen Sheehan, Kathleen Fitzgerald, Brian Mc Carthy & Ryan/Mags & Tom, next week’s Jackpot will be €2,000
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 Bar & Wallis’s Bar. Our Online Lotto is now available, logon to the Club homepage to purchase your ticket.

BINGO – Lucky number €500, won last Friday, same again on offer this Friday at 8 pm.


Fe 8
It has been a hectic last three weeks for our panel. On the 9th of June we travelled to Aghada for a wonderful mornings football. This was followed by another football blitz a week later in Carrigtwohill, all our players performed to their best and enjoyed both days. On Saturday morning last we hosted Douglas and Youghal in a hurling blitz. Each of our teams played three games and they performed excellently in each match. After the activities on the pitch all the players enjoy fruit, juice and an ice pop in the club house. The Fé 8 management would like to thank the parents of our players for supporting the blitz and helping out afterwards.

Fe 11
It was a very busy weekend for our Fé 11 hurlers. On Saturday morning last we took part in the Davy Hogan Street Leagues for the final time. The boys really play well over the course of the last 4 weeks and set the bar high for next year. Well done to all the players for showing the skill and commitment once again. On Sunday, 30 magpies togged out for our trip to Ballygunner in Waterford City. The lads again really hurled well on the day, but the efforts of the day before took their toll eventually. The boys gave everything for the cause and we came away with our heads held high. Well done again to everyone for their effort this weekend.

Fe 14
Last Wednesday night we played an away hurling league game against Bride Rovers. It was perfect conditions for a game of hurling with a slight crossfield breeze. We were down several players for this game, so we had to call up a few extra players from the under 13 panel. Bride Rovers started the game brightly and it took us a while to get into the game. We had some fine points scored from Mikey Finn, Dave Cremin and Tadgh O’Leary Hayes. Our full forward line was working hard to win the ball, and when they did, they supplied our half forwards with some great opportunities to score. Towards the middle of the first half our opponents put on the pressure with a couple of goals. Our defence worked very hard to try and contain the constant attack, Zac Smith pulled off an excellent save to keep us in the game. Mikey Finn kept our points coming throughout the first half with some fantastic frees. We went in a half time down by five points.
Our opponents were constantly pushing for goals and putting our defence under tremendous pressure. While we matched them point for point throughout the half we could not match them in the goal column.  Again, it was from the placed ball from Mikey Finn that kept our scores coming in the second half, with two points coming from Dave Cremin. Unfortunately, we couldn’t pull ourselves back into this game and it got away from us.
The lads tried until the final whistle, but it wasn’t to be in this game. We play our final league game of the season at home against Ballincollig on Wednesday next at 7:30pm.
Our panel for the game was Mikey Finn, Tiernan Roche, Rian De Barra, Michael Roe, Odhran Prenter, Cathal Beausang, Dara Scanlon, Alex Moloney, Niall Lang, Tadgh O’Leary Hayes, Darragh Fitzgerald, Alex Howard, Zach Smith, Tadgh Bohane, David Cremin and Fionn Dalton.

Fe 16
We are fixed to play our Hurling Championship game on the 28th against Ibane Gaels in Ballygarvan @ 7pm 

Primary School Blitz
We held our annual Primary school blitz on Friday the last in Mediterranean type conditions in what was the culmination of the primary schools coaching programme. It was fantastic to have four schools involved this year with a total of 160 children from third class taking part in hurling / camogie, football and rounders.  A special thanks to teachers (liaison officers)  Aileen Howick, SJB. Christor O Cathasaigh GSMNC, Jason Bateman CBS and Don McDonald Educate Together.  Special thanks must also go to our East Cork GDA  Shane Supple who is always on hand to lend support and advice to clubs and schools and to GDA  Paudie O’Brien was available to lend his expertise and provided equipment knowhow and enthusiasm on the day.  With an ever increasing population in East Cork the club acknowledge the importance of exposing as many children as possible to Gaelic Games and school is the perfect opportunity to do just that.  We are constantly trying to expand the programme and hope to include more schools going forward.  Thanks to all the boys and girls who took part on Friday I’m sure and hour and a half of physical activity was preferable to sitting in a classroom for all involved. We look forward to doing it all over again next year.

Munster Football Final
There was very little positive news from Pairc Ui Chaomh last Saturday evening when the Cork senior footballers were comprehensively beaten by Kerry in the final by 3-17 to 2-04 but at least our own Daragh Fitzgerald representing Ballintotis N.S in the Primary game had an enjoyable and memorable outing.

Davy Hogan Street Leagues Finals Day
Without doubt the place to be on Saturday morning was Midleton GAA Club. On a glorious summers morning the club was a hive of activity. From new born babies to grand parents and all ages in between, large crowds turned out to support our Fe10 and Fe11 Magpies for the finals day of the Davy Hogan Street Leagues. The players met at Market Green, and paraded with huge pride in the black and white of our magpie club colours behind Olan the piper to the main field. A wonderful spectacle of smiling happy faces as they embarked on their parade to the main pitch for finals day. With the flags flown, Olan played the National Anthem and all on the field faced the Irish flag and moments later the horn sounded and all 6 teams took to the field to play their fifth and final league match. As has been the case throughout this tournament plenty of skills were on show. Thanks to our young whistler referees, Conor Fitzgerald, Jack Fitzgerald and Charlie Walsh who did a great job in refereeing the matches. Coming into finals day St Enda’s had already earned a place in the final as they had reached 8 tournament points and couldn’t be caught by any other team. It would all come down to the fifth league match to determine who they would meet.  Garryowen, Sons of Rest and the Saints were all tied on 4 Tournament points heading into their final game.  Pitch 1 had St.Enda’s v Sons of Rest and resulted in a scoreline of 0:1 to 0:6, 2 Tournament points being awarded to Sons of Rest.  Pitch 2 had Owenacurra v Forkums and resulted in a scoreline of 0:3 to 1:4, 2 Tournament points being awarded to Forkums.  Pitch 3 had Garryowen v Saints and resulted in a scoreline of 0:2 to 6:4, 2 points being awarded to Saints.  With Tournament points and goals and points tallied, it was Saints who reached the final and would meet St Enda’s. All hands on deck, the pitches were cleared, the finals pitch set-up, Pa Beausang at the ready to referee the final, a quick team meeting for the mentors and at 11am the whistle was blown, the ball thrown in and the final began.  It was nip and tuck through the first half and all the supporters were treated to great displays of skill and determination from all these young players.  As with all finals there can only be one winner and this years winners of the Davy Hogan Street Leagues 2018 Final were the Saints on a scoreline of 1:3 to 4:1. 
Commiserations to our St. Enda’s players and congratulations to our Saints players. 
Tournaments and events like this involving so many players takes an incredible amount of organising. The juvenile committee would like to express our sincere gratitude to our two tournament co-ordinators Ed Coughlan and Tom Casey for doing a fantastic job in arranging this years tournament. We would also like to thank and acknowledge all our young whistler referees who referred all the league matches and pay particular thanks to Pa Beausang who was giving of his time again this year to referee the final.  Street Leagues was set-up as a tournament to commemorate Davy Hogan. Davy was heavily involved in our club and in particular with the Juvenile Club. This tournament introduces these young players to competition.  It introduces young players to new coaching voices and the opportunity to meet and play with new team mates and players.  It is an incredibly special tournament which is very much a highlight on the annual Juvenile calendar.  Our Juvenile Chairperson, Paudie O’ Brien addressed the large crowd and passed over proceedings to Dave Hogan who made the presentation of the coveted cup and medals to captain, Josh Hogan and the winning team of players, Ben Troy, Cian Hogan, Bradley O’ Brien, Danile Curtin, Darragh Mullins, Harry Waterman, Jack Walsh, Jake Kirby, Josh Foley, Luke Howard, Mikey Pedley, Rian O’ Driscoll, Rory O’ Connor and Sean Gregory.
Special thanks to Andrew Foley for capturing these memories for all these players in his beautiful photographs which can be viewed here

With the Davy Hogan Street Leagues concluded it was onto our next event.  Midleton GAA Club hosted Douglas and Youghal in an Fe8 Rebel Og blitz (Report on the Fe8 blitz submitted separately) All hands were again on deck to clear the field and help set-up to welcome another set of 80 enthusiastic players.  It was a wonderful morning at the Club.  Great pride for all involved in what was a very memorable day.  The pitch was packed, the steps and stand full with supporters, the lounge buzzing with people and tables upon tables of sandwiches, fruit, biscuits and cakes.  Our Juvenile Club as is our Adult Club, Ladies Football Club and Camogie Club run entirely by volunteers.  The amount of parents who assisted and supported us on Saturday was overwhelming and hugely appreciated.  To all the glorious bakers and sandwich makers, the parents who filled juice jugs, boiled kettles and catered to all the hungry, players, parents and coaches - Thank You!  To all those who emptied the bins, swept the floors, hoovered the lounge and bought lottery tickets - Thank You! Our Club is extremely grateful to you all for all your help and support. Based on the help and support received on Saturday our Club’s future is very bright and our community spirit very much alive and well.  Thank You! Magpies Abú.

Juvenile Golf Classic
Our Juvenile Golf Classic is set to take place on Wednesday the 11th and Thursday the 12th of July.  The Golf Classic is vitally important in terms of raising funds to run our club. 
Juvenile coaches will be contacting parents to see if you would be in a position to help support this event.  We would be very grateful for anyone who could assist us in terms of tee box sponsorship.

Cul Camp
Midleton GAA Club will run two Cul Camps this summer.  Both camps are open to boys and girls.  Camp 1, is for 5 days and runs from Monday the 2nd of July until Friday the 6th of July.  Camp 1 is now fully subscribed and no further bookings will be taken. Walk ins on the the morning of camp will not be accepted... So please avoid disappointment.   We will be facilitating collection of the Cul Camp gear ahead of the camp again this year.  Details will be issued nearer the time to inform parents of the times to collect the gear.  Camp 2, is for 4 days and runs from Tuesday the 7th of August (Monday is a bank holiday and the camp will not run on Monday) until Friday the 10th of August.  Online bookings will be closing off on line this week for Camp 2 and once closed off online manual bookings will be possible by completing an application form.

Save the date July 7th - New York Visiting Team
On July 7th Midleton GAA Club will host the inaugural Paddy Dunlea Tournament on the main pitch from 12.30pm to 6.30pm.  The Juvenile Committee was contacted a number of weeks ago by a New York GAA Club, St Brendan’s in Orange County New York.  New York GAA were looking to arrange a visit to Ireland in July for a combined Fe14 New York Selection team and wanted to arrange a visit to Midleton GAA Club as part of their tour.  There are 25 players, 6 coaches and a number of supporting family members in the travelling party. Midleton GAA Club last hosted a visiting New York Team in 2011 and it is often spoken about and fondly remembered by all involved with that visit.  We look forward with great anticipation to creating new memories and providing a great day’s tournament of hurling for all our members to come and enjoy.  The tournament line up will see Midleton, New York, Abbeyside from Waterford and Knockavilla Kichams from Tipperary compete to win the Cup and Shield. What makes this tournament extra special for our club is that the Cup and Shield for this tournament will be engraved in Paddy Dunlea’s name.  Paddy was a lifelong passionate member of our club where he carried out numerous roles over the years.  This is a fitting tribute to him and his dedication to our club.  This tournament together with the Cup and Shield will become an annual Fe15’s tournament within our Juvenile Calendar in honour of Paddy Dunlea.  It is not every year that we host a visiting New York Team.  It will be a very special day for our Club and we encourage all our members across all our clubs to save the date of July 7th and come to the club to view the tournament and enjoy what we know will be a wonderful social afternoon with many competitive hurling matches on show. 

Rebel Og U13 Open Coaching at Carrigtwohill GAA  (Hurling & Football)
There are four weeks of open training sessions over the month of July. Any player born in 2005 is welcome to attend, these are not trials, these are fun, games and skills sessions which in turn will lead to a better understanding of the game and what is required by each player to progress and improve their own skill set. We will be working on both codes hurling and football at the sessions.  Its simple, if you want to take part just turn up with your Hurley, Helmet, Gum shield, Bottle of water and a desire to learn new things.  Venue: Carrigtwohill GAA, Time: 3:30 to 4:30pm sharp, Dates: Mondays 2nd,16th,23rd and 30th July, Booking: You do not need to register or book, just turn up any week. There is no cost. This is for players born in 2005 and is open to all.

Hurling Workshop - Building the Essentials into Every Training Session
On Saturday July 7th in Mallow GAA Centre, Martin Fogarty National Hurling Development Manager has arranged a provincial hurling workshop.  Registration is at 10.30am, the workshop will run from 11am to 1.20pm with lunch at 1.30.  The workshop will be practical station based with participants rotating to each station.  The workshop is targeted at youth to adult coaches and will include: Goalkeeping, Catching & Striking, Hooking & Blocking, Rising & Hand passing, Defending and Attacking.  Lead coaches at each station will be former inter county stars supported by local full time GAA coaching officers; Goalkeeping: Christy O’ Connor Clare, Attacking: John Mullane Waterford /D.J. Carey Kilkenny (provisional), Defending: Brian Hogan Kilkenny, Seanie McMahon Clare.  Early bookings are advisable as places are limited if interested in attending please email Michael Carroll, Juvenile Secretary at to book a place.

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