Castlelyons Juvenile GAA Club Notes 11.07.2016 2016-07-14 16:24:00

Castlelyons Juvenile GAA Club Notes: 11.07.2016

 Castlelyons Cul Camp 2016 - History in the Making

 This year, Castlelyons Juvenile and Camogie GAA Club ran its most successful Cul Camp to date. With 194 children and 25 coaches, the camp was buzzing from 9.30am on Monday morning right through to 2pm on Friday. The main pitch and Leahy’s Field were a hive of activity, with children as far as the eye could see.

Dave Hegarty, founder of the Juvenile Club, remains at the forefront in the organisation and co-ordination of the camp, and along with the unwavering help from Orla Hallihan, Mary Mc Nulty and Michelle Griffin, this camp was always going to be a winner.

With a coaching staff of 25, preparation was always going to be key, and if there was any panic, it was certainly an organised one! All the children were grouped according to age, groups were more often than not, kept to a maximum of 16 children, to ensure every child benefitted from the coaching provided. Coaches were rotated on a daily basis, the hope being, that every coaching team brought something new to the group. All children and coaches were reminded of the Give Respect Get Respect Policy and it began.

Again this year, we were blessed with good weather and with that, came great fun and games. Monday ended on a high for some, not so for others, when Alan O Regan had to shave his beard off because he was the manager of the losing team in the final match of the day. Of course, there were no real losers throughout the week and we hope everyone went home smiling along with a new skill or two.

On Wednesday, we had a visit from Shane Supple. Shane is the Games Development Administrator for Cork East and it was great to see him during the week. Shane was very complimentary of all our coaches, and the fact that we had such a great uptake on what is a voluntary position for the coaches. This year, Castlelyons had a number of students’ par-take in the Foundation Coaching course through both the Juvenile & Camogie Clubs and also their schools. This course is invaluable to anyone, who wants to become involved with helping within the club and is a very valuable asset to have. Shane is a well-established coach in the East Cork area and has trained Seamus Harnedy and Angela Walsh, to name a few. It was great to have some feedback from Shane, who has such great first-hand experience and knowledge in this area – you can never have enough advice when it comes to coaching children.

On Thursday, it was the turn of Rena Buckley, Bill Cooper and Briege Corkery to drop in and what a resounding triumph that turned out to be. The children were in awe to have these fantastic Cork Stars in their midst. It was an awe aspiring morning and although some were a bit tongue tied, others weren’t short of a few questions for them. It was great for the children to also get to see where, a bit of hard work and dedication can take you.

I’m not sure if we can have another accomplished year such as this, but sur we can only try our best. Again, huge thanks and praise to Dave Hegarty, Orla Hallihan and the organising team, the coaches, the parents and all the children for creating an unforgettable start to summer 2016.


U12 Hurling league v Whitechurch this Friday July 15th in Castlelyons at 7.30pm. We are looking forward to the usual, great support from the home crowd.


The U10’s played their first football mini league game last Saturday, July 9th against Whites Cross at home. It was a wet and miserable morning and the boys played very well considering the slippery conditions underfoot. They played 3 15minute sides. White’s Cross had a strong football side, but the Castlelyons boys kept tabs on them for the entire duration of the match. Each one of the boys played their part on the team and overall, they have an excellent game. The game finished on a score line of Castlelyons 7-03 White’s Cross 8-00.

The team on the day was James McAuliffe Barry, Ruairi Counihan, David Hegarty, Jack Cremin, Olan Lenehan, Cathal O Riordan, Eoin Mc Murtry, Keelan Buckley, Kevin Barry, Patrick Dooley and Luke Morrison.


On Monday evening we headed to Watergrasshill to play St Vincent’s in the Semi Final of the Rebel Og U16 Hurling Championship. This is a 12 aside tournament and we were confident going in that we had a strong panel to choose from.

From the throw in, James Kearney dominated midfield scoring two fantastic goals and 3 points. Jack Kenny and Dave Morrison both out-ran and out-manoeuvred their markers continuously throughout the entire game, making for some great scoring. Richard Morrison and Shane Flynn were fantastic up front and made the most of their scoring opportunities, of which there were plenty, scoring 3 goals and 2 points between them. Shane Cotter, again played an excellent game, scoring 4 great points, from a long range distances and at times, under pressure.

Conor Mc Carthy, was unwavering in centre back and made a couple of great scores from play. Peter Roche and Leon Doocey, played with great pace on the wing and kept possession for the Castlelyons side for the majority of the game. Eoin O Neil and Peter Hegarty were solid in defence, leaving very little through. It was yet another night that, Gavin O Neil proved what a great asset to the team he is, making some saves. His puck outs had a pin point accuracy during the game which some of the best county goal keepers can’t manage! Stephen Casey and William Moran came on in the second half and William scored a cracker of a goal. The final whistle blew up on a score of Castlelyons 13-24 St Vincent’s 3-04.

The lads were a solid outfit throughout the entire 60 minutes. Every single player gave it 110% and a coach could ask for no more. While we were missing a few of our regular players, these players, each and every one, proved they were more than capable to hold their own and deservedly had a place on this team tonight. Great praise must go to James O Neill and Mark O Flynn for their hard work and dedication with this bunch of lads. We look forward to the Final in the coming weeks with dates to be confirmed.


We travelled to St Vincent’s on the 7Th Thursday evening last for the first round of the Minor “A” Hurling championship. Match conditions were good on the night, we played with the wind in the first half to try and get off to a good start. With Niall O Leary playing in midfield we raced into an early lead with Niall scoring two early goals.  John Paul Murphy’s accuracy from the puck outs was excellent, finding a Castlelyons man each time, he set up a lot of the scores in the first half. We went in at half time with our heads held high leading Castlelyons 3-14 St Vincent’s 0-06. We had James Kearney playing at centre forward, not only scoring some lovely points but he also set up some great scores. Peter Roche in midfield had an excellent game, breaking up a lot of ball and setting up a lot of scores.

Overall a great hurling display with some great points and goals taken, our ability to find the man in a better scoring position was excellent which, was the most pleasing part about the game. We face Ballygarvan next in the quarter final which is due to be played in Ballygarvan on Wednesday evening 13th at 7.30pm

Thanks to all who travelled in mighty numbers to the Vincent games, we hope to have the same army of supporters on Wednesday night.


We are back this week with a lotto jackpot of €2,600 and tickets can be purchased in McDonnell’s, Coolagown, The Abbey Tavern Castlelyons, Murphy’s Vehicle Repairs, Sharon’s Hair Design, Fitzgerald Butchers Fermoy and from the usual ticket sellers and promoters. We would like to thank everyone for their continued support with the lotto, which is a vital source of income for our club.


SuperValu have been a fantastic sponsor to the Juvenile Club down through the years and we would urge all our players and parents to support local and support Riordan’s Supervalu.



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