Castlelyons Juvenile GAA Club Notes 21.10.2016 2016-10-25 07:49:00

U16 League Final;

Our U16 Hurlers are back in action this weekend after almost a month long hiatus since they won the Clayton Silversprings U16 County Final back in September. They play Kilta Og in the Rebel Og U16C League Final in Castlelyons on Friday evening at 7pm. We would ask everyone to support the lads on Friday as this game will wrap up a very successful Juvenile Season of 2016.

Upcoming AGM;

We are always seeking new players from five years upwards and of course, all those who have played with other clubs and are now living in the area, are more than welcome to join. With the AGM coming up in the next couple of weeks, we are hoping that more people will get involved with the Juvenile Club for 2017. Perhaps, you might like to help with the coaching or training sessions. People who never played GAA are also encouraged to become involved, perhaps your skill lies in IT or catering, fundraising or flag making.

If you could give an hour a week or a month to Castlelyons Juvenile GAA, your help would be greatly received. If you would like to get involved in anyway, please contact any member of the committee or the current coaches/mentors. With over 140 juvenile members, there is always something to be done and every extra hand, lightens the work load.


Saturday saw the final day of the season for our U6 boys. Having started in March with six boys, Simon Barry and Edwina Condon have built up a great reputation for their fun filled and energetic training programme and concluded 2016 with 17 future stars. Following a night of heavy rain, and a morning of dense fog, the lads enjoyed a fun filled training session which also included their parents and mentors. It’s all about taking part and inclusion and its true to say, the pitch hasn’t seen that much excitement and entertainment in a long time!

Well done to all our little LIONS who gave everything at all the training sessions and blitzes throughout the year. Thanks so much to Castlelyons Juvenile Gaa for their continuous support throughout the year and Super Valu for their sponsorship of our fantastic new jerseys. Finally, a massive thanks to all parents, the boys are a credit to you. Hope to see ye all next season. Castlelyons ABÚ....


Our U8 panel headed to Killeagh on Saturday to partake in the Rebel Og Monster Blitz, the final blitz for 2016. Blitzes for the U8 age group consists of ground hurling only.

First up, the lads played against Youghal. Lennon Conway and Sam Greaney paired up in the forward line and with Sam scoring the first goal of the game, they were off to a great start. With a great midfield team of Cian Hickey, Cathal Shanahan and John O Neill, Castlelyons kept great possession.

The second game was against a tough Midleton side, however this didn’t deter the Castlelyons boys and they fought hard and tough for every ball. Gearoid Mc Carthy and Cian Hickey were superb in the back line, while Ciaran Murphy partnered up with Shane Hallihan creating some fantastic scoring opportunities. Aaron Murphy displayed some great skill up front, keeping the Midleton boys on their toes.

Our final game was against Aghada. Ryan Stack and Dylan Goulding had a great game, making some great strikes while Oran Hickey was fantastic throughout the game, his tackling was excellent.

Overall the boys had a great morning and thoroughly enjoyed the day. There will be one more training session on Saturday before they finish up for the season. Thanks to Conor Hickey for his mentoring throughout the season and to all the parents that travelled to support this great bunch of lads.


The U9/10s boys brought down the curtain on a great year on Saturday with the final round of the Skills Passport. There was great displays on show and great improvement shown by all the boys since we did the first round back in April. After a very close contest Jack Cremin took the overall skill prize by the narrowest of margins and the prize to most improved player over the year went to Adam Lardner. Well done Adam and Jack and well done to all the boys for the hard work put in during the year.  Finally thanks to all the parents who participated to ensure the morning ran smoothly and thank you for all your help throughout the year. 


Our U14’s headed to Fermoy on Saturday to partake in their annual SuperValu hurling blitz. The boys played well in all three games on the day. They got off to slow start in their first match against Kilara Og. However, they put the match behind them and took on a strong Clyda Rovers team. They held their own but were narrowly defeated by a point when the final whistle blew. The final match was against our neighbours St Catherine’s, and after a great display of hurling from both teams, the game ended in a well-deserved draw. Thanks to John Mc Carthy and Mike Griffin for their work throughout the year and to all the parents for supporting on Saturday.


Following a tough defeat against Ballygiblin in the Minor A County Final, our minor hurlers headed to Ballygarvan on Tuesday night last for the league semi-final. Ballygarvan had put up a tough battle when we met them earlier in the season so the lads knew they were in for a hard hitting game before the whistle even blew. With Jack Kenny and Keith O Leary quickly responding to two early points from Ballygarvan, the lads started well. Despite Niall and Keith O Leary adding a further two points, Ballygarvan scored a flurry of points and a goal to end the first half on a score line of Ballygarvan 1-07 Castlelyons 0-04.

With Ballygarvan scoring the first point of the second half, Keith and Niall put over five points between them before Niall blasted the sliotar into the back of the net bringing the lads to just a point behind with only three minutes left on the clock. The pendulum seemed to swing back to Ballygarvan as they scored a further two points in the final minute of play to end on a score line of Ballygarvan 1-12 Castlelyons 1-09.

Although a disappointing result on the night, these lads have done very well this year under the excellent guidance of Shane Hickey, Jimmy O Leary, Bryan Carroll and Anthony Spillane. Thanks to all the parents and supporters for travelling on the night and throughout the season.

Loosing isn’t always the end, sometimes it becomes the beginning.


We are back this week with a lotto jackpot of € 5,400 and tickets can be purchased in The Abbey Tavern Castlelyons, Murphy’s Vehicle Repairs, Sharon’s Hair Design, Fitzgerald Butchers Fermoy, Mc Donnell’s Coolagown 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.


Riordan’s SuperValu constantly have fantastic in store offers and competitions, so please support our sponsor, they’ll make it worth your while.

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