Castlelyons Juvenile GAA Club Notes: 24.10.2016 2016-10-27 14:45:00

U16C Rebel OG League Final Champions;

On Friday night last, our U16’s played the Rebel Og East Cork U16C League Final against a tough but well matched Kilta Og Side.

Having played Kilta Og earlier in the season, James O Neill knew this would always be a challenging game for the team.

With Castlelyons missing a couple of our players and only one sub on the bench, we knew the lads would have to dig deep and put on a great performance to get the better of a Kilta Og side, who had no less than 8 subs on the bench.

Following a slow start and some great battles for possession Dave Morrison and Shane Flynn kicked off the scoring for the Castlelyons side with two great points. Kilta Og weren’t long responding and with 15 minutes gone on the clock, the sides were level with two points apiece. Kilta Og kept the game ticking along with two more lovely points while maintaining great possession. However, the Castlelyons boys fought back, scoring two points in quick succession to draw the sides for the second time before the half time whistle blew.

The lads re-grouped at half time and came out fighting in the second half. With a great puck out from Gavin, the sliotar made its way to Jack Kenny. Between himself and Shane Flynn, they kept possession and made it through the strong Kilta Og defence before the sliotar was blasted into the back of the net. Kilta Og were quick to pull back a goal and a couple of points to leave the Castlelyons side trailing by 5 points in the twentieth minute.

It feels like déjà vu writing this part of the report, however, as the lads have done time and again over the season, they pulled up their socks and started the uphill battle to retract the winning lead from Kilta Og. Jack Kenny scored a great point followed by a cracker of a goal to lessen the lead to one point. With another couple of points added to the score board, then tension on and off the pitch was nail-biting as the sides levelled for the fourth time in the game, with only five minutes left on the clock. James Kearney came to the forefront and belted home another great goal just before Pa O Driscoll blew the final whistle. A fantastic result for a fantastic team. The final scoreboard read Castlelyons 3-10 Kilta Og 1-13.

It was celebrations all round as the lads revelled following the presentation of the U16C League Plaque. Great credit also goes to the Kilta Og team who put on a superb game of hurling and certainly made our lads work for the title. Well done to James O Neill, Mark O Flynn, Henry Hegarty, John Flynn and Pat O Neill for their continued and unwavering support to bring the lads so far in 2016.

Coaching the Coaches.

Now that most of the teams are finished playing for the season, it's that time of the year when current coaches and people who would like to become coaches could look to take part in the Rebel Og organised coaching courses that will be run during the off-season.  For the future success of the club it is important that our coaches and people involved with the teams continuously develop their coaching skills. The courses are also a good way to meet coaches from other clubs and to discuss and share ways for us to improve how we train and develop our players. There are places available on upcoming courses in November & December so if you are interested and would like more information please contact any member of the Juvenile committee. 

Upcoming AGM;

Following our final meeting of the year on Tuesday October 18th last, a date was set for our 2016 AGM. Last year’s meeting was a great success with a large turn out and we are hoping for the same this year. If you would be interested in taking on a committee role or getting involved with coaching any of our wonderful teams, please come along on the night. Remember it’s thanks to our members that our club is the great success that it is. We look forward to seeing you all on Friday November 11th at 8pm in the Community Centre Bar.


Last Saturday saw the season come to a close for our U7’s & U’8s. Following a light training session, the boys were split into two teams and played a fantastic match, showing off their newly acquired and improved skills. With the captain of the U16 Castlelyons team, Peter Roche, on the side line keeping a watchful eye on the game, the boys were quick to impress with their puck outs and soloing. Peter brought along with him, the two cups from winning the U16 Rebel Og East Cork Championship and the Clayton Silversprings U16C County Final. He also bought the U16 League final plaque, which the U16 team had only secured the night previous. The younger players were in awe of the collection of silverware and were all delighted when Peter presented them with their end of season goodie bags and medals. Many of the boys had watched Peter and his team in action throughout the season but it was great for them to meet him without the helmet! Huge thanks to Peter for taking time out to come down and spend time with our younger stars on Saturday morning, it was very much appreciated. Also sincere thanks to Sean Cotter, Conor Hickey and their unfaltering teams of helpers and coaches, who have made the bi-weekly training possible throughout the season. Also, thank you to all the parents who have supported the teams throughout the year.


Last Saturday we played our final game of the year against Lisgoold at home. It was great for the lads to get a run out under lights and the pitch was in great order. 

We had a great battle with a strong Lisgoold side, who had won a good bit at A level, we finished with a well-earned and hard fought draw. Thanks to Lisgoold for coming up and to the Ladies who provided everyone with refreshments afterwards.

This finishes our year, and while we’ve no silverware this year, the lads showed a good improvement over the year and, but for a bit of luck we could have taken the U12 hurling league.  


We are back this week with a lotto jackpot of €5,600 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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