Castlelyons GAA Ntes WE 16.9.19 2019-09-18 18:00:00

Castlelyons bow out of Premier Intermediate Championship.

Castlelyons 1-19 Inniscarra 0-23.

We headed for Riverstown in confident mood on Saturday for our PIHC games versus Inniscarra as we had a lot of young guns ready for battle and the bookies had us clear favourites on paper. We were met with a céad míle fáilte by Jim Murphy, Denis Hurley, Denis Kelleher and the Sarsfield crew who are so proud of their set up in Sarsfields. The pitch was in good order and the weather massive at twenty degrees. We had waited six months for our game with plenty of time to develop, train, play challenge games and think about our own game. Meanwhile Inniscarra after a loss to the ‘Hill in the first round came storming into form with two wins over Ballinhassig and Mallow. The teams came out for warm up with Inniscarra concentrating on touch stuff and our lads on the stretch. The referee Davy Farrell commenced proceedings with the toss which we won and elected to play with the sun and breeze to our backs.

Inniscarra attacked from the throw in but Colm Barry was out to clear and passed to Declan Varner who drove in a neat ball to Anthony Spillane. Anto showed well, made a mighty catch and burned his marker and slammed a rocket to the net. He then slotted over a point. Inniscarra had a point but Alan Fenton had one for us. For the remainder of the half both teams fought hard. We had a lot of wides and many from scorable positions. There was some great hurling at times as Sean Donoghue began to take over of Inniscarra at midfield and the supply to their forwards was good. In fact, Colm Casey was on for a certain goal but what a block by Colm Barry and he recovered to fling over a point.

During the first half two Inniscarra backs went off injured and then their county star midfielder Sean O Donoghue went off with a hamstring injury, so they were down three of their selected team. It didn’t finish there as another Inniscarra player was sent off for a nasty tackle on our man. Inniscarra kept the scoreboard ticking over but we hurled well as our backs held out and the forwards including Keith O Leary, Alan Fenton, Ml Spillane and Davy Morrison all added to Anto Spillanes early burst. There was a little worry in that we had eight wides in the first half and little ball went into our full line. However, we were 1-11 to 0-9 up at half time.

Back for the second half and we went six up as Davy Morrison was the play maker for a beauty by Anto Spillane. Then despite being a man down and all their injuries Inniscarra looking the fitter team began to hurl for their lives and hit 0-7 without a flag from our lads. We looked flagged despite Inniscarra being down a man and as they say in boxing parlance, we didn’t lay a glove on any of their flyers. Eoin Maye and Colm Casey exchanged points again and then we put over three in a row by Ml Spillane, Tom Carroll and Niall O Leary but they came at us again looking the hungrier and finishing the fitter to win 0-23 to 1-18.

Look this was a tough one to lose as we had a strong hand at half time. Inniscarra worked tokens well moving their players all over the place and our tracking could be better. We lost our way from a positioning perspective for a lot of that second half and got punished severely. It was interesting that Inniscarra brought on five subs whereas we started and finished with the same fifteen on a sweltering hot day. Easy talk when one is not in the heat of battle. Its over for 2019 but losing is not whether you get knocked down its whether you get back up again. Thanks to the lads for a great effort and to the team management for all the work throughout the year and 2020 is on the way.

Team: - J Barry, C O Neill, C Barry, B Carroll, N O Leary (0-1), S Moroney, D Varner, E Maye (0-1), T Carroll (0-1), K O Leary (0-3), A Fenton (0-1), B Murphy (0-2), D Morrison (0-1), A Spillane (1-3) and Ml Spillane (0-5f). Subs: - J P Murphy, L Moroney, R O Regan, R Fenton, D Tobin, S Fenton, C McCarthy, J O Leary, B O Donovan, C McGann, A O Neill, S Flynn, A O Regan, P Roche and E O Neill.

Minors take Rebel Óg East Division 2 Championship.

Castlelyons 3-13 St Catherines 1-10

There is nothing better than a local derby to bring out the crowds and it showed in Páirc De Bhride last Tuesday evening as there was great support for both Castlelyons and St Catherines in the Rebel Óg East Division 2 Hurling Final. Castlelyons were the favourites as they would have a few players with academy experience, and some would have junior and intermediate experience. Catherines had recent success in the U16 Championship and had a few older lads too. Castlelyons elected to play with the breeze. So, the scene was set as referee Aidan Hyland threw in the sliotar.

Catherines hurled very well and had 0-2 from centre forward Kevin Barry before Colm McCarthy had 0-1 for Castlelyons but Barry hit back with another Catherines 0-1. Castlelyons despite playing with the breeze needed Jack Kenny’s experience as sweeper on a few occasions as there was fair pressure on our backs. We got on top for a while and Colm McCarthy planted a few frees expertly coming in with 0-4 in the first half. He took a right topper of a free into the square that Catherines could not handle and Cees Kouwenberg was on hand to blast a goal for us. St Catherines did not give up and were able to win ground ball as their sharpshooter Kevin Barry made it a total of 0-6 for Catherines in the first half. Castlelyons 1-5 St Catherines 0-6 at the short whistle.

Catherines attacked hard from the start of the second half and their midfielder ran threw for a great goal to put them up 0-1. Our goalie brought off two mighty saves and both teams exchanged points. The game was very even with good hurling up to about the 50th minute when Evan Lenihan gave a lovely hand pass to Richard Morrison to put him in the clear and he bagged a great goal. We took over from there we were on target with some very good scores running out 3-13 to 1-10 winners.

Again, a great team effort from Castlelyons as their big men Shane Cotter, Leon Doocey, Richard Morrison (2-0) and James Kearney 0-3, Jack Kenny (0-1) all hit the high note and Colm McCarthy with (0-9) was deadly accurate from frees as well as having a good game overall. Full marks to the management of Pat O Neill and Willie Casey who also secured the assistance of Niall O Leary and Alan Fenton on the coaching side which showed well. A word of thanks to St Catherines for a fine sporting game as they were well prepared too and sure why wouldn’t they with Denis Walsh at helm. The cup was presented By Sean Twohig Chairman of Rebel Óg East to James Kearney of Castlelyons and James thanked all. Again, a word on the referee Aidan Hyland of Kilworth. He had an excellent and had a full staff of umpires and linesmen which is great to see. Castlelyons minors are out in the county versus Killavullen in early October so more next week.

Panel: P Greaney, D Geary, D Spillane, D Morrison, S Cotter, M O Sullivan, L Doocey, J Kearney, R Morrison, E Lenihan, C McCarthy, J Kenny, O Halligan, G O Neill, I Ryan, I O Sullivan, M Griffin, L Shanahan, C Kouwenberg, A Fenton, and S Casey. 

Castlelyons Camogie defeated in County Junior Final.

Castlelyons 2-5 Ballinora 1-16

After playing second fiddle to Inniscarra in Riverstown we rosined the bow and headed for the Camogie Grounds in Castle Road, Cork for the SE Systems Junior B Camogie County Final as its Castlelyons v Ballinora. Compliments to our supporters despite being disappointed earlier in Riverstown they turned up in style for the Camogie Final. The Castlelyons girls played well in the first and when Gráinne McCarthy buried a penalty in style we were really in it. However, Ballinora with a lot of girls on county teams took the initiative in the second half and ran out 1-16 to 2-5 winners. Well done for to our team and management as they gave their supporters a good year and no doubt will have learned from the final experience to here’s to all the way in 2020.

Results of Weekly Lotto Draw. 

Our weekly club lotto draw was held in the Peddlers on Monday 16th September and the numbers drawn were 2, 8, 12 and 21. There was no winner. There were eight Lucky Dip winners were as follows: - Mary Dorgan, Ciarán McGann, Kay Rice, Daithi Whelan, Mike Spillane, Declan Sexton, Alex Henley and Clodagh Barry

Next week’s draw will be held on Monday 23rd September at 9.30pm in the Peddlers. The Jackpot is still a massive €20,000 so don’t forget your ticket for next week. The results of the Club Lotto are published on both the Avondhu and social media. Thanks to all our Lotto players who support us each week as without you we would not be able to invest in the future of our club.

Imokilly v Sarsfields in Senior Hurling Championship Quarter Final this Saturday

Imokilly play Sarsfields on Saturday evening the 21st September at 6.45pm in Páirc Uí Rinn. This game is part of a double header as Newtown Shandrum play the Glen beforehand. is now fixed for Saturday 21.9.19 at 6.45pm. We have four men on the panel presently in Colm Barry, Anthony Spillane, Tom Carroll and Barry Murphy so let’s hope they feature.

Imokilly had a mighty challenge with Nenagh Eire Óg in Mallow on Sunday morning as there was a fair few lads putting up their hand for a place in next week’s starting fifteen. Imokilly will be strong and it is imperative that they get the best side out. They will need all as Sarsfield have an excellent outfit and remember that their full back line held the Douglas three Cork men of Kingston, Turnbull and Cadogan scoreless in the last ten minutes of their last battle. Incidentally, Carrigtwohill have made the senior semi-final already after defeating Ballyhea and it’s only a few weeks ago Castlelyons defeated them in the league such are the ups and downs of hurling.

Castlelyons GAA Draw.

Tickets are now on sale for this fundraising draw. We have many teams involved in the business end of the championships and there is a serious outlay in repairs and pitch maintenance to cater for an array of teams both boys and girls. The draw will comprise of five euro per ticket with first prize 500 euros, second 300 euros and third 200 euros so we are looking to all members of our committees and clubs giving a handout in sales. The general involvement in and social values of the local GAA Club are invaluable to the local community and we appreciate your support as always.

Community Spirit alive and well in Coolagown.

Coolagown have won the 2019 Anti-Litter Challenge County final in the Villages category. The sole focus of this competition is keeping the place litter free and it takes great effort to be selected much less win this competition. The County Mayor Christy O Sullivan, CCC Chief Executive Tim Lucey and Cllr Frank O Flynn, were on hand to present John Feeney, Pauline Sheehan Kathryn & Eimear Ablett and Orla Finn with the award amidst great celebrations. Congrats to all.

Votes of Sympathy.

At a recent club meeting expression of sympathy was extended to the Lawlor, Clancy, Ahearne, Weldon, Murphy and Waters families. Solas na bhFlaitheas ar a nainmeacha go léir.

Castlelyons Main Sponsor: ZEUS Packaging Group.

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