Aghada GAA Notes
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U21 A HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP – 1st Rd – Aghada 3-17 v Bride Rovers 3-19; Castlelyons 29/7/2017
An incredible performance by Cork U21 player John Looney, who amassed a personal tally of 2-13, 1-8 from play, wasn’t enough to get Aghada past an excellent Bride Rovers side in Castlelyons on Saturday last. Aghada raced into a 7 point to 2 lead with 12 minutes gone. Looney had 5 of these scores, with Jack Mc Donald and Luke O’Connell getting the other 2. Slowly however Rovers found their feet and started to dominate possession around a crowded middle third. The next 12 minutes belonged to the Rathcormack outfit. They outscored Aghada 7 points to 2 in this period to even things up on the scoreboard. All bar one of these scores came from placed balls, and it was a failing of Aghada’s right throughout the contest that they conceded far too many scoreable frees. Bride Rovers varied their free takers, but all were accurate and they hit 13 points from placed balls – 12 frees and 1 ’65. That ’65 was on 20 minutes and it came after a point blank save from Aghada ‘keeper Ciaran O’Shea, and then the Aghada defence scrambled the rebound out for the ’65. The Aghada scores were two John Looney frees, one from distance and one after Luke O’Connell, who was playing well in the corner, was fouled in possession after taking a good pass from Marcus Leahy. Charlie Terry pointed from play after 25 minutes after Looney played a short free to him. From the puc out however Bride Rovers struck for the 1st green flag of the night, when they scrambled home a soft goal. They pointed a minute later and now after being 5 down they were a goal to the good. This lead didn’t last long however. Aaron Stafford fed Charlie Terry and he in turn set Looney off and the talented forward rifled home a great goal to the back of the net. The Aghada net minder was called on to make another good save on 30 minutes and then Looney had the last say of the half when he pointed from play to give Aghada the slenderest of margins at the break.
Aghada had the wind behind them in the 1st period and fortunately the wind died in the second half. Another John Looney free after being fouled himself, opened the scoring on resumption. But in truth it was Bride Rovers who started the better and had the Aghada full back line under severe pressure. They rattled the crossbar with a goal attempt on 4 minutes. On 6 minutes they won a penalty but yet again O’Shea saved Aghada with a smart save low to his right. But this was only delaying the inevitable and the Aghada defence was breached twice more in the next two minutes and this time the Rovers forwards made no mistakes and rattled off goals number 2 and 3. 4 points down, yet again it was Looney who grabbed the game by the scruff for Aghada. Now operating at centre forward he somehow managed to score 3 points from play in under 2 minutes. On 16 minutes Bride Rovers scored a fine point from play to lead by two. Charlie Terry was now operating on the edge of the square and he plucked a Jordan Tynan clearance out of the sky on 15 minutes before bearing down on goals and finishing one handed to the roof of the net. Aghada had the lead again but it was for less than a minute as Rovers equalised from a free and it was a real ding dong battle between two impressive and evenly matched teams. The Aghada half back line of Darragh Murphy, Jake O’Donoghue and Aaron Stafford were now playing well. Looney pointed from play and Rovers hit 2 more frees before the next major score. Charlie again plucked a ball out of the sky and this time was held back as he went in on goals. Looney, who else, buried the penalty. Both sides then exchanged points and with 5 minutes to go Aghada led by 2 points 3-17 v 3-15. However we wouldn’t score again. Shane Dorney picked up a second yellow on 27 minutes. Rovers pointed the resulting free and with the numerical advantage kicked for home. 3 points in the next 3 minutes, 2 frees, 1 from play gave them a 2 point lead as the game headed into added on time. Aghada never gave up and earned a 21 metre free on 31 minutes. This time Looney’s effort was easily saved, but the standout player wasn’t finished yet as he got through on goals one last time but the Bride Rovers ‘keeper was equal to his effort. From this clearance the final whistle sounded and Aghada were out of this year’s championship at the 1st hurdle. A great effort that ultimately came up just short but well done to all involved.
Aghada Team and scorers – Ciaran O’Shea, Kyle O’Shea, Mark Healy, Shane Dorney, Darragh Murphy, Jake O’Donoghue(capt), Aaron Stafford(0-1, 1f), Jordan Tynan, Jack McDonald(0-1), Daniel Creedon, Charlie Terry (1-1), Kalen O’Donoghue, Luke O’Connell (0-1), Marcus Leahy, John Looney (2-13, 1-5 f). Sub Used Mathew Leahy.
Intermediate Hurling League Division 2 – Aghada 5-21 v Castlemartyr 1-10; Castlemartyr 30/7/2017
Aghada won an important 2 points in this year’s league when they had a very comprehensive victory over neighbours Castlemartyr on Sunday last. The 1st half was competitive enough, but Aghada pulled away with ease in the second period. Cian Fleming continued his rich vein of form to bring his goal tally to 5 in the last two games and also hit 10 points to amass a very impressive personal tally of 2-10. Will Leahy, cousin Marcus Leahy and Charlie Terry raised the other 3 green flags. Good news also for the hurling management as Shane Wall, David Rice, Alan Morrissey and Pearse O’Neill returned to action after injuries.
Aghada team and scorers – Trevor O’Keeffe, Jake O’Donoghue, John O’Connor, Tim Hartnett, Billy Hennessy(0-1), Tom O’Neill, Shane Wall, Ger Melvin(0-1), Jordan Tynan, Jack McDonald(0-1), Will Leahy(1-2),Ronan Kennedy(0-1), Cian Fleming (2-10, 4f, 2’65), John Looney(0-3), Daniel Creedon(0-1). Subs Used – David Rice, Charlie Terry(1-0), Aiden O’Connell, Marcus Leahy(1-0), Richie Condon, Alan Morrissey, Paudie Wall(0-1), Pearse O’Neill.
JB Hurling league Aghada v Russell Rovers, Wednesday 2nd August, 7:30pm in Shanagarry.
We have been drawn against Kildorrery in the next round of the intermediate hurling championship. Last year’s beaten finalists will be a tough opponent. No date for this fixyure as of yet.
Congratulations to Joy Cope from Whitegate who was the lucky winner of our second jackpot last Thursday. Joy won €4,000 on the night by matching 4 numbers in the 2nd jackpot draw. Well done Joy!
The main lotto Jackpot is a whopping €20,000!! Get your ticket for only €2 and be in with a chance of winning the jackpot. The draw takes place on Thursday night the 3rd of August in The Long Point. If the main Jackpot is not won, a second draw will take place for €2,000.
Kelloggs/Aghada Cul Camp 2017
Last week Rostellan GAA Grounds was a hive of activity for the annual Kelloggs/Aghada Cul Camp where 180 Boys/Girls enjoyed a full/fun programme of events in our fantastic facilities promoting FOOTBALL/HURLING SKILLS in a safe and friendly setting. Camps are ALL about meeting new friends, priority is FUN and trying out NEW challenges. Aghada COOL CAMPERS enjoyed extra activities such as parachute ball control, obstacle boot camp bouncing castle, Ball in a basket, making GIANT Bubbles, target sponge water board, Lego design your GAA sport equipment/hero, walk on beach to collect shells for craft display, Mega disco display, face painting, GAA quiz and talent show ETC!!!
Thanks to our committed 26 Coaches/Helpers (ALL registered with AGHADA GAA CLUBS) who displayed a full week of understanding of inclusion while promoting their knowledge of their sport to ALL who attended Camp.
On Monday we welcomed Shane Supple Cork GDA to our camp and he met each group as they enjoyed their skills.
On Tuesday we had a visit from Kellogg’s Rep. Katie Redmond who checked out the structures, guidelines and facilities which were in place for our camp. We were delighted to receive such positive comments on how Kelloggs/Aghada Camp was being organised to promote this National Event.
On Wednesday we were delighted to have Cork GAA Star Alan Cadagon and Aghada/Cork Rose of Tralee Aishling O’ Connor to Rostellan. Alan spoke to ALL Campers about the importance of being involved in sport. He also enjoyed a session of Question and answers and joined Aishling in a SIGNING of the jersey slot. A presentation on behalf of Aghada Cul Camp was made to Aishing and Alan and every best wishes to both in the weeks ahead.
Thanks to Ber O’ Shea who attended daily as a volunteer providing her nursing/first aid skills to those with a TINY scratch!!!!! Thanks to everyone that dropped down to pitch and helped in anyway with camp and to Aghada GAA Club for the excellent amenities that once again is a credit to so many on committees and grounds personnel, who give of their time to promote the GREEN/WHITE on and off the field.
We as voluntary coordinators of Kelloggs/Aghada GAA Cul Camp over the past three years would like to thank everyone that helped in succeeding to promote our GAMES/CLUB to our future STARS. Thanks Gill Berry – Vera Terry. Support Club LOTTO/Club Shop. Profits go towards Development of Grounds.