Aghada GAA Juvenile News.
Hi folks, hope all is well and the miserable wet weather we have been experiencing has not dampened your spirits. Our u17 football final fixed for last Sunday evening fell by the wayside but we did manage to get some games played in the horribly testing conditions. To give an idea how bad the playing conditions were, Nemo Rangers senior football team won their championship game on Saturday against Clonakilty 5 points to 4 on a weekend where scores were at a premium. The good news is that leading forecasters are predicting better weather for October with the possible return of sunnier conditions to warm up the country. Met Eireann’s own extended long-range forecast is showing high pressure set to nudge into the southeast next week bringing temperatures just slightly above average, if this happens it will be very welcome indeed. The GAA special congress takes place this Saturday in Croke Park with a total of 11 motions to be voted on by delegates at GAA headquarters. Motions bring a lot of debate and we put our trust in leadership and people elected to come to the correct decisions. Trust is no small thing, when we put our trust in anyone or anything, we literally depend on them not to let us down. Perhaps this is why trusting is sometimes very difficult to do. Also, from the other point of view the responsibility of being depended upon can be a heavy burden. Trust is a two-way thing- it does not come easy – it has to be earned. This is true in Relationships – in business – in sport – in all cases.
U13 Football final.
Aghada 0-2 Bride Rovers 4-5
On what was a miserable day for football with swirling wind and driving rain at the Mayfield venue we never hit the heights we are capable of and had to give second best to our stronger opponents whose physicality and size were more suited to the horrible conditions. We lost our talisman David Murphy to an early first half hand injury and this robbed us of our main scoring threat. We wish David a speedy recovery and hope to see him back in the green jersey as soon as possible. We started well into the teeth of the wind with David bringing a great save out of the rover’s keeper. He did put us ahead shortly after from a free that was won by the tenacious Lorcan Evans. Our opponents with the wind at their backs went route one kicking long deliveries into their full forward line and managed to score 2 goals that were easily avoidable. We trailed at the break 2-2 v 0-1 and with the wind at our backs for the second half we still felt we could turn it around. This did not materialize however as the rovers still held the upper hand and we were finding it difficult to break down their stubborn defense. Midfielder Jack Kelleher did manage to kick a score, but this game was well over before the final whistle. Although hurt by the defeat this group of players have had a tremendous year to date going unbeaten in the league all summer as mentor Padhraig O Loughlin said at the end of the game you win or you learn and today we learned and if we are receptive to it, maybe we learn more from a defeat like today than any of our victories all summer. Wise advice indeed, onwards, and upwards. Team & scorers Harry Burgoyne, Leon O Connor, Dylan Kearns, Darragh Callanan, Colin White, Donncha Walsh, Dara O Brien, Jack Kelleher 0-1 Cormac Cashman (captain) Marcus O Loughlin, David Murphy 0-1f Sam Ahern, Lorcan Evans, Rian O Brien, Ben Duggan. Subs all used Mike McCrae, Cathal Lowney, Bobby O Riordan, Tim O Hanlon, James Irwin, Maidhc Collins and 3 players missed the game Finbarr Alcock, Eoin Kirrane and Darragh Crowley and we wish them a speedy recovery.
U12 Hurling League.
Aghada (2) 4-2 Carrigtwohill (2) 1-3
The young players on both sides were tested to the limit in extremely difficult conditions in Rostellan on Sunday morning. If you wanted a character-building exercise then this would be it as the hurling by the teams was exceptionally high despite the heavy rain, driving wind and slippery underfoot conditions. We played into the strong wind on our main field that was blowing down from the clubhouse side. Both teams gave it their all and after a very competitive first half we were behind at the break 1-0 v 1-2, our goal coming from a superbly struck free from our dependable center back Dara Kelleher. The mentors made some shrewd moves for the second half, the first saw goalkeeper Cathal Lehane turn from Goalkeeper to Goal poacher as he made a fantastic save in the first half and within minutes of his introduction to the forward line, he found the net with a crisp strike. He struck goal number 2 following up on a well struck shot that was saved to raise another green flag. Michael Creedon who was busy throughout shot over a fine point and then the second move that finally killed the game saw Seán Walsh relocate from full back to full forward where he caused endless problems and billowed the net after a great catch. The mentors will be delighted with the application and work rate of the whole team who gave it their all on a day where you would hardly put the cat out. Team & scorers Cathal Lehane 2-0, Daniel O Neill, Seán Walsh 1-0, Eoghan Condon, Andrew Walsh, Dara Kelleher 1-1, Shay Casey, Rory Casey, Seán O Sullivan, Mason Sheehan, Michael Creedon 0-1, Corey O Leary, Darragh Kenny, Robbie O Hanlon, Bobby Creedon, James Connolly.
Our u10 Hurling and Football parish leagues continue to thrill and excite with the group stages in hurling concluded. Inch will play Ballybrannigan in the final with White Bay facing Guileen in the plate on Friday 6th October. The football group stage concludes this Friday starting at 6pm and with the scores very close it is all to play for.
A super Saturday in Football takes place this weekend as our u17 Football final against St Michaels has been refixed for 12pm in Dungourney and our u12 second team are in the Shield final later that day 6pm against Midleton (2) in Rostellan. It goes without saying your support for both these teams would be great and we wish the respective managements and players the very best as they try and bring silverware to the club.
The fundraising blitz and family fun day organized by our fantastic Gaelic for mothers & others group in aid of our good friend and clubman Seán Kenny and his family for Seán’s ongoing battle with cancer and the huge recurring costs involved, is taking place from 1.30pm on Saturday 7th October. This promises to be a brilliant day of fun for all the family as well as the exciting G4M&O blitz taking place on the day. Your support on the day would be greatly appreciated.
Sat 30th Sept Rebel Óg East u17 Football championship Final Aghada v St Michaels 12pm Dungourney.
Sat 30th Sept Rebel Óg East u12 Football Final Aghada v Midleton 18:00 Rostellan.
Mon 2nd Oct U12 Football League Youghal v Aghada 18:30 Youghal Top Field.
Slán go fóill
Be seen wear the Green.
Ár nDícheall Go Deo.