Football coaching for boys and girls between 6 and 10 years of age continues each Sunday morning in the Sports Hall at Old Christians RFC, Rathcooney from 11am to 12pm. Now for another geography lesson to get there take the left turn immediately above the Upper Glanmire Community Centre and continue along this road to where it forks off left and right. There is a farm-house on this fork and here you stay right, leaving the town-land of Ballyphilip and heading into Rathcooney. You take the first left (which is located just before the Grave-Yards) and head down there for two hundred metres approximately, where the entrance to Old Christians, is located on your right. New players are most welcome, after-all it is for you that we have prepared the directions! If the directions have left you confused (or worse still no where near Rathcooney on any Sunday morning!) please contact Conor at 087-6293430. Encourage your son(s) and or daughter(s) between these ages to come along to these sessions where the emphasis is on fun and enjoyment. These sessions will move outdoors in the coming weeks, when the weather improves, so if your crew are not able to attend this week or next, but would like to join up, contact Pat at 4821070 in advance to confirm venue, in case we have moved to the great outdoors! Our Under 13 and Under 15 footballers have also commenced preparation for the 2006 season, with the latter side tasting defeat in their opening league encounter against Ballinora. The Under 13 team have been training for the past number of Saturday mornings, with the Under 15 team training on Thursday evenings. These teams would also welcome new blood, whether it be new to the locality or those who want to get back playing football and / or hurling. Again, encourage your son(s) to come join in the fun! Contact Eoghan at 086 1053966 for details on the Under 13 team and Paul on 085 7237732 for information on the Under 15 side.
The 2006 season is now in full swing for all the adult White’s Cross teams. The Junior A football at the time of print have played the opening two rounds of their league. The opening round saw us beat St. Michaels on a score-line of 1-11 to 0-5. The Blackrock side, who were seeking compensation for a 2005 championship semi-final defeat to us, had no answer to Donnacha Murnane who was in inspirational form kicking over 6 points. However the following Sunday we came up a cropper to Douglas who defeated us 1-10 to 0-9. Next up in the league are Brian Dillons and Na Piarsaigh, the latter being the side who defeated us in the 2005 championship final. Our second junior sides have won one game, drawn one and lost one in their 2006 campaign in the Junior B league. We defeated Douglas with Martin Kelleher guiding the team on from his mid-field berth. One week later we had a 1-5 to 0-8 draw with Nemo Rangers, with Don O Neill scoring a fine goal. However the Barrs beat us 1-9 to 0-9 in our most recent encounter, despite the best efforts of Aidan Harte, William Case and Eoghan Kelleher.
The Minor football management, under the continued guidance of selectors Paul Noonan and Jonathan Kenneally saw their charges off to a winning start with a nail-biting victory over Ballymartle. It required a last minute Shane Cahill goal to earn this victory by 3-6 to 3-3. This goal also ensured a hatrick for Cahill who also tapped over two points, with all scores from play. The following week Shane proved that this form was no flash-in-the-pan as he netted another two goals against St Finbarrs to help our side to a 4-4 to 2-8 victory. Of course Shane’s father Dominic comes from the footballing strong-hold of County Kilkenny so it is obvious where he is getting his “natural born talent” from when it comes to the big ball! Jonathan Scanlon, the Osborne brothers George and Michael, Paul Harte and Richard Sherlock have been others to impress in these early wins for our minor footballers