In recognition of being the first captain in the forty-nine year of history of the White’s Cross club to lift a Junior A Championship Cup, Murt Kelleher was recently awarded the Glanmire and District Monthly Sports Award. A Waterford Crystal trophy was presented to Murt by Mary Fitzgerald, proprietor of the Fitgerald’s Vienna Woods Hotel at a lunch function attended by over 30 guests at the hotel. Amongst those in attendance were Lord Mayor Cllr. Michael Ahern and Lady Mayoress Eileen Ahern, Garda Sergeant Bill Daly; the judging panels members Teddy McCarthy, Pat MacAuliffe and Lillian Zinkant; as well as members of the White’s Cross Club.
Our Minor footballers qualified to represent the City Division in the County Championship Quarter Final after their convincing victory over Delaneys in the City Final. Here they met Castletownbere at Aughaville. In a most entertaining hour of football, White’s Cross emerged victorious over the boys from the south-west peninsula by 4-9 to 1-9. A hat-trick of goals from star-forward Johnny O’ Shea, swung this encounter in our favour. Others to shine on this day included Michael Osborne, Richie Sherlock, Ian Lee, Jonathan Scanlon, Paddy Mullins and Dylan Burke. The county semi-final paired us against Kilmurry at Ballygarvan. A dreadful start saw the Kilmurry lads race into a six point lead at half-time. However our lads really put it up to the Kilmurry lads in the second half, with strong performances from Denis O’ Regan, Dylan Burke, Colm Keane, Paul O’ Sullivan and Shane Cahill. It was not to be however and we lost out to the side that one week later went on to win the county final.
As the year of 2006 draws to a close, White’s Cross GAA looks forward to reaching a milestone in the coming year, as the Clubs celebrates fifty years in existence. As part of the golden jubilee celebrations, a dinner dance will be held on Friday March 9th at the Vienna Woods Hotel, Glanmire.
It is fitting then that on this evening of celebration there will be lots of reason to rejoice. This will be the night on which the Junior footballers of White’s Cross will be presented their Junior A Championship medals, having won this championship for the first time in the Club’s history last August. This team added to this fete by winning the A League title by defeating Brian Dillons 2-13 to 1-9 in the league decider. This is the Club’s third time winning this particular A-grade title, 1994 and 2001 being the previous successes. These two cups will be on proud display at top-table on March 9th and accompanying them will be the Minor B Championship trophy won by our eighteen year old footballers. And we are not finished yet – the Junior A footballers go for a four-in-a-row success in the McSwiney Cup, which would give them a clean-sweep of all the competitions in the City Division, while the Minors have also topped their league to qualify for the semi finals of this competition.
The Junior A footballers who lost out to Courcey Rovers in the quarter-final of the County Championship on a score of 1-11 to 1-6, bounced back quickly to defeat Dillons in the league decider. This game played in splendid sunshine at Ballinlough proved a very entertaining contest and the Dillons’ lads competed vigorously to add this scalp to their Junior A hurling Championship success earlier this summer. They rattled the White’s Cross lads with a goal after seven minutes to lead 1-2 to 0-3, against the wind. However White’s Cross responded and quick goals from Conor Kelleher and a splendid Edwin Buckley strike, put them back in the driving seat. Dillons continued to tack on their scores and at the short whistle trailed by only three points, 2-5 to 1-5.
Facing into a strong wind in the second half, Finbarr Kiely had his charges well focused following his half-time chat, and Kevin Buckley knocked over an early point. This was quickly cancelled out by a Dillons equivalent but White’s Cross then entered a second golden period. Four unanswered points put the game beyond Dillons reach but this had as much to do with the tigerish defending of Sean Gorman, John O’ Connell, Eoin Murnane and John Meade at the opposite end of the field.