VHI Cúl Camp

Building on the enormous success of GAA Summer Camps, such as our own in White’s Cross which has operated very successfully for the past four summers, the GAA in association with Vhi Healthcare took the concept one step further with the creation of VHI Cúl Camps last summer.

A nationally co-ordinated programme, VHI Cúl Camps encourage children to learn and develop sporting and life-skills by participating in Gaelic Games, in a fun, non-competitive environment.  The camps will run throughout the entire 32 counties this summer.  White’s Cross GAA Summer Camp, formerly known as the White’s Cross GAA Fun Camp, will again operate under the VHI Cúl Camps umbrella this summer.

The Camp will run from Monday July 2nd to Friday July 6th at the Upper Glanmire Community Association grounds.  All boys and girls attending national school are very welcome.  The grounds is adjacent to Upper Glanmire National School and White’s Cross GAA is greatly appreciative to the Upper Glanmire Community Association for the use of this facility.

As part of the VHI Cúl Camps scheme all participants receive a set of playing gear.  The kit includes a jersey and gear-bag; these will be different to those supplied last summer.  This demands that registration of your child(ren) be completed by an early date so that we can have the right size gear ordered for participants. 

Application forms are now being distributed through the school at Upper Glanmire and will also be available at Hennessy’s Shop, White’s Cross.  In past years we have been very flexible in our ‘closing date’ but we ask that you get in your completed application forms in good time so that we can order the VHI Cúl gear for your child(ren).  Further details can be had by clicking on the icon in the other contacts section of the White’s Cross GAA web-site, the address of which is posted above.

Junior Football Championship 2007

It is hard to believe but the defence of our Junior A championship crown has already begun!  With the historic breakthrough last year still very fresh in the minds, our first team were pitted against St. Michaels, while our second team who had almost pulled off a championship double in 2006 for the club, only to be defeated in the final, were drawn against Brian Dillons.  Thirteen teams compete it out for the honours in both the A and B championships.  However while there is a ‘back-door’ option available to teams in the A Grade who lose their opening round games, no such facility is available in the B Grade which continues on a straight knock-out basis.

Junior A Football Championship

White’s Cross 2-14 St. Michaels 2-4 

The first White’s Cross team illustrated in this opening round clash that they have lost none of the hunger that saw them win last year’s competition, with this comprehensive defeat of St. Michaels at Ballinlough.  However the team will be the first to acknowledge that much stiffer challenges lie ahead, as a poor Michaels outfit appeared content to take the backdoor route. The scorers in chief in this win were berthed in the full forward line.  Full-forward Conor Kelleher opened the scoring with an early point, and added two further points in the first half, but it was the men either side of him who did the damage over the hour.  Bryan O’ Sullivan kicked some delightful scores in his five point haul, while Edwin Buckley notched up two goals and three points.   

Elsewhere John O’ Connell, Eoin Murnane and John Drummy performed well in the central positions, and John Meade and Sean Gorman can also look back on their performances with satisfaction.

We now by-pass Round Two of the competition, where the ‘back-door’ series of games take place, and the remaining teams are put into the hat for the following round of ties.

Junior B Football Championship

White’s Cross 0-9 Brian Dillons 0-7

A sudden break in the run of fine weather at the end of April made for a dour hour of football in this championship clash with our near neighbours.  Buoyed on by the inclusion of a number of A panellists, available to play with this team as they had not played in the previous A encounter, we ground out a commendable victory.  Indeed the experience of these players including Rick Burke, Martin Kelleher, Jonathan Kenneally, Sean and Breandán Murnane, all of whom had won championship medals at the higher level in 2006, showed in the final fifteen minutes of this win.  However it would be incorrect to state these lads should take all the plaudits as it was very much a huge effort from all the eighteen players who tool to the field over the hour.

Captain Padraig Murnane was always in charge in the full-back position, with Thomas Meade and championship debutant Don O’ Regan always in control in defence.  In the wet conditions that prevailed a dependable free-taker would prove a huge asset, and Eoghan Kelleher certainly did not disappoint, as he kicked over four fine scores.  Similarly a strong bench would prove an asset, and the half time introduction of midfielder Breandán Murnae, was a major catalyst in changing defeat into victory.  Having trailed by 5 points to 3 at the short whistle, Murnane came into the fray to give the Cross a decisive edge at midfield, and kicked over two fine points. 

For the record corner forwards Damian Kenneally (2) and Colin Lawless kicked the other three White’s Cross points in a well-merited victory.

Team: Aidan Harte, Thomas Meade, Padraig Murnane (Captain), Sean Murnane, Don O Regan, Martin Kelleher, Brian Murphy, Rick Burke, Jonathan Kenneally, Michael Meade, Eoghan Kelleher (0-4), Michéal Brosnan, Colin Lawless (0-1), Alf McEvoy, Damian Kenneally (0-2).

Subs: Breandán Murnane, John Hegarty, Derek O Connor