As the year of 2007 draws to a close, White’s Cross GAA looks back on reaching a milestone in the past year, as the Clubs celebrated fifty years in existence. The key event celebrating the golden jubilee was a dinner dance held on Friday March 9th at the Vienna Woods Hotel, Glanmire. This proves an excellent night of fine dining and entertaining enjoyed by 280 Club supporters.
It was fitting that there was additional reason for celebration on the night, in that the all-conquering Junior footballers were presented with their Championship, League and McSwiney Cup medals from 2006.
Other key highlights from the year past included the medal presentation to our Minor football champions of 2006, at a function held in the Boothouse Bar, Upper Glanmire. The presentation by the Club of a new cup, in memory of Joe O’ Callaghan (RIP) for the Junior A Football Championship was another fine achievement, and indeed a nice recognition of Joe’s huge role in our Club.
The Club also played its first ever game on ‘foreign soil’ in 2007, when the Junior footballers travelled in a party of 26 to London. The Club also played its first competitive Junior game under floodlights in 2007. For the record both of these games ended in successes for White’s Cross the former against intermediate side Tomás McCurtains and the latter against near neighbours Carraig na bhFear.
However our second game under lights which took place recently, also at the Delaneys venue, was not so satisfying as we came up-a-cropper against keen rivals St. Vincents. This was in the semi final of the A League and the northside boys finally got one over us. They had suffered defeat at our hands on many, many occasions in past years, and more recently in the 2007 and 2005 McSwiney Cup finals; the 2006 Championship final and various league encounters. This time they showed much greater appetite than the White’s Cross lads and aided by two early goals led throughout the game.
White’s Cross tried valiantly to eat into the early lead but found it impossible to break down the Vincent’s rearguard. Each time we tacked on a hard-earned point or two, Vincents were back with a well-worked reply and won out very deserving winners on a 2-9 to 0-9 score-line. Thus White’s Cross relinquished our league crown but no one could begrudge St. Vincents this title when they had a big victory over Nemo Rangers in the final.
The most of two goals also defeated our second Junior string in the B League semi-final against Lough Rovers. However in this game the decisive scores were scored in the final minutes of what proved to be a rip-roaring contest with the southsiders winning out 3-7 to 1-8. This brought down the curtain on another busy year of football for White’s Cross GAA at adult level. However the action is still going on, with many of these lads looking forward to another tilt at a league title – this time the hurling encounter with our sister-club Whitechurch. This was after a very convincing semi-final win against Douglas 1-18 to 1-11. At the time of going to print the result of this final was unknown but hopefully they revenged the defeat of 2006, at the hands of the same opposition, Ballinhassig.