Dates for the Vhi Cúl Camp

Dates have recently been confirmed for this year’s White’s Cross GAA Vhi Cúl Camp.  This year’s Camp will run from Monday, June 30th to Friday, July 4th.  As always the venue will be the Upper Glanmire Community Field and indeed White’s Cross GAA would like to acknowledge once more the support of the Upper Glanmire Community Association in making this facility available.

Each day of these camps, which have been run by White’s Cross GAA for the past six years, the coaches and their assistants work on developing new skills in a fun and enjoyable way.  Participants later use mini-games to exhibit the learned skill from the earlier session.  In the second half of the day participants then switched games and those that played football in the morning kit out in their helmet and hurley and vice-versa.

As part of the Vhi sponsorship of the Cúl Camps in 2007, each participant received a trendy jersey, shorts and socks and kit bag and fluid bottle on the first day of the camp.  While there has yet to be confirmation on the gear provided for 2008 it is expected to be along the similar generous lines!

So, for the moment, take a note of the dates, and plan the family holidays around them!  The application forms will be made available in the coming months and will be distributed through the school at Upper Glanmire, as well as various other points in the locality.
In the meantime there would be no better preparation for your child(ren) for the Camp than the weekly football coaching sessions taking place at the Upper Glanmire Community Field.  These sessions take place each Sunday morning from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm.  These sessions are open to anyone aged between 5 and 11 years , with both boys and girls very welcome.

With the harsh and wet rain of recent months hopefully well behind us now, it is the ideal chance for your child(ren) to get in some valuable exercise in the open air.  The emphasis is on fun, as the children learn the skills of our great Irish game, and what better way to have fun than in the company of one’s own friends!  Please do encourage your child(ren) to come along any given Sunday, and let them make up their own minds after that!

Adults Back in Action Too

At the time of print our Under 15 footballers are preparing to make their debut in this year’s Under 15 league, while our Minors (Under 18), and both Junior teams have already commenced league action.  Our second string Junior football  side and their minor counterparts have found the early going tough, with both tasting nothing but defeat in their opening encounters.  The Minor side will take heart from their battling display against Crosshaven in their most recent outing, even if they did lose out by two points.  Here the two Keanes – Darragh and Sean, along with Barry Harnedy worked very effectively in the central positions, while Shane O Sullivan made some timely interceptions in the corner-back position; while Joe Leahy fought earnestly for the entire hour at the opposite end of the field.  It was unfortunate that Ruairí Murnane picked up a leg injury in this outing and the Club wishes him a speedy recovery.  

We hope it will be nothing as serious as that of his brother Donnacha, who has been side-lined for the year again with his cruciate knee injury.  This is a serious blow not alone to Donnacha personally, but also to both Junior A Hurling and Football squads, which he is a crucial member of.

Talking of Murnane’s, we congratulate Éoin who has been appointed captain of the Junior A football team for the 2008 season.  Indeed his team has won both its opening league ties, long may this unbeaten run continue…!  In the opening round of the League we were pitted against near neighbours Rathpeacon.  In a dour and error ridden encounter, as is often the case so early in the season, White’s Cross won out in the end 1:15 to 0:06, with the goal punched home by Johnny Kenneally.  However the final score-line does not do justice to our arch rivals, who fought gallantly for much of the game, but simply could not get scores on the board, and ran out of steam late on.

In the second game the standard of football improved remarkably as we saw off Bishopstown on a 2:13 to 3:5 score-line.  Leading by 5 points to 3 at the short whistle, we were given a real cushion at the start of the second period, when Kevin Buckley and Conor Kelleher scored goals.  When these were complemented by points courtesy of Conor Buckely and Stuart Kiely it looked as though a rout could be on!  However Bishopstown fought back courageously and stung Billy Sheahan’s defence for three of their own goals to bring it back to three.  With all the momentum now with the Town side, wing-forward Brian Murphy steadied things nicely once more with a sweetly struck score putting two scores between the sides again.