Championship Triumph in Local Derby!

With six straight wins recorded in the Junior A football league thus far, our first-team Junior footballers entered their opening round game of the 2008 Capco CPD Football Championship in confident mood.  However, given that it was near neighbours Rathpeacon that we were pitted against, we knew that we would get nothing easy!  In a dour encounter, played before a reasonable crowd at city headquarters, Ballinlough, White’s Cross advanced to the third round on a 0-13 to 1-4 score-line.

The performance itself was no where near the show put on six nights previous in the A league encounter with Nemo Rangers, which saw our lads put on a masterful show, winning out by 1-13 to 0-4.  Then again, as White’s Cross sides know only too well, championship football is a different ball-game altogether!  Mix in with that a tussle, where major bragging rights are at stake, and you will rarely get free-flowing football!  In the championship clash, our full-back line of Victor O Sullivan, Kevin Fennessy and Sean Gorman, was always in top, bar for the well-taken goal which the Blues scored just after half-time.  At the other end of the field it was evident that the speed of our half-forwards, Paul O Sullivan, Conor Buckley and Paddy O Brien was causing Rathpeacon problems but this advantage was not always converted into scores.

And Another 2008 Championship Victory!

Our Under 21 footballers have also entered championship fray in the past month.  On a wet and dreary morning, White’s Cross got off to a blistering start against St. Michaels.  Playing with a wind advantage, they had early points from wing-forward Paul O Sullivan and inspirational 45 metre free-kicks from captain, Denis O Regan.  Minor Chris Long also stepped up to the plate and gave our lads a real upper-hand, when he reacted well to goal from a rebound after 20 minutes.  Elsewhere Sean C Burke won two vital frees, which were also converted for first-half points.

Facing into an increasingly strong wind in the second period, it was time for the defenders to knuckle down.  When Micheals scored a goal, immediately after the restart from a direct ball into their full-forward, our lead did not look nearly so impressive.  However great credit must go to  Conor McAuliffe, Ian Lee, Brendáin Murnane, and Richie Sherlock for their excellent defence-work.  Sherlock,in particular, deserves special mention for the sheer tenacity of his defending and his willingness to put his body on the line to win the ball – gach uile liathróid!

VHI Cúl Camp 2008 News

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 five summers, the GAA in association with Vhi Healthcare took the concept one step further with the creation of VHI Cúl Camps in 2006.

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 June 30th to Friday July 4th at the Upper Glanmire Community Association grounds.  All boys and girls attending national school are very welcome.  The grounds is adjacent to UpperGlanmire 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 will be distributed shortly through the school atUpper 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 by June 1st so that we can order the VHI Cúl gear for your child(ren).