Hurling Triumph

Our sister club Whitechurch had an emphatic victory with their second side in the B hurling championship final recently.  Under the captaincy of Dave Buckley, this side fought its way to the final with victories over Brian Dillons, Ballinure and Mayfield.  However they were pitted in the final against a Na Piarsaigh side seeking a three-in-a-row.  Moreover it was a side who had ended our teams championship aspirations in 2 of the previous 3 seasons.

This time however Whitechurch meant business and a tigerish defence, superbly led by keeper Shane Cahill ensured Na Piarsaigh found it difficult to score.  The O Drsicoll twins, Pat Foley and Padraig Murnane were simply inspirational, while at the other end Barry Leahy, Mike Meade, Brian O Sullivan and captain Buckey all looked lively.  However it was the defence that can take credit for a commanding 6 point lead at the short-whistle 1-5 to 0-2.  This Na Pirsaigh side had never before struggled for scores and it was hard to believe that they only added 2 more scores in the second thirty.  Meantime Barry Leahy went on a scoring spree, giving a man-of-the-match performance, to give a score-line of 1-12 to 1-3.  Congratulations to all involved.

Six in a Row…!

Contrary to a local newspaper report that stated White’s Cross had denied Brian Dillons their fifth McSwiney Cup title in a row recently, the win actually gave White’s Cross their six final win in this competition on the trot.  Where this newspaper reporter had attained her statistics is unknown but her description of the game’s proceedings were correct and accurate.  An early goal from Conor Kelleher, after an incisive run from Edwin Buckley settled the Cross.  Indeed Buckley was a real thorn in the Dillons rearguard early on, and when his namesake Conor scored a fine goal after 20 minutes, there appeared to be no way back for the lads in blue.  White’s Cross led at the short whistle 2-5 to 0-3.

However games with Dillons over the years have always been nip-and-tuck and they competed gamely in the second period.  At one stage in fact they reduced the margin to 4 points, after a period of their pressure was rewarded with a goal.  White’s Cross did not  panic and tacked on a couple of more points to secure a 2-13 to 1-10 victory in a fine hour’s football.  Incidentally this victory has earned many of these White’s Cross lads their tenth football medal in the past eight years – 2 championships, 2 A league crowns and 6 McSwiney titles – not a bad medal haul!

This victory acted as some compensation perhaps to White’s Cross who lost out to the same opposition 7 days previous in the final of the Under 21 Football Championship.  Fresh from 2 exciting semi-final games with Passage, the latter seeing us win out by the minimum margin 3-9 to 2-11, after a draw the first night, White’s Cross faced the reigning champions with quiet confidence.  Again the entertainment in the final was top class.  Dillons caught the White’s Cross defence napping with an early goal, and this proved to be a difference between the sides for much of the game.  However a screamer of a goal from captain Denis O Regan brought White’s Cross right back into contention.  When full-forward Johnny O Shea rose high to collect the ball and bury another goal, it looked as though White’s Cross might take the lead for the first time.  However the referee pulled back play and awarded a penalty instead.  Ace marksman Paul O Sullivan planted it in the net again – we led by two with normal time almost up!

However in the third minute of injury time, and to be fair to the referee there had been a number of stoppages, Dillons were awarded a dubious penalty.  The adjective used here was chosen not alone by the biased author of this report, but also by the neutral journalist covering the game for the Evening Echo!  Heartache for White’s Cross as Dillons buried this penalty too and try as we might, we were not able to break them down again.  Congratulations to Brian Dillons on this win and the subsequent hurling triumph giving them a nice double!   

Bicentenary Celebrations

On reading the above heading one might be inclined to think that White’s Cross GAA is getting a step or two ahead of itself – afterall it was only last year we celebrated our 50th Anniversary, and here we are speaking about bicentenary celebrations!  However, as most will know, the celebration we are speaking about here is that of St. Michael’s Church.  Yes indeed the current Church at Upper Glanmire has proudly celebrated reaching this mile-stone in past weeks.  Its doors were opened to the country and beyond in consecutive Sundays in the past month or so, with RTE Radio broadcasting Sunday Mass live from the Church.  One former club member recounted hearing the Mass at their home in London!  The occasion was also marked when Bishop John Buckley celebrated Mass on a recent Saturday evening also.  

White’s Cross GAA compliments everyone involved in marking this occasion.  It is a dangerous thing to go listing people for praise, as you are always sure to leave out someone, if you are that someone please forgive us!  Well done to; the priests of the Parish Dr. Noel O Sullivan and Fr. Ted Sheehan; to each of the other priests and nuns who joined in the Masses; to the bicentenary committee; to the pupils, teachers and parents at Scoil Naomh Mícheal for the lovely singing and the project they produced on the history of the Church; to the I.C.A. who produced a lovely spread in the Community Centre after the Bishop’s Mass and to everyone else who participated.

Well Done Elaine and co.

White’s Cross GAA Club congratulates the Cork Ladies Senior Football team on their recent All-Ireland Final victory.  This joust with Monaghan presented the Cork team with their fourth title in a row.  In particular we are proud of the Rockbán contingent involved in this Cork squad Elaine Harte and Valerie Mulcahy.  

Vital to the success of this team, and an ever-present throughout, has been goalkeeper and local lass Elaine Harte.  Elaine, who has also played soccer at international level, started out her footballing days in White’s Cross, with her father Tom very involved in the Club.  She often lined out on White’s Cross under-age teams and was able to hold her own against the lads, and help fashion out White’s Cross victories! She also assisted her male counterparts on the Sciath na Scoil sides while a pupil at Scoil Naomh Micheal, Upper Glanmire. Indeed she has brought the Brendan Martin Cup on a tour of the school in recent times.

Heartiest congratulations also to Síle Burns and Caitríona Foley on their All-Ireland success with the Senior Camogie side.  Both these ladies, another Rockbán pair, also have connections with White’s Cross GAA.  Each of them has acted as coaches at our Cúl Camps in recent years.  Well done and thanks girls!

Table Quiz

White’s Cross recently held a most enjoyable social night at the Stirrup Bar.  This table –quiz was very well attended and thanks are due to Michael Hennessy for allowing both his lounge and bar be occupied by the teams of four!  Quiz-master Eoin Murnane managed proceedings very well and ensured the night ran off very smoothly.  A tie for first place ensued at the end of the 8 rounds of 10 questions between the Quain team of Kilcully and the Ryder team from Douglas.  After a number of sudden-death questions the first prize went out-foreign to Douglas!  White’s Cross GAA would like to thank all involved in this most successful night – in particular we would like to thank all who attended.  Also to the hard-working ladies committee(Anne Reid, Geraldine O Driscoll, Rosemary O Connell, Joan Twomey, Noreen McCarthy and Danielle Hegarty) who organised the entire event from start to finish – mile buíochas daoibh go léir!