Christmas Draw 2008

Tickets for the White’s Cross Annual Christmas Draw are now in circulation, and as always offer excellent prizes.  This draw is the Club’s main fund-raising activity and thus we are grateful to our many kind sponsors.  Without their support and  obviously the support of those who buy these tickets we would find it difficult to run our small club.

Obviously the money raised also helps finance the registration and insurance of the teams we field each year, from the ages of Under Eight right through to Junior – a cost which has spiralled in recent years.  Thus we would ask you to support this worthy cause, and at the same time put yourself in line to win some prizes!  The draw will take place at the venue of the draw’s main sponsor, the Stirrup Bar, on Monday December 22nd.  Thanks to Eileen and Michael Hennessy for their continued generous support. 
Nollaig faoi shéan is faoi mhaise daoibh go leir ó CLCG Crosoaire An Fhaoitigh!

World Record Holders and All-Stars too!

The past year has also been a great one too for other reasons for other White’s Cross families.  Wing-back on the victorious Junior football side, John Meade, helped break a world record in Cork on the June bank-holiday weekend.  John, along with his running partner Colin Carroll shaved fifteen minutes off the previous world record, which had stood for 10 years, in the three legged marathon.  Maith sibh lads!

Elaine Harte won her fourth consecutive All-Ireland medal, as goalkeeper to the Cork ladies football side in 2008.  While individual awards are always only secondary in a team sport, it is correct and proper, that Elaine’s huge contribution to this all-conquering side be recognised, which it was when she picked up a long overdue All-Star last month.  In fact, only a week or two previous, Elaine brought the Brendan Martin Cup to White’s Cross, along with a number of her team-mates.  Eileen and Michael Hennessy, at the Stirrup Bar, were hosts for this night of celebration for Elaine.

A Time for Reflection…

As the year of 2008 draws to a close, White’s Cross GAA reflects back on another year of success on the field of play, but not without a sense of disappointment too.  There were championship final appearances for our Junior A footballers, our Under 21 footballers and our Minor footballers.  As it transpired only one of these three sides tasted triumph in final battle, but that same side also, the Junior team, were also crowned McSwiney Cup champions, so there are two cups in the trophy cabinet at year end.

Certainly our Minor footballers can have no qualms about their manner of defeat to Bishopstown in the minor decider – they were outplayed by a superior side.  Nonetheless the Club can take heart from the fact that many of these players are minor again in 2009; hopefully next time the charges of Paul Noonan and Jonathan Kenneally can go a step further.

The Under 21 footballers were without doubt involved in the best championship matches the Club played in 2008.  Their two games versus Passage, a draw and a replay, plus the final against Brian Dillons were all packed with incident and excellent football.  While we did lose out to the boys in blue after they successfully converted a last gasp penalty, our side captained by Denis O Regan, can stand tall for their quality of performances in all outings.

The Junior footballers look back on their year with regrets too – their County quarter final defeat to Cloyne, by the minimum margin, disappointed all involved.  Buoyed by consistent performances all season, the team really believed they could progress in the County series.  However the cuteness and doggedness of the East Cork champions proved just too much for us.  History will record it a successful year for our lads nonetheless.  To win a second Junior A football championship title in three years was a great achievement – remember the 2006 success was our first ever success at that grade in the Club’s history.  Team captain Eoin Murnane, in his victory speech, noted too the sense of satisfaction for our Club to win this particular competition, as the Cup for the winners, is named after our former president and great Club stalwart, Joe O’ Callaghan (R.I.P.).  The other trophy won by this side is a cup steeped in history; the McSwiney Cup is named after one of Cork’s great servants – Terence McSwiney.  The 2008 success in this competition was our sixth consecutive title, but as much as we are familiar to winning it now, the initial win in 2003 had been our first ever!

Underage Update

Underage Update

04/11/2008

Following are results from underage game. You will find links to match reports on some of these games as well.

Under 12

Football
White’s Cross 3-04 Ballinora 3-03
White’s Cross 4-08 Delaneys 1-02
White’s Cross 2-04 Carraig Na Bhfear 4-05
White’s Cross 1-06 Gleann Na Laoi 5-03
White’s Cross 1-02 Gleann Na Laoi 3-05
White’s Cross 3-03 Kilmichael 3-05
White’s Cross 1-06 St Oliver Plunketts 5-07
White’s Cross 3-02 Killavullen 4-05
White’s Cross 2-04 Ballygarvan 6-03
White’s Cross 4-07 Gleann Na Laoi 1-08

Hurling
White’s Cross 4-00 Inniscarra 4-04  
White’s Cross 0-01 Ballygarvan 7-05
White’s Cross 2-02 Lisgoold 3-03 
White’s Cross 0-01 Castleyons 8-04
Whites’ Cross 0-05 St Catherines 4-07 

Read reports on some of the Under 12 games by clicking here

Under 10

White’s Cross 3-07 Delaneys 4-02 Report
White’s Cross 1-03 Gleann Na Laoi 3-0 Report
White’s Cross 1-10 Rathpeacon 3-02 Report
White’s Cross 2-09 Rathpeacon 2-05
White’s Cross 4-09 Grenagh 6-03 Report
White’s Cross 4-04 Lisgoold 3-05 Report
White’s Cross 3-04 St Oliver Plunketts 0-03 Report
White’s Cross 8-10 Erins Own 3-05
White’s Cross 5-10 Ballinora 4-12
White’s Cross 2-02 Killavullen 2-02
White’s Cross 2-01 Gleann Na Laoi 3-04
White’s Cross 1-04 Kilmichael 3-05 Report
White’s Cross 0-07 Glenville 3-04 Report

Read reports on some of the Under 10 games by clicking here

Under 8

White’s Cross 1-01 Lisgoold 3-04
White’s Cross 2-02 St Oliver Plunketts 2-02
White’s Cross 1-04 Erins Own 2-04
White’s Cross 1-00 Ballinora 7-02

UNDER 12 MATCH REPORTS

Under 12 football

White’s Cross 3-03 Kilmichael 3-05

This was a very close game between 2 very even sides played at Kerry Pike. White’s Cross did most of the early running but were finding scores hard to come by, indeed with five minutes to go before half time the sides were level; 0-1 each. A goal by Tony O Keeffe settled White’s Cross and they went in at half-time, deservedly ahead. Kilmichael started the brighter in the second and got a number of quick scores. White’s Cross responded, however, and a number of goals including another one by Tony O’Keeffe put them in a commanding position. With Robert McElhinney and Dean Smith lording it at midfield, White’s Cross really should have got more scores and put the game beyond Kilmichael’s reach. They did not do this and were made pay for failing to turn the amount of possession they had into scores. Two late goals won it for Kilmichael.

Under 12 Hurling

Inniscarra 4-04 White’s Cross 4-00

A little bit of history was made at this match as it had been nine years since White’s Cross last fielded a hurling team. To the match itself, it was clear from the outset that Inniscarra had the more hurling done. They dominated the opening exchanges and picked off a number of fine scores. Given the amount of possession enjoyed by Inniscarra in this period, it was no surprise that White’s Cross’ most prominent players were full-back Jack O’Driscoll and goal-keeper Dean Smith. It was not all one-way traffic for long and White’s Cross soon got to grips with the pace of the game. Adam Bransfield and Timmy Crowley drove them on from the back and with Tadgh Murphy and Tony O Keeffe keeping the ball moving in the half-forward line, the inside forwards were given greater amounts of possession. This paid dividends with well taken goals by Cian O Connell and Fergal Reid. For a while it looked like White’s Cross would go on to win the game but a few late goals by a well-drilled Inniscarra outfit gave White’s Cross no chance to come back into the game

Under 12 Hurling

Lisgoold 3-03 White’s Cross 2 02

Two late goals won this match for the home side. Lisgoold led at half time on a score of 1-02 to 0-01 with Fergal Reid, who ran himself into the ground throughout, getting the solitary score for White’s Cross. In truth Lisgoold were well on top and only for sound defending from the likes of Jenny and Emily Hall and Ciarán Quain and they would have been further ahead. In the second half White’s Cross came much more in to the game and dominated for long periods. With Robert McElhinney on top at midfield and Luke Cambridge dominant at centre forward, White’s Cross’ inside forwards got a greater supply of the ball. This greater possession was soon reflected on the score-board when Cian O’Connell’s second goal brought the sides level. Despite the best efforts by the likes of Timmy Crowley, White’s Cross could not get the lead score against a strong and well balanced Lisgoold outfit who deserved their victory on the night.

Under 12 Football

St Oliver Plunketts 5-07 White’s Cross 1-06

White’s Cross started much the brighter in this game and opened up an early 1-03 to 0-01 lead. A few goals before half time knocked White’s Cross back a little and they trailed at half time on a scoreline of 1-05 to 2-03. The second half was all St Oliver Plunketts and, backed by the wind, picked off some superb scores. White’s Cross despite being well beaten battled to the end. They can be proud of their efforts and will no doubt take a lot from the game. While, not to single out any individual, Adam Bransfield had a great game at full back for White’s Cross. What was notable was that he played throughout with two broken fingers.

Under 12 football

White’s Cross 4-08 Gleann Na Laoi 1-07

The opening quarter was a close affair with scores at a premium. Just before half-time the home side got a number of crucial scores with Cian O Connell’s goal being the pick of the lot. O’Connell also tacked on a number of points from frees which meant that White’s Cross led at half time on a score line of 3-06 to 1-05. No team dominated the second half but White’s Cross, driven on by the likes of Luke Cambridge, Fergal Reid and Robert McElhinney, did enough to ensure the victory.

Under 12 Hurling

White’s Cross 0-05 St Catherine’s 4-07

The final result does not reflect the closeness of this game. It was St Catherines’ ability to get a number of early goals that saw them eventually win. When White’s Cross settled at back they managed to get in to the game. Jack Kiely and Tadgh Murphy were rock solid in the full back line and Tony O Keeffe and Adam Bransfield cleared everything that came their way in the half back line. Luke Cambridge and Sam Heffernan worked tirelessly at midfield and set up White’s Cross forwards with plenty of possession. They managed to get a number of fine scores, with the pick of those coming from Fergal Reid and Cormac O’Flynn. They were not able to raise any green flag, however, mainly due to the excellence of the St Catherines goalkeeper and the tightness of their defence.

UNDER 10 MATCH REPORTS

Under 10 Football

White’s Cross 3-07 Delaneys 4-02

This was a close exciting encounter played in Delaneys. White’s Cross started the better of the two sides. Corey Cambridge in particular was causing havoc in the Delaneys backline and he ended up scoring a personal tally of 1-03 in the first half. White’s Cross extended their lead at the start of the second half with some fine scores from Sean Heffernan , Denis Bradley and Colin McCarthy. Delaneys were in the game much more in the second half however and there was never more than just a kick of the ball between the two teams. Indeed Delaneys had White’s Cross on the ropes at the end and only for strong defending from Ross Murphy and Padraig Cloran Delaneys would have sneaked it.

Under 10 Football

White’s Cross 1-03 Gleann Na Laoi 3-00

Goals win matches. Gleann Na Laoi’s ability to take their goal chances when they came along was the difference between the two teams at the end. White’s Cross started the brighter with Sean Heffernan and Cormac O Flynn rattling over 1-03 between them. At the other end Ronan Quane and Kate O Callaghan stopped the few attacks that Gleann Na Laoi had. The second half saw Gleann Na Laoi come into the game more and more and they took the chances that proved to decisive at the end. Try as they might the White’s Cross forwards could not get the scores needed in the second half. Gleann Na Laoi hung on for a narrow but deserved win.

Under 10 Football

White’s Cross 4-04 Lisgoold 3-05

This was an absorbing game of football played at the Lisgoold venue. There was never more than one score between two very committed sides. Lisgoold were out of the traps early and were driven on by superb performances from the likes of Sean Power, Liam Stack and Sean Nagle. The home side got the opening two points. The visitors responded, Corey Cambridge and Cian O Donovan began to win their individual battles and supplied the inside forwards with greater amounts of possession. This paid dividends with goals from Sean Kelly and Sam Heffernan. The action ebbed and flowed before half time and both teams got a number of scores but it was Lisgoold who led at half-time on a score line of 2-04 to 2-01. The second half proved to be as intense as the first half with both teams continuing to give it their all on a very warm evening. White’s Cross started the better of the two teams and with a reshaped forward line got a number of crucial scores. Killian Hall at full forward and Fiachra O’ Connell and Denis Bradley, in a reshaped half-forward line, got fine individual scores, with Hall’s and O’Connell’s goals proving to be the decisive scores. Lisgoold rallied, however, and came back fighting and a fine individual goal by their centre-forward Ciaran Cashman put them right-back in it. Try as they might they could not get the equalizing scores. White’s Cross lived nervously at the end and only for a number of saves from goal-keeper Billy Cronin and last-ditch clearances from Jack Kiely and Padraig Cloran the home side may well have won. As it stands though, White’s Cross hung on for the win. Every player on view deserves to be complimented on their performance and their contribution to what was a very entertaining game played before a sizeable crowd

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Under 10 Football

White’s Cross 4-09 Grenagh 6-03

A draw was a fair result in a game where, at different stages, both teams looked like they were going to win comfortably. Credit must be given to both sides for the way they clawed themselves back into the game. White’s Cross started the better of the two sides and raced into a 1-04 to no-score lead. Fiachra O’Connell was at the end of White’s Cross’ best moves in this period where he kicked three superb points from play. Grenagh soon came into the game and, mainly through their ability to get goals, actually led at half-time. The second half started the way the first half finished and it was all Grenagh. It was now the home side who were facing a large deficit. That soon changed with a number of positional changes. Cormac O Flynn moved to midfield where he had a big influence on the game, Chelsea Thomas Jack Kiely and Killian Hall got tight at the back and at the other end of the field the scores began to flow. Sean Kelly’s goal was the pick of the bunch.

Under 10 Football

White’s Cross 1-10 Rathpeacon 3-02

Only a superb save by White’s Cross’ goalkeeper Colin McCarthy denied Rathpeacon at the end of this very close encounter. The game was almost a carbon copy of the Grenagh game with White’s Cross again tearing into an early lead. The forwards were well on top in this period with Mark Wallace and Corey Cambridge winning an amount of ball that was translated into scores. Nearing half time White’s Cross led seven points to no-score. Rathpeacon got a goal near half time to give them a life-line. The second half was a completely different game with Rathpeacon doing most of the scoring and White’s Cross backs were really under pressure. White’s Cross moved Billy Cronin and Denis Bradley back to help to quell the tide and they along with the rock-solid Ronan Quain helped to steady the ship for White’s Cross. A goal by Sam Heffernan, who also hit the underneath of the post twice, put White’s Cross marginally ahead at the end. But only for that superb save by McCarthy it would have been Rathpeacon that would have ended the game victorious.

Under 10 Football

White’s Cross 3-04 St Oliver Plunketts 0-03

The final result which saw White’s Cross win by ten points was deceptively large. Though the led for most of the game, it was only in the last ten minutes where White’s Cross pulled away to get the crucial scores which included a fine point by Mark Wallace and a goal by Sam Heffernan. White’s Cross led at half time by 1-02 to 0-02. St Oliver Plunketts piled on an awful lot of pressure after the break and only for resolute defending from the likes of Kate Turpin, Padraig Cloran and Ronan Quain prevented them from getting back in to the game in terms of scores. Eventually White’s Cross got back on top and got the scores that proved crucial in the end

Under 10 football

White’s Cross 1-04 Kilmichael 3-05

A very strong Kilmichael side ran out easy winners in the final of the Kilmichael/Tarelton blitz. The first half was all Kilmichael and they lead convincingly at half time. It might have been more if it had not been for some outstanding defending by Ross Murphy. In the second half White’s Cross came much more into the game. Aaron Kent was on top in midfield and a number of scores from Kate O Callaghan and Cormac O Flynn ensured that the home side lived nervously for a while. In the end though, Kilmichael had done enough to merit victory by seven points.

Under 10 Football

White’s Cross 0-07 Glenville 3-04

Glenville started this game the brighter and got a number of early goals. In truth they dominated the first half and were full value for their 3-03 to 0-01 point lead at half time. White’s Cross only score came from a penalty after Sean Kelly was dragged down as he was about to score a goal. The second half was a different story, however, and White’s Cross came right back into the game. Ryan and Craig O Connell were outstanding in this period for the away side. Despite coming close on a few occasions they could never get the goal that they needed to go on and win the game. Glenville ran out deserving winners in the end.

UNDER 8 MATCH REPORTS

Under 8 Football

Lisgoold 4-02 White’s Cross 0-01

The final score may suggest that Lisgoold were easy winners but the truth is that they did not have it all their own way. Given that this was White’s Cross’ first match together, the performance was more important than the result. It was the home side’s ability to get the scores that proved to be decisive in a game where both sides enjoyed almost equal amounts of possession. A goal by Jason Collins and points by Shane McEvoy were particularly fine scores while Lisgoolds star performers were Eoghan Ruane and Diarmuid Ward. White’s Cross had a number of outstanding performances also. Peter Twomey at centre back had a mighty game and Gavin Cronin’s top performance at midfield was rewarded when he scored a fine point. Likewise if the likes of Aaron Wallace, Luke Murphy, Robert O Driscoll, Cathal O Flynn and Marie Coffey can repeat their performances then it will not be long before this team registers a win.

Under 8 football

White’s Cross 1-01 St Oliver Plunketts 1-01

As the result suggests this was a very close and exciting game. White’s Cross will be disappointed, however, that they did not come away with a victory given that enjoyed the greater share of possession. They were not able to convert their chances into scores that would have won the game. Aaron Wallace, Peter Twomey, Luke Murphy, Robert O Driscoll, Katelyn Hall and Martha Quain were all outstanding for White’s Cross.