And the Games Begin…!

Despite the very cold weather throughout January and February, our Under 12, Under 14, Under 16 and Junior sides have all commenced competitive action in the past couple of weeks.  We will now take a brief look at the early endeavours of the two adult football teams.

Our first set of Junior players got their league campaign off to a winning start with victory over near neighbours Rathpeacon.  In a keenly fought contest early goals from  the two corner-forwards Paul O Sullivan and Conor Kelleher, gave White’s Cross an early cushion.  Outside them good work from Paddy O Brien, John Drummy, John Meade, Seanie Murnane and James Cooney all kept pressure on the opposition in Blue.  White’s Cross won out on a score-line of 2-10 to 1-6.

One week later, this team found the going much tougher against a young St. Michael’s side.  While White’s Cross led by 9 points to 4 at the short whistle they were fortunate to hold out in the end for a draw, on a scoreline of 11 points each.  Positives from this encounter included the performances of Murt Kelleher, Kevin Buckley, Peter O Driscoll and Seanie Gorman, as well as a substitute appearance from Donnacha Murnane.  Donnacha was making his first appearance to competitive action in over 12 months having recovered from a serious knee injury.

On the same day, across town in Trabeg, our second Junior football side also played out a draw!  Against the hosts Nemo Rangers goals from Jonathan Kenneally and Damien Murphy were crucial in giving our lads a share of the spoils.  Others to play well in this game were Kevin Fennessy, Paul Finnegan, Sean Keane and William Casey.

In their previous outing, this White’s Cross side had a fine 1-12 to 2-6 victory over Douglas.  Jason Kelly and Con Kelleher made very welcome returns to the White’s Cross jersey in this encounter, and both acquitted themselves very well!  Others to impress here were Don O Regan, Richie Sherlock, Darragh Keane and Padraig Murnane.   

Cúl Camp ‘09

Dates have recently been confirmed for this year’s White’s Cross GAA Cúl Camp.  This year’s Camp will run from Monday, June 29th to Friday, July 3th.  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. 

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 coaching sessions taking place all year round.  Currently sessions take place each Friday evening in Rathpeacon Community Hall from 7pm to 8pm for boys and girls aged 5, 6, 7 and 8 years old.  For boys and girls between the ages  of 9 to 12 years, training takes place in the same venue on Sunday mornings from 11am to 12pm.   As the weather improves these sessions will move outdoors again, but given the Irish climate, we are not going to make any predictions as to when that might occur.  Thus if you are considering going to these sessions for the first time, and thus not on the contact list, we would ask you to confirm arrangements with club coaches first – incidentally new recruits are always welcome!  You can contact Richie Sherlock at 0879515364 or Ciarán Allen at 0863662914

Victory Dinner Dance

White’s Cross GAA recently celebrated their successes in 2008 with a most enjoyable dinner dance in the Vienna Woods Hotel.  Guest of honour on the night was local hero Elaine Harte, winner of her fourth consecutive All Ireland medal in 2008, accompanied by her husband John Doyle.  Complimenting Elaine on her exploits in his chairperson’s address, Pat Reid also singled out Elaine for praise on winning her first All-Star and Munster Council Ladies Footballer of the Year awards in 2008. 

Other guests attending on the night included Secretary of the Seandún Divisional Board, Donal O’ Connor and his wife; Fr. Ted Sheehan C.C. and club vice-president.

In her speech, Elaine recounted her debut to football, at the behest of her father Tom who was involved with many White’s Cross teams over the years.  On this particular day Tom had Elaine line out on a White’s Cross under-age team to fill a vacant position – kitted out in yellow wellingtons she recalled!  Her efforts on the day warranted an investment in a pair of football boots and thus began the footballing career of one of Cork Ladies greatest!  Elaine presented medals to those involved in the Championship and McSwiney Cup successes of 2008.

Later in the evening the draw took place for the Friends’ of White’s Cross GAA Fundraising Draw.  The first prize of 2,000 euro went to Sandra O Donovan, formerly of Lisnahorna, White’s Cross. The second prize of 1,000 euro went to Joe Galvin of Ballymacelligott, Tralee and the third prize of 500 euro to Theresa Ring, Kilcully, White’s Cross.  The fourth and fifth prizes were both kindly sponsored by the Fitzpatrick’s Vienna Woods Hotel, and were won by Ger and Ann Brady, Lisnahorna, and Larry Bracken, Ballyphilip, respectively.  White’s Cross GAA is greatly appreciative of all who supported this draw, and made it a most worthwhile fundraising initiative.