And the Games Begin…!

Despite the bitterly cold weather throughout the past three months our Under 12, Under 14, Minor and Junior sides have all commenced competitive action in the month of February.  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 Delaneys at their grounds in Dublin Hill.  Early on exchanges were nip-and-tuck in a free-flowing encounter with both sides exchanging points, and it was level at 3 points each after 15 minutes.  However the dismissal of a Delaneys player for words exchanged with the referee Barry Crean, swayed the contest the way of the reigning champions.  This was compounded by the only goal of the half going to the Cross.  At half-time the White’s Cross manager Finbarr Kiely, who was facing against the club he had donned the jersey of with distinction for many years, instructed his charges to keep the momentum going through the second thirty.  While White’s Cross did lose their way for a 15 minute spell in the second half they finished strongly netting two more goals, and winning out on a score-line of 3-13 to 0-6.

On the same morning, our second side also faced up to a local derby clash, in a meeting with Rathpeacon.  This was also the second string side of the boys in blue, promoted for their successes in the C grade in 2009.  This was a much closer encounter all the way through, with both sides’ defences very dominant.  The decisive score, the game’s only goal, was scored by Damien Murphy, midway through the first half and proved a cushion for the White’s Cross lads all the way through, helping them to a 1-5 to 0-4 victory.  What will worry the White’s Cross management of this side is the lack of fire-power up front early in 2010, because the previous week this team lost out to St. Finbarr’s on a 0-7 to 1-6 scoreline.  Given that this team is down to play the 2009 league and cup finals shortly, Lar Burke and John A Mulcahy will be hoping that the sextet up front will start firing again, and start aggregating scores akin to those registered in the semi finals of these competitions at the tail end of last year.  Here they had defeated Nemo Rangers 4-8 to 1-5 and Bishopstown 2-8 to 1-5. 

Cúl Camp 2010

Dates have recently been confirmed for this year’s White’s Cross GAA Cúl Camp.  This year’s Camp, again sponsored nationally by the Vhi, will run from Monday, June 28th to Friday, July 2nd.  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 at White’s Cross GAA Grounds from 6:30pm to 7:30pm for boys and girls aged 7, 8 and 9 years old.  For boys and girls between the ages of 10 to 12 years, training takes place on the astro-turf at St. Mary’s Kilcully, each Sunday morning from 11am to 12pm.  Finally sessions for 5 and 6 years olds take place in Rathpeacon Community Hall on Sundays from 11:10am to 12:10pm.  If you are considering sending your son/daughter to one of these sessions for the first time they would be most welcome, but we would advise you to confirm arrangements with club coaches first.  This is due to the fact that these dates and times are subject to change, as the weather improves and matches commence etc.  You can contact Richie Sherlock at 0879515364, Ciarán Allen at 0863662914, or Conor Kelleher 0876293430.

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