White’s Cross GAA Vhi Cúl Camp 2010

A summer full of Vhi Cúl Camps kicked off in the past week, and one of the first into action was that hosted by White’s Cross GAA. One hundred and thirty-five boys and girls, between the ages of five and thirteen years of age, attended the White’s Cross camp. As part of the Vhi sponsorship of the Cúl Camps, each participant received a jersey, shorts, socks and kit bag on the first day of the camp.

Each day the coaches and their assistants taught participants the skills of hurling and football, with an emphasis very much on fun! Participants later used mini-games to exhibit the learned skill from the earlier session. In the second half of the day participants then switched games and those that played football in the morning kitted out in their helmet and hurley and vice-versa.

Over the years a key highlight of the White’s Cross camps, which have been running now for the past eight summers, has been the visits of inter-county GAA stars. In past years inter-county hurlers including Tom Kenny, Cathal Naughton and Shane O Neill have called to the White’s Cross venue, while Graham Canty, Nicholas Murphy and Daniel Goulding are just some to have represented the Cork footballers. This year was no different and again it was a great place to be for the autograph hunters! Elaine Harte, goalkeeper of the Cork senior Ladies Football side was a member of the coaching staff, and on the Wednesday she brought along the National League Cup won by Cork earlier in the year. Corner-forward on the Cork hurling side Patrick Horgan also attended, while wing-back on the Cork football side Paudie Kissane was on-hand on the final afternoon to present the participants with their medals.

White’s Cross GAA is very grateful to the Upper Glanmire Community Association and Scoil Naomh Michéal N.S. for the use of their facilities for the week. The Club also thanks all who provided support of one form or another to make this Camp the success it was, and most of all the team of over twenty coaches and assistants, who worked diligently and enthusiastically the entire week.

Comhgairdeachas!

White’s Cross GAA extends its congratulations to Murt Kelleher on lining out with
Cork against Kerry in Killarney, in the Munster Junior Football semi-final. Murt
played at midfield in the sweltering heat of Fitzgerald Stadium in a game that acted
as current-raiser to the drawn senior encounter between the same two counties.
Despite Kerry winning out on a 1-12 to 0-9 scoreline, Murt acquitted himself very
well throughout the 60 minutes, and indeed kicked a fine point from play 18 minutes
into the second half, to waken the Rebels out of the slumber that seemed to overcome
them after a fine first half performance. However this down-time proved too great a
hill to climb and Kerry progressed to the Munster final.

Congratulations also to wing-back on our football side John Meade who came in
12th position in the recent Cork City Marathon. John caused quiet a stir at this same
marathon some years back when he, along with running mate Colin Carroll, broke
the world record for the three-legged marathon, and their record still stands today.
However John managed to eclipse their record-breaking time of 3 hours 25 minutes
set in 2008, all on his own in 2010, finishing in 2 hours 44 minutes. Maith thú John.

Finally, heartiest congratulations to Upper Glanmire National School on being
recently awarded the Green Flag. Green-Schools, known internationally as Eco-
Schools, is an international environmental education programme, environmental
management system and award scheme that promotes and acknowledges long-term,
whole school action for the environment. The aim of Green-Schools is to increase
students’ and participant awareness of environmental issues through classroom
studies and to transfer this knowledge into positive environmental action in the school
and also in the wider community. Schools that have successfully completed all the
elements of the programme are awarded the ‘Green-Flag’. White’s Cross GAA are
delighted to have a green flag flying high in the locality! Well done also to the girls’
football team who won their recent Sciath na Scoil final, to follow on from their
success in the camogie the previous year.

Quiet Month for the Big Ball!

The month of June, as it typically does in the barony of Seandún, has proven a
non-eventful one in the junior football calendar. Instead concentration was very
much focused on hurling affairs and preparation for opening round championship
encounters. This year our sister-club Whitechurch were pitted against Bishopstown
in the first round of the Junior A Championship, while the second team also met
southside opponents, Ballyphehane in the JB equivalent. On a splendid sunny
morning at Ballinlough, despite only leading by 2 points at the break, the first fifteen
turned on the style to easily win out 2:18 to 1:4. Two goals from minor Sean Keane
deflated Bishopstown, while commanding performances from Sean Gorman, Eoin
Murnane, James Cooney and Conor Buckley swung the encounter our way. Next up
will be a clash against northside opponents, against the winners of Delaneys and St.
Vincents.
Three days later, and buoyed by the availability of a number of A panellists, as no
substitutes were required versus Bishopstown, the second fifteen had an equally
convincing victory over Ballyphehane on a scoreline of 1:17 to 0:3. The mean
defence of Pat Foley and the Osborne brothers, ensured that keeper Shane Cahill had
a handy hour. However, with reigning champions Na Piarsaigh up next, this side
knows it will not have such an easy time of it again. Since 2006, the Fairhill side
have ousted this team from the championship each year, at the quarter final or semi-
final stage, bar one. That was 2008, a year when Piarsaighs were going for a three-in-
a-row; however Whitechurch shattered this dream with a convincing win over them in
the final. Let’s hope for more of this in 2010!
Attention is now focused back on football matters with White’s Cross down to
play Douglas in a third round championship clash on Tuesday, July 6th at 7:30 in
Ballinlough. With White’s Cross short at least three regulars, due to holiday and
work commitments abroad, they will be very much up-against-it, versus a very useful
Douglas outfit. The two clubs are the only pair of teams unbeaten in the 2010 league,
and thus the current form is good for both sides. It is being billed as the crunch-tie of
the championship thus far.