Cúl Camp 2011

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 27th to Friday, July 1st. As has been the case in the past number of years the venues for the Camp will be White’s Cross GAA Grounds and the Upper Glanmire Community Centre. With the exciting building developments progressing very nicely at the Upper Glanmire Community Field, it will mean that there will not be the same green field space available to us there that had been previously. However this will be more than offset by the beneficial impact of such an outstanding indoor facility being adjacent to us on a rainy day! White’s Cross GAA would like to acknowledge the on-going support of the Upper Glanmire Community Association in making their facilities 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 and via the club web-site

Junior Start-Up 2011

It was the second White’s Cross junior outfit that commenced formal competitions for the 2011 season on Sunday, February 6th with a fixture versus Nemo Rangers in Trabeg. The cobwebs accumulated over the close-season were hampering our lads early on as Nemo raced into a four point lead. Eventually the Cross settled, with Alfie McEvoy showing very impressively at full-forward. Outside him Darragh Keane also began to exert a big influence on the game, and scored a goal and two points of the White’s Cross tally. Elsewhere Kevin Fennessy, George Osborne and Padraig Murnane all dominated their opponents and helped us grind out a one point victory, 1:10 to 1:9. A win away to Nemo is always a good victory and the ideal tonic to kick-off 2011. One week later however, at home to Na Piarsaigh, our lads were reminded they would not be having all things their own way for the new season, and paid the price for some wayward shooting, losing out 12 points to 6, in another fine game of football.

Our first junior fifteen also kicked off 2011 with a winning start, in a comprehensive victory away to St. Vincents. There have been some real nip-and-tuck encounters with Vincents over the past 10 years, but on this occasion, the Saints were not up for the battle, and once Brendain Murnane slotted home a first half goal, there was only going to be one winner. Others to dominate in this 3:12 to 0:7 victory were Denis O Regan, Eoin Murnane, Edwin and Conor Buckley. Bigger battles lie ahead…

Under-Age General Meeting

For the past decade and more White’s Cross GAA Club has marshalled both adult and juvenile affairs by means of the one club committee. However after considerable negotiation, it was decided that a separate committee needed to be put in place to steer under-age matters, to ensure that proper attention is given to the increasing numbers of teams participating with White’s Cross at juvenile level.
Consequently at a recent meeting officers and selectors were chosen for the 2011 season for the under-age club. Officers of the adult club presided over the election process, and the following is a list of the members chosen for office:

Chairperson: Mike O Flynn
Secretary: Sean Coughlan
Treasurer: Rupert Aitken
Communications Officer: Ciarán Allen
School Liaison Officer: Imelda O Connell
Registrars: Geraldine O Driscoll & Joan Twomey
Child Protection Officer: Elaine Ryan
General Committee: Peter Docherty, Marion Delaney, Conor Kelleher, Michelle Whooley, Ger Hayes, Teresa Quain, Richard Kelleher.
The chairperson of the adult club, Pat O Callaghan congratulated the officers, and assured them of the full support of the adult committee. In his opening address, the incoming chairperson Mike O Flynn commended the work that had been done with the under-age club in the previous number of years. He paid particular praise to Paul O Donovan who had been instrumental in revitalising the under-age structures for a number of years, before he headed to London with work. Mike expressed the wish that the committee would ensure that the club’s under-age coaches could concentrate on coaching matters, without being side-tracked with off-field matters.
The new secretary Sean Coughlan proposed that under-age training for those 10 years and younger commence back formally from the last weekend of February, with the under 15s and under 13s already back in action. A number of the newly selected coaches enrolled in an official GAA Coaching Programme being held on the third weekend of the month.