Under- Age Hurling & Football Matters

With the holidays over and the start of the new school year upon us, now is a great time to get your child(ren) involved in a regular exercise routine! Whether they be new or lapsed members all are very welcome to the weekly White’s Cross GAA hurling and football coaching sessions, which cater for both boys and girls of all ages attending national school.

Throughout the entire summer season the sessions for 5 to 10 year olds inclusive have been taking place on Friday evenings from 6:30pm to 7:30pm at the Club grounds. Training for 11 to 13 year olds inclusive takes place on Sunday mornings from 11am to 12 pm, at White’s Cross also. However we are all excited about moving into a new base for the winter season, now that the outstanding new sports hall at Upper Glanmire is soon to open for business. This huge indoor facility gives us a first class indoor training facility, which will be used for training both hurling and football to all of these age groups. For obvious reasons training times are subject to change when we move indoors. Thus if you are thinking of sending your child up to us for the first time, and not on our group text lists, be sure to confirm the training schedule. Contact Sean at sgcoughlan@gmail.com with your queries.

Watch out also for details of the upcoming registration night also the coming weeks. This is an evening event where we meet with the children and their parents / guardians to ensure that we have correct details on the individual – regarding contact details, guardian details, medical conditions etc.

Our Under 13 football side has come through a very tough group winning 4 of their 6 games to qualify for a league semi final against Crosshaven, which will be played in early September. The team narrowly lost to Dripsey in the championship semi final. The squad will be full of confidence for the league semi final and if they play as they have played all year then this team has every chance of winning silverware this season. This team will also contest the U13 hurling championship final against Dripsey during September and their management team of Ciarán Allen, Ger Hayes and Rick Burke have been preparing this side diligently throughout the entire year

Football Championship Latest

At the time of going to print White’s Cross footballers are busy putting preparations in place for the quarter-final Junior A championship clash with the winners of Nemo Rangers and Na Piarsaigh, who have played out two drawn games to date! Both of these sides are familiar opponents to White’s Cross – indeed when the Cross reached their first Junior A final in 2005 it was Na Piarsaigh put an end to the fairytale ending. However White’s Cross bounced back in 2006 to beat them in a semi final tie. Meantime White’s Cross have met Nemo in the last three years of championship football. In both 2010 and 2009 the Cross got the better hand of them at the semi final stage, while in 2008 it was the lads from Trabeg that we defeated in the final. Nemo beat White’s Cross in a quarter final replay back in 2007.

With the final of this competition pencilled in for the second weekend of September, it’s going to make for a busy couple of weeks for whoever comes out of this quarter final clash, with it likely that they could be playing three games in the competition within as many weeks, that is if they qualify for the final!

Unfortunately our second side came up short in their semi-final clash with Lough Rovers recently. This side, captained by full-forward Alfie McEvoy, have had an excellent league campaign to date, and have qualified for the semi finals of this secondary competition. In the championship they had a fine win over the fancied St Finbarrs which pitted them against more south-side opponents and a duel with last years champions.

On a splendid morning for football the Lough proved too strong despite our valiant efforts. Indeed when captain McEvoy was hauled down for a penalty twelve minutes into the second half and the penalty converted by Conor Kelleher, it spurred a White’s Cross period of dominance. Donal Kelly pumped in a second high ball from his wing-back berth moments later and again McEvoy gathered it and rifled this one to the back of the net himself. All of a sudden White’s Cross had drawn level and were gathering momentum. However the Lough responded with a killer-blow; a goal totally against the run of play. To be fair to the boys in red they showed good craft and guile to get back into the game and kill off the Cross challenge, winning on a scoreline of 4-9 to 2-9. Managers Lar Burke and John A Mulcahy must now refocus their attentions on the league semi final and the Seandún Cup competition.