Our Under 13 hurling team were unlucky to lose out to Dripsey in the County Final. They lost on a scoreline of 3-9 to 1-3 but having trailed 3-7 to 0-0 at half-time, it seemed the occasion had got to our lads but they worked very hard in the second half to restrict Dripsey to 0-2 and tack on 1-3 ourselves. Well done to the entire squad for the energy, determination and enthusiasm they have shown throughout the entire year
Our Junior A football side, champions of the previous 3 campaigns in the City Championship, have bowed out of the 2011 campaign, by virtue of a defeat to Na Piarsaigh in the quarter final. While Na Piarsaigh had three championships clashes in the two weeks leading into this game our boys had not played in fifteen weeks! This invariably led to some ring-rustiness amongst our lads, but it must be said Na Piarsaigh showed a greater hunger and determination, and deserved this victory on the night.
This White’s Cross side has brought huge pride and glory to our area over the past five years. Not alone had they won 4 of the 5 championships between 2006 and 2010, they also have won 3 league titles in that period and have a record breaking 8 McSwiney Cup titles in a row! Indeed, while they might have bowed out of the championship they are still in contention in 2011 for these two other competitions. We wish them continued success.
Meanwhile our own Under 13 hurlers have also been reaching new heights, as they have qualified for their County Hurling Final. A huge semi-final performance against Skibereen at Castletownkenneigh gave them a four point victory, and a final clash with Dripsey. Having defeated us in the Regional Final, Dripsey will enter this final as firm favourites, but our lads under the stewardship of Ciaran Allen, Ger Hayes, Rick Burke and Eoin Murnane will certainly give it everything.
Corner back Ronan Quain has been the standout performer for this team in the big games to date, but he has been ably assisted in defence by Johnny Noonan and Daniel O Hara. Midfielder Billy O Hara is a great athlete, while up front Corey Cambridge and Jack Kiely have caused havoc in opponents’ defences all season. Cormac O Flynn has been deadly accurate from dead balls throughout the campaign. As is commonly said, and indeed well known to all involved in White’s Cross, anything can happen in a final – let’s hope in this one that the form book goes out the window!
Elsewhere our under 10 hurlers have proven that it’s not just the more senior players get to play in the big venues, as they played three big games in Pairc Ui Chaoimh in September. As a culmination of the Feile Spraoi Iomáint summer tournament they played matches against Glen Rovers, Killeagh and Carrigtwohill. Under the GO-Games rules this tournament was all about fun and participation, as opposed to competition, and thus scores are not recorded. Our young side acquitted themselves very well in each of the three games, and would have been secretly keeping scores, keen to point out that they did get a win or two into the bargain!
It’s not all that often All-Ireland inter-county titles come to our locality, at least for
Gaelic games. Indeed All-Ireland titles have been very scarce for Cork in 2011!
However it is with great pride White’s Cross GAA congratulate club member Murt
Kelleher who was part of the Cork squad that won the All Ireland Junior Football title
in late August. Murt was also involved with this side in 2010 but they were defeated
in their Munster Semi Final against Kerry in Killarney, putting a quick end to their
championship campaign back then. However they exacted revenge on Kerry in Pairc
Ui Chaoimh this summer in the Munster Final, having disposed of Waterford in the
semi-final stage, by virtue of a two point margin.
Next up was an All-Ireland Semi-Final clash with last year’s champions Sligo, played
at Croke Park. Here again Cork ground out a good victory by 0-14 to 1-6, to pit them
against Kildare, with Thurles the venue for this All-Ireland decider. This proved a
hugely entertaining see-saw battle, with extra time needed to separate the sides, before
Cork won out 1-12 to 0-13. White’s Cross GAA congratulates Murt and everyone
involved with this All-Ireland success. Indeed it should be pointed out that a second
White’s Cross player Denis O Regan was also part of this panel earlier in the year,
before a cruciate injury sustained in a practice game for the Cork side put an end to
his playing season in 2011. We wish Denis a speedy and complete recovery.
Talking of All-Ireland victories coming to White’s Cross, here’s hoping that a second
will be brought to the area in the coming days, when local lass Elaine Harte lines
out in goal for Cork in the Senior Ladies Final at Croke Park. Elaine played her first
competitive football with White’s Cross, and more than held her own with the boys
at the time! She has been an ever present in this history making side that won five
All Irelands in a row in 2009. The fact they are back in the decider in 2011, having
lost out at the semi-final stage in 2010, is an illustration of the huge character and
determination of this side. Everyone at White’s Cross GAA hopes that Elaine and
the side get another Cork win at Croke Park this season. Indeed the juvenile club has
organised a bus trip to Dublin for the final.