Under-Age Annual General Meeting

For the past decade and more White’s Cross GAA Club had marshalled both adult and juvenile affairs by means of the one club committee.  However ahead of the 2011 season, and 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 this separate committee recently held its second Annual General Meeting where they reviewed their first 12 months in office.  The election of officers was completed as follows:
Chairperson: Mike O Flynn (returned)
Secretary: Sean Coughlan (returned)
Treasurer: Teresa Quain (newly elected)
Communications Officer & School Liaison Officer: Imelda O Connell (returned)
Registrars: Pauline O Callaghan (newly elected) & Joan Twomey (returned)
Child Protection Officer: Elaine Ryan (returned)
Additionally ten others members will form part of the general committee.  On behalf of the adult club, the chairperson Pat O Callaghan congratulated the outgoing officers on their Trojan work in 2011, and assured them of the continued full support of the adult committee.

In his Chairperson’s Address, Mike O Flynn recorded with pride the great strides this fledgling club had made in the previous 12 months.  Mike spoke of the many under-takings that had been initiated and completed by the committee, all of which were centred around the needs of our juvenile membership – whether it be: improvements and refurbishment of dressing-rooms, up-grading of storage and playing facilities; first-aid training programmes; coaching of coaches programmes, etc. Mike also recounted some of the highs and lows of the on-field performances across all of the different teams, concluding that it had been a very satisfactory year.

In the Secretary’s Report Sean Coughlan overviewed exciting plans for the erection of a hurling wall at the Club grounds, and informed the meeting that drawings had been completed and that the Club was ready to make its planning submission.  Sean also overviewed the proposed management structures for each of the juvenile teams, catering for ages all the way from 5 to 16 years inclusive, in both football and hurling

Cúl Camp 2012

Dates have recently been confirmed for this year’s White’s Cross GAA Cúl Camp.  This summer’s Camp, sponsored nationally this year for the first time by Kellogg’s, will run from Monday, June 25th to Friday, June 29th.  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 new sports hall now in operation at the Community Centre, it means that we have an outstanding indoor facility available to us on a rainy day!  Not that the rain has ever deterred us before – in fact this particular sports camp has been running for the past nine summers and we have never postponed a day of our camp for any reason – long may this continue!  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 Championship Draws 2012

It is not the Cúl Camp alone that has seen a change in sponsorship – the Seandún Board have also brought on board a new sponsor for their Junior Football Championships.  This year the title sponsor for the competitions at the three grades is Sports Turf Solutions – a pitch maintenance and golf course contractor.  In the Junior A championship White’s Cross have been pitted against Bishopstown, a side they have not played in championship action in some years now.  However the B team have very familiar opponents, as they too meet a southside outfit, St Finbarrs; a side they also played in the opening clash of last year’s campaign.  That time White’s Cross snuck a win against the firm favourites and they will no doubt be out for revenge this time around in what continues to be a straight knock-out championship.  Losers of first round clashes in the A grade championship are afforded the luxury of a back-door encounter.

St. Finbarrs footballers are all too familiar with White’s Cross opposition as already at this early juncture in 2012, their Junior A side have met our equivalent in two competitive football games.  The first played in January, and documented previously, was the McSwiney Cup final which had been held over from 2011.  However more recently they also kicked off their respective 2012 league campaigns against each other.  On both occasions White’s Cross emerged victorious.  However the recent league win was a very close encounter as White’s Cross ground out a 0-15 to 0-11 victory, having trailed on two occasions during the second half of a see-saw encounter.  Edwin Buckley fired over some splendid points in this win, whilst elsewhere Michael Osborne put in a very good performance in what was his first outing at this level in the centre-field position.  Billy Sheahan, did well to keep a clean sheet as he was far busier in this encounter than he had been in the previous meeting