White’s Cross GAA extends best wishes to Seandún in the Cork County Senior Football Championship clash with UCC this evening (Thursday) in Pairc Ui Rinn at 7:30. The Seandún side is captained by White’s Cross centre-back Eoin Murnane, and other White’s Cross players chosen in this year’s divisional panel are Billy Sheahan, Murt Kelleher, Conor Buckley, Edwin Buckley and Bryan O Sullivan. Go n-éirí an t-ádh libh a bhuachaillí!
Our 13 footballers have had two fine wins on the trot in recent weeks with wins over Grenagh and Ballyphehane, while the under 14s have also had football league success on their most recent outing with a comprehensive win against Clondrohid. These opponents will be back on the billing again soon, and looking for revenge, as we will meet each of them in the hurling leagues.
In the early minutes of this game neither side were giving away many opportunities for scores. The Whites Cross defence stood firm in the opening exchanges as Grenagh looked to pile on the pressure. Seamus Quinlan in goal was ably assisted by corner back Zack Hurley, captain Johnny Noonan at fullback and Ronan Quain in the pivotal position at centre back. Midway through the first half the Cross boys rallied, Cormac O Flynn at midfield opened the scoring with a pointed free and followed this up with a point from play after a sweeping move. Corey Cambridge also decided to get in on the scoring act with a well taken point. However White’s Cross, playing with a strong breeze at their backs, needed a sizeable lead going in at half time and the all important score came from Jack Stuart in corner forward when he buried the ball to the back of the net. Before the short whistle was blown White’s Cross got another goal superbly taken by Corey Cambridge, which saw the Cross lead at half time 2-4 to 2 points. The second half was a war of attrition. Grenagh came back very strong; they started the second half with two well taken points and managed to goal in the early stages of the half also. White’s Cross didn’t rest on their laurels however and finished the game off when Sean Kelly got a great goal from a piece of individual brilliance. Before the game was finished Jack Stuart added his second goal and Ross Murphy chipped in with his own pointed score from play.
The u13’s followed up their win against Grenagh with a comprehensive win over Ballyphehane, by 7-10 to 1-2. They had grown in confidence from their previous victory and wanted to ensure they followed this up with another. Again there were strong performances throughout the team most notably from Denis Bradley, Ryan McCarthy, Adam Kent, Harry Fitzgearald and Gavin Cronin.
The u14 team played their second match of the league campaign on St Patrick’s weekend. Right from the off the lads were well in control of this game. The O’ Connell cousins Ryan and Craig were causing havoc in the full forward line for the entirety of the game. Ryan got 1-2 in the first half and was showing very well for the ball, likewise Craig got in on the scoring act with an opportunist goal before the closing stages of the game. The defence was completely on top with Padraig Cloran, Aaron Kent and Colin Sisk making it near impossible for the Clondrohid lads to break down. Jack Kiely in goal gave a very commanding performance with well varied kick outs and was very strong under the high ball. Billy O Hara in midfield was in total domination and never stopped running from start to finish. Cillian Hall was another to put in a great shift over the course of the game. This was a well-rounded performance and huge credit must go to the players and coaching staff on this victory.
White’s Cross GAA made their reappearance in adult hurling after an absence of eleven years on Wednesday, 21st March 2012. In the intervening years the game has certainly evolved – the last time our club fielded a team in adult hurling competition helmets were not compulsory and the concept of playing a junior hurling club game under floodlights was a pipe-dream! However, arising from the decision of Whitechurch GAA club last December to suddenly end the amalgamation arrangement in place between the clubs at adult level since 2001, White’s Cross are back competing in both GAA codes at all age groups.
Thus we found ourselves up in St Vincents grounds, under floodlights, for an opening round fixture of the Junior A Hurling League. Pitted against a team that had been competing at intermediate grade until recent seasons, our novice team went into the clash as rank outsiders. In the early stages of the game everything seemed to be going to script as Vincents raced into an early four point lead. The team manager Finbarr Kiely, along with selectors Dominic Cahill, Johnny O Sullivan and Pat Reid tweaked around their side with various positional changes and this helped stem proceedings somewhat. Finally White’s Cross got on the scoreboard with a point from midfielder Conor Buckley. This followed soon after by a goal from centre-forward James Cooney who raced through the Vincents defence and buried the ball to the keeper’s left. However the Saints recomposed themselves and by half-time led 0-10 to 1-2.
Whatever was said by Kiely at half-time certainly worked and the Cross came out in the second half with renewed energy. The introduction of Thomas Meade also had the desired impact as he won important ball. Elsewhere Murt Kelleher battoned down the hatches from his centre-back berth whilst behind him Sean Gorman ensured Vincents never really threatened net-minder Shane Cahill. Conor Buckley was converting mighty scores from placed balls and all of a sudden with 10 minutes remaining the sides were level! Vincents did jump back into the lead, only for White’s Cross captain Donnacha Murnane to reply with an outstanding score, after good work from his brother Eoin. Three minutes left and all to play for – was it too much to dream of such an upset on opening night! The short answer is that yes it was – Vincents converted a late free, their tenth score from a placed ball, to win out by the narrowest of margins 1-10 to 0-14.
White’s Cross will take great heart from the performance, and whilst there won’t be any outlandish dreams of landing big titles at this level anytime soon, we will endeavour to ensure our opponents will always know they were in a game.
The White’s Cross team for this game was: Shane Cahill, Sean Murnane, Sean Gorman, Derek O Connor, Kevin Buckley, Murt Kelleher, Barry Murphy, Donnacha Murnane (captain), Conor Buckley, Eoin Murnane, James Cooney, Donal Kelly, Jason Kelly, Conor Kelleher, Richie Sherlock. Substitutions: Thomas Meade for Sherlock (h/t); Dave Buckley for J. Kelly (50 mins, injured); Ruairi Murnane (blood sub); Seamus Reid; Martin Reid; Paul Walsh.
WHITE’S CROSS TEAM BUILDING & ACTIVITY DAY
Kilworth Woods, Saturday April 21st 2012
We have organised a fun and challenging team building day in Kilworth Woods. Learn the value of working as a team, overcoming challenges, respect for others – and having fun at the same time! The day will include:
· Transfer by bus from White’s Cross to Kilworth Woods — depart 9:00 am
- Team Games
- Physical challenges
- Mental challenges
- Return by bus to White’s Cross by 4:00 pm
Their motto is “Strengthen the Heart to Power the Mind”
As the club is covering 50% of the cost the price per child will be no more than €15 (depending on numbers going).
You will need to bring – Towel, change of clothes and a healthy packed lunch
For further details contact your coach and the deadline for applications is Friday March 16th
A final decision to proceed with this activity will be made after March 16th and depends solely on uptake
Join your friends and team-mates to make this a great day out for the club!
Pictures from the CUH where White’s Cross GAA handed over a cheque for 6,272 euro to the Aid Cancer Treatment (ACT) charity at the hospital, money raised from our Carrántuohill climb. This money will be made available to Ward 2D to continue the great work this unit does on an on-going basis to maximise the comfort of its patients.
Pictured at the hand-over are representatives of White’s Cross GAA (and indeed all were part of the mountain climb party) are Marion Delaney, Sean C Burke, Martin Kelleher, Pat O Callaghan & Conor Kelleher. Helping them to hand over the BIG cheque are juvenile members Danny Linehan, Sean Delaney and Ciarán Aiken. Also included are hospital staff at the CUH including Eileen O Riordan (Ward 2D) & Mary Murphy (ACT).