Team Building and Activity Day in Kilworth Woods

On Saturday April 21st a group of 29 players from White’s Cross Juvenile GAA Club went on a ‘Team Building and Activity Day’ in Kilworth Woods. The busload of eager participants along with Seamus McCarthy and Mike O’Flynn set off from White’s Cross at 9am to meet up with 2 army trainers and the ex Cork senior hurling captain Kieran Murphy.
The day was filled with a series of challenging team games and much activity and all of the 29 lads took on each task with enthusiasm, energy and total commitment. They learned the importance of listening to the coaches and to understand clearly what was being asked of them. The level of teamwork and support for each other was very evident and it got stronger and stronger as the day progressed. Communication to each other and the team was essential for success and again all the lads excelled in this key area.
The coaches in Kilworth remarked on a few occasions how positive and well mannered the lads were and that they were a joy to work and interact with. They would love to see the White’s Cross teams back again some time to take on the next phase of the ‘Team Building’.
On the bus journey home the following comments were made by the lads to describe the day in Kilworth:
• Unreal event
• Legendary day
• Savage
• 100 out of 10
• 9.5 out of 10 — can’t give it a 10 as they took my sweets from me at the start
• Fun , tiring and wet
• Inspiring day and extremely good
• Great fun but tiring
• We will benefit from it
• Scary and tiring
• Really good
• Brilliant
• Daaaaacent (must be a big step up from just ‘decent’!)
• Excellent day altogether
• Class
• Unbelievable
• Superb day
• Great craic altogether
• Fun all day long
The bus returned to White’s Cross just after 4pm with a lot of very tired but very content bodies.
Everyone enjoyed the day immensely and can hardly wait to go at it again!

See more photographs here of the day

Elaine Harte visits Upper Glanmire National School

Officers of both the adult and under-age committees of White’s Cross GAA recently accompanied Cork Senior Ladies Football stalwart Elaine Harte on her visit to Scoil Naomh Micheál, Upper Glanmire.  The former pupil of the school was invited back to celebrate her 2011 heroics with the inter-county side and brought along the winning cup, which has been a familiar sight in Cork in recent years with Cork winning 6 of the last 7 All-Ireland finals.  Having seen Dublin deny them six-in-a-row in 2010, this great bunch of girls restored order in 2011 with a spirited win against Monaghan,  to bring back the Brendan Martin Cup to Leeside once again.  Elaine has been the ever-present goalkeeper for each of these All Ireland successes, and indeed White’s Cross GAA Under-Age Club had a bus-load of supporters at Croke Park to cheer Elaine and the team on in the 2011 final.
Elaine, although now married and living in Tipperary, has continued her allegiance to Cork and has strong affections for her roots in White’s Cross.  She recalls fondly her first introductions to competitive football, which occurred when her father Tom, a selector at the time with an under 12 White’s Cross side, had her stand in to make up numbers on a particular match day.  So effective was she that Tom decided to buy her a pair of her very own football boots, and the wellington boots she had worn in her first game, were only for splashing puddles again!
White’s Cross GAA Club President, Dermot Whooley and Chairperson Pat O Callaghan, accompanied Elaine on the visit to Upper Glanmire National School, as did Under-Age personnel: Imelda O Connell (Communications & School Liaison Officer), Rupert Aiken (Member of Under 8 Coaching Team) & Teresa Ring (Treasurer).  Pat O Callaghan congratulated Elaine on her successes to date and wished her well for the season ahead.  He also spoke of the recent improvements taking place at White’s Cross GAA grounds, much of which is with view to improving amenities for our young members – securing of adjoining grounds for the development of an under-age playing field being one key illustration.
The School Principal Micheál Cremin welcomed Elaine back to the school, and spoke of their pride of the former pupil.  Mr. Cremin thanked White’s Cross GAA for its continued support to the School and talked of the excellent working relationship in place between the School and Club – specifically he mentioned Finbarr Kiely’s great coaching work with the pupils in the School each week.  This is out of an initiative that was commenced by White’s Cross GAA over ten years ago whereby the Club finances a coach to the School for weekly GAA coaching sessions with particular classes as determined by the School, and it has continued every year since.  White’s Cross GAA has been very fortunate in recent years that Finbarr has agreed to double-up as coach to the adult football and hurling teams as well as taking on this role as coach in UGNS!
Elaine thanked the school for their welcome and the support of so many of these pupils; indeed Elaine picked out this very group of White’s Cross supporters in Croke Park on All Ireland Final day last September and during the lap-of-honour stopped off to thank them for this support.  Elaine reminded students of the up-coming White’s Cross GAA Cúl Camp taking place from June 25th to 29th – she had been involved in coaching at this camp for many years prior to taking up residence in Tipperary.  Elaine also wished the White’s Cross under 8 & under 10 teams well in their upcoming hurling games, as well as the club’s under 13 footballers who commence their championship in the coming days.
Elaine emphasised the importance of exercise, fresh air and healthy eating and encouraged the kids to keep practising the skills that they learn at their weekly training sessions and later on in the summer at the Cúl Camp.
Check out more photos here

Old Mobile Phones

All, we are making a final call for old mobile phones in aid of the defibrillator to be located at the GAA pitch. If you have any lying around please bring to training or give to any member of the committee. They will go a long way to help us have this vital piece of equipment on our grounds.

Seandún v Imokilly

An update on this game: Imokilly have conceded the game.
White’s Cross GAA extends best wishes to Seandún in the Cork County Senior Football Championship second round clash with Imokilly this evening (Tuesday) in Killeagh at 8pm.  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.  All six lads played last Thursday in the first round defeat to 2011 county champions UCC.  Go n-éirí an t-ádh libh a bhuachaillí anocht!