Under 12 Update

Match 8 – Hurling, Away to Clondrohid, Saturday May 19th

We made the long trip to Clondrohid for what turned out to be a very close game, but one where we unfortunately came up just short for a one point defeat. We started well and had early scores from Sean Kelly and Jordan Bransfield. We were on top in midfield through Jack Stuart and Gavin Cronin, and a great save from Cathal Quinlan kept us ahead at half time. In the second half Clondrohid drew level early on. However a great goal from Jordan Bransfield put Whites Cross back in the frame. Adam Kent and Peter Twomey cleared the danger on several occasions, but a strong finish from Clondrohid gave them a slender lead. Try as we might in the last few minutes the equalising score didn’t come, but credit to both teams for a very entertaining game.

Match 9 – Hurling, Home to Brian Dillons, Friday May 25th 

We welcomed Brian Dillons to Whites Cross on this sunny Friday evening, with conditions perfect for hurling. There followed a great game, with Whites Cross winning on a scoreline of 5-5 to 4-2. The game was closely contested all through. Playing against the wind in the first half Whites Cross got off to a great start with goals from Sean Kelly and Jordan Bransfield. Daniel O’Hara and Jack Stuart were flying at midfield and got some great points, and Gavin Cronin, Alex O’Keeffe and Adrian Buckley were outstanding in the half back line. The sides were level at half time and though we turned to play with the breeze, a game Brian Dillons side put it up to our lads. However some great finishing from Sean Kelly and Jordan Bransfield yielded further goals for Whites Cross. Another super goal saw the ball worked from the backs up to Cian O’Brien who delivered a great pass to Cathal O’Flynn who pulled first time to the net. Luke Murphy, Fionn Hickey and Patrick O’Hara all played a part in creating these scores. At the other end Conor Docherty and Harry Fitzgerald combined to save a certain goal and keep the danger at bay. Dillons threw everything at us in the closing stages but they had no answer to the brilliance of Adam Kent and Alex O’Keeffe who cleared ball after ball. In the end we came away with a well deserved win. The team deserves great credit for their tackling, tenacity, teamwork and skills as well as playing some stylish hurling all through.

Lotto Result May 28th 2012

Lotto Draw
Date: 28th May 2012
Venue: Boothouse Bar

Number: 13, 17, 18, 23

Lucky Dip Winners: Joe O’Donavan & Con Kelleher €50 each
Next Draw June 11th, Venue Blackman Bar, Jackpot €1150

White’s Cross GAA in the Community

At the time of the opening of the new sports hall in Upper Glanmire last Autumn White’s Cross GAA donated a defibrillator to the local Community Association, for the benefit not alone of those using the Community Centre, but also for the larger community of Upper Glanmire and White’s Cross.  The AED (Automated External Defibrillator) is in prime position in the sports centre at the heart of our community – pardon the pun!
An AED is a small portable electronic device that analyses the heart’s rhythm and delivers a shock only if the heart needs it.  With cardiac arrest the person will collapse suddenly, if he or she is not resuscitated in a timely manner, they will die. Basic cardiac life support skills, combined with an AED can and will save lives.
It is one thing to have this life saving device in our community but it is equally necessary that members of the community – including sports trainers, teachers, parents, etc. are trained to use the AED.  To this end White’s Cross GAA organised two AED training courses in the community hall on Saturday 19th May last.  The training was provided by the HSE Ambulance Service and White’s Cross GAA issued an open invitation to the various community groups in our area to attend, including staff at Upper Glanmire National School, the ICA, the Community Association, Macra na Feirme, etc.  Obviously trainers and other personnel involved in White’s Cross GAA also attended.
The curriculum included:
• CPR Adult: Participants learned how to perform CPR and care for breathing and cardiac emergencies in adults
• CPR Child and Infant: Participants learned how to prevent, recognise and respond to cardiac and breathing emergencies in infants and children under 12
• AED: Participants learned how to use automatic external defibrillators
Participants receive a certificate on completion of the course which is valid for 2 years.  It is great that 24 members of our community have received this excellent training in this life-skill, but here’s hoping it is not one they will get the occasion to put into practice.

Junior Football Championship 2012

Both White’s Cross Junior football sides commenced their 2012 championship campaigns in recent weeks.  The two teams entered their respective campaigns with very contrasting league fortunes – while the Junior A side remained unbeaten after six bouts of their league, the B side had registered just one win out of six.  Thus the JA side went in as firm favourites against Bishopstown, whilst the JB side were rank outsiders versus St. Finbarrs.
The A outcome went to script in the end, but was not without an early sting or two, as White’s Cross conceded two early goals from uncharacteristic defensive errors.  Whilst the goals will be a worry for Finbarr Kiely and his selectors, Paudie Curtin, Con Kelleher and TC Buckley, what will have pleased them is that each time their charges responded immediately with scores of their own which helped lessen the impact.  Another positive from this lively encounter was the spread of scorers, with 8 players in all getting on the scoring sheet, including all 6 forwards, in the 0-17 to 2-5 victory.  Cormac Manning, making his debut in championship at this level acquitted himself very well at wing-back, whilst Eoin Murnane put in a massive hour’s work.  Elsewhere Dylan Burke, Bryan O Sullivan and Conor Buckley were a constant threat to the ‘Town defence.
Team: Billy Sheahan (Captain), Sean Murnane, Eoin Murnane (0-1), Sean Gorman, Donal Kelly, Cian Smith, Cormac Manning, Murt Kelleher (0-1), Michael Osborne, Dylan Burke (0-3), Conor Buckley(0-6), Edwin Buckley (0-1), Donnacha Murnane (0-1), Ken O Keeffe (0-2), Bryan O Sullivan (0-2).
Lar Burke and Jonathan Kenneally, buoyed by the availability of two members of the JA squad Brendáin Murnane and John O Connell, were still going to be up against it versus a Barrs side intent on attaining revenge for their loss to the Cross in the 2011 equivalent round.  The 15 that took to the field for this encounter showed a real mix of youth and experience, with 4 members making their junior football championship debuts, something that 4 others of the 15 would have done 20 years and more ago!  Here the ‘novices’ acquitted themselves very well again, with Martin Reid, Conal Smith, Niall Twomey and Shane Cahill all instrumental in a titanic performance from the second White’s Cross fifteen. Indeed another young man making a first junior championship appearance for the Cross, John McElhinney, despite carrying a knee injury which prevented him from starting, played a key role in seeing out a great 2:8 to 1:6 win, when he was introduced for the last 15 minutes.
Team: Don O Regan, Richie Sherlock (Captain), Martin Kelleher, Niall Twomey, Padraig Murnane, John O Connell, Martin Reid, Paul Cashman, Brendáin Murnane, Conal Smith, Alfie McEvoy, Derek O Connor, Conor Kelleher (1-8), Shane Cahill (1-0), Damien Murphy. Subs: Colin Lawless for B Murnane (injured) 44 mins, John McElhinney for Twomey 47 mins.

U14 Hurling League White’s Cross v Cloyne

A young White’s Cross team took to the field against a strong Cloyne U14 hurling team on Thurs 17 May 2012. The team coached by John Barry was made up of predominately of U13 players (and some U12) and were always going to be tested by a physically strong Cloyne outfit. In the first half found themselves trailing 5-2 to no score.

Despite the score line White’s Cross shared as much possession as the opposition but struggled to make chances count and the score line in the first half didn’t reflect the efforts of the excellent Aaron Kent and Centre Back James Royal.

The second half White’s Cross turned the tide and dominated the game with Corey Cambridge causing havoc for the Cloyne defence and registered Whites Cross first score with a goal early in the second half.

White’s Cross tails were up now and captain Jack Kiely began to have great joy and pointed a sensational point from distance. Cambridge added 2 frees and Cormac O Flynn 2 from play to hammer home White’s Cross dominance of the second half. Half time subs Sean Kelly and Billy Cronin were having success in the full forward line with Kelly tacking on another point and the Cloyne Goalie proving their most valuable player and denying the men in green the goals they needed.

The White’s Cross defence was alot more thrifty in the second half and Cloyne registered only a free and a late goal. Colin Sisk showed a huge amount of fight and heart and he was ably assisted by the dependable Johnny Noonan and the combative Ronan Quain. Special mention also to U12 player Dan O Hara  who despite his age won admirers from both sets of supporters with his skilful display. Despite the second half rally Cloyne managed to hold on to claim the win.

Underage hurling in White’s Cross is now improving at a rapid pace and last night showed the wealth of talent that exists in the club. New coach John Barry believes with a little hard work these lads can have success in the near future. John (and his son Paul) are huge additions to the underage structure especially as John himself is part of the Cork U14 coaching team this year and is a huge benefit to any youngster looking to improve. All abilities are catered for and welcome at training.

Juvenile Update

Whites Cross Pitch was a hive of activity on Sunday last (20th May 2012) with the Under 10’s and under 8’s playing football and the U6’s playing a challenge hurling match against Crosshaven.  Both pitches at Whites Cross were in use and all teams played extremely.

To Follow will be some match reports from the individual trainer of the teams

See some pictures on our facebook page here

U13 Football League 16/05/2012 White’s Cross 7-17 Shamrocks 1-2

The White’s Cross u13 footballers continued their great run in the league with a comprehensive win over Shamrocks last Wednesday evening. Right from the throw in to the final whistle they were well in control.

It was centre forward Corey Cambridge that opened the scoring with a well worked goal inside of two minutes that set the tone for the entire game. This score was followed up with 1-1 from wing forward Sean Kelly in quick succession. Midfielder Cormac O Flynn added to the score line with a well taken left legged point.

Mid way through the first half it was the turn of the full forward line to get in on the act. Jack Stuart and Ryan McCarthy got a goal apiece to continue the assault on the Shamrocks goal. It’s worth mentioning that it wasn’t all one way traffic, the Whites Cross rearguard stood firm when Shamrocks threatened, led by captain Johnny Noonan at centre back he was ably assisted by Fiachra O Connell and Zack Hurley on the wings. The fullback line with Daniel O Hara and Colin McCarthy ensured that keeper Seamus Quinlan had a quiet as possible opening 30 minutes.

Ross Murphy in midfield was outstanding right throughout – he scored two monster points in the first half and worked tirelessly in defense as well as attack. Just before the half concluded Shamrocks capitalized on a defensive error and scored a goal to give them hope for the second thirty.

Shamrocks had the aid of the wind for the second half so the Cross lads knew they’d have to keep the same intensity up if they were to prevail. And that they did, within 5 minutes of the half Cormac O Flynn and Sean Kelly added a point apiece. Shamrocks replied with a pointed free after a well worked move. Billy Cronin responded with a point of his own before young substitute Cathal Quinlan got another. Up stepped Kelly again and drilled another goal to the net at the three quarter stage to bring his personal tally for the evening to 2-4.

Ryan McCarthy added his second goal before the game had ended after some hard work by Gavin Cronin to win possession to round off a very strong display from the Whites Cross team.

There will be bigger hurdles to jump in the upcoming weeks for this team, but if the same attitude and commitment is applied from all then a positive outcome should be within their reach.

Scorers: S Kelly 2-04, R McCarthy 2-01, C Cambridge 1-03, C O’Flynn 1-03, J Stuart 1-01, R Murphy 0-03, B Cronin and C Quinlan 0-01 each.

Team: S Quinlan, C McCarthy, D O’Hara, F O’Connell, J Noonan (Capt), Z Hurley, R Murphy, C O’Flynn, B Cronin, C Cambridge, S Kelly, J Stuart, R McCarthy. Replacements: C Quinlan, G Cronin

White’s Cross GAA Kellogg’s Cúl Camp

White’s Cross GAA Kellogg’s Cúl Camp (Code: ACK03) will cater for boys & girls from 5 to 13 years.
€5 on-line discount
In celebration of the new partnership, promotional packs of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes and Kellogg’s Rice Krispies will feature a unique code, which can be used online by parents / guardians to receive a €5 discount off the fee of €55 for the 2012 Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps. The unique codes will be printed on the inside of promotional packs, available in stores from mid-April to August 2012 and one code can be used per child, per registration, to avail of the €5 discount. Further discounts are available to families that register more than one child for a 2012 Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camp, making them one of the most affordable national summer camps.
Dates:  Monday, June 25th to Friday, June 29th, 2012, (Start: 10am  Finish: 2:30pm). For those who register online, please note there is an error regarding the dates of our camp — an incorrect date shows for the week of our camp under the heading ‘Chosen Date’. Please ignore this error: the White’s Cross Cúl Camp is taking place just one week this summer and that week is June 25-29 inclusive.
Venues: Upper Glanmire Community Centre & White’s Cross GAA Grounds
Registration  on the first morning will take place at the Community Centre.
Participants will receive jersey, shorts, socks and gear-bag; this year’s kit is in the Cork colours!.
Participants should bring a packed lunch each day.
Coaches on this course hold the GAA Coaching Qualification.
Inter-County GAA Stars will hopefully visit during the course of the Camp!
Hurleys and helmets – A limited number will be available for those without, but please bring own if possible.  They will also be available for sale.
Please note, that White’s Cross GAA cannot guarantee late applicants their playing kit. So get your application in by FRIDAY, MAY 25th.

For those who want to complete the form manually you can print it out at the following link:
1. a copy of this form has been given to the youngest member of each family attending Upper Glanmire National School week ending May18th;
2. you cannot avail of the promotional price if you register with manual form:
The forms that are completed manually, may be submitted in a sealed envelope with the appropriate fee to Jane in the School Office at Upper Glanmire NS, no later than May 25th, marked for the attention of Conor Kelleher —Thanks for the assistance Jane!
Individual rate — 55 Euro
2nd child  — 45 Euro
3rd child — 40 Euro
Alternatively they can be posted to Conor Kelleher, Ballinabortagh, Carraig na bhFear, Co. Cork, to be received no later than Friday, May 25th.
Cheques are to be made payable to White’s Cross GAA

Alternatively you can register on-line (click image below) and save money – the White’s Cross Camp is top of the list, :

Under 12 Season So Far

Match 1 – Football, Away to St Catherine’s, Monday 2nd April 2012

Our first match of the season was a very encouraging outing against a physical St. Catherine’s side. Our defence was outstanding, with some excellent saves from Conor Dochert.  Jack Burke & Mark Wallace were very solid throughout and Adam Kent had a stormer at half back. Cathal O’Flynn and Jordan Bransfield were prominent in attack. Great heart was shown by all the players and they went for every ball to the final whistle.

Match 2 – Football, Home to Grenagh, Saturday 7th April 2012

This match was played at 9-a-side at the request of Grenagh. The concession of some early scores made for an uphill battle for the rest of the game. However battle our lads did, and there were some fine performances from Sean Kelly, Gavin Cronin, Kaelen Skillington & Fionn Hickey in a great 2nd half effort.

Match 3 – Football, Away to Cloyne, Saturday 14th April 2012

We also played 9-a-side in this game, with thanks to Cloyne for their sportsmanship in agreeing to same as we struggled for numbers on the day. We welcomed some players joining in for the first time, including Harry Fitzgerald, Peter Twomey, Liz Twomey, Jack Stuart & Harry Coughlan. A great game of football followed, commented on by parents and supporters as really worth seeing.  Daniel O’Hara put in a trojan effort at midfield, ably assisted by Jordan Bransfield who got a great goal. Luke Murphy & Adrian Buckley made an excellent contribution, and the lads left the field with their heads held high.
Match 4 – Hurling, Away to Lisgoold, Friday 20th April 2012

We played our first hurling game of the year away to Lisgoold with a great turnout. Conditions were difficult but our lads got stuck in. A couple of early scores again made for a difficult battle but the heads never dropped. Sean Kelly had the beating of his marker from the start and got some brilliant scores. Harry Fitzgerald was a rock at the back. Daniel O’Hara, Adam Kent and Gavin Cronin were prominent also. Special mention must be made of the bravery of Cathal O’Flynn and Peter Twomey, who were both injured but recovered manfully to play a great part. The lads put in a great 2nd half in outscoring their opponents and gave great hope for the future.

Match 5 – Hurling, Home to Crosshaven, Saturday April 28th 2012

We welcomed Crosshaven to Whites Cross for what turned out to be a highly competitive game, and came away with our first win of the season with great credit due to all the players. The attitude and teamwork from Whites Cross was great right from the start. It was notable that the exchanges around midfield were being dominated by our lads, with Daniel O’Hara and Jordan Bransfield going on to make a great contribution. Our half back line of Jack Stuart, Adam Kent and Conor Docherty cleared some great balls, and contributed in attack whenever possible, notably when Jack Stuart got forward for a great point. The forward exchanges were keenly contested, and space was at a premium. However Cathal O’Flynn, Alex O’Keeffe, Kaelen Skillington, Cian O’Brien and Fionn Hickey more than matched their opponents. Gavin Cronin had a big influence, after taking an early knock, and went on to score an all-important goal from a free in the 2nd half. The end of the game was a tense affair, with Crosshaven laying siege to our goal. However they could find no way past the outstanding Cathal Quinlan in goal, and Harry Fitzgerald & Peter Twomey in the full back line, who refused to be beaten. The siege was lifted when Patrick O’Hara, bravely going in for the block, won a free out. Whites Cross held sway in the final minutes and ran out deserving winners, a fitting reward for the effort that the whole team put in. Well done to all !

Match 6 – Football, Home to Brian Dillons, Friday May 4th 2012

Brian Dillons were our visitors on the first Friday in May, and there followed a very entertaining game with Whites Cross coming out on top on a 3-6 to 3-2 scoreline. An early goal from Dillons put the pressure on, but our lads showed great resolve to take control in the first half. Goals from Cathal O’Flynn and Gavin Cronin put us into a great position. In the 2nd half we drove on for some good scores, and with Daniel O’Hara, Jack Burke, Luke Murphy and Jordan Bransfield well on top we continued to build a good lead. However we had to rely on a very solid defence to close out the game as Dillons piled on the pressure late on. Alex O’Keeffe, Harry Fitzgerald, Peter Twomey and Adam Kent held the fort to keep the danger at bay. In the end we came out on top by 4 points and this was much deserved for a great performance. Our lads showed great skill, heart and determination all through, and this was a real team performance with everyone playing a part in getting the win.

Match 7 – Football, Away to Lisgoold, Friday May 11th 2012

Our 2nd away trip of the season to Lisgoold unfortunately brought a narrow defeat. This was a great game from start to finish with Whites Cross playing outstanding football in the first half, only to be reeled in late in the 2nd. After conceding an early goal, we got on top quickly. Daniel O’Hara, Jack Stuart, Adam Kent and Jack Burke were on top and this gave us some great scoring opportunities. A flowing move from the back with first time passing all the way put Harry Fitzgerald in for a great goal. Sean Kelly and Jack Stuart added further points to give us a good lead at the break. Alex O’Keeffe, Peter Twomey and Cathal Quinlan in goals were snuffing out the danger at the back. In the 2nd half however the strong wind meant we found it very hard to escape from our own half, and the pressure yielded scores for a well organised Lisgoold side. Our lads never gave up hope and battled to a nervous finish. Cian O’Brien, Alex Loftus and Luke Murphy tried to the end to break the deadlock. But for a few unlucky misses in the final minutes we could have come away with at least a draw but it was not to be on this occasion.


Our Community hall at Upper Glanmire has an AED (Automated External Defibrillator).  An AED is a small portable electronic device that analyses the heart’s rhythm and delivers a shock only if the heart needs it.

With Cardiac arrest the person will collapse suddenly, if he or she is not resuscitated in a timely manner, they will die. Basic cardiac life support skills, combined with an AED can and will save lives.

It is imperative that members of the community- including sports trainers, teachers, parents, etc. are trained to use the AED.

Two AED training courses will be run in the community hall on Saturday 19th May 2012. One in the morning 9am-1pm and a second session from 2pm-6pm.  The training will be provided by the HSE Ambulance Service and is negotiated at a greatly reduced rate than other private training providers. We welcome anyone who wishes to attend this course to contact us as soon as possible as places are limited.

Each course is a half day session and the curriculum includes:
• CPR Adult: Participants learn how to perform CPR and care for breathing and cardiac emergencies in adults
• CPR Child and Infant: Participants learn how to prevent, recognise and respond to cardiac and breathing emergencies in infants and children under 12
• AED: Participants learn how to use automatic external defibrillators

The course costs €25 per person and an additional fee for a manual (€12) and a pocket mask for performing CPR (€5) which the participant will take home with them. Participants will receive a certificate on completion of the course which is valid for 2 years.

If interested in one of these sessions please contact Imelda O’Connell/O’Keeffe (Communication/School Liaison Officer, Whites Cross GAA Juvenile Committee) at 087 8542177 or at  imeldaoconn@eircom.net