As we head into the winter months, and the weekly training sessions across the different age-groups
will move indoors to the Upper Glanmire Sports Hall, we are glad to report that the good weather
throughout September and October allowed each of our under-age teams to play a whole series of
games. In last month’s article we focused on the under 10’s who have continued their busy schedule
of games into October – playing Claughaun (Limerick), Grenagh and Aghada in recent weeks.
Our U7’s played both Aghada and Carriag na bhFear in hurling matches recently also. White’s Cross
were under pressure from the off against Aghada, but Eddie Coughlan and Ruairi Quinlan were
outstanding in defence and the Aghada forwards found it very hard to score and a super goal from
Traolach Dawson put us level at half time. Sean O’Mahony, Cathal Whooley and Jack Mehmet
battled hard at midfield sending some great ball into Kevin Reynolds and Riain Harden who both
had great performances in the forward line. Our U6’s also played Carraig na bhFear on the same
evening as our 7s and 8s in a series of mini-games at White’s Cross. This was a first ‘competitive’
game for many of these young players and they acquitted themselves really well.
Elsewhere our under 14s, who were unfortunately short a number of key players, lost out in their
football league semi-final against Dripsey in an enjoyable game of football at White’s Cross. A
big thank you to all those provided cakes and sandwiches for this home tie – a Dripsey selector
commented after to our juvenile chairperson that coming to White’s Cross GAA Grounds was better
than attending the Station-Mass!
Twenty-four hours later and a number of these lads were out again – this time in the under 13
hurling league final against Whitechurch, in a game played at Carraig na bhFear. This proved an
absolutely cracking game of hurling played before a large crowd, and whilst our lads went in as
complete underdogs against a side that had won the county championship final a couple of weeks
previous, they made our neighbours work hard for this title. All over the field these lads worked
tirelessly – Seamus Quinlan was very solid in goal, while outside him captain Johnny Noonan
marshalled matters from the full back berth. Ronan Quain and Daniel O Hara were immense in the
half-back line, while up front, Cormac O Flynn, Corey Cambridge and Sean Kelly all work their socks
off. At the end of the sixty minutes all present, both the victors and defeated, warmly applauded
both sides on the quality of hurling exhibited.