Owing to the extremely wet weather over the past while, and with a very strong, cold wind from the north forecast for Saturday on Carrántuohill, a decision has been taken to POSTPONE the White’s Cross GAA sponsored climb. At this stage, this news has been communicated to all those who had signed up to participate and they have been asked to stop seeking sponsorship, for our nominated charity – ACT. Despite the fact that it is planned to reschedule this climb for a later date, we have asked those that had money donated to them to return the money to the donor. At this stage it is not possible to commit to an alternative date as this will be dependent on the schedule of games that our adult teams will be involved in during the season, but all going to plan we will secure a date, and perhaps during a time of finer weather! If anybody has queries on this matter please feel free to contact Conor Kelleher on firstname.lastname@example.org.
White’s Cross will play the following in 1st round of Championship
Junior A Football
Junior B Football
Junior A Hurling
v St Vincents
The exploits of Brian Dillons club in reaching last year’s Junior A County Hurling Final, only to lose out after two titanic struggles with Kildorrery, led to a delay in the playing off of various secondary competitions in the Seandún Division. Thus White’s Cross GAA find themselves playing two finals in the first two months of 2013, a time of year when the season is typically only commencing. However the upcoming Junior A Football League final clash with Douglas and the Junior A Football McSwiney Cup final against Delaneys are both 2012 competitions!
White’s Cross qualified for the league final with a semi-final win over Brian Dillons played on Sunday, January 20th. This game, played at Brian Dillons home ground in Montenotte, proved a most entertaining encounter, especially given the ground conditions and the bitterly cold wind that blew up as the game progressed. Brian Dillons were first out of the traps, and raced into an early three point lead, as the Cross lads struggled to find the radar in front of goal. However Donnacha Murnane’s well taken score after 15 minutes steadied the boys-in-green, and all of a sudden the pace of forwards: John McElhinney, Dylan Burke and Bryan O Sullivan began to pay dividends. O Sullivan kicked a gigantic score and Edwin Buckley had no bother slotting over the frees that the Dillons defenders gave away in an effort to stop the galloping forwards.
However, at the opposite end of the field, Brian Dillons had John Horgan and Cillian Brosnan keeping the scoreboard ticking over also, as White’s Cross struggled to cope with Tom Lawrence’s runs from his number six berth, deep at the Cross defence. Indeed it was one of his runs gave Dillons the slenderest of leads at the half-time whistle, as he was dragged down in front of goal for a tap-over free from John Horgan. Dillons led by 0-5 to 0-4, despite playing against the wind in the first thirty.
Finbarr Kiely and his selectors TC Buckley, Paudie Curtin and Con Kelleher juggled the formation around at the half-time interval, including switching James Cooney from full-back out to midfield, with Brendáin Murnane reverting back to corner back and Sean Gorman switching to the number three position. Elsewhere John McElhinney switched with Bryan O Sullivan as the former moved from the wing to centre and Conor Kelleher was introduced at full-forward. All these switches seemed to suit the players involved, and Cooney really complemented the hard-working Kevin Buckley at centre-field. Dillons, using the wind, started pumping the ball long and direct but Gorman and Sean Murnane were up-for the challenge, whilst Brian Murphy thundered into the game at wing-back. Buckley continued to slot over the frees, whilst Cooney converted a wonderful score after Bryan O Sullivan did really well to overturn possession and feed off to his team-mate.
In this tit-for-tat encounter a goal was always going to prove decisive and in this regard Dillons had their chances. There was one occasion in both halves where they had a player in a one-on-one situation with Cross net-minder Billy Sheahan, but on both occasions Sheahan pulled off fine saves. When Dillons equalised nine points a piece and five minutes remaining on the clock, it did look as all the momentum was with the boys-in-blue, as they benefited from the strong wind that was now blowing. However soon after Kelleher over-turned possession 45 metres from the Dillons goal and laid it off to the on-rushing Edwin Buckley who cheekily lobbed over Dillons number one, James Kirby, and into the roof of the net.
From there to the finish it was frantic stuff as Dillons laid siege on the White’s Cross goal but Eoin Murnane, Cormac Manning and others made sure they would not get in for a big score, and when referee Kevin Murphy blew his whistle the score remained 1:9 to 0:9. White’s Cross will meet championship winners Douglas in the league final – this game is fixed for the weekend of February 10th.
Team: Billy Sheahan (Captain); Sean Gorman; James Cooney; Sean Murnane; Cormac Manning; Eoin Murnane; Brian Murphy; Brendáin Murnane; Kevin Buckley; Edwin Buckley; Bryan O Sullivan; Dylan Burke; John McElhinney; Michael Osborne; Donnacha Murnane. Subs: Conor Kelleher for Osborne (30 minutes); Denis O Regan; Seamas O Reilly; Richie Sherlock & Niall Twomey.
On Saturday, February 2nd next, members and friends of White’s Cross GAA will tackle Ireland’s tallest mountain Carrántuohill, in a sponsored climb to raise funds for the leukaemia unit at Cork University Hospital – the 2D Ward. This climb was also completed by 39 members and friends of the Club at the beginning of last year and raised valuable funds for this most worthy of causes. The plan for the day would involve departing White’s Cross before 8am to allow the group to commence the climb from Leislebane carpark, at the foot of the mountain, at 9:45am. All going to plan, the group should be back to base by 4:30pm approximately. Please note all of the above times are only to be used as a guide for those interested in partaking and are subject to confirmation. If you are interested in taking part in the climb, sponsorship cards will be available at the club dressing-rooms or by contacting any committee member.
On Monday January 28th next, commencing at 8pm in the Upper Glanmire Community Hall, White’s Cross GAA Juvenile Club will hold its Annual General Meeting. The meeting will include reports of the great strides being made by this hard-working committee under the stewardship of chairperson Mike O Flynn, secretary Sean Coughlan, treasurer Teresa Quain and communications & school liaison officer Imelda O Connell. This progress is evidenced in both the growing numbers playing for this unit of the Club, but also in the visual improvements to the facilities for our youth: the under-age field is now ready to host competitive games, while the hurling wall nears completion. Behind the scenes there have been great improvements made around the coaching infrastructure across all the different age-groups.
If you are in any way interested in the goings-on of this Club, and might consider becoming a member, please feel free to attend the meeting next Monday. Chairperson Mike O Flynn has promised that no one will be forced into a role on the night, in the traditional ‘volunteer’ manner! Instead people will feel at ease listening to the reports of the four primary officers, and will be no under no duress to commit to something they are not comfortable with.
On Saturday, February 2nd next, members and friends of White’s Cross GAA will tackle Ireland’s tallest mountain Carrántuohill, in a sponsored climb to raise funds for the leukaemia unit at Cork University Hospital – the 2D Ward Patient Comfort Fund. This climb was also completed by 39 members and friends of the Club at the beginning of last year and raised valuable funds for this most worthy of causes. The plan for the day would involve departing White’s Cross at 7:45am to allow the group to commence the climb from Leislebane carpark, at the foot of the mountain, at 9:45am. All going to plan, the group should be back to base by 4:30pm approximately. Please note all of the above times are only to be used a guide for those interested in partaking and are subject to confirmation. If you are interested in taking part in the climb, sponsorship cards will be available at the club dressing-rooms or by contacting Conor Kelleher at email@example.com or 087-6293430. Equally, feel free to contact Conor if you have any queries on the climb.
White’s Cross have drawn Passage in the 1/4 Final of this years Under 21 Football championship. Date and venue still to be decided.
The rest of the draw can be found here
Photo L to R includes: John Barry (Coach) , Cormac O’Flynn , Jonathan Noonan and Ronan Quain at the Seandun Division U14 Hurling Trials.
Cormac O’Flynn , Jonathan Noonan and Ronan Quain recently participated in the Seandun Division U14 Hurling Trials.
The WX trio held their own amongst over 40 other participants from clubs all over the city, we are delighted to announce they are back again for a further trial on Saturday January 26th2013. A big thank you to John Barry who gave the lads great advice prior to setting out from the club house at WX. Huge credit goes to the coaches (Ciaran Allen , Eoin Murnane , Rick Burke , Paul & John Barry) who worked so hard with the lads throughout 2012. We wish the them all the very best in the next trail.