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For anyone who has played at junior grade with any length of service in the Seandún division, one of the greatest thrills is to return to the dressingrooms victorious – in a language that is almost colloquial the final rallying cry in many a dressingroom there, prior to entering battle, is “We are not coming up that bank defeated”, although the statement is most frequently elongated by some more colourful language!  When our hurlers returned there after the Vincents win, the players vowed they would experience that feeling again in their next football outing there, comparing just how sharply it felt to the bowed heads that trooped off after the Bishopstown defeat some two weeks previous.

The turnaround time again was short with just 10 days to prepare for Douglas in what was a must-win encounter for our boys.  With two of our regular fullbacks James Cooney and John O Connell both ruled out through illness, the side was buoyed by the very timely return home of Cian Smith, from a year travelling abroad.  Smith who normally operated at midfield was deployed instead on the edge of our own square.  With Denis O Regan ruled out unfortunately for the remainder of the year because of the re-occurrence of a cruciate injury suffered in the opening round, the White’s Cross management turned to veteran Stuart Kiely to man the square at the opposite end of the field.  Both of these changes proved masterstrokes by the White’s Cross management as this pair greatly influenced proceedings throughout.

As in the hurling encounter, our goalkeeping exploits were to the fore again, with Billy Sheahan pulling off a marvellous save after just four minutes.  Edwin Buckley used the wind advantage to the full and kicked over some wonderful scores in the opening half of this encounter.  The 2012 champions Douglas, who had defeated us in the 2012 league final, in a game that went to extra time, a few short months previous, seemed unnerved by the intensity of the White’s Cross play – this was classically illustrated 20 minutes in by a great block by corner-forward Paul OSullivan, who had tracked all the way back the field to prevent this kick for a Douglas score.  Indeed the breaking ball also fell to a Douglas player, who had his effort also blocked by Kevin Buckley and suddenly it was White’s Cross were on the attack.  At half-time we led 0-8 to 0-2.

Douglas, showed the response of champions, and started the second period with 3 quick scores, as the Cross were slow to settle.  However, Dingle native and primary teacher Sean Scanlon, playing his first season for the Club, brought his good form into this encounter and kicked over 2 very valuable points, despite wearing the number 7 shirt, and the aforementioned Kiely also slotted over a pair.  At the end of the hour White’s Cross led 0-13 to 0-10 – they were the happy boys walking up the bank again!

 

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The lows and the HIGHS of Sport!

After suffering a crushing defeat to Bishopstown in the opening round of this year’s Seandún Junior A Football Championship, White’s Cross found themselves having to take a strange route.  Prior to 2013, White’s Cross had only once previously had to partake in the back-door round of the championship, and that was way back in 2004.  Each year since they had won their opening round clash of the championship.  Thus many saw this signalling the end of a team that had served its club very well, winning 4 A-grade divisional championships in a five year period – one journalist in his post-match report referred to ‘how the mighty had fallen’.  The signs were ominous for 2013 as this championship defeat was also preceded by a couple of league losses too.

To compound matters, their opposition in the backdoor round, a round normally reserved exclusively for losers of first round clashes, were not losers at all – in fact they were the reigning champions Douglas, who found themselves in this round without ever kicking a ball in the 2013 campaign, because of a third party club’s appeal to the County Board to be re-graded from A to B for the championship.

A win for our Club’s second team in the Junior B Championship one week later proved a small tonic for a depressed camp in White’s Cross.  All attention then had to suddenly focus on the small ball, as St. Vincents awaited us in the Junior A Hurling Championship.  With most of our players playing both sports, the hurt of the footballers was always going to be carried into this particular encounter.  A Vincents team that had been plying their trade in intermediate level in hurling until recent years entered this game as raging hot favourites.  However they would have anticipated that they would get nothing easy from our boys and so it proved in a tit-for-tat encounter.  White’s Cross midfielder Conor Buckley, who had cut short a foreign cruise to return home for the game, showed early on that he suffered no ill-effects from his travels, slotting over early scores from both play and frees.  Vincents meanwhile proved a little wasteful around the goals but still had the tonic of a goal coming up to the break to give them a 3 point cushion at the short whistle – 1:8 to 0:8.  Indeed it could have been a whole pile worse for the Cross only that netminder Shane Cahill pulled off a massive save in a one-on-one situation immediately before the interval.  Pick of the White’s Cross scores was a sublime effort from full forward Padraig Murnane, put over effortlessly out near the sideline.

 

The White’s Cross management of Finbarr Kiely, Dominic Cahill, John O Sullivan and Pat Reid were satisfied with the way things stood at the break but impressed upon their boys the need to push on early in the second half.  Buckley slotted over an early point but it looked as though Vincents would drive on from there, as they swung over a few scores, to open up a five point lead.  However, with Donnacha Murnane thundering into the game for the last quarter, White’s Cross won a series of frees, which were slotted over effortlessly.  Suddenly all the momentum was with White’s Cross, and a bone-crunching tackle by Eoin Murnane epitomised the belief in the side as Vincents floundered, to the degree that White’s Cross brought scores level on 58 minutes, and took the lead for the very first time from the resultant puck out.  When the long whistle came minutes later, to be greeted by great signs of jubilation by a large White’s Cross crowd, the final score read 0-16 to 1-11.

 

This was a truly historic win for the Club – given that we had not fielded any hurling team at adult level in 11 years up to 2011 as we were amalgamated with Whitechurch, and for the most of the previous decade had only operated at B grade – it was the Club’s first championship win at the particular level for the most of 20 years.  It can also be safely said that history was made in that it was the first White’s Cross team to win an A grade hurling championship game with 5 brothers playing in the first 15.  Indeed this may also be a record for the opposite code also, if one had the time to check the club scrapbooks!  Padraig (full-forward), Sean (centre-forward), Donnacha (midfield), Eoin (centre-back) and Brendáin (wing-back) represented the spine of this team, and with youngest brother Ruairí included amongst the substitutes, it really was a unique achievement from the Murnanes.

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White’s Cross GAA Family Fun Morning – All Welcome!

OnSunday June 16th next, between 11am and 1pm at our Club grounds, White’s Cross GAA Juvenile Club will host a morning filled with fun and games—a break from the more formal coaching sessions taking place other weeks. The day will centre around fun games that will encourage the Mams and Dads to get involved in playing Gaelic Games in a fun way with their children.

Some of the events being planned for the morning include:

· Parent& Child football hand passing race

· Parent& Child Long Kick competition

· Parent v’s child Penalty shoot out

· Tug of War

· Parents and Children’s Football Matches

 

There will also be child hand printing on the day which will form part of a display to be erected at the GAA pitch. These are just a flavour of some of the events being planned for the White’s Cross GAA Family Fun Day. Light refreshments will be served, all contributions gratefully accepted !

 

All moneys raised will go to:

 

The Cormac Trust

This particular charity was chosen because it fits very well with White’s Cross GAAs efforts to raise awareness in our Community around sudden cardiac arrest. As well as providing two defibrillators in the Community we have organised a CPR and AED training programme, to which all local community groups were invited. There are plans to run a similar session again in Autumn 2013.

See: www.thecormactrust.com for more details

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White’s Cross GAA Kellogg’s Cúl Camp

White’s Cross GAA Kellogg’s Cúl Camp (Code: ACK01) will cater for boys & girls from FIVE to THIRTEEN years.

Dates & times: Monday, June 24th to Friday, June 28th, 2013, (Monday 12pm—2:30pm; Tuesday to Friday 10 am—2:30pm).

For those who register online http://www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie/booking/?county=10 , 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 24-28 inclusive.

 

Please note that the Cúl Camp will commence at 12pm on the Monday (each other day it will start at 10am) to coincide with the half day being given to students at Upper Glanmire N.S. on their final day of term — pupils of Upper Glanmire N.S. attending the camp will be escorted from the school up to the Community Field and their parents need not register them until they come to collect them at 2:30 on that first day—saves a journey!

Venues: Upper Glanmire Community Centre & White’s Cross GAA Grounds – on the first day all attend UG Community Centre.

Participants should bring a packed lunch each day.

Paper application deadline is FRIDAY, June 14th — only online applications will be accepted after this date.

The total cost of the Camp is €55 per boy/girl (including price of gear). A family rate is available – 2nd Child€45 & 3rd child €40.

As part of an initiative by sponsors Kellogg’s, those who register on-line can avail of a €5 discount per child —see Kellogg’s Corn Flakes or Rice Krispies promotional packs for more details, or check it out http://www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie/booking/?county=10.

Alternatively you can complete the official Application Form – click here to go to file. Once there select File download.  Those deciding to register this way should send their completed forms, with appropriate fee, submitted in a sealed envelope to Jane in the School Office at Upper Glanmire NS, no later than June 14th, marked for the attention of Conor Kelleher.  You can also post to Conor Kelleher, Ballinabortagh, Carraig na bhFear.

 

Individual rate — 55 Euro

2nd child — 45 Euro

3rd child — 40 Euro

(Cheques made payable to White’s Cross GAA)

Cul Camp Online Offer

 

U10 hurling Match against Tracton 1st June 2013

The White’s Cross U10’s hurlers performed very well against a Tracton team with small numbers on Bank Holiday Saturday.  White’s Cross divided it’s players into two teams, team one played the first half and team 2 played the second half.

Team one played very well with excellent defence from Sean Twomey, Danny Linehan and Harry Buckley,  who also linked well with Harry Coughlan at midfield who showed great determination and dominated for parts of the game.

The forward line of Brendan Quain, Patrick Harrington and Fionnan Quinlan were excellent and produced a fine display of scores for White’s Cross.

Team 2 took charge in the second half, with Eolan Dill in goals pulling off some great saves.  Senan Ryan, Ethan Ryan and Eli Hurley worked very hard in the backs clearing some great balls.  Robert Docherty worked his socks off at midfield sending some great ball up to the fowardline.

Up front Stephen Whooley, Luke Kelleher and Ciaran Aitken showed great skill with each contributing to the scoresheet.
The whole team worked really well together with great determination and focus, making it a very exciting match for both coaches and spectators alike. Well done to all !

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Hurling, Home to Shamrocks

We hosted Shamrocks for an U12 hurling league game on a beautiful sunny evening in White’s Cross. Conditions were ideal for hurling and we played the wide open spaces of the full juvenile pitch. Scores were hard to come by in the first half and we eventually got off the mark with a point from Fionn Hickey. Shamrocks attackers were well marshalled by Peter Twomey and Tom Casey in the full back line, while Gavin Cronin and Patrick O’Hara were in great form in the half backs. Jack O’Callaghan dealt well with his debut in goals. However our finishing was poor in front of goal and we were only a point ahead at the short whistle. Early in the second half we improved on that front and good goals from Fionn Hickey and Conor Docherty put some daylight between the teams. Jordan Bransfield, Adrian Buckley and Luke Murphy came into the game and picked off some good scores. Patrick O’Hara and Gavin Cronin continued to drive the team forward, and Cathal O’Flynn and Fionn Hickey added further goals. The game was in the mix until late in the half but our subs Harry Coughlan, Jack Duncliffe, Kaelen Skillington & David O’Connell also did well when they were called upon. A good win, plenty to work on! Well done to all the lads.

Team picture can be found here

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Munster Championship Ticket Information

A Cháirde,

Please see below ticket information for Cork’s upcoming Munster Football and Hurling Championship games against Clare. NB: Ticket prices and discount packages are not the same for the two games, so please ensure that the correct information is conveyed to your members.

Munster Senior Football Championship Semi-Final

Clare v Cork

Sunday, June 16th

3.30pm @ Cusack Park, Ennis

*Preceded by Munster Junior Football Semi-Final, Clare v Cork, at 1.30pm

Ticket Information including Discounts

NB: Excellent value available on Adult Group tickets and Juvenile groups – see below 

Stand: Adult €20, Juveniles €5 (limited availability)

Terrace: Adult €15, Juveniles free of charge

Concession: €5 for students and OAP’s – available at designated stiles on the day

Adult Group Discount: Discount of €5 for stand and terrace tickets available when the club pre-purchases 15 or more adult tickets (no further concessions are available on these tickets). This package is only available through the County Board.

Juvenile Club Group Pass (terrace only): 1 adult mentor is admitted free of charge with every 10 U-16’s (note: under 16’s – also free of charge to the terrace). The County Board must be informed in advance.

Tickets available through the County Board, through SuperValu and Centra stores and online at gaa.tickets.ie

Munster Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final

Cork v Clare

Sunday, June 23rd

4pm @ The Gaelic Grounds, Limerick

*Preceded by Munster Intermediate Hurling Semi-Final, Cork v Clare, at 1.45pm

Covered Stand: Adult €30, Juvenile €5

Uncovered Stand:  Adult €25, Juvenile €5

Stand Concession: €10 for students and OAPs

Terrace: Adult €15

Terrace Concession:  €5 for students and OAPs

Group Discount:  Adult Ticket Discount: Discount of €5 for stand and terrace tickets available when the club pre- purchases 15 or more adult tickets (no further concessions are available on these tickets). This package is only available through the County Board and must be pre purchased.

Juvenile Stand Discount: Stand tickets at €3 per juvenile + 1 adult free for every 10 juveniles i.e. €30 for 10 juveniles and 1 adult mentor. Again, package must be pre-purchased and is only available through the County Board.

Tickets available through clubs, selected SuperValu and Centra outlets and online through gaa.tickets.ie

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Hurling, Away to Brian Dillons, Sunday June 9th

 

 

 

 

In glorious summer sunshine we paid a visit to Brian Dillon’s for an U11 hurling match. The pitch was in great condition and set the ideal scene for hurling. Our lads were up for the game and Conor Docherty lead the charge from the start from centre back. Adrian Buckley and Eolan Dill were on top in midfield and we were a couple of points ahead when Fionn Hickey crashed the ball to the net to open up a good lead. At the other end Jack O’Callaghan made a great save from a close range shot and Senan Ryan and Danny Linehan held firm anytime the goal was threatened. From a fine clearance by Ethan Ryan the ball was worked into the full forward line by Patrick Harrington. Fionnan Quinlan found Stephen Whooley who scrambled the ball to the net for a fine team goal. In the second half Harry Coughlan and Brendan Quain entered the fray and both made an impact, Brendan with some great clearances and Harry with a fine point on the run. It was a really good team effort on the day from all involved, the workrate was very good in the conditions and we ran out deserving winners. Well done to all the lads.

Team picture can be found here

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Chill Insurance

A chara,
As you may be aware, Chill Insurance are the brand new sponsors of Cork county hurling and football teams. They are now introducing a GAA Club Affinity Scheme to help clubs countywide raise funds.

All you have to do is get a full quote on www.chill.ie , and use White’s Cross club’s designated code “Chill182” in the “promotional code” box when prompted.

 

Alternatively, phone them on 01-4003400 for a quote on all types of Insurance and mention our club’s designated code “Chill182”.

 

The club earn €10 every time someone becomes a customer of Chill Insurance, or renews their existing policy with the insurer. The more people who become customers from the club and community, the more money the club will earn! The scheme is open to everyone in the community; club members, local community members, family, and friends. All they need to do is use our club code “Chill182” to start earning.

Twice a year the club will receive a cheque from Chill Insurance with the funds that it has raised.

 

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