2014 Competitive Action Commences

The inclement weather meant a whole raft of postponements on the first and second weekends of February, of games fixed by both the Seandún Junior Divisional Board and the Rebel Óg East Board, and thus various White’s Cross teams at both juvenile and adult level saw their proposed match fixtures go by the way side – including Under 14 football versus Grenagh; Under 18 football versus Canovee and Junior A football versus Bishopstown.  Indeed even the latter fixture had to be postponed a second time as pitches still remained unplayable on the following weekend.

Thus it was the club’s second junior football side that had the distinction of commencing competitive action in 2014 with a Junior B League fixture away to St. Vincents.  It must be said, that despite all the bad weather, the sand-based ground at Vincents was in excellent condition.  With various new rule changes being introduced this year by the GAA both sides were no doubt somewhat apprehensive about their implications especially early on.  While the introduction of the black card and new definitions around the tackle are the big game changers, for many on the field the greatest change was that mouthguards were now mandatory for the first time in adult football – they had been made mandatory at juvenile level one year previous!

The game proved a most entertaining encounter with some very good passages of football.  Early on the sharp-shooting of Paul Hayes at corner-forward proved a great tonic for White’s Cross as he scored a couple of fine points.  However the big score in the first half was Conal Smith’s goal 20 minutes in, after he showed great determination to run at the Vincent’s defence and drill home from 20 metres.  With Kevin Fennessy and Martin Reid getting a strangehold on the middle of the field, and Thomas Meade, Brian Murphy and Sean Gorman mopping up well in defence, White’s Cross certainly had the upper hand at the break.

However St. Vincents weren’t going to take defeat without a battle, and despite playing against the wind in the second half, they forced their way back into this encounter.  A double substitution by manager Anthony Kelleher saw Sean Twomey and Robert McElhinney enter the frey, and this proved crucial as in their very first touches they combined for a lovely one-two and McElhinney, one of four White’s Cross minors to see action in this game, scored a fine second goal.  With another minor Cillian Ryan kicking a couple of lovely points, and a not-so-minor Conor Kelleher doing likewise, White’s Cross won out on a scoreline of 2-10 to 1-8.  A good start to 2014 – tosach maith, leath na h-oibre!

Team: Ruairí Murnane; Richard Sherlock, Pádraig Murnane, Aidan O Neill; Brian Murphy, Sean Gorman, Thomas Meade (captain); Kevin Fennessy, Martin Reid; Conal Smith, Derek O Connor, Niall Twomey, Michéal Brosnan, Conor Kelleher, Paul Hayes. Also introduced: Cillian Ryan (30 mins.); Robert McElhinney and Sean Twomey (40 mins.); Shane Twomey (45 mins.).



Area Litter Pick Spring 2014

A hardy set of troops from White’s Cross GAA lined out for action on a very blustery morning on Saturday, February 8th last – however the call-to-action on this occasion didn’t involve a ball big or small, but instead it was to assist in the litter pick organised by the Upper Glanmire Community Association.  With a Status Orange warning issued by Met Eireann for the time of the litter-pick many stayed at home assuming the event would be postponed.

Indeed if the truth be known many of those who turned up were making a similar assumption!  It was all going to plan when the Upper Glanmire Community Association PRO and event co-ordinator, Pauline Hyde Ballinvriskig made an executive decision, as the wind howled and the rain pelted down, that the event would indeed be postponed and rescheduled to the following Saturday week.  Secretly many of the troops were relieved with this decision… that was until Liam Cashman, Coole East, requested some litter bags stating that he would do a stretch of road as the rescheduled date didn’t suit him.  With John Meade, Ballyphilip, also deciding that given he was there, he too would assist Liam, others decided they too weren’t going to be put off by this fancy new warnings from met Eireann!  The less hardy amongst us reluctantly agreed to proceed with the pick, and all of a sudden it was game on…!

Some three hours later, and 120 refuse sacks full and more of rubbish gathered, the weary troops began their return to the Community Centre for some top-notch refreshments!  As it transpired, the rain held off for the most of the time as we quickly acclimatised to the strong winds.  Pat O Callaghan and Eoin O Mahony, Coole East; along with Pat, Martin and Fearghal Reid, Crush, Martin Flynn, Piercetown  and Nick Harden, Coolegreen coordinated the gathering of the accumulated litter across the 6.5 kilometres of roads covered.

Indeed as the author pens this piece it becomes obvious that this was very much a community initiative from the townlands represented by those who turned up on this wild morning: as well as the above mentioned townlands there were also representatives from the following: Lisnahorna, Gurraneboy, Ballinoe, Sarsfields Court, and no doubt others too from the 30 or so involved on the stormy morning .  There is a smashing word in the Irish language, ‘meitheal’ which conveys the idea of community spirit in which neighbours respond to each other’s needs.  It is fair to say that this initiative, coordinated by Upper Glanmire Community Assocation, illustrates the sense of meitheal is very strong in our community – White’s Cross GAA are delighted to play their role.

Users of the following roads should hopefully see the benefits of the efforts of the team of pickers on Saturday, February 8th: from Upper Glanmire Community Centre down to White’s Cross itself; from White’s Cross down to Laherdane Cross; from White’s Cross up to Ballynoe Convalescent Home; the Piercetown road; Ballyphilip Lane; from White’s Cross GAA Grounds down to the terrace in Coole East.

Other roads we would like to have tackled had the weather been kinder to us and/or there been more volunteers present include: from White’s Cross to Dublin Pike Junction; from Ballinoe Convalescent Home up to the fork in the road past Inform-Nutrition; from Community Centre down past Ros Árd and on up to Buckleary’s Cross and Barry’s Lane.  The next official litter pick is scheduled for Saturday, April 12th to coincide with An Taisce’s National Spring Clean so all going to plan these roads will be covered and more…  In the meantime other targeted mini-blitzes are planned also for particular stretches of road.  Do you live in the Upper Glanmire / White’s Cross area?  If so would you be willing to row in with this initiative and play your part in volunteering your time and efforts to this cause – if so, mark April 12th in your diary.  In the meantime, and if the date does not suit, perhaps you might consider covering a stretch of your local roads – even if it has been covered by our recent efforts it would benefit from more regular policing. Check out the Upper Glanmire Community Association facebook page for more details and updates.  Again to borrow a phrase from our native tongue: Ní neart go cur le chéile / There is no strength without unity.