Football, Home to Cill na Martra, Monday April 28th

At sun-drenched White’s Cross our Under 13s put in a great show this evening against Cill na Martra and came away with a fine win. Gavin Cronin took charge in midfield from early on but scores were initially hard to come by. However persistence paid off when Cathal O’Flynn goaled to set us on our way. This was followed by a super point from Sadiq Bakare who was dominating the aerial duels in the forward line and a fine goal from Conor Docherty. Brendan Quain and Harry Coughlan were tenacious in defence and Aaron Wallace needed to be sharp in goals to keep out two Cill na Marta efforts as they came more into the game. Peter Twomey thundered into the match to take control at the back however, and one trademark clearance found Luke Murphy who threaded a lovely ball through to Conor  for his second goal. Further scores from Cathal & Conor saw White’s Cross take a healthy halftime lead. In the second half we made hard work of the early exchanges by over-elaborating and not taking our point-scoring opportunities. However we soon found our range again. Fionn Hickey and Patrick O’Hara were reading the game very well from half back and Gavin set up Patrick for two points, and with Kaelen Skillington putting Jordan Bransfield through for a super point we were back on track. Jack O’Callaghan saw a great effort come back off the post but set up Conor with the rebound for a good score. Scoring was completed with a fine point from Jordan and we ran out very deserving winners on the night. Well done to all the lads!



Under 8 Hurling blitz

Saturday the 12th of April saw another busy morning for our 2006/2007 born players, when they took part in one of Cork GAA’s monster hurling blitz in St. Vincents. This was the first outings for these players in hurling this year. With such a great turnout, again White’s Cross Gaa fielded two teams.
TEAM TIGERS manage by Martin Kelleher consist of  Cathal Whooley,Sean Delaney,Aidan Docherty,Oisin O Connell, Jamie Murphy, Caolan Garde and Mark O Keeffe. this team went on to play Crosshaven, Carrigaline and Inniscarra.
TEAM BEARS managed by Brian O Shea and Ray Monahan consist of Gerry McNamara, Oscar O Connell, Luke & Michael Mullins, Charlie O Callaghan, Charlie O Shea, Evan Quaine and Cillian Monahan. They played Mayfield, Inniscarra and Carrigaline.
Both teams showed great improvement from last year and showed great skill upfront with a good few scores going in past the goalies. The teams played very well together with great acts of team work been shown. Both teams showed great potential for the coming year by winning 2 out of 3 of their games.Great credit needs to  be given to their coach Martin Kelleher for his hard work and time in training the lads every week. all players were well impressed with their performance on the day.

Underage Blitz

Due to the large positive response from players, White’s Cross entered two teams into today’s blitz. both panels of ten players had a mix of players born in 2006 & 2007 for the 7 a side matches. the coaches were delighted with the efforts of all players, with great individual skill being shown but more importantly plenty of fantastic link-up play & teamwork. Thanks to all the parents & guardians who came to support the boys. thanks to George Healy for managing one of the teams and Anthony O Connor for performing referee duties.

Team Tigers took on Ballypehane, Douglas and Blarney. All three games were closely fought. Tigers won 2 and drew 1. The tigers showed great skill and determination in all three games. Charlie O Shea, Caolan Garde and Bobbby O Riordan showed great skill in the forward line keeping the goalie busy in  all 3 matches. Sean Delaney and Charlie O Callaghan had a great performances in midfield securing the ball and moving it forward at all times. Gerry McNaamara and Jack Kelleher were great help to all the goalies on the day with their defending of the ball and team work. Cathal Whooley, James Buckley and Oisin O Connell made great saves on the day and their concentration on the ball was well notice by all. They didnt make it easy for their oppoants. The Tigers showed great team work and skill on the day. Our 2007 players Jack Kelleher, Gerry McNamara and Charlie O Callaghan fitted in well with the older lads even showing them a thing or two. Team was managed by Martin Kelleher

Team Panel: Bobby O Riordan, Cathal Whooley, James Buckley, Caolan Garde, Oisin O Connell, Seàn Delaney, Charlie O Callaghan, Charlie O Shea, Gerry McNamara and Jack Kelleher.

Team lions took on Douglas , Glanmire  and Inniscarra.

All 3 games were hard challenges for our boys in green and white.  They drew two and won one. As with team tigers our players showed great class and skill. Their team play was outstanding and with great scores from Shane Buckley, Liam  O’Connor, Cillian Monahan and David Morley just to mention a few.  Jack Mehmet, Emmett Coughlan and Tomas Òg Flynn showed great skill in defending the goal with their quick thinking and getting the ball out fast. Jamie Murphy and Ronan Healy showed  style in midfield kicking the ball up to the forward and even having the odd chance at goal. Aidan Dorethy and Cillian Monahan  kept the goalie busy with their attacking skill with little of the ball going wide. Like our team tigers our 2007 players Emmett Coughlan and Tomas Òg Flynn settle in well with our 2006 players.Team was managed by George Healy.

Team Panel::Aidan Docherty, David Morley, Jack Mehmet. Jamie Murphy, Liam O Connor, Ronan Healy, Shane Buckley, Cillian Monaghan, Emmet Coughlan, Thomas Òg Flynn.


White’s Cross Camogie Report

Camogie u8/10’s match versus Erins Own 12th of April 2014
What an afternoon in White’s Cross GAA pitch today with our u8 & U10 camogie girls taking on Erins Own in their first match this season. These set of girls only set out last year to played camogie and learn all the skills to play the game and to catch up with kids who have been playing since they are 4 or 5 years of age. Last year these set of girls only played 3 games due to the set up of the club with registering and organizing insurance for the players. You can say those matches were down hearten as the opponents had experience on their side. Training also this year was interrupted with the weather not helping girls move on. We started out this afternoon just hoping the girls would get a hit of the ball and some experience but by god did the green and white colours shine through our girls today. All you could say was they did the club, coaches, parents and more importantly themselves very proud..
 Our under 8 team consisting  of Isabel Kelleher, Isabel Hyde, Sarah Keohane, Abbie Garde, Maggie O Shea, Kate Manley and Grainne Sneddon. there coach was Catherine O Shea.
This team showed no fear at all and got stuck in from the start taking on Erins Own head on. Our Youngest player Maggie O Shea took the role of goalie and she showed her worth by her great saves on the day, Abbie Garde and Kate Manley helped her out with some great blocking on the back line. Isabel Kelleher and Isabel Hyde kept the ball moving at all times in midfield not giving their opponents any chance to get the ball. Our forward line Grainne Sneddon and Sarah Keohane made great use of the ball by scoring most of the time.. Our girls were well pleased with themselves coming of the pitch after winning their first match out. We won’t report on the scoreline but no doubt if you ask one of the players they will gladly tell you.
Our under 10 girls consisting of Lilly O Riordan, Chloe Gaffney, Jessie Murphy, Teagan Collins, Rebecca Kelleher, Ellie Murphy, Courtney McCormack, Penny Cronin, Cliodhna Millard, Jill Casey, Bobbie O Connell and Olivia McCarthy. These 12 girls were outstanding on the day. They got stuck in at the start. our first half goalie Teagan Collins made some great saves causing a few problems for our opponents, she was supported very well with her defenders Lillie O Riordan, Chloe Gaffney and Rebecca Kelleher. Lillie’s long pucks in the air proved a great assets to get the ball out of the danger zone and Rebecca and Chloe never once ran  away from the ball blocking at all cost even using their bodies once in awhile. Our midfield trio again worked very well together with penny Cronin,Jill Casey and Jessie Murphy. Jessie’s hard pull on the ball gave our forwards some great chances along with penny’s strength and capability in all parts of the field proved a great pair up with Jill really fitting in between the two snatching what balls came her way. Our forward line of Olivia McCarthy, Cliodhna Millard and Courtney McCormack made great use of the ball they received. Even though they didn’t score often there team wok was brilliant  and no fear attitude having them fighting for every ball.  Bobbie O Connell and Ellie Murphy could be found in any part of the field doing anything from blocking and pulling hard on the ball to get it where it was meant to go.
 Our girls never say die attitude was outstanding all the way through the match with a goal at the end for their reward. Even though the scoreline was 4-2 to Erins own we couldn’t say White’s Cross  girls were the losers. They set out at the start of the match to get stuck in and they never stop till the final whistle was blown. Our girls to us their coaches and their parents were the winners for showing great improvement and determination from last year. There is a great team in the making with these set of girls and great days out to be had in future.
It was a great afternoon up in White’s Cross and great credit must be given to Erins Own gaa for traveling up to us and giving our girls a great game. They also have some fine players on the way up, no doubt it wont be our last time meeting .

Minor Football v Canovee

Hard luck to the White’s Cross minor footballers, who lost out to Canovee, on a score line of 2.11 to 2.07. This was a very close game and both side were level with 4 minutes to go, but a late goal for Canovee proved vital and with it went the lads chances of victory. In the first half White’s Cross played some lovely stuff and took some great scores. In the forward line, killian Ryan, luke Cambridge and his brother Corey caused the Canovee defence untold problems. In midfield paul hayes was full of running while Sean o Leary  and Tony Okeeffe linked up well in the backline and started many of the White’s Cross attacks. When half time came White’s Cross lead 2.04 to 0.05 points. In the second half Canovee up the tempo and managed to get the game level with 5 minutes to go and set up an exciting finish. Both side had there chances and White’s Cross would regret the missed opportunities they had. With 4 minutes to go the referee gave a disputed hop ball on the edge of the White’s Cross square and from this the ball ended up in the White’s Cross net. This was a big blow to the lads and the time was limited to make any sort of come back. Nothing could be taken away from the heart the lads showed throughout the game and the unlucky way the lads lost was heart breaking. These lads will not play again competitively until after the junior and leaving Certs are complete and we wish them every success in there exams. The lads will have the Minor Championship to look forward to when they get there school holidays and we are sure, they can make an impact in that, judging by the heart and resolve they showed tonight. Unluckly tonight lads, brighter days ahead, for sure.


Minor Football v Crosshaven

Well done to the White’s Cross minor football squad on there victory tonight over Crosshaven, on a scoreline of 3.16 to 2.03.                         

In a game in which White’s Cross started slowly, the lads regrouped and put in a great display of score taken and ended up comfortable winners. Some great scores from Paul Hayes and Fergal Reid, followed by a brace of goals from Killian Ryan helped settle the team and soon they were in control of this match. In the second half scores from Adam Bransfield and Corey Cambridge kept the scoreboard ticking over. Some great skills from the likes of Luke Cambridge and Shane Twomey always kept the game out of Crosshavens reach. In the half back line Andrew Coughlan and Sean O Leary covered huge amounts of ground and joined the attack at every possible opportunity. The lads are out again on Wednesday night at home to Canovee and lets hope they can keep this winning formula going. Well done lads



U13 vs Grenagh

Our Under 13s had their first outing of the year on Monday evening in Grenagh and delivered a super performance. Gavin Cronin and Conor Docherty dominated the early exchanges from midfield and Gavin opened the scoring with a fine point from distance. This was followed by a quick fire goal from Conor and point from Adrian Buckley. Scores were hard to come by for the next period of the half, and our defence lead the way with Peter Twomey and Tom Casey rock solid at the back. After Harry Coughlan burst out of defence, a great one-two between Patrick O’Hara and Luke Murphy set up Conor Docherty for a goal. White’s Cross really showed their dominance when the same player completed his hat-trick a few minutes later, quickly followed by a further 1-1 from Jordan Bransfield to give our lads a good half-time lead. A shaky start to the second half needed keeper Brendan Quain to be on his toes and he pulled off a fine save from close range. This shook any complacency out of the lads and superb lay-offs from Cathal O’Flynn and Sadiq Bakare set up the hard-working Adrian Buckley for 2 goals and Jordan for a hat-trick. Fionn Hickey switched from defence to attack and made his presence felt with a couple of quick-fire goals, after some sweeping moves through Peter, Tom, Patrick & Luke. Jack O’Callaghan set up Conor Docherty for a fine point, and scoring was completed with a goal from distance by the outstanding Gavin Cronin. It was an evening where the lads played some classy football and showed some great passing and movement skills. But they also worked hard for each other and got their reward with a fine win. Well done to all involved.



A Long Weekend of Dancing and Parading!

St. Patrick’s weekend proved a hectic one for many of our members on the social side.  It started out on the Friday night with the Upper Glanmire National School ‘Strictly Come Dancing Fundraiser’.  This night proved an outstanding success and great credit must go to the team of organisers that planned and executed the evening enjoyed by over 300 attendees.  White’s Cross GAA was very happy to support this very worthy cause, with many of our members involved in the night’s proceedings.  There were many connections to the Club amongst the line-up of 11 sets of dancers:

1. Micheál Cremin & Margaret O Mahony – Margaret is sister of our Chairman Pat O Callaghan
2. Denis Dennehy & Evelyn Kearney
3. Pat O Callaghan & Julie Dennehy – Pat is our Club Chairman
4. Brian O’Connor & Norma O’Mahony – Brian is parent of a juvenile member
5. Conor Kelleher & Eileen McAllen – Conor is our Communications Officer
6. Dermot O’Mahony & Catherine Cashman – Dermot played for White’s Cross
7. Colman Quain & Catríona O’Connor – Colman is parent of juvenile members
8. Diarmuid Quinlan & Pearl Turpin – Diarmuid is parent of juvenile members and Pearl is of the Hennessy family, our juvenile sponsors
9. Tomás Cuffe & Jennifer Thomas
10. Willie Martin & Avril Murphy – Avril is parent of juvenile members
11.David Noonan & Petrice Dineen O’Leary

Along with these links to the dancers our 2013 captain Eoin Murnane acted as Master of Ceremonies on the night, while our Cultural Officer Mike Meade did a superb job with his camera-work.  Teresa Quain, our Juvenile Treasurer, worked tirelessly behind the scenes in organising the entire event.

A special word of congratulations goes to Avril Murphy and Willie Martin, who were the overall winners on the night.  Avril is the mother of five of our juvenile club members – Ross, Luke, Shay and Mike play with various boys’ teams from under 16 years down to under 5 while Elle is a key member of the Under 10 girls’ team.

On the Bank Holiday Monday, Upper Glanmire Community Association once again had a fantastic turnout for their second St. Patrick’s Day parade with numbers of both participants and attendees up on the previous year.  White’s Cross GAA Juvenile Club was delighted to participate in the parade which commenced at the Community Centre before parading down to Ros Árd and returning back up to the hall once again.  Then the huge attendance adjourned to the sports hall where there was lots and lots of fun activities for young and not so young alike!  Face-painting, Zumba dancing, bouncy-castles, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí music, rodeo bull bucking bronco, Irish dancing, sumo wrestling were some of the activities organised for the second part of the afternoon.

White’s Cross GAA would like to complement the Upper Glanmire Community Association on their great work in piecing together this very special day for our community – it was obvious for all to see that a vast amount of preparation went into organising and executing the busy day.  Moreover we say a big thank you to the parents of our young members who ensured that the green and white White’s Cross jerseys were sparkling clean for the parade – colours that were very much in keeping with the day itself!


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