Juvenile End of Year Celebration

Thanks to Dave Maher for providing us with great photographs of the White’s Cross Juvenile GAA Celebration at the Vienna Woods Hotel on Sunday, November 23rd. Boosted by the win of our Junior A Footballers in their league final earlier in the day there was a real party atmosphere evident! Indeed, as Juvenile Club Chairperson Mike O Flynn noted in his address to the great crowd, the Minor Footballer of the Year Billy O Hara was a member of this victorious panel, and stated he was confident that he would see many more players in the next number of years make a very successful transition from the juvenile to the adult teams.
Cork hurler Daniel Kearney was our guest-of-honour and he presented awards across all age-groups for both girls and boys from 4 years of age right up to 18 years. Thanks to Daniel for adding to the occasion by completing this deed – our young members were delighted to shake hands with one of their heroes. Thanks also to Philip Cahill who really added to the night also with his singing – entertaining the crowds either side of the formal proceedings. Thanks also to our hosts – the Vienna Woods Hotel – as always the function room was in tip-top shape and adds great formality to this event.
A surprise was in store for two of the adult members in the Club with Special Awards presented to club stalwarts Pat O Callaghan and Seamus McCarthy, in recognition of the outstanding behind-the-scenes work they have done for the betterment of the Juvenile Club in the past number of years. Both of these men have spent endless hours above at the Club’s Grounds toiling with all the various developments that have been ongoing there – be it the walkway, the hurling wall, the astro-turf pitch, the additional dressing-rooms, the ball-nets, the outdoor gym equipment, the benches and other seating – none of these would be what they are today without the gigantic work of this pair. Moreover, when it comes to the small projects that make all the difference – be it painting, plumbing, scrubbing, strimming, cutting, growing, washing, cleaning, sowing – the handprints of Pat and Seamus are all over these jobs too. Fair play to you lads from all in the White’s Cross GAA Juvenile Club – it is greatly appreciated agus lean ar aghaidh leis an dea-obair.
Mike O Flynn also paid tribute to all the Club Volunteers who had put so much time and energy into the running of the teams in White’s Cross across all the ages – 2015 saw more teams fielded across the ages, codes and genders than ever before in the Club. Mike also thanked the parents and families of our young players for the support and encouragement they have given to White’s Cross in 2015.
Once again these young boys and girls were all excellently behaved last night – fair play daoibh go leir. We hope everyone that attended enjoyed the occasion. CLCG Crosaire an Fhaoitgh abú!

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Junior A Team win Football League

Junior A team win League

Kevin Buckley, captain of White’s Cross makes his speech after yesterday’s Junior A Football League Final win over Passage. While the manner of this victory would raise some questions, as the side coughed up an eight point lead to win 0-11 to 0-10, it matters little as the record books will show the Cross as victorious! For the time of year, and given the fact that the A hurling equivalent had acted as a curtain-raiser to this encounter, the pitch at Ballinlough was in very good condition. White’s Cross totally dominated proceedings throughout the first half and had the unusual distinction of keeping their opponents scoreless in the first half – leading 0-8 to 0-0 at the short whistle. Huge credit must go to young Cillian Ryan who put in a man-of-the-match performance in this opening half from his wing back berth – however an injury picked up as he intercepted a Passage attack for the umpteenth time before the break meant he did not reappear for the second half.
Invariably Passage rallied after they had drawn their breath at the break and came at the White’s Cross defence incessantly throughout the second period. Indeed it looked late in the game that White’s Cross would rue a number of clear cut goal chances they had failed to convert when they had been coasting earlier. However some last ditch defending by Eoin Murnane, Kevin Buckley and Murt Kelleher meant that a fine point from Brendáin Murnane 52 minutes in proved a winning score for White’s Cross.
Team: Michael Osborne, Sean O Gorman, Eoin Murnane, Cormac Manning, Cillian Ryan, Kevin Buckley (captain), Martin Reid, Murt Kelleher, Conor Buckley, Dylan Burke, Edwin Buckley, Brendáin Murnane, Sean Murnane, Bryan O Sullivan, Donnacha Murnane. Subs: Cian Smith for Ryan (inj.) 30 mins; Kevin Fennessy for S. Murnane 42 mins.; John O Connell for Burke 51 mins.; Eoin Whooley for Kelleher (black card) 57 mins.; Billy O Hara; Aidan O Neill; Richard Sherlock; Niall Twomey; Don O Connell & Conor Kelleher.