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Football Championship Weekend

Championship Weekend Beckons: After the recent disappointment of being knocked out of the County Hurling Championship and City Hurling Championship, both at the quarter final stage, within the space of 5 days we are all too aware in White’s Cross how a couple of big games within days of each other can define a season. This weekend is without doubt another one of these periods with both our Junior A and Junior B football teams contesting the quarter finals of their respective championships.

White’s Cross Junior A footballers play Douglas tomorrow Friday at 7:30pm while our Junior B side play Nemo Rangers Sunday morning at 11:00am – both games take place in Ballinlough.
All support would be greatly appreciated as these are two big games for the club against formidable opponents. Crosaire An Fhaoitigh abú.

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White’s Cross GAA Climb Carrántuohill

On Saturday January 21st next White’s Cross GAA members will climb Ireland’s highest mountain Carrántuohill, to raise funds for Aid Cancer Treatment (ACT) – 2D Ward Patient Comfort Fund.  The work being done by this unit at the Cork University Hospital is absolutely fantastic, and White’s Cross GAA are delighted to row in and show their support for this great cause.

Indeed it is not the first time that members of White’s Cross GAA have supported ACT.  Former club chairperson, and great club stalwart, John Hickey (Rest in Peace) and his colleagues of the time used to do an annual sponsored cycle from Cork to Castletownbere/Allihies to raise funds for this charity.  The annual cycle was the brainchild of the late Martin O’Driscoll, another former White’s Cross player, in whose memory it is named. Martin developed cancer in 1990 and after witnessing at first hand the care at the Radiotherapy Department of the Cork University Hospital he decided to raise funds for ACT.  He called upon his great friend, club-mate and work colleague, John Hickey – they both worked at the time in Bus Eireann, Cork. John was a keen cyclist and together they decided on a fund raising cycle; with Martin’s great love of his native West Cork they planned the first cycle to Castletownbere. Despite the fact that these two men have gone onto their eternal reward the annual cycle has continued for over 20 years.
The challenge now being set for club members is to take on Ireland’s highest mountain in the winter season.  With club member John Meade, also a running athlete, leading us out it will without doubt be the ideal type of bootcamp to kick off the last of the Christmas excesses!  Please be generous towards this worthy cause when club members produce the sponsorship card over the coming weeks.

Junior Start-Up 2011

It was the second White’s Cross junior outfit that commenced formal competitions for the 2011 season on Sunday, February 6th with a fixture versus Nemo Rangers in Trabeg. The cobwebs accumulated over the close-season were hampering our lads early on as Nemo raced into a four point lead. Eventually the Cross settled, with Alfie McEvoy showing very impressively at full-forward. Outside him Darragh Keane also began to exert a big influence on the game, and scored a goal and two points of the White’s Cross tally. Elsewhere Kevin Fennessy, George Osborne and Padraig Murnane all dominated their opponents and helped us grind out a one point victory, 1:10 to 1:9. A win away to Nemo is always a good victory and the ideal tonic to kick-off 2011. One week later however, at home to Na Piarsaigh, our lads were reminded they would not be having all things their own way for the new season, and paid the price for some wayward shooting, losing out 12 points to 6, in another fine game of football.

Our first junior fifteen also kicked off 2011 with a winning start, in a comprehensive victory away to St. Vincents. There have been some real nip-and-tuck encounters with Vincents over the past 10 years, but on this occasion, the Saints were not up for the battle, and once Brendain Murnane slotted home a first half goal, there was only going to be one winner. Others to dominate in this 3:12 to 0:7 victory were Denis O Regan, Eoin Murnane, Edwin and Conor Buckley. Bigger battles lie ahead…

Comhgairdeachas!

Heariest congratulations to Paul and Sharon Noonan on the birth of their twins
Hannah and Darragh. Paul has been in charge of our minor footballers for the past
number of seasons, as well as operating in the full-forward line on the second junior
football squad. He has stepped down as his role with the minors for the moment,
for obvious family reasons, but we do expect to see him togging out for the junior
footballers later in the year!
Paudie Curtin has taken over as coach to the minor footballers, and it is anticipated
that his wealth of experiences, will benefit this young squad greatly. Indeed Paudie
was selector to the Clyda Rovers side that went to the last two premier intermediate
county football finals. He has also had lots of previous experiences with White’s
Cross, including playing under 21 many years ago with us and managing the junior
footballers for much of the first decade of this millennium.