Juvenile Archive

Underage 2011

Under 8 Football Blitz
Whites Cross U8’s travelled to Shamrocks on Sunday to  play in a football blitz.  The teams that competed were Whites Cross, Passage, Shamrocks and a fourth team made up of Passage and Shamrocks. All four teams were evenly matched and some great games were played.
Some fantastic performances were given by all the players and they are now getting their rewards on the playing pitch after all the hard work during the year.  All the players were on a high after three great matches.  Players on the day were Daniel Kelleher, Eolan Dill, Charlie Minahane, Harry Buckley, Ethan Ryan, Senan Ryan, Fionnan Quinlan, Patrick Harrington, Olan Skillington, Harry Coughlan, Brendan Quain, Sean Twomey and Stephen Whooley
Here are some pictures from the day
Cormac O’Flynn tells us what he thought of the 2011 White’s Cross Vhi Cúl Camp
White’s Cross Cúl Camp 2011 was the best ever.
The sun shone,the rain stayed away and we spent over 20 hours outdoors honing our skills in hurling and football. Each day was varied and interesting. My coach John Meade gave us new challenges every day and we were even ‘ag labhairt as gaeilge’ on Friday.
The Cúl Camp is a great way to begin our Summer holidays. We spent time with our friends having fun and improving our skills in both hurling and football.
Thanks to all our coaches for a great week.
Roll on 2012!
Juvenile Season Review:

Its been an exciting season in Whites Cross with the club fielding teams at 3 separate age groups (U13,12 & 11).
It’s the great result of a few years hard work on behalf of the Juvenile club and its volunteers as well as the excellent support of parents.
Here is a run down of the season so far for our three age groups.

U13:

For the first time in many years the club has fielded both a Hurling and a Football team in formal competition at U13 level. The squad is a young one with many of the players still eligible for U12 and U11. In Football the team has come through a very tough group winning 4 of their 6 games to qualify for a league semi final against Crosshaven in August. The team narrowly lost to Dripsey in the Championship semi final. The squad will be full of confidence for the league Semi Final and if they play as they have played all year then this group has every chance of winning silverware this season.
Hurling league was interrupted by a number of clubs pulling out of the league and Whites Cross still have 2 games to play in the league having lost their opening games to White Church, however most of this team was on holidays for the game which does not give a full reflection of the great improvements made by the U13s in Hurling. The team will contest the U13 Championship final against Dripsey and with the quality of hurling improving each week they have every chance of lifting the cup.

U12:

The U12 team has had a very good year playing in a large division where hurling and football are contested every second game. The lads have held their own against some of the biggest clubs in the county such as Erins Own and Castlelyons. The Erins Own coaches remarked that their hurling match against Whites Cross was one of the best games to watch and one of the toughest games they had played in.
Whites Cross U12 contested the Porter Cup final away to Brian Dillons and came away with a very fine trophy lifted by Captain Sean Kelly who along with the likes of Cormac O Flynn, Colin McCarthy, Ryan McCarthy and all the lads involved helped drive Whites Cross on to victory.

U11:

The U11 team is currently contesting a round robin series of fixtures alternating between hurling and football played between Whites Cross, Grenagh, Donaghmore & White Church. The games are of the ‘Go Games’ variety with no scores kept. The Boys in Green have held their own in all games and have looked a particularly skilful and well drilled as a group. Players such as Gavin Cronin and Dan O Hara to name just two have caught the eye

Underage 2010

Hennessy’s Service Station, White’s Cross –
Sponsors of White’s Cross Under-Age Club
Underage News
With the lengthening of the evenings, hopefully coinciding with an improvement in the weather, the under-age teams will all move once more to the great outdoors!  Having spent the winter season based between a combination of indoor halls and astro-turf pitches, the teams will once more return to White’s Cross GAA Grounds.  Currently the 5 to 7 year olds train on a Sunday morning and the 8 to 9 year olds train on a Friday evening.  The 10 to 12 year olds also train on Sundays.  However at the time of print, venues and times are subject to change, as we wait on the longer evenings etc.  Thus if you are not on our weekly text up-dates, please feel free to contact Conor at 087-6293430, who will be glad to refer you onto the relevant team coaches.  Please also watch out for our Registration Day in April and Lá na gClub on May 9th. Beidh fáilte ‘gus céad romhat!
Under 14 results
Whites Cross 4-5 Nemo 4-9
Whites Cross 3-5 Barrs 3-6
Whites Cross 9-14 B’phehane 1-2
Whites Cross 5-4 B’town 3-6
Whites Cross 4-7 Douglas 5-2

2009 Underage

 

U11 FOOTBALL ST LEAGUES 2009

Under 11 Street Leagues

Presentation The White’s Cross U11 Street Leagues kicked off Sun March 22 in the Club Field. 19 Boys and Girls entered and 4 teams were created to battle it out.

Each team will play each other twice before the final league standing is calculated over the coming weeks. The winners of the league and the runners up will play the A final and the 3rd and 4th will contest the B final.

After the first week the Bears top the table thanks in no small part to Cormac O’ Flynns fine scores. Emily Hall and Padraig Cloran also made big impressions in the opening round of games.

With only two more weeks left there is till time to get involved so be there next week!! Medals and cups will be presented by a special guest on the final day so dont miss out!!

Week2:

The second week of action in the White’s Cross Street League proved more exciting than the first with the Bears continuing their impressive form thanks to big performances from Ciaran Quain, Emily Hall, the always impressive Aaron Kent and Cormac O’ Flynn. The Lions Finally got some points on the board with newcomers Daniel Kelleher, Sean Kelly and young Cathal O’ Flynn aiding Ross Murphy who put in a big performance. Sharks had another consistent week thanks to the battling qualities of Ronan Quain and Cillian Hall complimenting the goals of Ryan McCarthy and Ruairi Casey who is earning quite a reputation in front of the posts. Tigers had a hard weekend losing both games but never stopped fighting for the cause and Padraig Cloran, Jack Kiely, Shane McElhinney and Colin McCarthy came off the field with heads held high!

The competition is nicely poised for the final round of games.

Week 3:

All to play for in the final week of action as the U11 Street league reached its final round of matches. Each team played its final 2 league games to decide the final standings and the places in the A & B finals.

All 4 final league games finished level with all teams securing a bonus point.

Final League Places saw Bears finish top with 14 points followed by the Sharks on 12. Lions finished 3rd with 9 points while Tigers were 4th with8 points.

This meant Bears took on Sharks in the A final while Lions and Tigers would battle out the B final.

The Finals:

The B final between the Lions and Tigers proved to be an epic battle that twisted one way then another with the Tigers marginally claiming a 9-7 victory having trailed by four in the first half. Big performances from Corey Cambridge, Shane McElhiney and Colin McCarthy added to the impressive display by Padraig Cloran and Jack Kiely led the Tigers to victory. Lions had every right to be proud however with Fiachra O’ Connell, Adam Kent Sean Kelly and Cathal O’ Flynn taking inspiration from the mighty Ross Murphy.

The A final was as exciting with League winners the Bears racing into a 5-0 half time lead thanks to Ciaran Quains continued good form in front of goal and Emily Hall and her creative handpassing skills.Sharks though made a game of it in the second half with scores from Ronan Quain and strong performances from Ruairi Casey, Ryan McCarthy, Cillian Hall and Cian O’Donovan. In the end though the Bears proved too strong with Cormac O Flynn providing the firepower and Aaron Kent offering the steel in defence. Daniel Kelleher finished a fine team  move to leave the Final Scores Bears 7 to the sharks 4.

Cork Football star Nicholas Murphy was in attendance and was quite impressed by the display of football skills on offer. He told the players the importance of playing with their local club and presented each player who took part a medal to reward their efforts.

Nicholas also presented the following individual awards:

Top Scorer: From week 1 Cormac O’ Flynn has led the charts and thats where he stayed for the entire 7 games notching up 21 scores. Cormac is a quiet assassin in front of goal letting his shooting boots do most of the talking.

Best Player: Any number of players could have won this prize with the likes of Aaron Kent, Padraig Cloran and Ronan Quain (who was singled out by Whites Cross Junior Star Paul Noonan as a particularly accomplished young footballer) narrowly missing out. In the end the guts and skill of Ross Murphy saw him confirmed as player of the tournament to the loud cheers of fellow players and supporters! A popular choice on the day.

Special Award: Watch out Elaine Harte!! Whites Cross has produced another ladies footballer of considerable talent. Emily Hall was the lone girl taking part in the league and throughout never pulled back from the boys. As well as a winners medal from the A final, Emily picked up a special award to recognise her bravery and skills during the competition.

Special Award:  From the first day of training, 18 months ago, one player has shown more improvement than anyone else. Ciaran Quain’s achievement was recognised when Nicholas Murphy presented him with a trophy for most improved player. Ciaran’s Meteoric rise could not be stopped even when he missed a number of weeks to attend hospital over Christmas 08. Since January Ciaran has returned with a bang and has become a super young footballer with a big future with the Whites Cross team lying ahead of him.

So a great few weeks action came to a thrilling climax on 05-04-09. However this group will be back in action after Easter in the new Development League with 6 weeks of action scheduled against Gleann Na Laoi, Delaneys and Grenagh.

To Quote club President Dermot Whooley who attended the finals on Sunday, ‘Whites Cross GAA has a big future with these young players’.

Thanks to all the parents and club members who helped out in the completing of this competition and we hope to see you all at the matches in the coming weeks.

Ciaran/Ger

League Info:

Lions Tigers Bears Sharks
Ross Murphy Padraig Cloran Aaron Kent Ronan Quain
Fiachra O’ Connell Jack Kiely Cormac O’ Flynn Cillian Hall
Adam  Kent Corey Cambridge Ciaran Quain Ruairi Hayes
Sean Kelly Shane McElhenny Emily Hall Ryan McCarthy
Cathal O’ Flynn Colin McCarthy Daniel Kelleher Cian O’ Donovan
     

Table:

Table:
Team Pld W L D Bonus F A PTS
Bears 6 2 2 2 4 21 16 14
Sharks 6 2 4 0 4 18 18 12
Lions 6 1 5 0 4 18 24 9
Tigers 6 1 4 1 2 19 18 8
Week 1:
Lions V’s Tigers 0 – 4
       
Bears V’s Sharks 5 – 1
       
Bears V’s Tigers 3 – 3
       
Lions V’s Sharks 2 – 5
Week 2:
Lions V’s Bears 5 – 5
       
Tigers V’s Sharks 3 – 5
       
Lions V’s Tigers 5 – 4
       
Bears V’s Sharks 3 – 2
Week 3:
Bears V’s Tigers 5 – 5
       
Lions V’s Sharks 5 – 5
       
Lions V’s Bears 5 – 5
       
Tigers V’s Sharks 5 – 5
       
Final A Bears Sharks
Final B Tigers Lions
     

Bears  7 – 4 Sharks

Tigers 9 – 7 Lions

Top scorers charts:

Top Scorers: Goals
Cormac O’ Flynn 21
Padraig Cloran 18
Ross Murphy 14
Cillian Hall 12
Jack Kiely 10
Aaron Kent 9
Ciaran Quain 9
Corey Cambridge 9
Adam Kent 9
Ruairi Hayes 8
Sean Kelly 8
Emily Hall 5
Daniel Kelleher  5

Under-Age Matters

After the summer recess, under-age training has recommenced each Sunday morning at the Club grounds from 11am to 12pm.  This training is open to both boys and girls between 5 and 11 years and new players are always welcome.  These sessions will include both football and hurling coaching over the coming weeks.  Enquiries to Conor at 087-6293430.  

Our Under 8’s were first into action post the summer break, when they participated in a blitz at Kerry Pike recently.  The other teams participating were Gleann na Laoi and Delanys.  In the first game of the morning our side were pitted against our neighbours from Dublin Hill.  Inspired by the great booming clearances of Cathal O Flynn, and the tireless running of midfielders Gavin Cronin and Luke Murphy we ran out winners.  Although starting hesitantly, once the forward play of Emma Coffey, Jack O Callaghan and Jack Casey clicked into gear, there was only going to be one winner.  In the second game of the day it was tigerish defending from Orla Coffey, Aaron Wallace, Martha Quain, Katelyn Hall and Robbie O Driscoll, ensured Mark Wallace had a quiet time in goal.  At the other end the crucial scores came from Peter Twomey and Cian O Brien. 

Afterwards our winning side were presented with their medals and some well-earned refreshments.  It was just the tonic that was needed to kick off the second half of the playing year! 

Under 11 District League Runners-Up 2009

 

UNDER- AGE COACHING

WITH THE HOLIDAYS OVER AND THE START OF THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR, NOW IS A GREAT TIME TO GET YOUR CHILD(REN) INVOLVED IN A REGULAR EXERCISE ROUTINE ONCE MORE!  WHETHER THEY BE NEW OR LAPSED MEMBERS ALL ARE VERY WELCOME TO THE WEEKLY WHITE’S CROSS GAA COACHING SESSIONS.


These sessions have now re-commenced again after a well-earned break during August.  The training takes place each Sunday morning at the White’s Cross GAA grounds
from 11 am to 12 pm.  In these sessions boys and girls from 5 years right up to 12 years are facilitated, with groups divided by age.
  Under the guidance of a team of coaches including Paul O’ Donovan, Ciaran Allen, Ger Hayes, Richie Sherlock, Conor Kelleher and others, the participants learn the skills of Gaelic football and hurling in a fun environment and simultaneously get valuable physical exercise in!  There have been games organised regularly for these age-groups too, with Erins Own, Ballinora, Oliver Plunketts and   Lisgoold some of the teams played in recent times.

So please feel free to bring your crew along to join in the fun any Sunday morning!  It might be worthwhile to give Paul a quick call at  085-7237732  to confirm the session is going ahead on your chosen Sunday, in case we are travelling off to play a game somewhere that particular day. 

Vhi Cúl Camp 08

Find more photos from the VHI Cul Camp 08 by clicking here

White’s Cross GAA again ran their Vhi Cúl Camp at the Upper Glanmire Community Centre, White’s Cross.  A sell out crowd of one hundred and twenty-five boys and girls, between the ages of five and thirteen years of age, attended the week long course.

The success of this camp over the years, according to camp-coordinator Conor Kelleher, is dominantly down to the team of Coaches and Assistants who work diligently and enthusiastically to ensure all participants benefit from the week’s activities.  Thanks to Sile Burns, Paul O’ Donovan, Eoin Murnane, Colleen Foley, Brendáin Murnane, Paul O’ Sullivan, Elaine Harte, Hanora Mulcahy, Paul Harte, Edel Barry, Laura Barry, Mary Barry, Caitríona Harte, Joe Leahy, Alan Ramsay, John Ramsay, Ruari Murnane, Seamus Reid, Martin Reid, Lillian Whooley and Aidan Harte for their work this year.  Thanks also to Ann Reid, Ger O Driscoll and Jennifer Thomas who made themselves available to do all sorts of errands during the week.

As always, White’s Cross GAA is very grateful to the Upper Glanmire Community Association for the use of its facilities for the week.  This year a special word of thanks also goes to Old Cristians RFC, and in particular the O’ Connell family, for the use of their sports hall, on a wet Tuesday morning, when there was an equally bleak forecast for that particular day!  A special word of praise also to the parents who helped transport children to and from this location that day.

Over the years a key highlight of the White’s Cross camps has always been the visits of inter-county GAA stars.  In past years inter-county hurlers including Joe Deane, Tom Kenny, and even Clare captain Frank Lohan have visited the White’s Cross venue, while Graham Canty, Nicholas Murphy and James Masters represented the Cork footballers.  This year was no different and was again a great place to be for the autograph hunters!  As stated above, Síle Burns, vice-captain of the Cork senior Camogie side and Elaine Harte, goalkeeper of the Cork senior Ladies Football side were part of the coaching staff.  

The final day of the Camp saw a host of visitors with Daniel Goulding, one of the heroes on the Cork side to beat Kerry in the Munster Senior Football Final, visiting in the morning.  Daniel spoke to each of the groups and made comparisons between his own relatively-small club, Eire Og, and White’s Cross. That afternoon, a second member of the Cork football squad, Patrick Kelly, assisted presenting the medals and certificates to each of the participants.  He was accompanied in making the presentations by another young Cork star, but this time one of the senior hurlers – Cathal Naughton.  Thus on that final Friday afternoon there was a right frenzy for autographs on the new Vhi Cúl Camp kits the kids received at the start of the week!

VHI Cúl Camp 2008 News

Building on the enormous success of GAA Summer Camps, such as our own in White’s Cross which has operated very successfully for the past five summers, the GAA in association with Vhi Healthcare took the concept one step further with the creation of VHI Cúl Camps in 2006.

A nationally co-ordinated programme, VHI Cúl Camps encourage children to learn and develop sporting and life-skills by participating in Gaelic Games, in a fun, non-competitive environment.  The camps will run throughout the entire 32 counties this summer.  White’s Cross GAA Summer Camp, formerly known as the White’s Cross GAA Fun Camp, will again operate under the VHI Cúl Camps umbrella this summer.

The Camp will run from Monday June 30th to Friday July 4th at the Upper Glanmire Community Association grounds.  All boys and girls attending national school are very welcome.  The grounds is adjacent to Upper Glanmire National School and White’s Cross GAA is greatly appreciative to the Upper Glanmire Community Association for the use of this facility.

As part of the VHI Cúl Camps scheme all participants receive a set of playing gear.  The kit includes a jersey and gear-bag; these will be different to those supplied last summer.  This demands that registration of your child(ren) be completed by an early date so that we can have the right size gear ordered for participants.

Application forms will be distributed shortly through the school atUpper Glanmire and will also be available at Hennessy’s Shop, White’s Cross.  In past years we have been very flexible in our ‘closing date’ but we ask that you get in your completed application forms by June 1st so that we can order the VHI Cúl gear for your child(ren).  Further details can be found on the White’s Cross GAA web-site, the address of which is posted above.

Under-Age Activity

At the time of going to print most under-age competitions have come to a close for the winter season.  However training is on-going for boys and girls aged 5 to 11 years each Sunday morning at Upper Glanmire Community field from 11:30 to 12:30, adjacent to Upper Glanmire N.S.  These sessions are proving great fun for all involved as we attempt to make the coaching of football an enjoyable experience for all participants.  The weather has been very kind to us for many, many weeks but we will not cancel even in the event of rain!  Simply bring along a pair of runners and we will adjourn indoor into the hall on poor weather days. 

The Under 11 side have in recent weeks commenced playing a number of competitive games, the first of which was a close win over Kerry Pike side Gleann na Laoi.  With more games scheduled in the coming weeks it is a good time to get involved with this side!

New players are most welcome, as always!  Perhaps your son or daughter is not all that keen on GAA games just now but nonetheless we would encourage you to bring them along to one session and let them decide from there.  We certainly will not be looking for any long-term commitments in the early days! 

Fun for Young-Ones…

This year’s Outdoor Football coaching has proven very popular to date and great fun too!  Aided greatly by the fine weather throughout October there has been great numbers each week.  Held each Sunday morning at the Upper Glanmire Community Field, adjacent to Upper Glanmire National School, the sessions are for both boys and girls, aged from 5 to 11 years inclusive.  The key ingredient to our sessions is fun – we want the boys and girls to enjoy the experience of learning the skills of Gaelic football.  Furthermore with our relatively small numbers we are able to offer individual attention.  This training, led by Ciarán Allen, Paul O’ Donovan, Richard Sherlock, Brian Conway and Conor Kelleher, runs from 11:30 to 12:30 each Sunday morning.  New recruits are always most welcome to our small club – feel free to bring along your son / daughter any Sunday morning to try out this fun experience.  The sessions cost 3 euro per week to attend.  You can contact Ciarán at  086 3662914  or Conor at  087 6293430  with any additional queries.

White’s Cross GAA Vhi Cúl Camp 2007

The Vhi sponsored Cúl Camps have again kicked into full swing this summer.  Now in their second year these GAA coaching camps, which had been run across the country by individual club units since the 1980s, are nationally coordinated by the GAA. White’s Cross GAA recently ran their Vhi Cúl Camp at the Upper Glanmire Community Centre, White’s Cross.  A sell out crowd of over ninety boys and girls, between the ages of five and thirteen years of age, attended the week long course. 

Coaches at this year’s camp included Síle Burns, Emer Watson, Eoin Murnane,  Brendáin Murnane, Jonathan Kenneally, Paul Harte, Gemma Donohoe and Conor Kelleher  all of who are qualified GAA coaches.  These coaches were assisted by a back-up team of Mary Barry, Caitriona Harte, John Ramsay, Ruairi Murnane, Seamus Reid and Aoibhne McElhinney.  Síle Burns and Emer Watson, the former a member of the local ladies club Rockbán, are members of the Cork Senior Camogie panel and White’s Cross GAA was delighted to welcome them onto our coaching staff this year.

 

Each day the coaches and their assistants strived to develop new skills in a fun and enjoyable way – even if the weather was not as kind to us this year as others!  Participants later used mini-games to exhibit the learned skill from the earlier session.  In the second half of the day participants then switched games and those that played football in the morning kitted out in their helmet and hurley and vice-versa.

As part of the Vhi sponsorship of the Cúl Camps, each participant received a trendy jersey, shorts, socks and kit bag on the second day of the camp.  The fluid bottle also included in the kit bag should have proven more useful during the course of the week only that the sun did not shine as brightly as hoped!

White’s Cross GAA is very grateful to the Upper Glanmire Community Association for the use of its facilities for the week.  The Club also thanks all who provided support of one form or another to make this Camp the success it was.

Over the years a key highlight of the White’s Cross camps has always been the visits of inter-county GAA stars.  In past years inter-county hurlers Alan Browne, Joe Deane, Tom Kenny, and even Clare captain Frank Lohan have visited the White’s Cross venue, while Graham Canty, Micheál O Cróinín and James Masters represented the Cork footballers.  This year was no different and was again a great place to be for the autograph hunters!  Having given camogie stars Emer and Síle first refusal on their new jerseys, the children queued on the Wednesday afternoon for the signature of Ladies Football star Valerie Mulcahy.  On Thursday morning Cork football’s All-Star midfielder Nicholas Murphy encouraged an attentive audience to practice the skills regularly and spoke of the importance of small Club units, such as White’s Cross, to the GAA association.  On the final day, Cork’s hurling captain, Kieran Murphy (Erin’s Own) stopped off to see how his cousin Peter Twomey was faring at the camp in White’s Cross, and he also gave sound advice to the large attendance!   

In a time when there is much attention on the amateur – professional debate in the GAA, it is very heartening to see these stars give of their time and energy so generously to the promotion of our games at the grass-roots level.  Well done Valerie, Nicholas and Kieran!

 

The White’s Cross GAA summer programme for boys and girls from 5 to 11 years of age continues each Friday evening with training at the White’s Cross GAA grounds from 6:30 to 7:30pm.  It is the ideal opportunity to meet up with friends and to practice the skills.  New members are always welcome. 

VHI Cúl Camp & Other Under-Age Matters

White’s Cross GAA Summer Camp, formerly known as the White’s Cross GAA Fun Camp, will again operate this year under the VHI Cúl Camps umbrella.  As evidenced last year this does not mean any significant change for participants as the emphasis upon the fun and enjoyment in football and hurling will continue as in the past four years.  What it does mean is that all participants receive a free jersey, shorts, socks and gear-bag!  Additionally we provide light refreshments each day of our Camp.

The Camp will run from Monday July 2nd  to Friday July 6th at the Upper Glanmire Community Association grounds.  All boys and girls between 5 and 13 years of age are very welcome.  The ground is adjacent to Upper Glanmire National School and White’s Cross GAA is greatly appreciative to the Upper Glanmire Community Association for the use of this facility.

If you are interested in sending your child(ren) to the Camp please submit your Application Forms as soon as possible, as we will need them in good time so as to ensure the Cúl gear will be available for your child(ren) at the commencement of the Camp.  Be sure to talk to others who have attended the camp in the past number of years because we are very confident of a glowing report!  We see it evidenced in our repeat customers – who have continued to return each July!  Application forms have been distributed through the school in Upper Glanmire and are also available at Hennessy’s Garage, White’s Cross.  Alternatively they can be downloaded from our web-site by following the Contacts and Web Links icon on our home-page.  You can address further queries to Conor at  087-6293430 .

Football training continues each Friday evening at White’s Cross GAA Grounds for all boys and girls from 5 to 11 years.  It runs from 7 to 8pm each week and all are very welcome.  In recent weeks these teams have had very enjoyable games against Whitechurch and Rathpeacon.   Again if you are new to the locality, you and your family members are especially welcome.  So just come along any Friday or alternatively contact Ciaran at  086-3662914  with any queries.

VHI Cúl Camp

Building on the enormous success of GAA Summer Camps, such as our own in White’s Cross which has operated very successfully for the past four summers, the GAA in association with Vhi Healthcare took the concept one step further with the creation of VHI Cúl Camps last summer.

A nationally co-ordinated programme, VHI Cúl Camps encourage children to learn and develop sporting and life-skills by participating in Gaelic Games, in a fun, non-competitive environment.  The camps will run throughout the entire 32 counties this summer.  White’s Cross GAA Summer Camp, formerly known as the White’s Cross GAA Fun Camp, will again operate under the VHI Cúl Camps umbrella this summer.

The Camp will run from Monday July 2nd to Friday July 6th at the Upper Glanmire Community Association grounds.  All boys and girls attending national school are very welcome.  The grounds is adjacent to Upper Glanmire National School and White’s Cross GAA is greatly appreciative to the Upper Glanmire Community Association for the use of this facility.

As part of the VHI Cúl Camps scheme all participants receive a set of playing gear.  The kit includes a jersey and gear-bag; these will be different to those supplied last summer.  This demands that registration of your child(ren) be completed by an early date so that we can have the right size gear ordered for participants. 

Application forms are now being distributed through the school at Upper Glanmire and will also be available at Hennessy’s Shop, White’s Cross.  In past years we have been very flexible in our ‘closing date’ but we ask that you get in your completed application forms in good time so that we can order the VHI Cúl gear for your child(ren).  Further details can be had by clicking on the icon in the contacts section.

Under-Age Activity

At the time of going to print most under-age competitions have come to a close for the winter season. However training is on-going for boys and girls aged 6 to 11 years each Sunday morning at Upper Glanmire Community field from 11:30 to 12:30, adjacent to Upper Glanmire N.S. These sessions are proving great fun for all involved as we attempt to make the coaching of football an enjoyable experience for all participants.

New players are most welcome, as always! Perhaps your son or daughter is not all that keen on GAA games just now but nonetheless we would encourage you to bring them along to one session and let them decide from there. We certainly will not be looking for any long-term commitments in the early days! If you have any query on this coaching, or any matter relating to under-age, please feel free to contact Ciarán at  086-3662914 .

Members of White’s Cross GAA Club returned to school when they re-visited Upper Glanmire National School recently, with the four cups won by the adult teams in 2006. Obviously White’s Cross GAA and Upper Glanmire National School have always had close links, with the School being the primary feeder of players for our teams and we are very grateful to the teachers at the School for the part they play in this development. More than twenty of the players involved in our two Junior teams in 2006 are past pupils of Upper Glanmire NS

UGNS indicates that the player is a past pupil of Upper Glanmire NS

JUNIOR A CHAMPIONS: Eoin Murnane(UGNS) , Conor Kelleher (UGNS), Damian Kenneally, Paul O’ Sullivan, Bryan O’ Sullivan, Billy Sheahan, Murt Kelleher (Captain) (UGNS), Conor Buckley, Paul Finnegan, Kevin Buckley, Rick Burke (UGNS), Martin Kelleher (UGNS) . Sean Murnane (UGNS), John O’ Connell, Donal Kelly, John Drummy (UGNS), Sean Gorman, Victor O’ Sullivan, Edwin Buckley (UGNS), Jonathan Kenneally, John Meade (UGNS), Breandain Murnane (UGNS), Donnacha Murnane (UGNS), Pat Hennessy, Pat O’ Driscoll

Coach: Finbarr Kiely Selectors: Richard Kelleher (UGNS) & TC Buckley.

JUNIOR B FINALISTS: Aidan Harte (UGNS) , Derek O Connor (UGNS), Padraig Murnane (Captain) (UGNS), Brian Humphreys, Brian Murphy (UGNS), John Hegarty , Sean Murnane (UGNS), William Casey, Breandáin Murnane (UGNS), Roy O Driscoll, Eoghan Kelleher (UGNS), Thomas Meade (UGNS), Damian Kenneally, Alfie McEvoy (UGNS), Philip O’ Connell, Paul Noonan (UGNS), Dave Buckley, Robert O Brien, Colm Sheahan, Paul O Donovan (UGNS), Colin Lawless, Paul Morly (UGNS), Jason Kelly, Don O Regan, Patrick Casey.

To parents in our locality, we would ask you to encourage your child(ren) to play with our local GAA Club – quite simply and very obviously we cannot survive without a proper under-age structure. Today, with the increasing numbers of families moving into our area, we recognise the importance of organisations such as our own in the community of Upper Glannmire. We are very keen to continue to work with the youth in the area. The ideal in this respect would be to provide games and competitions for these youngsters at their age.

In order to achieve this we need the youngsters to come and play with us, and we are asking for your cooperation in this matter. We want your child(ren) to play with their neighbours and friends, so encourage them to come play with the ‘small’ Club! We would argue that there are many advantages for them

+ The children get coached in smaller numbers allowing for greater individual attention
+ There is a greater chance that children will not ‘slip by the wayside’ in our smaller Club where every individual is valued and a necessary ‘cog’ in fielding teams – we can ill afford the drop-off rates of bigger clubs
+ Thus there is a greater likelihood that they will stay active in this sport later into their life
+ Playing our native games is fun, especially with your own neighbours and friends!

Please encourage your child(ren) (5 to 11 years inclusive)to come and join in our weekly sessions which have recommenced after the Christmas break. We are currently training indoors at Old Christians RFC Hall in Rathcooney, on Sunday mornings from 11:30am to 12:30pm. Mol an óige agus tiocfaidh sí.
White’s Cross VHI Cúl Camp

The Vhi sponsored Cúl Camps have now kicked into full swing this summer. It is the first time that the GAA coaching camps, which had been run across the country by individual club units since the 1980s, have been nationally coordinated by the GAA. White’s Cross GAA recently ran their Vhi Cúl Camp at the Upper Glanmire Community Centre, White’s Cross. Seventy–eight boys and girls, between the ages of five and thirteen years of age, attended the week long course.
Coaches at this year’s camp included Aidan Harte, Cairtríona Foley, Brendáin Murnane, Mairéad Foley, Gemma Donohoe and Conor Kelleher all of who are qualified GAA coaches. These coaches were assisted by a back-up team of Caitríona and Paul Harte. Caitríona Foley, a member of the local ladies club Rockbán, had the proud distinction of winning senior All Ireland titles with Cork in 2005, in ladies football and camogie. White’s Cross GAA was delighted to welcome her back onto the coaching staff again this year.
Each day the coaches and their assistants worked on developing new skills in a fun and enjoyable way. Participants later used mini-games to exhibit the learned skill from the earlier session. In the second half of the day participants then switched games and those that played football in the morning kitted out in their helmet and hurley and vice-versa.
As part of the Vhi sponsorship of the Cúl Camps, each participant received a trendy jersey, shorts and socks and kit bag on the first day of the camp. The fluid bottle also included in the kit bag proved very useful during the course of the week with the sun shining brightly for the entire week!
White’s Cross GAA is very grateful to the Upper Glanmire Community Association for the use of its facilities for the week. The Club also thanks all who provided support of one form or another to make this Camp the success it was.
Key highlights of this year’s camp included the visits of inter-county stars Graham Canty, Tom Kenny and Elaine Harte. Canty, Cork’s towering football full-back who also captained Ireland in the International Rules Series in Australia, spoke to the participants of the need to practice their skills each and every day. Cork’s hurling mid-fielder Tom Kenny spent a whole day at the White’s Cross Camp. He worked with each of the individual groups throughout the day, coaching hurling skills including blocking, batting, picking and pulling with the various age-groups. Kenny spoke to the boys and girls of the merits of playing for a small club, drawing comparison between his own club Grenagh and White’s Cross. Cork ladies football custodian, Elaine Harte had her goalkeeping skills put to the test with each participant taking a shot on her. Elaine, originally from White’s Cross, recalled her introduction to the game of football with White’ Cross and Upper Glanmire National School.

In a time when there is much attention on the amateur – professional debate in the GAA, it is very heartening to see these stars give of their time and energy so generously to the promotion of our games at the grass-roots level. Well done Graham, Tom and Elaine!

The White’s Cross GAA summer programme for boys and girls from 5 to 11 years of age continues each Friday evening with training at the White’s Cross GAA grounds from 7 to 8pm. New members are always welcome.

VHI Cúl Camp
Building on the enormous success of GAA Summer Camps, such as our own in White’s Cross which has operated very successfully for the past three summers, the GAA in association with Vhi Healthcare, has taken the concept one step further with the creation of VHI Cúl Camps.

A nationally co-ordinated programme, VHI Cúl Camps encourage children to learn and develop sporting and life-skills by participating in Gaelic Games, in a fun, non-competitive environment. The camps will run throughout the entire 32 counties this summer.

White’s Cross GAA Summer Camp, formerly known as the White’s Cross GAA Fun Camp, will this year operate under the VHI Cúl Camps umbrella. However it will not mean any significant change for participants as the emphasis upon the fun and enjoyment in football and hurling will continue as in past years.
The Camp will run from Monday July 3rd to Friday July 7th at the Upper Glanmire Community Association grounds. All boys and girls attending national school are very welcome. The grounds is adjacent to Upper Glanmire National School and White’s Cross GAA is greatly appreciative to the Upper Glanmire Community Association for the use of this facility.

The BIG change involved in becoming part of the VHI Cúl Camps scheme is that all participants receive a full set of playing gear. The kit includes a jersey, shorts, socks and knapsack. This (unfortunately) demands that the price be increased and that registration of your child(ren) be completed by an earlier date. This is so that an order for gear can be made in the weeks leading up to the Camp and the children have this in time.
Application forms are now being distributed through the school at Upper Glanmire and will also be available at Hennessy’s Shop, White’s Cross. In past years we have been very flexible in our ‘closing date’ but we ask that you get in your completed application forms in good time so that we can order the VHI Cúl gear for your child(ren).

Football coaching for boys and girls between 6 and 10 years of age continues each Sunday morning in the Sports Hall at Old Christians RFC, Rathcooney from 11am to 12pm. Now for another geography lesson to get there – take the left turn immediately above the Upper Glanmire Community Centre (… ya you’re spot on, we did call it Barry’s Lane, …or were you!) and continue along this road to where it forks off left and right. There is a farm-house on this fork and here you stay right, leaving the town-land of Ballyphilip and heading into Rathcooney. You take the first left (which is located just before the Grave-Yards) and head down there for two hundred metres approximately, where the entrance to Old Christians, is located on your right.

New players are most welcome, after-all it is for you that we have prepared the directions! If the directions have left you confused (or worse still no where near Rathcooney on any Sunday morning!) please contact Conor at  087-6293430 .

Encourage your son(s) and or daughter(s) between these ages to come along to these sessions where the emphasis is on fun and enjoyment. These sessions will move outdoors in the coming weeks, when the weather improves, so if your ‘crew’ are not able to attend this week or next, but would like to join up, contact Pat at 4821070 in advance to confirm venue, in case we have moved to the ‘great outdoors’!
Under-Age Activity
Our Under 13 and Under 15 footballers have also commenced preparation for the 2006 season, with the latter side tasting defeat in their opening league encounter against Ballinora. The Under 13 team have been training for the past number of Saturday mornings, with the Under 15 team training on Thursday evenings. These teams would also welcome ‘new blood’, whether it be new to the locality or those who want to get back playing football and / or hurling. Again, encourage your son(s) to come join in the fun! Contact Eoghan at  086 – 1053966  for details on the Under 13 team and Paul on  085 – 7237732  for information on the Under 15 side.
Training is on-going for boys and girls aged 6 to 10 years each Sunday morning at Old Christians RFC Indoor Hall in Rathcooney from 11 am to 12pm. These sessions are proving great fun for all involved as we attempt to make the coaching of football an enjoyable experience for all participants.

New players are most welcome, as always! Perhaps your son or daughter is not all that keen on GAA games just now but nonetheless we would encourage you to bring them along to one session and let them decide from there. We certainly will not be looking for any long-term commitments in the early days! If you have any query on this coaching, or any matter relating to under-age, please feel free to contact Conor at  087-6293430 

Coaching Summer Camp
White’s Cross GAA recently ran their third annual GAA Coaching Summer Camp at the Community Field in Upper Glanmire, White’s Cross. Sixty boys and girls attended the week-long course, with each receiving a signed certificate at the end of the week, in recognition of their participation.

Running such a Camp is obviously no easy task, and to do so requires the support of many people. None of these people required any form of recognition but it is appropriate to thank them for their support in this non-profit venture – it is great to see the goodwill of so many people towards White’s Cross GAA.

 

Foremost we thank the Coaches and their Assistants who worked diligently and enthusiastically all week to ensure all participants benefited from the week’s activities. Thanks to Aidan Harte, Peter Barry, Gemma Donohoe, Paul Harte, Alan Ramsay, Brian Conway and Ciaran Allen and Conor Kelleher. Thanks also to Jo and Michelle Buckley who co-ordinated the lunches each day and comforted those who picked up any little knocks.

 

Thanks to Upper Glanmire Community Association for the use of their facilities for the week.

 

Thanks to White’s Cross and Whitechurch GAA for their assistance – in particular thanks to Ray Donohoe, John Drummy, Pat and Ann Reid, Pat O’ Callaghan, Michael Hennessy, Brian Furlong and Tim Mulcahy.

Thanks to those who sponsored drinks and food for the lunches each afternoon:

Billy Kelleher T.D., Tim Kiely (Pepsi Cola, Irl.), Dave Buckley, Anonymous. Thanks to Mr Micheal Cremin (Upper Glanmire N.S.) for his assistance.

Thanks also to Cork stars Joe Deane and James Masters for taking time to visit our Camp. Both arrived on the Friday of the Camp and spent much of their time signing autographs for some of their greatest supporters. James also tuned up for his Munster Senior Football Final debut against Kerry, on the following Sunday, by playing in one of the football games arranged for the final afternoon. Both stars spoke of the necessity to practice on a daily basis and the need to listen to coaches. Later on James presented the Certificates to all successful participants.

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