Intermediate Hurling League Division 1 Blarney 1-13 Meelin 2-10 Blarney survived a late comeback by Meelin to secure a draw in their opening competitive game of the season. The main pitch was lined out for the first game of the year and the flags made it obvious that there was a strong wind towards the clubhouse goal. The match got off to the worst of starts for Blarney when after just thirty seconds Meelin had hit the back of the net from close range. Blarney rallied immediately, Darragh Kelly and David Dunlea struck classy points either side of a Mark O’Leary goal to put Blarney two points ahead after six minutes. The next three points came from Meelin, including two scores in quick succession on the ten minute mark. Colin Murphy then took hold of the game scoring Blarney’s next three points, including a spectacular score from over his shoulder. In this time Meelin only managed to score one placed ball, meaning the score was level for the third time. A late point scored by the Meelin full-forward ensured his team had the advantage at half time. Blarney had the wind in the second half and were only trailing by a point so all was still to play for. Less than a minute after the resumption Colin Murphy converted his second free of the day to even up the scores again. Blarney then bombarded the Meelin defence winning three more frees all converted by Murphy while the Meelin team kept within touching distance with a point from their corner forward. Mark O’ Leary brought his tally to four when his scored a close range point with fifteen minutes remaining. The score of the game came when Peter Philpott stepped up to a 80meter free in the half-back line and split the posts with distance to spare to take Blarney’s lead to four with ten minutes to go. David Dunlea made it five clear when hit his second fine point of the game, this one from near the corner flag. Impressively Meelin never gave up and in an inspired last five minutes they managed to score 1-3 to take the lead with the full sixty minutes gone. Ninety seconds into injury time Colin Murphy scored his eight point of the game to ensure Blarney would get a deserved league point for their hard work. The Intermediate Hurlers play their next league game at home to Newcestown on March 22nd. Blarney Scorers: Colin Murphy 0-8(6f), Mark O’Leary 1-1, David Dunlea 0-2, Darragh Kelly 0-1, Peter Philpott 0-1(1f). Blarney Team: Conor Murphy, D.Cronin, P.O’Leary, D.Walsh, P.Philpott, J.Jordan, C.O’Mahony, R.O’Donovan, R.Murphy, J.Good, M.O’Leary, S.Mulcahy, D.Kelly, Colin Murphy, D.Dunlea, J.Barrett, D.Cremen, R.McNamara,
Blarney 1-6 Canovee 0-8 Mid-Cork Junior A Football League – Division 1 On this wet and windy Sunday afternoon the Blarney Junior A Footballers opened their league campaign. They overcame Canovee in a very entertaining game in Blarney. Canovee controlled the ball for the first five minutes having three attempts at the posts but only registered a single point, as they saw the two other kicks drift wide. On the sixth minute Mark O’Leary leveled the match with a point from play and a minute later Ray O’Donovan put Blarney a point ahead. The teams then battled for the next score with both sets of players getting chances before Canovee scored a free on the sixteenth minute. Mark O’Leary won the subsequent kick-out and Blarney worked the ball up to Paul O’Leary who scored a great point from range to put Blarney ahead again. The Blarney defense then came under pressure for the following ten minutes, they coped well and succeeded in forcing Canovee into three wides before the visitors finally managed to register an equalizing point. The score remained three points each until the interval. Canovee raced out of the traps in the second half scoring a point straight from the throw-in to take the lead. Ten minutes later Canovee doubled their advantage following a couple of squandered chances. However the next few minutes proved pivotal as Mark O’Leary scored two vital frees before Blarney won a decisive penalty when Evin Philpott was tackled dangerously near the Canovee goal-line. David Cremen confidently converted into the bottom left corner from thirteen meters. The teams then traded points. Blarney’s score was courtesy of Joe Jordan, on a run from half-back, he took his chance from twenty five meters. As time ran out Canovee scored their fourth free of the game to reel the Blarney team back to the narrowest of margins. Canovee won the ensuing kick-out and despite their great defensive efforts Blarney conceded a free within scoring distance. However much to the relief of the Blarney support and their dedicated management team the pressure kick sailed left and wide and Blarney deservedly took the points. We hope that they can keep up this level of performance for the rest of the year. Well done to all involved. Blarney Team: S.Jordan, V.O’Mahony, E.Murphy, D.Cronin, A.O’Shea, J.Jordan, P,O’Leary, M.O’Leary, C.Foley, K.Costello, P.Philpott, D.Hyde, R.O’Donovan, J.Good, E.Philpott, R.Murphy, D.Cremen, D.McSweeney, S.Sheedy, A.Dineen, N.Hayes Blarney Scorers: M.O’Leary 0-3(2f), D.Cremen 1-0 (1pen), R.O’Donovan, J.Jordan, P.O’Leary 0-1 each.
Thanks to all who registered with Blarney/Rathpeacon Club na nOg. Training commenced on Saturday 7th of March at 11:15am to 12:15pm (boys born between 2005 and 2010).
Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps are returning to Blarney again this year. The camp will take place in Blarney GAA pitch on Monday 29th of June to Friday the 3rd of July. Registration information will be posted on www.blarneygaa.ie later in the year.
From all at Blarney GAA, well done to Scoil Mhuire gan Smal for reaching the Munster Colleges Hurling Final. Unfortunately on the Febrary 21st last, they were defeated by St Declans Kilmacthomas (Waterford) on a scoreline of 3-7 SMGS Blarney 1-8.
Blarney/Rathpeacon Club na nOg (boys born between 2005 – 2010) are looking for volunteers to assist in the coaching of our young hurling & football stars. No experience or long term commitment is required. You will be working with our coaches for an hour on Saturday mornings (from 11am) that suit you. Whether you are available for one session or all, we would love to hear from you. Anyone who is interested or wants further information please contact David McCarthy on 087 696 1356 or Niall Hayes on 086 396 8675