Blarney GAA news

Blarney Junior Footballers overcame Naomh Aban in the first round of the Muskerry Junior A Football Championship On Sunday the 3rd of May last in Kilmurry. There were a few positional changes to the starting line up with Paul O’Leary starting at full forward, Keith Costello moving to the corner and Ray O’Donovan moving to wing back. Blarney started well with a pointed free from Mark O’Leary and well taken point from play by Colin Murphy. On the 7th minute Blarney were forced into an early change with Daniel Cronin going off injured, replaced by Craig Sykes. That did not stop their momentum with Blarney having a lot of position in the first 15 minutes. Naomh Aban came into the game and on the 16 minute goal keeper Shane Jordan came quickly off his line to make a good save. Naomh Aban earned pointed a free from the same play leaving the score 3 points to 2 in favour of Blarney. Ray O’Donovan scored a point from play before the West Cork side scored a goal on the 20th minute. The team were dealt another injury blow when Colin Murphy picked up an ankle injury and had to be replaced. His replacement, David Cremen, quickly made an impact scoring a point from a tight angle . Blarney were up one point at the half time break, with the scoreboard reading Blarney 0-6 Naomh Aban 1-2. Blarney started the second half very well, where Paul O’Leary punched over two fisted points in the first 2 minutes. However Naomh Aban responded fast with a second goal to the bottom left corner, leaving Shane Jordan with no chance. Naomh Aban came more into the game and went two points up 8 minutes into the second half. Both sides exchanged points with the game opening up and Blarney applying more pressure as the half progressed. The Naomh Aban defence was finally breached with Conor Foley slipping inside the full back and finishing to the roof of the net. The scoreline now read 1-10 to 2-6 in favour of Blarney. Naomh Aban leveled the game on the 26th minute which lead to an exciting finish to the game. Mark O’Leary became the hero of the day making a strong run from midfield and cooly kicking over what turned out to be the winning point on the 27th minute. Final score Blarney 1-11 Naomh Aban 2-7. Blarney: Shane Jordan, Daniel Cronin, Eoin Murphy, Anthony O’Shea, Joe Jordan, Cormac O’Mahony, Paul O’Leary, Conor Foley, Mark O’Leary, Damien Hyde, Brian Hurley, Ray Murphy, Ray O’Donovan, Keith Costello, Colin Murphy. Subs: Craig Sykes for Daniel Cronin, David Cremen for Colin Murphy, John Barrett for Craig Sykes, Daniel McSweeney for Damien Hyde

Thank you to all of those who attended our Car Boot Sale on the 4th of May and a special thanks to our volunteers for ensuring everything ran smoothly. Our next Car Boot Sale is on Monday 1st of June. We look forward to seeing you then. Did you know we have a club stall at every car boot sale? Our club stall consists of items donated to the club for sale from anyone in the community. If you have any items in your attic, garage, etc that you no longer need why not donate them to the club and we will sell them at our car boot sales. All money goes back into the club! We can take your items at any time. Weeks or days before the next car boot sale or on the day of a car boot sale itself. Please contact Ray Coleman on 087 233 3180 if you have any items (big or small) you wish to donate to our club. Every item donated will help our club!

Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps. We are delighted to announce online registration is now open for the Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps in Blarney. The camp in Blarney will run from the 29 June – 3 July. The hours of the camps are 10am to 2.30pm. Speaking at the general launch, Cork Coordinator, Noel Crowley outlined the nature of the camps “Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps provide boys and girls – between the ages of 6 and 13 – with an action-packed and fun-filled week of activity during the summer holidays which revolves around maximising enjoyment, building friendships and sustaining participant involvement in Gaelic Games. Children come to the Kellogg’s GAA Cúl camps to have fun, to enhance their skills and to make new friends.” At the camps the children are supervised and coached by teams of highly trained and qualified GAA personnel, who have many years of experience in organising and running GAA Cul Camps. Register online now via our website

Blarney minors got back to their winning ways with a comprehensive 2-17 to 1-09 win over Midleton in the Premier 2 Hurling League. This is Blarney’s third win the league after overcoming Aghada & Carrigaline last month. Blarney will now focus on the Non Exam League every week with their first game against Ballinhassig Blarney Intermediate hurlers overcame a tough Ballinhassig side on the 28th of April last in the Intermediate Hurling league. It was a game of two half’s with a strong wind blowing from left to right in Ballinhassig’s new pitch. Blarney played with the wind in the first half and made it count on the scoreboard. After 16 minutes, Blarney were 9 points to 5 up with Mark Coleman and Mark Cremin making their mark on the scoreboard. Colin Murphy, Shane Mulcahy and David Cremen added with points of their own before Ballinhassig scored a goal against the run of play. At half time the score was 0-14 to 1-07 For the second half the rain came down in Ballinhassig’s favour and it was back to walls. The pace of the game slowed down and it became more of a battle as the half progressed. Ballinhassig came back into the game and were only 2 points down before Ray O’Donovan hit over a point for Blarney’s first score of the second half after 15 minutes. On the 24th minute of the second half, Ballinhassig came within one point of Blarney setting up an exciting finish to the game. With two minutes to go Mark Coleman pointed from a free, but it the game was not over yet. Ballinhassig got a last minute free outside the 21 metre line and called their experienced goal keeper Martin Coleman up to take it. Blarney, putting twelve on the line, kept the ball out and the referee blowing his whistle for full time. The final score finished Ballinhassig 1-11 Blarney 0-16

Blarney Fe11 footballers narrowly lost out in the John Kerins football qualifying group Saturday in Mahon. All teams in the group Ballincollig, St Michaels and Blarney finished level on two points each. Blarney narrowly losing out on scores for. Blarney beat St. Michael’s and lost to Ballincollig. Well done to all involved and thanks to St. Michaels GAA Club for organising the tournament. PIHC On Sunday 24th of May next, Blarney take on Kilworth in the first round of the Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship in Pairc Ui Rinn. Please visit closer to the date to confirm throw in time.

From all at Blarney GAA, congratulations to Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál U16 hurlers who defeated Mitchelstown CBS in the Cork Colleges U16 Hurling Final on a scoreline of 2-13 to 0-9 on the 1st of May in Mallow. Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál U16 hurlers.jpg Blarney GAA Table Quiz Thursday 28th May Blarney Castle Hotel at 8.30pm €20 per team. Maximum of four per team. All welcome. Your support is greatly appreciated.

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