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Another spirited performance see our Junior B hurlers overcome Ballincollig. On the 8th of July last, the Blarney Junior B hurlers made it three wins from three games in the Muskerry Junior B Hurling League after defeating Ballincollig 2-13 to 0-15. Blarney started well leading 1-2 to a point after three minutes, thanks to a Jamie O’Connor goal. Both sides exchanged points minutes later as Ballincollig came more into the game as the half progressed. The sides went in level at half time 1-6 to 0-8. Both sides continued to exchange points in the second half with the teams level on a number of occasions. With five minutes to go, a well taken Niall Hayes goal gave the home side confidence to see out the game. It was another spirited performance and hard earned victory from Blarney. The next scheduled game for the Junior B’s is away to Donoughmore on Wednesday 22nd of July. Please see closer to the date for confirmation. Blarney: Donal O’Leary, Michael McNamara, Daniel O’Donovan, Rob Morey, Cian O’Mahony, Alex Dineen, Richard O’Driscoll, Wayne Shine, Damien Hyde, Cian Sexton, Conor Foley, Jamie O’Connor, Brian Mullane, Colm Sheehan, Niall Hayes.

B Hurlers overcome Grenagh. Blarney Junior B hurlers defeated Grenagh at home on the 29th of June in the Muskerry Junior B Hurling League – Section 1 on a score line Blarney 3-6 Grenagh 0-13. It was an overcast evening in Blarney where the earlier rain left surface wet and handling difficult for both teams. The visitors started better and were three points up in the opening ten minutes. Blarney levelled a minute later where a long strike from distance deceived the Grenagh goalkeeper to level the game. The goal settled Blarney and soon afterwards Niall Hayes pounced on a poor clearance to get Blarney’s second goal. Both teams exchanged points before Shane O’Keeffe made a strong run from centre forward to coolly finish for Blarney’s third goal. The halftime score read Blarney 3-4 Grenagh 0-6 Grenagh started the second half the better team and dominated possession. As the half progressed, Grenagh clawed back the deficit with their superior fitness clearly visible. But the determination & pressure from the Blarney backs resulted in a number of wides for the visitors. The full back line of Phlean, O’Donovan and McNamara held strong right to the final whistle to ensure Blarney picked up their second win in the league from two games. Blarney: Shane Jordan, Mark Phlean, Daniel O’Donovan, Michael McNamara, Padraig Conway, Alex Dineen, Cian O’Mahony, Richard O’Driscoll, Robert White, Cian Sexton, Shane O’Keeffe, Colm Sheehen, Robert Morey, Donal O’Leary, Niall Hayes U14 Photo attached From all at Blarney GAA, well done to the Blarney U14 camogie team who reached the semi final of the plate in the national Feile competition which was held in Derry on June 19 to 21st last. More photos of the weekend are now available on Cul camp Photo attached Cúl Camp Enjoyed By All. The Blarney GAA Cúl Camp was held from 29 June to 3 July where 146 children attended. Cork senior hurlers Conor Lehane & Alan Cadogan also called in to give support to our stars. Thanks to all parents for enrolling your children this year and a big thank you to all our volunteers for making the camp such a success. More photos available on Minors Photo attached Blarney minors played a challenge game against Kilmallock en route to the Cork minor Inter-County game against Limerick earlier this month. tBlarney ran out 2-16 to 1-09 winners. The minor hurlers play Passage West in the championship on Wednesday 22nd July. Please visit to confirm venue and time closer to the date. From all at Blarney GAA, well done to Blarney players Conor McCarthy & Mark Coleman who made the starting fifteen for the Cork minor hurlers in the recent Munster semi final clash against Limerick. The two lads had a good game for Cork with Mark Coleman getting man of the match scoring seven points in total, three from play. U16 Photo attached U16s Have Perfect Start To Their Hurling Championship. On a damp and foggy evening in Delaneys, a venue Blarney haven’t had much success in on recent visits, our U16 Hurlers outplayed Douglas on a scoreline of 3-20 to 0-3 in the Premier 2 Hurling Championship. An early brace of goals by Blarney Full Forward Eamon O’Mahony separated by a James Dineen point was as a perfect start for the Blarney lads. The Douglas free taker struggled to judge the wind as his early efforts drifted wide but Blarney free taker Barry Dennehy was on form, splitting the posts with his first two frees before adding a third point from play. Blarney dominated the puck outs and held the majority of possession throughout the first half. Blarney worked the ball up the field through the midfield partnership of Eoin Hyland and Conor Power. The Full Forward line made the most of these chances, scoring themselves or winning frees for Dennehy. At the interval Blarney led 2-9 to 0-2. Blarney started the second half as fast as the first, Eamon O’Mahony scored a point within a minute and following this Declan Hanlon scored back to back points from the right flank. Eoin Hyland won a resulting puck out and subsequently added his name to the score sheet. As the game wore on, it was clear that Brian Walsh was a dominate force at Centre Back, mopping up the ball throughout the match. He was the platform that allowed the team to attack with confidence. The rearguard dealt well with everything that came their way and were great support to the half-backs. Hanlon and Dineen continued the scoring in the second half adding two points each to their tallies to finish up with 4 and 5 points respectively, but the attacking performance of the game went to Eamon O’Mahony. He added 1-2 in the second half to completed his hatttick and finished the game with a resounding 3-3. Substitute Shane Barrett tagged on a point with a few minutes to go before Conor Power had the final say with a point from midfield. This final point meant the scored finished Blarney 3-20 Douglas 0-3. Well done to all involved! U21 Photo attached U21 Hurlers Proceed To Next Round. The pitch was in great condition on the 23rd of June last in Ovens where Blarney took on Ballinora in the first round of the Muskerry U21 Hurling Championship. There were a few changes to the starting fifteen from the match program with Kevin Cremen and Darragh Kelly making the starting line up. Blarney started the brighter team and were two points up after four minutes thanks to Kevin Cremen and Conor Forde. It was a low scoring opening quarter where with the scoreboard reading 4 points to 2 after 16 minutes. As the half progressed Blarney found their rhythm with Cremen hitting over another point before Shane Mulcahy broke through the Ballinora defence to finish well for a Blarney goal. Mark Coleman pointed a 65 metre free soon after to leave the half time score Blarney 1-6 Ballinora 0-3 Blarney playing with the wind in the second half started well with a pointed free from Coleman and Cremen scoring another from play. However on the 9th minute of the half, corner forward Michael John Shine received a red card born out of frustration from the previous play. Ballinora, last year’s U21 B champions, did not capitalise on Blarney being reduced to 14 men. Blarney still dominated possession and picked off their points as the half progressed with Sean Crowley, Shane Mulcahy and David Dunlea all contributing to the score sheet. Blarney 1-12 Ballinora 0-6 Conor Murphy, Stephen Sheahan, Stephen Sheedy, Anthony O’Shea, Paul O’Connor, Cormac O’Mahony, Sean Crowley, Ray Murphy, Mark Coleman, Conor Forde, Shane Mulcahy, Darragh Kelly, Kevin Cremen, David Dunlea, Michael John Shine.

Many thanks to all who played in our golf classic the 18th and 19th of June last. Big thanks also to our main sponsor, the Blarney Castle Hotel, and to all those businesses who sponsored a Tee Box and donated prizes. Your continued support is most appreciated and we are very grateful to all who made the event such a success! Congratulations to the EMC Team who won on the day. Full results and photos on

Junior Hurlers Win Replay. On the 17th of June last, Blarney defeated local neighbours Inniscarra in the first round replay of the Muskerry Junior A hurling championship. Both sides ended all square a few weeks back in Donoughmore and it was another close encounter in Coachford yesterday evening. The game started slowly with both teams taking time to settle into the game. After 10 minutes it was 2 points to one in favour of Inniscarra, with Blarney’s only score coming from a Michael John Shine free. Five minutes later Owen O’Connor scored a fine point from distance to level the game. Daniel Cronin and Sean Twomey showed their experience to lead both back lines to keep the Inniscarra forwards at bay. Blarney began to settle more into the game with Shine hitting over another couple of frees, while Conor Ford showed pace and skill to hit over a point from the left wing. It was tit for tat for the remainder of the first half, with Ford hitting over his second point of the half just short of half time. On the 30th minute, Blarney were dealt a blow when Ross McNamara left the field injured, replaced by Ray Murphy who returned to action after finishing his exams. The half time scoreline read Blarney 0-7 Inniscarra 0-5. The second half started with a flurry of points from both sides. Ray Murphy, Shine leading the way and then Anthony O’Shea hitting over a fine point 7 and half minutes in. Blarney had quality players at their disposal on the bench with Peter Philpott, Cormac O’Mahony and Kevin Cremin all introduced within 15 minutes of the restart. On the 18th minute Shine opened his account from play while also putting Blarney up by one. The scoreboard read Blarney 11 points Inniscarra 10. Kevin Cremin brought the Blarney following to their feet with a fine score from the right wing, a score which brought confidence to the whole team. Blarney kicked on from that score with Peter Philpott pointing a 65 metre free, Ray Murphy scoring from play on the 28th minute and Shine again popping over a free with one minute remaining. Blarney 0-16 Inniscarra 0-12 It was a fine team performance that will give much encouragement for the months ahead. Blarney now look forward to the next round draw in the coming weeks. Richard O’Shea, Stephen O’Brien, Daniel Cronin, Vincent O’Mahony, Alan McEvoy, Sean Twomey, Donal O’Neill, Conor Ford, Anthony O’Shea, Eugene McCarthy, Craig Sykes, Owen O’Connor, Michael John Shine, Ross McNamara, Darragh Kelly Subs: Ray Murphy for Ross McNamara, Peter Philpott for Eugene McCarthy, Cormac O’ Mahony for Donal O’Neill, Kevin Cremin for Darragh Kelly, Stephen Sheedy for Stephen O’Brien

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