Blarney GAA news

Donal Ballinhassig too strong for our Intermediates. Blarney’s first competitive fixture of 2016 was away to Ballinhassig on the 28th of February last in the first round of the Intermediate hurling League. The game was held in the main pitch, which was heavy under foot. The home side opened the scoring with a great strike into the top corner from the 21 metre line (from play) after 4 minutes. Ballinhassig got into the game quickly and were winning ball in the middle of the field to dominate possession. Mark Cremin kept Blarney in touch on the scoreboard with his accuracy from frees. Blarney’s first score from play came after 18 minutes when Galway native Stephen Lohan did well to break the Ballinhassig defence, played a one two with Brian Hurley and forced the ball over the line to leave the sides level at 1-3 a piece. Ballinhassig responded quickly going two points up before Colin Murphy pointed from the left wing. Cremin pointed another free soon after to bring the sides in at the halftime break Ballinhassig 1-5 Blarney 1-5. Both sides exchanged points after the restart and after 12 minutes into the second half, the sides were again level at 1-8 each. Ballinhassig started winning the physical battles out the field and which gave their forwards more possession and scoring opportunities. The blue and whites scored eight points on the trot to leave the final score read Ballinhassig 1-16 Blarney 1-8. Paul Hallisey, Cormac O’Mahony, Darragh McSweeney, David Walsh, Peter Philpott, Joe Jordan, Stephen Sheedy, Keith Costello, Mark Coleman, Mark Cremin, Stephen Lohan, Ray Murphy, David Dunlea, Brian Hurley, Colin Murphy. Paul O’Connor for Mark Coleman (injured), Darragh Kelly for David Dunlea (injured), Ray O’Donovan for Ray Murphy. Congratulations to SMGS winning the Munster 18.5 C Hurling Final! Comhairle Iarbhunscoileanna Na Mhumham Corn Risteard Ui Mhathuna senior hurling final SMGS Blarney v Coachford College in Carrigaline GAA grounds on 1st of March. SMGS defeated Coachford CC on a scoreline of 2-12 to 0-11. Blarney played well in the first half and this was reflected in the half time score of 1-8 to Coachford’s 0-5 . The second half was a more even affair with both teams trading scores. SMGS displayed a great spirited team performance on the day and finally a Munster crown after several attempts over the last few years. SMGS Team. James Dineen(Blarney), Paul Barry Murphy (Grenagh), Brian Buckley (Grenagh), Brian Walsh (Blarney), Seamus Cronin (Grenagh), Alan McEvoy (Blarney), Conor Power (Blarney), Mark Coleman 0-5(3f) (Blarney), Patrick Crowley (Blarney), Conor Forde (Blarney), Conor McCarthy 0-2 (Blarney), Declan Hanlon(Blarney), Michael John Shine 1-2(Blarney), Kevin Cremen 0-1 (Blarney), David Donovan 1-1(Whitechurch). Subs used Peter MCSweeney (Grenagh), Barry Dennehy ) 0-1(Blarney), Cathal Sheehy (Whitechurch), James Walsh (Blarney), Patrick O’Connell (Blarney), Cathal Hegarty (Blarney), Aidan Kelleher (Whitechurch), Darragh McNamara (Whitechurch), Eoin Mullane (Blarney), Olan Hegarty (Blarney), Ryan Duffy (St.Finbarrs), Luke O’Connor (Blarney), Patrick Buckley (na Piarsaigh), Paul Walsh (Grenagh). Coachford CC team. Cormac O’Driscoll(Cloughduv), Aodhan Healy (Aghabullogue), Paul Ring(Aghabullogue), Shane O’Riordan(Dripsey), William McCarthy(Eire Og), Sean Lane(Aghabullogue), Niall Barry Murphy(Aghabullogue), Eoghan Clifford(Cloughduv), John Cooper (Eire Og), Matthew Bradley0-9 (6f)(Aghabullogue), Shane Tarrant 0-1 (Aghabullogue), Shane Corkery(Aghabullogue), Darren Lucey(Donoughmore), Denis Desmond(Aghabullogue), Luke Elliot(Cloughduv), James Cotter(Donoughmore), Dean O’Sullivan(Dripsey), Brian Verling(Cloughduv), Jeremy Kennedy(Donoughmore), Sean O’Connell(Aghabullogue), James Buckley(Cloughduv), Gavin Hickey(Cloughduv), Ben Honahan(Donoughmore),Kevin Cotter(Aghabullogue),David Thompson(Aghabullogue),Darragh O’Shea(Donoughmore). SMGS represented Munster in the All Ireland semi final against Killina Secondary School , Co Offaly, the Leinster Champions . See www.blarneygaa.ie for details on this game.

Blarney Players In All Ireland Final. Well done to Blarney players Ray Murphy and Stephen Sheedy who played for UCC’s Freshers in the B All Ireland Final against University of Limerick in UL on Wednesday the 2nd of March last.

Thank you. Big thanks to all who handed in clothes and other pieces to our Clothes Drop in early March. Your support is most appreciated and the proceeds made will assist Club na Nog in developing our young players in achieving their best both on and off the field.

New faces at underage level. Congratulations to Neil Murphy (Secretary) & Michael Barrett (Chairman) pictured below who got elected last night at the Underage AGM. Many thanks to the outgoing Secretary, Bryan Mullane and Chairman, Michael O’Mahony Junior for their hard work and time over the last few years.

U21 Footballers through to next round. With the pitch in Donaghmore unplayable, Blarney were given a home draw for the first round of the Muskerry U21B Football Championship against Grenagh on the 21st of February last. It was our local neighbours who got off to a better start, pointing two points from frees in the first 3 minutes. Kevin Cremen responded with a point soon after. Seven minutes into the game Paul O Connor surprised the Grenagh defence scoring a goal from a 21 metre free. The score gave Blarney confidence and were 1-3 to 0-3 points up after 20 minutes. The home side were dominating possession but missed two great goal chances late in the first half. Cormac O’Mahony found Paul O’Connor in space inside the 21 metre but did not hit the target, while a few minutes later Kevin Cremen also found the side netting when through on goal. The halftime score was Blarney 1-4 Grenagh 0-5. Grenagh rallied in the second half and the sides exchanged points early on. But a string of points in a 6 minute period from Mark Coleman, two from Peter Philpott and Ray Murphy put Blarney up 7 points. The two Cremen brothers were causing the Grenagh defence problems all afternoon and always looked a threat. Blarney saw out the game and now look forward to the next round. The final score was Blarney 1-12 Grenagh 0-9.

Still time to join our Club. There is still time to become a 2016 member! Our register Pat Harrington will be at our clubhouse on Friday evenings (6.45pm – 8pm) and Saturday mornings (10.30am – 12 noon) in March. See our website for further information.

Stephens Day Poc Fada proceeds donated to charity All proceeds from the 2015 St Stephens day Poc Fada were recently donated to three different charity organisations. €200 was presented to Blarney Meals On Wheels by our Club President Michael O’Leary. Michael also presented the Blarney branch of St Vincent de Paul €200 on behalf of the club. The club will also present the ‘Friends of Jamie Wall’ trust €200. Last year at 22 years old Jamie (from Kilbrittain), suffered a spinal stroke and is currently confined to a wheelchair. Many thanks to all who participated in our Poc Fada to make this possible. For the latest news, fixtures and results, please visit www.blarneygaa.ie

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