Blarney GAA news

Junior A Hurlers Advance in Championship. On one of the hottest days of the year so far, the Juniors A took to the Coachford field to take on neighbours Ballincollig in the Mid-Cork Hurling Championship. It was Ballincollig that opened the scoring after a minute but it was Blarney that really took control of the game after this. Mark Cremin opened the scoring for Blarney, and this was quickly followed by a great score from David Cremen, taken from a very tight angle. Mark Cremin added a free to make the score 3 points to 1 after five minutes. A minute later Cremin had the ball again this time setting up David Cremen to strike to the back of the net. Both defences took control for a period, goalkeeper Richard O’Shea felt like a a extra defender for Blarney, sweeping up much of the ball going in deep. On the 15 minute mark, Cremin got the scoreboard moving again with a free. Cremin added two more points on 18 and 24 minutes to take Blarney’s lead to 8 points. Ballincollig finished the half with a point from a free. HT: Blarney 1-6 Ballincollig 0-2 Ballincollig had the prefect start to the half when they hit the back of the net after two minutes. Ballincollig out scored Blarney 6 points to 4 over the following twenty minutes, all of Blarney’s score coming from Mark Cremin (3 frees). Blaney made a few tactical changes, Ray O’Donovan moved into corner forward and helped Blarney win the ball and set up chances. David Cremen took a once of these chances, striking a point from distance. A great team move started when Mark O’ Leary won the ball in defence, he carried the ball from one 45m to the other before laying off to David Cremen, who passed it to sub Eugene McCarthy. The move had created space for Mark Cremin, he recieved the ball unmarked on the 20m line and buried the ball into the back of the net. Ballincollig added a consolation point in injury time and the game finished Blarney 2-11 Ballincollig 1-9. Blarney Team : Richard O’Shea, Stephen O’Brien, Daniel Cronin, Padraig Conway, Anthony O’Shea, Sean Twomey, Vince O Mahony, Ray O’ Donovan, Wayne Shine, Sean Crowley, Craig Sykes, Mark O’Leary, David Cremen, Mark Cremin, Damien Hyde. Subs: Stephen Sheedy for Wayne Shine (inj), John Daniel Good for Padraig Conway(inj), Eugene McCarthy for Damien Hyde. Blarney Scorers: Mark Cremin 1-9(6f), David Cremen 1-2.

Club development launch a great success. Thanks to all who attended our Development Launch Night earlier last month. It was a great occasion and a historic moment for the club. The new development will see the construction of a 3G artificial grass pitch and ball alley over the coming months. Club chairman Kevin Kelleher spoke on the night on the fantastic work already being done in our club and how we always look to improve both on and off the field. The new facilities will be of huge benefit to all club members and future generations of Blarney players to come. Cork County Board Development Officer Richard Murphy spoke how Blarney GAA are playing a vital role in the community and the improvement of facilities is required with a growing population in our village on the outskirts of Cork city. He congratulated our club on our vision and wished us all the best with the venture. We had public representatives, Cork County Board officers and board members, Muskerry officers, members of the Rebel OG East & Central boards, friends from neighbouring clubs and teachers from our local schools present on the night. We also had club members, parents, supporters and many from our local community in Blarney. Thanks again to all for making the night such a success. Full details on our development available on our web site www.blarneygaa.ie If you have any questions on our development, please email pro.blarney.cork@gaa.ie

Watergrasshill too strong for our intermediates. The sun was shining down on the pitch in Riverstown on Sunday afternoon when our Premier Intermediate Hurlers took to the field for the first championship game of the season. It was a nervous start for both sides. Watergrasshill hit 4 wides, 3 from short range, and Blarney also had a wide. Mark Coleman opening the scoring with a self-made point from midfield after 6 minutes as Blarney began to settle. Watergrasshill responded immediately with a free. Blarney battled hard and points from David Dunlea, Barra O’Connell (free), and Galway native Stephen Lohan had Blarney leading by three with 10 minutes on the clock. A well-worked Watergrasshill move forced a save from Paul Hallissey. Watergrasshill converted the resulting 65m. Keith Costello responded with a point immediately, as Lohan showed his value winning puck outs at centre-forward. Two quick-fire points for Watergrasshill brought the game back to the minimum between the teams after 17minutes. A few minutes later O’Connell got the ball near the corner flag with a lot of work to do he managed to beat a number of men, create an angle for himself and get a shot off at goal. The effort was saved but Blarney recycled the ball and Brian Hurley shot a great point. Watergrasshill’s corner forward John Halbert then rattled over two points in as many minutes to equalise the game. Coleman added another to his tally but Watergrasshill had the last say when they pointed a free with the last puck of the half. HT: Blarney 0-8 Watergrasshill 0-8 Watergrasshill had the better opening to the second half, as Blarney were outscored four points to one in the opening 8 minutes. O’Connell (3frees) and Coleman rallied with four points over the next ten minutes to bring the game back level. The teams then exchanged points, Lohan getting the score for Blarney. Dunlea then had a great chance, after beating his marker he struck for goal, but a second save from Watergrasshill keeper denied Blarney again. Watergrasshill’s Halbert then scored his fifth from play to put Watergrasshill ahead again and set up a tense finish for Blarney. Blarney had chances to equalise the game but unfortunately hit four wides in the reaming five minutes. A mistake as Blarney tried to launch a final attack in injury time lead to a Watergrasshill goal that ultimately ended the game as a contest. Full time score Watergrasshill 1-15 Blarney 0-14. Blarney will now play Charleville in Round 2B, provisionally fixed for weekend of June 18th or 16th. Blarney Team: Paul Hallissey, John Barrett, David Walsh, Darragh McSweeney, Peter Philpott, Joe Jordan, Paul O’Connor, Keith Costello, Mark Coleman, Ray Murphy, Stephen Lohan, Barra O’Connell, Brian Hurley, David Dunlea, Colin Murphy. Blarney Scorers: Barra O Connell 0-5f, Mark Coleman 0-3, Stephen Lohan, Keith Costello 0-2 each, David Dunlea, Brian Hurley 0-1 each.

Blarney GAA hold Blitz. Blarney GAA would like to thank everybody who attended our hurling blitz on the 16th of May last. Both girls and boys from 2nd class in all of the three schools were there on the day. The blitz was full of fun, running, laughing and hurling. Everybody enjoyed themselves and so did the teachers, coaches and referees. Thanks to Brian O Leary for bringing 5 young referees that did a great job. Thanks to the Blarney national school for providing bibs, helmets and hurls. Thanks to Stephen forest for cutting the grass before the blitz. Thanks to Sean Crowley, Cork North GDA with Rebel Og for providing the medals. Great team effort.

Junior B hurlers overcome near neighbours in league. Our Junior B hurlers had a hard earned win over Grenagh in Blarney last night. The pitch was in great condition and ideal for hurling. Blarney got off to the better start but hit three wides in a row before Donal O’Leary scored the opening point from play.The home side went three points up before Grenagh came more into the game. 20 minutes in, the visitors found the net to give them the lead. Both sides went without a score for a period of time before a brace from Robert White and one from Damien Hyde ensured Blarney went in two points ahead at half time. Again Blarney started the second half well and scored the opening two points. Hartnett and Shine started to dominate their positions with more quality ball hitting the forward line. But again Grenagh with strong players up the centre would not back down and drew level with 10 minutes to go. Blarney fought hard and worked together to grind out the result. Conway and Hartnett with the score of the game pointed in the last few minutes to ensure Blarney won 0-15 to 1-10. James Mulcahy, Michael McNamara, Daniel O’Donovan, Mark Phlean, Padraig Conway, Cian O’Mahony, Alex Dineen, Robert White, Thomas Barrett, Niall Hayes, Conor Foley, Damien Hyde, Donal O’Leary, James O’Sullivan, Bryan O’Connor. Liam Hartnett for James O’Sullivan (injured), Wayne Shine for Bryan O’Connor, Tim Greene for Donal O’Leary (injured), Craig Skyes for Conor Foley, Darragh McPolin for Alex Dineen. Subs: Richard O’Driscoll, Edward Hurley, Paul O’Donovan.

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