Blarney GAA news

Cul camps. Cork inter county hurler Alan Cadogan called to our Cul Camp in Blarney on the Wednesday of our Cul Camp to give words of encouragement to our young stars. Everyone was delighted to chat to Alan and stand in for photos. We had over 150 boys and girls aged 6 – 13 taking part during the week. This is not possible without the fantastic work done by our coaches, helpers and volunteers. Thank you so much for giving your time.

Fe14 hurlers defeat Valley Rovers. Blarney’s U14 hurlers continued their good league campaign with their third win from three games after defeating Valley Rovers in Blarney on the 4th of July last. Electing to play against the strong breeze in the first half, Blarney were under pressure early with Valleys playing some excellent hurling and going into a four point to one lead, Corey Hanlon getting Blarney’s score after a great pass from Cathal McCarthy. The Blarney backs however stuck gamely to their task, and with Hanlon moving to centre back and ably assisted by Sam O’Sullivan and Gavin McGee alongside him, they began to get to grips with the Valleys attack. Despite most of the play being located in the Blarney defence it was point for point for the remainder of the half, Michael O’Mahony and Daniel Murphy’s strong running from Midfield causing huge problem for Valleys defence. Three frees from O’Mahony and a well taken point by Cian Barrett left Valleys three ahead at the break. Blarney started the second half in strong and determined fashion, but the Valleys defence were standing firm, until Eoghan Kirby’s speculative shot on 38 minutes found its way to the net and Blarney were level. Blarney then raised the intensity levels, half forwards Anthony Butler, Kirby and Niall Cremen in particular beginning to dominate possession and the chances started coming. Kirby soon added a second goal and a point either side of two points from O’Mahony. The Blarney forwards were making life very difficult for Valleys who were struggling to clear their lines due to the pressure being put on, Paudie Murphy leading a hard working inside forward line assisted by Barrett and subs Charlie Sewell and Jerry Murphy. Jerry Murphy and Kirby again with the score of the game from wide on the right wing added further white flags, and Blarney were eight points ahead with eight minutes to play. Valley’s were not done however and staged a fightback, reducing the gap to four with a goal and a point. The Blarney defence held firm however, David Lordan, Sean Dalton and Ciaran Sexton all making vital interventions to keep Valleys at bay, along with two top class saves from keeper Eoin O’Neill to see Blarney win out on a scoreline of 2-10 to 1-9. Well done to the team on a great effort, an Bhlárna Abú.

Blarney, St. Finbarrs, Ballinscarthy and Glen Rovers camogies teams played on Saturday June 25th in the Sarah Buckley Tournament 2016. Match 1. Glen Rovers vs Ballinscarthy A great game played with both teams giving it their all. A free near half time taken by the Glen captain Lisa O’Riordan secured a goal giving the Glen a lead of 1-4 to 0-4. Both teams gave a great performance with Claire Kingston, Annie Condon, Kaela O’Driscoll and Sinéad McCarthy shining for Ballinscarthy. While Lisa O’Riordan, Kayleigh O’Sullivan and Clara McCarthy shone for the Glen. Match 2. Blarney vs St. Finbarrs. Blarney had the edge going into the second half. Both teams gave a great performance on the day. Laura Shine, Abbie Hurley, Michelle Dunne and Brianna Martin giving it their all for Blarney. St Finbarrs had the glory of the day with a winning goal by Megan McTiernan securing their place in the final. March 3. Blarney vs Ballinscarthy. A great game with both teams giving it their all. Abbie McNamara, Ciara Sheehan and Abbie Hurley were among the key players for Blarney. Claire Kingston goalkeeper for Ballinscarthy denied Blarneys Brianna Martin a vital free. Match 4. Glen Rovers vs Ballinscarthy. A nail biting final with a fantastic performance from both teams. However glory belonged to Glen Rovers on the day. It was the 7th annual Tournament organised by Blarney Camogie Club. The shield was won by Ballinscarthy and the cup was won by Glen Rovers.

Great fun at football parish leagues. Thanks to all who assisted in this year’s Football Parish Leagues which took place over three days in June. Over 60 Boys born from 2006 – 2008 from Blarney and Rathpeacon GAA Club took part. The Peter Mc Sweeney Perpetual Cup was presented last Saturday and all boys taking part received a medal and a goody bag on Saturday. You can view photos at www.blarneygaa.ie

Sod turned on our club development. Club President, Michael O’Leary and Cork County Board Treasurer Pearse Murphy officially turned the sod and works on our 3G artificial grass pitch has started on a phased basis. Thanks to all who attended our sod turning ceremony last month. We had a number of public representatives present including Senator Colm Burke, TD Dara Murphy and Deputy County Mayor Kevin Conway. Representatives from club na nOg, Underage, Blarney Camogie Club and adult members were also there in force.

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