Blarney GAA news

Blarney Win Minor County Title Blarney minor hurlers defeated Carrigaline to win the Premier 2 Hurling Championship on the 12th of September last in Páirc Uí Rinn. The minors had two absentees from the panel coming into the game, with captain David Sheahan and Will Crowley unavailable due to injury. Blarney opened the scoring on the 4th minute with a James Dineen free. Both sides then traded points with Eoin Hyland scoring a fine point from play in the middle of the field in the wet conditions. A Hyland 65 and a Dineen free soon followed to give Blarney a 4 points to 1 lead after 10 minutes. Carrigaline came more into the game and forced Blarney to concede frees out the field, which were converted. The pitch was heavy but both teams were fighting hard in an entertaining game for the large crowd. Eamon O’Mahony created a great goal scoring opportunity on the 21st minute, but was well saved by the Carrigaline goal keeper. Dineen’s follow up was again smothered by the keeper. Blarney finished the first half strong with Declan Hanlon (man of the match) and Barry Dennehy scoring from play before Dineen scored another free to leave the half time score Blarney 0-9 Carrigaline 0-6. Blarney got off to the best possible start to the second half when a long ball into the full forward was held up in the heavy surface, which allowed Alan McEvoy to get the ball before the keeper and pulled on the ground into the Carrigaline net. However Carrigaline responded and threw everything at Blarney scoring the next three points. As the second half progressed, the conditions deteriorated. Hyland scored a vital point from play for Blarney on the 44th minute to disrupt Carrigaline’s momentum. But Carrigaline kept coming scoring another 3 points on the trot without reply to leave the score Blarney 1-10 Carrigaline 0-12 with 4 minutes left on the clock. It was a nail biting finish with both teams giving everything. In the final minutes Barry Dennehy showed great strength to gain possession and get the last score of the game to the delight of the Blarney following. Full time score Blarney 1-11 Carrigaline 0-12. It was another great team performance from the lads. The hard work throughout the year paid off and great credit is due to all involved in what was truly a team effort. From all in the club, congratulations to all involved in winning the title. The club last won the Minor A Hurling County in 2004. Conor Murphy, Gavin Mullane, Conor Power, Donal Hoare, Olan Hegarty, Patrick Crowley, Brian Walsh, Declan Hanlon, Eoin Hyland, Michael John Shine, Alan McEvoy, Jack O’Keeffe, Barry Dennehy, Eamon O’Mahony, James Dineen. Luke O’Connor for Olan Hegarty, Shane Barrett for James Dineen, Cathal Hegarty for Jack O’Keeffe.

Thanks to Blarney Castle Hotel Thanks to our great sponsors The Blarney Castle Hotel for looking after all involved with our minor hurlers after their county win and our Junior A & Junior B panels after their recent Mid Cork Finals. We are most grateful to Ian & all his staff for the great reception afterwards.

ean O’Riordan Club na nOg Skills Competition Despite the soft conditions on the last Saturday of September, we had a great day at the Sean O’Riordan Club na nOg Skills Competition. Well done to all our stars who participated and thanks to all who came and supported. Thanks too to our minor hurlers who also came along offering their help and support on the day. Sean O’Riordan – Coaching History He coached Farna and won numerous underage titles He won( Farna) the Cork collages O’Callaghan cup, Munster Harty Cup and All Ireland collages titles in I984 He coached Blarney to the Cork County U21 final, Ray Murphy and Ray Coleman played on that team. He coached Blarney to the JA Mid Cork. Won the Feile with Delaneys Won 7 U21 Carrigdhoun titles in a row with Courcy Rovers and won the county. Coached Vally Rovers and Courcys seniors. Won the Premier 2 U14 league and Premier 1 league (2013) with the present Blarney Fe18 players on this year’s minor team.

Fe13 team win under lights Well done to our Fe13s who won a thrilling Autumn League game v Sliabh Rua under lights in Riverstick in the middle of September. The lads were down 3-05 to 0-06 at half time, Blarney won on a score line of 2-14 to 3-10.

October car boot sale cancelled Due to development works on club grounds, our car boot sale that was due to be on Monday 31st of October is cancelled. Our next car boot sale will take place on Easter Monday, 17th of April 2017. Thanks for all your support this year.