Blarney GAA news

Club na nÓg training is finished for the year. It will return in February 2017. Thanks for all your support this year.

The Role of the GAA in Society. We were delighted to be asked again this year to speak to the 5th year LCVP students of Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal. The topic was “The Role of the GAA in Society”. The talk was very well received and generated a lot of discussion. Thanks to Tadhg Hurley, the 5th year students and to Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal for making the occasion such a success.

B Hurlers Retain League Title. Blarney Junior B hurlers retained the Muskerry Junior B Hurling League title yesterday Aghabullogue on a score line Aghabullogue 2-6 Blarney 1-10. It was dry but cold conditions in Ballincollig for the replay. Blarney started the game well, showing more aggression from the first whistle. Shane Mulcahy was in fine form where his positional switch into the corner from wing forward made a huge difference. The Blarney half back line and midfield gave direct ball into the full forward line, where the inside forwards always looked dangerous. Points from Mulcahy and pointed frees from Colm Sheahan gave Blarney a 7 point to 4 lead approaching half time. On the stroke of half time Aghabullogue scored a goal from a 21 yard free to leave the sides level going in at the break. The second half was less free flowing than the first. The green and white of Aghabullogue made a few positional changes at half time, including deploying a sweeper for the remainder of the game. Both sides exchanged scores throughout the half with the score of the game coming from a fantastic strike by Conor Foley into the top corner of the net, to give Blarney a 3 point lead. However 5 minutes later Aghabullogue responded scoring their second goal of the game with another 21 yard free. It was edge of the seat for both sets of supporters with both teams doing everything to win possession. Mulcahy who moved out to wing forward now, showed great skill to gather the ball and coolly pointed to give Blarney the lead again. It was backs to the wall, but Blarney held out to secure their second title in two years. The first team in the club to win back to back league titles. Final score Aghabullogue 2-6 Blarney 1-10 It was another terrific performance from the lads. The team showed more aggression from the drawn game which was the difference on the day. Well done to all players and team management involved. Shane Jordan, Mark Phelan, Daniel O’Donovan, Darragh McPolin, Cian O’Mahony, Cormac O’Mahony, Eoin Mullane, Robert White, Sean McSweeney, Colm Sheahan, Conor Foley, Pat O’Connell, Shane Mulcahy, Donal O’Leary, Ed Hurley. Subs: Niall Hayes, Tim Green. Scorers: S. Mulcahy 0-5, C. Sheahan 0-4 (frees), C. Foley 1-0, R. White 0-1. Thanks to The Blarney Castle Hotel for providing food and entertainment after the game.

Club na nOg Trial Run Astro Pitch. We were all delighted to see our Club na nOg teams from U5 – U10 on our new artificial grass pitch for a ‘trial run’ for their last training session of the year. Everyone really enjoyed the run around and began to fully appreciate what a wonderful facility it will be for our club. The astro pitch will open to teams in the coming weeks.

Fe10s Compete In Limerick. Well done to the two Blarney/Rathpeacon U10 teams who battled against tough opposition in the Tommy Burtchaell annual memorial competition in Limerick in early November. 14 Teams from senior clubs around Munster took to the field with Blarney being the only representative of Cork. Clonlara & Sixmilebridge won each group with Blarney GAA putting in some good performances.

Minor Hurlers Defeated in League Final. Our minor team were defeated in the league final on the first Saturday of November by Ballincollig. The lads were down a point at the break playing against a strong breeze. Despite their efforts, Ballincollig just pipped the lads in the end. On reflection, it was a great year for our minor hurlers. Both team management and players have a lot to be proud of. Final score Blarney 1 – 7 Ballincollig 2 – 10.

From everyone in Blarney GAA, we would like to wish you and your family a very happy Christmas. Thank you for all your support on and off the field over the year. It is most appreciated. An Bhlárna Abu

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