Our football parish league finals were played on the morning of Saturday the 3rd of June. It was a really enjoyable morning for the large crowd of players, parents and supporters, as they witnessed some fine football being played. The winning teams were awarded the Donal Ahern memorial trophy and the Peter McSweeney Cup.
Blarney Players in Cork West Celtic Challenge Team. (Photo): Daniel Quill, Shane Barrett, Jack O’Keeffe, Mark Cummins and James Doody were part of the Cork West U17 Team that beat Cork North on a score line of 3-12 to 1-13 to finish top of their group after 5 games in their Celtic Challenge Tournament in Ahiohill. The Celtic Challenge is a national U17 competition for non-exam players, contested by regional development teams. They progressed to the semi-finals against Galway Maroons in Ennis on the 10th of June but unfortunately came up just short. Nevertheless it was a great achievement for the lads.
Adult round up. The Junior A hurlers started the month with a good 2-11 to 0-10 win over Ballinhassig on the 3rd of June. In their second league game of the month they fell to a 1-20 to 0-11 defeat away to Shanballymore. The Junior B hurlers claimed a hard-fought 4-9 to 2-5 win over Inniscarra on the 1st of June in a game that was in the balance right until the final 5 minutes when Blarney claimed two quick goals. The Junior A football team have also been in action, defeating Macroom by 7-9 to 1-2 on Friday the 2nd in Blarney.
Underage round up. The U12 team have been busy with hurling and football league matches this month. In football, the lads recorded a win over Canovee and defeats to Donoughmore and Aghabullogue. They also registered a narrow hurling defeat to Eire Og. The U13s defeated Passage by 4-9 to 2-4 in the hurling league on the 19th of June. The U14 footballers have had a great June, taking football league wins over Buttevant by 3-16 to 4-2, and a 7-10 to 2-4 win over St. Peters. Our U15 hurlers lost out to Valley Rovers by 1-8 to 3-11 on June 25th. The U16s took a good 0-13 to 0-18 away win over Sarsfields in the P1 hurling league on June 23rd. The minors have returned to action after the exam break, with the P1 team keeping up their 100% league record with a home win over Glen Rovers on June 26th. The C3 team fell to a one point loss to Sarsfields on the following night.
Club Beag had their second outing of the year last Saturday and a great morning’s fun was had by everyone. Club Beag was set up in Blarney GAA Club in 2012 and is becoming increasingly popular. If you are new to the community or not too familiar with GAA, it is a great way to get an insight into our club and become familiar with our facilities, while meeting other parents in a social/enjoyable environment. The club runs 30-minute sessions once a month on the second Saturday of each month from April – June (July for holidays) and August – October. The sessions take place in Blarney GAA grounds and this year we will have use of the new Astro Turf pitch. For further queries, please contact Club Beag’s Chairperson Mairead Sheehan on 087 4170690.
Blarney won a tremendous Fé 14 Munster Hurling Féile on Saturday June 17th. On an exceptionally warm day, clubs from all over Munster put on an exhibition of hurling. After group wins over Grangemockler and a fancied Cappawhite, Blarney met a physically strong Moyle Rovers side in the semi-final, battling to an exciting win. Blarney met the only other Cork side Valley Rovers in the Final. Valley Rovers operate at Premier 1 level and although they were the fancied team Blarney won 4-3 to 3-3. The final ebbed and flowed, with Blarney trailing 1-1 to 0-1 a tremendous goal by Eoin Kirby following great work by Cathal McCarthy. An opportunist goal by Jerry Murphy following a terrific pass on the dead ball line from Charlie Sewell then gave Blarney a little breathing space. Jerry Murphy added another point as Ciaran Sexton and Tiernan Buckley did tremendous work on the wings. With Denis McSweeney adding another point, Blarney reached the interval 3-2 to 2-1 up. Valleys thundered back into the game on the resumption and they took a 3-3 to 3-2 lead as the 2nd half ticked away. Daniel and Michael O’Keefe flicked a number of dramatic balls away from the Valleys full forward line after Eoin O’Neill had made a miraculous save with Oisin Doody gathering the clearance. With two minutes left Eoin Kirby fielded a great Denis McSweeney ball and billowed the Valleys net. Blarney defended valiantly in the dying minutes, with Owen O’Connor driving ball out of defence as the final whistle blew. It was a very sporting game and a credit to Valleys and the result could easily have gone either way. There were joyous scenes at the final whistle as the Munster Council presented the medals to the players. Thanks to Sean O’Riordan for his tremendous work with the team and it was fitting that he was applauded by all as the Munster Council Rep. presented him with his momento. A mention must also, go to Rathpeacon’s coach Roy O’Brien who is a selector\coach with the team. Thanks to the parents, who provided food for the players between games and kept them hydrated in very trying weather conditions. Blarney Panel: Eoin O’Neill, MichaelO’Keefe, Sam O’Sullivan, Ciaran Sexton, Charlie Sewell, Daniel Murphy, Tiernan Buckley, Ben Hutchinson, Gavin Magee, Ronan Hennigan,Denis McSweeney, Cathal McCarthy, Adam O’Mahony, Eoin Kirby, JerryMurphy, Owen O’Connor, Oisin Doody.
Off-field activities took precedence on the 15th and 16th of June, with the golf classic and social night taking place. The golf classic, ably organised by Willie Cronin and his team, took place over two days at Blarney Golf Resort. The good weather added to what is always an enjoyable occasion in the club calendar. Events on the course concluded, it was time to convene at the Castle Hotel for a night of food, entertainment and of course the all-important prize giving for the golf classic. The Castle Hotel team were crowned winners with an impressive score of 56 points.
Blarney and Cork’s Mark Coleman has been the story of the Munster hurling championship so far. He followed up an excellent performance in Cork’s win over Tipperary with an RTE Sunday Game Man of the Match display against Waterford. Mark also claimed the gaa.ie Player of the Week award for his performance. Mark was also awarded the Muskerry GAA Sports Star Award for May in a ceremony at the Auld Triangle in June. Everyone at Blarney GAA is very proud of Mark’s achievements and we all wish him well in the Munster final against Clare.
Blarney lost out to Mallow in round 2A of the Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship on a scoreline of 5-18 to 1-21 on Sunday night in Mourneabbey. The game was far closer than the final score suggests and Blarney will rue their concession of several scrappy goals. On an overcast but dry evening, the game got off to a flying start with the teams sharing 11 points in the first 10 minutes. Danny Whyte opened the scoring for Blarney in the first minute, followed by two fine scores from Mark Coleman – the first from a free and the second from a trademark sideline cut. Blarney had the benefit of the breeze early on and led by 0-9 to 0-5 after 15 minutes. Mallow responded well though, claiming a point in the 18th minute, quickly followed by a well-taken goal a minute later to level the scores. The remainder of the half was very even, with Blarney leading 0-14 to 1-10 at half time after some fine points through Colin Murphy and Stephen Lohan. The second half started well for Blarney, with Colin Murphy and Shane Mulcahy slotting two points in the first two minutes to stretch the lead to three. Mallow came again though, and struck two goals and a point in the next five minutes through their powerful full forward line. Mark O’Leary and Mark Coleman responded with points for Blarney and the game was still very much up for grabs until Mallow claimed their fourth goal in the 54th minute. Blarney refused to throw in the towel but Mallow’s accurate shooting kept them ahead. Mark Coleman claimed a rasper of a goal from a free with two minutes remaining but it was too little, too late and Mallow ran out comfortable winners in the end. Despite the defeat Ray Murphy’s men can take a lot of positives from the game. They showed a real battling spirit and claimed some excellent scores throughout. There were also some impressive individual performances from the likes of Joe Jordan, Peter Philpott and Colin Murphy. Blarney team: Conor Murphy, David Walsh, Paul O’Leary, Cormac O’Mahony, Sean Crowley, Joe Jordan, Alan McEvoy, Peter Philpott, Mark Coleman, Danny Whyte, Colin Murphy, Stephen Lohan, Ray Murphy, David Cremen, Shane Mulcahy.
A great day was had in Blarney on Saturday for the annual Sarah Buckley Tournament. On a sunny afternoon Blarney, Glen Rovers, Ballinascarthy and St. Finbarrs all contributed to great afternoon’s sport. Ballinascarthy went home with the Shield this year after defeating Blarney while Glen Rovers and St. Finbarrs made a nail biting final which saw St. Finbarrs take the cup 1-6 to 1-3. Well done to the everyone involved and a special thank you to the Buckley family.
Our plucky u6 team took part in their first blitz in Rathpeacon on Sunday the 25th and had a great time. Hopefully the first of many! Well done to everyone involved.