Blarney GAA news

We are delighted to welcome DC Fitness to Blarney GAA, who now operate from our club gym. Spinning, TRX, ViPR, Kettlebells & much more. Booking is essential! Call/text 087 6416789 Check out DC Fitness on Facebook for more details.

AGM Our annual Annual General Meeting takes place on Tuesday 30th of October at 7.30pm in our clubhouse hall. All members welcome.

The 2018 edition of the Blarney/Rathpeacon Hurling Parish Leagues 2018 Parish Leagues were held over two Thursday evenings, the 20th and 27th of September. The finals were originally pencilled in for Saturday 22nd, but the heavens opened up and the decision was to push it out to the following Thursday. The decision proved to be a wise one, as the finals were played on a fine Autumn evening, with the hurling served up by the young boys of Blarney/Rathpeacon nothing short of outstanding. The Under 7/8s final was played between Tipperary and Clare. With the final score tied 2 goals apiece at full time, the game went to a ‘next goal wins’ finish. The tension among the crowd was palpable with the ball going from end to end, until finally as darkness was setting in, it was the Clare team who clinched the all-important goal. Joint captains Sean Lynch and Daniel McAuliffe collected the Brendan O’Donoghue trophy. All matches in this age group were tightly contested, with the 3rd/4thplace playoff also finishing in a draw and decided by a next goal wins finish. In the Under 9/10s matches, after 4 very tight games on the first Thursday of matches, Munster and Leinster had enough points won to determine they would meet in the final. It was decided among the coaches to have Munster and Leinster play 4 ten-minute halves on the night of the final. It proved to be a cracking contest between very evenly matched teams. Colm Kelleher, a coach with our U11s, who refereed the final, was quoted as saying the hurling was top drawer, describing some of the goals scored from ground pulls as being from the locker of the famous Cork hurler John Fenton. The score in favour of Munster was 6-3 to 4-5, with joint captains Sean Kennedy and Emmet O’Callaghan accepting the Donal Downey trophy on behalf of their jubilant teammates. The games between Connaught and Ulster were also keenly contested, and again the standard of hurling was reflective of the hard work being put in by the players and coaches. A special thank you to the coaches for setting up the teams and pitches for the players to show their wares each night. We were delighted to have two county players Mark Coleman and Paudie Power in attendance to present the next generation of Blarney hurlers with their medals on the night. Also, the families of Donal Downey and Brendan O’Donoghue for their continued support, presenting the trophies in honour of our two past members who did so much for our club. The referees over the two nights who gave up their time, namely Colm Kelleher, Paul O’Leary, Sean Linehan, Ciaran Chambers and Sean Dalton. The great pictures taken below were provided by Tadgh Hurley, who is always available to capture the action and joy which takes place in our club, so again a special thank you to Tadgh. The annual Sean O’Riordan skills competition was also run off over recent weeks, and on the finals night, Sean was in attendance to hand out the trophies for the winners in each of the categories from under 7 up to under 10. The skills competition is a great initiative to encourage the young hurlers to practice the skills of the game, so well done to all the winners. The finals evening was rounded off with all kids receiving a medal and a ‘goodie bag’ thanks to Tim Crowley in the corner shop, so all went home with a smile on their face!

Marty Morrissey was supporting our minors in advance of the Premier 1 Hurling County Final! The game took place on Monday 8th Oct in Pairc Ui Rinn. See blarneygaa.ie for more details on the match.

Schools Presentation. Over the last few weeks we were delighted to present Scoil Chroi Iosa and the Gaelscoil footballs and sliotars. The schools in our community do fantastic work promoting gaelic games and we are more than happy to support via equipment & schools coaching. Our club schools coach Eugene McCarthy has already had a few sessions in our schools since starting back earlier last month.

Blarney U11s Blarney U11s took a well deserved break from their busy activities on the pitch with a action packed fun filled day in West Cork Secret last weekend of September. The boys have been showing great spirit on the pitch and this was another opportunity to to a bit of fun filled team building.

Cumnor Construction Sponsorship Recently Cumnor Construction presented our club a sponsorship cheque for the 2018 season. The O’Mahony family have been tremendous supporters of our club on and off the pitch for numerous years. We again are most grateful for their continued support.

Junior B Hurlers Congratulations to our Junior B hurlers who retained the Muskerry JBHC title in Coachford. The lads defeated Cloughduv by a single point. The following week the lads took on a strong Watergrasshill side in the county where the east Cork side progressed to the county semi final. The Bs are still in the league and hope to finish the year on a high.

Fe8s On Saturday 8th September our Blarney/Rathpeacon under 8s accepted the kind invitation of Cashel King Cormac to partake in their Munster Hurling Blitz which had numerous teams from Tipperary, Limerick and Kildare, while we were the sole Cork representatives. 17 players travelled along with their parents. A fantastic day was had by all, plenty of great hurling against teams from other counties. Our 2 teams played 4 matches each, pitted against teams like Cashel, Toomevara, Monaleen, Ballybrown, Knockavilla Kickhams among many more, and it was a first for our lads in lifting and striking at this age. Considering the step up, our lads acquitted themselves brilliantly, and all the practice is clearly showing. Following the sambos and cakes provided by our fantastic hosts in Cashel, we headed to Cahir Castle for a historical tour courtesy of Robert Scannel and Cahir House Hotel. Following this we went to feed the ducks, a fine spread of food was on put on in Cahir House Hotel, along with a bouncy castle in the hotel to ensure the fun continued. Special mention to our navigator Billy Costello, finished off with the Cannonball Run in the club when we got back. A great day that will be long remembered by parents and kids alike.

Fe10s in Limerick Well done to our U10s who competed once again in the annual Tommy Burtchaell Tournament in Limerick. It was a great day out for the boys in what has become an annual trip for Blarney U10s. The standard at this competition is extremely high and it will stand to the boys as they move onto U11 next year. Thank you to our hosts Na Piarsaigh for their warm welcome as always. Shane Dowling presented the captains with the teams medals.Cumnor

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