Blarney GAA news

Over 35s Social Hurling Are you over 35? Are you interested in hurling? Over the last few weeks we got great interest to run an over 35′s hurling game in Blarney. The mini blitz will take place on the evening of Saturday 1st December on our Astroturf pitch. There will be small rule changes, the games will be on a smaller pitch, etc. The evening is all about having a laugh, getting exercise and a social drink after. Look out for more news on this event here in the coming weeks re rules, numbers a side, etc Players over 35 of all abilities welcome. If interested, please contact Dave McCarthy on 087 696 1356.Start locating your helmets, shin guards, protective gloves and anything else that will help protect!

U21 Hurling After a tremendous victory over Douglas in the first round of the Premier 1 Hurling championship, Blarney saw themselves up against a very strong Valley Rovers side. Unfortunately the lads came up short on the day losing by five points. Valleys started the game much the stronger, racing into a seven point lead after fifteen minutes. It was a wet and windy day in Ballinora for the match with the wind playing a major part in the first half to see Valley Rovers go in at the break six points ahead. Blarney, unfortunately, failed to take advantage of the elements in the second half and Valley’s strong start ultimately was the difference in the end.

Intermediate Hurlers Our intermediate hurlers came out swinging with their backs against the ropes in the recent Relegation Play Off against Youghal. The lads exchanged points with a strong Youghal team for most of the first half in what was a cagey affair. It wasn’t until late in the half, with goals from Deccie Hanlon and Mark O’Leary, that day light was finally between the sides. This coupled with a late Mark Coleman free put Blarney seven points up going in at half time. Once again the two teams exchanged points until mid way through the second when Youghal hit the net leaving just four points between the two. Blarney’s character showed as they responded with an unanswered goal and a point within a matter of moments. From here Blarney drove it home finishing the game on the winning side of a ten point margin.

AGM 2018 2018 AGM 2018-11-02 15:28:00 Our AGM was held last Tuesday in front of a very large crowd in the clubhouse hall. All present were delighted to see such a great turnout.  Before the meeting got underway, the Paddy Cremen Memorial Trophy for Adult Player of the Year was awarded. This year it went to Joe Jordan. Joe had a fantastic year on the field with Blarney but also off the field, being involved with our U21 Hurlers who are still in Premier 1 Championship.  The structure of the meeting was similar to previous years where Stephen O Brien read his Secretary’s Report followed by each Officer delivering theirs. Chairman Martin Lynch followed this with the Chairman’s Address. This year Martin Lynch (Chairman), Ray Coleman (Vice Chairman) and Bernie O Connell (Treasurer) all stepped down after a number of years of fantastic service to the club. They will be sorely missed but there is no doubt they left the clubhouse in fantastic shape. With this, Jim McCarthy was elected as our new Chairman. We are thrilled to have such a strong Blarney man on our side for the years going forward. Jim spoke briefly at the end of our meeting declaring how honoured he was to even be considered for the post and will take great pride in the role

Club na nOg As Blarney / Rathpeacon Club Na NÓg winds down for another year Blarney’s U9′s had their final session of the year last Saturday. These boys have had a great year on the field and are showing great promise.   The coaches and players are already looking forward to next February when these lads will be kicking off again.   Well done on a Great year lads. The U5’s also had their final session of the year on Saturday. There has been Great improvement in the group from the start of the year. The boys had an end of season match on Saturday and medals were awarded to all!   With a full year under the boys in Club Na NÓg now they will no doubt be mad to get going again in the new year.   Thanks to all the boys, parents and especially the coaches at this age group for a very positive year. Our under 8s played the Monster Hurling Blitz in Pairc Ui Chaoimh on Saturday.  3 teams took the field, and with magnificent hurling and team work on display, the young boys in red won all their matches. The players were presented with medals after by Rebel Og after the matches, which sent all the boys home happy after a great display, signing Ole Ole as they marched off the field together!   The spirit in this team bodes well for the future and we are looking forward to seeing lots more of it in the New Year.   Well done to all involved.

Mark Coleman Award Congratulations to our own Mark Coleman who was recently named on the U21 hurling team of the year. Mark was also nominated for an All Star Award once again this year to cap off another fantastic year for his county. All in the club are very proud of his accomplishments in the game over the last number of years.