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13-MAR-2017

posted 14 Mar 2017, 02:23 by St. James' GAA PRO   [ updated 14 Mar 2017, 02:23 ]

St James’ 0-12 Clann na nGael 0-6.
St James’ continued their junior-A football league campaign with a hard-earned victory over Clann na nGael in Ardfield last Sunday. On a heavy sod and against a strong wind in the first half, it was St James’ who were in the happier position at the break, leading 0-7 to 0-3. The second half continued in a similar vein, with defences limiting scores on both sides. The visitors played their best football in the third quarter and were within two points with ten minutes remaining. However, St James’ finished strongest, adding three points in succession to pull away at the finish.
Team: Diarmuid O’Donovan, David Hayes, Tadhg Feen, Eoin Feen, James O’Driscoll, Donnacha McCarthy 0-1, Micheál McCarthy (B), Paul O’Sullivan, Seamus McCarthy, Kevin O’Leary, Mark Evans 0-2, Kevin O’Brien 0-3, Ian Evans 0-3, James O’Sullivan, Kieran O’Donovan 0-3. Subs: Thomas Nyhan, Eoin Deasy, Micheál McCarthy (D). Next Sunday is football league v Ballinascarthy in Ballinascarthy.
St James’ U21 footballers commence their championship campaign against Tadhg MacCarthaigh next Friday (St Patricks Day) in Leap at 12pm. Supporters are urged to come out and give the lads every encouragement.
St James’ hosted the under-21 football championship game between Ballinascarthy and Kilmacabea last weekend. Next Sunday (19th) the club will host Ilen Rovers and Carbery Rangers in the U21 football championship. Throw-in at 3pm.
Underage
Huge congratulations to our superb representative, Laura Hodnett on qualifying in Recitation for the Scor County Final in Ovens. Well done to Laura and best of luck in representing St James in the County Final.
Football and hurling training continues for all ages this week with the U10 footballers getting ready to kick off this years underage league action against Newceston on Saturday.
Misc
A reminder that annual membership falls due around now, those who have paid by March 31st are entitled to be entered in draws for match tickets later in the season. The membership rates are tremendous value, included is an annual lotto ticket, and gym membership, various rates available to choose from, discuss options with club officers. Also anybody seeking a season ticket for SW championship games needs to get in contact with club secretary immediately. A passport size photograph will be required. The season ticket offers tremendous value. A new score board is to be erected at St. James’ Park, anybody who would like to sponsor the board and have their name erected over it should contact club officers immediately to discuss same.

06-MAR-2017

posted 6 Mar 2017, 02:00 by St. James' GAA PRO   [ updated 6 Mar 2017, 02:00 ]

St James’ opened their junior-A hurling-league campaign with a hard-earned victory over St Mary’s in Enniskeane last Sunday. On a very heavy sod and with a strong wind, it was not pretty and every score was hard fought for. In the first half, St James’ – against the wind – were always in touch, and a goal on the stroke of half-time by Kieran O’Donovan ensured they ended the half within two points of St Mary’s (0-9 to 1-4). The second half was a tight affair and scores were tied with ten minutes remaining. However, St James’ put in a strong finish to win the game 1-13 to 0-11. Next weekend is football league versus Clann na nGael in Ardfield. Team: Diarmuid O’Donovan, Eoin Deasy, Finbarr McCarthy, Donnacha McCarthy, Seamus McCarthy, Micheál McCarthy, David Hayes, Paul O’Sullivan (0-1), Ian Evans, Kevin O’Brien (0-1), Kevin O’Leary, Kieran O’Donovan (1-3), Mark Evans 0-2, Brian O’Donovan, James O’Driscoll (0-6). Subs: Mark O’Brien, Thomas Nyhan, Damian Dooley, Seán O’Connor.

There was no winner in last weekend’s lotto draw: numbers drawn were 6, 20,21. Lucky dips went to Sheila O’Hara, Catriona Hegarty and John Levis. The lotto-plus draw was not won on this occasion: numbers drawn were 30, 34, 40. The jackpot for the upcoming draw now stands at €12,000, with the lotto-plus jackpot at €300.

A reminder that annual membership renewal is due around now. Those who have paid by March 31st are entitled to be entered into draws for match tickets later in the season. The membership rates offer tremendous value: included is an annual lotto ticket and gym membership. There are various rates to choose from, so please discuss options with club officers. Anybody seeking a season ticket for South-West Championship games needs to get in contact with the club secretary immediately. A passport-size photograph will be required. A new scoreboard is to be erected at St James’ Park, and anybody who would like to sponsor the board and have their name erected over it should contact club officers immediately to discuss same.

27-FEB-2017

posted 27 Feb 2017, 04:29 by St. James' GAA PRO

St James’ 2-6 Kilmeen 0-5
On a day where only the brave ventured out, with gale-force winds and driving rain, St James’ junior footballers faced up to Kilmeen at St James’ park for round three of the junior A league. It was not a day for fancy football – rather, a game where pride in the parish and club was the driving force. Scores were hard to come by, and at the break Kilmeen led 0-3 to 0-2. A well-taken goal by St James’ Mark Evans set the tone for the second half. A superb point from Damien Bennett extended the lead, followed by a James O’Sullivan goal. St James’, having accumulated six league points from the opening three games, head the league table. Next up is the opening game of the hurling league, against St Mary’s in Ballineen this Sunday at 12pm.
Team: Diarmuid O’Donovan, David Hayes,Tadhg Feen, Eoin Feen, Micheal McCarthy (D) (0-1), Donnacha McCarthy, Aaron Hayes, Kevin O’Leary, Paul O’Sullivan, Seamus McCarthy, Mark Evans (1-3), Joseph O’Sullivan, Kieran O’Donovan,James O’Sullivan (1-0), Niall Evans. Subs: Seán O’Connor, Ian Evans (0-1), Thomas Nyhan, Mark O’Brien, Eoin Deasy, Damien Bennett (0-1).

The recent lotto jackpot winner, Noreen Hayes, was presented with her cheque last week. The jackpot now stands at €12,000, with the lotto-plus jackpot at €200.

Club members seeking a season ticket for SW championship games should contact the club secretary immediately. A passport-size photograph will be required.

A new scoreboard is to be erected at St James’ Park, and a sponsor is being sought (the sponsor’s name will appear on the board). Interested parties should contact club officers immediately to discuss same.

20-FEB-2017

posted 21 Feb 2017, 06:59 by St. James' GAA PRO   [ updated 21 Feb 2017, 06:59 ]

Junior Football
In Leap against Kilmacabea last Sunday, St James’ junior A footballers emerged victors, but only after a tough encounter. Played on a very heavy surface, there was no room for fancy football and any mistake was punished. For most of the game it was score for score, but it was St James’ who shaded it at the break (0-6 to 0-5). In the second half St James’ opened up a four-point lead, only for Kilmacabea to score a goal with only ten minutes remaining. However, a converted penalty by Mark Evans restored the four-point lead (bringing Evans’s tally for the day to 1-7). Kilmacabea kept up the pressure and reduced the difference to two points, and came close to a last-minute goal, only to be kept out by St James’ goalkeeper Diarmuid O’Donovan. Final score: St James’ 1-14 Kilmacabea 1-12

Team: Diarmuid O’Donovan, David Hayes 0-1, Seamus McCarthy, Eoin Feen, Micheal McCarthy (D) 0-1, Donnacha McCarthy, Aaron Hayes 0-1, Kevin O’Leary, Paul O’Sullivan 0-1, Kevin O’Brien, Mark Evans 1-7, James O’Sullivan, Kieran O’Donovan 0-2, Micheal McCarthy (B), Frank Hayes. Subs: Niall Evans, James O’Driscoll, Seán O’Connor, Ian Evans 0-1, Thomas Nyhan.

Underage Training
Underage training is up and running for 2017. U10 and U12 hurling continues in the Hall every Friday evening from 7pm. U10 football training takes place on Sat afternoon at 3pm. U12 football is on Monday evening at 7pm in the GAA Hall.

Lotto
There was no winner in the recent lotto draw. Numbers drawn: 7, 8, 10. Lucky dips went to Maria Foley, Christy Collins and Michelle Feen. In the lotto-plus draw, the numbers were 12, 15, 35 (no winner). The jackpot now stands at €12,000, with the lotto-plus jackpot at €200.

Many annual lotto tickets are expiring around this time, also club membership. The membership rates are tremendous value with club membership which entitles holders to entry for match tickets, an annual lotto ticket, and gym membership, various rates available to choose from, discuss options with club officers.

13-FEB-2017

posted 13 Feb 2017, 01:33 by St. James' GAA PRO   [ updated 13 Feb 2017, 01:33 ]

St James’ 4-11 Barryroe 0-5

A good workmanlike performance last weekend saw St James’ take both league points on offer in the opening game of the Junior A football league. Barryroe looked the sharper early on, kicking two frees with the aid of a very strong wind, before Frank Hayes netted his first of three goals. At the break it stood 1-2 to 0-3. Upon resumption, St James’ upped the tempo, and ran out easy winners. This Sunday it’s an away game against Kilmacabea in Leap at 12pm, and no doubt a much tougher test.

Team: Diarmuid O’Donovan, David Hayes, Tadhg Feen, Eoin Deasy, Micheal McCarthy (D) 0-1, Donnacha McCarthy, James O’Sullivan, Kevin O’Leary, Paul O’Sullivan 0-1, Ian Evans 0-1, Mark Evans, Kevin O’Brien 0-1, Kieran O’Donovan 0-3, Damien Bennett, Frank Hayes 3-2. Subs: James O’Driscoll 1-0, Aaron Hayes 0-2, Mark O’Brien, Eoin Feen, Niall Evans, Seán O’Connor.

There was no winner in the recent lotto draw, numbers drawn 13, 22, 29, lucky dips went to Anne and Jim Fitzpatrick Balteenbrack, Denis O’Sullivan, Greenanes, and James O’Leary, Mountain. In the lotto plus draw the numbers were 9, 27, 32, this draw produced one winner, congratulations to Noreen Hayes, Clonakilty on scooping the jackpot. Jackpot now stands at €12,000 with the lotto plus jackpot at €100.

Many annual lotto tickets are expiring around this time, also club membership. The membership rates are tremendous value with club membership which entitles holders to entry for match tickets, an annual lotto ticket, and gym membership, various rates available to choose from, discuss options with club officers.

06-FEB-2016

posted 9 Feb 2017, 03:00 by St. James' GAA PRO   [ updated 9 Feb 2017, 03:00 ]

A new season begins this Sunday with the junior footballers out against Barryroe in St James’ Park at 2.30pm. The following Sunday St James’ juniors are away to Kilmacabea in Leap at 12pm. The club is asking for support from parishioners for all our teams as we begin a new effort to get silverware back to the club in 2017.

Underage hurling action gets underway this weekend as well with the U10 hurlers playing Clonakilty in Ahamilla on Sunday morning at 11.45. This age group continues to train every Friday night in the hall at 7pm followed by the U12s at 7.45.

There was no winner in the recent lotto draw. The numbers drawn were 13, 22, 29. Lucky dips went to Anne and Jim Fitzpatrick, Balteenbrack, Denis O’Sullivan, Greenanes and James O’Leary, Mountain. In the lotto-plus draw the numbers were 9, 27, 32, with one winner: congratulations to Noreen Hayes, Clonakilty on scooping the jackpot. The main jackpot now stands at €12,000, with the lotto-plus jackpot at €100.
Many annual lotto tickets are expiring around this time, along with club membership. The membership rates offer tremendous value, with club membership entitling holders to entry for match tickets, an annual lotto ticket, and gym membership. There are various rates to choose from, so club officers are available to discuss the options.

11-DEC-2016

posted 11 Dec 2016, 13:50 by Liam Evans

Gabriel Rangers 3-10, St. James’ 1-7

A fantastic Junior A football league run all year saw St. James’ top the league table and reach the final against county champions and Munster runners up Gabriel Rangers. Played in Church Cross, last Sunday’s final was a step too far for St. James’ as they had to give way to the team of the moment. Circumstances dictated that Gabriel Rangers had played most weekends over the past ten weeks while St. James’ had no game since the league outing in Ballydehob against the same opposition on  September 11th. In that game St. James’ came away with a two point win, and hoped for a repeat performance. A bit of ring rusty was evident at times but fair play to the lads they never gave up.                                                                   Gabriel’s started well and had an early point before an equaliser from Frank Hayes. Frank was on form early on and hit the net shortly afterwards to put St. James’ ahead, and after fifteen minutes it stood 1-2 to 0-3. Gabriels gained control around the middle and the supply of ball to their forwards extended their lead to 2-5 to 1-3 at the break. The second half was much the same with the slicker Gabriel forwards creating more chances, St. James’ did have opportunities and young Joseph O’Sullivan introduced towards the end had a point and was denied by the cross bar.  Afterwards Carbery board secretary Donal McCarthy presented the trophy to the winning captain Mark Cronin.

St. James’- Diarmuid O’Donovan, Eoin Feen, Seamus McCarthy, Kevin O’Leary, Aaron Hayes 0-1, Micheal McCarthy (Brittas), James O’Sullivan, Kieran O’Donovan 0-1, Micheal McCarthy (Dunnycove) 0-1, David Hayes, Mark Evans, Damien Bennett, Frank Hayes 1-2, Paul O’Sullivan, Ian Evans.  Subs –Kevin O’Brien, Joseph O’Sullivan 0-1, Donnacha McCarthy, Sean O’Reilly 0-1, Sean O’Connor, Mark O’Brien.  Patrick Keohane, Ciaran O’Donovan, Niall Evans, Tadhg Feen, Thomas Nyhan, Peter Whelton, James O’Driscoll, Shane O’Driscoll, Denis Fitzpatrick, Alan O’Shea, Eoin Deasy. After the game the management team of Finbarr McCarthy, Diarmuid Keohane, and Conor Hegarty were thanked for the tremendous service and commitment to the team over the past three years, as they have decided to stand down for the coming year. Hopefully their experience and knowledge can be harnessed and put to use at some other level in the club.

St. Stephen’s Day road hurling

Plans are well advanced for this year’s competition and a big turnout is expected as players shake off the cob webs after the festivities. Categories include ladies, open, individual U16 and individual over 16, and family. Beautiful trophies to be won, along with the annual Fr Seamus Murphy cup, please observe all safety instructions. Competition begins at the club rooms at 12noon, with last out at 2.30pm. 

Liam White - RIP

posted 20 Oct 2016, 14:58 by St. James' GAA PRO   [ updated 20 Oct 2016, 15:11 ]

St. James' GAA mourns passing of a great servant

It is with deep sadness we have learned of the sudden and unexpected death of  club vice president and former chairman and president Liam White. 

A great servant of St. James' GAA  Liam wore the green and yellow of St. James' with pride and honour for many years, and later served as vice-chairman 1984- 1987, chairman 1988-1992,  vice-president 2008-2012, president 2013-2015, vice-president 2016. 

We extend our deepest sympathy to all the White family at this difficult time. May Liam rest in peace. All club activity is cancelled this weekend as a mark of respect.




Ar dheis Dé 
go raibh a anam

10 DEC 2015

posted 10 Dec 2015, 01:15 by St. James' GAA PRO

All members are asked to attend the AGM this Sunday, December 13th in the GAA rooms at 3pm.

The Club Lotto has now reached the monster amount of €10,600. Continued thanks to everybody who continues to support the Club Lotto. Next draw takes place in the Mountain House on Sunday December 20th, 10.30pm.

Special offer on St James GAA jersey – not to be missed!!!

While it might be a bit late to get your St James club gear in time to squeeze into your Christmas stocking, don’t forget that the Club are currently offering boys/girls the chance to get their Club jersey for the reduced price of €25. All you need to do is log-in to www.oneills.com/shop-by-team/gaa/ireland/st-james-gaa.html. The St James kids jersey is available online for €35 but when you order this and produce your receipt to a Club officer, the Club will be more than happy to refund you with €10. This offer will be given to the first 100 to purchase the jersey and already the uptake has been very encouraging, so we can expect to see a lot of Club colours at underage trainings in 2016. Remember the €10 refund offer is for the Club jersey only.

23 players have now signed up for the HomeforChristmas Cup, for more details on how you can join the fun on Sunday, December 27th, please check out the Clubs FaceBook page.

08 OCT 2015

posted 8 Oct 2015, 01:35 by St. James' GAA PRO   [ updated 8 Oct 2015, 09:00 ]

U12 Autumn League Shield Final (played in Dunmanway, Monday October 5th)

Sam Maguires 3-0 St James 4-7


Defeats in the League and summer-long tough training sessions sometimes seem very unworthwhile when players and parents alike wonder if there is going to be any light at the end of the tunnel. However, on Monday evening last all of the above were proved to be so worth it when St James U12’s left Dunmanway with the Autumn League shield under their wing. Both sets of players could do nothing about the heavy rain when playing under lights on a superb surface to serve up a very entertaining hour’s football. In the Autumn League, St James had succumbed to a superior Kilmacabea side in the Cup semi-final a week previous which led to the consolation of a Shield final vs Sam Maguires. Even though the game was meant to be played 13-a-side, it was agreed by both sets of trainers prior to the game that sufficient numbers on both meant that a traditional 15-a-side game could be played. On the night, from start to finish, St James were the better team but in truth should have probably been further ahead at the half-time whistle. Led by inspirational captain, Ben McShane in mid-field, it was obvious from the start that the 17 boys/girls had no interest in heading back to Ardfield/Rathbarry with nothing less than a victory. Gearoid O’Donovan in goal showed that his confidence is growing with every game, his kickouts were superb in finding his targets while he also showed his determination in bursting off of his line when needed to quell any possible danger. The three full backs were huge again, Aaron O’Donovan (Ardfield) at full-back showing once again that he is always a step ahead with his reading of the game and spotting any potential danger. O’Donovan was flanked on each side brilliantly with Ava Barry showing that she is a match for any corner-forward on any team by clearing her corner at every chance while the dogged Cian Hurley had a huge game on the left quenching the threat of a very tricky Sam Maguires corner-forward. On the wings, Adrian Whelton showed once again how solid a player he is maturing into which complimented the tenacity of Daniel Barrett on the opposite flank who never gave up on any ball. All the while, Sean Lawless done his usual, strutting his stuff at centre-back marshalling all behind him and refusing all coming towards him. McShane in mid-field (not for the first time this year) grabbed the baton when needed, leading by example by doing exactly what he expected of his team-mates. He was partnered in mid-field by John O’Donovan who drove the team forward at every opportunity, once again showing with his 1-4 that some people are just simply, born to play sport. When scores were needed O’Donovan was massive as was centre-forward Cameron Whelton who gave the Sam Maguire half-back line so much to think about when leading his forwards admirably. Whelton was especially huge in the second-half having seen his right-half forward Daniel Bennett carry the fight to Sam Maguires in the first half, when covering huge amount of ground along with contributing his scores. On the other flank, David O’Brien did his usual non-stop running with his speed and unselfish handpassing the foundation of a lot of St James great play. In the full-forward line, Denis White was a constant thorn in the Sam Maguires side, showing for every ball and proving a nightmare to mark while Meabh Barry did her usual, non-stop looking for every ball, always making herself available and proving a constant threat. The other corner-forward, James O’Donovan was one of the three U10’s that have been a huge addition to this years U12 panel. O’Donovan tore into the game from the very start, linking up play and showing that he is well worth his spot on any U12 team. To compliment any team, it’s always great to blood in younger lads and indeed, selectors can be forgiven for “giving players runs” for the sake of it. This certainly wasn’t the case with the half-time introduction of Darragh Gough and Conor Whelton who showed that along with their U10 colleague, O’Donovan, they have well and truly stepped up to the mark. Gough once again showed serious maturity beyond his years while Whelton took absolutely no notice of the fact that he was playing an age above him when tearing into the opposition at every opportunity.

There was a good five minutes gone in the game before St James registered the first score of the game when Daniel Bennett took the opening point very well. Ben McShane got the games first goal before Sam Maguires scored their opening goal against the run of play. Two more points, Bennett’s second and John O’Donovan’s opening point left St James with a 3-point lead at half-time. Without being critical, it has to be said that on some occasions this year, the team have appeared to “drop gears” a bit in the second half but encouraging words from trainers Jonathan O’Donovan, Gay O’Driscoll and Aidan Whelton had the desired effect as the team resumed where they had left off at the short-whistle. Cameron Whelton registered an early second-half goal only for Sam Maguires to raise the green flag again. Whelton duly re-raised the hosts again adding his second goal of the night before John O’Donovan scored an opportunistic long-range goal to leave 9 points between the sides. John O’Donovan went on to score three more points with Denis White also raising a white flag before Sam Maguires scored their third goal in what proved to be the last score of the evening.

At the final whistle, the persistence of the heavy rain was forgotten by players and supporters alike as everybody savoured the moment with a seriously good taste of victory in everyone’s mouths. Captain, Ben McShane proudly displayed the shield in the victorious team line-up with huge smiles all round the order of the day.

Everybody at the Club is very proud of this panel’s performances during the year. Rome wasn’t built in a day and unfortunately defeats and heavy defeats will come again. But victories like this should be cherished and savoured for a long time as the victories and successes that they have with their school friends on sporting occasions are ones that they will remember for the rest of their days.

The Club pulled out all of the stops when putting on a bonfire at the Mountain House where the 15 boys and 2 girls enjoyed some thoroughly-deserved post-match refreshments. On behalf of the Club a very proud Chairperson, Conor Hegarty presented Ben McShane with the shield before addressing everybody and conveying the Clubs great pride in the players. All of the players were introduced individually to the gathered crowd who gave everyone a huge ovation. What a great evening! Congratulations to everybody – St James GAA are very lucky to have you and are very proud of you all.



Team: Gearoid O’Donovan, Ava Barry, Aaron O’Donovan (Ard), Cian Hurley, Adrian Whelton, Sean Lawless, Daniel Barrett, Ben McShane (1-0), John O’Donovan (1-4), Daniel Bennett (0-2), Cameron Whelton (2-0), James O’Donovan, Meabh Barry, Denis White (0-1), David O’Brien. Subs used: Darragh Gough, Conor Whelton.





Two days earlier St James U10 and U8 headed to Clonakilty to take part in the final football blitz of the year. Two U8 teams and one U10 team played three games each, as usual showing great confidence and skills. After the blitz, Cork and Castlehaven senior footballer, Brian Hurley was on hand to present all of the players with their end of season blitz medals.


Players used: U10: Shane Barrett, Liam Carroll, Eoin Fitzpatrick, Sean Flood, Laura Hodnett, Charlie McShane, Shornu O’Brien-Coker, James O’Donovan, Katelyn O’Donovan, Callum O’Sullivan, Joseph O’Sullivan, Conor Whelton, Orla Whelton.

U8: Olan Brazier-Scannell, Killan Calnan, Conor Dooley, Mark Fitzpatrick, Sean Gough, Cian O’Donovan, Evan O’Donovan, Katie O’Keeffe, Cathal O’Leary, Cathal O’Loughlin, Uinseann O’Mahony, David O’Sullivan, Mia O’Sullivan, Nathan O’Sullivan, Eoin Whelton, Euan Whelton, Robert Whelton, Sean Whelton.



St James bow out of Championship

Clonakilty 1-8 St James 0-8 (Game played in Clonakilty, Friday October 2nd)



Played in Clonakilty under lights last weekend this Junior C football championship quarter final was exciting right up to the last kick without producing top class football. Favourites Clonakilty led from the start and had 1-1 on the scoreboard before St James settled and led by veteran John Santry who notched up the opening point. Sean O'Reilly had his first of three before another Santry, this time younger brother Michael added two points. William Sheehan finished the first half scoring with a point to go in 1-3 to 0-5. St James were quick off the mark to equalise, however it was Clonakilty who upped the tempo with four unanswered points. For St James it was one of those nights when a fine effort from Shane O'Driscoll rebounded off the crossbar, Conor Scully saw his effort go outside the post when a goal looked on, and eventually St James had to settle for points from James Hayes and Sean O'Reilly as time ran out.

Team- Patrick Keohane, Colm Murphy, Jonathan O'Donovan, Joseph O'Sullivan, Brian O'Donovan, Mark O'Brien, Niall Evans, Conor Scully, Shane O'Driscoll, Sean O'Reilly (0-3), John Santry (0-1), William Sheehan (0-1), Conor Hegarty, Diarmuid Keohane, Jack Butler. Subs Euan Courtney, Peter Whelton, Denis Fitzpatrick, Sean O'Connor, Michael Santry (0-2), James Hayes (0-1).



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