Disappointing end to U21 campaign
St Marys 0-21 St James 0-16
St James U21 hurlers went in to this south west championship semi final in Enniskeane as underdogs and may well have been in the final against near neighbours Carbery Rangers but for a few moments of madness near the end. St James were first to score with Jack Oates getting his first of two great points early in the first half. St James led from the start to the break with Brian Lombard setting the pace with seven opening half points assisted with two from Aaron Hayes. At the break it was 0-11 to 0-9 for St James and deserved. On resumption Peter Walsh added a point followed by Aaron Hayes and Brian Lombard, 0-14 to 0-11 before St Marys hit a purple patch and come back level. Again St James responded to go 0-16 to 0-14 up, then an off the ball incident saw one from each side red carded. Shortly afterwards another St James player saw red in a moment of madness and from this on St Marys utilised the open space and extra man to carve out a victory as the St James followers were left feeling extremely disappointed.
Throughout the game the St James defence stood firm as Peter Whelton again showed he is turning in to a fine hurling keeper, young Joseph O'Sullivan certainly does not lack courage, Jack Oates and Sean O'Reilly both know where the posts are. Team captain Niall Evans in his last U21 game was commanding at centre back ably assisted by Sean O'Connor and Tadhg Casey. The Scully brothers Sean and Conor along with Shaun Goggin and Ciaran O'Donovan added strength and power to the team.
Team: Peter Whelton, Sean Scully, Joseph O'Sullivan, Sean O'Connor, Niall Evans, Tadhg Casey, Peter Walsh (0-1), Jack Oates (0-2), Shaun Goggin, Brian Lombard (0-9), Aaron Hayes (0-4), Sean O'Reilly, Ciaran O'Donovan, Conor Scully.
The Club Lotto has finally reached the magical figure of €10,000. The next draw takes place on September 27th, in the Mountain House at 10.30pm. To be in with a chance of scooping this significant amount, tickets cost €2 each or three for a fiver. A yearly tickets costs €40 which entitles you to entry in 26 draws throughout the year. Continued thanks to everyone who supports the Club Lotto.
St James U8’s enjoyed a football blitz in Skibbereen on Saturday morning last taking on Tadgh McCarthaigh, Ilen Rovers and Castlehaven.
Panel used: Olan Brazier-Scannell, Killian Calnan, Liam Dooley, Conor Dooley, Mark Fitzpatrick, Sean Gough, Cian O’Donovan, Evan O’Donovan, Cathal O’Leary, Uinseann O’Mahony, Evie Weller, Eoin Whelton, Euan Whelton, Robert Whelton, Sean Whelton.
This Friday evening, the U8’s have a challenge match when they travel to take on Castlehaven, 7.30pm.
St James U10’s had a very testing challenge match on Monday last when they welcomed Kilmeen to Ardfield. While scores weren’t recorded, the
reports are that all of the squad played very well with both sides very evenly-matched. Some vital game experience for all 19 players used.
Players used: Shane Barrett, Killian Barton, Liam Carroll, Liam Dooley, Eoin Fitzpatrick, Sean Flood, Darragh Gough, Laura Hodnett, Charlie McShane, Shornu O’Brien-Coker, James O’Donovan, Katelyn O’Donovan, Mark O’Donovan, Callum O’Sullivan, David O’Sullivan, Joseph O’Sullivan,
Evie Weller, Conor Whelton, Orla Whelton. This Saturday morning, the U10’s have a half hurling/half football
challenge match when Passage are the visitors to Ardfield, 10.30am.
U12 challenge match (played in Clon, Tues Sept 15th)
Clonakilty 4-6 St James 4-6. One night later, the U12 team had a rip-roaring contest when they took
on Clonakilty in a 15-a-side challenge game in Ahamilla. While this venue
has hosted more famous players, it will do well to see a more exciting
game than what was served up on Tuesday evening last. St James went
into the game without six of their regulars so Liam Barry and James
Hodnett (albeit both overage) took their place in the starting 15. Clon
stormed out of the blocks and had registered 3-4 before St James got
their first score of the game through a John O’Donovan point. A great
first-half comeback saw St James go in at the break trailing 3-4 to 5
points after Liam Barry had scored two points with Ben McShane and
Denis White also scoring a point each. At the resumption, there was only
one team in it as both McShane & White scored a goal each with John
O’Donovan adding his second point. Clon turned the tide again midway
into the second half scoring a further 1-2 leaving the deficit of two goals.
But the St James players had no intention of giving their school friends
the bragging rights as both Liam Barry & John O’Donovan had a goal
each to leave the scores level with 5 minutes remaining. Then came the
talking point of the game when the Clon full-forward burst through
unleashing (what should have been) an unstoppable shot but St James goalkeeper, Gearoid O’Donovan had other ideas putting his body on the line to keep the ball out and the Clon lads at bay. The Ref blew the game
up soon after and both sets of players congratulated each other on what was a superb game of football. St James full-back-line of Ava Barry,
Aaron O’Donovan (Ard) and Adrian Whelton can take great pride out of
their performances while a man-of-the-match performance from James
Hodnett was also a highlight of the evening.
Team: Gearoid O’Donovan, Ava Barry, Aaron O’Donovan (Ard), Adrian
Whelton, Darragh O’Leary, John O’Donovan (1-2), James Hodnett, Ben
McShane (1-1), Liam Barry (1-2), David O’Brien, Cameron Whelton,
James O’Donovan, Declan McPeake, Denis White (1-1), Daniel Bennett.
Sub used: Conor Whelton.
The U12 footballers are awaiting a date for a shield semi-final against either Barryroe or Newcestown.
The U13 footballers have one League fixture to be played before the end
of the season, Argideen Rangers must visit Ardfield.
The Minor footballers are due to meet Muintir Bhaire in their Championship semi-final (date/time tbc). The other semi-final will be contested between Glengarriff and Goleen.
This weekend the Junior footballers make their annual trip to the All-Ireland 7’s in Dublin. The lads will compete at St Judes club who are based in Templeogue. Best of luck lads.
Finally everyone at St James GAA wishes the U12 hurlers of St Fachtnas
the very best when they take on St Patricks in the League final on
Monday next, September 21st in Ardfield, 6.30pm. While we wish every
Player/trainer the best, we especially hope our five representatives in the panel get their just reward for their great performances & efforts this year to date. Best of luck to Daniel Barrett, Ava Barry, Cian Hurley, Declan McPeake and John O’Donovan. Please come to support the lads.