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19th Feb 2014

posted 18 Feb 2014, 16:22 by Noel O'Donovan   [ updated 13 Jul 2015, 15:30 by Mark Evans ]

2014 on the playing field begins with a win.

Kilbrittain 2-8 St James’ 6-7 (game played Sun Feb 9th)

Playing into a strong wind and driving sleet our Minors got their League program off to a great start on a windswept but perfect sod in Harbour View pitch in Kilbrittain on Sunday February 9th. Falling behind by two points early on they recovered to draw level with two Sean O'Reilly points and managed to go ahead from an Adam Ahern point after Adam had come outfield having started in goal. Kilbrittain struck for a goal but O’Reilly struck back with two very well taken goals to go in 2-3 to 1-3 at the break. Kilbrittain opened well in the second half and came within one point before Jack Butler pointed and from there St. James' controlled events even though the wind had died considerably. Two great Conor Frost goals added to by O’Reilly with two more together with points from Peter Walsh, Cian McPeake and Jack Butler ended the game as a contest. In defence Peter Whelton and Conor Scully were very effective, Brian Lombard at half back covered a lot of ground and young Jack Oates laid off some great ball which led to many of the scores. Sean O'Connor started in midfield and held many positions including goal for a while and excelled in all.

Team- Adam Ahern (0-1), Peter Whelton, Peter Walsh (0-1), Conor Scully, Brian Lombard, Cian McPeake (0-1), Sean O'Connor, Jack Oates, Jack Butler (0-2), Conor Frost (2-0), Sean O'Reilly (4-2).

The Minors were due to play Clonakilty at the weekend but it was cancelled due to bad weather. Our second Minor League Football match is due to be a home fixture against Caheragh on March 15th at 3pm.

New Junior Football management announced.

Recently the club announced the makeup of the new management team at Junior football for the coming year. Finbarr McCarthy, Diarmuid Keohane and Conor Hegarty are the men in charge for 2014. The Club wish the outgoing management team of Jim Ahern and Alec Butler the very best for the future and thank them for their dedication to the job. Damian Dooley and Jerry O'Sullivan remain at the helm of the Junior Hurlers. All of the Junior Selectors for the upcoming season are wished well in their pursuit of success and we would ask supporters to come out in their droves to support them. They begin their League campaign on Sunday next, February 23rd with a home fixture against Kilbrittain with a 3 o’clock throw-in. Check notice board for changes.

U-12 Hurling Training begins

U-12 Hurling training starts this Wednesday February 19th at 6.30pm. Training will be indoors at St James GAA Hall from 6.30pm to 8pm. All Players are asked to bring their Hurley & Helmet.

Parents be aware of need for gum shield in football 

Parents are advised that all footballers must wear a gum shield in both games and training. Any dental injuries received where a shield is not worn will not be covered by insurance. Referees are instructed to send players not wearing a shield off the pitch. It has been noted that some players are coming along with a gum shield but discard it during play. Parents need to stress importance of wearing shield and possible consequences of not doing so. 

Club members to visit homes to explain membership rates and entitlements

With amazing value to be got from the club in membership rates starting at €50 for non-playing adults which includes a yearly Lotto ticket, we would urge everybody to become a member of St. James' GAA club. This will also entitle you to have your name in draws for All-Ireland tickets (remember last Sept and the panic!). Over the next two weeks Club members will embark on a tour of the parish to advise parishioners of the fantastic rates of club membership available for 2014 and the entitlements available from being a club member. Adults can now avail of full membership from €50 this includes a yearly Lotto ticket valued at €40. Lotto jackpot now stands at €6,000.

Club Membership now due.

A reminder to all Club Members that Membership is now due and needs to be paid before the end of February.

Prices are as follows:
Family-  €150, covers Insurance for Parents and Children aged 16 or less, full use of gym for Parents (Under-16’s not allowed in gym). Lotto ticket for year included and entitles Adults entry to draws for match tickets. (Direct Debit €3 per week)

Individual- €120 - covers Insurance for those Over 18, also full use of gym, Lotto ticket for year and entry into draws for match tickets. (Direct Debit € 2.50 per week)

16-18 year olds- (Gone from U-16 grade, eligible to play Minor), €30,-covers insurance, and full use of gym.

Students over 18 and unemployed (Gone from minor grade) -€50, covers Insurance and gym, also entry to draws for match tickets.

16 years down (eligible to play under 16). €10- covers insurance, gym not included. (no Insurance cover available in gym).

Over 60s – €50, Covers Insurance, use of gym, entry to draws for match tickets and lotto ticket for year.

10 year membership, Family or Individual -€1,000,Covers insurance, gym (children Over 16 and Under 18 in gym), Lotto included for 10 years, entry to draws for match tickets. (Children require separate membership after 18 years).

New sponsors for Junior A Championships.

Members may not be aware but there are new sponsors of the Carbery Junior Football Championships 2014

Rowa/Rowex Pharma, Bantry are the new sponsors of the Football Championship while the Hurling championships are again being sponsored by Kinetica.

Both the Under 21 Football and Hurling Championships are being sponsored by Clona Milk.

Recent Junior Championship draws

All eyes were on the recent Junior and U-21 Championship draws. St James Junior A Footballers won't be jumping for joy after being drawn against Tadgh MacCarthaigh in the First Round of the Championship. The men from Caheragh handed us a good hammering in last year’s Championship on their way to the Final. The winner of this game will go into the straight knock-out stage which begins in earnest in the Fourth Round while the loser will meet the losers of Bandon/Clann na nGael to determine who stays in the Tournament and who heads into the dreaded relegation battle. Our Junior A Hurlers have a tough first round clash against a Kilbree side who lost out by only a point at the quarter-final stage last year to our conquerors and eventual runners-up, St Colums. Our second string Junior teams also learned of our opponents recently. Following last year’s great run to the Final our Footballers have drawn St Colums while our Hurlers have the chance to gain revenge on neighbours Clonakilty who beat us in last year’s semi-final before going onto win the Junior C title. Our U-21 Footballers, who have dropped to the 'C grade this year, will hope to be one of the two teams to qualify for the semi-finals but to do so we'll have to come out of a group with one other of Goleen, Randal Og and St Marys. The first of these fixtures is fixed for Sunday March 1st where Goleen will be the opposition in Skibbereen at 4pm.  Meanwhile our U-21 Hurlers, also having dropped to the 'C' grade will meet the men from St Oliver Plunketts, date tbc.

Underage AGM

The Underage AGM was held recently. A presentation was made to outgoing Secretary, Michael Kearns who has stepped down after nine years of fantastic service to the Club. The most disappointing part of the meeting was the failure to appoint a Secretary. When no-one from the floor volunteered for the post it was hoped that four people would volunteer to attend a number of Underage board meetings that take place regularly during the year in Dunmanway. These four delegates could then relay back to the Club any important matters arising from the meetings which would in turn be handled by someone within the Club dealing with the administrative side of things. Again there were no takers and it was left to old reliables to pick up the baton (yet again) which is very unfortunate. While about thirty-five Members attended, the number of parents present was once again disappointing.  Also a reminder to all Club players at both Adult and Underage levels that fitted gum shields are now available at a cost of €45. If interested contact Liam Evans. The Club have been advised that if at least twenty-five players wished to avail of the service the dentist will come to our grounds to facilitate.

2014 Mentors

Junior Football Conor Hegarty, Diarmuid Keohane & Finbarr McCarthy.

Junior Hurling Damien Dooley & Gerry O’Sullivan.

U-21 Football Finbarr McCarthy & Paul O’Sullivan.

U-21 Hurling Damien Dooley & Gerry O’Sullivan.

U-18 Football Fachtna O'Connor & John Whelton.

U-18 Hurling Donnacha McCarthy & James O'Driscoll.

U-16 Football Fachtna O'Connor & John Whelton.

U-16 Hurling Brian O’Donovan & Diarmuid O'Donovan.

U-14 Football John Michael O'Donovan & Aidan Whelton.
U-14 Hurling Brian O’Donovan & Diarmuid O'Donovan.

U-12 Football Charlie McPeake. 

U-12 Hurling Declan Carroll & Padraig McCarthy.

U-10’s Peter Gough, Johnathan O’Donovan & Noel O’Donovan.

U-8’s Noel Fitzpatrick, Donnacha O'Sullivan & Dominic Whelton.

Club Lotto

Our Club Lotto has now risen to the fantastic amount of €6,000. The most recent draw provided us with no winner. The winning numbers were 11, 12 & 20. The three Lucky Dip winners were Bernie O'Donovan - Fishers Cross and Grandfather and Grandson, Matt Whelton - Camus and Matthew Whelton -Balteenbrack. Our next draw will take place in The Mountain House on Sunday next February 23rd at 9.30pm. It has to be won soon and for you to be in with a chance, tickets (at a cost of only €2 per ticket) are available from any Club Member. Please remember that annual club membership for non-playing members starts from €50 and this includes an annual Lotto ticket, exceptional value! St. James' would be delighted to renew any expired Lotto tickets as soon as possible. Continued thanks to everyone who supports our Club Lotto.

Cork GAA Gaelteacht Scholarships to Colaiste na Mumhan. 

Scholarships to the gaelteacht at Colaiste na Mumhan are available to students between the ages of 10 and 18 years of age who are active members of their clubs. Scholarships reduce the cost of a two week course by €120 and a three week course by €180. Please be advised that scholarships are on a first come first served basis. For further information or to receive an application form please contact Liam Evans 086 8933156 or Deirdre Hodnett 086 8257136.

Scor na bPaisti

There was great celebration in the St James camp last Sunday at the South West Carbery Divisional Final of Scor na bPaisti when Ciara Hodnett claimed First Place in the Recitation Competition and again when the group were declared "runners up" in the Leiriu/Drama losing out marginally to Rosscarbery Ladies Football Club. Ciara’s Recitation entitled "The GAA Hall of Fame" was written specially for the competition. Her "dramatic presence, very well-rehearsed and excellently chosen Recitation" impressed the judge enough to send Ciara on her way to the County Semi-final in Ovens on March 14th where she will represent St James Club & Carbery Division. Well done Ciara!

The eight children in the Drama group, Kevin O'Leary, James Hodnett, Ella O'Donoghue, Darragh O'Leary, Ciara Hodnett, Meabh Barry, Ava Barry & John O'Donovan can be very proud of themselves after a great performance which deservingly earned them second place. The judges’ comments included "Well written script & well-presented production, very good acting, good use of stage and microphones, actors & actresses very confident, very entertaining, kept audience attention, one liners well delivered". Recent changes to the Rules in the Drama competition meant that the script had to be amended at the last minute to which all of the children adapted very well. Three backdrops of a very convincing kitchen scene hand painted by Annmarie O'Donovan couldn't be used due to introduction of new rules relating to props. However that didn't stop Annmarie and she went back to the drawing board (to pardon the pun) and painted "A horse at the half door" and "The Children of Lir transformed into Swans" all which blended in nicely to the story "The Legend of the Snow".

The ballad group consisting of Imogen Weller, Olivia Whelton, Jane O'Sullivan, Sarah Connolly & Leah Walsh were very unlucky not to be among the Prize-winners after a most beautiful performance with Carbery Rangers progressing to the County Semi Final in this section. Well done to all involved including the children, their mentors and parents for the time and effort put in to representing the club so well.

Christy’s Day – Saturday February 22nd.

Christy Barry is just two years of age. In October of 2013 Christy was diagnosed with Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia (JMML). Funds are needed to relocate Christy and his parents to Dublin as he undergoes the 6-week transplant and aftercare. Christy’s parents, Owen and Alina have opened a fundraising page inviting you to pledge whatever you can. Next Saturday, February 22nd, Christy’s family and friends and the people of Ardfield and Rathbarry will be having a Kid’s Fun Day in St James GAA Sports Complex at 12 o’clock noon. You are invited to come along to show your support for Christy. The day will include “Face-Painting”, “Stage-Entertainment”, “Nail-Painting”, “PlayGround”, “Bouncing Castle” and lots more besides.

Calling all potential Referees

A four-night Foundation Course for new referees commences in Páirc Uí Rinn on March 13th (NB Change of date) continuing on March 18th, 20th and 24th commencing at 7.30pm each night with registration at 7.15pm on March 13th.

To apply for a place on the course, and for further details, please contact County Referees' Administrator, Michael Keane, at 083-3450456.

NB: Referees must be members of a GAA club.

Season Tickets

Finally, Seasonal tickets are available to South West games at €50 for an individual and €75 for a family, for more details please contact club officers.