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23 July 2015

posted 23 Jul 2015, 01:20 by Mark Evans

St James GAA are Ardfield Summer Festival beneficiaries for 2015

It’s always the best week in the year in the parish and it’s coming in fast. The Ardfield Summer Festival continues to grow and improve every year and this year’s program of events looks to have the potential to make it the best festival week to date. To top it all off, the organisers of the festival have kindly chosen St James GAA as the beneficiaries for this year. So we would ask all GAA members, young and old to get behind the selling of festival tickets and of course we would ask you, the public to please support the festival by both heading to the events and by purchasing some raffle tickets. Please check locally to see what events the hard-working festival organisers have put together for this year, there is something for everyone, young and old.


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Junior A Footballers knocked out of Championship

St James 2-6 Castlehaven 1-13 (Game played Sunday July 12th)

It’s never easy to disguise and hide disappointment after any sporting defeat. Last Sunday week’s Junior A third round defeat was no different when going down to a Castlehaven team who took their chances well in the second-half to leave Rosscarbery as eventual winners. On a slippery surface, both teams looked to test each other out early on before a 9th minute Franky Hayes point opened the scoring. Two points from James O’Driscoll (1 play, 1 free) duly followed before the ‘Haven registered their first score on 19 minutes. An inspiring Finbarr McCarthy save on 23 minutes gave hope that it may well be St James’s night even though Castlehaven brought the deficit back to 1 point on 25 minutes. However it was to be St James who would finish the half stronger with Kevin O’Brien winning back a ball well that he had initially lost to score a deserved point before James O’Driscoll sped away from the ‘Haven backs to finish low to the keepers right to goal on 28 minutes. The score at the half-time whistle was 1-4 to 2 points with even the greatest of pessimists being of the opinion that St James looked to be well in control. It would be fair to say that the half-time break did the St James boys no good whatsoever as most things that they seemed to try in the second half just didn’t seem to work out. Ball was given away cheaply leading to scores being conceded easily, 50-50 breaks weren’t won and very scoreable chances weren’t taken. After the resumption, by the time that Aaron Hayes had pointed on 13 minutes, Castlehaven had scored three of their own. Hayes scored his second point on 21 minutes before two ‘Haven points in the space of one minute put the victors in front for the first time on 25 minutes. An opportunist yet well-taken Castlehaven goal on 27 minutes looked to signal the end for St James with Kevin O’Leary’s goal coming too late in the day, well into added time. Along with the obvious disappointment of losing, plus the loss of some key-players to injuries, the most aggravating thing about the evening was that it doesn’t look as if the team are that far away from mounting a serious challenge at the Junior A football grade. The lads seemed to defend very well as a whole and were very quick to close down but it has to be said that some of the botching of scoring chances was very poor.

Team: Finbarr McCarthy, Eoin Feen, Seamus McCarthy, Tadgh Feen, Mark Evans, Kevin O’Leary (1-0), Donncha McCarthy, Kevin O’Brien (0-1), David Hayes, Shaun Goggin, James O’Driscoll (1-2), Aaron Hayes (0-2), Ian Evans, James O’Sullivan, Franky Hayes (0-1). Subs used; Micheal McCarthy (B) for Goggin, Peter Walsh for Ian Evans.

Hopefully the hurlers will prolong the GAA season for the supporters for a while longer when they take on St Colums in the upcoming quarter-finals, time/date tbc. Please check locally at the Chapel Cross noticeboard, the ARC and the recently revamped Club website for further details.


No Sports Camp this year

Finally, the Club have decided not to stage the Sports Camp this August. Apologies to boys/girls and parents for any upset/inconvenience caused as the Club had previously advertised that it was to go ahead.