It was with great shock and sorrow that the Club learnt of last weeks unexpected passing of Jim Blackwell in Zurich. Our deepest sympathy goes to his wife Hilary and his sons Clive, Henry and Colin. The Club also wish to extend our sympathies to Ardfield Rathbarry Tennis Club on the death of their Club President. Jim was a tremendous supporter of St James GAA over all of those years spent in Ardfield/Rathbarry and he was held in high esteem by all who knew him. He will be greatly missed but long remembered. May he rest in peace.
A huge thank-you!!!!!
Everybody at St James would like to thank everyone who supported our Club in the recent SuperValu “Kits for Clubs” campaign. In exchange for Customers shopping receipts, the Club have received 4 sets of bottles, 10 footballs, 2 ball-carrier bags, 1 kitbag, 1 set of markers, 1 training ladder and 2 sets of Junior training bibs. A huge thanks to SuperValu for running such a brilliant campaign and especially to their Clonakilty branch. But most of all, thank you to the SuperValu customers who chose St James as their chosen beneficiary.
Minor Football Championship this weekend
All roads lead to Skibbereen this Saturday evening when the Minor footballers take on Muintir Bhaire in this semi-final battle, 5pm. The victors will take on the winners of the other semi-final, Glengarriff vs Goleen. Parish support would be appreciated, please come to support the lads.
Junior C Football Championship next weekend
St James second string footballers meet next door neighbours, Clonakilty on Friday next, October 2nd under lights in Clon at 8pm. In a warm-up to that game, the lads have a Junior B football League game this Sunday, October 27th vs Castletownbere in Dunmanway, 4.45pm.
Club Lotto now a whopping €10,000.
The next draw in the Club Lotto takes place this Sunday night, September 27th in the Mountain House at 10.30pm. For your chance to win a Club Lotto ticket (for 6 draws valued at €10), please check out St James GAA FaceBook page. Continued thanks to everyone who supports the Club Lotto.
St James enjoy Junior 7s in Dublin
On All-Ireland football weekend in Dublin, St James took part in the Junior/Intermediate finals in Templeogue. An early start with a 10.15 throw in for the first game against Dun Droma from Dublin was enough to get the hearts racing from the start. A sluggish opening game where St James led at the break in a very tight, hard hitting game by 0-2 to 0-1. The second half was just as tough and in the end it was the Dubs who came out on top 1-4 to 1-3.
The second game came on very quickly against Williamstown from Galway. Again a tough encounter, St James led 1-3 to 0-3 at the break and won 1-8 to 2-4.
Next up was Na Fianna of Dublin. At the break St James led 2-2 to 0-6. Goals win games and it was St James who came through 4-3 to 1-8. Three tough games took their toll and the fourth game against St Brigids from Co. Down was a torrid affair with the northern lads taking the points 5-3 to 3-1.
At this point St James had done enough to qualify for the next stage and a quarter final meeting with Naomh Eoin of Clare. St James led 1-3 to 0-3 at half time before winning 3-5 to 2-4. Now it was hotting up with a semi-final place against St Oliver Plunketts of Co. Louth. This turned out to be the toughest game of the day with scores being exchanged every few minutes. St Oliver Plunketts led 2-1 to 1-1 at the break with Mark Evans pointing and a James O'Driscoll goal. St James were back level shortly after resuming as Mark Evans added a goal followed by a point from David Hayes. Peter Walsh added two points, with scores standing 3-3 to 2-4 to the Louth lads before Mark Evans put the minimum between the sides with time up. Then a last ditch effort to salvage a draw from a free forty metres out ended in disappointment as the ball sailed inches outside the post. From the kickout the final whistle went and it was the end of the road for St James.
The lads can be proud of their efforts and represented their club and parish with pride.
Team- Finbarr McCarthy, Colm Murphy, Niall Evans, James O'Sullivan, James O'Driscoll, David Hayes, Mark Evans, Eoin Feen, Frank Hayes, Peter Walsh, Aaron Hayes, James Hayes.
U10’s welcome Passage West
On Saturday morning last, St James U10’s welcomed Passage West to Ardfield for a challenge match. The organisers/trainers/mentors from both sides decided to let the players display their skills in both codes by playing one half of football and one half of hurling. As you can see from the picture, it was a “thumbs-up” from both sides for such a successful mornings sport.
Panel used: Shane Barrett, Killian Barton,
Liam Carroll, Liam Dooley, Conor Dooley, Eoin Fitzpatrick, Darragh Gough, Sean
Gough, Laura Hodnett, Charlie McShane, Shornu O’Brien-Coker, James O’Donovan, David
O’Sullivan, Joseph O’Sullivan, Evie Weller, Conor Whelton, Orla Whelton.
U8’s play under the lights of the Haven
On Friday evening last, St James U8’s travelled to play under lights for a football match against Castlehaven. Everybody that saw the game should have no doubts that the future of the Club can be nothing but bright after all of the players gave a great display, going toe-to-toe against their illustrious opponents. In fact, it could rightfully be argued that St James were the better team on the night,
Panel used: Olan Brazier-Scannell, Killian Calnan, Liam Dooley, Conor Dooley, Sean Gough, Darragh Keohane, Cian O’Donovan, Evan O’Donovan, Katie O’Keeffe, Cathal O’Leary, Cathal O’Loughlin, Uinseann O’Mahony, David O’Sullivan, Eoin Whelton, Euan Whelton, Robert Whelton, Sean Whelton,
U12 football final next weekend
By the time you will have read this, St James will hopefully be after qualifying for the final of the “Autumn League”. This final takes place next weekend (time/date tbc). But first up, St James will have to account for Kilmacabea in the semi-final which takes place in Ardfield, Friday September 26th, 6.30pm. If you do read this before the game, please come to support the players.