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27 Aug 2015

posted 27 Aug 2015, 01:20 by Mark Evans

U21 Hurling Championship semi-final this Saturday

Please come along to support the U21 hurlers who take on St Marys in the Championship this Saturday in Ballinascarthy, throw-in 6pm. Under the management of Kieran Callanan and Jonathan O’Donovan the lads have been going well at training. They will need to be at their best to account for the boys from Ballineen with a final appearance against Carbery Rangers the prize on offer. Parish support would be appreciated, please head to Ballinascarthy to shout on the lads.

St James U13 and U12 squads (along with their parents) will be well sick of the road to Inchigeela as both teams had their League fixtures there earlier this week against Iveleary.

U13 League: Iveleary 5-11 St James 4-10 (Game played Saturday August 22nd)

First up on Saturday, it was the turn of the U13’s who put in their best performance of the Summer so far when losing on a scoreline of 5-11 to 4-10. Having trailed by 5-6 to 2-2 at half-time all of the lads raised their game to put it up to the locals but the gap proved to be too much to claw back. While it is never ideal to single out players, the half-back line of Ben McShane, Sean Lawless and John O’Donovan that started the second half deserves a mention as one of them was as good as the next and were the instigators of the St James onslaught that very nearly brought a first League victory. These three performances were also backed-up by a superb performance from Denis White who showed for every ball, leading the full-forward line brilliantly.

Team (12-a-side): Gearoid O’Donovan, Aaron O’Donovan (Ard), Adrian Whelton, Ben McShane, Sean Lawless (0-1), Cameron Whelton (0-2), Liam Barry (0-2), James Hodnett, John O’Donovan (2-4), James O’Donovan, David O’Brien, Denis White (2-1).

U12 League: Iveleary 4-9 St James 3-4 (Game played Tuesday August 25th)

Three nights later, it was back over for the U12 match. In truth, while all of the players gave their all again, their performance wasn’t as sharp as the previous game but nevertheless no spectator/trainer/mentor can complain about lack of effort. On this occasion there was no argument as to who St James best player was on the night as Aaron O’Donovan led his full-back line with huge confidence to keep up his fine performances this season.

Team (13-a-side): Gearoid O’Donovan, Aaron O’Donovan (Ard), Adrian Whelton, James O’Donovan, Sean Lawless, John O’Donovan (1-1), Cian Hurley (0-1), Ben McShane (1-1), David O’Brien, Cameron Whelton, Maebh Barry, Daniel Bennett (1-0), Denis White (0-1). Subs used: Declan McPeake, Darragh O’Leary.

Both League campaigns are coming to an end for the above two panels with the U13’s due to play one more game against Argideen Rangers while the U12’s League is to be split in two (once all remaining fixtures completed). Having finished in the bottom half St James will compete for the shield and going on their great improvements from game-to-game shouldn’t fear anyone that they will face. The above two panels have used a total of 25 players this year (4 from 2002, 9 from 2003, 9 from 2004 and 3 from the U10 panel born in 2005). Those numbers include our two girls, Maebh and Ava Barry who have been outstanding throughout the season. The four trainers/mentors are very proud of everybody’s efforts to date. These players have been dealt some defeats over the course of the Summer but everybody should be very proud of their performances and efforts to date.