Cois Bhríde Notes- April 2nd 2012

posted 5 Apr 2012, 03:30 by elaine ahearne   [ updated 7 Apr 2012, 12:56 ]


Cois Bhride GAA Notes - Sponsored by Cunningham's Hardware, Tallow


Under12 Hurling - Michael Condon Memorial Tournament.

Last Saturday we hosted the Michael Condon Memorial Tournament in Tallow for the very first time. Played in glorious weather and both pitches in great condition, four teams played in two very competitive semi-finals, Cois Bhride v St.Marys and Cappoquin v Brickey Rangers. The winners of both games would go through to the final with the two losing teams playing each other. We played St.Marys in our first game and what a game it turned out to be. We were very slow to settle and extremely rusty and before we knew it we were two goals down. St.Marys were very fast and skillful and were playing some great hurling. Things were looking very bleak for us as we went in at half-time 3 goals down. We had to make a few changes to the team and as a result we came out in the second half a totally different team, as each player upped their game and improved their hurling. We managed to draw level at full time to force the game into extra time, 5 minutes each half. Nothing separated both sides as it looked like it was going to end in a draw again when Kieran Crawford sent over a wonderful point to win the game for Cois Bhride in the dying seconds. After a short break we played Brickey Rangers in the final. Playing with a strong wind we started like we ended the first game, hurling brilliantly, fighting for every ball and not giving our opponents any time to settle. A great goal by Ciaran McCarthy just before half-time put us in a commanding position leading 1-6 to 0-1 at half-time. In the second half we didn't let up and never looked like losing the game, with all the team hurling fantastically. When the final whistle blew the lads were delighted to be the first ever team to win the Michael Condon Memorial Tournament.

A big well done to all the panel: Dean Beecher, Oisin Ormonde, Tony O'Donoghue, Ivan O'Neill(capt.), Shaun Henley, Ciaran McCarthy, Eoin McGrath, Kieran Crawford, Ben Ahearne, Micheal Condon, Liam Motherway, Shannon Murray, Faye Curley, William Cunningham, Antony Walsh, Rebecca Hannah.

A special thanks to the Condon Family for kindly sponsoring the tournament and providing a wonderful trophy and medals for the blitz. Thanks to St.Marys, Cappoquin and Brickey Rangers for taking part in the tournament and also to John and Brian for refereeing all the games. Also thanks to all the people who made sandwiches and refreshments and helped out in the clubhouse after the games. It was a fantastic day and it was great to see such a crowd at the field to give encouragement to all the lads.

U9 Go Games

On Monday evening we hosted Lismore in the first round of the U9 Go Games Hurling. We started slowly as Lismore scored a goal after 5 minutes before Tom Dalton put Cois Bhride level with help from Shane Martin and Rachel Roche. We were forced into a change just before half-time as Ethan Scotton got a knock and had to come off. At the beginning of the second half Darragh Spillane picked up the ball and after a solo run scored a lovely goal, before we added another from Tom Dalton. Rachel Roche, our only girl, had a great game before she was substituted due to injury. We finished the game with goals from Shane Cronin and Tom Dalton and a fantastic Cathal Hunt save in the dying seconds making sure it was Cois Bhride's night. Stephen Roche, Jake Curley O'Brien, Dylan Beecher and Cian O Brien all played fantastic games for Cois Bhride. Next up is an away game versus Abbeyside next Monday.

Team Cathal Hunt, Shane Martin, Jake Curley O'Brien, Stephen Roche, Rachel Roche, Darragh Spilliane, Dylan Beecher, Mark Dalton, Tom Dalton, Shane Cronin, Cian O Brien and Ethan Scotton.

Champion Your Local Club

Just a final reminder that the "Champion Your Local Club" promotion in the Irish Independent is due to finish this Saturday April 7th. We are very close to achieving the target of 250 tokens but we will need every single token. If you have collected tokens please provide them to any coach/mentor of any of the juvenile teams. If successful in collecting the required number of tokens the sports equipment will be donated to both Knockanore and Tallow Primary Schools.

Scor na bPaisti

The County Finals of Scor na bPaisti were held last Friday night in Cappoquin. Scor has been an important part of the GAA calender since 1969, with this year's Scor na bPaisti being the biggest in recent years, with three qualifying rounds and a large attendance at last Friday's County Finals. Cois Bhride were well represented on the night with all eight of our players, who represented Na Seamroga, taking home honours. First up was Oisin Ormonde who finished second for his confident recitation of Frank O'Connor's "A First Confession". This was followed by bronze medals for the Ballad Group of Ivan O'Neill, Liam Motherway, Jack Sliney and Mark Stewart who gave brilliant performances of The Fields of Athenry and Teigh Abhaile, before all four claimed bronze again in the Set Dancing. The lads then turned their attention to the Novelty Act and put in fantastic performances in their brilliant production of "Doctor Hypno" to deservedly win the gold ahead of tough competition. (Novelty Act - Mark Stewart, Ivan O'Neill, Liam Motherway, Ciaran Hunt, Jack Sliney, Oisin Ormonde, Kieran Crawford, Diarmuid Costelloe.) Well done to all involved, it is a great achievement in what was the first year entering Scor na bPaisti for most of the lads.

Child Development Programme

The second session of the Child Development Programme will be held in Tallow GAA Clubhouse next Tuesday evening @ 7pm. The first session of the programme was a great success and was enjoyed by all participants. It is important that all juvenile coaches attend this programme, so please make an effort to attend next Tuesday evening.

U14 Feile na nGael

This Thursday evening our U14 hurlers travel to Bushy Park to play Brickey Rangers @ 6.30pm in the Feile na Gael hurling.

Minor Football:

Our Minor footballers host Stradbally this evening (Wednesday) in Tallow in the County Football Championship. We also travel to Waterford next Monday to play Ferrybank in the Minor Football Championship.


Just a reminder that Membership can still be paid to our Treasurer Aidan Ryan or to the mentors/coaches of the juvenile teams. It is important to remember that Membership needs to be paid by players for insurance purposes. Membership is only €20 for a family or €10 for a player