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Carbery News...............Southern Star 02/05/2019   05/05/2019

Carbery GAA News

U.21B Football Final

Much was expected of the Clona Milk U.21B football final on Sunday last between neighbours Newcestown and Bandon. As was a clear statement that if the local rivalry is ever taken out of the GAA then we will have lost something precious indeed. Teams inseparable all through, Newcestown seemed to have it won after sixty minutes but when Bandon grabbed an injury-time goal, the Lilywhites were in high heaven. Down the years we have seen some outstanding football free-takers in West Cork, players who could win games from placed balls especially when the pressure was on. We have found another in Colm Dineen of Newcestown whose two long-range winning free-kicks at the death had all the hall-marks of real class. But Dineen is a class player in both codes and we’re still convinced if he had been playing with Cork U.21 hurlers last season the All-Ireland final against Tipp would have been won. Well done to both teams on a marvellous advert for West Cork football.


Every club has its own list of great free-takers down the years but the players who stood out for us over the past sixty years were Tony Creane of Dohenys (a childhood hero), Tim F. Hayes and Eoin O’Mahony of Clonakilty, Declan Barron and Donal Hunt of Bantry, John Cleary and Larry Tompkins of Castlehaven, ‘Small’ Mick McCarthy of Rossa’s, Tony Murphy and John Hayes of Carbery Rangers, Teddy Holland of Ballinascarthy, Kevin O’Sullivan of Ilen Rovers, Daniel O’Donovan of Kilmacabea, Mick McCarthy of Tadhg MacCárthaigh, Anthony Smith of Bandon, and now, Colm Dineen of Newcestown. That list is off the top of my head and I know if I researched the football records I would find many more. Add your own and let us know.

U.21C Football Final

With the A and B U.21 finals having produced such late drama can we expect the same of the Clona Milk U.21C football final this weekend? In opposition will be two clubs who struggle each year to put U.21 teams on the pitch, Randal Óg and Goleen, and each richly deserves to take home the title because of their unfailing efforts. But only one can win and the Castle side might just have a slight edge over the Mizen lads. If the game is only half as good as the A and B finals, we are in for a treat.

Junior A Football Championship

The last game in Round 1 of the Bandon Co-op junior A football championship is down for decision on Saturday when Ilen Rovers and Bandon second strings face off. The Bandon camp will be still smarting following the U.21 defeat and will put in a determined show but Ilen will be boosted by their senior win and may just shade the issue.

Junior A Hurling Championship

With the junior football finishing, the RCM Tarmacadam junior A hurling championship gets underway this weekend with three games down for decision. On Saturday the local derby between Diarmuid O Mathúna and St. Mary’s in Newcestown could be a cracker and St. Mary’s may surprise in this one with a win to back up their football victory.The place to be on Sunday is Enniskeane for the double-header between Clonakilty v St. Oliver Plunkett’s and Kilbree v Dohenys. Again these local derbies should provide a great afternoon’s entertainment with champions, Kilbree, and Clonakilty fancied to go through.

Referees AGM

The AGM 0f the Carbery Referees took place last Thursday night in Dunmanway. A large number of referees were in attendance. Among the topics discussed, were appointments of referees to league and championship games, abuse of referees and the recruitment of new referees, which is a worrying situation. The outgoing Chairman and Secretary, Frank Quill and Michael O Mahony, wished the incoming officers, Chairman John Crowley and Secretary Tommy Barry, the very best in their new roles.

Child Safe Guarding Course

The Carbery Board ran a successful Child Protection Course in the GAA Pavillion Dunmanway on Monday night, mainly for Carbery Referees.. Under the law of the land any person who is involved with U-18’s needs to have this course done and the majority of Carbery referees have now completed the course.

Flag Day

A flag day to raise funds for Carbery/Rebel Óg West underage coaching will take place the coming Saturday in towns and villages across the division. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Club Coaching

Paudie Crowley, Carbery GPO, is encouraging clubs to book a coaching evening in their clubs. These sessions are for upskilling club coaches which will consist of coaching multi-table groups i.e (U8-10/ U12-14/ U16-minor). Club mentors can discuss in further regarding these age groups once contact has been made.