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Secretaries Report 2011 Report

Kanturk GAA Annual General Meeting 9th December, 2011.

Tuarascail An Runai.

 

It is my privilege to report to you on the activities of our club over the past year. It was a season of unprecedented success which saw our Junior and Minor  footballers gaining Cork county championship success after winning through in Duhallow and North region respectively.  It was a very successful year at Juvenile level also and all Kanturkonians took great joy from seeing one of our own captain the Cork U21 footballers to Munster championship honours when demolishing Kerry.

 

FOOTBALL

Junior;

Our Junior footballers opened their Ducon cup, Duhallow Junior football league with an away win over Knocknagree on February 27th and defeated Newmarket a week later. Defeats to Rockchapel, Ballydesmond and Castlemagner were followed by victory over Millstreet. Needing victories in our remaining games to maintain our interest in the competition, we came up short losing to both Kilbrin and Cullen.

An earlier championship start in Duhallow saw us play Rockchapel in our opening tie at Boherbue on May 2nd. We had plenty chances of making a winning start but wasted scoring opportunities saw us lose by 0-11 to 1-09. Our 2nd championship tie was a do or die game against Boherbue at Newmarket on July 2nd, with us needing a win to maintain our interest in the competition. Boherbue, despite having secured their interest in the championship with a first round win were hell bent on dumping us out of the competition. When the sides finished level and we faced into extra time without our midfield duo of Aidan Walsh and Mark Sheehy, we faced an uphill battle. A fortuitous goal set us on our way to a hard earned 1-12 to 0-11 victory.

Victory over Dromtarriffe at Millstreet in round 3 on August 23rd set us up for a rematch with Boherbue in the quarter final at Rockchapel four days later. We gave a polished performance as we defeated Boherbue on a 1-14 to 0-09 score line and set ourselves up as serious championship contenders. With last year’s championship winners Lyre being defeated by Rockchapel on the previous evening, we were expected to romp to an easy victory over Knocknagree at Cullen in our semi-final on 4th September. The game proved frustrating as we struggled to a 0-11 to 0-6 point victory and set up a repeat of the 2009 decider and qualified for our 3rd Duhallow final in a row.

The final was played at Rathcoole on 17th September, and the Dromtarriffe club were hosting their first Duhallow Junior decider since Rockchapel defeated Kanturk by 1 point in 1987 and went on to win county honours.

This year’s decider was played in inclement conditions and despite conceding a first half goal Kanturk were always in control and when we raised a green flag through Aidan Walsh, we were set on our way to recording a 2nd championship success in 3 years and 5th title overall on a 1-11 to 1-06 score line.

We faced into the county championship with confidence and expatiation. Glenbower Rovers of Killeagh put up stubborn resistance in the opening half of our quarter final tie at Mallow on October 7th. We pulled away in the second half and ran out decisive winners on a 2-14 to 1-03 score line. The semi final against Bandon at Pairc Ui Rinn on October 21st proved a most exciting affair played at great pace with some wonderful scores. Recovering from conceding two goals in the opening half and the loss of Mark Sheehy to a straight red card midway through the 2nd period, we fashioned a one point victory on a 0-12 point to 2-05 score line and qualify for our first ever county junior football final.

Due to Aidan Walsh’s departure to Austrailia with the Irish International Rules team, the final was delayed until his return. In the intervening period the club appealed Mark Sheehy’s red card and despite putting up a strong defence which included use of video evidence and having two independent witnesses, failed to get suspension over turned. 

For the final on November 11th, all roads led to Pairc Ui Rinn with North Cork Champions, Mitchelstown providing the opposition. Giving a dream display of fast attacking football, Kanturk ran up an unassailable interval lead and embellished their performance in the second period to secure a first ever Cork County Junior football championship on a 1-20 to 0-04 score line. Celebrations had to be put on hold as the Munster club semi final was fixed for Sunday 13th November, less than 48 hours later at Waterville, which was a home from home to Kerry champions Dromid Pearses.  On heavy underground conditions and with a swirling wind which was difficult to judge, Kanturk made the running for ¾ of the game and when we lead by 6 points midway through the second half, it looked as if we were on our way to a Munster final. The opposite proved the case as the exertions of the previous Friday night in the county final took their toll and the Kerry champions clawed their way back to level the game and take the tie to extra time. It was always going to be a step too far playing an extra twenty minutes and failing to score in the opening 10 minutes despite having the lion’s share of possession proved fatal and we lost on a 2-04 to 0-14 score line.

The playing of the Munster championship game in such close proximity to the county final, despite numerous representations by representatives of An Coiste Chontae to the Munster Council, was unfair in the extreme especially when the winner’s had a two week period to the final. People in positions of power, showing said power, disregarding player welfare and not deferring the game when there was scope to do so smacks of big ego’s in our  association. The venue also smacked of nepotism in the extreme and gave the home team an unfair advantage. It certainly seemed like underhand decisions were made to transfer the game from the chosen venue of Caherciveen, moving it at first to Foilmore before transferring it to Waterville. All this was done with no objection from the opposition as the Cork final had yet to be played and neither side were in a position to raise an objection. Munster Council broke one of its rules in choosing the Waterville venue as the pitch was not fully enclosed. Clearly anyone could have entered the playing area underneath the netting behind one of the goals at any time during the game. Surely a fairer system of a team having ‘’Home’’ advantage would be to play the game at a county designated ground.

On our return to Kanturk after the game, and despite the disappointment of the defeat earlier in the day, the celebrations welcome  celebrate County Championship successes got underway with a victory parade of the players and team managements  through the town led by Newmarket Pipe band to the reviewing stand at Strand Street. The players of both Junior and minor teams were introduced by respective captains to the large attendance that came out in force to welcome home the double county champions. Our thanks once again to Kanturk Community Council who organised the reviewing stand for the home coming and for serving light refreshments at the Trade’s Union Hall in Strand Street.

Winning a Duhallow & Cork Junior Football championship doesn’t come without much work being done by many people. Firstly we must recognise the commitment of the players to training throughout the year. Also our appreciation to the team management, Padraig Kearns, Tom Walsh and Paddy Sheehan. Others to play vital roles throughout the year were Jackie Carroll, Noel O’Neill, Michael O’ Connor (Logistics), Seamus Lynam (physio), Brian O’ Connell (Doctor), Caoimhe Moore, Tommy Walsh, and all the others who provided water, stats, words of encouragement, wisdom etc and including the ladies who provided refreshments throughout the year. All played an important part in Kanturk being crowned Cork County Champions in 2011. 

Junior ‘B’ Football.

We played 5 league games defeating Lismire, Meelin, Glenlara, Kilbrin and Freemount. We were drawn against Freemount in the semi final but turned in a poor performance and lost by 0-08 to 4-07.

U21 Football.

We travelled to Banteer to play the home team in the opening round on January 30th. In a low scoring tie with a referee with Banteer connections we lost on a 0-04 to 0-06 point score line. We received a bye to the quarter finals but were well defeated by eventual champions Millstreet at Knocknagree on March 4th by 1-04 to 1-14.

Minor Football.

The minor footballers entered the 12 a side non exam league and played 5 games defeating Shamrocks and Donoghmore while losing to St Nick’s, Ilen Rovers and Macroom. It was still a very worthwhile exercise and gave our players much experience.

With the advent of Coiste Og, our minor played in the North region with teams drawn from Duhallow & Avondubh. In the league Kanturk lost to Newmarket and defeated Mallow & Mitchelstown. Millsteet were overcome in the final at Knocknagree on a 3-06 to 0-10 score line. A county competition is yet to be played.

The championship started in September with a 3-14 to 2-03 win over Mill Rovers in the opening round. Defeating Newmarket in the semi final, Kanturk faced championship favourites Millstreet in the final at Ballydesmond. In a close, exciting contest, Kanturk prevailed by 2-05 to 1-07. Cobh was overcome in the county semi final by 2-09 to 0-11. In the final at Macroom on November 6th, Ilen Rovers built up a 10 point lead and looked to be coasting to victory. Kanturk had other ideas and in a welter of excitement drew level taking the game to extra time and run out winners on a 3-16 to 2-15 score line.

 

HURLING

Intermediate.

Struggling in our early league games as we were short our inter county players, we lost to Meelin, Milford and Eire Og before getting a moral boosting victory over Cobh. Defeats to Fermoy and Barryroe, in which we performed well prepared us for our opening championship test against Dromina at Milford on June 11th. Played for league points also we played with great style and confidence as we won on a 0-21 to 1-12 score line.  Resounding league victories over Drispsey & Fr O’ Neill’s prepared us for the championship/league doubleheader against Kilworth at Milford on August 6th. It was a game in which the scoring exploits of Aidan Walsh was the highlight and we progressed to the championship quarter final on the narrowest of margins, 1-18 to 1-17.

We travelled to Castletownroche with high hopes of progressing in the championship to face East Cork side St Catherine’s. Clearly the former senior side had their home work done on us and with a combination of their experience and tactics of disrupting the game through time wasting  we were never allowed to build up momentum and lost by 0-12 to 1-14.  Despite our disappointing exit there was much hope for the future as many young players were blooded and the experience gained will stand them in good stead for future years.

Junior ‘B’ Hurling.

Wins over Castlemagner and Dromtarriffe was followed by defeat to Banteer. We were drawn against Freemount in the Semi-Final and went to extra time before losing by 2-12 to 1-16. In the championship we received a walk over from Millstreet before losing to Castlemagner who had home advantage on a 2-06 to 3-11 score line.

U21 Hurling

We opened our under 21 hurling campaign with a 2-14 to 0-08 score line on March 26th.  In the semi final at Banteer on November 27th we defeated the home team with ease by 4-20 to 1-09. This win gave us confidence as we faced a star studded Kilbrin side in the final at Newtownshandrum on 2nd December. In inclement conditions, we took the game to our opponents and showed greater heart and desire to claim victory by 1-10 to 1-09. It was a victory richly deserved for all concerned.

Minor Hurling.

In the North Region league we opened with a draw against Millstreet before defeating Ballygiblin & Glanworth and suffered defeat to Fermoy on July 28th. Receiving a walk over from Kilworth in the semi final, we faced Fermoy in a rematch of our championship encounter in the final at Mallow on Sunday last December 4th. Kanturk showed great hunger and desire to take the league title and win by 0-13 to 0-12. The county league final is fixed for Mallow on Sunday next 11th December against Newcestown with a 7.30pm start. 

 

JUVENILE CLUB.

Under the Strategic Review Coiste Og was sat up on a two year trial basisto look after all underage affairs up to and including minor. Duhallow and Avondubh joined to form the North region. Games are organised for U12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and minor. More games, added travel and greater variety in opposition are some of the positives and negatives of the new setup. As well as the success at minor level covered earlier in my report the season has brought much success at other age groups. At under 16 level the hurlers reached the North region hurling championship final losing to St Kevins at Kilbrin by 2-13 to 3-12. The under 16 footballers won the North region league final defeating Kildorrerry at Ballyhooley by 2-13 to 1-03. Even the thunder and lightning couldn’t derail Kanturk’s surge to victory over Castlehaven in the county league semi final at Cloughduv recently with the final expected to be played before Christmas.

The under 15 hurlers lost to Glanworth in the North region championship final and were defeated at Youghal after extra time in the county semi final by 3-08 to 2-12. Their football counterparts won the North region championship final by defeating Millstreet 3-08 to 2-03. Passage were defeated in the county semi final on Saturday last thus setting up a final clash with Blarney at Ballyhea on this Saturday 2pm.

The under 14’s had a fabulous year winning the North region hurling league and championship double losing to Carrig na fhear in the county championship semi final. Their football counterparts won the North region championship and reached the county final losing to Glenville at Mallow by 2-06 to 2-17.

The under 13 hurlers won the North region league final defeating Thomas Russells by 2-07 to 0-02.

The Juvenile club ran a very successful VHI Cul camp which was open to boys and girls in August.

Coiste Oiliuna Chorcai set up the LEE FLAG programme which set out 15 criteria for clubs to achieve throughout the year. Our club received €500 from Coiste Oiliuna as recognition of meeting the 15 criteria set out in the Lee flag programme.

 

FEILE Na Nog

Feile na Nog Peil came to Cork at the end of June and Kanturk played host to teams in the boys & girls competitions. The boys hosted Delco Gaels from Philadelphia and lost the opening game to our visitors from the USA. We defeated Micheal Mc Carthaighs and Yorkshire but failed to progress from our group. Delco Gaels went on to the semi final in Coachford but lost to Wolfe Tones (Clare). Christopher Mullane won the local skills competition and came 2nd in the finals at Coachford.

The Ladies Football club hosted Clann Eireann from Roscommon. Losing to Clann Eireann and Thomastown (Kilkenny), our girls recovered to defeat Kilshannig at Glantane by 1-12 to 1-0 in their final game. Clann Eireann when on to defeat Glanmire and Lurgan to take feila honours. Laura O’ Riordan won the local skills competition and came 3rd in the finals.

Along with the visiting teams, both Kanturk teams took part in the Feile parade through Cork city which saw 181 teams take part and bring colour and excitement to the city. Over the three days of the visiting teams there was a mammoth catering operation at the clubrooms culminating with a BBQ and open air disco for our visitors and host families. Our thanks to our dedicated the ladies too numerous to mention for insuring no one was left go hungry over the weekend.

 

DUHALLOW.

Duhallow senior footballers had little success losing to Muskerry before defeating Imokilly. All was to play for in the final group game against Carberry but Duhallow fell short and made their championship exit. John Mc Loughlin captained the side and Dave Riordan was also involved.

The Duhallow Senior Hurlers suffered defeat in their three championship outings to Muskerry, Avondhu and Imokilly. Anthony Nash, John Healy and Donagh Duane, Richard Finnegan  and Cathal Burke were involved.

Duhallow U21 Hurlers reached the county final for the fourth year in a row defeating Kilbrittain and Carrigaline  before facing Midleton in the final at Pairc Ui Rinn. Midleton made all the running in the opening half but Duhallow put in a strong 2nd half performance and if goal chances had been converted maybe the result would have been different. Left off the hook, a late Midleton goal sealed their victory. Tim Burke coached team and Kanturk players involved included Aidan Walsh, Shaun Leneghan, Darragh Kearney and lorcan O’Neill all involved.

The Duhallow Under 20 football competition earlier in the year saw the home side reach the final after defeating a fancied Douglas in the semi final. Later the same weekend, team captain Rory O’ Connor died tragically in a car accident and football matters were put to one side. In the final played a few weeks later, St Kierans from Kerry defeated Duhallow by 018 to 2-05. Kanturk players involved included Shaun Leneghan.

At administration level, there was a change of guard in the officer board with a new officer board being elected. Tom Walsh stepped down as Vice Chairman after 7 years service and Joe Kearns replaced him. Noel O’ Neill was joined by Jim O’ Connor as our delegates to the Duhallow Board and served our club well in this ever important role.

 

CORK.

In senior hurling Anthony Nash & Lorcan Mc Loughlin both saw game time in the league. Cork won two games, losing three by one point. In the championship,  Cork travelled to Thurles to meet the All Ireland Champions Tipperary and all were delighted to see Lorcan Mc Loughlin gain a place at midfield on the starting 15. Tipp opened up an 8 point lead before Cork staged a second half fight back to draw level with 14 minutes left for play but the All-Ireland champions pulled away to win and send Cork into the All-Ireland series. The substitution of Lorcan at a period of the game when he was playing very well baffled many supporters and the scribes of the press alike. Cork overcame Laois & Offally before making a very disappointing exit to Galway in Limerick.

Aidan Walsh was again an integral part of the Cork senior footballers . Cork retained the Division 1 league title coming from behind to beat Dublin by 0-21 to 2014. In the championship, Clare & Waterford were defeated at ease down the Pairc before the faithful made the pilgrimage over the county bounds to face old foes Kerry in the Munster final. Cork never showed up in the first half and really only started to play with style and passion in the final quarter but Kerry held on to win by 3 points. In the qualifiers, Cork were rematched with Down in round 4 at Croke Park, and wishing to confirm their previous September’s All Ireland victory. The rebels turned in a strong performance to win by 2-20 to 0-14. The injuries sustained throughout the championship caught up with Cork next time out in the quarter final at Croke Park when Mayo put the rebels out of championship 2011 by 4 points.

Aidan Walsh became the first Kanturk clubman to be selected on the Irish Compromise international rules team which made the trip down under and defeated Australia comprehensively in both games.

Another first for the club came when Aidan was chosen as team captain for the Cork Under 21 footballers. Cork defeated a fancied Tipperary by 0-21 to 2-03 in the Munster semi final before surprising both the home and travelling supporters when defeating Kerry in the Munster final by 2-24 to 0-08 at Pairc Ui Rinn and what a thrill it was to see a Kanturk man raise the cup aloft. Injuries going into the All Ireland semi final with Galway played a part as Cork lost out to the tribesmen by 0-12 to 1-11. Well done also to Mick O’ Loughlin who was part of the back room team.

In the Munster U21 hurling championship Cork despatched Tipperary at Thurles by 4-19 to 1-21 in July with Aidan Walsh scoring 1-1. For the final, Cork travelled to the Gaelic Grounds to play the home team and in the most exciting game of the year with wonderful scores, to which Aidan Walsh contributed 8 points and saw the game go to extra time, Cork lost to the Limerick men by 1-27 to 4-27. Aidan’s display earned him the Bord Gais Energy ‘’Break through’’ Player of the year for 2011, with Ger Cunningham dubbing Aidan’s Munster final display as ‘’One of the best individual performances I have ever witnessed”. Aidan was also honoured the Munster Council of the GAA with the Munster U21 Hurler of the year.

Jerome Walsh played an integral part of the backroom team with the Cork Minor footballers over the past two years. Cork won the Munster Championship in 2010 but lost their title to Tipperary in the final in Killarney in the summer. Tipp had previously defeated Kerry in the championship and showed their worth by qualifying for the All-Ireland final in September. In the All- Ireland qualifiers, Cork were outclassed by Dublin at the quarter final stage at Portlaoise. The experience gained by Jerome over the past two seasons will stand him in good stead in the years ahead.

Cork Vocational Senior footballers won the Munster title for the 9th year in a row recently with Ian Walsh playing his part chipping in with a point in a comfortable victory and now meet All- Ireland champions Donegal next February in the All Ireland semi final. Earlier in the year Cork reached the 2011 All Ireland final losing to Donegal after a replay. Lorcan O’ Neill represented Kanturk on the team.

In hurling, there was no Munster competition and Cork lost to Kilkenny in the All Ireland series with Lorcan O’Neill, Darragh Kearney, Alan O’ Keeffe and Cathal Noonan all involved.

At County board level Bryan O’ Loughlin cover’s our affairs with myself. Thanks to Bryan for a job well done.

FINANCE

Once again our weekly lotto is the mainstay of our fundraising. My thanks to those who make themselves available to sell tickets each Saturday outside Twohig’s Super Valu in hail, rain, snow or sunshine.

We are indebted to Twohigs Super Valu for their continued substantial sponsorship which is to continue into 2012. Every year brings its own expense but added expenditure comes when you are successful. Our thanks to all the sponsors who came on board to help provide the our teams with playing gear and equipment. Your contribution was most welcome and helped the club provide Track suits, togs, socks, gear bags and hoodies for our teams.

The Cork GAA clubs draw is still on the go and we continue to let our membership of the draw slip. From a high of over 23,000 members county wide a few years ago, the current draw is down to over 16,500 which is close to breakeven point. While An Coiste Chontae want clubs to make a greater effort to build up the membership, I think the draw in its current guise has seen its day and needs to be reformed. With the redevelopment of Pairc Ui Chaoimh close at hand and funds needed to aid this project maybe the time is opportune to revamp the draw.

MASS

Our annual Mass for deceased members was held recently and celebrated by Fr Pat Linehan. Seamus Lynam & Christy Mullane provided the hymns for the occasion and our ladies committee came up trumps with the most desirable cuppa and lovely deserts to sweeten us. The annual Mass is ten years on our calendar of events and I hope it remains to the fore in the years to come.

PRESENTATION

A  presentation was of a cut glass replica of the Sam Maguire cup was made to Aidan Walsh at a pleasant function held at Barrett’s Bar last December to mark Aidan’s achievement on being the first player from Kanturk to win an All Ireland Senior football championship medal with Cork in 2010. Aidan also took the Clubman of the year award to boot.  

SOCIAL.

Our victory social is set for Springfort Hall on Tuesday 27th December at 8pm. It promises to be a wonderful occasion as we celebrate our County Championships in style among friends and family. Over 180 tickets are sold to date and we are fast reaching cut off point so if there are players of both Junior and Minor teams still waiting to purchase there tickets, I urge you to do so directly after this meeting and avail of the €5 reduction which ends tonight.

PUBLIC RELATIONS

We continue to use social media such as website, facebook and twitter to keep members and supporters updated on our club activities. The parish bulletin and The Corkman and Kanturk link on C103 are also utilised as is the community council TV on Bohan’s Cleaners window. My thanks especially to Ed Ahern who helps with downloading pictures to both the website and facebook page. As we strive to build our club profile and keep the public informed and updated on our activities, the time has surely come to set up a PR/IT committee to share the work load and embrace new ways of getting our news out there.  Our thanks to Pat Casey & John Tarrent for use of photographs for our website and facebook page.  Thanks also to Timmy Lynch who contributes our reports to the Kanturk notes on the Corkman and on C103 radio.

 

DAVE RIORDAN.

It would be remiss of me to come to the end of my report without referring to a player who has given distinguished service for many years. Our defeat in Waterville brought the curtain down on the career of Dave Riordan. Dave has been a mainstay in both hurling and football teams over many years. He won Munster & All-Ireland titles with Cork Junior footballers, was a key member of Duhallow Senior football teams over many years. With Kanturk he won Duhallow medals in Junior hurling & football and the County championship win was a fitting end to a glorious career. Dave was an example to all in his dedication to training, his superb displays, his hunger and drive in the heat of battle. We wish you well Dave in your travels and look forward to renewing friendships when you return in the years ahead.

As we come to the end of an historic and wonderfully successful year let us not rest on our laurels, but rise to the challenges which 2012 will bring as we strive to build successful teams at Intermediate level in both codes and aim for further success. Winning the Junior County brings with it the challenge of developing two teams at the Intermediate grade with added league games to be fulfilled or face the prospect of being fined €100 per league game not played. In previous years unplayed hurling league games cost us €300, with this past year we had one game outstanding.  It is important we use every opportunity in the year ahead to fulfil all our league games and prepare well for the championship season. The co-operation and good will which existed between both sets of team management in the past year will need to be even greater in the coming year for the good of the club.

THANKS.

My thanks to all who helped in anyway to run a successful club during 2011.
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