Club Notes from week ending June 15th

November 8, 2018

On the field…………


Our seniors had a 10 point win over St Columba’s in the first round of the Senior Championship on Sunday evening last. With only Gavin Tonra missing, there was a full panel to select from. While Colmcille were in control of the game throughout, it was not a game that will want to be remembered as we played poorly on the day. St Columba’s fielded without their two county players Shane and Kevin Mulligan; however Shane did make an appearance after 15 minutes. Credit goes to St Columba’s who battled all the way and never gave up and made Colmcille fight for every ball.

We raced into a 4 point to no score lead after the first quarter but only scored another goal (penalty) and a point before half time with Donie McKeon calmly slotting away the spot kick and points coming from Donie (3), Francis Kavanagh and Anthony Gormley.

In the second half we chalked up another 1-5 with the goal coming from another penalty slotted away by Donie and he also put over another two points. Tommy Doyle kicked two good point from play and in the final minute a high ball from Philip Brady was punched over the bar by a St Columba’s defender.

In the end, the objective of winning the game and getting into the second round was achieved, however there were a lot of very below par performances on the day and the team never got out of third gear. The effort will now need to be increased if we want to challenge for the title. The next round is possibly in three weeks time with the draw being made this Sunday evening.

F Heslin, Podge Murtagh, N Farrell, O McGivney, G Murtagh, D C Reilly, F Kavanagh (0-1), N Brady, E Farrell, JP Reilly, T Doyle (0-1), A Gormley (0-1), B McCabe, D Farrell, D McKeon (2-5, 2 pen, 3 frees)

Subs: D S Reilly for N Brady, P Brady for D Farrell, P McKeon for B McCabe

There are no senior league games fixed for this weekend.

However, the intermediate championship kicks off this weekend when we play Cashel away in Sunday at 1pm. This is the first of 3 group games where we also play Killashee and Killoe in the next 3 weeks. Check fixtures for details.

The junior championship kicks off in early July and in preparation for that we will be competing in the Cornafean tournament this Thursday evening.


Our U/14’s played against Ardagh in the Division 2 League final in Slashers on Saturday last. Unfortunately Ardagh proved too strong for us on this occasion and the final scoreline was Ardagh 4 15, Colmcille 2 11. Hard luck to our lads and we thank Ardagh for the game. Our team lined out as follows: Nathan Duignan, Aine Reilly, Grainne Reilly Jessica Healy, Vincent Hourican (1 pt), Cathal Reilly, Conor Hawkins (2 goals, 3 pts), Martin Mulligan, Cormac Hughes, Ross McNerney (3 pts), Shea McKeon (4 pts), Gerard Mulligan, Fergal Sheridan. Subs: Michelle Farrell for Jessica Healy, Shane Gray for Grainne Reilly (injured), Graeme Bleakley for Cormac Hughes, Jack Harkins, Enda Macken, Amy McKeon, Mark Brady, Christopher Blankley, Andrew Blankley, Martin Brady. Our U/8’s had a good win in the fun league against Clonguish last week. Our U/12’s had a challenge game against Mullahoran on Wednesday last and their fun league is due to commence next weekend, check fixtures for further details. Training for U/12’s is on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. in the Park. Our annual car bingo takes place on Friday 27th June at 8.30 p.m. at the Cross. A meeting of the minor club takes place on this Wednesday 18th at 9 p.m. in the Clubhouse. Well done to our Seniors who had a good win on Sunday last over Mullinalaghta in the first round of the Championship.

The club extends their sympathy to the Farrelly family, Corrickadorish on the recent death of Sean Farrelly, R.I.P.

Times Past………
It was June 1988 and Jack’s army marched to a famous victory. At around the same time, the Republic of Ireland beat England in Stutgart at Euro 88 !!

20 years ago, Jackie Flanagan and Ciaran Tonra trained a talented group of players to the schools first Schoolboy championship win. To the players, this was the All Ireland Final. Emulating our hero’s of Cork, Meath and Kerry who starred on the TV every Sunday, this was the ultimate dream. Who said today’s players have to put in a serious commitment. The preparations for that championship involved getting to school a bit earlier and having an extra 15 minutes kick about before lessons started, playing football at first break, lunch break, 2 o’clock break, while waiting for the bus, before dinner, after dinner, before bed. It was football all around the clock. Oh…and we trained in Fr McGee Park a few evenings a week also. On the day of the match, we meet at the cross and got a coach into Pearse Park. No such thing as 7 players to car – this was serious. No DVD’s on the way in, no warm up in the Rugby Club, just straight to the ground. The pitch was small (schoolboy goals in use), there was a few hundred in attendance, there was sweltering heat and when the ball went over the bar (especially when Paddy Walsh hit the back of the net in the second half) it felt like there were thousands at the game and the world was watching. When we won, we were heroes, the pride of the parish. As well as medals, we got ‘fun packs’ which contained Glue, Blue Tack, Badges, Stickers and we got bottles of Coke and Orange as well as crisps and chocolate. The craic on the bus was 90. It was back to the cross and if I can remember, we all went home and played football to replay the final. It wasn’t into Derry’s or Philips for a few pints. That was done by the parents and supporters who rejoiced the day. Us schoolboys waited a few more years later when most of those players returned with the U-21 championship in 1996. The coke was left on the bottom shelf that night.

Photo and Match report below.