15th August, Junior Hurling Vs Old Christian, Monaleen, 19:00
19th Aug, U16 Football Vs South Liberties Away, 19:30
22nd Aug, U12 Hurling
23rd Aug, Minor Hurling Vs Murroe Boher, Home, 19:00
29th Aug, U12 Football
31st Aug, JA Hurling CL Vs Saint Patricks, Away, 19:00
31st Aug, U10 Hurling Blitz, Away
U16 Hurling Championship Kilpeacon V Cappamore . Venue Crecora, Date 29th July 2013 at 7:30pm. Full time Kilpeacon 03:08 Cappamore 04:16
Kilpeacon Team: Shane O’Connell, Paraic O’Neill , Cian Leahy, Jake Loughran (capt),Mark Shanahan, Tomas Connolly, Richard Bateman, Michael Bateman , Edwin Wixted, Mathew Stenson, John Blake, Conor Kirby , Donnacha Connolly ,Garry O’Connell , Richard Murphy and Tom Shanahan.
Kilpeacon got off to a flyer with a well taken point after less than 20 seconds from Edwin Wixted who followed it up with a free. Then a great goal from Richard Murphy one of our U14 players and what a future he has as he went on to be our top scorer of the match. He added another point before half time along with 2 more points from Edwin.
The Bateman brothers Richard and Michael put in strong performances along with Jake Loughran our captain. Cappamore outscored us in that half to leave it at Kilpeacon 1:05 Cappamore 1:11 at half time.
Kilpeacon battled hard in the second half and brought it back to just a 3 point gap with super scores from Shane O’Connell a goal and point and another goal from Richard Murphy. Edwin added to his point tally with 2 more. Cappamore scored some frees and a couple of late goals to give them the victory.
It was a real team performance from Kilpeacon but great praise must go to the young men from our U14’s who really helped us out they were Donnacha Connolly, Mathew Stenson, Tom Shanahan and Richard Murphy.
Cian Leahy showed us his true club commitment and played with great guts only hours after his Mum and sisters were involved in a road accident.
So we wish Cian’s Mum, Vera and his sisters a speedy recovery.
U16 Hurling Championship Kilpeacon V Hospital Herbertstown. Venue Hospital, Date 15th July 2013 at 7:00pm. Full time Score Kilpeacon 02:14 Hospital Herbertstown 03:08.
Kilpeacon Team: Ian De Capitani, Stephen O’Donovan, Tomas Connolly , Paraic O’Neill, Jake Loughran, Edwin Wixted , Karl Moloney, Barry Fitzgibbon, Evan Keogh, Mark Shanahan, Damien Kearney , Shane O’Connell, Conor Kirby, Garry O’Connell & Donacha Connolly.
This was the first competitive match for Kilpeacon since May and with just 15 players who played their hearts out and earned a hard fought victory against a tough Hospital team.Conditions were warm and humid and Kilpeacon made a great start with super points from Mark Shanahan and Shane O’Connell. Edwin Wixted scored lovely points from play and frees. Damien Kearney put the ball past the Hospital keeper which wasn’t easy as he was a contender for man of the match. Gary O’Connell got a great goal with super build up play from Conor Kirby and Shane O’Connell. Hospital stayed in touch with a goal and 2 points to leave the half time score 02:07 to 01:02 in favour of Kilpeacon.
The second half was a lot tighter affair with Hospital scoring 2 goals to bring them right back in it . Kilpeacon battled hard and scored great points from Damian,Shane Edwin and Barry Fitzgibbon after their keeper denied Kilpeacon 3 certain goals. Our backs were under savage pressure but stuck to their task with solid performances from Tomas Connolly, Paraic O’Neill and Stephen O’Donovan to give Kilpeacon a 3 point victory.
True team commitment shown by Conor Kirby who played on with a foot injury and to our youngest player Donacha Connolly who stepped up to the task and played well.
U16 Football Championship Kilpeacon V Oola .
Venue Crecora, Date 28th July 2013 at 7:00pm. Result win for Oola
Kilpeacon Team: Paraic O’Neill , Tomas Connolly, Cian Leahy, Mark Shanahan,Edwin Wixted, , Richard Bateman, Michael Bateman , Garry O’Connell (capt), Jay Mccilligan, Evan Keogh, Donacha Connolly , Shane O’Connell, Jake Loughran, Conor Kirby,Cathal O’Neill and Mathew Stenson.
Kilpeacon did the best they could with the players available against an Oola team who are at the top of their game and really are way too good for this division.
We still had fine performances and scores from Jay Mccilligan 2pts Gary O’Connell 2pts and Donacha Connolly 1pt and indeed special mention must go both to Donacha and Cathal who worked nonstop with a great diehard attitude. Mathew Stenson also proved a very valuable addition to the team with a solid performance.
U16 Football Championship Kilpeacon V Bruff . Venue Bruff, Date 22nd July 2013 at 7:30pm. Full time Score Kilpeacon 01:07 Bruff 01:09
Kilpeacon Team: , Tomas Connolly, Stephen O’Donovan, Edwin Wixted, Paraic O’Neill, Richard Bateman, Barry Fitzgibbon (capt) , Michael Bateman, Damien Kearney, John Blake, Garry O’Connell, Jay McGilligan, Robert Sweeney, Shane O’Connell, Jake Loughran, Conor Kirby. (no subs)
This was Kilpeacon first football outing since late May and with a lot of players away at the Gaeltacht and on holidays it proved to be an uphill struggle for us in a game we could still have won.
Kilpeacon had a brilliant first half with super points from John Blake, Shane O’Connell and Jay Mc Gilligan. Then Damian Kearney collected a high ball in midfield, went on a solo run and drove the ball to the roof of the Bruff net. Meanwhile our defence was working well with fine performances from Michael Bateman, Stephen O’Donovan and Paraic O’Neill and a goal chance saved by Tomas Connolly.
Bruff did reply with a goal and a point but Robert Sweeney scored 3 fine frees to keep a good gap between the teams. So half time score was Kilpeacon 01:06 Bruff 01:02.
Second half was a different story Bruff aided by a strong breeze and a few substitutions scored 7points while Kilpeacon could only manage a pointed free from Robert to leave victory with Bruff by 2 points.
Our U14 footballers played Ballybricken in a league game on Wed 10th July. Despite being competitive throughout we couldn’t convert possession to scores and ended up loosing this game with a final score of 5-4 to 2-3 to Ballybricken. Well done to Neil Heffernan who scored both goals on the night and was unfortunate not to get his hat trick. There is the makings of a great team here with a little bit more dedication and practice and playing more as a team.
Unfortunately we were unable to field a team for the final game in the first round of the league against Claughan due to too many players being on holidays.
U-12 Football & Hurling
Our U12 hurlers travelled to Cork on Wednesday 31st July and played 3 matches , winning 2 and drawing the third match . Firstly , thanks to all parents who travelled and made the effort to bring along players who did not have lifts. This effort is much appreciated
On Monday 1st August we travelled to Ahane for a football match and while we were missing a couple of players and ended up on the loosing end of an entertaining game , our guys who did turn up played their heart out and cannot be faulted for effort. We ultimately lost the game due to giving away some very cheap balls from the kickouts and this is definitely something that can be fixed at training sessions so no one should feel dis heartened by the result. There were some fins scores from Richard , Sam , Cathal , Sean etc and also some great off the ball running and support play from Ciaran plus the usual batteling performances from all other players so onwards and upwards from here. Its no harm to loose a game as both players and coaches learn more from these games than those we win easily .
We played our final game in this phase of the U12 Hurling League against St Patricks on Thursday 25th July and it is great to report that we ended the phase on a high . St Patricks came to Crecora and having played this outfit in our very first game of the 2013 campaign we knew that there was plenty of hurling talent visiting us . On the night however our players decided that they had a couple of points to prove to both themselves and us as coaches following a recent poor display against Murroe and we won the game tonight on a score line of 8:11 to 1:01 . The game was a 12 a side affair played from 21 to 21 on the main pitch and with Ciaran Muir opening the scoring for crecora with a great opportunists goal it led to our lads winning the first half of a good tough encounter . The second half of this game showed all who were watching exactly what this team is capable of when they put their minds to it . There were solid displays across the whole back line who kept the visitors at bay and our midfield and forward line came up with the goods on the scoring front. The scoreline might suggest a very one sided affair but that was purely down to the Crecora boys stepping up a level , winning most balls by being on their toes and being first to every ball. Well done to all players who battled hard and put their heart and soul into this game.
Earlier that week our U12’s visited the Gaelic Grounds , scene of Limericks epic win last Sunday week , and played 3 games against teams from Kerry , Clare and Waterford and came out on top in all 3 games. By all accounts the guys had a very enjoyable day and got to view and hold the Munster Cup .
It looks like the next round of the U12 hurling and football leagues will be on Thursday 22nd and Thursday 29th August (TBC) so please keep these dates in mind with the finals day in UL provisionally schedules for 7th and 14th Sept .
U8 & U10 Football
Crecora Manister GAA Club currently field underage football teams at all competitive levels from U12 to Minor. The club would like to ensure we continue to field football teams at all underage levels so we have commenced football training for U8 and U10s on Sundays from 6pm to 7pm.
We would also like to hear from anybody who would like to help out in any way, however small, with coaching football at this age group. For further details contact Noel Kennedy 086-1589256
Crecora / Manister GAA club would like to wish Brian Toomey a speedy and full recovery from his fall in a horse race in England last month. Brian played for many years at under age for Crecora / Manister before he took up his first love of sport, that of being a jockey. Brian’s family are great supporters of our gaa club and the community in general and our thoughts and prayers are with them at this time.