2009 Issue 3

AS GAA celebrated their 125th year, in fine style, many people of matches gone by, and the classic games of the past... In hurling we had Cork v Galway 1990, Galway v Kilkenny 2005... In football we had the Kerry v Dublin saga, Cork v Meath in the late 80’s and early 90’s even Tyrone v Kerry from last year, all these games a great example of what the GAA can produce... With January coming to a close, most people look forward to February with great enthusiasm. The cold winter months have now gone away and people will leave everything of the past behind and move on and look forward to the year ahead. Unfortunately our Junior Hurlers, they left a Munster Final place behind them as they took on the men of Bruree, last Sunday in the Munster JBHC Semi-Final. In what can only be described as a poor, dour contest, lisgoold limped out of the Munster campaign by a single point. Munster JBHC Semi-Final, Feb 2nd 2009 Lios gCúl 0-7 Bruree 1-5
With the majority of events called-off last weekend, a huge following was had from the parish of lisgoold as they set on a mission to qualify for a Munster final. A Great buzz was going through the crowd as the anticipated a great match. This unfortunately, for the supporters who brave the hard, cold conditions, this did not materialize as the crowd were treated to a game, well below the standard that most people would have expected. In very cold, brisk conditions, in what had to be said an excellent pitch in knocklong skipper Maurice O’Connell, won the toss and elected to play against the wind. Unlike the events in Croker the night before, very few fireworks were lit up as the first-half, as it was riddled with frees, and very little play developed. Bruree opened the scoring with a free in the 4th minute, quickly cancelled by moss 2 minutes later. We had to wait until the 19th minute for the next one, as a few little niggling encounters had developed. Lisgoold seem to have got a major break through in the 24th minute as Moss Connell was in for goal. This effort though was superbly stooped by the corner back as resulted in a 65’; this was the only highlight in a forgettable first-half. Both sides marched off from the odd Jaffa cake and tea as the two sides were deadlocked at 0-4 each. With the wind in the second half, you have to say it was advantage to Lisgoold, but we were foolish to take this match for granted as the battle-hardened limerick dug deep as fought for every ball in the second half. The boys from Imokilly, quickly tapped over a few points as John Cronin and Jonathan finally got going as the score now read 0-6 to 0-5 for lisgoold. In a game as tightly contested as this it only takes one piece of magic or one error to effectively decide a contest, unfortunately it was the latter. In the 39th minute the bruree hit a mis-shot into the lisgoold goal, and some managed to drop its way into the net. It was a freak goal, but these things happen, but amazingly it was bruree’s first score and only score from play and their last of the game. Lisgoold tried as hard they could, but could not click into gear. Moss Connell did close the gap, with a free and a 65’ but, frustratingly that was as close as they came. A mixture of bad shooting, missed frees and even positional switches, cost lisgoold this game as the tamely bowed out of the Munster championship. The stat of 14 wides to 6 says it all, as they just didn’t perform. However, they can hold their heads high as they have captured an east cork and county double and had the experience of playing at Munster level. It was a great adventure, but such a pity they couldn’t go any further. As for now, we have 6 weeks to get ready for a battle against Cobh in the JAFC so no doubt, Aidan won’t find it too hard, to lift the troops for this encounter. Our thanks to Gerry Ryan and his Backroom team of Ned, Jim and Pete for what was, a successful year, and hopefully not the last one to have. Scorers: Moss Connell 0-4 (0-3 Frees, 0-1 65'), John Cronin (0-1), Jonathan O’Shea (0-1), Rob Smart (0-1). Team: Ciarán Cronin, Kevin O’Shea, Barry Stack, Patrick O’Mahony, Charles Smart, Conor Walsh, Gerry O’Connell, Finbarr Brosnan, Noel Connery, John Cronin, Wayne Kingston, Jonathan O’Shea, Robert Smart, Moss O’Connell, Paudie Ryan. Subs: Barry Ahern for Paudie Ryan. Referee: Donie Browne (Luimneach) First-Aid Course
There is a First-Aid Course due to start in the club and we are looking for people, who will be interested in participating in this course. Anyone who is interested could you please contact either Hilliary (087)6109821 or Norma (087)9057236 for details about this course. Also you may need enquire asap, as places are limited and will be taken up very quickly. Club Gear
Club Replica Jerseys are avilable for order at the moment, these would be a great phurasce for any passionate lisgoold supporter for the season ahead (or possibly a good valentine's day gift depending on the person!!!). Anyone interested please contact either Hilliary (087) 6109821 or Norma (087) 9057236. Also Club Hoodies are avialable for order, anyone interested in phursace these, please contact Moss on (087) 2123628. Juvenile Training
The youngsters are back again!!!! Out from the Hibernation of the past three months, Lisgoold Juveniles are back in gear, with training for the U12 and U14 on in Sarsfields Gaa Grounds Saturday 4-5pm. Club Book Appeal
There is a book being created in regards to the history of our club. This book will be well-worth buying and will sure to be a "bestseller" when released. However, to add a bit of colour to book, it is deemed that photographs would be necessary to make it one to savour. So, an appeal is being made that anyone within (or outside) the parish, who has any photos (past or present) of Lisgoold GAA, will send them into John Joe Regan ASAP. You can also contact him on 0863327642. This book is due to be published shortly, and it will be a great read for any Lisgoold supporter. HAVING A BALL
BEGINNING Sat Jan 24TH – 10am, Lisgoold Community Hall
Note for parents of children born in 2003 & 2004
Introduction to Gaelic Games – Under 6 training, Lisgoold GAA club
Lisgoold Juvenile GAA club will begin Gaelic Games training for children born in 2003 and 2004 (no younger children please). The name of the training is 'Having a Ball' – and that sums up the aims of the training. The training will be FUN, with no emphasis on competition. Indeed, we will not play competitive games involving other clubs for at least 2 years, if not more. Boys and girls are welcome.

Our proposed training schedule is as follows:
  1. Training in Lisgoold Hall, Saturdays 10am-11am beginning on 24th Jan and continuing until the end of March in the hall. No specific hurling or football gear is required for this hall training. We will not be using hurleys at this stage, but rather we will be using soft sponge balls, and other training aids, to begin training in the area of agility, balance and co-ordination. Children are asked to wear a tracksuit and runners and to bring a bottle of water with them (no fizzy drinks please) to training.
  2. From around start April we will move to Lisgoold GAA pitch – details to be confirmed nearer to the date. For this training children will need football boots, a hurley and most importantly, a hurling helmet. Subsidised hurling helmets are available from Liam Walsh. Children cannot train or play hurling without wearing a helmet.
Our role is more than imparting specific hurling and football skills to the children– it’s about helping to develop the children into young adults who act properly on the field of play and who are respectful of others.

Our aims for 2009 are:
The balance and co-ordination of the children improves over time allowing:
  • The kids to get used to their hurling helmets
  • They have the correct grip for hurling (strong/writing hand on top)
  • They can strike the ball off both sides in hurling on the ground (however well!)
  • They can kick and catch a football
  • They know how to hit the ball in a certain direction – e.g. to score or clear a ball
  • They have FUN so they will come back and will bring their friends!
Any parent that is interested in getting involved in the club is more than welcome. We will be delighted to involve many of you in the running of our children’s team. So that we can plan more effectively for training, we would appreciate it if you would contact Brendan Healy with your intentions as regards your child. Any more general queries can also be addressed to Brendan also.

Thank you.
Brendan Healy, 087-9176891 , or (preferably) 4630018 (6 pm - 9 pm) Bruree Match Preview
As the parish phsyced themsleves up for a Semi-Final showdown, few could anticipate what was going to happen... Like the thousands who travelled over to france for Munster's remaining Heiniken Cup game last saturday, both groups were informed of postponement and instanly felt disappointment. Due to an unplayable pitch, last sunday's fixture did not take place. Whilst the Rugby was played 24 hours later, we weren't in a position nor the luxury to play it. As we witnessed former Cork minor Thomas O'Leary, playing for the province in the gaulish mud, we were informed that the game has now been fixed for a later date. This gives Foley's Army time to prepare for this Semi-Final clash which we hope, will not be suffer any further delay. East Cork Draws
LAST wednesday night saw the football draws made for the coming season. A huge crowd antipicated with great excitement with the draw for this year, as Willie Ring plucked the balls from the hat...we were given some outstanding matches, tie of the round is surely the clash of the champions of the previous two years, Bride Rovers and Cloyne... another battle to look forward to is the clash of close neighbours and rivals Ballinacurra and Midleton, no doubt a big crowd will be due for that... Our Junior A team will face an uphill battle as they take on the men of cobh. Whilst we try to concentrate on the hurling scene, our lads will be quietly looking on the horizon of this very difficult assignment...These ties are due to start on the weekend of March 22nd /23rd... The JBFC draw was also made with our Junior B Team being landed with the men from Shanagarry, no doubt they will have a lash, but may struggle to compete to what is their 1st team. The Junior B hurling championship was also made and some interesting ties being given... most notably Aghada v Ballincurra and Dungourney v St.Catherines, will sure to be crackers... and our newly formed 2nd String (no, this is not a misprint we have a 2nd Squad ready at the helm) will try their upmost to retain the Eammon Fleming Cup when they take on Carrigtwohill...With these championships now set, its looking like to be a great season for 2009... Juvenile Club AGM
Lisgoold Juvenile Club held their AGM last Thursday night in the Community Centre. A great attendance was had as the juvenile gear for another year. The following officers were elected for the coming year. President: Dan Joe McCarthy. Chairman: Dermot McCarthy Vice-Chairman: Seamus Kinery Secretary: Hillary O'Shea Vice-Secretary: Keith Mc Sweeney Treasurer Norma Woods Vice–Secretary: Sheila Cronin P.R.O: Maurice Mulcahy. We wish all the best to th officers for the coming year. Last Weeks News!!!
LAST wednesday night people of the parish of lisgoold were listening with great excitement to the wireless, waiting anxiously on the Phone, buzzing with text messages, sending emails, pigeons, morse code and any other form of communication, as the east cork board held their 1st monthly meeting and held the 1st round draw of the Junior A Hurling Championship. As the balls were being plucked out of the Famous Jamsey Kelleher Cup, many thought back to the memories of last year. St Itas classic battle against Fr.O’Neills.... Killeagh’s upsetting Castlemartyr as they edged out their fierce rivals and close neighbours at the quarter-final stage...Dungourney being sensationally defeated in Ballynoe by a youthful Carrignavar side... Carrig themselves, sweeping all-around them to the championship in devastating fashion, giving their 1st ever title and only then losing out to eventual County and Munster champions Dripsey... All these memories cherished forever and a day, and as Big Jack Charlton says in the Irish Soccer Advertisements ‘It’s time to make some new ones’. The Draw that was made produced some outstanding ties to wet supporter’s appetites. There was a bit of déjà vu, when Lisgoold (Last seasons County Junior B Champions) were pitted against Bride Rovers, the same happened last year as Itas (County Junior B Champions 2007) were handed the Rovers. Some other crackers were the likes of Midleton and Erins Own locking horns and the reigning champions Carrignavar up against the skill and guile of the men of Sarsfields... These will sure make the cold months go faster as the supporters of east cork hurling, dream of glory for their parish, as they look forward to another year of top hurling action. The other draws for the other championships did not take place, but once made, they will be in the features section of the club website.
This weeks fixtures
Junior Football League Division 2 V St. Catherines, Saturday 7th February in Ballynoe at 7:00pm
Junior Football League Division 3 V Carrigtwohill, Sunday 8th February in Lisgoold at 11:30am