2008 Issue 3

The anticipated draw for the East Cork Championships took place last night with the Blue and Gold tinted Lisgoold eyes fixated on the draw drum in eager anticipation of news of our opponents in the upcoming campaigns. Text , SMS , and various other communications were commissioned to ferry news home from the event hall, as we awaited the news of the severity, or otherwise, of the draws. How would we fare in our first season back in A grade football? How would our second team fare in their defence of the hard won B crown annexed so recently? And the hurlers, newly rejuvenated with fresh and returned talent, how would their campaign commence?

First up was the A grade football draw. This grade has been dominated by the 'Big Hurling Giants' in recent years, with latent fitness and teamwork crucial to their success. Our opening encounter in this campaign sees us pitted against Castlemartyr. Our challenge to the Reds will, hopefully, see a tremendous encounter. Donal Woods and his back room team report another spring in the collective training, now that the challenge of competitive action is imminent, and he eagerly anticipates the challenge that lies ahead. We will , of course , rely on the solid backbone of the O'Sheas, Kevin , Mike etc, Noel Connery , John Paul Rohan and the scoring prowess of Ciaran Cronin and Barry Aherne (to whom we extend best wishes and a speedy recovery from illness) to see us compete competitively at this level.

The B football draw saw us pitted against western foes Carrig na bhFear. This will prove an interesting encounter for new manager Tim Mulcahy. Interesting, as, until later in the spring, Tim will be unsure as to his playing limitations. It is hoped that our juvenile and under age successes of recent years will afford Tim an opportunity to blood new faces into this side, with the A side also offering some experienced playing personnel to the second string. Those playing B Championship this year will, of course, push hard on the heels of the A panel for promotion there too as the year progresses.

So, to the small ball. Gerry Ryan and his newly installed team of selectors will face Div III league action this year, and a much improved year ahead is expected after the disappointment of '07. As the only two teams in B this year, we will face Ballinacurra in the County Qualifier play off, with the winner to represent the Imokilly Division in the County outright. The B grade Championship sees us pit our wits against local rivals Watergrasshill in the opener. This will prove a tough encounter, with our neighbours on a crest of a hurling wave. WGH can count themselves very unlucky not to be playing Senior Hurling in '08, so the experience will filter through their playing ranks. With players the calibre of Ciaran Cronin, Wayne Kingston and Moss Connell to the fore, we wish the side every success in the coming season.

Ladies Football
Training will resume on Saturday 23rd February in Midleton at 6pm.
New members welcome.
Juvenile Training
Under 14 & 16 training on Saturdays from 6 to 7pm at Midleton Hockey Pitch. Primary school children under 6 & 7 years of age, invited to indoor GAA training at Community Centre on Wednesday 16th January from 6:30 to 7:30pm
Minor Training
Under 18 training on Saturdays from 6 to 7pm at Midleton Hockey Pitch.
This weeks fixtures
Division 3 Football V St. Catherines, Saturday 9th February, Ballynoe at 7:30pm
Division 2 Football V Castlemartyr, Sunday 10th February, Castlemartyr at 12:00pm