Castlemartyr GAA NewsFeed
by PRO – John Cashman
Bundles Time – You Can Help!
Our membership bundles are up for sale again this month thanks to all who have already signed up – we really appreciate your continued support. We are asking all club members and friends to make a big push over the next week in order to reach our targets. A lot of work still to be done on this project, so please play your part and help your club continue on it’s development plans.
Gold, silver and bronze packages are available at a cost of €480, €360 and €252 respectively. The bundles include club membership and also membership for the younger generation of Kiltha Og and Castlemartyr camogie club. There is also the opportunity to win one of the many prizes on offer in the Rebel Bounty GAA draw and the local lotto here in Castlemartyr & Mogeely.
Castlemartyr GAA Club committee members will be delighted to furnish all interested parties with full details of this innovative membership package over the next few weeks. – Many thanks again to all in anticipation of your support.
Football Championship Draw
The format for the Michael O’Connor Motor Factors junior ‘A’ football championship remains the same as last season, with 4 groups of three teams and again six surviving to the knockout stages, with the best two group winners going straight to the penultimate round. The draws took place at last Wednesday’s divisional board meeting.
Castlemartyr were first out of the hat as top seeds in group 1, which looks to be full of uncertainty as opponents Bride Rovers, Midleton and Youghal will all have eyes on the big prize. Cloyne are top seeds in group 2 and face Aghada and Glenbower Rovers, who they also played last year, with Lisgoold also in this quartet. Finally group 3 has Carraig na bhFear seeded top with Fr O’ Neill’s (back in the top grade), Carrigtwohill and Erin’s Own making it a difficult set of games to call.
The championship gets under way on June 18th with the following pairings first on the fixture list – Castlemartyr v Bride Rovers, Midleton v Youghal, Cloyne v Aghada, Lisgoold v Glenbower Rovers, Carraig na bhFear v Fr O’Neill’s and Carrigtwohill v Erin’s Own.
It’s a stiff challenge ahead for our boys to get back to the final, but very much a case of one game at a time and all the focus will be on Erin’s Own. We will play Youghal second and then conclude against Midleton.
Junior Hurling Draw
Elsewhere, the draws were also made for the respective junior B championships. There are eleven teams in the hurling divided as follows.
Group 1 – Aghada, Killeagh, Cloyne and Erin’s Own. Group 2 – Watergrasshill, Castlelyons, Youghal and Lisgoold. Group 3 – Castlemartyr, St Catherine’s and Sarsfield’s.
Meantime the intermediate hurlers are looking forward to their opening league game on Sunday March 5th against Dungourney – the lads have a few challenge games in the mix prior to this.
Before all that championship action the hurling and football leagues should give some indications of form lines. Early silverware will be up for grabs on the opening weekend of both 2023 competitions as the remaining league finals from last year will double up as opening day fixtures in a number of games.
In football on Sunday week Cloyne meet Castlemartyr in the deferred division 2 Final. The same clubs meet in the division 3 hurling final a week later. The football game is currently timed for 11.30am on Sunday week – venue will be announced next week.
Both the recently formed Centenary and Development Committees have been been airing ideas over the past week or so. The overall committee meeting on Tuesday should see further updates. Both are in the early stages but with plenty of people with the desired skill set on board, there is no doubt both projects will see rapid progress.
Elaine O’Donovan, Beausang, William Walsh, Coleman O’Brien and Maura Garde have €25 extra in their respective bank accounts after last week’s lotto draw. No overall winner – so the jackpot now stands at €8,800 ahead of Monday’s draw.
Until next week- “Up the Reds”
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