News Update 27th August 2023

Castlemartyr GAA NewsFeed

by Club PRO – John Cashman

Super Sunday Of Action Ahead

Next Sunday certainly promises to be a hectic day of activity on the hurling fields across the county as both the premier intermediate and premier senior championship group games reach a conclusion. Of course, all five grades will be sorted across a bumper weekend with only eight of the sixty teams involved out of contention for qualification ahead of their final fixtures. Equally only eight other teams are through regardless of their last day result. Thankfully Castlemartyr are very much in the mix in the premier intermediate grade – as we are in the category where we have control of our own destiny in group C.

As it stands none of the twelve teams in the premier intermediate grade are assured of qualification but ourselves along with Castlelyons, Eire Og and Ballinhassig can advance to the last six by avoiding defeat in the final round of matches. The fact that we have a better scoring difference than both Ballinhassig,Watergrasshill and Kilworth is a key factor ahead of a day when a number of permutations are possible. If Castlemartyr win or draw though, they will definitely advance.

Amazingly our immediate opponents Watergrasshill have drawn their last five championship games- the last year and both their encounters this season.

So as it stands…
– Ballinhassig lead the way with 3 points and a points difference of +3
– Castlemartyr are second on 2 points with a +4 point scoring difference,
– Watergarsshil also on 2 points have 0 points difference after two draws .
– Kilworth on 1 point are on -7 in the scoring column.

Anything is possible with all four teams harbouring hopes of advancing. A draw will be sufficient for Ballinhassig, Wategrasshill must win, but Kilworth are reliant on other results even if they win.

All roads lead to Lisgoold for the 2pm throw in on Sunday afternoon (referee Brian Murphy of Carrigtwohill) – Ballinhassig v Kilworth gets underway at Rathcormac at the same time. In the other two groups, Castleyons lead the way in group A with 4 points whilst Castlelyons have also two wins from two games at the head of group B.

Junior B Championship

On Saturday, our junior B side are in action in their second championship outing of the season. An opening night win over St Catherine’s coupled with Sars’s win over St Catherine’s means our trip to play Sar’s in Caherlag is a battle for group honours. Whilst both teams are already through to the knockout stages, Castlemartyr will be very anxious to keep their winning momentum. Throw in on Saturday for the group C clash is at 5.30pm with Peter O’Donovan on the whistle.

Under 21 Championships

The shape of the revised under 21 East Cork Championships has been revealed. Provisionally the competitions are listed to take place from October 1st onwards and games will be played on a round robin basis. The two football groups will each have four teams, whilst the ten hurling teams are divided into three groups. Here’s a list of the competing teams (groups to be announced)..
B Grade Football -Bride Rovers, Carrigtwohill, Castlemartyr, Dungourney, Erin’s Own, Fr O’Neill’s, Glenville, and Youghal
B Grade Hulring – Castlelyons, Castlemartyr, Cloyne, Cobh, Dungourney, Fr O’Neill’s, Lisgoold, St Catherine’s, Whitechurch and Youghal.

Imokilly Progress

Imokilly with three Castlemartyr starters – Joe, Brian and Barry progressed to the knockout stages of the premier senior hurling championship with victory over Avondhu on Saturday evening. They will discover their quarter final opponents after next Sunday’s final series of games. Imokilly will play the team ranked sixth amongst the clubs who qualify.

Junior Game In Castlemartyr

On this Friday, September 1st we will host the East Cork Oil JAHC clash of Fr O’Neill’s and Cobh at 6.45pm.
In group 1, Killeagh are currently on top with 2 points. However, they have concluded their programme and should Cobh justify their favourites tag or even avoid defeat against Fr O’Neills in Friday’s fixture, the harbour town men will claim group honours, leaving Killeagh as runners up. Fr O’Neills lost by 3-14 to 0-10 to Killeagh first day out, whilst Cobh squeezed past Killeagh by 0-22 to 1-16 in the previous round of games.

Kiltha Óg Update

Well done to the Kiltha Og players selected for the Cork GAA Academy Hurling Squads on Saturday in the National Finals in U16 (Fionn Daly), U15 (Ben Cooney, Evan Connolly & Finn Connaughton) and U14 (Colm Smiddy).

Big match this week is the U15 Premier 2 hurling final V Carrigaline. The game is fixed for tomorrow Monday 28 at the Mardyke @ 6.30pm.

By Assistant Pro Wed 30th Aug