Club News 17th September 2023

Castlemartyr GAA NewsFeed

by Club PRO – John Cashman

Premier Intermediate Semi Final

After this weekend’s premier intermediate quarter finals, the field is rapidly narrowing down as the chase for silverware hots up. Our semi final will be against Castlelyons whilst Kilworth who were in our qualifying group will play Ballincollig in the other last four encounter. Both semi finals are listed for 5pm on Saturday week, September 30th with our game in MIDLETON and the Kilworth v Ballincollig encounter in Riverstown.
So it’s all systems go over the next two weeks as the countdown continues.

Junior B Hurling

Castlemartyr 2-23 Youghal 3-8

Another good win for our Junior B team who are now in the championship semi final. following this twelve points victory in Aghavine. The reds were on top for the majority of the contest and retired at the break leading by 1-10 to 1-5.

They had early points from Peter Fleming, Darragh Cashman, Niall Morgan and Cian Murphy to help settle their challenge against a Youghal side who had their full forward in fine scoring form from placed balls. Our advantage was just the minimum – 0-5 to 0-4, on twenty minutes, when the seasiders struck for the first of their three goals. However, that score was quickly cancelled out when Conor Ronayne crashed home our first goal after fine play by both Darragh Cashman and Mike O’Dwyer. A good spread of scores helped Castlemartyr drive on in the closing minutes of the half as Peter Fleming, Niall Morgan, Cian Murphy and Eoin Cashman all posted points to establish that bit of breathing space by the short whistle.

Driven on by the energy of Liam Martin and Peter Fleming at midfield, Castlemartyr built on that advantage to lead on a 1-15 to 1-6 scoreline by the 40th minute, with three more points from top marksman Niall Morgan and one each from Eoin Cashman and Cian Murphy. A rearrangement had been necessitated by this point when Oisin Cantwell who was enjoying a fine outing in defence, was forced off through injury, resulting in Mike O’Dwyer moving back the field.

Although Youghal scored two goals in the closing quarter, our advantage was never in doubt as a string of well taken points kept plenty of daylight in the game. A 56th minute goal by Darragh Cashman following good work by Ewan Wimpenny and Eoin Cashman embellished the margin of victory. Biggest cheer of the day was for the point scored by the returning Eddie Clifford -, who in a brief cameo appearance made it third time lucky with his effort from distance.

So job done as everyone played their part in getting the team to within one hour of a possible final appearance. It’s a tough competitive championship with Castleylons beating Cloyne 5-16 to 4-15 and Watergrasshiil overcoming Erins Own by 2-17 to 0-8 in the other two quarter finals played over the weekend. We await the result of the Killeagh v Sarsfield’s game which takes place tomorrow evening, with our neighbours going into the match as favourites to progress.

Castlemartyr Team-
Derek Bowens, Oisin Cantwell, Odhran Cantwell, Niall O’Donovan, Charlie O’Neill, Dave Lawton, Tom Fleming, Liam Martin, Peter Fleming, Darragh Cashman, Eoin Cashman, Niall Morgan, Conor Ronayne, Mike O’Dwyer and Cian Murphy.
Subs used – Ewan Wimpenny and Eddie Clifford.
Scorers for Castlemartyr – N Morgan 0-10 (incl 5 frees, 2 x 65’s), D Cashman 1-1, C Murphy 0-4, C Ronayne 1-0, P Fleming and E Cashman 0-3 each, L Martin and E Clifford 0-1 each.

Under 21 Draws

The draws have been made for the forthcoming East Cork under 21 hurling and football championships. A degree of doubt obviously surrounds the starting dates for the competition due to the involvement of a number of clubs in various county competitions and divisional competitions.

However, the original plan was to begin in early October and have games each weekend thereafter. So, it’s a case of wait and see what develops. As for the draws Castlemartyr will play ‘B’ grade hurling and football.
Hurling opposition will be provided by Lisgoold, Whitechurch and Cloyne in group 1. In the other groups its Dungourney, Fr O’Neill’s and Youghal in group 2, whilst group 3 also has 3 teams – Cobh, Castlelyons, and St Catherine’s.
Our footballers will meet Dungourney, Youghal and Fr O’Neills in group 2, whilst Carrigtwohill, Glenville, Bride Rovers and Erin’s Own will meet in the other group.

Imokilly Progress

Well done to Barry, Brian, Mike and Joe who helped Imokilly to a very impressive win over Douglas in the quarter finals. Next up is a semi final date back in Pairc Ui Chaoimh on Sunday week 2pm v Sarsfield’s.

Lotto Update

The jackpot is now up to €13,450 – last week’s €25 winners were Catherine Nestor, Trudi Abernethy, Dave Byrne, Scoil Iosaf Staff and Maurice Cahill.

World Cup Rugby

Good to see Mack Hansen in top form in the World Cup – the winger is very proud of his Castlemartyr connections – who knows we might be able to coax him to East Cork for part of our Centenary Celebrations. By the way the programme for 2024 will be officially announced in November – plans are in progress for a special launch night in the not too distant future.

By Assistant Pro Sun 17th Sep