Blackrock win Rebel Og Award for October
Blackrock U16 and Minor Teams
The latest winner of the Rebel Óg Monthly Awards sponsored by the Rochestown Park Hotel in association with RedFM and Irish Examiner Media Partners and Cummins Sports Award Sponsors are the Blackrock U16 and Minor Hurling Teams. They join the previous winners, January joint winners De La Salle Macroom and Midleton CBS, February's winner Pa O'Callaghan (Ballyhea), the winner for March, Kilmeen/Kilbree Juvenile GAA Club, April's winner St. Francis College Rochestown, Co. Cork, May's joint winners, Sarsfield GAA and Ballincollig GAA Féile Winners, June's winner: the Committee of Sciath na Scol, July's winner Cork Ladies U-14 All Ireland Winning side, August winners Clonakilty U-14B Hurling Team and the most recent winners in September, the Cork U16B Hurling Development Squad.
The main focus of Rebel Óg is to support and develop Gaelic Games at club and school levels for players taking part in our activities up to eighteen years of age, says Marc Sheehan (Chairman Rebel Óg & Children's Officer Cork GAA), congratulating the October winners.
Rebel Óg are conscious of the contribution of clubs and schools to the nurturing and development of Gaelic games and we believe that this scheme will recognise and acknowledge endeavour and achievement within the communities of the recipients. The scheme will provide 12 monthly winners with a Banquet at the year end to announce the overall winner.
Rebel Óg are upbeat about the ambitious programme for 2012 and we are also enthusiastic about the capacity of the awards to further strengthen our Games at the heart of every household and community. Today we honour the achievements of Blackrock U16 and Minor Hurling Teams.
Former Cork hurlers Seán O'Gorman, and Mark Landers, with well-known referee Donal McCarthy are members of the judging panel along with Chairman, North Mon School Principal Mick Evans and former Cork Camogie Star and former Chairperson of Cork Camogie Board, Ms. Miriam Murphy.
Both these teams were successful in the Premier 1 level in 2012 as were their counterparts in previous years.
The u16s have won in 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, the Minors won in 2009, 2011 and 2012. These achievements have come through the pursuit of excellence by both players and coaches. Hurling skills have been taught by good coaches with the support of the officers of both the Juvenile and Senior committee and also the parents.
Since 2007 the players have spent many hours in training achieving a high standard in the art of hurling. These endeavours are a great learning experience which can be taken forward to their future lives.
We the Blackrock Committee hope they will continue hurling to the highest standard in the future.
Minor Team's progress in 2012.
The campaign began July 8th in Blarney with a very lucky win over Mallow in the first round by one point. A late rally saw us scrape through at the slightest of margins after some shrewd switches by the management of the team. As we left Blarney that night we anticipated that we would meet Mallow again at the latter stages of the championship
The backdoor system ran its course and next up was Glen Rovers in Pairc Ui Rinn where they were easy winners. Charleville provided the next opposition and lost to us by a large margin, played in Mallow. Piarsaigh were there for the semi-final with the first half being a tight affair but with the introduction a few substitutes. Now it was on to the final and Mallow came through the other side having won all their remaining matches.
The final was played in Pairc ui Rinn and a great game was expected. The first half was a tight affair with Mallow leading by two points at half time. Up to the last fifteen minutes the game was in the balance when Blackrock exploded into life scoring 4 goals in that quarter. Victory had come Blackrock's way again.
Gavin Connolly (Gabhán Ó Conghaile), Paul Redmond (Pól Réamonn), Andrew Murphy (Aindriú Ó Murchú), Eoin Mc Carthy (Eoin Mac Carthaigh), Jamie Ryan (Séamus Ó Riain), Alan O'Callaghan (Ailein Ó Ceallacháin), Niall Cashman (Niall Ó Ciosáin), Stephen Murphy (Stiofán Ó Murchú), Daniel Meaney (Donal Ó Maonaigh), Ryan Dineen (Rian Ó Duinnín), Ian O Keeffe (Eoin Ó Caoimh), Cathal Cormack (Cathal Mac Cormaic), Callum Crowe ( Colm Mac Conchra), Joe Logue (Seosamh Ó Laoghóg), David king (Daithi O'Cionga), Kevin Foley (Caoimhin Ó Foghlú), Alan Nolan (Ailéin Ó Nualláin), Fiachra De Faoite, Olan Hanley (Olan Ó hÁinle), Stephen Corbett ( Stiofán Ó Coirbín), Conor Cunningham ( Conchubhar Mac Cuinneagáin), Harry McCarthy (Anraí Mac Carthaigh), Nathan Adams (Náthan Mac Adaim), Brian Creagh (Brian Craobhach), Darragh Kiely (Darrach Ó Cadhla), Glen Stokes (Gleann Stóc), Nicky O Mullane (Nioclás Ó Maoláin), Luke O'Mahony (Lucas Ó Mathúna), Paddy Lynch
Captain Stephen Murphy was presented with the winning trophy by the Runaí of Cork County Board, Frank Murphy.
Mentors: Nick Bond, Fergal Ryan, Kevin Murphy, Joe Young and Donnacha Flynn.
Blackrock Minor Path to the Final
Mallow 3-8 Blackrock 2-12
Glen Rovers 1-9 Blackrock 2-15
Charleville 1-12 Blackrock 7-12
Blackrock 3-12 Na Piarsaigh 1-8
Blackrock 4-18 Mallow 0-18
Blackrock U16 Captain Alan O'Callaghan
A great start in the league with away wins over Mallow & Sarsfields set us up for an undefeated run prior to the break for exams. The desire of the players to succeed was evident when training continued through the Junior Certificate exams with full attendance.
Blackrock U-16's Path to the Final
Quote from Minor Team Manager, Nick Bond
Blackrock are delighted to have retained the County Minor Premier Hurling Championship this year. Training started in early January and great commitment was shown by all the panel and coaches from the very start. There was never any difficulty in motivating players and the early season fitness training stood to us as the year went on. We knew we faced a difficult challenge playing Mallow in the final having played them in the first round in Blarney. We played against a very strong wind in the first half and were only 2 points down at half time. The team put in a great second half to win the match against a well organised and determined Mallow.
Quote from Br. Patrick Fitzgibbon, Chairperson Juvenile Section, Blackrock National Hurling Club.
Blackrock Hurling Club appreciates the Rebel Óg award for the month of October 2012 in relation to their Under 16/Minor teams. Both these teams won the County Finals 2012.
The under 16 team's victory was a great achievement for this group of players as it was their first victory at any time in their hurling careers. They were managed by Jody Crowley and Liam Meaney was their coach. Mark Russell and Brian Cashman were two young selectors with them along with Don O' Callaghan and Ger Coughlan assisting. Their effort paid off, emerging victors. All of this began to happen when they started with the club at primary level and through patient preparation up along the line they are now fine hurlers. Alan O' Callaghan is Captain and along with being a very good player has shown Leadership to his peers by encouraging his team to perform to the highest standard. Well done to them.
The minor team was managed by Nicholas Bond and coached by Fergal Ryan, assisted by Kevin Murphy, Donncha O' Flynn, Joe Young. Again, like the under 16 all this began at primary level and through good preparation up along the years, too have achieved excellence in the game of hurling. The players were very well coached by Fergal and his selectors and very well led by their Captain, Kevin Murphy in the field of play. He led by example in playing very well in every game and again had the skill of Leadership to add to his hurling skills. They are an example to their peers and to older in putting in many hours of practice and making sacrifices to train for every match. They were well supported by their families and their club throughout the campaign. Both teams are deserving of their award. We also think of their opponents who played well and were unlucky in many cases.
Achievements at these levels began in recent times in 2007 and at any given year since then the Club won has won county titles, either at under 16 level or Minor, and in some years both.