CROOM GAA CLUB NOTES
Junior A Football:
Last Saturday we played Fr. Caseys in Rd 1 in a stormy Feenagh. We started out very well and flew out of the traps, leading 6 points to nil after 10 minutes. By the water break it was 8 points to two. Like in both our hurling games, the water break seemed to break our momentum and ponderous sluggish play at the back led to turnovers which we were punished for conceding 1.03 and a black card in a panicked 5 minute spell. We reached half time ahead 0.10 : 1.05. The second half was much cagey and tighter with play moving up and down the field but scores were at a premium mostly coming from frees, even though there were plenty of scoring chances. As conditions deteriorated dramatically in torrential rain in the last 10 minutes, man of the match Eoghan Cregan scored a great point with 3 minutes left to put us back into the lead but a free for Fr. Caseys 2 minutes later made it a draw. Final score Croom 0.12 : 1.09 Fr. Caseys. Rd 2 v South Liberties is provisionally fixed for Fedamore on Sunday Aug 23rd at 6pm.
We play Kilmallock in the county quarter final on Sunday September 6th at 6pm in Bruff.
Our Minor Hurlers played Mungret/St. Paul’s in Rd 1 of the championship last week in Mungret. It was a tough night at the office against a very good team who have a lot of work done over a number of years. Credit to our lads who never gave up and kept going to the end. Final score 4.26 : 2.08. We play Dromin/Athlacca/Banogue this week, fixture TBC.
Our U16s had a bye last week but we play Pallasgreen away in hurling on Monday Aug 17th, and football the following Monday Aug 24th away v Knockaderry, both games at 7pm. U16 football training this Thursday Aug 20th 6.30pm.
Our U14 footballers lost out to a stronger Ballybrown team at home last week. This is a very young team with only 2 players on the age but they never give up. Our U14 hurlers play Na Piarsaigh in their final group game this Sunday at home at 7pm. Training this Wednesday 6.30-7.30pm.
This year we play in 11 a side Group A. GDA/Group Head is Peter Nash. Our coaching team is James Malone, Mike Mangan, and Chris McAteer. The following are the fixtures for the season ahead which take place every Thursday with hurling and football every second week at 6.45pm:
Aug 6th: hurling home v Bruree (we received a walkover).
Aug 13th: football BYE
Aug 20th: hurling away v Ahane
Aug 27th: football away v South Liberties
Sept 3rd: hurling home v Knockainey
Sept 10th: football home v Crecora/Mainister
Sept 17th: hurling home v Claughaun
Sept 24th: football away v Caherconlish
Oct 1st: hurling away v Monaleen
Oct 8th: football home v Claughaun
Oct 17th (Saturday): hurling finals 1v2, 3v4, 5v6, 7v8 (Venue TBC)
Oct 24th (Saturday): football finals 1v2, 3v4 (Venue TBC).
This year our U10 footballers compete in Group E-group head is Ollie Coffey. In U10 hurling, we compete in Group A-group head is James Ryan. All games at 6.45pm.
Fri Aug 14th football home v Dromin/Athlacca/Banogue (we received a walkover)
Fri Aug 21st hurling away v Patrickswell
Fri Aug 28th football away v Knockainey
Fri Sept 4th hurling away v Croagh/Kilfinny
Fri Sept 11th football home v Galtee Gaels
Fri Sept 18th hurling home v Granagh/Ballingarry
Fri Sept 25th football BYE
Fri Oct 2nd hurling away v Adare
Fri Oct 9th football ‘Finals’ game with team from Group C, D
Fri Oct 16th hurling ‘Finals’ game with team from Group B
Venues for Finals games TBC.
U10&U8 training on Mondays 6.40-7.50pm.
This year our U8 hurlers and footballers compete in Group C-group head is James Ryan. All games at 10.30am.
Sat Aug 15th hurling home v Dromin/Athlacca/Banogue
Sat Aug 22nd football home v Castletown/Ballyagran
Sat Aug 29th hurling away v Knockainey
Sat Sept 5th football away v Kilmallock
Sat Sept 12th hurling away v Hospital/Herbertstown
Sat Sept 19th football away v Dromin/Athlacca/Banogue
Sat Sept 26th hurling ‘Finals’ game with team from Group D
Sat Oct 3rd football ‘Finals’ game with team from Group D
Venues for Finals games TBC.
Last Saturday morning our U8 hurlers opened their season against Dromin/Athlacca/Banogue. 2 games were played 6/7 a side so all players get plenty of touches on the ball and the games ran for 17/18 minutes. Both sides showed great skill and determination and this young Croom showed these attributes in spades. Our U8 footballers are out next Saturday at the same venue against Castletown/Ballyagran. Your support is always welcome.
We continued our U6 hurling and football nursery last Saturday on the 4G playing area. There were lots of laughs and plenty of fun as the kids start out their journey in Gaelic Games. Next session this Saturday again 11-12noon. All are welcome. Please spread the word to anyone you know with kids U6.
Lotto- Numbers drawn 6,8,13,30. No jackpot winners. Lucky dips- Ann Allis c/o Mickey Cahill, Eddie O Dwyer Croom, Ann Sheehan c/o Mark Reidy, Seamus Crosby c/o Mark Reidy, Tony Lynch St Senans Terrace. Next draw is on in the Clubhouse with a jackpot of €6300 . Thanks to all those who support our draw and other fund raising efforts.