Author: Dave Philpott

Gerard Brennan R.I.P.

BRENNAN (Cahergal): On December 29th, 2019, peacefully at home. GERARD (Gerry) (Retd. Garda Sergeant), beloved husband of Carol (née Lucy) and loving father of Alan, Brian and Adrian. Sadly missed by his loving wife and family, daughters-in-law, Nuala, Lorna and Sinead, grandchildren Maeve, Dylan, Daniel and Leah, brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.

Lying in repose at the Mayfield Funeral Home, Old Youghal Road of Jerh. O’Connor Ltd. Removal at 7.30pm on Monday evening to St. Joseph’s Church, Mayfield. Requiem Mass at 12 noon on Tuesday. Funeral afterwards to Rathcooney Cemetery.

“May he rest in peace”

Ar dheis Dé, go raibg a anam dílis.

Watching New Zealanders train.

Not just on holiday, the club is never far from my mind. I watched a pre-season training session on Wednesday. Some people might be interested in same.

Boy was it hot.

I watched the Colt, (Under21), team from Marist Albion going through a session and it was a bit of an eye opener.

As far as I can figure out, their top team would third tier, (i.e. Junior), but they have another 6/7 teams including Ladies AND SOCIAL.

This was just a warm up session as the main work starts just after Christmas.

They began with a passing drill, (at a fierce pace), they then moved on to a short game of “Tip”, again the pace of this was scary.

The main part of the session then involved six “Stations”.

N0.1

This involved, what I would call Yoga Balls, but deflated and filled with water.
They had to be lifted over the heads, the players then dropped to the ground and rolled over before getting back to their feet holding on to the waterbag at all times and repeat.

No. 2

Again I had not seen this one before. The teams had a pair of small wheels with an axel through them and the had to move forward, while rolling the wheels.


No.3

Making their way to station 3. This was a fairly straight lifting exercise, with repeated lifts of the weighted blue bags on the ground.

No.4

This involved push ups with the hands on light weights. After every push up, the right hand was lifted shoulder high followed by the left hand.

No.5

No pic here, but this involved the six foot tackle bags, lifted over the shoulder, then smashed into the ground and the player followed it to the ground.

No.6

This involved an inflated Yoga Ball, the players crawled forward with their hands, the kept the ball going with their legs.

The whole squad looked tremendously fit already, bar one new comer and it was amazing to see the support he got from his team mates as he struggled with some of the tasks.
There were words of encouragement, high fives and applause as he gamely finished his tasks.
(He was a prop).

No doubt he would have got the same encouragement in Rathcoony ??????

The Coach doing the “Stations” was the former National coach of Portugal as well as having coached Honda in Japan, and he reckoned the water bags used in station one weighed about 25 Kgs.

Over to you Sob.

Robert Healy R.I.P.

We note with sadness the passing of Bob Healy, (the Blackman Bar), and father of Junior 1 team manager.

We extend our deepest sympathy to Brian and family at this sad time.

Funeral arrangements below.


HEALY (The Blackman, Dublin Pike, Cork):
On December 2nd, 2019, peacefully, at the Bon Secours Hospital, ROBERT (BOB), dearly loved husband of Maureen (née Cronin) and loving father of Patricia, Roy, Denis, Brian, David, Joanne and Kevin.
Sadly missed by his loving wife and family, son-in-law, daughters-in- law, grandchildren, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and a large circle of friends. 
Lying in repose at the Mayfield Funeral Home, Old Youghal Road of
Jerh. O’Connor Ltd. on (Wednesday) from 5.00pm until Removal at 7.00pm to St. Joseph’s Church,

Mayfield. Requiem Mass at 12 noon on (Thursday). Funeral afterwards to St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Crosshaven. Family flowers only, please.“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis”.

Six from Six+Craig says thanks.

Clair did the gate today, highest receipts so far this season. You don’t mess with our Clair.

CLAIR ON THE GATE.

OLD JERSEY….
NEW JERSEY, AFTER MANY DIFFERENT STYLES OF JERSIES OVER RECENT TIMES, IT’S BACK TO BASICS.
MISERABLE DAY IN RATHCOONEY.
BRIAN TRIES TO BUM A CIGARETTE .
THE INJURED DARA DALY FLANKED BY BARY AND SEAN.
WORK CONTINUES ON ROOM BEHIND CLUB SHOP, EVEN TABLECLOTH IS IN CLUB COLOURS.

Match report and pictures, under “Results” on Home Page.

Updated table.


Craig contacted me to say thanks to all the supporters who made lots of noise again
today, (Mossie?), and he wanted to say how much the team appreciated the support.

Wake up call for J1 team.

The day was cold and unforgiving and so were Kinsale, as they were clear winners against an under- strength Christians side.

Some pictures from the side lines, and match report in results section but first…

Picture of the week.

Saturday morning in the Clubhouse.
The wonderful imagination of kids.

Kinsale.

The fans have a vote and Mossie is ejected from the stand.
Doc on a spying mission, but Hotshot tells him nothing.
Huge game goes on at the corner flag.
Suspicious guy among the fans, but nobody knew who he was.


Lán Chúl.

Latest League Table

Dungarvan beaten by Fermoy, table now….

We play Kanturk on 24th Nov,
Fermoy on 1st Dec
Castleisland 8th Dec

Will be tough.

In case you have not seen it, a message from Skipper Craig,

On behalf of the juniors I’d like to thank all the supporters who’s came to our matches so far this year .. yeve made a huge difference in what we do and hearing the Old Christians roar means so much to our juniors .. we hope this continues for the rest of the matches .. on behalf of the captain and the junior team let’s drive the boys on for the rest of the season .. our day will come .. Thanks Craig

Pictures from the sidelines.

Any win on the road is good, but we had a really good second half today.

Some pics from the sidelines, (those that we can publish).

Injured but Paul still made the game, he’s eating again.
Pressure on touch judge, a quick fag while the game goes on.
Expecting a drought.
Adrian regrets driving a couple of fans to the game.
Some of the supporters who travelled.

A word from Craig..

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On behalf of the juniors I’d like to thank all the supporters who’s came to our matches so far this year .. yeve made a huge difference in what we do and hearing the Old Christians roar means so much to our juniors .. we hope this continues for the rest of the matches .. on behalf of the captain and the junior team let’s drive the boys on for the rest of the season .. our day will come .. Thanks Craig

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Match report and pictures under “RESULTS”

Saturday Mornings & the Unsung Heroes.

Arriving in Rathcooney this morning, it looked like there was a score of bowls on. There were cars back up to the grave yard and down the narrow road to the pitches, (with some typical West Cork parking).

Business is booming at Mini level and on a morning like this, with Cashel visiting en mass and Cork Con at Under 12, there was not grass for a goat spare.

Add to this, the ladies were training, despite a number of their players, being at Munster Trials and to top it all off, there was a huge Majorette Competition in the hall.

Now the visitors have to be fed and watered and the crew handled the huge numbers with clockwork efficiency.

I know they are tend to call themselves “The Ladies Committee”, but I think that is selling themselves short.

THE MINS/UNDERAGE ARE OUR FUTURE.

With Shane Kavanagh, looking after the on field affairs Clair, Emily and crew handle everything else, and it works.

THIS IS THE MOST VITAL PART OF THE CLUB.

I’m slow to mention other names here, as I am sure to forget someone, but it was good to see somebody’s dad and somebody’s daughter giving a hand out this morning.

Plans are afoot to connect the large room, where the food is served to the Club Shop, thus avoiding having to use the balcony, and other things are on the adjenda.

I know they never look for thanks or praise, but I feel the Saturday morning work should be recognised.

Below are a couple of pictures, to show the size of the crowd that were managed this morning.

Ná leaga Dia an obair.

Dave Philpott

President.

First time ever, I wished there was a President’s parking place.
The finest piece of grass in the whole club.
The All-Weather pitch was fully used.
Some strange goings on here.
Line up.
Loose ball.
Try coming.
Warming up.

One way to clean your boots.
Plans are afoot to connect this room directly to the Club Shop.

Four wins from four,

A good win and a fair crowd of supporters. Good to see some old faces back .

Four generations of the o’Connells at the game.
Ado is back and that means………………..
Fear an hata” is also back although he seems to have downsized to a caipín.
Ball boy wears his new “Rhino” jersey.
Shane explains some tactical point to Highfield senior, Dave o’Connell.