Weekly Notes 22.07.17   24/07/2019

Intermediates narrowly miss out

Our Intermediates played the RedFM Division 3 league final last Sunday against Valley Rovers in a wet and windy Blarney. It wasn’t the playing conditions you would want in July and both teams had to deal with a very greasy ball, with a light rain falling throughout the game. Valley Rovers came into the game having topped the league with nine wins out of ten, with our lads finishing second with six wins in the league, and unfortunately on the day the honours went to the Innishannon team by the narrowest of margins. We lined out without Gary O Kelly Lynch, Shane Field and our Cork U20 star Shane O’Regan (Óg),but our top scorer was another Shane O’Regan who ended the game with a tally of 1-9. To be fair to Valley Rovers, they were the better team for the most part and we were chasing the game for long stretches but the lads battled away to the bitter end, securing two late goals which made for a very nervous finish where the winners were concerned. Once again the spirit shown by our lads was tremendous and the late flurry of scores showed the fighting spirt and never give up attitude they have shown throughout the league this year. There was little or nothing to separate the sides in the opening sequences and it was 0-3 apiece after 10 minutes, the Hill playing against the wind. In that period, Shane once again showed his accuracy and his scores were crucial to keep us in touch. Valley Rovers did hit a purple patch and put up seven unanswered points on the board, to lead by 0-10 to 0-3 entering the end of the half. However, our lads rallied in the final few minutes and three points on the trot from Anthony Cronin, Shane O’Regan and Eoin Barry made the scoreboard look better as we went in for the half-time break, 4 pts behind, 0-10 to 0-6. Valley Rovers made the stronger start to the second half and quickly racked up 1-4, but Shane O Regan once again kept us in touch with his point scoring and was awarded a with a goal himself in the 55th minute, which brought the game back to 3pts as we entered the final few minutes. Valley Rovers did get another point to stretch the lead to four as the game entered stoppage time, but we never gave up and weren’t finished just yet, with a second green flag raised courtesy of Aidan Foley which had just the bare minimum dividing the sides. Unfortunately, the clock was our enemy on this occasion and time ran out, giving the spoils to Valley Rovers and our lads missing out by the narrowest of margins. Final score, Valley Rovers 1-15 Watergrasshill 2-11. Watergrasshill Team: Daire O’Callaghan, Kieran O’Keeffe, Aaron Ricken, Pa Cronin, Kevin O’Neill, Sean O’Callaghan, Brian Fenton, Anthony Cronin, Paddy O’Regan, Eoin Barry (capt), Shane O’Regan, Eoin O’Reilly, James McCarthy, Dylan McCarthy, Sean Desmond.Subs: Denis O Farrell for Brian Fenton, William Connelly for James McCarthy, Don O’Riordan for Paddy O’Regan, Aidan Foley for Eoin O’Reilly.

U12’s in Gaelic Grounds

Our U12’s travelled to Limerick last Saturday and got the chance to play in the Gaelic Grounds. They played three matches against St. Mary’s Clonmel, Smith O Brien’s from Killaloe and Moycarkey Borris a club from Tipperary. They lads were excellent in all three games and came out on top winning all three. Most important of all they had a great day out, packed full of fun as soon as they set out this morning from the Hill. A big thanks to the U12 coaches, Martin O Riordan, Kevin Barry and Pat O Neill for organising the day and also to the parents that made the trip to cheer on the boys. Well done boys on a great days hurling, I hope you all will grace the turf of the Gaelic Grounds in the red of Cork before long.

Cul Camp 2019

Last week saw the Cul Camp 2019 in the Hill and what a great week it was. A special word of thanks to Aine O Leary, Tommy Bowe, Eddie Enright and a lot of volunteers who made this great week happen. Without you all this camp wouldn’t be the great success it is. A special mention also to the great children of the community who attended the camp. They were excellent and a joy to spend the week with. A word of thanks to our own Shane O Regan and Tom O Connell, members of the Cork U20 squad, who paid a visit on the last day  to sign autographs and speak to the kids. Daire O Leary our Cork minor this year was also on hand, signing autographs and having fun with the kids. Thanks also to the Watergrasshill Ladies Football and Camogie Club for bringing their silverware, the successful Hill Juniors and their cups and to Ross's Centra Watergrasshill for the fruit. On Wednesday we had some of the Laois hurling good factor in town when Laois captain Paddy Purcell and Laois top scorer Mark Kavanagh paid a visit, along with the Joe McDonagh. The lads were brilliant with the kids, signing autographs, posing for pictures and talking to the boys and girls about the great year they have had hurling with Laois. All in all a great week and we hope to see all the kids back again in 2020.


There was no winner of the Lotto Jackpot this week. Numbers drawn were 3, 10, 21, & 26. €30 lucky dip winners are Annie Cummins, Eileen Cahill, Niall O’ Connell and Susan Foley. Congrats to you all. Next week's jackpot is €15,850 and draw will take place in The Hut Bar. Tickets (€2) available to purchase locally at The Hut Bar, O'Mahonys Bar, The Fir Tree, Johnny's Shop and Restaurant and Ross’s Centra. You can also play on-line via our website at The club lotto is an important revenue stream for the club and all monies collected get put straight back into the club. Please support if you can and remember, if you’re not in you can’t win.

GAA World Games

We are delighted to have Watergrasshill man Sean O’Leary taking part in the GAA World Games, which kick off in Waterford next Monday 29th. Sean is part of the Australasia team that start on the road to Croker, with their first game against New York at 10am next Monday 29thJuly in WIT sports complex. On the same day they play Asia Cobras at 12pm & Middle East at 2.30pm. Then on Tuesday 30th, opponents are Europe Bears at 11.30am, New York at 1pm and Asia Cobras at 3pm. On Wednesday 31st July, they play Middle East at 9.30am and Europe Bears at 1.30pm. If they qualify after 10 rounds the semi-finals are on Thursday August 1st in WIT at 09.30am with the final in Croke Park, Friday August 2nd at 11am. The GAA World Games is one of the  largest Sporting & Cultural festivals this summer and kicks off with an opening parade through Waterford City on the evening of July 28th. Over 85 teams will be competing to earn a place in their Division's Final in Croke Park on August 2nd, with the prestigious honour of a GAA World Games medal up for grabs. This family-friendly event is free of charge for the entire week, including the Finals, and all are welcome to attend any or all of the events for the duration of the Games, with an action-packed schedule from morning to evening. Every day is sure to be a feast of GAA action, featuring the very best talent from around the world. There are now over 400 GAA clubs outside of Ireland, in every region around the globe. Over 60% of the players at this year's event were not born in Ireland, showcasing the rapid growth of our games. The same levels of preparation go in, the same passion exists. Be a part of this unique event coming to the south east this summer.

Coach’s Evening

A National Hurling Development Manager and former Kilkenny Senior Hurling Coach will carry out a training session as part of Coach education at Watergrasshill Hurling pitch on Wednesday, 21st August, starting at 6.45pm. This session is free of charge and is open to all Hurling and Camogie Coaches (from our club and neighbouring clubs). If interested contact Noel McCarthy 0858601872.

SuperValu Kits for Kids

SuperValu have launched their GAA kits for kids initiative again and Ryan’s SuperValu Glanmire have kindly included Watergrasshill GAA U10’s in this. So if you shop in Ryan’s over the next few weeks, we would appreciate your support by popping your receipt into the Watergrasshill U10 box. If we collect enough receipts we will get a new kit for the boys. Thanks in advance.

Summer Competition:

This summer as you go on your travels around Ireland, Europe or far flung corners of the globe, we would love you to bring some club gear and take a picture of you wearing the Watergrasshill GAA gear on location. Be creative & have fun. Send your pictures in through Facebook Messenger or e-mail them to You can enter as many times as you like from as many places as you like, the more times you enter the more chance you have of winning. We will pick the best three and have a prize for each. Winners to be announced on Sunday September 1st. So whether it’s the summer holidays, a weekend away or a day trip to Kerry pack your gear and a camera and have fun! Please spread the word, open to all young and old!


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