Weekly Notes 15.09.19   18/09/2019

Intermediates bow out of Championship

Our intermediate’s championship run ended last Sunday when they were defeated by Fr O’Neills on a scoreline of 1-21 to 1-14. A blistering start to the second half by Fr. O Neill’s secured victory outscoring the Hill 1-7 to 0-3 points in that period. We raced out of the blocks scoring three of the first four scores of the game, with Shane Og O’Regan scoring 0-2 in the opening seven minutes while also creating a huge goal scoring opportunity from a superb sideline however the Fr. O Neills goalkeeper cleared the ball brilliantly. Fr O Neills got their opening score after six minutes of play but then went into the ascendency over the next fifteen minutes of play scoring five out of the next six scores. During this time they also had a great goal opportunity, when Billy Dunne’s shot rocketed off the post and landed in front of our goalmouth, however Pa Cronin was the first man on to it and cleared the danger. The teams traded scores in the final five minutes of the first half, with both scoring 0-3 each. At half time Fr O’Neills led 0-9 points to 0-7. O’Neills had a lot of chances in the first half, registering nine wides to our four and they had two goal chances saved by goalkeeper Darragh O’Callaghan. Despite this they went in at the break with a two point lead. The crucial third quarter was well and truly dominated by the side in red and green. Fr O’Neills outscored the Hill 1-7 to 0-3 points to race into a nine point lead, the goal coming from the penalty spot after thirty seven minutes. Our opponents accuracy improved drastically only putting one shot wide in the opening phase. However, our lads didn’t lie down scoring a superb goal through centre forward Sean O’Callaghan to breathe new life into the game. However, it wasn’t enough as Fr O’Neills showed their experience to close out the game in a very even final quarter. Final score once Fr. O Neills 1-21, Watergrasshill 1-14. Watergrasshill scorers: Shane O’Regan 0-9(0-9f) Sean O’Callaghan 1-1, Shane O’Regan Og 0-3, James McCarthy 0-1. Hard luck lads, I know a massive effort was put in all season by the panel and coaches and an extended championship run was the aim. Nevertheless you can look back on the year with pride, a great league campaign, narrowly missing out on promotion and a great opening Intermediate Championship win against Inniscarra were highlights. Still East Cork Championship to play for and best of luck in that.

North Cork Final loss for our U14’s, but County still alive

Hard luck to our Under 14’s who just came up short in the Division 1 North, Hurling Championship Final against St.Catherines at the weekend. Full time score was Watergrasshill 1-8, St. Catherine’s 2-8. This was a tough physical encounter in Ballygiblin, as two evenly matched teams when toe to toe to take the honours. The tone of the first half was set inside the first minute as the Hill’s Mike O Driscoll had to be replaced for a short period as he was in need of some running repairs to a head injury. It took all of 7 minutes for the first score of the game, and it came from a free by Sam Dennehy. Sam added a second again from a free to have the Hill lead two to no score, however it wasn’t long until St. Catherine’s registered their first score also from a placed ball in the 11th minute. The game was very start stop for much of the first half as neither team gave an inch in their pursuit of getting the upper hand. It was tit for tat on the scoreboard as the Hill added two points from placed ball, again from Sam, while St. Catherines added two from play to leave score 4-3 after 23 minutes. As the game entered the closing stages of the first half, St. Catherine’s levelled it up with a free and became the more industrious, adding another three points, two from play, while our boys hit a few wides. The score at halftime Watergrasshill 0-4, St. Catherine’s 0-7. The second half started as the first ended with a wide from the Hill, but to be fair to the lads they kept their heads and worked hard. After two goal chances inside the first 5 minutes of the second half Liam Foley picked off a nice point after a goalmouth scramble. From the resulting puck out, St. Catherine’s worked the ball up into the Hill half and a speculative puck goalwards was spilled and the was scrambled over the line by the St. Catherine’s corner forward  and the first goal of the game to leave the score, Watergrasshill 0-5, St. Catherine’s 1-7. Liam Foley got the next score of the game with a nice point from play after great work by Michael O Driscoll. As the game turned the halfway point of the second half, the Hill opened their goal account, with a great strike from Billy Ryan. This pulled the deficit back to a point, 1-6 to 1-7. St. Catherine’s got the next score, a point from play and then were awarded a penalty with 23 minutes of the second half gone. The resulting strike went wide of the mark, so the Hill trailed by one. Then in the 25th minute, a second goal for the Hill was whiskers away as the post kept it out. As the clock ticked into 30 minutes played, St. Catherine’s were awarded a free for an off the ball challenge, and struck over the resulting free to extend their advantage to two points. A minute later they once again engineered a free, 21 yards out and as our lads packed the square, St.Caterines went short and went for goal. The ball ricocheted of a number of players and somehow fell over the line to give St. Catherine’s breathing space and a 2-8 to 1-7 lead. Our lads didn’t give up though, and despite deep in injury time they didn’t panic. Liam Foley showed great drive in engineering a goal chance, it was a long way out but still needed the goalie to save it and put it out for a 65. Once again we went for goal and after another scramble we got a shot away for a point which was the last score of the game. The ref allowed the puck out and despite plenty of encouragement from the St. Catherine’s supporters to blow it up, there was nine minutes of overtime played, we just couldn’t get the required goal and eventually the clock did beat us and we came up short. Congrats St. Catherine’s, and hard luck to our lads on a truly valiant effort. Despite the loss, the lads need to dust themselves down and prepare for a tilt at the County, where they go into a quarter final meeting with Ballinhassig this weekend. Onwards and upwards for this great bunch.

Pic: Sam Dennehy in clearing the lines

Upcoming Fixtures

Under 14’s, County Championship Quarter Final, Sunday 22nd versus Ballinhassig, Mayfield @ 2pm

East Cork Junior Hurling League, Friday 20th versus Erins Own, Watergrasshill @ 6.45pm

Juvenile activity this week

Our u6’s travelled to Bride Rovers in great numbers last Saturday. We had 27 lads playing four matches against our neighbours. Well done to all the players on the great skills shown. Thanks to the team of coaches who give up their free time selflessly to ensure the kids get a great introduction to hurling and football and most important of all have fun playing every week. Thanks to Bride Rovers for organising a great morning.

Best of luck

Best of luck to Watergrasshill U12 girls in the Camogie County Final this coming Saturday (21st). Opposition is Killeagh and throw in is 10.30am in Castle Road camogie grounds. All support greatly appreciated for the girls.


There was no winner of the Lotto Jackpot this week. Numbers drawn were 9, 11, 12 & 16. €30 lucky dip winners are Barry Joyce, Pa O Neill, Adrian Curran & Peter Murphy . Congrats to you all. Next week's jackpot is €16,050 and draw will take place in The Fir Tree. 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.

Club Shop

If you would like any club crested gear you can order anytime by contacting Adrienne on 087-7589139. We are currently placing orders for replica navy Jerseys as worn by the Intermediates. These are proving very popular as are the training tops, shorts, socks and tracksuit bottoms, for adults and juveniles in various sizes. Hurling helmets also available to buy through the club. If you need anything or would like to speak to someone about what is available and sizes, contact Adrienne. Also keep an eye on our club Facebook page where new club gear can be seen.



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