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West Cork GAA - Games Development News 23/08/2011

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West Cork GAA

Games Development News 23/08/11


U13 & U14 hurling sessions in Carbery this week

Following a successful series of U13 football sessions last week, on this Thursday, August 25th, the hurling equivalent will take place in Rossmore. At 10am U13 players (born 1998) from all hurling clubs in Carbery are asked to attend a coaching session This will be followed at 12pm by a session for U14 players (born 1997), again from all hurling clubs in Carbery. Players are once more asked to bring €2 and to wear club gear, while parental notes are not required of players who attended football sessions last week.

On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of last week a total of over 120 U13 players were coached at sessions in Castlehaven, Rossmore and Adrigole with the vast majority of clubs responding to our request for players of all abilities. With a firm focus on movement and kicking off both feet, the attitude of all present was exemplary as they ran through a series of drills under the watchful eyes of James McCarthy and Michael Mennis in Carbery (pictured) and Aidan Cremin in Beara. These groups will receive further coaching at a future date and will form the basis of the Carbery and Beara U14 squads in 2012.

Meanwhile, the Carbery Beara U14 footballers also trained at Rossmore on last Saturday, under selectors Sean McCarthy (Bantry), JJ Santry (Kilmeen), Dan O'Sullivan (Carbery Rangers) and Diarmuid O'Callaghan (Mizen Rovers) in preparation for the inter-divisional tournament later this year. This panel, which currently contained 64 players will now be narrowed down to just over 40 from which two panels will then be selected for the tournament.

U10 Munster Inter-towns Blitzes

On Saturday, September, 24th next, U10 blitzes will take place at various club venues across Munster. Titled the ‘Munster Inter-towns Blitz’, it offers the opportunity for any club with sufficient numbers to travel to or host teams from across the province. Each participating club will be asked to field two teams of 11, therefore panels of 24 players are required. Obviously it is aimed at the bigger urban clubs, however if you have any queries regarding same please do not hesitate to contact me at ..

U15 Munster Super Touch Blitzes

On Saturday, September 10th and 24th next, 9-aside U15 blitzes will take place across Munster in both hurling and football. These will be particularly suitable for teams that have been knocked out of championships, with successful teams from the first date qualifying for a finals day on the later date. If interested, please do not hesitate to contact me at

Inter-county Hurling Tournaments

On this Saturday Cork hurling teams at U14, U15, U16 and U17 hurling teams will travel across Munster as they attempt to repeat the success of their football counterparts last month. Venues include Waterford, Carrigaline, Tipperary and Mallow. A number of Carbery players and mentors are involved in the various squads and we wish them the best of luck in their endeavours. Further details will appear at a later date, once the official squads are named.

Bere Island Camp

The sports camps run by local development officer Siobhain Sexton allowed a rare opportunity for organised hurling sessions on Bere Island recently when the local children participated in GAA activities over two weeks in July and August. With a firm Kilbrittain influence in the area it is hoped to allow further development of hurling on a relatively informal basis locally and indeed within the wider Beara region.

Vhi Cul Camp Activity Days in Pairc Ui Chaoimh

On Wednesday and Thursday of this week, U10 football and hurling blitzes in Pairc Ui Chaoimh will bring the curtain down on our Cul Camp programme for another year. All clubs attending have now been allocated time slots by coordinator Noel Crowley. Many thanks to Noel and indeed all of the club coordinators and coaches who facilitated the 23 camps which ran throughout West Cork over the past 8 weeks. Thanks also to Patrick Kelly and the many other Cork players who visited camps locally. This programme continues to expand annually and we look forward to a time in the near future when all clubs will come on board.

School Coaching Workshop

Coiste Oiliúna will host a coaching workshop for club school link coaches (primary level) on next Tuesday, August 30th in Na Piarsaigh GAA Complex. Registration will take place @9.45am and the day will conclude at 3pm. Various elements will be included: Warm Up and Fun Games incorporating ABC's; football and hurling sessions including skill development; STEP, IDEA, HHF; drills for the school yard; FUN DO pack. Contact if you know of any schools coaches who wish to attend.

HSE GAA sessions

Over recent months a number of GAA sessions have run at Clonakilty GAA Astroturf for children from across West Cork in cooperation with the HSE and local occupational therapist Aileen McCarthy of the HSE West Cork Paediatric Service. With almost 30 children involved in the programme, fundamental movement skills for gaelic games has been the central theme of one-hour sessions completed in a safe and relaxed environment.

Munster U12 blitzes at Provincial Venues

Over the last few months a number of West Cork clubs have taken the opportunity to play at various Munster provincial venues in both football and hurling. With Clann na nGael gracing the sod at Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney, Kilmeen and Carbery Rangers made the short trip to Pairc Ui Chaoimh, where a bonus included meeting Cork star Donnacha O’Connor for a questions and answers session afterwards (pictured). Meanwhile Pedlars played in the hurling equivalent at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick, with Kilbrittain lining out on the hallowed turf at Semple Stadium, Thurles. Many thanks to the various club personnel who organised teams and buses etc.