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Micks Report on Juvenile Activities 2012

posted 15 Dec 2012, 11:07 by Unknown user


It has been a busy 12 months in our club, with many activities both on and off the pitch.

U16 A Hurling
This bunch of lads took the brave steps of playing in the cauldron that is the U16 A Championship. After several challenge matches, they opened their championship with a superb win over Gort in Kinvara. Defeats followed against Turloughmore, Castlegar, Killimor, however a second win did come against neighbours Ardrahan. Kinvara then lost to Killimor in an epic play off that went to extra time and considered by many as the best game seen in the pitch for a number of years, and then were defeated by Gort in another playoff game, and so failed to make the quarter-finals. This bunch of lads played their hearts out, and can look back proudly on their efforts. A measure of how tough their group was is that the four semi-finalists came from our group.

U14 B Hurling
Their season started with a narrow Brendan Linnane Cup defeat to Gort, but they got back on track as they beat Kiltormer in the County Feile na nGael Cup. That win gave them a preliminary quarter-final tie against Clarinbridge, on easter sunday which they lost heavily (note: Clarinbridge went on and lost the All-Ireland Feile na nGael Final after extra time).
In their championship, they were drawn  in a very tough group and got their campaign off to a great start with a superb win over Meelick-Eyrecourt. Unfortunately they lost their remaining four matches, but not without a big battle. They only narrowly lost to Gort and Portumna, while both Cappataggle and Sarsfields proved that bit more better. Although they failed to qualify from the group, they can be proud of their efforts and can look forward with confidence.

U13 B Hurling
These lads enjoyed a good campaign that saw them just lose out on a qualification spot. With six teams in the group and only 2 to qualify it was always going to be difficult, and matters were not helped with missing many players due to holidays. They started their championship with a defeat to Moycullen, but followed up with 3 great wins over Ballindereen, Kiltormer and Gort. However, in the final group match we lost heavily to a strong Mullagh side, as we were missing 7 first team choice players due to holidays. This was a young Kinvara side, with many lads U11 playing, and in every game we played we were up against older lads.

U12 Hurlers
This squad competed in the new U12 Hurling League, that pitted us against 6 other local sides. Due to the league not being graded, it meant many mis-matches. As we had only 4 lads being overage next year, this was almost in fact an U11 side for us. We lost our group matches to St. Thomas, Ardrahan, Ballindereen, Michael Cusacks and Gort, while we did not play against Craughwell. The finale for this squad was the playing in the “Final Day”. Our opponents were Barna-Furbo and in the match played in Carnmore, we scored a memorable victory. Although there was no silverware, the joy afterwards was enough to have us celebrating!
The side also competed in the Joe Gillane Tournament and lost their first round match to a very good Gort side.

U12 Footballers
Although they were pretty much a young side, this bunch held their own in every match they played. Coaching went very well and the squad played matches against Athenry, Claregalway, Craughwell, Loughrea, Oranmore and Clarinbridge. Many of the clubs we played are Divison A sides at U14 level, and it is encouraging to see us compete with them at the U12 grade.

U10’s and U8s’ Hurling and Football
All of these academies had a very busy year with plenty of quality coaching and matches being played. The squads also took part in Community Games this year – our hurlers lost to Athenry, while our footballers lost to Clarinbridge and then drew with Corofin. They also took part in many challenges with the trip to Na Piarsaigh and the visit of Monaleen being highlights. In football, go-game matches were played against Headford, Oranmore, Clarinbridge, Claregalway and Craughwell. In hurling, go-game matches were played against Gort, Craughwell, Ardrahan, Ballindereen and St. Thomas.  

U6 Hurlers / Footballers
Our youngest members here had a great introduction to hurling and football. They all started the year with our “Open Day”, and followed that up with the St. Patricks Day parade and the La na gClub, where they all “won” their first GAA medal! There were also some challenge matches against Ballindereen and Gort.

Other activities / events
Not only did our calendar year consist of action on the field, the Juvenile Club also had some other memorable events during the year. We held our inaugural “Open Day” for junior and senior infants in the pitch in March, as they all got an introduction to both hurling and football. There were goodies and refreshment for the kids afterwards, while our ladies committee kept the parents warm with teas and coffees.

Two main highlights during the year were the trips organized to Croke Park for the Leinster Hurling Final and All-Ireland semi-final. We organized two full coaches for both days and experienced success on both occasions. The Leinster Final was in particular a great day out, and it will always be remembered by our young members who witnessed history being made.

Ronan Kilkelly, after progressing through county and Connacht competitions, proudly represented the Kinvara juvenile club in the All-Ireland Puc Fada held in Cooley mountains.

The club also organized our annual La na gClub in the latter end of the season. All members had matches organized with some great battles being played at U6, U8 and U10 levels. The Toddie Byrne Cup for U13s was won by Neil Huban’s side after his side beat Seanie Cahill’s side, while James O’Hara lifted the prestigious U16 McCarthy Cup after his side beat Tommie Kavanagh’s. We were also delighted to have our Club President Catherine Kilkelly there on the day and she was kept busy presenting medals to our younger members.

Other events organized during the year included  participation in the local St. Patricks Day Parade, while members of our U16 squad  represented us as we won a special award in Croke Park for our innovative “Off the Fizz and On the Ball”. Cul Camps were also held in hurling and football and we had an impressive attendance of over 140 combined at both camps. Thanks also to Barry O’Driscoll for organising the trips with Limerick clubs Monaleen and Na. Piarsaigh. These “big” day outs are vital to our underage U10 and U8 set-ups.

On the communications side of things, thanks to PRO Enda Mongan for maintaining our website all year, for the production of the cuckoo newsletter, for his many photographs taken during the year and the many late hours spent producing the 2013 calander.

Our fundraising went well this year and we thank all people you helped along the way with memberships, table quiz, bag-packing in Tesco, our guess the score for Leinster Final, our very successful draw for All-Ireland tickets and to Catherine Quinn of Amelia C who donated all proceeds from her fashion show to our juvenile club. We also thank our lotto book sellers and the juvenile group who meet on the Tuesdays to do the draw.

I would also like to thank our main sponsor John Burke of Londis, whose continued support in the youth of Kinvara is greatly appreciated.

Many thanks to all club referees who officiated at challenge and tournament matches during the year. We thank John McDonagh, Joe Keane and Francis Comyn for their help here.

I would also like to thank Ronan Byrne for organizing Setanta's presence at Kinvara pier for the pre All-Ireland photoshoot for the national newspapers.


Thanks also to our hurling board delegate Johnny Donoghue and our football delegate Vinny Martyn. We were one of very few clubs to be represented at both codes and are proud to say that Kinvara juvenile club was represented at all Coiste Peil na nOg and Iomana na nOg meetings during 2012.

I would also like to thank others who assisted us at matches, especially at championship time, when they stood in as linesmen, umpires, put out the flags, opened dressingrooms and much more. Thanks to Johnny Donohue, Michael O’Sullivan, Tom Joe Gill, Noel Bermingham and John McDonagh, plus the few older juvenile members who helped at the younger age-group matches.

We would also like to thank Joe Quinn for all his work done with coaching in the national schools, and indeed, we thank the schools and teachers for their own promotion and coaching of gaelic games in Kinvara NS, Northamption NS. Doorus NS, and in both Gort Community School and Seamount College.

Well done to our older juvenile members who took part in the county hurling development squads at U14, U15 and U16. We had approx 15 players who took part, with both Conor Whelan and Shane Byrne making the U16 squad for the Tipperary Supporters Tournament.

I would also pay a special tribute to all coaches and those involved in the preparation of our squads. They have all put in a huge effort during the year, and it is their passion and love for the sport that is quite clearly being passed on to our young members.  

Thanks also to my fellow officers Garret and Paddy for their own help and assistance during the year. I would also like to thank the assistance given by our adult club officers and especially our Childrens Welfare Officer Patricia Kilkelly. She brought much importance to this position we thank her for her help during the year.

Finally thanks to the over 160 juvenile members we have in the club. It is them who play our national games and it is seeing them get so much enjoyment from it that inspires us all in our roles.

As we approach Christmas and a time for family, we extend our sympathy to those who lost loved ones during the year.

Go raibh mile maith agat,

Micheal O’Eaghra




Note 1: Team Managers / Coaches 2012

U16 Hurling: Pat Conole (manager), Derek Smith, Anthony Byrne, Martin Sullivan, Mick O’Hara
U14 Hurling: Dominic O’Gallachoir (manager), Nicola Huban
U12 / U13 Hurling: Brian Connolly (manager), Francis Comyn, Niall Byrne, Eamonn Keely, Fintan Connors
U12 Football: Tommy Ivers (manager), Tommy O’Malley, Pat McSweeney, Ken Corless, Denis O’Sullivan
U10 Hurling: Barry O’Driscoll (manager), Sean O’Hanrahan, Colin Burke, Kevin Pyne, Paddy Barry
U10 Football: Mike Heavey (manager), Damien Fallon, Enda Mongan
U8 Hurling: David Huban (manager), John Victory
U8 Football: Keith Horan (manager), Chris Philips, Vinny Martyn
U6 Hurling: Pat Conole (manager), Caitriona Lawless, Enda Costello, Michael Leech, Ciaran Cunningham, Deirdre Moran
U6 Football: Dave McAndrew (manager), John Rodgers, Pat Conole, Paul Moran, Niall O’Shaughnessy, Julian Conneely

Note 2: Outgoing Officers / Committee in 2012
President:                                 Catherine Kilkelly
Chairperson:                            Garret Byrne
Secretary:                                 Mick O’Hara
Treasurer:                                Paddy Barry
PRO:                                        Enda Mongan
Hurling Board Delegate:          Johnny Donohue

Football Board Delegate:         Vinny Martyn
Childrens Welfare Officer:      Patricia Kilkelly