On Friday night last our club Juveniles were honoured for their tremendous efforts in 2011. Tipperary Hurling manager Declan Ryan was on hand to address those in attendance. He praised the work going on at all levels within the club and wished all teams the very best for 2012. He then presented all winning teams with their medals. Player of the year went to Thomas Grogan at U.16 level, Aaron McCormack at U.14 and Thomas Skeffington at U.12, all worthy recipients. Club Chairman Pat O’Donoghue made a presentation to All Ireland winners Dylan Fitzell and Gearoid Slattery on success with Tipperary pointing out that both guys have become an inspiration and role model for all of our young and aspiring players. Both Dylan and Gearoid spoke to the up and coming players and offered plenty of sound advice in their preparations for next season. Juvenile Chairman Brendan Bonnar finished proceedings by thanking everyone for attending and those responsible for making the night a huge success.
On Saturday our Senior Club held their annual general meeting. A good crowd attended and a lively and productive meeting was held. Club Patron Fr. Bernie Moloney opened the meeting by congratulating our U.21’s on their victory the same day and all teams and mentors for their time and dedication throughout the year. He thanked outgoing chairman Pat O’Donoghue for his role in stabilising the club and had re-energised the club through his hard work and drive to get things done. Outgoing treasurer Michael Ryan thanked all those with whom he worked closely in his year and to Pat and Aiden in particular. He gave a detailed statement of the clubs accounts for the year pointing out that our club Lotto was proving a huge success. Club secretary Aidan Hynes circulated a detailed list of games played in 2011 and thanked all those who had selected with teams throughout the year. He also thanked those who helped out in any way on matchdays at Leahy park. On the issue of relegation, everyone was made aware in detail of the processes the club went through. He stated that at no time did the Cashel KC seek a replay with Ballybacon but in fact sought a hearing from the county board on the playing of extra time. This was rejected. At no time has there been an admission that a rule was broken, a fact overruled by Munster Council. He thanked Pat for his term as chairman and wished him the very best. Club chairman Pat O’Donoghue addressed the floor and was heartened by the success of the U.21’s in the West final. He congratulated both Dylan and Gearoid on their success with Tipperary. He looked back on his four years with pride and satisfaction and he thanked all those who served on committees during his time. He thanked his wife Tanya and family and wished incoming chairman Brendan Bonnar the very best and his support for the 2012. On the night two Cashel King Cormac stalwarts, Joe Joe Moloney and John Darmody were elected as Honorary Life Presidents of Cashel King Cormacs and the chairman gave a detailed report on their significant contributions to the club spanning over many years. Both Joe Joe and John received standing ovations on receiving their awards. Michelle O’Leary thanked those for their work and countless hours in running our club lotto. Club Chairman Pat O’Donoghue brought the meeting to close by wishing everyone a merry Christmas and a prosperous new year.
West U.21 Success
Our U.21 made it back to back West championships, beating Golden on a scoreline 1-17 to 1-8 on Saturday last. Cashel always held the initiative and though golden rallied in the second half Cashel had enough in the locker to pull away and win convincingly in the end. Cashel had many stars, with Captain Lee Burke excelling at centreback and he was ably assisted by John Darmody. Simon Delaney, Dylan Fitzell and Adrian Cummins were always to the fore while Robert Anglim and Eoghan Ryan made telling contributions when introduced. Well done to the entire panel, selectors Sean Kennedy, Ronan O’Donoghue and Gavin Manton on steering this team to success in 2010 and 2011. A word too for Seanie Barron who has always been there helping the lads out on matchday and more importantly during the cold nights in the training field. This success was badly needed, and after losing to Moyne in the County final last year the lads will be hoping to overcome Portroe next Monday and lock horns once again with Moyne in the final. First things first, Portroe will offer a serious challenge and if Cashel can keep key personnel fit, then they have every chance of success.
See Sports Section for detailed match report.
The Cashel King Cormacs GAA club wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Christmas and we look forward to your continued support in 2012.