1988 Group from Primary to U-16
--- 6 Whitechurch 3 --- 9.
rock’s second string under 16s bowed out of this league last Sunday when
they were defeated by a fine Whitechurch outfit. Graham Howard had a
fantastic game at centerfield, ably assisted by Peter Horgan in goal with
Sean Conway and Sean Hanlon playing some good hurling in the backline. Well
done to this team who have given some great performances this year and put a
lot of work into developing their skills.
Under 16 Hurling Championship.
Semi-final played at Bishopstown, Tuesday 31st August 2004.
Blackrock 1 --- 4 Glen Rovers 2 --- 12.
This was a comprehensive victory by the Glen. The northside lads were first to the ball in many areas of the field and played very direct hurling. The match was effectively over after 15 minutes when Glen corner forward Patrick Horgan banged in the second of his goals. He was man-of-the-match, finishing with 2 --- 8 in total and gave an outstanding display of hurling.
The decision to place two markers on Horgan, with the benefit of hindsight was a mistake. It probably confused the Blackrock backs and ensured that the Glen had an extra back which allowed virtually all the Blackrock attacks to be repulsed easily and the ball to be returned into the Blackrock half immediately. When J.P.Carroll marked Horgan one to one in the second half, he limited him to one point from play.
Unfortunately nothing went right for the Rockies on the night and with the Glen lads in top form there was only going to be one result. Blackrock are better than this display would indicate as the Bishopstown result showed.
Half time was 2 --- 8 to a point from a free by David Duggan. Blackrock put on a much better performance in the second half, but could not penetrate the Glen backs with Garry Bracken and Darragh Mulcahy excelled. Eric Hegarty and Steve Guerin came more into the game and scored points while Shane O'Sullivan crashed a 21 yard free to the net. In the backline, JP Carroll had curtailed Patrick Horgan, while sub keeper Gordon Aherne brought off two excellent saves.
This Glen team looked very good and they will be difficult to beat in the final which is against Na Piarsaigh who have accounted for the Barrs in the other semi-final.
St Finbarrs. Tuesday 24th August 2004.
5 --- 6 Bishopstown 1 ---
early goals from Declan Kelleher put the Rockies in the driving seat in this
keenly contested championship game. Although the Town fought back with the
aid of the breeze to level by the 25th minute they were very
dependent on the ability of Thomas Murray to combat the Rockies. A Shane
O’Sullivan pointed free put the Rockies ahead just before half time at 2
--- 3 to 1 --- 5.
from Karl Leonard, David Duggan and Declan Kelleher enabled Blackrock to
keep their noses in front in the second half. In the 40th minute,
Colm O’Brien at full-forward struck for a vital goal. Young Murray in a
roving role kept Bishopstown in contention with points from frees and play.
However he was well marked by Brian Ahern and Karl Leonard in turn.
A brilliant solo effort from Steve Guerin finished with the ball in the net and put the Rockies 7 points to the good with 10 minutes remaining. With JP Carroll performing brilliantly at full-back there was no way back for the maroon lads. Eric Hegarty completed the scoring with a fine opportunist goal in the last minute. All in all a fine team display by the Rockies in what was their first competitative victory over this Bishopstown team for some considerable time.
16B Hurling Semi-Final.
at Mayfield Thursday 26th August 2004.
1 --- 3 Mayfield 4 --- 13.
early exchanges were fairly even, however Mayfield with the aid of a strong
wind had powered into a substantial half time lead, 2 --- 9 to 1 --- 0. The
Blackrock goal came from a long range free from Roy Power after 20 minutes.
It was evident from an early stage that the Rockies lacked penetration up
front and this contributed to a large extent to their exit from this
the turnaround, the Blackrock backline was again under severe pressure right
through and fought hard to keep the scoreline manageable. Colm Daly and Roy
Power were excellent, while Gordon Aherne in goal had a fine game.
Blackrock 6 --- 8 Carrigaline
2 --- 6.
Carrigaline was a point up at half time 2 --- 4 to 2 --- 3 however the Rockies aided by a strong wind in the second half turned up the heat and went for goals. Eric Hegarty was flying in the forward line and banged in two, while Gavin Byrd got two more. J.P.Carroll and Rory Wedell were in great form as the Rockies ran out easy winners.
DETAILS BELOW THIS SECTION RELATE TO THE PERFORMANCE OF THIS GROUP OF PLAYERS IN 2003 AS U-15'S
Brief note at the end of the year for the U-15 hurling.
The team is now finished all this year's activities. It was not a fruitful year on the playing field. Yet, three of the team are chosen for the Cork U-16 panel next year, 2004; JP O' Carroll, Mark Drummond and Billy McCarthy. These are fine hurlers and very good exponents of the game. We wish them well in their hurling careers and hopefully more of their age-group will achieve better things in the future as they progress to minor over the next few years.
I, Br. Patrick Fitzgibbon have decided to step aside for next year and a new coach will be appointed for the new season of 2004. I wish them all well in the future and I know they will extend respect to the new person like they did to me. I thank them all for their support and respect and I hope that their hurling career will gain new heights next year.
With every good wish.
Br. Patrick Fitzgibbon,
U-15 team was to play Inniscarra last night, Friday 19th
team was ready to play and the referee waited the required amount of time.
The team selected was: Mark Drummond, David Duggan, Colm O'Brien, Tony
Fixture Wednesday 23/04/2003
Under 15 hurlers V Mayfield
at Mayfield, 7pm.Wednesday 23/04/2003
Under 15 hurling league.
Saturday 5th April Church Road. Blackrock 4 --- 5 Midleton 1 --- 4
This was a good competitive game, with little between the sides until the Rockies pulled away in the second half, once their backs got on top. Two goals from David O'Driscoll, a goal each from Stephen Coughlan and Denis O' Sullivan helped the home side to victory. Eric Hegarty, Tomas Walsh, Colm Daly and Tony Linehan played well , while captain JP Carroll was outstanding in what was a very good team performance.
DETAILS BELOW THIS SECTION RELATE TO THE PERFORMANCE OF THIS GROUP OF PLAYERS IN 2002 AS U-14'S
Result; Semi Final League under 14 Church Road.
Na Piarsaigh 2-6
In weather conditions unsuited to good hurling Na Piarsaigh came out on top in this under 14-league semi-final played at Church Road last Saturday. Despite the best efforts of Gavin Byrd and Eric Hegarty, Na Piarsaigh were always in control. Colm O’ Brien, Colm Daly and David Duggan played well for the Rockies
Under 14A City Final
Blackrock 2 ---7 Bishopstown 1 --- 11.
Bishopstown raced into an early lead of 4 points before Blackrock got off the mark. A goal and two excellent points from Rockies full-forward Eric Hegarty brought the sides level. Just before half-time J.P. Carroll hit the net for the Rockies to ensure they went in at half time 2 ---3 to 6 points ahead in this Championship final match played in glorious conditions at Pairc Ui Rinn last Saturday. Some early points from frees brought Bishopstown back into the match with Brian Noonan having a great game at centre back. An opportunist goal midways through the half from the Bishopstown full forward placed the Town in the driving seat. Indiscipline in the Rockies forwards cost them dearly in the run-in. Despite every effort by an outstanding J P Carroll the gap could not be closed .
Update September 27th, 2002
Blackrock 3-12 Carrigaline 2-12.
This is the A County competition. This was played in excellent conditions and the pitch in Carrigaline was in excellent shape. It was close game and went down to the final whistle. All players gave a good account of themselves. Shane O' Sullivan was in great form at mid-field and JP Carroll and Eric Hegarty played fine hurling in the forward line. Brian Ahern gave a star performance at Centre Back and Stephen Guerin played tremendously well when introduced at corner forward after ten minutes. The full back line held their own with Colm O' Brien mastering the full back position.
The team was: Mark Drummond, David Duggan, Colm O' Brien, Colm Daly, Brian Ahern, Billy McCarthy, Tomas Walsh, Gavin Byrd, Shane O' Sullivan, Michael Harrington, JP Carroll, David Nagle, David O' Driscoll, Eric Hegarty, Denis O' Sullivan. Subs: Stephen Guerin for D. O Driscoll (10 Mins) Karl Leonard for Tomas Walsh (50 min).
Update September 19th, 2002
Recently matches were played after the long summer break. We lost to Na Piarsaigh and won to 'Douglas in the City League.
On Thursday 12th. September we were playing against the Glen in the semi-final of the championship. Blackrock 3-7 Glen Rovers 3-10. This was a wonderful game of hurling and the score line tells its own story. There were wonderful individual displays from both sides. JP Carroll(Rockies) Brian Looby(Glen) played wonderful hurling. Indeed both teams were excellent and it would be unfair to name individuals. We welcome back Gavin Byrd after his long lay off due to injury. We also welcome a new player in Brendan Byrne. Brendan hails from Ballygunner, Waterford and his family have moved into Balllintemple. We wish him every success with the Rockies.
Our next game is in the county section on Friday 20th September against Carrigaline in Carrigaline at 6.30pm. We will gather at the club 5.15pm and the bus will leave at 5.30pm.
Semi Final of the Under 14 Premier Championship
Under-14 Feile Hurling Final
Br. Patrick Fitzgibbon,
Feile na nGael Semi-Final Win
The Blackrock Feile team had a great win over Inniscarra in the Semi final of the Feile competition at the Glen field on Sunday 19th May. The teams were well matched in the first half with some great points being scored by both sides however a Blackrockgoal midways through the first half separated the sides at half time. The score was 1 ---4 to 0---4 .
Blackrock came out much more determined in the second half and continued to pile on the pressure with some great firsttime hurling. The Rockies ran out eventual winners on the score
Blackrock 2----11 Inniscarra 0----5.
The team now goes forward to the final
on Saturday 25/5/02. Venue to be decided.
Feile Win May 12th
The Blackrock Feile team had a comfortable win over a gallant Douglas side on Sunday 12th May at Ballinlough. The match, played in appalling weather conditions, was very even in the first half. Blackrock playing with the aid of a strong wind in the second half gradually pulled away and the match finished with the scoreline; Blackrock 5 --- 6 Douglas 1 --- 1
DETAILS BELOW THIS SECTION RELATE TO THE PERFORMANCE OF THIS GROUP OF PLAYERS IN 2001 AS U-13'S
Under-13 (Born 1988) Annual Report 2001
The players are very committed and rarely any of them miss a training session. They love the game of hurling and are very loyal to the Rockies. A very fine group and each is supportive of the other and are very respectful to the selectors and mentors of the Club. It is a pleasure to work with them.
Their parents and families are very encouraging and always are at the games to affirm them.