1990 Group from Primary to U-16
Under 16 Carlow Town Cup.
The Blackrock under 16 panel reached the final of this competition on Saturday 1st July at Carlow. Acknowledged unofficially as the All -Ireland under 16 Championship, Blackrock were seeking to retain the trophy which they won last year.
Despite a very brave effort with a depleted team, the Rockies had five straight victories before falling in the final minutes of the final by two points to Ahane, the Feile Champions of 2004. This was an outstanding achievement by a wonderfully disciplined and skillfull group of players comprised of 15 and 16 year old hurlers from Church Road.
Blackrock 0 - 8 Sarsfields (Galway) 0 - 5
Blackrock 3 - 7 St. Rynagh's (Offaly) 0 - 2
Blackrock 1 - 8 Portlaoise (Laois) 0 - 0
Blackrock 0 - 6 Na Piarsaighs (Cork) 0 - 5
Semi Final. Blackrock 2 - 7 St. Martin's (Wexford) 2 - 3
Final. Blackrock 2 - 4 Ahane (Limerick) 2 - 6.
Under 16 Blackrock Panel. Paul O'Brien, Diarmuid Mc Curtain, Ray Norberg, Brian Parsons, Niall O'Shaughnessy, Aonghus O'Drisceoil, Cathal Hannon, Elliot Cantwell, Paul Bennett, Patrick Deasy, Simon Zebo, Richard Dineen (capt.) Eoin O'Farrell, Darren Griffin, Stephen McCarthy, Patrick Parfrey, Conor Kilcoyne, Howie Leahy, Ciaran O'Herlihy, David Healy and Eoghan Buckley.
Our sincere thanks to Dan Harnedy and the Carlow Town Hurling Club for their kind invitation to participate in this great competition which this year comprised of some 40 of the best hurling teams from all over Ireland.
Under 16 League,
played at Church Road, Wednesday 26th April.
Blackrock 4 10 Mayfield 1- 8.
Under 16 league
played at Sarsfields on Monday 10th April.
Blackrock 4-- 5 Sarsfields 3-- 10.
Under 16 League.
Played at St.Vincents Tuesday 18th April.
Blackrock 1 - 9 St. Vincents 2 - 6.
DETAILS BELOW THIS SECTION RELATE TO THE PERFORMANCE OF THIS GROUP OF PLAYERS IN 2005 AS U-15'S
Semi Final 2005 Under 15 League played at Togher Saturday 11th March.
Blackrock 3 --- 5 St. Finbarrs 2 --- 5.
In spite of heavy underfoot conditions, this under 15 (2005) league match was played out with total commitment and passion by both teams. Daniel McCarthy opened proceedings for the Barrs with an early point, however the Rockies quickly responded with a fine goal from Simon Zebo. Simon added a further point from a free soon afterwards. Scores were hard to come by as a no nonsense approach by both defences limited scoring opportunities for forwards. A David O' Leary point left the score at half time Rockies 1 --- 1 to the Barrs 0 ---2.
The Togher lads courtesy of Niall Fitzgerald banged in an early goal after the restart to take the lead, however exchanges were hard fought as players made light of the bad conditions and gave some great displays. Patrick Parfrey soon fired over a point to level matters and following a foul on Conor Kilcoyne, Parfrey also drove the resultant free to the net from 35 metres.
The Barrs added two points and in the 18th minutes scrambled a goal to leave them ahead by two points 2 --- 4 to 2 --- 2. Darren Loftus playing very well at centre-forward then scored a great point to launch the Rockies counter attack.
After a series of attacks on the Barrs goal, Conor Kilcoyne doubled on a loose ball to send a bullet to the Barrs net. The same player enjoying a purple patch picked up a ball approx 40 meters from his own goal, soloed another 100 metres, kept his nerve and put over the best point of the day to leave 3 points between the sides. In the final minutes Ray Kelly for the Barrs and Patrick Parfrey sent over a point each from play.
Credit to both sides and referee James Dorgan for the fine hurling in the conditions. The Rockies displayed the greater resilience and fought back twice to take the game. From Patrick McCarthy in goal to Darren Griffin at corner forward they gave it everything. Ray Norberg and Ciaran O'Herlihy in the heart of the defence were outstanding, while Aonghus O'Drisceoil and David Hill worked very hard all through.
Patrick Parfrey gave inspired leadership at centre field when the chips were down. Darren Loftus took on the Barrs defence time and again while Conor Kilcoyne got some crucial scores. This was a fine team performance with every Rocky committed to working hard and supporting each others efforts on the field.
Under 15 Championship.
Blackrock 3 --- 9 St. Finbarrs 2 --- 8.
Played at Church Road Sunday morning 2nd October.
The sides were level with just five minutes in it after a closely fought game. However an opportunist goal from Patrick McCarthy and a point from Stephen McCarthy in the final minutes gave victory to the Rockies. In the first half the Rockies wasted some good possession in the first 15 minutes, while the Barrs put over 6 unanswered points in the closing stages of this half. A brilliant block and clearance by Ciaran O'Shaughnessy from a point block shot on the stroke of half time was crucial.
Under 15 League.
The under 15s were defeated by Glen Rovers in a league match 1 --- 10 to
1 --- 6 after a great hours hurling at the Glen Field on Monday 5th
September. Brian Parsons was outstanding in the back line along with Ray
Norberg. Sean Long put in a fine display while Pat McCarthy and Darren
Loftus tried very hard in the forwards.
Under 15 League.
Blackrock 4 --- 13
Cobh 0 --- 9
whirlwind start by the Rockies saw them ahead by 4 goals within the
first 10 minutes with Pat McCarthy bagging two, while Eoghan Buckley and
Howie Leahy grabbing one each. Cobh fought bravely all through and
displayed some fine hurling.
defensive work by Niall O’Shaughnessy, Kevin Pierce, Aoghus O
Drisceoil and Sean Long blunted many of their attacks however.
performances up front from Darren Loftus, Bryan Lyons and Darren Griffin
continued to give the Rockies the edge.
Under 15 League.
5 --- 13
5 --- 3
Saturday 9th April.
Blackrock 2 --- 10 Sarsfields 2 --- 4.
Blackrock 4 --- 6 Na Piarsaigh 2 --- 14
DETAILS BELOW THIS SECTION RELATE TO THE PERFORMANCE OF THIS GROUP OF PLAYERS IN 2004 AS U-14'S
Under 14 City League final
curtain finally came down on our hurling season on Saturday 4th
December when the under 14 panel took on Na Piarsaigh in the under 14
City League final at Redmonds. Depleted by injuries and other
commitments the team did very well to hold Na Piarsaighs to a goal for
the first 35 minutes, however Na Piarsaigh then pulled away with the aid
of the wind and ran out deserving winners in the end.
Dineen, Ciaran O’Herlihy, Ray Norberg and Brian Parsons played well
for the Rockies.
14 League semi-final.
15 points; Glen Rovers 9 points.
Despite the heavy underfoot conditions this match had some fine hurling from both sides.
The Rockies started well and had six points on the board without response.
McCarthy picked off six wonderful points during the game ably
assisted by Eoghan Buckley and Pat McCarthy. One of Stephen’s points from the sideline about 40 metres
out was a real classic.
Blackrock were ahead by 0 --- 9 to 0 --- 4 at the interval, however the Glen came storming into the game in the second half and only for some fine defending from “man of the match” Sean Long, Ciaran O’Herlihy and Richard Dineen the result could have been in some doubt.
In the final 10 minutes Patrick Parfrey closed off all avenues at centre back and the Rockies pulled away despite the best efforts of Ronan Virgo, Stephen McCarthy and Shane Murray.
both sides for the high standard of hurling in late November.
14 Cork County Quarter-Final.
0 --- 8 Sarsfields 0 --- 15.
Despite playing with the aid of a very strong wind in the first half, the Rockies played poorly and
were behind by four points at the interval.
Although their performance was much better in the second half and they attacked continuously, they could not get the vital goals they required to get back into the game.
Two outstanding saves from the Sarsfields keeper in the final ten minutes ensured no way back for the Rockies.
Simon Zebo and David Hill at centre field did very well; Robert Creagh
in goal had a fine game, while Raymond Norberg and sub Paul Bennett did
well in defence. Stephen Mc Carthy, Olan Kelleher and Eoin O’Farrell had
good games in the forwards.
14 Cork City Championship Final.
at Redmonds pitch Wednesday September 8th 2004.
3 --- 7 Na Piarsaigh 1--- 9
half time in this cracking match, the Rockies looked to be in trouble,
ahead 6 points to 4 after playing with a cross field north westerly wind.
Piarsaighs were all they were expected to be; tough, determined, excellent
hurlers. The question was could Blackrock play them and the wind in the
second half? This was a question each Rocky had to answer for himself at
the half-time discussion. The mentors remarked that there was a quiet
determined mood among the young lads; the pain of the Feile defeat in May
could only be erased with a victory, nothing else.
quick Na Piarsaigh points to level matters immediately after the interval
brought a dose of reality. Then
a response! Goals within three minutes from Conor Kilcoyne and Olan
Kelleher, (who had put over three lovely points in the first half), put
the Rockies back in the driving seat. Stephen McCarthy (who bagged two
fine points in the first half) was now driving in and like Eoin Buckley
took the game to Na Piarsaigh. Game on and what a game! The northside lads
threw caution to the wind and attacked from all sides.
Blackrock defence was under the proverbial seige. From Robert Creagh in
goal through the tenacious Brian Parsons to the majestic Ray Norberg at
full back, whose one handed catch was reminiscent of Wayne Sherlock at his
best.,and the rock solid Ciaran O’Shaughnessy, the full-backline
defended as good as the Alamo. Patrick Parfrey hunted down forwards like
some American cowboy on the range. On the wings both the
gritty Richard Dineen and Ciaran O’Herlihy who has become an
accomplished hurler turned defence into attack time and again as Shane
O’Connor and Darren Walsh tried to storm into the Blackrock territory.
O’Connor pulled on a loose ball from a sideline cut and struck the
Blackrock net. Parfrey went down heavily following a leg injury.
Eventually he took his place again. Pat
McCarthy for the Rockies took a fine low ball from Conor Kilcoyne and
fired it over the bar to put the Rockies three points up. Shane O’Connor
matched it following a good run.
Simon Zebo and David Hill reasserted their first half dominance and the
ball was again heading into the Piarsaigh half.
A Piarsaigh point from a 65, in the 35th minute left
just one point in it. Would we settle for a draw? No way!
sliotar was again driven into the Piarsaigh half where Pat McCarthy
standing on his own collected and drove it to the corner of the net, game
over. And how they celebrated! From Creagh to Sean Long and Kieran
McCarthy and the lads on the bench, the relief of redemption was palpable.
to Na Piarsaigh, there is so little between the teams, and it was some
match, yet at the final whistle, the hugs and embraces between the rival
players signalled the growing respect between two great hurling teams.
Creagh, Brian Parsons, Aonghus O’Drisceoil, Patrick Parfrey, Andrew
Crean O’Leary, Richard Dineen, Ciaran O’Shaughnessy, Bryan Lyons, Ray
Norberg, Ciaran O’Herlihy, Darren Griffin, David Hill, Niall
O’Shaughnessy, Sean Long, Simon Zebo, Jim O’Callaghan, Johnny Mc
Leahy, Robert Waters, Stephen McCarthy, Eoin Buckley, Martin Burke, Conor
Kilcoyne, Brian Hartnett, Olan Kelleher, Kieran McCarthy, Patrick
14 City Championship.
Blackrock 3 --- 10 Glen Rovers 0 --- 4.
In windy conditions at Redmonds pitch, Blackrock scored 3 --- 7 in the
first half with the wind and then held out from the Glen attacks in the
second half. Ciaran O’Shaughnessy, Richard Dineen and Ray Norberg played
well in defence, while up front Eoin Buckley and Olan Kelleher were in
good form. Simon Zebo and David Hill put in a great evenings work at
centre field. However it will require another massive performance to
defeat the Feile champions and favourites, Na Piarsaigh in the final on
Wednesday evening next.
Update July 1, 2004
season commenced in Jan with some outdoor hurling sessions at Ashton which
blew away some cobwebs and straightened out those who were committed to
hurling for 2004.
first friendly game was held down at Na Piarsaighs ground in Limerick City
on the day of the Cork/Limerick league game. Good effort, some rustiness
and a lot to do. There were later games against Dungarvan and Durlas Og
which provided good match practice and enabled the entire panel to get
was concentrated on Monday evenings at Church Road and with 30 hurlers on
the panel; it was sometimes possible to have full matches. We entered the
East Cork League and the City League.
League matches commenced with an away game against St.Vincents. the panel
was then drawn against the same club in the Feile competition. The panel
dug deep to win both contests after terrific games. We had victories over
Cobh, Glen Rovers and Douglas in the league and presently share the top of
the table with Na Piarsaigh, both teams on 8 points.
Feile campaign continued with a two goal victory over Sarsfields after a
good game at Shanbally on the May bank holiday weekend. In the Feile final
against Na Piarsaigh the panel conceeded 2 goals and 8 points in a ten
minute spell in the first half and try as they did could not reduce the
deficit to less than 4 points. In what was a very good game of hurling, Na
Piarsaigh ran out eventual winners by two goals and qualified for the
to many of the same players qualifying for the football Feile with St.
Michaels, a summer break has been agreed and we will all resume training
for the league and championship in August.
DETAILS BELOW THIS SECTION RELATE TO THE PERFORMANCE OF THIS GROUP OF PLAYERS IN 2003 AS U-13'S
Semi – Final Under 13 City League.
Blackrock 4 --- 8 Midleton
0 --- 1.
Despite the inclement weather at Church Road last Saturday both sides
played very good hurling in this eagerly awaited clash between the Rockies
and Midleton. Having served up a classic in the recent Championship both
sides fancied their chances to progress to the city league final.
The first half was a very close encounter with little separating the
sides, however some bad finishing cost the Rockies dearly while the
Magpies also squandered several good chances. Conor Kilcoyne opened the
scoring for the Rockies with a goal from a rebound after the Midleton
keeper had made a great save from Eoghan Buckley in the 12th
A point from a free by Stephen Mc Carthy for the Rockies while a point
for Midleton from a free just before half time left Blackrock ahead at the
interval by a goal. Mark O’Keeffe and young Seamus O’Mahony had played
well for Midleton in that half while Raymond Norberg had a storming match
at full- back for the Rockies.
On the turnover Simon Zebo at full forward took over and fired over four
points from play in quick succession despite the best efforts of Padraig
O’ Brien. Zebo returning after injury could not be contained during this
period. Although Midleton tried hard, when Stephen Mc Carthy who had
threated the Midleton defence all day banged in two goals, the match as a
contest was over. Ian Ring took a lovely point while the outstanding
Patrick Parfrey got a point after being denied a goal by a point-blank
save from the Midleton keeper. Eoghan Buckley chipped in with a further
point and Aoghus O’Drisceoil picked off a fine goal to complete the
This was a comprehensive display by Blackrock who were recently crowned
city champions at this level. In the second half they were magnificent and
kept Midleton scoreless. Midleton to their credit fought hard in
particular their defence put up great performance while Patrick O’Shea
and Patrick O’Keeffe excelled but could not contain the Rockies as the
weather conditions deteriorated.
The Rockies defence was also teak tough with Patrick Mc Carthy and
put on great displays. David Hill got through a lot of work at mid-field
while the pace of Eoghan Buckley and Stephen Mc Carthy in the forwards
always meant Midleton were chasing the game.
Robert Creagh, Ciaran O’Herlihy, Ray Norberg, Patrick McCarthy; Kieran
Mc Carthy, Patrick Parfrey, Richard Dineen; David Hill Sean Long; Ian
Ring, Eoghan Buckley, Stephen McCarthy, Brian Hartnett, Simon Zebo, Conor
Kilcoyne, Brian Parsons, Aoghus O’ Drisceoil, Howie Leahy, Brian Lyons,
Darren Griffen, Jim O’Callaghan, Martin Burke.
O’ Brien, Luke O’ Farrell, Mark O’ Keeffe, Kevin O’ Leary, Patrick
O’Shea, Patrick O’ Keeffe, Sean Mac Givern, Seamus Nagle, Niall Walsh,
Ray Mac Givern, David Morrisey, Paul Mc Sherry, Finbarr O’ Mahony,
Killian O’Brien, Seamus O’Mahony, Patrick O’Mahony, Con Lehane,
Shane Ryan, Seamus O’ Farrell, Thomas Wallace, Charles Daly, Niall
John Buckley, was always up with the play, and gave a fine performance.
Under 13 City Championship Final.
Bishopstown, 18th October 2003.
Under 13 City Championship Final.
Bishopstown, 18th October 2003.
Blackrock 1 --- 11: Na Piarsaigh 1 --- 7.
Blackrock retained the Corn an t-Athair Nessain trophy when they defeated a very strong Na Piarsaigh team at Bishopstown on Saturday 18th October 2003.
This Blackrock team, which were the reigning under 12 County Champions in 2002, defeated both Carrigaline and Midleton to get to the final, while Na Piarsaigh had accounted for St.Vincents and Douglas.
Playing into the wind in the first half, the Rockies defence was in top form. Robert Creagh who is making quite a name for himself as an assured goalkeeper saved some very difficult shots, and added up with some great clearances. The performances of Ray Norberg at full back and Ciaran O'Shaughnessy in the corner playing as they were on the Na Piarsaigh duo of Darren Walsh and Shane O' Connor were outstanding in that the Piarsaigh lads could make little or no progress against the young Rockies. A number of wides did not help Na Piarsaigh's cause either during this half.
At the other end Eoghan Buckley ran at the Na Piarsaigh defence while Stephen Mc Carthy and Richard Dineen began to put over some points. A beautiful goal from Stephen after 15 minutes left the position at Blackrock 1 --- 3 to Na Piarsaigh 0 --- 2.
In the closing 10 minutes of the first half, Piarsaigh added a further two points. Patrick Parfrey had dominated the half back position, ably assisted by Ciaran O' Herlihy and Kieran Mc Carthy, while Brian Parsons held his own in the corner.
The Blackrock effort against the wind had taken a lot out of the team and despite Simon Zebo a sub introduced at half-time adding an early point, it was clear that Na Piarsaigh were going to fight hard for this one.
A point and a goal after the Blackrock defence was slow in clearing the ball, brought the sides level after 5 minutes of the second half. The midfield pairing of Shane Lynch and Ian McDonnell were on top for Na Piarsaigh combined with Walsh moving to centre forward gave rise to a brief period of dominance for the northside club. However they could never pull away from the Rockies during this period as the Blackrock youngsters hung on.
Richard Dineen who had reverted to the half-back line repeatedly repelled the Piarsaigh attacks and drove some great ball into their back lines, which Stephen Mc Carthy, who contributed 1 --- 5 in total made good use of. Increasingly Olan Kelleher came into the game and began to trouble the Piarsaigh defence, while Conor Kilcoyne and Patrick Mc Carthy won more ball in the full-forward lines, forcing Na Piarsaigh to bring back defenders.
Simon Zebo and Stephen McCarthy added further points, while Olan Kelleher added two more from difficult frees to put Blackrock back in front, a lead which they never looked like losing. A disallowed Blackrock goal by referee Michael Corcoran after 15 minutes of the second half made the job a bit difficult but with David Hill and Sean Long getting on top at centre-field against a tiring Piarsaigh duo, the Rockies were finishing strongly and had four points to spare at the end. Ian Ring was introduced with 10 minutes remaining.
Chairman Of Bord Na Nog, Mr Jim Ryng presented the Fr. Nessan trophy to Patrick Parfrey, captain of Blackrock. Patrick thanked all involved with the team and praised the splendid efforts of Na Piarsaigh who contributed enormously to the high standard of hurling in the game, which was played in front of a very large crowd. The skill level shown by both teams was of a very high order indeed, a point remarked on by Eamonn O'Donoghue the Blackrock Under-age chairman, when he visited the Na Piarsaigh dressing room afterwards. He added that "it was not inconceiveable that several of the players on both sides would one day soon play for the Cork hurling team."
Man-of- the- match. While many Blackrock players were outstanding on the day, this honour must go to Richard Dineen, for his two points in the first half and his dominance of the defence in the second half, when he blocked many of the Na Piarsaigh attacks. Stephen Mc Carthy comes a very close second in the order of merit.
Team: Robert Creagh, Brian Parsons, Ray Norberg, Ciaran O'Shaughnessy: Kieran Mc Carthy, Patrick Parfrey, Ciaran O'Herlihy. David Hill, Sean Long. Stephen Mc Carthy, (1 --- 5) Eoghan Buckley, Richard Dineen (2 points) Conor Kilcoyne, Patrick Mc Carthy, Olan Kelleher.(2 points) Simon Zebo (2 points) for Kieran Mc Carthy (half-time). Ian Ring for Patrick McCarthy (40min). Panel members; Niall O'Shaughnessy, Howie Leahy, Johnny McCarthy, Robert Clune, Brian Hartnett, Darren Griffin, Bryan Lyons, Jim O'Callaghan, Aonghus O' Drisceoil, Martin Burke, Daniel Stout, Daniel Moore, Kevin Pierce, Andrew Crean O'Leary.
Under 13 Championship Semi-Final.
Blackrock: 2 --- 11
Midleton: 3 --- 3
Leading by three points at half-time against the wind, Midleton appeared to be on the road to victory, however the ever-resilient Rockies dug deep in the second half and ran out eventual victors by 5 points. This was a fine sporting game and the result was in doubt right up until the end. A spectacular goal by Olan Kelleher and some fine points from Stephen Mc Carthy enabled the young Rockies to take the lead, while some stout defending from Ciaran O’Herlihy and Sean Long curtailed the powerful Midleton attack. Robert Creagh was outstanding in goal for the Rockies.
Blackrock under 13s recently scored an important victory over Sarsfields by a point in a league game at Church Road.
On Friday 12th September the same squad had a comprehensive victory over Glen Rovers having been a goal behind at half-time, however they put in a tremendous performance in the second half.
Unfortunately several of our fixtures have been called off at short notice and this has disrupted our progress somewhat. Unfortunately injuries arising from all codes have ensured that we have yet to put out a strong team. However many members of the panel have had an opportunity to play in the team and we have tried where possible to ensure that all the members get a fair chance of a game. Many of the lads are developing into fine hurlers and are putting in a great effort.
The team should qualify for the semi-finals of the league competition, along with Midleton, Na Piarsaigh and St.Vincents. The draw for the Championship sees the team play the winners of Carrigaline and Blarney.
Enjoy the summer holidays, we meet for training on Monday 25th August and Friday 29th August next at 6.30 pm at Church Road. Regular training and matches will continue through September and early October.
Thank you all for your efforts over the past two months. Due to your efforts, we are well positioned in the Under 13 league for September and if results go our way we should qualify for the play-offs. The under 13 Championship will also be held in September/October, so we will be seeking an extra commitment from all of you for this competition as we wish to try to do well.
In the extended City under 13 league Blackrock has defeated St.Finbarrs, Kinsale, Blarney, Douglas and Carrigaline over the past few weeks. Na Piarsaigh defeated us. The competition will resume in late August, early September.
Good luck to our representatives, Stephen and Olan, who play in the Primary game in Thurles on Sunday 29th June. We hope Simon and Bryan are recovering from their injuries and will be back with us in August. Best wishes to the under 13 lads on the St Michaels Football Feile panel and good luck in the finals. Well done to the lads on the St. Anthony's Sciath na Scol team which emerged winners in the recent final. By the way visit our website www.blackrockhurling.org if you want to see the pictures of our presentation night and keep up to date with happenings in our club, use the guest book if you wish to have your say.
Reminder; You must wear your full faceguard hurling helmet at all times while training or in matches or even pucking around in the club. This is detailed in the Blackrock code of Good behaviour, which you have all signed up to. It is not cool, macho or trendy to throw away your helmet during play, it is very very stupid! A recent report states that in the period 1994 to 2000, Waterford Regional Hospital and Cork University Hospital dealt with eye injuries to 308 hurlers; mostly avoidable if full-face guarded hurling helmets had been worn. Some of you may be wearing helmets, which may not be protecting your full face at all times, check them out, ask your coaches if you are unsure. Please sort this out over the summer, what price your eyesight?
Under 13 panel report to May 25th
On Saturday may 10th the panel travelled to St.Finbarrs to play a first round league game with St. Finbarrs. In a closely contested game, Blackrock eventually ran out winners by 4 points on a scoreline of 2 --- 5 to 1 --- 4. The strong wind played a major role in the game and it became a game of two halves with the Rockies dominating the first half and the Barrs the second half.
Our match versus Blarney set for Monday 19th was called off due to pitch flooding.
Trip to Kilmacud Crokes. 30 members of the under 13 panel which included some of the under 12 Rockies who helped in the under 12 county success last year travelled to Dublin on Saturday 24th May to play two games against Kilmacud Crokes, one of the top Dublin clubs. Leaving at seven o clock in the morning, the lads had a long day. We shared the honours with the Kilmacud hurlers and everybody performed well on the day. We should like to place on record our appreciation to the Kilmacud officers and mentors, especially Tony O' Shaughnessy, Ken Hannimy and Larry Ryan, club secretary for their help and co-operation towards what was a very successful trip.
The afternoon was spent enjoying the facilities at Croke Park where we received a special tour of the stadium and visited the museum. While some of the young Rockies managed to feel right at home in the seats Ard Chomhairle section, hopefully some of them will become even more at home out on the field, representing club and county, one day. The lads had a great day and it was one very tired bunch of Rockies, which arrived back in Church Road on Saturday night.
Under 13 Team Meeting
The under 13 hurlers attending a team meeting recently, at which their
schedule for the year was discussed. Among the speakers was Dr. Paddy
Hayes, the Blackrock club doctor and Garda Inspector Charlie Barry who
spoke about issues such as healthy and active lifestyles and the necessity
to avoid the use of cigarettes, alcohol and the drug culture if young
people wished to participate seriously in sport. There was a great
response from panel members to the presentations.
Trip to Dublin.
This will take place on Saturday 24th May 2003. We will leave Church Road at 7 am, arriving at Kilmacud Crokes at 11.30. We play two friendly matches with the Kilmacud under 13 teams at 12 noon.
We travel to Croke Park, arriving at 2.30 where we have arranged a special tour of the ground, and later a visit to the museum.
We will leave Croke Park at 5pm, stopping on the way down for a meal. We arrive in Church Road approx 10 pm.
Bring packed lunch (absolutely no cokes/colas allowed) and some money for a snack in Croke Park.
Cost of the day €25 euro, complete attached form and bring it to the training session on Monday 28th April. Numbers are limited, so let us know if you are travelling. You can download application form here
Right click on this link ans click on SAVE TARGET AS Kilmacud application form.doc
The following are our fixture dates for the Southeast leagues
30th May 2003 V Carrigaline Away.
6th June 2003 V Valley Rovers (Away)
13th June 2003 V Bishopstown (at Home)
20th June 2003 V Bandon (Away).
Cork city leagues will commence at the end of April, beginning of May.
Training begins Monday 28th April at 6.15 pm and every
during May and June. If
you cannot make it phone one of your mentors.
Under 13 hurling panel
meeting Monday 14 th April at Church Road 7pm to 8pm. Training commences
Monday 28th April at 6.30.
Training Session Update
The Under 13 (1990 Group) will not have a training session on Friday 14th, but will resume at 8pm on Friday 21st March at Ashton and continue until Friday 4th April.
DETAILS BELOW THIS SECTION RELATE TO THE PERFORMANCE OF THIS GROUP OF PLAYERS IN 2002 AS U-12'S
Under 12 Reception.
The successful Blackrock under 12 hurling panel and their parents were treated to a reception to mark the presentation of medals after a very successful year in 2002 at the Club Hall on Friday night last. The panel won the under 12 County Championship title and the City League during 2002, as well as emerging victorious in the inaugural Ger Dineen Memorial Tournament.
Following inspirational words of encouragement from both Kevin Cummins and Timmy Murphy, the presentation of medals by Wayne Sherlock, Alan Browne and Fergal Ryan took place accompanied by a citation of praise for each panel member. Patrick Parfrey, on behalf of the panel thanked everyone in the Blackrock club who had helped during the year, while Gobnait Burke on behalf of the parents thanked the mentors, coaches and administrators who had worked with the teams. A presentation of medals to the under 12 footballers of St. Michaels who had a magnificent victory in the City League then took place.
The Blackrock club would like to record its thanks to representatives of the clergy of the local parishes who attended the reception, to the representatives of the schools, sponsors and to the parents of the children. The club wishes to thank the Dineen family for their sponsorship of the magnificent trophy and medals for the Ger Dineen tournament. Most of all our thanks goes to the members of the under 12 panel who have been a fantastic group of young fellows and who have been great ambassadors for the club and for hurling.
The coaches and mentors of the under 12 (1990) hurlers wish to thank the members of the panel who turned up to do some bag packing at Dunnes Stores in Douglas Court on Tuesday 17th December 2002. Well-done lads! The presentation of medals to the under 12 hurlers will take place at the club hall on Friday night 24th January 2003. Full details of the reception and presentation will issue to you all in early January.
On behalf of Maurice Griffin, Pat Roche, Seamus Hartnett, Tony Falvey, Brian Roche and Gerard O'Mahony, we wish all the Blackrock under 12 hurlers and the under 11 rockies who participated in the league and championship campaigns a very happy Christmas and a sporting new year in 2003. Thanks for a fantastic year!
Under 12 (1990 Group) report for 2002.for AGM 16th December 2002
The decision to divide the Under 12 Group into two teams for the purposes of the city league proved to be very successful. With the aid of eight under 11 hurlers both Blackrock teams qualified for the final in the premier league competition in October. The result is that the Under 12 panel finished 2002 with 35 active young hurlers, most of whom played regular games during the year.
Earlier in June and July, the under 12 championship team put together five wins to capture the under 12 County Championship. In a straight knockout competition, this team defeated Na Piarsaigh, Charleville, Sarsfields, Douglas and finally Midleton in a classic County Final played a Pairc Ui Rinn. For sheer good quality hurling and excitement this final with Midleton was a fantastic occasion and one that will never be forgotten by the boys.
In early September, the team played in the inaugural Ger Dineen Tournament, held here in Church Road. With strong teams from Newtownshandrum, Tulla, Bray, Bishopstown, and Durlas Og participating, the young Rockies were determined to win this competition as the late Ger Dineen had a special interest in this particular group. After some great contests during the course of the day, we were all particularly proud, when Richard Dineen, stepped forward to accept the Dineen Cup at the end of the day.
Patrick Parfrey was an outstanding captain of the championship team, while Olan Kelleher and Richard Dineen proved to be very able captains of the successful league teams. This group of young Rockies is a very committed, skilful and an extremely disciplined panel, having been together since the lads were about seven years old.
The challenge for the club and mentors is to keep them hurling together as they develop into their teens. As most of the young lads are heading into second level schools with either no serious hurling team at all or little emphasis on hurling, this challenge becomes very difficult. With competing codes displaying an increasingly professional approach to coaching in second level schools throughout the city, our response within the club will determine if we can compete.
Under 12 mentors: Maurice Griffin, Pat Roche, Seamus Hartnett, Brian Roche, Tony Falvey and Gerard O'Mahony. Special thanks to Ray Kelleher, Jamie Harrington and Michael Kilcoyne for their assistance and cooperation. Eamonn O'Donoghue and Billy Reidy were extremely helpful throughout the year.
Under 12 coaching
continues at Ashton School Friday nights 8.pm to 9pm. Note change of time.
Under 12 City League Semi-Finals.
These were played at the excellent facilities at St. Finbarrs on Saturday afternoon 12th October 2002 featured the two Blackrock under 12 hurling panels.
Blackrock (2) 3 ---7 St.Vincents Nil (match ended 5 minutes into second half.)
The "Rockies" panel played some wonderful first time hurling in this game. Everyone played their part however Simon Zebo at centre-back played a commanding role and his strong deliveries from play and placed balls contributed to the Rockies dominance. Pat Deasy had a fine game at wingback also and cleared some great ball.
Robert Waters, an outstanding young hurler, whose spectacular overhead striking is a feature of his repertoire of skills asserted his grip on the midfield area all through the first half. Eoin O Farrell's block downs and general play belies his young age. All in all, a great panel effort from the young Rockies. It was unfortunate that St. Vincent's decided to withdraw before the end.
Martin Burke, in goal was barely troubled, while the backline of Ray Norberg, Patrick McCarthy and Mark Ryan, dealt admirably with Vincent s rare forays. Kevin Harte has been improving with every game and will be a great hurler. Stephen McCarthy kept the ball moving and displayed some lovely skills.
Aonghus O' Drisceoil and Kieran McCarthy on the wing forward positions kept Vincent s pinned back in their own half. Aonghus had to retire with a nasty hand injury however Niall O'Shaughnessy proved to be a very capable replacement and hurled well.
Richard Dineen, the captain led by example as full forward and was ably assisted by Rory McCarthy and Jim O'Callaghan. Jim, who works very hard at training, received his reward by contributing to one of the goals and several points. Our subs on the day unfortunately did not get a run due to the early retirement of the Vincent s team, however Kevin Pierce, Robert Clune, Josh King, Daniel Stout, Johnny McCarthy, Howie Leahy, David Healy, and Colman Ruiseal are all fine hurlers and will certainly feature on future Rocky teams.
Kevin Pierce, Rory McCarthy, Stephen McCarthy, Josh King, Martin Burke, Simon Zebo, Robert Clune, Jim O 'Callaghan, Richard Dineen, Johnny McCarthy, Daniel Stout, Howie Leahy, Colman Ruiseal, Mark Ryan, Pat Deasy, Eoin O'Farrell, David Healy, Robert Waters Ray Norberg, Kieran McCarthy, Kevin Harte, Niall O'Shaughnessy, Aonghus O Drisceoil and Pat McCarthy.
Blackrock (1) 4 ---7 Carrigaline 1 ---2.
Blackrock took an early lead in this game and remained in the driving seat until the end; Carrigaline could not match the hunger and eagerness of the Blackrock hurlers. Robert Creagh was completely dependable in goal and was ably protected by Ciaran O'Shaughnessy, growing with confidence in every game, and Daniel Moore, whose cool headedness under pressure always settles the back line.
Brian Parsons had his finest game in the Blackrock colours at corner back, while Ian Ring, Patrick Parfrey and Ciaran O'Herlihy were simply unbeatable in the halfback line. Patrick Parfrey has contributed some absolutely outstanding exhibitions of hurling throughout the year, his leadership and growing maturity on the field is an example to all young hurlers. Ciaran has developed into a confident stylish hurler, who works hard at his game and his forceful direct hurling is great to watch Ian Ring has been a revelation, the newest Rocky on the panel, his fearless approach to the game portend a brilliant future as a hurler . David Hill and Sean Long kept the ball moving at centre field. David keeps doing the simple things right and is utterly committed to winning every ball. Sean works very hard at his game and is prepared to do the hard work to ensure other players get the breaks from his tireless efforts.
Conor Kilcoyne, Eoghan Buckley, and Bryan Lyons were always first to the ball and supplied good quality ball to Olan Kelleher at full-forward as well as Brian Hartnett and Shane Ryan. Conor is now developing into a fine intelligent hurler, who is growing in confidence with every game. Eoghan, in his first match at centre forward displayed some beautiful touches and engaged in some forceful running at the Carrigaline defence. While Bryan has really concentrated on the game in recent months and it is showing in his first time movement of the ball.
Olan wields his caman like a magic wand and the resultant wizardry in and around the goal creates many scores. His wrist work is lovely to watch. Brian has worked hard at his game and his supply of ball to Olan contributed enormously to the victory. Shane, who is only eleven, is maturing into an excellent hurler, his point was first class!
The subs all got a game and played their part in what was a real panel victory. Darren Griffin, Andrew Crean O'Leary, Paul O'Brien and Paul Bennett have shown great commitment to the panel and got their just rewards when getting on the field in the second half.
Blackrock panel Ian Ring, Pat Parfrey, Conor Kilcoyne, Robert Creagh, Daniel Moore, Olan Kelleher, Ciaran O'Shaughnessy, Bryan Lyons, Darren Griffin, Eoghan Buckley, Brian Hartnett, Sean Long, Brian Parsons, David Hill, Ciaran O' Herlihy, Andrew Crean O'Leary, Paul O'Brien, Shane Ryan and Paul Bennett.
These victories represent a unique achievement by this panel of players, as it is very rare for two panels from the one Club to both qualify for the Premier League final.
Well done to the coaches group of Maurice Griffin, Seamus Hartnett, Brian Roche, Tony Falvey, Pat Roche and Gerard O' Mahony who have all worked hard with both panels. With thanks to Ray Kelleher and Jamie Harrington for their help and assistance as well as to all the officers of the Blackrock Minor and Underage Board, especially Eamon O'Donoghue. Special thanks to Martin O'Farrell and the under 11 coaches for allowing us to utilize the under 11 lads who made a great contribution to the campaign.
Ger Dineen Memorial Tournament - Report
The inaugural Ger Dineen Tournament, held at Church Road on the Saturday last was a tremendous success. Featuring under 12 hurling teams from Bray, Bishopstown, Tulla, Newtownshandrum, Durlas Og and Blackrock, a great days hurling produced some epic contests before the home team finally emerged victorious. Blackrock captain Richard Dineen, a nephew of the late Ger, proudly accepted the Cup, which was presented by the Dineen family to mark what will become an annual event at Church Road.
Gerard Dineen Memorial Tournament Saturday 14th September.
This tournament takes place at Church Road on next Saturday 14th Sept., commencing at 12 noon and continuing all day. Blackrock under 12 hurlers will be joined by under 12 teams from Tulla (Co Clare), Bishopstown, Newtownshandrum, Bray (Co Wicklow) and Durlas Og (Co Tipperary). The tournament is in memory of the achievements of the late Ger Dineen who contributed so much to the activities of Blackrock National Hurling Club and St Michaels Football Club
Under 12 fixtures September 2002.
Thursday 5th September Blackrock Panel V Carrigaline (away) Bus leaves Church Road 6.15
Saturday 7th September Rockies Panel V Na Piarsaigh (home) Match at 12 noon, panel report at 11.30 am.
Tuesday 17th Sept Blackrock panel V St. Vincents (home)
Friday 20th September Blackrock Panel V Douglas (home) Match at 6.30 Panel report at 6.00.
Under 12 report to July 31th.
Blackrock retain the under 12 County title.
The Rockies under 12s retained the Cork County Championship title following their victory against Midleton in a classic County Final played at Pairc Ui Rinn on Saturday 27th July. The incredible nature and speed of the contest had supporters, spectators and mentors on a roller coaster of emotions throughout the match. Despite the intensity of the battle, both sides played in a sporting, fair and disciplined manner from start to finish. This match displayed all that is good and positive in Cork hurling.
In the opening minute, Blackrock was in trouble when star midfielder Simon Zebo had to come off after injuring his foot. Midleton took advantage of the hastily reorganised Rockies team and raced into a seven point lead. Blackrock, led by inspired captain Patrick Parfrey, who gave a towering performance at centre back gradually settled down and began to peg back the Midleton lead. A reorganised backline of Pat McCarthy, Ciaran O Shaughnessy and Ray Norberg curbed some of Midletons speedy forwards and proceeded to completely dominate in this area. Robert Creagh in goal was outstanding and brought off some fine saves during the game while his puckouts and clearances often turned defence into attack.
Young Patrick Deasy in the wing back position put in a massive amount of work and several of his blockdowns were straight from the textbook. Daniel Moore, although clearly hampered by an early injury to his hand played his heart out on the opposite wing. The Rockies cut the lead, point by point through the extraordinary accuracy of Olan Kelleher who seems to be able to find the target from all sides of the pitch. Following a goal attempt from a free by Olan, Robert Waters raced in to hammer home the rebound, to leave Midleton leading by just one point at half time.
Both sides exchanged points after halftime. Simon Zebo who had bravely limped back on to the pitch after ten minutes of the second half to occupy the full-forward position, grabbed a loose ball and struck the net. He was extremely unlucky not to grab a second moments later. Olan Kelleher continued to put over points from frees, a 65, and from play. David Hill and Stephen McCarthy who was drafted in to centre field worked tirelessly all through the game to keep the ball moving inwards to the Rocky forwards. Both these lads played themselves to a standstill until the final whistle.
Eoin O Farrell who occupied the wing forward position, and must have covered every inch of the pitch, scored a wonderful point midway through the second half to put Blackrock into a five point lead. True to form Midleton banged in a third goal and added a point to cut back the margin to one point. With about 10 minutes remaining Robert Waters who had a fantastic game, although being marked by young O' Brien who is himself a fine player, grabbed the sliotar on the right wing and drove to the net from an acute angle.
Ciaran O'Herlihy played in the right corner forward position for most of the first half and moved to a defensive role at wing back in the second half played what was probably his finest game in the Rocky colours. Eoghan Buckley at left corner forward made some penetrating runs into the heart of the Midleton defence and blocked numerous Magpie clearances, thus ensuring even more chances for other Rocky forwards. Kieran McCarthy and Aonghus O Drisceoil who were introduced during the match.had fine games and continually kept the ball moving. Aonghus contributed to the final Blackrock score when he managed a fine pass to Olan who split the posts.
The final whistle was greeted with relief and joy by the young Rockies and their supporters. Patrick Parfrey accepting the trophy on behalf of the entire panel praised all involved with the team and commented on the wonderful help the team had received from all sections of the club in the Championship campaign. Special mention was made of the assistance received from Ray Kelleher and Jamie Harrington.
This success represents further evidence of the benefits to the Blackrock National Hurling Club of the Saturday morning coaching schemes. It is a tribute to the outstanding work being carried out by the voluntary coaches, mentors and administrators under the auspices of the Blackrock Minor Underage and Primary sections led by Eamon O Donoghue and Billy Reidy.
While almost 30 young lads played on the Championship team through its five rounds, we know some were disappointed either because they did not get a game or missed games due to holidays etc. We wish to express our thanks to the parents, many of whom drove their children long distances from holidays in West Cork, Kerry, Waterford to take part. Finally, thanks to every member of the panel who displayed an extraordinary commitment to the campaign, one which we will always remember.
Tuesday 25th June 2002 V Na Piarsaigh at Redmonds Ground. City Championship Blackrock 9 --- 7 Na Piarsaigh 1 --- 2
Saturday 13th July 2002 V Charleville at Charleville Preliminary Round Blackrock 3 --- 11 Charleville 2 --- 5
Monday 15th July 2002 V Sarsfields at Church Road. Quarter Final Blackrock 6 --- 8 Sarsfields 2 --- 5
Saturday 20th July 2002 V Douglas at Shanbally Semi Final Blackrock 7 --- 11 Douglas 2 --- 9
Saturday 27th July 2002 V Midleton at Pairc Ui Rinn Final Blackrock 3 --- 11 Midleton 3 --- 7
Under 12 report to July 8th.
The under 12 panels have been doing very well in the City leagues. The Rockies panel led by Richard Dineen have achieved victories over Carrigaline, Douglas and Blackrock along with a walkover from Bishopstown. Their sole defeat was away to St. Vincents where they were defeated by one point. The team has amassed a total of 8 points so far.
The Blackrock panel has played a total of 4 matches. Led by Olan Kelleher the team has achieved victories over Bishopstown, Brian Dillons, and Na Piarsaigh after extremely hard-fought contests. The Blackrocks team sole loss was to their colleagues on the Rockies panel.
Almost 50 young Rockies have played in the league so far. This is in keeping with the Clubs policy of ensuring that all players receive meaningful hurling games and can participate in a hurling team.
A combined team has entered the A Championship (at least 10 players are missing at any given time during July when the under 12 Championship is listed thus it was not possible to enter a second team). The campaign commenced with a decisive victory over Na Piarsaigh at Redmonds on Tuesday 25th June, on the score line 9 ---7 to 1 --- 2. The team gave a great exhibition of hurling skills and were on top in most positions around the field.
The team has now progressed to the county section where it faces a preliminary round against a very able Charleville team on Saturday 13 th July at 3pm in Charleville.
Update June 2002
Under 12 hurling (rockies panel)City League Thursday 20th June V St. Vincents (away) 7.30 Assemble Church Road 6.30.
Under 12 hurling City Championship Tuesday 25th June Blackrock V Na Piarsaigh at Redmonds Ground 7 pm Assemble Church Road 6pm.
Under 12 City League fixtures.
Friday 14th June Blackrock1 Panel v Na Piarsaigh (home) 7.30 (As. 7pm)
Saturday 15th June Blackrock 2 (Rockies) V Brian Dillons (away) 2.30.
(report to 21st May 2002)
The two panels have had a number of challenge matches over the past 10 days. Both groups have travelled to Sarsfields and have had two very competitive games with the Sars team, just coming out on the wrong side of the scoreline on both occasions. The lads should be very happy with their performances as over 40 young Rockies have played with every player getting a game.
The under 11s have been a great addition and the experience will be invaluable when they hit the south-east trail this week. Our thanks to Sars under 12s and especially John Roche who set up the games.
The Rockies panel played Mallow in a friendly on 20th May at Church Road. After a tough first half Mallow went in ahead by two points however the Rockies took over in the second half to run out comfortable winners in the end. Our thanks to the Mallow lads for a fine sporting game and to Kevin Quilligan for setting up the game.
Latest news from the under 12 Camp.
Our best wishes go to Stephen McCarthy who broke a bone in his hand recently, the coaches and panels wish you a speedy recovery. Stephen scored two of the finest points we have seen at under age level down in Sars in the recent friendy.
Many of the panel are playing in the Sciath na Scoil finals over the next few days….good luck to you all.
The city league fixtures will be announced very shortly. Look up the under 12 notice board on the web for details as we get them.
Under 12 Challenge Match May 6th
Challenge Match for the Under 12 Rockies panel
A friendly match with Sarsfields under 12 team has been arranged for Monday evening, 6th May (Bank Holiday ) at the Sarsfield ground for 7.15 pm All members of the Rockies Under 12 panel including the selected under 11 lads should gather at Church Road at 6.30 pm. Cost of the bus €1.
All members of the under 12 Blackrock panel should report for training as normal 6.45 to 8.15pm. We hope to arrange a further match for this group on Monday 13th May.
The Under 12 Panel
Almost 40 boys have registered to take part in hurling competitions for 2002, at under 12. We are thrilled with this response and in accordance with our policy of giving every child an opportunity to play the game of hurling we have decided to enter two hurling teams in the City leagues this year
of the boys in this under 12 group have been together in the club since they
were five or six years old, and have hurled together since then. In
defeat they have always been excellent sportsmen. Despite being from
different areas within the community and from different schools many friendships
have formed within the group and there is always a great loyalty to the team.
panel has played matches all over Cork city and county as well as in Co
Waterford and Tipperary. In 2000 the boys won a hard-fought Nemo tournament,
which is an annual league to introduce young lads to hurling leagues within the
We played in the under 12 South East leagues during 2001 as an under 11 team and despite giving a year to the other teams the young rockies excelled and achieved some fantastic victories and fought to the very end in the defeats. Later in the year the team achieved victory in the under 11 City League
Pat has huge experience in all facets of the game and has spent many years coaching and encouraging young rockies many of whom have gone on to play for the adult Blackrock teams. Looks after the hurleys and does the refereeing.
Seamus has been with this team since they were about 8 years old and has been extremely generous with his time and effort in bringing on the hurling skills of this group. Always tries to ensure every lad gets a game.
has been with this panel since it came together about 5 years ago. His attention
to every hurling skill and the steady hurling progress of every member of the
panel is second to none. Looks after the first aid.
Brian is a very good analyst of hurling games and focuses on the strengths and areas for improvement in individual team members. He really motivates the lads to get out on the pitch and do their best.
Tony has also spent many years training various Rocky hurling teams. We are delighted to welcome Tony on board the u12 panel this year, as his experience will be invaluable. Takes charge of the training and skill drills.
Ger has been with this panel since it came together. He concentrates also on developing the hurling skills of the lads on the panel. Does some of the paperwork and sends out letters etc
The panel spent the winter hurling on the astro pitch at Ashton School. The turnout every Friday night was incredible, and the hurling was very enjoyable. Hurling under lights was an unusual experience for us all but it showed that it could be done.
takes place at Church Road every Monday evening starting at 6.45 pm and
continuing until 8.15 pm.
Ray Norberg has been able to rejoin the panel following injury; we are delighted to welcome him back. Michael McKenzie and Garry O Mahony have recently registered for the first time …welcome on board!
The team performed brilliantly against a very sporting Durlas Og team from Thurles at Church Road before the recent Cork/Tipperary league game. The team panels for our two league teams have been finalised. We have entered two teams the Rockies and Blackrock. Click here for the team list We would like to thank the lads from the Under 11 group who have joined us for the league campaigns in order to ensure that we have enough players. So thanks David, Eoin, Mark, Pat, Graham, Colmán, David, Elliot, Paul, Shane, Paul and David, hope you enjoy the experience! We wish Howie Leahy well following his recent injury, and welcome back Darren Griffin after his recent absence through injury. After playing rugby in England, Wales and France, Patrick Parfrey returned to play hurling against Durlas Og. We hear Olan Kelleher is performing heroics with Gaelscoil Mhachain
Matches will be posted on the website as details are obtained.Team panels will follow.