Intermediate Team


July 2007

Intermediate Championship (relegation playoff) 

Blackrock 3 - 9 St. Finbarr's 1 - 9 

played at Pairc Ui Rinn on Sunday 15th July 2007.

Blackrock preserved their intermediate status with a well merited victory over a determined St. Finbarrs side in the relegation encounter played at Pairc Ui Rinn on Sunday 15th July 2007.

Blackrock fielding a relatively young team made an excellent start and the Barrs were playing catch up for the entire game. Goals from Barry Hennebry, Shane Norberg and David Meyler put the Rockies in the driving seat. There was little open hurling in the game due to the tension involved however the Rockies were taking the game to their opponents throughout the half and led from start to finish.

The Barrs initially depended largely on Aidan Cronin for frees. However Paddy Crowley added two fine points for the Barrs and with Alan McCarthy chipping in another it looked as if they would come back into the game.

However a trademark weaving run from Barry Hennebry, resulted in a goal just before half time and left the interval score at 3 - 4 to 0 - 7. Barry Hennebry made a major contribution with a total of 1 -5 (four points from frees) prior to his departure with an injury late in the second half.

Scores were difficult to come by in the second half as the tension increased. A goal for St.Finbarrs about 10 minutes from time from Ronan Maher gave the Rockies some late worries. It depended on a save from Pat O'Sullivan in goal in the final minutes to prevent another Barrs goal.

Garry Norberg had a brilliant hour and cleared ball after ball, while the half back line of Ruairi Wedel, Brian Ahern and JP Carroll were solid all through. Barry Hennebry had an excellent outing

A nasty incident 5 minutes from time resulted in two players one from each side seeing straight red cards.

This was an important victory for Blackrock and it was especially satisfying for the Church Road supporters to witness the younger players step up to the mark in a vital game

Blackrock: Alan Long; Alex Hogan, Garry Norberg, Colm O'Brien, Ruairi Wedel, Brian Ahern, JP Carroll, David O'Shea, Shane Norberg; ( 1 - 1) Barry Hennebry,(1 - 5) Brian O'Sullivan,(0 - 1) David Meyler; (1 - 0) Paul O'Sullivan,(0 - 1) Ken O'Connell, David Coughlan (0 - 1). Subs used; Pat O'Sullivan, Ger Buckley, Eoin O'Brien, Roy Power.




Feb 2007

Intermediate Hurling


Blackrock 1-12 Nemo Rangers 0-14


Sunday Feb. 4th 2007


Congratulation to the Blackrock Intermediate hurlers on retaining their Intermediate status with a one point victory over a very committed Nemo Rangers team after a hard fought contest at Pairc Ui Rinn on Sunday 4th February. It was a case of Blackrock's "young guns" coming good in the club's hour of need with great performances from Brian Cashman who scored 1 - 4, Paul O'Sullivan, Mike O'Donoghue, Graham Howard etc. This team will now go on to meet St. Vincents in the Evening Echo Cork County Intermediate Hurling Championship 2007.


June 2006

Intermediate Hurling Championship 

Played at Bishopstown on Friday 23rd June. 

Blackrock 1 - 10 St. Vincents 1 - 13. 

This was a very tense match with little open hurling due to the fear of relegation for the losers. 

Blackrock fielding a very young team had much of the possession however an inability to score eventually cost them the game. 

Eoin O'Brien in particular when moved to centre forward was outstanding and put over 5 points from play. Brian Cashman had converted the Blackrock goal midway through the first half. 

Leading by just two points entering the final minutes, Jason Daly's low shot struck the back of the Rocky net and the team face the losers of Nemo Rangers and Cobh to decide which faces the dreaded drop.


Intermediate Hurling Championship. 

Played at Ballygarvan on Saturday 3rd June.

Blackrock 3 – 9 Eire Og 0 – 18.

With goals from Gearoid Cleary, Paul O’Sullivan and Joe Young, Blackrock looked to have this match won when they led by 5 points after half time in this game played in ideal conditions during the Bank Holiday weekend. 

However the free taking ability of young Ciaran Sheehan for Eire Og (he scored 8 points from placed balls) kept Eire Og in it. 

Alan Long was outstanding in goal for the Rockies and while they should have won the game, the 8 minutes of extra time enabled Eire Og to level matters in the run in.



May 2006

Intermediate Hurling Championship. 

Played at Carrigaline Saturday 13th May. 

Blackrock 1 - 12 Ballygarvan 0 - 17

This was a very entertaining game of hurling played before a large crowd at sunny Carrigaline. The result was in doubt right up to the final minutes and could have gone either way. The Rockies had started well with a goal and a point from Ian Walsh. The goal came after a huge sideline cut from Mark Russell dropped into the square. In the 24th minute, Alan Long saved a penalty from Stephen White.

A midway the south east side were ahead by a point 0 - 9 to 1 - 5. The sides were together at 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15 points each in the second half. It was clear however that the Rockies were working harder for their scores whereas Stephen and Gary White for Ballygarvan were picking off easier points. Long booming puck outs from Alan Long initially caused all sorts of problems for the Ballygarvan defence; however once centreback Ger Spillane quickly got wise to it he made numerous clearances. Gearoid Cleary, Brian Cashman (2), Colm O'Brien and Enda Kiely were on target in the second half.

This was a good display from the Rockies, with relative newcomers Brian Ahern, Alex Hogan and JP Carroll performing well. There is no reason why they should not go through the backdoor with confidence and come back in much stronger.

Team; Alan Long, Alec Hogan,Richard Curtin,Garry Norberg,Kevin Murphy,Ger Buckley, Brian Aherne,TJ Coughlan, Mark Russell, Eoin O'Briain,Ian Walsh,Brian Cashman, gearoid Cleary, Enda Kiely, Paul O'Sullivan. Subs used: JPCarroll, Aidan Ryan, Dave Coughlan.


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May 2005

Intermediate Hurling Championship.

Played at Pairc Ui Rinn.

Saturday night May 21st 2005

Blackrock 4 --- 7 Ballymartle 1 --- 16.

Ballymartle should have won this game comfortably, the south east side led by 8 points at one stage in the first half and by 6 points at half time, 1 ---11 to 1 --- 5. Only a Sean Coakley goal after 12 minutes following some good work by Brian Cashman kept the Rockies within distance of Ballymartle in the first half.

When Colin O'Reilly goaled early in the second half after again some excellent work by Enda Kiely and Cashman and when Coakley added a point it left just two points in it. A flurry of points from Ballymartle put them back in the driving seat again until Enda Kiely struck for a goal after 40 minutes. Dave Coakley added a point to leave the score at 1 --- 16 to 3 --- 7 after 50 minutes.

Scores were hard to come by in the final minutes however O'Reilly again banged in the all important equaliser in the final moments to ensure the Rockies get another outing. There was great spirit displayed by this team and hopefully they will not be too depleted by transfers to the Senior team for the championship game on Saturday 28th May.

It was nice to see Alan Cummins back again although he picked up a slight injury. Colin O'Reilly seems to have recovered his goal poaching ability. The team worked hard for each other and hopefully will enjoy success in the replay. A draw on the night was a fair result.



Intermediate Hurling Championship.


First Round played at Ballyanley.


Sunday May 1st 2005.


Blackrock 1 --- 9  Kanturk 1 --- 15


The fact that Fergus Browne of Kanturk pointed 10 frees during the course of this game tells its own story. This was a tight match and could have gone either way however the North Cork side finished the stronger. Brian Cashman whipped in the Rockies goal within seconds of the throw in and they looked to be on their way.


Kanturk with a very young side survived this initail onslaught and worked away to stay in it against the wind in the first half. Blackrock led at the break 1 --- 5 to 7 points.


Derek Gosnell fired over two points from frees early on the second half. The turning point came when after a series of passes; Niall Hayes scored a vital goal for Kanturk in the 46th minute. David Coakley and Derek Gosnell again closed the gap; however Fergus Browne added two more points to leave Kanturk celebrating.




Dec 2004


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