With the playing season winding down and the squads finishing up, there has been a huge amount of activity over the past 2 months. Rebel Óg Coaching Monster Blitzes, Mini Leagues, Development Squads and Cúl Camps were in full flow. Our Cúl Camps have hit record numbers and our football & hurling development squads have had success in recent Tournaments. A reminder to all clubs not to lose focus on the Benchmarking 2020 Vision initiative criteria which will be assessed at year end.
Well, summer is over and Cul Camps are now finished for another year, with numbers yet again increased for the 5th year running. We have had over 120 camps around the county with over 19,000 young children taking part. Its great to see that clubs are availing of the Cul Camp to introduce new members to Hurling, Football, Camogie, Ladies Football, Rounders, Handball and other fun games and activities.
A big well done to all the clubs who held Camps and to all coordinators, coaches assistant coaches, committee members, first aiders, parents who helped out on the days, and to the children who took part we say well done to you all.
Our hurling squads had a very busy weekend last with the U14s in Waterford for the All Ireland A&B Competitions. The U15s travelled to Tipperary to contest the Arrabawn U15 All Ireland with A&B squads and our U16’s travelled to Mallow to contest the Eugene Carey U16 tournament. This was the only age group where it wasn’t an All-Ireland competition. Counties were split between Wexford and Cork to make up 2 groups.
Cork returned with four trophies from the six competitions that they competed at the weekend. The U14s had a great weekend where they won both the Tony Forristal and Sonny Walsh competitions. A lot of good work went on in schools, schools and regional squads up to June which helped the county squad when coming together in July. Well done to all involved.
Cork U15s played Clare in the semi-final, unfortunately Clare got a run on us early on and the lads never really got going. Clare were fully deserving winners and won the final against Tipperary after. We then had to play Galway in the plate final and the lads put in a great performance to beat a fine Galway side. The B team had 2 great results over Tipperary and Galway to win out the B tournament. Both performances were excellent.
Cork U16s had 2 squads in action. Our “A” squad were in a group with Clare and Dublin with top 2 teams going through to semi-finals to play Limerick, Galway or Laois. Our B team were up first and defeated Kilkenny in a close game. In the 2nd match we won comfortably against Kerry. Having topped the group Cork were declared winners of the B Tournament.
Cork A played Clare and ran out comfortable winners then played Dublin straight after and in a very tough physical game Dublin won. Cork beat limerick in the semi-final. Galway beat Dublin in the other semi-final to set up a final with Cork. Galway opted to play with the breeze and got off to a good start and try as they might Cork lost by 5 points in the end
On Wednesday 8th of Aug and Thursday 9th Aug Pairc Ui Chaoimh was a hive of activity with U12 teams coming from Waterford, Kerry, Clare, Limerick, Tipperary and of course Cork to take part in the Munster Activity Stadium days. This is an initiative run by Munster GAA inviting clubs to take part in blitzes in the stadiums around Munster. Clubs could avail of a chance to play hurling or football in Semple Stadium Thurles, Pairc Ui Chaoimh Cork, Fitzgerald Park Killarney, The GAA Grounds Limerick.
Well done to all the clubs and teams who took part in Cork. Each club got 1 hour playing time on the field playing 3 short matches of 20 mins apiece before a stadium tour with Cork Senior Footballer Sean Powter who brought the lads through the dressing rooms, the first aid rooms, the players gym, the warm up areas and finishing in the press room where the young players could ask questions just like a normal press conference after a big game. All in all it was a great day out for the young players.
On Tuesday 14th August the Munster Fe 14 Óg Iomáint took place in CIT. With teams from Cork, Clare, Limerick, Kerry Tipperary & Waterford taking part it was a full day of Hurling through skills and games. The Schedule was quite busy with each of the boys getting plenty of time on the ball in coaching sessions and Inter county games from the various coaches from around Munster. A big thank you must go to all the staff at CIT under Keith Ricken GAA Officer in CIT.
(v) Go Games U9, U10 & U11 Leagues.
For 2018, Rebel óg Coaching are to continue with developing the Go Games Structure to provide a suitable Games Program for all boys from U7 to U11. The first half of the years programs have gone well at U9, U10 & U11 with many clubs delighted with the format and we are now working through the second half of the program where teams are now placed in groups with teams of equal strength based on results from the first half of the program.
For more information on any of our upcoming leagues fixtures please click the relevant link to see what teams are in your groups and what dates your games are on.
U11 Leagues https://rebelogcoaching.com/clubs/u11-leagues/
CLUBS ARE REMINDED TO HAVE YOUNG WHISTLERS PRESENT AT EACH BLITZ. THIS IS PART OF THEIR BENCHMARKING ACCREDITATION PROCESS FOR 2018.
(vi) Community Camp with Cork Sports Partnership
During the year Cork Sports Partnership in association with various sporting bodies in Cork get together to run a summer camp for children of various ages and backgrounds in the Glen Resource centre. Again this year Cork GAA were delighted to be part of this project providing coaches Gavin Webb and Denis Murphy to assist during the camp. Cork GDA Shane Supple who has been providing courses for this project was also on hand at the Glen Resource Centre and on behalf of Cork GAA made a presentation of some equipment and gear to the young players.
Over the 3 weeks of August Cork North GDA, Pat Spratt had organised a schedule of 7 a side hurling games for clubs in the region. With 20 clubs registered to take part in the games, and teams were split into 6 venues with 3 – 4 teams per venue. Each week a different club got to host games and this club took charge of setting out the pitches and organising for a young whistler referee for the games.
The rules of the games were modifed to improve the speed and skill levels of players in the region. Though it is an u13 initiative , u14 players who struggled to get game time at their own age were welcomed and likewise u13 players who were considered “advanced” and playing at multiple grades were not intended to be involved.
The clubs that took part were:Buttevant, Croke Rovers, Mallow, Shandrum, Charleville, Kilshannig, Clyda Rovers, Ballyhea, St Dominics, St Marks, Milstreet, Ballycastle Gaels, Kildorrery, Kilavullen, Fermoy, Kilara Og, Banteer, Doneraile, Dromtarriffe and Ballygiblin.
It proved a very worthwhile venture with positive feedback from mentors and players alike. Rebel Og Coaching are looking at advancing this project from a pilot to a countywide initiative in 2019.
September sees the start of the next season of Coach Education with workshops and coaching courses planned for the next few months in and around the county. Any club wishing to run a Foundation course or an Award 1 course can have the club secretary contact Coach Education Administrator Shane Supple GDA to organise their courses. All information regarding requirements and booking courses can be found online.
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These Articles were published in The Evening Echo August 28th & 29th by John Bohane Tuesday Aug 28th 2018 Underage Teams are giving Cork hope Football by John Bohane After a disappointing season for the Cork adult football teams, the underage teams provided a glimmer of optimism. The Cork U16 footballers beat Kerry to claim the Munster Football title in …
(viii) GDA Contact Information
Ronan Dwane: Cork County Coaching Officer Coachingofficer.firstname.lastname@example.org
Kevin O Callaghan: Games Manager 086-8532375 Kevin.email@example.com
Sean Crowley: GDA Cork City North Side & Hurling Development Squads 086-0548533 Sean.firstname.lastname@example.org
Colm Crowley: GDA Mid Cork & Child Initiatives Co ordinator 086-3687799 email@example.com
Paudie O’Brien: GDA Cork City Southside & Cul Camps 086-7725411 Paudie.firstname.lastname@example.org
James McCarthy: GDA West Region & Football Development Squads 087-7799531 email@example.com
Pat Spratt: GDA North Region & Youth Initiatives 086-8922800 Pat.Spratt.firstname.lastname@example.org,
Shane Supple: GDA East & Coach Education Administrator 087-4327261 email@example.com