GAA Coaching Update June

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Cork GAA Coaching Update June 2017

(i) Cork Celtic Challenge

The Bank of Ireland Celtic Challenge  is the only competition in hurling that has teams from all 32 counties participating. This year Cork entered four teams, Cork City, Cork East, Cork West & Cork North. All teams acquitted themselves well reaching semi or quarter final stages after 5 rounds of competition with the North Cork team reaching the Division 2 Final against Antrim. On the day Antrim were too strong for North Cork and won out in the end but a big well done to all involved in this competition. For More information and photos click here

(ii) Rebel Óg Football Squads Announced

On Saturday afternoon 10th June 2017 in Cork IT GAA grounds in Bishopstown, the Rebel Og Football Squads at U15 and U16 for 2017 were launched ahead of their competitions in early July following a six-month trial period which included training camps, inter-regional tournaments and on-going trials. On the day the players went through some training sessions and games under the watchful eyes of their mentors and parents in the stands, while some of our U14 Regional panels, who were also present in CIT on the day,were playing games on the various pitches at CIT Ground before all players were presented with their training tops and socks and shorts for the coming season.

Kevin O’Callaghan Games Manager, John Purcell, Cathaoirleach Coiste na n-Óg Chorcaí, Kevin O’Donovan, Oifigeach Oiliúna County Coaching Officer and Ger Lane,  Cathaoirleach Coiste Chontae Chorcaí all spoke on the day about the importance of these underage players to Cork and thanked everyone for the support and help in putting these squads in place. For more information and photos from the launch follow the link here.

(iii) Cork Poc Fada Competition

Cork GAA, Rebel Og Coaching and Games were delighted to announce winners  of the 2017 Cork County Poc Fada which took place at the Garryvoe Beach on Monday June 12th at 6pm with contestants from the following clubs St. Catherines, Inniscarra, Belgooly, Ballymartle, Kilshannig, Fr O Neills, Carrigtwohill, Youghal and Kiltha Og for the Senior Mens and the Under 16’s competition with only 3 points separating the first three places at the end of the competition.

Cork Senior Poc Fada Winner 2017 – Eoin Davis from St Catherines
Cork U16 Poc Fada Winner 2017 Jack McGann from Kiltha Og

Congratulations to Jack McGann who went on to represent Cork in the Munster U16 competition  which was held in Co Clare on Sat 24th June, where he finished in joint 2nd place. For more photos and info click here


(iv) Regional U14 Football

Four teams met in Ballincollig on June 20th to play in our annual Regional Shield between the North, West, Mid West and City East. Weather conditions were perfect as the four teams took to the pitches at 11am with The City East playing the West on pitch 2 and The North playing the Mid West on Pitch 1.

The winners of these two games then faced off in the Final with the North coming out winners over the West on pitch 1 while on Pitch 2 The Mid West were winners over the City East both very close games.

Well done to all mentors and players for travelling on the day and to Ballincollig we say thank you for the use of the fantastic facilities, we must also thank our officials who refereed both games today. For more photos and Info click here


(v) Fe14 Óg Peil

On Tuesday 13th June the Munster Fe 14 Óg Peil  took place in CIT.  With teams from Cork, Clare, Limerick, Kerry Tipperary & Waterford taking part it was a full day of Gaelic Football through skills and games.

The Schedule was quite busy with each of the boys getting plenty of time on the ball. Apart from games there was the skills competition from Technical Skill Development, Game Situations,  Team Defence,  Individual Defence followed by an Inter County Skills Competition then they covered Warm Up, Stretching & Developing Flexibility, Individual & Team Attack followed by Inter County Game to Assess Individual Attack in a Game Situation and finishing with an Inter County Skills Finals.

On the game side of things Cork players were selected from each of the regions with 5 players from each region drawn from the hat to attend on the day.

Óg Peil Coaches 2017
Waterford Coach James McCarthy GDA Cork
Tipperary Coach PJ Reidy GDA Kerry
Kerry Coach Ollie Coffey GDA Limerick
Limerick Coach Barry Dunne GDA Waterford
Cork Coach Kevin Halley GDA Tipperary
Clare Coach Mike Quirke GDA Kerry

Óg Peil Coordinators 2017
Munster Joe Carton Provincial Games Manager
Pat O Shea Provincial Games Manager
Joe Reddington M.I.C.L.
CIT Keith Ricken GAA Officer – CIT

For more information and photos click here


(vi) Kellogs GAA Cúl Camps Website Launched 

The Kelloggs  GAA Cúl Camps are returning for 2017 and people can now book places online. Cork are again leading the way offering 114 camps and with an exciting range of gear for 2017 it is anticipated that demand will be near the 16,500 children who attended Cork camps in 2016. To register log on to


(vii) Cork Primary Schools Skills Competition Finals

This years Cork Primary School Skills Finals in both Hurling and Football took place in Nemo Rangers on Friday 2nd June starting at 10am for the football and 1pm for the hurling all schools were invited to send in a team of 3 boys to represent their school in each code. The top teams from the competition in the hurling and football went on to the Munster finals in Mallow on June 7th representing Cork against the other top teams from Kerry, Clare, Waterford, Limerick and Tipperary

Each team of 3 boys had to complete the different skills with points added for each skill successfully completed. Hurling – Solo with ball on hurley between poles, Long puck, Passing skills, Sideline cuts, Striking from the hand over the crossbar. Football – Solo with ball between poles, Free taking, Passing skills, Kicking from the hand over the crossbar

The Winners of the 2017 Cork Primary School Football Skills finals were Scoil Mhuire na Trócaire, Buttevant

The Winners of the 2017 Cork Primary School Hurling Skills finals were Beaumont Boys School

(viii) Munster Super 10’s

A great day of Hurling & Football was held throughout Munster on teh 27th May as the Munster Super 10’s U15 competition preliminary rounds took place across the Province. Over 30 Cork Clubs took part in this competition giving their U15’s game time at different venues throughout the day. Inniscarra, Castlehaven, Carbery Rangers, Ilen Rovers, St Finbarrs, Sliabh Rua, Ballycastle Gaels, Carrigtwohill, Erin’s Own, Kiltha Og, Duarigle Gaels, St Malachys, Kilshannig, Fermoy, Carrigaline, Nemo Rangers, Mitchelstown, Clondrohid, Bantry, Western Gaels, Sam Maguires, Douglas Mallow, Glanmire, Newmarket, St Colmans, Blarney, Kilbrittain, Carrignavar, Ballincollig and Buttevant

Well done to Buttevant who were overall winners at the Finals Stages which was held on June the 10th with the winners from each of the group sections meeting on the day.

for photos and info click here

(ix) GDA News Roundup

Go Games Matches & Blitzes in Cork have hit record highs so far in 2017. Since March 2017,  Rebel Og Coaching & Games have coordinated Go Games from Fé7 to Fé11 in both Hurling and Football through Blitzes and individual Games. Our target is to provide meaningful and competitive games for all children on a regular basis. Looking at the figures for the for the time period from March to June we have large numbers of Young players taking to the field in both codes each week.

Here are our numbers so far:
Blitzes Fé7/8:1,589 teams:2,384 games:62 venues:3,600 players: 11match days.
Fé9:623 games: 59 Football clubs: 52 Hurling clubs: 1,100 individual players
Fé10:1,029 games: 106 Football clubs: 92 Hurling clubs: 2,270 players.
Fé11:581 games: 56 Football clubs: 52 Hurling clubs: 1,220 players

In total, 4,617 games have been played: 8,190 children have taken part

It has been another busy month in March for our GDA’s. Here is a flavour of the work going on around the county in addition to all the above.

Pat Spratt  has overseen coaching programme at Primary School level involving Ballygiblin NS,  Banteer NS,  Lyre NS,  Derrinagree NS,  Knocknagree NS,  Meelin NS and Freemount NS before the summer break along with club visits to Mallow, Kanturk, Banteer and Fermoy as well as running the GAA for all programme, currently he is working with clubs running their Cul Camps.

James McCarthy has been busy in West Cork with u13 boys is very active with u 14 sessions in Skibbereen, Bantry, Macroom, Clonakilty and more sessions in Ballyvourney, Ballingeary. Our County U17 squads which James is managing have also been very active beating Waterford the the quarter finals, currently he is working with clubs running their Cul Camps.

Sean Crowley has been involved with Cork U17 Hurling championship’s and has been involved with the City U13 open summer season coaching session in hurling and football on on Wednesdays and U13 blitz games Fridays as well as helping his local clubs with Cul Camps in his area

Shane Supple has been busy in East Cork and overseeing our Coach Education program with courses and workshops exceeding last years targets He has been meeting many clubs over the last number of weeks and will be contacting more over the next month and involved with his U13 open Season Coaching session on Wed and Fri and visiting Cul Camps in his area

Colm Crowley has been busy managing the U9, U10 & U11 leagues and running workshops for mentors of those teams in the different areas. He has also been meeting his clubs over the last few weeks and will be continuing to do so going forward as well as coaching with the regional squads. he is currently working with clubs who are running their Cul Camps

Paudie O Brien has overseen a coaching programme at Primary School level and is involved in the  Fé 16 Hurling squads and Fé 17 Celtic Challenge East Squads. Paudie has been working with all clubs involved in Cul Camps over the last several weeks making sure that everyone has the gear and equipment required for another busy season of Camps in Cork

Noel Crowley has been involved organising the Post Primary Schools blitzs and the recent Lord Mayors Cup over the last few weeks and currently is organising and managing our Cul Camps in Cork for 2017

For More information on all our activities, courses, workshops etc please visit our website


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