Pat Spratt GDA Newsletter for April

Month of April National schools coaching Rathcoole NS, Ballyhass NS, Boherbue NS, Milstreet NS, Hollymount NS, Knocknagree NS, Cloughoula NS, Banteer NS, Burnfort NS,Baltydaniel NS,  Mitchelstown CBSNS, Ballygiblin NS, Ballyhooly Ns, Newmarket BNS. Junior, Senior infant and first class pupils in schools around the region have started their 3 week coaching sessions this month. All 64 primary schools in the region will get their 3 week sessions in the coming months.
Month of April Post Primary schools Patrician Academy Mallow, Boherbue, Buttevant, Milstreet CS Colaiste Treasa Kanturk, Colmans Fermoy, Charleville CBS Coaching of school teams from u14 up in football and hurling has taken place in these schools all other post primary schools in the region will also be receiving coaching in the upcoming weeks.

-Congratulations to the Charleville CBS Rice Cup team who were beat in semi final by Ard scoil. Charleville had a very young team made up of all first years.
-Congratulations to St. Colmans Fermoy on winning the Lord Mayors Cup this month also.
-Congratulations also to Colaiste Treasa U16.5 footballers on winning the Muster south competition and progressing to the Munster final.
-Congratulations also to Boherbue CS on winning the senior C county football final, beating Colaiste Mhuire Buttevant in the semi final on their way.
-Well done to the Patrician Academy u14 footballers who qualified for the county B final to be played later in May, Their hurling team will also compete in the county B semi final in the coming weeks.
-Commiserations to Mitchelstown CBS senior footballers who were beat in the county b final and their u15 hurlers who were beat in the Munster semi final last week.
As you can see there is a lot of work being done in our Post Primary schools in the North region and its starting to pay off at this time of the year. Well done to all involved.

Month of April U14, 15, & 16 Regional / county squads Across the region
The u14 footballers and hurlers are still training and playing inter-regional challenge games this month, and the squads have been reduced to 30 from 40 in preparation for the summer.
u15 & u16 footballers and hurlers are preparing for their summer tournaments training in Pairc Ui Chaoimh and CIT.
April 3rd and 4th Easter camp Mallow I ran a very successful Easter camp for 2005 born players on April 3rd and 4th in Mallow Gaa complex. This camp was open to ALL players born in this year. At this camp the players were skills tested in both football and hurling, given a talk on nutrition and introduced to some S&C and injury prevention training. These players were registered and will be contacted directly when the u13 pods start up during the Summer.
Minor footballers

Well done to the Cork minor footballers who disposed of Waterford in the Munster quarter finals this month. Included in the squad were 8 players from the North region from : Mallow, Buttevant, Glanworth, Ballycastle Gaels, Duaraigle Gaels and Clyda Rovers. Best of luck to the squad and selector Billy O’Connor (Cullen) in the semi final Vs Kerry in Tralee on May 8th.

Month of April Club visits / workshops Kildorrery, Boherbue, Granard Gaels, Duaraigle Gaels, Dromtarriffe, Ballyhooly, Mitchelstown, Milford and Newmarket, All these clubs booked in for a club coaching workshop with me this month, I’m already getting full for May, so if your club wants a workshop carried out contact me asap.
April 21st Regional Monster Blitz Knocknagree, Kilshannig and Rockchapel

The regional monster blitz, which would usually be held in one venue was split into 3 this month due to damage from rain around the region. Thanks to the 3 clubs that stepped in and offered their facilities so our young players could get out playing.

U6 games will be starting on Wednesday 23rd of May. I will be sending out a programme for these games shortly.

Benchmarking Well done to the following clubs which registered for benchmarking for 2018:
Shandrum, Buttevant, Newmarket, Dromtarriffe, St. Marks, Kanturk, Kilara Og, Croke Rovers, Milford, Kildorrery, Granard Gaels, Mitchelstown/Ballygiblin, Knocknagree, Fermoy, Duaraigle Gaels, Shanballymore, Castletownroche, Ballyhea, Clyda Rovers, Kilavullen, Mallow, Banteer/Lyre, Charleville, Ballyclough, St. Peters, Boherbue, Glanworth, Kilshannig and Ballyhooly
Upcoming  Events
Month of May Primary schools Castletownroche NS, Milford NS, Analientha NS, Newmarket BNS, Banteer NS, Glantaine NS, Dromahane NS, Bweeing NS, Ballyhooly NS and Ballyclough NS.
We will continue with our visits and coaching sessions in primary schools across the region.
Month of May Post Primary schools Patrician Academy Mallow,  Millstreet Community, Boherbue Comprehensive, Buttevant, Colaiste Treasa Kanturk, Colmans Fermoy, Craoibhin Fermoy, Charleville CBS. Post Primary schools coaching and TY courses will continue this month in  schools across the region.
Month of May U14, U15 & 16 Development squads U14 football and hurling squads will continue their preparations for the upcoming tournaments.
The u 15 and 16 regional squads are finished now but there is a large group of these players will be training with County squads over the next few weeks in both hurling and football.
May Club visits Clubs already booked for a workshop:
Ballyhooly, Newmarket, Kildorrery, Dromtarriffe, Mitchelstown, Meelin, Milford and Ballyhea

I’m taking club visits bookings now. Clubs who submitted for benchmarking in 2017 will get preference. I will be available to meet on Monday or Wednesday evenings  from 7pm. Places will be given on a “first come, first serve” basis. 

For these meetings the club needs to decide if they want:

– a club structure meeting where we bring in the club administrators and coaches and discuss the club from top to bottom and assess where the club is at.

– a benchmarking review where look at last years submission and plan for the club going forward.

– a coaching workshop, where I run a practical workshop in hurling or football with the coaches of all age groups in the club.

May Minor teams Best of luck to both the minor footballers and hurlers and their managements who begin their Munster championship campaigns next month, especially the players from the North region which is strongly represented on both panels.

Pat Spratt

GDA for Avondhu / Duhallow