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 2-13 Limerick 0-04
Cork 2-14 Wexford 0-05
Cork 5-17 Laois 0-05
Final Cork 2-15 Kilkenny 3-06
Cork 2-10 Kerry 2-08
Cork 1-10 Galway 0-04
Semi-final Cork 7-04 Clare 0-04
Final Cork 2-07 Tipperary 2-07 ( Cork won on penalties)
Cork U15s after qualifying for the Cup tournament after defeating Kilkenny in the quarter final a few weeks back were hopeful that the good work in training and practice games would stand to them against a very strong Clare team 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. Lessons were learned from the first game and the lads put in a great performance to beat a fine Galway side. Overall it was a mixed day after the disappointment of losing to Clare in semi-finals. But in the 3 games the lads played at the top level they have beaten Kilkenny and Galway, so it shows that we are up there with them best at this age.
The B team had 2 great results over Tipperary and Galway to win out the B tournament. Both performances were excellent. We have had plenty of cases where players have played on the B squads in the past at this age groups and have gone on to play county minor/senior. We have no doubt that this will be the case again from some players in this group who haven’t fully developed yet but are showing signs of ability.
Well done to management and players. Between the Munster U15 divisional tournament and county squads throughout the summer a lot of good work has taking place.
U15 A Cup semi-final
Clare 3-20 Cork 1-11
3rd/4th place final
Cork 2-22 Galway 0-24
U15 B Cup semi-final
Cork 3-15 Tipperary 1-06
Cork 2-13 Galway 1-11
Cork U16s had 2 squads in Mallow last Saturday. 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 in the other group. The “B” squad played Kilkenny and Kerry in a round robin with top team the winners.
Our B team were up first and defeated Kilkenny in a close game. We led for long periods of the game, but Kilkenny came back strong and levelled the game with few minutes remaining. Cork showed great resolve and dug out the win with late goal and point. In the 2nd match we won comfortably against Kerry. Having topped the group Cork were declared winners of the B Tournament. This was a great opportunity for those involved to put hands up for selection for next year’s Cork minors. Well done and thanks to all the players involved in both games.
Cork A team played Clare in first match and ran out very comfortable winners. By winning by such a big margin Cork had more or less guaranteed qualification to semi-final stages. Cork played Dublin straight after and in a very tough physical game Dublin won out by 3 points. Clare then beat Dublin in the 3rd game to guarantee Cork finished as group winners and Dublin came 2nd. Cork played limerick in the semi-final stages and after a nervy start pulled away just before half time when getting 2 goals to build a lead. Galway beat Dublin in the other semi-final to set up a final with Cork. In the final Galway opted to play with the breeze and got off to a good start and put a few scores on the board to be ahead by 7 points at half time. The second half was tit for tat early on before Cork got a goal to reduce the margin. Try as they might the failed to bring back the lead and lost by 5 points in the end as the games were only 15 mins a half at this stage of tournament there was a lot of tired and sore bodies at the end of the day. Thanks to players and management for all the work throughout the year
Eugene Carey Tournament
Cork 4-16 Clare 0-08
Cork 1-9 Dublin 1-12
Cork 4-13 Limerick 1-10
Galway 1-11 Cork 1-06
Cork 2-12 Kilkenny 1-13
Cork 3-27 Kerry 1-10
Kerry 2-16 Kilkenny 6-16
Winners of B Tournament Cork