Clonakilty under 16 hurlers take on Ibane Gaels in Ahiohill on Wednesday, August 14 th at 7.30 in the West Region championship
Clonakilty under 16 footballers advanced to the county premier 2 quarter-final as a result of a hard fought win over Kanturk on Saturday, July 27th in Macroom. Final score was 3-16 to 2-05
Clonakilty under 16 footballers easily defeated Whitechurch in the opening round of the 2013 county premier 2 championship at Coachford on Monday July 8th
Clonakilty under 14 hurlers played a thrilling draw with St. Patricks, 2-09 to 3-06 on Saturday, June 29th. Replay is fixed for Wednesday, July 2nd. Time and venue TBC
Clonakilty under 14 hurlers defeated Newcestown by 4-06-to 2-03 in the championship game in Enniskeane on Sunday, June 16th.
On Saturday, May 11th a very successful under 16 Invitation Football tournament, generously sponsored by Walsh's Supermarket, Pearse Street, Clonakilty was run off in Ahamilla as part of the celebration of the club's 125th year in existence. Eight teams took part and they were divided into two groups of four teams each, giving a minmum of three games to each team. It was 17 minutes a half and the format proved very successful. Clon created a major shock in the very first game by defeating hot favourites, Douglas, always a force at this level. In their next game they beat Nemo Rangers and then played a titanic battle with Bantry, eventually staging a great comeback to win by a single point. In the meantime, Carrigaline and St. Finbarrs emerged from the other half, with Glanmite and Ahan Gaels being eliminated. The semi-final saw Clon lose out by the minmun marging to Carrigaline while Douglas got the better of St. Finbarrs. Douglas then defeated Carrigaline in the final. Overall, it was a trmendous day's football and great praise goes to James O Donovan and all of the volunteers who helped him in running off the competition so well. Thanks also to Walsh's Supermarket for the generous sponsorship.
Training for under 8 football on Thursdays at 6pm and training for under 8 hurling on Saturdays at 11-30 am. Parents strongly urged to attend to help and support.
Clonakilty under 16 footballers easily defeated Eire Og in the latest county premier 2 football league game on Monday, March 25th in Ovens
Clonakilty under 16 footballers took on Valley Rovers in the county premier 2 championship semi-final in Brinny on Friday, September 21 st. On a lovely evening and on a perfect pitch Clon were much the livelier side in the opening exchanges and the Valley Rovers boys, despite enjoying home advantage, seemed to be very slow to settle. Clon were winning a lot of ball around the middle and all six forwards looked lively and dangerous in possesion. David Lowney opened the scoring in the second minute with a good point from play, taken from out on the right wing and into the roadside goal. Though some further scoring opportunities were squandered, Clon added excellent scores from play by Ross Mannix, Josh Henry, Ciaran Crowley and Joe White. David Lowney then scored a fine point from a free and Josh Henry added one from play, leaving Clon seven points to the good after twnety minutes of play.
Clonakilty under 16 A hurlers captured the 2012 West Region title in tremendous fashion in Ballinascarthy on Thursday August 23rd by virtue of a 4-17 to 1-6 win over Ibane Gaels (Timoleague and Barryroe combined)
Clonakilty under 16 hurlers captured the 2012 West Region A championship title in hugely impressive fashion in Ballinascarthy on Thursday August 23rd. The team had qualified for the final by virtue of a very easy win over Bandon a few weeks earlier, and Ibane Gaels, a combination of Barryroe and Timoleague, were expected to provide a much sterner test for the highly rated Clon side. The game was played on a very good pitch, but with a fresh breeze blowing from the top goal towards the roadside goal. Ibane had the advantage of the slope and wind in the opening half but it soon became clear that Clon were the stronger side. They appeared to be quicker to the ball and their first touch and striking was superior to that of their opponents. After recording a number of wides Clon openend their account after four minutes with a great goal from lethal full-forward, Eoin O Neill. Points from play follwed by Tiarnan O Connell and O Neill before Ibane finally opened their account with a point from a free. David Lowney pointed a free and the ever dangerous O Connell added another point from play. The task facing Ibane soon became even greater when O Neill struck for a second goal. A pointed free gave some hope to Ibane but David Lowney responed with a similar score immediately. With five minutes to go the break the losers finally got their first point from play but a Lowney pointed free followed. The Ibane boys did finish the half strongly and scored another pointed free before the short whistle. It was 2-6 to 0-4 as the teams retired. Clon now had the considerable benefit of both the slope and wind for the second half. While their opponents showed good determination in the opening exchanges and secured the first point of the second half it was all Clon after that. They proceeded to tear the Ibane defence apart with some great play. David Lowney pointed two frees in quick succession before adding another from play. Jack Williams then scored a tremendous point from way out on the left wing and this was followed by a cracking goal from lively substitute, Liam O Donovan. Within minutes the outstanding O Connell, causing havoc at centre forward, raced through for a brilliant individual goal. The same player added point from play and Lowney pointed a free. The losers were rewarded for their efforts shortly afterwards when they scored a goal of their own. It was to be only a temporary respite however. Ryan Miller pointed from play and Lowney did likewise. He added a point from a free and O Connell also scored from play before Liam O Donovan closed the scoring with another point from play. It was 4-17 to 1-6 when impartial referee, Kevin Crowley from the host cub brought the game to a conclusion. It was a very sporting game, played in good spirit. There were tremendous scenes of jubilation afterwards as Clon players and supporters celebrated a notable win. They had retained a title won so impressively last year after a thirty year gap. On this form they have prospects of going further in the county championship. Great credit is due to their trainors, Tom Lyons, Pa Mc Carthy, Jim O Sullivan and Fintan O Regan. All of the players can look back with pride on a wonderful performance in a final where they showed that they were by far the best team in West Cork. Darragh Mc Cullagh was soundness personified in goal and the full back line of Ciaran Crowley, Duncan Lehane and Conor Scally were the rock on which many attacks foundered. All three did well. The half back line was even more impressive. Mark Lynch, Cian O Donovan and man of the match, Emmett O Gorman, cleared their lines to great effect, with O Gorman an absolute collossus throughout. David Lowney and Eoghan Deasy dominated the middle of the field and got the better of a variety of opponents. Wing forwards, Zach Harrington and the elusive Sean Mc Evoy caused endless trouble for their opponents while Tiarnan O Connell was simply unstoppable in the centre. Eoin O Neill was outstanding at full-forward while both corner forwards, Jack Williams and Ryan Miller were dangerous throughout and took a lot of marking. Liam O Donovan came on to play a great game while David Walsh, Mark White, Alex Moore and Sean O Donoghue were other members of the panel who contributed to the successful campaign.
Clonakilty Under 13 hurlers were defeated by Sam Maguires in the replayed championship game on 22nd August 2012.
Clonakilty under 14 hurlers captured the 2012 County B title on Thursday August 2nd following a thrilling game against Banteer in Iniscarra. The game was played on a heavy pitch following much recent rain but the surface held up quite well and both teams deserve the highest praise for the standard of hurling produced. There was a fine crowd present and the game opened in lively fashion with Clon showing great spirit in the opening exchanges. Unfortunately, three quick wides were recorded by an over eager Clon attack and it was Banteer who opened the scoring with a good point from play. This sparked Clon into action and in the third minute a high ball into the Banteer square deceived the otherwise outstanding goalkeeper and finished up in the net net to give Clon a great boost. Liam O Donovan, outstanding throughout, added a point from play in the fifth minute and the strong Alex Moore added another from distance. It was all Clon now and the impressive Kyle Miller knocked over a great point from the right wing. This was followed by another point by Sean O Donoghue, also from play. Clon were making full advantage of the wind at this stage and Alex Moore scored another point from play before the Banteer boys finally lifted the siege with a point of their own from play in the 23rd minute. Clon had a number of wides then before Liam O Donovan scored a great point from play after a good run. This was quickly followed by a pointed free from O Donoghue and just as it seemed that Clon would run away with the game Banteer struck for a goal from play two minutes before the break. Liam O Donovan did respond with a fine point from play and on the stroke of half-time Alex Moore added another. Clon retired at the break leading by 1-9 to 1-2 and even though they had to face the stiff breeze in the second half they were looking comfortably in control. When O Donoghue added a point from a free straight after the restart things were looking even better. However, just as it seemed that the game might be over as a contest, everything changed in the twinkle of an eye. Banteer scored an opportunist goal when a ball was not cleared and quickly added a point from a free. The margin was suddenly down to four points and the strong breeze was clearly benefitting the rejuvenated Banteer boys. Urged on by their very large and vociferous band of supporters Banteer threw everything at Clon. Another goal from play was followed by a pointed free and the sides were level. With twelve minutes remaining and all the momentum with the Banteer side it was now odds on a win for the Duhallow boys. Clon were under severe presure and seemingly unable to mount an attack of their own. They had a few lucky escapes as the eager Banteer boys missed some glorious chances, including a close range free, to take the lead. When the need was greatest Clon's man of the match, JD O Hea emerged as the player to inspire his team mates. Time and again he cleared his lines and even found time to go forward in attack. O' Donoghue finally gave Clon some breathing space with two points from frees and these were followed by a fine point from play by Declan O Sulivan. The margin was down to a goal in the 26th minute when Banteer did score a free of their own and the Clon goal came under fierce pressure on more than one occasion. Cathal O Regan burst into life in these frantic closing minutes and got great help from Joe Hughes and Shane Collins. Behind them, Mark White, an outstanding and inspiring captain, cleared a lot of ball. With time running out on the gallant Banteer boys Gavin Murphy scored a lovely point from play and with the game well into injury time the magnificent Liam O Donovan ran over fifty metres before knocking over a superb point on the run. It was a fitting final score to a great game. The title was now securely in Clon's grasp and there were great scenes of jubilation after the final whistle was sounded by the impartial referee who had impressed everyone with his excellent handling of the game. The cup was presented to Mark White to great cheering, with the very sporting Banteer boys and their mentors remaining on in close proximity to acclaim the winning team. Though defeated, Banteer earned many friends with their totally sporting behaviour during and after the game. For Clon captain, Mark White, it was a fitting end to a campaign where he had been outstanding in all games and had shown his total commitent by delaying his departure on a family holiday in order to play in the final. Without him, it is doubtful if victory would have been achieved. In front of him, the full-back line of Cathal O Regan, Joe Hughes and Shane Collins were outstanding, especially when the need was greatest in the final quarter. Centre-back, J.D. O'Hea was the man of the match, outstanding in every thing he did, while he got great help from the consistent Liam O Connor and Andrew Jennings. Clon were well served at mid-field by the magnificent Liam O Donovan and Sean O Donoghue, with O'Donovan's point scoring and general play leaving him very close to O'Hea in the race for the man of the match award. O'Donoghue's free taking was hugely important and decisive in the vital closing quarter and he was strong in general play as well. Alex Moore had an outstsanding game at centre-forward and was instrumental in setting up many scores, as well as blocking out much of the threat from his direct opponent. Both wing forwards, Kyle Miller and Declan O Sullivan, were lively and dangerous throughout and can feel proud of the role they played in winning this title. The fulll forward line of Olan O Donovan, Pardaig Ryan and Gavin Murphy was ofter starved of possession due to the way the game developed but when the ball came their way they showed themselves to be really dangerous, especially in the vital closing stages.. Like the others, they can look back with great satisfaction at the part they played throughout the year in capturing this historic title for Clon. Oisin Walsh (holidays) and Padraig Halligan (injury) were very unlucky to have missed out on this win as they would have been key members of the side if available. Others to have played their part in the campaign were, Declan Coakley, Clement Cunningham,Cormac Coleman, Shane Tanner, Moss Downey, Colin Lombard and Liam White The mentors who guided the team to victory were, Michael A Harte, Sean O Sullivan, John Crowley and Paul O Connell. The victory was a fitting reward for them as they have worked hard for many years with a succession of under 14 hurling teams, seldom getting the rewards their dedication deserved.
Clonakilty under 14 footballers defeated Mayfield in the first round of the county football championship on Saturday, August 18th in Ahamilla. The final score in a thrilling game was 2-8 to 2-5. Clon are due to play Blarney on Saturday August 25th in the next round. Venue to be confirmed.
The venue for the u16 Hurling Championship Semi Final against Bandon has been changed to Timoleague. Support appreciated.
Clonakilty u13 hurlers played a thrilling draw with Sam Maguires in Ballineen on Monday 13th of August. Final score was Clon 2-3, Sam Maguires 0-9. The replay takes place in Ballineen on Wednesday August 22nd at 6.45 PM
Clonakilty u14 Hurlers captured the County B Title in thrilling fashion today, thursday august 2nd by virtue of a 1-16 to 3-5 win over Banteer.
Clonakilty v Sam Maguires at Enniskeane Monday August 13th at 7.15
Clonakilty will play Bandon at 7.15pm on Monday 6th of August in Kilbrittain in the West Region Championship semi final
Clonakilty v Ibane Gaels at Balinascarthy on Wednesday 15th of August at 7.15pm.
Clonakilty defeated Youghal on a score of 1-19 to 1-2 in the quarter final of the 2012 county premeir 2 Football Championship on the 30th of July in Youghal.