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Erins Own recently held its annual Fé12 Colman Dillon Tournament. Once again a great day was had by all.
We’d sincerly like to thank our sponsors on the day, Kevin Flynn, Centra Little Island. Aileen and Ronan O’ Regan, Silver Bullet Logistics. Austin Lynch, Cahalane Lynch Associates.
Their support on this day and continued support is much apprecaited by all at the club. Also a big effort was put in by ladies committee, Tim, Michael and Brendan Lambe, our juevnile committee and many others who help out over the weekend ensuring we are still hosting on the of premier tournaments in the county.
On the day there was some great displays on hurling from all teams, but it was Midelton who left with the Cup and St. Marys of Clonmel who won the shield.
It was a busy week for our U12 hurling squad with the usual training sessions, and two hurling tournaments over the weekend. First up was the“Colman Dillion U12 Tournament” atErins Own grounds in Caherlag on Saturday morning. Eight clubs in total participating, with all clubs being those who took part 50 years ago in the East Cork Junior A Hurling championship, when the Erins Own club was founded. First up for our young blues were our Midleton neighbours (eventual winners), where it was a tight affair up to half time but the Midleton boys pulled away in the second half. Next up were Erins Own, which proved to be a cracking game of hurling, with the Lisgoold boys up by two points at half time, and it ended up all square at the final whistle. Our final group game was against Carrig Na Bhfear, were the young blues really got into their stride and put in an impressive display of hurling to take the victory. It was an anxious wait to see if we qualified for the Shield final but we narrowly missed out on scoring difference by three points. Thanks to Erins Own for the invitation, and for their great hospitality shown to all our players, mentors & supporters.
From Erins Own:
Thanks to all the clubs who participated in a wonderful under 12 hurling festival in Caherlag yesterday. Many thanks also to all our stewards ,ladies committee and Michael Glavin who provided all the hot food for all the players. A special word of thanks to the sub-committee who organised the event.
A special word of appreciation for our 5 referees Dominic Rooney, James O Brien ,Donal Kickham and our own Paul Ryan and Ciaran Forde for their excellant refereeing throughout the day.
Results Erins Own ( Red ) 3-6 Carraig Na BHfear 1-0
Erins Own ( blue ) 0-2 Carraigtwohill 2-6
Cobh 3-6 Watergrasshill 1-1
Lisgoold 0-1 Midleton 6-6
Carraigtwohill 7-5 Cobh 2-4
Watergrasshill 1-3 Erins Own ( Blue ) 1-3
Erins Own ( Blue ) 1-2 Cobh 0-7
Midleton 8-8 Carraig Na BHfear 0-2
Erins Own ( Red ) 0-6 Lisgoold 0-6
Carraigtwohill 5-5 Watergrasshill 1-3
Midleton 6-3 Erins Own ( Red ) 1-6
CarraigNa BHfear 6-5 Lisgoold 0-4
Cup Final Midleton 4-4 Carraigtwohill 0-9
Shielfinal Cobh 1-5 Erins Own 0-6
The annual Colman Dillon Tourament took place today ( 14th Sept ) at our very well prepared grounds in Caherlag.From 9.30 am the teams and mentors starting arriving .Cars and buses were parked without difficulty in the various designated areas under .All parking arrangments were under the excellant stewardship of Brendan O Riordan and his many assistants.Proceedings commenced at 10.15 with the introduction of the various teams by MC Eoghan O Connor to the man of the moment Colman Dillon. This was followed by address of welcome by our Chairman Sean Twohig.A brief address was then given by Colman and following the playing of our National Anthrem the first games commenced at 10.45.
Great crowds were present at the three venues to support and encourage the young players.
The 1st round results were ; St.Marys ( Clonmel ) 0-5 Glen Rovers 3-5 ; Liam Mellow ( Galway ) 2-1 Midleton 3-3
Kilmacud Crokes ( Dublin ) 1-7 Cobh 2-2
Round 2 Results ; Cobh 0-4 Midleton 0-3 Eins Own 0-3 Glen Rovers 2-8 Carraigtwohill 4-2 St Marys 2-4
Round 3 Results Kilmacud Crokes 1-6 Midleton 1-3 Erins Own 3-5 Carraigtwohill 1-5 Kilmacud Crokes 1-6 Midleton 1-3
Round 4 Erins Own 2-3 St Marys 1-4 Cobh 3-7 Liam Mellows 1-4 Carraigtwohill 0-9 Glen Rovers 1-6
Following this series of games ,all of which provided fantastic entertainment a very appreciative audience we were down to the finals .
In the premier final Glen Rovers took on defending champions Kilmacud and despite giving a fine display had to give way to a superb Dublin side on a scoreline of 7-4 to 2-1 .
In the shield final Cobh proved to strong for the hosts on a scoreline of 5-11 to 2-10.
The event concluded with the presentation of the trophies to the winning captains by Colman ,whilst each team menber was presented with a special scroll.
Thanks to all the visiting teams and there mentors for making this tourament a huge success.Thanks also to all who attended and supported the players .A special thanks to the camogie players and mentors who took part in the Camogie game Carraigtwohill V Erins Own.
Thanks to all club members who worked so tirelessly in recent days to prepare the grounds.
A special thanks to our Ladies and Michael Glavin who did a wonderful job in providing all the food.
A big thank you to our three referees Donal Kickham ,Cieran Forde , and PJ Aherne
Finally a huge thanks to our event sponsors Martin O Sullivan ( OS Spares ) of Knockraha and Greg Twomey ( First Aid ) of Glounthaune.
On Sept 1st 2012 Kilmacud Crokes U12-hurling team travelled to Erin’s Own, Caherlag Co. Cork to play in the annual Colman Dillion Tournament. Let’s be clear, this is not a memorial tournament! Colman, himself is alive and well and continues to be delighted to invite U12 team on behalf of Erins Own club to this wonderful day of juvenile hurling where Crokes U12 won the day.
At the presentation of Cup to the Crokes team that evening Erins Own club Juvenile chairman commented “Mol an oige agus tiochfaid siad”…. Praise the young and they will respond. While correct, what he could justifiably have said is “demonstrate how to do it right way and young and old will enjoy”. Take a bow all concerned at Erins Own. Erins Owns run an excellent tournament, create an special atmosphere for all attending, super catering for kids including hot food & food for adults throughout the day. The children know they are being given stage to perform and enjoy and obliged throughout the day. GAA people welcomed by the local GAA community.
This was an extra special occasion for the Dillion family. This was like the 12 days of Christmas all rolled into one for the Dillion family, the family home- with the same amount of food on display…. John Dillon who coaches Crokes brought his son James, Colman junior brought his son in the Galway colours of Liam Mellows & Liz Dillon’s son wore the local colours.
3 different club teams, 3 first cousins, 3 parents, 2 proud Dillon grandparents on the sideline.
When we arrived we learned that a tragedy had struck the local club in the week before these games as Jane O’Connell, daughter of the Erins Own chairman Liam O’Connell had passed away. All boys on all teams behaved impeccably during the minutes silence before the first game and final game of the tournament. On behalf of Kilmacud Crokes we extend our sympathy again to the O’Connnell family.
Kilmacud showed no effect after the journey as they powered into the game with a string of points from Eddie Gibbons, Mark Grogan and Denis Murray before Fionn O’Ceallaigh, Denis and Mark grabbed goals in the first half to lead well at half time
At the restart Ian Walsh converted a 65 and a great point from play before Fionn, Mark and Eddie replicated goals from the first half to complete an impressive win a with some powerful striking and defending from Joe Proudfoot and Tim Leary.
In the second game the excellent rotation of player by the mentors brought some new stars to the game. Sean Kinsella pointed a 65 to start before Rory Smith, Liam Wolfe, Denis & James Vos scored goals and Niall Comerford , Padraig Purcell and Eddie landed a string of points to give Crokes a large head start on the opposition.
Cormac Keys, Max Murphy, Colin Veale, James Dillon & Tom Stakelum were outstanding with assured catching & striking throughout.
Tim & Ian scored excellent solo goals and Fionn doubled another to the net while Mark Grogan added two super points to close out the game and play for a place in the cup final in the last group game.
Mark and Denis struck early with points. Then Rory Smith worked a great goal after a hook and clean rob of defender and Sean Kinsella cut a sideline that went all the way to the net. Padraig Purcell shot a great point on the run to lead comfortably at half time.
Liam and Fionn gaoled early in the second half with Ian and Mark chipping in with points to finish well ahead and secure a place in the final
In the other group of four, Dicksboro were powering to wins over Blarney, Carrigtwohill, & Kilmallock.
This was a repeat of the great final in Kilkenny in July so we looked forward to some wonderful hurling.
Crokes started very slowly as the Kilkenny boys went in for three quick early points. There is however a definite sense of occasion about this team and they started to hurl and responded with 3-2 with goals from Fionn (2), Rory and 2 points from Eddie Gibbons. A feature of the game was catching skills shown by Niall Comerford, James Dillon and Tom Stakelum and super running teamwork at all times. Boro replied with 2 points before Rory finished a great move to the net and Eddie & Fionn finished with points. Half time Crokes 4.4 / Boro 0.5
The second half had just started when Rory ran on to a long clearance to goal again. James Kos and Niall goaled in the second half and a string of points from Sean, Denis, Padraig & Eddie. Eddie and Padraig caused untold trouble to the Boro defenders as their touch and mobility really troubled the Kilkenny team on the right wing. There was wonderful sweeping moves the full length of the pitch and an overall hurling display that had the locals talking of the skill and talent within the group. Players and mentors, take a bow.
Final Score Crokes 7.11 Boro 0.6
The Annual Presentation of Awards took place in St.Alyosius Secondary School on Friday 30th. March. The awards were a recognition of outstanding achievements during 2011 by our teams and individual players.
Our under 11 hurlers were duly recognised for their great performance in retaining the coveted Sean Twomey Cup. The under 12 hurlers were also acknowledged for their monumental victory in the Colman Dillon Tournament held in Caherlag. This is a very prestigious tournament with teams from many counties participating, including Tipperary, Kilkenny, Limerick and Dublin.
Dicksboro U12’s travelled on the 10th of Sept last to participate in the annual Colman Dillon U12 hurling tournament hosted by Erins Own club in Cork. After a sluggish start they were beaten in the first game by Carrigtwohill. Next the boys played an exciting draw with Kilmallock and rounded off the group by beating Blarney. This earned them the right to contest the shield final against Causeway, which ended in a win for the boro boys.