Monday 09th May 2011.

Carrick Swan GAA Notes 

The recent Carrick Swan senior hurling championship game against Carrick Davins has been overshadowed by off the field events. Prior to the game graffiti damage was caused in the field and if somebody claiming to be a supporter of our club was involved we condemn them wholeheartedly. We must also thank our committee members who removed the graffiti early on Sunday prior to the game. We also ask those who continue to vandalise our dressing rooms in the Davin Park to stop. On the Sunday evening of our recent game substantial damage was caused by removing steel coverings and causing serious damage to electrical box and supply. This will have financial consequences but will also result in no lighting or showers for visiting teams and our own players for some time. These events however pale into insignificance when compared to the violence and assaults suffered by a number of Carrick Swan players and officials (including a 15 year old juvenile player) on the Sunday night of the game, which resulted in a number of serious injuries requiring hospital attention. We wish those who were injured a speedy recovery and we hope those who carried out the assaults hang their heads in shame and hopefully face the full rigours of the law.

Carrick Swan senior footballers played Ardfinnan on Saturday evening last and suffered a heavy defeat after a below par performance. Meanwhile our minor (B) footballers have provisional semi-final fixture for Wednesday evening of this week while our senior hurlers are scheduled to play Mullinahone on Thursday evening (subject to confirmation). Our under 21 hurlers play St.Pats on Sunday next with time and venue to be confirmed. Certainly a busy week for players and mentors alike and maybe those interested in player welfare and the ‘burn-out’ debate could plan fixtures and championship formats in a different way.

A number of our juvenile teams have been in action during the week. In under 14 camogie we played Moyle Rovers on The Green and after a very enjoyable game we came out on top. Our under 16 footballers exited the championship when beaten by Moyle Rovers in Monroe on Thursday evening last. We hosted teams from Grangemockler, Kilsheelan and St.Pats in under 10 footabll blitz on Saturday morning last on The Green where all the players and those in attendance enjoyed the mornings activities. We thank all those who helped out on the day particularly those who prepared and served refreshments in our juvenile centre and those who prepared the playing fields.

A number of our underage players have been in action with division and county teams recently. Dale O’Hanlon, Lee Wall and Dale O’Mahony were part of the South Tipp. Under 16 team while Kerri Robinson and Sarah Connolly have been in action with the county under 14 camogie panel. A number of our under 14 hurlers are attending trials at present and we wish them the best of luck in their efforts to make divisional team.

Carrick Swan club extends best wishes to Colm O’Sullivan, a member of our senior hurling panel, who has recently departed for Canada. Colm has served our club well for many years and we hope to see him back in our club colours in the years ahead.

The numbers drawn in last week’s juvenile lotto were 9,12,14 & 25. We had no jackpot winner and seven match three winners each received €30 – Sarah Roche, Amanda Phelan, Breda Breen, J.Cooney Snr., Brenda Power, Mark/Gary Byrne and 3 D’S c/o Premier Bar. We thank all those who continue to support the weekly lotto. This week’s jackpot is €5,500 and we invite those who have not yet joined up to do so now by contacting any committee member.

The juvenile disco held in our centre on Friday night last was very well attended with close to 200 children enjoying a great night’s entertainment in a safe, strictly supervised environment. We look forward to seeing you all again, with your friends, next month.

All club officers and team mentors are reminded that items for inclusion in club notes must reach club P.R.O. by Sunday of each week for inclusion in following week’s press. Our e-mail address for those who might like to send contributions, photographs or any items of interest is carrickswans1929@gmail.com. You can visit our website at www.carrickswan.gaa.ie