Monday 24thJuly 2011.

Carrick Swan GAA Note

Carrick Swan’s under age teams have been very busy over the past week. Our under 8 hurlers travelled to Ballygunner on Tuesday evening of last week where the hosts and our team played some great hurling. We thank the Ballygunner club for their hospitality. This team also played hurling blitz on The Green on Saturday morning last where teams from Ballyneale/Grangemockler, Kilsheelan/Kilcash and St.Pats visited. There was some great skill on show from the four teams who all enjoyed the morning’s activity. We thank the visiting clubs and all those who helped out on the day. Our under 12 hurlers played two games on The Green during the week. They played Ballingarry on Tuesday evening and St.Marys on Friday evening losing the first game by a single point and having two points to spare over St.Mary in Friday evening’s game. Carrick Swan under 14 hurlers played second game in their championship on Monday evening of last week on The Green where Moyle Rovers provided the opposition. This was a great game of hurling between two evenly matched teams. Moyle Rovers led at half time 0-9 to 1-04 and extended their lead to 5 points in second half before a storming finish from Swan claimed a one point victory 3-06 to 0-14. This team played St.Mary on Monday evening of this week – report next week. Our under 10 hurlers travelled to play Cahir in friendly match on Tuesday evening and they will play Knockavilla on Saturday morning next on The Green. Under 16 hurling championship commenced on Friday evening last when we played St.Marys in Davin Park where we ran out winners of a very exciting game 2-12 to 1-12. This team travel to play Killenaule on Thursday. Carrick Swan minor hurlers are in championship action on Tuesday evening of this week against Mullinahone.

All of the above activity shows how hard Carrick Swan club works to promote Gaelic Games among all age groups. Our club caters for 250 boys and girls from 5 to 16 years of age in our juvenile section and fields teams in all hurling and football competitions from minor to senior grade. All of this work however, (voluntarily we might add), seems to count for little when those in higher places make decisions that do not make common sense and take little or no notice of the two most important aspects of our association, the player and volunteerism. Regretfully Carrick Swan club was unable to fulfil last Sunday’s senior hurling championship semi-final fixture against Mullinhone with nine of our players unavailable for selection. Those in the soft seats will argue that their hands were tied and change could not be facilitated. It seems strange to our club that change and facilitation can be found for some but not for others. Our club prides itself on the fair, honest and sporting relationship it has had with south / county board and all the other clubs whom we cross paths with. We are at all times as accommodating as we possibly can be when any request is made of our club to facilitate any other club or board request, particularly around fixtures. We will always continue to act in this way and hope others will do likewise.


The replay of our south senior hurling championship semi-final with Mullinahone did not take place on Sunday last as we had nine players unavailable for selection and we could not therefore fulfil fixture. Throughout last week we made a number of proposals to south and county boards none of which were facilitated. The saying ‘where there is a will there is a way’ was certainly overlooked by many during that time. We were certainly willing to try and find a way around the impasse but others were not.  Meanwhile our junior hurlers travelled to play Killeanaule on Saturday evening last but game was postponed at short notice.


Carrick Swan club extends get well soon wishes to Kieran Reade who has been hospitalised recently. We hope to see Kieran recover quickly and back on the playing field soon. We also extend best wishes to Anthony O’Donnell, a member of our senior panel and Sarah Walsh who will be married on Friday next.


Juvenile disco for 8 – 13 year olds takes place on Friday night next from 8.00 – 10.30 p.m. in juvenile centre. Admission this week in free in appreciation of the support we receive from those in the local community and surrounding area and we welcome all children to attend this strictly supervised event. Those supervising are asked to be in attendance at 7.45 p.m.


The numbers drawn in last week’s juvenile lotto were 4, 10, 19 and 23. Our jackpot prize was €8,000 and we congratulate the one lucky winner Theresa Keyes, 29 Ravenswood. We also had twelve match 3 winners who each win €20. This week’s jackpot returns to €2,000 and we hope for your continued support even though our bumper jackpot has been won. Your support helps our club greatly, in particular our juvenile section. In the 35 weeks since our lotto commenced we have given out prizes totalling €22,500.  Weekly entry is €2 and draw promoters can collect each week if you have not already joined.


Sponsorship cards for our walk to Faugheen should be returned with remittance this week. Walk takes place on Sunday next leaving juvenile centre at 12.00 p.m. We look forward to the participation of all our adult and juvenile players and general membership.


Carrick Swan club extends its sympathy to the family of the late Dinny (Tout) Ryan, Pearse Square who died this week. Dinny played with our club in his youth and was a lifelong Swan supporter whose family have had a close affinity with our club for many years now. We sympathise with them on their sad loss.


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