Club History - 2010

8th May 2010 Caheragh GAA Club Notes

The past week was a very busy one on the playing front for Caheragh with several teams in action.

On Friday night in Aughaville Caheragh minor team played Urhan in their second league game.

This turned out to be a very physical encounter, with little between the sides. The visitors led by three points with time almost up. However, a late Caheragh goal gave them a share of the spoils as the teams finished level, 2-11 each. They play their final game before the exam break on Wednesday night in Aughaville at 8pm versus Durrus.

On Saturday evening the junior C team played Gabriel Rangers, also at home, in their second league game, and after a good performance emerged as winners on a final score line of 3-6 to 1-7.

The junior A team continue their preparations for the first round of the championship against Bantry on May 15th, with a league game against Gabriel Rangers next Saturday.

In under age activity the U12 footballers recorded their first league victory with an impressive display at home on Monday last against St. Colum’s. Final score: 7-12 to 6-7.

This team is in championship action next Monday, May 10th, in Bantry at 7.30 against Mizen Rovers.

The U10 footballers also had a good victory last Saturday in Aughaville when they defeated Durrus, while the U8s had two teams in action in Drimoleague on Saturday against the locals as part of the Feile Beag Festival and both teams performed very well.

The U14 hurlers travel to Inchigeela on this Wednesday evening to play Iveleary in the league at 7.30.

In a repeat of the 2009 county final clash the Tadhg Mac Cárthaigh ladies played St. Colum’s in the junior league last Thursday, April 29th, in Aughaville.

In a scrappy encounter the Tadhg Mac Cárthaigh ladies were drawn into a struggle with St. Colum’s, one in which they did well to survive. The Caheragh ladies once again did themselves no favours by starting the game sluggishly, while St. Colum’s quickly went about putting points on the board.

Nevertheless, Caheragh eventually got to grips with the game and edged this encounter on a final score of 1-5 to 0-5.

So the Tadhg Mac Cárthaigh ladies maintain their 100% record in the current junior league but they will do well to learn the lessons that the last number of games have underlined – one cannot expect to win games when you only start to play ten minutes after the first whistle.

The ladies are scheduled to meet the Bantry Blues next in the final game of the present sequence of league fixtures with the date yet to be finalised.

Tadhg Mac Cárthaigh GAA 22nd May 2010

On Thursday night last the U12 footballers travelled to Ballydehob to take on St Colum’s in the quarter-final of the championship.

The first half was high scoring and closely fought with Caheragh leading at the break by 4-7 to 3-5. The scores dried up in the second period with defences on top but the game was very exciting and finished with Caheragh advancing to the semi-final on a score of 4-9 to 3-9.

The team showed real heart in the second half to repel a strong Colum’s comeback.

The semi-final was played in Kealkil on Monday night against D Ó Mathúnas. The team tried their hearts out but it was obvious from the start that their opponents were good enough for a higher grade and Caheragh were well beaten.

All the players can be very proud of their performances in this, the last U12 championship and have improved no end since the start of the season.

The U14 hurlers played the locals in a league game at Inchigeela last Friday night and despite some good passages of play were beaten by a better team on a score of 4-10 to 3-1. The U14 football league commences on this Thursday night with a home game against Glengarriff.

The GAA Summer Cúl Camp goes ahead this year from July 5th to 9th in Aughaville for 7 to 14 year old children. Application forms have been sent out through the schools and can still be had from any club mentor or officer. This is a great week of games and activities which all children are encouraged to attend.

The junior A team played Bantry in Goleen on Saturday in the first round of the championship. A good start saw them establish a five point lead and, despite conceding a soft goal, still lead by four points at the break. Again they started the second half well to increase the lead but after that allowed Bantry back into the game and the sides were level with time almost up.

When Caheragh lost possession it allowed Bantry to kick the winning point and claim victory on a final score of 2-8 to 1-10. The team must now go the backdoor route to progress in the championship and will be looking for a big improvement next day out.


The Tadhg Mac Cárthaigh ladies took on the might of the Bantry Blues on Wednesday, May 12th, in Wolfe Tone Park, Bantry, in the junior league. The last time these teams met Tadhg MacCárthaigh came out on top. However, the rolls were reversed on this occasion with Bantry running out convincing winners on a score of 4-18 to 2-5.

While the ladies from Bantry exorcised their demons from the last encounter with a powerful display, Caheragh ladies will have to return to the drawing board after producing a hugely disappointing performance. However, all is not lost as prior to this game Caheragh had booked their place in the semi-final of the junior league with the opponents yet to be decided. This game is scheduled for late June so there is plenty of time for the Tadhg Mac Cárthaigh ladies to rectify matters.

The Caheragh U14 girls are having a fantastic run in their inaugural season. They have gained a near perfect start to the year by winning all but one of their games in the league. They got their reward for such remarkable form by reaching the quarter-final of the league on Friday, May 14th, against Keelnameela.

Unfortunately, on this occasion the girls’ inexperience was severely punched by a much stronger Keelnameela side and they came out second best.

Aside from this particular setback the girls are doing really well and they still have the championship to look forward to, which commences in June. These are exciting times for the underage development process and the future of the ladies game in the club.


TADHG Mac Cárthaigh junior A league programme resumed on Friday night last with an away game against Clann na nGael.

In the first half the game was high scoring with both sides having periods of dominance and the home side were two points in front at the break. The standard of football was not as good in the second period but the game was always exciting and Caheragh were three points in arrears with time almost up.

A goal from Kevin O’Driscoll tied up the scores and two late points by both sides left the teams level at the final whistle Caheragh 2-15, Clan Na Gael 3 12.

Overall this was a good game with the draw being a fair result. Next Friday Caheragh are at home to Kilmacabea in the league.

The U14 footballers recorded their first league win on last Thursday night away to Bantry. The team played some good football and kicked some excellent scores to record a merited victory on a score of 6-12 to 6-4. This team are at home to St Colum’s on Thursday night.

The U10 footballer’s game against Dripsey was called off last weekend; however, they played a useful friendly match against Clann na nGael in Aughaville.

The U12 hurlers played Oliver Plunkett’s in a league game on Monday last in Aughaville and recorded a good win on a score of 3-4 to 2-1.


While the current ladies junior league is on a hiatus, the Tadhg Mac Cárthaigh girls have been training hard and have played a number of challenge games to maintain match sharpness.

On Wednesday, June 2nd, the Caheragh ladies took on the traditionally excellent Rosscarbery. Ross played a number of players from a higher playing grade to what Caheragh are accustomed to, so for the first fifteen minutes the Tadhg Mac Cárthaigh ladies almost drowned in a sea of green and gold players flooding the forward line.

However, once Caheragh settled there was a huge improvement in their playing and cohesion. In the second half Caheragh came alive and put in a good display, highlighted by some excellently worked scores. In the end Rosscarbery were convincing winners but Caheragh can hold their heads high and can only learn from playing against ladies of Ross’s calibre.

The county league resumes on Thursday, June 24th, and the Tadhg Mac Cárthaigh ladies are scheduled to play Banteer for this clash in Aughaville (tbc). Little is known about Banteer but as they have reached this stage of the competition it is clear that they are a strong team.

The first round of the championship is also fast approaching. The ladies are drawn away to Mitchelstown on Monday, July 12th.

Tadhg Mac Cárthaigh GAA Notes 3rd July 2010

The big game last weekend for Caheragh was the junior A football third round championship game against Diarmuid Ó Mathúnas on Saturday in Kealkil.

The team started very brightly and kicked some great scores in the opening quarter, establishing a seven point lead by half time. They kicked the opening score of the second period and were well in control until a number of injuries seemed to disrupt their momentum and the level of performance dropped. Despite conceding a late goal they were never in any danger and ran out winners on a final scoreline of 0-15 to 1-6. They meet the winners of St Mary’s v Carbery Rangers in the next round, which goes ahead the weekend after next.

The U12 hurlers were defeated by a strong Mizen Rovers team on Monday night last on a final score of 6-6 to 3-1.

The U14 footballers continued their league programme on Thursday night last at home to Kilbrittan. They were three points in arrears at the break but three great scores at the start of the second period drew them level. However, a number of late goals by the visitors gave them victory on a score line of 6-11 to 3-12. Although defeated, this was a very good display by the team and is encouraging as championship time gets closer.

The U16 footballers played Barryroe away last Sunday morning in the league. Fielding a depleted team, they played well to be only two points in arrears at the break. With fifteen minutes left the sides were level but the home side finished stronger to win on a scoreline of 5-13 to 2-13

The underage section of the club organised a bus to the Cork v Limerick Munster hurling semi-final game in Páirc Uí Chaoimh last Sunday week. A large crowd of children and a number of parents travelled on a glorious fine day for what was a very enjoyable trip. Thanks were extended to all the officers and parents who organised the trip and helped out on the day.

The time for the summer Cúl Camp in Aughaville is fast approaching. It goes ahead next week from July 5th to 9th and hopefully the summer weather will last,which always adds to the enjoyment of this very popular week.

The Tadhg MacCarthaigh ladies took on Banteer last Wednesday, June 23rd, in the semi-final of the county junior league. Coming into the game little was known about the Banteer side but within the first fifteen minutes Caheragh were made all too aware of their strong footballing skills. In what has become a frightening habit with Tadhg Mac Cárthaigh, they once again began the game in very lethargic fashion while Banteer quickly went about putting scores on the board. After twenty minutes the girls from Banteer had hit cruise control after stunning the Caheragh ladies with a barrage of scores and lead by 2-6.

In the second half Tadhg Mac Cárthaighs upped their performance and were the dominant force for much of that half. However, erratic passing and lack of clinical finishing didn’t do them any favours while they also surrendered a number of cheap frees. In the end Banteer were comfortable winners on a final score of 3-14 to 1-3.

Tadhg Mac Cárthaigh GAA 10th July 2010

TADHG Mac Cárthaigh junior A footballers are back in championship action this weekend when they take on St Mary’s in the fourth round of the championship on Friday evening in Ahiohill at 8pm.

St.Mary’s defeated a strong Carbery Rangers team last weekend and as current West Cork champions will be strong favourites for this game. Caheragh will have to be at their best if they hope to advance. It is hoped that injuries will have cleared up and that supporters will turn out in large numbers.

The minor team played Adrigole in a league game on Wednesday night last in Aughaville. In poor conditions and with a depleted team they were defeated on a final scoreline of 3-9 to 1-9. The junior B team were also in action last week when they played Clonakilty at home on Saturday evening and were defeated on a scoreline of 5-8 to 0-7. Credit to the players who turned up for this game. However, there is also a responsibility on other players to turn out for this team as championship time draws closer.

The U14 footballers were also in league action on Tuesday of last week and suffered a home defeat at the hands of a strong Colm Óg side. The U14 Hurlers travelled to Kilmichael on Saturday last to take part in a blitz competition. They played two matches and, although defeated, gave a good account of themselves.

Well done to Gene O’Driscoll, who was a selector on the Cork minor football team which had a dramatic one point victory over arch rivals Kerry in the Munster final at Killarney last Sunday.

Caheragh GAA Notes 17th July 2010

Tadgh Mac Cárthaigh junior A footballers were in fourth round championship action last weekend when they took on champions St Mary’s on Friday evening in Ahiohill.

In the most awful weather conditions, St Mary’s won the toss and elected to play against the gale force wind. In the first ten minutes scores were slow to arrive but as the half wore on they began to flow, with excellent free taking from Colm O’Driscoll and a well-taken goal by Conor O’Regan leaving the half-time score 1-9 to 0-2.

Despite the good lead, conditions meant anything could happen and when Mary’s kicked two early scores in the second half the margin was manageable.

However, the whole Caheragh team rose to the occasion and defended superbly for the remainder of the match to record a deserved victory. Final score: 1-10 to 0-7. They now face an even tougher assignment in the quarter-final when they take on last year’s beaten finalists, Oliver Plunkett’s.

The U12 footballers also travelled to Ahiohill for a league game on Monday night last against the home side and recorded an easy victory. They play Glengarriff at home next Monday night.

The U14 hurlers travelled to Kilmichael on Saturday last to take part in the second day of the blitz competition, they played Duhallow and won on a final scoreline of 10-1 to 7-5. Congratulations are extended to all the players and mentors who turned out in dreadful weather.

The annual summer Cúl Camp went ahead last week in Aughaville. Despite the poor weather on some days, up to seventy children attended and had a very enjoyable week. Great credit is due to the club officers and parents who organised this camp with great success.

17th July 2010 On Friday evening last the junior footballers made the short trip to Ahiohill to play Tadhg MacCárthaigh in round 4 of the championship.

Having recorded a fine win in the previous round over Carbery Rangers, St Mary’s were hopeful that another step in the defence of their trophy could be undertaken. However, on a night that saw a howling gale and torrential rain batter the venue, their aspirations were crushed by a much sharper and hungrier Caheragh side that were worthy six points winners on a 1-10 to 0-7 score line.

The winners laid the foundation for this victory in the opening half when, aided by the breeze, they established a ten point interval advantage that was more than adequate. St Mary’s, through Michael O’Driscoll and Gary Twomey, managed to raise white flags and with a bit more accuracy further scores could have been recorded as in general play they more than held their own. However, the westerners were much more clinical in the scoring department and by half-time had recorded 1-9.

On the resumption St Mary’s were quickly on the score sheet through Chris Daly but thereafter failed to muster enough scores to really pressurise their opponents. Consequently Caheragh were literally able to ride out the storm and advance to a quarter-final berth with St. Oliver Plunkett’s.

For St Mary’s, it was a disappointing end to the campaign and, notwithstanding the absence of a few players, the team failed to perform to its true potential and so the title that was won in such glorious circumstances last year was relinquished on a night that will not live long in the memory. Nevertheless it has to be acknowledged that the better team triumphed and best wishes are extended to Tadhg Mac-Cárthaighs for the remainder of the competition.

Caheragh GAA Notes 24th July 2010

THE Tadhg Mac Cárthaigh ladies played their first round game in this season’s championship on Monday July 12th away to Mitchelstown.

While this year’s campaign is operating with the safety net of the back door system for the losers, this method is notoriously rocky ground so it is best to avoid going the scenic route. There was further motivation to avoid another first round clash as pre-tournament favourites Fermoy suffered a shock defeat earlier in the week and were lying in wait for the losers of this clash.

Played in glorious conditions and on an impeccable surface in Ballygiblin, the Tadhg MacCárthaigh ladies got off to a flying start with two goals within the first ten minutes. This game saw a vast improvement from the previous outing for the ladies, with well-executed passing movements and scores a particular feature.

In the end the Caheragh ladies proved too strong for Mitchelstown and ran out comfortable winners on a score line of 7-13 to 1-1.

The junior C team played two games during the past week. On Wednesday night in Aughaville they played Bandon in a league game and despite a good performance, lost on a final scoreline of 2-11 to 2-9. On Sunday morning last they were in championship action and travelled to Rossmore to play Kilmeen in awful weather conditions. As would be expected, scores were very hard to come by with both defences on top, the players showed great determination to grind out a hard fought victory on a final scoreline of 1-5 to 0-6.

They now progress to the semi-final stage of this competition.

The big junior A game next weekend is the quarter-final championship clash against St Oliver Plunkett’s, which goes ahead in Dunmanway on Sunday at 4.15pm. This is a huge challenge for the team as Plunkett’s have been very impressive in their victories to date. However, Caheragh will have taken great heart from their recent victory against champions St Mary’s.

The U12 footballers were at home to Glengarriff in the league on Monday night last. It was obvious from the start that the teams were evenly matched and they provided a very exciting game of football. The sides were level on numerous occasions. A late Caheragh goal was vital and some heroic defending gave them victory on a final score line of 4-10 to 5-4.

The U8 footballers played Gabriel Rangers in two matches in Aughaville on Saturday morning last and produced a good display against very strong opponents.

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