Coiste na Óg Team Report 2011

U6 –  Carl Goggins

Training for under 6's started on a positive note back in March with over 30 young lads taking part in the first session. Training focused on the rudimentaries of the game like proper grip, controlling the sl�othar and later on in the season how to block a ball. After a few months, players were keen to show off their new skills and many were not shy to ask when they would be playing their first game. This game took place at home to Our Lady's Island during which the lad's displayed great enthusiasm resulting in their first of many wins for St Martins. A return match later on that month was a much closer affair but ultimatetly ended in another good win for the team.

 

The annual blitz at Shelmaleirs provided the 6's with a real test and were unsuccessful in 2 out of the 3 matches. Nonetheless defeat was quickly washed away with lemonade and crisps. The final match of the season was against St. Annes where two teams were fielded. Both matches were very competative with each team anxious to score goals and do their best for their team. A determined performance from the under 6's was enough to seal a win in both games. A medal presentation by An Garda S�ochana was the highlight of the day and was a fitting end to very successful and enjoyable season.

U8 – Des Dempsey 

The U8's had a good season.  We had on avg. 25 kids most nights which we split into two groups, U7and U8s.  We played in our first tournament (Play & Stay) in May.  This was run by the Co.Board and was both hurling and football.  Next up was the Jack Berry tournament, but unfortunately for us we were in the same group of teams as the co. board tournament.  I think we played Glynn about 9 times this season (and won them all !!!) .  The high point of the season (for the coaches anyway) was beating the Harriers in the final of the Jack Berry tournament.  We played 1 football match  out side of the above tournaments and were well beaten.  We finished the season with a very enjoyable game vs the shels where An Garda Siochana sponsored a set of medals.  I would like to thank Colm O'Leary & Colm Dunne for this. Overall it was a very successful season. I would like to thank John, Luke, and Derek for all the help and support over the past season.

 

U10 – Luke Hennessy

36 players took part at U10 this year and with such numbers a decision was taken early on to split the panels into U10 and U9 for the purpose of games and competitions, while both groups trained together.

It was a very busy year for the older boys, many of whom played a strong part in helping the u12B team in both hurling and Football. Overall this meant that there were 47 matches for this group in 2011 and great credit is due to the efforts of Alan and Andy (and Pat for helping them out when he could) through the yr. Competition wise the u10's played in the Mini All-Ireland's (hosted by Volunteers) reaching the QF of the hurling, Kent Stainless Football and reached the shield final of the Sarsfields tournament where they were narrowly beaten by Taghmon.

In hurling the lads competed very well in the Over the Water Tournament and there was little to choose between a number of teams –  St Martins beating both eventual finalists in the League stages bears this out. Following on from hosting a successful Blitz early in the yr we took part in a 15 a-side Tournament in O Loughlins in KK. A good education for all involved.

The U9's have proved themselves a really promising bunch in both hurling and football. During the year they managed to beat full U10 teams from Buffers Alley, St Annes, Shels, Ferns, OLIsland, Faythe Harriers & Kilmore at hurling and reached the Quarter Finals of both Football and Hurling in the Mini All-Ireland at the start of the year. Arguably the highlight of the year for the U9’s came in Roanmore where due to a late withdrawl of another club we fielded two teams in the same group, both of which easily beat Clara (KK). It will be expected that they should prove to be a v strong U10team in 2012 - but above all are a great bunch of chaps who really enjoy playing together.

I'd like to take the opportunity to thank the parents of all u10's in 2011, Alan and Andy and also Brian, Pat, Barry & Ciaran for a great effort this year. In particular to Ciaran who has decided to step back from coaching in 2012 - all the very best for the future.

U12 –  Colm O’Leary

Busy year all round in both codes. Small panel enough with 17 registered and interested boys. A panel competed in top division of both county H and F leagues and were only beaten once all season. Beat Gorey in Hurling final blitz and runners’ up to same opposition in football. B panel competed very strong also in both codes and will benefit from competition which brought on under 10 boys.

We reached semi final of Carlow hurling tournament which was not finished but a lot of competitive matches were played in other counties and our boys competed strongly. Boys participated in two blitzes in Dublin over the summer also. In October took part in Clonea Gaa hurling tournament played over 2 weekends and reached final having beaten Tipp and Cork, Freshford teams and losing to host club and St Marys-Clonmel in Final. Thanks to all parents who were willing to travel outside county for meaningful matches. Thanks to my fellow coaches for their efforts.

U-14 – Sean Whelan

 

Overall a reasonably successful year, the lads started early and won the Wexford Feile Football Final and went to Cork competing in Div.3.  They won three and lost one game to eventual Div 3 champions St. Eunanas from Letterkenny.  We were beaten by Gorey in Slaney (Feile) Hurling semi final.

In the Championships we were beaten by a very strong Taghmon team in the hurling semifinal after a replay. We were beaten in the football final by Taghmon having been right in contention until the last 10 minutes.  Best wishes go to one of our players Joe o Connor who sustained a serious injury early in the season but is progressing well after surgery.  His absence was a big loss to us especially in the latter stages of the Championships.

Many thanks to all the parents who helped with fundraising, catering and transporting the lads during the year.

Here’s to 2012.  Onwards and upwards.

U16 – Benny Ennis

We played 5 championship football matches, 6 championship hurling matches, 3 practice matches in hurling and 1 in football.

This does not seem a lot of practice matches but we had such a year with    injuries it was impossible to go away the squad was so depleted

In football we played 5 matches winning only 1.With they way the championship was structured we were in the 1/4 final. We lost this game after a good performance by the lads, and I have know doubt if we had a fully fit squad we would have progressed to the semi. In hurling we played 6 championship matches winning 3...1 draw and losing 2. This was just about enough to get us to the semi final where we player the group toppers Raps. After a fantastic game we beat our old rivals by 1 point. On to the final where we played the Shels in Wexford Park, again we played some great hurling and came home with the premier cup for the first time in the clubs history winning by 5 points to end a good year for the lads. With all the injuries the whole squad deserves great credit for their commitment during the year. I think the lads enjoyed the year and we had some good fun along the way which is the way it should be "FUN". 

Minor – Joe O’Byrne

With a panel of 14 minors and the help of some very strong juveniles, the Minor team had a very successful year in 2011 , reaching the semi-final of the Jim Byrne Cup  and the finals of the Div. 3 hurling and Div 2 football.  A very long season started  in November 2010 with the  Jim Byrne Cup and finished up on the 5th November 2011 with the Div 3  final - a long season indeed!!!!

 Hurling:

Training on the hurling wall began on the 6th February and continued right up to Wednesday 2nd November just before the Division 3 final against Bunclody.  We played 7 games in the league side of the championship winning 6 and drawing 1 and finishing top of the table with 13 points.  The highlight of these games was up in Rathnure where we beat the home side in a very high scoring match - 5.16 to 5.8.  We were drawn against Geraldine OHanrahans in the semi final a match we won 4.14 to 2.8.  Bunclody had two hard games against Rathnure in the other semi final before coming out on top by a margin of 4 points.

The final was played on the 5th November in Patricks Park when a very determined, gritty Bunclody side beat us by 4 points.

Football:

Playing some very good football we overcame Ferns and Ballinastraw Gaels in the Jim Byrne Cup, before loosing to a very strong Starlights team in semi final up in Enniscorthy.

In the Div. 2 Minor championship,  we played 8 games, won 5, drew 2 and lost the last game to Adamstown.  Finishing 2nd in the group we drew Adamstown in the semifinal and had a very sweet 1 point win under lights in Enniscorthy.  Again Bunclody were making hard work of their semifinal taking two games to get the better of Gusserane in the other side of the draw.

The final was played on the 21st October, again under lights in Patricks Park with the Martins winning by the narrowest of margins in a game where the lads never gave up.  This was the first medal for all of the minor players - and one richly deserved after all the near misses in previous years.