Club Newsletter - Week 14

posted 26 Apr 2015, 23:01 by luke hennessy   [ updated 11 Jan 2017, 06:05 by Cian OLionain ]

Weekly Newsletter, no.14,April 14th


Senior football

Our senior footballers were defeated by 1-12 to 1-11 by Gusserane in the first round of the championship on Sunday in Innovate Wexford Park. The game was close throughout but Gusserane grabbed their winner late into injury time and so we now take on Starlights in round two next Sunday evening in Taghmon at 6.30pm.


The team lined out as follows: Tomás Hayes, John Coleman, Mark Maloney, Willie Devereux, Bear Hayes, Jake Firman, Ryan Murphy, Daithí Waters, Stephen Murphy, Joe Coleman, Paudie Kelly, Edward O’Byrne, Ciarán Lyng, Jamie Carty, Richard Deverux.


Scorers: C.Lyng 1-9 (6 from play, 3 frees, 1 penalty), R. Devereux 0-1, J. Coleman 0-1


Our second mens’ team is back in action and due to technical difficulties (I forgot to include Mattie’s email!!) their first game, on Friday March 27th was not reported on, mea culpa. The good news however is that, playing under lights, the lads beat Horeswood by 2-7 to 2-6. The scorer in chief was Richard Devereux with 1-5  and the other goal was scored by Paidi Fitzmaurice. There were particularly good showings also by Kevin Price, Eoin Cardiff and Diarmuid Byrne and we wish the team all the best in the year ahead.




Coiste na nÓg

Our juvenile footballers had their first championship match last night, Monday 13th, against Glynn Barntown and it was a highly entertaining game despite the wind and encroaching darkness. Defending a narrow halftime lead of 1-3 to 1-2, the lads took an early goal in the second half and played strongly against the wind. However, things didn’t look too good for them when Glynn roared into a 3-3 to 2-2 lead with 11 minutes to go. But cometh the hour, cometh the men and the lads rallied to score 1-2 without reply to win by 4-5 to 3-3. 2  Their next fixture will be against Gusserane and a date has yet to be finalised for this as our opponents have asked us to accommodate a date change; we will of course have the new date on our website and Twitter. The squad began their season with a challenge football game against Volunteers in Piercestown on Easter Monday. In a good game, St Martin's demonstrated excellent work-rate in defence and an efficient attack to win on a 1-9 to 2-3 scoreline.


The under 14 boys’ teams are busy with football also with practice matches against the Volunteers and Sarsfields, and championship games against Geraldine O’Hanrahans and Horeswood coming up. 


Under 12 boys’ matches will be on Tuesdays during the season and we will be starting with football matches on May 12th and May 19th followed by hurling on May 26th and June 2nd so parents are asked to pencil those dates into their diaries. We will circulate a calendar of fixtures to the boys once details of opponents, venues etc are confirmed. All associated with the under 12 squad would like to congratulate coach Eliot Norval and his wife, Marie Louise Richard (plus, of course, Sam and Alex), on the recent arrival of baby Elizabeth. We look forward to seeing Elizabeth at camogie / football training in 2022!!


On an amusing note, you will see below a picture of our under 8 team receiving their medals at the recent Bannow-Ballymitty. It was taken by their coach, Ger O’Leary, who pointed out “Learning point, take the team photo before giving the guys the medals and the goody bags!”  By our reckoning only 1 of the 16 boys was actually looking at the camera, so never a truer word, Ger!



Lastly for Coiste, please find below useful contact numbers for all the underage boys’ teams, as well as those for our Chairperson and Secretary.


Coiste na nÓg key contacts






Ger Whitty



Luke Hennessy



Cian Ó Lionáin



John Stafford



Andy Firman



Kevin Waters


Field Manager

Jack Roche






Des Dempsey



Hilary Codd





Ladies’ football (incl. Féile)

As you will know from last week’s newsletter, our girls’ under 14 football team did fantastically well to reach the county Féile final by getting past Horeswood and Shelmaliers on a very dramatic Easter Monday in Killurin. The final was then played on Sunday April 12th in inclement weather out in Killurin. Unfortunately, despite the girls’ best efforts, it proved to be a bridge too far as the girls came up against a very strong Taghmon side who won by 3-7 to 1-5. Nonetheless it was a fantastic achievement by the girls to get that far and they now have the national Féile to look forward to in June. They provided us all with two days’ great entertainment and it gives them a very solid base on which to build in the rest of the year.

The ladies’ adult intermediate team, meanwhile, have started their season well and were in good form on Friday night last when they beat Bunclody by 3-6 to 0-10 in Piercestown. In cold and windy conditions, they went in a point down at halftime having played into the gale and then they kicked on in the second half to win well in the end.





We hosted an under 10 camogie blitz on Saturday morning and our two teams had great matches against Kilmore, St Anne's and St. Ibars. A senior friendly took place on Sunday 12th against Glynn Barntown and we had a good win on a scoreline of 2-9 to 0-6. Then on Monday night the under 16 team had a very convincing 6-9 to 0-5 win over Oulart-The Ballagh in Piercestown.




Concussion talk

Many thanks to Dr. Kieran McCormack who gave an excellent talk in the Club last week on concussion management for sportspeople. The talk was well-attended by Club coaches and is part of our effort to raise awareness of this key safety issue among all club members. Among the key points outlined were:

Ø  Ignoring the signs and symptoms of concussion may result in a more serious brain injury, a prolonged recovery period or, in the worst case, death.

Ø  Returning to play too soon opens the player to the risk of a 2nd concussion and it is this 2ndconcussion in close proximity to the first one that is of greatest concern

Ø  Repeat concussions may result in long-term damage

Ø  There is no such thing as a minor concussion or ‘knock to the head’.


The visible clues to a concussion are:

·         Lying motionless on the ground

·         Slow to get up

·         Unsteady on feet

·         Balance problems or falling over

·         Grabbing/Clutching head

·         Dazed, blank or vacant look

·         Confused/Not aware of play or events

·         Suspected or confirmed loss of consciousness

·         Loss of responsiveness


The signs and symptoms thereafter are listed below and, while these signs / symptoms typically present themselves at the time of the injury, they can be delayed for up to 48 hours so parents / guardians should keep the player under close observation:

·         Loss of consciousness

·         Seizure or convulsion

·         Balance problems

·         Nausea ‘(feeling sick) or vomiting

·         Drowsiness

·         Player is more emotional

·         Irritability

·         Sadness

·         Fatigue or low energy

·         Player is more nervous or anxious

·         Confusion

·         “Don’t feel right”

·         Headache

·         Dizziness

·         Feeling slowed down

·         “Pressure in head”

·         Blurred vision

·         Sensitivity to light

·         Amnesia

·         Feeling like “in a fog“


Dr. McCormack’s strong advice was that if any of the signs above are present then the coaches should immediately remove the player from the field of play and (s)he should not return to any contact activity for at least 23 days (if under 18) or at least 21 days (if an adult). Coiste na nÓg is now looking at how best to increase player / parental / coaching awareness of concussion and we will return to this topic.


Coaching the Coaches

On Saturday April 25th at 10am, trainer and conditioning expert Gerry McQuaid will be holding a coaching session entitled "Conditioning with the ball" for all Coiste, Adult, Camogie and Ladies football coaches.  This session is to promote, educate and advise our club coaches on modern training and conditioning and speed training techniques with can be used throughout the course of the season. Gone are the days of the boring laps and repetition  of sprints, incorporation of the ball is now shown as the way forward. We would recommend that managers from all teams and at least 2 fellow coaches / selectors attend this 1 hour session.

Fundraising run – Special Olympics

Sean and Jack Whelan are running in the Wexford half marathon 10k on April 26th in aid of Special Olympics Ireland. Jack is involved with the special Olympics as a helper and is travelling with the Irish team to Los Angeles in July but he needs to raise €5,000 to cover the costs of the trip. Any sponsorship donations would be greatly appreciated: Máire O’Connor, Alan Devereux and Peadar Dempsey have sponsorship cards.  Many thanks to those that have already made a donation.




Tennis news

The finals of the Spring league are beginning to shape up so, in the ladies’ doubles final, Ellen’s team will play Katy’s and, in the C singles, Pauline Duggan will play Mags Neiland. Best of luck to all concerned and we hope to have results of matches in next week’s edition.

Club Lotto

Finally, the Lotto numbers drawn on Sunday April 12th were 7, 13, 24 and 27 and we had three “match 3” winner, with each getting €50. Well done to Eugene & Christine White, Peg Wilson, and Willie & Kathleen Murphy. The grand jackpot of €15,000 remains to be won so anyone wishing to join the Club Lotto, a key income source for the club, need only contact any member of the Committee.








Fixture / Event



April 16, Thursday, 7pm

U14B hurling v Geraldine O’Hanrahans (Div. 4)


April 16, Thursday, 7pm

U14 hurling v Horeswood (Div. 1)


April 16, Thursday, 7pm

U16 premier football v Gusserane



April 19, Sunday, 6.30pm

Senior Football Championship v Starlights


April 22, Wednesday, 7.30pm

Minor hurling, premier, round 3 v Glynn Barntown


April 23, Thursday, 7pm

U14B football v St. Mary’s (Maudlintown)


April 25, Saturday, 10am

Coaching the Coaches: “Conditioning with the Ball” – session with Gerry McQuaid


April 25, Saturday, 4pm

All-county hurling league, Div. 1, round 3 v Ferns St. Aidan’s


April 25, Saturday, 6pm

ACHL Div. 5, round 3 v Cloughbawn