County Football Finals Today!
It's the biggest day in the County football calendar... Our flagship County Senior Football Final throws in at 3.45pm, preceded by the Premier Intermediate decider at 2pm.
Admission: €20 (adult covered stand), €18 (adult uncovered stand), €10 (concessions) and U16s FREE!!
Both games are live on C103, with updates here on the website and on our Twitter page, @OfficialCorkGAA, but of course, nothing beats being there!!
In addition to the day's big games, all four participating clubs will be represented by their U12 squads in half-time mini-games. Music, including Amhrán na bhFiann, will be provided by the ever-popular Barrack Street Band.
Patrons attending the County Finals are reminded to park responsibly, respect the area around Páirc Uí Chaoimh and its residents, and to obey the instructions of Gardaí and stewards.
Clár an Lae (All times approx)
2pm PIFC Final Throw-in
2.30pm Half-time mini-games: Macroom and Clyda Rovers
3.20pm Presentation of Billy Long Cup
3.30pm Presentation of All-Ireland Winning 1973 Football team
3.40pm Parade; Amhrán na bhFiann - Barrack Street Band
3.45pm SFC Final Throw-in
4.15pm Half-time mini-games - Castlehaven and Nemo Rangers
5pm Presentation of Andy Scannell Cup
Not Just Men, but Legends...
The Cork 1973 Football team, who won the All-Ireland Final forty years ago this year, will be presented to the crowd at Páirc Uí Chaoimh today. Cork beat Kerry comfortably in the 1973 Munster Final, 5-12 to 1-15 at the Athletic Grounds. They went on to beat Tyrone 5-10 to 2-4 in the All-Ireland Semi-Final, and their opponents in the Final, played on September 23rd, were Galway. Cork ran out winners on a scoreline of 3-17 to 2-13, with Jimmy Barry-Murphy scoring two goals, and Jimmy Barrett the third. It was Cork's first title since 1945, and they wouldn't win another until 1989.
Team: 1. Billy Morgan (Nemo Rangers), 2. Frank Cogan (Nemo Rangers), 3. Humphrey Kelleher (Millstreet) RIP, 4. Brian Murphy (Nemo Rangers), 5. Kevin Jer O'Sullivan (Adrigole), 6. John Coleman (Millstreet), 7. Con Hartnett (Millstreet), 8. Denis Long (Millstreet), 9. Denis Coughlan (St. Nick's), 10. Ned Kirby (Grange), 11. Declan Barron (Bantry Blues), 12. Dave McCarthy (Clonakilty), 13. Jimmy Barry-Murphy (St. Finbarr's), 14. Ray Cummins (St. Michael's), 15. Jimmy Barrett (Nemo Rangers)
Musical entertainment today will be provided by the Cork Barrack Street Band, always a popular addition to any match day!
County Senior Football Final
Castlehaven v Nemo Rangers
Sunday, 3.45pm @ Páirc Uí Chaoimh
It's the clash of the Titans in today's Senior Football Final with Nemo Rangers, winners of five of the last ten finals and holders of a phenomenal eighteen titles since 1972, meeting defending champions Castlehaven, who are appearing in their third final in a row. To add a little spice to the mix, the sides met in Round 1 of the competition this year, and even extra time could not separate them on that occasion, though Castlehaven were comfortable winners of the replay.
2010 Nemo Rangers
2008 Nemo Rangers
For full Roll of Honour, see the History link above
Paths to the Final
Castlehaven 0-16 Nemo Rangers 1-13 (AET)
Castlehaven 4-10 Nemo Rangers 1-12 (Replay)
Nemo Rangers 2-9 St. Nick's 0-5
Castlehaven 0-13 Newcestown 0-11
Nemo Rangers 2-13 O'Donovan Rossa 2-7
Castlehaven 2-14 St. Vincent's 2-10
Nemo Rangers 0-12 Douglas 1-7
Castlehaven 1-14 Carbery 2-10
Nemo Rangers 1-12 Bishopstown 1-8
For all fixtures and results, see the Competitions link above
By Denis Hurley
How about this for a statistic?
If you aggregate the totals of the last four competitive games played between Castlehaven and Nemo Rangers - last year's Kelleher Shield final, this year's Tadhg Crowley Cup decider and their two clashes in the first round of the SFC - you get a total of 4-48 (60) for the Haven and 3-50 (59) for Nemo.
We probably didn't really need confirmation of just how closely matched the two sides were, but it's never any harm to see the figures laid out before us. Of course, the flipside of that coin is that calling a winner for their next meeting - Sunday's county final - is made all the more difficult.
It's not really up for debate that the pair have been the best two in this year's championship, but ranking them within that bracket is a far trickier proposition. If there was a clear disparity in any sector of the field, perhaps it would be easier, but we are not even afforded that luxury.
You might point to the first-round replay in Bandon, when Brian Hurley was a constant thorn in Nemo's side as the Haven won by 4-10 to 1-12, and say that the city team's defence is there for the taking. That match is the only one of the four mentioned above where the Haven have found the net, though, and in the quarter-finals and final Nemo have conceded two goals to the Haven's three.
There is no doubting, of course, that if Hurley is firing, then it would be a massive boost for the reigning champions as he has proven himself to be nigh-on unplayable when on form. It is not a one-man band, however, as his brothers Michael, Stephen and Shane, as well as Seánie Cahalane, can weigh in with scores too.
Mark Collins also knows where the posts are, though his deployment more in midfield has meant a slightly altered focus to his game. While his playmaking abilities were never in doubt, he had provided an excellent foil for Dermot Hurley.
It is this area that is likely to be the most interesting, as Peter Morgan and David Nation form a similar partnership for Nemo, and it almost goes without saying that the midfield battle is likely to represent the game in microcosm.
At the other end, Paul Kerrigan has proven to be a real leader in attack when Nemo have required it, with his performances against Douglas and Bishopstown of the highest order. Here, the Haven will have the conundrum of whether putting Damien Cahalane on Kerrigan would be limiting his influence or if it would be the best use of his talents.
Alan Morgan has been a revelation for Nemo since the fourth round and he is also one to be watched by the West Cork side's defence while Barry O'Driscoll is coming back to full fitness at the right time and Luke Connolly is capable of catching fire too.
When everything is added up, it looks almost too close to call. Both will relish it but maybe the Haven's recent success will provide the extra spark, with the carrot of doing the club's first two-in-a-row enough to inspire them.
Man in the Middle: Conor Lane
A carpenter from the Banteer/Lyre clubs, County Senior Football Final referee Conor began his career in 2003 and has risen through the ranks to become one of our top Inter-County referees. He has previously officiated at County Senior, Intermediate and Junior Football Finals, Allianz League Division 2 & 3 Finals, Hogan Cup Final, Munster Minor & U21 Finals, the Duhallow Final, and this year refereed the Connaght Senior Football Final and the All-Ireland Minor Football Final.
We caught up with Conor to seek his views on some interesting questions...
Who have been the greatest influences on your refereeing career? Michael Keane, John Geaney, Jim Healy & John Motherway
What has been your greatest moment in sport? Winning Duhallow JAHC in 2005 & refereeing the Minor Football All-Ireland Final2013
What has been your biggest disappointment? Losing 3 Duhallow Hurling Finals
Who are the greatest players you have ever seen? Steven Gerrard & Diarmuid O'Sullivan
Who is the referee that you admire most? Eddie Kinsella (Laois) or Rory Hickey (Clare)
If you could change any rule of the game, what would it be? The tackle
Favourite sport other than GAA: Golf & Soccer
Best book read or film seen: My Journey by Jim Stynes
When I was a child I wanted to be: A soccer player
How do you relax away from sport? Going to the cinema with my wife
Person that you would most like to meet: Steven Gerrard
Marooned on a desert island what could you not do without? My Phone
In ten years time I hope to be: Healthy and still refereeing
Best of luck to Conor and his team on Sunday!
Club Focus: Castlehaven
As Gaeilge: Gleann Bharracháin
History and Information
Castlehaven Gaelic Football Club is a West Cork-based GAA club in the parish of Castlehaven near the town of Skibbereen, County Cork, Ireland. The club also draws players from the village of Union Hall. The club participates in competitions run by Cork GAA and by the Carbery divisional board. The club is primarily concerned with the game of Gaelic football, but has fielded hurling teams in the past. The club is noted for its rapid ascent from playing at Junior B level in 1969 to reaching the Cork Senior Football Championship final only 10 years later. The club has remained at senior level ever since, even though it draws from quite a small pool of players. Castlehaven has produced a number of inter-county footballers in the past, including Larry Tompkins, Niall Cahalane, former Cork U21 manager John Cleary, as well as Cork Senior players Damien Cahalane, Brian Hurley and Mark Collins.
Player Profile: Damien Cahalane
A student at UCC, 2013 Cork U21 captain and Cork Senior Footballer Damien also plays hurling with St. Finbarr's, and was on the Cork Senior Hurling panel for the 2012 season.
A son of former Cork footballer, Niall, he has won Minor and U21 Munster Football medals. He started playing hurling and football at home at an early age, and tells us that he broke a lot of windows - apparently accuracy was not his strong point! He considers first touch to be the most important skill in hurling, and wouldn't change anything about the game. As a child, he wanted to be a Power Ranger...
His best football memory as a player is Castlehaven's County SFC victory in 2003, while as a player the highlight so far has been winning the County title with his club in 2012. He considers Joe Deane to be the best player he has ever seen, and in ten years' time, he hopes to be healthy and still enjoying playing.
Club Focus: Nemo Rangers
As Gaeilge: Raonaithe Nemo
History and Information
The story of Nemo Rangers Hurling and Football club stretches back to before the start of the last century when in 1893 Rangers took part for the first time in the juvenile football championship. Rangers were based in the South Parish area and continued to perform well including winning the minor championship in 1907. The origin of the original Nemo team begins around 1910, when the pupils of the North Monastery were anxious to play hurling against the wishes of the school principal, who preferred to promote rugby in the school. A lay teacher, Seamus O hAodha invented the name Nemo, as he wanted the letters NM in the title and as Latin was taught in the school, he came up with the name Nemo from the latin word meaning "nobody" - perhaps because they were outlawed by the powers that be. Pupils from the South Parish / Turners Cross area who were attending the North Monastery, then adopted the name and set up the Nemo club in 1915. A lot of these original players would have practiced their hurling skills in a worked out quarry at the top of Windmill Road - known locally as "the Quash". This would have been close to the present Colaiste Chriost Ri School. And so the two clubs Nemo and Rangers existed side by side, until after a turbulent time in our country's history they decided to amalgamate in 1922, as membership of both clubs had fallen - some having emigrated while others were imprisoned for their part in the fight for freedom. Within six years, the new club had certainly made their mark winning the county Intermediate Hurling and Football Championships in 1928 - a feat that has never been equaled. The club's home ground for some time during the thirties was the present Turners Cross soccer Stadium, but by the late 1930's the club struggled for survival, before a combination of emigration and lack of employment during the war years saw Nemo Rangers withdraw from competitive games. In 1946 the club was reformed by among others the past club president Mr. Pat Lynch. Those involved immediately went about organising street leagues, to provide games for the youngsters of the area. Club teams won many under-age and minor competitions in the first decade of the new Nemo existence, before the adult teams made their mark on winning the county Junior Football Championship in 1957 and then a record breaking five city Junior Hurling titles in a row from 1960 to 1964. At this stage the club had no home pitch or rooms and eventually got the use of a field on the Tramore Road in the mid sixties. The beginning of the seventies saw a major turning point in the club fortunes, as they acquired land off the South Douglas Road and after years of frustrating defeats, won their first county Senior Football title in 1972. The schools in the area, and in particular the work of the Presentation Brothers and the lay teachers, had played a major role in Nemo Rangers rise to fame. The next twenty five years were to prove a golden era of record success including the winning of ten county football championships, nine Munster club and six All-Ireland club titles. In the meantime the club has provided the county team with an array of talent including two captains of Sam Maguire winning teams - Billy Morgan and Denis Allen. Throughout these great years an important emphasis has always been put on the enjoyable introduction of youngsters to our national games through the street leagues. Many great stars of today like Steven O' Brien and Joe Kavanagh started their careers playing their hearts out to help their teams in the club street leagues.The Nemo Greats
Player Profile: Paul Kerrigan
Club: Nemo Rangers
Paul plays with Nemo Rangers and studied at CIT. He has won a raft of honours, including captaining Cork to Munster U21 titles in 2005 and 2006, in addition to four County SFC medals with his club, a Corn Uí Mhuirí title and a Sigerson Cup victory with his college, one of the highlights of his playing career.
He made his Senior Inter-County debut in the 2008 Munster Final against Kerry, and first played football in Nemo Rangers street leagues many moons ago. He would like to see players allowed to pick the ball straight off the ground, and his favourite sport other than football is soccer. His best football memory outside of playing is Nemo's 2003 All-Ireland Club victory.
The greatest players Paul has ever seen are Stephen O'Brien, Joe Kavanagh and Colin Corkery, and the person he person he would most like to meet is Cheryl Cole!
Scroll down for our focus on the Premier Intermediate Final...
County Premier Intermediate Football Final
Clyda Rovers v Macroom
Sunday, 2pm @ Páirc Uí Chaoimh
Having lost three finals in a row, 2009, 2010 and 2011, Clyda Rovers will be hoping to finally claim their first title in this grade since 1996, while 2010 Intermediate champions Macroom will look to go one step further and reach the Senior grade for the first time since 1990.
2012 St. Vincent's
2009 Valley Rovers
2008 St. Finbarr's
For full Roll of Honour, see History section above.
By Denis Hurley
It's funny the way things can work out. Had events gone slightly differently in the past few years, then Clyda Rovers and Macroom might now have two grades between them.
If Clyda had won any of the PIFC finals they reached from 2009-11 inclusive, they would be senior; likewise, Macroom could have easily lost to Kildorrery in the 2010 IFC decider, or else fallen to Mayfield in last year's relegation play-off.
Instead, the two have ended up on the collision course which has brought them to Sunday in Páirc Uí Chaoimh at 2pm, where one club's wait for a return to the top table of Cork football will come to an end.
Having got to the three finals on the trot, it would have been easy for Clyda to fade away after a quarter-final loss to St Michael's in 2012, but if anything they have come back renewed and revitalised as they have made it four out of five. Paudie Kissane continues to be a colossus in the middle for them, but there is an excellent all-round balance to the side.
Ray Carey, Fionn O'Shea, James Murphy, Conor O'Sullivan, Niall and Pádraig O'Mullane and goalkeeper Cian Conway are all fine players and the collective physical presence of the team will always make for a tough obstacle.
Macroom have just as much about them, however. David Goold missed much of last year and the reintegration of him into the team, with teenager Pa Lucey alongside him in attack, gives them an extra bit.
Fintan Goold, if he ends up at midfield, is likely to relish going up against Kissane, and Philip Corrigan, Seán Kiely and Eoin O'Mahony ensure that their middle eight is well able to mix it while Rory Buckley is as good as any defender in the grade. The open spaces of the Park may be an advantage to them over Clyda.
Billy Long Cup - Premier Intermediate Football Championship
Long was involved with Lees in the 1940s and 50s. He was a selector
with the Cork Senior Football team in 1956 and was a member of the
County Board Executive. He died a young man and his family donated the
cup in his memory.
Man in the Middle: James BerminghamJames Bermingham (Bride Rovers) officiates on Sunday, his third Premier Intermediate Final in a row. One of Cork's most promising young referees, James made his refereeing début in 2003 at U12 level in East Cork, and has worked his way up the ranks since, refereeing the Munster Minor Football Final this year. He cites East Cork referees Cathal McAllister and Niall Barrett as major influences on his career, as well as the late Tom Fitzgibbon, former chairman of the East Cork Referees' Committee.
Among the greatest players he has ever seen, James lists Graham Canty and Brian Corcoran, and Michael Collins is the referee he admires most. In his spare time, James enjoys running marathons, and constantly strives to improve his time. In ten years' time, he hopes to be refereeing at the highest level and still running marathons.
Paths to the FinalRound 1
|Club Focus: Clyda Rovers As Gaeilge: Fánuithe na Claide|
Colours: Black and amber
Records exist going back to 1888 that Gaelic Games toke place in the Parish of Mourneabbey. In the early days of the GAA the club played under the name Mourneabbey. Records show that Mourneabbey contested a Junior Football County against Canovee in 1911.However on that occasion they lost. Through out the 20's 30's & 40's the Club played with little success. In the Mid 1950's hurling became strongest in the parish and a first North Cork Title was won in Novice Grade in 1955, and a Football title followed in 1956 Mourneabbey GAA Club was renamed Clyda Rovers in 1957 after The River Clyda which meanders through the parish of Mourneabbey on its way to join the River Blackwater.In the 1960's the club won a number of novice football Cork titles, the win in 1967 in particular was a great boost to the club. Families such as the O' Mullanes, the O'Sullivans, the Cronins were the backbone of the Club, those surnames would pop up again in future Clyda teams. The Juvenile Club was formed in the Late 70's and this was the spring board for the success Clyda would achieve throughout the end og the century.The late 70's saw Clyda make the jump to Junior A ranks and they were making a big impact, the 3 game saga against Grange in 1978 the highlight of there time up. But when 1980 came, the club saw the beginning of the Glory Years, and has experience considerable success in the years that followed. For more, see http://www.clydarovers.com/contentPage/112978/history
Player Profile: James Fitzgerald
Club: Clyda Rovers
Honours won: Hurling and Football North Cork Championships as a Juvenile, 1 North Cork Minor football Championship, 1 U21 North Cork Football Championship, 1 intermediate football league, 1 U21 North Cork Hurling Championship, 1 All Ireland Agricultural Colleges Championship With Clonakilty Ag College
When and where did you first play Hurling/Football? Back garden at home
Best career advice you were given: Always take pride in your club, Train hard to play hard.
What skill do you think is the most important in Hurling/Football? Being able to play as a team player. A team will always win and lose as one.
What would you like to change about the game? Time keeping, introduce the buzzer, and get rid of the toe pick up in football.
Best Football memory outside of playing: Cork winning the 2010 All Ireland-Football Championship.
Best Hurling/Football memory as a player: Winning the 2005 North Cork U21 Hurling Championship
Who is the greatest player you have seen? Mike O'Shea, one of Clyda's all-time greats
If there was a ‘transfer market' who would you buy? Ciaran Sheehan of Eire Óg
Toughest opponent: Eric Hegarty, St. Michael's
Favourite sport other than Hurling/Football: Rugby
Books you are currently reading or have just finished: "Enda Kenny, The unlikely Taoiseach"
When I was a child I wanted to be... A Fireman
You may not know it, but I'm good at... Art
The best invention ever... Calving camera
Person you would most like to meet: I think id enjoy a pint with Paudie Palmer.
Marooned on a desert island what could you not be without? My Mammy's Cooking.
In ten years' time I hope to be... Fit well and healthy
Club Focus: MacroomAs Gaeilge: Máchromtha
Colours: Green and white
Macroom GAA is one of the oldest clubs in the Gaelic Athletic Association, having affiliated to the first Cork County Board in 1886 and it has maintained an unbroken link with the association since then. The club has participated in championship football at all levels with outstanding success and has produced mentors and players for Cork at inter county level and has fielded hurling teams at different times over the years. The club has never stood still, and has been blessed with some outstanding administrators down the years, men of vision allied with a willingness to work.
The Castle Grounds, officially Bishop McEgan Park, has been the home of Macroom GAA since 1922 and was part of the old Macroom Castle Demesne, purchased from Lady Ardilaun for the benefit of the people of the town. The playing fields were developed in the mid 1950's, dressing rooms were constructed and both pitch and changing facilities were improved over the years. In the past decade, the club pavilion was built with four changing rooms, a committee room and a hall with catering facilities, as well as toilet facilities for spectators attending our games. The playing field has been upgraded with an all weather sand based surface, new surround fencing and dug outs for the substitutes. Before this Autumn ends a new flood lighting system should be in place in the Castle Grounds, facilitating night matches being played at the venue.
Macroom GAA purchased 17 acres at Gurteenroe across the Sullane and there are now two excellent playing fields there in grounds named Tom Creedon Park, in memory of a wonderful player and clubman whose untimely death occurred thirty years ago. Changing facilities have been installed there and now a new footbridge, a joint venture between Macroom GAA, Castle Demesne Committee and Macroom Town Council, is in place and open to the public. This bridge will link the Castle Grounds and Tom Creedon Park. All work has been awarded to local contractors where possible with BR Sports Lighting, Inniscarra, Forde Steel Building, Donoughmore and Barry Buckley, Cill na Martra, the contractors for the most recent developments, all of which are being overseen by Michael Lynch, Engineer, of Lynch and Associates, Macroom.
Public support for all these developments has been outstanding and as a token of appreciation the club developed a riverside walk at Tom Creedon Park which is widely used and will be further enhanced by the new footbridge.
On the playing fields, Macroom won their third County Intermediate title in 2010 and have qualified for the Final of the Premier Intermediate championship this year. Our Juniors compete at 'A' level with reasonable success and our 'C' team are always competitive also. Success at under age level has not been great in recent years but the work is being done in preparing our young footballers and we are confident that good days will come again if this effort is maintained. Young girls are also being catered for by the Ladies section of the club which has teams at adult and under age level.
The Macroom footballers play an active role with Muskerry senior footballers, Sean Kiely and Eoin O'Mahony won All Ireland medals with Cork Junior Footballers this year. Tim O'Sullivan was a selector with Cork and all are to be congratulated on their achievements. Fintan Goold, an All Ireland medallist with Cork seniors in 2010, was a member of the Cork side in this year's Munster championship and has given outstanding leadership and service to Macroom. Our younger players figure prominently with the local De La Salle and MacEgan college teams.
Macroom GAA aims to continue to serve our own community in the years ahead and play our full positive part in the affairs of the wider GAA community.
Player Profile: Fintan Goold
Occupation: BioProcess EngineerHonours won: County MAFC (2004), County IFC (2010), All-Ireland SFC (2010), 4 NFL (2009-2012), 4 Munster SFC (2006, 2008, 2009, 2012), 2 McGrath Cups (2009, 2012), 3 Munster U21 FC (2005-2007), All-Ireland U21 FC (2007), Cadbury U21 Player of the Year (2007) 2 Mid-Cork U21 FC (2006, 2007)
When and where did you first play Football? In the Castle Grounds under the guidance of Jock Neville
What skill do you think is the most important in Football? Accurate kicking
What would you like to change about the game? Introduce the ‘mark' and eliminate the pick-up
Best Football memory outside of playing: Stephen O'Brien's goal in 1994 Munster Final
Best Football memory as a player: 2010 as I won both the All-Ireland with Cork and IFC with Macroom
Who is the greatest player you have seen? Peter Canavan
If there was a ‘transfer market' who would you buy? Michael Meehan
Favourite sport other than Football: Golf
When I was a child I wanted to be... a pilot
You may not know it, but I'm good at... making out table quizzes!
The best invention ever... Sky+
In ten years' time I hope to be... having a laugh playing Junior B football with Macroom!
Check back tomorrow for more!!