Posted by Joanna Healy in Sport.

CATS Blitz: U10s Lose Final (by Kevin Moran)
In August Carnmore U10’s participated in the perennial CATS Blitz with Abbeyknockmoy, Turloughmore and Sylane. This is always a competitive affair where each club fields an A and B team with the aim of winning the Cup or Shield. This year Carnmore’s first match was against Turloughmore on August 13th where both Carnmore teams raised their games to a level we had not seen previously this year.

Our B team had an impressive win while our A team lost their match by 5–4 to 2–2, a scoreline which didn’t reflect the gap between both clubs but rather some great saves from the Turloughmore goalkeeper on the evening. Two memorable Carnmore scores that evening was a point scored from a sideline cut from Sean McHugh and an overhead flick to the net by David Tarmey.

Our next game was at home to Abbeyknockmoy on Wednesday 20th August, who fielded one team only on the evening. This was a physically strong Abbey team and Carnmore held a narrow lead of 2–1 to 1–1 at half time. In the second half our lads pulled away with an eventual scoreline of 6–3 to 2–3.

The Carnmore scores came from Riain Concannon (5–2), Mark Grealish (1–0) and Mark Collins (0–1). Our final group match was away to Sylane on Monday 18th August, where we played two matches. Both Carnmore teams had comprehensive wins. In the B team match, scorers on the evening included Jamie Girvan, Enda McCormack, Nathan Connell, Darragh Moran, Evan O’Connell, Daniel Fenton and Charlie Connell.

The A match was won on a scoreline of 9–3 to 1–3 with goals from Rian Concannon, Sean McHugh, Mark Grealish, Luc O’Connor and David Tarmey. With two wins under our belt, we qualified for the Cup final against Turloughmore on Saturday 31st August. The first half saw a high standard of hurling from both sides with Turlough holding the advantage by 3–2 to 1–1 with Carnmore scores from Luc O’Connor (1–0) and Riain Concannon (0–1).

This wasn’t our day unfortunately as three quick goals after halftime, and injuries to some of our key players deflated our lads who ended up suffering a large defeat. While we were all disappointed not to bring the Cup home to Carnmore on the day, this was the first CATs final for this group of 27 U10 players, who at U8 level were beaten by all three participating clubs.

More importantly we can take great pride in the spirit shown by the entire squad who fought for every ball from start-to-end in all four games. As a club, if we can encourage this group of hurlers, there will be bright days ahead for Carnmore Hurling Club.

The U10 squad pictured in Abbeyknockmoy, with their medals, after competing in the CATS Blitz Final.

The U10 squad pictured in Abbeyknockmoy, with their medals, after competing in the CATS Blitz Final.

Loughrea Match: U10s Bounce Back! (by Kevin Moran)
On Wednesday September 3rd our U10s travelled to play a physically strong and skilful Loughrea team. Our lads were slow to get into the game and Loughrea took the lead with a goal inside the first five minutes. They maintained this advantage up to final third of the game where the score was 3–1 to Carnmore’s 1–2. In a rousing final ten minutes display, our lads showed great determination and fought back to score two goals and win the match by a point on a final scoreline of 3–2 to 3–1. After Saturday’s defeat to Turloughmore, this was a morale boosting win. All twelve Carnmore players played well on the evening with notable performances from Luc O’Connor, Eoin Hopwood, Ryan Gaughan and a man-of-the-match display from Rory Glynn in defence.

Cash for Clobber
This fundraising initiative will continue for Autumn/Winter 2014, to help fund the running of the Senior and Juvenile Club. Please gather up old items of clothing, shoes, handbags, belts etc and drop bags of these unwanted items into the centre, between 5.30pm and 8.30pm each weekday evening.

Carnmore Hurling Club Celebrates 70 years

Carnmore Hurling Club was founded in 1944. To celebrate the 70th anniversary of this historic event, a Family Fun Day will take place at Carnmore Centre and pitches on Saturday 20th September. The fun kicks off at 2pm.

Juvenile Training Times

  • U6 Pitch 1—Wednesday 6.30–7-30pm
    Contact Mike Ryan at or 087 6690532
  • U8 Pitch 1—Wednesday 6.30–7.30pm
    Contact Tim Feeney at or 087 3271311
  • U10 Pitch 2—Monday and Wednesday 6.30–7.30pm
    Contact Kevin Moran at or 087 6780870
  • U12 Pitch 3—Monday and Wednesday 6.30–7.30pm
    Contact Derek Healy at or 087 2888528
  • U14 Pitch 3—Monday and Wednesday 7.30–8.30pm
    Contact Liam Slevin at or 087 9788853
  • U16 Pitch 2 —Monday and Wednesday 7.30–9pm
    Contact Tom Cogley at or 087 6687939

New members are always welcome