Bórd na nÓg Zone 2016

U16 ‘A’ West Hurling Championship
Cappawhite Gaels 4-22
Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams 1-11

Cappawhite Gaels proved too strong for Kickhams in a breezy Dundrum on Monday evening, July 8th. Kickhams started brightly with a pointed free and a fine point from play as they had the wind at their backs. Facing the wind in the first half Cappa went for a direct approach by aiming low ball to their inside forward line of Gearoid Ryan, William Barry and Dara McCarthy. This style of hurling suited the skillful hurlers in the Cappa forward line with William Barry bagging 1-4 from play in the opening minutes. Ryan Renehan pointed a free and a long range effort from play either side of a fine Dara McCarthy point to put the men in white in the driving seat by the eighth minute. Just three minutes later a wonderful delivery to Gearoid Ryan, one of the youngest men on the team, saw him coolly place the ball in the net. Further points from William Barry Aaron Ryan and Ryan Renehan gave Cappa a 2-10 to 0-7 advantage at halftime with the wind at their backs to come in the second half. 

The second half followed in much the same fashion as the first with Cappa taking their points and netting the goals as Kickhams chipped in with a goal of their own and another few points. Truth be told the second half was played at a slower pace once Cappawhite had a sizeable lead built up but both teams played out to the end. William Barry continued with his point scoring as Dara McCarthy and Seamus Burns both managed a wave of a green flag. Aaron Ryan and Ryan Renehan added to their totals in this time also to give a nice scoring spread to the forwards. The foundation for much of this scoring was founded in a solid defensive display from Anthony Barry, solid and steady in goals, to Cian Murray, Brendan Murphy and Seamus Burns. In addition to this Colm O’Dwyer and Cian Ryan put in huge shifts in the middle of the park as they clocked up the mileage. Cappawhite Gaels showed their potential in this game and will hope to build on this display. 

Dean Morrissey, Fionn Brady, Philip Gantley, Cian Murray, Patrick Barry, Brendan Murphy, Seamus Burns(1-0), Colm O’Dwyer, Cian Ryan, Aaron Ryan(0-2), Ryan Renehan(0-6), Ciaran Doody, Gearoid Ryan(1-0), William Barry(1-10), Dara McCarthy(1-4), Anthony Barry, Mikey O’Brien, Mikey Carmody, Diarmuid Duggan, Gearoid Lennon

U16 West ‘A’ Hurling Championship

Cappawhite Gaels                          5-15

Lattin-Cullen/Aherlow                1-6

With the Junior Certificate done and dusted the Tipperary Credit Union U16 West ‘A’ Hurling Championship finally got under way in Hannon Park, Lattin last Monday evening, July 4th.

Lattin started the brighter of the two teams with a quick-fire goal in the opening minute, confusion in the Cappa defence allowed the opposition the opportunity to flick the ball to the back of the net to the surprise of many. The opening minutes of the game were quite dead as a half hour delay to throw in seemed to adversely affect the players from both sides, there were sluggish passages of play from both teams in the opening quarter. The only really highlight of this time was a goal and a point for William Barry and a point from Ryan Renehan while William Barry also forced the Lattin goalkeeper into a fantastic save to deny him a second goal. Cappa and Lattin exchanged points until the 24th minute of play to leave it at 1-4 to 1-2 in Cappawhite’s favour. It was in the final 5 minutes of the half that Cappa pulled away, Colm O’Dwyer was operating very well at mid-field while Aaron Ryan and Fionn Brady were proving too hard for the Lattin half-back line to contain. A stylish goal dispatched into the bottom right corner of the net from Dara McCarthy sparked Cappa into play with Aaron Ryan winning possession from the puck out to score a point just seconds after Dara’s goal. William Barry got in on the act too by firing home his second goal of the game just before half-time. At the break Cappa lead by 3-6 to 1-3.

The second half essentially continued as the first half had ended with Cappa racking up the scores. William Barry, Fionn Brady and Cian Ryan threw over the points before Aaron Ryan notched a goal with a fine run in from the wing and strike to the net, a goal any wing-forward would be proud of.  A third and final goal as well as two pointed frees for William Barry brought the final tally to 5-15 with 5-12 coming from play. Lattin-Cullen/Aherlow could only manage three points in reply as the Cappa defence prevented any real damage in what was a one-sided second half. In truth, Cappawhite were slow to start hurling but from the 25th minute onwards they played more so towards their potential. A number of wides and balls dropped short as well as some fine saves from the opposition keeper will be something that the team can look to work on for the next game. Overall, the man of the match would have to go to William Barry with a total of 3-10, 3-8 from play. However, he will be disappointed to have left a number of scoring chances behind him but his general play and class was evident to all present. In addition to this Aaron Ryan and Fionn Brady contributed well up front while Brendan Murphy was assured as ever at the back, Colm O’Dwyer had a stormer of a first half while Cian Ryan grew into the game as it developed.

Dean Morrissey, Cian Murray, Philip Gantley, Ciarán Doody, Gearóid Ryan, Brendan Murphy, Séamus Burns, Colm O’Dwyer, Cian Ryan (0-1), Aaron Ryan (1-1), Fionn Brady (0-1), Ryan Renehan (0-1), Diarmuid Duggan, William Barry (3-10), Dara McCarthy (1-1), Paidí Franklin, Gearóid Lennon

U12 Hurling: On Wednesday last 22 June, Cappawhite /Solohead were out to redeem themselves from an opening round two point defeat to Golden. It was a mixed day in Sean Treacy Park as the players headed out to face Arravale Rovers.  Cappa/Solohead got off to a flying start with three points from Sam Carmody.  A long range effort from James Quinlan found the back of the net mid way through the first half and from here the players did not look back. Kyle Walsh was next in on the scoring with a lovely point from a Sean Togher assist. Conor Martin came forward from midfield to hit the back of the net also. Sam then picked off another point from a free and bagged our third goal of the half.  Steven Dee finished the scoring in the first half- Cappa/Solohead 3.6 Arravale Rovers 0.1.


The second half was a similar affair with Cappa/Sologhead remaining well in control. Scores in the second half included, goals from Sam Carmody, Aidan Southon and Kyle Walsh as well as a long range free pointed by Steven Dee. The second half saw top performances from both our substitutes, Aidan Southon and Sinead O Brien, and from Cian O’ Carroll who was excellent throughout the game. Denis Collins was solid as ever in goals and has only conceded one goal in competition so far. Final score Cappawhite/Solohead 6-7 Arravale Rovers 1.3. Well done to all involved. 


Team: Denis Collins, Jamie Buckley, Oran Ryan, James Quinlan, Cian O Carroll, Steven Dee, Conor Martin, Caoimhin Doody, Kyle Walsh, Sam Carmody, Sean Togher, Aidan Southon, Sinead O Brien. 

U14 West ‘A’ Championship
Cappawhite Gaels 2-9 
Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams 1-9

Cappawhite Gaels managed to grind out a win against the Kickhams in the opening round of the DJ Butler Centra U14 West ‘A’ Championship at home in Cappa this Thursday evening, June 23rd.

Following on from the success of the Feile both teams were eager to play their opening game of the championship as the real action of the championship begins. The visitors started the brighter of the two teams scoring two points inside the opening two minutes with the first being a classy point from a very tight angle. Cappa were quick to respond with Pakie Barry raising a white flag for his team to settle the boys in white and blue. A sustained period of open play in the centre of the field with both teams battling for the ball followed with Gearoid Ryan managing to win possession and deliver the sliotar into the square where it darted past the keeper. This Kickhams side responded well with a point and a goal of their own to re-establish their two point lead. Pakie Barry added two more on to his tally as the half wore on to keep in touch with the two points of the opposition. The biggest moment of the half came when Jack Armshaw burst through the Kickhams defence to bury another goal for Cappa giving them a one point lead. Kickhams managed one final point before the halftime whistle to leave it level at 2-3 to 1-6 at the break.

Cappawhite came out with a better work ethic in the second half and managed to win more possession in the forwards as they were being beaten to the ball in the first half. This relieved pressure on the backs who had played a stormer in the first half, with the forwards now getting on top of their markers the only way to stop them was to foul them and Pakie Barry was left with the frees to put Cappa in front. That is essentially the tale of the second half, as the Cappa forwards would work their way through on goal they'd be fouled and Pakie would put the ball over the black spot. Mikey Carmody was the only other man to get in on the scoring act with a lovely point from 50 yards out after Mikey O’Brien had worked his way out from full back past four men and delivered the perfect pass to his midfielder. Kickhams managed a free of their own and two points from play in the second half, one of which was the last strike of the ball to leave the final score line at 2-9 to 1-9 in favour of Cappa.

In a performance that didn't reach the levels of those seen in the Feile Cappa still put in a performance to earn the win. The players responded to a poor first half performance, by their own standards, with a well improved second half and were unlucky not to add on another few points. With another four games to play in the championship round-robin fixtures there is room for improvement but there were some quality performances to build on. Mikey O’Brien was excellent and ably assisted by Daniel Clancy and Gearoid Ryan in the backs while Anthony Barry was composed as ever in goals. Pakie Barry was scorer in chief upfront but the pace of Jack Armshaw caused huge trouble to the defence.

Anthony Barry, Ben White, Aaron Renehan, Sean Cleary, Daniel Clancy, Mikey O’Brien, James Quinlan, Mikey Carmody(0-1), Gearoid Ryan(1-0), Daire Duggan, Jack Armshaw(1-0), Thierry Hassett, Sam Carmody, Pakie Barry(0-8), Neil Clancy, Sean Togher, Caoimhin Doody, Cian O’Carroll, Conor Martin, Kyle Walsh, Jamie Buckley, Stephen Dee.

Cumann na mBunscoil 2016
On 26th May 2016, Cappawhite NS and Boher NS travelled to Semple Stadium in Thurles to play the hurling county final. Both teams had a tough time in getting to the final and both sides were expecting a tough game. Cappawhite started well with a goal from a free from the halfway line. After that, Cappawhite kept on scoring. Boher could only respond with a goal. Cappawhite had a real edge over Boher and at half time the score was Cappawhite 8-3 Boher 1-0. Boher forfeited at half time but both teams played a small exhibition match. Cappawhite were delighted with the win as it was their first in the history of the school. The Cappawhite team was as follows: Taylor Allen Flynn, Ben White, James Quinlan (1-0), Mikey Carmody (2-1)(C), Sam Carmody (1-1), Sean Cleary (4-1), Neil Clancy, Jamie Buckley, Kyle Walshe, Cian O’Carroll and Joshua Piveteau

U16 Hurling Challenge – 16 February 2016

Cappawhite Gaels                              3-8

Thurles CBS                                        3-7

 Three weeks ago Cappawhite Gaels came up just short against an U16 West Tipperary selection in their first game of the year, however, they just about managed to get over the line against the Thurles CBS U15 team in wet and windy conditions on Tuesday February 16th. While this Thurles team is a year younger than their opposition it must be remembered that they had a convincing win in the Rice Cup Final last year in addition to containing a number of players that have U12, U14 & U16 ‘A’ County medals with their clubs. They go into the Munster U15 competition, beginning next week, as joint favourites with Ard Scoil Rís to lift the Corn Aodh Uí Dhudha.

As a result, Cappawhite didn’t take their opposition lightly and began strongly despite the awful weather that hampered both teams. Work rate proved key in such trying conditions and the Cappa men certainly proved that they were willing to get stuck in as they racked up goals courtesy of Diarmuid Duggan, William Barry and Ryan Renehan. The stylish stickmen from Thurles were also more than capable with their scoring and had a goal of their own to leave the half time score at 3-4 to 1-4 in favour of the West Tipperary men.

Cappawhite really should have pushed on in the second half and on a dry summer pitch when the passes may stick and the sliotar rises smoothly from the turf they may have done just that. Instead, the second half was a dogged affair with very little happening in terms of scores from the 30th to the 45th minute, Dara McCarthy’s fine effort that hit the post being the highlight of what purists would call winter hurling. While it may not have been a spectacular game to watch the final 6/7 minutes came to life as Thurles scored two goals in the space of 3 minutes. The first goal came from a momentary lapse in concentration while the other came accidentally from the stick of a Cappa man as the ball bobbled around the square.

This second goal actually gave Thurles a one point lead as the final few moments approached whereas they had never threatened the Cappa lead in the game up to that moment. This goal seemed to awaken a few tired Cappa forwards as Ryan Renehan and William Barry connected well for William to score two fine points to give his team a deserved win. Overall the game was played in great spirit and the physicality of the Cappawhite Gaels probably proved too much for Thurles as they worked tirelessly on what must have been an energy draining pitch in desperate conditions.

 Panel: Dean Morrissey, Cian Murray, Philip Gantley, Pakie Barry, Ciarán Doody, Brendan Murphy, Séamus Burns, Cian Ryan, Colm O’Dwyer, Fionn Brady, Ryan Renehan, Aaron Ryan, Dara McCarthy, William Barry, Diarmuid Duggan, Gearóid Ryan, Oscar Allen, Aaron Renehan.