WITH another playing season in the horizon, the majority of Duhallow club junior A football sides have put managements into place for 2013.
Rockchapel's grand slam of league and championship honours is rewarded on elevation to intermediate ranks. That confirms new winners for the season ahead. Coupled with Kanturk's advancement to intermediate status too, it allows the opportunity for new teams to bounce into the fray.
A number of sides undergoing transition in recent years are sure to carry a new pep of their step. Upcoming, the Ducon Cup is due to get underway on the opening weekend in February.
Last season, Rockchapel laid down a marker at the outset, training underway in January rewarded on collecting league dividends and the appetite for success continued to the season's end. A look at the current status of clubs makes for interesting observations in terms of managements.
Boherbue enjoyed a great start to 2012, recognized on progress to the Ducon Cup Final. Anthony Buckley continues at the helm where all concerned will be keen to prosper the form of spring into the summer.
Castlemagner made good strides early on in the Ducon Cup though exams curtailed their momentum of a mixed panel featuring youth and experience. The club lays plans for 2013 at its AGM this Sunday with Tony Barry expected to remain as coach.
Rockchapel found Cullen somewhat of a tough nut to crack during the past twelve months. The only side to defeat Rockchapel within Cork in competitive football, Cullen will hope for natural progression after collecting the Nevin Cup in the autumn. Richie McAulliffe vacates the coaching seat for fellow Gneeveguilla native and Currow based Seán O'Leary to return to a club he was involved more than two decades ago.
Dromtariffe head the roll of honour in both divisional league and championships though two JAFC titled since the mid 1970s confirms some frustrating days from more recent times. Kerryman Michael O'Connor links up as coach, hoping to bring the recipe that yielded Kiskeam divisional and county accolades in 2002.
Kilbrin elevation to A ranks two seasons ago hasn't gone unnoticed, none more so than surprising both Cullen and Dromtariffe in the championship. Ned English helped out last season though a management for 2013 is yet to be put in place.
Knocknagree are somewhat of an enigma, flattering to deceive on not winning a championship since county glory in 1991. The vacant management seat is taken up by John Fintan Daly, returning after a 28 year lapse, having served a two year stint at All Ireland IFC winners Miltown Castlemaine
Outgoing selector Conor Buckley is the new manager to Lyre. Championship winners over Kanturk in 2010, Lyre hopes of adding a first time Ducon Cup faltered to Dromtariffe in a replay twelve months later.
Millstreet see former player William O'Leary replace Kieren Creed on moving up from coaching a minor side and work with a panel backboned by back to back U21 Football winning teams in a bid to better last season's runner up JAFC placing.
Newmarket parade a second string, capable of fielding solid Ducon Cup sides though manager Peter Foley must wait until Newmarket play a number of games in the SFC before a Junior panel is fully confirmed. U21 Championship THE Duhallow Junior Board is awaiting approval of amalgamations prior to U21 Football A and B gradings. Proposed teams are Boherbue, St Peters, Kiskeam, Kanturk, Croke Rovers, Pobal Uí Chaoímh, Dromtariffe, Blackwater Gaels, Millstreet and Robert Emmetts Duhallow Cup quarter-final pairings A. Kiskeam v Ballydesmond B. Boherbue v Rockchapel C. Castlemagner v Newmarket D. Knocknagree v Millstreet Referees Course A LEVEL 1 Referees Course is planned for February 18/21/25/28 at Pairc Uí Rinn. This is geared for new Referees, clubs are encouraged to nominate an individual who would be interested. All nights must be attended in order to be certified.
An All Award 1 Coaching Course for Youth and Adults takes place in Meelin commencing on Friday, January 25. All courses scheduled are dual (hurling and football) courses. However, participants do not have to do both codes. Participants can choose either hurling or football but they can also choose both. A minimum of 12 participants to run a course otherwise the courses will be cancelled.
The course operates on a first come first served basis with regard to bookings for courses. As soon as 20 participants is reached, the course will be closed for bookings. Anyone who books after this will be placed on a waiting list and contacted as soon as a place becomes available.
To book your place on a course please email Martin Coleman GDA on email@example.com Cultural news THE Kanturk Credit Union Senior Scór Finals takes place in Kanturk Golf Club on Friday, January 25 commencing at 8pm.
Well done to Duhallow representatives from Boherbue Question Time, Figure and Set Dancers together with Muireann Vaughan of Kanturk in solo singing on their progress to the Munster Scór na nÓg Finals in Mallow on Sunday, January 27.
Coláiste na Mumhan Scholarships are available for 2013. Application to come through club GAA emails.