Sunday 21 January 2018

'Poc and putt' for Pieta House

As the title suggests, it's a hybrid game of hurling and golf, and has a fun element for all.

The sliotar is pucked from tee to green and is then replaced by a golf ball, and putted from there. The better poc and putt of all three is selected at all times.

The main attraction is that it can be played by a team of three, consisting of two hurlers and a person that can putt, or by all hurlers if they are reasonable at golf putting.

Previous golf experience is not essential.

Equipment is simply a caman and sliotar, a golf ball and a putter.

Long studs are not permitted as they would cause damage to T boxes and particularly greens.

Mitchelstown Golf Club in association with Pieta House have produced a DVD demonstrating the basics of the game. In the DVD, Aisling Thompson (Milford) Anthony Nash (Cork) Cathal Barrett, Michael Cahill (Tipperary) James Ryan (Limerick) are filmed enjoying the game.

Mitchelstown Golf Club and Pieta House wish to thank all of them for giving their time so generously at a time when they were committed to training with their county teams.

The DVD will be on social media outlets shortly.

The inaugural event will be held on August 10, 11 & 12 next at Mitchelstown Golf Club and should attract a lot of interest. Next year it is hoped that a national competition will be held 'Poc@Putt is the name and fun is the aim'.

Teams of 3: Adult - ladies and gents cost €120, minors €75. You can follow on facebook/twitter/mitchelstowngolfclub website. Enquiries to Myles O'Malley at 087-9082878.


Smashing boost for tennis club

Mitchelstown Tennis Club has been a permanent fixture in the community - and with almost 100 members including families, adults, students, and juniors the club is growing for the future.

However one of the challenges facing the club is fundraising, which can often be difficult especially for non-mainstream sports like tennis compared to GAA, soccer and rugby. Through support from the Tesco Community Fund, Mitchelstown Tennis Club has successfully launched "After School Tennis" and "Sunday Morning Smashers" which has attracted lots of new members.

Chairman of the club, Michael Rea explained the idea behind starting these new coaching sessions: "The goal is to introduce tennis in a fun easy-going manner to kids from 4 to 12. It gives them an opportunity to take part in weekly tennis coaching sessions and it helps to introduce children into a sport which is a true sport for life. It has proven to be a great success with local families."

"We rely heavily on volunteers; for example, our Sunday Morning Smashers is 100% volunteer lead. The Tesco Community fund has enabled the club to purchase equipment, including junior tennis rackets, soft balls, ladders, mini nets, training cones, and most importantly helped towards the costs of child safety compliance training and certification for volunteers."

The Tesco Community Fund is helping thousands of local causes right across Ireland, donating over €2.4 million to over 9,000 local projects since 2014. This week Tesco stores will present 450 local good causes with €120,000 worth of donations from the Community Fund, enabling them to make a big difference in communities' right across Ireland.

Area Community Champion for Tesco Cork stores Aoife Dilworth said Tesco is delighted to be able to support amazing groups like the Sunday Morning Smashers of Mitchelstown Tennis Club. "The fund is open to a wide variety of good causes or groups from schools to scouts so if you think you know a local organisation that could benefit from some extra funding, please nominate them in store or online today," said Aoife.

"And don't forget to vote for your preferred cause each time you shop using your blue token, because it really does make a difference."

Tesco customers can simply fill out a nomination form in store and every eight weeks, three local causes will be selected for the Tesco Community Fund. Customers can also nominate a cause online via:

At the end of each phase, blue token votes are counted and up to €1,000 is shared proportionally between the three local causes.


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