A rewarding season for clubs will be recapped at the Duhallow Junior GAA Board Convention in the Millstreet GAA Community Hall on Monday night at 8pm.
2015 marked a productive year where the fortunes of Duhallow clubs enjoyed a roller coaster of emotion and breakthroughs. Divisional Secretary Steven Lynch will relate to delegates that a number of clubs fulfilled significant ambitions on landing divisional honours.
Indeed the winds of change blew with Castlemagner and Knocknagree landing the major prizes.
The success of Castlemagner emerged as a highlight, ending a barren 55-year wait to regain a hold of the Kanturk Co Op Mart JAHC at the expense of Freemount. Amidst ecstatic scenes of jubilation, a sweet victory it was for black and amber Castlemagner when a far more formidable and highly motivated side turned up the tempo in the second half.
Better stickwork and sharper combined play saw Castlemagner's hurling possess a greater flavour to it. The result was rough on Freemount, shading the contest for a lengthy stage yet once Jack Cott netted a brilliant goal at the three quarter stage, Freemount's advantage slipped with Castlemagner finishing on the ascendency to clinch the John Joe Brosnan Memorial Cup.
Meanwhile Knocknagree responded magnificently to the second chance on clinical efficiency put paid to the hopes of Lyre after a replay to the Kanturk Credit Union JAFC Final.
Having got out of jail in the drawn encounter with an equaliser deep into injury time, a much hungrier Knocknagree surfaced in the replay , their application surperb and in general, the new champions were much more enterprising.
Lyre lacked nothing in effort yet they failed to convert a sequel of goaling opportunities. That contrasted to a Knocknagree side up for the job to end a barren 24 year run to allow team captain Danny Cooper lift the silverware.
From the Kanturk Credit Union JAHL, Kilbrin regained the honours while Boherbue completing back to back Ducon Cup titles.
Robert Emmets sprang to prominence at U-21 level, their superior attacking power proved the difference on overcoming Boherbue in the A Football Championship. The old adage of goals winning matches again rang true for the Newmarket and Lismire combination parading far the more formidable and balanced side. Indeed, this was a fine team performance from a competent and physically stronger Emmets outfit on demonstrating their class in abundance to scoop the prize and inscribe a new name on the roll of honour.
The same pattern emerged in the U-21 A HC, Emmets passed a test of character to overcome holders Kanturk in a closely contested encounter. On doing so, the Newmarket and Lismire amalgamation put to bed the painful memories of losing the previous three deciders. The accuracy of talisman Donal Hannon emerged the deciding factor on shooting 0-12 highlighted on a late clinching pointed free to ensure Emmets land their first outright title.
In Junior B Hurling Dromtariffe gaining compensation for a defeat by Bantry Blues and St. Finbarrs in co. championships to complete Duhallow league and championship doubles for the second consecutive season.
The Secretary's report says the division is indebted to the sponsorship of the primary competitions through the key involvement of Ducon Concrete in the Junior A Football League, Kanturk Credit Union for the Junior A Hurling League and Junior A Football Championship, Kanturk Co-Op Marts in the Junior A Hurling Championship and the North Cork Co-Op for the support of divisional teams.
Favourable weather through the summer and into the latter end of the season added to the interest by patrons to competitive league and championships.
The outgoing Duhallow Junior Board comprises of President, Frank Healy (Kanturk); Chairman: Richard Murphy (Banteer/Lyre), Vice-chairman: Joe Kerins (Kanturk); Secretary: Steven Lynch (Boherbue); Treasurer: Tony McAulliffe (Lismire); Development Officer: Seán McAulliffe (Kilbrin); Cultural Officer: Jerry Doody (Millstreet); PRO John Tarrant (Millstreet), Co. Board Delegates: Dan Joe Murphy (Rockchapel) and Richard Murphy (Lyre).