Bantry’s U10 hurlers took part in the “All Ireland” U10 monster hurling blitz in Clonakilty on Saturday morning last.
A total of thirty teams from all over West Cork took part in this well organised event. Blues played Crosshaven in their first match, Bandon in their second and Kilbree in their last game.
Missing a few players, Bantry did very well to come away with a win under their belts.
As the games went on the team improved and put all their training to good effect. Players who lined out on the day were James Collins, James Crowley, John Crowley, Conor Hanley, Dara McCarthy, Dillon McCarthy and Jack O’Sullivan. All of these players are U9’s and so are already looking forward to playing again next year in the All Ireland blitz.
U16 county hurling semi-final
Later that day the U16 hurlers recorded a comprehensive win over Dripsey in the county semi-final at Castletown-Kinneigh.
With a county final slot at stake, Bantry were up for it from the throw in.
John Lavin hit the opening point only for Dripsey to equalise.
Tim Foley shot his sides second, followed up by a Seán O’Leary point. John Lavin opened the flood gates when he shot to the net and within minutes Anthony Hanley had added a second goal.
Bantry backs had shut up shop and the forwards went on to give an exhibition of shooting to put the game out of reach by half time with a score of 5-11 to 0-5.
It was more of the same in the second half with the selectors giving all the subs a run in preparation for the final against Grenagh in Páirc Uí Rinn, date to be announced.
Team: Cathal McCarthy, Killian O’Sullivan, Tim Cronin, Paddy O’Shea, Eoin Lynch, Owen O’Flynn, Seán O’Leary (1-2), Sean Hodnett (0-1), Tim Foley (1-9, 3F), Shane McCarthy (0-1), John Lavin (1-5, 1F), Anthony Hanley (5-2). Subs, all used: Shane Keevers, Kieran Hanley, Arthur Coakley, James Lavin.
On Wednesday, September 5th, Bantry’s U13 hurlers went down to St Marys by four points in the West Cork Final played in Dunmanway.
In a high scoring and exciting game played on a beautiful evening, St Marys got the early scores to put them into a lead they never lost.
Bantry pushed them all the way with great displays from Kevin Coakley, Shane Mc Sweeney, Liam De La Cour, Eoghan Minehane and Eric Dowling. Dylan Carty was majestic in goal but in the end the cup was heading to Ballineen and Enniskeane with the final score: St Marys 2-12, Bantry Blues 4-02.