Cul Camp Details
The club GAA summer Cul Camp dates have been released for each club and are available on the Clare GAA Website. This year there are some changes with Clondegad date moved forward and additions with a camp in Liscannor GAA pitch for the first time.
Bookings can also be made on line through the Clare GAA Website
Also this year two Super Camps will be ran and will crater for 30 players aged from 13 to 15 years. These camps are €40 and will be advertised in the local media.
Lisdoonvarna August 3rd to 5th from 10 to 3
Cooraclare August 3rd to 5th from 10 to 3
Clare Internal 1st Year Blitz
A 1st year blitz involving St Flannans, St Caimins and two of the Munster Council backed 1st year coaching project schools West Clare Colleges and Rice College took place on Friday 15th before the schools broke for East Holidays. This gave opportunity for all schools to give some much valued work to players who will compete in next years U15 college competitions with each squad playing 3 games. The West Clare colleges ran out easy winners making good use of their 24 weeks coaching received to date and also giving teachers/mentors invaluable insight into possible team positions for next years Munster U15A competition Corn Ui Mhorain.
Club visits made by the GDA to clubs in West and North Clare regions continued throughout April with the aim of giving players a change of voice and also coaching the coaches. The target is up to 3 club visits each week.
Croke Park U12 Blitz
For the past four years each county in Munster has sent 4 clubs to GAA head quarters to take part in an U12 Blitz on Wednesday 27th. All clubs have two teams of 10 with each playing two games Vs clubs from other Munster counties on the hallowed turf of Croke Park. Also included is Stadium and museum tour for mentors and players. This has proved a great success and over the four years every club in county Clare through either hurling or football has been selected.
This year Kilmurry Ib, Ennistymon and St Senans Kilkee were drawn from the hat
Munster Club Child Development Programme
A Munster Club Child Development Programme initiative is being launched across the province with GDAs in each county delivering this programme to every club in their area over the next four years. In Clare the Kilrush and Lisseycasey clubs were selected to roll out this programme in year one, this programme will help clubs understand the importance of U6 to U10 age group and to analysis its how it can improve its coaching/mentor/recruitment structures to maximise its potential in this area and will include a minimum of 4 visits to each club over a 3 month period. Please check on link below to get a full understanding of programme. Each club received their 1st visit from their GDA in April.
Report on the Clare GAA Website
Easter U11 and U12 Divisional Coaching and Blitzes
Each October we hold 5 weeks coaching for full U10s in each of the 4 divisions in West and North Clare and then come Easter with the schools on holidays we bring these divisional players together for two days coaching/blitzes. This year Miltown was the venue on the first two days of the holidays with 50 players from a possible 80 invited taking part in blitzes against each other, skills coaching and skill competitions.
The aim is raise the profile of Gaelic Football by bringing players together in each division to play against other divisions to make more competitive games that all the players will enjoy taking part where skill development is our main goal. Also as these players grow older they will easily fit into our schools and divisional projects of funnelling all players into more competitive squads.
Also held over the holidays each division including East and Urban held an U12 divisional coaching/blitz day where the previous two years U10s are brought together.
Go Games Blitzes
April saw the start of our county U8 and U10 Go Games blitzes throughout the county for all clubs with two blitz weekends for each grade and 6 blitzes at each grade with the emphasis on participation for players, playing different positions and creating an environment of awarding skills points to encourage player/mentors/parent focus being able to perform the skills of Gaelic Football.
Munster Club Child Development Programme
In May our two clubs selected for the Munster Club Child Development Project received their 2nd club visit from the divisional GDA. This visit included a practical session with Club U10s for all club coaches and parents and amongst other useful topics also spoke about the need for club child development committee to be put in place.
St Flannan’s Enternal 1st Year Blitz - O Doherty Cup
For the past 3 years the teachers of St Flannan’s responsible for promoting football have been hosting an invitational 1st year blitz involving some of the best colleges from Munster, Connacht and Leinester. This a highly competitive blitz before the summer holidays and gives both players/teachers an opportunity to put into practise the years coaching and see what kind of team the school will have for U15A Corn Ui Mhorain. The schools this year were St Colmans Claremorris Mayo, Marist Colleges Athlone, St Jarlaths Galway, West Clare Colleges and the host school St Flannans.
The blitz was run a round robin basis with the top two schools meeting again in the final later in the day. The West Clare Colleges built on the good coaching and work done through the year with the Munster council 1st year project and reached the final where they were beaten by Connacht league and championship winners St Jarlaths
Great credit is due to the teachers of St Flannans and in particular to John Connole , Darragh Kelly and Gary Brennan for organising and hosting this competition and also to Bord Na nOg Peil for sponsoring the winning medals.
Attached is a photo of the West Clare Colleges squad and blitz report on the Clare GAA Website.
Ennistymon CBS 1st Year Blitz
On the 17th May the annual county 1st year football blitz run by CBS teacher Michael Clohessy was held at various local GAA grounds. This blitz is open to all schools and showcases the best footballers around the county to opportunity to go head to head in 11 a side 10 minute a half games. The games were held at Inagh, Ennistymon, Lahinch and CBS pitches with 12 schools taking part with the top two schools from each venue advancing to the qtr finals. This year saw CBS and Kilmihil who defeated Kilrush in a cracking game with a last minute goal compete in the final played at Lahinch. The first was very competitive with the Kilmihil side leading by 1pt 2-3 to 2-2, however in the 2nd half the west Clare side proved their quality to win the competition for the 1st time in 8 years with a score line 2-11 to 2-5. There is great credit due Michael Clohessy and Clare colleges servicing officer John Fawl for organising this competition.
Munster A Colleges Competitions Entry for West and North Clare Colleges
Despite all the hard work, training and passion trying to bridge the gap between Cork and Kerry at minor and U21 level with 5 months preparation is an impossible task. Last year for the first in their history West Clare Colleges after 12 months of work were accepted into the Corn Ui Mhuiri and Corn Ui Mhorain competitions for 2010 and these are the Munster A college competitions were they were tested against some of the best players in Cork and Kerry.
However this only catered for half of the players and schools in the traditional football region of the county and so obviously this was not the ideal situation. This year with the backing of the Principals and teachers of the 8 schools in West/North Clare entry was sought and approved by the Munster Colleges from both West and North colleges for next years competitions.
The draw for next years Munster A competitions involving West and North Clare Colleges are on the Clare GAA Website
With the club U16 championship complete and the Munster Development Squad competitions at U14, U15 and U16 scheduled for 26th July in Waterford, Cork and Limerick respectively we commenced out squad preparations on 21st May with games between players from the extended regional panels at U15 and U16. This gave us 4 squads of 20 plus players and was also used to raise the profile of both football and player as it allowed players to see the depth and quality of player that will be competing for county minor panel in 2013 while also giving some players another opportunity to make the development squads.
Club visits made by the GDA to clubs in West and North Clare regions continued throughout May with the aim of giving players a change of voice and also coaching the coaches. The target is up to 3 club visits each week.
National schools coaching continued again in May
Preparation for the Munster tournaments began on 4th June for all 3 squads with training held in Ennis each Saturday over the month of June and games organised home and away with Limerick, Tipperary, North and South Kerry also.
Management of Development Squads
U14 – Matt O Connor (W.Tones) Martin Brennan ( Clondegad) Martin Downes (Naomh Eoin) David O Connell (Shannon Gaels)
U15 – Maurice Walsh (Eie Og) Paul Conway (Kilkee) Donal O hAnafein (Eire Og) Seamus Clancy (Corofin)
U16 – Albert Hardiman (Doorabarefiled) Brian Considine (Liscannor) David O Shea (Kilrush) Ger Crotty (Kilkee)
County Player involvement
U15 -David Tubridy
U16 -Timmy Ryan
U14 – Played Vs Limerick in W.Tones on 11th June and came away with 4-12 to 1-8 victory
Played Tipperary in Monard on 2nd July over 4x 20 minutes Qtrs
U15 – Panel selection played Limerick on Wednesday 1st in Cratloe and won 5-13 to 3-5
Return game with another selection on Wednesday 15th in Mungret saw Limerick win 3-10 to 2-5
Panel selection played North Kerry on Wednesday 22nd in Kilrush and won 4-7 to 0-15
Panel selection played Tipperary on Tuesday 28th in Lattin and won 4-11 to 1-12
U16 – Panel selection played Limerick on Saturday 18th in Monaleen and went down 4-9 to 2-11
Panel selection played North Kerry on Wednesday 22nd in Killimer and were defeated 3-11 to 0-9
Panel selection played Tipperary on Tuesday 28th in Latten and were defeated 4-11 to 2-7
Squad Photos, reports and fixtures can be seen on the Clare GAA Website
Óg Pheil for 2011 will take place in Cork IT on July 6th and July 7th. A panel of 24 Under-14 players from each of the 6 counties in Munster will attend and will stay over night on site in the student accommodation. Each panel will be coached by some of the most experienced coaches in the province and will play matches against one another to put into practice the skills they have been coached.
See Clare website for Clare pnael
Pat O Shea (Former Kerry Manager) Munster Coaching & Games Manager gave a 2 hour coaching work shop on Attacking Play Monday 6th June @ 6.30 in Ryan’s field in Clarecastle GAA grounds. Pat used a County U15 Development selection for the 1st hour and U16 selection for the 2nd hour.
Details of Workshop were posted on Clare GAA Website
Munster Club Child Development Programme
In May our two clubs selected for the Munster Club Child Development Project received their 3rd club visit from the divisional GDA. This visit included a practical session run by the Club U10s mentors with GDA present to offer any advice or help if needed.
Club visits made by the GDA to clubs in West and North Clare regions continued throughout June with the aim of giving players a change of voice and also coaching the coaches. The target is up to 3 club visits each week.
With the summer holidays fast approaching a parish schools blitz was organised for each school in the parish. This was run all day at the local GAA pitch and teams consisted of boys and girls from each school mixed together and involved classes from 1st to 6th with time table below with help local club members/teachers with refereeing.
10am to 12 for 4th to 6th classes
1pm to 2.30 for 1st to 3rd classes
Photo’s of some parish blitzes shown here on Clare GA Website
Munster Club Blitzes
As a follow on to the Croke Park U12 blitz held in April the Munster Coaching and Games organised a provincial U12 blitz for al interested clubs. These blitzes will be held in Fitzgearld stadium Killarney on 19th and 20th July and on 26th and 27th
Fitzgerald Stadium July 19th
Kilrush Shamrocks @ 2pm will play Waterville, An Gealteacht (Waterford), Aghbullogue
Miltown Malbay @ 3pm will play Oola, Sneem/Derrtnane, Dingle
Fitzgerald Stadim July 20th
Doonbeg @ 2pm will play Abbeyside, Lattin Cullen,St Senans (Limerick)
Paric Ui Chaoimh July 26th
Wolf Tones @ 1pm will play Kilgarvan, Kilrossanty. Shanrock Gaels
Paric Ui Chaoimh July 27th
Kildysart @ 2pm will play Churhill, Kilmeen, Listry
Kilmihil @ 3pm will play St Patricks, Miltown Castlemaine, An Other
A Provincial U10 Blitz will be held on 24th September at various club grounds for any club wishing to take part.