The festival of hurling we witnessed at the Community Sports Centre on Sunday last was a sight to behold and will go down as a very special day in the history of Mizen Rovers. Up to one hundred young hurlers descended on the venue from early morning some travelling from the far north and east of the of the County to be present. We met hurlers and their parents from Clubs as far afield as Kildorrery, Ballynoe, Cloyne and a lot of the city clubs. The event was built around the decision of Manager Ger Cunningham and his backroom team to bring his Cork U15 squad to Goleen for a training session and match. Also present were the U8/U10 lads and lassies from the Rebel Óg west region to take part in a blitz and finally hurlers from U12/U18 who had an impromptu training session with the County coaches present. Following the underage blitz presided over by James McCarthy Rebel Óg GDA it was on to the main business of the day when 44 of the top young hurlers took to the field, all wearing the Rebel colours. The large crowd present were treated to a scintillating 90mins of hurling with these fellas demonstrating all the skills of the game in a high tempo encounter. In a very short few years I have no doubt we will watch some of these guys on our screens and gracing Croke Park. It was a extra special day for one of those Cork hurlers young Colm O Driscoll from the Bishopstown Club who was coming home to the Club where his father, Donal, was a stalwart for many years in the black and amber shirt. When the Hurling was done Players, Mentors and Parents were treated to a beautifully prepared Sunday lunch by Ellen Barry and her fine crew in the Dining hall at the Center. Later in the day the Players travelled to Barleycove beach for a recovery session while their Parents were treated to a tour of the unique Mizen Vision Centre before travelling back home. All in all a very special day surely both for those involved in the club and certainly for the visiting players and parents judging by the feedback to the Club in the last few days. This was a great opportunity to showcase the fine facilities, both indoor and outdoor at the Community Centre and the Mizen area in general and the fine attractions there present. Some of the Cork coaches present were heard to say “why aren’t we down here more often for pre-season training, they have all we need”. Finally there are many to be thanked for making all this possible most particularly Tommy and his gang and Pat Moynihan who had the Pitch in pristine condition and perfect for top grade hurling as commented on by Ger Cunningham. In cooperation with the Community Council we now have a good model in place for running this type of event successfully and for that we say a big THANK YOU.
CÚL CAMP Some of us could take it handy on Monday morning but twas an early start for those involved with getting the Cúl Camp 2014 up and running. For the second day in a row the field was full of young entuastic kids ready for a week of sporting action with some of the top coaches in the county present. Thanks to Tim, Anne, Maura and Bob who had them all kitted out and playing in no time at all. And so far the weather has been kind. Good good all good!!!