CORK JUNIOR A FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL
MILLSTREET 1-9 ST.FINBARRS 1-8
6:15pm in Páirc Uí Rinn Saturday October 25th
We’ve been waiting 51 years for this. Go support the lads, and be the 16th man.
Millstreet U12s will play at half time. C’mon the Sráid !!‘
Match Preview: Denis Hurley (from Cork GAA) – When Cork won the 1973 All-Ireland SFC title, there were four Millstreet representatives on the team. When the men in green and gold take to the Páirc Uí Rinn pitch for Saturday’s junior final, they will have two current senior Rebels, but one of those will be a hurler. Mark Ellis was a revelation at centre-back for Jimmy Barry-Murphy’s side this year while also impressing in the half-forward line as his club won the Duhallow title. At centre-back, Kevin Crowley has been a mainstay as he has shown just why Brian Cuthbert called him up before he suffered an injury which curtailed his chances. Aside from those two, Michael Vaughan’s scoring rates show why he was a Cork U21 player while Michael Murphy is another who can impact on the scoreboard. Nothing will be easily gained against St Finbarr’s second team, the Togher outfit having beaten Kilshannig after a replay and then Ballygarvan. Roy Leahy, Jim O’Donoghue and Cathal McCarthy have all played senior football. Darragh Comyns and Cian Madden also contribute to a strong spine and perhaps the greater experience on show might swing it the way of the Barr’s.
As Gaeilge: Sráid a’ Mhuileain
Colours: Green and Gold
Club Twitter: @MillstreetGaa
Captain: Michael Vaughan
Millstreet: A History
Millstreet GAA traces its origins to 1888 and down through the decades became renowned as a major football force, teams and players attaining accolades at divisional, county and All-Ireland levels. Likewise enthusiasts of the caman and sliothar reminisce and pride the achievements in various grades. Over the years, Millstreet endeared themselves to the football public by brave and exciting performances to claim a number of notable successes. The club holds 2 Cork County Intermediate Football Championships from 1914 to 1918. And Millstreet’s potent force in Junior Football notched County titles in 1941 and 1963 while after many intense battles during the 1940’s, a burning ambition for a County Senior Football Championship title bore fruit in 1948. The club’s proudest day – Millstreet victorious against St. Vincent, to earn its lone title to date in a team captained by John O’ Keeffe. Duhallow’s back to back successes in 1990-91 in County Senior Football Championship revived memories and featured a large representation from this club. Individually Millstreet can boast of All-Ireland success at all grades in Football including medal winners.Senior Football: Den O’Connor, Humphrey Kelleher, John Coleman, Con Hartnett and Denis Long. Junior Football: Jackie Price, Teddy Kelleher, Jerry O’Keeffe, John Daly, Connie Kelleher, Tommy Burke, Anthony Barry, Jerry Par O’Leary, Michael Vaughan U21Foootball: Denis Long, John Coleman, Con Hartnett, Brian McSweeney, Jerry Pat O’Leary. Minor Football: Tommy Burke, Denis Long, John Coleman, Con Hartnett, Derry O’Hare and Sean Barrett.Elsewhere Millstreet’s colours are regularly paraded with success. At divisional level, the Club holds 7 Duhallow Junior Football Championship titles, 11 U21 Crowns and lead of honour in Minor Level with 27 successes. In Hurling 3 Junior A Championships are recorded, in addition to 7 Minor and three U21 titles. Underage, Millstreet are continuously basking in the glow of hurling and football achievements in Duhallow and Sciath na Scol affairs whilst culturally, Millstreet hold an impressive haul of divisional, county and All Ireland successes.MILLSTREET GAA ROLL OF HONOUR
COUNTY Senior Football C’Ship: (1) 1948 runners up 1940/41/56 Intermediate Football: (2) 1914/1918
runners up 1967 Junior Football: (2) 1941/63
runners up 1902/1944 Kelleher Shield: (1) 1971 Tadgh Crowley Cup: (4) 1968/70
/75/83 Minor B Hurling C’Ship: (2) 2000/12. DUHALLOW CHAMPIONSHIPS/LEAGUE TITLES Junior A Football C’Ship: (7) 1941/44/55/63
/92/2003/2014 Junior A Hurling C’Ship: (3) 1933/62
/63 Junior B Football C’Ship: (2) 1989/2001
Junior B Hurling C’Ship: (3) 1991/92
/2008 Novice Football C’Ship: (2) 1938/1968
Novice Hurling C’Ship: (3) 1975/78
/83 Minor A Football C’Ship: (27) 1940/41/42/48
/82/83/88/91/94/02. Minor B Football C’Ship: (1) 2007 Minor Hurling C’Ship: (7) 1949/53/54/94
/98/00/01. Under 21A Football C’Ship: (11) 1967/71
/72/84/85/86/88/89/91-2011/12. Under 21B Football C’Ship: (1)2009 Under 21 Hurling C’Ship: (3) 1992/01
/02. Junior A Hurling League: (5) 1962/63, 2001
/03/07 Junior B Hurling League: (2) 1991/2
. Singleton Cup: (1) 1994/2012
Minor Hurling League: (2) 2000/1
. Examiner Cup: (2) 1941/44
. Division 2 JAFL: (1) 2005 Nevin Cup: (2) 1958/1986
. Junior B Football League: (4) 1982/2005
/09/11 Minor A Football League: (2) 1993/1999
. Minor B Football League: (1) 2007 NORTH CORK REBEL OG Minor B Hurling C’Ship: (1)2012
Player Profile: Kevin Crowley
Club: Millstreet Height: 6ft Weight: 12st 1 lbs Date of Birth: 17th March 1994 Occupation: Student Position: Centre back Honours won: 2 Munster U21FC, 3 Duhallow U14 FC, U14 Feile B, 2 Duhallow U16 FC, 2 Duhallow Minor FC, 2 Duhallow U21 FC, VEC All-Ireland, Schools County & Munster Football & Hurling, McGrath Cup, Duhallow Junior A FC, All Ireland Fresher LeagueWhen and where did you first play football? In the garden with my brother & fatherBest career advice you were given: It’s a game of two halvesWhat skill do you think is the most important in hurling/football? Being comfortable playing off both left and rightWhat would you like to change about the game? Nothing except that the black card would be used in a consistent mannerFavourite sport other than hurling/football: RugbyBooks you are currently reading or have just finished: Eric Thomas “The secret to success”When I was a child I wanted to be… Professional soccer player, playing with Real MadridBest football memory outside of playing: Cork winning the All-Ireland 2010Best hurling/football memory as a player: Winning the Munster Schools Football in 2011You may not know it, but I’m good at… SwimmingWho is the greatest player you have seen? Sean Cavanagh If there was a ‘transfer market’ who would you buy? Aidan O’Shea The best invention ever… X-ray machine – I’ve had my fair share!! Person you would most like to meet: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Marooned on a desert island what could you not be without? Television – couldn’t live without “Only Fools & Horses” In ten years’ time I hope to be… Not injured
Millstreet GAA Snippets
- Millstreet savoured Co. Junior Football glory over Bere Island (1941) & St. Nicks (1963)
- Millstreet incurred losses in Co. Junior Football Finals to Nils (1902) and 26th Batillion(1944)
- 1941 Co. Junior Final, Millstreet v Bere Island played in Kenmare. Supporters defied petrol shortage during war years to travel to Kenmare by car, lorry and bicycle
- Millstreet hopes of a Co. Junior & Senior Football Championship double in 1941 thwarted by St. Nicks on 1-8 to 1-5 defeat in delayed senior final at Macroom.
- 1941 Co. Junior triumph laid foundation for Millstreet to win lone Co. SFC win in 1948 on defeating St. Vincents in final
- Enroute to 1948 Co. SFC, Millstreet defeated St. Finbarrs in ¼ Final at Carrigadrohid venue later flooded by ESB for power station
- 1963 Co. Junior Final, Millstreet defeat St. Nicks 3-9 to 2-3 at Macroom, game delayed one week to December 1st, owning to death of USA President John F Kennedy
- Two goals for Donie O’Mahony and one by Willie O’Leary key to Millstreet win over St. Nicks in 1963 Co. Junior Final. Former Cork great Willie, passed away earlier this year, Millstreet club President at the time of his death, his son William is current Millstreet coach.
- Millstreet win 1914 Co. IFC on defeating Skibbereen 1-3 to 0-0, game transferred to open park after Cork Athletic Grounds commandeered by British Army to stable horses.
- Millstreet land 1918 Co. IFC title, 0-2 to 0-0 good enough to overcome Knockavilla
- Millstreet hopes of 3rd IFC dashed in 1967 on loss to Urhan 2-15 to 2-6
- Millstreet runners up in Co. SFC Finals to Beara(1940), St. Nicks(1941) & St. Finbarrs(1956).
- Millstreet & St. Finbarrs revive memories of previous Co. Final meeting, 1956 SFC clash, St. Finbarrs 3-5 Millstreet 0-4
- Millstreet last appearance in a Co. Football C’ship Final dates back to 1967 intermediate decider
- Current player Mark Ellis became 1st Millstreet player to win Munster SHC medal in 2014. No surprise, Mark won longest drive at recent Millstreet GAA Golf Classic in Killarney.
- 2014 captain Michael Vaughan helped Cork to 2013 All Ireland Junior Football title
- Current Junior Football panelists to win 2003 divisional honours are Brian Sheahan, Eamon O’Keeffe, Patrick Coleman, Denis Kiely, Tadgh Collins and Donal Cashman.
- Also 2003, Millstreet landed a Co. u12 Hurling title with current players on board Michael Vaughan, Michael Murphy, David McCaul and Barry O’Flynn. The quartet help Millstreet Boys NS to Co. Sciath na Scol double at Pairc Uí Rinn.
- Current panelist Donal Cashman won divisional Junior medals in 1992, 2003 and 2014.
- Millstreet seek to upgrade to intermediate status for first time since 1997.
- After winning 1963 Co. JAFC, Millstreet performed at either intermediate or senior level for 33 of the following 34 years before regarding to Junior A status in 1998.
Path to the Final – Millstreet
Millstreet 2-10 Cullen 0-15 Millstreet 1-12 Dromtariffe 2-8 Millstreet 1-8, Lyre 0-9 Millstreet 2-13 Knocknagree 1-11 (Duhallow Final) Millstreet 2-5 Glenbower Rovers 0-7 (County Quarter-Final) Millstreet 1-11 Kilmurry 0-10 (County Semi-Final)
Previews to both matches and all four teams is on the Cork GAA Website ================== Match Betting (Paddy Powers) Millstreet 1/2 Draw 15/2 St Finbarrs 7/2 pretty much even stevens i’d say. =================== Time is now for Millstreet – Irish Examiner (25th October)
Chances are you associate Millstreet with Mark Ellis, centre-back on the Cork hurling team. Or maybe with the four men they sent out of north Cork to help Billy Morgan bring Sam Maguire home in 1973. Tomorrow, though, Millstreet take on St Finbarr’s in a first junior county final since 1963. Are they excited? You could say that. “There’s a huge buzz in the town,” says club officer Sharon Lane. “It’s a first since 1963, everyone’s looking forward to it. A number of the players on that team passed away only this year, but Tommy Burke, who played then, would still be active in the club. “The one direct link is William O’Leary who was on the team. He was a former President of the club. He died only this year but his son (William) is a selector and trainer of the team, so there is that direct connection to 1963.” There are other connections on the current team. Links to other bright days for the green and gold. “Our last Duhallow title was 2003, and we reached the final back in 1992 as well,” says Lane. “Six of the 2003 side are still on the panel, but we also have one current panellist from the 1992 team, believe it or not. Donal Cashman.” Impressive. When a small place tastes success, the excitement spreads quickly throughout the neighbourhood. Lane says since collecting silverware in Duhallow, momentum has been building steadily. “We beat Knocknagree in the final by five points and since then the interest in the town has been phenomenal. “Our first game in the county was against Glenbower Rangers, and it was a big thing for a lot of our players, to play that game in Páirc Uí Rinn, for the older players. And there were people at that game from the community that I wouldn’t have seen at games in a long time, if ever. We’re getting best wishes from people in the town — we held a fundraiser, a golf day, back in Killarney early in October and the buzz that day, the talk about the next game we were playing — there’s huge optimism and energy there in the club.” That optimism and energy can find other outlets away from the playing field. As Lane puts it, the downturn has hit Millstreet as hard as anywhere else, but the team’s run to the county final has been a rising tide for many boats. The colours of the club are prominent in the town. “The team’s success has certainly put people in good form — windows which would have been dormant for years have flags and posters in them, businesses around town are flying flags, there’s bunting on houses, the other sports clubs around are wishing us well. It’s given some life to the town.” The benefits have been tangible as well. Take the logistics of kitting out a team for a county final: the togs and socks for the big game have been sponsored by another organisation in the town: “They don’t want any publicity for that, which is fine, but it shows the goodwill we’ve been shown. “We’ve had good wishes from the Millstreet coursing club, Millstreet Town Park, the national schools had a green and gold day yesterday and we visited those schools earlier in the week with the Duhallow Cup. “All of that is giving the club a new momentum, one we wouldn’t have seen before. Even other clubs in the division have been wishing us well, and the fact Rockchapel have qualified for the intermediate final has only heightened interest in the area, and I’d say it’ll increase the crowd on the day as well.” Lane also stresses the club’s intention to harness momentum and energy for success in the medium term as well. “That’d be very important — we won two U21 titles in 2011 and 2012, and seven members of those panels are on the current team, and a lot of the panel wouldn’t have won anything with Millstreet over the years. You see the buzz at training, how keen they are to win, that’s spread through the community.”
================== Be there in plenty of time as parking / traffic can be chaoatic at that part of the city. The match is followed by the County Intermediate Football Final: Eire Óg v Rockchapel at 8pm. A Duhallow double would be a fantastic result for this side of the county. Admission: €15 (adults), €10 (Students/OAPs with ID), U16s FREE. Both games are live on C103 Radio, and there will probably be updates @OfficialCorkGAA, and @jgtarrant, and other media. Don’t expect any updates on millstreet.ie our our facebook or twitter. we’ll be at the match, and hopefully don’t plan on getting home early 🙂
Come on the Sráid !!!!!