Underage News April 2019 - 24/04/2019

Minor Football Activity  

The minor boys P1 football team continued their league campaign at home to Carbery Rangers late in March. This was a game that was dominated by Nemo on the score board but in truth was a very close affair. The sides exchanged points regularly early on until Nemo struck for two well worked goals. At half time Nemo led 2-06 to 0-04. But this doesn’t tell the whole story as Carbery missed a lot of good chances in the half. Early in the second half Nemo struck for a third goal which in effect killed the game as a contest. But Carbery kept plugging away and but for the goal post and the good goalkeeping by the Nemo custodian, Luke Towler, the game would have been a lot closer. Eventually Carbery got their just reward with a goal late in the game. Final score was 3-12 to 1-06 in favour of Nemo. A week later and the Nemo boys were out in the championship against Valley Rovers. The game was played in Ovens. As expected with championship football this was a keenly contested affair. Nemo played with the wind in the first half and they built up what looked like a good lead of 0-08 to 0-03. But Valley finished the half very strongly with two unanswered points to leave just a goal between the teams. The second half was a very tight affair with the Nemo defense in great form. As a unit the back 6 of Nemo played some excellent football. It looked like Nemo had done enough to win the game as they led 0-10 to 0-07 with 2 minutes to go. But a pick up off the ground in the square led to a penalty which Valley dispatched. From the kickout Nemo stormed up the field and were awarded a close in free which they duly converted to leave the minimum between the teams. In the end Nemo held on for a 0-11 to 1-07 victory. A great win for the boys in a game where they had to dig deep to get over the line. The minor boys finished this part of the season with a novel challenge game against an Australian Rules schools’ team. The team is a feeder school for Collingwood and they and Nemo had enough players for two games to be played. The rules were mostly Gaelic rules with a Gaelic ball used. The pickup rule was waived. Both games were competitive with little between the sides. The athleticism of the visitors was great to see. The Nemo boys had a great time and wouldn’t mind a return challenge down under!

Fe 16 Football activity 

The Fe 16 boys travelled to Togher for a P2 league game vs St Finbarrs late in March. This was a very close and entertaining league encounter. The Nemo boys led for most of the 1st half but late goals conceded gave the Barrs a 2-06 to 3-04 half time lead. The second half was very tight and there were only a few points in it with minutes to go. But the Barrs forwards found a purple patch just before the final whistle and they scored 3 unanswered goals to leave the final score at 7-10 to 3-09. But this is not a true reflection of the game which was a lot closer then the score line suggests. Next up for the Fe 16 boys was their first-round championship game with Aghada. This was played in Trabeg on a windy evening early in April, Nemo played against the elements in the first half and they played some sparkling football to lead at half time 1-05 to 0-04. Right at the start of the second half they extended the lead to 5 points with a brilliant point from star center forward Mark O’Sullivan. Unfortunately, it was to be Mark’s last kick of the game as he twisted his ankle in the process of kicking the point and had to go off injured. Nemo had to re-adjust but things started to go against them at this stage. They missed several gilt-edged scoring opportunities, thanks largely to the excellent Aghada goalkeeper. This handed the initiative to Aghada. To be fair Aghada were very good and never panicked. They eventually reeled in the Nemo lead and when they scored a goal with a few minutes left the possibility of extra time loomed. But they kicked two excellent late points to win the match and leave the Nemo boys disappointed. Next up for Nemo in the championship will be Ballygarvan after the exam break.

Fe 15 Hurling Activity

The Fe 15 boys turned their attention to hurling this month. They started with an away P2 league game against Killeagh/St Itas. This was a low scoring tight affair with defences on top. The first half was nip and tuck with the half time score at 0-04 each. In the second half Nemo dominated around the middle of the field and running at Killeagh with the ball in hand proved a good tactic. In the end the boys had a very hard fought 0-09 to 0-05 victory. Next up for the boys was a home tie against Lisgoold. This was a great game of hurling played in an excellent spirit. The lead changed hands several times during the hour and the hurling was excellent on the fast sod. In the end honours were even at Nemo 2-07 Lisgoold 1-10. The Fe 15 hurlers remain unbeaten after their first two league games. This auger’s well for them for the remainder of the league. Well done to all involved.

Fe 14 Football and Hurling Activity

The Fe 14 P1 football team finished March with a league game away to Inisscarra played in Ballyanly.The first half was an even affair with Nemo just about shading it on the score line. During the second half the Nemo boys got on top and started to score freely. Their forwards played very well and recorded a comfortable win in the end. This set them up well for their tilt at the Cork Feile qualifiers which were held over the weekend of April 6th/7th. Nemo hosted a qualifier and their first opponents were Valley Rovers. This was a very good game of football with both sides having purple patches. But during the periods when Nemo were on top their forwards were clinical and scored some excellent goals. In the end they had a comfortable win on the score board but the game itself was a lot closer. Next up was Carrigaline for the boys. They were in their stride now and playing some excellent attacking football they won well. This meant that Nemo qualified for the premier finals which were held in Togher on Sunday April 7th. In the semi-final Nemo faced a very good Bantry Blues side. This game was a classic with never more than a kick of a ball between them. In the end however, Nemo prevailed on a score of 3-02 to 2-02. This was the Nemo boy’s toughest assignment over the weekend. On to the final against near neighbours Douglas. Nemo were flying in the first half and at one stage they held a 9-point lead. Douglas as expected never gave up and fought tooth and nail right to the end. But Nemo proved too strong and won on a score line of 2-07 to 1-04. Captain Brian Hayes collected the Cork Feile trophy for the first time in many years for Nemo. They will now go on to represent Cork in the national Feile in Galway in June. Well done to all involved for such fabulous entertainment over the course of the weekend. The Fe 14’s now switch to hurling and they had a league game against Ballinora last week. Played on Easter Saturday in Trabeg this proved to be a good game of hurling between two evenly matched sides. In the end Nemo had the better of things on the score board and won by 5 points.

Fe 13 Hurling Activity

The Fe 13 boys turned their attention to hurling this month. Playing in the premier 2 league this would be a great test for them. They started the campaign with a home tine against Shandrum from north Cork. This was a great game of hurling with the sides exchanging the lead on several occasions. Defences were on top and scores were hard won. At half time the teams were level. A goal after the break by the visitors threw the gauntlet down to the Nemo boys but they reacted well. They reeled off 3 unanswered points to draw level again. In the end the game ended in a well-deserved draw for both teams. Final score was Nemo 0-08 Shandrum 1-05. Well done to both teams for the great hurling played so early in the season. Over the Easter weekend the boys travelled to Mallow for a hurling league game. This was great match between two very even teams. Nemo started slowly and were 2-02 to 0-02 down at half time. But they stormed into the game in the second half. The game was heading for a deserved draw, but Nemo scored a last-minute goal to steal the points. Final score was 3-07 to 3-04.

Fe 12 Football and Hurling activity

The Fe 12 G1 team had a league game away to Ballincollig late in March. Ballincollig were excellent on the day and Nemo could find no answer for their free-flowing football. Ballincollig recorded a comfortable win, but the Nemo boys will learn from the experience. The Fe 12 C3 team continued their league campaign away to Inisscarra late in March. In a very tight affair the Nemo boys were pipped at the post by a late point. Final score in what was described as a very good game was 1-06 to 1-05 for the home team. The Fe 12 G1 team entertained Valley Rovers in a free-flowing high scoring affair early in April. Goals were the highlight of the game with both teams scoring some excellent well worked 3 pointers. No blanket defences here. Unfortunately for Nemo they came out on the wrong side of the game but will have learned a lot from the experience. The final score was 5-10 to 5-06 for the visitors. Well done to both teams for the great entertainment on offer. The Fe 12s then switched codes and played their first league game in the new mid-south division. Their opposition was Lee Gaels. The Monday night winter hurling training clearly paid off for the Nemo boys as they recorded a well-deserved 3-07 to 1-01 victory. A great start to the league campaign for our young hurlers. On bank holiday Monday they travelled to Tracton for their next league encounter. This was a very even game throughout. From a skills point of view the sides were well matched. But Tracton scored several goals from high lobs into the goal mouth that looked like they were going over the bar but dipped under at the last minute. That was the difference between the teams. Final score was 7-06 to 2-06 for the home team. But a good performance from the Nemo boys on the back of their opening day win against Lee Gaels.

Fe 7/8/9/10/11 Activity in March

The younger boys have also been very busy in April. The Fe 11s had a hurling league game against Sliabh Rua. Nemo had 27 boys participating and formed two teams. The games were very competitive, and a draw was declared. They played football games against Donoughmore and St Michaels. 32 players participated, and they won a game and lost a game. The Fe 10 boys played a hurling league game against Cloughduv. They were competitive but the Cloughduv boys came out on top. They played Inisscarra in the football league where they won one game and lost a second. They then switched back to hurling for an encounter with Lisgoold. Nemo and Lisgoold both had enough for two teams and 4 games were played. Nemo shaded this winning 3 games and loosing one. The Fe 9s started their hurling league with games away to Passage. 2 Nemo teams were formed, and 4 games were played. They were very competitive affairs with Nemo winning two and loosing two. Next up for the Fe 9s was a football league game vs Middleton. 3 teams were formed by both clubs and a total of 9 games were played. The Nemo Fe 9s were too strong for Middleton on the day. Back to hurling for the Fe 9s and they took on Bishopstown early in April. Nemo had two teams while Bishopstown had 3. A total of 6 games were played with Nemo coming out on top in most of them. The Fe 7/8’s continue to attend hurling and football blitzes organised by Rebel Og but in addition they are now playing every Friday night in Nemo St leagues. So busy times for them with great numbers participating in the games. Many thanks to all the Nemo mentors who are looking after these younger teams.

Fe 14 Pre-Feile Camogie Sat Mar 30th

The Fe 14 camogie team took part in a pre-Feile tournament late in March. The games were played in Castle Road. With Cork teams automatically qualified as they are hosting Feile it was important for teams to take part in this event. They played Douglas first. This was a keenly contested affair with never more than a puck of a ball between the teams. In the end the Nemo girls came out on top by 2-00 to 1-02. Next up was Na Piarsaigh and the girls were brought down to earth quickly after their win in the first game. At half time they were 2-03 to 0-00 down. The girls improved in the second half and played much better, but they gave themselves too much to do with their first half performance. Final score was 3-04 to 0-01. The games were a great practice run for the Feile itself which will be coming up soon in June.

Fe 18 Camogie vs Clonakilty Sat Mar 30th

The Fe 18 camogie team travelled to Clonakilty for a league game at the end of March. Clonakilty were excellent on the night and the Nemo girls could find no answer for their skilful hurling. Despite their best efforts they lost comprehensively on the night.

Girls Fe 16 A Football League vs Naomh Aban Sun Mar 31st

The girl’s Fe 16 A team travelled to Ballyvourney for a league game against Naomh Aban late last month. This game was a cracking contest with both teams playing some sparkling attacking football. The exchanges were tough, and the game was nip and tuck out throughout. Naomh Aban pulled ahead early in the second half and they held the lead until the end. But they were made to work for their win by the Nemo girls who played some excellent football on the night. But in the end the home team held out for a deserved 5-10 to 5-07 win. Very encouraging display by the Nemo girls against a very well drilled Naomh Aban side.

Girls Fe 16 C Football League vs Dripsey Tue April 2nd

The girl’s Fe 16 C team took on Dripsey at home earlier this month. This was a low scoring affair. Defences were on top and both sets of forwards found it very difficult to register scores. However, the Nemo girls created a lot of chances and eventually the scores came for them. Final score was 2-02 to 1-01 for Nemo.

Fe 12 Camogie vs Passage/Brian Dillons Wed Apr 3rd

The Fe 12 girls entertained selections from Passage and Brian Dillons earlier this month. Nemo had 22 players and formed 2 teams. Nemo Glas lost to Passage on a score line of 2-01 to 0-00 while Nemo Dubh beat Brian Dillons 2-00 to 0-00. The girls had a great evening of Camogie and their skill level is improving with every outing.

Girls Fe 12 Football Challenge vs Ballygarvan Fri Apr 5th

The girl’s Fe 12 footballers travelled to Ballygarvan for a useful challenge game earlier this month. Both clubs had enough players for two teams and two games were played in parallel. Nemo used the opportunity to experiment. They lost both games but were competitive in the games. Many thanks to Ballygarvan for providing the challenge.

Girls Fe 14 D Football League vs Carrigaline Sun Apr 7th

The Fe 14 girls travelled to Carrigaline for a league game earlier this month. This was a very close game. The Nemo defence was excellent throughout the game, but they missed a lot of scoring chances at the other end of the field. In the end they lost 2-02 to 2-00.

Girls Fe 14 A Football League vs Naomh Aban Mon Apr 8th

The Fe 14 A girls travelled to Naomh Aban for a league game early in April. The home side were excellent on the night and they were far too skilful for the Nemo girls. Nemo tried their hardest and they did register some nice scores, but they were always chasing the game. Naomh Aban recorded a comfortable and well-deserved victory. A tough lesson for the Nemo girls who we are sure will learn from it.

Girls Fe 12 A Football League vs St Vals Wed Apr 10th

The Fe 12 girls travelled away to play St Vals this month in the league. The St Vals team were excellent and outplayed Nemo on the night. The Nemo girls tried very hard and they enjoyed the challenge St Vals presented. But on the night the home side recorded a comfortable win.

Fe 12 Camogie Blitz in Passage Sun Apr 14th

The Fe 12 camogie team travelled to Passage for a Blitz earlier this month. They played the home team first and recorded a 7-point win. Their second game was against Valley Rovers and here they lost by 6 points. The girls had a great time and it was an excellent experience for them. Many thanks to Passage for hosting.

Girls Fe 16 A Football League vs Eire Og Tue Apr 16th

The Fe 16 girls entertained Eire Og mid-April in a very entertaining game of football. The sides were level on several occasions. Both teams played some excellent free flowing football with great scores taken by both teams. It was looking like a draw, but Eire Og got a late point to win out in the night on a score line of 3-07 to 3-06. Great game and well done to both well-drilled teams.

Fe 13 Camogie vs Bishopstown Tue Apr 16th

The Fe 13 camogie team entertained neighbours Bishopstown in a Camogie game last week. In a high scoring entertaining game, the visitors came out on top. The Nemo girls really enjoyed the game and the chance to continue to improve their hurling skills.

Girls Fe 16 C Football League vs St Finbarrs Wed Apr 17th

The Fe 16 C team travelled to Togher for a league game with neighbours St Finbarrs last week. This was a great game. Very high scoring with never more than a few score between them. The big difference between the teams was the Nemo girl’s ability to take their goal chances. In the end this proved decisive as they won out on a score line of 7-04 to 4-05. Great game and well done to both teams for the entertainment provided.

Fe 12 Camogie Blitz in Passage Wed Apr 17th

The Fe 12 girls travelled to Passage again last week for another blitz. They played St Vincents in a tough encounter first. At half time they were 1-02 to 0-00 down. But they tore into the game in the second half and were very unlucky not to win. In the end they lost 1-03 to 1-02. They also played the home team Passage and they recorded a good 3-02 to 1-01 win. These games are bringing on the girls in leaps and bounds and they are really enjoying their hurling.

Girls Fe 12 D Football League vs Douglas Thurs Apr 18th

The Fe 12 D girls football team entertained their Douglas counterparts in an entertaining league game last week. The Douglas girls were far sharper in front of goal than Nemo. They recorded a comfortable win. But it was a good display by Nemo’s third team at this age and the game time will be of huge benefit to the girls.

Fe 18 Camogie vs Kilbree Fri Apr 19th

The minor camogie team travelled down to Kilbree in West Cork for a league game last week. The home team were in great form and played some excellent hurling from start to finish. The Nemo girls tried their best but couldn’t match the excellent stick work of the home team. In the end Kilbree recorded a comfortable win.

Girls Fe 12 A Football League vs Eire Og Fri Apr 19th

The Fe 12 A team travelled to Ovens for a league game against old rivals Eire Og last week. Eire Og had the better of the first half and they went in 1-05 to 0-04 points up at the break. Nemo improved in the second half and they held Eire Og scoreless for much of the period. They were just two points behind when Eire Og struck for a last-minute goal. The Nemo girls will regret some of the scoring chances they missed in the second half, but they will learn from this. Final score was 2-05 to 0-06 to the home side.

Girls Fe 16 Football Challenge vs Valley Rovers Sat Apr 20th

The Fe 16 girls played an entertaining football challenge against Valley Rivers in Trabeg on Easter Saturday. The girls played some excellent attacking football and kicked some great scores. Valley Rovers were very game and played very well in patches. But Nemo recorded a comfortable win. Many thanks to Valley for providing the challenge.

Fe 14 Camogie League vs Grenagh Mon Apr 22nd

The Fe 14 camogie team travelled to Grenagh for a league game on the bank holiday Monday. This was a very entertaining game with little between the teams for most of the game. The Nemo girls matched their hosts for skill and stickwork but Grenagh were better at converting their chances. In the end the home team recorded a deserved win. A very good display by the Nemo Girls.

Fe 18 Camogie vs Castlemartyr Mon Apr 22nd

The minor camogie team entertained Castlemartyr in the league on Easter Monday. The girls are improving all the time and they played very well for long periods during this game. They were only a few points behind at half time. But early in the second half the visitors struck for a few goals that decided the contest. Final score was 2-04 to 4-12 for the visitors. A good performance by the Nemo girls.

Issued by

Paul Kearney (Nemo Rangers Underage PRO)