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Exceptional youth success celebrated at the Mardyke

Monday, September 26th, 2022

On an autumnal Friday evening at the Mardyke, more than 80 excited kids celebrated an exceptional season representing Cork County Cricket Club at various youth levels in Munster competitions.

After a full season of cricket, teams at U11, U13 and U15 gathered to receive their trophies and medals, and enjoy their end-of-season party, organised by Sukhi Byrne and the youth committee.

Cork County Chairman, Peter Dineen, presented U11 medals to delighted players and commented “This is a great evening for the club, and thoroughly deserved by all the players and parents. The founding father of our youth section, Dermot Giltinan, passed away just over a year ago, and he would be so proud of the youth section today.

John Buss, Operations Manager at Munster Cricket, was on hand to present the U13 and U15 trophies in the Munster Super Leagues and T20 competitions.

Cork County made a clean-sweep at U13 and U15 this year, a testament to the hard work of coaches Steve Ross, Mick Hull and Bruce Newton. Both teams went on to represent Munster at All-Ireland level, where anomalies in regulations saw them face older teams in away fixtures.  Cricket Ireland has promised to iron these out for next year.

The U13 T20 was won by the Cork County Sharks, captained by Cillian Ross, and the U13 Super League was won by the Cork County U13s captained by Mark Donnelly.

At the U15 level, Cork County won both competitions and was captained by Cronan Healy-Browne.

John Buss from Munster Cricket praised the players for their hard work in training and the great spirit they showed in the competitions. He praised the club and youth committee for their efforts in coaching, training and supporting their players.

The youth section at Cork County continues to thrive and a full programme of winter training will commence in the coming weeks. Older youth players continue to develop. Exposure at the adult level, as well as youth interprovincials, saw the likes of Niall Donnelly (16) make his first team debut during the final round of competitive fixtures, and there’s plenty more talent waiting to prove themselves.

The cricket season comes to an end this weekend and Matt Reed, the club Grounds Manager, will get to work preparing for next season when Cork County hope to build on a very successful season.

Cork County reach two All-Ireland Youth Semi-finals

Thursday, September 1st, 2022

On a balmy August evening last year, the Cork County Colts team, 4th year schools and below, were presented with their trophy and medals, having won the Leinster Colts league. It’s all about developing youth cricket. Given that cricket has been played in The Mardyke since the 1850’s, you might ask what more needs to be developed, and such are the travails of sport.

Dermot Giltinan, ‘The Galt’, championed cricket for decades, and his recent star-studded Memorial match testified to the esteem in which he was held. But like the Olympics, the torch needs to be carried by many. Brenda Kennedy, Veena O’Sullivan, John Simon and others have all championed the cause for several years, and on that evening last August, the current Senior Youth Coach, Steve Ross, looked at the trophy and the happy smiling faces and vowed to replicate that success.

Cork County U15 team

True to his steely word, the U13s and U15s won the Munster Super League campaigns at their age grade.

On Sunday 4th, and Saturday 10th September the U13s and U15s, respectively, will travel to Dublin to play Pembroke and Phoenix in the All-Ireland semi-final of their competitions.

Over the past four years, Steve Ross with his trademark quiet, direct style has coached, mentored and developed a squad of novices into committed and dedicated players. His coaching style is unrelenting and determined. Tough training, high standards and total commitment are his watchwords – and you reap what you sow. As with all good teams, the leader is only as good as the team around them, and Mick Hull (U15 Coach), Bruce Newton and former Munster U15 Coach, Abdul Jabbar Younus, have been instrumental in developing the U15 squad of players. 1st team captain Ross Durity and 2nd team captain Rob Duggan have also been generous with their time to support coaches when needed.

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Qualification came via wins against Limerick City, Limerick Blasters, Cork Harlequins and Galway CC in both leagues. All of which were tough games but an All-Ireland semi-final is another level again. Cricket in Dublin is so good that it has produced Eoin Morgan, Kevin and Niall O’Brien and Ed Joyce – world-class cricket players. Harry Terctor leads the charge for the next generation.

It’s a tough ask to travel to Dublin to play away fixtures against the strong Leinster champions, but to borrow a phrase from Declan Kidney, “pressure is a privilege”.

Regardless of results in Dublin, the Cork County U13s and U15s are Munster Champions in their respective Munster Super Leagues.

A possible Schools League, played in September, is further testament to the growth of cricket in Cork – and it’s no surprise that there’s lots of cricket on The Mardyke, after all, “its’ where we sported and played…!”

Fixtures:

Sunday 04 September, U13 All-Ireland Semi-final
Pembroke CC v Cork County CC

Saturday 10 September, U15 All-Ireland Semi-final
Phoenix CC v Cork County CC

Dermot J. Gilitinan Memorial Match

Monday, July 11th, 2022

As President of Cork County Cricket Club for the 2022 season, I would like to take this opportunity to cordially invite you to the Memorial Match for our late esteemed member Dermot J. Giltinan between a Cork County XI and an Ed Joyce XI on Wednesday, 27th July, starting at 2 p.m.

However, it is not merely another match. It will be a further celebration of Dermot’s life and his immense contribution to Cork, Munster and Irish cricket over the years. It will counterpoint the Memorial Service held for Dermot at the club on Saturday afternoon, 9th April, which was so wonderfully organised by our very own Ali Khan.

It will be an opportunity for you to renew acquaintances with old friends and meet new ones. The match will be augmented by a Q & A session conducted by our old friend Alan Lewis and the man answering the questions will, of course, be Ed Joyce, another old friend of Dermot and the club.

In conclusion, I look forwards to seeing you and your family on the day if you can make it.

With warmest personal regards.

Yours sincerely,

Mortimer Kelleher
President

 

Dermot Giltinan Memorial Match

Give It A Bash – 8th May

Saturday, April 16th, 2022

Cork County Cricket Club are pleased to announce the return of ‘Give It A Bash’ on Sunday, 8th May 2022, which provides a great way for youngsters who want to try the game of cricket and learn some of the basics of the game.

Some of the activities will include:

  • Batting, bowling and catching skills
  • Supervised by fully qualified coaches
  • Fun games and competitions 
  • Meet new friends!

It will also be an opportunity for youngsters and parents alike to learn more about the club and find out how to get more involved.

The session is absolutely FREE and open to boys and girls (both members and non-members) aged 8-16 to come along and give cricket a bash!

Give It A Bash - 8th May 2022

Registration

Registration is absolutely FREE so to secure your spot then please fill in your details by clicking here or emailing youth@corkcountycricketclub.com

Register Now

 
 
 
 

St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2022

Friday, March 18th, 2022

A huge thanks to Nick Tulloch and all of his assistants on the Youth Committee who represented the club with aplomb during the St. Patrick’s Day parade a few weeks ago.

After a two year break due to Covid, the club were once again participating and joined almost 2,500 others with plenty of colour, music and pageantry on show. The cricketers joined other Cork sporting clubs such as the hurlers and footballers from St Finbarrs and Nemo Rangers.

From the main stand, they received a standing ovation from the City’s councillors and management led by Lord Mayor Colm Kelleher and the Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney.

Great to see a big turnout and added exposure for the club and the game of cricket in Cork.

New Youth Committee for 2022 season

Monday, January 24th, 2022

Following the club AGM last December, the process of selecting a new Youth Committee for the upcoming 2022 season began. Sukhi Byrne was duly elected as the new Vice-Chairperson and will be the acting Chair until one is appointed.

Pat Donnelly who held the role of YC Chairperson indicated that he wished to step down and so a new committee was formed to carry on the excellent work that Pat had been undertaking in his role for the previous two years. Pat had overseen significant growth in the youth section and the establishment of regular events and camps to increase engagement and access to coaching for your members. 2021 saw the first ‘Give It A Bash For Girls’ event and also the Colts side winning their Leinster Boys Colts B League, a first Leinster title for the club at youth level. 

The new Youth Committee will be as follows:

  • Sukhi Byrne (Vice-Chairperson)
  • Robbie Mason (Coaching Coordinator)
  • Simon Blake (Internal League Coordinator)
  • Nick Tulloch (Internal League Coordinator)
  • Tom Spalding (Munster Liasion Officer)
  • Steve Ross (Munster Liasion Officer)
  • Susan O’Connell (Parents Liason & Child Liaison Officer)
  • Stephen Byrne (Parents Liason Officer)
  • Beth Brint (Welfare Officer)

If you have any queries regarding Youth cricket then please contact us at youth@corkcountycricketclub.com.
 
Sukhi Byrne
 
 

Colts win first ever Leinster youth title

Friday, September 3rd, 2021

The Cork County Colts clinched the clubs’ first-ever Cricket Leinster title at youth level when they were confirmed as Leinster Boys Colts B League winners following a run of 4 wins out of 5 in their league campaign.

The legendary Railway Union opener Kenny Carroll along with Leinster Youth Secretary Aoife O’Brien were on hand to present captain Eshan O’Sullivan with the trophy in what was a historic moment for the club.

At a specially organised presentation ceremony organised by the Youth Committee, the players were presented with their medals in the company of parents and coaches. It was great to have parents, coaches and the President in attendance to enjoy the event and acknowledge the effort from all to ensure the campaign ran smoothly and the players performed at their best.

It was a terrific effort from all involved with all fixtures away from home demanding a huge commitment from players, parents & coaches. Plenty of hard work went into the preparation and players certainly relished the challenge.

 

Give It A Bash For Girls – 30th May

Tuesday, May 25th, 2021

Cork County Cricket Club is offering a “Give it a Bash” session for Girls from 7 – 16yrs who have never played the game before. The session is open to non-members and will be run by our club coaches, in groups according to age.

In line with the ongoing Covid-19 guidelines, all attendees must register in advance to attend this event via the link below:

Give It A Bash Registration

Girls will have a chance to learn some of the basics of cricket including batting, bowling, fielding and wicket keeping as well as play some cricket!

Give It A Bash For Girls
 
We would ask all attendees to complete our ‘Covid Self Assessment Form‘ when they book and join the club for the day – the cost of this is €1 and we will ask you to sign a form on arrival. We will have a Covid-19 Officer on-site and we follow all government and Cricket Ireland guidelines.

Please arrive 15 mins before the session and note that the Pedestrian gate is closed – use the gate beside the Tennis club.

  • Each child should have a separate submission!
  • You also need to complete the ‘Covid Self Assessment Form‘ health questionnaire.

More Information

If you have any questions about the session and want to learn more then contact us at:

A return to youth cricket training at the Mardyke

Friday, April 16th, 2021

Cork County Cricket Club is delighted to announce the return of Youth Cricket for the 2021 season. Adult cricket will return once public health restrictions ease, but in the meantime, it is all systems go for children from U9 to U17.

Youth Chair, Pat Donnelly said: “The club has been working hard in the off-season to get ready for a safe resumption of cricket. Despite the pandemic, we had a great season last year with over 70 children training and playing cricket twice a week. We’re looking forward to more of the same this year. with a busy schedule planned.”

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Coaches Steve Ross (U14) and Robert Duggan (U17) ably assisted by a talented coaching team including Abdul Jabbar Younus and Len Browne among others have been working with an enthusiastic group of players and parents that has been growing year on year. The children learn new skills, make friends, and enjoy the challenges of cricket in a safe environment in the heart of the city. Children travel from all over Cork to play at the historic Mardyke grounds and the club works hard to create a welcoming environment for players and parents.

The success of the club is down to the enthusiasm and hard work of coaches like Steve Ross and Abdul Jabbar Younus who spend endless hours at the club during the summer. Groundsman Matt Reed has been working hard as always to get the ground in pristine condition and ready for a busy season, and everyone is now eagerly looking forward to the start of the season on April 26th.

New members of all ages and abilities are always welcome and you can contact the club at: youth@corkcountycricketclub.com. The club is also on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Cricket Ireland ‘Return to Training’ protocols released

Monday, June 8th, 2020

Cricket Ireland has released its COVID-19 Safe Return to Training Protocols for club cricket in Ireland and launched a series of online COVID-19 Safety Education courses to train nominated club representatives on implementing the protocols on the ground.

The protocols released today include detailed guides and checklists for preparing a cricket club for restarting activity including cleaning guides, a risk assessment, booking forms and contact tracing process, advice regarding training practices that comply with social distancing and health protocols, and access for a nominated representative for each cricket club to undertake an accredited online training course for dedicated COVID-19 Club Safety Officers.

Clubs will need to register through an online form for the Covid-19 Education and Awareness Training.

If a club’s nominated COVID-19 Safety Officer has already completed accredited COVID-19 Safety training through an alternate provider they are not required to complete the Cricket Ireland course. However, details of the alternate course completed must be lodged with their Provincial Union. 

Provincial Unions have appointed COVID-19 Safety Support Officers who are assigned to clubs in their regions and will be supporting clubs back to activity. While we have developed an approved set of protocols and provided guidelines for implementation, our strong advice to clubs prior to restarting any coordinated activity is to contact your insurer and discuss any matters regarding liability in regards to individual policies. Cricket activity should not resume until a club is set up to comply with the requirements in the return-to-train protocols.”

The detailed documents are now available at: www.cricketireland.ie/covid-19 and any enquiries or issues that arise should be directed to Provincial Unions via the nominated COVID-19 Safety Support Officer.

Cork County is currently undertaking a Risk Assessment prior to submission to Muster Cricket and acquiring the necessary hygiene equipment through the Cricket Ireland channels.

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