Ruairi Og Cúl Camp 2018

The young hurlers and camgos from Cushendall where joined by a good few from Glenariffe and Cushendun for this week’s annual Cúl Camp. The weather was fine all week and though the sun didn’t shine for the final day on Friday it stayed dry overhead. There were some great coaching sessions, some top class matches with the Ruairi Og’s unoficial All Ireland series in which Cork beat Kilkenny in the final, plus the obstacle course which ended with the highly poupular water slide.

The games – Pics by John McIlwaine

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The obstacle course

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Long sees red as Carey take the spoils at Creggan


Photographs & Report: Joe Rice

O’Neill’s ACHL Division 3

Creggan 2-12 Carey 0-20

Creggan’s keeper, Emmett Long was shown Red late in this very competitive division 3 hurling league meeting as Carey picked up two very useful points in a tight contest on the Staffordstown Road on Wednesday night to keep their promotion hopes alive.

Carey arrived at Paric Ciceam with the man power, fire power and determination, to seek revenge for their defeat in the intermediate final in 2015 and improve their fading chances of promotion. In a keenly contested contest they did just that while putting a dent in Creggan’s promotion hopes.

Carey’s Patrick Gillan pointed within seconds of referee Francis Traynor  throwing the ball in and from then on they were always in front, at one stage 6 points ahead.

Creggan, had several early missed attempts from frees and from play and it was almost ten minutes before Oran McCanngot their first point. This was met by two further points from Patrick Gilllan and two from Martin Hunter. Creggan responded with a point from Conor McCann from play to leave the visitors leading by 3 points with twenty minutes gone.

With 7 minutes remaining to the break Carey increased their lead with two further points from play, one a piece from Sean McLoughlin and Sean McBride, to go five up as they went up through the gears. Creggan finally found a response, hitting  a purple patch as they scored  5 points in as many minutes with Jake McAateer, 0.01,Teddy Mckeown, 0.01, Sam Maguire 0.01 and Conor McCann 0.02 the men on target.

As the home side appeared to be getting on top, Carey responded with five of their own as Martin Hunter 0.01,Conor McBride 0.02,Daniel McBride 0.01 and Sean McLoughlin 0.01 split the posts to leave them leading by four at the break

Half-time  Creggan, 0.08 ,Carey 0.12

The Glens Men got proceedings under way in the second half with an early point from Conor McBride before Creggan hit back with  a point from Conor McCann but for the next 6 minutes it was all Carey  and points from, Conor McBride 0.03, John McBride 0.02 and Daniel McBride  0.01 edged them 10 ahead.

As the match was slipping away from the South West side they were awarded a 20 meter free and when Conor McCann stepped up  there was only one thing on his mind and he hammered the sliotar to the back of the net.

Play was now flowing end to end with points exchanged but the North Antrim men held the upper hand as they still  led by four going into the closing stages. The Kickham’s were handed another lifeline however as Conor McCann was dragged  down in the square as he bore down on goal.

Referee Francis Traynor pointed to the penalty spot and up stepped McCann to make no mistake and leave the minimum between the sides. In a nail biting finish Conor McBride bagged the next point for Carey while Conor McCann got his teams last score of the match, with the last puck of the game to leave Carey victorious by two points.

Carey will be delighted with the two points, and are now third in the league, two  behind Creggan in second and four behind  leaders Ahoghill who recorded a big win away to Gort ha Mona on the same night. Creggan travel to Cloney on Sunday and will be hoping to put this reverse behind them in what looks like the match of the day while Carey have St. Paul’s as visitors.

CREGGAN: Emmett Long, Enda Maguire, Donal Carey, Dannan O‘Hara, Ciaran Rice, Kevin Small, Jake McAteer 0.01,Keelan McCann, Dermot Carey, Teddy McKeown 0,01, Nial McAuley, Oran  McCann 0.01, Conor McCann,2.08, Mick Maguire, Sam Maguire 0.01

Peter Graham for Ciaran Rice. injured

CAREY: Cristopher Butler, Eoin Hill, Sean McBride, Zach McCaughey, Michael McVeigh, Shea Hunter, James McCouaig, Daniel McBride 0.02, Caolan McCaughan, Sean Mcloughlin 0.02, John McBride 0.01, Conor M cBride 0.07, Patrick Gillan 0.06, Martin Hunter 0.03, Fiachra McVeigh


Referee: Francis Traynor (Loughgiel)

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Glenarm win basement battle

O’Neill’s All County Hurling League – Division 3

Shane O’Neill’s 2-24 Lamh Dhearg 1-5

The bottom two teams in this league came together on a beautiful sunny evening in Feystown with all to play for. The opening 6 minutes was tit for tat with Dylan Mclaughlin and Daniel Black hitting points a piece for the home side, two replies from the visitors, then on 7 mins a high blocked save by Glenarm keeper Liam Mulvenna was pounced upon by Lamhs` corner forward who fired low to the keepers left for a 3 point lead. Darren Hamill, Ciaran Mulvenna (1-2), and Sean O`Hare fired over quick points for Glenarm, but two from Donal Nugent left the minimum between the teams. Nugent’s points were to be Lamh Dhearg’s last score of the first half while the hosts pegged on a further 5 points to lead by 1-10 to 1-4 at half time.

Two mins into the second half Glenarm had added 3 pts and were starting to stamp their authority on the game with the defence holding out stoutly and midfield & forwards running well for each other to produce some sublime scores. Barry Hamill fought hard to get a second goal for Glenarm 10 mins from time to give the Feystown men a much needed win. On Sunday they travel down the coast to Cushendun and buoyed by this win they will want to build on their success.

Glenarm; Liam Mulvenna, Ciaran Finnegan, Sean Moran, Martin Ward, Aidan O’Neill, Darren Hamill, Rory Mulvenna, Liam Mitchell, Patrick McAuley, Conal Ward, Daniel Black, Dylan McLaughlin, Sean O’Hare, Barry Hamill, Kieran Mulvenna.

Subs: Darryl McMullan, Joe Cunning


Con Magees finish strong to beat All Saints

All County Hurling League Div 4

Con Magees    2.20        All Saints Ballymena    0.13

By Fergus Miskelly

Glenravel recorded a comprehensive 13 point victory over near neighbours Ballymena on Wednesday evening at Fr Maginn Park. In the end it proved decisive but for long periods that was far from the case, with the All Saints centre forward Liam Cassley proving a handful. Aided by his former Cloughmill’s colleague, Damian Gillan who hit 0-11 of his team’s 13 points, seven of them coming from frees while only 2 of Glenravel’s scores from placed balls, hitting an impressive 2.18 from open play, 6 of these coming from Declan Traynor who proved unmarkable throughout the hour.

Kieran McIntyre hit the game’s opening point after 2 minutes quickly followed by Declan Traynor. Ballymena responded with a pointed free before Dean Kerr opened his account with a point after a clever hand pass from Neil ‘Vic’ McCann. McIntyre scored next with a fine effort from 60 yards, and McCann tapped over another after good work from Micky McDonnell. From the resulting puck-out Declan Traynor intercepted with a great pick up at full sprint, soloing through and slotting over. Odhran McAleenan got on the score sheet next with a point from near the corner flag but Ballymena responded with 2 points from distance

Glenravel’s first major came on 22 minutes when Paddy O’Neill fielded a high ball in the middle of the field and fed it into Niall Donnelly who won it cleanly, turned and hit the net. The score at this stage was 1.07 to three points, with all six Glenravel forwards on the score sheet. Micky McDonnell playing at midfield hit another point but Ballymena hit the remaining two scores of the half to leave the score 1.08 to 0.05 at the break.ConMageesBallymenaHurling011

At the start of the second half Ballymena upped their game hitting 4 points without reply, and had it not been for the efforts of Shanlee Kerr and Turbo O’Hagan in defence it could have been more, clearing the ball time and time again. Padge O’Neill got Glenravel going again with a pointed free It was ‘tit for tat’ at this stage with Niall Donnelly pointing then Ballymena pulled two back, as the excellent Cassley kept them well in touch. Second half substitute Conleth OLoan and Declan Traynor tapped over two more scores to pull the home team clear and further good work from O’Loan set up Niall Donnelly for another minor score. Archie Rae Jnr was introduced at this stage for Micky McDonnell who had played a pivotal role at midfield, continually chasing down balls and putting decent passes into the forward line.

Niall Donnelly hit a point from a free and Sean McIlroy scored after good work from James Duffin. Padge O’Neill registered Glenravel’s second goal with only minutes remaining as a result of a high ball in to the box which sailed the whole way to the back of the net. The final score went to Ballymena with a pointed free.

Con Magees: R Donnelly, B O’Neill, S Kerr, C Mullan, D O’Hagan, M Scullion, S Atcheson, P O’Neill, M McDonald, K McIntyre, N McCann, D Traynor, D Kerr, N Donnelly, O McAleenan

.    All Saints. Daire Hasson, Darren McGinty, Chris McAfee, Sean O’Rawe, Vinney Esler, Luke O’Rawe, Eoin McGuigan (0-1), Ciaran McGarry, Gary Miskella, Liam Cassley (0-1), Damian Gillan (0-11 – 9 frees), Damian Kelly, Tony Connolly, Anthony Mitchell, Barry Dorrity. Subs Michael Dorrity, Joe Crawford



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Pics by Dylan McIlwaine

St Gall’s win Belfast derby

All County Hurling League Division 2

Sarfields 0-7 St Gall’s 4-22

St Gall’s proved too strong for Belfast rivals Sarsfields when the two met in the league on Wednesday evening at the Bear Pit. St Gall’s were dominant throughout and with Karl Stewart and Tomas O’Kieran in fine form they won convincingly to make it three wins on the trot. It is only in recent weeks that the Milltown men have managed to get anything near their full team out and they must be wondering how far they would be up the table if they had managed to field this line out from the start of the league campaign.


St Gall’s – Karl Stewart 2-1, Mark Napier 1-4, Sean McAreavy 1-1,Tomas O’Ciaran 0-7 (4f), Kieran McGourty 0-1, CJ McGourty 0-3 Jackson McGreevy 0-3, Ciaran McCaffery 0-1, Christopher McCartney 0-1.

Pics by Joe Carbery