Club Notes: 3rd August 2020

posted Aug 3, 2020, 3:24 PM by Mark Baldwin   [ updated Aug 3, 2020, 3:30 PM ]

Senior Hurling Championship
Tallow 0-17, Passage 1-18.
It came and went in the blink of an eye, you might say - i bhfáileadh na súl mar a d'fheárfá. 10 days, 2 games and we find ourselves unceremoniously dumped out of the championship. I suppose we can count ourselves lucky we had a championship.

It might sound defeatist but the reality is the first game against Ballygunner was unwinnable. Sundays game against Passage was a different story, i'm not saying the better team didn't win but from a Tallow perspective, this game was clearly winnable.

News reached us just prior to the throw-in, that two of our most influential forwards Fada and Darah Buckley, were ruled out due to injury. Not the best start, but that is the nature of the game and you just have to get on with it. Passage broke from the blocks and in less than a minute Liam Flynn and Mikie Cummins had them 1-1 up. We would spend the rest of the game chasing that lead. While we reduced it to a point or two, we never succeeded in over hauling it and curiously enough passage's winning margin was 1-1. Three and a half minutes into the game, the eastern team had 1-3 on board whereas Tallow's lone point came from Ian Beecher, his first of four on the day.Ian put in a great shift here. A great man to win dirty ball and offload or shoot. He had his shooting boots on and his tireless enthusiasm was aided by his marksmanship. Thereafter, we settled into the game and Ryan Grey and Tommy Ryan were a constant threat to Passage and picked off some top quality scores. It didn't go unnoticed by the opposition and they were singled out for some close quarter attention. Tommy in particular was repeatedly chopped and fouled and the main transgressor got off lightly in my opinion. That, and some of the cynical gamesmanship we witnessed, the game could well do without.

After a slightly shaky start, our defense' marshalled by Mark O' Brien in centre back got to grips with our eastern opponents. Eoin McGrath in just his second championship outing held his corner well, while Ken in the other corner displayed all his craft, guil and experience. Sully, Jake, Robbie Geary and Jordan completed our defensive line-up which combined to stymie the Passage attack.

Following a disastrous start, Tallow showed an abundance of character to play themselves back into contention and reduce the deficit to 2 point at half time (1-10,0-11).

With energy levels on both sides diminishing, the second half contest was a slow burner. Tommy Ryan who had been through the wars was limping for some time and had to be withdrawn. Ryan Grey, my man of the match on the night, continued to pose a threat but overall we couldn't sustain the necessary pressure to overtake Passage.
Well Done to all involved for their efforts this year.

Sean O' Sullivan, Eoin McGrath, Jake Beecher, Ken Kearney, Robbie Geary, Mark O' Brien(0-1), Jordan Henley, Kieran Geary(0-1), Darragh Mulcahy, Bob McCarthy, Tommy Ryan(0-3), Ian Beecher(0-4), Ryan Grey(0-7,4F), Paul O' Brien, Tommy Daly.
Subs Used
Rob O' Sullivan for Kieran Geary (blood sub), Rob O' Sullivan(0-1, 1F) for Tommy Daly and Shane Feeney for Tommy Ryan .

Junior Hurling Championship: Lismore 1-10 Tallow 0-22
We recorded our first victory of the campaign against Lismore last Sunday. Trailing at half time we energised in the second half and ended up winning by a nine point margin. Young William Cunningham made his debut at corner back and becomes the first Cunningham since his uncle John to don the Tallow jersey. James Murray experience shows and he excelled in the second half at the heart of our defence. Jake and Kevin did well in midfield while Evan and Mark had good second half's.
Team :Basher, Will Cunningham, Dean Beecher, Alan Curley, Shaun Henley, James Murray(0-1), Eamonn Forbes, Kevin Henley(0-2), Jock Neville(0-1), Mark Stewart(0-7,5f), Donnchadh Mulcahy, Eoin Condon(0-1), Mikey Curley(0-3),Beano McCarthy(0-1), Evan Sheehan(0-6,3f).
We play the Brickey Rangers in our first home game on Friday next at 7.00pm.

As it's a Bank Holiday, the lotto results will be in next weeks notes.

Deise Draw: We will be looking for a push on this over the next few weeks

Club Notes: 30th July 2020

posted Jul 30, 2020, 5:19 PM by Mark Baldwin

Notaí CLG Tulach an Iarainn sponsored by Goalpost Ireland.

Senior Hurling Championship:
Tallow 0-9 Ballygunner 2-22

Not the most auspicious of starts to the 2020 senior hurling championship for Tallow, it has to be said. A glance at the score line would reveal that. Ballygunner came to town with a burgeoning reputation and driving ambition. They were on a mission and they did not disappoint. They saw off the Tallow challenge at their ease without ever coming under any period of sustained pressure.

There was an eerie stillness in the cavernous stand at Fraher Field prior to throw in, with scarcely 100 spectators in attendance due to government restrictions on crowds. Fraher Field was resplendent, as most grounds are at the moment, and a pre match shower served only to grease the surface and speed up the pace of the ball.

The teams were evenly matched over the first quarter with the Gunners leading by 4 points to 3 after 15 minutes, Tallow scores coming from Darah Buckley, Bob and that great club warrior Fada now deployed in a new role.. He has given the club some service. We know it!. That’s as good as it got for us! The county champions, who looked a little ring rusty at the outset, were just easing themselves into the game. Tallow added one further point, from Darah again in the first half. Ballygunner were finding their feet and reeled off a succession of points, most coming from the elusive Dessie Hutchinson and Pauric Mahony from dead balls. Overall we conceded a share of frees but it’s difficult to avoid that if you’re under constant pressure They led by 7 at the break and looked to be comfortably in control.

They killed the game off as a contest in the opening 8 minutes of the second half adding a goal and 2 points to their mounting tally. With 38 minutes on the clock the Gunners led by 1-13 to 5. Tallow had further points from Darah Buckley, Thomas Ryan, Fada ,Jordan and Ryan Grey but the pressure from the city side was unrelenting. It was one way traffic almost for the last quarter as Ballygunner piled on the scores and cruised to a comprehensive victory. The play to a system which they have refined over the years. Their support play, slick interchanges and movement are hard to counteract when they are in full flow.

The vast majority of our lads gave it all and can’t be faulted for effort. Ours is a team in transition and this was a steep learning curve for them. They don’t come much tougher than Ballygunner who would rank in the top 5 teams in the country.

Not much time for recriminations however as we prepare for our 2nd round clash with Passage on Sunday 2nd August at 6pm Fraher Field. We dust ourselves down and return to the fray, bruised but unbowed.

Tallow: Shaun O Sullivan, Eoin McGrath, Jake Beecher, Ken Kearney, Robbie Geary, Mark O Brien, Jordan Henley (0-1), Kieran Geary, Darragh Mulcahy, Paul O Brien, Bob McCarthy (0-1), Ian Beecher, Darah Buckley (0-3F), David O Brien (0-2), Thomas Ryan (0-1), Ryan Grey (0-1). Dean Beecher, Jake Neville, Mikey Tobin, Robbie Beecher, Rob O Sullivan, Eoin Condon , Brian McCarthy, Mark Stewart, Donnchadh Mulcahy, Kevin Henley, Noel Condon, Shane Feeney.
A number of our players are on the injured list at the moment. We wish a speedy recovery to: Kieran Geary, Ben Aherne, Robbie Beecher and Mikey Tobin.

Junior Hurling: Our junior hurlers are back in action against Lismore on Sunday next at 12.00pm in Lismore. How they fixed it for the same day as a our senior side surely deserves some explanation?

Membership Everyone who will pay membership before 1st of August will be entered into a membership draw. Prizes to be confirmed.
Membership is as follows:
Player €50
Player + Partner €55.
Non Player €30
Non Player + Partner €35.
Membership can be handed to Billie Jean Sheehan. It is also noted that with crowd restrictions now going to our games that members will be catered for before non members so this gives everyone the ideal chance to pay their membership and at least have some chance of getting tickets.

Nemeton etc.. For years now TG4 have been the savior for the gaels who want GAA games. Live match on TG4 on Friday. I watched two Waterford intermediate games on YouTube on Saturday with a senior Tipperary fixture available as well. With most senior games available through the new subscription package filmed by the Ring company of a fiver per game it gives everyone unable to go a chance to see them if they have Internet. Now this is a great initiative and I feel the County board should offer the games to clubs to buy after.

Páirc Éamon De Paor:
U11 Cois Bhríde v Cappoquin 6.30pm Wednesday.
U15 Cois Bhríde V St Olivers 10.30am Sunday.

Tallow GAA Lotto Supported by Kearney's Restaurant.
27/7/2010 Jackpot €12,600 No Winner Numbers: 3,4,8,16
Consolation Prizes: David Sheehan, Bernie Kearney, Christina McCarthy, John Lyons
Promoter: Tom Doyle
Next Draw : 4/8/2020 Clubhouse 9pm Jackpot : €13,200

Club Notes: 29th June 2020

posted Jun 30, 2020, 4:59 PM by Mark Baldwin

Fixtures : With fields opening earlier than expected and championship been given the green light in club format to start from the middle of July , the county board in their wisdom have given clubs some breathing space and put the fixtures forward alleviating the pressure that the original format had on clubs. We start our campaign against Ballygunner on Friday 24th July at 7.30pm in Fraher Field. The following week we lock horns with Passage in Fraher Field on Sunday 2nd August at 7pm.

Club Lotto: Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances we are unable to recommence the club lotto as originally planned this Monday 29th. We hope to get this resolved as quickly as possible and will update as soon as we have a restart date. All tickets bought for the last scheduled draw will be included in the next draw.

Congratulations to Stuart and Aileen Barry on the birth of their son Gavin at the weekend.

Comhbhrón: CLG Tulach an Iarainn extend it's sympathy to the Henley and Geary families on the passing to her external reward this past week of Bridget. Peter and Bridget have been living in Aghada in East Cork for many years with their family but have always had a close contact with their former homes here in Ballinaha and Tallow. May her gentle soul rest in peace. We extend our sympathy also to the families of the late Dermot Bolger (Conna and Ballyduff) whose tragic accident has shocked the entire area. Our sympathy also to Denis Geary Ballyduff and formerly of Janeville Tallow. All very popular and well liked people in their communities. Bealtaine an tiarna deontas luach saothair síoraí dóibh.

Club Notes: 22nd June 2020

posted Jun 26, 2020, 1:58 PM by Mark Baldwin

Sympathy: Tallow GAA club extends it's sympathy to Marianne Sheehan( nee Doyle) and family on the death during the past week of her husband John Joe Sheehan. John Joe was a former All Ireland wining Minor and Senior with Kerry. Our sympathy also to John Joe's brother in law Tom Doyle and sisters in law Kitty McDonell and Louise Hanrahan Ballinacourty. Both families have a long and proud association of the GAA. May John Joe rest in peace.

Tar isteach : The Field is reopening this Wednesday. I'm sure it will be a buzz of activity.

Tallow Gaa lotto: Will be starting up again from next Monday.Tickets available from shops and promoters. 

Pieta House will be calling to Tallow GAA club grounds on the 1st July at 7.30pm for a socially distanced cheque presentation of the money raised from our twenty hour run, walk and cycle. All are welcome to attend.

Membership : Everyone who will pay membership before 1st of August will be entered into a membership draw. Prizes to be confirmed. Those who have paid prior to Covid 19 will be contacted.
Membership is as follows:
Player €50
Player + Partner €55.
Non Player €30
Non Player + Partner €35.
Membership can be handed to Billie Jean Sheehan.

This week I asked Darah Buckley a few questions.
What is your  favourite position in hurling and football ?
DB: Any where in the full forward line.
Your pre game meal?
DB: Chicken and pasta
Your favourite food and drink?
DB: Steak, potatoes and cider !
Your favourite ground in the county?
DB: Fraher field all the way!
What size hurley do you use and would you bring many to a game?
DB: I use size 33 and I’d bring 2/3 to any match.
Have you watched any of the old games on TG4 or RTE shown over the last few weeks and if you have what did you think of them?
DB: I watched the 2004 Munster final, I thought it was very free andFast flowing and the 2010 all Ireland final when tipp beat Kilkenny,it was unbelievable stuff.The funniest thing  you saw  in a game you played?
DB: when Mark hit Joe Delaney in the face.
If you could replay any game you played in over the years which one would you choose?
DB: The Minor hurling replay in the county final.. it was really one we left behind us.
The greatest influence or influences  on your hurling career?
DB: I’ll have to say Neill Moore.. he was with us from a young age and
really brought the best out in all of us
Any superstitions? DB: I always prefer to drive myself to the match, it allows me to keep my mind off the match.
The Tallow team who played with
Fittest: DB:  Tommy Ryan
Most dedicated: DB: Kieran Geary
Laziest: DB: Ryan Grey
Toughest: DB: Fada
Strongest: DB: Mark O Brien
Fastest: DB: Tommy Ryan
Who you  would rely on the most when under pressure in a game?: DB: Kieran Geary or Paul O’ Brien.. I feel they drive the rest of us on.
The most important thing now for youngster starting out playing adult hurling? DB: commitment and being comfortable around older players
Would you wear moulded , studs or blades football boots? DB: depends on the weather but mostly molded.
Shefflin or Reid? DB:  TJ Reid.. he has carried the Kilkenny team on his back many a day.
Colm Cooper or Bernard Brogan? Colm Cooper
Canning or Callinan? DB: Callinan
Eoin Murphy or Stephen O'Keefe? DB: Eoin Murphy
David Clifford or Con O'Callaghan? DB: Dave Clifford
Marty Morrissey or Darragh Maloney? DB: Marty Morrissey
First Tallow game you attended? DB: I actually couldn’t answer that.. I feel like its years ago
Best Tallow game you attended and played in?
The best game I attended was the Tallow vs Lismore in 2011 and thebest game I played in was Tallow vs Ballygunner in 2019.When lock down is over the first thing you will do? DB: Go training or go to Lukies.. whichever comes first!
What is the fastest game you played in? DB: The 2019 game against Ballygunner. No one had a chance to catch their breath. Everyone put everything they had into the game.
Have you used many helmets through out your 21 years and your favourite make? DB: I'd say I only went through about 3/4. I have a new one at the moment but I’m a bit iffy about changing. Favorite make is Mycro.
What you favourite brand of sliothar in the wet and dry weather? DB: An All Star. They seem to hold their shape and don’t go spongy.
The best atmosphere in a game you were involved in? DB:  The minor county final 2015. The atmosphere that day was unbelievable for a minor game .
If you could buy one player for your team who would you buy? DB:  This isn’t the premier league, we'll stick to who we have.
You were a hurley carrier in the 2015 county final. How did you find that experience? DB: I suppose I was looking on and wishing I had the opportunity to play in it.

Club Notes: 15th June 2020

posted Jun 20, 2020, 5:35 PM by Mark Baldwin

Notaí CLG Tulach an Iarainn sponsored by Goalpost Ireland.

C.L.G Tulach an Iarainn would like to pass on our condolences to Helen Hampton and the Sheehan family on the passing of Helen's sister Nora Sheehan. Go dtuga Dia suaimhneas sioraí dí

Club Lotto: With the lotto suspended with Covid-19 lockdown in the place. When the next phase of restrictions are lifted on June 29th we will start up our lotto again. All tickets sold before the lockdown will be drawn on Monday 29th. This will be videoed live on Facebook from our clubhouse. Tickets will go back on sale on Tuesday 30th from all promoters . Your support is greatly appreciated in these times.

Fixtures: We have been drawn in a group of three with Ballygunner and Passage. Ballygunner up first on the 1st of August and Passage four days later on the 5th. A very quick turn around.We could crib and moan about the time between games but we just need to get on with it.
September is down for football so I would think that the juniors will be in action then.

Club Notes: 8th June 2020

posted Jun 20, 2020, 5:33 PM by Mark Baldwin

Return to Play Roadmap: 
A month earlier than we expected but the field will be open on the the 29th of June instead of July. They will surely be a massive enthusiasm to use our facilities after such a long lock down. The training of teams will be a different matter.To attend training one must fill in a health questionnaire and take a body temperature. Anyone who's temperature is over 37.5 will have to return home. Any juvenile much have parental signature on them participating . The best practice of health hygiene to adhere to is of washing hands and keeping your distance. Dressing rooms and clubhouses will remain closed until Stage 5 on the 10th August but the toilets will be available .A Covid Supervisor will be assigned to each team. Club competitions can start back from 31st July and must finish by October 11th. Group training will start back on the 20th July. County board will decide on what form the competitions will be based. All this logic is based on public health standards, public health advise and government direction.

Tallow Team 1927. The first picture of a Tallow team .
Back Row (l to r)J Cox , Jer Cox,Ned Condon, Pat Condon, P Hartigan,J Prendergast, Bill Sheehan, Jimmy Cunningham,H McGrath, B Curley. Middle Row (l to r) Mick Curley, Mikey Cronin, Freddie Harty, Tommy Sheehan, B Hurley, Ned Flynn. Front Row Sitting (l to r)Pa Sheehan, Mick Mulcahy, M Harty.

Club Notes: 1st June 2020

posted Jun 4, 2020, 5:19 PM by Mark Baldwin   [ updated Jun 4, 2020, 5:22 PM ]

An Geansaí:
"So the blue and gold and the colours we behold and fair are the hurlers of Tallow ". As the line goes the blue and the gold of
Tallow. These are our colours , they are what we associate ourselves with but I wanted to check out our

jersey styles through our existence. When one looks at team colours counties seem to prioritise their primary colours that we associate them with in the thirties. The first recorded picture I have is of a Tallow team in 1927 .
The colour scheme here looks red and white jersey which I thought were borrowed from Tourin.
Obviously there is no colour pictures from around the time so I decided to get someone to colourise the team. What came back was actually blue and with either a yellow or white stripes.
Our predominate colours are blue and gold and these had a yellow sash which a lot of clubs had at the time sown on to blue jersey. There is football team from 1929 and the county championship hurling team of 36 who wore these jersey's

A lot of the time the stitching might not have been great and sash's could be sown on at different sides as shown in the 1930 team. 
There is also from what looks like from the youthful faces a minor team from the early thirties. They look to have a V shaped in the style of Kilgobnet on their jersey. This is the only time that I have seen a picture of a Tallow team in such a style.
We wore the sash throughout the thirties and forties and the last picture I have is of a minor team from 1956. 
The sash at this stage was getting tattered and I have it that in the early sixties that we changed to our now standard hooped blue and gold jersey which was wore by a Tallow team in 1965 in the Tallow field.

In 1969 the U16 team wore a white set of jerseys similar to Waterford. These were worn for about three years. I think they might have been borrowed from Lismore CBS. 

We went back to hooped jersey again and a colour clash with Portlaw in the 1976 Senior final resulted in us donning an all blue jersey with yellow trim. We also wore them for the county intermediate football final of 1976.
We went to the hooped jersey for the replay.
We retained the hoop jersey until the centenary county final of 1984. We had a colour clash again with Portlaw in the centenary final. We wore an all blue kit with Tulach an Iarainn embellished on it. These were worn for the next six years or so. 
We stuck with our original blue and gold hooped jersey for here on in except on these occasions. 
The 1997 minor hurling team played in that years county hurling final . They wore an new sash jersey on the occasion.
The seniors wore the same jersey once when facing Portlaw in the quarter final of 2001. In 2002 we twice wore the new Cois Bhride jersey. The first time was in a league game against Fourmilewater and the second time was against a Tipperary selection in Boston. In 2003 the junior footballers reached the western final . Audrey Sheehan kindly donated a blue jersey set to the players which were worn on that occasion only.

About four years ago we played Mount Sion in a league game in Tallow. On the occasion both had brought an away strip of white. Tallow wore bibs over their jerseys for the occasion.

Club Notes: 25th May 2020

posted May 26, 2020, 5:44 PM by Mark Baldwin   [ updated May 26, 2020, 5:45 PM ]

Notaí CLG Tulach an Iarainn sponsored by Goalpost Ireland.

This week I asked Mick Mangan our former trainer between 2011 and 2012 a few questions.

PRO: So Mick how did you end up training Tallow?
MM: A phone call from Denis Tobin in 2011 asking me to train Tallow.

PRO: Had you any prior knowledge of the Tallow club?
MM:I knew very little about Tallow and took on the challenge.

PRO: Had you a good working relationship with your fellow selectors and the club chairman?
MM: I had a great relationship with Denis Tobin and Liam Mul.

PRO: What attributes do you look for in a player?
MM: A good player has skill ,leadership and work rate.

PRO: Why do you love the game of hurling?
MM:Since I was five years of age I was involved in hurling. Best game in the world.

PRO : What were your favourite moments of 2011?
MM: .My favourite moment 2011 was beating Lismore who were hot favourites having hammered Tallow the year before.

PRO: Anything you would have done differently?
MM: It was tough going and with a tight panel it was hard to do anything different.

PRO: What was the turning point of the year?
MM: The turning point was beating Lismore. It gave us belief to drive on. When things were not going well,I got all the players into the dressing room and said the door swings both ways. Ye are with us or against us. County final was on October 16th and we would aim for that. When I came out of the dressing room Liam Mul said if you get them to a County final you are some man.

PRO: I remember we trained the day after the semi final win. To say there was a high there would be an understatement..
MM: Winning the semi final brought huge joy and passion to the parish. The feeling was unreal.Training the next day brought the lads closer.

PRO: It was a massive occasion to get to the county final in 2011?
MM: I was delighted to get to the county final but would have been more happy if we had won.

PRO: What happened between yourself and Cunny before the final?
MM: I had a few words with the ref,Cunny wasn't happy and I let him know I wasn't putting up with any sh*t.

PRO: You had great time for Tom Feeney...
MM: I had good time for all the players. I had words with Tom Feeney to hang in there but he didn't.

PRO: The introduction of Tommy Daly in the semi final..
MM: At the semi final I called Tom Daly , he thought I was calling somebody behind him. I had a few choice words telling him no. 4 was on his hands and knees and to clean him out. Tom was like Tallow's Christy Ring.

PRO: How did yee not include Shane Finn McCarthy in yer five subs used in the final?
MM: Shane Finn didn't come on in the final as he was injured in training.

PRO : Things didn't go so well in 2012 in comparison..
MM: 2012 was very disappointing after getting to the County final the year before.

PRO: I would say that Tallow would always have a grá for you getting us to the 11 final?
MM: I got on very well with the people of Tallow and I am still in contact with a lot of them. They are a great bunch.

PRO: Best bet of advice you would give a new coach starting out?
MM: The best bit of advice I would give a coach is to be honest and straight talking.

PRO: Who was that Quack Law you had with you on occasion?
MM: Ian Law is the chiropractor that was with me. He has treated lots of hurlers including some from Tallow.

PRO: You have trained a lot of teams in different counties. What traits do you instil in your teams?
MM: I try to install belief, honesty, work rate and leadership in any team I coach.

PRO: How do you think hurling is progressing and do you evolve with the changes?
MM: Like everything else hurling is moving with the times and I try to move as much as I can with it.

PRO: What ever happened to the boys you brought down in 2012?
MM: The fellow against Carrig was Ger. I had him on a college team that won All Ireland. Labhras played Harty,played senior with the Glen and is family friend. I asked them to join as I needed to strengthen the panel but the obstacles that were put in my way were unreal by people in the club but Denis Tobin and Liam Mulcahy were a big help in getting them through. The fellow that played midfield was Cal O'Leary ,good hurler,friend of the two lads. When he saw what was happening with the transfers he said he couldn't understand how Tallow people could love the County board more than they loved Tallow. He just walked away. Most clubs that win Counties have outsiders,which is a fact and I felt Tallow needed that.

PRO: Would you have had a few altercations with referees down the years?
MM: I have respect for referees as I did a bit myself.

PRO : Would you play a sweeper ?
MM: I would play a sweeper only if I thought it was necessary.

PRO: Your favourite players you've trained?
MM: I have trained a lot of college teams and club teams. A lot of them are great friends today. But Teddy McCarthy Cork,Pat O' Neill Kilkenny,James Murray Waterford were three great leaders.

PRO: Do you shout for Cork or Clare?
MM: I support both Cork and Clare,if they are against each other I support Clare.

PRO: What was the best excuse you got for a player for missing training or a game?
MM: I have herd a lot of excuses , gone mountain climbing was one of the strangest. A selector said it was a new one.

PRO: Who do you admire in the game at present and if you could coach any team who would you like to?
MM: I admire Kilkenny as they play only hurling and would like to coach any Kilkenny club.

PRO: Would you attend any of the ex teams you trained games over the years?
MM: I keep in touch with all the teams I have coached and often go back to watch matches.

PRO: Do you still learn new things about the game and you can coach players in ?
MM: One thing about hurling you learn every time you go out.

PRO: Thanks Mick.
MM: All the best to Tallow in the future and I will keep watching your progress.

Tallow GAA will like to pass on our condolences to the family of Tom Rooney on his recent passing.

Club Notes: 18th May 2020

posted May 20, 2020, 5:58 AM by Mark Baldwin   [ updated May 20, 2020, 5:59 AM ]

Notaí CLG Tulach an Iarainn sponsored by Goalpost Ireland.

Astro Turf Wall: A small bit of repair was to the wall in ball alley and astro turf. One or two cracks appeared and a small hole appeared. IT's looking well for when a ball can be struck off it again.

Run for Pieta House: Here is the chairman's address on it.

I’d like to say a huge congrats to everyone who made this Pieta charity run,walk and cycle such an overwhelming success.

When I became Chairman one of my aims was to get the greater community of Tallow more involved with our club. Never in my wildest dreams did I think we would get such a positive response to this event.

Sorry the video is so long but that’s down to the sheer volume of people who got involved. 126 people from young to old along with newborns and toddlers brought along for the ride.

Over 1,000 kms were covered. Basically we covered the distance of Tallow to Portugal.

More importantly €2,620 has been raised so far. The donation page will remain open until the end of the week.

Proof positive the community spirit is alive and well in Tallow.

Ter McSweeney
Tallow GAA

Below are pictures of some of those involved in the event.

Club Notes: 11th May 2020

posted May 11, 2020, 5:51 PM by Mark Baldwin   [ updated May 11, 2020, 5:52 PM ]

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Birthday Greetings: We have three players celebrating birthdays this week. Darah Buckley and Robbie Geary are both twenty one years old and Shaun O'Sullivan is hitting thirty.

President's Address: John Horan spoke eloquently and articulate on the Sunday Game on the playing of games this year. He stated that if social distancing continues there will be no games played. So if you can't shake a mans hand on the street you can't mark him in a game.

Run For Pieta House: The club is organising a twenty four hour run or walk for Pieta House this coming Friday at 7.30pm to the following Saturday 7.30pm. We have over 70 participants at the present and we have decided to set the challenge to cover 500 kilometres in the 24 hour period.We will provide regular updates during the challenge on our Facebook page and Club What's App Group. The target is only a bit of fun so that we have something to aim for. One can follow the link on our Club Facebook and what's app to donate to Pieta House.

Colin Cunningham Interview Part 3 :The final part of the Bubbles interview the first part of of his management underage and the final part is of his time as a referee .

Another good time for me was the involvement with teams in the 96/97 season. The late Seanie Sheehan contacted me to get involved . It was 1996 and he was struggling to get players involved in training teams. I was travelling up from Dungarvan so before senior training I would train an underage team for an hour mainly the under 16 and minor teams. To say in was hard was an understatement as I was doing 12 hour shifts in Dungarvan and trying to play myself and training 2 teams it was lucky I was a single man but you just couldn’t say no to Seanie as Dad was working with him part time and he was a great family friend to us. I went on my first trip with Tallow then up to the north of Ireland to county Tyrone with an under 16 hurling team in the middle of July. It was an experience I will never forget. As you can imagine marching season in July and we were planning to come home from Portadown on the Sunday afternoon but the Garvaghy road in Drumcree which was no go zone in July was next to the train station so we were diverted to Newry to catch a train. The scenes of helicopters flying overhead and army vans flying passed our bus to the station was something we had never witnessed before. We had a great bunch up there helping in Johnny Geary, Tom Doyle Rachael Ryan and of course Seanie. We won the tournament and that was the start of friendship with Finn McCarthy who was a selector and Liam Mulcahy who was living in the north but later moved home to Tallow. We lost the minor western minor A final in 96 with a team if more effort to be honest was put into them would have won that. We made some changes in the background team and got more help in for the 1997 season and won the minor A hurling county beating Mount Sion in the final. The bunch of lads I started with were the likes of James Murray, Shane Glen McCarthy, Seamus Tobin, Sean Slattery, David O'Brien, Shane Finn McCarthy, Barry Power, Mossie O’Brien and Roy Henley. These lads were mad for hurling and were a pleasure to deal with. From that point I got the bug and was involved in many winning teams over a 20-year period. But the best of all is the friendship you make with these players and watching these lads develop to adult grade and hold their own with any team.

So you decided to become a referee . I know at the time we had no referee in the club and Cunny was on the luck out. How did you decide to become a referee?
CC: Firstly I’m now retired again from referring so answering these questions is only going on my past experience.
But I took it up as you said because there was a real shortage so I decided to give it a go. I wasn’t coaching any teams because of shift work commitments so I decided to referee a game once a week to keep the interest going when off. If you don’t have referees you don’t have games. I have a small lad playing under 9 and 10 so when I’m at his games I’m usually the one who gets the job to officiate it.

It's a thankless job for the most part . When things go bad your ridiculed, When things go right there is nothing said. Thoughts on this?
CC: To be honest like players referees want to have a good game also. I would be my own worst critic if I made the wrong decision. I always had Timmy Sheehan one of my umpires anyway to tell me when I was wrong. When driving home I usually go through the game and see did I miss much and was there anything I could have done differently. Some mentors/players will think back when their careers are over why the hell did I abuse that referee and probably regret it. Remember nobody is perfect and everybody makes mistakes. You see with other sports with VAR and a TMO official and still the wrong decisions are made. The referee is there to enforce the rules he didn’t create them.

I always thought the best referees are the ones who speak with the players on their level and not on an authoritative level. To me the best referee in the county and the one destined to go higher is a man who explains the free to the player without shouting him down. How would you describe your attitude in dealing with players?
CC: I was lucky enough to have a good playing career. What upset me as a player was no explanation for a free from the referee just blow the whistle and point in the direction. Communication to the players is one thing I was big on. If you explain it in simple detail and the players are usually happy enough with this. I suppose the main thing I realised when I moved from a player to the official was the amount of rules that are out there. I suppose like most players I never had rule book because we think we know it all. It’s not the ref’s job to explain the rules to the players. The mentors should make sure the players as well as themselves should have a good knowledge of these. I was also very slow to move a ball forward if a player back chatted as id try to explain first the reasoning the free and if they persisted then I would have no choice and to bring it forward. “Conflict is often miss communication”.

Every year Croke Park introduce rules to make it much harder to referee the game. Small infractions that become red cards. If you looked at this years leagues they were destroyed with over fussy refereeing blowing for everything . Surely the referee accessor Willie Barrett has to take all the blame for this? It's either by the book or let it flow. Which or them would you agree with ?
CC: It’s a strange one but since been a referee I now watch a game as if I’m assessing the ref and how did he go. On February last my oldest son was never at Croke Park so while in Dublin I went to the double header there with him. Dublin v Wexford in the hurling and Dublin v Donegal in the football. The hurling game was so stop start and it was so frustrating to watch. I heard afterwards there was a lot of criticism to the referee. To his credit it was a hard game to control. The off the ball antics from both sides was crazy. Mentors and players are no fools and if they get a hint that a ref is whistle happy they will play the game to suite his style of referring and play for frees. If they realise the man in the middle will let it go they play away as what usually happens later on in the championship year! Every year there are trying to improve the game by introducing new rule changes. I have no problem with this if it works but give it time because I hear after 2 weeks this rule has to change its not working. Mentors, players and referees all need “TIME” to adapt to these changes. I think the mark for the forward in football is a great change but the stick it’s getting from mentors is crazy for just not giving it a chance. I’m a big fan of American football and you look at the wide receivers getting millions of dollars each year to field for a touchdown with defence doing everything in their power to stop them. I think a forward in Gaelic football to field a ball at least deserves a kick at goals.

We can blame referees for everything but the players are as much at fault for the ills of the game.Review of the four below and thoughts to combat them.
1 Before if a player was given a free the player dropped the ball and the free was taken . Now they hold the ball or throw it away.

CC: To be honest if I was a mentor, I would tell my players to hold onto the ball until your teammates are set up. If he decides to throw it away then I would penalise him. Remember a free can’t be taken without instruction first from the referee.

2 Sledging : Player takes a shot it goes wide. His opponent roars in his face.
CC: I suppose we have all done it regrettably in our playing careers. It’s a horrible site to see in a game. Again if I was referring I would take action on it.

3 Player gets a little tap and rolls along the ground conning the referee.
CC: As I said above if players realise your whistle happy they will play for a free. Cut it out early in the game by ignoring the antics and you’ll see that it will stop.

4 Game nearly over . A point in it. We will take a football All Ireland for example. Dave Clarke Mayo goes to take a kick out with three of his backs hauled to the ground by Dublin forwards..
CC: Time nearly up in all Ireland most players would do anything for the team to win. Actions like this are discussed in preparation for the game and players know what there are doing. Good Managers read the rules and work them to their team’s advantage knowing what they can get away with. It’s up to Croke Park then in off season to change this.

Are referees in the county accessed and have you been accessed yourself?
CC:Yes referees are assessed at least once each year and yes I have been assessed. Every intercounty game the referee is assessed.

Having retired from hurling not at your fitness peak to now be a marathon and iron man competitor surely if the referees become professional your a cert to get referee inter county with your fitness levels?
CC: In matches I have tracked myself regularly and I have often done between 4.5 and 5.5 miles. It’s all stop start so it’s nearly that amount of miles in sprints which is completely different to long distance running which is one pace for the duration of your run. One Saturday night I reffed Mount Sion v Passage in a senior hurling game in kill. After working at home all day and then travelling down from Tallow. Doing the game which I can tell you was a cracker that ended up in a draw at 0-18 points each I had done 5.4 miles. But the mental strain from concentrating for the 60 plus minutes I was absolutely knackered going home in the car and I was hopping fit at the time from athletics. If I wasn’t at a high level of fitness I wouldn’t be a referee. I have done 9 marathons each one hard but to referee a county final at a high standard and grade is just as hard on the body as a marathon.

Is there a loophole in the GAA disciplinary procedures that allowed appeals when by right there only shown be one?
CC: The report of the referee to be filled out correctly is so important after a game. Any mentor reading this if you get to knock out stage of your championship I would advise you to start videoing games. On appeals without video evidence to argue against the report of the referee you probably wasting your time and effort as I’ve learnt from past experience as been both a mentor and a referee.

How should the GAA entice people to become referees or umpires?
CC: There needs to be a lot work done on getting new referees. You might think I’m mad but you get into it and enjoy it. But dealing with the abuse from mentors and spectators after a game no person should have deal with that. When out on the field you can control the players. The side-lines were the issue for me. Panic from the line brings panic out onto the field and causes more harm than good. What I would do is to clear all side lines for matches of team officials. Put them all up in the stand were available. Hit the clubs hard for discipline. Money talks so fine them. If they have somebody costing them a fortune every year on fines they won’t be long getting rid of them. I have been at games watching fools shouting abuse and all their doing is making a complete clown of themselves. An embarrassment to their club and families. The same people in my eyes would be too cowardly to do the job in the first place if asked and would run. I can tell you refereeing is not an easy job as what I said earlier the ref is trying to have a good game as well as the players out there. Would I encourage friends to be a referee to be honest until something seriously improves from inter county down to club level no I wouldn’t in the current situation. A rule I had I wouldn’t start any game until umpires and whoever is doing the side line is identified. Both of these cause trouble even if only a friendly game is been played. I have seen Tallow matches, league and friendlies started with no umpires and linesman identified and you can always guarantee there will be some trouble before the games finishes. The referee is wrong here. Don’t start the game and wait until filled by both teams. You have enough going on while officiating the game. I had good empires with me for championship games which helped me as I had great trust in them.There are a lot of very good referees out there. One in particular in Waterford who is top of my list is Thomas Tyler Walsh. The Tipperary v cork under 20 Munster final and Tullaroan v Fr O’Neill’s in the club all Ireland as an example were 2 outstanding games. For watching them games as a referee Tyler had a lot to do with them been so good and exciting. He will surely get bigger games this year. A referee can make or break a game.

Would you rather referee adult of underage games?
CC: I mainly did adult games but what I liked about doing juvenile games was spotting good emerging talent coming through the ranks. You see a lot about a player also when you’re out in the field with them and you get to know certain players on how they react to certain situations. I’ll admit I wasn’t the easiest of players to deal with when playing but again as I said earlier sure I knew it all having studied the rules of the games when playing!

To me the dirt is long gone out of the game. Do you think a player on a yellow should get the benefit of the doubt from the referee rather than just throwing out a second yellow?
CC: I’d admit I was very slow to send somebody off. I was sent off once ever “wrongly I may add” and it’s a lonely walk to the line and you feel awful for leaving your team mates down. I’d give you every chance I could when on a yellow and I would often remind the player through the game to take it easy when carded. Most players hate the thought of been sent off and generally regret it afterwards. I have often seen some players go out of a game when put on a yellow card as it effects their game not wanting to be sent off.

I have seen the yellow boots on you . So you want to stand out from the crowd. Surely your bandana from your running and glam metal eighties is only waiting to be sprung for a game?
CC: You try buying a black pair of boots lad. I still have the yellow ones and hopefully for a long time more. More players should use the head band. It would stop the sweat dripping onto your face from under the helmet in summer and also keeping your head warm in winter while playing. I got one for entering a 10 mile road race in Mallow. Firstly, I thought what the hell would I use this for but now they are ideal for training when running and I wear them most times running the road.

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