OCTOBER 2017 WINNERS
BANDON GAA CLUB
Winners of the Fe U15 Football and Fe U15 Hurling Championships
The Bandon U15 Hurling and Football Teams, who won the Fé U15 Hurling and Football Championships, are the October 2017 winners of the Rebel Óg Monthly Awards sponsored by the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs, Cummins Sports (Award Sponsors) with RedFM and The Evening Echo (Media Partners).
BANDON UNDERAGE GAA CLUB caters for training underage players in both hurling and football codes, with a child centred approach and philosophy that recognises that the welfare of the child player is paramount. With an active coaching & mentoring committee supporting a Club Coaching Plan, the maximum player participation and personal development of both hurling and football skills for our underage players can be achieved.
To encourage more members to join the Bandon GAA club and raise the public profile of GAA organisation, the Bandon Underage GAA club has implemented an active School Coaching Programme in four of Bandon primary schools providing minimum 18 weeks coaching during the school year.
Today Bandon Underage club membership has over 350 members up from 320 in 2016, 265 members in 2015, 215 members in 2014 and 180 members in 2013.
Bandon Underage GAA supports over 20 teams across both hurling and football codes. To support these teams Bandon Underage GAA currently have over eighty (80) coaches registered with seventy (70) coaches having completed Foundation Level Coaching course. Bandon GAA is in unique situation in Cork to have forty five (45) coaches with Advanced Award 1 Coaching course qualified up to Club Adult Team level and currently with one coach with Advanced Award 2 Coaching course for coaching Cork Development Squads and Inter County teams.
Promotion of the GAA games in Bandon encouraged 265 Young Players aged 6-13 from around the Bandon catchment area to attend Bandon GAA Cúl Camp from 14-18th August 2017 that was fully supervised and coached by Bandon Underage GAA coaches.
The Bandon GAA club players contributed to the success of local secondary school teams over past 12 months with Hamilton High School winning the Senior Hurling Lord Mayor Cup & Cork College U14A Football cups and St. Brogan’s College winning U14 County Hurling championship. For the Development squads, Bandon Underage GAA continue to support Cork Coaching with Bandon players successfully progressing onto Carbery U13 and Cork U14, U15 and U17 development squads.
Benchmark 2020 is a Club award Scheme under the auspicious of Cork Coaching & Games which is to promote best practice in coaching and games development at club level. Bandon GAA was one of only 3 clubs in West Cork (18 total in Cork County) to successfully achieve Gold level for 2016 (a repeat over 2015). The successful participation and achieving those high levels in the Benchmark 2020 demonstrates to players, coaches, parents and supporters that Bandon GAA has best practice in GAA coaching and games development.
Bandon GAA Hurling & Football club fosters and develops skills in both codes from our Nursery programme up to Adult level. The benefits of managing and promoting both codes were seen in 2016 with Bandon adult teams achieving Senior Hurling and Premier Intermediate Football status. The success of Bandon GAA adult level teams has encouraged our underage teams for further success during 2017.
Rebel Óg County 2017 U15A Hurling Championship – Bandon’s first game in the U15A Hurling competition was when they put eight goals and twenty three points past Sliabh Rua. For the semi-final, Bandon travelled to East Cork to play Lisgoold. Bandon were too strong for East Cork side as they won by 26 points. The U15A County Final played against Mayfield in mid-July was a repeat of the U14A County Hurling final in 2016 where Bandon came out on top. In this year’s U15 County Hurling final, both teams had some highs and lows as they battled it out for the important scores. Bandon dominated the first half with half time score of 3-7 to 0-3 but Youghal came back storming back in second half to get back into contention. Youghal never gave up as they scored two goals but they couldn’t hold back the hard work of the West Cork side. Final score Bandon 3-14 to Youghal 2-7.
Rebel Óg County 2017 U15A Football Championship – Bandon claimed Rebel Og U15A County Football Championship title following their win over Wolfe Tones (Kanturk) in mid August in Macroom. Plaudits went to both teams for an absolutely classic football encounter, with end to end good attacking football, top class defending, and every player, mentor, and supporter giving their all. In the end Bandon showed what a class outfit this group of players are developing into. There were no losers in this game but Bandon won out in the end.
The Bandon GAA club now hosts the dual 2017 U15A County Football and Hurling Champions. A remarkable achievement for this team.
The passion and commitment shown by the Bandon underage players embodies all that is good about the GAA and bodes well for the future of Bandon GAA Hurling & Football club.