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Mick Cashman Cup Final 2012
There is a new name on the famous Mick Cashman Cup after the victory of Ballincollig in 2012 Finals held at Church Road, Blackrock on Saturday 9th June.
Following some 55 games of hurling at 4 venues, the finals came back to Church Road. The glorious sunshine brought out more than a thousand supporters to the Blackrock grounds to see the 10 years old hurlers from six clubs compete in the finale of this magnificent hurling competition.
Alderman Terry Shannon, Lord Mayor of Cork was introduced to some of the teams before the start and got proceedings underway when he threw in the sliotar to the first game.
There was a league format to the Plate competition and Ballincollig and Eire Og emerged from the group stages to contest the finals. Eire Og proved to be stronger on the day and ran out winners from an exceptional Ballincollig White team who had to work hard to defeat the Barrs Blue and Piarsaigh Amber outfits.
The after match speech from young Colm Murphy to his Piarsaigh teammates epitomised the true spirit of the competition and he received a rapturous ovation from supporters of all the teams.
St.Finbarr’s defeated the Rockies team in the cup semi final after a great display of scoring by Jack Cahalane.
The other semi final between Ballincollig and Ballinhassig was a true classic, probably one of the very best games ever seen in the 9 year old tournament. After a hard fought game and a nerve racking finish, Ballincollig secured their place in the final by a single point.
The final itself looked initially as if Ballincollig would win easy enough, but St Finbarrs then came back and went ahead with 5 minutes to go. With excitement at fever pitch, Ballincollig got some all important scores and went on to grab a famous victory which they celebrated with élan. A huge cheer went up when Christopher Walsh on behalf of Ballincollig Greens was presented with the trophy by Shane Kennedy and Alan Connolly, grandchildren of Mick Cashman. Ann Cashman along with members of the Cashman family attended and was delighted with the day’s events.
The coordinator for 2012 was Martin Hurley of Blackrock and his team of mentors who worked hard to get all the games played. The clubs who participated and organised the blitzes also did a great job. These club coordinators were Sean McCarthy of St Finbarr’s, Con Coughlan of Ballinhassig, Trevor Casey of Eire Og, Sean O’Leary of Na Piarsaigh and Brendan Murphy of Ballincollig.