CLUB MASS TO CELEBRATE 125 YEARS:
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A large contingent of Club members participated in the special 125 Mass, after which we enjoyed a cup of tea and a chat with old friends. Fr. Paddy remembered all our Club-mates, who had passed away in the previous year. He especially remembered Nellie Kavanagh, who was a tremendous Crokes supporter and Club Vice-President. Fr. Paddy also used his influence to call on the Almighty to support the Crokes cause in the Munster final. He presented Harry O'Neill with a very apt verse, which is as appropriate now after the game as it was before.
CLIMB 'TIL YOUR DREAMS COME S TRUE
Often your tasks will be many and more than you think you can do. Often the road will be rugged and the hills insurmountable too. But always remember, the hills ahead are never as steep as they seem And with Faith in your heart start upward and climb 'til you reach your dream. For nothing in life that is worthy is ever too hard to achieve If you have the courage to try it and you have the Faith to believe. For faith is a force that is greater than knowledge or power or skill And many defeats turn to triumph if you trust in God's wisdom and will. For Faith is a mover of mountains. There's nothing that God cannot do. So start out today with Faith in your heart and climb 'til your dream comes true.
The Juvenile AGM was be held on Wednesday 12th in the Clubhouse. Over 50 mentors, parents and Club Officers were in attendance. Chairman Terry Potts gave a very detailed report on the past year's activities, evidence of a very active and successful year. Mentors of each football, hurling, ladies football and camogie gave reports for each age-group. These reports provided a very interesting story of successes, silverware won, special events, activities away from the field, lessons learned and plans for the new year facing us. New Coiste na nÓg Club Officers were elected and mentors for every age level and code were appointed. This was followed by an open discussion on future plans and activities; how we can improve on the high standards already achieved; strategies to provide the best opportunities for our youth to reach their potential; and other interesting topics. This was very successful meeting and the future of Dr Crokes Coiste na nÓg looks very promising.
If you are interested in joining the large contingent of Club members who keep juvenile activities rolling contact Coiste na nÓg Chairman, Terry Potts. We are always looking for people to assist with coaching, administration, and other activities. Whether you can come on a regular basis or dip in and out as time allows, there are plenty of opportunities to help out with Juvenile activities. If you would like to start coaching, join one of the teams and benefit from the more experienced coaches already in place. You might be able to help in sending out texts about games and training or provide the PRO with notes of games. Whatever it is, your assistance will always be appreciated. Contact Juvenile Chairman, Terry Potts, who will be delighted to discuss the matter with you.
The Club AGM took place on Wednesday night 19th January in the Clubhouse. A large attendance were present to see most of the out-going Officers re-elected.
MUNSTER CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL:
The immediate sense of disappointment after the Munster final was soon replaced with pride. Our disappointment was for Harry, Brian and the lads, who had put so much effort, commitment and drive into this campaign. Supporters were disappointed. But how must the lads have felt?
But very quickly, the talk was not of losing, but of the great spirit and determination that our lads showed in the second half. How easy it would have been to just go through the motions in the second half and get home. But that is not the Crokes style. It took tremendous courage, character and passion to lift themselves for the second half and put on the display they did. The surge of pride for those lads on the field was tangible around the Mallow pitch. And what added to that pride in the black and amber was the continued support from the boys and girls on the hill. Not a negative word only shouts of support and encouragement.
I will leave the reporting of the game to those that know more about the game than I. However, it doesn't take a genius to take so many positives out of that game. We have the team that can and, I believe, will go the whole way ... and soon. This campaign and this team has made our Club stronger and more unified. It has brought us closer together as supporters, club-mates and friends.
Thanks Harry, Brian and all involved in our senior team. Your efforts and dedication has given us so much fun and enjoyment and so much to be proud of this past year and more. We really appreciate every ounce of blood, sweat and tears ye all have devoted to keep our Club to the fore. We are proud of you and look forward to another great year for our 125 Anniversary year.
A Hurler on the Ditch