Ballyhea commence this  years County Senior hurling championship on Sunday next at Mallow when they face Blackrock in a repeat of last years first round . This will be the 8th meeting of the clubs in the Senior hurling championship. The first meeting was on the 8th of September 1889, in Mallow with the City side winning a low scoring contest 1-2 to 0-1.The Ballyhea side was Sim Flaherty, P Dahill, J Casey, P Quinn, J Connell, P Bartley, P Daly, J O’Connell, M Lehane, P Clancy,  J Herlihy, J McMahon, P Foley, N Foley, P Burke, T Reidy, M Boddy, J Barrett, J McCarthy, J Downey and J Murphy.  The sides met again 6 years later in the County Final in Mallow Town Park on the 3rdNovember 1895. This day has always been referred to as The Foggy Sunday. Blackrock came out on top 1-2 to 1-1 with a goal very late in the game. The Ballyhea panel was J Murphy (capt), B Mooney, M Flaherty, J Flaherty, M Flaherty, P Bartley, J McMahon, M Reidy, J Roche, P Daly, P O’Gorman, T O’Gorman, J Walshe, J J O’Connell, M Boddy, W  Fennessy,  D Higgins. The next meeting was 86 years later in 1981 in the second round of the championship, with Blackrock winning 4-13 to 3-5. The next outing was in 1986 in the County semi final and after an incident packed game the Rockies with a late scoring burst won 3-11 to 1-13 at Fermoy. Ballyhea’s lineout was David O’Keeffe, Eamonn Crowley, Mike Morrissey, Neil Ronan, Phil Ryan (capt) (0-1), Johnny O’Callaghan (0-2), Mossie O’Sullivan, Connie Brassill (0-1), Mikey O’Callaghan (0-1), Gerard O’Connor (0-2), Paul O’Halloran (0-1), Alec Morrissey (1-1), Liam Crowley, Willie Shanahan (0-1), John Grogan ( 0-2). Subs used: Diarmuid O’Flynn , Dave Ryan (0-1).

The sides were to meet again 2 years later in 1988 and was played in dreadful weather conditions, 3 goals in the last ten minutes helped Blackrock to victory 4-8 to 1-6 at Fermoy. Ballyhea’s team was David O’Keeffe, John Mortell, Mike Morrissey, Eamonn Crowley, Phil Ryan, Johnny O’Callaghan (capt) (0-1), Mike Browne, Tom Brassill, Dom Hanley, Alec Morrissey (1-0), Gerard O’Connor, Noel Hanley, Liam Crowley, Mikey O’Callaghan (0-3), and Dave Ryan (0-2). Sub used Mossie O’Sullivan. The 6th meeting in the championship was in 1991 in the County Quarter Final when Ballyhea defeated Blackrock for the first time 0-16 to 0-8 at Fermoy. Ballyhea’s  line out that day was David O’Keeffe, Eamonn Crowley, Mike Morrissey, Connie Brassill, Christy Hanley, Johnny O’Callaghan (0-1), Mossie O’Sullivan, Tomas O’Riordan, Tom Brassill (0-1), Mikey O’Callaghan (0-1), Alec Morrissey (capt) (0-10), Eamon Morrissey (0-1), Ian Ronan (0-1), Phil Ryan , Diarmuid O’Flynn(0-1). Subs used: Donal O’Riordan and Johnny O’Sullivan. Last year Ballyhea overcame the Rockies in the opening round with a terrific display winning 1-19 to 0-11 at Fermoy .The Ballyhea team was Mikey Browne, Owen O'Sullivan, MIchael Morrissey, Luke Hanley, Timmy Shanahan, Barry Coleman, Trevor O'Sullivan, Maurice O'Sullivan (0-1), Dean Copps, Neil Ronan (0-5), Pa O'Callaghan (0-9), Jonathan McCarthy, John Morrissey (0-1), Gavin Morrissey (0-2),Eugene O'Leary (1-1) Subs; Daniel Relihan (used). Ballyhea have had a mixed league campaign this year and currently lie joint fifth with 5 wins and 4 defeats. Ballyhea are captained this year by Gavin Morrissey . The lads have prepared well under Mike Organ (coach), Richie O'Leary  (trainer), Ray Ronan , Eamon Morrissey and Johnny Flaherty. We will be without the services  of Neil Ronan and Eamon Morrissey ( both retired after giving great service to the club ) and also Kieran Morrissey who has emigrated to London .Timmy Shanahan and Eugene O'Leary are ruled out with injuries , while Pa O'Callaghan and Luke Hanley are both doubtful starters as well. Best of luck to everyone involved and hopefully it will be another successful day on Sunday. The game is timed for 2.00 with  Newtown and Killeagh  at 3.45.

 


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