Rebel Og Academy Structures and Panels 2013/2014 2013-10-14 22:11:00

Rebel Og Academy 2013 / 2014 

While 2013 saw a complete revamp of Cork GAA Development squads, in line with the recommendations of the Hennessey report, the coming year will see further streamlining of county underage panels to ensure the best possible player development pathway for young Cork place is in place. 

The camp format introduced last year will be maintained, with significant modification, while prioritisation of player development over immediate tournament success will continue to prevail. Again, a pre-agreed calendar with Coiste na nOg will be in place, with clear windows outlined for development squad activity. Finally, mid-way through last year, the Rebel Og Academy banner was established to cover all Cork development squad activities and from this point all references to Cork underage teams (from U13 to 17) will come under this heading. The academy is under the auspices of Coiste na nOg, while county Minor teams remain directly under Coiste Chontae Chorcai. However, it is planned for a close association between all levels for the coming year. 

Player Programme

While there was always a route from one underage group to the next, this pathway will be much more clearly defined in future.  Three two-year-programmes are outlined below. A coaching syllabus at each level is to be designed - 

Three levels (2-year programmes)

(i)                School of Excellence        

‘Finding the Player'               Cork U13 /14    aligned with...   1st/2nd year or U14 school team

At U13 and U14 level, the emphasis will be on player selection and skill development, while also introducing a physical exercise programme to underpin the physical conditioning, which will follow at subsequent stages. All coaching for the year at U13 and for the first half of the year at U14 will take place on a regional basis, with inter-regional tournaments, being used for player selection for county panels. This programme will conclude with a six-month block (ten weekly sessions proposed  - to be confirmed) of field-based coaching for players selected on the county panel of 48, followed by the inter-county tournaments. This programme will be aligned with the 1st and 2nd year school programme at post primary level, in terms of skill development and games programmes. 

(ii)             Mardyke Programme

‘Moulding the Player'            Cork U15/16     aligned with...   Junior school team 

At U15 and U16 level, the programme will focus on individual player development with clear measurement of progress for each player. Skills testing, physical testing, video analysis and individual gym / skills programmes will be in place under the Mardyke programme. Panels of thirty players will be in place at both levels in football and hurling for the initial six-month period from November to April. A regional programme of games which will be provided concurrently for players outside of these panels is described below, from which the remaining 18 players will be selected to form the summer panels of 48. Both U15 and U16 panels will be aligned, throughout the year, in terms of training and games programmes. This programme will be also aligned with the Junior school teams at post primary level, in terms of skill / physical development and games programmes. 

(iii)           Cork Minor Programme

‘Moulding the Team'              Cork U17/18     aligned with...   Senior school team 

Finally at U17 and U18 level, the emphasis will move towards forming a successful inter-county Minor team, with mature, well-rounded individuals emerging from the previous programmes. The programmes and testing outlined above will continue to be in place, but players will be expected to have greater levels of independence, in terms of monitoring, by this point. Also, training will be more regular and intensive, with a higher number of matches also. This programme will be aligned with senior school teams at post primary level, in terms of skill / physical development and games programmes.

A New Squad Structure

In line with the recommendations of the Hennessy Report, there will again be a Cork ‘A' panel of 30 at all age groups in both football and hurling. from U15 to U17. These will be called the Mardyke squads and will attend camp during school holidays at Halloween, Christmas, February mid-term and Easter. 

As the underage divisional underage boards are no longer in existence, with the inter- divisional competitions expiring accordingly, there is currently a significant gap between club and county level.... a step missing from the ladder of progression, so to speak. Given the geographical spread of the county it is not possible for second level schools to fully fill this gap. 

In the past year, the Rebel or B squads have attempted provide a stepping stone between county and club, with several players being called in throughout the year and with promotion to and from the A squads. However, as contact with these B squads was limited, it is now believed that providing effective coaching under such format is unlikely to occur. Also, at 30, it is considered that the B squad is too small to incorporate a significant trawl of the county for new players. In other words, a broader county-wide structure is required as both a coaching and trial mechanism, providing a base from players can progress to the A squad. 

The proposed model is based on the old divisional structures, but with significant modification. The eight divisions are merged to form four new regions. Also, due to the different focus in a number of regional areas on either football or hurling, there are merged differently for each code. Therefore, it seeks to address the imbalance between strong and weak areas in either code. Geographical dispersal is also taken into account and the proposed structure fits well with the current geographical areas allocated to the Games Development Administrators (GDAs). 

This format was used last year in selecting the Cork U14 panels, with regional coaching under the GDAs leading to inter-regional tournaments from which county squads were then selected. It is also being used currently at U13 level with regional panels now formed. 

If a player is on an A county panel in one code (e.g. hurling), he will not be allowed to line out with a regional team in either code (i.e. hurling and football). This is to avoid burnout, but such players will be given a trial in the other code at some stage during the year and if successful, may join the panel of 48 for the summer programme. Finally the regional structure will incorporate an open trial format in that clubs can propose players for selection to their local GDA for inclusion at the next available opportunity, ensuring that the door remains to all players at all times during the six-month regional period. Thus, the late developer is included. 

Hurling Structures

Region

Divisions

Coordinators

East Cork

Imokilly

Sean Crowley

Cork City

Seandun

Paudie O'Brien

North Cork

Avondhu Duhallow

Noel Crowley / Kevin O'Callaghan

West Cork

Carrigdhoun Muskerry Carbery

Martin Coleman / Kevin O'Donovan

Football Structures

Region

Divisions

Coordinators

Cork City

Imokilly / Seandun

Paudie O'Brien / Sean Crowley

North Cork

Avondhu Duhallow

Noel Crowley / Kevin O'Callaghan

Mid West Cork

Carrigdhoun Muskerry

Martin Coleman

South West Cork

Carbery Beara

James McCarthy / Kevin O'Donovan

A New Calendar

While the positives associated with continuously promoting and demoting players from squads are obvious in terms of providing opportunity for those outside the panel, there are also negatives in terms of putting young players under constant pressure and the confusion involved for players, parents and mentors. As a result, it has been decided to break the twelve-month programme into two six-month blocks. 

At U14 level, a player will play with his region in A & B tournaments (total 200 players approx) described above from November to April. Then on May 1st the second half of the year will commence with the naming of the summer county squads of 48 players. This group of 48 (24 A & 24 B) will train over the summer in preparation for the inter-county tournaments. Players will be inter-changeable between A & B throughout the summer. A limited number of dual players will be permitted.  

At U15 level, from November to April, a player will be on either the A squad of 30 or will play with his region in tournaments outlined below.  There will be no movement between panels unless a player drops out, suffers a long-term injury or is removed due to disciplinary reasons. Dual players will prioritise one code for this period During the same period, the inter-regional tournament games will run for approximately 100 players, outside of the Cork 30. 

1.       Tuesday, October 29th - Friday, November 1st                            Halloween break

·         Saturday, Nov 30th

2.       Thursday, January 2nd - Saturday, January 4th                   Xmas break

·         Saturday, January 25th

3.       Monday, February 17th - Friday, February 21st                 Mid-term break

·         Saturday, March 22nd 

4.       Monday, April 21st - Friday, April 25th                                   Easter Break 

At the end of April, all squads will be decommissioned and on May 1st the second half of the year will commence with the naming of the summer squads of 48 players each. These panels will most likely include the 30 A players and 18 further players selected from the regional tournaments. This group of 48 (24 A & 24 B) will train over the summer in preparation for the inter-county tournaments. Players will be inter-changeable between A & B throughout the summer. A limited number of dual players will be permitted.  

The initial A panels of 30 at U15 and U16 level will be selected as follows. The outgoing mentors for the respective groups have nominated 25 players for inclusion and the remaining five places will go to players who impress at the opening round of regional games. These five players will be immediately upgraded to the A panel and will play no further part at regional level. 

It is proposed that the U17 panel be aligned with the Cork Minor programme of dates, to a limited degree. While this is agreed in principle with the Cork Minor football mentors, it is yet to be sanctioned officially. 

Mardyke and Regionals Squads Programme

A few key points are as follows:

·         Players would attend on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, with Tuesdays and Thursdays seeing players remain at home for rest and recovery. On these days the regional panels will assemble for tournament games.

·         Both field and indoor sessions will be included on all days. This will mean the requirement for a shuttle bus to ferry players between venues at 12pm daily.

·         Mondays will include an internal match, while Fridays will always include an external match. This match may take place on Friday evening, depending on the opposition. External matches would be recorded on video and circulated to all players and mentors by email.

·         Wednesday will be our testing day including both physical testing at the Mardyke and skills testing at the Old Mon Fields. All data will be processed and ready for analysis by players and mentors by Friday of the same week.

·         The format for regional squads has been described previously. The games programme can be seen below.

·         The games schedule for the regional teams can be seen below. All games will take place at the Old Mon Fields, St. Vincent's.

·         For all regional games, panels of 21 will be carried, with all 21 players guaranteed at least one full half. Games will be 70 minutes long to ensure adequate game-time.

Rebel Og Academy Inter-Regional Hurling Tournaments

Venue

Old Mon Fields, St. Vincent's

Round 1

Tues, Oct 29th

Round 2

Sat, Jan 4th

Round 3

Tues, Feb 18th

Finals

Mon, April 21st

U14 H

Stephen Nolan A

Incl all players

Throw-in @10am

 

Main Field

 

 

Upper Field

East Cork

v

Cork City

North Cork

v

West Cork

East Cork

v

North Cork

Cork City

v

West Cork

East Cork

v

West Cork

North Cork

v

Cork City

 

A Final

Team 1 v Team 2

 

B Final

Team 3 v Team 4

U14 H

B

Incl all players

Throw-in @11.30am

 

Main Field

 

 

Upper Field

East Cork

v

Cork City

North Cork

v

West Cork

East Cork

v

North Cork

Cork City

v

West Cork

East Cork

v

West Cork

North Cork

v

Cork City

 

A Final

Team 1 v Team 2

 

B Final

Team 3 v Team 4

U15 H

Dick Barrett

Ex Cork 30

Throw-in

@1pm

 

Main Field

 

 

Upper Field

East Cork

v

Cork City

North Cork

v

West Cork

East Cork

v

North Cork

Cork City

v

West Cork

East Cork

v

West Cork

North Cork

v

Cork City

 

A Final

Team 1 v Team 2

 

B Final

Team 3 v Team 4

U16 H

Ex Cork 30

Throw-in

@3pm

 

Main Field

 

 

Upper Field

East Cork

v

Cork City

North Cork

v

West Cork

East Cork

v

North Cork

Cork City

v

West Cork

East Cork

v

West Cork

North Cork

v

Cork City

 

A Final

Team 1 v Team 2

 

B Final

Team 3 v Team 4

Contingency dates; Saturday, January 25th and Saturday, March 22nd

 

Rebel Og Academy Inter-Regional Football Tournaments

Venue

Old Mon Fields, St. Vincent's

Round 1

Thurs, Oct 31st

Round 2

Thurs, Jan 2nd

Round 3

Thurs, Feb 20th

Finals

Thurs, April 24th

U14 F

A

Incl all players

Throw-in @10am

 

Main Field

 

 

Upper Field

Cork City

v

North Cork

Mid West Cork

v

South West Cork

Cork City

v

Mid West Cork

North Cork

v

South West Cork

Cork City

v

South West Cork

Mid West Cork

v

North Cork

 

A Final

Team 1 v Team 2

 

B Final

Team 3 v Team 4

U14 F

B

Incl all players

Throw-in @11.30am

 

Main Field

 

 

Upper Field

Cork City

v

North Cork

Mid West Cork

v

South West Cork

Cork City

v

Mid West Cork

North Cork

v

South West Cork

Cork City

v

South West Cork

Mid West Cork

v

North Cork

 

A Final

Team 1 v Team 2

 

B Final

Team 3 v Team 4

U15 F

Ex Cork 30

Throw-in

@1pm

 

Main Field

 

 

Upper Field

Cork City

v

North Cork

Mid West Cork

v

South West Cork

Cork City

v

Mid West Cork

North Cork

v

South West Cork

Cork City

v

South West Cork

Mid West Cork

v

North Cork

 

A Final

Team 1 v Team 2

 

B Final

Team 3 v Team 4

U16 F

Liam Lyne

Ex Cork 30

Throw-in

@3pm

 

Main Field

 

 

Upper Field

Cork City

v

North Cork

Mid West Cork

v

South West Cork

Cork City

v

Mid West Cork

North Cork

v

South West Cork

Cork City

v

South West Cork

Mid West Cork

v

North Cork

 

A Final

Team 1 v Team 2

 

B Final

Team 3 v Team 4

Contingency dates; Saturday, January 25th and Saturday, March 22nd

Panels

As stated previously, the outgoing mentors have identified 25 of the players to be included the Cork A panels of 30 at U15 and U16 level. These players are listed. The remaining places will be filled after the opening round of regional games. 

Cork U15 A Football Panel 2014

No.

Name

Club

1

Jordan Murray

Ballincollig

2

Diarmuid Linehan

Ballyhooley

3

Michael Whelton

Barryroe

4

Michael Oakes

Bishopstown

5

John Hodnett

Carbery Rangers

6

Jack Kelly

Carrigaline

7

Jack McCarthy

Carrigaline

8

Barry Murphy

Castleyons

9

JD O'Hea

Clonakilty

10

James Holland

Douglas

11

Colm O'Callaghan

Eire Og

12

Diarmuid Dineen

Eire Og

13

Rory O'Driscoll

Garnish

14

Eoin O'Driscoll

Ilen Rovers

15

Ryan Walsh

Kanturk

16

Damien Gore

Kilmacabea

17

Liam O'Sullivan

Kilmurry

18

Eoin Murphy

Mallow

19

Conor O'Farrell

Midleton

20

Sean O'Leary-Hayes

Midleton

21

Shane Hickey

Millstreet

22

Lorcan Finn

Mitchelstown

23

Scott Coughlan Collins

Passage

24

Eoin O'Sullivan

Sam Maguires

25

Shane Finn

St. Colman's

Places 25 to 30 will be listed following the first round of regional games 

Cork U15 A Hurling Panel 2014

No.

Name

Club

1

Jordan Murray

Ballincollig

2

Ben Keohane

Ballincollig

3

Ross O'Donovan

Ballincollig

4

Ger Collins

Ballinhassig

5

Tom Hanley

Ballyhea

6

Diarmuid Linehan

Ballyhooley

7

Colm O'Driscoll

Bishopstown

8

Liam Gosnell

Carrigtwohill

9

James Holland

Douglas

10

Michael Scully

Douglas

11

Brian Turnbull

Douglas

12

Eoin Monahan

Erins Own

13

Robert Downey

Glen Rovers

14

James Keating

Kildorrery  

15

Sean O Leary-Hayes

Midleton

16

Christopher Power

Midleton

17

Eoin Maloney

Midleton

18

Evan Sheehan

Na Piarsaigh

19

Jamie Morrissey

Na Piarsaigh

20

Brian Buckley

Shandrum

21

David Jones

Shandrum

22

John Geary        

Shandrum

23

Shane Finn

St. Colman's

24

Owen Galvin

St. Vincent's

25

David O'Donovan

Whitechurch

Places 25 to 30 will be listed following the first round of regional games 

Cork U16 A Football Panel 2014

No.

Name

Club

1

Mathew Bradley

Aghabullogue

2

Ed Leahy

Aghada

3

Mathew Draper

Ahan Gaels

4

Shane O'Neill

Ballincollig

5

Eoin Reilly

Ballincollig

6

Robert Bourke

Ballincollig

7

Gearoid O'Donoghue

Ballincollig

8

Robert Hegarty

Carbery Rangers

9

David McCarthy

Castlehaven

10

Tadhg Corkery

Cill na Martra

11

Nathan Walsh

Douglas

12

Brian Flahive

Douglas

13

Jason Twomey

Eire Og

14

Shane O'Driscoll

Glanmire

15

Ryan Fowley

Ml Mac Carthaighs

16

Ian Dorney

Nemo Rangers

17

Troy O'Sullivan

Nemo Rangers

18

Gavin Holland

Nemo Rangers

19

Mark Buckley

Sam Maguires

20

Conor O'Donovan

St. Finbarr's

21

Alan McCarthy

St. Finbarr's

22

Cian Denn

St. Michael's

23

Cillian O'Shea

Urhan

24

Philip O'Shea

Urhan

25

Cathal Sheehy

Whitechurch

Places 25 to 30 will be listed following the first round of regional games 

Cork U16 A Hurling Panel 2014

No.

Name

Club

1

Jack McDonnell

Aghada

2

Tadgh Deasy

Blackrock

3

Conor McCarthy

Blarney

4

Michael John Shine

Blarney

5

Alan McEvoy

Blarney

6

Jamie O'Leary

Castlelyons

7

Keith O'Leary

Castlelyons

8

Niall O'Leary

Castlelyons

9

Barry Kenneally

Cuchulainns

10

Patrick Gleeson

Eire Og

11

Ryan Kenneally

Fr. O'Neill's

12

Stephen Condon

Glanworth

13

Kevin Murphy

Killeagh Itas

14

Killian Treacy

Killeagh Itas

15

Kieran Cashman

Lisgoold

16

Garan Manley

Midleton

17

Daniel Gunning

Na Piarsaigh

18

Kyle Power

Na Piarsaigh

19

Liam Healy

Sarsfields

20

Shane O'Driscoll

Sarsfields

21

Shane Garvey

Sarsfields

22

Andrew McCann

Sarsfields

23

Darragh Guiney

Shandrum

24

Josh Beausang

St. Colman's

25

Aaron Collins

Watergrasshill

Places 25 to 30 will be listed following the first round of regional games

 

 







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