Yorkshire Emeralds Hurling Club Leeds

Yorkshires only hurling club

Results and Reports from Previous Seasons

2015 Results

 All Britain Provincial Council Shield

Round 1	11/04/15		Yorkshire Emeralds 	1-15		1-10 	Roger Casements
Round 2	13/06/15		Yorkshire Emeralds 	4-05		1-16 	Erin go Bragh
Round 3	20/06/15		Yorkshire Emeralds	        3-08		3-13		Wolfe Tones
Round 4	02/07/15		Yorkshire Emeralds 	2-12		1-22		St Barnabas
Round 5	26/09/15		Yorkshire Emeralds     	0-00	    	W/O		St Declans
Q/F		01/11/15		Yorkshire Emeralds	        4-06		1-07		Roger Casements 


2012 Results 

Warwickshire Mick Houlihan Cup


Venue: Scott Hall Road, Leeds 

Date: Saturday 17th November 2012

Yorkshire Emeralds 1-18 - 4-07 St Barnabas

Like all good finals this game was in the balance right up until the final whistle. The Emeralds were aiming to put back to back Mick Houlihan titles together but a strong St Barnabas team stood in our way. Having met twice already this year we knew it was going to be a tough battle and so it proved to be again. 

The Emeralds started strongly with some good off the ball running and interchange between the midfield and half forward line. We were able to draw first blood with a point from play from the stick of Henry Foster. This was followed by a number of frees and a well taken point from Ciaran Farrell. Our backs were holding their own with Ray O Driscoll dominating in the full back line. Heading towards the short whistle the Emeralds were ahead by 5 points but a momentary lapse in concentration allowed St Barnabas to get through for a goal. They followed this up with a point from play to leave the minimum in it at half time. Yorkshire Emeralds 0-09 - 1-05 St Barnabas.

The second half started brightly for the Emeralds with Colm Phelan taking his chance to billow the back of the net a la Billy Byrne! Credit to St Barnabas as they responded in the best way possible by raising a green flag of their own. Along with a well taken point from play it left the game all square 10 minutes into the half. St Barnabas were next to make the breakthrough in this thrilling final with their corner foward scoring a sublime goal by doubling on the ball in the air. With tired legs and still 15 minutes to play it felt as if the game may have been one step too far for the Emeralds. But with a dogged determination to win we got stuck into the task at hand. Phelan popped up with a point from play and with St Barnabas conceeding a lot of scorable frees, which were converted, we slowly clawed our way back into the game. With 5 minutes remaining we were 2 points to the good. As everyone is aware 2 points in a dangerous lead in hurling and it proved to be the case again when a long range effort from the St Barnabas midfielder found its way into the back of the Emeralds net. No time for panic though as we continued to battle and we were lucky that St Barnabas were in a fouling mood as we converted 3 more frees to leave us winners by 2 points in the end.

An exciting game of hurling came to a close and the Emeralds captain Ray O Driscoll accepted the cup on behalf of the team. He thanked the referee and St Barnabas for a good sporting game. A special mention also went to Colm Phelan for all of the behind the scenes work he does in keeping the club going.

Finally Ray paid tribute to Tom Kennedy who, unfortunately, played his last game for the Emeralds before he heads off on his travels around the World (no doubt with the hurl in hand!). Tom was a founding member of the club and he will be missed both on and off the field and the Emeralds wish himself (and Louise) a safe and enjoyable time on their travels 

Yorkshire Emeralds team

1. Willy Ryan (Cork)

2.Shane Corcoran (Tipperary),   3. Ray O'Driscoll (Cork) 4. Richie O Sullivan (Cork)

5. Seamus Duignan (Meath) 6. Tom Kennedy (Kilkenny) 7. Liam O Sullivan (Cork)

8. Peter McGarrity (Down) 9. Vinny Jennings (Galway)  

              10. Antoin Forrester (Antrim) 11. Henry Foster (Limerick) 12. Ciaran Farrell (Antrim)               

13. Pat Potter (Limerick)  14. Colm Phelan (Kilkenny) 15. Brian McAllinden (Down)

Subs: John Aherne (Waterford), PJ Conway (Galway), Eoghan Moriarty (Kerry), John McGowan (Longford), Garry Kernan (Armagh), Rory Murphy (Antrim) 






Warwickshire Mick Houlihan Cup

Semi Final

Venue: Hough End, Manchester

Date: Sunday 11th November 2012

Wolfe Tones 6-01 - 3-13 Yorkshire Emeralds

For the second time this year the Emeralds were involved in the very first game for a newly established club. Wolfe Tones hurling club was only set up a matter of weeks prior to the game and the fact that they were able to field for a competitive game in such a short space of time was a credit to them and it bodes well for them in the future.

The game started with the Emeralds well on top in a number of areas around the field. The forwards were receiving a good supply of ball from the half back line and midfield with Ciaran Farell and Seamus Duignan dominating their half back positions.

We were able to turn this dominance into scores early on with Kieran Daly, Henry Foster and Brian Lane all popping over points to settle the team. 2 goals quickly followed from the sticks of Brian Lane and Rory Murphy and we were in a commanding position leading 2-05 to no score. From this point on Wolfe Tones started to get a foothold in the game. A long range effort ended up in the net and this was followed by 3 more goals before the break (2 of which were dubious to say the least). After all of this the scores were all square at half time. Wolfe Tone 4-00 Emeralds 2-06.

We knew going out into the second half that we had to step up the tempo. A few early scores from Henry and Brian in the forwards gave us some breathing space and we began to tag on points again. However, when it looked like we were about to pull away again the Tones scored 2 more goals and they also scored their solitary point of the game. In the end the scoreline did not reflect how the game went as the concession of easy goals from the Emeralds nearly cost us dearly but we dug deep and ground out the win and we will look forward to the final against St Barnabas hoping to retain the Mick Houlihan cup.

Yorkshire Emeralds team

 1. Richie O Sullivan (Cork)

2.Shane Corcoran (Tipperary),   3. Ray O'Driscoll (Cork) 4. John McGowan (Longford)

5. Seamus Duignan (Meath) 6. Tom Kennedy (Kilkenny) 7. Ciaran Farrell (Antrim)

8. Antoin Forrester (Antrim) 9. Vinny Jennings (Galway)  

              10. Pat Potter (Limerick) 11. Henry Foster (Limerick) 12. Kieran Daly (Limerick)               

13. John Aherne (Waterford)  14. Brian Lane (Cork) 15. Rory Murphy (Antrim)

Subs: Brian McAllinden (Down)  PJ Conway (Galway), Colm Phelan (Kilkenny), Eoghan Moriarty (Kerry)


Warwickwhire Senior Hurling Championship

Semi Final

Venue: Pairc na hEireann, Birmingham

Date: Sunday 7th October 2012

Fullen Gaels 3-19 - 2-03 Yorkshire Emeralds

Taking on the current All-Britain champions in the championship semi final was always going to be a difficult task and so it proved to be last Sunday in Pairc na hEireann.

Conditions were perfect for hurling and we got off to a relatively good start to this match. By deploying an extra man in defence we cut off the supply to the dangerous Fullen Gaels full forward line. This left them relient on frees for the majority of their scores in the first half. However, the Emeralds found our own scores hard to come by. We got off the mark mark thanks to a well taken free from Tom Kennedy and this was followed up by another point from a placed ball courtesy of the stick of Brian Lane. During this time Fullen Gaels kept their scoreboard ticking over and they then stuck for a goal. A long ball from their half forward sailed over the full back line and appeared to be going wide only for Fullen's corner forward getting an opportunist stick to the ball to guide it to the net. The Emeralds soon raised a green flag of their own when Brian Lane fielded a ball on the 21 yard line, took it in towards goal and then hit a low shot past the Fullen Gaels keeper. This left the half time score at Fullen Gaels 1-09 Yorkshire Emeralds 1-02.

The second half was a somewhat different affair as a combination of a dominant Fullen Gaels half back line, greater fitness levels and having that bit more hurling in them allowed Fullen Gaels to build up a sizeable lead. The Emeralds kept battling away and we were rewarded for our efforts when Brian Lane scored another goal from play and Tom Kennedy completed the scoring with a point from another placed ball. Although we suffered a heavy defeat we can still be proud of the way we played. There were some outstanding performances on the day, not least from our man of the match Ciaran Farrell and Willy Ryan pulled off a great save right at the death.

Yorkshire Emeralds team

 1. Willy Ryan (Cork)

2.Seamus Duignan (Meath)  3. Ray O'Driscoll (Cork) 4. Ciaran Farrell (Antrim) 

5. Brian Harrold (Limerick) 6. Tom Kennedy (Kilkenny) 7. Liam O'Sullivan (Cork)

8. Brian Cunniffe (Roscommon) 9. David Breen (Wexford)  

              10. Brian McAllinden (Down) 11. Colm Phelan (Kilkenny) 12. Kieran Daly (Limerick)               

13. Henry Foster (Limerick) 14. Brian Lane (Cork) 15. Vinny Jennings (Galway)

Sub: John Aherne (Waterford), John Blatherwick (Sheffield), Tom O Beirne (Galway), Patrick Potter (Limerick), Shane Corcoran (Tipperary), PJ Conway (Galway), John McGowan (Longford), Rory Murphy (Antrim)





Warwickwhire Senior Hurling Championship

Quarter Final

Venue: Pairc na hEireann, Birmingham

Date: Sunday 5th August 2012

Roger Casements 0-00 - 0-00 Yorkshire Emeralds

Roger Casements were unable to field a team for this fixture and as a result the Emeralds received a walkover. We are now through to face the current All Britain champions Fullen Gaels in the semi final of the championship.







Venue: Beeston , Leeds

Date: Friday 6th July 2012

St Barnabas 1-07 - 1-07 Yorkshire Emeralds

Match Report

On an extremley wet and windy Friday evening the Emeralds played out a hard fought draw with St Barnabas. Emeralds struck for a goal midday through the first half and at the short whistle the scoreline read  St. Barnabas 0-05 - 1-02 Emeralds

St Barnabas settled quickly and pounced for their own goal in the second half. The Emeralds put together some good passages of play to carve out scoring opportunities. On a horrible night for hurling the final scoreline read St. Barnabas 1-07 - 1-07 Emeralds and both sets of players went onto enjoy the Leeds nightlife afterwards!

Yorkshire Emeralds team


2.Ray O'Driscoll (Cork)  3. Seamus Duignan (Meath) 4. PJ Conway (Galway) 

5. Brian Harrold (Limerick) 6. Tom Kennedy (Kilkenny) 7. Liam O Sullivan (Cork)

8. David Breen (Wexford) 9. Richie O'Sullivan (Cork)  

                    10. Gary Kernan (Armagh) 11. Colm Phelan (Kilkenny) 12. Anthony Murphy (Mayo)                

13. John Aherne (Waterford) 14. Brain Lane (Cork) 15. Tom O'Beirne (Galway)

Sub: John Blatherwick (Sheffield)


Venue: Trinity School, Aspley, Nottingham.

Date : Saturday 19th May

St Barnabas 1-09 - 3-06 Yorkshire Emeralds

Match Report

A substantial crowd had gathered at Trinity in Aspley to observe the first Hurling game in Nottingham in over 30 years. Witnessing this landmark occasion would have been enough for many, however more was provided, as what evolved was a game high in both skill and intensity.

The emeralds started the game brightly but failed to convert this into scores. St Barnabas grew in confidence throughout the first half and put together some very good passages of play. An oppourtunist goal for the Emeralds meant the half time score was St. Barnabas 0-2 - 1-3 Emeralds

In the second half St Barnabas started applying a lot of pressure to the Emeralds defence with their running game but in the end that little bit of extra experience told on the day as the Emeralds hung on for a 3 point victory.

Many thanks must go to St Barnabas for providing excellent facilities for the match and we look forward to playing them again in the future.

Yorkshire Emeralds team

 1. Willy Ryan (Cork)

2.Seamus Duignan (Meath)  3. Ray O'Driscoll (Cork) 4. Shane Corcoran (Tipperary) 

5. Brian Harrold (Limerick) 6. Tom Kennedy (Kilkenny) 7. Richie O'Sullivan (Cork)

8. Mark Carroll (Tipperary) 9. Henry Foster (Limerick)  

                10. Liam O Sullivan (Cork) 11. Antoin Forrester (Antrim) 12. Anthony Murphy (Mayo)               

13. John Aherne (Waterford) 14. Brian McAllinden (Down) 15. John Blatherwick (Sheffield)

Sub: Gary Kernan (Armagh), Colm Phelan (Kilkenny)


2011 Results


Warwickshire Mick Houlihan Cup


Venue: Pairc na hEireann, Birmingham.

Date : Sunday 13th November

Erin go Brath 0-02 - 1-16 Yorkshire Emeralds

Match Report

Another first for the club on Sunday when we picked up oir first piece of silverware. We began the game sluggishly with Erin go Brath making life very difficult for us when we were in possession. However, we did create a lot of early chances but were unable to turn these into scores. It wasn't until 10 minutes into the game when Antoin Patterson popped up in front of goal to register our first point. A few more scores from Peter Kelly, Brian Lane and Henry Foster had us in a commanding position mid way through the first half. During this period Erin go Brath got their only scores of the game with a point from play and one placed a placed ball. We completely dominated the last 10 minutes of the first half and a few mores points from Peter, Brian and Antoin meant we had built up a half time lead of 8 points

The second half started well with a pointed free from Brian Lane. From then on we were well on top with our half back line and midfield cutting off all supply to the Erin go Brath dangermen in their forward line. Garry Kernan and Tom Kennedy got the scores that kept the scoreboard ticking over and the long awaited goal finally arrived about 10 minutes from time off the boot of Brian Lane. The ball landed in the square and after some tussling it was finally booted over the line. In the end we ran out comfortable winners despite hitting over 10 wides. Henry Foster then accepted the cup on behalf of the team. The Emeralds can hopefully build on this success next year and challenge for major honours next year.

Yorkshire Emeralds team

 1. Tom O'Beirne (Galway)

2.Seamus Duignan (Meath)  3. Ray O'Driscoll (Cork) 4. Shane Corcoran (Tipperary) 

5. Brian Harrold (Limerick) 6. Tom Kennedy (Kilkenny) 7. Richie O'Sullivan (Cork)

8. Peter Kelly (Tipperary) 9. Henry Foster (Limerick)  

          10. Gary Kernan (Armagh) 11. Brian McAllinden (Down) 12. Antoin Forrester (Antrim)                

13. John Aherne (Waterford) 14. Brain Lane (Cork) 15. John Blatherwick (Sheffield)

Sub: Ciaran Farrell (Antrim), Colm Phelan (Kilkenny)











Warwickshire Mick Houlihan Cup

Semi Final

Venue: Pairc na hEireann, Birmingham

Date: Sunday 9th October 2011

Roger Casements 0-01 - 6-14 Yorkshire Emeralds

Match Report

 An historic day in the history of the club with the clubs first ever win. From the throw in it was obvious that only one team had shown up for this match. The Emeralds had the greater hunger, desire and a want to exact revenge for earlier in the year and this resulted in a near flawless performance. An early goal from Brian Lane (who finished with four goals) set the tone. Excellent build up play led to some classy points from Peter Kelly and Ciaran Farrell and this continued throughout the half.

The second half started in much the same way as the first and scores from Richie O'Sullivan, Antion Forrester and Tom O'Beirne ensured that victory was always on its way back up the M1 to Leeds. There was one moment of panic in the second half when Roger Casements were awarded a dubious penalty. They, however, opted to play it safe and took their point. Overall a great performance means we can look forward to the final of this prestigious competition with confidence.

Yorkshire Emeralds team

 1. Antoin Forrester (Antrim)

2.Stephen Hughes  3. Ray O'Driscoll (Cork) 4. Shane Corcoran (Tipperary) 

5. Brian Harrold (Limerick) 6. Henry Foster (Limerick) 7. Ciaran Farrell (Antrim)

8. Peter Kelly (Tipperary) 9. Richie O'Sullivan (Cork)  

                    10. Gary Kernan (Armagh) 11. Colm Phelan (Kilkenny) 12. Anthony Murphy (Mayo)                

13. John Aherne (Waterford) 14. Brain Lane (Cork) 15. Tom O'Beirne (Galway)

Sub: John Blatherwick (Sheffield)

Warwickwhire Senior Hurling League

Venue: Beeston, Leeds

Yorkshire Emeralds 3-09 - 3-14 Fullen Gaels

Match Report 

 Cheered on by our loyal home supporters we played our first home match of the year. Our opponents, Fullen Gaels, were the current All Britain champions so we all knew that a daunting task lay ahead. We started the match with an early attack and this nearly yielded a goal from Anthony Murphy. However, it wasn't long before Fullen Gaels got a foothold in the game and they started to play some expansive hurling which enabled them to keep the scored ticking over in their favour. As the first half went on we dominated in patches but a combination of some slick stickwork and a sharper turn of pace meant Fullen Gaels went in at half time with a comfortable lead of 3-09 to 0-03.

In the second half some much needed pride was restored as we took complete control of the game from the throw in. Points from Gary Kernan, Anthony Murphy and a fine individual effort from Ray O'Driscoll paved the way for a remarkable fightback. Goals from Brian Lane and young Murphy meant that we were right in it with 10 minutes to go. However, Fullen Gaels' experience showed as they tagged on a few scores at the end to ensure victory was not to be ours on this ocassion

Yorkshire Emeralds team

 1. Brian Harrold (Limerick)

2. Paddy Fahy (Limerick) 3. Seamus Duignan (Meath) 4. Shane Corcoran (Tipperary) 

5. Ray O'Driscoll (Cork) 6. Tom Kennedy (Kilkenny) 7. Peter Kelly (Tipperary)

8. Henry Foster (Limerick) 9. Stephen Hughes   

10. Gary Kernan (Armagh) 11. Brain Lane (Cork) 12. Richie O'Sullivan (Cork)                

13. John Aherne (Waterford) 14. Tom O'Beirne (Galway) 15. Anthony Murphy (Mayo)

Subs: Colm Phelan (Kilkenny)

 Warwickwhire Senior Hurling Championship

Quarter Final

Venue: Pairc na hEireann, Birmingham

Roger Casements 2-08 - 1-08 Yorkshire Emeralds

  Match Report

Unfortunatley we bowed out of the championship at the first hurdle this year. With this being the first game the team played all year it took the team awhile to get up to the pace of the game. The game was in the balance until a controversial refereeing decision went the way of Roger Casements and led to them scoring the winning goal.

Yorkshire Emeralds team

1. Eoin McGrath (Waterford)

2.Stephen Hughes 3. Seamus Duignan (Meath) 4. Cathal McInerney (Galway)

5. Ray O'Driscoll (Cork) 6. Tom Kennedy (Kilkenny) 7. Shane Corcoran (Tipperary)

8. Richie O'Sullivan (Cork) 9.       

10. Gary Kernan (Armagh) 11. Colm Phelan (Kilkenny) 12. Peter Kelly (Tipperary)                   

13. John Aherne (Waterford) 14. Tom O'Beirne (Galway) 15. Anthony Murphy (Mayo)

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