Following on from the success of our Men’s Footballers, Cusack’s launched a Hurling team in 1989 with John Coleman, Pierce Hoey and Eddie McGrath (Maloney) at the fore.
Cusack’s Hurlers got off to a flying start by winning the NSWGAA Championship in their first year.
This was a great achievement and the game itself was a close encounter with the final score being Cusack’s 3-9 to Central Coast 0-15. Scorers for Cusack’s were Mike Sammon (1-1), Seamus Fitzgerald (0-1), Mike Corbett (2-0) and Eddie McGrath (Maloney) (0-7).
The victorious team on the day was as follows: Ger O’Connor (Limerick), Chris O’Mahony (Cork), Frank Roughan (Clare), PJ Quigley (Tipperary), James Walsh (Kilkenny), Denis Carroll (Kilkenny), Mark Sullivan (Waterford), John Quigley (Tipperary), Anthony Kirby (Limerick), Mike Sammon (Limerick), Mick Sullivan (Waterford), Seamus Fitzgerald (Limerick), Mike Corbett (Waterford), Eddie McGrath (Maloney) (Limerick), James Hogan (Kilkenny), Gerry Keogh (Clare), Pat Collins (Clare), Liam Maloney (Kilkenny), Val Walsh (Kilkenny), Diarmuid Kenneally (Cork) and Billy Jordan.
Since their inception, Cusack’s Hurlers have featured in almost every NSWGAA Competition Final.
Camogie comes to Australia
2006 marked another new development for NSWGAA, with the inclusion of Camogie as part of the Annual Central Coast Tournament. This was the first Camogie competition to be held in Australia.
With many of the Cusack’s Ladies Gaelic Footballers interested in Camogie, Michael Cusack’s submitted a team.
Cusack’s qualified for the final against Central Coast, but with most of Cusack’s girls having just played and won the Ladies Gaelic Football Final, it was a tired and leg weary Cusack’s Camogie team who were pipped at the post by Coast. Despite this loss captain Ruth Cahalan (Galway) was confident her team would be back – and so they were – winning the inaugural NSWGAA Camogie Championship later that year.
That first Cusack Camogie team was managed by Dee Stephenson and consisted of: Laura Connelly, Aine McElroy, Daveena Doyle, Deirdre Fitzpatrick, Marie Keating, Mary Shortall, Miriam Browne, Natasha Beegan, Roisin Cooper, Ruth Cahalan, Sharon Reel, Yvonne Rooney and Yvonne Taylor.