We started off the year with a very successful Dinner Dance in The Greville Arms.
2005 was without a shadow of a doubt the best year this club saw on the playing field's at Intermediate level.
Having been defeated by St. Oliver Plunkett's the previous year in the 2004 decider, which went to a replay, and enduring the same fate against Ringtown in 2003, the lads were determined to finished 2005 in the Senior Ranks. We kicked off our Intermediate campaign against St. Brigids, and we got the year off to a perfect start with a 1-12 to 0-08 win. We then went on to beat Southern Gaels and Cullion before losing against a very gritty and determined Turin side, but it was our game against the relegated Brownstown which was one of the turning points of the year for us. We started this game off in a very determined manner and were well up on our opponent's but after an incident midway through the second half ( I wont elaborate, if you were there you know what happened), we were knocked off our stride and went on to lose the game by 2 points. This game was a real eye opener for the lads and from then on in, the lads became more focused on the job in hand and training level's reached an all time high.
We finished in top four, having to face our old nemesis Turin who had beaten us in the group stage so we knew we were for a tough battle. Turin had the breeze in the first half and were 5 points up at half time but within minutes of resuming the second half The Wood started to stamp their mark on the game and got the sides level. A goal from captain Johnny Orme put us in front and though Turin tried valiantly to regain the advantage The Wood held their own to earn their place in the Intermediate Final.
Our opponent's in the final were to be Cullion who had beaten Brownstown in the other semi-final. We had played Cullion in a Cup game just a few weeks earlier, in a very tough and close game which went to extra time before we won the match, and the Championship Final was expected to be a close affair. After an exciting first half which saw Cullion quickly settling in to the game they finished one point ahead, and The Wood knew they had it all to do in the second half. And so they did, quickly equalising shortly after the second half resumed before Kevin Orme scored our second goal of the game. Minutes later Johnny Orme scored another goal and it was starting to look like it was going to be our year. Johnny added another goal to his tally before Collie Murray added The Wood's fifth goal to give us a 12 point lead. Cullion scored another goal towards the end of the game but it was to late at this stage. It was a day that nobody from The Wood will ever forget and when the referee Tommy Hackett blew the final whistle, the delighted Crookedwood supporters charged onto the pitch to celebrate with their heroes. We won our second championship of the year five weeks later when we won the Junior B Final against Ringtown in St. Loman's and took part in the Leinster Junior Club Championship where we reached the semi final before being beaten by an excellent Kilkenny side, Thomastown at home..
For a full account of any of our games in the Leinster Championship please click on the following :
1st Round, 2nd Round, Semi Final.
We finished off a great year by claiming the 2005 Intermediate Cup against Turin also at home.