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News: Monday, 24th April 2017
* FÁILTE!! Welcome! - Training resumes this Tuesday after the Easter break, with Go Leagues Football matches this Saturday for our Jets, Cyclones and Hurricanes teams at home and away matches in St. Vincents for our Typhoons and Tornadoes.
* 100K CYCLE - MONDAY 1st MAY: The U10 Boys group have entered two teams, Red and Blue, for the 100K Cycle - Clontarf GAA's big fund-raiser for 2017. Each of our two teams has to raise 800 euro in sponsorship. By this week, each boy will have received a Sponsorship Card. Please do your best to fill them - even at EUR2 per line - to support this important fund-raising effort. Sponsorship cards and money should be returned to your mentors by Saturday, 29th April. For further details of this event including Volunteering Opportunties, see : http://clontarfgaa.com/cycle
This week's match / training fixtures:
Please note, especially as weather warms up, we would encourage parents to provide water for their children to drink while playing matches and training.
Parents/Guardians are required to stay for the duration of fixtures / training to be available in case of a medical emergency, behaviour issue or should we have to abandon play due to weather conditions. Boys should not leave or be left to wait at the training/match location unsupervised by a parent or suitable delegate.
* "GO Leagues" matches are on Saturday mornings. Home matches will usually be played in the 10:30am to 11:40am time-slot on the DCC pitches at Alfie Byrne Road - Meet at 10am. The schedule & locations for home/away matches will be posted here by Thursday for the coming weekend. Teams will be picked based on those boys who respond to the Teamer Notification by Thursday evening. Make sure to check the team webpage on Friday night / Saturday morning in case of any late updates/changes.
* Gumshield and Red Clontarf Jersey are required for Football Matches. Hurling: Hurl and Helmet also required. Wearing of a gumshield is mandatory for all football training/matches and is recommended for all sessions, including hurling.
* EVENING TRAINING: is on TUESDAY and THURSDAY @ 6:30PM on Pitch 21, St. Anne's Park, adjacent to Sybill Hill Road. BE ON TIME!!
* PARKING (or set-down) in the CLUBHOUSE CARPARK is not permitted until after 6pm on weekdays as it is reserved for parents collecting very young children from Clontarf Creche. There is plenty of parking available along the road at this time. Please do not obstruct resident's gateways.
* Training Groups: Boys are now organised in Colour Groups for training. Each boy takes a bib for his colour group at the start of the session.
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Bí linn - Join us! If you would like to join our group as a player or to help out, contact Enda Murphy (086-8189716) or any mentor.
Match Reports: Saturday, 8th April 2017 - Hurling
JETS (home) v Castleknock:
The Jets propelled themselves to a supersonic victory in their maiden flight on Saturday. At the back Ben, Yang and Mikey were tenacious tacklers and worked as a unit to enforce a no fly zone for the Castleknock forwards. In midfield, Zach won a tremendous amount of ball and used it intelligently - often sending it with precision to the back of the net. Finn Walsh came into the game more and more as the game progressed and was particularly impressive when injecting pace with the sliotar in hand. Sam Power showed real steel in battling for every possession and Stephen and Daniel were very effective threats around the square.
All in all the lads delivered on every single thing that was asked of them - battling and hassling, getting in tight to make it difficult for the opponents to strike clean ball, lifting their ‘heads up’ when they got the ball to assess the options and taking their steps to buy space. Not one cross word was spoken to either the referee or any teammates. And why would there have been?The sun shone and so too did all the hard work over the Winter. All in all a hugely impressive performance from the starting gate to the winning post. Final score 5-3 to 0-1
CYCLONES (home) v Castleknock:
Cyclones may be inwardly circling winds but today at the DCC they were at their destructive best and blew away the visitors from Castleknock. As the opponents were a few men short Jamie and Louis C volunteered to help out the Knock and in fairness to the lads performed very capably. Despite this the Cyclones laid siege to the Castleknock goal for the entire 1st half and pounded the defence but came up blank. In fact a breakaway move by the visitors was finished to the net despite the heroic efforts of Kuba in goals. Parity was restored shortly after as Rhys finished the ball to the net to leave the sides level at half time. The cyclones regrouped in the second half and scored an impressive 4-3. The majority contributed by Ruadhan Maher who battled and hassled throughout and executed "the pick up and 4 step" move at every available opportunity. All the lads tried the pick up but most importantly encouraged one another throughout the game. Most of the lads took a knock or two, including Matthew Bryans, but didn't complain or drop the head in fact Rhys took his fair share of punishment and lived up to Kuba's comment that "Rhys is an animal for hurling". He certainly showed how to get stuck in. Final score 5-3 to 2-0 with the impressive Ruadhan Maher earning MVP.
TORNADOES (away) v St. Peregrine's:
On a beautiful sunny Saturday morning it was hard to imagine a Tornado of any guise descending down on Hartstown to whip up a storm against St Peregrines. The home side started well got to ball early and took their chances. Their no.10 was particularly good and got some fine points from play. Although the home teams momentum started to slip a little by half time they were in a commanding lead and Clontarf were left with a mountain to climb trailing 1-4 against 1-0.
But Tornadoes don’t climb mountains they descend on them and so it was in the second half as Clontarf produced a magical display of skill, strength and team spirit. From a scuffle just outside the box Dylan popped the sliotar over for a point and the comeback began. A long shot from Oscar just dipped below the post for a goal but was followed up shortly after with two further long shots this time both high and between the posts. Tadg put in a stormer marking their no.10 in the second half and prevented the talisman from getting any further scores. Goalkeeper Conor Gallagher put in a fantastic save mid way through the second half when a long ball fell to their forward and he came storming out of the box, blocked, dispossessed and blasted the sliotar back up the pitch. With just seconds to play and deep in the home side’s half the ball passed from Ethan to Oran to Oscar and with the last strike of the game Oscar broke St Peregrines hearts with a brilliantly taken point. The lads play team sports for days like these. Final score 1-4 to 3-4.
TYPHOONS (away) v St. Peregrine's:
Typhoons were short a couple of players on arrival in Hartstown on a warm sunny morning. St. Peregrines kindly provided three enthusiastic volunteers for each half. The challenge of freshly cut but long grass was welcomed as it forced players to lift the ball and helped to shake off winter habits developed while sheltering on the artificial turf in Alfie Byrne Road.
By the final whistle Typhoons scored 7 goals (Matthew C; Thomas; Fiachra; Peregrines player) and 4 points (Thomas and Matthew). Peregrines despite their best efforts were held scoreless. Credit must be given to the Peregrines players who played with full intent for Clontarf in both halves. One volunteer player made save of the day while minding the Clontarf goals.
Overall, a good team effort from Clontarf. Some encouraging efforts were made at catching the ball. We could do a little more work on striking/passing on the move to build up confidence on connecting with the ball. This work will help in making connecting passes and improving the tally of points in games.
HURRICANES (home) v Castleknock:
On their debut outing the Hurricanes recorded a good win over the visiting Castleknock side in near perfect conditions. A slow start and lack of marking allowed Castleknock to ghost in for 1-1 before Clontarf had settled fully. However through Billy and Odhran the Hurricanes responded with points to get on top. A goal from James L helped the hurricanes to a deserved 1-4 to 1-3 half time lead. On the plus side from the opening exchanges some fantastic puck outs from TJ, Padraic and Cúán set up many an attack. In midfield two great catches from Billy and blocks from Odhran had the engine room firing on all cylinders. Disappointingly the bulk of Castleknock scores came as a result of players not marking up or tracking back. In spite of some harsh words at half time we still failed to mark up and hold our positions in the second half resulting in Castleknock scoring goals from 3 on 2 situations. Despite giving the opposition confidence it would not be enough to calm these Hurricanes. Long relieving clearances from Billy and James, good link up play from TJ and Padraic, helped TJ, Odhran and Cúán to second half points. Some strong defensive play by Louis and Fionn helped break down the Knock attacks.
MOTM to Odhran, with 0-4 and three frontal blocks as good as you would see in Croker any day.
Most impressive aspect of today was the battling, tackling and hassling. While Castleknock were dangerous in loose/open situations, when the Hurricanes were close in they had no hope. To work on - our marking and holding position. Hurricanes 1-9 Castleknock 4-4 (2skill points for hooks)
Match Reports: Saturday, 1st April 2017 - Football
FALCONS (away) v Raheny:
It was a game of two halves in the local derby in St. Annes as Falcons met a well organised Raheny outfit. After a full blooded warm up, the lads seemed to lack energy on the throw in. The coach may have questions to answer there! The boys impersonated statues for the first ten minutes and before the game was five minutes old they had conceded 6 points.
In the second half, the team resolved to fight harder, take their steps and to find a pass - and operation transformation worked a treat. Suddenly Ben was his tigerish self in defence, assisted by Matthew Gillard who extinguished almost every attack with a powerful display. Louis Costello showed athleticism to police a hard border. Increasingly, James Ferguson and Joe McKeon began to get a grip on the midfield, from where they launched attack after attack. Up front Miguel, Fiachra and Ruadhán began to bombard the hosts and the scoreboard started to turn back in our favour. Paddy and Matt both made great saves when doing their duty between the posts and when outfield, were battling hard in defence and attack respectively. Man Of The Match goes to Matthew Gillard for a superlative second half display. The reds won the second half comfortably but went down overall on a sobering scoreline of 3-14 to 3-3. Both teams earned three high catch skill points. Clear room for improvement needed on position and marking in particular on kick outs. Lads need to remember that there’s three points for an over as too many shots fell low or short. Positives were the free running and passing game that the Falcons can exhibit when they hit their stride. They got their heads up in the second half and earned the right to hold their heads high at the finish.
EAGLES (away) v Raheny:
The Raheny pitches were far from the short grass variety and would have been more useful for foddering a few sheep or horses, but despite this, both teams served up an exciting end to end game that was littered with quality scores. The Raheny outfit started very brightly with their number 1 and number 24 getting in behind our defence for 2 quick points. Their game plan was evident as we ball-watched and followed the play rather than sticking to our man this allowed their lads to peel off and steal a few yards of space behind the line. This was addressed by simple man-on-man marking. Once that door was closed the Eagles settled down well and Billy, Zach, JJ and TJ came into their own and tacked on some lovely points. The eagles defence of Cúán "Cú Chulainn" Hargaden and Michael "The Brick" McCabe were immensely impressive and took no prisoners - a credit to their midland fathers. The half finished honours even and with a few positional changes and the hill with us the Eagles continued to play well as a team. Pádraic Murphy was moved into centre of defence in the second half and with Cúán sniffed out most "Parish" attacks. At the other end Kuba and "Aaron the engine" laid on plenty of ball for Billy, Zach and TJ to convert. Special mention must also go to Sam Power who marked the Raheny player wearing 1 for the second half and kept him scoreless. The final score was 1-12 to 2-7 in the Eagles favour with Clontarf also dominating the skill-points awarded for high catches. Lessons to learn for the team were to be more vocally supportive of your team mates and closely mark your opposite number. The big lesson for the mentors is to get some game plays worked into the weekly training sessions. Man-of-Match Cúán Chulainn Hargarden who had a great battle with number 24 throughout and asked for no quarter and certainly gave none. Maith an buachaill!
DOLPHINS, SHARKS and a few keen FALCONS/BOBCATS hurlers took on the Wall Ball Challenge today at the clubhouse astro. It went well, with all lads having at least one turn of both challenges ("shots per minutes" and "hit the target"). It was high-intensity stuff with a lot of lads fairly tired by the end of the session! The 2nd challenge is tough, but it's great for lads as they get loads of hits/strikes of ball between the two challenges. Oscar, Odhran and Pádraic all leading the charge from this group. The mentors will crunch the numbers and then its: On to the next round!