Fáilte! Welcome to the U10 Boys (born 2007) team page! Check-in back here each week for training and fixtures updates and other news items. For reports on recent matches and other events, scroll down to our Match Reports and Archived News section.
News: Tuesday, 28th March 2017
* FÁILTE!! Welcome! - Please Bookmark our new web-page address: clontarfgaa.com/Teams/Boys/U102017
* This week's match / training fixtures:
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: has resumed on TUESDAYS @ 5:45PM and THURSDAYS @ 6:35PM on the Clubhouse Astro at Seafield Road. These are shorter 50-minute sessions so make sure to 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, 25th March 2017 - Hurling
SHARKS (home) v Na Fianna:
Another great display of hurling by the Sharks again today. (Sharks 18 Na Fianna 3). The boys attacked every ball & took their four steps whenever possible. Super team play - boys getting into a support position & calling for the pass. 2 particular stand out passes - Daniel hand passing to Thomas with resulting score & Thomas giving a short pass to unmarked Ross who put it over the bar. Great blocking particularly by Stephen who showed no fear running straight at a striking Na Fianna player to do a classic frontal block....exactly what we practised Tuesday night! 2 superb performances by Finn & Fionn who played a full match for Na Fianna. Testament to the boys, the Na Fianna coach came over to congratulate them & said they were a fabulous team. Well done Sharks....very proud of you all.
DOLPHINS (home) v Na Fianna:
The Dolphins put on a very impressive display of hurling at DCC this morning. All of the lads were actively engaged in getting the sliothar up, taking the 'four steps' and moving the play quickly. Strong defence from Dylan, Conor and Christopher was complimented with drive and passion from Tadg and some clever finishing from James and Michael up front. Oscar prowled around midfield and helped himself to some impressive long range points. Louis and Oran showed lovely touches in the pick up. This was a great team performance against decent Na Fianna opposition. 22-15 to The Dolphins but more important than the win was transferring training ground routines to match day.
FALCONS, EAGLES and BOBCATS were all involved in WALL BALL Challenge today on the hurling wall at the clubhouse astro. Great shooting on display at Seafield Road on a fabulous sunny morning. A particular shout out for Miguel who left the crowd behind him to claim Top Gun in the "hit the targets" game with a maximum score. Our other teams will have their chance this coming Saturday as we prepare to select 2 players from our u10's group to go represent us at O'Tooles GAA's annual Wall Ball Challenge on Good Friday and as we build up to have our own Wall Ball Challenge Grand Final fun event for all at the end of April / early May. Watch this space!
Match Reports: Saturday, 18th March 2017 - Football
A great display of team work by the Sharks again today against Binn Eadair. A substantial win but regardless of score it was a pleasure to watch the boys hold their positions throughout. All boys worked hard to compete & challenged for every ball. They took their four steps at every opportunity & looked up before shooting to keep the ball red. Reassuringly the boys listened to our pre match messages & followed through. They moved the ball quickly & got Dome excellent well deserved scores as a result. Many fine displays today including a super partnership between Ross & Stephen up front. Sam Tuite & Daniel challenged hard in midfield. Super kick outs from Paddy, great defending from James, Pádraic, Fionn and Rian. Well done Sharks....going from strength to strength & really playing together as a team. Maith sibh!
Need to work with on: Pick ups - we gave away a few frees today as a result of not picking the ball up cleanly.
EAGLES (Home) v Castleknock:
Eagles were up against a good Castleknock team this morning in difficult conditions and missing several of their normal starters, great credit due to Christopher Clarke and Padraic Murphy who had played in the early slot put their hands up for a second shift. Understandably, we took a little time to get going and Castleknock punished some loose marking with 3 fine points. Our indecisiveness in possession meant we gave ourselves a mountain to climb and the half time offered us a chance to regroup. Second half was much improved with Tadgh and JJ super in defence, Cuan, Chrisopher and Padraic working well together and Kuba and Matthew Gillard retaining possession well up front we clawed our way back with some great scores from Kuba and Cuan. We showed great spirit in the second half but alas would have to acknowledge Castleknock deserved their narrow 2 point win over the hour.
FALCONS (home) v Castleknock:
Falcons togged out against Castleknock and a late injury to Conor meant that Fionn Murphy was asked to line out for his second match of the morning and no bother to the Clontarf stalwart. The OMoore county will be regretting letting this lad drift up the Naas Dual Carriage way to Clontarf. As the game started a quick move by Castleknock resulted in sucker punch of a goal. The omens were not good that this St Patrick's weekend game would go smoothly but would they be wrong? The next score would be crucial and Ben Moreau duly obliged with a lovely curled point from 20 yards out. This score was quickly followed by 1-1 from Fionn Murphy, a goal from Matthew Bryans and a nice point from Donnchadh Corrigan. Cathal Langan was busy throughout and tried to hand pass a point only for it to dip under the crossbar. On the other end of the pitch Jude "the Judge" Leyden snuffed out a number of attacks and was well assisted by Ben Moreau. In the second half Ben moved into midfield and Jude into the forwards and the scores continued to flow. Jude registered 1-2 , Ben 0-1 , Fionn Murphy 1-1 and Matt 1-0 to leave a healthy look of 5-7 to 2-0 on the scoreboard. There were a lot of positives from this mornings encounter including: widespread taking of 4 steps when 1st in possession , good passing to the open man and clean pick ups with the toe. Man of the match goes to Jude "the Judge" Leyden who played solidly in defence but when switched to the forwards for the last 5 minutes tacked on an impressive 1-2.Y
BOBCATS (home) v Castleknock:
An agile Bobcats team purred on Saturday against the visiting Castleknock club, showing discipline and togetherness in an evenly contested clash. At the back Yang and Louis battled for every ball while Fiachra and Sam Power both covered acres of ground around centre field, taking their steps well, looking up and "keeping it red".
Up front, Miguel was clinical in converting a number of these pinpoint passes. Dylan also attacked with intent and when switched into the defence in the second half, he was tenacious in the tackle.
As the game went on, Ethan imposed himself on the opposition with superior strength and skill.
Fatigue eventually set in (a Patrick’s Day hangover maybe?) and as the game opened up, Castleknock registered a few late late scores. In truth there was little to choose between these two sporting teams but the westies' ability to take points was all that edged the visitors ahead at the line. Final score 3-7 to 4-4. A special word for Yang who pulled off an incredible double save at the death knell.
DOLPHINS (home) v Beann Éadair:
The spitting rain away from home did little to dampen the visiting teams spirits as BinnEadair put in a worthy winning performance against the Dolphins in DCC this morning. Clontarf started both halves well and got a number of points and goals on the scoreboard from a number of different players but the game will be remembered more for the missed scores, missed opportunities and missed marking. We didn’t adjust properly to the windy conditions and when we should have been hand passing to each other to get close to the posts we took potshots from too far out. We had plenty of space but didn’t use it as we didn’t keep position. We made the fatal error of trying to play our way out of defense loosing the ball when we had opportunities to drill the ball up the pitch. If we had taken 10% of the chances we created we’d have won. Hopefully like Ireland in rugby against Wales two weeks ago, we’ll learn from this and our next opponents will bear the brunt of our backlash.
Special Match Report: Sunday, 12th March 2017 - Hurling / Football
Pitch Opening @ Trinity College Sports Grounds, Santry:
A big "thank you" to Trinity College GAA Development Officer and Kilcoo, Co. Down man, Conor Laverty, and his army of stewards and referees for arranging and hosting a great day out for so many juvenile players from all over the county. We were lucky to have as one of our mentors the former captain of the TCD Colours-winning hurling team, for whom the Santry visit brought such great memories that he may even have found a few new future recruits for Trinity College GAA!
Match Reports: Saturday, 11th March 2017 - Hurling
EAGLES (away) v Trinity Gaels:
Eagles produced one of their best battling performances this morning in wet conditions against a spirited Trinity Gaels side at Drumnigh. With both Clontarf teams well warmed up, the Eagles began with serious intent and registered the first score of the game from Oscar's searching puckout which Billy collected in the opposition's half and slotted over. Our forwards competed effectively to disrupt Gaels' play with Zach harrying for every possession while TJ put himself about the half-forward line and was rewarded with a nicely worked over. The home side hassled for every ball and created quite a few chances of their own, registering two including a 65. Billy and Tadg rose manfully to the sustained physical challenge at midfield and, in defence, Pádraic and Cúán gave no quarter, marking tight to prevent any easy scoring chances. A third over nudged the Clontarf Eagles back in front but our undisciplined tackling kept the Gaels in the half as they converted one free opportunity and narrowly missed another to pull ahead. But, as halftime beckoned, Oscar notched a super over from midfield giving Clontarf the lead by 0-4 to Gaels' 0-3.
After a rousing halftime talk from team coach Seamus, the Eagles maintained their intensity, particularly in front of our goal where Odhran, Mike McCabe and Zach defended stoutly, pushing out wide of the danger zone and lifting to hand to clear down the line. Trinity Gaels adapted their play with some mid-range attempts and equalised with a beautifully converted over from out wide on the right of midfield. All square! Ethan's very solid puckouts were influential, releasing our midfielders and forwards onto some fine long deliveries to pin the home side back in their half. There Tadg cleverly used his strength to drive forward into scoring positions, eventually forcing his defender to push the sliotar out for a 65 which Billy calmly put over. Cúán got on the end of and chased down a huge amount of ball to lay seige to the home side's defence. Late in the game, to crown his Man-of-the-Match display, "Battling Billy" picked himself up once more from a very heavy tackle to pop his free over and seal the result for Clontarf. A hard-fought but very justly-deserved win by a Clontarf side who showed strength and determination in standing up to the physical challenge of this plucky Trinity Gaels side to take our scores. Maith sibh, Eagles! CT 0-6; T.Gaels 0-4.
BOBCATS (away) v Trinity Gaels:
Bobcats struggled today at some of the basic skills, like getting the ball in hand and striking cleanly and confidently, with some notable exceptions, especially Matthew Gillard who was perhaps partly aided by great family support today on the sideline! There was some great battling too from Yang, JJ, James Ferguson, Aaron and Kuba. We lost out to Trinity Gaels by goal and a point, but won the second half!
DOLPHINS (home) v Ballyboden St. Enda's:
Dolphins were completely outclassed today - in skills, more than physically - by a Ballyboden side who returned looking for another chance after meeting their betters in football last Saturday. Ballyboden were very strong striking the ball, and much more fluid lifting it to hand. They were aided by an extra man in the first half and were much stronger around the pitch. While the visitors built up a large tally, Clontarf did not trouble the scoreboard much today although we picked up 2 skill points for hooks. Our lads' heads went down as the BbSE score mounted and we withdrew to more ground hurling which unfortunately played into Ballyboden's hands (literally). We had a couple of guys who tried their hearts out today but one or two that may as well have stayed in bed! Some soul-searching to follow as we reflect on today's experience to work out how we can put out our strongest hurling side, including both players who hurl more confidently and men whom we can rely on to keep bringing the fight right until the end of the game.
SHARKS (home) v Ballyboden St. Enda's:
The U10’s from St Enda’s weren’t making the long trip Northside on a damp early Saturday morning just to make up numbers. They were here for a Clontarf scalp and if it wasn’t for the guts, grit and determination of every Shark on the pitch, that’s exactly what they would have got. The game was very physical and crowded with both teams eager to challenge for the ball and that made it difficult for either side to get the ball to hand. The Sharks came out victors in the end with 3-2 to the visitors 2-1 but some notable plays included an outstanding save in goals by Ross in the first few minutes of the game denying the visitors an almost certain goal batting a high ball down with his hurl into hand and then clearing it up the pitch. A point by Dylan that sent the sliotar out of the grounds and a great block by Conor in the second half as St Enda’s were swinging for an almost certain point. A point from Finn Walsh taken from just past the half way line over on the right hand side and a similar goal from Stephen from the left hand side. A further goal from Dylan running up the pitch from deep in defense topped the scores for the Sharks but special mention should be made for Sam who got a knock early on but battled on regardless to help his team secure victory. Stand out performances go to Rian and Louis who were quick to ball, sharp in attack and ever present to defend. All in all a great performance the lads can be proud of.
FALCONS (home) v Ballyboden:
The Falcons started the game against Ballyboden one man down due to some late defections and were outplayed for most of the half. Despite the best efforts of Ruadhan Maher, Fionn Murphy and Dylan Groenewald the visitors went into the break 2-1 to 0-0 ahead. At half time a few positional changes and a frank team talk brought about a different 2nd half performance from the Falcons. The referee had just thrown in the sliotar when Dylan Groenewald raced onto a loose ball and ran up the pitch to lay on a perfect pass that James Kiernan dispatched to the BB net. That was quickly followed by a great point by Fionn. The teams traded scores in a free flowing period but with 5 minutes to go the Falcons completed a great comeback with Donnchadh Corrigan finishing a great move to the back of the net to go 2 points clear. Unfortunately it wasn't the last word and like the PSG defence during the week we conceded a late late late goal. The final score was 3-1 to 3-2 against us and took a little gloss off the performance but not much. Fionn, Ruadhan and Dylan put in great shifts for the Falcons and but for the fact of being a man short it would have been enough to secure a win for the home team. Matthew Bryans was his usual "box to box" self, Ben tackled and harried throughout and James Kiernan, Donnchadh Corrigan and Louis Costello (despite taking a knock to the foot) played their part especially in the 2nd half. Lessons to learn - play the ball out of trouble down the wings and after the 4 steps deliver a quicker ball up the field. Well done lads today especially to man of the match Dylan Groenewald.
EAGLES v Ballyboden St. Enda's (home):
The Eagles put on a superlative display on Saturday against the visitors Ballyboden St. Endas in what was perhaps their finest hour yet on the field.
Inspirational manager Jack McCabe decided to start a few key players out of their usual positions and like a racehorse in blinkers for the first time, the change seemed to focus and reinvigorate a talented Clontarf side. To a man the team worked their red socks off - hassling and harrying for every single ball, stringing together crisp passes, hunting in packs and harvesting a rake of efficient scores. Mike McCabe and Cuan were steely and rock solid at the back, Oscar launched attack after attack from wing back in a manner reminiscent of one Jack Mc Caffrey, Ethan made a few telling interventions out in front of his man while Odhran, Padraig and Christopher knitted exceptionally well as a team up front. Aaron ‘the engine’ Murphy covered more yards than anyone else and in midfield high catches from a dominant Billy and Tadg iced the cake with a fistful of skill points. Particularly impressive today was the hard work and the attitude of ALL the players. Time and time again on Ballyboden’s kickouts they closed down all the options in a display of dominance that would have shaken Stephen Cluxton to his core. A real pleasure to watch and the lads should be very proud of the way they welcomed the southsiders, before sending them packing. Final Score: 4-12 to 2-4
FALCONS v Ballyboden:
After a good warm up the Falc's took on St Enda's from Ballyboden in a lively and free flowing encounter. Slack marking which enabled their man to maraud up the field unchallenged meant that the blue and white stripes picked off a few scores early on. With a couple of positional changes the Falcons settled down and played some nice football. James "Massey" Ferguson had a barnstormer in Midfield and scores from him and Ruadhan kept the home team within touching distance.After the halftime hiatus and a stern team talk the Clontarf lads upped their game and tacked on a few great scores, the best of which, was a goal from ace poacher Matt Lynch. Matt chased a lost cause of a ball to see the 'Boden keeper spill the leather which Lynchy duly dispatched to the net. A couple scores later including one from Ben Moreau saw us take the lead but unfortunately we, like the seniors in the 2015 championship semi final, coughed up a few late scores and were pipped at the post . The final play of the day saw Rhys chase back to break down the last attack and take possession. More of that spirit will be needed for contests in the future.Final score Clontarf Falcons 2-8 BB St Enda's 4-6. Special mention should go to Paddy, Donnchadh and Ruadhan and Jamie in defence who held their line for most of the encounter. Overall it was a good effort and showed that the team can knuckle down when necessary. Marking, playing the ball away from trouble areas and chasing back are the lessons to take away from today's game.
BOBCATS v Ballyboden:
BOBCATS v Ballyboden St. Enda's (Home):
The expected rain held off but the Bobcats faced a torrent of a different kind as Ballyboden settled quickly and worked the ball the length of the pitch to notch up a soft "over" in the first minutes of the match and soon afterwards doubled their tally before the Reds had even started their engines.
Some excellent team-play followed as the Bobcats got their game on and hit back with two scores of their own. First, Fiachra showed great determination to secure a loose ball in the half-back line and reverse the play to release Kuba who picked out Miguel up front who fended off a couple of stiff challenges in front of goal before firing determinedly to the net. Soon after, Miguel again latched onto a high ball from our half, and fed Kuba on the left wing who skillfully wrong-footed his marker and slotted over the bar to great acclaim from on and off the field. However, the Bobcats defence lacked an edge in this half with our backs generally not committing to the tackle and allowing the St. Enda's forwards easy access to in-coming ball which they converted into further scores. Late in the half, super-sub Louis Magner sprang eagerly from the sideline to neutralise Ballyboden's main attacking threat, marking closely to deny him clean passes and shots. Half-time: CT 2g-1p-1sp (6); BB 1g-5p (16).
After the break, Boden withdrew their serious artillery into defence but still managed to turn over a lot of possession from breaking ball, not least from Clontarf kick-outs. They should have pressed further ahead but the wides mounted thanks to stout defending by Matthew Gillard in goal in some close goalmouth encounters as he and his defence stood firm and reacted quickly to see off the danger. Joe McKeon in particular shone during this period as he fearlessly "stood up his man" to come away with the ball and clear it outfield, stiffling several Boden attacks. In general, though, our backs would have benefited from "bending the back" to getting the ball to hand more when too often, with space and time, we opted to kick the ball along the ground only to yield turnovers and sidelines in attacking positions for Ballyboden. At the other end, JJ hassled impressively for loose ball and to disarm the St. Enda's players in possession. Yang covered a lot of ground on the wing and was unlucky not to convert at least one attack into a score. In a low-scoring second half, Bobcats largely stemmed the tide to take the sting out of what had been a potent attacking force from a big and strong Ballyboden side.
Full-time: CT 6, BB 22.
Positives: Some really nice team scores in the first half. Excellent fielding by Kuba at midfield, including a skill-point for a high catch. Fearless battling by Joe and JJ to retain/win ball for the Bobcats.
Negatives: Some players' energy levels dropped noticeably in the second half, suggesting we need more high-intensity stations to test fitness and to encourage boys to stretch themselves.
Other things to work on:
• The pick-up - all players. • Accuracy in kick-passes to "Find the man". / "Hit the target". Our kickouts had depth but often didn't find a Clontarf player or were broken down by the opposition. • Stations / drills to practice decision-making under pressure.
Match Reports: Saturday, 25th February 2017 - Hurling
SHARKS v St. Vincents (Away):
Sharks 5:3 Vincent's no score. A great display of hurling & team work today by the Sharks. Progress is very evident. It was a very one sided game even though Vincent's had an extra player. Opening the score was Stephen following a great pass from Ross. This was followed quickly by a super point from Ross from play. The boys tackled hard & attacked every ball. Encouragingly All the boys were attempting to get the ball into their hand & take their 4 steps. Lots of hand passing when shots weren't possible. Lots of very strong performances so impossible to pick a man of the match - Sam Tuite, Daniel & Rian excellent in midfield showing Strong, fast & determined attacking. Superb striking by Stephen & well deserved scores as a result. Things to work on - blocking Vincent's had some excellent blocks worthy of skill points. Few boys still tackling each other instead of supporting each other. 2 hands on the Hurley - this is key! We need more points (excellent points by Ross, Stephen & Finn). Free taking & puck outs. We need More practice, maybe a training drill. Having said all that a worthy win & really good to see all the boys growing in confidence & using the skills practiced in training. Well done sharks.
DOLPHINS v St. Vincents (Away):
Dolphins had a strong performance against Vincents and won comfortably. Everyone gave a strong performance and that was the most impressive part, skills are definitely improving, passing,striking, trying to find the man and they were stronger than Vincents on battling for the loose ball. Took a while to get the ball to hand but that got better as the game wore on and confidence grew; once in hand the striking of the ball was great. Highlights of the game included, a fantastic point from padraig on the sideline 30 meters out; great ball to hand from Zach throughout the game; 2 blocks from Christopher; a great hook and left side strike from Conor. Dylan was 100% committed and his chasing of a ball heading wide resulted in a great team goal. Mike F cleaned up at the back and Conor M was a great link on the half forward line.
BOBCATS v Round Towers, Lusk (Home):
Bobcats welcomed Round Towers Lusk GAA to DCC on 25 February. Our numbers were light due to mid-term and a few seasonal bugs. Lusk had a strong start, scoring a number of unanswered goals which dented our confidence and invited a further barrage of scoring from their skilful midfield before half time. We gathered our numbers at the break and resolved to challenge more for possession and press hard in defence. Team-play improved and our energy levels raised. We pressed hard and soon opened our account with a goal from a long range strike from Matthew Gillard. We had a number of wides in the air. Miguel was unlucky with a brace of shots which were taken just wide by the strong wind. But our game was raised. Clontarf challenged and won the ball. Matthew struck the net again. Lusk responded in waves but our defence was sounder. Ruadhan and Cathal battled bravely around the field. JJ Orange and Miguel challenged the Lusk defence. Joe McKeon was strong outfield and when in goal made a superb save under pressure and relieved our lines with a strong clearance. Jamie Furey made a cameo appearance from the Falcons for a short spell and helped hold the line while we were temporarily short a player. Yang O'Connor gave a man of the match performance and grew in confidence during the game, challenging and relieving Lusk of possession as they threatened our lines. While we struggled at the start and through much of the first half, we raised our energy levels, worked harder and matched Lusk toe to toe to close out the game.
Training points to note: challenge for possession and maintain pressure in defence until lines are fully cleared.
FALCONS v Round Towers Lusk (Home):
Falcons visitors were missing players today but so were our visitors. Thanks to Kuba who played the first half for Round Towers who got into their groove first, lifting and striking cleanly from the hand while we gave them far too much space on the ball in this period, standing off the play when attacking it would have denied the visitors such easy possession. Rhys was the notable exception as he determinedly challenged for loose ball. Lusk claimed an early "over" that rocked Clontarf's defence as we struggled to find our form but Falcons steadied the ship off some very solid puckouts from Matt Lynch. Conor Gahan and Matthew Bryans secured good possessions at midfield for little reward as they drove forward on the ground when lifting and striking from the hand would have moved the play forward quicker. Round Towers put their greater possession from turnovers to good use, and notched up three goals to lead 3-1 to 1-0 at half-time.
In the second half, with Conor growing in confidence on his puckouts, Rhys and Ben dropped into defence while Jamie freed up Kuba to partner Matthew at midfield. Having weathered a flurry of attacks which earned the visitors another goal and an "over", Falcons settled into their new shape to launch some attacks of our own involving several players. Building from deep in defence, Clontarf pressed forward and created scoring opportunities from play and 65's, the best an aerial shot from Matthew which slipped just left and wide. Falcons' play of the game came from a well-worked move up the right wing by Ben and Conor to find Kuba who pushed on and then drove the sliotar goalwards. The Lusk 'keeper managed to parry the shot but Matt was on hand to pounce on the deflection and finish it to the net. At the other end, although Rhys mounted a spirited defence in goal, our back line sprang a leak as we allowed ourselves to get pulled out of position when Lusk counter-attacked, clocking a further "over" from play and two goals, to maintain their lead. That said, "overs" were the only real difference in the score-line as the Falcons finished strongly. Jamie at half-back chased down a lot of ball to deny Lusk more scoring chances and Ben grew in influence at centre-back, masterfully lifting the ball and driving it forward to "keep it red" and providing opportunities for his team-mates – Kuba, Cathal and to attack as we netted four scores in this half. Clontarf 5-0; Lusk 6-3.
The transition to all air-hurling is still a work-in-progress for this team. We have work to do to build confidence in lifting and striking the ball from the hand. All “dead-ball” restarts need reinforcement, including puckouts/distribution, as well as 65's and sideline cuts – to build our players' confidence in their own ball-striking ability from set-pieces. We also need to stifle some bad habits by reinforcing “two hands on the hurl” going into contact. Plenty to take back to the training pitch from this game but a gutsy second half performance showed again that Clontarf’s Falcons can be relied upon to give a spirited account of themselves "when the chips are down".
News: Monday, 13th February 2017
* FÁILTE!! Welcome back - Please Bookmark our new web-page address: clontarfgaa.com/Teams/Boys/U102017
* See Match Reports in the following section of this page for details of our home Football matches v St. Vincent's last Saturday.
* ATTENDANCE AWARDS: Congrats! to Conor Murray, Joe McKeon and Matthew Bryans who each acheived 100% Attendance Award for both Confirming on Teamer and showing up to play their match for our last 15 events. Maith sibh, a Bhuachaillí! Beidh duais beag á bhronnadh oraibh i rith na seachtaine seo chugainn. All Players and Parents: See note in Match Reports section about the new 10am Meeting Time for matches and our policy on late arrivals.
* 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.
Match Reports: Saturday, 11th February 2017 - Football
* NEW JERSEYS: Presentaton of FREE new jerseys sponsored by Sherry Fitzgerald is this SUNDAY, 12th February @ 4:15pm on the Clubhouse Astro, followed by a large group photo of all the underage boys and girls teams that are sponsored. Be there at 4:15pm SHARP to collect your jersey and stay around for the group photo. Boys should wear tracksuit bottoms / shorts. The whole event will take just under an hour.
* ATTENDANCE AWARDS: Congrats! to Conor Murray, Joe McKeon and Matthew Bryans who each acheived 100% Attendance Award for both Confirming on Teamer and showing up to play their match for our last 14 events. Maith sibh, a Bhuachaillí! Beidh duais beag á bhronnadh oraibh i rith na seachtaine seo chugainn.
* "GO Leagues" matches are on Saturdays. From January 2017, 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 10:30am). 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.
News: Saturday, 4th February 2017
* Hurling Matches this Saturday 4th February will be played in the later time-slot of 11:45am to 1:00pm at Alfie Byrne Road.
* "GO Leagues" matches are on Saturdays. From January 2017, Home matches will usually be played in the 10:15am to 11:45am time-slot on the DCC pitches at Alfie Byrne Road (meet at 10:20am). 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.
Match Reports: Saturday, 28th January 2017 - Football v St. Vincents @ Alfie Byrne Road
Game 1 v St Vincent's A1: A superlative display from everyone of the lads - a joy to watch throughout the field with brilliant marking, tackling, passing, scoring and teamwork on display. A special word for Sam Tuite who joined the Eagles and for the first time and was first to every ball that came his way. (EAGLES 0:5, Vincent's 2:1).
Game 2 v St Vincent's A2: A tight niggly affair that Vinnies just edged by showing tighter discipline in the second half and focussing on the game, rather than the ref. Nonetheless much to admire in the lads' play (especially multiple blocks) and it's impossible to knock their passion and togetherness. If they can add a bit more passing and concentration and discipline while retaining controlled aggression ... the sky's the limit! [Thumbs-up emoji] (EAGLES 1:0, St Vincent's 1:2)
Excellent team play from the falcons today. Tightly contested first match. Some great points from Ross & Miguel ensured a win. In the second match we switched positions. Very determined play from Ross, Jude & Mathew in the middle. Lots of strong passes up to the forwards. Superb accurate strong passing by Conor converted to points by Jude, Yang, Ross, Ben, Mathew & Conor. Very few wides today. All our scores were the result of good team play. Encouragingly the boys were consistently going for points. Things to work on.....marking up particularly when opposition goalie was kicking the ball out. Great to watch all the boys really compete today. Well done all.
The Dolphins had two tough matches against strong opposition. First match was a tight first half with some nice teamwork finished with two James Lonergan points. Second half saw Vinnies on top as we waited for the ball rather than moving forward so more work needed on being first to the breaking ball.
Second match was a tale of two halves with the Dolphins out of shape and off the pace in the first half. Down by 3 points the Dolphins blitzed the second period with Oscar and TJ firing over 6 unanswered points. A great display of tackling with JJ and Rian leading the fight back. A great win and a good way to finish the mornings football.
In the first football game of 2017 the clontarf boys served up a really entertaining game that was full of free flowing passing and tight marking. Move of the match actually left me speechless (that doesn't happen often) and occurred in the first half. A short kick out by Donnchadh to Dylan Lydon was followed by a 30 yards cross field one two with Stephen O'Byrne . Dylan took the return pass a full 50 yards up the field and then delivered an inch perfect pass to Fionn Murphy who slotted over a point from 20 yards. It was truly a magnificent score. The result of the game was really irrelevant thereafter, however, the boys continued to dominate proceedings and record a 1-8 to 1-2 victory. For the second game, with management making several positional changes, the lads responded well to the challenge and the disadvantage of being a man down for the opening period. The game itself was a much closer affair but great performances throughout the team ensured a narrow 1-4 to 1-3 victory. Well done boys keep up the good work.
News: Saturday, 28th January 2017
* ****** BREAKING NEWS ****** Away Football Matches v Whitehall Colmcilles this Saturday are POSTPONED. All players should instead attend for Football Matches @ Alfie Byrne Road. Meet at 10:15am. BE ON TIME!!!
* Teams for Home Football Matches this Saturday v. St. Vincents:
* * 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.
* THANKS! to all who have supported the GAA's annual National Draw by buying a ticket for EUR10. All monies raised from ticket sales through the club are retained within Clontarf GAA to fund local projects and expenditure. To purchase a draw ticket, Contact: Enda Murphy (086 8189716).
* Training Groups: From this week, boys will be organised in Colour Groups for training. Each boy will take a bib for his colour group at the start of the session.
News: Monday, 23rd January 2017
* And so, we are back!! Welcome back - Please Bookmark our new web-page address: clontarfgaa.com/Teams/Boys/U102017
* Training Groups: From this week, boys will be organised in Colour Groups for training. Each boy will take a bib for his colour group at the start of the session. The groups are listed below.
* "GO Leagues" matches are on Saturdays. From January 2017, Home matches will usually be played in the 10:20am to 11:45am time-slot on the DCC pitches at Alfie Byrne Road (meet at 10:20am). 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.
News: Tuesday, 10th January 2017
* Happy New Year & Fáilte ar ais! Welcome back - we hope everyone was good leading up to and over the Christmas and year-end break and that Santa did not disappoint! Please Bookmark our new web-page address: clontarfgaa.com/Teams/Boys/U102017
* Training recommences this Thursday, 12th January in our usual 6:35pm slot on the Clubhouse Astro pitch. .
* TRAINING (January 2017 onwards): is on the Clubhouse Astro at Seafield Road on TUESDAYS @ 5:45PM and THURSDAYS @ 6:35PM. These are shorter 50-minute sessions so make sure to BE ON TIME!!
News: Tuesday, 22nd November 2016
* Taking a break for December: After an action-packed schedule since August, our 2016 season ends this week, with our second Skills Assessment session in St. Anne's Park on Saturday, 26th, from 9:30am. There will be a Mentors' Meeting on Thursday, 15th December at 8:30pm in the Clubhouse (upstairs), followed by a social gathering in the "Cúl Doras" bar. Any parent who would like to join in the discussion as we plan for 2017 will be very welcome to attend!
* National Draw tickets are now on sale through the Mentors at EUR10 each. This is a big fund-raiser for Clontarf GAA. All funds collected remain within the club. Please support the draw.
* "GO Leagues" matches are on Saturdays. From January 2017, Home matches will usually be played in the 11am to 12 noon time-slot on the DCC pitches at Alfie Byrne Road (meet at 10:40am). 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.
* TRAINING (2016): is on the Clubhouse Astro at Seafield Road on TUESDAYS @ 5:45PM and THURSDAYS @ 6:35PM. These are shorter 50-minute sessions so make sure to BE ON TIME!! Training timeslots for January 2017 onwards will be posted here once they have been assigned by the Club's Pitch Coordinator.
Match Reports: Saturday, 19th November 2016 - Football v Raheny
The Dolphins displayed intelligence and grit to win a hugely entertaining contest against Raheny in the final game of 2016. The first half saw the Dolphins display some lovely teamwork but slack Clontarf marking and a reluctance to attack the ball gave Raheny a real chance. At opposing kickouts too, the Reds were slow to tune back in and pick up men. Half time saw the game hang in the balance. 0-4 to 0-3.
In the second half a focus was put on holding position and competing more aggressively for 50-50 ball. In centre field, Tadg showed real leadership and was really beginning to knit with Billy to assert dominance. At the back, Pádraic and Mikey stuck much closer to their men while Cuan pulled off two brilliant blocks to boost the skills point total. Oscar, Zach and TJ all showed skill and pace to launch attacks while
Stephen and Ethan were constant threats in and around the square. A couple of stunning scores from Billy Shouldice were no surprise but nonethless a joy to behold. Only the crossbar kept the score respectable as the Reds ran rampant - winning out in the end 0-12 to 0-4 with 3 skill points added to sugar coat Clontarf’s year. A hugely impressive display from lads that showed much to admire as they make the transition from Under 9 to Under 10.
On a very cold morning the Sharks showed plenty of bite in a keenly contested football match at the DCC. Throughout the game all players did the simple but important things well such as correct pickup, near hand tackle, pass to the open man and quick ball. The game started with Raheny up a man due to the fact that Fiachra Comiskey and Matt Lynch played with the opposition. Indeed the last minute transfers nearly backfired as Matt Lynch did his usual trick of managing to sneak a goal for the maroon and white brigade. In fact shouts from the sideline of "serves you right coach" could be heard as far as the East Wall (despite investigations the origins of the ladylike shriek could not be found -eh Eamon?) . The half continued in an ebb and flow manner but eventually the 'Tarf started to get on top. Great tackling and harassing from JJ, James "Massey" Ferguson and Jamie Furey resulted in numerous turnovers that Miguel Lenihan, Thirsty Joe McKeon and Fionn Murphy converted for major scores. Indeed Fionn Murphy put on an exhibition of football that included some great fielding, tackling and shooting. In addition ome great blocks resulted in the Tarf going in at half time a couple points in the black. During that half credit in defence must also go to Ruadhán who stuck to his man like a winter shadow and of course a special mention to the keeper Donnchadh Corrigan who pulled off a couple of great saves and started attacks with some accurate kick outs. The second half was similar to the first in intensity with the home side slightly shading events. Dylan Groenewald started between the posts and snuffed out a few attacks and got the ball moving in the right direction. Cathal Langan thawed out in the 2nd half, thanks to a pair of gloves supplied from the sidelines, and tacked on a nice score. James Ferguson pushed up in the latter stages of the half and his efforts were rewarded with a goal and a point. All in all the performance today was what you would expect from the 'Tarf - final score was 3-9 to 5-1. It was difficult to pick a man of the match but in a landmark decision it goes to the entire team. Well done lads! Keep up the good work.
Match Reports: Saturday, 19th November 2016 - Hurling v Raheny
BOBCATS TRUMP RAHENY TO MAKE CLONTARF GREAT AGAIN:
A landslide that no one saw coming on Saturday as BOBCATS registered an impressive win against near neighbours and fierce rivals Raheny.
Successfully tapping into the perceived injustice of playing on DCC’s 'back pitch’, the team successfully converted their discontent into a vigorous start to the match. It wasn’t long until the Reds were growing to love the tight field, which rewarded their superior skills as they scored early and often. The Foley twins ran the show from the off in midfield with hugely impressive ground strikes and positional awareness while Daniel ‘The Rock’ Gray provided a constant supply of intelligent ball from the heart of the 'Tarf defence. Ben ‘Superglue’ Moreau provided a masterclass in marking while Matthew Bryans was never short of tigerish. The first half was still a competitive affair with Clontarf going into the break with a slender two goal lead. The second half however saw Clontarf batter Raheny into submission in a very one sided affair.
Stephen O’ Byrne and Finn Walsh were unleashed into attack, harvesting goal after goal after goal. Meanwhile Sam “powered" through the entire game in a roaming midfield role while James Kiernan recovered from a number of injuries to really impose himself on the game. Pleasing to see the team working together and talking together - with the ‘just-right’ amount of aggression working to diminish Raheny’s efforts.
Special mention to Dylan Groenwald who played with electric energy for Raheny in the first half and Matthew Gillard who volunteered to change colours in the second half but who was far from ‘marooned’ with an impressive display of air hurling.
On a beautiful morning for hurling down at the DCC the Falcons took to one of the main pitches like ducks to glue. Despite some physical warming up drills the team decided to watch rather than participate and were rewarded by being 3 goals downs after 10 minutes this was despite some wonderful saves by Donnchadh Corrigan and sound defending by Jamie "The rock" Furey. The air hurling part of the first half suited Thomas Kilbane and he narrowly missed a major score from half way. In the forwards Louis Costello battled away on scraps but the 1st half ended 3-0 to 0-O to the the Springfield outfit. A number of positional changes in the second half did initially lead to a quick score for the Reds but a number of the lads failed to keep things tight in defence and midfield and the "Springers" tacked on a few more scores despite the excellent efforts of man of the match Yang O'Connor. Yang hit some great puck outs and was kept busy by the marauding attacks of the opposition. The final score of 5-2 to 1-0 shows that the lads have a lot of homework to do this week in advance of the return fixture in football.
The Dolphins had a competitive contest against a strong Raheny team. All air hurling but the sliothar seemed glued to the ground for long periods. The Dolphins soon realised that you had to be accurate with pick ups off a tight astro and striking from the hand had to be quicker or else the blocks stopped all progress. Raheny led at halftime despite fine scores from Billy and Conor. In the second half the Dolphins increased the intensity and two long distance points from Oscar soon put Clontarf ahead. Strong tackling from Tadg, Cuan and Miguel kept Raheny to just a couple of goals in the second half. Room for improvement but a good win 5-4 to 4-2.
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