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News: Tuesday, 17th October 2017 - Hurling this week
*** GUMSHIELDS and SHIN-PADS should be worn for hurling. Bring a drink of Water to your training/match.
*** Teamer Responses are now required by WEDNESDAY evening - To help the mentors picking teams each week, you are now requested to respond (Confirm OR Decline) to Teamer invitations for Matches by 6pm WEDNESDAY evening. Players who respond promptly will considerably improve their chance to get a place in a team. Thanks for your cooperation!
*** SAFETY NOTICE: Please consider Safety First when planning travel to/from training sessions and matches. Boys should not be allowed to travel on their own and should lock their bikes during the session.
This week's match / training fixtures:
Please note, parents should 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 Wednesday 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. Shin-pads should also be worn . Wearing of a gumshield is mandatory for all training/matches - football AND hurling.
* 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.
SHARKS (away) @ Collinstown (Na Fianna):
The Sharks had a memorable morning out at the Na Fianna blitz winning all three games.
Despite playing into the wind against Templeogue Synge Street the Sharks held their opponents scoreless while helping themselves to 1-3 in the shortened 12-minute match. Strong performances from Rian at the back and Kuba in midfield allowed Matthew G and Fionn to take good scores.
The second game against Na Fianna, saw a switch in line up, with Paddy doing a fine job at midfield, Ross strong in defence and Sam P taking some great scores and setting up good opportunities. A good win, 1-4 to 1-0.
The final game against Round Towers was a lot tighter to start with the Clondalkin side equally as competitive as our Sharks. However some resolute defending from Daniel and Ruadhán help keep our opponents out and it wasn't long till the Sharks had a 1-3 to 0-1 advantage and saw the game out.
Despite the blustery conditions the Sharks combined well with both foot and hand passes, working hard for each other throughout. More shooting practice needed, but three great results. Well done, Sharks!
BOBCATS (away) @ Collinstown (Hosts: Na Fianna):
The Bobcats earned a clean sweep in the Collinstown blitz with victories over Templeogue SS, Na Fianna and Round Towers in a trio of increasingly competitive matches.
Game One was very one sided -the Reds running riot with the wind at their back. A couple of standout performances saw Zach Foley and Conor Murray attacking with menace.A landslide.
Next up was the Mobhi Road boys. With coach McCabe shuffling his deck Na Fianna offered a greater challenge, as several key Bobcats were playing out of their normal positions and comfort zones. Nonetheless super intelligent goalkeeping from Louis, disciplined display from a classy Matthew Cunningham at the back and a few power points from Michael up front secured a clear advantage for Clontarf.
Finn Walsh also found his car keys and as his high octane engine started to purr, the lads made it two out of two. Finally, the challenge of Jim Gavin’s Round Towers loomed large. Much more robust opposition this time and the lads raised the bar to meet the challenge. A couple of Hurricane Ophelia aided high balls conceded two unlucky goals but lovely passing and teamwork and battling qualities meant that the Bobcats edged it with 3 overs - nine points. Cuan battled throughout, Dylan covered miles tracking back but MOTM in game 3 was Christopher who read the game brilliantly and anchored proceedings from centre back. Every man today showed up and displayed team spirit, guts and no shortage of skill. Thar Barr!!
FALCONS (home) @ Alfie Byrne Road:
Naomh Brendain and Tyrellstown provided the opposition for the Falcons in the early morning blitz at the DCC. An under strength Clontarf outfield were outplayed by the Mulhuddart outfit in the opening 5 minutes and were 6 points down. The 2nd period of the match was a more even affair and some good moves started mainly by Jamie Furey resulted in a couple of sorties up the field and one in particular was really well finished by man of the match Louis Costello. Yang OConnor James Ferguson and Cathal Langan put in a big effort but slack marking and poor chasing back by certain team mates meant that the scoring gap wasn’t going to be bridged. The final score was 6-9 to 0-2. The second game against Naomh Brendain didn’t start as poorly but unfortunately the lessons of marking your opposite number and chasing back fell on deaf ears and a second defeat of the day followed. At one stage 4 opposition players were in the Clontarf half unmarked while our forwards and midfielders looked on. The last game of the blitz was an internal game and a man marking strategy was employed and in fairness to the Falcons they did stick to their task. Men of the blitz were Louis Costello and Mr Dependable Jamie Furey. Jude Leyden played some nice balls into the forward line and James Ferguson ran all day as did Cathal Langan. The introduction of Fiachra Comiskey to goals toward the end of the blitz proved to be a good fit as his positional sense and kick outs were very good. All in all it was a bad day at the office but hopefully we can improve on the above mentioned areas otherwise it will be a long season ahead.
DOLPHINS (away) @ Collinstown (Na Fianna):
The Dolphins had a mixed day at the Collinstown blitz. Flashes of great passing and points were mixed with long spells of poor tracking back and a general lack of drive. A team with bundles of talent needs to balance skills and commitment. All the Dolphins need to show the passion displayed by Tadg. Michael and Odhran also put in good shifts. The Dolphins still managed to win two matches and lost out by a score in the other. They got better the longer the blitz went on and can focus on the positives.
EAGLES (home) @ Alfie Byrne Road:
Clontarf Eagles made up a second Clontarf team hosting Tyrellstown GAA, St Brendan's GAA alongside Clontarf Falcons. Good passing and tackling were team objectives on this breezy morning. The lads had three good games, doing well in all. Eagles just lost out in one game when beaten by a well taken Tyrellstown goal which resulted from a (rare) loose Clontarf pass. Dylan Groenewald was very solid in defence, winning ball with a number of solid tackles and making good clearing kicks to red jerseys giving best options out wide. His defensive partner Matthew Bryans had a good morning, delaying and denying opponents in attack and providing passing options in many of our ball clearing moves. Sam Tuite played a key role in midfield then fell back to shore up defence when needed against a stronger Tyrellstown attack. Ben Moreau worked the pitch cleverly and often popped up to lend critical support to his team mates when most needed. Matt Lynch provided a good ever threatening target for our midfield. Miguel Lenihan again had a solid outing holding primarily defensive roles marking his opposite numbers tightly. Dan MacNeice was impressive holding a strong midfield partnership with Joe McKeon. Dan and Joe both defended well and fed the forward line plenty of ball and also took a number of scores themselves through all games. Teamwork was good. All in, a good morning's work.
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News: Tuesday, 10th October 2017 - Football this week
*** CHANGE to WINTER ASTRO TRAINING slots: Tuesday and Thursday training sessions have moved from the start of October. We now train on the CLUBHOUSE ASTRO pitch (Seafield Road West) from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. BE ON TIME!!
*** Juvenile Memberships for 2017/18 are now overdue - Thanks to all who have renewed. If you have not done so, please renew as soon as possible to ensure that your child can continue to train and play matches with Clontarf GAA.
*** GUMSHIELDS are mandatory *** for all training sessions and matches, football AND hurling. SHIN-PADS should also be worn for hurling.
Hurling Match Reports: Saturday, 7th October 2017:
TYPHOONS (away) v St. Brigid's @ Russell Park:
Typhoons today played a lot better in the second half than the first. It was a very physical game and we found it more difficult to get the ball to hand than St Brigid’s. They played with an extra man in the first half and we were playing uphill. That didn’t help. We had some great puckouts from Pádraic and Joe but somehow the ball often ended up back in our box and we found it difficult to win the scuffles that ensued. We need to learn to clear the box to left or right quickly. Cúán had a great game, he picked up an injury putting his body on the line but battled on and deserved the scores he got from play. Likewise, Kuba put in a strong battling, display despite taking a heavy knock early in the games. Pádraic also got two scores from play. Not the first time we’ve gone behind but come alive in the second half and finished strongly. Good link-work from Miguel. Dan MacNeice showed excellent composure in his first hurling match in the red jersey. Super work in the challenge by Matthew Bryans, whom one of his team-mates called: "a boy who doesn't take No for an answer!" We need to keep working on the jab lift, hooks and getting the ball away from the box when it drops in front of the goal.
CYCLONES (away) v St. Brigids:
Very strong performance from the Cyclones today. Everybody worked really hard to get the ball into hand & block which were key coaching messages. From the beginning the boys challenged for every ball nobody stood back today. There was great teamwork on display with plenty of hand-passing - LOTS of hand-passing! and fella's trying to handpass. Great to see! Stephen O'Byrne had a marvellous game, some great blocks and shots out of his hand. Sam Tuite battled hard and won lots of ball. Yang was very strong on the ball & showed increased confidence picking the ball up & striking it. Ben scored a wonderful point which was well deserved as he really is very determined - he has a lovely strike. Great to see the boys being more physical & really getting stuck in. James Ferguson got 4 goals & Rhys one. Great all round team performance. Striking out of hand (& under pressure) needs work, but all managed to get ball in hand which we definitely weren't doing a few months ago. Things to work on - getting points! The pre match warm-up of pick-ups & hand-passing really helps. (CT 5:1 , NBríd 1:1)
TORNADOES (home) v Na Fianna @ Alfie Byrne Road:
Clontarf Tornadoes hosted Na Fianna in a good hurling contest at Alfie Byrne Road. Good performances all round for the most part from this genuinely earnest group who gave a a determined, physical display with some nice fielding on a large pitch. Na Fianna secured the lead with 2 early goals, the second scored by our own Louis Magner, who volunteered to play with the visitors for the first half. Shortly afterwards, Michael Fitzsimons settled Clontarf with a well-taken point. Then up stepped Oran Ward with an excellent strike over the bar to shore up the lead. A further goal for Clontarf followed, then Oran closed out the half with another well-taken point. Louis Magner played a stormer for Na Fianna and returned to the fold for the second half swapping places with Oran. Again Clontarf was slow to start with the visitors scoring a goal in first phase of play following throw-in. Oran put it right up to Clontarf from the outset and scored a superb goal from distance. Clontarf rallied with the score of the day following a superb catch Michael Fitzsimons from a strong Rian Marren puck out, Michael passed to Matthew Cunningham who drove it hard from distance to score a goal. James Kiernan netted a further goal for Clontarf. Ruádhan had a great game on the field and finished out the game minding the net with some outstanding puckouts. The big pitch (too big?) meant plenty of running. As a result energy levels did dip midway through the second half. Our team play was good as were our fielding and striking; we generally lifted the ball well. Our defensive game overall was sound; hooks were scarce but some clever challenges with 'hurl in' turned over plenty of ball. Work can be done on clearances, the natural tendency is to clear into the crowded centre line rather than use the wings for relief. Some work needed also on sharper restarts.
The lads all gave it their best and came out on top in a balanced contest between the sides. Clontarf: 3:3; Na Fianna 4:0. Oran Ward was superb today. Well done to Louis M and Oran for volunteering to play with the visitors and putting up a firm challenge to their Clontarf teammates!
HURRICANES (away) v St. Brigids:
Hurricanes gave one of the best displays of hurling that could be possible at this age. The team play was phenomenal and every single player was getting ball to hand, looking for the pass and the physical presence of the team was felt by a very skilful but overwhelmed Brigids. It's difficult to pick out any individuals as this really was a great team performance but, to pick out one exceptional highlight, that being the absolute class point that Billy scored - a fast, low ball came at him fast on the sideline 30 yards out from goal, one touch with the hurl to control the sliothar and the second to put it sailing over the crossbar. If you saw it in Croke Park you would be impressed! Fantastic hurling TEAM today: Well done to Ross Byrne, Odhran McGuckin, TJ Foley, Zach Foley, Dylan Lydon, Conor Gallagher, Billy Shouldice, Daniel Gray, Oscar Finnegan, Tadg Young.
News: Monday, 2nd October 2017 - Hurling this week
*** Juvenile Memberships for 2017/18 are now overdue - There will be a collection night this Wednesday 4th October from 7pm to 9pm at the clubhouse, upstairs in the Cúl Doras bar. Pre-printed forms available.
(link) Russell Park, Navan Road
Heading North on Navan Road from Ashtown Roundabout, take Left exit for Chapelizod/Castleknock BEFORE N3/M50 junction. At immediate small roundabout, go Left (3rd exit) onto Castleknock Manor and continue straight to entrance to Tom Russell Park.
Football Match Reports: Saturday, 30th September 2017:
BOBCATS (home) v Templeogue Synge Street @ Alfie Byrne Road:
Bobcats lost out narrowly in an enthralling end to end game. No lack of effort but we lost our way in the second half having led by 9pts at half time. Very strong performances from Dylan Larmer, Kuba, Ross and Jamie who was probably the MOTM: tackling, winning 50/50 ball and taking the right option in passing nearly all through. We tried to delegate defensive organisation to the players but were continuously caught outnumbered at the back; going forward, this needs some work. Tackling and hassling was very strong and, while there were plenty of passages of good passing, we still hoofed ball away a bit too much. Dan MacNeice had a good showing in his first game - a very valuable addition to our squad & showing great potential! Confidence-building required for a number of players who all tried hard but have a tendency to wait for the ball to come to them. Big work needed on defensive organisation, man-on-man marking and kick-passing. TSS 43 pts to CT 38 pts
EAGLES (home) v Templeogue Synge Street:
Definitely a game of 2 halves. First half was a very close affair and only 1 score separated the teams with both sides earning skill points. It was end to end with Finn Walsh driving at the opposition and scoring 3 very impressive points from play. Tadg worked hard as a defensive midfielder and was very effective at disrupting their attacks. Score of the first half was a great tackle from Cuan who passed to Billy in midfield who split the Temp'ge defence with an inch perfect pass to Daniel Gray who calmly took his point. Conor Gallagher was solid in goal and his kickouts were extremely accurate. Rian and Mike Mc Cabe great in defence. Pádraic worked hard up front. Half time 1-5 to 7 and we felt that Clontarf had most room for improvement, so a rise in intensity from a few of the players would be enough to secure the game. Unfortunately Finn got injured and his speed and energy was missed almost immediately. Templeogue got a few well-worked scores and the most disappointing thing about this game is how quickly a number of Clontarf players completely dropped the heads in the face of strong opposition. Templeogue played very well as a team and were first to the ball and strong in the tackle. They gave away a lot less frees than us. The most impressive thing about the opposition is how well they could pass they ball. Clontarf need to raise their game to this level of team-play and a few players need to keep their heads up when it's not going well. In fairness, we had 3 or 4 who did try to the very end but that was it. A bad day in the office for Clontarf's Eagles but we were well beaten today by a "team" performance.
SHARKS (away) v Trinity Gaels @ Drumnigh/Balgriffin:
Sharks set out with clear objectives to focus on good passing and strong tackling. An earnest team effort on both fronts from throw-in was maintained by the Clontarf lads through the game. These are key aspects to our game that we will be concentrating on throughout the group over coming months.
Odhran McGuckin was back on duty in midfield after a few weeks in the sick bay and had a very solid day in partnership with Christopher Clarke in midfield. Both lads linked up and supported each other well. They fed our forward line with plenty of ball, took scoring their opportunities well and defended firmly.
Fionn Murphy had an excellent game notably attacking the ball at every opportunity. Paddy Carthy, true to form and robust in defence, tackled and harried well and secured the ball for the team with a superb block down. Ruádhan Maher played well, was always hungry for the ball and hassled the Trinity attack whenever they approached our goal.
Matthew Gillard held the centre back line, marked his man out if the game in a battle of big men that recollected O'Shea v Doheny. Matthew always made a secure option for our kickouts and made a couple of team-led runs into the opposition scoring zone where he was unlucky with a couple of near wides. Stephen O'Byrne worked hard throughout the game, and impressed with a clever ball-winning near-handed tackle. Stephen also exemplified good option selection when he declined a simpler opportunity to shoot for a goal and turned instead to slot the ball over the bar for a three pointer!
James Kiernan was sharp up front, always looking for opportunity to score to add to our tally while James Ferguson picked up two goals for the Sharks before moving into a defensive role in which he played well.
Points to note: Pick-ups need work. A generous referee let a few go to maintain the flow. Also too many frees were given away from firm but clumsy tackling; this kept the opposition scoreline livelier than needed to be.
Clontarf held our dominance and shape through the game. Marking was good. We played good football and most importantly we played as a team. Well done to all the lads.
FALCONS (home) v Templeogue Synge Street:
A slow start, some sloppiness in the tackle and poor hand-passing in the first half, along with failing to get the ball in hand and off the turf led to a number of turnovers and resulting scores for TSS. Despite this, strong play from Miguel Lenihan, Cathal Langan, Yang O'Connor, Sam Tuite and Conor Gahan meant that we were right in it at half time only a score behind. Rhys and Jude also played their part. A few tactical changes and a strong emphasis on eliminating the basic mistakes led to a much improved performance in the second half. The Falcons worked the ball well up the field on numerous occasions and the highlight of the game was a lovely jinking run from Jude that he slotted over for a major score. Matt Lynch was very impressive in defence in the 2nd half and displayed good technique in executing the near-handed tackle. At the other end of the pitch Donnchadh Corrigan contributed 1-2 from as many chances. Dylan Groenewald, Miguel and Sam Tuite lorded most of the possession in the middle third and when TSS did break through the line Cathal Langan made numerous crucial saves to ensure the Falcons closed out the game, Clontarf 2-8 (26) to Templeogue's 3-5 (18).
DOLPHINS (away) v Trinity Gaels:
The Dolphins had a very physical and competitive match against a strong Trinity Gael side. Two key lessons today - we have to put away our chances as we missed some easy frees and squandered a lot of chances - secondly we need to stop giving away frees in scoreable positions from lazy tackling and unnecessary pushes. The Dolphins generated some lovely passing moves and were probably the more skillful of the teams but we lost our shape at the back too often. We lost a high scoring match and was definitely one we left one behind us. Strong performances from Michael Fitz and Aaron. The lads will benefit a lot from playing these close physical matches - lots of positives and the negatives can be worked on in training. Trinity Gaels 34, Clontarf 31.
News: Tuesday, 26th September 2017
*** GUMSHIELDS *** Wearing of a gumshield is mandatory for all training/matches - football AND hurling. Shin-pads should also be worn for Hurling.
*** Teamer Responses are now required by WEDNESDAY evening - To help the mentors picking teams each week, you are now requested to respond (Confirm OR Decline) to Teamer invitations for Matches by 6pm WEDNESDAY evening. Players who respond promptly will considerably improve their chance to get a place in a team. Thanks for your cooperation.
*** EVENING TRAINING: Note that training venue and days/times will change at the start of October when we will revert to our winter training arrangements. For the moment, training continues on TUESDAYS and THURSDAYS @ 6:30PM on Pitch 21, St. Anne's Park, adjacent to Sybill Hill Road. BE ON TIME!!
*** Juvenile Membership is now due - We are renewing juvenile memberships for the coming year (2017-18). There will be a number of evenings at the clubhouse where you can check/update and sign a Registration Form pre-filled with your child's details and pay the fee to renew (card payments accepted). If you have kids in the Nursery at St. Paul's, you can renew there on any of the next few Saturday mornings (9:30am - 11am).
Hurling Match Reports: Saturday, 23rd September 2017
Good work today at Clondalkin where we had 34 boys involved in hurling matches with our 3-team group. Our other group adapted to their new 1-team formation for an away match with St. Peregrine's.
HURRICANES (away) v Round Tower Clondalkin @ Clondalkin Community Centre GAA pitch:
Hurricanes had a good match on both physicality and hurling skill fronts. Down 0-3 to 0-2 at the break, they took the lead in the 2nd half but were edged out by two late RT Clondalkin points to leave a final scoreline of RTC 0-9 to our 1-7 +1 skill-point. Lots of good performances with Rian Marren the stand-out MoTM today at midfield where he was dynamite in the physical challenge and stood up to whatever the opposition threw at him. Great to see! Tadg did well too, as did Michael Fitzsimons and Conor Murray - lots of lads getting stuck in today! The subs bench worked well for us too as we shipped a few knocks but were able to maintain our shape and momentum by rotating players in. Work needed on sideline cuts. We are still weak also on seeing options other than distance pot-shots when pushing forward to create scores.
TYPHOONS (away) v RT Clondalkin:
Typhoons: Very strong performances from Ruadhán, Oran, Finn and Paddy in defence. The 2 Matthews and Kuba were solid as was Sam Power, while Fiachra and Miguel showed that they are gaining in confidence. A lot of ground hurling; we need to push push on getting the ball up into the hand. Good discipline and took a few(nasty) knocks as we pulled away on scoreboard, answered it well with perseverance particularly MOTM Ruadhán. The pitches were very small which led to congestion, but working on the pick up in the same circumstances in training would be worth replicating.
CYCLONES (away) v RT Clondalkin:
The Cyclones were technically better than their opponents but the home side, Round Towers, brought a touch of physicality that Clontarf teams often lack. Our lads struggled with the concepts of marking and tracking back and didn't try to execute the jab lift enough of the time, although Stephen O'Byrne, James Ferguson, Yang O'Connor and Louis Costello were notable exceptions to this. The Clontarf lads did win the game but tougher battles await this team and unless we get the shoulder in, lock and block and chase and harry we might come out the wrong side score-wise. Stephen showed good skill and had some great strikes from his hand - Maith thú, Stephen! James Ferguson had a great work ethic throughout, Rhys scored a couple of nice goals and Matt Lynch contributed well also. Jamie Furey was his usual dependable self and Donnchadh pucked out some great balls from between the sticks.The outstanding player of the day was Yang who excelled in goals and battled away in various outfield positions. We need to work on physically committing to the challenge during the next few weeks.
TORNADOES (away) v St. Peregrine's @ Hartstown:
The Tornadoes travelled to St Peregrines GAA. It was a physical and entertaining encounter with the Hartstown side. The tight pitch kept the action close. Oscar Finnegan scored the first of his three points to open our account in the opening minutes. Following that both sides traded hard earned scores. Oscar, TJ and Zach Foley added points from play. Christopher and Dylan each scored a point from frees. Matthew Cunningham and Ross Byrne each scored a goal. Lifting was challenging in the limited space. Our back line drifted out too far on occasions leaving the door open to the Peregrines attack. Our Backs need to understand the necessity to keep between opposition players and our goal. Our team play was good, the Clontarf lads linked up well with some swift goal to goal plays. Clontarf stepped up a gear to finish out the game strongly. Tough games like this are welcome, with more space this team can thrive.
Football Match Reports: Saturday, 16th September 2017
TEAM was the Theme today for the U10 Boys, all in away football matches, our last as a 5-team group. Key points from the mentors in the team talks were:
1. Work hard to WIN or WIN BACK every ball
2. LOOK UP – Who is working to give me the best option?
3. We are BETTER working together - Keep it RED, and
4. Positive sideline encouragement (from all parents) and limit 'on the ball' coaching. Frees/Sideline ball to be taken by the nearest man.
BOBCATS (away) v St. Sylvesters @ Bridgefield, Malahide: Bobcats are a great bunch of lads who worked very hard all day and marked up very well on the opposition kickout which led to several scores. Strong performances from Ruadhan, Kuba, Fionn, Sam Power and Conor Murray who kicked 8/9 pts. Steady also from Matthew Bryans, Stephen and Joe. Need to work on solo/hop 4 steps, our own kickout and passing, particularly kick-passing, to counter hoofing the ball away so much.
FALCONS (away) v Sylvesters: Sylvesters had a physically stronger team than us today and poor tracking back by midfielders and forwards (thinking the job is done when the ball is out of their area) added to the gulf in class. Our defenders marked well but were overrun continuously in the 1st half. In fairness to Donnchadh and Jamie Furey we would have shipped even more scores but for their great blocks and saves. In the second half Joe McKeon came into midfield and provided the much needed engine and tenacity which spurred on the lads to win the half. Lads chased and harried against a more skilful outfit and Ben Moreau showed his edge on more than one occasion. Strategy for kickouts badly needed, mantra for training is that forwards and midfielders have to pick up their men and chase back when they don't have the ball. No place for pre-Madonnas. Other issues to address are clean catching and pass and go.
EAGLES (away) v St. Sylvesters: Sylvesters today handed the Eagles a bit of a lesson in football smarts. They were an impressive outfit with every man knowing their job and sticking to it. Eagles showed only short glimpses of what they can do together as a team but some of our stronger players' heads and workrates dropped very easily and there was a lot of unwarranted lip back to the referee. Mike McCabe , Louis Magner and Cúán Hargaden all put in very strong, hard-working performances today, with Daniel Gray also solid in defence. Eagles are a great bunch of lads with bundles of ability - perhaps more raw ability than Malahide - but they'll need to show more battling qualities if they're to do it justice as teams progress.
SHARKS (away) v Na Fiana @ Collinstown: Sharks had a tough game today but came out the right side of it in the end. We started slowly (when have we heard that before?!) and let Na Fianna get the better of us in the first half. We weren't fluid on the ball and didn't do enough accurate hand passing. Na Fianna managed to nick the ball from us too many times. We kept the head though, worked better in the second half and got some crucial points in the third quarter which were just enough to sneak the game. To work on: Training together in match teams to emphasise team play, hand passing, sticking to positions and moving the ball into kickable positions (no "hail Mary's"!). Also need to work on spotting and counteracting opposition set pieces and on using some of our own!
DOLPHINS (away) v Na Fianna: Dolphins were way too strong for Na Fianna. Michael Fitz and Dylan Larmer were excellent. Mike ran amok and scored 8 points from play in the first half while Dylan worked his socks off and Na Fianna just couldn't get past him. Fiachra had a couple of really nice passes that split the defence as Miguel was very strong up front. Rian and Matt were solid in defence. James Kiernan was the link man on the half-forward line and had a great game. For most of the second half we played a few men down on Na Fiannas' 10 which was more competitive but still outscored our hosts. Overall a great performance and only criticism would be that a few lads are slow to pick up the ball and soccer skills are evident too much as lads struggle to pick it up under pressure.
News: Tuesday, 12th September 2017
*** TUESDAY 12th FB TRAINING CANCELLED: B2007(U10) GAA football training this evening is cancelled due to rain. :( See you on Thursday! :)
*** RAFFLE for All Ireland Football Final tickets: The Club is running a fundraising raffle with 1st prize: Two Stand tickets and 2nd prize: Two Hill tickets for this Sunday's All Ireland Final between ÁTH CLIATH and MAIGH EO. The Draw will take place in the clubhouse Cúl Doras bar at 10pm on Saturday night. Tickets are EUR10 each. GRMA! to all who have already signed up! You can purchase from the mentors at training this week or online at this link: https://t.co/ck4HQh2KrY
*** EVENING TRAINING: Note that training venue and days/times will change later in September when we will revert to our winter training arrangements. For the moment, training continues on TUESDAYS and THURSDAYS @ 6:30PM on Pitch 21, St. Anne's Park, adjacent to Sybill Hill Road. BE ON TIME!!
Please note, with the warm weather, we encourage parents to provide water for their children to drink while playing matches and training.
A packed morning's hurling action as U10 Boys welcomed teams from Naas and Trinity Gaels to Alfie Byrne Road. We ran a "blitz" on the three available pitches with short games to keep everyone involved. Thanks to our "floor manager" Trevor and our three referees, Ciarán, Stephen and Niall for keeping things moving along to schedule!
Cyclones: Two good wins for Cyclones today against Naas with special mentions for a dogged Jamie Furey at the back and a man of the match scoring performance from Zach Foley up front. Lots of good heads-up decision making and passing. To work on: Room for improvement on blocking and hooking with some lads still shirking and standing off.
Hurricanes: One win one narrow defeat for the Hurricanes. We started both games slowly and came from behind to clinch victory against Trinity Gaels with a last gasp score from TJ Foley. Some great fielding and link up play was the highlight; in addition the Hurricanes made a few blocks in each game. Louis Magner was man of the blitz for his puck outs in the first game and his energetic performance outfield against the Kildare outfit from Naas. To work on: Slow pick ups and poor lift jab technique cost the hurricanes possession on a number of occasions.
Typhoons: 1 win (on skill points) & 1 defeat for Typhoons. Slow to start. Work needed on picking the ball up & striking in the air & keeping it red. There were lots of aimless shots. Highlights: A tale of two Dylans today with excellent tenacious tackling by Dylan Larmer in mid while Dylan Groenewald was outstanding in goal with good reading of the game & long strong puck outs. To work on: Parents please note! - A few knocks today in good, tough hurling games - shin guards would help!
Tornadoes: Two narrow defeats the outcome today against worthy Naas and Trinity Gaels teams. While this team continues to underperform, often squandering good passing options to take pot-shots that are still beyond us, we are starting to see some better position-play and teamwork. Energetic ball-winning shows today from Finn Walsh playing out of defence and Conor Murray who put himself about at wing-forward to get on the ball as the Reds advanced and hassling well for turnovers. To work on: Nearest man takes the free / sideline cut.
Jets: We bounced back from a tough opening encounter with Naas to give a more spirited display against Trinity Gaels. Jude Leyden deserves special mention for a determined and very solid contribution to his team's performance while Ruadhán Maher was once again a powerhouse of balling-winning and attacking play. Power on, Jets! To work on: Lads need to develop more confidence in jab-lifting the sliotar on the move.
News: Tuesday, 5th September 2017
*** MENTORS' MEETING - We are getting together this Wednesday 6th Sept. at 9pm in the Clubhouse (upstairs) to plan out the next few months. Any Parent who would be available to help out even on an occasional basis is very welcome to join us. We are ALWAYS looking for help. Contact Enda Murphy (086 8189716) or any Mentor.
*** Juvenile Membership is now due - We are renewing juvenile memberships for the coming year (2017-18). There will be a number of evenings at the clubhouse where you can sign a pre-filled with your child's details and pay the fee to renew (card payments accepted). If you have kids in the Nursery at St. Paul's, you can renew there on any of the next few Saturday mornings (9:30am - 11am).
Please note, we encourage parents to provide water for their children to drink while playing matches and training.
* Gumshield and Red Clontarf Jersey are required for Football Matches. Hurling: Hurl and Helmet also required. Shin-pads should also be worn . Wearing of a gumshield is mandatory for all football training/matches and is recommended for all sessions, including hurling.
* EVENING TRAINING: is on TUESDAYS and THURSDAYS @ 6:30PM on Pitch 21, St. Anne's Park, adjacent to Sybill Hill Road. BE ON TIME!!
News: Monday, 28th August 2017
*** CHANGE OF THURSDAY TRAINING TIME *** Please note change of venue for Thursday football training - this week only - to St. Paul's College (behind the school, accessed via main school gate).
*** CHANGE OF SATURDAY MATCH TIMES *** Please note change of meeting times for Saturday football matches this week as set out in the table below. Will be confirmed by Teamer invitation. Respond by 6pm Thursday evening.
* SAFETY NOTICE: Please consider Safety First when planning travel to/from training sessions and matches. Boys should not be allowed to travel on their own and should lock their bikes during the session.
* 100K CYCLE : Míle Buiochas! / Many thanks! to those who contributed so generously to our group's fundraising efforts. So far, we have achieved over 80% of our fund-raising target. We will continue fund-raising this term to make up the shortfall. If you wish to contribute or help out in any way with this, contact Enda Murphy.
* "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.
News: Thursday, 24th August 2017
*** CHANGE OF MATCH TIME *** Please note change to 11:15am Meet time at Alfie Byrne Road for home Go Leagues Hurling matches this Saturday 26th *** .
* FÁILTE AT AIS!!! Training (Hurling) resumes this Thursday 24th August, with Hurling matches (see table below) this Saturday 26th. Here is a taster / reminder of where we left off before the summer: (Link) U10 Boys Hurling Blitz 10-Jun-2017 photo montage
* SAFETY NOTICE: Please consider Safety First when planning travel to/from training sessions and matches. Boys should not be allowed to travel on their own and should lock their bikes together during the session.
*** Football Training as usual this THURSDAY *** goes ahead as normal. Hope you can make it along - otherwise: See you on Saturday for Football Matches.
* FÁILTE!! Welcome! - This is our final week of GAA action before the summer break, with all our football teams in matches this Saturday (see table). So, as we look back on what has been another very successful season of developing our skills, we say: Maith sibh, a bhuachaillí! Lovely hurlin'!! Many thanks once again to Trevor for putting this very uplifting piece together. ENJOY!! Link: U10 Boys Hurling Blitz 10-Jun-2017 photo montage
* SAFETY NOTICE: There are reports circulating of some worrying incidents of intimidation and bike theft in the vicinity of St. Anne's Park. With that in mind, please consider Safety First when planning travel to/from training sessions and matches. Boys should lock their bikes together during the session and should not be allowed to travel on their own.
* 100K CYCLE : Míle Buiochas! / Many thanks! to those who contributed so generously to our group's fundraising efforts. So far, we have achieved over 80% of our fund-raising target. We will continue fund-raising this to make up the shortfall. If you wish to contribute or help out in any way with this, contact Enda Murphy.
* EVENING TRAINING: is on TUESDAY and THURSDAY @ 6:30PM on Pitch 21, St. Anne's Park, adjacent to Sybill Hill Road. BE ON TIME!!
Match Reports: 17th June 2017 - Football
Bobcats had a tough assignment out in west Dublin at the home of Jim Gavin's Round Towers. In the 1st half, Clontarf started against the wind and the hill and with the sun in their eyes and were dazzled by their opponents who tackled hard and showed good skills and movement. The half ended 2-4 to 0-2 with 2 skill points each but unfortunately it ended a few seconds too early as Jamie Furey broke through to slot the ball to the net only for the referee to disallow the goal by blowing his half-time whistle. The half-time score would have been much more lopsided but for the towering defensive display by Dylan Groenewald. He tackled like a springbok and offloaded the ball like the late great Joost van der Westhuizen. Elsewhere our marking and chasing back from midfield left a lot to be desired and often left the towers with the easiest of tap overs. The second half was much more competitive with both sides trading scores. "Super-sub" James Lonegan showed some lovely touches and slotted over a few nice scores and was aided and abetted by Stephen Byrne who also kept the scoreboard ticking over. Louis Magner had a good second half and most of the moves from defence came from his efforts. In goals, Yang made a top class save and distributed the ball well and kept it Red most of the time. Cathal and Matthew Bryans worked hard and on another day would have been better rewarded for their efforts. The final score was 2-12 (plus 4 skill points) to 0-6(plus 5 skill points). Lessons to learn: always try to pick up the ball, tighter marking (from midfield especially) take 4 steps into space before attempting to offload. Well done, Boys, on a hot and energy-sapping morning.
EAGLES (away) v Round Tower Clondalkin:
The Eagles had a bruising encounter in Clondalkin on Saturday. No prisoners were taken in a real war. A few early skirmishes meant that engines were running hot from the start and if truth be told, Clontarf would have been better let their football do the talking. Too much complaining and not enough hard work from some of the players. Nonetheless, there were a number of lovely scores from the Reds, knitting together a few eye-catching moves and showing that when they were on task, Clontarf were a much stronger footballing team - exhibiting impressive skill all over the field. The teams remained neck-and-neck throughout. Round Towers had a purple patch in the second half when our kickout strategy went south, but a second half injection of energy from Billy helped the Reds edge the contest despite Towers having an extra man in the second half. A well judged chat from the host mentor at full time reminded the lads that passion was great to see but it was important to leave our rivalries and grievances on the field at the final whistle. All shook hands graciously and returned from the front, battle-hardened heroes with tales to tell from the trenches!
FALCONS (away) v Round Tower Clondalkin:
A powerful performance by the Falcons saw them overcome Round Towers Clondalkin with plenty still in the tank. On a fabulously warm morning for football, the Falcons quickly got into gear with Conor Gahan and Fionn Murphy taking control at midfield and leaving our defenders with very little to do. Points from Fionn, Ben, Jude and Conor were shortly followed by a rampaging run from Ruadhán and a long-range goal. Round Towers were struggling to cope and failed to trouble Donnchadh or Louis C during their spells in goal. A lively second half start by Clondalkin saw them nick a goal as our new defenders for second half were slow to pick up their men. However the Falcons were not to be suppressed and Ruadhán, now out at midfield led the way with a brace of points. Round towers managed two further second half points either side of a goal by Louis and another point from Ruadhan. A fantastic performance from the Falcons but plenty to work on - our wides tally was into double figures along with a couple of missed goal chances in the second half. At times in a hurry to shoot we failed to see a man in a better position, resulting in a missed score. As a team we need not only to encourage each other but talk to each other when someone is better positioned or a pass is needed. Joint man of the match award to Fionn for his first-half display and Ruadhán for his second-half showing.
Well done all. Falcons 2-8 Round Towers 1-2.
** Pitch Directions for Round Tower Clondalkin match (17th June): The games took place on the Community Centre GAA pitches. Take the Naas Road (N7) exit off the M50. Continue for 1km, keeping LEFT to take the Right turn for Clondalkin at Newlands Cross. Continue on that road through 2 sets of traffic lights. You will come to a small roundabout at the entrance to Cherrywood Avenue. Take the Right turn at this roundabout into Cherrywood Ave and the pitch is on your right.
Match Reports: 10th June 2017 - Hurling
Jets @ Naomh Barróg blitz:
A tough first game today for the Jets against a very skilful Naomh Barrog who were better warmed-up than us. We really stood back & failed to compete for the ball. Our backs & midfield didn't mark up allowing NB free reign. The forwards didn't get a sniff of ball and unfortunately we didn't register any scores. The boys were very disheartened however their turn was to come. It could've been a different team playing against Finians (who well beat same NB team). The boys competed wholeheartedly for every ball. Conor Murray was superb in midfield, striking the ball really well from distance & was very unlucky not to register a score. Outstanding defence from Sam & also from Stephen. Tenacious play by Ruadhán who never gave up. A very even well-contested matchin which a superb point from Ross from play put us ahead. Finians responded with a goal & would've got another if it wasn't for an outstanding save from Yang. A well deserved win for the Jets. Many great performances today but Man of the Match was Sam Power who was outstanding as he blocked bravely & chased every ball. Lessons from today - we stood back in the first match, weren't physical enough, poor pick ups, poor marking. Positives - the boys didn't like getting beaten & responded well. We were unlucky we had a few wides which were well struck & could easily have been scores. We must ensure that we warm up properly with group warm up, "match hats on" and then the teams separate to do team drills.
Cyclones @ Naomh Barróg blitz:
The Cyclones played a couple of great games in the Naomh Barrog blitz that resulted in 2 wins out of two matches. The 1st game was very tight and the hosts provided the opposition. Great hooking and blocking by the Cyclones was the standout skill and insured what was lacked in numericals (NB played with an extra man) was more than compensated by grit and determination. Only a goal separated the teams at the end and the score was set up by a lovely ground strike by the live wire Fionn Murphy and finished to the net by Ben Moreau. Ben is one of the most improved boys over the last year and deserved his Man of the Match award. Conor Gahan played a very effective role as sweeper and showed great holding qualities. Cathal Langan was as brave as ever and put himself on the line numerous times. Likewise Kuba took some hard knocks but got back up time and time again. In the second match against the Swords outfit the 1st half was quite even with Cathal contributing the lone score which was a nice goal from a long ball by Conor. The second half saw Donnchadh resume in goals and a nice couple of saves and good puc outs kept the opponents at bay. Score of the day was set up by Conor again. A brilliantly struck side line cut was narrowly going wide only to be stopped by Jamie Furey who cut nicely back to finish to the net. A Tyrone man on the sideline remarked that he hadn't seen such a great goal since "Peter the Great" broke Kerry hearts in 2005. That goal lifted the Cyclones to record an emphatic win of 6-0 to 1-0. (2 Goals from Kuba and 2 from Cathal in the second period ) So the big plusses were tight marking, great blocking and excellent ground striking. Work over the summer needs to be done on the 2-handed jab lift and hand-passing accurately. Well done Cyclones!
Hurricanes @ Naomh Barróg blitz:
The Hurricanes finished the year on a high with two hard-earned victories on Saturday in the Barróg blitz. First up was a bruising encounter with the hosts where the whole team worked hard from the throw-in and were much more clinical in pointing from distance. 1-5 to 0-1 was the final score. The following game saw a real ding-dong with Finians who brought height to the fight but were overcome by the superior hunger of the Reds. One point in particular by Billy Shouldice demands a mention - taking a neat pass from Odhran, controlling it with the stick into his gluey hands, then bouncing the sliotar first off the ground before tapping it on the hurl - then lashing the ball over the black spot. DJ Carey would have been proud of it ! Final score 1-2 to 1-1. Room for improvement over the long Summer might be on the speed of pick ups and the commitment to full blooded blocking but if we could bottle the bottle they showed today, there’ll be plenty of good days ahead!
Clontarf 2 - O'Tooles U10 H Blitz:
Clontarf 2 (blended team) played three tight games against opposition teams from Raheny and our welcoming hosts O’Tooles. The playing surface in Airfield was superb and would grace any championship field. After a stuttering start, Clontarf 2 opened a with scores from Christopher, Oran and Matthew Cunningham. After securing wins against Raheny 1 and O’Tooles’ 2, Clontarf 2 were determined to hold the winning line. We again continued the momentum and started strongly against Raheny 2 going two goals up before half time. Raheny then came back strong with a barrage of scores leaving Clontarf trailing. With two minutes to go we needed two points to level the game, the lads dug deep. A superb high fielding catch by Matthew Gillard followed by a colossal strike into the waiting hands of Oran who then split the posts for a turn around point. Raheny responded quickly with a long ball into our half. A stern Clontarf challenge resulted in a free to Raheny. With seconds to go Raheny mis-hit the free, quick thinking Dylan Lydon ran in, tapped the ball ahead and with a quick pick and strike from just inside the Raheny half delivered a huge point for Clontarf to level the game at 2-2; 2-2.
Well done to all the boys: Paddy; Matthew Cunningham; Oran; Matthew Gillard; Christopher; Dylan Lydon; Thomas and James Ferguson; it was a great team effort. The boys finished this half of the Under 10 season strongly with a fine display of skills learned since Christmas. Communication was positive, the boys listened and did their jobs well. There was a general willingness to get close to the ball. Our hooks, blocks and tackles were good and complimented by the O’Toole’s Bainisteoir. General play was fluid, our pick ups and striking on the run was improving and players generally linked up well with several long passes held in the hand.
Each boy’s progress during this year has been very good. The summer months will provide a great opportunity for all to work on individual skills which will help us press on again in September. Keep up the good work lads!
Match Reports: 27th & 28th May 2017 - Football
Visit of St. Peter's GAA, Warrenpoint, Sun 28th May:
The U8 and U10 Boys' groups combined to host a visit from St. Peter's GAA, Warrenpoint on Sunday 28th May at Pitch 34 and 35. We were delighted to get our first chance to play football matches on the "field of dreams" and the weather also obliged with a fine, dry morning - in contrast to Saturday's heavy rain. The Warrenpoint team bus was a little delayed and the Clontarf mentors had a chance to ensure their teams were well warmed-up as we waited patiently for the vistors to arrive. As the bus pulled up, the sun broke through to shine down on our combined 120 players and we had some great matches in which there was plenty of footballing skill and team-work on display both from the home sides and from the boys and girls of St. Peter's alike. "Maith sibh!" to our Go Games referees Jake, Matthew, Kevon, Eoghan, Stephen and Ciarán who did a great job and who really added to the occasion and allowed all the mentors to focus on looking after their teams. After some pitch-side refreshments, the Warrenpoint group boarded their bus once more to head into Croke Park for their stadium tour.
It was great to see that St. Peter's have such big numbers at this age-group and - Brexit or no! - we hope that this meeting was just the beginning of a long friendship between our clubs, especially at juvenile level. Thanks to Pádraig Giles and to Johnny, Shane, Tommy, Paul, and all the St. Peter's mentors and parents for making it happen.
A special shout out to Oran's mam, Sinead Morgan, and her catering team "Par Excellence" who served up tea, coffees, sandwiches and other delicious treats for the visiting mentors and parents. We hope the bridges will soon be mended with their Clontarf friends whom they had to fight off to ensure all the visiting mentors and parents got some sustance before they loaded up their 60 boys and girls onto the bus for the next leg of their trip. We will do our best to bring a cuppa for the home parents as well the next time!! Thanks also to all the B2007 and B2009 parents who helped out in whatever way to setup & break down the pitches, look after the teams, supervise the refreshments, tidy up afterwards, etc.. And finally, GRMA to Chairman Donal Nolan and to Hughie Farrelly for their logistical support with all the portable goals.
Match reports for Sun 28th May (home) Football Challenge v St. Peter's, Warrenpoint:
U10s WHITE team:
The efforts of the visiting Warrenpoint team paled into insignificance against the pristine and pure football played by the Whites on Sunday. It was a joy to watch every man on the pitch play to their full potential as they eased to two impressive victories. In midfield Cúán and Odhran Mc Guckin formed an industrious partnership, providing a continuous supply of precision ball - the ideal platform for the silky scoring skills of Conor Murray and TJ Foley. Meanwhile Oran Ward was a constant threat around the square and was released into space time and time again. The way in which our midfield and forwards looked up and worked the right option on every play showed a real maturity. Meanwhile at the back, the little and large show saw Matthew Gillard play as a supreme sweeper while Joe Mc Keon and Ben Moreau bossed two huge fellas that were nearly twice their size. In goals, Donnchadh Corrigan exhibited exceptional decision making and had 100% retention of possession on the red kick outs. The games were more evenly matched than the scoreboard suggests but it was one of those days where every option the lads chose was the right one and their talent, hard work and sweat converted into a festival of scores. The first game finished 0-10 (30) to 1-0. (1). The second game was 1-9 (28) to 0-1 (1). Champagne stuff!!
U10s RED team:
The Red team had a tough encounter in their first match against a Warrenpoint side with some strong ball-carriers who dominated the midfield and used that as a platform to build an impressive tally of pointed scores. In their second game, the Reds fared better as they worked hard together to produce some really excellent team-plays and come away with the upper hand. A play which was typical of Clontarf's battling performance came at the end of the game when Pádraic put his body on the line in a full-stretch block against the Warrenpoint full back which Pádraic took straight in the face (definitely hurt!) and from which we scored a goal as he played on even though he had the option to come off. Nice also to see one of the St. Peter's players make a point of shaking hands after the game with the referee and each of the Clontarf mentors!
U10's BLUE team:
Clontarf dominated from the outset in their first game which was quite a mismatch. Although impressive to see the fluency with which Dylan Groenewald, Christopher, Jamie and Paddy "The Rock" Carthy mopped up to deliver to linkmen Billy and Dylan Lydon, in turn releasing the lethal strike-force of Zach, Ruadhán, James F and Ethan, we eventually withdrew some of our heavy artillery to introduce some balance to the play as the St. Peter's side battled bravely right to the final whistle. The Clontarf BLUEs' second match was a more a meeting of equals as the visiting Blue Scirocco from Carlingford-side met Clontarf's Blue Lightning in a titanic struggle from which the home side emerged unbowed.
U10 Boys Go Games Football Match reports (Sat. 27th May):
SHARKS (away) v Erin Go Bragh @ Hazeltown Park:
A great team display by the Sharks today in torrential rain in Clonee. The boys competed for every ball & worked the short pass really well. Sharks took an early lead & were never really threatened. Almost nothing got through our strong defence today & Sharks were unfortunate to concede a late goal. Aaron Murphy was everywhere today, defending, attacking & scoring. Rian showed great strength in defence & midfield. James Ferguson had a superb game, scoring a few goals & points including a beautiful point hand passed over the bar. Hats off to the lads - they were brilliant in tough conditions & not one complaint. A good win but as coach Seamus said they will have tougher matches! To work on : keeping it red & using the short pass. We had a few wides today which could easily have been scores if the short pass was used.
FALCONS (away) v Clanna Gael Fontenoy:
There was a lot to write home about in an impressive display by the Falcons against Clann na Gael Fontenoy on Saturday. Full back Ruadhán Maher imposed himself from the off and swept up every ball that came his way. Elsewhere on the field, marking was a little loose and tracking back absent in the first half, but there was a marked improvement after the resumption. Ben and Jude competed tigerishly at the back. Matthew Bryans and Conor Gahan were full of running in midfield while up front Donnchadh Corrigan, Matt Lynch and Rhys were buzzy and engaged. Midfield’s Fionn Murphy was the star man, with a technically flawless display of textbook pick-ups, passes, scoring and blocking. A bloodless victory in the end for a Clontarf team that got better and better as the game progressed. With a quicker start, the sky’s the limit for the Falcons.
BOBCATS (Away) v Clanna Gael Fontenoy @ Sean Moore Road:
Bobcats struggled to get started in the wet conditions today as the opposition adjusted better and hit us with with three excellent overs in the first 5 minutes. In defence, players too often ran goalwards rather than pick up the opposing players. At one stage there were four Clann players all free within kickable distance from our goals, while we were all marking each other in front of goal! Clanna Gael also managed often to send their defensive marker the wrong way when we should have closed the door to force the attacking ball-carrier out to the sideline; this was a by-product of our loose marking as we found ourselves running out to defend and tended to overshoot or be easily wrong-footed as the attacker just had to step inside unchallenged to a central scoring position. When we settled got up in search of scores we found chances to follow up with another - when we contested the Clanna Gael kick out. In shooting for scores, we had more wides in this match than what we scored, while the opposition were more accurate from the boot and only missed a few. At halftime, guest-coach Francois urged the team to go short and then work the ball up the pitch - and this tactic worked very well for a while but was soon forgotten as we reverted to our previous, less effective style of "one track mind" play! In the second half we did manage to dominate the play more for a period, but still made heavy work of building from our own back-line and could not maintain our energy levels to get up the pitch as we handed over possession way to easily. Our players ran out of steam with Clanna Gael team able to subsitute and bring in fresh legs. Zach, Jamie, Cathal and Sam Power all made good contributions today but we need to focus on some parts of our play that will help us work better both in individual roles and as a team.
To work on:
1. An exercise for defenders to closely track our man and to practise forcing the attacker out wide.
2. Focus on decision-making in attack so the ball-carrier is looking up for passing options to another Red in a better scoring position when having a go ourselves from distance is too much of a "long shot".
3. Goal-kicks into the hands of our players in the opposition's half.
EAGLES (away) v Clanna Gael Fontenoy @ Sean Moore Road:
Eagles started sluggishly today with slack marking and low an energy while Clanna Gael showed intent and accuracy to kick 1-2 with no reply. Clontarf also created scoring chances but were over-ambitious with attempts from distance when a pass inside was the better option. When Billy switched out of goal to midfield, we steadied the ship and asserted ourselves more as we marked tighter and stepped up the commitment to winning the ball. Cúán and Kuba and Odhran put their markers under lock and key while Conor Murray fielded well on lofted-in balls. With our defence locked down, Sam Tuite and Odhran at midfield spotted passing options & used them well to keep more possession. With Reds beginning to combine well, Billy's finishing accuracy had put us back in the game by the break. HT: CnaGF 3-3(12), CT 0-3(9). After the half-time talk, the Eagles ket up the intensity and piled on pressure in the Clann half to score four overs "on the bounce". Billy made his usual stalwart contribution on the field and on the scoreboard and continued covering the ground to mop up possession until late in the game; as the Red tide shifted to sweep from Clontarf and engulf the Beach Road shore, the home side's frustration grew and Billy also drew some unwelcome "attention" from the Blues. But he picked himself up & gave his answer with grit and footballing skill. Having carved out some incisive runs in the first half (unlucky not to convert), Finn Walsh gave the outstanding performance of when he dropped into the back-line for the second half. There he gave a magnificent, energetic display of defensive skills to play a large part in curbing the Clanna Gael's scoring threat as Clontarf overhauled the home side by 9 scores to their 5 in this period. An impressive tally from play against a sometimes on-the-edge Clanna Gael side whose physical presence and footballing skill made them worthy opposition. Built upon a rock-solid supply of booming goal-kicks from Billy, Pádraic and TJ, our tally included some fine team-worked scores confidently finished by Conor M, TJ and Odhran. Thanks to CnaG-men Oisin and Daniel who each played a half for us. FT: CnaGF 5-7(26), CT 0-12(36).
Match Reports: Saturday, 20th May 2017 - Hurling
Dublin Community Games U11 Hurling:
Comhghairdeas! to the U11 Boys Community Games hurling team, silver medallists in the Dublin games, who came up against a very skillful Marino side in their Final last Monday. It wasn't their night but they had a great run in the competition, with lots to build from for next year's competition - and to go at least one better! #CluainTarbhAbú!
Go Leagues Hurling Matches - Saturday, 20th May:
TORNADOES (away) v Parnells @ Chanel, Coolock:
Tornadoes dominated Parnells with the emphasis put on competing for the sliothar, marking up and keeping the sliothar moving on the astro surface. Strong puck outs from Oran/Christopher were the start of most of our attacks. In the second half Parnells played with an extra man but the Tornadoes remained on top with Ethan doing a man marking job on Parnells main threat in midfield. Scores spread throughout the team with notable contributions from Matthew and Oscar. Final score 10-5 to 5-2 to Clontarf.
TYPHOONS (away) v Parnells:
Typhoons started with 9 players including a temporary Parnells volunteer. We lost him early in the first half but held our ground and worked hard to a man to fill the gaps. We played the rest of the game with 8 v 10 Parnells. It was a fair enough test for our lads. Clontarf clearly dominated in exchanges through the first half but unfortunately our converted scores were low. We scored to 2:0 to Parnells 1:1 at half time.
It was a big ask to keep up our momentum playing into the wind in the second half. The extra Parnells players began to claim advantage as Clontarf tired. It was a good flowing, tough match. The boys in red were up for the challenge. The boys lifted the sliotar quickly; challenged every ball; passed fluidly - three high catches from Thomas and Aaron were highlights. Sideline cuts generally worked well. Puck outs were strong and directed wide to space. Rian was like Lord Commander of the Nights Watch, flanked by his able lieutenants Michael and Miguel. Thomas and Aaron marshalled the midfield. While James; Fiachra and Ben harried and up front. We scored some great goals but were lacking points in the final tally. We scored a final 4:0 to Parnells 2:4. It was a brave display and the lads deserve great credit for playing hard to the end despite uneven numbers. A final few words from the opposition coach who highly complimented the lads for their excellent skills and how they played the game. Typhoons hurled today, well done lads.
JETS (away) v Fingallians:
Fingallians cooled the Jets in the 1st half of this contest and it would have been a larger margin but for the stout defensive display by Matthew Bryans and Ruadhan Maher. Finn Walsh started between the sticks and played some tactical puck outs to the wings but chances to attack were limited due to the numerical advantage that the fingallians enjoyed. The half ended 2-2 to 0-1 in favour of the home side with the single score registered by Clontarf being a fantastic high field by the live wire Finn Walsh. The Jets did hook and block and hassle throughout the half but unfortunately no scores for this effort was officially recognised. The second half commenced with the numerical advantage nullified by "mutual consent" and the game was much more even. Stephen OByrne and Kuba Markowicz were heroic during their stints in goals and Zach Foley worked tirelessly upfront as did Sam Power who put his body on the line and got stuck in, despite their best efforts the Jets couldn't find the momentum to threaten the scoreboard and the game finished 4-2 to 1-2. Man of the match without doubt goes to Matthew Bryan who ran and chased all day and showed lovely skill in picking the ball off the ground at every opportunity. Great tenacity was shown by the Jets that will stand them in good stead in future battles.
CYCLONES (away) v Fingallians @ Balheary:
Cyclones were missing a few players today but started with Pádraic in goal and borrowed a Fingallians player for the first half.
With Jamie and Yang in defence, Dylan G and Cathal were joined at midfield by Fingallian's Callum while Matt and Rhys set to work keeping the Fingallians backs busy. Sustained pressure & ball-winning at midfield were the key giving us a lot of ball into the Fingallians end of the pitch and Clontarf pushed ahead with Cathal and Dylan registering scores. Cathal had a "65" chance to extend our lead and struck it well but the ball drifted just to the right. Rhys also stepped up for a "65" and, while the intial shot let him down, he reacted quickly to push the sliotar forward to the waiting Clontarf forward-line who scrambled it over the Fingallians goal-line. HT: Clontarf 3-0, Fingallians 1-0.
At the restart, our backs and forward line switched roles as Cyclones played a man down on Fingallians. Cathal once more bossed midfield and Dylan and Jamie formed a great partnership which netted us four more goals. As we heaped on the attacks, we pushed up-field in numbers and we lost our shape in defence; while Matt doubled back at speed once to close off what would have been a certain score by the home side, we were left vulnerable if Fingallians could just shake off our strangle-hold on the game. Break the siege they did and came back to show the value of going for your point as the single "over" of the game pulled them back to trail by just a single score. Cyclones held on, though, to record a well-deserved win, FT: Cyclones 7-0(7), Fingallians 3-1(6).
Well done to all for great team-work today. MOTM contenders Cathal, Dylan G and Jamie brought energy to the game and kept going from start to finish. Yang and Dylan deserve a noble mention for strong lifting and striking of the sliotar to repel Fingallians attacks and put the pressure back on the opposing defence.
Positives from this game: Our work-rate today was excellent; great to see the lads working together to push the pull out of the "ruck" to a free Clontarf player. Sideline cuts also worked well.
To work on: While our ground-hurling was very strong today, lifting the ball when we have space to strike from the hand will gain us more distance. Marking in defence is still loose and will be punished by stronger opposition.
HURRICANES V Fingallians (Balheary):
A valiant effort was put in by all the boys against a strong Fingallians opposition. With a man less and against the wind, the match remained scoreless for the first 15 minutes. This was as a result of tenacious tackling, blocking and excellent man marking by Conor M, Louis M and James L in defence assisted by Cúán in his sweeping role. Fingallians pressure eventually told with a few late scores and two frees in front of the posts! Billy managed a strike against the wind to leave the half time score at 3-2 to 0-1.
The second half effort was no less committed with Sam T, Fionn, and TJ taking up where Conor, Louis and James had left off in the first half. Sam and Fionn in particular repelling many Fingallians attacks. Hurricanes used the wind well and this was a much more even half. A few high catches from Billy led to a few more points but the score of the day was a side line cut over the bar by one of the Fingallians lads. An injured Pádraic joined the troops in goal late on to even up the numbers and his puck outs were a constant threat but time ran out on this brave and admirable effort. Final score 4-5 to 0-3.
Positives – Blocking, hooking and man marking. Preventing the opposition from getting the sliotar to hand. Also calling out each other’s names. General teamwork.
Areas for Improvement – Avoid giving away unnecessary frees (especially in scoring positions). Work on striking the sliotar while on the run. Striking accuracy needs attention.
Well done all!
Match Reports: Saturday, 13th May 2017 - Football
Comhghairdeas! to U10 Boys: Pàdraic, Finn, Billy and Odhran and all the U11 Boys Hurlers who won their semi-final v Iona (Na Fianna) on Wednesday to reach the Dublin Community Games Final v Marino (St. Vincents) this Monday, 15th May at Pitch 30, 7:30pm. All support welcome! #KeepItRed!
Go Leagues Football Matches - Saturday, 13th May:
SHARKS (home) v Whitehall Colmcilles:
With a focus on making a quick start and teamwork the Sharks showed their teeth with a goal from Miguel in the first minute. Within minutes again Fiachra found the net. With constant pressure from Clontarf, Whitehall with a man down found nearly impossible to respond. As the first quarter finished, Oran Ward was happy to volunteer to play with Whitehall to even up the stakes. Oran quickly found the back of the net with an attack led from midfield. Shortly afterwards a point sailed over the bar from Oran's right boot. We had a game on our hands. Oran was difficult to contain and posed a consistent threat but Clontarf kept control of the game. Midfield commander Matthew Gillard was a constant presence, ably supported in defence by Rian Marren. The pair struck a fearsome challenge to the Whitehall attack. Paddy Carthy scored two skill points for outstanding blocks. Further scores came from Fiachra; Ross; James and Miguel. We generally moved the ball well but on occasions missed opportunities to pass to better positioned players. We were penalised a couple of times for picking up the ball straight of the ground. In a closer game this could have been costly. Kick outs were generally good. Marking up is still not instinctive but generally the Sharks kept it 'shoulder tight' when asked. Fiachra was like a second shadow to Oran Ward for the final 10 minutes and successfully stemmed any further challenge from the Clontarf man in white.
EAGLES (away) v St. Sylvesters, Malahide:
Following previous games where the Eagles have been slow to start, today they got going right from the throw in. Some good passing and interplay between Billy, James L and Zach saw the Eagles notch the first score of the game, a well taken point. However our opponents were not shy when it came to breaking quickly and soon showed there own skills with some well taken points. Our loose marking and failure to track back allowed Syls to get on top, but only just as well taken scores from Zach, Billy and James L kept us well in the game. A fine save by Daniel and some excellent last ditch defending from Padraic and TJ kept Syls out to leave the half time score at 2-6(20) to 0-6-1(19), the Eagles also getting a skill point for a high catch through Odhran. The second half was nip and tuck and but for a bit of wayward shooting the Eagles could easily have finished on top. Playing the last ten minutes a man down due to injury meant the Eagles were always up against it. At times when attacking our passing and looking up for a man was fantastic, creating space, an overlap and scoring opportunities. At times however our marking and tracking back let us down and loosed Syls an overlap and time to shoot. We need to cut out the attempts at the flick-pick-up, six or seven possessions we should have had were lost, many in attacking positions costing us scores. Things to work on - * Kick out strategies and giving the keeper an option. * Tracking back and marking up - if s defender makes a great burst forward our midfielders need to think to cover back and not overcommit. * Clean pick ups and retaining our own possession. Things to be proud of - This was the most impressive display of passing, foot and hand, by the Eagles to date. All players can take credit for this as each and everyone contributed. More of the same please and the wins will come. Final score Syls 5-11(38) Eagles 3-09-01(31)
BOBCATS (away) v St. Sylvesters Malahide:
A super performance on Saturday as the Bobcats purred in Malahide, pouncing on their St. Sylvesters prey from the throw in. At the back Sam and Yang were disciplined and sticky. In the midfield JJ, Louis M and Cuan were dominant. Up front Stephen O’B and Conor Murray seemed to unleash telepathic powers while Matthew Bryans posed a constant goal threat in the second half. The real positives were team work and hard work as well as the ability to look up and find the right option. At one point Clontarf's aggressive marking at the opponents kick outs besieged the Syls' goal and harvested 4 points in a row without any Blue possession. More like tigers than bobcats! Room for improvement on the occasional reluctance to bend the back to get ball to hand. Some lovely flick pick-ups look good in the slow-mo montages but will be punished by stronger opposition. The eye catching man of the match was Conor Murray whose score-taking display reminded one of Maurice Fitz in his pomp. Final score 6-10 to 2-04. Big thanks to Matthew Bryans and Louis Magner who wore blue for a half each.
FALCONS v St. Sylvesters:
"Falcons fall short of Flying Without Wings as St. Sylvesters Raise Themselves Up"
Falcons got stuck in from the throw-in and marked up well. With a downhill advantage, we heaped pressure on the St. Sylvesters defence & worked as a team to create point-scoring chances. Our shooting let us down a little as we failed to convert overs but Clontarf got the scoreboard moving with two goals from intense battling by Cathal and Ben who punished Syls defense for not clearing the Red danger. When Malahide break out of their half from kickouts, Matt and Ruadhán degended solidly and marked closely to boss the Blues off the ball. Jamie and Dylan attacked well at midfield but we were vulnerable on counter-attacks & slow to track back so our backs were often pulled out-field trying to close down Syls advances. Rhys played the first half in the blue & green jersey and was a constant threat when the play moved up-field towards Clontarf's goal. Donnchadh in goal showed good judgement, advancing to meet the ball and close down the Malahide attacks and Keeping It Red on kickouts. Score of the half came from a midfield Clontarf free which Cathal plucked from the air, beat 2 defenders and hand-passed to Dylan who booted it squarely over the bar. Soon after, though, we conceded a sucker-punch as we were caught napping in the Syls half and a long ball to their unmarked front line gifted the Blues their second 3-pointer to level the match at HT: CT 3-1(6), Syls 0-2(6). The Falcons' mood was upbeat at the break. Jamie gamely played half for Malahide and Rhys took manned our goal where he was a busy man from the restart as Sylvesters exploited the downhill to pin us in our half. With our defence under sustained pressure, the large pitch and hill took their toll and our midfield presence faded due to tired legs as Malahide took some well-worked overs. Our heads never dropped but our performance tailed off as Sylvesters easily recycled ball to take point-scoring chances like Clontarf had failed to convert in our dominant first half. The Falcons battled bravely to the final whistle and Donnchadh was unlucky not to register a couple of overs in the last minutes. FT: CT 3-1-1sp(7), St. Sylvesters 1-7(22). Things to work on: Steady the feet to take your point; heads-up games reinforce tracking the play. Usual suspects: referee must a see clean hand-pass and toe under for the pick up.
DOLPHINS (home) v Whitehall Colmcilles:
It was a solid functional performance against Whitehall this Saturday for the Dolphins. Strong emphasis for the prematch talk centred on physically imposing ourselves on the opposition from the start, marking up and keeping the ball. The lads clearly took note as we took the lead early on and kept it. Some notable performances include a hat-trick of points from the right hand corner from Matthew Cunningham in the first half, great midfield play from Tadg and Oscar winning most of the 50:50 ball which disrupted any rhythm of play from the opposition, some quick-pass interplay from defence all the way to the forwards from Christopher and Conor to Tadg and Michael, some long clearances from Dylan that set up points for Ethan and Matthew and some great saves and clearances from Conor when in goal. Whitehall pushed hard in the second half but we kept our noses in front and came out on top. Slight confusion over the refs signals on scoring but the final score was 3-9 to 3-7.
Community Games (U11) Hurling, Wed. 3rd May:
Comhghairdeas to Billy, Odhran, Pádraic and Finn and all the U11 boys who gave a masterful display of hurling against Lucan to close out an emphatic 3-5(14) to 1-1(4) win on Pitch 30 last Wednesday evening, including goals from Finn and Billy. Their reward: a semi-final pairing with Iona (Na Fianna) this coming Weds. 10th May @ 7:15pm at St. Paul's College. Support welcome!
Go Leagues Hurling matches, Sat. 6th May:
JETS (home) v Cuala:
’Twas a game of two halves for the Jets on Saturday against Cuala. The twin pillars in defence of Cathal Langan and Finn Walsh kept the reds in the game in the opening minutes - their display of tight marking was delivered with an air of authority and aggression. But further out the field the Dalkey outfit won too much uncontested ball and a few of the lads simply looked like they wanted to be elsewhere. Cuala packed a few lovely hurlers into the centre of the park and they boomed long strike after long strike down on our besieged defence. In the second half, everyone put their shoulder to the wheel and suddenly Clontarf brought the match to their southside guests. A super goal by James Kiernan, high catch skill points for Conor Murray and a 'leave it all out there’ effort from Cúán turned the tide. Meanwhile Stephen came into the game from corner forward - even when his marker stole his left boot - and Matthew Bryans started to impose himself on the action. Joe Mc Keon stood between the posts and saved a few certain goals with quick reactions. His lightning instincts and thunderous puck outs was worth 3 or 4 points to the team as Clontarf won the second half. Definite work to be done on making a quicker, more disciplined start and we were a little behind our opponents on striking skills from the hand. Man of the match to Cathal Langan who hit the heights and looked very comfortable, bossing and containing a man six inches taller than himself.
TYPHOONS (away) v Fingallians:
A solid workman like performance today for the Typhoons against Fingallians in Swords as the lads put into practice many of the skills that have been instilled in them over the last number of weeks. The lads marked up really well, were more often than not first to the ball and kept possession. The skills learnt in the heads up game certainly came to the fore. Aaron got the Typhoons onto the scoreboard with a great goal from a hotly contested ball in the box. This was followed up with an excellent point from Matthew Cunningham from the right hand side. Matthew had a fantastic game and put two further points on the scoreboard either side of the half time break. Matthew Gillard and Rian were really good in midfield and defense and broke up many attempts from the home side to get on the scoreboard. Matthew Gillard also scored a great point from mid-field. Solid work also from Paddy and Fiachra meant Fins never really threatened. Aaron scored another point and bookended the match with a fine goal. Final score 2-0 to 2-5. We were short numbers today so big thanks to Fingallian lads who helped balance the teams in first and second half.
HURRICANES (home) v Cuala:
Game of 2 halves also for Hurricanes as Cuala played well in first half to lead for a while by 3 points to 1 goal. Clontarf were slow to mark the opposition and left too much space for the Cuala forwards, James Lonergan batted away many attacks to leave us in the game as goals from Sam, Daniel and Odhran with a point from Billy to leave team trailing by 9 -8 at half time. Boys listened very well to instructions at the interval to work together, mark up and support each other. Louis and Daniel controlled the defence to repel Cuala attacks with Padraic and Sam alternating in goals with some great saves and strong puck outs. Billy and Odhran controlled midfield, while James scored 2 lovely points, Zach worked really hard in the forwards while Billy took some really good scores to push us ahead. The eventual score 6-6 (26) to 1- 4 (13), a very strong team performance from James, Billy, Odhran, Daniel, Padraic, Sam, Louis and Zach. Areas to work on: striking on the run, free taking, first touch.
CYCLONES (home) v Cuala:
With a focus on marking up for the second half some excellent defensive work from Louis C, Rhys and Ben kept Cuala at bay for long spells. Ben's long clearances from goal gave great relief to the Cyclones back-line, while Donnchadh and Jude hassled and harried up front. Special mention to Conor G and Dylan G - fantastic displays in midfield, striking from hand or on the ground when needed, the two lads covered back, tackled and won the ball even in apparent lost causes. Well done lads.
Despite the Cyclones being on top for most of second half, Cuala nicked a couple of late goals for a final score of 5-2 to 5-0 for Cuala.
To a man the Cyclones got stuck, tackled and gave a hundred percent effort.
Things to work on - getting ball in hand and striking under pressure.
Well done Cyclones!
TORNADOES (away) v Fingallians:
Tornadoes (2:3) v fingallians (2:11). Another game of two halves. We were very slow to start, didn't mark up in midfield and allowed Fingallians to get some early points. Fingallians were picking the ball up and shooting very well. We failed to block or hook & generally we stood back & left them to it. Surprisingly, given that blocks are improving in training, the boys were very half hearted in their attempts to block. A good talk by Seamus at half time, some key switches & the introduction of Tadg in midfield made for a different 2nd half. We challenged more for the ball, marked tighter but unfortunately we had a fair few wides. On the plus side - Fingallians had far fewer scores in the second half, excellent goalkeeping on display from Ethan, he made super saves & his puck outs were very strong, Lovely hand pass from Ross to Oran who put it over the bar & a magnificent point from a free from Oscar from the far end of the pitch. Man of the match has to be Ethan who is going from strength to strength. Things to work on - blocking particularly getting in close, marking up & making a better start to every game. More support from parents as umpires would also be helpful.
Match Reports: Saturday, 29th April 2017 - Football
Clontarf U10 Community Games Football (away) v Malahide:
Clontarf U10's team drawn from the combined 2007 and 2008 Boys squads took on Malahide on Friday, 28th April, at Bridgefield, Malahide. The home side started strongly but once we got our hands on the ball we began to show our wares. Some great football played on a big pitch. We gathered a promising lead and things looked hopeful. Malahide in fairness kept us in sight and kept ticking over the score board. All in all, very even in the first half. Managing the bench was challenging and as players tired and were rotated our shape unravelled somewhat. We were exposed a couple of critical times on kick outs and bossed off the ball a couple of times. Malahide had a purple patch in the second half that stretched their lead. Clontarf did very well but unfortunately came out on the wrong end of the result. 6:5 to 3:3 in the end. All very disappointed, some tears - but you have to taste defeat before you can savour the victory! Hopefully it was a good experience for all. Thanks to all who came out to support. Well done to Luke, Billy, Daniel and Senan who slotted in so well from the 2008 Boys group. Good luck to our Community Games U11 hurlers this Wednesday on Pitch 30 at 7pm v Lucan!
U10 Go Leagues Football matches, Saturday 29th April:
EAGLES (home) v Lucan Sarsfields:
A very well drilled Lucan team came to Clontarf this Saturday morning and served up a lesson in how football should be played. Right from the get go Lucan had Clontarf on the back foot with a couple of well worked hand passed scores. Loose marking and hesitancy on the ball meant we struggled all over the pitch. Lucan always seemed to be able to find the free man and once they created the overlap they exploited it with aplomb. Half time couldn't come quick enough and the chance to re group. Second half was much improved, tighter marking and a big lift in general endeavour Billy, Padraic and Finn Walsh tapped over a few scores to stem the flow. Daniel, Cuan and Mike got a better grip in defence. Kuba, Conor and Odhran started to pass with more effect. A bit of pride was recovered. Final score LS 4-11, CT 1-8.
Homework: Back & Forwards drills for better marking, hand passing to man in space
FALCONS (home) v Lucan Sarsfields:
Short story to this game: Falcons dominated from start to finish with a final score of 5-13 Lucan Sarsfield 1-2.
BOBCATS (home) v Lucan:
Bobcats had terrible first half with lack of marking, poor concentration and low effort being the hallmarks of our performance. Lucan took full advantage and we were 0-4 down before a Clontarf man made a tackle or stood shoulder to shoulder with the opposition. The second half was better, with much improved effort, but with the job done, Lucan were happy to make some changes and withdraw some of their fire-power. We definitely need to work on marking, with backs and forwards training a good idea.
DOLPHINS & SHARKS (away) v St Vincents:
A mixed day for the away teams. Dolphins were very slow to start and had a poor first half; better in the second half but, against a stiff breeze, left ourselves too much to do on the scoresheet. The Sharks did very well; a slow start but once we got going registered 2-9 to 1-2. Dylan Larmer, Christopher, Thomas, Paddy and Rian all did well today.
Match Reports: Saturday, 8th April 2017 - Hurling
Please note, especially as weather warms up, we would encourage parents to provide water for their children to drink while playing matches and training.
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!