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News: Monday, 22nd May 2017
* FÁILTE!! Welcome! - We have Football Training this Tuesday and Thursday with all teams Away for Go Leagues FB matches this Saturday.
* Visit from Warrenpoint GAA - Clontarf will host 3 x U10 and 3 x U8 teams from Warrenpoint this Sunday for football on Pitches 34 and 35. Clontarf teams are now full for these matches. Respond to the Teamer invitation sent out last week if you wish to go on Standby.
* 100K CYCLE : Thanks for your support. Please return your Sponsorship Cards and money ASAP to Enda or any Boys 2007 Mentor.
* Dublin Community Games: Comhghairdeas! to the U11 Boys hurling team (including Billy, Odhran, Pádraic and Finn) who reached the Final of the Dublin Community Games. They had a great run in the competition but met a very strong Marino (St. Vincent's) team in Final on Monday, 15th May. Maith Sibh! lads - you did us all proud Thanks to all who came out to support them at Pitch 30. Here's to using what we have learned from this great experience & going one better next year!!
This week's match / training fixtures:
Please note, especially as weather warms up, we would encourage parents to provide water for their children to drink while playing matches and training.
Parents/Guardians are required to stay for the duration of fixtures / training to be available in case of a medical emergency, behaviour issue or should we have to abandon play due to weather conditions. Boys should not leave or be left to wait at the training/match location unsupervised by a parent or suitable delegate.
* "GO Leagues" matches are on Saturday mornings. Home matches will usually be played in the 10:30am to 11:40am time-slot on the DCC pitches at Alfie Byrne Road - Meet at 10am. The schedule & locations for home/away matches will be posted here by Thursday for the coming weekend. Teams will be picked based on those boys who respond to the Teamer Notification by Thursday evening. Make sure to check the team webpage on Friday night / Saturday morning in case of any late updates/changes.
* Gumshield and Red Clontarf Jersey are required for Football Matches. Hurling: Hurl and Helmet also required. Wearing of a gumshield is mandatory for all football training/matches and is recommended for all sessions, including hurling.
* EVENING TRAINING: is on TUESDAY and THURSDAY @ 6:30PM on Pitch 21, St. Anne's Park, adjacent to Sybill Hill Road. BE ON TIME!!
* Training Groups: Boys are now organised in Colour Groups for training. Each boy takes a bib for his colour group at the start of the session.
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Bí linn - Join us! If you would like to join our group as a player or to help out, contact Enda Murphy (086-8189716) or any mentor.
Match Reports: Saturday, 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
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!