Fáilte! Welcome to the U11 Boys (born 2007) team page! Check-in back here each week for training and fixtures updates and other news items. For reports on recent matches and other events, scroll down to our Match Reports and Archived News section.
News: Thursday, 15th March 2018 -
** NO TRAINING this Thursday, NO MATCHES this Saturday 17th - St. Patrick's Day. Beannachtaí Lá Fhéile Phádraig dhaoibh go léir!!
** Clontarf GAA's Easter Camp for Boys and Girls aged 5 yrs to 11 yrs will take place at St. Paul's College from Tuesday 27th to Thursday 29th March. Limited to 100 places. See this link for more details: http://clontarfgaa.com/camps.
** 100KM Cycle - Bank Holiday Monday 6th May 2018: The 100K Cycle will take place again this May Bank Holiday. Last year's event was a huge success for the club - not just as fund-raiser but also as a fantastic social event for the club. This year, the fund-raising / entry requirement has been scaled back to EUR100 per individual entry. To express your interest, contact Brian O'Callaghan: 085 8531716. See this item for some relevant details from last year's (2017) event: http://clontarfgaa.com/cycle.
*** Upcoming training & match fixtures:
Please note, Hats and football gloves are important at this time of year for football training and matches. Parents should provide water for their children to drink while playing matches and training.
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** 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!
** "GO Leagues" matches are on Saturday mornings. Venue for U11 Boys Home matches is on the DCC all-weather pitch at Alfie Byrne Road. Meet at 11:15am. The schedule & locations for home/away matches will usually be posted here by Tuesday 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 mandatory for Football training and matches (recommended also for Hurling). Hurling: Hurl and Helmet also required. Shin-pads should also be worn.
* 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! We are always on the lookout for new talent! So, 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, 10th March 2018 - HURLING.
** To be upated ... Match reports for Home hurling matches with Beann Eadair and Fingallians.
** Thanks to all who supported and joined our trip to Croke Park to see the Dubs v Kerry on Sunday 11th March, including eight Mothers who chose to celebrate Mothers' Day with us! #COYGIB!
News: Monday, 5th March 2018 - HURLING this week.
DUBLIN v KERRY (Football) Rescheduled from Saturday 3rd March.
News: Friday, 26th February 2018 - FOOTBALL this week.
DUBLIN v KERRY (Football) Postponed. Revised date to be confirmed.
Match Reports: Saturday, 24th February 2018:
TORNADOES (home) v St Anne’s @ Alfie Byrne Road:
A good performance against earnest but less skillful opposition. This new look Tornadoes team can achieve more against a stronger challenge & when they have played a couple more games together will start to shape up. Tadg, Christopher, Ethan, TJ and Zach all made a strong contribution today, with Matthew B, Paddy, Conor M and Matthew C all doing well too. We had a lot of wides but were comfortable through the game. The mentors spoke to the boys at half time about working on the simple and basic things in the second half and in fairness they did that so the game was productive in that sense. As the weather gets better and we get out onto the grass more, we can expect to see good improvement. More wall work required for now, to improve the first touch. Good for the confidence to get this win.
CYCLONES (away) v Na Fianna @ St Vincent’s School, Glasnevin :
It was a cold morning, not one for holding fellas on the sideline. The Cyclones held their own up the hill in the first half with Miguel, Dylan G, Fiachra and Conor Gahan all moving well. There was a lot of ground-hurling with lots of rucks as a result. Although Clontarf had several good attacking moves and put intense pressure on the home defense, Na Fianna struck for goal first, eventually overcoming Donnchadh’s battling efforts in goal when our defense was left exposed. The equalizer came from a ball which Fiachra deftly pushed up the right wing to Dylan G who lifted it cleanly and struck quickly to release Conor into a scoring position which he gladly struck to the net. Strong performances from Dylan and Miguel getting the ball up to hand while Fiachra was good at moving the ball out of the ruck. Some nice team scores in the second half with Yang, Dylan and Miguel the playmakers. Goals for Donnchadh(2), Matt, Conor and Miguel. It finished 2-0 to 7-0 in Clontarf’s favour. MOTM was a tie between Yang, Dylan G, Miguel and Fiachra. Miguel’s dummy and play off the weaker hand side to make 2 great scores was a highlight. Yang’s sideline cuts were also superb today. Hats off to Fiachra who put the hand up to play the second half for Na Fianna to balance the numbers and had a stormer for them!
TYPHOONS (away) v Na Fianna :
Typhoons had a good win despite being poor on the basic skills at times - poor jab lifts, one hand on the hurley & trying to lift ball when in a ruck. Great efforts at soloing from all, though! Mike McCabe put in his best hurling performance to date. Ruadhán was very impressive, including his puckouts, while Cuan was very strong at tackling and Dylan showed great soloing ability.
HURRICANES (away) v Na Fianna :
Hurricanes had a great win, 4-8 to 1-5 by the ref’s count, with Odhran notching up 3-4. We started slow, gave away some soft frees that Na Fianna pointed but battled hard to get back in front and led by 1-4 to 0-2 at half time.
Rian and Pádraic were very strong at the back and Louis M made some great saves in the first half. Thanks to Conor Gallagher for playing with Na Fianna for the this period. Some great passing and link-up play is starting to come through; Billy, Odhran and Oscar used short passes/hand passes to great effect in both halves that led directly to scores. We were also a bit sluggish restarting in the second half but got back on top and got some very good scores, points from Billy and Oscar and a couple of goals from Odhran. Hurricanes were guilty at times of giving soft frees for a hand on the back or chopping down in the tackle - lazy tackles. The pitch was quite bumpy and lads were asked if the ball didn’t come up first time/easily to let fly, which they did to great effect at times - Fionn M leading by example. So, a lot of very good performances. We need to work on weak side striking, still turning to the strong side too often. Thanks to Dylan Larmer for playing the second half with Na Fianna. MotM: Odhran with that impressive scoring tally. And finally, ‘twould be remiss no to mention the closest this mentor has seen yet to a diving header goal in hurling as Mike Fitz reacted quickly to a ricochet with his head, only to see his effort stopped on the line!
News: Tuesday, 20th February 2018
** PLEASE SUPPORT our club's major fund-raiser for 2018 - the FASHION SHOW - this Friday, 23rd February at The Helix - An event for ALL the Family. Tickets are EUR20 each or 3 for EUR50, available from Enda Murphy or by contacting Grainne Kyne 087 2370625, Ruth Kyne 085 7278693, Siobhan Farnham 087 6771835. See http://clontarfgaa.com/fashion2018 for more details. Thanks for your support!
Match Reports: Saturday, 17th February 2018 (Football):
News: Tuesday, 13th February 2018
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Match Reports: Saturday, 10th February 2018 (Hurling):
The 2007 Boys bounced back from a somewhat off-key weekend of football to show us some fine hurling this week against Whitehall Colmcilles. Both sets of mentors walked away happy from Alfie Byrne Road with hosts and visitors delighted to finally get some hurling challenge matches in for the boys. And it proved a good tie in terms of close, competitive matches with plenty of hurling skill on show.
HURRICANES had a poor start and were all but overrun by Whitehall, who scored 2-4 in the first half (1-3 from their main strike-force at midfield) before our lads rallied to break upfield, start to trouble our opponents defense and put some scores on the board. However, in the second half, Clontarf put in a great performance and were just pipped in the end by a single score. Hurricanes tried to do the simple things right and showed great fighting spirit: Exactly what you want at their age. MOTM: Seamus Finnegan, barely out of his sickbed, who stepped in to referee this game.
TYPHOONS won against a fairly evenly matched team and were impressively competitive, hard-working and disciplined all over the field. Great team-work and some lovely individual flashes of skill and ambition - especially from Matthew Gillard. One of their better days at DCC. MOTM - Mr. Magner Snr. who also stepped in to referee and looked like he was born with a whistle in his mouth 👏
CYCLONES gave a good performance and put all of Alison’s drills into practice especially the jab lift and 4 steps as all the lads tried and executed it in the game. Scorelines don’t count for anything at this age but nevertheless the game was won 5-1 to 2-0. Hooking, keeping the hurl in and the physical shoulder need to be reinforced as does ground hurling. But it was a nice enough performance. Well done, Cyclones! Laoch na h-Imeartha: Alison for bringing a training plan which delivered immediate results this week.
News: Tuesday, 6th February 2018
News: Monday, 29th January 2018 - FOOTBALL this week.
News: Monday, 22nd January 2018 - FOOTBALL this week.
News: Monday, 15th January 2018 - HURLING this week.
News: Sunday, 26th November 2017 - NO TRAINING/MATCHES THIS WEEK.
* B2007 group regular training and matches have now finished until mid January when we graduate to U11's!
*** Well Done!! to all who took part in our 11-a-side Football Challenge Matches at Alfie Byrne Road over the past two weeks. We will continue with more internal/challenge matches in the New Year as we prepare for U11 Go Leagues which start in February. See a photo montage created by our Trevor Lydon at this link: B2007 U10 Football Sequence 18/25-NOV-2017.
*** The B2007 Mentors wish to say Go Raibh Maith Agaibh! for your support this year and Well Done! to all the boys who have made great progress again this year. We wish you a very * * * Nollaig Shona * * * Happy Christmas! * * * and look forward to seeing you again in the New Year.
Upcoming training & match fixtures:
** "GO Leagues" matches are on Saturday mornings. Venue & start time for U11 Boys Home matches will be confirmed in early January. The schedule & locations for home/away matches will usually be posted here by Tuesday 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.
*** ALL U10 Football Matches moved to Alfie Byrne Road this Saturday 25th. Meet at 10AM Sharp.
* B2007 group regular training and matches finish this week until mid January when we graduate to U11's!
This week's match / training fixtures:
News: Tuesday, 14th November 2017 - Football training this week
*** 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!
Hurling Challenge Match Reports: Saturday, 11th November 2017:
TYPHOONS (away) v Trinity Gaels @ Drumnigh:
A narrow loss this morning in North County Dublin should not take away from a great morning's work. Typhoons started a man down and were quickly two men down when Joe McKeon took a bad knock to the hand when bravely blocking. All action and massive effort from Dan Mc, Louis C, Yang meant we never gave TG any space. Tireless work from James F who played the first half on his own up front, Mike Mc and Stephen shared goal keeping and both deserve great for excellent puck outs with Mike also making two superb saves. Half time and the teams were level. Second half the numbers started to tell but great credit to the lads they kept plugging despite TG pulling ahead with 3 overs. Moment of the match however fell to Mike Mc with a score reminiscent of Joe Canning's winner against Tipp last summer. Man-of-the-match to Mike Mc for an impressive all-round display on a day when every member of this team stepped up and played with skill, energy and pride for The Parish!
CYCLONES (away) v Raheny:
Cyclones played away to Raheny in St Annes Park. The pitch was heavy and the grass long but both teams served up a competitive and entertaining game. Cyclones were a man short due to a late defection but things looked worse with 10 minutes to throw in as only 6 boys were there. Despite this when the ball was thrown in all the Clontarf lads tackled hard and kept close to their markers throughout with stand out performances of tenacity from Paddy, Jamie and of course Ben. Indeed the physical side of the game for this Clontarf outfit is really improving. In addition all the lads attempted the jab lift on numerous occasions so with a little more practice we should be in good shape. The Half time score was was 1-1 (4) to 0-1 (3) in favour of Raheny. Our major score was an excellent point from Jamie. In the second half we moved things around with Donnchadh going in goals and Fiachra moving into midfield. Some excellent puck outs from Donnchadh led to many an attack which the busy Forwards of Jamie, Rhys and Jude were unlucky not to add in a score or two. Cathal, Miguel and Fiachra were busy in the second half and they executed some lovely lift jabs and cleared the lines continually. With time almost up the ball broke to Jude Leyden who lifted cleanly and struck a major score over the bar to put Clontarf a point ahead. This looked likely to be the winner but the hosts sneaked an equalizer late on.
Fógra: a number of the boys were up to 20 minutes late for the appointed time. We ask all parents to note the start time and make sure to be there on time! The group activity before throw-in is a very important part of pre-match preparation, to ensure the boys are warmed up properly (to prevent injury) and focussed as well as to make sure everyone is aware of the key focus/instructions for their team to work on in their matches.
JETS (away) v Raheny @ St. Anne's Park:
100% commitment was asked for and the Jets delivered. The Jets started very well with James and Matthew G winning a lot of procession in midfield and Aaron covering acres of ground and starting most of Clontarf attacks. A great score from Kuba who had a fine game today was followed by a goal and a point from TJ. TJ who was heavily involved in the action also gave an exhibition of side line cuts! The second half was a tight affair but James and Aaron added impressive scores. MOM goes to Ruadhan who attacked every Raheny puck out and was always there to clear the defensive line when needed. Clontarf 4-3 to Raheny 1-1 - a good win against strong opposition.
HURRICANES (away) v Raheny:
Great performance by the boys today in difficult conditions against a very good Raheny side. Raheny started very well and raced into a 6 point lead before we struck back with 2 terrific points from Oscar. Raheny kept on top for the first half and lead by 4 points at half time. With Christopher Clarke and Michael Fitzsimons both moving to the full back line for the second half we built from the back and got right back into the game. A man of the match performance from Oscar with some brilliant points taken and great work by all the boys saw us get a well earned draw when the final whistle was blown. The score was 4-6 each.
Good blocking and work rate in supporting each other especially when we didn’t have the ball which is very encouraging. Need to do better when starting games and shot/pass selection will improve.
Parents please note : Some players have hurley’s which are too small or heavy for them and others have broken or cracked hurls or hurls which have seen better days!
TORNADOES (away) v Trinity Gaels @ Drumnigh:
Tornadoes faced a very formidable TG side who took no prisoners when going for the sliothar. First half was very physical and the TG team pulled hard and fast as soon as the sliothar was in reach. Having said that Clontarf were never really out of the game with some great puck outs from Pádraic, the bravery and speed of Finn Walsh in midfield feeding an on-form Billy Shouldice up front. Cúán and Conor M were solid in defence but TG were a formidable opposition.
At half time the players decided they there were not going to be bullied off the pitch. From the restart Billy sent a message immediately with a great show of strength and skill. Finn - totally fearless and very fast was the engine room of the Clontarf team. Clontarf were on top for most of the second half and it was difficult not to admire the way they stood up for themselves. Conor M and Finn took 2 very hard hits of the hurl but both came back. In the end we were beaten by a team who had a higher level of skills but the way Clontarf stood up when needed was impressive. The sheer focus and determination they showed at the start of the second half was phenomenal - if they could bring 50% of that focus and determination to training then they will be unbeatable as we progress!
Football Match Reports: Saturday, 4th November 2017:
BOBCATS (Away) v Templeogue Synge Street @ VEC pitches, Terenure:
Bobcats had a really good game with each one, to a man, putting in a performance to be proud of. From the very start the lads got stuck in and pushed hard. JJ had a stormer running up and down the pitch and was the launch pad for many of Bobcats’ attacks. Dan was first to the ball on many occasions and scored two great points from play. Miguel got a great point in the first half to get Bobcats going on the scoreboard and Cathal worked really hard on disrupting the opposition in midfield. Conor, Fiachra and Donnchadh had good solid turns in goal and were quick to clear the ball when TSS came threatening. Point of the match had to be the quick kick out from Donnchadh to Miguel, hand-pass to Rhys, offloaded to Sam, who took his four steps to get into space and launched the ball over the bar. Sam got another point from a free kick and Conor got a point and a deflected goal (Rhys getting his hand to the ball helping it on the way). The positive way the lads played was fantastic. Although trailing slightly at the end of the first half, it was clearly evident at that point that the Bobcats had it in them to win. Which they did. TSS 3-4 to CT 1-6.
One thing we need to practice further in training is the pick up. We gave away 7 frees for this offence. The opposition were not innocent either but we were clearly the bigger offenders.
SHARKS (away) v Round Towers, Lusk:
Sharks won a very one sided match as Lusk struggled badly against the wind in the first half and up against a strong performance from a cohesive Clontarf unit, had to stop recording scores at half time; second half was a little better for Lusk with 2 scores from play. We managed to rotate all players across the field in the match. Stephen O’Byrne impressed with his fielding and ability to play accurate passes. Mathew Gillard played well for his turn as a forward, taking some good points, Yang scored 3 goals, great determination as always; Rian Marren dominated midfield; Louis Costello ran tirelessly, got great possession, Paddy Carthy made some good runs, Dylan Groenewald got 2 good goals, while Daniel Gray cleared a lot of ball in second half. Hard to pick faults but the final pass could be better, while forwards need to make better runs and create space.
EAGLES (away) v Templeogue Synge Street:
Eagles travelled to Templeogue VEC to take on Templeogue Synge Street in cold and windy conditions.
Despite the cold, the Eagles started well, aided by the strong wind. With Oscar, Tadg and Billy winning plenty of ball around the middle the Eagles showed what they are capable of, combining well with foot and hand-passes, resulting in excellent scores from Dylan Lydon, Odhran, Billy and Oscar. Some great kickouts from Mike McCabe and tenacious tackling from Dylan Larmer, Michael Fitzsimons and Ruadhan kept us on the front foot.
Our downfall in the first half was the repeated concession of close-in frees due to poor tackling technique, gifting TSS 0-5 into the wind.
The second half proved a more difficult affair for the Eagles as TSS took advantage of the wind to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Our energy and effort levels dropped which was disappointing to see, but huge credit to the two Mikes in defence who prevented a lot more scores. Our sole score of the second half, a point from Billy, was probably unfair on our efforts where on another day a few more frees would have gone our way. MOTM to Mike Fitz. Final score TSS 4-13 Eagles 1-12.
Key learning points:
We can pass and score as well as any team around when we put in the effort - 1-11 was a great return for first half.
We need to react quicker to opposition kickouts - face the ball, mark your man.
More work needed on tackling - technique and execution.
Better days ahead. ;)
DOLPHINS (away) v RT Lusk:
We asked for 100% from the lads today and to keep it strong the whole way through, keeping their verbal contribution to encouraging their teammates. Both our teams gave what was asked today and didn't let up even when RTs raised their game.Good fielding all round. Marking was very tight. RT struggled with our midfield, where Christopher/TJ/Aaron bossed the middle of the park and made quick links through to the marksmen up front. A few shots were let off outside of range falling on fallow ground. Hands up from the lads who dropped the shots short. To their great credit our lads chased down every lost ball, there was a toughness in it which was great to see. At half time the coaches reiterated that we wanted lads to do their best for their team and to beat the opposition by playing football. Dolphins responded well and did not give RT much room to breathe as we played good team football. The lads supported each other well. A couple of times ball was not secured and played on the ground Barca style! Offenders were duly notified and again in the after-match round up. Finn was superb as an attacking defender. Aaron similarly was also strong. At times, though, our defence drifted forward a bit leaving the door open on a couple of occasions. Louis was dogged and accurate up front. Conor was superb, scored a full bag and was tough in the tackle (keep an eye on executing cleanly to avoid giving the free). Zach has really come on as a tough assertive player who holds position well and works hard; highlight from his game today: a point scored instinctively off his left foot.
Dolphins won the game by a good margin. While we had weaker opposition today, lads understand they should be able to play like that against all comers.
Hurling Match Reports: Saturday, 21st October 2017:
JETS (away) v Naomh Barróg @ St. Anne’s Park:
Jets were unlucky to lose against NB on Saturday. 3:1 to 2. Terrible conditions for the entire match. It was mostly ground hurling. The lads tried to pick the ball up but the conditions didn't help. A low-scoring first half for both sides but NB were better than us at getting the ball to hand & striking it. They had 2 super players who we did not mark. They had a few wides which could have been points - we had only one shot at a point from Ruadhán which went wide. Good to see the lads sticking the hurley in while chasing a man & trying to block. Cúán & Dylan Larmer were excellent in midfield. Few good saves from Ross, Stephen & Joe. Few things to work on -marking up particularly our defence. At one stage there were 4 NB forwards with the ball & no defenders. Some boys were completely out of position. One or two boys did not participate at all & we really needed them. Steps - we gave away at least 4 frees because of over carrying. No excuse as there were boys in support calling for a pass. When the boys did play together, lovely hand passing between Ross, Ruadhán & Cúán resulted in a score. More work needed on basics.
CYCLONES (away) v Naomh Barróg @ Pitch 12, St. Anne’s Park.
Cyclones played in conditions matching their name on Pitch 12 against Naomh Barrog. It wasn’t for the faint hearted and a big “Well Done!” to all the lads and parents that turned up. We had a good mobile team but with Clontarf playing into the wind (and rain) and up the hill, the opposition knocked over a couple of points and a goal in the first period. Only for Fiachra Comiskey in goals it would have been a lot worse as he made a number of great saves and his puck outs were excellent. The lads outfield battled hard for every ball and tried to lift jab at every opportunity. Indeed Dylan Groenewald and Jamie Furey showed us what they are made of in tight spaces as they played the ball out of trouble and then executed the “lift” time and again. In centre of midfield Kuba and Sam Tuite fought for every ball. Our lone score in the 1st half was a brilliantly taken goal by Kuba from an excellent pass by Mr Dependable Jamie Furey. The half finished 2-1 (6) 1-0 (1) for NB. With the elements in our favour in the second half and a few positional changes the Cyclones knocked in a couple of early goals, Jamie’s being the best from Fiachra’s ball in from the wing. Jude Leyden was very busy in the second half and got his just rewards with a goal from a ball laid on by Donnchadh Corrigan. Sam Power put in a great shift in the second half and showed a positive attitude throughout the game. Naomh Barrog scored a breakaway point but Kuba provided a great response with a fantastic strike from halfway that resulted in a point. Both teams traded goals but then a great move started by Jamie to the MOTM Sam Tuite resulted in another great point this time from Conor Gahan. Clontarf have to be admired for getting stuck in time and time again and got a few nice blocks the best of these from Dylan Groenewald. Our lads were unlucky to get pulled up for taking 4 and a quarter steps but in fairness to the referee he was “consistent” in his interpretation of the rules. Well done Cyclones as a superb second half finished 6-2 (12) 4-2 (10) in Clontarfs favour. Man of the match goes to Sam Tuite. He was excellent throughout the game and there’s no telling how well he can play next time with a new hurl and a pair of shin pads (hint hint).
TYPHOONS v Round Towers Lusk @ Alfie Byrne Road:
Great credit to the Typhoons and the lads from Lusk for putting on a spirited display of hurling in horrible weather conditions. The Typhoons got stuck in from the start with Yang, Rhys and Louis C winning lots of tackles and soon Clontarf were converting chances. The lads were trying their best to lift the sliothar in difficult conditions and also showed strong blocks and hooks. James F and Ben had strong second halves and Cathal and Matthew B made good use of the slick astro surface to keep a fast tempo going. A late cameo from TJ who swapped with Daniel resulted in a series of great passes with TJ popping over a well deserved point. Overall an impressive committed display from the Typhoons with Clontarf running out 7-1 to 1-0 winners.
TORNADOES (home) v Lusk:
Parking was ominously plentiful on Saturday morning at Alphie Byrne Road. Clontarf Tornadoes did not shirk in the face of mere ‘Storm Brian’. Along with an enthusiastic team of visitors from Round Towers, Lusk, the Clontarf lads took to the field with purpose. The strong wind and driving rain meant ground hurling weather. Clontarf held off a strong Towers attack with solid defensive work. The match was tightly contested and remained scoreless at half time. As the gale rose so did Clontarf. A constant barrage on Round Towers yielded the first score of the game, as Matthew C found the net. Aaron, Christopher and Dylan also added goals. Round Towers responded with a well struck goal but Clontarf lifted again with points from Oscar and Dylan Lydon. Great credit to both teams for playing in the challenging conditions. We finished 4-2 to 1-0, soaked but strangely satisfied, the short walk back to the car was an added bonus.
HURRICANES (away) v Naomh Barróg:
The Hurricanes took a while to reach "storm force" today, allowing Naomh Barróg to claim two overs in the first 10 minutes before we got going at all. As the Reds began to get into the game, Billy and Tadg worked well together at midfield and stood up well to both the physical challenge and hurling skill of the Naomh Barrog men. We stopped the one-way traffic and worked hard to a man to create some attacking runs of our own. Oran Ward, Louis Magner and Fionn Murphy all dug deep and showed their stuff as they battled for loose ball and turned it our way. Hurricanes finished the half with our noses in front, 2-3 to 0-3, thanks to scores from Billy(0-3), Fionn and one other.
Odhran McGuckin was a powerhouse in the half-back line today - getting stuck in, meeting the play to get in and win ball and, in particular, getting down to rise the ball quickly and cleanly. Almost without fail going into contact with a Barrog's man in possession, he hassled and harried to force the mistake, then got over the sliotar to secure it for a quick lift, a few times even coming "around the corner" to give his midfield and forwards a chance to get onto 50/50 ball. Michael Fitzsimons also put in a very strong performance at wing-back as he repelled many's a Barróg's attack and sent keenly aimed ball upfield to his forwards. Great commitment from both Conor Gallagher and Oran Ward who often confounded bigger men to get quick hands on the sliotar and find the gap to put swift, accurate passes in to a Clontarf hand out front of them. Billy created or got onto several good attacking chances today and converted three, also intelligently using the other option to float some fine hand-passes to his midfield and forward comrades. Conor Murray used his body positioning and ball-to-hand skills well on those plays when he showed enthusiasm for getting on the ball. Pádraic took up an unaccustomed role at full forward, sa dara leath, as he tracked and pounced on some high Clontarf deliveries from deep and finished two to the net. Score of the game to Tadg who, like a few of our players, received plenty of hard challenges today but was rewarded for his resilience with his well-taken pointed free.
On balance, Hurricanes had a good day today, in very wet conditions. While our shooting was not always accurate, it was encouraging to see lads working together to create the opportunity and, when the shot wasn't on due to opposition pressure, to find an unmarked Red with more space to "have a pop". Work needed for some players to drive home the basics of getting down with two hands on the hurl to rise the ball cleanly first time, before the pressure comes on, while we can also benefit from this by avoiding frees conceded with the trailing hand. The importance of tracking the game and getting back to pick up your marker closely was evident today as the whole team fired well when we stepped up but, during phases where we did not try, Naomh Barróg took full advantage to build their attack and fire over, keeping themselves in the game. In the end, Hurricanes though, secured the win: CT 4-4 to NB 0-4. GRMA to Mike Fitz, Pádraic, Conor G and Fionn who all played a turn on the numerically challenged Barrog’s team.
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.
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.
*** 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.
Please note, parents should provide water for their children to drink while playing matches and training.
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.
* 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 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 AR 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.