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U12 Mentors 2018

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Mentor Contact
Gerard Creighton (lead mentor) 086-8160818
Seán Murphy (hurling lead mentor) 086-8198766
Aidan Conlon (League Contact) 086-6079758
Michael Dalton 087-2800136
Peter Kenny 086-8223242
Michael Bredican 086-2552859
Shane Meehan 087-7414897
Gavin Woods (League Contact) 086-1714185
Tony Geoghegan 086-3886799

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Parents Update – 2006 Boys 

Jan 2018


Happy new year and welcome to U12 Season !


As mentioned in the September Update there are a number of key changes for the U12 season which we want to provide you with more details on


  1. U12 Competition – For the first time the boys will now take part in competitive leagues for both Football and Hurling.  However, while being competitive is important, and as we all know the boys like to win, player development and enjoyment remain paramount.

Other changes for U12 include the number of players per team will now also increase in size (between 13 and 11 a side), matches will now be played on larger pitches and there will be neutral referees. 

Having reviewed player numbers we have decided to enter three Football team and two Hurling teams this season.


  1. Grading Games – In order to determine the appropriate division for each team (there are over 100 Football teams entered at U12) the Dublin County Board run grading blitz for both Football and Hurling, the outcome of which determine the division that the team will play in for the U12 season. 

Based on our performances across both Football and Hurling since Sept the mentors will propose which level each team will participant in.  Once the blitz grading groupings are confirmed each team will play in a round robin competition against the other teams within their respective grade the outcome of which will allow the County board to determine which division to place the team in.    

The Grading blitz will run from 10th Feb to 21st April  

In preparation for the grading blitz we will be playing a number of challenge matches against other clubs over the next few weeks.


  1. U12 League – The leagues will start 28th April and run through to the summer break 23rd June


  1. Squads – The team squads for both Football and Hurling continue to be based on the three A’s
  • Attitude - Listening, doing what you are asked, trying your best, helping your team mates, respecting your opponents, mentors and refs 
  • Attendance - At training and matches on time and being ready to play
  • Ability - In terms of skills, fitness, team play and tactical awareness


The squads will not be fixed for either grading or league – the mentors will continue to assess player development and move players throughout the course of the season in order to aid their development


Match Details – We will continue to send teamer updates for each match – unfortunately St Pauls is no longer available to us so from a logistics perspective our home games will be split between P21 and P30 in St Anne’s and will continue to be on Saturday mornings.  The teams will be playing at different away venues. 

As there are strict competition rules around number of players it is really important that parents reply promptly to teamer (teamers will be issued on Monday for the following weekend match and we will cut off replies on Thursday evening) - in the event of last minute changes please inform a mentor.  

There will be a master calendar on the website which will be updated and will cover both matches and training


  1. Training – We will continue to train Monday and Friday on the club astro at 6:30


As you can see there are some big changes for this season, however as mentors our objective will remain focused on the development of your son as an individual and as part of the group. Our collective goal is to enable him to reach his full potential as both a footballer & a hurler. We also want him to enjoy himself.


As such it is our target for U12 season is for each team play in as high a division as possible while being competitive and enjoying themselves. 


In order to help the transition to competitive leagues, we would ask parents to continue to encourage attendance at both training (training really is the key for player development) and matches, it is important that we have as many of our players available for each match.


We would like to thank all the parents that help out with lifts, pitch set up and jersey washing etc.. Given the dispersion of players and coaches, we will from time to time require more parental support with fixtures. This will be especially in football where coaches will be spread relatively thinly, so we would again encourage any parents who would like to help out to come forward.  We are all volunteering to give our children a positive experience, helping with these tasks really does help and makes coaching even more enjoyable.


If you have any questions please feel free to contact any of the mentors. Contact details are on the website, but please make contact outside of work hours.


2016 Boys Mentors - January 2018

Next Training


Code Monday @ 18:30 to 19:30
Club Astro
Friday @ 18:30 to 19:30
Club Astro
Football 08/01/2018 12/01/2018  
Hurling 15/01/2018 19/01/2018  


League Fixtures

Date Code Opposition Location Time
13-Jan Football Castleknock HOME (DCC) 12:30
20-Jan Hurling Raheny HOME (DCC) 12:30
27-Jan Football St Judes HOME (St Annes - P21(Lions) and P30(Panthers and Bulls)) 10:30
03-Feb Hurling Na Fianna HOME (St Annes - P21(Lions) and P30(Panthers and Bulls)) 10:30

Provisional Fixtures

Provisional Fixtures

Hurling 26th August, 2017 Away Ballinteer St Johns  vs Clontarf
Football 02nd September, 2017 Home Clontarf  vs Naomh Mearnog 
Hurling 09th September, 2017 Home Clontarf vs Erins Isle 
Football 16th September, 2017 Away St Brigids  vs Clontarf 
Hurling 23rd September, 2017 Away Fingallians  vs Clontarf 
Football 30th September, 2017 Home Clontarf  vs St Sylvesters 
Hurling 07th October, 2017 Home Clontarf  vs Thomas Davis 
Football 14th October, 2017 Away Raheny  vs Clontarf 
Hurling 21st October, 2017 Away Lucan Sarsfields 1 vs Clontarf 
Football 04th November, 2017 Home Clontarf  vs Cuala 1
Football 11th November, 2017 Away Clontarf vs St Colmcille(Meath)
Hurling 18th November, 2017 TBC Clontarf vs Whitehall
Hurling 25th Noivember, 2017 Home Clontarf vs Ballinteer
Football 2nd December, 2017 TBC St Vincents vs Clontarf
Hurling 9th December 2017 Home Clontarf vs Na Fianna

Training Teams

Mini Leagues


In preparation for grading at U12 next year for last few football training sessions this year we are going to run mini Leagues for the boys; this has been designed to assess how the boys are progressing as well as being some fun for the boys


Rules and teams are outlined below – the intention is to end training for the year on Friday 14th with some Xmas treats after the Finals 


We will be explaining the rules to the boys before we start so don’t worry about explaining all of this


  1. Each game is 20 minutes in length with an immediate change-over at half-time.
  2. The times of the games are as follows:-


Game 1 is from 6:40 to 7:00 pm.

Game 2 is from 7:00 to 7:20pm.

Full Squad warm up for first 10mins – teams not involved in match will do drills outside at the wall – one S&C and one will be skills based

  1. Players should attend for all of the training session as normal – drill will be run when not playing
  2. The mini leagues will be run on

Monday, 27th November.

Friday 1st December

Monday, 11th December.

Friday, 14th December. – Finals (also last night of training)

  1. In order to protect the clubhouse windows, when playing into the clubhouse end, points can only be scored by hand-passing/fisting the ball over the bar.  Goals can be kicked into the clubhouse end in the ordinary way.  No such restrictions apply when playing into the Kincora Road end of the pitch.


  1. Generally, each team has 8/9 players.  With 8 a-side, both teams play a set goalie rotating amongst the players over the 20 minutes.


  1. Rule will be one bounce one solo and any team that kicks long over the net will have 2 points deducted from their score.


  1. If however, one team has one player more than another, then the team with one more player should play with a stick goalie with the team with the lesser numbers free to operate on a “last player back is the goalie” basis.


  1. If   however one team has 2 or more extra players than their opponents then that team needs to use subs so as to make sure that each team is playing the same number of players per team


  1. A mentor will be assigned to each team however there is a ‘silent side-line’ will operate – mentor will also take the team for the drills when not playing


  1. Will operate a league system with the top 2 going into Cup Final and 3rd/4th into Shield Final – will get some goodies for the winners – if level on points then points score difference will decide places


  1. Boys need to wear astro runners 




WEEK 1 – Monday, 27th November

Game 1 – Blue v Red .                     Game 2 – Orange v Yellow      


WEEK 2 –  Friday 1st December

Game 1 – Red v Orange .                      Game 2 – Blue v Yellow                                             


WEEK 3 – Monday, 11th December.

Game 1 – Yellow v Red.                        Game 2 – Blue v Orange                                             


FINALS NIGHT – Friday 14th December

Game 1 – Shield Final Third v Fourth                       Game 2 – Cup Final – First  .v. Second place


Xmas Party will be on the Final Night in club - Friday, 14th December






Mentors – Darren & Stephen & Seamus


Cillian Bredican

Conor Carolan

Darragh O'Keefe

Donnchadh Gallagher

Dylan Conlon

Hugh Fagan

Mark MacAuley

Oisin Creighton

Patrick Ferguson

Ruairí Lynch

Tom Briody

Tom Higgins



Mentors – Dave & Michael B & Shane


Arthur Kenny

Cian O'Mahony

Conal Murphy

Daniel McGovern

Dónal Óg Geraghty

Eoin McAndrew

James Geoghegan

Karl Gleeson

Leo Keane-Le Paih

Lucian Neumann

Patrick Magner

Philip Dalton




TEAM - Orange


Mentors – Michael D & Tony & Peter


Charlie Jordan

Charlie Metcalf

Cillian Doherty

Conall Woods

Conor Grainger

Donal Curran

Euan Thompson

Finn Doran

Matthew Meehan

Rory Owens

Sam Joyce

Senan Reid


TEAM - Yellow


Mentors – Sean & Aidan & Gavin 

Ciaran Ryan

Cillian McCann

Conor Ennis

Daragh Mcgrath

Dylan Murphy

Luke Crowley

Matthew Mason

Oisin Devery

Robert Harvey

Ruairí Bates

Senan Wall

Tiernan O'Brien


Mentors and Coaching

Coaching is done on a volunteer basis and the mentors do so as a way to contribute to the community of Clontarf and surrounding areas.

  • All coaches are parents of players and are members of the club.
  • Please be respectful of the coaching staff during our training sessions and match fixtures. 
  • Please arrive on time.  This makes our job a lot easier and in turn a more enjoyable experience for the kids.
  • We openly encourage parents to get involved, support and encourage all of the kids regardless of ability.
  • We would however ask that you and your child listen to and follow instructions given by the mentors.

If you are interested in Coaching? 

We need more help for the 2016 season. So if you are bored standing on the side line or if you feel that you can make a positive contribution please volunteer to get involved. It is a great way to spend time with your child and be part of the community.
We can do with all the help we can get and don’t worry it only looks like hardwork!

House Keeping

Upcoming weekend fixtures are typically send out by Teamer Alerts and posted to this web page on the Tuesday/Wednesday prior to our matches. But please check the website on Friday evenings in case there are any late changes / cancellations.  

It is important that we arrive on time to both home and away fixtures, so the players can warm up and hit the ground running when throw in comes.

Useful Links:

To FIND Pitch Locations
Hill 16 web Site


Please arrive 10 minutes before training is due to commence. 
New players are always welcome.

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Seafield Road West,
Clontarf, Dublin 3.

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Pitches 21, 23, 30 St. Anne's Park (Juvenile), St. Paul's College, Sybill Hill (Juvenile),
Pitches 34, 35 St. Anne's Park (Adult). St. Paul's College, Sybill Hill (Nursery).
DCC, Alfie Byrne Road (Juvenile)


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