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Training has moved to St Paul's at 18:00 each Thursday and on Saturday morning in the club astro at 10:30

 

There is no game this weekend due to the Communions for the boys in Belgrove and Scoil Neasáin.  I hope the sun shines, that everyone has a lovely day, and make sure to say your prayers.

Training continues in St Paul's this weekend

 
The .............. teams will play this game.  Please be there by 10.30 so we can get set up.  Make sure you bring your gum shield
As per usual, TEAMER notification sent out, please ACCEPT or DECLINE by Friday evening for inclusion in a Saturday team.  Please respond whether available or not.
 
The Mars and ..... teams will train in the club astro at 10.30
 
 

We have a total of 50 boys registered with the group, if you know anyone that is interested in joining please send them down, they will have a ball.

Matches are usually on at 11 each Saturday morning, we have entered a 3 team league for Northside clubs so each Saturday 30 of the boys will be playing a match and the other 20 boys will be training.  We will rotate each week so everyone will get a good mixture of playing and training.

We have split the boys into 5 groups, Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, Pluto and Venus.  Your boy has been put into one of these groups and you will hvae that team name on Teamer.  Each week 3 groups will play a game and 2 groups will train in St Paul's.

Fingallians, Balheary, 6th April, Hurling

On a beautiful April morning 28 Clontarf kids made their way to play Fingallians in Swords, it certainly was a welcome change to the torrential rain we've had recently with the pitches in good shape.  Very encoraging to see the improvement from the previous game and certainly more effort by the boys in these games, much less 'standing statues' this time. 

More practice was encouraged, now especially with the longer evenings and less homework, plenty time for a puck around...#hurling365

 

The Bulls

From the off The Bulls tore into Fingallians which resulted from 2 pointed frees from Clontarf through good strikes from Seánie and Henry.  Clontarf added two more goals in the first half by Cathal Markey who from midfield seemed to be everywhere in this game to ensure Clontarf took a healthy lead at half time.  The second half was just as good when Cathal completed his hat-trick and Sam added another goal to end up winners on the day.  More importantly it was great to see improved pick up with Seánie, Cathal, Fionn, Max and Christian all completing at least 5 pick ups and strikes out of the hand.  All coaches were pleased to see the efforts put in by the lads

The Bears

This was a tough game from the Bears who came up against a strongers Fingallians team, it took a while to get into it but super defensive work from Sam and Eli kept Fingallians out, at the other end Clontarf scored the point of the game when Thomás ran half the length of the pitch and struck a super point, you'd know he had Cork hurling blood in him

All in all very a very enjoyable morning, back to football next week

 

CASTLEKNOCK, St Anne's Park, 30th March Football

The Bulls

On a beautiful Spring morning at pitch 23 the Clontarf Bulls took on Castleknock watched by a big crowd.  Man for man there wasn’t much in it between the sides but Castleknock worked far better as a team. They were first to most balls and had a little more composure on the ball.  Domnik Markowicz was very strong in defense repelling most of what Castleknock threw his way while Adam Thompson had another strong game between the sticks.  A couple of positional switches in the second half and more focus from the Bulls led to some wonderful passages of play combining several passes moving the ball from back to front and adding some great scores.  Jack Kavanagh drove them forward from the back with a fine display while Marc Woods put in a big shift working tirelessly for the Reds.  The second half showed us what this team is capable of with a bit more work on a few areas there is great potential.  

 

The Bears

A great performance by the bears. The best football this team has played to date. The first half was like watching the Dubs at times. The lads showed all the work in training is paying off. There were no issues with pick-ups. The handing passing was great. There was a super passage of play between Robbie and Fionn that had 5 passes and ended with a shot. Tom cleaned up everything in defense by meeting every ball. Castleknock couldn't get near us. Tim's kick outs were super accurate. Everyone tried hard and played well. The only problem was we scored too many goals. We can learn from Castleknock taking the points. All the mentors were delighted with the lad’s performances.

 

O'TOOLE'S St Anne's Park, 23rd March Hurling

#hurling365

On a beautiful March morning we welcomed O'Toole's for 3 very competitive games.  A common theme is that all 3 teams struggled in the first half but all improved in the second half, so more practice needed.  A special call out to the Tigers who came back from 3 goals down to win by 3.

The Bulls

A challenging outing for the Bulls on Saturday against a particularly strong O’Tooles team . The long grass did not help matters and this favored an O Tooles team which had more match experience and greater efficiency in getting the ball in hand .

It took some time for the Bulls to adjust to the intensity of the game but the boys stuck to the task and showed great heart .

Although behind at halftime the boys refocused and displayed much greater strength and determination in the second half exchanges . The Bulls brought greater physicality to all aspects of their play after the break .As a result the second half was much more even and the Bulls displayed some great blocking as well as better fight in rucking for loose ball.

The Bulls got better as the game went on and can certainly hold their heads high after pushing O Tooles close in the second half.

 

The Tigers

The Tigers started off slowly and were 3 goals down after 10 minutes, the change in rules where we could lift the ball helped Clontarf and we came charging back by scoring 3 goals to come in level at half time, this was driven by some great play by Sean, Luke and Conor.  The second half we didn't let O'Toole's out of their half and we scored 3-1 without reply.  Some fabulous shooting by David Kavanagh who scored a point and Tommy Mealy who scored a couple of goals.  All in all a great performance

 

Bears Team
It was a beauiful Spring morning on Pitch 23 last Saturday when our Under 9's took on a very strong O'Tooles Team. Our Bears Team, playing on the middle pitch fell asleep the first half. But for the strong defending from Daniel Hogan and Oisin Grogan we would have been further than 0-4 behind. The O'Tooles Team who have been playing Go Games over a year demonstrated their match sharpness in taking excellent score. The Team re-grouped at half time and came out flying with Excellent long range field hurling goal and a point from Henry Foley. Joe Morrissey rallied the troops with flight spirit in midfeld and drove the ball up the field to great success. We won the second half but lost the game due to our slow start. The game finished 3-1 to 5-0 and was lesson to start stronger. The Boys we're buzzing afterwards and looking forward to their next hurling match.
The ask to the Parents and Boys in the huddle was to practice for 10 minutes every day at home to really kick on.

 

SKERRIES HARPS Newbridge House 9th March Hurling

The Bulls
It was a fresh morning in Donabate. A big thank you to all the Parents to getting your sons to the game which had to get rescheduled. Our Bulls battled the strong winds in Donabate last Saturday with excellent battling from Danny Knox who contributed with great blocking a a lovely score. Great link up play from Daniel Hogan and Oscar McLoughlin saw the Bulls race into a 2 points lead at half time. Team talk at half time was all about encouraging the boys to lift the sliothar and field hurling. Skerries came out strong in the first 10 minutes of the second half and quickly drew level with strong ground strikes and a well taken point from the hands. Oisin Grogan took on the instruction from the coaches and had 10 lifts and 2 great points. Skerries came back with two late goals but Clontarf held out to a richly deserved victory by a point. There was great cheer at the end and Team talk as the Bulls celebrated another fine victory against a strong Skerries Team.
 
THE TIGERS
The tigers lived up to their name with some hard fought battles throughout the game. The pitch was hard for ground hurling and all the team had to get stuck-in. Great performances from Max and Tom who worked hard for the whole game. Lots of skills on show with most of the lads attempting pick-ups whenever they could. Some good defensive ground pulling from Tim and David. The goalies, Cian and Ultain were excellent is delivering great puck-outs but unfortunately we couldn’t convert to scores. Lots of learning for the next game and training.
 
THE BEARS
The Bears played a very competitive game against a good Skerries team.  Clontarf started off with a strong wind and with Henry's puck out reaching the forwards it gave us a good platform for scores.  Unfortunately despite the best efforts of Jack and Seánie in midfield we couldn't convert our many chances and went in trailing at the break 2-1 to 1-0.  The second half Clontarf improved their game with Eddie and Sam charging ito the game with good striking from the hand, but scores eluded us.  The final score was 3-2 to 1-0.  Best for Clontarf were Eddie and Jack, it was a good learning for Clontarf especially to see a super performance from Evan from Skerries who was the stand out player in the game
Need to keep practicing
#hurling365

 

ST SYLVESTERS St Anne's 2nd March Football

The U-9 first home game of the season was against St Sylvester’s.  They had a few late withdrawals so Tarf gave them a few players to even things up.  A special thanks to Robbie, Max, Joe and Tadgh who showed great sportsmanship by togging out for the Malahide outfit.  I think overall the extra game time Sylvester have had stood to them but overall an even enough encounter.
 
Tigers
As super effort this morning by all the boys on the Tigers.  A final score of 1-4 to 2-5 with two extra skill points for Clontarf made this a very tight affair. The Reds dominated possession but couldn’t turn it into scores.  A few too many wides and a few missed passes ultimately cost us in the end.
Plenty of positives, Braxton Usher marshaled the defense superbly putting in a massive performance ably assisted by Daniel Hogan and Matthew Fitzpatrick.  Eddie Ross ran the midfield with a towering effort from the first minute.  Xavier and Dan worked well together in the forward line.  A much improved kick out display led by keepers Johnny Cryan and Finn Mularkey.  A little bit more teamwork and a bit more accuracy in front of goal are all that’s needed for us to hit the next level.  It gives us a few thing to focus on in training.  
 
Bulls
Our Bulls Team got off to a roaring start with fine interplay between Danny Knox and Sean Ryan who bossed midfield against a tough Sylvesters Team in St. Anne's. Thomas O'Sullivan delivered fine kickouts into a tough wind during the first half as the Boys went in 1-1 at half time. During the second half the Bulls really stepped it up a gear but for 6 wides could have been well out of sight. Sylvesters took their scores and were ahead going into the closing stages of the game. Then the Bulls really stepped up with backs to the wall. An incredible 6 pass move up the pitch rescued the points and a well deserved draw thanks to great play between Rory Woods and Tommy Mealy. The game finished 1-3 to 1-3 with a battling draw for the Bulls. What was really pleasing was that all the Boys got on the ball and did great. Real fighting spirit, interplay and excitement as a group by the Bulls today. Many stars of the future out there today.

 

The Bears

Lots of positives to take from the Bears match against Syls especially in a  much improved second half performance .It took the boys a while to get to the pace of the game and they tended to be second to the ball in the early exchanges . After conceding some early scores the boys found their feet and with improved tackling and some excellent passing moves they gave Syls a competitive battle . The boys worked tirelessly throughout and came away happy with their efforts . Things to work on include the pickup and not getting blocked but they scored a number of skill points themselves for blocking especially in defence .

A positive start .

 

CASTLEKNOCK St Anne's Park 23rd February 2018 Hurling

We welcomed Castleknock to St Anne's for the team's first Hurling match.  Despite being short many due to mid-term we were able to put out 3 competitive teams who all put on a great display of ground hurling and when the time came to show some excellent striking from the hand.  The work the boys have been doing in training is beginning to show but as with everything practice makes perfect and we will need the boys to practice the skills they learn in training.  The teams were mentored by Paul, Kevin and Damian.

#hurling 365

 

The Tigers

A cold start by Clontarf saw them go behind early. Braxton Usher was like an octopus in goals saving multiple shots. Soon enough Maxwell and David got stuck in and the defense led the challenge. A good move up from Maxwell to Dan to Tom saw a shot stopped by the castlenock goalie. Another shot from Cian was deflected wide. Cian expertley slotted over the 65 for clontarf.  The second half was much brighter from clontarf. Passion was evident throughout. Tadhg was a physical force in the middle. Daniel was excellent in goals picking out the midfielders at ease. Mark and Xavier put in a good shift up front with more saves from castlenock. Although we couldn't close the gap there was lots of positives.!

 

The Bulls

With some heroic defending from Sean Ryan, Art McNamara and Finn Mularkey the teams were scoreless at half time.  Castleknock got a run on us and score a couple of goals to take the lead but in attack Oisin Gough got a lovely goal from an excellent strike from the hand after a powerful run.  All played well and enjoyed their first game

 

The Bears 

Another competitive game between 2 evenly matched teams.  Clontarf were able to launch attacks from the long puck outs of Johnny Cryan to the foward line of Robbie Porter and Sam McKeown.  The change to full hurling suited the team which resulted in an excellent goal from Eddie Ross.  The defence of Cathal Markey and Joe Morrisey held firm and limited Castleknow to only a couple of shots on goal.

A special thanks to Dominic and Sam who played with Castleknock in either half to ensure everyone got a game 

 

ST BRIDGID's Russell Park 16th February 2019 Football

The U-9 boys began their Go Games adventure with a tricky away fixture against the well fancied St Bridgids at Russell Park, Navan Road. The hard work the boys had put in training all season payed off with resounding victories for all three Clontarf teams. The conditions favored open football and the games didn’t disappoint the big crowd that turned out to support the boys. There were some excellent skills on display and while there are definite areas that still need work the boys put on a great display of open attcking football. Most importantly we definitely achieved our number one objective: having fun! A special thanks to those Clontarf players who showed great sportsmanship by playing for the opposition given the unexpected strong numbers of Clontarf players. 
 
The Blue team 
 
The strong first half display by the blues won the day over a well drilled St Brigids outfit. Scores were at a premium but the two point advantage at the break ultimately paved the way for victory for the Clontarf boys. Great defensive work from Cathal Markey and Adam Thompson, who collected a block skill point, kept the home side at bay. A strong midfield showing by Robbie Power and Marc Woods drove Clontarf on with the later clipping over a delightful point from play. Up front birthday boy Seánie Whelton gave his marker a torrid afternoon ably supported by the James ‘The Speedster’ Morrissey who left numerous Bridgid Boys in his slipstream. Jack Moyles put in a powerful kicking display both for Clontarf in the 2nd half and while playing in goal for St Bridgids in the first while Jack Kavanagh got through a huge amount of work putting in a great shift up front and at the back for ‘Tarf’
 
The Orange team
 
The Orange team had two mamouth performances in goal from Domnik Markowicz and Cian Foley. They pulled off some terrific close in saves while their distribution from the kick outs was “Cluxton Like”. Cian taged on some wonderful points from open play prior to taking up his position between the sticks. In midfield Christian Hawe and Eddie Ross were outstanding, working tirelessly, keeping the play moving in Clontarf’s favor right through the game. In defense Fionn Mc Andrew and Max Blake stifled anything that Brigids could throw at them with Max adding some additional go game skill points with two great blocks. Joe Morrissey and Xavier Lonergan dragged the St Brigids defense all over the pitch with a vintage forward display.
 
The Yellow team
 
Our Yellow Team didn't dissapoint with a real all round Team performance. Most Boys got on the score as they overpower a resilient St. Brigrids Team with very strong runners and good structure. Harry Moore stole the show in goals with fine kick-outs into space which the Clontarf Boys worked hard on in training. Sean Ryan and Daniel Hogan bossed the midfield as they drove up the pitch with fine handpassing out dynamic runners Tim Kilfeather and Art McNamara. Braxton Usher got on the score with 3 excellent points and 2 goals with super interplay with Rory Woods and Oisin Grogan. Without a strong defense, we can't provide the platform and a big call out to Utlan Caulfield for his defense and leadership at the heart of the Clontarf's defense. A convincing win for the Yellow Team who have many stars in the making! 

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