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News: Thursday, 22nd June 2017
*** Football Training as usual this THURSDAY *** goes ahead as normal. Hope you can make it along - otherwise: See you on Saturday for Football Matches.
* FÁILTE!! Welcome! - This is our final week of GAA action before the summer break, with all our football teams in matches this Saturday (see table). So, as we look back on what has been another very successful season of developing our skills, we say: Maith sibh, a bhuachaillí! Lovely hurlin'!! Many thanks once again to Trevor for putting this very uplifting piece together. ENJOY!! Link: U10 Boys Hurling Blitz 10-Jun-2017 photo montage
* SAFETY NOTICE: There are reports circulating of some worrying incidents of intimidation and bike theft in the vicinity of St. Anne's Park. With that in mind, please consider Safety First when planning travel to/from training sessions and matches. Boys should lock their bikes together during the session and should not be allowed to travel on their own.
This week's match / training fixtures:
Please note, with the warm weather, 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.
* 100K CYCLE : Míle Buiochas! / Many thanks! to those who contributed so generously to our group's fundraising efforts. So far, we have achieved over 80% of our fund-raising target. We will continue fund-raising this to make up the shortfall. If you wish to contribute or help out in any way with this, contact Enda Murphy.
* "GO Leagues" matches are on Saturday mornings. Home matches will usually be played in the 10:30am to 11:40am time-slot on the DCC pitches at Alfie Byrne Road - Meet at 10am. The schedule & locations for home/away matches will be posted here by Thursday for the coming weekend. Teams will be picked based on those boys who respond to the Teamer Notification by Thursday evening. Make sure to check the team webpage on Friday night / Saturday morning in case of any late updates/changes.
* Gumshield and Red Clontarf Jersey are required for Football Matches. Hurling: Hurl and Helmet also required. 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 TUESDAY and THURSDAY @ 6:30PM on Pitch 21, St. Anne's Park, adjacent to Sybill Hill Road. BE ON TIME!!
* Training Groups: Boys are now organised in Colour Groups for training. Each boy takes a bib for his colour group at the start of the session.
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Bí linn - Join us! If you would like to join our group as a player or to help out, contact Enda Murphy (086-8189716) or any mentor.
Match Reports: 17th June 2017 - Football
Bobcats had a tough assignment out in west Dublin at the home of Jim Gavin's Round Towers. In the 1st half, Clontarf started against the wind and the hill and with the sun in their eyes and were dazzled by their opponents who tackled hard and showed good skills and movement. The half ended 2-4 to 0-2 with 2 skill points each but unfortunately it ended a few seconds too early as Jamie Furey broke through to slot the ball to the net only for the referee to disallow the goal by blowing his half-time whistle. The half-time score would have been much more lopsided but for the towering defensive display by Dylan Groenewald. He tackled like a springbok and offloaded the ball like the late great Joost van der Westhuizen. Elsewhere our marking and chasing back from midfield left a lot to be desired and often left the towers with the easiest of tap overs. The second half was much more competitive with both sides trading scores. "Super-sub" James Lonegan showed some lovely touches and slotted over a few nice scores and was aided and abetted by Stephen Byrne who also kept the scoreboard ticking over. Louis Magner had a good second half and most of the moves from defence came from his efforts. In goals, Yang made a top class save and distributed the ball well and kept it Red most of the time. Cathal and Matthew Bryans worked hard and on another day would have been better rewarded for their efforts. The final score was 2-12 (plus 4 skill points) to 0-6(plus 5 skill points). Lessons to learn: always try to pick up the ball, tighter marking (from midfield especially) take 4 steps into space before attempting to offload. Well done, Boys, on a hot and energy-sapping morning.
EAGLES (away) v Round Tower Clondalkin:
The Eagles had a bruising encounter in Clondalkin on Saturday. No prisoners were taken in a real war. A few early skirmishes meant that engines were running hot from the start and if truth be told, Clontarf would have been better let their football do the talking. Too much complaining and not enough hard work from some of the players. Nonetheless, there were a number of lovely scores from the Reds, knitting together a few eye-catching moves and showing that when they were on task, Clontarf were a much stronger footballing team - exhibiting impressive skill all over the field. The teams remained neck-and-neck throughout. Round Towers had a purple patch in the second half when our kickout strategy went south, but a second half injection of energy from Billy helped the Reds edge the contest despite Towers having an extra man in the second half. A well judged chat from the host mentor at full time reminded the lads that passion was great to see but it was important to leave our rivalries and grievances on the field at the final whistle. All shook hands graciously and returned from the front, battle-hardened heroes with tales to tell from the trenches!
FALCONS (away) v Round Tower Clondalkin:
A powerful performance by the Falcons saw them overcome Round Towers Clondalkin with plenty still in the tank. On a fabulously warm morning for football, the Falcons quickly got into gear with Conor Gahan and Fionn Murphy taking control at midfield and leaving our defenders with very little to do. Points from Fionn, Ben, Jude and Conor were shortly followed by a rampaging run from Ruadhán and a long-range goal. Round Towers were struggling to cope and failed to trouble Donnchadh or Louis C during their spells in goal. A lively second half start by Clondalkin saw them nick a goal as our new defenders for second half were slow to pick up their men. However the Falcons were not to be suppressed and Ruadhán, now out at midfield led the way with a brace of points. Round towers managed two further second half points either side of a goal by Louis and another point from Ruadhan. A fantastic performance from the Falcons but plenty to work on - our wides tally was into double figures along with a couple of missed goal chances in the second half. At times in a hurry to shoot we failed to see a man in a better position, resulting in a missed score. As a team we need not only to encourage each other but talk to each other when someone is better positioned or a pass is needed. Joint man of the match award to Fionn for his first-half display and Ruadhán for his second-half showing.
Well done all. Falcons 2-8 Round Towers 1-2.
** Pitch Directions for Round Tower Clondalkin match (17th June): The games took place on the Community Centre GAA pitches. Take the Naas Road (N7) exit off the M50. Continue for 1km, keeping LEFT to take the Right turn for Clondalkin at Newlands Cross. Continue on that road through 2 sets of traffic lights. You will come to a small roundabout at the entrance to Cherrywood Avenue. Take the Right turn at this roundabout into Cherrywood Ave and the pitch is on your right.
Match Reports: 10th June 2017 - Hurling
Jets @ Naomh Barróg blitz:
A tough first game today for the Jets against a very skilful Naomh Barrog who were better warmed-up than us. We really stood back & failed to compete for the ball. Our backs & midfield didn't mark up allowing NB free reign. The forwards didn't get a sniff of ball and unfortunately we didn't register any scores. The boys were very disheartened however their turn was to come. It could've been a different team playing against Finians (who well beat same NB team). The boys competed wholeheartedly for every ball. Conor Murray was superb in midfield, striking the ball really well from distance & was very unlucky not to register a score. Outstanding defence from Sam & also from Stephen. Tenacious play by Ruadhán who never gave up. A very even well-contested matchin which a superb point from Ross from play put us ahead. Finians responded with a goal & would've got another if it wasn't for an outstanding save from Yang. A well deserved win for the Jets. Many great performances today but Man of the Match was Sam Power who was outstanding as he blocked bravely & chased every ball. Lessons from today - we stood back in the first match, weren't physical enough, poor pick ups, poor marking. Positives - the boys didn't like getting beaten & responded well. We were unlucky we had a few wides which were well struck & could easily have been scores. We must ensure that we warm up properly with group warm up, "match hats on" and then the teams separate to do team drills.
Cyclones @ Naomh Barróg blitz:
The Cyclones played a couple of great games in the Naomh Barrog blitz that resulted in 2 wins out of two matches. The 1st game was very tight and the hosts provided the opposition. Great hooking and blocking by the Cyclones was the standout skill and insured what was lacked in numericals (NB played with an extra man) was more than compensated by grit and determination. Only a goal separated the teams at the end and the score was set up by a lovely ground strike by the live wire Fionn Murphy and finished to the net by Ben Moreau. Ben is one of the most improved boys over the last year and deserved his Man of the Match award. Conor Gahan played a very effective role as sweeper and showed great holding qualities. Cathal Langan was as brave as ever and put himself on the line numerous times. Likewise Kuba took some hard knocks but got back up time and time again. In the second match against the Swords outfit the 1st half was quite even with Cathal contributing the lone score which was a nice goal from a long ball by Conor. The second half saw Donnchadh resume in goals and a nice couple of saves and good puc outs kept the opponents at bay. Score of the day was set up by Conor again. A brilliantly struck side line cut was narrowly going wide only to be stopped by Jamie Furey who cut nicely back to finish to the net. A Tyrone man on the sideline remarked that he hadn't seen such a great goal since "Peter the Great" broke Kerry hearts in 2005. That goal lifted the Cyclones to record an emphatic win of 6-0 to 1-0. (2 Goals from Kuba and 2 from Cathal in the second period ) So the big plusses were tight marking, great blocking and excellent ground striking. Work over the summer needs to be done on the 2-handed jab lift and hand-passing accurately. Well done Cyclones!
Hurricanes @ Naomh Barróg blitz:
The Hurricanes finished the year on a high with two hard-earned victories on Saturday in the Barróg blitz. First up was a bruising encounter with the hosts where the whole team worked hard from the throw-in and were much more clinical in pointing from distance. 1-5 to 0-1 was the final score. The following game saw a real ding-dong with Finians who brought height to the fight but were overcome by the superior hunger of the Reds. One point in particular by Billy Shouldice demands a mention - taking a neat pass from Odhran, controlling it with the stick into his gluey hands, then bouncing the sliotar first off the ground before tapping it on the hurl - then lashing the ball over the black spot. DJ Carey would have been proud of it ! Final score 1-2 to 1-1. Room for improvement over the long Summer might be on the speed of pick ups and the commitment to full blooded blocking but if we could bottle the bottle they showed today, there’ll be plenty of good days ahead!
Clontarf 2 - O'Tooles U10 H Blitz:
Clontarf 2 (blended team) played three tight games against opposition teams from Raheny and our welcoming hosts O’Tooles. The playing surface in Airfield was superb and would grace any championship field. After a stuttering start, Clontarf 2 opened a with scores from Christopher, Oran and Matthew Cunningham. After securing wins against Raheny 1 and O’Tooles’ 2, Clontarf 2 were determined to hold the winning line. We again continued the momentum and started strongly against Raheny 2 going two goals up before half time. Raheny then came back strong with a barrage of scores leaving Clontarf trailing. With two minutes to go we needed two points to level the game, the lads dug deep. A superb high fielding catch by Matthew Gillard followed by a colossal strike into the waiting hands of Oran who then split the posts for a turn around point. Raheny responded quickly with a long ball into our half. A stern Clontarf challenge resulted in a free to Raheny. With seconds to go Raheny mis-hit the free, quick thinking Dylan Lydon ran in, tapped the ball ahead and with a quick pick and strike from just inside the Raheny half delivered a huge point for Clontarf to level the game at 2-2; 2-2.
Well done to all the boys: Paddy; Matthew Cunningham; Oran; Matthew Gillard; Christopher; Dylan Lydon; Thomas and James Ferguson; it was a great team effort. The boys finished this half of the Under 10 season strongly with a fine display of skills learned since Christmas. Communication was positive, the boys listened and did their jobs well. There was a general willingness to get close to the ball. Our hooks, blocks and tackles were good and complimented by the O’Toole’s Bainisteoir. General play was fluid, our pick ups and striking on the run was improving and players generally linked up well with several long passes held in the hand.
Each boy’s progress during this year has been very good. The summer months will provide a great opportunity for all to work on individual skills which will help us press on again in September. Keep up the good work lads!
Match Reports: 27th & 28th May 2017 - Football
Visit of St. Peter's GAA, Warrenpoint, Sun 28th May:
The U8 and U10 Boys' groups combined to host a visit from St. Peter's GAA, Warrenpoint on Sunday 28th May at Pitch 34 and 35. We were delighted to get our first chance to play football matches on the "field of dreams" and the weather also obliged with a fine, dry morning - in contrast to Saturday's heavy rain. The Warrenpoint team bus was a little delayed and the Clontarf mentors had a chance to ensure their teams were well warmed-up as we waited patiently for the vistors to arrive. As the bus pulled up, the sun broke through to shine down on our combined 120 players and we had some great matches in which there was plenty of footballing skill and team-work on display both from the home sides and from the boys and girls of St. Peter's alike. "Maith sibh!" to our Go Games referees Jake, Matthew, Kevon, Eoghan, Stephen and Ciarán who did a great job and who really added to the occasion and allowed all the mentors to focus on looking after their teams. After some pitch-side refreshments, the Warrenpoint group boarded their bus once more to head into Croke Park for their stadium tour.
It was great to see that St. Peter's have such big numbers at this age-group and - Brexit or no! - we hope that this meeting was just the beginning of a long friendship between our clubs, especially at juvenile level. Thanks to Pádraig Giles and to Johnny, Shane, Tommy, Paul, and all the St. Peter's mentors and parents for making it happen.
A special shout out to Oran's mam, Sinead Morgan, and her catering team "Par Excellence" who served up tea, coffees, sandwiches and other delicious treats for the visiting mentors and parents. We hope the bridges will soon be mended with their Clontarf friends whom they had to fight off to ensure all the visiting mentors and parents got some sustance before they loaded up their 60 boys and girls onto the bus for the next leg of their trip. We will do our best to bring a cuppa for the home parents as well the next time!! Thanks also to all the B2007 and B2009 parents who helped out in whatever way to setup & break down the pitches, look after the teams, supervise the refreshments, tidy up afterwards, etc.. And finally, GRMA to Chairman Donal Nolan and to Hughie Farrelly for their logistical support with all the portable goals.
Match reports for Sun 28th May (home) Football Challenge v St. Peter's, Warrenpoint:
U10s WHITE team:
The efforts of the visiting Warrenpoint team paled into insignificance against the pristine and pure football played by the Whites on Sunday. It was a joy to watch every man on the pitch play to their full potential as they eased to two impressive victories. In midfield Cúán and Odhran Mc Guckin formed an industrious partnership, providing a continuous supply of precision ball - the ideal platform for the silky scoring skills of Conor Murray and TJ Foley. Meanwhile Oran Ward was a constant threat around the square and was released into space time and time again. The way in which our midfield and forwards looked up and worked the right option on every play showed a real maturity. Meanwhile at the back, the little and large show saw Matthew Gillard play as a supreme sweeper while Joe Mc Keon and Ben Moreau bossed two huge fellas that were nearly twice their size. In goals, Donnchadh Corrigan exhibited exceptional decision making and had 100% retention of possession on the red kick outs. The games were more evenly matched than the scoreboard suggests but it was one of those days where every option the lads chose was the right one and their talent, hard work and sweat converted into a festival of scores. The first game finished 0-10 (30) to 1-0. (1). The second game was 1-9 (28) to 0-1 (1). Champagne stuff!!
U10s RED team:
The Red team had a tough encounter in their first match against a Warrenpoint side with some strong ball-carriers who dominated the midfield and used that as a platform to build an impressive tally of pointed scores. In their second game, the Reds fared better as they worked hard together to produce some really excellent team-plays and come away with the upper hand. A play which was typical of Clontarf's battling performance came at the end of the game when Pádraic put his body on the line in a full-stretch block against the Warrenpoint full back which Pádraic took straight in the face (definitely hurt!) and from which we scored a goal as he played on even though he had the option to come off. Nice also to see one of the St. Peter's players make a point of shaking hands after the game with the referee and each of the Clontarf mentors!
U10's BLUE team:
Clontarf dominated from the outset in their first game which was quite a mismatch. Although impressive to see the fluency with which Dylan Groenewald, Christopher, Jamie and Paddy "The Rock" Carthy mopped up to deliver to linkmen Billy and Dylan Lydon, in turn releasing the lethal strike-force of Zach, Ruadhán, James F and Ethan, we eventually withdrew some of our heavy artillery to introduce some balance to the play as the St. Peter's side battled bravely right to the final whistle. The Clontarf BLUEs' second match was a more a meeting of equals as the visiting Blue Scirocco from Carlingford-side met Clontarf's Blue Lightning in a titanic struggle from which the home side emerged unbowed.
U10 Boys Go Games Football Match reports (Sat. 27th May):
SHARKS (away) v Erin Go Bragh @ Hazeltown Park:
A great team display by the Sharks today in torrential rain in Clonee. The boys competed for every ball & worked the short pass really well. Sharks took an early lead & were never really threatened. Almost nothing got through our strong defence today & Sharks were unfortunate to concede a late goal. Aaron Murphy was everywhere today, defending, attacking & scoring. Rian showed great strength in defence & midfield. James Ferguson had a superb game, scoring a few goals & points including a beautiful point hand passed over the bar. Hats off to the lads - they were brilliant in tough conditions & not one complaint. A good win but as coach Seamus said they will have tougher matches! To work on : keeping it red & using the short pass. We had a few wides today which could easily have been scores if the short pass was used.
FALCONS (away) v Clanna Gael Fontenoy:
There was a lot to write home about in an impressive display by the Falcons against Clann na Gael Fontenoy on Saturday. Full back Ruadhán Maher imposed himself from the off and swept up every ball that came his way. Elsewhere on the field, marking was a little loose and tracking back absent in the first half, but there was a marked improvement after the resumption. Ben and Jude competed tigerishly at the back. Matthew Bryans and Conor Gahan were full of running in midfield while up front Donnchadh Corrigan, Matt Lynch and Rhys were buzzy and engaged. Midfield’s Fionn Murphy was the star man, with a technically flawless display of textbook pick-ups, passes, scoring and blocking. A bloodless victory in the end for a Clontarf team that got better and better as the game progressed. With a quicker start, the sky’s the limit for the Falcons.
BOBCATS (Away) v Clanna Gael Fontenoy @ Sean Moore Road:
Bobcats struggled to get started in the wet conditions today as the opposition adjusted better and hit us with with three excellent overs in the first 5 minutes. In defence, players too often ran goalwards rather than pick up the opposing players. At one stage there were four Clann players all free within kickable distance from our goals, while we were all marking each other in front of goal! Clanna Gael also managed often to send their defensive marker the wrong way when we should have closed the door to force the attacking ball-carrier out to the sideline; this was a by-product of our loose marking as we found ourselves running out to defend and tended to overshoot or be easily wrong-footed as the attacker just had to step inside unchallenged to a central scoring position. When we settled got up in search of scores we found chances to follow up with another - when we contested the Clanna Gael kick out. In shooting for scores, we had more wides in this match than what we scored, while the opposition were more accurate from the boot and only missed a few. At halftime, guest-coach Francois urged the team to go short and then work the ball up the pitch - and this tactic worked very well for a while but was soon forgotten as we reverted to our previous, less effective style of "one track mind" play! In the second half we did manage to dominate the play more for a period, but still made heavy work of building from our own back-line and could not maintain our energy levels to get up the pitch as we handed over possession way to easily. Our players ran out of steam with Clanna Gael team able to subsitute and bring in fresh legs. Zach, Jamie, Cathal and Sam Power all made good contributions today but we need to focus on some parts of our play that will help us work better both in individual roles and as a team.
To work on:
1. An exercise for defenders to closely track our man and to practise forcing the attacker out wide.
2. Focus on decision-making in attack so the ball-carrier is looking up for passing options to another Red in a better scoring position when having a go ourselves from distance is too much of a "long shot".
3. Goal-kicks into the hands of our players in the opposition's half.
EAGLES (away) v Clanna Gael Fontenoy @ Sean Moore Road:
Eagles started sluggishly today with slack marking and low an energy while Clanna Gael showed intent and accuracy to kick 1-2 with no reply. Clontarf also created scoring chances but were over-ambitious with attempts from distance when a pass inside was the better option. When Billy switched out of goal to midfield, we steadied the ship and asserted ourselves more as we marked tighter and stepped up the commitment to winning the ball. Cúán and Kuba and Odhran put their markers under lock and key while Conor Murray fielded well on lofted-in balls. With our defence locked down, Sam Tuite and Odhran at midfield spotted passing options & used them well to keep more possession. With Reds beginning to combine well, Billy's finishing accuracy had put us back in the game by the break. HT: CnaGF 3-3(12), CT 0-3(9). After the half-time talk, the Eagles ket up the intensity and piled on pressure in the Clann half to score four overs "on the bounce". Billy made his usual stalwart contribution on the field and on the scoreboard and continued covering the ground to mop up possession until late in the game; as the Red tide shifted to sweep from Clontarf and engulf the Beach Road shore, the home side's frustration grew and Billy also drew some unwelcome "attention" from the Blues. But he picked himself up & gave his answer with grit and footballing skill. Having carved out some incisive runs in the first half (unlucky not to convert), Finn Walsh gave the outstanding performance of when he dropped into the back-line for the second half. There he gave a magnificent, energetic display of defensive skills to play a large part in curbing the Clanna Gael's scoring threat as Clontarf overhauled the home side by 9 scores to their 5 in this period. An impressive tally from play against a sometimes on-the-edge Clanna Gael side whose physical presence and footballing skill made them worthy opposition. Built upon a rock-solid supply of booming goal-kicks from Billy, Pádraic and TJ, our tally included some fine team-worked scores confidently finished by Conor M, TJ and Odhran. Thanks to CnaG-men Oisin and Daniel who each played a half for us. FT: CnaGF 5-7(26), CT 0-12(36).
Match Reports: Saturday, 20th May 2017 - Hurling
Dublin Community Games U11 Hurling:
Comhghairdeas! to the U11 Boys Community Games hurling team, silver medallists in the Dublin games, who came up against a very skillful Marino side in their Final last Monday. It wasn't their night but they had a great run in the competition, with lots to build from for next year's competition - and to go at least one better! #CluainTarbhAbú!
Go Leagues Hurling Matches - Saturday, 20th May:
TORNADOES (away) v Parnells @ Chanel, Coolock:
Tornadoes dominated Parnells with the emphasis put on competing for the sliothar, marking up and keeping the sliothar moving on the astro surface. Strong puck outs from Oran/Christopher were the start of most of our attacks. In the second half Parnells played with an extra man but the Tornadoes remained on top with Ethan doing a man marking job on Parnells main threat in midfield. Scores spread throughout the team with notable contributions from Matthew and Oscar. Final score 10-5 to 5-2 to Clontarf.
TYPHOONS (away) v Parnells:
Typhoons started with 9 players including a temporary Parnells volunteer. We lost him early in the first half but held our ground and worked hard to a man to fill the gaps. We played the rest of the game with 8 v 10 Parnells. It was a fair enough test for our lads. Clontarf clearly dominated in exchanges through the first half but unfortunately our converted scores were low. We scored to 2:0 to Parnells 1:1 at half time.
It was a big ask to keep up our momentum playing into the wind in the second half. The extra Parnells players began to claim advantage as Clontarf tired. It was a good flowing, tough match. The boys in red were up for the challenge. The boys lifted the sliotar quickly; challenged every ball; passed fluidly - three high catches from Thomas and Aaron were highlights. Sideline cuts generally worked well. Puck outs were strong and directed wide to space. Rian was like Lord Commander of the Nights Watch, flanked by his able lieutenants Michael and Miguel. Thomas and Aaron marshalled the midfield. While James; Fiachra and Ben harried and up front. We scored some great goals but were lacking points in the final tally. We scored a final 4:0 to Parnells 2:4. It was a brave display and the lads deserve great credit for playing hard to the end despite uneven numbers. A final few words from the opposition coach who highly complimented the lads for their excellent skills and how they played the game. Typhoons hurled today, well done lads.
JETS (away) v Fingallians:
Fingallians cooled the Jets in the 1st half of this contest and it would have been a larger margin but for the stout defensive display by Matthew Bryans and Ruadhan Maher. Finn Walsh started between the sticks and played some tactical puck outs to the wings but chances to attack were limited due to the numerical advantage that the fingallians enjoyed. The half ended 2-2 to 0-1 in favour of the home side with the single score registered by Clontarf being a fantastic high field by the live wire Finn Walsh. The Jets did hook and block and hassle throughout the half but unfortunately no scores for this effort was officially recognised. The second half commenced with the numerical advantage nullified by "mutual consent" and the game was much more even. Stephen OByrne and Kuba Markowicz were heroic during their stints in goals and Zach Foley worked tirelessly upfront as did Sam Power who put his body on the line and got stuck in, despite their best efforts the Jets couldn't find the momentum to threaten the scoreboard and the game finished 4-2 to 1-2. Man of the match without doubt goes to Matthew Bryan who ran and chased all day and showed lovely skill in picking the ball off the ground at every opportunity. Great tenacity was shown by the Jets that will stand them in good stead in future battles.
CYCLONES (away) v Fingallians @ Balheary:
Cyclones were missing a few players today but started with Pádraic in goal and borrowed a Fingallians player for the first half.
With Jamie and Yang in defence, Dylan G and Cathal were joined at midfield by Fingallian's Callum while Matt and Rhys set to work keeping the Fingallians backs busy. Sustained pressure & ball-winning at midfield were the key giving us a lot of ball into the Fingallians end of the pitch and Clontarf pushed ahead with Cathal and Dylan registering scores. Cathal had a "65" chance to extend our lead and struck it well but the ball drifted just to the right. Rhys also stepped up for a "65" and, while the intial shot let him down, he reacted quickly to push the sliotar forward to the waiting Clontarf forward-line who scrambled it over the Fingallians goal-line. HT: Clontarf 3-0, Fingallians 1-0.
At the restart, our backs and forward line switched roles as Cyclones played a man down on Fingallians. Cathal once more bossed midfield and Dylan and Jamie formed a great partnership which netted us four more goals. As we heaped on the attacks, we pushed up-field in numbers and we lost our shape in defence; while Matt doubled back at speed once to close off what would have been a certain score by the home side, we were left vulnerable if Fingallians could just shake off our strangle-hold on the game. Break the siege they did and came back to show the value of going for your point as the single "over" of the game pulled them back to trail by just a single score. Cyclones held on, though, to record a well-deserved win, FT: Cyclones 7-0(7), Fingallians 3-1(6).
Well done to all for great team-work today. MOTM contenders Cathal, Dylan G and Jamie brought energy to the game and kept going from start to finish. Yang and Dylan deserve a noble mention for strong lifting and striking of the sliotar to repel Fingallians attacks and put the pressure back on the opposing defence.
Positives from this game: Our work-rate today was excellent; great to see the lads working together to push the pull out of the "ruck" to a free Clontarf player. Sideline cuts also worked well.
To work on: While our ground-hurling was very strong today, lifting the ball when we have space to strike from the hand will gain us more distance. Marking in defence is still loose and will be punished by stronger opposition.
HURRICANES V Fingallians (Balheary):
A valiant effort was put in by all the boys against a strong Fingallians opposition. With a man less and against the wind, the match remained scoreless for the first 15 minutes. This was as a result of tenacious tackling, blocking and excellent man marking by Conor M, Louis M and James L in defence assisted by Cúán in his sweeping role. Fingallians pressure eventually told with a few late scores and two frees in front of the posts! Billy managed a strike against the wind to leave the half time score at 3-2 to 0-1.
The second half effort was no less committed with Sam T, Fionn, and TJ taking up where Conor, Louis and James had left off in the first half. Sam and Fionn in particular repelling many Fingallians attacks. Hurricanes used the wind well and this was a much more even half. A few high catches from Billy led to a few more points but the score of the day was a side line cut over the bar by one of the Fingallians lads. An injured Pádraic joined the troops in goal late on to even up the numbers and his puck outs were a constant threat but time ran out on this brave and admirable effort. Final score 4-5 to 0-3.
Positives – Blocking, hooking and man marking. Preventing the opposition from getting the sliotar to hand. Also calling out each other’s names. General teamwork.
Areas for Improvement – Avoid giving away unnecessary frees (especially in scoring positions). Work on striking the sliotar while on the run. Striking accuracy needs attention.
Well done all!
Match Reports: Saturday, 13th May 2017 - Football
Comhghairdeas! to U10 Boys: Pàdraic, Finn, Billy and Odhran and all the U11 Boys Hurlers who won their semi-final v Iona (Na Fianna) on Wednesday to reach the Dublin Community Games Final v Marino (St. Vincents) this Monday, 15th May at Pitch 30, 7:30pm. All support welcome! #KeepItRed!
Go Leagues Football Matches - Saturday, 13th May:
SHARKS (home) v Whitehall Colmcilles:
With a focus on making a quick start and teamwork the Sharks showed their teeth with a goal from Miguel in the first minute. Within minutes again Fiachra found the net. With constant pressure from Clontarf, Whitehall with a man down found nearly impossible to respond. As the first quarter finished, Oran Ward was happy to volunteer to play with Whitehall to even up the stakes. Oran quickly found the back of the net with an attack led from midfield. Shortly afterwards a point sailed over the bar from Oran's right boot. We had a game on our hands. Oran was difficult to contain and posed a consistent threat but Clontarf kept control of the game. Midfield commander Matthew Gillard was a constant presence, ably supported in defence by Rian Marren. The pair struck a fearsome challenge to the Whitehall attack. Paddy Carthy scored two skill points for outstanding blocks. Further scores came from Fiachra; Ross; James and Miguel. We generally moved the ball well but on occasions missed opportunities to pass to better positioned players. We were penalised a couple of times for picking up the ball straight of the ground. In a closer game this could have been costly. Kick outs were generally good. Marking up is still not instinctive but generally the Sharks kept it 'shoulder tight' when asked. Fiachra was like a second shadow to Oran Ward for the final 10 minutes and successfully stemmed any further challenge from the Clontarf man in white.
EAGLES (away) v St. Sylvesters, Malahide:
Following previous games where the Eagles have been slow to start, today they got going right from the throw in. Some good passing and interplay between Billy, James L and Zach saw the Eagles notch the first score of the game, a well taken point. However our opponents were not shy when it came to breaking quickly and soon showed there own skills with some well taken points. Our loose marking and failure to track back allowed Syls to get on top, but only just as well taken scores from Zach, Billy and James L kept us well in the game. A fine save by Daniel and some excellent last ditch defending from Padraic and TJ kept Syls out to leave the half time score at 2-6(20) to 0-6-1(19), the Eagles also getting a skill point for a high catch through Odhran. The second half was nip and tuck and but for a bit of wayward shooting the Eagles could easily have finished on top. Playing the last ten minutes a man down due to injury meant the Eagles were always up against it. At times when attacking our passing and looking up for a man was fantastic, creating space, an overlap and scoring opportunities. At times however our marking and tracking back let us down and loosed Syls an overlap and time to shoot. We need to cut out the attempts at the flick-pick-up, six or seven possessions we should have had were lost, many in attacking positions costing us scores. Things to work on - * Kick out strategies and giving the keeper an option. * Tracking back and marking up - if s defender makes a great burst forward our midfielders need to think to cover back and not overcommit. * Clean pick ups and retaining our own possession. Things to be proud of - This was the most impressive display of passing, foot and hand, by the Eagles to date. All players can take credit for this as each and everyone contributed. More of the same please and the wins will come. Final score Syls 5-11(38) Eagles 3-09-01(31)
BOBCATS (away) v St. Sylvesters Malahide:
A super performance on Saturday as the Bobcats purred in Malahide, pouncing on their St. Sylvesters prey from the throw in. At the back Sam and Yang were disciplined and sticky. In the midfield JJ, Louis M and Cuan were dominant. Up front Stephen O’B and Conor Murray seemed to unleash telepathic powers while Matthew Bryans posed a constant goal threat in the second half. The real positives were team work and hard work as well as the ability to look up and find the right option. At one point Clontarf's aggressive marking at the opponents kick outs besieged the Syls' goal and harvested 4 points in a row without any Blue possession. More like tigers than bobcats! Room for improvement on the occasional reluctance to bend the back to get ball to hand. Some lovely flick pick-ups look good in the slow-mo montages but will be punished by stronger opposition. The eye catching man of the match was Conor Murray whose score-taking display reminded one of Maurice Fitz in his pomp. Final score 6-10 to 2-04. Big thanks to Matthew Bryans and Louis Magner who wore blue for a half each.
FALCONS v St. Sylvesters:
"Falcons fall short of Flying Without Wings as St. Sylvesters Raise Themselves Up"
Falcons got stuck in from the throw-in and marked up well. With a downhill advantage, we heaped pressure on the St. Sylvesters defence & worked as a team to create point-scoring chances. Our shooting let us down a little as we failed to convert overs but Clontarf got the scoreboard moving with two goals from intense battling by Cathal and Ben who punished Syls defense for not clearing the Red danger. When Malahide break out of their half from kickouts, Matt and Ruadhán degended solidly and marked closely to boss the Blues off the ball. Jamie and Dylan attacked well at midfield but we were vulnerable on counter-attacks & slow to track back so our backs were often pulled out-field trying to close down Syls advances. Rhys played the first half in the blue & green jersey and was a constant threat when the play moved up-field towards Clontarf's goal. Donnchadh in goal showed good judgement, advancing to meet the ball and close down the Malahide attacks and Keeping It Red on kickouts. Score of the half came from a midfield Clontarf free which Cathal plucked from the air, beat 2 defenders and hand-passed to Dylan who booted it squarely over the bar. Soon after, though, we conceded a sucker-punch as we were caught napping in the Syls half and a long ball to their unmarked front line gifted the Blues their second 3-pointer to level the match at HT: CT 3-1(6), Syls 0-2(6). The Falcons' mood was upbeat at the break. Jamie gamely played half for Malahide and Rhys took manned our goal where he was a busy man from the restart as Sylvesters exploited the downhill to pin us in our half. With our defence under sustained pressure, the large pitch and hill took their toll and our midfield presence faded due to tired legs as Malahide took some well-worked overs. Our heads never dropped but our performance tailed off as Sylvesters easily recycled ball to take point-scoring chances like Clontarf had failed to convert in our dominant first half. The Falcons battled bravely to the final whistle and Donnchadh was unlucky not to register a couple of overs in the last minutes. FT: CT 3-1-1sp(7), St. Sylvesters 1-7(22). Things to work on: Steady the feet to take your point; heads-up games reinforce tracking the play. Usual suspects: referee must a see clean hand-pass and toe under for the pick up.
DOLPHINS (home) v Whitehall Colmcilles:
It was a solid functional performance against Whitehall this Saturday for the Dolphins. Strong emphasis for the prematch talk centred on physically imposing ourselves on the opposition from the start, marking up and keeping the ball. The lads clearly took note as we took the lead early on and kept it. Some notable performances include a hat-trick of points from the right hand corner from Matthew Cunningham in the first half, great midfield play from Tadg and Oscar winning most of the 50:50 ball which disrupted any rhythm of play from the opposition, some quick-pass interplay from defence all the way to the forwards from Christopher and Conor to Tadg and Michael, some long clearances from Dylan that set up points for Ethan and Matthew and some great saves and clearances from Conor when in goal. Whitehall pushed hard in the second half but we kept our noses in front and came out on top. Slight confusion over the refs signals on scoring but the final score was 3-9 to 3-7.
Community Games (U11) Hurling, Wed. 3rd May:
Comhghairdeas to Billy, Odhran, Pádraic and Finn and all the U11 boys who gave a masterful display of hurling against Lucan to close out an emphatic 3-5(14) to 1-1(4) win on Pitch 30 last Wednesday evening, including goals from Finn and Billy. Their reward: a semi-final pairing with Iona (Na Fianna) this coming Weds. 10th May @ 7:15pm at St. Paul's College. Support welcome!
Go Leagues Hurling matches, Sat. 6th May:
JETS (home) v Cuala:
’Twas a game of two halves for the Jets on Saturday against Cuala. The twin pillars in defence of Cathal Langan and Finn Walsh kept the reds in the game in the opening minutes - their display of tight marking was delivered with an air of authority and aggression. But further out the field the Dalkey outfit won too much uncontested ball and a few of the lads simply looked like they wanted to be elsewhere. Cuala packed a few lovely hurlers into the centre of the park and they boomed long strike after long strike down on our besieged defence. In the second half, everyone put their shoulder to the wheel and suddenly Clontarf brought the match to their southside guests. A super goal by James Kiernan, high catch skill points for Conor Murray and a 'leave it all out there’ effort from Cúán turned the tide. Meanwhile Stephen came into the game from corner forward - even when his marker stole his left boot - and Matthew Bryans started to impose himself on the action. Joe Mc Keon stood between the posts and saved a few certain goals with quick reactions. His lightning instincts and thunderous puck outs was worth 3 or 4 points to the team as Clontarf won the second half. Definite work to be done on making a quicker, more disciplined start and we were a little behind our opponents on striking skills from the hand. Man of the match to Cathal Langan who hit the heights and looked very comfortable, bossing and containing a man six inches taller than himself.
TYPHOONS (away) v Fingallians:
A solid workman like performance today for the Typhoons against Fingallians in Swords as the lads put into practice many of the skills that have been instilled in them over the last number of weeks. The lads marked up really well, were more often than not first to the ball and kept possession. The skills learnt in the heads up game certainly came to the fore. Aaron got the Typhoons onto the scoreboard with a great goal from a hotly contested ball in the box. This was followed up with an excellent point from Matthew Cunningham from the right hand side. Matthew had a fantastic game and put two further points on the scoreboard either side of the half time break. Matthew Gillard and Rian were really good in midfield and defense and broke up many attempts from the home side to get on the scoreboard. Matthew Gillard also scored a great point from mid-field. Solid work also from Paddy and Fiachra meant Fins never really threatened. Aaron scored another point and bookended the match with a fine goal. Final score 2-0 to 2-5. We were short numbers today so big thanks to Fingallian lads who helped balance the teams in first and second half.
HURRICANES (home) v Cuala:
Game of 2 halves also for Hurricanes as Cuala played well in first half to lead for a while by 3 points to 1 goal. Clontarf were slow to mark the opposition and left too much space for the Cuala forwards, James Lonergan batted away many attacks to leave us in the game as goals from Sam, Daniel and Odhran with a point from Billy to leave team trailing by 9 -8 at half time. Boys listened very well to instructions at the interval to work together, mark up and support each other. Louis and Daniel controlled the defence to repel Cuala attacks with Padraic and Sam alternating in goals with some great saves and strong puck outs. Billy and Odhran controlled midfield, while James scored 2 lovely points, Zach worked really hard in the forwards while Billy took some really good scores to push us ahead. The eventual score 6-6 (26) to 1- 4 (13), a very strong team performance from James, Billy, Odhran, Daniel, Padraic, Sam, Louis and Zach. Areas to work on: striking on the run, free taking, first touch.
CYCLONES (home) v Cuala:
With a focus on marking up for the second half some excellent defensive work from Louis C, Rhys and Ben kept Cuala at bay for long spells. Ben's long clearances from goal gave great relief to the Cyclones back-line, while Donnchadh and Jude hassled and harried up front. Special mention to Conor G and Dylan G - fantastic displays in midfield, striking from hand or on the ground when needed, the two lads covered back, tackled and won the ball even in apparent lost causes. Well done lads.
Despite the Cyclones being on top for most of second half, Cuala nicked a couple of late goals for a final score of 5-2 to 5-0 for Cuala.
To a man the Cyclones got stuck, tackled and gave a hundred percent effort.
Things to work on - getting ball in hand and striking under pressure.
Well done Cyclones!
TORNADOES (away) v Fingallians:
Tornadoes (2:3) v fingallians (2:11). Another game of two halves. We were very slow to start, didn't mark up in midfield and allowed Fingallians to get some early points. Fingallians were picking the ball up and shooting very well. We failed to block or hook & generally we stood back & left them to it. Surprisingly, given that blocks are improving in training, the boys were very half hearted in their attempts to block. A good talk by Seamus at half time, some key switches & the introduction of Tadg in midfield made for a different 2nd half. We challenged more for the ball, marked tighter but unfortunately we had a fair few wides. On the plus side - Fingallians had far fewer scores in the second half, excellent goalkeeping on display from Ethan, he made super saves & his puck outs were very strong, Lovely hand pass from Ross to Oran who put it over the bar & a magnificent point from a free from Oscar from the far end of the pitch. Man of the match has to be Ethan who is going from strength to strength. Things to work on - blocking particularly getting in close, marking up & making a better start to every game. More support from parents as umpires would also be helpful.
Match Reports: Saturday, 29th April 2017 - Football
Clontarf U10 Community Games Football (away) v Malahide:
Clontarf U10's team drawn from the combined 2007 and 2008 Boys squads took on Malahide on Friday, 28th April, at Bridgefield, Malahide. The home side started strongly but once we got our hands on the ball we began to show our wares. Some great football played on a big pitch. We gathered a promising lead and things looked hopeful. Malahide in fairness kept us in sight and kept ticking over the score board. All in all, very even in the first half. Managing the bench was challenging and as players tired and were rotated our shape unravelled somewhat. We were exposed a couple of critical times on kick outs and bossed off the ball a couple of times. Malahide had a purple patch in the second half that stretched their lead. Clontarf did very well but unfortunately came out on the wrong end of the result. 6:5 to 3:3 in the end. All very disappointed, some tears - but you have to taste defeat before you can savour the victory! Hopefully it was a good experience for all. Thanks to all who came out to support. Well done to Luke, Billy, Daniel and Senan who slotted in so well from the 2008 Boys group. Good luck to our Community Games U11 hurlers this Wednesday on Pitch 30 at 7pm v Lucan!
U10 Go Leagues Football matches, Saturday 29th April:
EAGLES (home) v Lucan Sarsfields:
A very well drilled Lucan team came to Clontarf this Saturday morning and served up a lesson in how football should be played. Right from the get go Lucan had Clontarf on the back foot with a couple of well worked hand passed scores. Loose marking and hesitancy on the ball meant we struggled all over the pitch. Lucan always seemed to be able to find the free man and once they created the overlap they exploited it with aplomb. Half time couldn't come quick enough and the chance to re group. Second half was much improved, tighter marking and a big lift in general endeavour Billy, Padraic and Finn Walsh tapped over a few scores to stem the flow. Daniel, Cuan and Mike got a better grip in defence. Kuba, Conor and Odhran started to pass with more effect. A bit of pride was recovered. Final score LS 4-11, CT 1-8.
Homework: Back & Forwards drills for better marking, hand passing to man in space
FALCONS (home) v Lucan Sarsfields:
Short story to this game: Falcons dominated from start to finish with a final score of 5-13 Lucan Sarsfield 1-2.
BOBCATS (home) v Lucan:
Bobcats had terrible first half with lack of marking, poor concentration and low effort being the hallmarks of our performance. Lucan took full advantage and we were 0-4 down before a Clontarf man made a tackle or stood shoulder to shoulder with the opposition. The second half was better, with much improved effort, but with the job done, Lucan were happy to make some changes and withdraw some of their fire-power. We definitely need to work on marking, with backs and forwards training a good idea.
DOLPHINS & SHARKS (away) v St Vincents:
A mixed day for the away teams. Dolphins were very slow to start and had a poor first half; better in the second half but, against a stiff breeze, left ourselves too much to do on the scoresheet. The Sharks did very well; a slow start but once we got going registered 2-9 to 1-2. Dylan Larmer, Christopher, Thomas, Paddy and Rian all did well today.
Match Reports: Saturday, 8th April 2017 - Hurling
Please note, especially as weather warms up, we would encourage parents to provide water for their children to drink while playing matches and training.
JETS (home) v Castleknock:
The Jets propelled themselves to a supersonic victory in their maiden flight on Saturday. At the back Ben, Yang and Mikey were tenacious tacklers and worked as a unit to enforce a no fly zone for the Castleknock forwards. In midfield, Zach won a tremendous amount of ball and used it intelligently - often sending it with precision to the back of the net. Finn Walsh came into the game more and more as the game progressed and was particularly impressive when injecting pace with the sliotar in hand. Sam Power showed real steel in battling for every possession and Stephen and Daniel were very effective threats around the square.
All in all the lads delivered on every single thing that was asked of them - battling and hassling, getting in tight to make it difficult for the opponents to strike clean ball, lifting their ‘heads up’ when they got the ball to assess the options and taking their steps to buy space. Not one cross word was spoken to either the referee or any teammates. And why would there have been?The sun shone and so too did all the hard work over the Winter. All in all a hugely impressive performance from the starting gate to the winning post. Final score 5-3 to 0-1
CYCLONES (home) v Castleknock:
Cyclones may be inwardly circling winds but today at the DCC they were at their destructive best and blew away the visitors from Castleknock. As the opponents were a few men short Jamie and Louis C volunteered to help out the Knock and in fairness to the lads performed very capably. Despite this the Cyclones laid siege to the Castleknock goal for the entire 1st half and pounded the defence but came up blank. In fact a breakaway move by the visitors was finished to the net despite the heroic efforts of Kuba in goals. Parity was restored shortly after as Rhys finished the ball to the net to leave the sides level at half time. The cyclones regrouped in the second half and scored an impressive 4-3. The majority contributed by Ruadhan Maher who battled and hassled throughout and executed "the pick up and 4 step" move at every available opportunity. All the lads tried the pick up but most importantly encouraged one another throughout the game. Most of the lads took a knock or two, including Matthew Bryans, but didn't complain or drop the head in fact Rhys took his fair share of punishment and lived up to Kuba's comment that "Rhys is an animal for hurling". He certainly showed how to get stuck in. Final score 5-3 to 2-0 with the impressive Ruadhan Maher earning MVP.
TORNADOES (away) v St. Peregrine's:
On a beautiful sunny Saturday morning it was hard to imagine a Tornado of any guise descending down on Hartstown to whip up a storm against St Peregrines. The home side started well got to ball early and took their chances. Their no.10 was particularly good and got some fine points from play. Although the home teams momentum started to slip a little by half time they were in a commanding lead and Clontarf were left with a mountain to climb trailing 1-4 against 1-0.
But Tornadoes don’t climb mountains they descend on them and so it was in the second half as Clontarf produced a magical display of skill, strength and team spirit. From a scuffle just outside the box Dylan popped the sliotar over for a point and the comeback began. A long shot from Oscar just dipped below the post for a goal but was followed up shortly after with two further long shots this time both high and between the posts. Tadg put in a stormer marking their no.10 in the second half and prevented the talisman from getting any further scores. Goalkeeper Conor Gallagher put in a fantastic save mid way through the second half when a long ball fell to their forward and he came storming out of the box, blocked, dispossessed and blasted the sliotar back up the pitch. With just seconds to play and deep in the home side’s half the ball passed from Ethan to Oran to Oscar and with the last strike of the game Oscar broke St Peregrines hearts with a brilliantly taken point. The lads play team sports for days like these. Final score 1-4 to 3-4.
TYPHOONS (away) v St. Peregrine's:
Typhoons were short a couple of players on arrival in Hartstown on a warm sunny morning. St. Peregrines kindly provided three enthusiastic volunteers for each half. The challenge of freshly cut but long grass was welcomed as it forced players to lift the ball and helped to shake off winter habits developed while sheltering on the artificial turf in Alfie Byrne Road.
By the final whistle Typhoons scored 7 goals (Matthew C; Thomas; Fiachra; Peregrines player) and 4 points (Thomas and Matthew). Peregrines despite their best efforts were held scoreless. Credit must be given to the Peregrines players who played with full intent for Clontarf in both halves. One volunteer player made save of the day while minding the Clontarf goals.
Overall, a good team effort from Clontarf. Some encouraging efforts were made at catching the ball. We could do a little more work on striking/passing on the move to build up confidence on connecting with the ball. This work will help in making connecting passes and improving the tally of points in games.
HURRICANES (home) v Castleknock:
On their debut outing the Hurricanes recorded a good win over the visiting Castleknock side in near perfect conditions. A slow start and lack of marking allowed Castleknock to ghost in for 1-1 before Clontarf had settled fully. However through Billy and Odhran the Hurricanes responded with points to get on top. A goal from James L helped the hurricanes to a deserved 1-4 to 1-3 half time lead. On the plus side from the opening exchanges some fantastic puck outs from TJ, Padraic and Cúán set up many an attack. In midfield two great catches from Billy and blocks from Odhran had the engine room firing on all cylinders. Disappointingly the bulk of Castleknock scores came as a result of players not marking up or tracking back. In spite of some harsh words at half time we still failed to mark up and hold our positions in the second half resulting in Castleknock scoring goals from 3 on 2 situations. Despite giving the opposition confidence it would not be enough to calm these Hurricanes. Long relieving clearances from Billy and James, good link up play from TJ and Padraic, helped TJ, Odhran and Cúán to second half points. Some strong defensive play by Louis and Fionn helped break down the Knock attacks.
MOTM to Odhran, with 0-4 and three frontal blocks as good as you would see in Croker any day.
Most impressive aspect of today was the battling, tackling and hassling. While Castleknock were dangerous in loose/open situations, when the Hurricanes were close in they had no hope. To work on - our marking and holding position. Hurricanes 1-9 Castleknock 4-4 (2skill points for hooks)
Match Reports: Saturday, 1st April 2017 - Football
FALCONS (away) v Raheny:
It was a game of two halves in the local derby in St. Annes as Falcons met a well organised Raheny outfit. After a full blooded warm up, the lads seemed to lack energy on the throw in. The coach may have questions to answer there! The boys impersonated statues for the first ten minutes and before the game was five minutes old they had conceded 6 points.
In the second half, the team resolved to fight harder, take their steps and to find a pass - and operation transformation worked a treat. Suddenly Ben was his tigerish self in defence, assisted by Matthew Gillard who extinguished almost every attack with a powerful display. Louis Costello showed athleticism to police a hard border. Increasingly, James Ferguson and Joe McKeon began to get a grip on the midfield, from where they launched attack after attack. Up front Miguel, Fiachra and Ruadhán began to bombard the hosts and the scoreboard started to turn back in our favour. Paddy and Matt both made great saves when doing their duty between the posts and when outfield, were battling hard in defence and attack respectively. Man Of The Match goes to Matthew Gillard for a superlative second half display. The reds won the second half comfortably but went down overall on a sobering scoreline of 3-14 to 3-3. Both teams earned three high catch skill points. Clear room for improvement needed on position and marking in particular on kick outs. Lads need to remember that there’s three points for an over as too many shots fell low or short. Positives were the free running and passing game that the Falcons can exhibit when they hit their stride. They got their heads up in the second half and earned the right to hold their heads high at the finish.
EAGLES (away) v Raheny:
The Raheny pitches were far from the short grass variety and would have been more useful for foddering a few sheep or horses, but despite this, both teams served up an exciting end to end game that was littered with quality scores. The Raheny outfit started very brightly with their number 1 and number 24 getting in behind our defence for 2 quick points. Their game plan was evident as we ball-watched and followed the play rather than sticking to our man this allowed their lads to peel off and steal a few yards of space behind the line. This was addressed by simple man-on-man marking. Once that door was closed the Eagles settled down well and Billy, Zach, JJ and TJ came into their own and tacked on some lovely points. The eagles defence of Cúán "Cú Chulainn" Hargaden and Michael "The Brick" McCabe were immensely impressive and took no prisoners - a credit to their midland fathers. The half finished honours even and with a few positional changes and the hill with us the Eagles continued to play well as a team. Pádraic Murphy was moved into centre of defence in the second half and with Cúán sniffed out most "Parish" attacks. At the other end Kuba and "Aaron the engine" laid on plenty of ball for Billy, Zach and TJ to convert. Special mention must also go to Sam Power who marked the Raheny player wearing 1 for the second half and kept him scoreless. The final score was 1-12 to 2-7 in the Eagles favour with Clontarf also dominating the skill-points awarded for high catches. Lessons to learn for the team were to be more vocally supportive of your team mates and closely mark your opposite number. The big lesson for the mentors is to get some game plays worked into the weekly training sessions. Man-of-Match Cúán Chulainn Hargarden who had a great battle with number 24 throughout and asked for no quarter and certainly gave none. Maith an buachaill!
DOLPHINS, SHARKS and a few keen FALCONS/BOBCATS hurlers took on the Wall Ball Challenge today at the clubhouse astro. It went well, with all lads having at least one turn of both challenges ("shots per minutes" and "hit the target"). It was high-intensity stuff with a lot of lads fairly tired by the end of the session! The 2nd challenge is tough, but it's great for lads as they get loads of hits/strikes of ball between the two challenges. Oscar, Odhran and Pádraic all leading the charge from this group. The mentors will crunch the numbers and then its: On to the next round!