Fáilte! Welcome to the U11 Boys (born 2007) team page! Check-in back here each week for training and fixtures updates and other news items. For reports on recent matches and other events, scroll down to our Match Reports and Archived News section.
News: Monday, 18th June 2018 - FOOTBALL this week.
** FOOTBALL AGAIN this week, our last before the summer break, with all teams away on Saturday 23rd to St Brigids and Ballinteer St. John's for our final Go Leagues matches. A reminder that TUESDAY TRAINING HAS MOVED TO 7pm at St. Paul's College.
** SUMMER CAMPS are now available for online registration. MSL Park Motors Club Campa will take place on August 7th-10th. The Cúl Camp on August 20th-24th is sold out. Both camps will be in a new venue at DCC Alfie Byrne Road. Further details and registration via clontarfgaa.com/camps.
** We will form a 1-team squad of hurlers for “Camáint” summer hurling (Northside) for 4 Tuesday evenings in July. Enquiries to: Ultan, Enda or David. Earnest, focused team-players only, please. Skill level not an issue.
** USE of PITCH at ST. PAUL'S COLLEGE: We continue to have access to the lower rugby pitch in St Pauls, but ONLY to this pitch. It is important that we restrict all training, playing and spectator activities to this pitch, owned by the school, and do not trespass on to the adjoining pitches, which are not the property of the school. Please respect that we do not have permission to go on to any of the lands adjoining the lower rugby pitch. Thank you.
*** Upcoming training & match fixtures:
away - (link) Collinstown (Airport).
Directions from Whitehall: Take Old Swords Road past Omni Shopping Centre & Santry Stadium; at Dardistown Cemetery take a left at lights on to Old Airport Road (airport on right); continue on for 2km; entrance is on left.
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** Teamer Responses are now required by WEDNESDAY evening - To help the mentors picking teams each week, you are now requested to respond (Confirm OR Decline) to Teamer invitations for Matches by 6pm WEDNESDAY evening. Players who respond promptly will considerably improve their chance to get a place in a team. Thanks for your cooperation!
** Evening Training (from Easter) is on Grass Pitches in St. Paul's College (Tue, 7pm) and on Pitch 21, St. Anne's Park (Thu, 6:15pm). Make sure your child travels safely to/from training/matches and brings a Drink of Water.
** "GO Leagues" matches are on Saturday mornings. Venue for U11 Boys Home matches is on the DCC all-weather pitch at Alfie Byrne Road. Meet at 11:15am. The schedule & locations for home/away matches will usually be posted here by Tuesday for the coming weekend. Teams will be picked based on those boys who respond to the Teamer Notification by Wednesday evening. Make sure to check the team webpage on Friday night / Saturday morning in case of any late updates/changes.
* Gumshield mandatory for Football training and matches (recommended also for Hurling). Hurling: Hurl and Helmet also required. Shin-pads should also be worn.
* Training Groups: Boys are now organised in Colour Groups for training. Each boy takes a bib for his colour group at the start of the session.
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Bí linn - Join us! We are always on the lookout for new talent! So, if you would like to join our group as a player or to help out, contact Enda Murphy (086-8189716) or any mentor.
Football Match Reports: Sat. 16th June 2018
The team themes today - our last home matches before the summer break, were:
1. Maintain our forward momentum (continue to move forward for 3 seconds after the pass; if you don’t receive the ball back, return to your given position) to put pressure on our opposition, increase supporting options and speed up our attack. 2. Show the skills we worked on this week in training: blocking (to the foot); left and right hand passing/solos and ‘pendulum’ kicking. 3. Respect: Zero back-chat to the referee (or your bench awaits you!)
BOBCATS (home) v Naomh Olaf:
Very good performance from the Bobcats against Naomh Olaf where the lads displayed the full range of their skills and teamwork. Some of the passing, movement and score-taking was first class. Zach in midfield was Platini-like at times with space-seeking passes delivering smart ball into a buzzy inside line of Conor Murray and Matthew Cunningham - both of whom were ruthless in putting their chances away. In the centre of the field Louis Magner was a dynamo with dinky passing and a few superb blocks. At the back, big men Matthew G and Rian were dominant and disciplined - bolstered by the battling of the talented Daniel Gray in the second half. A very athletic Kuba defended well in the first half and made good use of lots of ball in midfield in the second, while Matthew Bryans also ran hard all day. Thanks to Ethan who played the first half with southsiders and was always a threat. A particular word of mention for Aaron Murphy who was tireless and a very impressive MOTM in the first half, then volunteered to switch sides for the second half and played another blinder before limping off with a sore ankle injury. Hard to find fault with the Bobcats’ performance today but always room for improvement ? … and what wouldn't hurt would be more tracking back when losing possession … and a little more movement off the ball to receive the pass running in space, rather than standing ...
DOLPHINS (home) v Naomh Olaf:
Cluiche peile oscailte a bhí ann in aghaidh Naomh Oláf. Bhí an chéad leath an-ghar; 2-5 go dtí 2-3 an scóir ag leath-ama le haghaidh Cluain Tarbh. D'imir Oscar go h-iontach do Naomh Olaf agus scóirail sé dhá chúl agus poínte álainn. Ba iad Cluain Tarbh an fhoireann is láidre ach nior oibrigh siad le chéile nuair a bhí siad ag dul chun tosaigh. Bhí ciceanna-amach Odhrain go h-iontach agus d’oibrigh Jamie go crua sa líne lán-chosainte.
Tharla an rud céanna sa dara leath ach an uair seo ba é Billy an imreoir is fearr do Naomh Olaf. Chaill Cluain Tarbh an chluiche mar nár oibrigh siad le chéile. Bhí cupla "blocks" maith an duine ó Chúán, Jamie agus Tadg.
(Aistriúchán: Buíochas le C. Ó Gallachóir).
SHARKS (home) v St Kevin’s Killian’s:
Clontarf Sharks played hosts to St Kevin’s of Crumlin at the DCC on a sunny and pleasant Saturday morning. The visitors were tardy in relation to their arrival time but that’s as far as the disorganization went as they efficiently and clinically went about the job of dismantling the home team. Time and time again St Kevin’s found space due to non existent marking and half hearted chasing back and, despite the heroic efforts of Shane Young in goals and Michael McCabe in defence, helped themselves to a healthy half time lead. The sharks regrouped at half time and a few lovely scores off the boot of Finn Walsh provided some hope that the team were turning the corner. Alas, the Sharks slipped back into old bad habits of slack marking which enabled the West Dublin outfit to have a goal feast as Pádraic Murphy was left exposed time and time again in goals. Notwithstanding that fact that the Clontarf lads did receive some heavy and late tackles and were on the wrong side of some flowery language, if the basic elements of man to man marking and leaving everything out on the pitch are not followed in future games, more pain will ensue. It was not a bad day at the office per say, it was just a bad office ! The computers weren’t working, the fax went on the blink and the opposition shedder went into over drive. Our lads have the talent and ability to address this problem and it will be eliminated and that job starts at Tuesday’s training.
FALCONS (home) v Naomh Olaf:
Great all round performance for the Falcons this Saturday, a real team effort and while the visitors just won out in the end, our lads came away knowing they gave 100%. Olafs started quicker and were ahead two goals and a point within 5 minutes but the Falcons battle back strongly. Man of the Match James F was superb in midfield gathering the high ball and accurately feeding it far and wide. Sam was pin point accurate clocking up 8 scores during the match. The game was finely balanced at half time (1-9 to 3-3) but in the second half playing into the wind the points didn’t come as quickly though solid defense by Yang and Paddy kept the scores down for the opposition too. It was only in the last few minutes of the game that Olafs pulled away with a spate of goals. Real positives from the game this week as the lads linked up well together, took their steps, passed accurately and cut down on the wild shots. The build-up to each score was great and even the parents watching noticed and commented afterwards. Thanks to James K/ Paddy (1st half) and Fiachra (2nd half) for playing for the opposition today.
News: Monday, 11th June 2018 - FOOTBALL this week.
** TUESDAY TRAINING TIME HAS MOVED TO 7pm at St. Paul's College from Tuesday 5th June.
** Summer Camps are now available for online registration. MSL Park Motors Club Campa will take place on August 7th-10th. The Cúl Camp on August 20th-24th is sold out. Both camps will be in a new venue at DCC Alfie Byrne Road. Further details and registration via clontarfgaa.com/camps.
** Well Done! to all the boys, including Donncha, Tiernan, Sean, Conn, Benedict, Tadhg, Conall and Tom who travelled to Ballyboden St. Enda's for their U11 Féile Iomána this past weekend and who gave us a great day's hurling. Buala Bos Mór also to Lead Mentor Pat Norris and all the BBSE crew who ran such a great event and looked after us so well on the day. See our Match Reports section (below) for more details.
Saturday 9th June U11 Boys’ Go Games:
3-team group Away v Lucan Sarsfields:
Hurricanes and Typhoons both underperformed somewhat in their hurling matches away to Lucan on Saturday and gave their hosts a surprisingly easy run. Cyclones did better though, with Sam Power the star and Paddy Carthy also playing super hurling today.
1-team group (BLIZZARDS) at Home to Na Dubh Ghall:
Even the warm, sunny conditions at Alfie Byrne Road could not melt the icy resolve of the Blizzards as they froze out our visitors from Baldoyle who were just not as prepared for this match as the Clontarf boys. On days where a mismatch emerges, we often pull back the big guns or go a man or two down to balance things out. Today, with the visiting mentors preferring to take us on as they found us, we opted to use the extra space and time on the ball to practice putting some moves together in match-like conditions and our lads played well, allowing that they came under little pressure. We had good outfield shows of skill and link-work from Miguel, Fiachra and Rian, while Aaron “Is this not Lucan??” M was also very involved. Earnest stuff from Kuba too, until he took a knock on the ankle late in the game and had to retire. Nice scores from “Stings Like a Bee” Donnchadh (4g), Ruadhán “Up&Over”, mighty “Ben Hur(ler)” and Pádraic “the Slingshot” who all showed they know where the goal is. Good to see Ross and Miguel both growing in confidence with shots from distance. Shane’s and Yang’s skills are coming along nicely & both have a great workrate. A couple of lads were somewhat energy-less or not switched on, possibly down to the conditions and the lack of urgency/competitiveness in the game but our “Capo” John was happy overall with the performance apart from some lazy habits which he told the lads would be punished by a stronger team - but you play the team that’s in front of you! CT 14-7, NaDG no score. It was a hot morning at Alfie Byrne Road; we took a short water break mid each half.
Sunday 10th June, (away) Ballyboden St Enda’s U11 Féile Iomána:
An excellent day’s hurling in the sun from the Clontarf lads, with both Hurricanes and Typhoons making it into their respective Cup Finals and Cyclones winning their Shield Final.
CYCLONES did very well this afternoon coming away with honours in the Shield which Kuba collected for the team. Kuba, Shane, Yang and Rafael impressed in particular today. Rafael scored a super goal and was earnestly digging into rucks to find the ball. Jordi got stuck in where he could, and showed no fear as he continues to work on lifting and striking the ball. Kuba was super and must have blocked 7/8 times today. Paddy blocked and hooked like a demon in the first couple of games. Shane was a revelation today: very energetic, worked hard to lift the ball & more than happy to attack on the run with the ball on his hurl when able. Yang was striking the ball really well again today and was fired up by presence of a neighbour on the Na Fianna side! Dylan G was strong too and has no problem bursting through crowding traffic, where learning to strike the ball a little earlier will serve him well. Other players did well but were tired out by the last game. In fairness it was tough going in the heat. Sean R and Tadhg C were great additions today and both made vital contributions through the day. There was little between us and BBSE 4, we beat Na Fianna well in both games and were beaten well but put it up to eventual group winners BBSE3. We played Na Fianna in the Shield and won that 3-1 to 1-0. Great to end on the up. We saw our lads improve as the day went on. We focused on following the ball after the strike, to get and keep forward momentum. Ground hurling during the week stood us well. ‘Hands below the knee’ instructions on the jab lift also worked for a few of the lads. It was a great event, really worthwhile and great to be involved.
We saw some great hurling today from the TYPHOONS who started brightly with hard-earned wins in our first two group matches v Faughs and Na Fianna but only got better as the day went on. We were a bit intimidated by our own expectations going into our final group game v BBSE but ran them close enough and deserved our place in the Cup Final. The Typhoons threw aside their fears in the Final, though, and tore into the Ballyboden defence from the start. The teams traded points before Clontarf scored a sublime team goal, expertly flicked into the net by Matthew C, to lead by that margin at the break. The lads played their hearts out in the final 12 minutes and left no grounds for criticism but events outside the boys’ control dented their momentum enough to allow Boden to push on with a couple of vital scores and claim the honours. Finn Walsh was totally switched on today and was dynamite in the half-back line, despite taking some heavy knocks, his pointed score from the right wing ten metres inside his own half a highlight; Ross’s puckouts were superb and his clearances intelligent and effective; Benedict rewarded the mentors’ leap of faith with a very solid turn in goal during our first BBSE match. Matthew G and Donncha Gallagher were rock solid at the back. TJ, Aaron and Matthew B all made very solid contributions around the middle, TJ (our flag-bearer!) continuing to develop his skill and confidence from dead ball situations. Conor Murray was our “Laoch na hImeartha” today, giving an outstanding display in goal and at midfield with his brand new stick from Farrell Hurls (who kindly kept the shop open late for him to collect the day before!). Thanks to Conn and Benedict who each made a good impression and played their part in the team’s achievements. All the boys gave generously today, overcame their preconceptions of BBSE and were unfortunate and very disappointed in the end not to win their Final but could not be faulted for that. A great day’s hurling to be very proud of, Lads! Maith sibh!
The HURRICANES at the Ballyboden tournament displayed the two key elements of a great hurling team - great skills and great battling spirit. It took them a little while to get into the groove but edged a tight first game against Faughs by finishing the stronger. The Hurricanes beat Na Fianna well with the defense keeping Na Fianna scoreless. All day Cuan and Conall were immense in defense. Oscar and Tom drove on from midfield and scored some vital points. Christopher and Tadg made numerous blocks and tackles. Notable contribution from U10 Luke Hayes who displayed great hurling skills. The Hurricanes faced Ballyboden in two matches back to back and struggled in the first match against very strong opposition. The most positive aspect was the Hurricanes approach to the second BB match where they fought like tigers and gave the home side a real scare. BB edged the final on the scoreboard but the Hurricanes made sure Clontarf had left their mark. A great tournament for all the lads.
*** Buala Bos Mór to Lead Mentor Pat Norris and all at Ballyboden St Enda’s (@Bodengaa) who gave us a great hurling day out with a very warm welcome and hospitality at Firhouse Road. We hope events like this will last long in the boys’ memories and will spur them on to continue developing and enjoying their hurling. GRMA and Well Done! to Conn, Benedict, Sean and Tadhg who joined us for the day, as well as Donncha, Tiernan, Tom and Conall. Great to have you on board! #summerhurling #CluainTarbhAbú!
News: Wednesday, 6th June 2018 - HURLING this week.
** TUESDAY TRAINING TIME MOVES TO 7PM at St. Paul's College from Tuesday 5th June.
** We have been invited by Ballyboden (3 teams) and Na Fianna (1 team) to take part in Hurling Tournaments they are running on Sunday, 10th June and Sunday 17th June. Precise venues and times: see table below.
** EVENING TRAINING on Grass Pitches: We train on grass pitches in St. Paul's College (Tue, 7pm) and on Pitch 21, St. Anne's Park (Thu, 6:15pm). Make sure your child travels safely to/from training/matches and brings a Drink of Water.
** NO GO LEAGUES Matches this Saturday for the June B/H weekend - but there will be a Reds v Whites football Challenge match on Pitch 23. Meet @ 10:45am. Respond to the Teamer invitation to be included in a team.
** We have been invited by Ballyboden (3 teams) and Na Fianna (1 team) to take part in Hurling Tournaments they are running on Sunday, 10th June and Sunday 17th June. Precise venues and times: TBC.
** Are you in the team??? Check out this selection of tops left behind at training and matches. Contact Enda or any mentor if you recognise yours. They will be recycled if unclaimed by June.
Match Reports: Saturday, 26th May 2018 - Football
News: Monday, 21st May April 2018 - FOOTBALL this week.
** EVENING TRAINING on Grass Pitches: We are back training on grass pitches in St. Paul's College (Tue, 7:15pm) and on Pitch 21, St. Anne's Park (Thu, 6:15pm). PLEASE NOTE CHANGED TRAINING TIMES AND LOCATIONS. Make sure your child travels safely to/from training/matches and brings a Drink of Water.
** IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTICE: Juvenile players should not be allowed to travel alone to training/matches in St Anne's Park. There were a number of incidents reported last year where children where approached, intimidated and had their bikes taken from them. LOCK YOUR BIKE!!
Match Reports: Saturday, 19th May 2018 - Hurling
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** EVENING TRAINING on GRASS PITCHES - We are back training on grass pitches in St. Paul's College (Tue, 7:15pm) and on Pitch 21, St. Anne's Park (Thu, 6:15pm). PLEASE NOTE CHANGED TRAINING TIMES AND LOCATIONS. Make sure your child travels safely to/from training/matches and brings a Drink of Water.
** Are you in the team??? Check out this selection of tops left behind at training and matches. Contact Enda or any mentor if you recognise yours. They will be recycled if unclaimed by June.
A clean sweep for Clontarf’s Falcons, Sharks and Bobcats today on a cracking morning at DCC. Fingallians were not as strong as we had expected and the score lines were quite one-sided but our lads used the time and space on the ball to put some nice moves together and play some impressive football. Our BOBCATS and SHARKS teams were both experimental line-ups this week but gelled well, working for each other as a team and creating good link-up moves that led to scores.
FALCONS (home) v Fingallians:
Great performance today from the Falcons as they ran out 18-17 to 6-2 winners. All the lads contributed to the win and stand out performances from Miguel Linehan (0-6), Fiachra Comiskey (5-0), Donnchadh Corrigan (4-1), Ben Moreau (3-2) Cathal Langan (3-2) Jude Leyden (1-2) Matt Lynch (1-2) Rhys (1-2). Well done lads.
And so to the presentation of medals and the scramble for sugary drinks and bags of Chickatees, Wheelies and Tayto. It was at this stage in the morning that the Fingallians boys showed a bit of class, queueing in their teams and coming up in an orderly fashion for their medals and treats, whereas a number of the Clontarf lads conducted themselves more like a street-mob during the last days of Rome ...
Sun, great football, medals, treats - but still, you can’t win ‘em all!
DOLPHINS (away) @ Rush v. St. Maurs and Raheny:
“Dolphins surge inland on crest of wave but caught flapping at the turn as red tide recedes”
Dolphins travelled to Rush for a blitz hosted by St Maurs on a fine sunny morning. Dolphins played 3 matches and came away with honours against St Maurs 1 and Raheny. The games were all characterized by good open football. The Rush branch of the Gallagher clan were welcoming hosts for St Maurs. Conor temporarily joined the Maurs side and played alongside his cousin for the second half of the first game much to their grandfather’s delight. Despite missing Conor’s skill and earnest efforts we came out on top in a fast open game. We started slowly against Raheny but gradually raised our tempo and confidence and got in top to win out well. Maurs 2 pipped us in the final game as we tired in the final stretches. Tighter defensive marking in midfield in final game would have helped maintain our winning momentum. Medals and Caprisuns for all to close out a fine morning. Enjoyable morning and most importantly Clontarf played good open supportive team football. All round very happy with all performances.
News: Tuesday, 8th May April 2018 - FOOTBALL this week.
** Lots of great Hurling action over the May Bank Holiday weekend: See our Match Reports section (scroll down) for more details.
** Our Community Games U11 Hurling team hosted Malahide (St. Sylvesters) on Pitch 30 on Thursday, 3rd May in the first round. The big pitch probably favoured our more skillful visitors and, while there were some great individual performances, notably from Laoch na hImeartha, Cúán Hargaden, it was not our best day; the Malahide team were too strong for us and progressed to the next round. Thanks & Well done to: Matthew B, Matthew C, Cúán, Mark, Ross, Zach, TJ, Louis M, Billy H, Luke, Christopher, Dylan, Jamie, Ethan and Conor for all your hard work. Míle Buíochas to mentors: David, Anthony, Alison, John and Seamus who invested so much time in preparing the boys for this competition. We are sure the benefits will come this year as our hurling ability and team-play continues to develop.
Match Reports: Saturday, 5th May 2018 - Hurling
A good turnout for the May Bank holiday weekend with our 3 teams in action away to Kilmacud Crokes while one home team hosted St. Pat's Palmerstown. With now U12 matches this weekend, we benefited from having five age-qualified players join us for our hurling matches. GRMA & Well Done to Cian, Donncha, Tiernan, Tom and Conall. On Bank Holiday Monday, we put aside our disappointment over the cancelled 100K Cycle to attend an invitational hurling event, the McNulty Memorial Cup and Shield Tournament hosted by CLG Na Fianna. Clontarf sent two U11 hurling teams who put in a great day's hurling in glorious sunshine at Mobhi Road.
Typhoons had a good win on Saturday against an evenly matched Kilmacud Crokes side. A game of four quarters in some ways as slack marking and a reluctance to get into close physical contact allowed the hosts to race into a sizeable half time lead. It was only in the final quarter that Clontarf really earned enough possession to show the hurling that’s in them. For too much of the game, lads were standing off when they should have been competing for 50-50 ball … but the longer the game went on, the more our boys shone in the southside sun.
In the final quarter they emerged on top; unrecognisable from the team that started so sluggishly - suddenly hassling and blocking, pulling early on ground ball and crucially finding plenty of penetration up front. Matthew B had a great second half in goals, made a few key interventions and established a supply line from puck outs. Dylan Lydon came right into the game when switched into the backs and himself and Cuan began to put manners on their men. Sam Power too stuck to his task well when asked to switch from full forward to full back. All day long, Tiernan in midfield was a dynamo in an eye catching cameo but it was only when Ross and Finn bolstered the middle third, that his energy was converted into scores - notably from James Ferguson and an always hard working Conor Murray. Final score 5-5 to 3-7.
CYCLONES (away) v Kilmacud:
Clontarf Cylones brought their 'A' game to Mount Merrion. Stout defence led by Daniel Gray, supported by Dan MacNeice and Ruadhán Maher, formed a stern backbone for Clontarf. Both teams were deadlocked for some time from throw in. The home team gained the initial advantage by opening their account with a point quickly followed up by a goal. Clontarf nerves held as we measured the opposition and hit back with 2 points to close out the first half with 2 points separating the teams. Miguel played in goals and visibly gained in confidence as the game progressed. In the second half, we unleashed our secret weapon as Miguel started hitting huge puck outs deep into Crokes' territory. The game turned in our favour. Ben Moreau lay in wait and picked off our first goal to bring Clontarf ahead. Ben added to our tally and the lead was then exchanged several times. A flurry of activity in the final minutes of the game two late goals that swung the game in Crokes' favour. The hugely entertaining game finished Kilmacud Crokes 5-4 to Clontarf Cyclones 3-5. It was a physical encounter with all boys playing a vital part. The three men in defence left nothing on the pitch. Dan MacNeice shook off a number of hefty challenges and rose to meet the next with even greater fortitude. Ruadhán was unshakeable as the last man and revelled in each challenge that came his way. Daniel Gray gave a tireless, man of the match performance with no quarter neither asked nor given. With skill levels clearly improving all round this was the best hurling display this year from the Cyclones.
HURRICANES (away) v Kilmacud:
BLIZZARDS (home) v St Pat's Palmerstown @ Alfie Byrne Road:
The Blizzards were fortunate to have u11 qualified players Cian O and Donncha G available to us today as both delivered solid, assertive & skillful performances at midfield and full back respectively. Pats settled quickly and got the scoreboard going with a couple of nicely built scores but the Clontarf lads held their own in the first half as James K open the Blizzards’ account with a goal and the opening half remained a tight affair with the teams scoring 1-2 a-piece in the first period. Dylan Groenewald had a good half in goal with some very solid and accurate puckouts while, taking over the goalkeeping duties after the break, Donnchadh C grew into the game to make some nice parries and doubles and frustrate the St Pats attack; also, his nicely varied puckouts increasingly fell to a Clontarf player. Donncha G provided a commanding physical presence in our back line to keep us in the game and return the ball downfield where our midfielders and forwards were quite effective at winning breaking ball and creating opportunities up front; but we need to work on finishing to the net from in close as we were cleared out time and again as those scoring chances evaporated. Much of the great team plays involving Cian, Dylan, Conor Gahan and James esulted in goalmouth scrambles but were eventually cleared outfield by the Pats defence. If Clontarf had taken some of those scores we could have won the day. However it was St Pats who took their scores well and closed out the game. The match was played in a fine encouraging atmosphere with good supportive coaching from the sidelines as both leads gave plenty of positive feedback and encouragement to all players. Clontarf 2-2, St Pats 6-3.
Monday 7th May : Dermot McNulty Memorial Tournament @ CLG Na Fianna, Mobhi Road.
Clontarf were invited to submit two u11 hurling teams for this 6-club blitz hosted by Na Fianna in glorious sunshine at Mobhi Road - the much talked about proposed MetroLink site, with Na Fianna, Ballyboden, Cuala, Lucan Sarsfields and Whitehall each also fielding 2 teams.
Our TYPHOONS, led out by captain, Ruadhán Maher, took part in the Shield event and, after a tough opener against a very skillful Ballyboden B team, recorded a good win against Whitehall. Our Na Fianna hosts proved to strong but we were unfortunate not to get a result from one of our final group matches v Cuala and Lucan. Lots of good hurling and teamwork from the Typhoons today, though, to launch our summer hurling campaign. Maith sibh, a Bhuachaillí!
In the McNulty Cup event, our HURRICANES, captained by Conor Gallagher, went toe-to-toe against Ballyboden St. Enda's and lost out by only 2 points in their opening group match, then won four games on the trot against Whitehall, Na Fianna, Cuala and Lucan to claim a place in the Cup Final with a re-match against group toppers, Ballyboden. The first half was a close-fought battle but 'Boden pulled away in the second and ran out comfortable winners of both Cup and Shield competitions.
Well done to both Clontarf teams who did a whole month’s hurling in one day! GRMA & Buala Bos to Na Fianna for hosting this fantastic event!
News: Monday, 30th April 2018 - HURLING this week.
** 100KM Cycle - CANCELLED : Unfortunately, the 100K Cycle due to take place this Bank Holiday Monday has been CANCELLED. Hopefully, we will have a chance to participate in this great event again in the future. Subscriptions paid will be refunded. Further information here: 100K Cycle Registration.
** EVENING TRAINING on GRASS PITCHES - We are back training on grass pitches in St. Paul's College and in St. Anne's Park since last week. PLEASE NOTE CHANGED TRAINING TIMES AND LOCATIONS. Make sure your child travels safely to/from training/matches and brings a Drink of Water.
Match Reports: Saturday, 28th April 2018 - Football
With family Communions and a rugby trip to contend with this week, Cluain Tarbh U11 Boys did well to field 3 teams for home games v Fingallians at Alfie Byrne Road.
DOLPHINS V Fingallians:
On a beautiful morning in Alfie Byrne, two young teams certainly came to play football. Clontarf started brightly with plenty of possession, midfield duo of Billy Shouldice and Matthew Cunningham gaining a good grip on possession to lay the platform to feed Conor Murray, Christopher Clarke and Jamie plenty of ball which they converted into plenty scores. With stout and assured defending from Ethan Marshall, Oscar Finnegan the rhythm of the game quickly settled into a frantic tit-for-tat on scoreboard. Mike McCabe ensured that the kick outs stayed in our possession continuously finding his own man, moving out the field to defend he also contributed two superb points one of them beautifully with his left foot. The first half finished with nothing between the teams and Clontarf leading 4-7 to 4-5.
Second half started in the same fashion and Clontarf scoring a couple of goals, one a superb goal by Jamie Furey whose persistence paid off. Unfortunately the warm spring morning seemed to take too much out of our lads and Fingallians capitalised on our wilting energy. Despite brave defending from Oscar Finnegan, Ethan Marshall and Mike McCabe, they too often found themselves outnumbered by their Swords counterparts with the inevitable concession of goals. Unable to summon any meaningful answer the match petered out and Fingallians were deserved winners on an astonishing scoreline of 11-14 to 6-10.
SHARKS v Fingallians:
Brave and gutsy performance from the Sharks today culminating in a fine win over a decent and well organised fingallians team with a final score line of 7-11 to 4-6. The boys got off to a slow start and found themselves 7 points down at one stage. However driven on by a powerful performance in midfield by Aaron Murphy and Matthew Gillard they got themselves back into the game with some well taken scores by Aaron and James Ferguson and we went into halftime a couple of points ahead. Had a good chat together at half time and in fairness the boys came bursting out of the traps for the second half with 3-4 scored without reply. Aaron got 2-3 of this and James Kieran also grabbed a goal. The backs were well marshaled by Rian Marren and Stephen O’Byrne and Matthew Bryans also chipped in with a few scores. Joe and Louis Costello rounded off the morning with a couple of scores each and all in all it was a very satisfying performance from the lads. As always things to work on like general fitness levels, the unwillingness sometimes to pick the ball up off the ground and also shot selection can be poor at times but team and management can be happy with the Sharks for a good mornings work.
FALCONS v Fingallians:
Falcons railroaded the Fingalians 9-6 to 1-5 in an emphatic display of the way football should be played. Tight marking in defence great support all over the pitch and tenacity yielded the best performance of the year. Shane was brilliant in defence and he is reading the game really well. Dylan Groenwald has a no nonsense approach to football and he just gets on an does the job. In midfield Miguel has perfected his technique of kicking to ensure he is never blocked down. In fact, all the lads could learn a thing or two from his kicking style. Conor Gahan was very strong in midfield and saw lots of the ball and his point from half way was the score of the day. Cathal Langan was fearless all day and won 80% of the 50:50 ball. Yangs positional sense, man marking and ball distribution was excellent though out the 50 minutes. Matt Lynch contributed a lovely goal and when in midfield linked up nicely with Conor and Miguel. Our 2 new players of Jordi and Rafael had very solid games and in particular Rafael had a great game between the posts in the first half and pulled off some great saves. Man-of-the-match goes to ace goal-poacher of the day Donnchadh Corrigan who bagged 4 goals which could have been a double hattrick only for the fact that he was pulled down twice before pulling the the trigger. All in all it was a great game of football against a decent Fingallian team. Well done lads!
News: Monday, 23rd April 2018 - FOOTBALL this week.
** EVENING TRAINING on GRASS PITCHES - We are back out on grass pitches in St. Paul's College and in St. Anne's Park from this week, starting: Tuesday, 24th April. PLEASE NOTE CHANGED TRAINING TIMES AND LOCATIONS. Make sure your child travels safely to/from training/matches and brings a Drink of Water.
** 100KM Cycle - Bank Holiday Monday 7th May 2018: The 100K Cycle will take place again this May Bank Holiday. Last year's event was a huge success for the club - not just as fund-raiser but also as a fantastic social event for all ages. This year, the fund-raising / entry requirement has been scaled back to EUR100 per individual entry. To express your interest, contact Brian O'Callaghan: 085 8531716 or register directly here: 100K Cycle Registration.
Match Reports: Saturday, 21st April 2018 - Hurling
TORNADOES (away) v Geraldine P Moran GAA:
The smell of very fresh cut grass was filling up the senses in Cornelscourt.
The first 10 minutes were fairly even and remained scoreless. We were tardy and slow off the mark in the initial stages. Clontarf positioning was not great as there was a lot of drifting forward from midfield and defensive positions leaving our goal area exposed. With an extra man, ‘Gers’ started to assert themselves as the game progressed and scored a goal and a point in quick succession. Our lads held back in the initial challenges, weighing up the opposition before fully committing. However, dynamic display from man of the match Dylan Lydon ignited Clontarf. Dylan began attacking the ball swiftly from midfield and injected much needed energy into the team. Dylan Groenwald opened our account with a goal after a goalmouth tussle. Jamie won the ball deep in our half and worked it up to the front. A Dylan Lydon point followed to level. Gers struck a great goal from distance to lead again. Up stepped Conor Murray to level with a goal. Conor bagged a further goal and a point. Cúán and Jamie held the defensive line firmly, hooked, blocked and harried. Louis did well in goal with the new goalie hurl. Zach scored a point from a well taken a free. Ethan came into midfield from full back as we established a firm grip on the game. Christopher pinched a goal in the dying moments.
The lads did well after a slow start, a few lessons learned and work to do but good strong comeback to close out the game. Finished up Clontarf win 4:3 to 2:1.
JETS (home) v Naomh Jude:
The Jets started well today after a rousing pre match talk from dual-code manager Jack. Judes were very strong & skillful but we saw much more physicality from Clontarf’s Jets today. Good points - Ben Moreau really good in goal, came under pressure a few times with Judes forwards literally crowding him in goal, but he held firm & cleared the ball. His puckouts were long and stong. Mike Mc, Ross and Aaron worked very hard in midfield. The 3 lads sent so much ball down to the forwards but we had nobody to convert. Judes converted their opportunites & we didn’t. 1 point from a very well struck free from Ross & a goal from Sam. Lacking today - team work. There wasn’t one hand pass - many opportunities where the better option was to pass to a team mate but not taken. Pick ups - we gave away 2/3 frees for picking the ball up off the ground.
HURRICANES (home) v Naomh Jude:
Hurricanes have had two tough matches recently against quality opposition (Ballyboden & Judes) and were within a score of two victories. Quality is there but need to ensure we are switched on for the whole match. First half with Judes was a tight affair - no goals and great displays from Conor Gallagher in goal and Mike Fitz showed great positional sense and poise to clear a lot of attacks. Clontarf struggled to convert possession into scores but attitude was positive. Second half saw the scores flowing for both sides. Odhran and Oscar started to dominate in midfield but Hurricanes displayed an Achilles heel - needless frees. Hands on the back and lazy swings gave a skillful Judes side easy chances and we conceded 1-6 from frees. Final score 2-11 to 3-7 to Judes and the lads were disappointed but know what we need to work on - concentrating for the whole match and keeping the free count down.
CYCLONES (home) v Naomh Jude:
Cyclones played St Jude’s in DCC in glorious conditions and the game was a cracker. The first half saw Miguel Lenihan strike efforts off both sides and make some lovely runs towards the opposition goal. Kuba and Dan MacNeice had lots of possession and put it to good use with Miguel posting a lovely point and Kuba netting a major in the 1st half against the wind. Half time score was 2-1 to 1-1 for the visitors which would have been much greater but for the stout defending of Shane and Fiachra. A few positional changes in the second half had the desired effect and Clontarf raced to a 11 point lead with 5 minutes remaining thanks to goals from Dan MacNeice, Kuba, Miguel and ace poacher Matt Lynch. Score of the day came via a massive puck out by Donnchadh Corrigan that was gathered by Conor who laid off to the busy Kuba who finished to the top corner. St Jude’s laid siege to the Clontarf goal after that and only for some great saves by Donnchadh and superb defensive work by Shane and Yang the reds might have come out the wrong side of the score board. Final score was 6-4 to 6-3 to the ‘tarf. Well done lads on a great performance!
** Clontarf GAA's Annual Art Exhibition will open this FRIDAY 20th April - Opened by Ray Kennedy from RTÉ News at 8pm. Exhibition remains open this Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 6pm. Please support.
** Evening Training on Grass Pitches - We hope to be back out on grass pitches in St. Anne's Park from next week, Tuesday, 24th April. WATCH THIS SPACE for updates regarding training Location and Times. Make sure your child brings a Drink of Water to training and matches.
Match Reports: Saturday, 14th April 2018 - Hurling
U11s 3-team group away away to Ballyboden St. Enda's had an OK morning against strong opposition on long grass and sticky ground in Ballycullen - though great to be back on grass again!
HURRICANES: Lost a very tight game to Ballyboden by 2 points, 3-6 to 2-7, where we were contesting hard and unlucky with a number of wides late in the game. All the boys were up for it with a great contribution from Conall Murphy. Key for these games is to have all players capable of getting possession under pressure and using it.
JETS: Were beaten with a few too many "passengers" in the side today! On the positive side, Finn Walsh and Aaron Murphy put in a great shift, with Mike Fitz and Mike McCabe each giving their usual very dependable contribution. Some of these Jets deserve a run in a hurling side of lads that will work together and overcome stronger opposition than today's but a key issue is go get some "fire in the belly" of others who have some decent skills but did not show real "drive" today.
CYCLONES: Were well beaten v Ballyboden. Cathal Langan had a strong outing today and was best of the team, with recent recruits Shane Young and Dan MacNeice both giving a very earnest effort also - and showing promise of even better to come as they continue to develop their hurling skills. We scored 1 goal late in the second half but were out gunned through the game by a skilled Ballyboden side.
TORNADOES (1-team gorup) at home v Lucan Sarsfields : No Report
News: Tuesday, 10th April 2018 - HURLING this week AND NEXT WEEK.
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Please note, Hats and football gloves are important at this time of year for football training and matches. Parents should provide water for their children to drink while playing matches and training.
Match Reports: Saturday, 7th April 2018 - Football
EAGLES, BOBCATS, WOLVES (home) v St. Sylvesters Malahide:
Our 3-team group had a very satisfactory round of football matches at home against St. Sylvester's Malahide, with wins for both Eagles and Wolves and with our Bobcats being only narrowly beaten. An excellent morning’s work at Alfie Byrne Road against a group who have frequently overpowered us in previous matches! Maith sibh, a Bhuachaillí!
SHARKS (away) v St. James Gaels / An Caisleán:
The Sharks played away against St James Gaels / An Caisleán in Drimnagh and were on fire in the first half, playing really well as a 9-man team while our hosts were possibly a little rusty after the Easter break; not so the Sharks who notched up seven first-half goals to lead 7-3 to 1-1 at the break. While "Gaels" had some nice players and upped their team's performance in the second half to convert some nice scores, the Clontarf men stuck to their task to close it out 10-7 to 2-5. Good performances throughout the field from Pádraic, Paddy, Fiachra, TJ, Zach, Dylan and Conor M with MotM honours shared by Mike Fitz and Ethan.
See our Team Photo Gallery for team pics from our Reds v Whites challenge match over the Easter break.