Extended Clubnotes Feb 24th

ADULT GAMES
 
Seniors Cup:
Clontarf's 2nd outing of the year resulted in a loss to Parnell's in fine conditions at St. David's. A number of regulars were missing and Parnell's notched up a score of 2.11 to Clontarf's 0.6. Young John McGuire impressed at corner back on his debut and John O'Halloran gave a spirited performance in the No. 7 shirt.
 
Junior A's Cup:
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Junior B's Cup:
<No report>
 
Junior C's:
League commences next Sunday as C's host Naomh  Barrog on pitch 7 at 3pm
 
Adult Hurling:
Training for Adult 5 and 8 hurlers continues Mon at Total Fitness 8:15pm and Thur on the Astro 9pm.
 
Minors:
<No report>
 
 
JUVENILE GAMES
 
Under 16 Footballers:
Both matches werte called off.
 
Under 15 Football:
In their 1st league match of the season, U15 footballers were narrowly beaten by Erin's Isle. A great 2nd half performance, led by Maitias McDonagh, saw Clontarf take the lead with 3 mins to go. A late easy goal put Isles ahead in the final minute. Full time score, Clontarf 3-3, Erins Isle 3-5. Best for Clontarf were John Wall, Ronan McDyer, James Barry and Maitias McDonagh.
 
Under 14's:
<No report>
 
Under 13 Football:
Division 2 : Ballinteer St John A : 1 Goal & 4 Points Cluain Tarbh A : 4 Goals & 10 Points
Division 7 : Round Towers L :   3 Goals & 4 Points   Cluain Tarbh B :  4 Goals & 3 Points
 
U-13 Football Match Report Sat Feb 21: Round Towers Lusk 3-4   Clontarf B  4-3,

This was a great game for Clontarf.  Lusk are a good team and have beaten us before. We welcomed back Lee Mills who played his first game in 2 years.  It was as if he had never left us.  He played left corner back and was outstanding, rushing onto the ball quickly and bravely and consistently making good use of the ball.  In front of him Tieghernan O'Connor completely dominated the half back line, using his speed and tenacity to great effect.  Another player continuing his comeback with us was Eric Roche, playing right half back.  He too was excellent.  
Mid field was hard work and there we had a real hero in Eamonn Gillen who worked himself to a standstill, running up and down the field. His was a really important contribution, alongside his very able assistant Diarmuid O'hUallacháin.
Up front Joshua O'Leary was a very effective ball winner in the corner.  Jack Loftus and Conor Smith also did great work up there and Lusk found Luke Opperman far too hot to handle with his jinky runs.  Jack Clarke was out main target man and he didn't disappoint.  He nearly broke the cross bar with a thundering shot and worked really hard when moved to midfield at half time.
Cormac Devilly was great both in goals and outfield and Hugh Foley did great work in the forwards.  Rory O'Connell was brilliant at corner back and Brian Barry frevelled in his midfiedld role in the second half.
The score was 2-2 to 0-2 at half time.  It was nervous stuff in the second half and in the end the gap had closed to 4-3 to 3-4.
A great win for a great bunch of players.

Under 13 A match: Ballinteer St Johns 1.4 Clontarf 4.10

Team of the Week :    Having beaten Cuala 7.8 to 5.8 the previous Saturday and drawn with Dunboyne on Wednesday (Meath County Champions with Sean Boylan on the line), the under 13 A put in a magnificent performance to beat Ballinteer.

In the past few weeks ,this team has mastered the art of the Give / Go short hand passing skills with a gritty steely determined belief in their ability as a Team.Our goalkeeper(Andy Mclean) saved us in the first 10 minutes with 2 reflex saves which was the platform for the runaway victory.Everyone was exceptional and they were all " Men of the Match".

If we win next Saturday against St Maurs ,we qualify for Division 1football commencing on 14th March. It was an honor and a privilege to have witnessed these 3 matches over
the past week
 
Under 12 Football:
B Team had a good win over St. Vincents, while a greatly depleted A team lost to a very skillful Ballymun team.
 
Under 11:
The U'11 had 2 fantastic victories over Na Fianna at the weekend. The A team won 4-15 to 2-7. They team work against a strong wind both in support play and tracking back gave us a sound foundation to use the natural elements to our advanage in the 2nd half. we led 2-6 to 1-4 at half time.While it was a team effort special mention to Jack Higgins / Rory Clark / Kevin Lillis and Patrick  Smith.
While Na Fianna came back strong at the beginning of the 2nd half the weather and our quick release of the ball ensured that we wre well on top at the end.
The B team had a comfortable victory 6-11 to 0-2. Again the team play was superb.Quick movement up the pitch for quality scores.Best for the team where Sean O'Sean / Dermot Brodie / Sean McKeown and Cormac Mcloughney.
 
Under 10's:
A fantastic display by all as Clontarf played 3 thrilling games against Na Fianna, losing overall by the narrowest margin 69pts to 68pts. Well done to all involved.
 
Under 9:
U9 hurlers participated in 3 hard fought games at Gormanstown indoor tournament and all came away with medals. There were great goals from Luke O'Malley, Rory Doran, Shane Mangan, and a hat-trick from Stephen Evans in the last game. Great displays also from Conall Kehoe and John Hanley.
 
U9 Footballers played their second league matches of 2009 on Saturday.
Red group took on Na Fianna at home in the 3-team league.  In three well contested matches, Clontarf achieved two wins and one loss but ended up behind 46-48 overall - "the kick of a ball" separating the two U9 teams.   Conall Keogh again stood out in the first match.  In a tight second match, Niall Coy, Stephen Evens, Rory Doran in defence all did well.  In the third match, where Clontarf were always on top, Eoin Donnolly gave a man of the match performance in midfield, while Sam Kelly was the most improved player in the group. Blue group had a bye in the 2 team league.
 
LADIES GAMES
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GENERAL
Adult membership now due. Annual dinner dance takes place on Sat in Clontarf Castle at 7:30pm.

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