March 17th

ADULT GAMES:
 
Senior AFL 3:
The seniors' first league outing of the season resulted in disappointment when they were defeated by St.Finian's with a score of 0.12 to 0.10.
 
Junior A AFL 5:
Plunkets 2.5 , Clontarf 2.5 on a day when you need back up from the line all 5 subs were used and this played a big part in the team coming back to secure a draw away from home against a good plunkets side
 
Junior B AFL 8:
Junior B's had a great win in the League against Liffey Gaels (2-10, 1-05) .  Best for Clontarf were David Hempenstall, Patrick Breen, Donal Redmond and Mark McNamee.
 
Junior C AFL 12:
The perfect start to the season continued for the Super 12's after another fine display at home to defeat Erins Isle (0-14,0-4). Clontarf dominated possession throughout and led 0-8,0-4 at half time, despite missing a lot of scoring opportunities. As in the last game both Feo and Ronan Dodd were magnificant in defence, while corner back Craig McConnell was rock solid. Up front the nippy minors ran riot and Mickey McGlinchey was inspirational.
 
Adult Hurling:
Training Thur 9pm on the Astro. League commences next Sunday, with A team at home (11am) V Crumlin and B Team at home (3pm) V Ballyboden SE. This will be the 1st time the club will field a 2nd Adult hurling teams, all support welcome.

Minors:
Minor hurling team had a hard fought game with Nh Mearnog on Sunday. Everyone dug deep especially in last 10 minutes to see off the opposition by 4 points in the end. Ross Fitzpatrick had a fantastic game at corner forward.
 
JUVENILE GAMES
 
Under 16's:
Under 16 A Footballers had an excellent win against league leaders Skerries in St Annes on Saturday.
Clontarf started off at a high tempo and kept the pace up for the duration of the game. Playing with a strong
wind in the first half  Clontarf put 10 points up on the scoreboard with some excellent long range kicking from Brian Forde and well taken scores from Mark Plunkett and Niall Carroll, Ryan Lattin.
Our midfield of Mark Hughes and Brian Forde dominated the exchanges and drove forward time and time again delivering great ball into our forward line.While Skerries managed against the wind to score 1.3  it was against the run of play and with the score at half time reading 10 pts to 1.3 for Clontarf it set a very tough challenge for the second half  playing against the wind.
The lads met this challenge head on and scored 4 superb points playing as a team working hard for each other and our defence played solidly. The score finished up Clontarf - 14pts  Skerries- 1.8. This was down to fine centre back play by Niall Dunleavy,  and excellent sweeping by David Murrin supported by the never give up attitude of Ryan Lattin. While there were many great performaces on the pitch a man of the match performance by Brian Forde a dominant midfield performance by Mark Hughes, excellent running and winning of the ball by forwards  Mattias McDonagh, Niall carroll, Mark Plunkett, a solid team display and some super saves by goalkeeper Ross O Hanlon one of the  moments that stand out was Eoin Hickey sweeping accross( match winning) to intercept the ball preventing what looked like a certain goal for Skerries when the game was in the balance.While we mention some players it is important to say that every player gave a great performance and the team played as a unit working hard for each other and they all showed a great hunger and desire to win this game
Under 15's:
<No report>
Under 14's:
<No report>
 
Under 13 Football:

Clontarf A   4-6  Scoil Ui Chonaill   3-3
 
This was a hard fought win for our team, who dug very deep to overcome a very determined Scoil team and thus maintain a perfect record (played 4, won 4) in the gradings (second division).  We will now take our place in Division 1 all city as proud winners of our group.
It was a really tough game.  Scoil have a very big team and they played to their strengths.  We struggled to get a foothold and quickly found ourselves a goal down.  We worked ourselves into the game more through dogged determination than brilliant play. One great goal from Cian O’Flaherty and another somewhat fortunate goal got us going.  But Scoil had strong and quick forwards and got two good goals of their own.  It was neck and neck at half time (2-2 to 2-0 for us)
In the second half we lifted our game and played excellent football, characterised by super support play.  Our defence stepped up and started winning the ball in front.  We also improved our passing and wasted very little.  The scores flowed.  Daniel Scully rifled home an unstoppable goal at the end of a series a great passes all the way from our defence.
Daniel Patton was very solid in goals and played very clever kick-outs.  Niall Gahan improves with every game at corner back.  Conor McCaffrey did an unselfish marking job on Scoil’s danger man and even found himself in a forward position in the second half when he should have been awarded a penalty.   Stephen Russell was again rock solid at centre back while Conor Murphy and  Aaron Casey provided the support coming out of defence.  Luke Opperman was a revelation in his new role at corner back. 
Out the field we had customary storming display from Andrew Foley in midfield.  Conor McGinn gave his best display of the season.  Up front Jack Clarke worked tirelessly and Sean Giles was again a great ball-winner.  Jordan Mulvaney was our own danger man and he caused havoc in Scoil’s defence.  Wev were delighted to welcome Cormac Devilly onto the team today and he won very important ball from corner forward.
A solid win rather than a great win and we all know that the tough work in Div 1 will start shortly
 
Naomh Fionbarra 6-11  Clontarf B  1-0
 
We were short several players for this game and, unfortunately, were overwhelmed by a much stronger Noamh Fionbarra team.  No matter what the game, we ask our players to do their best and to never give up. Our boys did exactly that today and they did us proud in the way they kept going to the very end. 
Lee Mills had a great game at centre back (and later played also for the A team).  What he lacks in size he makes up for with great speed and tremendous determination.  Behind him Diarmuid O’hUallachain was inspirational at full back and is absolutely exemplary in the way hew encourages his team mates.  Adam Keogh, John Hannan,  Rory O’Connell and Brian Barry were busy in the defence and repelled attack after attack.
In midfield Jack Loftus, Conor Smith and Eric Roche did their very best against strong running players and, to their credit, kept chasing back for the whole game.  Aaron Jeffers, Seán Grainger, Cormac Devilly David McGinn and Andy McClean played up front and Andy provided our highlight with one great goal.  Jack Loftus in particular showed great spirit throughout the game.
We came away well beaten but not disheartened
 
Under 12:
U12A hurlers got a well earned draw in their Div 1 clash against Vincents with B team enjoying good win over same opposition. Thanks to the U11 lads who helped us on a great night of hurling under lights, with Johnny Mullins again magnificent.
 
Under 11:
In years to come we may look back on this morning as a "watershed" moment for this team.
Early in the second half the A team went 8 points down facing into a further 20 minutes of  blustery wind. The fact that the game ended in a draw speaks volumes for the guts, character and never say die spirit of this team.  Kevin Lillis was inspired, Patrick Smyth was lionhearted as ever, Tom O'Flaherty was majestic in every position he was asked to play. Special mention too for Martin Byrne who continued his goal scoring run notching up his sixth goal in four matches.
At the end of the game all attention rapidly turned to the B match where the result would determine the overall winners.  A massive seven point win was achieved by a team whose coach refused to single out any one player such was the massive team contribution of each and every boy..
It is a true privilege to be associated with this groupof boys.

Under 10's:
<No report>
 
Under 9 Hurlers:
The U9 hurlers faced one of their toughest away matches to start the season with a clash against Ballinteer St Johns at Marlay Park - a team that hammered St Vincent's the fortnight before.
 
The Red team achieved a hard-fought and literally bruising 6-6 draw against the As. Man of the match was Luke Hempsenstall with a great display in defence. Goal and a block-down point from Stephen Evans and great goal from Jamie Nesbitt ensured honours even as Conall Kehoe and John Hanley excelled in midfield.
 
Man of the match for the Blues was Joe Grace with great work in goal/midfield, while matthew Campbell shone for the Green team in two close defeats for the teams.
 
 
LADIES GAMES
 
Ladies Inters and Juniors:
Training ongoing on Monday evenings on the astro starting at 8:20pm, and on Wednesday evenings starting at 8:15pm. New players are welcome, and there's still plenty time for former players to put their boots back on.
 
Under 13's
U13 girls had a great match against Fingallians, with outstanding performances from Sorcha O Byrne and Kate Mc Gonnigle. It was a very close match all the way through with every girl battling to the end to win by one point well done to all.
 
Under 10's:
Our group has had two friendlies in the last week, the first with Raheny on the astro and the second against Fingallians at the Rose Garden.  In the first friendly, Raheny got off to the better start and scored some good points but once Clontarf got going there was no stopping them.  Excellent displays all around the pitch but special mention to Lauren Mulhall and Caoimhe O'Connor.  Also, it was great to see Ellen Davis at the match - Ellen became our first casualty at training the previous Saturday when she broke her arm - get better soon Ellen!  Fingallians presented a more robust challenge, with some bigger players and a more direct style than we are used to.  A swirling cold north wind did not help, but the players got on with it and battled away with scores for both sides being hard won and well deserved.    Standouts for Clontarf on the day were Aoibhe Bell in midfield and Niamh Hoy in defence.   We are looking forward to the new blitz format starting in a fortnight.
 
Under 9's:
The 2000/01 nursery girls (Under 9's) played their 1st ever competitive games on Sat. They took on Na Fianna in 3 games. We competed well and all the girls played. Thanks to the parents for the lifts and support, and to Na Fianna for looking after us.
 
See Picture of the week and photos from this game on the website.
 
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