Extended Clubnotes - May 19th
Senior Footballers lost to Round Towers in round 2 of the Championship at Blakestown. This was a very spirited performance from Clontarf who dominated possession esp in the 2nd half, but lacked sufficient firepower up front to find the necessary scores. Ger Ryan gave another outstanding performance at full back.
Junior A's drew with Wanderers in the 2nd round of the Championship, thus setting up 3 meetings with the same opposition in as many weeks. The A's had to come from behind to snatch the draw and will be happy to take this tie back to St. Annes as both sides square up for a place in the 1/4 finals. Clontarf played with the breeze in the 1st half and led at half time (1-3,0-7). Within 10 mins of the resumption Clontarf had gone 4 up and looked to be cruising, but Wanderers were far from beaten. With 5 mins remaining a long ball delivery somehow found its way to the Tarf net and gave the home side a 2pt lead. Clontarf failed to panic and player of the year Mark Murphy cut the deficit to the bare minimum. As time ran out and the A's searched hard for an equaliser an unlikely sharpshooter in defender Darren Ryan rambled forward to drive over the last score of the game. This was another gutsy team performance with special mentiopn for Ciaran Johnson on his man of the match performance. Johnson performed brilliantly as a 3rd midfielder in the 2nd half as he carried the ball into the wind. Darren Ryan played one of his best games for Clontarf in defence.
Junior B's defeated Championship favourites Erins Isle (4-3, 0-9) at stormy St. Annes on Sunday afternoon. Last years beaten finalists Isles were beaten by a great battling team performance and 4 terrific goals, each scored at a vital time when Isles were threatening to dominate. The last goal was a special effort from ace forward Johhny O'Connell who blasted to the top corner in the final minutes to put the tie beyond any doubt. Best for Clontarf were Colly O'Connor, Brian Keenan and Johnny O'Connell, while Paul Murphy produced a man of the match performance.
Junior A hurlers play Championship on Wed V Championship favourites Good Counsel at St. Annes 7:30pm. On Sun they host Parnells in the league.
Junior B hurlers host Parnells in the Championship on Thur (7:30pm), while on Sunday they host Whitehall in the league.
The Under 12 footballers - 38 of them - together with 40 parents and other supporters made a great journey down south to the home of football; the kingdom of Kerry to take on the mighty Austin Stacks of Tralee. It was an early start on Sat Morning...6.20am departure from the club house to catch the 7.45 flight to Kerry Airport with Ryanair. What a wonderful welcome awaited us in Kerry. Two buses transported the very excited children to Austin Stacks for a gourmet breakfast of orannge juice, followed by cereals and the cholestrol special - a fine cooked Munster fry. Starving children and adults (by 9.30am) cleared all before them.
Matches started at 10.15 on a soft Kerry day with 9 great games played, with each club fielding 3 teams. The lads from Clontarf, helped by the fine breakfast, played brilliant football with Cian Giles outstanding. All matches were played in a great spirit with not a harsh word from a player on either side desipte great physical contests. The great Kerry-Dublin rivalry and tradition has passed to a new generation. Our great Kerry hosts laid on lunch and then it was off to the Tralee Aquadome for a great afternoon for the kids with a stop in McDonalds on the way back to the airport. It was 9.45pm before we arrived back in Seafield Road with the kids still as high as kites after a fantastic day.
Many thanks to Eamonn O'Reilly and the Austin Stacks club for such a great welcome, hospitality and day. We hope to see the u12s from this great Tralee club visit us in Clontarf this summer and continue the great football on our St Annes pitches. Many thanks also to our Chairman, Niall Harrington, for making the trip with us to a club that can boost 78 All Ireland Senior Football medals. Great thanks to Philip O'Quigley snd Howie Millar for their work in organising the trip on our side. One cannot overestimate how valuable such trips are at building team spirit and bonding the lads together. Its what helps make a great club. - Ollie Mangan
Under 9 Football:
Both U9 Groups had their league matches cancelled due to first communions this weekend. However friendly matches were arranged instead with Scoil and Rahey at St. Pauls.
Blue group took on Scoil Ui Chonaill in a very competitive single 9 a-side match and got a good win. Callum Tyrell did well in both defence and forwards, Phillip O'Reilly recorded one great block, and Caileann Mulvaney did well at midfield on his first day back from a broken elbow.
Red group played Rahey in three 8-a-side games. They won one game well and lost the other two narrowly . In the first game, Luke Hempenstall and Gavin Murray did best. In the second game, Eoghan McGloin contributed some fine scores, while Iollann McKeon was the man of the match with some strong defending. Stephen Evens kept a clean sheet in goals and Clontarf notched up a good win. In the third game, Clontarf were generally first to every ball in the first half, but were hauled back by Raheny after the break. Eoin Deery and Sam Brennan got most of the scores and everyone tried hard throughtout.
14/05/09 Under 11 Div 3
Clontarf v Foxrock Cabinteely Bs. Although Clontarf did not score against Foxrock Cabinteely Bs, the low score of the other team reflects a very strong defence. Well done to all the girls. Score: Clontarf 0-0, Foxrock Cabinteely 2-8.
16/05/09 Under 11 Div 3
Clontarf v St Marks. We lost to St Marks, but the score (6-5 to 0-1) did not reflect the hard work, persistence and ever improving team play for the U11 Div 3 side. Again, well done girls, getting better all the time!!
GAA Forecast competition received almost 570 entries, a magnificant response and a 100% increase on 2008. Details of all entries will be posted on the club website before next Sunday.
Fully paid up members looking to order Dubs tickets for June 7th must contact Kieran McMahon (086-1791120) before Fri. 22nd.
The Heineken Cup final between Leinster and Leicster will be shown in club on Sky Sports HD on Sat at 5pm (KO). The bar will be open from 4:30pm, however the astro will not be open until 5:15pm, due to a birthday party. The match will be shown in high def on the big screen as we have upgraded our Sky package this week.
Foundation coaching course takes place this Tue and Wed, 7-10pm at the clubhouse.
Condolences to former Junior Footballer Eoin Kellett on the sudden passing of his father.