Extended Clubnotes - May 26th
Seniors had a fine performance in a challenge game V Fingallians in midweek, winning on a scoreline 1-9,0-8.
On Tue they travel to blakestown to take on Peregrines.
Junior A and B's have important league games on Tue. The B's play at home.
A disappointing week with 3 loses. In midweek the A team lost to Good Counsel (4-13,3-9) in Championship action. On Sunday the A's gave up a 7pt half time lead in losing to a Parnells side than handled the big pitch and warm conditions better.
The Junior B hurlers made club history on Thur when they were beaten by Parnells in the Championship (2-21,0-0). A very depleated Clontarf side struggled throughout against a faster Parnells outfit. Credit to the Tarf full back line, where Ro Hickey and Karl Spellman battled brilliantly throughout. On Sunday the B's league game V Whitehall was posponed.
Training for both sides continues Tue/Thur 7:30pm
Well done to our hurlers who won the Feile div 4 final. Picture gallery on the website, match report below:
Clontarf U14’s won their division in Feile nGael Hurling Festival this weekend. It was an intensive weekend of games for the combined U14 and U13 players. The 22 player squad started early Saturday morning on the immaculate new Pitches 34/35 in St Anne’s Park with the first of their 5 matches over the weekend against Naomh Barrog on full size adult pitches.
This was a vital match to win to avoid Ballyboden as next match. The match lead swapped back and forth, with 3 mins to go Cluain Tarbh were 2 points down, then a goal from Oisin Mulligan. Cluain Tarrbh won 3-3 to N.Barrog 3-2.
Game 2 presented Naomh Mearnog as the opposition. The entire Cluain Tarbh squad played their part with 4-11 to 2-1 win. This guaranteed progression to semi-final.
Game 3 was the decider for Saturday morning, win and you get to stay in Clontarf; lose and you travel to Ballyfermot – a must win match. Ballyboden came out and were 1-2 up to no score within 4 minutes. Quick changes and the game was stabilized. The team was down by 2 points at half time. A man of the match performance by Seán McGovern at half back saw Cluain Tarbh win out 1-6 to 1-4.
Game 4 was semi-final with Cluain Tarbh retaining home advantage. Skerries Harps were the opposition. Again a very tight match. Again Cluain Tarbh found themselves behind at half time. Skerries No.8 and No.9 were providing lots of ball into their forwards. Enter Steve (Rusty) Russell and Joshua Reynolds. Rusty neutralizing No.8 and Joshua adding the extra pace to silence No.9. Oisin Mulligan again found the goal. Cluain Tarbh winning the 2nd half convincingly and the game 2-6 to 0-6. Saturday’s work – job done and I suspect deep sleep for all.
The final on Sunday was played in glorious sunshine, again on Pitch 35 against Balinteer St.John’s in front of hundreds of mainly Clontarf supporters and members of the Dublin senior hurling squad who had been training on pitch 34 alongside. Cluain Tarbh came out from the start with their best game thanks to speciality warm up session with Frankie Byrne. Although having much of the possession the team found themselves in a very tight match and down again by a point, having conceded a goal. Cian O’Flaherty came on as the impact sub after halftime. Cian helped create the extra space and scoring opportunities. Stephen Smyth maximized the opportunity scoring Cluain Tarbh’s only goal of the game. Conor Mullins played out his captain’s role with a man of the match performance. With 3 minutes to go Cluain Tarbh were ahead but under pressure from several attacks from St. John’s all of which were seen off by Seán Brodie in full back. Cluain Tarbh’s final counter put the game beyond a single score. Cluain Tarbh winners 1-5 to 1-1. Well done to all 22 boys for their commitment and discipline. They are fine bunch and a credit to their families and the club.
Many thanks to Maura Devine for all the organization and presenting the trophy, all the Clontarf people who provided massive support on the day. Special thanks to Specialist Coaching: Frankie Byrne and Paul Casey, Umpires: John Troy, Joe Holden, Frank O’Dwyer, Shay McCaffery
Please support the U11 Hurlers who make a historic appearance in the Dublin A Cup Final V Faughs on Tuesday at St. Pauls, 7pm, all support welcome.
Under 11's A Cup Dublin Final - O'Toole Park
Having beaten Donaghmore in the semi-final , Clontarf faced Na Fianna in the final of the A team two team group. With the cummulative score for both our under 11's to count, this was always going to be a close fought encounter with a fancied Na Fianna squad.
With a strong cross wind slightly favouring Clontarf in the first half, honours were almost even at half-time, with Clontarf leading by a point. A physically stronger Na Fianna team took the initiative early in the second half scoring two goals in quick succession followed by two more speculative long range efforts to kill off the tie. However, Clontarf never gave up socring two late goals from Jack Pollian & Patrick Smith. Best for Clontarf included Harry Oppermann, Eoin McNamee & Rory Clarke.
Clontarf started the stronger with the clever team work and quick movement of the ball and took the first score from a well taken free kick from Peter Hoy, Clontarf continued to take their notch up thye scores in the first half and led at the break by 7 – 3. With a strong wind in the second half Na Fianna pinned Clontarf back into their own half pulling back the score to within one point Clontarf dug dip and defend with rugged determination. With the score level and 5 minutes to go Clontarf got another point to finish at 12 – 11 in Clontarf’s favour. Best for Clontarf Max Kearney, Peter Hoy & Cian Walsh. An excellent team performance and unfortunately with the other team losing Na Fianna won the overall tie.
Well done on a great team performance & hard luck.
The one team match was cancelled due to a waterlogged pitch.
Under 9 Football:
For the Blue Team (in 3 Team Group), the match away to Castleknock was cancelled. Instead the group played a very enjoyable training match in a sunny St. Pauls.
The Red Group (2 Team Group) played St. Peregrines away, losing 49 to 39. Callum Tyrell, Phillip O'Reilly, and Mark Winters all played well.
Ladies Inter play Clanna Gael on Wed in the Championship at Ringsend.
Under 13 Girls:
Outstanding performance by U13 girls today in league match against O Dwyers. Very tough match, end to end play with every girl working so hard to overcome very stiff opposition winning in the end. Clontarf came back very well in the last 10 mintutes with 2 goals to win the match. Final score Clontarf 3-5 O Dwyers 2-7 Well done to everyone.
Under 11 Girls:
Div 3 side lost to Foxrock Cabinteely Cs with score of 2-6 to 1-3. Girls showed outstanding and best performance of the season with strong team play. Well done to all the girls - a brilliant game!
GAA Forecast leaderboard is now available on the website. Only 5% of entries are fully correct after 3 weeks of competition.
Condolences to former Junior footballer Eoin Kellett on the passing of his father.
Thanks to all who supported the club bar for the Heineken Final.