The Stag's Voice: November 14th, 2018

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Contents:

  • Super Scoil Sunday: Minor & Junior Hurling Finals

  • U12 Final Win

  • Regatta Jackets Back on Sale!

  • U13 Quiz Night

  • Garda Vetting

  • Boys born in 2009 appeal

  • Other News

  • Team News

  • Fixtures

Don’t forget to Save the Date (Jan 26th) for Dinner Dance 2019!

 

Super Scoil Sunday:

Minor & Junior Hurling Finals

Unless you consider Arsenal vs Bournemouth or Wolves vs Huddersfield to be something worth turning your head for, there can be no disputing that Super Sunday belongs to Scoil this weekend.

With our Minor Footballs (amalgamation team with O’Toole’s known as St Paul’s) playing Ballyboden at 10.30am in O’Toole Park, and our AHL9 Hurlers playing St Pat’s Palmerstown at 2,30pm in Glenaulin Park your Sunday is sorted!

Luckily, both pitches are on the same side of the city making it logistically easy, as you can see below.

Before you say it, we know what you’re thinking: “What am I going to do for the two hours in between?”

Well, we’ve taken the liberty of researching some handy places in between the two destinations which might be of some interest:


U12 Final Win

Congratulations to our U12 Hurlers who finished their season a high with their League Final win over Round Towers Clondalkin in Clontarf on Saturday afternoon.

We’ll let the slideshow below tell the story…


Regatta Jackets Back on Sale!

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U13 Quiz Night

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Get Garda Vetted!

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If you’ve ever coached in the Club, think that you may in the future OR may simply find yourself giving another person’s child a lift to or from the Club then YOU MUST BE GARDA VETTED.

This process is so easy — please simply WhatsApp our Child Protection Officer Aideen Lawlor on 086 312 2130 with:

  • Your name

  • A photo of your ID

  • A photo of a utility bill

Aideen will then send you a link to a simple form that needs to be completed — and that’s it!

This is a vital piece of admin that everyone in the Club with any contact with our younger members needs to complete.


Boys born in 2009 appeal

The u9 coaches’ attention is already turning to 2019! We believe that we have the makings of a super squad, but have room for a few more players.  

If you have a school friend, neighbour or relative who was born in 2009, bring them along for fun, friendship and fitness. If they have tried other clubs in the past and didn’t fit in, they will find our club and team culture completely different to larger clubs. Alternatively, if they have not played GAA previously, we will devote time and attention to help develop their skills.

So, please tell John or Cormac if you know anyone who was born in 2009 and might be interested in joining our team.



Other News

  • It’s that time of year again! Juvenile membership payments are now due for the 2018/2019 season. You can easily make payment on the Scoil website, as well as complete the membership questionnaire.

  • Club Accounts — The Club Treasurer will be in the Clubhouse this Thursday, 15th November. A draft copy of the Clubs annual accounts that will be presented to the forthcoming AGM for adoption will be available for inspection by members on request.

  • The Inner City Nursery commences Wednesday 21st November 5-6pm in Larkin College — all members are welcome to come down, or at least spread the word of this important initiative.

  • Well done to Nursery Players of the week Jessica and Eana….Hey, wasn’t Jessica POW last week?? Well done Jessica — Future Scoil Star!

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Team News

Full reports (where available) below

  • U9s were swinging in the rain


U9 Boys Hurling

U9s were swinging in the rain

On a morning when the skies opened up, our U9s opened their shoulders and delivered another stylish performance against St Finians.

With recent advances in skill levels, many players were lifting the ball for the first time in a match and you could see the confidence grow with each little success.

Thanks also to the parents and supporters for cheering us on from the side-line despite the elements. This support makes a huge difference to players and is greatly appreciated by coaches.

Playing into a strong breeze in the first half, the Maroon team took some excellent long-range scores and defended strongly when Finians were attacking. Aodh had another fine game and chased every ball with great determination.  Matthew tormented the Finian’s defence and scored a cracking goal. Sam took a heavy knock but bravely came back with even more determination.

The second half continued the exhibition of accurate passing to set up long range points. Sean showed great skill by jab lifting on the run, soloing to get away from his opponents and striking on the run. This was one of the best pieces of skill that we have seen all year and deserved a score. Unfortunately, on this occasion the wind took the sliotar just wide but no doubt we will see this move many times in the future.

A superb performance by the Amber team on Saturday was made all the more satisfying by the amount of "air hurling" on show. In the first half, Eoin's puc outs hit their target every time with Brodie always first in chasing down any breaking ball. At one point in the second half Oisin got the ball into his hand on the right touchline and swung a tremendous effort at the top corner of the goal. On another day it would have gone straight in but on this occasion the goalkeeper was equal to it. The best move of the match came when Conall picked the ball up in defence and launched it up to Noah in the corner forward position. After a deft lift Noah whipped it across the goal to where Rory was arriving. Without pausing to think, Rory pulled straight down on the sliotar and hit it just inches wide. It was a move that had even opposition coaches applauding. Well done to all the yellows and especially to Eoin who was the first man to volunteer to play with the opposition in the second half.

The blue team was involved in the match of the day with both teams showing exceptional effort considering the weather conditions. Our boys fought for every ball, chased every opponent down and tackled with such force that every parent cheering on from the sideline was proud. Fionán had a super game in defence, winning lots of ball and striking it long to his forwards.  Jeaic had a tremendous game in midfield and tacked hard all day. He got a reward for all this hard work by scoring a brilliant goal.  Darragh also showed great skill and tenacity and never gave up tackling and passing. He must have had an extra Weetabix (or maybe birthday treats!) for his breakfast.

Special mention to Faoláin who is recovering from injury (non GAA related!) – the boys and coaches wish you a speedy recovery and look forward to your return to play.

Boys born in 2009 appeal

The coaches’ attention is already turning to 2019! We believe that we have the makings of a super squad, but have room for a few more players. 

If you have a school friend, neighbour or relative who was born in 2009, bring them along for fun, friendship and fitness. If they have tried other clubs in the past and didn’t fit in, they will find our club and team culture completely different to larger clubs. Alternatively, if they have not played GAA previously, we will devote time and attention to help develop their skills.

So, please tell John or Cormac if you know anyone who was born in 2009 and might be interested in joining our team.


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The Stag's Voice: November 7th, 2018

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Contents:

  • Garda Vetted!

  • In Pictures: Scoil in Mansion House

  • Minor Semi-Final Victory

  • Keep an eye: Junior Playoffs & Minor Finals

  • Christmas Shoebox Appeal

  • U13 Quiz Night

  • Boys born in 2009 appeal

  • Scoil Spotlight: U12 Boys

  • Other News

  • Team News

  • Fixtures

Don’t forget to Save the Date (Jan 26th) for Dinner Dance 2019!

 

Get Garda Vetted!

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If you’ve ever coached in the Club, think that you may in the future OR may simply find yourself giving another person’s child a lift to or from the Club then YOU MUST BE GARDA VETTED.

This process is so easy — please simply WhatsApp our Child Protection Officer Aideen Lawlor on 086 312 2130 with:

  • Your name

  • A photo of your ID

  • A photo of a utility bill

Aideen will then send you a link to a simple form that needs to be completed — and that’s it!

This is a vital piece of admin that everyone in the Club with any contact with our younger members needs to complete.


In Pictures: Scoil in Mansion House

A cohort of Scoil members graciously accepted an invite from Lord Mayor Niall Ring to join him for a social evening the Mansion House on Saturday.

Full pictures from the evening (thanks to our ever reliable roving reporter Niamh Farrelly!) can be seen below, but of note see here Màire O’Connell’s Aunt Rose as she was presented a commemorative scroll by the Lord Mayor to recognise her Father’s role in the 1916 Rising. Máire’s grandfather Michael Derham’s name can actually be found on the 1916 plaques in both the Clubhouse and OCS grounds.

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Minor Football Championship Semi-Final Victory

St. Paul’s 1-15 St Peregrines 2-9

Congratulations to the Scoil & O’Tooles combined minor team (St Paul’s) who progressed to the championship final after beating St Peregrines on Sunday, in a tense affair which saw lots of drama.

Read the full match report in Team News below.

The final will be against Ballyboden on Sunday November 18th — time & venue TBC.


Keep an eye: Junior Playoffs & Minor Finals

Please keep an eye on Scoil social media for fixture updates as the County Board are chopping & changing fixtures regularly.

As it stands the AFL7 Footballers, AHL9 Hurlers & Minor Footballers are all due to play Sunday Nov 11th but this will likely change.

Stay tuned.


Christmas Shoebox Appeal

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Màire O’Connell has kindly offered the below steps to all those who wish to contribute to the Christmas Shoe Box Appeal.

Màire will be in the Clubhouse on Saturday November 10th to collect the shoe boxes.

  1. Print Label (or use boy/girl sticker from leaflet) and choose who you want to give your Christmas Shoebox to and what age.

  2. Fill the box
    Get as creative as you like and have some fun with this! You can use our 4 W’s as a rough guide

  3. Close the box

    • Include €4 in your leaflet envelope either on top of the gifts or taped to the inside of the lid.

    • To make it easier you can
      donate your €4 on our secure on-line site.

    • With elastic band – please don’t seal with tape as we need to check contents to comply with regulations


U13 Quiz Night

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Boys born in 2009 appeal

The u9 coaches’ attention is already turning to 2019! We believe that we have the makings of a super squad, but have room for a few more players.  

If you have a school friend, neighbour or relative who was born in 2009, bring them along for fun, friendship and fitness. If they have tried other clubs in the past and didn’t fit in, they will find our club and team culture completely different to larger clubs. Alternatively, if they have not played GAA previously, we will devote time and attention to help develop their skills.

So, please tell John or Cormac if you know anyone who was born in 2009 and might be interested in joining our team.


Scoil Spotlight: U12 Boys

By Ross Bissett

Which group in Scoil Uí Chonaill are you shining the spotlight on?
U12s Football & Hurling

How often (and when) does the group meet?
Training Tuesday/Matches Saturday

What is the goal / purpose of the group / activity?
Team!

What drew you to this group, or what do you think is it's biggest selling point?
My son plays for them - Josh

Imagine the Club is a family, and your group is a family member - where does this group fit in to the family tree?
My octuplet children

Are there any particularly quirky characters in the group worthy of a mention?
Every one of them has a quirk

What is your favourite memory of the group / activity?
Probably last weekend where we beat top of the table Raheny in Hurling - giving us the top spot with one game to go!

What is the funniest thing that has happened within the group?
Probably our Scotland trip - watching Wayne & Deansey all weekend was a barrel of laughs

What is the group's greatest achievement?
Maintaining a team all the way up to U12 has been a huge challenge with small numbers - now we’ve a great group of kids challenging in both football and hurling!

If the group was a person, how would you describe their personality?
Never give up & can do attitude

If other Club members could do one thing to help your group thrive, what would it be?
Podge Naughton has been a massive help mentoring the kids(& coaches!) in hurling - we all get lots from it! Would be great to have something similar in football consistently with a senior player. Would also work well across all teams.

What is the beyond-your-wildest-dreams ambition for this group? 
Seeing as many of them playing senior football & Hurling for Scoil in 6 years time would be great....& we’ve a future Dublin player within the group - I know it!

Describe the group in 3 words.
Ambitious. Resilient. ... & Funny!

Is the group seeking new members? If so, please let readers know how they can get involved.
We’re forever looking for new players - get in touch!


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Other News

  • It’s that time of year again! Juvenile membership payments are now due for the 2018/2019 season. You can easily make payment on the Scoil website, as well as complete the membership questionnaire.

  • The Club would like to extend a big thank you to Tom MacNamee who will be stepping down as Senior Football Manager with this season’s end. Tom worked tirelessly over the past year and his impact will be realised for many years to come. Best of luck Tom!

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  • Well done to Nursery Players of the week Jessica, Fiadh, Donnchadh and Davin

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  • And sometimes pictures don’t need captions…

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Team News

Full reports (where available) below

  • Congrats to the Minor Boys in their semi-final win over St Peregrines

  • U11s with a win over St Pat’s Palmerstown

  • U10 Boys celebrate first home tie in a while with a win!

  • Scoil's u9s put on a great display on Saturday where we saw all the practice of the past year on show. 

  • U7s begin to find their spots on the pitch vs Howth

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Above: U11s lads after their win over St Pat’s


Minor Boys Football

St. Paul’s 1-15 St Peregrines 2-9

Congratulations to the Scoil & O’Tooles combined minor team (St Paul’s) who progressed to the championship final after beating St Peregrines on Sunday, in a tense affair which saw lots of drama.

We started well playing into the breeze with early scores from Sean Downes & Feargal O’Connell. We kept the score board ticking over with some great points from David Kennedy & Conor Moran & a goal from Robert McBride meant we were ahead at half time 1-8 to 0-7. 

Second half was hard fought and very tense, peregrines weren’t going to give up easily. We took some really well worked scores from Robert McBride, David Kennedy & Sean Taaffe but 2 soft goals & a few questionable refereeing decisions meant this went right to the wire. Peregrines had a goal chance in the last minute in a goalmouth scramble that we managed to clear - that would have leveled the game. Heart in mouth stuff! Lads showed great resilience to deal with a lot of problems on the pitch & great self belief to win out. 

David Kennedy put in a man of the match performance scoring 5 points from midfield at critical times. Robert McBride scored a hugely impressive 1-4. Good performances too from Ian Hattaway, Adam Nolan, Josh Fitzpatrick, Jordan Dunne, Kealen Donohoe, Sean Downes, Peter Cronin & Ben McDermott.

Scorers for St. Paul’s :
David Kennedy 0-5 (2f), Conor Moran 0-2, Robert McBride 1-4, Sean Taaffe  0-2 (2f), Sean Downes & Feargal O’Connell 0-1. 

Thanks to all who came out to support.

The final will be against Ballyboden on Sunday November 18th — time & venue TBC.

 

U10 Boys Football

The boys finally played a home football game on Saturday it was against St Peters. Despite the mid term break we for 13 kids out (with a little help from Noah and Sean from the under 9s). The team performed solidly and had an impressive win by a score of 4 goals and 5 points to St Peters 2 goals and 1 point.

Rys scored two great goals from close range demonstrating his value as a forward. Ruairi scored a goal which looked as though it was going over the bar but just dropped into the goal over the keepers head. We had a very impressive long range point from Conor Meehan, a great close range point from a very tight angle from Callum who scored as a result of sheer perseverance and a great chipped point off the ground from Noah. The defence of Isaac, Luke and Evan with Cillian in goal contained the opposition well in the second half with strong midfield performances from Jake, Temi and Conor Kelly who won a lot of ball in midfield. What was great to see was intelligent use of the ball always looking for a team mate to pass to when there were no kicking opportunities. 

We will have a couple more games before the Christmas break. 

 

U9 Boys Football

Vs O'Dwyers

Scoil's u9s put on a great display on Saturday where we saw all the practice of the past year on show. 

The standard of the Maroon team’s tackling and passing was first rate. It was great to see our players attacking at speed and looking up before passing to a teammate in a better position. Brodie had a super game for Scoil in the first half and O’Dwyers in the second half. He kicked a number of long accurate passes to put both teams on the attack - and scored a number of excellent points (for both teams!). His second half display was so forceful that he was top scorer for O'Dwyers on the day. Sam had another super game and defended with all the shouldering and tacking skills that we have been practicing. After winning possession, he burst through his opponents before passing to teammates. Jake was on fire in the forwards. He will become unmarkable if he keeps running into space for passes and finishing with such skill and accuracy. A huge thanks to Noah, Caleb, Conán and Brodie who all kindly agreed to play with O’Dwyers at different stages.

For the Yellow's Aodh was a dominant force covering acres of ground and getting his team on the front foot. It's hard to believe Zach has been only playing with Scoil for a few months. His influence on matches increases every week and he's adding endurance and skill to his gymnastic agility! Danny and Eoin chipped in with some great scores, while Darragh and Hugh defended stoutly. Cian B too marked well and often found himself in the right place at the right time.

Finally, the Blues were involved in a superb game where both teams took some great passing scores. Cian H was tireless getting up and down the pitch and some of the give and goes he and Conall played were a joy to behold. Oisín was a strong presence at the back and he made many long relieving kicks in the first half to Fionn and Orson who tirelessly found space. The second half of football was the best half that many of these kids have ever played for Scoil and the platform was provided by Tadhg in goals. Rory Beggan had nothing on him as he calmly gathered the ball and forayed into space to set up Scoil attacks. He was ably protected by Rian who committed to tight marking at all times. The game was tight as Orson showed a great bit of agility to catch and turn his marker only to fire a great effort just wide. But as the referee looked at his watch, Conall sold a great dummy to send his marker the wrong way. Having spent plenty of time practicing his solos this year he was able to accelerate away and, as the referee put the whistle to his lips, he split the posts for the clinching point.

There have been some huge advances in skill levels in recent weeks and the coaches are organizing a few more friendlies to keep the momentum going. Keep practicing at home. High catches with ball and sliotar are currently on the curriculum!

One final note of thanks to Declan Hoban on the great job of organizing refs for us throughout the year. It's very much appreciated.

 

U7s Hurling

The Under 7’s ( Blues) played at home last Saturday against Howth in Hurling. There were 2 teams from each club with some Scoil players also playing for Howth due to the great turn out of the players. The rain held off and all teams played well with evidence of the players beginning to stay in their allocated positions and some great scores from the forwards. The matches were tight with good evidence of tackling from the Scoil players  who were not being afraid to get stuck in. A few players get a particular mention for their extra effort- Simon, Mallick, Jason, Rory, Bill and new to the team Sam. Also thanks to Tyler and Shane for playing with Howth. The coaches were enthusiastic throughout so much so that the local referrer had to remind them of the pitch boundary on one occasion. We look forward to playing Howth in Football in a couple of weeks. Meantime back to training this week in Larkin College on Monday evenings and Scoil Ui Chonaill grounds on Saturday morning.

 

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The Stag's Voice: October 31st, 2018

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Contents:

  • Camogie Final Win!

  • Junior Hurling Playoff Final

  • Minor Semi-Final

  • Christmas Shoebox Appeal

  • Boys born in 2009 appeal

  • Junior Trad Session Friday

  • Mid-Term Camp

  • Scoil Spotlight: Junior Hurlers

  • Other News

  • Team News

  • Fixtures

Don’t forget to Save the Date (Jan 26th) for Dinner Dance 2019!

 

Camogie Final Win!

Congratulations to the u13s on the first juvenile Camogie final in the Club’s history

Our amazing U13 Camogie Girls beat Craobh Chiaráin in their Div 6 final, and below is a suitably memorable reflection on the game, along with a lovely poem from an anonymous supporter!

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A POEM TO REMEMBER A SPECIAL SCOIL CAMOGIE DAY

By Anonymous

Today is a day we’ll remember,

All who stood at the side of the pitch,

And shouted and cheered for our girls,

And couldn’t explain why or which.

Our tiny players had such very big hearts,

Wouldn’t yield an inch to the others,

But played their hearts out, to the delight

Of supporters, and fathers and mothers.

Those on the side-line made such a great din,

Encouraged and shouted them on to their win.

A first for Scoil, oh they made us so proud

Thanks to their coaches, it must be allowed.

Camogie is back with each strike and pull,

Congratulations, well done girls, Up Scoil!

 

U13 CAMOGIE DIVISION 6 CUP FINAL 2PM, 29/10/2018.

Venue: Craobh Chiaráin, Clonshaugh.

Craobh Chiaráin 0-3        Scoil Uí Chonaill 1-01

In deference to TJ’s appeal for brevity in U13 camogie reportage it is, with some regret, I here resist the urge to inflict upon you, gentle readers, in ómós to our win, sixty stanzas of iambic pentameter in the style of the Bard; one for each epic minute of the proceedings that unfolded upon this bone chillingly wind swept afternoon. However, while it may be the soul of wit, brevity shall not here be the knave that would thieve us of what relish we may glean in vivid reprise of an historic, nay epic, adventure in our club’s onward odyssey.  For Scoil, for Oneness, for posterity, bear with this, our say, in its telling of heroic deeds upon the field of play, on what became, it may be claimed, a most momentous Bank holiday.  

Conceding, as usual, the advantages of average age, average height and average weight we decided, in our wisdom, also to concede the date and venue of this final to our rivals. You may, however, in this historic moment, here allow us one conceit. After Julius, each of our valiant warriors, for such they were, may well proclaim: Veni, vidi, vici!

Low scoring, but high octane. In the words of longstanding Scoil stalwart Niamh Crowe … it was definitely the match of the year and the biggest number of supporters I have ever seen at a Scoil game and I have seen a lot. The call went out and Scoil responded, and how. Applying the accuracy of a teller’s tally, JP Courtney estimated the Scoil support at three times that of our hosts. It was like Jack’s army in Giant’s Stadium; the Italian game!  To extend this equivalence, Craobh are to our camogie team as were the Azzurri to the Republic circa ’94. To date we’d played four, they’d won four. For context, our last outing against them was the first match of this cup campaign; Craobh 5-1 Scoil 0-2. We travelled more in hope than expectation.

Referee, St Monica’s clubman, Philip Cullen threw in the sliotar at the appointed hour. So to battle, for a battle it was. In the truest spirit of officiating the small ball game Philip let the game flow. In the equally honoured spirit of Gaelic games mentoring both side-lines were convinced he was giving them nothing – sign of a well refed game! Breathless as was the game’s first-half, with goalmouth action at both ends, Craobh Chiaráin, on balance, shaded the early exchanges. Fairly breathless too were the supporters, the wind chill was a killer. A killer, we feared, would be conceding early. We did. The concession of our first free from an eminently scorable position, fifteen metres out, straight in front of the posts; Scoil 0-1 down. Follow that! Craobh did, with a blistering strike off the crossbar and back into play. Scoil scrambled it away. Our side-line support caught its collective breath and shivered, not because of the wind chill. The minutes that followed gave cause for pause, how would Scoil respond?

Brilliantly! A moment of exquisite skill. A solo run. Stepping a challenge by adroitly flicking the ball over the head of an onrushing defender, catching the ball on the hurl and, without breaking stride, continuing to solo, taking the strike on the run. The strike, from about twenty metres out, dead centre onto goal, was true; one a piece. The battle of will and wit tipped back in Scoil’s favour; a little shock and awe for Craobh Chiaráin to conjure with. Their troubles mounted. These steely Scoilettes, now sensing vulnerability, increased the frequency of their forays towards the Craobh goal. This period of consistent pressure resulted in Scoil being awarded a penalty. Had it been scored, one sensed the potential for unassailable ascendency. Three on the line, seeking to place it low to these goal guardians’ right, the ball shot slightly wide of the upright. A slight swing back in the pendulum of doubt; advantage Craobh.  Craobh advanced, Scoil dug in, the half-time whistle came at last. Oranges ready for the kids, sedatives needed by the adults.

Honours even for the half, the teams repaired for comfort and counsel to their respective coaches. No Legendary Timmy Ryan monologues (see YouTube). Sustenance and support, calm and composure. We’d never been this close to Craobh at the turn, neck and neck, no second-half mountain to climb this time. It was said, but they already knew, it blazed in their young eyes; we can do this! Carpe diem!

Or so we thought, but inauspicious was our resumption. Gifting the dust from throw in, Scoil struggled to settle, Craobh pushing for the win. The paradox of time, the half went by in a flash but was synchronously interminable. Free to Craobh, two points to one. A clash of the ash, a stunned Scoilette standing with half a splintered hurl. Goal mouth drama at their end, cleared, groans and sighs from the swelled ranks of Scoil support. Last ditch defending by the Scoilettes. Cleared over the end line. A 45 for Craobh, ah no! High and handsome, scored with aplomb, Craobh now three one up. That sense of hanging from the cliff as your grip slowly loosens; the abyss awaiting. ‘Ref, how long’, Phil, what’s left?’ No response, the game now broiling, hectic; the ref, absorbed, unhearing.

Lightening doesn’t strike twice, or does it? In a reprise of her match winning semi-final goal she struck again. What image fits? Is it the lone warrior on a black charger streaking at the heart of the foe? Is it Braveheart in kilt, braids and face-paint (in Scoil colours) emerging from the mist to the horror and terror of redcoats? Conjure images as you will, afterburners on, ball on stick, charging at the heart of Craobh’s defence. We watched, almost in slow motion, go on, go on, no, no, YEESSSS! Hand-passed to the net. Scoil ascendant. Carpe Diem indeed. ‘Mark up, mark up, it’s not a bloody soccer match’. In their joy and relief, momentarily the Scoilettes forgot themselves, celebrating like Salah. Then back at it, in a phrase, squeaky bum time!

‘Ref, ref, Philip, Phil, what’s left, how long?’ I’m thinking it can’t be more than two or three. ‘Six, six minutes’. SIX MINUTES. Six minutes he says with the broad genial smile of a fella who’d be happy to stay out there all day. Ahhh, sweet divine, Mammy, I’ll wet meself!! Hanging on by our fingernails, the Scoil faithful are having nervous breakdowns on the side-line. Scratch the sedatives, find a defribulator. Championship minutes. The last five seeming longer than the preceding fifty-five. It was these minutes that define this team, giving intense expression to the phrase refuse to lose; for so it was. Scoil pushed on and spend almost half of these dying minutes in attack. Yet Craobh had time for wides and a ball cleared off the Scoil line. Unbearable minutes. Each sliotar in Scoil’s half had our support tensed taut; a bowstring ready to snap. It was on the field of play, remarkably, composure was maintained. Raven haired Scoilettes, eyes ablaze, repeatedly charging out to clear advancing ball, blond blockers, with the Paul McGrath positional radar, clearing off the line. The magnificent menina, heard repeating ‘hook, hook, hook’ as she marked her player out of the game; a player who undid us last time out. Swarming, hunting in packs, clearing their lines with stick and boot. A defence relieving lift and solo, the whistle, the win. Heroes all, one to eighteen, u10 to u13. Oneness of players and support; a magnificent, marvellous, momentous day. Scoil Ui Chonaill U13 Dublin Camogie Champions; pinch me! #UpScoil

Postscript: Please contemplate, gentle reader, in the style of the Bard, a little ómós to the Scoilettes:

These few, these happy few, this band of sisters;
For she to-day that played for Scoil with glee
Stood with her sisters; be they ne'er so wild,
This day they settled their ambition;
And those of Scoil that now have read
Shall think themselves accurs'd they were not there,
And hold their knowledge cheap while any speaks
That witnessed them upon that October holiday.

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Junior Hurling Playoff Final

After a disappointing finish to the Senior year, it’s over to the Junior Hurlers! This fantastic team — this week’s Scoil Spotlight feature — have been blazing a trail through AHL9 this year and have justifiably gotten themselves into a position for promotion.

Make sure and support the lads after the Minor semi-final in the AHL9 Playoff Final.

Best of luck lads!

PLEASE NOTE:
SINCE ORIGINALLY PUBLISHING, THIS GAME HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.


Minor Semi-Final

The Scoil & O’Tooles combined minor team (St Paul’s) are in the championship semi final vs St Peregrines in Blakestown Sunday 4th Nov @ 11am

MAKE SURE & GET OUT TO SUPPORT THE LADS IN THIS HUGE GAME!

Best of luck lads!


Christmas Shoebox Appeal

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Màire O’Connell has kindly offered the below steps to all those who wish to contribute to the Christmas Shoe Box Appeal.

Màire will be in the Clubhouse on the next two Saturdays (Nov 3rd & 10th) to collect the shoe boxes.

  1. Print Label (or use boy/girl sticker from leaflet) and choose who you want to give your Christmas Shoebox to and what age.

  2. Fill the box
    Get as creative as you like and have some fun with this! You can use our 4 W’s as a rough guide

  3. Close the box

    • Include €4 in your leaflet envelope either on top of the gifts or taped to the inside of the lid.

    • To make it easier you can
      donate your €4 on our secure on-line site.

    • With elastic band – please don’t seal with tape as we need to check contents to comply with regulations


Boys born in 2009 appeal

The u9 coaches’ attention is already turning to 2019! We believe that we have the makings of a super squad, but have room for a few more players.  

If you have a school friend, neighbour or relative who was born in 2009, bring them along for fun, friendship and fitness. If they have tried other clubs in the past and didn’t fit in, they will find our club and team culture completely different to larger clubs. Alternatively, if they have not played GAA previously, we will devote time and attention to help develop their skills.

So, please tell John or Cormac if you know anyone who was born in 2009 and might be interested in joining our team.


Junior Trad Session Friday

This Friday, Nov 2nd in the Clubhouse from 7pm-8pm


Mid-Term Camp

There was a great turaround at the Advanced Camp (Under 11-14) running in the Club this week, with over 40 in attendance.

And Head Coach Thomas even taught them some new dance moves!


Scoil Spotlight: AHL9 Hurlers AKA ‘Killer Bs’

By Martin ‘The Chubbs’ Hewitt

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Which group in Scoil Uí Chonaill are you shining the spotlight on?
The AHL9 Team aka the "Killer B's"

Please provide a brief synopsis of this group
AHL9 are now competing in their 4th full season and are providing an important role in providing game time to our young adult hurlers in the club with potential of breaking into our AHL2 panel.

How often (and when) does the group meet?
Both the AHL2 & AHL9 panels meet up to three times a week with great support supplied to the AHL9 group from the AHL2 group. There is a very strong cohort of Hurlers within Scoil and this group has gone from strength to strength following the recent on field successes of the AHL2 team.

What is the goal / purpose of the group / activity?
The main goal of the AHL9 team is to gain promotion and climb up the leagues over the coming seasons. We need to tighten the gap between the two Hurling groups to help maintain our Senior Hurling status.

What drew you to this group, or what do you think is it's biggest selling point?
Old age! 😂😂 On a serious note, I'm in a very lucky position to still tog out and with the help of the young Hurling bucks, Scoil stars of the future I've got the opportunity to continue and enjoy some on field success plus improve and strengthening the Hurling group within the club.

Imagine the Club is a family, and your group is a family member - where does this group fit in to the family tree?
First cousins, always guaranteed an invite to the family events, such as Weddings, Christenings etc 🍻

Please describe any particular characters in the group worthy of a mention.
We've a couple of Club stalwarts Shane Cotter, Richie Flavin, who help average out the age profile of the team on a weekly bases, otherwise we'd have a very young team 😂😂

What is your favourite memory of the group / activity?
We gave Clontarf a good stuffing this season, always good to let the "Noisy" neighbours know who's boss!

What is the funniest thing that has happened within the group?
We'd played Na Fianna a couple of seasons back. Numbers were extremely tight that day, so Matt Cushion togged out and Tommy Naughton also graced the field in his denim jeans. After two minutes Tommy had pull both hamstrings and Matt had scored a wonder goal! Na Fianna flooded the field with a number of minors and we still won knocking them out of the play off spot. That was a sweet and funny result and will live in legend within the group.

What is the group's greatest achievement?
We have just secured a play off Final spot so promotion is our next goal.

If the group was a person, how would you describe their personality?
Somebody with a wise head on young shoulders!

If other Club members could do one thing to help your group thrive, what would it be?
Turn up in force when we play St Pats of Palmertown this Sunday, Nov 4th in Glenauline Park @2.30pm

What is the beyond-your-wildest-dreams ambition for this group? 
AHL3 — dream big!

Describe the group in 3 words.
Experienced, youthful, ambitious

Is the group seeking new members? If so, please let readers know how they can get involved.
Our doors are always open and you'll find us in Clontarf Monday and Thursday evenings. We’ll be the ones with the sticks in our hands but don't let that frighten you!


Want your group to feature next?

As a Club, we really pride ourselves on the close-knit community that we have at Scoil Uí Chonaill - help us in our effort in getting to know all of our members by filling out the below questionnaire on behalf of your group or team!

 
Create your own user feedback survey

Other News

  • It’s that time of year again! Juvenile membership payments are now due for the 2018/2019 season. You can easily make payment on the Scoil website, as well as complete the membership questionnaire.

  • Well done to Nursery Players of the week Ben, Hugh and Oisin

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Team News

Full reports (where available) below

  • Best of luck to the Junior Hurlers in their AHL9 promotion final vs St Pats Palmerstown

  • Best of luck to the Minor Boys in their semi-final vs St Peregrines

  • Congratulations to the u13s on the first juvenile Camogie final in the Club’s history — full report in article above.


Fixtures

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The Stag's Voice: October 24th, 2018

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Contents:

  • Camogie Final!

  • Minor Semi-Final!

  • Chairman’s Message: Oneness Success

  • Christmas Shoebox Appeal

  • Mid-Term Camp

  • Sam in Scoil

  • Underdogs vs The Big Dogs

  • A Tough Week in Review

  • Scoil All Over Schools Croker Finals

  • A Thank You From Spud Murphy

  • Scoil Spotlight: Scoil Walking Club

  • Other News

  • Team News

  • Fixtures

Don’t forget to Save the Date (Jan 26th) for Dinner Dance 2019!

 

Camogie Final!

First juvenile camogie final in the Club’s history

Our amazing U13 CamogieGirls are playing the Division 6 Cup Finalvs Craobh Chiaráin on Monday, 29th October @2pm, Maypark, Malahide Rd. 

Please get out & support the girls!

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Minor Semi-Final

Scoil & O’Tooles combined minor team (St Paul’s) progressed to championship semi final after beating Whitehall on Sunday 2-13 to 3-8

St. Paul’s were the better team on the day.  Despite St. Paul’s having the better opportunities in the first half the game was a draw at half time.

See full match report below

Make sure & get out to support the lads in their semi-final vs St Peregrines in Blakestown sun 4th nov @ 11am!

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Chairman’s Message: Oneness Success

A message from our Chairman Maurice ‘Mossy’ O’Connell

Dear Members,

Following on from our recent very successful Oneness event in Chicago I want to acknowledge the work of the Committee in arranging the event, in particular Colm Kennedy and Project Manager Sheila Kelly. This was a huge event to organise and administer particularly given the event was held in Chicago.

I would also like to thank the Club Members (over 40) who attended the event and represented the Club so well as ambassadors, it was a very proud moment for all involved. We were delighted that both ex-Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Lord Mayor of Dublin Neil Ring were in attendance and presenting such a positive message on behalf of the Club.

I am delighted to report that the events over the few days raised in excess of €93,000 which is a fantastic achievement and I would like to thank all those who contributed to the event.

Of these funds we will be contributing 10% to both O’Connell Primary and Secondary Schools, 20% will go to the general running expenses of the Club with the remaining amount going towards the development fund and the purchase of the grounds.

We hope to place a permanent memory board of the event in the Clubhouse.

Maurice O’Connell
Scoil Uí Chonaill GAA Chairman


Christmas Shoebox Appeal

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Any members interested in contributing to the Christmas Shoebox Appeal please drop it to the Clubhouse for the collection on November 9th.

For queries, please contact Màire O’Connell on 086 3946179


Mid-Term Camp

There will be an Advanced Camp (Under 11-14) running in the Club on October 30th & 31st from 10am-1pm

Cost will be just €10!

Contact GPO Thomas on (085) 113 7728 to book place.


Sam in Scoil

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Sam Maguire was in Scoil HQ last weekend, and some of our next generation members — perhaps unbeknownst to them! — had the honour of a snap with the coveted silverware, including Chairman Mossy O’Connell’s grand nephew Cillian O’Connell!


Underdogs vs The Big Dogs

With Scoil on both sides

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Congratulations to Dual Stars Adam Wilson & Andy Bunyan for featuring on either side of the Underdogs vs Dubs match in Parnell Park on Friday night, which saw a Dubs team full of eager lads seeking an opportunity to impress just too strong for the TG4 men.


A Tough Week in Review

It would be easy for us to bury our head in the sand and shy away from recognising what was a very disappointing week on the pitch for Scoil. In seven days the Adult Footballers & Hurlers both crashed out of the Intermediate Championships at the semi-final stage, our Ladies Footballers were beaten in a Cup Final and our Minor Girls were beaten in the Championship Final.

But such is sport, and we must take the bad with the good and ensure that we learn from the upsets.

There’s no better time than now to take a moment and acknowledge the amazing progress we’ve made on & off the pitch in Scoil over the last number of years with Adult Mens & Ladies teams steadily climbing their way back to the top, second and third teams being established to provide a platform for everyone to get involved, while pushing the ‘first’ teams on, as well as the resurgence of Camogie in the Club, huge advancements in our facilities and a general collectively positive and ambitious attitude.

So while there is still plenty to be hopeful for the year on the pitch (Junior Football & Hurling League playoffs, Minor semi-final + u13 Camogie final, to name a few), if there are any of us reeling from the last couple of weeks then be sure to appreciate all this incredible positivity we’re currently enjoying, and know that sometimes you need to get a little jab to make room for you to land your haymaker ;)

A big congrats to all those involved — especially management & backroom staff — for getting these teams into the position to be able to lament important defeat.

#UpScoil


Scoil All Over Schools Croker Finals

Well done to OCS Primary!

On getting to the Cumann na mBunscol Final in Croke Park!

Hard luck to the O’Connell Primary School lads who were beaten by a strong St Pat’s team, with some individual midfielder magic being the difference, as told by this SportsJoe.ie article on the game.

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With the majority of the team playing for our Under 11 and Under 12 teams in the Club it’s so promising to see such heights being reached so early on!

Well done lads!

 

Congrats to Scoil Neasain

On winning the Cumann na mBunscoil Final in Croke Park!

Scoil Neasain made up mainly of the Scoil UI Chonaill u11s and 13s won their cumann na mbunscoil final against mount merrion with a scoreline of 1.10 to 1.6.

After a cagey start the girls came into their own and showed their skills and team play to work easy scores with Sorcha and Sophie the main benefactors. Kate, Roisin and Martha worked tirelessly in front of Alannah who was in goal for the school team to make every score a massive effort for the opposition.

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But the work was made easier as the quality of ball into their forwards was pressured due to the constant harrying and tackles out the field by Aoife, Anna, Eabha, Sadhbh, Muireanns plural, Liadan Meave.

Parents and teachers left a very proud group of the efforts and improvements made by these girls 2/3 times a week in the club. The future is bright for Scoil...

 

CONGRATS TO JACK & BELGROVE BOYS!

On winning the Corn Kitterick in Croke Park!

Jack Kennedy, pictured below with mum Ramona proudly sporting Scoil colours, played a pivotal role from corner-forward in his school Belgrove Senior BNS in their Corn Kitterick win in Croke Park.

Read the full match report here

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WELL DONE TO Ella & BELGROVE GIRLS!

On reaching their final in Croke Park!

Hard luck to Ella Geraghty who lost the Corn Austin Finn Final in Croke Park with the Belgrove Girls team on Monday.

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A Thank You From Spud Murphy

On behalf of my daughters, extended family and I, sincere thanks to all of you who sent their condolences & sympathies since Jean’s passing. Those of you who visited our home, attended the funeral service, sent emails, texts, letters, cards and the heart-warming tribute paid to Jean in the Club notices, all the stories retold, the hugs and handshakes received, they have helped us all get through those initial days of grief and the past few weeks.

Particular thanks to TJ and Mossy, who attended as pallbearers on the day. They represented all the good friends past and present Jean made in Scoil Ui Chonaill over the years and all the good times had. She would have been very proud.

Your kindness is very much appreciated.

Kind regards,

Séamus (Spud), Linda, Jennifer, Laura, Sarah and Rachel


Scoil Spotlight: Scoil Walkers

By Màire O’Connell

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Which group in Scoil Uí Chonaill are you shining the spotlight on?
Scoil Walkers

Please provide a brief synopsis of this group.
Walking club started Easter Saturday. It’s mainly a social gathering of all ages of present and past members good fun nothing to strenuous. A bit of a slow burner but we will get there!

How often (and when) does the group meet?
In the Club. Been on a summer break hopefully another walk in 2 weeks.

What is the goal / purpose of the group / activity?
Just fun chat and maybe a glass of vino at the end

What drew you to this group, or what do you think is it's biggest selling point?
Walking is great for Mental Health and for a bit of exercise. Also meeting up with past members and catching up with everyone

Imagine the Club is a family, and your group is a family member - where does this group fit in to the family tree?
Elder lemon’s but young at heart.

What is your favourite memory of the group / activity?
Having a lovely cup of coffee / wine after our first walk it was a very cold day.

What is the funniest thing that has happened within the group?
Not allowed say !!!

What is the group's greatest achievement?
Our first walk there was only a few of us but it was great

If the group was a person, how would you describe their personality?
Enthusiastic

If other Club members could do one thing to help your group thrive, what would it be?
Get more people involved

What is the beyond-your-wildest-dreams ambition for this group? 
Walk Croagh Patrick

Describe the group in 3 words.
Young at heart

Is the group seeking new members? If so, please let readers know how they can get involved.
Turn up at the next walk


Want your group to feature next?

As a Club, we really pride ourselves on the close-knit community that we have at Scoil Uí Chonaill - help us in our effort in getting to know all of our members by filling out the below questionnaire on behalf of your group or team!

 
Create your own user feedback survey

Other News


Team News

Full reports (where available) below

  • Hard luck to the Adult Hurlers who both crashed out of the Intermediate Championships at the semi-final stage

  • Also hard luck to our Minor Girls were beaten in the Championship Final.

  • Minor Boys seal place in semi-final with win over Whitehall.

  • U14 Hurlers with tremendous win in St. Annes Park

  • U10s Boys Hurlers play in beautiful Leixlip sunshine vs Na Gaeil Oga GAA Club

  • U9 Hurlers dazzle in bright sunlight

 

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Scoil & O’Tooles combined minor team (St Paul’s) progressed to championship semi final after beating Whitehall on Sunday 2-13 to 3-8

St. Paul’s were the better team on the day.  Despite St. Paul’s having the better opportunities in the first half the game was a draw at half time. Playing with breeze in the second we took some good scores and built a good lead. A few lapses in concentration gave Whitehall some late scores which made for a nervy ending.

David Kennedy put in a man of the match performance scoring 8 points. Good performances too from Jake Prendergast in midfield, Sean Downes, Josh Fitzpatrick & Adam Nolan at half back & Peter Cronin at full back.

Scorers for St. Paul’s
David Kennedy 0-8 (5f), Jordan Dunne 1-1, Robert McBride 1-0, donal Mckay 0-2 (1f), Sean Downes & Eoin Sterio 0-1. 

Semi final v st peregrines in Blakestown sun 4th nov @ 11am.

 

U14 Boys HURLING

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The U14 ‘s had a tremendous win in St. Annes Park last Saturday evening, they put up a large score against a team they just barely beat last year which indicates the progress this team has made in the last year. It was the last match of the season and they finished top of the split league. Monday night training has paid off in abundance.

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U10 Boys Football

The boys played an away hurling game against Na Gaeil Oga GAA Club on a beautiful sunny Saturday morning in St Catherines Park in Leixlip. Given the numbers available from both teams we played a 12 a side game on a larger pitch. Whilst this made for a good open game with plenty of space available it made for a low scoring game as even our big hitters had a long distance to cover. It was an even enough game in terms of standard and possession of the ball with Scoil winning narrowly by two goals to one. Both goals came from the man of the match Eoghan Og. Our new recruit Rys did well in goals with some great puck outs. The defence of Isaac, Cillian, Paddy and Senan presented a very strong back line making it hard for the opposition to get any time on the ball. The midfield of Eoghan Og, Luke, Jake and Michael won a lot of ball in midfield and supplied plenty of ball for the forwards Evan, Temi, Ruairi and Callum. Temi showed some great skills picking up the ball in some very tight situations even with the referee being a bit harsh on some of his pickups. As well as the scores we did put a few point opportunities wide when put under pressure. Whilst it is great to be getting in the position to score points a bit more accuracy in front of goal would have given us a bigger win. Team work, skills and competitiveness on the pitch are improving every week which is great to see as the team develops.

 

U9 hurlers dazzle in bright sunlight

We had one of our best turnouts for an away game on Saturday with 27 enthusiastic U9 players turning up at Naomh Mearnóg.  Playing against such formidable opposition was a fantastic opportunity for our players to put into use what they’re learning when practicing at home and also at Clontarf Road on Mondays and Wednesdays.

In keeping with the spirit of Go games, no score was kept on the day.  However, all three of our teams went home very happy.

Saturday’s performance was a just reward for the incredible effort the boys have been putting in during training.  The improvement in hurling skills, team work and game awareness since our first hurling league match on 24 February is quite amazing.

For the Red team Cody had a terrific game in goal and made a number of important saves. The coaches were pleased that he always looked up to find players in space and delivered long, accurate puc outs that put us on the attack.

Noah set an example for the team by getting stuck in with some super tackles and doubling on the moving ball which is a difficult skill to master.  He took several knocks but kept coming back with even more determination.

Sam had another fine game and kept close to his opponents to prevent them from lifting the ball. He also made some super long clearances by keeping his head down and following through with his swing.

The Amber team put in a superb performance mixing grit and flair. The development of the team over the year was really in evidence, with all players trying to jab lift, backs disciplined in their marking and strong tackling throughout. Oisín was a giant at the back winning every 50/50 challenge and ably assisted by long clearances from Conall and Rían.

Eoin in goal pulled off one great stop on the line then lifting it and lashing the ball out under pressure from three Mearnog forwards. Meanwhile Brodie, Joseph and Rory were ruling midfield, each showing their ability to strike from the hand. One thing to work on was the lack of the killer touch in front of goal but overall it was a great team performance.

The blue team showed great fighting spirit and terrific skills from the start. Not one player gave an inch and every ball was contested.  

Darragh showed that he has been practicing his air hurling at home and did some excellent striking by keeping his eye on the ball and following through to drive the sliotar a long distance.

Zach had another super game and kept getting close to his opponents to tackle and clash. Hugh did a number of perfect jab lifts and, just like we have been practicing, took 4 steps before striking the ball.

 The U9s were treated to a night at the circus on Friday night!

The U9s were treated to a night at the circus on Friday night!

Boys born in 2009 appeal

The coaches’ attention is already turning to 2019! We believe that we have the makings of a super squad, but have room for a few more players.  

If you have a school friend, neighbour or relative who was born in 2009, bring them along for fun, friendship and fitness. If they have tried other clubs in the past and didn’t fit in, they will find our club and team culture completely different to larger clubs. Alternatively, if they have not played GAA previously, we will devote time and attention to help develop their skills.

So, please tell John or Cormac if you know anyone who was born in 2009 and might be interested in joining our team.


Fixtures

Our amazing U13 CamogieGirls are playing the Division 6 Cup Finalvs Craobh Chiaráin on Monday, 29th October @2pm, Maypark, Malahide Rd. 

No other official fixtures due to Bank Holiday weekend.

Enjoy the break everyone, and please get out & and support the Girls!


The Stag's Voice: October 17th, 2018

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Contents:

  • Minor Girls Final

  • Hurling Replay

  • Scoil Sirens

  • Bake sale

  • Sam in Scoil

  • OCS Schools Final

  • Scoil Spotlight: Scoil Walking Club

  • Other News

  • Team News

  • Fixtures

Don’t forget to Save the Date (Jan 26th) for Dinner Dance 2019!

 

Minor Girls Final

Our Minor Girls are seeking Championship glory this Saturday, October 20th @3.15pm in Scoil as they face Erin’s Isle in the final.

Let’s have a massive crowd out to support the Girls in this huge match for the Club!


Hurling Championship Replay

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Our Hurlers hope to go one step better than the Footballers, who had a very disappointing Saturday as they lost out to Round Towers Lusk in a game in which the team will feel they just never showed up for.

This tight group of adult players — many of who feature strongly for both codes — will look to bounce back in their Intermediate Hurling Championship semi-final replay vs St Mark’s at 4.30pm on Saturday October 20th in O’Toole Park.

All support encouraged for this huge game!


Scoil Sirens Head to National Blitz

Last weekend, the Scoil Uí Chonaill Sirens – Gaelic 4 Mothers & Others Team took to the road and headed out to the LGFA National Blitz jointly hosted by Naomh Mearnóg & St Sylvesters. It’s the only site large enough to host the event which welcomes 2000 women from all over Ireland each October.

The event takes in 102 teams and they each play 5 matches each. There is a great family atmosphere, the morning kicking off with registration with fruit & water supplied by Lidl. The warm up is held on the all weather pitches with everyone taking part in the Bokwa dance session.

The matches are played on a half size pitch with 10 a side. The Scoil team had a record number on their panel with 20 players kitted out played teams from all over Ireland including Clonbur from Galway and St Senan’s from Kerry.  While there are no official scores recorded, suffice to say that the Scoil Sirens Team and banisteoirí Nicole Rock and Sinead de Burca (of Scoil Uí Chonaill Senior Ladies Team) were very happy with their performance.

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Bake Sale Saturday — Support U13 Camogie Final!

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The U13 Camogie team have made it to the championship final!

A major success for the girls as there has not been an older girls camogie team in Scoil for a number of years. The team is now trying to raise funds for skorts with a cake & book sale and raffle in the Clubhouse this Saturday morning, the 20th of October from 9:30am.

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Please support the girls by bringing or buying cakes, books or simply a cup of tea! Thank you!

Full match report from semi-final win in Team News section below


Sam in Scoil

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Sam Maguire will be making an appearance in Scoil on Saturday, 20th October, from 2pm til 6pm.


OCS, OCS, will they win…

…You’ll have to get out & support and see!

O’Connell Primary School are playing in Croke Park on Monday 22nd October @10am in the Cumann Na Munscoil final, with the majority of the team playing for our Under 11 and Under 12 teams in the Club. It would be great to get support for the team.

Good luck lads!


Scoil Spotlight: U11 Boys

By JP Courtney

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Which group in Scoil Uí Chonaill are you shining the spotlight on?
Scoil Ui Chonaill U11 Boys

Please provide a brief synopsis of this group i.e. how long has the group or activity been together or been going on? What is it that you do?
The Original "Tough as Teak" crew have been playing together for the last 7 years but we've very fortunate to have gained a number of new players over the last 2 years also. Our team is global in its background; Ireland/Romania/Saudi Arabia/Morocco/Mauritius to name a few😎. However once those kids put on the Scoil Jersey, they are the epitimy of "Oneness". We currently have two teams within the panel and their record on the pitch is as good as any club in the country.

How often (and when) does the group meet?
Given the demands on all the kids, parents with school & other interests, we currently meet twice a week (training & match day). However as we move towards U12/2019 & gradings/leagues, we are moving training x3 times a week. Many of our kids are involved with their School Teams (Gaa/Hurling) so we remain mindful of burnout risk.

What is the goal / purpose of the group / activity?
U11 Mentors are 100% focused on ensuring this brilliant but often mental bunch of kids realise their full potential both from a playing & personal perspective. Respect is a key focus whether to each other, opposition, refs, mentors, club etc There have been a few blips over the years (players & mentors alike😂) but in the main all the lads carry themselves with honour & distinction. Last year's Scotland trip which was heavily supported by our crew a case in point.

What drew you to this group, or what do you think is it's biggest selling point?
When each of the U11 Mentors (Jp/Liam/Ro) started this journey, we had a vested interested as our own kids were in the panel. However, I can honestly say that we view all the lads, as if they were our own. The biggest selling point to me is the Team Ethos which has been engrained from day one.- No one is bigger than the team. This we hope will provide the platform for many years of success for this great bunch and Scoil / Dublin GAA.

Imagine the Club is a family, and your group is a family member - where does this group fit in to the family tree?
We are probably the "Bold Child" who has the most toys but deep down, we know we are Mammy's Favourite😂😎

Please describe (with anecdotes if possible) any particular characters in the group worthy of a mention.
I'll leave the mentors alone (for fear of reprisals😎). Every single one of the lads are unique in their own way but to sum up their ethos/mentality, I was up in the club house/post match one Saturday and one of the lads Fahad, asked me "Why was the Ref so hard on me, was I tackling wrong?" I said absolutely not, you were 100% in the right... when suddenly, Aurelian our wee Mauritian assassin chipped in.... "Fahad, They were soft... This is Gaa not soccer you know"!!! Just class response from our "New Irish" contingent.

What is your favourite memory of the group / activity?
Honestly there have been so many but if I had to single one out, it is a toss up between our U8 Croke Park game where the kids were imperious in victory and/or the Scotland Trip 2017 (both cherished memories for Mentors & kids alike).

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What is the funniest thing that has happened within the group?
Too many to mention!

What is the group's greatest achievement?
Lads went on a two year unbeaten run U9/U10 seasons, which is not to be underestimated given the club's we have faced. They have consistently batted above their station!

If the group was a person, how would you describe their personality?
Loyal Lovable rogues that would fight to the bitter end to protect and stand up for each other (which they do).

If other Club members could do one thing to help your group thrive, what would it be?
Build us a new hurling wall😎

What is the beyond-your-wildest-dreams ambition for this group? 
From Day one - U11 Mentors set ourselves a number of goals for this crew. While they are ambitious we refuse to sell these kids short. We remain confident there are future Dublin Footballers & Hurlers in our panel but more importantly future Division 1 Scoil Ui Chonaill League & Championship winners.

Describe the group in 3 words.
Committed / Passionate / Loyal

Is the group seeking new members? If so, please let readers know how they can get involved.
We are constantly on the look out for new players and it's a testament to the players themselves as they encourage their buddies to join the club. No matter what level you are at - Everyone is treated the same - That is our big selling point and the kids appreciate our honesty, desire and commitment to their development. Just drop myself, Liam & Ronan a call😎😎

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Other News

  • Congrats to Club Coach (GPO) Thomas Gleeson on leading the Naomh Fionnbarra Intermediate Camogie team as manager to their recent championship win.

  • The Christmas Shoebox Appeal is fast approaching - members interesting in contributing should know the Club will arrange a collection on November 9th.


Team News

Full reports (where available) below

  • The Adult Footballers lost out to Round Towers Lusk in the Intermediate Championship semi-final on Saturday on a day which nothing went right for them.

  • Our Hurlers face St Mark’s in their Intermediate Championship semi-final replay — throw-in @4.30pm on Saturday October 20th in O’Toole Park.

  • Hard luck to the Ladies team who were beaten by a strong St Pat’s of Wicklow side in their Cup final last night (Tuesday).

  • Our Minor Girls are seeking Championship glory this Saturday, October 20th @3.15pm in Scoil as they face Erin’s Isle in the final.

  • U13 Camogie Girls make history & seal place in the final

  • U11 Boys don’t let weather deter their skills

  • U10 Boys put together one of their best team performances to date against a very strong (and tall!) Peregrines side

 

U13 CAMOGIE

Ballinteer St. John’s 1-0 Scoil Uí Chonaill 3-0 

History was made last Sunday when the Scoil U13 Camogie team travelled to Marley Park for a 10am throw-in in the Div. 6 cup semi-final. Winning by three goals to one the Scoil U13 girls become the first team in the history of the club to make a juvenile camogie final.

Camogie has come back to Scoil and the current u13 squad, in existence less than eighteen months, include players from u10 to u13. Over that time the squad has grown from 11/12 players to the current 18/19 players. U11, u12 and u13 age groups are equally represented, with each age group providing about a third of the players; two hardy u10 girls completing the squad.

It is with hardy u10s we start, for mid-way through the first half the deadlock was broken with a goal from u10 Eabha Mulligan. The ball had been let in high to the square by Realtín (Ray) Candon, who was causing Ballinteer no end of problems with her array of skills, lifting and soloing over distance and putting the ball into the danger area. Some minutes earlier she had narrowly missed to the left of the upright following a twenty metre run with ball glued to stick, defenders scattered in her wake.

But what a score by Mulligan. The ball having dropped in and players arriving in numbers to defend and attack, an age of pinball ensued just short of the Ballinteer goal line. Eventually a Ballinteer defender cleared the danger area with a decent strike. Travelling about fifteen metres straight out to Eabha, she met it sweetly with a first time strike of such quality that it would grace Semple.  On this gloriously sunny autumn morning, like a pearl rolling over silk, the ball slid briskly across the dew touched Marley Park turf to nestle in the back of the net. Oh happy day; against all expectations and form guides, one up Scoil.

Playing against a slight incline in this first half the Scoil girls gave a display of grit and determination belying their tender years. At a significant disadvantage in height, weight and reach, were this a boxing match no bookie would back them. Yet consistently they were first to the ball, relentlessly they battled for ground ball and doggedly they hooked and blocked. By the half’s dénouement Ballinteer had been bruised and confused by a team they had beaten 4-0 in the round stage of the competition. Retiring for refreshments, and Chubby’s counsel, in truth a 1-0 lead was scant reward for the Scoil girls’ display. They would not have it all their own way after the interval. 

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So it proved. With admirable renewed vigour and purpose Ballinteer had at them. So enter the second sister. With the Scoil goal under increasing pressure u12 Sorcha Mulligan gave a player of the match display with stops, blocks, clearances out wide and every single puck out sent long and true. It is more than fair to say that were Ms. Mulligan not policing the sticks an elegiac tale would here have been told! Sorcha and stalwart forward Julie Lonergan will go forward for Dublin Camogie Development Squad trials in the weeks following the impending All Hallows – beir bua!

Lest the wrong impression is conveyed here, gentle reader, we did not spend the entire second half camped on our own goal line, far from it. We rallied early, soaking up the pressure and breaking forward repeatedly. Towards the mid-point of the half Scoil won a free in on the 50. Up stepped Ray Candon, who, with pitch perfect accuracy, sent in a high, spinning strike, dropping it just under the crossbar. She swears she meant it!

Scoil now two to the good, an eye on the prize and just one quarter to go. With shorter legs and smaller sticks, imperceptibly, the tide was turning against us. Scoil were tiring, Ballinteer were, gradually, getting first to more ball, managing to lift and strike more ball and were getting the chance to solo at us; but still Scoil repelled them. Entering the championship minutes, the dam burst. A strong solo and wicked strike by a quality Ballinteer full-forward proved unstoppable. Mighty Mulligan actually managed to get the stick on it but the sheer power of the shot carried it in. Now we were rattled. Out on our feet and hanging on. Ballinteer sensing this were driving on in search of parity. Novenas and promises of burnt offerings were being proffered to various deities by our side-line cheerleading mammies and daddies.

Once again into the breach stepped our sterling girls. Finding energy from I know not where the team was driven on by our exceptional group of backs, u12 Roisín with U11s, Kate, Anna (banana) Catarina, Ella, Aoilinn and Sophie (who played with a suspected broken finger earned in the Scoil Neasáin semi-final win that sees them back to Croke Park). Using the incline to advantage they pulled on and kicked every ball that came near them, driving the ball on and away from danger in a battling display of dig-it-out ground hurling. Half-forwards and forwards Aoife, Niamh, Liadán, Reiltín, Marta, Sadhbh and Julie followed suit, driving the ball on repeatedly. We were defending for our lives, our last throw of the dice; our girls had emptied the tank. Younger and smaller, playing on a big pitch we were out of gas. Should Ballinteer sneak an equaliser we’d nothing left for extra-time.

Then, in the sweetest moment, like the cavalry arriving over the hill to rescue the besieged fort, Therese Brown lifted the ball to the stick out on the right, just shy of the fifty. To use that wonderful hurling phrase, she fair left of the shackles; taking off like a Lear jet on a solo run toward the Ballinteer goal. There was to be no stopping her and this girl can sprint. Running straight at goal she finished a nigh on forty metre sprint with the deftest of hand passes to the back of the Ballinteer net. The game was up and Scoil, for the first time in its history, has qualified for a juvenile camogie final.

The coaches started this campaign with the sole aim of getting at least one score in every game. What we didn’t expect was to finish third of five in our group, win two of four of our group matches and beat the second place team in the playoff. Now we have first placed Craobh on Sunday week in the final. We’d be long odds for the win, but I wouldn’t bet against us!

#UpScoilCamogie!

 

U11 Boys FOOTBALL

Our Under 11s (pictured below) played some excellent football last Saturday in a wet Clontarf road! The weather didn’t deter the lads from some super point taking and work rate throughout. It was also a great for the lads to experience our super dressing room facility. Special mention to Fionn, Conal and Tadgh who guested for the opposition St Brendan’s.

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U10 BOYS Football

The lads played an away football game against St Peregrines and it was certainly a soft day so thanks to all the parents for getting the kids out, despite the rain nobody dropped out! Despite the rain the pitch was in great condition and we had two great games. We have managed to field two teams every week since the summer holidays which is great to see. 

Team Brendan started off with Temi, Richie, Evan, Ruairi, Eoghan Og, Paddy Conor K and Callum

We played peregrines two weeks ago but on Saturday the team I had put in a completely different performance to the last time. Probably the best performance I’ve seen to date. Everyone on the team wanted to be involved and on the ball all the time. The training drills are very evident on the pitch combined with wanting to be first to the ball. I think nearly everyone on the team got on the score sheet with Temi scoring I think 5 goals and 2 points and Richie getting 4 goals and a point and paddy kicking a couple of nice points. Ruairi from his defensive position made a great Jack McCaffery type run to score a great point towards the end of the game. We mixed up the teams a bit for the second half and swapped a few players with Team Colin/Alan. Despite the changes the great teamwork continued in the second half.

Team Colin/Joe started off with Cillian, Jake, Michael, Isaac, Senan, Conor M, Joe and Noah

The SUC team put together one of their best team performances to date against a very strong (and tall!) Peregrines side. The benefits of two nights training were clear and evidence in both technical skills and fitness levels throughout the game.  The team was asked to focus on their positions and passing game this week. Our mid field team of Senan, and Joe worked hard to win high balls and run them up (and through) the wings passing carefully to our forwards. and Our new joiner, Michael along with Noah fought hard in the forward line with the final tally of points a poor reflection of the amount of balls won and shots on the goals.  An injured Conor Meehan kept us clear of any goal scores in the first half before braving some on-pitch hobbling defensive time in the second half – including an outstanding block to save what would have been a sure goal. Cillian, Jake and Isaac brought up the rear with some disciplined man marking and keeping the shape of the defensive line consistent throughout the game.  The team changeover in second half saw Isaac move to mid-field (Conor M to defense and Cillian to goal) with an immediate change of gear. SUC dominated the second half of the game and were easily the higher scorers overall. The coaches were hugely proud with a great team performance and a clear demonstration of individual development and progression across the team. It remained only to wring out the clothes, empty the water from the boots and try dry out before heading home from another great day out for the team!


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