The Stag's Voice: November 29th, 2017

Contents:

  • AGM
  • Festive Fun in Scoil
  • Scoil Social Competition
  • Meet the Members: Ruairí Colbert 
  • Other News
  • Team News

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The AGM is taking place this Thursday, November 30th at 8pm in the clubhouse. This is your chance to have your say in how our club is being run. All adult members, players and parents are encouraged to attend and let their voices be heard. We are always working hard to improve our great club and you can be part of shaping Scoil's exciting future. Come along on Thursday evening to find out more. 

 


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FESTIVE FUN

Santa Claus will make a visit to the Clubhouse on Sat 9th December. between 4pm and 6pm. There will be a ticket system in operation and the visit will be €5 per child. In order to reduce the congestion of previous years, Santa’s Grotto will be in the dressing room so please go to the Clubhouse to buy your ticket on the day. Tea/Coffee and  festive treats will be available in the bar while you wait for your ticket number to be called. For those wanting something more substantial to eat, TJ will be running the BBQ. 

Our very first Christmas Gift Fair will run throughout the afternoon so you can squeeze in some shopping while you are there. The Gift Fair will open one hour before Santa's arrival  for anyone wishing to avoid the rush or the little people! Pop in and join the festive fun in Scoil on Saturay 9th December. 


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COMPETITION TIME

Have you say, make you mark, and name the most popular Scoil Social event of the year...and, of course, WIN A FREE TICKET! 

Submit your answers here by Dec 5th.

Save the Date in your Calendar now for January 20th @8pm in the main hall of Clontarf Castle. 

The theme for the competition is 'Everybody's Invited'. A large motivation for the renaming is to give it a name which alludes to an event open to all friends of Scoil - playing / non-playing, members / parents of members, new & old friends - and so that we can continue to be one of the most well integrated Clubs in Dublin!


MEET RUAIRÍ COLBERT 

Training the next generation of Scoil stars, this man has left behind a love of Waterford hurling for bigger and better things..   

Training the next generation of Scoil stars, this man has left behind a love of Waterford hurling for bigger and better things.. 
 

How long have you been involved in Scoil Uí Chonaill?
Since 2015 as a parent and 2016 as a nursery coach!!

Do you have any nicknames? How do you like to be addressed?
No. By my name Ruairi and NOT Rory.

Where do you hail from?
Tramore, however I have been in Dublin since I started college 20 years ago. Living in Artane now.

How did you come to be involved in Scoil? 
As a parent bringing my son to nursery.

Briefly describe your Scoil career as a player / mentor / contributor, if any
I have spent the last two years in the nursery, with the U8s, back to the U7s and the academy team and now back in the nursery encouraging my then 4 year old, now 5 year son to participate in the fun games and training. The hard work has paid off as he loves it now! 

What would you say you are most known for within Scoil? 
Saturday mornings nursery and my animal impersonations in the warm-up.

What has been your greatest Scoil moment / achievement? 
My greatest moment is seeing the yellows (youngest players) master a hand pass or another skill.

What is your profession / field of study / passion? 
Agricultural inspector in the Dept of Ag. My passion is hurling, Waterford hurling....next year.

What are your favourite hobbies outside of GAA? 
Running and DIY.

If you could make one addition to Scoil in any way (don’t be restricted by the plausible!), what would it be? 
All weather pitch, flood lights, railings around the car park.

What is your favourite Scoil ‘quirk’? 
The friendly welcoming atmosphere that is experienced by all that join.

If you close your eyes and envisage Scoil in 10 years, what do you see? 
The current U8s playing senior football and hurling.

Finally, if you had to describe yourself as an animal, what would it be and why? 
Cheetah as I am very fast...


Other News

  • Senior hurlers Alan and Podge helped the u8s hurlers reenact the winning goal from last week's promotion playoff at their final training session of the year last Saturday. Thanks to the lads for showing up early on a Saturday morning. 
  • The Under 10 girls try out some new warm down techniques folllowing their blitz against St Finians in Swords. 
  • There will be a junior trad session in the Clubhouse on Friday 1st December from 7 until 8. All welcome. Please note that this is not a  supervised event and parents must be in attendance.
  • If you're interested in getting your hands on some of Scoil's new Adidas gear, please register your interest through this link. Order and prices are dependent on numbers. 
  • Juvenile registrations are now due and can be paid online by following this link
  • The newsletter will be taking a short break during the month of December. We will be returning in January to continue bringing you a weekly news update from around the club. 

Team News

IN SUMMARY:

  • The Scoil Sirens took on our U14 girls on what was a freezing cold Tuesday night.The Sirens put up a strong fight against the championship winnners and we even had some mother-daughter rivalry on the pitch!
  • Under 8 hurlers finish off the year with final training session last Saturday morning. 
  • Our Nursery section are taking a well deserved break until the new year.Training will resume in January. All newcomers are welcome. 

The Stag's Voice: November 22nd, 2017

Contents:

  • Scoil Social Competition  
  • Promotion Playoff Final 
  • AGM 
  • Meet the Members: Mick McCloskey
  • Other News
  • Team News

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COMPETITION TIME

Scoil Social Ticket Giveaway

This year, we are renaming the hugely popular Scoil social event (formally Dinner Dance / End of Year Party). We want YOU to help in this decision. We are giving the person with the winning suggestion a free ticket to the event, which takes place on January 20th @8pm in the main hall of Clontarf Castle. 
Save the Date in your Calendar now!

Submit your answers here by Nov 28th.

The theme for the competition is 'Everybody's Invited'. A large motivation for the renaming is to give it a name which alludes to an event open to all friends of Scoil - playing / non-playing, members / parents of members, new & old friends - and so that we can continue to be one of the most well integrated Clubs in Dublin!


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SCOIL SOARS TO SENIOR 

A super end to the promotion playoffs on Sunday morning saw our hurlers take the glory after a dramatic last second goal. Trailing by 2 points with less than a minute to go, the final strike of the game saw center half forward,Barry Cushen blast the ball past no fewer than twelve Round Towers men to bury it deep in the back of the net ensuring that Scoil's dreams of returning to Senior hurling were alive and well. A big shout out to the huge Scoil support on the sideline who came out in their droves to support the lads on this momentous day.

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Take a look at the highlights from Sunday's promotion playoffs in this video filmed by Creative Design House - a short snapshot that captures the emotional roller-coaster of this unforgettable game. 
The hurlers have been hitting the headlines further afield since Sunday's win.        Check out these Joe.ie articles of the match report itself , as well as our very own Danny Mottram and Barry Cushen making the team of the weekend. 


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The 2017 AGM is fast approaching. All members and parents are encouraged to come along and have their say in how our club is run. The AGM will be held in the clubhouse on Thursday 30th November. 


MEET MICK McCLOSKEY

 
Adult hurler or should we say 'Senior hurler', fresh from Sunday's success...  Meet Mick McCloskey...

Adult hurler or should we say 'Senior hurler', fresh from Sunday's success... 

Meet Mick McCloskey...

 

How long have you been involved in Scoil Uí Chonaill?

About two decades

Do you have any nicknames? How do you like to be addressed?

Mick usually, although sometimes people just say "McCluskey", it's not that common a surname outside Ulster so that's probably why, there must be some very good looking people up there I suppose!

Where do you hail from?

Born in Dublin, grew up in Clontarf, currently residing in Kilmacud.

How did you come to be involved in Scoil?

My Dad, Tom, also played for the club.

Briefly describe your Scoil career as a player / mentor / contributor, if any.

I played juvenile the whole way up, with massive  credit to two men in particular, Patsy O'Keefe and Brendan Cahill who looked after our age group(1992), before remaining as a dual player at adult level.

What would you say you are most known for within Scoil?

Hand passing the ball over the bar, and bouncing the sliotar to the ground during open play and running! Maybe knowing everyone's birthdays as well.

What has been your greatest Scoil moment / achievement?

On a personal level, probably winning young player of the year in 2012, because there was a lot of competition for the award that year.

What is your profession / field of study / passion?

I have a BA from UCD, and have since been working on the campus.

What are your favourite hobbies outside of GAA?

I played a high level of chess when I was a teenager, I still play sometimes. I also follow soccer religiously.

If you could make one addition to Scoil in any way what would it be?

A machine in the clubhouse to make cappuccinos, lattes, etc. 

What is your favourite Scoil ‘quirk’?

The hurling wall in the corner with loads of people inside it on a cold January night.

If you close your eyes and envisage Scoil in 10 years, what do you see?

Division one in football and hurling, senior championship contenders in football and hurling.  


Other News

The Under 8s pictured above being presented with their very own commemorative book 'My First Team' after their final match of the season. Many thanks to Tommy Naughton who took the time ahead of the crucial AHL3 playoff to present these special books to the team. A big shout out to the coaches for organising such a lovely memento.  

  • The Under 10s pictured at their end of year outing in Jumpzone where they celebrated Adam's 10th birthday with a very special cake.
  • There will be a junior trad session in the Clubhouse on Friday 1st December from 7 until 8. All welcome.
    Please note that this is not a  supervised event and parents must be in attendance.
  • A big thank you to all who attended the successful table quiz organised by the nursery mentors last Friday night
  • If you're interested in getting your hands on some of Scoil's new Adidas gear, please register your interest through this link. Order and prices are dependent on numbers. 
  • Juvenile registrations are now due and can be paid online by following this link
  • The newsletter will be taking a short break during the month of December. We will be returning in January to continue bringing you a weekly news update from around the club. 

Team News

IN SUMMARY:

  • Under 8s cap off the year in style with a superb performance against Craobh Chiaráin
  • Under 10s girls take on St. Finians in Saturday morning blitz.  
  • Our Nursery section are taking a well deserved break until the new year.Training will resume in January. All newcomers are welcome.

 

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Playoff final v Round Towers, Clondalkin 19/11/2017

Scoil won this promotion play-off final played in Clondalkin by the narrowest of margins. In a tight and tense match, during which the teams were level on three occasions, Scoil won it with a goal from a free with the last puck of the game.

Scoil’s supporters arrived at the pitch on Monastery Road in large numbers. Previously in the past five years the hurlers have been involved in play-off games to get promoted from both Division 5 and Division 4 so the Scoil contingent were both excited and expectant.

The tone for the match was set from the start as players from both sides challenged zealously for every ball. Towers opened the scoring with a point and quickly followed that with another. Towers then created a clear goal scoring opportunity but they were thwarted by a fine save from Danny Mottram. A point from the resultant ’65 stretched the lead to 3 points. At the other end Scoil eventually got into gear. Robbie Kennedy won a great ball, beat his man and put over a fine score from about 30 yards on the left wing. This was followed quickly by an equally fine point from Michael McCluskey who was hoping to emulate his performance of the previous week when he scored 5 magnificent points from play. Ruairí Coady then showed his skill and mettle by winning a loose ball and driving at the centre of the Towers defence. It took a foul, for which the Towers defender got a yellow card, to stop him and Barry Cushen scored the resultant free to level the game. Towers had the better of the remainder of the first half. Four unanswered points gave them a 7 - 4 advantage at half time. The gap could have been wider but for another fine save from Danny Mottram and a marvellous block with his helmet by Conor Coady.

The second half started with the same vigour as the first. However, it became noticeable that some personal duels that were being edged by Towers players in the opening half now seemed to be falling in Scoil’s favour. Our backs, with Alan Cronin and Eoin O’Carroll to the fore and Eoin Kennedy who was relishing the physical challenges thrown down by Towers were a lot tighter after the break. Podge Naughton and Alistair Cassidy were getting on more ball around the middle and as a consequence our forwards were getting more into the game. Points from frees and from play by Barry Cushen brought us level at 7 points each only for Towers to sneak ahead again by 8 – 7. Barry levelled the game again only for Towers once more to go ahead by 9 points to 8. Andy Bunyan then won a long ball, he dummied to hit it on one side before turning onto his other side and scored the equaliser. It was now 9 points apiece with about 6 minutes left and the tension had really mounted. A couple of scoring opportunities were missed at both ends as the pressure began to tell. Towers edged ahead by two points, one from a free which the majority of the Scoil contingent considered very harsh on the Scoil defence and they looked winners as the 60 minutes was up. Podge Kinsella received a pass between the Towers ‘50’ and ‘70’ and set off towards goal. He was fouled about 25 yards out as he was gunning for goal. The match was in the second minute of ‘time added on’ when Barry Cushen hit his free low and hard at the Towers goal. Much to the joy of the Scoil players and supporters the ball arrowed its way into the bottom corner of the net. The referee blew his whistle to signal that the game was over. Scoil were ahead for the first and only time in the game – the match was won – and promotion to Division 2 had been achieved. 

#UpScoil

 

UNDER 10 Girls  

v St Finians 18/11/2017

We were asked if we wanted to play in a blitz against Fingallians last Saturday afternoon in Swords so we jumped at the chance as they were a step up from what we had played before. The girls were as is the norm slow to get into their stride and went 2 scores down in the first half against a big and strong side. However when we settled into the game and began to win dirty ball in the backs and middle third we could then impose our football and got back level at half time. After a few “strong” words of encouragement they blazed into the second half and despite kicking numerous wides ended up winning by a goal and a point in a very tight game.

In the second match they got stuck in straight away and in possession looked a great unit with free flowing football and easy handpassed points been scored. We became complacent and allowed them back in so again at half time some discussions were needed to let the girls know that hard word brings rewards. Also, that you need to earn the right to get possession and that other teams like these that are used to winning themselves wouldn’t allow us to cruise through. The second half again was a better showing and with our backs again providing a strong performance to nullify their attacks and launch our own we ran out winners by 3 scores. The highlight for me was a diving block made by one of the team who picked herself up and won the loose ball before pointing it herself. That for me is the spirit these girls bring to the table week in week out.

#UpScoil

 

Under 8 boys 

v Craobh Chiaráin 18/11/2017

Scoil u8s played their final matches of the year last Saturday against Craobh Chiaráin. Each player was also presented with a momento of their first ever team in the form of a team yearbook.

On the pitch, the kids put in superb performances to cap the year off in style. Having, by necessity, spent much of the year at training sessions drilling them on the fundamental skills of the game, we changed the emphasis in the past couple of weeks to include more movement and match-play. The fruits of this were apparent on Saturday as we saw some wonderful passages of play from the kids. In particular, their team ethic was evident as they all trusted one another with passes and worked hard for each other. Some of the movement off the ball in particular was fantastic to see, where players identified when and where to find space. Likewise, some of the passes that were spotted were beyond their years. There will be tougher tests in the future, but they passed today’s test in style.

While there were some great individual performances and some players who showed their skills have come on in leaps and bounds, today was all about teamwork and not a day to single out individuals.

After the matches, the kids and parents gathered in the bar. There, Tommy Naughton, met the team exactly 24 hours before his AHL3 hurlers would line out against Round Towers in the league promotion play-off. The suspicion was that he was looking out for talent that might be coming through if they were to lose! Tommy had a few words of encouragement and wisdom for the kids and presented them with a yearbook entitled “My First Team”.

#UpScoil

The Stag's Voice: November 15th, 2017

Contents:

  • AHL3 Final Playoffs 
  • Nursery Table Quiz
  • Meet the Members: Andy Bunyan
  • Other News
  • Team News
  • Fixtures

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HURLERS HIT NEW HEIGHTS

 

A convincing performance on Sunay morning against St. Sylvesters saw Scoil recover from eight points down to claim a great victory at the final whistle. This victory secures their spot in the playoff final next weekend.

A win on Sunday against Round Towers, Clondalkin will see the Scoil hurlers return to Senior hurling for the first time in over fifteen years. It's a big one. Get out and show your support this Sunday 19th Nov at 11am in Monastery Rd  #UpScoil


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NURSERY TABLE QUIZ 

The Nursery mentors are holding their annual Table Quiz this Friday, November 17th in the clubhouse at 8:00pm. The price is €10 per person with a maximum of 4 people per team. Plenty of raffle and spot prizes up for grabs on the night. Everyone is welcome to come along to what is always a good night and help raise funds for our youngest members. 


MEET ANDY BUNYAN

Adult footballer, hurler, former ladies coach and all round sports fanatic..                                                      Meet Andy Bunyan...

Adult footballer, hurler, former ladies coach and all round sports fanatic..

                                                     Meet Andy Bunyan...

How long have you been involved in Scoil Uí Chonaill?                                            I've been reliably informed that this is my 20th year in Scoil.                                       

Do you have any nicknames? How do you like to be addressed?                                    Andy (obviously) and Buno are the two names most likely to get a response from me.

Where do you hail from?                                                                                                    Artane, D5’s finest.

How did you come to be involved in Scoil?                                                                       A friend was a juvenile member through the clubs association with Scoil Neasain and after a brief soccer career was coaxed down to Clontarf Road. 

Briefly describe your Scoil career as a player / mentor / contributor, if any.
Dual player for the AFL2 and AHL3 Adult teams. Coached the very successful Ladies 2nd team some years back and helped our U21 hurlers to an 0-1 record last year. 

What would you say you are most known for within Scoil? i.e. what do people associate you with? 
I’d imagine it’s for being a dual player. Being the 1st team goalkeeper in football probably stands out to a lot of people.

What has been your greatest Scoil moment / achievement?                                            Without doubt winning 5 promotions over the last 6/7 years across football and hurling. There is no better feeling than winning with a group of lads who commit so much to a common goal.

What is your profession / field of study / passion?                                                            Data Analyst with the HSE (Don’t mention the waiting lists!)

What are your favourite hobbies outside of GAA?                                                          I'm sport mad and that would be certainly reflected in my free time be it playing or watching on tv. I try to golf every so often and am a member of St Annes golf club. I’ve been known to back the odd nag from time to time and enjoy a good day at the races. 

If you could make one addition to Scoil in any way (don’t be restricted by the plausible!), what would it be?                                                                              Nothing original but a floodlit pitch and all-weather training area.

What is your favourite Scoil ‘quirk’?                                                                              Our unique jersey. We will never need an alternate kit

If you close your eyes and envisage Scoil in 10 years, what do you see?
Senior football and hurling with a thriving juvenile and ladies section

Finally, if you had to describe yourself as an animal, what would it be and why?       Giraffe…..lanky with not much grace       


Other News

  • The under 9s pictured after receiving their medals following their Sunday morning blitz. 
  • Well done to the Scoil Sirens who braved the elements last Saturday on the Hill of Howth. They took part in their third blitz of the year showing off their skills against Beann Éadair, Naomh Mearrnog & St Pats. 
  • There will be a junior trad session in the Clubhouse on Friday 1st December from 7 until 8. All welcome. Please note that this is not a  supervised event and parents must be in attendance.
  • If you're interested in getting your hands on some of Scoil's new Adidas gear, please register your interest through this link. Order and prices are dependent on numbers. 
  • Juvenile registrations are now due and can be paid online by following this link

The Nursery section finished off another very sucessful year last Saturday morning where those who will be moving onto the under 8 and under 9 teams next year were presented with certificates of completion. All players were also presented with their very own football courtesy of SuperValu, Kilester to ensure that our youngest members can continue to work on their skills over the winter months. Nursery training will resume in January. 

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The 2017 AGM is fast approaching. All members and parents are encouraged to come along and have their say in how our club is run. The AGM will be held in the clubhouse on Thursday 30th November.

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We are delighted to announce that under fourteen girls team manager Paul Keane has been nominated for coach of the year in the Northside Community and Sporting Awards. His success in coaching the under 14 and under 15 girls in their respective championships leading to two wins in one weekend definitely makes him a worthy nominee.Well done Paul from all of us.


Team News

IN SUMMARY:

  • Commiserations to our Minor footballers who lost out to St Patricks in their league semi-final on Sunday afternoon. 
  • Our Nursery section is taking a well deserved break until the new year.Training will resume in January. All newcomers are welcome. 

 

UNDER 9 GIRLS 

Blitz v Clontarf/Clann Mhuire, 5/11/2017

How it all played out                                                                                                    We had a great turn out of 20 players for our end of season blitz versus Clontarf and Clann Mhuire. We started well enough and all matches were very competitive but we seemed to get better with every match and by the last round of matches we had two teams of equal ability clocking up big scores with the opposition hanging on for the final whistle. The County board provided fantastic medals and all organised exceptionally well by our own Jonathan Rock. We were delighted to have of our adult stars Grainne and Aoife on hand to do the presentation to all participating teams.

Who were the star performers / scorers                                                                         Great to see such a range of scorers on the day including new player Andrea who fitted right and Martha who returned from a long absence also rattling the net. 

What’s up next
Keep up the momentum with training over the winter. The 2018 season can’t come soon enough


Fixtures

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The Stag's Voice: November 8th, 2017

Contents:

  • AHL3 Semi-Final Playoffs 
  • Scoil Adidas Gear 
  • Super Valu - Behind the Ball 
  • Meet the Members: Barry Cushen 
  • Other News
  • Team News
  • Fixtures

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AHL3 Semi Final Playoffs

Last Sunday's win against Ballyboden secured our AHL3 team a home fixture for the playoff semi-final which is scheduled to take place on Sunday 12th at 11am in Clontarf Road

A win on Sunday will qualify them for a place in the playoff final with promotion to division two the ultimate prize.  Get out and show your support for the lads this Sunday. #UpScoil


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Get Geared Up 

No doubt you've noticed our new Adidas gear being sported around Scoil over the past week or two! If you're interested in getting your hands on some of this new gear, please register your interest through this link. Orders and prices are dependent on numbers. 


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Behind the Ball

A big thank you to SuperValu Kilester for providing us with plenty of footballs as part of their 'Behind the Ball' campaign this week. These new footballs are sure to keep our younger members honing their skills over the winter months & beyond! #UpScoil


Meet Barry Cushen

 
Adult footballer, hurler and Stag bartender - he's a Scoil man born and bred...

Adult footballer, hurler and Stag bartender - he's a Scoil man born and bred...

 

How long have you been involved in Scoil Uí Chonaill?                                                As long as I can remember my parents had me down in the club with my hurl but I suppose officially 4.

Do you have any nicknames? How do you like to be addressed?
Baz, BC or Bar are probably most commonly used. ‘The Answer’ never really took off!

Where do you hail from?
I’m from Marino in Dublin.

How did you come to be involved in Scoil?
My parents actually met in Scoil so I was always bound to end up down here.

Briefly describe your Scoil career as a player / mentor / contributor, if any.
I started in the nursery at 4 years of age and progressed up through the ranks to now being a member of the Intermediate hurlers and Senior Footballers. 

What would you say you are most known for within Scoil? i.e. what do people associate you with? 
If I’d my way it’d be for playing but realistically it’s for being Matt and Joan’s son or as a bad nursery coach!

What has been your greatest Scoil moment / achievement?
Gaining promotion in 2015 to AHL3 beating Clontarf was massive and the fact I did it with my father as manager made it all the more special.

What is your profession / field of study / passion?
I’m a final year student in DCU studying Media Studies along with Irish.

What are your favourite hobbies outside of GAA?
I’m a big fan of all sports in particular American Football and Basketball. I’m also a massive fan of music although the lads often slate me for my pre match music in the dressing room.

If you could make one addition to Scoil in any way (don’t be restricted by the plausible!), what would it be?
It’s not original but floodlights would be incredible and maybe an astro turf training area. Also a net behind the clubhouse end goal to stop me losing sliothars.

What is your favourite Scoil ‘quirk’?
A personal favourite of mine is shaking Peter Morley’s hand every time I walk into the dressing room before training or a match.

If you close your eyes and envisage Scoil in 10 years, what do you see?
I see both adult male teams in division 1 and senior championships along with the ladies team and camogie becoming more and more prominent in the club.

Finally, if you had to describe yourself as an animal, what would it be and why?        Probably a giraffe or a peacock but the clueless look I give people when they explain stuff has seen me be referred to as a puppy learning to give the paw.


Other News

  • Jack and Fahad from the Under 10s celebrated their 10th birthdays with birthday cake after their game on Saturday morning. 
  • Under 10 girls pictured after successfully defending their unbeaten record in Saturday morning's blitz. 
  • Congratulations to our GPO Thomas Gleeson who was appointed as a referee to the National Hurling Leagues. We wish him the very best of luck with this new role. 
  • The Scoil Uí Chonaill AGM will be held on Thursday 30th November in the clubhouse.
  • The AGM financial accounts for the club will be available for inspection in the clubhouse this Thursday 9th November
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Nursery Table Quiz 

The Nursery mentors are holding their annual Table Quiz on November 17th in the clubhouse at 8:00pm. The price is €10 per person with a maximum of 4 people per team. Everyone is welcome to come along to what is always a good night and help raise funds for our youngest members. 

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Scoil Boys in Croker

Scoil Uí Chonaill players Temmi (u9), Mourad (u11), Dominic (u11), Kaylem (u11), David (u9), Blaine (u9), Rhys (u8) and Lee (u9)  who, in an unbeaten run with St Laurence O'Toole's CBS, won Cumann na mBunscoil GoGames League 6 and shared the Corn Matt Griffn in Croke Park with Scoil Santain Tallaght. Check out the highlights from the game here

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Juvenile registrations are now due and can be paid online by following this link


Team News

IN SUMMARY:

  • It was a disappointing weekend for our Minor Hurlers as they were beaten in their Championship Shield quarter final against Naomh Olaf but sights are set on the Football League semi-final - details to be confirmed. 
  • U13 boys end the season on a high after tremendous performance against Morans 
  • The undefeated U12 girls continue unbeaten record in end of year Blitz 
  • U10 boys end their season with great performance against St Monicas
  • Under 10 girls dominate across the pitch in Sylvesters Blitz 
  • U9 boys show hard works pays off in their final game against St. Peregrines
  • Some dazzling team scores from Scoil's Under 8s puts them a step ahead of St Peregrines 
  • Nursery continues, and welcomes newcomers as always.

 

AHL3 

v Ballyboden St. Endas  5/11/2017

The AHL3 team won their final league match on Sunday at home to Ballyboden on a scoreline of 0:15 to 0:11. The game was played in a strong breeze and Boden had the wind in the first half. The first half game was very even and we led by 6 to 5 at the break.  We started the second half well and extended our lead to three points, Boden fought back and reduced the gap to a point, we pulled away in the last 5 minutes to win by 4 points. As a result of the win, we have secured a home semi-final v Sylvesters on Sunday the 12th Nov @11. We would like to wish Joe Ryan a speedy recovery as he fractured his arm in the first half.

Scorers Barry 0:9 (3 from frees), Michael 0:3, Padraig Morrissey, Padraig Kinsella & Robert 0:1 each.

#UpScoil

 

UNDER 13 BOYS 

v Geraldine Morans 4/11/2017

A great way to end an up and down season! The boys put in a tremendous performance start to finish. We played uphill on the Cornelscourt pitch ( seasoned Scoil people will know it is a big hill!)first half.The importance of staying in the game was emphasised and Scoil came in at the break 5 points up. There was great interplay from back to front throughout the half and really strong and diligent tackling and tracking.

Graham was sensational in midfield and the likes of Cathal, Sean, Tundae and Brendan aided by Callum and Oisin ran the show ,ably assisted by a strong back 5 and a good, scoring frontline. Darragh and Donal fought hard for possession and got some great scores.

In the second half SUC put Gers to the sword without any mercy and Ethan, Thomas, Max got great scores as did Paddy from the back.Nikhail was his usual towering self and Eoghan and Sufyian were excellent also. Liam was steady as a rock in goal and subs Conor and Borna played their part with excellent performances.

It has been a hard season, some games were close run and the matches we lost heavily were questionable with respect to opposition padding their teams! A word for Caleb, Dan and Rian, three brilliant players throughout the year who unfortunately missed the game.This is a pivotal age group for the Club and the Mentors will be working hard to keep the team together and add some new players if possible.

#UpScoil

 

UNDER 12 GIRLS 

v Naomh Barróg (Blitz) 4/11/2017

Having won all their league matches for the season, the undefeated Scoil U12 Girls team headed for an end of season blitz at Naomh Barróg last Saturday. The hosts fielded two teams, with Round Towers (L) making up the quartet. As Barrógs and Towers have traditionally proven this team’s strongest opponents, the absence of eight Scoil regulars cast some doubt over our girls’ ability to keep their unbeaten run intact. The Saturday before the Scotland trip they beat Towers in a close, tough final league match on a muddy Soil sod, while, in what are always hard fought games, this team have a three wins and two losses record against Barrógs over the past three years. Disappointingly, drawing Barrógs for both matches denied the girls a Towers rematch.

Matches were 15 minutes a half, accounting for a tiring hour plus of play on the day. Providing the referees for both encounters the host club’s ethos, of not asking or giving quarter, was evidenced in the manner these two young women managed the games. They let the games flow, or go, depending on your perspective. Both games were robust affairs with the very few stoppages usually requiring the coach's magic water bottle and  words of comfort. This was equally true for both teams in both matches; a few tears were shed on both sides. 

Famously slow starters, Scoil were sloppy in the first half of the first game conceding a soft goal early. Ball watching, weak challenges, not tracking back and loosing the shape were among the ingredients for the half time roast served by a coach who's mood had not been helped by having to cut the warm up drill for lack of focus and intent. The roast was served rare on the bone of protecting the unbeaten run in all competitions this year. It did the trick as Scoil tightened at the back, became increasingly dominant through mid-field, while the forwards found their scoring boots. In the end Scoil ran out comfortable enough victors with the half dozen or so points to spare.

Having warmed up nicely now and with the coach’s post-match words (before he departed to the Girls U10 blitz in Portmarnock)  ringing in their ears Scoil hit the ground running for the second game. Winning the ball from the throw-in Scoil moved it fast to the forwards resulting in a well taken goal. The resulting Barrógs kick-out was immediately returned for a Scoil point. One minute gone, Scoil up 1-1 to no score and so it went. This Barrógs selection were as strong as the first team played but Scoil simply did not let them play unhindered. While Barrógs had plenty of ball, many fine players on show and repeatedly threatened in the scoring zone, Scoil kept their shape, tracked, hassled, contested the dirty ball, defended like demons and then counter-attacked with speed, good passing and efficient finishing.

 In the end Barrógs only managed one point, while at 3-4 on the board, somewhere in the second half, our side-line stopped counting. This was a super day’s football from the Scoil girls : Julie, Amelia, MC, Niamh F, Pola, Liadán, Sorcha, Therese, Vana, Ray, Evie, Abbie, Heather and Emma. It was a super year by the whole team, those already named and Roisin, Zoë, Aoife, Niamh Mc, Emily, Ellie, Chaoilinn and Freja. (Apologies if I forgot anyone ☹).

So Scoil Ui Chonaill U12 Ladies finish their season unbeaten in all competitions, having, in the perspicacious observation of their coach, 'dug it out’ all year long. Much credit must go to said coach, Aidan (the halftime hairdryer) Mulligan, for the achievement of this team. Honourable mention also to his 'lovely' assistants with the U10/12 squad, Gráinne, Cormac, Luke, Collie and Mark. Eight of the twenty-two girls are only playing Gaelic football for a year or so. Half of the group are U11 and of the actual U12s only three are playing Gaelic football for more than a year. 

This group started as an U10 team initially comprising fifteen girls from U8 - U10. In two years it has grown to a squad of thirty-five girls playing at U10 and U12, both teams unbeaten this year. Remarkable, Up Scoil!

#UpScoil

 

UNDER 10 BOYS 

v St Monica's  4/11/2017

Final game of the season which all the kids were looking forward to after the Scotland adventure of last weekend. Unfortunately Monica's could only field 10 players but x4 Scoil players agreed to play for opposition to make a decent game of it. Curiously x3 of the kids were Mentors children (Alex/Adam/Luke) with Nathan making up the four. Despite the initial panic on the faces of the Scoil kids of seeing such a strong quartet playing for the opposition, they found their groove and points / goals were exchanged between the teams. Delighted Alex, Adam & Nathan were the main scorers for Monica's with Luke in goal pulling off multiple saves against his regular team mates.

Overall great end to an excellent season for Scoil U10's with both Teams unbeaten in Hurling and only one loss in football. While said F/B loss for Team Jp was against Raheny, it served as the catalyst for refocusing all the kids and their over reliance on soccer - Thankfully they learnt their lesson with a number of players stepping up during the year. Overall an incredible feat for such a small panel of players. Very proud of them all, especially those who hid in the shadows early on in the season but have since shone realising they are part of a very special group of Players/Team/Club. 

Morning was finished off with Cake as we celebrated Fahad & Jack's 10th Birthdays! 

#UpScoil

 

UNDER 10 GIRLS 

v S. Sylvesters/O'Dwyers 4/11/2017

This group of girls set out their stall last Feb to carry on their 100% winning record since their inception throughout the calendar year and had managed this coming into the blitz on Saturday. We were missing 3 key girls which meant may have hindered  them previously but due to the dedication of the kids ( and parents in bringing them down ) they have improved so much as a collective that we remained a strong unit.

After a sluggish start in our first game the girls pulled it together and ended up winning by a goal and 4 points. In their second game they started like a steam train and played football way beyond their years and had the game over by half time which allowed us to try out different girls in different positions which was greeted with joy by the backline as they were getting cold. In their final match we rotated the team positions again and let the girls play their style of pass and move football which ended with some scores of up to 5/6 passes from backs up to the forwards and a hand passed point. They ended up winning all three games to conclude their official year of fixtures with the record intact and huge improvements made by all players. This has been especially noticeable in the level of our new girls this season as they have impressed with the speed at which they have picked up the team narrative that the collective is better than the individual and get as much enjoyment from a pass as they do a score themselves.

From myself and the rest of the coaching team associated with them we want to thank the parents for their constant encouragement from the sidelines as they always come out in big numbers to cheer the girls on which is a pleasure to see. Onwards and upwards and lets see where this team can end up.

#UpScoil  

 

UNDER 9 BOYS

 v Peregrines 4/11/2017

The boys played their last football game of the season in a sunny Clontarf against St Peregrines. After struggling with number at the start of the season we have been able to field 2 football teams all the time and 2 hurling teams most of the time. We have ahd a couple of new additions to the team since the season started Luke, David, Rhys and a return from Isaac.

Match 1 ended in a draw. Conor Meehan and Isaac were up front and combined well together to score a couple of good goals and points. At the back Cillian was in goals and made some great saves with Paddy and Conor Kelly helping out at the back but we gave a few early christmas presents to the opposition with some loose play. Quick kick outs resulted in good procession in midfield to Luke and Saoirse in the second half and some scores. Thanks to Conor Meehans granddad Bernard who helped out at half time with the team talk.

Match 2 ended up in a narrow loss for Scoil despite the efforts of Blaine and Noah to outscore the opposition. Whilst we had a lot of procession the opposition turned over the ball and got some good scores. Eoghan Og, Ruairi and Jake did well at the back despite being under pressure  for a lot of the game. Temi, Callum and Evan won some ball in midfield but found it hard to get it into the forwards.

The lads have progressed well through the season and are continuing to learn to play as a team and skills are coming on. With kids coming from different schools and not playing together in school every day makes it a bit harder than for many other teams where kids are nearly all in the same school. Thanks to all coaches, parents and grandparents who have helped throughout the season.

We will keep training and have a couple of friendlies with hopefully a road trip before Christmas.

#UpScoil

 

UNDER 8 BOYS

 v Peregrines 4/11/2017

A sunny November morning was further lit up by some dazzling team scores from Scoil. Having witnessed all 3 teams score a couple of great scores where the ball was passed the full length of the pitch, it’s clear that as their first season draws to a close, the u8s are beginning to get to grips with use of space and team play. What’s more, there was some tenacious defending by some players. This physical edge is something that we have rarely seen from this bunch who have in the past been accused of being too nice for their own good!  It was a morning that gave a glimpse of potential that makes you wish the season would last a little longer. Which is why it’s handy that we’ll keep going through November!

For the Ambers, Oisín put in his best performance of the season, competing for everything and using his strength to his advantage. Meanwhile Paddy was very clever in his use of space, repeatedly losing his marker to win long balls that had been pumped forward. It was the way they defended as a team though, refusing to let Peregrins past,  that was the most pleasing aspect.

For the Maroon’s, Aibhilín played through the pain barrier after her recent school ground ankle twist. Seán grew as the morning went on and in particular played some sublime passes into his forward line when he looked up to see what was on. The team was superb in attack, but at times their tackling didn’t match their forward adventure so that’s something to work on..

Finally for the Blues, Brandon, on his debut, was phenomenal in defence. He couldn’t have possibly tried any harder and he repeatedly blocked and stripped ball from opposing forwards. Cody similarly fought hard in defence while Abigail used the ball cleverly and was always involved in her teams best passing moves.

#UpScoil

 

NURSERY

As we head into the final few weeks of Scoil Nursery for 2017, we are continuing at full speed and are planning to make the most of the time remaining. This Saturday the 11th, we will have our 'graduation ceremony' to mark on departure of our girls and boys who were born in 2010 to the ranks of league football in 2018.  We hope everyone can make it and join us in the club house for the ceremony.  We will also be presenting footballs which were kindly presented to us by Supervalu Killester to all our nursery members.  We hope everyone can make it and join us in the club house for the ceremony.

We also are reminding everyone to please make sure that they have completed their registration as this covers your child's insurance and club membership.  If you have any questions on membership, please ask Aideen or any of the coaches.

#UpScoil


Fixtures

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The Stag's Voice: November 1st, 2017

Contents:

  • AHL3 Match 
  • Ladies Crowned League Champions 
  • Scoil Stag Trip to Scotland
  • Nursery Halloween Party
  • Meet the Members: Gus Rock 
  • Other News
  • Team News
  • Fixtures

Last AHL3 Match Before Playoffs

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The Adult Hurlers prepare to take on Ballyboden, St Endas on Sunday morning in the division 3 league. The game is set to start at 11am in Clontarf Road. 

A win will ensure a home fixture for the playoff semi-final.  Get out and show your support for the lads this Sunday. #UpScoil


Ladies Crowned League Champions

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An impressive performance from the Scoil Ladies against local rivals, Raheny on Thursday evening saw them crowned league champions in an exciting game that put an end to what was a memorable year for the ladies. Scoil finished three points up at the final whistle after a thrilling game against a very strong Raheny side. #UpScoil


Scoil's Scottish Experience 

The juvenile trip for the ages. Finbarr Maher had an idea and after six months of planning, organising, meetings, fundraising and huge time committed the Scotland trip left the children and adults with many lifetime memories. For this Finbarr, the juvenile players, mentors and parents who went on the adventure are forever grateful. Special thanks to Finbarr's support committee (you know who you are!)

The group met on Saturday @7.45am and when the three buses pulled up the excitement levels rose a level. It was such a sight to see 150 kids and adults togged out in our new quality adidas tip. Bus 1 contained Under 10 and 11s, Bus 2 has the Under 12s while Bus 3 was the 10/12 girls and Under 13 boys.

Each player was given a souvenir passport programme to remember this special weekend. There was a good luck note from CEO of Dublin County Board, Lord Mayor of Dublin and our very own Chairman, Mossy O’Connell. The brochure contained pictures of every child and a small bio of favourite player with some interesting selections!! A copy will be available to view in the clubhouse on Saturday morning.

The journey to Belfast went well and we arrived at St Paul’s GAA not entirely braced for the cold wind that would meet us when we opened the doors of the buses. The kids were soon warmed up by their coaches and three very competitive games took place with Scoil just edging the home side in a 2-1 win count. Special mention to Liam “red jacket” Ryan for refereeing U11 game, although our experienced ref and GPO, Thomas said he would give Liam a few pointers on some big calls that were missed.

After the games it was straight on to W5 and Scoil Uí Chonaill literally took over the venue!! The kids were delighted with the various activities over the five floors and as you will see from photos, there was some great action shots by Neil... Some of the lads had a quick game of bowling before it was time to depart for the port.

We reached Belfast port in no time and after Finbarr was frisked on the lead bus, we got the all clear to board the boat. Scoil Uí Chonaill tops and jerseys dominated the crossing to Cairyan on a very quiet sailing which got a little choppy and a few of the Scoil traveling crew were laid low for a short period.

The buses split up overnighting at Ayr and Kilmarnock with everyone shattered it was up to bed and prepare for day 2.

The buses departed for Glasgow early and headed for city hall where the group had 2 hours free time. Dominic headed to parkhead for a tour of the stadium (prebooked), others went shopping, some went on the bus tour while Wayne led a group on a graveyard tour which will live long in the kids minds 

Next stop was the fabulous Toryglen indoor facility and what a fantastic experience for all the kids. Our hosts, Glasgow Gaels and Scotland GAA had a blitz organized so that all of our kids would get to play. There were some excellent games and very competitive with Scoil players showing great skills throughout. The kids also represented the club with great pride and sportsmanship which was great for all to see. The players were well supported by parents in the stands who were cheering throughout the games, special mention to Tara Galvin for her encouragement of Sophie. Jennifer from Glasgow Gaels presented the club with a beautiful souvenir and hoped to have a return trip to Scoil in 2018. Scoil presented all the four Scottish clubs with footballs which was very well received!

After the games the group all headed for some food and then back to our two hotels for the night.

There was more time for some shopping on Monday morning before departing for our ferry. Andrew and Nathan had a long sprint to make sure they caught the bus which waited patiently (not!) for our last two group members. The return ferry crossing was extremely busy but was very smooth and after some heavy Belfast traffic we arrived back in the club at 8.30pm on Monday evening with all children and adults accounted for safely. #scoilontour


Scoil Gets Spooky  

Saturday afternoon saw Scoil take a spooky turn as the Nursery Halloween party took over the clubhouse. There were spot prizes for the best dressed as well as plenty of Halloween games and refreshments. Congratulations to the Healy family who won 'Best Family Costume' Check out all the other pictures and costumes here. 


Meet Gus Rock

A one time member of Ballymun Kickhams, this man saw some sense and decided to don the Scoil colours instead. He's the brains behinds our Scoil Ladies and has a new found fondness for success.....

A one time member of Ballymun Kickhams, this man saw some sense and decided to don the Scoil colours instead.

He's the brains behinds our Scoil Ladies and has a new found fondness for success.....

How long have you been involved in Scoil Uí Chonaill?
A little over 5 years

Do you have any nicknames? How do you like to be addressed?
Gus (short for Augustine)

Where do you hail from?
I live in Artane but am originally from the north inner city. Very convenient for working in the GPO or walking to Croke Park.

How did you come to be involved in Scoil?
My daughter Nicole played with Ballymun Kickhams for a number of years where I helped out. When the ladies section folded, she moved to Scoil. The then Scoil mentors Fiachra Mac Domhnaill and Brigid Bunyan asked me to come on board and I have been involved ever since.

Briefly describe your Scoil career as a player / mentor / contributor, if any.
I am one of the mentors for the adult ladies team. I have also been the Scoil delegate to the monthly Ladies County Board meetings for the past 5 years.

What would you say you are most known for within Scoil? i.e. what do people associate you with? 
Johnny's dad. 

What has been your greatest Scoil moment / achievement?
Well the ladies winning the Cup final and the league play off against Raheny was not bad. I am just as proud that the ladies team now has a greater profile in the club and that the players are starting to become more involved in the club off field activities.

What is your profession / field of study / passion?
I am retired from An Post. Not sure about the passion question, but I did get a touch excited at the final whistle of the Raheny title playoff

What are your favourite hobbies outside of GAA?
Listening to 60s music, whether it be on Spotify, my IPod or on vinyl.

If you could make one addition to Scoil in any way (don’t be restricted by the plausible!), what would it be?
Perhaps changing facilities could be provided by DCC at either of the pitches we use in St Annes Park

What is your favourite Scoil ‘quirk’?
The club is justifiably proud of its family tradition and this is best exemplified on the adult ladies team where there are 5 sets of sisters on the team

If you close your eyes and envisage Scoil in 10 years, what do you see?
With a female Chairperson (no offence intended Mossy)

 


Other News

  • Nursery Players of the Week - Rory, Ben, Jude and Eoghan
  • Congratulations to Dominic and Blaine on their super performance representing St Laurence O'Tooles in the Cumann na mBunscol Final in Croke Park on Friday morning. 
  • The Scoil Uí Chonaill AGM will be held on Thursday 30th November in the clubhouse. All adult members are encouraged to attend and have their say in how our club is run.
  • Juvenile registrations are now due and can be paid online by following this link

Team News

IN SUMMARY:

  • It was a disappointing weekend for our AFL2 and AFL7 sideas as they were beaten in their respective promotion playoff semi-final and final on Sunday. This year saw progress for both sides so plenty of positives to take into 2018.
  • Nursery continues, and welcomes newcomers as always. 

 

LADIES

vs Raheny, Division 5 League Final, 26/10/17

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HOW IT ALL PLAYED OUT

Joy unconfined as narrow win over Raheny secures historic League and Cup double for the Ladies Team. The team had suffered their only league loss to Raheny in the final game of the normal league season. The defeat consigned them to a league title play off against the same opposition. The game was deferred for several weeks as Raheny had a player involved with the Dublin senior panel and then competed in the Junior B Championship final. 

The game was scheduled for St.Monicas excellent floodlit pitch and a large set of supporters were in attendance. The Raheny starting line up, was the same that had beaten O'Dwyers in the Championship Final, so a tough game was to be expected. Scoil and Raheny had met 4 times previously throughout the season, both sides coming out on top twice, it'd be the slimmest of margins that'd lead either side to glory. 

The game started tentatively, and early exchanges of scores, had the sides at 0-3 each after 15 minutes, before a low deflected shot, escaped the reach of Hannah Costello to put Raheny a goal up. Not to be outdone however, through superb interplay from Sinead and Aoife De Burca, put Aoife in the clear and her shot dropped in over the keeper's head. Aoife scores so many of these that we are now convinced they are intentional. The goal was followed by two trademark points from Emma Condon to give Scoil a lead of 1-5 to 1-3 at half time.

Raheny started the second half like a house on fire and scored three points in a row from frees. Then followed a moment which could have been a game changer. To the astonishment of Scoil players and supporters, Naoise Ni Bhroin was given a yellow card and sent to the sin bin for 10 minutes. Naoise has many qualities, but being Philly McMahon is not one of them. 

Being a player short inspired the Scoil players and they simply increased their already phenomenal efforts and only conceded 1 point during this period. They then outscored Raheny by five points to one to hold a 3 point lead with 2 minutes left on the clock. The tension was unbearable as Raheny laid siege to the Scoil goal. From a hop ball the ball fell to a Raheny forward in space, yards from the goal. We all held our breathes expecting to see the net bulge. However, as she has done all season, Hannah Costello made a miraculous point blank save. The ball was cleared, the final whistle blew and cue wild scenes of celebration from Scoil players and mentors. 

There were many heroic performances against a very physical Raheny team. The De Burcas, Emma Condon and Lucy got some great scores. There was the tireless unselfish running from Grainne Egan, Hannah Leahy and Naoise. The six defenders completely snuffed out the much vaunted Raheny attack. In the midst of it all was Katie Doolin with her own version of the 11th Commandment "Thou shalt not get pass".

It was back to the clubhouse to savour the triumph and to enjoy the pizzas courtesy of Mossie and TJ. Thanks also to the regular Thursday card players who tolerated 20 noisy and excitable ladies footballers with such good humour. It will take a while for the achievement of winning two trophies in four days to sink in.


Fixtures

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