News 1st April 2015

  • Adult Hurling league games  Sunday 29th March
    • AHL4  v Clontarf, Clontarf Rd at 10.30am  off due to weather
    • AHL9 v Raheny, Clontarf Rd at 2.30pm, off due to weather
  • Ladies Cup Football Scoil 5-10  St Finians/Ballyboughal 2-12
  • AFL2 v O'Tooles, Sat 11th April at 6pm in Blunden Drive
  • AFL8 v Ranelagh Gaels, Sun 12th April at 11am in Bushy Park
  • AFL11 v Whitehall Colmcille, Sun 12th April at 3pm in Cloghran
  • Coaching the Coaches Hurling workshop - Friday 17th April, 7-10pm 
  • Easter Camp, 87 participants enjoy excellent coaching and development
  • Helping Hands, Good Friday 3rd April 

 

A very mixed weekend weather wise had a big impact on games!

 

Adult games

Unfortunately, Sunday's hurling games were called off due to the heavy and continuous rain on Saturday / Sunday.  These games will now be rescheduled for a later date.

Great to report that the Adult ladies started their 2015 cup fixtures tonight (Wednesday) 1st April with a win in their game v St Finians / Ballyboughal in Clontarf.  

Hurling Board delegate - we would welcome a volunteer to come forward and to attend the monthly County Board meetings to represent hurling matters.  If you are available to support this request, please contact the undersigned or any member of the Executive.  

Support for all teams is always welcome.

 

Juveniles

Nursery

Great turn out at the nursery this week, despite the very changeable weather and cold conditions.
Players of the week: Conan, Leah, Blaithin, Niamh
Well done to all and enjoy the Easter break.

 

Under 8s

This week's update from JP  & Ronan.: 

Football Blitz against Fingallians & O'Dwyers on Saturday morning in absolutely horrendous weather (wind / rain / cold)!!

8 Matches Played with 7 Wins on the Board! JP/Liam Team 1 enjoyed clean sweep with usual suspects at it again (Adam/Alex/Charlie/Martha/Nathan/Neil/Sophie/Tadhg) but special mention goes to our newest recruit Ella who put in some great tackles and passes!   All the players received their Medal & Goody Bags from our generous hosts Fingallians bt we had our own secret reward from U8 management - Hope you Enjoy the Early Easter Eggs kids!

Scoil Under 8 Team 2 gave everything in very difficult conditions. Some very good team play was in evidence throughout the four games with Fionn and Alan linking up very well in midfield and supplying Liam Carr who put in a Michael Murphyesk performance with some excellent scores. Diarmuid continues to improve and got his hands on lots of ball while Conaill worked hard throughout. Luke's kickouts always found a free player while Eabha and Caoimhe showed well for the ball. The conditions didn't favour Raphael and Katerina but hopefully we will have some Portuguese weather for the teams next outing.

 

Under 10 Girls

What a week for the Under 10s with two appearances in Parnell Park.  Following their performance on Tuesday at the PolskaÉire festival, the team were invited to participate in the mini games at half time in the Dublin Ladies v Tyrone game on Sunday afternoon. 

Photos from the the game can be viewed at: http://gaapics.zenfolio.com/p701993558#h408ffae0

 

Under 12 girls report

This week we travelled out to Swords to play St. Finians and it was definitely a game of two halves. No ref turned up and Caoimhe Crowe undertook the job and made a fair fist of it. In the first half the girls played their best and at half time they were one point behind Finians, Eve and Hollyhaving scored points as usual while Ella got a hard worked goal. Sadhh Murphy undoubtedly got the score of the day with a magnificent 45.  We thought that with the wind behind them they would catch up in the second half but it was not to be.  Finians dominated the second half scoring point after point which even the ever reliable Isabelle had no chance of reaching. There were some encouraging signs though. Kellyann has mastered the long kick out and Ella and Reailtin continue to harry the opposition at every opportunity. Ellie made some lovely catches, got winded for her troubles but bravely carried on. The twins continue to play their hearts out and will undoubtedly develop their newfound skills shortly. . Sara used her speed as usual. Siofra continues to improve every week while and Meibhin has learned to anticipate the ball well. The weather was dreadful and fair play to the girls they kept going till the end but we were all relieved when the game ended. This game gave us the opportunity to try out the younger girls because a few of the more experienced players were missing,  It shows that, like the Dubs, youth and experience combined are what matter in a squad and that’s what we usually have. Happy Easter to all our girls and their players.

 

Under 15 Girls Scoil 1-5  St Maurs 1-2

A low scoring encounter in this Division 1 game on Saturday afternoon in the Club - good to see the girls come out on the right side of the result.

 

Under 16  Hurling Ballyboden St Endas A v Scoil Fontenoy 

A tough encounter for the Under 16s on Saturday as they travelled to Ballyboden to play the local team in this Division 1 league game.  A full feature on this game was include in the Herald on Tuesday - check out the link at:

 http://www.herald.ie/sport/gaa/brilliant-boden-put-isles-to-sea-31105527.html

 

Easter Camp

The 2015 Easter Camp is underway since Monday with 87 participants enjoying the facilities in Clontarf as they work on co-ordination, training and skills development.  The camp will conclude with an Easter Egg hunt tomorrow (Thursday).  Congratulation to Aine Ní Laoire who won the free 'Early Bird' registration place on the camp.  Dates for the Summer Camps will be circulated shortly!

 

Coaching Courses

Two special 'Coaching the Coaches' courses have been organised for the Club in our own facilities by Joanne and the Dublin County Board.  The football session with John Morrison took place last Friday and was a very welcome course for mentors.  The next session is with Paudie Butler, a great ambassador for hurling, and is open to all mentors, coaches and players.  Details are as follows:

Hurling:   Friday 17th April, 7-9pm with Paudie Butler, Former National Hurling Co-ordinator.

Contact: Joanne Courtney our Club GPO at 087 9146748 or by email at joanne.courtney.gpo.dublin@gaa.ie to book your place.

 

Club Lotto

The new Club Lotto fundraiser is now being launched and the first draw will take place in mid May with a guaranteed jackpot of €500.  Entry is €2 and lotto envelopes are available in the Clubhouse.  Every little helps!

 

Dublin

Well done to the Dublin Ladies who had a big win v Tyrone last Sunday in Parnell Park.

Looking forward to the final game in the AFL on Sunday v Monaghan  on Easter Sunday?  Let's hope the football is a big improvement on last Saturday in Croke Park!  

The Dublin hurlers had a great result v Limerick and now play Cork in the league semi final on Sunday 19th April in Kilkenny at 2pm.   

 

Health & Safety

We would like to remind all visitors to the club that dogs should be kept on a lead when in the Club Grounds.  This is to ensure that all we look after all our Members when in the club for matches, training and supporting games.  Go raibh maith agat.

 

Facilities

The expenditure to ensure improvements to the heating system in the Clubhouse, has now been fully approved in line with the Sports Grant criteria.  As a result, the upgrade works are scheduled to take place later this month.

 

Helping Hands - our annual clean up day will take place on Good Friday, 3rd April.  Lots of outdoor and indoor jobs available!  YOUR help would be greatly appreciated between 10am and 1pm.  Every hour counts so contact Tommy Naughton or Brian Fahy if you can help in any way.

 

A very Happy Easter / Beannachtaí na Cásca to all Members, Families and Friends!