Week ending 25 April 2010


Off the field highlight was the resounding success of the seventh annual Kilmacud Crokes Hurling Corporate Race Day at Punchestown oin Tuesday 20th April 2010 (report below).


On the pitch Saturday 24th April 2010 provided Dublin league games for the under 16’s (Division 1), under 14A’s (Division 1), under 14B’s (Division 3) and under 13 C’s (Division 5).
Under 16's
The under 16’s went to Bridgefield and overcame St Sylvesters by 3-8 to 1-9; the Crokes transcriber had it 3-9 to 1-7. Played on a good sod but in a small tight pitch this was a game that never truly got going. Save for the very early stages, the result rarely looked in doubt. The winners missed a lot of scores with the wind in the first instalment and yet led 2-4 to 0-4 at its conclusion – all the Malahide’s lads scores coming from frees. The second period was more of the same with the Crokes boys generally on top but making hard work of pulling away. Among the more prominent Kilmacud players were Andrew Colclough, Daibhid Corish, Conor O’Dwyer and Robert Murphy in a strong defence, Kevin James McGowan at centre forward and midfield and Conor J O’Dwyer at top of the left.
Team: M Herlihy, P O’Shea, D Corish, A Colclough, C O’Dwyer, R Murphy (0-1, 65), J Murphy, C Devins, M Geraghty, T Barry, KJ McGowan (0-1), C Conway (0-1, f), N Gorey (1-3, f-2), B Horan (1-0), CJ O’Dwyer (1-0). Subs: R McGowan (0-2) for CJ O’Dwyer, C Gormley for C Devins, M Collins for M Geraghty and P Finlay for N Gorey.
Under 14's
The under 14A’s defeated St Vincents at Silverpark on a 6-7 to 0-2 scoreline, with the visitors not scoring after the break. On a day when Crokes were dominant throughout, Lorcan Tucker and Desmond Dagg particularly caught the eye.
For the under 14B’s it was a trip across town to play Erins Isle. After a close game, where the Finglas lads led 1-4 to 1-3 at the break, the spoils stayed north of the Liffey – 1-11 to 1-8. This was the second time in 24 hours this team was in action. The previous evening they entertained Liam Mellow’s from Castletown, Co. Wexford in Pairc de Burca. Crokes led 1-3 to 1-2- at the short whistle and, thanks to a scoring burst midway through the second half, pulled away to win 6-7 to 1-4.
For report on both games see HERE  
Under 13's
Back to Saturday. The under 13C’s hopped over to Ringsend Park where they came out the right side of a 4-4 to 2-3 result in Division 5. It was 1-2 to 1-0 in the home side’s favour at the interlude. Mark Phelan, Michael Frawley and Sean McSharry all played well, working against a strong first half breeze, with impressive goalkeeping from Conal Keane. Crokes took advantage of the wind in Part 2 during which new goalie Sean Dunbar pulled off some fine saves.
Some 35 of the under 13C’s A and B counterparts ventured to the real capital for a full on weekend’s hurling.
First into action were the B’s against Carrigtwohill where the Crokes boys came out on top, 3-8 to 2-8 with Brian Grogan, Tom Fox, Conor Kelly and Joey Dalton to the fore.
Shortly afterwards the A’s faced up to Sarsfields in nearby Riverstown where a great game ended 6-7 to 5-5 in the Glanmire boys’ favour. Headline acts for the Kilmacud team included Alex Considine with 3-2, Cathal Keane, Darragh Butler, and Conor O’Dwyer.
On Sunday both under 13 teams played Na Piarsaigh on the northside of Cork city.
The A’s went under 3-18 to 3-6 with Cathal Keane, Stephen O’Dwyer, Brian Grogan and Mark O’Rourke shining.
The B’s had better luck, prevailing 3-12 to 2-6, in a game where Tom Fox, Eoin Sheehy, Johnny Maher, Chris Kealy and Martin Connor took the plaudits.
Our sincere thanks to our hosts.
To facilitate the trip, on Monday 19th April 2010, the two Division 1 teams played each other in Division 1 of the league with bragging rights going to KC2, 4-10 to 3-3.
For match reports click  HERE
In Dublin on Sunday three teams took the field
Silverpark played host to the minor A’s league Division 1 game at 11.00am against Ballyboden. After an entertaining hour’s hurling the Firhouse Road side bagged the points. Three goals from Alex Pilkington helped Crokes to a 3-2 to 1-7 halftime lead, playing with the breeze. A forty sixth minute goal put Boden ahead 2-10 to 3-4. From there to the finish they held the advantage despite strong Kilmacud pressure and it concluded 2-13 to 3-6.
Among those to lead the losers’ charge were Robert Murphy, Steven Beale, Gary Melican, Dillon Mulligan, Thomas Clarke, Jude Sweeney and Alex Pilkington.
Team: S Garvey, J Huban, R Murphy, S Boyd, J O’Keeffe, E Gogarty, S Beale, D Mulligan, G Melican, T Clarke, J Sweeney, J Cassidy, K Kelly, J Healy-Hayes, A Pilkington.
Subs: M O’Dwyer for J Cassidy (half time), K Russell for K Kelly (41 mins), E O’Dwyer for K Russell (45 mins, inj), J Cassidy for S Boyd (55 mins), and K Kelly for J Healy-Hayes (58 mins inj)
For report see HERE  
At 5pm at the Leopardstown venue the minor B’s had better luck, with a convincing 4-19 to 0-10 win over Commercials in Division 3. It was 3-9 to 0-7 at the break. On a day when many stars shone among the more eye catching were James Butler, Jamie Clinton, Niall Murphy and Fionan Motherway.
Team: N Hanley, N Murphy, B McHenry, O O’Carroll, C Gormley, J Butler, A O’Malley, M Geraghty, J Clinton, C Conway, S Moran, F Motherway, A Cullinane, P Finlay, J O’Brien. Subs used: A Colclough, P Tighe and N Salvino
Under 15's
For images of this match click here!The under 15’s also played Ballyboden on Sunday morning at Sancta Maria in Division1 of the league. The visitors came out the wrong end of a 2-5 to 0-10 result in a tough, physical match, which they might have won, had they taken their opportunities. Gregory Buckley, Dara O’Gallchobhair, Odhran O’Siochru and Ronan Horgan were most prominent for Crokes. Referee J Turner…
Scorers for Crokes: M O’Loughlin (0-04, 3f), D O Gallchobhair (0-04), C McIntyre (0-01), R Conlon (0-01).
Squad: E Allen, M O Dwyer, O O Siochru, G Buckley, C MacGabhann, D O Murchu, R Horgan, D Kane, S Faughey, D O Gallchobhair, M O Loughlin, C McIntyre, R Conlon, D Keane, D Mullins, C Hayes, A Spollen, C Keane-Breslin, K Doyle, B O’Sullivan, K O Flannagain
For images of the match click HERE or on the camera above! 
It was also a busy schools hurling period for many Crokes players and mentors. On Friday 23rd April 2010 Colaiste Eoin were beaten 3-14 to 1-16 by Colaiste Eanna at O’Toole Park in the final of the Dublin Senior A championship.
For Irish Independent report see HERE
SCORERS -- Col Eanna: J Breen 1-3, F McDonagh (2 SLC) 0-3, A Flood, N Maguire 1-0 each, C Moffat (2f), N Ryan, R Cleary 0-2 each, F Furey, G Corrigan 0-1 each. Col Eoin: S Mac Craith 0-8 (0-1 pen, 0-4f, 0-1 '65'), M Schutte 0-4, A Ó Murchú 0-3, M O Duibhir 1-0, S Ó Móráin 0-1. COL EANNA -- C Dooley; A Ryan, J Desmond, C Robinson; R Basquel, C Moffat, S O'Shea; R Cleary, N Maguire; N Ryan, F Furey, C O'Shea; G Corrigan, J Breen, F McDonagh. Sub: A Flood for C O'Shea (43). COL EOIN -- S Ó Gairbith; F MacGabhann, B Ó Murchú, J MacCionnath; J Ó Cinnéide, D Sutcliffe, E Ó Loingsigh; D Ó Gormlaigh, J MacSuibhne; A Pilkington, M Schutte, A Ó Murchú; M Ó Duibhir, S Mac Craith, S Ó Moráin. Subs: E Ó Braonáin for Pilkington (59). REF -- D O'Donovan (Dublin).
On Thursday 12th April 2010 Oatlands College had a good JHC semi-final at Belfield. For Evening Herald report clilck on the newspaper below!
Click here  to read the Herald report  
Scorers -- Oatlands College: M O'Loughlin 2-3, D Moynihan 3-0, D Lane 1-1, J McCarthy 0-3, P Dillon 1-0, A Spollen 0-2, F Robinson 0-1, C Doyle 0-1. Coláiste de híde: B ó Raghallaigh 1-4, L ó Briain 1-2, T ó Riain 1-0.
Oatlands College: Cillian Fleming; Killian O'Shea Martin Connor; Ciaran Fitzpatrick, Mark O'Loughlin, Fionn Robinson; Donal Lane, John McCarthy; David Murphy, Adam Spollen, Daniel Moynihan; David Byrne, Gary Ryan.
Subs: Carl Doyle for Ryan; Peter Linehan for Moynihan; Padraig Dillon for Spollen; Andrew Lynch for Murphy Coláiste de híde: Conchur ó Maolmhuaidh; Maitiú Mac Giola Bhaoil, Piaraic ó Clintun; Conchur ó Bhroin, Ian de Baille, Conchuir ó Gruagáin; Barra ó Raghallaigh, Dylan ó Donnabhain; Donal de Carbhaile, Lee ó Briain, Darragh ó Fiodh; Seadhne ó Dulain, Tomas ó Riain. Sub: Aaron ó Dulain for ó Donnabhain.
Referee: Eddie Walker (O'Toole's)
Click here for images of Gonzaga v Blackrock On Wednesday 21st April 2010 Gonzaga College travelled to Terenure College to play the latter in a Special second and third year league. After a closely contested encounter, where a point separated the sides at the interval, the hosts came out on top by 2-11 to 1-10.
Gonzaga Squad: E Prendergast (Faughs) P Finlay (Kilmacud Crokes), G Buckley (Kilmacud Crokes), H Maguire (Naomh Olafs), H Gowing (Kilmacud Crokes), J Murphy (Kilmacud Crokes), R Horgan (Kilmacud Crokes), P O’Shea (Kilmacud Crokes), M Geraghty (Kilmacud Crokes), D Mullin (Kilmacud Crokes), C O’Brien (St Judes), M Herlihy (Kilmacud Crokes), E McMahon (Kilmacud Crokes), T Barry (Kilmacud Crokes), K O’Connor Ballinteer St Johns), F O’Coilleain, J Varley (Faughs), E O’Doherty (Kilmacud Crokes), R Barry
Coláiste Eoin's recent achievement in winning the Juvenile Schools Dublin Final for the 3rd year in a row was recognised by their nomination for April Team of the Month in the local Gazette. For more click on the newspaper below!
Click here for more on Colaiste Eoin
Upcoming Hurling Fixtures
Wednesday 28.04.10
  • IHC Hurling Whitehall Colmcills Silverpark 2
  • JHC A Hurling Na Fianna Tymon North
Thursday 29.4.10
  • JHC E Hurling Na Fianna Silverpark 1
All games are due to start at 7pm.
As always it is advisable to check with team managements for late changes.
Punchestown Banishes Recession Blues
Click here to read the report on the 2010 Punchestown race day Over 500 hundred people attended the seventh annual Kilmacud Crokes Hurling Corporate Race Day at the Punchestown National Hunt Festival on April 20th 2010. Held in the refashioned and hugely impressive Punchestown Pavilion located just next to the last fence the scene was set from early on set the tone. Seven buses ferried many of the guests from the City Centre and Glenalbyn. The day was expertly and excellently “MCed” by Kilmacud Crokes hurler and Newstalk presenter Oisin Langan Among the tipsters dispensing their insights and wisdom were jockey Andrew Lynch, Haley O’Connor from Ladbrooks, trainers Tom Taaffe and Conor O’Dwyer, former Galway hurling manager, Cyril Farrell and his Sunday Game colleague Michael Lyster. For Kilmacud Crokes Hurling the day was a resounding success. We are particularly grateful for the generous contributions of those who took tables or seats or who in any form supported the Race Day. The proceeds will go towards the development of hurling within the club and will assist in clearing the debt on the €500,000 Hurling Arena at Glenalbyn, providing a full time hurling coaching service and funding Winter training facilities. These are all necessary measures as we aim for best practice and strive to develop hurling among young people and within the community. Especial thanks must go to the energetic Paul Gorman and his organising work group and also to all the helpers on the day and everybody who assisted in any way. We are also particularly appreciative of the help from the staff at Punchestown – headed by Dick O’Sullivan, Liam Houlton & Louise Keane – and Mike O’Donovan and the Dobbins team.
Remember now is the time to put Punchestown 2010 in your diary!
For report see  HERE
Hurling Managements 2010
For details of Kilmacud Crokes Hurling team managements see HERE  or click on the image below!
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