U9 & U10 games 19th & 20th May
U9s v Ballinteer Friday night May 18th
Game 1 KMD 17 Ballinteer 3 ( score from referee - I don't have breakdown)
Game 2 KMD 6-2 = 12, Ballinteer 1-1 = 4
Game 3 KMD 6-10+1 skill = 37 Ballinteer 1-1 = 4
Total KMD = 66pts Ballinteer = 11pts
It was a cold and wet night in Ballinteer. All games started a little slow because of the conditions but Kilmacud soon got into their stride and went ahead especially in 2 of the 3 games. Game 3 was much closer in the 1st half but then the kilmacud team enjoyed contol in the second half and scored freely. Game 2 was very close for most of the game and was level at half time. Kilmacud played better in the second half to secure the win. In game 1, Kilmacud dominated for most of the game - the pitch was at least half longer and wider than regulation so the boys had plenty of running to do!
A great result and turnout considering the conditions
Report - Brian Harrison
U9 KCH2 panel vs Ballyboden.
Due to Holy Communion celebrations in the locality both sides agreed to field 2 teams for today's encounter. Even at that our KCH2 panel were very grateful for the support from our KCH1 guys and one of the U8's to bolster our numbers.
Team A won 10-5
Game was great and really competitive. 1st half KMD lead 1 goal to no score. This 1st half was key to winning of match as defense was under huge pressure when airhurling started- fabulous blocks and a bit of good fortune ( Ballyboden had a few close attempts at points but just wide). 2nd half was all Kilmacud who dominated possession and had many chances to score. Ballyboden scored a point with the last puck of the game to bring the sides closer on the scoreline. Team - Patrick Ryan, Cian Ryan, Myles Dunnion, Darragh Harrison, Cal Rohan, Jordan Mynes, Conan Hargaden, Oisin Farrington, Kevin Smith.
Team B won 13-2
Also a great game where our air hurling made a huge impact. Lots of good attacking play when we were in possession and even more importantly some really good tracking back to mark up when we didn't.Through the game Ballyboden gave up a couple of frees and ~65s all of which our team scored from. Two goals and two points at the end of the first half to one goal, gave us a comfortable cushion going into the second half where the guys tacked on another two goals and a point to Ballyboden's one goal. Team - Joseph McBreen, Arthur Simms, Hugh Moran, Conor McCarthy, Colm Crean, Eamon Burns, Brendan O'Connell, William Doherty, Timothy Jordan, David Hyland (U8).
Report - John Maguire
U10 - v St. Vincents
Panel B team 1 V Vincents 10th May 2012 managed by Conor & Frank
Report - Frank Donnelly
Panel B had a depleted side this week and we sent two teams to Vincents on a cold May Saturday. The day gave the opportunity to mix up the teams and players to play with some of their fellow team mates whom they have not played with yet.
From the throw in the midfielders got to the ball immediately, Seamus O Donnell demonstrated the importance of staying and protecting the ball and repeatedly fought off the Vincents players, resulting in Crokes getting an early goal.
In the forward line, Owen O Flynn consistently battled against the Vincents defence and for a new comer to the game he is a player to watch. However it was not all plain sailing for Crokes whose defence had to work hard. Dara Mc Gaghann showed some exceptional blocking and batting, qualities needed for a defender. Supporting him was Dan Kearney who was able to read the game well and consistently fed the ball to Cian O Cathasaigh who moved to midfield, benefiting the team by a string of points over the bar.
Half time lead of two points, most notably skill points from great hooking by Jack Sherry. Jake Brennan worked hard as he moved up front against a very strong defence opposition. Liam Smyth was outstanding in goals and saved two goals driven hard by the Vincents midfielder.
Michael Donnelly made a cleaver short line pass to his brother Cian who put an excellent score over the bar from his weak wide. Owen Murphy finished the scoring for Crokes with a hard fought goal lifting the spirits of his team mates. Unfortunately Vincent’s came out the winners but Crokes showed the usual respect and sportsmanship they demonstrate as winners and as the defeated team today.
Team 2 - managed by Sean & Tom
Report - Tom Moran
Kilmacud Crokes Team 1 played a good St. Vincents team on a bitterly cold morning last Saturday (19th May). Like the summer, it took Crokes a long time to warm up and they really only started hurling passionately in the second half.
For the first half, most of the play was concentrated in the Vincent’s half of the field. Crokes won the possession battle but didn’t take their chances quick enough and slack marking allowed Vincent’s through a few times for easy scores. At half time, Vincent’s were a few points ahead.
Crokes started the second half with much more intensity from all of the players. Robert O’Donovan showed his strength and ability with some great bursts from the full back line before he moved to mid- field where he engineered some fine points. David Crowe and Sean Delap chased every ball in the mid-field area. The forwards, Paraic, Jack and Mike were now getting a better supply of the ball and they battled well against formidable backs to take some great scores. Ciaran, Jack, Sam and Luke closed off the full back / goal area with tight defending that minimised Vincent’s second half scoreline.
It was a great second half from both teams and Crokes did well to have narrowly clinched a win when the final whistle was blown.
Under 10s, Panel A
Panel A travelled to Mobhi Road in Glasnevin with reduced numbers, due to communion related engagements. However, Na Fianna were similarly depleted and so we agreed to play two games instead of three. Team 1, managed by Brendan Scanlon and Terry Jennings, found themselves up against a strong and determined Na Fianna side. The match was tight and great skill was shown by both sides with points flying over from all angles. It went to the wire but in the end Na Fianna held out for the win - 2-9 to 4-10.
Team 2, managed by Martin Byrne and Mark Lohan, had a much easier time of it and dominated all parts of the pitch from the outset. Na Fianna were given no time on the ball and Crokes managed to hit the net 8 times before the end. Final score 8-3 to 0-0.
Report by Ferdia Marnell
On Sunday May 20th the U10's played host to Drum 'n' Inch from Thurles in what turned out to be 4 thrilling and very competitive matches. Crokes had been down to Drum the previous year when the Tipp lads had proved worthy winners. This year however the shoe was on the other foot as the home advantage was with the Dubs who narrowly won three and drew won. We look forward to many more battles in the future. A big thank you to Fiona Hayes, Yvonne Daly and all of the parents for organising all of the lovely food and drinks for the visitors.