Week Ending 22nd March 2009

In AHL4 the Intermediates played Good Counsel in Silverpark.  Shea Gillen struck for an early goal and point.  Shane Canny’s seventeenth minute point, after a good run, put the home side 1-4 to 0-1 clear.  That was to be their last score of the half as ascendancy switched to the Drimnagh team and the margin at the break was three, 1-4 to 0-5.

Five minutes into the second half full forward Niall Butler’s run was brought to a halt by a foul.  Darragh Burke converted.  Ten minutes later the same player repeated the trick.  Good Counsel immediately pulled one back.  Then Damien Byrne made his mark with an over from 50 metres.  Crokes spurned a number of chances as the game became increasingly fractious. 

By the fifty seventh minute the visitors trailed 1-7 to 0-7.  Shortly after, Kevin Dalton restored the four point margin, 1-8 to 0-7, with the final score of the game.  As the game drew to the close the long threatening red card came for one of the Good Counsel team, following an incident that left one of the Crokes players with a broken cheekbone.  In what was a difficult assignment, to the fore for the winners were goalkeeper, Richie Tighe, full back Andrew Hopkins, Fergus Monnelly, Declan Browne, and, especially in the latter stages, Niall Lillis.

Team: R Tighe, D Monnelly, A Hopkins, F Monnelly, N Lillis, D Browne, C Brugha, C Sheehan, S Gillen (1-1), S Canny (0-1), B Sheehan K Dalton (0-1), D Burke (0-4, f-4), N Butler, P Byrne.  Subs: D Byrne (0-1) for S Canny, S Canny for P Byrne, P Byrne for C Sheehan.


Under 13s

Deerpark was the venue for Under 13 Division 1 and Division 3 games.  The A team built on a 4-4 to 2-3 interval lead to win by 6-8 to 4-5 with major contributions from Barney Sultan in goal, Tom Duke, Lorcan Tucker and Eamonn Allen.  Their B counterparts were 4-4 to 2-2 to the good after thirty minutes.  In the second half they added four points and conceded two to secure the points.  Among the key players were Ruairi Geraghty, Fionn Donnelly, Richard Course, Paul Comerford, with 1-3, Stephen Barr and Niall Sweeny.


Under 16's beat Faughs

The Under 16’s travelled to Tymon Park North to play Faughs in a Division 1 tie.  Three first half goals helped them to a 3-9 to 0-6 victory.  Among Crokes best were Emmet Doherty, Fionan Motherway, Justin Cassidy and Keith Finn


Team: P Tighe, C O’Dwyer, S Moran, N Hanley, O O’Carroll, N Carr, C O’Neill, C Devins, E Doherty, F Motherway, J Cassidy, J Clinton, K Kelly, K Finn, J O’Brien.  Subs: M Geraghty for J Clinton, J Dineen for J O’Brien, D Sinnott for K Finn.

Under 14's beat Craanford

PH02736G.GIF In a challenge played at Craanford the under 14’s made the trip to Wexford worthwhile with a 4-18 to 2-5 win.  Most prominent were Sean Bedford, Donncha O’Murchu, Dara Mullen, Conor Egan, Conor Hayes and Ciaran McIntyre. For more on this match click and some action shots click HERE or on the notepad!.


Other weekend action

Saturday’s AHL1 league game against O’Tooles has been rescheduled for Blunden Drive at 8pm on Monday 23rd March 2009.


On Sunday morning Silverpark 1 featured two successive league matches.  In AHL5 the Junior B’s went down 3-6 to 1-5 to Crumlin, having been level, 1-4 to 2-1, with the wind at half time.  Crokes best included Paul Ryan, Joe Walsh, Ken Noctor and Brian Sheehan


The tone was set for the following Under 15 Division 1 game when Barry Horan goaled after 15 seconds.  In the end a bloodless, 12-8 to 0-0, win did little for either side.


Squad: Caolan Conway, Conor J O’Dwyer, Daibhid Corish, Philip O’Shea, Conor O’Dwyer, Robert Murphy, James Murphy, Oisin O’Rorke, Ross McGowan, Matthew McNicholas, Matthew Geraghty, Conor O’Byrne, Neil Gorey, Barry Horan, Michael Herlihy, Andrew Coclough, Mark Collins, Tomas Barry, Cian Gormley, Louis O’Sullivan and Conor Devins

Ballygunner Beaten by U12s as Dubs beat na Deise!

In Pairc de Burca the under 12’s entertained Ballygunner.  The A game was level with a short time to go.  A late scoring burst saw Crokes home. The result was reversed in the B game.  For more click HERE   “Lemonaded, caked and sandwiched” the Waterford boys headed for Parnell Park for the Dublin –v- Deise National Hurling League clash where Crokes’ Niall Corcoran was in action as the Dubs overturned a four point interval deficit to win 0-15 to 1-11.  For report see HERE


Crokes’ AHL8 match against St Josephs O’Connell Boys in Fairview Park resulted in a 2-13 to 1-4 victory against an understrength home team.  Starring were Padraig Doheny, Pat Kennedy, Donal O’Dwyer, Niall McIntyre, Paul Ryan and Hugh Liston.


Sroicheann Coláiste Eoin Cluiche Ceannais Eile!

It was another good week for Colaiste Eoin as they overcame Loughrea to qualify for the All-Ireland Colleges Senior B final. Menawhile the Coláiste Eoin Junior Team play in their A Final on Thursday in Parnell Park. Go n-éirí go geal leo.


Punchestown Corporate Race Day

The new Hurling Arena in Glenalbyn was built at a cost of €500,000 and is a huge addition to hurling in the club.  It is entirely funded by the Hurling Section and we still have some way to go.  Regular users will have noticed some recent additions such as the installation of external lights, enhanced door security and cameras.

Our sixth annual Kilmacud Crokes Hurling Corporate Race Day takes place in Punchestown on Tuesday 28th April 2009 and proceeds go towards the cost of the Arena.  The event has gone from success to success and bookings are now being taken.  Donations or spot prizes remain very welcome.  Please contact Paul Gorman, Hurling Section, Commercial Officer, 0872865901 or Paul.Gorman@Pioneerinvest.ie


Hurling Nursery


The Hurling Nursery continues on Saturdays in Glenalbyn - at 9am for boys born 2002 and at 10am for boys born 2001 and 2003.

Communication with parents is by both e-mail and by text.  We strongly encourage parents to subscribe to our tacutext texting service in order to be kept fully informed of team notices, training news, change of venue/pick-up times, etc. specific to your son's group.  Each message you receive will cost you 20c.  The message will be sent to the phone from which the instruction is sent.

Boys Born in 2001- To join the hurling text service, send the following text message to 53215


e.g. join crokeshurl2001 0876781776 joebloggs

You can stop receiving messages at any time by sending the following text to 53215

STOP CROKESHURL2001 0876781776

Boys Born in 2002 - To join the hurling text service, send the following text message to 53215


e.g. join crokeshurl2002 0878052999 joebloggs

You can stop receiving messages at any time by sending the following text to 53215

STOP CROKESHURL2002 0878052999

Boys Born in 2003

We suggest you join the 2002 group until you become new U6's in 2009.  At that time, you can stop your membership of the 2002 group and join a new 2003 group.

Parental Assistance 

We appeal to all parents of the new group to offer assistance in any way possible. No previous coaching experience is required and even periodic help is better than none at all. The success of the club relies on volunteers and it is a great way of getting to know other parents. If you are willing to offer any assistance in any capacity, whether it be coaching, roll, setting up pitches, tidying up pitches, etc. etc. please contact any of the following:

Niall Corcoran, Club hurling coach,  087 983 4287, niall.corcoran@gmail.com

Michael Crowe, Chairman, Juvenile Hurling Group, 087 996 7608 , mjcrowe@gofree.indigo.ie 

Margaret Keane , Registrar, 086 311 0020, Margaret.keane@yahoo.ie

Quote from Parent

“As a parent who has 5 children in the club and 2 more about to start, I have got to know more people since I started helping out with my 5th child that I did bringing all my other children to training and matches. Your child will love to see you getting involved.  And remember, these parents are the people you will be standing with on the sideline of pitches for the rest of your son's playing career!  Many helpers lighten the load for everybody.”