Week ending 2nd March 2008

Youngsters Get Going!

On Saturday morning the spotlight was on the younger teams.   The under 8’s had their first ever official outings against Naomh Olafs in Oatlands and Erins Isle in Finglas.  The under 9’s travelled to Raheny in the three team league and to Pairc Ui Bhriain in the one team league.  In the three team league, the under 10’s entertained Naomh Olafs in Oatlands and, in the two team league, Faughs at Deerpark.  The under 11’s won their two away games against Raheny.  A year up, the under 12’s won their two home games against Ballyboden. 


Under 12's triumph against round Towers

The other under 12 team went to Moyle Park to take on Round Towers. In difficult windy conditions they came away with the spoils.  With the wind Crokes led 2-1 to 0-2 at the break, with forwards Andrew Liffey, Matthew Redmond, Niall Sweeny, Colin Smyth and Hubert Barry causing the Clondalkin defence all sorts of bother.  On the resumption midfielders Daniel Coakley and Ruairi Geraghty continued their dominance.  By this stage Kevin Culligan had moved outfield to good effect while defenders, Robert Cahill, Fionn Donnelly, Killian O’Shea, Syed Rizvi and Sean Crowe answered all questions asked of them to help their team to a 4-2 to 2-3 victory.


Under 13's take on Castleknock and Skerries

On Saturday afternoon the under 13A’s travelled to Porterstown and defeated  Castleknock 5-4 to 1-3.  The under 13B’s went to Skerries to play a strong local Harps team and had to bend the knee.

B Squad:

Adam Brennan, Conor Egan, Niall Kelly, Andrew Lynch, Barry O’Sullivan, Edward Campion, Eamonn Allen, Michael Kane, Tom Fox, Brian Grogan, Johnny Maher, Eoin Sheehy and Conor O’Dwyer

 Under 14's beat St Brigid's

The under 14’s playing with the advantage were 4-4 to 1-0 up against St Bridgets at Russell Park at half time.  Bridgets came more into the game in the second half and for long periods threatened to overhaul Crokes who ran out winners 5-8 to 3-6 with some late scores. 


R McGowan, M Collins, D Corish, L O’Sullivan, M Geraghty, R Murphy, J Murphy, M McNicholas, C Conway, N Gorey, KJ McGowan, C Devins, O O’Rorke, B Horan, CJ O’Dwyer, C O’Byrne, T Barry, C Spain, C MacGabhann, A Price


Under 16's suffer late setback v Crumlin

080301_U16_Crumlin_17.JPG In Silverpark the concession of a late goal allowed Crumlin take the points by a 4-6 to 2-10 margin in the under 16 league. To see photos of this game click  HERE or on image.



Under 14's travel to Offaly

On Sunday the under 14’s travelled to Mount Bolus in Offaly to play Kilcormac-Killoughey in a challenge.  Unfortunately the home side were short a number of regulars for their first outing of the year and the game was not as competitive as it might have been.  However, we are very grateful to our hosts for their wonderful hospitality and look forward to a return visit.


C MacGabhann, P O’Shea, D Corish, CJ O’Dwyer, C O’Dywer, L O’Sullivan, M Geraghty, R Murphy, J Murphy, M McNicholas, C Conway, N Gorey, C Gormley, D Keane, C Devins, B Horan, T Barry, M Collins, H Gowing, M O’Loughlin, M O’Dwyer


Junior Bs and Junior 5's in action

Sunday morning had the two junior teams in action.  The Junior B’s went down 2-10 to 2-4 to Clontarf in St Annes in the Doyle Cup.  In the Eddie Barron Shield the Junior 5’s had to give way to Na Fianna in Silverpark after a well fought encounter.  The final scoreline of 3-7 to 2-7 was greatly influenced by the visitors’ late first half scoring spree that yielded three goals.  Nevertheless Crokes fought well but were somewhat let down by wayward shooting in the second half.  Best for the home side were Deaglain O’Donaill, Niall McIntyre, John McCarthy, Hugh Liston and Ian O’Keeffe.


Under 15 triumph over Sylvesters

There was better news at juvenile level with the under 15’s 2-15 to 1-3 victory over St Sylvesters in Silverpark.  With first half wind advantage, Crokes went two or three early points ahead.  A good spell between the fifteenth and twentieth minutes put Crokes 0-8 to 0-1 clear with Barry O’Farrell and Jamie Clinton to the fore.  As Crokes were 0-10 to 0-1 ahead at the short whistle, a thirty third minute goal from Justin Cassidy effectively decided the game.  Among the Kilmacud team’s best were Emmet Doherty, Sean Boyd, Alex Pilkington, Barry O’Farrell, Jamie Clinton and Justin Cassidy.


Intermediates overcome St Finians in Corn Ceitinn

The weekend was nicely capped at Rivervalley on Sunday afternoon when the intermediates overcame St Finians in An Corn Ceitinn, a competition won on six occasions by the club  (see HERE for Roll of Honour) Crokes started well and raced into a five point lead with three frees from Dara Burke and points from Brendan Hoyne and Diarmuid Howley.  By half time, the hosts had made it five points each.  Two early second half goals put it up to the visitors who were equal to the task.  Dara Burke’s forty fifth minute goal brought them back into the game and three unanswered brought them level.  A fifty third minute peach of a goal from Brian Sheehan and three late points gave the visitors a 2-12 to 2-9 well deserved victory.  Crokes stars included Aidan McCarthy, the entire full back line of Shane McNicholas, Hugh O’Connor and Dave Canny, Brendan Hoyne, Brian Sheehan and Dara Burke.


R Sweetnam, S McNicholas, H O’Connor, D Canny, A McCarthy (0-1), J Byrne, F Monnelly, M Garvey, S Gillen, B Sheehan, E Fingleton D Burke (1-7, f -7), N Butler, D Howley (0-1), B Hoyne (0-3).  Subs; S Canny for D Howley, E Sheehy for M Garvey, B Brennan for B Sheehan, C Howley, B Mahon, A Greene and C Sheehan


Hurling Arena

Arena_complete.jpgGreat use continues to be made of this fantastic facility (see HERE for more on the Arena).  To book a slot for your team contact Kilmacud Crokes Hurling Games Office Colm Maher on 087-2755074 or colm.maher@citigroup.com


Punchestown Corporate Race Day

The new Hurling Arena in Glenalbyn was built at a cost of €500,000 and will be a huge addition to hurling in the club.  It is entirely funded by the Hurling Section and we still have some way to go.

j0296951[1].gifOur fifth annual Kilmacud Crokes Hurling Corporate Race Day takes place in Punchestown on Tuesday 22nd April 2008 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 Brian Geraghty, Hurling Section, Commercial Officer, 087-2312378 and brianpgeraghty@eircom.net.


Nursery Hurling

Nursery hurling activity has now moved to the Paddock in Glenalbyn on Sundays:

Boys born in 2002                    9am to 10 am (including beginners)

Contact:               Mark Lohan - 087-8052999 and marklohan@eircom.net

Boys born in 2001                    10am to 11 am

Contact:           Ken Hall - 087-6781776 and ken_j_hall@adp.com

Boys born in 2000                    11am to 12 noon

Contact:               Robbie Kinsella - 087-2322832 and robert.kinsella@amnch.ie


For boys born in 2001 there is also a Friday evening league in the Hurling Arena.  For details see ?link  Boys born in 2000 have a second session in Oatlands College Sports Hall at 6.30 on Thursdays.

Older ages are catered for in the Paddock at Glenalbyn, also on Sunday mornings:

Boys born in 1999                    10am to 11am

Boys born in 1998                    9am to 10am

Boys born in 1997                    11am to 12 noon

Boys born in 1995                    12 noon to 1pm

Active parental input is essential for the success of the nursery.  No hurling experience necessary

For the other age groups and teams check timing with:

Senior:                 Colm Maher - colm.maher@citi.com - 087-2755074

Intermediate:   Brian O'Neill - boneill@msg.ie - 0868155140

Junior B:         Mark Regan - (086) 6995821 and markregan@cck.ie

Junior 5:         Barry Gavigan - Barry.Gavigan@o2.com -    086 6005412

Under 21:      Colm Maher - colm.maher@citi.com - 087-2755074

Minor:           Pat Halpin - Pat.W.Halpin@aib.ie - 086-8326377

Under16:      Martin O'Dwyer - Martin.O'Dwyer@intel.com - 087-4191982

Under 15:      Colm Maher - colm.maher@citi.com - 087-2755074

Under 14:      Ronan Conway - ronan.d.conway@intel.com - 0874197753

Under 13:      Tom McIntyre - tommcintyre@gsi.ie- 087 2563493 and Gearoid MacGabhann - gmacgabhann@yahoo.com - 087 -9679605

Under 12:      Mick Crowe - 087-9967608 and mjcrowe@gofree.indigo.ie

Under 11:      Tony Fleming - 087-8061023 and tony.fleming@Eirgrid.com

Under 10:      Jim Ryan – 087-9673861 and jim.ryan1@hse.ie

Under 9:        Alan Kehoe - alan.n.kehoe@aib.ie and 087-9390283