Week Ending 30th August 2009

 Kilmacud Crokes opened their 2009 Dublin Senior Hurling Championship campaign with an emphatic 3-19 to 1-7 over the Dublin North West regional team at Parnell Park on Saturday 29th August 2009. 

Within three minutes the victors were 1-1 to no score clear. The regional squad then goaled and pointed to level momentarily creating the impression a contest might be in store. However they could only add a further two points before the break while Crokes added 1-7. Despite spurning two early goal chances the Stillorgan men kept the scoreboard ticking and were never troubled. All the losers’ points came from placed balls. With seven championship debutantes now blooded Crokes next round robin assignment is scheduled against Cuala for Sunday 12th September in O’Toole Park at 12.00 midday. For match report see  HERE
E Dalton, N Corcoran, N Lillis, G McMorrow, D Byrne, A de Paor, A Grogan, S Gillen, A Cleary (0-1), F Armstrong (1-2), H Gannon, J Burke (0-2), K O’Loughlin (2-11, f-9, 65-1), R O’Carroll (0-3), R Walsh. Subs: P Clinton for R Walsh, D McGovern for H Gannon.
It was a busy day for Crokes juveniles on the representative stage. 
The Dublin under 17 development squad with Dylan Mulligan and Mark O’Dwyer from Crokes were beaten by a point by Kilkenny in the Shield final of a blitz. Dublin’s under 16 hurlers were defeated by Galway in the semi-final of theTipperary Supporters Club Under 16 hurling tournament. Alex Pilkington was part of the squad. Tipperary won the competition.

Group 1: Limerick 1-9 Wexford 1-6; Limerick 0-15 Offaly 1-5; Wexford 1-10 Offaly 1-9
Group 2: Waterford 3-8 Cork 1-12; Galway 3-14 Waterford 0-7; Galway 3-7 Cork 1-10
Group 3: Kilkenny 2-9 Westmeath 0-13; Dublin 2-7 Kilkenny 0-7; Westmeath 2-12 Dublin 2-9
Group 4: Tipperary 4-9 Clare 0-6; Tipperary 4-23 Antrim 0-4; Clare 5-16 Antrim 0-1

Shield Semi Finals:
Clare 1-14 Wexford 1-9; Westmeath 4-9 Waterford 2-8

Cup Semi Finals:
Tipperary 2-15 Limerick 1-12; Galway 0-14 Dublin 0-12

The South Dublin under 15 team were impressive winners of a Leinster blitz defeating Kilkenny South in the final. Carrying the Crokes flag were Conor J O’Dwyer, Robert Murphy, Conor Devins, Oisin O’Rorke, Matthew Geraghty, Neill Gorey, Ross McGowan, James Murphy, Daibhid Corish, Conor O’Dwyer, Kevin James McGowan and Caolan Conway with Denis Gorey part of the management team.

In the TONY FORRISTAL UNDER 14 HURLING TOURNAMENT Dublin entered two teams with the following results.

Dublin A: Kilkenny 1-9 Dublin 0-4; Wexford 3-15 Dublin 0-3

Dublin B: Cork 2-9 Dublin 0-10; Tipperary 2-6 Dublin 1-7
Odhran O’Siochru, Stephen Faughey, David Kane and Mark O’Loughlin were part of the A squad while Ciaran McIntyre, Michael O’Dwyer and Dara O’Gallchobhair were on the B panel.
The same day the Crokes under 12’s, with the help of the under 11’s, performed a tri-location trick. One squad went to Blackrock in Cork for a blitz where they played Sixmilebridge, Na Piarsaigh (Limerick), Fr O’Neills and Na Fianna. The other two teams were involved in a Leinster tournament in Dublin playing games against Ballyboden and St Martins and against Ballinteer and Abbeyleix.
The under 11’s took part in a blitz hosted by James Stephens in Kilkenny playing the hosts and Naas while the under 8’s participated in a blitz in Naomh Eanna (Gorey) bowing out to Clara (Kilkenny) in the semi final.
In Dublin the under 13B’s overcame Naomh Barrog by 6-8 to 2-10. Leading by six points at the interval the winners had outstanding performers in Eoin Keane, Niall Sweeny, Ronan Kennedy, Francis O’Reilly, Richard Couse and Barney Sultan.
On Sunday the minor A’s beat Dicksboro of Kilkenny in a challenge in Silverpark by 3-7 to 0-9 while the minor B’s played Bray Emmets. In the Eddie Barron Shield the Junior C3’s lost 5-10 to 0.7 against Whitehall Colmcilles.
Minor A Team:
E Dalton, C O’Brien, S Murphy, P McCague, E Grogan, J Doughan, G Melican, K Doherty, A Carr, B Mulligan, D McVeigh, H Byrne, D Mulligan, S McGrath, M O’Dwyer.
Meteor Kilmacud Crokes All Ireland Hurling
Sevens 2009
On Saturday the 5th of September 2009 Kilmacud Crokes Hurling will host the 36th Meteor Kilmacud Crokes All Ireland Sevens tournament. Now a landmark event in the annual GAA calendar over seventy teams from all over the country will participate.
Kilmacud Crokes and Dublin Hurling are on an exciting journey. Highlights over the past 12 months include:
ü Dublin reaching senior and U21 Leinster finals 2009 – strong Crokes representation on both squads
ü Crokes had 8 players on the Dublin South colleges panel 2008 – Leinster Colleges league winners
ü Crokes senior team reached 2008 county final
ü Completion of a state of the art hurling arena
ü Provision of a full-time hurling coaching service 
ü Development of All-Weather training facilities
ü In June 09 Kilmacud Crokes hosted a mini All Ireland tournament for U-6 to U-12 with in excess of 1000 kids participating. Mol an óige agus tiocfaidh sí!
The Sevens will see 40 senior clubs from 12 counties competing for the Cup and 16 teams battling it out for the Shield. The 2009 tournament is sure to provide sensational sporting action and entertainment for players and supporters alike on the eve of the All-Ireland Hurling Final. The tournament will involve over 50 games, played in six venues around the Stillorgan area. Group games begin at 10.30am, with the throw in for the final scheduled for approximately 6.45pm at the Kilmacud Crokes home ground Páirc de Burca, Glenalbyn in Stillorgan village.
Speaking at the press launch, Kilmacud Crokes Hurling Chairman, Tom Barry, said;
“Its an exciting feast of hurling that lies in prospect with top clubs and inter-county stars from all over the country descending on Stillorgan to kick start the All-Ireland Hurling final weekend.  Since 1973 the Sevens tournament has expanded exponentially and could not take place without the whole hearted involvement of a company like Meteor which underpins and allows the great voluntary work done by our own club members to reach a new level.'
Meteor's Director of Marketing, Conor Carmody said, 'Meteor is delighted to once again come on board as sponsors of the Kilmacud Crokes All-Ireland Hurling Sevens. We are extremely proud to be associated with one of the key events in the GAA hurling calendar.  With over 40 stores nationwide, Meteor is excited to once again support an All-Ireland contest showcasing the immense skill and competition of this talented group of players.'
A host of inter-county players will be in action on the day. Tipperary as always have a strong representation including former competition winners, Mullinahone. Ballyhale Shamrocks, current county champions, and Tullaraon fly the flag for Kilkenny. A strong Cork club contingent includes Cloyne with county players, Donal Og Cusack, and brothers Diarmuid 'The Rock' and Paudie O'Sullivan. Mark Landers and Joe Deane will travel with Killeagh while Shane O'Neill and Pa Cronin will be part of the Bishopstown side. Ballinhassig will bring Cork Senior panellists Martin Coleman and Fintan O'Leary. From Wexford, Shelmaliers will have well known full forward Stephen Banville to bag the goals.
Throughout the afternoon there will be a Hurling Wall competition for adults and U13's organised by the GAA Coaching and Development Committee
The event is also supporting the 'Headsup', text referral service from Rehab Care, which aims to help young adults in difficulty by offering support group information for a range of issues via Freetext on 50424.
For venue maps, game timings, the history of the event and more click HERE
The Sevens requires all hands on deck and if you want to play your part please contact one of the undersigned. Help can take many forms including with preparations, publicity, sourcing advertisements and much more.
Tom Rock 086-8333046 or tomfrock@hotmail.com
Michael Culligan 087-2527281 or michael@bdassociates.ie
Hurling Nursery
Due to the hosting of the All-Ireland Club 7s the facilities at Glenalbyn are unavailable for the month of September. We will train at the all-weather pitch at St. Killians German School, Roebuck Rd, Clonskeagh on Saturday 5th, 12th and 19th of September. There will be no training on the 26th of September.  Training will return to Glenalbyn on Saturday the 3rd of October. Please note the following times and contact the managers for any further details.
Hurling (U6, U7 and new nursery group, i.e. Born 2002, 2003, 2004) @ 10.00am
Football U6 @ 9.00am and U7 @ 11am
NB Bring runners. Each child should bring his own water bottle clearly marked with his name.
Hurling, U6/ Born 2003 and 2004   Brian Harrison   087 9201743 and  John Maguire 087 6823264
Hurling, U7/ Born 2002    Mark Lohan  087 8052999
Juvenile Hurling Contacts:
Hurling Nursery Officer: Brian Harrisson 087 9201743
Hurling Club Coach: Niall Corcoran 087 9834287
Hurling Secretary: Frances Herlihy 086 8075730
Hurling Dev Officer: Mick Crowe 087 9967608
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, 087-9967608, 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.” 
 Management Contact Details
Senior:             Seamus Kennedy seamus.kennedy@ericsson.com - 087/2334560
Intermediate:  Billy Noctor - wnoctor@eircom.net and 087-2556635
Junior B:          Mark Regan - (086) 6995821 and markregan@cck.ie
Junior 5:          Barry Gavigan - Barry.Gavigan@o2.com -    086 6005412
Under 21:        Seamus Kennedy - seamus.kennedy@ericsson.com - 087/2334560
Minor:             Pat Halpin - Pat.W.Halpin@aib.ie - 086-8326377
Under 16:        Liam O’Carroll - liamocarol@eircom.net and 087-9422197
Under 15:        Ronan Conway - ronan.d.conway@intel.com - 0874197753
Under 14:        Tom McIntyre - tommcintyre@gsi.ie- 087 2563493 and Gearoid MacGabhann - gmacgabhann@yahoo.com - 087 -9679605
Under 13:        Mick Crowe - 087-9967608 and mjcrowe@gofree.indigo.ie
Under 12:        Colm Maher - colm.maher@citigroup.com and 087-2755074
Under 11:        Jim Ryan – 087-9673861 and jim.ryan1@hse.ie
Under 10         Alan Kehoe - alan.n.kehoe@aib.ie and 087-7553380
Under 9:          Robbie Kinsella - 087-2322832 and robert.kinsella@amnch.ie
Under 8:          Ken Hall - 087-6781776 and ken_j_hall@adp.com
Under 7:          Mark Lohan - 087-8052999 and marklohan@eircom.net
brianharrisonkk@yahoo.com and 087 920 1743 Under 6:          Brian Harrison
Kilmacud Crokes Hurling Coach:      
Niall Corcoran, niall.corcoran@games.gaa.ie and 087-9834287