Week Ending 3rd May 2009

Another Successful Punchestown

 Off field highlight of the week was the sixth annual Kilmacud Crokes Hurling Corporate Race Day at the Punchestown National Hunt Festival on Tuesday 28th April 2009.  Over 600 guests had a fantastic day out in the splendidly appointed Punchestown Pavilion giving Kilmacud Crokes Hurling’s bank account a much appreciated boost.  Once again the Punchestown work group chaired by the Hurling Section’s Commercial Officer, Paul Gorman, excelled itself.  Our thanks to all who contributed in any way to the success of the day.


Minor and Senior action

In Division 3 of the Minor hurling league the Crokes second team visited Monastery Road on Wednesday 29th April 2009 to take on Round Towers of Clondalkin.  At half time the Stillorgan lads trailed by five points.  A good second half performance and late come back left Crokes the minimum shy at the long whistle, 2.11 to 2-10.  Starring were Jonathon Healy-Hayes, Brian McHenry, Brendan Halpin and Stephen Beale.


On Friday, May 1st, the seniors made their second winning visit in a week to Gorey, where they beat Shelmaliers in a cracker of a friendly by 4-10 to 3-11.  For report check back later.


Saturday Juvenile Action

Saturday’s juvenile programme produced the following results:


Under 8 – Blitz

Under 9 – Group 1 (3 team) – Naomh Barrog 30 Kilmacud Crokes1 30

Under 9 – Group 5 (1 team) – Good Counsel 4 Kilmacud Crokes2 10

Under 10 – Group 1 (3 team) – Kilmacud Crokes 31 St Vincents 27

Under 10 – Group 5 (1 team) – Kilmacud Crokes walkover Kevins unable to field.  Wild Geese visited for a challenge in their stead.

Under 11 – A Cup Group B (2 team) – St Sylvesters –v- Kilmacud Crokes, refixed for 5th May 2009

Under 11 – A Cup Group A (1 team) – Kilmacud Crokes –v- Ballinteer, refixed for 5th May 2009

Under 12 Cup – Division 1 Group B Na Fianna 1-4 Kilmacud Crokes1 2-8

Under 12 Cup – Division 1 Group B Kilmacud Crokes2 11-13 Clontarf 1-1

Under 12 Cup – Division 4 Group B Kilmacud Crokes 7-5 Cuala 4-7


Dublin Minors beaten by Wexford

Parnell Park was the venue for Dublin’s Leinster minor hurling clash with Wexford.  The Slaneysiders proved too strong, winning 1-19 to 1-9.  Sean McGrath accounted for seven of the Dubs points.  Naomhan O’Reardon wore the No 11 shirt.  Also on the panel were Cillian Doherty, Eddie O’Byrne and Jack Doughan while Pat Halpin was a member of the management team.  Dublin must now take the alternative route and play Laois away on 16th May.  For report see HERE


Minor A’s beat Vincents

On Sunday morning, 3rd May 2009, the minor A’s overcame St Vincent’s to maintain their unbeaten run in the Division 1 league.  On a bright sunny morning on the small back pitch in Pairc Naomh Uinseann Crokes started against a stiff breeze and defended well against the well drilled physical Marino side until conceding a goal and three points without reply in the last eight minutes to leave it 2-6 to 0-4 at the break, all the Crokes scores coming from frees courtesy of Sean McGrath. 


Eight unanswered points had the teams level midway through the second instalment.  Vincents nosed ahead only for a fine point from wing back Sean Murphy to equalise proceedings again.  Indiscipline in the Crokes defence then allowed Vincents back into the lead with two pointed frees.  At the end of regulation time the sides were level.  When Vincent’s struck for a point in injury time they looked home and hosed only for the tables to be turned with a late Sean McGrath goal, final score 1-14 to 2-9.  To the fore were Sean Murphy, Jack Doughan, Gary Melican, Barry Mulligan, Darren McVeigh and sharp shooter Sean McGrath.


Team: Eoin Dalton, Cian O’Brien, Cillian Doherty, Paul Collins, Sean Murphy, Jack Doughan, Gary Melican, Barry Mulligan, Alan Carr, Dillon Mulligan, Eddie O’Byrne, Darren McVeigh, Tom Clarke, Sean McGrath, Mark O’Dwyer.  Subs: Louis Whelan for E O’Byrne (inj., 7 mins), Matthew Kinsella for T Clarke (37 mins) and Eoghan O’Dwyer.


Crokes on the Road

Three teams hit the road.  The under 10’s made the short journey to Moibhi Road to play in the Na Fianna Dermot McNulty Tournament.  The Cup team recorded victories over Na Piarsaigh (Cork) and Dicksboro (Kilkenny) while losing to eventual winners James Stephens (Kilkenny) and to Naomh Eanna (Wexford) by a last minute goal.  The Shield team also acquitted themselves well with a win over Naomh Eanna, a draw with James Stephens and narrow losses to both Na Fianna teams and Na Piarsaigh.


The under 11’s were in Cork for the Na Piarsaigh Tournament.  The main competition was won by a highly rated Sarsfields team.  The Crokes boys lost the B final to Dublin neighbours Clontarf


For a combined under 16/15 squad it was off to Clarinbridge in Galway.  A good, well contested match saw the home team win 1-13 to 0-10.  Crokes opened the brighter and registered the first two points.  Clarinbridge came back into the game and a twentieth minute goal put them 1-3 to 0-3 ahead.  The Stillorgan lads had the upper hand for the remainder of the half and went in 1-4 to 0-6 down.


Turning to face a strong wind, the second half task looked daunting but the Crokes boys found admirable reserves of competitiveness and tenacity.  They applied huge pressure to their opponents and contested every ball.  A better return from frees would have narrowed the final margin of 1-13 to 0-10.  The very worthwhile exercise and will help the ongoing development of these young hurlers.  On a day when every Crokes player had his moment to the fore were Conor J O’Dwyer, Oisin O’Rorke, Cian Delaney and James Murphy, especially at full forward in the second half.


Squad: Paddy Tighe, Conor J O’Dwyer, Sean Boyd, Daibhid Corish, Louis O’Sullivan, Kevin James McGowan, Shane Moran, Oisin O’Rorke (04-, f-4), Conor O’Dwyer, Cian Delaney (0-1), Matthew Geraghty (0-1, f), Conor Devins (0-1), Andrew Cullinane (0-1), Barry Horan (0-1,f), Caolan Conway (0-1), James Murphy, Tomas Barry, Philip O’Shea and Mark Collins.


Our thanks to our host clubs for their generous hospitality.


The adult fixture list for the coming week contains three championship ties and all support is greatly appreciated.


7th May

JHC B2  Silverpark     Kilmacud Crokes         v       Crumlin         Thursday        07/05/2009      19:15  

JHC E2  Silverpark     Kilmacud Crokes         v       Wild Geese      Thursday        07/05/2009      19:15  

9th May

AHL 1       Silverpark     Kilmacud Crokes         v       Crumlin         Saturday        09/05/2009      18:00  

IHC 1       Poppintree      Setanta         v       Kilmacud Crokes         Saturday        09/05/2009      18:00  

As always check with relevant team managements for any late changes.


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, 087-9967608, 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

Under 6:          Brian Harrison brianharrisonkk@yahoo.com and 087 920 1743 and John Maguire johnpatrickmaguire@gmail.com and 086 227 4490


Kilmacud Crokes Hurling Coach:      


Niall Corcoran, niall.corcoran@games.gaa.ie and 087-9834287