U11 Football and Hurling
Great turnout again this week for the U12 Footballers as 39 players making up 3 teams met at 11 this morning for a further weekend of grading at this level.
U12H St Sylvesters 3-08 Craobh Ciaran 4-05 After trailing badly at half time the U12s put in a great second half to draw against an excellent Craobh Ciaran team who exhibited some great skills themselves. Liam óg Foley was dispatched to full forward and contributed two or three goals, the last one a top drawer volley (His father must have promised to let him drive the big tractor).
Well done to everyone for a great afternoons football last Saturday. We fielded 38 players across the 3 teams so it was great and to see all the lads getting full matches which is the main objective this year.It is important for their development to get as much "game time" as possible and of course they really enjoy being on the field and playing with their mates.
A very lively Juvenile AGM last night chaired by Ernie Brenner and ably abetted by Juv Sec Pat Hoyne looked back at very successful 2011 and forward to 2012. Pat and Ernie are staying on for 2012, Club Chairman Eddie Sullivan and Bar Manager Gary Penrose addressed the meeting and all representative positions were filled. Read Pat's report attached, it captures a very busy section and acknowledges all those that make it happen.
A few documents from John explaining the rules, fixtures and initial gradings for U12 football for 2012 - hope you have a great season lads.
St Sylvesters U11's had a marvellous turnout last Saturday when 36 players togged out for two matches vs Raheny U11's at Bridgefield. After discussions amongst mentors in both camps we decided to expand the pitches and host two 15- a-side matches as all these lads move to 13-a-side next season and to give as many players an opportunity to get as much game time as possible.
Congrats to Syls u11 hurlers who, last Saturday, defeated Faughs away to finish their season unbeaten and top of their league. They now progress to the u12 age-group in 2012. Mentors Eugene Larkin & Dave Shalloe, Coach Padraig Duffy' Thanks Eugene
The boys lost in the Div1 Shield Semi Final at Parnell Park on Saturday and they were not too pleased but it is still a great achievement to hurl at this level. Well done to all the boys and to Eugene Larkin, Dave Shaloe and Paudi Duffy.
Another successful Hurling Camp for u10 to u14with participants from St Sylvesters, Skerries Harps, O'Dwyers and Trinity Gales has just concluded. We were delighted to have two inter county players Shane Ryan (Nh Mearnog) and David O'Callaghan (St Marks) both who played in Croke Park v's Kilkenny in the Leinster final last Sunday, to deliver the camp.
Another successful Hurling Camp for u10 to u14with participants from St Sylvesters, Skerries Harps, O'Dwyers and Trinity Gales has just concluded. We were delighted to have two inter county players Shane Ryan (Nh Mearnog) and David O'Callaghan (St Marks) both who played in Croke Park v's Kilkenny in the Leinster final last Sunday, to deliver the camp. The emphasis was on skill development, short games with passing movements - all drills used by the Dublin squad at their training sessions. The skills competition at u10/11 was won by Mathew Dooley (Skerries) and Eoin Buckley, the prize was a signed Dublin jersey and hurley. The u12/13 was won by Eamonn McLoughney with Daniel Murphy a very close second, the prize was the No. 4 Kilkenny jersey from the Leinster final worn by Jackie Tyrell and swapped with Dotsy at the end of the game, thanks Dotsy. Thanks to Colm O'Conner for organising the camp, to Panner our club coach and to Stephen, Dereck and Kevin from our minor panel for helping out. Well done to all for a fun and enjoyable week.
We travelled to Ballyboden on Wednesday 18th May to take part in the Dublin Community Games Hurling which is played at U11 level. We travelled with confidence having a strong team who have trained well over the last weeks however due to a combination of things we just didn’t have the luck on the night. The 15 a side matches were played on narrow all weather pitches which mean our inclinations to pick and hurl cost us in our opening game. We started against the local team Knocklyon who are backboned by Ballyboden, we led for most of the game but were defeated by a late, late goal. This was a sickening blow for many of the players who lost out to the same team last week in football.
St Oliver Plunkett National School Senior Boys took on a strong St Mary's of Ashbourne in the Fingal Schools League Premier Division final in Parnell Park on Tuesday . There is nothing quite like the schools finals in Parnell Park in May and the 400 odd screaming Malahide kids been shepherded by some stressed teachers and a bunch of nervous parents all decked out in the school colours ensured the excitement and noise level was like an All Ireland Final. The bus loads of travelling supporters left the school early with high hopes that this was going to be their year as they have fallen at the final hurdle a few times before in recent years but unfortunately Malahide lost out again in a close encounter.
A fine game on Saturday saw two fine Syls U11 hurling teams take on a strong Lucan outfit. Our well drilled A team battled well against a bigger opposition and John Gleeson, Anthony Cox and David McCornack were prominent with some fine hurling and we lost by a few goals. We fared better in the B game and Eugene Larkin, Dave Sholoe and Paudi Duffy must be commended for fielding two fine teams. Eugene promised pictures as the boys were kitted out in a fine new strip.
The U12 football teams put in great performances last Saturday against Ballymun on their superb all weather pitch. This is a happy hunting ground for the second team as we repeated the perfomance of a few weeks back in a pre-season friendly. We decided to play against the strong breeze in the first half and strong kickouts from Mikey Barrett in goals ensured that we managed posession well in the first half as he regularly found Thomas Lynch, Sean Lonergan and Mark Mitchell who all did extremely well in moving the ball down the wings to Jack Larkin and Jack Hennessy to keep us in contention. Jack Hennessy did particularly well in finding the right pass at the right time so we got vital scores in this period.
The U12s had a great one point win over a highly rated Cuala at Bridgefield on Saturday morning. The U10s went down narrowly to a Whitehall side who recently won a national tournament in Newry.
Syls U9 footballers (and their mascot Buddy Guiden) restarted their campaign after the Summer break with a hard fought win over Whitehall Colmcilles. Games between these two sides are usually close and hard fought and Saturdays latest installment was no different.
While Dublin may have just fallen short in their journey to the All Ireland Final there will at least be one proud Sylvesters player on the pitch on the third Sunday in September. For Under 9 dual player Jack Boyne has been selected to be part of the Guard of Honour on the day, escorting the players on to the pitch. This is not Jacks first venture on to the hallowed ground as he was part of the Syls U8 team which were successful in the Leinster Council Go Games Football Blitz in 2009.
St Sylvesters GAA club were well represented at the 2010 Dublin Community Games Finals held in Santry Stadium on Sat/Sun last as the Malahide team had one of its most successful years ever. As the tired athletes adjourned to the clubhouse on Sunday evening they could be proud of the fact that their efforts had helped Malahide to achieve 3rd place in Dublin in the overall award . .
St Sylvesters Under 9 hurlers lined out against Scoil Uí Conaill in the Castle grounds on Saturday morning for the second last league game of the season.
So how does Ciaran do it - yet another scorcher for our annual Mini Leagues Finals. Record crowd, 32 football teams, 16 hurling (8 under 9s, very impressive), 20 games, lots of mammies, daddies and grandparents and friends made this yet another great day out for Sylvesters and Malahide and some of the skills on display, both football and hurling were first class. Kudos to all who participated, organized and helped.