Report by: Kevin Fitzpatrick
Mentors: Kevin Fitzpatrick
Squad: Martin Bishop, Dan O'Grady, Sean Quinn, Cian Rossi, Adam Robinson, Ordhran Carmody, Ultan Fitzpatrick, Mathew Grant, Rian Priseman and Cathal Shovlin.
The Raheny Red team put on
an excellent display of hurling skills against a very good Craobh Chiarain
side.The boys opened well with a great
early goal scored by Matthew Grant. The
boys were linking up really well with lots of quick strikes of the ball on the
run, a skill we have been working on in training. Dan, Ultan and Rian worked very hard in the
midfield to penetrate a very well-defended Craobh Chiarain back line. The
forward line of Cathal and Matthew threatened the goal continuously throughout the
game. At the back Ordhran, Cian, Adam
and Sean showed great team spirit and defence skills. The boys did not win the match in the end but
the performance showed that there will be many victories in the games ahead.
Report By: Niall Watters
Mentors: Niall Watters, Tony Lawless & Joanne Kerrisk
Squad: Colin McAweeney, Conor Watters, Adam Roberts, Matt Lawless, Ciaran Kerrisk, Brian Murray, Conor Watters, Sean Quinn, Sam Mitchell and Joseph Doherty.
Group 2 were scheduled to play Naomh Fionnbarra at home, however, St. Anne's was called unplayable on Friday morning. With some quick phone calls, a new arrangement was arrived at. Both Groups (1 & 2) of the Raheny under 8s would travel to Croabh Chiarain's senior pitch, off the N32, as the original Craobh game in Maypark was also called off due to an unplayable pitch.
Raheny oranges first match was a training match against Raheny blue, while Group 1's Red and Green teams played Craobh Chiarain competition. This game was an even affair as we would expect, but the oranges came out on top 2v1 with goals by Matt Lawless and Conor Watters. This game proved a great warm up for the follow on game against Craobh.
The Craobh team had just come off a narrow victory over Raheny greens, and the match was again a close affair. This was perhaps the best hurling performance by the Raheny Orange team to date. For the match, we were joined by Sean Quinn in midfield and Joseph Doherty in defence to match the opposition numbers. Both of these lads added some steel and stealth to an already outstanding performance. Raheny scored one goal in each half from the hurl of Ciaran Kerrisk. Craobh scored a great '65' in the first half. This match was a battle to the end and there were a number of stand out performances: Adam Roberts was nearly scoring from huge puck outs throughout; Joseph Doherty and Jack Codd were immense, staying in position, in defence throughout the game; Sean Quinn, Conor Watters, and Brian Murray tackled, worked and put some great passes together in midfield; and up front, Matt Lawless, Colin McAweeney and Sam Mitchell proved a thorn in the side of very solid Croabh defence. It was a wonderful hurling performance, showing maturity from such young lads, against a very strong team.
Report By: Padraig Kent
Mentors: Padraig Kent, Conor Pitts & Tony O'Grady .
Squad: Dan O'Grady, James Pitts, Ryan Kent, Evan Wynne, Luke Kelly, Johnny Baldwin and Cormac Baldwin.
The blue crew were diverted to Craobh Ciarán’s home turf when St
Annes was deemed unplayable. With the Red’s and Greens already in action
against the Craobh, the blues played a warm up against the Oranges. It was
wonderful to see Oscar run out again with his team mates and he made an instant
impression in goal with some fine saves and great strikes later in the back
line. Ryan Kent was also on form in this game with strong tackles and
knocking down some fine puc outs from the opposition. Our only goal in this
encounter came from a fine strike from Johnny Baldwin. Cormac took a nasty knock but bravely took up position between the sticks while he recovered
in time for the 2nd game against the Craobh. The oranges won
out by two to one but it should be remembered that 3 of our men were on duty
with the Red team.
For our 2nd encounter, we got Dan and Mathew back while Rian remained
on loan. This was a really difficult game for the Blue team however I
believe it was a great experience. This Craobh unit displayed some
unusual tactics with their back line pushing right up to midfield when the
slioter was in the final quarter of the our territory. Once the
Sliotar was in our goal area, I counted 6 Craobh players attacking the goal
mouth simultaneously. Aside from this our back line held firm and
certainly the score did not reflect the competitive spirit of the encounter. There were fine strikes on goal from Cormac Mathew and Luke. There
were excellent tackles from James, Evan and Johnny, while the work rate of Dan
and Ryan was nothing short of excellent. Certainly there were more
positives in this game for Raheny than negatives and the experience will stand
to the blue crew as the season progresses.