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Club Notes 13th July 2015

posted Jul 13, 2015, 1:45 PM by Ger McGloin
Our First summer camp started with a bang this morning despite the bad weather.

  • 13-17 July
  • 20-24 July Cul Camp
  • 10-14 August

Congratulations to our Brian Fenton and the Dublin Senior Football team on winning the Leinster Senior Football championship.

Also congrats to our GPO Dotsy O Callaghan and the Dublin Senior Hurlers on their win over Limerick on Saturday.

Raheny 2005 Boys (under 10s Football & Hurling) - Trip to O'Loughlin Gaels in Kilkenny Sat 4th July

A great day was had by players, coaches and parent supporters on Sat 4th July when the U10 team travelled down to Kilkenny to play O'Loughlin Gaels.

Hurling was first up and we had three games of 8 a side. The Raheny lads certainly found out how they hurled in Kilkenny and there were a few initial shocks - such as playing with the hard leather ball and the Ref's whistle only sounding for broken bones !! The matches were very tough and physical but after taking a few minutes to acclimatise the Raheny boys got stuck in and fought for every ball. All 3 games were very competitive and the Green team drew their match, the Orange team fell just short by a score or two. We only discovered afterwards that O'Loughlin Gaels U10's are undefeated so far this season which is great yardstick of our own hurling development in the last 12 months. Regardless of results the coaches were delighted with the commitment, fight and skills on show and the U10's did the Club and County proud.

Football was next which resulted in three very comprehensive wins for Raheny. O'Loughlin Gaels don't play much football competitively but the Kilkenny boys were fit and eager to compete, and so the Raheny lads had to focus to make sure the job was done properly. Some fine passing, movement and score taking was displayed by all 3 Raheny teams who were determined to put on a strong performance.

At the end of the matches Raheny presented a plaque to O'Loughlin Gaels to mark the occasion of our first challenge game outside of Dublin and our hosts kindly provided refreshments for all the troops. A return match is on the cards and one can only suspect that a new Dublin - Kilkenny rivalry has been born !!

A packed lunch was then had in the grounds of Kilkenny Castle and thankfully the weather held. Once refreshed, and with more than the odd sweet from the goody bag provider (you can blame Maeve !!), the boys headed for the play ground, while a few played soccer. A number of the bigger kids (they shall remain nameless) decided to demonstrate their quick feet and football skills to the U10s which resulted in a small game becoming a full scale match, much to the amusement of the watching Spanish students. More skill was probably seen in the goal celebrations than the football and thankfully the defibrillator was not required on this occasion.

It was a tired crew that made the bus journey home. Singing was at a minimum, with the exception of Uptown Funk and Let It Go from Frozen (yes, seriously !) but a bit more competition in the shape of a general knowledge quiz kept them going (thanks Colm!). Pizza and drinks in Raheny Clubhouse on our return and a match on our own club astro rounded off a long but hopefully fun and memorable day for the boys.

The mentors are very proud of how the boys behaved and the discipline of the entire group was of the very highest standard. The day went like clockwork and we look forward to many more similar trips in the future.

Our neighbours, Naomh Barrog celebrated their 40th Birthday is style on Saturday.  They hosted a Pan European Gaelic Football tournament in Pairc Barrog.  

Raheny GAA U11 Footballers represented the Club.  Joe Buckley reports Each and every player played out of their skins today.  The 2 Daniels, Jayo, Cormac, the 3 Conors, Jacques, Rueben,Johnny, Luke and Kevin.  We were grouped with Naomh Martin from Louth, Brussels and Naomh Barrog.  We lost to Naomh Martin buy recovered to win our matches against Naomh Barrog and Brussels.  We played Naomh Martin once again in the final.  Losing 2-2 to 0-1 at HT, with an amazing effort and spirit shown, Raheny went on to win 3-2 to 2-2. Special mention to Naomh Barrog and particularly Cathal McHugh on organising a great day.  They put a great effort into organising a great day Barrog on celebrating their 40th Anniversary. As always our lads did the club proud.

Hard luck to our Senior Hurlers who lost to Whitehall Colmcille at the weekend.

Our Junior A Footballers are looking for your support tonight at home in their Championship v St Vincents, the 16th man is very welcome, this is the quarter final.

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