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Club Notes 21st May 2012

posted May 21, 2012, 1:36 PM by Kevin Brassil
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GAA national season back in full swing with the arrival of the Sunday Game


U14 Hurling Feile
– Dublin Div 4
We set out on sat morning, 24 lads, mixed ages, little prep but hoping to get a run. First game up against Cuala B and with a greasy ball and a poor pitch we were slow to get moving but still banged in enough goals to win easily, job done. Next up Thomas Davis, we started well and were ahead but once they got a goal we were on the backfoot, were outmuscled with some pretty unsavoury tactics, looked like our feile was coming to an end as we lost by 2 points. Last group game was against Erins Isle who were on a high after two wins but on a super surface and a dry ball our lads began to hurl, forwards began to fire and we ran out with a big win, now we were in the semis and had topped our group.
After great hospitality from Erins Isle during the lunch break, we took on O Tooles in the Semi-final and with the confidence now high we again produced some great hurling and ran out easy winners. As Thomas Davis won their semi, we were set for Parnell Park on Sunday. Tired bodies but a great days work.
Confidence was high coming into the Final and the lads started off with great intensity and hurling and took a 5 point lead into half-time - we were simply out hurling the opposition despite the overly physical onslaught. Up to 10 mins to go we were well in control but then Thomas Davis got a lucky goal, all of a sudden the tide began to turn, their superior physicality began to tell and they got the momentum to add two more goals. Despite a late goal we just could not get the extra vital score and went down by 2 points having played all the hurling. The lads gave their all and it was just not to be.
Everyone one of the squad played their hearts out over the tournament, with some great individual performances in every game in particular Cian Storey and Aron Kelly at the back and the scoring of Ben McHugh, Sean Grenham and Sean O’ Flynn up front. Man of the tournament goes to both Fiachra O’Flynn and Andy Caroll who both were absolutely outstanding right through the tournament, and always lead from the front and just kept driving the team on with smart quick hurling. The mentors are proud of the lads, they lost nothing in defeat, played the best hurling in their division and now have the look of a team going into All Ireland Feile.
Mentors would like to thank all those who supported the team over the weekend and a big thanks to the fundraising efforts of Martina Finn and Colette O’Reilly. We also like to thank Erins Isle GAA who again were fantastic hosts, and whose players and mentors were magnanimous in defeat. Also speedy recovery to James Gannon who received a hamstring injury on Saturday and who we missed in Parnell Park.
We look forward to All Ireland Feile in July 5/6, we are hosting a number of games and hope club members can come along, support the team and join in the spirit of the tournament whether on the pitch or the bar later.

Raheny GAA Golf Society
, our next outing is on 13th July in Malahide GC. Thanks to all who took park, the results are
1st. Enda Morris, 35 pts off 15, 2nd. Jim Dollard, 35pts off 18, 3rd. Brendan Atkins, 35pts off 20. Front 9 - Damien Whelan,18pts off 12. Back 9 Brian Storey 17pts off 18. Nearest to Pin - Kevin Brassil and Longest Drive - Mark Kelly.


Senior A Camogie - Raheny v St Judes –St Annes Tuesday 15th May
The Senior 1 team followed up previous weeks win against Mearnogs with another impressive result against St Judes to win by 1-11 to 0-8.
Lisa Ryan in goal and the whole defence worked hard to again keep the opposition goalless with the majority of St Judes scores coming from frees.
It was an excellent team performance with scores coming from all over the pitch. Particularly impressive was how the team closed out the game late on with 3 superb points when St Judes came back to within a goal in the last few minutes. The team is fast developing a winning mentality and the win leaves Raheny in the top four of the league heading into the Summer break.
Scorers were Aoife Kelly(1-2), Roisin Gillen(0-2), Sarah Caulfied (0-2), Ciara Burgess (0-2), Lorna Twohig(0-2) and Aisling McDonald(0-1) who played a key role coming on as a sub in second half.


Senior B camogie
took on Clann na Gael at home on Thurs. Both teams were joint top of league table going into match. Raheny put in an outstanding performance all around the pitch to win 4-10 to 1-3. Particular praise must go to our defence who held off sustained attacks from Clann na Gael in the second half. Great performances from Niamh O Meara and Deirdre Mulryan.


Senior Football Championship
RAHENY 1-11 ST MARY’S, SAGGART 0-9
Gavin Ivory's goal six minutes from time was vital as Raheny jumped the challenge of St Mary’s in this Dublin SFC first round tie at O’Toole Park on Thursday night. Raheny led 0-5 to 0-3 at the interval but the sides were level 0-8 each when Ivory, a Dublin minor of last summer, struck for the match-winning goal. Raheny progress to face St Oliver Plunketts/ER in Round 2.


Junior A f/blrs
Raheny 0-10 v Naomh Barrog 1-4 mid-week and then on Sunday produced the goods with a magnificent Quarter Final win over Craobh Chiarain in Clonshaugh. Raheny 3-5 to Craobh Chiarain 1-8.


Junior C f/blrs Quarter finals Raheny 2-7 V St Brigids 3-12.


Junior D -Team of the Week award goes to Junior D f/blrs,who,from 2-2 to 0-00,resurrected themselves with a magnificent team performance to overcome St Vincents by 1pt in the c/ship
Junior d championship: Raheny: 0gls,12pts. St Vincents: 2gls,5pts.
The Raheny supporters who turned out on Friday last on a damp, overcast evening certainly had their spirits lifted by this rip roaring championship match, which was full of football drama including a nail biting finish. They were probably wondering why they bothered to move out from their home comforts as the opposition, St. Vincents, raced into a very convincing lead, scoring 2 gls and 4 points without reply in the first 10 minutes of the game. Raheny were at this stage finding difficulty in coming to grips with the pacy Vins attacking unit, and were failing to convert their own scoring chances including a good goal opportunity. However, rather than fold over the team displayed great determination and heart and a clear desire not to exit the championship at this stage, having already won their 2 earlier rounds. Winning the greater share of possession in the second quarter, they bagan to eat into the Vins. lead with Manus Earley's point finally breaking the duck followed by 4 well struck frees from Cian Daly.
However, Raheny still had something of a mountain to climb as they resumed the second half with a 2 goals deficit to pull back. In the history of St. Vincents football it must be extremely rare for one of their teams to be kept scoreless for a full 2nd half. But this is exactly what this Raheny team succeeded in doing with a display of huge heart, determination and will to win. A man of the match performance by Conor Henry, with his fine fielding , general all round mobility and 2 well taken points, was central to the operation. However, this was undoubtedly a great team performance, each and every player playing his part. Seanie Carr, and CiaranGroves anchored the defence, clearly' adopting the General Petain motto at the battle of Verdun: 'Thou shall not pass'. Up front the same level of committment was clearly visible with Fergal Smyth battling for every ball, Cian Daly again chalking up 3 more converted frees, a well taken score from Luke Dillon and Sos Dowling turning over one vital piece of Vins possession close to the end resulting in another important point for the home side. With time ticking away and the teams level as the game entered injury time, Robert Cooms gained possession to float the ball beautifully between the post. The rapturous cheer from the home supporters said it all. A famous victory.


U11 Ladies Football - The 2001 CFF travelled to Erin Go Bragh on a wet and windy Friday night and gave another great perfomance in defeating their hosts. Every girl played their part with Lauren, Nicole and Ciara Storey dominating in the middle, Niamh Kellet, the two Sineads and Eabha tackling hard in defence and Niamh Mc, Eilish and Isabella starring up front. With the game in the balance up until the last minutes, Molly Dempsey and Carla Fitzsimons stepped up with some great points to tip the balance in Rahenys favour. In great sporting fashion Erin Go Bragh made a very kind presentation for Grace Cullen to help her on her recovery from her recent illness.


U10 Boys Hurling - Last Sat saw the long trek across the city of Cuala to 12A for a hurling match against the U10s. 2 teams lined out in what was an entertaining affair. Strong performance from the boys with some good scores – we even scored a few for them plus one from our goalkeeper– meaning Raheny emerged victorious. The boys are continuing to improve and are working hard on strong striking of the ball, marking their man and being first to the ball at all times.
Man of the match performances by Luke Fox and Michael Collins with Most Improved to Ruairi Walsh and Matthew Smyth.



Assaim Assassinated in Final Shoot-Out
Scoil Assaim, Raheny 2-05 St.Helen’s Portmarnock 2-08

Scoil Assaim went on the glory trail to Croke Park on Tuesday last the 8th of May against the might of St. Helen’s Portmarnock in the Corn J.M.&O’B. On a tightened pitch in difficult conditions, there was never going to be too much to separate the sides, but in the end the greater strength of the Portmarnock boys shone through the dark clouds to claim the spoils in what proved to be atonement for the earlier defeat Assaim inflicted on them in the group stage.
With their whole schools cheering them on, both teams started tentatively. Assaim took charge on a pointed free to the excellent Sean O’ Flynn. This started a nip and tuck battle to the short whistle as neither team gave an inch in what was an intriguing battle, as opposed to the free-flowing score fest the teams laid on for the supporters the previous year. St. Helen’s equalised through a free of their own and went in front from a delightful sideline cut. However, Sean O’ Flynn brought the sides level with an exquisite long range effort. Helen’s finished with another point to leave the minimum between the sides at half time 0-3 to 0-2.
Liam Synnott was coolness personified in goal and dealt with everything thrown at him. Unfortunate Adam McCormack fell victim to injury early on after a stellar year but Assaim still possessed a tight marking full back-line of Ciarán Majoram, Brian Doolin and Nathan Morgan up against such dangerous opposition. The half-back line of Darragh English, Jack Fagan and Adam Codd played their hearts out from start to finish in this backs to the wall defensive effort they undertook. In midfield, Tom Keogh gave an exceptional display of heart and determination alongside the aforementioned Sean O’ Flynn who never fails to deliver on the big occasion. From here in, the forwards were dealt a tough hand when first having to deal with the loss of poacher supreme Luc Bossonet but also the lack of space that was afforded them up front. They stuck to their jobs well however with Niall Griffin, Glenn Atkins and Niall Walsh letting the ball flow and Sean Farrelly, Captain Sean Grenham, Tom Geary and subs Donnchadh MacAodha and Luke Moreau doing well with the minimal supply of ball they were given.
The match restarted at a ferocious pace with both teams anxious to get a stranglehold on proceedings. There was never much between the sides from beginning to end in this half as the nip and tuck nature of the contest continued. Helen’s tagged on the first point of the half and followed it up with a fortuitous goal but some quick thinking from Sean O’ Flynn from the resultant puck out got Assaim back to within a score as he dispatched to the net with aplomb from a ’21 yard free.
A dog fight ensued with the battling nature of warriors like Nathan, Brian and Tom along with the other backs breaking down countless attacks while Liam made a magnificent full length save to deny Helen’s a further lead. They did however manage to pop over another two points before a long delivery from Sean O’ Flynn flicked off the hand of Niall Walsh and into the net.
This set the cat amongst the pigeons with just a point separating the sides entering the final quarter.
St. Helen’s poached a goal as the game entered the melting pot but Assaim again responded through a fabulous Sean Grenham point.
The sides exchanged points as the final whistle loomed, Assaim’s being from a delightful sideline cut from the brilliantly skilful Jack. However, the comeback just wasn’t to be and disappointment was etched across the faces of a whole school community as the scenes of joy were for someone else this time.
All heads were lifted on exiting the ground however as homework passes and a realisation of achievement were detailed to the lads, Assaim Abú!
Man of the Match: Sean O’ F
Scorers for Scoil Assaim: S. O’ F (1-3), Niall W (1-0), Sean G (0-1), Jack F (0-1, s/c)


Peil Abu Report:
High quality Peil Abu this Sunday. We had uneven numbers but Fintan O'Hanlon decided to do the running for 2 men so that balanced things out! Stuart had no excuse for poor passing this week as the new set of bibs were rolled out. Ger decided to ignore the scoring zone by hitting the crossbar from 40 yards. Tony twice stole in at the back post for Gooch quality goals but Kevin top scored again this week as he enjoys the new square ball rule by never leaving the scoring zone! 5 pm Pitch 10 every Sunday and all newcomers welcome.

Med
GAA 4 MAS
is still going strong on a Sunday 8-9 and Tuesday 9-10. We had a guest coach in the form of Conor Henry last Tuesday and it was one of the most enjoyable sessions yet, we got loads of training and drills in but also had a great laugh doing so. Thank you Conor for giving up your free time. When on the astro on Tuesday we were asked to play a friendly match against Trinity Gaels and we have agreed to the challenge. Date is set and we are going to up our training. Next sunday we are going to meet at 7.30 for a half hour fitness training, we went on Pitch 9 on Sunday Last and were a little overwhemled by the size of it. We ll work hard in our training and hopefully do the "Parish" proud in June....
We are also looking for a coach on Tuesday nights, if you would like to volunteer pls contact PRO on 086-2909022. Marius Herbert is on for this Tuesday.


MATCHES TO SUPPORT
  • Ladies f/blrs play Garda/West/town Wednesday night 7.30 on pitch 10.
  • Sen hrlrs play c/ship v Kilmacud Crokes 23/5 throw-in 7pm . Away
  • Jun.D play Castleknock 24/5 throw-in 7.15pm. Away (somerton)
  • Jun E play St Peregrines 24/5 throw-in. Away (blakestown)

See live fixtures and results on club website. Click here ...


A handy tool for those looking for directions is the pitchfinder link click here ...


Another great night in the club, in a bid to support the club and local businesses, we had our second diners club last Saturday At a very reasonable 10 euro per head, we got dinner from the Mint Cottage delivered and served to us in the Gym. Dinner consisted of Mouth watering Chicken Tikka Masala and superb Beef garam masala (both available on their takeout menu), with naan bread, rice or Chips . The food was delicous, melt in your mouth meat and sauces that were full of flavour. Thirty six people attended and were more than complimentary about the food. Many thanks to Eva & Aidan Fitzsimons and Siobhan Reid for all their hard work and of course The Mint Cottage, we will be back!. Looking forward to the next night.


MANY CONGRATULATIONS TO CIARAN MURPHY AND JULIE-ANN WHO TIED THE KNOT ON SATURDAY.


Hats off to Katie Taylor
on her truly magnificent achievement.


Ogra (Nursery) every Sat morning for boys and girls 10.00am and new members always welcome.


Club shop open Sat.mornings 10-12.30pm for all your club apparel.


Tortha an Chrannchur 14-05-2012.Uimhreacha 1-04-15-23. Ni raibh aon buaiteoir.Pota Or 21-05-2012 €4300.Go n-eiri an t-adh libh go leir.Ni feidir leis an gobadan dha tra a fhreastail.




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