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Club Notes 7th May 2012

posted May 9, 2012, 5:01 AM by Kevin Brassil   [ updated May 10, 2012, 1:04 PM ]


Raheny was well represented on Dublin panels this weekend.
  • Aoife Stack played for Dublin U14 on Sunday in Ennis at an inter county blitz and scored a great goal against Galway.
  • Three Raheny U15 Players featured prominently in a very successful mini blitz for Dublin recently, Evan Cumiskey, Darren Byrne and Brian Howard put in Superb performances to seal victory over Wicklow and a fancied Offaly team who had given the Dubs a drubbing in a previous encounter.
  • Congratulations to Patrick O Higgins, Eoghan Keogh, David Shatwell and the Dublin U21 footballers on a great All Ireland win V roscommon.
  • Great to see Eoghan Smith back in action with the Dublin Minors were unlucky against Wexford 0-22 to 1-17 (AET)

  • Summer Club Camp 9-13 July
  • Kellogs Cul Camp 23-27 July
  • Summer Club Camp 13-16 August

Junior B Raheny 1-14 v Good Counsel 3-4. Hard Fought against a very tough good counsel team. After a bad straight run of 6 unanswered points had us 0-10 to 2-2 up at half time. A well taken goal in the second half by man of the match Paddy O Gara helped us close this game out and next up is a quarter final against St Brigids.

Junior D championship: Raheny:0gls 11pts. St.Brendans:0gls 9pts.
In a very competitive game with a real championship bite to it, Raheny emerged with a well deserved 2 point victory to qualify for the next round of the Junior D championship against St. Vincents in 2 weeks time. Showing real commitment from the start, the home side were the more dominant team in the first half with some fine fielding around the middle by Conor Henry and David Heffernan, but the team failed to convert some good scoring opportunities and were one point behind at the break.
The second half followed a somewhat similar pattern , with Raheny again dominating possession, but lacking the killer instinct to put the result beyond doubt and so making life hard on themselves. However, despite the setbacks of a number of missed opportunities, the team held its composure to assure victory in the end.
Scorers: Luke Dillon 4pts; Cian Daly 3pts; Rob O Neill 2pts; David Heffernan and Conor Henry 1 pt.each

Senior B camogie had a good win over Erins Isle on Thurs leaving them joint top of league with Clann na Gael. Score 5-4 to 1-4. Scoring for Raheny were Aoife Dooley, Eadaoin Mulcahy, Ciara Donnelly and Kate Dunne.

U14 Feile Report
On a pleasantly sunny May morn the Raheny 98's departed Raheny GAA Club to embarked upon their Feile journey. Travelling in convoy the team made their way across the city to the Thomastown pitches of host Club Cuala. Cuala put on a wonderful reception for all the visiting teams. There was a parade of the teams led by a piper. Goodie bags and a voucher for a burger and chips for all of the players. Tea, coffee, sambos and cakes for the parents and a great festival air about the whole event. Raheny's first opponents were the host team Cuala, and both teams appeared to get their Feile campaigns off to a decidedly slow start. It certainly took Raheny a long time to get into the swing of things and it wasn't until the final quarter that they started playing to their true ability. Unfortunately, at this stage Raheny were trailing by a goal and a couple of points so it was Cuala who emerged victorious from the first game.

Raheny's second opponent was Kilmacud Crokes, a powerful team currently sitting in second place of the division two league. By the time this match started Raheny were really firing on all cylinders. The game was a rip roaring rollercoaster ride of excitement. Both sides played with high intensity, trading points aplenty, along with a brace of goals. More than once Raheny's keeper Matt Dempsey made some sublimes saves to deny Kilmacud the rattle of the net. Late in the game, with only about five minutes to go, Shane Leahy pointed for Raheny drawing the two teams level. Shortly after Aran Kelly scored a superb long range effort to put Raheny in front by the tightest of margins. Not content to admit defeat Kilmacud threw everything they had at Raheny and were rewarded with a goal. Trailing by a goal and with only two minutes remaining on the clock it was Raheny's turn to throw the kitchen sink at Kilmacud. Their efforts were rewarded with a penalty when Kilmacud were deemed to have handled the ball on the ground in the square. Aran Kelly stepped up to take the shot and was unlucky to be denied the goal by a superb deflection by the Kilmacud keeper. With the clock running rapidly down to zero the match ended with Kilmacud the victors by the margin of a goal. The Kilmacud coaches were gracious in their victory and were heard to say to their Raheny counterparts that they were glad that the half was only twenty minutes long as their lads couldn't have handled much more of the pressure being exerted by the relentless Raheny attack.

The final game against Castleknock, although played competitively and in the spirit of the game, had an air of fun about it. Both Teams had lost their first two games so neither was in contention for a place in the semi-final. The game was played in good spirits with Castleknock emerging the eventual winner. All in all the event was an enjoyable day out for both the Team and their supporters, with perhaps the Kilmacud game representing the highlight of the football played, whilst the delights doled out by the burger van proved the most popular of culinary treats on the day. Fair play and hats off to Cuala for their excellent work as hosts. The Raheny 98's now get back to their primary goal and re-direct their focus on remaining at the top of Division three with a view to being eventual winners of their league.

U12 Hurling Raheny 4-4, Star of Erin 0-2. Raheny U12s made the long journey to Glencullen to play Stars of Erin last Saturday. Stars started off with an early pointed free but over all Raheny were the brighter of the two teams in the first half. Raheny got to grips with the game early and began some very fine passages of play again built on a very solid defence and battling midfield. Luke Mitchell who was having a great match on the full forward line got a very nasty injury to his leg and had to be replaced but Raheny kept up the pressure and went in ahead at the break 2-3 to 0-1. The second half started the same as the first with Stars of Erin scoring the first score of the second half but again Raheny were the hungrier on the day and faster to the breaking ball. In spite of some very hard tackling from Stars of Erin, Raheny stood up to it and with pure determination, skill and continued concentration on hurling, saw off a tough Stars of Erin side. All of the Raheny players put in a great effort from Goalie right through to the full forward line and really played as a team supporting the man with the ball at all times and giving plenty of options. Raheny added another 2 -1 to 0-1 in the second half and did not let Stars of Erin settle on the ball throughout the match. Liam Dunne was in fine scoring form in the forward line. Scorers were Liam Dunne, Sean Farrelly and Niall Walsh. Well done to the whole team.

Under Camogie 12s
V Na Fianna
Beautiful day last Saturday where Under 12s played Na Fianna in the camogie 2 team league, winning one game by a point and loosing one game by a point. Red team had a nil all score at half time. Great goalkeeping by Alex Lawlor. Aishling, Sophie ,Kate and Ciara were strong in defence. Sinead Stack put a point over early on the first half and this was follwed by a quick goal by Kathlyn Close. Rachael Kilbane then bagged another goal . Na Fianna then scored 2 goals. One point in the game. Caragh Downey scored a goal from a shot 30 metres out. 6 minutes to go. Na Fianna got a goal. One point in the game. The Blue game was also nail- biting. Raheny were up one goal at half time.Laura, Aoife Baldwin, Ciara Duffy and Hannah battled hard Na Fianna were going for points. Na Fianna had a great free taker who was almost 6 ft tall, 4 points over the bar. Game over one point down.  Well Done to all the Raheny Girls!

Scoil Assaims had yet another outing on tuesday in Croke Park, the lads fought hard but lost by a narrow margin. Lads you should be very proud of your performance.

U8 Camogie
We set off on Sunday morning to Stillorgan Industrial Park to Naomh Olaf's club pitch "Pairc Ui Bhriain" to play Naomh Olaf and St Johns (Ballinteer).  All clubs managed to bring out 3 teams on the day, which was a great achievement considering it was a bank holiday weekend.   The girls were all fantastic showing off the skills that they have been practicing so hard in their training sessions. You can see that our girls are going from strength to strength and that they are a force to be reckoned with.  Go Raheny!

Scoil Assam's fight night

Three Raheny lads represent Ard Scoil Ris in the 1st Year Division One Colleges Football Final. In a rain soaked O'Toole Park, Ben McHugh, Darragh Keogh and David Hyland contributed to an excellent win against a gallant Colaiste Eanna (Ballyboden) side in the Tom Quinlan Memorial Cup Final, eventually running out winners with 2 late goals. Final score 2-09 to 2-02.

On a dry Sunday evening pitch 10 was being prepared for Raheny's First ever Peilabu, this is tag GAA, Stuart Baldwin and Neil Kelly were putting up the nets and marking the pitches. They had four teams with at least one female on each, the competitiveness between the men was unbelievable, it took a while to grasp that you tagged each other not tackled but it was good clean fun. And only one or two minor incident where both Mr L and Mr B were a little enthusiastic, Mrs D is fine but Mrs S is a little Blue!!

When the games finished it was over to the club to rehydrate and to be fed, Greg Brough had started up the BBQ and the ladies took over and got cooking. Thank you to Marie Collins and Darina Mcguirk for feeding the masses. The club was backed and buzzing, as the children started to be taken home, Kevin Gillen and the Third Watch set up and began playing. It was great to see such a range of ages in the club all mixing well together. That's one of the best bits about the Club it is like one big Family.
Peilabu will continue throughout the summer, anyone interested in getting involved or playing send an email to with your contact details.

I have heard a strong whisper that Peilabu for Hurlers is on its way watch this space.

- We had a guest coach in Paddy Peak last Tuesday and did he work us, never have i ran so many times around that astro and he made us run fast!!, He had a few drills set on the pitch when we arrived we were thinking more torture than obstacle.. anyway we survived to play another day. Thank you Paddy to giving up your free time. We have a different guest coach this Tuesday......
Anyone who would like to Volunteer to Coach the GAA 4 MAs on a Tuesday night please text your name to 0862909022.

  • SENIOR B CAMOGIE v Clann Na Gael Thursday Home 7pm
  • SENIOR HURLERS v Parnells on Wednesday at 7.15 in St Davids (Artane).

Torthai an Chrannchur 23-04. Uimhreacha 3-16-20-24. Ni raibh aon buaiteoir.Pota Or 07-05 €4000. Go n-eiri an t-adh libh go leir.

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