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The 2007 U10 Boys Football & Hurling Team

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Welcome to the homepage of the 2007 U10 Boys Football & Hurling Team. The team will be training on Monday evenings from 7-8pm on Pitch 29 & Wednesday evenings from 6-7pm on Pitch 29. We also play our CCC1 fixtures on Saturday mornings at 11am on Pitch 12a in St. Annes Park:

We're always looking for new players. Get in touch if your son is interested! 
Please contact anyone of the Mentors listed below at the bottom of the webpage if you would like some further information or even send us an e-mail.

Hurling Team News:

Hurling Team News

  • U10 Hurling Northside 2017 Hurling Team Sheet
    Posted Mar 8, 2017, 11:38 AM by Kevin Brassil
  • U9 Hurling Northside 2016 CCC1 Fixtures Sat20Feb          Raheny White          Called Off       Naomh Fionnbarra          10.00 @ John Paul ParkSat20Feb          Raheny Maroon           AB - 0          Beann Eadair                 11.00 @ Balkhill Road-HowthSat05Mar          Raheny White          Called ...
    Posted Dec 11, 2016, 7:28 AM by Karl Heaney
  • Gormanston Indoor Hurling Tournament 2016 Details Raheny GAA is entering 2 U9 teams (2007’s) into the Gormanston Indoor Hurling Tournament. This is our 3rd year participating in the tournament and it was a fantastic success ...
    Posted Feb 28, 2016, 9:54 AM by Raheny GAA PRO
  • U8 Hurling Northside 2015 CCC1 Fixtures   Sat21Feb          Raheny White               ½ - 3½          Scoil Uí Chonaill            10.00 @ Clontarf RoadSat21Feb          Raheny Maroon          3½ - ½           Round Towers (L)          10.00 @ St. Annes 12aSat07Mar          Raheny White                3 - 1 ...
    Posted Dec 5, 2015, 8:10 AM by Raheny GAA PRO
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Football Team News:

Football Team News

  • U10 Football Northside 2017  Football Team Sheet for 2017
    Posted Mar 8, 2017, 11:37 AM by Kevin Brassil
  • U9 Football Northside 2016 CCC1 Fixtures Sat13Feb          Raheny Maroon         AB - 0            St. Patricks (D)             10.00 @ Sports LinkSat13Feb          Raheny White          Called Off        Round Towers (L)        10.00 @ LuskSat27Feb          Raheny Maroon           B - A ...
    Posted Dec 11, 2016, 7:28 AM by Karl Heaney
  • U-8 Croke Park Go Games Hi Folks Below are the draft sheets for Croke Park. A couple of things to be mindful of Teams are only draft and may need to be tweaked if there ...
    Posted Jul 17, 2015, 8:00 AM by Raheny GAA PRO
  • Summer Camp Dates 2015 Raheny GAA are running 3 GAA camps over the Summer holidays.It would be great to see an increase in the number of our boys availing of the opportunity of ...
    Posted Jun 13, 2015, 8:17 AM by Raheny GAA PRO
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Match Reports 2016 / 17:


  • Naomh Mearnóg v Raheny White (Hurling 29th August 2015)     Naomh Mearnog  2 - 2   Raheny White @ Pairc Mearnog            
    Posted Sep 1, 2015, 8:14 AM by Raheny GAA PRO
  • Raheny Maroon v Erin Go Bragh (Hurling 29th August 2015)    Erin Go Bragh ½ - 3½    Raheny Maroon @ Hazelbury Park   Raheny Maroon played their first hurling match after the summer break on a fine sunny day in Clonee. Their opposition on the ...
    Posted Sep 1, 2015, 8:20 AM by Raheny GAA PRO
  • Raheny Maroon v Naomh Mearnóg (Hurling 27th June 2015) Raheny Maroon   0 - 4   Naomh Mearnóg @ St. Annes 12a      Raheny Maroons played Naomh Mearnog in the last hurling match before the summer break. With high quality opposition and many Raheny ...
    Posted Jun 30, 2015, 6:23 AM by Raheny GAA PRO
  • Round Towers (L) v Raheny White (Hurling 13th June 2015) Round Towers (L)     0 - 4     Raheny White   @ LuskRaheny White Team 1 took on Round Towers on a sunny June day in Lusk. On what was a beautiful day for ...
    Posted Jun 29, 2015, 5:57 AM by Raheny GAA PRO
  • Naomh Fionnbarra v Raheny White (Football 06th June 2015) Naomh Fionbarra     1 - 3     Raheny White   @ John Paul Park
    Posted Jun 18, 2015, 4:00 PM by Raheny GAA PRO
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Team Calendar:

Team Photos:

Note that you can click the album button above to see more albums.

Coaching Tips

  1. Always plan sessions ahead in advance.

  2. Always make sure all footballs/sliotars are on the ground or in front of you when you are speaking to the group to achieve full attention.

  3. Keep all instructions short and precise. No rambling, children will lose focus.

  4. Use the IDEA method. (Introduce,Demonstrate,Execute,Attend). A child remembers more of what they see rather than what they hear.

  5. Keep your head up and speak loud and clear to the whole group while using your body language to assert yourself.

  6. Fill your sessions with encouragement. Children will learn more in a positive environment. Always find a way to compliment every child within your group.

  7. If a drill is not working for you - change it!! Have the confidence to say "lets try something different".

  8. Most important - HAVE FUN. If you are having fun that will always transfer to the children which will make for a great training session.

What size hurley should you use?

Using the incorrect hurley will affect your playing skill by up to 50%, to measure a hurley, stand up straight, stand the hurley up alongside your leg and up to your waist. Straighten your arm down over the hurley. 

The correct  size hurley is where the butt (end) of the hurley is in line with your wrist bone.

For faster, more effective improvement of your skills, and control of the sliotar, use the correct hurley size or even one slightly shorter.

Children need small light hurleys with a thin grip section. Imagine an adult playing with a huge hurley!

Correct Hurley Sizing.
Hurley should be up as far as wrist bone (not the hip)

Skill Videos

Using the Hurling Wall?

Online Hurling Game

Why practice ground hurling??

Want to practice in your back garden??

Reinforcing the Basics:

The Grip

The dominant hand grips the Hurley at the Top of the Handle, with the weaker hand locked underneath it when striking the ball. Some players have a natural tendency to hold the hurley with the weaker hand on top. These should be encouraged to change.

The Ready Position

The Hurley is usually held in the Ready Position when the ball is not being played. The player stands with her feet approximately shoulder width apart, with the stronger hand holding the hurley firmly at the top of the handle. The non‐dominant hand holds the hurley three quarters of the way down the handle and is free to move up and down the handle.

The Lock Position:

Adopt the ready position. Slide the non‐dominant hand up the handle of the Hurley to lock with the dominant hand at the top of the Hurley. This is the Lock Position.
The Lock Position is a central element of all striking skills, and should be practiced regularly once the Ready Position has been mastered.

Coaching Tips For Parents

Coaching tip, ground zero.

Before they can walk, show them how to hit a ball (small or big) around the floor with a wooden spoon and let them do it a lot. They'll be hurling before they can stand, never mind before playing football!

But if you're past this stage, don't worry, it's never too late. So if they're now standing here's what you can do.

Play small ball catch and throw games. It will improve hand/eye co-ordination and fine control movement. A football catch will be a piece of cake after this too. Juggling sacks are brilliant for this as they fit the smaller hand better and don't bounce out.
  • Start with two-handed catching if needs be; move onto one-handed when this is becoming boring.
  • When doing one-handed, it's vital to work on both hands equally to begin with.
  • Throw from real close at first - drop it into their waiting hand(s). (Another variety is to let them throw the ball up, for themselves to catch. This is a bit more difficult for the absolute beginners but no problem to most).
  • Then increase the distance and/or variety as confidence improves.
  • Variety: throw the catch to be caught low, higher, above the head and out to the side.
  • When success starts to come (and it takes time), emphasise the catch in their weaker hand (there's a good reason for this).
  • Go back in close and reduce variety if you need to get the weaker hand working. And then work back up again.
  • As confidence improves, increase the speed of the throw. Then vary the speed of throws.
  • Finally introduce action on your child's part.
  • Action: running towards you when catching; jumping up from a squat to catch; running and having to jump to reach the catch; overthrow so they need to take a step or two back to catch.
  • Finally, finally when they're really good, count their consecutive successful catches without dropping and keep a record of their best score.
  • Or, add a perceived challenge where you're trying to 'fool' them with your throws. Need I say, let them win!
  • Now throughout all the above, the golden rule is don't set them up to fail. It’s important to keep them hooked and the best bait is SUCCESS. This is a fun game and can be easily kept that way. Some tips:
  • Take it on to the next step gently and without over-ambition on your part. There’s years of development in the above. If you push it then you will turn them off.
  • Ensure that the eye is kept on the ball for as much of the exercise as possible, especially when it's in your hand just before you throw. If they're looking at you or something else then they're not looking at the ball in your hand and you can be pretty sure they won't catch it. This must become instinct, second nature.
  • So before you throw, move your hand with the ball to catch their eye or hide your hands behind your back and play the 'guess which hand' game and when they're focused again then throw. Success is not guaranteed but failure will not be such a certainty.
  • Why the catch in 'weak hand'? In hurling, the stick work is done with the strong hand so the weak hand MUST do the catching. Therefore once basic hand/eye co-ordination kicks in, the importance of weak hand catch is paramount.
  • Three minutes of this a day is fun, easy and hugely beneficial to overall development of mental focus and manual dexterity. You'll be amazed at how quickly your child will develop.
  • It can be played indoors, even as the exercise advances, especially with juggling sack. A long hall is a good place, especially when action is added!
  • This not only will help with any small ball game like hurling, hockey, golf, tennis, etc. but also any big ball game requiring ball handling like rugby or gaelic football.
  • What age should I start this? As early as possible. It's never too late but progress can be slow; impatience and pride seems to get in the way after a certain age so the younger the better.
  • This is much cheaper than Playstation, is a ball game that can be played throughout Winter and is great craic. Have fun!

Downloads & Useful Links:

Team Mentors:
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Jan McCarthy Treasurer 086-1712429 
Karl Heaney  Lead Mentor 087-6494957 
Kevin Callanan Hurling Lead 087-9670360 
Shane Beary Football Lead 086-1709128 
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