Report for week ending 1 March 2009

Sunday morning, 1st March 2009, produced a two out of three return at Silverpark with wins for the minor A’s and under 16’s, both over Na Fianna, and defeat against Lucan Sarsfields for the minor B’s.

A strong wind was a significant factor in all three games.  The minor A’s, playing against the breeze, led 1-4 to 1-2 at half time in their league Division 1 game.  By the forty fifth minute they were 1-6 to 1-2 clear.  A goal from a 20 metre free and a point immediately after levelled the game and it took points from Sean McGrath (free) and Barry Mulligan (from a Naomhan O’Riordain pass) to seal the points, 1-8 to 2-3.  To the fore for Crokes were Cian O’Brien, Paul Collins, Jack Doughan, Sean Murphy, Alan Carr, Barry Mulligan and Naomhan O’Riordain.


E Dalton, C O’Brien, K Doherty, P Collins, S Murphy, J Doughan, A Carr, E O’Byrne, B Mulligan (0-2), H Byrne, J Sweeney (0-3), D McVeigh, M O’Dwyer, N O’Riordain (1-1), S McGrath (0-2, f-2).  Subs: K Russell for H Byrne, D Mulligan for J Sweeney, G Melican.

To see images of this match click HERE  or on the flashing camera below



At the same time on pitch 2, the under 16’s secured a well earned victory in a friendly against the same opposition.  Having played against the advantage in the first half they looked unlikely winners when trailing 1-9 to 1-2 at the interval.  A dominant second half performance, during which they confined the visitors to a single point, provided the platform for a 5-10 to 1-10 result.  In a game where all the Crokes lads performed well, special mention has to be made of Niall Hanley, Jack O’Brien, Andrew Cullinane and goalkeeper Ken Kelly.

Team (13 a side):

K Kelly, N Hanley, S Boyd, O O’Carroll, N Carr, C O’Neill, A Pilkington, E Doherty, F Motherway, J Cassidy, J Clinton, J O’Brien, A Cullinane.

To see images of this match (courtesy of budding photographer Dara Ó Gallchobhair!) click HERE or on the clicking on the flashing camera below



Earlier the minor B’s hosted Lucan for a league encounter and led 2-2 to 0-2 at half time.  Unfortunately they were unable to withstand the onslaught from the wind assisted west county men in the second half and lost out by 3-10 to 4-2.  Among Crokes best were Nico Salvino, with four goals, Eoghan O’Dwyer, Gary Melican and Darren Lalor.


S Garvey, B Halpin, P McCague, B Callinan, P Denieffe, J O’Keeffe, C Casey, E Grogan, E O’Dwyer, J Butler, G Melican, D Lalor, N Salvino, K Hogarty, K Murphy.  Subs: T Clarke for J Butler, N Murphy for B Callinan, B McHenry for B Halpin, B English for D Lalor, S Beale for K Murphy, D O’Reilly.

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Two under 12 teams compete in Division 1 of the Cup.  On Saturday 28th February one team travelled to Pairc Naomh Uinseann and came away with 9-3 to 4-5 win over St Vincents.  Alex Considine, Killian Fleming in goal, Tom Fox at full back, and Darragh Butler were most prominent.  The other Division 1 team went down to Na Fianna in Deerpark by 7-3 to 3-4.  A few late goals closed out the game for the visitors.  Best for Crokes were Stephen McEntee, Conor O’Dwyer, Cathal Keane and Joey Dalton.  The Division 4 under 12 squad had a comprehensive 5-6 to 1-0 victory over Trinity Gaels also in Deerpark with Fiachra Tucker, Daniel Dowling and Mattie Hogan to the lead.

The results of the other younger team games played on Saturday were:

Under 8 – Group 1 (3 team) - Kilmacud Crokes 27 –v- Faughs 7 (Go Games Scoring Rules)


Under 9 - Group 1 (3 team) - Cuala 46 –v- Kilmacud Crokes   19 (Go Games Scoring Rules)

Under 9 - Group 5 (1 team) – Kevins 3 –v- Kilmacud Crokes    8 (Go Games Scoring Rules)


Under 10 - Group 1 (3 team) - Cuala 13 –v- Kilmacud Crokes   64 (Go Games Scoring Rules)

Under 10 - Group 5 (1 team) - Kilmacud Crokes 18 –v- St. Marks 14 (Go Games Scoring Rules)


Under 11 - A Cup Group B (2 teams) - Na Fianna 36 –v- Kilmacud Crokes 29

Under 11 - A Cup Group A (1 team) - Kilmacud Crokes 3-2 v Liffey Gaels 3-0        

McGrath star man for Eoin

On Saturday Colaiste Eoin, with a strong Crokes contingent, had a fine 1-13 to 1-10 win over Colaiste Eamonn Ris in the Leinster Senior B semi final at Ratheneiska, Co Laois.  Congratulations to all concerned.

Report from Sunday Independent:


A superb display by corner-forward Sean McGrath helped Dublin side Colaiste Eoin overcome a six-point deficit against Colaiste Eamon Ris Callan to advance to the Leinster Colleges Senior hurling 'B' final at Ratheneiska.

The Kilkenny side, Callan, scored a goal from Dara Egan and added three points in the opening 10 minutes before McGrath opened his account and went on to add three more and set up Eoin Cronin for another. But Callan finished the stronger with points from Jason Corcoran and Shane Bergin and led 1-6 to 0-5 at the break.

However, McGrath took up where he left off adding two early points and in the 43rd minute another point by the star put Colaiste Eoin ahead for the first time.

Although Callan got back on level terms with an Egan point, it proved to be their last score and McGrath added two more in the closing minutes to complete a great day's hurling.

Scorers -- Colaiste Eoin: S McGrath 1-7, E Cronin, M Shultz 0-2 each, N O'Riordan, J Sweeney 0-1 each. Colaiste Eamon Ris Callan: D Egan 1-1, S Bergin 0-3, J Corcoran, E McGrath 0-2 each, J Power, R Dwyer 0-1 each.



New Senior Hurling Manager

Saturday also saw the seniors commence training under new manager Ger Cushe.  Ger, who played with the Naomh Eanna club in Gorey, was a renowned full back for Wexford in the 1990’s and helped his county win the Liam McCarthy Cup in 1996.  He was subsequently part of the Wexford management team.  We wish Ger and his charges well in the year ahead.


For more on the appointment of Ger Cushe click  HERE



Punchestown Corporate Race Day

The new Hurling Arena in Glenalbyn was built at a cost of €500,000 and is a huge addition to hurling in the club.  It is entirely funded by the Hurling Section and we still have some way to go.

Our sixth annual Kilmacud Crokes Hurling Corporate Race Day takes place in Punchestown on Tuesday 28th April 2009 and proceeds go towards the cost of the Arena.  The event has gone from success to success and bookings are now being taken.  Donations or spot prizes remain very welcome.  Please contact Paul Gorman, Hurling Section, Commercial Officer, 0872865901 or



Hurling Mentors Night


A hurling mentors dinner/social night will be held in the function room in Glenalbyn on Friday March 13th.  This should be a great night in the club and a chance for all hurling mentors to meet and have a few sociable drinks together.  Bookings through team managers to Hurling Committee Social Officer, Billy Noctor, 087-2556635 or


Hurling Nursery

The Hurling Nursery continues on Saturdays in Glenalbyn - at 9am for boys born 2002 and at 10am for boys born 2001 and 2003.

Communication with parents is by both e-mail and by text.  We strongly encourage parents to subscribe to our tacutext texting service in order to be kept fully informed of team notices, training news, change of venue/pick-up times, etc. specific to your son's group.  Each message you receive will cost you 20c.  The message will be sent to the phone from which the instruction is sent.

Boys Born in 2001- To join the hurling text service, send the following text message to 53215


e.g. join crokeshurl2001 0876781776 joebloggs

You can stop receiving messages at any time by sending the following text to 53215

STOP CROKESHURL2001 0876781776

Boys Born in 2002 - To join the hurling text service, send the following text message to 53215


e.g. join crokeshurl2002 0878052999 joebloggs

You can stop receiving messages at any time by sending the following text to 53215

STOP CROKESHURL2002 0878052999

Boys Born in 2003

We suggest you join the 2002 group until you become new U6's in 2009.  At that time, you can stop your membership of the 2002 group and join a new 2003 group.

Parental Assistance 

We appeal to all parents of the new group to offer assistance in any way possible. No previous coaching experience is required and even periodic help is better than none at all. The success of the club relies on volunteers and it is a great way of getting to know other parents. If you are willing to offer any assistance in any capacity, whether it be coaching, roll, setting up pitches, tidying up pitches, etc. etc. please contact any of the following:

Niall Corcoran, Club hurling coach,  087 983 4287,

Michael Crowe, Chairman, Juvenile Hurling Group, 087 996 7608 , 

Margaret Keane , Registrar, 086 311 0020,

Quote from Parent

“As a parent who has 5 children in the club and 2 more about to start, I have got to know more people since I started helping out with my 5th child that I did bringing all my other children to training and matches. Your child will love to see you getting involved.  And remember, these parents are the people you will be standing with on the sideline of pitches for the rest of your son's playing career!  Many helpers lighten the load for everybody.”