Week Ending 17th May 2009

The week opened with the under 15’s comprehensive 6-12 to 0-3 Division 1 league win over Cuala at Thomastown on Tuesday 12th May.  Smarting from dropping a point against Whitehall Colmcilles the previous Sunday, the Crokes boys took the game to their under strength opponents and by the quarter the issue was decided.


Squad: N Gorey, P O’Shea, D Corish, M Collins, L O’Sullivan, J Murphy, C O’Dwyer, R McGowan, M Geraghty, C Devins, B Horan, T Barry, C O’Byrne, C Conway, KJ McGowan, M McNicholas, A Colclough and C Gormley.


Midweek wins for the Minors

Wednesday produced double League wins for the minors at Silverpark.  The A’s accounted for Crumlin in Division 1, 2-7 to 1-5, while the B’s, in Division 3, were much too strong for Setanta.


U16s overcome Whitehall

Winning ways were continued on Thursday night also at the Leopardstown venue when the under 16’s overcame Whitehall Colmcilles by 3-7 to 1-7 in League Division 1.  This was a personal triumph for Jack Dineen who scored 2-1.  Others to star in a good overall team performance included Jamie Clinton, Conal O’Neill, Emmet Doherty, Ross McGowan and Ken Kelly.


Team: P Tighe, J Clinton, S Boyd, N Hanley, O O’Carroll, C Delaney, C O’Neill (0-1), E Doherty (0-1), R McGowan, J Dineen (2-1), B Horan (0-1), F Motherway, K Kelly (0-3, f-1, 65-1), K Finn (1-0), J O’Brien.  Subs: C Gormley for J O’Brien and C O’Byrne for F Motherway, F Motherway for K Finn.


Féile na nGael postponed 'til next week due to bad weather

Saturday 16th May opened on a downer with the Dublin wide postponement of Feile na nGael due to adverse weather conditions.  Feile will now be played next weekend with the Saturday activity in Silverpark from 10 am.  More work for Ronan Conway and his volunteers.  Our thanks to them all.  Please come along to support the Crokes boys on Saturday 23rd May.  For precise match times click HERE


Dublin Minors v Laois

Dublin minors traveled to Portlaoise on Saturday afternoon to play Laois in the ESB Leinster Minor Hurling Championship quarter-final.  Dublin led 1-2 to 0-3 at half time thanks to a Naomhan O’Reardan goal .  Five and a half minutes into the second half Laois goaled to take control of the game.  In the sixth minute of injury time a Sean McGrath goal, that would have leveled the game, was disallowed for a square ball and the midlanders won 1-9 to 1-6.  Apart from O’Reardan and McGrath who started, Jack Doughan came on as a substitute and Crokes were also represented on the squad by Eddie O’Byrne, Cillian Doherty and Darren McVeigh with Pat Halpin being part of the management team.  For reports click  HERE and HERE


Intermediates draw with Port Laoise

After the minor game the Intermediates, who had traveled in support, played Portlaoise in a challenge.  The game ended honours even at 3-9 to 2-12.  The sign of good clubmen, two of the Dublin minors, Jack Doughan and Darren McVeigh, put their disappointment to one side and lined out.  Aided by the wind and first half goals from Alan Tiernan and Doughan, Crokes led 2-8 to 0-3 at half time.  The tables were turned in the second period where it took heroic defending particularly from Fergus Monnelly and Aidan Cleary and a brilliant goal from McVeigh to keep Crokes ahead.  A goal deep into injury time secured the draw for the Portlaoise men, for whose post match hospitality we are very grateful. 


Minor A's lose to Boden

 On Sunday the Minor A’s lost to Ballyboden in Ballycullen in a Division 1 league game by six points, 1-12 to 0-9.  For Crokes goalkeeper Eoin Dalton and Gary Melican were superb while top scorer was Darren McVeigh with four points (three frees).  Also on the scoresheet were Mark O’Dwyer (0-2), Eddie O’Byrne, Matthew Kinsella and Naomhan O’Rearden all with one point. To see images from this match click HERE


Crokes' Players to the fore in Schools and Colleges action

It was a very satisfactory week for Crokes players on the secondary schools front.  Monday saw Dublin Colleges South under 14 team qualify for the final of the Barry Cup (Leinster A) with victory over Dublin North.  In the final they play St Kierans of Kilkenny. To see a copy of the news report in the Evening Herald click HERE

Some of the same players on Wednesday represented Colaiste Eoin as they captured the Leinster B title defeating Portlaoise CBS 5-12 to 2-2.  For report Click HERE


The week concluded with a three team tournament in Glenalbyn for rugby playing schools.  At the end of a titanic final extra time could not separate the teams and the trophy was shared by Gonzaga College and Terenure College.  For more see HERE


At primary level the very successful series of blitzes for second and third classes in local schools concluded.  Held over four days on 29th April, 30th April, 11th May and 13th May, over 160 boys took part.  A full report and images can be seen HERE.  Our thanks to all the school authorities and teachers involved as well as to the boys themselves and their families.  Especial thanks to Kilmacud Hurling Coach Niall Corcoran for organising and co-ordinating.


Upcoming action

Championship fixtures, at which all support would be gratefully received, for the coming week include:

IHC A Silverpark - Kilmacud Crokes v St Brigids 20/05/2009 at 19:30   J C Ryan       
JHC B2 John Paul Park - Naomh Fionnbarra v Kilmacud Crokes 20/05/2009 at 19:30   Donal Downes
JHC E2 Islandbridge - Civil Service Hurling v Kilmacud Crokes 21/05/2009 at 19:30   Tom Clinton    

There is also a full adult league programme at the weekend:

AHL 1   Clonshaugh     Craobh Chiarain         v       Kilmacud Crokes         Sat     23/05/2009      18:00   Eamon Morris   
AHL 4   Silverpark     Kilmacud Crokes         v       St Brigids      Sat     23/05/2009      18:00   Tony Barron    
AHL 5   Silverpark     Kilmacud Crokes         v       O Dwyers        Sun     24/05/2009      11:00   Paul Faughnan  
AHL 8   Hazelbury Park  Erin Go Breagh  v       Kilmacud Crokes         Sun     24/05/2009      15:00   Philip Brady   


In addition the under 12’s host a four club tournament on Sunday 24th May in Glenalbyn.  Visiting (bringing both A and B teams) will be Na Piarsaigh (Cork), James Stephens (Kilkenny) and Na Fianna (Dublin).  Throw in at 1.30pm.


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, niall.corcoran@gmail.com

Michael Crowe, Chairman, Juvenile Hurling Group, 087-9967608, mjcrowe@gofree.indigo.ie 

Margaret Keane, Registrar, 086 311 0020, Margaret.keane@yahoo.ie

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.” 


Management Contact Details

Senior:             Seamus Kennedy seamus.kennedy@ericsson.com - 087/2334560

Intermediate:   Billy Noctor - wnoctor@eircom.net and 087-2556635

Junior B:          Mark Regan - (086) 6995821 and markregan@cck.ie

Junior 5:          Barry Gavigan - Barry.Gavigan@o2.com -    086 6005412

Under 21:        Seamus Kennedy - seamus.kennedy@ericsson.com - 087/2334560

Minor:             Pat Halpin - Pat.W.Halpin@aib.ie - 086-8326377

Under 16:        Liam O’Carroll - liamocarol@eircom.net and 087-9422197

Under 15:        Ronan Conway - ronan.d.conway@intel.com - 0874197753

Under 14:        Tom McIntyre - tommcintyre@gsi.ie- 087 2563493 and Gearoid MacGabhann - gmacgabhann@yahoo.com - 087 -9679605

Under 13:        Mick Crowe - 087-9967608 and mjcrowe@gofree.indigo.ie

Under 12:        Colm Maher - colm.maher@citigroup.com and 087-2755074

Under 11:        Jim Ryan – 087-9673861 and jim.ryan1@hse.ie

Under 10         Alan Kehoe - alan.n.kehoe@aib.ie and 087-7553380

Under 9:          Robbie Kinsella - 087-2322832 and robert.kinsella@amnch.ie

Under 8:          Ken Hall - 087-6781776 and ken_j_hall@adp.com

Under 7:          Mark Lohan - 087-8052999 and marklohan@eircom.net

Under 6:          Brian Harrison brianharrisonkk@yahoo.com and 087 920 1743 and John Maguire johnpatrickmaguire@gmail.com and 086 227 4490


Kilmacud Crokes Hurling Coach:      

Niall Corcoran, niall.corcoran@games.gaa.ie and 087-9834287