Week Ending 5th April 2009

Adult Action

j0223791.gif At 5pm the seniors hosted St Vincents at Silverpark.  An early Ronan Walsh goal (the first of two) against the wind seemed to be the start the doctor ordered.  However the visitors crept back into it and, notwithstanding a good Crokes first half, led at the interval by 0-11 to 2-4.  With the advantage to come, Crokes turned around in confident mood but were only able to muster two second half points to the Marino men’s six and ended on the wrong end of a 2-6 to 0-17 scoreline.  Crokes leading players included Shane McNicholas, Adrian Grogan, who got a magnificent second half point, Shane O’Rorke, Ronan Walsh and Conor Clinton.

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


Team: R Sweetnam, S McNicholas, F Garvey, N Lillis, S Gillen, W Ryan, A Grogan (0-1), A Cleary, C Clinton (0-1), S O’Rorke, J Burke. R Walsh (2-0), F Armstrong (0-3, f-2), R O’Carroll, K O’Loughlin (0-1).  Subs: B O’Leidhin for A Cleary (48 mins), R Mangan, D McGovern, N Mulligan, P Clinton, E de Paor, F Monnelly and B O’Rorke


The Intermediates were away to O’Toole’s in AHL4.  A good first half performance saw them 1-5 to 0-4 ahead at the break, the goal coming from Damien McSweeney.  A tactical switch by the homesters, sending former Dublin senior, Damien Hernon, to full forward, where he scored two goals and a point, before Declan Browne moved back to curb him, turned the game and O’Tooles ran out 3-14 to 1-11 winners.  Apart from Browne, Darren McVeigh, Kevin Dalton, Liam Bourke and Cathal Brugha, especially in the second half, played well for Crokes.


Team: R Tighe, A McCarthy, A Hopkins, C Brugha, D McVeigh, D Browne, L Bourke, C Sheehan, D Moran, K Dalton, JR Hunt, S Canny, N Butler, B Sheehan, D McSweeney.  Subs: T O’Sullivan for S Canny, P Byrne for B Sheehan.


Under 14s beat Ballyboden

Earlier in the afternoon the under 14’s had a good 2-10 to 0-8 win over Ballyboden.  Crokes lost Mark O’Loughlin to injury in the first few minutes and trailed 0-7 to 0-3 at half time.  A strong second half performance saw them claim the league points by 2-10 to 0-8.  To the fore were Sean Bedford, Edward Campion, Odhran O’Siochru, Michael O’Dwyer and Stephen Faughey.  For report and photos see HERE


Team: C MacGabhann, M O’Dwyer, O O’Siochru, E Campion, G Healy-Hayes, D O’Murchu, R Horgan, D Kane, C Keane-Breslin, S Faughey, M O’Loughlin, D O’Gallchobhair, S Bedford, D Keane, K O’Flanagain.  Subs: D Mullen for M O’Loughlin, C Hayes for K O’Flanagain, R Conlan for C Keane-Breslin, D Paisley, K Doyle, C Egan, A Lynch and A Spollen.


Under 16’s v Ballyboden

Before lunch the under 16’s also entertained the Firhouse Road club at Silverpark where they were well beaten.  Best for Crokes were Ken Kelly, Andrew Cullinane, and Cian Delaney, before his injury.


Team: P Tighe, O O’Carroll, S Boyd, N Hanley, N Carr, C Delaney, C O’Neill, C Devins, E Doherty, F Motherway, S Moran, K Kelly, A Cullinane, J Cassidy, J Clinton.  Subs: K Finn for C Delaney, J Dineen for N Hanley J O’Brien for J Clinton and J Huban.


Under 13s action

The under 13A’s travelled to Gorey to take on the local Naomh Eanna under 14 team.  After a close and exciting game the Gorey lads finished marginally on top.  At Pairc Ui Bhriain the under 13B’s faced up to neighbours Noamh Olaf.  On the run of play Crokes could have been well clear at half time.  The home side took over in the second half and ran out convincing winners.  For report see HERE


Coláiste Eoin

Colaiste Eoin’s quest for All-Ireland glory fell at the final fence when they went down 3-12 to 1-10 to Ballycastle’s Cross and Passion in Newry in the All-Ireland Senior B Colleges Final.  Hard luck to all concerned and well done on a splendid year.  For report see HERE


Sunday 05th April 2009


Under 15’s

The under 15’s opened the day with a facile 5-11 to 0-3 Division 1 win over Naomh Barrog on an excellent surface in St Anne’s Park.  Crokes were 1-5 to 0-0 up after 25 minutes.  A late scoring flurry saw them lead 3-6 to 0-0 at the short whistle.


Squad: Neil Gorey, Mark Collins, Daibhid Corish, Philip O’Shea, Conor O’Dwyer, Robert Murphy, James Murphy, Matthew Geraghty, Ross McGowan, Tomas Barry, Kevin James McGowan, Cian Gormley, Caolan Conway, Barry Horan, Matthew McNicholas, Michael Herlihy, Conor J O’Dwyer, Louis O’Sullivan, Conor O’Byrne and Conor Devins


Junior B’s win in Finbars

In AHL5 the Junior B’s traveled to John Paul Park to play Naomh Fionnbarra and came away with the points following a good display that saw them win 5-7 to 2-6.  In a very committed team performance Paddy Igoe was very solid at full back.  Fergus Monnelly had a great game at No.6.  John Ross Hunt was in superb form at centre forward while Brian Sheehan bagged 2-3.  The Junior D’s met a stronger, fitter Clontarf in their AHL8 clash in Silverpark and went down 3-11 to 0-6.  Prominent for Crokes were Padraig Doheny, Mark Donnelly, Gavin Hyland and Hugh Liston.


Under 12s

The under 12’s took two squads to participate in the Na Fianna tournament.  The A’s played James Stephens (Kilkenny), Na Piarsaigh (Cork) and the hosts and went down to each in a high quality tournament.  The B’s came second to Na Piarsaigh on score difference in their tournament.  For report see /Home/tabid/7975/ctl/Details/mid/11061/ItemID/1050/Default.aspx


Dubs draw with Clare

In the National Hurling League Division 1 tie at Parnell Park Dublin fought back from a four point deficit to share the points with Clare, 0-15 to 0-15.  Crokes Niall Corcoran played his part as Dublin brought their points tally to seven for the campaign with one game to go, away to Kilkenny in two weeks.  For report see 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.  Regular users will have noticed some recent additions such as the installation of external lights, enhanced door security and cameras.

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.  All previous Punchestown Race Days have been extremely successful both financially and as social events.  Anybody who has attended will well and truly vouch for the brilliant day out it is.


While we have got fantastic support from within and without the club, we still have some way to go to clear the debt and this year we are asking each team to support the Race Day on Tuesday 28th April next by organising a group (e.g. players, mentors, parents, partners, supporters) to take a table.   Please contact your team mentor to book a place.  This will make a real difference to the bottom line, really make a club day out of it and help integrate the various hurling strands within the club.   Donations or spot prizes are of course also very welcome. 


Further details from Paul Gorman, Hurling Section, Commercial Officer, 0872865901 or Paul.Gorman@Pioneerinvest.ie.  Team co-ordinators for under 6 to under 14 are:


U6        Brenda Sweeney            086 043 9637

U7        Mark Lohan                   087-8052999

U8        Nick Scallan                  086-6083915

U9        Martin Lacey                 086-8111122

U10      Ed Gibbons                   087-2516262

U11      Barry Dunbar                 086-2647361

U12      Colm Maher                   087-2755074

U13      Eamonn Keating            087-2627313

U14      Edel Ui Ghallchobhair     087-2825815


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