Week ending 6 Sept 2009

Sunday’s All-Ireland senior hurling decider between Kilkenny and Tipperary is already being hailed as a classic. The previous day’s 37th running of the Meteor Kilmacud Crokes All-Ireland Hurling Sevens provided some consolation to the losers as Moycarkey Borris took the spoils with victory over Kilruane McDonaghs in the final.  

Large crowds, in much more clement weather than 2008, attended the six Sevens venues where 40 teams battled it out in the premier Meteor Cup, 16 in the Shield and 8 in the under 13 competition. The Shield final was also a single county affair as Ballyhaunis overcame neighbours Toureen while the under 13 trophy (run on an 11 a side basis) went to James Stephens after an epic struggle with Kilmacud Crokes.
A host of inter-county players were in action including Tipperary 1991 All-Ireland winner Mark O’Leary (Kilruane McDonaghs), Donal Og Cusack and Paudie O’Sullivan (Cloyne), Aidan Cummins (Ballyhale Shamrocks), Mark Landers and Joe Deane (Killeagh), Shane O'Neill and Pa Cronin (Bishopstown), Ballinhassig’s Martin Coleman and Fintan O'Leary, dual star Keith Higgins (Ballyhaunis and Mayo) and Dublin footballers David Henry (Raheny) and Shane Ryan (Naomh Mearnog) and. Also in attendance were such GAA luminaries as President Christy Cooney, Liam O’Neill, Chairman National Games Development Committee, Paudie Butler National Director of Hurling, Gerry Harrington Chairman Dublin County Board, John Costello Chief Executive Dublin County Board, Con Hogan, former Tipperary County Board Chairman, John Bailey, former Dublin County Board Chairman, former Tipperary greats Len Gaynor and Jack Ryan, former Cork stars John Fenton and Tony O’Sullivan and former Dublin Manager Humphrey Kelleher.
An innovative feature of this year’s Sevens was the GAA National Coaching and Games Development Committee’s pilot of a new Hurling Wall competition called “Falla Ball”. The final was contested by the top five point scorers with Cokes senior Adrian Grogan ahead of the O’Loughlin brothers, Rob and Kevin, at the end. There was also an Under 13 competition won Lochlann McCarthy (Midleton) with Adam Tuck and Jim Gibbons, both from Crokes second and third. The National Games Development Committee hope to develop the initiative into an annual National ALL IRELAND HURLING WALL Competition over the next 3 years, supporting the development of skill levels in the process.
Before the day was done there was one very special event as the club celebrated the contribution of famed son of Kilkenny Martin White with a presentation to mark his centenary. Accompanied by his daughter Mary, son Martin and grandson Rossa, Martin was in fine fettle and confident of another All-Ireland success for the Noresiders. For more click  HERE
The Sevens was extensively covered in the media with both Newstalk and RTE Radio 1 broadcasting live from the event throughout the afternoon, RTE Television’s Six One News taking a live feed and RTE Television Sport recording to show as part of its Sunday All-Ireland Hurling Final coverage.
The Sevens festival supported the 'Headsup', text referral service from Rehab Care, which aims to help young adults in difficulty by offering support group information for a range of issues via Freetext on 50424.
As usual the massive organisational and logistical exercise that is the Sevens was pulled off with aplomb by Tom Rock and his team. Our thanks to them and to everyone in the club whose help and support made the day such a success. Our thanks also to Conor Carmody, Philip McGauran, Louise Tier and all at Meteor for their wonderful sponsorship of and empathy with the festival. For full report click HERE
As the Sevens was progressing routine business also had to be looked after as many of the younger teams were in action with the following results:
U8 hurling Group 1 (3 team)        Naomh Barrog 20              Kilmacud Crokes 37
U8 hurling Group 1 (3 team)        Skerries           11               Kilmacud Crokes 27        
U9 hurling Group 5 (1team)         Crumlin            3                Kilmacud Crokes 10
U10 hurling group 1(3 team)        Cuala                25              Kilmacud Crokes 70
U10 hurling group 5 (1 team)       St. Marks                            Kilmacud Crokes not played as marks unable to field
All the above use “Go Games” scoring
U11 hurling div 1a                        Na Fianna      4-23             Kilmacud Crokes   2-10
U11 hurling div 1b                        Na Fianna      4-5               Kilmacud Crokes    3-1
U11 hurling div1 (1team)              St. Sylvesters 2-10            Kilmacud Crokes      2-3
Sunday morning (6th September 2009) provided a mixed bag of championship round robin results for the minor teams. In the A championship Crokes accounted for Crumlin in Pearse Park by 3-16 to 0-7. In defence Jack Doughan and Paul Collins ruled the roost, Cillian Doherty ran midfield while Hugh Byrne and Sean McGrath in attack battled hard.
Scorers: - Sean McGrath 3.05, Darren McVeigh 0.02, Hugh Byrne 0.02, Barry Mulligan 0.02, Dillon Mulligan, Jude Sweeney, Matthew Kinsella, Enda Grogan, Alan Carr All 0.01

The B team, competing in the “C” championship, had to give way to Ballyboden at Silverpark, going down 2-7 to 0-10. The concession of a goal at the start of each half made the mountain too high to climb notwithstanding the best efforts of Niall Murphy, Sean Boyd, Louis Whelan, Karl Russell, Jonathon Healy-Hayes and midfielder Justin Cassidy. Contemporaneously the intermediates had a useful challenge against Buffers Alley of Wexford.
On Tuesday 1st September the under 15’s opened their championship campaign with a win over St Brigids at Russell Park. A late goal saw Brigids 1-4 to 0-6 ahead at the interval although Crokes had dominated the play. For fifteen minutes the visitors could only nudge ahead. The introduction of Kevin James McGowan turned the game and Crokes ran out 2-12 to 1-5 winners. Among the leading lights were Michael Herlihy, Conor J O’Dwyer, Mark Collins, James Murphy, Conor O’Dywer and Oisin O’Rorke. Crokes next game is a semi final against Cuala likely on Sunday 12th September
M Herlihy, CJ O’Dwyer, D Corish, M Collins, C O’Dwyer, J Murphy, C Devins, O O’Rorke (0-3, f-3), R McGowan (0-1, f), C Gormley (0-2), M Geraghty (0-1), T Barry, N Gorey (0-2), B Horan, C Conway (0-3, f-2). Subs: KJ McGowan for B Horan (2-0), C O’Byrne for T Barry, C MacGabhann for C Gormley, M McNicholas for N Gorey and D Keane for O O’Rorke.
On Friday night it was a long but victorious cross town trip for one of the under 12 squads to play Fingallians in Swords.
The main fixtures for the coming week are Crokes next senior championship round robin assignment against Cuala on Sunday 13th September in O’Toole Park at 12.00 midday and the Junior B’s championship semi final against Crumlin at 2.30pm on the same date at the same venue. All support welcomed.
Camogie Sevens
Saturday 12th September 2009 will see the club host the Camogie Sevens. The Hurling Section will run the Silverpark pitches and if you are free to help and want to play your part please be there from 10am.
Hurling Nursery
Due to the hosting of the All-Ireland Club 7s the facilities at Glenalbyn are unavailable for the month of September. We will train at the all-weather pitch at St. Killians German School, Roebuck Rd, Clonskeagh on Saturday 5th, 12th and 19th of September. There will be no training on the 26th of September.  Training will return to Glenalbyn on Saturday the 3rd of October. Please note the following times and contact the managers for any further details.
Hurling (U6, U7 and new nursery group, i.e. Born 2002, 2003, 2004) @ 10.00am
Football U6 @ 9.00am and U7 @ 11am
NB Bring runners. Each child should bring his own water bottle clearly marked with his name.
Hurling, U6/ Born 2003 and 2004   Brian Harrison   087 9201743 and  John Maguire 087 6823264
Hurling, U7/ Born 2002    Mark Lohan  087 8052999
Juvenile Hurling Contacts:
Hurling Nursery Officer: Brian Harrison 087 9201743
Hurling Club Coach: Niall Corcoran 087 9834287
Hurling Secretary: Frances Herlihy 086 8075730
Hurling Dev Officer: Mick Crowe 087 9967608
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
Management Contact Details

For contact details click HERE


Kilmacud Crokes Hurling Coach:      

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