Week Ending 8th March 2009

U14s v Castleknock

j0223791.gifPairc de Burca was the venue for the under 14A’s seasonal debut when Castleknock came calling. The game was evenly contested for the first 15 or 20 minutes and then the home side began to pull away, going in 3-4 to 0-1.  The second half was more of the same giving a final outcome of 4-12 to 0-2.  Among the chief contributors to the victory were Gregory Buckley, Edward Campion, Michael O’Dwyer, who scored a wonderful long range second half point, Donncha O’Murchu and Donal Keane.


Team: Cian MacGabhann, Gregory Buckley, Odhran O’Siochru, Edward Campion, Michael O’Dwyer, Donncha O’Murchu, Ronan Horgan, David Kane, Cathal Keane-Breslin, Stephen Faughney, Mark O’Loughlin, Dara Mullen, Dara O’Gallchobhair, Donal Keane, Ciaran McIntyre.  Sub; Graham Healy-Hayes for C Keane-Breslin, Conor Hayes for R Horgan, Sean Bedford for D Keane, Kevin O’Flanagain for D O’Gallchobhair, Adam Spollen, Karl Doyle, Dylan Paisley, Conor Egan, Andrew Lynch, Barry OSullivan, Ryan Conlon

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


U16s v Ballinteer St John's

j0223791.gifThe under 16’s had a hard earned 0-9 to 0-7 league win over Ballinteer St Johns in Silverpark.  Crokes trailed by the minimum, 0-5 to 0-4, at the short whistle, having registered just one point from play.  Within a minute of the restart Crokes were level and then Ken Kelly, who switched from goal to corner forward at half time, put them one up.  By the thirty sixth minute the visitors made it 0-6 each.   A scoreless seventeen minutes followed before Ballinteer regained the initiative.  This was cancelled by an Alex Pilkington free and then a good Niall Carr point nosed the Stillorgan boys ahead.  The game could have gone either way in the remaining minutes with Crokes mixing the bad (conceding silly frees which fortunately were not converted) and the good before, fittingly, Ken Kelly closed out the game with a superb over.  Significant in the 0-9 to 0-7 win were two late forages and runs by wing forward Fionan Motherway, which even if they did not produce scores directly, carried the fight to the opposition end of the field.  The Kilmacud stars included Kelly, Niall Hanley, Shane Moran, Conal O’Neill and Andrew Cullinane.


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


To see images of this match (courtesy of Dara O Gallchobhair) click HERE or on the flashing camera!


U13's v St Maurs & Crumlin

The under 13A’s played St Maurs in a wind swept top pitch at Deerpark.  Crokes were 1-2 to 1-1 ahead at half time.  Wind advantage in the second half helped them to a 4-7 to 2-2 win.  To the fore were Michael Crowley, Eoin Keane, Sean Crowe and Tom Duke.


Team: Conor Gowing, Mark McCallion, Tom Duke, Eoin Keane, Sean Crowe, Stephen Doyle, Daniel Coakley, Michael Crowley, Cian O’Connor, Peter Herlihy, Eamonn Allen, Adam O’Neill, Ronan Kennedy, Shane Veale, Eoin McMahon.  Subs; Killian O’Shea for Eoin Keane, Lorcan Tucker for Ronan Kennedy.


The under 13B’s were less fortunate, also in the league.  They were 1-1 to 0-1 to the good against Crumlin in Pearse Park.  In spite of the best endeavours of Tadgh Murphy, Niall Sweeney, Kevin Browne, who goaled with his first touch in a Crokes jersey, and Gavin McDermott they could not sustain the effort against the strong wind and went down 1-7 to 1-1.


Dublin Colleges

On the representative front Dublin Colleges South lost their Leinster Senior A Colleges semi-final to Castlecomer CS at Athy on a 3-18 to 0-12 margin  This was the first year Dublin split into South and North combinations and earlier in the season the South team claimed the Leinster A League title.  Well done to all concerned in particular the strong Crokes contingent.


Sunday 8th March 2009

The Minors hosted Ballygalget in a challenge match in Glenalbyn. To see images of this match click http://www.kilmacudcrokes.com/hurling/Photos/PhotosMatches/MinorMatchPhotos/tabid/8089/path/2009_0308_Mnr_Bgelgot/Default.aspx or on the flashing camera below.



The under 15’s opened their Division 1 league campaign with a 5-9 to 2-4 victory over a depleted St Judes at Silverpark.  A sleet shower before the game was followed by some brilliant sunshine with a strong cross wind.  With dominance around the centre and Barry Horan rampant at full forward Crokes led 5-1 to 0-1 at the break.  It was much the same in the second half even if the visitors came more into it.  On a day where they were not severely tested Crokes leading performers included Louis O’Sullivan, Robert Murphy, Ross McGowan, Oisin O’Rorke, Barry Horan, substitute Andrew Coclough and Caolan Conway who made some fine saves in goal


Caolan Conway, Conor J O’Dwyer, Daibhid Corish, Louis O’Sullivan, Conor O’Dwyer, Robert Murphy, James Murphy, Oisin O’Rorke (0-3, f-3), Ross McGowan (0-1), Cian Gormley (0-1), Matthew Geraghty, Conor Devins (1-1), Michael Herlihy (0-1), Barry Horan (2-1), Neil Gorey (2-0).  Subs: Andrew Coclough for B Horan, Mark Collins for James Murphy, Philip O’Shea for Conor O’Dwyer, Matthew McNicholas (0-1, f) for O O’Rorke, Conor O’Byrne for C Devins


Junior B's v Clontarf

j0223791.gifThe Junior B’s were in afternoon action at Silverpark 1 in the Doyle Cup against Clontarf.  Crokes turned over 0-4 to 0-9 behind.  Two long range frees from Conor Sheehan had the deficit down to three by the thirty fourth minute.  Two points from Clontarf made it 0-6 to 0-11.  A good pull for a point by Patrick Byrne and it was 0-7 to 0-11 with Crokes very much in the game.  Immediately afterwards came the crucial score when the northside team goaled.  Crokes tried valiantly to get back in the game but the Clontarf goal led a charmed life.  A good run by Niall Butler set up Ciaran O’Grady for a smartly taken over in the fiftieth minute.  Shortly after O’Grady added another good point and there were five in it, 0-9 to 1-11.  Clontarf broke forward and goaled against the run of play to effectively finish the game with five minutes left.  A late Colm Duggan free saw the match end 0-10 to 2-11.  Crokes best included Paddy Igor, Oran Turley, Donal Monnelly, Conor Sheehan, John Ross Hunt, Niall Butler and Ciaran O’Grady.


Team: R Tighe, P Ryan, P Igoe, O Turley, D Monnelly, D Staunton, N Hall, C Sheehan, C Duggan, K Noctor, J R Hunt, S Canny, C Baker, N Butler, H O’Connor.  Subs: P Byrne for C Baker, C O’Grady for K Noctor, K Noctor for D Staunton, D Staunton for N Butler.


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


Eddie Barron Shield

 In the Eddie Barron Shield the junior C3’s defeated Civil Service by 3-5 to 0-9 at Islandbridge, holding the home team scoreless in the second half and adding 2-4 of their own.  Prominent were Gavin Hyland, Padraic Doheny, goal scorer in chief Barry Gavigan Ronan Egan and Pat Kennedy.


Under 12s in Gorey

The under 12’s travelled to Gorey to play Naomh Eanna in two games.  The A’s won 1-7 to 1-4 while the B’s won by a big margin.  Both games were played in lovely conditions on pristine pitches which were a credit to our hosts.  For report 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 Paul.Gorman@Pioneerinvest.ie


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 wnoctor@eircom.net.



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, 087 996 7608 , 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.”