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Club Notes 11th and 18th May 2015

posted May 18, 2015, 1:24 PM by Kevin Brassil   [ updated May 18, 2015, 1:29 PM ]

Apologies for lack of Club Notes last week, this was due to circumstances beyond our control.

Raheny 2:10 Skerries 3:1
Saturday 9th of May will be a day to remember for a long time by our U14 Feile team and their supporters as the team were crowned Dublin Division 2 Feile Champions. The team bet a fancied Skerries Harps on our home soil on Pitch 10. A sporting and skilful display by both teams was played in ideal conditions on a pitch that was in great condition – no small thanks to the work of Conor Lee, Gene Henry and their team.
Following the rain soaked heroics of the previous week topping the group and winning the semi-final comfortably friends and supporters started to believe this could be the year. Skerries had other plans as they too had topped their group and won their semi-final with an impressive scoreline. A toss of a coin gave home advantage to Raheny and the boys were determined that the considerable home support would not be disappointed. And nor were they.
This was an exhibition of hurling by the young guns from Raheny. Three quick fire Raheny points settled the nerves of the massive home support (over 250) that turned out to wish the team well. Skerries replied with a fortuitous goal that came down off the upright. Within a couple of minutes Skerries struck the back of the net again. Raheny dug deep and Adam Codd struck over a perfectly judged long range shot to reduce the margin to two points. Skerries then scored their third goal to lead by 5. With time ticking away (20 minutes each half) Raheny pressed the Skerries defence and won a converted free to reduce the margin to 4. Just as the half time whistle was about to sound Mark Murphy sent the ball in to Tom Geary. The fastest full forward in Dublin caught the ball neatly rounded his man and blasted the ball to the roof of the net. Game on. Half time. Raheny 1:5 Skerries 3.0.
The second half started like the first with Raheny dominance rewarded by points from Enda Owens and Liam Dunne whose free taking, long range and close in, was flawless all day. With five minutes to go Raheny were 3 points up. Luke Moreau got the ball in hand, rounded his man and was pulled to the ground. Free to Raheny on the 20 metre line a little right of the goal. Liam Dunne lined up to the ball and was advised to pop it over. Advice not taken! Liam drilled it to the back of the net, the crowd cheered, a 6 point lead suddenly opened up with 5 minutes to go. In the last 5 minutes Skerries threw the kitchen sink at Raheny. Thomas Hurley (under 12 !) was super in goal mopping up everything in front of him. The brick wall in front of Thomas of Josh Lynch, Sean Lumley, Rob McGuirk and Tom o Donnell let the Skerries lads know ‘Thou shalt not pass’. Ben Roberts, Luke Fox, Joe Crimmons and Sean Ryans tackling was super throughout. Eoin Bridgeman deserves special mention as the hardest working man on the pitch. His workrate and tackling was a constant thorn in Skerries side as he made sure Raheny dominated the midfield area from start to finish.
Rahenys smiling Captain Liam Dunne accepted the cup much to the delight and cheers of the players, mentors, parents and support.
Scorers Raheny: L Dunne 1:8, T Geary 1:0, A Codd 0:1, E Owens 0:1.

Report for the GREEN AND WHITE U10 team below:

Commercials shaded a very competitive encounter vs the Raheny White team winning by 7pts to 5pts. Raheny fought for every ball and hunted in packs to deny the Commercials players time to lift and strike the ball cleanly. Strong defending from Ted Laput and Patrick Bishop and excellent goalkeeping from Adam Flynn kept Rahney in touch at the break. The commitment was huge from both sides and Raheny shaded the second half when the impressive Kevin Kelly and Jack Kirby got the upper hand in midfield. In the end Commercials superior accuracy from Free's and 65's was all that separated the two sides. The Raheny White team have had an excellent season winning 4 of their 5 games to date and can be happy with their days work having run a hurling only club like Commercials so close.

Raheny GAA u10s (Green team) took on Commercials this Saturday. Commercials are a hurling only club and provided a stiff test to our dual playing boys. However, Raheny were more than a match for them. Raheny competed ferociously for every ball throughout the match with Conor Nugent, Mark Farrelly and Alex Lynch's work rate particularly impressive. Raheny were well ahead on skill points having made a number of hooks and blocks throughout the game with Niall Cox and John McNally regularly putting their hurls in right place. Ryan McGuirk scored the point of the day from play having hoisted over a massive long range shot. James Wall and Shay Keogh had a great games in defense and there were top class goalkeeping displays in each half from Ryan Markham and Cathal Baldwin - who both showed great accuracy from puck outs. Commercials scored 3 times directly from sideline cuts - a great skill to witness at this young age group - and that was the score difference at the end but Raheny can be very proud of their performance.

U16 boys were unsuccessful in their bid to get to the championship final, hard luck lads.

Summer camp dates
are 13-17 July, 20-24 July Kellogg's Cul camp and 10-14 August.

Our Hurling Ogra is on every Friday at 6 on pitch 12 and On Saturday morning 10-12. If either are being cancelled this intimation can be found on Twitter/Facebook, both have a live feed on our website


Well done to our Heros of the Parish, Our U14 Footballers who fought hard to get to the Dublin Feile Final and who narrowly lost to Templeogue. Mentors, Players, Parents and supporters you did the Club proud. Thank you to Adrienne Atkins and Conor Bridgeman for the regular updates.

Congratulations to all our U9 girls who made their Communion on Saturday, all gathered on Sunday morning for a puck around in their dresses!!!

It Really is congratulations all around our Junior B Hurlers are now through to the Quarter Finals of the Championship, under the guidance of manager extraordinaire Mike O Brien.

Our Hurlers had a good win over Commercials in the Dublin IHC, well done lads.

And last but not least our Minor footballers had another great result, Raheny 4-10 v 2-07 St Brigids. Another fantastic performance from the lads.

We were well represented in Blue this weekend,
Brian Howard (capt), Glen Mcnamara, D Byrne and S Macmahon, who with the Dublin Minors who are through to the Leinster semi Final, and Also Ciara McDunphy who scored 1-01 in the Leinster Final with the Dublin Ladies U16 Footballers.

Well done to Scoil Aine Camogie Team who are won their semi-final and are playing in another final in Croke Park.

Thank you to all involved in the Battle of the Schools on Friday night, we had a massive 170 Children playing, the future of the club is safe.

URGENT !!!!!!
Our Ladies Footballer are urgently looking for a Manager, they have 26 committed players and had great start to the season. If interested please contact Claire on 086-1275502.

Club lotto is now a massive €6,400.
Why not play on line, someone has to win..... if could be you.

There is no strength without working together