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Club Notes June 17th 2013

posted Jun 19, 2013, 2:06 PM by Kevin Brassil
Ogra this Saturday as well as club shop and coffee dock, all at 10am.

Summer plans for our younger players

Our Summer camps are filling up so don't forget to get your forms in asap,
all details on our website and application is available to download as well.

  • Summer Camp 1: 15th-19th July, 
  • Summer Camp 3:  Kelloggs Cul Camp 22nd-26th July 
  • Summer Camp 3:  12th-16th August.


Raheny GAA Boot Exchange will give parents a facility to donate outgrown boots and pick up a pair in the next size, free of charge.

To get started, we need some initial donations of outgrown boots which are in good condition.
Please drop boots into club hall on Saturday 22nd June and Saturday 29th June between 10AM and 12 noon to assist us put a stock together .

For more information, contact Catherine on 087 213 6703

Our Seniors played on last Wednesday v St Maurs is another nail biting game, that extended to extra time and Raheny came out ahead and are through to the next round of the championship where they will meet Fingal Ravens, our Seniors also played on Sunday where they drew with Kilmacud Crokes 1-11.

Div 4 won against O Dwyers on Wednesday in league match but in their first round of the championship it wasnt to be, they were beaten by Round Towers on Sunday morning.

We were against Castleknock in Junior A championship and another great game on Sunday unfortunately the winning result wasn't in our favour.
Jun C were pitched against a strong Kilmacud Crokes side and the outcome wasn't in our favour either.

As Always thanks to all who turned out to support the Parish at the weekend.

U11/12 Girls had a fab day out orienteering in the Dublin mountains, thanks to the mentors and parents who made this happen.
The U12 camogie and football outfit traded in their hurls and helmets for maps and compasses at the weekend and took to the Dublin mountains to do some orienteering. 48 girls from the 2001 outfit, extended families and 16 brave brave adults decided to go and visit the hills they could see everyday from their kitchen windows and see what all the fuss was about. We arranged to meet at 09:00 hours and after a quick photo and a nursery rhyme speech from Fintan we piled into transports of all makes/sizes much akin to the D-Day landings for the 35 min drive to "dem-dar-hills".
To keep them all occupied on the journey Eamonn threw out a history of the Hell-Fire club to build the atmosphere. Once arrived to the Hell Fire carpark we divided them all up into teams and assigned each team a "Bear Grylls" guide who looked more nervous than they should have.
A quick health'n'safety speech first from the tour rep and a strict no litter policy was being applied. We let them loose with maps and instructions in hand onto the Masseys Estate forest in a staggered start to save on the cheating. The weather was kind to us and it was glorious under the tree canopy. It was a bit slippery/sticky underfoot but it didn't bother the kids at all.... Susan Gaffey though we weren't so sure but there were plenty of chivalrous knights to hand to offer her assistance... on a few occasions. After 2 hours of running around the forest trying to find the different control markers .... some of which were hidden/buried by some mischievous little tree elves in Antoinette's group we blew the whistle to meet back up at base camp for some much needed grub. A bite to eat, cups of tae and hang sangwich's were dished out and demolished from the "tailgates". A bit of a chat some photos and we were back on the road home.
We weren't finished yet. Once back at home base the sacks/balls/ropes/tights and cones were brought out the back of the CARA hall and a mini-sports day ensued. The 3 legged race CFF-style was first up which involved soloing the football on alternate feet up and down the course and this brought about some spectacular falls and even some better cheating. Next up was the sack race and this went off with teams of 8 tearing up the side of the hall screaming and laughing. The kic-fada competition took some policing as there were footballs flying everywhere.... especially when one was blasted into the school by Fintan... wide I might also add. The tug-o-war was the grand finale and we split the girls up into 4 teams with a mentor anchor and let them rip it up and this was brilliant crack. The closing ceremony was a mentors vs kids tug-o-war winner take all over a home and away leg where we were supposed to have taken on half of the girls on each rope but either we cant count or there was cheating going on but every child of every age in the parish seemed to have been on the ropes and we fell to an early loss in the home leg. In the away leg we got setup and then had a look down the line to see even more kids looking to take a scalp and they could smell victory. We took the strain and leaned into it and gave it a heave, counted to 3 and dropped the rope... they toppled like skittles.
While this was going on back in the club Ide was feverishly getting the sausages and burgers ready and had the barbecue fired up and stoked for a long session. There were much needed drinks up in the bar for all the competitors and families after the stint they put in over in the park. It wasn't long before the smell of grub let everybody know the grub was ready and the queuing started. Eamonn, Jeff and John were dishing out the burgers and sausages and they were demolished as everybody had worked up some hunger over the days activities. The last burger was being carefully eyed up by many only to have their hopes dashed on the rocks as John announced it was ready only to subsequently go and drop the bloody thing straight on the floor. Now there is no chance that the 3 second rule was being applied here so it was left there as a testament to a hard days work.
A brilliant day was had by all and thanks to all the staff in the club for all their help and patience as we arrived in troves. Thanks to all who supplied and brought all the food to feed the entire club on the day.

U13 Camogie had an outing to Kilkenny.

Raheny under Nines Camogie 16th June
As the summer holidays approach and the under nine girls team get ready to break for the summer their skill and achievements are going from strength to strength. They played away to Na Fianna and came home with another spectacular victory, last time having played Na Fianna in football and won and on Sunday they secured a victory in Camogie. Na Fianna who are no easy team to beat and have themselves some great players, but I guess the dedication of the Raheny squad and their mentors is really paying off. What a great way to start off the summer well done girls!!!

U9 Blitz
On Saturday, 4 clubs gathered on pitches 12 & 12a in St Annes for the U9 Coiste na nÓg Gaelic football blitz and again we got the breaks with the weather
Each club brought their 3 team groups, meaning Raheny faced up to Castleknock, Clontarf and Naomh Barróg.
There was a good spread of winners for each club from the 18 matches played.
On our green team Ciaran Harnett again shone, demonstrating excellent blocking technique and kicking some nice scores. Jason Maguire and Matthew McGloin linked up very well in our forward line with Sean Reilly and Daniel Broderick really motoring by the time the 3rd game came around.
For our white team John McNally and John Robinson put in great shifts while for our orange team returning player Luke Fitzpatrick looked like he had never been away. Welcome back Luke, great to have you back with us.
Every player who played got a medal and a small treat afterwards. Thanks to mentors from our visiting clubs for helping with the presentation.
Many thanks to all the players, referees, mentors and parents for their help running the blitz. It is a big undertaking with 120 players participating.
Special thanks to Cathal McHugh from Naomh Barróg for allowing us to use their goals and pitch 12 on the day.
This Saturday 22nd June we are off on our travels to play Moycarkey- Borris and Holycross in Tipperary. We will finish off the day with a BBQ in the club for our parents and players.
Hurling training on Tuesday on pitch 1 and Wednesday on pitch 9. 6pm both nights.

Match report Under 7 hurling/ football blitz v Parnells 15/06/13
Our under 7 teams faced Parnells in a football/hurling blitz last Saturday morning in perfect conditions in St.Annes. All matches were played in great spirit and some of the skills shown made it hard to believe these boys are under 7.

Raheny Orange

Raheny Orange started off with two very close football matches. In the first game Joseph Doherty scored immediately to give the oranges a great start. Both teams exchanged ten scores with Finn Brassil and Joseph Doherty scoring. In the final minute James Pitts was very close to equalising but his shot went just wide to leave the score 6-5 to Parnell’s.

The second game was much tighter with the boys losing to a late point, Great battling performances from Luke Kelly and Dylan Strain. Sean Mulvaney, Liam Savage and Matthew Dowdall showed the way with some great tackling and Evan Wynne in goals saved on a number of occasions.

In the hurling was where the orange team shone. In the first game they won 4-0 with 3 goals from Finn Brazil and one from James Pitts. In the second game they won 2-0 with Finn grabbing the goals. These performances were great team efforts with Dylan Strain in goal saving all that went his way. Luke Kelly made a last ditch goal saving tackle in the second game with the game level. Evan Wynne marshalled the defence with some great blocks. In midfield Joseph Doherty , Liam Savage and Matthew Dowdall with a man of the-match performance controlled midfield in both games. Up front the tireless work rate of Sean Mulvaney and James Pitts ensured Parnells found it difficult to get out of their half.

Raheny Green
The Raheny Green team got off to a great start in the first hurling match with Michael Clarke grabbing the only goal in a game dominated by Raheny. Thomas Reddy caught the eye with some lovely first touches and great strikes.
The second hurling match saw Raheny Green against a strongly fancied Parnells side. Sameul O'Leary had a battling performance up front and scored a terrific goal to put Raheny ahead. Parnells got a late equaliser very much against the run of play and despite the best efforts in midfield from Zach Newson and Joe Bonnar Raheny had to settle for a draw.
Raheny first football match was a closely fought affair just shaded by Parnells. Tom Beary bossed the game from the back with some terrific tackling and last ditch clearances.
The final football match saw Raheny Green face a very strong Parnells side. Oisin Nugent put in a great performance in goal and his kick outs were laser sharp in finding their targets. Despite a tireless performance by Ryan Kent in the midfield 'engine room' Raheny just came up short in the scoreline.

Raheny Blue & Red team
The Raheny Blue and Red team were combined to face a much fancied Parnells side. Parnells put in a very strong performance in the first match winning the game by a few points. Raheny defended well and were able to keep the forwards under control for much of the game. Odhran Carmody playing full back made some brave blocks and Martin Bishop put in a great performance up front scoring a late goal for Raheny.
In their first hurling match Raheny put on a masterful display of skill and team work and won the game comfortably. Ultan Fitzpatrick made some great strikes from midfield supplying the forwards with plenty of ball. The forwards scored 5 goals with Jamie Nolan putting in a man of the match performance rewarded with a number of goals.
Raheny also dominated their next hurling match with Ciaran Kerrisk commanding the play from the centre of the field. Callum Carroll and Edwardo Tome showed some great skill and good touches in a very fast game. Raheny won the match with the only goal of the match.
The final match for the boys was in football against a strong Parnells side. The match was very competitive and closely fought. All the boys performed really well and worked as a team to keep the Parnell’s forwards under control. Eoin Mc Guirk had some great shots at goal and was unlucky not to be rewarded. The man of the match performance went to Max Osbourne. From full back Max consistently turned over the Parnells attack and cleared the ball down the field. Max scored the equaliser from a 45 in the last kick of a game that was a real thriller for the spectators.

Probably the strangest best wishes we have put in the club notes.... wishing James O Kane (U16) a speedy recovery after being biten by a Cheetah at a petting Zoo in South Africa.

Our Diners Club had another great night, fab food came from The Mint Cottage in the Village. Thanks to Anwar and his staff.

Matches to support ...., 19/6 Int Med Hurling Champ. v Pergerines 7.30 in St Annes, 20/6 Jun F Hurling Champ at home v Kilmacud Crokes.

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