News and Match Reports
Peter Hickey copied me with this lovely memory of the girls exploits in 2012. I thought I saw it in the clubhouse at one time but it disappeared again. Anyway, a great memory and a strong reminder that you can go and do it all again girls, maith sibh.
MHC C Gr1 Ballyboden 1-09 St Sylvesters 0-10 We have already qualified for the semi-finals but it was still a pity to leave this one behind us at the wide open breezy Ballycullen. We trailed by 4 after playing into a strong wind in the first half and reeled in Boden in the first ten minutes of the second. Unfortunately we let Boden break away for a goal and a point and then proceeded to make very hard work of pulling just two points back from plenty of possession and opportunities.
This hopefully is a vision of things to come! 6 Syls players on the Dublin U14 Development Squad with Sam. 10 years time these lads may be winning it for themselves. Left to right Simon Murphy, Denis Smith, Euan Farquarson, Andrew Roe, Sean Guiden, Josh Bannon
AFL3 St Sylvesters 4-12 Ballymun Kickams 2-12 I just caught the last few minutes of the Inter game when Ballymun scored a goal and a point to take the lead and looked like we were in trouble but we re-grouped and finished with two good goals and a few points. I'm not sure what this means fo relegation playoffs as there are still a few games to play our for teams below us.
AFL1 St Sylvesters 0-10 Na Fianna 2-12 A very poor first half saw us 2-09 to 0-05 at the break. We picked it up in the second half and outscored Na Fianna but never really pushed up on them in a way that might threaten their lead. We need a win from the Brigids or Judes games and need to find a bit of confidence and a bit of form as we are a little down in our boots at the moment.
Decent looking game in Bridgefield, I only saw the last 15 minutes and Syls were pretty even and very competitive with a much bigger looking team from Clonee. I didn't get the score but think we lost by 4 or 5.
In the end it turned out to be a bit of an anti-climax as a conceded fixture by Na Fianna on Saturday left the U16 hurlers with no game. The lads weren't complaining however as it meant they maintained their 100% record for the season and more importantly clinched the Div 5 league title with a game to spare.
The 2008 squad had an incredibly impressive first outing of competitive (but very friendly) matches in Broomfield this Saturday morning. The excitement was palpable with many of the squad awake from very early in anticipation of their first ever game. Binn Eadair and Naomh Mearnog were invited to compete in this friendly football & hurling blitz, and they fielded 5 and 3 teams respectively. Photoshoot over, new club jersey's distributed and the squad dispersed into their teams. The wait was over and the games began
The noise of planes taking off on the easterly one-zero runway over Clonshaugh at the weekend didn't drown out the excitement of the U11 hurling matches against Craobh Chiaran. The hosts were both physical and skillful in their play and the first team struggled with the physicality at times. They showed great spirit and fight however, particularly after the break but came up short in the end.
Please see attached Workshops from Dublin County Board plus a series of courses planned for our own club. These courses are very well structured and delivered by experienced coaches and GPAs and you can learn a lot to help with your coaching and team management. Congratulations to all the coaches and mentors who put the time in to make the games enjoyable and competitive, it really shows on the field and the children will always be grateful for your efforts..
The club would like to congratulate the following who have now qualified as Level 3 referees, and we wish them well as they take on a new challenge; Karl Archbold, Niall Higgins, Eoin Mc Carthy. Well done lads, Aidan
St. Sylvester's U/9 squad held a very exciting Hurling Blitz in Malahide Castle this morning. Under blue skies and glorious sunshine the two young St. Sylvesters hurling squads posted some very impressive scores against local opponents Trinity Gaels and Clontarf. In their first set of matches against Clontarf, both of the St. Sylvester's teams won 11 - 10 and 21 - 19 respectively, in hard fought battles
U15 A Championship The Under 15 A footballers displayed amazing character to come from behind and secure a five point win against St Vincents in the their A championship quarter final on Sunday morning. Syls found it difficult to get to grips with a very physical Vincents side in the first half. Our defence worked very hard and absorbed a huge amount of pressure. The Division 1 side however, had the best of the half and a Luke Peyton goal just before half time saw Syls lucky to finish the half only 4 points down.
AHL 9 Broomfield 27th September 2015 St Sylvester’s 4-14, St Joseph’s OCB 5-1 A well contested game of hurling saw 27 supporters come out in the bright autumn sunshine. Included were some parents of the younger players while the older players brought their children. A couple of 3-generation groups were also there. After a strange first half the score was Syls 2-6 to 4-0 for OCB due to individual excellence by the OCB midfielder, Mark Finlay. In the second half Syls tightened up their game with Daniel Colclough excellent in goals and Matthew Rosenell making good clearances.
Congratulations to the Dublin Ladies on a determined display in Croke Park today but unfortunately it was just not enough to dethrone the all conquering Cork. Niamh McEvoy led my example up front, must have been her best ever display for Dublin, Nicole Owens foraged hard for the decisive opening after her introduction, it would have been great to see Nicole get more ball in space to create a greater threat. It was a great honour for St Sylvesters that our players again contributed to the biggest event in Ladies Sport in Europe. Hard luck girls, I felt the transition from defence to attack was just a little too ponderous to threaten the Cork girls.
MFC C Gr1 A heavyt loss at home to Erins Isles in Broomfield, Isles looked the more mature side, generally stronger around the field. We were within three points at the break but our attacks were under pressure and we hit a few wides while Is;es tacked on a few points and opened a gap, moving further ahead with two well taken goals. We did hit a number of nice points but never enough.
The U14A footballers visited 3rd placed Lucan on Saturday knowing that a win would guarantee us qualification for the League Final with a game to spare. All seemed to be going to plan early on as we raced in to a 3 point lead, dominance around midfield allied to some slick forward play. However, Lucan are a big physical team and managed to get on top and a goal just before half time meant we turned 1-04 to 0-6 down. Odran Monaghan, Jack Boyne, Cian Grassick and Daragh McLoughney being our standout players
Volunteers get the old rugby pitch in shape for winter training, a little help goes a long way, Maybe there is something that you can do for your club, just ask.
AHL6 Three point win away to Liffey Gaels, hope Bernard can send a report, leaves us third in the league I think.
The U11 hurlers played against Craobh Ciaran on Saturday in glorious sunshine in Clonshaugh. The two matches were very competitive with some fine hurling on display. The U11 have continued to improve with every match this season and most pleasing of all was the performances of new players who recently have started hurling including Wilhelm, Jack, Donnacha, Adam and Mathew.