We have six lads on the Fingal Minor Hurling team in the All Ireland C Final in Ashbourne next Saturday (see other article). Last Saturday we had four players on the Dublin U14 teams in the Tony Forrestal in Waterford (Eoin Cooney, Danial Murphy, Mickey Meaney, Eamon McLoughney) and four in the U16 All Ireland Blitz in Tipperary (Simon Owens, Ciaran O'Carroll, Shane Nangle, Barry Shearman).
Basically it was a great few days, notwithstanding the results didn't go our way, the event itself was very much a success overall. It kicked off in the sunshine on Thursday 5th July when we took on Portlaoise, who we were hosting in Malahide for the weekend, in the first match. While the final score was 3-5 to 0-4 to our visitors, the match was very much in the balance until right before half time when a breakaway Laois goal put clear daylight between the two teams and they went on from there. Portlaoise didn't get it as hard again until they got to Croke Park on Saturday!
Feile na nGael returned to Dublin after 30years and Syls hosted Div2 GroupA in Broomfield. We also hosted Portlaois players in family houses. I will ask oneof the lads for a report. Bernard and Mel provided a few pictures.
Some pictures of the Hurling Camp from Bernard - looks like a fine turnout and well supported by Dublin Hurlers
Our U14s Footballers had a good win away to Thomas Davis last night. The conditions were poor and it was difficult to play football but we grinded out a result. We needed to win this as although we had an excellent Feilie campaign we have struggled in the league mostly due to not having a full panel available on a regular basis, injuries, sickness, holidays etc…. Hopefully, the Feilie and now this result will act as a catalyst for better results after the Summer break. Ciaran
Whether it was the opportunity to finish school early or the desire to represent their school in hurling, I am not sure but over 50 young hurlers turned up to play for their school in the inaugural ‘Malahide Primary Schools Senior Hurling Championship’ sponsored by The Grand Hotel. Panner sent PJP pictures, I think Ernie has some Ollies
After their heroics in the football just a few weeks ago, the U14s had another splendid day out in the Dublin Feile na nGael Hurling tournament on Saturday, just pipped by the favourites (and eventual winners) Whitehall Gaels after extra time in the semi final down at Cuala. I am promised pictures and a story from Joan or John. We still have the All Ireland Feile to look forward to aswe are hosting in Dublin this year.
Fallout from our recent good showing in the Football Feile was three more Syls players being invited onto the Dublin Development squad . . .well done lads . . . Christian Doyle, Mark Mccormack, Bryn Redmond, David Maloney, Luke Troy, Eoin Cooney, Alex Wright, Daniel Murphy
Congratulations to St Oliver Plunketts NS on winning the Cumann na mBunscoil Senior Hurling Shield Final at Croke Park today, they defeated Scoil Mobhi of Glasnevin 2-8 to 1-5. Earlier in the campaign todays opposition had run out comfortable 5 point victors in Bridgefield, however Mr Fortune had tuned this squad to the max and with Croke Park inspiring them they led from start to finish.
Although we didn't win in the end we went close in reaching our first Feile na nÓg Football Final since 2005 and only bowed out to a very fine St Brigids outfit. The lads were particularly pleased with our group win over Na Fianna where we played the best football this team have ever produced. We had to fight really hard to overcome Thomas Davis with a late Mark McCormack goal on Sunday morning and that may have proved our undoing in the final. We gave up an early goal against Brigids in the final in Parnell, fought out way back to 0-4 to 1-1 but the effort and the big field proved too much as Brigids dominated the second half to win well in the end.
Thanks to John Keenan
Best wishes to Mr. Fortune and the senior hurlers of St Oliver Plunketts NS who will be contesting the Cumann na mBunscoil Senior Hurling Shield Final in Croke Park on Tuesday, throw in 10.30. Made up of a panel of 20 hurlers, all who play for Syls and many who are eligible for this competition for the next 2 years, they have worked hard over the last few months and their efforts are being rewarded with a run out in Headquarters.
Syls families will host the Laois representatives in the All Ireland Feile na nGael and we are drawn in group 2A along with Laois, Castlenock and Westmeath. We have offered to host the group in Malahide but have not heard yet if that will happen - would be a nice hurling weekend for the town.
The under 13s A and B teams had 2 good wins on tuesday evening, the A team travelled to cuala and after some wayward shooting and a nervous period in the second half managed to close out the game and won comfortably in the end on a score line of 5-20 to 4-4.
Our u14 football team won their 2nd game in the U14 Football Cup against a hard working Erins Isle team in Bridgefield. The team is a mixture of our two u14 teams and because both path panels train together the players work hard for each other resulting in some fine scores and in particular a number of well taken goals. Although there was only a goal between the teams with 10 mins to play, we defended well with Jack Hussey and Luke Cassidy putting in a lot of hardwork. Our forwards responded with some goods scores to ensure a win for Syls..
U14H Div2 St Sylvesters 3-16 St Oliver Plunkets ER 5-07 A storming finish producing five points without reply saw the U14 win a game that seemed to be running away at one stage.
U14F Div1 St Sylvesters St Johns Balinteer WE ere two points up at the break against the wind and, by all accounts, looking the stronger team. Nobody told Johns, however, who came out in the second half playing some fabulous football and knocking up 3-02 without reply before we got ourselves going again.
The St Sylvester’s U13A team kicked off their league campaign on a sunny Saturday afternoon in the castle where last years Div 1 North champions were up against the Div 1 South champions, Kilmacud Crokes. It’s rare that a match lives up to its expectations but this one certainly did not disappoint.
Daniel Murphy , Eoin Cooney and Mikey Meaney who all played a major part in North Dublin Colleges winning the under 14 Leinster Colleges " A " final in Kinnegad this week . The North Dublin squad beat combined Offaly Colleges in the final. A great achievement by the colleges and the thriving Dublin Hurling and it's great that Syls and Scoil Iosa are part of it.
Following an initiative suggested at our last Juvenile Committee meeting, the inaugural Malahide Community School 2nd Year Mixed Football Championship was hosted by Syls in Broomfield on Wednesday morning. Organised by Panner and Philip Reid with the help of Dave Peyton in the School the event was a huge success with a full turn out in glorious weather, fun and good football and refreshments and a cup sponsored by Autobar Vending (Anthony Cooney).
Syls U14s went paintballing in Louth on Sunday, both A and B team players had a great day. We then returned to the club and treated the players to Pizza. Thanks to the parents that helped with the transport.
HELP NEEDED - FYI our U13 football team have organised bag packing in Dunnes Stores, Swords Pavilions Centre on Saturday 31st March between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Paul Clarke, All Ireland Medal winner with Dublin, former Dublin Senior Football team coach and now coaching our senior football team delivered a tackling session for our u14 football squads last night. We had 28 players at training , the lads really enjoyed it and were hanging on to Paul's every word. I would like to thank Paul for his help and expertise. Ciaran
Bridgefield was a hive of hurling activity on Sunday morning as Bishopstown, in Dublin to watch Cork at Croke Park, had over 40 young hurlers.
With it being a hurling week-end and our 14 football team getting a bye in the first round of the U14 Football Cup , Syls u13s and u14s footballers played a challenge match in The Castle on Saturday afternoon. We had about 45 players and all players got a decent run. This will prepare our u14s for the cup competition and also help to integrate the both u14s football teams and u13 footballers for the Feile. Better than any training.
U14H Div2 St Judes 0-06 St Sylvesters 4-12 Always good to start the league with a win but we were surprised at the margin over at Tymon against a Judes team that have beaten us in recent years.
U16 Div2 Ballymun Kickhams 3-13 St Sylvesters 5-9. Syls U16A continued the season in winning form with a hard fought battle against Ballymun Kickhams. Initially the match was scheduled to be played in Albert College Park, but as the pitches were not playable it was switched to Ballymun Kickhams home ground on the All Weather pitch.
U14 Div1 We lost by a few points to Clontarf in Bridgefield in a fine looking game that went from end to end with good scores on both sides. This difference I suppose was a couple of goals for Clontarf, one from a penalty, in the second half against some real quality points from the Syls lads. I think we will be a little disappointed, might have won it.
A very lively Juvenile AGM last night chaired by Ernie Brenner and ably abetted by Juv Sec Pat Hoyne looked back at very successful 2011 and forward to 2012. Pat and Ernie are staying on for 2012, Club Chairman Eddie Sullivan and Bar Manager Gary Penrose addressed the meeting and all representative positions were filled. Read Pat's report attached, it captures a very busy section and acknowledges all those that make it happen.