Big congratulations to the Cuala hurlers bringing the All Ireland Club Hurling title to Dublin for the first time. Great achievement lads and of course we're hoping this will translate to more county success where Cuala provide a lot of the Dublin team. Well done lads, enjoy the success.
AHL3 St Sylvesters 4-08 Kilmacud Crokes 0-08 Always great to start the league with a win, The Junior As had a 1-20 to 1-07 win over Olafs, I haven't heard how the Bs fared against Realt Dearg in Div8. The AHL8 team had a convincing 6 point win over Realt Dearg. Great start all roud.
It's a great tradition among hurlers that some guys fix broken hurleys. Two repaired examples showed up at our house this morning and I have to say they are a brilliant examples of an age old tradition. These are from Jim Wardick who has been fixing hurleys for Syls lads for over thirty years. Other lads like Bernard, Greg, Danny also practice this art, I even used to have a go myself years ago and maybe will again sometime. A great tradition Jim, many thanks from all the lads whose favourite piece of ash you saved.
Just spotted this picture of Declan Morris in Parnell Park with Mel and Declan Ryan at the Hurling Feile last year - probably a bit of a tear-jerker for some of us but I thought a lovely memory nonetheless.
Another great turnout last Monday for the annual St Stephens Day hurling. We had a minutes silence and rousing round of applause for Declan, Leonard spared the whistle, Davy Keogh said Hello, Liam Foley led his crew, Tom Hughes gave Luke a hand, Ian's McCafferty's lad stole the show sending Hillary the wrong way, Shay Early's lad and Niall McCarthy also showed promise, another good day out. I almost have 10 years of pictures, mostly not great, I'm sure Danny O'Connor has lots more.
U21HC C SemiFinal St Sylvesters 3-10 St Kevins 1-08 Good win last evening against a tough St Kevins at Alfie Byrne Rd. Eoin McCarthy gets the headline for three superb goals but is was a good all round display. Defensively we had to withstand a serious fightback from Kevins and we kept the goals out when it really mattered. Th efinal is this Saturday v St Maurs at the same venue, Alfie Byrne Park Clontarf 14.00 - see you there. A few artistic pictures from Peter attached.
U21 HC C Kilmacud Crokes B 1-09 St Sylvesters 0-22 Good win, led from start to finish and generally looked the better side against an always handy Crokes. Early points from Eoin McCarthy, Eoin Kennedy and my man of the match, Jamie Kennedy was followed by a pretty wasteful period where we relied of Dan Murphy's free taking to keep the scoreboard ticking. A Crokes goal pegged us back for a little while but tightened up defensively, Thomas Colclough finding his form in the second half, Mikey, Eamon, Philip, Barry continuing where they left off at Minor and, while never completely comfortable, we maintained control for the second half.
Syls U21 Football will be managed this year by Paul Hussey with assistance from Seamus Early, Cathal O'Donnell and Kenny Lawlor. First game in the U21 B Championship is this coming Saturday 19th against Ballinteer I believe - will post details when I can find them. The U21 Hurlers are managed by Leonard O'Carroll with assistance from Jimmy Deneher, Anthony Cooney,Bernard Boran and Liam Foley. They had a walkover awarded by Round Towers C last Saturday in the U21C quarter final (I think Towers had a clash with Inter Hurling). U21 is always a great competition, watch out fofr details and get out and support Syls.
Congratulations to Killian O'Flynn on his selection to the 2016 Nicky Rackard Champions Selection. Killian has been a Fingal stalwart since Fingal started competing in the Lori Meaghar, Nicky Rackard and National League competitions and won a National League Div3 medal in 2013. Killian has been excellent for Syls in the Senior and Inter hurling competitions and is a fairly handy junior footballer to boot.
Peter sent these smashing pictures from the AHL game on Saturday . . . and what about Collie Byrne's fielding . . .
AHL3 St Sylvesters 0-14 St Kevins 2-12 The goals were the difference, both teams hit plenty of wides in a lively game. See some pictures attached from Peter.
MHC D Final Ballyboden St Endas 3-08 St Sylvesters 1-11 A late Ballyboden goal gave them the win in a very entertaining game. Syls settled after a slow sart and were tied 1-06 each at the break. We dominated the second half but poor shooting and a great display from the Boden keeper yielded just five points. Two late goas pegged us back and gave them the win. Lovely morning at Trinity Gaels and a great Syls crowd. Congratulations on a great season..
AHL3 Erins Isles 0-13 St Sylvesters 4-08 Much improved display from the hurlers this afternoon against a handy enough looking Isles. A smashing early goal from a first time effort by Danny of a great setup by Andrew set the tone. Andrew and Danny were brilliant all through, Collie Byrne ain good form winning lots of high ball as was Simon while Eoin K and Diarmiud also contributed to the scoreboard. Kev Clarke had a great game at the back as had Graham at fullback and Derek in the goals.
The Coaching Advisory Group have organised a Hurling Workshop to be given by Paudie Butler this Saturday afternoon in Broomfield. We are very fortunate to be able to welcome someone of Paudie Butler’s calibre to our club to give a workshop exclusively to our own mentors. As many of you will know, Paudie is a former National Hurling Director and remains one of the most preeminent hurling coaches in the country with the high quality of his workshops renowned countrywide
Ref Danny Harrington called a dubious draw in a lively junior hurling game to remember former Syls star Dave McGrath who died suddenly in 2012. There was a great crowd at Malahide Castle and thanks to Lusk Round Towers who provided the opposition. Danny O'Connor will tell the full story, well done to all, a nice turnout of lads who played with Dave. Nice note attached from the McGrath family and a few pictures from Bernard.
MHC D Castlenock 1-05 St Sylvesters 2-11 Great performance by the Team today .Strong defensive performance into the a gale in the first half kept the Castleknock scoring to just 4pts and meant Syl's only had a one 1 point deficit at the turnaround . Two great goals in the first 5 of the 2nd half settled the team and they went on to comfortably win 2-11 to 1-5 . Congrats to all the lads and to the management, Jimmy Denneher and John Cross
MHC B Faughs 2-12 St Sylvesters 4-05 Championship hurling at it's best, no quarter asked or given in a tough encounter, the scoreline probably telling the real story of 14 scores to 9. This was a great battle from our lads against a skillful Faughs.
MHC D Group 2 Ballyboden 2-14 St Sylvesters 2-4 The Minor B hurlers faced a strong looking Ballyboden side out in Ballycullen in the D Championship on Sunday morning. It was a very tight and close fought encounter for most of the match but we ran out of steam against the wind in the last quarter and got blitzed by 2 late goals and a few points. Despite this we still qualified out of the group on points difference and so get to do it all over again, this time at home v Ballyboden in the Semi Final on Oct 16th.
AHL3 Round Towers Clondalkin 2-12 St Sylvesters 1-10 Tight enough game, we made a good second half comeback but Towers finished a little stronger.
MHC B Gr1 St Sylvesters 3-16 Nmh Marnóg 3-13 Yet another cracking game in Broomfield which we won by the skin of our teeth. We qualified for the semis to meet one of Olafs, Faughs or St Johns. Some pictures attached,
The Magrath family have put up a trophy in memory of David, who sadly passed away four years ago. David was a key player on the St Sylvester's juvenile football team that won the club's first championship at under 15 on St Patrick's Day 1990, the under 16 Championship in 1991 and the County Minor Football Championship in 1992. David was on the Dublin Minor Hurling panel which reached the Leinster Final in 1993.
Please get in touch with Liam Foley if you are available to help with the U21 hurling championship ehich will start soon.
AHL6: Syls 1-16 Kilmacud Crokes 1-15, Sun 25th Sept 2016 Broomfield.Whe n you consider that at one stage Crokes were 8 points up, had also missed a penalty, you might be forgiven for thinking a win for Syls was not on the cards. But not for the first time in recent games, this team dug deep to get back into the game and then forged on to win.
AHL3 Ballyboden St Endas 1-07 St Sylvesters 0-18 Good positive display gave us an eight point over fellow relagation strugglers BallyBoden, Boden drop down and we stay up with three games to play.Bit more confidence in the team this evening, lots of good points from Alan Kenny, Simonm Stephen Keogh, Danial Murphy. Graham was back at fullback and Kev Clarke played out a competitive battle against a handy looking #14. Richie and Enda covered the middle well in an all round decent display.
MHC D St Pats D 1-01 St Sylvesters 3-07 Great win again for the minor B hurlers, need a draw or even a narrow loss to Ballyboden in our last group game to qualify for the semi-finals.
AHL6: Syls 2-12 Civil Service 1-13, Sun 11th Sept 2016 Broomfield. An important win that moves us into the playoff positions. We traded points in the first 20 minutes with Colm Boran orchestrating midfield, providing some fine deliveries that saw Dan & Seanie combine several times to produce a couple of excellent scores. Civil Service deployed 2 big lads at nos 11 and 14 and they did damage with some no-nonsense hurling, high ball, catch, point. We clawed back a HT 3 point deficit to level it at 8 points apiece midway through the 2nd half but the quick concession of 1-2 had us 5 behind in a blink.
SHC B Naomh Barróg 2-13 St Sylvesters 0-10 We dominated the early exchanges but didn't take enough scores from some good ball winning up front. Collie Byrne took most of our scores from frees and , while Tony Dunne took off a string of great saves, Barrógs more accurate forwards hit two goals and some lovely points. We lost Killian to a second yellow mid second half and although we fought hard we couldn't bridge the gap.
MHC C St Sylvesters B 3-08 Wild Geese 0-07 Some revenge for a league final loss at Oldcastle, two early goals set us up for the win.
AHL6: Kevins 4-14 Syls 1-14 Sunday 28th August 2016 : Dolphin Park Despite the concession of 2 goals we worked our way back into the match and were only 2 points adrift with HT approaching. Unfortunately Kevins scored their 3rd goal on the stroke of HT and all our good work was undone.