Hurling news and reports
Junior C Champ Grp2 : Nh Olaf 0-7 St Sylvesters 0-13, (Pairc Ui Bhriain, Sun 14 th June 2015.) Three wins from three for Juniors in this group guaranteeing a Q/F spot. A win in the final group match v Ballyboden would see us top the group and give us home advantage.
SHC B Gr2 St Sylvesters 2-17 Ballyboden St Endas 2-11 Super win in Broomfield in a ding dong encounter against a Boden team we always struggle with. Not tonight, we strated in whirlwind fashion with early goals by Kev O'Flynn and a great team effort finished in style by Martin Ormonde and led by three at the break. Unlike recent games where we did not surface after the break, tonight Stephen Keogh won everything that came down the left and if he didn't score himself, and he did score at least four points, he won a free for Collie to score. Collie Byrne also nailed a few long range points from open play that helped keep Boden on the back foot.
The senior hurlers are playing Raheny in St Annes 7.15pm on Tuesday the 8th and Ballyboden in the Championship on Saturday 6.30pm in Broomfield. The Senior Footballers play Ballymun in Broomfield on Thursday 7.30pm in a 'friendly'.
SHC B Naomh Olaf 1-08 St Sylvesters 1-08 Great fighting second half display almost got us the win only for two late frees to pull us back. The first half was a repeat of the Vincents game. We gave up a softish goal, Olafs hit a few nice points and we responded with lots of good hurling but spoiled by poor shooting, finishing 1-05 to 0-03 at the break.
AHL9: Syls 0-16 Realt Dearg 1-4 (Broomfield 25th May 2015) Another entertaining game from the AHL9 juniors and another win. Realt Dearg provided a lively challenge, their no 14 causing us a lot of problems. After conceding an early softest goal, Syls settled and started to pick off some nice points against the breeze. Pat Hoyne , David Kennedy and Eoin Kennedy all getting on the score sheet .
SHC B St Vincents 1-16 St Sylvesters 1-13 Disappointing result as we often looked the better team but too many wides in the first half when we were well on top cost us dearly. We went out of the game for a long period of the second half when Vincents tacked on a lot of scores but we finished strongly, grazing the crossbar maybe three times in the last five minuites but not getting the goal we needed.
Fingal v Tyrone in Q-Final of Nicky Rackard Cup would be an easy one to get to as it is Swords (Fingallians)at 4:00pm Saturday.
A single point loss to O'Tooles in a fine game against an O'Tooles team that always put it up to us but it finished in unsatisfactory circumstances for us, the final whistle sounding as Eoin Cooney was shooting for an equaliser. Otherwise a good open competitive game.
MHL2 Erins Isle 2 - 8 St Sylvesters 4 - 8 The minor hurlers travelled to Erins Isle last night to face an unbeaten Isles team riding high at the top of the division . After a rocky start in which our boys conceded two quick goals we started to get into the game a bit more as time progressed . We started to win a lot of possession around the half back line with Niall McCann starting to dominate at right half back and began launching some great deliveries into the danger area. Almost ten minutes into the first half Ciaran Murphy won a hard won free on the forty yard line . Up stepped Daniel Murphy and duly pointed to get Syls off the mark.
JHC-C: St Sylvesters 2-12 Parnell 0-8 (Sunday 26th April Broomfield) Weather was good, the pitch was very good and the hurling was excellent. For the 2nd day in succession we were treated to a great display by Syls hurlers. This time it was the turn of the Juniors who picked up where the Seniors left off with a display of fast, determined hurling. Bualla bos for Greg and Danny as the junior hurling has come on a lot this year.
JHC C St Sylvesters 2-12 Parnells 0-08 Powerful display by our second team with some very crisp hurling. I hope Bernard has time for a report.
SHC B Gr2 St Sylvesters 3-13 St Kevins 1-11 An outstanding display all through in a very entertaining Senior Hurling Championship game on a beautiful Saturday evening. I think we led all through but never by much against a Kevins team we had never before beaten. Our defense was immense in this one, Anthony makig a string of saves, a young fullback line of Brendán, Conor and Derek Morris putting their bodies on the line several times and never leaving Anthony exposed, Kev Clarke, Dave McElligott ad Daragh equally committed in the half line, McElligott making one particularly brave block late in the game in what many felt was a man of the match performance.
AHL9: St Finians 2-6 St Sylvesters 1-12 ( Ridgewood, Swords 20th April 2015) Another good win for this new adult team, 3 out of 3 by my reckoning but more importantly the team is becoming more self-sufficient each week and relying less on players doubling up.
AHL6: Réalt Dearg 2-13 St Sylvesters 3-13. (Drimnagh Castle, Sunday 19th April) 3 points up a HT against a stiff enough breeze ( Syls 2-5 to 0-8), we felt that we could push on in the 2nd half but Syls never really grabbed the game by the scruff against a Réalt Dearg side that had quite a few very skillful players.
AHL2 : Raheny 1-16 St Sylvesters 1-13. (St Annes, Saturday 18th April) After a sluggish start , Syls recovered well to go in at HT just 3 points down 1-6 to 1-9, Colm Byrne the chief scorer with 1-5. During the 2nd half, we had a mini purple patch with 3-in-a-row from play, the pick of which was a fine high catch and point from Simon and although we never dominated Syls found themselves just a point in arrears with 6 minutes to go and all to play for.
AHL6 Sunday 29th March 2015 Pairc Ui Bhriain Nh Olaf 1-9 v Syls 1-9 Conditions underfoot very poor in spots and a strong wind made the going very difficult. In the end we were relieved with the draw, but felt it was a game we could have won, probably took the wrong option a few times, going for goal when a point was on offer, but hindsight is wonderful. Hilary and Conor Dwyer saved the day with a couple of late points.
AHL2 St Sylvesters 0-11 Plunkets ER 3-12 We have a lot of players stepping up to senior hurling due to injuries, suspensions etc and, while we are disappointed to lose our second game, we are certainly encouraged by displays by Eoin McCarthy, Derek Morris, Dave McElligott, Conor Dwyer. Conor Ryan is an excellent fullback and there was a great tussle between Alan Morris and Dubs star Cian Boland.
We have entered a 3rd adult hurling team this season for the first time in a number of years. The first league game was last Sunday and the lads got off to a winning start, beating St Pat’s Palmerstown by 5 points (3-15 to 3-10). The team is made up of a mix of young lads just out of minor grade, some old warriors who are refusing the hang up the hurl and a few players who are coming back to hurling for the first time in a number of years. Danny O’Connor and Jim Wardick are at the helm. A welcome return for the 2 most experiences managers in the game
AHL2Kilmacud Crokes 3-12 St Sylvesters 0-11 A disappointing first out in senior league hurling, going behind to an early goal and never really threatening to gain control.
Cup QF replay Syls 0-09 Nmh Marnog 2-07 Well, maybe the lads didn't quite freeze but the rest of us sure did. Marnógs raced into a commanding lead with a strong cold wind and rain in their backs, two 'unfortunate' goals from our perspective giving them a 2-07 to 0-05 point lead at half time. We scored the last three scores of the half, however, and came our fighting after the break.
Corn Ui Laochra Nmh Marnóg 1-14 St Sylvesters 2-11 Colm Byrne hit the post with the last puck but it fell wide and we have to go again against neighbours Marnóg. It was a good all round performance from our lads, many making senior débuts. Stephen Keogh was in great form at corner forward putting in two great tackles to setup both goals, Kevin Clarke had a very lively game contributing 5 points from play, Conor Ryan reminded us what a fine hurler he is, Des Lehane also looking comfortable at this level.
Stan Murray Hession is back in the Croker this Sunday with his Warickshire team, Fullen Gaels. i the All Ireland club finals. Some achievement, already beaten Ulster and Munster Champs. Now facing Bennetsbridge..
I have just got word that Paudie Butler is doing a Ball Wall Hurling session for Juvenile coaches tomorrow in Fingallians, 11am to 12 noon. Its free, open to everyone and no need to register. Regards Panner
A great turnout for the Minor Hurling fundraiser last night. Syls are facing into Senior Hurling League for the first time, have a third adult team and, for the first time ever, we have hurling teams at all age groups thanks to a good Academy program over the last five or six years and to Jimmy Deneher and John Crosse stepping up to the challenge at U16. Good luck to all, we are looking forward to another great year of hurling and hopefully a little 'silver' excuse for celebrating.
Not really, just felt like that in the most miserable conditions we have had for this St Sylvesters Annual Hurling tradition. Fair play to the lads, they didn't shirk it (lots did actually stay in bed but the picture tells the tale) and we had Brian McCafferty running rings around Tony Cooney, Conor Hoyne doing the running for Pat, Barry Crosse and Dara McLoughney impressing Leonard, we had three O'Connors and three Kennedys still competing and many of our own diaspora (including Dave Keogh home from Calgary) still able to swing the camán.