Hurling news and reports
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.
A nice and well deserved recognition for Anto gaining the AHL3/4 award from Grassroots in Coppers the other night.
U21 HC B St Sylvesters 1-09 Whitehall Colmcille 4-12 Two late goals made it look worse that it really was but we trailed for most off the game and and probably cannot have too many complaints. That is not to say we did not compete well for most of the game but a period of Syls dominance mid second half, trailing by 4 or 5, yielded a few points when we really needed a goal and a mishit deceived David Kennedy and Alan Kavanagh to give Whitehall a goal against the run of play and our fate was sealed.
As part of the process to put management and coaching structures in place for minor hurling and football teams for the 2015 season, the club are now seeking expressions of interest from those wishing to be part of the recruitment process: Please contact club secretary, Ernie Brenner on EBrenner@thegrand.ie or Secretary.stsylvesters.Dublin@gaa.ie
Please find attached the reports for the Special EGM on 27th Nov - try to be there and show support for the club committee.
U21 HC B Clontarf 1 14 St Sylvesters 2 13 (after Extra Time). This was a ding-dong battle in a match that looked like it would be all wrapped up early by Syls when they went in at the break leading by 1-6 to 0-4. From the first Simon Owens point to the great goal by full forward Stephen Keogh and a hat-trick of points from Conor Meaney and two from Colm Byrne Syls dominated throughout the field.
A Syls man, Danny Harrington, has been appointed to referee the Dublin senior hurling final on Friday night in Parnell Park between Kilmacud Crokes and St Judes. Danny ran our intermediate hurling team with Dave McBride a few years back, before he took his first successful steps into his refereeing career. This is Danny's first senior county hurling final, and indeed the first time also for a Syls man to do it, so everyone involved in hurling in St Sylvesters would like to wish Danny the very best of luck on Friday night
Your club is organising a hurling 7-a-side tournament in Broomfield starting at 11:00am on Sat 25th October. Participation is open to all adult and minor players, entry fee is €10 per player.
The annual Friends of Dublin hurling Celebration of Dublin Hurling will take place in the Red Cow Moran's Hotel on Friday, 14th November. Awards to be presented on the night include: 1. Adult and Juvenile Club of the Year 2. Primary and Secondary School of the Year 3. Hurler and Young Hurler of the Year 4. Hall of Fame Award 2013
Bernard and Mel completed a 12 year stint coaching from Nursery to Minor last Sunday and wish the best to all the boys who played for us over the years and gave us so much enjoyment. Thanks also to the families and club members who supported us so well over that time, we shared some great days and we hope to see the lads hurling away for years to come. Attached is our collage of team photos. Syls Abú.
AHL6: Syls 2-14 O'Tooles 2-13 Sunday 28th Sept 2014 Broomfield Hillary was the hero with an injury time long-long range point from a free that dropped nicely over the bar. To prove it wasn't a fluke (we never doubted ya ) he already had 2 points ! chalked up from similar positions. Philip Browne scored a goal in each half, a touch of luck about the first, a touch of class about the second,
MHC B Gr4 Clan na Mara 1-12 Fingallians 0-09 A win was not enough to get through the group stages as Thos Davis beat Maurs and they both finished above us. We were happy with our win over a very skilful Fins outfit and a good open game but we never really threatened to run up a big score needed if Davis lost. Thanks to Scoil Ui Conail's Seamus Fennessy and Tommy Naughton for joining up with us this year to compete in minor hurling. We were competitive in all games and were happy with our hurling.
AHL3 St Sylvesters 1-17 Naomh Olaf 1-09 Congratulations to all at Sylvesters who played, promoted and supported hurling over the years as we reached senior league for the first time with an emphatic win over Olafs to cap a great league campaign.
MFC B St Maurs 2-16 Clann na Mara 1-12 Our best display of the year in the first half was not enough to give us the win out in Rush as Maurs finished stronger in the last quarter. This leaves us needing a win at Fingallians and other favourable results if we are to progress. Thanks to Mike Rose Nell for the pictures.
MHC B Clan na Mara 1-13 Thomas Davis 2-10 For the first half of the game Thomas Davis had the upper hand and controlled nearly every aspect of the game, which saw us coming in at half time with a 7 point defecit. Clan na Mara came out at in the second half playing like a different team, where we started getting to the Sloitar first and really pushing forward and chipping away at that lead.
JHC "C" QF : Raheny 0-19 Syls 3-7, Syls Junior Hurlers bowed out of the "C" Championship on Sunday morning losing by 3 points. 19 scores to 10 tells the story. Raheny were very lively and constantly posed a threat moving forward. In a gallant effort to contain them we conceded numerous frees, 10 of which were converted by an expert Raheny freetaker.
SHC B QF Setanta 0-14 St Sylvesters 2-07 Beaten by pretty much the last puck of the game but, in truth, the scoreline tells the real story of 14 scores to 9. A Martin Ormond goal mid first half and a Martin Casey one just before the break gave us a flattering 2-04 to 0-04 lead. We pointed on the restart but from there on it was pretty much all Setanta with the wind in their backs they picked off a steady, if slow, stream of points. Defensively we put up a great effort and Setanta only threatened our goal once when well handled to Anthony.
As of 28th August . . . .Hurlers looking for Senior League status, need two wins . . . . other than that we are depending on championships for a bit of excitement . . . and I'm sure there will be some, starting this Saturday evening at Poppintree for Senior Hurling B Championship Quarter Finals and two weeks time Junior B Championship Final . . .
AHL6 : Kevins 1-16, Syls 3-11 - Dolphins Barn, Sunday 17th August 2014 We led for about 3 seconds, the last 3 seconds as it turns out, as the Ref blew up for full time, much to the bemusement of the Syls line, Des Cahill ( Cuala were playing footie beside us) and a scrawny fox that ambled by ! But it was pleasing to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat as we've done the opposite often enough.
AHL3 Commercials 2-09 St Sylvesters 3-16 A win that keeps us in contention for automatic promotion to Senior league hurling, we led from start to finish and recovered from a wobble before half time to finish well in control. It looked like the game was over early when we led by 10 points but two goals against before the break rocked us having to face a strong wind in the second half.
St Judes not travelling to Broomfield to play St Sylvesters in the backmatch in JHC C Group 1 next Tuesday 12th August - walkover to Syls
The draws for the 2014 Minor Football and Hurling Championships took place last night and resulted in the groups as listed on the attachment. Commencement Dates - Minor Hurling - September 7th. Minor Football - September 14th. (dates subject to possible minor inter-county commitments).
AHL3 St Sylvesters 2-15 St Peregrines 2-09 Big win for the hurlers over a previously unbeaten Peregrines in a good game in Broomfield. A feature of the team this year is the strength in depth we seem to have built up. I asked Lenny last night who he thought had played well and he said everyone and, for once, I agreed with him. Anthony Dunne again pulled off an incredible save, nice to hear the Peregrines guy congratulate him to which Anthony replied ' sure I didn't even see it', good reactions, bodes well.
SHC B St Sylvesters 0-18 Round Towers C 0-18 Good lively game on a beautiful sunny evening in Broomfield, a draw was probably a fair result and enough to see Syls qualify for the quarter finals. Anthony Dunne was my man-of-the-match with a very solid game,, confident in collecting the ball, good on distribution and one save in particular that was top drawer. WE started very slow and were 6 to one down after 20 minutes. Kev O'Flynn dropped deep for a while and we clawed our way into the game at 0-08 to 0-06 at the break, Fionn and Martin Ormonde showing well up front.
The Junior Hurling Chanpionship QF against Judes was called off as the Ref didn't show - they played a very lively freindly instead.
We had a great week of hurling in Broomfield with 67 juvenile hurlers developing their skills over the week. The coaching was delivered at the highest standard by Ryan O'Dwyer, Dotsy O'Callaghan and our own Kevin O'Flynn (all intercounty players). They were ably assisted by Ronan, Collie, Mikey and Eamonn.
SHC B St Sylvesters 0-14 Erins Isles 0-09 Tough match but a good win sees us retain our senior status (I believe we still need a result against Towers) for next year and edges us closer to a quarter final slot this year. Saturday 05th July. AHL 3 - Somerton Park 6:30pm - Castleknock v St Sylvesters.
Junior C Championship: St Sylvesters 0-15, Kilmacud Crokes 0-9, Silverpark A lively start by Crokes coupled with a slow start by Syls gave Crokes 0-7 to 0-1 lead after 18 minutes. Jody had opened the scoring with a nice point after good work by Colly, dodging 3 players to setup the chance. However Crokes responded emphatically with their skillful numbers 13 & 14 striking some lovely points in a purple patch giving them a commanding lead. But up stepped Pat Hoyne . . .
A note republished from RTE - sent to me by Eugene Larkin - Stark but excellent response from an Offaly person to suggestions that the players no longer want it bad enough:-"To say the players don't want success enough is insane. Living with one I can say that at this stage they want nothing more. To win something, anything right now would ease the torment this year has been for them. They drive to work every morning and do their jobs, they come and spend most of their evening in a gym or on a field training.