U15 2016 - Football and Hurling
The Under 12 footballers had a busy weekend fielding 4 teams in the second round of fixtures in the league. It is a credit to all the players that we are managing to field 4 teams and do so to a high standard.
The U12s ran their first fundraising disco in the club on Friday 19th and it was a great success with almost 150 5th and 6th class students coming along. The music had everyone up dancing all night and thanks to Gary, Stephen and Micheal for their help with the hall and all the parents, especially the mothers, who came along to supervise. We will be running another disco on the 31st of May so see you all there......
The U12 hurlers finished the grading part of the season on a high on Saturday with a two great victories on the field, and later another at a Ball Wall tournament hosted by O’Tooles where we emerged victorious in dramatic fashion!
Bridgefield was a hive of activity last Saturday 16th March with the U12 Footballers field4 teams all at home. With the bank holiday weekend and players unavailable due to sickness and a birthday party we were hard pushed to fill the panels, in the end we filled all panels except for the A team with 6 boys who had just finished a B match having to go straight in to the A line up.
Congratulations to all involved - The U12 Footballers fielded 4 teams across 4 locations on Saturday morning which is probably a first for any age group! The A footballers opened their campaign away to a very strong Castleknock side who finished 3rd in the league last year. We got off to a good start with an excellent point by Conor Hoyne followed up with a goal punched to the net by Denis Smith.
While our B team had a bye, the U12 A hurlers got their season of to a flying start with a good win over a strong St Vincents team. Due to the weather we haven’t had much opportunity to hurl and that showed in our early play but as the game wore on we got stronger and stronger. As the B’s didn’t have a game it gave us the opportunity to add a few subs so we went out with 16 players while the opposition could only muster 12.
The U12 footballers and hurlers took advantage of the mild weather on Saturday and blew away the cobwebs building in the lungs since we finished at the beginning of December with a run through the Portmarnock sand dunes. Many of the lads had obviously not been sitting around for the month as they were fit and fast. We finished up the session with a game of football on the beach. Everyone enjoyed the bit of fun and a different type of training and weather permitting we hope to continue for the next couple of weeks.
For our Christmas event, 38 of our U11 players and some of the parents took the Tour of Croke Park last Saturday. We started in the Cusack Stand and visited the dressing rooms, media room, Players Lounge, VIP section and the top of the Hogan Stand. We came out the tunnel with the crowd noise blaring out but we weren’t allowed on the pitch unfortunately.
From The Herald - Plunketts have that bit extra to see off Hollypark in cracker By Diarmuid Geraghty Wednesday November 28 2012. THE big screen welcomed all to Croke Park yesterday. It stated that Cumann na mBunscol have been promoting 'the love of our games since 1928'. And it looks like the beat will go on.
Saturday morning was a fesitval of hurling in Bridgefield with the U11s taking on St Vincents in tow games - we lost the A game to very talented visitors with a high level of skill displayed by both teams - I think we won the B game where the skill and commitment was also of a very high standard - looks good at U11 - the Syls goalkeeper and wing forward warrant special mention.
Our U11 footballers were invited to enter the inaugural Seamus Reilly Tournament organised by Dunshaughlin GAA which took place last Saturday evening. The tournament was organised in memory of the late Seamus Reilly, a former teacher in St Davids, Artane mentor to Dunshaughlin U11s and friend of Niall Guiden.
Some pictures of the Hurling Camp from Bernard - looks like a fine turnout and well supported by Dublin Hurlers
The U11 footballers continued their good form of late with 2 wins over Skerries in Bridgefield on Saturday. Our 3rd team had a bye so we had almost 30 players despite the numerous absences for Communions but we managed to give all a decent run and take the points.
The U11 hurlers maintained their unbeaten start to their first season in the A Division with a hard fought victory over a very good Nh Mearnog side at Bridgefield on Saturday. Games between the near neighbours are generally close and can go either way but it is to Syls credit that they fought hard for this win.
Playing in the top section of u11 hurling has some disadvantages, early starts, long trips, tough teams but when the teams put in a performance like Saturday it renders all disadvantages obsolete. We play 2 11 a side teams with aggregate scores counting over the 50 minute matches. This was our second league game having beaten St. Marks narrowly in our first.
Saturday morning was a hive of hurling activity . . . . U10 two games v Whitehall, U11 two games v St Marks, U12 smashing game v Ciarans . . . . the U8s were away and U9s at the Castle . . . . well worth dropping by on a Saturday, lend a bit of support to all the new players and managers (some not so new)
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.
For the 2012 season the U10s are now the U11s. Training will change to 6.15 (sharp) until 7.30pm every Tuesday (hurling) and Wednesday (football) on the old Rugby pitch at the Back Rd, Malahide. We would encourage as many children as possible to join our Club and all new members are very welcome. We have been most encouraged by the numbers now attending games & training.
Sylvester's U10's footballers finished off the season last weekend by hosting a travelling party from Mungret St Paul's club in Limerick who stopped off for a couple of challenge matches in Malahide before heading on to do the Croke Park stadium tour. The sight of the 30 kids in Limerick jerseys invading Broomfield didn't faze our lads who went on to give a great display of freescoring football.
Wednesday night is usually training night but when the newly crowned Champions are playing their first match as possessors of the Sam Maguire just down the road something has to give. But if its good enough for the All Ireland Champions its good enough for Syls U10s and we took our training drills to the Dubs home pitch of Parnell Park so we could train and shout on the Heros in Blue.
Malahide, mostly made up of our U9 and U10s lost out to Knocklyon (mostly Ballyboden I think) after extra time in the semi finals of the Community Games GAA in Bridgefield on Wednesday. (Hurling is next week I think). I don't see a lot of these age groups but this was simply fabulous football from both sides, fast, skillful, competitive. The extra-time was a real ding-dong, we led by a point, they goaled, we pointed again and they goaled again and in two short 5 minute spells just held on to win. We beat Palmerstown in the 3rd place game. A lad from Knocklyon promised pictures.
Yes it's that time of year again, the now famous Malahide Mini All Irelands for 5 to 11 year old boys and girls. All children are welcome so get the word out, it's a great event for the children, adults and grandparents and the Finals Day is definitely not to be missed.
St. Sylvesters Under 10's warming down with Senior Dublin Hurling Team after beating Wexford at Wexford Park
The U10 Hurlers continued their campaign in beautiful Bridgefield on Saturday with a tough couple of games against St Brigids. Watching Brigids go through an impressive warm up we knew that if our attitude was not right then we would be well beaten but both teams rose to the challenge.
Memories are made of days like this! 34 players and 19 parents left Malahide at 9.30 on a damp, cold Sunday morning but by the time we passed Bray all we could see ahead was glorious sunshine. By that stage the bus was rocking to Sponge Bob Square Pants as the kids sung away with gusto to the DVD. We were on our way to play a hurling and football challenge against Glynn-Barntown of Wexford, home club of Una Deneher and recent Wexford Senior Hurling Champions.
The U10 hurlers travelled to FIngas on saturday morning to take on Erins Isle. We fielded two teams and both came out on top in their encounters. In the b match we started fast with both our midfielders, Tom Bennett and Aaron Lambe Callaghan, landing points from '65s. Soon after Conor Duffy got the first of his brace of goals when he swivelled and shot to the net following great work from Stephen Brady.
See the handout attached for parents from Ernie
The St Sylvesters U10’s were proud to play their first home match on the super Bridgefield pitch against Na Fianna. We had a strong team out and played with great heart and determination. Adam Ajmal played in goal in the first half then moved up to the forwards and cracked in two terrific goals. Our defence of Robert Meehan, Dylan Venner and Daniel Stone dominated the Na Fianna forwards holding them scoreless in the first half. Andrew Roe and Michael O’Brien worked tirelessly in midfield, Michael got some great scores and Andrew demonstrated excellent skill.
Fundraising Quiz Please put Friday 25th March in your diary as we are running a table quiz in the club to raise funds for the U10 team - Trip to Wexford On Sunday 13th March we are going to Wexford to play Glyne-Barntown in both Hurling & Football.