Congrats to Syls u11 hurlers who, last Saturday, defeated Faughs away to finish their season unbeaten and top of their league. They now progress to the u12 age-group in 2012. Mentors Eugene Larkin & Dave Shalloe, Coach Padraig Duffy' Thanks Eugene
The boys lost in the Div1 Shield Semi Final at Parnell Park on Saturday and they were not too pleased but it is still a great achievement to hurl at this level. Well done to all the boys and to Eugene Larkin, Dave Shaloe and Paudi Duffy.
Another successful Hurling Camp for u10 to u14with participants from St Sylvesters, Skerries Harps, O'Dwyers and Trinity Gales has just concluded. We were delighted to have two inter county players Shane Ryan (Nh Mearnog) and David O'Callaghan (St Marks) both who played in Croke Park v's Kilkenny in the Leinster final last Sunday, to deliver the camp.
We travelled to Ballyboden on Wednesday 18th May to take part in the Dublin Community Games Hurling which is played at U11 level. We travelled with confidence having a strong team who have trained well over the last weeks however due to a combination of things we just didn’t have the luck on the night. The 15 a side matches were played on narrow all weather pitches which mean our inclinations to pick and hurl cost us in our opening game. We started against the local team Knocklyon who are backboned by Ballyboden, we led for most of the game but were defeated by a late, late goal. This was a sickening blow for many of the players who lost out to the same team last week in football.
St Oliver Plunkett National School Senior Boys took on a strong St Mary's of Ashbourne in the Fingal Schools League Premier Division final in Parnell Park on Tuesday . There is nothing quite like the schools finals in Parnell Park in May and the 400 odd screaming Malahide kids been shepherded by some stressed teachers and a bunch of nervous parents all decked out in the school colours ensured the excitement and noise level was like an All Ireland Final. The bus loads of travelling supporters left the school early with high hopes that this was going to be their year as they have fallen at the final hurdle a few times before in recent years but unfortunately Malahide lost out again in a close encounter.
A fine game on Saturday saw two fine Syls U11 hurling teams take on a strong Lucan outfit. Our well drilled A team battled well against a bigger opposition and John Gleeson, Anthony Cox and David McCornack were prominent with some fine hurling and we lost by a few goals. We fared better in the B game and Eugene Larkin, Dave Sholoe and Paudi Duffy must be commended for fielding two fine teams. Eugene promised pictures as the boys were kitted out in a fine new strip.
The U12 football teams put in great performances last Saturday against Ballymun on their superb all weather pitch. This is a happy hunting ground for the second team as we repeated the perfomance of a few weeks back in a pre-season friendly. We decided to play against the strong breeze in the first half and strong kickouts from Mikey Barrett in goals ensured that we managed posession well in the first half as he regularly found Thomas Lynch, Sean Lonergan and Mark Mitchell who all did extremely well in moving the ball down the wings to Jack Larkin and Jack Hennessy to keep us in contention. Jack Hennessy did particularly well in finding the right pass at the right time so we got vital scores in this period.
The U12s had a great one point win over a highly rated Cuala at Bridgefield on Saturday morning. The U10s went down narrowly to a Whitehall side who recently won a national tournament in Newry.
Syls U9 footballers (and their mascot Buddy Guiden) restarted their campaign after the Summer break with a hard fought win over Whitehall Colmcilles. Games between these two sides are usually close and hard fought and Saturdays latest installment was no different.
While Dublin may have just fallen short in their journey to the All Ireland Final there will at least be one proud Sylvesters player on the pitch on the third Sunday in September. For Under 9 dual player Jack Boyne has been selected to be part of the Guard of Honour on the day, escorting the players on to the pitch. This is not Jacks first venture on to the hallowed ground as he was part of the Syls U8 team which were successful in the Leinster Council Go Games Football Blitz in 2009.
St Sylvesters GAA club were well represented at the 2010 Dublin Community Games Finals held in Santry Stadium on Sat/Sun last as the Malahide team had one of its most successful years ever. As the tired athletes adjourned to the clubhouse on Sunday evening they could be proud of the fact that their efforts had helped Malahide to achieve 3rd place in Dublin in the overall award . .
St Sylvesters Under 9 hurlers lined out against Scoil Uí Conaill in the Castle grounds on Saturday morning for the second last league game of the season.
So how does Ciaran do it - yet another scorcher for our annual Mini Leagues Finals. Record crowd, 32 football teams, 16 hurling (8 under 9s, very impressive), 20 games, lots of mammies, daddies and grandparents and friends made this yet another great day out for Sylvesters and Malahide and some of the skills on display, both football and hurling were first class. Kudos to all who participated, organized and helped.
Saturday April 24th was a day to mark down for the young footballers of St Sylvesters -every pitch in Malahide was filled to capacity with young footballers showcasing their talents. First up at 10am was the U8’s who hosted a blitz with Whitehall and Na Fianna as the opposition – the Syls Lads won both their matches and followed it up with coke, crisps and a Dublin County blitz medal.
Our U10s had mixed results in the recent games against Kilbarrack last Saturday morning in St Annes Park. We had a great turnout given that it was the midterm break of 27 players across our 3 teams - we'll expect our full numbers back on saturday week. While our first & third teams were defeated our second team showed grat fighting spirit to stage a great comeback in defeating the opposition by 23 point to 21.
A note to the U10 squad parents regarding the season and how we are progressing
Great wins in all 3 games for the U10 footballers last Saturday morning against Castleknock in Bridgefield. The guys are now getting accustomed to the larger pitches and goals following the move in January to Bridgefield and getting back to the grass training at the old rugby club.
Anyone interested in Juvenile affairs is invited to the Juvenile AGM next Thursday - The following are the positions on the Juvenile Committee. We will accept nominations before or on the night. Juvenile Chairman Juvenile Vice Chairman CCC2 Secretary CCC1 Secretary CCC1 Delegate CCC2 Delegate Executive Delegate Ref Co-ordinator
Well, we did it again - 200 players, 17 games, 34 teams, grannies, grandads, burgers, ice cream, bouncy slides . . . and the weather showed up just right. Sylvesters Annual Street Leagues Finals was another great day for our club and for the Community. Hearty congratulations to Ciaran Meehan and his team for a job very well done. Read Ciaran's message below.