under 9;s go games

Title: under 9;s go games
Location: grangenolvin
Description: under 9’s gogames match at grange @ 11am meet at athgarvan at 10:15 and leave together for grange
Date: 20100626

Clash of U 10 Titans in Kilcullen

Athgarvan U10’s Match report


Away game against Kilcullen, Tuesday 15th June 2010


Athgarvan U10’s showed gritty determination to hang in towards the latter stages of a pulsating match against Kilcullen last Tuesday to gain a memorable victory on a marvellous summer’s evening in Kilcullen. Athgarvan won by a final score of 02-06 to 02-04. This narrow victory was very sweet for a number of reasons. Firstly the players showed tremendous character against a team that was unbeaten in the league until this match. Secondly, they also showed tremendous character to rebound from a difficult defeat the previous week against an excellent Ballymore Eustace team. Thirdly, the fine weather contributed to ensuring that there was the best attendance of the season to date at the match, when the players’ families turned out in large numbers to give their support to the team.

The match started brightly for Athgarvan who had the benefit of a slight slope on the pitch and a gentle breeze at their backs in the first half. Athgarvan showed many examples of excellent teamwork on a night when scores were hard to come bye. With the elements behind them, it was always going to be difficult for Athgarvan in the second half and they only had a slender two point lead at half time. The score at that stage was 02-03 to 02-01 in favour of Athgarvan.

Kilcullen started brightly in the second half and got back to within one point of Athgarvan. At this stage both teams were playing their best football which contributed to an excellent spectacle for all those in attendance. It was end-to-end stuff with Athgarvan showing dogged determination to come out on top in an excellent encounter.

In a match where scores were ever so important, James McNamara’s point was the score of the match. With an excellent display for a player playing out of position, Ryan Leahy was considered by Team Management to be the Most Improved Player on the night. For an excellent display throughout the match Hugh O Mahony was considered by Team Management to be Man of the Match. Conor Maguire also gave an exhibition of determined defending throughout the match. Cian contributed greatly to the victory with a tally of two goals and two points. Points also came from Ryan, Hugh and Alan.

Mick and Tom would like to thank the team for their tremendous efforts throughout the match and to all the parents who showed up in large numbers. The support is always appreciated.

This victory brings to an end the first phase of matches for the team. Mick and Tom will advise all players when training will continue. There will be a break of about 3 weeks during July and then training and the second phase of matches will start again in August.

Thanking everyone once again for their support and encouragement.

Mick + Tom

U12s final league table and next dates

Name Played Won Draw Lost Points
1. Athgarvan 5 5 0 0 10
2. Allenwood 5 4 0 1 8
3. Two-Mile-House 5 2 0 3 4
4. Nurney 5 1 1 3 3
5. Roberstown 5 1 1 3 3
6. St. Laurences 5 1 0 4 2

Final Results as follows;

Qualified for Final Div 4——-Athgarvan

A—Qualified for Semi-Final Div 4—–Allenwood v Two Mile House—-Thursday 24th June in Allenwood at 7pm.

B—Qualified for Shield Semi-Final Div 4———Nurney v Roberstown——Thursday 24th June in Nurney at 7pm.

Please note —Final of Southboard Div 4 League—Athgarvan v Winner of Allenwood / Two Mile House. Date to be confirmed.

U 13/14 Trip to France – Update

A trip to Rennes in France on the weekend of September 24th-26th 2010 for a European GAAtournament  has been confirmed with our French hosts.

To date there are 14 players confirmed going with 8 adults to accompany them. There are still places available for players who want to come.

The flight out is at 6 am on the Friday and we are back at 9.30 a.m. on the Sunday. The return flight is € 115 with RyanAir.

If you are interested in coming, players in the 13/15 age group are more than welcome. Please let Paul Leahy know.

We will be hosted by French families and it is hope that if the trip is successful that we may return the compliment next year.

It is a good opportunity for Athgarvan  to build up some links that would allow other age groups undertake such a trip in years to come.

U14 just miss out on league Play Offs

The joint Athgarvan / Kildangan U 14 team better known as Cuchulann Gaels has a very sucessful first time entry into the world of U 14 football.

After 6 games we missed out on a semi final play- off place by the bare   minumin of point.

The team has sucess over Ellistown, Ballykelly and a drawn match against Kilcullen. We narrowly lost to Nurney in a game we ought to have closed out and suffered heavy defeats to the stronger teams of Cappagh, Two Mile House.

However, with the majority of the team being U 13 players and indeed with some U 12 players also, the future for next season looks good and we will be very competitive next season.

For the older players, we will have an U 15 team entered in the Southboard league starting in September.

For the U13′s their league starts in the last week of August on Wednesday evenings.

Under 10′s Learn Valuable Lesson in Ballymore

Athgarvan U10’s Match report


Away game against Ballymore-Eustace, Tuesday 8th June 2010


It is often said that you see the real character of a team when they are staring defeat straight in the face. Although Athgarvan were well beaten in this match, they showed huge courage late in the second half to recover a great deal of pride from a game that had well and truly gotten away from them. The final score in the match was Athgarvan 01-03 to Ballymore’s 03-06.

As the great Elvis sang on many occasions….” A little less conversation , and a little more action please”,  ….Athgarvan must have listened to the advice in the dressing room this time round and started the match really well. Although they had the benefit of a nice wind in the first half, they completely dominated Ballymore in every position.  The Achilles heel (ask your Mam + Dad what that one is Lads – You get English lessons as well as Lessons in Life with these reports) however was that they were not able to translate this dominance into scores on the boards. Despite having 15 minutes  of good shooting practice before the match, Athgarvan could not turn their possession into scores. At half time Athgarvan lead only by 01-02 to 00-02.

A coach will try any trick to stop the Lads “yapping” !!,  and the mandarin oranges came out at half time. The Lads then had to concentrate on peeling the oranges and then listen to Mick and Tom. The oranges may have backfired however, as Ballymore started very strongly in the second half. They had the benefit of the wind and their gander was definitely up. They hit a purple patch and the scores flowed. They were very strong at midfield and they dominated most of the second half. They raced into a commanding lead with some fine scores.

This Athgarvan team has buckets of courage however and they rallied gallantly towards the end of the second half. Athgarvan held Ballymore scoreless for the last 5 minutes and even scored themselves to restore some pride in the jersey. Ballymore were well worth their win and we wish them well for their remaining matches.

They also say that you can probably learn more about a team in defeat rather than in victory. Mick and Tom are proud of the team’s gallant display towards the end of the match and also the manner in which Athgarvan took their defeat on the chin and congratulated their opponents after the match. It is important that a team tastes defeat on occasion so that it will drive team members to try harder the next day.

In a match where scores were hard to come by, the score of the match was Fionn’s point in the first half. With a battling display throughout the match, Cormac was considered by Team Management to be the Most Improved Player on the night. For a brave display of fighting spirit on a difficult night, JJ was considered by Team Management to be Man of the Match. James McNamara is also to be congratulated on his fine goal and Jordan for his points.

Onwards and Upwards !!! Valuable Lesson learned.

Thanking everyone once again for their support and encouragement.

Mick + Tom

Under 10′s Win at Home to Grange


Athgarvan U10’s Home Win  v.  Grange , Tuesday 1st June 2010


Jeez Louise, do these U10’s like cliff hangars or what? Whether they like messing with Mick + Toms heads or whether they are giving great value to the paying supporters (?), this U10 team is showing dogged determination in grinding out a result in the face of a huge challenge. Finding themselves down 1-3 to no score close to the end of the first half, the team showed once again remarkable courage to come back and gain a much deserved victory over a gallant Grange team. The final score in the match was Athgarvan 05-01 to Grange 02-04.

Athgarvan must not like playing football early on in each game because as per the last match, the team were once again slow out of the starting blocks. Grange dominated the match early on and showed a great passing game that had Athgarvan completely on the back foot. Grange raced quickly into a commanding lead at it was a late goal in the first half which narrowed the gap and ended with Grange up 1-03 to 1-00. Mick and Tom would like to think that it was the tremendous half time talk that inspired the lads to a remarkable display in the second half, but, it was either the team spirit of Dan Donnelly blowing down the pitch towards the club end, or most likely it was probably the drop of water on a very warm evening that got the lads going again. Shortly after the start of the second half Athgarvan got their act together and started playing more like a team. The scores started to flow and every player on the pitch was on top of his game at this time.  Once again, this win was richly deserved from the huge effort by every player in the second half.

Mick and Tom would once again like to thank all the parents for their excellent support and to every squad member for the magnificent team performance that resulted in the victory.

U14 Girls miss out on County Final after extra lime loss

The combined Athgarvan/Killcullen (or Kilgarvan as the team has christened itself) U14 girls team suffered the heartbreak of a one point extra time loss to Rathcoffey in a pulsating semi final encounter on 31st May.

The Kilgarvan girls got off to the best possible start with a point and two very early goals from Kayleigh Humphries and Daire Smyth. An evenly matched game then went scoreless for a long period beofre Rathcoffey suddenly hit a purple patch scoring 3-2 in the last ten minutes to give them a four point half time lead. Rathcoffey continued their domination in the second half and only the heroic efforts of Lisa Hogan in goal kept the scoreline down.

With seven minutes remaining, Kilgarvan looked out of it trailing by 11 points on a score of 5-3 to 2-1, having not managed to raise a flag for thirty-five minutes. Some substitutions (with Katie Farrell having a big impact in firming up the back line), a few tactical changes and throwing caution to the wind saw an amazing comeback from the Kilgarvan girls, who displayed an incredible never say die attitude. Winning every ball, Kilgarvan scored three quick goals through Nikki Dowling and Kayleigh Humphries and then added two excellent longe range points, the last an inspired effort from Samantha Cullen.

So it was on to extra time and Kilgarvan continued to dominate a shell-shocked Rathcoffey side. Two ‘goals’ from Sarah Doherty and Samantha Cullen were disallowed (correctly), but still Kilgarvan pressed on and thier efforts were eventually rewarded with another fine point from Samantha Cullen. The second half of extra time was to prove ten minutes too long, however, as Rathcoffey dominated possession and Kilgarvan showeed great bravery and determinatio to block away attempt after attempt. Unfortunately, the pressure eventually told and two points in the last three minutes saw Kilgarvan defeated on a score of 5-5 to 5-4.

Whist it was a sad ending to a season which saw the girls win six of their seven league matches, and only go down by a point in both their defeats, the coaches (Aisling Lambe, Brian Willlis and Jason Morris) were incredibly proud of the heart showed by the girls on the night and indeed throughout the season. To lose a semi final after extra time two years in a row is a bitter blow, and enough tears were shed to flood the Liffey, but this team will be back to fight another day and gain the county title they so richly deserve for their efforts and commitment.

The full panel was – Katie Berney (brilliant midfield performance in the semi final), Aoife Buckey (tireless runner with a sweet left foot), Roisin Byrne (committed back who sadly missed the semi through sickness), Sarah Doherty (lightning fast half/corner forward and great finisher), Nikki Dowling (county player with the biggest kick in the business!), Elaine Dunne (skillful corner forward capable of some great scores), Kelly Gaynor (very athletic and much improved in her first full season), Rachel Keane (brilliant full back with courage and skill), Daire Smyth (county player and unstoppable when in full flow), Kathryn Snell (developed great as an impenetrable corner back), Katie Willis (another big improver, equally at home as half back/forward),  Aoife Sully (newcomer who forced her way into the team at corner back), Niamh Sully (gets better with each training session and will continue to improve), Leah Cullen (determined full forward with a strong, accurate kick), Georgia Hobbs (outstanding at centre back, with pace and strength), Lisa Hogan (versatile and did well as forward, back and latterly in goal), Tilly Morris (coming back from a nasty knee injury and still as reliable as ever), Leah Mullally (strong and fast to the ball with a huge if unpredictable kick!), Alice Murphy (good accurate kick and will be a regular in the U13 team), Niamh O’Donnell (strong and determined at half/corner back), Katie Treacy (some fine performances in goals and a great outfield option as well), Aiveen van der Hoven (great marker and can run all day, sadly injured for the semi final), Samantha Cullen (county U12 panel who stars in every team she plays in, some vital scores) Kayleigh Humphries (scored a goal in every match – exceptional for an U11 playing at U14 level), Katie Farrell (late addition to the panel as an U11 who quickly shone and has a huge future).

To all the girls – well done on a great season which we hope you all enjoyed – apart from the ending!

U14′s Athgarvan 2-6 Kilcullen 3-3

Friday  May 28th: Athgarvan/ Kilcullen   or now known as Cuchulann Gaels had a tough match against a determined Kilcullen side at Kildangan last Friday.

Kilcullen started off in determined fashion and went into an early lead but a goal from Stephen Creaton and Caomhin Doolan reduced the deficit. After a tough first half the Gaels were behind by 2-2 to 4 points.

Some switces and changes made at half time made for a more determined effort in the second half and some early points got us back into the game.

A terrific taken goal by Mikey Ryan near the end got our noses in front but Kilcullen stormed back with a goal of their own to lead by one. A terrific point from Conor Hyland levelled the scores to leave for a exciting last 2/3 minutes.

Kilcullen had a scoring opportunity from a free which  they missed and Cuchulainn Gaels missed a last minute chance also, to leave a draw a fair result. 

Having beaten Ellistown by a single point after a great second half comeback 2 days earlier, the team showed great heart again.

Next match up is away to Ballykelly with our final game V Two Mile House.