The Athgarvan team from Feile 2009 and players of that age group 13,14 and 15 have been invited to Rennes France for a European GAA tournament featuring teams from Ireland, France, Guernsey, Belgium and Germany on September 25th 2010.

Interest has been good so far and it is hoped to commit to the trip by the weekend of 29th May.

It is proposed to fly to Nantes on Sept 24th at 6.15 am and return on Sunday 26th at 10.30 a.m.

The team will be hosted by French families in the nearby town of Vannes and make the trip to Rennes by bus on Saturday 25th.

Following the sucess of the Feile in 2009 and the good relations between the Athgarvan families who hosted our guests so well, it is a trip that is something to look forward to.

 

Athgarvan U10’s Match report

Home game against Monasterevin, Tuesday 25th May 2010

 

 

With a remarkable turnaround in the second half, Athgarvan U10 team showed tremendous fighting spirit to beat Monasterevin in an extremely close encounter. Trailing 2-03 to no score 5 minutes into the second half, the Athgarvan team fought back  with great team spirit bravely from the brink of defeat to win the match 4-01 to 2-03.

This was the first league match of the year for the team and it showed as they were slow out of the starting blocks. Monasterevin played some excellent football and dominated the first half, at the end of which they lead  2-02 to no score. Monasterevin started the second half strongly and scored the first point. After a number of positional switches, Athgarvan found some momentum and the scores started to flow. At this stage every player was giving 100% commitment to the team which resulted in scores from nearly every attack. The win was richly deserved from the huge effort by every player in the second half.

Mick and Tom would 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. The second half performance will hopefully be repeated going forward for the rest of the season.

Key learning points from this match include:

~        To play as a TEAM not as individuals

~       To respect your opponents, the referee and other team members

~         Never ever stop giving a 100% effort for the full match

After each match, Mick and Tom will try and give support and encouragement to each player on the squad through the” Match Report “ . As the weeks progress, hopefully so will the skill levels. Every squad member will get playing time at all matches and it is our wish that we try and teach the players the basics of playing football as well as keeping it fun and enjoyable.

Both Mick and Tom encourage both parents and players to offer suggestions at any stage as to how we all can improve as a Team. Thanking everyone for their support and encouragement.

Mick + Tom

The Athgarvan U12 team had to overcome the challenge of their 2009 county final winners, Ellistown, to win the Sean Barber U12 blitz on Saturday May 22nd.  Ellistown were the host club in a competition that included Allenwood and Robertsown also.   The team perfomed very strongly in a very tight final that saw only 3 scores in short 10 minutes a side games.

Having beaten Ellistown in the opening game with a last minute goal from Mikey Ryan Athgarvan did not expect to meet the same team in the final game of the day.  Play was tight and competitive with no ball going uncontested.  Athgarvan took the lead through David Craddock, who shortly after added a second in the first half.  Ellistown responded with a well worked point.  Half-time (0-1 to 0-2).  The defense worked tirelessly through the day with Paul Murphy pulling off some fine saves and delivering good ball to his back.  Samantha Cullen and Josh Clinton dominated the central back postions with Calum Sourke, Fearghal O’Mahoney and Orin Stanley working to keep Ellistown under pressure.  Cormac O’Mahoney dominated the air in central midfield giving the Ellistown players a torrid time while Enda McSweeney hoovering up as he competed around the breakdown.  Evan Halford secured goals and point throughout the day distributing some fine balls into the full forward line.  Matthew Nugent and Killian Browne supported the attack always making the Ellistown defenders work hard to make clearances.  Kayleigh Humphries and Mikey Ryan were expert finishers throughout the day and each was unlucky not to score during the final.  Neither team managed a second half score and when Ellistown broke through for 1 0n 1 on the goal it was Fearghal O’Mahoney who intercepted to clear the danger.  While either team could have won this game Athgarvan did not deserve to lose in a tournament which they were the better team throughout the day.  Well done to all involved and the first silverware of the season goes to the U12 team.  Photos to follow.

TUESDAY  18th May……

The first match of the season was at home to Moorefield. Due to unavailability of our home ground on the night, the Team Manager was successful in securing the use of The Gael Scoil Pitch on The Green Road. The team were very grateful that The Gael Scoil Board of Management were able to accomodate the launch of the Under 10 Campaign.

The game was played with great energy as a challenge match. Mother Nature seemed like she had reverted back to the middle of winter for the entirety of the game, but it did not stop the enthusiasm of both teams to provide an honest battle.

With a Panel of 21, Athgarvan used the opportunity to ensure that all players at least got half a game. With the rain beating down, the subs did very well on the bench and are to be commended for their team spirit. Let it not be forgotten that the teams supporters were loyal to the cause and remained entrenched on the sideline until the final whistle.

Playing Moorefield is always an exciting prospect and with that in mind, Athgarvan are looking forward to a return match at some stage over the coming months, when it is anticipated that the challenge from Moorefield will be far greater and conducted with a  completely different level of intensity.

The first league match is scheduled for next tuesday 25th May v Monasterevin at home. Details to follow by text.

After that the fixtures are as follows…….

JUNE 1st                 v          Grange  ( H )

JUNE 8th                 v         Ballymore   ( A )

JUNE 15th              v          Kilcullen  ( A )

Tell a friend to come along and support the Mighty 10’s

Our joint U14 with Kildangan ( Cuchulan Gaels ) team put in a very credible performance against Nurney on Friday 7th last  at Kildangan.

With a panel of 23 players the match was always going to be an experiment in positions and so it proved to be. Against a team with a big physical presence we were a better footballing team and despite conceding a goal in the first minute we began to dominate the first half.

We had many scoring chances but having left our shooting boots at home  that night with 6/7 easy chances missed, there was always a fear that failure to take our chances could come back to haunt us.

At half time we were leading by 3 points.

However Nurney began to get on top in the second half and came back to level the scores and indeed take the lead by two points.

The Gaels refused to give up and fought back to even the scores again with 5 minutes remaining. However two late long range points from Nurney secured them a hard earned win.

The feeling at the end of the match was that we had performed very well for our first outing and with some more match practice and training, that we would be confident of beating  Nurney next time.

Best of the Athgarvan players were Thomas Tracey, Thomas Berney, John Cleary and Shane Smyth with all others giving good solid performances.

Final Score:      Cuchulan Gaels 2-5   Nurney 2-8

The Athgarvan Senior Men’s Team had a hard fought victory tonight over St Laurences at the Athgarvan pitch. In ideal playing conditions, both sides played some entertaining football as the momemtum shifted throughout the match.

Laurences started well, and dominated possession in the early stages as they played down the hill into the Athgarvan school end. However Athgarvan seemed much more dangerous in attack, and indeed they scored from almost every foray they had into the Larries’ half in the opening 30 mins. Full forward Damien Smyth was particularly impressive scoring some fantastic points. The best score of the first half came from the boot of Athgarvan midfielder Gavin Coffey after a great run through the Larries’ defence.

Athgarvan pulled into a four point lead after great work from John Tidd set up Damian Smyth for a well-taken goal that nestled in the top corner of the net, giving the ‘keeper no chance. It looked like Athgarvan were pulling away at that stage, but in the dying minutes of the first half, Laurences responded well and claimed a rather fortuitous goal to pull them back into the game. They tagged on another point to make the half time score 1-06 to 1-04 in Athgarvan’s favour.

The second half began with more of the same, with Damien Smyth tagging on a point from a free in the early minutes. Ten minutes later, Laurences worked the ball well to allow them to score an equalising goal from close range. Athgarvan though, were not prepared to lose for the first time this season, and they answered back minutes later with captain Danny Whelan scoring a great goal with a cool finish to put the home team back in control. Athgarvan held on for the remainder of the match and survived a late scare thanks to goalkeeping heroics from Gavan Doyle to finish winning by four points. Best for Athgarvan were Derek Nolan in midfield, Damian Smyth up front, while Brian Gormley & Willie Delaney gave solid performances in defence.

For the first time in several years Athgarvan is entering a team in the U 14 leagues.

As we cannot field a very strong U 14 team ourselves, we have teamed up with Kildangan GAA under the joint team name Cuchlainn Gaels.

We have enjoyed several training sessions in early April and have arranged some challenge matches to come soon,  before the start of the league on May 9th.

Our ‘home’ pitch is the Kildangan pitch and we will wear the Athgarvan jerseys.

A similiar joint venture with an U 16 team was sucessful in March/ April where Athgarvan was the ‘home’ nenue and the players wore the Kildangan jerseys.

We are confident we will have a competitive team and we wish them all the best in this new venture.