Jul
30

Civil Service Hurling Club Newsletter 30th July 2013

There was plenty of competitive spirit in Islandbridge last Wednesday when a tightly contested fast moving 9-a-side internal challenge resulted in a narrow victory for the orange bibs.

There was more of that spirit on display when we defeated Garryspillane Junior B side in Knocklong Co. Limerick in our weekend away challenge match. The return of John Clery at full forward alongside Conor Bracken and Rob Griffin in scoring form opened up a first half lead that the home side couldn’t recover with a final score of 7-12 to 4-12. Many thanks to our captain James Power who organised the trip to his home parish and to our hosts in Garryspillane GAA club for the game and the finest ham and cheese sandwiches in O’Donovan’s afterwards for the apres-match analysis. The social programme later in Limerick was enjoyed by all and most of the travelling group were happy campers but maybe a bit tired setting off to Thurles on Sunday.

Congrats to Eamon Fitz and Mella on the announcement of their engagement last week.

Back in Islandbridge it is training as usual this week on Wednesday at 7pm with a few weeks to prepare for important fixtures towards the end of August. Details of our annual clubhouse cleanup and bbq in our notes next week.


Jul
23

Civil Service Hurling Club Newsletter 23 July 2013

It was a busy week with hot weather and hard ground making for high scoring fast hurling. In AHL8, our second team had mixed fortunes in our 2 fixtures. We were defeated on Thursday by a stronger Castleknock team at Somerton Park where the home side pulled away in the second half after being closely matched in the first half. However, on Sunday in Islandbridge, we recovered a half time deficit against Clontarf showing great determination to gain the lead with only 10 minutes to go and went on to win by 4-11 to 4-7.

Unfortunately the first team lost to Faughs in a crucial AHL6 game at Tymon Park on Sunday. Despite a spirited performance in the second half, we paid the price for conceding 5 goals in the first half with a final score of 7-7 to 3-14. This week, our training session on Wednesday 24th will be an internal match.

Next weekend we have our Club Weekend away Trip to Limerick playing Garryspillane’s Junior “B” at Knocklong at 3pm on Saturday 27th July. Anyone intending to travel should respond on Teamer or contact our captain James Power for details.

Thanks again to all who supported our recent fundraising event in Shelbourne Park. It was a great night in which we raised some funds for the running of the club and a substantial amount for the VITA organisation for their development work with rural families in southern Ethiopia. In our raffle, the Bumper Prize of €750 was won by Oliver Tierney on a ticket sold by Liam Myles. Gerry Egan, Ger Hawkins, Padraig O’Neill, Conor McCarthy and Frank Martin each won €50. Great credit to the main organisers Adrian Mordan and Liam Myles for this successful event.


Jul
09

Civil Service Hurling Club Newsletter 09 July 2013

Our aspirations for championship silverware came to an end for our second team with defeat in JHC E quarter final against Tomas Davis on Thursday. Then on Sunday, despite a spirited performance in a hot Fairview Park, we were defeated in AHL8 by St Josephs OCB. However, back in Islandbridge, our first team continued our recent improved form and with the benefit of players returning after absence through injury, we had a convincing victory over Erins Isle to get us back in contention in AHL6.

This week, our big event is our annual race night in Shelbourne Park Dublin on 11th July. This year we are fundraising in partnership with our own long serving member Liam Myles who works with VITA (see www.vita.ie) and is raising funds to participate in the Great Ethiopian Run later this year. The funds raised will be used to support VITA’s development work with rural families in southern Ethiopia to give families a more sustainable livelihood. VITA’s work includes sustainable and environmentally friendly projects which benefit the health and wellbeing of the community involving better farming methods, improved stoves, latrines, water wells/ pumps, tree planting and solar lights. By supporting the Race Night, you and your friends will be helping our club but you will also be supporting Liam’s excellent work with VITA. Tickets are available through club members. Even if you can’t attend, your ticket will be entered in a jackpot draw.

Our next date for the diary is a challenge game v Garryspillane in Limerick on 27th July 2013 with further details in next weeks notes.


Jul
02

Civil Service Hurling Club Newsletter 02 July 2013

Our recent winning run came to an end with defeat in a high scoring AHL8 contest v Oliver Plunketts on a sunny Islandbridge evening on Monday 24th June. We were made to pay for too many first half wides and then conceding two early 2nd half goals that proved to be the difference.

Our next important fixture is the JHC E quarter final away to Tomas Davis on Kiltipper Road on Thursday 4th July with throw in at 7.30pm. On Sunday 7th July we play host to Erins Isle in AHL6 at 11am in Islandbridge and our second team plays away to St Josephs OCB in Fairview Park at 3pm in AHL8. All players are asked to respond promptly to Teamer requests and be on time at the correct venue to be ready for each game.

Our next big non-playing event is our annual race night in Shelbourne Park Dublin on 11th July. This year we are fundraising in partnership with our own long serving member Liam Myles who works with VITA (see www.vita.ie) and is raising funds to participate in the Great Ethiopian Run later this year. The funds raised will be used to support VITA’s development work with rural families in southern Ethiopia to give families a more sustainable livelihood. VITA’s work includes sustainable and environmentally friendly projects which benefit the health and wellbeing of the community involving better farming methods, improved stoves, latrines, water wells/ pumps, tree planting and solar lights. By supporting the Race Night, you and your friends will be helping our club but you will also be supporting Liam and an excellent cause. Tickets are available through club members. Even if you can’t attend, your ticket will be entered in a jackpot draw.


Jun
25

Civil Service Hurling Club Newsletter 25 June 2013

Its been a while since these notes reported 3 games in one week without defeat. On Tues 18th June we finally registered a victory in JHC ‘B’ vs Naomh Fionnbarra. After losing our previous two games by a single point, the team showed great determination and with a tight defence won by 1-10 to 0-11.

Our second team played Setanta in JHC ‘E’ on Thurs in Ballymun, always a tough venue and not very successful for us in recent years. But this time we drew and we were unlucky not to win with the home side securing the draw from a free in the closing minutes.

Then on Sunday, on a windswept Dolphin Park our first team defeated St Kevins in AHL6. We held a 5 point lead with the aid of the breeze in the first half and, although Kevins had eliminated that advantage midway through the second half, we tightened our defence and secured some precious scores to win by a 4 point margin.

Lets hope we can keep up this momentum in our first team. Our AHL 8 fixture v Oliver Plunketts was postponed to Monday 24th June.

Training again this week at 7pm on the pitch on Wednesday.

Remember a date for your diary is the upcoming “night at the dogs” in Shelbourne Park on Thursday 11th July. This year our fundraising effort will be a joint venture to benefit both our club and development aid in Africa. More details to follow next week. Tickets are on sale.


Jun
18

Civil Service Hurling Club Newsletter 18 June 2013

Another busy week ahead with our last games in the preliminary rounds of the championship. On Tues 18th June our first team faces a possible relegation fixture in JHC ‘B’ in Islandbridge at 7.30 pm vs Naomh Fionnbarra. After losing our last two games by a single point, instead of competing for the knockout stages for silverware, we are facing a battle for survival at that level. A huge effort is required to ensure we succeed.

Our second team takes on Setanta in JHC ‘E’ on Thurs 20th June at 7.30pm in Ballymun with two wins out of four games to date giving us a good chance to progress to the quarter finals.

Back to league action next Sunday 23rd June with our first team in action in AHL 6 in Dolphin Park at 11.00 v St. Kevins and our second team in AHL 8 in Islandbridge at 3.00 pm vs Oliver Plunketts. All players are asked to respond promptly to requests on Teamer and to be available on time at the required venue.

Off the pitch, the Committee met on Wednesday 12th June. Remember a date for your diary is the upcoming fundraising “night at the dogs” in Shelbourne Park on Thursday 11th July. Tickets are on sale.


Jun
11

Civil Service Hurling Club Newsletter 11 June 2013

Round 4 of the championships brought mixed fortunes for our two teams. Our first team put in a fine performance against group leaders St Maurs in JHC B at Islandbridge on Tuesday evening 4th Jun in a close game that saw us lead into the late stages but we were punished for conceding too many second half frees and we lost by a point, the same outcome as with our previous championship tie at Erins Isle.

Our second team, however, won their second game to date in JHC E on Thursday defeating Na Gael Oga by a 4 point margin giving us a great chance to proceed to the knock-out stages. It seems the lure of fine weather outside Dublin or maybe the Munster Championship was a more attractive proposition for many of our first team who were unavailable to play on Sunday morning in AHL6, when we hosted neighbours St Brendan’s in Islandbridge.

Playing 13-a-side on a fast hot pitch we put up a decent fight and the game was level midway through the second half but we ran out of steam and were beaten by 1-19 to 4-5.

Back to training this week on Monday and Wednesday at 7pm in Islandbridge in preparation for the final qualifying rounds of the championship next week. The Committee is to meet after training on Wednesday 12th at 8.30pm.

Remember a date for your diary is the upcoming fundraising “night at the dogs” in Shelbourne Park on Thursday 11th July. Tickets are on sale. More information about that in the coming weeks.


May
28

Civil Service Hurling Club Newsletter 28 May 2013

With two games for each our two teams, the week started well, where the first team, after the disappointment of the narrow defeat in championship last weekend, put up one of our best displays of hurling for some time to defeat Kilmacud Crokes in AHL6 by 2-22 to 0-8. Its been a while since we played like that, even if Crokes may have been short of some players involved in school and college exams.

Our second team however had the opposite experience when we travelled to Balbriggan to play O’Dwyers in AHL8 on Thursday in wintery cold windy conditions, we didn’t play to our potential and were beaten both physically and on the score board losing by 8 points.

On Sunday, despite being short of key players, our first team looked like we might continue our success in AHL6 when we recovered a half time deficit away to take the lead against Skerries Harps early in the second half but a soft goal and more youthful running by the seasiders left us down 1-13 to 0-9 at full time.

In our sunny AHL8 encounter in Islandbridge, our depleted second team put on a brave display against a youthful Commercials side with just 2 points between the side at half time but we eventually lost 5-13 to 2-12.

Training continues as usual this week on Monday and Wednesday at 7pm. The Committee last week set Thursday 11th July as the date for our “night at the dogs”. More about that in the coming weeks.


May
21

Civil Service Hurling Club Newsletter 21 May 2013

There were many positives from both our two games in Round 3 of the Junior championship on Sunday but unfortunately we lost both games. In our “must win” JHC B clash at Erin’s Isle, the home side did not capitalise on the early dominance and a Civil Service fight back left us just 2 points down by half time. The second half brought the teams even closer with nothing between us in the final stages. We pursued goal scoring opportunities in pursuit of victory but at the final whistle we were a point behind.

In the afternoon, in our JHC E fixture in Islandbridge, we conceded four first half goals to reach half time 9 points behind Naomh Barróg but there was nobody giving up. In the second half we fought back and maybe with a bit of luck in a couple of ping-pong goalmouth incidents and maybe some goal-line technology, the final result might have been different. We were eventually beaten by 5-11 to 2-13, a creditable score.

Its all to do in Round 4. But there is no rest this week. First team is back in AHL6 action on Tuesday 21st May v Kilmacud Crokes in Islandbridge and the second team travels to Balbriggan to play O’Dwyers in AHL8 on Thursday 23rd. Both games throw in at 7.30pm. Then on Sunday 26th, we travel to play in AHL6 against Skerries Harps away at 11am and play Commercials in AHL8 in Islandbridge at 3pm. The manager asks all players to respond promptly to requests on Teamer.

No training on Wednesday this week. Committee meets after the game on Tuesday 21st in our clubhouse after the Kilmacud game.


May
14

Civil Service Hurling Club Newsletter 14 May 2013

Both of our teams have crucial fixtures in Round 3 of the Junior championship next Sunday 17th May. After defeats in the first two rounds, our first team plays Erins Isle in JHC B away in Finglas at 11am. Hopefully all injuries will be recovered and we will have a full squad for this “must win” clash. At 3pm in Islandbridge, our second team will host Naomh Barrog in JHC E. We want to build on our second round victory over Castleknock to progress to the knock-out stages. The manager asks all players to respond promptly to requests on Teamer.

It is important that all players attend all training sessions this week, Monday and Wednesday same time (7pm on the pitch). On match day, players should be at the correct venue with 45 minutes to spare before throw in.

Off the pitch, our “night at the dogs” fundraiser will be coming up in June and there will be more about that in these notes in the weeks ahead.


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