Coiste na nOg Team Report 2012

 

Team Report 2012

U6 –  Karl Coggins

The 2012 season for the under 6's started with great enthusiasm in mid march. We began in the hall with over 30 young lads, all keen to get started with learning new skills and having fun with their friends. Training quickly moved to the pitches where players were divided into four groups with each group moving in rotation to different exercises. Players were quick to pick up on the basics of the game and by mid May they were ready to fulfill their first fixture of the season.

The match against Shelmaliers went ahead on one of the few dry evenings of the summer and despite a few sore fingers all players had an enjoyable game. Matches against St Annes, Faythe Harriers, St Fintans and the annual blitz at Shelmalers kept the young players busy during the summer. The Boggan League was without doubt the highlight of the season where the under 6's played matches against one another. The games were quite competitive and the young players were well able to block, pull on the ball and tackle oncoming players. The day was completed with medals, fizzy minerals and crisps!

The 2012 season was wrapped up in early September with a hugely successful blitz in Piercestown. Two under 6 teams were fielded and wins were recorded all but one match. The coaches of the under 6 team would like to take the opportunity to extend a sincere thank you to all the parents who continued to bring their kids to training despite the atrocious weather we all experienced during the year.

U8 – Des Dempsey

 

We started our season on the 28th March with 32 U8’s at the pitch. We averaged about 23 at each training session. We started each session with a warm-up using Gaelic Football drills and following the warm-up we concentrated on building the ground hurling skills of the children.

 Throughout the season we played 13 games of hurling and 6 of football, mostly against neighbouring clubs.  The Co. Board set Go-Games fixtures for both hurling and football., while we ran our own Blitz on the 9th Sept when over 180 kids took part at U8, U7 & U6 levels. A super day was had by all. A huge thanks to all the parents who helped out on the day, and also to Colm O'Leary & An Garda Siochana who sponsored the medals.

We finished our year by competing in the Jack Berry tournament, which was run as a single Blitz day at the end of September. Overall it was a very successful season. We felt that the boys made a huge improvement over the summer. They are both a credit to the Club and their parents.

U10 – Luke Hennessy

Panel of 30 players – with approx 24 taking part on average. It was a very busy year, in particular for the older boys, with the introduction of Co Board organised Go Games matches in both hurling and Football adding to an already long schedule of games. Throughout the year we followed the Go Games  policy of full-participation for all of our players, and all the boys got lots of game time, and I think they all enjoyed their year with us.

Competition wise in football the u10's played in the Mini All-Ireland (hosted by Volunteers) reaching the SF; won Div 1 of the Kent Stainless Football, beating Shelmaliers in a terrific Final in WX Park and reached the Final of the Sarsfields Tournament where they were narrowly beaten after extra time by Horeswood.

In hurling the lads competed very well overall, and matched some of the best sides from inside and outside the county. We proved very strong in the County Board Go Games, and also in the Over the Water Tournament.  The U9 team also had a very good Roanmore Tournament in September. Through the year we had some great battles with Mount Sion, Thomastown, O Loughlin Gaels, Nenagh Eire Og, Ballygunner and more, with the highlight coming in September when we hosted a Blitz with teams from Cork, Tipp, Waterford and Kilkenny.  7 Clubs, each with two teams, so a huge effort was required and so much help was forthcoming from so many people that the day ran perfectly – even the sun played a blinder!

 Our guests couldn’t have been more complimentary towards the community effort the Club had put in and a huge thank you is directed towards all who helped out.

A week later our hurling season ended when we brought two teams to O Loughlin’s for their annual tournament. The older boys narrowly missed out on the Final when they went down to the hosts by 2 points while the younger boys needed help from a number of the U8’s and they performed hugely creditably, improving as the day went on, finishing up with a great showing against the Kilkenny side. 

All in all a really promising bunch in both hurling and football, but most importantly, they are all great chaps, great fun, and a real pleasure to around. I'd like to take the opportunity to thank the parents of all u10's in 2012, to Pat, Brian, Barry, John, Ken and Larry for a great effort this year. In particular to Brian who has decided to step back from coaching in 2012 - all the very best for the future.

U12 –  John Stafford

We had a panel of 24 at start of the year, with a good attendance at training and matches. A big effort was put into skills and promoting team work. We played and competed very in all matches with every boy getting equal playing time, this helped every one improve their skills and confidence. We won the u12 football Sean Kehoe perpetual cup in Kilmore and the Co Board Go Games Football Blitz in Bree, all played with great skill, team work and spirit. We played several challenge matches and performed really well. Overall we had a good year with the boys and we think the boys learned a lot and enjoyed the matches and training sessions (approx 3 hurling sessions to 1 football session).

 

U-14 – U-14 selectors

24 players on panel.

A really good group of boys, who just happened to run into an exceptional group of U-14’s from Gorey, losing both Div 1 Feile Finals, the Div 1 Football semi final and the Div 1 hurling final to them over the course of the season. A bitter enough pill for the boys to have to take, and it’s impossible not to be disappointed for the chaps, but nevertheless a fair degree of comfort can be taken from the fact that we proved ourselves one of two outstanding teams in the county, and from how well the boys continued to battle right to the end of the year, despite those painful losses.

We started early in March and had some noteworthy results in hurling against the top three Kilkenny City sides whom we played both home and away, securing results against each of them. Probably the best the boys played all year was in the home win against Dicksboro. We also hurled very well against top teams from Tipp, Waterford and Dublin, with the trip to Tipp, followed by the Senior Championship match between Wexford and Offaly being a particular highlight.

We also played football challenges in Wicklow against Arklow.

All-in-all a year of which the boys, and their parents, can be very proud. We’d like to thank them all for efforts in what was a very busy year.

U16 – John O’ Connor

The Martins juveniles had a very successful year competing in division 1 in both football and hurling.

In hurling they played 8 games winning 6 and finished joint top in the group and qualified for the semi final against Rapp’s Enniscorthy. This was a closely contested game with our boys playing brilliant hurling early in the second half against the wind to kill off the game.

Another brilliant performance in the Final against Glynn Barntown, where both sets of backs dominated. Martin’s won out deservedly winning a second division 1 title in as many years, by 1-10 to 1-08.

In football we played 7 games, won 4 drew 1 and lost 2. Showing great heart,  determination and no little skill our boys qualified for the semi final against Glynn-Barntown. Carrying a slight lead into the second half we were unable to maintain enough possession of the ball and were eventually beaten by a few points.

Congratulations to the boys, and my fellow selectors, Andy Firman, Ivan Hamilton, Mick Reade and Mick Morrissey.

 

 

Minor – Tom Higgins

Hurling

–Played 7 “League” games, (Won 3, Lost 3, Drew 1)

–Played in Semi Final – beaten by one point by eventual Champions.

 

Football

–Played 8 “League” games, (Won 3, Lost 3, Drew 2)

–Played in Semi Final – beaten by one point by eventual Champions.

 

Training Sessions: 70 approx

 

County Team Involvement:

Participated in both hurling and football, at Minor, U-17 and U-16 level

 

Club Adult Teams:

Participated in both hurling and football, at Senior, Junior and U-21 levels.

 

General:

Players represented themselves, their families, the club and the community in a very positive way.

 

No trophies this year, but good foundations in place, in both hurling and football, for 2013 minors and also for U-21, Junior and Senior participation in the years ahead.