Dicksboro GAA Club

April 2013

28th April 2013

Senior Hurling League

Dicksboro 2-10  Ballyhale Shamrocks 4-13

Ballyhale Shamrocks, the current senior county champions were always going to be a tough nut to crack in our opening game of the league.  Even without Henry Shefflin and TJ Reid, they were a formidable force today, a force we were unable to combat.  Mark Aylward gave the Shamrocks a dream start with a goal in less than a minute of the throw-in.  Cillian Buckley replied with a 'Boro point two minutes later and soon after that the Shamrocks goalie failed to gain control of a high ball, dropping it in front of Shane Maher who tapped it into the net.  It was the first of three occasions in the first fourteen minutes that the 'Boro went ahead on the scoreboard.  It was in the second quarter of the first half, that the Shamrocks started to take a grip of this game, scoring 2-4 during this period bringing the HT score to Dicksboro 1-7  Ballyhale Shamrocks 3-7, all of the Ballyhale scores coming from play.

The second half was just as disappointing from a 'Boro point of view, Ballyhale outscoring us by 0-4 to 0-2 in the first eight minutes of the half and we did not seem comfortable at all.  The game went into the doldrums for the middle section of the second half and only came to life again after a very good Ollie Walsh goal, followed two minutes later by a Martin Gaffney point from a free to bring the teams within four points of each other.  Unfortunately this spurred on Ballyhale more than us as we failed to score for the last twelve minutes of the game whilst Ballyhale added a further 1-2 to make the full time score Dicksboro 2-10  Ballyhale Shamrocks 4-13. 

Panel:  Aaron Duggan, Kieran Cuddihy, Danny Kenny, Enda Malone, Michael Fagan, David Glynn, Conor O'Loughlin, Cillian Buckley (0-3), Cillian Starr, Tom Manning, Martin Gaffney (0-4, frees), Ollie Walsh (1-0), Kevin Kenny (0-1), Shane Maher (1-1), Paul O'Flynn, Cillian Breathnach, Davy Ryan, Kevin Nolan for Conor O'Loughlin(inj), Derek O'Gorman, Eoin Fennelly (0-1) for Tom Manning, Evan Cody for Danny Kenny(inj), Philly Hogan, Stephen Farrell for Paul O'Flynn(inj), Mikey Hayes, Michael Rafter, Daragh Buggy, Mason Clifford, Jessie Watters, Daragh Holohan.

Match Photos by John Glynn

 27th April 2013

Under 14 Hurling Féile

The Paddy Grace hurling Féile was comprised of four groups this year, with the 'Boro playing in Thomastown today against Piltown, James Stephens and Ballyhale Shamrocks.

Our first game against Piltown was one sided, with the 'Boro well on top throughout.  Despite this, you would have to complement the Piltown boys on their spirit, never hanging their heads, determined to try their best for their club.  They seemed to have to dip into a younger age group and so would have difficulty coping with a strong outfit like the 'Boro.

Our next opponents, James Stephens, would not have the same problems and like all our games against our city neighbours, this was going to be a lot tighter.  It's been said so many times, but once again it holds true, goals win matches.  Our first two scores in the first seven minutes of the twenty minute halves rose the green flag and we had 2-2 on the scoreboard before the Village registered their first point after twelve minutes.  That would seem to suggest that we were having it all our own way, but that was not the case, as our defence were holding the Village well (or they were squandering their chances, depending which side of the fence you were sitting on).  A late goal in the half gave the Village a lifeline.  HT Dicksboro 2-3 James Stephens 1-1.

An early point from the Village in less than a minute of the start of the second half may have signaled a comeback but the 'Boro boys were not having any of it and struck back with 1-1 and all of this before the fourth minute has elapsed.  That seemed to knock the stuffing out of the Village who were only able to add two pointed frees before the end of the game.. FT Dicksboro 3-5  James Stephens 2-4.

The way the group was panning out, we had to at least gain a draw in our last game against Ballyhale Shamrocks to be assured progression to the semi final.  This was not going to be easy, as Ballyhale had played out a tight game aginst the Village earlier and so were obviously a serious outfit.  This proved to be the case as going into the dying seconds of the first half we only had the narrowest of leads at 0-3 to 0-2.  Crucially, the last puck of the half resulted in a goal for the 'Boro which put a different outlook on the HT score of Dicksboro 1-3  Ballyhale Shamrocks 0-2.

The one thing about this 'Boro team is that the more they play, the better they play, and despite the growing fatigue, they pressed on for the victory to set themselves up for a semi-final game aginst Graigue/Ballycallan next weekend.  FT Dicksboro 1-8  Ballyhale Shamrocks 0-4.

Panel:  Kieran Galvin, Gavin Walsh, Liam Stynes, Stephen Cass, Liam Brennan Smyth, Johnny Minogue, Cillian Timmons, Joe Sheehan, Sean Boyd, Eoghan Moylan, David Campion, Mark Nolan, Justin Cahill, Brian Cleere, Tommy Farrell, Eamonn Morrissey, Tadhg Butler, TJ Stynes, Evan Clarke, Jack Connolly, Nicky Burke, Bobby O'Mahony, Daire Maher, Joseph Lacey, James Griffin, William O'Sullivan, Jack Tynan, Darren Mullen, Mark Kenny (inj).

Photos vs Piltown       Photos vs James Stephens        Photos vs Ballyhale Shamrocks   

19th April 2013 

Under 16 Roinn 'A' Hurling League

Dicksboro 3-17  Slieverue 1-7

Our under 16's set out their stall early in this league game against Slieverue with a point on the board in less than a minute.  Three more followed before Slieverue raised a white flag from a 20 metre free.  The source of the scores from both teams was a good indicator as to the way they were playing, 0-4 of Slievrue's tally of 1-7 coming from frees whilst only one point of the 'Boro's tally of 2-8 came from a free in the first half.  The 'Boro were on top but more work needed to be down to stop the expected second half challenge.  HT  Dicksboro 2-8  Slieverue 1-7.  The 'Boro were even more emphatic in the second half, gaining control throughout the pitch and keeping our opponents scoreless for the half which was no mean feat as they had some very good hurlers. 

Panel:  Oisin Gough, Evan Carroll, Cian Butler, Liam Kennedy, Aaron Malone, Aidan Nolan, Robert Crotty, Thomas Kenny, Chris Kavanagh, Kieran Ryan, Conor Doheny, Andrew Gaffney, Alan Phelan, Robbie Murphy, Bill Sheehan, Alan Corcoran, Brian Power, Cormac Buggy,  Dara Lynch, Gavin Byrne, Panos Brennan, Edward Moylan(inj).

13th April 2013 

Junior 'B' North Hurling League

Dicksboro 0-13 Galmoy 1-10

It is hard to know how to feel after this Junior 'B' North hurling league game against Galmoy, disappointed not to have won, relieved not to have lost or content to have drawn.  For each of these possibilities were on the cards as we went into injury time at the end of the second half.  At the end of regulation time the sides were level but Galmoy were still pushing hard and were rewarded with a point in the thirty first minute to take that slender lead.  With the final whistle imminent, a Shane O'Brien point got us out of gaol to share the spoils.  This game was tight throughout with neither team pulling away by more than a point or two and therefore on balance a draw was most probably the fairest result.

Panel:  Sammy Morrissey, Eoin McCormack, John Kelly, Willie Sainsbury, Graham Egan, Ciaran Gough, Matthew Nolan, Stephen Tynan, Enda O'Donoghue, Peter Fitzpatrick, Drew Phelan,James Murphy, Collins Connolly, DD Molloy, Ger O'Donoghue, Eamonn Campion, Shane O'Brien.

12th April 2013

Under 16 Roinn 'A' Hurling League

Dicksboro 3-19  John Lockes 0-6

The final score in this match tells its own tale.  This was a game in which the 'Boro were completely on top in all sections of the field from start to finish with just two of Callan's points coming from play.  Our next game is on in St. John's Pk on Monday 15th April at 6.30pm and this will no doubt provide us with a more un-sparing challenge.

Panel:  Oisín Gough, Cian Butler, Aaron Malone, Evan Carroll, Aidan Nolan, Jim Dollard, Robert Crotty, Chris Kavanagh, Thomas Kenny, Andrew Gaffney, Kieran Ryan, Conor Doheny, Bill Sheehan, Edward Moylan, Robbie Murphy, Brian Power, Kieran Dunne, Cormac Buggy, Liam Kennedy, Dara Lynch, Alan Corcoran, Adam Clifford, Alan Phelan, Gavin Byrne, David Ryan.

 7th April 2013

Senior Camogie League

Dicksboro Camogie Senior team opened their All County League campaign against St Martins at Palmerstown this morning. The weather was dry but bitterly cold, and the pitch in fine condition after the winter break. St Martin’s took the early lead, putting three points on the scoreboard before a high dropping ball from Danielle Kenny found it’s way to the back of the St Martin’s net to bring the teams level. This was followed by a Niamh O’Donoghue point to leave Dicksboro ahead 1-1 to 0-3 at the break.  Following half time, St Martin’s again edged their way into the lead until a long range free from Niamh O’Donoghue just inched in under the crossbar for a second Dicksboro goal. The play moved from end to end until Jenny Clifford collected a ball 20 meters out, headed for goal and finished with a shot to the back of the net. A fine Dicksboro performance was completed by full forward Eimear Tynan winning a ball from wide on the right and scoring the teams fourth goal.  Dicksboro finished up winners on a scoreline of 4-1 to 1-8.  Dicksboro Camogie have a busy week ahead, with the Under 16 team beginning their league campaign on Wednesday evening against city rivals James Stephens in Larchfield, throw-in 6:30. The Under 14s open their Féile campaign with a second round away match against Slieverue on Sat at midday and the Senior team have their first league outing away to Freshford on Sunday morning at midday.  Best of luck to the teams involved, all support appreciated. 

Panel: Aoife Prendergast, Danielle Kenny, Alex Horan, Eadaoin Doheny, Eva Maher,  Rachel Lynch, Aine Curran, Helen Byrne, Niamh O’ Donoghue, Sorcha Fennelly, Aine Maher, Rachel Doyle, Jenny Clifford, Emer Tynan.

7th April 2013 

All County Junior Hurling League

Dicksboro 5-11 Mullinavat 2-9

Dicksboro Juniors had another very good win today in the All County League against what has to be said a weakened Mullinavat side.  Leading from the off, two first half goals from Brian Dollard kept us in a commanding position at halftime, leading by 2-8 to 2-2, especially when you consider that the two Mullinavat goals were rather fortuitous.  Mullinavat's lucky goal streak did not carry into the second half and they could only add seven points to their HT score, whilst the 'Boro tagged on 3-3, the goals coming from Eoin Fennelly and a brace from James Murphy.  Mullinavat will give us a sterner test if we meet them later in the year.

Panel:  Cillian Beathnach, Conor Maharaj, Mikey Hayes, David Carroll, Jesse Watters, Kevin Nolan, Michael Rafter, Enda O'Donoghue, Philly Hogan, Mason Clifford, Tom Manning, Eoin Fennelly, Craig Cahill, Brian Dollard, James Murphy, Shane O'Brien, James Gittens, Ger O'Donoghue, DD Molloy.


5th April 2013 

Croke Park Experience

Dicksboro under 8's fulfilled the dream of many GAA players throughout the country and beyond by taking to the hallowed field in Croke Park to play Borris/Kilcotton from Laois last Friday. The 'Boro boys were under the watchful eyes of their mentors, Dan O'Neill, Sean Fitzpatrick, Adrian Keogh and Noel Kavanagh. The event was part of the Leinster GAA Croke Park Experience Day, April 2013, which is a great initiative and has hopefully created a memory for these boys that will last a lifetime.

Panel: James Brennan Smyth, Ryan Butler, James Cleere, Joey Dalton, Killian Dollard, Fionn Drago, Billy Fitzpatrick, Ryan Gorman, Kealan Gray, Adam Hayes, David Hennessy, Matthew Kane, Enda Kavanagh, Sean Keogh, Matthew Mccarthy, Tom McPhillips, Mark McPhillips, Brian Moore, Christy Murphy, Evan Murphy, Jamie O’Brien, Charlie O’Neill, Tom O’Neill, Nathan Pollard, Josh Quirke Duggan, Liam Richardson, Sam Shortall, Michael Stynes, Marcus Trait, David Fitzpatrick.