Dicksboro GAA Club

Minors

 


 

Dicksboro minors produced a fantastic second half performance to win the Roinn A county Minor Championship final at Nowlan Park this afternoon. They went a goal down after a penalty was awarded to O'Loughlin Gaels early in the second half and it looked like their city rivals would pull away.
However, the boys who became men today, displayed tenacity and courage beyond their years to draw level and with the sides locked at 15 points each, it was the Boro men who had the heart to finish it off.
They came up with two fantastic scores to clinch victory to make up for last year's agonising defeat at the hands of the same opposition.
There were heroes all over the field but the two final scores came from midfielder Chris Kavanagh and inspirational team captain, Robbie Murphy to leave the final score 1-14 to 1-12 in favour of the Palmerstown Pumas.
The club needed this win and the panel delivered a tonic for everyone and I thought both, Johhny Campion and Mick Byrne would have heart attacks such was the excitement and the tension at the end.
The Boro raced into an early lead in the first half thanks to Andy Gaffney (free) and Robbie Murphy before O'Loughins came more into the game. 
Vitally, the Boro scored the only goal of the half from Robbie Murphy after good work by Gaffney and Chris Kavanagh out the field.
At the end of the half, the Boro led by a point 1-7 to 0-9 after O'Loughlins were guilty of a few bad misses before the half time whistle was blown.
In the second half, O'Loughlins upped the tempo and after they were awarded a penalty, they went two points up. A further point from play after nine minutes meant the Boro were down three points with less than 20 minutes remaining.
You never know what reserves of energy and hunger you have until the question is asked of you. 
The players and subs responded magnificently with skill, style, composure, heart and grit.
Every player made a major contribution. Richard Stapleton in goals was, as always, super and, as always, brave. 
The full back line of Evan Carroll, Jim Dollard and Aidan Nolan did their bit and as the match wore on, they provided the team with a solid platform.
The half back line did the same thing and again, in the last 10 minutes showed what they are made of, epitomised by Robert Crotty's well taken point. The Kerry breeding came out in Alan Phelan and he was great. Thomas Kenny was also well up for the challenge and all three held their positions well, especially in that vital final quarter of the game.
Chris Kavanagh and Conor Doheny are a formidable partnership in the middle of the field and it was great too see Kavanagh playing so well and Doheny is simply, class.
Kieran Ryan when he came on was great and was instrumental in helping the team win.
Conor Fitzpatrick played through the pain barrier as did Conor Doheny and Edward Moylan never, ever gives up. Inside were the real aces - Bill Sheehan, Oisin Gough and Andrew Gaffney.
They are all proven finishers.
And it was Gaffney who put over the score of the match from the touchline on the new stand side, midway through the second half when it seemed impossible. It really lifted the team and it was this score that helped make the difference.
Great credit is die to the management team of Jim Kerwick (manager) and selectors, Sean Moore, John Treacy and Padraic Lacey.
Club chairman, Eddie Holohan; secretary Pat Moylan and treasurer, Seamus Rochford gave the team every assistance and it was fantastic to see club stalwarts like Eugene Begley and Martin Morrissey there to witness the historic win and celebrations. It was equally heartwarming to see men like Shane Prendergast, coming up from Cork for the day to watch his beloved Dicksboro.

Team: Richard Stapleton, Aidan Nolan, Jim Dollard, Evan Carroll, Robert Crotty (0-1), Thomas Kenny, Alan Phelan, Conor Doheny (0-1), Chris Kavanagh (0-2), Andew Gaffney (0-7, six frees), Conor Fitzpatrick, Edward Moylan, Bill Sheehan (0-1), Oisin Gough, Robbie Murphy (1-3). Subs: Kieran Ryan for Conor Doheny and Doheny for Edward Moylan.

 

 24/10/2015

MINOR 'B' SIDE LOSE ROINN C COUNTY FINAL TO LATE, LATE GOAL

Gutted is the only word that describes how everyone in the club feels following the defeat to Young Irelands in the Roinn C minor final on Saturday morning in Clara.
The lads played brilliantly and controlled the game save for the first few minutes.
However, in the 31st minute of the second half, Sean Carey struck a 25 yard free low into the net to give Gowran victory by a point. We did have a long range chance of point from a free in the final minute to level it, with the wind behind us, but It went wide.
And it was our wide tally that cost us in the end. No one begrudges Gowran the win and the scenes after the match showed how much the win meant.
However, we were by far the better team but we could find our range from placed balls and from play.
After just four minutes of the match the Boro were 1-1 to 0-0 behind but a string of frees from Justin Cahill and a point from play from Brian Cleere kept us in it.
We went in at the break three points behind, 1-6 to 0-6 with the wind in the second half. Cleere had the ball in the net after three minutes following great work out the field by Cillian Timmins. Three minutes later Cleere struck again, after Cahill squared the ball and Cleere finished to the net first time on the ground.
We missed a number of golden opportunities to put the game out of Gowran's reach and it came back to haunt us. With the time almost up, Gowran were awarded a dubious free outside the 20 metre line which Carey hit low to the net to leave the fulltime score 2-10 to 2-9.
Team: Kieran Galvin, David Ryan, Liam Stynes, Shane O'Gorman, Brian Power, Eoghan Moylan, Cillian Timons, Liam Kennedy, Joe Sheehan, Darra Lynch, Sean Boyd, David Campion, Brian Cleere, Justin Cahill, Shane Stapleton. Mark Nolan for Galvin and Kieran Dunne for Lynch.
The loss raises a question and brings to mind a theme running through the entire club this year, do we have the bottle to win? 
It's not really important for the club but for the players; winning a title means a lot. Just ask Cillian Buckley. The Roinn Minor county medal he won with his friends means an awful lot to him.
There is no blame in defeat and the boys were unlucky and you can't fault anyone for effort but we should have won it.
Which brings us on to next Sunday. Are we going to allow the same thing to happen again?
Will the Roinn A minor hurlers restore a bit of badly needed pride to the club and land us our only county title this year. 
And no I'm not forgetting the heroics displayed by our minor and under 16 camogie teams winning their perspective championships.
It's imperative that the club get behind the players and management on Sunday and turn up in force at Nowlan Park for what will be the most important match of the season for the club. Everyone wishes them well and defeat is not an option. Strength of character, resolve mixed with tact, brains, composure will win it.


Photographed on right is the Dicksboro Minor 'B ' Panel who lost out to Young Irelands in the final of the County Minor Roinn 'C' Final.

18/10/2015

 MINOR HURLERS BOOK COUNTY FINAL PLACE

The club received a much needed boost with a hard earned win over James Stephens in the semi-final of the Roinn A hurling championship in Danesfort this morning. Things weren't looking too good at half time, we were behind 0-8 to 0-6 but a blistering second half performance saw the team scrap through in a Titanic battle.One of the stars was Conor Fitzpatrick who got three points from play with Bill Sheehan also getting two from play. Scorer in chief was Andy Gaffney with eight points. And there was great news for the club towards the end of the game when Robbie Murphy injured for so long came on in place of Kieran Ryan who acquitted himself well when he was on.
The game was in the melting pot with just a few minutes to go after Tadgh O'Dwyer put over two points to level matters. The Boro went one up after a point from play by Bill Sheehan following a good pass from Edward Moylan.
Andy Gaffney got the insurance point from a free to send supporters home happy.
Team: Richard Stapleton, Aidan Nolan, Jim Dollard, Evan Carroll, Robert Crotty, Thomas Kenny, Alan Phelan, Conor Doheny, Chris Kavanagh, Edward Moylan, Conor Fitzpatrick (0-3), Bill Sheehan (0-2), Oisin Gough, Andy Gaffney (0-8 - 0-6 frees, 1 65, 1 from play).


27/9/2015

DICKSBORO MINORS ADVANCE

Dicksboro minors had a great win in the first round of the championship this evening, Sunday, Sept 27th. They accounted for Graigue-Ballycallan on a scoreline of 3-17 to 0-9 in sun-drenched Larchfield.

They led 2-11 to 0-4 at the end of the first half and with the wind at their backs in the second half they were never troubled even if they dipped a little when it became obvious that the game was out of GraigueBallycallan's reach.

There were fine performances from the entire team and especially from Alan Phelan, Evan Carroll, Aidan Nolan, Robert Crotty, Oisin Gough and fullback Jim Dollard with Kilkenny minors Conor Doheny, Andy Gaffney and Bill Sheehan also playing their part with Edward Moylan showing incredible hands. 


4th April 2015

Dicksboro trio – Edward Moylan, Evan Carroll and Aidan Nolan – part of victorious St. Kieran's College All-Ireland Colleges Champions 2015.


 

22/3/2015

MINOR WIN

The minor team had a good win against Bennettsbridge on Sunday night in Palmerstown in a well contested challenge game, watched over by the management team Podge Lacey, John Treacy, Sean Moore and Jim Kerwick. The four dedicated club stalwarts are leaving no stone unturned to ensure the boys get the maximum return for their hard work this year. And hopefully, Podge will have recovered from a serous knee injury to tog out with the footballers in the county final. He might have to give up the soccer following his recent, excellent performances for the Gaelic footballers and he has already been compared to Paul Galvin for his football not for his clothes. He has got that model look about him.