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Paul Fitzgerald (Division 1)
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Training Dominican College Griffith Avenue from 10th April, 2013
Na Fianna –v- Lucan Sarsfields
21st April, 2013.
Captain Emma Gray.
Na Fianna 1-0 –v- Lucan Sarsfields 8-6
Tired legs for some was the order of the day today. We were tired and you could see that. After such a tremendous exhibition of Camogie on Thursday night we just didn’t turn up this morning. Commitments to school teams, county teams saw some of the girls having played their fourth / fifth match this week alone. Lucan are an excellent team with very strong and skilful players and on another day I firmly believe we will give them a better competitive game.
Jennifer found herself bombarded with shots in the first half and into the second half. Emma G, Anna O’Dwyer and Orla G did everything in their power to stop the onslaught. Grace, Aoife and Emily fought hard and some very impressive aerial play from both Grace and Emily. Ruth and Aine yet again ran their socks off.
Aideen Lynch, a very stylish player together with Ellie did everything they could to get the ball to the forwards. Saoirse battled very hard and hit some excellent shots. Alex did her usual nose to the ground game, never giving up and trying her heart out. Great goal from Gillian (our only score), executed beautifully and with great skill. Subs up on the day were Anna O’Dwyer, Tess Loftus and Caoimhe Rogers, many thanks ladies and to Caoimhe who took a massive hit with a sliotar in the goals well done.
Next week you have football commitments Ladies so use the time to rest a little also. We will not train Wednesday as most of you (in fact all of you except one) have a match. The following week I will have guest players to come in and train with us. We are easily pushed off a ball, can stand off from the tackle sometimes and don’t always commit completely to a tackle. We will work on this together with our other skills. Today Dublin played Tipp and Kilkenny played Galway in Intercounty Senior Hurling. These are the type of matches you should be watching over and over again. They give you a great insight as to how the game should be played, at pace, with power and with no fear. Between now and next week the 1st of May our next training session I want everyone to write down yet again one good thing they did in the match today and one good thing one of their team mates did in the game. Last time I had one reply (well done Saoirse) – so get your pens out Ladies and don’t forget to play Camogie at a competitive level you MUST shake hands with your Hurley every single day.
WOMEN OF THE MATCH
Ruth, Anna, Gillian, Emma G, Orla G, Aine,
U13 Division 1
Na Fianna –v- St. Vincent’s
18th April, 2013.
Score Na Fianna 2-1 -v- St. Vincent's 3-1
Captain Aine Hennessy.
To say I’m disappointed would be to understate it a little. I’M GUTTED!!!!!!!!!!!!. We had them ladies and they will go away hopefully realising that they robbed the game in the last few minutes. Our work rate was excellent, we battled hard up and down the pitch, we did not let them play, we did not let them settle on the ball, we gave them very few free shots. The quality of the tackling was second to none ladies and you should be very proud of this. We have so much potential and so much to build on and that is basically where I came back to earth. This is very much a development squad, we are developing you into becoming Senior Players for your Club and County. We learn from every game and we improve in every game.
First half 2 cracking goals from Ellie. No way would anyone have stopped them – even if they built a wall they would have gone through. Well done Ellie. Superb defending from Emily, Grace, Orla, Emma G, Aoife and Orla Buggy. We kept them to one goal in the first half. Excellent puck outs from Jennifer.
Second half work rate just continued Ruth and Aine were just brilliant in the middle of the field. Some fantastic tackling from Aine she doesn’t hold back and it’s the way the game should be played. There is a score in you Aine keep it up. Aideen Lynch played as a defending / attacking forward, sweeping up and down the pitch – an excellent performance. Now the point of the match must go to Saoirse – picked it up on side line, drove forward and hit it on the run at speed (told you you could do it Saoirse). Lar Corbett would have loved that one. Alex was unlucky not to have scored and never gave up, Gillian battled away and the match pace its coming Gillian keep battling away.
Subs up for the night were Grainne, Kate (Division 3) and Orla Buggy (a great player in the making) and Sadhbh Mangan (U12’s). Thanks a million ladies you are a real asset to the team.
NOW lets get in the zone we have Lucan on Sunday – another battle ahead of us which I have no doubt we will stand up to. This is a team we are building here so let’s keep going ladies.
WOMEN OF THE MATCH
GRACE COUGHLAN, Aoife Malone, Orla Gray, Ruth King, Aine Hennessy, Aideen Lynch, Ellie McAleer, Saoirse Fitzgerald
U13 Division 1
Na Fianna –v- Kilmacud Crokes
15th April, 2013.
Captain Alex Kelly.
To say there were a number of magnificent performances this evening would be to put it mildly a massive understatement. Never have I seen such performances from girls who basically had their backs against the wall for the second half. Having put in a Championship Final performance in the first half with a score line of 4-0 to 1-1 to Na Fianna, we then lost a massive player to injury in the second half. Don’t understand the lack of fair play from Crokes who had about 12 subs on the line but then would not take off the extra player. We found ourselves with no subs and a player down in the second half. Well you heard of the magnificent Seven well move over here comes the magnificent “Fourteen”.
First half saw scores from Emma Conaty (1-0), Saoirse (1-0), Aideen Lynch (1-0) and Ellie (1-0). Some beautiful scoring great chips over the goal keeper. Strong in midfield was Ruth King hooking, blocking, ground hurling, taking it on and also taking some rather hard hits. Aine Hennessy with her natural aggression was never going to be beaten. Grace was brilliant in the air, great blocking. Aoife Malone driving through players (literally!). Aoife was well able to take it and give it.
Second half saw the only score from Alex Kelly – this score was coming the whole first half and well deserved when she got it and beautifully executed. Out of our six forwards five scored. Not a bad return from a forward line. Gillian laid off some excellent passes which created the scores. Solid performances from Emma and Orla Gray which is what we have come to expect and they never let us down. As for our two U12’s Anna O’Dwyer and Orla Buggy what can I say except thank you. The two girls acquitted themselves as if they were U13 Division 1 players. The full forward for Crokes was a crafty, strong, skilful player and by god did she meet her match in Anna O’Dwyer. Orla Buggy had her eye on the ball at all times, very little got past her and if it did it was made very difficult for the player to achieve anything with it.
Now there was match played yesterday between Clare and Cork. Unfortunately for Cork they saw themselves relegated, I heard the crowd shout “where is Donal Og”. I can tell them we had him at the match this evening. A Donal Og performance from Jennifer, point blank range save in the first half which any inter county keeper would be still boasting about.
Overall we didn’t let Crokes play, we blocked, hooked, battled, took the hits, played hard. Some of these performances if noted by the Dublin County Board will see some more players being called out their Development Squads.
WOMEN OF THE MATCH
JENNIFER – AOIFE – RUTH – EMMA C – EMMA G – ORLA G – GILLIAN – ALEX – GRACE – AINE – ANNA – ORLA B – ELLIE – SAOIRSE – AIDEEN
The club will be holding a GAAathon on the weekend of the 1st & 2nd of June starting at 6pm on Saturday and finishing Sunday at 6pm. 24 hours of fun fun fun and sport. It is open to the U13/14/15 Girls and Boys. A game of football will be played for the full 24 hours in groups of two teams of 8 at all times. While that is going on the rest of you will have play station, disco, treasure hunt, target shots etc etc the list is endless but it is also up to you what you want to do. To be eligible to participate you must be a registered member of the club and have completed a sponsorship card with no less than €50.00. The first 120 people to hand in a completed card will be guaranteed a place. The representatives at U13 Football are Siobhan Casserly & Ellie McAleer and U13 Camogie will be Aoife Malone and Ruth King. These girls will attend a meeting next Tuesday at 7.30pm in the club to forward all your ideas for the event. This is very much YOUR event so get the ideas flowing. Contact any of the above four girls before next Tuesday and they will pass on your very valuable ideas.
U13 Division 1
Na Fianna –v- Castleknock
7th April, 2013.
Captain Ellie & Vice Captain Aoife.
I know Tom Cruise was in Dublin recently and is now an honorary Irish Man with connections in Dublin but I think if he knew this match was on he wouldn’t have flown out to Hollywood so quickly, even he would have been proud of this performance. Ringing in my ears was “show me the money, show me the money”. Forget about that the new saying in town is “show me the scores – Show me the scores”.
From the very start we applied pressure on Castleknock, we didn’t let them settle, we tackled, put them under pressure, drove the ball at them and basically made it extremely difficult for them to play. First score of the day from Ellie with an excellent point. Ellie was to go on and score another 3 points from play. Ruth bursting through the centre received an excellent pass from Aideen and converted a further point for the team. Aideen herself finished off a lovely attacking play by putting it brilliantly over the bar. Solid play in the backs from Orla and Emma Gray, and a solid performance from Elizabeth in full back except for one little tiny tiny hiccup in the back line which saw Castleknock score a goal. Jennifer’s puck out sailed down the pitch giving our midfield no excuses for not getting possession. First half saw the score at Na Fianna 0-4 and Castleknock 1-0.
Second half Na Fianna dominated full stop. Castleknock could hardly get it past their own half. It became a little bit of a “Mission Impossible” for Castleknock. Scores on the board from Alex 1-0, Emma Conaty 0-1,Emma Gray 1-0, Ellie 0-2 and unfortunately for Castleknock they scored an own goal. All of our scores were from play so excluding the own goal we scored 9 scores from play which is not a bad return. Out of the 14 players who played today 6 scored. Some excellent performances from Aoife, Ruth, Aine, Aideen. Great to see Gillian back, an absolute asset to the team. Emily Conlon put in a more settled performance in the back line holding off their number 10 who was very physical and skilful, but Emily soon quietened her down. I liked what I saw from Saoirse in the back line, an attacking back but also the way she adapted in the second half to the forward position. Extremely unlucky not to have scored at least 3 but some excellent ground hurling on display.
WOMAN OF THE MATCH
PLEASE NOTE Training will now commence in Dominican College on Griffith Avenue from this Wednesday the 10th April, 2013 at 7pm. We are assured space and grass for the summer.
Na Fianna –v- Good Counsel – 3rd March, 2013 – 10am (League)
Captain for the day Saoirse Fitzgerald
I would have to say firstly I am a little baffled by this match and the strange attitude the girls had to approaching this game. By all means Good Counsel is an excellent team, strong, physical and very skilful. I heard nothing but negative comments about how “dirty” they are. None of this was that evident in the game bar one incident against Ellie. Good Counsel is a physical team and fair play to them if they believe the battle begins off the field firstly, and secondly they finish a team off on the pitch. Having said that there was a little bit of anticipated horror from our girls. These are the girls that horse into each other at training, battle for every ball and are just as skilful. Fitness wise I thought we were fitted than Good Counsel; we had most of the possession in the first half and should have had at least 3 goals against them. Maybe if those goals had of gone in it would have been a different match. Good Counsel grew stronger mentally as the game progressed.
In the first half we conceded 2 goals which left us pretty much in the game for the second half. Emma Gray was outstanding and shows an ability to make it at Senior County level, comes out attacking a ball, one touch in the hand and away it goes, she is hungry for the ball, doesn’t give up on a tackle and with all due respect to Emma the little size of her, everybody should be afraid!. Her partner in crime Orla Gray was excellent also and these two girls would show up any corner backs on a Senior 1 Team. At one stage I had to tell Emma to go back to the back line she was that hungry for the ball she was practically standing beside Counsel’s goalkeeper. Grace Coughlan (grace by name and nature) made some excellent clearances but we will work on those high catches and the aggression. At 6ft 10inches J nobody should be contesting Grace for a high ball.
Like I say in the first half we played at a reasonably good level, good performances came from Liz, Jennifer (excellent puck outs – very strong), Emma Conaty, Emily Conlon. Ruth’s work rate was excellent chasing up and down the pitch, some very good frees, tackling and distribution of the ball. Aideen Lynch (fair play to her) found herself also in the middle with Ruth and applied herself with great force.
Second half we just seemed to be defending the whole time, we couldn’t get the ball up the pitch and when we did Anna O’Dwyer was very unlucky not to score a goal or a point. Orla Buggy gave some great back up and made some fantastic tackles also. We saw Aine Hennessey make an appearance in the first half after about 10 minutes. By god I wouldn’t want to get on the wrong side of Aine in a tackle. Keep it up.
Saoirse Fitzgerald also battled hard, has some great skills, but needs to get the head up Saoirse and take it on, they have to foul you to get the ball, take the hit, as you have the ability in abundance. Aoife Malone didn’t see much of the ball until she was brought down to midfield. Now if anyone ever tells me you have to be tall to play hurling I will go mad. Aoife Malone is the perfect example of “good goods come in small parcels”. If only we could find the batteries to stop her talking (answers on a postcard please). She gives up on nothing and has great skill. Ellie McAleer took the hit, with a butt of the hurl to the stomach, had her break, and then got right back up and continued to play in the manner she did for the whole match. Fought, battled and tackled as hard as she could and could honesty come off that pitch saying she gave it a 100%. Second half saw Good Counsel score 3-1 which effectively finished the contest for us. Unfortunately for Alex Kelly very little play came her way but when it did she gave it her all.
As I said Ladies remember how it feels to lose like that, nobody likes that feeling, get over it and move on to the next game. Homework this week was to write down one good thing you did in the match and one good thing one of your team mates did. It will be interesting to see what feedback I get this Wednesday.
Evenings are getting longer so there is no excuse for not going out and pucking around for half an hour before dinner / homework. It will do you good and improve on your skill. We are very limited to what we can do on the all weather pitches and I think this shows when we play on grass. We are very fast on the all weather but there is no doubt it is a different story when on the grass. Get out and practise your long pucks, pulling on the ground, sideline cuts etc etc etc. We have Crokes next Sunday the 10th so start thinking about the game now, decide what you would do in different scenario’s, how you would tackle, hook, block, clear the ball. Get it into your head before you walk on to the pitch.
The season has began Ladies, set your personal goals, improve yourself, demand those improvements from your Coaches and as a team we will become unbeatable.
WOMAN OF THE MATCH
MISS EMMA GRAY
Final Score Na Fianna 0-0 –v- Good Counsel 5-1
Na Fianna –v- Erins Isle – 17th February, 2013 – 2pm (Friendly)
Where do you start with this match?
Well actually at the beginning. From the start we knew we were up against it with Erins Isle. Having watched the U13 Division 1 play them in Football the day before we were under no illusion that this was going to be easy. It would be a battle from the start.
We played three 20 minute matches in order that the girls and subs get as much play as possible.
First 20 minutes saw scores from Emma Conaty (0-1), Ellie McAleer (1-1), Aoife Malone (1-0). All executed with great enthusiasm and skill. In this 20 minutes the backs were up against it. A tremendous performance from both Elizabeth Murchan and Grace Coughlan. Grace only playing her first ever Division 1 game having moved up this season. She fitted in nicely at centre back and did her job with great confidence. Elizabeth Murchan another new comer to the team looked liked she had always been in that position. Both girls showed get determination, fearlessness and skill. As for the two corner backs, Orla Gray and Emma Gray this may turn out to be a permanent position ladies, one that you both could certainly make your own for the season. Jennifer Downey holding almost a clean sheet in the first 20 only conceding 1 goal. Watch those hopping balls Jennifer J. A Keeper with great talent. We conceded 1-4 in these 20 minutes.
The second 20 saw a couple of the U12’s step up. Great performances from Anna O’Dwyer, Orla Buggy, Ellen Healy and Karen O’Connell. The score line in this half was Na Fianna 3-1 to Erins Isle 4-1. A superb free from Ruth King which saw the ball fly over the bar. Scores from Emma Gray (corner back!) (1-0), Saoirse Fitzgerald (1-0) and Anna O’Dwyer (u12) (1-0).
The last 20 we went back to our original format bringing on all the U13’s. The battle heated again with Aoife Malone and the number 5 for Erins Isle deciding to exchange a little more than a friendly hand shake!. This saw Isle’s gain a free which was defended beautifully by Jennifer. Two more goals from Saoirse saw her gain her hat trick. Another beauty from Ellie 0-1 also. Isle’s scored 3-0 in the final 20.
Overall some impressive performances from Alex Kelly in the forwards and Aine Hennessy midfield. We had a couple of minor injuries but in general everyone walked off the pitch injury free. This match gave us a real taste of what it will be like to play Division 1 Camogie and I certainly believe that these bunch of ladies are up for it. We have work to do, nobody is the complete package, we will work on blocking, tackling, hooking (stop the roll lifting!). The work rate was extraordinary from the girls and at no stage did I see anyone give up. Roll on the season its going to be fun!!!!!!!!
Final Score Na Fianna 7-4 to Erins Isle 8-5
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