Superb Season for St Dominic’s Hurlers

img_2278St Dominic’s hurlers saw their season bid farewell after a hard fought semi-final match in Pearse Park, Crumlin.

The players worked extremely hard throughout, but came up against tough opposition.

Ciaran (4th) made a fantastic save in the 1st half to keep Dominic’s in the game. Lauren and Eoin (5th) made sure St Joseph’s had to work for their scores, while Ben and Robyn stemmed the flow of attacks throughout.

Ciaran (6th) gave another captain’s performance worthy of any inter-county player of his age, with Stewart fulfilling his engine duties brilliantly buzzing up and down the pitch beside him.

Jack and Jakub pressed their defenders for the game’s entirety. Eoin (6th) and Michael got close to getting some scores too in the full-forward line.

Super subs Keelan, Alex and Jake kept focused and performed perfectly to help their team when called upon.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be our day, but these players can be proud of themselves. They have trained every week since January and have improved dramatically in such a short space of time.

We would like to thank our 6th Class players – Ciaran, Stewart, Lauren, Robyn, Jakub and Eoin – for their commitment to St Dominic’s GAA this year and wish them every bit of success as they move onto secondary school next year.

Finally, a special thanks is reserved for the parents of the players. Without your support throughout the year with lifts, these children would never have made it to a match or training.

Mr Fagan, Mr Donnellan, Ms Hogan and Mr Vaughan are immensely proud of this team, having made the semi-final of the competition for the first time in the school’s history, and look forward to getting started for the new season in 2016/2017!

 

Football: Season Review

Today marked the end of our 6-month long football season as we bowed out of City Division 4 at the quarter final stage.

We had topped our four team group on 15 points but came up against a very strong St Patrick’s Ringsend side today in TCS. Despite an equaliser from Thomas (6th Mr L) getting us to half-time at 1-1, St Patrick’s pulled away in the second half to qualify for the semi-finals.
Having been beaten in every game last season, our team this year won four games and narrowly lost out in the three others, scoring 18 goals in the seven games. 

Goals this season were scored by;

4 – Jamie (5th);

3 – Stewart (6th Mr L), Sean O (5th);

2 – Muhsin (6th Ms C), Aaron (6th Mr L)

1 – Jack (5th), Jonathon (6th Ms C), Rachel (6th Mr L), Thomas (6th Mr L). 

Josh (6th Ms C) played in goal in every game except one, pulling off several wonder-saves. Our defenders impressed throughout the season; full backs Brandon (6th Ms C) and Paul (5th), and centre backs Sean C (6th Mr L) and Calum (4th Ms Higgins) were solid and tenacious, as was Ciarán (6th Mr L) who played across our back line and in goal. 

Team captain Stewart (6th Mr L) led by example as the engine of the team in midfield. Aaron (6th Mr L) and David (6th Mr L) showed off their flair with some great performances, while Thomas (6th Mr L) showed tenacity and composure in midfield as well as on the wing and at full back. 

Our fifth class attackers, Sean O, Jack and Jamie, scored eight goals between them, and we look forward to them returning next year. Muhsin (6th Ms C) was one of our most skilful players and gave opponents a torrid time, chipping in with two goals. Johnathon (6th Ms C) had another fine season, showing a great attitude throughout and scoring against Knockmore in the final group game. Stand-by players Eoin and Rachel came in for us when we were stuck and impressed in the game versus Solas Chríost, with Rachel scoring a crucial goal. 

Our squad members also took part in a 5-a-side tournament in Lucan just before Easter, and all were part of our Gaelic football panel back in September and October. 

Our three coaches – Mr Fagan, Mr Donnellan and myself – are immensely proud of this group of boys. They were a credit to their parents and teachers in terms of their positive attitude, behaviour and effort. Their improvement as individuals and as a team during the season was remarkable. 

Many thanks to the Astropark Greenhills Rd, who provided us with a venue for training over the winter. Thanks also to Tallaght Community School who provided our home ground this year. And a special word of thanks to all the parents who provided lifts and supported the team – without them, we would not have been able to make any matches. 

An end of season awards ceremony will take place in the coming weeks. Well done again to our lads – we are proud of you all!

Dermot Looney