​2019 Castleknock Minor Football And Hurling: A Retrospective

(22 Nov 2019)

2019 Castleknock Minor Football And Hurling: A Retrospective

Sunday November 17th brought the curtain down on a very successful year for minor hurling and football in C.L.G. Caisleán Cnuacha. While the A’s may get most of the headlines, it is important to emphasize that we fielded three hurling AND three football teams in championship 2019. All of these teams can be proud of their achievements during the year.

Thirty-eight players played Div.1 league football and all acquitted themselves very well at that level. Three football teams reached their respective Championship semi-finals which kept all lads playing up until early November.

The Hurling A team were narrowly defeated by Ballyboden after a humdinger of a game at the semi-final stage. The second team reached the quarter-finals, while the third team were beaten by a strong St. Finbarr’s 1st team in the Final in Blakestown. All of these lads proved themselves to be highly skilled sportspeople on the field of play but even finer young men off it.

While Sunday last was probably the highlight of the year, it is only right and fitting to acknowledge the role played by so many in getting to that point. Much gratitude and credit must go to all the parents, coaches and mentors who have worked with this group from the first day they entered Tir na nÓg up to the present day - all of you have played a huge part in their development and success.

Many thanks also to our match day officials (umpires, linesmen, statisticians Ger and Dave who were recently joined by Séamus and Barry from our senior footballers). Let us not also forget the major part played by Tommy Griffin, our resident physio, psychologist, psychiatrist all rolled into one. After leaving Tommy’s table, the players were invigorated in both body and mind. Likewise, Mick Byrne twice went on reconnaissance missions to look at future opposition missing club games in the process.

Dub turned Kerry cute follower, returned Dub, Eoin Dennehy worked very astutely with goalkeepers Cian and Conor to give them “Cluxton like” confidence and ensure a clean sheet on Sunday. Maith thú Eoin.

In recent weeks 5 times All Ireland winner and Minor Football Championship winner in 2011, Ciarán Kilkenny gave freely of his time to train and speak inspiringly to our teams. One week prior to the final, former inter county and Sigerson winning manager Val Andrews conducted a brilliant training session in Blanchardstown I.T. where he related his memories of winning a Dublin MFC in 1977.

Míle buíochas to the grounds committee who were obliging at all times. During the recent wet period, Somerton 1 was put at our disposal even while Teresa Mannion was telling people not to go outside! To outgoing Chairman Charlie (who was always “going out “according to wife Susan),and the Club Executive whose encouragement was always forthcoming during the year.

In addition, Anton recently started to patrol the “far” sideline like a teacher in the schoolyard relaying relevant information to players over there. To Nudie Hughes, many thanks for the fruit given to us and indeed every other team in the club on match days. Along with Mick Lynch, Nudie managed the Div.9 team to promotion. Obviously, a man of many talents. If anybody has been omitted from the above list, please accept our humblest apologies.

Finally, to the young men themselves. You are a credit to your parents, your families and your schools. To quote the famous American football coach Vince Lombardi. ”If you don’t settle for anything less than your best, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish in your sport, your education and your lives.”

#ní neart go cur le chéile
#2019 champs
#Caisleán Cnúacha Abú

Mick Marren, Declan Hannigan, Gerry Kindlon and John Kilkenny.

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