Christy Ring comes to visit

Written by Ciaran O'Donovan. Posted in f-Archive

Christy Ring comes to visit

Kildare and Celbridge full-back Fiachra O'Muineachain brought the Christy Ring cup along to U-12 training on Sunday morning


Celbridge v Naas : U-12 Spring League

Written by Ciaran O'Donovan. Posted in f-Archive

Result: Celbridge 2-6 Naas 3-5

Date: 30th May 2014

It was a great game of hurling from two fully committed sides. Unfortunately a late goal from Naas turned out to be the crucial score and we just ran out of time to turn things around.

Apart from Tom we had a full squad of 18 players available, with Oisin as our captain on the night. Niall opened the scoring with a point in the first half. Naas equalised soon after and these were the only scores in the first half. Eventhough the scoring was low this did not reflect the full blooded and commited nature of the game with both sides hooking, blocking and giving their all, with no shortage of skill on show. We missed a number of chances, particularly from placed balls which otherwise would have given us a lead at the break. This is something that we need to address in training.

The second half was actioned packed. The first score registered for us was a great goal by Sean who plucked the sliotar out of the sky, turned and blasted it to the net - something he has been doing in training for a while. It received a huge cheer from the Celbridge supporters. This was followed by a point each from Jack and Ross. Jack's was a lovely well worked point from distance. Ross then got a nice goal which again raised the rafters wiith our sideline support. At this stage Naas had got a further three points, followed by two goals. Although our defence was working hard and making a lot of clearances Naas were always dangerous and difficult to contain. The work-rate of all our players was excellent - the hooking and blocking count must have been the highest of any of our matches so far. Ciaran cleared an amount of ball and grew steadily into the match. We were a point down when Niall put a 65 over the bar to level the game. In the last few minutes Naas added another point and a goal, while we got two more points, scored by Ross and Aaron. This left the final score 2-6 to 3-5 in Naas's favour. On another day we could definitely have won and this was conceded by the Naas mentors who were very complimentary on the Celbridge team display.

This was a high quality U-12 hurling match from two skillful hard working teams. We have qualified for the Div 1 Cup semi final to be played on Fri 6th June. The opposition and venue are yet to be confirmed but it is quite likely that we will be playing Naas again in Naas.

Training is at 11am on Sun morning and 7-8pm on Wed. Full attendance is required in order to have us as prepared as possible for the upcoming knock out match.

Daragh & Ciaran

Sallins v Celbridge : U-12 Spring League

Written by Ciaran O'Donovan. Posted in f-Archive

Result: Sallins 0-2 Celbridge 3-5

Date: 23rd May 2014

We continued our winning momentum with a surprisingly easy win over Sallins. Over the last couple of years Sallins have got the better of us in our league exchanges so tonight it was great to finally gain a victory over them eventhough they were missing some of their stronger players.

Liam, Oisin, Ryan K, Harry  and Tom were absent but the 14 man squad all put the shoulder to the wheel and eventhough the conditions were not ideal and the grass long they did enough to secure the win. In the first half Aaron opened the scoring with a nice point from the left wing. This was followed by a goal from Niall. Aaron got a second point before half time. In addition, Aaron hit the upright while Ross, Aaron, Fiachra and Niall all put the ball wide while going for points. We were quite wasteful in front of goal with a number of opportunities squandered. Our place balls attempts were disappointing and need to improve - many of them were mis-hit. Sallins only got one point in the first half, from a '65', leaving us ahead 1-2 to 0-1 at half time. We should have been much farther ahead considering the number of chances that we had.

The first score of the second half was a goal  from a ground stroke by Fiachra, followed a short time later by a lovely goal from Johnny. Niall then got a well worked point and Aaron scored a point from a close in free. Ross scored our last point which was well deserved reward for his persistence. Sallins again scored just one point in the second half, thanks in no small part to the defensive play by our backs. Our backs played well with Colman, Tadhg, Ryan Ciaran and Shane all working hard to deny Sallins any meaningful scoring opportunities. Aidan dealt with anything the backs let by them and pumped great long puck outs and clearances up to our midfield and forwards.

Our final league match is next Friday 30th May at home versus Naas 1. This will be a stern test and we need all our players to be available and ready for a battle. We want to finish on a high in advance of preparing for the league semi final.

Training is on Wed night @ 7pm while the Naas match is at home on Fri evening @ 7pm. Everyone is asked to be there by 6:35pm.

Daragh & Ciarán