U11 Boys finish on Top of Division 1

GAA BALLS2Our U11 boys have excelled this year once again with some impressive performances leaving them on top of the table once again in 2015 repeating their success at U10 in 2014 and U9 in 2013. Recent wins against St. Laurences and twice against different Sarsfields teams set the tone for the last two games of the season against Athy and Castlemitchel.
Winning has become second nature and so the boys approached the Athy game without due consideration for a strong team and suffered a rare hiccup but a valuable lesson loosing by a couple of points. This left them facing their last but toughest game of the year against a brilliant Castlemitchel team. Castlemitchel started with great flare as predicted, their movement down the wings and their point scoring was impressive. Kilcullen could not get to grips with them and finished the first half only scoring 1-2  to Castlemitchels 2-9. Heads were down and the mood was grim as the team reflected on their first half performance, knowing they were playing up the hill and against the wind in the second half to add to their woes. The issues were analysed and the fixes agreed by mentors and players.
Kilcullen set about their task to claw back Castlemitchels significant lead of 1-7 and played what was probably their most determined 20 minutes of football all year in the second half. They showed the opposition just how good they really are moving the ball at speed with precision passing and scoring from every angle. They were focused and absolutely determined, blocking, tackling, catching, winning every one-on-one contest. Castlemitchel were stopped in their tracks and did not get a single score in the second half. Kilcullen powered home to a memorable victory scoring 2 goals and 7 points in the second half to win the game 3-9 to 2-9. What a great way to end the season.
The team on the night was: James Dean in goal, Eoin O’Leary, Hugo Owens and Mathew Baars in the full back line. Tom Bohan, Jack Redmond, Lee Dalton and Edward Cahill at half back. Rossa Howard and Jamie Duggan in the middle. Tom Maloney, Samuel Treacey-Berney and Tadgh Brophy at half forward. Tom Healy, Dawson Conroy and Donnacha O’Connell at full forward.
Standout moments:
– Determination of every player to beat the odds in the second half
– Dawson Conroy high fielding and scoring 4 points from play
– Tom Maloney causing Castlemitchel big problems on the wing(1-0)
– Midfield work rate of Howard(0-1), Cahill(0-1) and Duggan(1-1)
– Defense performance of James, Eoin, Mathew, Hugo, Tom B, Jack and Lee to hold all Castlemitchel sharpshooters scoreless in the second half without giving away frees.
– Persistence of forwards Tom H, Samuel(1-0), Donnacha and Tadgh(0-3)
In their 10 league games in 2015 Kilcullen have scored 22 goals and 120 points and conceded 14 goals and 85 points. SD: 6-35.
Many thanks to all of our parents for their support during  the year and assistance with the team when asked. Next stop: The team have been invited to play in an U11 Tournament by neighbours St. Laurences featuring Raheens and also Sarsfields on 4th October.
Mentors: Niall Howard, David Early

U11 Boys league round 2, Division 1:

GAA BALLS2Kilcullen 1-8 St. Laurances 0-5

The second round of the league got underway with a home game against St. Laurances on Thursday evening. The Rags started much quicker than the Larries who were unusually quiet in the first half. Jack Redmond played in goal for the first half and was rock solid as usual. The last line of defence was made up of three of the best in the business Hugo Owens, Tom Bohan and Eoin O’Leary. These four provided the launch pad for many attacks and together with midfielders Rossa Howard and Jamie Duggan they put the Larries under pressure with some superb moves from one end of the field to the other. There to receive and convert were ace forwards Tom Maloney, Tom Healy and Tadgh Brophy. Kilcullen took a commanding lead and finished the first half ahead by 1-6 to 0-1.

In the second half James Dean took over in goal and Jack Redmond was assigned to attack. Mathew Baars, Donnacha O’Connell, Lee Dalton and Shane Mallon came on to play their part in a good competitive game. The Larries eventually kicked into gear and put up a serious challenge in the second half out-scoring Kilcullen by 4 points to 2. However Kilcullen had done enough to win and now take on Sarsfields in the next game.

Four stand out moments from this game:

  1. High fielding of Tom Bohan.
  2. Superb defensive work by Mathew Baars.
  3. Sharp shooting from Midfielders Jamie Duggan and Rossa Howard, 5 points between them.
  4. Individual skill of Tadgh Brophy.


The Kilcullen team on the night:

Jack Redmond, Hugo Owens, Tom Bohan, Eoin O’Leary (Captain on the night), Rossa Howard, Jamie Duggan, Tadgh Brophy, Tom Maloney, Tom Healy, Mathew Baars, Donnacha O’Connell, Lee Dalton, James Dean, Shane Mallon.

Mentors: Niall Howard, David Early

Report by: Niall Howard

Kilcullen U11 Boys Team 1 Division 1 2015 Update

Kilcullen 2-14 Milltown 0-7

Kilcullen U11 boys started their 2015 league with an opening game against Milltown. Played at home on the pristine main pitch the conditions were perfect. Kilcullen started as usual with great focus, took an early lead and never looked back. Given the small size goals in use Kilcullen adapted their game to suit and worked the ball in close to goal before kicking some and hand passing some great points over the bar. Standout players included Tom Healy who was on fire and simply could not miss scoring some superb points as well as midfielders Jamie Duggan and Tom Maloney.
Kilcullen 2-14 St. Laurences 1-15
This contest against our neighbors is always tight and this occasion was no different. Both teams battled from start to finish with only a point or two in it throughout. The Kilcullen defensive team of Jack Redmond in goal, full backs Mathew Baars,  Hugo Owens and half backs Tom Bohan and Rossa Howard were simply brilliant and made sure the Larries formidable forwards had to work extremely hard to get scores on the board. Great play by Dawson Conroy and Jamie Duggan in the middle as well as Tiernan Stopes in the forward line. Tom Maloney at half forward showed his metal and despite a serious knock resulting in a bloody nose was not for turning and played on. A great tough game that really tested both teams well done to all.
Kilcullen 3-20 Sarsfields 2-4
Just like the Larries its hard to gain the upper hand against the Sash and so Kilcullen went into this game knowing that they would have to pull out all the stops to win. The next 40 minutes was a joy to watch as Kilcullen blitzed their opponents and played Gaelic football of the highest standard, moving the ball at pace, passing from the hand and foot with great accuracy. Lee Dalton played in the goal and was flawless, Eoin O’Leary playing in the backs (not his favourite position!) proved he can play in any position. Jamie Duggan showed great class in the middle fielding high and powering past Sarsfields. Rossa Howard attacking at Jack McCaffrey style pace through the middle linking up with sharp shooters Tadgh ‘the Gooch’ Brophy, Tom Maloney, Donnacha O’Connell and Samuel Tracey put the game beyond Sarsfields.
Kilcullen 1-12 Round Towers 1-10
Another big challenge, Kilcullen were missing some players due to holidays. Nonetheless they began with the intention to win. Kilcullen played well in patches and whilst not at their previous best for this encounter we still had the quality and passion to record another win.
Kilcullen 2-11 Rheban 0-5
Rheban are new to division 1 and so Kilcullen were not sure what they were up against. Again the boys kept the revs high from the start and finished the first half with a significant lead of 2-5 to no score. Billy Bohan was drafted in to provide cover for some of the key players who were on holiday and duly obliged with a great performance. The wind was  a big factor and so Kilcullen focused on defense in the second half to keep Rheban to 5 points in the second half.
Statistics: We scored 10-71 in our 5 league games (Average of 2-14 per game) and conceded 4 goals and 41 points.
Another great league campaign by the boys following on from winning the U10 league in 2014 and the U9 league in 2013. We continue to make progress with our key objective being to ensure the boys enjoy playing Gaelic football and in doing so we develop the entire panel to the best of their respective abilities from year to year. Our policy for the past number of years has been to give players a chance to play in different positions and we continue to implement this given their age. Unusually we have no appointed goalkeeper and so this position is rotated among 5 or 6 players who have all played great games in goal.
Many thanks to my fellow mentor David Early for his hard work and also to Richie Brophy for his assistance throughout. Welcome to new team member James Dean (great name) who joined the panel this year and has played some great football to-date. Also thanks to our team sponsor Healy Tyres in Naas (Tom and Jackie Healy), we have a new set of jerseys on the way so we will be looking sharp for the second U11 league of 2015 which starts in a few weeks time.
Well done boys hope you all enjoyed the first half of the year.
Mentors: Niall Howard, David Early
Report by: Niall Howard