London Youth Committee notes
June 13, 2016
U14 Division A Final at Irish Tv GAA Grounds in Ruislip on Monday the 6th of June 2016â
Congratulations to Parnells who defeated a strong Dulwich Harps team in the U14 Division A Football Final at the Irish TV grounds in Ruislip on Monday the 6th of June. A very close nail bitting game with Parnells coming out the strongest when the final whistle was blown by the Referee John Doyle. Thanks to London Youths Secretary Joel McInern for making the presentation on the evening.
Half time score Parnells 3-04 to Dulwich Harps 2-04
Full time score Parnells 4-07 to Dulwich Harps 3-07
This report is from Ruairi O' Connor from Parnells Club
On a warm Summerâs evening at the Irish TV grounds in Ruislip, a superb defensive display by Parnells that Dulwich Harps could not find an answer to, led to a final to remember for the boys in blue.
A strong Parnells start immediately put pressure on Dulwich, looking very strong in the tackle against a Dulwich side who seemed to have a huge physical advantage. Parnells looked to take the initiative with an aggressive fast press against Dulwich, who started slowly. It was this fast press, coupled with an exciting move down the left hand side, which led to Niall Twomey opening his account from half forward. A wonderfully taken score from just outside the 21m line gave Parnells a richly deserved lead.
Another score by Paddy Gilroy followed and, as Dulwich struggled to get out of their half, the ball was stolen by Parnellsâ Patrick Murphy who gave a beautiful low ball inside and allowed Niall Bradshaw to place over the bar for a three point lead.
Murphy was a thorn in the Dulwich side all evening, and the provider turned scorer of the gameâs first goal; firing low into the goalkeepers right hand corner for a great finish.
After a wonderful save by Jack Curd in goal for Parnells (Dulwichâs first effort of note) a swift fast break down the Parnellsâ right resulted in, full forward and captain, Niall Bradshaw sending a shot crashing off the Dulwich crossbar only for the ball to be driven to the back of the net by Paddy Gilroy on the rebound.
Parnells maintained their dominance throughout the early exchanges with, man of the match winning full back, Jojo Thabo often setting the tone with an immense performance at the heart of the bluesâ defence. A number of stunning blocks showed just how committed Thabo and his teammates were to getting their hands on the trophy.
However, Dulwich knew they were not beaten yet and, after two well taken scores from free kick specialist, Samuel Adenola, they hit back with two quick goals. Armani Orji struck first with a driven shot from close range, which Curd was extremely unlucky not to stop, pushing the ball high into the top left hand corner of the net. This was quickly followed up by a stunning strike from Adenola who thumped a right footed pile-driver past a helpless Curd.
Two more quick scores from Dulwich followed, roaring back in this five minute spell to take the lead for the first time in the game what looked like it could be a one point lead at half time.
Not to be outdone however, the captain Bradshaw came up with a moment of brilliance to spark his team back into life. Picking the ball up about 30m from goal, following a clever pass from Lavery, he drove at the heart of the Dulwich defence turning his marker inside out, before burying the ball low to Dulwich âkeeper Sam Braddickâs left hand side. It was exactly the thing Parnells needed to re energise themselves, and another point by Ronan Hutchins followed on the stroke of half time to leave them three points up at the break. (3-04 to 2-04).
A more balanced start to the second half ensued, with both teams working hard to try and get possession of the ball, but it was again Parnells who drew first blood. With probably the team score of the game, the ball was worked up the left wing through a series of quick hand passes before a superb strike from Twomey sent the ball through the posts for his second score of the game.
Parnells continued to pull away as the half began to open up with great points from wing back Darragh Griffin and Bradshaw again to create a six point lead and breathing space for the workman like team.
What looked like a possible turning point in the game was a superb block by Dulwich corner back, Ademola Adetola, where it looked a certainty that Murphy would find the back of the net and potentially end the game as a contest. Directly from the block, Dulwich stormed up the field and won a debatable free, from what looked like a fair challenge by the colossal Thabo. This was duly converted by Adenola and Dulwich were back in the game.
The game now ebbed and flowed as both sides searched for the momentum that would push them towards the trophy. Eoghan Reilly and Sam Langan worked tirelessly for Parnells, providing key interceptions when needed most by their teammates, in a midfield battle that proved key in the outcome of the contest. Another free from Adenola followed. It looked like the inspirational midfielder just could not miss. This was followed up by another Dulwich score and they were coming back once more.
Despite the change in momentum, Parnells maintained their threat on the break, but what looked like a combination of tired shooting and poor shot selection, really kept Dulwich in the game and allowed them to stay in touch rather than Parnells easing to the trophy.
However, a moment of magic from substitute forward Ben Brown seemingly sealed the deal for the blues. After making a darting run in off the left wing, leaving his marker for dead, wing-forward Paddy Gilroy found Brown with a cross-field pass. From there Brown took the situation into his own hands, shaking off the full back before sending a searing shot over âkeeper Braddick, crashing of the underside of the bar and in. The Parnells fans erupted, with the now six point lead seeming unassailable at this point.
Dulwich fought back valiantly, scoring a late goal through, half forward, Attu Gyedu and would have perhaps scored another if a square ball was not called against Blake Williams.
It proved to be, however, Parnells evening in the sunshine, with fantastic performances from Thabo and wing back Griffin. BeanÃ³n Corrigan and Aidan Doran were majestic in their respective defensive roles, intense in the tackle and intelligent with their distribution. Cormac O'Brien and Daniel Mullin were resolute in their duties and both made valuable contributions to the eventual outcome.
Niall Twomey 'on the forty' was the orchestrator of many raids into Dulwich territory and had willing and able accomplices in Paddy Gilroy and Ronan Hutchins. Daniel Rossiter and Harry Grey also contributed hugely in ensuring the long wait is over. Ultimately, this victory was the culmination of the hard work put in by the whole squad in both training and in the preceding 5 matches.
Dulwich for their part should be commended for their contribution to a super game of football. Their sportsmanship and never say die attitude was evident throughout. And so the long 10 year wait is at an end for Parnells in this competition. For Dulwich the championship will be the new focus. If the main course is as good as this encounter we are in for a treat. Roll on the championship.
The score finished 4-07 to 3-07, leaving the blues Under 14 League champions.
1. Jack Curd
2. Aidan Doran
3. Jojo Thabo
4. Cormac OâBrien
5. Darragh Griffin (0-1)
6. Daniel Mullin
7. BeanÃ³n Corrigan
8. Eoghan Reilly
9. Sam Langan
10. Ronan Hutchins (0-1)
11. Niall Twomey (0-2)
12. Paddy Gilroy (1-1)
13. Liam Lavery
14. Niall Bradshaw Â© (1-2)
15. Patrick Murphy (1-0)
16. Ben Brown (1-0)
17. Daniel Rossiter
18. Harry Grey
Man of the Match: Jojo Thabo
The sun shone down in Harrow Rugby Club Stanmore last Saturday as Tara Youths held their annual U6/8/10's/boys and girls Tournament. It was a great tournament with 34 teams participating from Tir Chonaill Gaels, Gael LondÃ¡in, St Kiernans, St Clarets, St Colmcilles, Parnells, North London Shamrocks, Round Towers, St Anthony's, Taras. The U12 teams from Tara and St Kiernans had a challenge match to end what was a fantastic day all round. The children precipitated great determination and courage been given the opportunity to showcase their skills in the games within all age groups. All at Tara GFC would like to thanks Harrow Rugby Club for the use of the grounds, all the referees who done a fantastic job, and each and everyone that helped out in any way possible to make this such a successful event. Thanks as always to all the parents and coaches from all the clubs for the support in helping to promote and develop the Gaelic games in London.
North London Shamrock's Tournament
North London Shamrock's will be hosts to a Tournament this Saturday the 18th of June
Tara Youths GFC will be holding their annual Summer Camp at Hendon FC in Kingsbury from Monday the 25th of July to Friday the 29th July from 10am till 3pm. A warm invitation to children from all clubs in London are invited to attend. For more information or bookings please contact Tina Tracey on email@example.com.
All Britain Competitions (ABC's) Launch for 2016
Sam Maguire and Liam MacCarthy coming âhomeâ as Cups take Pride of Place again at GAA All Britain Championship Tournament. It will attract almost 2000 youth participants from schools and GAA Clubs all over England, Scotland, and Wales with an invitation cross- community Ulster team, CÃºchulainns participating. The Tournament will be graced this year again by the presence of the Liam MacCarthy and Sam Maguire Cups. The presence of the Cups named in their honour in London could not be more appropriate in the year of the 100th Anniversary of 1916. It will also include an extra day of competition. The presence of the two cups resonates deeper than the notoriety of their names. They highlight the enormous contribution of the GAA community in Britain in the development of the organisation. The full contribution Britain made to the GAA is not popularly and fully known. Many would be surprised to know that the contribution of both Sam Maguire and Liam MacCarthy was made almost entirely in Britain with many others at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th Century, a period when London won the All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship in 1901 (see attached from ABC Programme for full article about Liam MacCarthy and Sam Maguire)
The importance of the ABC tournament can be demonstrated by those attending from GAA Headquarters in Croke Park. At this stage it is anticipated that those present will include: AogÃ¡n Ã Fearghail, President of the GAA, Michael Hasson, President of the Council of Ulster and Vice âPresident of GAA, Helen O Roarke, CEO Ladies Games, Pat Daly, Director of Games, and Frank Burke, Head of Coaching and Games. The games will also be attended by Irish Ambassador, Dan Mulhall, and Celine Byrne of the Irish Abroad Unit, Department of Foreign Affairs.
The Games Schedules for this yearâs tournament are as follows:
On Thursday 7th of July at 10.30am for Primary Schools
On Friday 8th of July at 10.30am Secondary Schools at 3.00pm U-8/10 Boys Gaelic Football;
On Saturday 9th of July at 10.30am and U-12/16 Boys Gaelic Football; Ladies Gaelic Football (All Ages);
On Sunday 10th of July at 10.30am U-14/18 Boys Gaelic Footbal Hurling/Camogie (All Ages).
Any Enquiries please contact Lloyd Colfer, Secretary of All Britain Competition Committee & Community Development Administrator, London G.A.A.on 07872 600073
Dates For Your Diary
All Britain Competitions (ABC's) from Thursday the 7th of July to Sunday the 10th of July at Tir Chonaill Gaels Grounds
Thomas McCurtain's Tournament on Saturday the 16th of July
U16 and U18 Provincial Championship on Saturday the 16th of July
U12's 7âs Tournament on Saturday, the 6th of August in Greenford
U14's 7âs Tournament on Saturday, the 13th of August in Greenford
U16's 7âs Tournament on Saturday, the 20th of August in Greenford
Hurling blitz for U8-U12 will be held at Kilburn Gaels on Saturday the 20th of August from 12 noon
U18's 7âs Tournament on Saturday, the 27th of August in Greenford
Dermot Earley Tournament on on Saturday the 3rd of September
St Kiernan's James O' Brien Day on Saturday the 10th of September
St Anthony's Tournament on Saturday the 17th of September
Hurling blitz for U8-U12 will be held at Greenford on Saturday the 24th of September from 12 noon
London IrishTournament on Saturday the 1st of October
If you require any further information please contact the London Youth's Secretary Joel McInern on 07956103723