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Warning ! Long match reports below – make large pot of tea before reading  :

  • Some superb fare at the Schools Finals in Thomastown which was like Croke Park with the big crowd and the flags.Appropriately enough then our Cuala and Dubs hero Michael Fitzsimons led the parade with the Sam Maguire. And the great year that Dublin are enjoying in both football and hurling was reflected in the high standard of play here.
  • The Division One decider for Corn Liam McCrudden between Scoil Lorcain and Harold Glasthule was a cracking encounter with the Monkstown school having the edge. An Maistear O Ceallaigh must have been delighted with his team and, while it’s hard to single people out, Jack O Tuama, Tom Macaodh and Diarmuid O’Floinn deserve special mention in a team expertly led by Peadar O’Cofaigh – O’Broin. But the Glasthule boys, true to their proud tradition, played superbly and Mr O’Sullivan can be proud of them all. Kevin Kirwan, Daniel Drummond and Eoin O’Callaghan caught the eye in contributing plenty to a fine encounter.
  • Plenty of excitement too in the Division Two decider where Scoil Mhuire won the Corn Christopher Cannon after a tense but sporting encounter with Scoil Phadraig Colmcille. Great skills and teamwork from both sides and Nathan Martin, Daniel Brien and Stephen Brack excelled for the winners, while Colmcille were particularly well served by Oisin Scanlon, Stephen Byrne, Clara Mulligan and their skipper Kyle Phillips.
  • The Division Three final produced some excellent fare as St Josephs resisted a strong challenge from Scoil Phadraig to land the Corn na Daltai. Oisin Tuite was an inspiring captain for Josephs with Tadgh Hughes, Sideeq Lunat and Dean Delaney also rising to the occasion. Scoil Phadraig had some superb operators too like Caoimhe O’Carroll and Sean Kavanagh with Jason O’Reilly, still in fourth class, absolutely outstanding at full back.
  • Cuala Coaching and the Sport & Social Project would like to sincerely thank all the teachers, parents and players for their tremendous efforts, and we are particularly grateful to Michael Fitzsimons who has so many demands on his time just now. “Fitzy” was very impressed with all he saw, and indeed who knows, some of those in action could one day follow in his footsteps onto the Dublin team to proudly wear the navy and blue and raise the banners high on Hill 16. We must also thank our own club Uactharan Jimmy Doyle, plus Peader MacAdam and Breda Cannon for all their support over the last 6 week. And of course the Garda Community Relations team for supplying the medals. A truly marvellous occasion, well done to all. See https://picasaweb.google.com/115477580080509008419/CualaSSIPSchoolLeagueFinals2011# for pictures.
  • Well done to our under 15 girls (96/97s) who came away with a great win over Ballyfermot DLS in their Div 3 Championship semi final last weekend. Details of the final to follow. Hard luck to the 1998 girls (u13) who put up a great battling display against Ballyboden in the Div 1 Champinoship semi final only to discover that goals really do win matches!
  • Last weekend the U16A hurlers comprehensively beat St Vincents 3-16 to 0-6 in the Semi Final of the Cahmpionship. The U16’s now face Ballyboden St Enda’s in the Championship Final in St. Peregrines ground in Blakestown on Saturday week. This Saturday the U16A footballers, who are 4 points clear at the top of division 1, face Kilmacud Crokes in the final round proper of the league. The league will be concluded with 1st play 4th and 2nd play 3rd, Semi Finals and a league Final.
  • The U16B hurlers were unlucky to be beaten by Raheny in their Semi final after the home side got a soft goal in the last minute. This was the last competitive Match of the the season for the U16B hurlers, in fact their last match as a panel as next year they enter the Minors. Great credit and appreciation must be given to Brendan Stanley and his Management team who have brought this bunch of lads from Academy right through to Minor. Brendan has managed to instill great skill and a passion for the game into lads, the proof of which is that nearly all of the players who he managed as they left the Academy are still playing for Cuala now. The U16B footballers have finished their league campaign and finished a very credible 2nd in their league with track record of 9 wins, 1 draw and 2 loses over the course of the league. Well done to Patsy Greene and his Management Team who have also brought this group of players from Academy right through to Minor over the years. A nicer bunch of players your not likly to meet. We hope Brendan’s and Patsy’s involvment with the lads will continue as they become Minors and eventually Adults.
  • Anyone interested in managing U21 hurling teams this year – please contact Eddie Gough before Saturday.
  • Our senior Footballers continue on their championship journey again this weekend following a fine win over holder St Brigids last Saturday. Cuala exacted revenge over Brigids with a fine display ensuring a 4 point win. Playing with the advantage of a slight wind in the first half some ferocious tackling and accurate forward play placed Cuala in a dominant position at half time 9 points to 2 up. Brigids came out very determined in the second half and but Cuala matched them every stride of the way. A late Brigids goal put some concern on Cuala faces but a neat Conor O’Brien point ensured Cuala went home with a 4 point win, the final score Cuala 13 Brigids 1-06. Cuala move on the semi final where is will be a clash of the 2 beaten finalists from the last 2 years Naomh Barrog. Throw in is 4pm Sunday , the venue is St Finians Newcastle ground.

All for this week – slán go foill.

Tadhg Murphy

Cuala Communications