The club have organised a 1 day First Aid course for any club members who want to take part. The course takes place on Saturday 22nd June 9.30 – 4.30 in Terenure. Both teams are playing league games the day after so most club members should be around that weekend.
It’s something the club have been meaning to do for a while as usually when anyone gets injured it involves lashing on the deep freeze spray. Also as a club we don’t have the luxury of having experienced First Aiders or physio’s on the sideline so we need to ensure that at least a few of us have a bit of know-how.
Spaces on the course are limited and the club will incur the cost.
If interested in taking part email me back at my non-work mail Trevor.email@example.com
Two very important Championship games for Réalt Dearg this Sunday. Both games will throw in at 3.
A’s play Oliver Plunketts in Thomas Davis
B’s away to St Finians in Ridgewood Park Swords (directions below)
Take the M50 as far as the M1
At Junction 2, take the R132 exit to Aerfort/Airport
At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Dublin Road/R132
At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Naul Road
Turn right onto Forest Road
Turn left onto Ridgewood Green - Go through 1 roundabout
Turn right onto Ridgewood Park
Realt Dearg 5-19 Naomh Olaf 0-14
Realt Dearg kickstarted their Championship campaign with an excellent team performance to defeat Naomh Olaf in Sandyford on Thursday evening.
The stars were quick out of the traps and raced into an early lead with points from John Tarpey and Mike Richardson which preceded an early goal when a long range speculative effort from Denis O’Sullivan found the net.
This lead was extended further when Eugene Kenny rounded his man with a DJ-esque turn and finished superbly to the net to commence what would be a rewarding night for the big full forward.
At the other end the backline were on top and were only breached once when Gary Thompson was forced into an excellent save at a vital time of the game.
Midway through the half however the Realt Dearg momentum was broken when injuries forced off Mike Richardson and Ronan Moloney and a rejigging of the pack was needed. Naomh Olaf gradually came into the game and at half time were still very much in the contest at 2-8 to 0-6.
Realt Dearg began the second half as they had the first however with early scores from Kevin Ryan, John Tarpey and a second Kenny goal.
This killed the game as a contest but the stars refused to take their foot off the gas and Ultan Dillon, Cathal Hester and Micheál Curtin were ensuring that there would be no soft scores coughed up.
The excellent Niall Mullane, Kevin Ryan, Denis O’Sullivan and John Tarpey all added points in the closing 15 minutes to complement two more Eugene Kenny goals to round off a comprehensive win.
Realt Dearg: Gary Thompson, Ultan Dillon, Cathal Hester. Ronan Moloney, Micheál Curtin, Eoghan Carroll, Eoin Fitz, John Tarpey, Niall Mullane, Denis O’Sullivan, Liam Breen, Mike Richardson, Stephen Roche, Eugene Kenny, Kevin Ryan, Eoin O’Dwyer, Dermot Ryan, Mike Butler
by Trevor Jackman
Lawless Memorial Park, Fingallians was the venue for the second round of the Junior F Championship on Thursday evening. Conditions were perfect for Championship hurling and so this proved as two eager sides went hell for leather in what could only be described as a boneshaker. The Réalt Dearg B side have met with Fingallians regularly in the past couple of years in both league and championship with rarely much between the two sides.
The Stars got off to the perfect start, when after an early free was driven in by Jack McNamara the ball broke eventually to Stephen Casey who fired to the net. Fingallians quickly replied with a decent point from their corner forward and the next 15 minutes was not for the faint hearted. A flurry of hard hits, tackling and challenges emphasised the very do-or-die attitude required from both sides in the circumstances. Fingallians had given a walkover in their first round while Réalt Dearg had benefitted from Whitehall’s failure to field. By the quarter mark of the half, the Stars had opened up a 5 point gap 1-3 to 0-1 after some very good scores from McNamara and Paul Warren but gradually Fingallians came more into the game and had a number of goal chances luckily averted as the half progressed. At the half time whistle, the scoreline had changed but he gap hadn’t with the Stars still 5 in front at 1-6 to 0-4.
The second half saw the tempo increase if anything with Fingallians switching to more direct tactics and this reaped greater dividend. Their first goal came after a long ball from the wing forward hit the post and rebounded right into the path of the on-running corner forward who had the simplest of tasks in hammering home to an empty net. Réalt Dearg responded well though with McNamara again coming to the fore and Shane Murphy also getting a valuable score. This put the Stars 5 up again 1-8 to 1-3 but from here until the dying minutes, it was all Fingallians. They hit the next 2 goals in quick succession following significant dominance on the breaking ball in midfield and some great work by their forwards and therefore led by 3-4 to 1-8. The Stars responded and both sides exchanged scores until another Fingallians goal put them in the driving seat once more. Despite this, the imperious McNamara kept the Stars in touch and a brilliant score from Mick Butler left the sides level with little time to play at 4-5 to 1-14.
After an incredible miss from Fingallians freetaker, Réalt Dearg were awarded a free at the other end with time virtually up. McNamara again stepped up to fire over. However the last twist came when Caoimhin Concannon was harshly penalised for a free on his own 21 to see the Fingallians full back come up and draw his side level with the resulting free. At the end the draw was more than justified as both sides can feel both lucky and unlucky to come away with a point. Best for Réalt Dearg were Barry Ruth, Paul Warren, Colm Brennan, Jack McNamara, Tom Kehoe and Stephen Casey.
Réalt Dearg B face St. Finnians next on May 19th in Swords.
by Cathal Mulkere
Championship for both teams this Thursday, May 2nd.
Throw in 7.15 for both games.
A team are away to Naomh Olaf in Sandyford
B team are away to Fingallians in Lawless memorial park
Vaughans will also be putting on a bit of finger food for us afterwards for the post match analysis
Best of luck to both teams.
AHL 7, April 7
Round Towers 0-11 Réalt Dearg 1-17
Realt Dearg 'A' side got their league season off to a winning start with a comfortable win against Round Towers in Clondalkin.
Playing against a strong wind in the first half, the Stars got off to a solid start and went into an early 0-4 to 0-1 lead through points from John Tarpey and Stephen Roche. Towers however began to utilise the elements and finished the half strongly to lead at the break 0-7 to 0-6.
A much improved second half performance followed where scores from Kevin Ryan, Seán Loughman, Denis O’Sullivan and Tarpey’s accurate free-taking put the Stars in a commanding position before Loughman goaled to seal the game. Mike Richardsons half-time introduction also improved the teams fortunes as he caused numerous problems for the Towers defence.
The Réalt Dearg rearguard where Gary Thompson, Ronan Moloney and Cathal Hester impressed, held firm throughout to see the Stars record a 1-17 to 0-11 win.
Team: Gary Thompson, Ultan Dillon, Cathal Hester, Killian Roberts, Eoin Fitz, Eoghan Carroll, Ronan Moloney, John Tarpey, Eoin O’Dwyer, Denis O’Sullivan, Niall Mullane, Sean Loughman, Stephen Roche, Martin Murphy, Kevin Ryan. Sub: Mike Richardson
AHL 9, April 7
Réalt Dearg 'B' 3-9 St Peregrines 1-9
Réalt Dearg B team made a super start to competitive competition by defeating St Peregerines in the first round of the Dublin League.
Workrate was key to the win with newcomer Stephen Casey impressing in only his second ever game, finishing with 1-1.
Stephen Barry scored a great goal, which came as a result of a great passage of play and build up by the Dearg team. Jack added points throughout and also bagged the third goal.
Tom Keogh inspired particularly with a great catch and long range point but Peregrines put the pressure on towards the end. Dearg stuck tight though with Goose making some vital interceptions to bring the final whistle and the win to the Stars.
Team - Mulkere, Danger, Pat Moran, Goose, Caoimhín, Skippy, Ed, Paul Warren, M Butler, Jack, Cian, Tom Keogh, Shane Murphy, Stephen Barry, Stephen Casey.
Subs - Colm Brennan and Gavin O'Connell.
A’s play Round Towers in Clondalkin on Sunday at 3pm. Pitch location below.
B’s play St Peregines on Sunday at 3 in Thomas Davis. (We’re waiting on confirmation from TD that this is the grass pitch. Assume it is for the moment)
Training continues next week in Stepaside at 8pm Monday and Wednesday for BOTH teams.
The B’s have also requested an extra training session for the next 2 weeks in preparation for first Championship game so will train on the next two Thursdays at 7 in Bushy park.
Also, both sides are trying to get challenge games for next weekend. Nothing confirmed yet but details to follow.
Best of luck to both teams this weekend.
DIRECTIONS TO ROUND TOWERS GAA
Finally, the holidays for the year can be planned as both League and championship fixtures have been fixed by Dublin County Board.
The A team kick off their championship against old foes, Castleknock, at Kiltipper Road on the 21st of April while the B team are also out the same day in Kiltipper Road against Whitehall Colmcilles.
For all the fixtures for 2013, check out our fixtures and results page here FIXTURES 2013