U12 Boys

Athlone U12 Boys 2017
Mentors:-
Gearoid O'Duibhir
Trevor Nicholson
Seamus Mitchell
Contact: David O'Connell at 087 2397519
Training every Sunday at 11.30am, new players very welcome.
U11/12 Boys:


The U11/12 Boys played their postponed Walsh Cup “A” Final against Moate in Ballinasloe on Tuesday evening last. The format for the tournament is two 11-a-side matches, one for the U11s and one for the U12s with combined score used to decide the overall winner in the final. Earlier in the year the sides had met in Pairc Chiaráin in the group stages and had shared the points with one victory each so heading into the game the lads were under no illusion about the challenge that awaited them. The fact that the final took place under lights added greatly to the sense of occasion and the Athlone lads responded accordingly. 

U11s – The U11 boys knew that they were up against it having been defeated early in the year by Moate but they were on a mission from the first whistle to the last and there was no way they were going to be beaten. Their tackling and tracking back was fantastic and when the opportunity arise they thundered forward using the ball quick and fast to the very mobile forward line. The game was nip and tuck throughout with Athlone leading for most of the game but to be fair to the All Whites, they never let up and hung in to earn a very entertaining share of the spoils. The Athlone mentors, Trevor and Gearoid, were thrilled with their charges.

U12s – The U12 boys produced their best 20 minutes of football this year in the first half of this game. They won the throw in, powered forward and popped over a score to lay down a marker and proceeded to put on a magnificent display of open attacking football that was coupled with some tenacious defending in an overall exceptional performance. The Moate lads kept going bravely all night but it was just one of those nights where everything the Athlone boys tried came off and at the final whistle there had earned a very good victory.

This combination of results meant that the Walsh Cup was presented to the two very proud Athlone captains (Owen McNamara for the U12s and Cathal Hardiman for the U11s) in front of a very joyful bunch of young Athlone gaels. Many thanks to Brian Madden and the Ballinasloe Minor Board for running a fantastic tournament. 

The 35 strong Athlone panel on the night was: Brian Collins, Rian Claffey, Luke Farrell,  John Fleming, Cillian Geary, Kyle Greene, Cathal Hardiman, Toby Heavey, Conor Hughes, Josh Kenny, Kyle Mahon, Ben Manning, Johnny Martin, Lorcan McCormack, Cillian McGowan, Evan McMickan, Dano McMonagle, Owen McNamara, Kian Mitchell, Tiernan Mitchell, Ben Murray, Luke Nicholson, Luke O’Connell, Ruairi O’Duibhir, Daniel Omukoro, Mark Rockett, Piaras Rohan, Ian Rushe, Jason Rushe, Niall Tallon, Jason Ukatu, Brandon Varszegi, Shane Wheatley, Luke Whelan and Brandon Wykes. Missing on the night was Cian Dolan and we wish him all the best on his recovery from his arm injury.

Next up for this very hard working bunch is the “A” final of the Jim McHugh U12 tournament to be played at the home of the hosts Garrycastle with the date and opposition not yet known.
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U12 Boys:
Following a two week summer break, the U12 boys were back with a bang last week playing three games in eight days and managing to fit a trip to Croke Park in between.

Match v Mountbellew (Sun 13th August)
We played host to Mountbellew on Sunday 13th August and despite both sides missing a lot to holidays the lads who played can feel very good about themselves as they came away with a good win in the circumstances by playing some very entertaining football. Thanks to Tomas Mannion and the lads from Mountbellew for a very enjoyable game and we look forward to the reverse fixture next week.
The Athlone panel on the day was: Terry Chen, Rian Claffey, Brian Collins, Cian Dolan, Luke Farrell, Cathal Hardiman, Josh Kenny, Johnny Martin, Evan McMickan, Dano McMonagle, Owen McNamara, Kian Mitchell, Tiernan Mitchell, Luke Nicholson, Luke O’Connell, Daniel Omukoro, Mark Rockett, Piaras Rohan, Jason Ukatu, and Brandon Varszegi.

Match v Ballynacaragy (Wed 16th August)
The Athlone U12 boys made the trip to Ballynacaragy on Wednesday evening last for the latest round of the Westmeath U12 League and came away with a well earned victory. As with most games played in August, we were down quite a few regulars but still managed to tog out 24 and each player got the maximum amount of playing time. Despite not being at their best, it was very encouraging to see some of the younger lads step up to the plate on the night. Many tanks to Owen and the rest of the Ballynacaragy lads for their hospitality

The Athlone panel on the night was: Rian Claffey, Luke Farrell, John Fleming, Cillian Geary, Kyle Greene, Cathal Hardiman, Conor Hughes, Josh Kenny, Kyle Mahon, Ben Manning, Johnny Martin, Lorcan McCormack, Dano McMonagle, Owen McNamara, Tiernan Mitchell, Luke Nicholson, Luke O’Connell, Daniel Omukoro, Piaras Rohan, Niall Tallon, Jason Ukatu, Shane Wheatley, Brandon Varszegi and Luke Whelan.

Match v St Maurs (Sun 20th August)
The lads played host to Rush based Dublin team St Maurs on Sunday morning last and played two very enjoyable 10-a-side matches before retiring to the club house for some very well deserved refreshments. It was great for the lads to play against some novel opposition and we thank Noel Whelan for the game. For the record, there was a win apiece for each team which left everyone satisfied.
The Athlone panel on the day was: Terry Chen, Rian Claffey, Brian Collins, Cian Dolan, Luke Farrell, Matthew Keane, Josh Kenny, Kyle Mahon, Ben Manning, Johnny Martin, Cillian McGowan, Dano McMonagle, Evan McMickan, Owen McNamara, Kian Mitchell, Tiernan Mitchell, Ben Murray, Luke Nicholson, Luke O’Connell, Daniel Omukoro, Piaras Rohan, Niall Tallon, Jason Ukatu, Shane Wheatley, Brandon Varszegi and Luke Whelan.

Trip to Croke Park (Sat 19th Aug)
We had a superb day out on Saturday last when a group of thirty eager Gaels (young and old) made the trip to Croke Park for a tour of headquarters. The stand out moment of what was a very entertaining day was the opportunity for each child to hold the real Sam Maguire aloft. Well done to Croke Park for a brilliant day that these lads will remember for the rest of their lives.  
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U12 Boys:
The Athlone U12 boys hosted Multyfarnham on Tuesday night last in the latest round of the U12 League. We togged out 18 players for this match and each and every one of the lads made a telling contribution to the game. Despite just returning from a two-week Summer break, the lads hit the ground running and aided by a light wind in the first half produced a very dynamic performance showing great hunger for the game not to mention playing some excellent football. 

The Multy lads were very well drilled and gave nothing away easily. Every score and tackle was hard fought in a very sporting game. It was a feature of the game that the Athlone lads broke in waves once the excellent back line had repulsed any attacks. The support running was exemplary and even if the scoring boots were not as accurate as normal, the coaches were delighted with the options available to the man on the ball and the work rate of the entire team. At the final whistle, as a deluge fell, the Athlone lads had run out deserved winners and ran to the tunnel soaked but satisfied. 

Many thanks to Daithi and the Multy lads for a very sporting game and great credit to their lads as even in the final stages when the game was gone from them, they kept battling for every ball. Well done to all. 

The Athlone panel on the night was: Terry Chen, Brian Collins, Luke Farrell, Cathal Hardiman, Josh Kenny, Johnny Martin, Dano McMonagle, Owen McNamara, Kian Mitchell, Tiernan Mitchell, Luke O’Connell, Daniel Omukoro, Mark Rockett, Piaras Rohan, Jason Rushe, Jason Ukatu, Shane Wheatley and Luke Whelan.


U12 Boys
​​​​​U11 Boys:
The U11 Boys were invited to take part in an U11 blitz in Mullingar on Sunday 25th last hosted by Mullingar Shamrocks. This was an extremely well run competition and featured storied clubs from all over the country with the likes of Salthill/Knocknacarra from Galway, St Colmcilles & Navan O’Mahony’s from Meath, Killoe from Longford and Baltinglass from Wicklow in attendance as well as some local teams from Westmeath. With Westmeath playing in headquarters and the holiday season starting to take hold, the Athlone bus left down a large number of regulars and only able to tog out 12 players, including an u10!! There was a palpable sense of trepidation as we arrived in Springfield and saw that we were drawn with Erins Isle of Dublin, Salthill/Knocknacarra of Galway and Maynooth of Kildare. However, what the Athlone boys lacked in quantity, they more than made up for in quality of effort and desire and while they were well beaten by Erins Isle in the first game a draw versus Salthill in the second game and a very narrow defeat to Maynooth saw the lads through to a Shield semi-final versus Killucan. The lads produced a stunning performance in this game and led from pillar to post to set up a Shield final versus St Loman’s of Mullingar. The final was another fabulous display by the lads and despite their bright red faces and aching limbs they worked incredibly hard for each other and deservedly came out as victors, thus securing the Shield. Great credit goes to these lads who showed that they are not over awed by anyone and simply put their heads down and got on with the job and all present were delighted that they received some silverware to bring back to Pairc Chiarain.

The 12 Athlone apostles were: John Fleming, Cillian Geary, Cathal Hardiman, Conor Hughes, Darragh Lough, Evan McMickan, Tiernan Mitchell, Luke Nicholson, Ruairi O’Duibhir, Ian Rushe, Shane Wheatley and Brandon Varszegi.

U12 Boys:
The Athlone boys travelled to Kinnegad on Wednesday last for the latest round of the U12 Westmeath League. As normal, there were two games, one for the U12s and one for the U11s. Athlone managed to tog out 31 players on the night and great credit must go to the parents for making the long trip on a week day.

The U12 game was played on the main pitch and it was truly a game of two halves. With a strong breeze blowing down the pitch, it was Athlone who dominated with the wind in the first half and led comfortably at the break. However, all present knew that the second half would be a different affair and so it proved. From the throw-in the Coralstown-Kinnegad lads attacked in waves but were met with determined defence from the visitors and despite conceding two goals before the midpoint of the second half the well drilled Athlone lads managed to tack on a few vital points to emerge victorious on a score line of 2-11 to 2-06. This was a really exciting game of football played by two very good teams and the Athlone boys left knowing that they had been in a game.

The U11 game proved to be more one sided as the visitors dominated from start to finish. They are really starting to gel as a group and are playing a lovely brand of football that is very pleasing on the eye. Fair play to the Coralstown-Kinnegad lads who kept going to the very end. Lesser teams might have dropped the heads but they were a credit to their club with the way they battled. Many thanks to the Coralstown-Kinnegad mentors for the games.    

The Athlone panel on the night was: Brian Collins, Luke Farrell, Ciaran Finlay, Cillian Geary, Kyle Greene, Toby Heavey, Conor Hughes, Matthew Keane, Josh Kenny, Kyle Mahon, Ben Manning, Johnny Martin, Lorcan McCormack, Cillian McGowan, Dano McMonagle, Owen McNamara, Kian Mitchell, Tiernan Mitchell, Ben Murray, Luke Nicholson, Luke O’Connell, Ruairi O’Duibhir, Daniel Omukoro, Piaras Rohan, Ian Rushe, Jason Rushe, Niall Tallon, Jason Ukatu, Brandon Varszegi, Luke Whelan and Brandon Wykes.
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Athlone v St. Dominics
Last Sunday, our U11/12 Boys completed the group stages of the Walsh Cup (Ballinasloe tournament) by entertaining St Dominic’s in Pairc Chiarain. Both matches started in bright sunshine but this proved to be short lived as the heavens opened shortly after the throw in leaving the pitches very slippery. Despite this, great credit must go to both sets of players as they displayed excellent control and skill.

The U12 game was a really close affair with both sides going toe to toe from the first whistle. Whether it was the conditions or the quality opposition, the home lads were a bit slow to get into their stride and laboured at times in the first half. Playing against the strong wind they struggled to play the open expansive game they normally play. That being said, they never let this get them down and they kept working and were a couple of points to the good after the first moiety. With the strong wind at their back in the second half it was expected that they would push on but to the great credit of the Dominics’ team, it was they who dominated the third quarter and pushed the Athlone boys every inch of the way but the home team held out for a well earned 3-12 to 3-09 victory.

The U11 game was a more one-sided event as the home side settled early and put on an excellent exhibition of open attacking gaelic football. It was a display that has been coming from this young team as they have been working very hard in training and the performance on Sunday was a just reward for that endeavour. They coupled disciplined defence with fast attacking play and simply had too much for the Knockcroghery lads on the day.

Many thanks to Ken Duggan and the rest of the Dominics club who travelled in great numbers. We hope to see them again later in the year.
 
The Athlone panel on the night was: Terry Chen, Cian Dolan, Luke Farrell, Ciaran Finlay, John Fleming, Cillian Geary, Kyle Greene, Cathal Hardiman, Toby Heavey, Conor Hughes, Matthew Keane, Josh Kenny, Kyle Mahon, Ben Manning, Johnny Martin, Lorcan McCormack, Evan McMickan, Owen McNamara, Kian Mitchell, Tiernan Mitchell, Luke Nicholson, Luke O’Connell, Ruairi O’Duibhir, Daniel Omukoro, Mark Rockett, Piaras Rohan, Ian Rushe, Jason Rushe, Niall Tallon, Brandon Varszegi, Shane Wheatley and Luke Whelan.
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Athlone v Clann na nGael
Last Wednesday saw our U11/12 teams host our neighbours from across the Shannon, Clann na nGael, in the latest round of the Walsh Cup. On a perfect evening for football we togged 30 players and given that his was our third outing in eight days, it speaks volumes for the commitment of the players and the massive co-operation of the parents that we continue to turn out such large numbers. 

The older group of U12s were missing a few regulars due to holidays and injury but the lads that were there put in an excellent display. The improvement in their play over the past few months is evident for all to see and they are trying to play the game as it should be played with speed and movement. On the night, the lads simply had too much for a very hard working and well coached Clann side and at the final whistle the home side had run out deserved victors.
 
The U11s match was a very exciting and entertaining one. The visitors flew in to an early lead and looked at one stage that they might run away with things but the Athlone lads upped their performance in the second half and gradually dragged themselves back in to the game and in the end managed a share of the spoils with this very good Clann side. Many thanks to Anthony McManus and the rest of the Clann crew for marking the trip. We hope to repay the favour later in the summer.

The Athlone panel on the night was: Terry Chen, Brian Collins, Cian Dolan, Luke Farrell, John Fleming, Cillian Geary, Kyle Greene, Cathal Hardiman, Toby Heavey, Conor Hughes, Kyle Mahon, Johnny Martin, Lorcan McCormack, Cillian McGowan, Evan McMickan, Dano McMonagle, Owen McNamara, Tiernan Mitchell, Luke Nicholson, Luke O’Connell, Ruairi O’Duibhir, Daniel Omukoro, Ian Rushe, Jason Rushe, Niall Tallon, Jason Ukatu, Brandon Varszegi, Shane Wheatley, Luke Whelan and Brandon Wykes.

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U12 Boys:
Our hard working U11/12 Boys team made the short trip to Tubberclair for the third round of the Walsh Cup on Sunday evening last and emerged with a share of the spoils following a win for the U12s and a very narrow defeat for the U11s. 

Played in near perfect conditions on two very well turned out pitches, the small crowd that was there was treated to some wonderful football. In the U12 game, the Athlone boys started like a house on fire and played their best football of the year demonstrating superb link up play and a terrific work ethic. They led from early on and did not relinquish that lead showing great desire and intensity to win each ball and at the end ran out deserving winners.

The U11 game was a much tighter affair with the hosts settling quicker than the Athlone boys and they took a healthy lead early in the game. Gradually the Athlone boys worked their way back in to the game and some outstanding defending limited the very talented Tubberclair forward line to just two points in the second half. Unfortunately for the boys in Blue, they came up just short as they launched a series of late raids on the Tubberclair goal but the equalising score just wouldn’t come and that the end the hosts ran out winners in a great game of football on a score line o 2-7 to 2-4.

Many thanks to TJ and Adrian and the rest of the Tubberclair lads for the two very enjoyable games. 

The Athlone panel on the night was: Brian Collins, Cillian Geary, Kyle Greene, Cathal Hardiman, Conor Hughes, Matthew Keane, Kyle Mahon, Johnny Martin, Lorcan McCormack, Cillian McGowan, Evan McMickan, Dano McMonagle, Owen McNamara, Kian Mitchell, Tiernan Mitchell, Luke Nicholson, Ruairi O’Duibhir, Luke O’Connell, Daniel Omukoro, Piaras Rohan, Ian Rushe, Jason Rushe, Niall Tallon, Jason Ukatu, Brandon Varszegi, Shane Wheatley, Luke Whelan and Brandon Wykes.
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Sunday, 7th May 2017 in Ballinasloe
U12 Boys:
The lads had their first match in the 2017 Walsh Cup against the host club Ballinasloe on a beautiful sunny Sunday morning last. This was without doubt the best performance of the year from this very hard working group. This competition is a little different from what we are used to in the Westmeath League with two 11-a-side games being played at the same time between the U12s and the U11s of each club. The lower numbers and tighter pitch seemed to suit the Athlone Boys on the day as they were at it from the first whistle and put in a performance that was eye-catching for its skill level. From the kick outs to the score taking, all aspects of the game were very impressive. Both teams really showed their skills and ran out deserved winners on score-lines of 4-14 to 1-07 in the U12 game and 2-15 to 1-05 in the U11 game. From 1 to 32, the lads put in brilliant performances and were a credit to their club.

The Athlone panel on the day was: Brian Collins, Cian Dolan, Luke Farrell, Ciaran Finlay, John Fleming, Kyle Greene, Cathal Hardiman, Toby Heavey, Conor Hughes, Josh Kenny, Ben Manning, Johnny Martin, Lorcan McCormack, Cillian McGowan, Evan McMickan, Dano McMonagle, Owen McNamara, Kian Mitchell, Tiernan Mitchell, Luke Nicholson, Luke O’Connell, Ruairi O’Duibhir, Daniel Omukoro, Mark Rockett, Piaras Rohan, Ian Rushe, Jason Rushe, Niall Tallon, Jason Ukatu, Shane Wheatley, Luke Whelan and Brandon Wykes.
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U12 Boys:
The U12s made the long trip to Killucan for the second round of the Westmeath Division 1 league on Wednesday 26th April last and came home with two good victories against a depleted home team. Due to Confirmation in the area, the hosts were missing a number of regulars which left them vulnerable to a hungry Athlone squad. The visitors togged out 32 players on the night split evenly between u11s and U12s and both sides performed very well. On a dry and warm evening, the energy shown by the lads was excellent and the fact that each Athlone side had 5 or 6 subs to roll on and off meant that at the long whistle there was a wide margin between the teams. Many thanks to Killucan lads for hosting the game on an inconvenient night for them. We look forward to returning the favour when they visit Pairc Chiarain later in the year.

The Athlone panel on the night was: Brian Collins, Cian Dolan, Luke Farrell, Ciaran Finlay, John Fleming, Cillian Geary, Kyle Greene, Cathal Hardiman, Toby Heavey, Conor Hughes, Matthew Keane, Josh Kenny, Ben Manning, Johnny Martin, Lorcan McCormack, Cillian McGowan, Evan McMickan, Dano McMonagle, Owen McNamara, Kian Mitchell, Tiernan Mitchell, Luke Nicholson, Luke O’Connell, Ruairi O’Duibhir, Daniel Omukoro, Piaras Rohan, Ian Rushe, Jason Rushe, Niall Tallon, Jason Ukatu, Brandon Varszegi, Shane Wheatley and Luke Whelan.
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U12 Boys:
The season finally got underway for our U12 Boys on Wednesday evening last when we hosted near neighbours Caulry at Pairc Chiarain in a challenge match arranged by the County Board. Unfortunately, due to other commitments and injuries, the visitors were limited to just one team so it meant that the 30 Athlone players that turned up were split in two teams and each team played a twenty five minute half each. This proved to be a great opener to the season for the Athlone boys as the Caulry side that took the pitch were well coached and organised and displayed great skill. It meant that the lads had to dig deep to keep in the match and it was very satisfying to see some of the younger members of the group stepping up to the plate in this their first match at the U12 grade. Likewise, last year’s U11s showed that they haven’t lost any of their desire by putting in a very solid performance to help ease past a very gallant Caulry side in the final quarter. Many thanks to Niall Shortall and the rest of the lads from Caulry for making the trip. The Athlone lads know that there is plenty of work ahead but they have never shirked from that in the past and the season holds plenty of promise for this talented bunch.

The Athlone panel on the night was: Terry Chen, Brian Collins, Cian Dolan, Luke Farrell, John Fleming, Cillian Geary, Kyle Greene, Cathal Hardiman, Toby Heavey, Conor Hughes, Matthew Keane, Josh Kenny, Johnny Martin, Evan McMickan, Rory McMickan, Dano McMonagle, Owen McNamara, Kian Mitchell, Tiernan Mitchell,  Luke Nicholson, Luke O’Connell, Daniel Omukoro, Piaras Rohan, Ian Rushe, Jason Rushe, Niall Tallon, Jason Ukatu, Brandon Varszegi, Shane Wheatley and Luke Whelan.


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Athone U12s 2016

Athlone U 12s

The Athlone Boys U12 team prolonged their season by an extra few days by qualifying for the “A” final of the Jim McHugh Tournament following a superb victory over a very good Tubber/Ballycumber side on Sunday 10th October. Played on a beautiful Autumn evening in a very well turned out pitch in Tubber, this game gave the large crowd in attendance a very good evening’s entertainment. Both teams played their part in a wonderful exhibition of gaelic football over fifty minutes. It took the Athlone lads a while to find their stride in the first moiety and despite shading the statistics for possession and chances, went in at the break 1-05 to 1-02 down as some over carrying and ponderous play allowed the excellent home defence to limit the lads to three scores. To the credit of the Athlone lads, they regrouped at the break, listened to what their coaches had to tell them, and went out and expressed themselves as they can in the second half. By the midpoint of the second half they had erased the half time deficit and lead by six points. That third quarter of the game was as good as we have seen from this group of players and they were a credit to their club as they played open attacking football while keeping things solid at the back. Next up is a renewal of our ongoing rivalry with the lads from Moate All Whites. The final is on Wednesday evening the 12th at 8.10 in Garrycastle and following a draw in the group stages, this promises to be a close affair. We hope as many Athlone people turn out to support this great bunch of players as they continue to bring great credit to the club.  Thanks also to everyone in Tubber/Ballycumber GAA for providing refreshments for kids and parents in the clubhouse after the game, it was much appreciated.

The Athlone panel on the night was:  Conor Devins, Rian Dully, Ryan Fallon, Luke Farrell, Cian Geary, Eoin Hardiman, Tobey Heavey, Josh Kenny, Johnny Martin, Donagh McCormack, Dano McMonagle, Owen McNamara, Kian Mitchell, Luke O’Connell, Oisin O’Sullivan, Daniel Omukoro, Mark Rockett, Jason Rushe, Tom Sheridan, Alan Sweeney, Niall Tallon, Adam Temple, Jason Ukatu, Justin Walsh, Luke Whelan and Brandon White.

Under 12 Boys

Another hard working group of players who are still donning the blue in October is our under 12 boys who have completed the group stages of the U12 Jim McHugh Memorial Tournament. The lads have played five games, winning three, drawing one and losing one over the past five weeks. They are awaiting the results of the other group games to see when their semi final is due. Well done lads and keep up the good work.

Athlone U12s

Athlone U12 Boys made the short trip to Castledaly last Sunday morning to play the latest round of the Westmeath U12 league. In conditions more akin to February or March, the teams took the pitch to gale force winds and the imminent threat of rain. Fortunately, Athlone won the toss and elected to play with the wind in the first half and this proved a wise decision as by the half time whistle the lads had built up a commanding lead thanks to some patient play and accurate shooting when the chances came. The second moiety was a completely different challenge but one that the mentors were very pleased with as the lads showed excellent application in restricting their opponents to very few chances. The tackling, blocking and tracking back was excellent and when the counter attack was on, the lads broke forward with very intelligent use of the ball and by the long whistle the lads had ran out well deserved winners. Many thanks to Michael Dolan and the Castledaly lads for the game.

The Athlone panel on the day was: Conor Devins, Ryan Fallon, Luke Farrell, Cian Geary, Eoin Hardiman, Toby Heavey, Josh Kenny, Johnny Martin, Dano McMonagle, Kian Mitchell, Luke O’Connell, Daniel Omukoro, Mark Rockett, Alan Sweeney, Jason Ukatu, Luke Whelan and Brandon White.

Athlone U11 Boys played the latest round of the U11 League on Monday evening and travelled to Streamstown to play Kilbeggan/St Josephs. This was one of the best performances of the year for this group of talented young footballers and it needed to be as Kilbeggan/St Josephs put up a stern test for the lads. Some of the lads were playing their second game in 24 hours but they made light of any tiredness and kept going from  first whistle to last and when the handshakes were over they had earned a very satisfying victory over a gallant Kilbeggan/St Josephs team. Thanks to Ronan and the other mentors for a great game.

The Athlone panel on the day was:  Luke Farrell, Toby Heavey, Josh Kenny, Johnny Martin, Dano McMonagle, Owen McNamara, Kian Mitchell, Luke O’Connell, Niall Tallon, Jason Ukatu and Luke Whelan.

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Athlone U 12s
Athlone Boys U12 boys played their B final of the Ballinasloe tournament on Friday evening and despite putting in a massive effort lost on combined score as the U11s won their match by 2
points while the U12s lost their match by 8 points leaving a final deficit of 6 points. The lads had no reason to be down as they put in a terrific effort on the night and simply came up against a very strong and committed side.

The Athlone panel on the night was:
Conor Devins, Rian Dully, Pierce Edmundson, Luke Farrell, Jack Gavin, Cian Geary, Eoin Hardiman, Josh Kenny, Johnny Martin, Donagh McCormack, Dano McMonagle, Owen McNamara, Kian Mitchell, Luke O’Connell, Daniel Omukoro, Mark Rockett, Jason Rushe, Alan Sweeney, Niall Tallon, Adam Temple, Jason Ukatu, Justin Walsh and Brandon White.

Naas U12 Tournament:
Our ever busy U12 squad made the trip to Naas for their U12 tournament. This is an all-Ireland tournament run on an annual basis and is definitely the best tournament we participate in each year. Serious credit must go to the organising committee for their ability to organise such a fantastic event.  We were drawn in an ominous group containing Round Towers from Kildare, Baltinglass from Wicklow, St Colmcille’s from Meath and Kilmacud Crokes from Dublin.

Our first game saw us take on Round Towers and the lads put in an excellent display and ran out deserved winners. The second game against St Colmcille’s brought the lads down to earth with a bang as the physically bigger team from Meath dominated from the throw in. The third game against Baltinglass was a real ding dong battle that was only settled with two late scores from the Wicklow boys to leave us with a 1-2 record. The final game was a real eye opener for all involved. Kilmacud Croke’s “first” U12 team were outstanding and our lads just couldn’t live with their pace and aggression. While we had ten 12 year olds in our squad of twenty, they boasted their best twenty 12 year olds from seventy! It was a chastening experience for the lads but it is only from playing the likes of these clubs that the lads can learn and grow as players.

The squad on the day was:
Conor Devins, Luke Farrell, Jack Gavin, Cian Geary, Eoin Hardiman, Johnny Martin, Donagh McCormack, Dano McMonagle, Owen McNamara, Kian Mitchell, Luke O’Connell, Daniel Omukoro, Oisin O’Sullivan, Jason Rushe, Tom Sheridan, Alan Sweeney, Niall Tallon, Adam Temple, Jason Ukatu, Justin Walsh and Brandon White.          

U12 Boys
Athlone Boys U12 boys played the penultimate round in the Ballinasloe tournament on Thursday last when they made the short trip to Moate for two matches. Unfortunately, yet again, we were unable to field our full team and had to draft a couple of ten year olds to make up the starting 22. Again, the lack of subs meant that no players managed to get a rest which proved crucial against a well drilled Moate outfit.
The under 12 game was nip and tuck with the Athlone boys a score ahead at half time but as the second half wore on, the hosts improved and our boys did not have another gear to go up and Moate ran out worthy winners. This was another improved performance from our 12s and they are starting to put in to practice what has been worked on in training and with a little more self belief coupled with continued improvement, the future is starting to look bright for them. Keep up the good work lads.
The U11 team was decimated with injuries but no one can fault the effort of the young lads that took the field against a very good Moate side. From the outset Moate dominated possession but a combination of wayward shooting and excellent defence meant that there was just a goal between the sides at half time. The second half was a much more even affair and this time it was the wayward shooting of the Athlone lads that let them down. Like the u12s, as the game wore on and tiredness set in, Moate chalked up a few goals that killed off the game as a contest but this was a brave performance from the lads and great credit to them for keeping going right to the end. Many thanks to Vinny and the rest of the Moate lads for two great games.
The Athlone panel on the night was: Conor Devins, Pierce Edmundson, Ryan Fallon, Jack Gavin, Cian Geary, Cillian Geary, Eoin Hardiman, Toby Heavey,  Clinton Imade, Josh Kenny, Johnny Martin, Donagh McCormack, Dano McMonagle, Luke Nicholson, Luke O’Connell, Oisin O’Sullivan, Daniel Omukoro, Mark Rockett, Alan Sweeney, Adam Temple, Jason Ukatu, Justin Walsh, Luke Whelan and Brandon White.

12/5/2016 Athlone U12 Boys
Athlone v Clann na nGael
Athlone Boys U12 boys played the third round in the Ballinasloe tournament when they made the short trip to Johnstown for two matches against Clann na nGael. Despite being down a number of regulars, we managed to field two eleven a side teams at the under 11 and under 12 grades. The lack of subs had a major impact on the under 12 game as some of the lads had played school games earlier in the day leaving them very tired for the final quarter. They had gone toe to toe with a very strong home side and had clawed back a six point half time deficit mid-way through the second period but with the hot sun sapping the energy out of the lads, the Clann players pulled away in the final stages and ran out easy winners. It was a very good performance by the lads and the score was a little misleading given the efforts they put in.

The U11 game saw the Athlone lads put in their best performance of the year and from first whistle to last, they were excellent. Their teamwork throughout was a joy to behold and while the score takers will always get the plaudits, it was the defensive display that most pleased the coaches as they conceded only four scores over the forty minutes against a very good Clann team. One win each left both camps happy and ready to go again. Many thanks to our hosts and we’ll no doubt see them later in the year.
The Athlone panel on the night was:  Conor Devins, Pierce Edmundson, Ryan Fallon, Jack Gavin, Cian Geary, Eoin Hardiman, Josh Kenny, Johnny Martin, Donagh McCormack, Dano McMonagle, Owen McNamara, Kian Mitchell, Luke O’Connell, Oisin O’Sullivan, Daniel Omukoro, Jason Rushe, Tom Sheridan, Alan Sweeney, Niall Tallon, Adam Temple, Justin Walsh and Luke Whelan.
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Athlone v St. Dominics
Athlone Boys U12 season belatedly kicked off on Monday last with a trip to St Dominic’s in the first round of the Ballinasloe tournament. Despite missing a number of regulars, we managed to tog out 23 lads for two 11 a side matches. Even though this was the first outing of the year, the lads hit the ground running and put on an excellent display in both matches. Both teams displayed some excellent defensive work and while some of the shooting was a bit rusty, the lads left Knockcroghery with two hard fought victories. Many thanks to Seamus Fagan and the rest of the St Dominic’s mentors for their hospitality. 

The Athlone panel on the night was: Conor Devins, Rian Dully, Pierce Edmundson, Luke Farrell, Cian Geary, Clinton Imade, Josh Kenny, Johnny Martin, Donagh McCormack, Dano McMonagle, Owen McNamara, Kian Mitchell, Luke O’Connell, Oisin O’Sulivan, Daniel Omukoro, Jason Rushe, Tom Sheridan, Alan Sweeney, Niall Tallon, Adam Temple, Jason Ukatu, Justin Walsh and Brandon White.

Athlone v Tubberclair
Following hotly on the heels of the trip to Knockcroghery on Monday was the visit of near neighbours Tubberclair to Pairc Chiarain for the first round of the Westmeath Under 12 league on Wednesday last. This thirteen a side game was the first game on a larger field for many of the lads and the change seem to catch a number of the lads out but after finding their feet, they put in another hard working display to run out 2-10 to 1-06 winners. The big Athlone panel meant that we had 11 subs on the night and this led to some disjointed periods of play from the lads but over the course of the 50 minutes they deserved their win. Plenty of work to do but a successful start nonetheless. 

The Athlone panel on the night was: Pierce Edmundson, Ryan Fallon, Luke Farrell, Cian Geary, Eoin Hardiman, Clinton Imade, Josh Kenny, Johnny Martin, Donagh McCormack, Dano McMonagle, Kian Mitchell, Luke O’Connell, Oisin O’Sulivan, Daniel Omukoro, Mark Rockett, Jason Rushe, Tom Sheridan, Alan Sweeney, Niall Tallon, Adam Temple, Jason Ukatu, Justin Walsh, Luke Whelan and Brandon White.
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