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.


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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