See bottom of page for attachments on Juvenile Club Procedures and Guidelines 2015
The chosen ones! Here's to a great year.
KINVARA GAA JUVENILE CLUB OFFICERS AND MANAGERS 2015
Juvenile Registrar: Barry O'Driscoll 087-2926018
2015 Juvenile Hurling Managers
U16 Hurling: Brian Connolly 087-6836916
U6/Junior Infants: Jude Kearney
U16 Football: n/a
U7/Senior Infants: TBC
U6/Junior Infants: Kevin Gately 086-8282774
KINVARA GAA JUVENILE CLUB OFFICERS AND MANAGERS 2014
Juvenile Hurling Managers
U16 Hurling: Dominic Gallagher 086-6067500
U16 Football: n/a
KINVARA JUVENILE GAA CLUB 2013 AGM 12th December 2013
Apologies Joe Quinn, Patricia Kilkelly, Ollie Bergan, Joe Byrne, Noeleen Keane, Mary Ward.
· Attendance: Brian Crossan, Garret Byrne, Paddy Barry, Catherine Kilkelly, Enda Linnane, Fintan Connors, Michael Helebert, Tommy O Malley, Dennis O Sullivan, Joe Keane, Michael Birmingham, John Mc Donagh, Noel Birmingham, Pat Conole, David Huban, Francis Comyns, Pat Mac Sweeney, Ciaran Cunningham, Vinny Martyn, Tommy Ivers, John Rogers, Enda Mongan, Enda Costello, Michael O Sullivan, Mike Leech, Nicola Huban, Mick O Hara, Dominic Gallagher, Collie Mc Garry
Garret opened the meeting by acknowledging the Club presidents that passed away during the year. Joe Mitchell and Michael Curtin were both remembered. Paul Conneely was also mentioned. Sympathy went to all who lost loved ones during the year.
A comprehensive Secretary’s report was read out and is attached. Juvenile club had over 120 matches this year, 220 registered players and 17 training squads. A successful year for the club. Competed in 3 county finals and won the U16A shield Final.
presented the years accounts to the meeting.
· Club is in a good position with all bills paid.
· Closing balance of €1441.13 on 30/11/13
· Looking at T shirts this year with membership.
· Possibly need to get a set of jerseys for U8’s.
· Lotto intake is falling, could be a problem if it continues.
· Will review fundraising to take pressure off the community.
· Garret Byrne welcomed President of club Catherine Kilkelly.· Thanked Mick O Hara and Enda Mongan for all the photography with the club , important for the future generations.
· Thanked Patricia Kilkelly Welfare officer : a number of incidents during the year and were professionally dealt with
· A 2 day referring course was held, important to train up as many coaches as possible, not covered by insurance if course is not done.
· Thanked Barry O Driscoll club registrar. Excellent work.
· Thanked John Mc Donagh and Vinny Martyn our Club delegates to the county board.
· Thanked Johnny Donoghue our pitch coordinator.
· Thanked all the organisers of the St Patricks day parade.
· Thanked Mike and John Burke for their support to the club.
· Pointed out that there is circuit training for the U16 squad over the winter and is proving popular and worthwhile.
· €5640 raised so far in King and Queen of the castle.
· Excellent to be playing U16A and to win the shield final. Best game was the comeback against Gort in the semi final.
· U12 and U13 footballers did really well this year.
· U14 hurling lost to Mullagh in the shield final.
· La Na gClug: Possibly the best two games played in the La Na gClub competition to date. Highly competitive.
· Extra coaching: Pilot scheme: mainly in kinvara NS, need to push it out to the other 2 schools, need to link into Seamount as all our players are now students there.
· Need to set up an U10 subcommittee that helps run blitz’s, tournaments and helps organise events such as St Patricks day, La Na gClub and match days.
· May need to get our own pitch manager.
Officers were elected
Sullivan was elected as honorary President alongside Catherine Kilkelly.
1. Brian Crossan elected Chairperson
2. Dennis O Sullivan elected Secretary
3. Paddy Barry elected Treasurer
Other positions and officers are outlined in the report below
wished Brian all the best in the job as Chair for the coming year.
KINVARA GAA JUVENILE CLUB OFFICERS AND MANAGERS 2014
Election of team managers
Juvenile Hurling Managers 2014
U16 Hurling: Dominic Gallagher
Community Games: Enda Costello 087-2240209
U16 Football: n/a
Up on 190 registered players on the Juvenile club in 2013. We had 17 training squads this year from under 16 down with 120 matches played between hurling and football.
Junior infant’s registration day.
A very successful fun day was held on the astro turf and in St Josephs NS hall to encourage junior infants to join in for a taster session. We had 26 junior infants this year, the number fluctuated during the year but it is a very healthy number to work with for the future.
Hoddies/Helmets were available on the day, parents were encouraged to stay for a cup of tea and a chat.
La Na gClub
Cup - U13 Hurling:
Up to 90 turned up for the hurling Cul camp. On time first day the instructors were a big short staffed but this was rectified for day 2. A very successful week over all and it was very impressive to see all the players in their matching jerseys, shorts and socks at the end of the week, well done to all involved.
Football Cul camps ran from the 12th to the 16th August with healthy numbers taking part.
We are in the middle of the fundraiser King and Queen of the castle. A significant amount of work was put into it by the committee and I would like to thank them on behalf of the club for all their efforts. Very successful Table quiz that had a record 35 plus tables, Last man standing with over 250 tickets sold at €10, Box of balls also capturing the imagination. The funds are all going towards the development of the second pitch which will benefit all our present and future players.
There will be a need to fund raise each year to enable the project to be a success; we will be working on ideas in the New Year.
County development squads
We had a number of players from the club involved in the county development squads; it was a great experience for them and is a boost to the club. Well done to all who attended the County training sessions.
Under 14 Neil Huban, Colm Keady Taabal and Brendan Connolly
Under 15 Conor O Shea
Under 16 Ollie Niland, James Cronin Rogers
While several others also got coaching at Regional Developments Squads.
I would like to thank all the club referees that helped out sometimes at short notice. Without referees we would not be able to play the games. John McDonagh, Ger Connors, Francis Comyn and Conor Kavanagh refereed club games. A number of other club member’s refereed blitz’s and Go games
Juvenile club and the camogie club combined to facilitate extra coaching in the 3 feeder primary schools ; St Joseph’s, Northampton and Doorus. Thank you to Michael Helebert for the work done.
Managers of the various age groups in hurling and football worked well as units, there is a clear need to have a good team of adults involved at each age level. We would recommend that 5 to 6 adults be involved actively to ensure full potential can be achieved from training and in match situations.
Review of Hurling year 2013
Large numbers attending training sessions, up to 26 at times, healthy for the future, a mixture of junior and senior infants. Players are divided in their class groups not necessarily by their age.
A number of Go Games were played during the year. Will be an intake of the next class group this year.
Under 8 and under 10 player 15 plus games between Go games, challenges and Blitz’s. There are good numbers coming through and alot of good hurlers.
A good year for the squad with a number of wins under their belt. In the community Kinvara beat Ballinasloe only to lose out to Athenry in the next round.
A very successful blitz was organised by the U11 management team in Kinvara which hosted Gort, Clarenbridge, Craughwell, Carnmore, and Salthill
It was a very positive year for this age group with 10 wins during the year. The team reached the Aer Lingus group semi final and the Lynskey cup semi final only to lose out to Ardrahan in both games.
The U13’s competed in the Joe Cillane cup , the championship and had a good battle with Abbeyknockmoy in the shield semi final. Not many wins at this age group.
The U14’s have really developed as a unit. All players have developed massively. They play as a unit and will keep on improving.
They were leading at half time in the majority of their matches but lost momentum in the second half. Had some good wins against Tommy Larkins and Mullagh in the championship and were unlucky in a number of other games.
Had a great win against Oranmore in the shield semi final having lost to them in the championship earlier only to lose out narrowly to Mullagh in a great Shield Final. The experience of getting to a final will stand to this group of players.
The under 15’s had a disappointing year but with all the championship matches being played over one weekend it does not give a true reflection of the capabilities of this group of players. A number of players were unavailable or injured and if they were available we possible would have come out with a least 2 wins instead of 3 defeats
The U16 had a good a start to the year and a strong finish. A number of wins in challenge games at the start of the season against Mellows and Oranmore-Maree were good indicators.
There were some great games in the championship with Kinvara losing out narrowly in a number of games. Injuries and unavailability of players didn’t help the squad.
Great credit has to go to the players and the management team for regrouping after the championship and getting it right for the Shield.
The under 16’s had a great end to the year with great wins over Gort in the shield semi final and a 2-12 to 1-10 win over Killimor in the shield final.
20 wins from under 12 to under 16’s versus 38 loses at these age group I feel does not reflect on the amount of games that were narrowly lost or on the scenarios that presented to management when players were injured or unavailable.
Overall a successful year for the Juvenile hurling club with 3 Finals being reached at under 12 under 14 and under 16. Silverware coming home with the Under 16’s.
Competitive at all grades and some fine skilful and promising hurlers coming through.
Competing at A grade for alot of our players will stand to them when they progress up the age groups
Big numbers every Tuesday for the younger age groups which will feed up in the next few year. The challenge is to hold the numbers and to have the correct structures in place to get the most out of the squads
Football review 2013
Under 6, 8 and 10
A number of Go Games, and Challenge games were organised for this age group against Loughrea, Ballinasloe, Craughwell, Claregalway and Athenry.
One challenge match was played against Ballinasloe
The under 12’s had a very successful year and had some great wins against Loughrea, Athenry, Clarenbridge, Mountbellew and Cusacks.
To have 5 wins out of 6 games is a very good result and shows a good group of players going up to U13 next year.
A good year for the under 13’s with all games at this age group being very competitive and close fought games.
Three good wins against Claregalway, Dunmore and Caltra being the highlights of the year.
A big thank you to all the managers and trainers, we don’t say it often enough.
Thank you to our Juvenile club officers and delegate to the county board, School liaison officers etc and all who helped out in any way during the year.
KINVARA GAA JUVENILE CLUB OFFICERS AND MANAGERS 2013
Juvenile Hurling Managers
U16 Hurling: Pat Conole 087-2682439
U16 Football: n/a
USE THE CORECT HURL
Tip - Grip, size and weight of hurley
Length and weight of hurley have a tremendous effect on the user. The
traditional method of gauging the length of the hurley by matching it
to a player’s hip has proved inaccurate and unsuitable. Two players of
the same height can have a difference of 10 centimetres in hip height.
Children and beginners are inclined to go for a longer hurley, the
perception being that “the longer the hurley the longer the puck.” The
truth is quite the opposite “long hurleys equals no puck” Correct
length and weight are more important than previously thought. Top
players are now using hurleys 3 inches shorter than their counterparts
of the 1960s and 1970s. Time and space are very much reduced, tackling
skills are improved; opportunities are lost in a split second if the
hurley is not completely maneuverable. The game is faster; there are
less man to man contests of strength. The hurley that suited those
clashes has no bearing on today’s game.
Young children’s wrists and arms are light and fragile. They can only
use hurleys that are light and short.
To assess the correct length, a child should stand straight, hands by
side, shoulders square, place the hurley (base on the ground) by
child’s side, grasp the hurley in the dominant hand, the distance from
tip of base to child’s hand position is the correct length for that
child. If the child can use the hurley like a sword with one hand, it
is about the right weight. It is agreed now that most of the trouble
with the unorthodox grip comes from starting with hurleys that are too
long and too heavy.
Approximately 87% of the population are dominant right with only one
per thousand having equal dominance. A player’s development will be
severely impeded if he/she starts with non-dominant hand on top. Some
respected coaches say there is up to 50% loss in potential. Starting
players correctly then is of utmost importance to the player’s
development and enjoyment as well as a club’s ability to raise playing
Changing a player’s grip is difficult for player and coach but where
both parties are willing it is certainly possible and very rewarding.
Babs Keating and John Fenton, both supreme stylists and legends of the
game, changed from unorthodox to orthodox grip.
Left-handed players need good models and sensitive coaches because
they are the minority. A coach should learn how to demonstrate
left-handed for the two or three players in every panel Nowadays every
player will write with their dominant hand, this is nearly the only
safe way of determining hand dominance. Very small hurleys used in a
one-handed game with light air balls will help guarantee dominant hand
It takes 3 weeks to change an old habit.
It takes 3 more weeks to learn the new skill.
It takes 3 further weeks for the new skill to become a habit.
It would take 9 weeks for the player to experience the full advantage
9 weeks seems forever to a child but in overall career, it’s a small
price to pay for years of enjoyment
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