Underage

Castledaly Underage Review 2021:

 
2021 proved to be another enjoyable year for the youngest members of our club. The start of the season was delayed due to Covid restrictions but when play resumed in late April the children were delighted to be back training at the pitch. All age groups trained on Friday evenings and the U11 team had an extra session on Tuesday evenings which proved to be hugely beneficial. The large number of children playing at U7 level meant that the coaches were able to work with a group of U5 players. These coaches focussed on the ABC (Agility, Balance and Coordination) principles during training sessions with these children and the length of the sessions was tailored to suit their development.
 

Castledaly are very fortunate to have a huge team of dedicated coaches at every level and this ensures that the children get to develop their skills in smalln groups under the watchful eyes of the coaches.m The U11, U9 and U7 teams all embraced the Go Games philosophy of emphasising participation and enjoyment in the games they played. During the course of the season the various teams welcomed the following clubs to Castledaly: Garrycastle, Caulry, St. Joseph’s, Coralstown/Kinnegad, Lilliput Gaels and Rosemount. The young players also got to experience travelling to other clubs also such as KiIlbeggan, Athlone, St. Brigid’s, Shannonbridge, Milltownpass and Clann na Gael.

The older boys in our U11 squad took part in the annual U12 Jim McHugh Tournament as part of Cill Óige. This team topped their group and also won their semi-final to qualify for the Cup Final of the tournament. Unfortunately, they encountered an extremely strong Downs side in the final and finished as runners up but the experience will stand to the players as they move onto U13 next year.
As always, we thank our parents, coaches and Minor and Senior Board for their support and encouragement of our young players. Most of all we thank the children themselves for the great enthusiasm and dedication they bring to the club every year.

Castledaly Underage Review 2020:

 
 

Our underage players returned to action at the start of July and as always the pitch was a hive of activity on Friday evenings for training sessions.

Our u5 and u7 boys and girls made great progress under the guidance of their patient coaches and they got to play some fun matches during the summer against their counterparts from Rosemount, Caulry and Moate.

Our u9 players continued to develop their skills during the summer months and they took part in Go Games matches against Rosemount, Garrycastle, St. Joseph’s and Kilbeggan Shamrocks.

Finally, our u11 players continued to work on the importance of teamwork as they took part in Go games matches against Rosemount, Garrycastle and St. Joseph’s. These players also enjoyed travelling to Clann na Gael for a challenge match with their friends from Rosemount at the end of the season. The older boys from the u11 team also competed with Cill Óige in the u12 Jim McHugh Tournament in September.

Huge credit goes to our dedicated coaches who helped our players develop every week and many thanks to our parents who followed all the Covid protocols to ensure that training and matches could take place. Most of all well done to the young Castledaly players who always wear the club jersey with such pride and show us how sport can bring such enjoyment to our lives.

Casteldaly GAA Underage – U6, U8 and U10 Review 2019:

 

It was another busy and exciting year for our underage players. Training took place on Friday
evenings and the large number of children training and enjoying themselves is a good omen for the
future. The U6 team put the skills they learned into practice towards the end of the season when
they played some blitz matches against local teams.

The U8 team had an eventful year taking part in ‘Go Games’ blitz days around the county and also
playing in Cusack park as part of the All County blitz. The highlight for these young players was their
trip to Croke Park in April to take part in the GAA’s ‘Play and Stay’ initiative. This was a great
experience for all involved.

The U10 team also had a busy schedule of blitz days. As well as the regular ‘Go Games’ fixtures every
second week the squad took part in the Larry Nugent Cup in Caulry. They also teamed up with their
counterparts in Rosemount to take part in the Fingallian’s tournament in Dublin. This day proved to
be a great success with the combined team playing under the Cill Óige name winning the cup. They
had to play against some very strong teams from around the country in doing so. 

The season finished with the annual Coughlan Cup tournament in Castledaly. This proved to be a very enjoyable
day for all the teams involved and the U10 team finished the season on a high by winning the shield
competition. Many thanks to all the parents and everyone who supported our young players during
the season.

2019 Coaches:

Under 6: Cormac Nee, Adrian Hurley, Fergus Quinn, Mark Lawlor.

Under 8: Paul Donlon, JP Casey, Paddy Marsh, James Galvin.

Under 10: Richie Dolan, Jack Higgins, Lorcan Dolan.

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