Naomh BarrÓg Under 12 Summer Newsletter 2014-06-19 22:45:00

As we come close to the half time break in our season we wanted to update you on what is planned for the team over the next few months. So far this year has had a steep learning curve, as we have had our first series of competitive games with results recorded, teams graded and the start of our participation in official leagues. 

In football we have been graded into Division 2 and Division 5. This is the level, at least, that we aspire for the boys to play at. This level will be a challenge for the boys and will aid in their learning of the game and development as players. Each division has 10 teams so there will be 9 games. At time of his note we have played 4 games but have 2 more league games before the summer break over the next 2 weeks. 

In hurling we have been graded in Division 2 and 9. In hurling the division are of 8 teams. The boys have made an excellent start to the hurling league with both teams top of their respective tables at this time. The next competitive hurling games will be in September. Unfortunately not all the boys play hurling. In the league this year we have teams of 13, but only 26 regular players in hurling. If boys cannot make a game for any reason we can soon run short on players and run risk of having to concede games. We would ask you to please encourage your son to return to and keep up hurling. As a GAA club we promote and look for participation in both codes. 

Whilst we have a mid-summer break coming up there are a number of events planned for the coming weeks that we want to make you aware of and note in your calenders. 

Hurling skills competition – Monday June 23 at6.30 in Beann Eadair (Howth) GAA 

O’Tooles GAA are once again running a skills competition on Friday July 4th. Like last year we will enter 2 boys into this competition. We will hold our own competition ahead of this from which the 2 boys will be selected. This selection will be made by the Naomh Barrog Coaching Panel and not the mentors of the team. Our competition is expected to be held at Beann Eadair GAA (as we need access to a hurling wall) from 6.30 to 7.30pm on Monday June 23rd. On Monday June 16th instead of hurling puck about ahead of football training at 6pm we will let the boys know about skills to be tested and hold a short practice run. 

Non Dublin Club Hurling Challenge Saturday June 28th 

The Dublin county board encourages clubs to play a hurling challenge game on June 28th against a non-Dublin club. Following the success of the game held in Ratoath last week we are looking to play a game in Kildare on that day. More details to follow but we will try and keep travel distance to close to 1 hour (i.e. not much longer than trip to Cuala!). 

Visit by Na Magha Hurling Club from Derry – Saturday July 5th
Na Magha hurling club from Derry are visiting the club on Saturday July 5th and will play a series of hurling blitzs that day at the club. It is expected that the Under 12 blitz will happen around 4.45 that afternoon. This is another opportunity to play against a new non Dublin team. 
Summer Camps and Family Day 

Details about the summer camps will have been distributed through the schools. The Football Camp runs from Tuesday July 1 to Saturday July 5th. On July 5th following the presentations the club will be holding its annual family fun day so please put this on your calendar and come along. The hurling camp is the following week Monday July 7 to Friday the 11th. 

From July 14 there is an advance camp. This will be given by Dublin Footballer Davey Byrne of Ballymun Kickams and David Herrity the all-Ireland winning Kilkenny hurling goalkeeper. At under 12 your son can participate in either or both the club camps and/or the advance camp. 

We would encourage as many as are able to take part in the advance camp as it is a wonderful opportunity to learn from elite players of the game. 

Summer hurling Camaint tournament – July 3, 10, 17, 24 

The Under 12 Dublin hurling Camaint competition will be held on the first four Wednesdays in July with a finals day at end of August in Parnell Park for teams that take part. Gary will send out a text about this. It is important that you let Gary know your sons availability in July when you receive this text. That way we know what dates players are available so we can plan properly for this 11 a side competition. 

Return after summer 

The county board Juvenile calendar has 2 dates fixed for us in August, Saturday August 23rd is a date for Football blitz and Saturday August 30th is the camaint finals day Parnell Park. League fixtures will start again from Saturday September 7th. 
Thank you all for your continued support to us. The boys continue to develop their skills in both Football and Hurling as well as beginning to develop an understanding of tactical awareness and learning to play together as a team from this age. Regular punctual attendance at training is very important and we would also ask you to keep encouraging the boys to practice at home or in the greens with their friends. 

If you have any questions or concerns about anything in this newsletter or any part of your sons participation with Naomh Barróg please come and talk to one of us. 

Lets hope for a long hot summer. 
Derek, Gary, John, Liam and Tom 



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