We are delighted to welcome Bradley Barnes to Clontarf as overseas player/coach for the 2017 season. Brad will take up the role vacated by Charlie Wakim who is remaining in Australia during his off season, we thank him for his contribution to the club last year and wish him well.
Brad comes to us as a level 3 coach currently working with the highly rated Bishops College in Cape Town and as a former professional player with KwaZulu-Natal, Western Province and franchise team The Dolphins as well as taking part in South Africa’s U-19 World Cup campaign in 2008 which eventually ended in defeat to the Virat Kohli captained India team.
At the tender age of 28 he has played in 125 provincial games scoring 3,735 runs across all formats including 3 hundreds and 24 fifties. He has also managed 283 dismissals as wicket keeper during this time.
Chairperson of cricket Dereck McGeehan commented “we are delighted to welcome Brad to Clontarf. He has a tremendous track record as a player and more importantly as a coach, having attained level 3 qualification. We feel that he will be a great addition to the club as a whole and that he helps us to continue the great strides the club has been making. Finally, I wish to offer a sincere thanks to Steven Hirst from CricX for the role he has played in assisting in securing Brad’s services for 2017.”
We at Clontarf CC are today delighted to announce the signing of John Mooney as our new club Head Coach. John is one of Ireland’s greatest ever cricketers having represented the national side on 182 occasions.
Since retiring from playing at the top level John has focused on developing his strength and conditioning business as well as coaching with the Danish international team.
Commenting on the signing Director of Cricket Dereck McGeehan said “we believe John was the outstanding candidate to replace Alex as our head coach and I’m delighted to have him onboard. John impressed with his ambition, enthusiasm and passion for his new role. I’m sure all club members will join with me in wishing John every success and welcoming him, along with his wife Helena and daughters Alisha & Robyn to the club.”
On his appointment to the role, John commented that he is “delighted to join one of Ireland’s long established and best known clubs and (is) very much looking forward to starting the new role and the next chapter of (his) career.”
As well as taking the role of head coach, John will also be available to play for the club as and when required.
In further news, we are delighted to also welcome Irish citizen by way of Johannesburg, Declan Gallagher, to the club. Declan has been in superb form for the Randburg club having scored 78 not out on his premier league debut last weekend as well as four hundreds in the 2nd team this season.
Declan will be moving to Ireland full time and we ask all members to do everything you can to help him settle in and to make this move a great success for him.
We hope to add the signing of our new overseas player to these exciting additions in the coming weeks.
The Annual Dinner and Awards night will take place on the traditional last Friday in September.
In keeping with tradition the awards for players of the year, fielder of the year, Club Person of the year etc. with also be given out
Speakers (to be confirmed) will be there to entertain and delight you and we might even get a poem by Stella.
It’s a night to rival any other in the Club calendar so get in early.
It will start at 7pm and go on till late
Tickets are €40 and can be booked or reserved by contacting Stella or your team Captain
Tomorrow evening (Friday September 2nd) the first Logan Cup in 37 years between Clontarf and Old Belvedere takes place.
This is significant for a number of reasons, not least because Old Belvedere had to sadly close its gates for the final time a few years ago. So it is thanks in whole to Evans Dexter and Del this match will again take place.
Clontarf and Old Belvo were more than just rivals on the cricket pitch, they were brothers in arms and shared a lot of history. Many great players who lived in the Clontarf/Raheny area played for Old Belvo. This was not so much out of choice but loyalty. Most would have been schooled in Belvo and therefore simply played in Cabra, after all their moto was “Per Vias Rectas” – “By Straight Paths”. Although this trend was bucked in later years, it served not just the club well, but Leinster Cricket as a whole.
The sad closing of Belvo had an undoubted boost to our own club with Emmett Bowes, Bailey Boland, Robbie Patterson, Peter Flanagan, Derek McGeehan and Sammer Dutt. The manner in which these guys have fitted in to the club shows the level of both Belvo and Clontarf in how they go about player welfare. On the non-playing side there is Surf. Surf has worked tirelessly as manager of the 2nds and more recently as Club Chairman and our rep on the OCC where he also holds the chair. He has also had the honour of receiving the Clontarf Club Person of the year award.
For a long time Belvo were a powerhouse in cricket. They won the Leinster Senior Cup 3 years in a row, 64,65 and 66 and then again in 1970 by defeating Clontarf in the Final as well as many league titles. If they weren’t wining things they were almost always to be found at the business end. They constantly produced outstanding cricketers such as Alec O’Riordan who was widely regarded and one of the greatest players Ireland ever had. The great Fintan Synnott who took 850 senior wickets and many others too numerous to mention. Old Belvo made a significant contribution as reards supplying great administrators for Cricket Ireland in David Williams and Kevin O’Riordan among others.
From my own personal point of view I loved and hated Old Belvo in equal measure, and I mean that in the best possible way I even played a season(ish) in Belvo. As a schoolboy if we wanted to win something we had to go through Belvo to get there. Players like Eddie Kavanagh, Paul Ridgeway, Owen Buttler, Colm Donlon (and others) were always not just a thorn in our sides but a whole tree. From under 11’s onwards we lost more than we won against these lads. In fact I think it took until I was captain of Clontarfs under 18’s that we finally beat them in a final. We had some spicy encounters over the years (Ger Buttler) we had draws back then.
This was always added to by the mixture of respect and dislike the two club coaches had for each other. Robin Waters, a former Clontarf player was by all accounts an excellent player and his stats from a time where pitches were simply uncovered would back that up. As a coach he probably surpassed his achievements as a player, the young men he brought through the age groups, what they won and how they went about it were a credit to himself, Belvedere and the many North Leinster, Lenister and Irish teams they excelled in.
This really is a game to be welcomed back to the fixture list and I hope it can remain for many a year
Again Thanks very much to Evans for opening this back up to us
Following the firsts last home game of the year vs. Phoenix (Saturday 3rd of September) we have one of our biggest end of season events, The Race Night hosted by racing supremo Del McGeehan with his Superstar totes.
Horses, Trainers and Jockeys are all available at great prices and all money raised will go to the Club.
Please contact Frankie or Del for further details I hope you all can support what is one of the best club nights of the year.
2013 was truly the year of the Bull, All Irelands for the Firsts, the Under 15’s completing the under 11’s, 13’s and 15’s clean sweep and for Clontarf Rugby.
It was an amazing achievement which is captured in a magnificent photo in the club which I am sure you’ve all seen.
The 2nds will look to win their 2nd cup in as many weeks in North Kildare against Laois at 1pm on Sunday.