For the Colts this was a ‘nearly’ year for an age group that has great depth, broad talent and has a very positive, inclusive team ethic.
In the league the Colts A came second in a very competitive league, behind Pembroke, maintaining a 100% home record. We beat a very strong Railway and Pembroke once each, but also lost once to each of them, and once to YMCA, as well as winning home and away against Phoenix & Leinster. In the end what cost us from topping the league was the arrival of rain when we had YMCA 50-3 off 8 overs chasing 207.
In the cup we had a walkover vs Balbriggan in round 1, before beating a strong YMCA team comfortably in the quarter finals. We lost a very tight semi final against Pembroke by 5 runs
In the Colts B we had good wins over Adamstown, Terenure and Clontarf but lost to the two teams who enter an ‘A’ team in the B league: Finglas & Cork
In the U17s we won against Phoenix and Adamstown home and away but lost to YMCA and to a strong Clontarf side.
In total we had 32 boys represent the Colts in matches, with a further 6 boys attending training at times during the year. 23 boys played for the Colts A team showing the depth of talent in this age group as boys were able to rotate in and out of the team. The A team contain several boys who were playing together for the Minors, but also has now integrated and developed a number of new players who have become first team regulars such as Ben Houchin, Rohan Tewari, Declan de Kock, and newer players such as Harry Simpson, Sami Nazari and Patrick Dixon who all progressed significantly through the year. 15 Colts boys also played senior men’s cricket this year representing teams from the 2nds through to the 6ths. The pool of players was very similar for the U17s with only two boys above the Colts young enough to play for the U17s: James Light & Siddarth Muthu.
In our batting there were 11 fifties in total Oisin Bhoja (5), Harry Sandys (2), Daniel Forkin (2), Ben Houchin (1), Isaac Dijsktra (1), plus one sparkling century for Oisin Bhoja scored in an U17 game. Declan De Kock and Sean Sandys were also regular run scorers.
In our bowling a large number of people took 3 wickets or more in an innings: Eoin MacNulty, Oisin Bhoja, Daniel Forkin, Harry Sandys, Sean Sandys, Declan de Kock, Seb Dijkstra, Rohan Tewari, Alex Kelly. The standout bowling figures were from Seb Dijkstra taking 6-7 in the first game of the season (in a game which we lost!).
Many thanks to the coaches, particularly Jack Carty and Sean Hussey who spent the most amount of time with the squad