Knock’s meteoric rise hits new height

by Karl Graham

CASTLEKNOCK’S meteoric rise on the verge of hitting yet another stratosphere on Thursday evening in Parnell Park when they take on St Jude’s in their maiden Dublin senior football championship semi-final.
Just 18 years since foundation, the club beat Skerries Harps by 2-14 to 0-10 last week in the quarters to set up another historic night having risen from the very bottom of the ranks to this point.
And club chairman Charlie Spillane told GazetteSport about how delighted they are to see the side surpass their wildest dreams.
“It is a great occasion. Less than 20 years old and getting to a senior championship semi-final is beyond our expectations.”
Spillane pointed to the excellent work being done every week in their nursery when asked what such a rapid rise could be put down to.
“A very strong emphasis is placed on bringing kids into the game. An awful lot of the kids that join the club may not have a GAA background but they end up very much GAA so I think if it is not right at the nursery, then it is not possible to get to senior one or achieve these sorts of events.
“Of the team who played against Sylvester’s in the previous round, 11 of the starters came through that nursery.”
Ciaran Kilkenny is undoubtedly the highest profile player but Spillane believes there will soon be more making an impact in the sky-blue jersey.
“We are moving a little bit faster than we thought we would so we didn’t foresee this run in the championship, that’s for sure.
“Obviously if you are playing in a championship semi-final, it does put yourself in the shop window and it gives the Dublin management something to think about.
“They are certainly not afraid to bring in young lads and give them a chance so we would be very hopeful.”
Spillane has been at the club since it was founded, helping out as treasurer and coach before taking up the position of chairman last November and he says the excitement has built in the area.
“It has revitalised the club in a way in that you would have an awful lot of people on the periphery with an interest to some degree are tending to come back into the club and it is a big benefit.”

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