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Thursday 17 April 2014

Club call

Athletics

Lusk

Good luck to our athletes taking part in the Dublin Community Games Cross-Country for U-12s, 13s and 14s in Tymon Park this Wednesday at 6.30pm. Athletes must pre-enter with Geraldine Halpin for these races.

Well done to Rebecca Brogan who represented Lusk at the National Indoor competition in Athlone last weekend.

The first of a series of Juvenile (U-10 to U-16) Track and Field leagues starts on Saturday next in Tallaght. For those aged 16 and over the Dublin Athletics Graded meetings start on May 1st in Irishtown. Check out www.dublinathletics.com for more details.

The Great Ireland Run is on Sunday in the Phoenix Park and on Sunday April 28th the Samsung night run takes places through the streets of Dublin.

GAA

Ballyboughal

The first team drew with Whitehall Colmcilles away last Saturday in a highly entertaining Loving Cup match. The second team also drew against St Peregrines away on Sunday in a Sheridan Cup match.

The first team play St Vincents away this Saturday at 6pm in a Division 3 league match. The second team play St Maurs in Rush on Sunday at midday in a Division 9 league match.

Well done to the ladies team who won their first match of the season, beating Fingal Ravens at home in a cup match.

The U-9 team were beaten in their match by a strong Castleknock team, as were the St Peters U-10s and U-11s in their matches against Man O War and St Finian's (S) respectively.

Well done to the U-10 girls team who played their first match since forming against Clontarf in a football blitz. Well done also to the U-12 and U-14 girls teams who both had great wins against Fingal Ravens and Robert Emmets respectively.

This week the U-13 St Peters team play a league match away at 3.30pm, the U-16 St Peters team play their first championship match of the season at home on the Naul pitch at 3.30pm and the U-10 girls team play at home at 5pm.

Congrats to Eoin O'Brien on winning the club's Poker Classic the week before last.

Clann Mhuire

The ladies beat St Maurs on Wednesday in the cup and they play St Sylvester's this Wednesday at 6.30pm in Naul in the league.

The first team were beaten by Na Fianna while the second team won against St Pat's D.

The firsts play Clontarf next Saturday at 6pm away, while the seconds play Erin Go Bragh in Naul at noon on Sunday.

There was one winner of last week's Lucky Dip. The numbers drawn were 3, 10, 13, 33 and this week's jackpot is €370.

Our fashion show takes place this Friday night in the Bracken Court Hotel. Tickets are €15 and it's guaranteed to be a great night. Tickets can be ordered from any committee member, or contact 085-7176307.

Our main sponsor on the night is Millfield Shopping Centre and all local shops' fashion will be displayed on the night, so make sure to order your ticket today.

Fingallians

The club lotto can now be played online. Members are asked to check this out by logging on to www.fingallians.com. This Tuesday's jackpot will be €1,514.

Our U-12 footballers have now made it five out of five in their blitz. In hurling our Minors, U-13s and U-16s all had league wins.

Good luck to Mick Kennedy and the Fingal hurlers in the National League Final next Sunday. The team includes David, Dermot, Paddy, Peter, JM and Ian from our hurlers. The time and venue will be announced during the week.

Congratulations to the Dublin senior hurlers as they secured Division 1 status for next season with a late one-point victory over Limerick.

The most experienced team in the club (our Junior footballers) had another cup win at the weekend and added further talent in doing so. The team train every Tuesday and Thursday in Balheary at 7pm. All ex-players are welcome.

Coaching update: The club have taken Paul Keeting, a student from University of Limerick, on placement for a couple of months. Paul, with a strong hurling background, is from Waterford and will assist Nicola in the schools and provide expert tuition to our teams.

The Credit Union Cup for schools will now take place in the club on Thursday 25th April - further detail to follow.

A big thank-you to Paudie Butler who launched our well-attended Juvenile Hurling Initiative on Wednesday evening. The next coaching workshop will take place on 19th April.

This week's round of SFC and IFC fixtures is on hold due to the Dublin senior footballers' participation in the National Football League semi-final. There will be league fixture played on Saturday instead.

Our Athletic section will host a workshop by consultant nutritionist Gaye Godkin in the club on 12th April at 7pm - all welcome.

Finally, our social footballers played their first ever league game last Friday, beating Clontarf by 10 points.

Fingal Ravens

We are holding a pub quiz this Friday in the lounge of Kettles Hotel at 9pm. A table of four costs only €30 an we urge all our members to please come along and support this fundraiser.

Membership is now overdue and no players from any team are permitted to play and will not be covered by insurance even for training until their membership is paid.

Best of luck to Darren Daly and the Dublin senior football team in the league semi-final against Mayo in Croke Park next Sunday.

We need you to donate your unwanted/unused clothes on Saturday 20th April at the club. Please contact Bernadette on 087-9397642. This is part of the Lord Mayor of Rolestown fund-raising campaign, candidate Bernadette Kavanagh.

The Senior team play St Peregrines this Tuesday at 7pm in the cup and Templeogue SS at 6pm on Saturday in the league. Both games are in Rolestown.

Best of luck to our ladies team in their first league game against Ballyboughal in Rolestown this Wednesday at 6.30pm.

Next Sunday the Division 5 team play Wanderers (Ballyboden) away, the Minor team play St Marks away (both games at 10.30am) and the Divisiion 10 team play Craobh Chiarains away at noon, all league games.

Our U-9 team had a great day in Croke Park last week. Thanks to Leinster Council for the invite and well done to the team mentors (Mark, Joe, Brian and Brian) and all the parents for their support. Special thanks to Kettles Hotel for feeding the team afterwards.

We would like to send our condolences to Ronan Glynn and his family on the death of his father Colm. R.I.P.

Congratulations to Philip and Audrey Arthur on the birth of their twins - a son and a daughter.

Congratulations to William and Rachel McCarthy who got married last Friday.

We would like to wish a speedy recovery to Paul Newman after his recent operation.

There will be a committee meeting at 7.30pm this Wednesday in Kettles Hotel.

Last week's lotto numbers were 5, 14, 26 & 34. Two winners matched three numbers and share the prize, with €125 for Peggy & Mick Kinsella and Tom McGrath. This week's jackpot is €6,342.

Man O War

Well done to the U-9s who drew with Tyrelletown on Saturday morning. The U-12 boys had a good home win on Tuesday evening against Nq Dubh Gall, final score 5-3 to 2-4. They lost out to a strong Fingallians on Saturday at home.

CuChulainn U-16s lost out to Division 1 leaders St Anne's on Saturday in the Man O War. Hard luck lads. A speedy recovery to Pauraic White.

The men's second team lost out to Round Towers Lusk on Sunday and the first-team game was postponed and is scheduled forTuesday evening away to Raheny.

The U-10 girls played Clontarf in a blitz on Saturday, winning two out of three games, the U-12 girls lost out narrowly to Erin's Isle, the U-14 girls had a great win over Croi Ro Naofa and the U-15 girls lost out to St Finian's Swords at home.

The Minor ladies had a great win over Castleknock on Thursday evening at home and the Senior ladies opened their 2013 season with a good win at home on Wednesday over St Finian's Swords in the cup.

Well done to our Gaelic For Mothers team who took part in an eight-game blitz on Sunday in St Peregrines. The ladies won four, drew two and lost two games.

The ladies are away to St Finian's in the league on Wednesday.

A great week was had at the Easter camp in Flemington. Thanks to all the coaches, mentors and juvenile committee members for organising a great week.

The Easter Raffle took place at the camp on Thursday, with the winners as follows: 1st prize (Woodie's barbecue) Geraldine Mooney Delahasey; 2nd prize (One for all €100 gift card) Michael Gaffney; 3rd prize (€50 voucher for Balrothery Inn) Peter Murray; 4th prize (CityNorth meal for two) Mary Mc Govern; 5th prize (Laura McCormack novelty birthday cake) Helen Leonard; 6th prize (golf lesson with Rory Dervin) Charlie Dolan; 7th prize (voucher for Ashley's beauty room) Brendan Corbally; 8th prize (family pass for PJs) Cian Derham. Easter egg winners Anna Mc Keown Evonne O'Shea, Amanda Dolan, Shane Duffy, Joanne McLaughlin, Caroline Cassidy.

Thanks to all our sponsors, ticket sellers and all those who supported the club by buying a ticket. Thanks to everyone who helped gather stones from the new pitch on Saturday.

Memberships are due and they can be paid online at www.manowargfc.com.

O'Dwyer's

Team of the week this week is the U-14 Girls, sponsored by Moriartys SuperValu, who had a great win on Friday night over Thomas Davis in their first game on a full-size pitch.

Elsewhere there were wins for the U-9 and U-10 footballers on Saturday morning, while the junior footballers beat Fingal Ravens on Sunday afternoon in the cup. The Inters' cup game against Garristown has been re-fixed for this Tuesday at 7pm.

Last week saw almost 100 children attend our four-day Easter camp and they were blessed with lovely weather. They spent the week developing their skills under the watchful eye of our GPO Barry and his excellent coaches and a great time was had by all.

Don't forget, our skills camp for four to seven-year-olds takes place every Saturday from 11am-12.30pm and new children are always welcome.

Congratulations to club members Aoife Curran and Erica Byrne who both played on winning Dublin teams over the past week.

Preparations are still continuing for Take Me Out Balbriggan which will take place on Bank Holiday Sunday, 5th May, in the Bracken Court Hotel. Tickets go on sale in the next couple of weeks priced at €15 each. If you are interested in taking part you can contact Paul on 085-1173361. Hurry up, though, as there is only a limited number of spaces available.

Membership is now well overdue and should be paid to club registrar Antoinette Curran or Dolores Mooney asa. or by logging on to www.odwyersgaa.com and following the easy steps.

Training continues for all teams and all details are available on the website. Any enquiries regarding juvenile training can be directed to Barry Mullane (GPO) on 086-1069752.

The Culture club has also resumed; for details contact Freda at 086-3249476.

There will be a juvenile equipment fundraiser held in the club on Saturday 20th April. It is an 80s-themed night. Tickets are priced at €5 and your first pint is free. It's a night not to be missed and tickets are available from James Collins on 087-2939315.

The first of this year's Monthly Members draws took place on Sunday and the winners were as follows: 1st Fintan Keenan €200, 2nd May Doyle €100, 3rd Pamela Traynor €50, 4th Helen Doherty €50. Congratulations and many thanks to all who supported the draw.

If you are interested in having a function in the clubhouse please contact Mick on 086-2020052.

If you have anything you would like included in the club notes, please contact Craig on 087-9561212 and keep up to date with the latest club news and fixtures on www.odwyersgaa.com.

Round Towers Lusk

Next Saturday night sees us making our way to the Regency Hotel for our Strictly Dancing Experience, with a fantastic night's entertainment promised. Doors open at 7pm, and all tickets are sold. The fund-raising committee is looking forward to seeing you all and we wish all our dancers the best of luck.

Henry McKenna Coaches will be providing transport from the club, with the first bus leaving the club at 6.30pm. Anyone interested should contact Henry.

Many thanks to all the children, parents and coaches who registered and took part in our recent Easter Camp. Given the weather conditions all the children had a great time! Special thanks to Karen Harford who also helped out.

Thanks also to all who came out to support the Rainbows 13+ Arch Club Fund Raising event held in the club on Sunday. There was plenty for all the family to enjoy, including bouncy castles, disco, face painting and lots of football.

Round Towers runs a Nursery every Saturday from 10.45-11.45am. We cater for boys and girls aged between three and seven in both Gaelic Football and Hurling/Camogie, with a small cost of €2.

The Golf Society had their first outing out this year on Monday in Skerries. The next outing is on 22nd April in Balcarrick.

Recently-qualified Go Game Level 1 referees Tara Doyle and Aidan Clarke made their debut appearance on Saturday. Well done to you both.

Last week's lotto numbers were 2, 8, 18 and 19 and €80 went to John & Alan, while Leah, Eddie G and M Fattell got €40 each. This week's jackpot is €4,000.

Bingo continues each Monday from 8.30pm, with the book costing €10.

This years summer camps will take place on the following dates in July: Kelloggs Gaelic Football & Hurling/Camogie Cul Camp Mon 1st- Fri 5th; Club Hurling & Camogie Camp Tue 9th - Thu 11th; Club Nursery Gaelic Football & Hurling Academy Tue 16th-Thu 18th.

Registration takes place on Saturdays 15th, 22nd and 29th June from 10.15am to 12.15pm. Contact Shane Treanor at shane.treanor.gpo.dublin@gaa.ie or 086-1608672 for further info on camps.

The annual Martin Finnegan Blitz will take place on 17th April from 1-3pm.

The U-12 footballers played on Saturday against Ballymun Kickhams A and lost out in the end. Adam Shields was the star and also good on the day were Sean Hanratty and Sean Naughton.

There was disappointment for our U-14 hurlers who were beaten by Kilmacud Crokes B in Lusk on Saturday.

The U-16 Girls played away to Naomh Mearnog on Sunday in a fantastic game of football, with every girl on the field playing brilliantly. In the end Rebecca Grimes won Player of the Match, while Orla McMahon won Most Improved Player. The end result was 2-4 to 4-6 for the Towers girls and their next game is at home against St Monica's this Thursday.

The fighting spirit of CuChulainn U-16s (Division 4) again shone through against St Anne's (Div 1) in last Saturday's cup match. Losing by 11 points at half-time the team fought to the very end, eventually going down by 14. But for a great performance by the St Annes keeper in the second half the final score would have been much closer. Cillian Kiernan and Aaron Duffy gave Man of the Match displays and others to shine were Owen Gaffney, David Weir and Liam Bohan.

In the Conlon Cup it finished Innisfails 1-4 Round Towers 3-11. The ever-impressive Ryan Caul scored 2-4 from play, assisted by Conor Brick who got 1-4. Stephen O'Reilly was pick of a defence which conceded little. Andy Moore put in a Man of the Match performance, while Gary Clare and Conor Murphy from the Minor panel made debut appearances.

Congratulations to the Dublin senior hurlers on their victory, and promotion to Division 1, following their game against Limerick at the weekend.

St Finian's Swords

A busy weekend of fixtures started with our minor hurlers (Swords Gaels) posting a great win over Kevin Hurling. This win keeps them top of the league.

Winning performances followed from our Under 11 footballers who had a big win over St Peters (with notable performances from David Murnane, Matthew O'Toole and Rachel Church), our Under 13 footballers and our Under 11 camogie team who, in their first-ever league match, beat Naomh Fionnbarra.

Our adult hurling teams both narrowly came out the wrong side of the results.

The Easter Camps were a huge success thanks to the many coaches and helpers who organised everything.

Our club registrar wishes to remind everyone that membership fees are well overdue. If you have yet to pay, please arrange to drop it into the office or pay online through www.stfinians.com.

The club has arranged our next club fundraiser to be a Golf Classic. It is being held on Friday May 10th in Forrest Little Golf Club. Full details regarding entry fees, sponsorship opportunities and the timesheet will be posted soon on our Facebook page and our website.

The lotto jackpot was €9,700 last week and the numbers drawn were 6, 9, 14, 17. There was no winner. The €50 lucky dip winners were Frank McArdle and L O'Toole and this week's jackpot will be €9,800. You can buy your tickets through our website at www.stfinians.com.

St Maurs

At last week's club agm the following elections took place. President Harry Rennicks; Vice Presidents Tom Ryan, Seamus Clerkin, Aidan Halpin, Chairman Gerry Foley; Vice Chairman Owen Mc Ginty; Hon. Secretary Emma Fortune; Hon. Treasurer Fergus Casey; Players Representative Mick Moore.

Full committee members Gerry Devine, Brian Dennehy, Mick Harford, Joy Halpin, Aine Harford, Canice Reade, Peter Monks, Colm Leonard.

Weekend results St Vincent de Paul Cup - St Maurs 1-13 Ballymun Kickhams 1-13; Stacey Cup - St Maurs beat Skerries Harps; AHL Div 5 - St Maurs drew with Clontarf; MHL Div 2 - Ballinteer St Johns 3-10 St Maurs 2-11.

The U-10 footballers were away to Ballymun Kickhams last Saturday. The Maurs Maroon were slow to get started, and despite good performances by Padraig Butterly and Ervins Gurvinkis in goals, the boys were down at half-time. However, the second half was a much better display, with Finn MacEntree outstanding. The Maroons fought hard, but some late points from Ballymun saw them pull head again. Final score 39-56.

The Maurs Gold put in a great team performance. Colin Dennehy was solid in defence, letting nothing past him. Callum Herbert and Ryan Quinn took control of midfield, coming forward to take some great scores. Senan Monks and Jack Mitchell worked tirelessly up front, Senan scored a lovely point from play and Jack was denied a goal by the upright. Maurs Gold won 27-12.

Maurs' U-12 footballers were away to Naomh Mearnog where an exciting and close match was played, with Maurs losing out by just one point in the closing minutes of the game.

St Maurs have been approved by TUS for two new positions to work in the club. One position will be an afternoon caretaker in the club five days a week and the second will be a coaching assistant to our GPO. Anyone interested in either roll should drop their details into the office, marked for Brian Dennehy's attention.

There will be bingo next Sunday as usual and the club lotto will be held as usual on Sunday night as well.

There was one lucky winner of last weekend's jackpot of €4,750 - Lorraine Eddison. The winning numbers were 5, 10, 13, 21 and next weekend's jackpot will be €2,000.

Contact the club for booking functions etc at www.maurs.ie or ring 8438233.

Skerries Harps

There was a good win for the Blue Bar-sponsored Junior hurlers against Naomh Mearnog in the league on Sunday. Also well done to the U-14 hurlers, U-12 camogie team and U-12 footballers on their victories.

Fixtures:Tues (tonight) - AIB Cup: Senior footballers v St Pat's (D), at Parnells, 8.30pm; Sat - AFL2: Senior footballers v Kilmacud Crokes, 6pm; Sun - Leinster semi-final: Senior camogie team v St Munnas (Westmeath), noon.

See the website for all this week's fixtures and up-to-date news at www.skerriesharps.ie.

The Easter Hurling/Camogie Camp was a huge success, with 110 boys and girls taking part. Thanks to sponsors Sports and Photo and Skerries Frameworks and all who helped in any way with the running of this event. See the website for report.

Membership and player unjury fund fees are now well over-due and may be paid online or to registrar John Halpin.

The Academy continues next Saturday at 10am. Contact GPO Stephen at 085-1559546 for details. The club shop will be open at the same times. Cait and Catherine have a special offer on white club t-shirts. Call Cait at 087-2730434.

The clubhouse will be open for the Mayo v Dublin NFL semi-final match.

Zingo result: 7-3-5-6-1-2-4. There was no winner of the jackpot, which now stands at €4,200. This week's draw will be in the Bus Bar on Thursday at 10.30pm. You can play on line at skerriesharps.ie and club promoter Gary Holland always has envelopes for sale at €2.

Starlights

Last Saturday's lotto numbers were 1, 3, 5, 9 and the three €50 prizes went to Sean Moroney, Desperados (c/o The Coach) and Karen Martina (c/o Noel). Thank you for your continued support.

Training continues every Tuesday and Thursday at 7.30 sharp. Membership is now due and can be paid to Paul Kealy or any committee member.

Condolences to the Besagni family on their recent bereavement.

Wild Geese

The Junior footballers play St Pat's (P) in Oldtown next Sunday at 10.30am.

Juvenile hurling training is on from 6 to 7.30pm every Wednesday in Oldtown - all welcome. Junior football training is on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.30 and Junior hurling training takes place on Wednesdays at 9pm in Ward astro.

Golf

Balbriggan

Saturday's foursomes qualifier: 1st Phil Smith (20) & Ed Branagan (12) 71, 2nd Tommy Harford (6) & Christy Harford (17) 71.5 ob9. Three 77s qualified, namely G O'Donoghue & J O'Shea, T Kenny & C Guildea and J Tolan & D Rafter (all ob9).

Last Tuesday's 18-hole ladies singles stableford (Spring League): 1st Olive Campbell (24) 39pts, 2nd Jacqueline Clarke (28) 37pts; Div 1 winner Nicola Campbell (11) 35pts, Div 2 winner Orla Sullivan (23) 35pts, Div 3 winner Marie White (34) 37pts.

April 1st mixed two-person team event: 1st Brian Murphy (22) & Miriam Murphy (36) 51pts, Mary Kavanagh (18) & Tom Monaghan (14) (v) 47pts ob9.

April 1st open singles: 1st Derek Shields (24) 37pts, 2nd George Wilson (9) 37pts, 3rd Scott McCarthy (5) 37pts.

March 31st fourball v par qualifying competition: 1st Keith Richardson (17) & David Farrell (13) 5up, 2nd Joe Moloney (16) & Joe Shine (18) 3up. All players recording 1up qualified.

March 31st 18-hole ladies singles stableford (Spring League): 1st Marion Behan (22) 32pts, 2nd Esther McConnell (25) 31pts.

March 30th fourball qualifier: 1st David McGrath (10) & Christopher Donnelly (11) 67.5, 2nd Tony Healy jnr (19) & Kyle Healy (11) 68.

March 30th 18-hole ladies singles stableford (Spring League): 1st Evelyn Tolan (14) 40pts, 2nd Barbara Kenny (14) 37pts.

Donabate

Winners from Saturday's singles, sponsored by Donnie Lavin: Overall - Peter Ferrari (12) 42pts; Class 1 - Thomas Flood (10) 36pts; Class 2 - Joe Dempsey (13) 39pts; Class 3 - Micheal McLaverty (18) 35pts; Class 4 - Matt Lilly (22) 32pts. CSS 74.

Last Tuesday's ladies nine-hole singles stableford: 1st Margaret O'Neill (29) 17pts, 2nd Gemma Daly (30) 17pts.

April 1st ladies 18-hole open singles stableford: 1st Aideen May (34) (v) 28pts, 2nd Fionnuala Forde (13) 28pts.

Roganstown

Last Wednesday's competition winners: Cat A - Deirdre Campbell (19) 36pts; Cat B - Brede Harrington (28) 36pts.

The March 30th/31st competition was won by 29-handicapper Mary Lynam with 36 points.

Pitch & putt

Ballyboughal

Sunday's pairs scramble winners were Rory Homan and Margaret Kelly with a 44 nett (ob9), with second place going to Ronnie Delaney and Frank Hughes.

The club agm will take place on Sunday April 21st at 10am in St Patricks Hall, beside the course. Items for the agenda and committee nominations should be made to the secretary at 085-1743748 before next Monday.

Membership renewals are now due and new members are welcome. Lots of info is available on our website - www.ballyboughalpitchandputt.com.

Congratulations to local cyclist Cian Delaney on his victory in the Rás Connemara over the Easter weekend.

Rugby

Ashbourne

Ashbourne 2nd XV are in competition and play Clondalkin next Sunday in the Seconds Provincial Towns Cup Plate In Ashbourne at 3pm. There is a quarter-final place at stake, so plenty to play for.

The Annual Dinner and Awards night has been set for Saturday 27th April at the Milltown clubhouse, with a kick-off at 8pm. Tickets are available from Executive Committee members.

The club has also set the date of its annual agm for Thursday 23rd May, again at the clubhouse. Further details will follow in due course.

Tag rugby also resumes at the club on Tuesday 23rd April and all are welcome for this fun league. Please contact Scotty on 086-3795876 for details.

Finally, Ashbourne Stags Rugby League team are getting back to work at the club on Thursday 18th April. Please contact Steve Sparza on 085-1262663.

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