Ballyboughal - Congratulations to the St Peters U-15 team on winning the Division 5 Final against Parnells on Sunday.
A huge thanks to David, Peter and Brian for their commitment to training and managing the team all year long. The St Peters Minor team play a championship match away next Sunday at 11am against Raheny in St Annes Park. The club Dinner Dance is being held in the CityNorth hotel on Saturday 17th November. Please contact Michelle on 086-2258850 to order tickets.
As the season closes our Minor, U-21 and Senior footballers have three big games coming up - the Minors v St Peregrines, U-21s v St Pat's Donabate and Seniors v St Marks in the league play-off. Dates, venues and times will be available on Facebook and Twitter during the week. Well done to the white collar boxing team on superb performances in the ring on Saturday evening. Equally outside the ring, Jonathan and his team put in months of hard work in the boardroom organising, training and fund-raising to make this unique event a very successful one. Details on next year's re-match are to follow and there are 147 pics now on Facebook. The club are hosting a Level One Hurling Course every Monday and Wednesday during the month of November from 7.30-10pm. The course started last night (Monday) and the cost of the course is €50. If anyone is interested in attending please could they contact Nicola.email@example.com. The club would like to thank our guest speakers Seán Kelly and George O'Connor for their presentations at our recent Coaching Conference, and also Catherine Walsh as she shared her insight into high-performance training. Our Grúpa Comhrá meets every Wednesday in the clubhouse at 9 for a bit of craic and a chance to use your Irish. Beginners are always welcome. Píosa craic le píosa Gaeilge. Fáilte roimh gach éinne. It's fun and it's free. The club are organising a night on 24th November, where Paul Flynn will bring down his All-Star Award. This will be open to all members, parents of members and friends of the club - further information to follow. Our Camogie U-13s won their Division 4 shield final over the weekend against Na Fianna. This is a remarkable achievement given our camogie section only started 12 months ago and was made possible by wonderful work from coaches and managers. Fingallians will be competing in the semi-final of this year's Scór na nÓg competition at Craobh Chiaráin next week (once we have a date we will add the information to Facebook). This is a GAA event that showcases the best of Irish cultural talent. We have 20 competitors (Under-17s) taking part in the following categories: Ballad group, Instrumental group, Irish dancing, Solo singing and Table Quiz. The Club Shop will be taking Christmas orders from 10th November. Forms to place orders will be available from the club shop each Saturday morning and also on our website www.fingallians.com. All orders must be returned to the shop by 8th December. There will be a Bric a Brac Sale on Saturday 24th November from 10am - 1pm in the main hall. Each team will be taking a table - ie the girls U-13s have signed up to do a cake sale. All teams' mentors should contact Deirdre on firstname.lastname@example.org. There are also more details on posters in the club.
Well done to our Under-16 and 13 Camogie girls who put on great displays in their finals at the weekend. Both were pipped at the post for major honours. Thank you to the entire panels and to Colm, Brenda, Frances and Lisa for all your hard work. Good luck to our Under 21 footballers who are in championship action next weekend against Na Fianna. See the fixture list for details and come along and support the lads. We have two major fund-raising events happening shortly. The club has entered into a joint venture with our local Arch Club and will be selling Christmas cards to club members and to the entire community over the next few weeks. The cards capture various images of Portmarnock and are beautifully designed. Please support this project. On t8th December we have our White Collar boxing fundraiser. All the boxers have sponsorship cards to fill and they will be looking for a few 'bob'. Tickets for the night are available at the bar. This is a great night's entertainment, so book early to avoid dissappointment. Our Chairman's Dinner takes place on the 17th of November. A reminder to all that our facilities can be hired for a variety of celebrations. We have special deals for party groups at the moment. Contact Eamon. We extend our sympathy to the McRory family on the death of Paul's mother Bridget. May Her Soul Rest in Peace.
Round Towers Lusk
Congratulations to our U-13 team who have had a very successful year, recently winning their league in both football and hurling. It's a while since such an achievement was seen in our club but it is one we hope will continue, with this team and those following behind. This team will move up a division next year and will face a tough challenge, but one that will be met with spirit and determination from both the lads and their coaches. The parents of the boys would like to thank coaches Richard, Grace, Noel and Neil for all their hard work and the care and effort they take and for sacrificing their spare time for their children. They would also like to especially thank their sons for all their hard work and for making them so very proud. Round Towers run a nursery every Saturday from 10.45-11.45am, catering for boys and girls aged between three and seven years old in both Gaelic Football and Hurling/Camogie. The Juvenile teams' presentation nights have been set for Friday 30th November for the U13s-U16s and Friday 14th December for the U-7-U11 teams. The U-7, U-8 and U-9 teams will be having a fund-raising Table Quiz on Friday 23rd November in the bar from 8.30pm, with a table of four costing only €20. It is hoped to see as many as possible come out and support these young teams, while having some fun at the same time. The club will be running a Gaelic Football and Hurling Foundation Course on 7th and 8th December in the club. Friday evening's session will be from 7.30 - 10pm, while Saturday is 10am - 4.30pm. Lots of fun is guaranteed. For further details or to book a place on the course, please contact Shane Treanor. Anne-Marie Codd is looking after the Club Shop and can be contacted on 086-3657200. If you require any club gear for yourself or as Christmas presents for the kids, get in touch with her over the coming weeks to place your order. There was no winner of last week's lotto jackpot, with the numbers being 5, 7, 15 and 20. Congratulations to those who took the other prizes of €80 which went to N Bollard and €40 to T Kelly, J Finnegan and the Thorne children. This week's jackpot will be €1,150. Bingo continues on Monday evenings at 8.30, with the book costing €8. Stage-2 will be playing in the bar this coming weekend and everyone is welcome to come along. CuChulainn Under-14s met St Maurs on Saturday in the semi-final of their competition and came out on top, with a final score of 3-21 to 5-6.
St Finian's Swords
We had great results for some of our juvenile teams over the weekend. Our Under 12 hurling team had a great win on Saturday, led by top performances by Jack Kane and Jamie Connell. The Under 14 footballers reached their league final with a superb second-half performance against Cuala 'B'. They were seven points down at half-time and turned that into an eight-point win by full-time in order to reach the final. Our Under 10 camogie team played in a blitz on Sunday morning in Skerries and, despite atrocious conditions, they managed to win all their games. Well done girls. Do you have any old football boots lying around the house? If so, bring them to the clubhouse and avail of our Boot Swap scheme. Boots need to be clean and in pairs. Bring a pair and swap them for a bigger size or just take a pair and leave a €2 donation. The club would like to extend sympathies to John Healy and his family on the death of his wife Marianne. May she rest in peace. Please remember that the agm is being held on November 22nd in the clubhouse. If you did not receive your agm pack please contact Frank Egan at email@example.com or on 0879734883. On the evening of December 1st we are holding a Tea Party in the Community Centre. The concept is that the table of 10 pay €100 and bring along their own starters, main and dessert courses. The night is rounded off with a disco and it's a great way to meet and get to know fellow club members, so get organising your menu and chefs! The lotto jackpot was €7,500 and the numbers drawn were 1, 9, 14, 18. The €50 winners were L O'Toole and Mr O'Brien and this week's jackpot will be €7,600.
The Senior football team lost out by two points away to St Judes on Sunday morning in what was their last game of the 2012 league. The game confirms Maurs' position in Division 1 for next year, so well done to Alan and the lads who can look forward to another year of competing at the top level of football in Dublin. St Maurs have won the Juvenile Hurling Club of the Year for 2012, awarded by Friends of Dublin Hurling, the support body for Dublin hurling. It's a tremendous achievement for all involved in hurling and camogie within the club, past and present - a culmination of many hard years' work as well as recent on-pitch success and investment in facilities. So take a bow everyone! Congratulations to Naomh Maur/O'Dwyer's U-14 Camogie team on winning their final on Saturday - 5-2 to 0-2 against Whitehall Colmcilles. The ability of the combination side to get goals was the real difference between the sides, and although Amy Quinn fired over a fine point just after half-time to suggest that Whitehall would stage a fightback, a very determined Naomh Maur/O'Dwyer's had other ideas and were deserving winners. Nicola Thorne captained the team in the final. Congratulations to St Maurs U-16 hurling team on becoming Division 2 champions at home on Saturday. They beat Castleknock in the final with a great all-round team performance. Well done to them and all the mentors involved. With the season drawing to a close, the U-9 hurlers travelled to Skerries to challenge Harps in a friendly. The Maurs Maroon had a tough match, and although Shane Kennedy and Paul Fynes put in a good performance and were supported by Edan Hurley and Calum Herbert, they lost the battle in the air and were beaten in the end. The Maurs Gold were having their own challenges. They started slow and when they finished the first half five goals down, all looked lost. However the team dug deep and put in an outstanding performance in the second half to finish level. Daragh Smyth, Senan Monks and Colin Dennehy put in great performances among the forwards, while Padraig Butterly was solid in midfield and Aaron McGee tightened up the goal-line in the second half. Well done to Clare Dowdall and her team of helpers on a very successful Hallowe'en games camp held in the club during the week. St Maurs Annual Christmas Draw tickets are currently on sale, with 201 prizes on offer, first prize being an Avensis car or €20,000 cash. The draw takes place on 15th December. Numbers drawn in Sunday's lotto were 7, 11, 20, 23 and the €50 lucky dip winners were John Drum, Annie Hughes, Emmer Byrne, Adrian Jones and Michael Redmond. Next weekend's jackpot will be €9,500. Contact the Club for booking functions etc at www.maurs.ie or ring the office at 8438233 and contact Susan or Peter who will deal with any enquiries you may have.
A very strong defensive performance held Craobh Ciarán scoreless from play in Syls' 1-12 to 1-6 victory in the Under-21C Hurling Championship. Cillian O Flynn's excellent point from midfield was one of the scores of the game and the pass from brother Kevin made it a family affair. The conditions and the battle had to be overcome to achieve this victory and there was no lack of skill on display. We had a full deck on the sideline, with managers Morris and Ryan putting it all together. The Intermediate football team drew with St Monica's in their last game of the league and qualified for the play-offs. This is a great achievement and the prospect of senior football next year for this team is a mouth-watering prospect. Don't miss the play-offs. The Minor Hurling Championship match against Erins Isle was called off just before the start due to the conditions. The Under-21 football team play in the A Championship against Skerries Harps next Saturday at 2.30 in St Anne's. The Junior 9 hurlers play O'Dwyer's on Sunday at 2.30, with the venue to be confirmed. This week's lotto jackpot is €1,800. Play and win on www.stsylvesters.ie and get all the news, views and information.
There were two great wins at the weekend for the hurling teams. The Moriarty's SuperValu-sponsored Minors reached the quarterfinal of the championship with an impressive win over neighbours St Maurs. Thanks to all at Maurs for their hospitality in the clubhouse afterwards, much appreciated. Meanwhile, the first-ever Harps U21 hurling team had a great championship victory against Commercials. Well done to all involved in another historic weekend for the club. Next Saturday the U-21 footballers host St Sylvester's in the championshipat 2.30pm (time to be confirmed) and on Sunday the Minor footballers host St Annes at 11am. All support is welcome. See the website skerriesharps.ie for updated news, fixtures and results. Have you any club news? Contact Fergal at 086-8984657. Meanwhile, the Juvenile Academy continues on Saturday at 10am. Details can be got from Tomas at 087-7257582. The club shop will be open for playing gear etc at the same time on Saturday morning. There are great Ideas for Christmas! Whist continues on Tuesdays at 8.30pm in the clubhouse. New members are always welcome and there are free lessons for beginners. The new club tie (€15) is available from Fergal. The agm will take place on Thursday November 29th in the clubhouse. Zingo Result: 7-3-4-2-5-6-1. There was no winner of the jackpot, which now stands at €2,000. Thanks to Ollie and all the staff in The Snug for hosting last week's draw. This Thursday the draw will take place in Nealon's at 10.15pm. Call in and buy an envelope fron Gary, our friendly promoter. Entries are still only €2, or join on line at www.skerriesharps.ie. The club extends its sympathy to the McMeel family on the recent death of George McMeel. May he rest in peace.
The Under-15 hurlers play O'Tooles in the league final next Sunday in Oldtown at 11.30am, while the Junior hurlers are away to St Joseph's/OCB in the AHL 9 the same day at 2.30pm. Numbers drawn in last week's Golden Goose lotto were 2, 7, 8, 42 and the €20 prizes went to I Donnelly, D Keane & M Donnelly. This week's jackpot stands at €1,110. The launch by Liam O Neill, the GAA president, of the book 'There is an F in Hurling', the story of the Wild Geese Junior hurling team, is on in Croke Park (Jones Road entrance) this Thursday at 7pm. No tickets are required and everyone ( members and non-members) is welcome. The book is now available on line or at your local book store.