Ballyboughal -- Hard luck to the second team who narrowly lost by a point to Cuala last Sunday in the final of the Junior D Championship in O'Toole Park, in what was a highly entertaining game.
Hard luck also to the U-13 girls team who lost by three points to Craobh Chiaran last Saturday in the Division 4 Cup Shield Final and to the U-16 girls team who lost by one point to Scoil Ui Chonaill last Sunday in the Championship Shield match. Hard luck also to the U-11 girls team who were beaten by St Brigids last Saturday in a league match.
Well done to the U-13 and U-16 girls teams who both had good seasons, and a huge thanks to the teams' coaches, including Tracey, Sharon, Lar and Alan for all their commitment they have shown in training and managing the girls teams. Thanks to Florrie, Mary, Maree and Catherine for arranging the refreshments and for the medal presentation for the girls teams on Sunday evening in the hall.
Congrats to the St Peters U-11s who were victorious over O'Dwyer's last Saturday in their last league match of the season, leaving them in second place in the league. This is a great achievment for a team that was only formed at the start of the year. Thanks to the mentors Dave (Clann Mhuire) and Greg (Ballyboughal) for their commitment to this team during the year. The U-8 team had a great win against Clann Mhuire and the U-9s also won their match against Tyrellstown last Saturday. There will be no Juvenile training or matches next weekend due to the Bank Holiday weekend. However, St Peters Minor team play an away match on Sunday at 11am against Kilmacud Crokes. Congratulations to Fergal and Martina on the birth of their daughter Rebecca Arthurs.
Hard luck to Alan Hanrahan and his panel on Saturday afternoon in the Inter football final. The team would like to acknowledge the excellent support showed by the members and have promised that they will be back next year. The agm this year will take place on 22nd November at 9pm. Nominations and motions must be made in writing to the club secretary or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. VIP tickets are now sold out for the White Collar Boxing. Tickets still remain at €20 each and can be purchased from the club bar or any of our boxers (further details to follow during the week on email and facebook).
Our U-15Bs got a home draw and play their championship final on Sunday on the main pitch at 12.15pm. Our U-14 hurlers were promoted to the A division on Saturday with a narrow victory on Saturday away to Ballinteer St John and there was silverware also for the U-16 girls as they won the Division 2 Shield on Sunday afternoon against St Maurs. There will be no nursery next Saturday due to the club's Annual Coaching Conference. It will resume again on Saturday 3rd November at 10am. The Annual Coaching Conference 'Unlocking your Coaching Potential' will take place on Saturday and is open to all to attend, not just mentors/coaches of teams. The day will be begin at 9.45am sharp and finish approximately at 3pm. Guest speakers on the day will include George O'Connor and Sean Kelly. Light refreshments will be available on your arrival and lunch is also included.
Thank you to all those who supported the Mini All Irelands over the last three weeks and Jones Garden Centre for their generous sponsorship. It was great to see so many of our young stars displaying their skills in football, ladies football, camogie and hurling.
The club's newest team, ' Gaelic for Mothers', managed by Becky Howard, played in Portmarnock over the weekend in an all-Ireland competition, with more than 900 participants. They did not bring home the cup but have showed that in a short few weeks they are now a serious part of the club both on and off the field. Trainers Claire and Nicola have training each Monday at 8pm on the all-weather pitch.
Well done to Sam Martin and Tara Wallnett who won the Dublin CrossCountry League in the U-17 boys and U14 girls respectively. The competition was decided over four races.
This Friday is Poker Night (last Friday of the month). Texas Hold'em costs €10 to play and new players are most welcome in the club from 8.30pm.
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 and the girls U-13s have signed up to do a cake sale. All teams mentors should contact Deirdre on email@example.com.
Nominations are now open for the Volunteer Ireland Awards. Now in its fifth year, the Awards aim to celebrate and recognise the thousands of remarkable people across the country. Is there an outstanding volunteer within your club that goes above and beyond to help others? If so, then give them the ultimate 'Thank You' by nominating them for a Volunteer Ireland Award by completing the online nomination form.
The closing date for nominations is this Friday. Please visit www.volunteer.ie for further info and a nomination form.
Fingallians extends deepest sympathy to the Cullen and Manton families.
Best of luck to our Minor team who play St Marks in McGee Park next Sunday at 11am in the championship.
Our karaoke night in the Pound last Saturday was a great success. Well done to all on the ladies team for organising this fundraiser and thanks to all who attended and anyone who donated prices for the raffle.
We are holding a Poker Classic on Friday 23rd November at 9pm sharp in Kettles Country House Hotel (bar). It's €50 per ticket, with a 50% payout, and to reserve your ticket please contact: Declan O'Brien on 086-2673830 or Peter Kettle on 087-9957429.
Congratulations to Ciaran and Mairead Kiely on the birth of their daughter Sarah.
Our club agm will be held on Thursday 29th November at 8pm in Rolestown Hall.
Every fancied yourself as a Lord or Lady Mayor? After a break of more than decades Fingal Ravens are looking for suitable individuals to run for the esteemed office of 'Lord or Lady Mayor of Rolestown'. The purpose of this is to help raise funds to develop our club and its facilities. For more details please contact Declan on 086-2673830.
Last week's lotto numbers were 5, 15, 25 & 29, €20 went to Irene Flanagan, Frances Arthurs and Pat Connell, and this week's jackpot is now worth €4,527.
Man O War
Well done to our U-11 boys team who had a good win over Clontarf on Saturday - 6-6 to 4-2. Well done lads. The men's first team finished off their season which a home defeat to Scoil Ui Chonaill in the league on Saturday. Hard luck also to our girls Under 13 team who played in their championship final on Saturday; they lost out to a strong St Oliver Plunketts team.
The U-9 boys had a good win on Saturday morning over Round Towers of Lusk, and well done to our Gaelic for Mothers team who took part in the Gaelic for Mothers all-Ireland Blitz in Portmarnock. We entered two teams, playing a total of eight games, winning seven and drawing one.
Well done to the team and management, and thanks also to Platinum gyms, PJs Playcentre and Tots + Swots for sponsoring the team clothing. Thanks to all the ladies who helped celebrate the 20th anniversary of ladies football on Saturday night in the Balrothery Inn, and also to the Balrothery Inn for supplying refreshments on the night.
Our senior footballers finished their regular league season with a great display against Erin's Isle. We were denied victory by a late point and must now await other results to see if we progress to the play-offs. Regardless of this, it has been a fine campaign by Conor and the lads. Our Under-16 ladies football team put on a great display against St Monica's in the Shield final and we had victories for our Under-13 boys football team and our Under-9 camogie girls. The Under-9 girls enjoyed an end-of-season party in the club afterwards. Once again we wish to express our sincere gratitude to all who helped run the Gaelic4Mothers tournament on Saturday. This was another fantastic day for the club. On 24th November at 9pm we have a reunion of our 1991 Minor Football League-winning team. All members of this panel are asked to attend. Contact Damien Kenny at 086-8343598 for details. You can now play the club lotto on line. Please visit www.naomhmearnog.ie and support this important source of club revenue. Congratulations to Paddy and Bronagh McConnell who got married recently. Due to ever increasing demand, the weekend Fun Quiz returns to the bar next Sunday at 6pm. It will continue throughout the winter months and all are welcome. Don't forget that our bar manager Eamon Cosgrove runs in the Marathon in aid of Crumlin Hospital. Sponsorship cards are available at the bar. As the playing year draws to an end for all teams in all codes we say thankyou once again to all our hard-working coaches and team managers. The club would not exist without your efforts.
Round Towers Lusk
Dates for our Football, Hurling and Camogie Hallowe'en Camp are Tuesday to Thursday of next week from 10am-noon for four to six-year-olds and 10am-2pm for seven to 13-year-olds. Registrations will take place as usual in the club hall next Saturday between 10.30am and 12.30pm and full details can be found on www.roundtowerslusk.ie. Phase 1 of our U16-U18 Player Development Programme kicked off on Saturday with Shane, Robert and Damian. An assessment of player fitness levels was the order of the day, with six further sessions planned, details of which can be found on the website under GPO/Development Plan. The adult team's preparations for the 2013 season kick off in earnest this Thursday at 8.30pm with Bryan Cullen (Dublin captain) training the lads for the next eight weeks. A word of thanks to all who donated prizes for the St Francis Hospice charity night held in the club last weekend, especially to Country Crest. Thanks also to all who attended on the night. It's a karaoke evening next Saturday night in the club, kicking off at 9pm. All are welcome to come and enjoy the entertainment. Lotto numbers for last week were 4, 7, 20 and 27. Congratulations to our winners - €80 went to Mars while €40 went to C Foran, J O'Brien and M Devine. This week's jackpot stands at €7,900. Bingo continues as usual on Mondays at 8.30pm, with the book costing €8. Dublin Ladies Gaelic will host a Fashion Show in The Wright Venue this Friday. This fundraiser is aimed at raising necessary funds to support and invest in the development of Dublin Ladies GAA. Lots of our county players will strut their stuff alongside some of the stars from the men's side of football and this promises to be an exciting evening. Tickets are available online at www.dublinladiesgaelic.ie. Our U-13s had a fantastic game against St Marks in the League Hurling Final in Lusk on Saturday. After a very exciting game Towers came out on top - 3-5 to 2-7. Our U-14 Girls team were not so lucky in their Shield Final against Scoil Ui Chonaill on Sunday. After meeting, and beating that team during the championship competition earlier in the year it was hoped that the Towers girls stood a fair chance of taking the Shield for the second year running, but it wasn't to be. Scoil Ui Chonaill were deserving winners on the day and we congratulate them. Jessie Grimes got Player of the Match while Lauren O'Brien was Most Improved Player and it was great to see so many Towers supporters travel to Chanel College and show their support. It was very much noticed and appreciated.
Congratulations also to St Margarets/ Towers U-15 Girls who had a fantastic victory over Na Fianna A in their Division 1 Shield Final on Saturday. Jessie Grimes and Chloe Lawless represented Towers with a huge display of football, while Kelly Barry had a hand in one of the winning goals as the game ended 3-7 to 4-2.
St Finian's Swords
Last weekend was dominated by the presentation of the Division 3 winners' trophy to our adult football team. County chairman Andy Kettles was on hand to present team captain Warren Hanley with the cup after the game against St Pat's Donabate.
Amid all the ensuing celebrations players were already looking forward to Senior status football in Division 2 next year. Well done to all the lads on the panel.
Our Gaelic4Mothers team participated in the National blitz held in Naomh Mearnog on Saturday last. More than 70 teams from all over the country took part, which proves how popular and successful a concept this is.
The team competed well and had two great victories and lost their other games by small margins.
Many thanks to their coach Emma Brady for her dedication and commitment to the team. New members are welcome and training takes place every Thursday in the Community Centre at 9pm.
Our Minor hurlers also had a good win on Sunday morning in the championship, beating Lucan Sarsfields by seven points in a tighter game than the result suggests.
Don't forget that the Hallowe'en Football Camp takes place next week. Registration in advance is essential to help with planning and no registrations will be accepted on the morning of the event.
The St Finian's Community Centre agm will take place next Tuesday at 9pm in the Community Centre.
For all the latest club news, scores and updates why not follow us on Twitter@StFiniansSwords.
Congratulations to the Senior football team as they defeated Na Fianna in the AFL Division 1 league match on Saturday last by three points, thus ensuring they play Division 1 football next season. Well done to both players and management on what has been a very long season.
The Division 6 team lost 1-11 to 1-6 against Whitehall Colmcille, and hard luck to the U-12 girls football team as they lost their county final to Templeogue S/Street on a scoreline of 3-5 to 1-9, and to the U-16 girls who lost in the Division 2 finals. Chin up girls - there's always next year to look forward to!
The under 10 football blitz in River Valley was cancelled due to a waterlogged pitch.
Well done to our U11 footballers who won their league outright at home on Saturday against St. Sylvester's, making it 13 out of 13 wins in the league. The strength of the team is even more impressive when the fact that they remain unbeaten for the last three years is taken into account. The team is excelling under the immeasurable guidance and stewardship of Ciaran, Nigel, Colin and Ian who recently had the foresight to - along with Clare - introduce a strength and conditioning programme to prevent injuries into the future.
St Maurs would like to invite any boys and girls between the ages of five and 10 to our Hallowe'en Camp 2012. This will be a Hurling and Football camp. Children will receive expert coaching in a fun and safe environment. All children are welcome, even those that have never played before.
The camp runs from Tuesday to Thursday of next week from 10am to 2pm each day in the club room and the cost is €25 per child or €40 for two children.
Numbers drawn in Sunday's lotto were 1, 10, 12, 18. The €50 lucky dip winners were Paula Kelly, John Nugent, Freda Hanratty, Susan Plunkett and B McGuinness and next Sunday's jackpot will be €9,000.
Contact the club for booking functions etc at www.maurs.ie or ring the office at 8438233 and contact Jean, Susan or Peter who will deal with any enquiries you may have.
The ladies football team were defeated by two points in the Leinster Championship in a heartbreaking finish. A last-minute goal wiped out their onepoint lead and left no time to recover. Nevertheless, this fantastic group of players and management have had another great season, with promotion to the senior ranks and winning the Dublin Championship.
The intermediate hurlers also lost out by two points to Maynooth in a low-scoring game in the Leinster Intermediate Championship. Two late frees were the only difference between the teams. They made great progress this year, winning the Dublin Intermediate Championship, and they are looking forward to playing Senior Hurling Championship next year for the first time in the history of the club.
The Minor hurlers won their second championship match by one point against Naomh Barrog in a very tight and competitive encounter. They have now booked their place in the quarterfinals.
The Intermediate football team defeated Na Fianna by a goal to keep their hopes of qualifying for the play-offs alive. There are six teams in contention for the three remaining places.
The Minor football team play in the A Championship against Templeogue next Sunday in Broomfield at 11am. Come along and support them.
This week's lotto jackpot is €1,750. Play and win on www.stsylvesters.ie.
Hard luck to the Minor hurlers and U15 Girls football teams on their championship defeats over the weekend. The Minor footballers play their second match in the championship group against Clontarf on Sunday next in St.= Annes Park 11am. All support is welcome.
The Eireann Elvis Spectacular with full supporting band and light show will take place in the Skerries Community Centre on Sunday, doors opening at 8pm. Tickets, priced €20, are still available from Pat Dwyer at 087-2505479, Fergal at 086-8984657 and from committee members and in the Community Centre this week. Members, please support this fundraiser and help your club. You are guaranteed To Be All Shook Up!
The bag pack is also on this weekend in SuperValu from Friday night until Monday. All support in any way is very welcome.
There will be a Pumpkin Sale in the car park on Saturday from 10am. Contact Caoimhe at 083-1033675 for more details.
Whist continues on Tuesdays at 8.30pm in the clubhouse and new members are always welcome.
The new club tie (€15) is available from Fergal.
The agm will take place on Thursday November 29th in the clubhouse.
Zingo Result: 2-4-3-6-5-1-7. There was no winner of the jackpot, which now stands at €1,800. Thanks to Kevin and The Gladstone for hosting last week's draw. This Thursday the draw will take place in the Black Raven at 10.15pm. Call in and buy an envelope fron Gary, our friendly promoter. Entries are still only €2 - or join online at www.skerriesharps.ie.
Well done to the U-15 hurlers on their league semi-final win over Na Fianna. The final will be in Oldtown on November 11th at 11.30am.
The Junior hurlers play Castleknock away next Sunday at 2.45pm in an AHL 9 match.
Numbers drawn in last week's Golden Goose lotto were 2, 7, 17, 41 and the €20 prizes went to Joe Monks, Christy Carroll and Eileen Hynes. This week's jackpot will be €970.
A Table Quiz in aid of the Juvenile hurlers will take place on November 2nd in Oldtown House.
The book launch for 'There is an F in Hurling', the story of the Wild Geese junior hurlers, is on in Croke Park on November 8th at 7pm and all are welcome.