Athletics: Lusk. Congratulations to Stephen Burke and Stephen Skelly for completing the Barcelona Ironman on Saturday. This is a real test of endurance and both guys came through with flying colours.
A big welcome to all who have joined our Fit4Life group recently. It's not too late to join this term's group, so throw on the runners and hi-viz jackets and come along to train with us. Good luck to all club members who are taking part in next Saturday's EoI races in Lusk. The 20-mile race is popular at this time of year for athletes making their final preparations for the Dublin City Marathon three weeks later. On Friday 13th October six club members, also known as AC Club6, are taking part in the Round Towers GAA Lip Sync Battle at the CityNorth Hotel. Tickets are available for the night which promises to be an evening of fun and laughter. Sponsor forms are available if you would like to support the event.
Well done to all club members who participated in this weekends parkruns and thanks to everyone who volunteered. Results: Malahide - Rodrigo Lara 26:13. Donabate - Sean Greensit 21:48, Liam Halpin 24:09, Eamonn Gahan 26:27, Geraldine Halpin 30:15, Elizabeth Neilan 31:14. Rush junior - Cerys O'Mahony 10:32, Tom Kenny 13:40 PB. Volunteers: Sean Greensit & Nicole Hodson. Juvenile news - We've been back at training a few weeks now and are well settled into our new home on the Rathmore Road. It's great to see such big numbers of kids training and welcome to all newcomers. As posted on Facebook during the week, we are now having to implement a waiting list for anyone not registered for 2017. Any juvenile who was not yet registered before Thursday last will join the waiting list even if training with the club at present. (Go to www.luskathleticclub.ie to register asap).
We also need to implement this waiting list due to the coach to athlete ratio numbers as we do not have enough volunteers to help out some nights. We will review this going forward. High-viz tops are compulsory. There is now a strict 'No High-viz = No Training for Safety' rule for all members of the club. Please note: From Tuesday we are placing coaches' names on poles in the field. Please line up at these poles as soon as you arrive for roll call. This is where each juvenile will be dropped and collected from going forward from a safety perspective. It would be great to get some help with collecting and gathering up all the equipment at the end of training.
We would like to say a huge thank you to all the juveniles and their parents who came out and supported the Dublin Half Marathon last week. You really gave the runners a bit boost as they ran through the village and all points where you were cheering along the route. Lots of runners (from Lusk and all over) have commented on how great the support was. Cross Country Leagues - We had a great start to the leagues and big numbers out in Ardgillan for our "home" run on September 17th. This was followed by League 2 in the Phoenix Park on Sunday. The younger age groups starting at 11am had lovely running conditions, but as the morning progressed the winds got stronger and the older age groups had challenging races as a result. All athletes ran extremely well with several finishing in the top 20 so adding extra points to the 10 bonus points that all children receive for taking part in each of the leagues in the three-event competition. Well done all.
League 3 rounds off the Dublin season in The Autumn Open and Dublin Juvenile Even Age Cross Country Championships take place in Abbotstown on Sunday 22nd October. Except for the U10 competitors these Championships are qualifiers for the National Championships which will take place at the same venue on the Sunday 26th November. Entry for the Championships is now live online on the Athletics Ireland website. Entry fee is €3. Please let your coach know if you wish to enter this week. There will be no facility for late entries. The Uneven Age Championship will be taking place in Santry on 5th November, so please let your coach know if you are entering.
In what was a top-class performance by our lads we went out at the quarter-final stage of the Dublin Intermediate Championship. Hats off to the very impressive Na Fianna side and we wish them the best of luck in the tournament. They now look forward to the league play-offs. Thanks to the very sizeable 'Boughal support. The lads did our small village proud. Well done to our Girls U-16s who beat St Anne's in the championship last Sunday. The Health & Wellness committee took advantage of National Fitness Day on Friday to launch their weekly walking group. It was very well attended and all are welcome to join the group every Thursday at 10am to walk the perimeter of the pitch on the newly installed track and enjoy refreshments afterwards. Ballyboughal GFC will be hosting a fund-raising music and sport quiz in O'Connors pub on October 14th. This should be a good social night out for all. Last week's lotto numbers for a jackpot of €3,650 were 25, 35, 38 and the €20 winners were The Squad, G Seaver and S Arthurs. Thank you for your support.
Brendan Martin Cup: Congratulations to our Dublin ladies on winning the All-Ireland in style. We look forward to our quartet of Fiona, Emer, Denise and Sinead bringing the cup to the club in the near future. The feat came on the back of three final losses. Under-15s: After securing the league title the previous week at football, the hurlers beat Cuala in the Division 1 Hurling Shield. Irish Conversation Group: Our Grúpa Comhrá is on in the clubhouse every Wednesday at 9pm. This is a great free service that helps people learn and use the Irish they have in a relaxed, non-classroom environment. Fáilte roimh chách. Hurling reunion: In October 1997 Fingallians fielded an adult hurling team for the first time. To mark the 20th anniversary there is a reunion night on Saturday October 14th. All players who played at any stage for the Junior or Intermediate hurling teams are invited back to meet and share memories with old teammates. The same invitation is extended to any team managers, mentors or Fingallians hurling supporters. Colm Crowley - email@example.com - would like to hear from people who can attend. Gym update: Our new Sluagh Hall gym now has a timetable for Yoga, Pilates, Tabata and Bootcamp. Please see our Facebook page for the current itinerary. Dance classes: These take place every Monday from 8pm to 11pm in the main hall - cost €10 - and include beginners social dance, foxtrot, waltz, line dancing and more. Lotto: Numbers drawn the week before last were 7, 8, 11, 19 & 26 and there were six winners, each receiving €305.
On Saturday evening our Senior team beat Round Towers Clondalkin in the quarter-final of the B Championship. It was a great game, with a thrilling finish. We play Raheny in the semi-final. Our Minor team were also playing championship football. On Sunday they won against St Annes, Bohernabreena. Well done to all these young players and continued success. Our third team finished their season last weekend. We want to thank all the lads who have played throughout the year on this team. There will be a Senior Committee meeting in Kettles on Wednesday 18th October. Anyone requiring club gear, please contact Ann Fox (086-1771027) to make an order. All members please note that our agm 2017 will take place on 17th November. There is a meeting for the Ladies team this Tuesday at 8pm. Anyone interested is welcome to attend. Congratulations to Ray and Sinead Fitzpatrick on the birth of their daughter Leah - and a speedy recovery to Ian Kavanagh who has sustained an injury to his hand.
Well done to our fantastic ladies team, sponsored by REA Cumiskey, who gave everything they had to the championship final on Sunday against Raheny. Unfortunately it wasn't to be O'Dwyer's day. Well done to Raheny on the win. Our ladies continue their cup campaign in the semi-final on Sunday against St Judes in Tymon North at 1pm. All support is appreciated. Our Gala Ball and Awards Night 2017 takes place in the Bracken Court Hotel on Saturday November 11th. Tickets cost €40 each which includes a three-course meal and entertainment from 'The Great Escape'. Tickets will be on sale online at www.odwyersgaa.com in the coming days. See our facebook page for more details. Óg-Dwyers (Skills Camp) continues this Saturday on the main pitch at 11am. Children aged four to seven years are welcome to come down to play Gaelic football and hurling in a fun and safe environment. Bingo continues in the clubhouse every Wednesday at 8.45pm and Adult Set Dancing takes place on Mondays at 8.15pm. Fiddle classes are on Mondays at 3.15pm. Contact Niamh on 087-1265650. Numbers drawn in last week's lotto were 8, 10, 21 and there was no winner of the jackpot which stood at €1,030 for the draw last night (Monday). Play online at www.odwyersgaa.com.
St Finian's Swords
It was a successful weekend for the Under 13 and Under 15 camogie teams who won both of their home championship semi-finals, beating Naomh Mearnog and Commercials respectively. Well done girls! Congratulations also to the Under 15 boys who beat St Peregrines in their championship semi-final also. Well done to the Under 14 LGFA team who had a great win over Templeogue Synge Street. The AHL4 team are at home to Ballyboden St Endas on Saturday at 5pm. The AHL9 team are playing Whitehall Colmcille away on Sunday at 3pm. The adult camogie team are playing Naomh Mearnog at home in the Senior 7A Championship semi-final - all support welcome and appreciated for the adult hurling and camogie teams. A big word of thanks to Donal O'Ciobhan from Supervalu Boroimhe who donated more than 200 footballs to all players on teams under 8 in the Club. Donal and Supervalu Boroimhe continue to be loyal and valuable club sponsors. Thanks also to Logmein who sponsored new training tops for the Under-12 boys team. Logmein have sponsored this team since its inception in 2011, providing jerseys and equipment to the team every year and sponsoring the club. We would like to thank Stephen Duignan from Logmein for his continuing support of the team and the club.
Also a big thank-you to the Carlton Hotel Dublin Airport for their very kind sponsorship of a new set of jerseys for our Under-13 camogie team. St Finian's camogie section really appreciate the Carlton's continuous support over the past couple of years. Finally thanks to Fhionns Afterschool Swords and Allsops for their sponsorship of training tops for the Intermediate football team in advance of their promotion play-off game against Good Counsel. A big thank you to Fhionns for their continued sponsorship of the club. A reminder that the Annual Irish Cancer Society walk will take place on Saturday at 2pm. Meet at Peacocks at 1pm. There will be refreshments afterwards upstairs in Peacocks. There are sponsorship cards available or donations can be made on the day. Please contact Margaret Harris at 087-2213605. Fhionns Afterschool & Breakfast Club operates in the clubhouse activity room daily, from Monday to Friday. For further details, please contact Karen at 087-7711856. Numbers drawn in last week's lotto were 16, 19, 22, 27. The lucky dip winners of €40 were Mags Murphy, Martin Mulligan, Cora & Myra and Margie Evans. This Friday's jackpot is €3,200. The club bingo takes place this and every Friday upstairs in Peacocks at 8.30pm. The jackpot is €800! The club shop is open on Thursdays from 7 to 9pm and Saturdays from 10am to 1pm. Check out the latest price list on the club website www.stfinians.com/content_page/10025579/. Club shop vouchers make excellent presents.
St Pat's Donabate
numbers drawn in the club lotto on Friday last were 3, 15, 17 & 26. The five €20 winners were Linda Farrell, Karen Hanlon, Shay Mc Loughlan, John Foley and Dave Carroll and this week's jackpot will be €6,200. Thank you for your support! On the LGFA side, our Under-8s travelled to Fingallians, putting in two superb performances. Our U-10s played two great games against O'Dwyer's. Our U-12s journeyed to Stars of Erin, coming away with a 4-5 to 0-2 win. Lastly, our U-16s put up a very healthy 10-10 score to beat Raheny, while our U-14s and U-18s await their championship semi-final games - a wonderful weekend for the Pat's girls! Our U-10 boys went to Thomas Davis and following a much appreciated minute's applause for Trent, they put in outstanding performances in all their three games. Our U-13B lads won 11-9 to 1-5 to reach an unassailable 22 points in the league and their coaches are delighted with their progress. Our U-16s came away from Round Towers Clondalkin with a critical 3-11 to 4-10 win after a marvellous team performance, while our Minor lads fought for a 2-8 to 1-12 win against Skerries Harps in the championship. Finally, on a sombre note, the club offers its sympathies to club mentor Dara Carr on the death of her father Martin on Saturday. Our thoughts are with Dara, her husband Joe (U-13 Boys mentor), Maria (Ladies squad), Kevin (U-16 boys) and Dylan (U13 boys) at this sad time.
Congratulations to our McMeels-sponsored Junior 2 footballers on their win over Ballyboden St Endas on Sun and on being crowned winners of the AFL5, gaining promotion to AFL4 for next season. Following from their recent win in the B Championship, this has been a fantastic season for this team - well done all! Our Senior ladies defeated Ballinteer St Johns on Sunday, with our All-Ireland-winning Dublin stars Sinead O'Mahony and Lyndsey Davey in action for the club. A win in their next league match on Wednesday would see the Senior Ladies gain promotion to Division 2. Well done to the Moriarty Supervalu-sponsored U-16 Division 1 footballers on their win over Kilmacud Crokes and the U-14 Division 1 and 7 footballers on their wins over St Judes and Croi Ro Naofa on Saturday. The U-12 girls defeated St Judes on Saturday in the Division 3 League. Congrats to the U-16 camogie team on their win against St Maur's in the Camogie Championship on Saturday. See full results on www.skerriesharps.ie/results.
Our club Zingo allows us to accomplish so much as a club, Thanks to all those who play every week. Zingo result 3-5-1-7-2-6-4. We have a dividend winner - Spike - who scoops €550. Congrats Spike!! The jackpot is now a fabulous €6,200, with the draw next Sunday at 6pm. You can play on line at skerriesharps.ie and follow the links. Envelopes cost only €2 - or three for €5. Harps Golf Society's Captains Day takes place this Friday in Skerries Golf Club. The timesheet is open from 10am to 12.30pm and the golf will be followed by a meal and presentation in the Harps clubhouse. Contact Paul at 085-1740474 for more information. The Academy continues every Saturday from 10 to 11.30am. Tea/coffee will be available upstairs in the clubhouse and the club shop will be open. A reminder to all that the club car park is closed during the academy for health and safety reasons - drop-off only. Thanks to all who joined us for our home-coming celebration in honour of Lyndsey and Sinead and their fantastic win last week in the All-Ireland Final. It was great to have the Brendan Martin Cup in the clubhouse and for so many of our juvenile members to get the opportunity to see their heroes up close! Are you looking for somewhere to hold your Christmas Party? The clubhouse is available for functions - contact Pat at 087-2505479 or Joanne at 086-4058523.
Congratulations to Kilmacud Crokes who defeated our footballers in the Junior D Championship Final. Unfortunately we were unable to make it back-to-back championship final wins despite some great performances on the pitch. The focus for the footballers will now switch to trying to get promotion in the league. Little Stars Gaelic nurseries for kids runs at 11am every Saturday for children of four years and upwards. Contact Daithi for more information on 086-6017509. Numbers drawn in last weekend's lotto were 7, 9, 11, 20 and the lucky dip winners were Martin Reardon (c/o Collette), John McCabe, Mick Flaherty (c/o Coachmans Inn) and Stephen Reardon (c/o Collette). The previous week's lucky dip winners were Kim, Sean & Charlotte, Ciaran McGlynn and Patricia Daly (all c/o Marie) and Martin Cahill (c/o Coachmans Inn). Many thanks for your continued support. Next weekend's jackpot will be €5,300.
Numbers drawn in the lotto the week before last were 14, 16, 31, 37 and the €20 prizes went to T Butler, L McCullough and Angela Early. Well done to the adult hurlers on their win last Sunday week. A big happy birthday to Margaret Mc Nulty.
Sunday's Men's White Hamper 4 stableford: 1st Peter White (14) 43pts, 2nd Donard McClean (7) 39pts, Gross prize James Roche (3) 33pts; Div 1 Pat Roban (9) 39pts, Div 2 Tommy Murtagh (12) 38pts, Div 3 Bill Duggan (17) 38pts. CSS 72. Sunday's Ladies Winter League 18-hole stableford: 1st Lorna Fitzsimons (8) 34pts, 2nd Collette Guildea (12) 33pts. Saturday's Men's Yellow Hamper 3 stableford: 1st Sam Johnston (18) 46pts, 2nd David Duffy (10) 40pts, Gross prize Richard McGovern (6) 33pts; Div 1 John Gallagher (10) 40pts, Div 2 Bobby Roche (13) 38pts, Div 3 Pat Hogan (20) 38pts. CSS 71. Saturday's Ladies Winter League stableford: 1st Collette Guildea (12) 37pts, 2nd Esther McConnell (22) 35pts. Last Thursday's Men's Open Singles stableford: 1st John Gallagher (11) 37pts, 2nd Finbar Whelan (3) 36pts, Gross prize Robert Cannon (-3) 36pts; Div 1 Joe Fanning (7) 36pts, Div 2 Brian Finnegan (13) 36pts, Div 3 Damien White (17) 35pts. CSS 73. Last Tuesday's Ladies Winter League stableford: 1st Bernie Hunt (15) 41pts, 2nd Moya O'Connor (22) 37pts, 3rd Frances Newcomen (30) 35pts; Div 1 Amanda Williams (13) 35pts, Div 3 Jacqueline Clarke (26) 34pts, Div 3 Mariann Martin (30) 32pts. CSS 73. Last week's Senior Open 18-hole stableford: Age 50-64 winner Sean Doogue (21) 38pts, 2nd John Hayes (10) 37pts; Age 65+ winner Michael Marsh (17) 41pts, 2nd John Woodhead (22) 39pts. CSS 70.
Winners from Sunday's October Medal, sponsored by Conor O'Shea & David Moran: Overall - Ciaran Grant (13) 66; Class 1 Brian Ennis (11) 71, Class 2 John McGillicuddy (13) 71, Class 3 Paul O'Reilly (17) 68, Class 4 Colm O'Brien (21) 72. CSS 72. WINNERS from last Saturday's Gents Singles Stableford, sponsored by Joe Weafer & Philip Conway: Overall - Paddy Mulligan (17) 40pts ocb; Class 1 Mark Lawlor (6) 39pts, Class 2 David Moran (12) 40pts, Class 3 Brian Gleeson (18) 40pts, Class 4 John Hannon (20) 38pts. CSS 72. The presentation date for these two competitions will be next Sunday at 6.30pm. September 24th fourball, sponsored by Gerry Byrne: 1st Barry Armstrong (9) & Conor McGuire (15) 50pts; 2nd Morgan McStay (13) & Brian Coogan (10) 45pts ob9.
Result from Lady Vice-Captain Sandra's Day: 1st Ann Heery (28) 34pts, 2nd Joanne Scully (33) 33pts.
Pitch & putt
THE Sunday game winner was Bridget Murray (net 51) and the runners-up were Nick Savage and Eddie Madden (net 52) who tied after back counts. Winner of the McDonnell Cup second round at Malahide was Gerry Shanahan with a net 50 and second place went to Bridget Murray (net 54 ob6). The next round in this competition takes place in Ratoath on Saturday October 14th - tee 3.30pm. This Wednesday's scramble is at the autumn time of 3.30pm. The Bartle Maxwell Shield (gents only) is on Sunday 15th (tee 11am) and the Ladies Cup (sponsored by Bill & Peg O'Neill) is on the same day - tee 3pm. September Lotto bonus ball result: #10 (not sold club), Plus1 #44 (Nigel Griffen), Plus2 #40 (not sold club). Anybody interested in playing P&P can contact the secretary on 085-1743748 or browse our website pages at www.ballyboughalpitchandputt.com.
Ashbourne are back up and running and have teams at all age groups, along with girls rugby. Contact us if interested via social media as we'd love to see you there. Follow us on www.ashbournerugby.ie or on Twitter @AshbourneRFC and Facebook at AshbourneRFC. Ashbourne's 1st and 2nd XVs travel to Gorey this coming Saturday in a catch-up game.