DECLAN HETHERTON got the good news in Florida. He had been training the Super Syls since 2005.
Before he boarded the flight, Declan hatched up a plan for the Division 3 Minor Championship final against O'Dwyer's. He drafted in three wise men -- Miceál McCarthy, Peter Clarke and Kevin McCabe.
The final was played at St Margaret's. In the Division 2 League, O'Dwyer's had beaten the Malahide team by 10 points.
But they had seven points to spare in the championship final, 4-3 to 1-5. "In fairness, the game was much closer than that scoreline suggests," offers St Sylvester's Eddie ó Mordha.
"O'Dwyer's were right in it until the very last minute. It took some brilliant blocks by our defenders to keep them out. And our goalkeeper, Aisling Gill, made some excellent saves during the hour."
The panel is very young. It even includes a cluster of U14s.
"We made history this year," explains Eddie. "It's the first time in the 109-year history of the club that we entered a ladies team in the minor league and championship. We were happy enough with our Division 2 league campaign, finishing midway in the table after four wins, four defeats and a draw.
"Ourselves and O'Dwyer's were the two strongest teams in teams in the Division 3 championship. It took a marvellous all-round team performance to beat them in the final.
"The new Dublin minor manager, Conor Barry, was at the match. Dublin will be defending their All-Ireland title next year, and no doubt, there will be personnel from Syls and O'Dwyer's involved in that."
Emer Treacy hit 3-2 for Syls and was selected as the Player-of-the-Match. And as captain, Ciara Lynch, held up the trophy in the North County chill, over in Florida, Declan Hetherton celebrated by splashing on some more sun-tan lotion!