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Thanks for all the help this season

Well, we're coming to the end of another season and I would like to thank you all for the great fun and entertainment over the past year.

The finals at the centre have been excellent, the refereeing has been top notch and John McCarthy did extremely well in his first final with the whistle.

There's still more to come, not least a mouth-watering Amateur Cup final. The pitch will again be in pristine condition and Marion's tea and sandwiches will be at the ready.

FC Dhulaigh lost 10-0 in the first round of the big one. I watched them against Kinsealy when they had nothing to play for. They kept going to the bitter end and enjoyed themselves. That, my friends, is what it's all about. I have nominated them for Team of the Year and I hope they win it.

congratulatIONS to Tommy Coombes following his selection to take the whistle for this season's Amateur Cup final.

It is a great honour and one that Mr Coombes deserves. His assistants on the evening will be Ray Lynch and Wayne Gahan with Charlie Pierce as fourth official.

As always, when I hear the appointment, I ask the teams involved to show some consideration, it is as nerve-wracking for the referee as it is for the teams involved.

That being said, Tommy is an experienced official and all the referees join us here at Striker in wishing him the best of luck on the day.

CHARLIE CALLS A HALT AT GRANGEGORMAN

Charlie Pierce was involved in another significant game at the weekend. The game between St Brendan's Hospital and Cloghertown in Division 2 North of the over-35s section at Grangegorman.

Significant in that it was the last game ever played at the venue. Some great players will have fond memories of The 'Gorman, indeed it got us out of trouble on more than one occasion.

When the weather was bad we would say "there's always Grangegorman".

dermot clarke


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