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Lucan Sarsfields GAA Club Notes Monday 02 July
July 02, 2018
Well done to Colm Walsh on a super performance with the Dublin minors who were crowned Leinster Champions over the weekend, a brilliant achievement. Congratulations also to Ken Robinson who is part of the Dublin Ladies Senior management team, the team won another Leinster title at the weekend. Also well done to CJ Smith who played for the Dublin U20 footballers that secured a Leinster Final spot, they play Kildare next Friday in Tullamore. Commiserations to Bren Gallagher (Leitrim) Laura Quinn (Dublin minor Ladies football) Mark Lavin, Matt Dunne and Jake Rooney | (Dublin minor footballers) who all suffered defeats on county duty this week. Best of luck to Mark, Matt and Jake, as they play their final round robin game on Wednesday vs Westmeath, a must win game if they are to have a chance to make Leinster semi-final. Tough week for football with all 4 team losing in league last week, there was some positives over the weekend with the Inters bringing home the Conlon Cup and the Juniors making the Stacy Cup Final. An important fixture now for the Inters on Tuesday away to Na Fianna, Seniors at home to same opposition on Wednesday night. Great to see the U9s supporting our Senior footballers last week.
Due to the lack of activity during the summer months the executive have decided to temporarily reduce the opening hours of the members bar. This will give our volunteer bar staff a well-deserved break for the summer period. The club Dressing rooms are available for meetings if required, and the Club Function room can be made available for larger meetings if required. ABC gym will be unaffected. The bar area will remain available for functions on closed nights provided advance notices is given to the Bar Manager. Closed Monday, Tuesday & Friday.
There was no winner of the €20,000 lotto on the 28th June; the numbers were 3, 10, 11 and 20. Next draw will be managed by Diarmuid Dawson and is sponsored by REA McDonald Auctioneers. Play Online or Tickets can be purchased online, at the Club, in Carey’s Newsagents, in Vesey Arms or Kenny’s Bar. Lucky Dip Winners €30 -Gerard Gleeson, Ann Finnegan, Sinead Smithers, Teresa McDonnell, Gerry Gleeson
Sars Stars – which is ‘GAA for All’ finished up last Tuesday for the summer break; it has been a remarkable success and another super initiative from a dedicated Health Club team and supported by our GPO David Moran & Triona Leonard. Watch out for the full report and pictures.
Also the Lucan District Credit Union Academy finished on Saturday for the summer break.
Summer Camps 2018
Cúl Camps is fully booked and no walk-ups accepted. Numbers filling fast on the club camps. Don’t miss out; details and registration can be completed on the club website.
Lucan Sarsfields Summer Camp 2018
Monday 9th July - Friday 13th July
Monday 13th August - Friday 17th August
Monday 20th August - Friday 25th Aug
Bingo is on Wednesdays 8:30pm.
Club Shop for the summer months the club shop will open every second Saturday – therefore not open again until Saturday 14th July.
Juvenile Football Report
Many of the teams are now on their Summer breaks but there are still some teams competing in their respective leagues.
As part of the juvenile football initiative, the U-9 team attended the Lucan senior footballers league game versus Kilmacud Crokes on Wednesday last. The boys really enjoyed the experience getting a photo taken with the team, forming a guard of honor and playing the mini games at half time. Well done to the U-9 mentors for organizing the event.
The U13 B squad had a great win on Saturday against St Finian's of Swords on a score line of 7-10 to 6-8. The boys played some brilliant football in the first half to lead by 6-5 to 3-1 at half time. One move in particular stood out when the boys patiently played the ball between themselves at the back until Calum Conway spotted Ben Armstrong free on the opposite side of the pitch and played a fantastic ball to him. Ben carried the ball forward until releasing Darragh Meehan at just the right time and Darragh slotted the ball under the goal keeper for a great goal.
The 13 point lead was the least the lads deserved but St Finians came out very strongly in the second half and despite wasting a number of chances scored 3 goals before Lucan responded with a steadying point. Lucan were in a real battle now and worked tirelessly to defend their lead. The gap came down to three points and in a goalmouth scramble Finians crashed the ball off the crossbar. Lucan worked the ball up the field and Kevin Gormley was foot blocked and the referee gave the penalty. Darragh Meehan slotted it and despite Finians getting the last score the lads held on for a great 5 point win.
Some great performances all over the pitch but Kevin Gormley with 3 points, Ben Armstrong with 2 goals from midfield and Kevin Hegarty with 2-2 , despite coming off injured at half time, stood out.
In the U-16 league, Lucan fell to Kilmacud Crokes on a score line of 7-11 to 5-10.
This was a game that slipped away from Lucan in the last 10 minutes. With 10 minutes remaining, Lucan were ahead by 8 points but the sunshine and heat played its part and Lucan tired. With only 14 players, Kilmacud used their substitutes late in the second half and Lucan were not able to keep up with them as they ran at Lucan with fresh legs.
The Lucan team put in a great effort and there was some great quick movement up the pitch. However, too many missed chances (both goal and points) also contributed to the loss - taking our points instead of overplaying the ball to try for a goal may have given a different result.
One more league game on Tuesday and then the squad prepare for the championship. The squad continues to work very hard and are showing great commitment.
Thanks to Paul Tuite and Jack O’Donnell who made themselves available at short notice to make the numbers up to 14.
Well done to all the teams competing at the weekend.
Stacy Cup Semi-Final Report
July 1st 2018 - 11am M Savage Park Stacy Cup Semi-Final
Lucan 4-12(2-4) v 3-10(2-4) Oliver Plunkett’s
CMcNulty. SKeher. CHickey. CMcGrath. SCasey. PSloan(0-1). TBradley(0-2). MMoran(1-1). SCollins. NMcKiernan. MMoore(2-0). JDoyle(0-3). GHamilton(1-3).
Subs. GFay. GTwohig(0-1). BTorsney(0-1).
13 a side as an opening gambit on a hard pitch with lots of open space looked risky. When Plunkett’s had raised 2 green flags inside 10mins it looked suicidal. That opening quarter did not bode well. MMoore’s great run saw an opening green flag, & Timmy Bradley squeezed one over off the post, but trailing 2-4 v 1-1 looked ominous. Niall McKiernan dropped further back & his influence started to cut off their runs through the middle. When the ref called a water break the maor iasce flooded the field, but the tide went out for Plunkett’s. Lucan owned this quarter but were struggling to show it. Hammy & Doyler pointed. Mark Moore was rugby tackled inside the square with a goal written up in lights.
Doyler’s penalty failed to rattle the net, but Mark exacted justice with a super goal. Timmy utilized the post to again raise a white flag & ref blew it up level.
Plunkett’s restarted strongly, but nearly 5mins of pressure yielded a solitary point.
Lucan swept up the field and Mark Moran was on the end to finish to the net. Lucan had their noses in front, & kicked on. 1-2 from Gareth Hamilton squeezed the air out of Plunkett’s. Mark Moran claimed a point with his left. Although only the ref (& Mark) seem to have seen it. 8 points clear at the water break, and tide seemed much too far out for any comeback. Plunkett’s didn’t give up & won the last quarter 1-4 v 0-4, but the Lucan defence held firm & it was the subs that were able to add those 4 points to hold OP at arms length.
Conor had a hugely steady game between the sticks. Kick outs were nailed. After such a difficult opening quarter the 5 defenders , completely turned matters round. Graham, Ger & Barry brought fresh legs on a morning where another 3 subs would’ve been most welcome. Some tired, but elated, bodies when ref finally blew up.
Adult Hurling Report
Some disappointment for our seniors this weekend as the much anticipated league division 1 clash with All-Ireland champions Cuala failed to materialise as Cuala were unable to field a team. The focus now is next Saturday's clash with Anthony Daly's Kilmacud Crokes at the 12th Lock, throwing in at 6.30pm. Disappointment also for our Junior B's who suffered a heavy championship defeat to St Brigids. However they remain in contention for a quarter final place.
There was league success this week for our Minor A's who had a good win over Bray Emmets. See match report below.
Congratulations to Colm Walsh who helped Dublin to a great victory over Kilkenny in the Leinster Minor Hurling Championship Final.
MHL2: Lucan Sarsfields 2-18 Bray Emmets 0-12.
Lucan Minor A hurlers hosted Bray Emmets in their fourth game of the league. Bray were lively at the start scoring two points early in the proceedings. Fortuitously, these were split by a long range effort from Lucan's Anto McNulty that sneaked into the top corner of the net. As the game settled down, Lucan got into a nice rhythm and took advantage of good combination play to open up a lead on the scoreboard. Alan Lynch got a couple of points from a tight angle while Ciaran Keane kept the scoreboard ticking over from play and placed balls. Colm Behan was dominant under the puck outs and laid off some clever passes including putting Ben Mullins in for Lucan's second goal. Bray chipped away themselves but Lucan's discipline was good and they didn't give away too many score-able frees. It was double-scores at half time - 2-10 to 0-8.
Bray closed the gap to four in the second half but a further 0-5 from Ciaran Keane and 0-3 from Anto McNulty was enough to secure a comfortable win on a scoreline of 2-18 to 0-12.
Lucan Team/Scorers: J Mooney; A Hanley, E O'Connor, D Murphy; D Lawlor, A McNulty (1-4, 0-1f), D Kelly; E Gormley, E Torsney; C Keane (0-9, 0-7f), C Behan (0-1), O O'Brien; A Lynch (0-2), B Mullins (1-2), M Gormley. Sub introduced: H Sviglinskas.