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Lucan Sarsfields GAA Club Notes

September 09, 2019

A very good weekend for our Adult Hurling section, Seniors had a good win vs Whitehall to secure a Qtr Final vs Croabh Chiarain in 2 weeks-time, Saturday 21st September at 3pm. Jnr Bs had a convincing win against the same opposition and will now have a home semi-final TBC but more than likely NaFianna at home on Sunday 22nd September. And the Jnr As had a superb away win vs Commercials to secure Jnr A Championship status for 2020, overall a good weekend and well done to all involved, full report below.

Disappointment for the Senior Camogie team on Saturday, a very determined and spirited second half against the reigning Champions St Judes but ultimately came up short losing by 3 pts, 5-4 to 2-10. Our Inter team also suffered a loss on Thursday night, all 4 adult Camogie teams are back in action this week Jnr 3 are away tomorrow night 18.45pm Annes Park, then on Sunday it’ll be a busy day with Jnr Inter and Snr all playing, Snr in a must win game vs Faugh/Celtic at home 10am.  

Our 2 Minor footballers unfortunately opened their Championship campaign with losses, As home to Kilmacud Crokes and Bs away to Raheny. Match Report below.

Mixed results in the Juvenile section, a good win for U15A hurlers who now face Barrog in a semi-final this Sunday away 10.30am. 15B 16A and 16B all suffered Championship losses. In Ladies football with had good wins for 15A and 16B in Championship, but unfortunately 16A, 15B, 14A and 14B all lost.

No Adult football Championship this coming weekend due to the All Ireland Football Final replay, however both Minor Hurling teams play the 2nd round robin game on Sunday morning, Minor A in a must win game vs Castleknock at 11am at home. Support very much required and appreciated for this vital game. Minor B are also at home vs Crumlin at 11am.

And speaking of All Ireland Finals with wish, Darren Gavin (Dublin Senior Football) Abbey Shiel (Dublin Senior Ladies Football), Ken Robinson and Paul Casey (Dublin Senior Ladies Mgt team) the very best of luck as they prepare for the All Ireland Finals this weekend. As always representing the club so well and we are very proud of their achievements and hopefully both teams will be celebrating remarkable feats after the weekend.

Well done also to the 6 Lucan girls, Clara Finn, Kellie O'Brien, Sinead Farrell, Millie Hughes, Erin Jones and Aoibhinn Stokes,  who were part of the Dublin Camogie squads which played in the All Ireland competition at the weekend. 

The List for the draw for All Ireland Final Replay tickets is up in the Clubhouse, on notice board between Function Room and Toliets. All full (paid up) members aged 16 and over on the 1st January 2019 are entitled to enter the draw.

And if you are not attending either All Ireland Final both will be shown on the BIG SCREEN in the Function ROOM, Food will be available on the day.  

And The Bar has returned to full opening hours following the Summer Recess, a big thanks to all our Volunteers who help out and we hope they enjoyed their summer break.

I remember that Summer in Dublin , and the Liffey as it stank like hell….YES a date for your DIARY 28th September Bagatelle will be live in the clubhouse…tickets can be purchased on the club website or from the Bar or any Executive member…only €20 for what will be a great nights entertainment …
On Thursday night last we marked Don Dardis’ 90th Birthday and Club President Kathleen Roche was on hand to present Don will a small token of recognition to mark the special occasion. 

Lotto There was no winner of the lotto on the 5th September, Numbers were 2, 3 , 16 and 26. Next weeks’ jackpot is €12,600, next draw will be managed by Cormac Gordon. Lucky Dips (€30): TNG (€50), Linda Somers, Patty Moore, Brendan Freeman, Alan Flynn. Play Online here, Or Tickets can be purchased at the Club, or in Kenny’s Vesey Arms.

We have got a great response for  Staidear agus Sport event again in September thanks to all who have volunteered. The Event will be an evening event on Monday 30th September. If anyone is interested they can contact Seamus, 087 218 9960.

Golf Society 

Results from Gerry  Mescall's Capt's Prize in Millicent on Saturday 7th September.

Capt's Prize winner Mick O'Hara (15) 39pts. Congrats Mick, great score. 

2nd overall Stephen Murphy (13) 37pts BB9.

3rd overall Seamus Fagan (11) 37pts. 4th overall Gerry O'Grady (16) 36pts.

5th overall Damian O'Brien (9) 35 BB9.

Cat 1 winner Conor Bresnan (13) 35pts. 2nd Cat 1 Joe Donnelly (15) 29pts.

Cat 2 winner Eddie Shanagher (22) 34pts, 2nd Cat 2 Gerry Mescall (22) 30pts bb9.

Cat 3 winner Liam Carton (32) 33pts. 2nd Cat 3 Cliff Butler (27) 31pts.

Longest drive, Stephen Murphy. Nearest pin, Joe Donnelly.

Golfer of the year, Mick O'Hara. 

Visitor's prize Brendan McGarry (22) 32pts. Many thanks to all who played, and congrats to all winners. Golf was followed by a brilliant night at the 12th Lock. Special thanks to Gerry Reynolds and his lads, and Stephen Murphy and friends for an unforgettable session. Our Capt for 2020 is Jack Butler and we wish him every success.

GAA for All (SARS Stars) resumes on Tuesday 10th September, at the slightly later time of 5.15-6pm. This provides training for children with disabilities age 5-12. Newcomers always welcome.

Wednesdays 8:30pm.

Zumba Classes is on Tuesdays at the NEW TIME OF 8PM

Cúpla Focal Club returns on Monday 23rd September , time 8pm-9pm, two groups, beginners and advanced, learn to speak Irish in a fun way..interested? Fáilte roimh cách.

Club Shop is open Thursdays 7-8.30pm and Saturdays 10am-12. It wont be hopme this Satruday due to the All Ireland Final Reply

The Lucan Credit Union Academy has re-commenced and is on Saturday mornings 9.30am for girls, 10am for the boys.

Adult Football Report 

MF Championship 12th Lock   11.00     Sun 8th September 2019


Sport can be cruel, but you know that. Lucan should have had this fish battered and deep fried by half time, instead they hit the 30min mark with a 2 point cushion. It seemed a very poor return. Doubling it to 4 points, in added time, may have improved matters, but it was still hard to fathom that Crokes were still very much in this game, when they should have been wrapped in newspaper and soaked in vinegar, and headed for Stillorgan! They must have got a ‘one and one’ at half time, because they were a different proposition in the 2nd half.

Lucan had started so strongly. Colm Behan & Henry Keogh (0-1) combined to win the throw in, and quick ball into Paul Tuite was sweetly finished over the bar by Oisin Ryan (0-2). A poor kick out is returned, and although the crossbar denied Mark Lavin’s effort, Matt Dunne (1-5) popped his first. Barely 90 secs on the clock, and not sure Crokes had seen, never mind touched the ball. Finally Crokes made it upfield, and nearly opened their account with a goal. Alec Birnie, in goals, stood strong, and Luke Monaghan & Philip Kane pushed Crokes away form goal, buy they did manage an opening point. Mark (0-5) pointed his own free, pulled down when headed for goal; but Croke’s responded. This was the pattern for the rest of the half as despite conceding territory and possession, somehow the most economical use of opportunities allowed Crokes to remain in the game. Every time Lucan scored, the response was almost immediate. Henry, Brian O’Sullivan (0-1) & and Cian Buckley (0-2) all slotted excellent scores off their left sides. Mark popped up again. Lucan were on the wrong side of a few close decisions, and faced a set of posts that seemed determined to keep Lucan from adding to their tally. I counted 4 efforts that returned into play, off the right hand post. Half time was upon us when Philip Kane made a timely interception, and broke forward, laid it off to Cian Buckley, and he set up Mark. A super point, which was matched by the final act of the half, as Oisin finished the 1st half as he had started.

Dave, Ollie, Buddy & Joe were gathering their charges for a few words as soon as the whistle blew. Although 4 points to the good, there was surely much for them to focus on………however, players seemed to think that a trip to the dressing room was required. Mother Nature really does call the shots. When you gotta go, well you just gotta go!

Maybe the 2nd half was a copy of the 1st……..just a different set of jerseys in control. Lucan started well. Great burst towards goal sees Jake Rooney upended. Mark free. Derek Cahill stops a dangerous attack, but Crokes retain possession and add a point. Cian starts and then finishes a great score. 39th minute may have been the turning point. Ball bobbled and bounced round the Croke’s square, but somehow no green jersey could get the ball into the net. Crokes survived, and then carried the ball the length of the field, and they were able to raise a green flag. It felt like a 6 point play! Goals make a difference, and suddenly there was one team enjoying a deeply purple patch. 2 wins in midfield were returned with interest, and in a matter of 2 mins, a 5 point advantage had vanished. Lucan’s half back line of Colm Walsh, Jake Rooney & Cathal Shanahan dragged the momentum back from Crokes and Lucan were able to reassert themselves around the middle. Alan Lynch and Ben O’Toole joined the fray. This falls into the category of inspired substitution. Alan sweeps towards goal, and slots an excellent score; and so pleased was he with that cameo, that he won the kick out and repeats the dose, only this time he lays it off for Matt to finish to the net. Lucan had chances to press home the advantage, but were unable to push the right buttons. Brian Treacy came aboard for Brian. Crokes broke out and levelled scores, with what can only be described as an outrageous score. Level pegging. 10 mins to go….so who can finish stronger?

In a way this final 10 mins was the game boiled down to basics. Crokes won it 0-4 v 0-3. Lucan converted some patient possession, whilst Crokes kicked 3 points….each one better than the one before! It seemed they couldn’t miss. My notes say “mad” point; and then “madder” point! I bet they can’t do that again this year! Lucan battled to the end, and needed a mad point to get a well deserved draw……..but then I told you at the start, sport is cruel.

Down but definitely not out.

Juvenile Football Report

Many of the Lucan juvenile football teams were back in action at the weekend.

Date:                     7th September 2019

Venue / Opposition:       12th Lock (Lucan vs Kilmacud Crokes & Ballyfermot de la Salle)

                                Stepaside (Lucan vs Kilmacud Crokes and Ranelagh Gaels

Competition:     Football Blitz     

Match Report:

The U-8 boys returned to football action after the summer break with a blitz.  The home team had 3 teams playing against Kilmacud Crokes and Ballyfermot de la Salle.  The away team, also with 3 teams, played against another Kilmacud Crokes group and Ranelagh Gaels.

The boys played some super football in their matches against some very skilful opposition.  Our passing and tackling were brilliant with some great scores taken.  Most impressive, though, was the work that the boys put in chasing down the opposition and making it difficult for them to get a pass or shot away.

U-12 Division 1

Lucan As 5-6 Kilmacud 3-5

A very good performance by Lucan away to Kilmacud Crokes on Saturday.

Lucan started well and struck early for two quick goals. After a few missed chances by Lucan, Kilmacud got into their stride and took the lead after they caught out the Lucan defence with 3 goals and a few points midway through the first half.  Lucan responded well with 2 more goals to lead by 4-2 to 3-3 at half time.

A very good second half performance with massive workrate and physical effort, along with superb tackling & team play helped Lucan keep their noses in front until a late goal from Michael O’Brien, after a great team move, gave Lucan a little breathing space. A special mention for the Kilmacud Crokes goalkeeper who was very good in the game.

Lucan Squad & scorers: E Flynn, J Dunne, M Byrne, C Mc Cormick, K Costello, K Quinn, D Taaffe 1-1, O Brennan, J Mills 1-2, G Lynch, P O Connor 1-3, M O Brien 1-0, C Gavin 1-0, C Healy, C Reilly, A Leonard.

In U-12 the Division 6 game, Lucan lost out to Man o War in a very close game on a score line of 5-9 to 3-5.

In the U-12 Division 11 league game, Lucan lost out to Naomh Olaf on a score line of 6-3 to 2-08. After a slow start Lucan upped their game playing some good football in the process. 

Scorers: Callum Mitchell 1-1, Ben Fitzgearld 0-2, Adam Norman 1-0, Liam Mitchell 0-1, Robert Melvin 0-1, Ronan O'Flaherty 0-1, Alexander Bollard 0-1, Jack Andrews 0-1

A special mention for Evan Whelan in goals who pulled off some great saves.

Earlier in the week, Lucan lost out to Naomh OP-ER in the U-13 Division 2 league on a score line of 4-19 to 3-11.

In the U-13 League Division 5, Lucan came out on top against Clanna Gael-Fontenoy on a score line of 9-06 to 2-13.

Date: 07 Sep 2019

Venue: Arthur Griffith Park

Opposition: Clanna Gael Fontenoy

Competition: Under 13 Football League Division 5

Final Score: Lucan Sarsfield 9.06 Clanna Gael 2 .13

Match Report:

A quickfire start in their opening League game after the Summer break saw Lucan race into a half time lead with an opening half that contained some great team play and movement resulting in  comfortable lead of 8:02 to 0:04. As with the previous two meetings recently with Clanna Gael a second half fight back was expected and it proved right as the opposition outscored Lucan 2:09 to 01:04. And so the game ended with 15 scores apiece , however the goal burst in the opening 30 minutes saw Lucan win out and move joint second in the table with 3 Games remaining.


Mark Byrne,  Callum Wynne, Conor Dolan, Ben O’Keeffee,  Shane Dolan, Eoghan O Connor,James Scott,  Oisin Sharkey,  Luke Gibbs, Michael Lynch, Ryan Feighery,  Mark Deignan, Rory Egan, Dylan Carr, Aaron Cronin, Alex Keegan, Adam Salmon

Scorers:Rory Egan  (4:00), Callum Wynne (1:03), Alex Keegan ( 1:01), Oisin Sharkey (1:00), Eoghan O’Connor (1:00), Conor Dolan (1:00), Michael Lynch (0:01), Ryan Feighery (0:01)

In the U-13 League Division 8, Lucan defeated Skerries Harps on a score line of 4-10 to 2-09.

In the U-14 Football Division 1 Lucan went down to Templeogue Synge Street by 3-15 to 4-07.

In the U-14 Division 5 league, Lucan defeated Olive Plunketts by 4-08 to 2-08.

Date: 7th September 2019          

Venue: AGP2

Opposition: Ballinteer St Johns B

Competition: Div 10 Top 4

Final Score: Lucan 7-5 Ballinteer 10-10

Match Report: A few last minute injuries and absences meant that Lucan started the match with reduced numbers. Scores were initially hard to come by for both teams but Ballinteer eventually found their scoring rhythm and began to build a steady lead. Lucan lost Oran Fitton to injury ten minutes before the break and Ballinteer led by 3-10 to Lucan’s 1-3 at half time. Being a player down, Lucan made a number of changes including moving goalkeeper Sean Kearney to full forward. Lucan looked more solid in the second half as defenders got to grips with the Ballinteer runners. A flurry of scores at the other end brought us right back into contention. A win looked like it might have been on the cards as the game entered its final phase but Lucan legs tired and three Ballinteer goals near the end put the result beyond doubt.

Squad: Sean Kearney, Cian O’Driscoll, Daniel Byrne, Kevin Keane, Sean McGowan, Jasper Nolan, Oran Fitton, James Kearney, Conor Smullen, Sean Teehan, Daniel Mahon and Ryan Donnelly

Scorers: S. Kearney 5-1 (0-1f), D. Mahon 1-1, S. Teehan 1-0, J. Kearney, O. Fitton and C. Smullen (f) 0-1 each.

Well done to all the teams competing during the week.

Juvenile Ladies Football Report

Lucan Sarsfields v Naomh Olaf

Back to football for our U8 girls on a bright and warm Sunday morning. The girls worked very hard, and tried to use all the skills that they are learning. They are really beginning to work as a team and making sure that all the girls get plenty of ball. There was some lovely passes from lots of the girls, and all have improved at kicking and hand-passing, and we are beginning to see some soloing too.

Once again our Lucan Sarsfields referees were fantastic with the girls, giving both teams lots of advice and encouragement.

Under 9 Go Games v St. Vincents VENUE : Marino

The Under 9's played their first match of the season today against St. Vincents.

After the summer break, it was great to see the girls working really hard in all their matches. There was great fielding of the ball, commitment to tackling and score taking to be seen.

The girls are really starting to come together and play as a unit which is great to see.

Adult Hurling Report

This was a super Sunday for Lucan adult hurling with all three teams in action in key Championship games and all three emerged victorious. The morning started with a trip to Rathcoole where our Junior A’s secured their Junior A status for next year with victory over Commercials. It was then back to the 12th Lock where the Junior B’s had a big win over Whitehall to progress to the Championship semi-final. Then on to Parnell Park where Whitehall were again the victims, as our Seniors progressed to the quarter-final stage of the Senior Championship – see match reports below. The Minors are in Championship action next Sunday with the Minor A’s hosting Castleknock and the Minor B’s hosting Crumlin. Both games at 11am

SHC Lucan Sarsfields 2-20 Whitehall Colmcille 1-15.

Lucan Seniors advance to the championship quarter-final after a relatively comfortable win over Whitehall Colmcille at Parnell Park on a beautiful autumnal afternoon. Lucan got off to a flying start when Donal Flannery fired home a goal in the opening minute. This was followed up by good points from Ben Coffey and Matt McCaffrey. Whitehall gradually got into the game and had levelled 1-2 to 0-5 by the 15th minute. Lucan then had a dominant spell and opened a nice lead through points from Coffee, Paul & Chris Crummey and Rob Ward. Whitehall narrowed the gap again but further points from Flannery, Johnny McCaffrey and Coffee again gave Lucan a 4 point lead at half time, 1-9 to 0-8. Lucan became more dominant in the second half, picking off a series of good scores, and lead by 1-16 to 0-12 by the 45th minute. Full back Peter Kelly got in on the scoring act from long range during this period. Ben Coffee continued to punish the Whitehall defence and the game was well wrapped up before Donie Flannery added a second goal in the 59th minute. Whitehall got a consolation goal in injury time but it wasn’t enough to stop Lucan running out comfortable eight point winners. This was a good all round team performance, with stand-out displays from Ben Coffee, Donal Flannery, Ronan Smith and Peter Kelly. Lucan now progress to a quarter-final clash with Craobh Chiaran, back at Parnell Park on Saturday Sept 21st.

Lucan Team/scorers: C Murray, M May, P Kelly (0-2), P Smith, P Rigney, J Bellew, M McCaffery (0-1), J McCaffrey (0-1), R Smith, R Ward (0-1), C Crummey (0-2), B Coffee (0-9, 0-5f), D Flannery (2-1), C Dowling, P Crummey (0-3). Subs introduced: S McClelland, K Fitzgerald, E O’Conghaile.

JAHC Rel. Playoff: Commercials 1-10 Lucan Sarsfields 0-15.

Having survived league relegation with a dramatic last round victory two weeks ago, Lucan Junior A's completed 'The Great Escape' with this hard fought championship relegation playoff win over neighbours Commercials at Rathcoole. The autumn morning provided perfect conditions for hurling and Lucan started very well, putting 7 points on the board before Commercials got off the mark. Kevin O’Reilly and Rob Lambert did most of the damage for Lucan in that opening period. Commercials gradually got a foothold in the game and a goal after 20 minutes got them back into it. By half time the scoreline was 0-11 to 1-4. Colm Keenan contributed two excellent points to the tally, along with scores from Eoin Kenny and Gavin Millea. The second half was a tense and tight affair with scores hard to come by as both defences were on top. Lucan continued to hold the advantage into the closing stages, helped by 3 O’Reilly scores from placed balls and one from substitute Cillian Hogan. Commercials threw everything at Lucan in the final minutes and had the deficit reduced to just 2 points as the clocked ticked in injury team. The Lucan defenders threw their bodies on the line to prevent Commercials getting a goal in those dying moments, and held on for a dramatic win and survival in the Junior A grade. This was a good team performance, with Kevin O’Reilly most to the fore in the forward line, and the experienced John Byrne and Tommy Somers shoring up the Lucan defence in which corner backs David Kavanagh and Tiernan Swords also had excellent games. This win concludes the season for the Junior A’s. It was a difficult season with a host of narrow defeats in both league and championship, but the panel of players and management deserve great credit for the resilience they showed in getting the vital victories needed at the end of the season to ensure no drop in grade or league division for the year head.

Lucan Team/Scorers: K Roche, D Kavanagh, J Byrne, T Swords, G Millea (0-1), T Somers, E O’Connor, J Byrne, A Lee, C Keenan (0-2), R Lambert (0-2), K O’Reilly (0-8, 0-5f, 0-1 ’65), E Kenny (0-1), A O’Neill, O O’Brien. Subs introduced: F Clandillon, C Hogan (0-1).

JDHC Quarter Final: Lucan Sarsfields 1-24 Whitehall Colmcille 0-5.

A dominant display from the opening whistle saw Lucan Junior B’s comfortably progress to the championship semi-final. Lucan got off to a flying start and picked off some lovely scores as they build up a lead of 1-13 to 0-2 by half-time. The goal came from Evan Lombard after 27 minutes and effectively sealed the game. Whitehall never gave up but Lucan remained dominant throughout and continued to pick off the points in the second half. Ciaran Keane helped himself to 10 points, between placed balls and open play, while midfielder Shane Donohue got 0-5 in an excellent display. Lucan had eight different scorers and were equally dominant in the back lines to keep Whitehall at bay, in a very good team performance overall.

Lucan Team/Scorers: L Finnerty, D Hussey, I Fitzgerald, S Farrell, J Mullins, P Fagan, J O’Connor, L Murphy, S Donohue (0-5), A Hanley (0-1), E Lombard (1-1), C Keane (0-10), K Boylan (0-2), A Glover (0-1), A Murphy (0-3). Subs introduced: S Stapleton, R Ennis (0-1), D Parsons, S Keegan, E Kyne.

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