lucan sarsfields gaa club

Lucan Sarsfields GAA Club Notes

September 23, 2019

#UTJ – well done the Jnr B hurlers, who threw the kitchen sink at a very fancied NaFianna team and snatched the win right at the death, taking the lead for the first time in the 60th minute, great composure shown in the end, and another promotion secured and a county final to look forward to on Saturday 5th October 2:30pm in O’Toole Park. Well done to PJ, Paul, Christy and Kevin and the team looked very well in the tops kindly sponsored by Kevin O’Toole. Well done also to both Minor football teams who recorded good away wins to get their Championships back on track, Minor A football now have a winner takes all gries ame at home vs Ballymun in two weeks time Sunday 6th October on the same day Minor B should get out of the group with a win vs Peregrines, also a home game. There was plenty of disappointment as well with the Senior hurlers rueing a slow start and missed chances, losing out by 4pts to Craobh Chiaráin in the County quarter final. Also our Senior Camogie team suffered the narrowest of losses to Ballyboden away, 1-11 to 1-10,  they will be looking to bounce straight back this weekend when they take on Skerries Harps away at 10am Sunday morning the 29th September. The Inter and Jnr 3 Camogie also suffered defeats, however Jnr 4 bucked the trend with a good win. Our Minor LF once again drew in a high scoring game, and will now have to watch other results to see have they done enough to secure a Championship semi-final spot.  Our Inter Ladies football have a Shield semi-final away to Clann Mhuire at 7:30pm THIS Wednesday 25th September. Then on Saturday the Senior footballers will be looking to ensure progress to the County quarter-finals as they take on Clontarf in O’Toole Park 3:15pm Saturday 28th September. Then on Sunday both Junior football teams have winner takes all games as they both look to get out of the respective Championship groups. A away to Vincents 11am and B away to Fingallians 3pm. 

THIS SATURDAY we have a unique event in the clubhouse, Bagatelle will be live in the clubhouse…tickets only €20 for what will be a great nights entertainment, get your tickets ASAP through the link on the website, come up and support the club on what will be a great night.

'Staidéar agus Spórt Monday, 30th September. Reminder of Sarsfields annual educational initiative for the Club's 5th and 6th Year four code players. Paul Casey and Emer Keenan will direct the evening as Keynote Speakers. Nearly thirty current adult players will be available to answer questions on their experiences of moving from School to College to Employment in their respective disciplines/occupations. Please encourage your 5th or 6th Year son or daughter to attend at 7.00pm on Monday, 30th September, to hear the speakers' life pathways while they continued playing for their respective Club teams.The evening should offer informed experiences, direction, hope and friendship, to encourage our young stars to 'keep on keeping on'.

Our deepest sympathies to the Boyle/O’Neill family on the recent loss of Maura. RIP.

There was no winner of the lotto on the 19th September, Numbers were 8, 11, 20 and 22. Next weeks’ jackpot is €13,400, next draw will be managed by Diarmuid Dawson and is sponsored by O’Grady Hearing Care Services. Lucky Dips (€30): The Club CO/Kennys, Ashley Delamere, Shannon Higgins, Annette Healy, Eoghan O’Connor. Play Online here, Or Tickets can be purchased at the Club, or in Kenny’s Vesey Arms.

Sincere thanks to our ten loyal annual Lotto Sponsors who have all come aboard again for the 2019/2020 Season. Please support these sponsors in whatever way you can, as there is never a doubt about their renewal over the last number of years.

Newcastle Golf Centre; Feargal Mc Carthy Ltd., Painter& Decorator; John Ryan, Accountant; O'Grady's Hearing Care Services; Coláiste Laichtín, Inis Oírr; Henley Forklift Group; Clandillon Motors, Celbridge Road; Lucan Village Pharmacy; Diamond and Gem Jewellers; Matt Reilly Autoparts; Dual Printing, Glasnevin; Kenny's Vesey Arms.

GAA for All (SARS Stars) is every Tuesday 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 has returned and is on Mondays, 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. 

The Lucan Credit Union Academy is on Saturday mornings 9.30am for girls, 10am for the boys.

The Lucan Sarsfields GAA Club 25 Card Drive resumes on Friday 18th October 2019 and will continue to May 2020 in the Clubhouse Bar.

Date: Friday 18th October  Time: 9.00pm Sharp  1st Prize: €50, 2nd Prize if 3 or more tables   

Entry: €5 per person Records will be kept of the number of games won by all players (in the 12 games played at each table) over the season. Entry fees that exceed the prize money each night will be accumulated as prizes for the top players over the full season. Everyone is welcome - from beginners to those who played years ago and would like to resume playing so please spread the word! Club membership is NOT a requirement. Call Bill Ryan for further information at 086-8500376

Juvenile Ladies Football 

Our U8 girls played football away to Clontarf on Sunday morning. We had four teams and played three matches, giving all the girls plenty of ball. The girls were asked to focus on their passing and working as a team, which they did. Once again there was great positive encouragement from all parents. 

Juvenile Camogie Report

U14 Div 1 Grp 1 Championship – Saturday 21st September 2019

Na Fianna v Lucan Sarsfields @ St Mobhi Road (Cover photo)

Lucan started the brighter with a goal early on, Na Fianna struck back with a couple of points on the bounce. The Lucan Girls settled with strong performances in the backs from Erin Jones & Sinéad Farrell and in goal by Aisling Colfer along with the forwards firing on all cylinders with a goal from Niamh Roche and two points form Cathy Cosgrove but Na Fianna didn’t go away with Muireann Ní Donnchú at centre back and Anna Thornton at half forward pushing their team forward.  The Lucan captain Clara Finn chipped in again with a wonder score from close to the end line and side line for the final score of the half bring her personal tally to 1-3, leaving Lucan leading by 2-5 to 1-5 at the break. The second half started with Lucan driving forward with great work from their midfield diamond scoring 1-3 without reply with a goal & point from Aoibheann Stokes and Megan O’Leary coming off the bench to add to the scoring with a point of her own from play, this did not deter the girls from the north side who, lead by a fine display of fielding across their half back line, struck back with two goals and a point, the teams then traded scores with a fine display by Na Fianna’s Ellie Jenkins in the backs slowing Lucan’s attack, Megan stepped up again with another point from play and then with the match on a knife edge Na Fianna went for broke only to be stopped in the closing seconds with a brilliant goal saving block in the square by Lucan’s Ríona McKearney.

A great display of Camogie at the home of Na Fianna in St Mobhi Road with Lucan edging it by a single score, Na Fianna 3-7 to Lucan Sarsfields 3-10

Adult Hurling Report

A big weekend for Lucan adults hurlers and it was mixed fortunes. The Seniors exited the championship at the Quarter-final stage after a 4 point loss to Craobh Chiaráin, while the Junior B’s progress to the Championship final with a dramatic 1 point win over Na Fianna in the semi-final – match reports below. Next weekend the minors return to Championship action, with the Minor A’s playing Raheny and Minor B’s face Cuala, both home games at 11am on Sunday.

SHC QF: Craobh Chiaráin 3-14 Lucan Sarsfields 2-13.

A dramatic start to this championship quarter-final at Parnell Park proved decisive at the end of the hour. The Lucan defenders looked unsure of their positions as Craoabh plundered 2 quick goals inside the first two minutes and it was a long way back from there. Lucan did respond quickly with a well taken goal from Chris Crummey leaving the score 2-1 to 1-1 after just 4 minutes. However, Craobh got the next five scores to lead 2-6 to 1-1 after 15 minutes. Craobh remained on top in the second quarter and held a 9 point lead as half time approached. Lucan got a lifeline in the 29th minute when Paul Crummey was fouled when bearing down on goal after a great catch and his brother Chris dispatched the penalty to the net. Chris followed up with a quick point to leave a more manageable 5 point deficit. The reprieve was short lived, however, as Craobh broke through for a third goal in the 31st minute and added another point to stretch the lead back to 9 at half-time, 3-9 to 2-3. It was a long way back for Lucan from there. To their credit, Lucan started the second half very well and picked off the first 3 scores. Craobh responded again and the score-line read 3-12 to 2-7 mid way through the half. Three successive points from Ben Coffey reduced the deficit to 5 again with little over 10 minutes to play and there was still hope for Lucan. Lucan were well on top at this stage but a succession of wides allowed Craobh to hold their advantage on the scoreboard and they held on to win by 4 in the end. Lucan will be disappointed with the result and with aspects of their performance. The poor start and inaccuracy at key times provide costly against a more physical and more efficient Craobh team. To their credit, Lucan fought to the end and were the dominant team for much of the second half, but they had left themselves too big a mountain to climb with their first half performance. This concludes the season for Lucan seniors. It was a year of consolidation under a new management team, and while they will be disappointed not to make more progress, there is a base to build on for next year and beyond with more young players getting experience at the top level.

Lucan Team/Scorers: C Murray, P Smith, P Kelly, J Bellew, P Rigney, M McCaffrey, S McClelland, J McCaffrey (0-1), R Smith, R Ward, C Crummey (2-1, 1-0 pen), B Coffey (0-7, 0-6f), C Dowling (0-1), P Crummey (0-2), D Flannery (0-1). Subs introduced: K Fitzgerald, E O’Conghaile, C McHugh.

JDHC Semi-final: Lucan Sarsfields 1-14 Na Fianna 2-10.

Lucan junior B’s advance to the Championship final after this narrow victory over Na Fianna. The game was played in a downpour for much of the first half, leaving conditions slippey and difficult for both teams. The early exchanges were evenly contested with Na Fianna getting the opening two scores, and Lucan responding with good points from Alan Murphy and Shane Donohue. Na Fianna got in for a goal just after the 10 minute mark, and that proved the decisive score of the half, giving the visitors a lead of 1-7 to 0-9 at half time. Murphy and Donohue were again on the scoresheet, along with James Mullins, Evan Lombard and three placed balls from Ciaran Keane accounting for Lucan’s first half tally. Weather conditions did improve in the second half, and so did Lucan’s hurling, as they began to dominate proceedings. Na Fianna were dogged in defence and refused to yield the advantage and when they got a second goal before the midpoint of the half, it was looking ominous for the home side. However, Lucan kept their heads and when a long range free from Ciaran Keane found the net they were right back in it. With less than 10 minutes to play, Na Fianna still held a narrow 2 point lead. Lucan were still dominant but missed several chances before finally drawing level with a good point from play from Keane. The same player stepped up to slot over a free in injury time to edge Lucan ahead. Na Fianna had a chance of a late equaliser with a scoreable free but it drifted wide, much to the relief of the home crowd. The final whistle sounded immediately after and Lucan were through to the final by the narrowest of margins. It was a hard fought victory build on a very good team performance and high workrate throughout. Peter Fagan was imposing at centre back when it counted in the closing stages, while mid fielder Shane Donohue played some good hurling and contributed two great points. Upfront, Alan Murphy was a constant threat and the contribution of Ciaran Keane from placed balls ultimately got Lucan over the line. Lucan now meet Wild Geese in the final, expected to be on October 6th.

Lucan Team/Scorers: L Finnerty, I Fitzgerald, J Cavanagh, S Farrell, J Mullins (0-1), P Fagan, L Murphy, A Finnerty, S Donohue (0-2), D Reid, E Lombard (0-1), C Keane (1-8, 1-7f), K Boylan, A Glover, A Murphy. Subs introduced: D Kelly, A Hanley, R Ennis, J O’Connor.

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