lucan sarsfields gaa club
Lucan Sarsfields GAA Club Notes
September 30, 2019
A good day for our adult CAMOGIE yesterday which was a great finish to the weekend, unfortunately the day previous there was disappointment as the Senior footballers crashed out of Championship, a somewhat disappointing bookmark on what has been a solid year, and they remain with an outside chance of a AFL1 semi-final spot. Better news on the Sunday as first Senior 1 Camogie beat Skerries and now face NaFianna next Sunday at 10am at home, with the winner securing the last semi-final spot, massive support required, all 4 adult Camogie teams recorded wins on Sunday, and now the Jnr 4 ladies face a top of the table on Sunday as well against St. Peregrines, already through to a semi-final, but will be looking to maintain that momentum. Our Minor B hurlers earned a dramatic draw in the last group game vs Cuala 3.08 to 1.14, which earned them top spot in the group and a Qtr Final spot. Jnr A footballers drew with Vincents which was enough to secure a Qtr Final spot, also Jnr Bs secured a Qtr Final spot. THIS coming Sunday our Minor A footballers face a tough Ballymun side which again is a winner advances from the Championship group, we hope to have big support again, 11am at home. Minor Bs play St Peregrines and looks likely a win will ensure they qualify from the group, 11am away. On SATRUDAY afternoon, 2:30pm we have the Junior B hurlers in action in a County Final, the team have been doing so well this year, it would be great to see a big crowd in O’Toole Park to cheer them on.
We had a smashing SUMMER IN DUBLIN, the BAGATELLE GIG was a massive success, a big thanks to all who supported it and well done to the organising committee and all those who helped sell tickets.
'Staidéar agus Spórt is TONIGHT Monday, 30th September, 7pm. Our 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.
Our deepest sympathies to the Mills family on the recent loss of John. RIP. Also to the Keane/Tucker families on the recent loss of Nora and Eileen’s brother. RIP.
Lotto There was no winner of the lotto on the 26h September, Numbers were 2, 9, 16 and 20. Next weeks’ jackpot is €13,800, next draw will be managed by Edel Mooney. Lucky Dips (€30): Rian McGann, Conal O’Brien, John O’Connor, Lynn Flood and Declan Lott. Play Online here, Or Tickets can be purchased at the Club, or in Kenny’s Vesey Arms.
GAA for All (SARS Stars) is every Tuesday 5.15-6pm. This provides training for children with disabilities age 5-12. Newcomers always welcome.
Bingo Wednesdays 8:30pm.
Zumba Classes is on Tuesdays 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 Camogie Report
Our U8 girls played Camogie on Sunday away to Kilmacud Crokes and Stars of Erin. We had thirty five Lucan Sarsfields girls, and every girl put in a great effort. We played four short games, so the girls got to play in different positions. The wet ground didn't faze the girls, and it was great to see how much they have improved.
The McKeown Cup was played on the All Weather Pitch this morning at 11am between Scoil Mhuire and the All Stars (team made up of players from the other Lucan schools).
Sive Keogh captained Scoil Mhuire and Leah O'Byrne led the All Stars. It was a competitive game with good skills on show on both sides. The All Stars were the winners but they had to work hard for it.We are grateful to Mrs Colette McKeown who came up again this year, to watch the game and present the cup. It was an enjoyable morning for all of the girls and their parents. Thanks to all of the parents who helped to set up the pitches and manage the teams on the day.
Adult Hurling Report
It was Minor Championship this weekend with both our teams in action in their final group games. Our Minor As had a comfortable win over Raheny on a scoreline of 5-11 to 1-15 but unfortunately it was not enough to progress and their season now concludes. They will be disappointed not to have come closer to silverware but they competed well at the highest level and lots to build on for next year. The Minor B's had a dramatic draw with Cuala and now progress to the quarter-finals as group winners. Well done to players and management and best of luck in the knock out stages. See match report below.
Next Saturday is County Final day for our Junior B hurlers as they face Wild Geese in the Junior D Championship final in O'Toole Park at 2.30pm. It would be great to have a big Lucan support there to help get the lads over the line and bring a much needed adult Championship back to the club.
MH C Championship: Lucan Sarsfields 3-8 Cuala 1-14.
Lucan Minor Bs finished with a draw to secure top spot against Cuala in the Championship group decider meaning Cuala finished runners-up and Peregrines and Crumlin failed to progress. Cuala opened brightly with two early points but Lucan had the perfect response with two converted Liam O'Connor frees, a Hugh Cuffe finish to the net and a point from Jack McCarthy. Cuala used their physical advantage to good effect and replied with two frees followed by a further period of dominance on the scoreboard although not necessarily in general play. Lucan were wasteful in this phase hitting six wides while Cuala added 1-2. A long-range Daire Murphy point and another O'Connor free helped settled the growing nerves towards the end of the first half but Cuala added two further scores from play. At the interval, Cuala were three ahead and appeared to be using their Div 3 League experience vs. Lucan's Div 4 equivalent to good advantage.
Cuala again opened with two early points and stayed ahead for most of the half by adding a further four points. Two more converted frees from O'Connor and an excellent point from wide on the right by Cuffe didn't seem to be enough to stay in touch. However, as the game move towards injury time, O'Connor dropped a close-in free short and after excellent work by Cathal Shanahan who fed the ball across the square, he found O'Connor on the move who duly finished to the net. A refereeing intervention at the end penalised Cuala who did not deal with a puck-out infringement as well as Lucan did earlier in the half. Cuala failed to clear from a throw-in on the 20m line and in the midst of a very crowded area, Shanahan again popped up as provider and struck the ball across the square to Cuffe who batted to the net from close range and tied the game 3-8 to 1-14. Cuala had a last-puck chance from the resultant puck-out but they failed to convert. Honours shared in the match but Lucan topped the group.
Team: M Coogan; N Murray, C O'Brien, S Egan; D Lawlor, R Moloney, D Murphy (0-1); C Shanahan, J McCarthy (0-1); O Twamley, L O'Connor (1-5 0-5f), C Casely; M Daly, D Coogan, H Cuffe (2-1); J Mooney, D Donnelly.
Adult Football report
29/09/19. Pairc Unisionn – Special Correspondent
JFC. Lucan 2-8 v 1-11 St Vincent’s.
I think we could skip over the first half. Especially as Doyler (0-3) slipped me €20 to do so. Vincent lead 0-6 v 0-2 at the turn. Both teams made a nervous start and were very wasteful in front of the posts. Vincent’s slightly less so.
Hard to explain the difference for the second 30 mins. From the throw in we had proper championship fare. An early Doyler free set the tone; but what really got the fire burning was the young Niall McKiernan (1-1), just introduced as a second half sub, getting on the end of Mark Sharkey’s quick ball, and that 4 point deficit had evaporated. Sharkey took a bullet in the process, and was stretchered ashore.
Vincent’s had mislaid their first half momentum, and Niall then added a point for Lucan to get their noses in front. Cian Gaire & Tim Bradley powered into the game. The Lucan defence had been under pressure for the first 30mins, but now they were dominating the game and it was all one way traffic, as they repeatedly got out in front. Seamus Keher, in particular, carried a lot of ball out of defence.
At the other end, Paul Casey (1-1) was “right man, right place” to finish a flowing move with another green flag. He could have doubled up with another goal shortly after, but:
a) he was fouled
b) there was an alien attack
c) he missed from 2 metres
Ref went with the latter.
Davy Mescall released Dan Gallagher (0-1) to sky a massive point, and Lucan were 5 clear heading into the final quarter. It was time to close out the game. No goals. No goals.
Except Vins did just that; they hadn’t troubled the umpires at all for 17mins, but now a scrappy goal breathed life into their cause. Subs were definitely proving their worth as Noel Flynn (0-1) & Andy Kirwan (0-1) joined the fray, and added points. Lucan again looked to close out the end game. 5 mins left on the clock, and 5 points to the good.
The pendulum had swung back to Vincent’s, as they pushed up on Fergus Gordon’s kick outs, and 5 successive frees were all converted to level matters. Yes. The same referee that believed Paul had missed from 1 metre! Anyway finally the ref blew up and a draw was enough to see Lucan book a quarter final spot.