lucan sarsfields gaa club
Lucan Sarsfields GAA Club Notes
October 20, 2019
CHAMPIONSHIP SUCCESS well done to our latest Championship winners, both our 14A and 15A beat Ballyboden in Championship Final, brilliant achievements and well done to all involved. There was disappointment with our U16s unfortunately losing out by 2 pts to Castleknock in Castleknock, a tough loss, but well done to all involved. Our 4th Camogie team came up against a very strong Na Gaeil Oga team in the Final. Inter Camogie lost out in the Championship semi-final, after a slow start to the year a semi-final was a good achievement. Our Minor A footballers drew, after ET, with Castleknock in a pulsating Championship quarter-final. Jnr A footballers had a convincing win over St Marys and now play a home semi-final vs St Annes, this Sunday 27th. This Saturday coming the 26th sees the start of the U21 hurling Championship, we have entered two teams again this year, A team at home vs Kilmacud Crokes, B team are away to Castleknock, 2.30pm.
Our deepest sympathies to the Casey and Masterson families on their recent losses. RIP.
Annual Remembrance Mass – The Club Mass for deceased members and friends will take place on Thursday November 7th at 8pm. Please join us as we remember them.
Lotto There was no winner of the lotto on the 17th October, Numbers were 7, 13, 12 and 15. Next weeks’ jackpot is €15,000, next draw will be managed by Gerry McAndrew and is sponsored by John Ryan, Accountant. Lucky Dips (€30): Larry Fitzsimons, Robyn Kearns, Kevin Brennan, Sandra Byrne and Dan Gallagher. Play Online here, Or Tickets can be purchased at the Club, or in Kenny’s Vesey Arms.
Lucan Scaresfields IS SOLD OUT FOR THE SATURDAY NIGHT (26th ) TICKETS ARE STILL AVIALABLE for SUNDAY 27th October. Tickets can be purchased from the Club Community Café or Bar.
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 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 Twelfth Lock Café is open our Club Community Café opens Mon – Fri 6:30-9pm. Sat & Sun 9.30am to 1.30pm
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: 8.00pm 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.
Adult Football Report
Sun 20th Oct 2019
Lucan 2-13 (1-8) v 1-7 (1-4) ySt Mary’s
M Robinson S Keher C Hickey C McGrath C Gaire D Gallagher (0-4) A Kirwan T Bradley P Casey M Moore (2-1) N McKiernan (0-1) J Doyle (0-3) S Casey M Moran T Brennan (0-4). P Carroll P Sloan N Flynn O Tully A Mitchell G Hamilton F Gordon.
Cancelled last Sunday due to waterlogged pitch, we all returned to try again a week later. Same time; same venue; even the same ref. A big focus on a positive start. Getting up to the pace of C’ship football. Not giving Mary’s an easy start. Being clinical........well that didn’t quite work out.
Despite Mikey Robinson getting a leg to the ball, Mary’s reacted quickest and green flag was hoisted; the restart went astray and Lucan were fortunate that it was only a white flag. 1-1 v 0-0. 4 mins on the clock. Time to try Plan B.
Lucan took time to adjust, but slowly they choked Mary’s out of this game. The first quarter was closing before Tommy Brennan finally opened Lucan’s account. Lucan had the possession but were finding that final ball hard to thread through. Twice blown for over carrying inside the Mary’s 20m line. A couple of wides, and one dropped short for good measure! Mary’s were hanging on. At least on the score board.
Slowly the scores were coming. Dan Gallagher was the free man for a good point, and over the next 10 mins, John Doyle & Tommy tacked on 6pts. Mary’s were still hanging on as half time closed in, but Mark Moore was the last man in a mass of bodies, and a ball that had no right to have made its way through all those bodies was neatly planted into the net.
Mary’s must’ve been disgusted with that late turn of events, finding themselves 4 points in arrears, and a much steeper hill to face in the 2nd half.
Lucan found the clinical start for the second period, that had been mislaid 30mins earlier. Repeatedly Lucan strung together multiple phases of possession, that, it would be fair to say, was appreciated on the Lucan line.....somewhat less so, by the Mary’s line. Or their players for that matter!
Niall McKiernan took a ball, at speed, off the shoulder, and was through for an excellent score, but it was an old fashioned high ball to the edge of the square that Mark Moore was able to tap down, regather, and raise his 2nd green flag. Mary’s were in real trouble and if the goal had been a little bit wider, then Mark could’ve chalked up his hat trick. When I say “a bit wider”, I’m being rather generous. Still one of those periods of possession ended with an excellent point from Mark, and the line felt it prudent to call him ashore, before he lost the run of himself.
Mary’s kept battling away but really struggled to make much headway against some excellent defending. Colm Hickey, Seamus Keher & Conor McGrath had their opposite numbers on a leash throughout. Cian Gaire was a real Duracell Bunny, always available to carry ball, Shane Casey & Andy Kirwan held the centre, repeatedly picking up ball. Dan Gallagher notched up 3 successive points midway through the 2nd half. The first, a carry from half back to their 20m line, and slotted off his left, was worth the substantial entry fee, on its own!
Tim Bradley and Paul Casey anchored midfield and did very well against a very decent pairing for Mary’s. The bench was emptied and saw out the last quarter, although not without the unusual sight of some very fine Gucci handbags being tossed around. Handbags in Saggart? Surely not. Odhran Tully, barely on the field seemed to get one of the better bags on offer, and can expect Christmas cards from Saggart.
This team return to the semi finals for the 4th successive year. St Anne’s await.
Juvenile Ladies Football
Our U8 girls played football on a beautiful Sunday morning, at home to Fingallions. Once again we were able to field four teams of eight a side. The girls had great fun. They used all the skills they had learned over the year and played as a team, making sure everyone got plenty of the ball.
Juvenile Football Report
Venue: St Anne’s Park, Pitch 12
Opposition: Naomh Barrog
Competition: Boys U10 Football
Squad: Team 1: Derry Ware, Jack Taffe, Aidan McCabe, Ray Whelan, Joseph Cosgrove, Darragh Kennedy, Conor Ryan, Rory O’Connell, Hugh Porter.
Team 2: David Meskell, Jack Horan, Jack Henry, Sam Brennan, Senan Carley, Sean Dolan, Donncha McManus, Conor Gilmore.
Team 3: Daniel Cronin, Sean Gilvarry, Cian Dolan, Sean Mulligan, Callum Finnerty, Darragh Farrell, James Boyle.
On a morning when Ireland were hoping to defeat the Mighty All Blacks, Lucan’s U10 boys travelled over to St Anne’s missing a few players, but no less determined to show exactly how much they have progressed as another season draws towards a close.
This team have had a few tough games in previous weeks, but this morning they show all of the skill and determination they have been working on. Each and every boy should be very proud of their effort, determination and mentality showed in this game.
A player short for the full game they never gave Naomh Barrog any chance to settle, and right from the start they worked together as a team and showed some fine passing and tackling. In Midfield the 2 Jack’s started well moving the ball into forwards who were winning their battles inside. This lead to some fine scores for Conor, Sam and David. The 2 Jack’s were well able to take their scores also, and Jack Horan’s ability to drive forward was a huge difference between the teams, and his efforts to use both feet when going for scores was great to see. In defence Sean, Senan and Donncha were a little less busy but when called upon they did their jobs brilliantly to give Lucan a great first half.
The game progressed similarly in the 2nd half and Lucan began to really show some great team-work and some great scores by Donncha, Sean and Senan were just reward to a team who continued playing superb football right to the end.
The boys showed today exactly what they can achieve when they apply themselves and perform and play to their abilities against what was a very physical Naomh Barrog side.
Unfortunately Ireland did not perform with as much skill and class!!
In the other games Team 1 & Team 3 again showed all the skills from training and did Lucan Sarsfields, their parents & coaches, but most importantly themselves, proud with their efforts. A very successful morning of football where Lucan got the better of Naomh Barrog with some very fine football.
U12 football - Division 6 league.
Ballymun Kickhams1: 5-3
Lucan Sarsfields2: 4-6
For their final football league match of the season Lucan travelled to Ballymun on Friday night to play this rescheduled fixture under lights.
In an entertaining match, both teams gave good glimpses of their footballing skills but Ballymun were better able to capitalise on the scoreboard, with a few goals either side of half time giving them a commanding 12 point lead.
The Lucan boys showed great characted however to battle their way back into the game and with some great team play and scores came back to earn a well deserved draw.
This result means the Lucan lads finish in 2nd place, in their div 6 league after a great season, with many of their games against other clubs first teams.
Well done to all on a great season
Lucan team: Joshua O'Connor, C Long, M Casey, P Cosgrove, D Colfer, C Dowling, A Dhaliwal, P Dunne, John P O'Connor, J Keogh, C O'Gara, C Waterhouse, C Buttner, A Mc Mahon, C O'Neill, O Sullivan.
*******U12 Div 1 football
St Catherines Park, Oct 19th
Lucan 4-5 St Sylvesters 5-6
Lucan boys competed very well but eventually came up short against an excellent St Sylvesters side in a very competetive game in St Catherines Park Saturday morning.
The first half was quite even with Lucan more than matching the visitors in general play but Sylvesters were very quick and sharper at taking their chances with a 3rd goal on the stroke of ht putting Syls 5 up by 3-1 to 1-2 at the break.
The second half started in a similar fashion when Sylvesters got 2 early goals to stretch their lead to 12 points, despite Lucan having lots of possession.
Lucan lads showed great fighting spirit to dominate possession for the remainder of the game. For a while it looked like their efforts wouldnt be rewarded as several chances came back off the posts, went wide or were scrambled to safety.
Eventually Lucan got the breakthrough when Jack Mills forced home a goal when a ball broke in the square. A second goal followed from a long range effort by Oscar Brennan and a great goal from James Dunne left only 3 points between the sides with a few minutes left and a frantic finish in store with great excitement from both sets of supporters.
Despite pushing hard for an equaliser Lucan couldnt get the required score and Sylvesters broke upfield for a pointed free before time eventually ran out for Lucan when the ref called an end to a very entertaining and competetive match.
Disappointment on the day for the Lucan lads but they can hold their heads high after a great season where they performed so well to finish joint 3rd, winning 6 out of 9 matches in a very competetive div 1 league.
Well done to all players
Lucan team; E Flynn, M Byrne, C McCormick, C Healy, K Costello, C Reilly, O Brennan (1-0), D Taaffe (1-3), A Leonard, M O'Brien, P O'Connor (0-1), K Quinn, C Gavin (0-1), J Mills (1-0), J Dunne(1-0). G Lynch (inj)
U.12 Football Lucan Sarsfields 3
Date & Time: 19 October 2019 @ 11 a.m.
Venue: St. Catherine’s Park
Opposition: Cuala 4.
Competition: U.12 Football League, Division 11.
Final Score: Lucan Sarsfields 1-3, Cuala 7-9
This was the groups final competitive football match of the year. Since the start of the year they have played 12 football blitz and league games against teams from all over Dublin, both at home and away. The visitors for the final game was Cuala who were in the hunt for league honours. The boys in red and white started the brighter of the two teams. It wasn’t long before they had Lucan defenders in trouble and their efforts were rewarded with a flurry of scores. Lucan did steady the ship somewhat but could make no head-way into visitors healthy lead.
The second-half was a closer affair with Lucan performing close to their true potential. The defenders got to grips with the Cuala forwards enabling our attackers to get the necessary possession to carve out a few hard earned scores. In the end Cuala ran out deserving winners.
As the football season ends it is time to reflect on the progress this team has made. Even though defeated it is only the first time since the summer break that they have lost. This contrasted with the results before the break. The lads have honed their skill sets and match craft.. They have turned out in high numbers with great eagerness to play. They showed respect to their opponents, referees and mentors from both sides throughout the season. Training continues as normal and there may be few challenge matches in the weeks before and after the New Year
LucanTeam: A. Norman, A. Bollard (Capt),B. Fitzgearld, C. Mitchell, D. Walsh, E. Clarke, E Doody, E. Whelan, K. Doherty, L. Mitchell, L. Enright, L. Healy, L. Kehoe, P. Devlin, R. Keegan, R Melvin, R. O’Flaherty.
Date: 19 October 2019
Opposition: Ballyboden St Endas
Competition: Under 13 Football League Division 5
Final Score: Lucan Sarsfield 7.09 Ballyboden 5 .08
The final League game of the season saw Lucan taking early control , however a fadeout in the last 10 minutes of the first half saw Ballyboden take a 7 point lead at the interval.
A determined effort from the throw in for second hald saw Lucan upping the gears and applying serious pressure on the opposition, a 5 goal haul saw Lucan reel in a tiring Ballyboden resulting in a 14 point swing in Lucan’s favour resulting in a much deserved 7 point win.
A satisfying end to the season resulting in 6 wins, 2 defeats and a walkover over the 9 games. Lots of improvement and great team spirit particularly evident in the final 5 games means the group can look forward to next season with confidence.
Squad: Callum Wynne, Conor Dolan, Ben O’Keeffe, Shane Dolan, Eoghan O Connor, James Scott, Michael Lynch, Ryan Feighery, Mark Deignan, Rory Egan, Dylan Carr, Alex Keegan, Adam Salmon, Cian Waterhouse, Eimhin Walsh, Sam Brady
Venue: Arthur Griffith park
Opposition: Naomh Barog
Competition: U13 Div 2
Final Score: Lucan Sarsfields 5-11 Naomh Barog2-9
The penultimate round of the U13 football leagues was played in a damp Arthur Griffith Park, where the wet conditions impacted on ball handling for both teams. The early stages were dominated by the visitors who moved to an early lead before the Lucan lads settled into the game with scores by Adam Rock, Robert Keher and Daniel Taffee. A quickly taken free and swift interplay between Gavin Collins and Adam Rock resulted in a goal to push Lucan into the lead. The game was end to end at this stage with the conditions favouring both defences, with Callum Morris, Massimo Pappalardo and Sean Flynn to the fore in the home rearguard. By the break Lucan had built up a five point lead, thanks to some driving attacks led by Aaron Cronin and Robert O’Connell.
The Lucan lads tore into the second half and an early goal ensured they built up a lead that Naomh Barog could never catch and with further scores from Adam Rock, Gavin Collins, Patrick O’Connor and Killian Costello ensured the victory for Lucan. Superb defensive work by Cian Gavin, Aaron Malone and Gareth McDonnell allied to the non stop effort from Reece Kelly and Liam Fitzgerald around the middle third and the forward contribution of Daire Collis were the key elements in keeping a game Naomh Barog side at bay.
This win pushes the tem up the table and with one final game to play leaves the team with an opportunity of ending in joint second place.
Squad:Cian Gavin, Sean Flynn, Callum Morris, Aaron Malone, Gareth McDonnell, Massimo Pappalardo, Liam Fitzgerald, Reece Kelly, Aaron Cronin, Robert O’Connell, Gavin Collins, Adam Rock, Daire Collis, Daniel Taffee, Robert Keher, Killian Costello, Patrick O’Connor.