lucan sarsfields gaa club
Lucan Sarsfields GAA Club Notes
April 24, 2023
A great opportunity for our juvenile members to attend an event as a team and experience all the thrills of the circus. Taking place at 11am on Saturday next, please visit http://bit.ly/CircusFossetts to make a booking.
Lucan Sarsfields White Collar Boxing
Important Notice to all members:
Please note that due to the 2023 Club Fundraiser taking place on Saturday 29th, access to the club grounds and to the clubhouse is restricted to event staff and ticket holders only. Access to the separate, private event in the function room is restricted to invited guests only.
All on the fundraising subcommittee wish to express our condolences to fellow subcommittee member, Roisin Farrell and all her family on the sad passing of her mother, Nora Sweeney, last week, ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam.
At the time of writing, tickets for the event are almost all gone with a week to go!! For everyone planning to attend on Saturday, please heed the advice of our volunteers when parking or enjoying the experience of the venue.
The pairings have been made: Paddy Fitzgerald v Sean Harkness, Cora O’Toole v Liona O’Toole, Helena Lawrence v TBC, PJ Finnerty v Niall Murray, Kieran Murphy v Peter Keenan, Luke O’Neill v Brian O’Sullivan, Karl Fitzgerald v Daraigh Quinn, Rachel Boyhan v Kelly Murray, Rob Ryan v Noel Simpson, Conor O’Neill v Conor Gallagher, Marc Sharkey v Ian Crowley, Niamh Connaughton v Kaylee Crowley, Denis Lordan v Eamonn McShea, Darren Kelly v Gerry Butcher, Cathal Lynch v Donal Crowley, Ciaran Dowling v Shay Leonard, Justin Meyler v Danny TBC. Please continue to show your support for all the contenders, by donating at https://bit.ly/LucanSarsfieldsDonate
If you can spare a few hours on the day, please visit https://bit.ly/Volunteer4WCB to record your details. You must be a club member, and over the age of 18. There will be roles to be filled from 6pm to the end of the event (approx 2am). Roles could be based anywhere within the club grounds, managing car parking, ticket desk, general stewarding etc.
A very busy week for Adult Football with some mixed results but the highlight being Daire Newcombe getting picked to start for the Dublin Senior team in their opening round of the Leinster Championship in Portlaoise. Daire started most of the games in the league and his consistent form was rewarded with his first start in the championship in what turned out to be a very straightforward win for Dublin. Well done Daire and looking forward to seeing you back in Croke Park.
In the Dublin league our Inter, Junior A & Junior B teams all had tough looking away assignments and none of them were able to register a win. Our Junior C team had a big home win on Wed night and followed that up with another comprehensive home win on Sunday against Ballinteer St. Johns. Performance of the week is again with the Senior footballers who remain unbeaten in AFL 1 following a hard fought win at home on Saturday night against a strong Ballyboden St. Enda's team. They now sit on top of AFL1 with 9 points secured from the opening 5 games of the season.
AFL1 Lucan Sarsfields 2.13 Ballyboden St.Enda's 1.11, 12th Lock, 22/04/2023
Our Senior football team faced a very strong and experienced Ballyboden team in the 12th Lock on Saturday evening. With 7 points already in the bag in Div 1, Lucan again put their unbeaten record on the line in a game that had the feel more of a championship game than a league game.
Both teams were determined to force valuable turnovers with high levels of intensity from start to finish. Boden settled first and had the first score on the board as well as 2 good goal chances. Liam Byrne saved one of the clear goal chances with a second rattling the post. Lucan began to settle into the game and started winning more possession in midfield with Emmet & Darren Gavin beginning to get on top. This primary possession gave Lucan the platform to build a 0-4 to 0-2 lead after 15mins. Although not reflected on the scoreboard the intensity of the game showcased some real quality from both sides. It was then Lucan's turn to miss a goal chance when Zach Delmar was unlucky not to finish a flowing Lucan move when his finish came back off the crossbar. Lucan finished a gripping first half leading by 2 points with 6 fine scores from play against a very physical Ballyboden defense.
The 2nd period started like the first with Ballyboden scoring an early point and looked to be getting on top. Lucan's full back line held strong and then everything swung back as Alan Murphy broke out of his full back role to get on the end of a great counter attack to finish with a hard low shot past the Boden keeper. This was followed by another goal 5 mins later for Lucan from Emmett O Conghaile who capitalised on a major mistake from the Boden keeper who failed to deal with a straightforward pass. This goal put Lucan 7 points ahead with 15mins remaining however Ballyboden are an experienced team and did not panic. They picked off two points and then scored a goal following a strong run deep into the Lucan square. This reduced the lead to only 2 points but crucially Ballyboden failed to get any closer mainly due to another fantastic goal save from Liam Byrne and a last ditch block from Brendan Gallagher as Lucan held firm. Some key turnovers and kickout wins from Colm Behan who put in a man of the match performance began to turn the tide for Lucan in the last 10 minutes. Mark Lavin who finished with 4 points from play in total, kicked two long range points in the final few minutes to finally put some daylight between the teams. The final score came from substitute Jack Carey who is making strong progress following a long term injury sustained last year.
Overall this was a very tough test for this developing Lucan team as Ballyboden came to take 2 points and avenge their defeat last year. In the end it was Lucan that deservedly came away with the two points with a robust performance full of great teamwork, skill and tactical intelligence.
Next up for Lucan is an away game against Clontarf on Wed 3rd May followed 3 days later with a game against high flying St. Sylvesters on Sat 6th May in the 12th Lock. Hopefully we can get another big home crowd to help maintain our position on top of Div 1.
TEAM: Liam Byrne (0.01 45m), Rob Ennis, Alan Murphy (1.00), Derek Cahill, Colm Behan, Sean Cleary, Zach Delmar, Emmett O’Conghaile (1.00), Darren Gavin (0.02), Sean Newcombe, Colm Walsh (0.02), Luke Walsh (0.01), Mark Lavin(0.4), Bren Gallagher(0.02), Jack Lawlor. Subs used Harry Ladd for Sean Newcombe, Jack Carey(0.01) for Jack Lawlor.
AHL6: OPER 2-14 Lucan Sarsfields 3-7, M Savage Park, 23/04/2023.
Our run of ‘injury bad luck’ continued today. Already missing a couple of important heads, we lost Tommy & later Davy. We missed their ability, but maybe even more, we missed their experience. 13 months ago Lucan were runaway victors over Plunketts. Such has been the turnover of players, that only 5 lads retained a jersey, and none retained the same number!
Lucan were out of the traps with all guns blazing. Callum, Seamus, James & especially Brendan, were menacing with their forward runs. For 15mins OPER couldn’t get the ball. 4 OPER kick outs in a row were won cleanly by Lucan. These resulted in a 1-4 v 0-2 advantage, but Lucan should have been much further ahead. They would have good reason to regret these wides. Louis had shown how to do it, with an opening minute goal……and that wasn’t the first opportunity! Tony added a tidy score after excellent build up work. Tim sent in some quick long ball, and the new 2 man forward line of Aaron and Tommy, were completely on top. It was all change for the 2nd quarter as OPER managed to get a foothold in the game, and get up the field. Their ball carriers were carrying well and the Lucan defence had a lot more to do than in the opening 15mins, conceding 1-5 without reply. Swapping 5 up for 3 down, Lucan Management had to come up with a new plan for 2nd half. Someone threw out a lifeline. Ref had whistle in his mouth as Lucan mounted a final attack. A defender had a rush of blood, and Lucan had a last kick penalty. Reece, just on the field, grabbed the ball, and despite keeper beating his first effort back, Reece made no mistake with the follow up. Half time, level game.
It was a very cagey start to the 2nd half. Both teams appeared nervous. Oscar finally edged Lucan in front, OPER levelled. The nervousness was more and more evident as both sides made poor decisions and turned over possession. Lucan made a few passes stick, and Aaron was on hand for the final pass, and he netted with aplomb. In such a nervy game a 3 point advantage seemed a good cushion.
In fact, the home side pushed on. Lucan seemed to sit back, and once on the ropes, it’s hard to get off them. ( Special note for our boxers next weekend). The home side levelled matters, and then edged ahead. Lucan spurned a number of opportunities, and with 30mins up, another Lucan attack seemed to have broken down, when Reece pulled on a dropped ball that flew over. Level again! Peter had also joined the fray, and in the unusual role as full forward, he did not let the team down.
Ref announced 4mins of added time. More than at any stage, Lucan would now regret the earlier loss of experience. Lucan were dispossessed out on the wing, and a speculative ball across the goal, somehow managed to sneak into the top corner of the net. If Shane was about a foot taller maybe, just maybe, he could’ve done something about it!!
Every defeat hurts. This one hurt a lot more, but no pain, no gain. (Boxers take note). I referenced the amount of changes since last year. On tight days like today you need the experience that comes from playing together. Like Arnie, we’ll be back.
S Kerins, M Young, D Mescall, C Kelly, C Buchanan (0-1), S Keher, C Sheary, O Nolan (0-1), J Finn, L Butler (1-0), T Bradley, T Mulqueen (0-1), B Kavanagh, T Brennan (0-1), A Garrigan (1-2)
Subs: R Lamphiere (1-1), P Carroll, C McGrath, D Walsh, A Dunne, D Lawlor, N Murray, G Lenehan, J McCarthy
DLGFA Division 2 Lucan Sarsfields 7-19, 3-3 Skerries Harps, Wednesday 19 April 2023.
This was the Lucan Senior Ladies Football team second home game of the 2023 League campaign, with Skerries Harps providing the opposition. All in all, Lucan dominated the game from start to finish, all their scores were from play and with just ten wides, it was clear that the forwards had their shooting boots well and truly on. While Skerries did score 3 goals, all three were from preventable mistakes. It’s off to Rush and St Maurs for the next game on Wednesday, lets hope they can keep up the good work.
Coiste na nÓg/ Juvenile
The Dublin Camogie féile tournament is an annual competition held for U15 girls and taking part in the féile tournament is a significant achievement for any Camogie team. Lucan had high hopes entering two strong teams. The Division 1 Group B féile was hosted in the 12th Lock with four teams Lucan Sarsfields , Kilmacud crokes, Ballinteer St. Johns, and Naomh Brid. The U15B camogie team started their day in St Marks and faced St. Marks and Na Fianna.
At home the day commenced with a Parade of the teams at 9:15 and even though it rained it didn’t damped the participants spirts, with Flags waving and players singing with gusto the National anthem.
Lucan Sarsfields first game was against old rivals Kilmacud Crokes, a tense affair with both teams hoping for a win to get off to a good start in the tournament. In the end a goal and a point by Crokes separated the teams with Crokes running out winners on a score line of 1-5 to Lucan 0-4. Lucan Sarsfields now needed to win their remaining games in the tournament to qualify for the semi-finals. Their next game was against Ballinteer St Johns , this game was edge of the seat stuff with the lead changing hands many times ,but Lucan sarsfields prevailed by one point, Lucan Sarsfields 2-2 to Ballinteer 2-1.
The final group game was against was Naomh Brid with both teams hoping for a win and awaiting the results of the other group game. The game was played to a very high standard with both teams giving it their all. Lucan ran out 5 points winners to much cheers from the Lucan Sarsfields crowd .Full Time Score Lucan 2-5 to Naomh Brid 1-2
With all the group games finished the Dublin county board official determined the Lucan Sarsfields had won the Group and would play their semi-final at home and Naomh Brid would travel to Group A hosts for their semi-final. The semi-final saw Na Fianna travel out to Lucan. Throw was at 4pm and big crowd gathered to see the match which was now knock out camogie. Lucan Sarsfields sprung out of the traps with good energy, great defending, super inter play and scoring brilliant points. On the referees final whistle ,huge cheers from the crowd Lucan where into the final. The final score was Lucan 1-15 to Na Fianna 0-1
The Final was held Trinity College Sports Grounds, Santry with a rerun of the final group B game, Naomh Bríd providing the opposite for the final. Sunday afternoon Division One final féile was a highly anticipated event ,with a large crowd in attendance .The referee blew his whistle at 4pm and the match got under way with both teams giving their all to win the coveted féile trophy.It was an exciting and intense first half with NaomhBrid leading 1-1 to Lucan 0-2.The second half commenced with Lucan getting off to a great start firing over a couple of points to reduce the deficient, Naomh Brid came back into it with a goal , but Lucan didn’t drop their heads ,battled on a got a goal of their own and tagged on another couple of points, the lead now was three points and in the dying minutes of the game, Naomh Brid went searching for a goal to tie the game up, Lucan defence was stalwart, holding on to secure a memorial win in féile, on a fulltime score line Lucan Sarsfields1-7 Naomh Bríd 2-1.
To great cheers Lucan Sarsfields Cara Coffey was awarded Player of the match and Reka Kiss Kallo the Lucan Sarsfields Captain received the Cup from the Dublin County Camogie Chairman Karl O’Brien to rapturous applause from the assembled crowd.
Lucan Sarsfields Team, Kate Lynch, Tara Montgomery, Niamh O’Brien, Caoileann Sharkey, Kate Kennedy, Cara Coffey, Sadhbh Lynch, Ciara Hylands, Juliette Hartford, Eva Collis, Reka Kiss Kallo, Millie Ryan, Sophie Carberry, Olivia Byrne , Orla Dunne ,Ellen Eakins, Aoibhinn Murray, Chloe Newman, Grace Birch , Kate O’Brien , Erin Hynes and Aoife Murphy
Our U15B story started against Na Fianna who we beat 1-2 to zero with a great goal by Eva Bennett ably assisted by Molly Coleman. Next up were St Marks and in a ding dong battle we narrowly lost by a point with some great performances from Sarah Mc Breathy and Abbey Harkin in goals. After what can only be described as a wash out for the first two matches we moved onto Thomas Davis for a semi-final against St Finians of Swords.
In an entertaining match where we led by a point for much of the first half and peppered their goal mouth constantly, we conceded a goal just before half time. Again the girls drove forward after half time to get the scores they deserved but a sucker goal with a few minutes to play gave a very fine Finians team the win. Every single Sarsfield girl gave everything and we as mentors are very proud of their efforts and on another day we could have joined our A team in the Sunday finals. Special thank you to our U14's girls who played up with us they were all fantastic. Also the supporters and parents for making it such a great day for all the girls.
U11 Hurling & Football
The U11 hurling and football squad held a penalty kick fundraiser, and raised €350, to support Karl Fitzgerald and Peter Keenan who are competing in the white collar boxing event this weekend. 12 teams battled it out to be crowned penalty kings with the team of Eoin McKenna, Eoin Ryan, Jamie McCarthy, Matthew Barrett, Matthew Carroll & Cormac O'Gara coming out on top in the end.
No Winner of last week’s Lotto Prize of €17,800.
The Numbers were 11, 12, 14, 16.
The lucky dip prizes go to, Ciaran O’Neill, Brendan Wright, Paul McCann, Martin Kelly and Declan Murphy.
Next week’s Lotto will be for a jackpot of €18,200. The draw is sponsored by Lucan Village Pharmacy and will be led by Mary Flannery.
Tá €18,200 sa phota óir don tseachtain seo chugainn agus is é urraitheoir na seachtaine:
Beidh sé beo ón Na Sárséalaigh Leamhcáin, an leathanach Facebook.
Déan cinnte go bhfuil d’iontráil curtha isteach agaibh roimh 6 i.n. oíche an chrannchuir, chun í a chur san áireamh sa chrannchur na seachtaine sin.
The draw will be held on Thursday 27th April, at 9pm and is streamed from Lucan Sarsfields Clubhouse, on our Facebook page.
Make sure your entry is submitted before 6pm on the evening of the draw to be included in that week’s draw.
féidir libh ticéadaí a cheannacht ar líne leis an nasc seo:
Tickets can be purchased online at the following link:
Go raibh míle maith agaibh as ucht tacú le Na Sárséalaigh Leamhcáin
Thank You for supporting Lucan Sarsfields GAA Club.