lucan sarsfields gaa club
Lucan Sarsfields GAA Club Notes
October 31, 2023
It was County Final Sunday for our Junior A hurlers as they travelled to Pairc Ui Murchú to play Ballyboden in the Junior B Championship Final. Unfortunately, the result didn't go our way as we lost out by 3 points in a very well contested final (match report below). Nevertheless, it was another very positive year for this group, finishing the year as both league and championship runners-up and securing promotion to the next grade in both competitions for next year.
Our Junior B Hurlers also reached the end of the line for this year as they lost their Quarter Final to St Annes by a single point, 3-11 to 3-10.
The Junior C's lost to a strong Na Gaeil Aeracha in their final Group game, but they still progress to the Quarter final stage.
Next weekend is a big one for our younger adult players as we compete in no less than five championship quarter-finals, two at U21 level on Saturday and three at Minor grade on Sunday.
Fixtures as follows:
Sat 4th Nov. U21A v Ballyboden, 12th Lock @ 2.30pm
Sat 4th Nov. U21B v St Judes, Tymon Park @ 2.30pm
Sun 5th Nov. Minor A v Ballinteer St Johns, 12th Lock @ 11am
Sun 5th Nov. Minor B v Ballyboden, AGP @ 11am
Sun 5th Nov. Minor C v St Kevins, Dolphin Park, @ 11am.
All Support appreciated!
Junior B Championship Final: Ballyboden SE 0-18 Lucan Sarsfields 0-15. 29th October 2023 at Pairc Ui Murchú.
Lucan Junior As came out the wrong side of this very evenly contested championship final at Pairc Ui Murchú. Ballyboden had home advantage but the pitch and the weather were as good as you could expect at this time of year and there was a good Lucan support present to balance the home crowd. Ultimately, the difference between the teams was Ballyboden's better shooting efficiency. Lucan had 11 wides over the hour compared to just 5 for the home side. The opening exchanges were evenly contested and it was 0-4 each after 10 minutes. Lucan gradually got on top in terms of possession but a succession of wides meant that wasn't reflected on the scoreboard and they actually went in a point down at the break, 0-10 to 0-9 for the home side. The Lucan points in that half came from Paddy Brennan, Mickey Young, Aidan Roche (2), Evan Lombard and four frees from Ciaran Keane. The pattern of the game continued in the second half and while Lucan were always in touch, they never managed to edge ahead. The sides were level 0-12 each after 45 minutes and it was set up for a titanic battle in the final quarter. However, it was Boden that proved superior in that period, using all their experience to edge ahead in the closing stages and they had the luxury of being able to take a point from a later penalty to keep Lucan at bay. Lucan never gave up and were still competing hard at the finish but the tally of wides through the game ultimately took its toll. Lucan's second half scores came from Ciaran Keane (2 from play and 2 frees), Evan Lombard and Killian Boylan.
Lucan Team/Scorers: L Finnerty, J Doyle, K Roche, E Connolly, M Young, P Fagan, J Byrne, C O'Maolmhána, M Gormley, M May (0-1), A Roche (0-2), C Keane (0-8, 0-6f), E Lombard (0-2), P Brennan (0-1), G Kennedy. Subs introduced: K Boylan (0-1), D Kelly, A O'Neill, C Duffy.
St. Anne's 3-11, Lucan Sarsfields 3-10.
Lucan's Jun B hurlers season came to a disappointing end on Sunday afternoon following a 1 point defeat away to St.Annes in the championship Q/F. After a lot of rain during the week , the pitch was just playable but long grass and an uneven surface made hurling a challenge. This is not to take away from St. Annes who played a fast direct game and took the game to Lucan from the off. Indeed they were a goal up within a minute of the throw-in and they stretched that to 1-3 before Lucan got on the scoreboard. A shoulder injury to full back Paddy Kennedy early on did not help as Lucan were finding it difficult to contain a lively Anne's forward line. A few positional switches resulted in Lucan gaining a foothold in mid field and eventually they found the back of the net when Cian Ryan pulled first time on a loose ball. This reduced the deficit to four points at the break. Lucan needed a good start to the second half but it was the home team who got that adding on an early 1-2 to their first half tally. Sensing that the game and season was slipping away , the lads dug deep for the last 20 min and took the fight to the home team. We were 8 points down heading into the last 10 minutes but goals from Finan Breen and Paddy Kennedy plus points from Ross Campion, Liam Farrell and Jack McCarthy left the minimum between the team. A frantic finish saw Lucan on the attack but slips at the vital time meant they could not get that vital equalising score. in the final play of the game, Lucan did get the ball over the bar but the referee called play back and awarded a very soft free out to the home team. The final whistle sounded from the clearance. So a disappointing end to the season. This is a young team made up mostly of last year's U19B squad with some older and experienced heads to guide them. Hopefully this year's experience of playing against older and more experienced teams will stand to them and we will come back stronger in 2024.
Team: J. Myler, P. Farrell, P. Kennedy, C. Morrisey, T.Swords, J.O'Connor, J. McCarthy, C. Ryan, R. Campion, F. Breen, R. Hearne , L. Farrell, E. Power, E. Higgins, A. Duffy, C. Seery, D. Murphy, R. Moloney. D. Hassey, A. Flanagan, D Quinn, J. McSweeney.
Go ahead Junior 6 south Men’s adult football championship
The road to Championship
When you have a group of young men who exert pressure on their coaches to come out late at night in October, braving the wind and the rain, you realise you have an exceptional team with the right attitude, the correct mindset, and they're in the perfect place at the perfect time. Earlier in the season, all the new team members were warmly embraced into the fold, along with fresh coaching techniques and team-building approaches. Right from the start, the first of the group matches against St. Brendan's, on the banks of the Liffey was charged with energy, as the Leaving Cert students, who had just received their results earlier that day, were fired up. The can-do spirit, the freedom in the style of play, and the dedication exhibited in this game set the stage for future matches against Ballyfermot and St. Mary's, resulting in us comfortably leading our group. We triumphed in the quarter final against St. Anne's on home turf. Throughout the games, there were many inspirational speeches and pep talks, but the most memorable came from John Sheehan:
"Leave your smiling emojis on your phones...now is the time to stop texting each other about what you're going to do on the field and simply go out and do it."
In a peculiar twist of fate, we were once again drawn to face St. Brendan's in the semi-finals, this time in Grangegorman, and we knew it wouldn't be like the first encounter. Every player had to dig deep and give their all until the very last second of the game, as our opponents came close to defeating us but we ultimately prevailed in extra time. It was the most challenging game we had to face as a team and it felt like a final in its own right.
We were robbed of playing a final however the accolade of Champions is duly deserved for this group of young men who have done themselves, their management, their coaches and their club proud by bringing home the first Championship cup at men’s adult level football in circa 20 years
Team: Josh Brant Ryan Brant Finan Breen Ian Brogan Ross Campion Charlie Caseley Ian Crowley Mark Daly Harry Day David Donnelly Adam Duffy Andrew Glynn Mark Gormley Sean Keegan Jack Kelly Jack McCarthy Justin Meyler Jake Mooney Cillian Morrissey Colm Mulvihill Kevin O’Reilly Neil O’Leary Eoin Power Daraigh Quinn Ryan Quinn Daragh Reid Matthew Ryan Ciaran Scully Adam Smith Mentors: Michaela Caseley Derek Glynn John Sheehan Noel Brant
David Herlihy is stepping down as Director of Football. We would like to thank David for his dedication and hard work over the last two years. If you are interested in taking on the role of Director of Football please contact Colm Farrell at 0876829218
Dublin Ladies Gaelic Football Association, GO-AHEAD Division 2 Relegation Play Off, 25 October 2023, 12th Lock, Lucan Sarsfields v St Brigids
In the season finale, Lucan Sarsfields were up against St Brigids, the losing team to be relegated to League division 3, so a determined effort was needed to avoid joining Skerries who had conceded their game and place in division 2. Lucan started well with Sophie McIntyre opening the scoring from play with a point in the third minute, following good interchange between the midfielders and forwards. Brigids equalised with a free, and from the restart Lucan worked the ball up the field to Laura Quinn who pointed. Mairi Moynihan split the posts from a free, and McIntyre after a great kick pass from Moynihan, kicked over the bar to put Lucan 3 points ahead after ten minutes. The middle of the half was dominated by Lucan, although the scoreboard didn’t reflect the dominance, with wides from Quinn, Siobhan Birnie , Brigids had opportunities to score however, wides and dropping short meant no change. Abby Shiels made a great stop, Emma Fallon was replaced by Ella Lacey following a knock, and in the 25th minute Quinn added another point to her tally. Defensively, Rebecca Flanagan, Avril Quinn, Ellen Dunphy, Lily Rooney, Emma Flanagan; all were closing out the Brigids attack, limiting their options, and Aoife Seery and Emma O’Brien played a supporting role dropping back when needed. Half Time score: Lucan Sarsfields 0-5, 0-1 St Brigids
Moynihan pointed from a free thirty seconds after the second half got underway, and added another free a few minutes later. Brigids got their second score in the seventh minute, and McIntyre tipped it over from play to maintain the gap. Moynihan increased the lead with, her first from play. Lucan were reduced to 14 for 10 minutes when Avril Quinn was yellow carded for a robust challenge, which looked accidental from our angle. Brigids pointed from the resulting free. McIntyre responded with a point from play. Sars goalie, Shiels made a dramatic two footed save, however Brigids were awarded a penalty, which they converted to reduce the gap to four points. Laura Quinn added another from play, and Brigids cancelled that one out with their next attack. Zara Lawless made way for Rebecca O’Reilly, Brigids scored another from a free, as Lucan were returned to full strength with ten minutes to go. Quinn made it 0-12 to 1-5 with a point from play, Lucan were awarded a penalty which Ellen Lyons blasted low and hard to the back of the net. Moynihan pointed again from play, Lyons went off for Ada Bowler, Brigids added another point, but it was too late, and Mairi Moynihan netted from a free to ensure division 2 stqtus, with the final score; Lucan Sarsfields 2-13, 1-6 St Brigids.
Lucan Team: Abby Shiels, Rebecca Flanagan, Avril Quinn, Emma Fallon, Ellen Dunphy, Lily Rooney, Aoife Seery, Emma O’Brien, Ellen Lyons (1-0 pen) , Siobhan Birnie, Emma Flanagan, Sophie McIntyre (0-4), Mairi Moynihan (1-5, 1-3f), Laura Quinn (0-4), Zara Lawless, Ella Lacey, Rebecca O’Reilly, Ada Bowler
A great turn out from our U11s last weekend, this group have the skills, the team spirit and the happy faces to enjoy and perform for the club!
Tickets are now available at €40 per person for the Lucan Sarsfields Christmas Gala which takes place on Saturday 2nd December at the Clubhouse.
This promises to be a great night, starts at 7.30pm sharp with a Prosecco Reception followed by a 4 Course Meal followed by Live Band – DESIRE.
This is a Social Event at the Club NOT a Fundraiser.
The Lucan Sarsfields GAA Club 25 Card Drive resumes on Friday 13th October 2023 and will continue to 10th May 2024 in the Clubhouse Bar.
Date: Friday 13th October
Time: 8.00pm Sharp
1st Prize: €50 (if 12 or more players, 2nd Prize if 3 or more tables
Entry: €5 per person
Everyone is welcome - from beginners to those who played years ago and would like to resume playing so please spread the word! Members are also welcome to bring friends. Call Bill Ryan at 086-8500376 or Mary Flannery at 087-7469143 for further information.
Healthy Club are hosting a Senior Citizens Sunday Lunch on Sunday, 19th November. All enquires for tickets or from anyone who would like to help out or provide entertainment can contact the Healthy Club Committee or Colette @ 086 3799270.
No Winner of last week’s Lotto Prize of €6,200.
The Numbers were 14, 16, 17, 21.
The lucky dip prizes go to, The lucky dip prizes go to, Clare Irwin, Pat Keane, Christy Boylan, Clare Joyce, Clare Rigney, Orla Crowley Arron McCormack, Darragh Ryan, Avril Mullins.
Next week’s Lotto will be for a jackpot of €6,600. The draw is sponsored by Newcastle Golf Centre and will be led by Mary Flannery.
Tá €6,600 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 2nd November, 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.