The Stag's Voice: August 23rd, 2017

Contents

  • Race Night
  • Sunday post-Croker BBQ
  • Summer Camps Wind Down
  • Other News
  • Meet Emily McMullen
  • Team News
  • Fixtures

Race Night

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Management are organising a fun race night on Saturday 9th September in the Clubhouse @8pm, with proceeds helping to fund the juvenile Scotland trip, namely the purchasing of the new Adidas branded Scoil tops for each person on the trip. These tops will be available to order for general membership next week.


Sunday post-Croker BBQ

The Clubhouse will be open on Sunday before and after the Dubs game, with a BBQ that evening. There's always a great atmosphere in the Club on Croker Sunday so be sure to drop in!


Summer Camps Wind Down

Dublin GAA star Ciaran Kilkenny visited the Scoil summer camp last week to offer some words of advice to kids and coaches alike. This week the final camp is underway before school beckons!


Other News

SIOPA REOPENED

The Club shop will reopen after the summer break this Saturday from 10am - 12pm

MESSAGE FROM KATE WALLEY: IMNDA FUNDRAISER

"Along with Goodbody Stockbrokers, I will be taking part in a fundraiser for the IMNDA on the 9th of September to raise funds through 100k or 50k cycles."

Please donate to Kate's cause here.

STAG BAR STAFF WANTED

Please get in touch if interested in helping out one evening a year


Meet Emily McMullen

Meet Elmo the tough tackling bruiser, who ironically doesn't like training in the cold...Emily McMullen!

Meet Elmo the tough tackling bruiser, who ironically doesn't like training in the cold...Emily McMullen!

How long have you been involved in Scoil Uí Chonaill?
Since I was about 9, so around 11 years!

Do you have any nicknames? How do you like to be addressed?
Not anymore but anyone I played with when I was around 11 knows that I used to refuse to be called anything but ‘Elmo’….

Where do you hail from?
Just up the road in Raheny.

How did you come to be involved in Scoil?
My best friend when I was a kid used to play and asked me to come down to training with her one Saturday morning and I haven’t looked back since!

Briefly describe your Scoil career as a player / mentor / contributor, if any.
Over the years I’ve played in so many different divisions, competitions and positions that they’ve all just become a blur but one thing I can say is that no team I’ve played on in Scoil has ever had a particularly bad year, which says something about the players in the club!
I also volunteered in the club shop for about a week in 4th year so I’d say I’m pretty involved….

What would you say you are most known for within Scoil? i.e. what do people associate you with?
I think I’ve finally lost the reputation on my team, but I used to be a little bit of a mouth and made some ‘questionable’ tackles on the pitch… 

What has been your greatest Scoil moment / achievement?
Probably winning the feile. I’ll actually never forget the excitement of those games and that feile team was probably my favourite team to play on so far in Scoil.

What is your profession / field of study / passion?
I’m currently studying primary school teaching in Pats.

What are your favourite hobbies outside of GAA?
I play hockey in Clontarf Hockey Club when the GAA season is finished!

If you could make one addition to Scoil in any way (don’t be restricted by the plausible!), what would it be?
Floodlights and an all-weather pitch so we don’t have to do pre- season training indoors!

What is your favourite Scoil ‘quirk’?
The fact that the code on the lock on the front gate has probably never been changed ever.

If you close your eyes and envisage Scoil in 10 years, what do you see?
Not sure about anything else but I know the ladies team will be number one


Team News

Adult Football

St. Margaret's 1-11 Scoil 3-16
Well done to the AFL7 footballers who had an impressive win last night to leave them in a strong position for playoffs.

#UpScoil

Ladies Football

Scoil 4-10 Foxrock 0-06
Great win in the league in Foxrock this evening. The final game is at home to Raheny in 2 weeks where a draw or better will see them win the league. A big call out for support!

#UpScoil

Nursery

Nursery continues as usual for everyone this Saturday morning at 10am. Parents are always welcome to join in and help out with training.

#UpScoil


Fixtures

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The Stag's Voice: August 16th, 2017

Contents

  • Scoil in Dubs blitz win in Abbotstown
  • Race Night
  • Best Leaving Cert Results Wishes
  • Other News
  • Meet Aodhán Ó Ríordáin
  • Team News
  • Fixtures

Scoil in Dubs blitz win in Abbotstown

Well done to Caoimhe De Buitlear, Anna Power and Hannah Leahy after winning the All Ireland U17 Blitz with Dublin, beating Donegal in the final!


Race Night

Management are organising a fun race night on Saturday 9th September in the Clubhouse @8pm, with proceeds helping to fund the juvenile Scotland trip.


Best Leaving Cert Results Wishes

We wish all students and parents the best with the release of today's Leaving Cert results. Scoil is more than a sporting organisation - we have a wonderful network with lots of opportunities and mentoring available for those who seek it!


Other News

Ireland u18 Basketball European Runners Up

Well done to Scoil minor player Ella McCloskey on representing Ireland in this year's European Championship final. The team just fell short, beaten by a strong German side.

Well Done

To Scoil U14's player Caoimhe Keohane, who made the semi finals of a blitz over the weekend with the Dublin Girls U14 team.

Summer Camps

Anyone interested in coaching or participating in camps should contact Games Promotion Officer Thomas

Upcoming Camps:
Club camp: 21-25th Aug

Stag Bar Staff Wanted

Please get in touch if interested in helping out one evening a year


Meet Aodhán Ó Ríordáin

Another Strictly Star, and one of our strongest social media voices, meet crayon the panda...Aodhán Ó Ríordáin!

Another Strictly Star, and one of our strongest social media voices, meet crayon the panda...Aodhán Ó Ríordáin!

How long have you been involved in Scoil Uí Chonaill?
On and off since about 2001.

Do you have any nicknames? How do you like to be addressed?
Aodhán is fine. (As in 'Crayon' or 'Spray-on')

Where do you hail from?
From Malahide originally. Now live in Drumcondra.

How did you come to be involved in Scoil?
I used to bring girls from my school St Laurence O'Toole's GNS, Seville Place to Saturday morning coaching in the early 2000s. Very good friend of mine Shane Ó Foghlú has always been involved.

Briefly describe your Scoil career as a player / mentor / contributor, if any.
Played for a short and inglorious stint with the Junior footballers in my late 20s. In the last number of years have been involved in mentoring adult ladies football sides, and also took part in Strictly Scoil.

What would you say you are most known for within Scoil? i.e. what do people associate you with?
Probably carrying a water bottle on the sideline of the Ladies football games! And then tweeting about it!

What has been your greatest Scoil moment / achievement?
Thoroughly enjoyed the comradery and buzz of Strictly Scoil, The work that everyone put into the event was incredible and the atmosphere on the night itself was fantastic. Also remember a great Championship win against Wild Geese a few years back that was pretty sweet when managing the second Ladies side.

What is your profession / field of study / passion?
Originally a primary school teacher and principal. Have been full time politician since 2011. Resigned my teaching post last year.

What are your favourite hobbies outside of GAA?
Big soccer fan. Enjoy theatre, history and Netflix! Also collect match programmes - mainly GAA and soccer.

If you could make one addition to Scoil in any way (don’t be restricted by the plausible!), what would it be?
Hard to pick one to be honest. We are a very welcoming club that isn't widely replicated. It doesn't matter who you are or where you're from, you're always welcome to get involved in Scoil Uí Chonaill.

What is your favourite Scoil ‘quirk’?
The Scoil colours are unique. My dad (ex-pupil) says it was based on a rugby jersey that O'Connell's once had back in the day but I'm sure that's up for debate!

If you close your eyes and envisage Scoil in 10 years, what do you see?
Hundreds of children, from all backgrounds, enjoying our games and making friends. Also strengthening the links with the North Inner City schools which is a unique feature of this great club. Also really excited with what people like Jonny, Gus, Peter, Gerry & others are building in the Ladies section - in ten years time we can be the club every other club wants to be.

Finally, if you had to describe yourself as an animal, what would it be and why?
Panda. Sure why not?


Team News

Teams get back to training this week, with some arranging challenge games in preparation for important upcoming matches.

Under 14/15 girls challenge v Whitehall Gaels

This game was intended to reintroduce the girls to matches now that lots of them are home fromholidays. It was certainly a game of two halves and in the first half it looked as though we might as well have stayed at home as Whitehall slammed in score after score.  We don’t know what Paul said at half time but it certainly worked. The girls came to life in a thrilling second half attacking and defending with gusto.  Lia was under constant pressure but stayed her usual calm self making some excellent saves.  Kellyann played the game of her life tackling with great determination and Eve was also superb in defence.  Caoimhe Mulligan made some excellent interventions while Siofra made some unbelievable blocks.  Abbie D ran herself ragged marking her opposite number.   Holly, as usual, was always where she was needed and added to our scoring tally and Abby R was showing just how much she learnt at all the training she attended during the summer. The same, of course, went for Caoimhe K as she slammed in goal after goal in her own inimitable fashion. Meibhín marked her opponent zealously and Siobhan fought for every ball both marking excellent Whitehall players. Reailín scored a lovely point. Sorcha Mulligan was very willing but unfortunately hurt herself early during the game. We hope she has recovered. We thank Therese and herself for togging out with the older girls.  The girls played a wonderful second half against a very strong and skilful Whitehall team.  There is no doubt that they will learn and benefit from playing against such strong teams.  In the first half Whitehall must have thought they were cruising to victory but Scoil certainly worried them in a pulsating second half.  Well done girls you made us proud. It was nail-biting stuff!

#UpScoil


Fixtures

News Update: August 9th, 2017

Contents

  • Congrats Eoin O'Carroll
  • Well done Ellen Keane
  • Other News
  • Meet Daire Ryan

Congrats Eoin O'Carroll

Congrats and best wishes to Eoin O'Carroll and his new bride Paula O'Donovan. Eoin and brother & best man Cian, seen here with Scoil men from across the world, delivered wonderful after dinner speeches.


Well done Ellen Keane

Great to see Scoilwoman Ellen Keane, seen here on her way to bronze in the women's 100m breaststroke final at the Paralympics in Rio, named at number 33 in the top 50 Irish sportswomen moments.


Dublin Tickets

Please send your All Ireland Semi Final ticket orders to suctickets@gmail.com before 7pm Monday 14th. Note: the subject line must be "Semi final tickets" and you must include the team that you are connected with and phone number. 
*The hyperlinked email above will generate a template mail*


Other News

STAG BAR STAFF WANTED

Please get in touch if interested in helping out one evening a year

PITCH SIDE ADVERTISING

If you know of a company that might be interested in sponsoring a pitch side banner in Scoil Uí Chonaill grounds Please contact Aidan Mulvey @ 086-1450407 or Killian O'Connell @ 087-2072866 for further information or with potential opportunities.


Meet Daire Ryan

A strong proponent for a thriving Stag Bar, known for pulling a pint as much as a hurl, meet the giraffe who is sponsored by Diggers...Daire Ryan!

A strong proponent for a thriving Stag Bar, known for pulling a pint as much as a hurl, meet the giraffe who is sponsored by Diggers...Daire Ryan!

How long have you been involved in Scoil Uí Chonaill?
My whole life more or less, from nursery the whole up to an active adult member now.

Do you have any nicknames? How do you like to be addressed?
Ryanner to a lot of the lads, Gaz to a particular group of friends (I’ve no idea why) or Daire works fine by me.

Where do you hail from?
I’m a local lad, grew up and still live just off Vernon Avenue in Clontarf. Both my parents are from Tipperary though, where my hurling’s skills were honed in the home of hurling.

How did you come to be involved in Scoil?
I actually don’t know the answer to that. To get to scoil from my house you have to drive right past the Clontarf gaa clubhouse but I’m glad my Dad stayed going towards the seafront for whatever reason. I get a shiver down my spine every time I go past that Clontarf clubhouse.

Briefly describe your Scoil career as a player / mentor / contributor, if any.
I’ve been an active-ish footballer and hurler from juvenile right up until this year where I decided to just concentrate on hurling. In recent years, I can be seen more regularly nursing hamstrings on the sideline or waving white or green flags from behind the goals during matches. As Gary Rolls reminds me regularly.

What would you say you are most known for within Scoil? i.e. what do people associate you with?
Since my jeep got branded with some of the products that I sell it has gotten a fair bit of attention so I’ll go with that, the fella who drives the black jeep covered in chicken!

What has been your greatest Scoil moment / achievement?
Beating Clontarf in the AHL4 playoff final was a particularly sweet moment as I’d know a fair few of the lads on that team but more importantly that we’d been working very hard as a team for the previous few years to build up some momentum and move up the leagues. Some say the sliotar from the point I scored that day is still travelling. Hopefully more success on the way this year for the hurlers with winning AHL3 and the intermediate championship well within our grasp.

What is your profession / field of study / passion?
Graduated from DCU last November with a degree in international business and have been working as a sales executive with Pan Euro Foods for the past year.

What are your favourite hobbies outside of GAA?
I’m a massive sports fan in general in particular GAA and rugby. Love going to Croke Park during the summer to watch matches. Outside of sports I enjoy travelling, haven’t been able to do much recently but hopefully in the next year or two I’ll be able to get a couple big trips in.

If you could make one addition to Scoil in any way (don’t be restricted by the plausible!), what would it be?
It would be great if we could extend the clubhouse bar to cover the whole of the 1st floor meaning we could comfortably have bigger functions and crowds in the bar and not have it split the way it is currently. A balcony on the pitch facing side of the clubhouse would be a good addition as well for people to watch training or matches while having a cup of tea or a pint. And finally a small one, a fully licenced television with a host of channels so sport can be watched after matches on the weekend.

What is your favourite Scoil ‘quirk’?
I’ve always thought the dinner dance is a particularly special event in Scoils calendar that I’m not sure many other clubs around the country have one. Martin Tierney summed it up perfectly to me the week after his 1st dinner dance “Ryanner I woke up the morning after the dinner dance and the 1st thing that came into my mind was can we do that again tonight”.

If you close your eyes and envisage Scoil in 10 years, what do you see?
A club that has continued on its upward curve of the last couple of years and is competing at the highest levels in football, hurling and camogie. Great to see camogie making a comeback in scoil recently.

Finally, if you had to describe yourself as an animal, what would it be and why?
A giraffe for obvious reasons

News Update: August 2nd, 2017

Contents

  • Cúl Camp Success
  • Scoil Dubs
  • Zamda BBQ
  • Other News
  • Meet Sinéad de Búrca
  • Team News
  • Fixtures

Cúl Camp Success

Many thanks to all the coaches, organisers, participants & parents who made last week's Cúl Camp such a success, with 110+ attendees! Special thanks to GPO Thomas Gleeson.

Anyone interested in coaching or participating in camps should contact Games Promotion Officer Thomas

Upcoming Camps:
Multi sports: 
15-18th Aug
Club camp: 21-25th Aug


Scoil Dubs

Well done Hannah Leahy, Caoimhe De Buitlear and Anna Power who played last weekend for the Dublin U17s against Donegal and Kerry. They'll also be playing in the All Ireland blitz on Tuesday the 15th of August in Abbotstown.

Hannah Leahy takes the toss ahead of the Dublin u17s match against Donegal.

Hannah Leahy takes the toss ahead of the Dublin u17s match against Donegal.


Zamda BBQ

Scoilman Pat Fanning and his wife are hosting a BBQ in Enniskerry on September 2nd in aid of Zamda Ireland which supports the running of a school and orphanage in Zambia.


Other News

DUBLIN TICKETS

Reminder tickets ordered to be collected from clubhouse tomorrow Thursday 3rd August after 10pm.

Stag bar staff wanted

Please get in touch if interested in helping out one evening a year

PITCH SIDE ADVERTISING

If you know of a company that might be interested in sponsoring a pitch side banner in Scoil Uí Chonaill grounds Please contact Aidan Mulvey @ 086-1450407 or Killian O'Connell @ 087-2072866 for further information or with potential opportunities.

GOALMOUTHS OFF LIMITS

Work will take place between 31st July and 14th August. Goalmouths will not be available to use during this time.


Meet Sinéad de Búrca 

A true Scoil (Beach) Baller; from nursery, to physio to G4MO...meet Sinéad de Búrca!

A true Scoil (Beach) Baller; from nursery, to physio to G4MO...meet Sinéad de Búrca!

How long have you been involved in Scoil Uí Chonaill?
I’ve been involved with scoil for as long as i can remember, I started in the nursery when aged 3 or 4.

Where do you hail from?
Clontarf

How did you come to be involved in Scoil?
My family joined originally through Scoil Neasáin and because we live locally.

Briefly describe your Scoil career as a player / mentor / contributor, if any.
I’ve played with scoil right up from nursery to the ladies team. I started playing in goal when i was 8 for the u10s and now somehow play full forward with the ladies! I coached at the camps and the nursery for a few years before i finished school and just this year I started helping out with the Gaelic for Mothers and Others team (which, by the way, are always recruiting new players!!).

What would you say you are most known for within Scoil? i.e. what do people associate you with?
I’m probably know as ‘one of the de Búrcas’ more often than not and associated with the ladies team and more recently the GAA for Mothers and Others team following on from our successful Beach Ball fundraiser.

What has been your greatest Scoil moment / achievement?
Being part of Scoil’s first ladies minor team was pretty special and a huge step for the ladies section of the club.

What is your profession / field of study / passion?
I’ve just finished my second year studying Physiotherapy.

What are your favourite hobbies outside of GAA?
Cycling and running

If you could make one addition to Scoil in any way (don’t be restricted by the plausible!), what would it be?
Flood lights around the pitch would be brilliant so we don’t have to steal light from the tennis club in the winter and a big hall on the grounds would be great for winter training.

What is your favourite Scoil ‘quirk’?
I don’t know if it’s a quirk but I love being able to spot the scoil jersey a mile away through any hedge in a park, it’s hard to miss!

If you close your eyes and envisage Scoil in 10 years, what do you see?
I see Scoil growing in numbers and competing competitively at every level, both men and ladies sections, with the same strong sense of community in the club, always welcoming new members.


Team News

Adult Men's Games

The Senior Footballers had a mixed week as they were beaten by St Olafs on Wednesday in Sandyford and earned a hard fought point in a draw on Saturday vs Fingal Ravens in Clontarf; which leaves them in a strong position to secure a playoff spot in AFL2.

The AFL7 side dug deep on Sunday morning to secure two important points in their bid to make playoffs, with an excellent last minute display from the Kennedy brothers, David & Robert, who scored a last ditch goal and point respectively.

The adult teams are now on a break from fixtures for the next few weeks which will allow some recuperation before playoff and championship success is sought as 4 of the 5 teams are still in contention for 6 competitions in this late stage of the season! 

#UpScoil


Fixtures

*Summer break*

News Update: July 26th, 2017

Contents

  • Summer Camp Season Underway
  • G4MO Blitz
  • Adam Ryan: #ScoilSkillz June Winner
  • Stag Bar Helpers Wanted
  • Other News
  • Meet Paul Maher
  • Team News
  • Fixtures

Summer Camp Season Underway

The Cúl Camp began this week with 110 children taking part! Anyone interested in coaching or participating in future camps should contact Games Promotion Officer, Thomas

Upcoming Camps:
Multi sports: 
15-18th Aug
Club camp: 21-25th Aug


G4MO Blitz

Scoil Sirens debut in the sunshine
Well done to our 'Scoil Sirens' Gaelic 4 Mothers & Others team who represented the Club for the first time in a national blitz competition in Athlone GAA on Saturday


Adam Ryan: #ScoilSkillz June Winner

Well done again to Adam Ryan, pictured here with Senior Football Captain Gary Rolls, on winning the June #ScoilSkillz €50 O'Neills voucher! There's one more voucher to win at the end of August so send your entries to Alan on 085-7182745 or email to scoil.pro.eoc@gmail.com


Stag Bar Helpers Wanted

We can't guarantee such novelty taps, but it's not labour-intensive and gives an opportunity to have a chat with other members! Please get in touch if interested in helping out one evening a year


DUBLIN TICKETS

Any members who wish to order tickets for the All Ireland Football Quarter Finals, please send orders to suctickets@gmail.com by 8pm Thursday

PITCH SIDE ADVERTISING

Pitch side advertising is a great opportunity for organisations to raise their profile in the community & in the club, in addition to providing the club with much needed funds. The costs are very reasonable and work out at about 8 EUR per week for a 3 year term.

If you know of a company that might be interested in sponsoring a pitch side banner in Scoil Uí Chonaill grounds Please contact Aidan Mulvey @ 086-1450407 or Killian O'Connell @ 087-2072866 for further information or with potential opportunities.

GOALMOUTHS OFF LIMITS

Work will take place between 31st July and 14th August. Goalmouths will not be available to use during this time.


Meet Paul Maher

One half of the Strictly Scoil runners-up, and Scoil member by way of blackmail...meet Paul 'Baloo' Maher!

One half of the Strictly Scoil runners-up, and Scoil member by way of blackmail...meet Paul 'Baloo' Maher!

How long have you been involved in Scoil Uí Chonaill?
I was first involved in the 1990s as a star player for the Junior Footballers.I left for 20 years before Ronan Murphy dragged me back in with the promise of being a dance legend. No regrets!!

Do you have any nicknames? How do you like to be addressed?
Sir.

Where do you hail from?
Raheny, Dublin.

How did you come to be involved in Scoil?
Brian Kirwan told me I had to play or I would lose my traineeship with his firm!

Briefly describe your Scoil career as a player / mentor / contributor, if any.
Junior footballer with a few games for Intermediates until I was humiliated by Barney Rock. My two boys are now involved, and I’m assistant mentor to under 13s.

What would you say you are most known for within Scoil? i.e. what do people associate you with?
Strictly Scoil Dancing/Soccer Head.

What has been your greatest Scoil moment / achievement?
Raising a lot of much needed money for the Club in Strictly Scoil Dancing .

What is your profession / field of study / passion?
Lawyer.

What are your favourite hobbies outside of GAA?
Greyhound Racing and Soccer and in particular, Everton!

If you could make one addition to Scoil in any way (don’t be restricted by the plausible!), what would it be?
Some of my ideas are controversial so best leave it for another time!

What is your favourite Scoil ‘quirk’?
Keeping the tennis balls from the Tennis Club.

If you close your eyes and envisage Scoil in 10 years, what do you see?
A club twice its current size with teams at all ages and more inner city involvement and a second private pitch.

Finally, if you had to describe yourself as an animal, what would it be and why?
Baloo from the Jungle Book! The why is clear


Team News

Intermediate Hurling

St Kevin’s 1:14 Scoil 2:20

On a muggy Saturday evening our ever improving AHL3 team played away to Kevin's in Crumlin in yet another MUST win clash. After losing our previous game to Isle's it was vital we got back to winning ways. As its holiday season a few regulars were abroad and therefore allowed some of the panelists to stake a claim for the first team jersey.

The first half was tight with points being swapped, we fell behind for the first time after 20 minutes, we responded well and were 1 up with 5 to go to half time, Kevins tacked on 3 points without reply and in the last minutes of the first half we drew level with points from Padraig Kinsella & Barry.

The second half started in a blaze of scores, Kevins scored a goal and we were 3 behind for the first time in the game. There was no panic, Ruairi scored a point immediately, then Joe bore down on goal and drove low and hard but unfortunately a fraction wide. 2 points followed from Robert & Ruairi & we were level in less than 5 minutes. To Kevin's credit they took over and opened a 2 point lead again. So after 15 minutes of the second half we had come back from 3 down to level and find ourselves 2 down again. What followed was a total takeover, every line on the field started to dominate and we scored 2.6 to 0:1 in the last 15 minutes of the game. Padraig Kinsella started the ball rolling when he scored a goal. Points were tacked on by Willo, Barry, Padraig & Eoin O Carroll plus Barry scored a penalty. We ran out comfortable winners on a scoreline of 2:20 to 1:14.

Scorers on the day Barry 1:11, Padraig Kinsella 1:2, Robert & Ruairi 0:2 each, Eoin, Sean & Willo 0:1 each.

We are currently in a play off position with 3 games to go, final 3 are away to Crokes, followed by 2 home games against Towers & Crokes.

#UpScoi

Junior Hurling Championship

Round Towers Lusk 3-10Scoil 1-18 (AET)

It was a balmy Sunday morning in Lusk, north county Dublin for this junior hurling F quarter-final. The pitch was in pristine condition - just ideal for hurling.

On occasion, weather lets you down, a pitch is overgrown, a ref doesn’t turn up or some other such vexation. But on a day like this, the ancient game of hurling and modern day well-organized GAA, collided in all it’s beauty.

Both teams stood in their huddles a minute before the start looking strong and fit but a little nervous. From the minute the sliothar was thrown in by the larger-than-life referee, Scoil got into their stride and knocked over 2 or 3 lovely scores but Lusk were equal to the task and matched Scoil almost point for point playing with a real sense of confidence and urgency on their home pitch.

There was no question that 2 or 3 of the forwards for Lusk knew how to hurl and, while would have benefited from a few more sessions of winter training, this was their patch and they were rolling back the years to give an exhibition of high fielding and striking.

Despite some excellent goal keeping from Podge Kelly and defending from Cian MacDomhnaill, Kevin Farrell and Dara Hoban, Lusk, in the space of 12 minutes before the half time interval, flashed in 3 quality goals - 2 unstoppable shots from their menacing full forward who hailed from Tipp originally and was really enjoying his day.

It’s fair to say that Scoil came in deflated at half time, glad to hear the whistle. But somehow there was a feeling that we hadn’t hurled badly and that there was more in this Scoil team with its combination of youth and experience.

Some strong words were exchanged with the management leaving nobody in any doubt that we all deserved more and better from each other. Intensity was required and, having worked hard to get to the quarter final, and with fellas travelling from as far a field as Galway that very morning to make sure we fielded, all agreed we were going to bring that intensity in the second half.

Nothing spectacular happened as the second half wore on. Kevin Farrell scored a goal, David Kennedy scored a point from play and kept tapping over the frees, Shane Cotter went in full back and decided the Lusk full forward had played enough for the day, Mark Cunningham found some new energy and started to dominate his man, Dave Ryan took to the forward line, Darragh McGrath, Dara Hoban and Tighearnán O’Frighil started to show that, as well as hurl, they could win the race to the ball. Daragh Levins stuck over a free from 70 metres and all round Scoil started to enjoy themselves.

Having not asked the ref for the score at half time for fear the gulf was too big to discuss, after 20 minutes of the second half the ref announced that Lusk were leading by 1! This reporter estimates that Scoil were adrift by 10 points at half time.

Martin Hewitt (Chubsy) began to look more menacing in full forward and as the minutes ticked by both teams traded point for point. Scoil got level through a 65 from David Kennedy and with the clock edging towards full time Mossie O’Connell flashed over a wonderful point that looked like it was going to be enough for scoil to press on and win. Lusk and the referee had a different view. The ball flew down the pitch and with a second soft free in a row given to Lusk, they had a 50 metre free to almost certainly win it. The ball dropped in at crossbar height to be plucked out of the air by Podge Kelly as cool as you like. Full time whistle and we’re into extra time.

Extra time was a nerve-racking affair. Scoil looked controlled and while Lusk went in after the first 10 minutes of extra time leading by a point there was a growing sense that this was to be a Scoil day. In the second half of extra time Aaron Linnane, Darragh Reddy and Caolan Minogue showed great fight and with 2 minutes to go, after a couple of great scores from play and 65s, Scoil looked like we were home – but true to their form Lusk gave one last big push and Scoil scrambled the ball from the 21 metre line under massive pressure from Lusk who felt very hard done by to hear a full time whistle as opposed to being awarded a penalty.

After extra time score: Round Towers Lusk 3-10Scoil Uí Chonaill 1-18 

Team: Podge Kelly, Aaron Linnane, Mark Cunningham, Cian MacDomhnaill, Dara Hoban, Darragh McGrath, Daragh Levins, Shane Cotter, Kevin Farrell, Tighearnán O’Frighil, Darragh Reddy, David Kennedy, Tomás O’Connell, Martin Hewitt, Caolan Minogue. Sub: Dave Ryan.

Scorers: David Kennedy 0-9 (0-8f); Daragh Levins 0-3; Kevin Farrell 1-0; Tighearnán O’Frighil0-2; Tomás O’Connell, Caolan Minogue, Shane Cotter, Dara Hoban 0-1 each.

All credit to Martin Hewitt (Chubsy), Matt Cushen and Tommy Naughton for keeping this team ticking over and getting to this stage.

Semi-final due to be played Sunday 20th August.

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Ladies Football

Scoil 1-9 Raheny 3-9

Ladies narrowly miss out on home Championship semi final after exciting game against Raheny.

The team had already qualified for the Junior B semi final but required a win or a draw in their final group game to secure a home semi final, while Raheny needed a win to advance into the semi finals in their own right. 

Raheny made a strong start to the game, with Dublin forward Siobhan Woods, very much to the fore. Raheny opened the scoring, and maintained the lead with a strong wind at their backs, leaving Scoil trailing 0-9 to 0-3 at halftime. Scoil were perhaps fortunate to be so close at the break, but determined defending from Nicole Rock, Laura O'Reilly and a couple of excellent saves from Hannah Costello in goal kept Scoil within touching distance.

Scoil made a better start to the second half, driven on by surging runs from Aoife De Burca and Naoise Ni Bhroin allowed Scoil to chip away at Raheny's lead keeping Raheny scoreless for large periods of the second half. A breakaway move from Raheny saw them register their first score of the half, finally breaching Hannah Costello's goal to extend their lead. Not to be deterred, Scoil with a fine move of their own, saw the ball land into full forward Sophie Gibney who finished well into the top corner to cancel out Raheny's strike. Scoil again kicked on, with a brilliant display of point taking from Emma Condon (who hit all 9 of Scoil's points on the night) to bring the sides level with 2 minutes to go. With this however, the Scoil girls were dead on their feet, hard running in tough conditions had really taken it's toll, which allowed Siobhan Woods to show her class again to set up and score 2 late goals. An unfair reflection on the scoreline, but the performance was was something to be proud of.

Next up is the Junior B Championship Semi Final on Thursday the 3rd of August away to O'Dwyers at 7.30pm.

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