News - 9th October

  • AFL3 Scoil 0-15 Na Fianna 0-11
  • AFL8 Liffey Gaels 1-08  Scoil 1-10
  • Girls Championships - knockout games on Sat 11th, see below for details
  • AFL3 Ballyboughal v Scoil Uí Chonaill @ 5pm in Ballyboughal, Sat 11th
  • Minor Football championship v St Sylvesters @ 11am, St Annes 13, Sun 12th

 

Adult games

Fantastic reaction in the Club on Saturday evening from the great support as the Intermediate footballers secured two vital points v Na Fianna in the league.  Tense was probably the best word to describe the atmosphere among the supporters with so much a promotion playoff place at stake.  Thankfully the players were well prepared and in the right frame of mind to play some of their most effective football in the league so far.  Everyone played their part in the win as Scoil went in front from the start and kept the pressure on the opposition to chase the game.  While Na Fianna fought back in the second half and got to within 2 points, Scoil were composed and prepared to work from the full forward line making life difficult for the opposition.  A four point winning margin was a fair result as far as all Scoil supporters were concerned!  Next Saturday, in the final scheduled league game of the season, the team travel to play Ballyboughal at 5pm.  This is another vital game and support would be especially welcome.

On Sunday, the Juniors travelled to Liffey Park and enjoyed a two point one over Liffey Gaels in the AFL8 game.  A positive result is vital in the one game remaining in the league to ensure a promotion Play Off place.  

On Sunday morning, the Minors played Fingallians in the hurling championship in Swords and secured the win.  However, other results in the championship meant that the lads will not be progressing to the next stage. 

The minor football championshp game next Sunday v St Sylvesters is fixed for St Annes 13.

Fixture details are also available on the news page of the website at www.scoilgaa.com

 

Juvenile Games

Under 13 Boys Football:  Update

With no match last Saturday, there was an excellent well-attended training session on an autumnal Tuesday evening in St Anne's.   The lads did some fast-paced drills and finished up with a quick match just before the light faded.  With only 2 matches left in the league, the team are looking for a good win against Sylvester's away next Saturday afternoon - support welcome.

 

Under 8s

The Under 8s enjoyed their trip to Swords on Saturday morning with some great performances and wins v St Finians.  Happy to report that JP was pleased with the all the players!  Training is now taking place in O'Connells School Astro every Tuesday 7-8pm.  

 

Under 11 Girls

The team had a hard start to the game against Naomh Mearnóg since they were playing into the sun and a strong breeze in the first half - in the second half, the breeze disappeared and the sun went behind the clouds!  They had a much better performance in the second half, scoring points and goals - coming short by a point at the full-time whistle.

With 16 there, it's hard to do individual comments but kudos to Eve for switching from defence to forward at one point and making a significant difference in both. The idea of these fun games is, of course, to give girls experience in different positions. Siobhan took a point that set everyone talking. Playing fifteen a side was ideal for our sized squad. So thanks to Naomh Mearnog for facilitating us and for a great game.

 

Under 13 Girls

The girls played out a hard fought draw in their knockout game on Saturday afternoon in Clontarf.  The replay is now set for next Saturday and best of luck to all involved.

 

Girls Championships/Cups

We're into the knockout stages of the competitions so support would be very welcome for the following fixtures on Sat next 11th October:

Under 15 Championship Scoil Uí Chonaill v St Peregrines, Clontarf @ 1.30pm

Under 13 Shield Scoil Uí Chonaill v Kilmacud Crokes B, Pairc de Burca @ 3pm

 

New Under 10 girls team

The new Under 10 girls team are training each Wednesday with Joanne @ Club grounds, 95 Clontarf Rd 7-8pm. New members are very welcome and they will be taking part in Dublin Ladies leagues in 2015. The team have been accepted into the Leinster Club Blitz next Sat 11th Oct. The format is as follows:
• 10 a-side with a panel of 15
• 15minute games (no half time)
• Each participant will receive a certificate of participation
• Focus on FUN and participation of all
• Clubs of any level can apply to take part in the day
• There will be a maximum number of places available and these will be allocated on a ‘random draw’ basis if demand exceeds availability.

Date and Venue:
• The event will take place in Clontarf GAA Club, Dublin
• 11th of October with registration at 10.30am, games start at 11am to finish by 1:30pm

Best of luck to all involved!

 

Dublin Ladies - 'Lace up for a Cure' campaign

The Dublin Ladies are supporting Breast Cancer Ireland by fundraising through the sale of special Pink Laces.  The laces are available through the mentors of each Girls team in the Club and a small stock are on sale in the Club Shop.  The laces are €5 with all proceeds going to Breast Cancer Ireland. 

 

Club Shop (Sat 10am-12 noon)

Check out the shop for Club Shorts, Sock and helmets at great value prices.  You will also find gloves, tops, hats and the special Club Replica jersey.  Every Saturday from 10am to 12 noon.

 

Notice - Brother Frank O'Connor

It was with great regret that Scoil heard of the death of Bro Frank O' Connor a great friend of Scoil Ui Chonaill GAA Club in the sixties. Bro O' Connor, affectionately known as "Smilie " taught in OCS from 1957 to 1965 and was deeply involved in school and Club sporting activities. O' Connells enjoyed perhaps its  most successful football era in that period contesting  five junior A football Leinster championships from 1959 to 1954 and  winning  four. The school also contested the Leinster senior football finals in 62 and 63 losing out to St Mels , who went on to complete a Hogan Cup double.  It was no surprise that the Club also hit a purple patch in the sixties contesting 6 minor Dublin Championships and winning 5. The Club also won the under 21 Championship and contested the senior  football Championship for the first time in 1968, losing out to Clan Na Gael. It was great era for the Club and much of the success was due to Bro. Connor's support and assistance in the school.

Bro. O 'Connor kept in touch with the Club for some years after he moved to Kells and a few challenge matches were  arranged at juvenile level.  Following retirement from teaching Bro O Connor served eleven year in Zambia and finally retired to Baldoyle in 2006.

Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis

 

Congratulations to Niamh Crowe who celebrates a very special birthday today!  Well done to the Under 11 Girls who celebrated with Niamh after training this week.  Check out a great picture at:   https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=924718977542969&set=a.234709989877208.76805.100000146263682&type=1&theater

Welcome home to Conor Kirwan who has returned from Australia.