News 27th May 2015

  • Under 15 Girls Division 1 Kilmacud Crokes A 4-4 Scoil Uí Chonaill 2-9
  • Division 2 AFL Naomh Mearnog 1-7 Scoil Uí Chonaill 4-14
  • AFL Division 8 Portobello 0-5 Scoil Uí Chonaill 1-13 
  • AFL Division 11 Scoil Uí Chonaill  5-9 Skerries 3-7  
  • Boys Féile Fundraisers - A big Thank you to all who supported the events
  • Dublin Double Header - Croke Park Sunday 31st May, Clubhouse open after the game!
  • Intermediate Football Championship Scoil Uí Chonaill v Cuala, Friday 5th June at 7.15pm, O'Toole Park
  • Junior Football Championship St Peregrines v Scoil Uí Chonaill, Sun 7th June
  • Summer Camp dates now available!

Feels like Summer is here as the Dubs head to Croke Park for championship games but the weather???

 

Subscriptions - special request

Club Membership fees are long overdue and we would remind everyone to pay their fees as soon as possible.  This is particularly important for girls/ladies as our deadline for registering players with the Country Board is 1st June.   

Membership fees can be paid online at scoilgaa.com where the rates for Juvenile, Student, Adult, Non-Playing & Family membership are set out.

For those that want them, membership forms are also available in the Clubhouse.  They can be returned with the fee to your mentor or to any member of the Executive.

If you are unsure as to whether you have paid your membership fee, you can ask Dominic at 087 6579300 or scoiltreasurer@gmail.com  GRMA

 

Adult games 

Great Weekend for Adult Football in the Club with 3 wins from 3 Games. First up was the Senior Football team who won their Division 2 game in Portmarnock on Saturday evening.  Scoring 2-7 in each half ensured that Naomh Mearnog had no answer to the Scoil performance.  The score included a hat trick of goals from Tiarnán Crowe who also added points and played his best game of the year so far.  Special mention for the 'Wedding Guests' who travelled to Mark & Una's wedding in Cavan on Friday, returned to Dublin that night to get ready for the game and re-joined the celebrations on Saturday evening - Dedication and Commitment!  

This was followed by two good wins on Sunday in both league fixtures. The Junior As played in Portobello on Sunday morning in what everyone agreed were the worst conditions played on in a long time. Despite the conditions, Scoil were the clear winners of this game and Portobello confirmed the lads as the best team they had played in the league so far.  

 

Then on Sunday afternoon, the Junior Bs lined out for a famous victory in a well contested game played in great spirits v Skerries.   

 

Unfortunately, the Adult hurling championship game v Craobh Chiarain was called off at the very last minute by our opponents this evening.  The lads went back to Clontarf to train while the supporters headed back home.

 

The Ladies were also playing this evening but lost out to the combined St Finians and Ballyboughal team in their game.

 

Big championship games next week with Intermediate and Junior Football fixtures. Support very welcome!

 

Keep an eye on Facebook / Twitter for updates on fixtures.

 

Juveniles

We were delighted to welcome Dublin's Michael Dara Macauley as our substitute Games Promotions Officer (GPO) over the past two weeks.  Joanne certainly picked a good one for us!  Michael covered the coaching slots in our affiliated schools and received a great reaction from all the boys and girls who participated in their Gaelic Games training sessions.  Let's hope the Dubs (both hurling and football) are winners on Sunday too!

 

Nursery

Busy morning on Saturday with a great turnout and everyone enjoying the lovely weather conditions.  Great fun too as many parents got involved and also got some exercise as they joined in the games which focus on co-ordination!  New members are always welcome to drop in and take part.

 

Under 8 Boys

Update from JP on Saturday - ""Tough as Teak" U8 hurlers entertained Fingallians this morning and they did not disappoint - with clean sweep x4 wins!!

Delighted for my Birthday Boy Alex (8) who scored twice also. Everyone gave 100% on a scorching hot morning, particularly the U8 girls (Aoileen, Ella, Sophie, Katerina, Caoimhe & Eabha) who never stopped attacking the ball - opposition didn't know how to defend against them!!

Thanks to all those who bought sausage sizzlers/cakes in support of the feile team.

Under 12 Girls

Beann Eadair came to visit us on Sunday and, strengthened by the home comers from Inis Oirr we put up a display of football that held the spectators breathless. From the throw in the girls played their hearts out and an opening point by Caoimhe got the adrenalin flowing. From then on it was a ding dong battle all the way and this time our girls were going to hold onto that ball come what may. The scores kept mounting on both sides all during the first half and we went in 2.3. to 2.1 for Howth at half time.  Sadhbh Murphy, Caoimhe and Siobhan may not have played any football in Inis Oirr but they must have been getting secret lessons from the Galway players because they attacked and harried and caught some amazing balls and as a result we got some great scores. Jody was staunch in defence always there when needed certainly giving her best display ever and that’s saying something.  It was great to see Sadhbh Ni P calling for the ball and making some lovely passes and despite a bad knock she played gamely on. Well done Sadhbh. Abby was, what can one say but that she was fast and fiery and ran rings around the opponents. Siofra Delaney improves with every game and certainly tried hard for every ball in this game.  Meibhin was there always shadowing her opponent and, literally, keeping her out of harm’s way. Kellyann now has the knack of breaking through with the ball which she did to great effect. I don’t know what Paul said at half time but when Ella came out she was everywhere on the pitch using her great speed to advantage. Reailtin gave a marvellous display of harrying the opposition until she put them off their stroke. Gabrielle certainly listened to the advice she was given about blocking her opponents and using her strength.  Holly was the backbone of the team passing some lovely balls up to the forwards. Eve ran her legs off and always proved a danger while Isabelle cannot get enough praise for her defence of the goal. Cool, calm and collected says it all and her kickouts went directly to her team-mates.  Aine was on fire chasing every ball and, like Meadhbh equally fast and determined, is proving to be a great asset to the team. What was particularly pleasing about this game was the way the girls passed the ball to whoever was in position to score and our forwards made the most of it. There was no selfishness at all which is  more than can be said for most teams.  Caoimhe got a blow on the face but courageously played on and her scores were a delight and Sadhbh M jumped for a ball and jarred her knee. We hope she is better for her ballet exam. Good luck to both her and Meibhín. Our girls are nothing if not multi talented with Sadhbh Ni P winning a gold medal for her fiddle playing in the past couple of weeks.  Winning by five points was a plus certainly but what was even better was the team spirit and determination shown by girls. Because it is only thirteen a side we always have subs and the mentors have the difficult task of running girls on and off but next year it will be fifteen which will suit our team numbers much better. What really thrilled me was the way the subs shouted for Scoil on the sideline, totally involved in the play although not playing themselves. That’s a wonderful attitude. . The final score of Scoil 2.7 to Howth’s 2.2 says it all. We are proud of you girls.

Under 15 Girls  Kilmacud Crokes A 4-4 Scoil Uí Chonaill 2-9

The U15 girls came so close in their Division 1 game v Kilmacud Crokes A on Saturday last.  The team gave a great performance and were so close to achieving an historic win.  All the mentors and parents were very proud of the team and as a Club we would like to acknowledge, on behalf of all members, the consistent and whole hearted effort put in by all involved.

 Exam break now for some teams - we wish all our Members and their families, who start exams next week, all the very best.

 

Summer Camps - advance notice

Joanne and her team of coaches have a wide range of Camps scheduled for Summer 2015.  The dates and themes are:

 

Kellogs Cúl Camp for 6-12 year olds 6-10th July, 10am-2.30pm 

Follow the link at: https://secure.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie/booking/online/?venue=339

 

Nursery Camp for  4-6 year olds 13-16th July 10am-1pm

Hurling Camp for 7-12 year olds 11th-14th August, 10am - 2pm

Football Camp for 7-12 year olds 18th-21st August, 10am - 2pm

More details to follow!

 

Boys Feile 2015!

The Boys (& their families) took on lots of fund raising activities in the Club on Saturday.  The Bake Sale  and Sausage Sizzle were enjoyed by many members, players and visitors to the Club especially as we got such a lovely morning for it.  Great fun among the juvenile mentors and the Nursery coordinators as they participated in the Puc Fada with Liam and John still contesting the winning put.  The Team and mentors would like to pass on their thanks to everyone who supported the events in any way.  Over €700 was raised from the morning's activities and it will all be used to pay for the Feile expenses.    Back to league fixtures for the Under 14s shortly and best of luck to them as they challenge for promotion.

 

Club Lotto

No winner of the jackpot when the draw took place on Saturday in the Club.  Numbers drawn were: 9 10 18 22.  No winner matched 3 numbers this week.

Entry is €2 and lotto envelopes are available in the Clubhouse.  Next draw - Sunday 31st May.  Every little helps!

 

Dublin Dublin Header

Only four sleeps to the Leinster championship games in Croke Park .  Excitement is building, especially among the children and adults booked on the sold out Trip to Croker.  The bus will leave at c 1pm and return at c 6pm.  Great that we all have a chance to recover from the excitement on Bank Holiday Monday too!  

The Clubhouse will be open after the game for everyone to drop in and hopefully enjoy the 'apres match' big day fun and banter.  Everyone is welcome to call in and enjoy the atmosphere.

 

Club Festival Weekend

As the Dublin games are scheduled for our traditional Festival Sunday, as well as 'mid term' breaks in primary schools, we are moving our Festival Weekend to September.   We'd love to hear  your ideas / suggestions for the Weekend activities - send them on over the next few weeks!

 

Facilities

The upgrade to the Club boiler / heating system has now been completed.  The upgrade is being paid for by the Grant we applied successfully for in 2014.  Great work by Dominic Morgan, Treasurer (who tackled the Grant IT system) and Peter Morley, Grounds Manager who oversaw the tender process and upgrade works.

 

Club Raffle - Ed Sheeran/Leinster Football / Leinster Hurling Finals

Tickets are now on sale for our special Croke Park 'Triple Header'.  A chance to win some great prizes in a limited draw.

1st Prize - 2 Tickets to see Ed Sheeran (Fri)

2nd Prize - 2 Stand Tickets to the Leinster Football Final

3rd Prize - 2 Stand Tickets to the Leinster Hurling Final

Tickets are now available, in the Club and from Adult football and hurling teams, at a cost of €5 and all proceeds go to support the Club.  Go raibh maith Agat.

 

Defibrillator 

Just a remind to everyone that the Defibrillator is located in the Dressing Room on the left.  Thanks to Paul Keane for looking after the maintenance of the equipment. 

We would like to establish how many members are trained to use a Defibrillator - please contact Secretary, Dave Ryan at Secretary.scoiluichonaill.dublin@gaa.ie and let us know if you are qualified.

Training is also being organised and we will advertise courses for members shortly.

 

Best wishes to all members and families celebrating Confirmation in O'Connells' School today.

 

Every good wish to Ellen McGowan who is recovering from a broken ankle she suffered in training for the Ladies team. 

 

Hope to see you in Croke Park or back in Clontarf Road after the games on Sunday!