Club Notes - 201504
Dublin Féile 2015
On Saturday last, April 25th,
the club entered 2 teams in the Dublin Féile.
The first team were placed in division 1 along with Kilmacud Crokes, Na
Fianna, Cuala, Lucan and hosts Ballyboden.
The second team were placed in division 5A with St. Anne’s, Craobh
Ciaran and the hosts Round Towers Clondalkin.
Both panels had been training diligently since the start of the year and
were anxiously awaiting the big day.
From early in the week, Met Eireann had been forecasting rain for
Saturday. Everybody hoped that Met
Eireann had got it wrong and this appeared to be the situation when they
gathered in a sun-kissed Kilbogget Park early Saturday morning.
First up for the division 1 team was a 10 a.m. start against
Na Fianna on pitch 3. The team arrived
in plenty of time to get settled in for the day and just as they arrived in
Ballyboden, the rain started …. Met Eireann got it rightL. Foxrock Cabinteely and Na Fianna met in the
league the previous week where Foxrock Cabinteely came out on top after a very
physical battle. The team knew the tough encounter that lay ahead and it took
them a while to settle down. Roisin
McGovern settled the team with a very well taken goal after 5 minutes. This was
followed by points from Jessica Connolly and Jodie Egan. Na Fianna never gave up and scored 2 points
before half time to leave a goal between the sides. The second half started with the rain getting
heavier (Met Eireann were still right) and Roisin McGovern found the back of
the net again with the first attack of the half to put 2 goals between the
sides again. As it turns out, that was
the last score of the game with Foxrock Cabinteely winning by 2-2 to 0-2.
Next up was Kilmacud Crokes again on pitch 3. With players
from both teams attending the same schools, most were familiar with other
because apart from being fellow students, some of them actually play on the
same school Gaelic football, hockey and basketball teams! On this occasion Foxrock Cabinteely came
out on top by 4-1 to 0-1. Roisin McGovern scored 3 goals, Emma Dawson scored
the other goal and Jodi Egan scored the point.
All the while, the rain kept falling. Met Eireann were still right.
Game 3 saw Foxrock Cabinteely take on hosts Ballyboden St.
Enda’s on pitch 2. With all the rain that had fallen since the first game
against Na Fianna, it probably should have been renamed pool 2 instead of pitch
2. For some reason the game went ahead
on this pitch and the girls literally found it hard to find their feet. Snorkels and fins were probably more
appropriate attire rather than gloves and boots. In the end Ballyboden won by 2-3 to 0-1 with
the Foxrock point coming from Jodi Egan.
With 2 games remaining, 1 more win was required to be assured
of a semi-final spot. Cuala were the
next opponents and after a very tight game Foxrock Cabinteely ended up winning
by 2-0 to 1-1 with the goals coming from Lily O’Rourke and Jessica Connolly.
Lucan were the opponents in the final game of the league
stages. In their last 3 outings against Lucan, Foxrock Cabinteely beat them by
a point in the U13 division 1 shield final, drew with them in the last U13
league game and lost to them by a point in the first U14 league game so there
was no doubt that this was going to be a tight affair. After a thrilling game,
Lucan ended up winning by a point on a final score of 1-1 to 1-0 with the
Foxrock Cabinteely goal coming from Roisin McGovern.
Despite the loss, the team finished in second place so this
meant that they would be playing the team that finished in third place and that
turned out to be Kilmacud Crokes. Some
of the Foxrock Cabinteely girls picked
up a few injuries in the last couple of games in the league stages and team
physio Niamh Moriarty (who is a grandniece of legendary GAA commentator Mícheál
Ó Muircheartaigh) was kept busy. After a titanic battle, Kilmacud Crokes won by
4-2 to 1-4 and thus ended Foxrock Cabinteely’s 3 years reign as Dublin Féile
Division 1 champions. Roisin McGovern got the goal and Jessica Connolly scored
the 4 points.
Full credit must go to the players, mentors, parents and
supporters who braved the 6 hour downpour. Although they were disappointed at
not making it to the final, all concerned can be extremely proud of the way the
team conducted themselves throughout the day.
Sincere thanks to Ballyboden for the hospitality shown to all from
The first game for the division 5A team was at 10:50 when
they took on Craobh Ciaran. Like the
division 1 team in their first game, it took them a while to settle down, but
once they got their first score, they couldn’t stop scoring and they got the
competition off to the ideal start with a great 8-3 to 0-1 win.
Next up was St. Anne’s at 11:50. St. Anne’s are joint second
in the division 4 league but the grading meeting somehow saw them being placed
in the division 5 Féile. Foxrock Cabinteely battled throughout but just came up
short when losing by 3-5 to 0-1.
The third game was a must win for the girls when they faced
Round Towers. Towers had also won 1 of their previous 2 games so they too need
to win to secure a semi-final spot. It
was end to end stuff for whole game and while Foxrock Cabinteely won by 3-6 to
1-5, 2 of the 3 goals only came in the last few minutes of the game so the
score line isn't a true reflection on how close this game really was.
The work was done and a semi-final place was secured.
Trinity Gaels topped the group in division 5B so they were to be the opponents
in the semi-final. The Gaels are also
top of the division 5 league having won all 3 games that they’ve played so far
so they were the form team coming into Féile.
However, form stands for nothing when it comes to knock-out football and
Foxrock Cabinteely blew their opponents away with a magnificent 3-2 to 0-6 win.
A place in the final was the least this team of warriors deserved.
The message for the team was clear from manager John
Gallagher…. Go home and relax, soothe the tired muscles, go to bed early on
Saturday night and meet in Kilbogget at 11 on Sunday morning for the trip to
O’Toole Park where division 4 league team St. Anne’s would be the opponents. A
call was sent to all club members asking them to come and support the team in
the final and a large number of supporters answered that call. The game was
scheduled for 1 p.m. but due to the division 7 final going to extra time, all
games were delayed by 20 minutes. Once
the team made their way onto the pitch, the large number of Foxrock Cabinteely
supporters made themselves heard and this really boosted the girls. From the throw in, each girl gave her all and
battled for every ball. There was only 4 points between the teams at half time
so it was all to play for in the second half.
The experience of playing in a higher league benefited St. Anne’s in the
second half and they got a few early scores which Foxrock Cabinteely didn’t
have time to recover from. While the
team fell at the final hurdle, they must be complimented on their play
throughout the whole tournament. Participating in a final – in any sport – is a
huge achievement and is something that these girls will remember long into the
Thanks to Round Towers and Crumlin GAA for their hospitality
over the weekend.
The players who represented the club with distinction over
the weekend were: Kate Boland, Ava Clarke, Beth Clarke, Jessica Connolly, Ciara
Cullen, Emma Dawson, Lisa Davies, Jodi Egan, Helen Fisher, Kez Higgins, Grace
Keane (Captain Div 1 team), Rhoslyn Kirwan, Ann Marie Lynch, Eve Lynch, Roisin
McGovern, Danielle Myles, Aisling Ni Raghallaigh, Molly O’Connell, Sarah
O’Leary, Lile O’Rourke, Aobha Russell, Jodie Carter, Eve Cotter, Emily Cryan,
Rebecca Currivan, Anna FitzGerald, Jasmine Gallagher (Captain Div 5 team), Lucy
Kiersy, Ciara Mangan, Sorcha McFadden, Ciara Mills, Niamh O’Connell, Clodagh
Walsh, Sarah Dillon, Ava Egan, Emma Flatman, Eva Gilroy, Sadhbh Lowry, Amy
Mahon, Ella McCambridge, Eve Moloney, Saoirse Moloney, Niamh O’Brien, Lauren
O’Halloran and Aisling O’Kelly.
All teams rely on a good backroom team and the club
certainly weren’t lacking in this department when it came to these teams. Thanks to the following for their help and
support during the campaign: John O’Rourke, Tony Myles, Glynn Davies, Niamh
Moriarty, Marla Candon, Anne Marie Murphy, Stephanie Duffy, Alva Boland, John
Gallagher, Ciara Murphy, Mick Egan, Niall O'Kelly, Marc Lowry, Sheenagh
Cotter, Joanne Maloney and Brian Walshe.
Kitting out 45 girls is an expensive task and apart from the fund raising that was done by the girls, the club would also like to acknowledge the very generous sponsorship of the following:
While the Féile chapter is closed for 2015, both teams still
have a lot of football to play for the remainder of the year. The league has to be finished and the
championship will start in late August. Let’s build on the solid foundations
that have been laid by the Féile weekend.
Division 5 Minor league champions
On Monday night, our Minor division 5 team travelled to Man
O War to play them in the league final.
This was a classic game of football with Foxrock Cabinteely holding on
to win by 1 point on a final score of Foxrock Cabinteely 3-3 Man O War 0-11. A
match report will be included next week when we get our chance to draw some
breath after this classic! Well done to
The draw for the Senior and
Junior Championships were made during the recent county board meeting.
Following their fantastic win in the Junior C championship last year, our junior team will now play in the B championship. They were drawn in group B along with
No dates have been confirmed yet for this group.
Our seniors are in a very difficult group along with:
The tentative dates for these games are
May 20 HOME vs Ballyboden
June 24 AWAY vs St. Sylvesters
July 8 AWAY vs Clanna Gael Fontenoy.
These dates may change and will depend on how the Dublin Ladies Senior team progress in the Leinster and All-Ireland championship.
The new on-line membership is now live and has been
well received by all members. Registration is open now and closes on April 30th so please
ensure your registration is complete by then. Note of
course that in accordance with previous years, for a registration to be
valid, payment must be received.
To register, just visit the club website
Thanks to the U8’s, U10’s, U11’s and U12’s for submitting match reports. These will be included in the weekly notes if they are received before the notes are sent. If they are not included in the notes, they will be added to the “Match Reports” section on the web site so keep an eye on that to see how the teams are performing.
We would encourage the teams who have yet to submit reports
to do so and give your teams the coverage they deserve. We know that all teams are doing great work
and the club notes and web site is a very useful way to keep all club members
Under 12s Match Report
26th APRIL 2015
2-Team group: Na Fianna: Cancelled due to rain
1-Team group: CrumlinThe 1-Team performed very well against Crumlin in cold and wintery conditions at Kilbogget. There was plenty of good hand-passing and possession of the ball with great movement throughout the field. They all displayed good team-play and showed great commitment in winning the balls. All in all, the team demonstrated some very good skills throughout the game.
The 2-Team matches against Na Fianna were unfortunately cancelled due to bad weather but that didn’t stop some of the team turning out for match practice on Sunday with Ronan and David both playing on either team!
Commiserations to the Foxrock Cabinteely players who
were on the Dublin Senior Football team who lost the National League Division 1
semi-final on Sunday.
Best of luck to the club players who will be involved with the Dublin Minor, U16 and U14 teams over the weekend. The Minors play Kildare in the Leinster Final this Sunday with the time and venue to be decided. Once known, we’ll update the web site. The U14’s plays Louth in the Leinster Championship on Sunday at 2 p.m. in O’Dwyers GAA club in Balbriggan while the U16’s play Westmeath in the Leinster Championship at 2 p.m. in Parnells GAA club Coolock on Saturday.
Date for your diary
The Foxrock Cabinteely Senior team will be playing the Dublin U21 football team in a challenge game on May 9th @ 7:30 p.m. in Kilbogget Park. This will be a great opportunity for our younger players to see some of the top footballers in Dublin in action. Keep an eye on the web site for more details about this.
The Academy continues every Saturday morning from 9:45 to 11:15 in Kilbogget Park. The feedback from the new members has been fantastic so well done to Derek, Naomi, Paul and the rest of the Academy crew! If you know of players born between 2007 and 2010 please do let them know about this.
The club has a Twitter account - @OFFICIALFoxCabGAA. Please follow this to get the latest updates from the club. Get your family and friends to follow it too!
The Dublin Féile takes place this weekend and the club will be entering teams in division 1 and division 5. The division 1 team will be based in Ballyboden and will be playing Na Fianna, Lucan Sarsfields, Cuala, Kilmacud Crokes and Ballyboden. The division 5 team will be playing their games in Round Towers Clondalkin where they will be playing Craobh Ciaran, St. Anne’s and Round Towers Clondalkin. The first game for both teams is at 10 a.m. and we would encourage club members to come out and support the girls. Twitter will be updated during the day with updates from both teams, so if you can’t make it to either of the venues, please follow @OFFICIALFoxCab to keep up to date on how the teams are progressing.
Fundamentals Training Course
The club are organising a Fundamentals training course. The date, time and location have yet to be confirmed but we expect to get confirmation of this in the coming week. Once details are finalised, all mentors will be contacted and those without this course will be expected to enrol in this.
The Gaelic 4 Mothers and Others had a very successful Table Quiz on Thursday evening last. A great night was had by all and the organising committee would like to sincerely thank everybody who supported the event.
Clann Eireann 7 a side
The senior team had a very early start on Saturday morning last in their second outing this year in a 7's tournaments. Having brought home the silverware from the Crossmaglen 7's in February, a different mix of players again travelled north of the border to Lurgan last Saturday. Only 6 of the players from the Crossmaglen outing were available on the day. Ciara Murphy, Marla Candon, Cara Cooke, Sarah Brophy, Anne-Marie Murphy and Emma Barry. However Ciara Crotty, Sinead Loughran, Olivia Crosson, Lorna Fusciardi and Sinead Delahunty were available to complete the squad for the day.
The draw saw us in a tough group, and we got the worst possible start with a defeat to Ulster club runners up Donaghmoyne of Monaghan. The players quickly recovered the situation with impressive victories against Sarsfields of Armagh and St Christophers of Leeds. That left us in in second place in group 1, and were drawn against group 3 winners Truagh of Monaghan in the 1/4 final. This was an epic encounter with no more than 2/3 points between the teams at any stage. Our girls came through by two points with a measured, skilful and flawless performance.
That led to a semi-final place against another Monaghan team, Emyvale. This was a cracking encounter that ebbed and flowed for the full 20 minutes with the Monaghan outfit coming through in the end by 5 points. It was a marvellous day throughout. The 11 players were a credit to themselves, their team, and our club. The smiles at the end confirmed that everybody had done their best and had represented our club with pride, honesty and dignity. Such was the standard of our displays on the day, that we received no less than three offers from other club sides to play in challenge games in the weeks ahead. The eventual winners, Donaghamoyne, came from our initial group, and the team that defeated us in the first game. They were worthy winners.
A huge thank you to Peter, Ena, Mitchell and Margaret for their support and hard work throughout the day. The real heroes were the 11 players that again represented our club with distinction.
Best of luck to the Dublin Ladies senior team when they take on Galway in the semi-final of the division 1 national football league in St. Loman’s Park Mullingar on Sunday. These teams drew when they played in the earlier stages of the national league so Sunday’s game should be a tight encounter. Best of luck also to the Dublin U16 team when they take on Offaly in round 6 of the Leinster Championship.
Just a reminder that the academy continues each Saturday morning at 9:50 in Kilbogget Park.
The club has a Twitter account - @OFFICIALFoxCabGAA. Please follow this to get the latest updates from the club.
The Easter Camp starts on Tuesday morning and there are still a few places left. At this stage it’s advisable to call Pat directly on 086 8323589086 8323589 to reserve a place. The weather forecast for next week looks very promising, so make sure to stock up on sun cream over the weekend!
Just a reminder that the “Gaelic 4 Mothers & Others” squad are holding a table quiz in The Grange Pub on Thursday April 16th at 8:30. A great night’s entertainment is assured and your support would be appreciated.
Well done to the division 1 and division 5 teams who had a successful start to their cup campaigns. The division 1 team had good win over a very good Ballyboden St. Enda’s team. The final score was Foxrock Cabinteely 5-16 Ballyboden St. Enda’s 1-7. The division 5 team were very impressive when they beat Thomas Davis by 3-13 to 0-3. Well done to all concerned. Both teams are in action later this week. The division 1 team play Thomas Davis and the division 5 team play Ranelagh Gaels. Keep an eye on the web site for venue and times.
There are no fixtures scheduled this weekend due to Easter but there are some games scheduled for later in the week. Apart from the senior division 1 and division 5 cup games called out earlier, on Thursday evening our Minor Division 5 team travel to Lusk to play Round Towers. On Friday the U14 division 1 team take on St. Sylvester’s and the U14 division 5 will play Round Towers Clondalkin.
Well done to the Dublin Minor team who had their 4th win this evening (Friday April 3rd) in the Leinster championship when they beat Wexford. On Saturday the U14’s have a tough assignment when they have to travel to play Kildare. On Easter Monday, the U16’s are away to Wexford. As called out previously, the club are proud to have representatives on all of these teams and all club players have played vital roles in their respective team wins so far.
Every Saturday morning is action packed at the Academy but this Saturday it’ll be particularly busy! There will be an Easter Egg hunt and as well as that, the pitch will be split into different areas where everyone will get the opportunity to be creative in the colouring and loomband corner, cosy in the storytelling and loads more. There’s also a raffle with fabulous prizes to be won.
The club has a Twitter account - @OFFICIALFoxCabGAA. Please follow this to get the latest updates from the club.
The club would like to wish a Happy Easter to all our members, families and friends.