Club Notes - 201506


June 28 2015

Championship

It was a mixed week for our Senior and Junior teams in the championship.  The Seniors game against St. Sylvester’s was conceded by St. Sylvester’s thereby ensuring that our seniors qualify for the championship semi-final. The juniors were beaten by a very strong Naomh Barrog team which effectively ends their championship hopes for this year.  However, the season is far from over for this team as they are unbeaten in the division 5 league and they have also qualified for the semi-final of the division 5 cup so there’s a lot more football to be played yet.

Club Senior team: Sponsorship

Our club senior team has qualified for the Dublin club championship semi-final to be held in late July. This is the third occasion our senior team has reached the semi-final stages in the past 4 years, competing in two finals and winning the competition outright in 2012. We must win our remaining group game on July 8th next to secure a home semi-final. The current sponsorship agreement for this team is currently up for review and renewal. Pat Ring our senior team manager would be delighted to discuss any queries from interested parties, in a strictly confidential environment. Pat is available on 086 8323589 086 8323589 or patrgaa@yahoo.com.  

Regional Féile

On Saturday morning our U14’s travelled to Cloghan Co. Monaghan to play in the regional Féile. The team were drawn in the same group as Aodh Rua from Tyrone, Athlone from Westmeath and Lucan Sarsfields. It was an early start with everybody assembling in Kilbogget at 7:45 a.m. for the almost 2 hour bus trip to Monaghan.  The team arrived in Cloghan nice and early so they had plenty of time to prepare for their first game against the girls from Tyrone.  It took them a while to settle but in the end they ran out comfortable winners on a final score of Foxrock Cabinteely 10-7 Aodh Rua 0 – 0.  Next up were the girls from Athlone who have yet to lose a game in Westmeath this year.  Foxrock Cabinteely continued where they left off against Aodh Rua and ran out winning by 5-8 to 0-7. The third and last game was against Lucan Sarsfields and the last 3 games between Foxrock Cabinteely and Lucan have always gone to the wire.  When the teams played in the last league game of 2014, it finished in a draw; in the first league game of this year, Lucan held on to win by a point and in the Dublin Féile, Lucan managed to win by a point also. Both sets of players and managers knew that there would be little to separate the teams and indeed this is how it transpired. Unfortunately for our girls, they lost (again!) by 1 point and missed out on a place in the final. 

After the game the players, management and parents were treated to refreshments by the Monaghan county board and all were very appreciative of this.  The bus trip back to Dublin was quiet at the start but when all the players realised that they played their best the mood increased and talking, joking and singing started to fill the bus.  The team arrived back to the Stillorgan Park Hotel where they – along with the panel who played in Dublin division 5 Féile – were treated to a meal.  Parents came along too and made it a really great evening.  At the end of the meal all players were presented with a memento of Féile 2015. Many thanks to John Dawson and Ger Russell for organising this.  Sincere thanks too to John O’Rourke, John Gallagher, Glynn Davies, Marla Candon and Pat Ring for looking after the team. Apart from the football side of things, a huge amount of work went on in the background to ensure that everything ran smoothly on the day. Thanks to Stephanie Russell and Elva Miller for their meticulous planning throughout the whole Féile experience.  The parents and the club greatly appreciate the work that you both took on and executed effortlessly.

See you all in August when preparations start for the championship … where we’ll probably be playing Lucan at some stage!

Leinster U12 Blitz 2015

Congratulations to Ada Greene who represented the club in the Leinster U12 Blitz last weekend.  By all account Ada had an outstanding day and we hope this will be the first of many games that she plays for Dublin. Well done Ada!  Ada is the latest name to be added to the ever expanding county representatives page on our web site.

Level 1 coaching course

Dublin LGFA are holding a Level 1 coaching course on Saturday the 4th of July in Fingallians GAA club Swords running from at 10am – 4pm. This course is developed to challenge existing coaches to look more in depth at coaching principles and practices.  Coaches will apply information to solve coaching scenarios in practical situations. All participants must complete a logbook between day 1 and 2 and participants must complete the FULL course to get certification (venue / date of day 2 to be confirmed shortly). More information on the course can be found here. If anybody is interested in attending this course, can the please mail secretary@foxcabgaa.ie.

Membership and Registration

Over the past few months these notes have made regular appeals to members to pay their membership so their registration could be processed.  The importance of registration hit the national headlines this week when the Galway U14 team – who had beaten Cavan to qualify for the U14 All-Ireland Final – had to forfeit the semi-final as they had played an unregistered player.  A statement about the issue from Ladies Gaelic is available here.

At a club level, all mentors have been sent the names of the players who have paid their membership and have been registered.  The mentors have also been instructed that a player who is not on the list cannot train or play any games until membership and registration has been completed.   

Communications with committee

The executive would like to remind all members that all communications and questions regarding the club should be directed to our secretary – secretary@foxcabgaa.ie – who will deal with the query.  



June 21 2015

Sympathy

When news filtered through on Tuesday regarding an accident in Berkley, California where 6 young adults had lost their lives, the whole country was in a state of shock. When the names and the areas of where the deceased came from were released, there was an even greater sense of disbelief in the club and surrounding areas. The club would, once again, like to express its sincere sympathy to the family and friends of those who lost their lives.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very difficult time.

Championship

It's championship time again for our Senior and Junior teams. A win for the seniors against St. Sylvester's will see them qualify for the championship semi-final. The juniors need to win against Naomh Barrog to keep their championship dreams alive.   The teams met in the division 5 cup on Monday and things weren't looking good for our ladies when they were 6 points down with 20 minutes to go. However, they dug deep and managed to secure a draw.  It'd be great to see as many club members as possible down in Kilbogget on Wednesday evening to cheer on the ladies.

U12 Match Report

1-team – St Marks

2-team – Kilmacud Crokes

Kilbogget

The under 12’s had a three team fixture against Kilmacud Crokes last Thursday evening at Kilbogget. The girls did brilliantly - all the hard work in training is paying off with some terrific performances. It was especially enjoyable for the parents and mentors alike to see the girls expressing themselves so freely and it was especially good to see the girls focusing on their left-hand side, something they have worked hard at in training. The games were especially exciting to watch with lots of close tackles and with an emphasis on tight hand passes and ‘working the ball in’ in what can only be described as a very professional display. A number of parents on the sidelines commented to the mentors how well all three teams have come on and how united a group they all seem to be.

The 1–Team also had a great fixture against St Marks last Sunday and put up a terrific performance, as always. This match was also exciting to watch as there was plenty of action all around.

Regional Féile

On Saturday next our U14’s travel to Clogahan, Co. Monaghan in the Regional Féile Tournament.  The team will be playing Aodh Rua from Tyrone, Athlone from Westmeath and Lucan Sarsfields.  Best of luck to everybody and enjoy the day!

U21 All-Ireland Champions

Congratulations to Niamh Ryan who was a member of the Dublin U21 team who won the All-Ireland for the second year in a row.  As in the semi-final, Niamh played a vital role in Dublin’s victory.  Well done again Niamh.  Everybody in the club is extremely proud of this magnificent achievement! Niamh is pictured below with the All-Ireland trophy.












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June 14 2015

Family Day

After a few years absence, the club’s Family Day will be back bigger and better than ever before! The organising committee of Denise Connor, Naomi Murphy, Mags Walshe, Linda Carroll,  Colette O’Keefe and Keith Hughes have been working tirelessly for the last month on the event. All that hard work will come to fruition on Sunday next at 2 p.m. in Kilbogget.  There’ll be lots of activities for the young and the not-so-young and a fun and enjoyable day is assured! The highlight of day will undoubtedly be the Cornerstone Cup when a combination of the minor and junior teams take on the mentors and parents.  As called out last week, the Minor / Junior combination will be managed by Denise Connor and Bernie Hedderman and after hours of deliberation, the mentors / parents team will be managed by Gordon Bell. Already confirmed for the mentors / parents team are former Welsh rugby international Glynn Davies and FAI Cup winner Andy Lynch.  It is understood that club chairman Johnny Culloty will also be available for selection.  Previous Cornerstone Cup games have been edge of the seat stuff and we’re sure next Sunday will be no exception. 

Following the Cornerstone Cup, club members will be treated to some more top class football when the Dublin Minor team take on our Senior team in a challenge game.  This will be a very useful workout for both teams but particularly for the Dublin minors as they prepare for the All-Ireland semi-final.  Members are no doubt aware that we have 3 Foxrock Cabinteely players on the Dublin minor team so we look forward to seeing Ciara Crotty, Hannah O’Neill and Tarah O’Sullivan do battle against their club mates. The throw in for this game is at 6:45.

School Blitz

Wednesday June 10th was the hottest day of the year so far and was a perfect setting for the annual primary school blitz.  10 teams in total took part with Holly Park supplying 4 teams, and Johnstown and St. Brigid’s supplying 3 teams each.  The competition started at 1:15 with St. Brigid’s 3 take on Johnstown 3 in group 3.  A fantastic display by both teams saw Johnstown take the points.  The games in groups 1 and 2 started at 1:30 and with group 1 turning out to very evenly matched with all teams winning 1 game each and finishing on 3 points each. The winners had to be determined by scoring difference and Holly Park 1, with a +10 scoring difference topped the group and qualified for the semi-final.  Holly Park 2 won their 2 games in group 2 and also qualified for the semi-final. Things were a lot tighter in Group 3 (where 2 teams qualified for the semi-final) with the group not being determined until the final game of the group.  Holly Park 3 had to beat Johnstown by 3 points to be assured of second place in the group. In the end they won by 6 point and topped the group with Holly Park 4 coming second.  For the first time in the 7 year history of the school blitz, the same school provided all 4 semi-finalists so well done to Holly Park on this remarkable achievement.  Instead of playing 2 semi-finals and thereby only giving 2 groups of players a chance to play in the final, the Holly Park girls agreed that the final should be held between ALL Holly Park girls.  The final was highly entertaining with only 2 points separating the teams in the end.  The tables from the day can be seen here.

At the end of the game, schools co-ordinator Pat Ring congratulated Holly Park on their win but paid tribute to ALL the schools and their coaches for their tireless work throughout the year.   Pat wished all schools the best of luck in next year’s Cumann na nBunscoil competition and he said that all teachers would have a very difficult job picking school teams based on the level of skill and determination showed by all players.

In the end the day belonged to Holly Park but without doubt, the overall winner on the day was the sportsmanship and courtesy shown by all teams.  All players joked and smiled after the competition while enjoying the refreshments provided by the club.

The competition ran off without a hitch thanks to the work of Pat Ring and Naomi Murphy.  Thanks also to referees Orla Kavanagh, Emma Barry and Helen Walsh for their effective handling of the games.  Photos from the day can be seen here.

Joan Casey

Our sincere congratulations go to our esteemed friend and supporter Ms Joan Casey, who has recently announced her retirement as principal of Holly Park girls school. Joan has been the driving force along with Marla Candon and Rose Haugh over the years in supporting and delivering our joint GAA programme to all Holly Park students. We wish Joan a long and healthy retirement.

Camps

Pat Ring advised the club after the Easter camp that he was stepping aside from organising and coordinating our annual Easter and summer camps. We would like to thank Pat for organising and delivering these two annual events since 2007. It is clear from the lack of support and attendance at our recent Easter camp, that a review and overhaul is required into the format and delivery of our camps.  It has been decided that we will not be holding our July week and August week this summer. We will complete the review mentioned above and re launch our camps for the 2016 Easter and Summer breaks.

Recruitment

The club Executive has been involved in a major recruitment drive with our three partner girls primary schools, Johnstown, Holly Park and St Brigid's, since April. We would sincerely like to acknowledge the major role played by David O'Connor, Rose Haugh, Marla Candon, Aine Frawley and Bronagh McGeary, with the support of all three principals, Caroline Quinn, Joan Casey and Aedeen Sweeney. We thank you all for your continued support. We are very pleased with the increase in the number of players attending our Academy, Under 9, Under 10, Under 11 and Under 12 squads as a result of this initiative.  This has also shown a considerable rise year on year in our club membership.

Fundamentals Course

23 mentors from the club attended the Fundamentals Course which the club organised and all who attended had nothing but positive things to say about the course.  The course itself was presented by William Harmon of the LGFA as well as inter county referee Maggie Farrely.

Tesco Community Fund

The club has been selected as one of the participants in the Tesco Community Fund in the Tesco Parkepoint store. The Parkepoint store is located here.

What is the Tesco Community fund?
Every 6 weeks, each Tesco store selects 3 local organisations / charities and will donate up to €1000 to the selected organisations.

How does it work?
Each time you shop in the Parkepointe store, you'll receive a goodwill token which you can use to vote for the organisation that means the most to you. Every 6 weeks, the money from the Tesco Community Fund will be shared out according to the number of tokens each organisation receives.

If you shop in Tesco why not switch to the Parkepoint store for the next 3 weeks and use your goodwill token to vote for Foxrock Cabinteely GAA club. Please get your family, friends and neighbours to do likewise!

Academy

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 and the rest of the Academy crew! If you know of players born between 2007 and 2010 please do let them know about this.

Facebook

The clubs Facebook page also has information on the various activities in the club. Have a look at the Academy page too and also the Gaelic 4 Mothers page too!  

Twitter

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!



June 7 2015

New Jersey’s for U8 team

Many thanks to Festo for sponsoring a new set of jersey’s for our U8 team.  The team wore the new jerseys for the first time today in their game against Lucan and all the players looked fantastic.  Below is a picture of the squad in their new jersey’s before the game.










School Blitz

The annual school blitz takes place this Wednesday in Kilbogget Park.  This year we have 10 teams taking part with St. Brigid’s and Johnstown supplying 3 teams each and Hollypark supplying 4.  The rules for the day are as follows:

  • Teams to be of mixed ability. No grading. It is primarily a fun day.
  • Players drawn from 4th/5th classes. 3rd is optional.
  • 9 a side with 2-4 subs. More subs if required.
  • 1 GK, 3 Backs, 2 Mids, 3 Forwards.
  • 10 minutes a side with 3 minute H T break for groups 1 & 2.
  • 7 mins a side due to extra game with 3 minute H T break IN GROUP 3
  • Players cannot move from team to team.
  • One hop one solo.
  • Schools to provide at least 2 umpires each from parent group.

The full list of fixtures is available here and will be updated during the blitz. 

Family Fun Day

Plans are well under way for the Family Fun Day that will be held on Sunday June 21st.  Lots of activities are being organised and more details will be provided next week.  The highlight of the day will no doubt be the Cornerstone Cup which will be played between a selection of minor and Junior players and mentors / Dads.  Team managers will be confirmed later in the week but it is expected that the minor and junior team combination will be managed by Denise Connor and Bernie Hedderman who guided the minor team to the division 5 title recently.  There’s a large number of candidates who are more than capable of managing the mentors / dads combination and whoever the successful candidate is will have a very tough job deciding on the starting 15. 

Dublin U21

Congratulations to the Dublin U21 team on qualifying for the All-Ireland final.  Our own Niamh Ryan was instrumental in the win when she scored 1-2 and set up a lot more scores for her team mates.  A full match report is available here. The All Ireland final is on June 21st where Meath or Cork will be the opposition.

Teams

The senior’s cup game against Na Fianna was conceded by Na Fianna and as a result, the team are now top of the division in this competition.  The junior team had a terrific 5-13 to 2-10 over Fingallians in the division 5 cup.  With just 2 games left in this competition, they still have a chance to finish in the top 4. The U16’s were beaten by St. Anne’s in the league. That result sees us and St. Anne’s level at the top of the division with just 1 game remaining.  Should both teams win their last game there’ll be a playoff to decide the league so there’s still lots to play for. We’re sure the team will dust themselves down from today’s defeat and come out with all gun’s blazing in their next game against Fingal Ravens. 

Fundamentals Course

The club ran a very successful Fundamentals Course on Saturday and all present learned a lot from the course.  Well done to Linda Carroll and Mags Walshe for organising and looking after the logistics on the day.

Tesco Community Fund

The club has been selected as one of the participants in the Tesco Community Fund in the Tesco Parkepoint store. The Parkepoint store is located here.

What is the Tesco Community fund?
Every 6 weeks, each Tesco store selects 3 local organisations / charities and will donate up to €1000 to the selected organisations.

How does it work?
Each time you shop in the Parkepointe store, you'll receive a goodwill token which you can use to vote for the organisation that means the most to you. Every 6 weeks, the money from the Tesco Community Fund will be shared out according to the number of tokens each organisation receives.

If you shop in Tesco why not switch to the Parkepoint store for the next 3 weeks and use your goodwill token to vote for Foxrock Cabinteely GAA club. Please get your family, friends and neighbours to do likewise!

Academy

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 and the rest of the Academy crew! If you know of players born between 2007 and 2010 please do let them know about this.

Facebook

The clubs Facebook page also has information on the various activities in the club. Have a look at the Academy page too and also the Gaelic 4 Mothers page too!  

Twitter

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! 


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