Notaí Chlub na Míosa: 23ú Bealtaine 2019
Nuacht / Club News
Fundraising and Development Update:
A huge congratulations to the Ladies 2nd Team who coordinated the Fashion Show fundraiser in the Bracken Court Hotel on 18th April. It was a professional production from start to finish, compéred by Mick McKiernan and Deirdre Hurley and featuring models representing juvenile and senior teams who showcased fashions from Echo, Frock Exchange, Shankeys Menswear, Coco C, Vera Moda, Vila, Dorian Black and Noel Heeney Sportswear. Vanessa Nugent also displayed her own bespoke millinery on the night too. Our special guest was Dublin Rose Tanya Feighery. Thanks to the large audience on the night and everyone who sponsored an ad in the programme or provided a raffle prize.
We are pleased to have secured the contract to provide ticket sellers to this year’s Skerries 100 Road Races on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th July. Our club will earn a commission on ticket sales at this high profile sporting event organised by the Loughshinny Motorcyle Supporters Club. We will be seeking volunteers to fill up to 90 seller posts closer to the date.
The fashion show raised much needed funds towards club development. This very week, a shed has been installed on the club grounds and new sets of juvenile goalposts are about to be delivered. Plans for the development of the upstairs of the clubhouse are ongoing.
The Easter Skills and Drills Camp 2019 was the biggest ever with 115 children in attendance over the 3 days and a great crew of young coaches and helpers assisting Siobhán O’Connor. Well done to everyone involved.
Four new junior referees have completed their training. Congratulations to Megan McAuley, Aaron Corr, Sam Clancy and Aaron Gough and thanks to Tony Murphy for coordinating our referees.
The Man O’War GFC section on the O’Neill’s online shop now includes the latest Solar Brushed Half Zip Top. Visit the Online Shop tab on our club website for more details and avail of a 15% discount.
In Dublin news, the championship season has finished for Ailene Fanning and her Dublin Minor teammates. Conor Dolan continues to make a valuable contribution to the Dublin U16s, most recently against Kerry and Cork. Conor has made it onto the score sheet too.
Club members are reminded that they can purchase tickets for Senior Dublin games in Croke Park and Parnell Park through the club. Contact Dermot on 087 1347656 at least one week in advance of any fixture.
Schools Update: The club proudly supports local schools by providing our facilities and providing coaching in some schools. We even hosted a Leinster Post-Primary Girls final at the club this week. We can also boast just a little bit about the contribution many of our club players make to their school’s success. We were delighted to hear that the Balrothery NS Boys and Corduff NS Girls scooped the top awards in their Fingal Schools League finals in May, while the Hedgestown NS Boys and Corduff NS Boys were runners up. Congratulations to Milverton NS on their participation this season too. These teams feature many of our club players. In the Leinster Post-Primary Schools Finals, seven of our U15 girls represented Ardgillan Community College and one U15 girl represented Loreto Balbriggan. The Ardgillan Community College Junior Boys team will play a Dublin final very soon on a team featuring some of our U16 and Minor players. Best of luck lads.
Féilire an Chumainn / Club Calendar
Tuesday 28th May 8.45pm – Juvenile Committee Meeting
Tuesday 4th June 8.45pm – Executive Committee Meeting
Watch out for details of a Trad Night in the Man O’War pub in memory of the late Matt Gaffney and as a fundraiser for the Irish Heart Foundation – proudly supported by Man O’War GFC.
Friday 6th and Saturday 7th July – Skerries 100 Road Races fundraiser
Monday 12th to Friday 16th August – Summer Skills and Drills Camp
Tuairscí agus Torthaí – Adult Teams
In the Junior 1 Championship, the lads clocked up two great wins in April against Crumlin and Civil Service Football to make it 3 out of 3 and a top of the table position. The Men’s 1st team are settling into AFL3 with one win so far. They lost out by 3 points to Trinity Gaels and 4 points to St Anne’s and have a game in hand to play. Next up is a home match this Sunday 26th May at 10.30am against Naomh Barróg. A speedy recovery to Conor Devlin who recently sustained an injury.
In AFL10, the lads are hovering around the top of the table with 5 wins out of 5 wins, with a 3 point win over Clanna Gael Fontenoy tonight and a game in hand still to play. They will be back in action again on 9th June away to St Colmcilles in Balheary at 12 noon. In the Junior 5 Championship, the lads had a convincing win away at St Maurs and lost out by 2 points to Trinity Gaels. Bon voyage to Eoin Moore who has joined Shane Mulligan over in Sydney this week.
Our Ladies 1st team have made it through to the Junior A Championship semi-final following 2 out of 3 wins against Naomh Barróg and St Judes and a loss against a well drilled Division 2 O’Dwyers side. In Division 3A, the ladies are tied at the top of the table with 2 wins out of 3 against Portobello and Scoil Uí Chonaill and a draw against coach Willie Wogan’s own home side at Ballyboughal. In the Division 3 Cup, the ladies have had a convincing win against Portobello and a loss against Westmanstown Gaels.
The Ladies 2nd team is really gathering momentum in Division 8 and are close to the top of the table with 3 wins out of 4, most recently against Shankill and Erin’s Isle and a conceded fixture. They will start their Cup campaign on 5th June away to Oliver Plunketts.
John Bell is continuing to support our six club players who are playing Minor with Round Towers Lusk in Division 3 this season.
Our Minor Ladies have had a great run in Division 4 finishing up with 6 wins out of 7 at the top of the table, most recently against Beann Eadair, St Patricks Donabate, Na Fianna B and Whitehall Colmcilles. They await clarification about whether a league playoff is required.
Tuairscí agus Torthaí – Juvenile Teams
Our U16 Boys are joined first at the top of Division 4 with 5 out of 6 wins and recent wins against Trinity Gaels and Whitehall Colmcilles.
The U14 Boys are currently joined first at the top of the Division 8 table with 5 wins out of 6. They also fielded a team in this year’s Féile with the help of the entire U13s panel. The lads were based in St Patrick’s Donabate on the May Bank Holiday weekend along with mentors Tom, Phil, Michael and Seán. They put in a great effort in the group stages in what was a very competitive Division 7.
Following their grading season, our ambitious U13 Boys team were promoted from Division 6 grading to the Division 4 league where they beat Fingal Ravens in their first match,
The U12 Boys have been graded into Division 6 and already have a win under their belts against Ballinteer St Johns.
The U15 Girls are renowned for never giving up and delighting their supporters. They have finished a very competitive Division 5 league in the unique position of being joined first with three other teams. They face a league semi-final on Saturday 25th May against Ballyboden St Enda’s.
Our U13 Girls are placed close to the top of Division 6 following recent wins against Castleknock B and Cuala.
The club created a girls Féile team comprising of players from our U12s, U13s and U15 panels. Despite clashes with First Communions in our three local parishes, 17 girls and mentors Colin and Michelle managed to make it along to Erin go Bragh on Saturday 18th May for a day of football and fun in Division 9.
At a non-competitive level, our U12 Girls have played Parnells and St James Gaels, our U10 Girls have played Naomh Fhionnbarra, St Peregrines and St Patrick’s Palmerstown, our U10 Boys have played Scoil Uí Chonaill, O’Dwyers and St Peters and our U8 Boys and Girls have played St Vincents and Whitehall Colmcilles.
Condolences / Comhbhrón
What a sad couple of months it has been. We mourned the passing of Matt Gaffney, one of our 1979 Junior Championship winners and a loyal and popular club stalwart and community man. We shared in the grief of Senior Player and Club Executive Member David Hagan and Mary Corcoran on the heartbreaking passing of little baby Cora Mai. Our community rallied together in kitchens and at ceremonies. We showed our respect by closing our gates to training and matches, through guards of honour and through moments of silence before fixtures. Mary Je Je, who was the 104 year old grandmother of Tina, our Cleaner, passed away in Nigeria. Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a n-anamacha dílis. May they rest in peace.
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