The Senior footballers had another fine workout against a strong determined Raheny team last Sunday morning down in Old Conna. The sun shone and we witnessed a game full of end-to-end stuff with some thrilling tussles, exceptional movement and some wonderful scores.
Oisín o hAnnaidh relishing his role at wing-back opened the scoring with a well taken point. Playing with the breeze, Raheny took the game to Bray and raced into a four point lead. Conor Flannery hit back with a typical Flanno score before Stephen Fox hit the back of the net from the penalty spot. Three minutes later we had the score of the match. Niall McGraynor winning the ball around midfield popped the ball to Ray Lambe who handpassed to Brian O’Keeffe who popped it to Ross MacAnaspie who finally transferred it back to the incoming Ray to fist to the net. Quick hands, great support play, a joy to watch.!
At half-time Bray went in leading 2-3 to 0-5 .The Emmets upped their game in the second half and with the wind to their backs they controlled long passages of play. We saw some great score taking from John O’Keeffe, Flanno, Niall McGraynor and Ross. The defence dealt more than competently with everything that came their way and finished very strongly. This was a tough physical contest and it was encouraging to see everyone weather the storm. Bray ran out eventual winners on a scoreline of 3-8 to 1-8.
If you would like to catch this team in action come along to Ballyboden next Sunday at 12 o’clock.
The new U-11 team finally commenced their season after two washouts the previous weekends. Opposition this week was Ballyboden and the report is from the white team. With numbers slightly down due to sickness and mid term break our team was supplemented by three U-10s – Noah, Shane and Lochlann.
We started a bit ring rusty and Ballyboden stormed into a 1-1 to 0-0 lead after the opening few minutes but we settled after this and began to turn the tables on the opposition. Starting from the back our goalkeeper Aaron Lyons was dominating his area and picking out our players with pinpoint kickouts. Our full-back line of Kevin Nolan and Lochlann Dougan were their usual dogged and tireless selves in cutting out attacks. Shane and Ryan Purdy were doing some fine fielding in the half-back line and feeding off ball to our tirelessly roving midfield of Ben Hoskin and Conn Benville. With this kind of play we began to overrun the middle third of the field and to set up the forwards for opportunities. However the Ballyboden defenders were not going to let us in too easily and we squandered some shots but we did pick off a fine point from distance to leave the half-time score at 1-1 to 0-1 against us. The second half really upped the tempo and Bray quickly turned their midfield dominance into scores by quickly getting two goals from fine set-up play by Oisin Dougan. Playing full-forward were Kevin Spaine and Aengus Muldoon and their ability to take possession of the ball and hold up play caused panic in the oppositions back line. The on rushing half-forward line of Noah Cummins and Conn Benville were then able to pick up the passed out ball and steal a goal and a point for us. With only minutes remaining we held a slim 3-2 to 13 lead and Ballyboden were pressing hard and eventually they poached a goal but we held out after that to register a fine morale-boosting win of 3-2 to 2-3.
Unfortunately, the green team just lost out in a high scoring and fast moving game on the second pitch to leave the aggregate score at Bray 6-13, Ballyboden 7-17. More on that match next week.
MEMBERSHIP FEES 2009
It’s that time of year again as the signs of winter are beginning to fade. This year a NO Pay No PLAY policy will be implemented so do co-operate and attend the Registration dates set out below.
Boys U-10, 11 and 12 Football & Hurling, Saturday 28th February 10am – 12 noon; Saturday 7th March; Girls U-10, 11 and 12 Football, Monday 23th February 7pm (Astro Turf), Monday 2nd March; U-14 Football and Hurling - Ciara Kirwan; Girls U14 Football - Gaye Heffernan; Camogie - Teresa Mulvanney; Adult Hurling, Wednesday 4th March 7.30 to 8.30pm; (U16, Minor, Junior & Senior); Adult Male and Female Football, Thursday 5th March, 7.30 to 83.0 pm U16, Minor, Junior, Intermediate & Senior); Juvenile Membership (U18) €70, 2 or more juveniles €140; Adult Playing Member €100, Voting rights; Non Playing Member / Mentor, €70, Voting rights; Social Membership €20, No voting rights; Family: €70 per Non playing adult + €30 per child (U18) thereafter – Max €200, eg: 2 parent non playing + 2 children (U18) is 70 + 70 + 30 + 30 = €200; (1 parent non playing + 2 children is €70 + 30 + 30 = €130)
ANNUAL DINNER DANCE AND PRESENTATION
This is the last call for the Annual Dinner Dance and Presentation! To avoid being disappointed get your ticket straightaway.
This year’s event will be held in the Esplanade Hotel on next Friday, February 20th at 7.30 pm. Tickets are €50 for adults, €30 for Minors and €35 for Students. Music is by Brendan Kennedy. Tickets are available from Dermot at 086-2560401, Anne at 087-9839937, Tony at 086-1098550 or any Team mentors. All Mentors please spread the news!
The sense of relief felt by Fergus O’Brien and Ray Barry early on Sunday morning must surely have added savour to the beverages they were musingly imbibing. Their ‘baby’, the annual Dinner Dance, had just had a successful delivery. The consensus was that the night had been a great success - an oasis of joie de vivre in the noosphere of doom and gloom in which, at the moment, we move and have our being. No doubt, as their slowly sipped measures gave relish to their palates, they reflected that the outcome had compensated for all those preparatory hours of effort, worry and doubt. The thoughtfully adorned surrounds, down to the love hearts at each setting (na mná for your life: Carmel Deeney, Niamh Sherlock and Felicity Keane) did much to create an atmosphere of welcome for the partygoers. Comhgáirdeachas agus míle buíochas to all involved.
The hierarchy in the order of merit of the many achievements, individual and group, which were celebrated during the Dinner Dance, is a matter of individual judgement. However, it would be hard to envisage any list in which the names of Patsy Vickers and Fionnuala Nolan were not included in the upper echelons. In each of these presentations we were recognising effort without reward save that of seeing the club thrive. Both are admirable examples of that volunteerism, a buzzword of the age, which is now being heralded as the sine qua non in the development of community; seen in turn as being vital to the future health of society.
Patsy’s accolade ‘a lifetime of dedicated service’ was truly earned and aptly named. To the best of his recollection it was in 1948 (no blame for faulty recall at this remove) that Patsy won a County Minor football medal with Newtown. This was followed in the early’50s by a Junior Hurling Championship medal playing with his native Newcastle. He has been involved with Gaelic games in Greystones since the formation of the Éire Óg juvenile club and managed the u16 team which won the County Championship in 1986. He was also part of the management of the Junior B team which had the distinction of winning both the 1988 County Championship and the Swan Cup (v Junior A champions). He also served 12 years as Chairman of the NE Juvenile board.
Add to this the work he does and has done to ensure that the grounds are well kept and that the pitches are in order and you have a picture of an input fully deserving of the description ‘A Lifetime of Dedication’.
Fionnuala Nolan (Kendrick) comes from a family with roots firmly implanted in Éire Óg Greystones. Her father played for the club and her brother Michael was a doughty defender on the Intermediate Championship team. ‘Twas the hurling that brought Fionnuala into Éire Óg where she was inveigled by Colm Gaskin into becoming Juvenile Cisteoir. She remained in this position for 8 years before retiring this year. However she has not ended her involvement with the club where, besides helping with the training in the hurling academy, she is the Child Protection Officer.
The acceptance speeches of both recipients were brief but their words were charged with sincerity and emotion. Such words have the ability to stir the soul and this was reflected in the standing ovations they both received. rugby club. The Intermediates had their first challenge match against Rathnew on Saturday. It was a good run out but it showed we need to be more clinical in front of goal.
Juvenile hurling continues in Colaiste Chraobh Abhainn on Friday nights between 7 and 9 and all are welcome.
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