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Club Notes December 3rd 2012

posted Dec 4, 2012, 5:39 AM by Kevin Brassil
Our Ogra is still on saturday mornings and we have introduced a healthy eating policy with the young ones, serving them fresh chopped fruit and water after their training. We would like juvinile mentors to start adopting this policy as well.   After training or after matches please introduce your players to water for hydrating and maybe chopping oranges. Leave the goodies for end of season or celebrations.

We held our AGM on Monday night and we have a new Chairman Mr Conor Lee, the Lees have a long history with the club, his late father Brendan Lee was also one of our chairmen.

We would like to thank our former Chairman Paul Dempsey who held the position for 5 years for all his hard work.

Greg Brough has stepped down from the executive on which he served for 17 years, many thanks for all your hard work as well.

On Friday Night we had our annual Awards Ceremony
which was a fantastic night, this is probably the best year the club has every hard in terms of promotions and Cup winnings.  Kevin Brassil was named Club Person of the Year and richly deserved. Kevin has done amazing work with our website, too numberous to list.

Greg Brough was given the highest accolard the club can bestow upon a member, he was awarded Honorary Life Membership.

Thank you to Donna Ivory, Paddy Peake and Andrew Dowling
for decorating the hall for the awards night on friday.

Monster Christmas raffle
we now have over 11,000 euro in from ticket sales, please return your sold tickets asap. Only 11 days left to the draw!!!!

Minor Hurlers Championship

Last Sunday our Minor hurlers beat Skerries Harps by two points in the Championship quarter final, 3-08 to 2-09. Skerries are a strong side so we knew we were up against it. In the first ten minutes Skerries went four points ahead with a cracking goal. Minutes later Liam O’Shea (cautiously back from an ankle injury) replied with a rocket into the Skerries goal. Soon later Eoghan Smyth (Dublin Minor Hurler) was awarded a free on the twenty-one yard line, took a risk and rattled the back of the net.

At half time Raheny were up by two points. The second half was filled with drama and could have gone either way. Calum Clarke (u16) made a vital save and with solid performances from Luke Bennett, Brian Arthur, Aidan Gauhan, our full back line were solid and hampered attack after attack. Eric Mullen (u16), Roy Lunney (u16) and Jake Grogan never gave up in the centre-half back line and battled for every single ball. Lenny Tobin and Robert Diffley (Diff) fought well in midfield. Diff played a pivotal role and time after time with sliothar in-hand, burst through two to three defenders and delivered vital passes into the forwards. Eoghan Smyth and Liam O’Shea sparked, and between them returned clever passes which resulted in valuable scores, especially when Liamo scored his second goal. Eoghan took the frees and 65s with comfort and without his clever and skillful hurling the team wouldn’t be the same. Sean Doyle (u16) was marking one of Skerries best hurlers. With Sean’s attitude, he fought for everything and didn’t give his opponent any room to maneuver. Danny Reid is not the players’ player of the year for nothing. Danny turned up with zero energy (because of a bug) and caused havoc in corner forward. By just being on the pitch his presence alone is enough to threaten any opposition, and scored a lovely point! James Carroll and David Cleary (u16), two of our most improved hurlers this year were also outstanding. Our subs; Conor Flaherty, Cormac Flynn (u16), Eoin Leech (u16), Marc Bosnet (u16), and Darragh Harford (u16) supported the lads from the sideline and mean just as much to the team as the lads on the pitch. Man-of-the Match: Robert Diffley.

The semi-final looks like to be played on Sunday 16th December against Thomas Davis at 11.00am, venue TBC.


Raheny AFL8 – 2012 Season Report
Early in January 2012 the AFL8 squad returned to training for another hard pre-season. Training in the mud up to your knees without a football one night a week wasmade bearable only by the fact we could get our hands on a ball in the great facilities down in Alfie Byrne Parkfor our second session of the week Having gained promotion the year previous from a league that the team had been entrenched in for more years than we would care to remember, the goal for 2012 was simple, be competitive in AFL8 and finish in the top half of the league.

We started off with a grudge match against our nemesis St Brendan’s, the only team to beat us in AFL9 the previous year and who had come up from that division with us. We played out a very tough, tactical match out in Grangegorman and won by 3 points. It was great to get off to a winning start and it gave belief to the team that we could compete at a higher level than the year before.

With a team full of experience down the centre and youth on the wings, we went on a run of six games unbeaten. Unfortunately, the lure of the J1 stole some of our younger players as they made the trip to Canada for the summer and it took the rest of the team a few games to cope with their loss. During this period we lost two games and drew one. The pressure was now on and with a few additions to the squad over the summer months we got our season back on track and put another great runtogether of four games unbeaten.

By mid summer we had also reached the quarter final of the Junior C championship. Having beaten Good Counsel and Stars of Erin (AFL7) both well supported home games. We came up against a very good AFL7 St Brigids side and while we played exceptionally well and pushed them close for most of the match, they were just too strong for us on a windy Sunday morning out in Blanchardstown, running out winners by 4 points in the end.

It was now the start of October and we were sittingsecond in the league. With three games left we were 1 point ahead of Olafs with them up to play next. On a lovely Sunday morning down on pitch 9 our supporters were treated to an exhibition of football as we beat Olafs comprehensively in this crunch match. We now had 1 hand on promotion and if we could keep a resurgent Ballyboden side who had already won the Junior C championship at bay, we would achieve promotion for the second year in a row It all came down to our second last game against Ranelagh Gaels. This was played in Alfie Byrne Park on a freezing cold Tuesday night. It was a match that meant nothing to Ranelagh who would finish mid-table regardless of the result and with us knowing that a win would guarantee promotion ahead of Ballyboden, we ran out 2-16 to 1-5 winners. Promotion was achieved with 1 game to spare It is a great achievement to gain promotion after only oneyear in any league. It is a testament to the groundwork laid by Ron Richardson and Frank Holland in previous years in AFL9, to the management team this year of Mark O’Connor, Ritchie Kenny, Dec Gallagher and also a few cameo’s by last years promotion winning manager Ron Richardson. Saus Dowling was always willing to help from start to end of the year and also to the hard work and effort put in by the whole AFL8 (now AFL7) squad throughout the whole year As with the end of any season, there are always a few of the elder players that threaten to hang up the boots. Winning promotion two years in a row has hopefullygiven them the excuse to delay that decision and give AFL7 a go next year and try for a hat-trick of promotions…..

Well done the lads!!!

Hard luck to U21 hurlers on a 1pt loss to Oliver Plunketts.

Many thanks to Christy O'Connell for all the net rigging, flag posting and umpiring.

Many congratulations to Brian and Niamh Curtis on the birth of their ready made family,  Welcome to Alannah and David, looking forward to seeing them both in Ogra in a few years.


Torthai an Chrannchur 26-11. Uimhreacha 10-20-22-24. Ni raibh aon buaiteoir.  Pota Or 03-12 €2200. Go n-eiri libh go leir.

Trad session every Wed in bar and all are welcome. 

Ciorcal Comhra gach Ceadaoin sa Leabharlann Rath Eanaigh agus ta failte roimh cach..

There is no strength without working together