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Club Notes October 28th 2013

posted Oct 31, 2013, 4:56 PM by Kevin Brassil



This is NO OGRA this Saturday 2nd November.

Well done to our Minor Hurlers
who had a great win over Lucan Sarfields on Sunday morning, there are through to the Quarter finals of the Championship.

On a cold, damp October evening on Clontarf’s pitch 34-Raheny Senior Hurling team came of age - they produced a performance full of belief, passion, pride, encompassed with physical intensity that will last in my memory for some time.
All 20 players and I believe if I could have introduced the 3 other remaining subs they would have as well- left all their energies on the pitch-giving their all for the cause- which was to maintain our drive to the AHL2 League play-offs.
The performance following on from the disappointment of our exit from the Championship- which was our principal goal for the year- highlighted that the player’s belief in themselves that they are a much better group of players than the performance on that day and the ability to refocus over such disappointment was more than admirable.
I normally run through each individual player and line of the team highlighting particular moments in the game but I will not today –
  • All players dominated their opposition number from minute one to the 63rd minute –
  • All played with intelligence, they played with their heads up finding team mates in better positions ,
  • They played excellently as defensive unit and also as a forward unit – tackling with great intensity and showing great discipline when Plunketts tried to stop our momentum by illegal means
  • They made the right decision 95% of the time -but when they did make mistakes and they did occur- they fought hard to regain possession –
  • There was no level of individualism – this was a team display- where the next ball, next play was all that mattered-
  • The concentration, communication between the players was of the highest order- everyone played for their team mate.
I did not say it in the dressing room after the game last night and possibly should say more often in any case but I really am proud to say I was your manager last night and have beedn proud of you all throughout the season - because I and the rest of the management take great pride in your efforts, you are a credit to yourselves, your families and also the club
We await results elsewhere to decide if we do make the play-offs but after last night ‘s performance – the Senior Management -consider 2013 already a success- Raheny have a team to be proud of and we can look forward to 2014 and many years beyond with optimism - since the average of the team is only 24 and I am aware we have some great talent following on in all juvenile teams
Finally the team and management would also like to thank the great support that was in attendance – really much appreciated- social media works!!!!
Final Scoreline:
  •  Raheny 3.11 St Oliver Plunketts 0.10 .
  • Greg Bennett 0.6 (0.3 f, 2 65’s, 1 P)
  • Eoghan Smyth 0.3 (0.2 f, 1 P)
  • Liam O Shea 1.0
  • Dave Heffernan 1.0
  • Eamon Fitzgerald 1.0
  • Eoghan Keogh 0.1
  • Derek Browne 0.1
  • Raheny Abu

AFL1 lost to Lucan on Saturday evening.

AFL4 had to give a walkover to Scoil Ui Chonail on Saturday evening.

AFL7, Junior A Football
Gaelic football is a game of thin margins. Every point counts on the score board which relates to points gained on any league table. In a year following back to back promotions, the Junior A side took time to adjust to AFL7. This group of players was added to this year by a couple of excellent experienced players along with raw youth & willingness to advance.
Throughout an up/down season, interrupted by injuries the lads preformed with their heart & soul. Losing some matches by a single point. Games that could have gone either way.
Coming into the final stretch of the season we found ourselves dangerously close to the relegation play off places (bottom four to play off, losing teams relegated)
However as this team is used to fighting until the end of each game & the last two seasons being decided on the last day, the lads dug in for a fight to maintain AFL7 status.
Following a one point lose (one of a few games to end that way) to the Gardai, the team went on a 4 game unbeaten run, winning well away to St Margaret's & putting in a complete team display in a vital must win game against St Oliver Plunketts, we traveled out to Glencullen to play Stars of Erin to tie the game with a last minute free. This past Thursday evening we traveled to Thomas Davis, knowing a draw would keep us in AFL 7. On a wet & breezy evening, when both teams made mistakes, the lads dug in again. Having trailed for 50 plus minutes a goal worked well by the entire team was finished to draw the game level. Davis managed to get back up to win a free. Again the lads keep to the task at hand & worked themselves into a scoring position to again tie the game. True to form the lads worked again & won a free that was scored to give us the lead with less than 90 seconds to play. A lead that was held and the much needed 2 points secured.
As we fought for survival in a league we'd worked so hard to get into, looking at the league table the following day it turned out we were only 3 points away from a promotion play off spot.
Tight margins, that see you go up or down. Team spirit from a group that give it their all from first whistle to last. There is a lot of football left in this group & plenty of fight for next season, having now found our feet in the division, who knows how far this team will go.

Well done to our Junior Bs who finished off their League season with a good win against Pavee in a very competitive, closely contested game. Congrats to Rob O'Neill on his personal tally of 1-11.

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Wednesday night as always is Tradition night
in the club lounge, all welcome. Lotto details on club website.

Awards night is 7th December,
mentors start thinking who will receive Player of the year, Players Player of the year and most improved player of the year. Also we will need a new Club man of the year.

Mentors night is on Friday 13th of December, still waiting for updated mentors list to be sent to

Thank you to all who supported the Temple Street trick or treat Disco on wednesday night, just over 600 euro was raised. Thanks also to Mark O Connor DJ extraordinaire.

Note from Raheny Business Association

The Raheny United Ladies soccer team in playing in the Umbro Cup Final in the Aviva Stadium next Sunday 3rd November.  You will notice black and white flags - Raheny United colours - on the lamp-posts around the village. Also banners and window posters wishing the team the best of luck!

The soccer club are putting great effort into getting support galvanised on the day.
  • FREE Face Painting  from 9am at the clubhouse
  • FREE Breakfast Buttie - Free Tea and bacon butty to set you up for the day
  • FREE Travel - Free Dart departs at 10.50/11.00am
  • FREE Admission to the AVIVA  - Free for all Raheny Unitedsupporters who attend at the clubhouse
Phone, text, Email  Chuck O'Dwyer 086 7779445 to book your free tickets and collect them on Sunday morning at the clubhouse.

The match kicks-off at midday and we hope for a great winning game for Raheny United!!

Barry Murphy, Co-ordinator

OUR LOTTO IS LIVE ON-LINE, you know what they say if your not in you cant win!!!

Visit for more info.

Torthai an Chrannchur 28/10/2013
Uimreacha; 05, 09, 22, 23.
Ni raibh aon buaiteoir.

Pota Or 04/11 - €5,600. Go n-eiri libh go leir.

The three €25 lucky dip winners this week are:
1) Seamus Murphy.
2) Brian Talty.
3) Breno & Maria.

Congratulations to Rob O'Neill who won the monthly €200 draw.

There is no strength without working together