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Club Notes September 9th 2013

posted Sep 10, 2013, 12:30 PM by Kevin Brassil   [ updated Sep 10, 2013, 12:34 PM ]
Our Ogra started back with a bang on Saturday last with a massive 87 children. Thanks to all who helped out on the morning. And a big thank you to Paddy and Janice Peake for putting together our fantastic induction booklet.

We are putting together our list for mentors night, so could each team please send a list of everyone involved in their team to ASAP


Junior A Vs St Margaret's:
Junior A team traveled out to north county Dublin on Sunday morning to face Margaret's in what was an important relegation match for both sides.
As much of this season we were missing 7 players due to being away or injured. The lads present however have done a brilliant job in keeping the season going & the returning players will add to a very committed side. With the aid of a breeze in the first half Raheny hit Maggies for 1-10, returning from injury Ian Fitzsimons hit 1-1 from half back. A brilliant movement ending in a very well worked goal. The lads worked extremely hard, with a couple of injuries to Bren White & Kev Welsh forcing some changes. Bren White actually had to return to the field injured but showed true team spirit by not wanting to let the side down. In the absence of team captain( Steo "Bear" O'Brien) Niall Fitzsimons stepped up from his vice captaincy to lead the side by example from centre forward contributing 5 points & being involved all over the pitch. Was also great to welcome back Paul Fitzsimons from his summer in the states, with an excellent second half in a sweeper role. The management could not have asked any more from all involved in this game. brilliant attitude, work rate & commitment to what was the most important game of the season. Well done lads
Raheny 1-14 St Margaret's 1-7
Team: Dutchie holland, Matt Bennett, Bren White, Brian Malone, Ian Fitzsimons, Kev Welsh, Brian Talty, Dec McDermott, Dean Barton, Collie Fitzpatrick, Niall Fitzsimons, Paul Fitzsimons, Shane Homan, Cathal Gallagher, Kev Gillen
Subs: Eoin Mullen, Colm O'Sullivan, Rob O'Neill, Phily Kane.

Intermediate Hurling Championship Q/F
On a damp September evening the Dublin Intermediate Hurling Championship knockout stages kicked in – we were away to Na Fianna- last year’s Junior A Hurling Champions. After 3 great games in the league in the past month our preparation could not have been better.
It was vital that we got off to a good start in the game to lay down a marker and that is exactly what happened scoring 2 goals and 3 points without reply in the first 10 minutes- 2 excellently finished goals by Sean Collins - he latched on to 2 sublime passes from Captain Dave Heffernan and centre forward Dave Henry and Paddy Bradshaw also scoring 3 lovely points -2 from play and 1 from a free- but the most pleasing part about these scores was the great teamwork in their creation – players working hard for each other, great support play and then some intelligent long clearances from the defense.
Na Fianna got their first score after 11 minutes- a point from open play- but they really had to hard work for it -with some top class defending from Ger Coady and Ger Sheehy in particular
Raheny did not lessen the intensity in their game pressurising Na Fianna into numerous mistakes in all areas of the field – notably with some great hooking, blocking and general harassment in the middle third of the pitch – by Eoghan Smyth , Eoghan Keogh which was of the highest order and which the extremely hard working Liam O Shea capitalised upon launching some great deliveries into our inside line which resulted in 2 brilliant goals by Dave Henry and Dave Heffernan.
At this stage Raheny were totally dominant and Na Fianna were forced to concede a number of frees – 3 of which were converted by Paddy Bradshaw – Paddy was at the top of his game working extremely hard down the left flank of the attack.
Na Fianna did reply with a long range free but at half time the half time score was Raheny 4.6 Na Fianna 0.2. The large contingent of Raheny supporters who came out to support the team showed their appreciation of the team efforts.
Na Fianna came out in the second half and threw the kitchen sink at us – getting us some fine scores– but in the main our defence stood firm – with Eoghan Gillen showing some good stick work and Kevin O'Gara tenacious in his tackling but the defense was being excellent marshaled at the back by Conor Henry who showed all his leadership skills.
After meeting the challenge head on - the team reacted with some great link work across all lines of the field which resulted in some fine attacking play but unfortunately no scores -we had 6 wides- all narrowly wide of the post.
At this stage Michael Grenham and Danny Reid entered the fray- and Michael kicked in with 2 fine scores- 1 from the sideline some 40 m out and the other miraculously on the 21 m line from a very acute angle.
After 50 minutes the score was Raheny 4.8 to Na Fianna 0.7 – at this stage of the game the hard working Greg Bennett-showing his Dublin class- came to the fore , he provided some immense leadership- breaking through tackle after tackle- some of which were not of the legal kind- providing some great ball to our forwards which resulted in 2 outstanding scores by Sean Collins and Liam O Shea. Na Fianna did reply with 2 scores but could not make no real impression on the scoreline.
The final scoreline being Raheny 4.10 to Na Fianna 0.9.
We now await confirmation of our semi final opponents – most probably Whitehall -at a date to be confirmed but again most likely the Saturday the 21st of September.
This will be an extremely difficult encounter – but with the fine support the team had last night coming out again out in force – hopefully we can qualify for the final .

Read article in Herald "Raheny rise early to burn Na Fianna"

On Sunday morning our minors were up against Na Fianna in another championship match and also had a great win. Raheny 09-10 v 03-07 Na Fianna.

Hard luck to U14 Ladies Footballers on Friday evening in their championship bid, losing by a point to Naomh Olaf. And with fantastic sportsmanship when the opposing team had to drop back to 14 players due to lack of subs, Raheny did the same.

U9s Boys
Our first game after the summer break saw an excellent turnout as we headed to play St Sylvesters in Malahide.
There were some summer cobwebs still lurking around as we were unsuccessful in our three matches. The green team had the closest match and were just pipped with a strong finish by Sylvesters, There were very good performances from Sean Reilly and Conor Ahearn. With the orange team, Jason Maguire and Jack Bosonnet battled throughout the whole game. The white team were dominated in the 1st half by Sylvesters who had a big half-time lead. However Raheny did much better in 2nd half and played more like a team Ross Leahy and Robert Moran did well driving the ball forward from the middle. Morgan Spillane had a busy morning in goal and Cathal Quinn and Damien Mahon helped in a battling 2nd half.

Big match for our AFL4 on Saturday 14/9 in the park at 17.45 v Scoil Ui Chonaill and AFL10 are playing St Monicas at 3pm on Sunday. As always please support well.

GAA4MAs also had their first training session on Sunday night, welcome to Wendy and Claire, our new players.

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Thanks to Ducky, Ivan, Anto and Tosh
for adoring the village with Dublin flags.

Due to the shortage of tickets to the all-Ireland
, members are asked if they come across extra tickets please take them and pass them on to the executive committee, you will be fully reimbursed for them.

Reminder only FULLY PAID members will be entered into draw
for All-Ireland tickets, final date for applications is Thursday 12th.

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Torthai an Chrannchur 09/09/2013

Uimreacha; 4, 7, 13, 19. Ni raibh aon buaiteoir.

Pota Or 16/09 - €4,900. Go n-eiri libh go leir.

The three €25 lucky dip winners this week are:
1) Gerrard O'Connor.
2) Aine Williams.
3) Sean D Fay.
Three people hit the bar and got three numbers, Greg Brough, Orlando McElhiney and Rita Mc Garry.
They are now entered into our monthly €200 draw on the last Monday of September.

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