February 11th 2016 Seneschalstown GFC Notes

The A League Division 1 got off to a losing start last Sunday for our Seniors when they went down by 2-12 to 0-10 against Gaeil Colmcille in Grangegodden. While the result was disappointing there were positives to be found in the Senior debuts of David Gordon in goals and Niall Hickey at centre back while Gerry Sheridan played for the first time in over a year.

The team on Sunday was: David Gordon, Gerry Sheridan, David Matthews, Sean McCabe, Niall McCabe, Niall Hickey, James Byrne, Damien Sheridan, Sean Noonan (0-01), Niall Lyons (0-01), Bryan Clarke (0-08), Stephen Finnegan, Brian Sheridan, Joe Sheridan, Jonathan Gilsenan.

Substitutions: James Meade for B. Sheridan and Robert Ruddy for Jonathan Gilsenan.

Next up is a Round 2 fixture away to Wolfe Tones in Kilberry on Sunday at 14:30 while a week later the same team will provide the opposition in the opening round of the Feis Cup in Fr. Tully Park.

The draw for the 2016 Hoganstand,com Meath SFC took place last Monday night in Dunganny and it saw us end up in Group A along with Ballinlough, Gaeil Colmcille, Rathkenny, Skryne and Blackhall Gaels.

The opening round fixture will be a tasty local derby against Rathkenny which will be followed by a Round 2 encounter with Skryne. Round 3 will see Gaeil Colmcille provide the opposition before Blackhall Gaels loom into focus in Round 4. Then to round off the group stage of the Championship they will face Ballinlough.

Junior A
In Round 1 of the Division 2 B League the Junior A’s will face Duleek/Bellewstown in Duleek. The date and time for the fixture is yet to be confirmed.

In Monday’s Teach na Teamhrach Junior A Championship draw they ended up in Group A against Kilmainhamwood, Dunshaughlin, Dunsany, Meath Hill and Drumconrath.

Last year’s beaten finalists Dunsany will be the first game for them. In Round 2 they will face Meath Hill, Dunshaughlin will be next up in Round 3, Drumconrath in Round 4 and Kilmainhamwood in Round 5.

Junior C
We are currently seeking applications for the role of Junior C manager. This team won the Junior D Championship last year and will also play in Division 6 of the B Leagues this year. Anybody who would be interested in taking on this job could they please contact our secretary Declan Kinsella (087 939 2755) or chairperson Liz Sheridan (086 160 2082).

In the Junior C Championship, they have been drawn in Group A with Rathkenny, Kilmainhamwood, Syddan, Clann na Gael and Na Fianna. Syddan will be the opposition in Round 1.

The Junior C’s will take on Navan O’Mahonys in Round 1 of the B League Division 6 in Paddy O’Brien Park. The date and time for the fixture is yet to be confirmed.

Junior D
The draw for the Junior D Championship also took place on Monday night and it saw us end up in Group B along with Wolfe Tones, Clonard, Kilmainham and Ratoath. In Round 1 they will take on Kilmainham.

Friday February 19th will see the Minor Leagues get underway and that evening our Minors will travel to North Meath to take on Oldcastle in Millbrook at 19:30.

The U-14 Boys had a busy weekend last week when they played four games between Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday they defeated Simonstown Gaels and St. Peter’s/St. Paul’s which left them qualified for Sunday’s semi-finals in Dunganny.

On Sunday morning Rathkenny were the opposition and following a tough encounter they were seen off as our boys marched into the final. Navan O’Mahonys provided the opposition there and even though the Seneschalstown youngsters put in a sterling shift throughout the final the Navan side proved too strong as they won out and secured their passage to the National Féile.

Girls U-16
In the coming season the U-16 Girls will once more be in Division 2. The teams they will face this year are Na Fianna, Skryne, Walterstown, Summerhill and Oldcastle.

Na Fianna (a) are first up in Round 1, Skryne (h) in Round 2, Walterstown (h) in Round 3, Summerhill (a) in Round 4 and Oldcastle (a) in Round 5.

Now that the new year has begun we would like to remind everybody that their Club Membership for 2016 is now due.
Once more we are leaving our membership rates unchanged which means they are amongst the best value around.
The membership rates for the year are as follows:
Adult Player (Over 17) €80
Juvenile Player €45
Adult (Non Player) €50
Family (2 Non playing Adults and Children U16) €125
Social Membership €10
Gym €110
Deposit for Fob Card for GYM €20
Membership can be paid to Pat Clarke, Ian Maguire, Brian Kelly, Norah Maguire, Steven Dillon, James Byrne or any other committee member. Anybody who wishes to pay at our A League game v Wolfe Tones on Sunday can pay club chairperson Liz Sheridan or vice chair Shane Finnegan.

Anybody who has paid their membership by Sunday March 13th will be entered into a draw for two free tickets to our Dinner Dance on March 19th.

There will be a draw done at our Dinner Dance where paid up members will also be entered into a draw for the following -
• 2 tickets to Strictly Come Dancing
• 1 Year Gym Membership
• A full rebate on your membership for 2016
• Free family admission to our annual Sportsarama

Dinner Dance
Following our very successful year on the playing fields last year we will be having a Dinner Dance in the Newgrange Hotel on Saturday March 19th. On the night we are all looking forward to the excellent Retro Sweet Club who will provide the entertainment long into the night.

Strictly Come Dancing
They said it couldn't be done but the social event of the year is back for a record breaking fourth time.
Yes, we're bringing back our renowned Strictly Come Dancing event and it will once more be held in the Knightsbrook Hotel in May.
Sunday May 22nd is the date to circle in your diary as we put on our biggest show yet.
Anybody who is interested in dancing can contact us on our Facebook Page via a PM or can contact Liz (086 160 2082).
There will be a twist to this year’s show which means any person who has danced before and loved their time taking part can once more slip on their dancing shoes.
Further information will be released very soon!!

New Referees Course
Have you ever stood on a sideline and said that ref hasn't a clue, that's clearly a black card?
Well having talked the talk this is your opportunity to walk the walk as the Co. Board are currently looking to recruit new referees.
Maybe you could emulate David Coldrick and go on to be regarded as the best referee in the country or perhaps you could follow in the footsteps of Maggie Farrelly and become the first female referee from the club to take charge of men's matches.
The course takes place in Dunganny on Monday February 15th and Monday February 22nd.
For further information, contact referee’s administrator Donal Smith on refereesadministrator.meath@gaa.ie

Fermanagh proved too strong for Meath last Sunday when in a low scoring encounter, they overcame the Royals by 0-10 to 0-06.

Meath now have a break before taking on Cavan in Páirc Tailteann at the end of February.

Meath Ladies Senior
Last week it was two wins from two for the Meath senior sides but unfortunately this week it was two defeats from two as like their male counterparts the Meath Ladies Seniors lost on Sunday.

Cavan were the visitors to Ballinlough and they came away with a 2-10 to 0-05 victory. Stacey Grimes lined out at right corner forward and judging by this piece in the Meath Chronicle she had a superb game – “It took Meath until the 11th minute to notch their first score and not surprisingly it came from Stacey Grimes, who stepped away from her marker before arrowing the ball between the posts. This was another match in which Grimes showcased her rich talent and willingness to work non-stop for the cause.”

This weekend the team continue their busy schedule when they travel to Sarsfields on Sunday at 14:00 and take on Laois in Round 3 of the Lidl National Football League.

Meath Ladies Minor
Having gotten off to a slow start the Meath Ladies Minors eventually got motoring in the second half of their Leinster Championship opener last Saturday in Millbrook when overcoming Wicklow by 4-09 to 1-04. Róisín Commons started at full back while Kiah Geraghty and Natasha Mullen were substitutes.

Next up is a trip to take on neighbours Westmeath on February 20th.

Corn Cois Farraige
The boys from Yellow Furze NS made it two wins from two in the Corn Cois Farraige on Wednesday when they defeated the combined forces of Ardcath/Clonalvy/Cushenstown NS by 4-09 (13) to 2-03 (5).

Coaching Course
Under guidelines being implemented by the GAA's Árd Comhairle all Club Management teams must contain an Award 1 coach from this year on.
A large number of our coaches already have this achievement but to help more of our coaches achieve it we are delighted to be hosting an Award 1 Coaching Course suitable for Children's teams up to U-12. This course will commence on February 29th in the clubhouse.
The Award 1 Course is the next step on from the Foundation Award. Modules cover communication, building and breaking skills, physical literacy, team play and more.
All modules have to be attended to receive full certification and participants must have completed the Foundation Award.
Booking through Jenny Rispin on 087 7811215 or email jenny.rispin.gda.meath@gaa.ie
The cost is €70 per person while if four people from the club attend one place will be free (4 for the price of 3).

Club Lotto
The numbers drawn in this week’s Lotto were 1, 5, 14 and 16. There was no winner of the jackpot of €10,000 which means next week’s jackpot will once more be worth €10,000. The 5 by €25 winners were John Dillon, Sonya O’Brien, Jim Rooney, John Critchley and Paul Garry.

Tickets for the Lotto are €2 or 3 for €5. They can be purchased from committee members, Lotto sellers, local shops or you can also play online at http://www.helpourclub.ie/localhome.asp?

Social Media
Don’t forget that you can keep up to date with all club activities by following us on Twitter (@SeneschalstownG) or by giving us a like on Facebook (Seneschalstown GFC). We are now also on Instagram (seneschalstown_gfc). There are regularly score updates on our games on Twitter which is a great way to keep informed as to how our teams are doing.

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