March 18th 2016 Seneschalstown GFC Notes

New Pitch
Thanks to the incredible generosity of our supporters, those living locally and those not so locally we are delighted to announce that we have so far raised half of our €350,000 target for developing our new sand based All Weather pitch. The contributions which our generous supporters have given us towards this fundraising drive is greatly appreciated.

Saturday sees the Seniors play their fourth League game of the season when they take on Simonstown Gaels in Simonstown at 18:00.

Both sides are searching for their second brace of points for the year and Saturday’s match is sure to be a hard fought encounter.

Junior C
The Junior C’s under the management of Mattie McCabe will play their first match on Sunday at 12:00 against Navan O’Mahonys in Paddy O’Brien Park. This will be their first game in the Reserve League

The U-14’s take on St. Peter’s/Paul’s in Round 3 of the Division 2 League on Saturday at 16:00 in Dunboyne.

Congratulations to our U-12's who after two epic tussles edged out Skryne on Monday evening in Skryne by 24 scores to 23.
We cannot emphasise how much teamwork played a part in both performances tonight. Workrate, passing and overall play was the result of bringing what they are learning on the training field into the matches at the weekends. The coaches are really impressed.
Player of the Match for team yellow was Cian Rooney. He gave a commanding midfield performance tonight that included high fielding, distribution and score taking of the highest order with no end of hard work from a defensive point of view which proved vital in the end result of a tight tussle with neighbours, Skryne.
Player of the match for team Blue was Danny Waters. Having started in goals Danny's kickouts were right out of the Cluxton top draw! Pinpoint and accurate, moving to midfield at the start of the 2nd half his energy spurred on the whole team returning to goals to finish off a memorable day out.
Great credit also goes to Skryne who played excellent football in both games and more than played their part in making them classics.

Coaching for the team continues at 13:00 on Saturday in Kentstown.

Senior Ladies
Simonstown proved too good in the end last Sunday when they won out in the opening round of the League by 5-11 to 3-09.

Best for Seneschalstown were Mena Sheridan, Natasha Mullen, Adelle Carolan, and Amy Gilsenan.

The team lined up as follows on Sunday: Lisa Mullen, Orla McMahon, Mena Sheridan, Adelle Carolan, Grace Cahalane, Natasha Mullen, Shona Loughran, Siobhán Sheridan, Mary Murray, Kiah Geraghty, Amy Gilsenan, Stacey Grimes, Stephanie Byrne, Louise Coyle, Shirley Quinn.

Seneschalstown Substitutions: Aoife Lenehan for G. Cahalane, Kelly Smith for S. Quinn, Grainne Gordon for M. Murray.

The training times for the Senior Ladies are as follows: Wednesday 20:00-21:00, Sunday (times very).

Mary Murray
After she picked up a serious Achilles injury yesterday in the first round of the League against Simonstown we would like to wish Mary Murray all the best and look forward to seeing her back on the field when she returns to fitness.

Girls U-16
After their first two games were postponed due to unplayable pitches our U-16 Girls will get their season up and running on Sunday when they take on Summerhill at 16:30 in Round 3 of the Division 2 League.
The match will take place in Summerhill.

The team trains on Wednesday evenings from 19:00-20:00.

Girls U-14
The team trains on Monday evenings from 18:30-19:30.

Girls U-12
Coaching for the U-12 Girls takes place on Monday evenings from 18:30-19:30.

The fixtures for their League are out and are as follows – Round 1 (BYE), Round 2 – Trim (a), Round 3 – Wolfe Tones (h), Round 4 – Boardsmill (a), Round 5 – Clann na Gael (h), Round 6 – Summerhill (a) and Round 7 – Ballivor (h).

Girls U-10
Coaching has commenced and takes place on Mondays from 18:00 – 19:00.

Club Nursery
The Easter Holidays have arrived and with them come the first day back for our U-6's, U-8's and U-10's.
We're busy trying to figure out who's looking forward to Saturday more - the children or the coaches!!
All roads lead to Fr. Tully Park in Seneschalstown on Saturday morning where coaching will be from 10:00-11:00.
Membership can also be paid on Saturday with a stand set up in the clubhouse.
The managers for our sides in the club nursery are as follows.
U-6 Niall Sheridan
U-8 Alan Finnegan/Colin Clarke
U-10 Steven Dillon
Each coach has also promised to have all the children fit for an early night after the first session back which will leave all parents perfectly set to attend our Dinner Dance that night in the Newgrange Hotel!!

Once they’re back in action the U-8’s and U-10’s won’t have long to wait for their first Go Games Blitz of the year as it’s provisionally scheduled for Saturday April 2nd in Dunganny.

Now that the new year is well underway 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.

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
Tomorrow, Saturday, will be a special day for the club as our three Championship winning teams from 2015 are honoured at our Dinner Dance in the Newgrange Hotel.

The Junior B Championship, Junior D Championship and the Minor Division 3 Championship were all annexed in a wonderful spell last September and October.

Entertainment on Saturday comes from Retro Sweet Club while Dublin manager Jim Gavin will be the special guest.

Meath Ladies Minor
Best of luck to Kiah Geraghty, Natasha Mullen and Roisin Commons who will be in action with Meath Ladies Minors in the Third Round of the Leinster Championship this evening at 19:30 in Dunganny.

Meath Ladies U-16
The U-16’s kept their good form up when overcoming Kildare last Saturday by 7-07 to 2-05 in the Leinster Championship. Aoife Lenehan was a substitute while Sorcha Gough was unavailable for selection.

Next up is a match against Louth on Saturday at 14:00 in Knockbridge.

Meath Ladies U-14
Commiserations to the Meath U-14's who lost out to Kildare last Saturday in the Leister Championship by 2-11 to 2-06 in Dunganny. Lauren Donnelly started in the middle of the field while Orla Finnegan was introduced to the fray during the match. Lauren McCarthy was a sub but will get her opportunity as the season progresses. Aoibhe and Caragh Monaghan were unavailable for selection.

The girls are back in action this weekend when they take on Westmeath in Dunganny on Saturday at 14:00 and we wish Aoibhe, Caragh, Lauren D, Lauren Mc and Orla all the best.

Colleges Football
Congratulations to Seanaidh Hickey who was an integral part of the St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra team which took home the Giles Cup last weekend from Kerry.

Team of the Week.
We now select a team of the week chosen from the various teams across the different spectrums of the club and based upon the match reports received and feedback from the different team managers.

This week’s selection is our second team and was as follows – Ruairí McDonagh (Minor), Orla McMahon (Senior Ladies), Mena Sheridan (Senior Ladies), Sean Carey (Minor), Brian Maguire (Minor), Natasha Mullen (Senior Ladies), Shona Loughran (Senior Ladies), Mary Murray (Senior Ladies), Daire Finnegan (Minor), Joseph Moore (Minor), Kiah Geraghty (Senior Ladies), Alan Mulvany (Minor), Cathal Finnegan (Minor), Marc Horrigan (Minor) and Stephanie Byrne (Senior Ladies).

Player of the Week
Congratulations to our latest Player of the Week Joseph Moore.
Joseph played two games for the Minors in the past week and in each one had a major influence on proceedings.
Between the two matches he hit 2-02 from play as well as almost breaking the crossbar with a shot in Longwood.
It's great to see a player come on to the Minor team with a fearless attitude and grab the opportunity with both hands.
Playing U-16 and Minor Joseph is going to have a busy season and no doubt will continue to work hard and improve all facets of his game.

Last Man Standing Update
Coming up to the final 2 rounds of out "Last Man Standing" Competition, there are only 17 participants left with a chance to claim the status of being Seneschalstown's Last Man Standing.
Even with another massive win for Roscommon over the weekend, only two people were knocked out of the running.
With most of the big teams like Dublin and Monaghan now used, it is now down to outside choices like Cavan, Derry and Down to see who will make it to the last and final round.
Keep a close eye on this page as the winner is not far away from being announced!

121 Fitness Sponsorship
Last Thursday before training Darrel Smith from 121 Fitness presented the Senior players with tops which he sponsored.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Darrel for his generous sponsorship of these tops which will help ensure the team is one of the best turned out in the county during the season.

Juvenile Meeting
There is a General Meeting of the Juvenile section of the club on Monday at 20:00 in the clubhouse.
The season is getting into full swing now so a big attendance would be great as we plan out the year.

Club Lotto
The numbers drawn in this week’s Lotto were 15, 19, 25 and 27. 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 Johnny Tallon, Ann Yore, Maria McGovern, Mena Bowens and Brendan Reilly
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

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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