March 24th 2016 Seneschalstown GFC Notes

The Senior team fell to a third defeat in four League games on Saturday evening when losing to Simonstown Gaels in Simonstown by 1-08 to 0-07.

Best for the team were Cormac Noonan, Damien Sheridan and Adam Carey.

Seneschalstown: Shane Corbally, Niall Hickey, Cormac Noonan, Sean McCabe, Niall McCabe, James Byrne, David Matthews (0-01), Damien Sheridan, John Smith, Adam Gleeson, James Meade, Adam Carey, Stephen Finnegan, Brian Sheridan (0-02, 0-01 Free), Bryan Clarke (0-04, 0-02 Frees, 0-01 ’45).

Seneschalstown Substitutions: Eoin Finnegan for S. Finnegan, Jonathan Gilsenan for J. Meade, Niall Lyons for A. Gleeson and Gerry Sheridan for N. McCabe.

Junior A
The Junior A team will play their second League game of the season when taking on Na Fianna in Round 3 of the B League Division 2 on Saturday April 2nd at 17:00 in Enfield.

Junior C
The Junior C’s got life in the newly formed Reserve League off to a disappointing start when going under to Navan O’Mahonys on Wednesday evening in Paddy O’Brien Park by a large margin.

The Minors will be out in Round 4 of the LMFM Minor League Division 3 on Sunday when they take on Ballivor/Boardsmill at 17:00 in Ballivor.

This year our U-16’s will be operating in Division 1 of the Spring League. As the only rural based club in this division its sure to be challenging but having contested the U-13, U-14 and U-15 Division 2 Finals in the last three years they are well equipped for the challenge.

First up is their opening round game next Tuesday away to Donaghmore/Ashbourne at 19:00.

The U-14’s game away to St. Peter’s/Paul’s last Saturday was postponed as a mark of respect to the late Brian Smyth.

Next up on Thursday March 31st at 19:00 is a home game against Summerhill.

Following that they will take on St. Peter’s/Paul’s in that postponed game on Sunday April 3rd at 10:30 in Dunboyne.

The U-12 team take on Navan O’Mahonys in the second round of the League on Saturday at 13:00 in Fr. Tully Park.

Senior Ladies
The Senior Ladies will be back in League action on Sunday when they take on Oldcastle in Fr. Tully Park at 12:30. Best of luck to the team as they look to pick up their first points of the League to date.

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

Girls U-16
The U-16 Girls had a busy few days as they took on Summerhill on Sunday and then Walterstown on Tuesday.

In their match away to Summerhill the girls struggled to get into their rhythm as an excellent Summerhill side dominated as the home team powered to a 5-13 to 1-06 win.

The team did manage to bounce back to form on Tuesday when overcoming Walterstown by 3-10 to 1-08 in Fr. Tully Park.

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

Girls U-14
Monday saw the U-14 Girls take on Clann na Gael in Fr. Tully Park and after a fine performance they emerged victorious by 5-09 to 0-06. However, the score line doesn’t do the game justice as Clann na Gael put in a very good performance but just couldn’t find a way to raise a green flag while Seneschalstown rocked them with two in thirty seconds in the first half to open up a lead.

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.

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

Club Nursery
Last Saturday saw our Club Nursery kick into action for 2016 with over 100 children receiving coaching at U-6, U-8 and U-10. It was great to see the pitch in Fr. Tully Park such a hive of activity.

Coaching continues this Saturday 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

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.

Dinner Dance
Last Saturday saw us mark our onfield achievements in 2015 with a Dinner Dance in the Newgrange Hotel. With over 220 people in attendance it was an excellent night with the Championship winning Junior B, Junior D and Minor sides all honoured.

Our thanks to Dublin manager Jim Gavin who was on hand to present the players from all three teams with their medals as well as sharing the presentation honours with Junior sponsor David Coyne of Dunbia.

As well as the Championship medals we also had various Player of the Year Awards to present – details below.

Senior Player of the Year
2015 was a year full of ups and downs for our Senior side with some excellent performances mixed in with some that won't live long in the memory.

Over the year there were some players who consistently put in excellent performances with the form of Damien Sheridan in particular very notable when the season was in the melting pot in July and August.

The vote for Senior Player of the Year was an incredibly tight one but in the end it was Cormac Noonan who came out on top in recognition of a season of brilliant games.

Over the course of 2015 Cormac was one of the standout full backs at senior level in the county as he formed an effective shield in protecting the Seneschalstown goalmouth. An imposing figure there are few forwards who enjoy spending an hour in his company as they are guaranteed a tough encounter and generally come off second best.

Congratulations to Cormac who was a deserving winner of the Player of the Year Award and we look forward to more of the same excellent performances in the coming season.

Junior B Player of the Year
When it came to picking the 2015 Junior B Player of the Year there could only be one winner.

All year long there was one player who hurt opposition defences more than any other.

In eight Championship matches Jonathan Gilsenan hit 4-40, 4-34 from play which averaged out at 6.5 points per game.

As part of this haul he kicked 9 brilliant points in the semi-final against Slane only hours after laying his grandmother to rest.

Junior D Player of the Year
The 2015 Junior D Championship winning team had a great mixture of youth and experience with Minor players such as David Gordon, Colin Walsh and Ryan O'Dowd providing the youthful enthusiasm alongside the more experienced Terry Maguire, David Hosie and Ian Carey.

When it came to the selection of the teams Player of the Year the voting though was almost unanimous as it was a player still eligible for U-17 football last year who picked up the award.

Over the course of the Championship Eoin scored 2-26 with his scoring contributions in the quarter final and final particularly impressive. In the quarter final he kicked 7 points including one from the narrowest of angles at the death while his two first half goals in the final showed off his opportunism.

Eoin shine bright throughout the campaign as he linked up well with his fellow Minors and also the players with a few more years’ experience.

Congratulation to Eoin on picking up this well-deserved award.

Minor Player of the Year Award
One of the key ingredients of the Minors Championship success last year was the return to football following a year's absence of Colin Walsh.

A star of the 2013 U-16 Final victory over St. Pats Colin didn't kick a ball in 2014 but he returned with a bang last year as he starred on both the Junior D and Minor sides.

Equally as comfortable at corner back or wing back Colin is every forwards nightmare as he's equally effective at dispossessing the forward when he was on the attack or at launching his own attacks.

Colin's ability and level of performance was recognised when selected at right half back on the Team of the Minor Finals.

The following is what they had to say about Colin "The rising star went about his defensive duties with no fuss whatsoever. Cleared his lines and helped out his forwards on numerous occasions.

Last Saturday night at the Dinner Dance Colin was presented with the Minor Player of the Year Award for 2015 by Co. Board secretary Francis Flynn and it's fair to say he was a most deserving recipient.

Senior Ladies Player of the Year
2015 was a season in which our Senior Ladies found the going tough with a number of key players unavailable for selection.

Despite this there were a large number of positives to be taken from the year as under the guidance of Phonsie Gilsenan and his management team a number of younger players broke into the side.

One player who stood out over the year as her performances never dipped below excellent and she showed great leadership to those younger players was Mena Sheridan.

Playing Senior football since she was 12 Mena used all her experience as she led the way from full back all year.

On Saturday night Mena was deservedly recognised for her stellar season as she was awarded the Ladies Player of the Season Award for 2015.

Senior Ladies Young Player of the Year
Another player whose talent and contribution on the playing pitches of the county was recognised at Saturday's Dinner Dance with an award was Stacey Grimes.

Stacey picked up the Ladies Young Player of the Year Award after another stellar season where she once more put in some stellar performances and showed why she's one of the finest young players in the country.

A Leaving Certificate student last year Stacey marked her final year in Loreto by captaining the schools Senior side to All Ireland glory when they defeated Scoil Bhride, Tuam by 5-13 to 2-11 on a historic day in Pearse Park, Longford.

Also at school’s level Stacey was selected on the Leinster side for the Interprovincial Championships.

On the club front Stacey was a driving force on the Senior side which reached the Coca Cola Championship semi-finals while also being one of the inspirations on the Minor team which will play their 2015 Championship semi-final in the next two weeks.

Following all this it was little surprise that she became one of the first female players to receive a GAA scholarship in Dundalk Institute of Technology.

The year then culminated with a well-deserved call up to the Meath Ladies Senior panel where Stacey has already shown herself to be a key player, regularly covering every blade of grass as well as making vital scoring contributions.

There can be no doubt that Stacey was a most deserving recipient of this award.

Senior Ladies Most Improved Player Award
The Senior Ladies team in 2015 saw a number of our younger players get the opportunity to show off their undoubted talent, something that is guaranteed to stand to the side in the coming seasons.

One of these players whose talent shone bright was Kiah Geraghty.

Kiah enjoyed a very busy season as not only did she make a place on the Senior team her own but she was a driving force on our U-16 and Minor teams as well as being a star forward for the Meath U-16's.

Playing for the county Kiah alternated between centre forward and full forward to great effect and with the aid of her regular scoring contributions they qualified for the Leinster Final before finding Dublin just too strong on the day.

Following the inter county campaign the Senior Club Championship commenced and from her wing forward berth Kiah could always be relied upon to perform to a high standard and in a key game against Na Fianna she probably enjoyed her finest hour of the season when chipping in with 1-04 on a day when we won out by 2 points.

This excellent form has been recognised with a well-deserved call up to the Meath Minor label for 2016, a great achievement considering Kiah is eligible for the grade again next year.

With all this in mind it is little surprise that at out Dinner Dance on Saturday Kiah was presented with the Ladies Award for the Most Improved Player for 2015.

Meath Ladies Minor
Last Friday saw the Minors take on Kildare in the Leinster Championship and after a fine comeback from the Lilywhites they overcame the Meath girls by 2-09 to 0-14 in Dunganny. Natasha Mullen started at centre forward scoring a point while Roisin Commons marked her introduction to the game with a point. Kiah Geraghty was an unused sub.

This weekend they are back in action and will once more play Kildare when they face off in a playoff match on Saturday at 14:00 in Hawkfield. Best of luck to Kiah Geraghty, Natasha Mullen, Roisin Commons and all the panel.

Meath Ladies U-16
The U-16’s kept their good form up when overcoming Louth last Saturday by 4-10 to 1-12 in the Leinster Championship. Aoife Lenehan was a substitute while Sorcha Gough was unavailable for selection.

Next up is a match against Longford on Monday at 14:00 in Kenagh.

Meath Ladies U-14
Congratulations to the Meath Ladies U-14's who put in a magnificent performance this afternoon in Dunganny to beat Westmeath by 7-13 to 3-05 last Saturday.

It was a hugely proud day for us as our five panellists all featured in a superb team performance.

Orla Finnegan started at left corner forward and more than played her part as she hit 1-02.

Aoibhe Monaghan and Lauren Donnelly struck a point apiece while Lauren McCarthy and Caragh Monaghan also came on to great effect.

Well done to each and every one of the girls.

The girls are back in action this weekend when they take on Wexford in Drumree on Saturday at 12:00 and we wish Aoibhe, Caragh, Lauren D, Lauren Mc and Orla all the best.

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 – Shauna Gordon (U-16 Girls), Oran Lawlor (U-12 Boys), Ryan Finnegan (U-12 Boys), Cormac Noonan (Senior), Séimí Byrne (U-12 Boys), Leanne Clarke (U-16 Girls), Leah Ryan (U-16 Girls), Cormac Carolan (U-12 Boys), Damien Sheridan (Senior), Jack Owens (U-12 Boys), Aoife Lenehan (U-16 Girls), Adam Carey (Senior), Alex Finnegan (U-12 Boys), Aoife Mulvany (U-16 Girls) and Orla Finnegan (Meath U-14 Girls).

Player of the Week
Congratulations to our latest Player of the Week, Leanne Clarke.

Leanne lined out at centre back for the U-16 Girls away to Summerhill on Sunday and while the result didn't go to plan Leanne never gave up as she sought to hold the defence together and inspire her team to greater efforts.

Over the course of the game Leanne carried the fight to Summerhill and is a very worthy recipient of this week's award.

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 in the last round, 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!

Go Games Referees
We are currently looking for Go Games referees. These will help out at Go Games Blitzes by refereeing the U-8 and U-10 games in an environment where the emphasis is on the players having fun and Silent Sidelines meaning there will be no people shouting instructions at either the players or the referee!

Anybody interested should contact our Juvenile Secretary, Paul O’Brien on

Club Lotto
The numbers drawn in this week’s Lotto were 15, 15, 27 and 28. 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 Tony Craven, Tommy Mulvaney, Elma Battersby, Caroline Mooney and Cathal 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
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