March 3rd 2016 Seneschalstown GFC Notes

The League kicks back into action this weekend when they take on Skryne in Skryne Throw in is at 17:00 and the team will be determined to continue their recent improved form with third victory in a row following successive victories over Wolfe Tones. Please note that the venue is now Skryne and not Fr. Tully Park as per the original fixture.

Skryne were very impressive in their Round 2 win over St. Colmcilles but Seneschalstown side will be looking to pick up their second brace of points.

Score updates can be found as usual on our Twitter page.

Junior A
The Junior A’s got the League off to a winning start when overcoming Duleek/Bellewstown by 1-20 to 1-10 in Duleek on Sunday morning.

The team lined out as follows: Shane Corbally, Peter Tierney, Adam Gargan, Ruairí Keogh, Cormac Mullen, Colin Gleeson, Colin Walsh, Darragh Keogh (0-01), Neil Darby, Ronan Conneely (0-01), Ivan McCormack, Philip Sheridan, Eoin Finnegan (0-08, 0-03 Frees), Eddie Meade (0-03), Robert Darby (1-04).

Seneschalstown Substitutions: Francis Sheridan (0-01) for I. McCormack, David Gordon for P. Sheridan, Stephen Dillon for D. Keogh and Shane Mulvany (0-02) for R. Conneely.

Having had their LMFM Minor League Division 3 game against Drumconrath/Meath Hill last weekend postponed the Minors now look forward to their Round 3 game against Longwood/Clonard in Longwood on Tuesday March 8th at 19:30.

Round 2 of the U-14 Division 2 League takes place this weekend and our youngsters will be taking on Trim in Trim on Sunday at 11:00.

Well done to our U-12’s who ran out impressive victors over Ratoath in Group B of the League last Saturday afternoon in Fr. Tully Park.

Both of our teams were outstanding but it would be remiss of us not to specifically mention Alex Reynolds and Luke Healy who led the charge.

The side has training on Saturday at 13:00 in Kentstown and will take on Skryne in the second round of the League on Monday March 7th at 19:00.

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

Girls U-16
Skryne will be the opposition this week in Round 2 of the League when they come to Fr. Tully Park on Sunday afternoon at 16:30.

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

Girls U-14
Life in Division 1 got underway last Saturday morning when Dunboyne came to Fr. Tully Park. Following a very tough game when it was nip and tuck throughout it took a late penalty for daylight to appear between the sides and after netting the penalty Dunboyne ran out winners by 2-08 to 2-04.

The Seneschalstown side was: Robyn Murray, Sadhbh McLarney, Sinéad McLarney, Áine Nangle, Lauren McCarthy, Aoibhé Monaghan, Zoe Kirwan, Caragh Monaghan (0-01), Lauren Donnelly, Anna Wogan, Mallaidh Breen (1-01), Orla Finnegan (1-00), Zoe Ryan, Ava Jane Ryan (0-01), Ella Kilfeather (0-02).
Subs Caoimhe Dunne Niamh Traynor Charlie Murray Amy Kennedy

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
Our Club Nursery for U-6, U-8 and U-10 coaching is due to return for another year on Saturday March 19th.
All the coaches are looking forward to getting started with another year's coaching and no doubt there are children throughout the length and breadth of the parish counting down the days.
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!!

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 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!!

Meath Ladies Senior
Meath Ladies entertained Donegal last Sunday in Round 4 of the Lidl National Football League and following an improved performance lost out by 3-17 to 3-08.

Stacey Grimes lined out at right half forward and as well as kicking two points Stacey covered every blade of grass in a hugely industrious performance.

As well as Stacey we were also represented by Amy Gilsenan who made her senior inter-county debut as a second half substitute.

The following is a piece published on our Facebook page last Sunday following Amy’s debut –
“Today was a very proud day for one of our best players as Amy Gilsenan made her Senior debut for the Meath Ladies in their League defeat to Donegal.
Amy has always been regarded as a diamond of a player and this is a due reward for the very hard work she has put in since injuring her cruciate ligament almost two years ago playing for the county minors.
Now part of the senior set up with her fellow diamond Stacey Grimes who kicked two points today we have little doubt that Amy will go on to terrorise inter county defenders for many years to come.
A proud day for all of us here in the club but in particular for the Gilsenan family to see Amy don the Meath jersey.”

Next up for the Ladies is the short spin to Mullingar where they take on Westmeath in Round 5 of the Lidl National Football League on Sunday at 14:00 in St. Lomans GAA grounds.

Meath Ladies U-16
Meath teams haven’t beaten Dublin at too many levels of late but last Saturday the U-16 Girls managed just that feat when overcoming the Jackeens by 6-06 to 3-07 in Dunganny.

Two of our best and brightest talents were part of the panel for the day in Aoife Lenehan and Sorcha Gough and lining out at right corner forward Sorcha was to have an excellent game as she caused the Dublin defence a litany of problems and helped herself to 1-02 over the hour.

Meath Ladies U-14
Meath Ladies took on Dublin on Saturday afternoon in the opening round of the Leinster U-14 Championship and despite a scintillating second half comeback they ultimately came up just short as they lost out by 3-10 to 5-02.
Playing into the wind in the first half they trailed by 2-05 to 1-00 but an improved second half showing saw them come very close to an epic comeback.
Aoibhe Monaghan started at left corner back with twin sister Caragh introduced at half time. Lauren Donnelly was also introduced during the course of the game. Lauren McCarthy and Orla Finnegan didn't see any action on Saturday but will have a vital role to play in future games.

St. Patrick’s School Navan
Best of luck to Alan Mulvany, Brian Maguire, Cathal Finnegan, Dylan Keating and all the St. Pats Junior Panel who take on St. Mary’s Edenderry in the Leinster Junior A Final in St. Lomans Mullingar on Friday at 13:30.

Brian has the honour of captaining the panel and they’ll be looking to add to Leinster Championship to the North Leinster one which they’ve already secured.

Team of the Week.
Commencing last week, we now select a Team of the Week each Monday on our Facebook page based on the different sides in action over the previous seven days.

The inaugural selection was as follows – Robyn Murray (U-14 Girls), Ruairí Keogh (Junior A), Tom McDonnell (U-12), Danny Waters (U-12), Zoe Kirwan (U-14 Girls), Sam Kirwan (U-12), Colin Walsh (Junior A), Neil Darby (Junior A), Ben Lynagh (U-12), Stacey Grimes (Meath Seniors), Mallaidh Breen (U-14 Girls), Rob Darby (Junior A), Sorcha Gough (Meath U-16’s), Eoin Finnegan (Junior A), Ella Kilfeather (U-14 Girls).

Player of the Week
Following on from the Team of the Week we now also announce a Player of the Week on Tuesdays and this week’s winner was Colin Walsh.

Colin is the type of player loved equally by coaches, supporters and teammates. Never gives anything less than an 8/10 performance and is always there willing and able to offer support to the player in possession as well as performing his primary defensive role.
A star of last year’s Minor & Junior D Championship wins he continued in that vein of form against Duleek/Bellewstown.

Last Man Standing Update
Three rounds later in the National Football League, and there have already been a number of surprises! Donegal and Dublin have taken Division 1 by storm, with Mayo proving to be a stubborn opposition to both outfits. The dark horses in Division 1 this year seems to be Roscommon, after the Rossies put Cork to the sword and overcame Kerry in an enthralling encounter.
Our very own Royal County has struggled to get a grips on Division 2, with only 2 points after 3 games. They are one of five teams currently on 2 points, with Tyrone leading the flock at the top.
With regards to our “Last Man Standing” competition, it is survival of the fittest as only 25 participants have been left standing.
Seneschalstown GFC would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the fundraising campaign, including the buyers and the sellers, which will help to fund the senior team in the upcoming year.

Club Lotto
The numbers drawn in this week’s Lotto were 7, 11 16 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 Angela Grey, Francis Dunne, Ray Gargan, Killian Duggan and Damien McDonnell.
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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