October 8th 2015 Seneschalstown GFC Notes

Pitch Development
For many years now the club has been in need of a second playing pitch to cater for the large numbers of players we have lining out each year.
In total we have 24 sides between Men's, Ladies and Juvenile which puts huge pressure on our current facilities.
This year we have been lucky to procure land adjacent to our current premises on which we will be developing an all-weather sand based floodlit pitch along with using some of the land we already own.
The total cost of this development will be €350,000 and to pay for this we are going to be embarking on a major fundraising drive.
Representatives from the club are currently calling to each house in the parish explaining why this pitch is needed and how people can help with our fundraising drive. We are presently in week two of this three week drive.
This new pitch will be a much needed addition to our facilities and will result in us having one of the finest playing pitches in the country.

Junior B
Congratulations to our side who won the Seamus Connolly Catering JBFC Final last Saturday in Páirc Tailteann. Following our successes in 1973 and 1996 this was our third time to win the Championship and it was a particularly proud moment for team captain Joe Cowley who followed in his father’s 1973 footsteps by accepting the cup on behalf of the team.

On the day there were excellent performances from players all over the park as the management team of Mick Dillon (centre back in 1973), Declan Byrne and Steven Dillon had the team flying.

Incidentally four players, David Gordon, Eoin Finnegan, Niall Hickey and Paul McDonnell collected both Junior D and Junior B Championship medals.

On Monday morning there was great excitement in Kentstown NS and Yellow Furze NS as the panel brought the cup to the two schools in the parish to thank all the children for their very vocal support on Saturday.

The U-21’s enter the Championship fray on Sunday morning when they take on Gaeil Colmcille in the preliminary round of the Coolrite Refrigeration U-21 Championship in Simonstown. Throw in is at 11:00.

Simonstown will also be the venue on Friday evening when the Minors take on North Meath Gaels in the LMFM Division 3 Championship semi-final. So far the side has recorded a come from behind win over Duleek/Bellewstown in Round 1 and a win over Ratoath in Round 2 and will be confident of progressing to the final.

On Sunday evening last the U-15’s recorded their second victory in three games when accounting for the challenge of Rathkenny by 10-13 to 9-07 in Fr. Tully Park. On the day there were excellent performances from Brian Boyd and Sean Carey.

They’re next into action on Sunday morning when they travel to Ballivor for their Round 4 game which will throw in at 11:00.

The U-13’s are also on the road this weekend when they travel to Dunboyne to take on St. Peter’s/Paul’s at 14:30. Best of luck to the team.

The U-11’s took on Navan O’Mahonys on Tuesday evening in Paddy O’Brien Park and following a very exciting contest where the visitors were on top in the first half, O’Mahonys got on top in the second and eventually the tow side came out on top by 10 scores to 8.

Next up for the team is a home game in Fr. Tully Park against Ratoath on Saturday at 13:00.

Seneschalstown Nursery
Last Saturday saw the U-10’s take to the Páirc Tailteann pitch at half time of the Junior B Final where they took on St. Vincent’s in two exhibition matches.

Girls U-18
The Minor Ladies were also in Championship action at the weekend and they were in very impressive form as they recorded a comfortable 7-17 to 3-06 win over Clann na Gael. Amy Gilsenan returned having missed their previous game against Simonstown and showed her attacking prowess as she racked up a personal tally of 3-06.

Girls U-15
The U-15 Girls faced Navan O’Mahony’s in Fr. Tully Park last Saturday morning and in a game played at 12 a side due to the town team being low on numbers they did excellently to rack up a 9-15 to 2-06 victory. Chrystal Delamere was in inspirational form up front as she hit a very impressive 4-05 while Aoife Darby and Chloe Williams were excellent in defence.

On Friday evening they will have a Challenge game away to Skryne at 19:15.

Girls U-13
It was also a profitable weekend for the U-13 Girls who made their journey to Summerhill a winning one as they came away with a 6-12 to 2-00 win. Ava Jane Ryan, Zoe Ryan and Aine Nangle were all in excellent form.

Next up is a game against Donaghmore/Ashbourne in Fr. Tully Park at 11:30 on Sunday.

Girls U-11
The U-11 Girls took on Wolfe Tones in Gibbstown on Monday night and following a very competitive encounter both sides could go home very pleased with their efforts. At this age no score is kept, with the emphasis placed on skill development.

Girls U-9
Following their Blitz on Saturday morning where they hosted Castletown, Duleek/Bellewstown, Simonstown Gaels, St. Mary’s, St. Ultan’s and Wolfe Tones the season is now complete for the U-9 Girls.

Great credit is due to each of the teams that played on Saturday with the standard of play very high and showing that the future of Ladies Football in the county is in safe hands.

Photos from the day can be seen on our Facebook page, and thanks to Jennifer Monaghan for her camera work.

Thanks also to the ladies who worked tirelessly in the kitchen and also to Katie, Grainne, Natasha and Kiah for refereeing the matches.

Ladies Football Training Times
Girls U-11 training is on Mondays from 18.30 - 19.30
Girls U-13 training is on Mondays from 19:00 – 20:00
Girls U-15 training is on Wednesdays from 19:00 – 20:00

Schools Coaching
The Schools Coaching Program under the stewardship of Gerry McDonnell and Mick Dillon is well underway for this year with three sessions completed in Kentstown NS and Yellow Furze NS thus far. So far the classes receiving the coaching have been 2nd and 3rd classes.

Our thanks to both schools for their continued cooperation.

Stacey Grimes
One of the most talented players to come through the underage ranks in the club for many years is Stacey Grimes.
Still eligible for the Minor ranks, Stacey has been a mainstay on the Senior Ladies team for the last few years. Already in her fledgling football career she has been one of the dominant players in two Meath LGFA Senior Finals while also being a key player in the 2013 Leinster Final. Another notable achievement for Stacey is that she has represented Leinster in the Schools Inter Provincial Championships earlier this ear.
Earlier this year she captained Loreto, Navan to win the All Ireland Post Primary Schools Title. Now a student in DKIT Stacey has been recognised for her sporting prowess as she has been presented with a sports scholarship by the third level institution.
An award that is thoroughly deserved.

The numbers drawn in this week’s Lotto were 1, 2, 11 and 22. There was no winner of the jackpot of €9,300 which means next week’s jackpot will be worth €9,400. The 5 by €25 winners were Shane Clarke, Noeleen Concannon, Aine Clarke, Tony McDonnell, Caroline Mooney and Finian O’Dea.
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). 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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