September 16th 2016 Seneschalstown GFC Notes

Croagh Patrick Climb
Thanks to all who undertook our sponsored climb of Croagh Patrick last Saturday. It seemed like half the parish descended on shore of Clew Bay to climb the famous reek in an attempt to raise much needed funds for the development of our new pitch, the grass seed for which was sown this week.

Photos from the climb will be posted on our Facebook Page this weekend.

Ciaran McCabe RIP
There are few families more steeped in the club than the McCabe’s from Yellow Furze. Cornerstones of the club and parish for decades, last Sunday they suffered the sudden loss of Ciaran whose brother Sean is a key member of our Senior side.

Ciaran played underage football for the club and was a golfer with a burgeoning reputation.

The club wish to extend their sympathies to the extended McCabe family and in particular to Ciaran’s parents John and Una as well as his brothers Mark and Sean on their tragic loss.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dilís

Boosted by a quick start when playing with the aid of a strong wind at their back Na Fianna accounted for our Seniors in the final round of the A League Division 1 last Sunday. The 2015 beaten county finalists eventually won out by 1-15 to 0-11.

Seneschalstown: David Lyons, Paul Carey, Cormac Noonan, Colin Gleeson, Teean Cummins, John Smith, Mark Fox, Joe Sheridan, Damien Sheridan, Niall Hickey, Brian Sheridan (0-05, 0-03 Frees), Adam Carey (0-01), Jonathan Gilsenan, Niall Groome, James Meade.

Seneschalstown Substitutions: Bryan Clarke (0-03, 0-02 Frees) for M. Fox, Adam Gleeson (0-02) for J. Meade, Stephen Finnegan for J. Gilsenan, Niall McCabe for A. Carey.

Next up for the Seniors is their Round 5 game in the Meath SFC against Ballinlough on Friday September 23rd at 20:00 in Castletown.

Junior A
Last Friday saw the Junior A’s finish up the Round Robin stage of the B League Division 2 with a comfortable victory over Nobber as they ran out winners by 4-15 to 1-07.

Seneschalstown: Shane Corbally, Ronan Conneely, Conor Cowley, Peter Tierney, Rob Darby (0-01), Colin Gleeson, Colin Walsh, Paul McDonnell, Stephen Finnegan, Ross Howard (1-00), Niall McCabe, Neil Darby (1-02), Shane Clarke (0-02), James Conlon (1-07), Ryan O’Dowd (1-03).

Seneschalstown Substitutions: David Gordon for S. Clarke, Aidan Finnegan for S. Finnegan, Damien McDonnell for C. Gleeson.

This win qualified them for a playoff against Summerhill on Saturday at 17:00 in Dunganny, the winner of which will be promoted to Division 1 and secure a spot in the Division 2 Final.

U-17 Boys
The U-17’s play Drumconrath/Meath Hill in the Division 2 semi-final on Monday at 19:15 in Donore.

All support is greatly appreciated.

The U-15’s reached the quarter final of the 7 aside competition in Dunganny last weekend as they defeated Clann na Gael and Blackhall Gaels in the group stage while also losing out to Rathkenny.

This left them qualified for the quarter final where they met Ratoath. In a match which was nip and tuck throughout they led by a point at half time before eventually going down by 0-15 to 0-14.

Seneschalstown: Jamie Kirwan, Cillian Lawlor, Cathal Hickey, Simon Rooney, Joseph Moore, Ross Mullen, Liam Maguire, Seanie Dalton, Woodley Nicholson, Alan Carey.

This weekend sees them get their Division 2 League campaign up and running when they play host to Wolfe Tones in Donore on Sunday at 11:00.

U-13 Boys
Round 2 of the Division 2 League saw our U-13 Boys fall to their first defeat of the season when they went under to St. Cuthberts by 2-11 to 3-07.

Seneschalstown: Seneschalstown (13 a side): Jack Kearns, Tom Smith, Tom McDonnell, Zach Sheridan, Owen Mullen, Dylan Geraghty, Donal Commons (1-01), Conor McDonnell, Ryan Finnegan, Oisín McEvoy (0-01), Cian Rooney, Cathal Darby (1-03), Oisín Bowens.
Seneschalstown Subs: Daragh Cantwell, Jack Freyne, Ben Kearney (1-02).

Next up is a game away to St. Peter’s/Paul’s in Dunboyne on Saturday September 24th at 15:00.

Girls U-15
The U-15 Girls lost out to Simonstown last weekend by 4-08 to 1-05 after Simonstown turned in an excellent second half performance to pull away.

Seneschalstown: Shauna Gordon, Sadhbh McLarney, Aine Nangle, Lauren McCarthy, Zoe Kirwan, Leanne Clarke, Aoibhé Monaghan, Caragh Monaghan, Aoife Lenihan (0-02), Orla Finnegan (0-01), Lauren Donnelly, Ava Jane Ryan, Aoife Mulvany (0-02), Sinead McLarney (1-00), Ella Kilfeather.

Next up this weekend is a game against Summerhill on Saturday at 12:00 in Rathkenny.

Girls U-13
Last Sunday’s U-13 League game got called off after Na Fianna were unable to fulfil the fixture.

Club Nursery
There will be coaching in Kentstown on Saturday from 10:00-11:00 for our U-6, U-8 and U-10 teams.

Team of the Week.
Congratulations to all chosen on this week's Club Team of the Week which is based on games played between Monday September 5th and Sunday September 11th. The team is based upon the Senior Ladies, Junior A Men, Minors, U-15 Boys, U-15 Girls and U-13 Boys.

Keith Waters (Minors), Lauren McCarthy (U-15 Girls), Edel McGrane (Senior Ladies), Tom Smith (U-13 Boys), Ronan Conneely (Junior A Men), Cathal Hickey (U-15 Boys), Aoibhé Monaghan (U-15 Girls), Brian Maguire (Minor), Stephen Finnegan (Junior A Men), Ross Mullen (U-15 Boys), Caragh Monaghan (U-15 Girls), Kiah Geraghty (Senior Ladies), Niall McCabe (Junior A Men), James Conlon (Junior A Men), Alan Carey (U-15 Boys).

Player of the Week
Congratulations to our latest selection as Player of the Week, Keith Waters.

Having not played much football for a few years Keith nailed down the goalie’s jersey last year for the U-16's and he has continued to improve ever since.

One of his greatest attributes is a booming kickout as he can send the ball the proverbial mile off the kicking tee.

Last week against Drumconrath/Meath Hill he was as assured as ever under the high ball while pulling off a couple of smart stops including one at his near post in the first half.

As the second half progressed he then had to face two penalty kicks. For the second one he did his best to put the taker off as he danced across the goal line and it proved to work as the spot kick flew right and wide.

This all came after what was definitely his finest moment which came earlier in the game when he pulled off a stunning stop as he dived to his left to knock the first penalty away to safety.

In a game which was finely poised throughout these interventions were worth their weight in gold.

Meath Ladies U-12
Best of luck to Megan Clarke, Robyn Murray, Charlie Murray and Tara Traynor who will all be in action this weekend when they play for Meath U-12's in the Leinster Blitz in Portlaoise on Saturday.

All four are superb talents and will no doubt go on to be regulars in the Meath jersey as they move through the age groups.

Club Lotto
The numbers drawn in this week’s Lotto were 11,19, 21 and 24. 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 Neil Kilkenny, Frank Heskin, Malachi Peoples, Niamh Bissett and Ray, Josie, Louise and Dessie

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

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