Club Notes - 201507
Seniors qualify for championship final
Following their fantastic victory over Kilmacud Crokes on Wednesday night last, our seniors have qualified for the championship final for the second year in a row. The team kicked off their championship campaign on May 20th with a tough opener against Ballyboden. Their 2 subsequent games were conceded by St. Sylvesters and Clann na Gael / Fontenoy so it meant that it was exactly 10 weeks since the team played a championship game and this was certainly a worry going into the game. The fact that they were playing Kilmacud Crokes who had played 4 tough games in their group (and are also the current Dublin and Leinster Intermediate champions) made it all the more worrying. Crokes rightly showed why they were favourites for the game when they stormed into a 1-1 to no score lead after 5 minutes. However, the FoxCab ladies didn’t panic and they went in at half time leading by 2-5 to 2-1. They extended their lead at the start of the second half and in the end won by 2-14 to 3-5. Well done to Crokes on a fantastic game of football. Well done also to referee Keith Tighe on a job well done. The final has been fixed for Friday August 7th at 8:30 in Parnell Park where the ladies will take on St. Brigid’s. St. Brigid’s topped their section in the qualifying round winning 3 games and drawing 1 and beat Ballyboden in the semi-final. Admission to final is €10 for adults; €5 for OAP’s and Students and free for U16’s.
Thanks to everybody who came along to Kilbogget last Wednesday night and made themselves heard. We would love to see you all again in Parnell Park on Friday night on this very important night for the club. The club are organising coaches to bring supporters to and from Parnell Park for the final. The cost of the coach will be €5 per adult and €3 for U16’s. If you would like to book a seat on the bus, please send a mail to our PRO – email@example.com before noon on Tuesday next, August 4th.
Group A on the other hand was highly competitive and the top two teams from that group were only decided last Wednesday. In the end St. Brigid's topped the group and Kilmacud Crokes came second following a magnificent victory over Fingallians. That fantastic win for Crokes sees them playing us on Wednesday evening.
Games between Foxrock Cabinteely and Crokes are always tight affairs and this is sure to be the case again on Wednesday night. While our ladies have been training for the semi-final there's no substitute for competitive games and this is something that Crokes have had plenty of in their group in the championship. Added to that, Crokes won the Dublin and Leinster intermediate championship last year and lost out narrowly in the All-Ireland final so they will probably go into the game as slight favourites.
We would urge all club members to make their way to Kilbogget on Wednesday evening to come and support the ladies as they try and make the senior final for the second year in a row.
For those of you who can't make it to Kilbogget, updates will be tweeted during the game. If you're not following us on Twitter and want to know how the game is going, make sure you follow us before 7:30 on Wednesday. Our twitter account is @OFFICIALFoxCabGAA.
It was great to see 5 Foxrock Cabinteely players listed on the match programme for today’s Leinster Senior Ladies final. Sinead Goldrick, Amy Connolly, Hannah Noonan and Niamh Collins were part of the Dublin panel and Fiona Claffey was part of the Westmeath panel. Dublin won by 7 points and secured their 4th Leinster title in a row. The day was even more special for Sinead Goldrick when she was named Player of the Match. As well as her excellent performance in the game, Sinead also scored 3 points. Congrats Sinead, Amy, Hannah and Niamh and commiserations to Fiona. While Westmeath may have lost, they still have the qualifiers to look forward to and we’re sure that we’ll hear more about Westmeath – and particularly Fiona – as the season progresses. The focus for all 5 ladies will now switch to the Dublin senior club championship semi-final which will likely be the week of July 27th. Members will be informed when the details are finalised.
Commiserations to Sinead Delahunty and her Tipperary team mates who lost by 1 point to Roscommon in the Intermediate championship. Commiseration also to Lauri Ahern and Laura Fusciardi who were part of the Wicklow team who lost to Limerick by 2 points also in the Intermediate championship. Like Sinead, Amy, Hannah, Niamh and Fiona, Lauri, - Laura and Sinead still have the Dublin senior championship to look forward to.
Hard luck to Ciara Crotty, Tarah O’Sullivan, Hannah O’Neill and their Dublin minor team mates who lost to Cork in the All-Ireland Minor semi-final.
Aoife Beary Fun-Raiser
There will be a tag rugby event on Saturday July 25th. More details are available here.
The club Executive recently approved a club “Handbook” which is a wide ranging document and identifies our codes, policies and procedures. It is available here from the club website, under “club codes/policies”, and we would urge all members to please read this document. Items therein may be updated/modified by future executive committee's when in the best interests of the club.
A separate updated document “Players Playing Policy” has now also been ratified by the Club Executive. This is available here from the club website, under “club codes/policies”, and again may be updated/modified by future executive committee's when in the best interests of the club.
The Executive, through its “On Line” registration process have identified a number of girls who have not been playing within their correct age group, and in some instances this practice has continued for a number of years. For example, in 2015, a child plays on-the age if they were born in 2003 and are playing U12. These girls have formed warm friendships within the age group they now reside, and rather than require these girls to revert to training and playing within their correct age group the Executive have decided that current arrangements should remain, however girls graduating in future from our club academy must all play “on the age”. This will ensure that all girls play within their own age group, and as identified in our Players Playing Policy may also be available to play with an older age group provided the relevant policies are adhered with.
All squad managers/mentors are required to sign a document indicating their “Acceptance of the Clubs Codes, Policy's & Procedures”. Clarification when sought has been provided on matters arising. Ratification letters will shortly be sent to mangers/mentors of squads who have indicated acceptance of the policies. To ensure compliance with our codes and policies, only those who have received their “Ratification” letters, will be permitted to manage and mentor squads, after Wed. Aug. 5th. Should any squad not have a ratified manager/mentor group in place by this date, a meeting of parents associated with the squad will be arranged by the club executive to advise on the situation.
Senior championship semi-final
While they had already secured a place in the semi-final, our senior team were guaranteed a home game in the semi-final by virtue of the walk-over they received from Clanna Gael Fontenoy last Wednesday. The semi-final opponents aren’t yet known as the final round of games have yet to be played in group A.
The next week is going to a busy one for Foxrock Cabinteely players on inter county panels. On Wednesday evening, Eve Reidy and her U16 Dublin team-mates take on Kerry in the All-Ireland semi-final in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary. On Saturday, the Dublin Minor team will take on Cork in the All-Ireland semi-final in Toomevarra Co. Tipperary and the club is represented by Ciara Crotty, Hannah O’Neill and Tarah O’Sullivan. On Sunday, the Leinster Senior final takes place between Dublin and Westmeath and the club have representatives on both teams. Sinead Goldrick, Amy Connolly, Hannah Noonan and Niamh Collins will line out for Dublin while Fiona Claffey will be part of the Westmeath team. Lorna Fusciardi and Laurie Ahearn will line out for the Wicklow team when they play in All-Ireland qualifiers and finally Sinead Delahunty will be part of the Tipperary team when they also play in the All-Ireland qualifiers. Best of luck to all!
The club extends its sympathy to club players Molly and Lucy O'Connell on the death of their grandfather, Gerard O'Carroll, who died last week. May he rest in peace.