News and Match Reports
Great to see a native Dub elected as President of the GAA. Congratulations to John Horan and we wish you a successful presidency. Great news for our friends in Na Fianna, a great honour for the club.
St Sylvesters send our condolences to Michelle Owens (nee Harrison) on the passing of her dad Noel, grandfather to prominent Syls and Dublin players Nicole and Simon.
Dublin Ladies play Donegal in Parnell Park on Sunday at 2p.m. This should be a cracker. Only a point separated the teams in last year's Championship match. Both teams have registered two wins and one loss in the League. Do support the girls on Sunday and we wish Niamh a speedy recovery from her recent injury
Just spotted this picture of Declan Morris in Parnell Park with Mel and Declan Ryan at the Hurling Feile last year - probably a bit of a tear-jerker for some of us but I thought a lovely memory nonetheless.
Ellen Cooney one of our minor and senior ladies footballers pictured with Sam at the Catex exhibition at the RDS recently
We are running the Know Your Sport Prediction Competition fundraiser again this year and are looking for your support now to make it a success. As was the case last year, 80% of the funds raised will go directly back to your individual teams to be used to fund as much as possible for 2017 team running and referee expenses, with 20% being retained centrally to fund prizes etc
The AGM was held on January 24. A good attendance heard annual reports from the Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer. Two long-serving people, Angela Aherne and Katerina Ryan, stepped down from their positions on the committee and were thanked for their selfless service over the years. Angela Aherne, former Secretary, has gracefully agreed to stay on as a delegate to the county board.
We were caught a little off guard with a late addition to the fixture list but nonetheless there was a great turnout and thanks to all the lads who ensured we did not go short. We're sti;; looking for players as we will need a good panel to get us through the year. Training is with the Junior A team on Tuesday and Thursdays at 8.00pm thanks to Shay Byrne and his team. We drew 0-13 to 1-10 against Man O War. We had 21 players and everyone got at least half a game. There was a good crowd up there too. It was great to the likes of Shay Keogh (5 points), Derek Roche (3 points), Ciaran Roche (2 points),Kev Meehan (1 point) back playing again. Paudy Tracey and Killian Haverty chipped in a point each too.
Vincents pulled out of the VdeP game and the seniors played a very lively in-house game, I liked the movement and the energy. The Inters had a bye this week and the Junior As loost over at Peregrines.
No, we’re not having any internal crisis, just dusting off our processes and procedures and re-establishing our sub-committees. We are advertising for members to volunteer to serve on our Disciplinary Committees. The purpose of these committees to implement the Code of Conduct in the event of a written complaint or concern from a member of the club or the general public. We invite members to volunteer for any of the roles to be ratified by an existing committee where appropriate.
U14F D1 Ballyboden St Endas 0-10, St Sylvesters 3-05 Hard fought game in difficult weather conditions but great to start the season with a big scalp. The U13s also played Boden (we had a bit of a pig out of Division 1 Football with Ballyboden this weekend) - anyone send me the result.
I don't know the year but great picture of Airy and Nicky Cleerewith the Dublin Minors n the late '90s. Thanks to Peter Hickey for the pic - I remember a few others, Kev Devine, Paul Casey, Lim óg (pity he didn't opt for hurling in later years), Kevin Golden . . . .
Here is some info on upcoming workshops being run by the DCB Coaching Dept.
Baltic weather did not dampen the enthusiasm in this excellent Division1 opening game. The lead changed hands regularly in a fagt moving skillful game. We were tight on players while Boden had a full compliment of subs and that probably made the difference in the end when we could not provide any relief on a very slippy and heavy field which really takes it out of the legs.
A super second half display in Newry today in beating the ever excellent Dublin champions, St Vincents, continues the fairytale for Slaughtneil. All Ireland Club Football Finalists, their ladies have reached the All Ireland Camogie Final, the hurlers play a very strong Cuala from Dublin in the All Ireland Hurling Semi Final and I hear they even have a Gaeltacht status for their area. What a great story. Comhghairdeas, aghaidh agus aníos, Slaughtneil Abú.
Nice to see Fionn lining out in the National Football League for Leitrim against Wicklow in Aughrim last Sunday. Surprisingly Fionn is the first 'home grown' Syls player to play in the NFL in quite a few years. Now I'm a Leitrim fan.
Sylvesters Lotto first prize of €13,000 Lotto was won last night by two of the most loved characters in St Sylvesters. There was a great atmosphere in the club with the news and we thank all those who have contributed over a number of years. Please continue to support our lotto as it is a great source of revenue and a great way to show your support. Great thanks to Kevin, John and Pat for running the Lotto every wee and thanks also to the lads who run the bar for their support. Syls abú.
Sylvesters u10 girls had their first match of the year today in Broomfield against Castleknock. Great turnout with over 30 girls participating from Sylvesters. They played superbly and everyone had great fun. This team is going from strength to strength with our player numbers increasing so much we will be playing a three team league this year to ensure all girls get more match time. Looking forward to the year ahead.
For insurance purposes teams taking part in Challenge Matches are advised that they must apply - through their Club Secretary - for permission to take part in a challenge game via the following email address at least 72 hours before throw-in time -- firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that the CCC has no function in recording notifications of challenge games for insurance purposes. Is Mise, Seán MacNiocláis.
Aido Mahon is running a bus on Sunday, should be a bit of craic, he has a few seats left if you call him at 087 795 0006 (Sorry I had the wrong number)