Archive for August, 2009

27
Aug
09

Ireland ladies look to secure top-tier status

Loreto’s Nikki Symmonds and Pegasus’ Alex Speers were the scorers as Ireland’s ladies hockey team moved themselves to within one point of retaining their top-tier status in Europe for next season with a tense 2-1 victory over Azerbaijan.

With the tie tied at 1-1 with 20 minutes to go, both sides sought the winner, and Azerbaijan looked like they were about to cause a major upset when Marina Aliyeva pounced on a loose ball, scooping it onto her reverse towards the goal, but Symmons was on hand to save it off the line.

Ireland then made the play of the game with a great four-on-two attack; displaying great skill as Emma Smyth fed the ball in to Speers, who laid off for Megan Frazer’s strike which Speers slid in to deflect over the keeper’s head for the winning goal.

The result puts the ladies top of Pool C, ahead of Scotland, Russia and Azerbaijan, and play in their final pool game against Russia this Saturday, where a draw will be enough to ensure they remain in the A division of European Hockey.

27
Aug
09

Run to Africa from Malahide and Lucan

On September 13, the charity Playing for Life (www.playingforlife.ie) is giving individuals and clubs  the opportunity to raise funds for their own sporting organisation, while at the same time supporting PFL’s Run to Africa initiative.

Playing for Life works in Tanzania, Malawi, and Kenya by providing facilities for the development of vocational education and training, community development, and a health awareness programme for children and young adults through sports and sporting activities.

As part of Run to Africa, there will be a 5km charity run in the grounds of Malahide Castle on September 13, and an 8km run in Lucan Sarsfields on September 27.

To find out more on how to get involved, go to www.runtoafrica.org.

27
Aug
09

Liffey Celtics seek new ‘ballers

Liffey Celtics Basketball Club in Celbridge are seeking new players for their academy set-up.

For boys aged 7 to 9 years old, the academy runs every Saturday from 2.30 to 4pm in Scoil Na Mainistreac, and teaches basic basketball skills in a fun enjoyable manner.

The academy’s new season commences on Saturday, September 5.

If you are interested, please contact Siobhan Briggs at 087 6335363.

27
Aug
09

Lucan Sarsfields and St Brigid’s in last four for Ireland’s Best Club

Lucan Sarsfields and St Brigid’s have been announced as two of the final four clubs shortlisted in Etihad Airways’ search to find Ireland’s Best Club Under The Sun.

The search on www.etihadgaa.ie is based around what local GAA clubs give to their back to their community, and a public vote for which one of the clubs deserves to win the training camp of a life time in Abu Dhabi with Nicky English as the coach is now underway.

The other clubs in the final shortlist are Drom and Inch from Tipperary and Rathnure / St Anne’s from Wexford.

Lucan Sarsfields, founded in 1886, can claim with justification and pride to being one of the oldest clubs in Dublin. There were a number of elements that that saw the club shortlisted, among these are the provision of mentors and selectors that the club provides to various Dublin development teams; the considerable charity work under taken by the club, most notably the Nagarhope charity. The club also made the shortlist due to the incredible efforts it has done to be inclusive with the different ethnic communities in the local area and in doing so promoting the game of hurling. To see the full Lucan Sarfields entry just log onto etihadgaa.ie/entriesSelected.php?entry_id=123&county=10

Founded in 1932, St Brigid’s G.A.A. Club was set-up with the aim of being more than a vibrant GAA club but also to become a pillar of the community in the then small villages of Blanchardstown & Castleknock. This goal has certainly been achieved with the club now fielding over 70 teams. St. Brigid’s was selected for a number of reasons amongst them the fund raising and charity work under taken, such as the Alan Kerins projects in Zambia and the local hospice project. Another reason was the full integration with the local schools, providing hurling workshops and mentoring. To see the full St Brigid’s entry just log onto etihadgaa.ie/entriesSelected.php?entry_id=113&county=10

To vote for the club you feel deserves to win this incredible prize, log onto www.etihadgaa.ie.

26
Aug
09

European Senior Women’s Team Championship at Dun Laoghaire next week

Defending champions, Sweden, will be seeking their second successive title when Ireland plays host to the 15-nation European Senior Women’s Team Championship at Dun Laoghaire Golf Club from next Monday, August 31 to Friday,  September 4.

France look likely to be Sweden’s strongest challengers for the title, with Virgine Burrus and Cecilia Morgue d’Algue hoping to repeat their successful victories of 2006 and 2007. Spain’s Vicky Pertierra and Catalina Castillejo should lead their side to a top four finish, while Lorna Bennett and Fiona de Vries join a formidable Scottish line up expecting to make the semi-finals.

Host nation Ireland will be led by Close Champion Marilyn Henderson (Castlerock) while Helen Jones (Strabane), Violet McBride (Belvoir Park), Phil O’Gorman (Laytown & Bettystown) and Sheena McElroy (Grange) are sure to feature regularly in team captain Roma English’s (Larne) line ups.

26
Aug
09

This Week in Gazette Sport

commgames2This week’s top stories in Gazette Sport:

  • Bernard Dunne sets date for his first defence of his WBA superbantamweight title
  • We talk to the managers of all of the major clubs involved in senior football championship about their draws
  • We announce this month’s Dublin Sports Awards nominees
  • Barnhall sign North Dublin Eagles’ Peter Carr for Under-19 squad
  • Paddler Peter Eghan claims gold and silver medals at the National Canoe Marathon Championship event at Salmon Leap
  • The final weekend of this year’s All Ireland Community Games sees more success for local athletes
  • Dublin’s ladies go one better than the men in the football championship and beat Kerry to progress to the All Ireland semi-finals
  • And, as ever, the best Dublin GAA coverage…

All this and much more in this week’s Gazette newspapers.

26
Aug
09

Tyrrelstown Club Notes

Training continues every Saturday at 10am at the Belgree pitch in Tyrrelstown.

There is also training for all our underage teams every Thursday evening from 6.30 to 7.30pm. Senior training continues at 7.30pm on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown.

New members are always welcome. Please contact Clare Dowdall on 0851617718 or Gar Heffernan on 086 2464701 for more information.