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Club Notes February 24th 2014

posted Feb 27, 2014, 12:01 PM by Kevin Brassil   [ updated Feb 27, 2014, 12:04 PM ]


Fundraising Cycle for our seniors on 15th March details on our website www.raheny.gaa.ie


Date for your diary Easter Camp is 14-17 April booking early. Application forms will be going into the schools this week.


Have you got tickets for the dubs on Saturday? If not why not drop into the club and watch it there, " match specials " during the game and live music afterwards.


Our minor hurlers do us proud.
Match Report – Minor Hurling League – Round Towers ( C ) 1 – 10 Raheny 3 – 05

Our Minor Hurling League campaign got under way with a hard fought 1 point win in horrible conditions in Clondalkin on Sunday Morning.

This was supposed to be a home game for us but with our pitches in the Park still unplayable we had no option but to concede home advantage and travel to West Dublin for our league opener.

The morning didn’t start too well with a number of defections from our panel leaving us with the bare 15 tomake the trip. Between injuries , County call ups, work commitments and holidays , our pre season panel of 24/25 was looking extremely threadbare as the players assembled in the dressing room prior to the game.

But as we all know at this stage, there is a passion and a level of commitment that is now part of the Raheny make up which ensured that despite our low numbers and our lack of training sessions Towers would have to battle for every score.

With a strong wind blowing diagonally across the pitch, the first fifteen minutes passed with few scoring opportunities for either team. Free taking was especially difficult with both sides guilty of a wide or three from the placed ball. Towers opened the scoring with a point but our fellas battled back with great heart and a quick pull across the square from Eoin Leech was finished to the net by David Cleary to give us a two point lead. Towers came roaring back with the wind giving them a slight advantage and with an unanswered goal and five points managed to build a healthy lead . Some excellent defending in the full back line from Dan Gordon, Shane Bell and Robert O’Meara together with some outstanding work in tackling, blocking and hooking from Darren Cooper and Marc Bosonnet in the half back line limited the damage and kept us in touch but an injury to our Centre Back, Aran Kelly looked like it was going to be a major setback as the break approached. We finally managed to score a free at the end of the first half but still went into the break behind by six.

All that was required for us to get back into the game was in increase in the intensity and in the sharpness to react to the breaking ball. Ryan Bradshaw moved into the Centre Back position following Aran’s injury and worked tirelessly to break up the Towers attacks as the second half got underway. About fifteen minutes in with the gap between the teams now seven points our midfield through the skill and speed of Darren Byrne and the tireless efforts of Eric Mullen finally began to wrest control of the game from Towers. With assistance from Cormac O’Flynn, Dara Harford ( giving his best ever performance in a Raheny jersey ) and Andy Carroll we began to dominate possession and close the gap on the scoreboard. Aran Kelly resumed at full forward but despite trying manfully to overcome his injury couldn’t complete the game. A couple of nice scores from Shane Bell got us to within five when a long range free, again from Shane, dropped into the net and suddenly there was real belief that we could actually do this. Five minutes left and down by two an opportunistic goal from Darren Byrne ( who knew exactly what he was doing, despite Vinny’s best efforts to advise him otherwise ) put us in the lead for the first time.Another Shane Bell free stretched our lead to two points with time nearly up.Two superb saves from our Keeper, Callum Clarke kept us in the lead and when Towers No.12 who had been excellent throughout the game blasted a 21 yard free over the bar the win was ours.

We can’t compliment the 15 lads who turned up for this game enough. From the doom and gloom in the dressing room when the lads were listing off the players that weren’t available for the game to the elation that followed the final whistle was something we’ll remember for a while.

We now need to build on this performance and need players to show the same level of commitment to training and matches as they have been doing for the football. There is serious talent in this team with silverware a real possibility if we work hard enough. Special thanks to Tom and Marie O’Flynn, Larry Gordon, Peter Bell, Paul Mullen and Dave Bradshaw who came out to support the players and to make sure they all got to the pitch on time……………….



Congratulations to Aogán Ó Fearghail on becoming the new president elect of The GAA.


Well done to our GPO Dotsy O'Callaghan and the Dublin Senior Hurlers on a great win over Clare yesterday.


And we have matches to report on at last..

Starting with our U7 Hurlers who played a storm the last few weeks clocking up a final score of Raheny 3 v 1 St Maurs. Our stars of the future.

AFL1 01-15 v 01-09 St Mary's Saggart.

Raheny intermediate football team got their league campaign off to a winning start with a 6 point (1-12 to 1-6) win away against man o war in blustery conditions. Raheny with the wind at their backs in the first half lead 6 - 3 having had a slow start. In the second half an improved side pulled away to secure the win. Great team effort & individual performances from Shane Harkin, Colly Hanley, Ciaran Murphy & jimmy Keogh back to his best scoring a total of 1-6!
(All of course led under the genius of manager Paddy Murray!!! )



Best of luck to all our players sitting junior and leaving cert exams this week.



Tickets for the national GAA draw need to be back ASAP
sold or unsold.






OUR LOTTO IS LIVE ON-LINE, you know what they say if your not in you cant win!!! 

Visit www.raheny.gaa.ie/information/club-lotto for more info.

LOTTO -- Lotto can be done on-line, or in the club lounge or by standing order. It  couldn't be easier.






Torthai an Chranchuir 24/02/14.

Uimreacha; 6, 11, 13, 23.

Ni raibh aon buaiteoir

Pota Or 3/3/14 - €7,300. Go n-eiri libh go leir.

The three €25 lucky dip winners this week are:

1) Irene & May.

2) Tom Kearney.

3) Brenda Hogan.

Monthly €200 Winner: Cian Daly.








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