News and Match Reports
AHL6: (Promotion Final ) Whitehall 2-12 Syls 1-13 Sun 22nd, Nov 2015 Cloghran. Disappointment all round as Whitehall once again prove to be our bogey team and deny us a long awaited promotion to Div5. We struggled to find our rhythm in the opening half and the concession of frees saw us trail by 3 points at HT. A much improved showing in the 2nd half, which we won a by a point, despite leaking 2 goals goes to prove that we have the capability, just need a more consistent delivery of it.
AHL9: (Promotion Semi-Final ) Syls 3-9 Scoil Ui Chonnaill 2-4 Sun 22nd Nov 2015 Broomfield Scoil under the stewardship of Tommy Naughton showed up with serious intent written all over their warm-up. Syls are familiar with Scoil having played together last year in a combined Syls/Scoil minor team. But Syls were not phased by this and effectively won the match with a blistering first half display, scoring 3-7 to Scoil’s single point. The pick of the scores was another goal bound rocket from Declan Markey and a delightful point from Hugh Murray
For those who have completed the Foundation Level course we would strongly encourage furthering the skill and knowledge base of all our coaches. To this end Panner has organised the next step along that path. Details and information set out below. Please contact him asap to ensure your place.
I think we lost by seven points to old rivals Kilmacud Crokes and it was probably our poorest display of this opposition. We started ok but quickly fell off the pace playing into a cold wind, looking cold and sluggish in ourselves against a fairly confident looking Crokes managed by Syls man Gabrial Bannigan. We trailed 1-10 to 0-02 at the break but made a better fist of the second half, Jack gaining some foothold in the middle, Luke Troy setting up a goal and scoring a second but we were always 5 yards off the pace and finished 2-11 to 2-04. There was a great crowd expecting a cracker and it'shard to explain the performance.
As per previous mail,The Club would like to show their appreciation for all the Mentors hard work during the season. The Bar Committee have organised live entertainment for the night and Lead Mentors will be issued with some drinks vouchers for their trusty lieutenants . A few spot prizes will also be up for grabs, although Rod's jacket is firmly staying on his back this time. We would also encourage mentors to invite the parents of their groups and hopefully make it a great night. To ensure that we can all relax on the night, Paddy has been banned from any fundraising activity for one night only [😊 Hope to see you all there., Fergal McStay
We are sad to report the passing of Phylis O'Connor, wife of Rory and a long time member and supporter of St Sylvesters, Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a ainm usal. O'CONNOR (née O'Connor), Phyllis (Malahide) - Nov. 18, 2015 (peacefully), at Beaumont Hospital; sadly missed by her loving husband Rory, brother Paddy, sister-in-law Patricia, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, brothers-in-law, relatives and friends. Reposing at Rock's Funeral Home, Swords. Removal on Saturday morning to St. Sylvester's Church, Malahide, arriving for 10am Mass followed by Funeral to Old Balgriffin Cemetery
Jamie lined out for Inishfails in Broomfield last Sunday in the AFL5 relegation playoff and, while our lads insist they held him scoreless he certainly gave an exhibition of full forward play and is in no way hampered by having only one hand. Jamie is the son of Sam Caul, another Balgriffen legend, was an acomplished Collegian soccer player in the US and is an inspiration to see him play, well done.
Syls Christmas Shop Opens Satruday 21st November. Limited Stock!
The Gala Night held last week in the Grand Hotel was a great success both financially and as an occasion to make the incredible energy, passion and commitment that has the potential to drive our club forward enormously in the years ahead. For those who attended the event, we hope you enjoyed the occasion and are looking forward to the 2016 event already!
I am sorry to report that Anthony's dad Frank passed away peacefully today in Waterford, Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a ainm. Mr. Frank Cooney, Ursuline Court, Waterford, who died on Wednesday, 18th November, 2015. Removal from Thompson’s Funeral Home, Barrack Street, on Friday at 5:30pm to the Sacred Heart Church, The Folly. Requiem Mass on Sunday at 12:30pm. Funeral afterwards to St. Otteran's Cemetery. Family flowers only please. Donations if desired to the Friends of St. Patrick’s Hospital.
Congratulations to Paddy Miskelly and he brilliant committee for a great night out where we raised much needed funds to complete the second side of the Ball Wall and improve our winter training facilities. It was a brilliantly organised event, great fun compered for the Apres Match funny guy Barry Murphy. Chairman Ciaran Meehan welcomed and thanked our guests and attendees, Paddy talked about our facilities development and thanked the people who brought the Ball Wall to reality and Dublin Football manager Jim Gavin gave up his time to commend the club,on our ambitions, reminded the lads that the guys who want it enough will play for Dublin and entertained us with comments about the great achievements of the Dubs. I will ask Paddy to send some comments and maybe someone has better pictures, mine are not great.
Syls Calendar 2016, has gone to print and will be available to purchase shortly! All proceeds towards boys & girls juvenile teams.
Malahide Medical Hall have sponsored First Aid kits for all Ladies and Girls Football teams in St. Sylvester's. Aideen Murphy, Proprieter of the Medical Hall, made a formal presentation at the Girls Nursery last Saturday. Picture shows Aideen presenting a kit to Angela Aherne, Ladies Football Secretary and Coordinator of the Girls Nursery.
AFL5 Relegation Playoff - St Sylvesters 1-08 Inishfails 0-06 After working so hard last year to gain promotion from AFL6 we were up against it all year but retained our AFL5 status after a fine win over local rivals Inishfails in a very entertaining game.. Make sure you look at the pictures, Andy had his hands full with a lively one armed man at full forward. Andy insists he was on top all through but Peter did'nt make it look that way (of course, Peter has connections in Balgriffen). Congratulations to Shane Cowley and Traolacj O'Donnell and their very young team (including the evergreen Keith Galvin).
AFL3 Relegation Playoff St Sylvesters 1-08 St Finnians Swords 0-07 Smashing win in a hard fought game keeps us in AFL3 and ensures we have our second team playoing at a very high lkevel next year. Congratulation to Ciaran and Derek Roche and all the panel, great achievement after a very mixed season.
MHC C SF St Sylvesters 6-14 St Olafs 2-07 Syls minors progressed to the minor hurling final in two weeks time to play Ballyboden St Endas in a pulsating match played at Bray Emmets grounds this morning. Olafs won the toss and opted to play into the wind in the first half . Syls boys got off to a reasonable start with two early points . Olafs responded with a point . Then Syls hit the net twice with two quick goals and started to dominate from that point in the game. The halftime score was Syls 4 goals and 9 points to Olafs 5 points .
U14H D2 Final For the second week in a row we we lost an U14 final by the narrowest margin in the final minutes, this week to Ballinteer St Johns.
Players From St Brigids,Fingallians, St Maurs, Skerries Harps & St Sylvesters were in attendance last evening with an evening with Fingal Mayor to celebrate their Leinster Championship & All Ireland Runners up. Syls Niamh Mc Evoy heads to citywest on Saturday in search of a TG4 ladies All Star Award. Congrats also to Ray Boyne who was involved in the back room of many of Dublin's success this year. Men - Senior All Ireland, Div1 League, O'Byrne Cup, Leinster Women - U21 All Ireland , Senior Leinster, All Ireland & Div1 runners up.
AHL6: (S/F Promotion Playoff) Realt Dearg 1-8 Syls 2-12 Sun 8th Nov 2015 Drimnagh. In dreadfully wet and windy conditions, Syls coped the better, coupled with a solid performance throughout the game gave us a well-deserved win. Eoin Kennedy delivered a very consistent effort throughout, picking off 2 points in each half. Sean Graham wreaked havoc, especially in the first half, scoring 3 points, setting up Martin Ormond for the goal and only an excellent save denied him another goal. His touch and control was outrageous considering the conditions.
Ally Duff (team captain) of a valiant Syls under 16 girls football team thanking Des Raine (manager) for all his efforts over the years for the group .Des (a great GAA man) toiled for years with the team and is stepping down this year .(can we persuade him not to). Thank you Des From the parents