St Clarets GFC Club Notes
July 11, 2016
Never be surprised by what happens in London GAA! Next weekend the St Claret's senior team will start their championship campaign. After originally being told our opening championship game against Fr Murphys will take place on Saturday 16th July, with less than a week's notice we have now been told that our championship game is on Sunday 17th July where West London's St Clarets will play West London's Fr Murphy's up at Tottenhall in North London. Please get out to support the team for these very important games over the next several weeks.
Toureen Mangan London Junior Football Championship
Round 2 v Fr Murphy's
Tottenhall Sports Ground
12:00pm, Sunday 17th July
Commiserations to Shane Buckley, Alfie McNulty and the rest of the London Juniors after they lost to Lancashire in the All Britain Junior Championship Final by just a point in Birmingham on Sunday.
We have been lucky to receive a bye in the first round of the club championship as many members of this panel will be playing with their respective clubs in championship football again on Tuesday night just two days after playing in a major final.
The Youth in the club have had a fantastic weekend of Gaelic football, the attitude and sportsmanship from all our players was fantastic and we are all very proud of them. They all wore the green and white colours with pride and represented the club in good spirits, everyone of them is a great credit to the club. Across the weekend parents came in their numbers to support their children and the club, prepared for whatever the weather was going to throw at them, we are extremely grateful for all your support.
St Clarets participation in this years ABC's began on Friday morning but not in our renowned green and white hoops. Instead, 8 of our young players donned navy blue jerseys as they backboned the Douay Martyrs side who finished 3rd in the Secondary schools competition. Having topped their group with 3 wins and a draw, the side captained by our own Liam Hession, narrowly lost a tense semi-final before bouncing back to win the 3rd place playoff. Along with their captain, our own Joseph Murphy, Finley Richardson, Darragh Tierney, Aaron Myers, Harvey Monaghan, Patrick Woulfe and Nathan Kiernan all excelled in their schools strong performance. Well done also to Kian and Thomas O'Halloran and Stefano Biondi who performed impressively for their school, Cardinal Wiseman.
That afternoon, our newly formed under 8s performed exceptionally in their six games. An opening draw was followed by four successive victories before concluding with a narrow one point defeat, a fantastic performance in our first ABC at this age group. Our under 8 squad was as follows:
Niall Wallace (captain), Fiontan Lawlor, Sarah Batt, Jamie Batt, Harry Appelbe, Sean O'Halloran, Axel Gil, Elsa Gil, Ben Ahuja, Charlie McCarthy, Tadhg Donaghy and Jack Keane.
Likewise our under 10s had an excellent afternoon. It was also these players first experience of the ABC tournament and with three victories from five matches it proved to be a memorable one. With some superb scores taken and excellent football played, these young men did the club proud with their strong showing.
Our under 10 squad was as follows:
Ollie McCarthy, Callum Robinson, Matthew Keane, Daniel Greene, Paddy Gorman, DJ McNicholas, Finn Murphy, Daniel Keys and Brian Wellard.
The management, Tadhg Lee, Liam Healy and Ryan O'Connell wish to thank all parents not only for their support and assistance on the day, but for ensuring that all players were available on the day and that we lined out with our full squad.