Club notes 06.03.2022


The Harps Senior Footballers recorded a fine 4-10 to 3-6 win over neighbours St. Maurs after a well contested battle as is always when these close neighbours meet and so their good start to their Div. One campaign continued in a game when after the initial ten minutes of sizing each other up went the way of the home side thanks in no small way to some great defending when in mattered most followed up with some great point scoring from distance and topped off with four goals worthy to grace any game.


A couple of quick goals for St Maurs in the second half gave them some hope but the home team were in no mood to relinquish their grip on the game and with a good cushion of scores in the bank the lads upped it again to finish the game out in fine style.


Despite a few injuries picked up this was an impressive showing by the lads on a day when Ethan Dunne, Eoin Wilde and Eoin O Connor Flanagan made their Senior Football debuts and certainly left their mark on the game in what was a good day for the team and management.


Well done to all and the great support.

Missing from the photo is Eoin Smith who picked up an ankle injury and who along with Eoin McGinley who also had to leave the field are wished a speedy recovery after both putting in big performances as are at least six more of the lads on the treatment table who will make a welcome return in the next month or so.

(Credit: Pat Dywer)


More great photos from the day here on our Flickr page. Huge thanks to Michael Donoghue, club volunteer, for the photos which have also been requested by the Fingal Indo. Great action shots from a great day.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/skerriesharpsgac/albums/72177720297162110 Intermediate

Harps 0-5 to 0-2 at the break with Liam Byrne leading the charge from mid field kicking 2 from play. MOW restricted to 2 frees only in first half. Huge defensive effort by all 6 backs with Liam Smartt, Clinton Opara and Ronan Geoghegan to the fore.

MOW got first 3 scores of 2nd half to level the game after 40 mins but Harps pulled away in 3rd quarter with 2-1scored from play in a 7 minute spell to kill of the tie. Goals coming from Luke Whelan and substitute Luke Harrison. Best on the day for skerries Liam Smartt and Clinton Opara at the back Paul Wilde & Liam Byrne at centre field and Simon Connolly, Luke Whelan and Fionn Duncan showing well upfront.


Well done to Hannah McGinnis who played for the Dublin Minor football team today.

Minor Ladies Football

For the first time in the history of the Club we have 2 minor ladies football teams. Our A Team got off to an excellent start with an impressive 5-15 to 1-0 victory over Parnells on Saturday 26th February. Unfortunately, they lost by 1 point on Saturday and score was 3-6 to 3-5 against Templeogue Synge Street with the opposition scoring a goal in the last kick of the game.

The B Team were scheduled to play Trinity Gaels on the 26th March but the opposition conceded so 3 points on the board also for the girls.


Both teams are playing next Saturday the 12th March. We would like to wish the girls the very best of luck in their 2022 league campaign.


U13 Girls

Well what can we say...first competitive match for our U13 Team 2 today, and as expected they did us proud. Very tough Camogie match against Round Towers Lusk. Our girls did not give up until the final whistle blew. Unfortunately they lost today but they are going from Strenght to Strength and we look forward to watching them thrive.

Team 1, played away to O'Dwyer's Balbriggan and had a super game, just missed out on the win but battled throughout.


Both teams playing with no subs and performed with no issue and battle to very end.


Our U8 boys played their first Go Games this week. Well done to all the lads and new mentors. The future is bright.



Fixtures and results

Fixtures and results coming soon to our Clubzap app, see full list on our website here:


See our full fixtures list here

Skerries All Stars


Skerries All Stars is an inclusive environment which we are so proud of and is simply going from strength to strength.


Every Friday 4.30pm-5.15pm we have the pleasure of welcoming some fantastic children and their parents to our Main Pitch here at Skerries Harps GAA & Camogie Club. Our All Stars can play safely, partake in sport and have lots of fun with amazing colourful equipment.


We had another super day on Friday at our All Star Session.


2003 Minor Boys visited and gave a very generous and kind donation to our All Star Children! They would like to treat them to an ice-cream treat and wish our group all the best.


Huge thank you to their Captain Ethan Dunne who presented our Lead coach Aaron Rock with their donation. Thank you also to 2003 Minor Mentor Paul Wilde and Eoin Wilde who also came to visit. Very much appreciated by all at the All Stars.



Academy


Registration still open for academy! We’re up and running but happy to take new footballers and hurlers anytime!

https://www.skerriesharps.com/academy

Meet our new GPO - Gordon Mac an Bhaird Skerries Harps are delighted to introduce Gordon Mac an Bhaird as their new GPO (Games Promotion Officer) for the club. Gordon comes to Skerries Harps with a huge amount of experience having previously worked with Dublin GAA as a GPO for 10 years in St. Peregrines.


Gordon also worked with Leinster GAA in Navan Co. Meath, spent 3 years as head Strength and conditioning Coach with Wexford football and has extensive club coaching experience across Kildare, Meath and Dublin in football, hurling, camogie and ladies' football. His coaching extends across all levels and he also coached the Sigerson Cup team in DIT (TUD). It’s not the only experience Gordons brings to the club - he also holds a Level 2 GAA Tutor qualification, one of the highest levels of coach developer qualification within the GAA. We are very privileged to have this experience and skill within our club.


Gordons Home club is St. Kevins and Coill Dubh in Kildare but also played for a number of years with Erin's Isle.


‘This is an extremely important role within Skerries Harps...we’ve benefited hugely in the past from our participation and from support from the GAA Games Promotion Office and we have been appointed a great asset to the club. On behalf of the club I welcome Gordon as our GPO, and I wish him every success in the role’ . Paul Donnolly, Chairman.


A very special mention this week, at our Juvinelle meeting to our Chairman for his relentless work in securing a GPO for our club through the GAA development programme at a very challenging and difficult time for GAA recruitment.


‘Gordon is a great fit for the club, hugely qualified and will bring great energy to our efforts.... Gordon brings huge experience to the role of GPO with Skerries Harps. He understands what’s needed to foster children’s love of sport and to grow participation in football, hurling and camogie through Skerries Harps' links with local schools. He also has a strong reputation in developing and improving playing and coaching standards within a GAA club’. Mickey Joe Geoghegan, Juvenile Chairman.


While we filled this very important role we have had a gap over the past few months and would like to take this opportunity to thank the club executive, academy coaches and volunteers who ensured our high standards were maintained while this vital recruitment process was completed. Special thanks to Anthony Weldon, Sean Geoghegan, Aaron Rock & Ellen Gilmore.

A little about the GAA Games Development Programme and the role the GPO plays for the club as part of that.

With the assistance of funding from Sport Ireland (formerly known as the Irish Sports Council), the Association employs over 300 Games Development Personnel nationwide, who are responsible for the implementation of activities under the Grassroots to National Programme.

Games Promotion Officers (GPOs) are responsible for the implementation of a specific number of Games Development projects, are assigned to clubs and report to the County Games Development Manager. They ensure the club gets highly qualified personnel with continuous support from the GAA in supporting the club.


Clubzap App


All team communications will be moving to the ClubZap app so important all our members have it downloaded. This will be how you send messages to parent groups, to team members, and how you confirm match or training attendance. Have a look around the app today and get your team set-up today.




https://skerriesharps.clubzap.com/membership_signup


Other news


Volunteer evening

Come along to meet us and get involved in the club. Volunteer evening next Wednesday March 9th at 8pm.



Paddys Day Parade is back

St Patrick's Day parade group is up and running. We'll have U8-U11 boys and girls & the All Stars.



ZINGO ZINGO draw result for Sunday 20th Feb: 7241536. We had no winners of the jackpot or dividend this week. Thanks to all who support the Zingo every week.


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Lidl Fundraiser

We’re leading the way already so a huge thank you to everyone that has used the Lidl plus app when shopping and clicked on Skerries Harps to support the club.

The Lidl Plus LGFA Club Rewards Scheme is now live on the Lidl Plus App until the 27th of March!


Follow these 4 simple steps and help to raise up to €20,000 for your local club 🏐


For more information, visit https://www.lidl.ie/serious-support



Club Bar



Book the clubhouse

We’re taking booking for our clubhouse for any events, celebrations or classes. Contact Pat on 087 250 5479 or email

bookings.harps@gmail.com



Teen Trad Session

Local Comhaltas holding a session this Friday in Harps for teens - all abilities welcome 🎻🎼



Clubshop



Club shop tea and coffee available at the academy from 10-11am.


Picture of the week


Credit: Michael Donoghue


Sympathies

The club wishes to extend its deepest sympathies to Damien Gilmore and family on the passing of his brother Enda Gilmore last Friday.


Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.



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