Six months into 2016 and it been a busy year so far for TSSGFC. Lots going on as usual. Some snippets from around the Club and an update on a few things in particular. Take 5 and have a read about YOUR club.
This yearâs Kelloggâs CÃL camps are taking place in the VEC grounds starting next Monday to Friday from 10am to 2pm. Cost is excellent value of â¬55 which will include tops, jerseys and bag. We have over 80 have signed up already, 45 of those have signed up on line on the Kelloggâs CÃ¹l Camps website! The online bookings will close midday on Friday. You can however still sign up in Bushy from 10am to 11.45pm on Saturday. NB This is final registration! Dates for our second camp of the summer are: 22nd to 25th August. Keep an eye on TSSGFC.com for details.
Last week of Academy is this weekend folks. Back in action 27th August.
Mini All Ireland 2016
We will be playing the Mini All Ireland again mid-September. Keep a close eye ontssgfc.com for dates and times. Shane has great plans for this years event.
Henkel & Supervalu Sundrive
Thanks to these two great sponsors for their help in buying kit and supporting the Kube respectively.
The new club website has been greatly enhanced. It is specially designed to work perfectly well on mobiles, tablets and desktops. Lots of fixtures, results for all the teams is updated there along with all the news etc. Visit and have a look round attssgfc.com. Content is always welcome!! Please contribute. Thanks to Allianz Insurance for sponsoring the redesign and roll out of this new site. Its way ahead of anything other clubs have. Remember too we have an App available on iTunes, and Play store. You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter!
Focus on the Adult Teams for a moment:
At menâs Adult level, the Club has 3 football teams. One Senior team and two Junior teams. In Dublin there is a level in between Senior and Junior, Intermediate. Our Junior 1 team plays in the top Junior division and has set their goal this year to win the Junior 1 league and get into Intermediate football for 2017. So far so good they have won 5 of their 6 league games and are 1 point behind the League leaders. Interestingly with the same goal difference as the League leaders, Castleknock, who they have yet to play. So keep a close eye on the results for this team as they battle their way up the divisions. Strategically for the club it is important to narrow the gap between the Senior team and the next team so players can make the transition more easily to Senior when the opportunity arises.
The Club has one Senior Ladies Team. Having gained promotion to Division 3 this year - management are very happy the way things have gone so far. We are mid-way through the season at this stage.
2 Championship matches played - 2 wins.
3 League matches played - 2 wins 1 loss.
3 Cup matches played - 3 wins.
The next two months will present some challenges with a good few of the Senior players going abroad on J1 Visas, Inter Railing etc. Wouldn't you think they'd stay home! We are lucky though as we have a mighty crew of girls stepping up from the Minors to give a hand and we can welcome back a few girls that were taking a short break (!!) to study for their Leaving Cert.
Special congratulations to our own Kelli Taite, who was on the Dublin U21 team, which beat Galway in the All-Ireland Final in early June adding to the list of greats with All Ireland medals from the Club.
Speaking of which â¦..
Up The Dubs
The very best of luck to Eoghan and Denis who head into the Championship looking to add to their medal hauls this summer and seek to win a back to back All Ireland for Dublin. Even the Mayo fellas are silently wishing them well!
A Random Selection of Juvenile Reports
Girls Under 8s & 9s
The newest squad in the club is now up to 33 players and have put in, for a new team, some great performances. The Coaches are very proud of this new team and we look forward to great things from this growing team. The never say die attitude has to be seen to be believed.
Boys Under 11s
The boys started off the year with a trip to Croke Park to watch the Dubs in action against Kerry in the Allianz League. A great night was had by all with everyone returning safely (just about) to the Morgue. The boys received a new set of TSS jerseys at a discounted price thanks to the very generous sponsorship of Mason Estates Auctioneers. This and all Financial support is very much appreciated. The 4 very competitive 11-a-side teams recorded wins for all teams against the likes of Vincents, Na Fianna and Clontarf in the 1st half of the year. The 54 boys are flying and as with all our teams, we always welcome new members.
Boys Under 12s
Playing in Division 2, 6 & 9 this team is developing really well. Huge improvements in skills from some of the boys and were very confident going forward. Team 1 got to a final of the 1916 Tournament up in Boden with us losing in the final having beaten them in the Group. Team 2 are positioned to compete to win Division6. Team 3 were top of their league for months but then lost 3 players to injury (not on our watch) around the same time. We look forward to Eoghan McQuillan and Matthew Floods return. The boys also graced the hallowed turf of Nowlan Park during the Dublin trip to Kilkenny for their Football Championship match. Very impressive performances all round and the Dubs werenât too bad either that day.
Boys Under 13s
Great start to their league campaign winning each of their first 4 games to top Division 2! Hopefully their good form can continue for the rest of the year. The second squad are in a very tough group in Division 5 and have been putting in some very committed performances, this will stand to the lads for the second half of the season.
The not so secret life of Dave Farrelly!
Dave Farrelly is our Games Promotional Officer. We are lucky indeed to have Dave. He is a great asset to the Club as a full time staff member.
Dave has clear objectives for the school calendar year.
1 .To bring Gaelic football to as many children as possible through school programmes and coaching within the schools
2. To promote Gaelic games in schools and the wider community
3. To recruit as many children and parents into our club system.
4. To encourage parents to participate in the running of the Academy and teams and give them ownership of the club.
5. To ' Coach the Coaches ' in other words to get as many new or established coaches to participate in the GAA coaching pathway.
6. To continue to create an environment where new parents felt part of our club through coaching, coach education and club / Family events.
The biggest part of Daveâs job and what yields our biggest returns is coaching in the schools day in day out. At the end of each school year in June he sets out a plan with the principles or sports coordinators of each of the schools for the following September and indeed the year ahead. We make every effort to ensure that every class gets a chance for at least 1 term to play Gaelic football. On an average week he would coach over 600 children of all abilities and ages boys and girls! He would be constantly recruiting new children or encouraging some children who left for one reason or other to try again.
On top of coaching in the schools, he would attend as many Cumann na mbun Scoil matches as possible again to try and recruit children. He has also run a number of blitzes for both boys and girls and these prove hugely popular with schools and children.
An example of this was the girlsâ tournament between St Pius GNS and Presentation earlier in the year. The club proudly sponsored the tournament and provided a brand new cup and medals to all participants. It was a fantastic occasion with both schools releasing the students to watch the 4th, 5th and 6th girls battle it out in Bushy Park. There was a huge crowd of students and parents in attendance. .... With Presentation taking honours on this occasion!
Dave also collaborated with Terenure College only a couple of weeks ago and held a 1 day tournament in the college for primary schools in the area and beyond. Philip Wallace and father PJ Troy did incredible work with Over 200 boys participating on a glorious June day. In the first Final St Pius BNS defeated Ballyroan boys and indeed they also made it a double and won the second competition also!
It is worth noting that St Pius x Bns won 4 major Cumann na mbun scoil finals in football this year. That was a record in school competitions. The vast majority of boys are from TSS. Though I would imagine the St. Joseph's will have something to say about that next year!
A special thanks has to be given to all the teachers in our schools. They work tirelessly to promote Gaelic games and promote TSS at every opportunity. They are of enormous help to Dave on a daily basis.
Dave had a busy few months running courses in the club. He ran a foundation award in March and we had our first ' Women's only! âCourse in April. The women felt that the men weren't competitive enough so it was decided he would do a foundation award especially for the women! Both courses turned out to be great fun and were of great value to those attending. Again many thanks to Miss Carmel Hume of Presentation girls for facilitating us. Dave also committed to holding an Award 1 course over several weeks. Thomas Davis gaa club invited TSS to co-host the course at their Club house on Kiltipper road. It was a huge success with over 24 participants from both clubs. As well as it being an excellent informative course it turned out to be an enjoyable experience for all.
It has been another busy year again in the academy and juveniles section. Dave asked us to say a special thanks to all the mentors of all of the teams noting that their professionalism and organisational skills will not be matched anywhere in Dublin.
The Executive wish to echo Daves sentiment there. Huge work is underway at player coaching, coaching the coaches, at securing our future, and at developing a long term sustainable club that provides a future of enjoyment of Gaelic Football for countless boys, girls, minors, men and ladies from 5 to 50! It simply would not be possible without the voluntary support, the financial support and the commitment of the parents and players alike.
The future for TSS is very bright indeed even if the weather is a bit suspect.
Have a great summer everyone.
Your TSSGFC Executive