Christmas Newsletter 2017
Another year goes by and what a year … this newsletter gives only a flavour of what went on in our growing club for the year.
Firstly, a huge thanks – thanks to all of the volunteers on all of the committees, organising groups, coaching groups, the Executive etc. that put endless time into making all of this happen. To anyone who gave an hour, 10 hours or 300 hours, thanks to all of you. We simply cannot function without this personal effort. I would like also to acknowledge our sponsors and fundraisers - A list too long to name them all but this money is critical to assist in the day to day running of the club. To all of the businesses and private members who dug deep to support the club I thank you and I ask members to consider those sponsors when making purchasing decisions where possible.
Finally, to players, parents, families and all those connected to the club, I wish you a Happy Christmas and wish all of the very best for the New Year.
Enjoy the read …
First things first ….. after an amazing journey, Denis Bastick is hanging up his inter county boots … everyone at the Club is very proud and look forward to his input to the Club in the coming years bringing his extensive experience to bear.
Speaking of which … watch out for the girls u/14 Feile team in 2030! Intimidating coaching team on the line. The following girls were born to adult players during 2017….
Clara Jane Bastick No. 8
Lucy McKiernan No. 11
Eden McKiernan No. 6
Fiadh O'Gara No.14
The pictures say it all … we are so proud to have these guys in our Club
Club Present on the Biggest Day
For each Senior player, a mascot lined out in Club Colours. Great initiative by the GAA and really nice to have our shirt on that stage.
Mini All Ireland
In the week of the All Ireland we hosted our now annual Mini All Ireland Tournament. Hugely successful as ever and this year 25% bigger than 2016 with just over 500 players playing four nights in a row in some great games.
Dubs Digs Deep
Despite their busy week, Eoghan O’Gara &Denis Bastick turned up and gave out hundreds of medals one by one. Hugely appreciated by the Club and for the children who were thrilled. It was a real highlight of their year in football following a memorable Mini All Ireland Tournament.
December always sees another group of players graduate from Academy to enter the big league at U8 and go on to play against other Clubs in January. A great party was held and the boys really enjoyed their graduation party.
The Committee were very busy this year with two major events. A race night in CY which was very well attended and a great fun and social evening too. The raffle of a car in the Spring also raised some badly needed funds.
Embedded in D6
The Clubs growth has put pressure on our pitch space. We use 3 pitches in Bushy Park, the GAA Pitch in VEC in Terenure, a training space in the White Fathers on Cypress Grove Road, the Astro in Terenure RFC, Terenure School the Astro in Our Ladies School and also the Terenure Sports Centre. This is in addition to the use of our Club Owned facilities in Dolphin Park. The Executive are busy looking at options in the D6 area in terms of facilities and will keep you posted with any news.
The Club AGM this year is on the 15th January 2018. Keep an eye online for formal notice process. Note only paid adult members / associate members have voting rights at AGM.
The digitalisation of Club comms keeps going. We now have a fully mobile responsive website integrated to the County Board website for fixtures and results. We also have an app. The Academy memberships were paid online in 2017 & All memberships will be paid online in 2018. As well as this we sold raffle tickets online, did the registration for Mini All Ireland Online and also collected night training fees online. Great progress from Brian in his efforts to modernise our Club and take a huge manual effort away from volunteers and automate online. Anyone wishing to get involved in this space can contact him. We are active in Social Media too and anyone wishing to get involved there can contact Ronan or Sonya.
Subs will be payable online after the AGM.
You may recall we put a small portion of land for sale in Dolphin Park. The idea was that we would sell it and develop the facilities in this Club Owned facility. This has proven a long road with much hard work over an extended period. However, we do hope to have really positive news in this regard in the next month or two to report.
Croke Park Dinner
The annual dinner, held every year on the Friday before the All Ireland Football Final was a great success again.
There's another on the way. Watch out for Cillian O’Gara in 2018 ….. We wish him the very best !
Currently the Club has 2 Girls playing at County Level. Under 16 we have Rachel Seery and Minor we have Erica Bradley. Best of luck to both in their development.
Coach the Coach
Declan and the Team gathered the coaching group together many times in 2017 with a series of talks and practical presentations and talks designed to raise the coaching standards at the Club. Any coaches not attending are encouraged to attend these events which are very professionally facilitated.
Ladies Tour to Croke Park
3 Coach loads of girls and boys headed off the Croke Park for what turned out to be a great day of football, a great win by our Dubs Women to win the All Ireland for the first time since 2010. 48,000 attended the game – How many next year ??
& How about the sign in the background ... never a truer word said
U9& U10 Girls
2017 has seen the U9 +U10’s group exceed 45 girls consistently coming along to training and enjoying developing their skills at the varied training stations. We now field 2 x U9 Teams and at least 1 x U10 Team. Both Teams have had some great victories throughout the year against the likes of Cuala and Round Towers and Westmanstown. We do have to admit that there was slight distraction to their victories when Justin Bieber decided to play some Basketball at Bushy Park on a match night, Much to everyone’s excitement and great banter from the visiting team who assured us they’d be back if this was the entertainment provided during the extended half time!
This great bunch of girls finish out their year with a Roller Disco on 15th Dec.
TSSGFC – U16 BOYS
At the end of the Under 16 year the boys move into Minor and traditionally the Club nominates Coaches and Mentors for this age group. Having brought a group from aged 5 to finish at under 16 the coaches have many mixed emotions. This year was no different. While proud to have got them to this standard and ready for minor, there is a certain relief of the responsibility being handed over yet the day to day engagement with the squad will be missed.
U16 BOYS finished the season in 3rd place in Division 4 following an extremely long and drawn out season. No medals for coming 3rd but definitely they should get medals for ENDURANCE!
Training commenced in mid-January as the first league match was fixed for 4th February. The numbers attending were good and generally there were positive vibes surrounding the group. By March 11th the team had played 5 matches from a total of 14 and performances were good.
However, the remaining 9 league matches were spread out between March 11th and November 18th with the final two matches fixed for the 11th and 18th of November. These large gaps between matches made it very difficult to maintain momentum both for players and mentors and thanks to the U15s who provided a few players when we were in need.
The majority of these lads joined TSS at nursery and continued playing up to U16 which is great for the club. Mentors joined around the same time and remained with the group throughout the long journey.
A number of the lads made Dublin Development squads – Barra Dignam was involved until early this year, and very unlucky to lose out. Lorcan O’Dell remains part of the Dublin set up and looks likely he will be togging out next season for Dublin in the Leinster U17 championship.
The main highlight for the players and coaches over the years was FEILE – a great Saturday out in Cuala – the lads had to win the last match against an unbeaten Raheny to make the semis. Then the final in Parnell Park was a repeat against the same opposition and the match was just as tight – the lads winning by 2-7 to 2-3. But it was backs against the wall for the last 10 mins.
A great weekend down in Wexford – hosted by Ciaran Deely’s home club Horeswood. Ciaran was the TSS GPO responsible for the nursery when the lads started. The lads won all their matches on the Saturday before suffering defeat in the quarter final of the National Feile. We all felt afterwards that it was one that got away. Great memories for all who were involved.
The future is looking quite good as we would expect 12/13 of the lads to continue playing next season with the Minors along with 10 or so of the current minor squad who will be underage again next season so a strong Minor Team in 2018!
In conclusion, the 10 years go by very quickly and in the main were very enjoyable from a mentor’s viewpoint. Of course, it would not be possible to field teams without the support of parents and the club should be very grateful for this support and we would encourage the lads to keep playing until at least their 40s!
Lorcan O Dell - Dublin minor panel for 2018 – We all wish him every success
Our TSS Academy for Boys and Girls runs every Saturday morning. It has been going great all year with the increase in numbers which demanded the need of a second pitch in Bushy Park. The future is indeed bright.
With Bushy Park and the farmers market coming to a close for the winter we decided to move to the VEC grounds for the winter months (only) which has turned out to be a great success. Moving to the VEC has given us more space and coaching options where the focus at this age group is to recruit players, show them a fun time and help them in developing their basic motor movements i.e. running/jumping/throwing/catching/Kicking/ all skills that will help them as a GAA player in the future. We would like to give a big thank you to Ken and Darren for the use of the VEC grounds.
We will be back up and running in January and recruitment for all age groups will be our priority. Details of times and dates will be available on our website in the coming weeks. There are a number of people involved with me every Saturday morning at the Academy giving up their valuable time for the club like David Connolly, Connor, Michael, Felix, Clare, Dermot and Gareth, who all help out with the 2012/13 groups. Looking after the 2011 boys and girls is Cathal Kenny, Conor Jones, Mary Coffey, Neill and Eoin.
As an extension of our academy we have two separate squads that is made up of entirely U/7 Girls and a Boys (2010) run by Shane Hart (Girls) and Caeman Wall and Keane Murphy (Boys). They will be leaving us this January and will be representing the club in the Go Games as the new U8 team best of luck in the future.
As a club we have great numbers at Juvenile level our search for new players and mentors never ceases and I would encourage anybody who has an interest in helping out to please contact Kevin our Club Full Time Coach. Kevin will be running a foundation course and a Code of Best Practice in the New Year and this is aimed at beginner coaches and will enable participants to assist a coach in the organisation of activities to develop Gaelic football for the future.
There is great work being put in by all mentors at all grades. Keep it up! Thanks too for the huge effort in raising over €3,000 from the sponsored walk at the Academy. Kevins Contact Details are: Kevin O'Donovan Games Promotion Officer, Templeogue Synge Street GAA Club, Kevin.firstname.lastname@example.org, O86-1677748
Our U8 boys graduated from the academy in Dec 2016 and played our first go games in Feb 2017. The boys have shown plenty of commitment, skill and enthusiasm both at training and in games throughout the first year which as mentors and coaches is something we are very proud of. We are led by our head coach Shane Harte whose commitment and positivity both on and off the pitch is fantastic, under his charge we have 15 mentors who keep the show on the road. The highlight of the year was our trip to Croke park when we were invited to take part in a blitz which turned out to be a great day for both parents and kids. We'd also like to take this chance to thank all the parents involved with the club for their enthusiasm and commitment without which we wouldn't be able continue. We look forward to 2018 and the move up to U9s with great excitement and hopefully keep all of our 60+ boys together and on to the next level for another successful year. TSS Abu.
TSS under 12s.
It has been a very successful and enjoyable 2017 for the under 12 boys. The club entered four teams at under 12 this year for the first time ever which was a great achievement. The under 12 boys had teams in Divisions 1, 4, 6 and 9. The division 1 team held their own finishing mid table in a very competitive league with the highlight being victory away to Ballyboden in the final division 1 match.
Pride of place goes to the division 4 team who won the division 4 title. They remained unbeaten in the league throughout the season which was tremendous and clinched the title with a victory away to Westmanstown in the final league match. Well done to Mark, Frank, Aidan and the boys. The Division 6 and 9 teams held their own also in very competitive leagues playing against a lot of club’s first teams. Both teams finished mid table in both divisions which was great going. All the boys are already looking forward to the under 13 season in 2018 with grading games starting in early February. The under 12 boys coaches are Aidan Grimes, Frank Bell, Lorcan McCormack, High Courtney, Rob Pryce, Mark Fowler, Mark Ward, Paul Friery, Dessie Chew and Peter Hennelly of Mayo pictured here enjoying getting his hands on Sam. Note Denis wasn’t letting him go anywhere.
Vincent Walsh was a founding member of the Club that is now TSS and sadly passed away over the Christmas 2016 period.
To remember Vincent we held an inaugural Vincent Walsh U12 Tournament in CYM Terenure, with the following 8 Clubs participating – TSS :Kilmacud Crokes: Austin Stacks (PLATE winners) : Nemo Rangers : Naas: St Lomans Mullingar: St Colmcille’s and :Seneschalstown (Meath) (CUP winners)
We are thankful to CYM for allowing us use their pitches .A great days football was enjoyed by the large attendance and we are sure Vincent looked down on it fondly. Sadly missed. A great man & a great friend to many.
Under 10 Boys
We have 60 boys at U10 level and had a very eventful year on & off the pitch. Off the pitch highlights including our trip to see the Dubs in Croke Park, a day trip to Portlaoise GAA Club & Redhills Adventure Centre, May Mini Leagues, Mini All-Ireland and our Superstars & BBQ evening for players, parents & families at Terenure Sports Club when over 120 people enjoyed themselves! We were very happy with our on-pitch performances during the season playing good football and winning most matches. There are no leagues for U10s so the focus is on skills development and team unity and the boys have really have bought into the concept of "teamwork" which is fantastic
TSS U14 Boys
Having captured the Division 2 title in 2016, the lads were looking forward to a competitive year in Division 1. The team applied themselves very well over the course of the league and put in some very encouraging performances. The lads will play in Division 2 next year and are looking forward to making their mark in that Division again.
The lads got to the semi final of their Feile competition after some intense games in the group stages. Having got some battered bodies onto the pitch for the semi final we came off second best to the eventual winners.
The Division 7 team competed well in a very strong Division. The lads showed great character in putting in strong performances in a number of games. They have shown great teamwork and perseverance over the season and continue to improve as players. The lads were very unlucky not to make their Feile semi final having put in some really good performances in their group games. The squad are delighted to have two players, Sean Cooney and Matthew Hennelly involved with the U 14 Dublin Development Squad, well done lads.
Our U14 Girls team also enjoyed Feile only losing out in the Semi Final after a long road trip across the city from Fontenoys where they played their group games. An insistent ref made them play immediately up on arrival which didn’t help preparation.
With one game to go in the season, both the A & the B squads were playing for second place in their respective leagues (3 & 9). Events conspired and both Teams ended up in fourth but not after the B Team played an almighty play-off match out in Sylvesters where no quarter was given nor taken. A gripping game where every boys played above themselves.
Both teams also got to both finals in an A & B tournament in Ballyboden St Endas during the October Bank Holiday. A great day for the two teams who deserve great credit for the performances on the day with our A team beating Ballyboden on the way to the final. In June the boys enjoyed a trip to Shannon Adventure Centre for kayaking, mud slides, pier jumping etc and enjoyed games with Rathcline GAA who were great hosts for the day.
The Templeogue Synge Street Mens Senior Team play in Division Two of the Adult Football Leagues, and the Dublin Senior Football Championship. The 2017 league campaign was highly competitive with a number of strong teams competing for promotion to the top division in the county. Despite impressive wins over St. Annes, O' Tooles and Round Towers, our slow start to the season ultimately cost us a chance at the play-offs. The mid-table finish was a fair reflection of our performances throughout the year. Our championship campaign was always going to be a challenge drawing last years finalists Castleknock in the first round. Despite a strong team performance, we were unlucky to come away with a loss on a scoreline of 0-11 to 0-08.
There were a number of positives to be taken from 2017. While not all results went our way, we showed glimpses of our true potential when it mattered most. The team proved that when a full squad is available we can go head to head with the best clubs in the county. We hope to build upon this next year to get back where we belong in the top division of Dublin football. A special thanks must go out to Dec O' Reilly for his assistance throughout the season.
Having being promoted to Division 2 for 2017 the step up was a challenging one. The League had not yet commenced, when we lost three players through serious injury, two of the injuries occurring in the O'Connor Cup competition (3rd Level Colleges). We are hoping that all three will be back fighting fit soon enough to join us in our pre-season winter training and in plenty of time for the 2018 campaign!
Whilst we did loose girls to injury and others for their annual 6-weeks off-shore (inter railing, trekking in Vietnam etc. etc.!) the team was ably bolstered and supported by the Minor squad. We managed to secure a couple of wins and Division 2 status was secured. The team is looking forward to next year, which will start off with a weekend away to Galway for a challenge match in early March and a (shopping) trip for those accompanying!
OK … so as we said .. just a selection from around the Club … we had a great year ………
Have a great Christmas & a good rest and we will do it all again in 2018!!