So what were the headlines?
The Academy is growing from strength to strength under the stewardship of our full time Coach Dave Farrelly. Our two newest Teams to graduate out of the Academy are the 57! under 7 Boys (born in 2008) and the 25 wonderful girls (born in 2007 & 2008). Our 2009 boys have 81 members and our youngest group already has 50 in it. On one particular Saturday we had 191 children in the Academy in Bushy!
All Ireland Champion
Our very own Denis Bastick won another All Ireland and brought Sam to visit our schools and also our Club. What a great role model we are so lucky to have at TSS.
The club ran many, many events, The Mini All Ireland, The Fun 7s, The Club Kids Funday, A Nite at the Dogs, 2 Summer Camps, The Hell & Back, A sponsored walk in the Academy, A sponsored Cycle, The Annual Dinner in Croke Park to name just the main events.
Your fundraising efforts over the year raised over 30K for your Club. It is being used to improve our facilities, help fund our full time games development officer and improve our overall club activities. We look forward to the same great level of support again in 16'. The Lights in the White Fathers are working out really well and our changing rooms in Dolphin are getting a facelift so were seeing some great progress.
We think you will agree that all of this is a huge effort from all of our volunteers for which they deserve great credit!
Off The Ball
A number of our players got married, Ger Vickery, John McDonald, Sean Kelly, Louis OâDwyer & Faisul Naqui. Current players are producing some new recruits too for the 2020 Academy, Aidan Bastick (Denis â Adult 1), Ben McKiernan (Eoin â Adult 2), Aoibheann OâGara (Cathal â Adult 3). It has to be said that some of the members in the Club seeing these guys getting married and having children is a reminder to them that they are very near OAP status now!
So its all good? No its great!
We are first and foremost a Gaelic Football Club and we provided a lot of football to the community in 2015. This is our core objective after all. To provide Gaelic Football for male and female, of various abilities from Senior to Academy, to the local Community.
Our membership togged out over 10,000 times in 2015 for Club matches. Thatâs a lot of texts, e mails, training, organising pitches, nets, cones, flags, referees, away teams, kit washing, etc. and it has yielded some great success stories. To all our hard working coaches âa huge thanks.
Success on the Pitch
The following is a mixed bag (and not all) of the successes our players have had this year on the pitch:
Minor Girls: Our Girls Minors Team finished runners up in Div 1. Our 3 Dublin Minors Jennifer O Dell, Kelli Taite & Emily Browne were beaten by Cork in the All Ireland Inter County Minor Semi Final!
Under 14 Boys: Our Under 14 boys won the Dublin Division 3 Feile and got to the quarter finals in the National Feile. Feile 2015 had 6,500 players, 559 games and 30 finals over 3 days! A massive tournament to do so well in. Barra Dignam, Matthew McGettrck, Lorcan OâDell from the same squad played for the Dublin Under 14 Development squad against Cork & Meath over the summer.
Under 15 Boys: Our Under 15 Boys finished runners up in Division 4 and were promoted to Division 3. They were also runners up in the B shield final and currently have 3 boys on the Under 15 Dublin Development squad (Alex OâToole, Jack Walsh and Luke O'Brien. Luke O Brien also deserves great credit as he made his debut for his country playing for the Ireland Under 16s Soccer Team in Wales.
Senior Ladies: The Senior Ladies won the Dublin Junior C Championship defeating Na Fianna in the Final at the end of August, they also finished in a very commendable 2nd place in the Dublin Division 4 League. They are now busy in the middle of their winter training programme to prepare for the 2016 Season! Its worth noting here that this was achieved with 10 of the players doing their Leaving Cert â This is a great testament to the girls.
Dublin Under 21s: Niall Scully, Cillian OâGara and Robert Power won U21 Leinster Championship Medals with Dublin and were only beaten in the All Ireland Semi Final by Tipperary. Niall also won the OâByrne Cup and made his Allianz League Debut for the Senior Team in 2015.
Senior Dublin: Denis Bastick won all competitions with Dublin this year, the OâByrne Cup, the Allianz League & the All Ireland Championship. Bad luck for Eoghan OâGara who injured his cruciate and missed out on an All Ireland Medal â He will get more chances, thatâs for sure.
Under 16 Boys: The Under 16sâs boys Won the Under 16 C Championship & finished top of Division 5. No messing around there!
Boys Minors: Our Minors won the D Championship.
Under 16 Girls: The Under 16 girls had a very successful year â The best since starting out together. The girls only lost one match in 2015! They won the Division 3 League undefeated. Then after the summer they won the Division 2 shield beating Cuala by a point in a very tight final, scoring the winning point deep into injury time.
Under 12 Boys: This squad had a very competitive 2015 in their first year in the graded leagues. The Division 1 squad finished 5th in Division 1, the Division 4 squad finished 3rd and the Division 9 squad finished 4th. Finishing in the top half of each Division was a great achievement for the lads. They also won the Shield Final in the All Ireland Donabate blitz and were unlucky to lose out on a Final spot at the Kilmacud Crokes All Ireland blitz. Also well done to a large number of the squad who won their respective Cumann na mBunscoil finals in Croke Park, representing St Piusâ and St Josephâs schools with such distinction.
Under 14 Girls: Our Under 14 Girls were in on the action too beating Erin go Bra out in St Annes on Sunday November 1st to win their Shield Final.
In GAA Go Games Rules, Under 8s, 9s, 10s & 11 Do not yet play League Games.
There is no doubt, the future is bright and we can all look forward with confidence to the future in Templeogue Synge Street GFC.
2016 Promises to be a Very Interesting Year â Stay Tuned!
Finally, just to wish all our players, their families, our Coaches, Sponsors and Supporters a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year and thanks once again for all the support over 2015.
Your Club Executive,