The weather had been bad all week, but the Ladies were lucky and after a frosty start to the day there was some sunshine and most importantly no sign of rain. The ground was a bit soft but in great condition and there was a slight breeze across the field. Conditions as good as you will get this time of the year. Always a good tussle between Clane and Suncroft and when the teams met in the first round of the Championship Suncroft came out in front by only a few points. A competitive game was anticipated.
Bill Brophy got proceedings underway a few minutes late at 11:50 and Clane were quick onto the break and up the field for the first attack. Solid defending and a shot under pressure went wide. Suncroft worked the ball up the pitch and got their first wide of the day. Both sets of defence are strong and it was going to be a good test for all the forwards. In the third minute Aislinn Dooley go...
Minor lads in hard luck against Athgarvan in the in the D Championship semifinal.
Always close games between these two teams. Suncroft started strong and were leading by a couple of points, playing into the breeze, at half time.
Athgarvan got in for goals early in the second half and had built an impressive seven point lead going into the last ten minutes. Suncrofts lads got back into the game and were only behind by two going into the last few minutes.
Athgarvan’s keeper pulled off a great save to keep them ahead.
Athgarvan got the final score of the game to win, what was a very entertaining game, by three.
Athgarvan 5:05(20) Suncroft 3:08(17).
Kildare U16 A Championship Final, A Step Too Far, This Time, For Battling Croft Team
Suncroft V Clane
15 September 2019. Throw in 11:45am.
Over the last couple of years there had been little between these two teams and they are always good games. They met in November 2018 in the U15 championship and Suncroft won by a couple of points, they met in the league in April this year and Clane came out well on top of a depleted Suncroft panel, and they met earlier in the Championship and Suncroft came out on top by a point.
The Croft’s panel is not the biggest but any time Suncroft met Clane with near a full panel of players there was no more than a point or two in it. Unfortunately, the Naas semi-final game had taken a high injury toll on Suncroft's small panel and they were down their goalkeeper Tadgh Delaney, full back John Collins and corner back Leo Brannock after that game and Cian Mahar, another corner back, was just back to training after an injury. Against a very strong Clan...
Excellent Debut Season At Senior Championship & Division One for Suncroft Senior Ladies.
The first game on the top tier was at the start of April and the season finished on the first Tuesday of September when St Laurence’s came out on top in their game for a D1 League semifinal place. Some twelve competitive games between D1 League and Senior Championship.
The first few games were a learning experience and even though they pushed close to and experienced Eadestown team in the second game it took three games to get up to the pace of the top tier.
At the end of April Suncroft got their first D1 League win and then went on to win the first two rounds of the Senior Championship.
The summer arrived too quickly for Suncroft and with a lot of young players the leaving cert, J1’s, concerts, injuries, work, county commitments and holidays it was a struggle to field a team at times. Some of the clubs younger ladies really stepped up to the mark and Suncroft put in a competitive...
Although they are neighbouring clubs these two teams have not met for many years in either a competition so there is no form to go on and both teams are struggling a bit in the Championship. There has been more than a month since the last championship game and with holidays and injuries both teams are tight on numbers. Suncroft have 15 for the game and St Laurences have 14 so it will be a 14 a side start.
A bright evening Suncroft with only a slight breeze which will be little advantage to either team.
The game got going at 19:37 and it took a full six minutes before Eve Kehoe got the opening score of the game for Suncroft. Both teams looked rusty and off the pace. Two minutes later Rebecca Coogan got Suncrofts second which was followed by another Eve Kehoe point from distance. Ciara Fennelly then went on a blistering run from the backs and pointed. Two minutes later Aislinn Dooley pointed t...
Suncroft had played Milltown earlier in the league and on that occasion only won by three points in a tight game. The first half of the final was also tight but Suncroft had managed to pull a few points clear.
Suncroft started the second half with determination and within ten minutes had the game all but wrapped up. Milltown fought hard all the way to the end but couldn't break down The Crofts defense or halt The Crofts scoring up front.
Suncroft's senior squad is in a rebuilding phase and focused on bringing on the next generation of players. With injuries and players travelling numbers were very tight early in the year and the league was lost after only a few games.
The tight numbers meant all the younger players were got lots of football during the league and they improved with every game.
A convincing win in the shield final with three of the younger players starting and three coming on during the game.
(Average age 2019 panel 23.8 years. Average age 2015 panel 26.6 years)
Superb performance by The Croft’s U12’s this morning in the division two shield final. Unfortunately Kilcullen won by a single point in what was a high scoring end to end match with superb skills on display all over the pitch.
Suncroft 3:10(19), Kilcullen 4:08(20).
Superb performance by The Croft’s U13’s in Hawkfield in the league final. Skills on display that would be at home in Croke Park.
Unfortunately for Suncroft in a game that could have gone either way Abbey Rangers(Ballykelly/Kildangan) got the bit of luck on the day and won by a single point.
With performances like this and the under 12’s last week the future for Suncroft football is looking really really bright.
Intel is celebrating the success of its 2018 initiative, rewarding 249 community organisations and schools from across Ireland with €912,684.
53 organisations from the Kildare area were part of the 2018 Matching Grant Scheme and thus will receive funding in the total amount of €246,932.
In 2018 Intel employees volunteered just over 102,000 hours that were eligible to be matched through this initiative resulting in a payout of €912,684 ($1,024,406) for 249 recipient organisations who are spread a cross 21 different counties in Ireland. Employees were recognised for these efforts at a special event held at the Springfield Hotel in Leixlip which was attended by Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD, Mayor of Kildare Seán Power, Intel Ireland General Manager Eamonn Sinnott.
Hard luck to the U18 lads who lost out to St Edwards (Rathcoffey/Cappagh/Straffan/Ardclough) in the D4 league final.
Suncroft were playing against a very strong wind in the first half and for the first ten minutes were playing well and only down by 2 good St Edwards points from play. One or two calls went against them and for the rest of the half indiscipline did more harm than the wind.
Of St Edwards next 1:10(13) in the first half 1:05 were direct from frees & two more points came from frees. Four of the pointed frees were also made easy when the ball was brought forward for verbals.
Half time St Edwards 1:12(15) Suncroft 0:01(1).
The half time chat settled Suncroft down and with the wind at their back they started to play football. They scored some superb points but needed goals to close the big gap. Only one came and it was as a result of a penalty. Suncroft put 1:10 on the scoreboard in the second half (8 points from on form Conn Kehoe who moved to mid field) but St Edwar...