Dulwich Harps GFC Club Notes12-09-2017

Club Notes 11 September

It was successful weekend for our men’s team as they produced a professional performance against Tir Chonail Geals to reach the final of the Toureen Junior Championship.

The game was played in perfect conditions in Greenford and after winning the toss the Harps elected to play with the wind the first half. Ciaran Stone opened proceedings with a quick point on the turn and the inside forward line of the Harps were proving difficult to handle. Stone once again tagged over another point this time with the left and a Mickey Clarke point kept the scoreboard ticking over with TCG managing to remain within touching distance through a number of pointed frees.

Then turning point of the game came with 10 mins before the break when Stone collected possession on the left hand side, beat his man and then riffled a shot from distance to beat the TCG goalkeeper. This gave the Blues a five point cushion heading into the break with the scoreline at 1-05 to 0-03.

TCG were quickest of the mark in the second half and got a great point from play down the right wing. Playing into a stiff breeze, the Harps were forced to carry possession and they did this effectively through the half backline of Tim Russell, Damian Rogers and Aaron Higgins. Russell was proving to be a particular thorn in the side of the TCG defence and he broke up the field to get a score himself before great move involving Russell and Devlin allowed Ryan Brolly to dance around the keeper and stick the ball in the net to give the Harps what looked to be an unassailable lead.

The closing moments of the game were seen out by the Harps in assured fashion and they kept the ball well in the second half to counteract the defensive set up of their opponents. In addition to this, the replacement players coming from the bench aided the energy levels of the blues further and they saw out the game as eventual winners on the scoreline of 2-07 to 0-08.

Starting XV;

N Russell, D Fitzpatrick, D Lynch, D Walsh, A Higgins, D Rogers, T Russell (0-01), R Devlin (0-01), M Clarke (0-01), J McDermott, R Brolly (1-00), D Draper, C Stone (1-04), D White, E Tuohy. Subs used; S Lavery, M Malone, D O’Donohue J O’Sullivan, R McAnearney, A Arkins

Next up for the lads is the championship final which is scheduled to be played in Ruislip on the 24th of September against Thomas McCurtains. (time to be confirmed).

Training continues for the lads with an earlier starting time of 6:30pm on the Rye due to fading light. For more information contact Alan (07472 211445) or Enda (07522 723765).

The girls are still awaiting further clarification from the county board in regards to fixtures but they still have a few league games left along with the Tom O’Connor cup to compete in. The girls are continuing to train on a Monday and Thursday with the Monday session being in St Pauls Academy Abbeywood, SE2 9PX at 7pm and Thursdays at the George Green School, Island Gardens, E14 3DW at 8pm.

For more information please contact Aisling on 07961 577433 or email us at dulwichharpsladies@gmail.com

The club dinner dance has been set for the 4th of November at the Bromley Court Hotel in Bromley Hill, BR1 4JD. Tickets are priced at £45 and are selling fast! Tickets will be available for purchase from any committee member and everyone is welcome to attend. There will be more details to come in the following weeks so watch this space!