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THE SASH Thursday April 7th 2011


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LL SFL Sarsfields 1-18 Round Towers 2-8


Tony Ryan


In the opening round of the Leinster Leader SFL in Kildare on Saturday afternoon last, a second half Sarsfields scoring spree in which they outscored Round Towers by 0-11 to 0-2 saw them power past Towers to win by a comfortable margin of seven points at the end of a competitive encounter.

            In the first half it was very much a different story as Round Towers were in the ascendancy for long periods scoring two goals in the process, one from impressive half forward Mark Waters who scored a goal from a 20metre free while the Sarsfields defence was caught napping and one from full forward Stewart Murphy who took advantage of sloppy Sarsfields defending rising high above two defenders and the goalkeeper to punch the ball to the Sarsfields net. Sarsfields did take the lead briefly midway through the first half with a well taken goal from full forward Robbie Confrey. Towers responded with Stewart Murphy’s goal and a point apiece from midfielder Dean Houlihan and corner forward Neill Scanlan to go in at the break leading by 2-6 to 1-7.

            Sarsfields emerged a different team after the break with Caoimghin McDonnell growing in stature at midfield. His high fielding and accurate distribution to the forwards helped turn the tide firmly in Sarsfields favour as the Sarsfields forwards, in particular John Geraghty and Morgan O’Sullivan found the posts with unerring precision. The Sarsfields second half onslaught began with a John Geraghty free after which the Sash went on to completely control the game scoring nine successive points some of which were outstanding including a brilliant John Geraghty   effort from about 35 metres out on the right hand sideline.

Such was Sarsfields second half dominance that incredibly in view of Round Towers excellent first half performance it was all of 25 minutes before Towers registered their first score of the second half. The player who King Canute like tried to stem the tide, albeit momentarily was half back Paul Cornish who scored two points in quick succession. Cornish had been an influential figure in the first half as he sallied forth unchallenged on numerous occasions to augment the Round Towers attack. He was however afforded no such luxury for most of the second half, as all hands were required on the Towers deck that was fighting a rearguard battle that they never looked like winning once Sarsfields found their rhythm.

Paul Cornish’s two late points were only a brief respite for the beleaguered Round Towers defence though as an excellent Michael Browne point from 30 metres on the left wing was followed by a Morgan O’Sullivan point to finish off a good opening league performance for himself and Sarsfields with a post splitter from 35 metres.       


Sarsfields: Gavin Slicker, John Kavanagh, Niall O’Callaghan, Stehen Ussher, Conor Duffy, Keith Harvey, Aidan McLernan, Robert Murphy, Caoimghin McDonnell, John Geraghty, 0-5 (2f) Morgan O’ Sullivan 0-6 (1f), Keith Browne, Michael 0-2 (1f), Robbie Confrey 1-4, Declan McKenna. Subs: Sean Cambell 0-1 for Keith Browne (45mins) Kevin Healy for Morgan O’Sullivan (59mins)


Round Towers: James Robinson, Mick Kelly, Paul Waters, Tom Behan ,Sean Daffy, Darryl Coogan, Paul Cornish 0-2, Dean Houlihan 0-1, Mick Quinn, TJ Waters, Barry Waters, Mark Waters 1-2, Padraig Golden, Stewart Murphy 1-1, Neil Scanlan 0-2. Subs: Ken Whelan for Mark Waters (inj 36mins), Neill Cleary for Neill Scanlan (45 mins) Brian Robinson for Padraig Golden (52 mins) Referee: Brendan Hickey





Joe Fox Tool and Plant Hire Division 3: Rheban 0-13 Sarsfields 0-6


Tony Ryan


In the opening round of the Joe Fox Tool and Plant Hire Division 3 tie Rheban first team had a convincing seven points win over Sarsfields’ second team in Sarsfields Park on Saturday evening last. Rheban’s top scorer and chief playmaker centre forward Shane Rohan kicked six first half points to half to help his team to a 0-7 to 0-2 half time lead, a lead they never subsequently surrendered.


             After the break when Rheban midfielders Barry Foy and David Renaghan  added two more points the destination of the points was never in any doubt. Sarsfields did manage to cut the deficit to five with a point apiece from cornor forward Paddy Cambell and half forward Darragh Horgan. But that was as close as Sarsfields got as   Rheban  out scored Sarsfields 0-4 to 0-2 in the final quarter to claim a deserved victory.

            Despite the showery conditions throughout both sides played some good football but the main difference between the sides was Rheban ‘s greater ability to pick off scores in addition to the excellent display by Shane Rohan.  



Sarsfields: John Melia, Ciaran Houghton, Pauric Scully, David Hickey,  Fergal Doyle 0-1, Cathal McHugh, Adam Ivrahim, Mick Beegam, Cian Sweeney Capt, Stephen Dunne, Ciaran McInerny Aspel, Daragh Horgan 0-3, Paddy Cambell 0-2 (1f), Ronan Hayes, Dan Nea 0-1. Subs: Kevin Healy for David Hickey (ht) Dan Donoghoe and Craig McLoughlin for Darragh Horgan and Cathal McHugh(54 mins) Niall Murphy for Mick Beegan (57 mins)


Rheban: Mark McDrmott, Eoin Foley, Chris Pearse, John Lawler, Eoin Evans, Derek McEvoy Capt, Ken Shaughnessy, David Renaghan 0-2, Barry Foy 0-1 (1f), Michael May 0-1, Shane Rohan 0-4 (1f), Patrick Barry, Derek Kavanagh 0-1 (1f), Stephen Lawler 0-2, Michael O’Connor 0-2. Subs: Daithi O’Connor for Ken Shaughnessy (45 mins) Referee: Des Coyle.



U14 Ladies Championship  Sarsfields  2-12 Cappagh  0-1
Paul English

This second round match of this year’s championship got under way with the Sash ladies holding possession for most of the first half despite a strong and determined resistance from a young Cappagh side who had to contend with the wind in their faces and playing up the hill.

Sarsfields Ciara Morris, scored a well taken goal in the opening minutes followed shortly afterwards by a well taken point by  Alannah Hilliard for her first score of this championship.

Shauna Kendrick true to form pointed next after overturning the Cappagh kick out, with Molly Price and Emily Aulsberry following suit. There were to be no more scores until just before halftime courtesy of Karla O’Reilly pointing from play. The rest of the first half saw the Cappagh girls  tenacious in their tackling and showing great determination in winning the ball. Cappaghs’ Katie

O’Connor played extremely well, reading the game and distributing balls that kept backs Kellie Fisher, Emma Lyons and Melissa O’Brien on their toes.

A more determined Sarsfields team took to the pitch after the break, from the off Karla O’Reilly won the ball playing in Shauna Kendrick who found Ciara Morris in space to point. The Cappagh kick out was won by Shauna Kendrick who was then fouled in the goal area, Molly Price converted the resulting free. Cappagh worked the ball out of their own half but successive blocks by Melissa O’Brien, Brooke Dunne and Emma Lyons saw them again turn away from the goalmouth scoreless. Spurred on by the industriousness of the backs the Sash girls, namely Anna Lawless, Katie English and Niamh Hannon knuckled down to some serious interplay the result being Karla O’Reilly pointing her second from play. From their kick out Cappagh’s  Aoife Mulligan tore down the pitch and took a well earned and taken point.

Sarsfields didn’t have all their own way with Cappagh’s Katie O’Connor and Aoife Mulligan seemingly easily reading each others play from mid field and working the ball well up to their forwards where the Sarsfields back line had a very active Clara Wosser to contend with, However efficient blocking from Melissa O’Brien and Emma Lyons, had Cappagh at their wit’s end requiring a change of tatics with a hard working Clara Wosser being moved into full forward position try and breach the defence.

With a taste of things to come from a young hard working player Cappaghs outstanding Sofie Milner with five Sash players around her, danced though them all and tore up the field passing the ball into her forwards.

The last point of the game came with an interception from Karla O’Reilly, playing Katie English in she swiftly put in Ashleigh Ward and a 45′ was won. Brooke Dunne played a quick ball to Karla who seeing Gemma Harnett in space she was played in, Kellie Fisher linked in and squeezed the ball between the posts and over the bar. The Sarsfields girls were delighted with the weary win but even more delighted to hear the final whistle.


Best for Cappagh, Sofie Milner, Aoife Mulligan, Katie O’ Connor

Best for Sarsfields, Brooke Dunne, Shauna Kendrick, Emma Lyons


Sarsfields Fixtures for this Week.  


Tuesday 5th April

Ladies Senior Football League Div 1

Grange v Sarsfields at 7pm


Thursday 7th April    

Intermediate Hurling League

Sarsfields v Ros Glas at 6.45pm


Friday 8th April    

U16 Boys Football League Div 1

Sarsfields v Moorefield at 6.30pm

Under 10 Boys Hurling League

Kilcock v Sarsfields at 7pm


Saturday 9th April    

Girls Minor Football Championship Semi Final

Sarsfields v (TBC) 

Under 8 Boys Football

Sarsfields v St Kevins at 1.30pm

Under 10 Boys Football

Sarsfields v Carbury at 3pm

Confey v Sarsfields 2 at 3pm

Under 12 Boys Football

Sarsfields v Balyna at 4.30pm

Sarsfields 2 v Naas  at 4.30pm

Senior Football League Div 1 

Sarsfields v Johnstownbridge at 6pm

Senior Football League Div 3 

Ardclough v Sarsfields at 6pm


Sunday 10th April  

Under 14 Boys Football Feile A Semi Final

Sarsfields v Clane at 10.30am

Under 14 Boys Football Feile D Semi Final

Naas v Sarsfields 2 at 10.30am

Under 8 Boys Hurling League

Ardclough v Sarsfields at 10.30am

Under 9 Boys Hurling League

Maynooth v Sarsfields at 10.30am 

Under 12 Boys Hurling League

Athy v Sarsfields at 12 noon


Monday 11th April    

Senior Football League Div 5 

Allenwood v Sarsfields at 6.45pm

Intermediate Camogie League  

Sarsfields v Maynooth at 6.45pm                                  





Sarsfields Notes


Sarsfields extends deepest sympathy to former Sarsfields footballer Mattie Reilly on the death of his wife last week. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dilís.

The Senior footballers opened their league campaign with a 1-18 to 2-8 win over Round Towers on Saturday afternoon last. Congratulations to the Girls U14 Féile team who have joined the Boys in the quarter finals  after their 6-12 to 2-4 win over Leixlip and to the minor Ladies who have qualified for the championship semi final after their comprehensive  3-15 to 1-4 win over Naas.
Congratulations to the Féile  Boys U14 who defeated St Laurence’s in the Féile A quarterfinal by 6-4 to 1-7 and will now meet Clane in the semi-final in Sarsfields Park on Sunday next April 10th at 10.30.  Well done to the U12 Boys A and B teams who had comprehensive wins over Clane and Kill/Johnstown in the North Board League.

On April 9th a fundamentals coaching course for Kildare Ladies Football takes place with tutors from Croke Park. This course is designed around girls playing football and differs from the GAA foundation course, so people who have done the GAA course still need to do the ladies course if involved with girls football. If interested Please email County Development Officer to your details before March 28th or for more information contact Sarsfields Ladies Secretary Dema Houlihan at
            The funding deadline for the Floodlights project has now been extended to 31st May 2011. To date the Floodlight Committee have had a fantastic response and Padraig Brennan on behalf of the Committee would like to thank to all who have supported the project so far so far and asks all other members to support the project as best as they can. All contributions, no matter how big or small are significant and very much appreciated.
A table quiz fund raiser for the Floodlights organised by the senior players takes place on the 21st April (Holy Thursday) at 8pm in the clubhouse. A table of 4 is €40 and there will be a raffle with spot prizes during the break.

            The Underage Academy continue every Saturday at 10.30am throughout the spring and summer up until Saturday 29th Oct. Well done to Sarsfields U10 footballer Alan Shaw who has been chosen in the County Draw to pick Kildare mascots for all Kildare Football and Hurling League home games. Alan will be a mascot for Kildare’s last home game of the National Football League against Sligo on Sunday next April 10th.

Sarsfields Intermediate hurlers after their highly successful season last year, winning the Intermediate B Championship have resumed training prior to the start of theis seasons’ league campaign.. Training takes place every Tuesday 7pm. Any new players or any hurler who has recently come to live in Newbridge and who would be interested in joining a dedicated group of hurlers are very welcome. For more information call Manager Denis Lahart on  Barney Breslin on 087-2299887 or Dinny O’Callaghan on 087-9352741.

            Sarsfields membership 2011 is now due. The membership fee for 2011 is unchanged. All player memberships include a player/gym contribution of €30 for juveniles and €60 for adults. Adult Member – €60. Adult Player – €120. Student Player – €70. Unemployed Player – €60.  Retired Member – €10.  Juvenile Member (U6-U9) – €30. Juvenile Player (U10-U18)-€60.  Family Membership – €70 + player/gym contributions for relevant family members.  Players who are not registered members of the club are not insured to train or play. For further details on registration please contact the registrar Kathleen (Ollie) Ryan – 086 2641115. Contact Kathleen or Christy Horan 087 9249884

Lotto results for Monday March 28th. Numbers Drawn: 16,21,23,27. Lotto value: €12,000. No Jackpot Winner. €100:  John Malone, c/o Billy McDonnell. €40 Each: Peg Pearson, c/o Buckley’s, Annette O’Brien, c/o Michael O’Connor, Liam Sex. €25 Pauline O’Callaghan.



Remaining 2011 Kildare NFL Fixtures.

 Sunday April 10
NFL Div 1 (Rd 7) (2.30): Monaghan v Mayo, Kerry v Down, Galway v Dublin, Cork v Armagh

NFL Div 2 (Rd 7) (2.30): Antrim v Derry, Laois v Donegal, Kildare v Sligo, Meath v Tyrone


Sasrsfields On Facebook 

Sarsfields now have 700 Fans on Facebook.

Sarsfields now has a Facebook Page where all sections can now post information directly relating to games, results events and photos etc. In addition there is a discussion forum. Link to Sarsfields  Facebook page can be found by scrolling down the home page of the Sarsfields website or by Googling Sarsfields GAA Facebook. More Stupid Quotes.



Sarsfields Floodlights Fundraiser


A table quiz fund raiser for the Floodlights takes place on the 21st April (Holy Thursday) at 8pm.  A table of 4 is €40 and there will be a raffle with spot prizes.


So here’s another quiz to get you warmed up for the Fundraiser in later this month.  


1.     How many All Irelands senior titles have Derry won?

2.     What river flows through the most European capitals?

3.     What is the biggest tree species in the World?

4.     What is the biggest mammal in the World?

5.     How many All –Stars and Leinster titles does Dermot Earley have?

6.     In what city is the Prada museum?

7.     What language is the official language of Barcelona?

8.     What is the only country in South America that does not have Spanish as its official language?

9.     In what country is Latin the official language?

10.                         What lake is the largest in the Republic of Ireland?  




True Story  

‘Kilroy Was Here’

There are numerous urban myths surrounding the origin of the catch phrase: ‘Kilroy was here’.

What happened was that during the 1940’s a plague of graffiti appeared on walls all over Europe.  If you have a Grandfather or Uncle who lived through World War, ask them for their version of the origin of the legendary graffiti:  ‘Kilroy was here’.

Perhaps the best way to research the history is to go back close to the time when Kilroy emerged.  Soon after the war was won, The American Transit Association sponsored a competition to find the original Kilroy.  They declared James J. Kilroy of Halifax, Massachusetts as the source of the legend.  A useful corroboration comes from the New York Times of December 24th 1946.  The paper reports thus:

‘During the war he was employed at the Bethlehem Steel Company’s Quincy shipyard, inspecting tanks, double bottoms and other parts of warships under construction. To satisfy superiors that he was performing his duties, Mr. Kilroy scribbled in yellow crayon ‘Kilroy was here’ on inspected work.’



Cooter and Goomer

Henry died in a fire and his body was burned pretty badly.

The morgue needed someone to identify the body, so they sent for his two best friends, Cooter and Gomer.

The three men had always done everything together.

Cooter arrived first, and when the mortician pulled back the sheet,
Cooter said, ‘Yup, his face is burned up pretty bad. You better roll him over.’

The mortician rolled him over and Cooter said, ‘Nope, ain’t Henry ‘

The mortician thought this was rather strange.

So he brought Gomer in to confirm the identity of the body.

Gomer looked at the body and said, ‘Yup, he’s pretty well burnt up

Roll him over..’

The mortician rolled him over and Gomer said, ‘No, it ain’t Henry ‘

The mortician asked, ‘How can you tell?’

Gomer said, ‘Well, Henry had two assholes.’

‘What? He had two assholes?’ asked the mortician.

‘Yup, we never seen ’em, but everybody used to say

‘There’s Henry with them two assholes.’


Irish Jokes

1) Return Ticket

Paddy was a country boy, he had never been to Dublin.  One day he decided to walk into Wexford and catch the bus to Dublin.  Duly the bus arrived and Paddy asked the conductor for a return ticket.  ‘A return to where?’ asked the conductor’.  ‘Why back here of course’ said Paddy.

2) How many Ducks?

On the bus Paddy got chatting to Murphy who was carrying a bag on his back

‘What’s in the bag?’ asked Paddy
‘I ‘m not going to tell,’ replied Murphy
‘Go on, do.’ pleaded Paddy�.
‘Ah, all right then, it’s ducks.’ announced Murphy
‘If I guess how many ducks you have in the bag, will you give me one of them?’ enquired Paddy
‘Look,’ said Murphy, ‘If you guess the correct number, I’ll give you both of them.’.
‘Five!’ said Paddy triumphantly

3) Englishman, Frenchman and Irishman

An Englishman, a Frenchman and an Irishman were in a pub talking about their children.

‘My son was born on St George’s Day,’ remarked the Englishman, ‘So we obviously decided to call him George.’

‘That’s a real coincidence,’ observed the Frenchman, ‘My daughter was born on Valentine’s Day, so we decided to call her Valentine.’

‘That’s really incredible,’ drawled the Irishman, ‘Exactly the same thing happened with my son Pancake.’

Steve Wright American Comedian Sayings

* Why are cigarettes sold in petrol stations when smoking is
prohibited there?

* If nothing ever sticks to TEFLON, how do they make TEFLON stick to the pan?

* Why is abbreviation such a long word?

* Why are there flotation devices under plane seats instead of parachutes?

* Why do they call it a TV set when you only get one?

* What was the best thing before sliced bread?

* How does the guy who drives the snowplough get to work in the mornings?

* Why is it that when you transport something by car, it’s called a shipment, but when you transport something by ship, it’s called cargo?

* If corn oil comes from corn, where does baby oil come from?

* Would a fly without wings be called a walk?

* I’d kill for a Nobel Peace Prize.

* I woke up one morning and all of my stuff had been stolen…and replaced by exact duplicates.

* Borrow money from pessimists – they don’t expect it back.

* Half the people you know are below average.

* How do you tell when you’re out of invisible ink?

* My mechanic told me, ‘I couldn’t repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder.

* Why do psychics have to ask you for your name?

* Do you think that when they asked George Washington for his ID that he just whipped out a quarter?

* How do I set my laser printer on stun?

* If all the world is a stage, where is the audience sitting?

* Why is it called tourist season if we can’t shoot at them?

* If the black box flight recorder is never damaged during a plane crash, why isn’t the whole airplane made out of the stuff?

* If most car accidents occur within five miles of home, why doesn’t everyone just move 10 miles away?

* And whose cruel idea was it for the word ‘Lisp’ to have a ‘S’ in it?

* I poured Spot remover on my dog. Now he’s gone.

Doctor I Need Help – A Funny Phobia Story

‘Doctor O’Hara,’ Ranjit pleaded, ‘I’ve got trouble. Every time I get into bed, I think there’s somebody under it. I get under the bed, I think there’s somebody on top of it. Top, under, top, under. You gotta help me, I’m going crazy.’

‘Just put yourself in my hands for two years,’ said Dr O’Hara, the psychiatrist, ‘Come and see me three times a week, and I’ll cure your fears.’

‘How much do you charge?’

‘A hundred dollars per visit.’
‘In that case, I’ll sleep on it,’ answered Ranjit.
Six months later the doctor met Ranjit in the street.
‘Why didn’t you ever come to see me again?’ asked the psychiatrist.

‘For a hundred buck’s a visit?  A bartender cured me for ten dollars,’ smiled Ranjit

‘Is that so! How?’

‘He told me to cut the legs off the bed.’  


List of Unusual and Strange Phobias


  Pteronophobia – Panic when tickled by feathers.
* Pediophobia – Fear of dolls.
* Russophobia – Dread of Russians.
* Zemmiphobia – Fear of the great mole rat.
* Consecotaleophobia – Fear of chopsticks.
* Eleutherophobia – Strange phobia of freedom.
* Epistemophobia – Fear of knowledge.
* Ereuthrophobia – Dread of blushing.
* Euphobia – Fear of hearing good news.
* Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia – Fear of long words.

And here’s one we hope to induce in all teams this year- Sashophobia.

Quiz Answers;


1 Derry have one All Ireland (1993)

2 The Danube flows through the most European capitals.

3 Californian Redwood is the largest tree in the world

4 The Blue Whale is the latgest mammel.

5 Dermot Earley has 2 Leinster titles (98, 2000) and 2 All-stars (98, 2009)

6 The Prada museum is in Madrid

7 The official language of Barcelona is Catalan.

8  The only country in South America that does not have Spanish as its official language is Brazil. Portuguese is the official language.

9        Latin is the official language of the Vatican.

10  Lough Corrib is the largest lake in the Republic of Ireland?