Sarsfields Weekly Newsletter

November 8, 2018



The Weekly Online Newsletter of Sarsfields GAA Club





Sarsfields Annual Race Night Friday November 30th.





Girls U15 footballers win Championship


Congratulations to the girls under 15 footballers on winning the county final on Friday night beating Naas. No adult on field activity last weekend, but plenty to look forward to next weekend. The postponed U21 championship fixture against St. Coca’s has been rescheduled for this Saturday in Sarsfields Park at 3pm..


Barney’s Boys to Make Sarsfields History


On Saturday Sarsfields Junior Hurlers take on Celbridge in the Championship semi-final at 3pm in Clane and on Sunday Barney’s Boys will make history when they become the first Sarsfields hurling team to play in the Leinster championship when they play at home to Laois champions, Park Rathinskea in Sarsfields Park at 3pm in the Special Leinster Junior Hurling Championship . Due to the Kildare Junior hurling Championship being delayed because of playoffs Sarsfields were elected to represent Kildare as they had the most points in the league section of the Championship. Well done to Barney and his management team of Pat O’Conner, Dinny Callaghan and Christy Horan. The best of Luck to them and please come out and show your support on Sunday on this historic occasion.

Anyone in the club planning on going for election as an officer of the county Board at the forthcoming county convention must contact Secretary Shane Scanlon by Wednesday November 7th.


Sarsfields Annual Race Night


Sarsfields annual dog night will be held on Friday 30th November. Tickets are now available priced at €10 or €25 for a family ticket. If anyone knows a company/business that might be interested in sponsoring a race, (€500), or a half page ad in the race card (€250), please forward the contact details to organising committee members, Marie Clancy (087-1323764) or Brian Dempsey (087-2848396). Anyone interested, in doing some bar work in the club – MUST be 18 years or over – is asked to contact Marie Clancy (087-1323764) or Monica Scanlon (087-7934780). The rates for functions are €10 per hour. Previous experience is not necessary, as training will be provided.


Hollywood Comes to Sarsfields


One could be forgiven for thinking that the function room in Sarsfields was the set of a Hollywood production on Friday last. The hall was transformed for the wedding of Fintan Buckley and Linda. The wedding theme was Hollwood films, each table named after a film and the guests were the cast of characters. At the entrance to the hall there photographs of Hollywood stars and a red carpet and roped in section ala Oscar night and an Oscar statue inside the function room. Paul Blake was wondering whether his old friend Ken Buckley was playing Tony Soprano or Don Corleone for the day. Only a Moorefield man would say that about our Ken!

The function room has been repainted and the floor revarnished and it looks great thanks to Mick Ward. Sean O’Leary who was a guest at the wedding said that the bar staff were brilliant. Thanks to Monica and the staff and to Chef Peter Loftus and staff.


Pauric Becomes U21 Selector

Congratulations to Pauric Brennan on becoming Kildare U21 selector. Pauric will no doubt be running his eye over the Sarsfields and St. Coca’s U21’s on Saturday.



Coaching Course


SAQ Ireland coaching course will be taking place in the club on the 9th of Nov. anybody interested in doing the course contact Tony Mc Connell 0863867966 or



The Sarsfields Lotto is held every Monday night in the Clubhouse. As well as buying tickets from members you can play via direct debit (forms available from the clubhouse or from your usual seller) or play online on the Sarsfields Website no matter where you are.


How times have changed.


It’s hard to imagine for young players of today especially since the historic decision to open Croke Park to Soccer and Rugby that once upon a time there was a ban that prevented GAA players playing other sports but particularly soccer or the garrison game as it was known in Newbridge at the turn of the last Century when British troops were stationed in the town.

The following minutes from an EGM of Sarsfields on 30/1/1956 illustrates the attitude towards soccer that was prevalent throughout the GAA during the ban on foreign games as it was called.

“A hushed Club Committee heard a report from Tommy O’Hanlon that Paddy O’Leary had played a soccer game on Sunday 29th of January (1956) Purse lipped Committee members also heard that he had worn a Sarsfields Jersey on the occasion. His brother Jim was also seen lurking in the crowd attending the match. In a passionate plea to the tensed members, Owen Lawler urged diplomacy in this delicate situation”

 One would think from the tone that the committee were discussing A UN resolution or the “pursed lipped Committee members” were a Communist party politburo discussing the latest threat from Capitalism. It seems hard to believe in these sporting ecumenical times that such anti Soccer fervour existed. In hindsight the GAA had no need to fear Soccer, no need to feel insecure in the face of competition as ironically since the ban was lifted in 1971 the GAA has gone become more popular and played by more that at any time during the ban. The mushrooming of Ladies Football over the last 15 years is a case in point. Sarsfields have had a golden era since the ban went winning 7 Senior championships, 9 Leinster Leader League titles, 6 minor Championships, 4 U21, 3 U16 and 5 U14.  senior B



Coaches Corner

Nordic Hamstring Exercises


Eamon O’Reilly is a chartered physiotherapist from Blacklion, Co Cavan. Here’s what he has to say about hamstring injuries.


The hamstring injury is noted as one of the most common lower limb injuries in sport. In field sports, such as Gaelic football and hurling, it is particularly common.

Most hamstring injuries occur during maximal sprinting activities when the hamstring muscles are working to decelerate the forward movement of the leg, as well as allowing the foot to strike the ground. During this time the muscles are working eccentrically (lengthening as the load increases on the muscle).

Research into preventing the occurrence of these injuries in elite soccer players has indicated that pre-season strength training with eccentric overload may be beneficial. Nordic hamstring exercises are an example of the type of muscle training suggested.

Nordic hamstring exercises have been shown to be useful in preventing hamstring injuries while enhancing muscular performance. The high forces generated within the muscle and the change from eccentric to concentric action likens the exercise to sprinting.

Research has shown the exercise can help improve the isometric and eccentric strength of the muscle and hence lead to a reduction of injury occurrence during maximal sprinting activities.

It should be noted this exercise is quite strenuous on the hamstrings and should only be done under the supervision of your chartered physiotherapist. Athletes who have experienced a hamstring injury should not attempt the exercise until and unless instructed by their physiotherapist.


The exercises done with a partner


The athlete kneels on the ground with a partner stabilising his/her legs at the ankles.


  • Lean forward in a smooth movement, keeping your back and hips extended, and work at resisting the forward fall with your hamstring muscles for as long as possible, until you land on your hands.
  • Touch down with your hands, go all the way down so that your chest touches the ground and forcefully push off into a kneeling position with minimal concentric load on the hamstring.
  • Load is increased by attempting to withstand the forward fall longer, adding speed to the starting phase of the motion.
  • Repeat five times at most. Cease if muscle feels very fatigued.








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