September 2011 News

After all the excitement of the summer, September was relatively calm. The U14 Leagues got under way and Monkstown has a boys’ and a girls’ team competing. Because we did not enter the League last year we were not allowed to enter Class 1, so we have two teams in Class 2. This gives an opportunity to use some of the players who would not normally get league games. Both teams are currently leading their sections.

Two of our juniors – Siofra Watson and Lily Lloyd were invited to play in the U12 Centenary Cup during the month. This is a competition involving players from England, Spain, Germany and Ireland – there is a group of “Centenary Clubs”- including Carrickmines – who organise and run it. Stephen was asked to coach the Irish team so once again this was a great honour for our club.

The other main event was the U12 Stars and Stripes competition, which Monkstown were hosting as we had won it in the spring. There are 12 children on the team – 6 boys and 6 girls, but we had a panel of 16 and in addition had another 14 children involved in friendlies – so 30 children in total. There were 8 clubs involved in the competition and Monkstown reached the final but were narrowly beaten by Glenageary. Our boys won the boys’ cup, which is awarded to the boys team with the highest overall points, so many congratulations to all. Despite the rain, the finals night was great fun, well attended and the raffle raised €500 for GOAL which was a great result. The U14 competition will start on Saturday 15th October.

The autumn coaching sessions commenced in the third week of September and again we have very large numbers of children attending coaching which is good for the long term health of the club.

Player of the month for September was Claire Doyle.

Catherine Keane