Football Meeting – 09 Feb 2015

The 1st Football meeting of 2015 is scheduled for next Monday 09th Feb at 8:30 in the Round Tower Room.  Everyone interested in progressing football is invited to attend.  In particular it is requested that all coaches and managers attend.  The meeting is scheduled to last 1 hour.  The agenda (draft) is below.  Anyone who feels they wish to add to the agenda please inform Johnny Mills by Saturday (07th).
Agenda for Football Meeting 1/3 – 09th  February 2015
  • Opening Remarks
  • Team Updates (Senior – Academy)
  • Coaching Update (courses, events)
  • Infrastructural Update (Gym upgrade, training pitch works)
  • Juvenile Season (registration, advertising, big brothers)
  • Football Fundraiser in 2015
  • Any other Business (update on County Board report on retention)


Simonstown vs Donaghmore-Ashbourne Match Report

Simonstown vs Donaghmore-Ashbourne Match Report

Full-Time Score:

Simonstown 1-13 v. Donaghmore/Ashbourne 1-10

Half-Time Score:

Simonstown 0-10 v. Donaghmore/Ashbourne 0-7
Niall Kane was the hero for Simonstown  last night (Friday Jan: 30th) as he scored a last minute goal to secure a win for the home side, a game which was played in bitterly cold conditions under-lights in Simonstown.
Both teams deserve great credit for producing some great football at this time of year despite the weather. Simonstown started brightly with corner-forward Andrew Kearney in fine form scoring 0-3 from frees. Donaghmore/Ashbourne also kept in touch but Simonstown led by three points at the break.
In the second half it was nip and tuck as the teams were level on a number of occasions. A draw lucked like the fairer result as Donaghmore/Ashbourne keeper Andy Colgan produced a number of fine saves from Simonstown’s wing forward Pauric McKeever and Andrew Kearney. However with time almost up, substitute Niall Kane got a touch to finally put the ball in the back of Colgan’s net. It was a hammer blow for Donaghmore/Ashbourne as the teams were level 0-13 v.1-10  with a minute left and a draw lucked on the cards but Kane had other ideas and secured a home win for Simonstown.
Best for Simonstown were Seamus Kenny in defence, Pauric McKeever, Joe Lyons and Andrew Kearney in attack. It was also great to see Shane O’Rourke line out at centre-field in the first half and his recovery is going well.
Simonstown Team: R.Burlingham, M.O’Rourke, E.Donoghue, N.McMahon, R.O’Connor, S.Kenny, C.Wickham, S.O’Rourke, C.Sheridan 0-1, P.McKeever 0-2, J.Lyons 0-2, M.McCabe, N.O’Brien 0-2, M.Brennan 0-1, A.Kearney 0-4 (3 from frees)
Subs: S.Barry 0-1 for S.O’Rourke, N.Kane 1-0 for C.Wickham, I.O’Rourke for M.O’Rourke, M.Gardiner for M.McCabe, S.O’Reilly for E.Donoghue, M.McCabe for M.Brennan



Simonstown Gaels GFC are running the popular Last Man Standing competition for the National Football League. Each entrant must pick a county for round 1 and continue picking a winning County through each round of the league to stay in until we have a winner. The competition will incorporate Divsions 1 & 2. Everyone is asked to support this fundraiser from which all proceeds after prizes will go towards club facilities. Get in contact with a team coach, or club seller, buy a ticket & get involved.



Simonstown Gaels have a busy weekend with a number of teams in Championship action.

Thursday 11th  September – Minor Championship v Dunshaughlin at home.  Throw in 7:30

Saturday 13th September – Senior Quarter Final v Na Fianna.  Throw in 5:30 in Trim.

Sunday 14th September – Junior A Semi Final v Dunboyne. Throw in 3:30 in Dunshaughlin.

Come out and support your club teams.



The third football meeting of 2014 is scheduled for Thursday 04th September at 8:30pm.  The agenda is as follows;
  • Opening Remarks
  • Team review
  • Gym Development Working Gp
  • Football Budget Q3
  • Underage competitiveness
  • Football initaitives for 2015
  • Planning for 2015
  • Upcoming Events
  • AOB
Please attend as it an important meeting in terms of reviewing football and looking forward to later on the season and into 2015.  All club members and anyone interested in progressing football are invited to attend.
Those holding appointments (team managers and those in the football structure) in particular are asked to make an effort to attend and if possible brief all on their relevant area.




  • Floodlights.  The main pitches’ floodlights were serviced and improved recently.  This work means that lights can be safely and simply operated by key when required.
  • U21 Management.  U21 management team was appointed at June executive meeting with Ned Kearney appointed as manager assisted by Hank Traynor & John Lunney.  The club was extremely satisfied with both the level of interest in the role & the calibre of candidates.
  • Club Gear.  Club gear is available either online or through pooled club orders.  Players, management and supporters are encouraged to wear club gear as much as possible.
  • Player Retention.  County Board has started a committee on Player retention (or lack of) and teenage years (13 – 18 in particular).  This is a issue we are trying to address within the club and it is clear from the meetings that other clubs are in a similar position.  Managers are asked to identify players that have or are beginning to drift and discuss with Colin Moran.  I ask that any managers especially in the critical age groups attend this rolling meeting if possible (July 17th in Navan).
  • U35s.  Simonstown u35s are playing against Waltestown next weekend (Sat 12th) and any interested players are asked to contact Cormac McEvoy.
  • Club Coffee Shop.  Club coffee shop is open Saturday mornings and all teams are asked to encourage coaches, players and parents to call in for a coffee.


  • Academy.  Academy training continues on Saturdays with the kids have passed level 2 recently.
  • U8.  U8 boys and girls are continuing to participate in blitzes and are training Wednesday & Saturdays.
  • U10. U10s are training Wednesday evening & Saturday morning and have participated in 5 blitzes so far.
  • U12.  U12s are now in the Summer league and are also training Wednesday nights.
  • U14.  U14s recently competed very well in Leinster Invitational Feile.  They have started their Summer League.
  • U15.  U15s recently won the Meath 7 a side competition.
  • U16.  Summer league has started and training continues.
  • U17.  U17 Summer league has started with 1 game played.  Ciaran Kenny is managing this team.
  • U18.  Training continues with championship due to start in August.
  • Jun C.  Jun C are qualified for knockout stages of championship.
  • Jun A.  Going very well in B League 1 and well positioned to progress in championship.
  • Senior.  Well positioned in league and 100% championship record.  Likely that next championship (rd 4) will be early – Mid august.


A working led by Ned Kearney is in the process of finalising a report on how to progress the club gym with regards to football strength & conditioning.  Considerations include space, equipment, access, management and usage.  A phased plan will be brought to the Executive for decision in early August.


The third quarterly meeting will be held in August.  This follows meetings in Feb & May.  In addition to general agenda items (team update, budget, ongoing events) it is intended that this meeting will also discuss the ‘competitiveness’ of our underage teams.  The meeting will be open & any and all ideas for progressing football & football resources/infrastructure are encouraged.  Proposed date is Monday 18th August.


  • Please update facebook & website with football news (before and after) if you have access.  If you don’t have access please pass info to Kenny Cantwell.
  • Juvenile teams that have big brothers assigned are asked to incorporate & include them more into sessions & big matches.
  • Best wishes to Ciaran Kenny & Robbie Quinn who are continuing their recovering from injuries at present.
  • Best wishes to Seamus Kenny, Shane ORourke, Colm & Eamon Brady as Meath prepare for the upcoming Leinster Final.
  • Anyone interested in assisting the football committee or getting involved with a team is asked to get in contact.
  • Any fundraising ideas for football are asked to be forwarded to Executive for progress.



Simonstown v Mullingar Shamrocks

 Underage, Ladies & Senior football challenges 

 They formed two thirds of one of gaelic football’s greatest ever full-forward lines but Royal County legends Colm O’Rourke & Bernard Flynn will be in opposite corners for real on Saturday, June 7th when O’Rourke’s Simonstown plays host to Flynn’s Mullingar Shamrocks (7pm).
 The senior contest will be the highlight of an inter-club day against our friends from Mullingar which will also feature underage & ladies games.
 Proceedings will get underway at 4pm and the senior game will be followed by a BBQ & social evening.
 All players, members, parents and supporters are welcome!


Club Gear 2014

Simonstown 2014 New Range of Club gear will be available to order from this Saturday, May 31st. Order forms are available from the club and from the downloads link above – all orders have to be paid for at time of ordering. Closing date for all orders to be in by is Friday 13th June