Auckland GAA, President’s Report for Week 2 of the Season


We had a full weekend of fixtures despite the rain.

 

On Wednesday night, we had a rain laden Seddon Fields play host to the Ladies of Harps and SPEC. Despite a terrific start, SPEC could not sustain their effort and Harps ran out winners in the end on a score line of 3-05 to 2-04.

Thursday night saw the Men from both sides face off. SPEC raced into an early 3-03 to 0-01 lead and despite a spirited comeback, the early goals were too much of a mountain to climb. SPEC ran out winners 4-08 to 0-08.

On Sunday, we had our first full Senior fixture schedule at Seddon Fields. Our first challenge was to inspect the pitch which had received sustained rainfall. Thanks to the co-ordination, enthusiasm and understanding of both teams, referees and officials, we decided to persevere in what proved to be the correct decision. SPEC continued their good form early against the defending League Champions Celtic but the game highlighted that goals make the difference at any level and the two goals Celtic scored ultimately proved the difference with a final score of 2-09 to 0-10. The defending League Champions in Ladies football took to the field against SPEC in the second game, where SPEC were hoping to build on their performance against Harps. The Champions showed that they meant business and ran out easy winners in the end on a score line of 5-13 to 1-03. Our third game of the day saw the reunion of last years’ Championship Finalists Marist Rangers and Harps. Some big name players had returned to Harps from their mid-week game and they showed their class. 3 first half goals and what could have been one or two more, paved the way for a 4-13 to 0-13 win. Our final game pitted the Ladies of Marist Rangers against Harps. Despite being a close run thing at half time, Harps excelled away in the second half and have certainly declared their intentions for the season running out 4-12 to 0-04 winners.

 

Unfortunately, we had to cancel our Junior Football this week with some last minute unforeseen circumstances. We will go again on 16th October and hope to get a real second tier competition off the ground.

 

This week sees the return of Gaels into Senior Football in Auckland after a one year hiatus. The men commence their campaign against Marist Rangers at 7pm on Wednesday and the Ladies get underway on Thursday against the same opposition at 7pm. We certainly are delighted to see them back. Sunday 9th October sees 2 games where SPEC play Gaels in the Ladies at 12:15pm and the men from both teams take the field at 1:30pm.

 

A reminder that Geraldine Tew will be starting the GAA Kids’ Club on 16th October at the Auckland Irish Society through to 11th December and again from about the 12th February through to 18th March. We are currently looking at 11 o’clock to 12 o’clock. We are keen to receive some volunteers to help out.

 

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We continue our aim of building Comradeship, Competition and Community.

 

Mise le Meas,

 

Sean Riordan Uachtarain

 

Cumann Luthchleas Gael, Auckland

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