Hello Cuala Patrons

You’ve surely heard at this stage that Cuala are in the Senior Hurling Championship final  on Sunday at 3:45pm in Parnell Park and not to be outdone, our  footballers are in the Intermediate Football Final next week as well. Read on:

  • First to congratulate our footballers. Cuala adult footballers progressed to the Intermediate championship final with a workmanlike performance against Na Fianna on Tuesday night. Extra time in the earlier semi-final meant that Cuala didn’t take the field till near 9pm but they wasted no time in getting out of the blocks. Two early frees from Niall Carthy and Luke Keating gave the boys an early cushion and this was extended when a pacey move through the Na Fianna defence was finished to the net by our County Man Fitzy. With Luke Keating pulling the strings up front and Conor Mulally orchestrating the backs Cuala went in at Half time with a healthy 7 point lead. Early second half scores by James Power and Carthy again meant Na Fianna were now in real trouble and a lovely finish from Luke Keating to the net meant it would take a miracle from the Glasnevin boys. With Philly O’Donnell tigerish in defence and Darren McBrian saving a  late penalty meant that miracle was never going to materialise. The Final is fixed for Wednesday evening Oct 17 against Fingallians but we are hoping to have it set for Saturday 20th. Look out for match times!
  • So you’ve probably heard about another fairly important game on Sunday. Our first appearance in a SHC final since 1994, we have organised buses for Cuala supports to attend the  Final in Parnell Park.The team deserve all the support we can gather, so if you don’t usually come to games – come to this one. Bus details, leaving Cuala Hyde Park 1.45pm, cost €5 per adult. Children free. Returning to Cuala immediately after the match. Please encourage all supporters to return to Cuala and welcome our players home. Food and refreshments will be available at the clubhouse. Also great to see so many dual players involved. The demands are huge but its a great tribute that our club can produce such quality players in both codes.
  • Well done to the u8 (2004) Cailíní who played away against the mighty Wexford camogie clubs in Gorey last weekend. Well done also to Teams 1 and 2 who played away to St Finian’s and St Annes in a Go Game Blitz. In both cases our girls showed their usual spirit and skill and deserve praise.
  • This is a a busy weekend for the Cuala  girls who play in no less than 3 championship semi finals this week end.  First out are the u14s at 2pm in Meadowvale against local rivals Kilmacud Crokes.  The u16s play immediately after that game with Lucan Sarsfields providing the opposition.  Lucan u13s travel out to Meadowvale on Sunday to compete against the Cuala u13s.  A great weekend for Cuala Camogie.
  • Throughout the weekend we will be co-hosting a festival of hurling with teams from both clubs at all ages from 6 to 15 meeting in challenge games at Hyde Road, Glenalbyn and Thomastown.  Everyone will be in club colours and fired up then for the trip north of the river. Keep up to date through Facebook, twitter and online with all the news, times and fun ahead of us.
  • Our first title of the season was secured on Saturday when the U14B hurlers beat a spirited St Peregrines side by 3-11 to 3-2 to make themselves unassailable at the top of League Division 5. Well done to the lads on their ten game unbeaten run.
  • The U16s hurler pulled one out of the fire last Saturday in the Hurling Championship against Whitehall. Having suffered a goal blitz and trailing by 10 points at one stage, the come back was epic. A 2 point victory had blood pressure soaring all along the sideline.  Jake Malone gave an exhibition from the dead-ball (as did his fellow county team-mate Sean Gray from Whitehall) while  Con O’Callaghan and Donal Lane relentlessly drove  holes in the Whitehall defense . Kilmacud Crokes , who else, are next in the semi-final on Saturday 20th.
  • This weekend it’s Minor Football Championship action, The A’s are away to Naomh Mearnóg, the B’s home (Shankill) to Cú Culainn and the C’s away to Parnells. All matches are scheduled for 11am on Sunday morning.
  • We wish Scoil Lorcain all the best with their building fundraiser this weekend. Seó Faisin (Fashion Show), Saturday 13 October in Fitzpatrick’s Killiney Castle, doors open 7.30. Show starts 8.30. Tickets €25 each, fabulous raffle prizes value from €140 – €250 each.  Contact Colman Ó’Drisceoil 087 9453309 or Breege English 086 1538164. The rumours that the Ardmháistir was going to model an new Jean Paul Gaultier creation are totally unfounded. Go n-éiri an bóthar libh.
  • There is a plethora of news and events going on at the moment so keep up to date with all your Cuala News Online. Checkout our website www.cualagaa.ie Follow us on twitter @CualaCLG and LIKE us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/#!/cualaclg

All for this week – fingers crossed for Sunday.

Tadhg Murphy

Cuala Communications