Your Club Update
July 29, 2020
And so, now we have Football and Camogie out of the blocks
A good opener for the footballers last weekend. Once again, a closed-door affair, but this time we got to watch a most entertaining stream courtesy of Whitehall Colmcille. The on-pitch action was matched by the commentary, which was less “school of radio” and more “side-line dad”. Final score was 2-15 to 1-13 to St Vincents.
Last weekend also saw the Camogie team get their Challenge Cup underway, and a convincing win over Ballyboden (1-19 to 1-10) is just the start we would hope for.
The senior hurlers are in action again this evening; my apologies for not getting advance notice out. My only defence is I’m on my holidays, and trying to avoid the use of a laptop as much as possible. I'm writing this during the game, and I've just got word that we won 1-25 to 0-15. (Go us!)
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Senior games will remain ticketed until August 10 at least
As long as we're in Phase 3 of the government's roadmap for re-opening, outdoor gatherings will be limited to 200 people. In effect, this means that all senior hurling and football fixtures will remain ticketed. The ticket allocation to each team is small, which means that no tickets will go on general release. 
A statement from the county board is also available here.
Covid Restrictions - Thanks to everyone's efforts to date
A straw poll amongst mentors is showing great adherence to Covid-19 Return to Play guidelines.  On behalf of the executive, I'd like to thank everyone for doing their part. This has taken effort on behalf of everyone; mentors, supervisors, players and parents/guardians. There's a real sense of "we're in this together" around the club. The more we adhere, the quicker we beat this thing!
Good start to Senior Camogie
Our senior camogie team got their campaign underway last weekend. For the first time in a number of years, we're taking part in the Camogie Challenge Cup. This competition is typically for clubs who don't have players in Inter-County duty, which normally rules us out, but with the different calendar this year,  we're participating.  I'm delighted to say that we got off to a great start, beating Ballyboden 1-19 to 1-10
Round 2 is this weekend at home to St Judes. Remember; Judes beat us in the group stages last year and were our opponents for the Dublin final which we won. So, this should be a cracker.  Its on PNU1 at 11:00 am this Sunday.
Skills Sessions for Boys And Girls in August
Reminder that our juvenile section have put together a programme of skill sessions during the first two weeks in August:
  • The sessions are broken into 4 age groups:
    • U8 (Born 2012), U9, U10/11, and U12/13.
  • There are 4 sessions for each age group held over 2 weeks.
  • Each session is 90 minutes long
  • Sessions can be attended individually (€6 per session) or you can book all 4 sessions for €20
​Full details, including schedule and onling booking here
Please note:
  • These sessions are subject to any government restriction. In the event of cancellation, a full refund will be given.
  • Full "Safe Return to Play" procedures, if still in place will be adhered to
  • All equipment used will be sanitised before and after each session.
Lotto Draw, 27 July 2020.
Lotto Jackpot was €3,250. Numbers drawn were
7, 9, 11, 12
There was no Jackpot winner. Weekly winner was Ruari McArdle. Next week's lotto jackpot is €3,400
You can now play online with a quick online payment of a debit or credit card here. Thanks to all those who picked up a new subscription. Next draw will be on Monday 10 August, as we don't run lotto on bank holidays.
Coming Soon: Vincents own Ryder Cup
Keep an eye out: We’ll be opening up tickets to a golf outing real soon. We’re running a golf outing in Ryder Cup style; Choose to represent the Juvenile section or the Adult section. Entry will be €50.
Want to support your club? Hole sponsorship is available for €100. The outing will be held on Donabate golf club on September 26, subject of course to government covid planning.
This week's matches
Head over to our fixtures page for a full list of games on this weekend. If you are planning on attending, we ask you to follow the guidelines set out by the county board:
  • Spectators must not attend games if they display any symptoms of Covid-19 and instead should phone their GP and follow public health advice.
  • Spectators should remain in the same area for the duration of the game, remain 2m apart and avoid intermingling with other individuals or groups.
  • All spectators are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitiser. The use of face coverings is strongly advised for all patrons over the age of 13.
  • Spectators must not enter the field of play at any time including pre-match, at half-time and other intervals and after the final whistle.
Do come support your club, but stay safe, people!
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And finally..
I'm a bit of a fan of an oul podcast as you may have noticed; This week's SportsDIaz podcast is an interview with our own Aisling Maher where they cover recent inter-county and club form.  Have a listen here.
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