Club Notes, 12th August 2020
At least we can watch this one on TV
Restrictions remain. Crowd sizes stay limited. I won't bore you with the details. I feel like a broken record enough, truth be told.
Our Footballers are in Championship action this Saturday in Parnell Park as they take on Clontarf in the final round of the group stage of the championship. We're neck and neck with Clontarf in the table, so this is a must-win encounter. This game is going out live on RTÉ. Throw in is at 7:30pm.
Camogie gets underway too, so a busy week ahead.
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Lotto Draw Monday 10 August, 2020
Numbers drawn were:
 1, 15, 17, 22
There was no jackpot winner, and the weekly winner was Dan O'Reilly.
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. Jackpot will be €3,550.
Spotlight On: Minor Boys
Our Minor teams have been plugging away at their respective championship, so I thought I'd give you an update on how they've fared.
This year sees us fielding two hurling teams:
Minor A: Our A team are contesting the Minor A championship. Right now, they are topping the group, with two wins from two, overcoming both Thomas Davis and Cuala. They play the final game in their group stages away to Lucan this weekend.
Minor B: Our B team are contesting the Minor C championship (Huh? Yeah, we call the teams, A, B... But they get drawn into a championship based usually on league standings).  Their first game was a walkover due to an admin error (Brigids were entered incorrectly into two Championships!), while their second game saw a hotly contested encounter against Lucan which they won. So, they're two from two, too (still with me?). They contest their last group game this weekend, at home against Na Fianna. For my money, this is the game to watch this weekend. 
We're fielding 3 Minor Football teams this year. This began last year and was the first time in many years we could boast such high numbers. 3 teams at one level is a big undertaking and we thank our Minor football mentors who are doing a great job.
Minor A: The minor A team have completed their group stage and had 2 losses and 1 win. This was not enough to have them progress, so that's the end of their football championship I'm afraid. A shield competition beckons.
Minor B: The minor B team are contesting the C championship and have fared well.  3 games from 3 means they top the table and are through to the quarter finals. 
Minor C: The C team contested the E championship and played 3 tough encounters, losing 2 and drawing their third. This means they finished 3rd in the group and are out of the championship. Hard luck lads. A sheild competition is their next step too.
Senior Hurling Quarter Final Draws Made
Our senior hurlers drew in their final group stage encounter, but this was enough to have them top the group. They are now drawn against Ballyboden St Endas in the Quarter final. This game is down for Saturday 22nd August, with throw in at 5:30pm.
It's a football weekend and its on the telly!
This weekend's Senior Football championship game is our final game in the group stages against Clontarf. We're level with Clontarf so this is a must-win clash. The game throws in on Saturday at 7:30pm and is going out live on RTÉ. Tune in, snap a pic and tag us on your insta-stories. I'll repost any I see.
Camogie Championship begins this weekend too
All of the camogie championships get underway this week with our inters and juniors starting this Thursday
Best wishes to the Camogie Senior team who also start Championship this weekend. They're at home on Sunday at 1:30pm. Why not get down to support them. Keep your distance and wash your hands, mind!
Minor Ladies Footballers get off to a good start
Congratulations to the Minor Ladies footballers who got their first competitive game of the seson under their belts. Good win too, beating Skerries Harps 1-12 to 0-09 out there last Tuesday.
Return of Boys Mini-Leagues
Mini leagues for boys returns this Saturday!  Mini leagues runs Saturday mornings from 10:30 am to 12:00pm, and is aimed at boys and girls aged 5-7 (Girls mini leagues started back some weeks ago). Parents please note that mini leagues is subject to the GAA's "Safe Return to Play" guidelines, currently being adhered to by all sections in the club. If you'd like your child to take part, you must follow these steps:
  • Please ensure you have taken the online training at
  • When you complete the course, take a screen shot or download your certificate of completion. You may be asked by the Covid supervisor for Mini-Leagues to provide evidence that you have completed the course.
  • Sign up to the return to play system at sure you choose "St Vincents GAA" as your club.
  • Make a declaration on your child's current health (for team, choose "Academy")
  • For all subsequent training sessions, please re-declare on the day of training.
  • Be aware that attendance records will be kept to help with contact tracing should that be required.
  • Bring hand sanitiser and sanitise your childs hands before and after training.
  • During training avoid close contact with other parents - please observe social distancing.
For more detail on these procedures, we recommend you read our page on Mini Leagues safe return to play here.
Ladies members: Are you starting college this year?
Many of you may remember the Louise Lynch Bursary, which was introduced last year in memory of our dear friend Louise. Once again, the bursary will be awarded. Full details on the programme is available here. The eligibility criteria are really straight forward. To qualify to enter you must:
  • Be a playing member of St Vincents, playing either Camogie or Ladies Football.
  • Be entering Third level education for the first time at time of application.
  • Not be in receipt of another third level bursary or scholarship.
Note: Members who are entering Third level as a mature student are eligible to apply.
We urge anyone of our female members going to college later this year to apply. Entry is via a simple form here.
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.
Usually, I'll give my picks of the weekend here, but we're now at full tilt with regard to the schedule. Besides, I've called out a number of fixtures throughout this newsletter.  Take your pick!
Do come support your club, but stay safe, people!
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And finally..
Off the ball have given us this gem from Micheal O'Muircheartaigh, with an anecdote of visiting the St Vincents in '75 a day after Dublin lost the All-Ireland to Kerry. Stick with it, it's worth it.
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