Popular Easter Camps are open for registration
The camp takes place in O’Dwyers GAA Club Balbriggan from Monday 6th April until Thursday 9th April. This Easter camp is a multi sport camp for children aged between 5 and 12 and runs from 10am until 1pm each day. The camp is moderately priced at €35 per child (just over €2 an hour).
The camp is very positive environment, open to all children of the Balbriggan , Balrothery and Balscadden community, covering a multitude of sports (Aussie Rules, Dodgeball, Field Hockey, Soccer, Tic Tac Toe and Fun Games, Cricket, Hurling, Rounders, Tag Rugby, Olympic Handball, Volleyball, Gaelic Football, Athletics, Relay Races, Long Jump) with the emphasis on fun, enjoyment and participation
This year we are encouraging
- Our existing parents and player to bring school friend(s), neighbours, brother and sisters to the camp to join the fun
- Children from non-GAA backgrounds and new to sport in general to give the camp a go!
- Children to try all the sports that are on offer at the camps
For more information visit: https://odwyersgaa.com/easter-camp-balbriggan/
A reminder that all players must be registered with the club to participate in games and practice by the 31st March 2020. Further details available on our website membership page: https://odwyersgaa.com/membership/ or call, whatsapp or sms the Club Registrar Antionette on 089 4709815
Weekly Games Fixtures
A list of competition fixtures and venues is updated (usually Tuesday) each week and available on our website: https://odwyersgaa.com/weekly-fixtures/
Juvenile Teams Update
Og Dwyers Nursery: Our Indoor Nursery Programme, “Og Dwyers”, takes place in Flemington Community Centre each Saturday Morning 11.00am to 12.30pm for boys and girls aged 4-7 years old approx. This is a series of fun-based exercises that covers Agility/Balance and Coordination, which involves throwing, catching, passing, kicking and hand-eye coordination through football and hurling skills. For further details call, whatsapp or sms Martin on 086 0244140. Hope to see you there on Saturday. https://odwyersgaa.com/og-dwyers/
U8 Boys & Girls (Born 2012): U8’s had a great morning of hurling in St. Maurs on Saturday. Great to see all the kids taking on board what they’re learning in training and translating this to a match situation – all coaches were well impressed. Well done on a really great display!! Football training this Wednesday 7-8 in Gormanston. We are always looking for new players – pleased contact Declan 0879189478 or Stephen 0861733185
U9 Boys & Girls (Born 2011): We had a great (and early!) morning of hurling against St. Maur’s u9’s on Saturday. The players did very well with some great blocking and striking and catching. 👏👍👊
As the evenings are getting brighter make sure they get out and continue to practice. https://odwyersgaa.com/coaching/practice/
New players are very welcome, for further details on practice times and what you need to get started call, whatsapp or sms Mick on 086 8211129 and or check out our team page at https://odwyersgaa.com/2020/02/02/2011
U11 Boys & Girls (Born 2009):
Our U11s played 3 very competitive games v Lucan Sarsfields in Hurling at Bremore. Gaelic Football training resumes again next week with 2 sessions planned for 7pm in Castlelands for Tuesday & Friday. These sessions focus on all the skills of Gaelic Football and how to play together as a team. On Saturday the U11s will play away to Raheny in Gaelic Football. New players are always welcome. For more information, please contact Ronan on 087 2209497.
U12 Boys (Born 2008):
A massive thank you to Donald Fraser, who has recently stepped away from his role as head coach of the u12s team to focus his attention on other teams in the club. Donald has been a huge part of the teams lives and such a positive influence on the players for so many years. The club, players and parents would like to thank Donald for this commitment to the team.
The team is in very safe hands as both Gar Darcy and Noel Magee take over from Donald, we wish them both coaches and players well in the years ahead, enjoy the journey. Please contact Gar or Noel as training times may have shifted during this transition.
New players are very welcome, for further details on practice times and what you need to get started call, whatsapp or sms Gar on 087 7523032
U12 Girls (Girls Born 2008): A warm welcome to Brooke who has recently joined the team. We made the journey to Naomh Olaf for a great afternoon of Camogie on Saturday. The girls did very well, with some great blocking, hooking, striking and catching. Special mention goes to Chloe and Nicole who played their first official game for the team, well done girls!!
As the evenings are getting brighter make sure they get out and continue to practice. https://odwyersgaa.com/coaching/practice/
New players are very welcome, for further details on practice times and what you need to get started call, whatsapp or sms Barry on 087 7389593
Youth & Adult Teams Update
U13 Boys Football (Born 2007)
Another frustrating weekend as our grading game was postponed as our opposition couldn’t field due to illness. Nevertheless the team has been training hard and are busting a gut to get out and start playing some football. Our new recruits are mixing very well with the group and building their own confidence each week. We are still on the lookout for anyone who wants to come down and join in with the boys, both old and new, so if anybody is interested we are training on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6-7pm. You can also contact Paul on 087 9115403 if you have any enquiries.
U14 Ladies Football
Busy week for u14 girls starting with Sunday they had a makeup masterclass to raise money for their feile gear. Monday night at training they were joined by the u14 boys team great to get them playing together. They finished off their week on Friday with a Zumba class to help build their fitness
The U14 boys are taking part in the Hurling and Gaelic Feile this year and are holding a monster raffle with fantastic prizes in the Club on St Patricks Day.
- Signed Bernard Brogan Boots
- 2 Huawei Nova Smartphones
- Drinks Hamper
- Food Hamper
- Chocolate Hamper
- Voucher for 4 hour house clean
- Floor lamp
- Candle Sets
- Bottles of Whiskey
- Bottles of Gin
…… many more prizes.
Tickets are €2 a strip or 3 strips for €5. All monies raised goes towards tracksuits for the two teams. For anyone who can’t make the Club on St. Patrick’s Day, we will be selling tickets for the next two Saturdays in the Club from 11am – 12pm. We can also come to your training session if you would like us to. All support will be greatly appreciated.
U15 Ladies (Born 2005)
Templeogue Synge Street v O’Dwyers, Division 5
This weekend saw our first game of the season, away to TSS. We started brightly and managed to score first through a well taken point by Elsa Kearney. As the game developed the girls were up against a strong opponent and a strong wind. Our defence soaked up a lot of pressure and performed very well, particularly our new keeper Jessy O Aroqundale who pulled off a number of saves. At half time we found ourselves behind by 7 points but optimistic knowing the girls excel when behind. From the restart the tails were up and we pressed TSS. We fought our way back into the game with goals from Amelia Campbell & Ruth Devine Pitt. As time went on, the girls began to tire and as we only had 15, we were unable to make subs. This led to TSS getting a few scores and winning by 7. The effort put in by the girls was excellent and the game a good test. We train at 7:00 on Monday at the all-weather pitch. New players welcome, contact Fiona on 0864043751.
U16 Boys (Born 2004/2005)
White team vs Cuala Div 7
Making the long journey to Shanganagh Park to play Cuala we had 13 players.
With a strong wind favouring Cuala in the first half they clocked up a few scores.
Our defense was strong winning numerous turnovers but our transition to the forwards in the opposition half of the pitch was poor. Conditions did not help and the few sights we got on goal were put wide or capably handled by their keeper. We kept trying though and scored a solitary goal at the end of the half.
2nd half we kept trying but their keeper made some good saves. Our defense were overrun on a couple of occasions resulting in goals. A few innocuous fouls giving Cuala straightforward points too.
The scoreline did not reflect the match as the sides were much closer inability.
Even though the game was a lost cause with 10 minutes left the lads never stopped trying and kept playing for each other. We scored 1-1 in the final 5 minutes and could have had a couple more scores too.
Green team vs St Catherine’s Div 3
Our green team travelled to St Catherine’s (Clonsilla ) we had a lot of players out this weekend due injuries and availability, we travelled with the bare min of 15 players.
We knew this St Catherine’s team from Feile & hurling so we knew it would be a good competitive game. The game started well for us, we kept it tight in the first 5mins, we had a lot of dominance in the first half but we just could not convert the possession, through strong Catherine’s defence and some bad shot selection. We settled into the game and got a couple of scores going in at half time 0-7 to 0-4
The second half we played up a slight hill and wind in our face, Catherines started well and got a couple of scores with no response, but we settled into the game and traded points with Catherine’s, we kept pushing but we got caught in defence and conceded a very dubious penalty. Unfortunately the penalty killed off any chance of us getting a result. The game ended 1-16 to 0-11
Overall we were happy with elements of the game, playing in the higher league is providing the lads and management with new challenges, with more work on tactics and a bit of game luck we will get the right results
New players are very welcome, for further details on practice times and what you need to get started call, whatsapp or sms Robbie 086 8282753 or Dave 087 9702479
** Our player recruitment competition is Extended to End of March**
A recruiting player will receive 5e for every new player recruited. We will provide an additional prize if we get 3 + new players we will host a draw for recruiting players to get a €50 Sports voucher
A young O’Dwyers Girls welcomed St. Oliver’s Plunketts to Bremore park this week. Playing up the hill against a very strong wind we played well in the first half and were happy enough with the girls performance.
Second half we didn’t use the wind to our advantage and as a result, lost the match by a fair margin.
New players are very welcome, for further details on practice times and what you need to get started call, whatsapp or sms Shirley on 087 6356760
Our girls only went and won the @denhaaggaa international tournament in Holland 🙌💪👆
.The ladies beat Ballymore Eustace, Glasgow Gaels, Robert Emmets and drew with Douglas to top the group. Beat Portobello in semi final and then Naomh Finbarra from Cork in the final! Huge thanks for fantastic tournament and supreme hospitality 👏
Special mention to Amy Gibbons who won the title of Player of the Tournament! Nicely done Amy!
Gaelic for Mothers and Others
We visited Starlights on Sunday 8th for a 4.15 pm kick off for our first round-robin match. We got off to a great first half, playing with the wind with plenty of great hand passing and teamwork. At the half time whistle we went off the pitch with a 4 point lead.
Winning the ball from the throw-in and scoring straight away gave us the drive to play up the hill against the wind. There was a few taste challenges in a very competitive second half. On the final whistle, O’Dwyers had won 1-10 to 4 points. All finished as friends with a photo for International Women’s Day and a light supper.
Balbriggan School’s GAA Update
This week our GPO Anthony Holly will finish up six weeks of coaching in Gaelscoil Baile Brigin, St Peter and Paul’s JNS, St Mologas SNS, St. George’s NS and Balscadden NS.
The following week he will be starting in Bracken Educate Together, Balbriggan Educate Together, Scoil Chormaic and St Teresa’s NS.
Foundation Course: A foundation course is scheduled for the Saturday 14th March (12pm-5pm) in the Club, this course is compulsory for anyone involved with teams. Course registration forms available here: https://odwyersgaa.com/coaching/coach-education/
Camp Coaches: If you are available, have experience of coaching and meet the necessary criteria to coach at our Easter Camps we have opened an application process. Full details available here: https://odwyersgaa.com/coaching/camps-coaching/
Give Us a Game Book: Copies of the excellent Give Us a Game book by Ger O’Connor are available to coaches to buy in our club shop on a Saturday morning. Contact Denise for further information.
Patron Scheme: Tax Submission
We are currently compiling the Tax submissions for the Patron scheme for 2019, if you have not returned your completed form, please follow the steps below.
- Tax Submission forms can be found here online at our club website https://odwyersgaa.com/…/uploads/2019/04/Tax-Relief-Form.pdf or from Antoinette at club between 11 and 1 on Saturday morning and club on Monday between 8-9pm
- Returned forms can be emailed to email@example.com or to Antonitte on Sat or club as above.
- Tax forms for submission need to be returned by 9th March
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All information on Patron scheme and development can be found on club website: https://odwyersgaa.com/patron
Luke Kelly Night
Following on from an amazing race night @ O’Dwyer’s our next exciting event is a real sing a long and our Luke Kelly and friends tribute concert.
This event will sell out very quickly and it has the making of a great night, the concert will take place in the eclectic St. Peter & Paul’s church, this special venue will certainly add to the event.
Tickets are only €20 ( compared to normal price €40 ) Tickets are available via club mentors or online
St Patrick’s Day
We want to make ourselves seen and heard in this year’s parade, showing that we are the GAA club in the parish. We are calling on every team from Nursery to adult to get involved. Mentors please make contact with and organise your teams.
- All will March together to the assembly point at Bath Road for 1.30pm
- All teams will walk together back to the club for collection etc. Details as follows :
- Meet with your mentor at O’Dwyers @1pm
- All welcome back to the club for refreshments after Parade.
- All Ireland Club finals will be shown.
- Anyone who has green & white flags and whistles, please bring along for parade.
Our club shop is open every Saturday morning between 11am and 12pm with a stock of club tops, bottoms, hurls, helmets, gum shields, socks and shorts. The shop has new hurls and helmets for sale. If anybody has a helmet they would like to trade-in or not using please bring it down to the club shop.
- Bingo every Wednesday at 8.45pm
- Fiddle class on Monday afternoons. Contact Niamh on 087-1265650.
- Adult set dancing on Monday nights from 8.15pm. Contact Freda on 086-3249476
- Ceili in the Clubhouse on St Patrick’s Night. Music by the Brian Boru Ceili Band. Dancing from 9pm. Refreshments served. Everyone welcome.
Our club lotto is available to play online. If you have family around the world please let them know about our lotto online, it is a great way of supporting the club when you are miles from home.
The web address to play our lotto online is: https://www.locallotto.ie/play.asp?LL_ID=676&PC=0
Lotto was not won on 2nd March. Numbers were 3,5,19.Jackpot on 8th March will be €1339
Due to Best Practice and GDPR, we are ceasing the use of personal email accounts for club and juvenile secretaries. We will be using official GAA accounts effective immediately.
- Club Secretary (Paul Finn): firstname.lastname@example.org
- Camogie Secretary: email@example.com
- Ladies Football: firstname.lastname@example.org
- O’Dwyers Juvenile Secretary (Denise Corcoran) email@example.com
Aster Family Support
Aster Family Support will host an information session on Healthy Eating and Diet for children with additional needs on Friday 13th March, 9.45am – 11.30am in Aster Family Resource Centre, 1 St. George’s Square. Please call to book a place as places are limited 012233242/0873854104
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- Contact Us: A full list of club contacts is available here: https://odwyersgaa.com/key-contacts/