THREE ALL-IRELAND SEMI-FINALS FOR DUBS HURLERS
Dublin senior hurlers reached the All Ireland hurling semi-final for the first time in over sixty years after a hard fought win against Limerick in Thurles. Well done to Anthony Daly, his management team and all the players for this terrific achievement and we now look forward to the clash against current All Ireland champions Tipperary in Croke Park on Sunday, 14th August.
The Dublin minor team will play Waterford in the All Ireland minor semi-final as a curtain raiser to the senior game in Croke Park. Manager, Shay Boland, his selectors and players have made steady progress through the year that culminated in a Leinster final win against Kilkenny. We wish them well in the semi-final.
Meanwhile, the Dublin u-21 team, featuring a number of the senior team players, saw off the challenge of Wexford to claim the Leinster u-21 title. They will now face Antrim in the All Ireland semi-final in the week after the Tipp game (arrangements to be announced). Here’s hoping that manager John McEvoy, his team of selectors and players will advance to the All Ireland final.
It is wonderful to have all three teams in competition during the month of August and challenging for the ultimate honour of being crowned All Ireland Hurling champions. Well done to all concerned.
Best of luck to Pat Gilroy and Dessie Farrell in their respective All Ireland senior and minor football semi-finals. A great year to date for Dublin GAA.
ALL IRELAND SEMI-FINAL SCORE PREDICTION COMPETITION
Would you like the opportunity to win a Dublin jersey autographed by the Dublin hurling team ? This prize will be won by the person who correctly, or most closely, predicts the full time score of the All Ireland semi-final between Dublin and Tipperary in the FODH score prediction competition.
The fee is €10 for two score entries. Visit www.fodh.ie , click on the “Join FODH “ icon and select the “predict the score” option. Payment can be made by credit or laser card. On line entries will close at noon on Sunday, 14th August. You can also enter by clicking on the “Predict the Score” article on the home page. Alternatively, entries, with appropriate fee, can be submitted by post to Tom O Donnell, GAA Office, St Vincent’s CBS, Glasnevin, Dublin 11 by Friday, 12th August.
Entries must give goals and points for each team, e.g 0-21 to 4-13. The winner will be contacted on Wednesday, 17th August. If there is no correct score, the winner will be the closest score. If there is more that one correct prediction / closest score, the winner will be chosen by lot.
PLAYERS” OPEN NIGHT A BIG SUCCESS
A large crowd of enthusiastic Dublin hurling supporters turned up in Parnell Park on Friday evening to watch their hurling heroes prepare for their forthcoming battle against Tipperary, under the watchful eye of manager Anthony Daly and his back room team.
At the conclusion of the training session, all the players remained on the field to meet with the supporters, pose for photographs and sign autographs. This was a terrific opportunity for the many young fans, in particular, to get up close and meet with their heroes. The players duly obliged by spending almost an hour on the pitch with them. Last man off the pitch was manager Anthony Daly, as his was one of the most sought after signatures of the autograph hunters. He was delighted with the turn out of support. FODH wishes to thank all those who turned up on the night and help make this a special occasion for the players and their fans.
Visit www.fodh.ie and click on the item for the Players Open Night to view photographs from the evening.
FODH wishes Conal Keaney, Tomás Brady and Stepehen Hiney a speedy recovery from their respective recent surgeries to have knee damage repaired and to Oisin Gough who recently sustained a hand injury. We look forward to watching them line out for the Dubs again in the not too distant future.
ELITE PERFORMANCE SUMMER CAMPS
Around 250 of the best hurlers in Dublin at u13/u14 and u15/u16 level took part in an elite coaching programme organised by Dublin Co Board in association with Friends of Dublin Hurling. The camps consisted of high quality intensive coaching and training for these players who are members of the Dublin development squads. This coaching is in addition to the coaching that is already provided to these squads.
The training / coaching is delivered by current Dublin senior hurlers who each completed a coaching course. The coaches involved included Shane Durkin, Ryan O Dwyer, Paul Ryan, Finn McGarry, Oisin Gough, Simon Lambert, Conor McCormack and David O Callaghan. And the venue for the programme was ALfie Byrne Park in Clontarf.
SUPPORTERS BUSES TO AWAY MATCHES
FODH organises supporters’ buses to all away league and championship Dublin games. Four bus loads of supporters travelled to the recent All-Ireland q-final game in Thurles against Limerick. A great day was had by all who travelled and the trip home was made more satisfying by the great achievement of the hurlers qualifying for the semi-final against Tipperary on August 14th in Croke Park. We look forward to many more such days. We intend to have a bus travelling to the Dublin v Antrim u-21 hurling semi-final.
Visit www.fodh.ie for information on the supporters’ buses in the lead up to our away games.
All current signed up members of FODH will be entered into a draw for two Cusack Stand tickets to the forthcoming semi-final against Tipperary. In addition, all new members who sign up by Friday, 12th August will be in a draw for two match tickets and a Che Daly tee shirt. So get your family members and friends to join up. Remember that all funding raised through membership is used towards the preparation costs of the county teams and hurling related projects in Dublin. Your support is greatly appreciated.
The lucky winners of tickets for the Dublin v Limerick game were:
John O Sullivan from Raheny and Joan Kennedy from Palmerstown.
WIN A DUBLIN HERITAGE HURLEY
Members are invited to predict the top Dublin scorer and his score in the All Ireland semi-final for the chance to win a Dublin hurley from Heritage Hurleys. In the event of no correct prediction being received, the winner will be drawn by lot from all those who enter. E-mail your prediction to firstname.lastname@example.org or text it, along with your name, to 087-9783735.
Visit www.heritagehurleys.com for further information on the range of hurleys they make.
Visit www.fodh.ie for all updates on Dublin hurling and details of members’ competitions. We have teamed up with Irish company, MyClubFinances, to make the experience of joining online more user friendly. So spread the news and get others to join the “revolution”