Monday, April 26, 2010


BORU 2-09 CELTS 1-11

It was another sunny Sunday on Treasure Island and the fans were treated to an entertaining afternoons' football in the Senior bracket.
In the first game Boru were victorious over Celts by a scoreline of 2-09 to 1-10. Celts again started well and were winning the midfield battle early on but as the half progressed Brian Reilly began to turn things in Borus favor, a couple of well finished goals from the impressive Sean Farr saw Boru go in at the half ahead by 2-04to 0-05. In the early part of the second half Celts were finding it difficult to advance the play past the Boru half backs who were dominating. However Eanna Murphy brought them back within range with a goal midway through, indeed one wonders had he been deployed further from goal on a struggling half forward line, instead of adrift of things in the corner, would Celts have got a little more from this. Willie Russell made a couple of smart stops in the goal for Boru as they held out for a deserved win. For Celts Ted Gunthren and Eanna Murphy were best. Borus were well served by Brian Reilly, Sean Farr and Bonnie Collins.


In the second game Sean Treacys overcame Ulster in another good game for the fans.Treacys started well moving into a 2pt lead but an Ulster goal put them ahead 1-01 to 02. Treacys were winning the lions share of possesion in midfield and with a forward line playing well as a unit they fought back and a goal from Dave Faherty along with 3 point from Mick Dinneen put them ahead at the break 1-09 to 1-02. The early part of the second half saw an Ulster revival of sorts and they pulled back Treacys lead to a manageable 4 points. However hopes of a win were dashed when Cathal Conneely won a ball against the odds in the backline and delivered to the impressive Ciaran Bergin. Bergin who had been lively all game gave a perfect ball to Liam Faherty who dispatched to the Ulster net. From here the game was out of reach for Ulster for whom Austy McKenna, Greg Loughran and the unfortunate Darren McCauley who exited with a broken leg, tried hard. For Treacys Cathal Conneely was the best on display,along with Steve Barron, Ciaran Bergin and Mick Dinneen all caught the eye.

In the opener, the Hurling bracket saw Naomh Padraig overcome the young SF Rovers side.
In the Junior Competition Shannon Rangers won out over the San Francisco minors.

Monday, April 19, 2010


What a difference a week makes! Treasure Island was bathed in sunshine on Sunday and supporters were given reason to believe that this years Mens Football Championship will be one to look forward to. In the game of the day Ulster overcame Celts by a scoreline of 1-07 to 0-08 in a highly entertaining outing. Celts came out with all guns blazing and went into a 05-02 lead with Aidan O'Flynn driving the bus at midfield. Ulster clawed back and goaled just before half-time and Austy McKenna was their busiest player on display. At the half Ulster went in 1-05 to 0-05 ahead. With the aid of a slight breeze in the second half Celts outscored Ulster 3-2 but despite having the better of the possession could not get the goal they needed for a win which wouldn't have been undeserved.Both teams were well up for a physical battle which had passages of championship like football at times. For Ulster Austy Mckenna was in cracking form helped by Neil Donnelly and Mike English. Aidan O'Flynn had his best outing for Celts in quite some time, dominating the middle with some great fielding and smart distribution. He was again ably assisted by Pat Power and Ted Gunthren. Ulster take top position in the table with 2 wins while Celts will be feeling slightly frustrated to have lost 2 which could have just as easily went the other way.
In the days' other games Fog City were too strong for Clan na nGael in the ladies game which they won with a bit to spare.
In the opening game of the hurling SF Rovers gave Na Fianna a wake up call and led their more fancied opponents 1-06 to 1-03 at the half. Na Fianna were strongest in the run in though and won 3-11 to 2-06. Well done to the Rovers who continue to improve and will be looking to make a mark on this years North American Junior B Championship.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Ladies Football Allstar Report by Jackie Cahill

2008 Allstars 3-11
2009 Allstars 1-11

By Jackie Cahill at Pairc na nGael, Treasure Island....

MAYO ace Cora Staunton was the jewel of Treasure Island as the 2008 O’Neills/TG4 Ladies Football Allstars defeated their 2009 counterparts in San Francisco on Saturday.
Staunton bagged a sensational individual haul of 2-5 as the selection managed by Cork’s Eamon Ryan ran out winners by six points at the magnificent Pairc na nGael venue.
Staunton racked up her matchwinning tally before she was withdrawn with 18 minutes remaining and an attendance in the region of 1,000 people afforded the four-time All-Ireland senior medallist a rousing reception as she left the field of play.
The Carnacon attacker, who scored 2-2 from play, was the star of the show in an attacking sense but goalkeeper Elaine Harte was also in superb form and pulled off a succession of top class saves.
Another of Cork’s travelling contingent, Nollaig Cleary, also caught the eye with a hard-working display while Angela Walsh was a tower of strength at full-back for the winners.
For the 2009 Allstars, Cork’s Geraldine O’Flynn performed effectively in a defensive role before moving further up the field while Mayo’s Emma Mullin pulled the strings from centre forward.
The 2009 selection was managed by Deirdre Murphy, who masterminded Clare’s All-Ireland intermediate success last year, but she had to play second fiddle to Ryan’s team, who started with six of Cork’s senior champions.
Among them was Briege Corkery, who travelled from Australia just for this game, while O’Flynn was joined by Norita Kelly in the 2009 team.
Staunton showed her class with an early goal to set the 2008 winners on their way but the 2009 Allstars hit back with three unanswered points to tie the scores at 0-3 to 1-0 with nine minutes on the watch.
Staunton, who hit 2-3 in the first half alone, took over after that and an unanswered run of 1-3 from the 27-year-old, including a brilliant 14th minute goal, sent the 2008 Allstars into a 2-3 to 0-3 lead approaching half-time.
At the break, the 2009 Allstars trailed by 0-5 to 2-3 and their task was made even more difficult within a minute of the restart when Down ace Michaela Downey lashed home a fine goal off the underside of the crossbar.
But in an entertaining encounter, the 2009 Allstars fought back and were given a lifeline by Ciara McAnespie in the 38th minute when the Monaghan forward found the net.
With ten minutes remaining, the 2009 Allstars had reduced the deficit to just three points, trailing by 1-9 to 3-6, but the 2008 Allstars rallied with a run of four successive points to make the game safe.
At a post-match reception, Ladies Gaelic Football President Pat Quill thanked officials from San Francisco GAA and the Western Divisional board for their warm welcome to sun-kissed Treasure Island.
He also announced that a new Ladies Football club is being established in Los Angeles, on the back of the success of this tour.

Scorers for O’Neills/TG4 2008 Allstars: C Staunton 2-5 (0-3f), M Downey 1-0, P Dennehy 0-2, N Cleary, C Little, E Hanley & D Murtagh 0-1 each.

Scorers for O’Neills/TG4 2009 Allstars: C McAnespie 1-0, S Aherne 0-3 (1f), J Donnelly 0-3 (1f), G O’Flynn, A.M. McDonagh, N Earley, E Mullin (f) & L Henchy 0-1 each.

2008 O’Neills/TG4 Allstars: Elaine Harte (Cork). Linda Barrett (Cork), Angela Walsh (Cork), Sharon Courtney (Monaghan). Briege Corkery (Cork), Brid Stack (Cork), Neamh Woods (Tyrone). Caroline Little (Fermanagh), Amanda Casey (Monaghan). Nollaig Cleary (Cork), Niamh Kindlon (Monaghan), Michaela Downey (Down). Patrice Dennehy (Kerry), Cora Staunton (Kerry), Edel Hanley (Tipperary).

Subs: Kathy Conway (Derry), Sinead McLaughlin (Tyrone), Denise Murtagh (Longford), Angela McDermott (Tipperary), Rebecca McPhilbin (Galway).

2009 O’Neills/TG4 Allstars: Cliodhna O’Connor (Dublin). Noelle Tierney (Mayo), Noelle Comyn (Dublin), Geraldine O’Flynn (Cork). Aoife McAnespie (Monaghan), Martha Carter (Mayo), Siobhan McGrath (Dublin). Denise Masterson (Dublin), Norita Kelly (Cork). Anne Marie McDonagh (Galway), Emma Mullin (Mayo), Noelle Earley (Kildare). Ciara McAnespie (Monaghan), Sinead Aherne (Dublin), Una Carroll (Galway).

Subs: Derval Toal (Armagh), Eliza Downey (Down), Louise Henchy (Clare), Joline Donnelly (Tyrone), Aine Kelly (Clare).

Referee: Keith Tighe (Dublin).

TI Maintenance Schedule for Clubs

2 1 Cal 1-7 March June 28-July 4 25-31 Oct
3 2 Stanford 8-14 March 5-11 July 8-14 Nov
4 3 IFHYL 15-21 March 12-18 July 15-21 Nov
5 4 Na Fianna 22-28 March 19-25 July 22-28 Nov
6 5 Noamh Padraig 29 March- 1 April July 26- Aug 1 Nov 29- Dec 5
7 6 Rovers 5-11 April 2-8 August 6-12 Dec
8 7 Celts 12-18 April 9-15 August 13-19 Dec
9 8 Sean Treacys 19-25 April 16-22 August 20-26 Dec
10 9 Ulster April 26- May 2 23-29 August Dec 27- Jan 3
11 10 Boru 3-9 May Aug 30- Sept 5 4-10 Jan
12 11 Michael Cusacks 10-16 May 6-12 Sept 11-17 Jan
13 12 YISB 17-23 May 13-19 Sept 18-24 Jan
14 13 Rangers 24- 30 May 20-26 Sept 25-31 Jan
15 14 Eire Og May 31- June 6 Sept 27- Oct 3 1-7 Feb
16 15 Clan na gael 7-13 June 4-10 Oct 8-14 Feb
17 16 Fog city 14-20 June 11-17 Oct 15-21 Feb
18 17 Saoirse 21-27 June 18-24 Oct 22-28 Feb

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Monday, April 12, 2010

Weather the winner as opening day all but washed out

The opening day of the St Patricks Cup was almost a complete washout as all but one game was cancelled due to heavy rain. The opening game saw Sean Treacy's defeat the Celts over an hour that did little to lift the spirits of the few hardy souls who braved the elements to watch. It was a dour affair with players struggling to handle in the brutal conditions and elementary mistakes that will leave both managements under no illusions that serious improvement is needed if either side is to make any championship impact. Celts had the upper hand in the first half and went into a 1-04 to 0-00 lead with Treacys then availing of an unfortunate mix-up between full-back and goalkeeper to register a fortuitous goal to leave the half-time score 1-04-1-00.
The second half saw a complete reversal of fortunes with the Celts registering a single point to Treacys 0-07, helped mainly by Dave Faherty finding his range from frees after missing a few early on. For the Celts Aidan O'Flynn, Pat Power and Sean Burke in goal did well while Treacys were best served by Cathal Conneely, Steve Barron and Dave Faherty. Darren McAuley and his team of Officials deserve a mention for enduring the brutal conditions.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


Delayed highlights of 2010 Championship will be available locally on KCSM (PBS San Mateo). Following is from Dermot Power, GAA Marketing Division.
More news to follow....

"We will have live coverage of our 2010 Championship on Premium Sports Pub and Club network as well as on broadband which can be accessed anywhere in the USA. This year we will also have delayed coverage in 27 million homes across the USA through DirecTV and Galaxy 19 satellite on Transponder 27 and MhZ cable affiliates including in the San Francisco area on KCSM"